To My Decadent and Delicious Community of Creatives and Open Hearts,
I am so thrilled with all the excitement of this holiday season!
And in the spirit of gratitude and generosity, I have several offerings to share, including an upcoming live workshop and collaboration with the lovely Shamanatrix, Kristen Boyer, called Shamanic Journeying Through the Chakras.
But first, let me tell you how Kristen and I came to find each other (again) and put this workshop together.
A few months ago, while in a financial (and emotional) rut and struggling to find my way out of it, I decided to spend what little money I had on a consultation with a spiritual wealth coach and psychic, Jenny Schiltz. (Who just so happens to have a daughter named Briana, interested in studying art therapy—coincidence? Read on!)
During our session on financial wealth, what came up as my biggest block to abundance?
Or rather, the lingering angst of it. Indeed, a piece of my soul had apparently walked off with my ex, after we broke up over a year ago, and I was holding on to a piece of his too. Ms. Schiltz was convinced ours was a Twin Flame relationship, the purpose of which was to catapult each other to the next level of spiritual ascension—NOT live happily ever after together, on this earthly plane.
Energetically, I was still holding onto the latter.
Now, in my head, I was a bit annoyed. Because I had done EVERYTHING right, to get over this person.
- I cut him out of my life cold turkey.
- I took up yoga and exercise.
- I wrote/edited a book about grief (coming out in April 2017!).
- I read a gazillion self-help books on relationships and female empowerment.
- I voluntarily abstained from sex for a year (now, it’s just involuntary).
- I quit my job because it wasn’t my passion (with NO BACKUP PLAN).
- I reconnected and deepened my relationships with women.
- I helped my mom battle cancer.
- I did the WHOLE30 diet cleanse.
- I cut off 12 inches of my hair.
- I started a private practice.
- I built an online school.
- I did –in fact—have a spiritual awakening, which led to reconnecting with artmaking, developing a meditation practice, and becoming a certified Reiki Practitioner.
And yet, if I was honest with myself, in the quiet of the morning, that moment just before sleep, and once a while in the shower, I would still break down sobbing like we had broken up only yesterday. I still had dreams in which our souls visited each other as lovers, and nightmares in which he left me all over again.
Gahhhh!!! What else could I possibly DO?!
Ms. Schiltz advised that I needed to ground my soul in this present body. That I needed to stop looking for something to DO and simply SURRENDER to the fact that it wasn’t in my divine plan.
I needed to GRANT PERMISSION, for my guides and angels (or the Universe, if you prefer) to take away my grief, and ask for the pieces of my soul back.
And then, I realized, all that I had done had been a way to hold on to my grief; endlessly analyzing my relationship kept me attached to a fantasy I didn’t want to give up. My heartbreak was blocking my financial abundance because ALL of your energy is CONNECTED. And my energy was clinging to the impossible; the immaterial. And so that’s what I had.
Ms. Schiltz informed me,
“If we replace the word ‘money’ with ‘energy’ everything begins to shift. Look at your life as existing in one bucket, and that bucket holds all your energy. If you allow the bucket to empty out, you will see many areas suffer. Relationships, finances, health…you cannot break your life up into these categories. Shift the focus and think, ‘How am I supporting me?’”
To help me find the necessary supports, she sent me a link to a YouTube video about Shamanic Soul Retrieval and Journeying. I thanked her and ended our Facetime session.
Then I checked the link…and laughed out loud.
It was a video on Soul Journeying by the fabulous Kristen Boyer. Why that is funny, and what Ms. Schiltz did not appear to know, was that Kristen had been my very first art therapy intern, ten years ago, (here, in New York City), during her time at Pratt Institute (my alma mater and current place of employ).
I reached out to Kristen. She was not surprised to hear how I came to see her video. We reconnected. We laughed at how similar our paths had been, and shared our painful heartbreaks. She helped me get pieces of my soul back.
And now, we are teaming up to help you do the same.
In our workshop, Shamanic Journeying Through the Chakras, we will help you connect, cleanse and activate your chakras, attuning to any disruptions in your energy and spirit.
Through Shamanic Soul Journeying, we will connect with our animal spirit guides and receive three wisdoms to help manifest our resolutions in 2017. Finally, we will process the experience through writing and art making.
Self-care is so important. And it’s not just about bath salts, pedicures, and a sugar-free diet! It’s about taking care of your spirit. Because, remember, ITS ALL CONNECTED!
Give the gift of healing for the holidays. Whether it’s to treat yourself, or offer it to a loved one you think might benefit from spiritual healing and attunement. Come join us for our live workshop:
Thursday, January 12th, 2017
Reflections on Conscious Living and Yoga Studio
(Zen Garden Studio)
227 E 24th St.
New York, NY 10010
Early Bird Registration is only $25 (ends December 31st, 2016, at midnight).
Can’t Make it?
We are so excited about this work, we are going to be extending and deepening our understanding through a series of free webinars and online course content.
If you can’t make the live workshop but would like to learn more, stay tuned to receive updates about our upcoming events and offerings.
Hope to see you soon!