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My Morning Meditation

Morning Meditation

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I sit in my chair outside. It’s straight backed, black, wood. The seat is warm. I take in the sounds of the children playing in the neighborhood, the birds singing in the trees, the wind rustling the leaves, and teh crickets so happy. The sun warms my face and I feel the breeze on my cheek. I slip my shoes off and spread my toes. I can feel the air between them, and the grass too. I’m aware of my feet sitting firmly on the ground.

Then it happens, I feel the earth energy come into the skin on the souls of my feet. I feel it move into those toes and the balls of my feet, up into my ankles and now I feel my feet becoming part of the earth. My roots are growing.
I invite the energy up and it responds. It’s moving into my calves and knees. Now it reaches the large muscles of my thighs and I am energized by Mother Earth. At this point I feel the energy in every cell, every drop of blood, in the marrow of my bones! Up it comes to my hips and ribs. As it reaches my heart, I inhale. Not purposely, it just happens that I take a very deep breath. It completely fills my lungs and in doing so allows my heart to take up even more Earth Energy! My heart grows as it fills with Gaia herself. Up into my shoulders now, completely relaxing and taking away every last bit of harbored stress. I feel it woosh down my arms.
Then into my head. It’s then that my breath becomes stronger, my sinuses clear and my headache begins to dissipate. I can feel the energy move into scalp and into each follicle of hair. Now I have this feeling of my whole body taking on the magnitude of the mountains and the majesty of the Sequoya trees. I feel that I am the beauty and power of a waterfall.


At this point I feel that heaven is coming down to meet me too. I am now empowered equally by heaven and earth. I am strong, I am mighty, I am invincible!

I Wish You Light,
~Andrea

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Energy “Protection” for Empaths

Energetic “Protection” for the Empath

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Many people talk about the need for protection against “negative” energies, especially for the Empath. This has never resonated well with me and I could not figure out why. After giving it considerable thought, I have come to the conclusion that it is because the word ‘protection’ seems to come from a place of fear, as does the word ‘negative’. I do not walk through my life in fear- which doesn’t mean I haven’t experienced it, just that it is a fairly uncommon feeling for me. While I agree that emotions range from pleasant to unpleasant and vibrationally high to low, I think they are all valuable and to name them negative or positive may be misleading. As a result, I have not been very successful at attempts to cloak myself in a ‘protective’ bubble- since that would mean to me that first I would have to remember to be fearful, or that I have reason to consider fear, and second that I was unwilling to experience any of the lower vibratory feelings. Regardless of where you stand on those descriptions, there continues to be a need for ways to deal with energies that don’t belong to you- especially if you are an Empath.

I have experienced many times when the overflow of strong emotions from others have left me feeling overwhelmed. I also have had moments when I felt intense anxiety, apprehension, irritation or sadness that I could identify as clearly not belonging to me. Although I would agree that these are emotions on the lower half of the vibration spectrum, as I said I consider them normal and part of being human. They may not feel comfortable, but to me they are not negative. Feeling is what we are here for, isn’t it? Managing those feelings and learning the lessons they bring are part of the deal. I don’t think we can expect to relish the love, joy, exhilaration, excitement, etc. to the same extent if we deny hurt, sadness or loneliness entirely.

flame photoWhen I am feeling emotions that don’t belong to me and don’t feel good (after all, I’m not about to reject an excess of joy, love or excitement!) I take a moment. I take a deep breath and with my exhale I send out love and Light to the source of the emotions (even if I can’t identify the source) and release them to be transformed by Source energy. Then I take another breath and imagine that I am a glowing ball of Light and Love and I send it out in all directions. In this way, it seems to me that the intensity of the energy flowing outward from me prevents anything that doesn’t belong to me from affecting me. I am, in a sense, protected and if that word seems right to you, feel free to use it. To me it just feels like I’m walking around in my own little world feeling only what has meaning and purpose to me. I can still sense when someone needs my attention and healing, and I can offer it, but their need doesn’t attach to me. I can also revel in the beauty and joy of being alive here and now. This helps keep me in balance energetically. Try it. I hope it helps you as well!

In November I will begin a monthly support group for empathic folks that will include opportunities to explore what that means and how to remain balanced while embracing the gift of heightened emotional sensitivity.

Wishing you Light and Love,
Kristi

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Moving Through This Shift With Grace

Moving Through This Shift with Grace

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We’re all feeling it now. There’s something that we can’t quite put our finger on, something that has us feeling a bit off, maybe even unwell. How have you been feeling since the weekend?
It’s the Shift. I admit, I was skeptical when I first heard about it’s coming but then it happened to me. I get it now, because it’s happening and I too am in the thick of it. My belief and what I’ve been told by my guides in my channeling meditation, is that it’s coming in waves, and that it is not reserved for just the few that have a certain vibration already, No. This shift is for all of those on the planet, all human beings will be a part of it. I’ve been talking about the vibration of our planet elevating for a few years now but this Shift is different. I do however, believe that it’s happening with such speed now because the vibration has reached a certain level that it is now possible for all of us to experience and feel this Shift.
heaven__s_light_13765932_by_stockproject1-d3p82jnThere are those of us who have begun to feel it already. I believe that those are the people who are actively working on raising our own personal vibration, the healers, the artist, the magik people. I say this because I see it happening that way with those around me. I can’t promise you when the next two or three shifts will happen but I do know that they will indeed happen. All of us will rise together. (“Together”, of course, is a bit of a time lapse video.)
The good news is that there are ways to ease into this Shift with grace. As my guides told me Tuesday night in meditation, it is imperative that we remain grounded during this time. This means making a conscious effort to be present in our bodies, to concentrate on our lower 3 chakras. We must not only balance our Solar Plexus, Sakral, and Root chakras, we must then throw, with force, these chakras deep into our earth. Connection with our earth is so important to us now. This is more than just the knowledge of what is happening to our forest and recycling etc. This is to truly feel the soil, the warmth of our earth and to reach further down into the liquid molten center of Mother Gaia herself. We must not forget that we are human! Those of us who meditate and strive to reach higher for the light are forgetting that we ARE HUMAN. We’ve been given these physical bodies, they are a gift, a tool if you will. We are of the earth. Do not forget this. In doing this … insert happy dance here  … we ease our human. That is to say, grounding helps to alleviate the physical pain and trauma of our bodies. It will also keep us from getting cranky and irritable. All the ‘human’ symptoms of this elevation can be eased with grounding ourselves.
Do whatever it takes to be fully present in your body and to keep the physical distress of this ascension at bay. Grounding can be done with a physical meditation, a walk in the forest, hematite, black tourmaline, red jasper or other grounding stones in your pockets (yes, keep a grounding stone low near your base chakra), soaking in the tub or hot tub, exercise, whatever it takes and whatever makes you comfortable, do THAT!
If you are part of this first wave, you too are in the thick of it now. And if you’re like me, today is a really good day.
I Wish You Light,
~Andrea

*I would like to give photograph credit but, alas, I cannot find the name of the photographer.

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Mexico On My Mind

Mexico on My Mind

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In my mind I can hear James Taylor’s Mexico. “I’ve never really been but I’d sure like to go.”  My mind keeps coming back to our Mexico Retreat, I think about it often. Are you thinking about too? I’m so excited for it. 

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I think of all the sun and the fabulous fresh food and the sand between my toes, oh how I love the idea of laying out on that beach doing nothing. Then my mind wanders over to all the fun of big dinners together and laughter and celebrating each other. I love all of this. I’m finding myself giggling at the thought of it right now.  Of course, then comes the whole reason we’re doing this; Our Connection! Our connection with each other, our community and how our community is ever expanding. Especially our connection to Spirit, isn’t this what it’s all about?  I’m overwhelmed with excitement at the thought of spending an entire week in this energy.
Just think of it – waking each morning to like minded people with big smiles to great you, meeting for morning meditations together to start our days. Our days will be filled with adventures and art, mountain hikes and beach side siestas too. Our afternoons and evenings will be filled with SPIRIT! We’ll have Table Tipping, Metaphysical Playground workshops, Art Classes, Empath Support, Mediumship and whatever else we can conjure up. I know right… how exciting!
Last night these were the thoughts keeping me up. Now these are the thoughts putting a smile on my face for the day. 
If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s plenty of time. Also, don’t forget if you pay for the trip in full by October 31st, there’s a $100 discount! This is going to be an amazing week at the end of our winter, March 5th through the 12th.  Check out our Mexico Retreat page with more information. You can sign up directly with Casa De Los Artistas, that’s where we’ll be staying. They make it all so easy, they take care of everything. From the moment we step off the plane, we’re in their hands.  (They’re professionals, they’ve done this before. hahaa) The space is limited. I hope you make it!
I Wish You Light,
Andrea

Open Eyes

Open Eyes

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Sometimes what we do physically is related to what we are doing/need to do internally or spiritually. Today was one of those days for me. After taking the air conditioner out of my kitchen window, I was prompted to clean the glass inside and out so I could – you see where I’m going with this – see clearly. Over the past few weeks I have had a recurrent issue with waking up and having first one and then the other eye swollen nearly shut. After it happened a second time Andrea asked me “What aren’t you seeing?” I shrugged it off, not being able to think of anything off the top of my head that I had been avoiding, or turning away from. Now with the clean windows an old church hymn from my youth comes to mind “Open My Eyes” by Clara H. Scott. Written in 1895, it is as current today as when she wrote it over 100 years ago! Here are a few lines from it:

“Open my eyes that I may see   glimpses of truth thou hast for me  place in my hand that wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free.”

” Open my eyes, ears and heart, illumine me, Spirit divine.”

I take this to mean not so much that I have been avoiding anything, just that I need to be even more aware and “looking out” for the truth and illumination of the Spirit and how I may use it to serve and connect with others. I will keep this in mind and endeavor to be a bearer of Light as I interact with people through my art, Reiki, Light Connection, and mediumship.

Have a wonderful, Light-filled weekend my friend!

Kristi

A New Service is Born

A new service is born

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All through my life when something is meant to be, it has literally dropped in my lap. Teaching art classes is a perfect example. I didn’t set out to teach, as a matter of fact I had many reasons why I couldn’t, but the persistence of some eager students convinced me and it has continued for the past 19 years.

Well, it has happened again!

I have come to understand over the past 2 years that I am an empath- aware of and even sometimes feeling acutely the emotions of other people. Now I have had 3 people request my advice in how to best manage their empathic gifts.Three is no coincidence and since I am always happy to share my knowledge, a new service has been born : Empath Support. I look forward to sharing what I have learned both individually and in small groups.  I love how this wonderful world works!

Wishing you Light,

Kristi

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Healer Heal Thyself

Healer, Heal Thyself

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Many of us have heard this phrase, but how often do we actually listen? In today’s world of “there is so much to do” how many of you actually take the time to sink down into your own body, into your own consciousness, and just listen? I bet it’s been a long time huh?  How many practitioners out there rave about meditation and connection and source and unplugging and yet run around in their day-to-day without taking a minute to feed their own soul or remember their own connections? Sometimes it’s difficult to practice what you preach.
Today I have a call to action for those of you who are looking to put yourself first, for those of you who are looking to recharge.  I’m putting together a challenge.  This challenge consists of taking one minute to yourself every single day, a single minute.  Yes, simply one.  Sometimes it’s hard to kick old habits [giving, giving, giving and never replenishing].  😉 The challenge is to take a minute for yourself every single day and then share in this community what exactly it is that you did for yourself.  Did you sit with your eyes closed and your heart open? Did you simply listen to your favorite song? Did you hit pause? What did you do to refocus and re-center just for a single minute.  Do we want you to take more time for yourself overall? Absolutely! But for now, let’s just try this. Give me a minute, and I’ll give you the charge that you’re looking for.

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As healers, much of your focus is on the outside, on the rest of the community, and you neglect yourself.  Today, I ask that you reclaim your own body and your own power and dedicate true self love for simply a minute.  Every minute will look different, but I promise you, at the end of 30 days (yes, 30), you will find more self-love than ever before AND you won’t feel guilty for taking a 30 minute “escape.”  Put away the guilt and start replenishing the soul.  It all starts with baby steps.  We will have a 30 minute celebration at the Center at the end of the month.  I look forward to seeing you all there! Stay tuned for details!
With light,
Amy
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Suprise Healing Assistance From Beyond

Surprise Healing Assistance from Beyond

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400wflame purple connected starsToday I had an amazing experience while doing Light Connection on Andrea. It began as a simple realignment of her back, which bothers her periodically. It ended up with me being one half of the Light Connection team and our dear friend and healer Cheryl being the other essential half. The most amazing part about this is that Cheryl passed away in January of this year and I never got to partner with her in a healing before she left the earth plane. I don’t usually feel a client’s physical pain or subsequent release, but today I not only felt Andrea’s physical sensations in my own body, I also felt her emotions quite intensely- and their release as well! What a gift to be able to work with Cheryl as a fellow healer. The last time I saw her Andrea and I were actually doing healing work on her! I am feeling very blessed and honored, and astounded at the magnitude of the power of Light Connection. #LightConnectionHeals
I wish you Light,
Kristi

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Rediscovering Joy

Rediscovered Joy

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This summer I rediscovered how much I enjoy painting and teaching outdoors, or “en plein air”. I had the pleasure of holding three outdoor classes- two on the cape and one at Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown,RI which is pictured above. Everyone had a great time and were unfazed by the environmental challenges like wind, sun and humidity. Mild fall weather makes it the perfect time for painting outside. Now that I have been reminded how much fun it is, I will definitely be planning more outdoor painting classes! Contact me here if this sounds like fun and you’d like to be on the email list for future classes. There will also be many opportunities for plein air painting when we’re in Mexico in March 2016. Read more about that here!

Wishing you Light,

Kristi

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Fish and Whales and Rocks, Oh My!

Fish and Whales and Rocks, Oh my!

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One of the coolest excursions during a trip to Casa de Los Artistas is a boat trip out into the Bay of Banderas. It is over 3000 feet deep with about 62 miles of coastline and is a nursery for Humpback whales from November through March. The moms and babies are easy to spot on boat trips around the bay, and while riding out to the National Marine Park called Los Arcos, we saw a frolicking mom and baby pair!

Humpback whales, mom and baby.
Humpback whales, mom and baby.

This area boasts billions of colorful fish, coral reefs and birds as well as interesting volcanic formations. I was so excited to snorkel here and see everything! I wasn’t prepared for all of the new sensations of being in deep (very deep) water, wearing a mask, hearing fish (didn’t know they made sounds) and being touched by them! It was initially a bit anxiety provoking, but after ditching the life jacket I got some great photos and really enjoyed the time amidst this school of fish.

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Fish from my snorkeling adventure.

I have been practicing with my mask and snorkel this summer so I’ll be ready for an extended time exploring in March! Only 195 more days until our Mexico Retreat for Connection, Creativity and Healing. If you want to join me and swim with the fish- visit:  ArtWorkshopVacations.com for more information and to book your trip! We are able to bring 20 people with us on this exciting journey of self-discovery.

I’ll be posting more fun experiences soon!

Wishing you Light,

Kristi