In the wake of recent tragedy, I lovingly offer this to help coax your beautiful heart out of despair and into a space of hope:
My heart is breaking for the innocent,
head straining to comprehend the incomprehensible,
heart beating as though it can outrun these feelings.
Tears anoint this space, falling from my fingertips.
The illusion that it is easier not to feel
shatters as I remember our humanity depends upon these emotions.
One thought remains:What shall we DO?
In this moment. Right now. In the face of anguish and tragedy.
The answer arrives upon a wisp of grace.
BREATHE – fan the bellow of your lungs with the breath of life.
LOVE – for even as your heart breaks, you may save another’s.
SHARE – speak your truth, ask for help when you need it, share the gifts that come easily to you. You matter more than you know!
CONNECT – you are in the soulful company of kindred spirits connected heart to heart around the world. Together, we can bring healing.
CHOOSE ONE SMALL STEP FORWARD – in a world where chaos seems to reign, we have the opportunity to walk with compassion, empathy and strength. Find the next right step in this moment, follow through, and the next one will take care of itself.
Darling, it’s time to release limitations and celebrate your growth. Chances are high that your old boundaries no longer fit. Have you ever had a moment like this?
My daughter burst into tears on the way out the door this morning. When I asked what was wrong, she exclaimed “Everything!”
I bent down to hug my normally happy 11 year old with a mixture of feelings.
Compassion, remembering moments when I’ve thought exactly the same thing.
Amusement because she was so darn cute trying to shove her feet into shoes that were easily two sizes too small. Which I have also done.
She’s sprouted up rapidly – gaining on her older sister (and me)!
She’s requested this of the Universe during years of being the smallest kid in class….but it has brought some unanticipated challenges.
With growth comes change – like outgrowing some of our VERY favorite things.
Which got me to thinking….we’ve ALL done this at some point in our lives. So I asked myself these questions, and offer them to you:
What is your equivalent of the trusty sneakers that no longer fit?
Where have you grown mentally, emotionally and spiritually – but haven’t yet created space in your life to accommodate your beautiful growth?
Because as comfortable as those old boundaries may have been, they no longer fit.
It’s time to release limitations, as familiar and “comfortable as they may seem.” Give yourself some room and celebrate your growth!
I’d love to hear your answers – I’m right here with you!
With Love and Alchemy,
P.S. I’ll be presenting a Soulfire Session workshop at Fairy Congress this year at the Skalitude Retreat Center in Winthrop, Washington. This is a marvelous gathering from June 22nd – 26th – you can come for one or all of the days. Take a peek and let me know if I’ll get to embrace you in person!
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
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
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.”
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!
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.
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
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!
Can you believe it? The turn of the seasons has arrived, bringing new possibilities into our lives right now!
It’s been a rough few months for so many amazing souls. Somewhere between the exceptionally long winter and the head-spinning news cycle, we almost forgot Spring was coming. But here it is! With a beautiful opportunity to see and feel the energy shifting.
I’ve learned a lot that I can’t wait to share with you.
For now, I offer you one very specific gift.
Throughout the turmoil of winter, this is the gift that has kept me steady.
Consider this a blessing from the Goddess.
Join another Truth-Telling episode with Paula Prober on The Alchemist’s Heart Podcast! Did YOU grow up as an unidentified gifted child? Do you have regular moments of guilt when you can’t seem to wrangle everything in your life? Imagine the relief you’ll feel as we gently and easily clear up misconceptions about your beautiful rainforest mind (or that of someone you love).
Let’s blow the lid off of preconceived notions about giftedness! There is a uniquely beautiful, complicated and enriching way of thinking and being that I bet you’ll relate to.
It’s time to reconnect with joy!
Sweetheart, listen up:
YOU belong. YOU are important. YOU touch the lives of people around you in ways you can’t begin to imagine. YOU are a force for good, a node of Divine connectivity enriching our greater experience, and I LOVE YOU.
You and I are among the amazing souls showing up and caring deeply about ways to create alchemy in your lives…but we aren’t necessarily embodying this knowledge. Too many bright spirits are sharing a feeling of being profoundly isolated…like they just don’t belong anywhere in this world.
Today I’m taking a stand to help you reclaim your joy by connecting with your greatest physical ally:
I offer it to you as inspiration and encouragement to reclaim your health.
A winter child born with a propensity for Seasonal Affective Disorder, I used to DREAD this time of year. The 30-day window between Solstice and my birthday has been fraught with challenges.
Lest you think it can’t be that bad, here’s a sampling:
My grandfather’s suicide right before Christmas. The death of my only true childhood friend on my 12th birthday. Severe postpartum depression. Repeated bouts of suicidal ideation. Biochemical storms and precious little outer light in my favored northwestern climes left me exhausted before the season began.