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. 

We Will Never Be Quite the Same.

If Once You Have Slept On An Island

If once you have slept on an island
You'll never be quite the same;
You may look as you looked the day before
And go by the same old name,

You may bustle about in street and shop
You may sit at home and sew,
But you'll see blue water and wheeling gulls
Wherever your feet may go.

You may chat with the neighbors of this and that
And close to your fire keep,
But you'll hear ship whistle and lighthouse bell
And tides beat through your sleep.

Oh! you won't know why and you can't say how
Such a change upon you came,
But once you have slept on an island,
You'll never be quite the same.

--- Rachel Field

 

Yes, it’s true. I just returned from vacation from a week on an island. Every time we go there, I come back feeling a little different. I accidentally wave to everyone we drive by (an island tradition). I avoid my phone. And I want to spend as much time outside as possible.

On an island, it’s like you’re protected from the craziness of the world when you’re surrounded by water. No getting off easily and everyone else on that island is somehow in on the joke with you. A sense of a community.

And it’s, of course, a time to pause. To try to unplug as much as possible. And that has made all the difference for me. It wasn’t easy at first, but just sitting down to write didn’t seem like a chore anymore, something I would always tell myself “I should” do. Yes, I did take some time to wind down from the busy thoughts dancing around in my mind that come from running a business on my own. I celebrated the new Soulful Work Community I've recently brought together with 26 luminous and brave souls. And reflected on how much energy I've put out and how much work I've done, and realized I was starting to feel tired. But a good tired - kind of like toiling in the fields under the hot sun to come home to a fresh glass of lemonade and a long nap. And then I started stepping back, just spending time with my family near the ocean and in the verdant fields… and I freed myself, just for a while, from the spin cycle that is modern life these days.

I brought a few books to read – one is called The Divine Matrix by Gregg Braden. While it contains concepts I’m familiar with, somehow I still need reminding. And it’s nice to hear these ideas in different words and in a new voice (that’s right, if you want to write, even if it’s been written about before, it hasn’t been written about by you!). This book reminded me about how deeply we are all connected in a conscious web of life, in a very real and magical way. About how each of our actions, thoughts and emotions affects everyone and everything in that web. How we create much of our world and our reality as we go along, birthed from an intelligent energy that, after it gave life to us humans, becomes part of us. Kind of like, as Braden so brilliantly proposes, the animator’s hand in the Walt Disney cartoons drawing Mickey Mouse. The hand disappears and Mickey Mouse comes to life, and Mickey himself similarly starts to create the objects in his world.

Or like in the book Harold and the Purple Crayon, the little boy Harold creates his world as he goes about in it - drawing a boat when he needs it, setting sail as he completes his drawing. Imagine the implications if we similarly took the time to intentionally create our lives in this way as we go along… with some intention, discipline, positive emotions, and asking for some help along the way.

That is what we, my husband Chris and I, intend to do more consciously in my weeks and months to come.

At a kid-free dinner the other night, we talked about how we could bring this feeling we have on the island, of contentment and joy, on a consistent basis back to our daily lives. To avoid the feeling of dread that usually comes when a vacation ends. Of having to go back to “reality” as some call it. To that societal norm that is about never having enough, of always striving for the next best thing.

And we as humans forget about how powerful as creators we truly are. Most of us go about our days in reactive mode. We watch what happens to us instead of taking some time to think: what do I really want in my life? Even if I don’t see how to get that with my physical eyes, if I understand how magical the universe is, I know that I can create a vibration with my thoughts and actions and then wait for the universe to send that back to me.

Do you want a new car but don’t know how to pay for it? Go test drive one anyway. Do you want to take a trip across the world but don’t know how to make it happen? Plan your trip just for fun. And watch things unfold from there. Believe that you’re already living the life you want.. this is how the vibration is created. And according to the Divine laws that govern life (I can’t explain them, I only experience them myself!), once you have visualized what you want, and once you live that visualization and then let it go and feel joy in your life, you are opening up to receiving it back, in the form of a miraculous wish granted. (And this Sunday, July 9th, take advantage of the full moon to write, visualize and create your life!).

As for me in my life right now, I have taken the time to pause, reassess and to intentionally create this week. Somehow all I want is to live simply. To travel, yes, but other than that, a simple life connected with nature and with other humans (for we are social creatures and need each other!) feels just perfect to me.

On this island, we breathe in the salty air and smell the musty, damp smell of the green reeds in the lush swamp. We watch the birds flitter and chirp. We lay in the grass and gaze up at the clouds forming hearts in the sky and watch the beech tree leaves shimmer in the wind. And that is enough.

There’s only so many things to do on this island in Maine. You can go look for seaglass on a beach. You can ride bikes. Watch the sunset. Look for wild strawberries in the grass. Hang out with the neighbors and their kids. Go to a community supper. Read a book. Paint.

These are all basic elements of life. Yes, we can bring our smartphones with us and check in from time to time. But we have no TV and we spend our evenings playing games, reading or just talking by candlelight on the porch.

And in this way of life, we feel at peace with the world, connected with the web of life that is nature. So let’s see if we can make this continue back in our everyday lives.

Yes, back home we have schedules to attend to. School and work start at set times; we don’t live in a culture where you can meander on in at whatever time you choose (sounds like of cool but might get annoying after a while). While schedules have a purpose, too often we let the schedules run our lives. What if we just made some adjustments so our lives can be more enjoyable? What if we took back control and got pro-active about it?

So we decided to start making things happen in our daily lives. In our creating process, we set the intention of doing this: we will get up early, before the kids. This sets the tone for the day. I will do yoga and take some time to breathe (my day goes so much better when I start it this way) and give thanks for all the blessings in my life (re-wiring the brain to notice the positive!). We will make breakfast and have the kids lunches made. All before they get up. Then they rise, play for a bit, and we all have breakfast together. No more rushing around frantically, frustrated at them for dilly-dallying. (After all, why should we expect them to understand our ridiculous adult-world schedules all the time?)

Then we go our separate ways, get the kids to their schools/child cares and we go off to our livelihoods/careers. Then we come back together at the end of the day and enjoy our time together. And here’s we have some leeway. We can go with the flow, spend time dancing to music, playing silly games, going on the swing set, and just being together as a family.

And then after they go to bed we get disciplined. We exercise right away, even if just for 20 minutes. Then our creative time – it needs to be a daily habit or it won’t happen. We hold each other accountable. I write and he makes music for a bit, let’s say an hour. Then we stop. We read, meditate, and go to bed early. And that’s it.

Now, since our brains are wired to routine, there is a risk that once we go back to our house on the mainland that we will forget these intentions and slip back into old habits. It’s literally impossible to monitor every thought, and things happen in life that we can’t control, as part of our soul lessons we are here to learn and part of the nature of being alive on a planet that has darkness and suffering as well as light and love.

So I’m trying to prepare for that tendency to forget. We can shake up our routine by changing it – in addition to getting up earlier, we might move the furniture around, put up reminder notes, drive a new route, etc. And Chris and I will hold each other accountable. All of these signal to your brain that things are different, and that your old thought patterns can be different too.

Let’s take the pressure off of ourselves and bring the island lifestyle back to where we are. To not feeling compelled all the time to be somewhere else, to be doing something else, to be better than we are. It gets tiring always feeling like you’re on a journey to somewhere else. What if where you are right now is good enough? Of course, we always learn and grow, but let’s take the time to enjoy the present moment, to create more of what we want in the process and to simply just feel the beauty that has been given to us on this Earth.

I believe we can do it. I’m going to try, and I hope you join me.

(P.S. You can join me in-person for some upcoming workshops too:

Tuesday, July 11th: Shine Your Light: Effective Marketing for Holistic Entrepreneurs - social media, pricing, overcoming fears and all that good stuff - online with Christopher Pagli!

Sunday, July 16th: Raising Your Vibration: Release Fear and Embrace Flow - Intentionally aligning with your true, highest self through sound and writing transformation - live with Ben Carroll.

Tuesday, July 18th: Thriving as a Spiritual Introvert: How to Go Outside Your Comfort Zone and Take Action - This is my life! And my new favorite topic - live at Willard Beach Studio.

Sunday, July 23rd: Quiet the Mind in Everyday Life: Why it May be the Most Important Thing You Do - Quieting the mind as a stepping stone to living a new sort of life and how to start doing it! - live at Soma Massage & Wellness. )

 

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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. 

Feeling Joy and Letting Go of Worry (It's More Important Than You May Think!)

Life is not meant to be heavy or hard. In spite of what we may think. We often feel like we’re supposed to worry about things, and I mean worry all the time. Like if we don’t worry, then everything might fall apart..the other shoe might drop. I should know. I was a chronic worrier. I worried about what people thought of me, worried about what college I would get into, worried about my boyfriends, worried about getting good grades, worried about having enough money, worried about losing a race in track. Basically I worried about anything and everything.

 

I remember after I first met Chris (my now-husband), I told him I couldn’t totally relax with him and let my guard down because I was afraid that I couldn’t. Because I was used to getting my hopes up in relationships and then having something happen that meant it was not going to last. It was such a sad pattern to be in. He kindly reassured me that this was different (and thankfully I believed him – it took some time but I did eventually accept that it was for real!). And he was right.

 

Does this ever happen to you? Do you ever let a past situation dictate your current experience? Of course you do! We all do. Something happens to us in our lives, and then anytime we get into a situation that is remotely similar, our memories are triggered about what happened before and our brains instinctively believe that the same thing is going to happen again (check out the Daily Om for a great article on this!). So what happens is that we re-live our past over and over again. And we wonder why we have the same patterns in our lives. Because we are literally creating them again with our own thoughts! “Worrying is using your imagination to create more of what you don’t want,” as some very wise person once said.

 

In my guidance sessions (now some summer discounts on these!) and workshops, I often do an exercise I call “The Hidden Stories of the Ego Self” with people. It’s a way to explore what’s happened to us (or what we were told) in the past. We try to identify what these stories we tell ourselves are first. And then we get curious. Do we really believe that the exact same thing is going to happen again? Or that because we were told something in the past by a person we respected that this statement still is true.. all the time? Do we want to continue to believe that? 

 

If you find yourself in the same, unhappy patterns in your life (same type of relationships, same type of job situation, same health problems, etc.), try asking yourself if there is an unconscious thought that you’re having that is actually making the situation worse. If there is a hidden story somewhere that part of you really believes is true and clings onto for dear life.


We have tens of thousands of thoughts per day, and often, most of them are quite negative. If you believe, as I do, that we are subconsciously creating our own realities with our thoughts every day, then imagine if we were to replace the negative ones with positive ones! What could we bring about in our lives? (I have tried it. It takes practice and it’s not just about the thoughts themselves.. but with patience, trust, and aligning your vibration with your soul purpose... it works!)

 

I recently went through a spell of negative thinking. It was so heavy that it started affecting my everyday life and emotional wellbeing. Luckily, I knew that it was not really “me,” and I knew what to do about it. I wrote about it (I did my own Inner Critic exercise to pick apart and separate from my negative thoughts – and hey! I’m doing a workshop on that next week!), listened to some sound healing music (and.. hey! – I’m doing a workshop with my friend Ben Carroll with singing bowls and meditations and writing exercises next month!). Then I got some help from my own Divine guides, and from a gifted intuitive. This last part is what really helped. 

 

And things shifted. My favorite online journal Wake-Up World published another article of mine on personal transformation and nature (did you know they have 3 million followers? Holy cow!). I got lots of new clients. Checks written out to me started coming in literally in one week. My husband got a raise at work. It was like magic.

 

I also learned something else. I know that it’s really hard to stop worrying… especially with all that’s happening in the world now (but you can turn off the negative news! Take action and help make the world better in the meantime!). But, we can do something else.

 

And that something else is to ENJOY life. That’s right. To find joy in each moment. To live as if we were on vacation. To pretend we’re a 5 year old kid running through a sprinkler and having a watermelon-seed spitting contest. To go for a walk in the park in the middle of a workday. To imagine that you’re on your deathbed and wonder if you’ll be so glad that you spent so much of your life worrying about retirement or your job… or that you made time every day to have fun, just to enjoy life!  

 

This is important not just because having fun makes you feel good. It’s actually about your personal vibration and your attracting what you want in your life. When you are in a joyful place, you emit a high-frequency wave (like a radio wave). We don’t see this with our eyes but it’s there. And if you have a vision (you do, right?) of your ideal future (which probably exists also at a beautiful high frequency), then you want your current vibrational frequency to match that of your future one so you get there faster! Like does attract like. It's not as simple as all that (the "law of attraction" is only one of many Divine laws - including free will, soul purpose, etc.), but it's a start. (Side note: want to "attract" other like-minded souls into your life? Join us for a free online workshop on June 15th getting support on your spiritual path – and an opportunity to join a regular membership group - next week! And meet up with some of us in person at a beautiful outdoor park on June 22nd!)

 

Of course when we decide to stop worrying (you can actually decide to do things and make them happen with that simple decision followed by action!) our negative minds will tell us we’re being irresponsible and we should be working harder… or else things will fall apart! But ask yourself… will they really? Will going for a walk in the afternoon really make you lose your job? Will stopping the worry about having enough money really mean that your whole life will fall apart?


I’m lucky enough to have two young children, and they help me remember to bring joy into my life. I like to do cartwheels with them, jump on trampolines whenever I see them (I did this before I had kids too!), run up a slide on a playground, laugh about silly things and make funny faces/sounds and yes, I did run through the sprinkler with them as you can see here in this photo.

 

Even if you don’t have children in your life (although you could probably find some to hang out with!), find something that lightens your soul. Spend some time with friends, relaxing, hanging out, enjoying food. There is a reason that some other countries have higher levels of happiness. They simply don’t worry like we do.

 

Stop allowing the mainstream media to indoctrinate you into believing that you have to worry about and be afraid of everything – this disease, that war/terrorist attack, the economy, not having enough for retirement, needing to take a pill to get better, feeling like you have to have the latest thing that your co-worker/neighbor/friend has.

 

You see, the fear-based onslaught that comes in TV commercials and the news keeps us scared, buying what we don’t need and working endless hours because we think we have to. This current system is not helping us so we must have the courage to break free. We must stop letting it influence us so much. And then our true freedom will begin!

 

So live a little. Get outside and run as fast as you can. Jump in the ocean. Sing out loud at the top of your lungs.

 

Your soul is begging you to and your life will be better if you do.

 

P.S. If you’re around Portland, Maine this summer, stay tuned for a whole bunch of workshops I’m going to be doing in July and August! Reach out to me if you want the exact dates!

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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. 

Working Out the Stuck Energy

There is some strange energy in the air. I've noticed that when I go to public places, people are tense, on edge. Not necessarily rude, but there is a lot of pent-up energy that needs to be processed. How can we do that? By getting quiet, by slowing down, by pausing.

For me personally, I've decided to do this. To go into receiving and reflecting mode. Intentionally taking time out to focus on my breath and be more passive. To pause and listen to what my inner guidance is telling me.

We often are in active mode, trying to make things happen for ourselves or for others. This is the divine masculine, which is the overriding energy that we've been taught. And it is important, but it's gotten out of control, in society and in our lives.

As with everything in life, balance is needed. What about the divine feminine? Using our intuition and our feelings to receive guidance and important information? For too long this has been cast aside as unimportant or not real. And that is tragic. For we need this healing energy more than ever now.

We are in a limbo period, between an age of separation and an age of unity, and it is resulting in confusion and even anxiety! Much of this has a lot to do with the flaring out of the old, broken system, which is freaking out right now because it is losing its grip on us. It's important to understand that our emotions are manipulated by the mainstream media to produce fear, anger and to keep us divided and distracted from the greed and corruption and even worse (and all this Russia nonsense? I believe it's just being invented to mask the far more nefarious deeds being done by political and financial higher-ups!). Want some alternative news (despite what the mainstream media will you about this being "fake" - another smoke and mirrors tactic - here are some sources to choose from).

So what can we do about this? We must have the courage to release ourselves, to break free from what's holding us back. The illusions that we have to work constantly to just retire someday (maybe) and keep paying bill after bill, debt after debt, all add up to modern day wage servitude. But it doesn't need to be this way.

With all the strange energy, causing us a lot of tension and "stuckness," an opportunity to move some of that energy out of your body and mind and soul, would be so freeing.

Writing about it takes it out of you, and helps you separate from whatever false story you're carrying. Doing a guided meditation to tap into the subconscious (your Higher self) keeps that negative Ego voice at bay and helps you see where you can go without the heaviness or the fear! There is a lot of that holding some of us back from our true passions.. now is the time to release this!

If you're local, you might want to join my friend Heather Nichols and me at Stones And Stuff this Sunday evening for a chance to get out of this rut. Because it will keep eating away at you until you make a change! 

It's not fun to paddle upstream is it? If you are, give yourself permission to try doing things differently this time. Things won't fall apart if you do. Try to explore and release that fear, because it might be holding you back.

Notice when your actions or thoughts are rooted in a fear, and try to separate from them. Notice what feels good in your body and do more of that. And this video might help you connect with your energetic centers (chakras)!

What a relief right? You'll know when the time comes to step out again. Listen to that gentle whisper (Higher Self) and not to the loud, nagging voice (Ego). In the end, you will be glad you did (99% guarantee).

Of course I will keep reaching, taking action and making plans, but I also will be using my feelings and intuition to guide me, to reflect and align with the natural flow the currents of the universe are carrying me. I hope the same can come to pass for you.

P.S. I'm still offering half-hour and hour-long intuitive readings - get in touch if you're interested in hearing from your divine guides and angelic beings with some information they want you to know! And... if you'd like to connect with others on this journey of alignment with your true, spiritual selves, you can explore this opportunity to be a part of a community of like-minded souls like you! 

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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.