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Get in the Zen Zone! Meditation Motivation Tips for Beginners

My purpose for writing this blog post is to aid those who are struggling to find motivation for their meditation practice, as well as to provide tips for beginners on their own unique and personal journey with the self-discovery practice and discipline that is meditation. As a newbie to meditation, you may have preconceived notions as to what you are "supposed to" experience, what meditation exactly is, or even "the right way" to meditate. These are some of my favorite tips  and personal guidance that I myself use in my practice to help you get in the zen zone! 

Define your purpose for meditating! Seriously, ask yourself why you are doing this. Having a clear purpose on why you are choosing to begin a journey with meditation can better aid you in finding motivation to begin (or continue) your practice. 

Set the intention prior to meditating. "Today, I am meditating to..." Are you meditating to clear your mind? Clear your energy? Connect with Spirit or your Higher Self? Calm your anxiety? This gives you something to come back to should your mind begin to wander.

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Use crystals to focus and calm your energy. You can even rub on them to keep your left brain busy while your right brain opens for meditation. Stones like clear quartz and amethyst are great for meditation purposes! Whether your meditation is focusing on a particular situation or issue like chakra balancing, seeking guidance and wisdom from Spirit or just to calm the mind, there is a stone for that! Try to find a stone that has energetic properties to help facilitate the type of meditative session you are engaging in. 

Ambiance can make all the difference. Set the mood if you think it may help! Light some incense or candles. Put on soothing relaxation music. Turn off the lights. If possible, meditate in a room that is not a main focal point in your home. For example, if possible try not to meditate in your office as the energy of that space may impact your meditation. Since you are used to being in "working mode" in this space, it may be harder for you to settle your energy here for the purposes of meditation.

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Use guided meditations. This was of great help to me! Go on an adventure of the mind. It is still hard for me to sit in the silence sometimes even after 4 years of meditating. My mind is very active, imaginative, and exploratory. Guided meditations definitely support this! I absolutely love guided meditations - so much so that I have actually written some myself and love guiding others on meditative journeys through classes I teach or online (YouTube). Here are a few I've done thus far...

Start with 5 minutes a day. That's all you need to get started. Each week build upon that 5 minutes. At this rate, you will be able to sit for 20 minutes in a month! Also, try to take note or keep a journal of how you feel before you meditate in comparison to how you feel after your session. You may have some incredible insights!

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Don't stress it! Don't be hard on yourself. This is probably the best advice I can give. Meditation takes time, practice, and effort. Don't compare your journey to someone else's. Just because someone may sit longer than you or "saw something" during meditation doesn't mean they are more skilled or are having a more fulfilling experience. Be patient with yourself and don't give up. 

The Infamous Monkey Mind - Let it come and go! Know that meditation isn't necessarily having no thoughts. This was a huge misconception for me in the beginning. I worried about whether I was doing it right or wrong. I thought if I was seeing images or having thoughts that I was meditating incorrectly. Truly, meditating for me has been about training my brain to come back to center, back to focus, back to peace when my mind goes rogue. Let the thought come and float away as if on the breeze. By pushing away the thought instead of acknowledging it and letting it go, you are actually more inclined to come back to it over and over again during the session. 

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If you have trouble focusing or need to be engaged, try an active form of meditation like yoga, saying affirmations with mala or prayer beads, or focusing on the breath.

Take a class! Sometimes having the support of others, as well as a supportive environment and teacher, makes a huge difference when it comes to a meditative practice. Taking a class can help you to build a sense of community with like minded individuals and can also help to keep you motivated to continue the practice. If classes aren't your thing, find a friend that wants to begin a meditative journey of their own and team up to support, encourage, and motivate each other!

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Give it a try outside! Fresh air does the body and mind good. Go to a scenic park, lake, beach, valley, or forest to help clear the mind and refresh the spirit. This will also aid in lessening distractions by being in a neutral environment. 

Drink a cup of tea or some water first to help calm your mind and refresh your energy. You can even smudge yourself and/or your space to help clear the energy and create a healing environment. 

Try meditating when you first wake up in the morning - before you even get out of bed! Your mind may be clearer in the morning thus making it easier for your consciousness to shift into a meditative state. 

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You may see weird things at first like a random banana that floats by or just the color yellow and nothing else - yes this has happened to me lol. You may just see flashes of light. It's okay! Acknowledge it. Yes, it could just be your mind doing it's thing however, it may be your subconscious or Spirit (wink) trying to get a message through to you. I have had some pretty amazing insights and visuals that come through in meditation. Some of my most powerful healing messages from Spirit have come through weird things I've seen or heard in meditation. If this happens for you, be sure to say thank you! It certainly is magical when it happens. 

How do you best get your zen on? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Happy Meditating,

xo Ariel

Dealing & Healing when a Loved One has a Serious Illness

It is a scary and sometimes lonely thing when someone who you love dearly is struggling with a life debilitating illness or who has a lot of health problems. I have written this blog post as I am currently going through this with a loved one and have for some time. I have been operating out of a place of fear and now it is time to operate with love. Here is what I have learned so far, as well as Spirit's outlook on dealing and healing when a loved one has a serious illness. 

Be loving & supportive

Give them your love, affection, and tenderness. Be there to clean up the mess, to shed tears with them, to hug them, to pick them up when they fall. Give of your heart. Return to them all of the love, care, and nurturing they showed you in your life. Don't moan and groan when they need your help. Did they do the same when you were sick and needed someone to care for you? 

Don't isolate yourself!

It can be a hard thing to watch as their health declines however, staying alone with your feelings is never a good thing. Also, don't be afraid of spending time with your ill loved one. Sometimes we distance ourselves to protect ourselves emotionally, so it doesn't hurt so bad, however this can often be the worst thing you could do. Spend as much time with them as you can. Spend time with your friends to de-stress. Spend time alone to recharge your batteries. 

Are you in it for the long hall?

The good days and the bad? Take things slowly. Progress is often slow. Take your time. No need to rush. Be steady and stable for them. Someone they can lean upon. Literally. Be a leader. Take their hand. Walk at their pace. Give them an extra boost of encouragement when they need it. Most of all, be patient with them in their journey. 

Cry if you need to however...

Don't cry over something you can't change or something that hasn't happened yet. Do what you can. No more woulda, coulda, shoulda. Focus on the time you do have with them! Make it as grand as possible. Embrace it. Let it wash over you. Enjoy every moment. 

Stay strong

For them and for you too. Don't let fear take over. Focus on the light that lies and lives within them. I can't stress this enough. 

Help them to keep their dignity

Don't shame or belittle them. Don't exclude them. Don't yell or roll your eyes. Don't be condescending or treat them as "less than" or like there is something wrong with them. Be supportive and encouraging. Helpful and loving in your words, actions, and the looks you give them. Remember, this is just as hard on them as it is on you. 

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Continue to make memories

Laugh. Hug. Kiss. Take out the photo album. Reminisce. Look back on the positive memories and gifts they've brought to your life. Also know that no matter how big or small, old or young, they have lived a full life in love. There are also beautiful blessings that can come from this situation, although these may be unclear to you now. 

Ramp up the self-care!

Don't turn to drugs, food, sex, or alcohol to help cope. Find a support group. See a counselor or a therapist. Meditate. Play a game. Read a book that you've been meaning to. Go see a movie. Exercise. Focus on your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Take a bubble bath. Get a new haircut. Work on your Root & Heart Chakras, your centers of love and security. Anything that makes you feel good (that's for your best and highest) and refreshes your energy - do that. 

And most of all... 

Tell them you love them as much as you can, as often as you can. 

Sending you and your loved one so much love <3

xo Ariel

Be a Luscious Lightworker | Maven Mindset

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Being a Lightworker and/or an Empath is not always an easy task. You have chosen to incarnate on this planet at this time in history for a particular purpose - your spiritual vocation. Here are some ways to help you stay lusciously shiny and feeling your best through it all!

Luscious Lightworker + Enigmatic Empath Tips

Spiritual Protection

Call in your angels and your guides to surround you in the white light of protection. Archangel Michael is a great spiritual warrior and protector. Invite him into your energy to create a shield of protection around you. Spiritual and Psychic Protection is extremely important to have up when going into toxic environments. Perhaps you have a rough relationship with a coworker, volatile communication with a family member, or maybe you just go to a party and feel vulnerable? It is also important for environments where there will be a lot of buzzing, clashing, and swirling energies abound like a mall or busy restaurant.

Is this mine or someone else's?

When you feel overwhelmed by emotion or when you are having a great day and decide to go out with friends only to return sad and depressed. In those moments, try and see if you can separate the thoughts from the emotions and ask yourself the question of if these emotions really belong to you. Catalog everything you are feeling and try to determine to the best of your ability if you're really angry or if you just happened to pick up your anger from the guy at the bar or your girlfriend's heartache after a fight with her boyfriend.

Clearing your energy + your space

Keeping your aura clear and fresh is a major part of spiritual hygiene, plus it just feels damn good! Use florida water to create an aura mist or get a smudge stick and sage yourself, your home, and your property. You can even get a himalayan salt lamp. See how re-arranging the furniture in a particular room in your home changes the flow of energy. Cleanse your crystals and other magical tools.

Stay grounded

Ground your energy daily to help keep you mindful of the here and now. This will also help to release excess energy or emotions into the earth. Staying grounded is also extremely important in helping you to adjust to and assimilate higher vibrations.

Taking a step back + away from toxic situations

This is important so as not to have your energy drained by toxic situations. The first part of this is being able to recognize an unhealthy situation for what it is. Know when and where to focus your energies. Try not to engage in toxic and unhealthy habits, behaviors, and situations that are not for your best and highest good.

Some may just not understand and that's okay

Some of your family members and friends may not embrace or understand what you do or why you're doing it. Some may think you're crazy or woo-woo or airy fairy and flaky. Send these people love and keep your practice if that is what your soul tells you to do. Just because they may not understand your path, does not mean that they're bad people or carry a low vibration or are not a part of your soul tribe.

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Keep spreading your light anyway

Even though there may be naysayers, shine anyway. Even though you may be frustrated, shine anyway. Even when you feel like you're not being heard, shine anyway. Even when you feel unappreciated and unnoticed, shine anyway. When you feel alone in your cause, shine anyway. When you feel beat down and worn, allow your heart to shine anyway.

Work with high vibe crystals and stones that protect your energy

Some of my favorite crystals for this purpose are selenite, clear quartz, apophyllite, elestial quartz, moldavite, nuumite, aqua aura quartz, celestite, rose quartz, tektite, amethyst, and scocelite. There are many more out there. Don't be afraid to do research on your own. If you're new to the vibration of crystals, be cautious as some of the crystals listed above carry an intense vibration that may make you uncomfortable (like being lightheaded, hot, dizzy, or feeling your body vibrate) if you're not accustomed to the vibration! This is why grounding is important.

Meditate often

Get in touch with your soul. Talk to your Higher Self. De-stress and calm yourself. Clear your mind. Find peace. Sink into your heart center. Meditation is great for stress relief, soul searching, increasing your sense of happiness, and boosting your creativity! It also helps to connect you to the world of spirit, the higher realms, and raises your vibration.

Connect with your spirit guides regularly

They have much guidance and love to share with you. I have had the most beautiful experiences with my spirit guides - especially one's that started in meditation and carried on into the waking world. They send you beautiful signs and symbols if you open your eyes and ears to it!

Drink plenty of water

This keeps your energy clear and flowing as well as helps you stay hydrated. I also believe drinking water helps to strengthen your connection to spirit. The more spiritual work you do, the more water you may drink.

Eat more foods that keep your vibration high

Fruit and veggie it up Lightworker friends! Invite more color into your diet. Try to eat organic when you can. These foods are less dense and keep your vibration lighter as your body isn't busy working on digesting heavier foods like meats and cheeses.

Stop comparing your spiritual journey

Refrain from comparing someone else's experience and knowledge to your own. Whether it be ego and pride or from a lack of self-confidence - cut it out. Seriously love, let it go. All this does is lower your vibration and traps you in a state of insecurity. How can you shine your light as brightly as possible, when you continue to turn your spotlight in someone else's direction? Besides, you have your own unique perspective that needs to be shared. Focus on you and what makes you happy. Those who inspire you did not become a success or full of spiritual wisdom overnight. It took years of lessons, tears, and hard work. You never know what someone else went through or is currently going through. You are exactly where you are meant to be right now in your journey. Embrace it in love. Spiritual growth is not a competition.

xo Ariel

 

Featuring artwork by Josephine Wall

Spirit Guides 101 | Part 1 of 2

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Part 1

This 2 part series is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to understanding your spirit guides and building a relationship with them. This article is only the beginning of that partnership. Just as any significant relationship takes time, nurturing, communication, and patience to develop, so too does one with your guides. It is not instantaneous and will grow and change over the years. Be open to the discovery, the wisdom, and the experience. 

What is a Spirit Guide? 

A Spirit Guide is a spiritual teacher, a highly evolved soul, who helps to guide you through life and navigate the path of your soul purpose. Their number one concern is you and what is for your best and highest good - however, they cannot intervene in our affairs without our permission due to the free will we have as souls.

Is a Spirit Guide the same thing as a Guardian Angel? Not exactly...

Your Spirit Guides have a different role than your Guardian Angel. Your guides are with you everyday. I feel that your Guardian Angel only comes around when their is a specific need for their help and protection.

What do they do? 

Each guide you have has a different role in your life. You may have a guide for your business and career, for joy, for wisdom, love, health, protection, etc. You also have a Master Guide who oversees the whole of your life and is like a manager who oversees the duties of your other guides. Your Master Guide comes around for the big spiritual lessons and themes of your life. Your guides can help you through challenges, work with your energy, and place timely opportunities on your path. If you're a Medium, working with your guides is extremely important as they help you in readings while communicating with the other side. They are your personal spiritual team of teachers! The ultimate guides to help you navigate this life in order to fulfill your soul purpose.

Does everyone have a spirit guide? 

YES! Everyone has at least one spirit guide - even your mom, grandmother, significant other, or child.

How many can you have? 

As of now, I have met 10 of my Spirit Guides. It has taken about 3 years or so to connect with them and to be able to understand each guides unique name and vibration. There is still much to discover. You can have 1 - 1,000 or more I suppose.

Do you have one guide your whole life or do they come in and out as needed? 

Some may come and go from your life. Perhaps only there to help you with a particular lesson or situation. As we learn from them, they learn from us too! It is about the evolving of souls on both planes of existence.

Stay tuned for Part 2 next week, where we'll answer...

Can an animal be my Spirit Guide? Can my loved one in spirit be my spirit guide? How do we choose and communicate with our guides?

And more!

xo Ariel

Related: 26 Questions to Ask your Spirit Guides

How to Know if You're in the Flow with the Universe | Maven Mindset

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Synchronicities 

Just thinking of someone and they call. Having a dream about a certain animal or object and they pop up in your waking life. Your intuition is on point without you even realizing it. You may even be experiencing the beautiful synchronicity that is spirit animals and angel numbers. And sometimes the synchronicities are not always awe inspiring. Sometimes the Universe likes to give us (and itself) a laugh or two whether this reminds us of our responsibilities, an item on our To-Do list, or something embarrassing we may have done.

Spirit Animals 

A Spirit Animal is an animal spirit who has a special message for you. You may dream about them, see yourself as this animal, feel a sacred connection to them, or even just run across the animal itself or it's image repeatedly. This is not a coincidence! This animal more than likely has a special and timely message for you. Here you can find more information as to What is a Spirit Animal and how to work with them.

Angel Numbers 

These are number sequences that you see over and over whether it be when looking at the clock, on license plates as your driving to work, phone numbers, lottery numbers - you name it! Examples of these are 11:11, 222, 333, 444, 555, 999, 646, 578, any repeating number sequence. These numbers are messages from your angels, guides, and the Universe. I have found them to be spot on for what I am experiencing in the moment. A message that I personally needed to hear. For example, while testing for my Psychic Medium certification, I was scared, and stressed out. I happened to look out of my hotel window and saw the number 299 on the top of a bus. I thought it quite odd as I caught sight of it just before it disappeared around a corner. I ran to look up the meaning and cried in amazement and gratitude. My favorite go-to site for angel number meanings is Angel Numbers - Joanne Sacred Scribes by Joanne Walmsley.

Easier to Manifest | Timely & Auspicious Opportunities

When you're in the flow with the Universe, you begin to see doors that are open for you which you may have missed before. The job you've been searching for may come your way. Perhaps you've been sending out the vibe to attract your tribe and you begin to meet people of a like vibration in random everyday happenings. Know that these opportunities may not come in the way you expect them to. You need some extra money to pay the bills and you have the chance to make some overtime cash.  You may need extra cash, but that doesn't mean you'll win the lottery, but the Universe does make a way for you to get what is needed. Be open to new experiences.

Raise in Vibration 

You've been realizing the connectedness of all things. You are beginning to feel and work with energy. As your vibration raises, your intuition becomes stronger. You put your focus on positivity, love, joy, and happiness. You're interested in learning more about spirituality and what your spiritual truths are.

Law of Attraction 

This is all about your thinking. Both positive and negative. How do you talk to yourself? Is it in a loving way or is the tone of voice more condescending? Having negative self-talk or thought patterns doesn't mean you are out of the flow. It is a part of the human experience. Be conscious of your thinking. When you see negative though patterns creeping in, re-channel and redirect your thoughts in that moment! It takes some practice, but it is possible. The more positively you think, the more blessings that come your way. Negativity is sticky - negative thoughts, actions, words, and deeds have a tendency to stick to your energy. Thereby, lowering your vibration. Your vibration is tied to the law of attraction. What you put out into the Universe is what you attract to you.

Reaffirming that you've Learned Old Lessons

The Universe may send a few old lessons your way, just to confirm you got the message the first go round. The situation or people may be different, but the lesson the same. Do you recognize this? What didn't work the first time? Now is your chance to correct it. To show the Universe you're serious. You have taken heed. That you've integrated the wisdom from previous happenings. This lets the Universe know that you're ready to move on to the next chapter, the next lesson of your spiritual development.

How do you know you're in the flow with the Universe? What signs have been given to you? What has been your experience thus far and how do you keep the link going?

xo Ariel

What is a Spirit Animal? | Animal Totems

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I've always been attracted to and fascinated by the animal kingdom. I have so many random facts about animals in my head it's ridiculous. I can't help it. There is a message in every creature on this planet. Perhaps I always sensed it, even as a child. Over the last few years, I've taken this passion for critters both big and small, and expanded on it. My learning has taken on a spiritual nature. I've written about a few Spirit Animals (FoxBlue HeronDolphin, Owl, and Squirrel) and yet, I hadn't explained what one is, how to work with them, or even why you should care about who your Power Animal is. It's time to correct that.

So now, based on my own experience, I bring you the answer to the question, What is a Spirit Animal?

 

What is a Spirit Animal?

A Spirit Animal, also known as Animal Totem or Power Animal, is an animal whose spirit has a special message or mission for you. They offer guidance, wisdom, and support. This is also known as their medicine in shamanism and Native American cultures. They may come into your life to help you through certain situations or to offer their strength and protection.

 

How do you know which animal is your Power Animal?

You may go outside your home everyday for a week and see a Raven as soon as you step outfront. You may encounter a Tiger in your dreams. You've been seeing images of Killer Whales everywhere! Perhaps you were always intrigued by Dolphins as a child. These are all Power Animals! You were attracted to or encountered them synchronistically. Is there a particular animal that you fear? Snake is often one of these creatures for most people. Perhaps it has something to do with this creatures inherent qualities. Snake is about change and transformation - the shedding of old skin. Is there a message they have to give to you that you're resisting?

 

How do you make contact?

Go into meditation. There are plenty of Meet Your Spirit Animal meditations on YouTube! If a guided meditation doesn't seem right for you, close your eyes, do some deep breathing, and see which animal comes to you. Don't be put off if it is not an animal you were expecting. Say if you were hoping for an Eagle and instead a Bumble Bee comes to visit. Be open and willing to listen. I'm sure the meaning of this creature is pertinent to you and your situation. You can even set the intention before you go to sleep that you'd like to encounter your Spirit Animal in your dreams.

 

Do you have one Spirit Animal for your whole life? 

Yes you can! Some stay for a lifetime. Others may come just for a short period of time to help you learn a lesson. Once the lesson has been learned, they may move on. You may have many animal teachers come in and out of your life as you grow spiritually.

 

Can you choose your Animal Totem?

Absolutely! Think about what qualities you would like to embody. Do you want to be more of a tiger in your relationship - abundant, fierce, and playful? Work with Tiger energy. Would you like to invite more focus into your work? Then choose a creature like Hawk. Do you want more peace and purity in your life? Work with the spirit of Dove. Do you want to invite more childlike energy into your day? Invite the spirit of Dolphin to come and play! You can also work with the energy of an animal you've always been fascinated with and want to learn more about.

 

How do you work with your Spirit Animal?

Meet with them in meditation. Ask them to be with you as you go about your day. Ask for their strength in trying circumstances. Ask them to help guide you in the right direction when you're confused. Get a statutette, photo,or an item in their likeness. Something that reminds you of them. I, for example, have a Raven pendant I wear everyday. I also have a Raven figurine carved from black onyx that I keep on my altar. Try taking one day out of your week and embody their qualities. Walk as the Lion. Think and use your wisdom as the Owl. Be prepared and resourceful like the Squirrel. You can even invite them into your rituals and manifesting!

 

So you found your Spirit Animal...Now what?

Work with them daily. Ask to feel their presence. What does their energy feel like? Listen to and decipher the messages they bring. Keep an eye open for any signs they give you. When do you see your Spirit Animal? When do you most feel them? What were you just thinking about before they happened to cross your path, run across the road, or squwak loudly, gaining your undivided attention. There are messages in the synchronicity! Keep an eye out for it. Pay attention to the world around you. Expand your awareness. You may be surprised at what you find.

What's your Animal Totem? How do you connect? What has been your experience since the spirit of this creature came into your awareness?

 

xo Ariel

What to Do When You're Tired of Being the Bigger Person | Maven Mindset

We all have times where we get into arguments with those that we love. If you're like me, you have often found yourself in the position where you have to be the bigger person in the situation. But what do you do when you're the one who always has to be the responsible adult? The one who lets it go. When you don't want to shrink on your beliefs or feelings for the sake of a peaceful night, because you resent never being able to just speak your mind without ridicule. When you feel like you're forfeiting your dignity and intelligence to suffer in silence. When you're angry because that one person is just not listening to you, here is how you can hold sacred space for yourself.

The World

Connect with your guides and angels in meditation. What qualities does this person have that are bothering you so deeply and why? Try to form a deeper sense of understanding. Ask your guides to help you with this. If this is a family issue, ask your Ancestors to come in to help clear up any karma and to begin ancestral or bloodline healing. Extend love and forgiveness to the person. It's not as much for them as it is for you so that you're not allowing bitterness and resentment to take over your energy and harden your heart. Oh ya, and of course send them love and light like the high vibe lightworker you are!

The Devil

Avoid addictive behaviors resulting from an 'F - it' attitude. You won't hurt them by doing this, the only person you'll really be hurting is yourself. Resist the urge to lash out. Don't leave them lying in the dust after you stampede. Don't trample what is already a probably a very fragile ego. Yes, it may feel good in the moment to take out your agressions, frustrations, and disappointments on this person, however it doesn't heal the situation. Remember that it's their lesson too. It's not your problem if they're not ready to learn it.

Two of Cups

Talk with others about the situation. Find common ground with the offender, but don't be afraid of setting boundaries! Remember the good qualities they have however, don't romanticize them or the situation. Protect yourself. Why keep giving to a person who is not willing or open to receive? Don't cry over spilled milk whether it's wasted time or energy. Pick up your cup, wash it clean of their bs, and take it with you as you meet others who believe in kindness, compassion, and an even exchange of energy. Refill your cup with love, understanding, and appreciation.

Justice

Trust that the Universe will handle it. Karma will level the scales. Do not be unfair or unjust to this person even though the human part of you wants to snub them like they've snubbed you. Don't worry about wanting them to hurt as much as they've hurt you. Get rid of that low vibrational thinking. Take the high road!  The Universe has already laid a plan. This situation, this person, has come into your life to teach you a lesson. Perhaps it may even be a karmic relationship if this type of thing happens repeatedly or if you notice a pattern. How can you break the cycle?

Hope this helps you keep your power when you feel like someone you love is trying to take it away.

xo Ariel

2017 The Year of the Lightworker

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The Year of the Visionary. The Year of the Mystic. The Year of the Lightworker. A 1 year in numerology. And a year of some major manifesting! Whew - you may be wondering where to put your focus in 2017. Here are some 2017 SuperPowers you can use to help you start the year off right and embrace all of your shimmering Lightworker self!

Energetic Clearing + Protection

This is a biggie! Tighten up, deepen, and expand you knowledge of energy clearing and protection. Keep the Sage and clearing spray on hand! As the vibration of the planet is shifting, its important to protect yourself energetically every day - especially if you happen to be an empath. Keeping your energy fresh will help you to feel more like yourself this year and will help you to shine your inner light even brighter. By clearing out energetic junk, you'll make room for new and better to come into your life all year long!

Heart Chakra Healing + Forgiveness

To help you be the best Lightworker possible, put more focus on healing your heart. 2016 was about releasing, letting go, shaking our foundations, and waking us up. 2017 is going to be about healing from this and offering forgiveness to ourselves and others. Work on healing, strengthening, and expanding the Heart Chakra. Get to know rose quartz, green calcite, malachite, and other Heart Chakra stones. Work with their vibration. I also feel the energy of Mother Mary will be extremely beneficial in helping us to open our hearts to more love and wonderment than ever before.

Solar Plexus Chakra + MAJOR Manifesting Power

2017 is about knowing and getting comfortable with your own power and manifestation abilities. Gain confidence in yourself, your skills, and your abilities. Know that you are strong. Tap into your sense of will and determination to help make your dreams a reality. Listen to your gut instincts. What is your sense of clairsentience telling you? Working with your Solar Plexus Chakra will help you to get in touch with your personal manifesting power. Strengthen this energy center. Work with its golden sunshine yellow energy. As 2017 is a 1 year numerologically, we will be called to be leaders. To be strong. To set an example. In the tarot, the 1 is the Magician. The most powerful manifestor of all. Invite more Magician energy into your life and space. Work closely with this card this year. The Magician comes into our lives to let us know we have all the power we need to create whatever reality we wish.

Crystal Companions to Help You Along the Way

Black Obsidian - For protection, transmuting negative energy, grounding, and working with your shadow

Clear Quartz - To amplify your intentions, manifesting, connecting to your soul and Spirit

Pink Tourmaline - For forgiveness, heart healing, love, and truth

Selenite - For energy clearing, working with the Crown Chakra, and inviting high vibes into your space

Workshops, Classes, + Courses

Learn as much as you can this year! Dive deep. There will be a hunger that only knowledge and spiritual development can fulfill. Have you been wanting to learn the tarot? Numerology? Understand your natal chart better? Or maybe you just want to deepen your overall spiritual knowledge? Take a class, facilitate a workshop, create an e-course. Perhaps write a 'how to' guide based on your experiences. Get your gift out there. Hone it and own it! Share it with the world. Bring your gifts to the forefront and make their development a priority this year!

What is there for us to gain this year? What is ours for the taking?

Independence + Leadership

These themes vibrate to the number 1 which is exactly the vibration of 2017 (2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10 and 1 + 0 = 1). This is the year for the Lightworker in you to take center stage! To come out of the closet. Find your sense of independence. Know that it is okay to stand out in a crowd, to follow your heart even though naysayers may be screaming in your ear. Fight for your truth. Lead by example. Don't be afraid to extend a helping hand! It may be trying and a bit intimidating, however, you do have a team of guides, angels, ancestors, and loved ones in spirit who are ready and willing to help! Don't be afraid to ask the Universe for courage and guidance this year.

Stepping Fully Into Your Soul's Purpose

If you have been waiting to give yourself permission to start your business, expand your business, to share your gifts, to help heal others, to deepen your study, to put yourself out there - This. Is. It. No more hesitation. Step fully into who you are. Embrace your gifts. No more hiding in the shadows. No more worrying about the opinions of others. Your gift is a gift to the world. So why are you hiding it dear one? No more flirting around with the idea. Step in fully and completely into who you are. Don't just dip your toes into the water - dive in! Now is not the time to be shy. It is not the time for meekness. Be bold! Be daring! Be colorful you. Allow your true spirit and intentions to shine through. As you do this, your light will begin to ignite the flame in the heart's of others.

Shine bright this year, dear one! I believe in you  <3

xo Ariel

Making the Most of Mercury Retrograde

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Don't Fear the Retrograde!

Mercury Retrograde often gets a bad rap. However, these times of reflection and evaluation are important for our growth and development. This is a time all about reconnecting with you! Mercury Retrograde can often bring up many lessons for us. Some of them, we think we have already learned. But Mercury comes in to say, "No, no my dear. That was just one layer of the onion." And as we all know, when working with onions, you get a few tears. We may find ourselves in old patterns or circumstances. We may have a ghost from our past pop-in to say hello, or we may have similar situations from the past come in to see if we have really learned our lesson by how we deal with the situation.

What is Mercury Retrograde? 

Mercury is the planet that governs communication, travel, and technology. Mercury is considered to be retrograde when the planet appears to travel backward in the sky (it doesn't really). This is why during mercury retrograde communication gets jumbled, people are more likely to get into disagreements, and technology is more prone to malfunction. Mercury goes Retro several times a year (about 3 or 4) for about three and a half weeks - not including the shadow period. You can check the Farmer's Almanac for specific dates.

How Can Mercury Retrograde Impact You?

  • Muddled Thinking
  • Technological Issues
  • Issues with Communication
  • You/Others More on Edge
  • Problems with Travel/Transportation
  • Negotiation & Contract Miscommunications

 

Here are some things you can do to make your Mercury Retro experience more pleasant...

 

Double Check Your Work & Pay Attention to Detail

This is so important during Mercury Retrograde as things have more of a tendency to be miscommunicated at this time. It is easier to skip steps or to miss little details. Double check your numbers, the way you word emails, your spelling, how you balanced your check book, read the fine print, confirm when appointments are scheduled, etc. Pay attention to details. Listen carefully to instructions. Do more research. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you're unsure! Go over things with a fine toothed comb. Take a step back - especially if you feel particularly frustrated. Then come back and take a look at it with fresh eyes. 

Slow Down

This plays into re-checking your work and paying attention to detail. When we rush, we often miss things or make simple mistakes. Try not to procrastinate. Focus on deep breathing to release anxiety. There's nothing wrong with taking your time! Will a few extra minutes make or break you? Probably not.

Drink Plenty of Water

Because of the shift in energy that takes place during Mercury Retrograde, I have found it beneficial to drink more water during these periods. It really helps to keep your energy clear, fresh, and more energized - especially as you are re-working, re-evaluating, and re-thinking many of your goals and ideas.

Back Up Your Cell Phone & Computer

This is a biggie! Technological malfunctions and mishaps tend to occur quite frequently when Mercury goes Retrograde. Back up all of those pictures, important documents, music, and videos! Try to do this before Mercury goes Retro.

Step Up Your energetic protection & clearing

As a sensitive, intuitive, or empath, you may find it difficult to deal with the sometimes crazy and intense energy of Mercury Retrograde. Use a form of spiritual protection that works for you! Ground and shield yourself regularly. Work with your angels and guides. Take salt baths, burn sage, or work with crystals and essential oils for protection and energetic cleansing.

Watch How You're Communicating with Others

During Mercury Retrograde, it is easier for us to misinterpret the words or actions of another. We may know how we are feeling, but when we try to tell someone else it comes out backwards, rude, or just totally wrong. Think before you speak! It may sound good in your head, but what about coming out of your mouth? Be mindful of the words you use with others - especially as some people may be more argumentative at this time. Are you communicating your feelings effectively? Don't feed into drama! Would someone find your word choice, tone, or inflection condescending when you're really just coming from a place of love? Is it better for the conversation to take place in person instead of via email? The way things come across in an email can be very different than if you were face to face or on the phone with them.

Reflect More Than You Manifest

As Mercury Retrograde is a time of "re-doing", it only feels right to be more of a time about reflecting than manifesting. A time of connecting with yourself. A time of redefining what works best for you. If you are dead set on doing some sort of manifesting work while Mercury is in Retro, try to re-work a manifestation that didn't work or turn out as planned. What could you have done differently? What would you add or take away? Were you not specific enough, were you too specific, or did the intention change all together?

Tie-Up Loose Ends

Now is the time to finish that project! Complete any tasks that have been lying around half done for the last few weeks or months. Get things finished up so you can move on to the next chapter when Mercury stations direct.

 

<3 Sending you loads of love this Mercury Retro!

xo Ariel

Grateful Gatherings Spread

Happy Season of Gratitude!
I’ve designed this spread as a fun way to check-in with ourselves and what we may be bringing to the table this holiday season. Each position in this spread is representative of some of the energies you may see represented at your gatherings this year! Feel free to work with both oracle and tarot cards in this spread!
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  1. The Table - Where is there stability in your life?
  2. Cornucopia - What abundance is overflowing in your life?
  3. Wishbone - How are your manifesting abilities at this time?
  4. Food Coma - Where are you sleeping too much/being lazy in your life?
  5. Holding Hands - How can you be more of service to others at this time?
Feel free to use tarot and/or oracle cards when working the spread. I tried it myself and absolutely loved, loved, loved it! So spot on. Curious to know what the energy surrounding the general collective is this holiday season? Be sure to watch the YouTube video that goes along with this spread to see how to do it for yourself and for a reading for the general collective!   You can watch it here!
How can you be more grateful in your life this holiday season? Let me know what you think! If you do this spread for yourself and put it on social media, be sure to use #gratitudeistheattitude 
Stay grateful lovelies!
Gobble, gobble

xo Ariel