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.

Daily Reading: January 27, 2021

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As the twenty-seventh day of the first month, today may bring good news. Something may be waiting in the wings for you to be ready to receive it. We can receive by opening our hearts and releasing resistance and blocks as we welcome the good. Today, we may also be seeing conclusions as what has served its purpose in our lives begins to wrap up. It may not be time to usher it out just yet, and we are guided to clear up any remaining debris and tie up any loose ends now to encourage its departure. Today highlights our spiritual gifts and abilities, as well as our innate talents. We may be on a discovery path. Healers and lightworkers are continuing to awaken in increasing numbers. Each in their own due time, and when they are ready, as they are ready to serve, will open their hearts to humanity and give to the world as they are guided. Some of us may be awakening now to new truths, clarity, and insights. As these may be subtle, we are guided to pay close attention and to become aware of our own thoughts and the meaning and connections they may have beyond the surface level.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us fifteen and six. Tenacity, choices, expansion, and commitment to the path are all in focus today. We may be embarking now on a new path, whether we sense it or it is readily apparent. We may sense the energies changing and shifting; knowing and trusting that this is happening to support our growth and expansion eases the way with harmony and grace. There are times to seek balance and times to seek expansion; our intuition will guide us if we are attuned to it. We can navigate the waters of life with ease, even if they become choppy and things are unsettled. When we flow, we can ride the waves rather than fighting against the current, which would only exhaust us and pull us down, slowing our progress. We are being asked to release fear and to trust in the infinite love of Source and the unconditional love of the universe. When we truly believe we live in a loving universe, everything in our experience matches that belief. When we believe otherwise, we receive evidence of that. Now is a beneficial time to look to the stars and consider what wisdom they have to offer us. Stargazing can have a positive effect on us energetically and can bring to our awareness knowledge and wisdom that we already hold within us. 

Mantra: I honor the divine within and open my heart to the knowledge and wisdom that will help me to advance on my path. 

Daily Reading: January 23, 2021

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As the twenty-third day of the first month, today carries energies of change and manifestations coming about through partnerships. We may be becoming aware of opportunities and possibilities for our future that were previously outside of our awareness or that were just beneath the surface. As new possibilities and directions for the path ahead become unveiled, we are beginning to consider our future in ways we may not have seen before. Manifestations are imminent as we continue making strides toward our goals and intentions, and as we allow them to flow to us. Twenty-three also indicates progress and forward movement, and today we may see pieces falling into place that advance us or our goals and aspirations.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us eleven, and two. Eleven is a gateway number that brings powerful energies of upleveling, expansion, and increases in our awareness. It can also find us passing into new experiences and cycles, upleveling, and advancing. Keeping our thoughts, beliefs, expectations, and overall outlook positive is highly important now, as this helps to ensure we keep moving in the right direction. Today and in the near future, we may see advancements and significant progress in things that matter to us. We may be meeting new people and forging new partnerships that help to support, strengthen, and fortify us, and that remind us of our value. Gifts and abilities are in focus now; we may be discovering new gifts or aspects of currently active abilities that bring new facets to our awareness and that help us to advance. As we progress, we are guided to lift up others and help them to advance as well. 

Mantra: I welcome insights, opportunities, and positive, supportive partnerships. I welcome growth, joy, and abundance. 

Daily Reading: January 12, 2021

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As the twelfth day of the first month, today carries a cyclic aspect. Twelve being related to cycles and also manifestations, new beginnings, and opportunities through partnerships, we are embarking on a new phase that leverages our connections to yield fruitful abundance and pave the way for a new path ahead. The repeated ones and twos in today’s date strengthen the energies of co-creation, both with our partners and allies on the physical plane and with those in the nonphysical who are assisting and supporting us on our journey. Twelve shows us growing and expanding as never before, reaching higher levels of consciousness as we continually reach for improvements in all areas. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us nine, a number that guides us to our own light. We are growing, expanding, upleveling, and achieving greater and higher ways of being, thinking, and doing, as we are growing in our ability to rise up above the constructs of this manifested earthly realm to see beyond the physical and beyond what is readily apparent. We are growing in awareness and in our ability to discern truth from fiction. As we elevate, we are sharing our knowledge with others in authentic ways. We are connecting more strongly to the truth of who we are and discovering our true nature as beings of light. Many of us are here at this time to assist in the awakening of the planet, and as we navigate the dark spaces, we are asked to hold strong and steady in our light, remembering that the light is infinitely more powerful than the darkness, as it is generative, it is growth and truth, it is reality and is stable. It does not destroy but generates, creates, produces. We are asked to remember this and that our true strength comes from within, from our divine light, when we need encouragement. Some of us are asked to be the light, and that may mean shining it into dark places. Staying strong and true to ourselves and holding steady to our truth is indicated now. We are asked to share the knowledge we discover through our own healing journey, as it may help others who are on similar paths, are trying to find their way, or are beginning to awaken.

Mantra: I call upon the Source within to expand within me. I call upon my inner strength and the divine wisdom within to guide me in all that I do.

Daily Reading: January 11, 2021

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Today, 1/11, is a powerful day of awakenings and alignment to our soul purpose. It is a gateway manifestation day, and we are strongly guided to think only of the positive and to hold in our minds only what we wish to see manifested. When circumstances do not look as we wish them to, we are instead asked to visualize how we want them to look, rather than observing what is, and thereby continuing the vibration of, the way things currently are. We are reminded that everything in the manifested physical world began as an idea, a thought, or a desire, and that everything we see is the result of manifestations past. We are guided to create new manifestations, to look on what is not yet but what we desire to be and what we wish to see created. Every moment, the world is born anew. With every thought, wish, dream, and desire, our reality is rebirthed. We are guided to hold ourselves to ever-higher standards, and to see ourselves in a more elevated state, not only in the physical but also in who we are, as we reach for higher levels of integrity in all that we think, do, and say, as well as in the vibration that we hold.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us eight, a number of abundance. Eight reminds us that we are spiritual beings here having a human experience, and as divine beings, we have at our fingertips the components, or the palette, of all that we desire to create in this manifested reality. It is up to us how we wish to assemble it, and to what degree we wish to allow it into our lives. Heart openings are also indicated now. When we open our hearts, not only are we allowing ourselves to receive more of the abundance that is available to us in every now-moment, we are also opening to the greater part of who we are as spirit, as divine beings and masterful creators of our own reality. Eight asks us to allow all that we have asked for to flow to us, as we open to receive more and more. As we improve at allowing or receiving, we may find that we are increasingly able to let go of old 3D constructs of control, lack, and fear-based mentalities that attempt to keep us small and feeling guilt for experiencing abundance. As more of us open to living the lives we came here to create and experiencing appreciation and joy for living abundantly, we show others the way—even if not directly, through lived or observed physical experience, vibrationally as our joy and allowing resonates throughout the collective and is felt on levels unseen.

Mantra: I open my heart to receive all that is good. I am constantly improving and elevating to higher levels in all aspects of my life.

Daily Reading: December 26, 2020

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Today is the twenty-sixth day of the twelfth month. The two and six indicate harmonious partnerships. We are guided to foster greater harmony, balance, and peace in our connections and communications, and to begin to reconsider those that do not bring us harmony, peace, or joy. Setting boundaries and respecting our energy are indicated now. We may need to establish firm boundaries around ourselves to protect our time, energy, and emotional health. We need to love ourselves first and fill our own cups so that we can be fully present for others in a way that honors our own energy and is respectful to ourselves first, and then, secondarily, to others. 

Others should honor the boundaries that we set; we do not need to provide space for those who do not honor us, our time, or our energy. We benefit from putting our time and attention into relationships that are respectful, balanced, loving, and harmonious. Self-care is indicated now. Taking time to attune to the Source within is one of the most significant acts of self-care we can perform, as it benefits us from within and on deeper and more expansive levels than may be immediately apparent. The two and six in today’s date add up to eight, a number of infinite abundance. This is a reminder that through joy and harmonious connections, we open our hearts to receive all the prosperity that is available to us as we release resistance through reaching elevated vibrational states.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us fifteen, and six. This numeric combination suggests that change, expansion, and freedom are imminent. These changes foster greater harmony in our lives, and bring us more freedom and growth. They may be karmic in nature or could be part of our life path. We are awakening and expanding into more, becoming more, learning more, understanding ourselves and the universe on deeper levels, and reacher greater depths of spiritual wisdom and knowledge. Study and learning are indicated now, and we are guided to pursue more in-depth learning in areas of interest. We are also reminded that we are the gatekeepers of our own minds, and can choose what we allow in, both to our mental and emotional spaces, and to our energy. 

Mantra: I welcome harmony, peace, and love into my life, into my mind, and into my heart. I protect my space and my energy and receive all that is good for me. I bless and honor the grace and abundance that are already present in my life.

Daily Reading: December 21, 2020

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Today is the twenty-first day of the twelfth month. Twenty-one brings new beginnings in partnership with divine, universal forces. As some parts of the world are now heading into an increase in light as the days will now begin to lengthen, the momentum toward powerful, positive change is building and growing steadily. We are, as always, strongly supported in our healing and manifestations and in our soul growth by the energies at hand and by our allies in the nonphysical. Setting intentions today can be powerful as we align the head and the heart, our thoughts and emotions, with where we want to be, with how we want to feel, and with the joyful improvements that are ahead of us. Today marks a pivot point that propels us into the Age of Aquarius, a time of enlightenment and prosperity, of new understandings and rapid technological advancement. We are coming to know ourselves as never before, knowing ourselves as the divine creators that we truly are, the powerful manifestors of reality that we came here to be. It is in this knowing that we can reach our true potential, grounded in the heart-centered understanding that true power is based in unconditional love, the most powerful force in the universe.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us ten, a number of completion and fulfillment. The old ways are gone, the past is history, and we are headed into a bright new future. Better times are ahead and we are on the cusp of this new cycle now; it is newly beginning, a beautiful seed beginning to sprout. This seed will grow into a mighty oak. New ways are coming that honor the wisdom of the old ways that were lost and forgotten. We attune to our ancestral wisdom, to the wisdom that is still rooted and held within the earth and carried by Gaia herself. This wisdom is coming forth again and is supported with new understandings; it is relevant for where we are in every now moment, even as we shift and change our reality, shaping and moulding it like clay. We have been collectively asking for improvements for centuries beyond imaging, for as long as humanity has been conscious, and this momentum has been building and increasing and shaping our collective world in ways that we are just beginning to grasp. When we attune to our deeper wisdom and to the knowledge and understanding that we hold within our very DNA, we are supported by ancient guidance that, when combined with our intuition and the support of our allies in the light, strengthens our understanding as we forge the path ahead for our brightest future.

Mantra: I welcome in bright new beginnings. I release the past and honor the new with love. I set the intentions now for my best possible future and receive all that is in alignment with my highest path and purpose. [Follow this with intention-setting.]

Daily Reading: December 13, 2020

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Today is the thirteenth day of the twelfth month. The number thirteen indicates new beginnings, opportunities, and manifestations. It also carries energies of expansion, growth, communications, and joy. The one and three together bring energies of four, a number of stability, success, integrity, solid foundations, trust, and wisdom. Today, on the eve of the full solar eclipse, we can expect transitions and major changes that are for our highest good. These changes may clear karma and usher in sweeping transformations that are needed in our lives. These shifts may bring us exactly what we have been asking for, although perhaps not quite in the way we expected it. When we remember that the universe doesn’t make mistakes, when we trust divine timing, and when we stand solid in the knowing that everything is always working out for our highest good, regardless of how it may look on the outside, we can rest securely in trust, faith, and comfort, and in the knowing that all will be well. We may be on the cusp of major life changes now that will improve things for us in significant ways. We have reached a tipping point, as the old is ushered out to make way for the new and improved. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us eleven, and two. Eleven carries a gateway energy that we are now passing through, which aligns with the transformational 12/12 to 12/21 portal we are now in. We are moving forward rapidly and powerful changes are taking place behind the scenes, building the energies for manifestations in the spiritual and physical. Two is a number of partnership, and indicates our co-creative union with our higher selves, and with our allies in the nonphysical. Especially now, it is of the utmost importance that we monitor our thoughts and stay in a high vibrational space. We serve ourselves, and others, best when we stay focused on the positive, and when we open up to the innate joy that lies within each one of us. When we sit with the intention of finding the good-feeling place within our hearts, we gain awareness through how easy it is, or not, for us to find those good feelings; this is a solid indicator of how much we still have to heal. If our hearts are blocked with pain or energies from the past, or anything we are holding onto that is not of the light, it is a gift to have the awareness that those energies are there so we can shift and clear them out and open up to joy. This is a healing process that is similar to clearing the underbrush from a path; this process allows us to reach our destination, and to see the way ahead with clarity. At the end of that path is joy, and this is the joy within. 

This is one of the greatest ways we can honor ourselves, to heal and clear what does not serve us so we can easily reach a place of alignment with our true selves, our inner being, which is pure joy and unconditional love. The easier it is for us to reach that state, the more power we have over our own lives, state of awareness, and vibration. The more we are in alignment with our highest path and purpose, the more we can receive the wisdom of infinite intelligence, tap into pure source energy, and align with the universal forces that are conspiring for our highest good. And, the more we clear and heal, the more we open up our clairgifts. The benefits of this are multidimensional. Not only does this opening allow us to attune more to divine wisdom, but it also allows us to be more discerning of people and situations, to have greater clarity in every aspect of our own lives, and to be more powerful creators and managers of our own energetic and vibrational state. This attunement empowers us to be the magnificent creators we came here to be. We can begin this healing and clearing process simply by intending it. Sitting with the intention of healing from the heart in a quiet or meditative space for a little while each day will have powerful positive effects that are compounded over time.

Mantra: I see with clarity where it will benefit me to heal and grow. I welcome healing in my heart and positive, powerful transformations that are in alignment with my highest good. 

Daily Reading: December 12, 2020

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Today is the twelfth day of the twelfth month. Today’s 12/12 portal brings in powerful energies that are supporting humanity in its ascension. The healing and clearing we have been doing all year continues through the end of month with potent impact as we are continuing to clear and release karma, old timelines, family histories, old DNA structures, and densities to bring in more light. Anchoring in the light is important as we make room for more light within our energetic and cellular structures through the healing work we are doing. This is preparing us for ascension and allows us to more fully receive the light codes and energetic upgrades that are coming through in this portal, which is strongest now through 12/21, the day of the solstice. This work is vital to help us to bring more peace and light unto the world, as we first find the peace and healing within; the journey to humanity’s ascension begins within each one of us as individuals. In this way, the journey of one is the journey of all. This is especially important work for lightworkers and wayshowers, who, when activated and in alignment with the higher self, are more powerful than millions who are not in alignment.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us ten, a number of completion and fulfillment that also, like twelve, indicates the ending of one cycle and the subsequent beginning of the next. We may be awakening to a new consciousness, to aspects of ourselves that were dormant within us, energetically and in our DNA, that are switching on now. We are being activated in many ways and can support and strengthen this activation through daily meditation, which allows us to hold more light. Like the caterpillar enters into the chrysalis to die to its old self and be reborn into something magnificent, we are rising up. This is a time of transformation that is especially powerful for the lightworker. The bringers of light must necessarily encounter the darkness. Many of us at this time are experiencing internal, spiritual transformations that are opening up and strengthening our gifts and abilities. We must die to the old in order to awaken to the new. We must go within (the underworld, the chrysalis) to emerge transformed from the cocoon, to be able to spread our wings and fly. The caterpillar goes from crawling on the ground to soaring above it all. This creature holds its potential, possibilities, and beauty within itself. It only has to be ready to go within and to die to what it was in order to be reborn. We are asked to be the light unto the darkness, even when we are surrounded by it. We illuminate from within; this light comes from the heart. When we cannot see with our eyes, we must see with the heart, and shine our light brightly to illuminate all. We are more powerful and more magnificent than we may ever know from our human perspective. It is important to trust this, to allow ourselves to soar with confidence, freedom, and a knowing of our own worthiness so that we may rise up into our highest path and purpose and pave the way for a better future—for the bright, new earth that is becoming.

Mantra: I welcome powerful, positive shifts and transformations. I am continuing to rise and welcome more light as I release densities and clear that which does not serve me. I shine my light brightly for all to see, and my light grows brighter and brighter all the time. 

Daily Reading: December 5, 2020

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Today is the fifth day of the twelfth month. Five can be a pivot point, and brings energies that help to manifest change, expansion, and new developments. It can also bring clarity that lets us know where change is needed. In every challenge, there is an opportunity. Whether challenges serve to alert us to issues, to bring us greater awareness of our own vibration or clarity on our state of being, to help us to know the importance of protecting our energy, to guide us back to our path, or to steer us away from certain people or situations, challenges can be valuable to us on many levels and often serve as guideposts to help us along the way.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date yields twelve, and three. Twelve is synchronous with this twelfth month of the year and serves to bring our awareness to the concluding cycle we are currently in. If we have been on the healing path, we are guided to continue clearing away the energetic debris and strengthen our aura and energy field through daily meditations; if we have not yet begun intentional healing, we are guided to begin the process now in preparation for the new cycle that is becoming. Meditation can help us to heal, and brings in more light to take the place of what we have cleared. As we are beings of light at our source, at the core of who we are, this is a return to the light and a remembrance of who we are through an anchoring of the light. When we heal, we make room for what does serve us, and as we invite in more light, visualizing it surrounding us and filling our field, then entering through our crown in a column of light, we not only strengthen and stabilize our energy, but this assists us in the healing process and helps to strengthen the light within us and anchor it into our being. Through this process, we gain a remembrance of who we truly are and strengthen our gifts and abilities gradually with every meditation and visualization, increasing the light we are able to hold and building the momentum. This is a way of pivoting our energy as we shift more into the light and with this, transition into the new that is becoming—the new cycle, a new era, and a new and better state of being.

Three carries energies of community, celebration, and manifestation. Spending time with those we care about and reaching out to friends and family, even through a phone call or text message, can be rewarding. We are guided to reach out with love to those in our lives. We can send them light through our intention. After strengthening our own energy through meditation, we are better prepared to send them a stronger and cleaner energy. We can picture them surrounded by light and ask that they receive healing according to their highest good and to the highest and greatest extent to which they are willing to receive these energies. This technique is also useful in healing relationships and clearing unwanted energies, streamers, and cords that are not for your highest good. As we near the end of a major cycle, we are supported in clearing karma, and are encouraged to do so. We can do this through setting intentions, prayer, visualization, meditation, or a combination of any of these. We can ask for guidance from our nonphysical allies as to whether there is any karma to be cleared, information around it such as who and what situations it is connected to, and how best to go about clearing and/or resolving it. This can be an important step in our healing and will allow us to move on from situations, whether physically or energetically, that do not serve us so we can elevate and move into what is better for us, and to continue moving forward into our highest path and purpose with greater freedom, strength, and clarity.

Mantra: I welcome the positive change that is ready to flow to me. I clear, release, and transmute all energies that do not serve me and welcome more light into my field. I strengthen in wisdom, awareness, and understanding with every breath I take.