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Hi everyone! I invite you to check out the sister blog to SpiritualiTea, Gaia Girls. I am beginning to pursue life coaching certification, and I plan on specializing in working with teen girls and young women. Gaia Girls will have lots of fun information about spirituality, meditation, and will chronicle my own journey as a coach. There is also information about how you can work with me if you’re interested! I will continue to occasionally update SpiritualiTea, but most of my work will now be on Gaia Girls. I look forward to seeing you over there!


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Many of you have probably read about, or have tried, many different types of cleanses. A couple of years ago I attempted a cleanse eating only raw foods. Even though it was summer time, my body went into shock. Abruptly switching from a carb-loaded diet to one with only cold fruits and vegetables was unhealthy. I was on the right track, but after day 1 I had a terrible allergic reaction to a mango (which I am not usually allergic to), and could not continue. Now I am working on a gentler cleanse that will actually last three months: the candida cleanse.

There is a lot of information on the internet about the symptoms and treatments of candida. I was on an antibiotic regimen for acne in my early teenage years, and I believe that this was the beginning of the overgrowth. The basic process is to starve the candida of the sugars that feed them, let them die, and then begin again with a healthier diet. I am extremely attached to sweet treats and white flour. Today is day 1 of my cleanse and I can feel myself itching for some cake. This morning was hectic and harried, and I found myself longing for a piece of cake left over from Easter. I would never have been so aware of my emotional attachment to sweets had I not begun this cleanse.

Here are some dos and don’ts for cleansing:

1. DO stick with a diet you are comfortable with

2. DON’T schock your body by getting rid of all carbs, or even fasting, if you are not prepared for it.

3. DO create a very specific shopping list and have fun picking out new ingredients to try!

4. DON’T beat yourself up if you slip here and there.

5. DO take great care of yourself. Take a bath, sip lots of herbal tea, take yoga classes, go for long, gentle walks. A cleanse is one of the best excuses to take excellent care of yourself, so go for it.

I am personally cutting out sugar, gluten, and dairy, while taking an herbal anti-fungal remedy. For more information on the candida diet read

The Candida Cure: Yeast, Fungus & Your Health: The 90-Day Program to Beat Candida & Restore Vibrant Health by Ann Boroch.

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Do you find yourself caught up in thoughts about what is missing in your life? Are you ruminating about the terrible things that might happen to you in the future? Do you look at your bank account and focus on what’s not there rather than what is? The lack trap is a deadly addiction to thoughts, feelings, and actions reflecting a belief in lack. Why is it so addicting? We often think that by focusing on what we don’t have, and worrying or plotting about how to obtain it, we are being productive. For example, if I have a job I do not enjoy, and I focus on how terrible it is and constantly search for a replacement job, I’ll end up being happier, right?

Unfortunately, no. When you focus your attention on what you don’t have, you end up creating more of it even if your external circumstances change. Wallowing in the sorrows of a past relationship, or worrying constantly about money will only increase your sorrows and worries, and decrease your chance of finding a meaningful relationship or creating prosperity. Even if you meet someone new or find a different job, chances are you will find the same issues waiting for you.

Even with this knowledge you may fall into the open jaws of the lack trap. I tend to find myself stuck here quite often. Where does it stem from? For me it’s all about control. If I worry, stress, ponder, ruminate, or wallow, my mind paradoxically feels soothed because it creates a sense of control over my external circumstances. I find that when I can catch myself in the trap, by allowing my repetitive thoughts to fall away and asking for divine help to allow me to trust in the power of the universe above the power of my ego, miracles can happen. Everything I need magically falls into place if I can stay in this space long enough. Of course we are all human, and we will all get lured into the lack trap every now and then. However, if you can catch yourself once you’re there, or better yet before you fall in, watch what you want most magically enter your life!

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In the past few months I have expanded SpiritualiTea into my own small business (currently working on LLC licensure) and have begun to offer more workshops and Reiki through my space. I’ve experienced a roller-coaster ride of emotions, and each new turn has brought a different lesson learned. Trust the process. Go with the flow. Have patience.

Now that I have the foundation of a business, I am looking to hone in on what SpiritualiTea should look like, who it should serve, and in what ways. In my Reiki sessions I have been able to (somewhat unexpectedly) clearly connect with the spirit world and intuitively read my clients’ energies. I love connecting with those deceased and bringing healing to people who are grieving the loss of their loved ones. With this in mind, I began contemplating taking a mediumship training course at Omega Institute. Last night I had a very vivid dream. I was speaking with a woman I do not know about developing as a medium She gave me a big hug and said that I have natural gifts that I was born with, but being a medium is not the right soul path for me. Now I am wondering: do I trust the dream I had and not take the course, or do I take the course and continue to develop this?

In another dream I received clear guidance to begin offering Reiki to children. As a teacher, I have trained to work with kids, and have experience with kids of all ages. It does seem like a natural next step to offer Reiki healing for children, especially those who have suffered a trauma, are autistic or have ADD or ADHD. Is this the next right step for SpiritualiTea to take? I should also note that within the idea of Reiki for kids, I have also considered Reiki for expecting moms.

And then finally, as I train in poetry therapy I am considering how to incorporate that into my business, perhaps working with expressive arts for children in conjunction with Reiki, as well as for adults. Whew! The ideas are spinning around my head with no place to go! Reiki practitioner, medium, teacher, poetry therapy facilitator, small business owner, and oh yes! a writer on the side as well. Can all of these loves fit into one life, and if so how? It will probably take me a lifetime, and many evolutions and more honing (and expanding) but I think I’m going to trust the process.

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We spend so much time trying to get rid of “negative” emotions such as fear, anger, jealousy, judgment, and worry. How much energy does this take up on a daily basis? My new mantra for when these emotions arise? “Welcome to the party!” This automatically shifts my thinking to a welcoming, embracing perspective. Are these always my favorite party guests? No! But they have every right to be heard and be present. So, when you have a difficult emotion that keeps knocking on your door, instead of ignoring it, open up and welcome it to your inner party!

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Hi everyone,

If you’ve read the last couple of posts you’ll know that I am expanding SpiritualiTea into a small business with workshops and Reiki. Now is a time for pondering, planning, daydreaming, and scheming, and rest! I am working and reworking my website, workshop offerings, Reiki appointment information and pricing, and I would love some constructive criticism or positive words about how the website looks, its ease of navigation, and depth of information. Basically, do you like it? And if not, what can I do better, and what can I add to my offerings?

If you would like to take just a moment to check it out, please go to www.spiritualitea.org

Please leave a comment below or email me directly at shannon@spiritualitea.org if you have any feedback.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Shannon ❤

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Wishing you a beautiful, miracle-filled, joyful 2013!



2013 holds big changes for me. I am opening my own space for SpiritualiTea! While I used to hold monthly meetings in someone else’s office, I am now holding weekly workshops, meditations, and poetry groups in my own space. As I step out and expand my business, I am feeling a range of emotions: excited, terrified, overwhelmed, hopeful…The list could be endless, and I find myself feeling one way one moment, and another the next. Questions loom over me: what if I fail? Who am I to open a center like this? Why would anyone want to listen to me?

When I feel these doubts creeping up on me, I sit down and quietly empty my mind. Who am I not to be successful? Who am I not to  speak out about a topic I am passionate about? I am free-falling, I’ve thrust myself over the edge of a precipice I have only toyed with in the past. But I realize I like this person who is willing to take risks, to leap, to face fear, much more than the person who used to hide from life. I will be new in 2013. I am not who I was in many ways, though perhaps I have just shed some layers, peeled back the heavy coat of anxiety, so that I can be seen by myself and others.

I hope that in the new year you will challenge yourself on a daily basis. Question your thoughts. Make peace. Express yourself. Now is not the time to hang back in fear. Now is the time to unveil your truest self, despite the fear, despite the doubts and worries. Who will you be in 2013? Make it big. Make it wonderful.

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