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Some favorite tea-related Etsy finds…

How amazing is this? A perfect combination for tea and literature lovers during the Halloween season. Find it here.

Mmmm, make-your-own chai! Love this, find it here.

For any matcha lovers, this bowl is perfect! Find it here.

So cute! Find it here.

A unique and beautiful tea bowl. Find it here.

Okay, so I have a few things to add to my Amazon wishlist today : )

Enjoy!

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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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I recently began my newest journey: biblio/poetry therapy. Starting in September I will be training to become a poetry/literature/journaling coach, basically using the written word to facilitate expression and healing for people. Although my start date is not for a few months, I am in the application process, and have begun attending the monthly group meetings. I have found these meetings inspiring and cathartic. I love to write, but lost faith in myself years ago after some bad criticism. I am just now beginning to open up again to writing creatively, and have found that the words come easier than I thought. I’d like to share something I wrote during my last group meeting. The facilitator gave us a bunch of images to choose from, that would spark us to write. I chose an image of underwater plants moving toward the surface of the water for sunlight:

Twisting stems reach up from soggy earth, craning their necks for sunlight. The sunlight pours in, a continual cycle of life, rebirth. Light is what I reach for, even if heavy is what I sometimes feel. How many pounds of pressure push at us from all sides every second of our lives? Yet still we open our mouths to the sky, yearning to taste a drop of light, light that may allow us to brighten, illuminate the dark spaces, lessen the pressure. Perhaps one day we will be so light that the ground will be a place we once knew and the sky will be our home. I try each day to create this lightness within, so that without even noticing it, my feet barely touch the ground.

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Last night I went to see a local soul coach and angel channeler speak. It was a fun and eye-opening evening, and the energy in the room was great. I was surrounded by over 100 like-minded people, all with open minds and hearts. Here’s what I learned from yesterday evening about getting in touch with your angels:

1. Use automatic writing. First, meditate for some time to open your own channel and relax. Then write down in a journal or on paper a request to your angels to help you answer a question. Next, begin to write without thinking. Let everything pour out and see what information you get!

2. Find guided angel meditations online. This is a great way to begin opening yourself up to the angelic realm, and is especially powerful if you are a more visual person.

3. Relax! The speaker last night was having some trouble becoming an open channel. She was understandably nervous in front of many people and those nerves overrode her gift for some time. When you begin this, keep it personal. I wouldn’t try to read as many people as possible or offer readings until you are very comfortable. When you are by yourself attempting to channel, remain open, relaxed, and breathe out tension.

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Taking up a pencil and beginning to write has always been, for me, an extremely releasing and relaxing experience. As a child I could not stop writing. My parents gave me a journal when I was 8 and I have kept one ever since. I love the feeling of seeing page after blank page and knowing that my life is about to unfold in words.

Growing up my journal entries consisted mainly of detailed descriptions of all the boys I liked, the pain of being young, and the questions I had about life that no one could seem to answer. A few years ago I started to realize that journaling could not only be an emotional release, but also a spiritual experience. To make this happen a shift in intention must occur.

Do you go into writing with the intention of being honest with yourself, or is each entry one long rant? This is not just about the act of writing, but how you view yourself and the world. Your journal is a wonderful barometer of your personal outlook. Choosing to look at yourself honestly in writing is hard and painful, and you may splatter your pages with many tears. But it is absolutely crucial not to hide from yourself if you want to grow. I have learned this firsthand, and it is one of my own daily struggles. You could complain about how someone wronged you, but what could you have done to be better in that situation? You could explode about someone’s unkind words, but how can you choose to look at the situation with more love and less anger? Seeing these answers in writing, and not just letting them pass through your mind, is extremely powerful and promotes great change.

A daily journaling practice is a major part of my own spiritual practice. Often I do not keep up with it as much as I should, and during those hiatuses I see myself slipping away into a fog and feel that tug back to writing. If writing is not for you, perhaps you can choose another medium with which you can express yourself fully and honestly. Maybe you play or write music, paint, or garden. What is it you can do that will help you become more honest with yourself? Open up a journal, an instrument case, a set of paints, anything your imagination lands on, and watch yourself unfold!

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