Energy leaks cut off your natural flow and if not kept in check, the feelings of "dis-ease" associated with energy leaks will manifest in disease!
Bringing them into your field of awareness will help you to begin repairing them.
Integrating the Body, Mind, Psyche & Spirit!
If you are having difficulty staying focused on the "here and now", you have energy leaks. If you are constantly experiencing lower level vibrational frequencies, you have energy leaks. If you feel "stuck" without a vision, you have energy leaks.
Energy leaks cut off your natural flow and if not kept in check, the feelings of "dis-ease" associated with energy leaks will manifest in disease!
Bringing them into your field of awareness will help you to begin repairing them.
The colors of a rainbow so pretty in the sky
Thank You For Your Concern
Overnight, my inbox was flooded with emails from concerned clients, friends and family and my phone has been blowing up with text messages all asking the same question, "Are you ok?"
I adore each and every one of you! And I appreciate so much that so many of you have been checking in with me! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that modern technology allows for us to get a daily dose of our interconnectedness on a more "physical" level, if you will. And to answer your questions, I am 100% A-OKAY!
Because I have been a prolific user of Facebook since 2008, intending to step into the world of "relationship marketing" (lol), I can understand the concern when I suddenly and without warning deactivated my Facebook account. I have a few reasons for doing so.
First, I want to say that I really enjoy being connected to so many people from all over the globe--I'm an Aquarius, after all! I have been energized by your stories--the good ones, the bad ones and the disaffected ones. I love getting a daily dose of humor-- George Takei is hilarious! And nowhere have I ever been inundated with so many awesome motivational quotes in my entire life (and that's saying a lot because I am an affirmation junkie!) Humans, by nature, are social creatures, and connecting with other people makes us happy.
So, you may be asking why I am deactivating my Facebook account? Why would I leave social networking behind, if it has the potential to connect and inspire happiness? For as much as I really enjoy using Facebook, I do have a few concerns lately.
As Above, So Below
As an Energist, I believe we are all interconnected on both micro and macro levels. If you look at me, my physicality, you simply see my body. But if you drill down far enough and get to the cellular and sub-cellular level, you will find that every atom within my being is vibrating at a certain frequency. This is what makes up my own "energy field" and the frequency at which I am vibrating can be expressed in a number of ways, but most often through emotion.
And this is true of everything within the Universe. Everything vibrates at its own frequency, and when two "bodies" come into contact with other frequencies, subtle shifts begin to occur within each body's energy field. This is known as "entrainment" but more on that in a later post...
Facebook is a great example of how to describe this energetic web that threads us all together. To me, Facebook (and, indeed, the Internet itself) is a "physical manifestation" of this matrix, allowing us to see more clearly on a surface level how our each interaction impacts our very existence--and vice versa.
I am a staunch believer in GIGO-- "garbage in, garbage out." I have set my own newsfeed to give me information that is uplifting and encouraging. I refuse to accept posts from organizations that spew messages based in fear and I will hide and/or delete anyone who lives in a state of low-level vibrations/uses Facebook as a platform to complain. Reading the replies under status posts is a good exercise in how two opposing frequencies can impact an entire group of people, for instance--and I rarely get involved with Facebook fights.
So, What's the Problem?
The problem is that despite all of my efforts at filtration, I have begun to notice subtle differences in my own energy field whenever I log on to Facebook.
Sure, I signed up because it was the latest fad in marketing and networking, but once I saw how it rewarded me with (what I am beginning to believe is "the illusion") of connectedness, I stuck around and accepted friend requests from a lifetime of colleagues, friends, family and associates.
And while inviting this circle into my life can feel good at times, I can't help but to wonder why my ego needs to "have followers" and collect "likes" on my status posts. Am I using Facebook because I want to feel that (very real) connection to others? And what of my off-line connections? I look around at my family and friends sitting right in front of me and notice that we are all staring into our own individual electronic devices seeking some kind of...connection...?
It makes me wonder if this surface level matrix we know as Facebook is changing the ways in which we connect to each other on this physical plane. Sure, feeling connected is important, but at the expense of real face-to-face connection? I wonder...is Facebook really harming our energetic connections on the molecular level?
Ok, and what is this "Positive Resonance" all about?
Barbara Fredrickson, a leading researcher of positive psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, argues that "love" is NOT that feeling of "a long-lasting, continually present emotion that sustains a marriage; it is not the yearning and passion that characterizes young love; and it is not the blood-tie of kinship."
Instead, she states that "love" is not so much "love" as it is a "feeling of connectedness." It is something that is felt between lovers and/or family members and/or--even between complete strangers. It is the result of a micro-moment of "positive resonance"--i.e. a flood of positive emotions shared with another person. But, because love has a biochemical and physiological component (specifically, there are three players in the biological love system—mirror neurons, oxytocin, and vagal tone), to really feel this positive resonance two people sharing this micro-moment must be connected physically. Face-to-face. Not on Facebook.
When it was pointed out to me (half-jokingly--er, i hope) by a well-intentioned family member that she had to hide me in her news feed because I clog it up, I began to ponder the implications of my actions. If my family members are hiding my status posts, am I really connecting to them? And if my family members are doing this, are other people within my social network doing the same? I have to ask myself...am I defeating my own intent? And, just what is my purpose in all of this?
"How Do You Do?"
This is an awakening of sorts and I feel it is important for me to return to CENTER and seek answers from within. On the surface, I don't know what to make of all this and perhaps I am just over-thinking the entire issue, but to be sure, I must examine it a little more deeply. So, I have decided to go off the grid and deactivate my Facebook account. I may choose at a later time to return, but for now, I am content to explore more deeply the issues of "connectedness" that have surfaced. In the meantime, I'm taking Louis' lead...I will be out making some eye contact, shakin' some hands and askin' others, "How Do You Do?" I invite you to join me!
How about you? Are you feeling it, too? Share your experiences in the comments below. Maybe together we can let this bubble to the surface together! If you desie to contact me, feel free to drop me a line via email email@example.com or, again, leave your comments below!
***And by the way, I find it a tad ironic that at the bottom of this blog post there are *like* and *tweet* buttons. Use them if you wish and help spread the word on why I've gone off the grid!
I LOVE my job! I enjoy the freedoms of owning my own holistic life coaching practice; in balancing my needs between family and business; the flexibility of managing my own schedule; and I am blessed every day with the opportunities to dream and create! Every day, I get to dream and scheme, laugh and share, heal and help others! I just love, love, love working with people, my clients—YOU---who have varied and interesting stories to share!
And sometimes I feel like a child with an exciting secret—I get so giddy! One of the greatest things about my job is that YOU teach me something new every single day! Sometimes I feel like I’M the one who really benefits from our sessions! I wonder if my clients really know how happy they make me, how much THEY teach ME, how much sheer delight I get from our sessions, sharing and healing and opening to each other!
Which is why I am kind of scared and kind of nervous to share the following news…
See, here’s the deal…over the past nine months, I have experienced a few major life events—my father was diagnosed and lost his battle with cancer; my daughter moved out of my house and in with her father; and I turned 40! To help me cope with these transitions, I have been seeing a therapist who has charged me with the task of completing a “life timeline.” It is not an easy exercise to do, as it has brought up all sorts of painful memories---and loads of revelations!
These revelations are causing major energetic shifts for me! I always coach my clients to be gentle on themselves when they undergo such shifts, and I have to treat myself with my own advice. With the amount of shifts I am going through, I need time to fully integrate the changes and space to release all that I no longer wish to carry.
I am not sharing this for sympathy, or any kind of reaction, actually. I am sharing only because it helps to put into context the kinds of things I am meditating on lately…I believe that every experience I have had has prepared me for this crucial moment. I believe I chose to incarnate on this plane, I chose which path my life would take and the experiences I would have. I hold a vision that my experiences are not only for me to learn by, but for others too. I chose to incarnate an Aquarian, the water bearer---sharing information with all of humanity.
Lately I’m being called to focus my energies on writing my book. I actually have three of them started (THREE!) and I feel compelled at this time to finish them. And so, the best thing about my job is that I get to choose how to spend my time and energies. I have given this considerable thought, but realize that life really is too short. My ideas, my story, won't help anyone if they remain in my head! I must be the Water-bearer, and pour out these stories as if they were water for the thirsty! The mantra of late is loud and clear, "WRITE THE BOOK!"
I do intend to honor my commitments of producing Tele Classes—I have quite a few already planned throughout the year—and I will continue working on my side project, Magickal Harvest, but come March 1, 2013, I will not be accepting client appointments until further notice.
You wanna' know what else I really LOVE? I LOVE that I am the master of my own destiny! I am elated that I don’t have to do the “daily grind” of the 9-5 office life, under artificial lights, subject to quarterly reviews. I love that I can wake up one day, listen to my heart and know that I have the support of people who get it!
Because I know that while right now seems scary for me to step into, in the end, it will be so worth it!
GRATITUDE SYNERGISTIC BLEND
Uplifting, smart and rich. Primarily used in aromatherapy to increase joy and sharpen the mind, is powerfully protective, both magically and physically. Energetically speaking, this aroma can help you to make wise decisions, and because it helps to increase abundance, I am using it as my primary scent in this blend.
Frankincense-- 10 drops
Used in ancient temples as an offering to the gods. I chose this aroma because it is a symbol of my faith, and I offer it to you.
Uplifting and bright. This citrusy scent cleanses a space of negativity and is often used to banish depression.
Another scent that was an offering to the gods. This scent harnesses the power of the now in that it aids in calming your fears or doubts about the future.
Sambac blooms in evening, grandiflorum blooms in the morning. Both are considered aphrodisiacs but grandiflorum is smooth, extremely intense floral smell that is both sweet and lingering.
I chose this scent as a reminder of the sweetness of life. Jasmine absolute is used to treat depression, insomnia, nervous tension and infertility. Its aroma is soothing and calming and can bring about a restful state to those who are suffering from emotional trauma. There are different kinds of jasmine, and it can be a bit pricey, so use ylang ylang as a suitable sub.
Basil has a warm slightly spicy slightly sweet, uplifting aroma and I chose it because of its association with prosperity. Also, the leaves of basil look like hearts and this herb has long been used in love magic. Ideal for a gratitude blend!
Black Pepper--2 drops
Pepper is powerfully protective and kicks everything up a notch!
Rose quartz chip, citrine chip-1 small chip each
Rose quartz for unconditional love and citrine to keep energetically “fresh”
Combine all oils in a clean glass bottle as you consider living with an attitude of gratitude and how you have a thankful heart.
This makes a synergistic blend which you can then choose to add vodka (80 proof or higher), distilled water or a carrier oil depending on your desire to create either a spray or oil. I recommend you let this synergy blend sit for a few hours before adding to anything else, as the scents will meld together and grow more powerful.
Thank you for being you! Namaste!
October 29, 2012 is the night of the Blood Moon. This moon gets its name in part because of its association with menstrual cycles and the shedding of blood from a woman's uterus. Of course, the full moon completes a cycle, delivering on intentions that were made earlier at the onset of its waxing phase. But tonight's full moon, the Blood Moon, is all about shedding what no longer serves us.
Step outside and you can feel the change in the air--the cool, crisp autumn atmosphere in which the leaves give us a brilliant show before falling from the trees. The moon, the weather, the turning of the Wheel of the Year...these energies are perfect for focusing on the transitions that may be occurring in your own life.
You may have heard the old saying cliche that the only constant is change. If we don’t embrace changes, we get left behind. When our way of life changes and we are unwilling to adapt to the new ways, even though the new ways are better for us, we become frustrated and angry. Some people refuse to change their ways because they believe, whether subconsciously or not, that there are benefits to remaining where they are. For instance, smoking is a bad habit because it causes illness and disease, inhibits the natural functions of life force energy and not to mention the fact it is a smelly and disgusting thing for others to have to put up with. But for one who is addicted to nicotine, who is set in their ways and who believes they can not change there are loads of benefits in choosing to continue smoking.
Taking the time to acclimate to changes can be hard on anyone. Letting go of the old rules and adjusting to the new paradigms requires effort. If you are going through transformation, you have to be flexible and willing to change. You can’t keep doing things the same way and expect different results. Simply allow yourself to trust in the process of transition. Merge into the changes gracefully and expect a few slow starts along the way. Most importantly, though, open to the possibilities and promise of what the outcome may be.
Here is a heart-to-heart video on my Blood Moon musings and how you can use the transitional energies of this time of year to assist you in your own changes.
What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Failure, in our culture, is the ultimate curse word! To fail is to not meet up to expectations (either your own or others'). It places you lower on the rungs of the ladder to success, ostracizes you as "incapable." We think of failure as a bad thing. We think of it as the most devastating thing that we could ever endure. We think of it as an END to a dream.
…yadda, yadda, yadda…
Well, F@*$ this! I think we have the wrong mindset about “failure.” What if, instead of thinking this way, we thought of failure as an inevitable part of the process to achieving that dream? Instead of it being a matter of devastation, it was simply a wrong turn on this journey?
A few years ago I started an online business, selling vintage collectibles and antiques. I have long been a collector of unusual things that “spoke” to me. Literally, I can feel the stories of old objects and if something felt right, and I liked its story, I would keep it. One day I decided to clear the clutter from my space. Knowing that everything is energy, I felt like transferring my stuff for a different kind of energy—money.
Now, as far as the ins and outs of running an online business-- I had no clue! But I didn’t think it could be that hard. I created my website, I listed a few things at really low prices—once they flew off my shelves, I realized that just maybe the prices were a bit too low. I bumped up the prices a bit and found they were still flying off the shelves. I began to more thoroughly research what I had and found that things I had been selling could have sold for three times that amount.
Failure? Perhaps some would see it this way. In fact, every time I recount this story, someone inevitably proclaims, “FAIL!” But I prefer to view it differently. This “failure” was really the cost of my education. I have since learned that it pays to perform due diligence and thoroughly research before listing.
In retrospect, once I decided to take action, there was no such thing as failure--only experiences, consequences and results. This is the Principle of Cause and Effect at play. Every action has a reaction. Failure is just one effect.
My point is this: if you are unsure of HOW to get there, don’t sweat it! Once you decide to take action, you have to trust that the Universe conspires to give you what you need at the moment you need it! Trusting that everything happens for a reason develops an inner spirit of un-stop-ability! Trusting in this process allows you to approach everything with a solution-oriented mindset.
Most importantly, learn from it! Don’t let it eat you! Regroup, figure out a plan B and move on! Many people take this initial unmet expectation as a cue to give up and never learn from it. This is where YOU can rise above and shine!
So what if it didn’t go as you expected it to!? So what if you did not meet your deadline, or make the money you wanted? So what, so what, so what?? Ask yourself instead, “What have I learned?” “What can I do differently?” “What is the benefit here?” And most importantly, “What has this taught me about myself?” If you view failure as a learning experience, you soon see that every failure is really a new possibility!
Have a plan, take action, be flexible and learn from it! You can label it whatever you want, but in my experience, failure is just another word for possibility. By choosing to look at it this way, I have grown tremendously! I have also learned that building possibility into my plan of action for achieving my BIG DREAM-- gets me there!
We are energetic beings and as such, we respond to the various vibrations resonating within the Universe, including light, sound and other harmonics. “Harmonics 1. Of or relating to harmonics. 2. Integrated in nature.” (Freedictionary.com)
And of course, harmony means, “a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts; congruity.” In music, the parts might be of a set of strings on a guitar, striking a harmonious chord. Thus, if we are to live in harmony with ourselves, we must arrange all the parts of our being so that they are congruent. I like the metaphor of living in harmony because it incorporates the concept of vibration.
In my work as a Life and Laughter Coach, I focus a lot on chakra work. Chakras are that part of the energetic body that overlaps into all other parts of your being, including your emotional, physical and spiritual states. It is my belief that keeping the chakras balanced is the best way to bring about harmonic resonance in all parts of your life.
So…what exactly is a chakra?
The word Chakra is Sanskrit for “wheel.” Chakras are round, spinning energy centers located throughout the body, with the seven primary chakras running from the base of your spine to the crown of your head. As your chakras spin, they create a vortex which either attracts or radiates energy on a vibratory level. They can draw on any kind of energy you come into contact with, from microwaves to emotions and thoughts. This is because our chakras connect our physical bodies to the energetic forces of the Universe.
There are hundreds of chakras located throughout the body, and my main focus on the seven primary energy centers that run from the base of the spine up through the crown of your head. Each of these primary chakras governs the organs found within that part of the body in which the particular chakra is located. When your chakras are functioning properly, you are happier, healthier and more in tune with yourself. But, if any of your chakras are out of balance, it impacts the organs and glands that are connected to it, and can also affect the neighboring chakras forcing them out of alignment. A chakra can become imbalanced when it is over-active, under-active or blocked. So, learning about your chakras and how you can energize and balance them is key to living in (literal) harmony.
Here is a list of the seven main chakras and where they are. We will go into further detail later, but for now, just know that:
Chakra #1 - The Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine. This chakra governs issues of security in life.
Chakra #2 - The Sacral Chakra is located about two inches below your belly button. This chakra is the seat of creativity, including your ability to create (as in sexuality) as well as your imaginative creative powers.
Chakra #3 - The Solar Plexus Chakra is located at the top of your stomach. This chakra is where your personal power resides, as in will-power. It also governs metabolism and action.
Chakra #4 - The Heart Chakra is found in the center of your chest. The heart chakra is all about love--unconditional, compassionate, free flowing love!
Chakra #5 - The Throat Chakra is located in your throat area. The throat chakra governs your ability to speak your truth.
Chakra #6 - The Third Eye Chakra is in the center of your forehead. This chakra regulates your psychic abilities and intuition--traits everyone has but for various reasons, not all develop.
Chakra #7 - The Crown Chakra is located at the top of your head and above. This chakra is all about spiritual awareness, knowledge and understanding.
As each chakra is associated with the organs and glands of that particular area of the physical body in which it is located, each chakra is also associated with certain core traits that are the basis of our being, much like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Upon closer examination of the chakra associations, we begin to see where patterns of disharmony exist in our lives and then we can begin to identify those particular chakras that need work. Whatever their relation to this structure, the chakras are entirely non-physical. We use the mind to access, explore and balance our chakras. What we tend to misunderstand about the human mind is that it does not exist solely within the brain. The brain, after all, is connected to the nervous system which runs throughout the body. Thus, emotions may get locked in certain areas of the body. I've both experienced and witnessed the release of powerful emotions while doing yoga, laughter yoga, pranayama and bodywork.
If you are ready to unlock your held emotions, I can help support your release. I am available in person and via Skype. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So here it is, me planning workshops on de-cluttering and space clearing for energetic healing, and just the other night, I was made painfully aware of my emotional attachment to an object, my piano. This piano sits in my open living room, host to the family and ancestor photos, and has, of late become the entry way catch all. The lid is closed, covering the well-loved ivory keys, and it makes a perfect tray for all those things we carry in from our outings, i.e. sunglass, car keys, purses.
Barry and I were discussing the upcoming cleansing and decluttering we want to perform on our house, to open up our space for new and clear energy to enter into our lives and help us with our manifestation goals for the coming year. Then he mentioned that he wanted to get rid of the piano. "First," he said, "no one ever plays it anymore, and it just seems to be a magnet for all kinds of clutter. Being that it sits in the open floor plan, it contributes to a messy looking front room."
I started to tear up. I felt a lump swell in my throat and tears began streaming down my cheeks. I didn’t understand why I became so emotional about this, because the truth is that he was right. The piano no longer serves its function, and we really needed to have this discussion. But I couldn’t talk. All I could think about was the day I found the piano and how proud I was to be able to bring it home.
The piano was, for me, a sign of my independence. My first marriage ended in a divorce, and I went through a really tough time wondering if I would ever see my way through to financial comfort again. It took me over two years to feel like I was back on top and was ready to buy a house. My own house. But I had no furniture and the house was a one hundred year old home that just called for furniture to match its character. The first antiques dealer I stopped at had this beautiful piano sitting in the back corner. I played my own version of Chopsticks and was immediately hooked. I bought it and soon, my kids were plinking and plunking on the keys, filling our new home with the charming (and off-key) sounds of childhood piano lessons. It was something the entire family enjoyed, and that made my purchase even more special to me. Not only did the piano represent my independence as a single mom, but I was so proud and happy to be able to provide my children with this “frivolous” opportunity for enrichment.
That was nearly ten years ago and I never shared this story with Barry. It never seemed like I needed to. When I moved in with him, I came with my furniture, including the piano--and there was a perfect wall to place it against and that was that. Unfortunately, since I moved in here, the piano is very rarely played. My oldest two daughters have moved out of the house (they are 22 and 20), and no longer play the piano anyway. The other kids are interested in other instruments. Come to think of it, the piano has not been tuned since I moved in.
But I never once considered getting rid of the piano. It never crossed my mind.
When faced with this reality, it became clear to me that I had been hanging on to this piece of furniture for impractical reasons. I moved it across the country, and then again in three different houses over the last ten years. But I am just now re-examining my feelings associated with it. Yes, I am way too emotionally attached to this piece. I sure was not expecting the emotional response I experienced. As I map out my plan for de-cluttering the house, I need to reconsider how the piano contributes to the perpetual "virtual" mess we wish to do away with.
But for now, during the holidays, I will open the lid on the keys, and hopefully someone will be inspired to tickle the keys and fill the house with the sounds of holiday cheer.