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.

February: The Month According to Tarot

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Deck: Soul Cards by Kristine Fredheim

The cards below, combined with the Mercury retrograde period lasting from January 30 through February 21, reveal a month that begins with intense shadow work and healing. Midway through the month, there is a major shift, a breakthrough moment. Like welcome rays parting gloomy clouds, The Sun card appears in the third week of this month—the last week of the retrograde—promising great success and achievement. Our guidance is to flow with changes rather than resisting them, to face our shadows and do the inner work rather than burying it or sweeping it under the rug. Doing the work—which may include healing or continuing to work diligently on your unique journey as you are guided—allows the sun to come out. The full moon in Virgo near the end of this month encourages us to find balance, an aspect that is supported by The High Priestess, who comes in as the overall guidance for the month.

Q1: What is the overall energy of February? Justice & The Devil

Both of these cards are indicated for the overall energies this month, and both fell out of the deck together in answer to this question (Justice slid over The Devil). This is a strong indicator that justice is coming and kicking out the energies represented by The Devil—sweeping and clearing out darkness and transmuting it, as well as any low-vibrational energies and anything that does not belong here. A mass energetic sweep has been going on for a while, clearing out heavy and non-resonant energies from this planet, from everywhere they have been embedded, and some have been there for many, many aeons. The great purge and clearing is still taking place, and we may have been caught in the crossfire. Some of us may have had attachments that have been with us since birth, and it is time for those to clear, along with anything that is ambient around us. There is nothing to fear, as the light is infinitely more powerful than the dark, and we are surrounded by beings of the highest light who are protecting us and assisting in the clearing of energies that are not of the light.

In all aspects of life, justice is being served. Karmic justice is especially highlighted now. We are reminded that we can break the cycles of karma through forgiveness and letting go. When we release the desire for retribution, we free ourselves. Justice is coming in answer to our asking, both as individuals and collectively. This card combination says that right will win, and reminds us that the light is dominant on this planet, and is continuing to increase despite outward appearances. Anything that is not of the light is no more than a blip on the radar, such is its smallness. When we find ourselves feeling heavy, sorry for ourselves, and weighed down with emotions, regret, and anything that does not make us feel joyful, we are asked to turn around our perspective immediately to focus on what is good. We get what we focus on; where thoughts go, energy flows. What we put our attention, energy, and focus into is what will manifest in our lives. This duo also indicates that any unfairness in your life will be resolved in just and fair ways.

Q2: Week 1 energy: Five of Wands

Kicking off the month, the Five of Wands has Mercury retrograde written all over it. Wands are associated with the will, and this card in particular can point to confusion, arguments, competition, disagreements, and battles of the ego. When we are aware that a particular energy is imminent, we can take measures to prepare ourselves to meet it in the best and highest ways possible. This week we will benefit from gathering our patience ahead of time and setting the intentions to practice kindness, compassion, understanding—and especially patience. Setting these intentions first thing in the morning and practicing a few moments of deep breathing before beginning work or leaving the house can also be beneficial. This week, others may simply want or need to be heard or simply to feel heard; letting others vent while keeping our own boundaries strong may bring improvements to the overall situation and may give us the opportunity to model strength, patience, and compassion. This can powerfully deflate any brashness borne out of a bruised ego or that comes from a place of misalignment or pain. We can always choose how we respond to others, and this week may call for us to be masterful communicators and to have the patience of the saints.

Before we even get out of bed, we can set intentions for each day. An example of this is: I bless all of my communications with patience, kindness, truth, integrity, compassion, peace, clarity, and pure, positive energy. This day, I will make powerful forward progress on things that matter to me. This will be a wonderful day. I am always patient, always kind, and always aligned to my best and highest possibilities. I will inspire others and contribute in positive, meaningful ways to every interaction of which I am a part. Making a habit of setting daily intentions can powerfully impact your days in positive ways. Watch for distractions this week; try not to let anything throw you off course, and recognize when something isn’t worth addressing right away. If you are on a roll, for example, or in the flow state and message notifications go off, maybe it’s better to ignore them. This week is a great week to set devices to Do Not Disturb mode before beginning periods of work or focused concentration. Most things do not need to be responded to right away.

Q3: Week 2 energy: Five of Pentacles

This card can have different meanings depending on individual circumstances. Sometimes it is encouragement to save your resources and spend wisely. Other times it is encouragement to shift into an abundance mindset. Regardless of where we are, changing our thinking to one of appreciation for the resources we do have is always beneficial. Being in an abundance mindset doesn’t always mean feeling into gratitude for material things. We can enter this state through appreciating anything—the sunshine, the beauty of the natural world, our friendships, animals, our talents, music, the breath in our lungs. The more we get into this mindset, the more we are opening ourselves up to receiving greater abundance in all areas. Appreciating beauty brings us more beauty. Feeling joy allows us to receive so many great things. This week is all about perspective and what we choose to focus on. The world is full of ingredients and choices. What will you choose to focus on this week? What are you allowing into your thoughts? What are you giving your attention to?

Q4: Week 3 energy: The Sun

The happiest card in the deck, The Sun shines the brightest of all. As welcome as a cheerful, warm day after a long period of rain, The Sun brings fulfillment, happiness, and the fullness of all things bright and beautiful. Expect great things this week. We can find tremendous meaning in even the smallest aspects of life that have the power to light us up with joy. This week may find us receiving rewards, achievements, new opportunities, unexpected or long-hoped-for resources, great inspiration, and above all, an understanding of what truly matters in life. However we get to joy, we are guided to stay in that joyful state as long as possible, to allow ourselves to feel it in all its glory. This makes us a magnet for success and manifestations. Vitality, great happiness, pleasure, clarity, and success are all indicated this week.

This week may bring great shifts in perspective for many people, as well as major life changes that align us with our highest path and purpose or open up new doors of possibility where before we couldn’t see a way forward. It all opens up for you this week. Notice even the smallest changes and shifts; tremendous, life-changing events are not always illustrated on billboards in big, bold letters—sometimes they are as slight as the wind generated from a butterfly’s wings, yet somehow contain the power of the Universe. This week something is subtly (or not-so-subtly) set in motion for future revelation or it may come tumbling into your life with all the force of a giant, happy boulder. However it appears, it’s time to let the sun shine in! This week, heart openings are indicated that can bring about significant healing and open you up to new levels of happiness such as you have never experienced before. Remaining open to possibilities without placing limits or expectations on them will allow them to flow to you; be sure you are ready to receive what is ready for you

Q5: Week 4 energy: King of Swords

The King of Swords sometimes represents a lawyer, judge, or decision-maker, which is interesting in light of the Justice card that sets the overall theme for the month. This king is ruled by fairness and objectivity. He (or she) is wise and intelligent, fair and analytical, and can sometimes also represent a scientist, professor, or a leader of some kind. As the card for the final week in the month, this shows us concluding the month with a wrapping-up of anything that has been awaiting alignment, justice, judgment, or a setting to rights. The upright king indicates that any decisions needing to be made will be made with the fairness and objectivity this card represents. Trust the king’s skill and incisiveness as you would trust a wise and just leader.

This week marks the ending of the Mercury retrograde period (on Sunday, so Monday begins the week for us free and clear, although we are still in the retrograde shadow period until March 13). Be sure you have all your papers in order, documents at hand that you may need, and that you have read and understand all legalities and have otherwise done your due diligence when it comes to paperwork and the signing of documents. It may be best to wait until at least after the 21st to sign any contracts or enter into any engagements. When signing anything in the shadow period, be sure to read everything carefully (twice) and gain clarification on anything you don’t fully understand. This king gives a go-ahead though, when the timing is right. Try not to rush or force processes, but to flow and trust divine timing. The King of Swords also guides us to be discerning in all of our communications and to think before we speak, and when we speak, to speak with clarity, honesty, fairness, truth, and objectivity.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe for February: The High Priestess

This month, throughout the month, tune in. Trust yourself. Connect to the divine feminine energies and to the divine feminine power that you hold within. We all have both masculine and feminine energies within us, and this month, you may find your greatest power in striking balance between the two. When this card appears, however, its focus is especially on the sorceress within, the powerful feminine energies that come from the Goddess. This card can also indicate that something is hidden that will be coming forth in divine timing, but at this time, it is unknown to you. Things may not be as they seem, which is why it is so important, also given the retrograde, to tune into our intuition and instincts before making decisions or moving forward with plans. Be careful of what you say yes to, both in spoken and written words and energetically through vibration. Above all though, trust yourself. Love yourself enough to go within and attune to your inner power.

This card can also be guidance to face our shadows and to do the very important work of healing, clearing, and releasing. This month may bring shake-ups and surprises that, while they have a positive result and a happy outcome, have the power to shift our perspective. The High Priestess can also point to creativity, dreams, spirituality, and the imagination. The imagination is a powerful ally to us when we are working on creating and manifesting, and in rewriting and rebuilding our world into something that aligns with our intentions. This card reminds us of our power to create through visualization and also encourages us to look to our inner world, as we may find great insight there. What are our dreams trying to tell us? What messages does our higher self have? When we tune into the heart, what do we find? Regardless of who we are, we each have a rich inner life that is ready for us to tap into. Entire universes reside within every human heart, just waiting to be explored.

Daily Reading: January 31, 2021

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As the thirty-first day of the first month, today may see us celebrating with friends and family, both near and far, and enjoying aspects of manifestation, even if they are only new ideas and desires. The moment a new idea or goal comes into our conscious awareness, we can rest assured that it is ready to be borne into our experience. We are guided to take time for enjoyment of life today. This can be as simple as painting or drawing, writing or journaling, listening to music, baking, taking a walk, engaging in self-care rituals, appreciating beauty in any of its many forms, or soaking up the sunshine. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us ten. We may be reaching stages of fulfillment and seeing completion on projects, as well as the conclusion of certain phases—energetic, emotional, and physical. The aspects of ten as well as this being the last day of the month ushers in energies of closure and release. We will benefit from taking some time to release today in ritual, which can be as simple as meditating, lighting a candle, or writing down intentions. If we aren’t sure how to let go or what we need to let go of, we will benefit from asking our allies in the light for guidance, knowing that it is surely forthcoming in answer to our asking. 

There is a carefree aspect to today that relates to letting go. When we allow ourselves to have fun, we let go of worries, cares, and concerns, even if only for a moment. We are asked to do this more, to allow ourselves this freedom, as it benefits us so much more than wallowing in heaviness. We each have the ability to rise up out of the muck and anything that has been weighing us down. We can reach the flow state in so many ways—conversations with friends, laughter, physical exercise, creating art, and music being just a few avenues. There is also great pleasure in considering how we would like to restructure our lives, given the complete freedom and unlimited resources to do so. Today, allow yourself to dream, even if only for a moment.

Mantra: I welcome love, laughter, beauty, joy, and celebration into my life and my heart. I honor and appreciate the goodness in my life.

Daily Reading: January 29, 2021

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As the twenty-ninth day of the first month, today may see us passing through into new beginnings, healing, upleveling, gaining new awareness, wisdom, and understanding, and moving forward in significant ways toward new beginnings and into increasing levels of light. As we are exiting old situations, we are guided to leave them behind and not look back. There is a time of integrating lessons and new knowledge, and when we flow and allow ourselves to integrate what we have learned and acknowledge how we have grown, we can close those chapters of our lives and move forward with confidence and grace. The path of least resistance presents itself as the universe lines up our next steps; we are guided to flow rather than resisting. There are often multiple paths to the same destination. Taking the path of least resistance allows us to flow gently into what comes next. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us seventeen and eight. Seventeen underscores the aspects of the path of awakening and asks us to focus within to gain perspective on our spiritual journey. Through journaling, meditation, getting into the flow state, quiet contemplation, and other methods, we can receive the messages spirit has for us and access our higher knowledge, as well as any guidance that may be available for us at this time. We may be experiencing higher levels of awareness that are part of our awakening journey and healing path. As we progress and grow, we are guided to stand strong in our integrity and move forward in the new knowledge we have gained so that we can more strongly integrate it into our lives and continue ascending. When we are ready, we will be able to reach the next step. The spiritual path is like a continuous staircase, one which we are always climbing one step at a time. Each step represents progress on our path, new levels of growth, and greater heights of awareness and understanding. We are guided to be patient with ourselves in our progress and to honor how far we have come, even as we ascend in our journey one step at a time.

Mantra: I honor my progress and welcome new understandings and awareness that will help me to reach greater heights. I seek to elevate in every way and to always walk in integrity.

Daily Reading: January 25, 2021

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As the twenty-fifth day of the first month, today may bring changes in partnerships and alliances. We may experience shifts regarding teamwork and in who we choose to work with, even as we are flowing into new experiences and opportunities and taking new paths. We may reach an unexpected fork in the road, before which we can pause to consider the best way to take. We are reminded that it is most often our first inclination or instinct that is correct, right, true, and best for us. We are being asked not to doubt or second-guess ourselves, and to avoid overanalyzing, as this can lead to ‘analysis paralysis’ and can muddy the waters of our clarity. We are guided to seek clarity and integrity in all that we think, do, and say. Continually seeking clarity will bring lightning flashes of insight and inspiration, and will facilitate a deep inner knowing and connection to the wisdom of the ages. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us thirteen and four. We can expect new developments and manifestations to enter our experience now. Today’s shifts and changes are tomorrow’s stronger foundations. We are building anew from a place of greater harmony and stability that allows us to build higher than ever before. We are facilitating our own growth and strength through the new creations that we built on integrity as we give them a stable, secure base. We may become aware of seemingly small or minor actions we can take to facilitate strength, harmony, and improvements in our lives; know that the smallest action taken from a pure place of truth and integrity can have much further-reaching consequences than we could imagine. Establishing intentions for our own strength, harmony, and stability goes far now. As we are positioned at the beginning of a full-moon week, we are currently in a growing phase. This week powerfully supports our healing through clearing and release of what does not serve us to make room for new developments and manifestations. Full moons are powerful times of healing. We are guided to be our own best allies by continuing on our healing path and cutting through any weeds that may appear along the way, with the ferocity, strength, and integrity of a lion, yet staying grounded in our truth and in our light. We are guided to stay on our path, to stay true to ourselves, and to not let anything or anyone lead us astray or knock us off our path.

Mantra: It is easy for me to make the decisions that are right and true and best for me. I trust my instinct and connect easily to my intuition.

Daily Reading: January 21, 2021

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As the twenty-first day of the first month, today offers a sort of gateway, being 212021. Twenty, a number of partnerships, clarity, and divine co-creation, appears between the twenty-one pillars. This presents aspects of clarity as our co-creative manifestations are coming into being. We can best support our manifestations and partnerships now by intending to look ahead (as we are always moving forward) with clarity and a higher perspective. Meditation and quiet contemplation can yield profound insights and unheralded guidance. What we discover when we allow ourselves to receive can be transformative and empowering. We are empowered through unity consciousness and attuning to unconditional love. We are asked to dream even bigger, to set our sights higher than ever before, and envision our perfect reality. It is time well spent, as this energy of hope, optimism, and the vision of a better reality flow into the collective and inform the energy around us.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us nine. This indicates that we have the opportunity now (as always, but especially supported today) to expand our spiritual gifts and receive stronger messages from higher guidance. We may also be gaining clarity on our life path, purpose, and goals. Messages await us that can help further us on our path and assist us in advancing and elevating. We are guided to proceed with integrity in all we do, and to consciously strive for integrity. When we place integrity as a foremost concern, along with unity consciousness, nonjudgment, and respect of others, we are setting an intention to embody it through our thoughts, words, and actions. We are empowered by releasing and letting go of anything that is not in alignment with us. If it doesn’t serve our path ahead or support us in reaching our goals, it may not need to come with us. As always, tuning into our intuition is helpful. Sound therapy through certain frequencies, music, singing bowls, and tuning forks may help bring about clearing, clarity, transformative healing, deep restoration, and alignment.

Mantra: I send love to all of my partnerships. All that does not serve my highest good is falling away. I open my heart to receive love and blessings. I bless my day with grace.

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.

Daily Reading: January 16, 2021

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As the sixteenth day of the first month, today carries aspects of manifestation and new beginnings that bring harmonious results and generate improved balance and prosperity. The aspects of seven also bring in energies of spiritual development, intellectual pursuits, and good fortune, and highlight our exploration into new career endeavors, upskilling and learning new skills, and strengthening in specialty areas. We are encouraged to read more, to explore more information in areas of interest, and to consider how we would like to grow and expand, both spiritually and in our physical lives. Today is a great day to visualize ourselves in a more elevated state of being. We are asked to aim high, dream big, and allow ourselves to receive as we release resistance and welcome the abundance that is ready and waiting to flow to us.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us thirteen, and four. These numbers underscore the energies of manifestation, new opportunities, stability, and balance. We are guided to ground and meditate today, both to clear and purify our energy and to bring us stability. Old energies are still clearing, and as we release what does not serve us layer by layer, we are best served now by relinquishing our grip on the past, setting down the baggage and the heavy weight we have been carrying, and sending it into the earth to be cleared and transmuted, or visualizing it being transmuted with golden light. Daily meditations benefit us powerfully on all levels, as they clear and stabilize our energy, which impacts our ability to focus and to rest deeply. 

The clarity that meditation provides strengthens us more each day and allows us greater access to our own intuition and higher guidance. Meditation also strengthens our energetic boundaries and our personal energy, which provides protection against energies that are not our own and those unwanted that we may encounter in daily life. It also aids us in clearing ancestral and karmic baggage, which we are still releasing and clearing on a global scale in preparation for the new, brighter future that lies ahead for all of us. We are guided to focus upon the good and positive, upon love and light, and pay no mind to the rest of it. Because we are powerful creators, we can rewrite situations in our minds as we would like them to be, transmuting whatever is undesirable by visualizing and imagining it as we would like it to be. When we are persistent in these efforts, we are sending positive energy to situations that can transform them in positive ways. We are asked to send love and light to those who are in the darkness. 

Mantra: It is easy and natural for me to focus on the positive and to visualize the highest possible outcomes for every situation in my awareness. I ask golden healing light to shine upon the world.