A Spiritual approach to De-Clutter your life & why it’s important…

This year, more than ever, I felt surrounded by “stuff”! On all levels, I was cluttered. In my mind, my surroundings and everything felt like it was busting at the seams. I would both physically and energetically clean my space, and yet it would still feel like something was off. Then I realized that I had to start to de-clutter my life. Truth is I was a much different person when I was in my twenties than I was in my mid-thirties. In my twenties, it was “things” that I collected that were fake fulfilling me. When looking back, I was an internal mess in my twenties. At one point I had 100 pairs of shoes. A) I am not proud of that and B) no one needs that many shoes. Reality is most of the shoes hurt my feet and I never wore them or wore them once, but kept them for some kind of sentimental value. We will discuss this shortly. When I turned thirty, I had a shift. It wasn’t because I was in a new decade of my life. Things that once made me happy were suddenly not as fulfilling as they once were. I had a dramatic overhaul of shifts in perspective. Suddenly, material items like brand names, bags, belts, jewelry, shoes etc were not what made me happy anymore. To be honest, those things never did. They only masked the internal clutter I was trying to hide such as my stress, unhappiness, depression, anger, frustration and other emotions I didn’t want to feel and more. Without realizing it, I had formed unhealthy attachments to objects. I bought them to fill a void. It didn’t work.

So, even though it took about 5 years for this shift to fully come into perspective, and probably even longer. I found myself at 35 and wondering what the heck to do with all this stuff? When you go through a major life overhaul it can be overwhelming. So, I suggest you start in steps. If you are like me, make a list of the steps you want to take. You will want to have three lists going for yourself, and sub-lists within each list. The first list is all of the clutter that fills up your mind. All the things you worry about over which you have no control. That one was first on my list and I have been working on that for a good three years and I will probably be a work in progress on that for the rest of my life.  Then you want to write down on that list as well, all the people that hold space in your head that don’t deserve to. I speak from experience! Cut them free from your head or send them a rent bill every month, because it is not worth it. Forgive them, forgive yourself and then let it go, and repeat if and when necessary. Then, write everything else on the list that clutters your head. Like, finances, security etc. Then, go through the list and cross off things over which you have no control. Automatically, those get cut and let go. I never thought a day would come where I would complain and say, I am paying too much for my phone bill or my cable bill. But, the day came. If finances are something that fills your head with clutter, the best thing you can do it actually look at them. See where you stand. See where you can adjust and make changes. What is each worth for you to keep in your life? Call the vendors you work with and see if there is any way they can lower your monthly bill. For me, I looked at my bills, I decided to get rid of cable. Yes, it took some adjustment. But, I was already paying a membership to Amazon Prime and had access to Netflix so spending over $100 just in cable didn’t make sense. Just like 100 pairs of shoes, I didn’t need to be watching that much TV anyway. I wanted quiet in my life and to be able to hear nature. I changed car insurance companies where I actually got more for less money. My point is to look at areas of your life and see where the money is going and adjust where you can and how you can. It doesn’t happen overnight, but the shift happens and then it becomes your comfortable place. Finances are hard for people. They are often the area that keeps people in places they don’t want to be any more for many different reasons. Make financial choices that your future self will thank you for. The next two lists may be harder believe it or not.

Energetically and physically clear your space. Energetically; everything that ever happens in our space leaves a residue of energy that can become imprinted in the space. Illness, doubt, arguments, negative emotions, trauma, grief and even every day energetic junk that you pick up can build up in the rooms of your space. Prosperity, high vibration, and abundance have a difficult time in lower vibration spaces. So, remove the clutter, organize, and make room for new. A rule that I have personally followed is that, if you have not used it in six months, get rid of it. Let’s be honest, we do not always have this “urge to purge”, or clean up. But, when your body tells you it is time, listen to it and just go with it. That is the absolute best time to go through your closet, cabinets, etc. When you get that urge to organize and clean things out, your emotions will less likely to interfere with your decisions of whether or not to keep sweatpants you love but can no longer wear because they are so worn out, or the CD you bought in 1998 that you now have in your digital music collection. Which organizing my digital library is also on my declutter list, as well as organizing my computer files. But like I said, let’s take small steps.  If you are the type of person who doesn’t get that urge that is ok too; try to do a good de-clutter at the change of each season. Take that feeling and drive and make a “physical things” list. This was definitely where I saw the shift happen. Like I said, I had a lot of stuff, and a lot of stuff I simply didn’t use anymore. And, not only did I have stuff in my home, I also had some at my parent’s house too. (I know they will read this and say to themselves and you still do…again I am self-proclaimed work in progress.) Like I said before, the basic rule to de-clutter anything is; if you haven’t used it in six months it is time to let it go. This is where keeping things for sentimental reasons can come into play. You may not even want to do a list for the physical stuff and just start purging. When you have one of those moods where you just want to clean, that is your best time to do it. You will not be influenced by your emotions to keep that t-shirt from that place, a person visited and brought back for you that you never wear. No! It’s time to let that go. Now, when I decided to go through this phase I also took on being better to the environment. So, I didn’t want to throw anything away. Everything I was letting go of either had to be donated, given to a friend who wanted it, or recycled. So, make a pile of what is what. When I questioned an item, I put it in the Goodwill pile. I had a lot of really nice expensive things that I was going to let friends get first dibs on and so those went in a separate pile. The one thing I definitely came to terms with while I was doing this was that I had more than one bad habit in my twenties besides smoking. The first rule to any recovery process is admitting you have a problem. I had a big one on my hands that I didn’t want anymore. Like the shoes, I had to have because they matched my bag. Guess what, I never wore them. I bet if I added up everything I donated it would come to thousands of dollars. Someone said, “why don’t you sell these things”?  Honestly, I was at the point I just wanted to give them a new life. If they were just going to sit in my closet like they had for the last six years, it was time to let it go and cut my losses. It got to the point where a friend asked me in a concerned voice, “why are you getting rid of all your stuff”? Are you planning on moving across the world or going somewhere”? I simply told them, “I just have too much and it is an older version of myself that I no longer am, and I am ready to let that go and free myself from that version of myself.” Now listen closely people. We all have those one pair of pants or that one item that looked amazing 15 to 20lbs ago that we hang on to as a goal. It is time to let those go as well. Now, this is a multilayered physical list that, for some, may require years to fully work through and that is ok. Besides Goodwill, I also like to donate to Dress for Success, and a local organization that helps families get back on their feet after disasters like house fires etc. Maybe you want to donate your items to a church or organization you like to work with. The point is let the items you are no longer using get a fresh start with someone who needs them. It may take you longer to spread the wealth and find new homes. For instance; you have tons of new bottles of hand lotion that you know you are never going to use.  For those who can’t afford such a luxury your donation would be like a lottery win. There are a lot of women’s shelters and shelters in general that will take items off of your hands. Re-gain your energy, space and emotional well-being. You will be amazed at how accomplished, happy, lighter and at ease, you will feel once you declutter your space. Only then will you see how the clutter was impacting you. I always found that when my home felt cluttered my overall life felt cluttered and stagnant. Even after days of work and many bags of things to drop off at donation locations, I still felt like there was a lot left. But again, I am a work in progress. I, at least, got the Chi moving in my space and it was starting to feel good. In the right space, you can accomplish your dreams. Sometimes that space is outside of you, and sometimes it is internally. And, if you’re lucky, you’re outside surroundings start to match your internal cleansing process.

The last list is all the internal things you need to de-clutter which takes the longest and is often the most stubborn and challenging. Looking back I think I have been de-cluttering my soul all my life. At least feels that way. Now, I wouldn’t suggest trying to do everything at once like I did, because it can often times it can feel like a crash diet where you are setting yourself up for failure. There were many times during the soul part of the de-clutter I felt like a failure, that I need to be better, do better, and be the best version of myself I could be. Again, I think this list is one we work all of our lives because on because as humans we are constantly evolving, changing, upgrading ourselves, working through things, dissolving toxic relationships even with ourselves, and working on boundaries. Not to even mention all of the past life stuff we internally hold. If you are empathic, you are also carrying everyone else’s “stuff” you are carrying around with you also.  There is no quick fix when it comes to de-cluttering your soul. But, when you combine these lists that is where you start to see the impact on your soul. During my de-cluttering phase, I took a look at my actions, limitations, how I was treating and caring for my body, soul as well as others, and environment. I stopped using straws and reduced the amount of trash I had, and focus on how I was impacting the environment. I started taking better care of my skin, and feeling my feelings and not filling them with things. I looked at foods that I was putting in my body and how they were processed. I worked on my feelings towards myself and removed fears and triggers. This is also when you have to learn to say “NO”. Not only to other people that are causing these triggers for you but to yourself as well. No, you don’t need that etc. Whenever I “wanted to buy” something, I slept on that decision overnight and 99% of the time I didn’t want it anymore. And, yes that is something I will have to continue to work on every day. But, when you become more fulfilled internally than externally, you don’t need all this “stuff”. I used to look at the world’s problems as something that was too big for me to fix and it was so overwhelming. It is as if Humans are literally hoarding the Earth and there was nothing that I could do to make that better. But, I was wrong. I could stop contributing to the problem. By going through this process, I not only think about what I am buying from a financial standpoint, but I have a different perspective of need and want after purging my life. So, I accumulate less. I also realized that with no cable my life isn’t any less than it was and I am not missing out on that and I find less clutter in my mind. It doesn’t mean that now I am naive to the world. I just view it differently and choose to live a slower pace without the noise whenever I possibly can.

Now, this really only scratches the surface of the infinite possibilities of shifts you can experience when you de-clutter your life. Again, you will want to have patience with yourself. Don’t try and do everything at once as you may find yourself in a mind, body and soul clutter mess. Also, don’t give yourself false expectations that they next day you are suddenly going to feel amazing. Especially on the mental and soul clutter items. Now, to really de-clutter your life could take years. If that is the pace is right for you, that is ok. I still have a ton of de-cluttering left to do myself and I would imagine I will be doing it for a while still, if not my whole life. But, I do know that this process has really, for the first time, allowed me to let go of the past that I really needed to let go! Release, forgive and move forward to my present and the future me that I am building every day. One that feels fulfilled on the inside because of healthy relationships, friendship and love of myself and purpose rather than one who collects “just in case items” for a non-existing use or need.

Finally, once I have physically and energetically cleaned my home, I am started feeling like I could take a deep breath. Remember, you are going to have ups and downs and that is ok. It is not a sprint, it’s a marathon and all you can do is wake up each day and do the best you can that day and that is enough. Nothing more, nothing less than your best. Every day you have the opportunity to be the person you know you can be mistakes and all. It’s a small piece in a big picture, but can have a wonderful impact on your overall life. You don’t need to get rid of everything you own to declutter your life. It is more about the learning process that organizing and process of an item with a purpose offers. You have all you need inside of you to feel fulfilled without trying to clutter your mind, body & soul.  I hope something in this month’s blog helps you on the path to finding it.

Stay Inspired,

Stacey

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The Power of Affirmations

Beautiful Young Woman Doing Yoga Exercise (1)One of the things that I find so beneficial for anyone to do, is daily affirmations. Affirmations should be sent not only to yourself but to your chakras as well. Chakras are seven energetic centers through which your energy flows. When our emotions are out of balance, these chakras can become blocked and can manifest pain, illness, or other discomforts. For our bodies to function optimally, our seven chakras must be in balance. This balance enables energy to flow through our bodies. One out of balance chakra (energy center) can cause the other Charkas to become problematic and not function correctly causing them to work too little or too much.

This is what can cause you to become blocked; over thinking, worry, having addictive behavior, becoming reclusive, or feelings of hopelessness and being highly emotional or repressing emotions.  Setting daily intentions for your chakras helps you maintain balanced emotions in your chakra field providing positive reinforcement and allowing you to set the tone for your day. You will want to think about what is going on in your life and how you can use that support in your energy field. You can also set intentions for other parts of your energy field or physical body such as organs or your immune system. Below is a chart on where you can locate your chakra and what each one represents:

When talking about chakras, you will often find them referred to as numbers one through seven. Here is how the numbers are associated with each individual chakra:

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1st: Root Chakra

2nd: Sacral Chakra

3rd: Solar Plexus

4th: Heart Chakra

5th: Throat Chakra

6th: Third Eye

7th: Crown Chakra

When setting your intentions, you can either work from seven down or one up whichever you feel drawn to do.  When you are ready, focus your attention into the chakra with which you are working and, when you are ready, state your intention.

Although there are many ways that you can work with the chakras, here are some examples I like to use. I use the term I AM, because it is considered one of the most powerful words.

Root Chakra: “In my Root Chakra, I AM grounded to the center of the Universe. I

AM safe and secure.”

Sacral Chakra: “In my Sacral Chakra, I AM filled with passion and creativity.”

Solar Plexus: “In my Solar Plexus Chakra, I AM filled with personal power, self-love and

I AM claiming my worthiness.”

Heart Chakra: “In my Heart Chakra, I AM the embodiment of Love and my heart is open to giving and receiving that love.”

Throat Chakra: “In my Throat Chakra, I AM expressing my authentic self.”

Third Eye: “In my Third Eye, I AM seeing beyond what my eyes can see with clarity.”

Crown Chakra: “In my Crown Chakra, I AM filled with Universal enlightenment and connected with my Divine Support.”

To close, you may want to align yourself completely with the source. If you feel compelled to, you can say: “I AM filled with pure divine love and light for I am one with God and He is one with me.”

Those of you who have frequent digestive issues, immune challenges, glandular issues, etc. may find it helpful to set some personal intentions to help strengthen those areas as well. Take the time to make the right intentions for yourself and what you need at this point in your life. Everyone will be at different points on their paths, but we all continue to grow and develop, and our intentions will as well.  So, you may find that you use the same ones daily or are making adjustments when you feel guided to do so. Part of learning to trust your intuition is listening to it. When your intuition tells you to make adjustments, listen to it so you can continue to support the energy flowing in your chakras. Although this is a good way to bring positive reinforcement to your chakras and the many layers of your energy field, it is recommended for use in conjunction with energy healing of some kind to help you shift and release energy that is no longer serving you such as stuck and stagnate energy. Having that energy work will only strengthen your daily intentions for your charka energy.

You may be going through some kind of Spiritual Awakening. Congratulations, you are in for a very unique journey.  Sometimes you can be living what some people may call a double life. One part of you may be working for that nice secure paycheck. Perhaps you are not challenged and not living your purpose. If you are going through your awakening process, you may have found what you are passionate about and absolutely love it. But, it doesn’t exactly vibe into your “normal” job. So, every day you are consistently lower our own vibration to do things you do not want to do in order to be “normal”. When this process started for me, and I began to awaken, my body did everything it could to keep me from journeying down the spiritual path. It is not because my soul doesn’t want me to be happy. However, most spiritual people have been, at some point in life, been persecuted for being different. Your soul remembers this, and doesn’t want to see you relive the persecution. So, it tries to keep you safe. During my own process, a few of the healers I went to told me that only through healing myself, could I then heal others. At first I was like “what does that even mean”. Why had I chosen to sign up for this! Being that my purpose was to help people in various spiritual forms I couldn’t just let it go and not pay attention to it. So, I started working with a certain daily affirmation that I would say before getting out of bed in the morning. I found that it helped me start the day off on the right foot and affirmed to my soul that it was ok to be a healer in this lifetime. So, if you find that you are going through something similar, you may benefit from this as well. Here is my affirmation for embracing your inner healer:

“I embrace the healer within me, past, present and future, so that my soul may know a lifetime where I won’t be judged or persecuted for my abilities.”

After saying this for about three weeks, I found that my body started listening to me and we got on the same page about things. You can say affirmations for just about anything in your life! Affirmations can be for relationships, joy, health, or simple saying, “I AM going to have an amazing day!” I like to say these before getting out of bed because I feel like it sets the intention for a great day. Maybe you want to be more present, or rediscover your faith. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just say what is in your heart and you will never go wrong. The more direct and open you are the more you will see how taking even a minute to set affirmations to your day to your chakras, and/or to your relationships can and will change your life.

If this topic is of interest to you and you would like to know more about the power of the statement “I AM”, I strongly suggest that you read the “Moses Code” by James F. Twyman

Stay Inspired,

Stacey

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Manifesting with the Energies of the New Moon

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The New Moon is symbolic of new beginnings, and an internal renewal clock. The moon represents the feminine, emotional, creative and nurturing aspects of our lives and has been worshiped since ancient history. It is a time to manifest and draw forth what we want to welcome in our lives. What do you desire? What do you want your life, finances, relationships, career, family dynamics to look like? These are questions to ask yourself during this time. Treat the moon like your best friend and a page in your journal.

A complete cycle of the moon takes exactly 28 days, radiating her energy to us in cycles of waxing and waning, bringing in the ebbing and flowing we all feel throughout the month.

Although a New Moon appears dark in the night sky and can hardly been seen, its energy is very powerful. Much as the moon affects the tide of the ocean, it affects our body. More than half of the human body consists of water. Consequently, your body can feel full, bloated, etc around the full moon and lighter around the new moon. The phases of the moon also affect our sleep patterns.

During the New Moon we can also find ourselves reborn just like the moon itself. The New Moon also brings energy of renewal and taps us into the heart beat that connects nature and the moon.

Here are some of my favorite ways to work with the New Moon

Vision Board:

Many of you may be familiar with the concept of a vision board from the popular book “The Secret”. It is basically a board with photos, words, and elements of what you want your life to look like. They can be really fun to make and equally powerful. Your vision board can represent any area of your life such as relationship, career, money, dreams or all of them. This is a great thing to do specifically around the New Moon. Use your vision board as a tool to manifest all you want to bring into your life over the next moon cycle. Remember that your only limitations are the ones you create. Be open. Be abundant. Ask your soul what it needs and place that on your vision board.

Manifestation Meditation & Yoga:

Here are some great guided meditations that will help you meditate better with the New Moon. Some of you may even enjoy the last video which helps explore the New Moon & Yoga.

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New Moon Altar:

Creating an altar with a specific intention is one of the most powerful things you can do to harness the magic within you. It doesn’t have to be fancy, or the biggest most beautiful thing you have ever seen. It just has to come from the heart. Allow your soul to speak through your actions and the items that you choose. I like to make sure I have a black candle representing the new moon. I also like to choose certain stones or crystals depending on what I am working on manifesting with that specific moon. Other items you may find helpful are, feathers, musical items such as a rattle or drum and some sage to burn. You may even decide to place your vision board at the center of your altar. You may find burning an abundance blend of herbs like cinnamon, lavender, patchouli and sage will help reach your goals.

Moon Water Bath:

A Moon water bath or Moon bathing, is where you soak in the tub with some abundance herbs like Angelica, Blessed Thistle, Ginger, Lavender, Milky Oats and Roses. You can also add essential oils and salts to your liking. It is important to create an intention for this New Moon bath. While you allow yourself to soak in the water for a good 20 to 30 minutes, allow the energy of the bath to soak into your body and allow your intentions to be manifested.

Moon Prayer:

Praying with the moon can also help draw in abundance to your life. Here is one of my most favorite prayers to for the New Moon. “I welcome transformation. I welcome growth. I welcome abundance. I know what I need. I AM ready!”

Moon Sprays:

I have had an infatuation with spiritual sprays for many years. So, out of my own desire to work with a special spray for the moons, I created a New Moon Blessing Spray and Full Moon Releasement Spray.  These sprays are made in sacred space, and energetically charged in the appropriate moon phase. They use the highest quality essential oils, flower essences and gemstone elixirs. They are then also charged with reiki and filled with the highest vibrations for either letting go, or drawing abundance towards you. Here is a little more information on our Moon sprays:

New Moon Blessing Spray:
Use this spray to assist you with welcoming your desires and attracting your dreams into your life around the New Moon. Contains: Rose Quartz, Star Sapphire, Sunflower, Moonstone, Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, Sweetgrass, Gold Lime, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Holy Water and Blessings.

Full Moon Releasement Spray:
Use this spray to assist you with releasing what is no longer serving you so you can create healing and growth in your life around the Full Moon. Contains: Round Leaved Sundew, Moonstone, Cotton Grass, Selenite, Smoky Quartz, Holy Water, Ylang Ylang, Cypress, Bergamot and Prayers.

For more information about Moon Sprays by Elysian Life Design, please visit our ETSY store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElysianLD. For bulk orders, retail orders, or to order directly through us, please email contact@elysianld.com.

No matter how you decide to work with the New Moon and manifesting what you need, as long as it is personal to you, and the intentions in your heart are ready, the magic of the moon is yours to claim and help you in any way you need. “The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.” –  Ming-Dao Deng

Stay Inspired,

Stacey

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Releasing with the Full Moon

 

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The Full Moon is much more than something that helps light up the night sky and blocks certain constellations from being seen due to the moonlight. The moon represents the feminine, emotional, creative and nurturing aspects of our lives and has been worshiped throughout ancient history. The Full Moon is also known to have high tide of power, amplifying and inspiring our creativity. It is a time to release that which no longer serves us, what we no longer need in our lives or an aspect of ourselves that we have outgrown.

A complete cycle of the moon takes exactly 28 days, radiating her energy to us in cycles of waxing and waning, bringing in the ebbing and flowing we all feel throughout the month.

Besides providing some nice ambient lighting in the night sky, the moon can affect us in many ways that we don’t even realize. Much like the moon affects the tide of the ocean, it affects our body. More than half of the human body consists of water. Consequently, your body can feel full, bloated, etc around the full moon and lighter around the new moon. Also, women tend to go into labor around the Full Moons due to the gravitational pull of the moon and the fluid that surrounds the baby. The phases of the moon also affect our sleep patterns. I know whenever there is a full moon, I feel more restless and become an insomniac especially on Super Moons. There is a quote that says “In my defense, the Moon was full and I was unsupervised” Your mood is also another area that can change based on the Moon. Yes, that’s right! There is also a saying I used to hear growing up; “all the weirdo’s come out on the full moon.” I use to take this very seriously, until somewhere in my 30’s I realized that I was one of the weirdos taking a moon bath, talking to the sky, and doing other things in my yard. You can read about that below. But, the moon can bring things up and can even cause chaos inside of us. If we don’t understand it, we can feel like we are losing our minds or want to yell and scream at someone. Life can be very frustrating especially if you do not know why you have these feelings. So, start paying attention to your patterns and how your body feels in relation to the moon, and see if that helps change your perspective on life.

Here are some of my favorite ways to work with the Full Moon

Full Moon Altar:

Creating an altar with a specific intention is one of the most powerful things you can do to harness the magic within you. It doesn’t have to be fancy, or the biggest most beautiful thing you have ever seen. It just has to come from the heart. Allow your soul to speak through your actions and the items that you choose. I like to make sure I have a white candle representing the full moon. I also like to choose certain stones or crystals depending on what I am working on releasing with that specific moon. Other items you may find helpful are, feathers, musical items such as a rattle or drum and some sage to burn. Music is a great way to shift energy as you are releasing it. So, you can burn some sage, drum and sit in front of your altar and release all that no longer serves you.

Moon Bath:

No matter what I am doing the night of the Full Moon, I always like to make some time for a moon bath! A moon bath, is where you spend some time under the moonlight and just allow your energy and the energy of the moon to connect. It can be as simple as a few minutes to thirty minutes or an hour. When taking a moon bath, I like to stand with my hands palm up in the receiving position and just talk to La Luna. I tell her everything I wish to release and areas from which I am ready to move on. I ask her help in clearing the way providing an easy separation. It can be a powerful experience to allow the vibes of the moon to soak into your energy field. The Full Moon is also a great time to charge and clear any of your stones, crystals and other spiritual tools. You can place them on a window sill facing the moonlight, or place them directly outside where they can soak up the energy.

Moon Water Bath:

Similar to a Moon bath, a Moon water bath or Moon bathing, is where you soak in the tube with some Himalayan Salt.  The minerals of the salt are absorbed while toxins are released into the bath water. The inside and the outside of your body detoxifies through this process, while your energetic field is restored and energy flow is activated. You can also add other herbs and essential oils to your liking. Some popular choices are cedar, frankincense, hyssop, juniper berry, myrtle, orange, rose, sage, sandalwood, tangerine, tea tree and yarrow. While you allow yourself to soak in the water for a good 20 to 30 minutes, allow the energy of the bath to release any specific intension you may have as well.

Moon Prayer:

Praying with the moon can also bring you much releasement. Here is one of my most favorite prayers to for the Full Moon. “I AM now choosing to cleanse myself and release any and all thought forms, beings, situations and energies that are no longer of service to my highest and greatest good. across all planes of my existence, across all universes and across all lifetimes. I ask that all energies that are less than love be transmuted for the highest good of all. And so it is.” – You are Luminous

Fire Ceremony:

When we talk about releasement, fire or burning something may not be the first thing that comes to your mind. But, in the processes of burning something, you are releasing the energy associated with it. A fire ceremony is simple yet powerful. You will want to start by writing down what you want to release with the Full Moon. Sometimes, it can be just a few items or maybe you have pages of stuff you want to let go of. Once you have everything written down, head outside to the moonlight. If you have a fire pit you will be all set. If not, grab a fire safe bowl or pot, a lighter or matches, and a bottle of water. Find a great place where you can see the moon and either head to your fire pit, or take your other items. Preferably, you will be away from your house and on concrete. If you are using a fire pit, simply state your intensions to the moon and ask that it free you from everything on the list and throw it in the fire. If you are using a fire safe bowl or pot, rip the paper up into smaller pieces and place them in the bowl. Once in the bowl, set your intentions for releasement, and use the lighter or matches to set them on fire. Once everything is done, you will want to safely extinguish the fire. If you are using a fire safe bowl, the fire should stop once all the paper is done burning.  Then, pour a little water in the bowl and let it sit overnight in the moonlight. The next day, burry the paper and thank Mother Earth for taking what you have released. You can also make a releasement pot. Where you can burry your monthly releasements in the one pot and allow the paper to act as compost for the pot.

Moon Sprays:

I have had an infatuation with spiritual sprays for many years. So, out of my own desire to work with a special spray for the moons, I created a New Moon Blessing Spray and Full Moon Releasement Spray.  These sprays are made in sacred space, and energetically charged in the appropriate moon phase. They use the highest quality essential oils, flower essences and gemstone elixirs. They are then also charged with reiki and filled with the highest vibrations for either letting go, or drawing abundance towards you. Here is a little more information on our Moon sprays:

New Moon Blessing Spray:
Use this spray to assist you with welcoming your desires and attracting your dreams into your life around the New Moon. Contains: Rose Quartz, Star Sapphire, Sunflower, Moonstone, Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, Sweetgrass, Gold Lime, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Holy Water and Blessings.

Full Moon Releasement Spray:
Use this spray to assist you with releasing what is no longer serving you, so you can create healing and growth in your life around the Full Moon. Contains: Round Leaved Sundew, Moonstone, Cotton Grass, Selenite, Smoky Quartz, Holy Water, Ylang Ylang, Cypress, Bergamot and Prayers.

For more information about Moon Sprays by Elysian Life Design, please visit our ETSY store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElysianLD. For bulk orders, retail orders, or to order directly through us, please email contact@elysianld.com

No matter how you decide to work with the Full Moon and releasing what you need, as long as it is personal to you, and the intentions in your heart are ready, the magic of the moon is yours to claim and help you in any way you need. “The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light.” – Tahereh MafiShatter Me

Stay Inspired,

Stacey

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How the Four Elements can be used in your everyday

2e01b773-6320-4318-8896-9cc92fac9b22The Four Elements are powerful in the Universe and in our lives, even if we do not see it. We are all born into one of the four elements, Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Regardless of which one we are born into, we may feel personally connected to a different one. Each element has its own personality and magic that every person can connect to and ask for help. What do you think about when you think of each element? Here is what I think about, Air

brings me the winds of change, like the weathervane, can suddenly change directions and bring new and exciting things. Earth makes me think of grounding energy, helping me keep my thoughts in the present moment. Fire not only brings passion, but it burns away anything no longer needed. And last but not least Water. Not only does water cleanse and hydrate us. It also bring us forward movement. Our body is really affected everyday by these four elements.  I happen to be an earth sign. But, I have always loved water. Something about it brings me to a sort of happy place and helps clear my mind and relax me. Does a certain element make you feel the same way? Here is some details about each element:

Air

Air is associated with the zodiac signs of Aquarius, Gemini and Libra. Characteristics of air include care-freedom, clarity, diligence, independency, joy, kind-heartedness, lightness, optimism, trusting nature, and vigilance. Air is always moving, and let’s face it feels so good in the hotter months when we have the windows open in the house or in the car. Throughout every day we take about 30,000 breaths of air it is vital to our human experience and our ecosystem. If you are an air sign, or feel connected with the air element, next time you feel you need a nice energetic clearing, go stand outside on a nice day and just let the air take all that is no longer serving you, and literally carry it away. As silly as it may sound, thank the wind and allow the energy to shift inside you.

Earth

Earth is associated with the zodiac signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Characteristics of earth include ambition, cautiousness, conscientiousness, firmness, matter-of-factness, perseverance, punctuality, reliability, resistance, respectfulness and responsibility. Earth is stable, yet is always moving. The earth is extremely important as a vital necessity for our wellbeing that there are products called “Earthing” that help us stay grounded. If you are an earth sign, or feel connected to the earth element, try going outside on a nice day placing your bare feet or hands on the ground and exchanging energy with the earth. Release any bad energy you are feeling into the earth and allow the positive grounding energy of the earth flow back into you.

Fire

Fire is associated with the zodiac signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Characteristics of fire include courage, daring, decisiveness, enthusiasm, power of creativity, sedulity and vigorousness. Fire is often associated with passion and keeps us warm, especially in the colder weather. When we look at it from a spiritual perspective, fire burns energy that we no longer need. Just as a volcano reaches a certain point and explodes releasing fiery lava. When we energetically clear space we burn sage. If you are a fire sign, or feel connected to the fire element, try visualizing a fire unless you have access to a safe fire pit or fire place. Then, either write down all your worries or fears, or just think about them and then throw them all in the fire and let them burn!

Water

Water is associated with the zodiac signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pieces. Characteristics of water include compassion, devotion, forgiveness, meditativeness, mercy, mildness, modesty, placidity, trusting nature and understanding. As I said earlier, there is something about me and water. Perhaps that I am a sea goat Capricorn and part aquatic animal. I have noticed that nice living on my own, I have always somehow, managed to randomly find apartments near the water. It somehow always plays a very important role. Another odd coincidence is that most of the people with whom I enter into are also water signs. But, we would have to talk to an astrologer about that.  If you are a water sign, or feel connected to the water element, there are so many things you can try to cleanse your energy or purify your spirit. The next time you happen to be outside and it rains instead of rushing to get out of the rain let it wash away anything that is no longer serving you. In the shower imagine all the yucky going right down the drain. Place your feet in the ocean and let the tide clear you of your burdens. Either stand under a waterfall or imagine one in your mind and just let it wash away anything of your choosing.

Let’s be real. Whether or not we see it, the four elements are a necessity in our everyday lives. We need each and every one in order to survive. It is a delicate balance that the Universe has given us to work with. We just have to know we can access it, harness it and thrive when we work with it. It is really about trusting what you feel guided to work with. Know that being drawn to air today doesn’t mean that you won’t be drawn to a different element tonight. Just as how the day changes, so do we and what our inner spirit is telling us what we need, so be open and listen to where the four elements are guiding you.

Stay Inspired,

Stacey

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Clearing your Space: Insight & Tips

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Energetically, everything that every happens in our space leaves a residue of energy that can become imprinted in the space. Illness, doubt, arguments, negative emotions, trauma, grief and even everyday energetic junk that you pick up throughout the day can build up around the rooms of your space.  Smudging your space will help remove or shift that build-up in your space, creating a higher frequency of light and positive energy to flow throughout. Many people can find doing this overwhelming and don’t know where to start. You will want to clear your space at least once a year. But, I also recommended if you are going through a major life change such as beginning or ending a career, relationship, recovering from a long illness or injury, selling or moving into a new space or simply feeling stuck in general. It is important to know the limits of your ability when clearing space. Some spaces need someone who has had training in space clearing, particularly when dealing with harder energy such as illness, breakups or a death in the space. By smudging your space on a regular basis will also help prevent the harder energies from getting stuck or stagnate. Here are some basic tips if you practice smudging at home or want to start.

What will I need to get started?  

  • Abalone Shell
  • Feather
  • Herb with which you want to smudge with (see list below for various types and meaning)

You will want to get an Abalone shell to catch any ash that may happen as you smudge so it doesn’t end up making a mess on your floors. Some of the items also may be hot and this will prevent you from directly holding the hot object.

The feather can be any kind of feather. The feather will help you spread the smoke throughout your space so you get it in ever place it is needed.

You can usually find a starter kit on places like Amazon or Ebay for a reasonable price if you are just getting started.

What is the best herb to use?

Most people think that white sage is the only thing you can smudge with hence the name saging a space. However, there are actually quite a variety of things you can use. Here is a small list of alternatives to white sage and what it is best used for.

Black Sage: Is a powerful protective herb and will help purify and clean the energy while also raising your consciousness towards higher realms.

Blue Sage: Also known as the “Grandmother Sage” has purifying properties and provides spiritual strength and can remove darker energy. The wonderful scent of Blue Sage can also leave a very relaxing and refreshing scent in your space.

Cedar Sage: Used for cleansing, clearing and blessing space.

Dakota Sage: Commonly used by Plains Indians. You can use Dakota Sage to help with illnesses such as headaches, coughs, stomach issues and more. It is also good if you live in any area with a high mosquito population and will keep them out of your space.

Desert Sage: Used to purify the mind, body and soul before prayer, ceremonies and rituals.

Palo Santo: Spiritual remedy for purifying, cleansing and getting rid of evil spirits, misfortune and calamity.

Sweet Grass: Helps attract positive energy, good spirits and helping people’s attitudes.

White Sage: Purifying energy, protection, and dispersing negativity.

Yerba Santa: A holy & sacred herb known for healing properties. Best to use if clearing illness from a space.

You may also find a variety of herbs or flowers mixed in with white sage such as lavender, rosemary, roses, etc. Each of these contain elements such as love, relaxation and healing and will only enhance the benefits of the clearing.

Where do I start?

To begin you will want to start by creating sacred space. Here is a simple prayer you can use http://thefourwinds.com/prayer-for-opening-sacred-space/

Next, once you have all your materials and decide what herb is the best for your space, you will want to take a lighter or a match and light the herb so it gets a nice smoke going and place it in the Abalone shell.

Then you will want to pick a starting point. I personally like to start with the front door, but if you are feeling that you are being guided to start at a certain point in your space, follow that feeling. You are being guided there for a reason.  The most important thing is from your starting point, you will want to move clockwise through your space and open a window to allow the old energy to leave.

While going through each room in your space, state your intentions for clearing. What you would like to clear and any prayer or blessings you would like to welcome into you space. In a professional clearing, the act of clearing the space and bringing in blessings may be done at separate times.

Feel free to also call in any angels to whom you feel connected. Archangel Michael is a great angel to call in for space clearing.

Once you go around your whole space and end up back at your start point, you will want to extinguish what you used to clear the space. I like to have a small bowl of sea salt, or himalayan salt that I use to stop it from smoking.

Be sure to thank any angels you called in and then you will want to close sacred space. To do this simply thank all the directions for being a part of your space clearing session. I also like to thank Mother Earth and the energy of the particular town in which I am clearing space.

 What if I live or work in a space where I can’t have an open flame?

There are a few options you can use if for whatever reason you are not allowed to have an open flame or smoky items in your space. I love to work with smokeless sage products for those kinds of spaces or a quick fix to clear myself after dealing with yucky or hard energy. My two favorite products are the Sage and Peppermint Clearing and Blessing Spray and the Palo Santo Munay (Love) Blessing and Clearing Spray by Embody the Sacred. You can find out more information about those sprays or purchase them at http://embodythesacred.net/awesome_sprays.html

The other option you have available, is sound. Sound is a great option in any space and it helps break up stagnant energy and heal sick energy. You can use a singing bowl, tuning fork or bell. If you don’t have access to any of those items simply find a good YouTube video with those items and play them in your space. For double duty, you can play the music while you are smudging the space with your herbs.

Again, these are basic techniques and tools you can use for a do it yourself quick clearing of your space. If you have harder more challenging energy in your space, I would recommend contacting someone with experience in space clearing. If you have any questions about anything you read in this blog please email contact@elysianld.com. To view information about our long distance/ in person space or land clearing services visit https://www.elysianld.com/services.html. Mention this blog and receive 25% off your first clearing.

Stay Inspired,

Stacey

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