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I listen to you. My friends and readers are my best source of inspiration, ideas and thought. You never cease to amaze me and this is why I am excited about the upcoming Keith Varnum “The Sovereign Self” Workshop that will be held this spring at the farm. This all began when a reader just like you sent me this message.
"Dear Gary/Merri, Last weekend I attended a workshop by Keith Varnum in Sedona. It was an excellent experience and I feel most blessed for being given the opportunity to attend. I had to be the least enlightened being there. One lovely lady there is a health intuitive channel and teacher. She channels Djwhal Khul, an ascendant Tibetan master and can diagnose people's health problems over the phone! Another is a pet psychic and can intuit conditions in their masters through their animals. A third is a gem psychic among other things such as poet and songwriter. These people talk to ascendant masters on a regular basis including Mary, Jesus, and St. Germain. However I truly felt equal in their presence and we had great open discussions on the different topics followed by meditation. I certainly feel like I've cleansed my chakras of past emotional baggage and learned many techniques or getting and maintaining high levels of chi. Keith has just written his second book, does a number of radio shows and conducts workshops across the country. He is 52 and has had amazing life experiences. These are related in the book which is called " Inner Coach - Outer Power. Love and Light, Fred"
Fred has been a friend and reader for more than a decade and I know him to be an incredibly practical, highly successful, well-grounded engineer. When I read this kind of glowing report from a person of this nature I double check.
I found that Keith Varnum has focused his unique spirit on helping people explore, enjoy and embrace the adventure of life. From the wisdom of native, tribal cultures and ancient spiritual traditions, Keith shares his distillation of the underlying principles of all healing and transformation. He has applied his approach to human dynamics in a practical way as a life strategy coach, international seminar leader, author, therapist, acupuncturist, film maker, gardener, radio talk show host, owner-chef of two gourmet and vice president of the country's largest natural food company. When not exploring consciousness in the canyons of Arizona, Keith travels around the world assisting people to open to life's wonders and surprises in his workshops.
Keith delegates you through three very effective, guided experiential processes that connect you with your intuitive core self, remove limiting blocks and create your heart's desires. All of his workshops offer practical exercises that teach people how to use the physics of the universe to get what they want in very simple and powerful ways. People learn-through doing and experiencing-that everything is energy. Some of the alchemical tools we use are shifting attention, shamanic journeys, humor, and tapping the personal power of peak life experiences. With the application of these vibrational techniques, people make the connection that through clear intention and consciously directed attention they have an enormous ability to change their lives and the world. And by using these same tools, people also begin to discover sovereignty-their own personal power to bring prosperity, health, love, excitement and purpose into every area of their lives-with no dependency on outside sources.
In combining the releasing power of breath, sound and movement with these transformational tools; participants also experience the miraculous pool of energy used by all of the world's greatest inventors, scientists, artists, healers, leaders and spiritual teachers-and learn how to access this primal creation vibration at will. It is in this “state of flow,” that people can heal, manifest and create whatever they desire.
Keith designs all his workshops from what he has learned in his own life. None of his teaching is theory. He shares what he has learned from the time-tested techniques of indigenous cultures and from his own explorations. All the techniques he uses are proven, practical, powerful, and harmonious ways to transform any situation.
Keith's workshops are different from most seminars because: Wisdom expresses itself through everyone present.
- As people awaken from the Forgetfulness of themselves as powerful manifesters, the usual “teacher/student” format gracefully transforms into a dynamic dance of emerging conscious equals, discovering and revealing their wisdom in a personal and individual way.
- Attention is focused on what you desire, not on what is in the way of what you desire.Transformation occurs from the inside out-instead of from the outside in. The primary focus is not on “peeling the onion” (strip off limiting beliefs and stuck emotions, layer by layer) but rather on creating from Source, your core essence.
- You create with the transformative power of vibration. The approach goes beyond words, concepts and beliefs. All of the most potent spiritual ideas and principles in the world are not as powerful as one personal direct experience. You manifest what you desire by re-connecting with the energy of times when you were in the vibration you prefer. As your attention goes, so goes your life.
- Technique is designed to dissolve into natural ability. What at first appears to be “formula” soon reveals itself as your own re-found innate skill.
- Keith does now ask you to believe anything he says. We assist you to create your own direct, tangible, repeatable experiential evidence that is natural and real for you.
- The workshop proceeds with absolute respect for your intuitive timing. The way to full self-expression is personal and individual. Only your heart knows your way. This respect for your unique path creates a profound safety, which engenders deep trust and relaxation, which leads to release and liberation.
- Each Workshop is unique. Because the spirit of every participant directs each workshop, each gathering reflects the current awareness and awakeness of the players at that moment. There is no set agenda or plan.
- It's no accident who shows up. Every person radiates a special signature vibration-a unique aspect, spirit, ray, gift, talent, essence of the Oneness. Each participant offers her or his personal piece of the ancient puzzle. By our own pre-arranged conscious design, old soul mates deliver messages to us that trigger timely awareness, alchemy and awakening.
- You are free to share everything from the Dream Workshops. You are encouraged to share any content or technique from the workshop with whomever you choose in whatever way you choose, privately, publicly or professionally.
In “The Sovereign Self” Workshop, you learn how to generate your own power, approval, health, clarity, security and peace-rather than seeking these qualities from outside sources. Sovereignty is knowing that you are the ultimate source of every experience you have in your life. Without authentic, active self-generation, you can't co-create and exchange real love, energy and joy mutually and freely with others. Sovereignty is our natural state and it does need to be consciously recognized, received and released into our world in order to operate. In the workshop, you ignite your self-sourcing nature by learning to tap directly into Universal Life Force in a real, tangible and lasting way. You open to methods to create direct, tangible, demonstrable, repeatable, first-hand and personal evidence that you are in charge of your fulfillment. You take sovereignty from the realm of thought and theory to the reality of the present and practical.
The article below from Keith's book “INNER COACH: OUTER POWER” helps explain how the workshop the Sovereign Self works.
Return to Sovereignty – Getting Our Power Back
“During many years of observing others and myself searching for fulfillment, I've noticed an essential ingredient is often missing. I call this ingredient sovereignty-self-sufficiency, self-generation or total independence from outside sources. Without this quality in its authentic form, no one I know has been able to achieve the happiness, health and peace they are seeking.
Throughout the years of assisting others and myself to feel truly joyous and free, I've watched people try to ignore, deny, invalidate or rationalize away the importance of sovereignty. I've witnessed friends and other people attempt to fake it, substitute for it, and try to steal and borrow it from others. All these efforts have been in vain. Their time, energy and intention would have been put to better use by focusing on allowing this quality to become a solid personal reality.
In my experience, a true, conscious state of sovereignty is absolutely critical for genuine, lasting satisfaction during the Earth experience. If you're not entirely clear as to the nature of this state, it's not surprising. In deliberate accordance with our personal and collective design, there is a subtle, pervasive individual and cultural prohibition against tasting too deeply the nectar of sovereignty.
Throughout history, this cover-up has been very successful and almost completely impenetrable. There is a good reason for this. When you authentically recognize the fundamental truth of your own sovereignty, the gig is up! The ego's charade of imminent destruction is exposed as a lie and, in fact, as impossibility. This revelation is a death knoll for the aspect of you that tries to destroy your joy by threatening you with disapproval, disagreement, disease and destruction. This part of you that doesn't want to “give up the ghost” (illusion) is variously referred to as the ego, mind, intellect, conditioning, programming, personality, identity or persona. This aspect of yourself bought into the tribal collective agreement, mainstream mass consciousness, that you are ultimately vulnerable to body and soul annihilation if you don't tow the party line, as dictated by . . . who else? . . . the ego.
In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. One of my spiritual mentors, Lester, was fond of musing:
“The thing people fear the most is non-survival. And non-survival is the only thing that can't ever happen to us.”
You are an eternal being, whether you like it or not-whether you are aware of it or not! Sovereignty is the personal recognition of your everlasting, eternal permanency!
Sovereignty isn't a concept, idea, principle, possibility, option or creation. It doesn't need to be affirmed, declared, visualized, asserted, defended or manifested. The immutability of your sovereignty doesn't depend on whether you believe in it or not. It is a fact of your existence, an inescapable, immutable reality. Your awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of sovereignty may come and go to one degree or another, but eternalness never waivers as your fundamental, inalienable true nature.
Sovereignty is knowing you are the ultimate source of every experience you have in your life. You know for certain you are a sovereign being when you generate your own energy, love, power, health, wisdom, clarity, security, peace and fulfillment on a daily basis.
Lester often reminded me, “You only know that which you can do!” In order to operate on a practical basis as the creator you are, it's crucial to tap directly into the universal life force in a real, tangible, lasting way. You need to connect fully with the fire within, with the essence that nurtures the fullness of your being.
One very effective and immediate way to access your true nature and power is to shift your identification away from thinking (believing) that you are only your human personality, that you are only a body, and that you are separate from other people and other forms of life. As your creative attention shifts from who you think you are to who you truly are, you experience the total security and certainty of your basic essence. Our true essence is an eternal energy field of consciousness. This energy field of consciousness is connected with all life and gives us the freedom to create whatever we choose.
It's helpful to be aware that this shift of attention cannot be just a mental exercise. A wholesale re-identification of your entire being with the everyday reality of self-generation is required. This re-identification has to be fully integrated on the emotional, spiritual, biological and molecular levels. And it's crucial for you to create direct, firsthand, tangible, demonstrable and repeatable evidence that you can, in fact, manifest and attract all the love, safety, energy, well-being, joy, peace and abundance you desire in your life.
The benefit of giving yourself this factual personal validation is that this firsthand evidence takes sovereignty from the realm of the conceptual to the reality of the practical. When you can prove your sovereignty to yourself repeatedly, at will, on your own terms, in your own way and in your world, then self-generation becomes real for you.
One very useful resource you can use to validate sovereignty for yourself is tapping into the accurate, comprehensive recall of your inner coach-intuition. Your intuition is the aspect of your consciousness that can remind you accurately, without ego filters and bias, of everything that has ever happened to you in your lifetime. Using intuitive, meditative, shamanic soul journeying you can guide yourself to reconnect with peak moments in your life when you personally experienced the vibration, energy and reality of sovereignty. These are moments when you knew with certainty your true nature of power, passion and creativity.
In this way you can re-light your pilot light and stoke your inner fire to burn more brightly. As you come alive again within, you naturally remember how to continuously fuel your own courage, safety, power, prosperity, compassion and happiness. As you begin to vibrate at the frequency of sovereignty in your everyday life, you attract and experience more of the direct personal evidence that makes the state of sovereignty even more authentic and lasting for you. Like vibration attracts-and creates-like vibration.
The more experientially convincing it becomes to you that you are in charge of your own energy and survival, the more you will keep your creative attention focused on the realness of your own sovereignty. As more attention is focused on your true personal power, less attention is available to slip back into energizing old patterns of dependence and helplessness. Old fears of victimhood, insecurity and abandonment diminish and eventually dissolve from lack of sustaining attention. Threats of your personality's limited perspective become less and less convincing. It becomes less crucial to control other people or the environment to make sure you get enough love, energy or safety. It becomes less necessary to resist or defend against others trying to control you or steal your energy. It becomes less imperative for you to withhold, hide, alter or disguise your true feelings, desires and excitement for fear of upsetting or threatening somebody else's world.
As you reclaim your natural power, you become self-sustaining. The whole process of truly owning your sovereignty snowballs in the direction of freedom and abundance. The more time you spend in the vibration of sovereignty, the easier it becomes to keep all your attention there. Soon, you find yourself living every day in an ocean of infinite supply. You possess all the clarity, wisdom, power and joy you previously searched for and found so fleeting. All your awareness is nurtured daily by this direct experience of being completely connected, loved, energized and supported on the Earth in a very practical way.
From this authentic inner security emanates the courage and strength to be who you really are. This honest expression keeps your creative attention flowing to what is naturally right for you and truly gives you happiness. You have all your personal power available to fully energize your soul's innermost impulse to express and create. Your attention flows unhindered-without distraction, detour or derailment-into funding your heart's deepest desires and fulfilling your
For more information about Keith Varnum workshops go to www.thedream.com. For a free empowerment tape by Keith send a check for $4 (for priority mail delivery) to The Dream Workshops, 11248 N. 11th St., Phoenix AZ 85020.