A Year In Review

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I remember as a child it felt like time was taking forever. Now as an adult I feel like I blinked and this year was almost over. Last December I was so excited, and thought 2016 is going to be the best yet! Being the year of completion, I thought I was going to clear my patterns and karma. I thought it would be easy and I would be fantastic. Boy was I wrong! One of the things I learned this year is that what you think you are going to work on and learn can be completely different than what the Universe has in store for you. But, remember that even though it may seem like the Universe is out to get you, it isn’t. We all face different challenges, setbacks, illnesses because they will either help us grow and expand, or will help us see and learn areas in our lives that need attention or the ones we were either ignoring or avoiding. The months leading up to this year, I could feel things shifting for me specifically health-wise. Whenever I wasn’t paying attention to something important that was shown over and over again, my physical body would step in and get my attention and force me to stop and notice. It started slowly in August and progressively got worse in the months following. Then, in December I ended up spending the week leading up to Christmas in the Hospital. That was when I realized that 2016 was not going to be as easy or exciting as I had thought.

With each changing of the season, I would do whatever I could to welcome in the change needed to heal or clear away whatever it was that was keeping me in this pattern. There were times I would get frustrated, because I would make plans in July for October thinking, for sure I will be better by then. October would arrive and I somehow developed a new issue. I remember having multiple conversations with God telling him “listen, I get it, but can I deal with one thing at a time instead of multiple things.” And it wasn’t like they were small things either. Over and over during the year, I found myself back to where the year started in the hospital. And, trust me, despite trying very hard to keep a positive attitude, I was mad as hell. When you are struggling, it is easy to feel that you have been abandoned. If you already have abandonment issues, they are intensified on top of everything else happening. I felt like even my guides had left because I didn’t have the interaction I once felt with them. When I would ask them why, I was told they hadn’t gone anywhere. In fact, they were still right there with me. They explained that at that moment, what I needed was to be in the physical to spend all my energy on healing. When I interact with them, my own essence is in the Spiritual and although it is important to be in both, that is not where I was meant to be at that time. That often made me more upset. I liked the spiritual and we often try to seek the highest vibration. All of this made me feel like I was vibrating at a much lower level.

Despite knowing my path, by midyear I felt more confused than ever about what I was meant to do. But how could this be a part of my path? It was the Spring Equinox. Despite running and fever and barely being able to walk, I went outside and stood in the grass and gave it all to the Universe as I had done so many times before. I was so ready just to feel better and I wanted all of the health issues gone! As I was standing there letting everything go, the wind started blowing and I could feel everything that I was releasing being blown away. When I opened my eyes, I saw bumble bees. Bumble bees represent personal power and many think they are representatives of the sun. I thought for sure I would wake up the next day and just be magically healed. The day after I would wake up the same.

Many people over the last year have asked me how I can stay so positive? I tell them, trust me I have my moments I am not so positive. There were times where I felt it was so much easier to give in or not care because I had not only been dealing with it this year. I have been dealing with health issues for sixteen years. Besides doctor appointments, tests, procedures, infusions and transfusions, I was doing physical therapy three times a week. In the beginning I would get so tired and it would hurt so badly. I had someone special tell me if I don’t try or don’t push myself just a little further every time, the only person I would be hurting was myself. That was a key shift in the process. How would I know what I was capable of unless I tried? So I started trying things I would normally do. There were definitely times that I couldn’t do them, but at least I tried. I would keep trying repeatedly and I eventually succeeded.

So even though I still have challenges I am working on, next year is the year of New Beginnings.  I have hope that new beginnings will be the areas of my health. I have, however, learned some important lessons this year.

  1. It is important, that no matter what you are facing, to have patience, not only with yourself but others.
  2. Even if others do not understand what you are going through, it is ok, because not everyone is meant to.
  3. I learned empathy on another level that I had not known before. When I see people with their own set of physical limitations, I will have a unique perspective because I have been there too.
  4. There were time this year where I had to say no to things, or to put myself first. That was the first time in 33 years that I had to do that. We are taught somewhere in life that putting ourselves first sometimes or saying no to things like family events or social functions is being selfish and that is wrong. It is not wrong, it is listening to our bodies and having enough respect for ourselves to honor our intuition.
  5. Regardless of how we may feel, we are never abandoned spiritually or physically. It can be hard to find that right balance between not wanting people in your business or just having pity on you, and having the support you need and desire to get you through both here on earth and in heaven.

Often times in our lives we must face the consequences of decisions we made as teenagers or young adults. For years I thought it was unfair, because how could someone so young be responsible for something I would have to deal with as an adult. It took me a good part of this year to realize it didn’t have to be that way at all. We are all different people now than we were in our youth. We all grow and evolve. And, sometimes it is really hard to forgive people that abandoned us, betrayed us, hated us, called us names, bullied us or put us in really uncomfortable situations. How do we forgive those people? I wish I had the answer to that question! I do know that it really all starts with forgiving ourselves. Taking ownership of whatever part we played in things that lead us to our present is important. Maybe we didn’t always make the best choices. Knowing that it is ok to just release the parts that are no longer serving you. Think of it this way. At some point we will meet that special someone. From the moment of that meeting the past doesn’t seem to matter. Life will always be different. Sometimes that is a man, or a women or even a child. In that moment we strive to become a better person not for them, but for ourselves. I think this year of completion has brought, to most of us, the ability to love and accept ourselves even through the tough times we face, or the moments we want to give up but don’t. I think if we all look back to where we were this time last year, we will find ourselves a little wiser, stronger and with expanded souls for all the new beginnings coming our way next year!

“Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addition, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru.” – Charlotte Joko Beck

Stay Inspired,

Stacey

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How to enhance your spiritual vision

cf041c82-2537-4e49-9f15-2e236d69d520I have been on my own journey of expanding my spiritual vision for almost 6 years now. After thinking about it, haven’t most of us been on some kind of spiritual vision quest for most of our lives even if we didn’t realize it. We go through various things in life that take us to that next level in our spiritual talents. Some call it a “gut feeling” some call it “intuition” but more often than not it is the same thing. Sometimes you just get that feeling inside you or perhaps have a vision in your mind that you should just go for something, or stay away. Hopefully, these tools will help you trust in those feelings more and expand your own spiritual vision.

The following is a great exercise to try when trying to open your third eye or expand spiritual insight. I personally tried it and found it incredibly helpful. So, that is why I have recommended it to others and they also experienced great results. You can read through the details here, be sure to follow the instructions precisely:  http://www.wakingtimes.com/2012/10/05/open-your-third-eye-and-awaken-your-pineal-gland-with-these-simple-exercises/

Another way to enhance your spiritual vision is through Meditation. Meditation has many benefits that can help in many areas in life and this can be a major one. Often times when we learn to quiet our mind, even if it is just for 10 minutes, we can slow our minds down from the fast pace of life and we can learn things from the connection of spirit that meditation can bring. There are also lots of amazing guided meditations on YouTube that you can watch for free that can really help not only allow you to get in a relaxed state but strengthen your inner vision. Sound can also be another way to not only enhance the meditation experience but also assist you in awakening senses that can enhance your spiritual vision. Helpful sounds could be drumming, singing bowls, chanting, etc. You may start to feel your third eye chakra (the area in the middle of your forehead above both eyes) start to pulse or vibrate. The more you use your spiritual abilities you will find that, over time, this can happen very easily.

A major part of enhancing your spiritual vision is trusting the messages or insights you start to receive. It can take years to truly start to trust yourself and believe that you have accurate insight. So, be sure to have some patience with yourself. Let’s face it. We have all wondered at some point “oh I made that up in my head” or “maybe I am losing my mind.” No one is playing deception with you. Trust what you hear. The more you realize what you heard was right the easier it will become to listen and possibly act on the messages. There is a game I like to play with my Guides to help me build my own levels of trust. It has helped other do so also. I talk about how you can play the game too in a previous blog. You can read here:

https://elysianlifedesign.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/recognizing-divine-signs/

As part of any journey that awakens a new part of your thinking, it is important to really care for yourself on mind, body and spiritual levels while you are going through this process. I remember when I realized the things I was hearing weren’t in my head I was afraid to fall asleep. I thought if I did I would wake up and my abilities and insight would be gone. Once I got over that fear, I learned over the years that once the light switch per say is flipped on the only reason if will turn off is if you ask for it to shut down. You always have the ability to “shut down” should you become overwhelmed or feel that you are experiencing things that you don’t want to experience. But, if you decide you want to remain open, you will. So, it is important to treat your mind and body well so you don’t burnout during the process. Just stay positive, have patience, and practice your spiritual vision. Then, the whole world can open up to you.

“The more boundless your vision, the more real you are.” – Deepak Chopra

Stay Inspired

Stacey

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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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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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Perspective of Peace

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Peace is a concept recognized around the world. Everyone tries to attain it, countries desire it, humans aspire for it, and probably every living creature prays for it.  So, why can it seem so hard to achieve at times? Peace is often defined as freedom of disturbance, or a period of harmony. But, who gets to decide when you are in your period of peace and why do people feel they have a say on how you attain it and how you live in peace?

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel, NY, which is home to the largest indoor Buddha in the Western Hemisphere. Standing 37 feet tall, the incredible Buddha statue gives off an overwhelming feeling of peace that can bring you to tears. This had me thinking about the Buddha’s life. Growing up as a Prince and having everything he could ever dream of, he was unaware of the struggles of the other people living outside the palace gates.  Once he saw that not everyone experienced life with the luxury he did, he embarked on his journey to enlightenment. He experienced many practices where people had said that he could attain inner peace and enlightenment. Following the path that was true for him, it was under the Bodhi Tree where he finally experienced his awakening. He then went on to teach. Buddha experienced challenges and even had to change his course along the way, much like all of us have had to do at one point or several in our lives. It is when we find our own inner peace that we can view ourselves, others, and our surroundings differently that helps us reach our version of an awakening much like Buddha had.

Personally, I believe that we go through many awakenings and moments of enlightenment during our life time. These moments can come at any different phase of our life and can be related to health, love, career, family and so forth. When we become awakened to part of our inner purpose, we often find ourselves in a transitional period to make sure that all other areas of our life match our newly awakened selves. As part of this transition, we will seek out more peace in our lives and will do whatever we can to create a peaceful environment around us. A major part of this transition deals with reviewing relationships specifically with friends and family. It is very common that while on your spiritual path, you experience a really good relationship cleanse. You will find that friends you use to be really close with and spend time with are suddenly no longer compatible with your beliefs, or you can no longer relate to them.

Sometimes many people who are close to us, or have known us all of our lives will have a hard time accepting this new peaceful you. Remember that change is scary for most people so when you change, people around you experience change. Most of the time, our loved ones are used to us being a certain way and doing things they think we love to do. However, when those habits suddenly change they can question why and unintentionally make you doubt your choices. A few years ago, I decided to stop drinking any kind of alcohol. I had maybe less than 10 drinks a year so it wasn’t really a hard thing for me to do. But, other people, mostly friends, took my decision personally. Suddenly, people assumed I wasn’t fun to go out with in social settings anymore or they looked at me differently because of my choice. The thing was though that is was my choice, and it was something that brought peace to my life with or without the approval of others, because the only approval I needed was my own. It can be hard to hear criticism or comments but as long as you know what brings peace into your life, no one can take that away from you unless you let them.

Give this transition some time while everyone adjusts, including yourself. The relationships that you are supposed to continue and develop will deepen and your loved ones will cherish you more than they did, and vice a versa. If someone doesn’t support this part of you, simply give thanks to the universe for the opportunity to learn from them and then release yourself and that person from the relationship. This can be very difficult to do with friends and family. But, it will allow both of you to continue to learn, grown, and follow your individual paths. This is one of the best gifts you can give to someone you care about.

From a different perspective, once you experience enlightenment it can be challenging to see others not living a lifestyle of personal peace. It is important to remember that peace is attained differently for different people and we all experience it at different times in our life. Something you may have done in your life that brought you more peace will not be what a friend or loved one needs to do in their life. Just the way that we expect someone not to judge us for our choices, we cannot judge someone for something they decide to continue to do in their own lives. It is not your burden to carry. We may want to see the ones we care about living the very best lives they can and have them experience the joy that peace has brought us, but in this moment in time they are where they are supposed to be and living the best life they can for today. Once you can shift your perspective of peace, you may just find that you experience more freedom from disturbances and more periods of harmony than you originally thought.

Once that peace is attained, it is staying in that peace, and living in peace that then becomes a new journey we all must embark upon. “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.” – Buddha

Stay Inspired by the Divine

Stacey

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