Thursday, March 30, 2017

VIDEO and AUDIO - Pilgrim Story Hour, Peek into the Past



While walking in Croatia, I was interviewed by a reporter in English for the evening news.

I was alone then, having separated from Alberto only a week earlier. I was recovering from a severe infection, staying with a priest and community that took me in without question. To this day, I am in awe of, and grateful for, the kindness they showed me.

This is rare footage from my time as a pilgrim, and re-enforces that this was indeed, for me, a journey of inner exploration... and that people are good!

My intro and interview are only 6 minutes. The rest is video of me packing my backpack and walking on the open road.

Enjoy and buen camino,
~Mony

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Friday, March 17, 2017

VIDEO and AUDIO - Pilgrim Story Hour, Journey to the Inner Temple



In this video, I share some reflections on the true temple that I was walking towards during my pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago, and walking 5000 kms from Rome to Jerusalem.

When I recorded this video, I didn't realize that the sun would create this light effect, and I thought about re-recording it. But it somehow seemed to add to the message of this episode, which is that the temple that we seek (and all its promises and secret teachings) is within our own heart, and it is to that temple that we journey when we walk.

Enjoy the video, and please feel free to share.

To listen to the audio podcast, check out iTunes or SoundCloud.

Buen camino!
Mony


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Courage is taking one step...



Courage: We often think of it in grand terms, as giant feats of heroism; but I’ve come to appreciate that true courage involves listening to our intuition and taking one purposeful step in the direction of our highest truth.

I have many experiences to draw from, but I will share with you the story of what happened when I left Microsoft, not knowing my next steps and not having a clear direction for my life.

The decision didn’t happen overnight. It took several years, as I flitted from job to job within the company, waiting for each new job to fill the tremendous void of dissatisfaction and fatigue I was feeling. The initial enthusiasm and challenge would inevitably wane, and I would once again begin to feel restless; but I wasn't ready to give up my career, my identity or my livelihood.

At the same time, a powerful shift was happening within me.

My intuition was awakening. Until then, if I couldn't see or touch a thing, it didn't exist. Logic won over instinct every time. But I was seeing how those little hunches, those tiny feelings that carried absolute knowing, were bringing me to places of healing and comprehension. I began listening to them.

I felt connected to a greatness that extended beyond my concepts of love; and I felt it close to me, encouraging me to act on all the coincidences that were presenting themselves. Even though my logic protested at the absurdity of following a coincidence, I did it anyways, and found myself in situations that brought clarity and insight.

I also felt as if all of Creation was awaiting my moment of decision, so that they too could move with me.

Let me tell you what happened when I finally made my decision to quit.

I had left Canada, and was now working at the Microsoft’s head office in Washington. I finally worked up the resolve, and walked into my manager's office to tell her the news. She knew I was unhappy and so, before I could speak, began to describe a new job opportunity that would have me be the liaison between Corporate office in the U.S. with the offices in Europe, Middle East and Africa. It would be a relationship-building job where I would travel the region, sharing best practices with them and taking back to Corporate the practices that were working well locally that we could incorporate into international programs.

Could there be a better job?! To travel, meet people, share stories, and get paid for it?!

I was paralyzed by indecision, shutting down what I knew to be my truth and beginning to convince myself that THIS new job would bring me the inner peace and fulfillment I was seeking...until a friend and mentor at Microsoft sat me down and said:

“You need great courage to take one small step in the direction of your heart and its yearning, even when you don't know where that step will lead you exactly. Do you have that courage?”

I decided that I did. When I finally quit, the floodgates that had been holding the precious clarity I sought opened up. They led me to a retreat in the mountains a few hours from my home where I would serendipitously meet my eagle, and begin my pilgrimages and travels.

One small step. One committed act towards self-love and inner peace. One act of faith in myself and all the forces of Love that I knew were rooting for me!

And knowing that behind that leap, Love has my back!

That's all it took.

May your courage reveal the next step in your journey.
~Mony

#courage #love #selflove #innerpeace #intuition #pilgrimage #pilgrims #spirituality #sacredjourney #transformation #CaminodeSantiago #speaker #inspirational #inspirationalspeaker

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day - Reflections on Feminine and Masculine

Duality, by intuitive artist Alberto Agraso (http://albertoagraso.blogspot.com)
I have always a hard time with this day because I feel the pressure to honour and celebrate only women.

I understand the history and significance of this day, and in no way wish to diminish its importance or the courage and merit of the women who fought for civil rights and who change the world in magnificent ways every day. And, of course, there is still work to do to bring about full equality on all levels.

Today, however, I wish to reflect on the path we are walking together as men and women.

Compassion, nurturing, love, inclusion…why are these the exclusive terrain of women?

Power, dominance, assertiveness, independence… why are these the exclusive terrain of men?

I know women who would be considered “masculine”. Should I celebrate them exclusively because they are women?

I know men who embody the “feminine”. Should I exclude them, just because they are men?

I believe it’s abuse of power that we need to reflect on, independent of gender or sexual orientation.

As a woman, I have suffered abuse of power at the hands of other women, and I have seen them exercise that power over men. I understand that we live in a patriarchal society, and we have seen their abuses; but I have also seen men be the shining lights of love and compassion.

And that abuse and discrimination can be seen not only between men and women, but between races, religions, sexual orientation, economic status, social status, and so many more examples.

We all carry the principles we call feminine inside of us, along with the masculine. The harmonizing and marriage of those energies, to me, is the journey. It is from that marriage – that sacred union – that true power arises and the magnificence of creation is unleashed.

So this is my celebration today: the awakening of the feminine in all, and the continuing journey of men and women to bring into harmony the masculine and feminine energies within them, and to use them in service for the highest good of all.

This painting by @AlbertoAgraso is called "Duality" and I believe speaks beautifully to this message.

#InternationalWomensDay #EqualityMatters #love #equality #duality #consciousness #women #feminine #masculine #energy #ArtoftheSpirit #gender 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Would I feel intense love if my husband and child were not in my life?

"Do you think you could feel the love you experience with your husband and child if they were not part of your life today?"

I was asked that question a while ago and, after some reflection, gave this response.
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When I was younger, I believed that love was all about giving, and making other people happy.

I didn’t realize until adulthood that I was giving so much love in an attempt to receive a love I never felt for myself.

My parents demonstrated their love for me by encouraging me to excel in all aspects of my life.

Which I did.

But it also instilled in me the feeling that I was never quite good enough, and that I had to keep giving (love, time, effort) in order to have love and security.

The collapse of my (first) marriage revealed how little love I had for myself, but set me firmly on the path of inner exploration, and of looking inwards to fill myself with whatever I was seeking in others.

My commitment to that path would eventually see me abandoning the life I had built to embark on my spiritual quests.

I would become great friends with my tormentors (i.e. my fears), and would learn to wield Love in the most powerful of ways to heal and transform that wounded child into a whole human being.

Now, as to whether I would feel the love that I do for Alberto and Sylvana if they weren’t in my life… I don’t know.

I do know that my journey of love mastery would never cease.

As for Alberto, my love for him - from pilgrim partners to parents - over the last fifteen years has evolved.

What is fundamental in our relationship is the understanding that the spiritual journey of each is paramount; and that we are here to support each other in THAT journey, to see the fears, to heal the hurts, to choose from a place of love rather than a place of fear.

It is beyond romantic love and companionship.

It is an understanding that we are independent souls, sharing this journey together, walking together… and that we don’t need each other.

The greatest love I can offer him is to let him walk his path, even that means I need to be alone.

With Sylvana, our love for her has also evolved from simply protecting her and caring for her needs, to planting in her the seeds of self-confidence and self-love so that she may continue growing into the fullness of who she is and what she has come here to experience as a free soul.

She also naturally tends to peace-making (me) with a hint of perfectionism (Alberto).

Creating peace and offering the best of yourself to any task are important, but not if grounded in the fears of rejection or failure.

In trying to teach her the difference between choosing from love or fear, we are continually offered the beautiful opportunity ourselves to stand more firmly in love and to transform what still may be anchored in fear within us. It is a beautiful circle, a continual dance along the spiral of spiritual growth. It's been said before that our children are our greatest teachers, and she most surely is ours.

Love is a verb, with so many facets and nuances, and to love is the greatest journey of exploration we can ever embark on.

~Mony

#love #family #consciousness #innerjourney #parenting #spirituality #Spirit #soullove #loveisallthereis #loveyourself 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Our Story of Love


Many people look at us and say, “You guys are so lucky to have found each other. You don’t know how hard it is to find someone these days.”

We have now been together for fifteen years. We have gone through the trials of every relationship, including parenthood. What people don’t know, perhaps, is the story of how we met.

Ours was never a romantic love…not in the beginning anyways. 

We met when each of us was on a personal journey of self-exploration, self-knowing and above all, self-love. We were determined to stay away from romantic entanglements because we knew how distracting they were and how far they can pull you away from your own inner quest.

Mony: I had just come out of a divorce that had left me shell-shocked. No woman wants to be told that the man she loved was now leaving her for another. My self-esteem, and dignity were felled in one swoop. I can look back it at now as the greatest gift of my life because it forced me to look at myself, at my beliefs, expectations, childhood…all of it. And my journey became one of healing and transformation, and of learning to love the person who walks this earth simply as Mony.

Alberto: I too had come out of a marriage and a few relationships that had left me wounded, but wiser about what love really means to me. Above all else, I knew that a relationship had to give me the freedom to continue my own personal quests. I didn’t think, at that moment, that I could make that journey successfully with another person, and I was determined not to take that risk so readily any more.

When we met as pilgrims, and began walking from Rome to Jerusalem, we were companions on this path of inner exploration. No one believed we weren’t romantically involved, which is why we always learned how to say the word ‘only friends’ in the language of every country we walked through. There was no attraction then, since our focus was very much on what the journey was revealing to us about ourselves; what every encounter was teaching us; what every argument between us was bringing to the surface to be healed. We looked at EVERY THING that happened on that journey as an initiation: a shedding of the old, and an emergence into that part of ourselves that was grounded in love, compassion, wisdom. 

We walked in this way for six months, until we arrived in Greece. By then, we had experienced so much, lived through so many intense moments. We had already been rejected more than once when asking for shelter. We had already separated and walked apart for forty days. We had already broken down and rebuilt ourselves a hundred times over. We were each standing more confidently in who we were as individuals and what we believed about ourselves and our world – even when we still disagreed on some things.

The romantic shift happened unexpectedly, when the masks we were wearing finally fell; and they fell, because we had each been insistently peeling back our personal layers of fears, judgments and shame. When you commit to shedding those layers that no longer serve you, EVERY aspect is brought forth. 

Which now meant that we were also ready to examine our understanding of what it means to be in relationship.

How do you remain loyal to who you are and your beliefs when you are with someone?

How do you walk your own path, while still sharing it with the one you love?

How do you continue sharing the path, while remaining anchored in your own journey?

How do you continue the journey of self-love, when your disagreements threaten the fabric of your relationship?

How do you continue believing in love, despite the hurt we inevitably caused each other?

These are the questions that our relationship allows us to explore, to this very day. 

This is the opportunity for personal growth that Love offers us.

This is the infinite gift of relationship. 

It’s been said before, but remains a great truth: we found Love when we stopped looking for it “out there”, and began seeking it and honouring it in ourselves.

Love of self, anchors our relationship. 

Love for the other, gives it wings.

With infinite light and blessings,
Mony and Alberto 

#love #loveistheway #valentinesday #everydayisloveday #loveyou #loveyourself 


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Awaken, dear hearts...


Look at these beautiful words from my meditation:

"Awaken, dear hearts.

Spirit knows the way.

She arises, lighting the way, her brilliance impossible to contain.

She speaks the language of love.

Whispering into longing echoes of the soul.

She denies nothing, and embraces everything.

She is the awakener, and the awakened.

She is your guide, your way-shower.

She thrills and delights you.

Your passion is her mark.

She roams the hallways of your soul.

Unstoppable.

Brilliant.

Opening every door.

Let her through."

#meditation #love #awakening #transformation #consciousness #channeling #wordsthatinspire #innerjourney #currentoflove #energy #vibration