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Making Yourself Ready for Change

Many clients who come to me do so because they are looking to change things in their lives. Common themes seem to be: improving relationships (or finding new ones), changing old emotional patterns, or discovering work that is more in alignment with their passion.

To successfully change your life in a meaningful way, there are certain obstacles that need to be addressed and cleared.

The first thing required is openness. Openness gives you the elasticity to change behavioral and emotional patterns. It gives you a wider lens to look at your situation. Being open to new things usually comes with some initial discomfort and unease, so you need to be willing to tolerate these feelings while it is happening. Remember, you are not going to die and it’s just a moment in time.

We all have personal narratives that we use to define ourselves. I have found that many narratives feel like they are true only because you repeat them so many times! Your spiritual self might be trying to communicate a different story, so be open to rewriting your narrative based on information from your spirit.

Perfect pictures are unreasonable expectations that create all-or-nothing scenarios. Change is a gradual, incremental process, so letting go of perfect pictures allows you ease up on yourself and to make progress at a pace that works for you.

Rationalizations and excuses are defense mechanisms generated by fear, avoidance and the unwillingness to commit to the process. If you find yourself coming up with excuses to avoid doing something that you know would ultimately be good for you, take a moment to go within and tune into the underlying reason or fear that is preventing you from moving forward.

Even though there will be some uncomfortable moments while preparing yourself for change, it just means that you are growing and expanding. Something new and interesting will come into your life as a result of taking these first steps. I promise!!

 

HELLO 2016!

I always love the beginning of the year! For me, it's a wonderful opportunity to hit the reset button and start fresh.

It's a great time to look at the upcoming year and identify all of the positive changes you want to make.

To start, think about all the areas in your life and come up with goals that will help you expand in each area.

I tend to focus on personal growth, career, relationships, spirituality, health and prosperity.

For example, a personal growth goal could be to work on your emotional state and to focus on being more grounded.

A career goal might be to find new ways to put yourself out there by getting a new job, taking a class or by starting that business you always dreamed of.

A relationship goal might be to work on the state of your current relationship so that you can discover new and deeper ways to communicate and be open.

A spiritual goal could be to begin a consistent meditation practice so that you can be more calm and centered.

A prosperity goal might be to make a budget so you can save money.

A health goal might include reducing your stress level by letting go of minor annoyances.

It helps to write your goals down. This way they become concrete and anchored in reality, especially once the initial thrill has worn off and you encounter your first obstacle.

It can be helpful to set a time frame to accomplish your goals and to think about additional resources you might need to help get you there.

As you look at your goals for 2016, part of your journey might be to change certain beliefs about yourself. You might have a belief that you are too busy to meditate every day or to nurture your spiritual well-being.

Get creative, especially when it comes to money. I can't tell you how often I hear “I can't do this because I don't have the money.” It's amazing how opportunities open up once you commit to your endeavor.

Let's be adventurous and fearless this year! Let's put ourselves out there and do what we've been dreaming about!

 

Wake up to Your Truth

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!

Grounding Yourself: How to create a grounding cord

One of the first energy techniques I ever learnt was how to create a grounding cord. 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.

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An Energy Healing for your Business

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.

Living Conscientiously

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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My encounter with a Ghost!

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.

Your Knee Chakras

Recently, I had to deal with a very stressful situation. It was not something I had planned on and it was very emotionally challenging.

The situation involved something that I cared deeply about, yet I was not able to control the outcome. The outcome was dependent on a number of outside forces.

As a result, I began to feel stressed out, frustrated and ungrounded.

I ended up being in an accident where I hurt myself and I am still recovering from the injury.

As an intuitive reader, I am always reading myself. Any time I get an injury I use it as an opportunity to look at and heal old patterns, fears and behaviors in my life.

One of the key places where I hurt myself was my knee. Physical injuries often correspond to blocks in your energy centers.

There are small chakras located around your knees. These minor chakras are particularly sensitive to certain situations and respond poorly to unproductive energy.

BEING INFLEXIBLE

When you are faced with a challenging situation, it’s very easy to get disconnected from your emotional and spiritual energy. Internally, you feel rigid and tense.

It’s very important for your knee chakras that you remain flexible and open to new information and new ways of being during this time. Try breathing and letting go of any pictures, thoughts or beliefs that are counter to this.

FEELING OUT OF CONTROL

Unexpected things happen in life! How you react to these situations will directly impact the health of your knees.

When you feel responsible for something that triggers strong emotions, you tend to force things and try to over control the situation. This often has the opposite effect of what you were hoping for.

Try letting go of your perfect pictures and try to understand that there are some things that we just have no control over.

The best approach is to have a big-picture plan, but at the same time, be willing to revise the plan as things evolve. Due to your newfound flexibility, you can adapt to any new path that presents itself.

SLOW DOWN AND LET GO

When you are in a stressful situation, it can be challenging to slow down and take a step back.

This will keep you focused on numerous small details. As these details accumulate, you will begin to feel overwhelmed.

This short gold light meditation will help release stress and clear your mind in a matter of minutes!

First, see gold light flowing throughout your entire body. It should start at your head and go all the way down and out your feet. With each breath, imagine all your fears, worries and insecurities leaving your body. Then send gold energy into your knees. Let the gold light heal any pictures to do with control, flexibility and micromanagement.

Notice as the knee area begins to soften, relax and radiate new energy.

Pay attention the next time you experience knee pain. By tuning into your emotional and mental state – and by remaining open and in flow – you can heal your knee chakras. How empowering is that?

Helping Opens Your Heart!

Sophie – a two-year old German Sheperd – came into my life when I was volunteering at a local pet adoption fair.

After the adoption fair, Sophie went to a foster home. I thought about her often and wondered how she was doing.

A few weeks later, I was at an event and heard that Sophie was moving to a rescue near me. I offered to come and walk her, spend time with her and be part of the team to help find her a loving home.

I really wanted to help Sophie find that special person to love on her and give her the life that she deserved. I was not able to offer her a home myself so this was the next best thing that I could do.

Then, Sophie got attacked by another dog and needed stitches in her front leg. During her recovery, she kept pulling the stitches out – preventing the leg from healing properly.

I was at a loss as to what to do.

To be honest, the timing wasn’t great: it was Thanksgiving week and I had a million things going on. Her medical situation was adding another layer of stress to the situation, but I loved Sophie as if she were my own dog!

Sometimes when you feel this way, you have to just jump right in!

Although I could not find a foster to take Sophie in, I was told that her vet boards animals! It was perfect! I booked her a suite (ha) so she could get the care and attention she needed to begin her healing journey.

I try and do something that is of service each day. It can be something small, like buying a coffee for the homeless person who sits outside my local Peets, or something big like co-fostering Sophie until she finds her new home.

Whenever I take the time to help someone, I feel a genuine connection and opening of my heart chakra.

Imagine all the love and positive energy on the planet if everyone did one small thing each day to help another living being. Imagine the world we would live in! I invite you to take just a few minutes today and do something for another person (or animal!).

Here is the divine Miss Sophie…

Pet Whispering

Anyone who knows me knows I love animals!

Last weekend in the Bay Area, Pet Food Express was having an all weekend pet adoption fair for local animal rescues and shelters!

Rocket Dog Rescue – one of the rescue groups – sent out a request for volunteers. They needed companions for all the wonderful pooches who were going to be there mingling with their potential new owners.

Say no more – I was in!

When I got to the fair, I was asked if I could look after Sophia – a German Shepard mix.

Sophia was stressed and who wouldn't be – we were at a busy event with lots of other animals! I was told she had been surrendered to Rocket Dog with a litter of pups. Her pups had all found homes, now it was Sophia's turn.

I have learned through my Intuitive reading practice that every living being is connected through energy. Animals are no different. In fact, I have found them to be highly attuned to this vibration.

While I'm not an animal trainer, I have a few techniques that help me connect with and reassure them when I meet them.

Before I interact with animals, I ground myself so that I am calm and centered.

Next, I clear my mind.

Now it's time for an energy check in.

From my mind's eye, I say hello to the animal.

I have found that animals really respond to energy and images, rather than a lot of words.

To put an animal at ease, I send calming energy and a feeling of love. In my experience, most animals don't understand the word love, so I have found that it's best to show them with feeling.

Animals are incredibly intelligent, and highly emotional so when they don't understand what's going on, it's very stressful for them.

At the adoptathon, I sent Sophia a mental image of her with her new family. Images are the best way to communicate with animals and it helps keep them calm and relaxed.

I have found that animals love being talked to and having their feelings validated.

If you are thinking about welcoming a furry family member into your home, please consider adopting from a local rescue or shelter.

If adopting is not in the cards, there are many other ways to become involved in saving a pet's life: volunteering, fostering, rescuing and donating.

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
– Anatole France