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...
I wasn’t planning to re-open this website. Then, yesterday, I was sharing a meal and a conversation with a dear friend. She’s a fellow blogger, and we were speaking about my website. “I’m not going to open it again,” I told her. “My inner critic has a party telling me that nothing I publish is good enough.” “Why do you write?” she asked, insightfully. “What was the reason you wrote your blog in the first place.” And just like that, I remembered. I reconnected with the mission that had urged me to launch this blog, this business, in the first place. It was clear, and simple.
“To help people,” I said earnestly. “I learned so much that helped me on my healing journey, and I wanted to share that with people.” “That,” she replied, very wisely, “sounds much more important than what your inner critic has to say.” And I knew she was right; and I felt inspired to relaunch, inner critic be damned. (Right now the inner critical voice is whispering, “this is pointless. No one will read this anyway. It’s too long, not riveting enough. I tell the voice to hush, I am writing...)
Just over a year ago, I closed this website to embark upon a journey into the dharma. I began as a working guest, living and volunteering at the Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, MA, close to my hometown. After this beautiful interlude, I travelled to the West coast, and spent seven rigorous, exhausting, amazing months living at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Oregon. This time to practice meditation and mindful living in community has been an incredible gift, opening and touching my heart in ways that I can’t truly convey. All I can tell you is that when I think of the blessing this has been to my path, I’m overwhelmed with tears of something like pure joy and gratitude.
The truth is, I never intended to leave the monastery, at least, not yet. I arrived at the same time as two other amazing women, Chloe and Christy. After seven months of practicing together, the three of us all decided we were ready to make a year-long commitment to live and practice at Great Vow. At the monastery, such commitments are marked by formal ceremonies, performed in front of the whole community. On the very eve when the three of us were to take our ceremony, I received communication from my mother. She had fallen, on the ice. She had broken her hip, and was unable to walk. As she lives alone, please, could one of her daughters come home to care for her?
I have two sisters, one of whom is a long-term resident and magical unicorn fairy princess at the monastery, aspiring to one day ordain as a Zen priest. The other, a powerful, loving healer, lives in Portland, OR, and our loving mother lives in our childhood home, in Massachusetts. The three of us called a meeting, and we decided that I would be the one to return home and care for our mother. As I am the eldest, and had the least commitment to be on the west coast, this did make sense. Still, I had mixed feelings as I watched my two friends take their commitment ceremonies the next day, and then made the long journey back east.
I still thought that I would return to the monastery after mom got back on her feet. There’s an ache in my chest at the fact that I never got to properly say goodbye, say thank you to the community, to the roshis, to the grounds. I will go back, one day soon, but only to visit. Ah, it’s such a marvelous place, full of magical beings of light and love and brave warriors facing incredible personal pain and physical discomfort, chanting the bodhisatta vows day after day, offering reverance in the zendo with the act of silent meditation...
But I have a dream. I don’t want to be separate from the world. I want to be a help to the world! There’s a deep part of my soul that wishes to find meaningful work. I’ve been so focused on myself, on my practice, my healing. Now, I want to offer back. and it feels joyful! so, I’m here again, in Massachusetts...and I am looking for a job where I can be of benefit. The process is bringing up many fears and anxieties about the future...and I’m using my meditation practice to work with the fear, turn towards it, instead of away. Zen practice taught me that I do have the strength to face myself. So I am facing my inner critic, and writing anyway, and putting it out to the world, with the intention and the hope that it will be of benefit. May my words be a blessing to you, and may you be well, and peaceful, and find ease and know deep joy.
So much love,
As 2012 began, I had just finished a 3 month meditation retreat at IMS in Barre. For those months I practiced silent meditation, trying to gain insight into the nature of the mind. The experience shifted a lot of things for me...and I realized my number one priority was healing. I started to study energy healing, beginning with reiki, and it resonated so deeply within me...shortly after that I became called to work with the crystals, and a soul deep healing began for me...a cycle in my life that has lasted these four years.
I began my aligning with wholeness business two years ago this spring...hoping to share the healing I myself was receiving. And, I never feel more alive than when I am working to help a client...it truly lights me up inside. Yet I have decided to give up the online business...it is not the right thing for me anymore. Synchronistically, my website will expire the last day of this month, March 31...and aligning with wholeness will close its online doors for good. I will still offer in-person healing sessions...of course. But April 1, I am going back to IMS...coming full circle. I'll be volunteering there for one month...and I'm humbled and amazed by the way things really have spiraled back...but deeper in this time.
Thank you all so much for being a part of this amazing journey...I hope I have offered some inspiration or light in some small way by being part of this Facebook community...and the Facebook page will be closing in March. Feel free to keep in touch via my personal page...
Namaste, my friends...I bow to you, each and every one, that has liked, read, supported my page or business...<3
So much love to you,
Sometimes poetry can evoke a feeling that is very hard to put into words...I feel this deep longing in my heart, for connection...the connection that is always there, waiting to be sensed. Are we complete, as individuals? Or are we only complete, as parts of the whole?
I do not know. But I think this essential longing is part of what characterizes us all as humans...
and she lived all alone.
Thus begins one of my very favorite books,
The Last Unicorn.
Why do I love this book so much?
Not just the book...the story...as told in the book, and through the classic animated film version. I watched the movie so many times as a child, that as I revisited it last night, each scene, each moment was familiar. Each beloved line rang in my mind before it played on the screen. This story got so deep inside of me that it became a part of me.
As you may know, the author of the book, Peter S. Beagle, is on a national tour, doing screenings of the animated film. We went to see the Leominster showing last night, and it was truly magical. Peter gave a talk at the beginning, and I learned that the Last Unicorn was actually written in my home state, Massachusetts, when he was in his 20's.
How perfect that our own lilac trees are just coming in to bloom today, reminding me of the lilac woods where the unicorn dwells.
We had special guests at the house last night...I was tickled pink to host Peter Beagle and his road crew. They were gracious guests, and I was a little starstruck to have my childhood hero staying in the guestroom I painted. He seemed shockingly normal and down to earth, and highly intelligent and well spoken.
It's amazing how a book can touch a person...make them cry, and laugh, and open their heart a little wider each time they read it...a book to treasure and hold on to in dark moments. The Last Unicorn is such a book...<3
I can't tell you what makes it so special...if you are not familiar with it, then I urge you, to discover the magic for yourself...read the book...watch the movie...and let yourself feel the power of this story.
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