What is a soul? There are so many definitions and theories and specifics, it can be overwhelming! It’s a huge topic, and worthy of all the attention and rumination is has received over the course of time.
But I think it’s really quite simple. Your soul is your eternal self. It’s the part of you that existed before this body was born. It’s the part of you that will continue to exist after this body dies.
Your eternal self isn’t bound by linear time, so it isn’t limited to just this one physical body that you’re using to read these words. It experiences life in many physical forms, in many different time periods, concurrently.
But even though your soul is eternal, that doesn’t make it better than this physical body that you’re now inhabiting. “Better” is a judgment, and souls don’t judge. Treat your physical body with the love, respect, and kindness with which you’d treat a precious loved one. Your physical self and your eternal self are on this crazy life journey together. Enjoy the ride!
My new meditation is now available, and it’s perfect for those of us whose sacral chakra could use some help!
The sacral chakra is located just below your navel. It’s the center of creativity, sensuality, and birth or rebirth. Orange is the color typically associated with this chakra. Its element is water. Having a healthy sacral chakra promotes a sense of balance and flexibility in life. If this chakra is clogged with old patterns or issues that have become stuck in place, this can manifest as abdominal or low back problems. Clearing this chakra can help your physical and emotional well-being.
Sacral Chakra Cleanse can be found here or on iTunes. The background music to this meditation was specifically created to enhance the wellness of the sacral chakra. Enjoy!
This time of year, as the holidays approach, my thoughts turn to the topic of joy vs. obligation. Here’s what I mean…
We humans do stuff. All kinds of stuff. Our lives are full of stuff we “have to do.” But do we really? Are we doing things out of joy, or out of obligation? This crucial distinction can impact the quality of your life.
Yes, we live in this world (for now) and there are certain non-fun things we have to do. Let’s take laundry, for an example. I can’t think of anyone I know who enjoys doing laundry. It’s something we humans just have to do. But try turning “I hate doing laundry” into “I like having clean clothes to wear.” Or “I love it when my clothes are warm from the dryer.” Or “It’s a blessing to have a closet full of nice, clean clothing.” Take that obligation and view it from a perspective of joy.
If the majority of your activities are done out of obligation rather than joy, you may start to feel the strain of this in your physical body. Notice where in your body you feel pain or discomfort. What does this pain keep you from doing, or make it difficult for you to do? It’s likely a task that you don’t really want in your life. Can you take a break from this activity in order to give your physical body a chance to heal? Perhaps you’ll find a different way of accomplishing the task, one that is more in alignment with your joy. Or you may find that you didn’t really need to be doing the dreaded task at all, and were just stubbornly holding on to it out of a misplaced sense of obligation. (I speak from experience here!)
Trying saying this out loud: “I choose a life of joy, not obligation.” Then, one by one, look at each “have to do” in your life. Can you change your perspective on the task to take it from an obligation to a joy? Can you change the way you accomplish the task to make it more fun, more joyful? Can you give it up altogether? If you give this a try, let me know what happens!
The veil is thin this time of year. My latest meditation, Spirit Team Meeting, helps you reach out to your spiritual support team in order to open to their guidance and give them thanks. Your “spirit team” is unique to you, and can include angels, archangels, ascended masters, spirit guides, loved ones in spirit – even such creatures as fairies and dragons! It’s all about what works for you.
You can find this guided meditation here or on iTunes. Have a beautiful autumn!
Before I meditate – or any time I feel the need to clear my energy field – I do this quick process.
- Close my eyes and take a deep breath or two.
- Envision my energy reaching down to connect with Gaia’s energy (while saying or thinking the word “connected”).
- Envision my energy reaching up to connect with the universal/divine energy (while repeating the word “connected”).
- Feel myself surrounded by my own energy and that of my spirit team (while saying “surrounded”).
- Feel myself protected by my higher self – the part of me that has the bigger picture and can therefore guide me (while saying “protected”).
Try it with me. Take a deep breath or two. Let your body release the tension we tend to carry. Say or think:
Connected (picture your energy connecting with Gaia).
Connected (picture your energy connecting with the universe).
Surrounded (feel yourself surrounded by your own energy and that of your spirit team).
And protected (feel yourself supported by your own higher self).
Doesn’t that feel great? It takes less than a minute, but has a big impact – grounding, clarifying, and empowering you.
It’s back to school time, so let’s go to Space College!
My son came up with the phrase “space college” to describe the concept of learning from the universe through meditation. I like the term, so I’m borrowing it from him. This guided meditation will help you connect with the educational resources of the universe in order to aid your intuitive development. You can find it here or on iTunes. Enjoy!
One of my kids is learning to drive. He doesn’t like it much, and didn’t drive at all for a while. (That’s okay with me. I don’t push my kids to comply with societal expectations.) Today, he got back on the road. He did fine, but felt scared. And then felt dumb for being scared. And then said something that moved me – “I guess it’s not dumb. I have a right to have fear. I just don’t need to have fear.”
We humans have a right to feel fear, along with all the other emotions. But we don’t need to carry our fears around forever. Recognizing and honoring our fears can help us to release them. That way, they no longer hold us back.
So how do you release a fear? My go-to method is tapping. Here’s a super simple process:
- Gently tap on any of the tapping points (see image below).
- Say “I release my fear of (whatever scares you).” Repeat this as many times as you’d like.
- Stop tapping and take a deep breath.
- Release the breath while letting go of the fear.
- Repeat the process as needed until you feel the fear start to loosen its hold on you.
If you give this a try, let me know how it works for you!
The Tapping Points:
Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older, too
~ Stevie Nicks
You don’t have to be what others want/need you to be. It’s okay to release the fear of letting them down.
It’s okay to not feel okay. Discomfort points the way toward growth. It highlights issues that are ready to be addressed and released.
It’s good to know your limits and to express them with honesty and kindness.
You don’t have to maintain a constant state of busy-ness. Rest is important, too. Find the balance that works for you.
You don’t have to conform to society’s standards of youthful beauty. Allow your outside to reflect your inner beauty in whatever way feels right to you.
Eat what makes you happy. The “perfect” diet won’t make you a perfect human.
It’s okay to be imperfect. We’re here to make mistakes and learn from them.
We’re all connected. If we each give ourselves the freedom to be who we truly are, we really can change the world.
If I could
Maybe I’d give you my world
How can I
When you won’t take it from me
~ Lindsey Buckingham
We have ideas of how people should be – everyone, but especially those we’re close to. They should do this, they should let us do that, they should give this, they should accept that.
What if we released all those shoulds? What if we stopped trying to change them and just allowed them to be who they are? And if who they are doesn’t align with who we are, let them go their own way?
Relating to people out of love and truth, and not out of image or obligation – wouldn’t this be lovely?
We’re all connected. If we give each other the freedom to be who we truly are, humanity might just start to heal.
I love to meditate with crystals! With my newest meditation, you can begin to connect with the power of crystals by visualizing a visit to a crystal cave.
You can find my meditations here or on iTunes. Enjoy!