"I learned that life is not meant to be a struggle. It doesn't have to be anything other than what you wish for it to be. Life is for loving. It is for expressing yourself. It is for creating. It is for being creative. It is for allowing things to happen that are out of your control. It is for watching children grow. Not telling them what to do, but guiding them. It's about unconditional love. Period."
She is a holistic health practitioner. She loves people, life and all it has to offer.She is a mother, sister, daughter, grand daughter, friend, writer, inspirationalist, muse, idea guru, risk taker, spontaneous, action taker, soul shaker and an incredible motivator. She loves to ramble on video these days and every ramble is like a ray of light caught by her readers - thought-provoking and inspiring . One of her main loves is her Reiki practice. Like all of us she believes that she is constantly growing, learning, and evolving. Connect with this wonderful blossoming energy and presence, Karen Love a.k.a "Karen Love Lightworker" on the social media world, today on Soulspeak.
WHO IS KAREN?
I'm not who I thought I was. That's the funny part As soon as I thought I knew who I was it was literally like Divinity or God said "Uh no, you're like this." I had no choice but to move with that energy of unconditional love. I am just a woman who is finally listening and getting it. People sort of put me in this little box and this category of what they used to know of me I've made a lot of changes in the last year and a half. I'm a soul shaker. I put myself completely out there, my heart on my sleeve... I don't fear anything anymore when it comes to expressing myself. The reason why I do it is that I think people just need to know that they're not alone, in anything, good or bad. So I just share myself, and if I share myself it will get someone else to share themselves. Even if it touches one person I've done what I've come to do in that sense.
WHAT KEEPS YOU BUSY THESE DAYS?
I am just in a middle of a transition. A really big one. I had to pretty much give up all my stuff. I'm going to be living beside my grandmother, in my great grandmother's house. I am not working. I still do my Reiki stuff. I do that as much as humanly possible. But for the most part to tell you the truth, I'm just working on myself. I'm on this fast forward motion. If I was working I would probably be losing my mind right now, so I'm really glad that I'm not.
I LOVE HOW YOU ARE COMMUNICATING THOUGHTS OUT MORE & MORE THESE DAYS.
I just have an overwhelming urge to just talk. Even if it's about nothing it's just like - Get it out there, Karen! because it allows me to see myself and to hear myself. I'm my own worst critic. The fact that I can do this and gain from it is huge for me. When it touches one person, then that's great.
WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE MOST ABOUT BEING A MOM?
I appreciate the lessons that my children teach me. My children teach me to be mindful. They teach me to be cautious with my words, because words can hurt so much more than anything physical. They are my greatest teachers. I don't even know how to explain that but seeing them smile and hearing them laugh and watching them grow into these beautiful independent beings is a blessing. It is a blessing unlike anything you will ever feel in your entire being unless you are a parent. The "I love you's" are fantastic - I'll take those ALL the time. My kids are incredible. They're all very 'in tune' and each one of them brings out a different element for me and it's incredible.
YOUR GREATEST INFLUENCES. MENTORS AND TEACHERS.
I met this girl , Kelly Simas, she's my soul sister, my best friend. She and I go side by side. When I'm up she's down when she's down I'm up and she has been such an incredible teacher for me. Another woman that just really got to core of me was Britney Shawley. That woman's got some stuff going on and really really inspired me. If I didn't meet them I would not be where I am, absolutely not. Irene, believe it or not, she is my ex stepmother who I happen to find on a Reiki website. She was the one who taught me Reiki. Then I decided to try another Reiki master and his name was Chris Tenant and he was incredible. He brought me a whole new level of understanding what the exchange of energy was. Other than that I really love the work or David Wilcock and Terence McKenna. I really take a lot from those two.
Obviously, my higher self. My higher self is very in tune when I'm in tune. I know it sounds really bizarre saying that. It's funny because there are times when I feel like I'm in tune but my higher self is like 'No you're not', and I don't listen to it and my ego tends to come out forward. When that happens I stop and I allow myself to step forward and really take the reigns and I find that my higher self becomes an amazing teacher. Yeah...I teach myself.
TELL ME ABOUT THE AYAHUASCA EXPERIENCE.
Kelly and I have been friends now close to 5 years. She has been my support. It doesn't matter what I do, she's gonna love me through it and she's going to be by my side and she's going to be my biggest fan I guess you can say. When I told her I was doing Ayahuasca she was like 'Oh my Gosh, what are you doing - No Karen - You really need to think about this.' I explained to her that I really really needed this. My soul felt it. I didn't find it. I truly was 'guided' towards it.
I prayed one night and I said "God what am I supposed to do? I don't know how to heal. I need something to help me get to the deepest stuff... to what I can't touch." I found a website about Ayahuasca. I was telling Dylan (our mutual friend) that I found this stuff called Ayahuasca and I really want to try it and getting to Peru is crazy, and he said "Wait a second - hold on - I know someone who does it!" He introduced me to the person who facilitated the Ayahuasca ceremonies that I did.
My first one was terrifying and incredibly healing It's not for everybody. I'm gonna say that. You really have to be a willing participant. You can't just expect the medicine to heal you. You have to be able to release. You have to be able to let go. It can do amazing and incredible things, not just physically but mentally and spiritually. I did Ayahuasca four times. The first three was really all about me and cleansing and getting rid of some real emotional stuff. I've had a really hard upbringing, I felt very scarred and very lost. My fourth one I actually facilitated and I helped a group of 10 people to journey. And I didn't expect that to happen. I don't know how it happened except for the person that was facilitating decided to drink a little too much and I had to make a very conscious decision to either help and facilitate or let people suffer through the darkness of it. I decided to step up and started singing and drumming and moving people through a transition.
I don't have any regrets. Not a single one. Every single thing brought me here at this moment right now.
YOUR DREAMS & ASPIRATIONS.
I really want to get back to basics. I want to to get back to nature. I want to somehow raise money or receive money. I don't know where it's going to come from. I just know it's coming. I'd like to buy a piece of land and start building - not just anything. I'm talking like sustainable earth homes. Homes that are built in the earth. I have no idea why I'm being called to it. I have no idea why I'm feeling it. All I know is to follow it and wherever it takes me it will take me. I'm thinking probably North Ontario... probably toward Algonquin Park which is an incredibly beautiful place. Raw nature...It's incredible It's my big goal right now- to plan it and I hope that I'm going to be following the flow and letting it unfold as it should.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM YOURSELF FROM THIS HUMAN EXPERIENCE?
I learned that life is not meant to be a struggle. It doesn't have to be anything other than what you wish for it to be. Life is for loving. It is for expressing yourself. It is for creating. It is for being creative. It is for allowing things to happen that are out of your control. It is for watching children grow. Not telling them what to do, but guiding them. It's about unconditional love. Period.
I know that I've been in this earth for the last 2 thousand years. I'm very aware of that. I had that in my second Ayahuasca. I was aware that I'm a very old soul. Our bodies are so outdated I can't even explain it to you. There's going to be an amazing shift. The shift is going to give us an upgrade as I call it. I don't know what else to call it. Our bodies are going to be upgraded. Our souls are going to be cleansed in a way like they've never been before. I'm just absolutely over the moon grateful to be alive at this time in history. Especially earth's history. We've had wars from the time that I can remember. It's all going to stop soon - and I don't mean tomorrow, but in the next few years it is just going to cease. There's not going to be war, because we won't allow it anymore. I'm just grateful to be part of that... really grateful.
THAT'S AWESOME. I HAVEN'T INTERVIEWED ANYONE WHO SAID THAT 2012 IS GOING TO BE A BAD YEAR. IT'S ALWAYS BEEN A POSITIVE THING.
The neat thing is I think there's going to be catastrophes and there's going to be things that will bring upheaval, but when hasn't there been? And we've lived through it. I think when there's a will to live it doesn't matter what happens you'll make it through.
WHAT HAVE YOU UNLEARNED?
I've unlearned and I'm still unlearning control. That is my number one biggest unlearning. I think the other is judgement. I'm doing my very best to change my mindset . Every moment where I feel like I'm about to judge somebody, even though the judgement is like right in front and center I stop and I go "Huh, is that true?" I question it right away and it's teaching me to unlearn it. I'm starting to see people as who they are. I'm unlearning putting blame on other people. I had to unlearn a lot.
It's funny and I'm not sure if unlearning is the right word for me. In Ayahuasca it wasn't so much unlearning it was just learning that it wasn't the truth. I had to re-learn the truth of who I am, what I am and who is everybody that I look at. Who are they? They are just like me. So I think that comes right back down to judgement.
IF YOU COULD BE ANYWHERE NOW AT THIS VERY MOMENT WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AT?
I would absolutely love to be in Peru. I've tried 3 times to get there and all 3 times I have been blocked hard. I have a feeling I'm not meant to be there, and that's okay, but my heart still resonates there. It's interesting because one thing I found in Ayahuasca is that in one of my past lives I was a shaman and I was in a temple and I used to work on top of it. We would do sacrifices, healing, death transitions, all this stuff. I felt like I was 150. I was very old. I was the only female in that whole temple. It was in Peru, and I felt such an incredible connection with the language, with the people, with the land...everything. It just resonates deeply. It is my favorite place in the world and I've never even been there.
YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE YOUNG ONES OF TODAY.
I find that a lot of the younger people right now are so awake and I mean AWAKE. They see everything for exactly what it is and it's beautiful.
My daughter, she is 16 and her friend did something to her that wasn't very nice and I said "You know what you should get rid of that friend." and she's like "Mom I love her unconditionally, she's my best friend." My first thought was like "Oh my gosh- my daughter taught me something." and it really resonated. I asked her how she knew that it was true friendship and she said "You know it, it's in your heart - you just KNOW." I was just in awe and I was like "OK, I get it, I get it, I get it."
SOUL MATES, TWIN FLAMES, DESTINY... DO YOU BELIEVE IN IT?
You know, if you asked me this a week ago I would have said yes, absolutely, no if or buts -- but WHERE IS IT? Here's the thing. We have many many soul mates. I truly believe that we have hundreds of thousands of soul mates. The reason for that is because we don't come to earth alone. We come together in these incredible massive groups and when we disperse ourselves throughout the whole world and when we see that familiar light within the other person it's like an instant knowing - like "Yes you are part of my soul group, my soul family" - It's a soul 'mate' and a mate is a friend or a partner. Now twin souls? I truly used to believe in that. Now I don't think there's such a thing as a "twin soul". I may call it a "twin flame". From what I understand a soul is whole in itself. It may not have experienced certain things in order to transcend itself to the next level or to the next dimension. What it will do is that it will pair up with somebody who has all those experiences, the ones that they didn't have and you come together as one. I find that it is your mirror. Your exact mirror to a point where you don't know where they end and you begin.
YOU'RE FACE TO FACE WITH YOURSELF AS A CHILD, WHAT ONE PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU SAY TO YOU?
Remember that you are beautiful and you are always alive. Even when you have to numb yourself to get through something just remember that that is just a coat that you can take off at any given time because you really truly are Divine. You are presence. You ARE... Nobody can take away your light. They can try take it for a moment but it is never gone. They can try to snuff it out, but it is never gone. Just remember that strength to keep going. Life is hard at times. It really is. It is a challenge. But you are Divine, and you are beautiful. Don't let anyone take that light from you.
YOUR MOST MEMORABLE REIKI HEALING SESSION?
It was when I was getting my Reiki 2 and there was a woman working on me. She was working on my solar plexus area which is just around your stomach. She put her hands on me and I could feel something. I felt something starting to move and it was really deep and really intense and I knew it was going to make me cry. I asked her to stop. She said "sister I love you. You are okay, you are safe. You can let it go...this is not yours." Soon after that I opened a flood gate that I never opened before and out came tears, and I mean uncontrollable sobbing. She just stood her ground. She was present. She was divine. She was beautiful. My Reiki teacher decided to come and help out as well. When he came it sort of amplified it like 100 times. I felt like I was drowning in my own tears. They moved something in me that allowed me to feel. Like feel with my gut that I have never been able to do because I always doubted myself. It almost like moved the doubt away and pulled it out. I don't even know what happened to tell you the truth. I just felt it move and it brought me to a brand new awakening... a brand new feeling... It just allowed me to release. It was an incredible massive release.
IF THERE'S ONE THING YOU'D LIKE TO CHANGE ABOUT THE WORLD WHAT WOULD IT BE?
It would be war. We don't need it. There is absolutely no need for war. We can negotiate or barter, but war is so outdated. It serves no purpose.
TALK ABOUT THE INSPIRATION FOR THE GROUP YOU CREATED ON FACEBOOK "TODAY I'M GRATEFUL FOR".
That came from Ayahuasca. I was numb for 3 days. Couldn't feel anything at all. Not happiness or sadness, not joy or pain... just numb. On the next morning (day 4) I felt gratitude from my soul...and wanted to do it daily. So I created it for myself and invoted a few others to join in... and today it's close to 3300 strong!! Best idea I have ever had!
IF YOU HAD TO DO IT ALL AGAIN, WOULD YOU DO IT THE SAME WAY?
Yes, I would. But I wouldn't do this life though (laughs). It's funny, I've known since I was 5 that this is my last time here. I was very aware and I said "You know what this is my last time here I don't have to come back here anymore, thank God. this place sucks." And it really doesn't suck what happened is I just knew that I was going to transition and I won't need to be in a place of suffering and duality. I had that deep understanding and knowing. But would I do the same thing the same way - absolutely. I wouldn't change anything.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT 2012?
At first I used to think it would be this huge catastrophic crazy upheaval, put the world upside down and no one exists. But over the last couple of months when I tried to do some deep meditation I get a sense that yes there are going to be some things that will happen - massive floods and hurricanes and tornadoes, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. - yes those things will continue. But we have lived through them before.
There's going to be a massive conscious shift and what that will do is that it will hit that tipping point where there's going to be more positive than negative on planet earth. I truly feel that with all my being. With that said though there's still those beings out there that are 'hey - you're not allowed to do that yet'. The ones that are still caught up in the system, are the ones who will suffer most, and they're going to be the last batch that will come through.
The world itself is going to be fine. It is, it's transforming itself. We either adapt or not adapt. I don't think there's any other way to put that. And 'adapt' means you have top be able to let go, feel, express and allow. When you don't then you're going to be stuck in the old paradigm, where you will suffer a lot. There are a lot of people out there that are still suffering and still holding on so tightly to all the old stuff. In the nearing of Dec 2012 I think that people are going to become very fearful and fear makes people do incredible things. It either makes them go crazy or they become sane. I think that the majority are literally going to go insane and there's going to be an amazing group of us who are going to say "Okay, you know what we may be in floodwater - we're still okay - we're still light and love - we just have to trust this process of cleansing and this process of rebirth because that's what 2012 is pretty much to me. 2012 is the rebirth of humanity in a different light.
We're heading into the Aquarian Age and this age is free and balance and harmony love and it kinda reminds me of being like a flower child. I think that's what's going to happen. I can't say anything is going to happen but that is just my take. I really think it's gonna be a tipping point.
HOW IS THE AWAKENING IN YOUR COUNTRY?
It's very slow. I don't know how else to put that. It seems like my soul group is really scattered throughout the world. But in Canada itself (and I haven't been across Canada I've been around Ontario and Quebec) I can't even answer that really, I don't know about Canada... but here in Kitchener it's very slow. People don't understand it. They're very opposed to "new age thinking". I find it a little bit difficult to talk to people here. Like when they ask me "Well, what do you do?" -- I explain to them that I work with energy, I do Reiki and I also do something called 'soul talk' which is allowing my higher self to connect with their higher self and I get information on things that need to be released. Sometimes I will feel it physically and I will express it and let them know this is what I'm feeling and it's okay to let it go -- and they look at me like I have three heads! And they say "Really,you do that? How is that possible, that doesn't even make sense." And I just tell them that until they have it done, don't judge it, because it truly is a beautiful thing that I do. I mean, I don't have to prove myself to anybody and I do not. What I do is that I just have to be the best light that I can be and I hope to awaken the people around me. I do actually - I have some people giving me thanks and I'm like, it's not me. They wake themselves up. I just show them where the light switch is.
WHAT IS LOVE?
It sounds cheesy , but love is patience, love is kindness, love is compassion, love is forgiveness and understanding. It is not just a feeling and it's not just an emotion - It's a CHOICE. To be really honest I don't know if love has words because words don't carry enough energy to convey what love is. Love is the light. If anybody had a near-death experience they will know that when you see that bright white "liquid light" then you what love is and love is just EVERYTHING. It is all encompassing. There is no judgement no forgiveness needed and no healing needed. It is just the most beautiful state of being.
IF YOU COULD SHARE ONE MESSAGE TO HE WORLD, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
Allow yourself to be still. Allow yourself to be quiet. Allow yourself to feel. Allow yourself to express. Trust yourself, even when you think that there's no way out. Know that there always is another way. Get creative. Think outside of the box. Love yourself. In loving yourself you end up loving everybody, because we are all the same.
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(This interview was conducted via Skype on April 27, 2012)
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