It Wasn't Supposed To Be Like This. (But It's Getting Better).

Many of us have already done lots of visualizations, manifestations, meditations and invocations. But life still seems heavy and hard. Is this just how it is to be human? Is it about living a life consistently filled with worry and feelings we don’t want that resurface no matter how hard we try to separate from them?

It seems unjust if this is true.  Buddhist teachings tell us, in the first of the Four Noble Truths, that “life is suffering.” If you take that at face value, then it can seem totally depressing. But move on to the fourth Noble Truth, which essentially says that through meditation, we can separate from the suffering which comes from the Ego, from the sense of separation that can make us feel alone, scared and desperate, to achieve freedom and oneness.  And that we can end our suffering by uniting with our true, higher consciousness, that we are connected to the universe and all beings, with love and with all that is.

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But what is this oneness all about? And why does it seem so hard to reach? It might be something so simple about why it is hard for us regular people going about in our daily lives, jobs, relationships and families. It might just be that we forget. .

We forget to notice our breathing and our thoughts. 

We forget to observe our emotions and how they physically feel in our bodies.

We forget that we have support from sources of Higher guidance that want to help us.

We forget that we are Divine, spiritual beings with powers to create and manifest things in our lives.

Okay, maybe it's a bit more than simply just forgetting. It might be a little more like, we forget because it’s easier to forget than to remember. It takes some work, some self-discipline, structure and commitment to un-do the habits wired into our brains.

Because the situation we are in is not entirely our fault. Few of us in Western society were taught from childhood to practice meditation (unlike in some countries, like India, where children are taught from the age of eight to do yoga, breathwork and light meditation.)

Our world truly would be a different place if all of us had been taught meditatio from a young age. Through this practice of mindfulness, we observe our thoughts in an effort to let them go, to just observe the spaces between each thought. By consistently doing this over time, we literally can re-wire our brains so that we similarly let go believing, and listening to, the negative voice of the Ego Self, that wants to keep us separated from our Divine essence and that wants to keep us in a state of stasis, unhappiness and even paralysis.

Thankfully, many schools and families these days are teaching yoga and meditation to children. Imagine the kind of enlightened society that could be on this Earth fifty years from now if every child were to have this this opportunity.

As for the rest of us adults, we have a bit of an uphill climb ahead of us. We will need to diligently put some effort into changing our habits (knowing that the Ego Self tries to come up with many ways to get us to stop meditating in the first place!). If you want to free yourself from the hamster wheel, here are a few ideas:

1)  Make yourself do it. Yes, that’s right. You literally force yourself to just notice your breath. Don’t make it a big deal thing like you have to sit on a shrine for an hour every day. Get up a little earlier (or make some time before bedtime), have a space already set up to lie/sit down, have some relaxing music or a guided meditation ready, and just notice your breath for 5 minutes. Just 5 minutes a day.

2)    Remind yourself. Put reminders in your phone to take 10 breaths. And do it when you see them. Right away. Just stop what you’re doing (you almost always can do that).

3)    Deal with the negative Ego voice. If the Ego voice keeps coming up with reasons why you can’t quiet your mind (“too busy/doesn’t work/can’t do it/don’t feel like it”), you can talk to it like it’s an old friend you’re trying to get away from. Have a conversation: “Listen, buddy, leave me alone. I’m going to do this now. Just for a minute. That’s it.” And turn off the news and radio and information overload that the Internet when you can. It all fuels our fears/doubts/worries.

4) Get some support from people along a similar path so you can hold each other accountable and support one another. Many of us are experiencing awakenings right now in our lives, as part of our shift in consciousness, more than you might think. So talk about it! Share what's changing in you with others who understand. You are not alone and we need each other to make it through this!

5)    Connect with higher guidance (God, your guardian angel, Archangel Michael, your spirit guides, Jesus, Buddha, Mary, spirit animals, whatever works for you). This is what has really carried me through. I talk to them (specifically angels, Jesus and God) all the time. Literally when I wake up and throughout my day (and with Angel Tarot cards for specific details). I visualize colors and light. I try to clear negative energy pick up with crystals, sage, oils, salt baths, connecting to the ground of Earth and intentional visualizations (just 2 minutes to do several times a day). 

Even though we can’t go back and re-live our childhood to begin practicing meditation and developing spirituality from a young age, we can jumpstart the process right now with some consistent work. But it takes time (about two months to create a new habit if applied consistently) and using a new lens on reality. It also requires an understanding that the reality that many believe is the “real world,”  the endless cycle of “work, eat, sleep. work, eat, sleep,” is not how life is supposed to be. We are not meant to be living in a form of modern-day wage slavery. (Why is it like this? Well, after meditation and talking to higher guidance, you will probably come to that conclusion yourself, as I did).

And it takes courage to do this . Courage to start doing things differently than many people around you. Courage to stand up for what you feel is right, not just because it’s what most of your friends are doing. Courage to speak up for what you believe in, from a kind and compassionate heart. Courage to change your daily actions to the extent that others may notice what you're doing (and hopefully will follow along!).

The good news is that this is happening anyway, all over the world, so it's easier to go with the flow now. We can accelerate our opening to our universal connectedness by immediately starting these new habits. No more waiting, no more hoping. Summon up your strength and step into a new way of being. You will find true freedom and truth, and your life will be forever shifted and expanded. I did this, and I'm not superhuman. I'm a regular person like you. So I know you can do it too.

P.S. For more ideas and practical, everyday tips to live in alignment with your Higher Self,  join me for a free online workshop on how to connect to your true, spiritual self in everyday life, all the time (in your job, while paying the bills and even with your kids). And for live workshops coming up on working with archangels, on protecting your energy (this one is "pay what you can"!) and on movement in the body to find balance between spiritual and practical worlds (with Erin Curren!). I will be doing a short, free workshop on developing intuition this Saturday at the Enlightenment Expo (and offering Angel Tarot readings all day!). Come say hi!

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Rachel White

A spiritual counselor, intuitive coach and writer, Rachel Horton White founded Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting in January 2016 to support those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. She taught American Government at a local community college in Portland, Maine, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal in college. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine. A spiritual counselor, intuitive coach and writer, Rachel Horton White founded Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting in January 2016 to support those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. She taught American Government at a local community college in Portland, Maine, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal in college. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine. 

Your Energy is Sacred: Protect It!

All of this energy in the heavens and stars is most definitely having an effect on many of us. After spending a week in Wyoming to see the total solar eclipse and with Mercury in retrograde (which can cause communication and computer/mechanical issues), I am still absorbing all of this energy and integrating into my system. Lots of change coming, globally and personally.

My son is starting kindergarten next week at an amazing, spiritually-based school. A dream I had for him a year ago that has manifested into reality. My daughter is expressing herself fully as a unique individual as a 2-year-old. My husband is back to work after having the summer off. And I’m still doing my work, which is actually more like my life’s calling that happens to also be my career. We are blessed in so many ways and I give thanks every day for this. Yet, I also still battle with the waves of energy that surround me each day.

And I find myself learning new things constantly. I have learned that I am picking up energy from others in my environment more than ever now these days, and that I need to regularly clear and cleanse. Daily salt baths are now going to be in place.

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Some of you have asked me about this. How to better protect yourself from absorbing the emotions of others around us. Up until now, I have not realized how incredibly important this is. For people who are particularly open and intuitive, it can show up as unexplained sadness or anger that seems to come from nowhere.  Or sudden periods of depression that you can’t seem to get out of. I have come understand that I need to ground, clear and call back in my own energy now about six times a day. That’s right, more than I brush my teeth.

It can take some discipline to start doing this, but once it’s a habit, it becomes easier. Constantly having to manage the energy coming at us all the time. But for me, now more than ever with my doing intuitive work, it is going to be a matter of living fully or living inertly.

Some tools I use for grounding my energy and clearing anything I want to release include:

-       Protecting myself with a bubble of golden light and only allowing love to enter there

-       Asking Archangel Michael to help cut any cords of attachment (learn more about this and more in an upcoming archangel workshop!)

-       Visualizing my own sacred “room” to go to that is only mine

-       Spending time outdoors, and placing my hands and bare feet on the earth

-       Calling my energy back into my crown chakra

-       Carrying around black tourmaline and other grounding stones

-       Using sage smoke or essential oil

-       Taking Himalayan salt baths to absorb negative energy (this one is particularly effective)

I have personally seen people become debilitated who are extremely empathic (or clairsentient). If you find yourself becoming exhausted by being around other people, or feeling unexplained emotions that don’t seem to be your own, then this is probably you. Unless you want to isolate yourself from humanity (which is not recommended I think), you will want to regularly cleanse and protect yourself from the energy of others (and I’m doing a workshop on this with the ever-incredible Cheryl Horton in mid-September on clearing chakras with energy and essential oils). And know that it is perfectly okay to ask for loved ones to give you time alone (luckily I have a husband who understands this).

It is also important to get support from people who are like you. I personally have found myself feeling lonely at times, craving a community of people who are like me, who understand me and think the way I think. I have found a few people and for that I am so thankful. But when I don’t see them, I start to feel disconnected and isolated. I start to feel like I’m the only one seeing the world through the lens of a person who lives in an alternate reality much of the time. The result of a spiritual awakening, I suppose. And no matter how much we try to explain how we now view our world (as many illusions) and how we now view ourselves (as Divine beings connected to energy of all forms), it is next to impossible to “explain this” to someone. It is something that the person simply has to experience. (If you want to get closer to this place, join me for an online intensive, deep-dive workshop into working past fears that might be holding you back from expanding into who you really are, and what you’re meant to be doing!).

And this is why I am doing this work. To help people awaken to their true nature, to understand that we do not need to suffer any longer in any area of our lives. And that we can do this simply by quieting our minds and enhancing our intuition. For me, once I left my stressful job and started meditating, and doing research, a lightbulb went on one day, literally like a switch, and nothing has been the same ever since (this was about a year and a half ago). 

If this is you, or starting to be you (seeing number sequences regularly is a sign by the way!), then please reach out for help to connect with others on a similar path. I happen to have a community of people that I facilitate called the Soulful Work Community. We gather twice a month, virtually and in-person (choosing either one), to learn together about various topics, meditate together, write about a specific idea/manifestation together, and verbally process together. It’s not really a support group, (although sometimes it can be!) but instead what I almost see as a spiritual community almost like that which one would find in a church. (So join us! We have just started meeting and would love to have you!)

With so many people in the world becoming disillusioned with traditional religion, fewer and fewer attend church. This is understandable (and I am one of those people), but what has been lost is the spiritual essence of who we are, in a community. Something’s missing without our spiritual core, as John Mayer alludes to in his beautiful song. Friends, career, health, fun, family… but who are we without our souls and an understanding that we're part of so much more than just our physical bodies? It's about connecting with something beyond our Ego-based selves. Without that, well.. many of us feel empty.

It doesn’t need to be this way.. but we won’t get the anecdote from our everyday society. If you’re still reading this far, then you might want to reach out to people to get support, and remember to protect yourself, and shield your energy, every single day when going out into the world. Love and only love enters here. And please know you don't have to do this alone. I have tried and don't recommend it. There are people filled with light and a desire to make things better like you who want to help. 

With blessings, light and positive energy…

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Rachel White

A spiritual counselor, intuitive coach and writer, Rachel Horton White founded Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting in January 2016 to support those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. She taught American Government at a local community college in Portland, Maine, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal in college. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine. A spiritual counselor, intuitive coach and writer, Rachel Horton White founded Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting in January 2016 to support those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. She taught American Government at a local community college in Portland, Maine, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal in college. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine. 

Mass Meditation for Light with Solar Eclipse Energy

I wanted to take a moment to write something on the eve of a momentous energetic event, the solar eclipse. I am here in Wyoming in a big log cabin with all of my siblings and their spouses (a rare gathering of us all!) and with other extended family... Feeling truly blessed in a communal space.

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Many of us will be tapping into the energy of this transformative energetic solar event tomorrow, Monday August 21st, for light work meditation at 11:11 am PDT (check your time zone for this here), along with many others around the world. Here's the details for the mass meditation: https://www.facebook.com/events/797347177093531/.

I also uncovered a powerful technique called "recapitulation," used in shamanic work, to work through and release past life experiences/events that we wish to let go of before the eclipse. Going into the scene and letting go of the story through visualization and breath. You then see this experience as something that happened, but not necessarily to you! This is important because our brains subconsciously create a false story about something that happened to us, and often we end up re-creating similar scenarios (negative, often) because our Ego self believes that it is us. But these stories are not who we are! And we can let them go. It takes time and doing this work, many, many times, but over days/months/years it can get easier. 

When I did this, I chose to add some phrases on the exhale/releasing that worked for me - choose some that you resonate with (I personally like "I release this story from my life. I am letting go of this. This is no longer me"). After each inhale/exhale, I then chose a new phrase to create a new positive intent, you might choose to do the same. The goal is to view this past experience as something that happened, but not to you. Just observing it and noticing it, having it no longer affect your life!

For instance, here's an example. Notice what you'd like to let go of in your life. If you're releasing a past experience in which you felt/were attacked by others, do this "past scene sweep." First go into a quiet, space (under a warm blanket or in a closet!) to compress your energy. Quiet your mind and relax. Then,

1) Inhale the past scene that you experienced (fully reliving the colors, sounds, smells, people, etc.) , moving your head from left to right slowly

2) When your head is all the way to the right, exhale and slowly move your head back to the left while mentally repeating phrases like "I release this story from my life. I am letting go of this. This is no longer me."

3) When your head is fully back to the left, do a final inhale and exhale to fully release.

4) Repeat as many times until you feel you have released this scene/story from your body and heart (for now at least!).

5) Bring your head back to center and invite a new intention by mentally repeating "I am safe now. I am protected by many who love me. It is safe for me to [do intuitive work/leave my job/start a business/do whatever it is you wish to do]."

6) Repeat a new scene-sweeping/releasing if any new feeling/past experience/limiting belief is surfacing..

And then tomorrow, on the day of this magical energetic solar event, here's an idea for a specific meditation to raise the frequency of love that we so badly need right about now:

1. Use your own technique to bring you to a relaxed state of consciousness.

2. State your intent to use this meditation as a tool to speed up the process of bringing harmony and unity for planet Earth and its inhabitants.

3. Visualize a pillar of Light emanating from the Galactic Central Sun, then going through all beings of Light inside our Solar System, through the eclipsed Sun and the Moon and then through your body to the center of the Earth. Visualize another pillar of Light rising from the center of the Earth, then up through your body and upwards into the sky towards all beings of Light in our Solar System and our galaxy. You are now sitting in two pillars of Light, the Light flowing both upwards and downwards simultaneously. Keep these pillars of Light active for a few minutes.

4. Now visualize a soft pink healing divine feminine energy, healing all people of the planet of their past traumas, bringing peace, harmony, understanding, abundance and unity. Visualize this soft pink light healing the minds and hearts of all people worldwide. See all Lightworkers, Lightwarriors and Truthers working in unity for the creation of the New Earth. See the people of Earth celebrating and joyfully participating in the creation of our new reality where everyone can obtain what they need and freely choose to live as they desire.


Wishing us transformation, healing, freedom and a lifting of the darkness to make way for the light on our planet.

With love to you all,

 


Rachel

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Rachel White

A spiritual counselor, intuitive coach and writer, Rachel Horton White founded Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting in January 2016 to support those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. She taught American Government at a local community college in Portland, Maine, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal in college. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine. A spiritual counselor, intuitive coach and writer, Rachel Horton White founded Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting in January 2016 to support those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. She taught American Government at a local community college in Portland, Maine, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal in college. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine. 

Transitioning between Two Worlds

Transitions. Gets kind of tiring, doesn’t it? To always have change in our lives? This is one thing that’s given: change is a constant.

Right now, especially, many of us are in the season of transitions. In my household, our 5-year-old is leaving his pre-school of four years, from the loving hands of those who guided and nurtured him, to attend kindergarten. Oddly enough, it seems harder on the mom than it does on the child.

And, of course, for all of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is starting to wind down. School, and the pace of life that some are used to, will begin again this fall.

With this change of seasons, and the colder days that seep in, there is a sadness for some, and a relief for others. Coupled with the intense energy of the upcoming solar eclipse (August 21st - we will be going to Wyoming to witness this exquisite event) and our current state of Mercury in retrograde (causing communication “breakdowns” most famously but also can jump-start stuck areas too!), there is A LOT that people are feeling right now.

It can be hard to put our finger on what it is exactly, just a general buzzing feeling, like a waiting of some kind. Waiting for what? Well, a lot. I personally feel like I am living in between two worlds these days, with one foot in a spiritual realm, noticing the grand shift that is happening, and one foot in the practical world, one in which many still seem to be unaware of or not tuned in to massive transition in and around Earth (although this is changing). It can be disorienting to be in a group meditation, feeling so uplifted and at ease, to then shift to being stuck in traffic on the way to work with emails to respond to and meetings to attend.

How can these two worlds be reconciled? It’s still a balancing act for many of us. We can feel torn, pulled in both directions. Many of us feel, and are told, that we are moving away from an inequitable capitalistic system of paper money, but then we are still stuck dealing with paying our skyrocketing bills and mortgages/rent. It can feel vastly unfair.

I believe (as do many in the circles I frequent these days) is that there are frequencies, or systems of consciousness, battling it out right now. A frequency of fear/anger/control is flaring up, desperate to keep its hold on the general public (especially Americans). Luckily, the frequencies of love, healing and truth (for love is the strongest of all) are also flaring up, and more and more people are essentially being activated to help summon up love, and spread it around, simply by wishing love and sending compassion to others through meditation and prayer. I believe that this is now my task as well. Through my studies working with the angelic realm in particular, I have personally been uplifted and comforted. But I need to remember to tap in all the time, especially now.

And we all do. Don’t do this alone. Reach out to people who understand you. Ask higher guidance to help you along. Simply envisioning light in your body, in your heart and from your crown chakra to your root chakra and below (into the Earth), can be incredibly healing. There is too much happening for us to continue to feel separated. It’s not normal and it’s not healthy. So get out and find your people if you haven’t already! (In fact some of us already connecting, sharing light and supporting each other in the Soulful Work Community and we welcome you joining us virtually or in-person– if you’re local or not!).

In the meantime, be sure to protect yourself from all that’s out there. Bubbles of light, energy shield, protective stones/crystals, sage, grounding with the Earth, visualization and clearings, all are super important – when we remember to do them!

Wishing you expansion, trust and strength during this crazy yet important and uplifting time.

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Other opportunities to connect: August 27th on accessing your higher guidance/intuition, August 29th on co-creating your life with the "real" law of attraction. And September 10th on moving energy in the body with colors and oils. Then a virtual workshop on September 12th - for anyone anywhere - to finally begin to break free from fears that plague us and hold us back in so many ways. And lastly, a deep dive on September 14th into the power of Archangel energy to heal and transform in all moments.

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Rachel White

A spiritual counselor, intuitive coach and writer, Rachel Horton White founded Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting in January 2016 to support those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. She taught American Government at a local community college in Portland, Maine, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal in college. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine. A spiritual counselor, intuitive coach and writer, Rachel Horton White founded Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting in January 2016 to support those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. She taught American Government at a local community college in Portland, Maine, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal in college. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine. 

Expanding into the Great Shift in Consciousness

Do you feel different these days? Like things are shifting in your life?

There is a reason for that. Many of us are experiencing changes these days. Shedding old patterns, letting go of whatever it is in our lives that is not serving us in our lives anymore. It sometimes involves completely leaving a career field in which we have years of experience and lots of energy invested (money included). It might be a relationship that has been weighing us down. It might be simply a way of thinking and being, a habit of worry-fueled mind-chatter that we simply cannot stand to sustain any longer.

I see it over and over with clients who come to me privately claiming, “I don’t know what’s happening to me, but I feel like I’m drawn to spirituality more than ever!” They simply feel pulled to do things differently, with a knowledge that their career/old lifestyle is not fulfilling them any longer.

What is this all about? We are being called upon to activate our spiritual selves, through a massive shift in consciousness. We are being asked to summon our innermost gifts (yes, that includes you, too!) to help uplift our world, which is badly in need of healing.

I have noticed that I end up supporting, and training in a sense, almost all my clients/students similarly do work like that of my own, which is simply based on spreading love on Earth. And we all can do this in our own ways. Some of us like to use our hands to build things, some of us create beautiful music, some of us heal others with Divine light through our hands (Reiki) and some of us move our bodies to release the emotions stored there with yoga or dance. Some of us write, or make healthy food to nourish our bodies, or bring light in places that do not seem “spiritual” on the surface but that need a soulful approach more than ever (the modern workplace, for instance).

If you’re reading this now, then chances are this also applies to you. In fact, it applies to every living being since we’re all living on this Earth. It’s just that not all of us will choose to answer the call. But it’s time. Time to let go of fear and any doubts that our Ego voices will broadcast about why we can’t/shouldn’t expand ourselves and why it’s too dangerous to take some risks move closer to what simply feels right to us in our lives (for it is our feelings that can guide us intuitively).

The year is 2017. This month on August 21st we will be experiencing a total eclipse of the sun, and a new moon, on the same day. I believe that this day will be a powerful energy convergence in which our desire to change our lives will be amplified. This resonance is starting already to accelerate and get stronger. Many in the spiritual world have been talking about this shift in consciousness for years. It has been alluded to in the Mayan calendar and throughout history. It is a time when we move from a masculine, domineering, logical way of living to a feminine, receptive, intuitive way. It is a time when we begin to awaken to our true nature as powerful beings who can co-create our lives and our realities.

And we are now beginning to feel this more than ever. It’s real. It’s happening. And it’s a beautiful thing.

Our lifestyles under the old world (which some call the Piscean Age) are no longer sustainable, for us or for the planet. We must let go of our addictions to material things, to having the next best house/lawn/car/clothes/pile of money. For some of us, after having acquired all of those things, we were dismayed to find that none of these external acquisitions can truly bring happiness. We must go internally to find that truth and peace. But it takes courage, and some willingness to let go, and that’s scary.

But our old way of living has been slowly killing us all and it must stop. We have been poisoning our own food supply, bees, butterflies and other animals through pesticides on our lawns and vegetation, causing who-knows-what diseases (cancer, for one) in humans. We have been slowly destroying our own bodies by ingesting foods that are contaminated with chemicals and other non-natural processes. We have been harming the planet we live on by continuing our addiction to giant cars that pollute the air.

Why do we continue to do these things? I believe that humans are innately good, but we are also easily conditioned/swayed (at a very subconscious level) by our surroundings and especially by the media. So we are not completely to blame. But as long as we as consumers support corporations who callously destroy our world, all for more profit, and as long as we adhere to the ideal that bigger is better and we always need more, looking the other way when we are doing something we know is harmful, we will continue to suffer and so will the living beings that help to sustain us.

It is our time to take responsibility, individually. That means each of us. But start small. Don’t put pesticides on your lawn. You can have a beautiful, natural lawn without poisoning yourself, or the children and animals who play there. Buy organic (or chemical-free) when you can. Grow your own food or support local farms. Refuse to buy from companies that are harming the Earth and support those that are socially and environmentally conscious. Ride your bike to work sometimes or car pool, or get a hybrid/electric car. Spend more time with your children and less on your phone.

Let’s remember that many of the broken systems (political, health, educational, financial, etc.) that have programming our subconscious desires through television commercials, the news and other forms of mind control, want us to keep buying stuff and to stay afraid and angry.

But you don’t need to be afraid. Look around your world. Chances are it’s a pretty beautiful place. And you have higher guides helping you along the way. You will be protected and safe. You can intentionally ask (in your mind or out loud) for light and love to come into your life and you will be guided and supported the whole way.

Money does not need to hold us back as much as we think. Abundance is a natural state in the world – leaves grow abundantly on trees, water flows abundantly in rivers and streams. We have unfortunately, though, been living for years, under a profit-focused system that has manipulated money to benefit the few and oppress the many, especially in the United States. It has taught us to believe that there is not enough to go around and that we must constantly worry about money. I believe that this will change. That we will move to a new system of currency someday (maybe in our lifetimes if you’re of Generation X and younger) that will be more egalitarian and allow all to thrive. While money still is relevant for now, our fears of not being able to support ourselves often hold us back from moving toward our soul purpose. (Did you consider that, even if the worst-case scenario came to pass, you would be cared for? In many countries it is normal for friends/neighbors to share resources!).

And call upon higher guidance can help with this transition. Some of us identify with simply the universe, or Divine energy, or God, if that word doesn’t trigger you too much. Angels, both archangels and our personal guardian angels, are all around us and can perform miracles when we just ask them (we have free will so they often will not intervene unless we ask). Spirit guides, living beings who no longer incarnate, are with us all the time helping guide us in our lives. Even Ascended Masters, like Jesus of Nazareth, Buddha or Yoginanda, are there for us. When I meditate, a bearded man in a robe often shows up and hugs me. He comforts me and shows me how to love and to heal, and has appeared to me in a different form years ago in a dark time of my life. I can no longer deny that this is Jesus. So many of us hesitate to mention his name for how it has been abused in so many religions. But once I personally opened to this love, to integrating this Christ-consciousness into my life, I have felt uplifted and guided in all that I do.  

Stepping up and saying “yes, I am open to receiving this energy of love from the Earth, and from Divine guides,” takes some bravery. We all have fear in letting go, in losing control, or even in potentially opening up to other realms, or even to darker forces. Notice any fears you have and ask for them to be eased (Archangel Michael can help with that, and with any protection you need for that matter). Our fears block us from receiving the frequencies of love and transformation. Get some support from people who understand what it means to expand into your true self and what spiritual awakening is all about. Allow Divine guidance to enter and support you in your life. Let go of your fears and your life can be transformed forever, and the Earth healed by your energy, thoughts and actions.

The time has come for us to stand up for what is right. And to change our lifestyles to support what our hearts long for and what the Earth is energetically shifting toward anyway.

This month on the solar eclipse, wherever you are, take a moment to set some intentions for how you want to change your life. Get some friends to do this with you, hold each other accountable. Start small with just a few changes. And don’t beat yourself up if you don’t do it all at once. Little things make the difference over time.

Each of these individual changes we make, internally and externally, will contribute to the mass consciousness shift and will uplift the planet and all of its beings. I believe that this is already happening, but it can happen more quickly with your help.

May we have the courage to adapt and grow with the shift for our collective healing.

P.S. Some upcoming workshops can help you further expand into your true self: a virtual one in September on breaking free from fear to co-create your life, and several more in August on expanding your intuition to communicate with angel/spirit guides, working with the "law of attraction," and manifesting your true self."

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Rachel White

A spiritual counselor, intuitive coach and writer, Rachel Horton White founded Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting in January 2016 to support those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. She taught American Government at a local community college in Portland, Maine, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal in college. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine. A spiritual counselor, intuitive coach and writer, Rachel Horton White founded Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting in January 2016 to support those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. She taught American Government at a local community college in Portland, Maine, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal in college. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine. 

Our Children Are Here to Teach Us

I have two loving, vibrant and energetic children, ages two and five. I spend most of my days with them, and this is by design. They are my most precious beings and I understand how much of my life has led me to this point of helping to understand and nurture them.

My son regularly talks about his “brother” (and he doesn’t have a brother in reality) he calls Michael. (I had told him about Archangel Michael as a source of protection when he was scared at night, so this could be connected somehow.) He says his brother is invisible and only he can see him. His brother sleeps in his room with him at night. Sometimes Michael comes to dinner with us apparently and plays with Arran in various places. Michael even draws pictures too, and along with his grandfather, sometimes speaks Spanish. Sound familiar? The average “imaginary” friend or is it a spirit connection?

Children are naturally intuitive. When Arran was about 1 ½ years old, he would repeat words that I had only thought in my head. I remember him asking me for a complicated word once (“gulley”) and I decided not to say it to him since it was too hard. A few seconds later, he said the word, “gulley.” I was shocked. I have other connections with my children, extending beyond the time of their birth.

 

I believe that my children are here to teach me as much as my role as a parent is to teach them. I also believe that they are here to help heal the planet as part of our shift in consciousness to a shared love and connection with each other and the Earth. Some people may believe children like this are what some call “rainbow or crystal” children.  And as new souls recently born, they are close to the Source and to the spirit realm since they were just there!

We can learn so much from children about what that Divine Source energy (or God) is really like. He also talks about God and that God is light and love. Now where did he get this from? Maybe from something I said at one point? Yes, it’s possible. But what if it’s something more?

I was told years ago by psychic reader that I needed to prepare myself to parent these children. That they would be high-vibration and have many gifts to share with the world. I knew this too as I regularly visit them in the spirit world before they were born in my dreams.

My children have helped push me (on a subconscious level) to come into who I truly am, as a person with a message to help uplift others. It wasn’t until after my daughter Alice was born that I finally gave up fighting in my non-profit job and accepted that I needed to make a change. I hired a life coach, meditated again, and this time asked for higher guidance to assist me. And with some gentle nudging, I started experimenting and eventually my business, Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting, came into existence.

Still, this doesn’t mean that I’m a perfect parent who nurtures my children holistically and spiritually at all times. I sometimes still find myself getting “derailed” by the chaos at home with my sweet little monsters (oops I mean, children). I’m human. Even though I teach others about their true, spiritual selves, I am not always a tranquil, at peace parent that lets nothing phase her.  My pulse can rise when “problems” (like fighting over a toy, whining about not getting candy, or saying my name repeatedly for me to get them something) come up or when I get impatient with how long it takes to get ready in the morning.

Now, I’m not all that bad. I generally try my hardest to be as calming and as tolerant as possible with them, and I like to goof around and have fun with them as much as I can. But when it comes to tantrums, or blatant disregard for what I want them to do (more on that in a moment), or whining, I get triggered. I try to smile, but I feel myself getting annoyed. I try to hold it in, but sometimes it doesn’t work so well.

I also have a new business that I work on technically three days (24 hours) a week, but really more like 40 hours a week, counting all the evenings and occasional weekend and late nights.

As my business is about helping people find spiritual fulfillment in their lives, of course I need to stay aligned and balanced too, quieting my mind/meditating whenever I can, doing a short a morning yoga routine (albeit this is usually about five minutes long) and regularly asking for ans receiving guidance from beyond.

I wonder sometimes what the lesson is for me about the chaos of child-rearing when I’m just trying to live a peaceful, balanced life?

Indeed, it must be about patience. Especially since mine gets tested over and over.

Ah, patience. There it is. My life lesson. Maybe that is the answer here. I believe that we all come into life with a lesson to learn, or a “personal life purpose” as some call it. These could be about unconditional love, compassion, acceptance, forgiveness, or any other possible effect of any persistent pattern that you see in your life. In addition to Patience (it warrants being capitalized now), I know that I am to learn also about acceptance, especially about my lack of control over situations. There is probably something about Selflessness and Sacrifice in there too (as there would be for any parent).

But I thought that I had learned so much this far in my life! Clearly, that’s a laugh, as there is still work to be done.

It’s almost like my children are providing me with a fertile “training ground” for truly honing my craft in Patience. If I view it like this, things start to make more sense. I see why, on a grander scale, my children are in my life. I am not perfect. I am human, and as humans we all get tested and can’t always keep our cool. We are meant to express ourselves emotionally, and if we were to hold it in, we could really do ourselves some emotional harm.

That doesn’t mean that I yell at or hit my kids (okay, I have occasionally yelled). But I do ask them to take breaks if needed (at least my five year old son does). I have learned sometimes that children act out because something has bothered them in their day, because they feel disconnected from us as parents.. or sometimes they are just tired and hungry.

These tiny humans are fallible and they learn by testing boundaries. I signed up for this when my husband and I decided to have kids. Hence, my other lessons in Selflessness come in.

I sometimes wonder how parents who don’t think about these things handle energetic children. My heart breaks when I hear of a parent who has hurt their child, sometimes irreparably. I can only imagine the suffering that parent experienced as a child, probably with little experience in child-rearing (parenting doesn’t come with a manual!) and few positive role models to learn from. It is easy to understand how someone with a screaming child could get triggered to act on impulse in a way that they surely would regret later on.

I also understand that children don’t operate on timelines. And they have much to teach us, as adults, about that. Why should they care that we have to be somewhere at a certain time? They are simply living in the moment of what they’re doing… going on the swing or studying a bug. And isn’t that a wonderful thing? It is our society around us that forces children to mold to it. To strict time schedules (all those lessons and play dates!), to us feeling like we need to control them. When I was a kid, I was happiest just playing outside with friends, having a limited schedule and routine – I only had to come in for dinner when it was ready. Free to explore my own interests, to be creative and to learn on my own and with friends. Sure, I took piano lessons, but that was about the only scheduled thing I did each week as a child. And yeah, sometimes I went to camp, but my parents would make sure I had a good part of my summer just to hang out at home (granted I was supposed to do something educational too).

Later on, I chose to participate in sports in high school, and sadly that came with packed schedule of practices and games that left me with little to no time to do anything creative, especially since I would come home to hours of homework left to do. I would enter my next day of school, getting up way earlier than teenagers are biologically meant to, as sleep-deprived and stressed.

And what about all of the children who are over-medicated these days for ADHD or depression? A study done in Finland found that when children take regular breaks/recess, they are more focused in school (and their "symptoms" disappeared). And of course this makes sense. Children have boundless energy! They want to move their bodies and explore! Sadly, many American schools are shortening recess and reducing times allocated for creative play (art, music and foreign language. And as many children being born now are more psychically open and pick up on other people’s energy (as empaths), it’s no wonder that so many seem to be out of balance. Without understanding how to manage their intuitive gifts, children can suffer immensely, and need, more than ever, adults who truly understand how to help them.

In this new age of growth, love and unity, is our job as parents to learn about how we can support them in our paradigm shift. Children are wired to help us connect with each other as part of our coming into the era of shared consciousness, compassion and support. We must remember that most of us adults have been programmed by society not to understand how they operate, since they are wired different.

It is we adults that need to adjust our ways and learn to help foster the healing work that children are here to do. They have so much to teach us. Let’s open our hearts, minds and souls to a new way of parenting, of teaching and supporting children in a holistic education and in nurturing their intuitive gifts that could transform the world as we know it.

That’s all for now, folks, and thanks for reading.

P.S. For those of you still here, join me this Sunday, if you’re local, for a workshop this Sunday afternoon on Quieting the Mind in Everyday Life, and how we can get past the mind chatter and begin to “re-wire” our brains in small moments anytime!

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Rachel White

A spiritual counselor, intuitive coach and writer, Rachel Horton White founded Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting in January 2016 to support those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. She taught American Government at a local community college in Portland, Maine, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal in college. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine. A spiritual counselor, intuitive coach and writer, Rachel Horton White founded Soulful Work Intuitive Consulting in January 2016 to support those searching for true purpose and fulfillment in their lives. Along with individual coaching, Rachel shares in the world a podcast of interviews with inspirational figures and guided meditations, a blog of musings, workshops with private groups and in workplaces, and interactive online courses. She taught American Government at a local community college in Portland, Maine, and was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher in Guadalajara, Mexico. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, Rachel claims her true education came from studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal in college. Rachel is also an amateur dream analyzer, piano player, traveler, outdoor enthusiast, Tarot reader, yogi, writer/painter-of-sorts. Her most important and blessed roles of all came in her early 30s, as wife to an incredible man and mother, guide and pal to two energetic, bright-eyed, young children in Portland, Maine.