~Allowing Yourself to Bloom~

The world is coming alive all around us. It’s a bit late this year, and we are certainly ready for the beauty that the May flowers have to offer us. Growth is all around us; the grass is greener, the trees have buds, the Forsythias are blooming, and flowers pushing up through the ground to greet us. It’s here. Mother Earth is beginning her bloom.

Last month we cleaned out our Spiritual, Emotional, Mental and Physical closets to make room for new vibrant Energies. We can take lesson from Mother Earth at this time, and think about what we want to nurture and cultivate in our lives. What do we truly want to manifest in our lives at this time? What will you grow? Take some time to think about the kind of world you want to create around you. How will your inner garden grow? What kinds of things will you say, do, and feel to help nurture and develop the world of love and beauty you want to live in? Imagine it. Grow it. Live it. You know you can do it.

One of the most noticeable issues that surfaces in my classes, workshops and seminars is how busy people are, and how challenging it can be to take the time for Spiritual Self-Care.
Many of us know what we need to keep ourselves balanced on all four aspects. However, we get overwhelmed by the demands the outside world has on us, and then we feel we don’t have the time we need to do our Spiritual work. In truth, we do have the time – we just don’t make ourselves a priority. We don’t prioritize our daily Spiritual Self-Care the same way we prioritize grocery shopping, bill paying, (paid) work, cleaning, child care and so forth. We don’t allow ourselves to fully bloom. Why aren’t you taking (at least) ten minutes for your daily meditation? What’s stopping you from going in your backyard for five minutes to ground yourself? Why is it difficult for you to snatch two minutes for yourself and converse with your Spirit Helpers and Angels? Why are you holding yourself back?

I want to tell you – and assure you – that you are worth the time, and that your Spiritual needs are a priority – just as much as the other hundred things you do in a day. You have value. You are deserving. This May, I encourage you to Allow Yourself to Bloom – convince yourself that you can take time for yourself, even if it’s within the cracks and crevices of a busy day. Give yourself permission for self care. Nurture your inner needs, and cultivate your Spiritual garden. YOU are worth it.
Happy Spiritual Gardening!
Namaste! Tracy

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~Spring Cleaning~

It’s finally April – the long winter is over and we are ready for warmer days. The days are already longer, allowing us to spend more time outside taking walks and sky-gazing. We’re starting to think about Barbeques, gardening, vacations and days at the beach. April puts a smile on our face and offers us hope. This is the time of year where we feel the urge to clean – we’re inspired by the rain that washes away the residues of things trapped under the many months
of snow.

You’re probably already getting that ‘spring cleaning’ itch. In your homes – clearing out eaves troughs, raking the lawn, cleaning out closets, renovating, painting rooms and whatnot. We think about renewal – freshening up things that are stale or that have worn down a bit.
While we tend to do this easily for the physical world – our homes, yards, vehicles and whatnot, we don’t always think of this kind of cleansing and renewal on an emotional and spiritual level. This is a perfect time of year to take stock of what is going on inside of us – a life review of sorts. As mentioned, this is a good time of year to clean out our emotional and spiritual closets – purging things, people and situations that do not work to love and support us. This month, I encourage you to do a major clean out. Start with your home – ridding yourself of clothing, household items and knick knacks that you’re not using or that you’ve outgrown.

There are numerous places in the Niagara Region where you can drop these things off – Goodwill, Value Village, Women’s Shelters – whatever organization you may support. We tend to hold onto physical items very tightly. Some offer memories of special times, other physical items may work to prove to us our successes in the material world. In truth, we really don’t need these items. In truth, they are constructed falsehoods that feed the ego and make us feel like we’ve accomplished something in Life. Let them go.

In addition to clearing out material items, I encourage you to cleanse things on the “inside” that aren’t working for you. Consider your relationships with others – who supports you? Who ridicules you? Who are the people that offer you unconditional love, even when you might not do the same for yourself? What situations make you feel loved and supported? What circumstances sit right within you, and which ones don’t? What worldview and perspectives are stagnating you? Which ones are blocking or impeding your flow and life path? Purge whatever and whoever is not resonating with you. Send them or the situation love and light, and move on.

Some of these suggestions might be challenging. But remember, we can’t fill a cup that is already full; pour off some excess and make room for new. Be confident that what is coming to you now is supportive of your path and rooted in love and light. Accept no less. Happy Cleaning!

Spring Forward – With Courage & Intent…

The past year has been all about Angels for me. I was never really one to pay attention to ‘Angels’ until I did some research on what they are all about and where their stories stem from. Much to my surprise, I discovered that Angels can be found cross-culturally and historically. Stories of Angel helpers and protectors are found throughout time and across different cultures – throughout Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, and more. Sometimes they have different names and sometimes they have the same names, but they typically have the same significance, meaning and story.

My Angel Oracle Cards are one of my favourite decks to gain insight into where I’m at, or for messages from the Spirit World. I use them daily to connect to the energetic world and they always offer useful bits of information and help when I need it. As I am also planting the seeds and working on manifesting the world I want around me, two cards from the Angel Oracle Deck keep surfacing for me and I thought I would share them here. They are timely with our theme and with a specific message: Spring Forward – with Courage and Crystal-Clear Intentions.

The first card is from Michael and notes “Crystal Clear Intentions – Be clear about what you desire, and focus upon it with unwavering faith.” Be bold enough to admit what you truly desire, and have faith that it will come to you. Set some time aside and write out exactly what you want and need. Don’t worry how it will come about, the ‘higher powers’ will take care of that.

The second card is from Ariel and notes “Courage – Be courageous and stand up for your beliefs”. This card encourages you to do what you need to do, even if others do not agree or understand your needs. Ariel gives you the strength to stand up for your beliefs and allows you to act as a role model to others who are searching and seeking their own life path and purpose.

This March I encourage you to join me – Spring Forward with Clear Intent and have Courage to take the steps forward to manifest positivity – what you want to nurture and grow in your life.
Namaste! Tracy

I Saw the Sign, and It Opened up My Eyes…

Being busy is a state that people are constantly in; it is how our society is structured. Our minds are full of things; we’re constantly thinking and focused on the hundred or so tasks we need to do and take care of. One of the hardest things to learn is to how to still the mind, and certainly one of the biggest barriers for people when they try and meditate. When we’re in this busy mental state, it’s easy to go on ‘automatic pilot’. We miss what’s really going on around us, and we overlook the signs and synchronicities that are out there, and often right in front of our noses.
Synchronicities and signs, or tid-bits of information are clues from the unseen world around us. Carl Jung discusses it with respect to the collective unconscious, and The Celestine Prophecies also talk about it. Call it what you will, the Divine, the Universe, our Higher Self, Our Spirit Guides etc, often provide us hints to help us solve our problems, or help with what direction to go in when we’re trying to make a decision about something, or even just to offer us strength during difficult and trying times.

When I was thinking about articles to write for this newsletter and the blog, I was toying with some ideas but couldn’t really decide. Then, the Ace of Base song – “The Sign” kept popping up – on two different radio stations at different times of the day, at the thrift shop, and then at the grocery store. I thought to myself, it’s not a new song, why does it keep showing up? And so, I decided to write a piece about synchronicities and signs. It was a good reminder to me how the unseen world speaks to us, but how easy it can be to miss these signs – even when we feel we’re in tune, the exterior world can still fill our minds and clog our cosmic flow.

Does the same number or sequence of numbers keep popping up everywhere you look? Does a particular song keep popping up in various locations? Does a certain animal keep revealing itself in different places? Do some topics keep coming up in conversations with different people at different times? Does a person’s name keep showing up? Have you ever experienced a strange sequence of events that all seem related? Go beyond notions of coincidence or fluke events; pay attention to patterns of tid-bits that keep surfacing for you. What does it mean to you? Why is the pattern significant?

When we take the time to observe the world around us, we can really start to ‘see’ things differently and experience the world around us in a very different way. In hearing this song (and I don’t even like the song really) in all these different venues, I was reminded to stay in tune and listen, to see, to feel and experience what is going on around me. Sometimes when we ask for guidance from our ethereal helpers, help can come to us in various ways, sometimes very overt and ‘in your face’, and yet other times very subtle – like in synchronicities, signs and patterns. To borrow the phrase from the X-Files, ‘the truth is out there’, we just have to notice it is being presented to us and shared with us. And so, a good reminder that we all need to stop, take a deep breath and really look at the world around us, as it interacts with us continuously.
Namaste. Tracy

Living in the Light – Navigating Daily Challenges

Many of us have a good idea about what we want to do with our lives, and how we want to live out each day. We have a sense of what our life path entails and if we’re lucky, we’re already dabbling in it and doing our thing (perhaps on a part-time scale). We also have a sense of where our thoughts and hearts should be as we begin our days. We know that our thoughts manifest the world around us; we start off our day with a positive affirmation, a grounding meditation, we tuck our crystals in our pockets and purses, and we fill our hearts with Love and Light and go off to do our daily things. For the most part, we’re in a good place, we have our tools and we’re ready to manifest what we truly want.

And then, we meet some challenges along the way. We might wake up feeling weird, or have a strange funk hit us in the middle of the day. We might face situations or people that are not energetically in the same place as we are. Sometimes we just feel like we’re having a ‘bad day’. Arguably, there is no such thing, as each experience is meant to teach us something. But – some days it’s just darn difficult to stay positive and stay in the Light.

We might wake up and wonder about the job we’re in – the job that isn’t part of our path and that just doesn’t feel right. We do it begrudgingly. We might ask ourselves – why is it so hard to do what I want to do? Everyone asks this, you’re not alone. It’s likely that the job you’re doing isn’t part of your path and you feel that – like you should be somewhere else doing something else. It’s important to remember that it’s a means to an end – it’s a tool to help you get to where you’re going. It’s paying the bills right now.

Importantly, your job (the one that’s not part of your life path) doesn’t define you. It’s not who you really are. Again, it’s an instrument, a stepping-stone. And, although it’s sometimes unbearable to be there, it’s an opportunity to think about – what can I learn from this? Are there situations or people here that I need to deal with and work through? How can I put my ‘good-mojo’ to work here? Think about the ways that you can incorporate the ‘True-You’ into seemingly unbearable or unpleasant situations. The customer who is yelling at you at the counter, the demanding Boss who’s constantly on your back, the tedious and monotonous tasks that you do daily – In what ways can you integrate the True-You into the ‘blah’ or ‘meh’ aspects of your day? In what ways can you let Love and Light trickle through into the ‘yuck’ aspects of your job and social relationships? There’s a reason why you are where you are right now. Look for ways that you can shine your Light in places you might feel are dark for you right now. Move from passive to active on Your terms. Be grateful for these opportunities, no matter how challenging.

It’s easy to feel weighed down by the exterior world around us, especially if you’re intuitive or empathetic – and despite the energetic boundaries you’ve set up for protection. We’re still human, and the Ego still plays a role in our existence. Sometimes when we take a moment and evaluate our lives and the changes we want to make, we feel a little overwhelmed. The big picture viewpoint is daunting and huge. You might ask yourself – How will I ever get to where I want to be? How can I possibly make all these changes? How will this all play out? Try not to get caught in the trap of the meta-view. Try and take a more micro-view and take it day by day. What can I do today that will help me get closer to my goals? What can I do in this very moment to help me get to where I need and want to be? Part of this is learning to exist in the ‘Now’. We want to be sure to enjoy this very moment, this hour, this day and not be so worried and overwhelmed about the month, the year, the decade. Utilize your spiritual-tools: practice gratitude, use your crystals, say your affirmations, go hug a tree, reach out to a friend, or whatever you use and do to help you stay positive and in the Light. You’re not alone, and in truth, you’re already on your way to where you want to be.

Stay strong.
Namaste.
Tracy

Cleansing – The Art of Bathing & Importance of Water

Bathing is typically something we do to cleanse our bodies, ridding us of external bacteria and dirt that we pick up throughout the day, and the toxins that our bodies naturally release through our skin. Although many of us usually choose to shower due to time constraints (or perhaps not having a bathtub or a proper sized tub), this act of cleansing the body helps also helps us clear our thoughts, emotions and boosts our spirits. We shower to help us wake up in the morning, clearing the cobwebs of our dream state; we shower to wind down at the end of the day before we slumber.

Bathing also has spiritual significance and is a vital daily practice in various religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism. Historically we have numerous accounts of the art and practice of bathing across the globe; Mesoamerica, Rome, China and Japan all incorporated Bathing into their daily practices in both public and private spaces.  What is it about water and the act of bathing that makes us feel so refreshed, cleansed, relaxed and overall just good? Water is one of the most important substances on Earth, and humans are made up of mostly water. We often turn to water for comfort – we visit Beaches, Rivers, Oceans and Lakes and gain comfort from the ebb and flow of natural water formations. Water is said to be loaded with energy and vibration, with the ability to respond to the world around it on an energetic level. Some researchers, such as Masaru Emoto show how water responds to external stimuli with simple words of love, hate, and gratitude. By freezing water he shows how crystallized water retains these sentiments; love produces beautiful geometric patterns, whereas hate produces deformed patterns. In short, we don’t give water enough credit, and we don’t perceive it as a life force in itself. Whatever the form it takes – gas (steam), solid (ice), or liquid (water) – it is vital to our physical and spiritual existence on this planet.

I’m sharing this with you because I have a lot of respect for water and I interact with water every day; I send Reiki & Positive Energy to my bottled water, my tea, my soup – any water that I consume (unfortunately our tap water is pretty stripped of natural stuff and loaded with chemicals). I am pretty thankful for it, as it is what sustains our physical bodies. You don’t have to be a reiki practitioner or certified in energy healing – all you need is thought and intent. Project your positive thoughts – love and gratitude – onto/into the water you are drinking, eating, interacting with. You’d be surprised at how much better that cup of tea will taste.

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One of my favourite things to do is to immerse myself in a hot bath, meditate, reflect, and purge any negative vibes that are clinging to me on my emotional, spiritual, physical and mental levels. It is simple to do, yet very effective. Run your bath water as hot as you can tolerate it, and try to fill your tub so that you can immerse yourself from the neck down. As the water is running, turn your mind to a positive space filled with love and gratitude – and send this or project this into the water. If you’re a reiki person, you can use the Cho Ku Rei or Dai Ko Myo symbol – simply draw it over the water or draw it in the water. I also like to use some helpers, such as bath salts, essential oils and crystals to charge my water. Here are some of my favourites:

Candles: I always have a candle beside the tub, typically a white one.

Epsom Salt: a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate that has numerous health benefits, including stress relief, soothes pain and muscles, eliminates toxins.

Pink Himalayan Salt: contains 84 essential minerals, detoxes the body, relaxes and soothes.

Dead Sea Salt: contains Bromide, Iodine Magnesium, Sodium, Calcium and Potassium; stimulates circulation, effective for arthritis, allergies and skin ailments, regulates cell activity.

Lavender Oil: brings positive energy, numerous therapeutic attributes internally and externally.

Sweetgrass Oil: one of the sacred herbs of Native Americans; used to draw positive energy & purify negative energy.

Quartz Crystal: Power stone, channels energy, amplifies energy, harmonizes & balances.

Citrine: Clears negative energy, protection, stabilizes energy, success stone, hope.

Amethyst: Calming stone, balance, peace, protection, help rid of addictions.

Rose Quartz: Unconditional Love, balance emotions, stress relief, eases anxiety.

*Crystals can be placed in the water or beside you on the tub. Note that some crystals cannot be immersed in water – some will disintegrate in water (such as Selenite), while others are not healthy to absorb through water (but ok to hold in your hand). Be sure to do some research on your crystal if you want to immerse it in water, as some will contain copper, lead, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, barium, mercury, zinc, and other poisonous substances.

As soon as I step into the water, I feel my whole being give a sigh of relief and comfort. Take some time to feel the water on a different level – not just physically. Feel the love, feel the comfort, feel the energy. Take a few moments to turn your mind to a quiet place and meditate – or simply just exist in a space that is just love energy. If any daily thoughts or worries come to mind, feel them slipping away into the water, allowing the water to transmute negativity into positivity. Take as much time as you need in this space. Tune into your senses – the physical ones, and the non-physical ones. If you have trouble focusing, use the candle flame beside you as a focal point. See the flame dance and relax into the water; Smell the essential oils that you’ve used; Run your fingers through the water, draw patterns or doodle; Sense the energy of the water, inhale and taste the feeling of the steam and hot air rising from the water. Stay as long as you can, and when you’re finished, give thanks to the space you created and to the water for the healing. Get out of the tub slowly, you might feel a bit dizzy from the energy and heat – be sure to drink lots of water when you’re done.

If you only have time for a shower, use the Cho Ku Rei or Dai Ko Myo symbol on the walls of the shower stall, including the shower curtain. Or, use the same intent of love, positivity and gratitude to build yourself an energetic fort in the shower. I also send this energy into the pipes in the walls, and the shower head so that the water that flows to me is charged with positivity. Allow yourself to experience the water falling on your body, allow yourself to immerse your being into this energetic healing space you created, allow your troubles or worries to fall into the drain.

Once you’ve finished with your bath, you’ll notice how much ‘lighter’ you feel. You’ve given yourself a physical bath, an energetic cleansing, and purged your aura of stagnant and unwanted energies. Your head will feel clearer, offering a fresh perspective on the world around you. Take the time to use this simple yet effective way of clearing, and appreciate the gift of water. Enjoy.

Namaste.

Tracy

Energetically Preparing for the Holiday Season

December is a time of festivities. It is a month of sentiments – we lament and miss loved ones who have passed, we mediate arguments with negative relatives, we feel joy at seeing loved ones who live far away, and we feel deep love and connection when we share time with those dear to us… December is a month where you’re bound to experience many different kinds of emotions – for better or worse. The holidays can be both a beautiful time of celebration of love and kindness and an ugly expression of harboured resentment and anger. The holidays tend to bring out both the best in people and the worst in people. For those who are sensitive, intuitive or empathic, this can mean an emotional overload, leaving you feeling drained, out-of-sorts and scattered – and not very festive. If you are sensitive, intuitive or empathic, you already know what I’m talking about, so I’d like to offer some suggestions about how to navigate the emotional rollercoaster of the holiday season.

Most importantly, you must first figure out how YOU are really feeling – what emotions you are experiencing? Take a few minutes throughout the day to check-in with yourself: how am I feeling? How does that (situation, person, object etc) make me feel? Am I happy? Sad? Annoyed? If you can, jot down your thoughts about your feelings in a journal. You don’t have to write elaborate prose – sometimes just a couple of words on a scrap piece of paper or a sentence in your notebook will help you identify and engage with your emotions.

Allow yourself to experience your own emotions, and then release them. Don’t punish yourself for your feelings. If you’re missing a loved one who has passed, feel it and release it. If you’re ticked-off at Aunt Sue and Uncle Bob because they’re being difficult and unreasonable about where to have Christmas dinner, feel it and release it. Experience your emotions, understand where they are coming from, and let go of any grip that a negative emotion might have on you. If you’re feeling love and gratitude, feel it and keep it. One of the beautiful things about being human is our capacity to feel and emote. Celebrate it. Choose to Live in Love.

We often don’t take the time to check-in with our emotional state, and we really should. Sometimes we feel numb because we’ve stuffed away our feelings for so long – too busy, don’t want to deal with it, or just plain fear of emotions. For some, years of shunning and finger wagging – “oh, you’re so emotional” or “wow, are you ever sensitive!” has lead to empaths shutting down and cramming away feelings into that closet in our hearts. We’ve learned to project a ‘Poker Face’ when dealing with the outside world. In our society – one that touts logic and rationality as the harbinger of the Digital Age – feeling emotions or being sensitive are perceived as undesirable characteristics and traits. In truth, this is not a balanced existence for humans.

Determining what you’re feeling and why you’re feeling will help you understand yourself in a much deeper way. Doing so will help you know yourself, but it will also help you to identify emotions that are not your own. As a sensitive, intuitive or empath, you are likely picking up, sensing, and experiencing the emotions and feelings of people around you. Understanding your own emotional state will help you untangle your feelings from the feelings of others. You might have already found yourself affected by Cousin Dan’s foul mood at the Christmas dinner table, or Grandma missing Grandpa during the gift exchange, or even the sheer elation when young Peggy open her first gift of Hanukah. You might have found yourself in a strange funk, unable to figure out why you feel so weird when everything is pretty ok. These sensations are not your own, you’re picking up other people’s ‘stuff’.

If we know that we are a walking receptor to the emotions of others, it is much easier to navigate these feelings, and mediate them in a positive and healthy way. You’ve come to realize that your Sister’s rage and negativity at the world has an effect on you when you see her. Not inviting people for the holidays or choosing not to interact with them is not always an option (although many empathic introverts will certainly remove themselves from people and situations to avoid the emotional turbulence). You’ve figured out what emotions are yours, experienced them and released any negativity. So, how do you deal with the energetic junk from other people? You need to set some boundaries. By setting energetic boundaries you are setting the intent to not take on, experience, or internalize the emotional state of others.

There are numerous ways to set up your energetic boundaries – a clear affirmation that establishes a border line or a visual of a barrier or shield around you. One of the most common exercises in setting up energetic boundaries is the Egg or Bubble Visualization, where you envision a protective layer that surrounds you and your aura. Here is one example that works for me. It helps me not only to set up energetic boundaries for unwanted emotions from others, but it helps me repel negativity and unwanted energies that may challenge the Light.

Choose a time when you can meditate and be undisturbed for at least ten minutes. Visualize yourself seated as you are – or perhaps you’re sitting somewhere else like a forest, a field, floating on a lily pad, and so forth. Take a few deep breathes and focus on your heart chakra, and feel love. If you’re having trouble – think about something or someone that you really love – a friend, relative or pet, or something spiritual (Your Higher Self, Jesus, Buddha, God, Yaweh, Wakan Tanka, The Divine etc) – whatever leads you to feeling and experiencing deep love. Experience this for a few minutes. Feel peace and gratitude in this love.

Take a few more deep breathes and feel this love pouring out from your heart to surround your physical body from head to toe; feel the love moving around you, perhaps like swirls or white light, or even red or pink hearts if you need a better visual. If you feel any unwanted thoughts or negative feelings arising, visualize it being absorbed by the love and light around you. Experience how it feels to be engulfed in this feeling of love for a few minutes. Feel comfort in this love.

Take another breath or two and feel how this love protects you, feel the strength of love and the power of love. Then, envision a bubble or an egg-shaped energetic layer that surrounds your physical body and encompassing the love that surrounds you. Experience the comfort and protection that love offers. Your protective layer guards the love you feel inside you and the love that surrounds you. A helpful visual is to symbolically assign a picture or icon that represents that negativity and other unwanted emotions (I often use just the letter ‘X’ or a black dot), then simply visualize this ‘black dot’ bouncing off your protective shield – never penetrating your protective layer of love. Watch how the black dot tries to approach you, and watch how it just bounces off of you. Feel safe in this protective love.

Take another couple deep breathes and now feel how this love emanates from your body. Visualize yourself exuding love, from your body, from the space around you, from your protective layer – send love outwards from you. Be genuine about sharing this love with the world around you; expand that energetic space around you (your aura) by projecting love unconditionally. Feel peace and gratitude in this love.

Once you’ve done this exercise a few times, it is easy to pull up the memory and experience of it to connect to the protective feeling of it right away. You can create a short mantra or affirmation for yourself when you are out and about and unable to sit and meditate, which will help you to re-establish energetic boundaries on the fly. This is one I created for myself, and I use it many, many times throughout the day:

Love & Light Within Me.
Love & Light Surrounds Me.
Love & Light Protects Me.
Love & Light Emanates from Me.

December is a complex and emotional month filled with the love of family and friends, or with loneliness and isolation, or even anger and negativity. It’s easy to get caught up in the capitalistic rat-race of consumption. For those who are sensitive, intuitive or empathic, you can manage the potential emotional overload in a healthy way so that you are not left feeling drained, out-of-sorts and scattered. To recap:

• Take a moment to check in with how you are feeling; make some notes about your emotions.
• Experience and express any emotions that you are sensing within yourself.
• Open the closet door and address feelings that have been stuffed away.
• Understand that the Emotions of others are not your own – don’t internalize them. Don’t judge other’s emotions, simply send love.
• Set up Energetic Boundaries that repel unwanted emotions of others and negativity in general.
• Meditate as often as you can. Use a Mantra or Affirmation to re-establish these energetic boundaries when you feel you are being bombarded.

I hope that all of you experience a holiday season filled with love and light. Be generous with your love, feel its power, gain strength from it. Namaste, my friends.

In love & Light,
Tracy