Honoring the Call- A Walk Alone

I am in Bliss right now. I wasn’t a few days ago, but that is the beauty of believing in yourself, having faith in sent messages and taking action with Spirit’s lead.
On Thursday I woke up with a message- create a paid membership group on Facebook and allow people to pay you for your inspirational posts, educational articles and free readings you do. It’s time.
I was excited and immediately contacted a few friends to invite them to do this with me. Sadly they couldn’t sign off on it for various reasons but there was one reason that stung. I had a friend who didn’t believe in me or the message and felt it wouldn’t get off the ground. I was crushed.
I nearly gave up, listening to their wisdom. At the time, it felt right what they were saying:
  • It’s thursday and you want this to happen tomorrow Friday? May 1st? Impossible!
  • I don’t think people will pay to get your posts especially when you are still on social media in other channels
  • You are sometimes impulsive and act on Spirit’s messages without thought and I really believe you should slow down and take your time with this.
They were right because logically it made sense. However, there was this call in my Soul to follow through and so I did. I spent all day Thursday working hard to create a membership group and hardly slept that night. I woke up Friday morning, took a deep breath and then went online to announce my new group. I shared the link to join (https://conta.cc/2YlXXMA) and then I waited.
Well….I didn’t have to wait long. Within 10 minutes, I had 15 people sign up and as I write you today, there are over 70 people registered and joining the group. I was and am still shocked and floored. I had a goal of 100 but it seems like within a few days I would meet that. It makes me wonder… what else does Spirit have in store for me?
This experience really made my heart smile. I was faced with a decision, either follow the logic of my well meaning friends or blindly follow my heart linked to Spirit. I chose the latter.
There are two important points I want to share about my decision and how my choices affect my day to day.
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Point 1: No Spiritual Bypassing
I could have easily seen my friends as negative, haters or debby doubters but I didn’t because the truth is, they weren’t. They were looking out for me and out of their care, voiced their opinions. 
Not everyone who says NO to you is wrong or evil or a lower level than you. They are just people and most likely, people who care about you and cannot see the vision you have because Spirit didn’t give them that vision. It was and is only yours.
Even though it stung a little to not have my friends with me on this journey, I allowed myself to release it and Trust that Spirit had a bigger and better plan for me that involved only me. I allowed myself to make the choice to move forward on my own without them even though I was nervous and afraid.
In hindsight, I see now why I needed to move ahead alone.
In just the three short days of opening the group, I have had to make last minute decisions, turn in new directions and recreate the vision! The energy is very fluid like right now and it is easier to pivot and turn as one person than as several. Spirit knows best and knew this fact too. 
I don’t have any stress of letting people down or seeming wishy washy because of several mind changes and you know what? Because it is only me behind the scenes, it is only me who have to deal with the stress! Which I did very easily.
When you receive a NO graciously, you don’t lose time and you are faster on your way to a YES that will make it worthwhile. 
By allowing myself to receive the Nos from my friends, I was able to keep them in my life AND still have success on this new project by myself. I am in all my feels right now because it feels so so good to let go of control and trust Spirit’s direction.
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Point 2: Sometimes YOU Walk Alone
No one likes to walk alone but sometimes it’s called for. I learned so much about myself, Spirit and our connection in these past few days than I have learned in awhile.
I got to experience deeply and first hand what it is like to be held and kept safe by invisible hands. I got to feel nervousness and timidity about a new launch, something I haven’t felt in years due to my experience in what I do.
I got to feel open and vulnerable, with nothing to lead me except the invisible but powerful presence of God.
I went for it and I was scared the entire way through but there was no need. They delivered on everything they said they would deliver on and I am pleased.
Looking back now, I realize that when I receive messages, I need to hold space for myself. Despite all my years in doing this work, I still have occasional feelings of, “Am I worth this? Can I do this? Why me?”
So if you struggle with these questions now, trust me when I say they never really go away but their power over you decreases.
I will still ask myself those questions from time to time but already the answer forms within me and it is a dialogue on automatic response. I get to be the observer,
“Am I worth this?
You know you are.”
” Can I do this?”
You know you will and you know we will help you.”
“Why me?”
“If not You then Who? And if we come to You then we have deemed You to be the One to do it!”
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Friends, you will be faced with decisions like this too in your lives and I hope my story brings inspiration to you. Keep following your heart and trust the messages you are receiving. Do not categorize people because they cannot or will not support you, love them where they are and trust that Spirit loves you and want what’s best for you and everyone else.
I do hope you heed your calling and step boldly (and sometimes blindly) forward in faith. Jump and trust that they will support you. I did and man….the view up here is exceptional.
xo Uma
Uma Alexandra Beepat is the owner and CEO of the Lotus and The Light Metaphysical Center in Northern Virginia. Uma is a Soul Alignment Coach, Intuitive Consultant and Spiritual Mentor. You can find out more about Uma at http://www.thelotusandthelight.com
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Riding the Waves of Ascension

Yesterday was a significant day in numerology as the date 4/4/2020 shows up as 444. And as you probably guessed it, everyone around the world was involved in some sort of meditation/gathering to pray/reiki/wish/manifest the virus away. I was not one of them.
I do not doubt that many people attending these gatherings had the best intentions but sometimes ignorance is not bliss, it is downright harmful.
Ascension is a lengthy process and it is often filled with rife and struggle, pain and discomfort.
While it would be easy to rid the planet of the virus through a combined collective of all our intentions, my polite question is, “Why?”
We are in the midst of an ascension process (in my opinion only not facts!) and it is about to get ugly. If we stop now, what would we have accomplished? A half journey to enlightenment and change? All those souls who passed on during this time, would their passing be in vain?
There is no right or wrong answer here, just theories and philosophy. The beauty of having a mind is to use it and create thoughts about current events.
Here are mine: We are experiencing the biggest global ascension right now moving firmly from a 3D world focus on material gain into the 5D world of unconditional love and compassion. The shift is happening NOW and many of us will make it but some will not.
The most important thing (again IMO) to do right now is to practice Ahimsa (non-violence) to ourselves and others. We can practice Ahimsa for ourselves by allowing ourselves to feel all that we feel without judgment and for others by holding space for them and forgiving them when they have a bad day or a rough time going through this. They may take it out on you and that’s when you can hold space for them.
We all wanted this didn’t we? To ascend to that next level but we didn’t expect it to come at such a cost or with so much pain. That’s ok, there is no “I told you so” coming from me, only love. Sweet love as I hold you my dear brothers and sisters in light and comfort.
Even if you did participate in the global meditations, your heart was in the right place and you meant well. So now, don’t wish this virus away.
Let nature run the course, let’s pray for our loved ones to be safe and sound and pray that we and them do not get swept up in the aftermath. Let us pray to hold the line and stay optimistic even on the darkest days. Because in the end, we need each other and it is perfectly ok to say that.
xo Uma
PS- I will be doing a talk on youtube about ascension and deprogramming on Wednesday April 15th.

The Mystic and The Engineer

5 Lessons from The Mystic and The Engineer

Recently, a very dear client of mine passed away suddenly. I was one of the family healers for him and his wife Peggy who passed last year. This is a bittersweet moment for me. Bitter because I miss them and sweet because they are now reunited in love on the other side.
I wrote this below for the family as they are putting together a memoirs journal. I wanted to share our story here because the lessons are eternal and inclusive. It can benefit everyone. Please have a read and even though you may not know them, please send a prayer of thanks for them to hear on the other side. I want them to know they are very much loved and cared for.
Dominick and I have some history that will forever be remembered fondly. I am so very grateful to have been part of his and Peggy’s life for so long and as much as I miss them both, I am so thankful and happy they are together again. Dancing in the stars ayyy Dom? Dancing in the stars.
I am happy to share my story with them and yes it is them for me, because they were interchangeable Dom and Peggy. I have my fondest memories of them both and to speak on one would be impossible. They were a team, soulmates and twin flames. They were inseparable. So here we go, here is my story of Dominick…and Peggy.
Dominick breezed into my life like a magician, full of whirlwind energy, questions, jokes and always debates. This is the story of the Mystic and the Engineer, both coming from different worlds but uniting in love of wisdom and healing.
I first met Dominick in 2014 when he brought his wife Peggy to me for massages. She liked it (yay) so I began what I would later discover, a journey of spiritual growth and emotional maturity for me with this couple. I started by seeing Peggy once a month to once every two weeks (by her request) and then to once a week. I started with massages but eventually moved into spiritual healing which she thoroughly enjoyed. For many years, I was her weekly healer and our visits were like a visit to the salon. Peggy would take every opportunity to “bash talk” Dominick and he would just smile and wait patiently in the waiting room for her. He never got cross or upset, he took it all in stride and his eyes….his eyes shown with love for Peggy. She could do no wrong by him and I was in awe of that.
That was my first lesson- a lesson about love. I learned from this amazing couple about the true nature of long term relationships. I learned you could love someone faults and all. I learned that love never dies when Peggy passed and Dominick still talked about her with a smile on his face as if she was still there. Truthfully, she was. She visited him every chance she could get and it proved to me that love truly never dies.
Dominick knew about the metaphysical side of life and he kept trying to convince Peggy about it. She wouldn’t have it! He would try to convince me to convince her and I would laugh. Have you met Peggy? That woman is strong willed like you Dominick! He would laugh at me and say, “But Uma if anyone could get her to see this side of life, it would be you. She loves you and listens to you.”
The funny thing is, Peggy did come around but not because of me. One day while I was doing her energy work, her Father (who is in Spirit) came into the room. He told me details that Peggy could verify and told her he was concerned about her strength and wanted her to use small dumbbells. Of course these messages shook Peggy up, she cried during the session and related it to Dominick. She then demanded to go to the store right now and buy dumbbells. She was a believer from there on out.
This was my second lesson- We don’t have to impose our will on someone else about the spiritual side of life. Leave it to God, He will make it known in a special and meaningful way.
After that session, Dominick wanted a reading with me. I was hesitant honestly because I knew his skepticism. I also knew his determination to get what he wants! So we planned the appointment. Immediately one of Dominick’s old friends came through, his friend Bill and talked about the old days and the bars they went to and where they worked. Oh Dom loved it! He cried in his session too but tears of joy! He said it felt like a visit with an old friend, he was grateful. The only thing he couldn’t verify was the red convertible that Bill kept showing me. He said I was mistaken, I said I wasn’t and there we entered into one of our weekly fights.
When he left, he received a call from Bill’s nephew- someone he did not speak to for many years and he thought, what a coincidence! He told the nephew about our visit and all the things I said. He ended by saying I only got one thing wrong- the red convertible. Bill’s nephew said, “Oh Uncle Dominick, you wouldn’t know about the red convertible, that was before he met you but man he loved that car!”
Dominick was shocked and astounded. He later wrote me an email and then apologized to me in person. He said, “Uma I always thought mediums were hocus pocus. I thought they were really psychics reading people’s minds and memories. What you and Bill did, has changed my mind. I understand now that we can communicate with the other side. Uma you are truly a medium.”
This was my third lesson-Spirit is intricate and intelligent. They will answer the call and do so with infinite wisdom. As a medium, I just have to trust and follow the messages.
After Peggy started improving under my care, Dominick decided to see me for sessions too. He would schedule two sessions a week with me, one for Peggy and one for him. His sessions were metaphysical in nature. He loved healing and readings, so we did those. Without fail, Dominick would debate me every time! He would question my technique, my logic and my knowledge. He would bring books for me to read and one time a photo of my eyes! It came to him in a meetup he went to with a medium who manifested these eyes on paper and he said this was Dominick’s spiritual guide. We both knew it was me and to this day I still have it in my office.
This was my fourth lesson- as much as I am the teacher, I am also the student. Dominick and I interchanged the student-teacher role many times and I can’t help but scowl a little because he finally won over this battle. He will now be the ultimate teacher from the other side as he got there before me. You won this round Dom!
When Peggy’s health started declining, I knew it was time for her to rest. There was one session, the last session that I knew I would see her. I got her comfortable on the table and went to lay hands on her for her weekly healing session and she gently moved my hands away. I sat there with tears in my eyes. We knew, it was time. So I talked to her for the rest of the session and at the end, I told Dominick that I would call him. We talked and I told him that I cannot see Peggy anymore, she is ready to move on. True to form, he at first argued with me and then accepted it. He asked me a difficult question, about the timing of her passing, I was hesitant to respond because I don’t do readings like this but all I could see in that moment was a frightened man who didn’t know for the first time, what his future held. So we talked about it, I told him to skip the idea of the adult nursing home, she would pass within the year and she did. Our twice a week sessions went down to one- just Dom and in this timeline I was able to see a range of emotions from him. Dom was always pleasant and a joker almost. But I could see behind the facade and one day, I called him out on it. He tried at first to lie to me but then he gave in and let out a whirlwind of expletives. I matched him. We cursed back and forth for thirty minutes and then we both broke out laughing until we cried. Dom was under a lot of pressure to do the right thing, to take care of Peggy and also to atone for past mistakes. He was in the belly of the beast now and with every deterioration of Peggy’s health, he came closer and closer to his truth.
After Peggy’s passing, we saw less of Dominick. He moved out of the area and began traveling and dating! This was his second wind, I was so so happy to see this for him. See for five years, I have only really seen him as the caretaker. Now I was able to see him as him- a man full of life, love and desire to learn and grow. He was unstoppable.
The last time I saw Dominick was this summer. He came to our tent at the Manassas First Fridays in Old Town and it was such a beautiful surprise. Rob and I hugged him and chatted with him for awhile. He was full of life and joy. That is the memory I will hold on to of him. It’s funny because after that day, Rob and I said to each other, “This is the last time we will see him. This is our goodbye.” At the time we thought it was because of his move to MD, we did not know it was to be his final goodbye.
This was my fifth lesson- you never know when it will be the last time you see someone, so make every moment count. I am glad that my last farewell with Dominick was true to our form- him laughing and having a good time (at my expense) and me working and doing what I love. It was a beautiful sunny day and Rob was eating an ice cream with Dominick. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day.
These people, Dominick and Peggy became more than clients to me. They were friends. They came to my house, to my personal parties and more. I knew about their children and grandchildren. I am so very thankful to the family  for letting me know of Dom’s passing. Even though I have work, I am cancelling it so I can be there. Life is precious and death is an opportunity to celebrate someone one last time. I plan to celebrate the engineer, the nurse and all the lessons we learned together.
xo Uma

Summering is ON

I love lessons…they grow me and humble me at the same time.

Every summer I tend to take OFF from work and travel the whole time. 🗽🗼

I mean the whole darn time! 
School’s out? LET’S GO! 

Over the years as my center grew. The demand for my time grew as well. 

When I would take off for Summer, it would get met with complaints and sometimes even suggestions that I was being selfish. 🤔

SO…..I did what any caring and thoughtful person would do, I changed my summer schedule so instead of being gone 100% of the time, I was only gone 40%.💚💙🧡💜💛

I will admit, I was a bit sad about it because I love to travel (Sag Rising here) and with my kids safely tucked away at grandma’s house for the summer, I was ready to FLY.

But I wanted to honor the requests of my clients and really….I was also curious to see how business would be in the summer time.

Well guess what happened?

I’m here….ready to work AND
🚫 No clients
🚫 No students
🚫 No full classes

I am literally sitting here….twiddling my thumbs. 🤬🤬🤬

What a wakeup call!

SO lesson learned!

Next summer I am OUTTA here again!

And this time, I will not allow myself to have the FEELs when clients and students express their disapproval. I will remind them of the summer of 2019 and leave it at that! 🤣

Now that Summer is halfway over, I have redirected my energy yet again. It pays to be flexible so you can roll with the punches!

I cancelled some of my classes, rescheduled some and cut my work load wayyyyyy down. I bought some summer reading books at Barnes and Noble and am now having a staycation instead!

I’m talking:

  • Daytime naps
  • Late night Netflix and Hulu binging
  • Hanging with my hunny in new areas around town
  • Catching up with friends through lunches and dinners
  • Lots of summer reading!

So I made a mistake, big whoop. It happens. The most important thing is to evaluate, analyze and redirect as quickly as you can.

In the “Think and Grow Rich” book, Napolean Hill talks about Being DECISIVE is a key ingredient for a successful entrepreneur. I couldn’t agree more!

It is great to make decisions but it is also needed to be able to change those decisions and make better decisions based on your feelings.

Does anyone else relate to this?

Have you changed your life or done something for others instead of yourself and regretted it?

Were you able to stay with the original decision or did you make a change and move quickly and swiftly forward in that new direction?

As an entrepreneur have you put the needs of your clients over your own?

I may be 10 years in the game as a spiritual entrepreneur but I love these awakening moments that help me create the life I truly desire.

SO I am going to return to Summering.
Thank you for listening and hopefully you are having a happy summer too!
Xo Uma

How Conscious Am I?

 

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Have you ever had the thought: How Conscious Am I?

Probably not. It’s not something to think about….or is it?

I myself did not have the thought until recently when I noticed the shifting within myself was so vast and the changes were so noticeable that I had to ask this question.

A little backstory. At the time of writing this blog (trust me it’s not the day you are reading it!), I had completed 100 days of daily meditation. Consistently.

I am an avid meditator and have been meditating since 2009 but let’s be honest, life happened and I missed a day or two or six months. But no matter what happened, I would always get back on the serene horse and meditate again.

Why?

-Because it made me feel good

-Because it set the mood and intent for me to have a peaceful and calm day

-Because my partner, kids, anyone who was in my life required it

-Because I noticed that I stopped poking my nose into other people’s businesses (hello FB) and started minding my own

and the list goes on. I am not one to have habits but meditating is a habit I just can’t seem to break. SO being that it is stuck with me and I am stuck with it, I decided to do a little research into what meditation can do for me.

Of course this idea came to me today (the day I wrote this blog) on the 100th day of meditation. Well played Universe, well played.

So this is what I found. Read on and learn. Keep this question alive as you read, “Where do I see myself in this list?”

It is in Vedantic philosophy and Vedic Psychology of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi we can find knowledge on something called the seven states of Consciousness. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the founder of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) movement. He describes the seven states of consciousness as:

  1. Deep Sleep
  2. Dream States
  3. Waking Consciousness
  4. Transcendental Consciousness
  5. Cosmic Consciousness
  6. God Consciousness
  7. Unity Consciousness

The first three states of Consciousness are accessible to every human being with a nervous system. They are part and parcel of the whole human existence thing.

Deep sleep we know (or would like to know some nights!) because we all sleep. What is interesting is that even though we sleep, we still have some level of awareness. Take for instance if there is a fire or the alarm goes off, most of us, if not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, can and will wake up. It is almost as if the mind and body are asleep but the Spirit is still awake and ensuring our safety.

In dream states, there is much activity that plays out in stories our minds create from our subconscious realms. It feels real! Even though we are dreaming, they are so vivid and real that we cannot tell it is a dream until we awake.

Waking Consciousness is supposedly our awake and aware state. I say supposedly because I actually prefer Vedanta’s take on it. According to Vedanta (Hindu philosophy), in life we wake from the dream states and enter another dream (smile). All of life can be seen as a dream! What is real and not real depends on the viewer and how they respond to it….just like a dream. 

The fourth stage and above is not available to every being. It is only available to those who go higher. Mostly this means meditation and self awareness.

Transcendental Consciousness:

A large body of research has indicated that during practice of meditation a fourth major state of consciousness, transcendental consciousness, is produced (Chalmers, Clements, Schenkluhn, & Weinless, in press; Orme-Johnson & Farrow, 1977).

This level of consciousness represents a state of restful alertness or awareness without drama as I like to call it. It can be seen in someone with a calm mind, peaceful purpose, inner knowing and contentment.

It is wholeness, aware of itself, devoid of difference, beyond the division of subject and object—transcendental consciousness.

In this state, a person is in company for blissful experiences not bound by thought or perceptions that create division, suffering or judgment. This state differs from the waking consciousness where the person perceives objects of experience as external and separate from himself. The individual self is experienced as localized or bound in time and space. This is why Maharishi (1969) refers to the status of the self experienced in the normal waking state as the small or lower self. This lower self is only concerned with egoic desires such as money, career, relationships, clothing, etc….

A person who wants to master themselves have to master the lower self first and this means taking the mind from the gross fields of existence to the subtler fields, until the subtlest field of relative existence is transcended.

Cosmic Consciousness:

The fifth level of consciousness is often referred to as the “Witness Consciousness” because it is here that you determine the consciousness is YOU everything else is your Self.

When you meditate and achieve transcendental consciousness, that is the first step beyond the normal realms of living. When you consistently meditate and stay in the fourth level, your nervous system stays in contact with this state of consciousness and you develop the ability to keep that inner silence while you perform other things such as thinking thoughts, being active and participating in life. Eventually it stabilizes and becomes a permanent state of consciousness which is this fifth level or Cosmic Consciousness. 

Everything becomes….quieter. The Ego that was raising hell to be seen, noticed or heard now dissipates. You begin to see the transitory state of everything, people, life, relationships, material possessions.

As uncommon as this state is for most people, it is still only one of the unfoldments in consciousness development. It is in fact the first of the permanent awakening but it is the beginning step.

God Consciousness

The beauty of unfolding is that there are still deeper layers to go and this is the case of the 6th Consciousness or God Consciousness.

As you transcend thought, you reach the inner Self, the Atman as Vedic Studies refer to it. It is here that you find the deepening of the bliss received from the 4th and 5th levels.

Your perception changes. You no longer see the surface issues presented to you and this is why you become Love. Your heart is expanded and your knowing is increased. You can only find joy and delight in everything, including the uncomfortable or setbacks in life. You are able to see how everything plays a role in the grand opera of life and this knowledge brings peace and bliss to you.

As this develops, so too does devotion. Devotion can be seen in a religious, spiritual, universal way or even more generalized. You have reverence for everything and everyone, every experience in life and this is why we call it the God Consciousness.

Unity Consciousness 

In Unity Consciousness, we see no difference. I am myself and myself is All. “Where once was the inner and the outer, the real and the unreal, the Self and the non-Self, the absolute and the relative, the eternal and the temporal — there is now only One.”

It is the full awakening where a person can be at peace and love with life wholly and fully. Completely engrained within the living of life and also completely engrained within all.

“This seventh state of consciousness could very well be called the unified state of consciousness because in that state, the ultimate value of the object, infinite and unmanifest, is made lively when the conscious mind, being lively in the unbounded value of awareness, falls on the object. The object is cognized in terms of the pure subjective value of unbounded, unmanifest awareness…. In this unified state of consciousness, the experiencer and the object of experience have both been brought to the same level of infinite value and this encompasses the entire phenomenon of perception and action as well. The gulf between the knower and the object of his knowing has been bridged. When the unbounded perceiver is able to cognize the object in its total reality, cognizing the infinite value of the object, which was hitherto unseen, then the perception can be called total or of supreme value. In this state, the full value of knowledge has been gained, and we can finally speak of complete knowledge.”(Maharishi)

I have to say that even though I am an avid meditator, it is only now (ten years later) that I am reaching if not fully engrained on the last two stages. It took awhile, but I am not hard on myself about it. I am just glad to be here.

Some of you might ask me, “What does it feel like Uma?”

While I cannot be a spokesperson for everyone who has touched the last three levels, I can speak from personal experience and this is what I have felt myself:

  1. I am happy

All of the time. Even when my water heater breaks down in the same week my dishwasher sprung a leak and after I worked eight hours to produce 85 slides for a class and none could be shown because the laptop wouldn’t connect to the TV…..all of the time happy! I know, sounds weird, but truly I floated through all of it.

2. I am peaceful

My partner and I have been together for four years now and those early years were rocky! I needed and required so much of his attention. Now it’s different. I no longer require him to be part of my process. I in fact am quite happy by myself. There are weekends I actually request time to myself for no particular reason. I just like the presence of me, and this (for a recovering codependent personality) is refreshing.

3. I am more intimate in my connections

Having touched the deeper parts of my Soul somehow makes it easier for me to do the same with other people. People have always been drawn to me because of my personality but I have noticed a shift. It seems like people are drawn to me now by my presence. I can feel it too, it feels like I emanate love without trying. From my limited perception, I would say that in my successful quest to knowing myself and knowing the world intimately, I have maintained the essence of that journey and it is a scent picked up by new hunters. They thirst for the same experience and I exude a fountain of it.

4. I am Aware.

The best part (to me) of reaching higher states of consciousness is the amount of awareness that I have about myself, people and life. I don’t fall for the *bs* anymore. Even better, I realize the *bs* is most times unknown also to the person feeding it to me.

This proved a dilemma in the beginning of my awakening. How do I proceed?

At first I would call people out on it. The lack of comeback because they were too stunned to respond made me realize that I was calling people out on things that they themselves did not realize. The reality of my words hit them so hard that it made ME feel bad.

So then I stopped doing that and instead tried to tell them what I knew and what I saw. This backfired too, because I was speaking to most people in a waking consciousness state. I literally had people say to me, “I don’t understand the words coming out of your mouth.” Even though I was speaking casually and normally, it sounded like a foreign language to them. Interesting.

So now, with my state of awareness, I say nothing. I do not engage. If I see someone acting from a place of unconsciousness, I leave it be. If they ask my opinion or want to know what my perspective is, I am happy to share. Otherwise, I keep my mouth shut, my heart open, my awareness on fleek and continue to have a peaceful existence.

It is with consciousness my life has improved. And now because of how much it has helped me tremendously, it is my deepest desire that we have the majority if not all people living from a state of consciousness. I can imagine what this world would look and feel like if we were all consciously living. It would resemble something like this:

Husband and Wife having a disagreement:

Wife: “You are so lazy, I can’t stand it.”

Husband: “Are you saying I am lazy because there are things to do around the house and I am not doing as much as you think I should?”

Wife: “Yes that’s it. I do everything around here and you just sit around and watch t.v”

Husband: “Do you think I can do more than what I currently do so you can have the opportunity to relax in your own way as well?”

Wife: “I would love to relax! But I am always working! And yes seeing you relax makes me angry because I have no time to relax.”

Husband: “Ok what can I help you with today in this moment so you can take some time for yourself to relax?”

Wife: lists all the things she has to do and works with husband to finish them or put off until tomorrow. 

Husband: “Now that we have created some space before dinner, would you like to join me in watching this show?”

Wife: “Actually no dear, you continue. I am going to draw myself a nice bath and soak for a bit before dinner. And I apologize for calling you lazy. I am projecting my own issues onto you instead of taking the time to communicate with you about them.”

Husband: “Apology accepted and I too apologize for not tuning into your frustration and stepping up to talk with you about what you were going through. Let’s make the rest of this evening a peaceful one.”

Hey I can hope and dream right? 🙂

Well, I can do more than that….I can educate, inspire and gently nudge people in the right direction….the path to meditation and unfoldment.

So here is your gentle push. Start today. Start with five minutes a day of complete silence and work your way up. I now meditate 30 minutes a day sometimes twice a day. I am working my way up to 40 minutes. You can be here too. Trust me, just start with 5 minutes and see what happens.

In the meantime I am going to go back to my regular schedule of staying in a state of awareness. Love to you all and blessed be

xo Uma

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Uma Alexandra Beepat is an intuitive consultant, psychic medium and spiritual teacher located in Northern VA. To learn more about Uma, visit http://www.umalotusflower.com

Mercury Retrograde in Pisces

We are in the middle of a mercury retrograde, the first one of three this year, and I have to say, it hasn’t been quite bad! I have been enjoying it more than I usually do and my upsets seem to be related to technology only. Whew!

Definitely a treat compared to when Mercury was retrograde in Aries last year. Much different energy!

Today we will talk about what mercury retrograde in Pisces means and how to safely navigate out of one. This current retrograde period ends on March 28th and we have a little room to breathe before we are hit with three more planetary retrogrades in April.

If you have never heard of Mercury retrograde or understand the issues that tend to arise during this period, read all about it here.

Mercury Retrograde in Pisces brings about a conundrum of sorts. Mercury is at home in the signs of Gemini and Virgo. Virgoan and Gemini interest is in the details and well, that wouldn’t work in the watery sign of Pisces.

In Pisces, there is a need to take a wider, more expansive, mystical view of life. Most people do not like change, so if you tend to be rigid in thinking or controlling in thought, this can be a very challenging time for you. Expect things to shift to create chaos to get you to uncling from these hard and fast beliefs. Going with the flow is so necessary now and being able to change at a moment’s notice will make it easier.

I myself have had to reroute regularly, sometimes even hourly! But this is the beauty of learning about life outside of our viewpoint. In learning about retrogrades and especially this one in Pisces, it has helped me keep an open mind and see change as fantastic and not something to be feared.

Indeed I am an Earth sign and have a couple of signs in my chart that are mutable (non fixed) so going with the flow is easy for me. There are some signs that are definitely impacted more than most this season and they are:

Signs Mostly Affected this Pisces Season:

  1. Water Signs-Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio

As a water sign, you already know how to swim effortlessly through change so keep at it! Allow yourself to expand, redirect, change directions and take risks. Others may not support you or even doubt you but don’t let them! You are in swimming season, so keep your positivity up and watch some amazing things happen this retrograde season!

  1. Fire Signs- Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

Cool down fire sign! You may be struggling this season because there is an innate tendency in fire signs to want to WIN no matter what the cost. In this retrograde season you can expect to see your important relationships challenged. It can be home, personal, business or in the community. Before you make sudden and drastic decisions (impulsive much?), take a breath, CALM DOWN and wait this season out. If you don’t take this time out, you can create much damage that may not be repaired.

Tips to Flow during this Season:

No matter what sign you are, for the remainder of the retrograde season, do these three things or place some importance on them:

  1. Allow yourself to daydream

You are having a hard time with a project at work. Instead of contemplating the solution with what you have available (may not be much), imagine a different outcome if you lived in a “perfect world” and you had every resource available to you.

This kind of daydreaming is what Pisces energy is built on! Allow your mindset to drift and imagine bigger and better things than you currently have. You may be surprised to see some of your outlandish dreams coming true or heading in that direction!

2. Self Care focus and take breaks

Many of us have noticed with the advent of this retrograde period, we just couldn’t seem to get out of bed. Ohhhhh the energy drain! As much as we are SUPPOSED to take care of ourselves all of the time, it is especially crucial during a retrograde season.

I am pretty good about taking my daily multivitamins and probiotics but come retrograde time, I am fanatical about taking them every day! I also tend to go to bed earlier, have more nap times during the day and be willing to be break commitments to honor my energy.

Work at the pace that you can comfortably. A retrograde doesn’t last forever! With the incoming new moon in April, you can expect to get that drive back and have interest in all the things prompt and fast moving!

3. Hold space for others and/or limit social time 

Many people do not follow astrology or pay attention to these deeply impactful planetary movements. Forgive them anyway. 🙂

The beauty of knowledge is that it becomes wisdom when shared or experienced. This information you learn, is not meant to be storehoused in a corner of your brain until you die! No, no, no! You learn, you grow and you expand…..this in turn helps you to help other people.

Maybe no one wants to listen to you go on and on about planets. Cool. When THEY start getting irritated or frustrated, don’t judge them or make fun of them, take a higher approach and hold space for them.

Also, it is ok and perfectly normal to pull away from people in general when you are in a retrograde period. It is a time of deep introspection so if you feel to curl up in your home and spend some time by yourself, have at it! Build your energy for the times you do feel social.

Tips to leaving a Retrograde Period: 

As we come to the end of mercury retrograde in Pisces on March 28th, here are some realistic expectations you can do to make it comfortable:

  • Be aware. Whatever you started in a retrograde period CAN end as life returns to normal. This is why it is suggested not to start a relationship in a retrograde peiod. If you did start something, then allow yourself to be flexible and ready for adjustments. It may not end, it can change in some other aspect. Whatever happens, be open and accepting of what comes your way.

 

  • I don’t know why but it seems like the end of the retrograde period tends to be the toughest! I can sail through a season easily until its last two days and then all hell breaks loose! Because of this happening frequently, I have learned to slow down and create space in between my TO DO list of things. When a planet ends its retrograde, the energy can be supercharged, so we can all be a little frazzled and exhausted anyway, and need the extra time to rest so we’re not completely burned out. Once the retrograde is over, work on replenishing your energy. Rest.

 

  • Pay attention to what areas are ruled by the house the planet retrogrades in (in this case Pisces) as they tend to get the brunt of the problems during the retrograde. Start to make plans for how you can right whatever went wrong, and get everything back to normal (or better than normal) soon after the retrograde ends.

 

So as we journey through this water sign, take your time, relax and breathe. You got this, sometimes you may forget but I am here to remind you, all the power lies within you! Now that you are armed with this knowledge, go forth and blossom!

xo Uma

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Uma Alexandra Beepat is an intuitive consultant, spiritual teacher and owner of Lotus Wellness Center in Northern VA.

To learn more about Uma, visit http://www.umalotusflower.com

 

What does it mean to be Spiritual?

I had a friend who was a bit of a cynic (well he still is) and he said one time to me, “You gotta love the Spiritual people. It’s pretty much a bunch of lame-Os who are too lazy for religion and too scared to be atheist.”

After I had a good belly laugh about it for oh say two hours, I had to stop and think about it….I mean it had some truth to it, didn’t it?

I spent the next few days testing out his theory by asking innocent bystanders (ok my clients and students at Lotus), if they were religious or spiritual and what did that mean to them.

I received interesting feedback with the majority of answers corroborating his theory. Most people don’t know or have an explainable idea of what it means.

The most popular answer I got was, “Well I am definitely not religious, I would say I am more Spiritual because I believe in a God or the Universe.”

Me: “Ok do you have a set practice as a Spiritual person?”

Them: “No not really, it’s what I feel like really. Some days I meditate, some days I go to the yoga class at my gym and some days I eat cheetos on the couch. It’s all about balance!”

Me: “Uh huh got it. But is there something specific you do that can identify you with other Spiritual people?”

Them: “Well I do wear mala beads and most Spiritual people wear mala beads. It’s a sign of our Spirituality.”

Me: “Do you know how to use a mala bead?”

Them: “There’s a use for them?!”

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Trust me when I say she is a sweetheart. A bumbling sweetheart but sweet nevertheless.

I had a bit of shell shock and identity crisis as I realized I was probably seen this way as well! I mean I own a Wellness Center and Massage School and wear mala beads! OMG am I a Spiritually Unevolved person? Is that how the world sees me?

Cue *dramatic fall to the floor with hand covering my eyes*

Back then I took a whole lotta offense to what my friend said, to the answers I got back and to somehow me being lumped in this category. I decided then and there that I needed to have a firm answer on what being Spiritual meant for me and to me so if anyone asked, I would be better prepared to answer.

I came up with 3 reasons why I am Spiritual and I am sharing it here in case it resonates with you. Feel free to use them! I have no rights over these ideas, and hey maybe if we were all well-equipped with answers, the rest of the world will take us seriously, have a green tea and calm the f**k down. Here we go:

  1. I believe in All the Religions

In my younger years (ages 9-28) I studied most of the major religions. I read the Bible front to back (twice), Koran, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras and the Tao. What I found was similarities amongst them all. More similarities than differences. Later on in my 30s, I found Wiccan and Paganism and noticed similarity in dates to Christian important holidays (Christmas and Easter) and similar symbolism.

As I matured, I realized I didn’t feel comfortable owning a title. You could call me Christian because I liked to go to Church (still do occasionally). You could call me Hindu because I practice yoga and meditation daily. You could call me Muslim because I enjoy fasting during the Ramadan season. You could call me Pagan because I have a deep love of earth rituals and Mother Nature. If I identified with one religion, I would neglect the other spiritual practices I employed.

2. I am more concerned with my Purpose than my Needs

Now this is in no way a jab to anyone, it is a revelation unto myself. I grew up in a typical family with two siblings and parents who were striving for better things. We all do. My family like everyone else wanted a better future. My family unlike some families came from humble beginnings in a third world country.

Somewhere along the way, i got sidetracked, bamboozled, led astray by the sirene call of the Spiritual realm to seek my path and purpose in life specific to me. I didn’t want to exist on the earthly realm anymore for pain and pleasure, I wanted significance in finding a way to make a living that contributed to the wellbeing of others. I opened a Wellness Center and then later a Massage School before personally venturing out to speak, teach and write on what I know. The call of the Divine to help, uplift and inspire others was a deeper call than the need for public fame, fortune and membership in the right clubs and societal groups.

When I refer to myself as Spiritual, I refer to this need, this desire to find out my purpose in life and live it accordingly. Again I will stress the importance of recognizing that it is a focus on what I do want and not what I am moving away from. Many of my loved ones still pursue a materialistic life and you know what? I love them immensely and have no judgment. Being Spiritual for me in this aspect is about learning to understand me and why I am here, not about judging someone else’s path or story.

3) The CIA is everywhere

Living the Spiritual life means coming from a place of CIA all the time everytime. What is the CIA?

C-Compassion

I-Intent

A-Awareness

It is so easy to get caught up in the drama and trauma of life, to take things personally, to get easily offended, to make judgments and to develop this us vs. them mentality. I didn’t want that anymore. I did it for a large part of my life, and it brought nothing but dissatisfaction, hurt and envy to my life. My anger raged and this fire consumed me all the time. I wanted out and I got it when I started living with a CIA perspective.

Compassion teaches me to see things from someone else’s perspective, to continue to love them where they are and to hold space instead of react when things aren’t going right.

Intent teaches me to have intention before I DO ANYTHING! Whether I am about to eat food, cross the sidewalk, take a drive or speak to a class, I remind myself of my reasons for doing so and maintain intent in the transactions.

Awareness teaches me to continuously watch, observe, monitor and eventually self-correct on my behaviors if they are out of alignment with my path and purpose, if they are hurtful to others or if they could be done better. This last one is a doozy. I have time and time again reached out to people I have wronged and apologized. Sometimes it is accepted and sometimes I am the receiver of a verbal lashing out. It is hard work to admit you are wrong and even harder to be penalized for it, but yet my awareness will not let me off the hook. Into the darkness I  must go to apologize, yes for them but mostly for me. I need to be better, do better and live better everyday within my conscience.

There is one more big reason why I call myself Spiritual instead of a follower of a particular religion or an atheist. In realizing it, I guess in the end, I have alot in common with the bumbling sweetheart from earlier who couldn’t put it in words what she knew in her heart to be true. In the end, I am like her Spiritual because I Believe. 

I believe in a Higher Power, God Consciousness or The Universe.

I believe we are Souls having a Human Experience. 

I believe in the sanctity of Life, the harmony of man and the peace of a utopian society. 

Hmm, sounds like the decree of a new religion, possibly Umaism?

Nah. I think all of the religions currently existing got this Belief thing covered.

I rather say I am Spiritual, live a decent life, don’t worry what others are doing and focus on how I can be of contribution to society.

Wear your Spiritual badge proud and loud. Let’s all share our love of all things Spiritual with pride

uab-web-5Uma is the owner of Lotus Wellness Center and Lotus Signature Massage School in VA. To learn more about this crazy Spiritual chic, check out http://www.umalotusflower.com