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FENSKE: Raise your awareness & raise your consciousness

"Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, [the fullest moon] and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment." - Morihei UeshibaAs I sat on Lanikai beach during the time of the full moon right after Christmas, I was filled with awe as I watched the moon rising up out of the ocean on the horizon. I watched with delight and a sense of heightened sensitivity and connection. It was one of those peak spiritual experiences that touches you in that sacred place of your divinity - that place that fills you with light, joy and peace and hastens you to savor the moment and keep it close to you forever.The majestic scene before me held me in such a state of grace that it felt as if the divine impulse of God had wrapped its arms around me in an embrace that connected me with all that is. I was empty of all thought, just immersed in the feeling of deep love. Perhaps this was a moment of enlightenment, a rich pause for reflection, gratitude and appreciation for the wonders of my journey here on Mother Earth.At first the moon was a sliver of bright orange peaking over the edge of the dark water. As she continued to expand on the horizon and gradually move upward, she became brighter and lighter and created a shimmering trail across the water to where I sat on the beach. As the moon gradually ascended into the clear, vast sky the path on the water became wider, beckoning me to go deeper and wider in my own ascension, my own transformation on my spiritual path. In the words of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, "Enlightenment will be now the beginning, not the end. Beginning of a non-ending process in all dimensions of richness."The Universe offers us such a myriad of opportunities for enlightenment at any given moment. All we have to do is show up, be present and hone our awareness to be watchful for them. With our awareness sharper and clearer, we raise our consciousness. Not unlike the metaphor of the moon rising on the ocean, as our consciousness ascends our path widens and becomes richer and more luminous.These opportunities for numinous experiences are ours to witness at any moment as long as we are prepared. As you move into the first week of the New Year, I challenge you to make one of your intentions to practice awareness. Awareness is the portal to consciousness and when you become more conscious you see more clearly and fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment. With these qualities on board you will then add to and expand the power of wisdom and enlightenment to the whole. You will become a change agent for the betterment and evolution of our world. And so it is!Catherine Fenske, Ph.D. (c), is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is a certified life coach and spiritual counselor. She is also a Reiki Master/teacher; body-mind-spirit practitioner and evolutionary. Catherine can be reached at 505-795-7779 or at Go to or visit her blog at to learn more about her.

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