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.

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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