October: A Reading for the Collective

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If one word could sum up 2020, it’s change. As we enter October, many of us are keenly aware that there are only three months left in the year. Years are energetic containers, which is why we can look back on some years and see prominent themes that applied to that specific year. It is the same with decades—every decade seems to hold its own style, theme, and personality. One of the more enjoyable aspects of doing these monthly readings is analyzing each month and exploring what that particular segment of time, or energetic container, might hold. What’s in store for October? What will the Universe deliver over the next four weeks? Here’s what the cards have to say.

Q1: What is the overall energy of October? Ace of Swords

This month brings clarity, new ideas, and fresh perspectives. We may have breakthrough ideas. Situations that have seemed stuck, blocked, or stagnant will suddenly start moving forward with ease and flow. The floodgates may open and bring a rush of inspiration and movement—energies that The Chariot in week 2 also supports. This month, remain open to inspiration and new ways of looking at things.

Q2: Week 1 energy: The Moon

To facilitate the flow of energy the Ace of Swords heralds, The Moon tells us that we first need to look within and spend time in introspection. Introspective work is the phrase that comes to mind. We are being guided to look closely and see beyond our shadows. Often, when we really look at fears and deeply held beliefs, we realize that the fears are flimsy, mere illusions that do not serve us, and that we have moved beyond some of those deeply held beliefs into new understanding. A close look can reveal things we were not aware we were still holding onto or that we did not realize were there. This awareness allows us to process and release anything not in alignment with our highest good. This is the work—intentionally examining what we need to let go of and replacing it with new thoughts, beliefs, and intentions that do serve us. I can’t becomes I can and I am capable and I am worthy. This is the work that allows us to move forward and makes room for the breakthrough ideas and inspiration that are in the offing throughout the month. The Moon can also bring forth enhanced creative abilities, intuition, imagination, and psychic abilities.

Q3: Week 2 energy: The Chariot

The Chariot represents a fast-moving energy. Hold onto the reins this week and maintain focus as you navigate, course-correcting as needed to ensure you stay on your path. Flexibility and adaptability are crucial factors to succeeding and moving ever-closer to your goals. Realizing that we are always on a path, and the path is never-ending as every place is a stop along the way on an eternal journey, may be key to really rooting into the importance of living in the now and enjoying where you are as much as possible in every moment. When we can find the joy in the moment, we can reach for a continually better-feeling place so that we rise up and allow more good to flow into our lives. Opening up to this joy is key to receiving the good we have been asking for. Finding inner stability, a place of solace, wisdom, and groundedness, a calm center of focus is important when things are shifting and in the face of rapid movement and change. Know when to reach for the still place within, and know that it is a place you can always turn to. The ability to find the joy in the moment is a way of coming into harmony as life’s chariot hurtles onward.

Q4: Week 3 energy: The Empress

The Empress celebrates beauty, creativity, and the pleasures of the material world, and finds joy in abundance. Her power as a leader can be connected to the home or to business. This week, look for themes related to feminine authority and leadership, which can include mothers and maternal figures, mature women, and female business leaders who may impact or influence you in some way. Seeds may sprout this week that you planted earlier; those that do will see growth and favorable outcomes when consistently tended and nurtured with care. This card can sometimes point to opportunities to strengthen relationships with women in your life who fit the role of The Empress; these relationships are well worth tending and yield emotional rewards. The Empress is connected to Venus, indicating that love may be on the horizon or could enter your life this week. Venus is also associated with pleasure and beauty, which may come into fruition this week in some form or another.

Q5: Week 4 energy: Page of Cups

Following on the heels of The Empress, who can represent creativity, the Page of Cups often indicates undeveloped creativity, in the form of potential creative abilities or new ideas in the beginning stages. Cups represent emotions, and pages are young and inexperienced; as such, the Page of Cups can indicate an underdeveloped self-esteem, lack of confidence, lack of boundaries, openness, or being naive. Sometimes, the page can represent a person who embodies these qualities or who is young or inexperienced. This card can point to the need to establish stronger boundaries, trust yourself more, belief in yourself, and quit looking to others for approval or permission. It can also appear when you are relying on others for validation or for happiness. If this is the case, coming back to who you are and strengthening your boundaries and your sense of self is encouraged. When this card indicates creativity and new projects, it can encourage you to develop ideas and talents. This can be done by practicing to further develop and refine skills, and by learning more about a subject. When it comes to new projects and ideas, this card can be encouragement to pursue them and to do what is needed to bring them to the next stage of development. Continually elevating ideas, projects, and talents is done one step at a time, and consistency, focus, and practice help them to bear fruit.

Guidance from the Universe for October: The Magician

The energies this month are generative and supportive of new ideas (the Ace of Swords) and undertakings (the Page of Cups and The Empress). These energies are like fertilizer, and The Magician is us—we are the ones who plant the seeds, water and tend them, and apply the fertilizer to help them grow. As creators of our own realities, we are the architects of our own lives. We call our own shots. With confidence (Page of Cups), and having done the inner work (The Moon), we strengthen our ability to manifest. We get what we expect. If we expect good things to happen to us, they will. If we are strong in the belief that, for example, everything is always working out for us, then it will. The Magician comes to remind us of these truths. Confidence, knowing, belief, and expectation are so powerful, and the Universe is letting us know that these serve us especially well this month. This year has already brought powerful, profound, and deeply life-changing manifestations, and the year is not over yet. We are living in a time of rapid manifestation. That, combined with the knowing that our thoughts create our realities, and that we have the ability to focus our thoughts, and cause energy to flow in the direction of our thinking, is everything we need to know. We always have the ability to write our own destiny, and to rewrite our beliefs simply by choosing our thoughts. The Magician is encouragement from the Universe to make the most of the powerfully supportive energies this month by focusing our will, our thoughts, and our intentions on what we want, and not giving a moment’s thought to what we don’t want.

Changes and Transitions

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Gone are the bright, airy blooms of spring and the swollen fruits of summer. The season we are now entering into is one of preparation. Its fruits are hearty and meant to sustain us through the cold and barren months, the period of dormancy when nature slumbers on the surface as deeper transformations occur, unseen, beneath the surface in the dark womb of earth, in the hearth of winter’s becoming. In this time before the chill begins to bite, we cast off what has had its day and draw near to us what will sustain us. We welcome those we hold dear in close conversation and heart-centered communion.

As I write this, fall is only days away in the Northern Hemisphere, and the Southern Hemisphere is preparing to enter a season of growth. All of life is flowing in an ancient dance as one season merges into the next with perfect harmony and fluidity. Change can sometimes be this seamless for us, one step leading to another in a natural progression. We may look up one day and suddenly realize how much our lives have changed, although the process has been gradual. This year especially has been one of unprecedented transformation. Often, periods of intense change are accompanied by major growth. Collectively and individually, we are experiencing rapid transformations and powerful personal and spiritual shifts.

The transition of summer into autumn is beautiful for us to witness, and we do well to honor our own personal changes with as much reverence. We can take a few cues from nature by navigating those changes gracefully, flowing with the transitions in our lives without resisting them, honoring the improvements the shifts are bringing, uncomfortable as they may be. When we do this, not only do we have a much more enjoyable experience, we also open ourselves to receive much greater benefit by being in the energy of allowing. Rather than blocking the energies that are flowing to us with our resistance, we are flowing with them by allowing them to work for our betterment.

Fall is a great opportunity for us to focus our intentions as we work toward creating positive change in our lives—the seasonal energy is supporting this. Now is the time to make major changes, launch new creative and business endeavors, and plan for improvements of all kinds. Whether we realize it or not, we are impacted by the energies all around us, including the transition from one season to the next. In autumn, nature itself is clearing out what has served its purpose, and what has lived its full season. This is a time to clear the deadwood, energetically and physically. To encourage positive change in our lives, it is important to first make room for it by clearing what does not serve us. Clearing starts the energy flowing to us and around us in healthy, beneficial ways.

We can benefit from clearing clutter from our physical environment (which is a great Feng shui practice that is beneficial to do year-round). This could mean riffling through your closet and donating things you haven’t worn in the past year or going through paperwork, files, and email and clearing out what is no longer necessary. These physical actions create shifts that usher out stagnant energies to make room for what is fresh and new and allows the energy to flow in positive ways.

It is also important to clear ourselves energetically. There are so many ways to do this, but bathing in Epsom salts and grounding are great practices to incorporate into your routine. You can also visualize white or golden light surrounding you and the spaces you live in while setting the intention that the light purifies the energy and creates a powerful forcefield of protection around you and your loved ones, pets, home, and property. You can expand this light out to your neighborhood, community, city, and beyond—even visualizing it wrapping around the entire planet to bring peace, healing, and light to all.

As we prepare energetically for the path that lies before us, it is important to stay centered and focused on what truly matters, both in the now and as we visualize the best possible outcomes that we would like to enter into as we continually move forward.

September: A Reading for the Collective

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September brings exciting new beginnings as both fresh and long-awaited manifestations are coming into being. New partnerships and collaborations, as well as joyful celebrations with friends and community are all an important part of this month. Read on to find out what each week has in store for us, and for the guidance and overall energy that will carry us through the weeks ahead.

Q1: What is the overall energy of September? Page of Wands

The Page of Wands shows us learning to wield our power in new ways. We may be focusing on specific manifestations this month. Remembering that where thoughts go, energy flows can be useful, especially in light of the fact that what we think about informs our vibration, which in turn attracts more of the same to us. As Wands are associated with the element of fire, this suit is connected to our passion. What are you passionate about and what steps do you feel motivated to take? Paying attention to what feels good, what thrills you, can provide an indication of your next steps. This Page also indicates new beginnings and fresh starts. You may see new relationships, career-related goals, things, and circumstances that you’ve long wished for begin to show up this month. Watch as the seeds you planted, some long ago and some recently, begin to sprout. Be open to learning new things and to new possibilities. You are gaining footing in new and significant areas of your life.

Q2: Week 1 energy: Seven of Swords

A tarot reader once described this card to me as having a vacillating energy that can appear sometimes when we are caught up in indecision or when we are waffling back and forth. If you find yourself in that energy, it is important to really tune in and pay attention to your inner guidance as you lean into trusting yourself more. Watch for situations that show you areas of weakness, either in your thinking, emotions, or in your self-confidence. Believing in yourself and moving forward with inner strength, determination, and in the knowing of your worthiness brings you closer to your true inner power. Remember that you are a divine, magnificent being. You are truly powerful, and knowing your true inner strength and power opens up a world of possibilities. Life offers us a great palette of choices, and it is up to us what we choose to paint. Paying attention to what feels good can be helpful as you navigate choices; your emotional guidance system, as Abraham-Hicks refers to it, is a built-in mechanism that shows you which way to go.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Two of Cups

The Two of Cups points to emotional partnerships. This can be the co-creative partnership between you and your higher self. It can also indicate fruitful connections and emotional relationships between significant others, friends, family, co-workers, and employers. For some of you, a new job or career advancement may be on the horizon. New relationships are developing and existing ones are growing and reaching new levels. Nurturing relationships and connections is always beneficial, but especially so this week. Bonds are strengthening and deep healing may be taking place between you and others, especially in your emotional connections to one another. Honor those in your life simply by feeling into gratitude for the relationship, and that energy will not only be felt by the other, it will also be returned to you and will strengthen the energies between you.

Q4: Week 3 energy: Temperance

Be wise and practice discernment in all that you do. Connecting to your intuition and holding the intention of achieving a state of harmony will support you this week. Foster harmonious relationships by first embodying harmony in your thinking, and peace will follow. Practice patience with others and redirect your thoughts and energy toward compassion if you catch yourself in a judgmental space. Unity consciousness is important, and remembering that we all are one can be powerful; as each one of us is part of the collective, what one of us experiences is felt by all on some level. Reach for kindness and cooperation in your dealings with others, and be kind to yourself. Happy resolutions to long-stagnant situations may pleasantly surprise you. Look within this week and notice where inner growth is needed. Self-awareness is key as you navigate through life; notice where life is showing you opportunities for growth as you set your ego aside and make the decision to elevate your thinking and vibration, taking it moment by moment, situation by situation. As the number 14 card in the Major Arcana, Temperance is aligned with the creation of solid foundations: the number one indicates new beginnings and manifestations, and four carries the energies of strength, solidity, stability, and groundedness; by embodying harmony and peace, we create the outward manifestation of these, which sets us on solid ground and establishes strong foundations for our future.

Q5: Week 4 energy: Three of Cups

The Three of Cups has a celebratory energy that builds on the partnership energies of the Two of Cups from week 2, and on the energies of harmony and cooperation from week 3. This feels like a culmination of positive momentum that has been building throughout the month and reaches a happy fulfillment of celebratory energy and harmonious resolutions. This week ushers in fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere, and celebrations and gatherings are highlighted. Community, friends, family, and joyful collaborations are a significant part of this week. It is important to make time for happiness and fun, and allow yourself to enjoy the feelings of fulfillment. Soak in the nurturing energies of emotional warmth and joy, and allow them to strengthen and elevate your vibration. The more you raise your vibration, the higher you can soar.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe for September: King of Pentacles

The King of Pentacles carries the energies of power, strength, and material success. Much like the numerological interpretation of Temperance, this king also indicates solidity and stability. This is a very fortunate card to draw, and it informs the entire month of September. As the guidance card for the month, it encourages us to embody the energies and mindset this king represents. Embodiment of those energies can manifest in a variety of ways, whether that is practicing gratitude for job security, focusing on your leadership abilities, knowing that you are capable of manifesting wealth and financial security, appreciating figures of support in your life, or knowing your own strength. This card can also encourage us to take the long view and consider where investing in our future now might pay dividends later. As seeds are starting to sprout, start considering now the most fruitful outcomes and think about the highest and best possibilities for all that is becoming.

Claiming Your Sovereignty

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As the world shifts and changes in profound ways, it is now more important than ever to stand strong in our truth and in our light. Many of us are awakening to ever-deepening levels of awareness and to a greater understanding of our life path and purpose. The veil is being lifted, and while we are all connected, the ways we each experience this unveiling depends on our unique path. This increasing clarity and awareness often happens layer by layer; we gain greater insights as we are ready to receive and understand them. As we gain new perspectives, such as an awareness of who we truly are and who we are meant to be in this lifetime (understanding that this can evolve throughout our lives as we grow), staying in our lane and staying in our light is so important, especially in the current energetic landscape.

Maintaining our connection to the heart and practicing compassion and kindness are some of the most powerful ways we can navigate the world and our own lives. Our connection to the heart allows us to stayed attuned to our intuition and our highest guidance so we can make the best choices and live in alignment with our truth. From that place of alignment, we become aware of our true power and gain the clarity that we are already free; we are already sovereign. Knowing this helps us to stand strong in our integrity and navigate life in a way that is right for us. It guides the thoughts we think, which create our reality and inform the decisions that we make. It’s the difference between being under the influence of our higher power or not.

It can be helpful to remind ourselves of our inherent sovereignty anytime we realize we are feeling oppressed, controlled, powerless, or helpless. We cannot be controlled unless we allow ourselves to be, because true power comes from within. A simple yet effective mantra is: I am already free. I am already sovereign. I am the creator of my own reality. Focusing on those words while breathing deeply, sitting with the intention, seeing yourself as sovereign, and really feeling your own power can stop the momentum of unwanted feelings. Coming back to this practice over and over, as often as you need to, helps shift your energy and beliefs over time through focused effort, concentration, and practice.

Remembering our inner power and inherent freedom helps us to flow with the heart-centered connection we have to the highest aspects of ourselves. When we become aware of our sovereignty and true inner strength, we can respect the freedom and individuality of others, whether or not we agree with their choices. We are ultimately and primarily responsible for ourselves, the ways in which we navigate the world, and the choices that we make. Claiming responsibility for our own alignment and choices is a way of claiming our sovereignty and standing in our individual power and integrity.

August: A Reading for the Collective

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August is the eighth month, and the number eight in numerology carries the energies of abundance and expansion. The number eight is also the symbol of eternity or infinity turned upright, and signifies eternal abundance. The lemniscate, or infinity sign, appears in the tarot above the heads of The Magician and the figure on the Strength card in prominent decks, indicating that we are eternal beings and powerful creators of our own reality (The Magician) and have access to infinite wisdom (Strength). Strength appears in the reading for the fourth week of this month. Read on to find out what August has in store for the collective.

Q1: What is the overall energy of August? Two of Pentacles

Pentacles are associated with the material realm and are closely linked to our finances, home, career, and anything having to do with physical, earthly concerns. Twos relate to balance and partnerships, and the Two of Pentacles can come as guidance to maintain balance in our finances, work, and personal life, and it can also indicate the partnerships that impact those areas. August is a month of expansion that can bring new opportunities in just about every area of our lives. This could mean work and career opportunities, promotions, recognition, travel, and new partnerships that impact our finances, career, and creative endeavors. A second source of income is possible. You may find that you need to make a choice between two options; a new job offer could find you weighing your choices to make the decision that is best for you. Maintaining a good work-life balance is important, as is keeping a healthy balance in all areas of your life. Be sure to make time for yourself and to do things that bring you joy.

Q2: Week 1 energy: Ace of Swords

New ideas and ways of thinking show up for you this week. Newfound clarity is available to you. You have access to profound wisdom and insight by simply tuning in (through meditation, prayer, or simply sitting with your thoughts and holding the intention of receiving your highest guidance). You have access to higher knowledge at all times, and especially this week as the energies are supporting expanding clarity and understanding. This week has the potential to bring breakthroughs in your understanding and powerful, lightning-strike insights. Be ready for flashes of inspiration and sudden downloads of knowledge from the universe. Call on your high-vibrational allies and ask for their support in bringing through the highest understanding and clarity that will benefit and support you at this time. Strengthening your focus and sharpening your mental acuity are also highlighted this week. Be strong and unwavering when you know something is right for you; do not allow yourself to be influenced by other ideas and opinions that are not in alignment. Hold strong to the ideas that you know are right for you. Be sharp in your thinking and clear in your speech and communication.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Ten of Pentacles

Take pleasure in material comforts and in the knowing that the earth provides abundantly for all. Look to your family support system and your community in appreciation of the security and foundations they provide. The energies this week support abundance and good fortune, and new opportunities are likely to reach you now. Family, loved ones, sources of income, home, property, and land are sources of security and stability. Appreciating your foundations strengthens them. This week, set intentions for improving groundedness, stability, strengthening foundations, material comfort, and security. Look to your relationships with love, even those that are not strong, and they will be fortified, growing and healing and becoming stronger over time. Setting the intention that all relationships in your life are always strengthening, growing, and healing is powerful this week and beyond.

Q4: Week 3 energy: Knight of Wands

Expansion, positive change, relocation, shifts, and movement are all in focus this week. You may see new opportunities in terms of moving, work, and career, especially if you have set those intentions and have been actively seeking change in this area. Focusing your thoughts on what you want to manifest is always powerful, but it is key this week. This focus and clarity will help bring smooth, happy, joyful transitions and opportunities to you with ease. Entering into a flow state by connecting with your intuition and higher guidance is also highlighted, as it will help channel and direct the expanding energies into happy outcomes in a more powerful way. The energies this week are supporting joyful results, but aligning with what you desire to create guides the manifestation according to your vision. If you have been seeking adventure, this week is a good time to get away, take a vacation, or otherwise break from your usual routine.

Q5: Week 4 energy: Strength

Now is the time to channel your inner warrior. Hold strong this week, keep your boundaries secure, be self-aware, and note how your thoughts and decisions impact yourself and others. Stand strong, hold firm in your resolve, and steel your mind. Tune into your instincts. Do not be swayed by what is not right for you; do not even give it one second of your attention. Know your power. Connect to your higher self and tap into who you really are. Knowing yourself in your highest truth has a profound impact on your decisions, your understanding, and the ways in which you navigate the world. You have everything it takes to succeed. Do not take no for an answer. Go after what you want and pursue it with steady resolve until it is yours. Standing firmly in your power, you will show yourself what you are made of. Prepare to amaze yourself as you stretch and grow and expand the boundaries of what you thought was possible. By the end of this month you may be asking yourself: What limits?

Q6: Guidance from the universe for August: The Sun

The strong guidance this month is to stay focused on the positive. We are being asked to practice radical self-care by making choices that benefit us and improve our mindset and vibration. Raising our vibration allows us to show up in a more powerful way for ourselves and for others. Because your thoughts inform your vibration and draw to you whatever you are focusing on, it is so important to think about only what you want to see manifested in your life. We get to choose what we allow into our minds, and into our lives. There is plenty to focus on that is undesirable, and even more that can bring us joy. It begins with setting the intention. Our intention is so powerful because it guides the energy to wherever we are focused. Setting the intention to shift your mindset into positive thinking plants a seed that sets this change in motion. Shining a light on the thoughts that come up for us spotlights them in our awareness; if something isn’t helpful to you, noticing it helps shift it out of your awareness. You can then replace it with a preferred thought like I deserve happiness. Simply appreciating what is good raises your vibration, and there is so much to appreciate, if we only look.

Knowing Your Worthiness

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Each one of us is worthy. The only thing that holds us back from that knowledge is ourselves. We are all here to learn and grow, and part of that process involves making mistakes. We can all look back at choices we made with the clarity of hindsight and recognize what the better choice might have been. But did we learn from the situation? That is what is most important.

It doesn’t serve us to hold onto regret or guilt; those emotions only keep us stuck in the past and block us from moving forward and experiencing the happiness we all deserve. It is helpful to look back to acknowledge what a situation taught us, but not to wallow in the negatives. Forgiving ourselves is so important. It is just as important to forgive others and to let go of resentment, which also keep us tied to the past in ways that are unhealthy and prevent us from experiencing the beauty life has to offer.

When you make a mistake, acknowledging it and setting the intention to release it with love and forgiveness to yourself is a powerful way to begin moving forward. Using a similar process to forgive others also helps clear those energies and blockages. The more we forgive ourselves and others, the more we can connect to our sense of self-worth and to an understanding of the unique value we have to offer, both to ourselves and to the world. Now is a time of tremendous karmic clearing, so trust your intuition if you feel like you need to make something right with somebody to clear the energy.

The more we heal, the more we strengthen our connection to what is real, to what is within us—our divine, sacred energy. When we remember that we are sourced from the divine, it is easy to recognize why each one of us is worthy. That is not to say that we are all worthy in the same way, because our individuality means we each have something unique to offer. Every one of us is here to show up in a specific way. By connecting more strongly to our sense of self, we ground further in the knowing of our unique, individual value.

Knowing that we are worthy—of happiness, of thriving, of living a joyful and abundant life—creates powerful shifts in our mindset and in our lives. This knowing guides us along the path to better understanding the reasons we are here and the powerful ways we can show up for ourselves and others. It really changes everything. Our eyes open to new clarity, awareness, and opportunities, and we begin to see ourselves and the world around us in a new light. Every experience and encounter becomes sacred and is an opportunity for joyful expansion, connection, and a chance to create or share or learn something meaningful.

The Importance of Healing Emotional Wounds

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It’s so easy to leave a hurtful or difficult experience unprocessed and simply shift our attention to things that make us feel better or distract us or otherwise help us to forget, at least temporarily, about the pain or discomfort around the situation. Most of us are so good at doing this that we do it automatically. It’s important to be aware that the energy of an experience and the emotions around it don’t automatically go away. That energy can be lodged in our vibration until we shine a light on it by focusing our attention on the experience or situation and feel the emotional impact of it in order to process it. Holding the intention of shifting it out of our vibration and healing from it is a simple but powerful way of releasing something that does not serve us. For energies that are lodged more deeply or that are heavier, this begins the process of clearing them from us. Setting the intention of clearing, releasing, and transmuting (healing) the energies moves them away from us and ensures they do not return.

As we clear and release old energies, a funny thing happens. The more we release what doesn’t serve us, the more room we make for what does. The release shifts our vibration powerfully and increases our ability to draw to us more of what we want, as long as we keep our attention and intentions focused on what we desire to bring into our experience rather than looking at negatives and the things we don’t want. It is a gradual process that happens one clearing at a time but has a powerful cumulative effect. Starting the process now and continuing it every time an unpleasant emotion or memory arises will carry you on a powerful path of healing that leads you to the best version of yourself.

Awareness is essential. Notice when an unpleasant memory or feeling comes up and know that it is arising because it is ready to be released. This is a great opportunity to clear it out of your experience. You can simply sit with the feeling or memory and set the intention that you keep any lessons from the experience that serve your highest good and release the rest. This can be an emotional process as you sit with something unpleasant or uncomfortable. The key is to release it—to let it go with forgiveness to yourself and forgiveness to others. Forgiving others releases you from any harmful connections and from your attachment to the situation. Forgiving yourself is so important, as you can’t really move on from something until you’ve done this. Call on your highest-vibrational allies to support you with this process if you like.

Remember that you are powerful and that true power comes from alignment with the highest energies: compassion, love, peace, bliss, wisdom, grace.

Standing Strong in Your Integrity

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Because everything is energy, what you think and feel matters above all. This is because your thoughts and feelings inform your vibration, which equals your point of attraction. It is so important to maintain integrity in your thinking and not allow anything to sway you from your truth, your path, or your highest good. This is a powerful way to healing, as we continue to be self-aware and monitor our thoughts and feelings, catching what is not in alignment with high-vibrational energies and redirecting to what is. You can turn around thoughts of self-doubt to I can accomplish my goals, I am capable of great things, and I have something valuable to offer that will help people in a way that elevates them. This is a choice that you make—to monitor your thoughts and change them for the better. You are powerful beyond measure, and you have free will. This means you have the ability to make the decisions that are in alignment with your highest path and purpose and you have the ability to connect to high-vibrational energies to receive your highest guidance and wisdom.

Integrity applies in every area of your life. Do you help someone when you see them struggling? Do you offer support to those around you who need it? How do you react when someone is not acting from a place of alignment—do you let their lower energy sway you or do you stand in your truth and choose not to respond to those energies? Choosing integrity every time, staying on your path, and always acting from a place of your highest good is so important, as it spreads good energy around you and also strengthens your own. When we realize we are all connected, helping others becomes second nature. Helping others from a place of integrity is key, and it is important to remember that we never know what someone is going through. Everyone’s reality is different, and approaching everyone from a place of non-judgment is especially important. We are all here to experience life in a different way, according to our highest path and purpose.

This life is a journey, and we can choose to be aware and learn everything we can from our experiences, to reflect on them to glean what wisdom and higher understanding we can from them, and to use what we have learned to help others. The way we show up in the world is so important—the way we show up for ourselves and for others creates a tremendous impact that can leave the world a better place.

Healing Spaces

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Sixteen years ago, I left the desert and never looked back. Since then, I’ve gained an appreciation for the austerity of that landscape that has been largely brought about by time, distance, and perspective. The desert is purifying, a place stripped bare, pared down to the essentials. Its energy too has a way of peeling back layers, dissolving everything that isn’t needed, whatever doesn’t serve, all excess and unnecessary energy. In this process, the desert poses several questions: Do you need it, is it helpful, is it weighing you down, is it holding you back, why are you still carrying it, what lessons have you learned from it, what wisdom is yours to keep?

Nature is deeply healing, without question. Lush, fragrant forests rich with moss and deep green chambers flow through the heart and give balm to the spirit. In the ocean, a yoga teacher once told me, every crashing wave holds all the sounds the human body needs to hear, sounds that clear us and heal us through sonic frequencies. The mountains bring clarity and perspective; they challenge heart and mind to ascend, to be more, to rise above, to consider the importance of all we hold dear, to sort the wheat from the chaff. Every landscape holds a different energy. Cities, states, countries, have their own energy, and certainly different landscapes do, too.

These different landscapes are healing spaces that interact with us on another level, one we don’t consciously sense. It’s atoms talking to atoms, energy flowing into energy. For those reasons, we may be drawn to certain areas in nature without understanding exactly why. It’s important that we trust our natural instinct, our desire to be in those places, and to follow our heart there. They have unique wisdom to impart to us, a particular sort of healing. To commune with nature is to connect to a greater aspect of the divine, of which we are all a part.

Protecting Your Energy

Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim
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When we consider that everything is energy, including ourselves, it gives us an understanding of how easy it is to be affected by the things we read, the conversations we hear, and the potential impact of the invisible world around us. Because we are energy, we can also absorb energy. And although we cannot see it in the form of feelings, thoughts, and emotions, these energies are very real and a crucial part of the fabric that weaves our reality together. It almost goes without saying that it is important to protect our energy. Even more so in times of difficulty or adjustment, and especially during periods of upheaval and massive global shifts like we are experiencing now. If you are sensitive to energy, the need to protect yourself multiplies.

I recommend clearing your energy field during meditation on a daily basis and anytime you begin feeling heavy or weighed down. When we absorb energies that do not belong to us, we can experience this as anxiety or sadness or anger, or any emotion that seems to arrive out of the blue. We may also start feeling uncomfortable but cannot pinpoint exactly why, and this could be because we have picked up on something that is not our own. It is so important for our mental and emotional health that we clear anything that does not belong to us and keep our field clear by putting up a protective barrier that we reinforce on a regular basis to shield us against anything that is not for our highest good.

There are several ways to create this barrier. One powerful method is through visualization. You can enter a quiet, reflective space with no distractions around you and visualize an energetic forcefield surrounding you past the outer layer of your aura. Try visualizing this as a sphere with a strong external layer like a thick shell that surrounds you and fills your aura with golden light. Gold is a high-vibrational color that can strengthen your protection and bring you healing and peace. You can set the intention that the only energies that may enter your field are those that are for your highest good, and nothing else may enter. As you make this visualization part of your daily practice, you solidify the barrier more and more with your belief and intention, and in the process, you become better at visualization, which, like many things, improves with practice.

Just as we engage in rituals of physical cleanliness on a regular basis, protecting our energy is an important part of self-care that ensures our energetic cleanliness. In this way, we can make sure we are always our best (and truest) selves as we navigate through life and interact in our relationships, in our careers, and in the way we show up in the world.