November Specials and Kari Samuels’ Forecast

Only a few days left for November’s Specials! Sessions can be scheduled for any time, but must be paid by November 30 for the special price!

 

Fall has crept in and curled up on our doorsteps, bringing chilly autumn air, turning leaves, and a hint of excitement, at least for me! Today is my personal, official start to holiday decorating! For the next month, there will be an ever-changing combination of fall and winter decor going up and coming down around our new home. I am definitely the sort of person who would keep holiday decorations up at least half the year!

This month’s specials are meant to address the need for clarity in a time of year when we may be much too busy to sit and listen for it ourselves, when family togetherness may mean relating to people we may not understand or get along with, and to prepare you for whatever changes you may want to make with the new year.

 

Oracle Card Reading: $22

First up is a 3 card Oracle card reading using Collette Baron-Reid’s gorgeous deck, Wisdom of the Oracle. This reading is meant to offer clarity around next steps in manifesting your desires. The reading is done via email, with a photo of the cards that were drawn and my interpretation of them. This also includes one follow up email answering any questions you may have regarding the reading. This is a deck I use almost every day and have a special connection to. I always get the answers I need when I use it!

 

30 Minute Past Life Reading: $44

Time spent with family can often mean interacting with people who, for whatever reason, rub you the wrong way.  If there doesn’t seem to be a logical reason for this to be so, it may be due to a past life experience with that person. This reading is designed to find out if that is the case, what the situation was, and heal the past life rift so that you can move forward in the present lifetime. Moving forward can mean connecting anew,  saying goodbye peacefully, or something in between.

 

30 Minute Chakra Reading: $55

Working with the chakras can be confusing if you don’t know where to start. In this reading, I will connect with your energetic field and “read” each of your seven main chakras. At each chakra point, I see dreamlike images meant to show the state of the chakra, what might be blocking it, and what steps to take to begin to heal it. All that is conveyed to you in a lengthy email or phone call, if you’d prefer. (I often find that clients prefer the email version so that they can go back to it later.) This reading will give you a place to begin working with your energetic system, a snapshot of the health of that system, and ideas specific to you in terms of healing and balancing.  It includes one follow up email to answer any questions you may have (unless you prefer the phone version, in which case, I will answer your questions at that time).

As always, I can be reached via email if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule any of these specials. Prices are good if paid before November 30, 2017, but the session can be scheduled for any time you like. They can even be gifted!

 

Kari Samuels’ Energy Forecast

I have been posting Kari Samuels’ energy forecasts for the last several months, and I find that she is so spot on, and her advice is so very helpful. I hope you are enjoying them as much as I am!

Happy November!

 

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Unfiltered Thoughts on Creating the Business You Want

Hi, Everybody. Not long ago, I announced that I was re-launching my business under a new name. But, I have a confession to make: I have absolutely no idea what I am doing when it comes to creating a business.

I have made a couple of attempts. I have read mountains of literature, joined Facebook groups dedicated to Spiritual Entrepreneurs, talked endlessly with my husband and a few select friends about my doubts and misgivings, my hopes, and my ultimate dreams. Written pages and pages about what my ideal work day looks like. Visualized until I fall asleep in a stupor of delight at the images in my head. What I have not been able to do is get clients consistently.  (Should I even be wanting to “get clients”? If you read enough in those Spiritual Entrepreneur groups, you won’t think so. It’s almost as if getting clients is somehow nefarious and beside the point. It’s really difficult to have the time to help people, though, if you also have to work a 40 hour week and the boss gets to control your hours. What I want is to put out as much helpful material as possible and also be able to help one-on-one those women who need something more personal. It’s what I love and what I am good at. It’s what I have spent most of life learning to do.)

Perhaps this is my year. I like to think so. I have been steadily more and more successful at attracting what I want in almost every other aspect of my life, or else I have accepted that I need to leave it alone for now.  Not so with my work life. I feel the perpetual tug toward something beyond my 8-5, working-for-someone-else life. And I feel as though my dream is right around the corner, just waiting for me to notice it.

So, what’s the dream?

 

Ah, now that’s a good question! Here it is: I dream of lighting the way to joy for women who long for a deeper connection to themselves, their loved ones, and Source. I dream of doing that by teaching them everything I know, giving them every tool I have learned to use in my 25 years of reading, studying, practicing, and living.  I long to help them see themselves as beautiful, capable, brilliant, inherently loveable and worthy.  I long to see every woman relax into her own true self and strip away every single thing that does not serve her highest good. 

The other part of the dream is how I do that, which is the same way I stripped off my own depression and reclaim every day my own sense of loveability and worthiness: through finding and using the tools that are most helpful. For me, those are Reiki, working with the chakra system, meditation, journaling, using crystals, working with my Guides, my Higher Self, and other high vibrational Beings, and through talking with like-minded friends and teachers. I believe those same things can help everyone. I believe I can teach anyone to use them.

Where I get lost and bogged down into utter paralysis is the HOW. What do I do first? Am I just making too big a deal out of the How? Gardening is teaching me to start where I am.  Cut down the dead black-eyed susans next to the front door because driving up to my lovely home and seeing their blackened stalks every day makes me sad. So, clip, clip. Harvest tomatoes because they will rot if I don’t. Yummy salsa and tomato topping on beans and rice. Pull out the monster tomato plant because it is shading out my peppers. Out it comes.  My current dilemma stems from figuring out how to translate that to my work. Start where I am….Hence, this long and winding blog post, baring my heart and mind to the wide and wise world (wise was actually what came out when I tried to type wide… message there, I suspect.).

You might also ask what makes me so damn qualified to teach anyone anything? Yep, I have asked myself that one. But I have a great answer: What I teach has worked for me; it has worked for my husband; it has worked for friends; it is working still for all of us. And there is more that I know that you don’t yet know: the first time I tried to kill myself, I was 5 years old. in the kitchen, with a big bread knife that had a little hook on the end. That feeling never went away until 2014, when I was 40 years old. When it did, it was because I finally started actively using what I had spent over 20 years learning about. I started doing the work. And, in 3 years, I went from suicidal to full of joy, actively creating a life I want to LIVE, not die to get away from.

Even in my 8-5 day job, I have brought into my life a position where my co-workers are friends and connection with them feeds my soul in ways I never expected. But the work….the work is not what I am meant to be doing.  And we’ve circled back around to the current issue.

So, what to do? I know what I would recommend to a client.
1. Get Quiet: pull the plug on technological distractions like Facebook, email, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Disconnect from others so you can more clearly hear yourself.

2. Go Within: whatever your favorite form of meditation is, do that. Do it for as long as you can. Get your mind clear. And to that end…

3. Write: get out a notebook. Write at least 3 pages longhand with an actual pen whatever comes into your mind. DO NOT CENSOR! Write as fast as you can, not stopping until all 3 pages have been filled. Stream-of-consciousness writing pulls out all sorts of things you never knew were in your head.

4. If some kind of clarity is still not coming through by this point, you can either start over, talk to a trusted friend, or let it rest. Any of those options is perfectly ok. It can take more than once through this process to clear out enough of the built up junk in your brain – the clutter of to-dos, “news”, work and family obligations, and other detritus- for the good stuff to have room to come to the top.

So, here is my action plan, folks. Many, many deep bows and sincere thanks for letting me get that out there into the Ethers.  Lots of thank-you hugs and Reiki blessings for following along on my journey.

 

 

Kari Samuels’ September Forecast

With seeming lighting speed, summer is transitioning in to fall, my absolute favorite season, and we are on the brink of September. I look forward every month to Kari’s forecast, as she seems to have such a sweet and gentle way of letting us know which energies are doing what, and such helpful advice for how to work with them.

I have not yet watched this one, but I know it’s just chock full of goodness.  I hope your last few days of August are glorious, and wish you a magnificent September!

New Business Name and September Specials

I have been working on building my own business as a teacher of spiritual concepts, Reiki practitioner, and Akashic Records reader for a couple of years, now, with varying degrees of success. My commitment to it has been lacking, though, and so the success I really want from my business has been elusive, to say the least.

Several months ago, I began working with The Morrigan. One of the major components of that work is opening myself up to bringing my skills, knowledge and gifts to others so that they can, in turn, shine their light more brightly into the world. She has been pushing me at every turn to write, share, teach, and help. Doing so means that I must set aside my fear of exposure, of being seen, of being thought a fraud or a pretender.  She reminds me that I have spent the best part of my 43 years learning, reading, interacting with non-physical Guides, Angels, and Teachers, healing my own splintered psyche with the techniques, concepts, and practices that I want to teach to others. I’ve absorbed hundreds of books, videos, and articles, spent hours journaling, meditating, visualizing, and changing my mindset. If I am not ready now to share what I know, I will never be ready.

With that in mind, I offer my first official services under my new business name (the first name I have created specifically for it…) :

Welcome to Ananda Grove
Intuitive and Spiritual Coaching!

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My first offering is a short term program created by working with several women I know personally. It is a Targeted Healing program, designed to address a specific, stubborn block that has not responded well to other healing methods. It combines chakra work, Reiki, and work in the Akashic Records in a 5 week program. Included in the program is the following:

  • 5 full, one-hour distance Reiki sessions with email follow up
  • Chakra scans included in each Reiki treatment
  • 2 Akashic Records sessions to clear any lingering past life entanglements
  • Includes past life, alternate life or other work in the Akashic Records
  • AR sessions are scheduled 1 at the beginning of the program time and 1 at a time of your choice
  • Every session – Reiki or Akashic Records – has email follow up so you have your summaries for later review
  • All sessions are conducted via email and/or phone
  • Total program time is 5 weeks
  • Total cost for 5 Reiki treatments, 2 AR sessions, 5 Chakra scans, and email support is $525.

If you would like more information about what Reiki is and how a distance session works with the chakra scan, please read my Reiki FAQ. For more information about the program or to get started, please contact me at linettecchance@gmail.com

I also offer one-off Reiki sessions and Akashic Records sessions.

Reiki Distance Healing Sessions:
Reiki is a healing modality that helps the recipient’s own body heal itself. Distance treatments include a chakra scan and are conducted at the client’s convenience with a follow up via email detailing the images, messages, and any other pertinent information received at each chakra point. One additional follow up email is included in the cost of the session.

I only offer one-hour sessions, as the chakra scan that happens along with the treatment is difficult to restrict to less than that. The recipient does not have to be immobile for the entire session.

Distance treatments with chakra scan are $73.  If you would like to bundle treatments, please contact me for more information and pricing.

Akashic Records Sessions:
The Akashic Records are a repository of all of a person, place, animal, or situation’s thoughts, feelings, and actions across all timelines and planes of existence.  There is really no limit to what the Records can be used for. I specialize in Past Life readings, where we address a current life issue within the context of previous lifetime traumas. This offering is especially for those who have spent time doing mindset work for specific issues, with little success.

AR sessions are 30 minutes or an hour long, and conducted by phone or email. The cost is $45 for 30 minutes, and $73 for an hour.

 

Lastly, Reiki Level 1 Certification classes are now forming in Goshen.

Reiki I Certification Classes:

  • Classes forming now for September and October
  • Reiki level I classes cover:
    • History of Reiki
    • Reiki cleanse
    • Ethics of Reiki
    • General discussion of the nature of Reiki
    • Hand positions for treating self and others
    • Monetary exchange for treating others
    • Reiki level I attunement
    • Practice treating self and others
  • Classes are 4-5 hours long (depending on class size), and include a vegetarian lunch (or feel free to bring your own)
  • Cost is $150, with a $50 discount if paid two weeks in advance of class date

Please email me at linettecchance@gmail.com to discuss class dates

 

 

 

What Happens After I Agree to Work With a Goddess? 9 Suggestions for Where to Start

During last nights’s New Moon meditation, I began to wonder how to work with my new Goddess friend now that I had connected with her, and she kindly offered some suggestions. They seem useful no matter which Goddess you work with, so I wanted to share them here.  (For help connecting with your patron Goddess, or a temporary guide Goddess, please see my offering, here.)

  1. Write a letter to her introducing yourself and explaining what you hope to accomplish with her help.  She can’t help or guide you if she doesn’t know what direction you would like to go. Write it in the same spirit with which you would explain to a teach er or therapist what you hoped to accomplish by working with them.
  2. Ask her what she would like to teach you. Perhaps there is something your Higher Self wants to learn and that part of you contacted this Goddess for that specific purpose.
  3. Ask her what she would like in return. This is not a one-way street. She will want something in return for her time and effort, whether it is simple friendship and an acknowledgement of her presence and influence, or something more material, like offerings, poetry, or some other physical action. Ask in meditation, and listen for the answers.
  4. Read about her history and culture.  What pantheon is she associated with? Greek? Roman? Egyptian? Find out what her native people believed about her.
  5. Then, tune in to her in meditation and ask her if the stories are true.  You may find that they are often exaggerated or skewed to fit the prevailing attitudes of the people she is associated with.  Ask her what she wants you to know about her.
  6. Read and learn about any totem animals or other symbols she is associated with, and learn to watch for those signs.
  7. Ask her if there are other signs you can watch for to know that she is near or has her hand in the current situation.
  8. Find out if she is fond of certain crystals, or loves particular places (such as bodies of water, forests, or mountains) and incorporate those into your life, as much as possible.
  9. Figure out which chakra(s) she is associated with.  That will tell you a lot about how to work with her, what lessons are in store, and how to proceed with learning them.

Approach your new friendship exactly as you would friendship with a human, physical person… go slowly, show respect, offer the benefit of the doubt, and make every effort to understand.  These are the foundations of a healthy, vibrant relationship that will be beneficial to you both!

 

 

A Clue to Desire

I have recently become a huge fan of Regena Thomashauer, aka, Mama Gena, who is the founder of Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts.  This school teaches women to get back in touch with their own pleasure in order to create the life they want. (For more on Mama Gena and her work, go to mamagenas.com or read her new book, Pussy: A Reclamation)

Mama Gena wants us to know that being in touch with our own desires, sexual and sensual, is the key to unlocking our power as women. Energetically speaking, desire is held in the second chakra, the Sacral chakra, which also influences the womb, ovaries, creativity and passion.  The problem with this is that we women have often forgotten what we want, or how to figure it out.

A piece of Mama Gena’s advice became real to me this morning when I woke up thinking about a friend of mine who works from home, offering Reiki and other healing and guidance sessions.  I have been struggling with how to move forward in my own life and career since being laid off: did I want to go back to a “regular” job or try to make a go of creating my own business? Both, maybe? The main trouble was, I wasn’t really sure what I actually wanted to do when it came to earning a living. But, when I thought of my friend, I did recognize an emotion: jealousy.

In an audio presentation yesterday, Mama Gena had said, “Watch for what makes you jealous…that’s a clue to your desires.”  I will take it a step further and ask, what, specifically, about that thing makes you jealous? For example, the friend I mentioned also has a spectacular, huge garden that is a big part of her life. She grounds herself there after her sessions, and it is a big part of her day. Is that something I want for myself? What, precisely about her perceived lifestyle evokes jealousy? I can start to pinpoint exactly what I want for myself by investigating the initial feeling. My daughter recently bought a new car, which also evoked jealousy. Why? When I thought about it, I realized I hate the car I drive now. It has always made me anxious the moment I get into it. I don’t know why, and frankly, I don’t care. I’ve saged it, loaded it down with crystals and cleansed it with Reiki, to no effect. Simply put, I don’t want it anymore, I want a different car.

I am learning to watch for that little jolt of jealousy. It is an easy way to hear my intuition, like a neon arrow pointing the way for me. Once you know what your desires are, you can act to bring them to you…but that’s another post.

So, do you know what you want? Or do you, like me, struggle with wanting anything at all? Where is your jealousy leading you?

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Muladhara, the Root Chakra

(Note:This information was originally shared as 5 separate posts in my Facebook group, Dandelion Sisterhood.)

The chakras are addressed in order from the first to the seventh, with the first being located at the base of the spine and the seventh being located about an inch above the top of the head. Today, we are focusing on the first chakra, Muladhara, also known as the root chakra.

Overview:

As you can see in the image below, the root chakra is associated with the color red, and it governs all things related to home, survival, trust, and money. This includes things like how you sleep, the physical state of your home, financial issues, physical problems involving the feet, hips, legs, the large intestines, your bones and blood, and emotional issues like anger (too little or too much) and insecurity (or arrogance).

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Root chakra issues develop in the very early years, though there is some debate as to exactly what ages. If your parents or caregivers gave you a sense of security, if there was always enough to eat, there was shelter, clothing, and all your basic needs were met, if they were nurturing, and you felt loved and safe, you developed a balanced, healthy root chakra. Most of us did not have that experience, though, and we developed feelings of insecurity, fear and mistrust of caregivers and authority figures and sometimes the world at large.

This is why root chakra issues can be so difficult to address: they are often subconscious beliefs, firmly seated in our psyche, and typically manifest as a core belief that we are not enough just as we are, that our safety and security is at risk. 

Sometimes, we overcompensate for a lack of security in childhood by cultivating an overactive root chakra. This may look like greed, materialism, arrogance, and excessive anger, and it is an attempt to provide ourselves with the safety and security we have felt lacking.

Muladhara and Scent

Because of its location at the base of the spine, the root chakra is our connection to Earth.  Of the physical senses, it is most strongly associated with smell, which, in turn, is directly connected to the formation of memory. Scientific studies have shown that the sense of smell is wired directly to the part of our brains called the reptilian brain: that primitive part of ourselves that reacts by instinct. It is the same center associated with our fight or flight mechanism.

Scents can be a powerful healing tool for the root chakra because of all these facts. Think of your comfort scents: vanilla, food cooking – especially garlic and onions- dirt and rain, the spicy scent of a loved one’s skin. And, if you are like most of us, there are smells you absolutely cannot tolerate because of their associations.

The infographic below lists some of the most common smells associated with the root chakra. You’ll notice these are earthy, warm smells. They can be introduced into your environment in a number of ways: essential oils can be used with a lotion or other carrier and rubbed directly on the skin, they can be used in perfume or simply dropped onto the sleeve of a shirt or jacket and sniffed throughout the day; cooking smells can be enjoyed any time you make a meal with earthy, rooted ingredients by simply taking a moment to inhale deeply and imagine the loving, healing energy flowing to the glowing red light of your 1st chakra and picturing it growing brighter and clearer; you can light scented candles or incense or sit on your porch for a moment while it rains and let the smells of wet earth and ozone wash over you. When combined with the root chakra’s signature color, red, scents can become even more powerfully healing. One of my favorite combinations is a red cable knit sweater I wear in the winter and a drop of patchouli on the collar. It makes me feel nurtured, safe, and at home wherever I go.

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Have some fun experimenting with scent. See which ones evoke that cozy, safe feeling, and wear those more often. With winter coming quickly here in the Northern Hemisphere, it is easier to find those spicy smells that most epitomize those feelings. So, if you need an extra reason to indulge in cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves, this is it!

 

Healing the First Chakra With Food

The first three chakras deal with how we are present in the physical world, and food is an important part of that. The root chakra loves foods that have grown underground, like potatoes, carrots, and parsnips, as well as red foods and foods that contain a lot of protein and iron.

If you are actively addressing root chakra issues, try to include a root chakra food in your diet a few times a day. This can be as simple as having a handful of red grapes for a snack, some potatoes (any variety) with dinner, and maybe a glass of red wine or a cup of rooibos (red) tea before bed (it has no caffeine). Be mindful as you eat of how this food or drink will nourish and nurture your connection with the Earth. Mindfulness doesn’t have to look like eating in complete silence while doing your best imitation of a monk! A quick thank you to the Universe, and an awareness of the connection between the food or drink and your root chakra is enough to set the intention that you want what you are about to consume to bring healing and joy to this part of your energetic body.

 

Dance Your Way to Balance

Movement is an excellent tool for working loose root chakra issues, and the more fun and/or relaxing you can make it, the better it will work. Keep in mind that the root chakra is related to the hips, legs, knees, spine, and blood, so any movement that results in energy to these areas will be effective, whether it is walking, running, stretching, yoga, dancing, or just stomping around your house like an ogre! Also, if you can do any of these things outside, you increase their effectiveness in clearing 1st chakra imbalances.

Dancing works particularly well because of the music involved. Music is well known to have a direct, measurable effect on the body, and music with heavy drumbeats or strong rhythms is perfect for the root chakra. It echoes the sound of heartbeats (blood, womb, and early childhood associations).

Personal Favorite Tools

I am going to share two of my personal favorite tools to use in working with the base chakra: stones and affirmations.

Stones and crystals hold a power all their own. As we know, everything is energy. The same is true of stones and crystals, and some of them vibrate at frequencies particularly beneficial in healing and clearing the first chakra. My favorites are black tourmaline, smoky quartz, hematite, bloodstone, carnelian, and any reddish stones I find on the ground that give me the same, solid, grounded feeling. If I am unfamiliar with a stone, I will hold it for a few minutes, and feel into each chakra to try to sense where in my body I connect with that particular piece. That process is usually as simple as focusing on each chakra, in turn, and seeing if I can sense a change in it. If the change feels good, the new rock goes into my pocket!  This is also part of the process for how I choose a stone for the day.

I very often hold a stone in one or both hands while meditating, writing mantras or affirmations, or when I just feel the need for extra grounding. You don’t even have to do anything special, just have it near you. Jewelry works well for this purpose.

Here is one of my favorite, most powerful rituals: At the end of the day, just before sleep, I gather my notebook, pen, crystals or stones, and decide on the affirmation I want to work with. I will place the stones either on the table next to my notebook, or hold one in the my non-writing hand. I will write the chosen affirmation or mantra over and over for at least one full page, sometimes two, if it feels like I need to. Then, I go directly to sleep (or as directly as possible), with the affirmation still repeating in my mind.

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Sleeping with root chakra crystals or stones in my pillow case or near my bed is not something I like to do, however, as I often experience nightmares. (Remember, the root chakra is blocked by fear and you just told it to let go of that fear. The crystals will magnify that release, and since you are going to sleep, dreams are the natural outlet. )

Experiment with what calls to you, and you will soon have your own set of root chakra balancing tools.

Introduction to the Chakras Series

Hi, All!
I have been away for a bit, regrouping, rejuvenating, and letting my creative spark flare back up into a flame, but I am back now, with a series on the chakra system. For the next few weeks, I will share some basics about each chakra to help you get to know them as a practical, useful system that you can use on your path to becoming a clearer, more defined version of your lovely self.

A note about beginning our chakra series: There is no one healing modality or tool that is a cure-all or that will resonate with everyone. I love the chakra system because it is easy to work with and can be approached from so many angles, but this may not resonate with you.

For each post, I suggest you read what interests you, use what seems useful, and leave the rest. Allow that what seemed useless or uninteresting at one point may seem vitally important to you at a later time. We learn and use the tools that we are ready for!

There are all sorts of ways one can approach working with the chakra system, and there are no age, education, or religious limitations. I like to think of this system in the same way as the plumbing in my house. Energy (water) can enter and leave at any of several points. The main Source is a larger body of water that we can compare to Universal energy, and it enters the home (us) from the connection to the street (the Crown chakra). Various things can block the flow of water through the pipes, resulting in blockages, and various tools may be used to unblock these areas.

In this series, I will also recommend some tools for unblocking, healing, and maintaining each chakra: food, scents, music and sounds, movements and physical exercises, colors, breathing exercises, energy healing, and meditations, prayers, and affirmations. 

Again use what feels good. Leave what does not seem like a good fit for you. The goal is to integrate these tools into your life so you will actually USE them in the moment and not save them for when you “have time”.

And, SHARE what works! If it works for you, it will likely work for someone else, too!

Lastly, if you have questions or struggle with understanding, please ask. There are no silly questions, ever!