Greetings Star Seeds,
Transformation can often feel like a crisis. When something ego motivated is on its way out, it usually makes the most noise. As we become more conscious and aware, our energy shifts and evolves. We are called to transcend the pull to fall into behaviors and reactions that no longer serve us and that are based in a past version of who we were. The antidote to ego-driven resistance is to invoke grace and surrender to the universal flow. To be receptive to what comes, without attachment to the form it comes in. During this upcoming eclipse season we have an opportunity to up-level our relationships, with families, friends, Gaia, animal companions, nature and ourselves. We can re-write the story and offer the old scripts that keep us stuck in templates of woundedness and fear to the Divine for healing and transformation.
The new moon in Cancer coincides with a partial solar eclipse on the night of July 12th. The fact that we won’t see it here in the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t mean it will have any less of an impact. New moons herald potential for new beginnings and eclipses are portals of timelessness and possibilities. Cancer is the sign of the mother, home, family, intuition. We can use this energy to reflect on our emotional well-being and connect with our internal landscape for insights around transmuting the no longer resonant ways of being that are not generative or self-loving. Ponder on what it means to feel at home, in your body, with your feelings, on the Earth. How can we nurture ourselves when fears surface? How can we integrate and ground into a place of calm, present presence for others?
With Pluto in Capricorn opposite the eclipse, we may be served up some shadow work. Contemplate the theme of power in your life. Are their areas where you use, abuse, or abdicate it? What does right use of power look like? Move into the heart space and consider that suffering may be a sign that we are being called as individuals and collectively to step into a place of unity and away from illusions of separation. Thank the pain and send it on its way.
On July 27th, a total lunar eclipse in Aquarius is followed by another solar eclipse on August 11th coinciding with the Leo new moon. Leo and Aquarius are consensus oriented. Leo sparks our leadership qualities and Aquarius highlights friendships and community. Consider collaborating with others around innovative ways to use your gifts for the good of the whole. With a healthy dose of detachment, Aquarius can keep a cool head and offer the Cancerian parts of us a broader perspective. Ride this eclipse season by honoring self-care practices, nourishing your vital connections and daring to shine your light brightly for the good of the collective. Experiment and see what wants to be birthed. As the saying goes: Be the change you want to see in the world. Bless the rest and let it go.
We have two essences to help navigate the changes during this summer's journey and beyond:
Remember Who You Are.
This essence encourages the letting go of the masks we wear, the parts of our identity that no longer fit so that we can step into the truth of who we are.
Be in Heart
This essence is an invitation to allow the light to shine on the corners of ourselves that we keep in the realm of shadow. It can be a wonderful support in the letting go process and keep us heart-centered. Both can be wonderful allies in bringing us back to the frequency of our heart and helping us move into flow and unity and away from struggle and opposition.
For more musings on eclipses check out the audio here.
In honor of this portal time, we have a workshop coming up. The Birth Portal: A Ritual For Mamas. Mothers-to-be and those who recently birthed are invited to celebrate the birth portal and its transformative power. Samantha Garcia and Claudia Comerci, your shamanic guides for the afternoon, will lead a loving ceremony in honor of mothers, birth and our greater connection to The Great Mother. The ritual will include an exploration of vibrational medicine (flower, gem, and channeled essences), a guided meditation with drumming and a ceremonial offering of flowers, roots and other symbolic elements arranged in the shape of a mandala. Each mother will also be gifted a vibrational essence spray to create sacred space or to bless herself. Vibrational essences will be attuned to the group to assist and support the spiritual awakening of each woman. No experience with shamanic practices are necessary. All we ask is that you bring an open heart and an open mind to our sacred circle of mothers.
Location: The Root Midwives: 1300 Sanchez St. in San Francisco
When July 22. 1-3pm
With Infinite Love and Gratitude,
Happy Solstice Star Seeds,
In the Northern hemisphere, June 21st heralds the longest day of the year. We can harness the potent energy of the moment to align with our internal fires and bring forth the gifts of our own brilliance and radiance into the world. What fuels your energy? Muse over what needs illumination. Where can we shine brighter? Where do we need more energy and vitality and what actions are we willing to commit to in order to bring these gifts to the foreground? Simultaneously, we welcome the sign of moon-governed Cancer, who holds the energies of nurturance, the realm of feeling, intuition, the mother, the ebbs and flows of the ocean and our moon cycles.
Can we unite these Sun and Moon energies in our lives and not be afraid to shine and remember to nurture ourselves, take care of our inner child and pay attention to our natural rhythms? Know when to stop and rest and know when the energy is ripe for action, and follow through. Cancer rules the chest. Take deep breaths, invite long and deep inhales and exhales which can fill you with life force and curb anxiety. Repattern your breath and allow the natural rhythms to calm the sympathetic nervous system and transform the fight or flight response. Release what is holding you back from full creative expression that is heartfelt and meaningful to you. Are there ways that you scuttle sideways in avoidance or stay safe in your shell like the Cancerian symbol of the crab? Or are there places you feel too exposed? Can you love and bring nourishment to all of your parts? Honor the Cancerian time of the year by honing your intuition and listening to your emotional body. Where do you need to open up to giving and receiving? I consider these two qualities the yin and yang of the Cancer symbol which keeps us balanced and in reciprocity with others and nature.
Recently I returned from a transformative trip to Madagascar and was touched by learning about the myriad of medicinal plants that our guides had extensive knowledge about, and had personally used for healing. The Malagasy people are made up of 18 distinct tribes throughout the country, each with its own customs, marriage rituals, manners of dress, and housing structures. The unique homes are constructed with the entryway facing West so that they can take advantage of the most sunlight the day has to offer, providing light and warmth in places where there is no electricity and people’s livelihoods and survival depend on connection with the seasons. The abundance of love and joy that emanated from everyone we met was contagious, and not at all related to how much monetary wealth they had, nor their age or gender. In fact it seemed to me that the most poverty stricken villages had the happiest people I have ever encountered. They were rich in community.
Another aspect that I found striking was how as an animist people, who perceive the aliveness in all things, they have not lost the essence of connection to the natural world. One guide who was particularly knowledgeable about the Medicine/ Magic Man/Woman, or the village Shaman, spoke about the destruction of the rainforest and deforestation. He said “the forest Spirits are leaving. This means the Magic Man is also losing powers because his power depends on the health of the rainforest.” Word. We need to collectively wake up and understand that we are part of the natural world. A world not in balance reflects our own imbalances and vise versa. We can help heal the environment, the Earth and her ecosystems by healing our own spirits and balancing our own elemental nature. The mind has taken presedence over the heart for far too long. The ego has ruled our world and caused us tremendous disconnection from Source. As above so below. As within, so without.
This solstice make an offering to nature, thank the Earth for her nurturing and support, and joyfully allow yourself to receive her blessings. We are not separate. We have just forgotten, and we can remember.
May the longtime sun shine upon you,
All love surround you,
And the pure light within you,
Guide your way on...
With infinite love and gratitude, Claudia
Greetings Star Seeds,
As the zodiac wheel turns to Venus ruled Taurus, a fixed Earth sign, there is an invitation to gather the dynamic energies of Springtime into a more contained and grounded framework. Taurus loves the sensual, beautiful and pleasurable aspects of life. Honor this time by truly feeling into your senses and allowing them to guide your experiences.
As ruler of the 2nd house of finances and personal value systems, our Taurean parts encourage us to put attention on what we love, desire and value. Taurus calls us to resource ourselves and tend to our bodies and the Earth. We have a few opportunities to do this as we celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and Beltane, a Celtic celebration of fertility on May 1st, a time of uniting the sacred feminine and divine masculine in the spirit of merriment, exuberance and as a community ritual.
I would like to share with you a couple of events being offered by friends of mine to help us engage with these energies.
New Earth Day - April 22nd
"This Earth Day, your role is to have a powerful, beauty-filled moment, and project it.
On Sunday, April 22nd, you’re invited to take part in a collective effort to harness the power of the natural world. The goal is for individuals and groups alike to experience their own unique Earth Day ceremony, and to collectively influence positive change around the world. All you have to do is to bring yourself or a group of friends outdoors, have a positive conscious experience, and send that intention to those that influence awareness and action around the globe." Ginny Anderson
Full Moon in Scorpio Limpia Ritual - April 29th
My friend Samantha Garcia will be demonstrating various types of traditional limpias (spiritual cleanses) from the curanderas of Mesoamerica. Willing participants will receive clearings as part of our exploration. Together we will explore the power of spiritual clearing to purify our body, mind and spirit of heavy or negative energy. Please join me at this ritual where I will be pulling cards and have some of my essences available!
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018 5-8pm
It will be a sacred evening of magic, connection & lunar celebration!
Snacks & beverages will be provided afterward!
$15 Suggested Donation
Joy Gallery: 4921 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124
*RSVP to email@example.com to reserve your spot
With Love and Infinite Gratitude, Claudia
Greetings Star Seeds,
Happy Equinox! Equinox marks the time when day and night are of equal lengths. The keyword here as we herald in Springtime, is balance. Equinoxes and Solstices provide opportunities to align with the seasons, perform rituals, and feel connected to the earth's cycles. It is also a time of rebirth and renewal. What wants to bloom in your life? What would you like to grow and nurture into fullness? It is a time of harmony that offers the potential for creation and manifestation. Use this portal time to honor both the light and the dark. There are many treasures and gifts in finding gratitude for all of life's expressions, and for accepting all our parts. Give equal billing to doing and being. One cannot exist without the other. Strive for integration. Equinox also ushers in the astrological new year.
On March 21 st, we shift into firey and action oriented Aries. The sign of the Ram that wants us to get moving, like yesterday! Ruled by Mars, he is the first of the zodiac signs, the first born child of the gods who’s enthusiasm, exuberance and vitality may sometimes feel like it’s going to collide with anything and anyone in his path. Aries is the energy of spring, blooming and birth. Mars is the energy of how we fight, flirt and f***. Erotic, dynamic, invested in results. Imagine the energy it takes for a seed to push up through the earth layer and say, “I’m finally here! Look at Me!” That is what Aries feels like to me. The Aries part of us wants what he wants and wants it Now. He is spontaneous, assertive, aggressive and charismatic. A dose of the Venus ruled Libra art of diplomacy is a beautiful antidote to usher in balance and provide a container for the passion. Watch for antagonistic expressions, self-righteous attitudes, impatience and impetuousness. Use mental fortitude, keep a cool head and avoid being hasty. New endeavors and projects may be chomping at the bit to get us on board. However, before going at it full throttle, take a breather and review, revise, reconsider because on March 22, Mercury, the sign of communication, who rules technological expression and travel, goes retrograde, also in Aries. It will start its direct motion again on April 15.
When a planet goes retrograde, seemingly moving backward in the sky, we are advised to reflect before acting, do some inner work and complete things that are underway. Not a great time to sign new contracts. Or at least be mindful that it may need revising later. Re-checking those tax documents before submitting is just doing due diligence. I was born when Mercury was retrograde and love this time that offers a more creative, less linear approach to navigating the world. We all can get annoyed and impatient during delays and it's not Mercury's fault. Taking responsibility for our emotional states is empowering. The astrological weather asks us to curb the outburst tendency and keep tantrums at bay. You’ll be glad you took a time out before responding. Put any excess energy to work by spring cleaning, or doing something physical. Channel your energy into a tango class. Declutter and recycle anything in both the physical and psychic realms. Long contemplative walks by the beach or in nature could be your saving grace when things get confusing, when feeling misunderstood or when tempers start to seethe.
Try this: Go out to a place in nature and intend to connect with the spirits of the place. Greet the land. Introduce yourself. Explore breathing in and out from your heart space in walking meditation. Release anything that is causing you discomfort, unease, or contributing to loss of balance into the earth for clearing and composting. Pull up earth energy, grounded and comforting, into your system. Ask the air beings and the wind to provide clarity on an issue that is feeling compressive. Breathe. Drink water. Our brains need it in order to make focused decisions, integrate information, study, learn, and detoxify. Turn your face up to the sun and with wide open mouth and tongue sticking out, “swallow the sun”. This is a shamanic practice that asks you to imagine all the sun’s radiance infusing you and nourishing your inner fire, your heart space, expanding your capacity to love and be in joyful communion with the elemental realm.
Shine On! With Infinite love and Springtime blessings, Claudia
Greetings Star Seeds!
It is safe to say that I have been stalked lately by the word Paradox. It has come up too many times to ignore it. Last night, when I chose 4 divination cards, the word paradox was in 3 of the messages. OK I'm paying attention. The definition I resonated with is "paradox is something that seems self-contradictory, but upon closer investigation can reveal deeper truths." I have personally been dancing with a lot of questions about the direction of my path and the way forward. What has been feeling like a lot of work, and lots of obstacles and feeling submerged in the watery depths of emotional turmoil, fleeting glimpses of clarity and vacillation between floating down the river of life and being pulled under by a current that spins me in another direction. Often within the same day! The shit is getting stirred up in all areas of my life. And rather than answers I am drowning in questions. After contemplating the divination cards, an insight followed...OH! This is what Jupiter in Scorpio in my first house is offering me. Jupiter, the planet of expansion entered Scorpio, sign of composting, letting go, alchemy and transformation. And for me it is happening in my first house of self-identity.
For the last couple years I have been on a journey to invoke a template of ease, joy, grace and play as the overarching theme in my life and to help facilitate these attributes for my clients. The dismantling of the previous patterns that I had been indoctrinated in that revered structures based on striving, struggle, surviving and suffering weren't about to be ushered out without a fight. As we unravel that which we are outgrowing and wish to shift, the release process brings up all the unhealed parts, all the wounds, all the fragments. We dip and dive and wonder if the dance is worth it. I'm here to tell you it is. The butterfly can't remain in the cocoon, even if it feels safe and warm.
Life rarely follows a linear line. Being one who is aligned with a more circular approach to things, I have always searched for hidden truths. Often we have to take steps that seem paradoxical in order to move forward. At times we need to go into the darkness to retrieve the fragments of light that can only be found there. Sometimes we have to leave to find our way back home. Do not fear this. Do approach the shadows with love. Remember that everything we seek is within us and we are receiving exactly what we need at the perfect time. Even if it is the opposite direction of where we think we need to be going. So if you are experiencing any of these energies, allow them the space to shower you with their wisdom and blessings, even if it feels like you are being stripped of everything. That may be the very thing you need to be who you are meant to be.
With Infinite Love and Gratitude, Claudia
On Feb 19 we entered the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces, ruled by Neptune. Ah the Piscean dream where our preferences can lean toward non-ordinary reality states, the past, the future, dream time, day-dream time, waking dream time. The encouragement is to balance these leanings with embodiment and being present. The symbol for Pisces is two fish, moving in flow around each other, like the yin and yang. Consider that one is submerged in the unconscious realms, while its partner emerges and offers the information from the deep to make it conscious. It is the mutable water sign that invites us to dive into subconscious matters, float into unknown waters to mine them for learnings and guidance so that we can surf the emotional realms with awareness of the beyond.
Pisces, ruler of the 12th house, arrives on the heels of another completion as we are also emerging from the portals of the last two eclipses. This period may bring the light of insight to what was previously hidden. May we swim in reverie, and be anchored in our bodies. To honor this time, take a bath, soak your feet (the body part that corresponds to Pisces), visit the ocean or an aquarium, activate your inner mer-person, start a dream journal, be willing to go a little deeper into connection with others, listen to your intuition and psychic stirrings, play with divination tools, symbols and archetypes, and keep wonder and imagination alive!
Add contemplation and meditation during this Piscean month in order to feel well-resourced before the fiery, forward moving energies of Aries light our way. To balance the Pisces shadow, may we be aware of the ways we engage in escapism. Above all practice compassion, which begins with the self. If inclined toward herbal concoctions, those that correspond to the sign of Pisces are: basil, lemon balm, borage and sage. A beautiful way to honor this time is to make or take a flower essence, use them in cooking, or brew some tea with these herbs. The Piscean affirmation is "All is One".
Eclipse season is upon us once again! Before dawn on the morning of January 31st a Blue Moon ~Blood Moon ~Super Moon Total Lunar Eclipse will activate the Leo/Aquarius axis at 11 degrees Leo in our charts. This Triple Goddess treat when the moon is at its closest proximity to the Earth and appears red in color can be seen in totality from the west coast in the US, but will be visible across North America. It will be followed two weeks later on the new moon where there will be a partial solar eclipse where the sun and moon will be conjoined on February 15th at 27 degrees Aquarius.
Considered wild card times, eclipses bring with them amplification of energies. They are chapter markers that have the potential to reveal that which has previously been hidden or veiled in the realm of the subconscious, much in the same way that essences provide an opportunity for revelation and a perceptual shift in consciousness. Together, along with intention, eclipses and essences can be viewed as portals of possibility that provide clarity and can usher us into letting go of what is no longer working and support us in harnessing the energies we wish to magnetize.
Leo-Aquarius themes are concerned with calling forth our leadership from a place of sovereignty and authenticity and applying it to the needs of the collective in creative ways. To do this from a heart space while keeping a cool head is a great access point. For those who are interested in delving deeper into how eclipses and essences can be allies in our toolbox for positive change, I invite you to join me and Stella The Good Witch as we dive into these themes. We have created a class called Portals of Possibility to help navigate these transitional and pivotal moments. It is available as an audio file, along with a meditation, written accompaniment, helpful links and suggestions for how to honor this moment. To purchase please go here.
Contained within these two eclipses is Brigid’s feast day known as Imbolc/Celtic New Year/Candlemas on February 2nd. This day marks the hope of springtime and the return of the light and new beginnings. Brigid (Brighid, Bride, Brigit) is the Goddess of the sacred inner flame, the forge, poetry and healing. She works her alchemy through the elements of water and fire and is the protectress of many a sacred well in Ireland. She is honored in Celtic and Christian traditions alike. She is fertility and creative inspiration and storytelling. She can be called upon to help us burn away that which no longer serves and can light the way toward wholeness and growth.
In honor of these lunations and holy day we are offering three cosmic essences for support during these changing times. No Time, for support in accessing stillness and connection to our heart’s wisdom and Living Master, indicated to help the integration process as we step into our sovereignty and embody the ascended masters as part of our human emanation. These were both co-created within a medicine wheel portal during the last two August eclipses. And Brigid, for igniting the alchemy of the sacred inner flame to fuel creative pursuits and activate our healing powers for transformation. They can be purchased here and along with the audio class for a discounted price here. There are several package options under "Shop". To purchase the audio only go here.
May we see the light of divinity shining within ourselves and reflected in our communities during these changing times of great potential.
With blessings and infinite gratitude, Claudia
Greetings Star Seeds,
A week into 2018 I wanted to share some musings from 2017. I won’t call these resolutions because I feel that some of us have a tendency to pile a whole bunch of demands on ourselves that, on top of being unrealistic and unsustainable, trail off after a couple weeks only to make way for an increase in self-criticism and judgement around our total lack of discipline and commitment to …[fill in the blank]. My solution to resolutions that make me feel crappy about myself is...skip ‘em. Instead I plan to love myself fiercely no matter what I do, don’t do, how much I weigh, or what I accomplish (or don’t!)
My musings centered around the following curiosity. What if we chose to embrace a template of ease, joy, grace, play and flow and made that our default setting? What if we decided to let go of outmoded blueprints that are based in an approach that exalts striving, struggling, surviving and suffering? I find that these are usually externally imposed ideas that we have internalized and that in no way reflect our Divinity. Now, this doesn’t mean that bad shit won’t happen and that we won’t feel pain and hurt and anger at the injustices in the world. And I am not suggesting that we won't work towards our goals and dreams. Saturn in Capricorn won't stand for that one! What it does offer is the possibility of occupying a space that is based on trust and love rather than fear and drudgery. No matter what the circumstance.
We can choose to live in an empowered way and create new experiences that jive with our soul path simply by being present to what is. We can re-write the story we tell ourselves about who we are. Daily, if need be. We can aim to love all of our parts and make a conscious choice to drop labels of good and bad. What if we endeavored to explore the teachings a particular situation is offering, rather than deciding an experience is a success or a failure?
The more consistently we engage with these practices, the more we move away from blame and guilt or feeling victimized and the quicker we are able to move on with new information and make different choices. What if we intended to offer and receive the gifts of the Divine in every breath, in every moment and in every situation and relationship? What if we started to play with these perceptual shifts? Maybe our outlook would change. Maybe we would live with less stress. Perhaps we would have a little more fun. Animals and children are wonderful models of how to engage in play and flow. Playfulness brings us into the present moment and also reminds us to breathe. Think about it: It's impossible to play while holding your breath! I believe that we are here to live life to the fullest and that joy is our birthright. Do you give yourself permission to do so?
Each year a group of friends and I choose one word that we consider a beacon to light our path into the coming year. This year the word that came to me was Devotion and my vow is that I may be devoted to the things that bring me more joy, ease, and grace. I am choosing to devote myself to that which keeps me balanced and happy. These are a few of the ways I intend to do this:
Walking in nature. Often.
Cultivating stillness and silence. So that my inner guidance and wisdom can come through with clarity.
Laughing and playing and breathing more.
Re-writing the story I tell myself about myself.
Expressing appreciation to others. Gratitude, expressed authentically not only creates feelings of well being and connection, but it is a heart opening practice. I view acts of giving and receiving like a practice that strengthens our heart physical heart muscle as well as our energetic heart.
Connecting. It's good for our health and the planet.I always feel expanded, blissed out, and nourished after a true heart connection with another being. It makes me a happier person.
Making self-care rituals a priority. I like to make a list of self-care practices that are non-negotiable. The things that I do to sustain my sanity, well being and health on all levels so that I can feel nourished and care for and nurture others from a place of surplus energy. We cannot give and remain well resourced if our well is dry.
Forgiving. Forgiving myself, my imperfections, the past, the things left undone, my parents, those who I have been hurt by. Forgiveness is a process. Mainly I ask for the grace to forgive, because it is not something you can just decide to do and it happens. It takes time and intention and the willingness to let go of anger and resentment so that you can be free. It is a path toward healing and heart expansion and I truly believe that invoking the assistance of the Divine is imperative on this journey.
Star-gazing whenever possible!
I also wish to devote myself to the possibility of re-framing any fear based thoughts, detaching from over stimulation and nervous system overload, and stepping away from people, places and things that vampire my happy, and zap my energy.
I invite you to surround yourself with those who celebrate your accomplishments and triumphs and can provide encouragement and support when life gets challenging. These are the folks that truly see you. And to be truly witnessed and accepted is one of the most healing things I know of. Do the same for others. Be generous with your words and deeds.
Astrologically, we step into 2018 with five planets in Capricorn, the industrious sign of "gettin it done". Welcome responsibility (the ability to respond) around work, be it career or personal and collective pursuits. Be deliberate and cautious and cultivate patience and tenacity. Avoid the pitfalls of falling into judgement around any shortcomings. Slow and steady. We may be able to access new ways to be passionate and driven around our projects and goals in ways that spark and keep our interest. Saturn in the sign of the sea goat offers discipline and boundaries as a gateway to liberation. Review foundational structures and make sure they are working for you in current time realities. If not, reconfigure them so that you can soar high from a place of groundedness with supports intact. For essence support around this, check out one of my favorite formulas for jump-starting projects,
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Jupiter (the planet of expansion) will shine it's light in Scorpio until mid November 2018, revealing anything that's no longer wishing to remain hidden and urging us to compost what's not working for us. The phoenix rises from the ashes. Great potential for reinvention and transformation abounds if we engage in working with these cosmic energies!
Finally, if you are curious and interested in shifting perspectives in 2018, please join me and my amazing friend and astrologer-extraordinaire Stella the Good Witch as we explore how eclipses and essences offer transformation. Eclipses are supercharged lunations that reveal what's been obscured and bring deep opportunities for change. Essences allow us to align with the changes that are wanting to happen. Through ritual, guided meditation, art, tarot, interactive astro play and essence dosing, we'll dive deep into the healing opportunities presenting themselves in the upcoming 1/31 and 2/15 eclipse season.
For details on this class and to register, please go here.
And if you are wanting to start the year out with some grounded bodywork, I have a special offer available for new clients only.
90 minutes of integrative bodywork (in SF only) for $150 (regularly priced at $175).
Available for purchase now through January 31st and can be redeemed at any time.
May we be kind and careful with ourselves and each other.
May we engage in more of what brings us peace and joy.
May our visions for 2018 manifest.
May we be remember who we are.
If you feel called, please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you!
With infinite love and gratitude, Claudia
Greetings Star Seeds and a blessed Winter Solstice to you,
Winter is the time to go within. We can look to nature for guidance; animals hibernate, vegetation lies dormant, the Earth is resting and restoring Herself. I like to think of winter as a long and luxurious savasana, restorative and deliciously deserved after a time of dynamic expression! In stillness, we receive the full benefits of our work. They say it is the most important pose of all.
While the holidays often bring much external activity, if we give ourselves the gift of quietude and introspection just for a few minutes a day, and start anchoring this as a daily practice, when we are called to engage with the outer world, we do so from a much more grounded and solid place and we utilize our energy in more effective ways. There is an invitation during this time of Winter Solstice, to ask: “What am I willing to release?” As the year comes to a close, turn inwards, connect with your truest and highest self, and contemplate this question so that with the return of the light, a space for what you wish to embrace and dedicate yourself to can start to reveal itself. This is a great time to journal, make a vision board, meditate, give voice to your inner muse, breathe, dream, journey inward, storytell by the fire, ponder, wonder, walk in nature, pray, be grateful, rest, do nothing, smile inwardly, forgive.
I find that when I devote myself to more internal pursuits, I have more clarity, focus, and discernment. I can more easily turn off the external noise and hear the guidance of my higher self. My life feels more balanced, I am less likely to be ‘off-kilter’. Decisions become effortless and my energy has a sense of containment. I encourage you to just be in the darkness. Resting in the fallow earth, just a few minutes a day can be life-changing!
I offer you this simple exercise to release what no longer serves your highest good. Stand in nature, barefoot if possible. Feel your feet firmly planted and held by the Earth. Imagine that you have roots like a tree extending from the soles of your feet deep down into the Earth. Ground these roots into the Earth’s core. Then simply scan your body and your energy field and intend that anything that is not of the highest vibration to drain out and away from you through your root system. You don’t even need to name it or attach story to it. Simply release, intend to let go, and breathe that energy into the Earth. You can see it as golden light entering the Earth as pure potential energy to be recycled and transmuted into nutrients to feed the Earth. Do this a few times if it feels appropriate or until you feel an energetic shift. Be gentle with yourself during the process. It is always appropriate to ask your guides, angels and allies for assistance!
Next, feel your weight on the Earth. These roots are your grounding cord and can serve both as a release method and a filling method to bring energy back into your body. Once the release is complete, you reverse the process. Bring your awareness back to your feet and see the roots pull up and into your entire system the qualities of grounding, solidness, support, nourishment, balance, steadfastness. Like a thirsty plant soak up all these wonderful qualities, feel yourself becoming restored at a cellular level. You can also open up your crown chakra and allow this energy to flow up and out of your crown bathing your entire aura as it washes over you like a waterfall of light. When we attend to our connection with the Earth and Nature, shifts happen on all levels. Try this and see what evolves for you.
It is my greatest wish that your holiday celebrations are love-filled and bring you all the joy and bliss that is your Divine birthright. As the light returns, may each of us shine our lights brightly and step into our power and sovereignty.
With infinite love and gratitude,
We all get caught up in the busyness and endless to dos of our lives. In the last few years our perception is that time has literally sped up. Technology is changing at lightning speed with an emphasis on making our lives more efficient with a focus on productivity. It has also contributed to our ability to connect in ways that weren’t before possible. Recently, social media platforms have been super helpful in disaster relief efforts by getting the word out and being vehicles of support. However, the plethora of options out there for information gathering resources is unparalleled. And overwhelming. This can cause those of us who are more sensitive beings to literally spin out, burn out, or shut down. The result can be information overload, over-stimulation, nervous system short-circuiting, and adrenal blow out. This gets amplified during the holidays. Rather than gratitude and connection, we end up feeling just the opposite. What if there was a better way to navigate these changes and transitions during this time of great expansion?
The good news is that there is a better way. And the better news is that we already know how to do it! Naturally, without needing to read another website or buy another book or purchase another device and it’s totally 100% free and accessible.
Here’s the secret: Slow down. Return to nature. Cultivate presence. Listen deeply to your own internal voice because it will tell you exactly what pace is perfect for you to operate at a premium (ie, with joy, ease and flow and with a reduction in stress and overwhelm).
Here is the trick. You gotta want it. You gotta decide to do it. You gotta actually do it. The first step is that you have to be willing to get off the adrenaline rollercoaster. We can get energized by holiday drama, but it’s counter productive to attaining clarity and being in communion with our inner compass so that we can make decisions that are in alignment with our soul. The next step is commitment to self-care practices that nourish us. And finally, make the time to do just that, even if it is just a few minutes a day. Pick one self-care practice that is essential and make it a priority.
Movement and forward motion and accomplishment are part of the human model. But so is rest and play and ease. We need stillness to allow for integration of expansive experiences, and the holidays occur during the time of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter which is all about E-X-P-A-N-S-I-O-N. In order for balance, we need both yin and yang, expansion and receptivity, doing and being.
We need to fuel up if we want our car to reach its destination. When our focus includes that which nourishes our soul and fills our heart with joy, we step into flow and it becomes easier to return to simplicity, receptivity, and real connections with ourselves, each other, our plant and animal friends, and the planet. We need to keep returning to our heart space over and over again. Our lives kinda depend on it. Our Earth needs it. Our children deserve it.
We create so much busyness in our lives that leaves us feeling exhausted and disempowered because it feeds the illusion that our sense of worth comes from how much we can accomplish. There is a beautiful story told by the poet David Whyte as he recalls a conversation with Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast. The upshot... "The antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest. The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.”
I invite you to be radical this holiday season and return to simplicity, slow down, and make your self-care practices non-negotiable. You will be better resourced and have more energy if you are not spread so thin and your family and friends will thank you! The best gifts we can give each other are our presence and attentiveness. It is so simple but it requires us to slow down, and allow for a moment of heart connection. To look at one another, to truly see and be with another person wholeheartedly is priceless. Can we be with what is without needing to fix or change things? Can we be a witness to someone else’s experience, whether it is one of grief or joy and simply be with that? It requires we let go of the busy model and open our hearts to the moment. It requires the courage to step out of our comfort zone so we can be open to where the magic truly happens. And it will help us expand time.
Did you know that flower essences can be a wonderful ally during the holiday season? It is a time when many of us tend to overextend ourselves; we may give too much, stretch ourselves too thin, work longer hours, fit in more social gatherings. While these may be things we choose to do willingly and lovingly, it can lead to overwhelm, irritability, and exhaustion. Flower essences can aid you in remaining calm, present, centered and balanced by working on a vibrational level to help soothe your emotions, give a clear perspective, and replenish your soul.
Our offering this month is Holiday Calm, a combination of essences intended to bring calm to any stressful situation and to help combat burnout. The perfect balm when feeling tired and wired. If you are in need of support, grounding and patience during this season, let Holiday Calm come to the rescue and add a little peace to your world.
Available in internal and external formula. The spray formula (for external use only) contains water from Snowmass Lake in Colorado. At 11,000 ft, it was one of the most serene places I've been. The essential oils are orange, jasmine, clary sage, coriander, helichrysum, palma rosa, vetiver and meant to clear mental and emotional fatigue. Spray the environment and create an oasis of relaxation. May you wholeheartedly bask in the spirit of this wonderful time of the year, cultivate gratitude for what you already have and let go of the rest.
With infinite love and gratitude,
Claudia is a nature lover, alchemist and dreamer. She lives with her life partner, Ilan and her beloved dog, Osa.