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I love doing an oracle card reading for myself when I am facing a particular issue, or even when I just want to know the energy trends surrounding me. This morning after a peaceful meditation, I pulled cards from the Angel Answers deck by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine.

IMG_0485The cards I got were: Big, happy Changes, It’s Up to You, Success, Helpful People, Yes, and Ask for Help from Others. When I pull cards for myself, I also believe that they are world energies. The cards in my reading also apply to anyone who might be reading this blog post.

Basically, have hope, you will be successful, ask for and accept the help that comes to you because nothing big is accomplished in isolation. And remember, it’s up to you! You have free will on this journey through life. What do you want most? What is your soul calling for you to do, be, or become? You can do it!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

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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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“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends” (The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien).

Having lived in Connecticut my entire life, the news of the Newtown shootings hit me incredibly hard. While I do not know anyone personally connected with the victims’ families, I do have many friends who are connected in some way. The pain is indescribable, but the peace and love that will come from this act of violence is incredible.

I truly do not believe in evil. I believe that only love is real. This is not because I have turned a blind eye to the horrific things that happen in our world, but because I do not feel I have the right to label anything or anyone as evil. My heart is with the Lanza family as well as with the families of the victims.

Today let’s look into our own hearts where we have been violent, unforgiving, angry, and judgmental. Adam Lanza represents those parts of ourselves which are darkest and in the most pain. Do not push either him or those aspects of yourself away in hatred or disgust. Bring them deeply into your consciousness and send them love, forgiveness, and peace. Only when we can achieve this will there be an end to violence.

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While my students are on spring break, I am taking this week to rejuvenate and connect with myself. I scheduled my own mini-retreat for three days to rest and only do things that make my heart sing. I decided to take an hour today to go down to my local beach. I love being near water. With the beach only five minutes away, I don’t take advantage of it nearly as much as I should. I bundled up, since it was only 55 degrees out today!

I wrote in my journal and read a bit. I’m currently reading The Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually as We Die by Kathleen D. Singh. I had my hospice volunteer orientation a couple of days ago and got a couple of books out of the library on the process of dying. This is tough stuff to face! It’s not everyday that we sit around and contemplate death for hours at a time. However, I think our lives would actually be more fulfilling were we to be honest with ourselves about the end, before we’re face to face with it.

For now, I am thankful that I am able to sit on the beach, enjoy the view, and feel grounded in nature. What a blessing!

 

 

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With such busy schedules it is often hard to find time in our lives to give back. I love to volunteer but in the past couple of years I have not organized my schedule in a way that would allow time for it. However, I have recently felt called to volunteer again, and in a surprising place: hospice. At one point in my life I volunteered in a nursing home and found it to be difficult to see the elderly so lonely a lot of the time or suffering physically. So why do I feel called to volunteer with my local hospice? Perhaps because I have been coming to terms with loss myself and understanding more deeply that death is a transition, not an ending. I have been resisting this call for about three weeks, not sharing it with anyone and barely dwelling on it. It seems that everywhere I turn, though, hospice is being mentioned. So I have finally come face to face with this calling. I am absolutely terrified of it, but I also feel like it’s exactly what I want to do. These conflicting feelings are, ironically, my cue that something is right for me. The biggest steps are usually the scariest, and also the most healing. I have decided to give my local hospice residence a call tomorrow morning to inquire about volunteer positions!

Have you ever volunteered with a hospice residence? If so, what was your experience like?

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What happens to us after we die? This, of course, is a huge question and could never be answered in one blog post. However, I’d like to share how I’ve come to create a personal interpretation of this transition. Death is very difficult, if not impossible to conceptualize. It feels like an ending, a giant period placed on someone’s life. Although I had vague notions of an afterlife, I couldn’t really picture this either. Over the summer, however, this began to change slowly. For some reason I began to contemplate it more, and question whether or not people were truly gone after they died, living in some far off land I had been taught to call ‘Heaven.’

As I pondered this more I began to picture a veil. This image began to shape my understanding of death, and life as well. To me, it seems as if there is a perpetual veil placed in front of our eyes when we are alive. This veil hides everything from spirits to our true, divine nature. It is only through recognizing that there is a veil that we can begin to slowly peel it away. Our purest experiences of love, joy, and peace push the veil aside, only to have it drift closed again. When we die, we merely open the veil all the way, a task only possible when we leave our bodies.

If, in our lives, we can begin to peek behind the veil, even to ponder what lies behind it, we may begin to have a fuller understanding of our life, of what happens to our deceased loved ones (who are never lost, just invisible), and take comfort in the astounding perfection of everything. Death becomes, not an ending, but a movement back to our original home, a home that is always present, but hidden behind the veil.

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