Tarot for the Soul ~ week of July 17, 2017

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Welcome to your weekly Tarot for the Soul reading!

If you have been guided to this reading, then you are in the right place, my friend. This reading is meant for you.

As always, I have drawn two cards from my Osho Zen Tarot deck, offering you guidance for your week ahead.

The first card represents the gifts that will be showered upon you this week by the Universe. We always have gifts being delivered to us—and spiritual mastery lies in slowing down enough to be able to recognize them and cultivate gratitude. Our soul longs to say “thank you”… and, so, by taking this moment to give thanks, we generate even more positive energy so that more and more gifts may manifest in the future!

The second card represents your areas for growth this week. Remember: there is no life without challenge…no light without dark, no yin without yang. Life in human form is a mixed bag of circumstances and lessons. It is in our highest wisdom to recognize and embrace all aspects, even the ones that are painful. Our soul needs challenges in order to grow. So, stand and face these growth opportunities with an open, courageous, loving heart.


 

 ~ YOUR READING ~

WEEK OF JULY 17, 2017

 

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GIFTS:

Our gifts this week include the comfort and the peace of knowing that wherever we go, we are at home in the Universe. This is portrayed by the Slowing Down Card (Knight of Rainbows).WP_20170709_001

In any situation, regardless of geographic location or the people we are with, we are always at home. Like a lovely turtle, we carry our homes with us.

The turtle shell is a metaphor for our heart—and that is where can always tune. No matter what’s going on, we can always close our eyes, and breathe and be with our heart. When we slow down and feel our heart, there is a deep sense of self-acceptance that arises. There is self-love.

This week, when life around you seems hectic or even chaotic, take some time to breathe, slow down, and feel into your heartspace. Feel this space expand with love. Know that you are home, wherever you are. There is no need to rush anywhere or accomplish anything—because you are completely full, completely whole, right here right now. In this moment.

 

GROWTH:

This week’s card indicates a suggestion for you to drop into your Innocence (19 of Major Arcana).Unknown

First of all, I think it’s fascinating that this week’s reading brought in two animals. The tortoise (as just discussed) and the praying mantis.

The praying mantis is perched on the wise monk’s finger, and it looks like the bug is teaching the monk!

Indeed, as we walk along our life’s path, our soul’s awakening journey, we can learn so much from the animal kingdom. They can be some of our most profound teachers.

While the tortoise teaches us to slow down and accept ourselves, the praying mantis teaches us about the miracle of curiosity and intelligence. These small insects are incredibly keen, and if we watch them long enough, we begin to get a sense of their powerful capabilities to reason, to plan, to think. Gazing at a praying mantis is rather surreal—you begin to feel like you’ve entered another planet! A planet where the bugs are just as smart as the humans!

In this Innocence card, we see a wise sage having a deep communion with the insect. We see the sage’s face: full of surprise, wonder, awe, and play. There is a youthful innocence to the scene: springtime flowers in full bloom decorate the background, and the colors are soft and radiant.

The man and the insect seem to be having a deep moment of connection. The praying mantis is cocking his head to one side, as if to say, “What is your story, old man?” He seems to be asking a question, and the old sage seems to be delighting in not knowing the answer. The old sage seems to be speechless. Happy. Content to enjoy watching his little friend, wordless, and learning from it.

To cultivate this kind of patient, curious innocence is an opportunity for great growth in our lives. It is perhaps the greatest intelligence. If we can realize that the bugs of this world have as much to teach us about life as do books, if we can realize that the birds have as much to teach us about love as our lovers, if we can realize that all the sages in the universe can only hint at the beauty of a rose, then we will be fulfilled. We will walk this Earth, in a profound sense of lightness and joy.

This week, can you recall your youthful, curious innocence? Can you delight in this world around you? Can you learn from unexpected sources?


 

Have a wonderful, blessed week!

If you’d like to schedule a private reading with me, please get in touch!

Love Always,

♥ Anya ♥

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The Exquisite Combination of Lucid Dreaming and Sacred Sexual Healing

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In my practice as a Sacred Sexual Healer and Transformational Guide, part of my role is to serve as a sexual shaman. The heart of this shamanic role involves widening my fields of perception, as well as helping others achieve this. I work to open the doors of seeing.

This work manifests in a number of ways, including working in spirit realms and dream space.

In a lucid dream, we can make conscious choices that influence the course of the dream.

Lucid dreaming enables us to interact, with intention, with aspects of our deeper selves. 

When I began this work, I had been reading a wonderful book I’d received from my mentor, Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self. This book introduced me to the concept of using lucid dreaming to heal yourself or others. This involves making a conscious choice while dreaming to offer healing.  (Of course, when offering healing to others you must always ask permission, just as you would if you were offering healing in waking life.)

There was a fascinating synchronicity in the fact that I was reading this book at a time when I was feeling sick. I had a brutal sore throat and my voice had become quite wonky.  One night it reached a point at which I was experiencing knife-like pain in my throat, and I was coughing and congested and generally felt pretty miserable.

I wanted to do something to ease the pain in my throat, and I decided it wouldn’t hurt to try a little lucid dreaming. I decided to hold the intention to enter into lucid dream and heal my throat, with all of my shamanic awareness. I admit: As I began, I was very skeptical, but ultimately, I was so blown away and grateful for what opened up.

There are a number of techniques one can use to enter into a journey of lucid dreaming.  I will describe the methods that I used.

The journey began with focusing my attention very strongly on my hands. I brought my awareness to my hands and held the intention that I would be able to use my hands as a way to remember that I was in control of the dream.

One of the methods I use to hold an intention during this or other shamanic work is to literally write it out on paper. I believe there is something quite powerful about bringing intention into physical reality by physically writing it down.

So, that night, I wrote my intention in my journal, and the words went something like this:

Tonight, while I am dreaming I will see my hands, and I will realize that I am dreaming. Once I realize I am dreaming, I will heal my throat.

I wrote those words down, and keeping my attention on my hands, recited them like a mantra. I had considered setting the intention of healing my whole body, as I did have other symptoms. But, I decided to keep the practice very simple, specific, and focused on my throat.

Part of the process I used to solidify my intention and enter into lucid dreaming involved working with my sexual energy.

 

Sex Magic: Working with sexual energy to manifest intention

Our sexual energy is the powerful, creative energy that is our life force. This is the energy that brought us into being. We can tap into this energy with a little intention and awareness, and of course with consent, integrity, and respect for our own bodies and for others.  I hold this to be very sacred.

There are many ways to work with sexual energy for healing. I will tell you about the steps I used.

  1. During self-pleasure, feel your sexual energy flowing through you.
  2. Begin to channel that energy towards your intention. (In my case, it was my mantra: My intention of seeing my hands in a dream, becoming aware, and healing my throat.)
  3. In particular, try to focus your sexual energy on an intention right at the moment of orgasm.
  4. Allow that yummy, spacious “WOW!” energy that we experience during orgasm to infuse your intention.

Indeed, I had an exquisite self-pleasure experience that night, despite the pain in my throat. It felt lovely and as I drifted off to sleep while still holding that mantra in my mind, I was smiling and felt like I was floating in a sort of blissful cocoon.

When I began to dream, I immediately saw my hands in the dream.  I was so surprised!  I was dreaming, and I knew it. In the dream, I was sitting in my yard. I was out in nature, which was even more cool! I became so excited that the dream dissolved and I woke up.

I was ecstatic that I had accomplished this, and I immediately wrote the experience down in my dream journal. However, I eventually realized that I hadn’t followed through with the rest of the intention. I had not done any work to heal my throat. I realized that I would have to go back. So, I focused again on my hands and recited my mantra and I gradually drifted again to sleep.

Similar to before, I was dreaming of being in my yard space, and I became aware that I was dreaming. I also became aware of a man who was to my right. I was tempted to engage with him, but I remembered to stay focused on my intention to heal my throat.

Looking at my hands in the dream, I saw that I was now holding a day lily bud. I knew it to be a day lily even though it looked somewhat different from those I was familiar with from waking life. I had been working recently with day lilies as an edible wild plant in my backyard. I had just learned that you can harvest the buds and sauté and eat them like green beans. They are just lovely.

I saw the day lily bud in my dream and I knew that I was supposed to eat it. So, I took a bite. And even though in waking life there is nothing inside the bud, when I tasted the dream lily it filled my mouth and throat with a cooling liquid that felt amazing. I received the liquid. I drew it in and knew I was supposed to eat the whole flower.

I had a moment in which I experienced a strange sense of anxiety about eating the flower; I wondered if it was safe. I had dreamed in the past of eating or drinking, but I had never before felt the physical sensation of consuming something, feeling its presence and texture in my mouth and body. I wondered if I should be doing this. After a bit of reflection, I decided that yes, this was the healing I had asked for, and I felt overwhelmed with gratitude and joy as I finished the lily bud.

I spent a little more time in my dream, some of it talking to the person who was sitting there to my right. The dream concluded after my interactions with him and I woke up. I wondered if I should try to go back to the dream, but I said no. I decided to just let things be and try not to notice anything right now about how I felt or anything that might have changed.

I recorded the dream in my journal and went back to sleep. During the night, I had a few other dreams that were semi-lucid and also centered on healing my throat. I had a dream in which I drank an herbal infusion, and another in which I ate a piece of chocolate.

The next morning when I woke, I nervously swallowed and checked in with my throat. To my astonishment, I perceived vast improvement. The previous night I would have ranked my pain as an “8” on a 1-to-10 severity scale.  This morning I rated it a “2” or a “3.” My voice was not quite returned to normal, but the sharp knife-like pain I had been experiencing was completely gone. I felt filled with gratitude to Spirit.

 

Trusting in the Possibilities of Spirit

I have continued to explore healing and lucid dreaming, as well as using sexual energy to help facilitate those transitions.

It can be so difficult at times to trust that there are other possibilities, and that by working with and through Spirit, we can have a significant impact on what we see as rock-solid consensus reality. We are vastly infinite energetic beings who for a time exist in a finite form. But we can still tap into that infinitude if we trust it.

This doesn’t mean we have to shed all of our skepticism. A good dose of skepticism can be healthy. But, if we can crack open the door just a little bit, and be willing to try and see what happens, then we can open ourselves to new worlds of possibility.

Part of this also involves trusting ourselves as creative human beings with the ability to impact our world as we continue to expand our awareness. At each step in our journey, we encounter moments when we recognize that new possibilities have opened to us. These are the moments when we need to slow down. Bring our awareness to our body, our minds, and shedding the layer that no longer serves us. We let go a little bit and let these things drop away. We slow down in these moments out of love and respect.

These are the basic tenets of opening our awareness and connecting with possibility. These are the basic tenets of trust

 

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Leslie Blackburn, MS, RCST® is a Sacred Sexual Healer & Transformational Guide—a leading educator and coach of sacred sexuality and tantra in the US. A former mechanical engineer specializing in quantum physics, and Ironman triathlete before her spiritual awakening, she has conducted thousands of individual client sessions, leads workshops regularly, and has reached thousands with her inspirational presentations ranging from intimate groups to large speaking engagements. Her monthly radio program is one of the most listened-to on Body Mind Spirit Radio. She bridges the gap between sexuality and spirituality, covering tantra, consciousness, sexual anatomy and energetics, yoga, meditation, sacred geometry, and more. Leslie’s personal path and work has been the integration of the ever-unfolding feminine in body and psyche with masculine direction and purpose—Love in Action! Find out more about her work at www.LeslieBlackburn.com

Language

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I think of our house.
The one that was ours.
Nipples, thighs,
and never a storm.

A house encircled by palm.
Flocks of orange-winged
blackbirds,
each morning,
speaking our name.

XOXO
XOXO

How I Healed Myself with Kundalini Yoga

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Our body communicates with us.

Six years ago, I was suffering from persistent stomach cramps.

I didn’t want to visit the doctor because I didn’t have health insurance and I was afraid of the cost. I wanted to figure things out on my own.

At first, I started drinking more water and I changed my eating habits. (I was physically active already, so I knew it wasn’t that I needed more exercise.) Yet, the cramps continued.

So, I started thinking about yoga, because I knew it was supposed to be good for the body and mind. I got into research mode; in doing so, I discovered Kundalini Yoga and decided to give it a try.

It was through Kundalini Yoga that I learned about energetic explanations for physical issues. Through Kundalini, I learned about chakras and discovered they’re one of the ways our body communicates with us.

Kundalini Yoga is different than other types of yoga because it’s less focused on alignment and more focused on the internal energy, circulation, and glandular secretions. It incorporates meditation, breathwork, and mantra into the sets. The mantras can be used for protection, peace, courage, and more.

Kundalini is a type of energy that’s with us from the time we are born. It’s our life force, known by Reiki practitioners as Ki, and is located at the base of the spine (root chakra).

When this Kundalini energy is dormant, it’s coiled up tight like a spring; as it wakes up and uncoils, our chakras are cleaned and strengthened.

There are seven main chakras located up and down the spine. Chakras are energy centers that regulate specific functions in the body. Once I knew about them and what they do, I was able to figure out the root cause of my cramps.

The root cause was an imbalance in my solar plexus chakra (located in the stomach area). This chakra distributes life force energy throughout the body; it’s our power center. It helps us express will, enthusiasm, and creativity, so we can make and do.

If this center is weak or blocked, there will be unusual tiredness and nervousness, along with stomach and intestinal problems, as well as liver and kidney problems.

My body was indeed trying to tell me something.

My solar plexus was letting me know that things needed to change.   

When I made the decision to use yoga as a way to heal my stomach cramps, I consistently practiced two routines. First, I worked with Kundalini postures and mantras that focused on detoxing and destressing, as well as those that dealt with the solar plexus. Secondly, I read a lot about chakras and their functions, basically making a conscious effort to see them as healthy and balanced.

I continued these practices for several months, practicing at least four times a week, and it worked. My stomach pain was healed.

I’m happy to say the stomach cramps have never returned. My solar plexus is healthy and I plan to keep it that way.

I believe practicing Kundalini Yoga and learning about our chakras is an easy way to bring healing into our lives.

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Sarah Atwell lives in Oregon and is currently studying various methods of healing. Connect with her on Facebook.

Tarot for the Soul ~ week of July 10, 2017

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Welcome to your weekly Tarot for the Soul reading!

If you have been guided to this reading, then you are in the right place, my friend. This reading is meant for you.

As always, I have drawn two cards from my Osho Zen Tarot deck, offering you guidance for your week ahead.

The first card represents the gifts that will be showered upon you this week by the Universe. We always have gifts being delivered to us—and spiritual mastery lies in slowing down enough to be able to recognize them and cultivate gratitude. Our soul longs to say “thank you”… and, so, by taking this moment to give thanks, we generate even more positive energy so that more and more gifts may manifest in the future!

The second card represents your areas for growth this week. Remember: there is no life without challenge…no light without dark, no yin without yang. Life in human form is a mixed bag of circumstances and lessons. It is in our highest wisdom to recognize and embrace all aspects, even the ones that are painful. Our soul needs challenges in order to grow. So, stand and face these growth opportunities with an open, courageous, loving heart.


~ YOUR READING ~

WEEK OF JULY 10, 2017

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GIFTS:

This week you are in tune with your intuition and soft, flowing, feminine nature, as indicated by the Receptivity Card (Queen of Water).WP_20170630_002

As situations, events, thoughts, and people come into your sphere this week, you will be more able to receive them non-judgmentally, allowing all, letting all to be as they are (without needing them to change). You will be in a spirit of compassion and divine receptivity. You will be able to tap into a part of yourself that is deeply trusting. In this open heartspace, you will be filled with an exquisite tenderness from the Universe; you will easily be able to let that energy flow from you, to nourish and heal others around you.

This week is about getting in touch with your feminine side—and not feminine in terms of gender or what culture tends to mean by that word…rather, feminine energy. This week is about getting in touch with the part of you that nurtures, that mothers, that allows, the part of you that feels and knows beyond logic.

 

GROWTH:

This week you are being nudged by the Universe to enter a new phase of maturity, as indicated by the card of The Rebel (4 of Major Arcana).WP_20170630_003

At first glance, this card might appear to be wholly positive and congratulatory (and, yes, in many readings, this card can mean just that); however, for this particular week, this card indicates something challenging. It is indicating a need for growth. It is asking you to look deep inside, and ponder the question: “Who/what am I fighting against? And why am I fighting?”

As any parent knows, the teenage years are often the most challenging. When teenagers start to get a real whiff of the dysfunction of society, they rebel. They listen to music their parents hate, they get piercings and tattoos, they drink and do drugs, and they engage in all sorts of rebellious, risky behavior. This is their way of breaking the chains of society. They are finding themselves. They are differentiating themselves from their parents and finding their own space and voice.

We often carry this spirit of teenage rebellion into our adult lives. For example, in my own experience, it was very important for me, for a period of time, to be an outspoken polyamory activist. I constantly wrote about it and talked about it, in the effort to raise awareness about the multiple ways we humans can be in romantic relationship beyond just the culturally-condoned avenue of monogamy. However—there came a certain point when I realized that the way that I was going about it all was incongruent with my spiritual path. Although, in some ways, I was doing good work, I was also angry. I was fighting and shouting with the world.

Eventually, I had to let the rebel in me dissolve. It was time for a higher level of maturity. I made the shift to simply being polyamorous, but without all the fanfare, without the need to storm into a room and announce my point. I realized that what I needed to do, at a deeper level, was to embody love in all situations. And not just in romantic/sexual love, but unconditional love (agape love) in every single interaction with every single human being I encounter. This my deeper path. This is my dharma.

So, friend, what is your deeper path? In what ways have you been the angry rebel, fighting against people and society? Can you allow that reactivity in you to dissolve, rising instead to a new, higher version of yourself? Can you mature? Can you evolve? What is the deeper lesson that you’ve been trying to understand, underneath the rebellion? How can you continue the amazing work you do in the world—but in a less aggressive way?

This week asks you to consider these significant questions…. a process that has the potential to shift the entire course of your life.

A big week indeed.


 

Thanks so much for tuning in, friends. I have enjoyed being with you this week and all weeks. Sending so much love to you.

If you’d like to schedule a more in-depth private reading with me, I’m available via phone and Skype.

May you be healthy.

May you be joyful.

May you be blessed.

 

Namaste,

Anya Light ♥

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The Wheel

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1.
Time is a wheel
and we are on it.

We are on it.
2.
2.
Please note
the delicacy of this motion.

For it is not with a gusting
thrusting weight,
nor with a bustling, hustling fervor
no.
Rather:
quietly,
unassumingly,
it enters.
No announcement.
No word.

3.
3.
It is the pure spin of a blue jay’s wing,
weightless,
midair,
contemplating nothing.

It is a bird, frozen in time,
yet soaring forward
as we all tend to do.

As we all tend to do.

Daily Miracles: The Free Massage

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A few days ago, I was super stressed out. My neck felt like it was made of fire and my legs like they were made of stone. I felt tired, anxious, and short of breath.

Although my intention has been to save—and not spend—money this month on anything “extra,” I knew that what I most needed was a massage. I knew it would be the best plan for self-care, the best way to heal.

So, I texted my favorite massage therapist. I waited all morning and afternoon, but he did not reply. I felt sad, as I watched the hours tick by, with no response.

By evening, however, I received a text from one of my dearest friends, who is currently a student in massage school. He wrote: “Intuition told me to ask you: Can I give you a massage?”

And so, that night, my darling friend came over to my home, and I received a very blissful two-hour massage experience for absolutely free. And, on top of that, we had time for a wonderful conversation, wherein I was able to express some of my feelings and release some much-needed tears. The evening was much better than anything I could have ever paid money for. It was perfect. Exactly what I needed.

 

The Universe loves us.

The Universe provides for us.

Evolutions of Energy Healing: A Tale of Transformation

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Reiki came into my world during the first year of my Psychology degree, when I unexpectedly became ill. It was in the local library that I was drawn to a purple book about Reiki with beautiful illustrations. As I flicked through its pages, I knew that I wanted to find out more and train in the healing art.

Looking for the right teacher, I synchronistically came across a website that resonated with me. This teacher happened to be coming from abroad to my town in a few weeks to give attunements.

On the morning of the class, I felt a bit tired, in pain, and shy about what to expect. Throughout the day, however, I felt as if I transformed beyond what I had expected.

During the Reiki attunement, I immersed myself in a portal of beautiful colours in my mind and felt the soothing warmth of the energy running through me and through the hands of my teacher. There was a sacredness in the air that felt familiar, like home. By the end of the day, I remember my teacher looking over at me and commenting: “This morning your body language was more withdrawn and you were not making eye contact; now it is as if your eyes are twice as wide and the lights have been switched on again.”

For the next 21 days, I practiced on myself daily. Slowly, I healed from being nearly disabled, unable to walk and in chronic pain, to eventually starting the second year of my degree and regaining my vitality and hope. Two years later I completed the second degree of Reiki, which focuses on learning sacred symbols. I loved how the symbols added a new dimension to my practice and experience. It gave me comfort and vitality in my own body as well as connection with others in attending Reiki Shares and feeling the different styles and energy signatures of friends.

It felt very intuitive and flowing that I was led to the attunements at the right time and place for my soul’s growth and learning. A number of years later, during 2012, I was brought to a new method called Angelic Reiki that I felt guided to train in. I had some reservations about Angelic Reiki—that maybe it sounded a little too “fluffy”—but I knew by this point to trust the pull of my intuition.

The Angelic Reiki attunements and the healing energy felt very different from Usui Reiki. Angelic Reiki felt very pure and subtle to me, very comforting, while Usui Reiki is more of a warm masculine energy. As I opened myself to the meditation and healing sessions, I had new experiences. We worked with the Angels as well as the ascended masters, and during sessions we psychically opened up and gave each other messages from ascended masters whom we knew little about, as well as felt numerous beings around us healing us beyond just the hands of the participants.

I remember during the meditation attunement we received a gift from each archangel. When it was time for Archangel Raphael, he looked deeply into me. I was overcome with such pure joy that he held me and flew me up to a crystal temple. I was intrigued by this spontaneous vision and how incredibly loving the exchange was between us.

I began to understand that my mission on Earth was to bring healing and ground it into new methods and modalities, new ways of honouring our vitality and supporting ourselves back to perfect health. I started feeling huge waves of energy, as well as having visions of ascended masters and angels.

At one point, during a night time meditation, the Egyptian goddess Isis came to me and proposed: “You are in a dark tunnel with the light in the distance. There will be difficult times as you face your darkness, but it will be worth it. This is your rebirth, are you ready?” My response to Isis then, at the time, was a big “Hell nooooooo.”

I laugh at this memory now. At that stage of my life, I simply didn’t feel ready. I still held a lot of fear and was scared of what I would find within myself.

However, in the summer of 2015, the vision from Isis finally caught up with me, as I spontaneously started seeing past life visions. On the 1st of 2016 I woke up and felt different: I knew something had changed and that big shifts were happening. From this day onwards, I started to open up my psychic awareness to receiving beautiful messages from my soul and ascended masters, angels, and guides. I saw different visions, potential futures, past lives, different energies in my mind, sacred geometry, and channelling languages like Hebrew (that I have never encountered before). It was exciting, beautiful and mysterious.

It was, also, however, incredibly painful. I was awakening to find that the little human “me” life I had been living (relationships, friendships and work) was no longer resonating with me. I was changing whether I liked it or not, and all that was not in alignment was being pushed out no matter how much I tried to stubbornly hold on. I was then right back to feeling afraid, as I had during the Isis vision.

But from the stillness of this now moment, as I contemplate all I journeyed through to create a new beautiful life for myself in alignment with my soul’s truth, I can tell you that for all the tears, the screaming, the breaking down, it was all worth it. I have been given a gift and connection to the higher realms that is so beautiful; it is a state of being to be cherished.

What I feel guided to share with you at this time is this: these healing modalities are just the initiation, the focus for channelling energy, for reconnecting with your soul. The created and established methods serve us beautifully through the different transitions of life, but what I feel strongly now is that as awakening is progressing on the planet and the veils are thinning to the higher realms, we are being gifted new modalities and energy healing methods.

It is a very exciting time for creative exploration. Like many other healers, I have evolved my own practice, integrating the traditional practices with the new energy signatures. The violet flame, star seed energies and methods such as speaking and singing in light language. As we evolve into the multidimensional beings that we are, we are gaining many abilities from our souls’ Akashic Records that allow us to introduce new ways of healing to the world and to ourselves.

And so as I continue my journey, I am eternally grateful for the established methods that formed the foundation for my energy healing practice, as well as now learning, from my own higher self, methods that are not yet in manifestation. We are on the front lines of creation, introducing new energies and experiences to bring us to the next phase of our journey. By training in another’s method we are coming back into ourselves. With accepting and owning our sovereignty, we learn from our own higher selves’ abilities.

The sky is the limit, and I look forward to seeing how energy healing evolves as we do in the future.

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Aiyana is a healthcare professional with a degree in Psychology, based in the UK near Glastonbury. After an awakening, she quickly transitioned into channelling, writing poetry from the soul, and having visions and extrasensory experiences. She has a passion for blogging, adventuring this beautiful world, being of service, promoting peace, dance, and music. Please visit her on Youtube.

Tarot for the Soul ~ week of July 3, 2017

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Welcome to your weekly Tarot for the Soul reading!

If you have been guided to this reading, then you are in the right place, my friend. This reading is meant for you.

As always, I have drawn two cards from my Osho Zen Tarot deck, offering you guidance for your week ahead.

The first card represents the gifts that will be showered upon you this week by the Universe/Spirit/God (whatever you want to call your higher power). We always have gifts being delivered to us—spiritual mastery lies in slowing down enough to be able to recognize them and cultivate gratitude. Our soul longs to say “thank you,” and, so, by taking a moment to give thanks, we generate more positive energy so that more and more gifts may manifest in the future!

The second card represents your areas for growth this week. Remember: there is no life without challenge…no light without dark, no yin without yang. Life in human form is a mixed bag of circumstances and lessons. It is in our highest wisdom to recognize and embrace all aspects, even the ones that are painful. Our soul needs challenges in order to grow and learn. So, stand and face these growth opportunities with an open, courageous, loving heart.


 

~ YOUR READING ~

WEEK OF JULY 3, 2017

 

GIFTS:

This week, your gifts can be understood through the No-Thingness Card (5 of Major Arcana).photo_5 Major Arcana

To understand this card, we must understand that No-Thingness is not nothing. It’s different.

When we speak of No-Thingness, rather, we speak of the formless, the unmanifested, the pure potential that lies in the moment(s) before something emerges. Before creation, there is the formless Void. After creation disintegrates, there is also the formless Void.

The Void is the beginning and the end; the always.

Zen teachings talk about this. In fact, they have built their whole philosophy around it. For Zen practitioners, they understand that our greatest fear as humans is the Void…and if we can—through meditation and heartfelt spiritual practice—release our fear of the Void, then we can live our daily lives with much more beauty, grace, and ease.

This week, your gift is the stillness, peace, the utter quiet of the formless. This is a place where you can receive the deepest rest. In sleep, we often dream—but in the Void, there is nothing. Nothing to think, nothing to do, nothing to hold on to. The usual comfort of our humanness is gone…and, in its place, there is total peace.

This week is a wonderful time to intentionally immerse yourself in the Void. This will not feel so scary, rather it will feel like a gift for you. A blessing. More specifically, my suggestion is to spend more time than usual in meditation. Indeed, this is a great time to intentionally go into those blank spaces where nothing is “happening.”

This is a great week for rest, between adventures.

 

GROWTH:

What a wonderful week of growth for you to look forward to! Today I’d like to talk to you about the Ordinariness Card (8 of Rainbows).WP_20170624_001

In this card, we see a woman wearing blue jeans, walking under some trees, having just picked some flowers. She is peaceful, easy.

There is nothing “dazzling” about the scene. The colors are soft and gentle. There are no reporters with flashbulbs, there are no admirers telling her how wonderful she is, there are no hurricanes or lightning bolts in the sky. It’s simply a quiet spring day, and she is simply a simple woman walking.

At first glance, perhaps this image might seem boring. Yet, if we sink deep into this image, we feel a tremendous sense of peace. All is well. There is not one more thing this woman needs to accomplish. She is perfect, just as she is. In her blue jeans and solitude.

In truth, this lovely card points to the learning lesson that Zen has known for centuries: That even the most seemingly mundane moments (chopping wood, carrying water) are incredibly beautiful if we can allow ourselves to be totally present within them. The trick is not to do the task in a way that seeks praise from others. No. If we can simply live our lives in a simple way, being totally present with every single thing we are doing—whether doing laundry, cooking a meal, helping our child with their homework, walking the dog, or whatever—then we realize the truth of our enlightened Buddhahood within.

The ordinary, then, is not labeled ordinary. The ordinary then actually becomes the extraordinary. Because life itself is extraordinary.


 

Dear friends,

Thanks for being with me this week. I love connecting with you through these readings.

If you’d like a schedule a private reading with me, I’m all yours! Let’s do it!

 

Sending All My Love,

Anya Light ♥unnamed

Awakening Spirit with Herbal Medicine

 

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Rose and garlic offered to Greek gods. Fennel seeds and coriander, hieroglyphically scribed on ancient Egyptian tombs. Frankincense, sage, and Palo Santo—burnt throughout the world as incense to purify and protect alters, sacred circles, and churches. Hallucinogenic Ayahuasca vine consumed in South America to induce altered states of consciousness.

Herbal medicine is a system of medicine that utilizes seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, and/or flowers of plants in healing. It is a key ingredient in numerous belief systems, in order to enhance and manifest spiritual development.

For centuries, people have been looking into their teacups to find answers in their tea leaves. These brews and herbs have always held a spiritual energy, a vibrational frequency that is in tune with our body and psyche. When time is taken to make a soothing cup of herbal tea, this ritual begins an agreement to go within. Thoughts are softened and the voice of intuition can now be heard. In this way, a harmonious connection with the spiritual realms is achieved.

When using herbs to connect to the spiritual realms, healing follows. Or, actually, it would be more accurate to say: this process of connection is the healing itself.

Our very life originated from the natural world: from the sun, air, plants, and waters. Deep healing is about homeostasis: coming into balance with the world that sustains us, the world that gave us life in the first place.

Deep healing can come in so many ways. We can use herbs to purify the body, relax the mind and nervous system, stimulate the senses, enhance meditation, support dreamwork, facilitate astral travel, and heal emotional wounds. Indeed, amazing feelings can occur as a result of releasing deep-seated emotions or having quieted the ever-constant chattering monkey mind. Likewise, respite from pain allows space for new growth and spiritual progression. All of these benefits are accessible with these truly remarkable plant beings.

The method of absorption is personal choice—there is no wrong way. Every herb has medicinal and magical properties that can be accessed in many ways. There are numerous possibilities, such as: rubbing creams, oils, salves, inhaling essential oils, soaking in a bath amongst petals, or drinking herbs as teas, decoctions, infusions, or as a cordial or wine.

Spiritual awakening for some occurs through consuming mind-altering plants. These sacred plant initiations have been used since the ancient world. Under the guidance of a shaman or guide, these entheogenic herbs (e.g.: Ayahuasca, psychedelic mushrooms) produce a range of altered states. It has been proposed by several authors, such as Terence McKenna, that embarking upon these voyages may have played a substantial role in the development of the primitive human imagination. It is one of the most powerful and rapid methods to awaken Kundalini. (Kundalini is an energy located at the base of the spine, which exists in every body, usually in a dormant state.) When successful journeying occurs, the results are literally life-changing. Nothing will ever be the same again.

Indeed, this idea of the life-changing nature of herbalism applies to all forms of spiritual awakening. Once the door has been opened, it doesn’t close. Even if you try to jam the door shut, it won’t work, as energetic whispers will now sneak through the gaps no matter how tightly you try to reseal it.

One approach that I personally embrace is the Buddhist approach to health and healing. There is an emphasis in Buddhism upon spiritual strength, oneness of body and mind, the value of altruistic compassion, and of enhancing the natural vital energies inherent in life. The use of herbal medicine helps me to facilitate this awakening, to no longer be a sleeping sheep, and it is amazing. As a spiritual warrior, I trust that everything will become apparent, and I am excited about all the things herbs and plants still have to teach me.

Please stay tuned this blog for future articles, where I will discuss the use of specific plants, such as mugwort, to facilitate dreamwork and other journeying arts.

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Amanda Jones is an Herbalist and Naturopath (HM Dip, Nat Dip, BA HONS), currently practicing in the UK. She blogs about herbal medicine as a path for spiritual growth, as well as a method for healing trauma, anxiety, and addiction.