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FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real

FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real

Posted March 11, 2014

FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real In today’s vlog I pull apart that word – FEAR – that we all know and often live from all too well! I dive into the word FEAR by looking at how it actually represents false evidence, that we have bought into and believe wholeheartedly. ++ Why do we believe in our fears? Why do we buy into our fears with such intensity? How do we work with fear instead of against? How do we loosen the grip fear has on us? ++ I loved every single moment of filming this VLOG for you. And, speaking of fears, I have been busting through one of my own which is to let things unfold naturally, without structure and without planning and perfecting. So, in this video (and with most of my videos over the last 6 months) I chose to speak to you completely intuitively and in-the-flow with this video. Unplanned. Raw. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to talk about FEAR. ++ In the VLOG take a good look at: What I mean by ‘evidence’ – using life as a yogi (and a teacher) to bring this to life The limiting beliefs that hide under that feeling of fear How to use the word FEAR as a mantra and harness it to check in and make different choices How to use FEAR as a teacher Why I don’t always think we should always ‘Feel the FEAR and do it anyway’ Why simply feeling fear is an important process How fear can put you outside of your comfort zone, in a good way! This is all about reframing our perspective on fear, dismantling the control is has over us and harnessing it for our own growth and evolution. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH Your turn: Where has FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) showed up for you this week? Share with me below! love + light, Claire x Read more

A CALL TO ACTION: IT’S TIME TO LOVE YOUR BODY

A CALL TO ACTION: IT’S TIME TO LOVE YOUR BODY

Posted March 04, 2014

This is a call to action. It’s time to love your body more. Are you ready? Are you with me? ++ The body our spiritual selves inhabit is so much more than just flesh and bone. It’s the vehicle we are blessed to have that allows us to be playful, adventurous, move, breathe, live, love and so much more. Your body is DIVINE. Sacred. Damn beautiful, if you ask me. Yet, why is it so easy to forget that? Speaking from experience, I know how easy it is to harass our gorgeous bods with hateful thoughts and cruel words. Today’s VLOG was inspired by the realisation that I had that, for the first time in a long time, I was playing in that negative head space again. Call it your ego, your mean-girl, your saboteur, that inner-voice of disdain… whatever you choose to call it, we all know how easy it is to let that unwelcome energy into and overtake our minds, hearts, bodies. I’m here, admitting that I have moments where my body, (beautiful, hard-working, patient body) cops an emotional beating. But I’m also here to check myself, and YOU, into remembering how profoundly special our bodies are and to remind you to LOVE your body so much your heart sings out with joy. I’m not going to go historical on you and start explaining WHY young women (and men) struggle with loving their bodies (society, culture, religion, sexuality)… Even if you don’t ‘know’  why, you get it, don’t you? You get in, in your heart – the suppression, the sexualisation of women in media, the patriarchal society (Ok, I’ll stop – it’s hard not to go into it!) I’m also not going to go into why we need to love our bodies. Seriously, you get that too, right? It’s not that you ARE your body – definitely not, you are so, oh-so, much more than that… You are the universe. You are divinity. You are spirit-soul You are god-like. Because you are all those things (energy, really) you need a vehicle, a costume of sorts that will allow you to be here on this gorgeous earth and do your thang.  That’s what your body is all about. Despite that truth, your body, although it’s not who you really are, is still a vital and integral part to your journey. It is part of your divine journey, so we can’t ignore it, discredit it, treat it poorly, harm it. And that includes the way you think, feel and talk about your beautiful body. All I wanted  to do with today’s VLOG is friggen INSPIRE you. To finally get you to say ENOUGH. I will not talk and think this way about myself any longer. I DESERVE MORE. I AM MORE. I AM ENOUGH. I want you to walk away from this post feeling a little more in love with you – the whole you, the thighs that rub together, the saggy breasts, the crooked nose, the scar(s), the stretch marks, the short legs, the too long legs, the good bits, the forgotten bits, the parts that you take for granted, the *insert the part you wish you could change here*…. You are perfect. Yes, you. Maybe the realisation that you are pure perfection – the divine personified – will encourage you to love yourself in the way you deserve. Maybe that’s going to that yoga class, eating clean, cutting back on booze, sleeping more, working less, slowing down, finding balance, meditating. So without further adieu, click to watch the video where I share: What I particularly don’t like about my body, right now Why we need to reframe our perspective for more bodylove. What I’ve been doing to change my mindset towards my body and how you can too! How being conscious, aware and respectful is what our body deserves The call to action – how to spread the #bodylove message online! CLICK TO WATCH: Are you with me? Is it time for you to love your body? Share below by finishing this sentence: *I love my body because__________* love + light, Claire x Read more

EMBRACE YOUR FEMININE SOUL

EMBRACE YOUR FEMININE SOUL

Posted February 24, 2014

Sometimes we read a book, blog post, watch a lecture, or attend a workshop that completely and deeply resonates with us. It’s like a giant bell has been rung from deep within your belly. The reverberations send shock waves of truth and realisation through every layer of your being. I had this experience with a book I read over the summer holidays: Red Hot & Holy – A heretic’s love story by Sera Beak. This book spoke to a part of me that I didn’t even know was listening. This book spoke not only to my spirit, but to the divine feminine soul – the collective, universal consciousness of ‘woman’ living within my truth. I devoured this book. I cried, spontaneously and in a deep ‘soul urge’ sort of way. I feel changed by this book. Honestly, as I write this post I’m not even sure where to begin to bring this to life. It’s taken me over a month to even write this. How do I share something that seems so messy, awkward and foreign, yet familiar and required. What I can say is this, you must read Red Hot & Holy. Now. Especially if you… are a woman feel an urge, a call for a deeper connection are wondering how to embrace your femininity in this masculine world are ready to connect with your sacred soul Sera Beak, amongst many other authors, is writing and expressing a truth that needs to be told. Many of us are on this ‘spiritual’ path trying to tap into ‘spirit’ – me included. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. This higher self, the infinite, all powerful spirit that is one with all things is part of our truth – we are all part of the universal ‘spirit’. However, Sera Beak shares that the chase of spirit, a more ‘masculine’ energy, can often lead us away from soul – the divine, feminine energy. (When I say masculine and feminine, know that I’m know talking about in the traditional gender role sort of way). “Sera defines the soul as the center of your center, the You of you – your distinct and sovereign divinity, which is directly connected to All That Is. Your soul is your guidance and your grace, your deepest knowing and your toughest truth, your best friend and your beloved. Your soul’s love for you is unmatched by anyone or anything else in this Universe. When you ignite your soul fire, you don’t merely believe, but you know on every level of your being and in every cell of your beautiful body that YOU are the One you’ve been looking for all along”.* The way I interpret this is that the Spirit is everything – infinite, divine, energy and the source of all things. The feminine soul, is what resides within us – a direct line and connection from the soul to the spirit is always there, but the feminine soul is the essence of you. It is our everything. “Soul is embodied essence. Experience ourselves and others in our full humanity. Part animal, part divine. Healing comes through embodiment of the soul. The soul is the feminine side of God. The feminine soul is what grounds us. It loves and accepts us in our totality.” Marion Woodman. How do we embrace our feminine soul + life from that space? Now, I’m not going to pretend that I know how to do this. I feel strongly called to tap into and become besties with my soul, but I’m not even sure that I have invited in or allowed my Divine Feminine Soul to take centre stage before. We live in a very ‘spirit-based’ masculine focused world of strength, intensity, dynamism, structure and rule. We need all of those energies – I’m not knocking them – but somewhere along the way myself and perhaps most women out there have ridden that masculine energy, at the expense of our divine femininity. I’ve taken the words of many authors and leaders on The Divine Feminine Soul to help me shape my perspective. I’m still dipping my toe in and I know that many of you might feel called to do the same. Sara Beak shares that:  Our soul, our divine femininity, requires us to be ‘Out Loud. On Purpose + In Full Service to Life’. Everything that is truly authentic stems from our soul. And yet many of us are disconnected from and cannot truly ‘hear’ our soul nor do we allow our soul to take centre stage. Woman, the feminine; we are bold, loud, irrational, emotional, erotic, strong yet soft, passionate, messy, sensitive, tough, crazy, sexy, insightful, wise, intuitive, pissed off, badass, silly … Living from and embracing our soul is about going full-out in all our feminine glory! Sera Beak talks about the steps we can take to connect to and embody our feminine soul. Start a dialogue with your soul. Let her know that you are here and ready. With all your heart say to your soul: I am ready Turn up the volume on your life I will listen when you call… I love Sera’s encouragement that overtime we’ll “start to discern her voice over the myriad of other voices’. The feminine soul speaks differently to our ego, the language of our spirit or our intellectual minds. She speaks in metaphors, symbols, synchronicities, body and feelings, emotions. She communicates simple but powerful truths; (excerpt from a Keynote speech by Sara Beak) Breath deeper. Cry harder. Laugh louder. Get messy. Get clean. I’m here. You’re not alone. I’ve got your back. Remember, I’m here. To me, the message is loud and clear. Stop trying to transcend your ‘humaness’. Stop trying to rise above your imperfections and the need to fix, improve or change anything. Stop disconnecting from what you really are – ‘part animal, part divine’ and actually USE all that you really are as a way of moving, listening, speaking, touching, loving and experiencing as the divine feminine […] Read more

HARNESS THE POWER OF STRENGTH + SOFTNESS

HARNESS THE POWER OF STRENGTH + SOFTNESS

Posted February 18, 2014

Strength + Softness. Two energies coming together to create harmony in body-mind-spirit. The Yoga Sutras, written by Patanjali, is a well known book that outlines the art and science of yoga as we navigate towards enlightenment (Samadhi). These sutras serve as a guide, a compass, a map for the inner world journey. A way to peel back layers, to dive into self-enquiry and to develop and enhance our lives. I recently attended a yoga class where the teacher guided us through a practice carried on the wave of a potent Sutra from Patanjali: STHIRA-SUKHAM ASANAM In this sutra, Patanjali explains that every yoga posture needs to be balanced with qualities of Sthira  – steady, stable, effort, steadfast, strength and qualities of Sukham – ease, delight, joy and softness. In today’s VLOG I dive into this idea of Strength + Softness and how that actually translates off the yoga mat and into our lives. As we play between these two energies and attitudes we find a point of balance. A place of calm, centered and grounded in joy yet not overwhelmed with intensity and hardness. Click play to watch and to learn more In this video you’ll discover: + How strength + softness relate to surrender + Why we need a balance  + the combination of these two energies + The importance of blending contemplation with action + How to play both energies at different times of our live + How softness is needed and isn’t failure Your turn: Do you need to harness Strength (Sthirah) or Softness (Sukham) more? Which one do you lean towards the most, in this moment? Share below in the comments below. love + light, Claire x Read more

DOES YOUR SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA NEEDS LOVE?

DOES YOUR SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA NEEDS LOVE?

Posted February 17, 2014

Last year I started working with the incredible Belinda Davidson. I have no words to describe this incredible woman, except to say the work she does is powerful and truly life-changing. Like no other.  Together we have set about on a serious mission towards healing, not just on a physical level but on an energetic level – more profound and potent than I can describe. I am in complete awe of this woman. In our first session Belinda (who is a Medical Intuitive and Psychic) picked up that my third chakra – The Solar Plexus Chakra – needed some work. It is something I have personally sensed for a while, but haven’t been able to put words (that’s a first!) to it. Does your solar plexus need love? The solar plexus is our third chakra. It is symbolised by the colour yellow and is located between the bottom of the rib cage and the naval. Our third chakra relates to personal power. Our sense of self and identity. Self-esteem and self confidence. It’s also about how we relate to our surroundings and to others. Our will power and determination, or lack of it, is strongly linked to the Solar Plexus. When this power center is weak, depleted or leaking (it can be too open or too closed) it can show up in our life in a number of ways: Poor self-esteem and confidence Feel co-dependent; lacking independence Struggling to stand up for yourself Unable to say ‘no’ Feeling out of alignment with your truth Difficult knowing what is right for you Lack of stamina and endurance Being impressionable and easily influenced Feel restricted and unable to flow with life Knowing yourself without any doubt Sense of ‘inflation’ – thinking you are better than others Difficulty concentrating and focusing Poor ability to make decisions and judge situations Over sensitive to criticism Overly controlling On a more physical level a Solar Plexus issue can show up in digestive issues, stomach ulcers, adrenal fatigue, allergies, low energy, diabetes, chronic fatigue and anything else related to the organs near the Solar Plexus. ++ Take a moment – can you sense any of the above playing out in your life in a strong way? For me, personally, I have no problem saying ‘no’ or being opinionated, or having open and honest conversations. Moreso there was a lack of certainty around knowing what I want and what is right for me. I was craving a deep, strong, powerful sense of sense. The intuitive part of my personality ensures that I can read others quite easily, but can sometimes draw me down the path of confusion, unsure of what is right for me. Reboot your solar plexus My recent session with Belinda (and after another scan of my chakras) delightfully showed that our work together has dramatically improved my solar plexus. Yew! I feel more in my power, a stronger sense of ‘holding my own’ and level of mindfulness and awareness that is completely refreshing and peaceful. I’ve been flexing the Chakra 3 muscle with focus and intention and I wanted to share with you what I’ve been doing. Even if you aren’t 100% certain if it’s needed, there is no harm in loving your Solar Plexus a little more. 1) Chakra Cleanse meditation Belinda has created the most incredible guided Chakra Cleanse Meditation. 34 minutes of deep energetic cleansing work. I do this daily and can honestly say it has contributed greatly to the healing and restoration of my Solar Plexus. You can get your hands on it here. Click on the image below. P.s I also include a BONUS 3-part Chakra Cleanse in my ebook: INSPIRED – A DIY Retreat Guide to Distil Your Dreams + Clarify Your Visions. 2) Practicing Mindfulness Outside of my daily meditation practice I am devoted to mindfulness as a practice. It’s not always easy but I am allowing myself the gift of the present moment more than ever. Throughout my day I am ‘aware’ in every moment. I notice my emotions, bodily sensations, what is happening around me  – I notice sounds, pay attention to what I can see. My daily morning ritual of gratitude is also a way of dropping into the present moment and open up to the details (the big and the small!) of my life with thanks and appreciation 3) Core strengthening I’ve been including more core work into my yoga + movement practices. Not in the aim for washboard abs but to ignite the fire of personal power and ‘self’ within in. 4) Citrine Crystal I’ve been wearing a Citrine Crystal pendant on a long chain, so it sits near my solar plexus. I also place a citrine crystal on my belly when I’m in a meditation (reclining). When I journal on anything relating to my solar plexus I keep my journal open and set Citrine on top of it, in the sunlight for a few hours. I feel as if this charges up my intentions. I also keep Citrine close by my desk and hold it when I feel a little ungrounded or off centre. 5) Pranayama I’ve been included some powerful yogic pranayama techniques known as Bellows Breath and Breath of Fire hat powerfully utilise the diaphragm and get the Solar Plexus pumping with life and energy. Watch how to do it here. 6) Getting Spicy A few herbs and spices are said to aid the healing of the Solar Plexus – luckily I love them all and can easily include them in my diet. Ginger, peppermint, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, fennel, peppermint I’m either brewing up a tea or sprinkling some spice onto a home cooked meal. 7) Scents for Solar Plexus I burn these oil Lavender, Peppermint and Chamomile regularly (p.s peppermint is beyond divine!) depending on my mood. I also add peppermint to Jojoba oil and massage it into my belly – this helps with stomach cramps and any IBS related issues too, FYI! 8) Healing Light Last but not […] Read more

JUXTAPOSED BELIEFS – WHEN SOMEONE SEES THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY TO YOU

JUXTAPOSED BELIEFS – WHEN SOMEONE SEES THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY TO YOU

Posted February 11, 2014

At least once a day I converse with someone (husband, friend, client, family) who has a thought or belief or opinion that is completely the opposite to my own set of thoughts, beliefs, opinions. It’s what makes us unique, colourful… special, even. But how do we make peace with our beliefs that might be directly against or in contrast to those in our life and their own beliefs? Have you experienced that – the clash of beliefs? Maybe with a partner, a best friend, your mum? You have? Awesome stuff – because  this post was written for you! In fact, it was inspired by a member of The Freedom Project who raised this very powerful question (above) and the many clients I’ve had who have raised this exact concern with me. What do we do when our nearest and dearest just don’t see the world and participate in life the way we do? I just had to tackle and explore it in today’s VLOG – I know many of us experience this clash often, if not daily and most likely within our closest relationships. Think about it for a moment. How do you manage the dynamic between yourself and your personal view of the world and attitude to life with someone else’s completely bipolar perspective? You believe in abundance. He believes that you get what you’re given, nothing more. You believe in a ‘glass half-full‘. He sees the world through critical eyes. You believe life always has your back. He believes that we are on our own. You believe in energy + all that cannot be seen. He believes that it has to be seen to be believed. ++ To help bring this to life a little more I share, personally, from my experience with my husband who definitely has a different perspective and a few belief systems that are the black to my white. Click play to watch: I share three powerful ways to make peace with someone else’s belief system I touch on my beliefs around money in relation to my husband’s I offer up tips on how to ‘manage’ it when someone else sees and believes in a way that you don’t. I highlight how the clash of beliefs and perspectives can actually benefit you I invite you to consider reflections and what they are teaching you about yourself Your turn: What is a major belief/opinion you have that clashes with someone you love? Can’t wait to hear from you in the comments below. love + light, Claire x Read more

SOULFUL LESSONS ON A MOUNTAIN

SOULFUL LESSONS ON A MOUNTAIN

Posted February 06, 2014

vulnerability | strength | softness | discipline | surrender | devotion These six words came together during a life-changing experience I had three years ago. A mash-up of energy, attitude, approach – thrown together unceremoniously in a way I could never have predicted. Nor would I have ever agreed that they would become the perfect recipe for true transformation… in the end, they were. Pure and utter perfection. They are contrasting. They are contradictory to each other. They don’t make sense, put together. Even as I write those out those six words, side-by-side, my left-brain wants to shriek – ‘Oh, no you don’t!’ But my heart, my soul… it remembers. It knows they don’t make ‘sense’ but it remembers that when you are trekking the Inca Trail in Peru you are at such high altitudes that you think you may have been drugged you are communing with the divine all whilst sweating, battling and pushing beyond your own personal (and perceived) physical limitations. … these words take on a deep, potent and ancient wisdom, an intuitive nature that would become my lifeblood, my lifeline. Today, I know these energies, attitudes and approaches are meant to be united – I know they are amplified when they are teamed up. ++ It was November, 2010. My partner and I were about to embark on a dream we each had. To trek to Machu Picchu… something we had both felt the yearning for years before we ever met. Here we were, about to ‘tick’ something off our bucket list. Together as a team. This was the biggest adventure we would ever take together or individually. 4 days. 45kms. 14,000ft. How little did we know on that very first day… eagerly awaiting instruction from our guide. Itching to take those first few steps of ascent towards the heavens. Ready. Pumped up. We didn’t know that ‘adventure’ would take on a whole, new, soulful meaning. It didn’t take long for me to grasp that I needed to tap into some deep well within – I had to find an equilibrium, juxtaposition and interplay of those six energies, attitudes and approaches. vulnerability | strength | softness | discipline | surrender | devotion At the time I couldn’t ‘see’ those words – but I could feel them, coming to life and guiding me. Almost as if they said to me “Claire, we’ve got this, leave it to us”. Vulnerability as we relied on our guides and  fellow trekkers, as we faced the challenges and in being ok ith feeling small against the backdrop and power of mighty Mother Nature. Strength to physically muster up the resources and ability to put one foot in front of the other, in high altitude conditions. Softness as we soaked up the mind-blowing vista of Mother Nature, in awe. Devotion – maintaining a steady breath, quiet mind and life-affirming discipline. Surrender to feeling weak, to falling down and to facing our demons on those mountains. Determination to dig deep – really, really deep – and keep going despite those demons. ++ We didn’t expect that our ‘team’ effort would quickly become two very private and separate journeys. Shared, but independent. My partner and I walked side by side, but emotionally, spiritually, psychologically we took separate roads. We each came face to face with the lessons that could only be learnt on those mountains. I watched my husband walk alone, as I waited at the top of the mountain. I sent silent words of strength + surrender, I pulled him up the mountains with my eyes. I cried as he cried. Eventually, we sat together overlooking great, open-mouthed valleys. Crying and holding each other as we cracked open, a little more, feeling deep respect for humanity, for life, for beauty, for love. Each day I dug deeper and I softened more. Each day I cried uncontrollably, as I walked – a combined outpouring of love and gratitude married with a deep release of unknown (and ancient) sadness. Each night I dreamt of snakes. Calling me, beckoning me. The guides told me Pacha Mama (mother nature) was inviting me to her mountain. She was calling my soul home. When I arrived in Machu Picchu I sat alone, on the edge of the mountain and meditated. Butterflies perched on my arms. I felt like I was cradled in God’s hands. Through the tears, the exhaustion, the inner battles, the joy, the devotion, I felt something powerful. I felt… Wild. Free. Alive. Drenched in soul. I never knew that through such a physically challenging, adventure filled experience that I could journey into spirit, connect with the divine, commune with nature and ultimately create an unbreakable bond with my own true self. I’d never felt saturated with soul and spirit, until I’d pushed my limitations and yet, simultaneously surrendered to the present moment. The lessons on that mountain taught me that in every moment we are called forward we must draw from a deep pool within us. And from that, we harness the energy, attitude and approach needed to carry us towards, through and out the other side of the lessons we are meant to learn – so we can reach new heights (literally and symbolically!) Love + light, Claire x This blog post is part of the Skinny Dip Society Blog Tour. Katie De Nouden is the beauty behind this incredible Blog Tour and the Skinny Dip Society. I am honoured to be one of 25 international bloggers – real women, living and loving life fully. These stories are all about feeding your soul, freeing your body, loving your life. Click here to check out the Skinny Dip Society Blog Tour. Check out yesterday’s post by Sarah Adler from Simply Real Health. Web | Facebook  | Twitter Tomorrow you can continue the SDS Blog Tour with Sarah Ann Noel. Web | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Read more

THE SACRED SOUND OF OM

THE SACRED SOUND OF OM

Posted February 03, 2014

Many years ago I attended my first ever yoga class at Dharma Shala in North Bondi. A friend took me to class and insisted that this was the institution when it comes to Vinyasa Yoga in Sydney. The class was full. The air was heavy with sweat and the collective breath of the 30+ students in the room. Together we planted feet on the mat, reached to the sky with our fingertips, opened our hearts and bowed to the earth. Mostly, I had no idea what I was doing. I was 20, in uni and a little way off my own ‘spiritual transformation’. I remember looking around the room in awe and confusion as people did handstands, headstands and a whole host of other weird things (which I now do daily!) Despite all of that, there is one memory from this class that will never, ever leave my heart, mind and soul. At the end of the class the teacher guided us through three chants of the sacred and universal sound – OM. Tears sprung to my eyes. I felt my heart ache. My stomach fluttered. My soul yearned. I felt the reverberation of that sound deep in the pit of my solar plexus. I came home. Never before had a sound, or anything else, made me feel so vulnerable with the deep yearning and longing that poured forth. Unannounced. Unknown. The Sacred Sound of OM Om, or Aum, is something most of us relate to yoga, meditation and spiritual practices. It is a mantra or a chant.  Today, I chant it daily. I guide my students through it and it has become a regular part of my life. Sometimes, when a group chants together there is a moment of pure synchronicity. Tones, voices, energy all align and the sound vibrates to the point of bliss. Om is spoken at the beginning and the end of Hindu mantras, prayers, and meditations and is frequently used in Buddhist and Hindu rituals as well. Om is used in the practice of Yoga – often chanted to mark the beginning and end of a class. But for so many of us, we have no idea what is actually means. Have you ever chanted it before without knowing the power of what you are saying? The meaning of OM The sound OM/AUM is said to the be sacred, universal sound of the universe – in which all sacred sounds (and vibrations emanate from). It is believed to hold the essence of the entire universe. This sound and symbol originated through ancient Indian philosophy and Hinduisim – which holds the belief that first God created sound and then the universe was birthed from it. The ancient yogis knew what quantum physics and science is telling us today – that the universe is made up of vibrational energy. Nothing is solid. Matter is nothing but energy, moving at different frequencies. Everything pulsates. Moves. Breathes. And the ancient yogis acknowledged this with the sacred sound of OM/AUM. Take a moment. Close your eyes. Open your ears. You can feel and hear this pulsation – in the birds calling outside, the lapping waves, the wind blowing in the trees, the ebb and flow of the tides. The beating of your heart. The sun. The rising moon. This chant allows us to connect with the movement and life of the universe and all within it. It allows you connect on a deeper + BIGGER level with the universe. Just as I felt that day at yoga – I felt both uplifting, soothed, cracked open. The  Symbol of OM It is a mystical symbol which captures, within it, many powerful meanings. The sound OM/AUM is actually composed of three key sounds/syllables: A – aaah U – oooh M – mmm The silence that follows the chanting of OM/AUM is also said to be an important ‘syllable’ Within these three key sounds is a three-fold nature that is said to relate to each individual on a collective, universal level. The ‘aaah’ sound represents the waking state. We are conscious and connected to the world through our senses. This is the most common state – our ‘human’ state. It also represents the earth and our life on it. The ‘oooh’ sound represents the dreaming state. Here of the individual’s focus is turned inwards, and in this dream state we witness a world behind our eye lids. This sound also represents ether. The ‘mmm’ sound represents the unconsciousness, deep sleep state. Nothing is desired, dreams are not had. This is a place of pure nothingness. This sound also represents heaven – a place unmoved by the dramas, story lines and ego of our human existence. The silence that follows represents the quiet, peaceful and blissful state. This is said to be the ultimate aim of our spiritual work – enlightened. This sound also represents transcendence – rising above the illusion of the material world we live in (referred to as Maya in yogic texts) It is actually a representation or an inner dimensional map of the various elements of the human consciousness and how each element connects to and relates to the divine, infinite energy – the universe (Or God, whatever you like to call it!) It is your soul connecting to the diving spirit. So the next time you hear this chant or see it,  know that it is more than just a random symbol. It is powerful, it is sacred. love + light, Claire x Read more

THE FREEDOM BLOG TOUR WITH JAMIE GONZALEZ

THE FREEDOM BLOG TOUR WITH JAMIE GONZALEZ

Posted January 31, 2014

This post is part of  ‘The Freedom Blog Tour’. To celebrate round two of The Freedom Project, commencing February 9th, I’ve asked a handful of my favourite people to share their insights on FREEDOM. These posts are designed to demonstrate how freedom is such a personal and unique experience for every single one of us. My ecourse is designed to help you clear out the emotional junkyard so you can step into the life of freedom you so deserve. ++ Freedom by Jamie Gonzalez When you think about freedom what does it mean to you? Freedom means to be my truest, authentic self. Allowing myself to fully express the love I feel within me, through all areas of life without holding back. How that looks is always a surprise to me these days, but it’s being open to all the possibilities of how my freedom may be expressed, which is exciting for me. The more I come to know myself, as this feeling that moves me moment by moment, the more freedom I experience. How does freedom feel + fit in your body? Freedom feels like I have been dropped into the ocean and rather than floating amongst the water, it’s as though I have melted into it and I can no longer tell where I begin or end, I feel limitless. How does freedom come alive in your life? Life to me is freedom itself being expressed moment by moment. Its only when I become in judgment of the moments I perceive not to be free, that freedom itself is not alive because I am ultimately that freedom. How do you maintain a sense of freedom, even in moments where you are busy, juggling life and obligations? By placing my attention on the truth, I am that sense of freedom and not my life. If I notice my thoughts being taken up by what is happening in life, whether it is positive or negative, I take a moment and say; ‘I am not this’. Immediately my attention goes onto who I am, which is that freedom. What’s the most integral element to experiencing and living a life of freedom? Realizing that who I am is not this body, my thoughts or my circumstances. For as long as I think I am, I have to continue working on all the things that come along with being my identity. For as long as I am doing that, then I am making it about my past or future and how my life looks presently. I am focusing on what I have to do in order to be free, rather than realizing I have been free all along. If freedom were a colour, what would it be? I can’t pick only one! Freedom for me looks like a rainbow with all of its colors If freedom were a song, what would it be? Depth Over Distance – Ben Howard. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Can you describe the opposite of freedom and how you’ve experienced that in your life? How does it make you feel? The opposite is me forgetting who I truly am and thinking I am just this small identity we call Jamie. I would then be getting stressed or caught up in my life. Reacting to what’s going on in my story rather than remembering my story, is my true self expressing moment by moment. I would experience this around finances. If suddenly I had unexpected bills pop up, I would then think how I would have to pay for this. And if there was plenty of money flowing in, I would think it was because of what I was doing and become attached to what I thought was working. I would feel small and think I would need to have to go and do things, or place pressure on where I think my income is sourced from. I would feel limited rather than being open to how my true self has already paid for this and letting that express without me knowing how. Why is freedom important to you? Its who I am, to forget about it and not place importance on it is to imprison myself in that which I am not. How do you define freedom? For me, freedom is not something I can define, it’s just something I feel.  Being that feeling and being true to it is my freedom. How that appears I would like to believe is unimaginable, because then I know I am open to all the limitless ways in which freedom must express itself through this body and into my unimaginable life 😉 ++ Connect with Jamie Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Web Amazing stuff, huh guys? I’ve worked closely with Jamie before and completely resonate with, connect to and live by the words he has expressed here. Freedom as a moment to moment practice – and remembering the truth of who you really are. Powerful stuff – and all of which we explore deeply in The Freedom Project! ++ To experience surrender + unrestrained life for yourself head over HERE to join The Freedom Project – a powerful, life-changing ecourse that will completely transform your life! For a limited time you can receive week one of this ecourse, for FREE. Complete with video lesson, workbook, meditation and recorded webinar. Just follow this link to sign-up! Check the previous post in THE FREEDOM BLOG TOUR by Tara Bliss. Tara shares her insights on Freedom via a VLOG. You’ll love it. Click HERE to check it out. Your turn: I would love to hear your thoughts on Freedom – what does it mean to you and how does it show up in your life? love + light, Claire x Read more


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