Have you ever experienced listening to music, and you feel it within your body, or you feel it effect your emotions? Have you heard some music that caused your body to physically relax, and your mind to clear? Sound is a very profound and effective healer.
I'm sure we have all experienced moments when we hear some music and it invokes an emotional response, or a memory surfaces from a time when we heard this same music or felt the same emotion. Music has also been shown to bring a person with dementia back to the present or to help them connect with their memories. They may not be able to speak or answer questions, but when they hear music, they begin to sing the words.
We do store memories and emotions in our bodies, in our cells and tissues. It is not just in our minds, it can be anywhere in our bodies, particularly if there was trauma involved. These old memories and emotions can causes blockages in the body, blocking energy, circulation, movement, causing pain, illness and disease. It can be difficult to access these locks and clear them, as they can be held deeply in the body, with the purpose of protecting you from feeling the emotion, pain or trauma. The body is extremely skilled at hiding things from us. So how do we get at these hidden issues to heal them? One method is sound healing.
Sound healing has been around for thousands of years. The Egyptians had sound healing temples. It is even speculated that they may have used sound to move the gigantic pieces of rock to create the pyramids. Sound is a very powerful medium. Many other cultures have used it as well, to bring healing to body, mind and spirit, and to connect with the spirit world.
Sound waves are able to easily move through the tissues of the body, even through bones. The vibration is able to powerfully yet gently shake loose what is stuck and allow for free movement of flow in the body. It is effective whether the blockage is physical, mental, or emotional. I use crystal singing bowls to create this healing sound vibration during a healing session and also in meditations. This high vibration of sound helps the person to go into a deeply relaxed meditative state. From this deep state the body is able to let go more easily without resistance or holding. The healing happens effortlessly. The old emotions that had been held so tightly begin to evaporate and melt away. There is also other skilled healing that is used in conjunction with the sound to facilitate the deepest healing, but right now we are focusing on sound healing.
The healing sound vibration is also effective in meditation, to help calm, center and relax, finding that blissful space within oneself. The sound gives a person a focal point to center their attention on, helping to block out all other sounds or distractions. It also helps to transcend the physical reality and reach other dimensions. Sound can be a conduit for accessing higher consciousness or connecting to spirit. It is extremely helpful for beginning meditators to use music or sound to assist them in quieting their mind and get to a deeper relaxed state without so much effort or frustration.
Pay attention to the effects that sound has on you. What emotions does it connect to? What music or sound helps you to release your stress and holding? What music helps you go escape your reality and go "someplace else"? How can you use this a a self-care practice? Find what works best for you and incorporate that into a daily routine. What resonates deep within you?
Blessings to you and your healing!
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Do you often ask to receive a message or a sign to help you make a decision? Have you ever been disappointed that you didn't receive anything? Or you get a message, but discount it as being crazy, unable to trust it?
I have experienced this in my own life many times, and also hear it over and over again from my clients. We are asking for guidance, but have a hard time trusting what we receive. Sometimes the messages are confusing, or could be interpreted in different ways. That dies make it difficult to know what it is trying to tell us. But there are also messages and signs that are quite clear, but we tell ourselves, "That's crazy. That can't be right." We chalk it up as coincidence and ignore it. Or when we receive an intuitive hit about what we should do, we think that we are crazy. Other people don't experience things like this, so there must be something wrong with me. I can't listen to this.
Or maybe the message is in opposition to what your mind knows or your beliefs have told you. If it doesn't fit with what we think we know, we push it aside and discount it. Often when we ask for a sign about what to do, we already have an answer in mind and are looking for validation to support that idea. When the message doesn't agree with what we thought the answer was, we throw out the message, instead of re-evaluating what we previously thought.
There is nothing wrong with asking for guidance from our inner wisdom, our higher selves, our soul, and even outside ourselves from spirit, Angels, guides, etc. If we are asking for this guidance, we need to know how to receive it and how to know what it means. The most effective way to do this is practice.
Make a practice everyday to ask a question and and pay attention to how the answer comes to you. Does it come as a thought in your mind that won't go away, or hearing the answer from a stranger passing by in conversation, a song lyric when you turned on the radio, a message in your inbox that is exactly what you need...often these messages seem to jump out at you. There are infinite ways that you can receive answers to the questions you ask. By doing this daily, you will be better able to know what things to pay attention to and what things to let go by. Also note how you feel when you receive those messages. Is there a sensation in your body, or any emotional charge? These can be clues for you as well. The more often you practice this, the more you will be able to trust what you receive and will know how to respond.
A year ago I was trying to decide whether I should move my business to a new location. I visited a site, and immediately felt peaceful and happy. The thought came to me "I would love to work here." I said to a friend that I really liked the place, but I was afraid I might lose clients by moving. Not 30 seconds later my phone rang and it was a new client wanting to come see me, but didn't want to drive all the way to my current location. He actually lived near the one I just looked at! I accepted all of those things as signs, my feeling, my thought, and the random call. I moved to this new location and absolutely love it! I could have disregarded all of them and let my fears, thoughts and beliefs keep me from making any changes, but then I would have remained stuck. I'm happy that I listened to all of the guidance that I received, and am so grateful to have moved on to all the blessings that have come to me since I took that step!
What guidance are you receiving? How will you respond to these messages?
Blessings to you in all that you receive!
One year ago today, I was in Mount Shasta meditating on the summer solstice. I have a dedicated meditation practice, which I do every night before I go to sleep. It helps me to calm, clear my mind, focus, connect with my soul and the divine, etc. I often ask for guidance, messages, and signs to help me. Sometimes I get an immediate sense, a thought, a feeling, an idea. Other times it comes as a sign days later.
This night, as I sat in meditation, I felt the presence of an angel with me, and also a couple other beings as well. I was asking for guidance in my career and how I can better help others. I heard this angel say to me, very clearly, "by this time next you will be writing a book." I accepted this, but had no idea how to write a book or what I would even write about. I set the idea aside. In January, I suddenly received a flood of ideas for a book. It was time to take action, but I still had no idea how to do it. The next day I saw an ad for an 8 week writing intensive. Another sign. I took the class and started writing my book. That was 6 months ago. I have just completed my first draft of the book, two days before this year's summer solstice!
This book is a novel about a woman's transformational journey, the healing she receives along the way that helps her to connect with her soul and find her purpose. She also makes decisions about the direction she wants her life to go, including choosing between traditional romantic love and soul-connected love.
The book is another way for me to bring the energy of healing and transformation as well as spiritual teachings to the world. I had been asking for another way that I can serve to help others heal. I never would have thought of writing a book, especially a novel, for this purpose. I am so excited to have it come into form, and see how it really can make a difference by allowing the readers to be immersed into the story and receive the healing along with the characters.
This experience has been a big lesson for me in being open to receive what I ask for in any form, letting go of any pre-conceived ideas as to how I want it to happen or what form I think it should be. It is also about following guidance as it comes in little nudges, thoughts, ideas, the appearance of a FB ad at just the right time, and the people that appear when I need help. I have also improved my ability to discern which signs are important, which really resonate with my soul and excite me, and which repel me or give me a negative feeling.
This guidance has taken me way beyond what I thought I was capable of. Bringing people into my life who could support and assist me to be able to actually do it. Showing me that I have unlimited potential and possibilities. We all do!
Asking for what we want and need, is important, but we need to be open to the endless possibilities of how our wishes and dreams can manifest. It is easy to reject ideas that are outside the scope of what we imagined. By rejecting or ignoring these, we could be pushing away the best ones, simply because we hadn't thought of it that way or it was not what we expected. Had I not accepted writing a book as a way to bring more healing to others, I would not have discovered the joy I have for writing, a gift I was a previously unaware of. I am so grateful for all of these unexpected blessings!
May you receive all that you want, need and dream of, and be blessed with limitless gifts in surprising and unexpected ways!
Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the demands and expectations of your everyday life?
I have a hard time admitting this, but I have been feeling this way lately. My oldest is graduating from high school. I hadn't realized how many expectations are placed on the kids as well as the parents at this transitional time. All of the school events for seniors, the ceremony, party and then the big open house for everyone we know. There is so much to do, so much to prepare, not to mention the emotional stress and upheaval of this major rite of passage.
My enjoyment of this time seems to be weighed down by all of the demands and expectations of what parents are supposed to do for their kids, and for friends and family. It was seeming like I had very little choice or say in what I do, and all of my tasks had "have to" added in front of each item. On top of that all of my work tasks and projects, which I normally enjoy, started being squeezed by not having enough time causing them to be just another chore that I have to get done.
I noticed that my daily practices that I have been doing for many years, began to slip by the wayside. My to-do lists continued to grow, crowding out everything else, like the Creeping Charlie in my garden. The things that I did just for me and my own nurturing and fulfillment became a faint memory. As my overwhelm continued to grow along with my to-do list, I felt myself starting to shut down. Not wanting to do anything. No energy. No motivation. If only there was a hole I could just crawl into and hide.
As a result of this shut down, my business began to decrease. Then of course money got tight, causing even more stress and overwhelm. A vicious cycle of stress, overwhelm, shutting down and hiding became my new norm. I looked to comfort foods to help me feel better, only to realize that those foods (sugars, breads, etc.) made me feel worse, sucking my energy, darkening my mood, and making my body hurt. I was completely out of the flow that I had been enjoying for so long. I knew that something had to change, but what could I do?
I decided to shift this pattern by taking one little step. My first little step was to write in my journal. I had been journaling every night prior to this lapse, but now it had been a month since I had written anything. I sat and wrote how I was feeling and asked for help from my angels to get past this. My journaling turned into a meditation, connecting with my soul and my spiritual support. The feeling I received in this space reminded me of returning home after a long and difficult journey. Ahhh, it's good to me home!
I went to sleep and was filled with lovely, happy dreams. I woke feeling energized and hopeful. From the moment I got out of bed, I had a song in my head that was inspiring and uplifting. I couldn't wait to start my day, and held the intention of efficiently and easily getting items checked off of my list. I definitely felt a shift in my energy, my attitude, my mood, and my perception.
I could beat myself up for letting this slump get out of control for so long. "How could I have let that happen? I know better than that." But rather then letting those negative and judgmental statements drag me down, I chose to be grateful for this clear illustration and lesson about the importance of daily spiritual practice. This has shown me definitively how doing one little positive action can profoundly effect everything else in my life. It really does make a difference!
What one small positive step can you take?
Make a point to do something positive for yourself everyday. And during the times we you are stressed and overwhelmed, it is even more important to make the time to do it. You'll be amazed what a difference it can make in your life! I know it will take more than that one step, but taking one step at a time is forward progress. I can do it and so can you!
Blessings and light to you,
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Do you ever feel bogged down with heavy energy? Do you ever feel stuck in a cycle of negativity and you desperately want to get out of it? Do you notice that you pick up the energy and emotions of those around you and don't know how to clear them?
Many of us are empathic and are sensitive to the feelings of those around us. This is not a bad thing. It is a gift to sense the energy in an area and can help to keep you safe. It is also a gift to sense what others are feeling in order to know how to respond to them and also how to help them. The trouble with being empathic is that most empaths don't know how to clear away the energy that they pick up. This energy builds up and can drain their energy, weigh them down, and eventually cause illness. Holding onto this energy also acts as a magnet to bring more of that our way. Not what we want!
Creating a daily practice of clearing is very important! There are many simple things that you can do to clear your body, your home or your work space. Some of these can be put in place as passive ongoing clearing, others can be done daily or as needed. Here is a short list to get you started:
Simple Energy Clearing Ideas
I find that having a clearing practice at the end of the day is extremely effective in getting rid of anything that I may have picked up during the day. It also helps prepare me for a restful and reenergizing night's sleep. By clearing before sleep, I wake up already clear and ready for my day. There are some things that I do during the day if I notice feeling weighed down by a situation or picked up negativity from someone I encountered. It is nice to clear it away immediately whenever possible to avoid carrying it around the rest of the day. This helps the rest of the day go smoother and helps my mood to stay light and positive.
Pay attention to the things that tend to bring you negative energy. There may be some people in your life that have a lot of negative energy and like being around you to help take it from them. In this case, you can either work on blocking or shielding yourself from taking on their stuff, or limit your time with them. Sometimes this is your sign that this person may not be good for you to be around, and ending the relationship may be a step toward your wellness and empowerment. Other things that may add to the negative energy in your life may be TV and social media. We are constantly bombarded by negativity on much of what is shown on media. We do have the power to limit this by choosing to turn it off, limit what we watch or listen to, filter as much as possible, and give ourselves permission to say no. Choose only those that make you feel good!
It is our right to make choices that help us to be happy and healthy. When you do come across something that weighs you down, use these clearing strategies and learn from your experiences.
Have a happy and positive day!
Do you ever have so much to do, but at the end of the day, you realize you hardly got anything done? Have you ever been driving and realize you were on auto-pilot, not remembering taking that exit, or why you went this way? Do you go through your day, getting everything done, then wonder "did I really do that, was I really there"? Do you ever feel like a pinball, being bounced around in the game of your life, at the mercy of the actions and triggers of others? If you have had similar experiences to these, odd are you were not grounded at the time.
In our society, being busy is often linked with being successful. We look at our full schedules as a badge of honor, even bragging to others about how busy we are. Actually we complain about how busy we are, while at the same time trying to cram in even more into that full schedule. For some reason, we enjoy that phrenetic pace, running around like head-less chickens. But in all that busy-ness we often lose our grounding.
What is grounding? It is not being locked in your room without TV because you broke the rules. It is a feeling of connection to the earth and our physical bodies. When we are not grounded, our energy is often scattered and spinning around us. This causes us to be flighty, absent-minded, hyper, unaware, and disconnected. When we are ungrounded, it is difficult to focus or concentrate. We have trouble maintaining boundaries with ourselves and others. We over-extend ourselves, and allow ourselves to get depleted because we are not in touch with our bodies. This can lead to illness and injury.
Why be grounded? Many people like to feeling of being ungrounded. They feel free and unlimited. But this perceived freedom is an illusion. If one is grounded, there is actually more freedom and opportunity, because you are more connected to yourself. You are not so easily thrown off by the actions of others. You have clearer thinking and focus. You are more efficient and can get more done in less time. You have better control of your body, and are more in tune with what you need. Grounding is necessary for being present in the now.
Some people also have the false belief that if they are grounded, they will be less connected to spirit. This is not true, in fact, I have found that times when I was most grounded, I had the most profound spiritual experiences. It is easier to make spiritual connections when you are grounded and connected to your body and the earth. As a bonus, when you are grounded during a spiritual experience, it is easier to take what you received with you in your daily life.
What can you do to ground yourself?
Have a happy and grounded day!
Do you enjoy creating something out of nothing? Making something beautiful, something useful, something just for the fun of doing it? When was the last time you let your creativity flow freely? How did it feel to let it flow?
"What is creative living? Any life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear." Elizabeth Gilbert
Young children have always seemed to have the most open flowing imagination, letting their curiosity and excitement guide them. Now even children seem to be losing their creativity, with the excessive amount of time spent on TV and electronic devices. There is no need for them to use their imagination. Who remembers making up plays, designing sculptures out of scraps, making forts in the living room and pretending it was a castle, dressing up the pets and having tea parties? Those were not only fun experiences, but important in our development. When my kids were younger, they had friends come over that didn't have a clue how to make up a game, or play using their imagination. What will the world look like when people no longer know how to imagine, pretend or create?
"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul." Elder Uchtdorf
Creativity is something we all need to utilize and practice on a regular basis. Shifting us out of fear and into curiosity. We become better problem solvers. It helps us to use our whole brains. It gets us out of our stressful routines and to express emotions that may otherwise get buried within us. This expression can also be healing on deeper levels than we can access with verbal expression. It gives us the opportunity to explore our gifts in ways we might not have imagined. And it helps us to open up to divine inspiration, allowing it to flow through us and into whatever we are creating. Once we open up this flow of inspiration, it can light up other areas of our lives, bringing us joy and happiness.
"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." Maya Angelou
So what is creativity? Anything that you do to express your soul, and allow spirit to flow through you to make something, often without instructions or patterns, letting it take its unique form. It can come out in infinite ways...cooking, painting, drawing, woodworking, gardening, creating music, sewing, crafts, building something, decorating, writing, inventing...looking different for everyone. Don't just enjoy other's creative work, it must come from you. What can you create? How does your soul want to express itself?
"Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world." Brene Brown
Take some time today to discover ways that your soul would like to express itself in a new creative endeavor. Give yourself permission to explore new possibilities and see where it takes you. Make a point to utilize these creative pursuits on a regular basis as part of your spiritual practice, bringing more joy, peace and fulfillment to your soul. Let it flow freely...and have fun!
Blessings and light,
What is the source of our world's problems? Greed, hatred, bigotry, indifference... the list could go on and on. It could be any or all of them. If you could imagine one thing having the power to transform them all, what would it be? Love! The most powerful force in the world. All you need is love. Love will conquer all. Imagine, if you can, what the world would be like if everyone lived in love. There could be no war, everyone would be taken care of, and we'd all be holding hands and singing Kumbayah around the campfire, right?
Well, maybe not, but I do believe that the answer is love. The real question is how do we get there? We can't wave a magic wand and suddenly the world is filled with love. We can't force others to love, that goes against the nature of love. Lucille Ball said, "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." If we want there to be more love in the world we must first start with loving ourselves. The love we show ourselves will then spill over to others in our lives and the ripples begin.
Most of us are not very good at practicing self-love. We may not actively hate ourselves, but we give our love to others and neglect to give that same love to ourselves. We even feel like it would be selfish to do any different, but on the contrary, we will have more love to give if we fill our cup first. If we made a daily practice of doing something everyday to show self-love, we would feel happier, less stressed, more appreciative and accepting of others, and would be more loving in all interactions.
Here are some ideas of ways that you can practice self-love everyday:
Self-love can have a big impact, not only in how we feel about ourselves, but how we interact with others, how we react to situations, how we present ourselves, and what we are able to give. One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Ghandi, "Be the change you want to see in the world." If you want to see more love in the world, then be the love, and the best place to start is with you.
Having just moved our clocks forward for daylight savings time, I am reminded that it is time to do just that, spring forward. All winter there has been a dormancy in the natural world and also within ourselves. Winter is all about quiet introspection, going within, recharging and replenishing for the coming year. Now spring is almost here. The trees are gathering their energies for new growth. Seeds in the earth, have been comfortable in the darkness, but now feel cramped and ready to expand. They reach for the light that they know is there, even if they can't see it. Somewhere deep inside them they inherently know that if they can just keep reaching and stretching themselves, they will bloom and grow allowing all of their divine gifts to shine. That is what we need to do as well.
How can we stretch ourselves to be more of what we are born to be? In what ways can we step out of our comfort zone and let our gifts be seen, to bloom?
One of the ways I am stretching myself is by writing. I have been feeling the nudge lately to write more, and not just for myself as I had been doing in my journal, but to write as a way to share my gifts with others. I was recently reminded that when I was a child and even in high school, I loved to write and thought I would be a professional writer. Somehow along the way, this gift was shut down. Not only did I forget that I ever wanted to write, but I forgot that I could. I had picked up the belief that I had used up all my words, that I had nothing to share, no one would want to her what I had to say, and that words were not my friends. All of these things that I had told myself over their years were untrue and were keeping contained in my shell.
What have your told yourself over the years that is not true? What gets in the way of you being all that you are meant to be?
By letting go of these old untruths, and allowing my writing gifts to come forward, I feel a new excitement and energy about it. A light has been re-lit, one that I thought had been snuffed years ago. Now it is burning brightly and shining a light within me. And like the seed emerging from the ground, now that this sliver of light has been found, there is no stopping it from blooming and springing forward.
What steps can you take to let your true light shine and emerge from the darkness?
May all your gifts spring forward joyfully!
Kris Groth is a spiritual mentor, craniosacral energy healer, sound healer, intuitive artist & writer. She uses all of her gifts to bring healing light and love to help others find their peace, passion, and purpose.