Basic Tips for Writing a Healing Poem

by John Robson on August 27, 2015

old-letters-436502_640 (1)Writing poems is a great way to release creativity and also your emotions. When you are going through something difficult, for example, writing a healing poem is a great way to put into structured yet creative thoughts. You can be as abstract or as brutal – end result would always be a release of emotion and creativity. If you’re keen to try it – we’ve found some basic tips from Psychology Today to help you get started.

When writing a healing poem, it’s important to write from your heart rather than your head. This might take some practice, as we often intellectualize our pain. If you don’t have a lot of experience writing poetry, then you might want to start writing a poem as if you’re telling a story. Sometimes this is called narrative poetry. Keep in mind that rhyming isn’t important. Also, it’s okay to cry when you’re writing. Tears show that you’re tapping into some of your deepest emotions, and this is one way of healing.

The purpose of writing a healing poem is to turn a negative into a positive, and accomplishing this goal is simply a matter of sitting down and writing. Very little instruction is needed, but some people are intimidated by poetry and would like some tips on how to begin.

Here is a list of suggestions that might help you start writing:

  • Begin with an image, action, or strong emotion.
  • Perhaps start the poem with one of the following: “Suppose . . . , “I confess that . . . ,” or “I wish . . .”
  • Provide as many details as you can.
  • When possible, use metaphors.
  • Try to use numerous images and descriptions.
  • If it’s your first poem, begin by writing four lines per stanza.

If you want to see more poem writing tips – check out the complete article at Psychology Today.

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Ego can be Your Amigo!

by John Robson on March 8, 2015

“If your ego is your internal reference point, you had better plan on feeling offended for the rest of your life.” – Carlos Castaneda

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In spiritual teachings, it sometimes seems as though ego is cast as the bad guy. You may think that to be spiritual, you have to let go of the ego.

We have a different perspective on this.

Ego and personality are essential players in our theatre of life. Spirit has chosen to evolve through form. Therefore personality (ego, form) is the vehicle for the soul. Soul has its being nature and ego has its doing nature. Soul works in the realm of cause and ego in the realms of effects. So they need and work with each other.

Soul sparks the potential that exists within the personality. We don’t want the ego to disappear – we want it to open to the presence and guidance of soul so the two may work together in alignment.

The path of personality aims to build a healthy, skilful, confident ego. Ironically, only a strong, mature ego can take responsibility for carrying the consciousness of soul. So support the ego in taming its controlling nature, ‘I’dentity, self-centeredness, victim positions, labelling and seeking recognition. Instead cooperate more with others, be more vulnerable, and allow ego to mellow out in its newfound humbleness so it becomes more subservient to your soul.

Working in groups and being more open, vulnerable, supportive and sharing tames the ego and lets in more soul. This is the power of group work and why it is one of our focuses for 2015.

Cultivate an attitude of appreciation and compassion towards yourself and others.

“We use a defence mechanism whenever the authority of the ego is threatened by truth.” –Andrew Schneider


Ready for your next level of consciousness?

by John Robson on February 26, 2015

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“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them” — Albert Einstein

Most of our readers will relate to these 3 levels of growth:

1. Our culture and media has dominantly locked us into a growth phase of developing ego – to take control, be self-confident, to be right, to judge, to win, to have a strong or beautiful image and mind – and in doing so it did some self healing. This cleansing of fundamental negatives has allowed opportunities for our soul to create some connection and influence and open the door to more soul identification – which the ego needs to go to another level. And yet the ego’s spiritual pride still takes all the credit every step of the way.

2. When we identify with soul, we transform shadows at a deeper level and we work more on loving relationships. We open to a new level of self healing, compassion, unique expression and purpose. And as we grow, connect and trust, it opens the door to a new level of growth – group consciousness. This new level is required to complete the soul identification growth cycle.

3. We realize that we share similar shadows with others and that it can be healed via the group. We become more responsible for a group reality, the environment, humanity’s conditions and the interdependence of all things. It is a new realm of power and mystery as more parts come together to make sense from a wholeness perspective. We open up to making personal sacrifices for the good of the whole or group. We aspire to a bigger picture than just our unique selves. Intuition increases. We are drawn to a meaningful group vision, service and a higher level of responsibility.

This is why we have been shifting some of Higher Awareness’s services toward group work in the way of group coaching so you see the perspective and questions of others and receive answers and synthesis of the needs of the whole group. That is why we are offering masterminding opportunities so you can be with a group of like minded individuals and practice how to share, support, celebrate, be vulnerable, make a burning request and receive feedback from everyone in your group, including the group facilitator.

When I had my best mastermind groups, our intuition and even ESP soared, synchronicity was commonplace. Some of our best meetings were when the least was said. We learned about a new inner power through subjective support. Attunenments and sensing of the others became a common practice. And we all learned more about the subtleties of manifesting.

Some of the best coaches I have met are very compassionate and loving beings. They spend time daily bringing into their minds their clients and working with them on the inner realms. And holding them as able and clear and open.

We look forward to sharing our new services with you in the next month.

In loving service.


Be inspired. Take that leap!

by John Robson on December 10, 2014

man-731900_640 (1)You wake up, eat breakfast, clean up a bit then head to work. Now you’re stuck in a cubicle doing a job you’re not particularly fond of and you do this 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. At one point, you will begin to get a sense of that gnawing feeling inside you that just wants to break free. You don’t exactly know what it is yet, but you know you have to get out.

But when you do start planning out what you want to happen, you hit yourself with a reality check and beat up yourself again telling yourself, “It’s just not possible”. You then sink back in your chair wishing you had never entertained that thought in the first place.

Well, you’re not the first person who has this feeling. In fact, many of us are guilty of this. However, 1 out of 10 people will eventually have the guts to say: “It is possible, I can do it.” Then they begin to really live out their lives.

Here are some stories we’ve found at Buzzfeed about people who have actually decided to push themselves off the cliff and just feel the plunge. Who knows, one of these people might be living out your dream and inspire you to do so as well.

1. Jodi Ettenberg, Ex-Corporate Lawyer Now Traveling Food Blogger

After five-plus years of working as a corporate lawyer in New York, Montrealer Jodi Ettenberg decided to pack it up and eat her way around the world for a year. Next thing she knew, one year turned into another and another, and she’s now nearing six years of travel to faraway places. While she jokes that she “eats soup for a living”, she’s not too far off: Her site, Legal Nomads (which she started to keep her mother updated about her travels) houses photos of foods from around the world. Though Legal Nomads is unmonetized (she has turned down sponsored links or ads), Jodi supports herself with freelance writing, consulting work in social media, and, more recently, feeding her hungry eaters when they visit Saigon.

When asked if she plans to return to “real life” Ettenberg told BuzzFeed that she takes things one day at a time. “I am thankful for the ability to have built a business around the foods and places I love, and never quit my job to ‘be’ a travel writer. If this doesn’t work out, going back to being a lawyer isn’t the worst thing I can think of. But it’s far less fun than what I am doing now!” Feed your wanderlust by following Jodi’s adventures on her blog.

2. Liz Carlson, English Teacher Turned Travel Writer

After graduating and teaching English in Spain for a few years, Liz fell in love with travel. However, she ended up moving home to Washington, D.C., and working in a dead-end office job trying to follow the path that she felt as if she were supposed to be following. It didn’t take long for her to realize that button-ups and quarterly meeting weren’t for her. The nine-to-five scene was becoming suffocating and she could feel herself growing increasingly unhappy.

She knew she had to do something about it, so she did. After deciding to pursue writing, she saved up and quit her job to travel and has been on the road ever since From camping with the Bedouins in the desert in Jordan to paragliding in New Zealand, she’s fully embraced having both a life filled with travel, while also encouraging others who might want the same that it is possible. Carlson told BuzzFeed, “Anyone can do it.” Learn more about Liz and her ongoing adventure by visiting her website.

3. Ying Tey, Felt a Sense of Urgency to Start Living After Mother’s Death

When Ying was just 18 years old, her mother died. “Death,” she said, “is a great teacher. It reminds you, almost mockingly, that everyone is stamped with an expiration date.” She was left with grief, but a sense of urgency accompanied that grief. The sense of urgency to start living.

With this urgency in the back of her mind, it didn’t take her long to realize that her time spent in the corporate world would be short-lived. After just three months, she packed up for good. During this time, travel blogs were rare and Malaysian backpackers even more so. Sixty-six countries and two passports later, she’s holding down a copywriting stint at an advertising agency in Singapore but told BuzzFeed that the flames of wanderlust have yet to die down. “It lies dormant as I embrace stability for the next few months. As soon as my bank account starts getting healthy again, I will heed the call of the open road again. After all, I’m just an average girl from Malaysia yet I was able to wander. If I can, so can you.” Feed the flames of your wanderlust by visiting Ying’s blog.

Remember, it’s never too late to live out your dreams. Stop letting other people live the life you want, instead start taking ownership of the life you’ve always dreamed of. If you want to read more stories about people who have taken the leap – see the complete article at Buzzfeed.

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Do you have a message to share with others?

by John Robson on December 9, 2014

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  • Feel a deep urge to clarify and share
    your unique message to the world…
  • Love personal growth and want to earn
    some money in this field…
  • Would like ideas on how to create
    multiple income streams …
  • Would content made available to you …

Better yet, would you like my ongoing support?

Then I would love to work with you and turn
your dream into reality. To personally coach
you in designing your ideal workshop.

For over 12 years, I (John) have been training and
supporting hundreds of facilitators to find their
unique niche, create their ideal personal
development programs and present and market
them effectively.

Their motives varied considerably from:

  • just finding and supporting their own inner,
    passion and growth,
  • sharing their wisdom with friends or small
  • complementing their coaching service, or
  • creating a profitable facilitator service – through
    the Internet or live.

This year, 2014, I have completed:

  • upgrades to our facilitation and marketing
  • offering a facilitator group for sharing and
  • a certification option,
  • an in-depth “Find your Passion and Niche
    in Life” workbook,
  • a new “A Virtual, Automated,
    Residual Business Model” booklet, and
  • content options for your website and service.

We have charged the same, very reasonable price for
the last 12 years, but on January 1, 2015, the price of
Higher Awareness’s Facilitator Training Program
will be increasing.

I would be honoured to support you in finding your
unique niche and passion, and creating, sharing
and marketing your own programs, live or
through the Internet.

Before I started, in one year
I had over 1000 adults through my living
room taking journaling, creativity, personal
growth, intuition development and life purpose
workshops. I would like to show you how to do that.

I will also help you explore other ways of
marketing your business and creating multiple
income streams.

We are only limited by our own thinking. I look
forward to helping you break out of that box.

For great savings, click the link below for
more information and to take your first steps
to a more fulfilling future.

If you have questions, please email John at
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How are you blocking your Intuition?

by John Robson on November 5, 2014

Do you believe that you actually hold within you the wisdom needed to resolve your problems or queries about life? Well the answer is – ‘Yes, you do’; because all of us are innately intuitive. Our intuition is the way for our brain to bridge our conscious mind to our higher consciousness mind. As a result, we get access to the immense wisdom that we all hold within.

Having said this, why do we still have trouble accessing this treasure of wisdom within us? This is because the connection blocked. We may or may not know that we are actually blocking our intuition from developing.

So what intuition blocks do you have? We have listed down some basic intuition blocks that you may have in your life right now.

  1. Not being in control of your emotions – Emotions play a huge part in your ability to be in touch with your inner self. If you don’t know how to deal with them or if you keep them all bottled up inside, they can cloud your connection to your intuition. For you to develop intuition, you need to be able recognize your reactive emotions and deal with them head on. It may be hard, but once you’ve cleared it all up it’s easier to be in touch with your inner voice.
  2. Lack of calmness, silence and meditation – Intuition is just like our inner voice talking to us at certain points in our lives. But to be able to hear this inner voice clearly, we need to be able to step back from our busy lives and take time to just be with ourselves and listen. Even if it’s just a few minutes a day, silence or meditation allows us to be with your thoughts and emotions; this is the best way to develop your
  3. Personal beliefs – As they say, our biggest enemy in life is our own selves. Sometimes our beliefs about life and what we value can come in the way trusting our intuition. You can hold all the answers to life’s biggest mysteries, but if you don’t believe it yourself you won’t be able to bring it out. You end up setting limitations on your own abilities. Knowing yourself and your beliefs will help you determine what you need to work on in order to bring out your intuitive nature.

These are just some of the many intuition blocks that could be stopping you from taking advantage of the pool of wisdom within you. So, how are you blocking your intuition? Are you ready to start listening to your inner voice? If you are, we’re here to help. Sample our Intuition Distinction program for FREE and start improving your intuition today!


Benefits of Developing Intuition

by John Robson on October 15, 2014

At one point in our lives, we’ve all had our share of our intuitive moments. It’s like a small voice within you tells you not to do or say what you were about to. Sometimes we listen to it but most of the time we don’t; and that choice to listen or not can ultimately have a huge effect on the result.

Intuition, simply put, is just that: a gentle, subtle voice within us, an inner guidance. In psychology it’s regarded as one of four major functions of the human mind. It’s a way to bridge our super-conscious to our sub-conscious to our conscious mind, which is why it’s a great source of creative power, understanding and wisdom.

There are a lot of people who have really taken the time to understand how to tap into our intuitive minds. As a result, they have amassed power, fortune, fun and/or fame just because they have learned how to follow their intuition when making important life or career-changing decisions.

Aside from power, fame, fun and fortune, there are many benefits we can get from developing our intuition that will improve our outlook in life and personal well-being. Below is a list of a few ways we can gain from learning to tap into our intuitive minds on a day to day basis.

Reduce stress when solving or dealing with problems.

Dealing with life challenges is one of the biggest sources of stress for anyone. But when you’re in touch with your intuitive mind, it easier to gain clarity and wisdom that could help you find the solution to your problems. Tapping into your intuition paves the way for you to find the solutions that are already within is, therefore reducing the stress of dealing with problems at a prolonged and slow rate.

Reveal hidden truths about you and your life.

Intuition puts you in touch with both your super-conscious and subconscious, and so you can eventually uncover personal truths about yourself that are not visible on the surface. And as you uncover these truths, you become more fully aware of your whole self.

In hind sight intuition offers 20/20 vision.

The intuition is a part of us that knows the way. Although sometimes it may not seem like the best decision or choice – trust it – as you will find out your hind sight will be 20/20 as you logically do not see the reasoning when you get the intuitive guidance.

There are other great benefits you can get from developing our intuition. How well have you been listening to your inner voice? If you haven’t, then now is the time to appreciate and tap into the intuitive mind that we all have.

Sample our free Intuition Distinctions and begin to develop your intuition today! Identify some of your blocks to intuition, how to improve your intuition and develop more spiritual discernment.

  • Helps you reduce stress by identifying and dealing with problems more effectively
  • Unleashes your creativity and imagination
  • Puts you in touch with your subconscious, and therefore helps you uncover hidden truths about yourself and situations in your life
  • By being in touch with your intuition, you prevent the buildup of negative emotions and thinking
  • Integrates left and right brain functions, giving you a more complete perspective on issues
  • Helps you make better, more integrative decisions
  • Improves physical, mental, emotional health


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We live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Patrice and I were very fortunate to have the World Triathalon Grand Final, 5 blocks away from us in our river valley. It showcased various age group races, as well as an aquathlon, under 23, and junior and mixed relay world championships.

And then the next weekend on the street below us Tour de France heroes and national champion cyclists flew by us as they participated in a 7 day Tour of Alberta.

So we went to the start/finish gates and enjoyed a few days around some of the most physically fit, committed, aware and self disciplined people in the world. It was quite empowering. If they had a contest for a chubby senior at these events, I might have won since almost everyone was very athletic.

For 6 days bicyclists travelled throughout our province. They were very particular about what they ate, and drank, how they slept and how they did warm exercises so they could bike for hours each day. Again the intense discipline needed to be the best.

It was astounding the awareness and concentration they had riding in packs, inches away in all 4 directions as they leveraged the aerodynamics of the rider in front of them.

And then to see the teams from different countries lined up and alternating being the first rider, who has the most wind resistance.

It was a very inspiration and motivational few weekends.

Where in your life do you have the most discipline and commitment? – physically, sports, career, family, food, ideas, spirituality, friendships, etc.

A great way to attain more depth and perfection in life is emulate the discipline and commitment from your best area into another area that needs your support.

For example, my best commitment and discipline is towards my growth, ideas and intuition. I have my own daily practices and tracking systems. Now if I applied this level of commitment and discipline to my physical health and weight, I may be a winner in another area of my life.

For 3 workbooks on time management and self discipline, goal setting and tracking your goals, check out our self control programs.

To more commitment and discipline in what is important to you.


But first, ‘How clear are you about your purpose, passion and potentials?’

Have you ever experienced the enthusiasm, knowingness, love and power when you are in the flow of your purpose and passion? It is what makes life truly exciting, empowering and meaningful instead of putting up with old patterns of mediocrity, boredom and superficial experiences.

Today life is unfolding quickly and many of us would like time to participate more and get more out of life. To be alive, confident, energetic, flowing and to have more meaning in our lives. To unleash our unique gifts within us that are calling to be shared with the world.

It is well documented that our best experiences in life come when we are giving, sharing, expressing, creating, teaching, coaching, building, serving, etc. And this is in alignment with a universal law of the balance of giving and receiving – We have to give to get. We reap what we sow.

To experience passion we must be involved IN it instead of OUTSIDE of it looking in. It is in the immersion, being and knowingness that your passion is most powerful than just knowing ‘about’ or talking about it.

There is a way to free yourself from scratching the surface and being locked within your comfort zone.

And you do not have a be a great public speaker, author or presenter.

Just sharing your message informally around a table or in your living room or in a short booklet offer lots of opportunity to express your unique gifts and wisdom as you help others grow and learn. And as you create opportunities for inner learning and sharing you will feel your passion and energy as your participants experience their shifts, insights, learning and empowerment.

I have talked to many facilitators and most of them stated that their best spiritual experiences occur while facilitating groups. My 3 most profound life experiences have been while small groups have been immersed in their own inner journey.

If you have any inclination at all about finding and experiencing your passion and niche, giving back to others, clarifying your unique gifts or creating workbooks or discussions around your niche, read more of our blogs on workshop facilitating at:

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4 Commitment Levels that Effect your Quality of Life

by John Robson on August 17, 2014

“Give life meaning through your commitments.” — Paul Reinert

How committed are you to what you do in your life?

Strong commitment reflects a path with heart. A path with heart fills us up with meaning, purpose and often joy. We truly live life when we care deeply and engage fully.

How engaged are you with the activities that fill your days? Consider these questions:

  1. How much do you do without commitment, where you are indifferent, easy going, just playing along or going through the motions?
  2. How much do you do for others through habit (possibly no commitment)? Through obligation (half-hearted commitment)? With devotion (full commitment)?
  3. Are there times where you are committed against something and use protest, revenge or manipulation to bring change?- instead of for something
  4. Where are you experiencing being fully committed to one or more activities so that with dedication and passion, you do whatever it takes to achieve your aims?

We can learn much about ourselves when we assess the depth of our commitment. As an example, identify something that is important to you. On a scale of 1 (low) – 10 (high), how would you rate your commitment level? If you are not 100% committed, you have energy leaks. They may show up in procrastination, indecision and lack of responsibility — all different forms of self sabotage. Perhaps you doubt the value of what you’re doing or your ability to handle the situation.

If you recognize that you are not fully committed to a venture, take time to explore your deeper thoughts and feelings. If you’re going to invest your time and energy in something, you want to ensure you are doing it in the best way at the best time for the best reasons. And if you find you can’t engage whole-heartedly in a project, it might be best to let it go. It’s all a way of making your life count.

“You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers.” — Les Brown

For a deeper understanding of commitment, here are a few of our 250 resource pages.
Commitment Quotes and Tips – How committed are you to commitment?
Commitment Smart Questions – Find and plug the holes in your commitment.