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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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Recently I was watching Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and she was interviewing Thich Nhat Hanh. It was a beautiful interview in its entirety, but one part of it has stuck with me. She asked him how often he meditated. In the moment before he answered I expected him to answer with something like “Every day for a few hours.” Instead he replied that he lived life as a meditation, waking and going about his day in a meditative state. This spoke to me. Often I feel peaceful and happy while meditating, but the feeling does not last throughout my day. If I make a conscious choice to stay in a meditative state, relaxed, open, and peaceful, without judgment, each day would have more possibilities and beauty.

Since hearing that interview, I have tried not to let my morning meditations end. Even though I may leave my mat and make breakfast, go to work, and continue my day, my practice is now becoming much deeper. Meditation is not something reserved for certain parts of the day anymore, but a continual state of being.

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Last night I was watching Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday which I had recorded. She featured Gary Zukav, author of Seat of the Soul, and his wife Linda Francis. They were discussing Zukav’s most recent book Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power. Their insights into the dynamic of a spiritual partnership versus marriage were fascinating to me. Zukav noted that many marriages are not spiritual partnerships because each partner does not work on their individual spiritual growth consciously and then bring this growth to the marriage. Marriage partners often bury feelings or shut each other out rather than try to help the other grow spiritually. A partner will react fearfully when the other is unkind or seems to have lost their way.

Spiritual partnership, they said, is the hardest relationship you can have with someone else, but also the most rewarding. It forces you to face yourself and brings out the parts of you that would rather remain hidden. Spiritual partners take risks all of the time by saying what is real and what is in their hearts even if it means lovingly confronting their partner. Your spiritual partner also does not have to be your spouse, it can be anyone with whom you have this type of relationship.

Do you consider your significant other to be your spiritual partner? In what ways has he or she helped you grow? My fiance and I watched this programming together last night, and we agreed on many counts, but we also decided to take our partnership one step further. We both struggle with making decisions and acting from a place of fear, rather than love. We agreed that we would hold each other accountable for these decisions, and be conscious enough to alert each other when it seems that words or actions are reactions to fear. Labeling our relationship as a spiritual partnership has actually helped us clarify our intentions for our relationship and brought us closer.

For more information about spiritual partnership visit Spiritual Partnership Guidelines at Oprah.com

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What weekend activities do you do that increase your awareness and are both fun and relaxing? Sometimes, especially in the winter, I love to plan a bunch of recipes to make during a lazy weekend. As I’ve said before, cooking and baking is meditative for me. It is one of my favorite ways to relax, do something creative, and enjoy a delicious result!

This morning I made blueberry waffles

They were delicious and fairly healthy too. As a suggestion, use whole wheat pastry flour for a lighter texture.

Tomorrow I plan on making chai-spiced apple oatmeal bread, yum!

Also, check out Dr Oz’s favorite green teas. I’ll definitely be trying the Tea Forte Cherry Marzipan.

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The internet provides a wealth of websites that will inspire you to jump right onto your spiritual path. Despite technology’s reputation for eliminating face-to-face communication, it also can draw people together in new ways and provide information and connection that previously would have been impossible. Below are a few of my favorite websites that deal with spirituality and wellness:

http://www.yogamint.com/

This website contains blog posts about various spiritual matters such as mindfulness, dreaming, opening your heart and mind, and bringing love into your life. The posts are accompanied by a book recommendation at the bottom, which I love of course. There are also videos, specifically a video series on healthy cooking which is both informative and enjoyable to watch. I highly recommend checking this site out!

http://www.soundstrue.com/shop/Welcome.do

This amazing website has book and CD recommendations, online courses, and free online events. In fact, this afternoon at 4 PM eastern, there will be a 30 minute guided meditation by Jack Kornfield called Awakening Your Boundless and Loving Heart. If you can’t make it to the event at that time, it is also available a few days later online. Several weeks ago I found free energy healing exercises available from some big names in the field. Here is the link: Energy Healing from Sounds True

http://www.wholeliving.com/

http://www.yogajournal.com/

You may have read Whole Living or Yoga Journal at some point. They are both great, practical magazines that provide lots of tools to live a healthier and more mindful life. Yoga Journal is offering a free 21-day challenge beginning tomorrow, January 9th, which I will be participating in. What a great way to start the new year!

Super Soul Sunday, 8-11 AM ET OWN

This is not a website, but I do respect and admire Oprah and I really enjoy her Super Soul Sundays. She often shows spiritual documentaries which are moving and inspiring. Last week she showed the documentary I Am by Tom Shadyac, director of movies such as Ace Ventura and Bruce Almighty. Shadyac details his experience of Hollywood, buying into its messages, and then rejecting them by giving away most of his money and moving into a mobile home. Each week is something new, and I look forward to it.

I’d love any suggestions you have, as I am always looking for and open to new resources!

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