Why Taking a Leap of Faith Might Be the Safest Thing You Can Do

A Guest Message from Cheryl Richardson

inner vitalityThere’s a little voice in my head that’s been trying to get my attention for a long time. The voice tells me things like:

  • stop following everyone else’s rules and start expressing your creativity in unconventional ways;
  • find that beautiful place by the sea you’ve wanted for intimate workshops and retreats and book one;
  • allow movement and nature and animals to hold a more prominent place in your life.

We all have a wise voice inside. Yours might be telling you that it’s time to let your grown children go so you can focus on living your life, or that you need to face the truth about how unhappy you are in your marriage, or that it’s finally time to confront your addiction to work.

It takes great courage to listen to the wise voice within. While it ultimately points to a better life, it also begs for action. That’s the scary part. If you listen and finally decide to act, it means confronting the reality that you often can’t walk to where it leads. You have to close your eyes, hold your breath, and jump. The moment you consider doing this you realize…

  • There is no net.
  • You will feel alone.
You may not get where you want to go.
  • But, somewhere deep inside, you know you need to step off that cliff anyway.

I’ve been doing a little leaping myself this summer and here’s what I’ve discovered. When you jump – when you really let go and trust – you find out pretty quickly that Life does love you, that the Universe does, in fact, have your best interest at heart, and that all along you had what it takes to do what you really, really want to do.

For too long I bought into a lie. You might be doing it, too. We’ve been taught to believe that ignoring that wise voice will ensure our safety, bring certainty, and allow us to maintain a comfortable, easy place in life. But ignoring your inner voice doesn’t bring these things. It brings inertia, despair, and apathy – the kind of slow, soul murder that eats away at desire.

Nope. At some point we just need to jump. So, in case you’ve been thinking about it, consider this a gentle push…

Take Action Challenge
Whether you’re ready to take a leap or not, do yourself a favor and start listening to that wise, inner voice of yours. Write down what it says. Let the truth reveal itself to you. Imagine how your life might change for the better if you were to act on its wisdom.

If you do this, there’s a good chance that at some point your desire will grow stronger than your fear.

Life Makeover for the Year 2012(sm) is written and produced by Cheryl Richardson. © Copyright 1999-2011 Cheryl Richardson, P.O. Box 13, Newburyport, MA 01950, http://www.cherylrichardson.com. All rights reserved.

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Detoxing the Past

A guest message from Stefanie Miller: A Magical World

Notes to Myself
Learning to be present in our bodies is essential. Many highly sensitive beings have a tendency to disconnect from their body and their life since it feels way too dense and overwhelming. When we are disconnected from our bodies and life we cannot manifest our potential since we are not paying attention to what is going on inside of or around us. Being mindful of being fully present in the moment (without scattered thoughts and emotions that keep us disassociated) and coming fully into our body (rather than hovering just outside of it where it is nice and safe).

De-cluttering our home and workplace of anything and everything that we don’t need, want, or have a use for is one way of making space for the new energy to enter. I went through every draw, cabinet, and closet and got rid of many things. Holding onto objects that are useless tends to keep us stuck in the past and prevents us from moving forward.

inner vitalityMy diet is an area that I had to look carefully at and make some major changes. I have always had a lot of digestive issues and I have found that cutting out gluten, wheat and flour, sugar, and dairy from my diet has made a huge difference. Once I stopped eating these things I rarely if ever crave them.

Many of us have food sensitivities that we aren’t conscious of. So much of the food is processed and contains harmful substances that our bodies can no longer digest. Many of us have become sensitive to consuming foods that not that long ago we were able to tolerate, as we are becoming increasingly more sensitive we have to make big changes in our eating habits in order to feel healthy. Paying attention to what we are consuming and how it makes us feel is a big part of being mindful. By blessing our food with love, light, and nourishment, gratitude, and honoring the life force of what we are eating raises its vibrational frequency.

Detoxification of our body is a major part of this process. Getting plenty of rest, drinking plenty of water, taking the necessary vitamins and minerals for our particular needs (seeing a physician to get our blood work done to determine areas where we are lacking), eating foods that are nutritious and full of life force energy and detoxing from things that are harmful to our system are ways we can do this.

Too much caffeine, mind altering substances, foods that our body cannot digest, stress, anxiety, and living/working in an environment with lots of toxins (mold, mildew, dust, etc.) causes our bodies to become toxic (build up of yeast, fungus, parasites, bacteria in our stomach). Doing a cleanse to flush out our system assists us greatly in bringing in the higher frequencies since light cannot come into a body that is dense and heavy with toxins.

I have been on this cleanse for the past two months and feel a major shift in my body and mind. My body feels lighter and my thoughts are clearer.

Incorporating other modalities while cleansing assists the process. I am doing yoga stretches at home and walking to build strength and stamina. Mindful breathing is essential in replenishing, many of us take shallow breaths, pay attention to our breathing as we hold in anger, anxiety, and fear, and we must let it go and allow life force energy to circulate through our system. I have also done reflexology, massage, meditation, energy healing and working with my energy centers, and meridians.

Being outside is immensely healing. Connecting with the earth energy is grounding. Running a grounding cord deep into the earth and anchoring our Soul within our body. Sitting by or going into the water has wonderful natural purifying abilities. The rays of the sun hold the power to cleanse away what no longer serves us. Breathing in the fresh air brings in the life force energy into our bodies. Being amongst nature uplifts my spirit and relaxes me. I feel the pulse of the Universe being outdoors and I find I can balance my energies and be in the divine flow when I am spending time outside on a daily basis. I call on the fairies to assist me in my healing process.

We have been in the process of emptying out everything and anything that no longer serves us. Relationships have come to an abrupt end, which we were not based on the mutual goal of what we are creating in the next phase of our lives. On the other hand issues in our relationships that hadn’t been addressed are being resolved. Whereas before neither person wanted to talk about what was bothering them, now we are ready to clear the air. The people meant to be in our lives will stand firm and the relationships that have served their purpose are ready to depart.

Motivation and inspiration have been lacking in a big way as we are rebooting and recalibrating. There is not much energy of creation. There have been pockets and periods of time to go forward with projects and things will miraculously get done and then as quickly as the window of opportunity opens it will suddenly shut down. We’re better off spending our time and effort elsewhere cause when it’s not flowing its just not gonna happen! Following the energy of what feels right (following our intuition and inner guidance) when to pursue and when to lay low is a skill best cultivated in this energy.

Nothing can get it in when we are dense and weary. Hence, as our motivation and inspiration is gone thus, we have more time to rest and relax since we can get very little done anyway! During our periods of rest we are rejuvenating and literally our DNA is being restructured at a core cellular level! And we only thought we were just taking afternoon naps or sleeping in late!! When someone says we’re lazy we can tell them what we’re REALLY doing!! Being gentle without ourselves and honoring what we need in the moment is necessary. Pushing ourselves past our capacity doesn’t allow Source to work miracles. I awaken from a deep sleep and feel the pulsating energy within me.

Detoxing our thoughts is as important as our bodies. Patterns, limiting thoughts and beliefs must be shed. The old ways of doing things just no longer work the way they used to. It’s high time to find a new way! I firmly stated to the Universe, “I no longer see myself as helpless, victimized, or unloved. I release poverty consciousness, and see myself abundant and radiant in all ways. And so it is!”

Our hearts are opening to deeper levels of allowing true love in. Issues from the past, issues in our relationships, issues within ourselves will suddenly come to the surface to be dealt with. Deep pain and anguish can arise and tears of sadness and loss may be shed. As we truly allow ourselves to heal from the past, we can open our hearts once and for all and allow love that is deep and abiding in.

We are entering a period where we will be living from the heart. The healing and opening of the heart is the most profound part of this entire process. We are and will continue to experience love at deeper and deeper levels, grander and greater than we ever imagined possible! We will feel our heart bursting open with powerful waves of love if we just allow this process to unfold. We will naturally attract loving relationships based on mutual love and respect.


Dear God,

Please assist me in making positive changes in my life. I wish to experience vibrant health and happiness.

Please release me from my addictions and desires to unhealthy food, beverages, situations, and substances. Guide me in releasing attachments to unhealthy relationships, thoughts, patterns, and habits.

I forgive myself for all the ways in which I sabotage my wellbeing and make choices that do not benefit my life. I love myself and I honor my body, mind and spirit.

From this moment forward I ask you to guide me in making changes that will be for my highest and greatest good.

I no longer see myself as helpless, victimized, or unloved in any way, shape or form! I AM healthy, nourished, and radiant in every possible way!

And so it is.


Copyright © Notes to Myself by Stefanie Miller of A Magical World – Permission is granted to copy and redistribute this article on the condition that the URL www.amagicalworld.com is included as the resource and that it is distributed freely and on a non-commercial basis. E-mail: stefanie@amagicalworld.com

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The Highest Outcome for Yourself & Another

tips for connecting to another’s higher self

The Highest Outcome for Yourself & Another ~ InnerVitalityA wonderful way to find clarity and healing in a relationship, including with a loved one who’s passed or someone you are no longer in touch with, is to connect with their higher self and begin a dialoging process. If you have an important decision to make or upcoming discussion in a relationship (whether it be with a friend, significant other, family member or in business), this process may also provide some of the insight and higher purpose knowledge that will help you in proceeding in a manner in the best interest of both of you.

Of course, permission must always be sought when connecting to another, and this can be done intuitively.

1. To begin, you may wish to set the mood for meditation, whatever it is you like to do…relaxing music, candle, soft lighting, pleasant scent.
2. Get comfortable and centre yourself. Connect with your breath and close your eyes if you like (or bring your gaze to a soft focus if you are reading).
3. Ask to set aside your ego, and state your intention to connect to your higher self. You may wish to invite in any angels or guides you connect with. Imagine yourself surrounded in white light.
4. See an image of the person you wish to connect with in your mind’s eye; see them surrounded with light. If you do not sense the other person, ask to be given a scent, sound, shape or colour symbolic of their higher self; invite them to come forward. Ask their permission to connect to their higher self. Trust what you sense.
5. If you hear, feel or sense a ‘no’ response, then allow them this right, as it may not be the best time. Try this process at another time if you wish. You can still surround this situation/relationship with an intention of healing (or the best possible outcome for both of you) ~ that in itself brings wonderful transformational energy.
6. If you feel there is a ‘yes’ answer, you may proceed forward.
7. Begin to speak with them. Tell them anything you wish to express. Any questions you have can be asked now. You can even sense a response or words. Find clarity on how they view the situation. Interestingly, the way the other’s higher self communicates still reflects some of their personality, and you may even sense a certain tone to their voice, specific words or energy or mannerisms that make sense for them.
8. Even if you feel you are making this process up, there is valuable information here. If you don’t feel you are hearing a specific answer, examine their energy ~ you may find the answer in how they present themselves. You may also ask that communication between you two happen in your dream state, or ask that guidance/answers be presented to you in the coming week. Trust that you will find clarity/healing and be open to however it comes.
9. Some questions you may wish to ask are: a) How do you view this situation/relationship? b) What is/was your intention? c) What learning is this relationship/situation providing for you? Ask your own higher self the purpose for you. d) What can their higher self tell you that will provide you with more understanding/healing? e) Ask, what do you need from me and tell them what you need from them. f) How can we heal this? How is best to move forward? What one action today will help us move forward?
10. If this is a person that hurt you, you may wish to get some feelings out: a) What do you most need to tell them? Say this now. You are safe here to do this now. b) What positive qualities have you gained from the situation…strength, compassion, courage, resolve? [You may wish to read our sister blog article on Soul Connections.]
11. When you are done dialoguing, thank their higher self for connecting with you. Thank any guides and angels that were present. Thank yourself for taking the time to learn, heal and grow.
12. Come back gently now, beginning to move your hands and feet. Open your eyes (or bring the room more into focus) when you are ready. To further ground, you may wish to put your right hand on the crown of your head and your left hand at the base of your spine.

We hope this process has brought you some insight and healing. Holding the intention of everyone’s highest good is a wonderful way to release restrictions and smooth the path ahead. Don’t be surprised if you notice a marked improvement in this relationship or your feelings towards them. It is not uncommon to hear from the other person after this process, even if you have not for a while (they will have felt your energetic connection at some level). Know that you can do this process again with anyone at anytime with their permission. Transformation, guidance and healing are always available so that we may truly move forward, embracing the present moment and all that life has to offer!

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Let us know how this process worked for you. Comments are always welcomed…

Lighting the Way Forward

InnerVitality ~ Lighting the Way ForwardWe are pleased to share a beautiful excerpt from LuminEssence with you:

You may be sensing changes that you want to make in your life to experience more joy and wholeness. You may feel a call to expand and grow, to reach others with your work, and to follow your higher path….

The energy present lights up new paths and directions. This new light reaches deep into your heart and brings the desires and dreams of your soul and Higher Self to consciousness. It lights up those things that are not of your soul so you will feel less energy or desire to do them…. It can stimulate your desire to start living your dreams and to follow your joy. You may be sensing that something better exists, something you could be doing that would bring you so much aliveness and joy that you could not wait to get up in the morning and begin the day. It is only when you know and live your life purpose that you have the joy, aliveness, and inner peace that makes it possible to know and to live as your soul.

Knowing and living your life purpose does not mean that you have to change your job or make any outer changes. When you know your purpose, the same activities that once felt boring or draining can take on all new meaning, and you can feel a sense of joy and aliveness in doing them….

To find the joy that is in this wave is to surrender to and follow your joy…. You deserve to have a life that fulfills you at your deepest levels. It is also important to love yourself for what you have already created. Take a moment to reflect on all you have done, and to appreciate yourself for coming as far as you have.*

InnerVitality invites you to intend positive inner change and fresh new beginnings in the days ahead. As Esther and Jerry Hicks so beautifully write, “When a desire is focused within you, the summoning of Creative Life Force immediately begins to flow toward your desire ~ and the Universe expands. And that is good.”

*Source: LuminEssence excerpt shared from Orin’s article in the Birth Into Light Newsletter, Wave of Light and Transformation; http://www.orindaben.com.

As always, we welcome your comments…

Inspiration for New Beginnings: Being Stuck is an Illusion

A new year, and a great time to focus on new beginnings in our lives!

Inspiration for New Beginnings, Being Stuck is an Illusion ~ InnerVitalityThat which one sees as a blockage in their life, certainly does become so ~ in their experience. But, remember, we only think we are stuck, when in fact we are simply choosing the same reaction a multitude of times. Make a slightly altered reaction or choice, which may seem insignificant at the time, and you will cause a chain of events that could lead to a whole cascade of changes…as positive momentum continues to build and new ideas, enthusiasm and synchronicities (which are positive signs and omens really) begin to unfold.

Carolyn Myss sums this up nicely,

Personal empowerment begins with small choices that set enormous changes in motion: To change one small habit, for example, is to bring an entirely different flow of energy and thus, power, into your life. That energy, in turn, adds to the quality of thoughts and inspiration in your mind, body, and spirit, allowing for a different current of ideas and creativity. One positive action can create an entirely new life.

Your first small change could be choosing a positive statement or affirmation when negative mind chatter says, “I’m stuck”…or could entail buying a new journal if you’re an aspiring writer. It could be organizing your home if you are for instance feeling financially strapped ~ it may appear completely unrelated, but any inward or outward change that makes you feel good about your environment or self, that gives you comfort, joy or hope is a step forward in making any new beginning in your life.

Break your goal down to one step at a time, and enjoy your journey. Congratulate yourself for each step forward you take…for you are CREATING it…YOU are the master of your life. You are a magnificent creator!

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Home Remedy Corner for Your Back

Home Remedy Corner for Your Back ~ InnerVitalityFirst Aid*
Arnica Montana Homeopathic Remedy can be used (while waiting for medical attention) for joint sprain/strain inflammation, head traumas, and internal bleeding after concussion. Keep it in your first aid kit! Also, if you feel you can’t get your head comfortable on your pillow ~ this may your remedy.

*Consult your homeopathic doctor for information.

Back Aches & Pain
For a Compress, find some gauze or a clean piece of fabric. Dilute/mix Eucalyptus (if daytime) or Benzoin Essential Oil* with a carrier oil such as Grapeseed Oil; add to the fabric. Press and hold.

A Soothing Bath is another option. Try a good quality Lavender or Roman Chamomile Essential Oil* diluted and mixed with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil before adding to bath water.

*Adults: 5 E.O. drops max per 15ml carrier oil. Consult your holistic health practitioner for contraindications.

Letting Go, Moving Forward
Our back can be associated with our past ~ if you’re living there, remembering a time of great happiness or ambitions not realized, try Honeysuckle Bach Flower Remedy.

For Strength & Vitality
The back also represents what we carry ~ if you feel you have insufficient physical/emotional strength to carry the burdens of life (or daily affairs, though you often succeed), try Hornbeam Bach Flower Remedy.

Musculo-skeletal Juice
From Herbalist Peter Laker, blend: half a carrot, half a celery stalk, a wedge of apple, and a little parsley. Yum!

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