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Five Beautiful Rituals to Celebrate Summer Solstice

Ceremony, Guest Writer, Rituals, Spiritual SignificanceGuest Writer

Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere is Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 12:24 am EDT.

Summer Solstice Rituals

The Summer Solstice is a time to reflect on the growth of the season. Seeds are planted in the Earth as well as the seeds of our souls. It’s a time of cleansing and renewal, a time of Love and growth. This is the moment of our year when there is the most LIGHT available to us. In terms of consciousness, it is when we are the most present to ourselves and who we know ourselves to be --- the Sun represents the “I am” consciousness.

The word “Solstice” is derived from the Latin words Sol+systere, meaning “Sun”+ “standing still.”  The Summer Solstice is the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Following this Solstice, the days get shorter, the nights longer.

Many traditions throughout time have celebrated the Solstices — Ancient Egypt, and Aztecs of Mexico, Chinese, Chumash Indians of California, Indigenous Europeans. And western civilizations have for centuries celebrated this first day of summer often called Midsummer (see Shakespeare), or St. John’s Day. The Chinese mark the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light. Throughout history, with so much light being showered upon the Earth on this day, it’s been known as one of the most powerful days of the year for spiritual growth and healing.

Summer Solstice Stone Hedge

To this day, revellers still gather at Stonehenge to see the sun rise. The Heel Stone and Slaughter Stone, set outside the main circle, align with the rising sun.  And many of the ancient traditions continue - Bonfires are still lit to celebrate the Sun at its height of power and to ask the Sun not to withdraw into winter darkness.

In North America, many Native American tribes held ritual dances to honor the sun. The Sioux were known to hold one of the most spectacular rituals- The Sun Dance. Usually performed during the June solstice, preparations for the Sun Dance included cutting and raising a tree that would be considered a visible connection between the heavens and Earth, and setting up teepees in a circle to represent the cosmos. Participants abstained from food and drink during the dance itself. Their bodies were decorated in the symbolic colors of red (sunset), blue (sky), yellow (lightning), white (light), and black (night).

Fire is used symbolically throughout summer solstice celebrations in praise of the sun, to bring luck and to ward off evil spirits.  And the spiral is also a symbol associated with the Solstices. Ancient dances would follow the Sun’s movement like a spiral, people joined hands weaving through the streets, winding into a decreasing spiral into the middle then unwinding back out again. The Sun moving from contraction at the center of the spiral at winter solstice to expansion at Summer Solstice and back again. Festivals in North still continue to dance and play, holding hands in formation of a spiral.

Just as the Solstice signifies the time when Mother Earth is at the fullness of her strength, fertility, and abundance, so we too can celebrate the strength in joining together, pollinate our spiritual consciousness through sharing, and becoming ceremonies of thanksgiving for the abundance that which we experience daily.

Creating a ceremony or celebration is a way for humans to give back to Creation some of the energy and blessings that we are always receiving. Mother Earth constantly provides for all of us with her incredible bounty, and the Sun’s warmth provides the light necessary for all living beings to thrive and prosper.

Some rituals to celebrate Summer Solstice:

1)  As our ancestors did, celebrate by gathering of plants and healing herbs, its long been believed that they are at their most potent today. Five common Celtic sacred plants associated with Midsummer are St. John’s Wort, Vervain, Yarrow, Fern, and Mugwort.

2)  Gather with others to create a circle or spiral.  Exchange songs, stories, and poems with others.  Dance, drum and celebrate.

3) Create a Sun Wheel or mandala (a symbol of the circle of life and connectedness) made from flowers or things found in nature.

4) Keep a sacred fire burning. You can create a big fire like a bonfire to celebrate with friends, but even a small fire, in the form of a candle or Altar of Light can be just as potent.

5) Make a Prayer Stick or Prayer Tree and place specific prayers for those who need healing on it. Make a prayer for the return to peace where there is no peace, for abundance in areas of the world where there is now poverty and scarcity.

summer solstice 2016

Do all or any of the above with an intention for something that you will do to improve life –  bring light and love into this world in your own creative way and begin to carry it out.

Wishing you abundance and lightness this Summer Solstice!

As the Sun spirals its longest Dance
Cleanse Us
As nature shows bounty and fertility
Bless Us
Let all things live with loving intent
And to fulfill their truest destiny
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What happens when you mistake safety for your DESTINY?

Be who you want, InspiringChloë Rain
What happens when you mistake safety for your destiny?

What happens when you mistake safety for your destiny?

How often do you find yourself having the conversation inside your head that sounds a little like you're trying to convince yourself that you’ve got it really good. Or maybe it sounds a lot like you’re trying to convince yourself that you’re happy. But something just doesn’t feel right. 

It goes something like this….

Scenario #1

I’ve got a great job and it pays well, I’m lucky that I even have a job when so many others are unable to find employment. But sometimes it's a struggle to get up in the morning and go to work.

And sometimes I wish I could close the door to my office or crawl under my desk in my cubicle and curl up in a ball until the day is over. Sometimes I wonder what I actually do for the last three hours of the day?

Watching the clock, knowing that tomorrow will be the same, there will never be an end to the work, and I can’t remember the last time I got excited about an assignment.  I plan my life according to how many vacation days I can afford to use to go visit my family AND actually take a real vacation.

When was the last time I took a real vacation?

Scenario #2

He’s not a bad guy and we’ve been together so long, I wouldn’t know who I am without him. We’re good friends. That’s enough. Besides I’d miss his family.

I made a commitment and I promised myself I’d never get divorced. I don’t want to be embarrassed going through some messy break up.

I like that everyone thinks we’re the perfect couple. But we’re not. We’re far from perfect. In fact I’m not even sure we’re a couple. Maybe this is as good as it gets? I should just be happy I’m not alone.

But I feel like I am alone, most of the time. If only he understood me better. I wish he would try just a little more.

I feel like I’m the only one working on this relationship. Is he happy? Maybe this is my fault, maybe I’m the only one who can’t be happy?

Scenario #3

Maybe some day. But when? I'm saving up for retirement. And well I'm still paying off that last vacation I took. I need to buy a new lawn mower, and make that car payment. What if I have to pay for car repairs?  

Only 6 more months to Christmas, which means I’m 4 months away from beginning to buy presents. Man time flies, I feel like I just paid off last years presents, and that party dress I wore to that New Year's Eve party.

Why don’t I start planning earlier for these expenses?

Maybe I’ll put that vacation off till next year, you know I can start planning for it now and that seems really responsible.

How many years am I going to spend doing the same thing I do every year?

How many years has it been? I think I’m getting old.  

Yeah, I guess this is what happens when you get old.

You work, you plan for retirement, you save up your vacation days, you live the same day over and over again.

You try to convince yourself that you’ve got it good, that you’re happy, and you’re fortunate.

And YOU are. But you’ve got this nagging sensation that you’re meant for something more. And something tells you that a raise just isn’t gonna cut it.

If you only KNEW what it was? If you only knew what you’re supposed to do you’d be doing it.

Does any of this sound familiar? If you’re still reading this, I imagine some of it is hitting home.

If I knew what I was supposed to be doing, I’d be doing it! In the meantime, I’m gonna keep doing what I’m doing cause it's not so bad.

But this isn’t how it works.  Unless you’re one of the lucky ones, that was born knowing exactly who you wanted to be when you grow up.

I’ve always envied those people, those people who just always seem to know what the next step is. But that’s not the case for the majority of us.  

The problem:

We’ve never asked ourselves who am I?

What do I like to do?

We’ve never spent time really exploring this.

When we do find something we think we like and then end up feeling dissatisfied, we spend a lot of time making ourselves wrong, convincing ourselves this is as good as it gets, or being afraid to change our minds, because at least the known is safe.

But that's not the way it has to go...

The only risks we regret in life, are the ones we don't have the guts to take.

Here's to your miraculous unraveling.

Make a sincere commitment to creating a magnificent life, and focus your attention and energy to deeply connect to your true source, then watch as miracles start to happen.

Begin by making this statement to yourself. Write it down, say it out loud, take time each day to feel into this statement:

I, __________, commit to creating a magnificent life, measured by my own chosen standards.

  1. Start clearing beliefs that aren’t yours
  2. Spend time discovering your own beliefs
  3. Take action to implement your own beliefs
  4. Watch for miracles in your life

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How the Practice of Loving Kindness Will Change Your Life

Inspiring, Travel, Health Mind Happy SoulChloë Rain
How Loving Kindness Can Change Your Life
You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.
— Rumi

When I left Seattle, my exit was abrupt and overshadowed by a breakup — it had felt like fleeing under the cover of night and a dark cloud of shame — for a long time a part of me held onto an idea that I'd return shortly and resume my beautiful life there.

My heart ached for the energy of the place and the spirit of the mountains that had permeated my soul and had become part of the life force that pumps through my veins with every minute. It was as if my soul and my body longed for the connection with those mountains and the places that had been integral in my heart opening to the beauty of living.

On my way back to the east coast, I had spent most of my cross country flight crying my eyes out and writing in my journal. I was feeling sadness, yes, but mainly deep gladness and deeper gratefulness for my life experience and all the people who had graced my life and relationships that had changed me at depth.

The city, the lush green and the deep waters had healed me, soothed me, and taught me things about myself I hadn't known.

Though as I said goodbye, I had understood that something else was pulling me forward into the future of my life, the next big adventure....

I was grieving and simultaneously grateful, attempting to resist the reaction to cling to the past and beg for things to be different than they are.

We flew into bad weather as we neared the east coast and I arrived in the Charlotte airport only minutes after the last plane had departed that could take me to the rural airport near my birth home. It was almost 11pm and I feared spending the night in the airport after a very emotional day of crying and grieving.

Several hundred passengers had been grounded or had missed their connecting flights because of bad weather.  The mob quickly began to swarm and anger pulsed through the crowded airport. I quickly turned my awareness from my own sadness to the swelling anger of the crowd and as the passengers' complaints began to get louder, I began to practice loving kindness.

I connect to Source, fill up my energy field, and then radiate love from the core of my being through mindfulness and detached intention.

I use the practice of loving kindness or Metta daily. On normal days, on lonely days, on days I feel great, sometimes all day, throughout the day, and in stressful situations it has an especially positive effect on the external circumstances around you.

The practice of loving kindness is the tool I use to release worry, self-doubt, and it is how I learned to heal myself from decades of depression.

As the aggravation levels skyrocketed I blasted feel good rock and roll in my ear buds drowning out the sounds around me and radiating as much love as my tender heart could muster into the crowds.

Arriving at the USAirways re-ticketing counter I spoke softly to the lady at the counter, sending her compassion from my heart. She quickly handed me a voucher for the nights stay, rebooked my flight for the next day and ushered me to the shuttle to the Woodlawn Courtyard. I silently blessed her and then thanked her warmly out loud as the next customer approached her irately complaining "how unacceptable everything was".

After a smooth shuttle ride to the Courtyard, I shuddered thinking of how many Courtyards across the United States I had helped renovate in my previous life as a project manager for hotel development. Walking into the very familiar surroundings, I recognized the layout, the furniture, down to the carpet and fabric scheme, the pictures on the wall and even laughed out loud recognizing that it was the "yellow flowers theme" and recalling with humor what a pain-in-the ass that wall mural is to install correctly.

I was greeted at the front desk by the manager, Stacey, it was well after midnight, and when she asked me how I was doing? I responded honestly, that I was feeling very human, heart broken, and that today had been an emotional day, with an unexpected nights stay in Charlotte.

Then Stacey came out from behind the desk and gave me a hug. Tears came to my eyes, because of her sincere desire to comfort me and my ability to receive this kindness from a perfect stranger.

I hadn't eaten all day, and as I retrieved a frozen dinner from the Courtyard food market, Stacey waived me through and gifted me my dinner and a bottle of wine saying "You're all taken care of my dear".

I hugged her a second time and sent blessings of love to her, her family, everyone she encountered, and to Courtyard Marriot of all things!

I have laughed many times thinking of how different my life has become and of the person I used to be. In all of my professional glory and fierce personal boundaries, I would never in a million years been able to hug the manager at the Courtyard front desk and shed tears of gratitude, while feeling my own raw and open heart.

I am grateful for the practice of loving kindness and for the person that I have become through this practice. 

I am grateful for the depth of emotion that I feel on a daily basis and the ability to shed tears while blessing the human race and all those suffering and in heartache.

I am home now in my heart.

A little loving kindness and human compassion can go a long way.

A little love and kindness could just save the world.

Here is an easy introduction to the practice of loving kindness, a prayer for you:

The Love & Light Prayer   

Love & Light
Love & Light
I Send Love & Light

Love & Light
Love & Light
I Speak Love & Light

Love & Light
Love & Light
I Breathe Love & Light

Love & Light
Love & Light
I AM Love & Light

Love & Light
Love & Light
I Radiate Love & Light

May all your adventures unfold perfectly before your eyes in ways you could never have imagined, may you make friends along the way that surprise and change you at depth, like coming home, but not to a home you’ve ever known before. When the next adventure comes to usher you forward may you be full and happy, having enjoyed every experience as if your life was a great feast and you got drunk on the punch and ate too much food the for the soul.....
— Chloë Rain

Sometimes you just know that life is calling you to take a leap of faith and change your current circumstances, but you just don't know how.

You might know exactly what it is you're meant to do in this lifetime, or you might not. 

Sometimes this feeling of being stuck begins to feel like a life crisis, and your fear becomes so strong you lose sight of what’s right for you.

If you feel its time to make a change, or move to the next level, but you just don’t know where to go from here, I have a special program for you...

Anything is possible once we find our own unique way of connecting with our divine source. Once you find your own connection to your heart and your creative imagination the change you experience becomes visible, the internal shift creates external effects.

You look different, you feel different, you think different. The doors fly open.

If you are ready to birth your big beautiful life purpose into the world this program is for you.

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The Philosophy and Practice of Universal Love: Metta

The Pali word metta is a multi-significant term meaning loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill, benevolence, fellowship, amity, concord, inoffensiveness and non-violence. The Pali commentators define metta as the strong wish for the welfare and happiness of others (parahita-parasukha-kamana).

Essentially metta is an altruistic attitude of love and friendliness as distinguished from mere amiability based on self-interest. Through metta one refuses to be offensive and renounces bitterness, resentment and animosity of every kind, developing instead a mind of friendliness, accommodativeness and benevolence which seeks the well-being and happiness of others.

True metta is devoid of self-interest. It evokes within a warm-hearted feeling of fellowship, sympathy and love, which grows boundless with practice and overcomes all social, religious, racial, political and economic barriers. Metta is indeed a universal, unselfish and all-embracing love.
— Acharya Buddharakkhita
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What is the Meaning of Life the Universe and Everything?

Be who you wantChloë Rain
Photograph: Chloë Rain at Doe Bay Resort, Orcas Island

Photograph: Chloë Rain at Doe Bay Resort, Orcas Island

What happens when you don't connect to the voice of your own inner knowing and spend your life searching for the answer out there?

You arrive in a "different" place and yet still feel much the same way you had before; lost, disconnected, unhappy because that "bright shiny object" you thought would be the next great thing ended up being just a mirage on the horizon.

How long I have spent asking the question "What is the meaning of Life, the Universe and everything?

And the answer lies within, all the resources, all the answers, and all the peace and love you are seeking are within. Your inner knowing is the most priceless and precise decision making tool and inner compass that will always lead you to the most direct way of reaching your true source and purpose.

But allowing this inner knowing to take the lead can be totally scary because our subconscious minds have been wired, in our youth and inherited from the people around us, with fear and emotional responses that keep us stuck, confused, and prevent us from having a different life experience.

Many times we are running on patterns that aren't even our own. We don't have a clue who is running the show. It sounds simple but when you are blind to what's keeping you stuck this is tough work to do by yourself. The most courageous work you will do in this lifetime is to learn to trust your inner knowing and to trust yourself!  

What the world needs now is YOU.

My wish for your is to wake up and come alive in your life, and that you find the courage and receive the support you need to birth your special gift into the world.

This is of utmost importance, there could not be a greater investment in your own future, and the future of the world.

I guarantee that learning to trust your inner knowing will make you happier than a new pair of shoes and a fancy bag. Trust me, I've been there done that, and had the credit card bill to show for it. 

Words are like sunbeams, the more condensed, the deeper they burn.

Repeat after me:

"I want to wake up to the truth of Myself."


Follow your Heart, find your courage, go for your dreams, believe in LOVE stories, go exploring, and may you be inspired to create a life worth living!

Bad things will happen and good things too. Your life will be full of surprises. Miracles happen where there has been suffering. So taste your grief to the fullest. Don’t try and press it down. Don’t hide from it. Don’t escape. It is life too. It is truth. But it will pass and time will put a strange honey in the bitterness. That’s the way life goes.
— Ben Okri
We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood, and we find that life alters our plans. And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It’s just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route, or turns the dream around, as if it were a riddle, and fulfills the dream in ways we couldn’t have expected.
— Ben Okri
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Thoughts to live by...

Be who you want, InspiringChloë Rain

As adults we rarely venture out of our comfort zones to learn new tricks. But here's the key, new things, when practiced can quickly become skills, and then skills can become natural ways of being, and then natural ways of being move us toward grace...

And well, from grace we can inspire all sorts of things... And in inspiring others from our own state of grace we can model that this is all possible for you too, it begins with stepping outside your comfort zone....

As an adult, you must rediscover the moving power of your life. Tension, a lack of honesty, and a sense of unreality come from following the wrong force in your life. --- Joseph Campbell

Any man who is attached to the senses and things of this world... is one who lives in ignorance and is being consumed by the snakes that represent his own passions.
— Black Elk
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What if we are all just Miracles in the Making?... Our Soul's Yearning for Greatness

Be who you wantChloë Rain

We work so long and hard on ourselves, especially if you having been suffering with depression and anxiety for most of your life, we forget that we've been working to change our life experience when that particular experience shows up!

We work so long and hard on ourselves, we almost forget that the purpose of our "working on ourselves" is so that we can experience something different, change our outcomes of our personal quests....fall in love, get out of debt, travel the world, defeat long standing patterns of negativity or mediocrity.

Or maybe we just want to feel happy.

When we receive the answer to our soul's yearning for greatness, we know it has arrived before it even appears.

At a certain point you know something before it's even possible in your life, because you've changed your internal world so much that you are THAT. And when it shows up you're not surprised and you don't think you've arrived, you think WOW now that thing I always thought is just a base line in my reality. 

As you grow stronger in your true nature, you also spontaneously receive divine inspiration, or creative thoughts, because the field of pure potentiality is also the field of infinite creativity and knowledge. The Austrian philosopher and poet, Franz Kafka once said, "You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait. You need not even wait, just learn to become quiet, and still, and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet."

What if we are just all miracles in the making?

When you are whole, you realize that all the things you were worrying about were things that didn't exist and all the things you worry about now are things that are internal.

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
— Anatole France
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I hid from my life for a while. This is what I learned.

Be who you want, Creative Feature, Healing, Inspiring Stories, TravelBecca Warner

What intentional, focused solitude can teach us about ourselves.

I hid from my life for a while.

This is what I learned.

I write this (the pen and paper version, anyway) from a tent on a hill, between a forest and a stream. It’s raining, and about -2 degrees. I’m grinning.

Six weeks ago, I left my home in London for a stint in the Scottish countryside. My intention on arriving was nothing more complicated than to, well… be. I didn’t know what that meant, I just knew it was probably a good idea.

Six weeks later, and before I brave the return journey to the city’s unique mania — one that is by turns awesome and awful, energising and exhausting — I feel compelled to record what happened in my head during these quiet, isolated weeks.

At the very least, I hope the act of sharing it will help me keep hold of it when thrust back into the city’s abyss of distraction and activity and fun. Should it encourage others to create their own hiding place for a while, then all the better.

Here’s a summary of what I learned from my quiet corner of the world.

It takes a lot to get bored.

I totally thought I’d get bored. Surely, I thought, I’ll feel under-stimulated, under-entertained, under-motivated — isn’t boredom the opposite of distraction? I anticipated a lot of napping. And Netflix.

But it turns out that, without the usual attention-sucking distractions of daily life, other stuff starts to peek its head above the parapet — as though newly confident that it won’t be kicked aside in favour of the next Twitter notification. Not new stuff, plucked from oblivion; but things that were already there, hiding because they were afraid of being ignored if they showed their face. Things like what I’m good at, what makes me tick, what I’m curious about. Things that, once I’d seen them, meant boredom wasn’t really in the cards.

Silence isn’t so bad.

With no TV, no office, no cafés or public transport, life has been very quiet. I can hear the chatter going on in my head, and it’s become ever more coherent as it’s had room to speak its voice. I realise now how determinedly I blocked out silence before — defaulting to turning on the TV or firing up Spotify rather than enjoy 10 short minutes of my mind’s own monologue.

And it turns out the internal chatter I’d avoided isn’t so bad. I’ve always worked hard to be the type of person that I would choose to be friends with; so perhaps it shouldn’t be as surprising as it is that I’ve enjoyed hearing a bit more from this ‘me’ character. And when it’s negative, critical, or otherwise challenging, the very fact of hearing it means that I can better acknowledge it and respond. The monologue starts to become a bit more of a dialogue.

I am capable of concentration.

Like so many people, I have a quite woeful inability to concentrate for more than three minutes at a time. When I want to sit down and start something, I’m oh-so easily interrupted by things ‘out-there’ (phone calls, appointments to run to, urgent emails) and — more often— by things ‘in-here’ (sudden overwhelming urge to make a cup of tea, put some washing on, quickly check Facebook).

Free of external distractions, I seem to have stopped creating those even trickier internal distractions too. Take away the big, real ones and the niggly little ones start to disappear too. (Well, nearly. I’ll always be partial to a goat gif).

It’s been no small relief to find that attention spans are at least partially based on habit — not wholly dependent on some kind of innate ninja mind-control skills.

Bodies talk.

I can hear what my body wants. Firmly removed from the norms of my daily life and its blind, unquestioned routine, I had something of a blank slate to work with. I could follow what my body asked for, instead of mindlessly throwing stuff at it.

For example, I found out that: caffeine makes me feel like crap; I like to exercise mid-afternoon; I need at least a pint of water before 10am; and there are certain foods that make me feel happier and focus more. Not rocket science, but good to know.

Feelings are big, and that’s good.

I’ve always considered myself pretty well in touch with my feelings. I am, for the most part, reassuringly self-aware. But humans are infinitely complex fellows: there is always more there than we can see.

For better or worse, my emotions are now far more in my face. No longer skidding through each day’s scenarios and their attached emotions, everything I feel has a bit more space to be what it is. Unable to turn my head the other way — after all, there’s nothing distracting there to look at — I can only sit with them, ride them, and try to respond in a way that seems fitting. In the process, I’ve started to learn what to do with myself when I feel bad, and how to make the most of feeling good.

So, what now?

The flashing lights, loud noises and incessant movement of the city await. I’ve always loved them, that’s why I made London my home; but now I feel somewhat reluctant to be the knackered, buzzing, whirling dervish of a woman that was my modus operandi.
I’ve learned that a little quiet goes a long way. I plan to carve out moments of distraction-less, mania-free time — big and small.

So, if ever you stumble across a small solitary hermit girl, hiding in a tent somewhere in the South East of England on a rainy Tuesday evening, then you’ll know why. I’m escaping back to myself for a bit.

Becca Warner: Finding Purpose in Life

Becca Warner | Writer | Traveler

Becca Warner is a writer, traveler, and change-maker. She leads a team of revolutionaries at Escape the City, and explores the power of food for the brain and food as medicine on her website ThinkFeelFood.

Check out her writing on Medium or Think Feel Food, London England

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Whatever happened to our dreams?

Inspiring, Be who you wantChloë Rain
Whatever happened to our dreams? The infinite possibilities each day holds should stagger the mind. The sheer number of experiences I could have is uncountable, breathtaking, and I’m sitting here refreshing my inbox. We live trapped in loops, reliving a few days over and over, and we envision only a handful of paths laid out ahead of us. We see the same things each day, we respond the same way, we think the same thoughts, each day a slight variation on the last, every moment smoothly following the gentle curves of societal norms. We act like if we just get through today, tomorrow our dreams will come back to us. And no, I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know how to jolt myself into seeing what each moment could become. But I do know one thing: the solution doesn’t involve watering down my every little idea and creative impulse for the sake of someday easing my fit into a mold. It doesn’t involve tempering my life to better fit someone’s expectations. It doesn’t involve constantly holding back for fear of shaking things up. This is very important, so I want to say it as clearly as I can: FUCK. THAT. SHIT.
— Randall Munroe
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The Shaman's Medicine Bag: Inyan Pejuta: Stone Medicine and Andean Energy Medicine

HealingChloë Rain

My medicine bag, placed on the Pachamama Altar in Machu Picchu Peru, along with a few of my healing stones, to receive the cleansing and blessings of the Great Spirit.

Shamanic Healing is based in love and compassion and it works for our complete and total wellness: mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. Deep in the jungles of the Southern continent the medicine people, for the past 500 years, have been using and carrying on the knowledge of the power of certain earth elements to heal disease and illness: emotional, physical, and inherited. 

These Shamanic practices are used to help you heal and understand the meaning of your life.

In ancient healing traditions emotions were viewed as energies and were understood by the Shamans and used to accomplish many goals.

Emotions were valued as tools that were unique to humans, with which they could manifest new realities.

Both negative and positive emotions can be utilized. The experience of fear, for example, gives us an opportunity to confront, acknowledge, and transform our boundaries. And when we feel love we become powerful beyond measure. Those who feel love and give love are able to receive love in return and are able to accomplish any goal.

The Shamans believe there are two kinds of illnesses... some that are created by our daily behavior or habits and some that are family, environment or socially related.

Most sad and depressed people are more susceptible to illness, which can create a cyclical effect that feels never ending. Love, understanding and compassion are key for the successful healing of depression, disease, & illness: mental emotional, or physical.

Receive the healing wisdom of the stones.

After being initiated in the Pampamesayok Lineage of Andean Energy Medicine in Peru, I returned home to the Shenandoah Valley and received certification as a Stone Medicine Practitioner.  Then I spent a year immersed in training to become Inyan Mani or Stone Walker, a Native American Healing Art, as taught by my Elder.

This type of healing is helpful when:

  • You feel stuck and frustrated, stressed out and paralyzed by self-doubt and worry
  • Find yourself repeating unhealthy patterns
  • Keep reliving the past with little hope for the future
  • You have the life you always dreamed of but it does not bring the amount of joy you had anticipated.
  • You feel isolated, even amongst friends and colleagues 
  • You are struggling with the fear of the unknown or you are in a place of not knowing what is next
  • You feel energetically connected to a person or situation from the past
  • Are seeking clarity for life purpose and body, mind, spirit wellness

In one of my last vision ceremonies in Peru, I was shown to start bringing people to the land, and combine my work as a Life Coach and shamanic practitioner here on the land in the Shenandoah Valley.

Using the teachings of my own personal initiations, and the teaching that have been imparted to me and the past seven years of coaching individuals to discover their Life Purpose, I am now offering one to one personalized Healing Retreats at Skywater Hollow Retreat in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

The techniques of Stone Medicine are not just intended to affect the physical body, but the emotions and the spirit as well. By clearing the body of negative energies and reconnecting it to the healing energies of the earth, the body's ability to heal itself is reestablished.

In Native American belief, the Stone Tribe holds the ancient wisdom of the world. They see stones as our historians, for all of evolution is recorded in fossils and geological activity that is evidenced in the Stone Tribe. Perhaps, through the practice of Stone Medicine, humanity can find a way to tap into some of that wisdom for the benefit of MITAKUYE OYASIN :"All My Relations."

The Stone Tribe continue to teach me, as I walk the Red road on Turtle Island & the Spirit of the Mountains, Apus, guide my path.  The pictures above were taken at the Temple of the Moon and Temple of the Monkey, in Cusco Peru. This rock is said to be the heart of Pachamama, a place to connect with Mother Earth and give offerings for blessings. Read more about the Condor & the Eagle Prophecy.

I am now offering in person healing ceremonies on our land, Skywater Hollow Retreat, in the Shenandoah Valley surrounded by the National Forest. Please come visit this beautiful place and receive the medicine of the Earth and receive your birth right of wellness! 

A new mentorship program, deep healing for life purpose :The Wisdom of the Four Directions for those souls ready to fully heal their emotional and spiritual bodies and birth their life purpose into the world in right relationship with vocation, prosperity, and freedom.

If any of this has peaked your curiosity and you have questions about Grandmother Teacher Plant, my next journey to Peru, or you'd like to receive insight on your own next steps please reach out to me and get on my calendar! I would love to chat with you. Lots of love!

Follow your own footsteps
Learn from the rivers
The trees and the rocks.
Honor the Christ
The Buddha.
Your brothers and sisters.
Honor your Earth Mother
and the Great Spirit.
Honor yourself and
all of creation
Look with the eyes of your soul and
engage the essential.

                    The Inca Q'ero

Mitakuye Oyasin - Aho Mitakuye Oyasin is a simple yet profound statement. It comes from the Lakota Nation and means 'all my relations'. 

It is spoken during prayer and ceremony to invite and acknowledge that we are all one. In the western world we interpret "To all my Relations" as a statement to our relatives or ancestors, however, its meaning is much greater and speaks to our connection with all of creation, plants, animals, creepy crawlies, dirt, the stars, the Universe, and beyond. That which is all life force and life force energy.

When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the rainbow.
— Native American Prophecy
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Today Give yourself more credit- for all the things you've already done

Be who you want, Give More Tuesdays, Inspiring, PhotographyChloë Rain
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Today give yourself more credit for all the things you have done, for continuing to show up, for continuing to aspire to dream and to achieve.

In giving credit to yourself for what you’ve achieved and what you’ve worked through in order to get here, you change your relationship to "getting things done" and your perception of your ability to accomplish that which you set your mind to.

I'm going to suggest you set your HEART to it, instead....

It has been said by many of the Great Masters, that the things we do that light us up in side, the things we spend time doing where time and space appear to bend, and all other things begin to melt away are our greatest indications of "Who we are and what we're 'here to do'" in this lifetime.
You must listen to that soft voice within your heart that is gently guiding you to your happiness and along the way you are "accidentally" fulfilling your destiny.  These things we love or feel strangely drawn to are the bread crumbs that our Soul has left for us to to help decipher the treasure map of our lives and lead us to our buried treasure.   
Sometimes the hardest, yet simplest thing we can do to have that thing it is we so deeply desire IS TO GET CLEAR on how you want to FEEL when you've manifested that thing that it is you say you want and desire.  
Do you want to lose 30 pounds, or do you want to feel good in your body? It feels much more difficult to imagine how I'm going to lose 30 pounds, but I can easily imagine how good I want to feel in my body, and this is the ticket! GET REALLY CLEAR ON THE FEELING... try the feeling on to see if it fits you. Walk around in the feeling like a pair of shoes, see if you're comfortable in them.

All of a sudden you might realize that the thing you really want to feel is freedom, not necessarily that you want to manifest a million dollars.

All of a sudden you might realize that you want to feel passionate, not necessarily like you have to strive for everything in order to get it.

All of a sudden you might realize that you'd like to feel desired and supported in your relationship, not necessarily equal.

Whoa. Doesn't that feel different?  This kind of exercise incites a different kind of quality then what you thought you wanted before you got clear.

The qualities of passion, freedom, desire, and support are very different from striving, responsibility, and equality...  so what is it? What do you want to feel?

When you key into the FEELING and it fits you like a glove and you're clear on the feeling, and you magnetize the feeling by putting energy and intention into it..... THEN you're cooking with gas! When something catches your attention and you get that same sensation that you became clear on you, can trust that thing is leading you to your manifestation. Even if it doesn't seem logical, as long as you've become clear on how its going to feel, there's no need to attach to the HOW its going to come about.

Going back to the basics of manifesting and the feminine principles of life has brought me so much hope, freedom, and joy... I wanted to share with you, that even though you might have "tried that already", trust me when I say, if you get really honest with how you want to feel, and wear it like skin, life will begin to show up for you in ways that you couldn't have imagined.

explore deeply give yourself more credit chloe rain

Set your heart to it, instead.

It may just be the only way.

Get clear on what you're really meant to be doing in the world. 

Go → here.

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