Using Your Energy for Conscious Activism

Which Chakra Fuels Your Activism?

Feeling Outraged? Scared? Disenfranchised? With the change in politics, are you called to act? Check yourself so that your activism is conscious, clear and coherent.

I hold myself and my practitioners accountable for being the change. Collapse is not an option. Yet, lashing out is not an option, either. Meeting hatred-laced vitriol with hatred-laced opposition is not an option.

Make no mistake. We’ve passed the time for ranting. So, while you have your rage, despair, grief and terror, stay conscious of how you use that fuel. Your feelings matter, deeply and fully. They are your catalyzing fuel. Continue Reading →

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A Word on Worldviews

The recent Presidential election has upended values, assumptions and beliefs that many hold dear. It’s hard to avoid the firestorm of reaction, despair, anger and fear resulting from the election.

My work does not include the role of political analyst or pundit. Praise be! My work is to teach coherence. To help people understand how to notice and observe the ways in which their thoughts and beliefs, their inner landscape, actualizes in their life experience, in their worldview. Continue Reading →

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The Hard Work is Upon Us

If you are an energy healing practitioner, bodyworker, therapist or any kind of healing practitioner, I know your clients are leaning heavily on you these days. I heard that leading up to the election, people who typically see their therapist once a month have gone once a week, and clients who typically schedule once a week are going every day.

So, I know that you are not only contending with your own flood of emotions, you are also feeling the pain of countless others as they stream in your doors for your help.

As practitioners, we are rising to the occasion.

I’m about to suggest something that is hard work and a major commitment. AND, the time is now to add this much-needed tool to your set to facilitate healing and also protect your own well-being and energetic levels while doing so:

Get certified as an energy healing practitioner.

Join the Embodied Energy System Practitioner Program. This is no small thing I’m suggesting, and I realize that. I wouldn’t suggest it (or dedicate my life to teaching it) if I didn’t truly believe in its incredible value for you and for those you support in your healing practice.

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Managing Uninvited Psychic Awareness

A couple of weeks ago, a healer shared the quote I’ve paraphrased below on Facebook:

No matter where we are when we meet, within 5 minutes I’ll know your pain, issues, hidden feelings and emotions. Because I’m a reader. It’s who I am and it’s what I do.

No. No. No. Not ok.

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Healers must behave more mindfully if they want to take up their rightful place in the alternative and complementary healing field — a $14B service industry in 2016.

Know this: an ability to read people psychically does not confer permission to do so.

Healers who read people in social settings are unprofessional and toxic, and quite often untrained in psychic awareness. The leering quality of this behavior is especially toxic. When meeting someone socially, perhaps for the first time, it’s unlikely that deep, tender emotions and vulnerabilities will be shared. Continue Reading →

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Got Persistent Bad Habits? What To Do?

Ever Heard of Spiritual Bypass?

A client contacted me to talk about a problem she was experiencing. After summarizing her situation, she shared what she was doing to address it spiritually. I heard her describing a spiritual bypass.

She was:

  • talking with her guides and angels
  • writing affirmations and posting them conspicuously throughout her home
  • listening to inspirational talks
  • reading inspirational messages daily
  • watching for external signs or messages for clues to the successful manifestation of her desire

Nada. No shift, change, transformation. She asked me what I thought was keeping her from getting what she wanted. Continue Reading →

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How Chakras Can Hold (and Clear) Physical Pain

Your Energy Creates Your Life

You know this, right? Well, true, it’s not just your energy that creates your life. It’s your attention, (thoughts and beliefs) and your intention, (conscious or unconscious) combined with your energy that creates your life.

Your body’s the vehicle for experiencing your life. Your thoughts and emotions manifest through your body. Yet in energy terms, your thoughts and emotions are created and reside in separate body’s or planes of awareness. At least they’re supposed to reside elsewhere. Continue Reading →

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Perspectives on Illness & Life

Penny has a serious diagnosis

Penny is my English bulldog. She’s got digestive issues that causes her to regurgitate her food frequently. On a good day, once or twice. On a bad day? Ten times or more.

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Silly Penny – settling in on my lap after playtime

 

The problem emerged last fall, shortly before I traveled overseas on vacation. While away, I had several 3am phone calls with my vet discussing treatment for Penny and her issues.

The vet described the care being taken to stabilize her, suggesting diagnostic tests to consider. I listened, trying to ignore all of the noise in the background at her office. Finally, I asked:

What’s all that noise?

She laughed and said, that’s Penny. She’s racing around the exam room with a toy we’ve given her. Apparently being happy is more important to her than her medical issues.

It was reassuring to hear little Miss Penny Lou, living life fully, focused on play.

Being Happy Is More Important

Take this in for a moment. Think about it. When you’re ill, ill at ease, symptomatic, in the throes of a healing crisis, do you focus fully on that, or do you turn toward your love of life and what fills you with happiness?

Three months later, we’re still dealing with digestive problems. Yet Penny runs around my house daily chasing her toys, sometimes stopping mid-chase to regurgitate where she’s standing. Stepping delicately around the mess, she resumes the chase. Regurgitation: a minor inconvenience.

Wait! There’s More!

Penny’s health issues don’t end with her gut. Dropped out of a moving car, she had reconstructive shoulder surgery on a front leg when a puppy. She has a weird gimpy waddle.

Her mobility and motility issues? Not her point of her focus. They barely register on her life-o-meter.

Fact is, Penny’s a big-hearted, life-loving, joyous creature, with a couple of serious health issues.

What’s Important

Check out this 45-second video of Penny playing in my living room, about 5 seconds after a huge regurgitation experience.

Does this look like a dog who has her priorities straight?

Living Big, Bold & Huge

Life is for living. Living as big and as bold and as huge as possible.

For Penny, living big means spending every possible minute with me, loving me, loving herself, her toys, food, beds and blankets.

And you?

What does living big, bold and huge mean to you?

Are you living this way?

Do you balance your issues with your joys?

Can you imagine expanding focus on your joys and diminishing focus on your pains?

What might happen if you shift your perspective?

Focus on happiness

Focus on Happiness!

Unrelenting Pursuit of Happiness

What else can be learned from Penny’s relentless, inexhaustible pursuit of love and joy despite her problems?

Life is precious, no matter what.

Humor, grace, optimism, love, and simple joys are as healing as herbs, medicines, diagnoses and treatment.

Whatever life hands out, there is always a choice of how it’s perceived and received.

Take care of your problems. Get the support that you need – you’re entitled to receive treatment and care.

No Matter What

Penny’s thrilled to share her life perspective with all of you.

Whatever your deficiencies, issues or concerns, focus on what brings you joy. Live large. No matter what.

Keep your vital energy flowing!

 

 

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How About a Drama-Fast Instead of a Drama-Fest?

Do Holidays Amp You Up?

Do you deal through drama this time of the year?

Do you find yourself rolling your eyes, clasping your hands to your head as you settle in to a salacious gab with friends and colleagues about all of the stresses and strains during the holidays? The family drama, the shopping drama, the right outfit drama, the perfect meal drama, the ‘somuchtodosolittletime’ drama?

Drama Feeds Adrenal Stress!

What do you suppose all that drama does for your adrenal glands? Are you aware that adrenal stress is a reality for more than 65% of the world’s population? How’s that for pandemic?

Do you know how important the adrenal glands are for supporting your health and vitality?

In the Holistic Anatomy & Physiology Course I offer practitioners, the stressed out adrenal glands are described this way:

In the mechanical model, [the non-holistic view of Anatomy and Physiology, taught in medical schools, and forming the basis of Allopathic treatment], these little guys get blamed for fatigue, as in “I have adrenal fatigue,” as if they were machines that broke down on their own.

Their fatigue is your fatigue, caused by a life of stress, over-stimulation, over-activity, bad diet and a general emphasis on doing (yang) coupled with a disdain for rest (yin).

Drama as Food Group

Drama feeds more than adrenal stress. It feeds emotional stress too. Anxiety, fear, depression – whatever your go-to emotions are – drama feeds them.

 

Drama in high gear

Drama in high gear

 

Ever Done a Drama-Fast?

Contemplating a Drama-Fast calms my body and emotions.

What might a Drama-Fast look like? It’s a cleanse from Amping Up, Overdoing, Overstimulating, Over-emotionalizing?

 

Drama-Fast brings light

Drama-Fast brings light

 

Perhaps:

Setting a spending budget and sticking to it, buying things that are special and memorable rather than lots of ‘things’ with little meaning?

Good for your wallet and your emotions

Shopping online with your budget in mind, avoiding the retail frenzy.

Better use of time – can be combined with other restful, yin activities

Shopping locally, supporting small business, buying from artists and craftsmen rather than mass-produced stuff.

Buying local, supporting those in your community creates a dual win – for the person who creates and the one who receives – holistic and affirming

Holding your tongue, avoiding gossip, developing clear approaches for minimizing familial conflict. It’s ok to say, ‘Fred, we’ve had this discussion before and it’s not productive for either of us. I’m going to focus on enjoying the day and bypass this topic with you’.

Refusing to join in drama-laden interactions models self-awareness and conscious choice

Monitoring your thoughts to avoid projection, perseveration, obsession, reaction. Acknowledging   that what you’re thinking and worrying about isn’t happening right here, right now. Therefore it’s a waste of time and energy.

Presence, self-discipline, self-soothing

Sit quietly, listen to meditative music. Meditate. Clear energy.

Self-care is a drama buster

Wearing a dress or outfit you already own. Accessorizing it differently so you feel like it’s new to you. (Because few people care or remember what you’ve worn before. Truly. And if they do, they’re Drama-Festers and you know better!)

Loving what you have is so healing and freeing

Setting aside time to be rather than do. Is there a book you’ve wanted to read? Read it. A Tai Chi class you’ve wanted to take? Take it. A trail you’ve wanted to hike? Walk it. Be. In your book. In your body. In nature.

Nurture, self-love, self-care, yin, feeding your spirit

Light a candle on the Solstice. Honor the return to the light.

From darkness comes light –  beautiful and fulfilling to observe and honor

Contribute to a cause that you care about in honor of those with whom you’ve disagreed. It couples the generosity of your spirit with acknowledgement and gratitude for the teacher those disagreeing/disagreeable people are to you. They’re serving your growth and evolution.

Opens a space in your heart, psyche and energy for a more neutral way of engaging conflict, inviting growth and evolution 

Stay home. Consider which events and activities might drain you and which might feed you. Choose you. Feed you.

Love and compassion begin with yourself – choosing you is the highest form of self-respect and self-care

Whatever your choices and experiences this holiday season, choose consciously. Be present. Consider a drama-fast as a gift of nurture and self-care.

And keep your vital energy flowing!

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The Rawness of Transition

Transition is Tender

I remember the tenderness I felt when I shared the post, Messages, Passages, Assimilation while cleaning out my parents Connecticut house in early 2013. My skin felt like it was turned inside out – chafed, raw and oh-so-fragile.

What a huge transition for our family to let go of my parents beloved retirement home. Their legacy shifted from form and substance to memories and essence.

There have been other moments of raw and tender emotions since then. But  few as poignant for me as what I’m experiencing right now.

Visibility & Presence

Energy Healing Institute is closing.

Thank you and farewell

Thank you and farewell

 

It’s a transition from invisibility to a different kind of presence in the world.

In so many ways, this transition is inconsequential. What I did yesterday, I’ll do today and tomorrow – for the foreseeable future, in fact.

However, I’m opening to new possibilities, and moving a barrier to access that once served as home for my business life.

 

This is me.

This is me.

 

I am in the progress of moving content and context to a new website, JillLeigh.com. It’s a gradual process, there’s a lot of work to do to rewrite training offerings and shift focus on how I’ll be offering content in the future.

And it’s huge. For me.

Be-coming

It’s an interesting thing to move away from a business model and identity that served me well for many years.

Since the Spring, the model has chafed. I have felt dissastisfied, ill-at-ease and aware that I had evolved substantially and my business needed to catch the hell up with me!

I bought my domain name years ago, because why not? It’s me. I want to own it all! I didn’t know that I’d actually use the domain, yet here I am.

A reflection of ownership for sure, and mastery to be certain. And it’s a recognition that I am all that I need. I am Jill Leigh.

Rawness

The rawness comes from this fascinating and bizarre sense of exposure. Energy Healing Institute was once a vibrational form that housed my work.

It now feels like an energetic fortress that I am housed within.

What once held space is now confining.

And there’s a definite rawness that comes from stepping out of that energetic fortress.

I’ll never turn back, I’ll never find myself within those walls again. I’m grieving and I’m grateful.

Taking Time To Reflect

This transition has taken me months to address. And many of the answers to the questions about the evolution of what I’ll offer, how I’ll proceed are largely unknown.

I’m moving at the pace of guidance. As the answers unfold, I respond and act. In between, I meditate and wait. I infuse my energy with intention. I clear what no longer resonates. I’m feeling my way forward, in a field of gracious flow.

It’s an act of grace to stay in this flow. It’s an act of grace to be still, listen and choose my actions carefully.

Your Transitions

I’m sharing this because so many of us are in transition, are moving through and beyond old paradigms, beliefs, structures.

The rawness is worth articulating. It’s worth acknowledging. Because as it ebbs, there’s a glistening fresh, clean energy for creating the lives we want.

I see it right out in front of me, and each step forward is brighter, cleaner and clearer.

Thank you, Energy Healing Institute.

Thanks to all of you for being part of this journey. More to come as things unfold.

Here’s to new beginnings — in whatever way you’re moved to transition and evolve, let the vital energy flow!

 

 

 

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Conscious Is…

As Conscious Does

It’s already been a hell of a month — floods in India, more shootings in the US, heightened security alerts, the aftermath in Paris. Syrians — will they be welcomed or turned away. It’s endless. And it’s only December 3rd!

My private practice is mirroring the global angst — the discussions about overwhelm (flooding), the anger and rage (shootings, terrorism), the helplessness (refugees).

Microcosm - rage at home

Microcosm – rage at home

And then there’s Facebook. What a stream of chaos that marvelous media generates. People fomenting — to which I say, I hear you. I hear you.

I hear what you are saying. May I ask:

What are You DOING? What are you THINKING? What are you CONTRIBUTING to the dialogue? To the ’cause’, to the mindset?

Conscious Is as Conscious Does

What do I mean? I mean I know I have to attend to what I’m creating. In my mind, my home, with my family, my community.

Who do I hate?

Who or what generates a feeling of helplessness in me?

Who or what is helpless in me or in front of me, in my neighborhood, community?

What Garden Are You Tending?

The garden of hatred, rage, kill or be killed, terrorism — it lives in all of us. We are all playing our teensy little part in the Collective Unconscious.

Do you own your plot, your little earthen pile of rage, your weed-choked, barren soil of judgment, fear and victimizing?

What are you doing to care for that little garden? What do you do to weed out your judgment, uproot your fear and compost (in the purest form – from detritus to nutrient-dense material) your victimizing?

What are you cultivating in your inner garden?

What are you cultivating in your inner garden?

Can You Own Your Voice?

Not the one that foments and criticizes, issues platitudes and ‘thou shalt’s’.

Can you own the voice that hates — you, those who are not you, those who vote one way or another, those who support killing wolves or restoring them. Whatever your causes, can you own your hatred?

Because that hatred garden is the one that most needs tending. And when weeded and composted this is the garden that can yield the most fruit. Here. Now. In your home, community, work-life, play-life, love life.

Do You Love Life?

Not the person who sleeps by your side, or who you wish slept by your side. Or the part of you that relishes sleeping alone.

Do you love life as sacred, as a right that all of us have, regardless of creed, dogma or beliefs?

The heart unifies us all

The heart unifies us all

When a suicide bomber kills him or herself and others, do you suppose the bombers family grieves their loss? Do you suppose they feel a void where that life once was — whether they agreed with the political leanings of that person or not?

How Do You Grieve?

Do you grieve only for those who reflect your point of view, or can you reach your hand across the aisle, the mile or the continents and oceans to acknowledge the pain that all of us feel in one form or another?

Do you grieve for the Earth and foment the fracking while blowing your leaves and riding your jet ski?

Is your grief in alignment with your choices?

Conscious Is As Conscious Does

What can you do to align with what you believe?

How can you find a way to step in to doing something small (that just might be huge!), right where you are?

Can I solve the crisis in Paris? No.

Do I know how to stop ISIL? No.

Have I got an answer for the shootings in the US figured out? No.

Do I even understand the complexity of these issues? No.

What can I do?

I attend to my thoughts. I own and release my hatred, my judgment, my fear, my rage. I seek understanding — with my neighbors, my friends, my clients, my colleagues, my students, my family.

I cultivate peace. In my heart, in my being, in my community, in my business.

I do what I can, where I can with what I have to offer.

I donate to food banks

I pay for shelter for homeless families

I give away clothing, coats, mittens, hats, boots – I don’t need more than one of most anything.

I live simply

I rake my leaves

I use a push mower for my lawn

I recycle

I avoid shopping to assuage emotions

I drive as little as possible (and way more than I’d like)

I avoid network news

I focus on what I want to create rather than what I fear

I stay in my body and I nourish my body

I avoid New Age mumbo-jumbo and 5 step answers to complex questions — can you really find your purpose in 5 hours, 5 steps or 5 days just because a celebrity says you can?

Conscious Is As Conscious Does

The Solstice is coming. The return to the light.

Will you light a candle and invite the light?

Peace

Peace

Will you stand with peace in your heart and invite peace into your world?

Will you let go of your side, position, cause long enough to understand that in the opposite polarity of where you stand there are human beings just like you with families they love and burdens that they carry?

At the end of the day, at the end of time, whatever we create, we’re all going to have to take ownership for what we contribute to the Collective. Together. All of us. We created this. Conscious is as conscious does.

Peace be with you.

 

 

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