A 4-week live program with Stephanie designed for deepening the practices of Meditation & Energy Healing shared in her Empowered Video Series...
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Starts: Tuesday, 11/27/18
Ends: Tuesday, 12/18/18
Location: Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary
14 Studio Arcade, Bronxville, NY
Every Tuesday for 4 weeks, Stephanie will use meditation and shamanic tools such as journeying to help you cleanse and renew.
End 2018 calm, cool, collected & clear. Seed intentions for 2019.
Kindly Note: Class size is limited.
Registration & Payment Required in Advance Here.
How can we use energetic protections to empower us & help us stay on the path to thriving?
Burning incense & palo santo, lighting candles, and getting regular energy healing sessions help clear & protect our energy field.
And there are other ways to protect your energy that Stephanie shares in this video.
Watch Video Here.
"The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss." -Thomas Carlyle
Note: This post also appears on Stephanie's Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary website.
Empowered Video Series with Stephanie
Thriving or Surviving?
What is required to stay on the path to thriving?
Stephanie is very excited to share her empowered video series with you throughout the month of October.
Watch the intro video here to see what you can expect.
"You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change." -Les Brown
Note: This also appears on Stephanie's bronxvillewellness website.
Is the battle in here...or out there...?
Last week I encouraged you to stay true to what matters to you, especially when faced with challenges. I invited you to lean in to these challenges in order to reclaim your power.
I am fascinated by power. I love playing with power and studying it. In my shamanic practice I have learned to respect power immensely. Power is neutral. It becomes "charged" when we decide how to use it. Meaning, we are either using our power to help/heal or harm/hurt.
The interesting thing about power: some of us don't even know how powerful we are; others of us feel so powerful (ego) that we are oblivious... and still others think we are using our power to help, when in fact we are actually causing harm.
One example of being unaware of our power is when we get stuck for long periods of time in the frustration of how things "are". Perhaps we are frustrated with the outer world...or maybe it's our inner world...or some combination. Whatever the case, when we use our power for prolonged periods of time at the energetic of "frustration", we are doing harm.
Instead of focusing on why we are frustrated, we lose/leak energy to the lower vibrations that come with frustration: sadness, depression, anger, hopelessness, etc. Over time, these emotions cause harm to us and to those we touch.
When we focus on the frustration itself rather than the "root" of the frustration, we miss the gifts our frustration has to teach us.
What to do?
Get to the root!! Dig deeper by using reflection practices such as writing and meditation and/or get support by engaging in shamanic practices . When we commit to getting to the root, in the process we usually notice we are stuck/slowed down for a reason. And that reason is our teacher to help move us forward. In essence, the frustration is an invitation to lean in.
To be clear: I am not saying it's bad/wrong to have emotions. Quite the contrary. What I am saying is to live for prolonged periods of time in the lower/negative emotions is a misuse of our power as human beings.
If we want to use our power to help, we must first help our self (think airplane oxygen mask). By helping our self, we learn how to come into Ayni (right relationship) with power and we free up energy to help others. Isn't that the point?
In the process we learn one of the greatest gifts of our frustration is our freedom.
We begin to realize we are powerful human beings who are free to act in the direction of that which brings peace, love, joy and expansion...or not.
"Of this I am certain: something happens every time I stop fighting with the way things are." -- Geneen Roth
On Saturday during our protection workshop I realized something rather profound.
It occurred to me that as we start to awaken to our life, whether we embark on a spiritual quest, or simply begin to see with new eyes, often the person we need to protect our-self from most is....our self. Yes!! Shocking to some.
Yet, I have found unless I know myself fully---the triggers/hot spots as well as the sweet places, I am more open to absorbing/taking on the dark energies. Know what I mean?
This is one reason I advocate meditation for everyone as a daily practice (even if only 5 minutes).
Why? To get to know our-self and therefore be able to discipline the unruly mind.
Once we get to know who we are, then we have an advantage.
How so? We can manipulate our own thoughts (which are energy) in the direction we want. Thoughts become words, words become actions, actions become habits...and habits make our life.
Who cares? Well, if you want to be in charge of your life, you must be able to direct your attention...mental, energetic...etc. You must be in charge!! Not your mind, your mom, spouse, boss, etc.
As we embark on this journey of knowing thyself, often it requires many cycles of letting go/release. My shamanic mind says, the letting go and releases are mini deaths of the old self: ways of thinking, doing, being, seeing, etc. Little deaths so we may live our life fully and when the "final" death comes, we will be free and unafraid...because we have truly lived.
Having said all this, the New Moon happens to be today!
If you are interested in a simple New Moon Ritual to release, try this:
1. Light a candle. Disconnect from all distractions.
2. Take a few minutes to meditate / write about what you wish to release. For example, feelings of unworthiness or fear...old patterns that no longer serve...
3. Say out loud as many times as you need to "I release all thought forms, words, actions and energies of unworthiness and/or fear".
4. When you feel "complete", say "thank you", and blow out the candle.
Notice what shifts over the next 2 weeks. Keep a journal.
Repeat this process as often as needed, varying what needs to be released.
PS: Save the Date Thursday, Oct 5, 2017.
I will be hosting a Full Moon Ritual @ BWS. To stay in the know, email me.
Last week I shared a series of questions with you to engage with, play with, dance with...to explore about levels of pain. How did it go?
Pain is real. Pain is what gets us to change. The discomfort that comes with change helps us grow. None of us are immune to this cycle of life.
In fact, more than ever, we're all facing and feeling the collective energy of creation (new ways of being/living) and destruction (old ways are dying).
As many of you know and some of you may be feeling, today is the solar eclipse and new moon. You can google it to read more.
From an energetic perspective, the energy is high, urgent, and frenetic in some cases. The energy is also extremely powerful.
What does this mean?
NOW IS the best time to choose how you wish to live.
Will you finally choose to let go of what's holding you back/draining your energy/creating drama?
Will you finally choose to go after what you want with everything you've got?
Stop waiting. Be decisive. The time is NOW.
I wrote a poem to inspire you:
It Stops Today
Here's What I'll Say
It Stops Today.
Release what's in Tow.
Clear and Free.
Look, Do you See?
From the Legacy
It Stops Today.
What to Say?
You Found your Way
It Stops Today.
Might be Gray.
You'll be OK.
Baby, It Stops Today!
You will Soar.
For this I am Sure.
Look Sweet Love!
There is SO Much More.
Close the Door.
The Score is the Score.
Ties No More
You are OK.
Because It Stops TODAY!
Back to Flow.
Of this you Know.
Life is Short.
It's quite the Sport.
Find your Light.
It is the Dark Night.
It STOPS TODAY.
Choose to LOVE.
Turn your Gaze Above.
Find your Laugh.
Past is Passed.
Time to Go.
It Hurts, WOW, I know.
YOU ARE OK.
Today IS the Day.
Here's What I'll Say.
IT STOPS TODAY.
Last week I spoke about LOVE.
This week I am coming off vacation. It's funny really. I do the most "work", inner work that is...when I am not "working".
Do you know what I mean?
The place of silence, less doing, and simply allowing myself to be is a powerful place to prosper.
So, during my vacation many insights arose. Too many to write so I will choose the one I feel is most in service based on what I've been hearing and sensing.
The insight is really a series of questions I invite you to engage with, play with, dance with...explore about levels of pain.
Let me clarify that when I say pain. I am talking about the range of and doorways to the pain we experience being human walking this path: physical, mental, emotional, psychological, spiritual. As you know, there are many doorways into our pain and usually we have an affinity toward one or two of them.
I invite you to lovingly reflect on these questions:
1. Is pain natural, necessary, and healthy for me feel?
2. If so, how much pain do I have to experience before I choose to change?
3. Am I willing to be honest with myself about the level of pain I am in?
4. If so, what will I do about it? Get support? Ignore it? Descend further?
There are no right or wrong answers. We are each on our own journey. It's for us to decide how we live our life and how much suffering we wish to endure on this magic carpet ride called "life".
Last week I invited you release something/someone you are burdening, which no longer serves your highest destiny path so that you experience living light as a feather. Otherwise known as joyful living...
What are you noticing? I would love to know here.
This week I am called to speak about suffering. So much of my life's work of late has been about understanding and then sharing the nature of suffering.
From this reflection a deep inquiry arises:
How do we live joyfully in the face of so much suffering-- both in the global world and in our personal world?
To get an authentic, practical, action oriented "answer" I believe we must first realize, that yes, suffering is inevitable. For each and everyone of us, if we are lucky.
Suffering is a teacher. Without the lessons, we stay stuck.
What is suffering?
Not accepting the burdens we face...
Judging the burdens and our response to them.
Expending all of our energy resisting "what is" therefore depleting us of the precious energy to make necessary changes to live, love and enjoy life.
What are our burdens?
A few examples:
Abandonment, abuse, addiction, anger, anxiety, depression, illness, loneliness, loss, neglect, self hate...
Do we all face burdens?
Yes, at some point in our life, we do.
If suffering is inevitable, how do we live with joy?
Meeting ALL burdens with non-judgmental - compassionate - acceptance.
Many of us hold our burdens so tightly we allow them to confine and define us. We identify with the darker parts of our humanity (remember those shadows?) and ignore the lighter parts. We end up feeling shame, guilt, fear. We do this to ourselves and others. And "they" do it to us. It's not how we are meant to live.
Once we face the truth of our burdens, through acceptance, we free up the energy of resistance.
I share an example of acceptance and embracing the parts of ourselves we feel shame /guilt/fear about (our shadows) in my book, Reclaiming Joy on page 32 when I speak of my unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Until I accepted, nothing changed.
What do we do with this freed up energy (remember energy is our #1 asset)?
We direct it towards healing.
Healing ourselves, and in the process, helping one another heal.
We learn to view all experience, including and especially our burdens, as opportunities to awaken more fully into the life we were meant to live. In the process of awakening, we cultivate compassion, wisdom, and ultimately deep self love. Compassion, wisdom, and self-love become the foundation of our life from which all prosperity flows.
We look in the mirror and know our worth no matter if we are poor or rich, Ceo or janitor, single or married, thin or heavy, abused or enlightened, addicted or clean...whatever.
As we accept our own burdens and cultivate compassion, wisdom, and deep self love, the next step is to extend non-judgmental compassionate acceptance to others.
It is from this place of acceptance that we heal and so too the world. Beneath the facade, we are one. One heart. One love. One energy.
So, is suffering inevitable?
Are we able to experience suffering and still live in joy?
In the face of inevitable suffering, when judgment ceases, and acceptance prevails, we are able to live joyfully.
Is this an easy way to live?
Over time, it's the only way. Enough said.
Last week I invited you to consider what it means to be free. Am I free? Are you free?
What are you noticing? I would love to know here.
With the full moon yesterday, the invitation this week is for you to practice beinglight as a feather.
How do you do that?
Release release release!!
Release something/someone you are burdening, which no longer serves your highest destiny path.
If you need inspiration on what that is, make sure you have answered the questions from last week's blog, are you free. Your answers will reveal wisdom.
From Are You Free, Question # 2...
If you believe it is your circumstances (and not your mind) that bind you, I encourage you to examine why you feel this way.
As you do, notice if and where feelings of unworthiness or fear (lower vibration energy) show up in your life.
Are you holding onto something: a job, an idea, a behavior so tight because you feel unworthy of great success or the path of ease?
Perhaps you are holding onto someone: a child, lover, friend with dear life because you fear being alone.
Once you discover what you wish to release, for example, feelings of unworthiness or fear do a simple releasing ceremony.
1. Light a candle.
2. Say out loud as many times as you need to "I release all thought forms, words, actions and energies of unworthiness and/or fear".
3. When you feel "complete", say "thank you", and blow out the candle.
Repeat this process as often as needed, varying what needs to be released.
Last week I invited you to consider how living life is an endless opportunity to practice peace. I also shared that peace isn't an absence of conflict. Rather, peace is being calm amidst all of it and choosing to respond with love.
How is it going? Tell me here.
This week I encourage you to take the next step: Revisit the garden of your life and prune it.
Life is too short to live otherwise...and as I mentioned last week, in addition to the challenges you may be facing in your own life, you are perhaps also feeling the collective depression/anxiety that is occurring on the planet (em-path?). Absorbing all this intense energy creates distraction, complexity, and ultimately depletes your precious energy. By pruning your inner garden, you will begin to simplify your life and amplify your energy so you are able to focus on that which brings you JOY.
By the way, if you know you are an em-path, I suggest you attend my workshop this Saturday.
How do you prune your garden?
It's 2 parts.
You must first weed the dead. After that, you seed that which brings you joy.
Set a timer for 5 minutes. Close your eyes.
Ask yourself the questions:
What makes me come alive/energizes me?
Upon opening your eyes, jot down what came to mind.
As you do jot down what came to mind, also think about:
1. What needs to be weeded from the garden of my life so I have more energy to seed?
Example: Weed negative behaviors such as gossip, negative thinking, people...
2. What do I wish to seed instead?
Example: Positive thoughts, nourishing, positive friendships...
Make sure you list at least 2-3 things for each question.
Say thank you to yourself and commit to taking small steps over the next 7 days to weed and seed.
What kind of small steps?
Weeding- When you notice yourself in the gossip or negative thought, stop it. Distance yourself energetically and physically from negative people.
Seeding- Commit to getting support (a mentor, class, book, etc) around weeding these behaviors and people. Attend a social activity with the intention of meeting a new friend.
As in nature, when we nourish our garden - by the consistent activity of weeding and seeding, we bloom.
Remember to be courageous and compassionate as you face the facts.
I will check back with you next week.
Questions/Support? Connect with Me.