INTUITION VS THOUGHTS

Clients often ask the difference between their intuition and thoughts? As I know it takes practice to identify the difference I'd like to share a few things I have learned along the way.

Intuition typically develops when you are willing to pay attention to your feelings and follow your instinct. It is like exercising a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger you become and the more confidence you build in yourself. The greatest power of these insights is their ability to change your actions and therefore creating transformation naturally.

Now the difference between regular thoughts and intuition is in the quality of information. Thoughts come and go while intuition is often persistent.  Thoughts are often linear while intuition is spontaneous and surprising. Thoughts are fleeting and typically uninspiring however intuition is often felt as a whole body experience with sensations and unexplained synchronicity. It's important to note that your intuition will not necessarily give you the message you want to receive. This is often one of the reasons you have the tendency to ignore it.

When you allow yourself to embrace your sensitivity, feel your emotions, allow your intuition to flow and get in touch with your body, you connect back with nature. You start to see and experience the world within and around you from a different perspective connecting back to the intelligence of the universe and your soul. 

Wishing you the loud whispers of your divine self!

THE GATEWAY FOR TRUTH

The Throat Chakra is our gateway for truth and communication. It is where we access ideas, beliefs and symbols that help give our life meaning, purpose and develops our character. We are the only true storytellers of our life, yet we allow fear to hinder this experience by withholding our words, giving into the nerves of our body, being flooded with anxiety and believing in the judgment of others. 

Now more than ever, it is critical that we take the time to evaluate how we communicate. Our day to day world may be lacking connection, intimacy, depth and beauty. So many of us are feeling alone and/or misunderstood, drained by our social media feeds breeding negativity and lacking joy even being around loved ones. I would like to start helping address this through reflection and contemplation. I challenge you to dive in (cue in the journal)...

Are you creating your own story, or do you let others write your story for you? Are you the main character in your story or are you secondary? Is your awareness and energy on someone or something else? Is your story truthful or a work of fiction? Do you speak the truth to yourself and others? What’s the biggest lie you have told yourself about your life?

As the storyteller, you alone have the power to edit, rewrite and modify what is no longer working for you. You always have power over your circumstances by the way in which you respond. 

Wishing you the divine spark of your most authentic self!

UNDERSTANDING THE HIGHER SELF

On the spiritual path, the topic of the higher self comes up quite a bit. There’s often some confusion on what this term actually means. I’d like to shed some light on it to help you. The concept of the higher self, from an energetic point of view, is that we posses different levels of consciousness (awareness) within ourselves. These levels manifest physically as different versions of ourselves. These are often the “states of being” we refer to when we are actively working on our healing and spiritual practice. 

We tend to fluctuate between levels of consciousness. We have a current default level, then we can drop down to our lower levels or rise up to the higher levels depending on our energy, health and overall well-being. The higher self is the version of us that is operates at the “highest” levels. So, we never actually disconnect from it, we just allow ourselves to become distracted from it. The more suffering we are able let go of by actively working on our life lessons, the more access we have. This feels like your intuition activating, developing a much deeper understanding of yourself and the Universe and the ability to be think beyond the ego. 

Wishing you access to the innermost parts of you!

NEW TEMPLATE FOR LOVE

Allow me to talk to you about love. Tonight’s new moon in Aquarius lends us the opportunity to redefine what makes logical sense in our lives and what may be necessary to change. I spend many sessions talking to clients about their ideas on love or lack thereof. I would like to take this time to initiate a new template and model for love, both divine and human. A free and gratuitous love that validates, transforms, and changes us at the deepest levels of our consciousness. What we truly all desire and meant to experience in our day-to-day.

The very nature of love is to accept and be accepted. No demand or requisite and allowing others to be the same. For another to see us in our imperfection and nakedness is not a privilege, rather a right that is ours by divine order. If we listen beyond the shouts of frustration and even rage at personal or social judgment the message is straightforward, — the universe created me, I want you to see and accept me. Only then can I unlock all the energy of me so that together we can be in our aliveness with satisfaction.

Think about it. Is this the core message of your frustration? Do your beliefs about yourself, community, society or the world reflect this definition of love? If not, can you admit where you are judging or rejecting? Can you adjust what no longer makes sense with mercy and compassion?

Love is an essential, abundant and transformative energy. It is a state of being not a word or action. It is a practice of acceptance. 

CLEAR THE OLD AND WELCOME THE NEW

During these darker months, we often speak of turning inward, becoming quiet and introspective, staying home more often and sleeping longer. This is a natural response post-holidays and to the winter’s energetic rhythm.

Throughout time and history, ancient cultures from Egyptians, Celts and the Hopi, have valued this time as a space of ritual, reflection, and renewal. It is a powerful reminder to be more committed in renewing our connection to one other, to enjoy magical of acts of kindness, ritual, and presence and to practice intentional silence. Consider cultivating a deeper connection to nature, family, friends and all things that matter most. 

If you take part in the opportunity that the cosmic forces provide during this season, the choices you make will be more aligned with your greater good. You’ll notice your experiences will have a greater sense of ease and grace. Create practices for yourself during this time for self-reflection, creating stability and community.

Sending light and wishes for your re-connection to the Universe, Sun, Moon and Mother Earth to help clear away the old and welcome the new!

WHEN YOUR SPACE NEEDS HEALING

Our living space has the power to affect our mental and emotional state. Our overall well-being is influenced by the spaces we spend the most time in. If we live in an energetically and physically clean, well-organized space regardless of its size — we are more productive, creative, relaxed and happier. We worry a lot about how our homes look, but how they make us feel, is way more important.

How do you know your space needs healing?

  • If your space feels cluttered even though its organized

  • If you live in a confined space and want it to feel lighter and expanded

  • If you feel lazy, unmotivated or restless at home

  • If you live with other people (think moods)

  • Anytime you want to refresh and increase positive vibes

With this holiday season also approaching, it is a perfect time to create a ritual. Energy cleansing can take place after entertaining, inviting guests over, after service or repair people come by, after an argument or a difficult moment. I believe living spaces should breathe like we do, as they are also energetic by nature.

Healing our home is a powerful way to show commitment to ourselves — to proclaim we are worth the time and effort it takes to create a peaceful environment to dwell in. Home is a place to escape to, not escape from. It is important to have a sacred space to relax from the hustle.

IMPROVING SELF WORTH

Confidence, self-esteem and self-worth doesn’t come naturally to all of us. We all have an idea in our heads about what we should do, who we should be and perceptions on how other’s view us. If we believe we don’t live up to all these expectations, we are bound to unhappiness. Where do these ideas come from? Why do they feel so overpowering? How do we shift into becoming more self-assured?

The inner critic aka the ego aka the supreme judge is fueled by the solar plexus chakra. Its nature is fiery, outward and loud. We don’t turn away from a character like that, we work with it. The path to developing our self-worth starts with tolerance, eventually acceptance.

The inner critic is often hostile and I’m here to share that is with a purpose. Imagine this character trapped in the dark for years, alone and starving. When it finally realizes it has power, it directs its fury towards its “captor” which is you.  These parts of you feel neglected and are in dire need of your love and attention. When you begin to acknowledge them in this way, you realize that it does not speak out of truth, but more temporary frustration. To improve our self-worth, we must utilize skills of listening, patience and compassion towards our inner experience.  

THE JOY OF OILING

I remember the joy and excitement I felt when I bought my first bottle of essential oil. I was in high school and had a few dollars in my pocket which I saved from random jobs.  One of the ways I soothed my teenage angst, was by taking the train to Manhattan from the Bronx to visit metaphysical shops and bookstores. Every visit was a new adventure filled with knowledge, mystique and wonder. These were some of the best memories of my childhood. 

At the time, I was struggling with childhood asthma and had asked the sales associate at the shop to direct me to an oil that would help my breathing. She recommended good ol' eucalyptus. I grabbed the tester, opened the cap and took a deep inhale. In that moment I was transported spiritually to a forest where it felt safe, expansive and could breathe again freely. I didn't want that feeling to end so naturally a bottle came home with me. I remember reflecting on my train ride back that the Creator designed life so perfectly. Everything we could ever need for our well-being grew from the earth and was abundantly available to us anytime.  

Growing up in Caribbean culture, my mother treated my ailments with nature too like she had learned from her elders. I loved watching her shop for herbs, roots and plants to create prescriptions in our kitchen. I wasn't a fussy kid so I welcomed it. It always felt healing to both my body and spirit. Now I keep a natural medicine cabinet of my own with the convenience of nature in a bottle which I turn to regularly. I feel so empowered through my collection of essential oils. I can help and alleviate minor and major things. I often offer help to family, friends and clients through blends which they are grateful for. How many discomforts do we experience that we are unable to get a medical prescription for? How great would it feel to avoid side-effects of chemicals?

RELEASING SHAME

For so many years, shame was such a part of my life that I could not even recognize when I was experiencing it. I would barely allow others to look me in the eyes convinced that it would reveal that something was very “wrong” with me. I used my creative sacral energy to try and control myself, everyone around me and all my circumstances, without realizing how deteriorating it was. I used shame to disguise my emotions of loneliness, fear, resentment and sadness that I didn’t want to feel. If I could hide in shame, I stayed in the illusion of control. I learned that this state of being kept me small and excusing my own actions, it was my scapegoat.

I’m here to tell you that what is learned can be unlearned! So many of us walk around with “secrets” shrouded in shame believing that something is truly wrong with us. Today I can share how I began healing this. I started to acknowledge my feelings, learned to get comfortable with emotion and practiced staying in the present moment without adding more shame. That lead me to be more comfortable with emotion and abandon the need of trying to control others to protect myself.

If you’re at a place right now where you are holding on to shame, and having a hard time with emotion, think about getting some support through this. You can heal!

CHAKRAS: THE MANUAL TO LIFE

I will never forget when I was first exposed to our energy centers (chakras). To say it was a life changing experience would be a major understatement. I was deep in self-help books looking for any information that would lead to my own healing.

In my search, I learned that through different life experiences our chakras can become blocked and unhealthy. These imbalances eventually manifest as issues in our physical lives. Eventually if left unhealed, we are prone to sickness. I remember crying tears of joy, as my body finally made sense to me. I had always felt an incompleteness to understanding what we truly were as human beings. This was a truth that completely transformed my life, and little did I know at that time, would change so many other lives by ways of teaching them.

More than a decade ago, I embarked on a colorful journey of the human experience. It is said that life does not come with a manual, but I strongly disagree. Our chakra system is the manual and by exploring it for ourselves, we uncover both our divinity and humanity. The many shades between light and dark within us that illustrate the beautiful complexity of life.

Sending you eternal love and light from the highest of the cosmos and the deepest of the earth for your health and happiness!