Friends, lately it seems every time that I turn on my computer, I see the darkness in our world, in our country.
Violence, recriminations, anxiety about the safety of our friends, our cities, ourselves.
The collective air feels heavy, like the sky before it rains.
When I see the darkness, I have to remind myself.
To find the light, to BE the light. That's the medicine we all need.
I look within myself to find it, and I look to my heroes, the people and teachers that inspire me.
One life-long hero has always been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and there was a quote of his that was playing at the edge of my mind.
Thanks to Google, it only took a quick search to find it, although searching Youtube for a video recording of it proved fruitless.
Still, I can imagine him saying it, with his passionate, powerful voice, so full of hope and faith...
I share it now in the hopes it will bring you some light, too, because if you are online, if you are a conscious being in this world, you might need it.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
so much love to you,
PS how are you feeling about the recent events in Charlottesville and elsewhere? Does your heart ache, are you angry, do you want to do something, do you feel hopeless? Let me know in the comments below.
Do you sometimes wish you could get clear, loving guidance from your intuition? Keep reading to learn one brilliant method for doing this!
I have always loved to write, but a few years ago I found myself disconnected from it. It felt like the well had run dry. Then I fell into a class that changed all that.
What was this class, you ask? A very unusual one, called Divine Dialogue Writing, taught by a special lady named Lore Raymond. Lore is a loving soul and truly devoted to helping her students learn to write in new ways.
This class taught us how to free our minds and relax, and allow our natural connection to Spirit to flow. Depending on how much of a believer in incorporeal beings a writer is, they could interpret it as either messages from their inner knowing, or from their angels.
Personally, I don't find a huge difference between the two; both provide loving, encouraging messages to aid in spiritual growth.
Yes, yes, you might be thinking, that's all very well, but what is the secret to tap into my intuition? I'll tell you.
It's a magic phrase.
But first, we need to set the stage. Intention is key here, so it's vital to set a beautiful scene.
Get a lovely new notebook. This is going to be your sacred notebook, so make sure it's pretty, and start keeping it in a special place--on your altar if you have one, or in a lovely piece of cloth somewhere safe and secret.
Find a space where you will be undisturbed for a while. Set the mood; maybe spread out a cloth on your work surface, put out some sacred crystals and items, light a candle, and play some gorgeous soothing music.
Now you are ready to connect! Close your eyes, and say a prayer of intent--whatever feels good to you.
Possible ones include:
This is going to be your sacred notebook, so make sure it's pretty. Isn't mine gorgeous?
Here comes the magic phrase.
Are you ready? You'll want to write this down, because this mojo totally works!
And the best part is how simple it is.
"What do I need to know, for my greatest and highest good today?" That's it! That's really it!
And the short form: WDINTKFMGAHGT?
This phrase will get you super connected. It's like magic! It might not sound too dramatic, but I promise, once you set the stage and pose the question, the words just start to flow.
And you can make it specific, too, just add "about____" and fill in the blank with whatever you want to know about.
Once you have the phrase written down and you've honed in on if you have an exact topic you want to write about, or if you just want to leave it open ended, write.
Let the words flow out of you and onto the paper until it feels complete. Even if it feels like a jerky start, just start writing.
Don't think about it too much--whatever comes out will be exactly what you need to hear.
Don't edit as you go.
If the inner critical voice starts to come up, lovingly but firmly tell it to shove off. This is your sacred time, and you are communing with your intuition and your angels.
You got this!
After you finish, thank your angels, or the universe, or whoever the heck you wanna thank. The point is to feel some gratitude, whatever flavor you like.
Voila! You just tapped into your intution, and likely wrote something really profound, really insightful, and full of power and truth!
I find this technique so incredibly helpful, especially when I'm feeling down or upset, and just can't seem to access my intuition in any of the normal ways.
This technique ALWAYS works for me.
Please give this amazingly simple, super powerful method a try, and let me know in the comments how it works for you!
I bet you will come up with some really deep wisdom. I know I have!
Until next time,
so much love, xoxo,
PS Want to go in-depth with this method? Register here for Lore's upcoming writing retreat in beautiful St. Pete FL: Writing Retreat: ReNew Your Body & Creative Soul, October 29-October 3. Mention that you were referred there from aligning wholeness! xoxo
This card literally fell out of Doreen Virtue's gorgeous Archangel Deck...
What if you could talk to angels? What if they could bring you messages to uplift and inspire you?
Angels or spirit guides or high self or intuition or inner guidance system. If you aren't a little bit woo-woo you won't know what I'm talking about;
but heck, if you aren't a little bit woo-woo, you probably wouldn't even be here...
I work as a channel, which means I have studied and practiced ways to open my intuition, and communicate with what I see as spiritual beings, guides on the path.
You could think of them as parts of the collective consciousness if that makes you feel better. It sounds more science-y and less woo.
Me, I go all-in on the woo.
I have a secret; I can talk to angels. Now it's not a secret anymore.
I have another secret.
You can talk to angels. Yes, you.
Anyone can. Intuition is part of our natural inheritance as spiritual beings. And I can teach you exactly how you might clearly and accurately hear what they want to say TO YOU.
WHY would I want to talk to angels?
Why would you want to know this? Oh, believe me, angels have important messages. They can offer support, encouragement, and guidance to your life.
Most importantly, they are always loving. It's like having a built-in support team; always cheering for you to succeed.
So what is the number one message angels wish us to hear? Keep reading to find out...I'll get to it as soon as I've explained a bit more about the "how" to talk to angels.
From Doreen Virtue's beautiful Archangel guidance card deck
How is connecting with angels done?
There are lots of methods for connecting with angels, including working with angel cards, learning to read signs and omens, and learning channeled speech or writing.
One of my spirit heroes, the lovely and inimitable Doreen Virtue, has a wonderful channel on Youtube where she shares her weekly angel card reading. This lady is THE expert on angels, and you can learn all about them from her books.
Next week I'm going to share a very special technique that can instantly connect you to your spiritual GPS.
But for this week, I'm going to share a message my angels gave to me.
What do angels most want us to know?
This is literally the most repeated phrase I hear my angels tell me when I check in for guidance.
They say it over and over, so I know it must be important.
They say it when I am freaking the hell out over something, and things feel really hectic.
They say it when it's late at night, and dark, and I'm worried there might be an axe-murderer in the closet.
They say it when I'm feeling blue and lonely, and wondering if I will ever meet Mr. Right.
They say it when I'm on the verge of panic because nothing seems to be going right.
You know what they say in all these situations?
"Relax, dear one, all is well."
That's it, just, "relax, dear one, all is well."
Sometimes I want to disagree with them, no, clearly things are not well right now, but there is just something so comforting about the way the message comes.
It calms me down; there is a palpable energy with it, of things-being-ok. I can sense it. Even if on the surface things seem wrong, there is a deeper agency at work here.
All really IS well; as the poet said, "whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should."
The simple fact of connecting with my higher guidance system, my angels, my intuition--the very act of connecting with something larger than myself is in itself an act of reassurance.
When I connect, I am reminded that on some level, all is well, and I can let go of worry and fear.
When I sat down to have a conversation with my angels about fear, they had more pearls of wisdom to share. Here's what they told me.
"Relax dear one, all is well. (See? They ALWAYS drop that truth bomb.)
All is always well. (And they bring it up a notch.)
Even when fear arises. Fear is small.
Love is vast. YOU are vast.
Fear cannot overtake something so vast as you are, just as a single cloud cannot overtake the sky. (Love that--it's so poetic!)
Let go of the fear, of the belief that it can harm you, take you, make you something other than love.
That is never possible.
You are love, you can only be love. Anything else is illusion, deception, hiding from the Self.
"Your essential nature is peace."
The message carries a high vibration of love to uplift.
Yes!!! I don't know about you, but I find something so uplifting in the angel messages, I can literally feel my heart lifting and my vibration raising.
This is powerful stuff! I hope this article brought you some inspiration and uplifted you! Let me know in the comments what you think about angels--do you believe they are real? Have you gotten feelings or signs that they are trying to communicate with you?
Please check back next week to learn a powerful technique where you can connect to angels yourself to channel a loving angel message!
until then, So much love, xoxo
...because the world needs your unique gifts
How many times have we delayed doing something we really wanted to do because "we weren't ready?"
I know I have been guilty of this, many times.
What if Mozart had said, "I can't compose yet, I'm not ready." What if Shakespeare had said it? Or Britany Spears? Or Steve Jobs?
The world would be a very different place.
All of these people had something in common. They started; they created.
I don't know if they questioned themselves along the creative process. Maybe, maybe not. If they did, the answer was always YES.
Yes, I can create this. Yes, this is good enough to share with the world.
Creating something, whether it is art, or writing, or a business idea, takes a certain amount of healthy ego.
We need to have the conviction that what we create is worthy of existing.
Nowadays it seems like most people are always questioning this most basic right; the right to exist, to take up space, to create things and put them out there for the world to share.
No one can decide it for us. WE have to decide, "I am going to have the courage of my convictions. I know that I am worthy, and I will do my best to create worthy offerings to the world."
That's what creation is; it is an offering, your unique gift to the world, that only you could create.
it is an offering, your unique gift to the world, that only you could create.
Your voice is unique, your perspective is unique, and your ideas are unique.
You, my friend, are a one-of-a-kind individual, with gifts that you alone can bring to this world. You carry your own brand of medicine inside you.
Doubt is the enemy of productivity. A little doubt is good; too much doubt will destroy everything.
There's only one remedy to doubt that I know of, and that is faith.
Please, have faith in yourself, that whatever you create is worthy of existing.
Believe that there is someone out there, maybe a lot of someones, who are looking for exactly what you are creating.
None of us are experts. Not even the so-called experts.
We are all of us works in progress; all of us learning as we go.
No one, and I mean no one, knows everything.
Newsflash: everything is always perfect.
So take a leap of faith, and just begin.
Begin whatever it is you have been longing to begin; start writing that book about your life that you've always been waiting to write. Let yourself start painting that masterpiece, and stop thinking it has to be perfect on the first try.
Newsflash: nothing is ever perfect.
Newsflash: everything is always perfect.
I would not be here writing this blog post if I had waited til I was "ready."
I would still be wavering in uncertainty, not knowing if I could truly offer anything of value.
Yet here I am, writing...here you are, reading. I do hope you take some value from this, and hear the lesson I'm trying to impart.
You have something of value to share with the world, but you must believe in yourself first, and then just begin.
Because the world needs your unique gifts. Don't make it wait a minute longer.
Tell me, what project has your soul been crying out to do? Art, music, starting a business, taking an adventure? What exactly are you waiting for? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
So much love, xoxo,
What's a Gem Elixir and how can it help?
A gem elixir is a potent form of vibrational medicine; it is water that has been infused with the healing vibrations of crystals. Crystals carry strong energy, which can be imprinted into other substances. This is similar to the way that a room where you place a vase of flowers will take on the smell of the flowers. Same idea. We are taking the vibrations from a crystal, and adding them to the water.
Now, the water carries the healing energy, and can be used in many ways:
The sky's the limit with gem elixir. Keep reading to learn to make it!
We are taking the vibrations from a crystal, and adding them to the water.
Step One: Choose your Crystals
This step is important, because whatever crystals you put in, bring the energy you are going to get out. There are two approaches, and the first is the simplest and my personal favorite: use your intuition!
I wrote a whole article about it right here, but basically, I believe you subconsciously already know what is best for you, and can choose that, if you trust yourself. So go to a crystal shop and pick out something new--it doesn't have to be expensive--or choose from your existing collection.
But don't neglect to do your homework! Some crystals are toxic, and should never, ever be put in something you intend to drink. I mean, not unless you want to die a horrible death, and I'm going to assume you don't.
Check this resource here for a list of unsafe crystals from Hibiscus Moon. She's the fun and sparkly teacher that I got my crystal healer certification from, and has a lot of really helpful information on her website.
Oh, speaking of homework, this is the other way that you can choose crystals to use. There are many wonderful books that I use for information on crystals, or find great intuitive advice here, or very thorough information here! It's possible to google for a specific need you have, too. For example, if you are looking for a crystal for healing heartbreak, you can google that, and lots of ideas will pop up.
Or reach out to me in the comments here or directly, and I'll be happy to offer my personal opinion on what crystals would be a good fit for your personal needs. I'll discuss some recommendations for specific needs later in this tutorial, too!
Basically, we are baking unicorns.
Step Two: Assemble your Supplies
This is almost like baking a cake. We chose our recipe, now we will assemble our ingredients, and then next we will bake our cake! Except we are baking with magical vibrations, and the ingredients are gorgeous sparkly crystals! Basically, we are baking unicorns.
Here we go! You will need:
bless the heck out of the gem elixir, and call on Spirit to infuse it with divine healing light.
Step Three: Combine Crystals with Water, Add Light and Intention
So now we are ready to put our crystal cake in the oven...hee hee...I mean, add our crystals into our water and infuse them with light. To make sure everything has the highest vibrations possible, we are gonna clean everything first, though...I mean, you already physically cleaned everything, right?
But we also need to energetically clean the supplies, in particular the crystals. There are several ways you can address this, but my personal favorite is smudging. I recommend you smudge the heck out of the crystals, the space you are using, the other supplies, and hey, yourself while you are at it. Why not? I promise you'll feel lighter!
Ok, all clear and clean? Now combine the crystals and the water in your glass jar, and bring them to your chosen space in the light. The most potent times for light infusing are at midday, between 11 am and 3 pm roughly. Or, for moonlight, at the full moon and the three days leading up to it.
You can do this as simply or as ceremoniously as you like. Myself, I like to bless the heck out of the gem elixir, and call on Spirit to infuse it with divine healing light. I am sure the additional prayer energy makes it that much stronger. Do what feels comfortable to you.
Then leave it to infuse for at least several hours, or up to three days. The sun and/or moon are doing the work for you, just like when you leave your cake in the oven to bake. Whoo!
I made these fun labels up with markers and stuck them to the bottle with packing tape.
Step Four: Bottle your Magical Gem Elixir
This is a fun step. I always think of formula 86 from the Witches, really a very disturbing movie from my childhood, although of course that's an evil potion. But, that bottle.
All that's left to do is strain the crystals out of the water, and then pour your freshly made gem elixir into bottles.
Top with vodka in a ratio of one part vodka to two parts water to preserve the elixir. This will keep it fresh for a very long time!
I made these fun labels up with markers and stuck them to the bottle with packing tape.
Recipes for Gem Elixirs
These basic recipes offer a template only; experiment with your own combinations to find the recipe that works best for you.
Gem Elixir for Heart Healing:
rose quartz, morganite, and emerald
Gem Elixir for Grounding
ruby, and smoky quartz
Gem Elixir for Spiritual Connection
clear quartz, amethyst, and apophyllite
Gem Elixir for Protection
black tourmaline, jet, and quartz with chlorite
Happy crystal gem elixir making! Please let us know in the comments below what your experience is with gem elixir! If you are familiar with it, do you have a favorite recipe for gems to combine? If not, did you find this helpful? Looking forward to hearing from you.
So much love,
I was feeling so good last week, like I was on top of the world. I had just interviewed for the job of my dreams, and my optimism was untouchable...or so I thought.
Until I got the email that changed everything. My bubble of optimism popped, just like that, as I skimmed along the body of the email and learned...I didn’t get it. They had offered it to someone else. My stomach sank, along with my mood...to tell the truth, I felt just awful.
Things don’t always go the way we want. As much as we might read about the law of attraction, ultimately, some things seem to be out of our control. Deep breath...
I knew I needed to turn things around, but first, I had to deal with what was real and what was present for me. I came up with these five invaluable steps to coping with disappointing events.
One...Feel it to Heal It.
This has been one of my mantras lately. "Feel it to heal it" is simple and powerful, which according to expert Sonia Choquette in her beautiful book on manifesting, is exactly what affirmations should be, to reach the subconsious mind. I’m probably not the first to think of this affirmation, but it came to me out of thin air one day, and I really like it.
Think about it...how can we possibly hope to heal, if we don’t first stop to get in touch with how we are feeling? Suppressing emotions does no good at all in the long run.
I’m reading a book by David Hawkins, called Letting Go, that my friend Laurie Elle turned me on to, with an urgent, “you need to read this book.” In the book, Dawkins describes his simple process for letting go. It begins with allowing the emotion to come up, and run its course. He compares it to draining water; if we don’t let the water out, it simply stays, and can fester. If we do drain it, it will run itself out and then be gone. It’s a powerful process for dealing with challenging emotions. Why not give it a try?
So I let myself have a good cry, and really feel how badly I had wanted that job, and how crushed I felt at being overlooked. It hurt, more than I like to admit. And what’s more, it brought up lots of past hurt feelings I associated with it...with my fear of failing. Read last week’s post about this fear here.
So what to do with these thoughts?
Two...Let Those Negative Thoughts Go!
Be nice to yourself, dammit! Why is this so hard for us? We’ve just had a major disappointment, things feel really challenging so...let’s beat ourselves up? No! And yet, this often seems to be my first response. “You failed, how could you have been so hopeful, you should have tried harder,” blah blah blah, NOT helpful, inner critic.
So bench that inner critic, and cultivate a kind inner voice. My mom’s favorite bit of advice in these situations is to imagine we are speaking to someone else, a friend or family member, and they have just been really let down about something. What do we say to them? Kind, encouraging things! Let’s talk to ourselves in the same way, and kick those nasty negative thougths to the curb.
Three...Give Yourself Space
Hey...it’s ok to take some time to heal. I know this is the digital age and everything is instant, instant, but...we are organic, we have hearts that are really sensitive, and not getting what we want can be very painful. It’s important to honor your process, and this ties back to step one.
My urge is that I need to be better already...it’s been a few days since I got the news, but the truth is, I’m still adjusting to it. The bright shiny future I had been imagining was suddenly snatched away, and I have to re-adjust.
Buddha says that attachment is the cause of suffering, but until we are fully enlightened beings, guess what? We are gonna get caught in the trap of attachment, and it’s gonna hurt! So give yourself space to process and release.
Ok, not really, but this feels like a great time to be kind to myself; to take that hot bath, write in my journal, and listen to Snatam Kaur (who I saw in concert last night...so healing and heart opening!) Click this link to enjoy her healing sounds. Extra little things like this are very nourishing, and can help to ease the healing process. (hello, chocolate? clearly invented for these moments.)
Five...Remember What You Really Want
Mystic poet Rumi says, “let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”
Deep breath again. So...why did I want that job? It wasn’t the exact job that I needed. My soul is on a mission, and it feels urgent, as many lightworkers report. This beautiful letter for a lightworker from the amazing Rebecca reminded me of this.
I can’t know exactly how my path will look, but I do know I’m being propelled forth by my heart. My very soul is aching to find meaningful work and be of service to humanity. My passion for compassion and awakening is so real to me, so vivid, and I long to share it with the world.
So I’ll reset my compass, and go back to the drawing board again, and keep job hunting, keep trying to manifest the career and life I truly want...because I know that I’m worth it.
So, don’t give up on yourself, but recall what your true desire and purpose is, and keep moving towards it! I have faith that we will get there, and that the journey is the important thing...
I have so much faith in you,
PS Tell me what you think! Have you experienced disappointment lately? If so, how did you deal with it? Do you feel like your soul is on a mission? <3
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