The Eclipse and Mercury Retrograde and Astro Update

Guest post by Mary Bailey Silver

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It's here!  The big solar eclipse everyone has been talking about is happening!  Let's take a look at how the energy of the eclipse will affect you.

The eclipse happens on Monday August 21st for those in the USA.  August is a 18/9 Universal month.  The number 9 is showing us that the past 9 years cycle of our life needs to be let go.  A shift needs to take place so when we start the next 9 year cycle, we are starting with a clean slate.  It's a time for reflection and release.  Take some time to reflect on what needs to change in all areas of your life.  The past is the past, it's time to let it go and create a future full of passion and abundance!  

August 21 is important as the number 21 is known as "The Crown of the Magi", which is the Universe and all the gifts it has to offer.  It is showing us that after the long 9 year struggle we have gone through, abundance and the Universal gifts are here for us to claim!  We all have the right to abundance and these numbers reflect that through joy, happiness, and true self-expression we will receive the gifts we have been seeking.  

This solar eclipse is happening in the sign of Leo.  Leo rules the sun!  Leo also rules the heart!  This is showing us that what is in our hearts is the focus now.  We are to look inside our hearts and find what has been needing release and transformation.  Now is a time to make a change.  Leo is a fire sign and loves to be in the spotlight.  It is a powerful sign that asks us to light the fire inside ourselves and initiate desire!  Let what is in your heart come alive and be expressed!

There is a new moon happening at the same time of the eclipse.  This is asking us to set our intentions to move forward and create all we desire.  New beginnings are going to create lasting change.  Look inward and find your inner light.  What makes you happy?  What brings you joy?  Use this time to get really clear so when September comes you are ready to take action and make these changes.  Remember, Mercury is in Retrograde, (direct on September 5) so wait to make these changes until after it is over to lessen any communication issues that could pop up.

This is a time to release, set new intentions, get fired up, and follow what our hearts truly want!  This energy will have lasting effects.  Eclipse energy is extremely potent and the effects are felt for a year to two years after one has happened.  Make this time work in your favor and be a conscious creator in love and prosperity!

 

Laura’s Gluten Free, Paleo, and Egg Free Bread Recipe

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I decided to experiment with baking because I couldn’t find any commercially made bread that was grain, sugar, and dairy free. Thankfully it is possible to make bread that is all of things and in my opinion still tasty. No, it doesn’t taste like wheat-bread but it is still tasty and best of all – doesn’t make me sick! It’s also very high in fiber, which is something most people don’t get enough of and is high in healthy fats.

You can modify the recipe by using sunflower seeds to make it nut-free. If you prefer to substitute butter or eggs you can do that as well. For a firmer bread, use cocoa butter as the shortening. For a texture that is less solid, sub the cocoa butter for coconut oil.

Once baked, I personally like to put almond butter on it though it also tastes great with a coconut spread or vegan cheese. If you have a sweet tooth – I am sure that honey or jam would be great on it too.

Happy Baking and Bon Appetit!

Grain Free and Vegan Bread Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup whole psyllium husks (whole)

1 cup boiling filtered water

2/3 cup almond flour (for not free, use sunflower seed flour)

1/3 cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cocoa butter (can also use coconut oil, butter, or ghee if preferred)

3 tablespoons melted virgin coconut oil 

Optional: add cinnamon, carob or other additive for flavor

Instructions

Preheat oven 350°F. Blend all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Heat shortening to melting point. Bring water to boil or near boiling and combine with dry ingredients, stirring to combine evenly. Once completely combined, add the melted shortening and blend thoroughly.


Pour dough into a greased 8 x 6 or 8 x 4 inch loaf pan and make sure it is spread evenly throughout.

Bake at 350°F for about 40-50 minutes, until top is browned and center is solid.

Best if consumed within a few days or frozen for later consumption.


 

Summer Eclipses and What They Mean for You

This coming full solar eclipse is getting a lot of buzz! It’s the biggest solar eclipse that North America has seen since 1918! Eclipses bring change, and often times unexpected turnarounds. Astrologically, the eclipses come to help us clear out things that are holding us back.

Coming Eclipses

There is a partial lunar eclipse is coming on August 7/8 around noon Mountain time that will be viewable from Europe and Asia. Then on August 21 is the big event at 12:30 pm Mountain Time.  The eclipse will be most visible around Portland, Oregon which has inspired a lot of people to go there to see the eclipse. But don’t worry, you don’t have to see the eclipse for it to impact you and you will likely be able to at least one of the eclipses from your location if you want to make memories of this historic event.

What Happens During an Eclipse

During a lunar eclipse, the earth is between the moon and the sun which means the moon is not getting the light from the sun. Think of a lunar eclipse as like an uber full moon! Lunar eclipses are always on full moons and they usually indicate endings of some kind in our life.

During a solar eclipse on the other hand, the moon blocks the sun from the earth’s perspective. Astrologically speaking, it’s like an uber new moon because solar eclipses always happen on new moons.

What it means for you

Eclipses often show up as the wild cards to shake up areas in our lives that need shaking up! They often bring about unexpected events and sometimes make us do a 180-degree turn. Though this can be challenging, it is always for our highest good and in order bring us something better and shift us into new levels of consciousness.

By knowing which house the eclipse falls in your chart you can get a better sense of how you will be impacted. Whether or not you look into this in advance, just be aware that the eclipses will bring change, likely quite rapidly. Rather than fight it, think of riding the wave of change and it will go a lot more smoothly. Just like the tide, the change cannot be stopped, only dealt with.

So, hold onto your hats and enjoy the ride!

Sources

Astrology Zone

Well Being

Timeanddate.com

Timeanddate.com

The Healing Power of Sleep

It has come to my attention recently just how important sleep is for our health, mental state, and success. We also are living in a society that often views sleep deprivation as a sign that you are hard-working and determined. I have been getting a lot of messages from my angels and spirit guides lately that going without sleep is not something we should push ourselves to do. I do understand that there are times when this must happen short-term, however sleep deprivation can have serious health consequences. I hope that reading this you will allow yourself to get the rest that you need without feeling guilty or judged.

What happens when you sleep

Your immune system is replenished. Specifically, when you sleep your body repairs cells, blood vessels and even your heart. Your brain also creates neural pathways which help with the processing and retention of knowledge from the previous day. It is for this reason that if you are doing a lot of learning, you remember and retain more knowledge when you sleep a full night. Sleep also has a big impact on weight and helps you regulate your blood sugar. There is also a connection between rest and beauty as getting a good amount of sleep translates to vibrant and healthy-looking skin and overall appearance – hence the term “beauty sleep.”

What happens when you don’t sleep

Sleep-deprivation has been linked to suicide, depression and making poor decisions. Because sleep is connected with healing cells and the circulatory system, chronic sleep deficiency can increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. Since your blood sugar is not being regulated, those who don’t get enough sleep are usually heavier than their counterparts who are getting enough sleep.

When you don’t get enough sleep, it’s also bad for beauty: skin conditions get worse due to increased inflammation. It also leads to visible problems like darkness or bags under the eyes, dull skin and red eyes.

When you don’t get enough sleep, you brain also tries to accommodate by going into micro-sleep. Micro-sleep is what happens when your brain essentially goes to sleep or goes into autopilot when you are awake, such as when you drive somewhere and don’t remember doing it. So, driving while sleep-deprived is similar to driving drunk in terms of impairment. Not sleeping for as little as 17 hours can be the same as being drunk.

Another negative aspect of not getting enough sleep is that your brain actually clears away neurons when you don’t get enough sleep which leads to cognition and memory problems and, over time, leads to a much greater risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. You can watch a great TED talk about that here.

To sum up, chronic sleep deprivation leads to increased risk of:

·        Weight gain

·        Diabetes

·        Depression and suicide

·        Memory problems and poor knowledge retention

·        Heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure

·        Alzheimer’s and dementia

·        Accidents (auto and falls)

·        Lowered libido and attractiveness

Additionally, lack of sleep creates inflammation which speeds up the ageing process and makes us sick and look tired.

How to get better sleep

If you feel guilty for letting yourself go to sleep, there are some tools that can help you clear that. I am a fan of tapping to help release unhealthy beliefs or patterns. You can read my blog post on how to tap and watch a brief instructional video here.

Good sleep habits can really help too. Turn off bright lights a few hours before sleep and minimize interaction with electronic devices. Create a nighttime, relaxing ritual. This can include reading a book, taking a bath, meditation, journaling, drinking a relaxing herbal tea, or relaxing yoga. Create a time for you to wind-down and get your body and mind time to prep for sleep. Do not do intense exercise or do stressful activities or use electronics (no checking email) 2-3 hours before sleep. This can really help with making sure that you mind is not wired but tired.  To get good quality sleep, it’s also extremely helpful to have a comfortable sleep environment. Make sure there are no flashing lights on in your room or anything else stimulating. If you struggle with traffic or other outside noises a white noise machine or playing nature sounds can help you fall asleep. I also recommend turning on “airplane mode” or “do not disturb” on your phone as notifications and even the signal itself can stimulate you and make it difficult to go into deep sleep.

Here is a summary of how to ensure you get better sleep:

·        Eliminate or reduce light sources in your room

·        Put electronics in airplane mode and turn off notifications or reminders

·        Create a nighttime ritual to relax

·        Stay off electronics 2 to 3 hours before bed

Hopefully this article helps you work understand why sleep is important and you found some tips to help you sleep. Sleeping is one of the best things we can do for our health and peace of mind.

Sources

 

Every Day Health

Harvard School of Public Health

Health Spirit Body

Health Line

Lisa Genova TED Talk

National Institutes of Health

Science Alert

 

 

Beneficial Uses for Activated Charcoal

Recently while feeling sick I learned about the benefits of Activated Charcoal. I started to do some research and was amazed by what I learned about activated charcoal and how handy it can be.

What is activated Charcoal?

Activate charcoal is charcoal that has gone through a special heating process that creates lots of nooks and crannies in the charcoal. It is extremely porous and attracts positive ions to itself. This allows the activated charcoal to absorb lots of yucky stuff. Activated charcoal is sold as a powder, liquid, or in capsules. I am a fan of the capsules because you can swallow them and avoid the mess or you can open up them up for many of the uses I describe below. Please note that activated charcoal and the charcoal you use for the barbeque are not the same thing. Charcoal for grilling has lots of chemicals and should not be used for any of the purposes outlined below. Also charcoal of any kind can stain surfaces or clothing so be aware of that and be careful when using it.

For poisons

Because activated charcoal can absorb toxins, it is used in emergency rooms all over the world to deal with poisons and drug overdoses. It is an incredibly potent detox tool so a little bit goes a long way.

Clearing Out Toxins from Food Poisoning or Food Borne Illness

I have learned first-hand how effective activated charcoal can be for this. When I was traveling in Ukraine in College, I got a bad campylobacter bacterial infection. I quickly became sick while on a train and they stopped it despite there being hundreds of passengers to get me a doctor. They then gave me activated charcoal to soak up the toxins. This patched me up until I could fly home. It was literally a life-saver for me. To date, that is the only time in my life I have ever thought I was going to die. This kind of bacterial infection can be deadly or cause permanent damage and luckily I ended up being okay in the long term.

I later experienced more benefits when I was having a bad reaction to chlorine and fluoride in the water. After taking activated charcoal, I stopped feeling extremely sick. I now travel with activated charcoal and always have it on hand and home for this reason alone. You never plan to get food poisoning so when you get sick, trying to get medicine can be problematic. Luckily you can easily put a handful of capsules in a small baggie or pillbox and take them with you.

Cleaning and Whitening Your Teeth

It may seem strange since activated charcoal is clearly black but it actually whitens teeth. You can use the contents of one capsule or simply get a container of the loose activated charcoal to use for this purpose. Just be aware that charcoal can stain certain surfaces or fabrics so be careful when handling it. Put a little bit from the capsule into your mouth or dip your toothbrush into the powdered charcoal and then brush your teeth gently since charcoal can be abrasive if brushed hard regularly. Afterwards, rinse with water until clear. This whitens teeth, freshens breath, and helps kill bacteria.

*If you have veneers or crowns, it may stain them. Also discontinue this if tooth sensitivity occurs.

As a skin mask for beautiful skin

Activated charcoal is also great for cleaning out your skin through a gentle mask. You can mix the contents of one capsule or use a pea-sized amount mixed with two teaspoons of moisturizer, aloe vera gel, or mud mask. If using a mud mask, you might want to add a drop or two of water to get the right consistency. Spread the mixture onto the face and then rinse it out. Dirt, toxins, and bacteria will bind together and help you get clear and glowing skin.

Spot treatment for bug bites and breakouts

For use with bug bites or stings, mix the content of one capsule of activated charcoal or a pea-sized amount nd mix with coconut oil. Apply to the affected area and reapply every 30 minutes until the itching or burning stops. Use a band aid or bandage to protect the bite and prevent the staining of your clothes or furniture. This can also be used for skin exposed to poisonous plants such as poison ivy.

For breakouts, make a concentrated treatment similar to the facial mask but use one capsule of activated charcoal with 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel, moisturizer or skin mask. Double the recipe for use on a larger area.

Treating Alcohol Poisoning or to Help Prevent Hangover

Activated charcoal can help remove the toxins from the body that contribute to a hangover or alcohol poisoning. In addition to toxins from the alcohol, drinks with mixers may contain chemicals including artificial sweeteners and colors or other additives. Activated charcoal can help your body clear out these toxins as well.

While activated charcoal does not absorb alcohol, it does help quickly remove other toxins from the body that contribute to poisoning. Alcohol is rarely consumed in its pure form; mixers that include artificial sweeteners and chemicals are common. Activated charcoal removes these toxins and helps minimize the effects ofhangover.

Conclusion

When using activated charcoal, it’s important to note that charcoal used for lighting fires and activated charcoal is not the same thing. The uses I’ve listed are for activated charcoal specifically.

These are just a few uses for activated charcoal. Because it’s so handy, I always keep it in my natural first aid kit as well as with my toiletries for beauty. Another great thing about activated charcoal is that it is economical, and since it’s so versatile, it’s highly likely that you can use it on a regular basis. If you’ve never tried it, there are many other uses in addition to the ones I’ve listed here.

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Sources:

Dr. Axe

David Wolfe

Wellness Mama

Listening To Your Body

Recently I was traveling in Austin for SXSW and I started feeling sick. I wasn’t just feeling a little sick but a lot sick and was a bit puzzled because I eat well and it didn’t feel like food poisoning or the stomach flu. But I felt pretty badly and so I tuned in psychically and got that it was from chemicals including chlorine and fluoride in the tap water. I generally do drink spring water but when I travel, I would sometimes drink tap water at restaurants. Since I was at a festival and out and about a lot, I was drinking more tap water than usual (but probably still no more than 3 glasses a day). So, I was a little surprised that I was feeling so sick, after all, I was only drinking a little bit of tap water. I started to do some research on chlorine and fluoride and learned that its highly toxic, and that the kind of fluoride in water is much more toxic than the kind in toothpaste (though I still avoid it in toothpaste as well).

I read several articles and blog posts and a few books on water fluoridation including The Case Against Flouride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up In Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics that Keep It There. I was amazed at what I read but here are a few points to consider regarding water fluoridation.

  • The fluoride that is in tap water is a completely different kind of fluoride than the type toothpaste that is actually a chemical byproduct. Pharmaceutical grade fluoride is what is in toothpaste, the kind in water which is byproduct from the phosphate industries.
  • Many countries including China (a country not-known to be toxic and pollution free) do not allow fluoride in water because they consider it too toxic.
  • The amount of fluoride in a glass of water is enough to cause an 8 point IQ drop (enough of a different to move you from the normal to dull range). A 5-point reduction on average of IQ doubles the number of people considered mentally retarded so this is a significant statistic.
  • There is a financial aspect to IQ loss as it relates to a person’s ability to make better money.
  • Flouride collects in the pineal gland (believed to be the 3rd eye is housed in the brain) and can increase hypothyroidism and create goiters.
  • There is also evidence of increased cell death, arthritis, dementia, bone fractures, and cancer.

After learning all this stuff, it’s really no surprise that fluoride was making me sick. Once I switched to drinking spring water or water that was purified to remove fluoride (most purified water does not), I felt much better.

               I wanted to share about this experience because it’s very important for all of us to honor what feels good in our bodies. Even though many will tell you that fluoride is good and safe, it was not feeling good in my body. Pay attention to what feels right for you and do your research. The more you pay attention to and honor what feels right for you, the better you will likely feel.

               On the plus side, as a part of this experience, I really learned the benefits of using activated charcoal to help absorb toxins and start to feel better. I will be writing about that soon so stay tuned.

Sources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/10/11/dr-bill-osmunson-on-fluoride.aspx

http://wilderdom.com/intelligence/IQWhatScoresMean.html

The Case Against Flouride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up In Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics that Keep It There

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/local/austin-will-continue-fluoridating-city-water/8u9XjeyCHzJ1bxzoqSKtaM/  

Clearing the Chakras

The Chakras are energy centers in the body. When these energy centers are flowing, we are healthy and vibrant and feel peaceful. When they are blocked, clogged, or malfunctioning, they negatively impact our health and mindset. This is why working on the chakras is so powerful. Heal or help the chakras and you can help both your physical, mental, and emotional health. Taking even a little bit of time to focus on chakra clearing work can have profound effects on multiple areas of your life. Yoga works to heal and help the chakras as well. I will never forget when I was going through a big purging phase and went to yoga. After just a short time of yoga, I felt extremely nauseated and almost threw up. I now understand this is because my chakras were being cleared out through the yoga stretches. Since I was already doing a lot of purging and had recently left a toxic relationship, my chakras were very clogged and there was a lot of clearing to do.

It is not uncommon to go through big physical shifts when our chakras are clearing. I have been known to feel nauseous when my solar plexus chakra is clearing and feel intense heart pain when the heart chakra is clearing. If this is happening to you, do not over-exert yourself. Do relaxing things, drink lots of water, and allow yourself to have extra rest if you feel you need it.

The chakras are arranged at the center of the body with the first chakra sitting at the base of the spine going all the way to the crown chakra at the top of the head. In my book Angels and Manifesting, I created a chakra chart to go over the different chakras, what they represent, their colors, and associated emotions and blocks. You can read that here.

Per client request, I also created this chakra meditation. You can get comfortable and listen to this meditation to help identify issues and blocks and then work to heal them. This is a very powerful way to effect change and healing in the body and in your life. Even a little bit of time spent doing this work can have profound effects and doing the meditation regularly can help you speed up your shifting and healing.

As they say in yoga, Namaste.

Tapping to Clear Blocks

What is Tapping?

Tapping is a great tool that allows us to clear or release emotional blockages in the body for relief. It operates behind a similar principle as acupressure or acupuncture. Essentially there are energy meridians in the body and we can release or reduce emotional triggers or patterns by tapping key points on the body. It sounds quite simple but I have found it to be quite profound in its impact and one of the amazing aspects of it is that it happens fast!

I’ve gone through detailed instruction in this article however if you’d like to see a video with demo tapping, you can watch that here or on itunes

Identity the Issue

The first step is to identify the issue. This could be an unhealthy belief pattern or habit or even a physical pain. Because many physical pains have an emotional block at their root, it can work for physical problems too. The issue could be feeling blocked financially or frustration from lack of opportunities. It could be not feeling supported emotionally or anger at a particular person. It might also be related to dissatisfaction related to some aspect of your physical health or an addiction. Often when we release the blockage, it gives us more ease in dealing with the practical aspects of the issue as well as releases the negative emotion which increases our vibration and allows us to manifest bigger and better things and experiences. I’ve included some sample tapping phrases to get you started and of course feel free to create your own.

·       I do not feel supported (optional to include specifics in terms of individuals or life areas such as health, finances, at work, by partner, children, etc.)

·       I want to be in better shape.

·       I do not have the financial freedom I desire.

·       I am overwhelmed with stress.

·       I am having a hard time of letting go of my addiction.

Again, choose one issue at a time and run through all the points tapping on the same phrase. Whichever phrase is the most triggering for you is a good one to start on.

Rate the Issue

The next step is to rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 on that particular issue. In others words, how bad is it with 10 being the worst and 1 being the best? You can do this just by checking in with yourself and see what number pops up in your mind.

Drink a Glass of Water

This might seem like an extraneous step but water helps to flush out your system of toxins and unhealthy or blocked emotions are toxic to our bodies and must be cleared through our bodies’ detoxifying system as well. Water supports that through its natural cleansing properties.

Identify the Tapping Points

The tapping points include points on the hand (karate chop points) as well as several points on the face and head, and several on the torso. I have included an image below for you to help identify the tapping points. I recommend tapping with either the first two or the send two fingers ensuring you are covering the tapping points each time you tap. If this feels uncomfortable, tap with just your pointer finger.  

Use the diagrams to reference the points below. You can tap on just one side or both sides of the face or body.

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Tapping Body

Tap the Phrase You Have Chosen to the Tapping Points

I recommend choosing one phrase at a time to focus on.  Once you have determined your rating, let’s say it’s a 3, then start tapping in the phrase using the following format.

I typically tap the karate chop point followed by the eyebrow, corner of eye, under eye, under nose, chin, collarbone, underarm, and sore spot with the top of head point last. Say the phrase through at least one time per point. 

“Event though, (insert issue), I completely love and accept myself.”

Here are a few examples:

“Even though I do not feel supported, I completely love and accept myself.”

“Even though I am angry at ______ for doing _________, I completely love and accept myself.”

“Even though, I wish I was in better shape, I completely love an accept myself.”

“Even though I am afraid of failure, I completely love and accept myself.”

“Even though I am afraid of success, I completely love and accept myself.”

“Even though, I am addicted to _______, I completely love and accept myself.”

 

Rate Yourself and Reassess

After one or two rounds of tapping, stop and pause to rate yourself. Has it gone down? If it has but has not gone down very far, keep going. Stop either when you rate zero or when you feel the need to stop. Sometimes we need some time to integrate the energy shifts and may feel overwhelmed if we try to clear too much at a time. That said, it is possible to clear blocks very quickly and relatively easily using this technique!

Keep Going and Tap Related Issues    

This work is very effective however it can be like the layers of the onion. Once you work on one phrase, there may be a related phrase or topic which pops up to clear. Keep working on them but be assured that you can make big progress with just a little bit of time and focus on this work.

You can also watch the instructional video that Laura made about tapping on iTunes or YouTube

Manifesting for New Year

New Year Manifesting

 The new year is a wonderful time to set intentions and get clear on what you want to create and bring in for the next year. I've included this worksheet to help you manifest your desired intentions for 2017 and beyond. You can copy and paste this into your own document or download a pdf version here. There are three steps to manifesting: Asking, Believing, and Receiving. This worksheet can help you with the asking part. For lots more tips, you can read my book on Angels and Manifesting

Name__________________________________

1 year goals as of_____________________________________

These are suggested categories, you can use these or create your own. I recommend making a ritual of it and lighting a white candle, having some tea, and playing nature sounds or calming music while you create your list to put you in the best frame of mind. You can also ask your angels to give you suggestions and help with ideas.

If this is tough to start with, you can get more tips on manifesting and figuring out what you want in the book Angels and Manifesting.  You can find the book on Laura’s website or on Amazon.

Ask for whatever you’d like or greater and include both quantifiable (measurable) and qualifiable goals. Make sure they are smart (specific, measurable, action-oriented, rewarding, timely and tangible). Make sure they excite you too!

 

Income:_____________________________________________________

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Health:_____________________________________________________

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Relationships:________________________________________________

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Career:_____________________________________________________

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Hobbies:____________________________________________________

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Feeling/Mental State:___________________________________________

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Spirituality:__________________________________________________

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Educational:_________________________________________________

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Giving:______________________________________________________

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Travel:______________________________________________________

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Living Space:_________________________________________________

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Net Worth:______________________________________________________

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Other (you fill in the blank here)_____________________________________

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Once you’ve written your list, it is important to ask the angels to bless and assist your requests. This really is the magic step! I recommend asking Archangel Michael, Raphael, Jophiel, and Zadkiel (plus any other angel you’d like to call on) as well as your guardian angel. There is no right or wrong way to do this simply, silently or verbally invite your angels to assist with your manifestations.

To give your manifestations more power, you can light a white candle and focus on the list and visualize them manifesting every day for a week!

Copyright ©Laura Powers 2016.

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Channeled Message from Archangel Cassiel

It is easy to get caught up in the stress and strain of day to day life. Remember to stop and smell the roses. Even when life feels hard or difficult, there is so much beauty all around. Appreciate yourself, your body, and your friends. The more you are in gratitude, the more wonderful things and energies are attracted to you. It is natural sometimes to feel sorrow or sadness. When this happens, allow yourself to feel this way. Do not label these feelings as bad or negative. Allow yourself to feel them and heal as they pass through you. Remember too that this moment shall pass. Whatever you are going through, it can change dramatically. Do not get trapped into feeling like just because you are struggling in the moment that you will continue to be in struggle. Allow me and the other angels to help lift you up. So many of you struggle on your own as if the burdens of the world are yours alone. Feeling the stress and the strain of the world does not make the world feel better. Allow yourself to feel light amidst the chaos and darkness, that is helpful. Also, remember that when you are overwhelmed by events beyond your control, you can ask the angels to intervene. The more of you that ask us for help, the more the world can transform!

 

Working Through Energy Shifts and Transitions with More Ease

 

We are going through a big time of energy shifts and transitions right now. So I wrote this article to share tips on how to shift more easily and assist in the process. 


Don’t Resist Change
One of the biggest blocks I see to positive change with clients is resistance to change. When our energy shifts, moving forward (change) is inevitable and is a direct result of the shifting however some people dig in their heels. A good visual example of this is a donkey digging its heels in. If you are resisting, it can help to ask yourself if you are resisting. If the answer is fear of change, or fear of success (they are often tied to together) it is likely you are in resistance. Ask the angels to help you release any fear of change and allow you to move forward. Even if there are things happening that you don’t like. There may be a beneficial reason that you are not aware of for the change. Often times the things that we resist benefit us the most. Getting at the root of why we are in resistance can often be extremely enlightening and helpful. For example, I had a lot of resistance when I started out in my psychic work. When I examined my resistance, it was rooted in fear of being judged or persecuted. Avoiding anything that led to this fear would also have held me back on my path, my purpose, and success. This fear was also based on a false premise (as many fears are) that with visibility would come persecution and pain. Therefore, it was important for me to face and move through this resistance or it would have blocked the good things I wanted in life. Anytime we allow unhealthy fear to have a hold over us, it negatively impacts our success and the good things we can have in life. As they say in Star Trek, “Resistance is futile,” and I have truly found it to be so!

Sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate the difference between something that you are resistance to that is good for us and something that is just generally bad. I find meditating or simply having some quiet time to ponder it can help. Thing about what it is that you are resisting and why. Once you can get at the root of the reason for the resistance, you can determine your own truth and figure out how to move forward in the healthiest way. 


Time to Rest and Transform
Give yourself time and space to rest and transform as it takes a lot of energy. When I was thinking about this recently as I have been going through big energy shifts, the angels reminded me about how it works with butterflies. When a caterpillar goes into the chrysalis and is transforming into a butterfly, it is not doing anything else besides this transformation. This transformation takes a ton of energy, and the caterpillar is doing nothing but transforming. So often when I am going through big energy shifts, I have pushed myself because I feel I need to be productive or “do stuff”.  If you think about caterpillar activities versus butterfly activities, so little of what a caterpillar does has any relevance to butterfly. Sometimes that very stuff we feel compelled to do will have little benefit to us once we have shifted energetically. Allow plenty of shifting, you may need way more than you think you need. Think about butterflies when they are going through their biggest transformation, they go into a chrysalis and don’t do anything except focus on transforming themselves. When they are done the transformation is incredible and breathtaking. Remember many of you are going through this type of transition yourselves and transforming takes a lot of energy and of course time.


Say No More Often
We are taught from when we are very young to stay busy and to focus on doing rather than being. One of the most important things we can do to help ourselves shift is to do less, and only say yes to things that we really want or love to do. Say yes to if it feels light and fun to do so. If you feel stressed, heavy, or tired when you think about doing something, it may be beneficial to say no. Remember, you do not need to do things all the time. In fact, when we have quiet time and are less busy, we can more easily hear messages from our angels and spirit guides. 


Release What No Longer Suit You
Allow yourself to release what no longer suits you or brings you joy. As our energy shifts, what we used to love and what we love now may be profoundly different. This can mean that you end of releasing a lot of situations, relationships, or belongings at once. While you head may say, “hold on, this is too much,” remember my first point, resistance is futile. If we can go with these changes and release what we feel like we need to release, it is often to make way for what is just perfect for us now. Do not try to make yourself like, or fit into, situations that no longer work well for you. When releasing belongings, a professional organizer helped me use these parameters to help determine what to keep and it was life-changing: only hold onto things if you love them or would by them now in their current condition. By purging what we no longer love and releasing what is not ideal for us now, we can make room for what is.  
Happy shifting everyone!


PS Taking the time and energy to shift now will reap big rewards later.

 

What Eclipses Mean and How to Handle Them

 

First of all, let’s go over eclipses and what they are. Eclipses are times of revealing and things set in motion during an eclipse have a deep impact for the next 6 months or more. They are powerful times for manifesting. Whatever happens and whatever we create during the eclipses has a large impact on the next several months and the future. Once I was writing about the upcoming eclipses for a newsletter and I knew exactly when they were coming. As a result of this, I very specifically set some clear intentions during the eclipse and a few hours later my plans for the week were deeply impacted by a cancellation with a friend while traveling. This then had a ripple effect as I met entirely new people and set a new course for myself. I feel strongly that this new course was set as a result of my intention setting during the eclipse.

Solar Eclipse

In an eclipse, the sun which represents of our conscious awareness gets blocked by the moon which represents what is hidden but true. In this case, the moon is literally eclipsing the sun and blocking out its light.

Lunar Eclipse

During a lunar eclipse (which always happen on full moons), the sun, the earth, and the moon align in a straight line. The earth is then between the moon and the sun.  The earth’s shadow blocks the light from the sun hitting the moon and plunges the moon into darkness. Essentially during a lunar eclipse, the moon appears goes from a full moon to a new moon and back in terms of light and then back to full again. So in sense, the manifesting energy from a whole month happens in that very brief window of time.

Eclipses always bring about change and what may seem like chaos but there is an underlying order. In essence, a new moon eclipse is an uber new moon and a full moon eclipse is an uber full moon.

Upcoming Eclipses

We have eclipses coming up. First will be a solar eclipse in Virgo followed by a lunar eclipse in the sign of Pisces. The eclipses in March were to stir up things up and get us to think about things we might not have while the September eclipses will firm things up for us bring clarity and movement. After the lunar eclipse on September 16, it will be easier to feel like you can move forward again. The last several months have been about identifying issues that need to be resolved and cleared and after this set of eclipses, it will be easier to move forward and you will have the clarity and be empowered to act with more confidence. One of the themes from this coming sets of eclipses that is coming up is turning the focus from other back to ourselves. If we fight this lesson, it will be harder for us in the long term. One of the benefits of these eclipses is that they bring things up for us for review and clearing so that we can manifest on a brighter, clearer level once they are cleared for us.

Eclipses Mark Endings and Beginnings

Though this can feel traumatic, it’s important to remember that if something is ending, there is good reason for it to do so and the same goes for the beginnings! There may be some things we let go of that are difficult but new things that come in that are even better. Let go of what is taken away and don’t fight it. Go with the flow and things will go much more easily for you. In particular, you might feel extra emotional during a full moon eclipse as you are purging and releasing old patterns, emotions, relationships, and situations which are not serving you on your path. You may feel you are on an emotional rollercoaster as you purge and release. When this happens, not that they will pass. Focus on your breath and ask your angels and guides to help you release all that is no longer serving you.

Fast Forward Evolution and Change

Eclipses also create change fast and may create situations which mean change that you thought was going to happen in years has to happen in weeks or at the moment. These unexpected circumstances area for your good but they can leave us reeling to try to keep up! Again don’t fight it, these things are for your evolution and your good.

Seeing People For Who They Are

Eclipses, particularly lunar eclipses may shine a light on people and show you a side that you hadn’t seen before and it may not be pretty. While it may be tempting to dismiss some of these things because they are magnified by the energies of the full moon, the quote by Maya Angelou resonates in this case, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

Don’t Fight the Changes

We are often in resistance to what is for our good. If there is something coming up for release, there is a good reason for it! Thank the universe for the changes and the lessons and move on. You will have six months to shift and incorporate the changes before the next set of eclipses comes and asks you to shift and evolve yet again.

Onwards and upwards as we and the world are all works in progress. 

The Benefits of Guided Meditation

Recently I have been getting so many messages about meditation that I finally just couldn’t ignore them and started meditating. I have tried meditating before and had a really hard time. I realized I was trying to do it on my own without a teacher. This often doesn’t go well when we are trying to learn something new. It was kind of like trying to teach yourself complex math with just a text book and no teacher (I should know; I have tried to do that before but that is another story). I have since discovered the benefits of guided meditation. In guided meditation you listen to someone who guides you through visualizations and relaxation techniques and for me this has made all the difference between failure and success. At some point I may be able to do meditation on my own without listening to an audio but for now, I am loving listening to them. 

The Benefits of Meditation
There are so many benefits to meditation and if you want to improve your life dramatically in a whole host of ways then there is no reason you should not be practicing meditation.
We live is such a stress oriented, active society but often we are working so hard to try to create a good quality of life but that are stressed in body in mind which is not a good quality of life. Meditation can help give us the perspective, peace, and focus we need to change our life in dramatic ways. I love this quote about meditation, “Meditate for an hour every day unless you are too busy. In that case meditate for two hours.” If you are so busy you can’t find an hour (or ten minutes) meditating can help you refocus and figure out how to work better and smarter. 
Here are a few benefits of meditation on health and wellness. The percentages are compared with non-meditators:

•    More focus (10x)
•    75% less depression
•    30% less anxiety
•    65% more well-being
•    50% less disease
•    Pain reduction
•    Reduce alcohol and substance abuse

These statistics are from over 100 scientific papers on meditation. You can read more about this and download a free meditation guide here: http://liveanddare.com/benefits-of-meditation/

Practicing Meditation

There is a reason they call it practicing! Meditation is not easy at first but most people expect that it should be. It’s like any new kind of exercise program, its hard at first! And I really do think of this as an exercise program; it’s exercise for the mind. You wouldn’t expect to run a marathon without training so don’t expect yourself to be able to meditation easily without some practice first too. It sounds simple to sit and focus or not focus depending on how you look at it for a few minutes to an hour at a time, but it will feel hard at first and that’s ok. It’s called a practice for a reason because you do need to work at it. And there are many benefits from doing even if it seems like you are terrible at it at first. You may feel like you are doing anything but relaxing or emptying your mind or whatever. Do it anyway and after a period of time, your mind will quiet and you will feel peace. 
Here are a few tips for successful meditation practice:

•    Find a peaceful and quiet place where you can relax without distractions
•    Get comfy (I like to lay down)
•    Drink water so you are hydrated and not distracted before you start
•    Have dim lighting or candle light to help your mind be less stimulated
•    Listen to peaceful music or a guided meditation to help you start
•    Don’t set expectations, just allow yourself to have the experience, whatever it needs to be

If you want to explore meditating, there are some great easy resources to do so. You can download my grounding and clearing audio meditation which helps you learn how to ground yourself and clear your energy field. There are also some great free guided meditations on Spotify’s Guided Meditation playlist. You can check that out for free here. Deepak Chopra has some great free ones as does Philip Permutt on that playlist so there is literally no reason not to try it. 
So I know that meditating can seem daunting but there are so many benefits if you can work through any resistance you have to it. There are literally so many benefits to it, it is silly not to at least try it .

Acid Addiction – The Hidden Addiction

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I was recently had a huge realization that I have been addicted to acidic foods. For years I have been shifting and releasing certain foods and cleaning up my diet. What I now realize is that many of those foods and drinks had one thing in common and I just now made the connection. Nearly everything I have given up because it was making me sick has one thing in common; they are acidic. After doing a little research, I realized this is an incredibly prevalent problem. 

It all started when I was realizing that I was having cravings for carbonated water. I no longer drink caffeine, sugar or any sweeteners including fruit or vegetable juice so that eliminates most fun things to drink. I started drinking carbonated water assuming that is was a healthy option. I have been addicted to enough foods and drinks to recognize my addictive pattern when it rises up. Anytime we crave something, there is always an addictive component so I was surprised at how strongly I was craving soda water. So I did a little research and learned carbonated water is highly acidic. Since that is the only thing, aside from perhaps some salt or minerals that differentiates it from regular water, I started digging into the topic and did some research. What I learned shocked me. I learned that not only is carbonated water acidic, it is highly acidic. When I looked into what else is acidic, it turns out that some of the most acidic foods and beverages were things I had already given up. Even though I had noticeable digestive and systemic reactions to certain foods, they were pretty much all also acidic. So I came to the realization that I have been an acid addict and not the psychedelic kind but the kind that is in so many of our foods and drinks. Since I consider myself to be a fairly educated person on health, wellness, and nutrition, I decided that if I was didn't know about this, a lot of other people probably didn't either so I decided to write this to help educate people on the dangers of acidic food addiction and consumption.

Acidic Food Overload Symptoms

The symptoms of an overconsumption of acidic foods and the resulting effect on the body (acidosis) are universally bad. They include:

•    insomnia
•    weight gain
•    muscle atrophy
•    bone density loss
•    demineralization
•    acne
•    nausea and/or vomiting
•    illness and disease
•    cancer
•    fatigue
•    drowsiness
•    brain fog and cognitive decline
I don't know about you, but none of those things are things that I want in my life. I had been feeling for some time like I was not as vibrant as I should be given my health regimen, diet, and lifestyle and when I pinpointed this issue, a lot of things suddenly made sense.  

I started drinking carbonated water more after I gave up liquor as it was a sort of fun drink I could have at a bar or restaurant that was not just plain water. I also started buying cans of La Croix because they were convenient to take on the road and were not plastic (which I try to avoid for numerous reasons). 

One thing that struck me about this realization is that when we have an addiction, the body and tries to satisfy it in a new way if the original source has been taken away. For example, if you are addicted to sugar, and you eliminate refined sugar from your diet, you may suddenly crave starches, grains, or fruit which processes to sugar in the body. So I was unknowingly falling into this trap when I gave up other acidic foods and started to consume a lot of sparkling water. 

Acidic Foods and Drinks to Avoid

Since I don't think many people think about the acidic content of their foods, here is a highly acidic food and drinks to avoid:

•    dairy products
•    bread and grain products
•    most meat
•    carbonated beverages
•    alcohol
•    peanuts
•    caffeine
•    table salt
•    sugar and most sweeteners
•    vinegar
•    pickled foods
•    canned or preserved foods

This list is basically a list of all of the foods and drinks that I have loved, consumed in large quantities, and then given up over the last several years. I just never made the connection that they had something in common. 

Other Contributors to an Acidic System

There are other lifestyle choices which will make your system more acidic and lead you to be less healthy. Here is a list of those contributors:


•    cigarettes and tobacco and nicotine
•    stress
•    carbon monoxide
•    lack of sleep or poor quality sleep
•    most drugs including aspirin and opioids

Now most of these things are things we tend to recognize as being problematic health-wise. It is interesting to note that many of these are also highly addictive behaviors or substances individually so when you look at the acid correlation, it makes sense. 

How to Reverse Acidosis

To reverse an overly acidic system (acidosis), there are several simple things you can do to regain your health. Most are simple changes and others simply require refocusing. 

To alkalize your system, you can do the following:

•    eliminate acidic food and drink from you diet
•    focus on deep breathing to release excess carbon dioxide
•    ensure you have good sleep hygiene habits
•    release stressful habits, patterns, and situations
•    take small amounts of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) daily
•    drink lots of fresh, pure water (add fresh lemon if desired)
 

Please note that I highly recommend seeking the advice, guidance, and monitoring of a health professional or nutritionist to advise you. 

I decided to write about this on my spiritual blog because if we aren’t doing well physically, we cannot do well spiritually. Eating an acidic diet causes brain problems and since our brain is like command central so for our bodies so if that isn’t doing well, we are not likely to be spiritually centered as well. 

It came as a shock to me that almost all of the foods I was eating were acidic and causing a whole host of problems for me. No wonder even though I was eating organic food, I wasn’t feeling my best. I was eating a diet that was acidic without realizing and I think a lot of people do that same. I hope this information helps you! Best of luck on your health journey!

Channeled Messages from Archangel Jophiel and Azrael

Recently I have been getting guided to share messages from the angels and ascended masters on my Facebook. Since not everyone is my facebook friend, I decided to share some of the messages here. These messages and many more will be in my forthcoming book on Archangels and Ascended Masters, coming later this year!

Here is a message from Archangel Azrael:

So many of you fight the release of what is best for you. If you are being asked to release it is because there is a benefit and a relief for you to do to. It is difficult because society tells you to be in fear and to hold on but if you can truly let go, the freedom and elation can be ecstatic. If you are in fear about a transition or about releasing something you have to release, call on me to help comfort you and to see the light. I am here for all of you. There is no need to fear the unknown and even death is not truly unknown as you have all been on the other side before. Fear is our greatest adversary but rather that try to fight or push it away, allow it to move through you and you will release then that the fear is not you. Notice the fear and allow it to pass. So many allow fear to take up residence in our hearts and minds but we do not have to allow this to happen. It is possible to refrain from judgement of fear but also not to let it reside in your house and your mind. Allow fear to do what fear does, but let fear pass. Fear is never meant to live in one place for long. Only by learning to let fear pass, can we find our peace. Remember that if you are struggling with fear, I am here for you. Simply invite me to you and I am there.

Here is a message from Jophiel:

Be easy on yourself. It is easy to push and get frustrated. Too often, humans are making progress and good things are happening but they get frustrated because they feel things should be happening faster. By doing this they are not focusing with love and gratitude on the things that should be happening faster. There is no need to force or push things to happen. You are loved and supported. Ask us to help you ease your burdens. Enjoy life, enjoy the little things. Dream big and believe that the wonderful thing you envision can come into being. The angels love you very much!

Blessings to all of you!

Channeled Message from Wayne Dyer

Hello, I am so pleased to talk with you all today. First of all, I want you all to know that I am doing great. I am excited to be here on the other side and excited that I can talk with you all this way. It was time for me to leave the earthly plane but that does not mean that my work is done. To the contrary actually because I feel my work is just beginning. I am going to be talking through channels like Laura and continuing to work as a mentor and guide to many of you who are doing the same kind of work that I did. In a way, the work that I did was just the beginning. I am so honored and happy to have helped prepare the way for so many of you and I want to encourage you who are reading and listening to this to work on your soul missions. There is really nothing more important.

There is a great need for knowledge and those who can teach it to others! If you feel the call to do this, know that it is not an accident. Do not get caught in the ego trap of believing that you are not capable or worthy. You are both! You can call on me if you feel you need support (or your other guides). 

You are living in an exciting time. Many old systems are going to be crashing down right now and it might seem traumatic but its for the good. There is a lot of corruption in the system just as there was in Rome and many other great cities where power and greed corrupted the leadership. When these old systems fall, know that it is so that better systems can come into place. If things are challenging or you are fearful, know that everything will turn out alright in the end. Do not get caught up in fear or inaction. Each of you has the power to change the world. The time is now, do not hesitate. Get to work! It might mean reading a book on a topic that will help you teach and learn, to take a class, to start speaking with your friends about spirituality, energy, or healing. Follow what feels right for you but take action and know that you are supported in doing so.

I'll be here helping you from the other side and so will your angels and spirit guides. I'll be talking with you soon and giving you guidance and support. Pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, intuition, and messages from the universe. Ha ha now get to work! And thanks for all your work, it is appreciated and will be rewarded.

 

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Be Your Own Knight in Shining Armor

Be Your Own Knight in Shining Armor

One theme that is coming up a lot is the importance of not believing that we need others to save us. The angels are all about helping each other and cooperation however we are all empowered with the tools we need to make changes and essentially save ourselves. It is disempowering to believe that we need someone else to save us. It is important to recognize our own vulnerability and learn from mistakes however we alone are the ones that can decide and then shift our lives. In essence we rescue ourselves through our own choices. The direct opposite is true as well. You cannot save anyone who does not want to be saved. You can try as hard as you can to pull someone out of a hole of negativity and victim mind-set but if they do not want to release it, they won’t and all that will happen is that you get pulled into the hole yourself.

Being a Victim and Being a Rescuer –Two Sides of the Same Coin

As strange as it sounds, both victim and rescuer mind-sets suffer from the same malady. Neither perspective honors the importance of the power of the individual to make changes in their lives. Those in victim status have given their power away and think they need others to do things for them while those who want to rescue mistakenly believe that others do not have their own power. Neither is healthy. The truth is that every single person alive has the power to transform and change their circumstances. If they don’t it is because they don’t believe that they do and either believing that we need others to save us, or believing we need to save others is equally damaging. To wait for someone else to rescue us puts not enough focus on ourselves and so too does trying to save someone else.

Take Responsibility for Yourself and Allow Others to Do the Same

When we are in a pattern or rescuing others all the time, we take away their power to help themselves. We also can keep those people stuck in a pattern where they are not given the opportunity to learn to do things on their own. Have you ever met adults who never learned to cook or do laundry because their parents always did it for them? These adults are stunted and though their parents were trying to help, they were really doing them a disservice. The same is true for being rescued all the time. If we allow others to get caught up in the belief that they have more power than others.

Balanced Giving and Receiving

The best situation is to have balanced giving and receiving. All of us will have times in our lives when we help others and when we receive help from others. This is good! The problem is when we systematically are doing one or the other. As with many things, it is about doing something within reason. If you find yourself on either side of this equation too much, remember to focus on your part. The more we focus on shifting ourselves and what we can do to shift a problem, the better place the world will be.

The Dark

The Dark
I wrote in my last post about how the light works so it seemed that talking about some basic dark principles would be helpful as well. By understanding the principles of each, you can better navigate through life and make better life choices.

Win/Lose
One major difference about the light in the dark is the concept of the win/win versus the win/lose. Think of a traditional deal with the devil or a demon and in order to get what you want, you must always sacrifice something you really ideally would not want to lose like your soul, or your life. Sign on the dotted line to receive wealth, fame fortune, and the girl (or boy) and in exchange you relinquish your soul and die after ten years. Contrast that with the light principles which state that there doesn’t have to be a loser. Not only is there not a winning side but you don’t have to sacrifice something you want for something else you don’t want. When you work with the light, it is possible to achieve goals and help others in the process. As you do well you can help others more, plus you get to keep your soul – major bonus!

Illusion and Deception
The light is about illumination and the truth. The dark is about deception and illusion. As things are illuminated, whatever is being hidden is revealed. Whenever you are dealing with an individual that is deceptive or a situation where there is a lot of illusion, it is likely that there is a lot of darkness there. To hide or deceive is not light. Healing and releasing happens when we see the deception that is there and move forward. The dark wants you to be in the dark and not know what is really going on. In life there is much illusion and as we spiritually evolve, we learn to see past the illusion to the truth even in the darkness.

Destruction
Just as the light creates, the dark destroys. Notice I did not say good and evil. Sometimes in order to create, we need to have some destruction (an old building is torn down to make way for the new for example). That said, widespread destruction is not usually helpful. Often times, we are guided to release rather than destroy in order to make way for the new. It is possible for us to release with being destructive. For example, when a relationship has run its course, you may simply choose to let the relationship go rather than destroy it. Ask the angels for help clearing and releasing in a helpful way and creating the new.

Punishment Versus Healing and Understanding
The dark principles are punishment and suffering like the concept of “an eye for an eye” versus healing and understanding. There is a big difference between demanding that someone is punished for their actions rather than helping them understand why that action is not good. I prefer restorative justice which helps the perpetrators of crimes understand the damage they did. It is much more effective than simply punishing. When you punish without helping someone understand why it’s a bad idea to do that action, no healing happens. The energy of punishment is about spreading suffering rather than learning and healing. Do you prefer to spread the energy of love through healing or pain and suffering?


Of course this is all a simplification. In life there are many gray areas however hopefully these help you think about things in a different way. There are other light and dark principles but this is a great start. I’ll be talking about other principles in later articles. 


The Light

The Light
I am starting this new blog titled The Light and the Dark and thought an appropriate way to start it was to talk about the light, and what is, and the principles of the light. In the world there are two opposing forces, the light and the dark. The light is about love, light, joy, health passion, flow, ease, health, cooperation, and abundance. There are many more words I could use to describe the light but I am sure you get the idea. In very simple terms, the light is nice and this is important. Someone who is nice, operates very differently than someone who is not nice. A nice person cares how you feel. A nice person cares what you want and dark person doesn’t. This means that in order to participate fully in your life, the light needs an invitation. Think about it, would a nice person just waltz into your house and make themselves at home? Of course not! A nice person will wait to be asked and they won’t assume they can come again tomorrow, they will wait again. The light is like that. If you want light energy into your life, you have to invite it in and you have to do it regularly.

Your Garden
Another way to look at this is to think about a garden. Imagine you have been given a garden, imagine now that you have been given a plot of land and it hasn’t been maintained. How does the garden look? More likely than not, the garden would likely be filled with weeds or at the very least with plants that are not the plants that you want in there. In order to get a lovely garden or fruits and vegetables, you need to do some cultivation. You have to remove the weeds and plant flowers and then regularly water and weed to get the type of growth you want in your garden. The same principles apply to the spiritual world. The dark just shows up automatically but the light requires thought effort and at least a little work. Since light energy is so lovely to have in your life, asking the light in is in my opinion very worth the effort. Who doesn’t want a lovely garden?

Angels
Most people have heard of angels but a lot of people think of them as being religious beings since they are described in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. I like to think of angels as beings of light that are here to help us. Essentially, that is what they are here to do, to support and assist us. If you work with the light, you are working in situations that are a win/win. This means that there is benefit to both sides. If you are working with angels, there will be benefits to you, to them, and to those that you work with! Love and wonderful things spread from their work. This is why I so recommend invitation the angels into your life and working with them regularly. Their influence has a wonderful ripple effect that will go out into the world and return back to you in wonderful, and incredible ways.

How to Plant the Flowers
You may be wondering, how do I plant the flowers in my garden? The truth is that it is very easy, all you have to do is ask the angels and beings of light in to assist you. You can think the invitation (the spiritual world is telepathic) or you can say or write it out. There is no right or wrong way to do this so long as you communicate your intent. You can ask for general help or specific help. Bear in mind that bigger requests take time though.

Pay Attention to Signs
Once you have asked for assistance, start paying to the world around you and through your own thoughts. It is through these avenues that the angels will start to give you messages. These messages are to comfort you as well as to give you guidance that will help you make changes to help answer your prayers. The angels communicate through overheard conversations, through numbers, through animals, through billboards and things you read and yes through your thoughts and feelings. Once we know this, we can start to pay attention and make even more positive changes.

Faith
One of the important light principles is that of faith. Once you have asked the angels for help, have faith that it is going to happen. Remember that doubt is based in fear and is really the opposite of love. If you are filled with doubt and fear, it will block the light. Imagine a cloud of ink obscuring the light in water. When the light is blocked by the dark, it become hard to navigate and see and hear the messages of love that the angels are giving us.
Learning about the light and inviting the light in are of extreme importance to make positive changes. 

It is also very important to learn how the dark operates so you can steer clear of it. The dark is sneaky!  I will write more about the principles of the dark in my next post.