I've been carrying around this heaviness for over a year now and enough is enough.
It woke me up at 3:00 am this morning demanding to be felt, demanding to be seen.
Let me start at the beginning.
Around this time last year, someone who I deeply trusted told me that they thought I was a phony. They made claims about my authenticity and my ego took this experience and has been milking it for all it's worth... and I had been giving it a lot of worth.
This deep fear of unworthiness combined with the new fear of being inauthentic and created this insane energetic narrative within me. I was SO aware and freaked out about "copying" anyone that for awhile I didn't even feel called to create anything. I would have an idea, wait on it, then see a post so freaking similar to what I was thinking about and it would restart the spiral. I had to "mute" and "unfollow" some of my favorite spiritual coaches, leaders, etc. because I didn't want to be influenced by anything anyone was doing. I didn't want to use the wrong word in a post and suddenly be just another copy.
So, I spent the last year getting REAL with myself. I'm a Pisces rising, so it really isn't uncommon for me to adapt and flow with the quirks of other's and unconsciously integrate them. I had to look at each belief, each part of my passion and my personality and say "is this mine?" "where does this come from?"
It wasn't easy, in fact sometimes it was quite painful. The unlearning process is messy, but we must do it in order to remember and to relearn with love.
As I started rebuilding, I found myself becoming so excited with all the different ideas I had coming through and felt like all my messages were starting to come together through one thing... rituals.
Don't get me wrong, I know I'm not the first person to talk about rituals, but the way I do them and incorporate the oils is different from any other way I've seen. My ritual circle membership is a totally one of a kind way to reward people for the purchase they are already making.
Now though, I have a new obstacle to overcome. When I first starting talking about the oils and ritual, it felt like I was finally standing out and making my voice heard. Now though... it's coming up everywhere. Ego keeps telling me that once again I wasn't truly original because now look.. ritual this, ritual that, ritual everywhere.
As I mentioned, I just sobbed and sobbed over this at 3:00 this morning. I don't want to compete. I don't want to compare. I just want to serve and serve in a way that brings me joy. I just want to make an impact and I want do do it in a divinely authentic way. I've felt all ends of the spectrum, the anger, the jealousy, the sadness, the anxiety and I'm ready to transmute this story.
So I guess this is me saying, universe, take the wheel. Please guide me in how I'm meant to do this. I'm ready to make an impact. I'm ready to be seen and heard. I desire to do this in a way that is exciting, compassionate, and authentic. I desire to do this in a way that doesn't involve rigidity, negativity, and competitiveness. Show me the way and I will follow.
There are so many reasons to attend a retreat. If you've yet to experience the miracles that happen during a retreat, here's a bit of insight...
#1: Someone else has done the planning for you.
All those little details, the hows, the whats... someone else has figured all of that out ! All that you have to do is show up. Retreats take the best parts of a vacation and remove the hassle of having to plan. It's an excellent practice in surrendering and going with the flow.
#2: You'll finally have the time to do the inner work.
How many books do you have that are waiting to be read? The number of times you'd swear you'd take some time to journal, meditate, or be creative? A retreat creates the time for you. The inner work becomes a part of the sacred self care that is happening and you don't have to worry about finding space in the day.
#3: You'll try new things.
The first retreat I hosted held so many firsts for people- first reiki session, first time seeing Lake Michigan, first cacao ceremony, etc. We're constantly tempted to stay in our comfort zones, but at a retreat you never know what experiences may happen.
#4: You'll meet new friends.
The people you meet at a retreat are one of a kind. There is a certain type of magic that happens when groups of people come together under the shared intention of the retreat. While so many of our new connections happen via social media, the retreat brings back human connection.
#5: Retreats replenish your soul while igniting your spirit.
Since you didn't have to do the planning, you won't leave feeling like you need a vacation from the retreat. In fact, you may leave feeling more energetic and excited about life than ever. Retreats provide an atmosphere for personal growth and relaxation that you won't find anywhere else. You'll learn the type of self care you're truly worthy of and that makes a difference in your life, even after you leave.
Are you ready to sign up for a retreat? Check out my Sacred Self Care Retreats to see what is currently available!
What a magical time of year. It's the first full moon of the Autumn season and it's in Aries and Pisces!
The sign of Aries offers a firey energy that doesn't want us to just release all that's holding us back- it wants us to burn it down.
While full moon is always a great time to release anything and everything that you're feeling called to release, this full moon is asking us to focus in on our relationships. This could be romantic relationships, friendships, partnerships, family, etc.
This ritual will help you channel that firey energy, inspire you to restate your boundaries and get clear on the types of relationships you desire in your life.
If you have access to space that allows for a bonfire, I completely encourage you to do this ritual by the fire! If you don't have access to space that allows for a bonfire, lighting a candle will do the trick.
This ritual comes in two parts and you can do it all together or separately.
Part I: Releasing Relationships
Did you love this ritual? Any ah-ha moments? Share with our loving community, Spiritual Self Care.
How do you respond to stress?
Are you good at relaxing?
Both of the responses to the answers are crucial to your quality of life.
My frustration threshold used to be basically nothing.
My patience felt nonexistent.
Every little thing felt like a big thing.
Every big thing felt earth shattering.
Now, I am able to more quickly see how each obstacle is a detour to a better direction. I am more quick to trust that what is happening. I am confident knowing that I have the tools to walk myself through this stressful experience, make meaning of it, and find relief.
What is more stressful- the precipitating event/trigger or our response to it?
We have the most control over our response, but even then, sometimes our nervous system goes into overdrive. We go into constant fight or flight mode.
Which means the answer to that second question- Are you good at relaxing? Is a big fat no. You WANT to be good at relaxing. You want to relax… but you’re feeling that pull of the to-do list or even harder, the to-be list.
How you respond to stress seriously impacts not only your quality of life, but your longevity! I don’t need to tell you how bad stress is for you- it is pretty well documented at this point how much of a toll stress takes on your body.
When we’re in this state, one stressful situation seems to impact all parts of our life. We take our personal problems to work. We take our work problems home. We start little fights with our loved ones out of being so freaking tired.
We need a better way to respond to stress. Our livelihood and wellbeing of ourselves and our families depends on it!
The Chakra Goddess energy therapy program does just this. Through going through the program, you will naturally learn new ways of responding to stress. You will learn a go-to system for stress relief and relaxation that will boost your overall health, improve your relationships, and promote balance.
This program combines two transformative practices: journaling and reiki. It is these practices that will completely shift your stress response so that you respond in a way that helps you grow.
Find out more here: The Chakra Goddess
What happens during an intuitive reiki healing?
Each person’s experience is beautifully unique.
Here is what happens from my perspective:
The shared intention of healing creates a bridge of energetic connection between myself and the person/people who are receiving the healing. I begin to receive messages almost immediately throughout my entire body. During my attunements, I was transported to this sacred forest for healing. I recognized this space from other dreams that I had that involved the archangels teaching me how they do energy healings. I knew this was the place for me to share with the souls I would be blessed enough to work with. Sometimes this place changes and I roll with where spirit guides me, but more often than not we start in this sacred place.
One of my gifts is translating energy into words and a deep understanding of how the chakras work. I’m able to feel exactly where there are lingering energies that are not serving and release them. I focus in on each chakra and share exactly what is coming through to me. Combining reiki with my intuitive gifts have made my healings extra powerful because while I use my energy to decipher, channel, and interpet… reiki heals. Reiki activates the healing within you and intensifies inner peace.
In each chakra, we clear the energies of stories- from this life, past lives, etc. Once the space is cleared, we call in new stories in the forms of affirmations, light, symbols, sacred geometry, etc. Sharing what the new energy looks/feels/sounds like is one of my favorite parts. My body tingles with excitement and optimism. It is a process of complete unconditional love and support.
Reiki is loving, intelligent energy that flows exactly to where it is needed. This means that while our focus may be on one chakra, we can trust that reiki is addressing all parts of the mind, body, and soul. Reiki is also not bound to the same rules of time and distance as we know it. This means that reiki can transcend space and time, being just as effective in person, distance, live, or via recording. It all works the same. It is only our ego that thinks there’s any difference.
To me, distance energy work is very similar to the way that music works. You don’t need to be in the recording studio with the artist the very first time they record that song that resonates so deeply with your soul it makes you cry- you may very well experience this reaction every time you listen to the song. The same goes for reiki healings- you don’t have to be in the same room at the same time as a healing is occuring. You can listen to it over and over again and feel the power.
Are you ready to experience an intuitive reiki healing?
Book your session here: Intuitive Reiki
This full moon in Pisces is the start to a VERY welcomed shift in energy!
It's like the pre-party to Mars going out of retrograde on Monday. We get to celebrate who we are, all we've overcome, and rededicate ourselves to... well ourselves.
Pisces is a water sign that is known for it's dreamy, psychic qualities. It is an accumulation of all the signs can find a bit of itself in all 12 members of the zodiac. This past eclipse season called for some of the most intense inner work we've had to do, but we'll soon see the outcomes from all that work. This energy is absolutely magical and if you are open to it, it will expand your being in so many ways.
Full moons and new moons offer their own unique magic when it comes to releasing. This full moon is calling us to RELEASE so that we can EXPAND.
This full moon ritual is inspired by the Pisces willingness to reflect and hold all parts of the zodiac, understanding that working with the energies as a collective can bring about so much meaning to life. Embrace the wisdom of each sign as they guide you on how to EXPAND:
Full Moon in Pisces
Every interaction, every relationship, every connection forms energetic cords between us and another person (or sometimes even a group of people). These energetic cords provide a path for energy to be exchanged. For empaths, intuitives, and other highly sensitive people, these cords can be absolutely draining as they are absorbing so much of the other person's energy and that person may be feeding off their energy as well.
Even those who don't necessarily resonate with being highly sensitive to energy are impacted by energetic cords.
Think about going to the grocery store. You're having a great day, but it's a crazy busy day in the store... the lines are long, and your cashier is obviously having a terrible day. They don't smile when you try to engage them, they roll their eyes when you ask a question, and you notice it looks like they could just start crying at any moment. You leave the store with your items and when you get home find yourself snapping at your loved ones and your patience is totally gone.
Yes, this is a symptom of an energetic cord.
A cord was created between you and the cashier, their coldness was already draining, and now you've created a connection that creates an energy as if the interaction was still occurring.
We can also have deeply intense cords between ourselves and loved ones. It is so important to cut cords with our loved ones so that way the energy between the relationship can stay moving and positive. A sign that these cords need to be cut is when our relationship with someone has reached a standstill, there is frequent arguing, and an energy of tension.
Many people express a desire to detach themselves from the energy of others and one of the most effective ways of doing so is through cord cutting. Cord cutting is the ritual of cutting the energetic cords that connect us with another person or group of people. We can often tell where these cords are in our body as it is the area that tenses up when we think of this other person. Cutting cords is helpful for both parties as it reinstates the boundaries of each person's energy.
Cord cutting is often done in reiki healings or during meditation.
Here are the instructions for a cord cutting meditation:
Reiki adds a whole new layer to cord cutting. The depth of clearing is intensified and the space is filled with reiki, accelerating your healing process. I will gladly help you cut cords during our 1:1 intuitive reiki session together. You'll notice the difference of a reiki infused cord cutting! Book your session: here.
We're in the final stages of eclipse season!
There's a chance you're feeling a bit like you've been put through the wash and someone forgot to put it on delicate cycle... and really you're dry clean only.
This season was not one for the faint of heart. We were asked to look at and feel through some heavy feelings so that we can ascend and expand.
So yes, you may have been put through the wash, but you'll begin to find that you're transforming into someone far more resilient and intuitive than you could have ever imagined.
This new moon is asking us to look at SHAME.
Leo is known for it's prideful, dramatic flair. New moon is known for heightened awareness of the shadow and a time to plant intentions.
If you've been holding onto shame, Leo is asking you to be rid of it.
Shame is sneaky. It masks itself as so many other emotions, sadness, anger, jealousy, etc. You will need to spend some time in solitude to unmask this shame and sit with it. Where is the source of this shame? How is it playing out in your life? What do you need in order to release or transmute it? What would your life look like without this shame and what steps can you take to make that your reality?
Clearing out the shame creates a momentum of confidence behind our energy. Remember, the Leo is PROUD. This energy wants you to shed the things that keep you small and stand tall. You don't have to keep giving credit away or validating the smallness in your life. Tap into the energy of the fierce lion and know you are powerful.
After one year of getting to truly understand the oils, I have one word to describe them: sacred. They are one of my most sacred tools because they are truly effective on every level- mind, body, and soul.
I continually get inspired to share these oils in fun and creative ways. Blogging about them is in complete alignment with my creative process and I am so excited to share these oils with you in a fun, accessible way.
When I thought about which oil should be the first feature my heart yelled, BALANCE. This is the oil that I use every single day in my morning ritual. I apply a couple drops to the bottoms of my feet for instant grounding.
Grounding the exercise of anchoring in one's energy so that they may expand and integrate to their highest potential.
Using Balance and spending time outside are two of the most effective ways to ground. When we aren't grounded we can feel "off", distracted, tired. Sometimes it can even manifest into chronic pain or financial difficulties. When we experience any kind of trauma or intense stressor, our root chakra needs to be supported through the process of grounding. A healthy root chakra is vital to having a strong connection with all things in this material world and a sense of self.
Each morning when I apply the Balance to my feet, I recommit to myself. I feel the love of the oils and know that I am grounding in the most amazing energy.
As described on the doTERRA website, "The warm, woody aroma of dōTERRA Balance Grounding Blend creates a sense of calm and well-being. We perfectly blend Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile with Fractionated Coconut Oil to offer an enticing fragrance that promotes tranquility and relaxation. Spruce, one of the oils in dōTERRA Balance, was used by Native Americans for health and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body. Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile can ease anxious feelings, while Frankincense provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions."
Balance is predominately a blend of tree oils and roots- hence the "grounding" blend. It is the perfect oil for anyone who is looking to overcome anxious feelings and welcome ease & assurance into their lives every single day. It is for the person who has massive dreams and is seeking support in perseverance. Balance is the blend that will ground you in inspired daily action for you to bring those dreams into reality.
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