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I have often written about journaling on this blog. However, I have recently transitioned to automatic writing for about 20 minutes every morning. This has allowed me to tap into a higher guidance system. Rather than writing about problems or fears I am having, I pose a question, connect with my higher self, and allow myself to write down the wisdom that comes to me. I have found this to be both empowering and healing, as it allows me to step out of my day-to-day story and into a higher perspective.

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This morning I sat in my meditation corner, listening to healing music, wrapped in a cozy blanket. I had trouble sleeping last night because a lot was on my mind. A project I am involved in is taking longer than I had hoped to get off the ground, and there is a lot up in the air. Instead of harping on this story, I wrote this:

What is the potential for you, if you were able to see the future as something that could be known–that there are many probable future destinations. You have the power to choose which outcome you would most like to see. The outcome you would like should be focused on solely for it to come into physical manifestation. You can draw pictures, create a vision board, and ask to see this for the highest good. When you think of how to serve others, your power increases significantly. It you were to focus on numbers and money, people would sense your fear and stay far away. But, when you focus on service and affirm that you will receive more than enough to meet your needs, all will be done in Divine Timing.

Much more empowering than a whiny journal entry about money!

If you happen to be in the area, I’m giving a workshop on Intuitive Journaling at Terraloka Wellness in Kent, CT on October 11th. Comment below if you’d like to join!

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It has been almost exactly a year since I last posted on SpiritualiTea. Although there have been many changes, my overall mission has remained the same: to offer a warm, safe space to explore spirituality (with tea).

What has been going on for me? Well, I became a life coach (yay!), began doing professional intuitive readings, left my job…more on that in a later post. I’m currently living life on my terms and have never felt happier, or more inspired! I began creating other blogs that I thought would perhaps express my new self, but in the end I’ve come back to SpiritualiTea as my home.

I’m excited to begin posting here again with a new voice and renewed passion.

There will be book suggestions, helpful resources, musings on my own spiritual life, and of course tea!

I also have a new feature: I will soon be venturing into the video podcasting world, and I hope to take you along with me! Each week I will post a new video providing an intuitive reading for the coming week’s energies. Grab a cup of tea and sit down with me on Sunday morning to find out what the week will bring for you.

Finally, I have two exciting offerings: the first is an online course that trains you to be a SpiritualiTea Facilitator in your community. Learn how to start a group, keep it going, gain members, find friends, and make a little extra money along the way!

Second, I am offering private intuitive readings by phone or Skype. I would love to get to know you and offer clear, accurate, empowering guidance on any challenges you are currently facing.

It feels good to be back.

Peace,
Shannon

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Although I picked this book up nearly a year ago, I find that recently I have begun to develop a slight obsession with it all over again. Gabrielle Bernstein is down-to-earth and makes the teachings in A Course in Miracles accessible. I have also been listening to some of her lectures via iTunes, where you can stream them for free.

Bernstein speaks very clearly about recognizing and releasing negative thoughts. Whenever you have a fearful thought like I’m not good enough, or I will never get that job, stop, record it, and then release it. In her lectures she offers many ways to release the fearful thoughts. I personally feel these thoughts physically, so when I am in a fearful mindset, my body literally feels heavy and painful. I like to get to the source of the physical pain and ask it to relax. When my body relaxes, my mind can as well, and the fear is released.

Bernstein is also coming out with a new book, Expect Miracles, in January 2013. I can’t wait to read more of her wise words!

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For the last month I have worked on forgiving, the second chapter in Gabrielle Bernstein’s book Add More -Ing to Your Life. I found this chapter to be extremely profound and helpful. I began the month by forgiving the “easier” hurts: the college professor who humiliated me, or the old friend who I had been angry with at some point in my life. This practice was both clearing and emotional. I spent many evenings crying about these past wounds, but it was a clean cry, just pure release. Later in the month I felt ready to move onto the deeper wounds from my past. These were harder and it will definitely take longer than a month for me to reach a point where I am fully ready to forgive. However, these chapters do build upon each other, and I will always continue to work on forgiveness.

Part of what made this chapter so special was the beautiful meditation Bernstein provides. There is both a written script in her book, as well as a free iTunes download available online here: Add More -Ing Meditations.

 

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About a month ago I wrote about how I was planning on doing Gabrielle Bernstein’s Add More -ing program for a year. Well, the first month is up and it was a rough ride! The first chapter asks you to focus on your feelings. Part of the exercise is to purposely bring up past pain in order to breathe it out. For a couple of weeks I was just bringing it up and could not figure out how to let it go. It would rise up and just sit there, festering. In the last week or so I noticed a subtle shift. All of a sudden as I was bringing up painful events in my memory I would see them right in front of me, as if I could reach out and touch them with my hand. No longer were they brought up in my body with nowhere to go. They had form and shape and I could see them clearly for the first time. While I am still not able to completely let everything go, I think my approach is much healthier and more useful than before.

The next chapter is on forgiveness. I am excited for this one! I’m hoping it will take all of the pain that is now floating in front of me and shove it away.

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Add More -ing To Your Life by Gabrielle Bernstein is an extremely motivational book about releasing things you don’t need and creating the life you want. I am reading it now (along with about 4 other books I have also recommended on this blog…I like to read) though in a much different way than I normally read a book. It is divided into 12 sections, each of which should be practiced for 30 days. The first chapter has to do with acknowledging buried feelings and releasing them.

I began working on this a couple of days ago. Bernstein details a few steps to take in the process of releasing old feelings such as dance, meditation, and journaling. These steps are extremely cleansing and emotional, however Bernstein should write a warning: Do not attempt unless you are ready to deal with some tough stuff! I’ve done a lot of work to heal myself, but upon reading this book I again realize that the process does not have an end. There is always more to bring up and clear out. I really love her approach, however, because it is not just about reaching into the past, but creating a proactive plan for the future, which is just as healing as releasing old hurts.

I’m two days into the “Feelings” section, so in 28 days I’ll let you know how far I’ve come with this!

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