Trees and Ancient Wisdom

What does the gift of a tree offer us on the etheric level?  We are all empowered to explore that devotion of meditative, transcendental energy.  Trees hold the history and ability to transcend different levels of being.  Their roots teach us of that which exists and anchors us bellow the surface of our own conscious minds.  Their core, the heart and trunk that grows and lives with sap beneath the surface, is so very like our own skin, holding our physical being enclosed and protected as the systems of life occur within our cells.  The branches reach to the light, even as the crown chakra , is every receiving the energy of the manifest universe, the potential to extend up beyond that which we see with physical being, and recharge from Divine Source.  When I began meditating with trees, I was a child.  I would hug close to my heart the ancient being and ‘ask’ to be shown the wisdom of their sentience.  Through the communion of trees, my clairvoyance would expand.  I would see how my rhythms of heart and my energy body would align with the patience of the tree, how the act of being close, and connecting my central nervous system in some manner with the stillness of the rooted being, brought about a deeper sense of calm, of timelessness.  I learned to see that which frustrated or annoyed or was fearful, as so small, in the vastness of season change, the warmth of sun and the exhilaration of wind. When I am in communion in this way, I feel bands of gold light connecting my chakras through my spine, to the centre of the tree.  I become aware of the way my energy body is opening ‘wings’ and gathering wind, sun, light, earth, and water.  With respect, I return to ones that resonate with Peace during times of duress.  Within every living being, is a lesson a teaching and a gift.  What will we develop in ourselves and this world at large through a devotion of time and energy to connecting and learning from other sentient beings? Meditation can be a sinking in, yet over time, it also is an expanding outwards, beyond the confines of physical self, to a deep appreciating for the hearts that beat within us, and the Soul that is so very vast and connected to Light in every direction through multiple dimensions.

On  a recent trip to India, I had the privilege and honour of being present for the planting of shoots, seedlings, from the bodhi tree that Buddha sat beneath during his realization of enlightenment.  The tree, like all living beings who’s life spans recreate themselves through time, carried the energy resonance of that moment, as well as an imprint of the potential shelter or safe haven for spiritual seekers should they choose to seek in a similar way. When I placed my hands at the base of the seedling honoured as the spirit of Truth, the image of three seedlings having the potential to weave together into a gentle dome, that invited in the awakening through heart chakra and crown charka energy, of those who sat within the dome was such that I am encouraged to share my gathered ‘Tree’ perceptions in the following manner:

For those that feel drawn to exploring the healing power of trees spiritually, to learn to explore individual gifts for being rooted into this present life, yet looking through a window of Soul into past lifetimes, and the approaching cycles of light that we may concrete in our future, I offer this simple practice:

Begin the day with gentle movement before stillness, this could be a walk int he sunrise, or gentle yoga, or even sitting and practicing neck rolls, anything that is a natural extension of the ways in which we are each drawn to connect with our physical anchor of self. We acknowledge and honour the body to create a safe harbour for our Spirit.

Breathing fully, visualize oneself as a tree.  The tree may always be the same, or it may change daily.  What flow of energy, feeling, sensation or being do we light heartedly invite?  Do we notice we are weighed down by a ‘load’ of some kind?  Are we reaching outwards with giant branches? Or are we a sapling just beginning?  In the process of developing and refining self awareness, what we each gather from practicing a simple visualization can be very rich.  Having noticed if our tree had creature living around or connected to it, what do we do with our observations?  Do we journal them down, so that further reflection can unfold? Or discuss with a loved one who is open to practising the same gentle exercise?

Sometime through out the day, visit a tree. A prayer that I use is:

“Thank you Divine Source for the bounty of Nature that offers us all so many gifts.  Please allow me to connect in a healing and compassionate way with the wisdom of this forest, and this particular tree, to see, feel and hear that which can be of the greatest service to myself and the world at large, at this time.  Thank you Amen, Oma and Aho.”

It can be that we practice in a forest, or in a meditative state.  What tree holds particular significance for our energy field expansion? To connect with a tree that holds personal Power anywhere on the globe can be done in deep levels of meditation, or it can be physically connecting through a hug, a hand placed against, or leaning with ones spine alongside a local tree.  As sensitivity develops, as we each release the ego or fear based thought patterns that may block our receptive qualities, we may find that the Self connects in new or very ancient ways with the energy source of a tree. If the meditation expansion to an alternate place was chosen, make space to visit a local tree for at least 4mins of communion to anchor the experience. Thank the tree for any wisdom gathered, shared or remembered.

*This is a simple and beautiful practise that can be shared with our children and loved ones. Sometimes we may feel the natural creative manifestation to draw paint or otherwise depict ‘our’ Tree of self.  When we work with e spiritual unfolding, it is a gift we can give ourselves and the world at large to bring forth in a creative fashion, that which we have learned spiritually.

May we be like and connected with the Trees.  May we grow and receive, and grow some more, and leave the seeds of our deepest levels of Compassion, for future generations to grow alongside.

With light and respect for ancient, new or evolving cultures reverence for sacred Trees,

Kamia

‘Soul Evolution’ a manual for expansion of consciousness holds further tools and anecdotes regarding the history that the earth carries for the clairvoyant, clairaudient, clairsentient and cognitive highly sensitive people incarnated on the planet at this time.  Thank you all, for Shining. Purchase as a gift for the self or a Loved one through Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay.

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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Will Power and the Internal Flame

Words have power. The power that we give them when we use them with consciousness, the power that they carry when they are spoken or written or thought and sent as prayers. There are moments when we hear, read, or write particular words during out lifetime, and in the moment, we have a visceral reaction, as if there is a piece of our spirit that is returning ‘home’ to a greater understanding of our place in the grand cosmos and our experience of ‘life’.

With focus and intention, we can harness the resonance of a word, of our own divine will, and activate the powerful tool of being present, aware and intentional in the ways in which we direct our life force and are effected on a energy level by the use of words. What are the words of self Love, Divine connection, Soul Purpose commitment and Peace we each have inside of us, waiting to be birthed?

There is a particular power shift when we discover the true measure of our own Free Will. The ability to discern and activate light expansion and direct the course of our lives through the choices we make and the parameters we consciously create. One of the most powerful sayings that I use, and share with others is the simple practice of saying aloud

“There is only space for Light in this space.”

I have used this saying during times where I felt in danger, I have used it to clear the energy in a home, and I have often used it as I approached a scenario or conversation in which there is fear based energy present. Through the power of intention and direct invocation of the Law of Free Will, there is an etheric surge of energy that creates a lattice of energy, like a net, web or wall, that diffuses all lower vibrations and allows for only the highest vibrations of love, compassion, truth and integrity to be present. This invocation of focused intention is so powerful, that it can literally transform the physical reality, surrounding one. The mental level of awareness also shifts with this intention, allowing for a heightened ability to creatively problem solve, see solutions and discern opportunities for safely navigating people, places and experiences. When I use the words, I often visualize the light of Archangel Micheal like a fiery white, and blue flame, surrounding my body and self, burning through fearful thoughts and self doubt. The focus of this visualization the physical words being spoken, all anchor my will and intention in a manner that eliminates self doubt and ego based distractions. We all experience fear on different levels. The brighter the receptive quality a person carries for broadcasting light into this present reality, the more likely they will be to create several fearful circumstances on one of the levels, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual that offers opportunities to connect with and strengthen their will. The challenges that we each face and encounter are forging us into stronger, more competent beings when we approach or navigate them with Faith that we can ultimately emerge with greater tools, knowledge and personal wisdom.

During times in life when I have waged spiritual, emotional or mental battles for my own growth, it is in the power of the simplest words, spoken, thought and affirmed that I have broken through the fear based patterns. The internal battles we wage can be all consuming. As if we have walked or thrown ourselves into the metaphorical pit of fire. Yet, in this fire, in the light that can be channeled as the fiery sword energy of Archangel Micheal who cuts away disempowerment and fear, or the power of the goddess energy Durga, who cuts through illusions and fear, we are able to emerge as the distilled, amplified version of Self we each can choose to be. When we make a conscious choice to honor our own unique gifts, in the aspects of diving into our own psyche and perceptions, and navigating a spiritual connection that can act as a rope of light, an anchor and radiant energy source to our present incarnation, we will be tested in accordance with the power of our will. No sooner have we set an intention to make a change, or allow growth, then previous lessons or larger lessons that reflect this choice will present themselves before us. For example we may choose to eliminate a toxic substance from our diet, only to then create three different social circumstances in which this substance is available and offered. Our will and our faith in our own worthiness to heal, grow and implement self and divine Love is tested. Did we make a commitment to self with the strength of focus that originates from a place of our ultimate core resonance? And if so, do we allow this determination to expand and pulse out into the physical world, a fuel source of Divine Will that changes our physical reality and allows us to walk away from unhealthy patterns? Or did we make a choice with only a half-hearted determination of will? One that still has fear based self doubt attached to it? By discerning our own pathways of consciousness, and true motivation for patterns and choices we activate empowerment.

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One of the prayers that I have used to bring a deeper level of self awareness into directing my free will and determinations is:

“Dear God/dess Force of Creation, please amplify my light, and connection to my Higher Self so that I can easily discern the ways in which I am able to empower myself to be True to my Soul Purpose and Path. I ask that all lower vibrations of self-doubt, insecurities and mistrust, in my own Divine Power, be removed with the assistance of the warrior/ess energy of Archangel Micheal and Durga. I ask that I release fearful imprinting form this and previous lifetimes so that I may implement and live as a conduit of Divine Love, Peace and Joy. Thank you, Amen, OM and Aho.”

What light do we all carry from the beginning of our Soul’s journey through time, that we are seeking to expand at this time in the present? Through the direction of willpower, we are responsible for giving this energy the space, respect and activation. We are all powerful in our expression of the Divine Light that connects all living beings. We choose to dampen or strengthen this light every day.

May the light within you grow, expand and break free of constrictions that have been placed upon it through this or previous lifetimes.

With light and respect for your journey,

Kamia

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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

‘Soul Evolution’ by Kamia Shepherd is available worldwide for instant download or order through Amazon.  CLICK HERE to Buy Now ‘Soul Evolution’ through Amazon

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‘Soul Evolution’ is available in select bookstores in Canada such as Banyan Books, Vancouver BC, Baccus Books, Golden BC and Jasper Rock and Jade, Jasper AB.

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