Oct 082009
 

shamanism

Shamanism has been practiced for thousands of years by indigenous people around the world. It offers us simple and effective ways to connect with the magic of the earth and shows us how to use the natural energy of the sacred Circle of Life to empower our lives, promote healing, achieve our natural potential and access our inner strength.

The essence of shamanism is that everything is alive and interconnected in a wonderful and ever-changing web of life. We are related to all parts of Creation and when we forget our connection, we experience emptiness, stress and a lack of fulfillment. When we remember our place in the circle of life, we feel a great sense of connection with all things, which is healing and empowering to our spirit.

Within this view of life, it is usual to have special ties to an animal or aspect of Nature and to develop a personal bond with that spirit helper. The Shaman or spirit healer is assisted by these allies on the ‘journey’ to the dimension where the spirit helpers reside, to search for healing, teaching and guidance.

This book provides simple exercises, rituals and celebrations for all aspects of your life and through ancient traditional ways to help unlock self healing, restoration of natural balance and connection with life. Easy-to-Use Shamanism by Jan Morgan Wood is a seekers guide to the Shaman’s world of spirit.

With this book learn how to clear space and create energetic boundaries, establish and maintain environmental balance, use the energies available to create personal change, and implement techniques to bring about calmness, focus, and clarity during meditation and daily life. I personally enjoy referencing this book any time I face a difficult decision or transition. Using the techniques helps me feel grounded and reconnects me to my inner guidance. If learning more about using Nature and tools of the ancient healers interests you order a copy of Easy-to-Use Shamanism and start exploring the magic today.

xoxo

Angela, The Goddess Next Door

Aug 212009
 

healyourlife

Louise L. Hay is an internationally renowned author and lecturer. Her key message in You Can Heal Your Life is: “If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed.” She explains how limiting beliefs and ideas are often the cause of illness, and shows how you can change your thinking – and improve the quality of life!

This wonderful book incorporates portions of her previous book, Heal Your Body, which has become widely accepted as an authoritative book on the mental patterns that create dis-eases in the body. She has written the book as if you came to her as a private client. By the time you finish the exercises in this book, you will have begun to change your life. Each chapter opens with an affirmation. Each of these is good to use when you are working on that area of your life.

My favorite section of You Can Heal Your Life I reference often. It’s what Louise calls “The List”. It’s an extensive list of dis-eases you may have had or are having and the probable cause correlated with it. It’s fascinating to see what mental and emotional issues create physical problems and illness. I’d say from personal experience that the correlation is right on at least 95% of the time! Get your own copy here and learn what your body may be trying to tell you.

xoxo

Angela, The Goddess Next Door

Aug 202009
 

Have you ever asked yourself when is it time to let someone go? Your friend, lover, spouse?

Most relationships have an expiration date although sometimes it’s hard to let things end. Relationships may have to become extremely painful before we recognize it has gone bad. Or maybe…it is simply no longer “good enough” and that you deserve better.

But how do you really know?

Even when it’s obvious to others,  it can be difficult to see the proverbial  ‘forest for the trees’ when you’re emotionally involved.

Take for example a friend of mine. She’s had a group of friends for years. These women supported her through a divorce and the ups and downs of life. During that period of time everything felt great and she enjoyed the friendships she shared with these women. Recently however, things shifted dramatically.

Now, every time she got together with these ladies she felt worse afterward. She felt criticized, patronized, belittled and had no idea what she had done wrong. This happened a few times and she started recognizing a pattern. These women could no longer accept her, because she had changed.

Having worked on herself through coaching, she had become healthier and was able to deal with her emotions effectively. She was more confident and focused on what she wanted out of her life, taking a proactive approach to getting what she desired. She essentially outgrew her old friends.

Because of their own inner dissatisfaction, the women were using her as an emotional voodoo doll and projected their negative self talk onto her. It became apparent to my friend that her relationship with these women was no longer serving her.

This had become an extreme situation, and even my now confident friend had questioned herself. She wasn’t sure if it was her fault that they were now treating her this way, and if she should maintain the relationships with each of them. In the end, she realized the relationships with the women had expired.

This example shows what can happen when we avoid facing what’s uncomfortable. This happens in every type of relationship – friendships, dating, marriage, and business. It can be overwhelming and disheartening to think about loosing friends or being single again, especially when you’ve experienced a satisfying, committed, long term relationship with someone. Many times something has to cause us a lot of discomfort before we are motivated to change.

Think about a tree. When a new branch is just beginning to sprout there isn’t a gap between the trunk and the eventual branch. As the branch grows, it finds its own way and a gap starts to appear. The gap begins to widen as time goes on. The widening gap is similar to what can happen in a relationship if no one tends to the growth of the individuals within the relationship.

We may outgrow those around us if we aren’t growing at the same speed and in the same direction.

You may have had many fantastic years together as friends or as a couple but then find you no longer share the same interests. You spend less and less time with them and begin living separate lives.

Has your relationship expired? Is it about to expire?

Check in with your intuition, your inner knowing, and ask if this relationship is serving you. It may or may not be. Only you know.

Ask yourself:

  • How do I feel when I think about spending time with this person?
  • How do I feel after spending time with them?
  • Is it a balanced and equal relationship or does it always feel one-sided?
  • Do I feel empowered, excited and happy around them?
  • Do I feel drained, anxious, or empty?
  • What do I personally have control over?
  • Are there things I could and would be willing to change?
  • Will I choose to continue participating in a dissatisfying relationship?
  • Am I willing to stop my own growth to save an expiring relationship?
  • What will fulfill me?

Whatever your answers, let them be okay. Avoid judging yourself for them. They are to get you thinking about what is ultimately best for you.

Also consider it may be time to call it quits is when your relationship becomes overly difficult. Relationships take work, and the benefits have to outweigh the costs. How hard do things need to get before you decide you’ve had enough?

Finally, if you aren’t able to be yourself or you don’t feel you can be honest, the relationship is not based in truth. Continuing a relationship like this will not be satisfying long term. Take time to determine what you need differently in your relationship and make the changes necessary.

People come into our life at various times and for various reasons. Relationships give us an opportunity to learn more about ourselves.

If you recognize a relationship is no longer serving you, you can honor and respect yourself and the person by gently ending the relationship. The ending of a relationship can be emotionally difficult and sometimes painful. However, most importantly is being able to find your truth and make decisions based on what’s right for you.

As long as you follow your inner guidance and let go of resisting, it will flow with the smoothest transition possible. The pain in ending a relationship comes when we are not willing to let go, when it’s in our best good.

When it’s time, it’s time…

Xoxo

Angela, The Goddess Next Door

PS ~ If your relationship isn’t as fulfilling as you’d like, give me a call and let’s chat about how coaching can change your life, dramatically increasing your happiness.