Modern spiritual growth is complicated, empowering, and ongoing. Enjoy inspiring thoughts, radio show topics, book reviews, astrological and energy updates, meditations, affirmations, and much more to connect you to your soul's consciousness awesomeness. ~ Molly
|Posted on August 31, 2017 at 1:10 PM|
One of my earliest formative experiences was the power of giving during the holiday season. My two brothers and I would buy Christmas gifts for kids our own age, wrap them up, and drop them off at a local organization. My heart was full with how doing something so easy for us would result in huge smiles for another on Christmas morning.
Conscious advocacy and volunteering my time has always been an ongoing passion. I’ve donated my time and marketing expertise to help a local hunger non-profit elevate their profile in the community and increase their fundraising efforts. A friend and I volunteered regularly at a soup kitchen on Sunday mornings; we chopped veggies for chili, made sandwiches with donated ingredients, and helped serve meals to a long line of homeless citizens. Through community outreach efforts, I’ve stood in front of groups of young women educating them about sexual violence prevention, and facilitated sensitive conversations about rape, power, and control.
As an ESL teacher, I’ve volunteered in classrooms to help international adult students learn English, and I have worked with very basic learners all the way up to more advanced groups. I’ve sat across from women eagerly learning colors for the first time, as well as the names of rooms in their houses. I’ve been put on the spot by very curious advanced students wanting to understand English idioms, such as why “the ball is in your court” or “that’s the way the cookie crumbles” or what it means “to catch somebody red-handed." You think you know English well - until you teach it!
My conscious advocacy turned global in graduate school as I chose my Master’s thesis to focus on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which are eight quantifiable and measurable goals aimed at reducing extreme global poverty.
Every country on the planet and all of the world’s leading institutions have agreed to participate and/or support these eight goals. My deep-dive research, which was conducted back in 2006 and 2007, revealed many amazing projects that are happening around the globe, including the Millennium Villages Project that helps rural villages transition to sustainable, integrated life solutions they can maintain on their own. Currently, 500,000 people in 14 sites across 10 countries are involved in this project.
The Millennium Development Goals are not well known because they’re not ‘sexy’ or driven by a celebrity, but they are transforming the world. Right now. As you sit here reading this, people are receiving mosquito nets to prevent the spread of malaria; tapping into fresh water for their village; giving birth in healthy conditions, and learning about their human rights for the first time. Amazing, right?
So giving back and helping our global sisters and brothers in practical ways has always been a priority. Even when life was incredibly busy and I didn’t have room for one more thing on my plate, I was searching for an organization that I felt a strong connection to based on this criteria:
- Efforts resulted in sustainable, practical life changes;
- Personal connections of some sort were encouraged and developed;
- People who are genuinely interested and committed to improving their lives and creating their dreams are supported.
Women for Women International is an organization that meets my personal criteria and also supports the efforts of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
Being selected as an Ambassador is an incredible honor, and deeply inspires me to spread the word about their incredible program.
I'll be sharing more success stories and updates through email and social media, and hopefully inspiring YOU to participate in our global efforts as well. Online events and fundraising goals will also be shared.
We are very lucky to live in a time when we have so much to be grateful for. And we're blessed to be able to support others in improving their lives and creating their dreams, too!
|Posted on August 31, 2017 at 11:10 AM|
|Posted on August 30, 2017 at 9:55 AM|
We have multiple energies to play with thoughout our lives that support our ongoing growth. We are gifted with understanding them at higher levels of consciousness, especially the fact that love and abundance are always present within us - but we have to connect with them fully.
Listen in as Lavandar, Arielle, and I converse about my book The Unlimited Sparks of a Bonfire and how it supports our spiritual growth now on Starseed Radio Academy.
In this radio show, we discuss soul imprints, karmic healing, spiritual understanding, and more, as well as the writing process of this book.
|Posted on August 20, 2017 at 12:30 PM|
A Slow Blink of New Consciousness
The Sun is the light, energy and pulse of our planet, providing us with warmth, vitality, and LIFE that structures our daily world and patterns. In astrology, the Sun is Masculine, fire, self-identity, creation, movement, public, outer world, ego and life growth. The Sun is your sense of Self and where we are each developing more of our I AM identity in this lifetime in order to contribute to the collective.
Conversely, the Moon is Feminine, private, internal, and emotional. She rises every evening to balance our energy fields and bring us inward to ourselves. The Moon reveals what is happening within us and to connect us with what is hidden within our own subconscious so we can know our hearts and needs more fully. The Moon is nurturing, open, inviting, and wise.
As the Moon makes its way across the Sun for the Total Solar Eclipse at 29 degrees Leo, the Masculine is hidden by the Feminine. The Moon darkens the light so we can sit in a place of deeper wisdom and reveal what we need to feel right now.
Solar Eclipses happen twice a year all over the world, so they are not unique in occurrence, yet this one is extra potent in how the United States is being invited into the depths of its self and to collectively ask:
Who are we in the dark?
What are our shadows that we need to see and heal in order to begin anew?
The Solar Eclipse is offering us an opportunity to investigate:
When the light is removed, and all is As It Is, what does my heart say?
What does my heart feel?
What - and who - is in my heart?
The focus is of this event has been on the Sun - Look at me! Look at how I shine! - yet the true spectacle of the event is the Moon as she slowly makes her way across the brightest light in the solar system. Underneath how you "show up" in the word, the truth of your intentions or what you need may be hidden. But how do you feel and are you willing to own those sacred parts of yourself more.
This is a New Moon in Leo at 28/29 degrees that is inviting you to go deeper into your heart's shadows and the needs you have hidden from yourself. Did parts of you get buried under shame, guilt, betrayal, heartbreak, and heartache? Have you allowed those experiences to over-shadow who you are now and what you need now? Are you ready to rise up from those experiences with greater power and strength?
A mystical, cosmic event such as this can reset our individual pulse's with the pulse of the Universe and activate deeper consciousness. As the skies get darker and the temperature drops, we see further into the galaxy and millions of stars will be revealed. We will see how our tiny place in the cosmos matters and yet what are we actively doing to create the life, planet, and experiences that we want?
The Sun is being eclipsed by the Moon over the United States as a new beginning point of creation and risk-taking. The last time this occurred was in 1776 - the date of the U.S. Constitution. So if you were looking for any kind of significance to this event, there ya go.
I feel this New Moon Solar Eclipse to be a slow blink of new consciousness where we take 2 full minutes to tune out the ego and tune in to the heart on a deeper level.
Only you can do that for yourself, but collectively, we are each fortified with new levels of confidence, courage, and connection to your heart's needs. This is not mental; you cannot think your way through it.
You are being invited to look at what you are holding within your heart space, and to receive new light around it when the Sun begins to shine again.
|Posted on August 19, 2017 at 12:45 PM|
|Posted on August 14, 2017 at 12:55 PM|
After going through the process of traditional publishing, I discovered a lot of freedom (and more work) with the self-publishing option.
In this video on my new business website, learn more about the pros and cons of each approach, including:
- Having creative control
- An author's responsibility for all of the marketing and events
- Making 70% of the list price
- Pricing books on Amazon
- Constant innovation
- Support and best practices from other indie authors
- Access to all online distribution channels
There is no BEST approach - only what is best for YOU.
|Posted on August 12, 2017 at 1:25 PM|
Your current life is only a fraction of the energies you have experienced as a soul.
When viewed from higher consciousness, you open up to the fullness of your soul story and a broader understanding about who you are as a soul, as well as the energies you are experiencing in this incarnation.
You as a soul are composed of many stories, and through your life, the energies of those stories are activated with the intention of guiding you to higher levels of consciousness.
Surely somewhere along your path you have asked yourself:
"Why has my life unfolded in this way? Why do I experience certain themes, or repeating patterns, or ongoing relationship dynamics and lessons? Why are some emotions bigger for me, and yet not as prevalent for other people? Why do I carry specific dominant needs that other people in my family do not relate to?"
For example, if you have experienced a theme of betrayal or abandonment in your life, where did that energy begin? If you have felt deep fears around your emotional expression, how did that originate for you as a soul? If you have found yourself locked into many ego battles with others, what is being triggered within you that can be released now?
Or perhaps you have noticed a theme in your life around lower female or masculine relationships that you wish to inject greater consciousness into because you want more authentic connections with other people. Whatever energies and themes may be prevalent for you, you will find greater understanding to them in healing your soul imprints.
|Posted on August 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM|
We are energetically able to support each other in unlimited ways right now, and one means of doing that is through conscious advocacy.
We have the ability to lift up our global sisters and improve their lives in practical ways while connecting with the power of sisterhood and success. And the right organizations are the perfect channels for this intention!
Women for Women International is an NGO (non-governmental organization) that helps women in war-torn countries rebuild their lives in practical, sustainable ways.
For over 20 years, they have impacted and improved the lives of 420,000 women – and counting!!
As an Ambassador for Women for Women International, I am committed to raising global awareness and inspiring actions in others (like yourself!) that will result in practical changes in women’s lives.
|Posted on August 9, 2017 at 4:45 PM|
72! That was the number of Google pages that were (allegedly) offering free illegal copies of my books, including audio books. Well, we can't have that, fellow #authors, now can we? #Hecktotheno
Thankfully, there are ways to easily and quickly combat this illegal distribution stuff.
If you want to stay on top of #plagiarism nonsense, then I recommend Blasty.co as an online service to patrol and remove illegal copies of your books, blog content, audio books, and more.
Blasty searches Google for your content and has those Google webpages removed with 1 click.
You can try Blasty for free and check out how it works. It's easy to add your content and link your written material (in various forms) to be verified. You must use Chrome as your browser for it to work. I don't make anything off of sharing this with you - and I hope it helps. I run it a few times a week to stay on top of my content.
Try it out and let me know how it goes for you!
https://www.mollymccord.online/" target="_blank">Sharing more tips + guidance with you on my new business website right here.
|Posted on August 6, 2017 at 4:30 PM|
When the Full Moon rises to its peak level of light, we receive a full blast of energy from the cosmos to show us what we need to know, see, and feel right now. The Lunar Eclipse on August 7th is a Full Moon at 15 degrees Aquarius, and it's illuminating 'the vision ahead' and the way forward that advances your soul growth BEYOND what your ego self can embrace.
That means you are being guided to keep moving forward and not feel held back by too much pride, or insecurity, or concern with what 'everyone thinks.' Chances are, they are too concerned with their own matters to put a lot of thought towards your life direction.
So what would you choose if no one else's opinion mattered and the decision set you free? What feels good to you because it honors your path and dreams in a way that give back to the collective?
This Lunar Eclipse amplifies where we give our feelings away to other people and/or how we hold ourselves back because we don't want to separate from others. A part of you wants to feel connected to a bigger group or ideal, but you're being reminded that it is already true simply as a member of the human family.
Both the Sun and Mars in Leo oppose this Lunar Eclipse, which creates a push-and-pull between what you want to receive and what you want to give...between what your heart feels and what your ego believes it needs to get ahead. There is aggression and contention, but Saturn in Sag at 21 degrees helps get to the truth of the matter with maturity. Allow others to own their talents knowing it doesn't impede on your ability to shine and share.
Jupiter in Libra makes a supportive sextile to the Sun and trines the Moon, providing optimism, faith, confidence, and belief in the right people supporting us now.
We also have a Mystic Rectangle in the Lunar Eclipse chart between Pluto, Neptune, Mercury, and Venus. These 4 planets are talking intimately and asking you to assess relationships that support your spiritual growth (Venus trine Neptune) and authentic, honest conversations that allow you to heal a core issue more fully (Mercury trine Pluto). A Mystic Rectangle requires checking in on your yin and yang energy and is meant to help us see new revelations around deeper issues we've been carrying. You may have a new understanding that breaks you free from a struggle.
You are ready to revolutionize your energy field with greater LIGHT and advancement now - and it's been building for most of 2017. Be at peace with who you are and balance that with a willingness to be expansive in your life possibilities.
August is a month of forward movement and change, so say yes to the next step, new adventure, and all progress forward because it IS time and you are ready. Let's do this!
|Posted on July 29, 2017 at 12:20 PM|
Yep, that's right.
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|Posted on July 29, 2017 at 11:10 AM|
Are you holding yourself back from your FULL creative expression?
Your Soul's energy is blasting through right now to push you into a new part of your experience, and those energy shifts can be uncomfortable because it's new and unfamiliar on some level. On higher levels, it's COMPLETELY comfortable and familiar. That's where you want to connect with yourself - on those higher planes of Creative Confidence.
It is common when we are meeting a new part of ourselves for the first time to have those pesky fears show up. We may have doubt, worry, ego fears, and a case of the "shoulds" around what our creation "should" look like. It can be scary to be vulnerable or "too open". More unconscious messages can be around whether it has value, will anyone care, or will it be good enough? Perhaps you can relate to any of these - or all of them.
Yet the WONDERFUL news about the energy of 2017 is that we are each truly supported in taking the next step forward to 'put ourselves out there' and simply follow the JOY of creating, expressing, writing, making, and feeling ALIVE in our heart centers.
If you have fears of some kind, that's okay - we all do. We are meant to in order to be better humans. But I can guarantee that your HEART and SOUL are much stronger than any temporary fears or 'what ifs' that are circling around in your head. We are receiving downloads of Creative Confidence to move ahead and activate a deeper part of our heart's energy and honest expression. You can do so more effortlessly than you release, too.
Simply expand your awareness to be OPEN and WILLING to receive new levels of confidence, courage, as it connects to your inner joy. And don't be too hard on yourself for what has NOT happened.
|Posted on July 29, 2017 at 8:45 AM|
Have you ever felt stuck or uncertain about what to do next?
We all have.
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