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Authentic Living with Gina Charles. Feeling bad is optional. Use your tools, change your life.

I’ve noticed that I can only suffer if I allow myself to mentally jump into a painful story. This was a very powerful moment for me, when Realization rose from within, to allow the mind to SEE instead of SAY. 

Authentic Living with Gina Charles. Feeling bad is optional. Use your tools, change your life. Awakening, healing.

There’s a world of a difference between the mind thinking it knows something made purely from reasoning, and the mind seeing something for itself. The more I practice Lucidity, or perceive my surroundings in mental silence, the more I experience these magical moments.


When I remember that I can only suffer if I allow myself to mentally jump into and splash around in a painful story, the bad feelings fall away. I know that’s a huge statement, and I mean it literally.

Authentic Living with Gina Charles. Feeling bad is optional. Use your tools, change your life.

It’s almost like the experience of realizing that the shadow on the wall is not a dangerous intruder after all, it’s actually just a shadow. It may take a minute or two for the body to bring its blood pressure and cortisol levels down, but that’s just part of the feel-bad falling away, once the mind sees Reality. 


This is an experience that has nothing to do with reasoning.


I practice Lucidity and being the eyewitness to thought. Here in this human adventure, these are superpowers. 

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Reasoning Or Intuition?

Reasoning guesses. Intuition knows. 


Realization, spiritual awakening with Gina CharlesThe most the thinking mind can do on its own, is play with logic and percentages. That’s like running around in a circle. While it can be fun, eventually you’ll notice that you’re not getting anywhere.


This is how you’re having the human experience, until you notice that you’ve been running around in a cerebral circle.


It is then, the magic begins.


Become the eyewitness to thought, so that you can move thought aside to connect with Self, higher Intelligence, Intuition. Reasoning guesses. Intuition knows.


Are you reasoning or intuiting your life? 


For more on the practice of being the eyewitness, see: FUEL Your Life by Gina Charles.


EMPOWERMENT: Today I will be the eyewitness to thought, so that I may quiet the mental chatter, and listen. 


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The Duality of Magic Wands

What is the duality of our Awareness?

human-experThe duality of this human experience is Consciousness and unconsciousness. When I am awake and aware, noticing, witnessing the stream of mental talkity-talk, I am lucid, I am Conscious, I am Awake, I am on.

When I am no longer witnessing the stream of mental commentary and become submerged in it, I am sleepwalking, unconscious, I’m off. I forget that I am not my mind-made identity, that I am Something much greater. I forget that I’m in a benevolent construct, a lucid dream that’s waiting at the ready for me to awaken to my best life. When I’m off, unconscious, I forget who I am, where I am, and how this place works.


Well That Explains A lot

So our attention, or what we put our focus on in the “off” state, in unconsciousness, while we are submersed in unnoticed, unexamined thought, is what we get more of in our lives. Huh. That’s like running with scissors and one shoe lace untied. But don’t despair, because…. 


Our Attention, in Consciousness, is a magic wand in a field of infinite possibility. 


Authentic Living with Gina Charles - Your focus is your magic wand


It is an enchanted paintbrush, manifesting a human adventure that surpasses the mind’s limited imaginings. 

Recognizing the duality of your magic wand will change your life experience.


Use the power of your Lucid Attention. 


You’re Awakened state is the magic and the mind’s focus is the wand.

Wield your powers for good. ;)


Authentic Living and Spiritual Growth with Gina Charles - Your Awakened focus is your magic wand.


You can find out more about your magic wand, here: FUEL Your Life and Shift Happens. ;)

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A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To A Life Purpose


For the past several years I had been hot on the lookout for my elusive life purpose. I had already spent many years of my life doing what I believed I was meant to do, until it was time for me to move on from that, to something new. I never anticipated doing anything new. I didn’t know how to do that.

In an attempt to find the spot I am meant to stand in, I read books, meditated, filled notebooks with written exercises, tried new things and even went back to school. Every time I thought I was getting close to identifying what my new life purpose could be, my new endeavor would turn a bit sour and the trail would run cold. I felt like I was running in place.

I worked on listening for and deciphering the steps my Guidance was urging me to take. It took some time to get my thinking mind to stop trying to identify each step I took, and in haste, label it as some kind of new career, or life purpose. I worked on letting go, and going with the flow, even if I had no idea where it would lead.

I decided to “surrender” to the Universe and to my Higher Self. I didn’t want my thinking mind to decide what my life purpose should be by conjuring one up with nothing more than its logical deduction. After all, a thinking mind never knows for sure. I believed that no matter what my purpose is, once I find it, I will know it by the vast joy I feel, no matter what it turns out to be. My Higher Self is the one that holds the GPS to my best life. It’s holding the compass to what makes my heart sing. And what makes my heart sing are the sign posts that lead to the life of my dreams. I wanted one of those.

I attended a weekend workshop with the intent of eliminating the obstacles, if any, that would account for my seeming stagnation and lack of direction. I wanted to clear my own runway for takeoff. In retrospect, I can see how my experiences during this workshop weekend were all crumbs that led my way home.

A funny thing happened to me on my way to a new life purpose. During one of the workshop exercises we were all lying on the floor on our backs, chanting to music. I had never chanted before, and just went along for the ride, stepping outside of my comfort zone as another means of growth. I could feel the vibration of sound in my chest. I could feel that vibration being blended by means of the blending of our many voices. It was at this moment I experienced something very profound.

Despite having been fervently searching for my life purpose, in this moment I had never before felt more like I was exactly where I was supposed to be. The experience went beyond the words I use to describe the knowing that I was doing exactly what I was meant to do, in this moment, lying in a circle on the floor. For it was in that space that I lost myself and experienced being an anonymous part of the whole. This was it, this was home. Being an anonymous part of the whole was the most natural feeling space I had ever been in. I had clicked into place. It was wonderful. No, it was much bigger than wonderful. I felt like a fountain that was overflowing in the most beautiful way. As I experienced what felt like water overflowing, or something pouring out of me, it produced the feeling of elation. Elation was filling me up and spilling over. How could I ever want to be anywhere else?

Happily, the afterglow of this experience stayed with me for a full week. I still had no idea where I was supposed to be, or what I was supposed to be doing. Only this time, it didn’t matter. I was too preoccupied with basking in the lingering elation I had been so vehemently chasing, the elation I believed could only be found in a life purpose. The fear of not finding what I was ultimately looking for was gone. I had been wearing the ruby slippers all along.

I had been going about things backwards. It’s never about the “what.” It’s always about the “how.” No matter what I do in this life, as long as I’m taping into my Source, I will flow the happiness that I am made of into that endeavor.

Imagine that. We spend our lives wondering how we could “achieve” our happiest life, our little “heaven on earth.” Most every one of us, having been pointed in that direction, search outward. My experience told me I had been looking in the wrong places. There is no happiness outside of me.

The degree to which I experience happiness is the degree to which I have touched the happiness that I am. The happiness I experience in this place I call life, is flowed from within, outward. If I am cut off from that place, or can only access a small portion of it, that is the extent to which the happiness will be reflected and experienced in my life. The journey only looks like it’s on the outside of me. The journey is within. This is my life purpose. You’ll now find me traveling an enjoyable ride, where ever it leads, mapped out by my inner GPS, my Guidance. I will be the one wearing the ruby slippers.


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Living Life Once Removed


Living submersed in thought unawares, becomes a barrier between me and a direct connection with my life experience. It is a veil between me and the people, places and things in my life. It is what I call “living life once removed.” It is living life inauthentically, or through the collective beliefs and learned behaviors of the thinking mind. Even when those learned behaviors no longer benefit me,or feel good.

When you realize that you are the eyewitness to your stories, as opposed to living submersed in them, you are Awake.

The thoughts themselves are not detrimental. In fact, the actual thoughts are more like floating butterflies, or clouds passing across the sky, or leaves drifting down a river. The detriment of thought lies in believing it. When you realize that you are the eyewitness to your stories, as opposed to living submersed in them, you are Awake. Welcome home.


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Shift Happens On Enlightening Radio

Join Gina Charles as she joins Enlightening Radio with Christine Andrew for some life-changing conversation!

Not quite sure where your life is heading or what you’re really doing? Today’s show is for you in particular but everyone can benefit from today’s lively, engaging conversation with author and illustrator Gina Charles. We consider her a new friend and we just know you’ll love her as much as we did!

Gina is the author and illustrator of her book, Shift Happens: A Layperson’s Guide to Awakening and it is wonderful! There really are things you can do to help steer your life in the direction you desire and Gina helps us walk through that and more.

We’re talking about shifting, about thoughts and beliefs, and ultimately about our consciousness and becoming more awakened in our lives! Listen in!

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A special thanks to you, Christine Andrew, for all of your important work, and for the opportunity to enjoy our inspiring conversation! I had a lot of fun – you’re a blast! Thanks for staying awake with me. ;)



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My Head Or My Heart?

Is your core desire your head’s desire, or is it your heart’s desire? Do you want to be a doctor because your head desires prestige, or because your guts love to help heal people? Are you an acrobat because being courageous is the desired characteristic that your mind wants to add to it’s self-made identity? Or, are you an acrobat because your Soul sings when you experience the joy of soaring through the air?

Try This:

Fill in the blanks to help reveal if your core desire(s) is coming from your head, or from your heart. The following are two examples:

Example 1:

My Desire is: ________.

(Example: To be a graphic designer.)

Why do I want to _________?

(I want to be a graphic designer because I like creating digital art!)

Why? ________

(I like it because I’m good at it!)

How do I think it would feel to ________? Or, how does it feel to _________?

(When I create graphic art I feel accomplished and professional. I can make more money than my last endeavor, and even though it’s deadline driven, it can also be lot’s of fun. I love being creative in the digital world.)

Example 2:

My Desire is: ________.

(Example: At this moment, I still do not have a clear title or name for my desire. What I’m drawn to barley has an accurate description. For the purpose of this example I’ll call my desire, “writing.”)

Why do I want to _________?

(I want to be a writer because I love writing and talking about Consciousness and thought. Why? I like it because it makes me feel like there’s a lit furnace burning in my gut. It feels like some kind of inexplicable excitement.)

How do I think it would feel to ________? Or, how does it feel to _________?

(When I write and speak about Consciousness, I enjoy the flow of the endeavor. I feel alive. I feel an underlying feeling that feels like the words want to be read, as if someone were waiting for them. And when someone comments that they resonated with something I’ve written, I feel an instant, direct, and glorious connection to someone I’ve never even met. This is followed by a wonderful and overwhelming feeling of gratitude. It’s magical.)

Logical Sense Or Nonsensical Joy?

Based on both of these examples, can you tell which desire comes more from the head, and which comes more from the heart?

Question your desires. If they make more logical sense than they do nonsensical joy, then maybe your desire is your head’s and not your heart’s. Don’t panic. Accept, stay present, and follow the scent of your own feel-good. ;)

The difference between logical sense and nonsensical joy, feels like the difference between surviving and thriving.


Today I intend to feed my Soul, by questioning my desires.


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What’s Happening?

Today I will practice unconditional acceptance.

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Rocket Fuel

When I look back on past experiences that felt painful, I now see that the experiences I learned from, are the ones that created my own rocket fuel. It is in the Ah-Ha moment that the untruth or resistance I hold, magically recycles itself.

 It was the Ah-Ha moments of these painful experiences that created my own personal brand of rocket fuel that propelled me forward on the path to my highest good.

I now see that the painful experiences that I did not learn from, the ones I complained about, or misunderstood as victimization, failure, or loss, are the ones that in one way or another, were repeated.

Today, I am grateful. I am grateful for my past misunderstandings, and I welcome new ones.

Have you made your own rocket fuel lately? ;)



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My Alarm Clock


Discomfort is the alarm clock that awakens me to my own misunderstandings and resistance.

Although you can grow in pleasure, the painful experiences from which I’ve learned, have afforded me this journey of realization, Conscious expansion, spiritual growth, peace.

I awake to the message of my own discomfort, and when I recognize its source, my own misunderstandings and resistance, I am free.

Is your alarm clock ringing? ;)



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