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Why being inauthentic will only hold you back.

Why being inauthentic will only hold you back.

Posted April 24, 2014

Who are you pretending to be? I remember when I was 14 years old, year nine had just rolled around and I had a very conscious thought about the person I was. I had caught hold of the idea that who I was just wasn’t working for me. I’m not sure why I felt this – typical teenage angst and disassociation perhaps – but I felt it strong enough to make this decisive move: I was going to, consciously, become a different person. I believed that the only way to get what I wanted out of my life ( I probably just wanted to be ‘cooler’ and fit in) that I needed to massage my personality into something new. Form myself into someone else… put on a new costume and learn the lines of some fabricated ‘person’ in my mind. It almost sounds schizophrenic doesn’t it? I just didn’t want to be me… ‘Me’ wasn’t good enough. And god I gave it a good crack! Most of that ‘massaging’ came through in really rebellious ways. All of which I’m grateful for – huge lessons – but there is a sense of sadness for how inauthentic and lost that little girl was. I had to go through that. Truthfully, I’m sure I’ve done this more than once over the years. Not with such deliberateness or drive, but almost unconsciously. How we wear the costume of inauthenticity It’s a safe bet to say that for most of us this has happened, on some level and to some extent. Maybe in small, almost undetectable doses. And maybe in a way that really drove you, motivated you, changed you for the better. Or maybe it has held you back. I want to first flag how we find ourselves living an ‘inauthentic’ life. This is not hard and fast. It’ll be different for everyone. But personally this is how I’ve witnessed the energy of in-authenticity showing up in my life. Firstly, we tend to look to the external world and the people in it as a reference point: Our energy is outside of ourselves. Our attention is on something or someone else – a blog post. A person we admire. Something on TV. A friend. A notion or concept we’ve read/learned Next we start comparing and measuring up our-self to the beauty, intelligence, creativity and success of others and how the rest of the world perceives them. Instead of self-referencing to discover your own greatness, you start to measure what is good/bad, postitive/negative, successful/unsuccessful. We see how the world, society and culture responds to that person and experience and we use that as an indicator and a reason as to why we aren’t in the same place or doing as well. Then we unconsciously or quite deliberately appropriate behaviours, beliefs and attitudes We, probably on a subconscious level, believe that these appropriated behaviours and attitudes might get us where we want to be. There is a undercurrent of ‘force’… of ‘making it happen’ (which isn’t a bad thing!) which can often feel positive, at first. Finally we ‘act’ our way into a new personality at the expense of our own authenticity It might be days, months, years of wearing a different costume. It might feel like some days it fits really well. But mostly, it won’t feel easy – it won’t be natural. And that’s usually a sure-sign that we aren’t being our authentic self.  ++ Ok,  let me hit pause here for a moment to clarify that it’s not all bad… Sometimes, being inspired by others (experiences and people) is incredibly revolutionary and evolutionary for us – it pushes our boundaries, it gets us thinking, stretching, exploring…always a good thing And I’m also sure that many of us have ‘appropriated’ someone else’s authentic self in a bid to be a better version. I’ve been inspired by incredible women I’ve met in the past who have exuded ‘calm’. In my highly-strung, stressy state this was something I felt called to embody. I ached for the wash of peace. And it took work to get there, but wanting to ‘be’ the calm I witnessed in someone else led me to actually become my own version of ‘calm’ within my authentic self. But maybe, just maybe, we’ve also taken it too far. We unplug from our own intuitive source – our own truth – and in doing so we lose that connection to our authenticity. We aren’t quite sure, anymore, what authentic looks and feels like. Yet there is that sinking feeling that something doesn’t fit. Something isn’t in place. It’s as if you are trying to forces pieces of the puzzle into points where they aren’t meant to go. There is an image – a picture – but it’s a little dislocated, confused. I know I’ve had that feeling. It almost feels weak, vulnerable. Like the foundations aren’t stable enough to hold up it all up. Ultimately, it feels forced. It’s that ‘fake it till you make’ vibe, but the difference is you’ll never make it if it’s not aligned with your true self. If you aren’t leading with soul, no matter how hard you try it’ll eventually crumble. I’ve faked PLENTY of things in my time that eventually did lead me to make it – why? Because even though I was clueless as to what I was doing, I felt called to give the ‘fake it’ part a a red-hot go, because I knew, intuitively I could do it. It was possible. But, the flip side to that – I’ve also tried to fake it before and have failed miserably! I can see now that it all boils down to being inauthentic – to not following my truth. To trying something on for size that just wouldn’t and will not ever fit. The downfalls of inauthenticity Truth be told this comes down to the kind of existence you want to have. This boils down to the kind of experience in life you desire. Inauthenticity is […] Read more

How to stop being a loner

How to stop being a loner

Posted April 17, 2014

A loner (aka a hermit) is a person who lives, to some degree, in seclusion from society. And lately I’ve been figuring out how to stop being a loner! Seriously, hermit? Yep… I have a HUGE hermit streak. I wish there was a better ‘word’ to describe it. Loner isn’t much better…but it’s kind of true. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried over the years to sugar-coat this quality with as much flair + pizazz as I could: Independent | Introverted | Need alot of ‘me-time’ | Love my own company. All that and more. But I am what I am. I’m owning it. I am a hermit. I like to be alone. It’s been refreshing and relieving to step into my hermitty-loner shoes. ‘Being who you are is another way of accepting yourself’ – Unknown Since starting my own wellness coaching business in 2011 I’ve definitely let that ‘hermit’ streak take over. Truthfully, I had to. Preferring to bunker down for work, study, meditation, prayer, yoga was almost a prescription written out for me to get me through the highs and lows of soul-preneur work. The thing is, right at the point where I finally felt fully comfortable with this loner streak (and my inner circle has come to accept it, I think) something else has shown up to shake things up. My networker or ‘social butterfly’ streak has recently rocked up with swagger and flair. Looking for action, looking to ride that zingy high of connection and collective experiences. So here I am now, having to remember another truth – another layer of my being – I love to cosy up with like-minded souls and get FULL, love-drunk almost, on that connection. As I write this, the butterfly inside me is all a flutter, she has been for a while. Now awake after a dormant, groggy sleep. She wants some action now. She’s calling for connection. (It’s one of my core-desired feelings for 2014!) I’ve spent so much time moving inward over the last few years that it’s near impossible to hear the message being delivered: ‘Connect. Be part of a community. Find your tribe’. The hermit-loner in me is still ever-present, thankfully, but it now needs to take a step back, just for a little while, as I let this butterfly soar, in search for the sweet nectar of life that is so vividly painted through loving, openhearted connection and community. Now, before I completely let my butterfly loose my inner wisdom has nudged me to call a round table discussion with myself, my hermit and my butterfly. How can we work as a team, it asked? How can we keep the peace, maintain some order and balance? I hear that inner wisdom with a nodding approval. Thank god for wisdom – which recalls (with so much clarity + detail) how, in the past, when I let my butterfly take over I’d be left burnt out, disconnected from my true self, sick, stressed and anxious. So, lately I’ve been experimenting, pondering on and toying with this question– how can I balance out my hermit and my butterfly? I can’t be one without the other, I know that now, so it’s time to seek out that ever-elusive space of balance – it’s like the Holy Grail or that perfect recipe for a delicious life. Something I didn’t do in my early 20s! My experiment has been bearing the fruit of happiness, content, joy, inspiration, gratitude, intuition, connection and devotion. So far, so good. Right in this very moment, I feel SOO ALIVE. I’ve managed to get my daily dose of me-time but also feel ecstatically and delightfully FULL on that deep, heart-to-heart connection I so crave and love. I’m sharing my time between the hermit and the butterfly with such ease it almost feels, dare I say it, balanced. I also dare to declare that if you are reading this that YOU have the Hermit and the Butterfly fighting it out for prime position. It wouldn’t surprise me if you are seeking out some balance – a little true between these two energies. Let me share with you a few of the steps I took to balance out my Hermit + Butterfly. You might find that you are craving some equilibrium between these two potent yet necessary energies. 1)    Be clear on what your ‘non-negotiables’ are. Create two separate lists: one for Hermit and one for Butterfly. What are the experiences, situations, people or practices that you absolutely need to nurture those two energies. Write them out clearly. 2)    Check in regularly. Close your eyes. Breathe gently yet deeply. Place your hand on your heart and ask your heart directly: What does my soul need this week? Does the hermit in me need nurturing? Is my butterfly calling out for attention? What is paramount to my soul’s happiness? What do I need to feel alive, content and nourished? What do I need to call forth, right now? Listen and wait for that intuitive, soulful voice to communicate what it needs. Jot down what you learn. Scribble notes. 3)    Open your diary and create space. Look at your week ahead and see where and how you can make space to respond to the needs of your hermit, butterfly or both! Do this weekly, if you can. Be committed to your hermit and your butterfly. ++ Be prepared for it to change all the time. My Loner Years were vital and integral to my growth (professionally and personally). Now, the butterfly is fluttering forth because my soul is calling for it. And even today I have a whole week of networking, socializing, playing and exploring. Then next week I’ll let the introverted, inwards, quiet and reflective me step forth. love + light, Claire x Read more

Cutting cords of attachment from the people that hold you back

Cutting cords of attachment from the people that hold you back

Posted April 15, 2014

Sometimes we just have to make the cut. Slice through the energetic cords that attach us to those people that hold us back. Cutting the cords of attachment we have with people isn’t easy… but at some point, it has to be done…and you’ll know who and when! I bet you’ve got someone in mind, right now, simply from reading those first few sentences? You know, ‘that person’ might not be in your life at this point in time. They could be simply a memory, in your head and in your heart, from the past. ‘That person’ might be the bus driver, that snarled at you and barked a grizzly response to your request for direction. Or maybe ‘that person’ is someone that has recently pissed you right off… and you are still carrying it, in your body, your bones, your mind… ++ If you know you have an energetic cord with someone, you’ll want to watch this video. It’s a quickie (less than 4 minutes) where I share how to disconnect and cut, for good, that unhealthy holding-you-back bond. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH P.s the video cuts a little short at the end – I had editing issues! ++ Some thought-starter questions to help you once you’ve watched the vid. Who am I still connected, energetically too? Why is that bond still there? What role does that cord play in my life? Is that connection weighing me down? What would it feel like to cut that cord? The truth is, we all need to cancel, clear and delete many of the bonds and ties we’ve developed over time. We simply need to be honest about what is no longer serving us and who is holding us back. love + light, Claire x Read more

Kundalini Rising + Soul Sistas. How the Wanderlust Yoga Festival rocked me into a happy dance.

Kundalini Rising + Soul Sistas. How the Wanderlust Yoga Festival rocked me into a happy dance.

Posted April 10, 2014

The word wander means to roam, ramble without purpose and aimlessly meander through life and across this earth. The funny thing is, at the Wanderlust Yoga Festival in Sydney (a day filled with yoga, music and connection) I felt the exact opposite of this roaming, rambling energy. In fact, I felt deeply rooted, grounded and for the first time in a long time powerfully connected. The Wanderlust Festival featured incredible yoga classes led by just as incredible yogis. There were people bending, stretching, breathing and Omming everywhere. Smoothies, new yoga tights and raw chocolate brownies were just some of the things you could throw your cash at. However, what came completely for free and rocked my soul into a happy dance were two key experiences I want to share with you today… two experiences that I can still tap into and FEEL deep into the very bones of me, even now, almost two weeks later.   Soul Sista Connections I had the utmost pleasure of spending this gorgeous (steaming hot day) with women I call soul-sistas. We all have sisters, plenty of them and these beloved friends of ours usually tend to ‘feed’ different elements within ourselves. And we love and value every single sister like no other. But when it comes to ‘soul-sistas’… well these are a unique breed of their own. Soul sisters can be women you’ve never met except for via the interwebs. Or maybe these are women you’ve read about (or read their books) or women you see, only every so often. You might be the lucky enough to have a soul-sister in your own family, or someone you get to see daily, or even a childhood friend. Soul-sisters might be new relationships, distant connections or long-held bonds; either way you know they are sisters of your soul when you feel an anchor that runs so deep and a connecting energetic channel that feels instantaneous. You aren’t quite sure how or when this bond was born, but it doesn’t matter. You feel it. They get you. You get them. Both of you bring something to each other that you didn’t even realise you needed, until they showed up. A collective sign of relief. A warm embrace. Mutual love, just because.   At Wanderlust, I felt grounded and earthed not only amongst the plenitude of like-minded souls – there is nothing like yogis en massse to make you feel like you’ve found home (at least for me!) So many women I call sisters were there – and even though I didnt get the chance to see them all, knowing they were sharing the same space  – energetically and physically – made me feel plugged in. Juiced up on love and good vibes. But the real serenade here goes to a handful of sisters. Connie, Emma, Sarah, Tara. The first three ladies I know very well and see regularly and I love them to freaking bits. Miss Tara Bliss, well this was the first time I had the pleasure of meeting her outside of the ‘online world’ and my god, I felt like I had found a kindred spirit (only in a stunning 6ft, blonde model with legs to heaven!).   I felt and still do feel, so grateful for these powerful and nourishing connections. I feel blessed that the universe has lined me up to rub shoulders with such incredible women who inspire me every single day. ++ I make sure I let these ladies know that I love them frequently…Our soul sisters are gifts. We are brought together for a reason. So I invite you, flick this blog post over to one (or all) of your soul sisters and let them know you love them. Kundalini Rising – Heart cracked open. It wasn’t that long ago that I shared with you how my work with the incredible Belinda Davidson has literally been healing my heart chakra and brewing up a feeling of ‘love’ like nothing I’ve experienced before. Well, Belinda’s magic was once again demonstrated during the Kundlini workshop at Wanderlust. Not sure what Kundalini is? Click here to read my post on this powerful yoga practice. The incredible Katherin McCusker of KM Yoga in Sydney guided us through an equal parts exhausting, challenging and potently love-filled practice. Kundalini is a yoga practice that simply has to be experienced to understand. Using a powerful collection of kriyas, the breath and energetic practices, it works to crack you open, connect you with your true self and heal on a deep level. Let me paint you a picture. It was the middle of the day. We were outside – a few hundred people are on their mats facing the main stage from where Katherine is guiding us. Myself, Tara, Connie and Sarah are literally on the outside edge of this huge circle. To say it was hot – the sun literally blazing down it’s bitey heat onto us – sweaty and noisy would be a serious understatement. We were practically sat in the thoroughfare for all the other yogi punters milling about, grabbing food and hopping over to other classes. So, not exactly the picture of serene calm you’d expect for a Kundalini class. Unexpectedly I wasn’t distracted by the buzz behind me asking people to write what they were thankful for (and tie to a tree) or the conversations behind me on the benefits of raw food, or even the confused comments of passerby’s – ‘Wow, Kundalini in the sun, I’m not sure about that!’. I found it amusing. It added layers and nuances to the whole colourful scene. Random, but completely meant-to-be. Truth be told, I’ve never experienced ‘presence’ quite like that. It wasn’t a conscious thought, at the time, but I realise now, looking back, that I had ‘managed’ the imperfections of the situation by dropping all control and expectations. I simply put my full attention onto the moment – Katherine, her instructions, Lundalini. What bubbled up to the surface was an impulsive release. As […] Read more

When someone let’s you down

When someone let’s you down

Posted April 08, 2014

What do you do when someone let’s you down? After sharing (in my weekly newsletter) my own recent experience of being ‘let down’ by a friend I received such a big response to it so I decided to open up this topic with you in today’s VLOG because we’ve all been hit with disappointment and frustration when someone has let us down. In fact, right now you might be in the middle of ‘dealing’ with those heavy, icky feelings. The real question on everyone’s lips is ‘What is the right way forward? How do I manage myself and the situation when someone let’s me down? + How should I respond? + What reaction is OK + constructive? + How do I get my point across and avoid all the drama? + Why does someone ‘letting me down’ ruin everything for me? It’s not ok when someone let’s us down. But truthfully, it’s no where near as bad as we make it to be. Mostly, it has to do with  you!  When we look at the reflection we can see where we have contributed and set-up the wheels of motion towards disappointment. I can almost hear half of you react with “What, you are saying what someone else does is MY fault”… and if that’s you, settle down for a moment, just hear me out. What someone else CHOOSES to do is not your direct doing. They have free will. They are their own person. However, if we peel back the layers of our intention, of our expectations, of our judgments, of your rules, we might just see that we are the direct cause of how the situation is unfolding for us. How we choose to react and respond is completely OUR CHOICE and so is the energy behind the expectations we lay on thick. Click PLAY to watch (and come to understand what I really mean!)     In the VLOG you will learn: About my own recent experience with being ‘let down’ How our expectations cause distress and negative reactions How to identify those expectations Why dropping our agenda + judgments is the key to moving forward Letting go + surrender creates change Why it’s important to stay in your power when someone let’s you down  Your turn: When has someone let you down and how did you handle? What do you think of what I shared in the video? Share below in the comments.  ++ Here’s some of the feedback I received from that weekly newsletter. (Names omitted for privacy!) “Love this! Would ring true for almost everyone. My whole relationship with my mother was disrupted because of expectations”. “Thank you, I needed that!” “This has been a tough lesson, sometimes I am getting it. Surrender has been my word over this. Acceptance of what is. Some lessons though, this one – it’s hard to shake that knot in my centre. I just can’t shake it. Well, just for this moment”. “I got this email and it wasn’t until almost 12 hours later that I realized WHY I received it! I was victim to my expectations! I was so angry…let down… The whole thing.  My own laziness and a little self sabotage thrown in the mix. A LOT of sabotage! Good to see. Your email was so well timed I just know I’m on the right path with all the inner work I’m doing. And I’m ready to own being me.” “Love this reminder, Claire! I know when my ego is running the show because there’s that momentary clench in my gut to warn me. Whether I choose to listen to it, pause and collect myself is up to me. Definitely a practice”. Love + light, Claire x Read more

Swap comparison for creativity + authenticity

Swap comparison for creativity + authenticity

Posted April 01, 2014

Comparison + Competition. An ugly energy to feel and carry with you. And the sad thing? Most of us experience the life-sapping, joy-stealing energy of comparison way too often! At this time of year I find that the cogs are turning, the wheels are in full motion. All guns blazing. By the time March rolls around I SEE that, collectively, we are all sinking our teeth into our dreams and desires. Which, honestly, makes me light up. How incredible to witness so many people doing whatever they can to transform, grow, stretch, expand… and ultimately SOAR. Personally, I’m there with you. I’m working with a business coach, doing the incredible Bright-Eyed and Bloghearted ecourse with Rachel MacDonald. I’m also doing the School of The Modern Mystic with Belinda Davidson (level 1 and 2) AND at the same time blogging, coaching, writing and refreshing my website behind the scenes. Epic right? Incredible. I’m living so many of my core-desired feelings – Devoted, Connected, Inspired – that I know are going to lead me into the other feelings I want to embody: Bliss, Light and Freedom! It’s an exciting time, but let’s get real, sometimes when we over-commit and we jump on board so many incredible courses/programs/events/experiences/challenges we often back ourselves into the corner of overwhelm. Often, we over-commit because we don’t want to miss out on what everyone else is doing (FOMO!) Or we genuinely commit because we have a call too, but then we start measuring ourselves against everyone else – how they are doing it, what results they are getting, where they are at. And then what happens? Comparison and Competition shows up. Ugly, brooding, heavy… and here to teach us a lesson! We start to feel: Held back Not good enough Limited Fearful Worrisome Missing out Getting nowhere Stressed Sound familiar? Ahuh! Today, I wanted to share with some content from The Freedom Project ecourse. The lesson is a powerfully supportive tool in bringing Comparison + Competition into the light, drawn from the shadows, and then ready to be released into the wild. ++ COMPARISON STEALS YOUR JOY Comparison and competition are the big guns in The Ego’s arsenal. The Ego loves to play with us – building us up or tearing us down and this really comes through when we are in that deeply unnerving state of comparison + competition. Comparison + Competition also strongly relates to the idea that we are ‘separate’ from each other and from the universe. It’s that ‘me against the world’ mentality. You probably already know how to ‘detect’ how and when comparison and competition sneaks into your life… and if you don’t, we are going to find out together! Comparison + Competition: It consumes us, it drives us to do and say things that we don’t want and it also feels like a bad rash we can’t get rid of. As Brene Brown puts it: “Comparison is this crushing paradox of ‘fit in and stand-out!”. We must be like everyone else, but better. No wonder we are weighed by comparison + competition. It’s hard to be our authentic self when we are trying to be like everyone else AND at the same time trying to out-do others – because if we don’t then we aren’t good enough. I won’t lie, this is uncomfortable – looking at Comparison + Competition – but we need to get real with it. You with me? It’s time to look deeper and further than we might normally like so to we can easily see ourselves in comparison mode. ++ LESSON ONE: IDENTIFY COMPARISON AND COMPETITION Step 1: Right out how you FEEL when you are in comparison mode. Journal it out. Let all those heavy feelings spew forth! And, as you do this examples might start to pop into your head. Make sure you jot them down too! Step 2: Witness where and how you are measuring yourself against others. Just observe. Become aware. Step 3: Explore the limiting beliefs that are underlying and carrying the energy of comparison and competition. What is DRIVING that feeling of comparison and competition? To help you discover what’s really going on please use the ‘tree tool’ below. Imagine a tree – complete from root system to leaves. Different parts of the tree represent different elements of comparison/competition that you are experiencing. Use this ‘tree’ to dig deep Leaves – Symptoms: What are the symptoms you are experiencing because of comparison/competition? Branches – Emotions: What emotions are you experiencing because of comparison/competition? Tree Trunk – Events: What are the specific events related to this? Tree Root – Beliefs: What are the limiting self-beliefs and fears that live below and carry all of the above! ++ Love note: Return to the truth. Once you’ve done the above, I’m sure you are asking ‘Now what?’ Fair question. And here’s my answer: RETURN TO THE TRUTH of who you truly are. You are not your fears. You are not your negative, restrictive, limiting thoughts. You are love, light, freedom. You are more than enough. You are divine. Remind yourself this over and over and over. In doing you will be able to keep your eyes on your journey, and no one else’s. Instead of noticing if someone is ahead, behind or on par with you (Egoic games of credit/blame, build up/tear down!) try to drop the attachment to the meaning of words such as ‘better, worse, ahead, behind’ and just be completely present and accepting of where you are. ++ LESSON TWO: SWAP COMPARISON FOR CREATIVITY Letting go of the attitude and behavioural pattern of comparison is about cultivating authenticity and creativity – being comfortable to stand as you are without conforming or competing or comparing. You are unlike no other. You are you. Nothing can replicate that. Creativity is expression. It’s not about ‘achieving and accomplishing’, but more about bringing to life your self and expressing your truth through form. Creativity is no longer about conforming, fitting in and competing but instead […] Read more

The key is in your energy body

The key is in your energy body

Posted March 27, 2014

Your energetic system is your everything  – when we pay attention to it what we truly desire becomes reality… In fullness, wholeness. As I write this blog I’m sat in a cafe eating breakfast and answering emails and comments from incredible women responding to my recent newsletter or on social media. Lately, there has been a profound connection; a very apparent one, cultivated between me and my beautiful tribe. There always has been a strong bond, but let me just say this, it’s solidifying. I feel a cord of love is being woven with strength and softness. These emails and comments I’ve been receiving are truly talking to my heart. I get these women. They get me. I feel as if each and every one of you beautiful souls are one of my oldest friends. As I write this I am feeling teary – honesty – and I can’t write fast enough to express what I want too. So, what has this got to do with our energetic system? Well, after connecting with my tribe I took a moment to ponder…to ask; ‘What’s going on here? What I am experiencing right now?’ And then it hit me… in my work with Medical Intuitive and Psychic, Belinda Davidson, we have specifically worked on my heart chakra. And it seems, that work was starting to show up in my life. I can feel that these moments with my tribe are about your heart, my heart and how it yearns for deep connection with the world around and the people in it. Your energy never lies Seriously, my deep longing to connect with people on a soul level was reflected and seen by Belinda in my heart chakra. Yep, she could literally see that my heart chakra needed an energetic tune-up. My heart knew what it wanted and boy was it being out-loud (and on purpose) about it to me, daily.  I could literally feel a deep yearning to connect from heart-to-heart… a truly authentic bond, one that gives and receives love in every way and with everyone (family, clients, friends, husband, tribe!) But before that was possible heart chakra needed help – it needed to be healed, cleansed, strengthened before it could be cracked open. (Learn more about Chakras HERE). When Belinda first saw the state of affairs in my heart chakra, I actually felt relief that there was an energetic reason for how I was feeling. But mostly, knowing and completely believing in our energetic bodes, I felt reassured that this could change. It just needed attention. And it has. On so many levels… I feel ready to love, unconditionally. I feel ready to receive unconditional love. I feel more generous and joyful than before (yes, I still have heavy ‘cloudy’ moments but more on that in another post. Note: it has to do with my third-eye chakra!) I fee a sense of connection, on a soul level, that is more authentic than ever before. I bet you are wondering, ‘Well, how? How exactly has this shift happened?’ Let me start but sharing this with you. Something, I know you already know… We are more than just what we see. The physical body is the external manifestation of our soul. But we are literally multi-layered. Your energy body(s) The ancient yogis referred to these layers as Koshas, or sheaths. Our five Koshas represent different aspects of our entire being Physical body – the material, the body we live in everyday Energetic body – our life force, energy channels and system, including the chakras Mental body – our mind and our ego – our waking consciousness and our intellect Spiritual body – the feeling space, intuition, inner wisdom, Bliss body – connection with divinity, enlightened, higher self Imagine an egg. At the centre of that egg is your blissful, higher self. Around that egg is another layer, another complete circle and that is our intuitive self. Then another egg, which is your mental layer, and so on. All layers feed into one another. Everything we do affects each layer. Some more than others. When you practice yoga, for example you are mostly working on the physical body but you are also cleaning up the mental and energetic body to some extent – breath-work opens the energetic channels, and the calm focus allows the mind to settle. For most of us we usually start doing the serious clean-up work via the physical body. At least, that’s what I did. First, the cleaner diet and then follows a stronger, happier body. Movement and food affects the physical layer. That then, usually, guides us down the inner-work path; towards reframing our perspective, peeling back mental and emotional layers, questioning if the way we behave, think and function is actually working for us. We do the dirty work, trying to live as better versions of ourselves and cultivate inner and outer world transformation. And then, for many, me included, we need to, eventually, dive into the energetic layer. Often, there is no choice for it. Perhaps the next step in your path to true happiness and health is to work with the unseen energy that is guiding and governing your life? And perhaps, you feel it’s the only way forward? So, here we are… at the energetic body. And this is where the real work for me has been going on lately. How to heal your energy body Now, let me get back to your ‘how’ question. This is what I’ve been doing to really work on my heart chakra… Working directly on my chakras (a daily practice). Doing Belinda’s guided chakras cleanse. Sitting in meditation and feeling into, cleansing and strengthening my chakras. (I highly recommend this meditation, you can get your own copy HERE) Energetic healing – kinesiology, Reiki (I do this to myself) and white light sessions with Belinda (Book into her weekly, FREE white light sessions) Journalling – talking to my heart, specifically, and opening up a dialogue with it. (Watch my how-to […] Read more

Own and love every part of you

Own and love every part of you

Posted March 25, 2014

Are you prepared to lean into, not away from, the shadow of your soul? Some of my greatest inspiration comes from my clients. I might be reading a book, or studying something in particular and then the universe (who really wants me to pay attention) will send along a client who perfectly demonstrates what it is that I am learning for myself. The lesson that most stands out at the moment?. Well, my beauties, I feel it’s time for all of us to step-up and own every single part of ourselves… particular the parts we have concealed and disowned. How can we be fully and completely WHOLE or heal on a soul-level if we don’t OWN every part of ourselves? I’m not just talking about our talents, our beauty, our gorgeous bodies and the stuff that comes naturally, or even the parts we don’t necessarily like but it’s not too much of a stretch to ‘own’. I’m also (and mostly) talking about the messy parts and the mess we’ve made in our lives. The painful memories. The shitty experiences. The stuff we’d rather walk away from. The truths that we don’t think reflect who we are (or want to be?). In today’s VLOG I explore this powerful concept within shadow-work: owning ourselves, and every part! I also share with you a technique that I use with myself and my clients to kick-start this process of revealing and owning that which we’d rather suppress, ignore and disown. ++ CLICK PLAY TO WATCH You will learn: What I mean when I talk about the ‘disowned’ shadow elements of ourselves What owning every part of you looks like and what it’s not! A unique technique to help you make peace with the part you have disowned The part of myself that took me years to make peace with and why I’ve come to love it. (I used to tell white lies, alot, as a kid… I hated it) Why this is self-love of the highest order ++ Share with me in the comments below: What are your thoughts? Can you see a part of you, an experience, a memory that maybe you have disowned? Can you imagine seeing the light in that shadow? Does it make you feel excited or uncomfortable to explore this process of owning? love + light to you, Claire x Read more

Get mystical with Belinda Davidson

Get mystical with Belinda Davidson

Posted March 20, 2014

Do you want to get witchy with me? I bet you’ve never been asked that question before! But truthfully, let’s get mystical! It’s time, isn’t it? Can you feel that there is a major shift going on in the world… people are opening up to ancient truths, to universal energy, to the knowledge that there is more to us than meets the eye. When it comes to spiritual and soulful work, I am constantly surprised by how many more people are talking and walking in this way. And one woman that is leading the mystical way is the incredible Belinda Davidson. I say incredible because… As one of my mentors she’s truly helped me on a profound level – energetically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically! She is a medical intuitive and potently psychic – no bullshit here peeps, she is the real deal and not at all ‘woo-w00. (Thankfully!) Belinda is changing the world, one person at a time. Truly. Belinda’s official bio: Belinda Davidson is a well-known psychic, small business owner, author and public speaker. She is founder of The School of the Modern Mystic, a world class, online teaching facility dedicated to helping ‘modern mystics’ embrace spirituality and discover their life purpose. She is also a mentor and consultant, and amongst her private clients are also celebrities, public personalities, doctors and business leaders. She is often referred to as the ‘secret weapon,’ because she has always been able to ‘see into a person’ and know what is not working. Belinda is respected and adored for her practical approach to spirituality. She may be a full-fledged psychic, but there isn’t a woo-woo bone in her body. Pretty Impressive, huh? Well, before I tell you how you can get mystical and learn how to harness your OWN psychic abilities and talents (yep, I kid you not, we all have the power within us – we just need to learn how to unlock it) let me share with you a little interview I did with Belinda. I had the chance to ask Belinda a few questions to get an insight into this amazing women. Seriously, I think she is beyond words… the world (not forgetting myself!) is such a better place with her in it. I’m so grateful she has been gifted with such an incredible psychic ability, and even more appreciative that I have had the chance to work with her directly! I hope you enjoy Belinda’s responses as much as I did! ++ On the fly interview with Belinda I am most inspired by … Courageous people who are willing to face their fears, and move forward in life. What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle? Daily chakra cleanse and White Light work. Days when I feel dark, heavy, off-centre are…. “Ego” days, where I need to let go and accept myself more. I often tell myself on those days that, “Where I need to be in life, is right here and now,” and that brings me back into the present moment. I handle those days by… I often tell myself on those days that, “Where I need to be in life, is right here and now,” and that brings me back into the present moment. The one thing I wish I could pass onto friends, family, the world is… Don’t wait to start living. Live! My most pivotal and profound life-changing epiphany was…. And it taught me…. When I realised that my psychic gifts weren’t a curse but a blessing. It taught me that I can use these abilities to help people heal, become psychic too and discover their life’s purpose. I come alive when… I’m alone, in the dark, meditating or drifting in and out of nothingness. (Or when I’m raw dancing). I shrink and feel ‘lost’ when… I compare myself to others or check email or Facebook too many times a say. (Don’t we all! Claire) I believe without a shadow of a doubt…. If you work on your chakras and get them working, your life will become magical! I’m still figuring out… Why I decided to do 6 month courses in The School of the Modern Mystic. People love them but it’s so much work! I believe in the chakras + white light so much because… …they work, and are the most powerful tools for spiritual development I know. (I second that! Claire) Becoming ‘mystical’ is important because By doing this we are re-claiming our psychic and healing abilities. ++ School of the Modern Mystic: Let’s get mystical! Now, tell me… are you keen to get mystical? Want to let out your inner with? I know I do! Me, me, me! I’ve been called, for at least a whole year, to tap into my soul more, to power up my intuitive sight and to learn how to work with ‘energy’ more. So, you may have already seen a few mentions of this ecourse on facebook, but nevertheless I absolutely must tell you about this course! The School of The Modern Mystic is Belinda Davidson’s 6 month training program. This is a course like no other. As Belinda herself says this is not a ‘study’ only course. This is a training in becoming mystical. You will learn how to… Change your energy, and change your life Awaken your inner witch Discover your life’s purpose and learn how to pursue it! Become the greatest version of yourself and serve the world in our best possible way The course focuses on your energetic system – learning how to work with the chakras. It also teaches you about white light and how to channel it and work with it to manifest what you truly desire. You’ll also learn about mindfulness and put it into practice, daily. The best bit is that you are learning from someone who does this on a daily basis – Belinda can see into the energetic body of a person and see their past life history. She also works with white light […] Read more


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