Archive for Gratitude

Full Moon Forecast: Reflection and Action

 

The full moon appears on Sunday, March 12 with Sun in Pisces (water) and Moon in Virgo (earth); Sun (life) in Pisces prefers a mystical, vague, loving outlook on life, and Moon (emotions) in Virgo loves precision, perfectionism, and detailed vision in the everyday world. The Moon and North Node (spiritual aspiration) are placed in Virgo, which involves focus on practicality and a strong interest in daily life. Moon trines Pluto (underworld, transmutation), adding power to lift ourselves to a higher level.

With four planets in water and three in fire, this chart can bring steamy, hot energy that clouds our vision, or water and fire can combine to create new earth – like lava flowing up from the ocean floor to condense as islands in a tranquil sea. There’s emphasis on taking action, reflecting on life by deciding to release old patterns and thoughts, which equate to our limiting beliefs, and working with schedules and routines.

Mercury (communication) sits in Pisces, and it conjuncts the Sun, enhancing the mystical beauty in life. It is also emotional in this sign, meaning it’s easy to communicate our feelings when we are tapped into the inner self. (Water imbues strong emotions.) Again, it’s important to observe how we communicate the substance of our lives to others—and to take a look at how we represent our experience to others.

Venus (beauty, love, physical life) is retrograde in Aries. When Venus moves retrograde, relationships can seem more difficult, and communications may go awry. Venus in Aries is direct, quick, and impulsive with a love for action. In the retrograde position, it’s wise to wait before acting, particularly with Venus and Jupiter in opposition. (Both planets rule pleasure and beauty in life. When they are not in harmony, it’s best to reflect before taking action.)

Mars (male, assertion) is placed in Taurus, a lovely, earth sign, which gives balance to the chart. It can bring determination and strengthen the will. The placement slows life down a bit, but it also gives patience, stability, and an opportunity to savor the natural beauty in life. There is a lovely trine with North Node in Virgo that can aid with maintaining physical order and details of both work and home.

Jupiter (good fortune, expansion) sits retrograde in Libra, and it asks for reflection and gratitude for the “good” in life. All retrogrades involve reflection and review on the substance of our lives—and, with Jupiter, inner growth comes from “seeing” and acknowledging the good. Jupiter retrograde in Libra also teaches about service and the importance of aiding others.

Jupiter is opposite Uranus in Aries, which rules sudden changes and new beginnings through spiritual impulses. The desire for harmony and beauty can alternate with the need for big changes and new beginnings. Observe both feelings and make the best choice.

Saturn (time, karma, limitation) is in Sagittarius, providing a focus on the importance of spiritual devotion and discipline. Sun, Moon, and Mercury square Saturn, providing tension in life, emotion, and communications. It’s not unusual to feel tension in these challenging, changing times, and, often, the lesson is as simple as listening to the inner self—and acting on the information.

Uranus (awakening, sudden change) continues to square Pluto as part of the changing times. Venus and Jupiter also square Pluto (subconscious, transmutation), indicating the need to look beyond the pleasure in the moment—and to use the will to create a new life.

Overall, the chart indicates the need to move through old habits and familiar ways of life—to embrace the new and take a step forward. There’s also an emphasis on reviewing life while moving into the mysticism of love. By taking these steps, we embrace the inner self and step out of the tension of a newly, forming world.

Sabian Symbols, based on the writings of Lynda Hill

Sun is on Pisces 23, “A Materializing Medium Giving a Séance.”  Mediums can heard the unseen and unheard world. They pull in messages from the vibrational field. Materialization refers to the ability to pull energy from the invisible world into tangible form. (On a higher level, we can do this with messages and direction from the inner self—particularly when we take action and apply by taking action and applying reflective thought. By seeing and feeling “things” with the mind, we can pull them into physical form.)

Moon sits on Virgo 23, “A Lion-Tamer Rushes Fearlessly into the Circus Arena.” A lion-tamer controls and wills the action of a wild animal or beast. It takes courage and concentration for the lion and trainer to act in unison. It requires both action and strength of will.

Mercury is placed at Pisces 28, “A Fertile Garden under the Full Moon.” This is a beautiful symbol, indicating growth, fertility, and abundance. Mercury rules the mind, so it suggests that we can benefit from positive, happy thoughts as well as reflection on a prosperous, harmonious future.

Venus is retrograde on Aries 12, “A Flock of Wild Geese.” Think of a flock of wild geese, making beautiful shapes with their flight patterns. It is reminder of the power of the collective, of moving through the air by focusing on a singular destination.

Mars sits on Taurus 2, “An Electrical Storm Illuminates the Heavens and Forests.” Think of lightning and thunder, the change of temperature, and the sudden illumination of the world. It can refer to flashes of insight and leaps in consciousness or the simple change in atmosphere, which accompanies a storm.

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants, and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and creating alignment with their inner path.

10 Reasons to Send Light

 

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  1. When we send light to a situation or worry, we no longer think about it. We must focus on light as well as the sensation of sending it. In general, light holds a higher frequency than a problem, so the sensation of the light lifts us into a higher place. (We also refrain from sending negativity to a negative situation, which expands it.) Over time, we learn the habit of switching the focus of the mind from a lower to a higher vibration.
  2. Light is love. It leads to unity, connection, and oneness. It’s said we’re at the end of Kali Yuga, the darkest time on the Earth, and it will be followed by a great Golden Age. The Golden Age will likely appear when we learn to join together and create through a place of love and light.
  3. Choosing light means the preference of a higher frequency. It drives away lower thoughts and emotions; it nurtures compassion. It aligns us with others who feel the same light, and it mitigates karma—the repetition of negative thoughts and feelings.
  4. Particles of matter respond to light. It brings healing, growth, and insight. (Light is the fabric that underlies particles of matter; it is the invisible force, which inhabits every form of life.)
  5. Light is one of the highest frequencies on the planet. Higher frequencies are uplifting, invigorating, and healing. Light holds the opposite frequency of fear, pain, anger, and doubt.
  6. Light is the only thing that leads out of the dark wilderness of difficulties. Life may not change immediately, but our attitude alters. Through light, we find strength to overcome obstacles.
  7. Sending light to the self clears karma, stills the mind, and opens the heart to love, which allows true universal communion.
  8. Repeated meditation on light leads to truth about the self. It may not be the truth that we want to see, but it is freeing—and it takes us to new fields of opportunity and exploration. (Light finds solutions where there are none.) It also brings truth about other people, relationships, and the unseen world. When we understand why and how events take place, we have many more alternatives–or the courage to take action–at least.
  9. Light awakens our gifts, leading to the expression of our talents. It gives courage to step into our calling and power of expression.
  10. For those who truly want change, there is no alternative. Each time we step into the light, we illuminate the world with a higher vibration. (It doesn’t mean that we don’t move back and forth as we master our thoughts and feelings. It involves learning how to return to light and love, the natural state of our inner being.)

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants, and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and creating alignment with their inner path.

More Abundance, Part II

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Abundance is part of cosmic connection.
“Reality” responds to our inner thoughts and feelings. When we are connected with the inner self and the universe, our thoughts and feelings change. In general, energy flows into the physical, amplifying our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and sensations – in a positive sense.
Energy follows our frequency. Abundance responds to our thoughts and feelings.
The positive, peaceful energy of meditation flows best when we receive it with positive energy and thoughts. It often boosts creativity and awakens inner desires.
Abundance grows as a result of our inner work.
Raising personal frequency comes from inner connection, positive thoughts, and images–and a strong desire to create to something new and better in life.
1) Every physical and spiritual change requires meditative work as well as small, personal changes in the physical world. An initial step may involve savings or small purchases, thinking of money differently, or thinking about it in a new way. (It can also involve additional work and/or a new attitude about work.)
2) In spiritual work, it’s necessary to accept the moment (good and bad) while meditating joyfully on the desired change. Accept the moment and bless its goodness while continuing to see a “better” reality. With abundance, a desired change should include positive (but reasonable and practical) material shifts, an increase of ease in life, and some form of spiritual application (study, classes, self-development) – as well balanced generosity.
3) It’s important to bless the appearance of answers – even when they are not exactly correct. It may appear that the desired job is on the horizon or money is on the way, but it doesn’t manifest. Give thanks for the appearance and continue to visualize. (It’s a sign of the universe taking note – an indication of the coming of the fulfilled desire.)
4) Take note of when/where/how visualizations work and/or don’t manifest. Give particular attention to these areas. Create new images, feelings of excitement, and the sensation of relief and gratitude associated with success. Don’t give up. Practice more.
5) It can take time to create through meditation and visualization. It’s a practice, not a temporary answer. When a small dream is realized, visualize a larger one. Recreate your dream consistently and visualize it often. (The power of this practice can be utilized in many areas of life. )

 

Julia Griffin, Intuitive Healer and Coach

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.

 

Experiencing Inner Connection in the Outer World

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With half of the planets in a retrograde position, it’s important to focus on creating a deeper connection with the inner self while working in the outer (physical) world. The outer world offers many distractions, but we can use simple tasks to raise our consciousness by looking inward to test our level of connection.

When we are connected, life exudes flavor, depth, and elusive quality of mystery. When we find connection in all aspects of life, we gain a great deal of freedom. Metaphysics refers to this practice as finding the “plumb” line, the center of energy, which aligns with the heart space.

Here are a few tips:

1) When you remember to look for the light in everything (people, events, objects) and see the “good”, life responds to your energy. When you remember the inner self—and your power to project positive outcomes—life expands the vibration. The good finds you. (If you’re working with negative patterns take note of them. Observe and project a happier pattern for the future.)

2) Remember the reason for your work. If it comes from the heart, it’s worthy of consistent effort and light. If you don’t love your work, you can radiate light and love to it. The higher vibration eventually brings in a different venue or situation. (Think about what you love or like most about your work and imagine success.)

3) Part of spiritual work involves the unseen world. Sometimes, you can’t see the results immediately. it can take time or happen instantly. It’s helpful to realize you are working with the universe, which desires “good” and wonderful things for you. When you wait for a change, you often make realizations, alter your visualization, or become very consistent in your practice. Often, the changes are happening long before they come info form. (Keep going.)

4) When the inner and outer life are connected, you experience a different type of energy with focus and concentration. There is a feeling of engagement or a “click” when the inner and outer lives connect. The world becomes quieter, and you feel directed by the “all.” There is a beautiful flow. The mind clears, and the events in life feel less overwhelming. The energy around you increases its frequency. (This is an excellent time to engage in visualization and project your desires into the world.)

5) You will move in and out of a connected state. It’s normal. You can return to your inner self by focusing on the heart, imagining pink light (love), or remembering your purpose (the importance of your light and love in the world.) By learning more about the cause of the distractions, the people, conversations, and thoughts, you can find your inner connection more easily.

6) Bring your spiritual essence into everyday task by becoming completely present. Focus on your hands and feet. Notice the graceful motions of your body. See the task completed as you work. Take a few minutes to breathe and rest before launching into the next task.

5)The universe wants to connect with you by sharing its power, light and goodness. When you meditate or visualize, you open the door for the connection to take place. After your practice, you can invite more of the universe into your life. It’s helpful to ask questions. What would it feel like if I connected more deeply with the universe? How would my life change?

 

Julia Griffin, Intuitive healer and coachJulia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.

Feeling More Gratitude

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The concept of gratitude emerged around a decade ago. Introduced by Stacey Robyn (Go Gratitude), Ester and Jerry Hicks, and discussed in the movie, The Secret, it was touted as a system of creating more good in life. Obviously, gratitude is important, but it’s like so many things–a practice to reap “good” or abundance doesn’t work. (Initially, I remember spending an hour looking around the room while notating items for the expression of gratitude.)

There’s an easier and better method of practicing gratitude. Once you find the missing piece, the practice becomes easy and rewarding. It does reap benefits, but you tend not to care.

Easy Steps For Feeling More Gratitude

1) Nothing truly works without spiritual connection. Connection is the point. Start with meditation, and see where your consciousness moves. Notice how life feels lighter, and everything responds to your deepened state of being. Noticing and observing invoke a state of gratitude.

2) While connected, notice the motion of your consciousness. When you are connected outdoors, you hear the wind more succinctly. You notice the movement of the trees. You hear the birds. You feel the blessing of life. When you are indoors, you may feel the quietness and calm of your meditation. Notice the direction of your senses and the more pleasing objects in the room. (These are blessings. Give thanks.)

3) When you feel strong, happy, or loved, expand the feeling. Imagine more of the feeling, which amplifies the vibration. Amplifying the vibration leads to expansion in life. Expansion and connection are interrelated.

4) When life is moving well, comment to yourself about the feeling of your life. Notice your practices and note your connection. Part of gratitude is simply noticing your blessings.

5) When your efforts make a positive difference, thank the universe. You experience the “good” as part of your connection with the Divine. The same is true with the higher aspects of the self.

6) When you are in a higher state, you naturally notice the good in life. The movement of the mind into the flow of goodness marks a higher state of consciousness. Pay attention. When your attention rests on the good in life, this is a state of gratitude. (Your inner dialog is a good indication of your state of mind.)

Using Gratitude with Problems

It’s the opposite of the practice listed above. The idea is not to notice good things; it’s about changing your focus when you think about problems. Everyone thinks about problems with negative thoughts and emotions—even positive people do this.

Problems are simply where we need more energy or a different type of energy. Energy can include a change in physical routine, a new belief, feeling, or changing the lens of your focus.

  • Remember, you are a creator. You can change your reality by altering your vision and perception of life. You may not know how to do it, but you have the capacity. At least, you can create change. You can feel grateful about your capacity to alter your life, and take a minute or two to see or feel it differently.
  • When you think life is not going well, notice what is okay or bearable. Put your attention on what’s working. Maybe, you don’t have time to do all of your work. But you can do some of it. Notice what you have completed and bless it—or give thanks. In this way, you amplify the good. (When you can’t figure out the next step, visualize it and give thanks for your inner ability.)
  • When you argue with people, remember you have the ability to send light, calm your feelings, or come up with another solution. You can move back into your self-worth and remember what you like about yourself. (If you can, recall what you do like about the other person.) Love is a very special quality of the universe, which changes much of life. When you move back into a state of love, life alters. Thank the universe for the opportunity.
  • If you’ve practiced spiritual work, you know how to center. Everything changes when you center your attention on the presence of your inner self. You will feel grateful without any effort when you achieve it.
  • When you have a difficult day, think about the days that go well. (You’re actually giving gratitude for those times while pushing your energy in the direction of positivity.) Whenever you feel overwhelmed by a problem, notice what isn’t wrong. (If the cake falls, I can make another one or buy one—at least. Maybe, I have to take the animals to the vet, but it’s for a check-up, and nothing’s wrong.) You’re diverting your attention from the problem into the goodness of the moment. It works.

One of the greatest gifts of all is our ability to change our consciousness through connection. It’s a great blessing!

 

Julia Griffin, Intuitive Healer and Coach

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.