As you journey through each day, you may encounter a range of OUTSIDE experiences that lift your spirits or rattle you to the core. But the key is that these experiences are outside of you and your perspective (and response) will shape the unfolding.
Notice how you are showing up and your level of participation.
You are powerful and your power can be used to build or destroy, but the key is the energy you generate in use of your power. I’m sure you already know which energy you’re tapped into when your intent is to impose your strength onto others, but what happens when you tap into the most powerful source of all…
Instead of adding fuel to any fires, what can you do to support change? It starts with your feeling and approach. Check your energy. Check in with you! Move ahead in a frequency that will be most beneficial…
Day to day. Moment to moment. Inhale to exhale.
Another key factor is your point of focus. What you zoom in on, usually with mental blinders, is not only shaping your internal feeling but the OUTSIDE experience, and potentially the rest of your day.
What you can acknowledge to stay lifted?
It’s the little things. When you acknowledge the gifts surrounding you, and the gift of life itself, it helps in maintaining a level of appreciation that can support you in showing up in outside experiences with more compassion, understanding and gratitude.
You are shaping your moments; make the most of them. You are shaping this life experience; make the most of it. You are shaping it all through the energy you generate; choose wisely.
Your energy is powerful and LOVE is your TRUE power.
When I was in elementary school, my babysitter was Chinese and her little sister was one of my best friends. Their family included me in everything, even Chinese New Year! It was always exciting because the adults gave my friend, Mun, and I red envelopes filled with money for a prosperous New Year. In their culture, the color red was symbolic of energy and good luck, so the envelope itself held more significance than the money inside.
The energy of all things…
As I reflected back on this today, it reminded me of the importance of the energy we infuse into thought and action. Today, we are witnessing a lot of upset around events within the collective. There are hateful words being thrown around, strong energies of disdain, all in the name of what is “right” and/or “good”. It reminds me of a time when I went to a gay pride parade and there was a man screaming expletives and calling people (gay people) horrible names, all while holding a bible and saying it was in the name of God. Not one loving word, no ounce of energy that felt loving, yet he believed it was nothing less than righteous.
Your energy supersedes intention…
Are your words and actions aligned with what you intend to convey? What energy do you hold…what does it feel like in your body when you consider various aspects of life? If it doesn’t feel like love beneath the surface, what are you actually projecting out?
What matters to you?
The confusion lies in upset. Yes, there are things that enrage us, but WHY are these things so upsetting? The anger surfaces because underneath it all, you care about something. But what happens when you allow anger to become the voice of your heart?
Mind over emotion.
Think about it this way…when someone yells at you, what is your immediate response? Defensiveness, most likely, and then you may react in the same way, causing an eruption of miscommunication because in the discord, not much is actually heard or understood. The actual points become lost in translation, and the exchange of words move far beyond what mattered to you (or them) in the first place.
In love, how can you express the TRUTH of your heart?
In the example I used above, the man at the parade, what if he expressed his views in love? What if he were able to convey the truth of his heart, which was probably that he was afraid of what he did not understand? What if he truly believed that he was there to help “save” people from…whatever he believed, and he was able to speak from a place of genuine concern? He may have opened up a peaceful dialog. He may have come to understand different points of view…he may have left more informed, with more love and compassion in his heart. He may have left with newfound brothers and sisters. Would they have agreed? Not necessarily, but change would have begun in the right place…in the mind.
Be vulnerable enough to stand in and BE your light…
As I mentioned, we are entering the Year of the Fire Rooster. This sign is known for its drive and determination. And considering all that is going on in the world, many are determined to see and support change. While this can be a beautiful thing, the key will be to act from a space of love, remembering the energy beneath your motivations.
Some believe it is necessary to fight fire with fire, but let’s think about that scenario…everything would be destroyed. Alternatively, outside of emotional reaction, one may consider use of water. Just saying…
This is such an important time, for all of us, to wake up and begin to listen and understand ourselves. Once we have clarity of heart, bringing that clarity into alignment with our minds, we may find the peace we all seek (it will take some time). And again, we may not always agree, but the only way we will come to evolve through understanding is through loving energy and effective communication.
On that note…
May we all have a prosperous new year, filled with MORE love and light…and in the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Journey in LOVE!
It just occurred to me that I need to find peace with my eyes open. I tend to go into meditation, or hop on my Reiki table when I am feeling surges of emotions or other energies that are working their way up to the surface for acknowledgement.
I listen and I go within. But with the holiday here, which includes festivities and more possible triggers of emotion, I realized that I better figure out a way to find my peace with my eyes open.
The holiday’s, in general, are interesting; partially because I live 3,000 miles away from my family, but also because I am single. This seems to worry my friends, which is sweet and comical, but it also puts pressure on me to “be okay”. So while I am very fortunate to have wonderful friends who are like family, I still find myself in a strange space, wanting to be completely alone and away from the celebration.
Well, this year I decided that I am going to do it differently. I have accepted invitations to dinners and other gatherings, but even the thought of this entices my emotion to boil over. So, what to do? Again, I know I have to find a way of finding peace with my eyes open, while interacting with other people in the holiday fun.
I am sharing this because I know I can’t be the only one feeling unnerved by the idea of obligatory cheer. And yes, I’m sure there will be genuine laughter and feelings of joy, on my part, but I also know that there will be and underlying sadness, which I will have to deal with.
And that’s just it…
It’s something to deal with. My attempt to even engage is really an attempt to allow myself to feel whatever it is I may possibly feel. And to find peace, I have to let myself feel whatever may come up, remembering the underlying fortune and gratitude I have for every person in my life: family, friend, client, student…and even the amazing souls who have crossed my path only once or twice.
Community. The holiday is very communal, although I have made it a tradition of solitude. And the truth is, I can only be at peace with my EYE open, allowing myself to see and acknowledge that which I hold within my field of consciousness. If the last few weeks have taught me anything, it’s that we are transforming in new ways, digging deep and really tapping into the roots of who and what we are.
So with my eyes open, I will acknowledge the beautiful souls before me, finding peace in the beauty of exchange and inclusion. With my eyes open, I will give thanks for all I am experiencing and my continued opportunities for healing and growth. And with my eyes open, I will see that it’s all a matter of perspective. Yes, I hold myself accountable to practicing what I teach.
If you are missing someone this holiday, remember they are still with you, which is why you’re even holding them in thought. Smile and give thanks for your happy memories, then allow your heart to beam. We are so blessed to have known those we love, no matter the length of time.
I wish you all a beautiful holiday! May you find joy in all you encounter. May you give and receive love, with gratitude. May you be light, acknowledging and nurturing your spirit! May you find peace, with your eyes open.
Get ready for emotions! Whether the holiday's have you feeling high or low, there will be beautiful opportunities to acknowledge your deepest feelings this week. And while this can sound intimidating, remember it's all perspective.
You can choose to see the gifts of your transformation within the rings of laughter and in the journey of each tear. You are moving into new levels of awareness and understanding. Allow.
So, what are you experiencing in this time of deep transformation?
This time of year stirs up a lot of emotion, encouraging you to release the old, in preparation for the new. But how well are you dealing with what’s coming up in your field of energy for release? In this upcoming week, there is a lot going on, energetically…and a lot may be triggered.
Remember this: you have choice, you are the manager of your energy and how you deal with it is what truly matters.
You have deep seeded emotions and ties (energetic cords) that are connected to your family, relationships and your ideas of who you are and what you should be doing. Entangled in these webs are energies of residual guilt, shame, anger, hurt and the list goes on and on, but the key is to release any fear around what you’re holding onto or how it makes you feel. In order to heal and transform your energy, in a genuine attempt to “release” whatever has you feeling “off”, you have to acknowledge what is coming up for your acknowledgement and why.
What is your heart working through or working out?
In addition to the holidays and to-do lists, what are you experiencing on an energetic level? Consider what you have been nurturing and feeding your energy into, until now. Are you still struggling with old feelings, behaviors or patterns? Take a moment and consider what you are resisting, in terms of your healing.
The winter solstice happens on December 21, 2015, which is the shortest day of the year. Traditionally, this is a time for introspection. When we move into winter, the nights are longer and symbolic of moving inward, connecting to your inner-light. What happens when you close your eyes and disconnect from the surrounding noise? You go within. You connect with what you are feeling, beyond the influence of what you perceive in the material realm. You allow yourself space to SEE in truth, and connect with what matters to you.
If it matters to you, make it matter in your life!
When we look at this date numerically, 12-21, the month and day are like a mirror image. In this, consider what you are internalizing and what you are reflecting out. How are your deepest feelings and thoughts influencing what you are creating, experiencing and attracting into your life? If what matters to you is not reflected in the life you’re living, consider how you are not being honest with YOU. This is a time to see the beautiful and amazing soul that is you!
What’s out of alignment and what have you been avoiding?
Think about what happens in nature during winter months, and how you can learn to allow change to process as beautifully as the seasons.
The trees are bare, going through a process of release, before regeneration of life. If you allow yourself to be vulnerable, baring your soul to you, it becomes easier to release attachments from your old leaves (stories and energies), as part of your natural cycle of growth and evolution.
You are encouraged to unplug from the world and connect with yourself. Look within, honor your truth, transform to heal and then set clear intention around what IS true and in alignment with your heart. What will you honor and allow yourself to experience next?
Live a life that is the reflection of your heart!
Be kind to yourself in your process of growth, and give yourself permission to heal and transform so that you can begin expressing and creating as only YOU can.
Passion. Purpose. Contribution.
If you are not showing up in ways that feel authentic to you, whom are you showing up as, and what are you truly contributing? Is it from your heart, or are you living to appease an externalized expectation? The energy beneath your actions, and the truth beneath your motivation, is more important than the action itself.
The New Year may have you going through the lists of what you didn’t complete, what you should focus on next and wondering how to get everything done. Take a breath, step out of blame and self-criticism, and acknowledge all that you DID accomplish this year! What have you learned? How have you grown? And through it all, acknowledge that you are right here, right now…and still going.
We are ending this cycle, 2015, which is a universal year eight. This year was about balance, and in order to create balance and harmony in your life, there was a process of release AND acceptance. So, yes, this year was full of major changes, but is there anything that you’re still resisting? What if you allowed yourself to let go of old beliefs and ways of being that no longer fit who you are and what you want to experience? What if you allowed yourself to accept and honor who you are and what does matter to you…
This cycle is ending and you will be supported by the full moon, which is symbolic of completion and release. The next full moon will be in the nurturing sign of Cancer on December 25th, Christmas Day. This is THE Mama Moon of moons! The sign of Cancer is ruled by the moon, inviting you to dive into your sea of emotions, with full awareness of your ability to learn and grow from what you feel and sense.
Holiday’s, in of themselves, can be a lot, but then we have emotions heightened by the FULL moon, and under the influence of the sign of Cancer. Grab a box of tissues. If you have been in avoidance or trying to evade your feelings, it’s likely that you won’t be able to escape much longer…
Christmas (and the days preceding) may be emotional this year, but "emotional" doesn’t have to be crazy!
For some reason, we do tend to equate our emotions to “mess”, but our emotions are quite beautiful when honored, understood and displayed responsibly. And of course, your emotions may also be heightened with overwhelming joy and gratitude!
Remember that your feelings reveal the stories of your experiences, and the release of emotion is part of your transformation. You are working through layers of old energies for your self-healing and growth. But keep in mind that you are not the ONLY one. We are all transforming, so be respectful of the emotions and feelings of those surrounding you, too. We all have hurt that’s coming up to come out, but we can support each other, lovingly, in the process.
This full moon, being in Cancer, is also very nurturing. So, yes...go ahead and release with love, and then welcome the gifts and blessings of new beginnings! Can you imagine how good you will feel after letting go?
Here are a few tips to help you navigate these energies:
With a heart full of love and gratitude,
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We often hear about the importance of remaining positive, but it can be a real challenge to see the light at the end of the tunnel…especially when the tunnel seems never-ending.
So what do you do when you can’t see an end to your circumstance?
Do you run in the darkness, hoping to find a glimpse of light, or do you close your eyes and give up, hoping the light will somehow seek you out instead?
You could try those methods, but you would be better off using what you have in order to navigate with purpose and clear intention. So, what do you have? More than you realize!
First of all, you have the power of observation. Instead of fighting blindly or allowing what feels blinding to get the best of you, look with all of your senses.
You weren’t always in this space…so what got you here? If you open your eyes (heart and mind) and look with awareness, you may find that there are fragments of light right in front of you…or all around you. The problem is that we tend to get caught in the trappings of believing we are in a tunnel…and with tunnel vision, right?
Here you are, in this tunnel…looking for one exit. Why? Because you assume all tunnels are the same? Because you have only heard of that ONE light at the end of this ONE tunnel? What if you were told this instead:
There are many lights within every tunnel, you only need to choose which to illuminate.
Trust your inner-wisdom. Allow the mind expand through the release of fear, doubt and worry. Begin to breathe with awareness, calming your mind, body and energies. What if everything ends up better than you can imagine? What if things aren’t as bad as you imagine? What if you choose to take action that supports YOU rather than allowing the tunnel to multiply in size?
You may not always like your options, but it does not mean that options do not exist.
Next, identify your roads and start mapping. No matter which step you take, you will cause a shift. And if you refuse to act, action will occur without YOUR guidance. When you are able to find balance between heart and mind, you see with more clarity, and you may find that there are multiple solutions to finding positive resolve. Again, there are several lights surrounding you…
...you only need to choose which path to light for navigation.
Make noise. If you need to let it out along the way, let it out! Scream, cry, feel…release the weight of burden. Sometimes we think we are in a tunnel simply because we have allowed so much internal build up that we can no longer see straight! Our tears create pathways of release. Freeing your emotion allows your energies to flow with more ease, which in turn allows you to see with more clarity.
And remember that you are never alone. Ask for help. Pray to the Divine. Share your thoughts and feelings with a friend or loved one. Through exchange, we often shift our perspective or become more able to see that we were never in a tunnel to begin with.
Research. There may be options you haven’t considered…and with today’s technology, you can find guidance in countless ways and from countless people. But again, trust your inner-guidance, even when seeking help from an external source.
Keep in mind all you DO have. Consider what you have learned along the way. And again, you were not always in this space and you won’t be in this space forever. No matter what you feel, gratitude is like carrying a flashlight, ensuring you will never suffer complete tunnel vision again.
Journey in LOVE.
I have recently decided to cleanse, releasing toxins from my physical body and ridding my system of old waste. Interestingly, I chose to start my cleanse today, which is the New Moon of July (in Cancer). These energies are optimal for planting new seeds of intention; starting anew. With this realization, I felt that today would be symbolic of renewal, in all areas of my life.
Like many, I am in the process of transition. Many changes are occurring, energies are shifting, and this can often leave us feeling like we are in the middle of a storm. Well, I am trying to remain open to the flow of change, instead of fighting against it. Why? There are several times throughout life that we experience abrupt changes, BIG changes and/or unexpected change. No matter the type, change will occur. They key is how we handle the process.
Change is inevitable and can be exciting, although it is common to feel frustration or fall into fear when going through the process. The truth is that fear and frustration are lower vibrations of energy, and only hinder progression. Again, it does not benefit us to fight against the current; either go with the flow or choose a new direction. I am not suggesting that we give up or throw in the towel. I am noting that there are various modes of navigating change.
1. Go within. When we are feeling overwhelmed, the best thing to do is pause. Allow breathing to calm, deep and steady, as tension releases from all areas of the body. When the heart is at ease, move into meditation. Choose a mantra or positive affirmation to focus on, such as:
Mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum
Positive Affirmation: “I am free from fear and frustration. I am open to new possibilities and opportunities, better than I can imagine!”
2. Know what you want. When we are aware of what we truly desire, we are able to move forward with vision and purpose! And...we probably require some form of change in order to obtain what we want!
3. Ask for guidance. Many work with their Angels, Guides, Loved Ones and /or pray to the Divine. We are never alone. We are supported in many ways and can increase supportive energies by asking for help.
4. Manage your beliefs. What we believe is what we manifest. Our energies influence results. Because of this, it is important that our beliefs support our highest and best interests. If our beliefs are limiting or negative, we are limiting and/or hurting ourselves. Belief work is the key to manifesting consciously!
5. Remain in gratitude. Giving thanks for what we do have releases obsession with what we don’t have. On top of this, gratitude is of high vibration, and welcomes energies of receiving in our highest and best interests!
6. See the silver lining. It’s always there! What are the benefits of this change? Is there a lesson, or opportunity that you have yet to consider? Trust the process. For all things, there is reason.
Peace and Blessings!
Welcome to Meditation Monday! This week's meditation is about reflection, giving thanks and letting go of 2012.
We have all experienced so much change this year. Why? Aside from change being constant, we are part of the current planetary alignment, and we are realigning with ourselves.
For many, 2012 was about release, in every form. The letting go, whether realized or not, has given us space to step deeper into our authenticity. We are no longer clinging to what’s familiar for sake of comfort…we have been shaken out of and/or torn away from comforts. And here we are…at the end of more than a year, but the end of a way of being.
Today, I encourage you to go within and reflect on these last twelve months. What have you let go of (things, relationships, ideas, etc)? What changes/shifts have you noticed? If you were forced into change, how did you grow from the experience? Regardless of how tough this year may have been, what have been the benefits? Are you stronger, wiser, or moving in a new direction that’s more reflective of your soul (core being)?
How many people have you heard say, “I’m glad this year is almost over!” Well, yes, it is…but it won’t be any easier as we move into 2013 unless we choose to make good of the changes that occurred in 2012. Yes, change can be scary and uncomfortable, but as we discussed earlier this year, the influence of our perception is key. We also have the power to lighten our energetic loads by loving ourselves and remaining in gratitude. These practices will also ease our transitions.
This week we are going to remain reflective, with focus on wisdom. Join me for Wisdom Wednesday.
Until next time...
Peace and Blessings!
Welcome to Meditation Monday! Because of the major shifts that occurred during October 2012, this week we are going to discuss self realization. With this topic in mind, today's focus is going inward for answers.
During times of change, it is important to connect with self, finding balance in what may seem to be rough waters.
As I’ve written in previous blogs, meditation is one of the best tools for self connection. One thing that’s important to remember is that meditation can be done in various ways and in different segments of time. I personally recommend starting each day in meditation, creating quite space to prepare yourself for the day ahead. During these morning meditations, I give thanks for all of the blessing in my life; current and those to come. I also set intentions for the day and send love into the Universe, recognizing the power and importance of love. For Reiki Practitioners, this is also a good time to meditate on the Reiki Principals. This daily practice creates a foundation for self connection.
Once we have stepped out into the day, life happens. Some elements of the day will be wonderful, and some may be challenging. There is a flow, and we have to learn to ride the waves.
1. We must practice being present. We face numerous distractions that remove us from what is going on right in front of us. This can be internal and/or external noise. Perhaps it is a form of escape, or simply lack of attention. Either way, when you recognize that you have “checked out”, take a deep breath and acknowledge exactly where you are – in the now.
2. We have to reconnect. Recognize what is going on and how you feel about it. How are you connected to the present, or why are you attempting to disconnect from it? Go inward and notice where you are feeling. Where are your feelings being stored and processed? We often hold tension in our backs or stomachs, but you may be surprised to feel your thoughts and emotions in other areas. To locate your truth, and to gain better understanding of self, self-connection is key. From here, you can determine what needs to be addressed and what needs release.
3. Remember to step out of ego and avoid judgment. We tend to beat ourselves up for thoughts and past actions. This does not help; it hurts. Holding on to the past and living in criticism binds us to negative energies that hold us back. To move forward, we have to learn to be compassionate and gain understanding. In this, we learn, and through our lessons we find resolve. By finding resolve, we hold space for growth and create deeper levels of love for self. All of this illuminates our answers, as we dissolve our mess by letting it go, lovingly.
These steps may be repeated numerous times throughout each day. From one moment to the next, we are disconnecting and reconnecting. With practice, you can remain connected to yourself with more ease. You will then expand, recognizing your connection to all that exists.
Today, begin to strengthening your foundation. Creating a solid connection to self will allow you to go inward without fear, realizing that you have the abilities to manage the ups and downs. You gain more control of your life. You will also find answers, realizing how you participate in chaos; either adding to it, or transforming it into calm.
This week we are going to continue discussing self-realization, with focus on disappearance. Join me for Wisdom Wednesday.
Until next time…
Peace and Blessings!
“Goodbye is merely a transition into new possibilities!” – Yolanda
Welcome to Meditation Monday! This week we are going to step out of the lower vibrations we tend to feel when situations or relationships are ending. As we release, we can step into higher vibrations, welcoming change and new possibilities!
Every Tuesday evening, my friends and I meet for dinner. We have allocated this time as “family” night, catching up and sharing stories of our previous week. This is a night of decompression, allowing each of us to just be, without expectations! Tomorrow, we are saying goodbye to one of these friends, as he uproots from San Diego to replant in Portland. While I will miss him, dearly, I know “goodbye” is creating a new beginning for my dear friend. Because of this, I am able to experience this ending with a heart full of love and happiness.
Today we are going to discuss physical endings, with the understanding that energies remain with us. There are several situations and relationships that we would prefer to keep, indefinitely, and sometimes without change. The problem is that this would prevent growth, either for us or for the other person(s) involved. Then there are endings, such as death, that cause heartache because of physical detachment, but again, energies remain. We are able to feel the energies of people and/or situations even after the physicality has gone. In every aspect of life, physical endings are inevitable, so it’s best that we learn how to deal with them as positively as we can.
One way to cope with endings or change is by gaining new perspective. This is where we allow ourselves to step out of physical attachment, only feeling the energies of the situation or relationship. In doing so, we are able to appreciate what we experienced (the energetic exchanges), realizing that the ending is only partial. Of course, we may still feel sadness, but we can also find it within ourselves to see the blessing of having the experience, no matter the length of time.
· Remember, change is constant and endings are inevitable, but both lead us into new possibility and provide opportunity for growth
· Hold on to the energy of joy by keeping the “good times” in memory (recycle smiles - energies do not “end”)
· Stand in gratitude, simply because you had the opportunity to experience such energetic exchanges
As we discuss each Friday, energies are ours to accept and release. If we choose, “goodbye” is merely a transition into new possibilities, or a way of acknowledging a physical ending. This week we are going to continue discussing endings, with focus on the idea of completion. Join me for Wisdom Wednesday.
Until next time...
Peace and Blessings!
“You Are the Key to Your Own Happiness!” – Yolanda
Welcome to Meditation Monday! Last week there were no blog posts, as I was learning a new energetic technique, and consequently, I went through some energetic shifts. Now I am refocused, feeling heart-centered and ready to share. Inspired by my current energetic state, this week's meditation is focused on connecting with self.
On a trip to Seattle, I learned that the locals dress in layers. The reason is that the weather changes, without warning, sunshine to rain and back again. By wearing layers of clothing, they can control their own environment, regardless of the environment around them. This reminds me of connection to self because we have the tools to prepare ourselves for various surrounding conditions. In order for these tools to be effective, we simply have to use them.
The missing link for many of us is locating our tools in the first place. To do this, we have to root, center, and connect with ourselves. We have to align with our higher-selves.
Over the last few years, I have done a lot of work in attempts to reconnect with myself. I started with meditation, which I practice daily. Then I began to study and practice Reiki, which made me aware of my connection to all that is. As time went on, I continued to study various energetic techniques and metaphysical science. In all of my practices, I have learned that connecting with self is key, as this give us options to control our environment, regardless of the environments around us. Through this connection, we also begin to reveal our “tools”, as well as learn how to use them in the highest and best ways!
This week, I encourage you to find what makes you feel connected to self. This does not have to be in the same realm as I mentioned above, it can be anything, from painting to walking, etc. We are unique, and what makes us feel connected to self will vary, person to person.
If you would like to connect with yourself, through use of Reiki or other energetic techniques, I offer Distant Sessions. We each possess the keys to our own happiness...we just have to connect with ourselves for full access.
This week, we will continue discussing connection to self, with focus on discovery. Join me for Wisdom Wednesday.
Until next time...
Peace and Blessings!
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Yolanda is a San Diego Reiki-Master Teacher and Author. She began this blog because she believes we must show gratitude by sharing our blessings. Through these writings, she passes on the gifts from her journey! It takes a village, and we are of the same tribe.
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