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The Inspiring Origins of The Alchemist’s Heart: Part One

inspirationSoul Adventurer,

I offer this as a new gift to you – the first in a series of true life stories.  It is my desire that sharing these adventures may bring the inspiring breath of life more deeply through your mind and body, helping to energize all that you wish to co-create in the world.

Please let me know how this resonates – I love hearing from you!

With Love, Christy

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The inspiration arrived like a thunderbolt.
Celebrating my husband’s birthday with a fishing expedition off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, I’d made the unusual request to be dropped off on a tiny, sparsely inhabited island. My husband and his friend were venturing into rough, open waters, and I’d had more than my share of this form of character building the previous day.
I surveyed the terrain and set off exploring the island’s interior. The trees welcomed me, so I lingered with them a bit, but the beautiful cove I discovered on the opposite shoreline spoke to my heart. Making my way to the sandy beach, I settled gratefully into its warm embrace.
Nourishing myself with a light lunch, I found the sun dappled waters irresistibly drawing me forward.
Assuring myself of privacy with a quick look around, I stripped off my clothes and

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Communing with the water

accepted their invitation. Swimming into the cove, I could imagine no more perfect way to commune with the elements, allowing their wisdom to literally wash over me.
Schools of fish darted past, roiling just under the surface, alerting me to the presence of sea mammals hunting below.

I marveled at my lack of fear. Aware of the respect demanded by the ocean, I was unaccustomed to diving in alone. I simply knew that I was most welcome, and at that moment, no harm would befall me.
Taking my fill of communion and giving thanks, I returned to shore, eagerly anticipating a sun-kissed nap. Nestling into the sand, I relaxed my body completely, giving myself over to the earth. But sleep was not to come. Receiving the incredible support of the energies surrounding me, I considered the question burning in my soul.
The tug to be of greater service had become unrelenting in recent months. Books I’d not yet authored appeared in completed form within my dreams, vanishing as I awoke. Potent allies I’d not yet met collaborated with me, round-table style, names eluding my waking consciousness. The time had arrived to expand beyond my comfortable local counseling and coaching practice. There was something I needed to do, but what?
“The call is strong. I know the time is now. What is the next right step to move forward and serve the larger purpose of my soul?”
A website flashed before my eyes.
Hesitating, a painful memory brushed my mind of an earlier website, removed after my life had disintegrated and I’d barely found the courage to rise from the ashes. But I’ve never been one to shy away from messages of the spirit.
“All right, what form shall this take?”
Listening intently, I noted my steady heartbeat.
“I recognize you as a true friend. I’ve patched you with band aids and bailing twine, and you keep showing up. In doing so, you allow me to be present for other people. I’ve been called me a healer, but I’m not. People heal through their own connection with the Divine. I simply hold sacred space to help them tap into that connection to begin transforming their lives. At heart, I’m not a healer, I’m an alchemist.”
The shock of this truth coursed through my body. Breath catching, I sat bolt upright.
“That’s it! The heart of an alchemist. The Alchemist’s Heart.”

 

 

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How To Soothe Your Spirit On A Rocky Adventure

divine orderDear Soul Adventurer,

Are you ready to gain some ideas about how to soothe your spirit on a rocky adventure? Ever wonder where the BLEEP your bridge in life is?

You’ve come to the right place!

I’m sending you love from 8,500′ on my high altitude journey into the remote Northwestern region of Salta, Argentina.  We had one heck of an adventure in the foothills of the Andes this week seeking a “bridge” shown on a map that supposedly crossed the Rio Calchaqui.

Let’s be absolutely clear, there was no bridge.

Maybe you’ve had days like this.

My traveling companion, aka “Hubby,” got a hankering to cross to the other side of the valley.

After all, there could be ruins of ancient civilizations hiding in those hills. Very little gets him excited like the prospect of discovering something almost nobody has seen for a thousand years!

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Not my idea of fun…..

Personally, I have LOTS of other things that get me excited, and I was pretty damn sure there was no way we were going to find a proper crossing place. The “roads” around here are not paved. They require a steady hand, a sturdy constitution, and an adventurous (and possibly certifiable) mind.
You can imagine what the “non-roads” – aka goat tracks – are like.

But away we went, seeking the unknown and wow, did we find it.

I wasn’t exactly embracing the experience.

I WAS racking my brain with questions like “You the *#@! do you soothe your spirit in times like this?!”
A teddy bear sounded like a good idea, so there was a moment I declared aloud that I wanted one that very instant (which grownups don’t wish for, right?)!
There were longer moments when I focused on relaxing and breathing while repeating to myself, “Next year I get to choose our trip, and we are going to ITALY!”
Then there was the magic moment when I realized my husband was absolutely, positively NOT STRESSED. AT ALL.

And then my curiosity took over.

I stopped focusing on my own discomfort and started wondering how it was possible that we were having wildly different experiences.

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Get curious!

Maybe there was more to the story than I realized.
I asked how he was feeling, and if he was enjoying himself.
Not in a snarky way, in an authentic, connecting way.
I asked if he felt confident that we would be able to get safely back to the actual roads.
Yes, he did because “there’s a farmhouse nearby that a that must have a tractor” 😉

By tapping into his pleasure in our exploration, my entire nervous system settled.
At which point I noticed the most marvelous feeling.
A familiar energy of love enfolded me, one I attribute to the Divine Feminine, in the form of Miryam, otherwise known as Mother Mary.
This powerfully gentle support brought me back into alignment with my center, and the rocky trip back across the river was much more tolerable.

Pretty sure we crossed through private territory that belonged to this llama, one of the treasures of the journey 😉 The regal way

The apparent landowner…

he surveyed his domain brought a smile to my eyes and heart.

I’m glad to get to share him, and my journey, with you. We are all adventurers in life, and when you know you’re in good company, it’s easier to discover a little more peace and pleasure along the way!

If you could use some effective, quick techniques to soothe your spirit, click here:
Top Stress Management Tips, Part One

What about you, soul adventurer? What has helped you during rocky adventures? I’d love to hear your comments!

With Love and Alchemy,
Christy❤

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12 Steps To The Sacred Journey Of Your Life

Journey-250x250In celebration of my 100th post (YAY!!!), I invite you into the remarkable adventure of exploring the Hero’s Journey in your life with a hearty dose of alchemy for adventurers.

There is a pattern in all the great stories of the world that are really one story – one monomyth, with different faces.  This is the hero’s story – the sacred journey of your life.

Moms, in light of Mother’s Day, I dedicate this exploration of “J” in our A to Z alchemy series to you and the profound process of new parenthood. 

I offer you two short videos, one easy infographic and one condensed list.  Taking a few minutes with these concepts will help connect you with your inner alchemist to bring clarity, understanding and even peace to strengthen you in your incredible journey. 

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How To Honor Your Deepest Truth Now

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I know you bring your heart and soul forward to honor other worthy people, but do you do this for yourself? It’s time to learn the essential elements you need to honor your deepest truth and connect with your inner alchemist as we explore the letter “H” in our A to Z alchemy series.

The first and most important tool is honesty. Hiding from or ignoring the way you feel won’t protect you. It can prevent you from gathering the help and information you need to feel as healthy and whole as possible.

Bringing your awareness to what you are dealing with and how you feel from the inside out is incredibly empowering. Give yourself total permission to actually know how you feel.

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Get In Touch With The Genius Of Being Genuine

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You embody genuine genius. 

Yes, you. 

Need proof?

Check out this definition from Mirriam-Webster: a peculiar, distinctive or identifying character of spirit; a personification or embodiment, especially of a quality or condition. 

That’s right.  It doesn’t necessarily mean you are overflowing with intellectual capacity – although that may absolutely be the case.

As we explore the letter “G” in our A to Z alchemy series, I want you breathe this in:

How many times have you hidden your peculiar, distinctive or identifying character of spirit?

Thousands?  More?

I know I have.  

It comes with the territory.

This is the day it stops.

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Do You Know The Fantastic Secret To Feeling A Happy Flow?

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It’s my beauty secret. 

Flow. 

The fabulous state of flow is freaking AMAZING.

Haven’t had the pleasure yet?

Join in our exploration of A to Z alchemy with the concept of flow as a state of consciousness in which we are completely absorbed in an activity, particularly one that uses our creative capacity.

Remember a moment in your life when you were fully engaged in something you loved, when self-consciousness disappeared, you felt strong, alert, capable and you lost track of time.

In that moment, you were in a state of flow, deeply connected to your inner alchemist. 

It is my passion to share alchemy for adventurers in life, so I’m letting you in on the surprising secret:

This optimal experience does NOT occur during relaxing, receptive, passive times.  The happiness of flow is not something that happens to us, it is alchemy we can actively court & encourage to enter into our lives!

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Discover Dynamic Dance Benefits To Energize Your Life

It’s time to discover dynamic dance benefits to energize your life!

Did you know dance is natural therapy for gathering strength, increasing self-confidence, opening up your capacity for healthy self-expression and bringing greater enjoyment into all areas of your life? It’s true! It’s a brilliant choice for connecting with your inner alchemist.  

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Powerful mind-body dance benefits are too great to limit to official dance classes.  Join in our exploration of the letter “D” in our A to Z alchemy series as I share alchemy for adventurers in life and note that dance is designed to enjoy anywhere, anytime.

I’m not afraid to break out dancing in my office during sessions.  A little jig of happiness often bursts forth in spontaneous honoring of a client’s WIN.  (Have I mentioned how much I love your wins?)  Sometimes we’ll even blast the music and groove for a few minutes.  Everyone else in the building, including my husband, quietly and  professionally providing chiropractic care, wonder what the heck is going on…. and, more importantly, WHY ARE THEY MISSING THE PARTY?!

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Blissful Mind-Body Wellness Strategies to Empower Your Life

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Your body has an incredible capacity for guiding you in the direction of right action.  You just have to know how to access the alchemy.

Let’s explore the brilliant letter “B” in the alchemical alphabet in our A to Z alchemy series with my top two techniques for body-mind wellness. “Body as compass” AND belly dancing both encourage deeper communication, centering, grounding & wise action.  

Tip: Read to the bottom to find out how to get my book, The Belly Dance Prescription: Shake Your Hips AND Depression, FREE!