On Inspiration and Creativity (We Are Receivers)

Photo & painting by Victoria Constantino

When it comes to creativity, showing up is crucial. The simple act of being present at the page (blank or not)—or the canvas or stage, or whatever the medium may be—is a catalyst that incites the momentum of creation. Trust is important, and allowing is key. This means trusting ourselves to mould and shape the clay of raw materials, and allowing ourselves to have fun in the process. It also means allowing ourselves the time to play and explore.

Just showing up, in and of itself, is work. It’s part of the process.

When we do the work of showing up, creativity shows up for us. Put in another way, we allow creative inspiration and ideas to come to us when we set the intention, and set the stage, for them. Opening a blank page or setting a new canvas on the easel is an open invitation to creativity. It is an act of intention that says, “Here I am, I’m ready. Let me be a vessel for what wants to come through.” When we consider that we are a physical manifestation of source energy, and that we each have a source that is flowing well-being to us at all times, as Abraham-Hicks teaches, then when we get into the receiving mode, or the energy of allowing, we open the valve for creative inspiration and the beautiful manifestation of ideas to flow to us.

It’s helpful to release any expectations about the outcome, and certainly any anxieties. We honor the creative process when we just let it flow where it wants to flow. We can always rewrite or paint over or rework the creation in question to our heart’s content. When it comes to something like writing music, for example, we allow the song to be the best it can be when we let it flow naturally without forcing it. If the next chord sounds like it should be A but we had in mind to make it B, we can block or stifle the process by forcing it to be what it isn’t or steering it in a direction that is counter to where it would naturally flow. It’s about honoring the path of least resistance.

When we trust the creative piece itself, the process—and, it must be said, ourselves—to receive what is there for the receiving, that’s where the magic happens. We are receivers. When we tune in, when we show up, it’s like tuning the radio to a certain station so it can receive the music that is floating across the airwaves. How many times have you had an idea, but abandoned it or didn’t move forward with it at all, only to see that same idea crop up elsewhere, brought to life by the hand of some other artist? This ties into the concept of the collective consciousness. When we tune into creativity, we are allowing ourselves to be receivers for what is out there in the ethers, just waiting to find a vessel to manifest them. Ideas—songs, stories, and works of art in whatever form they may take—have a life of their own.

The thing about ideas, though, is that they’re not always convenient. Some of the best ideas can arrive at the most inopportune times. We may be in the receiving mode when we’re driving, but that doesn’t exactly make it an ideal time to record those ideas. But we have a duty to them, to honor them by being prepared or carrying them in our minds until we can write them down, sketch them, or what-have-you. Preparedness is helpful. Carrying a recording device (this could be your phone, via a recording app) or a small notebook and writing instrument can help ensure our ideas are not lost. When we honor our ideas—or you could say, the ideas we receive—we can bring forth some truly noteworthy creations.

Trusting the Process

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Imagine you’re driving down a road at night. The only illumination is coming from your headlights, and beyond that, the rest is a mystery, shrouded in darkness. You trust that the road continues beyond what you can see, so you keep driving, the guidelines painted on the road snaking off endlessly into the hidden distance.

The healing journey is a little bit like that, and so is life. We keep going, because we trust that there will be a next thing, and a next, that we won’t suddenly cease to exist or fall off into planar nothingness. The healing journey is ours to navigate. It’s important that we trust the guideposts to show us the way. In order to see them, though, we must be paying attention.

Doing the work sometimes means navigating through darkness. Sometimes our only light comes from within, but our inner light is the brightest light of all. Once we uncover it, we remember who we are; we remember our truth. We may reach a point where we decide that we want to discard everything that covers up that light. Through a process of healing, clearing, and releasing—one layer at a time—we discover how brightly we can really shine.

As long as we keep moving and keep desiring to heal and grow, we will. No matter how blocked off we are or how deep our pain, we can reach that heart-opened place of allowing where the answers flow to us and the guideposts light up like beacons. Where we flow easily in alignment with our higher self and receive our highest guidance as naturally as we inhale breath into our lungs.

The more we trust, the more we let go of our grip and relax the need to control outcomes. That’s when things start to come together. Great ideas flow to us, solutions spring up in our path, and we realize suddenly how far we have come. We look back on the times we leaned into trust and flowed with the process, and understand that it led us to exactly where we needed to be.

Opening the Heart

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We hear a lot about opening our hearts, but what does it really mean and how do we do it? Opening the heart can be a very different experience for each one of us, but ultimately, opening the heart is about allowing ourselves to feel what we hold within. All of the emotions—the pain, the joy, the heartache, the loneliness, the happiness, the excitement, the thrill of being alive—all of it. If our hearts have been closed for a while, it can be challenging to know where to begin. When we allow ourselves to feel what is there, we may have a lot of unpleasant emotions to work through. Emotional release is an important part of the process. Usually, when we close our hearts, we are shuttering it against the pain and the things we don’t want to feel, look at, or deal with. We may have been so busy or focused on other aspects of our lives that we haven’t taken time for ourselves in…how long? That phrase we hear so often, “doing the work,” sounds hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some places to start:

  1. Write out your feelings. You can burn the paper as a symbol of release or write everything out in a journal.
  2. Go out into nature and let your heart have its say. Really listen.
  3. Spend time with animals.
  4. Connect with people who make you feel—whether they inspire you, bring you joy, or make you laugh.
  5. Laughter is the best medicine.
  6. Meditate. Don’t force, flow. Allow your mind to quiet and become a receiver. You may be surprised to hear, or feel, your heart speak when the mind is silent.
  7. Spend time in self-care. This can mean a lot of things, from physical routines to listening to music. When you focus on simply caring for your body and mind, it brings cleansing, purification, and renewal.
  8. Listen to music that moves you. If you play an instrument, play to your heart’s content. Lose yourself in the music. Really feel it.
  9. If you are artistically inclined, paint, sculpt, craft, draw. Do whatever it is you do and flow.
  10. Getting into the flow state is a powerful way of attuning to our core essence. Some achieve it through listening to music, others through physical activity like dance and running, and others from creating art. There are many ways to get into the flow state. However you access it, you will know when you get there. Hours go by that feel like minutes. You become so completely absorbed in something that you lose all sense of time and your physical location. You are simply one with your focus.

Many, if not all, of the above are not only ways of opening the heart, but also ways of healing. That isn’t so surprising. The heart is powerful. It’s where the soul resides. It’s the center of our being-ness and the throne of our core essence. It is a treasure trove, an endless cave of wonders just waiting to be explored. There may be shadows to face before we can enter the splendor of the cave, but they are paltry in comparison to the magnificence that awaits us. Those shadows are well worth confronting; they don’t like being looked at anyway, and dissipate when we face them. Once we gain safe passage to the beauty that lies within us, we have taken the first step to the most beautiful and rewarding journey we will ever take.

The Pilgrim’s Path

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Before we can rise like the Phoenix from the ashes, we first have to burn.

Before we can rise to the summit, we must first climb the mountain.

When we are meant to walk the pilgrim’s path, it rises up to meet us. Once we take the first step, there is no turning back, and the journey we take changes us forever. Our own shadows take form, writ large across the path, and we are unable to pass until we face them. Fear, illusion, our own weaknesses and shortcomings, all take shape and demand we look at them. They confront us, and there is no choice but to do the inner work. It is only through healing that they dissipate, allowing us safe passage.

This journey may take place once in a lifetime, and it only happens for some. At the end of it, we stand looking at ourselves as we were when we first began, and find we are hardly recognizable. The person at the start of the journey was mere clay, unshaped, formless. The journey itself is what moulds us.

Tuning Into the Heart

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The value of tuning into the heart is immense. The heart is the seat of the soul, and when we attune to our hearts, we tap into our own greatest wisdom, to our integral truth, and to infinite intelligence. Yet, it is not always easy to tune in. When our hearts are heavy and filled with the weight of the past or present circumstances, and with heavy energies like guilt, sorrow, and regret, it can block us from receiving our highest guidance, which is always present within us. In order to attune to this and receive the guidance that will allow us to live our best possible lives and our highest possibilities, we have to clear those heavy energies. We hear a lot about letting go, but less about exactly how to do this. It isn’t always instinctive or natural or easy for us to let go, especially when we’ve been carrying around energies for a long time or have unprocessed emotions.

A helpful first step is getting clear on what it is we need to process and what we are still holding onto. We can hold onto energies and heavy emotions for years without being aware that we are still harboring them. They can find hidden places within us, which is where meditation can be extremely helpful, as it helps to shift our energy and clears out the old baggage, even if we are not aware that is what is happening. Journaling is helpful when we are processing emotions, especially when we begin by setting an intention, such as the desire to gain clarity on what needs to go or what is holding us back, how to process old wounds, or releasing the weight of the past.

We are blessed as humans in this manifested physical experience to have allies both in the physical and nonphysical. Archangel Raphael, a master healer, is a great ally in the nonphysical whom we can call on at any time. His color is green, coinciding with the color of the heart chakra. Archangel Raphael can help us to heal our hearts and clear any blockages we may have. When we wear certain colors, like green, we are drawing their energetic properties to us. Wearing green or surrounding ourselves in green when we are on a healing path can be helpful. Similarly, any green crystals, jewelry, or artwork can bring in healing energies to us or the space around us. One option is to create a green room or area where you live that is a space decorated with green objects. This can be a place where you meditate, journal, or engage in other activities that support your healing journey.

Aromatherapy and music are powerful allies, as are the elements and the elemental energies. Water is a masterful healer and a powerful cleanser. Water has many properties—it is a conduit and is powerfully transformative. It also aids us in letting go. Cleansing in water has been a long-held practice through the ages. We see evidence of this in baptism and water ceremonies. When we shower or bathe, not only are we cleansing ourselves physically, but also energetically. When we support this cleansing with our intentions, it is even more powerful. We can take salt baths (dissolving Epsom salts in bath water) and set the intention of being cleansed and recharged energetically.

Beyond the physical act of cleansing in water, we can also call on the energies of water to purify us energetically and to help us let go of and release any emotions we are holding onto. We can do this through sitting in meditation (in water or not) and asking the element of water to support us in healing, clearing, releasing, and transmuting any and all energies that do not serve our highest good. Likewise, we can call on the element of air to cleanse us energetically. Doing this while out in nature, especially on a windy day, can have powerful positive effects. Among other things, the element of air can cleanse our ear chakras of any energies that are not serving our highest good and can increasingly open us up to the ability to hear our guides and allies in spirit.

Meditating with crystals is another method that supports us in tuning into the heart. Green crystals especially are useful in this regard. We are blessed with a myriad assortment of green crystals on this planet; looking up their properties can be helpful in guiding you to a selection, or you may wish to simply allow your intuition to guide you when choosing one to meditate with. Crystals can also support us when we are journaling. Simply having one nearby or wearing one as jewelry or placed in a pocket can help us to receive its benefits.

The healing journey is unique, personal, and individual to each person. It also varies according to our particular life circumstances, situations, and previous experiences. Some of us are healing family karma or wounds through the family lineage, in addition to our own personal energies. What is important is that we take ownership of our healing, set the intentions to heal, and put in the work—whether through meditation, journaling, therapy, or whatever methods are resonant. Spirit reminds us that we are never alone, and our allies in the nonphysical are always ready to help. They are simply waiting on us to call on them for guidance and support. As we continue to attend to our own needs, engage in self-care, and do things that support our healing path, we start to see results over time. We are asked to be patient with ourselves and know that we all heal at our own pace, and however fast or slow it happens is just right for us.

On Letting Go

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Much has been written about the importance of letting go, but in practice, it is easier said than done. Let go, yes—but how?

As many of us already know, holding onto something anchors us with its heavy weight to past circumstances or relationships, and keeps us in the same unsavory energy that the past moments or energy held. A situation or relationship is a container of energy, similar to a room. When we keep thinking of something or someone in the past over and over, it circulates the energy within that room and perpetuates its momentum, keeping it alive and active within us and within our vibrational field, which also attracts more of the same circumstances to us. If we keep coming back to the same past event, relationship, or circumstances, this is a sign that we may have unhealed wounds around it and energetic cording that keeps us attached to it. This creates an energy leak that saps our vitality and life force, and drains our creative energy. Many times, it also prevents us from moving on into something better and into a happier life and strong, rewarding relationships.

There are many ways we can go about letting go, moving on, and healing. The methods that work for you depend on many factors, including what you respond to, the depth of healing needed, and your readiness to move on, to name a few. Beginning with setting the intention that you wish to heal and move on from the particular energies, situation, or relationship is the first and most important step. When you make this declaration, whether by writing it down, meditating on it, or speaking it aloud, you are setting forth the energy of intention to release, clear, and heal. This in turn establishes a momentum that will continue to build and grow. Calling on your team of light, your allies in spirit, is always recommended. Archangel Michael is a powerful ally when it comes to clearing, release, and cord-cutting, and can help you with letting go. Archangel Raphael is a master healer who works with the heart and will help you to heal on all levels. We have only to ask for the assistance of our allies, and they are ready to support us immediately. Because we have free will, they cannot interfere and so are awaiting our request.

One method of clearing cords is to first get into a meditative state and call in your allies for protection, strength, and support. You can begin by visualizing a protective sphere of golden light surrounding you on all sides, three feet above and three feet below you, and around you in a sphere that reaches past your fingertips when you have your arms outstretched. Eyes closed, you can visualize or feel where any cords might be connected to you. Do you feel pressure in a certain area of your body? Depending on your particular abilities, you may be able to see it or have a knowing of where it is. Consider its significance in light of where it is located. Something connected to the sacral chakra can be tied to past romantic relationships; if it is near the heart, it could be associated with heartbreak; something near the root chakra could be related to familial connections or your sense of security and stability; something in the back could be related to backstabbing; if it is around the throat, it could indicate a person or situation who tried to prevent you from speaking your truth or a time when your voice was not heard or was misrepresented. Often, gaining clarity on a cord’s significance can help us to begin the process of clearing. Sometimes, you may know exactly to what person or situation it is connected. The person or past events may come up in your mind as a way of telling you that something needs to be healed there. You can visualize the cord filling with golden light and gently dissolving. Once it is gone, send love and healing to the area of your body where it was, and see that area filling with golden light and then mending as it heals over. You may wish to send love to the situation and anyone connected with it. You can call on your allies to support you through any part of this process, then thank them when you are done.

It can help to follow this with writing down what needs to be released. You can then burn the paper as a way of symbolically and energetically letting it go and releasing it to the universe to be cleared and transmuted so that you can begin your process of healing. Remember to be kind to yourself during the healing process, and to remember that healing is a journey. Journaling can be a therapeutic tool. Writing down what wisdom you learned from the experience can help you to gain clarity. You can also write down how you would like to move forward and how you would like your next experiences to be better as a way of setting intentions and bringing in positive energy to replace the energy that you have cleared or are clearing. Emotional release can be powerfully cleansing; honoring your need to let go of past emotions through tears or any other method that is brimming to the surface is incredibly therapeutic. We are not meant to stifle our emotions or keep them inside, as this only prevents us from letting go and builds the energy until, one day, the dam bursts. Taking salt baths and walks in nature can also be helpful, as these methods can help restore us energetically and bring us energetic purification and greater clarity. You may find that talking with a trusted friend or spending time with animals is helpful. Art may be your master healer; you don’t even have to be very good at it! Some find great solace in listening to music or playing a musical instrument. Getting in the flow state, however we reach it, helps us to process and heal on levels that we are often not consciously aware of. Feeling joy and allowing ourselves to experience laughter and fun are some of the best therapies in existence. Above all, trust your instinct when it comes to the methods you feel will be helpful to you.

Taking the time to really go deep and examine the emotions behind a situation, and what we are still holding onto, can be exactly what we need. Are we holding onto something for fear of letting go? Would we feel guilty for moving on? Behind our resistance to releasing something is sometimes the need to feel secure. When we examine something in depth, it can force us to look at what we don’t want to look at and can shake our sense of stability. Life was just fine; why look under the rug? The thing to remember is that you owe it to yourself to sweep out the debris of your life so that you can stand on truly solid footing. And sometimes, that means taking a deep look at some heavy subjects and memories so that you can dredge them up out of the waters of your subconscious and clear them out for good. It’s important that we pay attention to our feelings. What is ready to be released has a way of bobbing back up to the surface repeatedly until we get out the scuba gear and the net and take a deep dive to fish it out of the waters and cast it out for good. We owe ourselves that. We deserve to live our best possible lives, free and clear and unencumbered by the past.

Some may find that letting go is a decision. It often starts with the desire to heal and move on from something. This establishes an intention energetically, and when you follow that with a clearly stated intention, whether spoken or written, it adds more power to the momentum of your desire and keeps it building and growing as you go through the process. You may feel guided to take certain steps along the way to facilitate your journey. We are all unique, and we all heal in different ways. What’s most important is to honor yourself throughout the process. Making time for yourself, however hectic your schedule may be, is crucial. There are times when we need to put ourselves first. When we allow ourselves the time and space to process and heal, we can show up as better and more authentic versions of ourselves, both for us and for the people in our lives.

Healing and Eclipses: Finding the Light Within

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This has been a busy year for planet Earth, and the solar system has been just as active. The planetary activity will have brought us a total of six eclipses—two solar and four lunar—by the close of 2020. The November 30 eclipse is a partial lunar eclipse, and the final eclipse of the year—a total solar eclipse—occurs on December 14. This year being heavier on the lunar side gives weight to our internal landscape. If you are not already on the healing journey, the universe could have plans for you.

The moon is associated with the feminine, the subconscious mind, and with our inner world. When the moon becomes full on November 30, it will be partially obscured by the shadow of the Earth. The moon’s magnetic pull informs the tides, and as our bodies contain so much water, we are affected as well. November’s full moon is in Gemini, whose symbol is the twins. This aspect of duality shines a light on partnership, and is echoed in the aspects of darkness and light. This lunar eclipse is focused on the connection between the human self and the higher self, or the physical self and the spirit. Because it is a partial or penumbral eclipse, the energies are somewhat lessened.

When we start to tune into our often complex interior world, we have the opportunity to gain infinite clarity and increased self-awareness. We are also afforded a chance to heal and release emotional weight and any baggage we have been carrying. We can set down unnecessary burdens and clear energies that do not serve us simply by setting the intention of doing so. The Gemini influence may ask us to consider our relationship with ourselves and with our spirituality. We may find ourselves objectively examining aspects of our lives and our ways of living, thinking, and being that we have not consciously considered before or that we have not explored in a long time. We may begin questioning our choices and habits of thought as we see better ways of thinking and being that not only serve our highest good, but that can advance us further along on our path.

We are guided to look within and think of ways we can improve on all levels. We always benefit by being aware of our thoughts and thinking positively. Because we create our own reality, every thought matters. We can always guide our thoughts toward something better, stepping up or improving every thought with a better and more positive one, much like we would climb a staircase one step at a time. This is a way of healing; it is healing through self-awareness. We are being asked at this time to shine a light on our mental landscape and see where we can shift from the negative to the positive. Where are we doing ourselves a disservice with negative thinking? How can we adopt a growth mindset? How can we see ourselves as our Source sees us? When we seek to perceive with crystal clarity and to gain in wisdom, the universe will surely answer.

Lunar eclipses create energetic resets. Symbolically and energetically, when the full moon passes through shadow and then through the other side to reveal its luminescence once again, it is like turning off a switch and then turning it back on again. Full moons are times of growth, healing, and powerful cleansing, and the eclipse amplifies those energies. Eclipses have a way of creating powerful shifts and breakthroughs in our lives. If we have been resisting change that needs to happen for our growth and improvement, the eclipse can act as a catalyst that will shake things up and create the change you have been resisting or that is for your betterment.

Solar eclipses occur on the new moon, and the December 14 eclipse will be in heady Sagittarius. During a solar eclipse, the sun is completely obscured. This period of darkness asks us to look within and encourages self-examination. We are asked to explore what isn’t working, how we want to move forward, and our goals and plans for the year ahead. This may be a time to consider where you want to be by the end of 2020, and what you want to accomplish by the end of 2021. Sagittarius brings influences of the intellect, and you may find it beneficial to consider paths to professional development, career advancement, and spiritual development. The solar eclipse may bring profound insights and understanding that can help you to advance by leaps and bounds and reach new levels of understanding.

Wherever you stood at the beginning of the year, and wherever you may be now, one thing is certain—by the end of 2020, you stand a very good chance of being a much different and more improved version of yourself. We are always on the way to somewhere, and the journey is eternal. We only have now; we only have each moment. Where we stand in every moment is a potential springboard to somewhere else. The question is, how high do you want to jump? How free do you want to be? How far will you let yourself soar?

Our Light Is Needed Now More than Ever

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Love and light are two words we often see together, and they can mean different things to different people. Abraham-Hicks refers to our true nature as “pure liquid love.” Love is us; as Source-energy beings, love is who we are at our very core. I see love and light as the source of truth and the conduit of the divine, as the wellspring from which everything grows. Love and light are so important right now because they represent one of the highest states in which we can live, be, and approach our interactions with others. It can take great strength to stay in our light during these times, and profound alignment to be the light when we are witnessing others who may be acting out of alignment with their highest nature, or who are simply unaware. It requires unconditional love to love people no matter what their behavior or choices. To not judge, to remain neutral, is often the best path we can take, understanding that we are all one, part of the same being each expressed individually, each having our experience, and each with our own understanding, mission, path, and purpose for this lifetime.

Author and medium Sara Wiseman recently shared a channeled message in which she talks about the energetic shifts that are taking place on the planet, and how there is a lot of deep ancestral karmic clearing taking place, as well as karmic clearing from our individual past lives. Many of us are here—on this planet at this time—for this very reason, and it is part of our soul contract to help shift and clear this energy from our lineage and from the planet. This is a time in which all high-vibrational hands are on deck, as the earth is supported and surrounded with allies who are helping to shift, clear, and transmute the old paradigms and heavy energies of fear, control, and lack, and to clear all energies necessary to support the ascension of Gaia and her inhabitants to establish a new, bright earth. As these heavier energies are passing out of our reality and clearing, it is important for us to remain in the highest-vibrational state possible at all times, to hold the light, to choose joy, to honor our right to freedom and independence, and to treat others with kindness.

Spiritual teacher and medium Amanda Ellis recently shared a YouTube video in which she talks about the importance of focusing on high-vibrational energies like compassion, love, peace, truth, and clarity. She points out that we are what we focus on. It isn’t just that our thoughts create our reality—we become our thoughts. We—our minds and our lives—are the direct result of what we choose to focus on and think about. What we give our attention to grows. What we nurture grows. We attract what we vibrate. We live in a vibrational universe, and everything is energy, which is why it is so important to be aware of our own energy and of what we choose to give our thoughts and attention to.

Now is the time to step into radical energetic awareness. It is crucial for us to be hyper-vigilant of what we allow into our vibration, which is directly affected by what we think about, focus on, read, talk about, and listen to. We must be “relentlessly positive,” to use a phrase I heard recently. As a collective, we are creating a collective reality, and what we are seeing in our reality is a result of this collaborative manifestation. Because of the duality that is present on our planet, there is a push and pull. Holding the light, keeping our vibration high, is now more important than ever. It’s time for us to step into our freedom and sovereignty, and into peace. As a collective we have evolved to this point, and it’s up to us where we go from here.

If you are a lightworker, a wayshower, a spiritual teacher, or have spiritual abilities of any kind, you most likely already know you are here on this planet during this time for a reason. Those specific reasons will vary from person to person. To hold peace, bliss, and unity consciousness, knowing we are all one and maintaining non-judgment, sending love, light, and healing to all, is one of the highest choices we can make. This community of people are here to lift up humanity, to help raise the consciousness of the planet and elevate the human race into higher awareness and improved ways of life. One way we can help is by sending positive energy and intentions of healing, peace, divine wisdom, love, and awareness to those we feel called to send these energies to, or to the entire planet. When we do this, it is important to set the intention that these energies are received according to the highest good of all and to the greatest extent to which each individual is willing to receive, to respect the free will of others.

We are all here to create and we have an infinite palette of possibilities at our disposal. Let’s create something beautiful.

Changes and Transitions

Autumn, tree in fall
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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.

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.