Living in the Great Expansion

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The following is a talk (actually a sermon) that I recently gave at First Parish UU in Portland, Maine. Several of you have asked to see this, so here goes!

There is something magical happening right now. Many of us are awakening to the understanding that we are so much more than we have been taught. That we are beings of light, we are creators, we are healers, we are manifestors. We are connected through a web of energy that cannot be seen (by most) but can be felt with the eyes of our hearts.

The indigenous people of the world understand this. They know how connected we are (especially in spiritual communities).

When a red-tailed hawk eats a snake, it starts with the head first. Many believe this is because it is intuitively consuming the most vital energy of that animal, which lies in the head, where our crown chakra is also found (our direct connection with the Divine).

The hawk is absorbing the energy of the snake and all that the snake has eaten. And so it goes up and down the food chain.

How often do we stop to consider this web of interconnection and its effect on our own lives as we cohabitate a world with other living beings? How do our daily actions affect their lives? How the experiences of animals and plants affect our own?

The Interconnection of Life

We are all linked, more intimately connected than we may realize.

When we hurt the Earth with pollutants, we are also hurting ourselves. Now, I know you may have heard that before in a figurative sense. But what if it is literally true? That chemicals from our food that end up in the Earth actually make it back into our bodies, rising up the food chain? That when we spray our lawns with pesticides, and a bee lands on that lawn, that we are effectively poisoning our own food supply?

When we scream in pain outside, does it hurt the heart of the bird that hears our cry? Maybe it does more than we know. Maybe the Force is more real than some may think.

So what does this mean for our lives? Many of us have heard about the interconnection of all beings, and it sounds great on the surface. But do we actually stop to consider how literal that is? Most of us have never been taught about how energy really works. Like many of you, I was raised mostly in traditional public education and in the modern workplace. I was taught to follow the rules and to draw inside the lines. This created lots of blocks that show up in many ways (thankfully there are ways to work through these). In school, I was not encouraged to follow my active imagination into a world of intuitive knowing, maybe into other dimensions, and trusting my inner voice (and my guides from a higher, Divine realm) to guide me. In fact, the system that I grew up in poked fun at that, as if anyone who did this were crazy, weird or just plain lying. (You're not - it's our universal awakening - I'll be giving a talk on this in a few weeks!)

Sound familiar?

Shifting Energies on Earth

Thankfully, this is all changing. The energies of the Earth are shifting. We are receiving frequencies from beyond our planet that are activating our DNA. Like a radio antenna that was broken in two, we are piecing that antenna back together to receive light, which is information. Through meditation (join us for free meditations!), we are re-wiring our brains to learn to listen to, and trust our inner guidance, our intuition, our spirit guides, angels, masters, teachers, loved ones, Source/Spirit/God.

And we are coming to understand that our universe actually exists on vibrations, on the space that is in between the protons and neutrons and electrons in every atom which makes up every piece of matter on Earth. And in that space is energy, waves of frequency upon which our thoughts travel and create vibration. Waves that connect each of us, through our emotions, to each other.

I had never understood that there is a net of energy, like the threads of a spider web, linking every living being, plant, human, animal, rock, dirt on this planet and beyond this planet. I knew a bit about quantum physics, and was fascinated with theories about the existence of God, but I never really connected the dots.

Releasing the Old Pattern

It wasn’t until I took some bold steps in my life and left my stressful job, started meditating again, talking to higher guidance (I particularly like angels) and doing some research that the lightbulbs began illuminating in my brain. I started seeing through the illusions of mainstream media, designed in large part to foment fear and anger and keep us separated from our intuitive, Divine essence. I started to understand what has been happening in our world. It was, one might say, an awakening.

I began piecing together why things are the way they are, and believing that I have, within me, just as you have within you, a piece of the Divine Source Energy commonly known as God. I started to see that we have all the answers we need within ourselves – we just need to unlock them. That we can heal others with our minds and with our hands, using light, just as Jesus, Buddha and other Masters did. And that we are powerful creators, and with our free will as humans, we can manifest realities and situations with our own thoughts (not as simple as it sounds since our subconscious thought patterns, often based on years of conditioning from a young age and many lifetimes, often block our high-vibration thoughts!). This includes aligning with a flow of abundance and re-framing our view around money.

From a global perspective on the connection of our spirits to each other, maybe this makes sense to you. But what about from an individual perspective? How does your soul, with its unique qualities, contribute to what’s happening on Earth energetically?

As we expand in our consciousness, we are also expanding in our souls. In fact, the more we explore what it is that we have to offer the world, what our individual gifts are, the more that we can evolve toward the ultimate goal of enlightenment, or just self-actualization, and ultimately to bring healing to the Earth and all its beings!

The Journey of Soul Evolution

The archetypal pattern of the hero’s journey, popularized by Joseph Campbell and encompassed beautifully in the ancient art of Tarot cards, is a particularly effective tool for understanding our personal journey in this lifetime and the soul lessons that we set out to learn (before incarnating).

Although our modern society has not emphasized the importance of this soul growth, but I believe that it is an essential tool to our shifting into becoming the spiritual beings that we truly are. One of the most important aspects of this soul journey is the process of shedding the layers of Ego, that aspect of our personalities that makes up our fears, doubts and worries, which often exist at a very subconscious, deep level. The book Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin (gifted to me by my father) describes this descent into our shadow side as one that is often overlooked in much of the spiritual world. It’s not pretty or fun to go into the dark recesses of our childhood, excavating where our thoughts of not being enough or our fears of being seen or our worries about being judged by others. These often come from well-meaning parents or adults who unintentionally help create them! As Plotkin claims, the layers of the protective ego, like that of an onion, helped keep us safe as a child but have since evolved into a voice of “resistance.” Separating from this resistance is an essential part of clearing the debris in our paths.

We can assure these egos (often a version of our “inner child”) that it is safe for them to quiet down. That as adults, we have grown enough and have developed enough resources and inner strength to get us through life now. That they are no longer needed to protect us anymore (since their version of protection often prevents us from taking risks that help us expand in our consciousness!).

In Soulcraft, this protective ego is represented in a real-life example. Near the end of World War II, a group of Japanese soldiers ended up marooned on an island. The war ended, but they were still there, unaware. When they were finally rescued and returned to their villages in Japan, they knew of no other roles for themselves other than being warriors. But the villagers didn’t mock or criticize them. They thanked the soldiers every day, but gently suggested that they didn’t need to fight anymore. That they could put down their armor. And they told them this every day for a while, until gradually the soldiers began to accept the truth, and found other forms of livelihood and roles to fill.

Separation from the Protective Ego

Similarly, we can take this approach with our protective egos. I have found that using four tools, on a consistent basis over a period of months (maybe a lifetime!) have contributed to huge shifts in my life and those of my clients, leading to new flow and freedom. These are:

1) quieting the mind (meditation) to develop the ability to let go of the worries (of the Ego), just as we let go of thoughts in meditation

2) writing exercises (such as personifying these egos in a biography and writing “goodbye” letter)

3) visualizations in a subconscious state (to target where this ego is felt in the body and then to energetically separate from it) and

4) verbally processing to identify what the voice of the protective ego is saying to us and when it tends to flare up the most.

Maybe as you’re listening to this, you are thinking of your own life and how this might apply. I hope maybe you are! I will say, that as you can probably imagine, doing this shadow work, going into the places that are painful to explore, takes courage. Many people avoid doing this work, and sometimes it isn’t until our deathbeds that we start to see that we don’t have to listen to that protective ego version of ourselves, that we are so much more than we have been taught.

Don’t let that be you. Take some bold steps to begin listening to that little inner voice inside, nudging you to paint more, to dance, to write, to heal, to spend time outdoors or with children, to play music, or to engage in any sort of activity that is allowing your soul to fully express itself.

I’m not suggesting that you quit your job tomorrow to do this. Just take small steps, just experiment, just explore a new idea. Reach out to someone to test something out. You’re not committing to anything, you’re just moving the paddle in your canoe, as you travel down the river of life, to get closer to the flow of your true essence. Doesn’t it get tiring paddling upstream?  Find the flow, wherever it may be.

We are Guided in Our Awakening

By quieting the mind and asking our higher guidance to help us, we can receive unconditional love, guidance and support every step of the way. And listening to and trusting the answer that come, in dreams, on street signs, in number patterns, songs on the radio or just a quiet, persistent thought that keeps coming back. You probably already know what your intuition, or your soul/your guides from other realms, is asking you to do. You already hearing/seeing/feeling/knowing the messages from your soul. It’s just that we often ignore these messages, allowing the loud protective ego (fueled by the noise of the media/information overload) to dominate the conversation. Quiet your mind in meditation (even if just for 5 minutes when you can) and you will find that the noise diminishes and the inner wisdom emerges.

This is our collective expansion. The veil is lifting and the illusions are being shattered. Through our soul work and honing our intuitive gifts, we uncover the magic that lies within. We begin to feel how deeply we are connected with the energy of the Earth and its life. We long to grow food, dig our hands in the dirt, build beautiful things with our hands, share food and resources with our neighbors and heal the most vulnerable. We come together with others in communities and find joy in simplifying our lives. And this collective expansion not only will lead us to personal freedom and universal peace, but to the preservation of the human race and ultimately of the planet. After stepping through the gates of truth, it’s a whole new, beautiful world.

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Join me for these upcoming live workshops around Portland, Maine:

Friday March 2nd, 6-7 pm, What is Spiritual Awakening? At Soul Being, 662 Congress Street in Portland as part of the First Friday Art Walk (wine and snacks provided!).

Sunday March 4th, 3-5 pm, Clearing the Blocks to Your Manifestations. At Presence of Mind Studio in Portland.

Wednesday, March 7th, 5:30-7:30 pm, Aligning with the Flow of Abundance. At Your Best Self-Energy Healing at the Spiritual Renaissance Center in South Portland, Maine.

NEW! Sunday, March 18th, 3-5 pm, Move Your Body, Return to Light. At Magnolia in Portland, Maine.

Saturday, April 28th, 2018 from 10 am - 4:30 pm. The Secrets of Our Soul: Personal Mythmaking and the Tarot. At Leapin Lizards in Freeport. 

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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. 

All Shall be Well, and All Shall be Well

In this Post: Guest Writing Piece, Intuition Course and Free Talks

After going to Costa Rica, I have been battling inner turmoil about this country and my place in it. I have been wanting to go somewhere where life feels easier and freer, and more heart-connected, but feeling guilty about leaving this place.

I have been venturing into the depths of my shadow side, feeling anger at our country and society filled with smart phone addictions and rampant inequalities. And what’s been done to us as a species in our consciousness. I feel deeply sad by how worn down many people seem, including myself too at time. So much controlling by money and fear and conditioning.

But then I see people doing amazing, brave, light-filled work, and I have hope. Yes, go into the shadows and process and express your anger and frustration and sadness. But then we see the bright lights here and there.. growing stronger. We are still moving between worlds, still shifting. It’s not easy. But we all signed up for this as carriers of light, because we can do it!! Let’s come out and be there for each other. 

What about you? What are you feeling right now with so much energy shifting and moving?

In the meantime, I do my best to share my light with you, to help you expand your intuition and connect with the highest version of yourself in this massive shift. Develop Your Intuition and Find Your Soul Purpose is an 8-week online course (self-paced) starting February 5th. This is not just an online course you take and forget about, it's designed to help you flow on the path to awakening and expansion. (Includes two group guidance sessions and one private session. Discounts for those registering by Friday (tomorrow)!). 

I'm also honored to be doing a sermon called "The Great Expansion: At One with All That Is" at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland, Maine on Sunday, February 11th. This is a free event (part of the church service). If you're local, you may want to join us for a workshop this Sunday January on Expanding Intuition (the last in-person workshop of this kind for a while!) at Presence of Mind Studio . If you live far away, you are invited to join us on Tuesday, January 30th for a free sample virtual gathering of the Soulful Work Community, a monthly in-person and virtual gathering of like-minded souls on a path to expanded consciousness (with new videos, guided meditations, writing tools every month).

Ever wondered what exactly it is that I do? The newly-created Soulful Work™ Framework explains the path to soul evolution that is the ultimate goal in your expansion! You can undergo a transformation, like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, into your soul essence. Much like the pattern of the hero’s journey,  this involves a separation from, and dissolution of the protective shell of the ego to open to  your true, higher self!


Guest Writing Piece: The Garden

The following is a piece from a guest writer. This person would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on this post. Please leave a comment in the blog post, or send an email to me directly at rhortonwhite@soulfulworkconsulting.com

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This short essay stems from my belief that each of us is born connected with--name your flavor--God, the essence, the infinite--and that our journey in life is essentially a quest to discover--to return to--that connection.  We all know it, we all feel it.  This essay calls that place whence we came, and to which we yearn to return, The Garden.

Joni Mitchell's classic song, “Woodstock,” is about the idyllic few days in 1969 when about four hundred thousand young people gathered for music, love and peace on a farm in rural New York State.  The song is about meeting “a child of God” traveling to Woodstock to “set my soul free.”   The chorus resonates most when it calls us, and calls us again,  to “get back to the garden.”

Get back to the Garden.  What does that mean?   What is the Garden, and when were we ever there before? 

In the Bible, the Garden is the place and time where and when the world began for us human beings.   But more to the point, it is the place and time that the Bible teaches that we were with God.   A more secular way of making the same point is to say that we are most in harmony with ourselves when we are in harmony with creation and at peace with the universe.   It is that state of harmony that is the Garden.

But were we ever there, in that Garden?    If ever we were, when?  How can we possibly find the path to return?

My own answer to all of those questions rests on the epigraph that E.M. Forster, the British novelist, chose for Howard's End: Only Connect!   The connecting that Forster wrote of has at least three meanings. 

“Only Connect” means, first, to relate to yourself—to be happy with who you are.  Younger people, especially, struggle with that connection.   And that makes perfect sense—almost by definition, a young person is still growing, still evolving.  They may feel, more acutely than older people, a disconnect between who they are and who they would like to be.  For them, getting back to the Garden means bringing those two into alignment.   Second, “Only Connect” also means to find and connect with what lies beyond you—other people, other places.  And third, “Only Connect” means to see the relationships, the connections, between yourself and the rest of the universe. 

So the Garden—that place we all somehow remember and can imagine, that place we yearn for—is the state of being connected with ourselves, our surroundings and creation as a whole.   

Remembering the Garden, imagining the Garden, and discovering the Garden are, in a sense, the same thing.   Each of us is born with the vision of the Garden and each of us has the ability to make the discovery.    Finding it again is a matter of synchronicity.  We can sync our phones with our computers and tablets.  Remembering the Garden, discovering the Garden, are both just a matter of achieving synchronicity between what is inside us and what is outside us. 

Julian of Norwich, author of the first known religious work written by a woman in English, spoke of that state of harmony in a simple way, but in a way that I connect to.   She wrote:  “All manner of thing shall be well.”   T. S. Eliot in his Four Quartets converted her words into a kind of mantra that I have used to remember/discover the Garden: “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”  

Just repeat those words five times with a smile on your face and a cleansing breath between each time, and you will find yourself being wafted toward the Garden from which you truly have come. 

Please feel free to share your comments here, we would love to hear your thoughts. What speaks to you in this piece? What resonates with your experience?

With gratitude to 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. 

Balancing the Worlds Within

In this great shifting, we are in uncharted territory. We long to be more at one with nature, outside, getting our hands in the dirt, making something that is of the Earth.

But then we go and check email on our smartphones and work on our laptops.

How can we reconcile what seems like a paradox? Maybe it is just the new age we are in. Maybe it’s okay to use technology to our advantage, but in moderation. Noticing when we are becoming addicted to it and weaning ourselves off.

I have been trying to wean myself off electronics, but as a writer, I need my laptop to type. So I got myself some “earthing” contraptions to help reduce the electromagnetic frequencies I have been picking up (next step is to reduce the time our wireless is on and remove our smart meter).

We are in between worlds, moving from the old to the new. The old Earth to the new Earth. And we are in between worlds within ourselves too. It’s an adjustment, a balancing. Maybe it isn’t practical to live without a cellphone (or difficult if you’re going to try to function in modern society). But it’s not healthy to live tethered to a cellphone either, checking it thousands of times per day. Where is the balance?

I have been battling with balance within myself too. I left my old career to share light in some way. Maybe part of me thought that it would be a whole, new, amazing way of life. But when you step out more into the public eye, and when you’re making a business out of it, things can get blurry.

I have been noticing conflicting emotions within myself. Sometimes I get tired. But then I am reinvigorated with purpose to help people awaken and end their suffering, as much as possible.

For me, the only answer is coming back to my heart. To the love I feel for humanity, and for our Earth (sometimes it feels more like the latter). It is almost as if I don’t have a choice. How much do I want our planet to survive? For there to be a place for my children to grow and thrive? What kind of a world do I want my children to inherit?

And this re-invigorates me. This is my purpose. This is why I’m here. And I intend to keep marching on, following my orders. Because they are, in fact, MY orders (from my higher self that is). (Join me for a free online class on January 18th on developing intuition to connect with your own!)

What about you? What are your marching orders? What is it you are here to do to help make the world a better place? Share in the comments here, I'd love to hear (for real)!

P.S.

It has been my intention to share this process with you what has transformed my life, but this year I will be changing what I offer a bit, doing shorter talks, designed to be more accessible to more people, on different topics, especially around consciousness expansion and spiritual awakening... which is what I REALLY want to talk about more and what is happening to so many on our planet.

But... I will be doing one last series of three workshops starting this Sunday afternoon, January 7th at Presence of Mind Studio, called Your Magical Abilities to Create. This is the first in a series of three designed to be taken together (the others are Activate Your Intuition on January 28th and Clearing the Blocks to Manifestations ). Join us for a last hurrah! You'll also receive writing tools and handouts for you to use at home, with practical, everyday tips to integrate into daily life.($35 for all three workshops and $40 for each)

Other things coming up:

 

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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. 

The Courage to Evolve

The energy right now is that of a pulling in, a going inward. This is partially due to Mercury retrograde and largely due to the seismic energetic shift in consciousness and collective awakening happening all over the planet.

We are being confronted with our shadows. We are being asked to make choices. And our choices matter. Do we choose to look at our phones or spend time with our children? Do we pick up a piece of trash on the ground, or walk on by, assuming that it’s not our problem? Do we smile or offer a kind word or gesture, to the homeless person we pass by on the street, or do we walk on by, pretending not to see them?

Yes, these small moments do matter. Even if it seems that no one is looking (our souls are).

What will you choose? Will you listen to your inner voice nudging you to live how you long to live? Or will you give in to fear and worry about being different/ crazy/weird/alone/penniless? We are facing our deepest fears and we are being asked to confront them once and for all. It’s time to release them so we can fully expand into who we really are. Our souls are longing to come out and be free.

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Oh, yes, it is like peeling back the layers of an onion, working through years of programming and conditioning at the hands of institutions trying to keep us feeling small, afraid and completely oblivious to our incredible, magical powers (like healing the sick by just sending light to someone suffering - like Jesus or any other mystical healer).

No one said this would be easy. Even though our natural state as humans is joy, it’s not supposed to be easy all the time. (Remember, we set this up for ourselves as part of our soul contracts.) Otherwise, how would we grow? After all, our mission with each subsequent lifetime is to improve, to evolve. (This Sunday you are invited to work with that in a "pay what you can" workshop to find stillness.")

So what will it be? It takes courage. It takes a lot of courage. I consider myself to be a pretty brave person, but I have been confronting my shadow sides too, and it takes a lot of inner discipline, faith, patience and trust in my higher guidance (I’ve been spending time in the Akashic Records).

Here are a few things that might help you in your release and expansion. Some of them may surprise you.

1)    Stop trying so much. Yes, that’s right. Just for a while. Just allow yourself to be present and stop trying. Enjoy the feeling of the sun on your face. Spend time with those you love (children and animals are especially wonderful). Yes, do visualize what you want your life to be like. Write it down. But then forget about it. Trying too hard to make something happen is based in a state of lack. And that vibration of lack cannot align with a vibration of plenty. It’s about, of course, raising your vibration, but it’s not about to be trying to live for the future all of the time, as if you’re not perfect just as you are (because you are perfect! You’re always expanding, just like the universe, but you’re also perfect). So just relax and live.

2)    Get information. Gather resources (videos, articles, websites) to help you understand what is happening to the Earth, to us humans and to you in your life. It will trigger something within you that already knows. You will remember what you have forgotten upon incarnation in your human body. This includes learning about truth and the reality that we have been living in for thousands of years. But be discerning in what you find on the internet. Many websites are based in fear, and if an article/site causes fear, it is not based in love and is not for your highest good. Find resources that resonate with you and uplift you, and that you can digest (even though it may be difficult to grasp and fully absorb as much of the information that is shocking … beyond what you have ever experienced before).

3)    Process your emotions. Once we really see what’s been done to us, it is very easy to get angry. And to go through the stages of grief, really. Denial, anger, bargaining are three that many people are going through. Hopefully depression is a temporary phase. I have noticed that sometimes people who awaken can get stuck in one phase, like anger, or maybe depression. So talk about it, move your body, scream/run/write/sing whatever it is that feels like you can express, release and hopefully move on from the emotion. Eventually, you might just reach acceptance.

4)    Develop your intuitive gifts, which we all have. By tapping into your intuition, and to the spirit realm, you will receive a level of guidance, support, encouragement and helpful information for any area of your life. Like having your own personal team of coaches/therapists/best friends at your disposal whenever you need them! I personally love angels, since they are pure love, connected directly to the highest Source of love that there is (God or whatever term you choose). And they protect me from any negative, lower energies (hence why I am writing these words now to you). And the realm of Spirit is already speaking to you anyway – it’s that quiet whisper nudging you to do good. When you begin to hone that ability to hear, listen to and trust your support team, your life will unfold. They so badly want to connect with us, we just need to hone our ability to hear/see/understand them, and then just ask for their help! You can do this by simply imagining light in your heart, like a glowing ball, every day, and expanding that light from the top of your head into the Earth, a pillar of light. This light carries healing, and it carries information (downloads of Divine universal knowledge – where else do you think I get my ideas?).  And I’ll be doing a free virtual workshop on trusting/expanding intuition in January that will give you some more concrete ideas, suggestions and tools to help you develop your intuitive connection for help in any moment in your life.

5)    And then actually listen to and trust your intuition.  This is easier said that done. Believe me, I have spent lots of time trying to get answers from someone else. And sometimes it really helped. But after getting lots of psychic readings and personal coaching, I realized that I was seeking confirmation of what I already know. It’s just that I wasn’t trusting my intuition. Now I am and I am listening to their advice and guidance. And often that advice is completely opposite from what the “experts” tell me to do. Deep down, we all know better what is right for us than anyone else can.

It’s a strange and wonderful time to be alive. It’s incredibly exciting to think what the world will be like for our children. Yes, there will be some who choose a path of fear, and to them the reality may look no different than it does now. But for others, who choose a path of courage, their reality will be one of freedom. Freedom from limitations, freedom from confining patterns, freedom from damaging thoughts and emotions and freedom to expand, heal, love and share. It truly is a time unlike any other. Step into the flow, and experience the magic! (And see you at some new workshops/classes - like learning to read Tarot - in 2018!)

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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. 

It's Getting Interesting...

It’s getting interesting, isn’t it? The energy in the air these days is a bit tense. Mercury goes into retrograde on December 3rd, and it’s going to be a big month filled with shifting and moving of energy.

In this time, be sure to communicate clearly and compassionately with others... it's best to avoid making assumptions and allowing ourselves to get triggered... assume the best of intentions, come back to your breath, and remember that we're all in this together.

Things can get sticky otherwise. Having heart-to-heart, open conversations can assuage any awkwardness or hurt feelings. Feel this energy, come to light in your heart, and connect with the heart of the person you're communicating with.

The good news is that in this time, what’s “stuck” can get unstuck. So seize that energy! Follow the urge to get started on that project you’ve been putting off! Take care of anything that has been nudging you for a while, start learning something new. Go inward and go deep.

We are being called upon, yes we all, to begin to shed the layers of subconscious, limiting beliefs of the negative Ego self. It is not always pretty or fun. But it is how we will begin to understand how connected we all are. In spite of what the mainstream media might tell us, we live in a world filled with loving, kind and compassionate people who want to do the best thing. It’s just that we don’t all know how.

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It’s not your fault. We have all been programmed (I know that’s kind of a scary word, but it helps to understand the depth of what we’re going through) for a long time. It often starts with usually our parents, sharing what they were taught (as well-intentioned they may have been) with us as children, by mainstream media and with the pressure to “consume, be afraid and stay angry at each other,” and continues with traditional public schooling. Thankfully, with many teachers (bless them!!) and even some administrators doing their best to make change, and with parents exposing their children to more nature-based, experiential learning and limiting TV/screen time, this is changing. And I believe that it will continue to change. But we are not there yet.

It is up to you. And me, and all of us. We must continue to re-train ourselves how to do this. We have never been taught how powerful we are. We have more healing and magical abilities than we can possibly imagine. The gifts of Jesus, Buddha, Yoginanda and others are accessible to us all. But we have never been taught this in any traditional school, in fact it may have been hidden from us.

We can learn to activate ourselves, activate the light within our hearts and spread this to others around us. We can learn more about how our brain works so that the left and right brains, the Ego and the Higher selves, can more fully work together so we can be spiritual in a practical world (I’m going to be integrating hypnotherapy and guided imagery into more meditationsfree meditations bi-monthly on Monday mornings - and workshops).

And we must understand that we will need to deal with our shadow sides, with our pain, to more fully expand in our consciousness and heal our world. This might come from trauma or learned experiences in this lifetime, or even from past lifetimes (stay tuned for free Akashic Records readings I’ll be offering next year).

For me personally, I find that the only way I can get through this time is to work with light. Yes, light. Sounds so simple, right? I expand a ball of light in my heart every morning and spread it throughout my body, and a few feet beyond my body. When I am struggling on communicating with others, I try to send light from my heart to theirs. For someone who is suffering, I ask for light from the higher angelic realms to be with them.

And then it’s about learning to trust our intuition, the little voices from our support team from beyond helping to nudge us toward what’s best for our souls. Many people struggle to understand which is that voice and which is the negative Ego voice. Begin practicing some form of quieting the mind (even just 1 minute a day of noticing your breath), and you will learn to discern.

In the meantime, hope you’ll join some of us for workshops, in a Facebook group of souls expanding their consciousness and connecting with each other for support in-person and virtually (just request to join Souls Gathering Together).

Wishing you courage, clarity and light in this important and unprecedented time of soul evolution,

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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. 

The Forced Unplugging

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In Maine, as many of you know, we had a brutal wind storm that knocked out power to thousands of homes. We were lucky to go unaffected, save from the absence of internet. But aside from some minor inconveniences, I found it to be a welcome respite from technology. 

Even though times like this are challenging, the opportunity to pause can be like a breath of fresh air. A forced unplugging from the universe. With people coming together to support one another, connecting over our shared experience, one can’t help but notice the good that can come out of struggle. The wheel stops spinning for a moment. People can’t work with no internet or power, so they get sent home. Emails can’t get sent, Facebook posts can’t get posted. And we panic at first a bit…and then we relax.

We are removed from the cycle of work and internet and going and doing, not by choice but by circumstance. Then what do we do? Do we resist? Do we spend all day driving around trying to find a place to check our email? Or do we let go.. and enjoy the time to just be with ourselves, to be with our loved ones… to talk for a change, to go for a walk, to meditate, to reflect, to cook, to make.

I have been cooking a lot from scratch recently, a cake for my son’s birthday, carrot-apple-turmeric muffins for his school snack, roasted butternut squash for a potluck gathering, peanut butter and raisin rice cakes for a school event. It has taken some time but it is a labor of love. My children help with the food prep, and we bond over creating something beautiful and tasty together to share with family and friends. We are using the food grown right near our home (the apples from our apple tree, the squash from the farm across town).

Still, I have been mourning the end of the growing season and my ability to grow my own vegetables from my backyard garden. But I have found a renewed calling in learning how to make things with my hands in these colder months. I “made” my son’s mummy Halloween costume with strips of an old pillowcase, a shirt, sweatpants and a hot glue gun. It took me over an hour but I felt proud of what I had accomplished. My son knew that it was special too, made with love by his mother. So much more meaningful than if I’d had it shipped online (which is what I usually do). And I give thanks for the community of parents and teachers we have found in the loving, peaceful school that of our son’s that is rooted in spiritual, simplicity of Quakers.  A place that is supportive and encourages our desire to live more minimally, more in harmony with the Earth and with like-minded people.

The expansion that I am experiencing and that we are all experiencing is one based on feeling, based on what we feel pulled, or guided, to do. Not what makes sense or seems rational. It is the push and pull between the Higher Self and that of the Ego. Our longing to lie on the Earth and to wander in the woods, to explore and to wonder, to build and to mold, to delight and to discover… these are our inherent qualities that we have forgotten, that we have been trained to ignore.

The time is now here for a shifting.

The Earth shaking off the imbalance and adjusting to the damage that's been done. The Earth is changing but I believe it will still survive… by adapting. And we are adapting too. We must still do more to heal what we have done to the Earth, but we are getting there. We are re-discovering our essence, our feeling of oneness with the natural world. Our understanding that we co-exist together with the trees, and the wind and the soil, and the squirrels, birds and butterflies. That when they are damaged, we are damaged. That when we pollute the Earth, we also are polluting our own selves.

There are those of us who are choosing to answer this inner longing, this pull. There are some who are noticing this urge, but are hoping it will go away… But it’s going to get harder to ignore as the energies accelerate.

This is what will save our human race and our planet. We will learn to grow in these uncharted waters together (and there is a community of like-minded souls you're welcome to explore!) with the assistance of the light, our Divine guides (and here's a video on how to connect with them!) and our spiritual power that lies within. May it be so for us all.

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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.