Perception and Judgment

Yesterday I went hiking in a bathing suit and hiking boots. I thought the combo looked funny, but I decided I didn’t mind.

When I mentioned that the bathing suit and hiking boots look funny, someone told me that was a judgment.

Here’s the subtle nuance that I see between perception and judgment:

It’s my perception that the hiking boots and bathing suit combo is funny looking. I can trust my perception because that’s what is true for me right now.

A judgment is a conclusion that needs to be defended…like if someone else said the combo wasn’t funny looking, and I needed to convince them that my perception was correct.

Or, a judgment could manifest as a conclusion that my perception is wrong and needs to be changed. Any judgment added to perception basically causes confusion.

But since I don’t buy in to judgment, I’m free to play with my perception in any way I like. In this case, I acknowledged my perception that I look funny and decided I don’t mind.

In another case, it may appeal to me to change my clothing and or shoes. All of it is for fun and creative play.

Abundant blessings!


I value making room for exactly what’s coming up. If negativity is coming up, then for me, it’s there to be experienced exactly as it is. In my experience, this is how experience is integrated, and intuition is allowed to guide my movement…otherwise I’m just being led around by mental concepts…which has never proved to have a unifying effect.


Enlightenment is not something that you become, it’s who you already are beneath layers of confusion. The experience of enlightenment is sustained conscious awareness of Truth that exists before the illusion, irrespective of circumstance within the illusion – which is basically the absence of self belief.

You are not separate from enlightenment, but every belief you uphold about who you think you are is creating mental noise that keeps your experience chaotic, heavy and serious.

Because each individual accumulates unique life experiences which have led to their present point of view, we are unwittingly led into belief that this accumulation of life experience is who we are. Believing that we are this limited, separate self has us in constant self assessment and conclusion about whether our behavior and choices are right or wrong, good or bad, loveable or unlovable. We make the same assessments and conclusions about other people as well, and this consists of about 99% of the mental chatter that plays in the mind.

In order to find relief from the insane mind, many of us look to the world for self improvement. When we encounter people who insist that there’s something wrong about us, and that their method can make us right, we feel hopeful or doubtful as to whether their method will change us. But this is missing the point that there is no right and wrong in the first place. In reality, employing any method from this premise just creates more mental noise – the antithesis to enlightenment.

This is not to say that employing methods to invite enlightenment are right or wrong – but that no method is significant. Every method is meant for creative play – not as a means to an end. When we get ‘serious’ about meditation, yoga, chanting, spiritual study, or any method, we are adding content to ‘who we think we are’ and creating a mental image of a person on a path to enlightenment.

Notwithstanding these mental projections, we are always being led toward the experience of enlightenment through the circumstances of our lives. In this way, even if we are not actively pursuing enlightenment, our life experience is constantly leading toward that experience.

Specifically, we travel through stages or a series of experiences until our accumulated beliefs cause so much suffering that we become willing to give them up. This ‘waking up’ is enlightenment. It can happen all of a sudden or incrementally over time.

Because awakening happens in the gaps between habitual mental commentary, everyone is Gifted with life circumstances that trigger minor to extreme shock and/or confusion – whatever is necessary to create those gaps.  Said Gifts are invitations to question who we think we are and to recognize the Truth that exists before belief.

Everything perceived is a message, and while no perception needs to be analyzed unless one finds it entertaining to do so, every perception can expose self beliefs which we can choose to re-create or un-create in the present moment.

If one merely trades one belief for another, nothing has been resolved, but this is still along the path toward enlightenment. Eventually circumstances will arise to help dissolve the newly formed belief; and when physical death comes, the beliefs still being held in awareness will be presented as reality in the next lifetime.

While methods are valuable to condition the mind into a preferred state of awareness, ultimately, stillness of mind (experience of nothingness) is enlightenment – which ‘happens’ when every belief (including every method) has become irrelevant.

Hope Johnson offers guidance and intuitive tools that facilitate awakening and enlightenment. Please email her for more information, or register to attend one of her upcoming retreats Here.

Raise Your Vibration With Rose Essential Oil

You are the One directing your energy of awareness to sustain your mind created self in order to experience this time-space ‘reality’. However you are feeling now is the perfect culmination of all thought that has gone before, and while there is never anything ‘wrong’ with your feelings, it’s beneficial to have a little assistance from plant spirits in the form of essential oil for those times when you feel less than loving/loved.

Essential oil is the Life Force of the plant from which it has been extracted. Their molecules are nature’s messengers whose purpose it is to guide the individual toward creating heath, well-being, peace, abundance and remembrance that their Divine essence.

The Rose Essential Oil that is being offered for sale here is pure, natural, uncut and infused with Reiki. I chose this oil as my first product in the ‘Miracle Botanicals’ line in part because Rose Essential Oil has been shown to vibrate at 320 MHZ, while a healthy human body vibrates between 70-80 MHZ. In this way, Rose Essential Oil delivers a powerful invitation to raise one’s individualized vibration for expanded awareness, clear consciousness and to experience the feeling of Love.

The Rose also represents Divine Love, reminding human beings that no matter what, they are always Loved irrespective of where they have ever been or what they ever have done. To open your heart and invoke Divine Love in your Life, simply place one or two drops at your heart center (on the sternum between breast bones), gently rub in a circular motion, clockwise while consciously breathing for about 30 seconds.

This Rose Essential Oil also works great as a perfume oil, diffused in a room or blended with jojoba oil as a massage or beauty oil. It smells like fresh roses in full bloom!!

You can purchase this wonderful offering at a deeply discounted price and get free shipping through Amazon by following the link Here

Attracting Loving Relationships

Whatever relationship one develops with the world of form determines the relationships they attract in their experience.  Specifically, the culmination of all thought projected from the individual sense of self creates a unique vibratory pattern which attracts everything in one’s material reality, including all people and perceived behavior.

Because one can only attract experiences that are a vibrational match to their individual sense of self, focusing on experiences of unwanted people, circumstances, events or behavior around current or past romantic partners causes unhappy relationships to keep re-emerging in experience. As your thoughts align more with the perfect Love that you are, there is no longer a sense of “need” to fill a void in your life, and you naturally attract people who reflect a more fulfilled sense of self.

The first step to transforming one’s point of attraction, is asking the question: “what mental record have I been playing that has manifested unhappy relationships in my experience?”  From there, watch your thoughts and take note of the ones that come to mind regarding relationships, potential partners, and how you fit in with them – these thoughts represent your core beliefs aka self judgment.

Everything that you experience causes you to expand, and to the extent your state of mind is allowing that expansion, you are attracting what you desire.  It is only the filter of self made beliefs that cause Love’s expression to become distorted in perception, thereby evoking more emotionally charged thought which causes the attraction of painful relationships. When you become aware of your core beliefs, you can consciously and deliberately change your mental story to one that prepares you to experience a loving relationship with another person.

Your experience of undesirable relationships has caused you to know more clearly what you prefer, and by deliberately focusing your attention, you can allow the energy of Love to lead you through time and space to more joyful relationship experiences. Through realizing what relationship possibilities feel best from your individual perspective – with appreciation for those possibilities and every perceived demonstration of those possibilities, coupled with total acceptance of everyone exactly as they are – you prepare your individually focused energy to attract the Love partner of your dreams.

When your perception of anyone’s behavior causes you to feel uncomfortable emotion, instead of getting caught up in your own suffering, let your perception lead your awareness to expose the underlying judgments you hold for yourself. Once you see your self judgment with knowing that there is no truth to it, your awareness moves to dissolve it. From there, your experience of the people in your world shifts toward that which is more pleasing from your perspective.

As the mind comes more consistently under your conscious control, you decide how you will experience the expression of Love in the form other people. In fact, through attention, you can upgrade your internal dialog and create your true desires in every aspect of your Life experience.

Creating the people and relationships that you experience in no way harms any other person or denies their own power to create according to their desires.  Every person is creating exactly what they have projected for, and their experience of you is entirely a reflection of their own mental state – just as your experience of them is a reflection of your mental state.

For the ones who are already in a relationship, thought can be focused and beliefs dissolved to shift perception of the present situation, thus creating more enjoyment within that construct or allowing a smooth transition toward something new. If you also save communication and action until you are feeling appreciation for your experience of your partner, your words and deeds will naturally propel you in the direction of your true desires.

As you transcend mental patterns that no longer fit your definition of self, it’s possible that your energy may become inconsistent with that of your current partner; and if it’s not right for your partner to evolve into resonance with your energetic offering – your current relationship will dissolve.  If you simply allow and accept whatever the consequences of expressing more of ‘who you are’  – you allow for the attraction of someone who’s energy aligns with your new perspective.

Despite everything, remember to acknowledge and appreciate the perfect and fulfilled Love that you are, and allow whatever is no longer attuned to your vibratory offering to move easily out of your experience – making room for that which is a better reflection of what you are offering.

Experienced yet Innocent

Your story is unique to you, but like you, everyone in the world has judged themselves as being a victim at some point in their life. That self judgment, created through your perception of your experience, formed a belief that you need to be in control – which attached to your awareness through emotion (energy in motion).

Unpleasant emotional energy consumes a portion of your limited awareness as egoic mind endeavors to protect you from the feeling by controlling the specifics of your life. However, ego only knows your own beliefs, thus it consumes much of your precious energy trying to figure Life out from a very limited resource of information.

Every time you perceive that something went “wrong”, which causes you to experience uncomfortable or painful emotion, more judgments are created about the egoic “need” to protect you from people, circumstances and even yourself. In this way, it’s natural to feel a greater need for control as you continue to accumulate life experience.

Just imagine if you could return to the innocence you were born with while still having the benefit of your experience for the adjustment of your perception. You can! And it starts with awareness of your perceived need to control anything, deep breath – and letting it go.

As you look for them, you will begin to see the self judgments that caused you to develop the perception that you “need” anything or that things “should” be different – and as you see, you are healed.

* Note: Ego is the master of illusion – it can hold many of your judgments and beliefs hidden beneath emotional layers that can divert your from the truth even as you are sincerely seeking it. If you are inspired to dissolve the trappings of mind, I encourage you to find someone willing and able to be your mirror for the purpose presenting you with what you are not seeing on your own. If you are interested in engaging my service for this purpose, please contact me via email.

Every Emotion has Meaning

Every emotion is perfect based on all thought that has come before. Through emotional activity, we are being directed by consciousness as to how we can evolve our energetic expression to achieve a higher frequency.

When we experience an emotion that evokes our desire for change, that’s a wonderful thing because desire is the voice of our creative aspect summoning us to evolve our awareness and grow.  We accept that invitation by accepting ourselves fully, exactly as we are Now.

Only from the perspective of acceptance do we become receptive to thoughts that allow our evolution to be more in alignment with our specifications.

On the other hand, if we perceive ourselves to be in need of “improvement”, we make ourselves receptive to resistant thoughts which keep us stuck in what is already known about our present state of being. Any perceived need for improvement causes us to focus on what we WANT as being “better” than what IS, and that prevents us from evolving our present what IS to what can BE.

Specifically, until we can accept our present state of being, we remain focused on what IS, and whatever we focus upon grows in our experience.  But once we have fully accepted who and where we are NOW, our focus shifts toward that which allows us to become MORE.

For example, by deciding that some of our thoughts or emotions are “negative”, the mind perceives our state of being as something wrong that needs to be fixed.  Because this belief is so out of alignment with our true essence, it causes us to attract more thoughts that evoke negative emotion.

Feeling an uncomfortable emotion is an indication that we have forgotten ourselves and we are being summoned to return. Labeling, condemning or trying to change our emotions is not returning, but the offering of more thoughts based in delusion.

Delusion can only exist in darkness, and the moment it is exposed to the Light of awareness, delusion is dissolved thereby. However, the Light can never be attained from a place of delusion until it is allowed through the window of acceptance.

Acceptance is attained by releasing all effort and simply observing our emotion in mental silence. Through unattached observation of the ego as it deals with emotion, we can see through the layers of mind to expose the delusional beliefs that have been impeding our progression.

Through conscious observation, the beliefs that do not resonate with Truth are immediately resolved, along with their emotional charge.  However, because most of our beliefs are deeply ingrained habits in the mind to which we have become attuned, awareness must be a consistent practice in order to dissolve delusional beliefs as they re-emerge and to create new habits of belief in alignment with the true reality.

While no thought or emotion can be more perfect than another, we Do have the power to evolve our experience of NOW toward Blessings like we have never known before. Every emotion is an invitation to practice awareness and make it so.

Emotion Exposes Limiting Beliefs

Whether we are focused on the present moment or any other point in time or space, we are commanding creation through the energetic vibration of every conscious and subconscious thought that we project.

Emotion allows us to determine whether our current point of focus is projecting for anything that we want to manifest. Our present feeling indicates how our projected manifestation will feel based on the beliefs we currently follow.

Our present manifestation and corresponding emotion is always perfect based on all thought that has come before. Most of that thought has been involuntary as we have simply believed the thoughts presented by the mind, and they became our truth.

To create new momentum requires new beliefs, which can be created through consistent attention to our feelings and deliberate redirection of our thought patterns. If we are feeling anything other than blissful, we are attuned to self limiting beliefs in the mind.

With attention, we can identify those beliefs and offer thoughts that feel better. There is no limit to how good our thoughts can feel because whatever we sincerely believe is our truth.

When we follow our thoughts into a feeling place we don’t like, the point where we redirect our thoughts sets a precedent for our emotional low point with respect to the subject point of focus. This makes it easier to turn the tide the next time we find ourselves riding the same or similar thought wave.

As we continue this practice, we can create new belief patterns and then release them as we systematically raise our emotional set point higher.

Every moment is a new beginning, and we can only begin from our current feeling place by offering thoughts that we can believe in the present moment. How far we progress in this lifetime depends on how patient and compassionate we are with ourselves.

Specifically, belief patterns are hard wired biologically, and breaking free from them requires cooperation from our ego. If we judge or condemn ourselves for not attaining what we think we should, we create resistance which impedes our progress.

The feelings we project are the same feelings we are attracting. Everything in our experience is a lesson, and depending on how we perceive what has already been created, we project for what comes next.

When in an uncomfortable or painful emotion, breathe deeply and remember that you are not limited to the limitations of mind. Simply appreciate the lesson and allow it to guide your progression toward the experience of your Divine essence.

Spiritual Wing Readings

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Erica Hearst, an intuitive woman with the ability to see the spiritual wings of everyone and everything in the material world.  According to Erica, the details of our wings depicts the progression of our spiritual journey thus far, as well as the aspects of our spirituality that are currently being developed.

Drawing of Hope's Spiritual Wing - June 2010

Erica has also been gifted with the ability to draw the wings as she sees them, and with stunning detail.  Erica can even visualize the wings without the physical presence of the person or object to which they belong.  In fact, she can perform readings for anyone, anywhere, even if she has never met them in person.

Erica’s wing readings consist of a single wing drawing followed by a verbal interpretation of its spiritual meaning. Since the wings look identical to Erica, she focuses on one of them to capture all of the necessary detail.

The wing drawing takes Erica about three hours to complete, with her clients generally not being present during that time.  Her client is presented with the finished product on fine art paper, at which time Erica offers her interpretation and answers any questions.

I am amazed at the detail and fine attributes captured by Erica in her drawing of my wing, and her interpretation provided well timed guidance along my spiritual path. If you are reading this, it may be time for you to see what your wings look like, and gain some insight into their meaning.

Erica’s spiritual wing readings can be performed for anyone, anywhere.  Just call or email Erica for an appointment. Phone: 714-458-6844 or Email:

It’s generally beneficial to have a new wing reading every six months to one year in order to check in and keep on track with our spiritual development.

Awareness is a Practice

It’s a challenge to stay in awareness because human thought is born in illusion, limitation and resistance.

Our awareness is drawn into the illusion of the material world with everything that enters our perception. Based ON what we perceive, the mind offers thoughts that perpetuate the illusion – which is wonderful because without a mind based in illusion, we would not perceive anything.

Awareness allows us to perceive the illusion as necessary to have a life, while dismissing thoughts that limit us from being who we really are in our lives. No matter how much attention we give to awareness, we will never completely lift the veil between our limited and unlimited aspects.

But our attention does allow us to create our life experience in amazing ways. Every thought is an opportunity to practice awareness. Keep bringing your attention back to the aspect of you that is unlimited, and be great!!