Sometimes you have to deviate from your path so you can get clarity about what is not working in your life.
Do you care what other people think about you? Fear of how others perceive you will put restrictions on how you experience life and will stop you from waking up to your highest good.
By not being true to yourself, you will invite feelings of dissatisfaction, self-criticism, alienation and anxiety due to not being in control.
The need to control is an illusion and is deeply rooted in fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of abandonment, fear of failure, fear of being judged, the list goes on and on.
The ego is always seeking security and approval and gets in the way of us seeing deeper truths.
The first step to wake up to your truth is to accept who you are and love all the parts that make up you.
Begin to see yourself and everyone else though the eyes of unconditional love. Imagine the freedom and freewill you will experience as a result of seeing everyone at this vibration!
Let go of the need to base your identity on material success and the roles you play in life. The more spirit-centered you are, the more you can go beyond the physical realm and recognize your connection to all things.
Don't judge others. Judgment creates artificial boundaries separating you from the shared spiritual life force energy. From this space we are all connected and we are all one.
Try to get out of your head so you can stop overthinking. A lot of what we think about ourselves is only true because that's what we believe. Begin to change the channel on how you think about yourself and start to tell yourself a new story.
The only way to begin to interact differently is by doing! Start small and build on that. With each new experience you will get more aligned to the magnificence that is you!
I have many people who come to me and say they have trouble finding a deep, meaningful relationship.
When I look at the energy, I often find that they've put up barriers and there is fear around being vulnerable.
It's natural to want to protect yourself from being hurt, rejected or getting involved with the wrong person. Because of this, you tend to keep feelings at a surface level and keep your true self protected behind defensive mechanisms and personal narratives.
To reveal your true self to someone is an act of deep, spiritual love and trust. It's the act of loving deeply!
While loving deeply can lead to grief and despair – particularly around loss, it makes you more empathetic, compassionate and above all – human.
Loving someone deeply means that you recognize that you are the same at the core. Only surface things are different. You share a common bond and celebrate your differences.
Loving deeply is a way of being in the world and as long as you are aligned and connected with your higher self, you will attract someone on a complementary path.
One of the first energy techniques I ever learnt was how to create a grounding cord. What the heck is a grounding cord, I hear you ask? A grounding cord is an energy connection that goes from your body down into the Earth. This cord acts like an anchor that keeps your body safe and helps you release unwanted energy from your space.
Not only are we picking up energy from external sources, but we are generating our own energy through emotional thoughts, fears, beliefs and past experiences.
When you have too much energy running through your body, it's easy to become stressed out and anxious. Grounding helps your body begin to relax and keeps you in the present moment so that you can respond to situations rather than react.
You can ground yourself anywhere and anytime!
How to Ground
Sit in a comfortable chair with your feet on ground.
Close your eyes and start to focus inwards.
Take a couple of nice deep breaths. Every day is different, some days it's really easy to connect to your breath and feel it move down into your belly, other days, depending on what is going on for you it may be more of a process. Just be gentle and take whatever time you need to experience nice long inhalations.
Relax as you breathe, begin to tune into how your body feels.
Shift your attention down to your first chakra. Chakras are energy centers that reside within the body. There are 7 major chakras throughout the body. The one that we will use to ground ourselves is the first chakra, located near the base of the spine.
Be aware of this area and allow a cord of energy to flow downward from your body: Through the chair you are sitting in, through the floor, passing down through the buildingís foundation and into the soil. Allow your grounding cord to flow down past all the rocks and layers until it reaches the center of the planet.
When the cord reaches the Earth's center, see it connected securely to your first chakra. Now go ahead and extend the cord as wide as your hips and see the entire cord at this new width.
Hollow out your grounding cord and start to let go of any person, place, thought or emotion that appears, allow them to simply drain away. Release any distraction, anxiety and tension down your grounding cord. Breathe, relax and begin to let go. Notice how your body responds to your grounding cord.
Once you get the hang of grounding you can get creative. Some cords I like to use are a waterfall, redwood tree, or any tree for the matter as well as a beam of light.
Just see whatever you use begin at your first chakra and drop down to the center of the planet.
More and more tech companies are doing what they can to help employees handle stress and unplug.
There is widespread recognition that meditation and mindfulness enhance performance and teamwork. Even companies outside of the tech world, like Safeway and Clif Bar, have found real tangible benefits to programs like exercise, meditation and yoga.
While a daily meditative practice is beneficial in terms of cognitive performance and reducing stress, it will also help quiet your mind so you can be open to your intuition.
Intuition is insight that comes to you from out of the blue. It’s when you know the answer to something without having to follow all of the logical steps to reach it. You may have also heard it referred to as a “gut feeling”, “sixth sense’, or knowingness.
We sometimes discount our intuitive abilities because it’s hard to trust the source of this information.
Have you ever been in a situation where a question was asked and you immediately received the answer? You might not have given the answer because you couldn’t trust or verify the answer. Later you found out that you were spot on!
Learning how to develop your intuition is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.
Exercises to Tune Into & Trust Your Intuition
- Meditate daily!!
- When you are asked a question, keep track of the first answer that pops into your head. Write down the answer if you are not comfortable verbalizing it. Compare your written answer to the correct answer. See how often you are right!
- When the phone rings, before you look at the caller id or pick up your phone, say the name of who you think is calling out loud (no cheating with ringtones!). See how often you are right!
- Think about someone you know. See them clearly in your mind. Notice how long it takes the person to contact you or for you to run into them.
The more you use your intuition, the more you will notice the benefits! You will get more confident making big decisions and begin to trust yourself even if others can’t quite see the logic.
I don’t know about you, but I have certainly had my fair share of anxiety-provoking situations.
These situations are never easy and they tend to manifest in the lower chakras – the survival and Earth-bound chakras!
Over time, I have developed ways to deal with anxiety thanks to my spiritual practice, mindful breathing and a daily grounding meditation.
Spirituality allows you to attain a more philosophical mindset and you begin to see that everything tends to work out. You come to understand that, while you can’t control forces outside of yourself, you can control how you feel about yourself. This allows you to stay healthy and positive.
You realize that your energy is most effective at manifesting your goals when you are in the present moment.
For me, one way to alleviate anxiety is by focusing on my breathing. It’s not hard.
Breathing & Grounding Exercise
Relax your shoulders and tilt your head back slightly.
Breathe in through your nose – be sure to inhale slowly and send air down to fill up your belly and not just your lungs. Sometimes it helps to put your hands on your belly to feel it expand.
Exhale slowly out through your mouth. Keep your jaw relaxed and extend your breath for as long as you can.
Try making a gentle audible sound when you exhale so that you can focus on and extend the breathing cycle.
Repeat this at least three times or until you start to calm down. This should calm your nervous system and slow your heart rate.
Once your breathing is under control, your next step will be to create a grounding cord to help continue to release anxiety from your physical, emotional and mental being.
Once grounded, you will notice your mind quieting and your body relaxing. This will make space for you to access your spiritual information and break free of the cycle of fear and anxiety!
If you truly want to overcome anxiety, I recommend finding a spiritual practice that will help you change the way you think about yourself and the world around you.
The next time you are confronted with a situation that induces anxiety, rather than convince yourself that the worst is about to happen, apply your enlightened mindset to the situation and notice if you feel stronger and more optimistic. Allow these feelings to inspire you into action!
Everything in the Universe is made up of energy and your business is no different!
Have you ever noticed that when you feel really good about what you are offering and you’re not stressed out, business tends to be good and things flow effortlessly?
This is because your business space is a reflection of your energetic space.
If you create out of fear, you will attract people who are fearful. It’s won’t be fun and it won’t lead to any growth or expansion in your business.
When you energize your business with new interests and ideas, you open the door to new and exciting opportunities.
To manifest your new ideas, you must bring them into present time. You accomplish this through letting go of old pictures and making space for the new ones.
What happens during an intuitive business reading?
The first thing I do is to look at the energy of your business space and give you feedback about the health of your business.
I look at old beliefs, self-doubts, limiting ideas and other ways you might be stunting your growth.
I read your work environment for any problematic energy or situations.
There can be pictures and information around contracts and negotiations, relationships with clients and coworkers and other lingering problems.
The more aligned you are with your business offerings, the more you will stand out from your competitors and the more you will attract new clients and opportunities.
Through my energy work with living beings, I have developed a love of animals that is so strong, that the thought of harming an animal is unimaginable.
This feeling was cemented when I started watching documentaries about the conditions of animals raised for meat and other products like eggs and milk.
If you put aside the brutality of butchering animals for meat, animals in factory farms still live in cramped, filthy conditions. They are fed drugs and genetically altered to produce more things for us to consume.
Even aside from the animal rights issues, there are worker safety issues and environmental impacts to farming animals on a large scale!
I woke up! The first change I made was to stop eating meat and become a vegetarian. Once I started down the path, I realized I couldn't stop there – I became a vegan.
Being vegan means that you don't use any animal products like eggs, dairy or honey. You don't wear clothing that has silk, wool, or leather. When it comes to beauty products, you have to pay extra attention and read the labels. You have to pass on products like goat's milk soap and creams that have lanolin in them, which comes from sheep.
A common criticism of proponents of animal rights is that they are so focused on animals that they are blind to the suffering of people.
I give a lot of thought to every decision I make, so that I can be as humane and caring as possible.
For example, if I know that a product is manufactured in a third world country where wages are low and conditions are inhumane, then I won't buy the product.
I believe we should treat one another with respect and kindness, so I feel responsible for those who are vulnerable and do not have a voice.
By becoming aware of how my actions affect others and the environment, I can make decisions to reduce the negative effects.
Take palm oil for instance: palm oil is found in all kinds of products ranging from snack foods to fuel. The industry is notorious for deforestation, pollution, and the extinction of animals and indigenous cultures.
As a consumer, I choose to avoid palm oil products and I use my resources to find complementary products that are more ethical and sustainable – and are made closer to home!
Living consciously and conscientiously is not an overnight change, and you are not always in a position where you can make the ideal choice. However, by continually reflecting on your choices and making incremental improvements, you can make the lives of other living beings better, support your local community and help protect the planet!
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This past December I was faced with a daunting challenge.
I was volunteering with a local animal rescue group and had met Sophie, a two-year old German Shepherd who was in need of a home.
Sophie was a sweetheart with a very sensitive soul.
Sophie’s spirits were low since she was living in a busy shelter. I wanted to foster or adopt her myself, but I couldn’t because I live with cats.
To further complicate matters, Sophie had recently been attacked by another dog and was wearing a cone to protect the stitches in her front paw.
I came to love this gentle and loyal hound! I knew if someone was patient and willing to put in some work, Sophie would thrive and become an incredible dog and companion.
I was posting Sophie’s information on FB in the hopes of finding her a home and telling her story to anyone that would listen.
Sophie and I met a couple of potential adopters and it did not go well. I found myself in effort trying to explain her quirks and getting them to see what I could see.
Eventually, I began to relax about the process. So what, if it took a little bit longer to find someone who felt exactly the same way about Sophie that I did!
I was taking Sophie out for a walk to meet a potential adopter – Claudia.
We met Claudia at a local park. I let Sophie be Sophie and didn’t try to make her anything other than the loveable, goofy, anxious, hot mess that she was.
Claudia saw all of this and was willing to take a chance on her.
I’m happy to report that Sophie is now “Juno” and happily living with Claudia and has a big dog-sister Hettie.
Like Juno, with the right support, encouragement and attention, a person is able to let their guard down and show their true personality.
While it may seem frightening to be the person who is opening up, other people will react positively to your honesty and vulnerability. You will form closer friendships and relationships and be happier.
Also, if you see a friend struggling, be supportive and encouraging. You will help them unlock their personality and you will have a great new relationship!
Here is Juno loving her new life!
Just as you can get lost in life, the same is true when you die.
Recently, I met with a client who was experiencing a strange presence in her home – an old carriage house which was built in the 1800’s.
During the course of the reading, I was able to tune into her physical environment and discovered that she was living with a ghost!
What are ghosts?
First and foremost, we are all energy. Each time we incarnate on Earth, we take a physical body. When we die, we shed our bodies and our energy moves into the non-physical realm.
There are many non-physical realms. Where you end up, depends on your energetic vibration.
If an individual has strong ties to the physical world, their energy can get stuck and remain bound to the earth.
While a person is stuck on the Earth plane, they are what we think of as a ghost.
Some common ways a person can get stuck:
- If a person experiences a sudden or traumatic death.
- If a person does not want to believe in or accept their own death.
- If there is a need to deliver a message to someone.
- If the person wants to watch over a loved one.
- If there are extreme emotions like revenge, shame or guilt at the time of death.
- If there is a strong desire to satisfy ones material cravings.
- If there is fear about moving on to the next realm.
When I asked the ghost, what he was doing in my client’s house, he looked at me, and asked, what is she doing in MY house?
Clearly, he believed he was still in the physical world!
I gently and lovingly explained that it was 2015, he was deceased and my client now lived here. I asked if he was ready to move on – that his friends and family were waiting for him. He replied “No!” He was ok where he was and not ready to step into the unknown. He had too much baggage.
I did healing work and bathed him in White Light so he could experience a connection to Universal Energy.
At some point, each of us will die. The key to a successful transition is staying grounded, being at peace with your loved ones and staying connected to Universal Energy.
If you are attuned to Universal Energy, it’s easier to remember that there is no separation between the physical world and the non-physical world and that your spirit will carry on.