Moving through Barriers, Lightening our Etheric Loads

We each carry energy with us until we are ready to process it or share it ,for individual, mutual or communal healing.  On the spiritual level, peoples auras and energy bodies shift and change.  Picking up pieces of memory from one another, from different places on the planet, or during astral travel.  We all learn, through uncovering  new levels of personal consciousness, in direct relation to our feelings surrounding ‘safety,’ and empowerment. There can be moments in Life in which we may find, we suddenly feel as though a physical load has been removed from our bodies, and yet there has been no removal of an actual cloth and metal frame back-pack, from our physical life.  Energy burdens, lessons, the connections we choose in support of one another, as well as the heavy karmic debris we work through in each lifetime, can have a very physical ‘feel’ of alleviation when we have mastered or completed a particular etheric lesson, pattern or shift.

Those who are highly sensitive, who feel comfortable, or continue to seek in their spiritual unfolding, become adept at the shedding and gathering, and eventually the dismissal of these energy loads as time and life allows. We all experience moments of heaviness on the etheric level, sometimes as we carry another person, or a room full of people or an entire family.  Yet we are all capable of moving through barriers or obstacles that feel as though they are physically present, to realize that everyone on their own experience of life, is entirely capable of carrying themselves. Even the brightest of spirits benefit from time in sacred space, contemplation and can go through long years of exploration on a deeper level that feels very heavy as they clear multiple lifetimes, and genetically transferred patterns passed down through multiple generations of ancestors.  

For highly sensitive Souls, there may come a time in which we may feel an impulse  to ‘see’ the truth of ourselves and our current reality, and yet feel as if we are blocked by a heavy energy from our past in this or previous lives.  Sometimes barriers that we ‘sense’ to our ability to perceive on multiple levels, are in place because they are keeping us safe in some way.  Opening to our gifts of clairvoyance, claircognition, clairaudience and clairsentience, may not need to happen instantaneously.  If we were to know all, or see all, at once however, on all of the other levels of self, we would require immense time, space and emotional safety to be ready to process and assimilate this knowledge.  An example of a barrier I ‘sensed’ in a close family relationship, as discussed in ‘Soul Evolution’ Chapter 2, related to a familiar theme many light workers carry of a past life memory of persecution.  To work through this energy block, I needed time and space and age to processes painful feelings of loss and betrayal attached to that lifetime. Yet when I had the sacred space needed, I was able to move through that resonance, through a clairvoyant dream. Quite quickly, I was then able to see the valuable beauty and lessons I could bring forward to lighten my own energy and the communal energy of so many through healing that aspect of soul memory. Yet for myself, time alone at a particular age, was what I had been ‘waiting for’ to lighten my personal load and ‘see’ on a new level.  Through patience and discipline in the spiritual practice that resonates most with us at this time, we all have the power to begin/continue to ‘see’ in new ways.  Yet we shift the energy instinctively at a speed that is healthful for our mental, emotional and physical integrations.

A Prayer/Affirmation/ Mantra that I have found useful in the past when seeking to move beyond personal or perceived barriers on the etheric level is as follows:

“Dear Divine Source, Godd/ess of Creation, please help my Higher Self be amplified in conscious present at this time.  Please surround me in the protective light of the highest resonance, through which on Love may enter and all fear based vibrations are held at bay.  Please send me clear messages through feelings, sight, sound and spontaneous understanding surrounding {describe relationship/situation/perceived barrier} I ask that all karmic debris be cleared in the most gentle manner for my personal sense of Empowerment and healing at this time. Please send empowering light through the Guardian Angels of those who effect me at this time, so that they too, may remember they have choices for personal well being and knowledge.  I am willing and ready to Heal in the ways that I need, and to share messages of healing with others through dedication to my own authenticity and unfolding.  Thank you, Amen, OM and Aho.”

Every person on the planet is a powerful healer in their own right. We all have the power to  shift in consciousness personally.  We all have the power to encourage others to seek personal awareness, empowerment and unfolding.  It is okay to acknowledge that paths we take may differ from those we Love, have loved or will love in the future.  To support their personal speed for enlightenment, or seeking new levels of consciousness.  Through the wheel of time, the many lifetimes we may choose to cycle through, we will all have multiple opportunities to ‘lighten’ our personal spiritual loads, to move beyond barriers on each level of being and to offer a helping hand to another.  Just as given time, water flowing  changes the shape of rocks and stones irrevocably, so too do lives lived in devotion to authentic being, change the experience of the following lifetimes, of the children whom carry the familial genetic code that follows, and to a world that is slow, slowly evolving with Compassion and Potential ever day.  

With patience for ourselves and one another,

With light,

Kamia

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Clairvoyance and the Astral Body

Many earnest individuals through history have sought to pass along their particular experiences of the Divine. Religions explore different words and concepts for navigating the levels of spiritual being that can be experienced, or perceived. Some faiths speak of the wheel of time, of multiple reincarnations, of Brahman, Buddha, Creator, Great Spirit, God/dess, Heaven, Hell or purgatory, some speak of spirals, timelessness, the beginning and the end.  We are each, at this time of existence, able to choose a spiritual pathway that feels the most loving, heart based, secure or safe for us as individuals.   Please note, that we are all unique in our perceptions, and  act as filters of mass consciousness wisdom.  Each of our individual perceptions will register unique experiences when tuning in.  What I ‘see’ is a gift for my present life, and it is my sincere wish, that my experience is helpful in empowering others in trusting their own unique guidance, similar, different and unique as we all continue to be. 

When we speak of the ‘astral body’ it is most often in an attempt to reference the spiritual light and consciousness tied to our current (and previous) incarnations, that is capable of travelling, or moving through different levels of reality without the body in the physical location visited.  When a person is alive and healthy, their astral body, depending on the vibration they choose when entering their current lifespan, may explore different levels of reality without their conscious mind retaining the travels.  For those who have devoted time and energy to a heightened awareness, or for those whom were simply born with there receptive qualities heightened, their can be a conscious awareness of where the astral self has visited, learned through, or travelled between.  

When a person begins to transition, guides begin to become ‘brighter’ or ‘louder’ alongside them.  Guides can be in the form of angelic resonance, branches of the Divine Source, ascended masters with an affinity for the life walk a person has dedicated themselves to, spirit animals whom carry gifts similar to the growth or lessons the person recently completed or soon will be approaching, ancestors, the fairy kingdom, and other beloved Loved ones whom act as guides to friends, family, and the earth at large. The gifts a person has sought to bring forward, can become more vivid.  The challenges they have ignored or choose to compete before passages will manifest in larger ways. The light clusters around the individual whom is passing.  Offering strength and support for the navigation of sorting through the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual challenges, or shedding of karmic debris that is occurring.  This does not mean the person whom is in the process of passing feels no pain on any of the levels. Rather for a clairvoyant or highly sensitive individuals, being near the physical or spiritual body of an individual as they near death, is similar to entering or bearing witness to a crowded room.  During the course of the past year, I bore witness to the ending of a loved one’s incarnation.  During the illness that systematically shut down the physical self, the spiritual and astral self of the person began to beam at an elevated rate.  Conversations, energy exchange and wisdom all began to heighten on the spiritual/etheric plane of existence with the individual, and I was given the incredible gift of witnessing the energy transference of spirit into greater-Soul.When this loved one ‘visited’ in energy body, they were accompanied often, by a host of guides, by a stream of light showing past incarnations, and by the radiant glow of their Soul group.  I have rarely witnessed such incredible beauty alongside such deep suffering.  Yet we are all, encouraged in our life walk, to accept that this life has duality of being, on each level.

When this person was nearing their ‘spiritual doorway’, different levels of the etheric reality and manifest universe began to unfold in my perception.  There was the level of physical being, with another layer, strand of the web of light connected to the choice some spirits make to remain close to the earth plane. There were layers, upon layers of energy like a cocoon that holds the earth softly, some with those whom continued to work through karmic debris and help people struggling on the planet, some whom moved into their soul group on another plane of existence, some whom chose reincarnation.  Like  layers of a rainbow, the multiple levels of spiritual existence began to expand in my perception, and I ‘saw’ as the loved ones spirit chose to move through or pause at each of the levels. 

We can each strengthen the connection of our waking consciousness with the awareness of our astral selves in a manner that resonates as ‘true’ for us as individuals.  A person whom is devoted to a traditional religion or specific name for Divine Source, may have success in their spiritual practice for feeling connected and aware with the Divine, from a variety of cultural backgrounds.  For those whom are seekers of levels of consciousness, whether through new or traditional spiritual pathways, we are each made Stronger by a healthy connection to grounding and to boundaries and shielding.

For those whom are approaching a passage into energy from the physical, or for those whom are bearing witness at this time, I offer this simple prayer that was a balm to my spirit through Love, grief, longing and joy:

“Dear Divine Source, please help me to feel safe, as I experience the gift of so many emotions.  Please send the angelic resonance that is working alongside me for the highest good of my Soul Path and the world at large, to bolster my courage, and deepen my compassion through this processes.  

Please empower the one whom is transitioning to move beyond any energy blocks or karmic debris, that can be released with the most healing and Love.  Please send clear messages before, during and after the passage of this individual life, to guide the Soul to the Light that was their original power source.  I ask that the soul be protected and shielded by the power of Archangel Micheal and Kali Ma. 

Thank you for these gifts, I open my heart to Divine Love and the support of the Earth at this time, and I give myself permission to take the time and sacred space needed for this transformation, and expansion of consciousness  Thank you, Amen, Om and Aho.”

I am so grateful for the gifts of clairvoyance that continue to reveal to the manifest and multiple realities carrying so much light. We each live and die, and rebirth our consciousness, our hearts and our physical bodies through time.  May we remember that the light between incarnations,the Divine Source, welcomes us all home, and offers us this beautiful Earth to experience, Love, grow, grieve and connect upon.

I wish all people the opportunity during a reincarnation, to feel as connected and filled with Peace as bearing witness to the passing of a deeply radiant Soul afforded me in this life.

With light and compassion,

Kamia

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Self Care in Times of Upheaval

There are times in life in which we each experience intense upheaval. A shifting of perception, experience or insight that occurs on one or many levels. During upheaval our experience may be fraught with pain, despair, joy, intuitive leaps, harmony, synchronicity or any and all other feeling. It can be through bearing witness to another’s journey or it can be a challenge that occurs on the physical level that connects to deep work in our emotional bodies. It can be a mental reconfiguration of beliefs, ideologies or faith that is like a lightening strike, and leaves us reconsidering our place and purpose in this world. On the spiritual level we are each capable of intuitive leaps of faith that transform our experience, our Soul Path, in one lifetime, accelerated far beyond the many centuries or thousands of previous lifetimes. Spiritual perception or enlightenment can manifest in different ways for every individual. We are each entitled to our personal unfolding. Yet, during upheaval, a re-configuring of that which has formerly made us feel secure, assured or safe in our prior experiences, we are each offered support and assistance from the Divine in a number of ways. The planet is home to millions of people, those who resonate and teach in so many diverse and powerful ways. We are offered the teachings and support, the service of this diverse world when we are willing to be open in our learning, our gathering of tools, and our expansion of self. I am deeply grateful for my additional sensory perception of the manifest world, and celebrate the wisdom gathered through interactions with Divine Source as Angels, Ascended Masters, the Fairy Kingdom, Spirit Guides and the Earth every day.

For those who find themselves in a cycle of upheaval, of re-examining that which they thought to be ‘true’ as new truth personally emerges, I offer some of the practices that have been of use in my life, with the preface, that I too, continue to learn and evolve and send out gratitude to all those who with a compassionate heart, are also evolving.

1.) Breathe into the Present. We are each multidimensional beings. We receive energy simultaneously from the present, the past and the manifesting futures. We are each, when we find ourselves in the centre of a massive transformation offered the simple gift of Breath work. Yoga, Thai Chi, and many other eastern philosophies that create union between body, mind, spirit and heart all emphasize the importance of Breath. The tool of awareness that draws life-force, prana, chi, shakti, into our cells and allows us to centre and ground into the present, to draw our awareness away from fear based thinking into the Here and Now. Whatever choices, movement or change we are experiencing, we can each spare the time and claim the sacred space to Breath 4 deep breaths, or 8, or 12 or 20. When the physiology of the body is offered this tool, we each can connect with a sense of Calm. In this calm, what are some of the things/feelings/learning that the self has Gratitude for in this moment? Gratitude can be for small and large aspects. Gratitude for the sun shining on ones face, or the chance to connect in a new way with loving the self?

For further reading on this practice visit: A Warrior’s Breath

2.) Draw a circle and bisect it with a cross shape, turning it into a wheel of self. In the four quadrants write:

Physical
Emotional
Mental
Spiritual

Looking at this drawing consider, how many hours of the day or how many days of the week, or how many years in my current life cycle do I spend living in/devoted to each of these quadrants? Do two of the four predominantly use up the time of focus and being? If so, what does this current upheaval/challenge/life cycle offer to teach me about exploring the other aspects of self for personal Balance or Transformation?
Each level of self is intricately connected to the other levels. If we, for example, are having a deeply physical experience, what does the emotional self seek to learn/express/clear? Some people may live the majority of there lives in only one aspect of the self, and yet through the connection to a loved one, or the world events at large, may find a time in life in which their beliefs, and personal perceptions are called into question/exploration affording a deeper human experience.

For further exploration of this practise visit: Balancing the Wheel of Self

3.) Ask for the help that we each identify we need. From the above practice we may each see the ways in which we could benefit from guidance, further tools, and support. On the emotional level do we seek the support of friends and family through loving words? On the mental level do we seek the support and tool kits a therapist, psychologist or counsellor could offer? On the Spiritual level are we returning to, or discovering space in our lifetimes for a new form of Faith that supports us in this new self that is emerging? The light that is offered through many diverse spiritual practices can offer a deep Peace to those that are seeking light in a new and expanded way. Perhaps through books, psychic readings, or other energy healing modalities. On the Physical level have we met the basic needs of our body? Have we received guidance, diagnosis, second opinions or medication that help us to work through pain? Have we fed out bodies nourishing food, and received the sleep we need to make clear choices about asking for the help during our upheaval? Have we experienced the healing touch of massage, reflexology or a simple but powerful hug?

For further tools for discernment visit: Boundaries and Personal Power

During the approaching year, or in any cycle of rebirth or upheaval, a prayer I will often use is as follows:

“Dear Divine Source, God/dess. of creation, please send the aspects of light that are most in alignment with my cycle of growth at this time. Help me to receive compassion from the universe, and from those who are in my direct life path at this time. Help me to be patient as this new level of being unfolds, and to set healthy boundaries for myself regarding self healing and existence, in this evolving world. Please let the light of Shiva and Archangel Micheal clear away my fears of unworthiness surrounding health, on any level, and send the light of the Divine Mother to infuse every cell of my energy body and physical body with regenerative growth and powerful Love. Thank you for reminding me through messages, signs and angelic support, that I am capable of becoming the new me, and releasing with peace, all that which no longer serves my purpose. Thank you, Amen, Om and Aho.”

Whether we are seeking connection to ourselves in a new or ancient way, may we do so with the knowledge that our Soul is radiant light, and we are each shining the way for others, whether consciously or unconsciously in this myriad connection of humans and light matrix.
Thank you for shining!

with light, compassion, and empathy for all of our struggles and miracles in growth,
Be Love
Kamia

*My greatest offering of Love can be found in ‘Soul Evolution’ by Kamia Shepherd a manual supporting self Love, spiritual exploration, diversity, Grace and Divine Source.  Thank you for buying and reading this work if it resonates with you at this time.

Planting Seeds for Compassion, Teaching Children Yoga

When my daughter began kindergarten in 2012, like many parents, I hoped her school experience would encourage her curiosity to learn, provide opportunities for kindhearted friends, and gift me with five blessed hours of alone time. In the first few months of school she would confide in me over lunch, the joys, the sorrows and the frustrations of navigating her new social and education reality. I delighted in hearing that her new best friend was kind and helpful, and that her teacher devoted time and energy to each child’s particular learning needs. One day she asked me what a particular swear word meant. When I asked where she had encountered it, she explained a classmate had taken to calling her that and stepping on her hands or kicking her when saying it.

I went to the teacher immediately to ask what could be done to stop the violent words and behaviour. The teacher explained that the particular child was receiving a lot of support from the school and came from adverse circumstances. After hearing the child’s story, I altered my approach from asking for intervention, to offering my presence in the classroom as another avenue for providing an expanded positive vocabulary, and developing tools for self awareness, through gentle yoga classes.
My theory, was that a greater focus on positive self talk might encourage a wider and kinder vocabulary in students, as well as fostering a more gentle interaction in group dynamic, while balancing all of the major glands in the body though the postures, and might effect a more gentle physical shared experience.

“Yoga makes me feel calm” (kindergarten, grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) *from a pool of just under 400 students

“Yoga makes me feel like I love everyone” (grade 1 student)

I taught that particular kindergarten class a series of four classes, stipulating that so long as children respected the personal space of one another, and stayed on their own matts, they could follow along in a way that felt right for their own bodies and self. Children delighted in being shown through their ‘island’ that their personal space was entirely their own for exploring their bodies and feelings. I was quietly amazed as the majority of the class followed every body shape and breathing technique. Children would learn from one class to the next how to navigate and distinguish between opposite sides of their bodies, balance in stillness on one foot, building strength and confidence in powerful shapes, and relax with their fertile imaginations unleashed at the end of the class. Their brains were flushed with freshly oxygenated blood through their first few movements, and the room would still to near silence. The child who had been bullying mine, carefully stayed on their own ‘island’ (matt) hugging their knees and rocking back and forth for the first year.

Soon after I was welcomed into that classroom, other teachers in the school asked if I would teach in their classrooms. I felt delighted to be sharing simple tools with children for self regulation, awareness and wellness. We practised breathing techniques that balance the pituitary and pineal glands, and shapes that revitalize our immune systems. Children learned how twisting can balance their insulin levels, or regulate the adrenal glands, helping us each to feel a deeper sense of safety and ease. That first year I taught in five different classrooms, with a span of kindergarten to grade 7, mostly in a volunteer capacity, happily sharing a positive dialogue and watching the children’s receptivity to perceiving themselves, one another and their learning environment in a new way. When working alongside that first group of Grade 7’s, the majority wrote of their experience, that yoga had significantly decreased their sense of anxiety and stress while in school. I quietly marvelled at the ways in which that hormone rich age group respectfully approached themselves and one another when asked to be squished so close together around their desks, upside down, twisted and exposed in unfamiliar experience.

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is how calm I can be.” (grade 5-7)

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is to be calm, to listen to my body.” (grade 3)

“My favourite shape in yoga is mountain because it helps me be strong and not afraid.”
(grade 2)
“My favourite shape in yoga is tree and mountain, it was peaceful to me.” (grade 3)

In those 20 – 40 minute long classes, I often felt as though I was watching small and large miracles. During the second year of practice the child who had bullied mine in kindergarten wrote of their yoga experience “Yoga makes me feel calm, and to calm down when I am upset before it.” (grade 1) During the second year the same child began to participate in over half the shapes (asanas). In the third year, the child is an exemplary leader, participating in every shape, often at the front of the class.

In their own words, elementary school students say that:

“Yoga makes me feel happy.” (kindergarten)

“Yoga makes me feel good.” (grade 2)

“Yoga makes me feel relaxed” (grade 3)

“Yoga makes me feel more healthy” (grade 2)

“Yoga makes me feel strong and brave” (grade 2)

After three years in an elementary school, in which children grades kindergarten to grade 3 received up to 16 instructional yoga classes each for a school year, I have had the good fortune to expand and teach in other learning environments.

“Yoga makes me feel relaxed free and confident” (grade 3)

Another elementary school, kindergarten to Grade 7 had an introductory 4 week session. The older children, in their first class looked around at one another with uncertainty, giggles, insecurity and embarrassment. I explained that our yoga classes were a time for them each to remember ways in which they were capable and powerful in learning to understand what feels good for their bodies, and to respect one another as each individual learned, breathed, bent and twisted in ways that were safe and comfortable. I also explained that yoga was time for developing an internal gaze, to explore our mental, emotional, physical and intuitive selves. During those four classes, the children’s eyes softened, no longer seeking nonverbal approval from one another, but closing their eyes to tune in more fully to their own experience. The embarrassment level shifted, and each child participated, focused on their own body and breath for a 40 minute class in relative silence.

“Yoga makes me feel good about myself” (grade 5-7)

“My favourite shape in yoga is stretching my legs because it makes me feel capable to do more things in life that make me feel good.” (grade 5-7)

What a remarkable shift I witnessed during an age in which hormones and peer acceptance can wreak such havoc.

“Yoga makes me feel amazing, I felt free.” (grade 5-7)

“The best thing I learned about myself during yoga is I’m actually better at things than I thought.” (grade5-7)

I have recently had the good fortune to be welcomed into two preschools where I spend a weekly session with 3yrs and 4yrs old. They are so focused, one could hear a pin drop. Their eyes are huge and round as they listen to instructions and seek to make new shapes with their bodies while using their imaginations for things such as ‘gathering handfuls of sunshine’ (during pranayama/breath) or ‘uncurling like leaves and flowers opening in spring’ (during asana/body shapes). I am also blessed with a few classes a year where kindergarten children and seniors in an assisted living home, practice chair yoga together. The elders watch the children, so focused and free in their imagining, and I see the elders light up in the shared imagining, oxygen saturation and gentle movement. Circulation benefits physical and mental health in all ways. When we have simple body movement, combined with conscious breathing, we are often offered gifts in elevated mood, and hopefulness for ourselves and this world.

When I spend time watching the children, noticing the way they respond to deepening their breath, and holding a shape in stillness, I continue to feel that I am witnessing small miracles.

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is that I am unique.” (grade 2)

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is that I am brave.” (grade 2)

A parent approached me in my second year and related a story of witnessing her daughter fall and hurt herself. The child sat up, shifted her posture and began to follow the deep belly breath she had recently learned in kindergarten. She was mitigating her experience of pain instinctively, seeking calm. The parent voiced amazement in watching the self analysis and transformation in her 6yr old.

“Yoga makes me feel relaxed and calm.” (kindergarten)

“Yoga makes me feel rainbows happy” (kindergarten).
I have had several parents relate instances where their children are incorporating movement and breath from school, into their daily lives. Some want to teach the rest of their family, everything they have learned that day. Others want to share in deep belly breathing at bedtime. When I drop off my child at school it is often to a chorus of children asking me “When do we have yoga next? Is it today?” Many of them are children such as the one who inspired my volunteering the first year, kids that struggle with focus or kindness, but are learning to the best of their current abilities, to assimilate self awareness, compassion and calm. These same children will mirror learning challenges in the classroom, such as a challenge to focus, through their body shapes in yoga. Through balancing on one leg for example, often children who have difficulty focusing in class, will be the first to fall over. Yet through the course of a year, those children will grow from holding a balancing posture, with focus from a single breath to 4-6 breaths in a row, an incredible shift in their mental and physical regulation.

Recently a friend asked me about teaching children’s’ yoga, and if I planned to continue in the upcoming years. I replied I was still passionate about teaching, and I believed learning to breathe and move for calm, strength, focus and power should be a basic human right. He cheered. I further explained that I often wondered “How powerful would we each feel as adults, if during times of heightened anxiety, stress, pain, frustration or anger, we naturally took a few deep breaths, finding a physical posture that helped us feel calm, or strong, or confident or focused, and then made our next choice, action or reply?” My daughter was riding her bike down a steep trail for the first time, and as she paused at the top of an unknown hill. I asked her if I could assist her.
“No Mama, I’m asking myself if I can do this.’ she replied, taking four deep belly breaths as we do at the beginning of each yoga class. At the end of the fourth breath I saw her smile. “My body says I can do this!” and she pushed off with confidence.

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is that I’m strong.” (grade 3)

“The best thing that I learned about myself in Yoga is that I am Powerful.” (grade 5-7)

“The best thing that I learned about myself in yoga is that yoga can calm me down” (grade 1)

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is that I could be peaceful.” (grade 2)

How could our professional and personal lives shift if we had learned at a young enough age, that it felt wholly natural, to balance our hormonal secretions, invigorate our organs and balance our circulatory, skeletal structure and the master glands of our miraculous bodies to the point that doing so was as familiar as reciting the ABC’s? Many of the children have assimilated their body movements and breathing to such a degree that I hear them whispering the instructions even before I voice them. They particularly focus on new shapes or breathing that teach them about their physical bodies such as compressing and detoxifying their lungs, or learning a sensory controlling posture, which inevitably brings absolute stillness and quiet into the classroom. One grade three student who often struggled with stillness and verbal quiet, asked to practice a particular sensory controlling pose every class, after learning it the first time. The student shifted to eagerly anticipating his yoga classes having experienced a way to self regulate with a powerful new tool.

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is I to find peace, and I never noticed so many things about myself before.” (grade 3)

“My favourite shape in yoga is downward dog because it stretches the back of my legs. Thank you so much for teaching this.” (grade 5-7)
“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is how calm I can be.” (grade 5-7).

During a children’s yoga class I use vocabulary that focuses on the physical benefits, such as having their heads below their hearts and saturating their brains with fresh oxygenated blood which helps us feel calm, and better at problem solving. All language used respects the cultural differences, faiths and spiritual beliefs of our multicultural country. Some classes ask that I refrain from using the word ‘yoga’ I then explain we will be ‘stretching’ to help us all feel more ‘balanced’. I am happy to shift dialogue to be inclusive, just as I appreciate other educators doing so for my own child in alternate learning environments. Our classes have a predictable flow, with new shapes inserted that build on the foundations built in the previous classes. Children amaze me with balancing in stillness, in a core muscle building shape that also stimulates emotional confidence and using ones assertive voice. This shape is introduced in every class, the ‘boat’ posture, one I watch shift from two breaths in stillness to 6-8 breathes over the course of the year.

“The best thing I learned about myself in Yoga is that I am powerful and brave.”(grade 3)

There is also a focus on nature, and the ways in which our human self is connected to, and a mirror for the natural environment. At the end of each school year we brings our matts outside, where children are looking at mountains and trees as they make the same yoga shape with their bodies.

“Yoga makes me feel like I am in a field of flowers.” (grade 2)

In this way we foster a connection to our environment and a sense of belonging as well as fostering the confidence to be focused on the self even when the outside world provides distractions as everyday life passes the schools field in cars, on bikes, maintenance crews and dog walkers. Children train their internal gaze to allow that the outward environment can be erratic and unpredictable, yet through their breath and movement, they can complete tasks, invest in their personal health, and support one another’s individual experience by respecting time and space while others also focus and move with mindfulness.

“My favourite shape in yoga is tree because I feel tall and powerful.” (grade 5-7)

“My favourite shape in yoga is mountain because it makes me feel balanced.” (grade 3-4)

I’m not sure how many years I will have the joy of sharing yoga with children in a school setting. Like many things, it depends on the support of the teaching staff, the principal and the availability of funding. Yet for every year and every child I am able to teach, I feel a little more hopeful for our planet and species as a whole.

When I ask the children to imagine during their laying down restful time (savasana) and to think about the ways they have the power to build, connect, share, and create across this wondrous planet, as they lay quietly on their matts, relaxing at the end of the series, I cannot help but envision a future in which they take those words to heart, celebrating one another’s strengths and carrying just a little more acceptance into adulthood for the ways we all move, breathe and bend differently on all levels. During each class we say out load one positive self affirming statement, inspired by SO HUM (I am that, that is I). With their hands over their bellies they all roar statements such as “I AM BRAVE”, for it is brave to bend and shift, to giggle or fart with all your classmates baring witness. The children are given opportunity to say things such as
“I AM WISE
or KIND
or GENTLE
or POWERFUL
or CREATIVE
or STRONG.”
All of the attributes we carry as humans and choose whether or not to foster. Some of the children instruct one another on what the words mean, or share what they felt the word means when applied to themselves. When I asked children what the most powerful words were that had ever been spoken to them, I got answers such as ‘My dad told me I’m a kind boy, and I try hard at everything I do.’ or ‘My grandam told me she loved me.’ I then encouraged students to consider the power their words have on one another, before each student looked around the room and said “Thank you for being powerful friends.” It was an incredibly heart filling experience to see them looking at one another with the new understanding that they had the ability and the power to effect the way someone thought about themselves. Encouraging positive self esteem as the children grow older, will be such a huge part of the ways peers and individuals internalize feelings of being supported or criticized.
“Your weekly affirmations were beneficial to the children and helped them vocalize- and maybe even internalize-these important messages. This was my favourite part!”(kindergarten teacher).

After each class, the children go back to their regular learning schedules. They move back desks, and pick up bits of paper, they learn French and music and math, and all the many other systems our current schools incorporate. Yet, once a week or four times a year, during the first half of their day for 20 mins or half an hour, the rooms are mostly silent, the ocean of the floor punctuated by rainbow hued yoga matts, their islands that are just for them while breathing together, imagining, and taking note of all the ways we are each growing and changing every day. During this time, students are encouraged to be utterly themselves. To voice the colour of bird or magical creature their body shape represents, to feel welcome in expressing if they are fans of rainbow sparkles, kindness or courage. To build their warrior strength as both young women and men, and to see that every one of them is a superhero in their very own way. There are no tests, or expectations on my part as a yoga instructor. I ask them to give themselves the gift of doing the best that they are able on any given day, and if they ‘feel’ that they have invested in themselves, then I celebrate each of them. It is a small thing, this 20-40mins every two weeks, in the course of a life, but I witness small seeds of compassion and strength being planted during that time, that could blossom in unexpected and incredible ways as the children age. Perhaps a stronger connection to respecting their own bodies will influence the ways in which they are respectful of one another as adults in relationships both professionally and personally. Perhaps having felt what a balanced physiological system feels like, there may be slightly less of an inclination towards toxic substances that change the way their bodies and minds feel. I can only hope to bare witness over the years, as I have had the extreme good fortune to do this far, and have some of them become teachers in their own right in whatever field of study they choose to invest in as adults.

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is that it helps me to learn and try my best.” (grade 1)

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is that is makes me wake up so that I can learn.” (grade 1)

“The best thing I learned about myself in yoga is that I could get stronger.” (grade 1)

“The best thing that I learned in yoga is that it made me have a good day.” (grade 2)
For all of those yoga teachers out there who feel drawn to working alongside and empowering children, may you connect in a positive way in local studios, schools or private lessons with the students who can benefit most from the wisdom and wellness you carry.

With sincere thanks to each of the teachers and children who has thus far welcomed me into their classes, you all teach me every day!

with light,

Kamia (Durga)

*For related blogposts visit:

A Warrior’s Breath

Celebrating Highly Sensitive Children

Authentic Voice and Inner Calm

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The Alchemy of Following Our Dreams

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There is a special alchemy, a transformative magic that occurs in our lives, when we finally give ourselves permission to follow our dreams. Like a flood of light that cascades around us on the etheric realm, the impetus for action and change towards following our deepest dreams, washes away karmic debris that we have carried from previous lives and lower vibrations of fear accrued in our present one.

The deepest dreams of the heart, when truly examined are rarely based on fame on fortune(though those can be a result of realizing ones dream). Rather, the deepest dreams are often the manifestation of ones greatest gifts, made accessible, powerful, and shining outwards into the physical world. For example, when I committed to sharing my spiritual perceptions and understanding with the world at large, my life and reality altered in alchemical, transformative ways. In claiming my personal power to ‘see’ beyond this physical reality, to be clairvoyant and assist people in their own levels of self awareness, I transformed the way I ‘saw’ the world. When I was open about perceiving other levels of reality, I offered acceptance to others for perceiving in their own fashion, the greater reality of the cosmos. In this sharing, I gifted myself with a deeper level of self love and acceptance than ever before in this present life.

By offering ‘readings’ for others, I could witness the transformative power of prayer, release, and abundance on the spiritual level of existence, and celebrate in aiding in the facilitation of others self healing journey. My deepest dream from my heart, was to use the written word to continue to share messages of hope, divine love, and the etheric reality. By allowing myself to initially speak about what I was ‘seeing’, I become self empowered to write about what I perceived. The writing became a blog, and a Facebook page, those two opened the doorways of my consciousness to manifest a book, ‘Soul Evolution’. Along the way I faced several internal battles, between fear and divine consciousness. The fear was layered from other lifetimes, ones in which I had died for sharing spiritual messages or healing. In this current life I carried fears surrounding finances, or lack their of, and insecurities surrounding spreading my messages to a wide enough audience that anyone would read my book. Each level of fear, was a test of my commitment to my dreams for sharing and inspiring messages of Compassion. Some required days of prayer, others several walks in the woods, and a few sleepless nights of mantra, to overcome. Yet at each stage of birthing, I was able to connect with that strength of will that accompanies following the light of my hearts dream and desire.

Each person, who commits to a dream, whether it be as a builder, a communicator, an artist, a self realized individual, a musician, a teacher, or a myriad array of other manifest dreamers, will face challenging levels of fear. This is where truly connecting and honoring the deepest dream becomes alchemy. It is not only the fears of the self that must be overcome on a journey towards dream realization, but also the fears that one has ingested from culture and society at large. Some fears our society in the west encourages, surround the ‘value’ of ones projects and dreams on the financial level. There is an undercurrent of belief that pervades many who wish to create, and it suggests that unless a large quantity of money flows from the project, creation, passion, or lifestyle, then the value is low. This thought pattern denies both the creators, and the world at large from inspiration, hope and cosmic consciousness raising.

The value of following our dreams, investing time and money towards what we truly, deeply, passionately believe in, radiates outwards like a tidal wave, and flows across and over every person we interact with on a grand scale. To follow our dreams empowers others to follow theirs. It is important to consider that one persons dream could lead to a revolutionary pattern of thought that encouraged such divine love and compassion on a grand scale, that the face of the planet began to shift in manner that none could have foreseen a decade before. What if you, the person reading this post, are that person with such a power? What if your small project long dreamed of ignited and empowered a nation? Would you deny the future generations of this world, such a gift, because the fear of not generating enough income from your dream stopped you?

Along my journey I cashed in my savings, published my book, and leapt with arms outstretched towards sharing my own light to the best of my present capacity. The leap has thus far, been absolutely worth it. I value myself, and am better able to value the dreams of others. I have loving relationships in all my interactions, because I feel empowered enough to see others with the Love I afford myself. My dreams continues to be realized each time someone tells me the words I have written or spoken were helpful to them in some way. I would be delighted to sell a million books and perhaps this will or will not ever happen, but truly, the realization of my dream was when I sent out the first hundred for free and received thanks from people who were inspired and empowered through reading ‘Soul Evolution.’ My value to myself and my family unit has grown exponentially, as we each work together to support and encourage another’s dreams. Money is a reality of the world, yet it is not how we should set value on one another’s dreams.

I would like to share two prayers I have long utilized on this journey of birthing and sending outwards my own dreams into the world and the collective consciousness. The first is for identifying ones deepest dreams:

“Dear God/dess or creation, please send me the light of Durga, Quan Yin, Archangel Haniel to fill my being with the courage, compassion, self love and acceptance necessary to allow my greatest gifts and dreams to surface in my consciousness. I am ready to release all fears surrounding unworthiness, lack, and insecurity. I am ready to walk, talk, and act in accordance with my own divine Light, and to offer the world, in the best ways I am able to at this time, all of the Love I carry into this world. Thank you, Amen, OM, and Aho.”

 

The second is for during each small or large step along the way to realizing these dreams:

IMG_0603“Dear God/dess of creation, and the source, please help me to connect daily with the ways in which my individual light, contributes to the betterment of this world and cosmos at large. Please send me messages, helpers, guides, and Angels to assist me on this path, especially on days where I feel afraid or unsure of my next step forward. I ask that the Archangels working alongside me in this life, clear my fearful thoughts, and raise my personal vibration to coincide with Divine Love. I am a willing participant and advocate of this love, and ask that each day I am better able to perceive ways in which I can manifest my gifts out into the physical reality. Thank you, Amen, OM and Aho.”

As our Souls travel through time and space, it is the mark of energy, and resonance that we leave behind that will define the next stage of our personal Light evolution. What will be each of our pathways, rivers, and intersections of the Divine is entirely up to the choices we make surrounding following our dreams.

I wish each person reading this post, the courage, the strength of will, and the alchemy of spirit they need for their own empowered being to shine, share and evolve. Take chances, be brave, be bold, and define success on the manner in which we can all help one another.

with light,

Kamia

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Talking to Our Children About the Divine

I have had a number of parents asking me lately to add a blogpost, or another book regarding sharing the themes of ‘Soul Evolution’ with Children. While I look forward to writing another book in the future, I am still recharging my personal power source of self at this time, and so offer this blogpost until the time another book, possibly for children, manifests.

When I look at a child I see bright, fully formed Soul’s. The challenges they are carrying from this life, as well as others, and the gifts they have brought forward. I see them in the same context as adults, except for one key difference. Most children still have their wellspring of Hope and Faith fully accessible. The world brings challenges for people of all ages, yet many children, even those experiencing trauma, are still shining a hopeful light through their beings, out into this world, for the best possible reality of life. Soul Evolution was a manifestation of my current life, synthesizing previous lifetimes worth of experience and knowledge into a gift for others to encourage them along their spiritual, Soul-actualizing journeys. A gift for the inner children they still carry, the ‘Hope’ warriors and warrioress’s for a more Compassionate world. For those that are parents, and wish to communicate the information they have been accessing in Soul Evolution I give you some of the simple tools I use with my own daughter, and tools that were used with me as a child.

1.) Talk about the Divine. You can encourage a child to seek their own set of beliefs in this world by explaining that the world has several ways of expressing reverence and faith. List off different names for God/dess that you are comfortable using, and if the list is short, let the child know that names to the one Source abound, but most importantly, there is a Divine essence to life that you believe in. Children have Truth detectors. Their energy fields extend with bright, pure, optimism, and when we as adults speak with pure intentions, the child will ‘feel’ it. A parent does not need a doctorate in comparative religious studies to explore spiritual dialogue with a child. They simpley must offer their own hopes, fears, and experiences of faith. If your child has a particular curiosity in one direction, seek answers with them. Discuss your emotional responses as well as your mental and spiritual attitude to the different stories, myths, traditions, and practices that are explored. There is never an age limit on these discussions. Children of all ages benefit from the exploratory, vulnerable, and seeking curiosity that their parents can provide. If the children are teenagers or adults, strive forward with courage.

My parents would say to my brothers and I, “It doesn’t matter what name you give your belief in something greater, we simply hope that you find a way to believe.” My parents provided several different ways to explore and experience faith. As a child I was spoken to about Christ, Buddha, the Greek Pantheon, the Medicine Wheel, and Egyptian gods/goddess. If there was a book my parents could find about this, they brought it home. I had a cartoon version, picture Bible, Kahil Gibrans ‘The Prophet’, the Medicine Wheel earth astrology, Joan Grants books on her reincarnated lives as some of my favourites.

2.) If people are conscious that they are the guides and mentors of very ‘awake’ children, provide opportunities for the children to explore their natural gifts. Is there a modality the children have expressed an interest in such as meditation, yoga, prayer, vision quest, coming of age ceremony, energy work through reiki, or energy healing sound therapy, or color therapy? Does the child speak about things other people can’t see such as Angels or Fairies? Or do they reference past lives? As a parent, it is a lifelong goal to have our children confide in us. Even if a child’s perceptions are different from our own, there is a large degree of grace in making them feel safe enough to express their reality. If they comment in a manner that you do not understand fully, tell them you appreciate their sharing with you. Ask them if they can tell you more about it. For example, when I had a clairvoyant experience as a child, my mother always encouraged me to speak about it.

I was able to talk about what I ‘saw’ in a safe environment from both my parents. My parents sought out books of people who had extrasensory awareness or access to the Akashi Records like I did, and encouraged a dialogue. I felt affinity with Edgar Cayce when they shared his books and teachings with me.

3.)Be involved. If your child is curious about meditation, take a meditation class, even one on line or from a book together. If your child is curious about energy work, ask them to tell you daily what colour they are drawn to expressing, wearing, feeling, or sharing with the world at large. Ask them if there is a colour that they associate with people they are interacting with, and if these colours shift. Consider finding a book to share with them that talks about Auras, Chakras, and the healing power of gemstones. If they speak to fairies, find ways to spend time outside together, perhaps as volunteers at a community garden, or if close to nature, together on walks where the natural world is explored with questions about what certain plants, bodies of water, or land features make them think about, feel, or perceive. Spiritually aware children choose parents who offer them gifts for building strength, and often, have untapped gifts themselves. If we are willing as parents to challenge ourselves to grow in new ways, our children are given the tools for courage about growth, expansion, and open-mindedness. Read a book out loud to them. Even if not every word is understood as a child, their ‘spirit is listening’. Also, the best way to learn something is to teach another, if a child hears a chapter of a book like Soul Evolution and the parent is explaining it to them along the way, there is an amazing opportunity for communication, and exploration together. Let the child be a teacher for the parent, and allow that the roles of teacher student are not reliant entirely on age. Wisdom is present in the oldest and the youngest of us all, and in between in so many capacities.

My mother read my the series of books by Lynn Andrews when I was just in elementary school. The series of books was very inspiring to my development as a young women. She also read out passages from whatever book she was reading that inspired here, I heard teachings by Louise Hay, Hyemeyohsts Storm, Robert Bly and several diverse others. As a family we often spent vacation time camping int he backcountry, ares in nature, where I was more open to receiving messages, and feeling the energy reality of the universe. My parents signed me up for courses that were available close to our small town and introduced me to other light workers. I had psychic reading and astrological charts done from when I was 10 years old and upwards. I attended medicine wheels, and was fortunate to be present in sweat ceremonies. I took an energy work workshop when I was twelve that offered tools for boundaries and shielding I still utilize daily.

4.Be honest. It’s okay to have explored different levels of faith, spiritual receptivity, and to still be seeking. It’s okay to have changed our minds, stumbled, fallen, prayed for help, and in our darkest hours, grieved for the Divine we wish we were connecting to, and then, miraculously to find our faith, in renewed force all over again. Telling children about our true experiences gives them the most valuable tool of all. It offers the reassurance that being human is not always easy. Sometimes our incarnations are fraught with severely challenging realities. Sometimes they are blissful, and filled with love. Offer children the opportunity to witness the ways in which we as adults navigate the challenges of life, faith and Spirit, and we empower them to seek a pathway that resonates and empowers themselves. Above all else, when speaking with honesty, speaking of the Love and support we are willing to give them as they navigate their own unique journey, is a incredibly powerful gift we can each offer. My parents have four very different children. We each found our pathway to Spirit in our own unique way.

I hear my parents say often, how proud they are, that each of us keeps seeking, learning, growing, and sharing our unique gifts with the world. I hope to have the grace of offering my daughter the same tools of Faith and Love as her journey develops. I am so proud of her light being one I have the privilege to mentor and learn from on this life path.

May we live to be a part of a world filled with the children whose embrace of Divine Love, changes the shape and future of the world for greater Compassion.

with light,

Kamia

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