Authentic Voice and Inner Calm

 

Recently I have had several people comment that I am very calm, which often surprises me. My internal landscape has volcanic eruptions of emotions, etheric pendulums of cosmic unfolding, and a mental dialogue at the speed of a hummingbirds wing. Yet I accept these comments, as a reflection of a personal dedication to balance. Through the authenticity of acknowledging what I need in each moment to find a balanced self, balance can resonate like calmness.

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No matter how old we are in physical body, we have aspects of ourselves that will forever be as pure and innocent as a young child. In the capacity of acknowledging that this aspect of self exists, we are offered the choice to honor the words, action and movement that can be practiced to bring about personal authenticity, calm and empowerment. Our words, beliefs and faith in the outside world often mirror the words that we use with ourselves.

I have the good fortune to work with a few hundred children, sharing in the gifts of Yoga. Children are receptive on so many levels. Their ‘intuition’ and heightened sensitivities, their sixth sense, is finely tuned to discerning the nonverbal cues adults send around them each and every day. If we seek to empower them to feel safe, confident and supported, one of the ways to do so, is to attune our inner voice with our outwards voices and actions. Before I teach and share yoga with the children, the future generations who will be caretakers of our planet, I empower myself to seek personal balance. In my personal practice I feed myself honesty. The words, the feelings, the movements and breathing that my being is calling out for, in its search for balance. On days where I am sleepy, vulnerable or discouraged, I empower myself to be honest on an internal level with these feelings. If we are feeding ourselves with gentle, loving kindness such as ‘I know you are doing the best that you are able to at this time. Thank you, I am proud of you.’ Instead of a negative or hurtful thought pattern, other people we encounter, particularly children, will hear gentleness and loving kindness in the words that we use with them. Authentic internal voice may sometimes say ‘I expected better from you today,’ But it can also say, ‘I forgive you and know that you can do better. I love and respect you in the ways that you are growing, changing and learning every day. In this inner dialogue, we begin to see changes in our outward lives.

Many parents have told me they wished they could feel a greater sense of calm when with their children. I offer them this gentle encouragement. ‘Instead of seeking to appear calm, give oneself permission to acknowledge what the self is truly seeking to feel Balanced, the calm follows honoring ones authentic self.’

If we are willing to be forgiving and kind internally, the world around us shifts and reflects this seeking for personal balance. Peoples actions, choices and impact then gather the momentum for us to recognize ways that we can be encouraging, forgiving and supportive of others. Children especially will feel a devotion to balance and kindness radiate off of us.

One of the prayers I use out loud or internally when seeking to acknowledge my authentic voice and self is:

“Dear God/dess, Creator and Light source of this magnificent earth, please help me to receive the gifts of self knowledge that allow for accurate identification of the thoughts, words, movement and color I need at this time to reconnect with a Balanced sense of Self. Please send the light resonance of the Archangel Micheal and Shiva to cut through all lower vibrations of self doubt or negativity I have been feeding myself. Please send the compassion, beauty and grace of Quan Yin and the Archangel Jophiel to assist me in seeing the beauty I have to share on an authentic level with all those I influence and encounter. Thank you beautiful earth for cradling my footsteps, as I stand in stillness or walk in new directions that honor my Soul Path. Thank you, Amen, OM and Aho.”

What are the words we can each feed ourselves in this moment to afford an opportunity for balance or self healing? Placing our hands over our heart centers we can take a series of deep breathes and ask our intuitive selves, ‘What do I need at this time?’ Whatever the answer, we are then given the choice to listen and honor the intuitive, innocent self that answers.

May we choose Compassion and Grace.

With light and respect for the ways we are each seeking balance at this time,

Kamia

*Author of ‘Soul Evolution’ Kamia Shepherd offers Divine Love and heart based prayers, practise and anecdotes.

*For other related blogpost and tools for parenting or honouring the inner child visit:

What about the 6th Sense?

or

Celebrating Highly Sensitive Children

*To request a personal reading  to gather self awareness on relationships, soul path, or present lessons effected by past lives, visit the Certified Angel Card Reader (R) page

Celebrating Highly Sensitive Children

As a child I often struggled to reconcile the world around me that was ‘socially acceptable’ with the vibrant, diverse, far more interesting spiritual and emotional climate I was able to ‘read’.  Most of the time, it was very confusing.  What people said with their words in comparison with what their spirits or emotional resonance said, did not often align. It took several years to effectively construct energetic shields to stop being overwhelmed by the opposing messages.

Many children who are being born at this time are extremely ‘awake’.  You can tell as they look at you from their large luminous eyes, that not only are they seeing the body and face you are wearing, but also the emotional, spiritual and mental climate you are carrying.

Each person has an aura that extends several meters beyond their bodies.  People are conditioned to curl their energetic bodies more closely around their physical bodies as a coping mechanism early on in life.  It makes interactions with others emotions and spirits less overwhelming.  Ideally, through fostering meditation, yoga or reverence for the divine in another way such as communion with nature, people are given an opportunity to spread their wings of light, so to speak, to expand and trust their inner knowing and clear their energy fields so that interacting with others becomes a celebration of mirrored resonance and a joyful experience of others gifts.

One of the ways to respect and foster a child’s ‘sixth sense‘ is to be honest with them.  All of the time.  If you as a parent have words that are resonating in the same way as your emotional and spiritual body, then the child knows that they can trust you.  This certainly can lead to uncomfortable conversations, because there are days in which being honest with oneself also requires time for grief, healing, releasing and transforming anger, and the days can seem packed with other tasks and responsibilities.  Yet processing and acknowledging emotions is one of the most valuable gifts of mentorship you can offer a highly sensitive child.  Their emotions are like tidal waves.  You will see them rush through and seem to consume them.

Attempting to remain calm, to visualize surrounding them with white light and praying that their guardian angels help them to release and transform the emotion is all valuable.  Teaching them to breath through the emotion, to hold them against you if they wish to be held and taking deep, belly filling breaths also enables their rhythms to return to a  calmer place.

Sensitive and ‘awake’ children feel very deeply, not only their own emotions, but also the emotional climate of those they have interacted with though out the day.   A large crowded room, or an upset person they walked past can all flood them with emotions and energy they want to process. If your highly sensitive child prefers alone time, do not fear that they will be antisocial.  Consider that as they develop healthy boundaries and shielding techniques, they will attract other peoples energies that do not overwhelm them. I was far more comfortable alone, and sometimes still am, until I became more grounded in developing healthy boundaries and shielding techniques.  To share a simple few, consider the space that you child sleeps in.  Flood it with sunlight, encourage them to find rocks, outside that they are drawn to and bring them inside.  Many children will respond to the grounding energy of stones, and naturally want to collect them.  I am grateful still to my father for carrying backpacks of rocks home for me to array in my room.

Listen to the cultures or countries they are most fascinated by, and consider an image or piece of clothing from that country, as some of their past lives share gifts they wish to communicate in this present one. Perhaps they have recently had a lifetime in Tibet and are drawn to singing bowls.  This is a valuable energy clearing tool for them, in a similar way that sweet grass or sage for smudging can be used for clearing.

Allow them to dictate the colors they wear each day.  They will often adorn themselves like a rainbow and have very distinct ideas about what they want to wear.  Color has resonance, it mirrors and supports healthy chakras as well as matching their auras.  They will use these colors in healthy ways for creating balanced boundaries. Notice their response to drinking pure water.  Many will be highly sensitive chlorine and need filtered water, or when having a bath, a handful of sea salt to clear their energy.

Above all, listen to what they say, and what they ask you.  If they are curious about angels, or talk to them all the time, encourage their sharing of their inner knowing.  They may interact with a world that does not as easily accept this form of dialogue when they are outside the house, but if they feel safe expressing their gifts with you, they will be encouraged to hold onto them instead of trying to block them and ‘fit in’.

Trust their instincts about people they do not trust, and instead of talking them out of their thoughts, explore and communicate ways in which they can navigate uncomfortable situations with peers. This is challenging, but vital.  As you develop their tools, you will clarify and strengthen your own.  Highly sensitive children often pick highly sensitive parents.  They inspire growth, healing, divine love and colorful existence. They bring joy, when they are not struggling to ‘fit in’.

These children ‘know’ there is a God, angels,  fairies and plant devas, and that the earth and environment are precious.  They are teachers of us all, and if we remind them daily, that they are loved, and trusted, they will flourish and change the world as we know it in incredible ways.

As a child I to talked to angels and fairies and the earth.  I had a few years during which I attempted not to, to feel as if I ‘belonged’. Those were sad years.  I converse with the angels, fairies, and the earth daily once more.  Their messages are uplifting, energizing and filled with love. When I interact with people I want to tell them they are beautiful, bright, and worthy of love, because most of the time, their angels are all shouting it, and I am encouraged to join the chorus. I am grateful now for my heightened sensitivities and hope to mentor my own child to trust her inner knowing and gifts.

Many highly sensitive people learn to block out their spiritual awareness at a young age as a coping and survival skill.  The inner knowing however, is their greatest tool and ultimate survival and coping mechanism, and it is important to encourage a connection, foster self awareness and trust and endeavor to support these gifts, as ultimately they are Soul gifts that the person has brought to the planet.

The following is a prayer with the assistance of Archangels Michael the angel of protection, Raphael the angel of healing, and Ariel who is the ‘lioness of god’ or the brilliant gold light that infuses and balances the third chakra and our personal place of power and assertiveness:

Dear God/dess, and higher self, please help me to align my being with its unique and brilliant gifts.  Please help me to trust my inner knowing, to set and maintain healthy boundaries that enable me to celebrate my gifts, and interact with others in a manner that encourages their own healthily boundaries and inner truth. Please send Archangel Micheal with his sword to cut any chords of fear or negative energy from my personal space and being (and from around my child).  Please send Archangel Raphael to bring healing to any areas in my life, past and present that taught me to ignore my inner knowing. Please help me to have faith in my ability to perceive divine love on all levels, both within myself and within those that I interact with, and send Archangel Ariel to help me to have the courage to speak my truth from a place of love and assertiveness. Thank you , amen, and Om”.

To all of the parents of such children, and the adults that were once these children themselves, the light within me, recognizes, honors and celebrates the light within all of you, Namaste.

with light

Kamia

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excellent post by Discovering Ascension “Being Honest”

http://discoveringascension.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/being-honest/

*To receive and book a Certified Angel Card Reading(tm) for facilitation and messages between your  divine helpers, angels and guides, please visit the Angel Card Readings page.

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