There are so many life changes we get called on to make, to take us to a healthier, more vibrant and enjoyable life for ourselves and our loved ones. This is our developmental path in life – the learning and growth that unfolds in front of us.
So what’s the smoothest and most empowered way we can take charge of this growth journey, so it becomes more easeful and fulfilling?
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It’s important to have good support as you wind your way along the journey of life. Following your passions and inner knowing inherently takes you through the crucible of personal growth, and that process is a whole lot easier with a stellar cheer squad around you.
Professional practitioners are an important part of that cheer squad. They bring the benefit of considerable professional training, impartiality, and total dedication to your needs. They’ve got your best interests at heart, and believe in your ability to take care of your own wellbeing, given the right supportive circumstances.
So how to go about finding a good therapist? Beyond the obvious qualifications and location, how to find the practitioners that fit your needs like a glove, and how to drop easily into a productive working relationship with them? Here are 5 key areas to explore.
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Stress is a very real and challenging aspect of contemporary life, and can arise through work, relationships, home environment, family and many other areas of life. So how to manage stress as it surfaces, to build resilience, calm and an enjoyable daily routine again?
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Building healthy emotional boundaries puts you in such a powerful place in the world – firmly on your own path, with oodles of love and compassion overflowing to share around you. It’s a journey that beckons us all. So how to tackle it?
Why build emotional boundaries?
Knowing exactly who you are rocks. It’s a powerful place to be, knowing your self-chosen place in the world, knowing what’s important to you, knowing how you want to live your life, and knowing that the only person whose judgement matters is you.
Claiming that power means you’re completely in charge of your own life. Nobody else can tell you what to do; they can’t make your decisions for you; and they certainly can’t pressure you, guilt you, manipulate you or coerce you into anything at all. Any of those little tricks will simply hit a brick wall, because not only can you sense and deflect those patterns a mile off, but you’ll also be sending out energetic signals to those who operate that way to stay away – you’ve got higher standards.
That beautiful brick wall blocking all that rubbish is one of your cherished and carefully developed emotional boundaries.
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Chakras are referenced more and more in health and wellbeing these days, from yoga to meditation to direct energy work. So what exactly are they, and why are they relevant to health and life fulfillment?
What are the chakras?
Chakras are energy centres located up and down the front and back of the torso and head, that connect in to the spine. Each location in the spine has a front and a rear energy centre, which together act as a pair.
There are seven major chakras linking in to the spine, illustrated in the diagram:
- Base chakra: at the perineum, at the base of the spine, pointing downwards
- Sacral chakra: just below the navel, front and back
- Solar plexus chakra: in the upper abdomen, front and back
- Heart chakra: at the heart, front and back
- Throat chakra: at the throat, front and back
- Brow chakra: at the centre of the brow, front and back
- Crown chakra: at the crown of the head, pointing upwards
What do the chakras do?
The chakras have two main functions:
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Emotional awareness can be a tricky one. Getting all the richness and beauty that comes from a full vibrant emotional life, and staying on a calm even keel so life unfolds smoothly? It’s a life journey of mastery, for sure. And one that reaps so many rewards, I can’t emphasise enough how beautiful it is to have strong, balanced emotions running deeply through life.
Here are the two stages in mastering emotional awareness in your life, and how to approach each.
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Learning to walk your authentic path can be tough. Learning to hear and trust your inner voice takes practice. When you first start waking up, it’s uncomfortable. Your soul path is tapping you on the shoulder, and all of a sudden life starts to hurt – nothing satisfies anymore, and the world around you looks bleak, frustrating and out of alignment.
It doesn’t feel like it at the time, but this is an exciting & beautiful stage – you’re getting an unmistakeable call to change. And it’s not change just for change’s sake – it’s big, epic, soul change. Radical life change that will pull you through huge transformation and flip your life around, and that will leave you with a stunningly aligned, satisfying, rewarding new life on the other side. I guarantee it’s worth it.
And it’s not easy. It’s a rite of passage, it’s meant to be challenging. You’re reclaiming your power back, you’re re-taking your life. The gifts in that are enormous, they’re worth the challenge.
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A short note to acknowledge the growing spread of the Energy Healing field in our society. The Australian College of Vibrational Healing in Victoria has been working with the Australian Skills Quality Authority and the Energetic Healing Association to accredit their Cert IV and Diploma of Energy Healing courses to the national training framework. The ASQA governs what we in Australia consider to be necessary for courses to cover at Cert IV, Diploma and other levels. To accredit a course against the ASQA framework means to fit all of the learning and experience and content of the course into the necessary series of learning outcomes, assessment tasks and grading criteria. This is no mean feat for a training and development process as personally and spiritually demanding as Energy Healing! How do we grade awareness and intuitive capacity? How do we objectively assess ability to hold space for another person’s healing process?
The widespread and “mainstream” acceptance of complementary therapies has generally followed this road in Australia and other Western countries. 15-20 years ago Naturopathy and Acupunture were in the midst of this process, to “standardise” training courses against our national quality frameworks. The benefit of this to our society is there’s a level of acceptance around the training a practitioner receives – it’s easier to explain and demonstrate what training you’ve had as a practitioner, and clients can get an idea of it quickly too. The other flow on effect in our society is that once a training course has been fit into the national training standards, health insurance companies are willing to cover treatments in that therapy, as it’s easy for them to meet their internal risk minimisation reequirements of covering therapies.
So there are many benefits to aligning training with our national standards. The challenge is maintaining the full ethical and spiritual integrity of a course in a field as demanding as Energetic and Spiritual Healing, while also fitting into the standard requirements. There is a vast amount to cover in a comprehensive Energy Healing program, across the entire spectrum of the human experience. And the nature of the training is so personal, because the practice of healing is so personal – no two healers are alike, so no two training and development paths will be alike. And to become the best and most authentic healer you can be, it’s necessary to honour the fullness of that training path as completely as possible. How to balance this need with the need to fit the training standards? It’s a tricky one.
There’s another balance to find in training quality too. I’m sure you’ve taken part in training that’s just been an exercise in ticking boxes. The trainers don’t really care about the outcome, about truly helping you to become the best you can be in whatever it is you’re studying. They’re focussed on other things – your student fees, their personal interests, any number of things. Or the teacher truly does care, is passionate about what they’re doing and what you’re striving to become, but there are so many hoops to jump through in enforcing adequate assessment activities or standardised methods that they’re limited in how much of that passion they can actually impart to you. There’s an unfortunate tendency to let training slip into checkboxes and mechanics when it’s all standardised. Curriculum-based learning has its advantages across society, but without doubt it can also sap the spirit and vibrancy out of a potentially magical training journey. How do we keep our training alive and ever-present, while also fitting into our culture’s training standards? The benefits to our wider community in making energy work as accessible and recognised as possible are very strong, and because we’re dedicated to the wellbeing of our society we will make it happen.
It is and will continue to be an unfolding enquiry that we’ll strive towards. For now, it’s great that another step has been taken by the folks in Victoria to take us closer there, and get more energy-aware living out there!
I had the opportunity on the weekend to attend the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble’s workshop Freeing the Natural Voice, teaching the Linklater Voice Progression. Wow! What a deep dive into the free flowing potential of the throat chakra energy!
It was an intense two days of deep body connection – seeking, feeling and releasing the many parts of the body through which our voice vibrates. And there is so much of our body involved in this sacred act of making sound, of giving voice to our soul experience here! From the deep and relaxed action of a liberated diaphragm and belly, to the free and easy functioning of the full vocal channel around the throat, to the natural resonance of our soundings through our skeletal system and the many hollow amplifying spaces in our bodies – our whole system is precisely geared towards the birthright we all share: the gift of expression through sound. And the whole divine process kicked off through an sensitively attuned, intimately responsive impulse of thought, feeling and Being. We have an impulse, a response to our world that is precisely and authentically unique to each of us, and in a free flowing channel the impulse naturally sparks a sound, an action, an expression that arises spontaeously and resonates richly out into the world.
How much of this process is blocked or suppressed in many of us! How many ways we have learned and absorbed to second guess or shut down the free and glorious sound of our responsive expression! And, therefore, what a joyful, liberating experience we then have ahead of us to explore its unblocking, to experience for the first time all the ways we can use the free-flowing, natural expression that is our open resonant voice!
I learned and explored many new techniques and practices over the weekend, and I’m looking forward to integrating them into sessions and workshops, as well as to experimenting more with their effects in my own Being.
More about the Linklater Voice Progression on Kristin Linklater’s site linklatervoice.com.
The Soul Space has introduced Session Packages, for Energy Healing, Life Coaching, Holistic Counselling and more!
You can now book a series of 4 sessions together, across which we create and enact a Healing and Soul Development Plan for your current life focus. Gain strong clarity on where you’d like to grow and heal, and benefit from the power of a regular cycle of healing and focus sessions.
As always, your personal attraction to the different therapies will form a strong part of the plan, as well as the professional guidance you’ll receive as to what will best serve your growth.
And, as an added bonus, if you pay for your package up front you’ll receive a 10% saving!
Call or text now on 0402 904 011 to take advantage of the new Session Packages, and get clear on your soul passion!
And remember, if you’ve only just found the Soul Space, we offer a completely complimentary 15-minute phone consultation up front, as our gift to you to receive some valuable soul guidance.
Located centrally in Brisbane, as well as sessions by appointment in the Gold Coast and Byron Bay areas, build your energy awareness and enrich your life with Energy Healing and Soul Guidance!