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Speaking with Your Angels

Here, Trudy Griswold tells us how it’s done — including an effective  21 day program for learning to receiving clear messages from our guides on a daily basis.

Julia: How do we begin to open to the angelic or divine realms and experience our higher consciousness?

Trudy: This begins with willingness. The beings in this realm want to help us. Most of us can’t see, feel, or hear the angels. However, simply understanding or knowing that they are there is the first step. The angels can teach us to align with our higher consciousness when we begin with this first step.

Once we have attained this knowing that the divine realm exists and is there to help us, there are four steps that can be followed for angelic guidance. These four steps have literally changed my entire life. I have a partnership with my divine group and a true guidance system. My life is so much better. I worry less, and I am so much happier.

The formula for divine guidance is as follows:

    1. Asking is the first step. The angels want to help us, but they cannot help unless we first ask. Learn to ask for what it is that you want or for guidance in whatever problem you need help with. Be very specific. Write down as many details as possible.
    2. The second step is timing. The angels have their own timing. A problem will be resolved at the correct time. Answers always come at the right time.
    3. Letting go is the third step. Let the problem go completely. Let it happen, let the angels flow through
    4. Saying “thank you” is the fourth step. An attitude of gratitude keeps the flow moving. When we are grateful, the energy moves on this wave of appreciation.

The first step comes through the intellect as it forms the question and specifies the details.

The second step comes through the heart — we trust with our hearts that the answer comes at the right time.

The third step comes through the solar plexus as we let go of the emotions surrounding this center.

The fourth step is gratitude for the help that completes the process and lets it flow into action.

Julia: I’m curious. When we ask, how detailed should we make the request?

Trudy: You should be absolutely specific. For example, if you want a new car, don’t just request “a new car.” There are many, many cars in our Universe, and when you ask for a new car, the angels aren’t sure which one you want. Ask for something specific; e.g., “a red 6-cylinder BMW with black upholstery.”

You may wonder why I used a BMW as an example? This is because I wish to deal with the fact that many of us believe it’s selfish to ask for good things, things that make us happy. We’ve been led to believe that we don’t need material possessions. But God and the angels want us to have every single thing that is good.

We can have material possessions without being greedy or selfish. It’s proper to ask for love, a wonderful job, and material possessions. It’s not selfish to want good things for ourselves. God and the angels want to share these wonderful things with us.

At the end of your specific request, you should always add that you are asking for “this or something better.” The Universe may have a better person, car, or job in mind for you, and adding those words to your request leaves the door open.

There is so much goodness in the Universe. It’s just waiting for everyone, but we cannot have what we do not ask for. Learning how to ask is such an important step!

It’s also important to remember that God never gives half of a gift. If you ask for a job in San Francisco, and the job comes, then you need to realize that you will be taken care of as you make each step. God will help you relocate, move, and find new friends. Each step that we make forward will be held in place by the support we have asked for and been given.

Julia: In your books, you say it is very effective to learn how to receive messages through the angels by writing. Can you explain that technique to me?

Trudy: First of all, you can say a prayer before you start the exercises, and ask the angels to be with you. Prayer wraps us in protection.

The angels also tell me that when we breathe deeply after asking for their presence, they come to us through our breathing. We become open when we breathe deeply, and the angels can actually come through every part of our bodies.

After doing this, “see” your guidance group gathered around you, and now start writing a letter to yourself from the angels:

Your letter might start, “Dear Julia, We love you and _____________.” You would just start writing the words that come into your consciousness or heart. The message is in your inner knowing. It will not come through the intellect.

We have found that most people are not clairvoyant or clairaudient, but that many are clairsentient. They will have a sensation of knowing that becomes more and more frequent. It is matter of “knowing what you know.”

If you find yourself thinking that the information is something you have known deeply within yourself for a long time, that is correct. We plan our lives in great detail before we ever arrive on Earth. We choose our parents, our siblings, and the time that we arrive and depart — and then we forget it all. So we’ve created this wonderful plan we can no longer remember.

Those who are in spirit, like the angels, can see the bigger picture and share it with us. The angels are not limited by a third-dimensional body, as we are. When we pray or commune with the angels, they help us to align again with our own plan. So it is natural that the messages should seem familiar.

Julia: How can one discern between “making up” the messages and knowing that they are messages of the Higher Self or the angels?

Trudy: First of all, practice is important. We ask that everyone in the beginning will write the letters for twenty-one days. It takes twenty-one days to establish a habit. That’s the reason for the stipulation.

As you become accustomed to asking for guidance, you will begin to notice a difference in the phrasing of the words and sentences as they come through the angels. There is also the resonance or inner knowing that I spoke of earlier. You will begin to develop an awareness of the difference in the messages.

Julia: Should we ask for the names of the angels who are helping us?

Trudy: You may ask for an angel’s name, and you may feel that the name you receive is familiar to you. There are groups of angels that guide us through our entire lives and stay with us all the time, so it’s not surprising that you would feel a sense of familiarity.

The names are sometimes unfamiliar, too — they may be comprised of syllables and be representative of a group of angels that is helping you.

If you feel that you need a name and that it this would be helpful to you, then you should ask for one. But you don’t always need a name — it is possible to receive the guidance that you need just by feeling the presence of the angel.

Julia: You spoke of your guidance group. How do they differ from the angels? Is this a group of angels?

Trudy: When I speak of an angel, I am speaking about masters, spirit guides, angels, teachers — all those who are on the other side. They have similar emanations, as they are in the angelic realm — a place of “good,” a place without polarity — and they all wish to help us attain our greater good. The guidance system can consist of many of these beings.

People who have passed on often can help those of us who remain on Earth. They are very much with us in spirit, and often work with family members to share their larger perspective of freedom and love.

Julia: I have noted that in working toward higher consciousness, it is not uncommon to find blocks within the self that hold us in an old, negative position — and yet it is painful to encounter them, and easy to become discouraged when this happens. What do you advise?

Trudy: Finding and achieving balance is one of the most difficult and important tasks on this planet. We all construct or assemble our reality in accordance to the happiest and saddest times in our lives. When we move toward happiness, we encounter the parts of us that are enmeshed in the sad times.

Unhappiness simply teaches us what we don’t want. For instance, if you were born into a family that was unloving, then you will want to create love in your life. If your job makes you feel unhappy, then you need to create another job. This is the way in which we identify the direction in which we should flow.

Yet our consciousness often tends to gravitate on unhappiness. People may tell you all day long how beautiful you are — compliment your makeup or hair or clothes — and then one person comes along and tells you that your hair looks terrible, and for the rest of the day you “play” that one negative comment.

We tend to focus on negativity instead of the good. You have to let goodness flow through you and walk in the knowledge that you are an integral part of God’s plan.

These experiences of happiness and unhappiness, of good and bad, are reflections of polarity — the state of movement between opposites on this plane. When we leave negativity behind, it means moving through the blocks that have caused our unhappiness. It is difficult, because we are trying to flow toward being positive and yet we are experiencing the negativity underlying the old situation.

It is essential to realize that these challenges are part of spiritual growth. This difficult learning is vital in opening the doors to our good. People often think that spirituality is magic. It’s not. It involves real work on the physical plane.

The angels say that as one door is closing we are walking toward a door that is opening — but it can be hell waiting in the hall for the new door to open. We simply have to trust that the door is going to open. We have to be patient and let go.

While we wait, we should get busy and do what we love. Create joy in whatever way we can.

Also, the angels say that if we really want change, we should clean our house. And I do mean this literally. Physically clean your house!

Julia: Do you have any tips on patience and waiting while living through challenges? These are difficult soul qualities to develop.

Trudy: Sometimes, we need help with our challenges. We have to ask, “How can I let go of this challenge? How can I make my mind stop thinking about this?” The answer is to ask the angels for help, while knowing that we are being supported through the challenge.

You go through the four steps that I outlined, and ask, “What do I really want in a new relationship? What I do really want in a new job?” You ask for help, and you write down everything you can think of that you want in the relationship or job.

After you have called the angels in, you become patient. When the time is right, the plan will unfold precisely.

It’s like sending a letter. You write the letter, putting all of your passion and hopes in the letter, and you put it in an envelope and mail it. But after you mail it, you don’t stand there and wait for the postman. You don’t demand that the postman guarantee that the letter be delivered, or worry about whether the letter reaches its destination. You simply trust that it will.

It works in the same way with the angels. You have to trust that the angels will take care of your challenges.

Another important point is to know that you will be given work in the physical world each day. We have to do our work, because we live in the physical world, and we can only work one day at a time.

It’s important to stay out of the future. When we look at the future, our fear starts to build. Instead, we take one step at a time, let go, and say thank you.

So the secret to a spiritual life is staying present, doing the physical work, and remaining patient while having faith that the angels are helping.

Julia: Much of the advice you have received from angels seems practical, involving day to day matters. Is this true?

Trudy: Yes, it is. We can only live one day at a time. That is absolutely the most any of us can handle. So you may receive information about bills or cleaning your house or exercising. The angels are highly practical and may give you information about your house or children.

The angels have to teach us how to live in each day more fully and wholly. We have to learn how to live correctly in the physical body and the physical world. Living in this way teaches us balance, and it brings clarity, spirituality, and joy into our lives.

Whatever we are living from day to day is our lifework. This is the way in which we develop a spiritual life. It is the way that life unfolds.

Julia: Do you have any thoughts in closing?

Trudy: In the beginning, the angels told me that the most important thing was love. I thought, “Oh, this is easy. I love my husband. I love my children. I love my friends. I can do this.”

But then the angels told me that self-love is the type of love they meant — developing a capacity for loving yourself more fully. Through learning to love ourselves, we learn to love each other more. Through love of self, we change our physical habits, such as food or exercise. We establish boundaries. We learn to listen to our greater truth and our inner guidance.

This is the real lesson we have come to learn. I say to myself each day, “Thy will be done.” I try to feel God’s flow for me in each day. And I take it one day at a time and remind myself that the best is yet to come.

 

Trudy can be contacted at www.angelspeake.com

 

Julia Griffin, Intutiive 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 creating alignment with their inner path.

 

 

Navigating in the New World

 

As the planet alters, our consciousness is changing. Our vibrations and Earth’s planetary vibrations are rising and merging, according to the studies of Gregg Braden. When we move into self-awareness, the universal connection deepens.

When consciousness quickens, we become more intuitive and sensitive. We can encounter quantum change when aspects of life alter quickly. It’s possible to feel the wave of love and connection—and share it with others. (At this point, the universe responds to our vibrations, and it’s possible to create a quick shift.)

Here are a few tips:

  • We encounter waves of energy when moving through transformation. The higher waves are sometimes called 5-D, and ordinary reality is referred to as 3-D. After a higher realization, we move between lower and higher waves until we learn to align with the higher (better) frequency. It can take time to master a wave of energy, and it requires patience and practice.
  • Meditation helps tremendously because we have brief periods of separation from lower world energies. A meditation practice helps with clearing energies from others and provides distance from repetitive thoughts.
  • As we awaken, our thoughts and emotions have a more profound effect on others. Finding a neutral point of communication (while holding a visualization) can help with relationships. Speak from the heart—not the mind—whenever possible.
  • Boundaries remain an issue in this time of change. Self-discovery leads to realizations about our inner wants and desires, making it necessary to express new desires and/or rearrange aspects of relationships in our life. (It’s helpful to express new “wants” in a positive sense—and over a period of time.)
  • Loving and nurturing the self is part of the lesson. It’s impossible to center and balance with the new waves unless we rest, seek simple pleasures, and take time to relax in the sunlight and watch the moon rise. (Actually, rest and relaxation can amplify spiritual and psychic abilities.)
  • Ultimately, everything is energy. Food, phone conversations, long walks, and exchanges with pets—they are all composed of energy. If we notice when we lose or gain energy, we can understand a great deal more about the universe and the self.
  • Confidence will come and go with the waves of inner growth. We may feel fabulous about our path one week and encounter doubt at another time. These patterns are part of the clearing process. Each time we move through them, we grow.

 

Julia Griffin, Intutiive 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 creating alignment with their inner path.

Dealing with the Shift

 

The important part of the energy lies in the urgency to follow the heart. The heart longs for love and adventure; it is bold and true. It longs to express the substance of the soul.  The heart holds us in connection with all that is real and true.

When our actions and work come from the heart, life changes. Love radiates to everyone in our field. When many people do this (even for a few minutes), the outer world alters. (it’s impossible to feel the oscillation.)

Here are a few tips:

  1. The clearing process involves the lower mind and emotions. We may hear patterns or experience feelings from long ago. Ask to delete and clear the pattern and feeling. Ask to connect with the higher self. (As the patterns leave, new energy will take their place. It’s helpful to imagine yourself from a different perception such as living life from a happier perspective.)
  2. The acceleration process bestows a longing for expansion, the dream of a better life. Ask for a clear vision and feeling. Focus on it often and imagine living in this space of being. (Take time to define peace and happiness. This simple act brings them into your life.)
  3. It’s possible to move out of oscillation and the roar of mass consciousness (anger and fear) by centering in the inner self. By focusing on the inner self, it’s impossible to feel anything other than stillness and/or love.
  4. Sometimes, you feel surprisingly heavy or weighed down by life. You may feel it’s impossible to move through a character flaw or create the next change in life. Likely, your thought or feeling engaged mass consciousness, and you are feeling many people with the same problem. It’s helpful to reflect on a time when you feel light, and life felt easier.
  5. Physical tiredness comes and goes with the shift. It’s normal to feel tired when energy changes. Rest when you can. Take advantage of energetic periods. Visualize yourself with more energy whenever possible and recall periods of time when you felt healthy and vital. (Nature helps a great deal with physical tiredness. The earth and night sky radiate energies for healing.)
  6. We may feel the shift in brief moments when life expands in a beautiful wave. There is a longing for more experience and sensation—the widening of the wave of life. These feelings come and go like waves of emotion or ripples on a lake. They are indicators of greater awakening.
  7. Deeply engage when you experience lighter, happier feelings. It’s best to refrain from sharing the feeling with friends. Contemplate your life, future, and sharing your gifts. (Use these times to powerfully create a vision of a better life and see your gifts expanding.)
  8. Smile when life is difficult. Move past irritation and lower thoughts. (We all have them!) Meditate on pink light and ask to see the beauty in life.
  9. Choose 2 or 3 tasks to express the heart on a daily basis. You may feel surprised at the outcome. (Your energy will soar if you’re truly aligned with the heart–and acting on intuition.)

 

 

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.

Gentle Insights into the Self

  1. You’re more powerful than you think. Your feelings and thoughts affect the space and people around you. When you consciously direct your thoughts in a positive way, it changes the flow of the events. The best way to create conscious change is through the inner self and connection with the universe.
  2. You create a better future by believing in your power to do so. The potential becomes greater when you practice visualization and gain awareness of your thoughts and feelings. By seeing your inner world with a different light, you learn how to envision for the outer world. When many people hold a positive vision for the outer world, it’s possible to create amazing change.
  3. When you experience a sense of well-being and soft happiness, it helps everyone around you. Everyone is drawn to this type of energy field. Practice recalling memories of feeling well, happy, and relaxed. You automatically pull these emotions into the future by focusing on them. (Focusing involves concentration and energy. When you place your energy on a particular point of consciousness, it expands.)
  4. A part of you is always connected. You may not always feel your connection, but it’s always there. You can meditate more, ask for help, call on your guides or angels, and recall feeling of inner connection. If you stay with your practices, you’ll find your inner self. (Everyone moves in and out of this space in a given day.)
  5. Many people believe a very special group of people were called here for the group awakening. If you are awakening, you probably have special talents and gifts. (It’s helpful to know you can focus on your inner light and help others—regardless of your livelihood or life direction.) Everyone in this group works with personal problems, which likely involve clearing global karma or holding light for others. Your small efforts help far more than you think, and your light counts a great deal.

 

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.

The Power of Conscious Choice

 

Conscious choice is one of our greatest powers. It can bring freedom, alignment with the higher self, and greater awareness. It can also serve to support others, promote causes, and bring positive energies in the world. Overall, it’s basically a decision to choose opportunities that offer a higher frequency.

A higher frequency simply means raising our vibrations in a particular area of life. It’s possible to achieve through self-observation, meditation, support of an ecological cause, or positive thought and action. The idea is that we raise our frequency by choosing a more positive emotional, mental, or physical action.

Conscious choices eventually accumulate. Small kindnesses, positive thinking, boundaries, or the refusal to move into agitation are conscious choices. We also have the opportunity for conscious choice through observation of our habits and practices.

Additionally, conscious choice extends to our spiritual nature and the desire for evolution. We may decide to meditate on our awakened presence, a mantra, or the mysteries of the universe. All of these acts bring results, including greater awakening and understanding of the inner self.

It’s interesting to note that conscious choice involves the use of time. We apply minutes and hours to the pursuit of consciousness and “higher” energies. After making these type of decision, we usually can’t remember what we did in the past. (The interesting part of the equation is that we simply feel happier—and often feel there is more time with these pursuits.)

In the big picture, we exercise our free will when making decisions that alter the flow of our consciousness. The object of our consciousness is enlarged by our focus. Small and large decisions determine the flow of our energy—and support or diminish the object of our focus.

When we join with others, who hold an enlightened, loving focus, it beams energy throughout the world. Our consciousness links in a lovely place.

Making Conscious Choices

  • Conscious choice comes from listening to the inner voice and the universe—and a decision to act on that guidance. The inner voice speaks through Intuition is the sixth sense, and it identifies the “next” step through symbols, feelings, sensations, or words. It is opposite to the ego’s voice or negative internal dialog. It can speak softly and lovingly—or very intently in a clear voice.
  • In the beginning, meditation is the best way to sense intuition. When we are in a place of connection, it’s easiest to hear it. We also develop our ability to sense the inner voice by acting on it consistently and seeing the outcome. (Hearing or seeing in meditation is not indicative of the right direction for conscious choice. Often, we have to act consistently on our intuitive leads to develop discernment and accurate interpretation.)
  • A pause often accompanies a directive from the inner self. It’s called Ksana in Sanskrit and refers to the moment when we move out of lower or “normal” consciousness into a higher state. (There is also a pause between the inhale/exhale of breath when the universe is said to breathe into us.) This pause may occur in the middle of an argument when we change our behavior. It can appear as a strong desire to act in a kind, compassionate way or as a strong directive from the universe. It can also occur when we observe repetitive, personal behavior. By looking for the pause, we can determine the moment of universal presence.
  • Conscious choice can refer to many small actions or a single, determined action. Either way, the motion is prompted by the inner self.
  • All conscious choices require perseverance, will power, and repetition. A conscious choice is a commitment. It takes a great deal of awareness to break a pattern of procrastination, anger, or sadness. Many choices must be made over a period of time.

Aspects of Conscious Change

  • Choice is either conscious, semi-conscious, or unconscious. On the lower level of consciousness, there is the influence of media, mass consciousness, and lack of higher thought. On a semi-conscious level, we are aware of the need to alter an aspect of life, but we override the desire. Conscious choice occurs when we make a decision to move into an emotional, mental, or spiritual state, which lifts and improves our perception of life. (It can be a small step such as visualization, speaking more softly, or seeing the world differently.)
  • We can become aware of how we send energy with thoughts, emotions, and words. Thinking about someone in negative way actually sends energy into their field. A strong experience of negative emotions blasts them out into the global energy field. (Simply becoming aware of this process is quite helpful.)
  • Conscious choice brings power through mental and emotional focus. For example, we may decide to see the beauty in the day. In that moment, we change the focus of the mind and emotions. By practicing this often, we begin to see and experience different and better aspects of the world.
  • Changes often occur on many levels when we consciously change. Sometimes, people experience physical healing by altering emotions or refusing to react. We may move into the “zone” where life flows more easily and gently.
  • Noticing the feelings and sensations associated with choices is very helpful. We can learn to distinguish the “feeling” and confidence that come with the right choice.
  • Ultimately, conscious choice leads to a higher frequency, which accompanies universal direction. It is not always logical because it comes from the soul. It is not always comfortable as it tends to lead away from the acceptable state of stability. But it does lead to awakening.

On the highest level, conscious choice alters the direction of life through spiritual understanding, which leads to light and love. At this frequency, life often changes its course, flowing into opportunities, new people, and an entirely different way of perceiving life.

Conscious choice can occur in a gestalt moment of recognition of great truth when we are changed profoundly by meditation on a single thought, and it can also occur in small ways, which accumulate and shape our character. Either way, it changes our lives, opens our heart, and teaches about our own inner power to act on our spiritual path.

 

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.

Another Shift in the Weather

 

 

As a reminder, we have until February 5 to move forward on dreams and desires of the heart. Please take a small step as the planets support outer effort, and the universe will give direction at a later date.

The first quarter moon chart is challenging. Many planets are placed in earth and fire along with strong influences from Uranus (sudden change) and Saturn (karma.)—and there are few planets in air (clear thought.) Think of a volcano!  Fortunately, Sun is placed (life) in Aquarius, an air sign denoting the New Age, and Moon (emotions) sits in Taurus, a practical, grounding earth sign. These two placements can bring inspired answers accompanied by practical insights.

Astrologer Carl Boudreau pointed out that part of the current challenge involves tuning into the North Node, which indicates our spiritual quest–and is currently placed in Virgo. With North Node placed in Virgo, our attention should be placed on order, new methodology in our work, and inner healing—as well as hearing the tuning of the Cosmos. The temptation lies in revisiting tried and “true” methods from the past, represented by South Node in Pisces, the ruler of the past age. It’s important to find new ways of moving through life, new methods of self-expression in work, and techniques that can heal the schism between the inner and outer self.

Sun trines (harmonious) Jupiter (good fortune, expansion), indicating New Age thoughts of balance, love, and positive thought can link us with the more benevolent forces of the universes. (The New Age is ruled by Aquarius, favoring innovative solutions that relate to the “whole” of humanity in a balanced sense.)

Mercury (thought, communication) sits in Capricorn, continuing its conjunction with Pluto (underworld, resources, transmutation), hinting at the need to rethink financial and natural resources. Additionally, Mercury squares (tension) Jupiter (expansion, growth) and Uranus (awakening), hinting at the importance of using resources in a balanced and positive way. (We may need to weigh the value of intrinsic beauty and sacred ground with the current quest for economical growth. (There are new forms of energy, which work and need to come into being—and it’s important to tap into the universal law of abundance on a practical level.)

Venus

Venus (feminine, art, beauty) remains exalted in Pisces, making it possible to unite from a place of love. Venus sits in conjunction to Mars (masculine, assertion), and she brings balance to the male/female energies of the inner/outer world. Venus squares (tension) Saturn, which can make life seem and feel a bit dark, but it also gives an excellent sense of structure to artistic endeavors. On the healing side of the equation, Venus conjuncts Chiron, the wounded healer, indicating the possibility of finding a deeper level of healing through the auspices of love.

Mars (masculine, assertion) moves into Aries, its fiery native sign, igniting action and forward motion. Mars squares (tension) Saturn (limitation, karma), meaning it’s wise to give a pause to desires and the need to take action by considering its implications in the larger picture. (How will long-range goals affect personal/planetary karma? Does the desire bring “good” to all?)

Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) opposes Uranus, the ruler of awakening, change, and the quantum field. Essentially, it brings opposing sets of thoughts and feelings. Uranus encourages embracing change and possibly radical action. And Jupiter asks for balance and beauty without altering the status quo. As with most conflicts, the answer lies somewhere in the middle of the debate. It takes time to align with the right answer as well as time to bring it into being. (Observe thoughts from a neural place.)

Jupiter also squares Pluto (underground, hidden world), hinting at the need to see the underworld, the underlying truths beneath our social/economic structure to create growth, which brings harmony and peace. Saturn (limitation, karma, time) trines Uranus, which gives an incredible opportunity to mitigate karma and move into the new world.

Uranus and Pluto are tightly entwined in the square (3 degree orb) that has brought much chaos into the world. As we move into the last year of the square, there is a great initiative to shape chaos into a creative, balanced form for the good of “All”.

 

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.

7 Easy Ways to Move Through The Shift

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While many people remain unaware of the shift, awakened individuals experience heightened intuition and emotion, which are qualities of the inner self. Along with this quickening, there is a strong desire for peace and harmony.

Here are a few tips to make navigation a bit easier.

  1. Try working from the inner self. Stop every few hours and ask for the presence of the inner self. (On a practical level, we can ask for information about the most essential aspects of the day. This can include practical, physical steps. While it may seem like a longer list, following the guidance of the inner self brings a gentle, sustaining flow.)
  2. Focus on the heart space. Send love to the self and others. Send love to problems and happy situations. Unconditional love raises everything into a higher frequency and can bring unexpected solutions.
  3. Be patient. It takes time to learn how to use intuition accurately. It takes energy to stay balanced in the New Age. And it requires courage to remain consistently optimistic while holding a vision of a better life and world.
  4. Take time to rest and nurture the self. The energy oscillates continually, and it’s important to take small breaks throughout the day. When the body rests, it operates more smoothly, and we feel less of the currents of mass consciousness and interruptions in the magnetic field. (When we’re tired, it’s helpful to focus on how it feels when we are energized and aligned.)
  5. Center often and focus on the inner self. From this place, see solutions. Imagine happier outcomes and focus on the positive. (This practice raises our vibrations.)
  6. Enjoy nature. Take walks or sit in the sun. Feel the motion of the physical world and notice the beauty. Become full of beauty and light.
  7. Spend a few moments each day and meditate on how peace and harmony feel. Imagine waves of peace, balance, and harmony coming into the inner self. (Refrain from speaking negatively about events or people in the outer world when possible. Sharing truth is fine, but try for a neutral position.)

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.

January 2017 Overview

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Art by Lucy Campbell
2017 is a year of beginnings.  According to my friend and feng shui master, Jennifer Bonetto, it is also the Chinese year of the Fire Rooster, a special year, only appearing every sixty years with an emphasis on fire and metal. It brings support from others as well as an appetite for knowledge and study. 
 
  The month of January continues the trend of special, supportive events co-mingled with strangely difficult obstacles and odd days. At this point, we’re fairly skilled at working through oscillating energies. 

January begins with Sun in Capricorn, a practical, ambitious earth sign. Capricorn holds the ability to manifest, shape, and cultivate physical forms. The sign expands our inspirational efforts to bring ideas into fruition in the physical world. After January 8, Sun (life), Mercury (communication) and Pluto (underworld, transformation) will align in Capricorn, which can help a great deal with forward motion.

After January 8, all of the planets are in direct motion this month. It’s a small boon. But Venus (feminine beauty, love), Mars (male energy, assertion), Neptune (imagination, illusion), Chiron (wounded healer), and South Node (past tendencies) are all placed in Pisces, a water sign. Pisces can be dualistic, representing a “lower” form of love that ruled the past Age. (Think of the Crusades.) Regardless, it is emotional, which can cause us to see more illusion than truth. (It’s helpful to look and see if our emotions are triggered by mass consciousness, the beliefs of others, or the input of the true self. If it’s not based on love/growth and doesn’t come from the heart, it’s not real.)

Currently, Mercury retrograde sits in the last degree of Sagittarius. It will move direct on January 8 and progress into Capricorn. Mercury’s motion in Capricorn can clear muddled thinking and lend practicality to daily life. With Sun, Mercury, and Pluto in Capricorn, it will become easier to complete tasks and think clearly. (It’s interesting to note how projects and plans put into action are much like planting seeds on a barren moon; nothing comes of it—or seeds planted grow strangely without bearing fruit.)

Venus and Mars are in Pisces, which is a harmonious placement. Think of yin and yang in perfect balance—the male and female part of the self as dancing together. Venus in Pisces is exalted, which can give the ability to move into deeper personal and universal love.

On another level, Pisces represents the past, including karma. It’s an excellent time to use self-love (Venus) for healing (Chiron) the past. In this particular case, soul growth can be accelerated by realizing that we play a role in our problems—on some level—and finding the willingness to alter our approach.

Mars will move into Aries near the end of the month, encouraging action into the next phase of life. Since there is time for thought, consider how to best express the inner self in the physical world. Does the desired action increase inner growth and balance? Does it bring more love and understanding to life? (Mars may stir up aggression in the outer world.)

Jupiter (good fortune) remains in Libra, bringing a bit of harmony and balance into the picture. Jupiter is currently sextile Saturn, which indicates harmony can be created by bringing new structures into our lives. Jupiter is opposite South Node, encouraging new ways of thinking and living. Saturn (time, limitation) trines Uranus (quantum field, awakening), and this helps with new ideas and ways of being.

Uranus remains square Pluto throughout the year, dredging up the underworld and revealing what we need to see. It’s never comfortable, but it does align us with greater truth. It also gives resources for resurrecting the better aspects of life.

Much of the chart asks for living in a new way. Jupiter in Libra desires peace and harmony. Saturn in Sagittarius asks for new structures; Uranus in Aries asks for a new world. North Node (higher spiritual aspirations) wants order and well thought out responses. Chiron in Pisces wants healing of the past and new responses based on the integrated self.

The biggest issue of the January chart lies in deciding what to surrender to create a new personal reality. If we are awake, the answer is simple. It involves giving up personal preference to align with the inner self and find new ways of moving through life. With so many planets in Pisces, including South Node, representing what NOT to do in the present, it’s about sacrificing old modes of moving through life while creating new ways of being through the inner self.

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.