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Alchemy for Adventurers Soul Adventurer The Alchemist's Heart

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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Alchemy for Adventurers The Alchemist's Heart Travel

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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Health and Wellness The Alchemist's Heart

How To Give Yourself A Powerful Gift

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.

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How To Make Friends With Your Gifted Rainforest Mind – Part Two

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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.

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Favorite Books Parenting Podcasts The Alchemist's Heart Top Talent

How To Embrace Your Beautiful Rainforest Mind – Part One

 

rainforest mindHave you been told you’re too sensitive? Do you hold high standards for yourself and have a deep need for beauty, balance, harmony? You may have a Rainforest Mind!

Get the inside scoop with alchemist Paula Prober, an expert on the social, emotional and spiritual needs of gifted children and adults.

Lest you think this doesn’t apply to you, THINK AGAIN. A surprising number of people have no idea they’re gifted.  WOW, are they startled when I press a copy of Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth, into their hands! Stay tuned, because you’re about to learn something that can change your life . . .

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Lost Your Joy? How To Find Your Happy!

find your joy 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:

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Alchemy for Moms Health and Wellness Postpartum Survival Strategies The Alchemist's Heart

Want to Reclaim Your Health? Speak Your Truth Now!

reclaim your truthThis is the truth I never thought I’d tell.

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.

This time was known only as THE GAUNTLET.

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Health and Wellness The Alchemist's Heart

How To Heal Your Heart By Making Love To The Sun

 

heal your heartReady to heal your heart by making love to the sun?  (or….Why I sunbathed topless in 55 degree weather on Election Day )I have a confession to make today.

I voted by mail on November 3rd, and had a last minute client reschedule, so I was unexpectedly FREE during the afternoon of our U.S. Election Day.

I had an hour and a half before picking up the kids from the bus, and I felt the urge to DO SOMETHING with a chance of helping our country – and our world.

Watching the craziness mass media was showcasing was clearly not an option.
So I asked myself (as I’ve learned to do daily), “Honey, what do you want?”

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The Alchemist's Heart

It’s Time To Honor Your Magnificent Heart

honor your heartIt’s time to honor your heart!

You are a brave and magical creature.
I know this for sure.

Don’t believe me?

Check this out:

You train every day like an Olympic athlete, but your work is largely INVISIBLE – because nobody can possibly see the truth of what’s going on in your mind and heart.

They aren’t aware of the hundreds of decisions you’re making in the course of a normal day…much less an extra challenging one.

They witness the tangible external results, not the enormous effort required as you navigate the gauntlet.

The result?

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I Surrender My Heart To Tears Of Gratitude

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Gratitude fills my heart and mind today. May this intimate peek into my life bring nourishment for your soul.

I want to remember this moment.

There are tubes everywhere – attached to his hands, leg, face…and more. Bringing life giving fluids and oxygen, helping to circulate blood, carrying toxins away.
I have been strong.

I did not wring my hands while he was in surgery.
I sat in the wide, sunlit windowsill.
I breathed. In…and out…and in again.
I prayed. I meditated. I felt the love of our invisible energetic allies.
I talked to the fairies in the garden outside my window.