New Moon New Beginnings

Sitting here on a day when I usually have a list a mile long of errands to run, chores to get done, but somehow none of it feels right today.  Today I listen to the nudge that says rest, the still small voice that “says slow down, where are you going in such a rush?  If you knew that right now was all there was, would you be in such a hurry to get somewhere else?”  You’d soak it in a little more.  So I took this morning to reflect.  After all, it is the New Moon.  The first New Moon of Spring.  It’s a rebirth of sorts, in every sense of the word.  A rebirth of our mind, our bodies, and our souls.  We’ve all been through a lot in the past year.  Different stories, different circumstances, different pains and challenges, as well as different triumphs, but all with the same end game in mind, growth, joy and ultimately happiness.  It’s what will always tie us together.  Life is always about the feeling or the sentiment with which you experience it, it’s never about the circumstance that gets you there, that is just a means to an end.  Reflect on how far you’ve come.  Give yourself a pat on the back, not from a place of ego, from a place of self love.  Acknowledge your hard work and the self worth that you’ve gained along the way.  Remember when you had a hard time setting those boundaries, and letting go of what no longer served you.  Look at how far you’ve come!  It may not have been easy, but it will always be worth it, even when you don’t see it yet!  Today you are offered a fresh clean slate, a new palate, fresh soil to plant new seeds.  How is it that you want this garden to look.  It’s the garden of your future, so aim high.  So much inspiration will be flowing to you, listen to the subtle nudges, the things that seem like coincidences, they are the voice of the universe, of God, of guidance saying,  “take the next step”.  Just one foot in front of the other, you need not worry about anything more.    You were never meant to stand still.  How do you feel about where you stand today?  Make that your starting point.  Make that the elastic band that stretches you to new growth and propels you to reach for so much more.  There is always more.  No matter what you may feel in this moment do not allow yourself to become complacent to the miracle of life.  It is easy to take for granted being in a body.  It is easy to let circumstances blind you to the miracle of it all, but remember it was the most challenging of circumstances that gave you that perspective in the first place.  So hold tight to it.  Honor love and loss, with more love.  Honor sadness by looking toward happiness.  Honor anger with forgiveness.  Honor it all with the knowing that we all have the ability to heal, even when we think it is eluding us.  There is a new opportunity that is being presented to us all right now, today.  It will be found in the most unlikely places.  You will start to see Joy in places you never thought possible.  You will start to lean in directions that your old self never would have dared to venture.  Lean and then lean some more.  There is more.  The well of hope never runs dry and it is overflowing for you now.  This is just the beginning.  A new beginning.  Its called Today.

Xo Jules

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When Do You Matter?

I was on the treadmill yesterday and I have to say, many of my greatest epiphanies come when I am on that little hamster wheel!  I have always been an exercise person, but I incorporated it as part of my “sadhana” or daily spiritual practice a few years ago after reading “The Universe Has Your Back” by Gabby Bernstein.  Shaking off old stuck energy is crucial for me in keeping my vibration high and my channels clear in order to do what I do to the best of my ability.  As I was reflecting how these simple practices have enhanced my life, it is crazy!  I remember about a year ago going to see my sister for a Reiki session and she had written down some messages to share with me from spirit.  She told me that I put so much into making sure I show up my best for others, but I don’t do the same for me.   It hit me on a very deep level that day and I cried.  I realized that no matter how long the line was in front of me, I always put myself last.

Every day I showed up for my routine of exercise, meditation, eating clean and healthy, was always on my “work” days.  The days I felt I had to be on my game for my family, my clients, my work!  The days I felt I was needed most.  I would so look forward to the Saturdays and Sundays that I could just let my hair down and relax.   It took me a while to see the pattern I was setting myself up for.  I told myself this was Balance!  It wasn’t for me.  I was top notch when I showed up for others, but there was no time set aside to prepare for showing up for me!

This past six months spirit has changed my life dramatically.  I no longer do what I call “Yo-Yo-ing” my vibration.  I try to keep it a steady stream.  I did this by recalibrating what I considered to be balance.  I wasn’t listening to the still small voice that was at the back of the line screaming, “wait, what about me”.  I was listening to all the voices that were showing up around me on social media, tv, etc that were screaming, “Keep Up”.

Here’s the thing, making time to show up for you is critical.  I committed to doing my routine every day.   Yup, everyday.  It has been life-changing!  Sometimes that means telling everybody around me to take a hike, but I have learned to not feel guilty about that.  You can only give what you have!  I was caught in a cycle of filling up my tank and then emptying it for others only to then try to muster up the energy to fill it again.  It was making me feel like a “hamster on a wheel”.   Pun intended, courtesy of spirit!

What I learned was this,  if I felt on my game from doing that routine, why did I view it as a chore?  I was conditioned to believe it was!  Why was it I only gave that energy to show up my best for others and not myself?  I now look forward to doing those things on my “days off” if you can call them that, because I’m showing up for the most important person in my life, me!  I used to think that was selfish, until my husband could see and feel the difference in my vibration.   He knew I was on a mission and when I would try to fall back into old habits, he’d say, “why don’t you go do your routine, you’ll feel better.”  Hint taken!  He knew that is what makes me feel good about me and when I feel good about me, the rest falls into place fairly effortlessly.   I am a better person to myself and to those around me.  Do I get tired still? YES, absolutely, but I don’t run on empty!  That cycle I was caught in has transformed into a cycle of circulating more energy to give to whatever I want to do, whether it be for myself, my family, or my clients.    With clarity and worth I make better decisions about where I place my energy!

Here are the keys to keeping a full tank.  First, It’s great to give to others, but make sure you have something to give first.  Don’t assume others should know what’s going on in your head or your life!  You must come first or you have nothing to give! Insert mic drop here!  Second, decondition the belief systems that taking care of you is selfish.  I remember as a kid watching my mom feed all of us first and by the time she sat down her dinner would have to be reheated and she rarely got to enjoy eating at the same time as her family.  She always put herself last.  See how easily we fall into the same trap?  This pattern will spill over into many other areas of your life if you allow it.  Finally, strip the belief that what you do for others in some way measures your worth.  Ahh this is the biggest culprit of empty tanks, especially to those who live in service of others.   My Dad used to have a saying, “the emptiest cans make the loudest noise”.  I realize this is true.  When you’re full, you’re happy, and well you have less of a need to complain about things because you are grateful about your relationship with time, energy, and others, not resentful.   Let me save you a few hundred hours of meditation with this little love nugget, you define your worth, nobody else!  Every time I forget that, I envision Tom Cruise singing “Bring back that old loving feeling” and remind myself to let that shit go!  That is not love at all.  Love starts within and radiates out of you.  The more you start putting yourself first, the more you fall in love with yourself and your life,  the more you radiate that vibe out into the world.  Showing up for yourself helps you to show up better for others!!   True Story! So next time a line forms in front of you demanding your time and energy, make sure your ticket says #1!

“The day I realized my place in my life was never meant to be last was the day that my life changed.” ~Julie Clapp

XO JULES

Empaths Guide to Thriving not Just Surviving

Feeling like you might be an Empath?  Feeling like there is always something weighing on you that keeps you from living the life you truly desire?  Perhaps some of it isn’t even yours that you are carrying!  Well let me tell you, God only gave you two hands for a reason!  You weren’t built for heavy hauling, you were born to fly free!  Here are my 10 Key Steps in order for you to Start Thriving, not just surviving!

  1. Stop believing that you came here to suffer and that it is inevitably part of your story!  You came here to lead a joyous and and beautiful life, just like everyone else.  Just because you have an ability to feel on a scale that others may not does not mean you need to stay down in the dumps! Start changing your storyline with affirmations and mantras that let the universe know in the next chapter there is a plot twist, and you are ready to connect to your greatest joy!
  2. Stop perceiving your gift as your curse!  The ability to feel things is not necessarily a double edged sword.  Many believe because you can feel the greatest highs, you will too feel the depth of the lows.  Well maybe so, but you have the power to change that.  Anytime you feel your vibration lowering, do something to raise it up.  See the next steps where I talk more about raising your vibe!
  3. Ditch the story that you are a powerless victim of circumstance!  Time to stand in your power.  Remember the law of attraction.  The vibration you function at is the vibration you receive at!! If you allow yourself to remain in states of depression, anxiety, hopelessness, you will continue to receive much of the same.  This is not easy and probably the toughest of all steps.  We have been conditioned to believe that how we feel is how we feel and that we cannot do much about it.  That is not the truth!  The more you shift toward whatever brings you joy, the more your experience of life shifts to match you!  This is your power!
  4. Meditate more so that you think less!  The brain is a tricky thing, not to mention the ego.  When we meditate is slows our conscious thought patterns and redirects us toward the truth.  Now I bet you’ll say, “but I can’t meditate”.  Yes you can!  Do what works for you to quiet your mind and stop the busy thoughts.  Practice equals progress!  Guided meditation is best when just starting out, when you get distracted, direct yourself back to the voice!  “This is the great and powerful OZ speaking” . LOL
  5. Create a DAILY practice that involves movement of your body to release old stuck energy, grounding techniques, and a technique to protect the energy you create within from the “vampires” in your life.  Examples:
    • take a walk outside
    • envision a bright white light coming down from the heaven’s above thru your body and out thru the soles of your feet spreading into the ground like the roots of a tree grounding you
    • envision that same bright white light encasing you in a bubble.  The thicker the bubble the stronger you are protecting your energy.
    • Last but not least, call on Archangel Michael.  He is nondenominational, meaning he spans beyond all religious labels to help us all.  He is the great protector.  Just call his name and he shall be there!
  6. NO is a complete sentence!  Empaths always be like, “oh sure, I’ll be right there, let me just grab my cape” .   Only to feel exhausted, drained, and resentful that they never are allowed to do for themselves.  Practice, this scenario, “Can you just..”…”NO”.  Not No i’m sorry, not No with ten stories explaining why, just No.  The more you do the more you will stop that cycle that is really just fueling resentments in your relationships!  Your worth is not measured by what you do for others or by what they think of you.  When you accept that truth and start determining your own worth, no becomes a lot easier to say!
  7. It is not selfish to focus on yourself.  Remember you can only give what you have.  As someone who is nurturing and likes to care for others, it is critical that you are allowing yourself to run on empty!  Keep your tank full and you will always feel like you have more to give! You come first! No exceptions. The end!
  8.  Accept that it is not your job to fix others, it’s theirs!  Where are my fixers at?  We always want those we care about to live a life to their fullest potential, but you can’t love somebody enough into the life you want for them!  Spirit tells me over and over in my readings, we just simply need to love, accept and honor one another’s journey’s mess and all!  As hard as it may be to watch the mess unfold, guess what?  When you swoop in with your cape to fix it, you may just be hindering the lesson that the person needs to get to move forward.  You know what that means, it will just be coming around again.  Nuff said?  Let God do his job.
  9. Keep it on your own mat!  I may be an awkward yogi, but I’ve got this one down pretty good.  Watching what others are doing, comparing, and giving unsolicited advice are all No, No’s.  When people want advice they will ask for it, and even then I would exercise caution sharing your opinion.  Nothing is more frustrating to an empath than spending countless hours and energy giving someone advice only to have them do the opposite.  This is what my husband refers to as an “askhole” . They ask, but don’t listen!  Focusing on yourself and leading by example are all ways you can better positively serve the people around you.  Eventually, they are gonna want some of what you are doing because they will feel and see the difference in your energy and your vibration.  Let me introduce you to my friend, Happiness!
  10. When your an empath, the small stuff can feel like the big stuff, but know this you are beautiful just as you are, you are more than enough, and you are here because your light cannot be shined by anyone else.  God picked you to do it!  Walk a little slower, take in the scenery, God worked really hard on it.  Life is too short not to enjoy it!

“My Life Changed When I Stopped Looking at My Sensitivity as a Curse, and I Started to See it as My Greatest Gift” ~Julie Clapp

How to handle one of those days..or a few..

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I woke up today, Sunday, normally one of my most peaceful days of the week..in a complete state of what I would call chaos…inner chaos and full of mind chatter.  I realized in the past 2 days I had been so busy, racing the clock, trying to keep up with my “responsibilities”  I had completely neglected my greatest responsibility…me!   I am grateful that today I have the” where with all” to recognized when I am a complete “hot mess” and I have a “go to” home remedy to treat said “chaotic fever”.    So if you feel like you’ve been having those days yourself lately..today is your lucky day..  because this nurse is in session and ready to share how I rediscovered my Grace amidst chaos.

Typically I start my days with a prayer from a course in miracles that goes like this, “God where would you have me go today, what would you have me do, what would you have me say, and to whom”.  I then follow with a meditation to align with my highest self, but this weekend life got in the way.  Very quickly I felt the grace inside me draining away…the clouds rolling in, the stories beginning to play in my mind, all the while my frustration level rising.   Sound familiar?  Guess what? Not only did take the ticket to ride that merry go round, I hopped on with a smile and went round and round for a full 48 hrs without asking to get off.   At some point this morning, it clicked for me…that this is not how I roll anymore.  Truth be told, there was a time when I considered that “normal” if you can call it that, but now it is so the opposite.  Watching my grace slowly drain out of me at my own hands was like cutting a whole in the bottom of my own ship and watching it go down with me in it, true story!  I had realized I hadn’t done my “normal” routine of prayer and meditation in two days, hence why I had lost touch with how I wanted to show up in my life.  So I grabbed my life vest, went to my meditation corner, turned on my music, and  this is what flowed thru me…”God help me to gracefully compliment our state of being just as we are today and always”.  Feel free to recite repeatedly when in said state of “chaotic fever” aka hot mess.

I realized as I was showing up for what was happening in my life, not only was I not responding with Grace, I was responding with complete frustration.  It wasn’t until I quieted the noise in my head that I could see that clearly.  Maybe I couldn’t control the things that were happening, but I could control how I responded to them.  It was like all of a sudden I could here a rendition of Britney Spears “Oops I did it again” playing in my head.  Yes my guides have quite the sense of humor when teaching me lessons for the millionth time.  Their way of reminding me “Jules you know better”, no doubt.  So here’s how they elaborated.  To compliment others is innate in us, but we can easily lose sight of our ability to do so.  By compliment,  spirit doesn’t mean to give someone your approval of their outside appearance or behavior, aka “Jenny your hair is so on point today girl” lol, no, no, no they mean to compliment their state of being.  When you are in the presence of someone who is weighted down, compliment their state of being by showing up in your lightheartedness; when someone is sad, show up in your joy; when someone is angry, show up in your peace, and when someone is frustrated, show up in your grace.   I needed to sit and reflect on how I had done just the opposite so that I could continue to learn and grow from this experience (insert cough and “shit show” instead of experience here) as best I could.   Years ago I built walls to protect myself from feeling uncomfortable emotions.  As if I could protect myself from feeling pain.  Like Dorothy, I’d click my heels 3 times and recite, “There’s no place like home”.   Didn’t work out so well.  So for the last few years I have worked very hard to deconstruct those walls in an attempt to be more compassionate.  John Holland says, “the price of sensitivity is sensitivity”..well isn’t that an understatement?!!   So as I became more sensitive I started to feel like an energetic version of Spongebob who started to take on all the burdens and emotions around me.  Essentially, what that did was turn me into a crabby patty,  literally I would end up just joining the pity party.  But here’s where I stand today.   We don’t have to do either of the two.  When we make aligning with the grace inside us, our priority,  we have no need to protect ourselves from anything or anyone in our lives.  Sometimes I’m going to be a hot mess and sometimes you are.  That is OKAY!!   It is not our job to validate each other to make each other feel better, nor is it our job to fix each other’s lives.  Validation has never healed anyone, it is when we release the need to be validated that healing occurs.  say that a few times and really let it sink in…it’s powerfully true.  Honestly, if someone had validated me today, I would’ve just stayed on the merry go round a little longer, I mean my ego was in ego heaven after all!  And there really wasn’t anything for anyone to fix.  What I needed was someone to compliment me and someone did.  That person was my Mom.  She complimented me.  She didn’t tell me I was wonderful, or beautiful, or right, she didn’t validate my feelings or my behavior, and she didn’t try to fix anything.  She just sat and listened to me spout off like a fountain.  She sat with a smile, she sat in her grace, she sat in her own state of peace, and she simply asked me to pray with her.   So get this..someone who was clearly not on the receiving end of my grace today…showed up in her grace for me anyway!  Miraculous I tell ya!!  Her grace led me to my meditation chair, which led me to my heart, to my light, to my grace, and to here.  So here is the take away…If you are a hot mess, that’s okay! Allow yourself to feel the discomfort and when you are done with it, get off of the merry go round and do something that helps you rediscover the grace within you.  If someone else is a hot mess, just allow them to be a hot mess, and just show up and let the grace within you compliment them and lead them to rediscover the grace within themselves.  So I’ll leave you with these beautiful wise words of Billy Graham, “The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you”.

Xo Jules

 

 

 

God had other plans for me today..how about you?

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I was supposed to have a reading event today…God had other plans.  With the approaching snow storm my to-do list flipped upside down and grew…but did not evoke the typical reaction from me today.  I started my day with this prayer of what I consider ultimate surrender and letting go, not easy for the control freak in me!!  I was led to my mediation chair, my pen, my journal..and these words flowing to me and thru me to you…

I sit here in grey silence.  The calm before the storm.  The sounds of the wind chimes in my back yard, swaying in the breeze, the red cardinal out my window at my bird feeder..my messenger from heaven today, no doubt.  I feel peace…Tho knowing a storm is on the horizon, tho knowing we are still in the process of recovering from the last two storms, although knowing all too well I have no control over the imperfect conditions that surround me in this moment.   What storms have you been dealing with?  I prayed today for peace, I prayed today for help in letting go, I prayed today for love and for help with balancing the giving and receiving of it, I prayed today for health and healing for all those that are in need of it…I prayed..and I prayed..and it only took a few of my moments.  I sit in silence, pausing, staring out the window..contemplating what really is the ultimate joy we seek in this life?  Is that ultimate joy that which is described as the love that exists in heaven?  For if I had not known the depth of great sadness and pain on this earth, would I be able to recognize great joy when I was introduced to it?  There is something to be said for the fights and the mountains that we fear so greatly…For it is amidst these challenges that we may meet complete exhaustion..we may surrender how we thought things were supposed to be…we may be introduced to a fire and passion that we never knew existed within us..the one that divinely fuels us to keep going.   In that fight we are led..as if pulled by a magnet…we extend our hands to one another without even thinking..instinctually.. we say to one another..”let’s go”…we remind one another we are never truly alone, especially when we climb mountains..especially when we climb mountains!  We feel the power of love pushing and propelling us without the ability to comprehend how.  WE RISE…There is something to be said for these mountains we fight to climb.  There is something to be said for that finish line, that peak in front of you…even when you can’t see it what lies on the other side.   To know great challenge is to know great triumph.  To know great triumph is to know great love and recognize ultimate joy.  Fight, surrender, fight more, surrender more…all in your time.  When you are not climbing your own mountain, extend your hand to someone that is…and just make them feel loved, just loved.  You will cross that finish line…we all will..you will reach that peak..you may be on your knees, but your hands will be in the air, your heart will be on your sleeve and your lungs will be full of breath to remind you…you are alive.  The tears roll down your cheek just to show you how your beautiful and miraculous that body of yours is that carried and cleansed you along the way.   These are your mountains, these are your fights.. this is your story…you choose how it reads…but know this…none of our stories will ever close with THE END…they will all read…He/She knew ultimate love & joy…however that comes to pass.  Sometimes you just need to let go and let God lead the way.   Today is that day.  Have faith, his plan is always far greater than anything we could’ve designed.   “You’re about to see God take you where you couldn’t go on your own” ~Joel Osteen

XO Jules