Is it Your Turn to Awaken…

Do you ever give yourself a moment to look up from your busy life and wonder about where your life is going… or even where society is going?

Do you ever wonder why you can’t remain deliriously happy and well… even why society doesn’t move on from all the struggle and dis-ease?

Do you ponder on any of these questions or even dare look at your own movement, or that of society and sense that nothing ever gets better, only more division, more rules and more illness and death? Are you not fed up of recycling; time and time again in deeper and muddier waters?

AND is there not a part of you that knows deep within that there is a way to change your situation, and the destiny of society too?

Welcome to the natural world and opportunity of Awakening and Ascension!

It is my pleasure to give you a nudge into realising, it’s your turn to Awaken and begin your Ascension Journey. Joining many Sovereign beings, being the change that changes the world around you.

It’s not my place to lead you on this new path, only point you in the direction to your Divinity within, who awaits to guide you through this most natural change and reconstruction of your own life and that of society… preparing to live a most beautiful life in all happiness and wellness.

Can you imagine! Living a life of celebration as Your Magnificent Self, in all love, joy & peace!

My friends and I began to awaken what seems decades ago now, and we’ve never looked back from this beautiful Ascension Journey we all chose to experience and enjoy ’til this day!

Do you see how I said chose!?

This Awakening & Ascension Journey is about choosing to come home and experience your own Unique and Sovereign wholeness. Choosing to put behind you the Human story of duality and conflict, of following others rather than yourself. Choosing to step into the knowing of what’s good and right for you, and remember your natural state of being is happiness, wellness and abundance.

You’ll know when its your turn to choose… You’ll keep coming across stories like this blog post here and get excited to read true Awakening experiences and follow your own inner passion and intuition, which will change your life.

It’s an exciting time, we’re here for you! My friends and I followed our own inner calling, which seems many decades ago now. We did it though… and not only survived, we thrive! Now its your turn, and IAM so happy for you.

So please enjoy this post, filled with inspiration and support for the Awakening journey you have chosen, or are about to choose. Today you’ll read one of Linda’s Awakening experiences… It’s always about Love! and further down the post you can download our series of Free E-Books to read many more similar true stories.


This Awakening journey is an opportunity to consciously choose to love and trust yourself. It is by no means an easy one, in fact it is a rude awakening!  Especially when everything you hold dear and true, quite literally falls away. You are thrown, time and time again, out of your comfort zone and left in a void. A place for you to choose to listen to your own inner voice who is waiting to gently guide you into a new space of love, joy & peace. 

I promise you, you’ll discover new heartfelt interests, hobbies, jobs, home & relationships. Wonderful opportunities to meet likeminded friends on a similar journey and together you will fulfil your individual and collective passion and mission to bring harmony and unity to Earth. 

You’ll discover we are many who are here to inspire and support one another on this challenging but exciting journey, but also, many old friends and family will continue in the only old way they know, and that’s ok too.

Ultimately it’s about allowing each other the freedom to choose how we each desire to live, love and be in the world.

Linda’s Awakening Experience, It’s Always About Love…

The dawn is breaking
A light shining through

You’re barely waking
And I’m tangled up in you

Fitting words from the song Collide by Howie Day for an experience that really defies the limits of human communication. This looks like the beginning of a romantic love story. Looks though, can be deceiving!

On January 30th, Uranus the Awakener (modern ruler of Aquarius) is in full force. Today also marks the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Wood Horse. I chose today on this rare Black Moon, the Aquarius New Moon (a few degrees behind my Ascendant) that also features Mercury conjunct Neptune to post my offering for my participation in Barbara’s January Challenge on Awakening.

Thank you Barbara for giving me a nudge to look back at this time in order to gain some perspective and share with others.

It is an auspicious time to herald new awakenings ( Aquarius/Uranus) and write about mystical openings ( Mercury conjunct Neptune). I am not claiming to be enlightened or awakened, far from it. Growth to me is both cyclic and nonlinear in nature. I envision a spiral when I reflect on my life thus far. I have moved through life with many highs and lows, but each time a challenge comes, I emerge somewhat changed and move further along the larger individual /collective spiral.

I will now attempt to describe an experience that was otherworldly and incredibly trans-formative. While my memories have faded, I still see that this glimpse beyond the veil has relevance in my present life. There have been many other openings before, and many since. But this particular time it was all about love. And love is all that really prevails in the energetic field of consciousness.

I chose the song Collide because it was popular during the Summer of 2005 when I experienced this brief but poignant opening. In fact I crafted my first blog series ~ the Collision Series, with both this song and that awakening in mind to illustrate how subtle awakenings can trigger a new ( or renewed) way of BEing.


It helps to have some background, a context for my journey. I did not fit in as a child. I felt alone, awkward, misunderstood, and unimportant. My parents desperately wanted a child, but not the one they got! Some respite was found in my imagination. My inner world and my curiosity were my refuge. The occasional teacher or neighbor offered guidance and a more progressive outlook. I also had a chance as a small child to visit my great-aunt and uncle a few times and use their art supplies. I recall feeling excited and so at peace creating and learning about art, and feeling more understood by them than other adults in my family. I have a feeling that they were people who I had more in common with, but I will never know. I did not get an opportunity to know them well.

Fear, anger, and upheaval were a constant growing up in my complex, dysfunctional family. My parents were not equipped to love me in the way that I needed. It took years for this truth to become clear to me. I also felt isolated because we moved so often. I never knew my extended family very well because they lived far away from us. I began to gain some footing, however, once my progressed sun moved from Scorpio to Sagittarius.

I made some new friends that I could trust and thrived in their company. Yet when I began to heavily experiment with drugs and started having vivid dreams and heightened psychic abilities, I was utterly alone. I had no one to confide in. I eventually shut down out of fear. I attributed these ” experiences” to be artificially drug induced and unimportant. So I minimized them and packed them away for a while.

My journey

Once I left home, moved into my own apartment out of state, and began my senior year in college I met a coworker who would days later become my boyfriend. Within less than 2 weeks, my life had dramatically shifted! This was an extraordinary time. He was involved in a spiritual cult based on Indian meditation and philosophical practices. I did not approve of his dependence on this “teacher” Osho/Rajneesh, but I was open to exploring my spiritually again. While I avoided involvement in anything cultish, my knowledge of astrology, dream-work, meditation, and metaphysics accelerated.

I remained open and met more people ” on the path”. In graduate school a student led me to meditation classes at a center on South St. This is where I first saw the material from A Course in Miracles. This center organized a retreat in the Pocono mountains. A couple I met at the retreat instantly bonded with me and invited me to a raw foods spiritual group. And on and on it goes.. I experimented with many teachings such as channeled lessons, RAMTHA, raw food, A Course in Miracles, Hindu and Buddhist practices, Quakerism,and a few I no longer remember. I am so grateful for the people I met and the knowledge acquired.

Between two worlds

In 2004 I was very busy in the outer world. I had 2 demanding jobs; I was recovering from a devastating breakup with a coworker; I was fully ensconced in my Quaker Meeting community, and I was editing and co-writing a book with my friend. I had just transferred to a new unit at my government social service job, but (to quote Prince in Raspberry Beret ) ” Seems that I was busy doing something close 2 nothing, but different than the day before.”

My duties had become stagnant and stale in this toxic, soul-depleting environment. I knew I needed a change but my efforts to find a new job were unsuccessful. I was also looking to buy a house. Surprisingly, I could not find the right property. I typically find whatever I like eventually, so this really had me baffled. So I sought out a clearness committee. Within Quakerism, the clearness committee represents a process for discernment.

I also continued meeting with my spiritual advisor about figuring out my calling and defining next steps. I felt loved and supported outside of work, and tormented by ghosts and adversaries on the job. I also loved my editing/writing and it kept me going. Life was busy and moving at a rapid pace.

One day I was invited to attend a weekend workshop at Pendle Hill. Pendle Hill is a Quaker center in Wallingford, PA that is internationally known for Spirit-led learning, retreat, and community. My meeting agreed to pay for half of the tuition and Pendle Hill would absorb the remainder. I was so excited to get away, if even for just a long weekend. My book was about mystical experiences and my interest in the ethereal was heightened. I hoped to meet people with similar interests.

The first evening we gathered around in a large circle at the beautiful conference room at Brinton House and introduced ourselves. A couple of much younger people were sitting at the opposite end of this majestic room with beautiful hardwood floors and a cathedral ceiling. A young man with a foreign accent began to speak. I will call him “James”. He used few words and was very soft-spoken. But I distinctly heard him say” I have had a few mystical experiences.”

No one else mentioned this topic that evening. I took it as a sign to introduce myself. The next morning I bravely went up to James and asked him if he would be willing to speak with me. He said we could talk after the workshop was over. James was new on staff at the retreat center and worked as a gardener. He had just returned from extensive travel overseas and actually grew up just a few miles away.

I was nervous about talking with him because he was so much younger than I, and I was feeling an attraction towards him that was subtle but uncomfortable. For the remainder of the weekend James would join my table for meals and look over at me during class sessions. He was observing me and again I was a bit unsettled.

We got together at the end of the weekend. We talked for hours about anything and everything. We had so much in common despite the age difference. Time and space dissipated. I told him things about myself that my closest friends did not know. I think this was because I figured I would never see him again. He was just staying here temporarily in- between his travels.

I saw the faces and smiles of all the men in my past in his expressions and his gaze. Light radiated from his eyes and it was dazzling and brilliant. I knew him and yet I did not know him. Venus had just gone retrograde (on my moon) and conjoined the sun a couple weeks before. It was about to station near my IC in just 2 days. But I was not thinking about Venus because I was not looking for love…

Magical meeting

In the year that followed, my life moved along. I lost touch with James. The book project was suspended in definitely because my friend was distracted with other concerns. Work was tense and isolating. I continued to look for a house and a new job. I also continued to attend Quaker worship and meet with my advisor. I felt angry, tired, sad, and lonely.

Neptune was slowly making its way towards my Ascendant at this time. I was looking forward to this major transit, but had no expectations on how it would manifest in me. I noticed that Pendle Hill was offering a class on spiritual discernment. The same class was offered the year before and it looked really interesting. I received financial support for attending a 5 day class in the middle of Summer. I recall that I was put on a waiting list for the spiritual discernment class and another class that was offered a few weeks later. I eventually was contacted that there was a spot for me in the spiritual discernment class!

Neptune would land on my Ascendant the very first night of the class. How exciting! My intentions were clear for this 5 day class/ retreat. I was very focused on my goal – to decide whether or not to quit my full-time job and to consider new ways of following my calling.

I arrived to the center very stressed out and anxious. I was so eager to submerge myself in the calm yet powerful energies of Pendle Hill. Upon arrival that evening at Brinton House, I went to the large wooden conference room after I unpacked my bags. It was around sunset and I felt a presence. I felt a sense of peace and excitement in the silence. It was familiar somehow. A Divine Spark was about to be ignited.

I thought about James, the young man I met here in this very room. I had figured he was back traveling and creating new adventures for himself. Yet it seemed like he was in the room with me! On the first evening we all gathered in the main dining area for dinner. I went into the kitchen with my tray to get some dinner. I saw a young man working in the kitchen who looked a bit familiar but he had long hair and a beard. Literally a few seconds later a woman in the room shouted ” James!” and he turned around.

It was him! He was still HERE. I was partially in shock, but also felt a sense of confirmation that my intuition was in full gear back at the classroom. The next day I saw James at breakfast and we looked at one another. When he was right behind me while emptying our trays. I simply said hello and smiled. He responded by calling me by name and declaring that I came back here to take the class I was curious about last year.

How did he know? He then suggested we get together later. My head was spinning. Here I am with a strong mission and focus and this person comes back into my life. All of the sudden I feel myself being pulled into this vortex. How will I handle this cosmic curve ball?

We did meet for a few hours on the day before I was scheduled to leave. Like before, we just talked and talked and talked and talked some more. I was so blown away by our time together that I forgot when dinner was served and showed up an hour late. James was startled to hear I was leaving the next day , so he asked to meet again after my classes were over, just like last summer. I knew intuitively that there was something incomplete between us, so I agreed to meet one last time.

We met after my class ended, outside on this sweltering July afternoon. That’s when it happened. I could tell you where we sat and about the weather (close to 100 degrees the entire week!) but I would be remiss to be able to logically explain what happened next. I felt like our spirits merged. I was totally understood and loved in a way that was new to me. Love without expectations.

He wanted no-thing from me in return. I had never experienced this before! We just listened to each other and let silence in, and shared who we are at a soul level. It seemed like we were blending our energies in our words and actions. Neptune was on my Ascendant so perfect timing was in play. I did not realize it at the time, but I was getting an upgrade. There was no instruction manual. I doubt it would have made it a difference anyway. I was on a magic carpet ride and there was no turning back!

While we were having our marathon encounter , I had a very unique thought. I heard my inner voice say ” If I were to die right now, it would be fine. I am at peace because I am totally understood, seen, accepted, and known.” In fact at certain moments it felt like I was already in a higher dimension having my life review. I was touched by Divine Love and everything was aligned. It was not about the young man really.

Referencing our astrological synastry or the telepathy between us or other links is really superfluous in this case. To quote what my friend, the talented psychic and astrologer Robert Graham, said when I later told him about what happened, ” He is just a clue.” What I mean here is that my openness to James created a portal to the Divine. Months later when we discussed our relationship, he admitted that when we are together, he would transcend.

I learned or should I say re-membered about the power and magic of combining energies and raising the combined frequencies. A 3rd semi-distinct consciousness was created when we were together. I was in a haze after we said goodbye. I walked around the grounds and saw light in the silence. I drove home on a busy interstate highway, but the car was driving me. Typically this road is scary and intimidating for me, but that evening I was lost in song and the car seemed to glide on the road. I lost all sense of time and space. I have no idea how I got home.

For a few more days I stayed with the light and bliss. I only had contact with James a few more times. But I realized that Robert was correct in that this man was not a goal. James was representative of the divine in action. I had reflected intently on an exercise held towards the end of the spiritual discernment class where we reviewed the names of various roles posted on the walls and recorded which ones were part of our calling.

Mystic was one of the choices. I decided that I was in fact a mystic, or at least a beginner mystic. I was very drawn to Rumi for inspiration. The poetry of Rumi was very helpful in showing me examples of the Cosmic Union. This was not about romantic love at all and I saw that clearly. We were very intimately linked but not like romantic lovers.

He was everything and nothing. He was family and a stranger all wrapped into one. We were so similar and yet so different. This experience was exquisitely a meeting of 2 energetic beings in a very strong portal (Pendle Hill) at a time where Neptune was coming to my Ascendent. Time and Space collided in such a way to bring this potentiality into form.

Moving On

When I returned to work after my vacation, events occurred in a way that revealed it was time to move on. My Clearness committee was very helpful in assisting me in clarifying my experiences. So I lived on my ” house money” and quit my job before finding a new one. I was scared and liberated at the same time. I continued to notice light and symmetry in the silence, especially in nature. Communion with birds often triggered an opening for me.

I discovered that Pendle Hill and Longwood Gardens were “power places” for me. Eckhart Tolle talks about these portals in The Power of Now. My perspective on love between humans shifted as well. I now had a glimpse of what is truly real. Love without conditions. Love that pulsates all around us and within us. The song Collide is written from the man’s point of view and I believe it mirrors how I imagine James felt about our time together. Having said that; this song also resonates at a more cosmic level, especially the first section.

The dawn is breaking
A light shining through

You’re barely waking
And I’m tangled up in you

The dawn was breaking within my being and the light was beginning to enter my awareness. I was barely waking to what waits beyond the physical plane. The entanglement was both between myself and this young man , and also occurring at the quantum level. Was this awakening fleeting, ephemeral and anomalous? Was it a miracle in the purest of the word? Am I still wondering what more can happen as Neptune continues to spend many more years in my 1st house?

Hell, yeah!

Collide live, Still with me? Thank you if you read this entire story! This soulful version of the song, complete with a string section!, is performed on the Dave Letterman show a few months before my experience. Notice how he mentions this track was mysteriously re-released? (and coincided with my awakening) Collide is the backdrop for that feeling of awakening and I was also re-released!

You can read more about Linda’s journey on her website,

Affects and Changes of the Awakening Earth and Humanity

The Earth and Humankind are all part of a Natural Shift of Consciousness that is occurring now. Our solar system finds itself surrounded by a higher expansional energy; a new energy that we have called forth in our declaration for no more fear, greed and power-mongering. 

It is an energy that resonates with LOVE. Love that Humans have learned to FEEL here on Earth. A love that creates DivineHumanBeings, allowing them to live in a peaceful and harmonious surrounding on Earth. 

This new energy, of intense light actually affects the magnetic make-up of our whole solar system. Creating intense magnetic storms on our sun, where strong solar flares reach the Earths orbit and interfere with the magnetics within the Earth and the Human Being.

The Human body contains millions of tiny magnetic particles that interconnect through Human antennas to the Earth’s magnetic field, enabling the Human to receive and transmit consciousness which influence the physical body and all its internal systems.

The interference of the magnetic field is causing a cleansing effect on Earth, physical shifting and shaking the earth and her inhabitants, creating unusual weather patterns and within the Human Being; cleansing people from all their fears and yesterdays. It is actually the most beautiful gift that we can receive. 

Intense light to naturally awaken our consciousness, changing our DNA and crystalising our molecules. Our inner light, our being is being ignited anew, clearing our body of past debris, burning away everything that no longer serves us, leaving nothing but pure love and passion within each Human Being and the Earth.

During this Shift in Consciousness… our Awakening is affecting our mental, emotional and physical bodies, pulling us all ways and putting us through some uncomfortable and painful times. Not only are we integrating and releasing all our own past life patterns and karma that no longer serves us, but that of all our ancestors that have lived before us. 

Our Body Consciousness; Body, Mind, Spirit and Aspects is naturally finding a new balance of Sovereign ONENESS.

It is most important neither to fight nor to give in, but to trust that everything is all so perfect. This is our journey that we have chosen to live now so let’s enjoy the ride and allow our Embodied Ascension to happen quite naturally.

Awakening Symptoms

Physical… Aches and pains in the joints, especially neck, shoulders and back, heat sensations beyond the menopause, feeling hot and cold, feeling dizzy and shaky, vertigo, ringing in the ears, nauseous, extreme itchy skin, red patchy & lumpy skin, exhaustion and feeling tired, waking up a lot, headaches and migraine, stomach aches and indigestion, no appetite, extremes of diarrhoea and constipation, eating a lot, heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat 

Emotional… Crying, deep sadness, confused, nervousness, passionless, anger, extreme fear 

Mental… Anxious, intense dreaming, loneliness, not thinking straight, foggy, not remembering, losing words, depressed 

Barbara’s suggestions for more comfort

Consciously breathing in the new energy, especially in painful areas and fearful feelings for at least 10 mins. at a time, healthy daily eating of protein, good fats, lots of fruit and veg (fibre), drink plenty of fresh water (with pinch seasalt/bicarb of soda once a week), moderate use of caffeine, coffee, tea and alcohol, positive and loving self talk, soaking the body in Epsom salts and lavender oil, walking in nature or some form of gentle exercise you enjoy 20 mins a day, sleep a lot… napping through the day if possible, trust yourself… even when doubt tries to creep into your mind.

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Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Mark Lanesburyreply
May 30, 2022 at 13:14

A wild ride Linda, as they sometimes need to be so that we will dare to step beyond what we are. And slowly we will indeed feel those changes and want to become a part of them because we can sense and understand it is all for our own good in facing them. Even those fears we hold are slowly chopped up as we face them and allow that self love to move in as a permanent resident 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

Barbara Frankenreply
June 6, 2022 at 17:37
– In reply to: Mark Lanesbury

Thankyou Mark for resonating again with Linda’s journey, I like the words… allow self love to move in as a permanent resident! Might use that in a quote from my special Australian friend Mark❤️ Thankyou and much love ❤️

May 30, 2022 at 16:21

Sometimes there are no words except to stay in awe of words laced together with the vibration of love. <3<3<3

Barbara Frankenreply
June 6, 2022 at 18:02
– In reply to: thespiritkeeper

Thankyou for being our gift of love on Earth Joseph❤️ Sending love your way🥰

May 30, 2022 at 18:49

It’s always all about love … the answer to all our troubles. Yes, just love ❤️ and be loved 🥰

Barbara Frankenreply
June 6, 2022 at 18:02
– In reply to: JanBeek

It certainly is isn’t it dear Jan. Hope love is healing you quick❤️ much love x

June 6, 2022 at 18:39
– In reply to: Barbara Franken

Thank you 🙏🏽 ❤️

Mark Lanesburyreply
June 7, 2022 at 00:03

Thank you Barbara, please quote away my friend. The more love and understanding we have the more loving this world will be. Thank you 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

Sue Dreamwalkerreply
June 14, 2022 at 23:29

For those who started our journeys together in our own new awareness, it’s been a “magnificent” journey..

Loved reading Linda’s entry ..Gosh 2014.. is it that many years since book one?
And So many of us still remaining friends here, as we still keep sending out that message of love..

I know love has got this… despite outward appearances of the world..
Many more are having to learn that healing the outer, first starts by healing our inner world first..

Thank you Barbara for being a champion of teaching us that..

Much love, 💕 Sue x

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