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  • Dimensional Consciousness

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    I have chosen to be here at this time to wake up, remember who I am as infinite Source energy and to be in service to all who seek to expand their awareness and experience from 3rd, to 4th and on into 5th dimensional consciousness.


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  • Circles

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    Barbara's most recent Circle was Wake Up Be The Change. There are no Circles currently scheduled.


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  • Celebrating Life's Significant Passages

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    Since 2004, I have been helping couples and families celebrate their significant life moments (weddings, baby naming/baptisms, celebrations of life) through creative ceremonies that truly reflect who they are and what is important about this special moment in their story line. We co-create together, with intention and humour, a ceremony that is meaningful, stress-free and filled with memories to last a lifetime.


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  • Wake Up ~ Be the Change!

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    Check out Barbara's blog at

    www.wakeupbethechange.com


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Each of us is Infinite Source Energy embodied, more powerful, more resourceful and more resilient than we have ever been lead to believe. We are connected to all through our thoughts, words and actions. We have an impact. At this amazing time on planet earth, we are being called to remember who we are, where we came from, what we know and what we are here to contribute in service to a sustainable, heart-centred world . The old paradigm of the mind/ego is dying. The new will require us to be centered in our hearts, to bring in the energy of Source Energy, which is what we are. We are here to play, to expand, to experience and to let go of what no longer serves the greater good. Each of us has an integral part to play.

I began my spiritual awakening in 1987, when I asked the question, “Is this all there is?” I was in my late 30’s at the time, married, with two small children, no friends to speak of, with no sense of purpose or meaning. I couldn’t have even told you what real joy felt like.

That question started everything. People and circumstances came into my life to help me begin to answer it. I began to read books, attend seminars that gave me a much broader perspective on what life could be.

I lapped it up like so much spiritual food. I was inspired and encouraged to keep going and I learned so much.

I began to realize the need for my own authenticity, remembering who I am and be myself, to be my own authority and not to be who others told me I was.

Along the journey, I left my marriage and came out.

I created Authentic Lives, a business devoted to helping others wake up, remember who they truly are and offer their unique gifts to the world.

The journey continued with my training as a life coach with the Coaches Training Institute(California).

Just after 9/11, I enrolled in the New Seminary, an interfaith seminary in New York City, intent on an education I felt would be more inclusive than through a traditional seminary. I was subsequently ordained at St. John the Divine in Manhattan.

My partner and I joined the ground-breaking same sex marriage case in Ontario and were delighted with the result two years later~ full and legal marriage for lesbian and gay couples in Canada.

I completed Level 2 of Etheric Healing, an energy-based healing modality and I also completed Level 1 of Quantum Touch Healing another energy-based healing modality.

My interest and passion in death, dying, grief and loss has been sustained over the years through extensive reading and study. Hospice training followed.

In 2009, I travelled to Santa Fe, New Mexico to study with Joan Halifax, a leading authority on death and dying and compassionate care for those at the end of life, I completed her Compassionate End of Life Care Program.

In 2009, I returned to Toronto to live on my own.

That has given me the significant opportunity to personally dive deeper, review my life and see what I needed to change in order to live my life with renewed authenticity, purpose and meaning; a life centred in the heart and filled with happiness, joy, love, and connection to others. To serve from my highest place.

I remembered I had to practice, to integrate what I was learning - to make mistakes, pick myself up, and keep loving and encouraging myself to move forward in the direction of my dreams and desires.I had to take responsibility for my life.

I am connected to all things, to all people.My thoughts create my reality and when I intentionally manage my thoughts, words, and actions - my vibration/frequency, my energy - I am able to create an amazing life for myself. All I have to do is to be what I already am ~ to be Love.

I am so grateful on a daily basis for all I have experienced, for the people who have been and continue to be my teachers, and for all I have. I am blessed with rich relationships, work/service that allows me to serve, grow and contribute, wonderful siblings and two amazing children. I love my life!

My soul's purpose is to embody self awareness and give people back their spiritual freedom; to help others come to know, love and accept themselves as they are so they may live fully, authentically and consciously without fear, in abundance without blame or shame - right up until the last breath.

Life is an extremely precious gift and shorter than we think no matter what age we are. Live it to the fullest; live it fearlessly. Practice kindness, be humble, do no harm, take responsibility.

Authentic Living

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