There is so much here that I can relate to. Perhaps you can relate, as well.
The other day, I went to a yoga class. Many students were in attendance so the instructor had an assistant walking around, adjusting the yogis and yoginis. This bugged me right away when I saw this. I had just been listening to a podcast the night before that discussed students getting injured in yoga classes from overexerting themselves, and it really bothered me to watch the assistant put her hands on people and “correct” them without asking first. I told myself that if she came up to me, I would tell her no thanks. Towards the end of class while in pigeon pose, she came up behind me and started lifting my back leg upwards to make it the full pose. I had purposely not lifted my leg as I was feeling a tearing-like sensation in my knee. But instead of turning around and telling her no thanks, I breathed…
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Multiple In-Person Classes Now Forming!
If you are in the Goshen, or Elkhart, Indiana area, and have been looking for classes for Reiki levels I or II, a beginner Chakras class, or how to access and read the Akashic Records, great news:
January/February 2018 classes are now forming!
Reiki level I or II is for you if:
You are interested in a hands-off healing modality that encourages one’s own body to heal itself
You have been told you have a “healing touch”
You have been looking for something that is as much spiritual path as it is a healing one
Reiki level I will allow you to practice this gentle, non-invasive healing technique on yourself and others directly. Level I certification is $125, with a $25 discount if paid two weeks in advance of the class date. 5 hrs
Reiki level II will allow you to uplevel your Reiki knowledge and abilities to send healing energy to far-off places, people, events, and circumstances. Level II certification is $250 with a $50 discount if paid two weeks in advance of the class date. 5 hrs
Chakras for Beginners is an introductory class to familiarize you with what the chakras are, their basic correspondences, and how to work with them to heal your life. Attendees will receive a copy of my beautiful chakra guide, as well as a packet of resources for further study. This class is $40. 2 hrs
And, if you have ever wanted to know if a past life event or circumstance is affecting your current lifetime, the Learning to Read the Akashic Records class is for you! In this class, you will learn how to access the Records, the rules for working in them, what kinds of information you can find there, and you will be guided through your first experience in them with a guided meditation. This class is $125 with a $25 discount if paid two weeks in advance of class date. 5 hrs
For more information, or to sign up for one or more of these classes, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a safe, happy, and restful holiday. I certainly did, spending most of it together with my husband curled up in the warmth of our cozy home. It was a deeply restorative time for us, full of reflections on 2017 and daydreaming about 2018.
To help us best work with the flow of 2018’s energies, we turned to Kari Samuels, whose forecasts I regularly share here on this blog. She published her 2018 forecast just in time for our purposes, and I am sharing it here with you so that you are aware of some of the major themes for this year.
I hope you find it as useful as we did!
At the end of every year, like so many other folks around the world, I make it a point to look back and take stock of the happenings, the lessons, and the joys of that year. This usually happens around my birthday, which was last week, but this year, I waited until the last week of the year. I hesitated to write anything public, but, as ever, I hope to be an inspiration to someone by sharing my own story. Besides, parts of this journey have been made public here this year, so I feel it important to share the rest of it.
At the beginning of the year, I made a list of intentions, something I had never done before. Along with my usual habit of setting a Word of the Year, and a newer habit of reviewing my Core Desired Feelings (from the book The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte), I was really pleased with how it worked for me to actually write a list of intentions based around how I wanted to feel during the year, as well as what I hoped to accomplish.
Getting a new job and moving house were top of the list for 2017, and prospects were good, numerologically speaking. 2017 has been a 1 Universal year, signifying beginnings and planting seeds, and a 6 Personal year for me, signifying a focus on relationships, friendships, home, and one’s sense of belonging.
In February, I started a new job. It wasn’t the job I thought I wanted…I also interviewed for a job at the library at the same time, and man, did I think I wanted that one! I mean, it’s the LIBRARY! But, in each interview, I paid special attention to the environment and people I would be working with. Many of you know that my spirituality is one of the most important aspects of life to me, and Reiki is a huge part of that. When I interviewed at each place, I mentioned Reiki to see what the response would be. In one interview, the interviewers seemed interested and wanted to know more. In the other, while the interviewers didn’t physically roll their eyes, I could feel the energetic eye-roll. And that’s how I ended up in my current position at a company that doesn’t seem as glamorous to me as the library, but my department is filled with 5 beautiful new friends! It is an exceptional work environment. Best of all, each has some level of interest in the spiritual aspects of life, and I even taught one coworker/friend how to access the Akashic Records and attuned her to Level 1 Reiki!! This job allows me to bring my spiritual practices to work, and that is more important to me than just about anything else. My gratitude for this place is deep and powerful.
The new job led to increased income, which meant that we could start to look for a new place to live. I had long loved my friend, Laura’s house in Goshen, just one street over from our apartment. I knew she and her husband would be moving soon, but I believed there was no way we could rent their house, due to the landlord’s very strict no-pet policy. At the beginning of this year, we had three cats: Maggie, Ellie, and Sasha, and we were not looking to re-home them. But early in the year, I believe it was March, Laura texted me and said that her landlord might consider pet-owners who also loved the huge, gorgeous garden she had created. I was over the moon!! I had reworked our budget numerous times to be sure I understood how much money we could spend on a new place, and I knew this one was in our budget. It also perfectly matched the list I had written the previous year of what I wanted in a new home. (Even down to the bathtub…which our new house did not have until we shifted timelines. In a previous conversation with Laura, we had talked about how much we missed baths because neither of us had a bathtub in our homes. But, when the house became available, it suddenly had a bathtub! I was incredibly grateful, as that was one of my non-negotiables for a new house!)
Making the move from an approximately 650 sq ft apartment that was created by chopping up the interior of a beautiful old home to our new home, which is easily double that and shared with no one but our kitties, was an emotional and spiritual journey, as well as a physical one. I had chosen the word Receive at the beginning of 2017 for my word of the year, and it was such a challenge to learn to embody that! Many of you will remember the post I wrote called Healing My Memories of Home, in which I shared about the places I grew up and what it would mean to me to move into this beautiful house. Laura shared that post on her blog, too, and so many of her readers commented with encouraging words, and several sent donations! I was so blown away by their generous spirits, but I really struggled with that Receiving energy. It was very hard for me to just accept the gifts and loans with an open heart. My first instinct, in fact, was to refuse the gifts! Silly me…I was getting just what I asked for! That took a lot of working through in conversation with my husband, Laura, and my Guides. I can say that, while it is easier, I have chosen for 2018 a word that also holds the energy of Receiving so that I can continue to work on embodying that energy.
After months of shifting enormous amounts of energy, we finally moved into our new home on July 1! We have been here for 6 months, and it is so much more than I ever imagined I could find or feel in a home. There is such a sense of sanctuary here. The garden, of course, help to create that, and the garden is what I thought would help move the most energy in me. And while it certainly has deeply affected me, the house itself has had the most profound effect so far. Living in it is like being perpetually soaked in a drawing salve. It pulls up to the surface old junk that needs to be released to make room for new energy. Jason is getting the brunt of that effect in the physical realm right now. Two weeks before we moved in, he hurt his knee, and has not yet healed from that. He has been all but confined to the house since we moved in. The way it is working in me is less tangible, but no less real. Abilities, interests, and talents that had been barely a whisper in the back of mind before we moved have come roaring to the forefront since the move. My emotions have been more accessible, although the chaos of that part of me opening up has been hard to bear, some days. I find it hard to process, let alone articulate the level of consciousness that has opened up for both of us since moving here. Just last night, Jason and I were talking about how we feel as though living in this house has accelerated all the growth we had begun before moving here, and is rapidly propelling us into a new life that we had previously not quite dared to imagine. I can’t overstate how powerful this new home has been in our lives. It is not just a sanctuary, it is an incubator, a cleansing retreat, and a sacred grove, all rolled into one building and grounds.
The other major intention I set for 2017 was to grow my business and my blog. The blog went from 37 followers in January to 68 as of yesterday. A modest amount of growth, to be sure, but strong encouragement for me to continue! The business is trickier. There are so many underlying issues for me around wealth, making a living in a non-traditional way, my own sense of worthiness, and what my purpose is in the world and how to best express it. Outwardly, there has not been much growth. Oh, but inwardly!
I picture it like this: my beliefs around money are like a plant with extremely deep, hardy roots. Long, thick tap roots that suck the life out of all other surrounding plants. For many years, I have hacked at these roots, chopping them off at what I thought was the very bottom of the tenacious things. But they always grew back because I wasn’t really getting to the bottom. I wasn’t getting the whole root. There were rocks that had to be pulled out first, there were scorpions and snakes that stung and bit, and finally, there was me pulling with all my might on the upper part of the root, where it would break off and I would have to start all over. 2017 has been a year of learning how to get all the root out. I am addressing my sense of unworthiness from a different angle, gently, with patience and love. I am releasing childhood money mantras that I never chose and replacing them with ones I do choose, that serve me and help me remember that my Universe is loving and supportive. I am patiently, playfully digging around the root, gently lifting out the dirt on all sides, removing rocks, encouraging snakes and scorpions to move on to better homes, exposing it all to the purifying power of the Sun and the gentle healing of the Moon. So, while outwardly, not much is happening, and, indeed, what is happening can look confusing, haphazard, or unstable, inwardly, mountains are being moved a teaspoonful at a time.
Those were the main foci for me of 2017. I wrote a list of things I accomplished this year before I went to work on intentions for 2018, and I was impressed with myself! I deeply encourage you to make a list of all the things you did this year, too! Celebrating our accomplishments is highly underrated!
Turning toward 2018, I mentioned choosing a new word that also embodies the energy of Receive from last year. This year’s word is Breathe. The mantra that I will use with it is: Breathe in to Receive, Breathe out to Release. I want to embody that cycle of giving and receiving, bringing in and letting go. I have also chosen some new Core Desired Feelings for the year: Connected (held over from previously), Clear, Aligned, Creative, Playful, and Sexy. Powerful almost made the list, but I felt the others more accurately captured what I am going for.
My intentions for this year center in large part around my work in the world. I hope to begin to create a solid foundation for a business of my own that enables me to teach what I know, share what I’ve learned, and help others see themselves more clearly and lovingly. I intend this to manifest as classes, both in person and online, and private sessions of Reiki healing, Akashic Records work, and intuitive counseling, but I have learned to simply follow where my intuition goes, so it may end up looking quite different.
My other major intentions revolve around my physical health. I intend to be as clear a channel for Life or Source energy as I can be, and that means some changes to the way I live and treat my physical body. I have lived my whole life 90% in my head, and the process of drawing that energy down into the rest of my chakras and my physical body feels like a challenging new journey, but one which I am eager to undertake.
2018 feels like a good time to focus on these things. The numerology, which I have just begun to look into, seems fortuitous and exciting. I am in a great place to begin from, and I have tons of supportive and understanding friends, both physical and non-physical. In this last week of 2017-a VERY good year!- I feel hopeful, peaceful, joyful, and grateful. I am ready to go on to the next round, and I thank you for joining me on the journey.
With deepest gratitude and love, Happy New Year!
This brilliant post from Dr Sharon Blackie reiterates why the work of artists, writers, poets, painters, musicians, and other artist is so deeply important. Civilizations rise and fall, and often, all that’s left of them is their art. Artists document not only what happened, but why it was important, and how it FELT to live through it.
This post is part of a larger series on Dr Blackie’s blog… I encourage you to read the entire series.
Dream-making, yes – that’s one part of what’s needed in this crazy, on-the-brink world. But there’s something rather more than that which was nagging at me as I was writing yesterday’s post, and it came to me last night, in the middle of a rather strange but mostly enjoyable young adult book which I’ve found myself reading for reasons I can’t quite remember. Except perhaps that it includes a sort of alternative world in which storytellers are the most powerful characters – which probably appeals to my sense of what might be appropriate in a good, honest utopia of the kind that I’d like to live in. Anyway: the passages I’ve copied below grabbed my attention because they relate to something else I’ve been pondering – and by no means for the first time – in these dark days of midwinter. And that’s how to live well, when the world…
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My sweet friend, Laura, and I had an email exchange on Friday that we thought might be helpful to some others.
On Thursday of last week, I got some disappointing money news, and it just seemed like the last straw. Having grown up dirt poor, it has been a real struggle to re-align my beliefs about money and my own worth, and last week was just triggering me all over the place.
The other factor here is that I have also had deep issues with expressing anger, perfectionism, and being a “good girl”, so my anger at Beings on the Other Side was extremely upsetting to me. They have been available to me since I was a child, and I have always felt comforted by their presence. For a while last week, I felt as though they had let me down in a way that was unacceptable, just short of betrayal.
Over the weekend, with Laura’s advice ringing in my mind, I began to feel better, more expansive, as she put it, and more grounded. Now, it simply feels like the thing that needed to happen, in spite of how foreign it felt at the time, and even my anger and deep disappointment in my Guides now seems to be exactly what needed to happen. Perhaps I had come to rely too heavily on their advice, rather than seeking my own intuitive knowledge.
I hope that this exchange will help anyone else feeling this just now. If you are in this boat, know you are not alone, and, as someone commented on Laura’s post, in order to sail to new lands, one must lose sight of the shore (paraphrased); and, as Laura herself quoted from J.R.R. Tolkien, “Little by little, one travels far.”
I had an email catch up with a friend today, and we both thought parts of our exchange would help anyone else facing discouragement. I’ve corrected typos, added paragraphs for easier reading, and removed obviously identifying information like names, location and personal details. Otherwise, the question and my response appear intact below.
This week I’ve heard from enough clients, friends and relatives that I know more than just my friend are dancing a mazurka with discouragement. Whether your challenge stems from money, work, family, health, life path, and/or romance, please know, you’re not alone. You don’t need to know your entire trajectory right this moment. You just need to get unstuck by finding and taking the next step. And then the next one. As J.R.R. Tolkien said, “Little by little, one travels far.”
… As an aside, do you ever get discouraged? The reason I ask is because…
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If you are still looking for the perfect gift for the animal lover in your life, check out the gorgeous art by my friend, Tania Marie. There is something for every budget here, and part of the proceeds goes to help rescue bunnies!
Dance of the Twin Flames Keepsake Box
Don’t forget that as part of the Art for Rabbits holiday sale and matched donations, there are small, unique and fun items I’m offering to fit everyone’s budget for the holiday gift-giving season and 100% of these sales will go directly to supporting rabbits in need at Save A Bunny. The direct link to items and ordering is here: Heart Creations by Tania Marie
These also make great gifts for the animal lover in your life, as each item features a unique animal, most of which are endangered species – art that conveys compassion, awareness, and insightful wisdom that each animal shares, infused into your daily life experiences.
Temple of the Sacred Heart Keepsake Box
You’ll find unique merchandise created with heart, featuring my art on t-shirts, baby clothes, bags, yoga pants, yoga mats, tea light candles, keepsake boxes, mugs, Sigg water…
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I look forward to Kari’s forecasts every month, but this one seems to be especially significant for me. This is my birthday month, and always a time of reflection and re-evaluation, but those energies seem more intense this year, and indeed, the astrological weather for me, personally, is more intense since Jupiter, my ruling planet, made himself cozy in Scorpio, my moon sign.
Kari’s advice this month is very helpful to me, and I hope to you, too, as we navigate the last few weeks of 2017.
Slow down, be extra good to yourself, and have a glorious holiday season!
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…
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