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New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Pisces : Blossoming New Realities

There is a New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Pisces today (9:59 AM EST). This is the second eclipse this month and a very potent time of Change.  Here are my Cosmic Insights:

We are in the throes of Change.  The past two weeks in particular have pushed us to the brink of discomfort, bringing clarity to what we can no longer tolerate in our lives: unhealthy dynamics in our relationships with ourselves and others, commitments, obligations and activities not aligned with our souls (draining our energy rather than nurturing it), perpetual mental-emotional and behavioral patterns that keep us immersed in pain, stress, and chaos.  These are just a few examples of what may be up for us.  Many of us are intensely feeling what is not working well in our lives, what is no longer serving us, and what we can no longer tolerate.

There has been heightened frustration and anger as old stagnant energy rises into our awareness with powerful clarity.  It may feel painful and frustrating as we connect with this energy and viscerally experience how these potentially destructive and energy-draining patterns are negatively affecting us.  These patterns are amplified right now in order for us to clearly see them, and to see how much discomfort and disruption they’re causing in our lives, and to our Spirits.

Clarity blossoms from a place of power within us, revealing the beauty of new paths and possibilities in our lives.  This is a powerful opportunity to say, “I can no longer tolerate this way of being.  I choose something different.”

Anger and resistance often arise as we experience change; both tend to be based in our fear of the unknown.  If used wisely, anger can be a powerful directive force.  Instead of focusing on how hurt, frustrated, or disappointed we are by past injustices or from having tolerated something that did not truly support us, or that was not in our highest interest, we must focus this powerful energy towards something we want to bring movement to.  We’ll ride the change more gracefully.

 

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy,
not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

–Socrates

 

We are collectively experiencing an energy upgrade as we move into a higher vibration.  Growing pains are very real, and they are a big part of what we’ve been experiencing.   The past few weeks have been brutally painful for many of us, and we’ve had a “back up against the wall moment”:  there is nowhere to go but forward.  We’ve clearly seen what is too painful and soul-diminishing to tolerate in our lives, and the Cosmos is strongly supporting us to create a new reality, and is guiding us into new terrain.  The soil is fertile and rich to create a beautiful new foundation.

Take time today to focus on one area of your life that you are dissatisfied with, something that is calling, maybe screaming for change.  Today’s energy invites us to not only write out our intentions as is often done with the New Moon, but to EMBODY our intentions, what we are calling into our lives.  It will be enormously powerful to put our intentions into action today.

Any positive action that we do today will make a lasting impression or imprint that will strongly carry forward into our future lives.  It is not about the duration of the activity we engage in, but rather our intention behind it.  Flood whatever you choose to do with intention, let it pour from your heart and soul, even if you only have a few minutes.  Really take in the power of your New Beginning.  You deserve this, and it’s what you’ve been deeply longing for.

Imagine who you would be if you allowed yourself to tolerate more than just enough in your life.

With Love,
Holly


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My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times.

Powerful and important words of Clarissa Pinkola Estes, perfect for today.

“My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn’t you say you were a believer? Didn’t you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn’t you ask for grace? Don’t you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.
There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.”

By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.

 


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A Call For Healing – Self-Care Practices For Challenging Times

This past week has been profoundly difficult for so many of us. Regardless of your political views, it’s clear that the presidential election has brought out intense feelings of anger, grief, despair, anxiety, fear, and division. There have been many tears in my treatment room since the election; many patients have described feeling traumatized. Others have expressed feeling determined, motivated, inspired to take action, awake.

Some of us are feeling called to create – to write, to paint, to compose music. I have heard endless heart driven declarations to be more loving, kind, and compassionate to our fellow humans. Whatever you are feeling is OKAY. Your feelings may shift from hope to despair, darkness to light, love to anger. This is also OKAY.

We are being called to heal, both our communities and country, and ourselves. All darkness comes to light to be healed and transformed. This is a time to keep our self-care practices close, as we desperately need them right now. I’m sharing some of my favorite practices with the hope that you’ll find them healing, helpful, and supportive.

 

FLOWER REMEDIES
Flower remedies are made by infusing spring water with wild flowers. Each flower has a unique energetic vibration and healing property. Flower remedies help to lessen the charge of intense emotions, thereby restoring balance in the mind, body, and spirit. I’ve found them to be especially helpful in times of acute stress or trauma. I’ve listed several from Bach Flower Remedies that I think are very appropriate for what many of us are currently feeling.

ASPEN: treats fear of the unknown

GORSE: encourages a brighter, more positive perspective when you feel there is no hope left

OLIVE: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion

STAR OF BETHLEHEM: softens the impact of shock, grief or fright (anxiety, fear, shock, terror)

WILLOW: helps to release anger, resentment and bitterness over a perceived injustice (helps to cultivate forgiveness)

BACH RESCUE REMEDY: A 5-flower blend of Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose & Clematis indicated for short-term use. This is a good general choice when one is experiencing an acute crisis or trauma.

*Bach Flower Remedies can be purchased at most health food stores.
http://www.bachflower.com/

 

CRYSTAL HEALING
HEMATITE
This is one of the most effective stones for grounding oneself in their physical body. Many people I’ve spoken to in the past week have expressed feeling incredibly ungrounded. It is from a grounded space that we are able to come fully into our power, and to move forward with purposeful action.

“Hematite is a strongly grounding stone, assisting one in carrying very high frequency energies while still remaining connected to the Earth and one’s body. Hematite can help one see the silver lining on every dark cloud and the light at the end of every tunnel. It lends one strength, courage, and fortitude for moving through adversity. It is a powerful stone when one is seeking to integrate the shadow self.” ~ from The Book of Stones by Robert Simmons
Suggested Use: wear as a bracelet

ROSE QUARTZ
Rose quartz is a gentle yet powerful stone of emotional healing. Rose quartz calms the mind, releases worry, fear, anxiety, and past emotional trauma. It stimulates and opens the heart chakra and clears the emotional body, so one can come into full alignment with their Spirit. Rose Quartz is the stone of the compassionate activist – the healer who is able to transform adversity through the power of love. Rose quartz teaches us that love is the highest form of medicine.
Suggested Use: wear as a bracelet or pendant on a necklace at chest or heart level

BLACK TOURMALINE
Black tourmaline is a stone of energetic and psychic protection, ideal for anyone in a challenging circumstance or environment. Black tourmaline helps to clear oneself and their environment of negativity and disharmony. It helps to transmute and purify negative energy, turning it into useful energy. Black tourmaline helps one to release obsessive or compulsive behaviors, negative or limiting mental views, chronic worry and anxiety.
Suggested Use: wear as a bracelet and/or place a piece of it in your general living space (where you spend the most time) or your workspace

*I generally recommend cleansing new stones before use by placing them in the sink under very lightly running, room temperature water for 10-15 minutes. Stones should then be cleansed on a monthly basis.

 

ESSENTIAL OILS
One of the fastest ways to shift one’s mindset and mood is through the use of essential oils.
Our sense of smell is closely linked to the limbic system, a group of structures in the brain that influence heart rate, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance. This area of the brain also contains our emotional processing center, and has an enormous impact on our moods, emotions, and behaviors.

LAVENDER
Lavender has a powerful calming and healing effect on the nervous system. It helps to release tension, anxiety, stress, and worry. It is excellent to use in the evenings to settle heightened energy, and to promote deeper and more peaceful sleep. If you’re experiencing nightmares or stress dreams, lavender essential oil will help with this. Lavender harmonizes energy, so it’s good to use after a stressful encounter or heated exchange with someone.
Suggested Use: 5 drops in an essential oil diffuser, 5 drops in a sea salt footbath or 5-10 drops in a full-body sea salt bath

PETITGRAIN
Petitgrain is an instant mood shifter. It’s uplifting and expansive. Petitgrain clears negative, frustrated, or stagnant energy. It inspires a more positive outlook, even in the midst of great challenges.
Suggested Use: 5 drops in an essential oil diffuser

PINE, SPRUCE & DOUGLAS FIR
If your predominant emotion is sadness, grief or despair, use one of these essential oils in the Pine Family. These oils relate closely to the Lungs, and help release sadness or grief that is bound in the chest.
Suggested Use: 5 drops in an essential oil diffuser

* I use a basic ceramic diffuser heated with a tea light candle.

 

EMOTIONAL RELEASE THROUGH THE BREATH 
Find a quiet place to sit for 5-10 minutes.
1. Identify what you are feeling. You don’t have to analyze it. Stay with the feeling. Breathe into it.

2. Ground yourself. If you are sitting, place your hands palm side down on your lap (this is very stabilizing). Any time your attention drifts, reconnect to your breath. This will help you to remain present and open to experience the feeling.

3. Feel the energy within the feeling. Where are you holding it? What physical sensations do you experience? Does your jaw clench? Do you feel a knot in your stomach? Does your heart speed up? Take as long as you need to really connect to the energy within the feeling.

4. Let go of the story line behind the feeling. Don’t judge what you are feeling as good or bad, simply acknowledge it. Attempt to look at your feeling from a place of compassionate observation. Breathe into the area/s where it is being held. The feeling may intensify. This is ok.

5. Notice how the energy within the feeling softens and expands with each breath. Continue to breathe. The feeling will eventually fade away.

6. Feel your body relax and become lighter. Rest in awareness.

 

HERBAL TEAS
The simple act of boiling water and steeping a cup of tea can become a healing ritual. Here are two of my favorite organic blends, each with calming, soothing, and stress-relieving effects.

TULSI SWEET ROSE by Organic India
This blend contains Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, Chamomile, Rose Petal & Lemon Myrtle.

CHAMOMILE WITH LAVENDER by Traditional Medicinals
This blend contains Chamomile, English Lavender Flower & Lemon Balm Leaf.

 

MANTRA + CHANTING


8TH TARA ZHEN MIGYALWA’L – PHOTO: ALAN KOZLOWSKI

 

“The tongue is the heart’s flower. Speech is sacred and has
the power to call upon the sacred in ourselves and others.”

– artist & healer Christina Burch

 

Mantra are sacred messages that focus intention and create powerful vibrations capable of transforming the energy within and around us.

I have found chanting certain mantras to be incredibly empowering and transformative in my personal life. In light of the current state of our country, my Buddhist teacher Lama Tsultrim Allione has announced a Call to Practice – to recite the mantra of the 8th Tara Zhen Migyalwa’I, seen in the photo above.

Tara is a Buddhist Goddess with 21 different emanations or forms. The 8th Tara is the Invincible Heroine, Destroying Criticism and Harm. Her mantra is:

OM TARE TUTTARE TURE DAHA PATSA HUM PHAT SWAHA

“You can participate by visualizing yourself as the dark red ZHEN MIGYALWA’I (see photo). As you say the mantra either silently or out loud direct her powerful energy to the forces of negativity and destruction of the environment. See a swift positive resolution at Standing Rock, sane choices in government and wise action that promotes love, collaboration and mutual respect. See an end to hatred and violence, healing the wounds of classism, sexism and racism.

Generally we think of Tara as peaceful, but she also has fierce aspects that manifest when needed. Please keep your focus strong like a laser. I know there are many troubled places in the world, but let’s focus on the United States now and how what is happening here reverberates around the world. We need to mobilize.”
– Lama Tsultrim Allione

If you feel inspired to do this practice, chant the mantra at least 21 times in a row, ideally on a daily basis. I will be doing it, too.

If you have any specific questions regarding these self-care practices, please email me directly. I’m very happy to hear from you and answer your questions! And remember, even the simplest acts of self-care can have profound results – healthy, nourishing food, a good night’s sleep, proper hydration, time spent in nature, laughter, deep grounding breaths…

 


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Sending Love To My Sisters

My Dearest Sisters,

This week has been challenging for so many of us. Almost every woman I know has been deeply triggered by Trump’s recently released misogynistic comments in which he openly describes his own sexually aggressive behavior toward women (behavior that defines sexual assault) as a natural perk of being a “star.”

I felt old wounds that I thought healed surface. Aggressive and hostile words said to me over my lifetime by various men rose into my consciousness with surprising clarity. I cried. I cut my finger while cooking for the first time in many years, I was so shaken. I am still processing and integrating it all. It is a tender time.

I see his recently surfaced comments as an enormously positive thing – another layer of darkness brought to light to be seen and healed. But I also acknowledge my own pain, and the pain of all women, who have, to varying degrees, experienced similar treatment by unawakened men. I don’t believe it’s possible to exclude any of us.

I feel our anger.
I feel our grief.
I feel our shame.
I honor our experiences.
I honor our pain.
I hold space for our healing.

We are ONE, my sisters.
May we use this as an opportunity to bring our own pain to light.
To share that which has wounded us,
To release that which has bound us.
To feel complete, and whole,
and beautiful, and loved within ourselves.

This is my prayer for each and every one of us.

This is a powerful time for women. The sacred feminine is reawakening after having been suppressed for millennia by patriarchal societies throughout the world. We are by nature wild and free, infinitely wise, sacred, sexual, sensual, intuitive, empathic, the source of creation, carriers of mystery, light bearers of love, catalysts for transformation.

 

“Most women I know are priestesses and healers…
We are, all of us, sisters of a mysterious order.”

– Marianne Williamson

 

We reclaim our power as we share our stories, and liberate other women to do the same. We create a ripple effect. Author Kelly Oxford has created a tidal wave by using one man’s offensive comments toinspire and empower MILLIONS of WOMEN to share their stories of sexual assault. To tell is to heal, and this is healing of epic proportions. This is a beautiful thing.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/10/11/497530709/one-tweet-unleashes-a-torrent-of-stories-of-sexual-assault

Women’s voices are rising. It starts with us. As we speak the truth of our lives, tend to our own wounds, surrender to loving ourselves fully and completely, we ignite healing in everyone around us. When we heal ourselves, we heal the world.

My greatest calling in life is to hold space for healing, to witness another woman’s pain from a place of deep love and compassion. I would love to hear from you if you have a story to share – A painful experience to reveal. A triumph over a past trauma. We are all in this together.

Sending so much love to you all,
Holly


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Heal in the light of the full moon

To honor this powerful and healing time marked by two eclipses in September, the second one a lunar eclipse occurring yesterday with a Full Moon in Pisces, I sat down with my tarot cards and asked for insight.

I have always loved the tarot. I’ve been connecting with my cards more and more for guidance and clarity. It is amazing how helpful they are. I feel called to share this side of myself more, and this time is encouraging us all to expand and grow, to dive fully and completely into who we are. Here are my reflections…

Emotions have been rising to the surface over the past several months, some so deeply ingrained within us that we may perceive them as who we are, and allowed them to inform the course of our lives. With yesterday’s Full Moon we entered the watery realm of Pisces where emotions flow and the truth of our lives is being reflected to us with great clarity.

We tend to create storylines for our lives based on our perpetuated emotional states, often causing unnecessary suffering. Some of us carry the belief that we are not worthy of love, so we push away the ones who love us. Or we believe that the world is unsafe, so we pull back and hide in the shadows just as we are beginning to shine and be seen.

We all have a unique storyline, carefully crafted in our subconscious minds based on how we’ve interpreted our experiences and interactions in life. Our stories are beginning to unravel. Their fabric has become taut from years of wear. We can no longer sustain beliefs that prevent our fullest, greatest, and most vibrant expression.

The Five of Cups reflects the grief, regret and disappointment that we carry with us, our emotional dwelling. Heavy and burdensome, it weighs us down. Yes, life has been astonishingly painful at times. Yes, life has knocked us to our knees where we thought we might not rise again. But we always have the choice to honor our experiences and learn from them, to receive the divinely gifted lessons in our pain and suffering. Our wound is our greatest teacher. It’s where our medicine lies.

The Moon reversed illuminates. She is soft and nurturing as she bathes us in her light. She reveals illusions in our thoughts. She shows us the way we’ve allowed our past traumas to disconnect us from our true nature. We experience pain in our hearts when any aspect of our self is not being fully expressed: when we live from a place of fear, anxiety, and holding back rather than trust, faith, and love. She encourages us to feel safe within our own light. You are here on this planet, beautiful one, to be seen.

Frog Clan, like Pisces, is in the realm of water and supports emotional healing on all levels. It teaches us to stop resisting our emotions and to allow them to flow through us: the ultimate catharsis, a purifying release. Feeling is freeing and healing.

The depth at which we feel our emotional pain reflects the depth at which we feel love, joy, beauty, and connection. The more present we are with ourselves, the more present we can be with others and with LIFE. This is the card of the empath. When we can sit, listen, and be fully present with another being, magic happens.

We are the ones who give meaning to all of our experiences. We have the power to interpret and experience our lives through the lens of our choice.

Things are shifting, loosening, shaking away. Let whatever has weighed on you to slip away gently, gracefully, easefully, like a silk robe falling at your feet.

Something unexpected, freeing, and wildly different from what we’ve known is waiting for us on the other side. This time is infused with potent healing. Receive it. Let your spirit bathe in it. Feel the moonlight on your skin and dream.