Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, is such an exciting time of year! All the plants are literally in full bloom, and everyone has a little skip in their step. Migrating animals have returned home, and hibernating animals have reemerged. It is time for us to celebrate the passing of winter and finally welcome the arrival of spring.
Imbolc (back in February) was all about recognizing new signs of life and preparing for spring. We start getting excited for winter to end. Ostara is the official first day of spring, the moment where we begin to reconnect with nature once again. Life is beginning to thrive. Our hopes and wishes from Imbolc are being put into action now at Ostara.
During Ostara (or Oestara), day and night are equal in length and perfectly balanced. As the seasons transition, the light begins to overcome the darkness a little bit more each day. New life is growing all around us, and we are growing right along side of it.
Right now, creative energy is running very high! We feel a sense of renewal, completion, and empowerment. After braving another cold and dark winter, we are ready to be inspired and tackle new challenges.
This Lesser Sabbat is observed around March 20-23, depending on the year. It’s also known as the Vernal Equinox. I want to share about the Goddess of Spring and some fun ways to celebrate today! Plus, I have some fun and easy ritual ideas anyone can do to welcome the changing of the seasons.
The Goddess of Dawn and Spring
Ostara (aka Eostre and many other spellings) is the Goddess that brings us spring each year. She is honored by symbols of rabbits, eggs, baby chicks, flowers, and seeds. All of which are associated with fertility, innocence, and new growth.
When Ostara arrives, we are guided to reinvent ourselves. To shed our winter coats and to bloom where we are planted. Her invigorating energy helps us attune the body and mind so we can find inner balance. She is a warm, dynamic, and compassionate Goddess that represents internal and external rebirth.
The Wheel of the Year is the Celtic calendar marking the continuing change of seasons. The Greater Sabbats occur on dates of high energy. The Lesser Sabbats occur on the equinoxes and solstices which indicate the onset of each of the four seasons of the year. *
During this time, the Goddess Ostara takes the form of a maiden, which can be seen as another sign of fertility. As well as innocence. Dawn and spring are both times of renewal, fresh starts, and brightly shining light. Therefore, Ostara brings us the magickal opportunity begin anew and to reflect upon ourselves so that we may flourish like the spring flowers!
As the weather becomes warmer and sunnier, we naturally want to spend more time outside. Reconnecting with nature is the BEST spiritual tradition of Ostara! Take time to play and run around outside like a little kid would. Innovoke the innocence of the Goddess Ostara and really enjoy this beautiful change of season.
Dress up the home to reflect the season with bright green, yellow, and purple flowers, ribbon candles, and decorative eggs. Add little pops of spring color around the house to cleanse and raise vibrations all month long. Maybe put out a statue of a rabbit in the living room to attract abundance.
”Oestara is the time of new growth which brings with it the promise of the fruitfulness to come so it is a good time for new beginnings or ventures. ” — Maureen Murrish
Spells that promote love, hope, peace, courage, and a fruitful career can be extremely impactful right now. We’ve entered a period of time where manifesting energies are hard at work. So this is the ideal time to stop procrastinating and take action towards achieving big goals.
The Earth and its inhabitants are undergoing a massive energetic shift that will dissolve the old to make way for the new. We feel lighter, happier, energized, and inspired. Almost like magic, our dreams start to become our reality. Leaving room for us to dream new, bigger dreams for the coming year!
8 Ways to Celebrate Ostara
Personally, preparing and eating a mouthwatering meal with seasonal foods is my favorite way to celebrate any sabbat! I also like to do a tarot/oracle card reading to check in with my spirit guides. They always have incredible wisdom to share. Finally, I love to meditate holding a corresponding crystal to bring me closer to the energies of this specific time. You should do whatever makes you feel the most connected with Mother Nature!
Below I’ve listed fun and simple ways to celebrate the first day of spring:
1. Start planting a garden! Indoor potted plants would be fantastic. Outdoor herb and/or vegetable gardens would be even better.
2. Get crafty with decorative eggs! Add some color to natural eggs, or perhaps make some from clay if you don’t want to use animal products.
3. Clean up some litter! As snow melts away, pick up any old garbage on the ground. Help the Earth cleanse its energy and stay healthier.
4. Provide food for the animals! Fill up the bird feeder, leave out a salt lick, or anything that helps our furry friends flourish in the wild.
5. Take care of your feet! This is a time to ground our energy, so take the time to show some love to your hard working feet.
6. Eat huge, colorful salads! It feels so natural to detox the body right now by eating lots of colorful and refreshing foods.
7. Set new intentions! As last year’s projects are being completed, now is the perfect time to get excited about new projects.
8. Spend time with loved ones! Invite everyone over for a delicious meal. Maybe consider starting a family of your very own.
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Forgiveness is the ultimate expression of love. Where there is self love and love for others, there is forgiveness. All dis-ease that we feel in our subtle and physical bodies stems from a state of unforgiveness. And if we feel stuck or trapped in our situation, there is probably at least one situation in need of resolution. In this blog post, I’m going to be discussing the importance of forgiveness in all areas of our lives.
“Love is always the answer to healing of any sort. And the pathway to love is forgiveness. Forgiveness dissolves resentment.” — Louise Hay *
Forgiveness and acceptance are closely connected. Acceptance is the first step to realizing there’s inner work to be done. And forgiveness is the door we all must walk through to get onto the path of healing. We accept responsibility for the way things have manifested, then we forgive so we can move on to bigger and better things.
When we refuse to forgive
A lot of us really struggle with forgiving people we feel have wronged us. We reason that they don’t deserve our forgiveness because what they did was so terrible. If we choose to let it go, they might not fully grasp how badly they hurt us. Therefore, we must hold a grudge against them as a form of punishment. That will show them! Right?
Wrong! Refusing to forgive means sacrificing our inner peace and happiness. Without forgiveness, we are making the choice to allow yesterday’s pain to affect us today. It really is a cruel form of self-sabotage because we impose this stress upon ourselves. No one is forcing us to withhold forgiveness, not even the person that wronged us. We are choosing to cling to the pain on our own accord.
Refusing to forgive means never letting go of unpleasant feelings caused by a situation. It’s a mental block that we must work through if we ever want to feel at peace with what has occurred. No one wants to be consumed by resentment forever.
Forgiveness IS NOT about justifying behavior. This is a common misconception that often keeps people from wanting to forgive. Deciding to forgive someone doesn’t mean what they did is okay, it just means you’re ready to stop dwelling on it. Especially if that person has acknowledged their wrongdoings.
Withholding forgiveness hurts us so much more than anyone else. Eventually, that person will stop seeking forgiveness because it clearly won’t ever come. And after that happens, the relationship completely fades away. We are left feeling resentful with a slew of unresolved issues and emotions. It becomes nearly impossible to move on without expressing forgiveness.
Showing mercy illustrates our desire to move on
Forgiveness is about accepting the fact that it happened, and deciding to no longer let that negatively affect everything. It truly is a commitment, but it’s absolutely worth it. And completely necessary to go forward.
Whatever happened can’t be changed, but our perspective and opinions certainly can. Try embracing the situation as a new and exciting learning experience. Rather than a horribly unforgivable incident you must learn to live with. Immediately our resentment transforms into an awesome opportunity for growth. Just from a simple shift in mindset.
Forgiveness is the gateway to healing in every sense of the word. All areas of our lives will improve if we show mercy. It releases us from the past and allows us to be fully present in the here and now. Otherwise, we spend the here and now obsessing over things that cannot be changed. That is the exact opposite of living mindfully. Choose to live in love and release frustration!
Forgiveness can be truly difficult. But the most important thing is our willingness to forgive. If we aren’t willing to forgive, we will stay stuck in the same spot for the foreseeable future.
Do you feel like a lot of people have wronged you? Have you experienced an overwhelming amount of difficult situations? Perhaps one of your big karmic lessons in this life is to learn to forgive. Forgiveness allows us to release and let go of what is holding us back. It is a form of self love because it gives us room to acknowledge life’s learning curve.
Above all else, we must show ourselves mercy. Constantly criticizing ourselves is extremely destructive and accomplishes nothing. If self-criticism worked, we would all be perfect already, wouldn’t we? Everyone is their own worst critic, even though it obviously isn’t helpful in the slightest. Being overly critical doesn’t do anything but lower our self-esteem.
Mistakes happen to everybody. We all know this is true. Constantly reminding ourselves that we (or someone we are close to) made a mistake is pretty abusive. Forgiveness is an act of kindness that benefits everyone involved, especially ourselves.
Fully feeling all of your emotions is critical for personal growth. But you want to avoid becoming a victim of everything that happens to you. You may have truly been a victim in a situation, and you shouldn’t repress or disregard that if you were. However, you should keep in mind that our outer worlds are reflection of our inner worlds.
So, if you find that you really are the victim in the situation, then you must realize that might be something bigger going on internally. You might see yourself as always being the victim, therefore you constantly are manifesting situations where you are “helpless.”
Victimhood comes from a place of powerlessness, when we believe we have no power or authority to take charge and make changes. We feel we are at the mercy of all these external happenings, therefore we can’t possibly be responsible for their presence in our lives. Of course, this is not true at all. Learn more about claiming responsibility and gaining more control over life in this article here.
The thing about forgiveness is that it does not have to be outwardly expressed. There is no need to tell anyone out loud that we forgive them if we don’t want to. It can be completely internal. But it has to happen eventually in some way or another. Not sure about you, but this fact makes me feel a lot better about forgiving people from my past. The goal of forgiveness is to let it go and find inner peace once again.
Justice for those who have wronged us doesn’t exist. If we don’t choose to forgive, we are instead choosing resentment and revenge. And even if revenge were to happen for you, would it really make anything better? You won’t win anything and you won’t heal at all. You’ll probably end up feeling even more shitty than you did before. No bueno.
“We do not need to know how to forgive. All we need to do is to be willing to forgive. The Universe will take care of the hows.” — Louise Hay *
People that suffer from emotional pain tend to cause emotional pain in others. This is the Law of Attraction at work. Maybe there’s a person out there that has wronged you in some way. This person may have caused you a lot of pain, most likely because they were experiencing a lot of pain. Forgiveness of others comes more easily if we remember that everyone is simply doing the best they can with what they know right now.
Again, we are not justifying their behavior. We are just acknowledging everyone’s individual journey and choosing to see unpleasant situations as learning experiences. You don’t need to forgive immediately. But the sooner you forgive the sooner you can cut ties with past pain.
Imbolc is a beautiful time of year. Everything is starting to come back to life after a long and dark winter. Flowers are blooming, the air is warmer, and there is an abundance of new baby animals. The sun is starting to peek out from behind the clouds more often. We can see the first signs of spring, and we feel rejuvenated. It’s all about embracing the fresh start that nature is offering us!
Humans are intimately connected to Mother Nature and her seasons. As our surroundings change, we are guided to change as well. Imbolc is a time of purification and renewal for the planet and for ourselves. Releasing the old to make way for the new.
This Greater Sabbat is celebrated on February 1st or 2nd in the Northern Hemisphere. When spring is just on the horizon! Also referred to as Candlemas or Brigid’s Day. On this day, we honor the passing of winter and the arrival of spring. Truly a turning point for the year, as we move away from the darkness and back out into the light. In this blog post, I’ll share some of the elemental information regarding the meaning of Imbolc. Plus eight fun and simple ways to enjoy the day.
Honoring the Goddess Brigid
Imbolc is celebrated to honor Brigid, the Goddess of Fire, Sun, and Hearth. She represents fertility, abundance, and an abundance of fertility. During the early spring, Brigid will arrive to bless the land and our homes so that new life may begin. She helps people and animals get connected to nature, and each other.
The Wheel of the Year is the Celtic calendar marking the continuing change of seasons. The four fire festivals throughout the year honor the sun as it moves through the different seasons: Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine, and Lammas.
This Goddess is known by many names; Bride, Brigit, Bree, Bridey, Brighid, and Brigid. Just to name a few! Many people celebrate Goddess Brigid on Imbolc by making little grass dolls or crosses. These are placed near the hearth of the home to bring good fortune and fertility. Some people even write their intentions on them and lay them out with crystals.
Beyond being a Goddess of regeneration, Brigid is also the Goddess of poetry, childbirth, healing, plus any sort of art or craft. A wonderful Goddess for mothers to invoke and work with. She truly is the Bringer of Prosperity. And Imbolc connects deeply with Her nurturing energy. So even if you’re not a mother, you will receive blessings of abundance from Brigid!
Imbolc brings us new hope and new life after a long winter. Everything is blooming and transforming right before our very eyes! After many months of darkness, the light is finally coming. We are guided to let go of the past and make new plans for the future.
During the winter, we tend to turn inward for hibernation and self-examination. As springtime arrives, we begin to look back out towards the outside world, ready to embrace our purpose. Imbolc inspires us to clear out the physical and mental clutter that doesn’t serve our highest good.
”Imbolc rituals were designed to encourage growth and provide a supply of food until the next harvest.” — Maureen Murrish
Imbolc traditionally calls for a feast of delicious carbs, puddings, creamy soups, white wine, seeds, and nutty desserts. Herbs like rosemary, bay, and basil really enhance that Earthy energy in our food. Burning myrrh and frankincense also can also provide some lovely grounding energy.
Bring in some fresh white, red, and/or orange flowers to promote personal transformation during this time. Crystals that go beautifully with Imbolc include malachite, amethyst, citrine, and aquamarine. These can also be placed around the home or on your alter to acknowledge this season of renewal. Remember to always use your intuition!
8 Simple & Fun Ways to Celebrate Imbolc
Personally, preparing and eating a mouthwatering meal is my favorite way to celebrate any sabbat! I also like to do a tarot/oracle card reading to check in with my spirit guides. They always have incredible wisdom to share. Finally, I love to meditate holding a corresponding crystal to bring me closer to the energies of this time. Spending more and more time outside as the weather gets nicer is really important to me as well. After being cooped up inside during the winter, I’m always so excited to get back to nature!
So on top of these few things, here is a list of little ways to celebrate Imbolc:
1. Simple candle magick! Light a white candle for a meditation, ritual, or spell for prosperity.
2. Bust out the organic cleaner! Spring clean your home while the weather is still warming up.
3. Look to the future! Make a list of a few intentions and/or goals you would like to achieve this season.
4. Raise plant babies! Physically plant some seeds so you can watch life grow as summer draws closer.
5. Have a tea party! Drink herbal tea that is green or pale in color. Serve with seeded cakes, buttery scones, and/or nuts.
6. Smudge your space! Use sage to cleanse your entire home while holding love and light in your heart.
7. Invoke the Lamb! Spring is the lambing season, from this Spirit Animal we can learn to be gentle and kind.
8. Honor Saint Brigid! Invite the Goddess of Fertility into your life to bring prosperity and new beginnings.
Mesmerized by all the gorgeous pictures on Pinterest of crystal grids? Time to learn everything there is to know about creating these masterpieces! Honestly, crafting geometric grids is my favorite way to connect with the healing powers of crystals. They are like interactive pieces of decor that are conspiring with the Universe to manifest our desires. A lot of people want to create a crystal grid for their home, but don’t know where to start.
Creating crystal grids is a fun way to talk to the Universe!
Crystal grids allow us to use crystal energy as a way of directing energy towards our specific intentions. These beauties are fully customizable manifesting tools that mystics use for a myriad of purposes. Energy flows where attention goes. All you need are some stones and a purpose.
A powerful intention is the key to a successful crystal grid. Choice of stone is important too, as certain crystals promote certain types of energies. Also, arranging the stones into geometric patterns is essential to making sure the message is clear.
In this blog post, I will be answering seven frequently asked questions regarding crystal grids. I will try to keep my answers concise because I don’t want to make things overly complicated.
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1. How and Why do crystal grids work?
Crystals themselves have a perfect molecular blueprint that brings about their energetic healing properties. When we place crystals in geometric patterns, we are amplifying what is already there.
Sacred geometry is the language the Universe communicates in. Geometric patterns form the foundation for everything we believe to exist within our reality. Right down to the atoms that compose of all matter. These perfect designs are stable, symmetrical, and hold many secrets. The idea is to mix the vibrations of crystals with the vibrations of sacred geometry. Ultimately creating a particular frequency that enhances our specific intention.
2. How long do I leave the grid up for?
The longer the better! The best thing about crystal grids is their long lifespan. Actually, you should consider making your crystal grids part of your home decor. They are beautiful, practical, and beneficial. Grids that promote things like abundance, health, and protection are most effective if they are permanent. However, your crystal grids do not need to be permanent to deliver incredible results.
For example, if you’re putting together a crystal grid for one specific event, there is no reason for it to be permanent. A good rule of thumb is to assemble the grid about a day before, and take it down about a day after it’s over. You could even make a crystal grid as a form of meditation, and disassemble it when you’re finished. The rules are not rigid here!
3. How many different crystals do I need?
Most grids typically use 3-5 different crystals and minerals. Usually, they are all used to promote one brand of energy, or their properties mesh really well together. But the number of different crystals in the grid is a matter of personal preference. If you have two dozen rose quartz, you could easily make a crystal grid of just rose quartz. And I’m sure it would be beautiful! That would be perfect if you were looking to manifest more love into your life.
So, you really only NEED one type of crystal to form a crystal grid. All the magic is within the intention anyway! But it’s worth noting that grids are more effective when built with at least two types of crystals. The message being delivered to the Universe is more dynamic that way.
4. Do I need to follow a specific pattern?
Not necessarily. But, if you decide to not use a geometric pattern, you may not see the best results.
You could put together a “crystal array” instead of a grid; where all the crystals are arranged near each other. Displays like this allow for the crystal energy to flow freely in whatever direction. While more structured displays energetically connect all the crystals together, making them much more intentional.
When your grid is displayed in a geometric pattern, your message is clearly delivered to the Universe. Dare I say, it’s crystal clear! So no, you do not NEED to use sacred geometry for your grids per se. But most people in the spiritual community believe that a crystal grid has no purpose if sacred geometry isn’t involved. Personally, I arrange some of my crystals in a sort of array on my altar in my sacred space. Then I have a separate grids throughout our home setup for specific purposes (abundance, love, protection, etc.).
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5. How big do crystal grids need to be?
Again, this is something that is highly personal and situational. When using sacred geometry, it is best practice to have at least three “layers” of crystals. Depending on the size of the space, you could make crystal grids that are as big as people! Or as little as a coaster. Remember that the most important part of building a crystal grid is the intention behind it. I’ve seen crystal grids the size of dinner plates, entire backyards, and everything in between. Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better in crystal grids and sacred geometry. The Universe doesn’t exactly need a massive grid to understand what your intention is. So go with whatever size you feel best fits the situation.
6. Should I use tumbled, rough, or pointed crystals?
Why not all three? Generally, tumbled stones give off more subtle and gentle energies. Rough stones tend to be larger, so they seemingly have a “stronger” energetic force. Pointed crystals are believed to direct their energy in a specific direction, wherever the termination goes. These are popular opinions of the masses.
Personally, I love incorporating all types of crystals into my grids. Some crystals don’t really come in tumbled form, and/or they can be difficult to find. You might find that rough stones work better for certain intentions over others. And terminated crystals can be helpful in supercharging the energy of the other stones in the grid. So all three have a place in grid making.
7. How do I make grids for other people?
Ah yes, a question that we always ask out of the goodness of our hearts. We feel incredible shifts that our crystal grids bring about, and we want to share that with our loved ones. Believe it or not, there is a right and a wrong way to do this. Let me explain!
Just like in spell casting, you NEVER want to send messages to the Universe on another’s behalf. Even if you think you know exactly what they “need” or “want.” You can never really be certain because you are not them. They may tell you they want one thing, but really they mean another. So creating a crystal grid for their sake probably isn’t the best way to support them. Rather than creating a grid to help someone else manifest their desires, create a grid that sends them ample amounts of love and abundance. That way, you are only telling the Universe to send them lots of love instead of what you think they are trying to manifest for themselves.
Realistically, no one will ask YOU to create a crystal grid for THEM and THEIR DESIRES. Even if you are an energy healer (like me!), you should refrain from doing this type of energetic work for others. If someone asks for your assistance in creating a crystal grid, then by all means help them out! They would greatly appreciate your expertise and input. But do not make all the decisions for them or on their behalf.
Thank you for reading! If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below. Do you have any other questions about crystal grids?
Vision boards are just that; visual representations of specific goals and intentions. They are meant to be reminders of our values and dreams. When there are large, colorful words and pictures staring us in the face every day, we won’t easily forget what we are working towards. The visions we have for our future are only unachievable dreams if we never put any energy into achieving them.
As a collective, we approach the new year feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle new challenges. We are beyond excited to have a fresh start, but the novelty always seems to wear off by February. For most people, sticking with “new year’s resolutions” literally seems impossible, and for no good reason really.
On the flip side, there are plenty of people that crush their goals every single year. Day after day, month after month, they never give up! They never lose sight of what their bigger purpose is, and it never ceases to inspire them. Ultimately, this is the secret sauce everyone needs in order to make their visions a reality. Daily motivation, and a reason to keep pushing through the struggles. Vision boards are fantastic tools for keeping the fires that fuel our passions blazing!
Do these observations resonate with you? Which one would you rather be? How does one stay motivated enough throughout the year to actually achieve their goals?
In this blog post, I intend to present a fun ritual for creating an effective vision board, with a whole bunch of inspiration! Plus action steps to take once your vision board is completed. I’ll make it clear what a vision board is NOT so you won’t have to worry if you’re doing something “wrong.” And, I’m offering you a collection of goal-related journal prompts to accompany your board. For free, of course! See the sign up form below.
Okay, I would like to make one thing very clear. VISION BOARDS ARE NOT JUST FOR RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR! There is no better time to manifest a new reality than the present moment. It’s like we’re always waiting to have that perfect clean slate of a new year. As if that is the only time of year new goals can be created. Obviously, this isn’t true at all!
The best time to create a vision board is right now! No reason to wait for circumstances to be “perfect.” You have the power to make changes in this very moment–use that power!
The New Year is an excellent time for goal setting–no one can deny that. However, don’t feel obligated to wait until the end of the holiday season to revisit your goals. If you have any sort of goal you’re dying to achieve, why wait for the new year? I know that having a perceived “fresh start” can be nice, but it could potentially be holding us back. So whether it’s January first or July first, make that vision board!
Energy flows where attention goes, and that’s exactly why vision boards work wonders. They act as motivating reminders, keeping our goals at the front of our minds. Remember your “why” – why do you want to achieve these goals? Why is this your life vision? There’s no need to wait for circumstances to be perfect to work toward our vision. The sooner you commit to creating the life you desire, the sooner you will manifest it.
What a vision board is not
Vision boards are not the finish line. Simply setting goals is never enough. We need to make sure we don’t forget why we set the goals in the first place. And just slapping some pretty words and pictures on poster board isn’t enough either. We must take action to see real changes, and we must stay motivated in order to take action.
Vision boards are not the type of thing you let collect dust in the corner. Display those bad boys loud and proud, somewhere it can be admired every day. Even if other people can see it, put it out there regardless! Do not be afraid to show the world what you intend to create for yourself.
Comparison has no place on our vision boards. The images selected should be empowering. Avoid anything that makes you feel inadequate or unworthy.
Finally, vision boards are not the place for impossibly high expectations. Do not haphazardly download images off the internet of multi-million dollar houses, fancy sports cars, the winning lottery ticket, and designer clothes for your vision board. These types of material things do not get to the root of what we actually want to manifest.
There is a delicate balance between reaching for the stars and being practical at the same time. Take the time to reflect on what you actually envision for your life. Often, expensive material items actually represent an emotion or feeling that we want. And the item we wish to have won’t necessarily give us that emotion. Be sure to ask yourself if the million-dollar house is actually what you want, or if you’re after something more meaningful. And if you decide you actually do want to manifest a mansion, then by all means put it on your board. Just be honest with yourself.
Creating Effective Vision Boards
Vision boards come in all shapes, sizes, and complexities, always reflecting the style of the person who created it. Right or wrong doesn’t exist in vision boards because they are so personal. Pinterest is an awesome source of inspiration, but don’t try to model your vision board after someone else’s. Stay true to you!
“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams a reality.”
I know having things neatly organized and laid out is a major stress-reliever, so below is a mini ritual that will help you to create an effective vision board!
1. Be grateful and accepting
Be grateful for all the blessings this current moment has to offer. Accept where you stand today so you can move forward. If we never accept where we stand, we will remain stuck there. Love your life right now, and commit to making it even better in the future. There are tons of things to be grateful for, even if it seems like nothing is good right now.
2. Get specific
In order to create a vision board with intention, we need to have a really good understanding of what we actually want out of life. Think back to the million-dollar house example. Do you want the house, or do you want the emotion you think the house will give you? Use the form below to receive a free list of journal prompts that will help you get specific about what you’re trying to manifest! Thank you in advance my friend.
3. Gather supplies and get crafty
Whether you’re cutting images out from magazines, printing them from the internet, or using things you already have, it’s a good idea to have everything ready to go in one spot. That way, you won’t get distracted from holding your intentions as you construct your collage. Create the space to focus on manifesting your vision. The more energy you put into your vision board, the more effective it will be overall. Make it as small or as large as you need to illustrate your vision fully.
4. Display and plan
Pick a spot for it to be displayed! Then, sit down and create an action plan that will bring you closer to your goals. Perhaps make a list of mini-goals or tasks that will contribute to the larger goals. Dreams will always be dreams if you never take any action to make them come true. Everything you do after you create your vision board should have clear direction and focus.
5. Release attachment
Trust that the Universe wants you to have what you want, and is conspiring to make your dreams a reality. Keep an open mind, because blessings can manifest in unexpected ways. Know that your message is being received by the Cosmic Intelligence, and it will come back to you. Or, something even better will happen. “For the good of all, or not at all!”
6. Pay attention and stay grateful
Synchronicities are happening all around us, all the time. Our level of awareness affects how well we receive these little clues from the Universe. Once your board is created, it’s important to keep your eyes open for synchronicities that may be telling you to keep doing what you’re doing. This is extremely validating and wonderful to experience.
7. Revisit and revamp
Once a goal on your vision board becomes reality, it’s time to replace it with something else. Maybe a more refined version of the original goal. The idea is to not let your vision board go stale. Remake it as often as you intuitively feel you need it. Reflect upon your progress often. Keep things relevant.
My Personal Vision Board for 2018
For the last few years, I’ve been mindfully crafting vision boards and have noticed something interesting. Pretty much every year, I have the exact same set of goals and intentions. Just slightly tweaked to fit my current situation. I’m always striving to improve my health, enhance my awareness, get in tune with the Moon, build my business, read more books, etc. These are lifestyle choices that have remained consistent for me.
Does that mean I’m not achieving my goals? Not in my opinion–I think of it as working on extremely long-term lifestyle changes. My perception is extremely big picture. And I believe there is always room for improvement, so every year I reflect upon my progress and recommit to moving myself forward.
This year, for 2018, I have some big goals I’m ready to achieve! Below is a picture of my vision board–I’m so in love with it. In this section, I’ll go through what each item represents for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to spark some inspiration for you!
At The Very Center
At the very center of my vision board is the Pagan Wheel of the Year. I printed off a well-known design and colored it in for a bit more personality. All eight Sabbaths and their dates are named here. Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltain, Litha, Lammas, and Mabon each have a little picture that represents their essence.
I decided to put the Wheel of the Year at the center of my board because it’s the center of my spirituality. Paganism is an important source of inspiration for my spiritual practice. And I wanted to become more aware and in tune with the seasonal changes of the Earth.
My Five Focus Words
You’ll notice that there are five large printed words that all start with the first letter of the alphabet. Alignment, ascension, abundance, authenticity, acceptance. This was only slightly intentional! When I initially sat down to brainstorm some focus words for the year, I realized that I had a whole list of words starting with “A.” Immediately I made a numerical connection to the number one, a very spiritual number.
All five of these words perfectly encompass everything I wish to work on for the next year. So up they went onto my vision board!
Alignment means making choices that reflect my core values and intentions. Ascension means many things, but mostly it means to be of service to others and the greater good. Abundance means that there I always have enough, nothing is in short supply. Authenticity means staying true to myself and being mindful of my emotions. Acceptance means being grateful for all the blessings the current moment has to offer.
My Business Goals
Towards the top are some familiar social media logos that represent much more than just social media. As a blog and handmade business owner, my online prescense is essential for growth. Hence the Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest logos. But I also intend to grow my email list with incredibly spiritual souls (like you!) so we can form a more tight-knit community. Youtube is also on the horizon this year for Spiritually Inspired, so I can reach even MORE incredibly spiritual souls! Paypal simply represents my growing business income, because that is the goal of every business.
I also put up three of my own business logos, as well as one of the cute postcards I send out to my customers. Plus a giant “work from home” sign that is blunt about my career desires. Overall, these things all remind me of what I’m trying to achieve in my business, and they keep me motivated! In the bottom right corner, I have an image from Jeff Goins that reads “I am a writer.” His books were very inspiring for me and I wanted that daily reminder.
My Physical Health Goals
Speckled throughout my board are little illustrations of various yoga poses. I colored them in bright colors and cut them out. I decided to evenly spread them out to represent my desire for yoga to penetrate all areas of my life. Yoga is a lifestyle choice, and I want to be one of those crazy bendy people that never goes a day without stretching. I’m already well on my way to achieving this goal!
On either side of the board are two images of delicious fruits and vegetables. One has the quote “My body is a garden, not a graveyard.” And the other is in the shape of a heart. For me, eating whole and healthy foods is a huge priority, and I’ve been working on improving my diet for over a while now. There is no end in sight, so up on this vision board they remain.
My Personal Growth Goals
Mostly everything on my vision board is inspired by my spiritual practice. I have many images of people sitting in a meditative position to represent the importance of meditation. One of these includes the seven chakras, and I got this awesome image from the Journey Junkie. With the chakras there, I thought it would be perfect right in the front.
At the top, I have a little moon phase diagram from Lunar Abundance that shows my intention to become even more in tune with the moon. This is complimented by the little black canvas with the Libra constellation painted onto it. The bright and colorful hamsa on the other side keeps this spiritual energy alive.
In the bottom left corner, you’ll notice a rainbow of leuchtturm journals. I used this image to represent my intention to continue journaling and utilizing the bullet journal system throughout the year. Also, there is a cute little “Save the Earth” sign down there that is a reminder of my commitment to decreasing our carbon footprint. All of these will help me grow into the best version of myself.
Other Images and Goals
Just like many other people, I have the more common goals of saving money and traveling more. There’s a piggy bank getting filled up, and a map with a highlighted trail to illustrate these goals. I also have a merkaba down in the corner, which represents ascension and connection to the Universe. Sacred geometry is important, which is why I have a colorful mandala from Hippicious Jewels hanging along the edge.
In the opposite corner is a picture of an elaborate crystal grid that shows my dedication to working with crystals. And finally, I have a few little cards that have poems for joy, harmony, and cleansing on them that I can refer to whenever I need.
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Every year, I read anywhere from 10-20 spiritual books, plus hundreds of blog posts and ebooks. Usually I find everything I read pretty valuable, but there are always standouts. This blog post is dedicated to sharing some spiritual books I read in 2017 that greatly impacted my life and perspective. Hopefully you will feel inspired to pick up some spiritual books this week! Reading can be a form of self care, if you allow your mind to be open to new ideas and adventures.
“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” — Anna Quindlen
In my opinion, there is nothing better than reading a fantastic book. Words just have a way of moving us so deeply, and changing our lives forever. Reading is something every well-rounded person should be doing on a regular basis. Documentaries are awesome and all, but it’s just not the same as holding knowledge in our hands. The genre isn’t important; what’s important is absorbing the words on the page and allowing them to transform us in positive ways. Spiritual books are great of course, but any book that ignites a fire within you is worth reading!
1. The Ra Material: An Humble Messenger of the Law of One
Who would love this book: Lightworkers (like you!). Those in search of universal truths, with the desire to spread love and light to others. Anyone who is ready to ascend to the 4th density of existence, or has an inkling that they are ready.
When I read the The Ra Material: The Law of One (LOO), I feel as though I’m reading about my life’s purpose. This book has become one of the most important spiritual books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. I originally came across this series watching Nikki Sutton’s videos on Spiritual Awakening. She is super knowledgeable and fun to watch, and she often references the Law of One.
I’m not going to lie, these books are dense. You could easily spend an hour or more just reading through one session, and you still probably wouldn’t absorb everything. However, they are still very interesting! It would be a shame if you only read through these books once for this reason. Ra offers a wealth of knowledge we wouldn’t normally have access to.
The LOO is a series of five books containing the exact transcripts of 106 channeled sessions with an extraterrestrial group called Ra. Carla Rueckert was the main channel used for these sessions, which took place between 1981 and 1984. Each session is a series of questions asked by Don Elkins and Jim McCarty. Topics range from Earth history, healing, cosmology, harvest/ascension, The Great Pyramids, wanderers, UFOs, meditation, chakras, and SO much more. Ra is benevolent, and only wishes to help us better understand the LOO.
“I am Ra. The progress is normally from the understanding which you now seek to a dimension of understanding which is governed by the laws of love, and which seeks the laws of light. Those who are vibrating with the Law of Light seek the Law of One. Those who vibrate with the Law of One seek the Law of Foreverness.”
I feel like these spiritual books address a lot of different questions I had about humanity, the Universe, and our history. In the near future, I intend on writing a series of blog posts based on the LOO, so be sure to sign up for newsletter updates!
2. The Ascension Mysteries by David Wilcock
Who would love this book: Anyone interested in conspiracy facts, ascension/spiritual awakenings, and overcoming personal struggles. Those who ask: “What is the purpose of being incarnate at this time?”
What an awesome book! After about ten days I had read the whole thing cover to cover–my nose was stuck inside. The first part of The Ascension Mysteries: Revealing the Cosmic Battle Between Good and Evil is David sharing his most painful childhood memories with us. There are incredible stories about him developing ESP at a young age, narrowly escaping bullies, and overcoming addictions. I was definitely emotionally attached before I was even half way through.
“Ascension is built into the clockwork of the universe itself, and will propel us into the next level of evolution like a massive bell ringing on the hour.” — David Wilcock
The second part of this book dives head first into the testimonies of various high-ranking government insiders. This is an attempt to push us in the direction of full-disclosure. Most everyone in the world knows there are secrets being hidden from us. And the Ascension Mysteries presents us with loads of compelling evidence that cannot be ignored. Hidden knowledge, technologies, and control techniques are being brought to the surface for the purpose gradual disclosure. The information provided is extremely eye opening and validating.
I realize that these spiritual books are probably not the type of thing you typically read, but I urge you to step out of your comfort zone.
We can’t discuss ascension without discussing the Universe, and all the other Beings that dwell within It. Humanity knows they are not alone, even if their egos deny it. And the few people considered to be part of the Elite are extremely careful about hiding this fact. As well as other facts about the nature of reality, and what it means to be alive. But not all is lost–millions of people are waking up to the facts that are hidden in plain sight.
The energy around us is shifting. We are physically moving into a pocket of intense cosmic energy that will move humanity forward in incredible ways. Disclosing these truths about the Universe would drastically change life on Earth forever. We are all due for an energy upgrade, and we must choose what side we are on. I’ll definitely be reading more of David’s spiritual books in the future.
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3. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
Who would love this book: Spiritual souls looking for some concrete concepts in a very abstract niche. Those who are ready to work through old karma to become the best they can possible be.
A very compelling read. Overall, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams is pretty easy to get through (I finished it in just a few sittings) but the content and the messages are very powerful. Applying the seven laws in our lives will help us to manifest the life we’ve always wanted to live. The life we came here for. If you’re ready to take on the challenges of inner-work, then I definitely think this book is for you.
This book deserves a whole post just for itself (foreshadowing!). But for now I’ll briefly share the seven laws and their biggest takeaways. These are all direct quotes from the book:
1. The Law of Pure Potentiality: “The source of all creation is pure consciousness, pure potentiality seeking expression from the unmanifest to the manifest. And we realize that our true Self is one of pure potentiality, we align with the power that manifests everything in the Universe. ”
2. The Law of Giving: “The Universe operates through dynamic exchange, giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the Universe. And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the Universe circulating in our lives.”
3. The Law of Cause: Karma. “Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind, what we sow is what we reap. And when we choose actions that bring happiness and success to others, the fruit of our karma is happiness and success.”
4. The Law of Least Effort: “Nature’s intelligence functions with effortless ease, with carefreeness, harmony, and love. And when we harness the forces of harmony, joy, and love, we create success and good fortune with effortless ease.”
5. The Law of Intention and Desire: “Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment, intention and desire in the field of pure potentiality have infinite organizing power. And when we introduce an intention in the fertile ground of pure potentiality, we put this infinite organizing power to work for us.”
6. The Law of Detachment: “In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty, in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning. And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities, we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the Universe.”
7. The Law of Dharma: “Everyone has a purpose in life, a unique gift or special talent to give others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.”
4. Moonology by Yasmin Boland
Who would love this book: Those who have always fallen in love with Mother Moon, and wish to perfect their manifestation skills. Anyone with an interest in astrology as a tool for healing and personal growth.
Just as the name suggests, Moonology is about “working with the magic of the lunar cycles.” Astrologer Yasmin Boland has such a darling personality, I’ve become a raving fan of hers. Every two weeks at the new and full moons I reference the plethora of information available in each chapter.
“Watching the Moon from month to month and year to year iwll put you in touch with her cycles and rhythms–it will help you to remember that we’re all a part of something much bigger; that we’re kids of the Universe. We’re stardust.” — Yasmin Boland
I’m a sucker for any author willing to share personal stories in their books. Yasmin tells of how she has manifested many things in her life using the Law of Attraction combined with the magic of the Moon. Astrology is a vast topic, and Moonology makes learning the basics very easy for beginners. Multiple FAQ sections ensure that we have everything we need to work with the moon daily.
Seriously–if you’re on the hunt for spiritual books to check out, you can’t get more spiritual than this one!
The sheer volume of detailed guides and charts in this book make it timeless. Both the new and full moons are covered extensively in a language that is easy to understand. The moon goes through each sign of the twelve zodiac every month. And Moonology discusses how the signs “flavor” the lunar energies. There is a guide to the New Moon in each sign, as well as a guide to the Full Moon in each sign. On top of that, there’s also a guide to the Daily Moon in each sign. Truly awesome!
5. Positive Magic by Marion Weinstein
Who would love this book: Anyone who is new to all the popular concepts of spirituality. Beginners who are wanting an all-in-one guide for living a spiritual life. Those asking the questions: “Is magic real? Can magic be real?”
I was pleasantly surprised at the wide range of topics covered in Positive Magic, Revised Edition. Witchcraft, paganism, karma and reincarnation, death, divination, astrology, and more! All relating back to magic–the magic that is within all of us. Originally published several decades ago, it has since been revised. In a nutshell, the goal of this book is described as “establishing magic as a new context for self-help.”
“The work of magic involves transformation, and the first transformation is the shift of perception. And once we establish that anything is possible, then the world as we know it can be flexible.” — Marion Weinstein
A recurring theme on this list of spiritual books is the wealth of knowledge contained within the pages. Positive Magic is definitely no exception! Clear definitions of terms like magic, occult, metaphysics, and Pagan set the stage for in-depth discussions later on. I love a thoughtfully constructed book with lots of references. And just like the Ascension Mysteries, Positive Magic leaves behind a bibliography worthy of bookmarking.
Witchcraft is a living heritage, and you do not necessarily need to label yourself as a “witch” to apply these teachings. Marion dedicates a whole chapter to explaining the philosophy of Witchcraft, from its ancient roots to modern perspectives. After reaching the last page, I felt like I had a much better understanding of what it means to be “spiritual.”
BONUS: You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
Who would love this book: Anyone who believes in the power of their own mind, and wants to utilize the body’s natural healing abilities. People who have tried to make positive changes in the past but haven’t been able to see it through.
The book You Can Heal Your Life is truly inspiring. I like how it holds me accountable for my actions, and I know a lot of other mystics feel the same! My favorite part is the very end where Louise tells her own story that proves all her theories are true. Out of all the spiritual books on this list, YCHYL is the most famous. Anyone of any age can (and absolutely will!) learn something new from Louise. If you were to pick only one of these spiritual books to read, pick this one.
“We are always perfect, always beautiful, and ever changing. We are doing the best we can with the understanding, awareness and knowledge we have. As we gain more understanding, awareness and knowledge, we will do things differently.” — Louise Hay
If you follow me on Instagram, you know how much I adore Louise Hay. Actually, the entire spiritual community looks up to Louise Hay and the example she has set for us. She made self-help books “cool and trendy.” Her approach is practical and applicable to everybody. We were all devastated when she passed away in 2017. But we are confident that her lessons will live on for centuries to come. Between the millions of lives she directly impacted and her non profit called Hay House (which Yasmin Boland is part of), her legacy will continue to change the world.
Earlier this year I wrote a guest post for Lovingthyself all about Louise Hay and how incredible her work is. Check out that post here!
Thank you for reading! If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below. What spiritual books have changed your life?
An addict will never be able to overcome their addiction if they don’t accept that the problem exists. Acceptance is the very first step. We can apply this concept to our personal growth because we are basically addicted to non-acceptance. This act is not very mindful at all. But things don’t have to be this way; acceptance truly is the start to experiencing the present moment just as it is. No stress, no judgement, no issues.
A lot of us experience daily stress that stems from whatever our current life situation is. And some of that stress is totally justified. We are only human, after all. However, a great deal of our stress comes from our resistance, and our need to control what is out of our control. Sometimes we get frustrated because things aren’t going according to our plans. And we refuse to accept where we are until everything is “perfect.”
This is such a huge roadblock that we put in front of ourselves. When we feel like we are losing or have lost control, we just need to let it go. This is a sign from the Universe, it’s time to rethink and move on. Resistance puts a lot of unnecessary strain on our emotional bodies. Which is ultimately just a waste of our vital energy.
Accepting the present moment as it unfolds can help to rid ourselves of perfectionism and limiting beliefs. Also, acceptance helps us to be more grateful. Instead of wishing things were different, we are content with the way things are. Constantly yearning for something we don’t have in this moment robs us of all the blessings that are right in front of us.
Taking Responsibility for What We Manifest
Acceptance is understanding that we are completely responsible for where we are right now, and not beating ourselves up about it. When we accept the present moment as it is, it ceases to become something that stresses us out. We are no longer trying to force it to be something that it is not. This is true no matter what the situation involves; people, places, actions, decisions, etc.
The present moment is a direct reflection of our inner worlds. As within, so without. So if everything around us seems chaotic, then we must be feeling some amount of inner chaos. The opposite is also true. If we feel calm and serene within, our present moment becomes calm and serene. Our perception is very powerful, and determines what manifests in the physical for us. Not everything is within our control, but our outlook and reactions certainly are.
Manifesting is the deliberate act of co-creating your own reality with the laws of the Universe. Even if there’s no conscious effort to manifest something specific, manifestation will still occur. The sooner we can realize that our present moment is a result of our manifesting abilities, the sooner we can manifest something better.
Blame has no place here. No one else is responsible for what we experience. Statements like “they did this to me” imply that everyone else controls our lives. Is that really what we want? I’m sure that all of us would much rather take responsibility for our manifestations over admitting that we don’t have anything to do with what happens to us. The late Louise Hay covers this topic of blame in greater detail in her book You Can Heal Your Life. I recommend reading that book for many reasons, especially if you feel like you’re struggling with the concept of blame.
What acceptance is and is not
Acceptance is looking around and being completely open to the experiences the present moment is giving you, no matter what it is. Release all judgment towards the present moment, as well as any limiting beliefs on how it “should” be. I guess you could say that acceptance is a sort of mild surrender, but only to the present moment. There’s a fine line here. We are not surrendering because we are powerless, or because we have no say in the matter. We are surrendering to the present moment for the sake of inner peace. Resistance starts to dissolve as acceptance takes over.
“Accept–then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. This will miraculously transform your whole life.” – Eckhart Tolle
Acceptance is not about becoming a doormat and allowing people to trample all over us. Or just sitting back and never standing up for what we believe in. Understanding what the truth is, but repressing or pushing it away is the opposite of acceptance. And like stated above, accepting the present moment does not mean there is nothing we can do to make changes. Believing we are completely powerless only leads to more devastating circumstances. What we believe we are, we become.
How To Accept The Present Moment
Imagine you’re standing at the base of a tall ladder that leads to a beautiful rooftop patio, and you want desperately to be on that rooftop. You could kick, scream, and pout on the ground in front of the ladder all you want, but that will never get you to the rooftop. You must first accept where you are starting from; at ground level. Only then, after you come to terms with where you are RIGHT NOW, will you be able to ascend the ladder and climb to the rooftop.
I realize this may seem like an impossible, silly, ineffective thing to do. If this is new to you, then you’re bound to be feeling a tad skeptical. I can practically read your mind: “How can I accept the present moment if I don’t like what it is?” An excellent and common question. Here is a little list of questions to consider:
1. Why don’t I already have what I want, and why do I want it?
Taking responsibility for what you manifest. The first rule of manifesting is getting very clear on what you’d like to manifest. If you truly want something and you don’t have it now, there is a reason. Somewhere along the line resistance ruled over acceptance. Pinpoint exactly when that happened, reflect upon the experience, and then learn from it.
2. What blessings do I have right now that I may be taking for granted?
The core of acceptance is gratitude. Bask in these blessings until you feel fully satisfied with what you have. No matter how terrible the current situation appears to be, there is always something to be grateful for. And if you truly can’t come up with any blessings, then it’s time for a perception shift.
3. Where does my resistance stem from, and how could I overcome it?
Your resistance is probably coming from some sort of limiting belief. “If I don’t get promoted to management then I will never be happy at my job again” is an example of this. Don’t purposefully pigeon-hole yourself, because you could become cut off from all the abundance the Universe is trying to send to you.
Accepting the present moment is just a fancy way of describing the practice of meditation. It’s very important that we eliminate our judgment and expectations in order for us to feel truly liberated. Even if you hate what your life has become, make the choice to accept where you are today. Then look around and see how drastically different the world seems.
Action! Everyone has a goal to build a life they love. For most of us, this will take ample amounts of time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, as the saying goes. And just like my ladder example from earlier, we cannot get where we want to go without realizing where we are now. Within the here and now is the ideal time to ACT. Acceptance is the foundation on which we can rebuild and take action. Remember, accepting the present moment doesn’t mean we are powerless to change it. Quite the opposite, actually.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” — Carl Rogers
After we accept where we stand, we can move forward. If we never accept where we stand, we will remain stuck there. We can find lifelong balance if we consistently make the conscious effort to embrace the present moment. This is a simple idea that can be really hard to bring into our lives sometimes. But that certainly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. Things that are easy for us to do are not intended to be lessons. So if it’s difficult for you to be happy in the here and now, then this is a golden opportunity to grow (if you choose to see it that way).
Thank you for reading! If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below. What does “acceptance” mean to you?
Having an active spiritual practice means purposefully setting time aside daily (or almost daily) to focus on your personal growth. As the saying goes, we can’t pour from an empty cup. Habitually maintaining our high vibrations improves our mental health drastically. How great would it be to finally be able to work through all that drama that might still be holding you back? How wonderful would if feel if you really understood yourself on a spiritual level?
“Spirituality is less about ‘doing’ and more about ‘being’ our truest most authentic self everywhere we go.” – Emmanuel
A steady spiritual practice allows us to get really good at calming the thoughts of the Ego. When the Ego isn’t constantly yapping in our minds, we can hear what the Subconscious has to say. This moves us forward as a consciousness, so we can discover our relationship with higher energies.
Spirituality and self-care are thoughtfully intertwined. Having a self-care routine and a spiritual practice are basically one in the same thing. Both are centered on the idea of coming back to yourself, for yourself. By giving ourselves our own attention, we initiate our own healing. It is a marvelous gift to be able to give ourselves.
Why cultivate a spiritual practice?
A spiritual practice is important to cultivate because it helps us in three major ways. We take more time to be with and heal ourselves, we can explore the deeper meaning of our lives, and we can get closer to God/Source/Universe.
I believe that building a practice of personal growth is the single most important thing any one person can do to improve themselves and humanity as a whole. The ability to reflect on the self is inherent in our DNA; it is a requirement for advancement. Even ancient peoples took the time to review what was working for them and what wasn’t.
Our souls come into this life on Earth with the intention to grow and learn. If we never allow ourselves the chance to do so, our whole lives become one giant missed opportunity. Often, this is how we get wrapped up in karmic cycles that will continuously bring us back to Earth until we finally learn our lessons. However, if we consciously decide to bring ourselves forward, we can spiritually evolve much faster.
Ultimately, a spiritual practice can be whatever you’d like it to be. Spirituality is highly customizable and personal, nothing is right or wrong. Really, what is crucial is building an intimate relationship with ourselves.
What is necessary to have? You need only two things to being a spiritual practice: the desire to heighten your awareness and a commitment to personal growth. In my opinion, you cannot have a thriving spiritual practice without indulging in meditation. Meditation is the practice of being fully immersed in the present moment by not indulging in the thoughts of the ego. This is a habit that allows us to better tune into our Higher Selves and other spiritual beings/guides.
What is not necessary to have? All the bells and whistles. Things like spiritual knick-knacks are not necessary to grow spiritually. Think crystals, singing bowls, smudge sticks, and other alter tools that are common in our community. Although they are fun, collectible, sacred, and definitely enhance the experience, none of it is TRULY needed. Personal growth is an inner journey, an examination of the mind and soul. Both of these things are within us, so nothing outside of ourselves is necessary.
All we need to grow is the desire to heighten our awareness, a commitment to bettering ourselves, and a regular habit of meditation.
What does a spiritual practice look like?
A spiritual practice can be compared to a workout regime. It is something you do consistently and it can vary over time. Going to a single cardio class will not improve your physical fitness. Just as casting one spell only at Halloween will not bring you closer to Spirit.
Organized rituals are very enjoyable–I highly recommend planning and performing spiritual rituals as often as you can. But a rewarding spiritual practice is not confined to such rigid rules. Truly, you can be as formal or as informal as you’d like. Do whatever feels right in the moment. Maybe today you feel like engaging in a proper cleansing ritual. And maybe tomorrow you’ll do a yummy yoga sequence instead. The edges of the Universe are the limits!
Below is a list of common spiritual practices that can be included in your practices. Please note, like stated above, that none of these things are necessary for us to grow spiritually. So don’t think that this list is limiting in any way. Don’t make up excuses. Don’t think that you need these things to cultivate a spiritual practice. If it is something you want,
you already have all you need.
The goal of a spiritual practice is to strengthen and expand our consciousness. It would be a real shame if we only allowed ourselves to open up energetically during formal rituals. At any point in time, we have the power to connect directly with Spirit. We genuinely don’t need a single thing, as long as our intentions are in love and light. Isn’t that incredible?!
Here’s a short list of some spiritual activities you could possibly incorporate into your spiritual practices:
1. Any style of yoga (related article) 2. Tarot reading 3. Meditation 4. Crystal grid making, for display or on the body (related article) 5. Smudging, cleansing 6. Spell casting 7. Journaling (related article) 8. Channeling 9. Painting/drawing 10. Mantras/affirmations 11. Lucid dreaming 12. Various forms of holistic healing (related article)
Thank you for reading! If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below. What do you include in your spiritual practice?
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“Holistic healing” is a term that gets tossed around a lot, so it’s important that we all know exactly what it means. On the blog here, I have a whole bunch of posts in this category. I believe this is the best approach to maintaining good health and high spirits. Really, it is a lifestyle choice that impacts every area of our lives. In this article, I’ll be talking about the different ways we can heal ourselves and why we should heal in this way.
Please note that I am not a doctor by any means and I am not recommending that you abandon modern medicine altogether. I’m just suggesting that you live a lifestyle that keeps you healthy, sane, and enlightened.
So, what exactly are we talking about here? Holistic healing is the practice of treating the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. As opposed to more modern medicine practices that really only treat the symptoms. We may take a holistic approach to literally ANYTHING. Any type of healing we may need can be done in a natural way.
Now, I’m not bashing modern medicine because it’s obviously extremely important. We need this knowledge to heal our bodies when we have serious health issues. However, we should not be treating the mind, body, and spirit as if they were separate from each other. If we do get diagnosed with a serious medical condition, we should definitely seek the treatment our doctors recommend. But we should also take steps to improve our mental and spiritual health. That way, we are truly getting to the root of the diagnosis and curing ourselves from the inside out.
Types of Holistic Health Practices
Often referred to as “alternative” medicines, holistic healing has a bad reputation in some places. These methods usually don’t have any “valid research” that supports the practice directly, other than the testimonies of actual patients. Personally, I think this is because the research tends to neglect the fact that these practices include more than just treating the physical body.
In a holistic health practice, we do not wait until something feels wrong to start the healing process. Basically, you’re constantly healing yourself because this is a lifestyle choice. Holistic health is about consistently treating the mind, body, and spirit with respect. Which results in excellent overall health that is easy to maintain. No matter where you are starting from, you absolutely can live a beautiful life in good health. The question is: will you allow yourself to try something new?
There are many, MANY different types of alternative healing therapies that are waiting to be explored. The idea is to consider the deeper meaning of our ailment. Things just don’t randomly happen within the body. They are a manifestation of our deeper emotions, thoughts, and beliefs. I happen to be a Certified Crystal Healer myself, although I do not limit myself to just this one method. Below are a few examples.
Holistic therapies include but are not limited to:
Most of us are aware that our thoughts determine our reality, conscious or subconscious. Thoughts can manifest themselves in the physical body (think massive injuries, random pain, chronic issues, etc.). Holistic health takes steps to aid the physical pain, as well as get to the root of the issue within our consciousness. Often, this step will lead us to whatever shadow work needs to be done within the soul.
Childhood lessons usually leave impressions on the subconscious mind, good or bad. These childhood lessons transform themselves into our core beliefs, soon becoming the foundation on which we act upon. Our minds are very malleable and powerful—what we see to be true in our mind becomes what is true in our reality.
At the center of our being is our soul, which chose to incarnate as “us” for a specific purpose. The lessons we absorb in our youth all contribute to our greater goals in this life. Our soul wants to experience these sort of hardships so that we can learn and grow from them.
The soul comes into this life with goals to learn specific lessons. The first few decades are setting the stage for our future. We decide what we believe and what we reject. If the foundation we set up doesn’t align with our soul’s purpose, it will inevitably come crashing down. It’s possible that we will gain weight, get sick, and/or vibrate at a lower frequency.
Eventually, we will need to re-discover our purpose. Then re-shape our conscious thoughts to reflect our purpose. And take care of our physical vessel so we can fulfill our purpose. This brings us to a holistically healthy lifestyle. Hopefully, the connection between the mind, body, and spirit is becoming more clear.
I sincerely hope that I have sparked a bit of inspiration within you. And now you’re excited to take more holistic approach to your health! Yay! This truly is a lifelong endeavor, so please don’t feel obligated to “figure it out” instantly. Remember: this is a drastic lifestyle change and it will not happen overnight. Some of it may be a little weird or uncomfortable, but stick with it. You literally have your whole life to learn your soul lessons. There is no rush.
To get the ball rolling, I have a series of questions you could ask yourself when you are stricken with any ailment, large or small: What exactly am I feeling within my body right now? How do I feel about my current life situation? What types of emotions have I been feeling recently? Are there any repressed or ignored emotions trying to escape? Do I truly express my most authentic self? What is my ailment forcing me to stop doing and/or start doing?
Now, time to get a little more specific. I have a few suggestions for anyone looking to take charge of their lives and make some serious changes below:
On healing the mind: Never underestimate the power of thought. Especially positive thought! Whatever is going on inside your consciousness will be reflected in your tangible reality. Each time you get lost in thought, stop yourself and question whether or not this is helping or hindering your mental health. I highly recommend the book You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay as it goes into greater depth on this topic.
On healing the body: My personal belief is that physical exercise should never be considered a chore. We are much more likely to be consistent with our exercise if we actually enjoy it. Taking energy to move our bodies in ways we don’t find enjoyable is a waste. Yoga is truly fantastic—it teaches us to calm the mind, illuminate the soul, and love the body. The Yoga Bible is an awesome tool to use.
On healing the soul: Take a long hard look at any pain point in your life. What pushes your buttons, and why? Think about any childhood memories that stand out, and how they could be impacting you now. Traumas have a way of being blessings in disguise. Be brave and explore the shadow parts of your soul. You will emerge on the other side a much stronger person. You Can Heal Your Life also discusses this topic at length.
Thank you for reading! If you have anything to add, please feel free to do so in the comments below. How do you heal your mind, body, and spirit?
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“Love the life you have while you create the life of your dreams. Don’t think you have to choose one over the other.” – Hal Elrod
I really enjoyed this book when I read it a few years ago. Mr. Elrod starts off by sharing a few very personal stories that ultimately changed the course of his life. All extremely inspirational and astounding. Next, he shares all sorts of activities that are ideally performed in the morning, right when you wake up. The idea here is to start each day with purpose, intention, focus, and commitment.
After reading the book from cover to cover, I felt radically motivated to develop my own miracle morning routine. But I knew I wanted my practice to be a bit more SPIRITUALLY INSPIRED than Hal’s practice (of course!). So, I started being more mindful about my morning ritual and what I decide to focus on. And so far, I’ve been having a lot of fun with it!
Today I wanted to share how you can utilize the precious waking hours to enhance your spiritual journey. Waking up a few minutes earlier can be the difference between an “okay” day and a WONDERFUL day. I’m positive that most of us can agree on that. Right? Right!
But does anyone actually want to wake up earlier?
Waking up in the morning can be truly difficult. Especially during the winter when it’s freezing cold and the sun doesn’t want to rise. Add to that our cuddly pets and partner, and we are doomed. Getting out of bed is the hardest part, even if you absolutely love your spiritual morning routine.
I think the key here is to not get angry with ourselves for feeling this way. Wanting to fall back asleep is perfectly natural. Especially since most of us find ourselves stuck in jobs we don’t want to be at (totally guilty of this). What’s the point of dedicating time to a spiritual routine every morning if I have a ton of other obligations? This is a question that is addressed in Hal’s book, so I won’t go into too much detail. But I want to share what MY motivation is with you, just in case it benefits you. Which I hope it does!
I like my spiritual practice to happen right away in the morning because:
1. It helps me wake up physically. At the same time, it recharges my batteries in a gradual way. I’m not diving straight into the craziness of the rat race first thing after opening my eyes.
2. It reminds me of where my priorities are and sets the tone for the day. Personally, spirituality is what I choose to devote my life to. By having a specific time each day to focus on that, I am reminded of what’s really important to me.
3. I get my daily exercise and meditation in right away, before anything can distract me. Trying to squeeze it in later in the day is next to impossible when you work 11 hour shifts. I don’t always have time at night, but I always have time in the morning.
4. I get to see the starry night sky fade away as the sun rises and the clouds turn pink. So gorgeous! And sometimes the Moon stays visible for a bit in the morning sun, and I definitely don’t want to miss that.
5. I’m not weighed down by the events of the day. Yesterday’s events are gone, and today’s events haven’t happened yet. There’s a clean slate to work with.
The Mysteries of Sleep
Sleep is very mysterious. Scientists may have a firm grasp on the benefits of sleeping, but they have more questions than answers. Also the amount of sleep humans need is highly debated. Plus there are lots of mixed feelings about sleep—some of us love it, others despise it. All we can say with absolute certainty is that sleep is NECESSARY for our survival as humans. No matter who you are or what you do, you must sleep.
“Until the 1950s, most people thought of sleep as a passive, dormant part of our daily lives. We now know that our brains are very active during sleep. Moreover, sleep affects our daily functioning and our physical and mental health in many ways that we are just beginning to understand.” – American Sleep Association *
And we haven’t even touched on the topic of dreams! Which is probably the most compelling, yet baffling subjects related to sleep. Dreams are incredibly diverse, and that is why I will save that complex information for another blog post. Just wanted to further point out all the mysteries of sleep that are waiting to be solved.
Confession: I have a major love/hate relationship with sleep. We can’t talk about creating a spiritual morning routine without talking about sleep. I’ll admit that I often wrestle with the temptation to not go to bed at all and to just continue on with my daily activities.
Average people spend 1/3 of their lives sleeping, and I can’t help but think about how I would spend that time if I didn’t have to sleep. Even though I’m well aware that our waking hours would be pretty shitty if we didn’t spend that time snoozing. For me, this fact is pretty good motivation to get up right as the alarm buzzes.
How to Build A Spiritual Morning Ritual
There is no need to follow the EXACT same routine every single morning. Just do what feels right in the moment. Some days I don’t feel the need to cleanse the space. My yoga session truly varies from day to day. Tarot readings definitely don’t happen every time. Additionally, I don’t journal about every single thing I experience during my ritual. Other days I do it all. Whatever feels right is what gets done.
Remember what I said earlier: don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day, or two, or several. Seriously. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. Any time my body is telling me I need more sleep, I will listen. Perfectionism isn’t the goal, consistency is. In my opinion, if you do your spiritual morning ritual once, that is worth being proud of.
Here is a list of ideas you can pick and choose from to design your own, custom spiritual ritual:
1. Cleanse your aura and your space
Use sound cleansing or a smudge stick, whatever you prefer. Drink at least eight ounces of ice cold water to help cleanse the body.
2. Light 1-2 candles and welcome your Spirit Guides to join
Usually I say something along the lines of: “With this candle I invite my team of Spirit Guides to bring their love and light into my practice this morning.”
3. Move your body slowly and with love
Do some simple stretches to wake up the body. Practice your own style of free-form yoga, or follow any of the thousands of free yoga videos on YouTube. I like this channel and this channel.
5. Recite your current affirmations
My favorite go-to chakra affirmations: “I am safe, I am creative, I am strong, I am loved, I am expressive, I am connected, I am Divine.”
6. Talk to your Spirit Guides and/or Angels
Use tarot cards, a pendulum, clairaudience, or any form of divination you prefer. Ask them questions or invite them to share general guidance.
You could write down any guidance you were just delivered. Make a list of all things you’re grateful for right now. Go “morning pages” style and just write whatever comes to mind. Or recall your dreams and record them.
8. Close your ritual
Never just get up and walk away. Take a moment to thank your Spirit Guides and blow out your candle(s). A final chime of a singing bowl is a nice way to reset the vibrations of the space.
Thank you so much for reading! You are greatly appreciated. Hopefully you’re inspired to try something new tomorrow morning. Share in the comments below—what gets you out of bed in the morning? Namaste!
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