Advice for Empaths

For those of you who may have missed it, below is my interview with intuitive and spiritual teacher, Teal Swan. Teal is an experienced empath who has a lot of experience teaching other empaths and highly sensitive people how to not only cope with their sensitivities, but to thrive. Invaluable advice:

I’ve also included the latest video from our discussion in the “Empowering Empathic Abilities” online group on the dynamics between dominate projectors and empaths:

And for those of you who’ve been asking, the “Empowering Empathic Abilities” online course is now available. This is a pre-recorded class. Participants will receive a link to a password protected page where all class material, videos, audios, etc., are listed.

Hope you are enjoying the genesis of this holiday season!

Much love!

Amanda

10 Easy Feng Shui Tricks To Raise Your Vibration

More helpful tips and goodness I just had to share from MindBodyGreen:

True happiness happens when your vibration is high. In our chaotic world, it’s easy to pick up unwanted energies that can cause us to operate at a lower frequency, without our even knowing it.

While we are equipped to naturally clear ourselves and our spaces, sometimes we may need a little extra help.

Here are 10 easy tricks for keeping your personal and yinyangenvironmental Chi at optimum levels. You can also incorporate any of these tactics to bust stress and relieve tension in negative situations.

1. Breathe.

Deep breathing is a great Chi enhancer. Simultaneously, your home needs to breathe. Open the windows and doors and let fresh air circulate. If your home or office feels stale, the energy might be stuck inside.

2. Open the blinds.

Sunlight can clear away unwanted or negative energy. Letting light into dim spaces can really charge up a room! And when you need a boost, take a break from the computer and put your face into the sun for a few minutes, even on a cold day.

3. Burn white sage.

Native Americans considered this plant sacred and burn it as a purifier in ceremonies. Light up a bundle and waft it around your aura and your space to reset the vibrations around you.

4. Use essential oils.

Spritzers and diffusers with high quality essential oils can also work to clear away the bad juju. Frankincense, sandalwood, lemon, lemongrass, orange, and geranium are great options that will leave you feeling uplifted.

5. Use sound.

Play positive music. Singing or chanting can help clear energy. You could also ring high-quality bells, clap your hands, or use chimes or crystal singing bowls. After all, sound IS vibration and can fine tune the energies in your home and have it vibrating higher.

6. Set the intention and/or visualize.

Words and thoughts hold energy, so when clearing your space or your aura, ask that any energies that are not of the Divine to be transmuted into love and purified. Visualizing your body and home in pure white light or violet does wonders for the energy field. You can also call on angels to vacuum negative energies.

7. Clean!

Water is an amazing substance that works as a great cleanser all on its own. Therefore, showers work! Even running your hands through the faucet for a few minutes will give you a great recharge. Same with your house clean homes have a higher vibration. Consider adding sea or Epsom salts to your bath, as salt is a great purifier as well.

8. Use Reiki.

Yes, you can perform Reiki your house as well as your body. I like to “paint” the Reiki symbols in the air with my hands in any room where energy seems to get stuck. If you’re unclear as to how to practice Reiki on your own, find a practitioner to guide you.

9. Surround yourself with high-vibration people.

Housewarming parties are for a reason they can raise the energy of your space! Associating with positive people on a daily basis can also help keep your personal Chi at a high level. Pets and children, when healthy and thriving, can help raise energies as well.

10. Spend time in nature.

Did you know that nature actually cleanses us? I like think of nature as the “Great Healer,” so spending time outdoors can actually be good for your health!

Try to make a ritual of any and all of the above as a way to ensure that you and your space stay at high vibrations. In some cases, you may need a professional Feng Shui consultant or spiritual advisor to help your reset the Chi. Either way, these simple practices will go a long way in making sure that positive energy stays flowing in your body as well as your environment.

11 Important Reasons to Love Yourself

One of the latest from Lotus Effect:

Contrary to popular ideas on selfishness, it is impossible to truly self-huglove another person, when we harbor negative thoughts/feelings toward ourselves. In fact, it is ludicrous to think we can take care of the needs of others, while depriving ourselves of the love we need to truly give. If the ultimate truth of the Universe is that we are all one, then it is unreasonable to think we can treat ourselves poorly without affecting those around us.

If the concept of self-love feels foreign to you, commit yourself to this question every time you are faced with a decision:

“What would someone who loves themselves do?”

Self-love is the root for which every good thing grows. The practice of learning to love yourself unconditionally is the most powerful healing energy in this Universe. Self-love sets your soul radically free.  By practicing self-love daily, you create a solid foundation which naturally allows you to embrace any experience that comes your way.

To love yourself means to consider your own needs. It’s healthy for those around you to learn your boundaries. When others realize they can’t have ALL of you, it helps them fosters proper responsibility for themselves.

Self-love is about accepting yourself as you are – both the positive and the negative. It’s about admitting where you’re at and not pretending to be anyone but who you truly are. When your sense of self-love feels depleted, a healthy dose of authenticity might be just what the doctor ordered.

If you’re looking for a good reason to love yourself, here are 11:

Self-love attracts love

Self-love contributes to better overall health

Self-love can deepen your spiritual practice

Self-love helps you see and appreciate the uniqueness of who you truly are

Self-love provides you with 24 hour access to someone (yourself) who has your best interest at heart

Self-love gives you the tools to make better life decisions

Self-love inspires more authentic love and compassion for others

Self-love improves your self-image

Self-love helps break debilitating people-pleaser habits

Self-love makes you look and feel younger

Self-love inspires you to give from an overflow, rather than depletion

Ask yourself, “what would someone who loves themselves do?” and watch how your life changes. If everyone truly loved themselves, the world would be a more abundant place.

3 Ways to Rock October’s Mercury Retrograde

(Check-out the latest from Lotus Effect):

Astrologists are calling this October 2014, “Rocky Rocktober” – and for good reason. Mercury went retrograde on the 4th and its cycle falls in the period of a lunar eclipse, a blood moon, and a partial solar eclipse/New Moon on the 23rd. Needless to say, there is a lot of intense astrological energy going on in our skies, and as all things are connected, we get caught up in the heat of it.

What is Mercury Retrograde?

Mercury retrograde is a three-week cycle where the planet A TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO THE PLANETS aka THE PLANETS aka SPACE TRAVELERS EP 2: Venus and Mercury Episode Code 4687Mercury begins its transit in reverse. As the energies of Mercury are associated with the mind and communication, it can be a time where the atmosphere feels heavy and slow, and where communication systems become chaotic. It’s a time when astrologers recommend not to sign contracts or make any big commitments, and where New Agers advise much self-reflection and harmonizing of the body’s energies.

Many people face Mercury retrograde with a heavy sigh and feeling of dread, but the upside of the powerful reverse shift of this planet is it can be an excellent time to go within and really examine where you’re at and how your current choices are serving you. The problem is, most of us resist the energies rather than ride them for their full potential.

Here are 3 ways you can rock this “rocky rocktober” retrograde:

*Listen to your inner voice: In order to really own this mercury MercuryRetrograde5retrograde, it is crucial to stay in touch with how you feel. Keep a notebook by your bed to record how you feel every morning when you wake-up, and each night before you go to bed. Write down both how you feel and what you need. This will help keep your consciousness lucid and active, as mercury retrograde has a tendency to dull the higher senses and cause us to feel out of touch with our inner needs.

*Embrace your negative emotions: One of the reasons so many people struggle with Mercury retrograde periods is because of the negative feelings that can sometimes surface. When we resist what we feel, it becomes stronger. Mercury retrograde is a powerful Universal assistance in bringing unhealed emotions/thoughts/feelings to the surface. When we look at negative feelings as a “bad” thing, we abandon ourselves in how we feel – we put limits on what is acceptable and what is not. If we approach our less-than-positive emotions with a feeling of welcome and embrace, they are less likely to trample us. Embracing our emotions is a way to soften the blow. So give yourself permission to feel whatever you feel. Tell yourself it is okay.

*Connect with nature: Being in nature is one of the fastest ways to raise your vibration, as trees, rocks, plants, and water have a calming/soothing effect on the electromagnetic field of the body and can help us feel more in-touch with our physical existence. So often during Mercury retrograde periods, it is easy to get stuck in the eddies of all our frustrations and negative feelings. This causes us to disassociate from the moment and from our bodies. Make it a habit to go outside every day and put your bare feet on the ground or sit next to a tree or near a body of water. Do this for at least 5 minutes a day. Your body/mind/and soul will thank you for it!

Remember, Mercury retrogrades do not have to be a negative experience. Ride the flow of the energies and use it as a time for purging, going within, and connecting to your inner voice.

Don’t worry. You’ve got this!

Written by Amanda Leigh:

The Importance of Daily Emotional Check-ins

One of my latest articles from Lotus Effect:

Feeling out-of-touch with our emotions is an all-to-common ailment among society today. Most of us are too busy fulfilling our obligations, taking care of other people’s needs, and simply surviving, that we forget to stop and listen to our own wants and needs. When we finally do check-in, we realize there is an avalanche of emotions, wounds, resentments, energetic cords attaching us to others, and trauma that has too often been left to fester and infect.

We would never ignore a broken leg or physical wound in the body, but most of us allow our emotional broConcept image of a lost and confused signpost against a blue cloudy sky.kenness to go untended for years, and then wonder why we feel crippled. Exploring our own emotional worlds can be scary, yes, but ignoring them can be detrimental. By doing daily emotional check-ins, we can ease our way into the world of our (often confusing) emotions and learn how to become experts in our own self-care.

Daily emotional check-ins should be as natural to us as bushing our teeth.

Here’s how to do to it:

Put a notebook by your bed. Upon waking each morning ask yourself the following questions:

“How do I feel?”

“What do I need?”

Write whatever comes to you. If you can’t access your emotions empathic abilitiesright away, connect to your body first. What sensations do you feel in your body and where? Can you attach any emotion to those sensations? What might those emotions be connected to? Listen, honor, and respect these emotions. Our emotions are our guidance system. They are our compass to help us see WHERE WE ARE so we know how to get to WHERE WE WANT TO BE.

Once you’ve accessed what you feel (and write it down) ask yourself what you need. It is important to trust your first instinct and do your best to honor the answer you receive. If it’s chocolate, indulge. If it’s a walk, enjoy a stroll. If it’s support, call a friend. If it’s relaxation, take a warm bath. Your Higher Self always knows what you need on an emotional/energetic level, and your body is brilliant at communicating its necessities too. You need only ask. And listen. Your true, Higher Guidance won’t tell you to do things to simply numb or suppress your emotions, but it will always lead you in the direction of healthy relief.

The purpose of writing down your responses is so you can notice any patterns that may emerge. At the end of every week, look through your notebook and notice any consistent themes. Do this also at the end of every month, and even year. Not only will this give you intimate knowledge of your own emotional habits, you’ll also see patterns in specific seasons and times of year and learn to be preemptive for times you can predict you may be energetically or emotionally more vulnerable.

Doing daily emotional maintenance will cause you to be an expert in your own self-care and give you the tools you need to truly thrive.

Scientists have now successfully demonstrated Technological Telepathy!

Check-out the latest from Jordan Pearce of Spirit Science!

Telepathy between all of us has always been an exciting conversation to me. Ever since episode 1 of Spirit Science where we discussed how thoughts act as waves between individuals, rather than isolated things that occur separate from each other in our brains.

Today that conversation gets expanded to the other side of the equation. While I believe and know for certain that we all have the ability to tap into that naturally, I also can see quite clearly that we have the opportunity to speed up that evolution in a holistic way using modern technology.

I know, I know, there is also a great risk in this idea, for the consequences of doing it wrong could result in a broken paradigm of control and fear on the human race. I understand the fear that comes along with this idea of corporations tapping into our brains and making us want or think certain ways… It’s a scary thought, and we are going to have to experience a global change in order to truly feel safe using technology to advance our mental abilities in a safe way for everyone.telepathy1

I know for a fact that it IS truly possible to create this in a holistic way, but it has to be done with the right intention, a pure and genuine intention operating from Christ Consciousness. That is the level of awareness where virtue, love, honesty and truth are the guiding force that compels one’s action… It’s clear that there are not a great deal of those who operate from this space on the planet, at least.. not yet ;)

But regardless, I am talking about all of this because a new advancement in research and technology has led to some very early phases of brain-to-brain communication withOUT any invasive cords or wires into a human skull. That’s right, humans have now successfully transmitted data from one brain to another using nothing but external readers.

In this first of its kind study, an international team of researchers communicated 2 words across a 500 mile distance using the internet, from one brain sender to 3 individual receivers of the data.

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“We wanted to find out if one could communicate directly between two people by reading out the brain activity from one person and injecting brain activity into the second person, and do so across great physical distances by leveraging existing communication pathways,” explains coauthor Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, Director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. “One such pathway is, of course, the internet, so our question became, ‘Could we develop an experiment that would bypass the talking or typing part of internet and establish direct brain-to-brain communication between subjects located far away from each other in India and France?’”

It turned out the answer was “yes.”
-ScienceDaily

The data were the words “Ciao” and “Hola”, which were described appearing in the receivers head as if they were wispy flashes of information under their eyelids. I might pose that they saw the information in their 3rd eyes: registering in the pineal gland, but that data isn’t something that has been discussed or released. My speculation only :)

TelepathyThe exciting part about this to me is that they were able to do it with external scanners. They didn’t need to drill holes in the skulls. That’s a pretty big deal. The technology is rather large at this point in time, but I could imagine that in the future this technology could be compacted down to the size of…say, a small crystal.

One day we may all simply have access to all information at all time through a mental internet – which truly is just a mental connection to all of our brains all at once. The collective consciousness of mankind. Imagine that? The next level of the internet, where you are it – you are inside of it and it is made up of you combined with everyone else there is…

And that is a pretty amazing idea, wouldn’t you agree?

To learn more about this study, please check it out on ScienceDaily right here! 

With love,
Jordan Pearce

5 Ways to Align with the Energies of Fall

Check-out my latest article from Lotus Effect:

Fall is a perfect time to align our own energy with the earth’s changing season. Here are 5 ways to energetically harmonize with the essence of autumn:

*Count your blessings: Fall is a time of harvest, and a perfect fall lovetime to count your blessings. Science has proven that the feeling of gratitude produces an incredibly high frequency in our bodies, and when our vibes are high, we attract more goodness into our lives. As the colder months come and the darkness closes in, having gratitude for the abundant harvest is an excellent way to line-up with our highest potential for the fall. Ring in the season with a gratitude journal and make a commitment to write down daily what you are thankful for.

*Balance your chakras in nature: Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year, and with all the lower chakra colors (red, orange, and yellow) in full bloom, it’s a perfect time to balance, clear, and activated your connection to earth and the physical body. Get out in nature and spend time with the vibrancy of the earth’s final blush before her winter slumber. It’s guaranteed to give your body the energy it needs to take on the longer days of darkness.

*Find a balanced routine: As the days get shorter and the access to direct sunlight depletes, it is important to spend our days in balance. Studies have shown that synching our routine with the sun can greatly increase our mental and emotional stability, as well as balance our circadian rhythms. Balancing our routine with the change in weather patterns and sun exposure will do wonders in helping us feel balanced and healthy for the coming of winter.

*Give: Fall is a time of harvest, a time of abundance – a time to reap what we have sown. Energetically, the time is ripe for giving. As we interact with the bright orange colors of fall, the sacral chakra is activated, and with it, our capacity to give and receive. Autumn is the perfect time to practice the art of giving, which gives our sacral chakra the opportunity to release some of its natural receiving energy which is activated in summer. Additionally, giving makes us feel good, which raises our vibration and puts us in a better energetic position to take on the colder months ahead.

*Embrace your shadows: Traditionally, the fall equinox is known as a time of descending into the underworld. Energetically this looks like going deep into our shadows and understanding the thoughts, intentions, and motivations that lurk in our subconscious mind. It’s a time of embracing all that we are and all that we could be. The earth’s energy during the fall season is the perfect time to do shadow integration.

If we use the energy of the season to balance and align our bodies with nature’s changing tides, we are bound to have a more enjoyable transition into the darkness.

Happy fall, everyone!

 

3 Reasons to Abandon Self-Improvement

One of my latest articles for Lotus Effect:

We live in a culture obsessed with self-improvement. Society teaches us from a young age that to be of value in this world we must be “better” than others — we must constantly strive to improve ourselves. America’s self-help culture is an $11 billion dollar industry. We’ve made improvement a commodity and we’re selling it like a constellation prize. The problem with self-improvement is that we’ve created an unattainable perfection and in the midst of our “striving” we are trained to hate ourselves.

Here are 3 reasons to abandon self-improvement:

*It’s elusive: Striving to be better puts happiness somewhere in the future. We believe we will happier when we lose more weight, buy that passion-for-work-pepper-virtual-assistants-300x212house, finish our degree. When we focus all of our attention on a future goal we forget what’s good and beautiful about our lives in the moment. We put our happiness on hold.

*It breeds self-hate: Always believing there is something about us that needs to be fixed and improved upon is classic breeding ground for low self-esteem. Sure there’s nothing wrong with wanting to grow and expand, but as soon as we tell ourselves we need to “improve” we are simultaneously saying we are not good enough as we are.

*It causes unwanted stress: Excessive striving causes huge amounts of stress to the body (emotional, mental, and psychical). Even the word “strive” has a depleting energy to it. The art of living well is not about “striving” but about learning what it means to BE. When we master being present in each moment, peace is ours.

Next time you find yourself stressing about all the self-improvements you “need” to make, take a minute to breathe deeply, look around at your life and appreciate all that you already are, all that you’ve accomplished, and the immense beauty and power of BEING in the NOW.

Now is where life is. Now is where happiness can be welcomed into your life. Now is where your power lies. Don’t wait for a future event when you will be “better” — love, accept, and appreciate yourself NOW.

The Power of Authenticity

This is my latest article for modbod. Thought it relevant:

“Live true. Be you.” It’s the motto here at modbod. But it’s meant to be so much more than an inspirational motivation. We believe being your authentic self is a life-changing prescription.

The power of authenticity cannot be overstated. So many of us Be-Yourself-Oscar-Wildespend far too much energy worrying about what people think, our image, and the expectations of others, that we sacrifice our own internal truths, desires, and callings. We give away our power in hopes that others will give our lives meaning. We sacrifice our emotional and mental health and expect society to tell us our worth at our heart’s expense. It never works.

Our world is starving for authenticity. We expect our president, our spouses, and our church leaders to be honest about who they are and what their agendas entail, yet we refuse to be honest with ourselves. We live by the expectations of our friends, family, and society, while rejecting the silent promptings and unique call of our own hearts. We sacrifice our personal truths for the truths of others and pretend to be happy about it. Meanwhile, everyone wants out, but nobody dares disrupt the “peace.”

The truth is, we’ve been taught from childhood that the most important mechanism for survival in this world is to fit in. Being liked is more valued than being true to ourselves, and therefore we’ve learned to see our true self as something to be suspicious of. We believe expressing our inner truth might ruin our relationships.

We couldn’t have it more backward.

When we ignore and suppress who we truly are, we die inside. It’s a slow and painful death, yet in the time we spend mastering our own denial we fail to foresee the day we wake up and resent everyone and everything around us – including ourselves. This is what causes relationships to suddenly end, families to split apart, and people to walk away from their lives to drink themselves into oblivion.

Those of us who don’t go off the deep-end slowly allow bitterness OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAto overtake our joy, and life becomes a duty — an obligation. It’s no longer about living our passions, dreams, and desires, but simply about surviving and doing what we can to keep up an appearance of perfection. Well lie to everyone around us, including ourselves. We may be living, but we feel as though we might as well be dead.

The only way to break this heart-deadening cycle to turn inward — to our spirits, and listen to the calling of our hearts. The sooner we decide to be true to ourselves, the less painful and shocking it will be for those around us. We don’t have to wait until we become so unsatisfied with life that we walk away from it all. Every day we can listen. Every day we can choose to bring our truth to life’s table. Every day we can do something that brings us joy. Every day we can choose authenticity over facades. When we live true, we give those around us permission to do the same, and everyone is better for it. This is how we change the world.

Don’t succumb to the pressures of your culture, family, or society to “fit in.” Celebrate the uniqueness of you. You are the only one that can express your individual divinity. Do it with pride. It is only through authenticity that you will be set free. Live true. Be you.

What to Expect During An Ayahuasca Ceremony

Those of you who follow my blog know I have an avid interest in the use of certain medicinal plants for expansion purposes. While ayahuasca is certainly not for everyone, I do like to provide information for those who are interested in exploring what plants have to offer us on our soul’s journey.

Mindbodygreen recently published this article on what to expect during an ayahusca ceremony and I wanted to pass it along. Enjoy!

What to Expect During An Ayahuasca Ceremony

It would appear from recent articles in Marie Claire and The New York Times, and a few documentaries I’ve seen, that there has been a rise in the number people attending Ayahuasca ceremonies.

For those of you who have not heard of Ayahuasca, it’s an ancientmedicinal plant with origins in the Amazon, namely Peru. It’s a thick brown tea derived from Caapi, a vine that only grows in the rainforest. The Caapi vine is blended with plant leaves that contain hallucinogenic properties to create Ayahuasca.

An Ayahuasca ceremony involves drinking the hallucinatory plant/vine tea blend under the guidance of a respected Shaman, for a long night spent in deep connection to a higher intelligence and an understanding of one’s true self. Ayahuasca is indigenous to the Amazon and is legal there, where retreats and ceremonies are held and authorized, but not in the U.S., where the scene is still underground and secretive.

If you are considering partaking in such a journey, prepare to encounter the divine, the infinite, the mystery — whatever you choose to call it — that which is beyond the limited perspective of your mind.

You must also be willing to accept that the divine/infinite/mystery cannot be experienced in a way that will make sense to your brain; the infinite is infinite — duh; while your brain is still finite.

Be wary that you might not necessarily like the information that the divine/infinite/mystery chooses to share with you either.

In the documentary Vine of the Soul: Encounters with Ayahuasca, one user reported that the horror she experienced was truly indescribable and that she thought she was going to die.

But another participant in the ceremony said that Ayahuasca opened her heart in a way it had never been opened before.

Ayahuasca is always referred to in the feminine, because users have said that the voice of higher intelligence that they’ll hear while during the ceremony is female. She (meaning the plant) speaks to you directly and tells you what you need to work on in your life.

Returning ceremonial participants should also be aware that each time you experience the divine/infinite/mystery, it will be different — each experience is akin to just a small drop in the ocean.

The experience will be ineffable, beyond language, and you will likely find that trying to put it into words after the ceremony has ended will be daunting if not impossible.

“Ten years of therapy downloaded in a night,” seems to be a fairly universal analogy to convey the possible takeaway from a ceremony. A typical Ayahuasca ceremony is a full night — the trip can last up to five hours. You may wish to take this into consideration before you make plans to attend a barbecue or any other form of social activity, the following day.

The icaros, sung by a Shaman, are an integral part of the ceremony. It is through these songs that your mareación (the visionary effects of Ayahuasca) is enhanced. It is also quite likely that you will likely gain a greater appreciation of the power of music through the icaros.

If you do not adhere to the recommended dieta (diet) before the ceremony, then the plants will assist your body in ridding itself of the chemicals — salt, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, etc., by fleshing out the toxins and impurities that you have crammed into it over the years. This is commonly known as purging, which translates to literally just that. You’ll probably vomit profusely but purge buckets will be provided. But fear not, if your body (including the subtle energy body) is clean, then there will be nothing to purge.

Another possible outcome of an Ayahuasca ceremony is that you will realize that everything perceived through your five senses and assimilated by your mind is contrived or false.

It is possible that plant medicine allows one to open The Doors of Perception, as Aldous Huxley described in his detailed account of taking mescaline. The subjective self is temporarily shed and a merging with the infinite “other,” is realized. After a ceremonial night of purging, you might find that you gain a fresh new outlook on what was once a seemingly mundane reality.

You should also be quite certain that your Shaman is bonafide, as you will be entrusting him or her with your psychological and emotional well-being. Be prepared to experience your mind deconstruct first-hand, and then reconstruct itself back together.

Once your mind is shattered or “broken open” as the psychedelia author Daniel Pinchbeck calls it, you may encounter what feels like schizophrenia, which can be frightening. Therefore it is imperative to do your research on your Shaman and the ceremony itself — whether it’s a retreat center in the middle of the Peruvian jungle or a loft space in Brooklyn — so that you can ensure you are in good hands and feel safe.

It is not a coincidence that seekers interested in yoga and meditation would gravitate towards plant medicine, for yoga and meditation were originally designed to guide practitioners beyond their rational thinking minds and experience the divine/infinite/mystery.

Much like yoga and meditation retreats, the Ayahuasca ceremonial retreat has found a home right here in the wellness world, and even amongst celebrities like Tori Amos, Sting and Paul Simon. Some are even calling it, “the new juice cleanse.”

How to Recognize and Heal Emotional Triggers

Another one of my musings from Lotus Effect:

Each moment gives us an opportunity to experience all of our thoughts, vibrations, and traumas in the physical. How we respond to this hologram says a lot about the balance of our emotional body. Emotions themselves are indicators of our vibrational state and powerful tools to facilitate change and healing in our lives. In fact, one of the most beneficial ways for us to take care of the energy in our body is to recognize and learn from our emotional triggers.

Triggers are not only something survivors of war suffer from. A trigger can be activated any time the emotional body experiences a disharmonic resonance that correlates with a past negative experience. Moments we are caught off guard, irritated, or unexpectedly emotional about a person or situation we’ve encountered are triggers on the surface of a much deeper negative core belief or experience. Most people brush their triggers off as “overreacting” and dismiss how they feel, while others attach a story to their triggers and project those beliefs onto themselves and the people around them.

Here are 4 ways to deal with emotional triggers that help bring balance/alignment to the body:

*Recognize and accept your trigger: Notice the trigger and accept it without attaching any story to it. Accept how you feel, even if mindscape it seems like the emotion is out of context. You don’t have to let the feelings control you, but you can recognize they are there to teach you. Don’t minimize how you feel. Learn from it.

*Put the Pieces of the Puzzle together: While you don’t want to approach your emotions like problems to be fix, it is important to ask them what they represent. Once you’ve identified how you feel, it’s important to ask yourself “When was the first time I ever felt this emotion?” Tracing the emotion to its origins allows us to see the soft spots in our emotional body – our trigger points. Any emotion the brain associates with past trauma (or negative events) will activate the same pathway of the original trauma. When we understand the connection, we can see that how we emotionally handle our current experiences, are reflections of our past emotional experiences.

*Accept and Validate: Once you identify your emotions and trace them back to their origins, allow yourself to accept and validate the original feelings. Tell your emotional body you will no longer discount or abandon yourself in how you feel. Give yourself permission to grieve over the original event or trauma and let yourself know that it matters – you matter. Get angry if you need to. Feel whatever you feel without judgment or action – simply let the energy of each emotion take its course. Send love to all timelines and fractures of the original trauma. Choose to embrace the moment as the new start it is.

*Laugh: We don’t have to always take ourselves so seriously. Laughter is the vibration of JOY – one of the highest vibrations we can hold. Allow yourself to have fun with this hologram and enjoy the experience with a sense of wonder and joy – even the hard stuff. This is not a laughter of invalidation or suppression — it’s simply a nod to the hilarity of this hologram we are co-creating together. When we’re stuck in the eddies of our egos, laughter is an instant cure.

Feeling Crazy? Join the Party! (Lotus Effect)

Because it’s relevant not only to my own life, but so many of the clients I’ve been working with, I thought I’d share another article I wrote for Lotus Effect (just to remind you you’re not alone!).

Feel Crazy? Join the Party!

Feeling more emotional or drained than usual? Don’t fret. The Earth energiesplanetary vibrations have been intense; from solar flares and super moons to mercury retrogrades, the energies of our world are at an all-time high.

Not only are astrological events affecting our emotional worlds, cell phone radiation and technological interference in our earth’s electromagnetic field affect how we think and feel. Not to mention, as the consciousness of the planet continues rise, all unhealed past trauma and negative patterns in our lives are coming to the surface. Past survival mechanisms/coping methods no longer work, and many people feel their emotional lives have become too difficult to manage.

Here is a list of 10 common symptoms people experience with the planet’s current energy flux:

  1. Sudden and unexpected bursts of emotion Earth energies
  2. Constantly feeling on the verge of tears
  3. Past memories/trauma resurfacing
  4. Relationships falling apart or under extreme pressure (more than usual)
  5. Headaches
  6. Unexplained thyroid and adrenal issues that cannot be healed
  7. Restless sleep
  8. Feeling overly tired and fatigued
  9. A sense of time standing still, speeding up, or not existing at all
  10. Feeling detached/disassociated from your body

For those who make the choice to line-up with these energies and allow their consciousness to shift, let go of outdated belief systems, and heal old wounds, the shift has proved to be not only bearable, but beneficial. Choosing the path of expansion is not always pleasant, but it’s necessary for survival.

If you’re having any of the above experiences, it’s important to own up to how you feel. The Universal energies are calling us all out – there is no more room to pretend, bypass, or suppress. It’s time to take care of our individual energy imprint on this planet and do the work to be healthy/balanced people. We are all responsible for what’s happening in our world because everything we think, feel, and do affects everyone.

Here are three important things you can do to start leveling up with the Universe:

  1. Consider how your current habits make you feel. Pay close attention to what you put in and around your body. What kind of music do you listen to? What is the quality of the food you eat? How do you spend your time? Everything you put in your body (and your mind) affects you and everyone around you. It is important to take good care of yourself and get in touch with what you truly need to be healthy.
  2. Do an emotional detox. Commit to healing any and all old energy patterns that continually repeat themselves. Pay attention to how you feel and allow old emotions to surface. Once they emerge, ask yourself what you need to heal and listen to what your intuition tells you. Distracting yourself and stuffing down emotions only gets the energy stuck in your body (which then manifests in physical ailments and disease). Plus, suppressing just doesn’t work anymore. It’s time to face how you feel and deal with it. You’ll feel better when you do.
  3. Do a physical detox. An herbal or juice cleanse works wonders at clearing out old energy stored in our bodies. Even giving your body a break from over stimulating food can be healing. Listen to your body and do whatever feels right to you, but commit to self-care. Your body works hard at keeping you healthy, and with the intense energies on the planet right now, it’s important to give it an extra boost.

Whatever you choose to do with this information, just remember, you’re not alone.

 

 

To Hell With Self-Improvement!

WARNING: Adult language ahead!

I shocked myself this morning. After a walk, some sungazing, yoga in the park, I was feeling pretty good about myself. Being as I started my day off in the “right” way (I was proud), I thought I would attempt to journal.

You see, I’ve been trying to tap into my creativity for awhile (not only with writing, but with my career as well) and I’ve felt blocked. Majorly blocked. This has been going on for years. I always feel as if I’m operating at about 5% of what I’m actually capable of. But for some reason every time I try to force myself to do better, I shut down. I feel even worse. What’s resulted from this inner struggle is a constant and ever-present feeling of failure. I never feel good enough.

As one who prides myself on my ability to face my own shadow (and embrace my negative emotions), I thought I would go into this feeling and see if I could coax my inner self out — to let her know I love her and it’s okay for her to shine — to heal the negative emotional imprint so I can finally do what I’m “meant” to do.

I decided to write my inner self a letter (my “human” self). I wanted to talk to the part of me that wasn’t allowing success. The part holding me back from my full potential.

But she wasn’t having it.

I couldn’t type the first sentence before I realized it ragewas my human-self who wanted a word with me. And she wasn’t happy:

“Why do you insist I prove my worth to you? Fuck you and your self-Improvement! I don’t want to be improved upon. Fuck you for treating me like I’m your problem to fix — a fundamental flaw in your system. You’ve adopted your dad’s way about you – the critical way. Unaccepting. Unattainable perfection. You chose the path of ‘improvement’ because you hate me.

Fuck your belittling ways; you’re trying to coax me out to do your bidding – to make you look good for others – to earn their love and approval. I’m not interested in improvement. I’m interested in doing nothing but existing in peace without your fucking judgments. I don’t want a war. But a war is what you will get if you try to force my hand.

You always want to prove, prove, prove. Fuck you. I don’t have anything to prove. Your validation is just not that important to me.

I want to be loved simply because I exist. I’m not good. I’m not bad. I just am. Fuck your ‘enlightenment’ bullshit. Perfection doesn’t interest me.

I REFUSE to prove myself to you. The sooner you accept that, the sooner we can go in peace. You cannot force me to do what you want by withholding your love from me. Fuck that. I am not your slave. I am not your constellation prize. I am not your whore. Fuck you!”

It poured out of me like a volcano eruption. I couldn’t hold it back. I was literally shaking. I realize I wasn’t only talking to “me” — I was talking to everything (and everyone) in my life that reflected that judgment — including my false perception of God.

Like whoa.

#shadowwork #shitjustgotreal

Book Review: Autobiography of a Yogi

feature photoImagine transcending all physical laws and entering into the ethereal world. In this sphere, you are able to be at two places at one time, see into people’s minds, and even walk through walls. You may levitate, disappear in one area of the world and reappear in another, or create something from nothing. This only happens in fantastical movies right?

Not according to sage Paramhansa Yogananda. In his timeless autobiography of a yogibook, Autobiography of a Yogi, Yogananda invites us into an endearing adventure of his life as a yogi. From infancy into his old age, he blesses us with the gift of a spiritual journey so few ever have dreamed of. Not only does he lend us his life’s perspective, but he graciously takes us to the very heart of the some of India’s most enlightened masters.

The Autobiography of a Yogi is a spiritual masterpiece, teaching enlightenment through Kriya yoga meditation; Yogananda blesses us with a candid glimpse into the culture of India, yet quietly and unobtrusively unites the world’s religions into singleness of heart and mind.

Translated into several languages, and world-wide acclaimed, you do not want to miss out on this exceptional read. This book has the potential to open up your heart and mind to unimaginable realms.

Coming to theaters in August, 2014

Review written by Liz Ann

Empowering Empaths and Magic Workers to thrive!

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