Today is Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Fire Monkey – and it’s also the New Moon (3:40 pm CET/9:40 am EST)!
This is a FAB-U-LOUS time for you to figure out what your goals for the year are and to devise a plan to achieve them!
I was reading this write-up about the Fire Monkey year this morning from Susan Levitt’s Site (click here), and it gave me some awesome insight about what the Year of the Fire Monkey is all about!
Now, as you can imagine, the element, fire, is about heat, passion, creativity, and joy. It’s about going out and pursuing what you desire in life. It’s about movement and achievement.
Then, we have the monkey: entertaining, creative, capable of doing anything they put their minds to.
Combine these elements together, and we get a year where anything is possible! If you can dream it, you can achieve it!
You have to make sure that you watch out for the pitfalls of both elements this year. Monkeys might get easily bored, moving from one project to the next, without giving each its proper time and hesitating to move on even though a project isn’t feeding his soul. Fire is something that can explode or burn things down if it isn’t tempered and kept under control. Basically put, make sure that you are devoting your passion to things that move you and keep your mind and soul on fire – but don’t explode or let yourself continue doing things – out of habit or fear of moving on – if they don’t suit you.
How can you harness the power of a New Moon and make plans to chase your dreams?
1) Write down what it is that you really, truly want to bring into your life. You can even use an abundance check like this one (click here).
2) Believe. (This step is important)
3) Write down simple steps that you can take daily to help you bring your dreams to life.
4) Keep track of your progress. What you track, grows.
5) Make a Vision Board. Update your old Vision Board if it needs it.
6) Ask the Angels to help you!
7) Clear clutter from your home – especially any clutter related to your desires (clean your wallet if you want money, clear your old clothes if you want to feel better about how you look).
8) Work on only 1 big wish at a time. Of course, you can have several goals at once, but find one (two tops) to focus your energy on.
9) Be grateful for what you have. The Universe LOVES a grateful person and will help that person get more to be happy about!
I hope that you have a prosperous and happy New Year!
Do you have any special rituals you use to help harness the energy of the New Moon or any traditions related to the Chinese New Year? Feel free to share in the comments!
Today I talked about grounding for light workers on my Periscope broadcast.
I think it is so important – especially for – to realize the importance of the physical part of our existence, as well as the spiritual aspect of ourselves.
I work with people: angel workers, light workers, spiritual healers, sensitive people and many other spiritually based people who are working in their higher chakra areas – from their heart chakra, their throat chakra, their third-eye chakra, their crown chakra… they are really focused on their connection to Source/Higher energetic vibrations.
As we know, we are “spiritual beings having a human experience.” I hear this phrase repeated in the circles that I run in – but I want to remind you of the HUMAN part of our existence because we manifested in this form – this body with its connection to the Earth and it’s own needs and desires – that are based in the physical realm for a reason.
Everyone is perfect in the state that he or she manifests in, and to suggest that there may be something wrong with fulfilling the needs of this plane puts a lot of us on edge (a.k.a. creates conflict within us).
The other day, I was looking at the Angel Almanac, by Angela McGerr (sorry for the incorrect author in the Periscope broadcast). This book is an EXCELLENT reference and resource for angel healers and light workers because it’s just such a great source of information about the angels and how to work with them.
You know how we are sometimes just guided by Source to stumble across messages or passages that we just need to see. Well, I stumbled across this passage in the book that seemed like an answer to a question that I’d been toying with inside of myself: the conflict of feeling like we are spiritual people who should be freely sharing our gifts with one another, and the need to take care of ourselves on this human plane. So, to charge money for our services and to make sure that our needs on this plane of existence are taken care of.
A lot of times that means that we have to come back inside of our bodies – to ground ourselves, to anchor ourselves within these bodies and to accept our physical manifestation and the place we have on the Earth.
You can do that by healing in your:
Root Chakra Sacral Chakra Solar Plexus Chakra
Remember that balance is really important. Balance is kind of the key to it. You can’t spend all of your time hanging out in the higher vibrational chakras – you sometimes have to spend time in the Earth-based chakras.
What I want to propose or put out there – I’m sure that other people have said it before – I kind of think, too, when we are talking about Jesus and we’re talking about the Holy Trinity, we’re talking about “The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,” or we’re talking about the spirit, the matter or substance, and the connection to the Divine that we all have when we’re on this Earth. And I think that is the lesson that kind of got lost in interpretation or in all of the different communities.
You hear about high vibrating energies and low vibrating energies, and it always seems to be presented in a way that implies that the higher the vibration, the better something is. And I want to put out there that the lower vibrating things are not necessarily bad – they just vibrate at a lower frequency.
I was talking about this to Antonia Klein the other day – she’s a coach and (business) negotiator for opera singers and talents, and she works with angels as well.
When you look at things from a perspective of vibrational frequencies, you understand that higher pitched sounds vibrate at a higher rate. Lower pitched sounds, on the other hand, vibrate at a much slower rate.
Solid mass – we are solid mass… we are a combination of solid, liquid, and ether, and, of course, that connection to the Divine, and so within us are things that vibrate at different levels of frequency.
And so we have low vibration mass within us, which is the “meat and bones” of who we are – you know, our skin and our bones, this solid mass that makes up what we are. We have middle-frequency vibrations that are our blood, gels, and lymphatic fluids – things that carry things through us. We also have that higher vibrational frequency within us which is our thoughts, and then we have that super high vibrational energy where we are connecting with the Source and we attain that higher vibration.
But I want to put forth the notion that the “lower vibrating” part of you is not a bad part of you. It’s actually that sacred moment that you are supposed to be in – that you’re supposed to fully encompass when you are here.
You are given this body for a reason, and you were given all of these moments for a reason.
So many of us are preoccupied with this (higher vibration connection to Source energy), that higher vibration energy, that we neglect or somehow negate or look negatively on the material aspect of ourselves.
I think that is something that many of us (Light Workers and spiritual people) have to work on – myself included – this is something that I’ve learned on the journey.
What I wanted to talk to you a little bit about today was GROUNDING, or moving your energy back into these lower chakras and taking care of your human form because when you treat yourself as the altar (or house to worship), which is what you are, you have to remember that the altar is sacred as well.
You have to treat yourself as a sacred entity, who, without this form – without this “lower vibration aspect” of yourself – you wouldn’t be able to connect with other people and you wouldn’t be able to fulfill the mission that you’ve been given here on Earth.
So, with that, I wanted to show you a couple of crystals that could help you out with grounding.
First of all, if you want to use color as your cue for helping to deal with grounding,you can use reds – deep reds, and you can also go with brown, earthy colors like moss-green and deep, rich brown colors– those would be the colors that you would focus on when you are meditating – and imagine those roots forming from yourself into the Earth.
A lot of times they mention walking around barefoot (grounding) or digging around in the dirt, because they’ve discovered that when you are digging in the dirt there are microbes that are released that help you to deal with things like depression, and then you also get that grounding – that connection with the Earth – and that is an important part of the connection you want to have with your physical form and your physical body.
Going back to the meditation with different colors: You don’t have to do any kind of guided meditation or anything fancy. You just sit quietly and imagine colors and imagine walking through the forest (if you can’t find the time to walk through an actual forest cause that’s even better!).
When you are out in nature, you have the opportunity to absorb all of that energy – the fresh air, the energy from the trees and from the Earth and that turnover of oxygen (from the trees) that is so fresh.
If you want to work with crystals, you’d work with a Red Jasper. It’s a good crystal for grounding and it’s related to the Root Chakra as well.
When you meditate with crystals, you can just kind of hold them in your hand and feel the energy going into your body. They say that, when you are working with crystals in a way that would have you absorbing the energy, you should hold the crystal(s) in your weaker hand or your non-dominant hand. If you want to put to put energy into a crystal, you’d hold it in your dominant hand, but if you want to receive energy from a crystal, you’d use your weaker hand.
So red jasper is a good grounding stone.
It can also help you deal with situations like living away from your “home.” Personally, I’m living in Austria, but I am an American – so basically anyone who is away from their home and is not feeling grounded or rooted in the area they live in.
Red jasper is also good for people who have family issues – like related to a tribe or an archetypal tribe or the area that you live in or the country that you come from – if there is any residual shame about any wars or oppression of any sort, you may have root chakra blockages or issues to deal with.
But, also, [tweetthis]grounding into that root chakra is really helpful in terms of getting you centered within yourself.[/tweetthis]
Another crystal I love to work with is carnelian. This goes up into the sacral chakra or the sexual/creative chakra.
This crystal is great for women, especially those who have been traumatized by abuse or rape or molestation or anything like that. This crystal is called carnelian and it is the one you would want to work with any kind of blockages or issues that deal with – on the lighter aspect of the range would deal with things like creative blocks, inability to interact with a partner, decreased libido, decreased ability to enjoy sex. On the lower end of the spectrum would be the shame or guilt or anything that would be tied with any form of sexual abuse or violence toward a person.
These two crystals (carnelian and red jasper) can be tied together in a way because there are many cultures that are considered to be “rape cultures” – or that grounding or rooting is not there. So a woman or a man is not able to feel safe within his or her sexuality and that might manifest itself in storage of fat in this area or endometriosis, menstrual problems, erectile problems (in men), issues with sexual needs and desires.
The sacral chakra is related to the color orange, so if you were working on/meditating on this area, you’d envision the color orange.
If you felt the issue went down into that root chakra, or was a combination of the two, then you could envision a red-orange or a rust color.
Usually, when balancing your energy system, you want to go through the colors in their most prime/pure manifestation and also with the blend as they meet with the next chakra up because it’s like a system – it’s like a pipe where you can’t really clear the blockage out of it – well, you can flush it down into the Earth, but then, at the same time, you want to make sure that there isn’t any residual problems with any of the other chakras and that the energy from the blockage (or removing that blockage) doesn’t affect any other areas or get trapped or stuck in any other areas, like the throat chakra, for example, which many of us having issues with communicating our needs and our anger – we get problems in this area (the throat area).
If you are working with a real citrine, it’s usually like a Chardonnay color – it’s a light yellow as opposed to that orangey-yellow that you see some of the time.
This one deals with your solar plexus area – (circling in the upper abdominal area) – and your self-confidence, your ability to interact with others, as it goes into the Heart Chakra. The color associated with the solar plexus chakra is yellow.
Issues in this area would be digestive issues (those could relate to sacral and root chakra as well, depending on where the pain manifests), diaphragm issues, liver, bile, anything that deals with this area in your abdomen. Actually, there is a lot there… your diaphragm, your gall bladder, your liver, your lower lungs, which might manifest in pneumonia.
When you want to get into rooting yourself within yourself, which is what you need to do or be because you can’t always be spacing out – you want to be connected with this plane and with that plane. It’s the connection between the two that is the most important. It’s not the one that connects you with your Higher Self being more important than the one that connects you with your body and the world around you.
I think that is really important – especially for light workers who sometimes push away the physical realm in favor of the spiritual realm and like I said before, you are here for a reason. You were put into your body for a reason. Just because you feel like this is some kind of lower energy – it’s a lower vibration, and that’s what gives it that characteristic of being a solid, but it’s not bad. It’s not a bad thing to be (solid, anchored in your body and in this realm).
Another thing that I use pretty frequently is essential oils, and Patchouli is one that helps to ground you into this Earthy plane. You can also use scents that are based on those colors we talked about: you can use cherry or strawberry if you prefer sweet smells, to get into that Root Chakra. You can use orange and bergamot – you know, orangey smelling, to get into that Sacral Chakra. And then lemon or hibiscus or something yellow – jasmine for example, which has been shown to help with depression and anxiety – to deal with the Solar Plexus Chakra.
So, with that, it is a good idea to look at yourself as a spiritual being and if you’ve allowed yourself to fully inhabit your body and your space here on Earth – and the needs that go with that. For example, earning money; having a warm, safe shelter; socialization with other people; getting enough exercise; interaction with nature, which is something that is falling by the wayside for many people, which saddens me.
A lot of times, what we’ve noticed is that when you are doing those tasks with your body – when you are walking in nature and feeling grounded, not only are you more healthy, but you are actually more in touch with receiving energy (and higher guidance).
Think about it. How many times do people recommend cleaning or taking walks in nature or going and gardening and then you have these fabulous ideas that just “pop into your head…”
It’s because you are an open channel when you are fully inhabiting your existence – your existence that is all of those things together – not just one or the other, but everything you are – body, mind, spirit. The Earthy part and the Spiritual part of your being.
When Archangel Azrael first came to me as the primary angel I’d be working with, I recoiled in disbelief and fear. After all, he is the archangel associated with death, and I didn’t want to get too close, as it might have implications for myself and my family. At the time, I didn’t even think about transformation and recreation that are associated with him as well…
When Pele stalked me, I thought – OH YEAH! Here is a goddess associated – on the positive side – with fire, authentic desires, transformation, creation. She has a negative side as well. Let’s just say, it’s fiery, explosive, and destructive (think volcanoes)!
Then, yesterday, I had a beautifully peaceful meeting with Shiva, the god associated with things like destruction and death – but also with shedding unnecessary ties and identities and the cycle of death and the creation that follows.
I am a Certified Transformational Life Coach. I am a Scorpio, whose highest manifestation is a phoenix. I help others destroy and create.
I help release Phoenixes.
I am an energy alchemist, helping people create vitality and happiness from the fiery, “negative” feelings that naturally occur when they are unhappy, dissatisfied, frustrated… I help others rise from the ruins of what wasn’t working in their lives. I help them feel stronger and more powerful from having their experiences in the first place.
And I am here to preach the fact that negative thoughts aren’t anything to be ashamed of or to avoid! Not. In. The. Least.
They are to be harnessed; their power needs to be used to create better situations for people, for communities, and for the world.
The alchemy part – the transformation – is the most important aspect of it.
You see, people can’t stay rooted in the anger and expect good things to come of it. People must learn to temper the bad to fuel the good. People need to learn to accept their negative feelings and be able to use them properly. I discussed that before in my post, Anger is Your Friend.
We can’t allow emotions like anger, fear, unhappiness, discontent, frustration, and sadness to be deemed unacceptable and “lower vibration” emotions. We cannot allow ourselves to feel shame for having these emotions in the first place. We cannot shame others for having these emotions. Period.
It is well documented, throughout the ages and in so much literature and symbolism, that fire = passion! Anger has changed a thousand million bad situations for the better – controlled, peacefully expressed anger changes things. And also, there have been times when battles have produced good results overall, like in WWII when Hitler was defeated and the genocide associated with his regime stopped (unfortunately – genocide still happens. People need to get in touch with their anger and vent it to the leaders who are behind these atrocities, other than just focusing on ISIS… but that is a different topic for a different blog…).
Don’t get me wrong, I think war is bad, bad, bad! But, unfortunately, we haven’t learned how to properly use our societal griefs and anger in a more enlightened, less brutal way. Sad, isn’t it? Tempered emotion is known as diplomacy. We need to use that option far more often than the boots on the ground method.
Anger can be good. Using anger to fuel change can be good. We must learn to see destruction, release, and anger, sorrow, fear as catalysts for change, growth, and creation. We need to harness our fire and use it with the precision of a master welder. We must rise from the ashes of what didn’t serve us to create what does.
I am working through Jodi Chapman’s Coming Back to Life Course for the next 6 weeks, and I will be sharing some of the highlights of my journey with you.
One of the messages from this week’s lesson was to simply BE. Well, if you are anything like me, with children, a husband, a dog, a small business, and 7 bazillion other responsibilities to take care of, just being can be a HUGE CHALLENGE!
But, I am making the time to work on myself – AND the many millions of things I have to do.
Gotta put myself first on the list; gotta practice what I preach.
So, yesterday I decided to “DO” just a little bit of being. LOL! Funny how I have to turn just being into a task on my to-do list. But a gal’s gotta do what a gal’s gotta do.
I put my swimsuit on – belly exposed so that I could get some YELLOW SUNSHINE directly on my solar plexus Chakra, filled the little pool in the backyard to keep my boys occupied, laid a towel out and set out to just BE. OMMMMMMMM…
Here’s what happened:
I closed my eyes and breathed in and out feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin willing the sun’s light to enter my energy field wanting its rays to heal my soul and nourish my core. I saw the yellow light behind my eyes I felt it’s warmth caress my skin I felt myself relax Days of stress melted away as the sweat rose up My tensions eased as I breathed in and out, absorbing nourishment and energy from the sun. I listened to my boys splashing and giggling Loving their time in the pool Playing and exploring and having fun Their laughter raising my spirits just a little bit more I turned my attention to my inner eye Imagining again the rays of the sun Coming into my body like a giant splash of energy Filling me with warmth and energy Helping me to center in my core Helping me have energy to radiate to others And fill them in the way that I was being filled. The breeze caressed my back from time to time – a welcome respite to the sun’s heat. I felt the waves of air cross my body Gently blowing over my skin like a breeze floats over the desert sands. I inhaled LOVE and exhaled GRATITUDE I let my mind wander Filling itself with visions and half-thought out fantasies My third-eye opening A veil clearing Instinct rising Balance forming And still, my boys playing Laughing Splashing Pretending They brought me leaves from our walnut tree Saying they were fish from the day’s catch Those leaves, sitting so close to my nose smelled like heaven: Earthy, green, fresh, tart I turned over, allowing the sun to penetrate the skin on my back Opening my Chakras to its healing energy Allowing and absorbing And just being.
The experience was so calming, peaceful, and healing for me. It reminded me of the need we all have to just slow down to a halt and allow ourselves to receive, to daydream, to focus on sensations instead of problems.
I realize that there is a desperate need for many of us to stop DOING and just BE. It is easier for some than it is for others, but it is so worth the time.
Can you just BE? Why not try to make at least 5-10 minutes every day this week to just BE. Don’t meditate; let your mind wander; focus on breathing and the sensations you feel – the images that cascade through your mind. Let me know how it goes!
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This is a great assignment, as well.
Today’s assignment is to see what you can condense or get rid of to best serve you!
For example, I started the See You… Be YOU site about 2-3 years ago, and I want to keep doing these assignments that have been there from the beginning… but in the mean time, I also started Facets of Wellness (for my Reiki), and then started Clear Vision Readings and Reiki to have a space for my tarot and oracle card readings. Then I started The Place to Goal…and Project Happy Monday… and… and… and…
It all got a bit overwhelming, as you can imagine, because there are sites to keep updated, Facebook and Twitter accounts to (wo)man… and real work, kids, house, etc.
Then I had an A-HA moment (and several people helped me to arrive there)… where I thought that I should put all of everything under one roof – Susan Ellis-Saller. ME! My passions, my offerings, my interests that I like to share.
Think about all the time and effort that will save me to cut all but 1 entity to contain.
So think about your life…Is there anything that is redundant, that isn’t serving you, that is making you have to double or triple your work load without bringing much back?
Cut the fat and keep only the best, most relevant, and most rewarding things! Get rid of the rest.
Believe me, the thought of it will seem unbearable at first – especially considering all of the love and hard work we put into all that we do – but just think about how you can maximize your efforts and decrease your workload if you do cut the unnecessary!