Do not emulate

Note: The first part of this message woke me with a sense of urgency at 2:30 a.m. I buried my head in my pillow and said, “I’ll do it in the morning!” but phrases kept coming throughout the night. At 6:30, I began to write. 

Do not emulate. Let us repeat this. Please, do not emulate. Emulation is the denial of your beautiful energetic signature. It is replacing it with that of another. Can you see this?

There have been many voices throughout your life that have expressed a knowing that you are less than, that you do not measure up, that if you just tried harder you would be someone. While this is not in any way true, over time the repetition and the intensity of these messages takes a toll, particularly when you are young and so impressionable or, should we say, imprintable. Also, these same voices offer up others as examples of who you should be. In effect, they are saying, in a very persuasive way, that your energetic signature is not as valuable as another’s.

And if these voices weren’t enough, there are entire systems that have been created to teach you to emulate. Ponder this. They can seem so large and credible that they make you feel small and of little worth. So, from many different directions, great pressure is being exerted upon humanity to emulate, because acceptance and a confirmation of  the choice to be a lesser self are lauded. It becomes easy to say to yourself, “I will emulate who they want me to.” Do you feel sadness when you hear this decision being made? Emulation is an embracing of the illusions of safety, belonging, the known, the predictable, instead of an embracing of the adventures of the Unknown, which is where you can truly meet your fullness.

If you live in emulation of another or even aspects of others, it is as if you are holding up a mirror and instead of seeing yourself, you see another or aspects of others forming a composite image of “you.” You have chosen to be a copy of another, and in that choice you are walking beneath your true self and placing others above you. Emulation requires a tremendous amount of energy to maintain.

To live in alignment with your true self requires that you be awake to the allure of emulation.

If you could only see the inner beauty of your being, the completeness that you are, the joyfulness that your song creates, the imprint that your true presence leaves, you would choose not to emulate. You are an original! We rejoice at your presence on the planet at this time.

Emulation is the denial of who you truly are. So we ask you to consider exploring within yourself whether you are expressing your true self or whether you have decided to emulate others – fully, or in part. Are there systems that have persuaded you to let go of your own inner light in favor of others’ ways of doing things? Remember, you have been trained to emulate from an early age. It has become second nature to you to watch, assess, listen for, and see where others are being “something” and you are not.

So if you choose to begin a practice of this exploration, your eyes will not only be opened to the aspects of others you have chosen to adopt. They will also be opened to the magnificent aspects of you. It takes courage and persistence to shake off the old teachings, the insistent voices, the systems that seek to entrain you, but you can do this. Hold to your intention to express the full beauty of who you are.

You already are the answer they are telling you to seek elsewhere.

Photo by Charles Kouns.

The HeART of intuition: Live from the inside out, Part 1

Live your life from the “inside out” and have the “inside edge” in everything you do.

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
—Albert Einstein

This post is part 1 of an 8-part mini course on intuition, a journey into the land of your soul. You will learn how to honor and use your intuition to empower your life and live authentically. The lessons are short, but please do not rush through them. Use them as an opportunity for contemplation, growth, and healing.

Intuition the best and most empowering tool for coming to know:

  1. Who you are.
  2. Where you are in your life right now.
  3. Where you are going.
  4. Why you are going there.
  5. What to do next.

So, as well as being a metaphysical tool to explore the inner realms and spirit world, intuition is also very very practical. 

Why do you want to learn how to “connect” intuitively? Is it to connect with your higher Self, other people, your guides, your ancestors, etc.? Is it to help you make better decisions in your life, to feel good about yourself, to impress others, and so on? 

Take a few minutes to really reflect on this. It will help you set your intentions for this mini-course, which will help you get the most out of it.

Next week, in Part 2, we’ll begin exploring how to develop and deepen your intuition.

The time of change is imminent. Do not go back.

Today I was watching a documentary called “Standing on Sacred Ground: Islands of Sanctuary.” During the segment about Aboriginal land rights and the Rainbow Serpent, there was a loud bang outside. Afterwards I discovered that a large pane of glass had shattered without any obvious cause. While I was sweeping up the glass, I could feel that the forces of nature were speaking, and I received a spiritual coordinate that corresponds to “heavenly lightning.” Here is the message that was pushing on the edge of my awareness:

Be with your people now. The time of change is imminent. Earth is reclaiming her majesty and you will honor her through responding with care and fierce kindness in the face of prohibition. No more hollow commitments by governments will be tolerated in relation to the sacred. The land demands respect and will receive it now. Make offerings.

Since then I have been in a pensive mood. A second, shorter message came after I meditated: “Do not go back to the way things were.” I sense that it is of utmost importance that we really listen, right now, and not resume the unconscious and dishonoring behaviors that were so prevalent before the Coronavirus pandemic. Mother Earth requires our reverence. Let us offer our gifts to her. May the above image remind us of our responsibility.

Photo by Jeff Vander Clute.

Join in the weaving

While humanity is under global physical separation orders, what a wonderful time to exercise creativity! All over the world, stories are emerging of people and communities breaking their daily patterns of behavior to create new ways to connect with one another—ways that create hope, light, joy, and an energetic heart-to-heart warmth. Individuals too are creating new ideas, projects, courses, etc., to feed the creative impulses that are surfacing now. These impulses to create are always present, but in “normal” times they often lie buried beneath the consequences of earlier choices.

Celebrate this current outpouring of creative action, for it is opening many new waves of possibility. It is generating an unprecedented level of openness and kindness, compassion and loving energy. We encourage each person to listen within for what is calling them to participate in growing this wave.

For you see, as these actions increase, there is a weaving occurring energetically on the global level. A new blanket of vitality is being woven and is being wrapped around the Earth. It is an energy that cannot and will not be affected by fear. In fact, it is so vital, it is making it more difficult for fear to be as pervasive as it could be.

Each creative act, whether singular or collective, is a statement that fear will not rule this period of human existence. The more people participate exercise their creativity, the louder and stronger that statement becomes.

For within the act of creativity is boundlessness. There is a state of generous exploration that creates alternate realities and possibilities from the current perceived realities and limited possibilities now occurring on Earth.

It is good to remember that the current realities are simply an old weaving that was created by your ancestors. And while some of it is strong and beautiful, much of it is old, frayed, and falling apart. You could say it has grown moldy with fear, greed, anger, hate, distrust, and many other suffocating energies that humans are living beneath. You have heard the term, “wet blanket.” This is what much of current reality is for people, energetically.

But the current worldwide disruption, a shared fate that is not political, cultural, territorial, or racial, has offered an opportunity to throw off the current weaving and create a new one. Even if it is lifted for only a few moments again and again, it all adds up to make a wonderful difference.

So we say to all of you, “Connect to your heart’s voice.” Ask your heart what expressions it wishes to make in the new world that is emerging. How would it like to express any long-quieted yearnings that live within you? Do not judge or second-guess your heart. Simply respond and enter into its magical energies where time ceases, reality changes, and nourishment abounds. Fear cannot live inside this energetic space.

So whatever creative expression comes forward each day, be bold, take courage and most importantly, free yourself to take the step inward and outward. Pour your love and joy into every moment. Then, if it feels right, share it with others. Do not worry about what might happen or how it might be judged. Who knows? You may be passing the thread to another person who will join in the weaving of this new, life-giving blanket for all of life on Earth.

Photo by Charles Kouns.

How creating from spaciousness leads to positive change

When you tune into the universal energy of the current times, you’ll notice a new sense of spaciousness has been created and provided for us all. I’m referring to it as ‘the great pause’.

This spaciousness provides us with time to embark on an inner journey that will essentially guide and connect us to the outer world we want to experience and create.

This time allows us to recreate, redefine, and realign our energy towards activities that align us to our authentic self – a self which has full clarity, expresses from truth, and is aware of our connection to each other and to everything around us.

This connection drives how we will act and how we will create, going forward.

Not even two months before the pandemic hit, I penned the following words for my upcoming Mayan book on awakened leadership:

Forgetting who you really are is one of the fastest pathways to losing your connection to nature, the elements, and your gifts. It’s also the fastest pathway to self-destruction and self-annihilation, which is what our society is now facing.

I may not have a glimpse of the whole future, but I do know that when we as a society are given an opportunity – in the form of a collective forced way of being – to honor that message, it’s important to do so. Because as in our personal life, if we fail to heed warnings they will keep repeating until we get the message.

Tips for applying spaciousness to your life:

Pay attention to resistance

Resistance is like the body experiencing pain; it’s telling you to pay attention to something. If you are experiencing resistance around a task, a decision, or moving an idea forward – stop. Take a walk, meditate, make herbal tea, and give yourself space for the solution to come through. The solution could even be to not go ahead with your original intention. 

Resistance is a sign that something is off. It can point to one of the blocks you need to work through, or indicate that the activity or idea itself could be out of alignment or unfinished.  

Remove inner and outer pressures

When you feel pressure to create something new or build upon something – stop. Assess where this pressure is coming from. Is it coming from scarcity energy that has been deeply ingrained in our society? Or is it coming from a self-identity story you’ve told yourself about who you are? Is it a family member’s voice inside your head putting pressure on you? Or are you pressuring yourself out of comparison or choosing to copy others.

Lead through inspiration, not self-delegation

Spaciousness allows you to lead and take action through inspiration that naturally comes to you when you give yourself the space. For example, if you have scheduled one day to get clarity on or to reorganize an important topic, give yourself a week instead. If you have committed to working on three projects at once because that’s your usual pace, go inside and assess how you need to be spending your time. Perhaps working on only one project is more suitable right now?

Prioritize spaciousness

Spaciousness is not a one-off thing, meaning it’s not something you do for one hour or one day and then are done with. This time in humanity is asking for us to create spaciousness for many months. To slow down our pace in all areas of our life in general, especially our business.

Spaciousness needs to become the underlying tapestry and fabric of your life. This will become the place where you birth your new ideas and inspirations while experiencing the greatest amounts of joy.

Photo by Rowan Heuvel on Unsplash

Are you a poet?

When I spent the summer before I entered college in Greece, my ancestral home, I was smitten by the Classical Greek culture I encountered there, and decided to become an archaeologist. I earned a B.A. in Classical Languages – Greek and Latin. Instead of archaeology, though, I went on to earn a Masters in Rare Book Librarianship and landed a position at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. After some years at Yale, I was set to attend Oxford University for my DPhil (Ph.D) until, a few months before I was due to leave for England, a prescient dream changed everything.

In the dream I saw myself all alone as a skeleton covered and surrounded by cobwebs in a dingy, dark little closet in the tower of an ancient library surrounded by moldy old books. It was creepy and a very visceral message to me to not pursue these studies anymore.

Instead, I chose to discover once and for all whether or not God exists. So I traveled far and wide, internally and externally, only to find that God was, in fact, within me – not anywhere “out there.”

Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated with the inner, deeper meaning of words. Somewhere in my early 20’s I was writing poetry and it dawned on me to find out the etymology of the word “poem” or “poetry.” In an abridged Classical Greek Lexicon I found that the root for poem/poetry is ποιεω. And that ποιεω means to make, do, or create. That meaning seemed a bit pedestrian and superficial to me, so I dug deeper into a non-abridged Classical Greek Lexicon and found that in the earliest uses of the word ποιεω, the word means to do, make, bring into existence or create something holy. Now that really resonated with me. Actually, in Hesiod’s Theogony, the oldest extant piece of literature in the Western world, the Creator is referred to as O ποιων. i.e., The Maker, The Doer, The Creator…The Poet.

I decided at that point that I wanted to be a “poet” and make my life a “poem.” In other words, I wanted my life and actions to create something holy/sacred and I wanted to become someone who experienced the holiness and sacredness of life.

I am still working on it; a work of art-in-progress is often rough around the edges, but still beautiful within. It’s been a very worthwhile journey.

A further reflection in this regard: Whatever we create with love is everlasting and holy. All the rest is ephemeral.

We are eternal beings. This life is one chapter in our eternal Book of Life. How well will we write this chapter? Will it be a classic or a best-seller? Actually, the only review that matters is this: Did you write/live a “Love Story” – a life so filled with love, with sacred service, and with beauty that it will be re-membered and reverberate evermore throughout all of eternity for all to enjoy?

No matter what we face, let’s find the beauty, the holiness, and the love in it all and celebrate with others. Let’s live moment-to-moment with an open heart and a quiet mind and a desire to gently create love on earth. Let’s sing, dance, pray, do ceremony, and care for each other – having so much fun that that our laughter and joy can be heard in the ethers for eternity – celebrating the joy, the beauty, the love of life that we came in to create this time around and every time.

Being peaceful

Image of lake with a smooth calm surface.

Peace is a confusing word for most humans, as it has so many different layers of meanings. Often associated with it are difficulty, striving, or despair. 

These are attached because of past experiences, traumas, failed attempts, confinements, etc. It is energetically on the planet a big word with a lot of heavy energy surrounding it. In many cases, peace has become something external that a human or humans strive for rather than being experienced as an inner state of balance, harmony and nourishment.

Perhaps, being peaceful is perhaps an easier word for it brings things into a more personal realm. Peace full. Full of peace. It evokes deep breath‘s, a quiet waterfall, soft breezes that are pleasant to the skin, the sounds of birds, a strong steady heartbeat among other things. In this state, there is nothing from the exterior pushing inward. It is fullness within, where there is no room for anything else. 

This is a heart-centered state of being. It does not involve the mind. In fact it gives permission to the mind to let go of all of its endeavors and become like the surface of a placid lake – a mirror for the sky, for expansiveness – for silent clouds being moved by the wind, not working to move themselves through the air. It evokes lightness for the mind and soft, gentle silence that feels restorative and open.

The invitation to be peaceful is always present and always possible. As one begins to live ever more sweetly in this state, the lives of others that surrounds one will also carry more of these qualities. For you are all connected to each other.

Nature is always beckoning you to be peaceful, offering a rhythm of movement with days, seasons, patterns that intoxicate and offer healing, rest, re-energizing. Even in the heaviest of storms, one can isolate the sounds, the feel of the wind, the movement of energy and enter a quiet place of joy at being so fully alive.

The rhythm of peaceful always begins with breath; with an aligning consciously with the earth’s air as it enters in and out, exchanging the exhausted, the no longer needed, the toxins, for the nourishment, the calm. After each exchange, the air offers these used-up energies to the earth who digests them and through her trees and plants releases them back into the air whole and healthy again.

The breath is the invitation, the opening of the door to breathe in earth’s life giving energy and live in exchange with the natural world. 

Peacefulness surrounds, always asking for presence, a bringing of all of a human’s senses to the moment, and then another moment, and another, until a chain of moments have been formed and infused with harmony, delight, wonder, and stillness.

Do not strive. Just be. Just notice. Sense. Release. Breathe. Open. Relax. Fill.

Photo by Charles Kouns.

Perfection over illusion, Part 5: Know and be Thy Self

This is part 5 of a five-part blog post. If you haven’t already, please go back and read parts 1 to 4.

Here are more phrases, thoughts, and understandings that I’ve used over the years to create peace, joy, and empowerment in my life.

8) Go within over and over again and open to the experience of the God presence and thus you will be free of your suffering. This is how you can attain “perfection over the illusion.”

Take time to regularly sit in meditation and there in that silence, where the ego mind is still and your heart is open, you will be filled with the presence of God/Goddess. There you will know who you really are and without a doubt you will know deep within you that you have eternal everlasting value. You will also know that that value is inherent in you and in every living creature. 

There is nothing you need to do or become or possess in this lifetime in order to realize your value. You are already THAT. You are God/Goddess in finite form who has taken on a temporary personality in this lifetime in order to manifest, experience, give, receive, and embody love. Period.

That’s why you are here. It’s not complicated. By realizing this, you attain “perfection over the illusion” and you know your eternal value.

It’s not about what we do with our lives that matters the most; it all about who we become. So, open your heart and quiet your mind regularly and consistently and you will then come to truly “know and become Thy Self.”

But to attain this awareness you must take the time to go within over and over again so that you can touch in with “reality,” that is, with God/Goddess. Otherwise the world of illusion will drag and beat you down and you will forget who you really ARE and how much power, potential, love, and wisdom resides in you.

9) Will a different reality

What you expect, you receive and experience. Whatever you are looking for or looking at is what you see. Use the power of your mind to see the best in all and in yourself and you will experience the best. Keep your thoughts clear, pure, loving, intentional, and purposeful by using your will and you will create a new reality. Be clear and you will have clarity.

You are not a victim. Look at your thoughts and the predominant emotions that you have and if any of them are of a low quality, change them. You and only you have the strength and power to change them, and you can.

You are a powerful creator. You created what you don’t want. What makes you think you can’t create what you do want?

You create your reality.
You create your experiences.
You give them meaning.
You get to choose.
You are a Master of your Life!

I hope that these reflections have been helpful to you. 

We really do create our reality and give meaning to our lives and experiences by the way we choose to interpret them and the perspective we choose to bring to bear upon them. Our happiness does not arise from anything we do, but by virtue of what we believe and think. 

Do you live by choosing to experience your life through the eyes, heart, and light of your soul? Or do you choose to live by sulking in the shadows of your ego?

Take the time to reflect on these things. You’ll be very grateful you did. You will gain perfection over the illusion and will, thus, claim and embody the mastery that is your birthright.

The Pause for a New Intention

Editor’s note: This is Charles Kouns’ first post for Letters. Charles spends much of his energy immersed in two delightful and very connected worlds: that of children, as the Founding Steward of Imagining Learning (; and Mother Nature, where he walks arm-in-arm with Her and his beloved partner, Stella, at Butterfly Farm Sanctuary, a 22-acre spiritual retreat center nestled in the Smoky Mountains near Asheville, NC ( He regularly asks Source for guidance or messages and thus sees these transmissions as information and guidance lovingly offered to those who find them resonant.

All over the world, plans that were being made, goals that had been set, strategies being executed, are now on hold due to the virus. This period of waiting, of seclusion and separation has greatly reduced “doing”. Doing has long been held as a higher priority (by almost all of humanity) than being.

Think of most efforts to “do” as that of human will creating and moving forward very limited agendas that do not originate from holding the whole, but from advancing the desires of a few. If you feel into that energy, it offers vibratory qualities that are manipulative, forceful, desperate, grasping, self-promoting, clutching, etc. These offerings often come from pain, loss, grief, and despair, to name a few.

This “doing” is happening all over the world 24 hours a day and, with the aid of technology, is occurring at unprecedented speeds. Thus, the virus and its spread reflect how humanity’s goals, plans, and ideas are spreading at unprecedented rates across the world. The energy of doing has been greatly accelerating – until now.

Right now, much of that energy of doing has been paused for a moment – a special moment – in which humans can ask themselves:

  • What am I serving through this doing?
  • Does this doing that I am engaged in actually bring life and nourishment to me, my family, the planet?
  • Who am I being in the process of this doing?
  • What or whose agenda am I serving?
  • What is beneath the energy of what I am doing?
  • What are these plans I’m birthing today and how will they benefit and serve the generations to come?

These are difficult, multi-layered questions that require courage and openness to explore. They also require the time to focus on them. Humanity has been given just such a time.

This exploration can bring about great fear and doubt, for when a human begins to see into their “doings”, while they may want to change them, they will find the systems that feed and support their life only reinforce the same old patterns. Thus, many will find themselves at a loss as to how to stop repeating the pattern of doing, and the damage, the separation from life energy. They may experience a strong urgency to immediately change even though sudden change would create great hardship for themselves and others.

We want you to hear that what is enough to “do” is:

  • Do the reflective work of listening and sensing and answering these questions as well as others that arrive. Do not be afraid. The answers will serve you and others.
  • Stay calm and grounded, realizing that the old way of “doing” is not required and any fear you may be holding can be released in the moments of grounding.
  • Declare a new intention for who you want to be and how you want to show up in the world. This may be a slight adjustment to your current way of living or a radical new approach. Write your intention down and read it several times a day.
  • This will set into motion incredible energy for change; time is not a factor, for it could occur in the physical plane immediately or later, but energetically, it is occurring. What is important to know is that it will come to fullness.

Each day then becomes a practice in affirming the intention, in listening to it, and allowing it to speak and open new understandings. Creating an intimate relationship with the intention will allow for a greater sense of being as well as serve as a strengthening of “the knowing” that it is already at work on many levels in a person’s life and will occur. It will also begin to alter choices that a person has made or makes, for they are being led by the intention and not by lower frequency desires.

When this paused moment has passed, the temptation will be to rush back to the same patterns and doings without a change in consciousness. This is altogether a possibility, however, if the inner heart is asking for something different, then listening and opening a conversation with it offers great possibility for change to occur. In some cases, those who are holding new intentions can continue to stand in them even while they return to the life they had previously created.

Every human who begins this process is offering to receive benefit from this moment and give great benefit to all life on the planet.

Photo by the author.

Perfection over the illusion, Part 4: I am a master, not a victim

This is part 4 of a five-part blog post. If you haven’t already, please go back and read parts 1, 2, and 3.

Here are more phrases, thoughts, and understandings that I’ve used over the years to master my mind and thus master my life. They have helped me create a life full of peace, joy, and empowerment.

4) There is no insufficiency in me. I will get past this. This will all work out for me. I am a master, not a victim.

When you feel down and out and disempowered, you basically feel inadequate and unworthy deep down at your core. You also feel that there isn’t anything that you can do to bring yourself out of it. But, in fact, you are never given a challenge that you can’t overcome. It’s only your thinking about your situation that makes you feel stuck or helpless. 

You are not a victim. You are a Master. “I am not a victim; I AM a Master.” Keep repeating this to yourself because it is absolutely true. This is what being a master is really all about. When you believe all things are possible and then allow yourself to calm down, take a few breaths, and quiet your mind, inspirations and new perspectives come to you. Consequently, you are moved to take “right actions.”

5) When I awaken tomorrow, no matter what comes my way, I am more than adequate to handle it. I will find all of the solutions through my objectivity and my own inner spiritual power.

You are a very powerful spiritual being who has come forth to embody the gifts and strengths that are who you really are. Claim your divinity and your strength. Know without out a doubt that you are a master of your life and a powerful, creative soul. By stepping back from the fears and insecurities of your ego mind and witnessing them objectively rather than getting all caught up in their drama, you can, in that objective place of silence and meditation, find solutions to all your “problems” and reclaim your power. You are a powerful, empowered, and empowering soul.

6) I am a divine spirit.  I have everything that is needed.

You truly are a divine spirit having a human experience. You are here to learn love, give love, receive love, and become love.  Within you, you have all the wisdom and resources to create the best possible life for yourself.

You are made in His/Her Image. You are a co-creator with God/Goddess of your reality. God/Goddess is infinite potential and all He/She asks of you to believe in and listen to your eternal, infinite, ever-resourceful Self. By doing so you can then embody and manifest all the potential that is within you. Everything is possible, if you believe that to be so.

You are a chip off the old holographic block called God/Goddess. Why not begin to fully claim your birthright and become who you really are—a creator of goodness and god-ness?

7) Know without a doubt that your fears and insecurities are not your true self. Your true self is totally integrated and totally capable of handling everything over time in the right way and at the right time. With enough patience you can accomplish all that you came to accomplish.

When you feel inadequate, fearful, disconnected, or like a victim, you are identifying with your “little self,” that part of you that has forgotten who it really is and what you are really capable of. Everything is possible for you. You can do it. You can truly know what you came to fulfill and then accomplish it all in this lifetime.

To be continued in Part 5….