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 piece popped up in my Facebook memories this morning, and it seemed like a good time to re-share it. It’s been a year since the election that shook the country, and our call to action is louder than ever.
This morning, the shock is echoing around the world. Things feel dangerous, chaotic, shaky, seismic. People are afraid, grief-stricken, stunned, speechless.
But, consider this:
My friend, Laura, has said many times that the greatest change comes out of chaos.
Chaos holds all possibilities.
And the energy on Planet Earth right now is one of polarization, uncovering secrets, and shining light into the dark corners. We are witnessing the manifestation of this on a global scale. Our beloved Gaia is letting us know, as loudly and clearly as She can, that things cannot continue on in the way they have been.
Think about how our emotions manifest as physical pain. We know we need to leave the soul-sucking job and move in the direction of our dreams, yet we do nothing. Our energetic bodies react first by making us angry, irritable, and out of sorts. Yet we continue. Our bodies then start to get in on the messaging with aches that are out of proportion, pains that have no apparent root, we get sick more often and it takes longer to get well. Yet, we still ignore the knowing inside us. Finally, our bodies break down, refusing to work another day, walk another step, lift another box or pen or telephone receiver. We cannot, physically continue in the job that shrivels our soul. Our body has forced us to stop, notice, take action. There is no other choice.
That is where we are as citizens of the US, and, truly, the world.
Our collective energy has finally given us an unmistakable sign to wake up, embrace the love and change and peace we say we espouse, defend those more helpless than us, rise up in righteous anger to say, “No! We will not stand for this!” We can no longer sit passively by, not stepping fully into our Divine selves, fearing judgement or ridicule or failure. Our failure is in not standing by our principles. We don’t need the President to give us permission to do this, or do it for us. We do this in the small moments of our every day, in each interaction.
When we choose love, compassion, and peace over division, hatred and violence, we are taking action to stop the descent and turn it around.
More than ever before, the Earth needs you to uncover your Light. Shine it on the people you encounter at the grocery store, both the guy whose minivan is covered in anti-everyone-but-white-men stickers and the Hispanic family who stands too close to you in line. Shine it on your friends and loved ones, but also on the coworker who tells sexist jokes in the breakroom (and take appropriate boundary-setting actions). Shine it on the people who agree with you and those who don’t. Shine it on your leaders, your bosses, the salespeople, the drivers who are on the road with you. Shine it on everyone you meet, everyone you see, everyone in the world. The Field of Infinite Possibilities that is the chaos we see right now will react by manifesting the loving, peaceful world we want.
We need the catalyst that is the election of a man so many people despise. We needed him to be elected. We needed this wake up call to change. Would we have felt so angry, so ready to fight for the people who have been targeted in this man’s rhetoric, if he had not been elected? or would it have been business -slow, bigoted, painful business- as usual? Nothing has changed in this country with the election of Donald Trump. Things have only been outlined in neon, flashing yellow, things that were already truths of this country. Nothing is new. It is only out in the open now. And you cannot change where you’re going until you know where you are.
Now, we know where we are. We know where we stand. And it has never been more true that we need, each of us, to find in ourselves the love, beauty, and peace we want to see in the world. Become that which you most desire. Embody those ideals you hold most dear. Your doing so will cause untold ripples in the fabric of the Universe, touching those who are still afraid, those almost ready to stand up, step up into their power as loving human beings. People learn best by example, and we long for good ones to follow. So, be that example. Show your friends and neighbors what it means to be kind, loving, compassionate, and protective. Show them what it looks like to set clear boundaries, with love, respect, and an unshakable sense of self-worth.
That will be the legacy of Mr. Trumps presidency: a country full of people who know their own worth, who stand together to defend that worth and the planet we love. A country full of men and women who will not stand for racism, sexism, divisionism, or anything that smacks of values other than love, acceptance, compassion, and peace.
We do not have to follow a bad example. We are leaders of ourselves. The power is ours to create the world we want with every interaction.
Welcome to October!
It’s officially Autumn, my very favorite season. Kari brings her usual gentle cheerfulness to this month’s forecast, the theme of which seems to be relationships and learning to balance the needs of others with our own needs. This is an area of great growth potential for me, for sure. Later in the month, the moon slips in to Scorpio (the sign the moon is in in my own birth chart), deepening everything.
Enjoy Kari’s beautifully articulated forecast, and have a wonderful October!
Happy Almost-Equinox, Everyone!
Life here in Goshen continues to settle down for Jason and I as we adjust to the much higher vibrational level of our new home, Jason makes his way back to work after an extended time off due to an injury, and I find my center once again amid all the changes. I am blogging a little less and my efforts at building my business are stalled because my laptop has undergone an injury of its own (a cracked screen with spiderwebs of dark blue bleeding out from the site of the injury). In spite of all the change and some challenges, our lives feel more gorgeous than ever. Working in the garden revives and restores me in a way I had only glimpsed before living here, and the house itself feels like both a fortress and a sanctuary. So many small shifts in our consciousness are happening on a daily basis just from living in this home. But that’s a different post.
In order to help restore myself and protect my energy, I have begun listening to music and videos on my phone while at work. Yesterday, I had a newsletter from Marie Forleo featuring her interview with Brene’ Brown, who has a new book out called Braving the Wilderness. For those of you unfamiliar with Brene’s work, here is an excerpt from the home page of her website, brenebrown.com:
The official line: I’m a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington Endowed Chair. I’ve spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame. I’m the author of four books: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness.
The bottom line: I believe that vulnerability – the willingness to be “all in” even when you know it can mean failing and hurting – is brave. I do NOT believe that cussing and praying are mutually exclusive. And, I absolutely believe that the passing lane is for passing only.
This interview really moved me and reminded me of my little-girl self, who campaigned bravely for kindness and believed it her moral duty to protect those who could not protect themselves, never name-call, and always try to see the best in others. My grown-up self is a little more cynical and a little more hands-off, but I feel myself returning to that open vulnerability and it both frightens and excites me. I feel like it is the best of me coming back to the fore. That’s why I so dearly love people like Brene’ and Marie Forleo, and I follow their work more closely than others’. I hope you find as much value in this interview as I did. There are some vital insights here that are crucial for the times we find ourselves in now.
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!
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!
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss class dates
Here we are looking toward Autumn from the late summer glory of August. July was a challenging month for many, including me, what with Jason’s knee injury, getting settled into our new home, and adjusting to the massive energy uplevel that came with the move. I’m looking forward to August being a time of continued integration of new, higher frequencies, gardening, and breathing life into my infant business (more on that later).
I look forward every month to Kari Samuels’ forecast, in which she blends astrology, numerology, tarot, and spiritual guidance. I am sharing her forecast for August here, and it looks to be a time of intense clearing and seed-planting.
That’s all I’ve got for today. Enjoy the video!
Good morning, everyone!
I wanted to take a moment and let you all know I haven’t forgotten about you; I have just been busy moving into the beautiful new home so many of you helped make a reality for us. I am working on a post about the whole experience, including the emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects, complete with photos.
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the beautiful and knowledgeable Kari Samuels’ July numerological and astrological forecast.