Friday, January 2, 2015

Become Your Own Healer

"My pen shall heal, not hurt." L.M Montgomery, Emily Climbs

Healing through creativity is my choice of drug. I will therapeutically heal myself through the creative process. Creative therapy is like meditation: focusing on an object/creation and letting everything else go. Battling with chronic pain and my inner self, I started to lose my true essence. I was more than just a mother and wife. I was more than just a bag of bones, I was a spiritual, free-spirited being that was dying to awake; dying to come out and share with the world what I feel, what I know, what I dream about, what I've learned and most important what I've experienced.

Through much adversity, I have become my own healer. Each and everyday I make a conscious choice with how I treat myself. Whether it's embracing my morning coffee, journaling or going for a walk; I celebrate each day with one foot in front of the other.

Embrace your spiritual and healing journey. Don't expect anything from anyone. Don't allow others to knock you down. Don't allow the physical and emotional pain drain you. This is your life. You have the power. You are your own healer.

Seven ways to become your own healer:
  • Reiki Level One: I am a firm believer in self-healing and what better way to heal oneself but through the love of Reiki. The major emphasis of Reiki First Degree is self-healing and I truly believe that everyone should at least be a Reiki Level One Practitioner including children. In the book Reiki for Life, Penelope Quest shares, "Reiki is a safe, gentle, nonintrusive hands-on healing technique for use on yourself or with others, which uses spiritual energy to treat physical ailments without using pressure, manipulation or massage. It is a holistic system for balancing, healing, emotions and spirit." Reiki is a beautiful self-healing tool that can easily be coupled with meditation, crystal healing amongst other energy healing modalities.
  • Meditate: Taking time out to go within and let go is simply divine. If you are new to meditation, there truly is no wrong or right way to this amazing healing alternative. Honestly. Simply take a moment of silence, close your eyes, inhale and exhale slowly and focus on your breath. Meditation is simply substituting our thoughts with another object of attention. Read Coffee Meditation. If you feel a bit nervous and feel the silence is *too loud,* light a candle and focus on the flame, play meditation music and focus on the sounds of nature or drums.
  • Embrace Nature: The silence and energy from Mother Earth is breathtaking. There is nothing like grabbing a cup of coffee or tea and heading out for a nature walk or hike. The sounds of nature; birds singing, the wind blowing and the rustle of the trees feeds the soul. Embrace her.
  • Boundaries: Respect your own space. It's ok to take a step back from others be it friends, family and even our own kids. Yes, downtime, me time and alone time is key towards self-healing. If people truly love and respect your space, they will be there when you return. Having boundaries doesn't mean ignoring the ones you love or letting go; it simply means respecting your own energy fields, your own space and yes, your own sanity.
  • Journaling: Journaling is a wonderful way to connect with one's inner self, emotions, dreams and goals. This is an amazing healing power tool that many embrace and use for self-healing, shadow work, goal setting and daily rituals. Want a journaling boost? Check out my FREE ecourse called Awaken Your Soul and embrace your self-healing journey through the joys of journaling.
  • Creativity: Using creativity as a healing practice will help to heal and inspire you to make dreams come true. When we engage in the creative process, we connect to our higher selves, we meditate and we find ourselves in the midst of our creations. Indulge in a favorite creative pastime whether it's writing, painting, doodling, knitting, cooking or blogging.
  • Healthy Living: What exactly is healthy living? No smoking, drinking, eating certain kinds of food, exercise and how we manage stress. Truthfully, it's all about what works for you. Some lead a vegan lifestyle, vegetarian lifestyle, low-carb diet or a heart healthy diet. Many go to a gym, embrace Yoga, jog or walk. It's all about choices and moderation. Kicking unhealthy habits isn't easy, but baby steps is key.
We are all healers. What feeds your soul? What makes you smile? What calms your nerves? What makes you happy? Go do that!

Image credit: Walt Stoneburner

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Automatic Writing

“And it is your spirit-will and energy, and virtue and purity-that I want, not alone with your brittle frame.” Charlotte Bronte’, Jane Eyre

Automatic writing is an amazing way to channel your higher self, spirit guides and passed loved ones. It’s when you allow spirit to communicate through you and allow your unconscious mind to take over your writing. This form of writing is a great way to tap into your higher wisdom and a wonderful way to allow your true essence to surface.

Believe it or not, many of us have experienced automatic writing without even realizing it. Have you ever wrote in a journal, an article, on a blog and found yourself pouring out words as if something took over? Do you find yourself writing a masterpiece and then unable to write it again? Have you ever created a piece of art but unable to create the same work again?

Here are some tips on how to get started:

Light some candles
Start with a mini-meditation
Try visualization and breathing techniques
Call forth angel guides and spirit guides. Ask for their guidance
Let go

Chakra Connection:

The crown chakra (Sanskrit: Sahasrara) is located at the top of the head. It is known as the “open door” where spiritual awareness is received. Connecting to our energy fields/chakras is an easy task. Close your eyes and focus on the area above your head. Visualize a white light surrounding the area similar to a halo. Release any thoughts and simply allow yourself to envision a beaming white light.

Ask and you shall receive:

Ask your angel guides to surround you in a white bubble for protection and keep a black tourmaline or black onyx near your area. With any type of meditation and spiritual work, share your intentions with the universe and spirit guides. Release any thoughts and allow the answers to come through.

The Writing Process:

On a piece of paper or computer, write a question (I prefer handwritten myself). Allow the information to download and flow with ease without taking pen off the paper. Try not to think too hard and write down what comes to mind; even if it’s one word, write it down. There are several ways to do automatic writing: one is allowing spirit to communicate through you or it can be used as a meditative state (I prefer the meditative state) where you write down what you feel and hear intuitively: your higher self. Similar to meditation, you simply let go of idle chatter as you allow your inner self-awareness to take over.

Automatic writing in a nutshell is simply writing without thinking. Trust your intuition and your wisdom; believe in what you hear and feel. Everyone has their own way of doing this kind of work; find a system that works best for you. If you fear or don’t have any desire to allow spirit to communicate through you, the meditative state writing is a great alternative.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Magickal Mondays

"The past has no power over the present moment." Eckhart Tolle

I wanted to create a day that was filled with magickal moments, ah-hah moments, creative bliss and a time that was completely focused on the Now: I call this day Magickal Mondays. Every Monday, I venture out and take my journal and markers and head out to Starbucks and turn towards nature. Many times I go for a walk with my camera; taking pictures of flowers, trees, the ocean, sky, moon and unusual findings along the way. The silence and beauty allows me to let go and listen to my higher self.

I have always loved to walk in the woods when I was a kid. Growing up when I wanted to be alone, I always ended up in the woods reflecting and embracing nature. Embracing nature is a form of meditation for me, and as a child, I never looked at it that way. As children, we truly are intouch with who we are and as an adult we reconnect with our inner child and find our way home.

At Starbucks, I sit in their comfortable brown, leather chair curled up as if I am sippin' my Latte' in the comfort of my own home. I will doodle, scribble and write about my upcoming articles and projects. It's a time when I relish in the present moment soaking and inhaling the smell of white chocolate mocha.

After sipping and pacifying my coffee, I head out and window shop at beautiful stores that lift my spirits and makes me want to sing and dance; surrounding myself with pretty things and positive energy that ignites my soul. Doing this truly helps me to reach my fullest potential and connect with my higher self.

You, too can have a magickal day filled with joy, bliss and lots of ah-hah moments.

Magickal Day Ideas
  • In the morning, make yourself a nice, hearty breakfast. Depending on where you live, take your breakfast outside or treat yourself to breakfast in bed. Enjoy the weather (warm or cold), the birds singing and the warmth of the sun beaming through the window.
  • Play dress up. Dress for success and start your day. Life is a dress rehearsal.
  • Go to the park or beach (depending where you live) and enjoy nature. Bring your pet and go for a walk. Ride your bike; take in the surroundings and breathe. Feed the ducks, collect shells and allow yourself to just be.
  • Talk to strangers.
  • Treat yourself to an ice cream cone or an inexpensive lunch. Grab a slice of pizza; I have a whole new relationship with pizza since Eat, Pray, Love.
  • Go for a ride. Pack a lunch and scope out places and neighborhoods in the area you live that you've never seen before.
  • Window Shop - go to the mall, outlets and other shopping centers. Grab a cup of coffee and visit a bookstore.
  • Journal: take your journal to the park or coffee shop. Meditate, relax and write your heart out.
  • Visit your local library. Read a trashy novel.
  • Depending on the holiday and time of year, start a fun project. Go to your local craft store, look around and envision your masterpiece.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt. Collect nature botanicals. 
  • Cook your favorite meal. Make a nice dinner for yourself and family. Try a new recipe.
Create a day (or simply a moment) filled with activities that resonates with your soul. Always put your beautiful self on top of the list. You're worth it!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Shadow Work

"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed." C.G. Jung

Shadow work is the most deep rooted, root canal work a person can dive into emotionally and spiritually. It is when someone is brutally honest with themselves with who they are, where their personal issues and emotions stem from, parts of themselves that they try to hide and deny and how they can step outside their shadow and be free.

According to C.G. Jung, "The shadow is that hidden, repressed, for the most part inferior and guilt-laden personality whose ultimate ramifications reach back into the realm of our animal ancestors and so comprise the whole historical aspect of the unconscious." He also defines The Shadow as parts of the personality rejected by ego.

Diving into shadow work is not an easy task. I know for myself when I do shadow work, panic attacks, anxiety, loss of breath takes over my whole body. I experience chills, sweat and my hands tremble as if I am being attacked: attacked by my own shadow.

This past summer, I embraced a self-discovery journey through deep inner work: this kind of healing work is both humiliating and liberating. The only way to heal from this kind of work is by speaking the truth: the truth to not only what has been bottled up inside of us, facing those who hurt us, but the truth to one's own decisions and choices.

Through my own inner work, I have discovered that I have "A Quiet Mind." For most of my life, I would not speak about my feelings when others hurt me. I would take a deep breath when someone said harsh things to me. Being very passive, I have come to find out that I am an Empath and HSP: there would be so many times in my life where I would be suckered into situations that I could not understand how I got there in the first place. Through my own inner work and journaling, I have come to find the answers.

How does shadow work begin?

It begins by removing each layer of the shadow into the light. Embracing all of our selves like a peeled onion that leaves us with tears. Our shadow, for the most part, is filled with many faces including fear, anger, control, criticism, a feeling of weakness, shame and guilt. It's the shadow self that keeps beating us up, knocking us down and keeping us from moving forward.

What to know before and during shadow work:

  • We're all human
  • No one is perfect
  • Everyone has their own shadow
  • Everyone faces fear and life challenges
  • People hide their true emotions
  • Each and everyone of us are looking for the same thing: true happiness
  • Everyone is on their own spiritual path
  • We are all one
Healing Through Creativity and The Written Word:

Writing, painting and any kind of creative work opens the soul to where its never been before: the truth. When we embrace creativity, it takes us to places that we never knew existed: we awaken.

Shadow work doesn't come easy, but the first step is to ask yourself shadow burning questions. These questions is where the dark steps into the light. If you are ready to start your own inner shadow work and dive into awakening your soul - check out my FREE Ecourses Awaken Your Soul and Love Letters.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Healing Power of Art

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." Henry Ward Beecher

Dealing with chronic pain, I promised myself that I wouldn't fall into a pattern of always being bed ridden. As much as it sounds comforting and relaxing, my bedroom wasn't going to be my cemetery of pain. I didn't want to find myself on the couch all day watching TV and most of all, I didn't want to stop the the things that I love to do the most.

When I am in pain, many will advise me to lie down, put my feet up, go to bed and get lots of rest. Although, this form of healing is important and necessary, this kind of relaxation only keeps your mind on the pain and nothing is distracting you from it.

Managing pain isn't always easy. Whether suffering from physical pain, emotional or mental, battling with depression, abuse and hurt sitting around and being in bed isn't always the best medicine.

What I've realized over the years is that when we are at a stand still, the pain worsens. Our minds are focused on the pain no matter what kind of pain we're in. I will be the first to admit the need to cry over a song or movie, indulge in a bowl of ice cream and scream to my heart's content, but I have also come to realize the best healing of all is through creativity.

When working creatively, it enhances our awareness. We become expressive and more communicative: creative energy becomes a healing force for body, mind and spirit. Our minds are indulged in the creation, we express our thoughts and pain onto canvas and through the written word.

The creative process truly helps the pain subside: my mind is so focused on the creation that I truly don't feel the pain. Depending on my pain, I will throw my emotions onto canvas and simply let go: this is when I create my best work.

Release Pain Through:
  • Finger Painting
  • Intuitive Painting
  • Favorite Craft
  • Photography
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Coloring
  • Drawing/Sketching
  • Doodling
  • Music
  • Dancing
  • Automatic Writing
  • Pottery
  • Knitting
  • Writing
Journaling Your Pain Through:
  • Treasure Mapping
  • Dreamcatcher Mapping
  • Mind Mapping
  • Creative Journaling
  • Word Association
  • Freewriting
  • Journaling
Whatever art form one chooses, the creative process will unleash longstanding issues, help release chronic pain and bring dreams to life.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Journal Madness

"Whether you're keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it's the same thing. What's important is you're having a relationship with your mind." Natalie Goldberg

I started keeping a journal at age 10. Well into my teens, I ranted about my school crushes, break-ups and the normal adolescent ups and downs, but as I matured into adulthood, it became more of a spiritual practice. Writing took me to another world; a place where the truth unveiled and dreams were made.

As a writer, I love to collect journals. As a perfectionist, for the longest time, they remained blank. I would sit and stare at the blank pages not knowing what to write.

Writing our thoughts and dreams on paper can become challenging and frustrating. If you are a perfectionist like me, even my hand writing would bother me and if it looked messy, I would rip the paper out and start over. Over time, I stopped all this madness.

Keeping a journal is essential towards making dreams and goals come true. Recording thoughts, frustrations and emotions heals the soul. Journaling is a great way to find answers, to discover the hidden messages that are locked away within our souls and a wonderful healing process to help us recall who we are, what we want and where we want to be in our lives.

Journaling can be used for reducing stress and help improve ones mental well-being. There are many benefits of journaling that include healing, personal growth, problem solving and finding truth. Journaling is a sacred self-care act and one that is personal and beautiful.

Five tips towards journaling:

1. Find the perfect journal that speaks to you: the fun part about journaling is the pretty paper and funky pens. Many bookstores sell journals of all kinds that help jump start your creative juices like Wreck This Journal, Gratitude Journals and Moleskin Journals.

2. If you are stuck on what to write, draw: do you find yourself scribbling when you are talking on the phone? At times, our creative juices takes time to boil over with ideas. It's like making home-made chicken soup, we need to season and simmer before the true taste unveils. Scribble on your page, doodle and sketch.

3. What's on your mind?: yes, really simple. Write what's on your mind. It could be as simple as wanting to take a daily walk, trying a new recipe or writing a poem. Just simply write what's on your mind.

4. Be a critic: write about a show on TV that bother you or even inspires you. Be a critic. Write about its strong points and weak points. Re-invent the characters. Make it your own.

5.Write about a song: Oprah started it; life theme songs. We all have one. What does your favorite song (s) mean to you? Why does the song strike a cord?

For more mind pumping starters, check out my FREE Awaken Your Soul Ecourse filled with over 150 heartfelt questions and creative ideas to jump start your dreams, goals and writing process. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Coffee Meditation

"If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath." Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation

Did you know when you're absorbed in creativity this is a form of meditation? Writing in a journal is another form of meditation. Enjoying a cup of coffee and breathing in its aroma is a wonderful meditative moment. Simply put: meditation involves substituting our thoughts with another object of attention.

Focusing on an object calms the soul leading us towards clarity and insight. Daily meditation that being a simple drawing, scribbling, doodling, journal writing, brainstorming and creative play opens up your brain waves towards Aha-moments, answers to our dreams and is a great outlet towards healing your soul.

Meditation can include focusing on your breathing, inhaling the smell of your favorite coffee drink, a lit candle, crystals, soft music, a bouquet of flowers or anything that will substitute the thoughts that are rattling your brain.

Susan Piver states in her book Quiet Mind, "The untrained mind is like a wild horse. It runs away when we try to find it, shies when we try to approach it. If we find a way to ride it, it takes off with the bit in its teeth and finally throws us right into the mud. There is potential for communication and rapport between the horse and rider, between mind and self, but the horse needs to be a willing participant in that relationship."

People tend to have a misconception about meditation and clearing one's mind: that is nearly impossible. Thoughts will always creep in. Meditation is not about achieving and becoming an expert in the art of meditation, but rather letting go.

Take a moment to find a place and time to meditate; even if it is only for ten minutes. Many people have a tendency to want perfection; When? Where? and How? Just go for it. When having your morning coffee (or tea) embrace the hot cup around your hand, sit outside or in a quiet place, breathe in the robust aromatic scent that fills the air, sip the hot drink gently and let go!

Starting a daily creative meditation is an essential tool towards healing and following one's dreams. When we take care of ourselves in a positive way - we release anxiety, fear and doubt. We allow our higher self to speak to us be that Buddha, Goddess, God, Universal Force and Spirit.

In her article, "Is This the World's Worst Buddhist?," in Shambala Sun Issue, Mary Piper states, "It came from a remark my husband made to me. One day, after meditating for forty-five minutes, I started listening to NPR. I was also dialing United Airlines to make some changes to an intinerary and stir-frying some onions for a stew and, at the same time, while I was on hold, I asked my husband if he'd done the two or three things I'd asked him to do that day. He was reading the paper trying to relax, and he said, 'You're the world's worst Buddhist.' " She went on saying how dare her husband say that, but then realized he was right. She states, "I'd jumped up from meditation and immediately become a whirling dervish."

Relish in the moment, close your eyes, breathe in through your nose and exhale out from your mouth. Focus on your breathing, listen to the softness of your breath. Object is key.

Monday, November 24, 2014

She Was Just A Wish

"Creativity healed me. I don't know that I could think of any word that I get more inspired by than the word healing." SARK

Welcome to my humble abode. Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee (or your favorite drink) and embrace the warmth and healing energy that holds this space. This is a place where creativity heals and writing tells a story.

A lot of my work comes from my life experiences and what feeds my soul. Everything I share and use within my healing process comes from my own challenges and mess. As Robin Roberts states, "I'm making my mess a message." Wise words.

I've made friends with my dark side shadow and working towards leading more of a simple life filled with the joys of writing, the art of healing, coffee house ah-hah moments and self-expression.

My passion is combining creativity and spiritual practice as a way to heal self and help make dreams come true. I truly believe that tapping into our creative selves is the answer to our dreams.

The creative process is healing within itself. It's not about the perfect picture or writing the American Novel: it's about the process, the healing and the connection within our inner and outer world. Whether you are struggling with depression, grief, relationships or battling with your dreams and goals, diving into creativity, writing and journaling is where the answers unveil.

I invite you to come take a journey with me: to embrace one's inner self, wild side and creative madness. Through the joys of journaling, writing and drawing, we will heal through creativity and embrace the written word.

You'll find interesting posts about journaling, writing, drawing, gratitude, happiness, mindfulness, embracing ones inner and outer world, creativity, E-courses, lots of love and kindness and even gifts scattered throughout the world waiting to find a home.

Come join us and get involved within this creative space by leaving a comment, shooting me an email and sharing a post. This is a place where we are one; a place of comfort and joy.