Healing: The Power of Prayer & Where to start

39a95572-9d38-49de-87e4-842eac267f7aWe have all been on quite the healing journey. I know personally, a lot of past issues have made my own healing process more challenging. Being a believer in faith and in the power of prayer means not having to understand and almost having blind faith about your life. How it that, for example, we could go our entire is lives without seeing an elephant and still know they exist?  Many people cannot wrap their heads around the concept of knowing something exists without ever seeing it. Isn’t that the base core of faith? It can be difficult as it’s easy to get frustrated and see other people getting better while you feel you are stuck in this never ending process. Someone once told me, “the harder the process, the greater the purpose.” Along my own process, I have been desperate and seeking a miracle. If I could have, I would have gone to some remote island and drunk the water if someone told me it would help. I’ve watched online ministers and thrown my hands in the air believing with all my heart.

Recently, I had an amazing opportunity to see The Ancient Crystal Skull “Synergy” & caretaker Sherry Whitefield. I was introduced to crystal skulls about two years ago and then soon started my own little collection. I have to be honest; years ago I did not really understand what skulls were all about and what they represented. Skulls are actually incredible spiritual tools, and it would be through this experience I would learn just how much. Synergy is known as the skull of Joy, Laughter & Compassion. Synergy’s energetic frequency is so strong, that it can be felt over 40 miles away. If one person raises their vibration, that same person can impact 10,000 other people to raise their vibrations and so on. A few things the skull lets you do is leave behind, your fears, worry etc, so you can than expand to who you are meant to be. An experience with Synergy and Sherry is really a life changing experience where I have personally experienced deep impactful healing. For more information about The Ancient Crystal Skull Synergy and its keeper Sherry please visit their website http://www.crystal-skull.com/.  I fully believe that all you need to do to pray is speak from the heart and God will listen. I have often searched for healing prayers of all kinds and recently I came across the one below from inspirational author Rebecca Barlow Jordan. There was something about it, where suddenly it was all the words that were in my heart but could not express. I hope you enjoy it as well and find comfort in its words. Close your eyes, and let the prayer heal what you desire and raise your vibration so you can then go and make the impact Sherry and Synergy talks about.

“God, you know me so well. You created me. You know the number of hairs on my head, and you even know the thoughts conceived in my heart before I ever vocalize them. You’ve told us to come to you and ask for every need of life. You are Jehovah-Rapha, the God who heals, and you have the final word on my destiny, the number of years I’ll live and serve you on earth.

I’m coming to you today as your child, longing to hear from you and asking for your divine healing. There’s so much I don’t understand about life. But I do know that with one touch, one word, you can make me whole. Please forgive me of my sins, cleanse me of my unrighteousness, and begin your healing from the inside out.

I don’t always know what your will is Lord, especially in times like now, when I desperately seek your face. I offer you no promises, no bargains, no deals to exchange for my health. I simply bow my heart before you to tell you the desire of my heart: that I want to spend as many years as I can loving you here, loving others, and wanting to become more like you. However you choose to accomplish that is up to you-and okay with me. If you use doctors to provide healing, give them wisdom to know what to do. Regardless of how you accomplish it, the healing you give is always miraculous. And you deserve all the praise.

I absolutely believe you have the power to heal. You demonstrated that on earth, and you still heal in miraculous ways today. Even when my faith is weak, you say it is enough, and my love for you is strong. And I know you already hold my heart and life in your hands. It’s up to you. If I can bring you more glory through healing, then that’s what I ask for. That’s what I desire.

But if your answer is no, or not now, I know that your grace is sufficient for me. Ultimately, I want your will to be my will. I look forward to spending an eternity with you. But Lord, if you have planned still more for me to do here on this earth, I not only need and want your physical healing, Lord, but a thorough, deep-down cleansing and strengthening-a whole-hearted renewal of all that I am. Because all that I am is yours. Use this trial to strengthen me from a “what-if” faith to a “no-matter-what” faith. And no matter what, I choose to honor you and give you glory.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.” – Rebecca Barlow Jordan

In my own personal meditation practice, I use a reflective meditation for any health issues I may be facing. I find that, not only does it decrease stress in the body, but it gives my body permission to heal and sometimes that is all we have to do in order to rise above our health challenges. I wanted to share this technique with all of you, so I created a Reflective Meditation for Healing mp3 download that you can use on your phone, or music device of your choice and listen to it as many times as you need. To purchase the downloadable file, or for more information please visit https://www.etsy.com/listing/458851172/reflective-meditation-for-healing?ref=shop_home_active_1

Stay Inspired

Stacey

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Manifestation: Abundance, Prosperity & Wealth! 

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“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” Anne Bradstreet

Let’s face it we could all use some more abundance, prosperity and wealth in our lives. I know when I first started learning to manifest, I was so worried I would do it incorrectly and screw it all up, but the good news is, you really can’t do it wrong. Regardless of what method or tools you decide to use to manifest with, 99% of it is the intention behind it. So, unless you are asking for lack of abundance, prosperity or wealth, you’re good. Here are some of the things I like to work with when doing manifestation work:

Before you begin, make sure you have a clear picture of the outcome that you desire. Try writing it down as many times as necessary until you have it just right. Make sure you are clear and specific with your intention. Remember that is mostly your own magic that brings your manifested desires into reality.

First you may choose to set up a place in your home specifically for this purpose. It will help you better visualize your intentions; much like a 3D vision board. You may choose to decorate your altar with stones, crystals or even statues. A good statue for an altar for abundance, prosperity & wealth would be Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of exactly that. You can find a statue of her in many sizes, colors, etc. You can even frame a photo you love instead of using a statue. You can also use stones or herbs depending on your liking. This will help increase the energy vibrations of your manifestation. Citrine, Rose Quartz and Aventurine are all good choices for stones, especially for beginners. Other tools you can use are binaural beats for manifesting abundance. Song has great power in shifting energy. So, you can either listen to it while thinking of your intention, or perhaps listen to it while falling asleep at night.

A personal favorite of mine is the Rose of Jericho. I have to admit when I first came across it, I was unsure of how it would work. I made sure I followed the directions as explained in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5tXfQOPwYI by the shop owner from whom I purchased it. I used holy water in the bowl and, to try it, I used pennies and asked that each penny represented $100. Once the plant had opened into a full bloom I placed 13 pennies in it and then let the plant close back up and then reopen. Within a week, I received the $1,300 I had asked for from the manifestation exercise. So be prepared when you use the Rose of Jericho because wealth will find its way to you.

When you are doing any kind of manifestation work, besides a solid intention, you may find that you want to work with an affirmation while the Universe is bringing you your desires. You may want to include something such as “I am worthy of the abundance coming my way”, or “My income is constantly increasing,” these will allow you to stay true in your belief that your intention was heard by the Universe and the Divine is assisting you to reach your goals.

And finally, be sure to express gratitude not only when you receive it, but while it is still manifesting. Go in with the attitude that it is already done! Express gratitude every day for it as you never know the unexpected ways the Universe will provide it for you. Be realistic with it while practicing then after a while you can work your way up to becoming a millionaire!

You may find that when you try to live a life of abundance on a regular basis, the more abundance and prosperity will find its way to you. Even if you can add in one activity that can help you live an abundant life instead of a scarcity mindset, you will notice how your life will start to change. Below you will find a list of characteristic of living in abundance by having an abundance consciousness or living a in a scarcity mindset.

Abundance Consciousness

  • Accept responsibility for their failures.
  • Continuously learn.
  • Embrace change.
  • Exude joy.
  • Forgive others.
  • Give other people credit for their victories.
  • Have a sense of gratitude.
  • Keep a “to-be” list.
  • Keep a journal.
  • Operate from a transformational perspective.
  • Read every day. Talk about ideas.
  • Set goals and develop life plans.
  • Share information and data.
  • Want others to succeed.

Scarcity Mindset

  • Blame others for their failures.
  • Don’t know what they want to be.
  • Exude anger.
  • Fear change.
  • Fly by their seat of their pants.
  • Have a sense of entitlement.
  • Hold a grudge.
  • Horde information and data.
  • Never set goals.
  • Operate from a transactional perspective.
  • Say they keep a journal but really don’t.
  • Secretly hope others fail.
  • Take all the credit for their victories.
  • Talk about people.
  • Think they know it all.
  • Watch TV every day.

In the end, have fun with your manifestation work and do not be afraid to try new things and see how they work for you. Add in your own spiritual tools that you may already know and love. Make the manifestation work your own and that will make it even more powerful!

Stay Inspired,

Stacey

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Your going through an Awakening: Now what?

8ebef193-024a-47c2-bfcf-ac2bd429ea8e“Divine desperateness is the beginning of spiritual awakening because it gives rise to the aspiration for God-realization” – Meher Baba

Over the past few years you may have heard the term “spiritual awakening” a lot as it seems to be a trendy topic and everyone seems to be having one. But, for those of us who have been through one and lived to tell the tale know it isn’t always rainbows and unicorns. So why do we actually have to have a Spiritual Awakening anyway? Here are some of the top reasons and ultimate desired outcomes from the process:

  • To discover your true inner self , the spiritual you, and to connect to this self through a increase in consciousness during the awareness process
  • To raise your consciousness to higher levels on a spiritual level
  • Learn to love and accept yourself and others fully
  • Discover any spiritual gifts or reawaken the ones that you closed off
  • Discover your purpose and life calling
  • Develop empathy and sensitivity for people, animals and nature
  • Learn to experience life in the moment and to the fullest

Through this process, it is very common to question everything in your life. Things that used to make you happy suddenly aren’t as appealing as they once were. This includes friends, work, habits etc. Many times people who begin to go through a spiritual awakening find that they stop drinking and smoking because they understand that, on a soul level, those behaviors no longer serve who they are anymore. Relationships may shift during this process. Also, you may no longer connect with people with whom you did in the past. At the same time, you may develop deeper connections with people whom you feel know the “real” you as you discover who that is. The number one thing I see with people starting their spiritual awakening is not being happy with their career anymore and wanting to make a drastic change, not for money, but to make their soul happy.

Finding out who you are is really the beginning of anything from relationships, career, family, health and the elements around you. By knowing yourself you can have a better understanding about your role in the world and how there is really no separation between you, the Divine and nature.

There are a few things to be aware of that I feel no one really talks about when you read about having a Spiritual Awakening. Many times to in order to really have change in your life, you may feel like your life completely falls apart, or it is just one thing after another that happens. You should know that the Universe is not trying to frustrate you or feel like you have been abandoned. Sometimes drastic measures have to happen for you to pay attention and really look at things and want to make room for how these changes will impact you for the better long term because more often than not we don’t seek change. It finds us and we must decide if we are going to step into it or be dragged into it. Another part of your life you may see impacted is, your health. Although I can talk with Spirit, I don’t always listen to their advice for me and there insight can tend to become background noise. I know it’s there but don’t always tune in. Well, when that happens and I am really supposed to hear the messages Spirit tends to get my attention by having something physical happen to make me stop in my tracks. Nothing will make you stop and slow down like an injury, illness or a health scare in general. I usually try to make a deal like “oh, I will do this if you can make this better” I warn you that only works a few times if you don’t keep your word. You may not always see how that issue relates to your awakening, but in the end the issues are always connected, whether it’s to love yourself, have more empathy for others, or to bring your purpose to light. The Divine will never do something “just because”. Everything happens for a reason. One day you will realize why it was necessary. Another thing to be aware of is that, while you are going through your spiritual awakening, you are going to want to make the world a better place. You will want to share your new knowledge with everyone especially friends or family that you feel may not be living in the best version of themselves just because you have seen the light. No one is going to want to hear that you feel they are doing something wrong anymore that you would like to hear it from them. Often, if you are really close to the person you can easily become consumed by wanting to help them. You want to make it easier for them than it was for you. But, here is the truth, are you ready… It’s not your problem and it’s not your place. Just like when someone has an addiction no one can change that about them unless they want to change it. Step back and say “Not my monkeys, not my circus”. It’s best to just be there for that person if they want to talk about it with you. You never know if talking with you is part of their own journey that will stimulate the change leading up to their spiritual awakening.

You may feel you have been going through the process of a spiritual awakening forever and maybe you have. It can take years and years to go through the process. Or, you don’t have many issues and it only takes you months. What I do know is that you usually do not go through this process by choice. You don’t wake up one day and say “I’m going to start my spiritual awakening today” because it is honestly one of the hardest things you will ever experience. The other thing is that it is very hard to stop the process once you have started it. Delaying the process will potentially only make it worse once it comes back around because it will and usually when it is inconvenient for you.
Now there are also some really amazing things that happen in this process that will empower  and ultimately change your life for the better.  This will probably include really loving and accepting who you are for the first timeprocess, .ifes one of the best…include really loving and accepting who you are for the first time. Not caring who knows whom i. Not caring who knows whom is one of the best gifts you can truly have in this life. So, when you feel defeated along the way, or wish you could stop the process, I urge you to power through it and make it to the other side and see what the Universe has in store for you.

Stay Inspired

Stacey

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Living a Life of Gratitude

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What is the first thing you do as soon as you open your eyes each day? Do you start your day with something positive, or something negative? Each day we have the opportunity to start our day off in a positive way by expressing gratitude. Gratitude is really about expressing thankfulness for what we already have in our life. Living a life of Gratitude is something that you can teach yourself to include and, before you know it, you won’t even have to think about doing it anymore. You will just do it!

 Benefits of Gratitude include:

  • Improves sleep
  • Reduces anger and enhances Empathy
  • Creates higher self esteem
  • Improves both physical and emotional health overall
  • Creates better relationships
  • Opens you up to receiving positive energy exchanges
  • Creates a stronger connection with your faith
  • Allows you to change your perspective of the world around you

 

Living a life of Gratitude 21 Day Challenge:

A habit is formed in 21 days. So, why not form a positive habit to live a life of gratitude? You can do this in a group or individually. Participating in the challenge doesn’t require a special tools. The only requirement is a desire to make a positive difference in your life. Commit to the challenge, by just telling yourself you will do the best you can. Ideally, you would do something every day for the 21 days. But, if you miss a day here or there that is okay. As long as you are trying you are already succeeding in taking steps to live a life of gratitude.  Before starting the challenge, I want you to write a note to yourself that you will open on the 21st day of the challenge. You can write about what you hope to learn or become enlightened about on this 3 week journey. You can write what you would like to do as an expression of gratitude on the last day of the challenge, or a reminder of why you did the challenge, or the promise to continue to live a life of gratitude after the challenge. It can even be a thank you note to yourself for completing the challenge. The letter can include anything you want, it can be a sentence or a paragraph. Once you write it, seal it and place it somewhere safe and don’t open it until the last day of the challenge. Here are 21 ideas for how you can partake in this life changing challenge! You can do all of them, one of them or pick and choose the ones that work for the areas of your life. Remember the more you give of yourself to this journey the more you are going to get out of it at the end. What you do with it is up to you.

  • Keep a Gratitude Journal: For 21 days, keep track of all the things you are grateful for in your life. Then, at the end of the 21 days, review what you have written over the 3 weeks and watch how in that time you have received additional blessings in those areas.
  • Say thank you to a soldier
  • Express gratitude when a stranger does something nice for you like hold open a door, or allows you to go in front of them, then pass along that gratitude and do the same for a stranger.
  • Hold a 5 minutes or less gratitude session with yourself. By simply taking a few minutes a day to express your gratitude to yourself, God, Source, Universe, etc. you are keeping that positive exchange of energy increasing the overall wellbeing of your mind, body, spirt.
  • Create a Gratitude affirmation for something you are struggling with, and for 21 days recite the affirmation daily, and whenever you may be thinking about the problem.
  • Post only positive articles, photos, messages etc. on your social media for 21 days.
  • Say a Gratitude prayer daily. There are both really good religious and non-religious prayers available on the internet. The key is to pick the one that resonates with you the most. You can even just pray and praise God, Universe or Source for what is in your life.
  • Express thanks to the people in your life who make a positive impact.
  • Express Gratitude for something that didn’t go your way, only for you to realize that you had something better in store for you.
  • Pick a different topic for each day and express to yourself and others something you are grateful for regarding that topic. For example, health, wisdom, friendship, family, your spiritual path, etc.
  • Struggling Financially? Why not use the 21 days to create a more grateful attitude towards our finances. Instead of saying, how am I going to pay this, say “Universe/ God, thank you for providing this…”
  • Heard of Vision Board? Why not make a Gratitude Board! Take a poster board and place images of everything you are grateful for and look at it every day for 21days to remind you of all the wonderful things you have in your life.
  • Does music inspire you to have a grateful attitude? Make a playlist with your favorite tunes to listen to throughout the day to keep your mind and soul thankful.
  • Looking to create a better relationship with food? Expressing gratitude for the nutritious food you have access to before each meal will help you reinforce making healthy food choices to fuel your body and not feed your emotions.
  • If you are in a relationship, do the challenge together with your partner and, each day, share something about why you are grateful for the other person. Find unique ways to share the experience with your partner, through thank you cards, sticky notes, a note on a napkin they will see later in the day. Be creative and have fun with this one and watch how at the end of the challenge your relationship is that much stronger and you are able to express gratitude more easily with each other in a language you can both understand. You can also do this particular exercise with your children as well and engage them in process of expressing gratefulness.
  • Passing the gratefulness at dinner: If you would like to do a family event, have everyone before dinner go around the table, and express what they are grateful for that day.
  • Create a routine of when you first walk up in the morning, before your feet hit the ground, say thank you for the day you are about to have. Then, at the end of the night, while you are getting back in bed, express your thanks again for your day. Here is what I like to say in the morning, “ Thank you God for today, thank you for anointing me with health and allowing me to live today  the way you intend for my purpose.” Then at night, I simple restate “ Thank you God for today” then I continue with any evening prayers or things that happened during the day that I am grateful for.
  • Each day our body works hard for us. Yet, how often do we take time to thank it for all it does and not just except it to do what we need it to do. We often don’t realize we take it for granted until we get sick or it stops working at its optimum state. Spend time over the 21 days to thank your body for all it does for you and make a commitment to learn to listen to it better to create a stronger relationship with it so you can continue to be grateful for it far beyond the challenge.
  • Read a book about gratitude and look for ways that you can incorporate the methods you learn into truly living a life of gratitude. There are many books available online about gratitude. Go with your intuition with which one is the one you need.
  • Practice gratitude breathing during yoga, pilates, meditation or any other spiritual or physical exercise you may do. Here is a great article about gratitude breathing: http://wildaboutwork.com/improve-your-life-with-gratitude-breathing/
  • Make a gratitude jar. Have someone really special in your life? Why not write down 21 reasons why you love about them, why you are grateful for them, how amazing they are, and any words of encouragement and place it in a jar and give it to them. This will allow them to pull a small note of gratitude anytime they may need an emotional pick me up. These make great birthday, holiday and “just because” gifts!

There are many other ways that you can incorporate gratitude into your life. Get your friends and family involved in your challenge and watch the abundance overflow in your life, really placing perspective on what matters most in your life. As we enter into the month of November, we all tend to become more aware of what we are thankful for as the holidays approach. That is why we will be running our challenge November 5th 2015 through November 25th, 2015.  You can start your 21 day challenge at any time. But, if you would like to participate along with us and our online community and receive encouraging inspiration along the way you can join our event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1069999319700228/ . With our event ending the day before Thanksgiving, the most popular day in the United States to give thanks, why not truly know what it is like to experience gratitude and see how your life can change in the most amazing ways and make it a day of Gratitude all around the world. “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle

Stay Inspired,

Stacey

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Autumn Equinox: Time to Harvest

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“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day… And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights – the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night – and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.” – The Bible

The Autumn Equinox also known as Mabon brings balance back between the light and the dark. The Spring Equinox brings in balance of the light and the Autumn Equinox brings in balance of the dark. Both the light and the dark co-exists because of each other. The balance of the darkening of the sky gives us time to reflect on all that we are thankful for, to process all of the energy and knowledge we learned during the previous seasons of abundance, and how we can continue to integrate that throughout the changing of the season.

Autumn is a time of Harvest, and the Equinox is a time to fill up your spiritual basket. Think of the last 4 months of the year as a harvest period. You were growing and learning new things about yourself and your life purpose and manifested how you would reach that goal of living on your path. Perhaps you took an energy class or started to meditate, or learned about spiritual grounding. There may also be some lessons you learned along the way and patterns that you were finally able to alter. Look back at all those things you learned and decide which items you are going to put in your basket and carry with you down your life path. Sometimes it can be hard to release some of these items, and maybe some of the lessons involved co-workers, friends, or people from your past. When you continue to place those kinds of items such as energy from the past of someone you may have parted with earlier in the year, it is only going to weigh down your basket and make less room for another tool you may need. Spend the week around the Equinox visualizing your basket and what you want to move forward with. It is ok to put certain things in and then take them out and reorganize it as you go. You may think you are almost done and then find something you really want to take with you on the next phase of your journey. That means you have to take something else out. It is ok to let it go, and if you are simply not ready that is ok also. Bring it with you and know that when the time is right for you, you can remove it anytime you want.

Here are some other ways that you can celebrate the Autumn Equinox & Mabon:

  • Meditate: With the Energies of the season shifting, spending some time meditating can be a good way for you to bring some the balancing and harmonizing energies into your energy field. You can also use meditation as a way to help you decide what goes into your spiritual harvest basket.
  • Go Apple Picking: Apples are often a symbol of the fall season, and filled with many spiritual meanings. Spending some time harvesting the apples, connecting to something that grew from the earth will not only help clear your mind, and increase your spiritual energy. It will also help ground you. You can also work with the apples and incorporate them into your diet for the fall such as apple cider, apple pie, apple jam, apple butter, apple bread. The list goes on and on. Apples are truly a sign of harvesting so if including apples into your Equinox activities is something you decide to do, why not make it a celebration itself and make it a family or friends event as well.
  • Clear & Clean your space: Just like spring cleaning it is a good idea to do a fall cleaning. Not only is it a good idea to do a thorough cleaning session in your home, or office, but you will want to clear the energy in your space to. Using sage, sweetgrass, holy water, palo santo or any other smudging tool you may have will not only help break up any stagnate energy, but clear it away and help you raise the vibrations around you, truly making your environment ready for the changing of the seasons.
  • Participate in an Autumn Equinox Ceremony: An Autumn Equinox Ceremony can be a really fun way to participate in the magic of the season. It can also be a great family event. There are many kinds of ceremonies, from drumming circles, bonfires, blessing circles and so forth. Any kind of Autumn Equinox Ceremony will also help you raise your energetic vibration and jump start the blessings that the fall months have to offer.
  • Connect with Nature & Honor Mother Earth: There is something about the crisp air in the fall that brings in clarity and an oneness to the Earth. While spending time in nature, whether it be a walking trail, mountain, ocean or your back yard you are making a conscious effort to connect with the earth’s energy. A great way to honor that connection would be to leave an offering to the earth. Things like birdseed, acorns, sticks etc. are all good items to leave as an offering and express your thankfulness to Mother earth. They are also good items for the animals as they start to stock up for their hibernation period.

Above all this season, express your gratitude for the lessons and the blessings of the past seasons and all that you have learned and gifts you have been given by the Universe. September is the month of Universal Love, Life Purpose, Soul Mission and Higher Perspective. The Universe is really asking you to take the energy of the Autumn Equinox and begin to live a soulful life and step into your purpose. You are in a true season of Harvest and it is time that you learn to appreciate the dark just as much as the light. Without one or the other, how would we know the difference or learn to appreciate what we have.

Stay Inspired by the Divine

Stacey

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Connecting to your Higher Self

hsWhat if there was one person who knew you in every lifetime you ever lived? They knew your purpose, your flaws and your deepest passions. And, they have been your best friend since the beginning of your soul. Well, there is such a person, your higher self! Your higher self is part of your soul and has been with you through the good and bad, every lesson and heart ache and joyous occasion you have ever experienced. One of the most powerful tools that you can develop at any stage in your spiritual path is to create a relationship with your higher self. Your higher self is your highest level of connection with the divine source and resides in your Etheric Body. Imagine your higher self as a direct link to universal information specifically related to you, your purpose and life path. It is your total soul consciousness. It knows everything about you from every lifetime you have ever lived and ever will including information on soul contracts and life plans. It is a constant part of your life that you can choose to incorporate into your everyday.

Each of us has a higher self, and we all have the ability to work with them, get knowledge and life answers from them. Our highest self has nothing but pure unconditional love for us, which means that nothing but love can exist within that relationship. So, when you are working with that element of yourself, it is important to know that you can trust the guidance and information that is given to you. Where there is pure love, there can be no fear. Therefore, there is no EGO involved when it comes to the workings of the highest self. All the information you receive is coming directly from a pure divine source.

Before connecting with your higher self, you should also be open to the fact that your highest self is neither male nor female, but a source that may present themselves to you as either male or female regardless of what gender you are in this lifetime. This means that a female in this lifetime can have a higher self that comes through as male and vice versa. Every human being has male and female energy that resides in our soul. For example, a male that is balanced with his male and female energy will have 60% male energy and 40% female energy roughly, and a female will have 60% female and 40% male energy. Our highest self resonates with all lifetime energies. So, if you are female in this lifetime and your higher self comes through as a male on a soul level you may find that your soul purpose and path has areas that you may need to work on that require more male energy traits. If you are a male in this lifetime and your higher self presents itself as a female, you may find your soul purpose is related to more female energy traits. Here are some traits of male and female energies that may help you relate better to your higher self form.

FEMALE

Being

Containing

Earth, water elements

Feeling

Gathering

Intuitive perception

Listening

Mercy

Nurturance

Pleasure

Synthesis

Yin

MALE

Air, fire elements

Analysis

Contributing

Discipline

Doing

Hunting

Logical perception

Protection

Speaking

Thinking

Yang

There are a few ways that you can learn how to connect and get to know your higher self, here is a list of some good options for beginning contact with them.

  1. Meditation/ Guided Meditation: This is my personal favorite method for connecting and working with your higher self. Meditation can be the most powerful and effective form to receive the information that is most important for you to hear at the time from your higher self. You will find that if you have some experience in meditation even as a beginner you will be able to do some journeying in your meditation work to meet with your higher self. If it is your first time ever contacting your higher self, you may find that a guided meditation specific for contacting your higher self may be a good way to start. Guided mediation is good because it walks you through the process and creates a safe positive environment for you to feel comfortable with contacting your higher self, allowing for an easier time contacting your higher self in the future. At Elysian Life Design, we do offer a guided meditation service that allows you to connect with your higher self. In your first “connecting to the divine session” you will be walked through an amazing one on one experience with your higher self and be able to find out key factors of your life path and purpose, or how to take the next steps in your life. You will also be given insight on how to work with your higher self on your own any time you want. For more information about this service please go to: http://www.elysianld.com/services.html. These sessions can be done in person by phone, FaceTime or Skype. So, no matter where in the world you are, we can help you connect with your higher self. For more questions, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us via: http://www.elysianld.com/contact-us.html
  2. Journaling: This is a good method for keeping track of conversations that you may have with your higher self, as well as providing the opportunity to keep track of questions you may want to ask your higher self in future conversations. While writing in your journal you may also get insight from your higher self if you are advanced in contacting your higher self. This method will enable you to, go back and review any information your higher self may have given you that you may find helpful for other areas of your life path.
  3. Mindfulness: Being mindful is a conscious decision to be aware of yourself and your actions in the very moment that you are doing them. When you are mindful, you are creating a positive environment for a pure connection with your higher self. By being in the present moment you can allow the noise of your mind to become quiet and review choices you are making and how they affect you on all levels.
  4. Dreams: Just as we can receive visitations from past loved ones in dreams, we can receive visitations from our higher self. Setting the intention before you go to sleep to connect and receive information from your higher self will allow the communication to flow in your dreams. When trying to have conversations with your higher self in your dreams, you may want to set specific intentions for your communication in the dream. For example, perhaps you are having a hard time finding out what your life purpose is, or looking to change careers; those are good areas to tell your higher self you need guidance in for that particular dream.
  5. Spending time with yourself: Set time aside weekly to do a higher self check in, and what a better way than spending time with yourself. It can be 5 minutes, 30 minutes an hour or in between. But, during this time review the areas you are working on with your higher self. How are you integrating any information your higher self is giving you in to your life? How are the methods you are using working for you? How are you incorporating your higher self more in to your everyday, and where do you need adjustments? These are all questions that you can ask yourself during this time, plus any additional questions you see fit for your relationship with your higher self. By having weekly time, you will be able to track your progress and become more aware of all the layers of your soul, mental, physical and spiritual.

Your highest self will often present itself from other religions, races, light forms or ancient civilizations. Growing up I always related to various ancient civilizations that I thought for sure would have been represented when I meet my higher self. I was wrong! The first time I met my higher self was in a soul retrieval session. I was doing some journey work and came across a door that led me into one of the most beautiful rooms I had even seen. It was my inner temple that was filled with shades of reds, golds, purples, blues and so much more. Then, once I became open, my higher self made herself known. On a soul level, my spirit relates to Hinduism and appeared to me with her presence as such. I would never have expected my higher self to be of the Hindu persuasion.  But, as I learned more about that culture and my life path, I realized that it makes sense for my soul to resonate with Hinduism.

The best part about learning how to connect with your higher self is that each time you do, you will develop a deeper and deeper relationship. After a few times of using the method of your choice, you will be able to connect to your higher self within a moment. You will be able to visually and mentally go to your sanctuary where the two of you can talk and you can receive the inner wisdom you need. There are no rules on how many time you can contact your higher self, or what you can and cannot include your higher self in. Ideally you will want to connect with your higher self every day

Your higher self wants to connect with you and help guide you. So, now is the time to start forming that connection with the purest divine form of yourself and bring your level of Universal and Self understanding to the ultimate level.

Stay Inspired,

Stacey

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Divine Meditation Tips & Techniques for Beginners

9b1e1758a451c45d0a82a8fd4dffbd5bMethods of mediation have existed since before 500 B.C. Meditation transcends gender, race, religion and age. The Dalai Lama once stated that, “If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” Meditation not only has health benefits of:

  • lower blood pressure
  • improved blood circulation
  • lower heart rate
  • slower respiratory rate
  • reduce anxiety
  • lower blood cortisol levels
  • more feelings of overall health
  • stress reduction
  • deeper relaxation

But, it can bring your soul a deep sense of overall happiness, spiritual enlightenment, a greater sense and connection with the Creator and the Universe. Meditation is a divine act within itself. When you choose to meditate, you are making a conscious decision to get out of your own head, and get connected to your higher self, God, Spirit Guides, Guardian Angels or all of them.

The beautiful thing about meditation is that any one of any age can do it; you do not need special training or anything other than yourself to engage in meditation. It is important that, when you meditate, you remain mindful to the best of your ability. If you are struggling with something in your life like love, family issues, health, business, career changes, and even financial worries, mediation can help you get clear divine answers. Most people I know, including myself, have one major potential problem when they meditate; falling asleep. This is very common, especially as a beginner. There is a fine line between a meditative state, and a sleep state. Don’t become frustrated if this happens to you. I am a big believer that if you fall asleep during your meditation it is for a reason. Many times certain energies can only integrate with your energy and body in a sleep state. Think of it as getting an energy update. Allow it to happen the way it is supposed to and know that you are receiving what you need at that time. You may even find that you receive your answers in your dreams. Once you create a mediation routine or know triggers in your life that would benefit from meditation, you will know that the answers are just some deep breaths away.

It may take some practice at first, but before you know it, you will be able to experience deeper meditations. Here are a few simple steps to begin your mediation practice.

  1. Find a place you feel safe, comfortable and can relax. This can be in your home, garden or a place you consider sacred.
  2. Set your intensions for the meditation session. What are you looking to receive answers to? If you are unsure, ask the Creator or the Universe to tell you what you need to know for the greatest good of your higher self.
  3. Decide if you are going to meditate with sound. There are many great options, for guided meditations, or meditation music with breaths. I personally happen to love the OM Life music by OmHarmonics. http://www.omharmonics.com/
  4. Get comfortable in your mediation space. You may find that you are most comfortable sitting or lying down. For beginners, I recommend sitting in the lotus position, or in a crossed legged sitting position. To know more about the lotus position, and examples, visit http://www.yogaoutlet.com/guides/how-to-do-lotus-pose-in-yoga/
  5. Close your eyes
  6. Start to breathe naturally. Start to remove the distractions in your mind and focus on your breath. Notice how your body moves with each inhale and exhale.  With each breath imagine yourself getting more and more connected to the divine.
  7. If your mind wanders, simply return your focus back to your breath. Focus on your breath for 2–3 minutes, and then reset your intensions for the session.
  8. Stay mindful and open to listening to what comes through for you once in your meditative state.
  9. When you believe your meditation session has come to end, slowly start to become more aware of your surroundings, and slowly awakening from mediation. Finally express your gratitude to the Creator, Universe or who you worked with during your mediation.

There is no set time for the duration of mediation other than the restrictions that you place on it. Allow the divine to provide you the time you need in order to receive the answers you seek. Once you become more experienced you will find that you can achieve a meditative state and the clarity you need in as little as 10 minutes. You may find that when you first start out, you may only meditate for 2 -3 minutes and that is ok. As you progress, the length of time will expand.

Just make sure that when you set the time aside to meditate you can fully dedicate yourself to it without being interrupted.

Trust the messages that you receive during your mediation session and trust that they are coming from a purely divine source. It is easy to forget what you experience during your sessions. So, I recommended writing down the your experience, what answers or guidance your received, and how you felt physically and spiritually. Did you feel energy, or visually see images in your mind; could you feel a divine presence? Keep track of these items so you can revisit them later on. It will help you tremendously especially if you are mediating on an issue you plan on doing a lot of work with, such as a health issue, relationship, or life purpose. If writing is not something that comes easily for you, you can always use the voice recorder feature on any smart phone and document your experience that way.

When you embark on your mediation journey, you are making a choice to improve your mind, body and spirit. Make the experience your own, and do what feels right for you, because that is exactly what you are supposed to be doing. Be mindful, listen and embrace the time with the higher source energy.

“Prayer is when you talk to God; Meditation is when you listen to God” – Diana Robinson

Stay Inspired by the Divine

Stacey

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