Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mr. Martin And The Dragonfly - A Reading With Karen Kubicko



Buckle up everyone, this one is going to be quite a ride!

I believe with all my heart that what you think about will appear in your life. When I meditate in the morning, one of my intentions is to be able to see, hear and feel my angels and spirit guides. So, of course, a beautiful Earth angel named Karen Kubicko came onto my path to get me closer to them.



I had the honor of being introduced to the author of Life Is Just Another Class through social media. I am currently reading her amazing book about her journey through past life regression. It's fascinating to hear about the variety of lives she's led and what lessons she's learned from them. I am pretty riveted to this book and will be posting a blog review soon. 

My interest was peaked into past life regression after hearing Dr. Brian Weiss speak at an HayHouse I Can Do It! event in Austin in 2013. He's written Many Lives, Many Masters among others and also has many regression CD's available. Karen was actually regressed on stage by him at one of his events!

So along with her journey through regression, Karen can also see angels and spirit guides. She offered to do a reading for me and I could hardly contain my excitement! Such a wonderful opportunity! I have never had a reading before, but as books, people and opportunities keep showing up, they seem to be guiding me towards the next step on this exhilarating spiritual journey, and I say yes fearlessly.

After we scheduled a time to talk, a million questions to ask ran through my head: business, family, finances and more. Then I thought of everything I have ever done wrong: that tired and old "I'm not worthy" reel I play in my head sometimes. Then I realized the angels are loving and they wouldn't see me as harshly as I do. Many, many thoughts continued to circle. Finally I prayed and meditated on it. I asked for the reading to reveal what is in the highest good for myself and everyone. Expectation and self-bashing were released so I could be fully present in this upcoming experience.

Just before our call, I sat on the floor in my office, lit an Archangel Michael candle and said a prayer. I placed a rose that my son had picked for me next to it, along with some heart-shaped precious stones. I had a notebook and pen in hand and made my call to Karen. She was so lovely over the phone, just as our Instagram conversations had been. She told me I was bright (as in light) and it made me feel very happy. My goal is to radiate light, love, joy, peace and kindness. I am a work in progress, but that is where I'm headed. 



Karen told me her readings usually are 20-45 minutes. It was so nice to actually speak with 
her and we ended up talking for over 2 hours! She is definitely a teacher and I see her on a Hay House stage very soon. She taught me all about how she sees everything. I don't want to give all of that away since you can read it in her book or set up a personal reading with her. Visit her blog for more info at: www.karenkubicko.wordpress.com.

She told me I have 15 spirit guides - quite a team to watch over me, I'd say! She sees them in rows of 5 to the right of me. The first row are my council members and behind me are my angels. There are 5 including Archangel Michael (I hadn't told her about the candle, but I hope he likes it!), but that number can increase or decrease. We can call on them whenever we need them. 

Karen told me that one of my spirit guides is a business man in a brownish-grey tweed suit. He was originally from England. What is interesting about this, is that I have always had an affinity for England. That is something I haven't shared with anyone. It isn't part of my heritage, I'm Irish and Italian. That pull towards England has been there, but I didn't know why. So this businessman from England traveled to the U.S. in the early 1800's to make a life. He met his wife here. I was his daughter. We actually had 5 lifetimes together. He called himself Mr. Martin. He was very proper, Karen told me, and that was probably what I called him, instead of dad. He was wearing a green shirt which represents the heart chakra. He is healing his heart as well as mine. She said I had 3 lifetimes with him in which I passed away under 10. 

She paid particular attention to a lifetime with him that I passed away at 7. She asked me if there was something life threatening that happened to me in this lifetime at 7. I told her I had my appendix taken out at that age. I remember that day, I thought I just had a stomach ache. I remember my mom taking me to see Dr. Williams, my pediatrician (also the son of the poet William Carlos Williams). The next thing I knew, I was being taking to the hospital for emergency surgery. According to Karen, the thing I needed to overcome in this lifetime was feeling love from my parents. That is my lesson. She said if I had not felt loved, I would have died.

Mr. Martin apologized to me through her and said he was sorry for being detached emotionally. Karen next asked if I had a stick pin. The first thing that came to mind, was a dragonfly pin I bought quite a few years ago on a business trip to New York City. I went to my favorite museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and bought it from the gift shop. I always wore it to business meetings and conferences on my suit jackets. She told me it was a gift from him and he has done this for me in previous lifetimes too. I thought it was pretty sweet that I chose to wear it just for business and he was a businessman. 



Mr. Martin told me through Karen, that he loved me through all of the lifetimes. He asked for my forgiveness. I cried through that part of the reading. There has always been a part of me throughout my whole life that felt unloved. It's not that I didn't have loving people in my life, there was something inside of me that never felt worthy, never felt important enough to deserve it, but I didn't know why. Whether you believe in past lives or not, I can tell you this experience has had a profound effect on me. I felt healed from that feeling of being unworthy. I felt loved. And I am extremely grateful to Karen for bringing me such an unexpected message. It was overwhelming on so many levels and I cried several times the rest of the day and next. It wasn't because I was sad, I felt free. Thank you Karen, what a gift!

She also told me to ask for signs of their presence any time. She said I could ask for feathers, numbers and then she hesitated for a moment. They mentioned smiley faces to her! She said we can ask for a sign from our angels, guides and even departed loved ones. She suggested I could ask for dragonflies from Mr. Martin. 

In my last blog I wrote about seeing don Miguel Ruiz and don Miguel Ruiz Jr. at a local church. This was 4 days before I spoke with Karen. The event took place on the day Karen's book arrived in the mail to me. First of all, I switched my original seat before the event started. A woman that ended up doing the same thing sat down next to me. Her name was Karen, and I'm Kerri. We also found out that the two women next to us were named Karen and Kerri. That was quite a coincidence! In the blog I wrote about heading into the church and one of the greeters searching endlessly through a pile of stickers to place on my hand as a sign I was in the preferred seating section. It really stuck out in my mind because she really took awhile to find what she wanted. The day after my reading with Karen, I decided to clean up the papers from my handbag that I had left on my dining room table. I saw the flyer I was handed at the church and was going to read it quick and throw it in the trash. Then I noticed the sticker from my hand that I had placed on it...



For me, those were signs that my angels and spirit guides were around. That evening was magical in many ways that I could not have imagined. Every time that I pray and release expectation, amazing things happen.

After finding the sticker on the flyer, I did my morning meditation and prayer. I asked Mr. Martin if he really was around, to please show me a dragonfly sign. I finished and got in my car and waited for my son to finish getting ready for school and hop in. I looked out the window, and on my neighbor's porch was this...



Thank you dear Karen Kubicko. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you angels, thank you spirit guides, thank you Mr. Martin. 

More to follow on my reading in an upcoming blog! Click on any of the links in the blog to go directly to the websites and books mentioned.

In Gratitude and Love,

Kerri Mulhern
www.suitablegifts.com

Thursday, May 19, 2016

An Inspiring Night With don Miguel Riuz Jr. & don Miguel Ruiz Sr.


As I delve more into the spiritual and inspirational world, more opportunities towards it come into my awareness. But that's really how it all works if you're paying attention to it. What you focus on, is what you attract into your life. so keep those thoughts on what you really want, and let go of what you don't want. 

A couple of months ago, I decided to start following more spiritual events pages on Facebook. One of them was Insight Events USA. They posted "Mastery of Self with don Miguel Ruiz Jr. and Sr. in Austin and San Antonio! How exciting! don Miguel Ruiz Sr, is of course, the author of The Four Agreements. I have seen him interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and I found him to be so authentic, kind and loving. His son don Miguel Ruiz Jr. is also an author, and the evening was about his new book The Mastery of Self. I couldn't believe they were coming to my city, so I ordered a ticket right away before it was sold out. I chose "preferred seating" so I would sit as close as possible. I figured I could end up sitting 50 rows back, but I didn't mind. It would be such an honor to see them in person! I knew I would have a wonderful time.

I honestly don't mind going to these events alone. These are a real treat for me, and if my friends that love this sort of thing lived closer, I would invite them in a heartbeat. But I am happy just going to enjoy the event. I also know by now, that I always end up meeting new people anyway.

When the night arrived, I decided to get there early. I had googled where it was being held beforehand: Unity Church of San Antonio. It appeared much smaller than I was expecting. I was expecting someting like Cornerstone Church, which is ginourmous. Oh happy day! I was thrilled!!! This was going to be an intimate atmosphere. As I drove, and as I often do, I said a prayer in the car. My prayer was to feel calm, to be present, and to fully enjoy this magical evening. 

I walked into the vestibule of the church and was greeted by two lovely women who helped find my name on the list. One of the women started leafing through layers of stickers to find me the right one. It really stuck out in my mind, because it took her awhile to find the one she wanted (and it later became even more significant as you will see in my next blog about my angelic reading with Karen Kubicko). She placed the sticker on my hand and I proceeded up the aisle to find a seat. 

I first sat down in the first row on the right side of the church, and was in awe of how close I would be to them. There were two people sitting on the left side in the front row and I noticed that the seats don Miguel Ruiz Sr. and don Miguel Ruiz Jr. would be sitting in were on that side. Since there was so much time to spare, I got up and sat next to them. I was now sitting two feet in front of where these inspirational men would be sitting. I took a picture of the chairs while my mouth was agape. Tim (who drove 3 hours from Corpus Christi) and his friend Denise (from San Antonio), introduced themselves to me. They were very nice.

I posted on my Suitable Gifts Instagram page the picture of the chairs, because I was so over-the-moon excited and so grateful to be almost in the laps of these divine souls. Then a lovely lady named Karen sat next to me. She was just as excited as I was, and we both enjoyed the comradery and what was about to unfold before us. See? There's always wonderful people to meet at these events. 





Next I heard a buzz on my phone. It was a notification from don Miguel Ruiz Jr. that they were on the way! He saw my Instagram post and responded! OMG! How much better could this get?! My mouth was agape again, and I was probably rocking and drooling in shock at this point.

I noticed Tim had walked away and came back with some books, so I went back up to the vestibule and saw that they set up a table. I bought don Miguel Ruiz Jr.'s The Mastery of Self. The book wasn't released yet, and it was what the evening would be focused on. I sat back down and my phone buzzed again. don Miguel Ruiz Jr. sent me another message that they had arrived! So exciting! Magic is just everywhere.





It was a tad warm in the room and I watched as the staff kept adjusting the thermostats. Even all the ceiling fans weren't cooling things down. Soon they arrived and it was just amazing to see them in person and so close. don Miguel Ruiz Sr. sat at the end of my row so his son could speak first. It was so delightful to see how loving they are to each other. So many hugs, such a beautiful family. It was heartwarming to look over at Sr. and see him smiling and enjoying his son speak. Jr. was funny, kind, loving, compassionate and poignant. Even with the air becoming increasingly stifling, he was riveting. He talked about saying "yes," about being who we really are and not who we were conditioned to be. He gave incredible insights into how we think about what's real, and even included Tim and Denise in his demonstrations! He told a beautiful story about his uncle and shared the love he has for his family. 




After an hour, there was a 10-minute break. Karen had noticed a water jar in the front of the church, so she got up to get a drink. She came back with two bottles of water for us. She saved me from turning into a pillar of salt. There was an announcement apologizing for the heat, but one of the AC units was literally smoking. There were water bottles for everyone. But who really cares about the heat with don Miguel Ruiz Jr. and don Miguel Ruiz Sr. in the house?! I wasn't moving for anything, I would have accepted a salt pillar fate for the night to continue.

During the break, several people swarmed Jr. to sign his book. He was gracious and loving, signing books, smiling, hugging, kissing. It was beautiful to watch. Sr. took a seat on the stage and a few people started to approach. I started to get in the small line, but at that point his publisher intercepted since they were set to speak again.

I sat down and Sr. took the stage after a big hug from Jr. He was as lovely and eloquent as I had seen him on Super Soul Sunday. What an honor and a blessing to see him in person. He expanded on Jr.'s talk and left us all in awe and gratitude.




After about a half hour of speaking, he handed the stage back to his son, again with an enormous hug. Soon afterwards, he left. I was hoping to have said hello, but I could understand, given the heat, why he would leave. Jr. explained about his heart transplant in 2010, which I had known about. What I didn't know was that in 2014 his body started rejecting it, and he has to be careful being around people with his weakened immune system.  I felt so sad for that, such a beautiful soul. I wish he didn't have to endure that. His commitment to continue spreading his message in spite of it, is beyond inspiring. Those that have a message to tell from the universe, have a will and might beyond human ability and comprehension.

Jr. talked some more and it was, of course, beautiful. It was a wonderful night and we all stood and applauded when he finished. He then said he would sign all of our books! I wasn't expecting that, but I jumped right in line! When it was my turn, he gave me a big hug and a kiss on the cheek,. So incredibly loving to every single person there. It is such a blessing to be in the presence of such love. I could feel it from both of them. There ARE love. And they don't care if it is someone they never met before, or will ever see again. They treat everyone with love. 

I asked if we could take a selfie, and without hesitation he said yes! I asked him if he actually managed his Instagram account and he said yes. It truly was the night of yes! I told him I had posted the picture of the chairs and I thanked him for responding. He gave me an extra hug and kiss for that! I received a ton of hugs and kisses from this kind soul and he also signed my book. I thanked him for all that he does to help all of us. More hugs and kisses! 



When I was finished I looked down the aisle at the long line and thought how wonderful it is that he will make everyone feel as special as he did to me. Even in the heat, even though it will take a while, he will be love to all. What a gift. I stayed so I could take some pictures for Karen. If I didn't get a selfie, I would want someone to help me out, and her camera wasn't working so good on her phone that night. She mentioned seeing the selfie I took and said how great it came out. My first comment was "well, he looks adorable, but not me!" Then after I took pictures of her and we sat down, it was her turn to tear herself apart. I thought she looked beautiful. I didn't realize what I did to myself, until I heard her do the same. I would never see someone the way that I saw myself, so why would I ever treat myself that way?

When I got home I sent her the pictures and told her that there was not one part of her that wasn't beautiful. She had the same realization on the drive home that I had. We just spent an evening learning about loving our real selves, and our first impulse was not to. But that was the break though. That was the lesson. And it was well received. We both got it thanks to an inspiring night with don Miguel Ruiz Jr. and don Miguel Ruiz Sr. Much love to you both. xoxo

I am currently reading The Mastery of Self by don Miguel Ruiz Jr. and will be posting a blog review soon! It's available on the Bookstore on my site or at this link: The Mastery of Self

In Gratitude and Love,

Kerri Mulhern
www.suitablegifts.com




Monday, May 16, 2016

Book Review: The Earth Diet by Liana Werner-Gray



I think you all know by now, that I am a bit of a fan of all things Hay House, and its wonderful authors. They offer every possible resource for self-improvement, self-awareness, and spiritual growth.

Because I work from a home office, I am able to listen to Hay House Radio all day. When a new author, Liana Werner-Gray was added to the weekly lineup, I was immediately hooked. Her beautiful Australian accent, upbeat attitude, and honesty about how her junk food addiction and subsequent illness led to writing The Earth Diet, make her a delight to listen to. She provides fantastic tips and recipes for living a better lifestyle through healthy eating.



Recently on Instagram, I commented on a Hay House UK post that she was pictured in. I mentioned how much I loved her show. She replied back, which was a wonderful surprise! We chatted a bit and I mentioned my struggle with sugar addiction. She suggested I call into her show, which I did the following week.

Along with some fantastic advice on replacing refined sugar with healthy alternatives, she sent me a copy of The Earth Diet and some yummy, healthy, chocolate samples from Raw Chocolate Man.



Liana's book is FANTASTIC! It is not just a cookbook. It includes her story of curing herself of a tumor at 21 years old, caused by unhealthy eating. Her mom also used The Earth Diet to heal advanced breast cancer. She provides vegetarian, vegan and meat eater recipes. She also provides recipes for baths, toothpaste, teeth whitener, deodorant, air freshener, household cleaners and more. 

First, I made her three ingredient Raw Chocolate Balls to curb my sugar addiction. They are healthy, super easy to make, and delicious! For organic, healthy ingredients, I shopped at Vitacost.com. Their prices are already up to 50% off, and I was able to get an extra 10% off with her special coupon code: earthdiet (and yes, it will still work if you want to shop too!). The items arrived quickly and shipping is free on purchases over $49. 



I've made my own organic almond milk too. It's another super easy recipe with only two ingredients, is very healthy and tastes great. You can make it with or without the almond skin. My first attempt was with the skin and it tastes fine, just not as smooth as without. Cows milk, honestly, has been grossing me out lately with what's in it and how the cows are treated. The almond milk that I've found in the supermarket is loaded with sugar and other ingredients. Making it myself is easy and healthier. I've used the milk by itself and also in Liana's shake and smoothie recipes.



I've also tried the Fat Blaster Juice and Green Juice. It's the first time I ever used a juicer and it was fun! I was surprised how much juice I could get out of a single orange! She has a bunch of juice recipes, and I plan to try them all. There are also lots of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, desserts and more.


I highly recommend this book because there is so much goodness packed into it, and the recipes are delicious and easy to make. Liana lists so many of the unhealthy foods and products in our environment, and provides easy ways to replace them. Choosing real products from this beautiful Earth is the way to go, and Liana and The Earth Diet show us the way!



*click on the links in the blog to go to the mentioned websites and Liana's book!

In Gratitude & Love,

Kerri Mulhern
www.suitablegifts.com

Monday, May 2, 2016

What The Fu*k Is Happening To Spirituality?


Now that I have your attention...that's actually the whole point of this blog. Trust me, I'm not on my high-horse preaching "my way" at all. Everyone is entitled to their way of expressing themselves. This is just something that I have been observing for awhile, and I kind of want to know how you all see it too.

Language has become so much looser on television, in the movies, business, and in just casual conversations. I don't know if such a relaxed attitude in how we speak is really benefitting us. It seems to be dumbing us down, disrespectful to each other, and not setting the best example for future generations.

I am having the hardest time watching it creep into spirituality. Swearing is now the norm in spiritual books, courses, and all over social media. You know what I'm talking about, the meme with Buddha saying "Let That Sh*t Go," is one example. I often think, would that come out of Buddha's mouth? Is that a respectful thing to attach to one of our most spiritual representatives? Maybe he wouldn't mind, perhaps he'd give it all a hearty belly laugh. But for me, I wonder if "What The F Would Jesus Do?" could be far behind?

Look at that face, I just don't think he's into it either.

It feels more like spiritual immaturity to me. We have to drop the F-bomb to get a reaction, to look cool, relevant or modern. It's not that I don't have some flowery language in my repertoire, but it's something I've been working at letting go of. And you won't see it on anything I put out there for my business or on social media. But you may overhear it in my home when I stub my toe on the couch for the 30th time, or when my internet gets stuck just when I've finished typing my blog, and I forgot to save it. But maybe that's why I'm more sensitive to it, because it's something I'm letting go of. The things that trigger you, are telling you something about yourself. So that's why I wanted to put it out there, are you ok with saucy spirituality, or do you think it has gone too far?

I don't find expletives uplifting, peaceful, loving, gentle, or kind. Those are the words I think of when I think of spirituality. But the other side of the coin with spirituality is understanding, tolerance, and oneness, so maybe this current casual approach to spirituality is alright? Perhaps I just need to start a "Spirituality for Prudes" club, and calm myself down? Actually, I'm not offended by it, I just don't find it necessary. There are just so many more beautiful words to choose from, so why pick something so small? 




So what do you think? Have I lost my bleeping mind, or do you think profanity is the new path to enlightenment?


In Gratitude & Love,

Kerri Mulhern
www.suitablegifts.com

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