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BLESSING THE WAY TO MOTHERHOOD

BLESSING THE WAY TO MOTHERHOOD

Posted October 07, 2013

Earlier this year in discussions with a recently pregnant friend (Diane) about ‘baby-showers’ and how they aren’t her cup of tea (nor mine) we instead decided on holding a blessingway. I was honoured that my friend asked me to co-host this magical experience. A blessingway is an alternative way of honouring, celebrating and empowering a mother before the birth of her child. Traditionally a Navajo Ritual created to support the new mother for her journey of birthing. Today many people are taking this amazing ritual and making it their own. Our purpose was to gather the closest women to Diane to offer her love, advice, support and wisdom. For Diane, she wanted to create a strong bond and connection with the women she feels are going to have a huge and profound impact on her baby girls life. It takes a village to raise a child and together the village connect to Diane and her baby came together to offer their support and commitment. For me, it was an incredible experience. We had 20 women gathered, many of which were breast-feeding their new borns. It felt sacred. It felt special. I wanted to share with you the details in case you feel called to have a blessingway instead of a baby shower. You can incorporate some or all of the below and even Google to find more rituals to add in. The details We sat in a circle around a ‘home-made’ alter with candles. As we sat in this circle to begin the ceremony I felt a really strong sense of gratitude and appreciation to be part of not only that tribe of women, but the universal tribe of strong, loving, compassionate, powerful women. Incredibly honoured. To begin Ana (co-host) explained the purpose of our gathering. I followed with an opening prayer I had found (shared below) which set the mood and the tone. Then I guided the circle through a glowing-light heart meditation where each of us focused on giving and receiving love to each other, especially Diane. Next, each woman present took a moment to pass on their own words of wisdom, advice and love to Diane as they lit a candle and placed it in the centre of the room. There were a lot of gorgeous, open-hearted tears shared here – especially from women who had recently given birth. It was so moving! We rounded off the circle with the cord tying ceremony. Here a long red cord was wound around each woman’s left wrist (left represents the feminine/moon energy). We then cut the cord and each tied the cord to our wrist. When Diane goes into birth each of us will be notified so we can say a prayer, send her strength and cut the cord. To close a final prayer for the little baby girl coming soon! For me, the biggest shift was seeing the pure love and joy these women felt towards motherhood. I have been feeling a little ‘heavy’ with the idea of becoming a mother as I often meet people who share the war-stories. But these women – oh wow – there love cups were filled to the brim and all because of motherhood. It has excited me that I might one day get the opportunity to experience motherhood. Now, I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever been to or hosted a blessingway? Does this interest you? Feel free to share your thoughts below in the comments. Love + light, Claire x Read more

MY INTERVIEW WITH AMIR ZOGHI ON INTUITION

MY INTERVIEW WITH AMIR ZOGHI ON INTUITION

Posted October 01, 2013

I’m honoured to bring you this powerful interview with Amir Zoghi – founder of Be Free People, Ok, so ‘interview’ is a bit of a stretch. I’m not going to take credit for interviewing Amir, truth-talker like no other and someone I consider a mentor and guide. When this man is in-the-flow there’s no question that seems relevant. Simply being present and listening to the wisdom that comes through him and from the space he talks from is more than enough. I recently attended the ONE Infinite Training Retreat with Amir + his team from Be Free People. Life changing might seem a bit dramatic, but truly the shifts, the insights and the processes that unfolded have allowed me to see, think, feel and be in a way I could never have imagined. In fact, it’s still unfolding now, over a month later! The best bit is that my journey isn’t over, nor is yours, which means we get to keep evolving, unfolding, expanding, growing. That’s what I feel I am here to do – to embrace the evolution of my soul which is actually part of ONE soul – one divine energy. Amir and I initially decided to talk about intuitive eating. Amir shares how he lost alot of weight by tapping into his intuition and following what felt true for him. If you read my blog often you’ll know I talk about this alot – dissolving the ego charge and the games of the mind to follow the feelings! In our chat we move from intuition, to what it means to live in the unplanned, being in the moment and being yourself. I can’t wait for you to dive into this chat with Amir. Seriously peeps, you won’t want to miss this. It’s rich, it’s insightful, it’s powerful. Please feel free to share your comments below. And if you’d like to find out more about Amir, his team and the incredible work they do then head to www.amirzoghi.com. They have a program called WTF! (Wisdom, Truth, Freedom) and honestly, if there is one thing in your life you do on this journey then do this! CLICK PLAY TO WATCH Love + light, Claire Read more

THE FREEDOM PROJECT: YOUR 9 WEEK GUIDE TO LIMITLESS LIVING

THE FREEDOM PROJECT: YOUR 9 WEEK GUIDE TO LIMITLESS LIVING

Posted September 19, 2013

The Freedom Project is almost here. This online project was first born after a meditation session on a flight to Brisbane. It was one week out from the launch of my ebook – Get out of your way: 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet – and my head definitely wasn’t in the ‘space’ for diving into a new project. But, apparently my heart was. I remember pulling out my iPad and jotting down the skeleton framework of what as now become: The Freedom Project – Your 9 week guide to limitless living. The first round of this project kicks-off on October 20th and will guide you through 2 months of transformative work in preparation for the new year as we near the end of 2013! There is still alot going on behind the scenes in getting this project ready for launch but I am way to excited to hold off and really to share it with you! I am so keen to share it that I’m offering a free webinar on Surrender + Freedom. Please join me on Wednesday 25th September at 8:00pm AEST for this FREE webinar to explore surrender + freedom and how it can truly change your life. I’ll also be announcing an incredible offer on the cost of The Freedom Project. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE! What is the The Freedom Project about? My ebook took the first, cautious steps into the HUGE concept of Surrender. If you’ve been following my facebook and instagram you may have see that I’ve dedicated the month of September to Surrender with daily quotes, affirmations and insights by yours truly. To say that I am passionate about sharing the power in learning how to let go and surrender would be an understatement. However, as I was working through the framework of this project something wasn’t quite sitting right for me. It took me a while to hone in on what was blocking me. There was one word that I needed to grasp on to, one word that could bring to life the feeling I experience through surrender. Then it came to me. Freedom. The truth is we are all ultimately looking to experience FREEDOM in our lives. Freedom from what? limiting self-beliefs emotional road blocks past traumas feeling restrained and restricted held back by our own brick-walls negative self-talk powerlessness We all ultimately want to live a limitless, wholehearted life – unrestrained, open, alive, in-the-flow, completely connected. To me, that is freedom. Freedom to be the best version of ourselves. How do we cultivate freedom? We explore surrender – the art of letting go! This online project is a journey through surrender. We will navigate through the areas of life we continuously find ourselves controlled by or stuck in. We will peel off layers in order to discover the real you – free from your limiting self beliefs, emotional blocks. We will break down your attachments to agendas and expectations – allowing you be completely present within your life We will help shift the judgments you have for yourself and others which only serve to keep you limited within the story of your life. Why did I create The Freedom Project? I felt ready to explore this concept of surrender and to share the journey with like-minded women. When I look back on my journey over the last 10 years I can see moments of real transformation and I have so much appreciation for my guides and mentors along the way. I want to share with you my learnings and support you in cultivating the life you deserve I felt the call to open this incredible topic up to women who feel the call to transform their lives into a limitless one I’ve had many people say that they didn’t think ‘surrender’ was relevant to them until they read my book or heard me speak on this – I wanted to create a platform to open this integral concept up to a wider audience, because I truly feel that it can transform your life! Do you feel the call to Freedom? Connect with how you feel as you read the words above. Do you feel moved? Do you feel inspired by the possibilities? Let’s dive in to a limitless life! It’s time. Are you ready? _______________________________________________________________ Free Live Webinar: How surrender + freedom will change your life Please join me on this FREE webinar to explore surrender + freedom and how it can truly change your life. I’ll also be announcing an incredible offer on the cost of The Freedom Project. Topics we’ll cover: Discover surrender – what is it and why do we want to harness it in our life! How the opposite of surrender leaves us powerless and unable to create the life we deserve How to reclaim our power + experience freedom through letting go Join me on Wednesday 25th September at 8:00pm AEST Come home, wind down from work, eat your dinner and instead of watching TV jump online and join us in what will be an incredible conversation. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER _____________________________________________________________ I can’t wait to take this journey with you! I would love to read your comments and thoughts below. Any questions are welcome too. Love + light, Claire Read more

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: BALANCE + BREATHE

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: BALANCE + BREATHE

Posted September 17, 2013

It’s been a few weeks but I’m so excited to bring you a new segment of Yoga with Claire. This is such a lovely, balancing, grounding sequence. Connect in with your own prana (life force) through movement and breath. This practice is all about creating a sequence of centredness – completely present in the moment. As with all my sequences remember these mini taste-testing sessions of yoga can be mixed and matched with other sequences I’ve created. Just head over here to my Youtube channel to check out other sequences. Or, practice this one of your own when you are feeling a little flighty, anxious, or caught up in the chaos of life. It’ll bring you back down to earth! Let me know how this sequence feels in your body and breath – as always I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts. Finally, please remember to modify the practice. I’m not a super-yogi but I have been practicing for 6 years, so if something doesn’t quite ‘work’ for you straight away modify or keep at it – over time it’ll start to ‘fit’ and feel more fluid and natural. Click PLAY to watch: Enjoy! love + light, Claire x Read more

KILL IT WITH KINDNESS – WHEN THE ONLY WAY IS LOVE!

KILL IT WITH KINDNESS – WHEN THE ONLY WAY IS LOVE!

Posted September 03, 2013

Put your hand up if someone you love and really care about has hurt you? Leave your hand up if you believe that despite the hurt and pain they inflicted on you, that you know innately that they are good and that maybe what they did came from their own s*$# bubbling up to the surface? I’ve been there, many times. In fact, I’ve been there so many times that for a while I was a little confused as to what love was if the people closest to me could inflict so much hurt. I was young then, I see things differently now. Each and every single moment where I have been challenged by someone else’s mean, hurtful behaviour I have learnt two things: 1) My reaction and judgement in response to that hurtful moment is integral to how the ‘story’ plays out. It is integral in turning a crappy moment into a moment of truth, insight and deep learning! 2) We are all spiritual beings experiencing a human existence. Some of us, in moments of anger, forget that. That doesn’t mean that person is ‘horrible’, ‘evil’ or even ‘down right bad to the core. They’ve just forgotten who they are and sometimes, our job is to help them remember their truth. In today’s VLOG I explore the ancient concept of compassion as on of the most powerful practices we can partake in. ‘Kill it with Kindness’ is a phrase born from teachings in the Bible, from Buddha and ancient yogi texts. Click PLAY on the video to hear my discussion around how compassion, in the face of hurtful behaviour, can often bring about real change and healing for you and the person involved. Kindness is free. It’s the epitome of strength (it’s harder to be kind and compassionate than angry and reactionary!). Kindness doesn’t always ‘work’ in the sense that the situation you’re in will change isntantly, but over time you might change that person, you might spread compassion far and wide. And, at the very least, YOU experience and hold positive, kind feelings in your heart instead of carrying negative, soul-destroying ones. I know what I’d prefer! This video will have you thinking about where in your life your current negative/frustrated/angry reactions are actually perpetuating the situation you want out of! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Share below in the comments and let me know where in your life you need to move from kindness to kill the negative burden or experience weighing you down. love + light Claire Read more

MEDITATION TO OPTIMISE YOUR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM

MEDITATION TO OPTIMISE YOUR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM

Posted August 29, 2013

Daily meditation is part of my self-love practice. It nourishes me. Makes me feel centered, grounded and stable (which is vital for a Vata Dosha like me!). Meditation ensures that my stress levels stay low, just where I like it, and my anxiety is in check. I used to be such a highly strung-out little bunny. It makes me feel a little sad that I used to ‘identify’ myself as that – I was just ‘that way’. If it wasn’t for meditation I wouldn’t have discovered my true purpose, tapped into my divine, well-spring of potential or be living this incredibly life I now do. Credit must go to the incredibly Carolyne Gowen – my meditation teacher. Carolyne’s meditation course in Vedic or Mantra Meditation literally changed my life. And when I look back I realise that learning to meditate all those years ago not only created a space for me to tune in to my truth, my essense, my love but it also changed the state of affairs in my physical body. There are countless benefits to meditation. From health, to the emotional, spiritual and physical. The list goes on. I decided to hone in on one particular area vital to female health – The Endocrine System. In fact, it’s vital to all of us, male or female. But balancing our hormonal system is such a huge and integral element to long term vitality. Carolyne and I spent 20 lovely minutes chatting about meditation, the proven science behind it, the endocrine system and more. Tune in to meet my lovely teacher and to learn how meditation can help you on a deeper level than just simply quietening the noises in our head (although, if that’s all it did that would be ENOUGH too!) Hit PLAY to watch. When you’ve finished be sure to comment below – do you meditate, what’s your experience with meditation? What are your thoughts on the areas we discussed. If anyone is interested in exploring mantra/vedic meditation please get in touch with Carolyne at Still Your Mind. She has a new course starting soon and can teach via skype for those interstate/international. love + light Claire Read more

THE PROVEN SCIENCE BEHIND REIKI

THE PROVEN SCIENCE BEHIND REIKI

Posted August 27, 2013

I am an ‘energy’ junkie. I love the power in harnessing that energy for health and healing. I have a few ‘secret weapons’ that help me dive deep, peel off layers, rebalance, reconnect and revitalise. Amongst my arsenal is Reiki. This year I finally got my Level 1 Reiki Certification through my good friend and Reiki Healer, Franziska Mayr (I call her Frenchy!). Today, I’m so excited to share with you a guest post from Frenchy on the amazing science behind the magic of Reiki. I hope you enjoy this post as I much as I did. Enjoy! Claire x  ___________________________________________________________________________________ Though my first encounter with the ancient Healing art of Reiki in Japan back in 1996 was powerful and life changing, I felt a great need to intellectually understand how it worked. How did it relieve physical pain, aid in fighting addiction, reduce stress and anxiety and rebalance someone to their natural state of health and well-being? How could someone achieve such incredible results by not even touching the body? Luckily, I wasn’t the only one  intrigued and this research I’m about to take you through has shed some light on how so many incredible results are achieved with Reiki. Independent research by Dr. Robert Becker and Dr. John Zimmerman  investigated what happens whilst people practice therapies like Reiki.  They found that not only do the brain wave patterns of practitioner and receiver become synchronised in the alpha state, characteristic of deep relaxation and meditation, but they pulse in unison with the earth’s magnetic field, known as the Schumann Resonance.  During these moments, the bio-magnetic field of the practitioners’ hands is at least 1000 times greater than normal, and not as a result of internal body current.  The linking of energy fields between practitioner and earth allows the practitioner to draw on the ‘infinite energy source’ or ‘universal energy field’ via the Schumann Resonance.  Everything is connected in a ‘living web of interdependence’.  This supports the subjective experience of ‘oneness’ and ‘expanded consciousness’ related by those who regularly receive Reiki. Zimmerman (1990) in the USA and Seto (1992) in Japan further investigate the large pulsating bio-magnetic field that is emitted from the hands of energy practitioners whilst they work.  They discovered that the pulses are in the same frequencies as brain waves, and sweep up and down from 0.3 – 30 Hz, focusing mostly in 7 – 8 Hz, alpha state.  Independent medical research has shown that this range of frequencies will stimulate healing in the body, with specific frequencies being suitable for different tissues.  For example, 2 Hz encourages nerve regeneration, 7Hz bone growth, 10Hz ligament mending, and 15 Hz capillary formation.   ‘Brain waves’ are not confined to the brain but travel throughout the body via the perineural system, the sheaths of connective tissue surrounding all nerves.  During treatment, these waves begin as relatively weak pulses in the thalamus of the practitioner’s brain, and gather cumulative strength as they flow to the peripheral nerves of the body including the hands.  The same effect is mirrored in the person receiving treatment, and that regulates injury repair and system rebalance.  This highlights one of the special features of Reiki  – that both practitioner and client receive the benefits of a treatment, which makes it very efficient. It is interesting to note that his study has been carried out on world-wide array of cross-cultural subjects, and no matter what their belief systems or customs, or how opposed to each other their customs were, all tested the same.  Part of Reiki’s growing popularity is that it does not impose a set of beliefs, and can therefore be used by people of any background and faith, or none at all.   Reiki, or energy is universal. We are one and the same with that energy, which means by harnessing it we are tapping into our own healing powers. Thanks for reading, Frenchy xx Stay connected with Frenchy here: Website: Prana Lounge For daily inspiration head to her facebook page: Mind Over Matter As a side note if anyone is interested in studying Reiki or experiencing an energy healing session for yourself I can’t recommend Frenchy enough. We’ve had some pretty amazing experiences together which have left a long lasting and positive impact on my life. Read more

WHEN YOU PLACE POWER IN YOUR AGENDAS

WHEN YOU PLACE POWER IN YOUR AGENDAS

Posted August 13, 2013

I was on a plane in early June, flying to Brisbane to visit a friend. As I usually do, I made good use of the time in the air to meditate. As soon as I’d finished meditating I sat up, pulled out my iPad and started typing out a loose plan for an online project all around learning how to Surrender. I felt the words pour out of me. I felt the inspiration move through me. I felt almost giddy with the joy of it. Such a beautiful moment. Now, my ebook – Get out of your way: 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet – was almost ready to go live and here I was buzzing with the inspiration of an amazing new offering. I had no idea that very soon I was going to hit a plateau (which I wrote about here!) which kept me from moving forward. Since then, post plateau, I have felt the urge to create and brainstorm and feel my way through a new set of desires. But what I STILL wasn’t feeling was this project on Surrender. I sat down multiple times to bring this project to life. I’ve scribbled out a rough plan and then scrapped it. I’ve done the same with a title… over and over again. I decided to see my Kinesiologist who explored the concept and did a reading for me. Apparently, my body indicated that doing this course this September/October was 100% for my highest good. That, coupled with a few other ‘attachments’ I had created I started to grip to the outcome. I started to move from agenda. The result? I nose-dived even deeper into stucks-ville. Feet buried in concrete. Hitting my head against a brick wall. No flow. No inspiration. Nothing juicy or real or awesome. No beautiful, special moments of joy. When you place power in agenda It’s clear that I had started to cling to the outcome. My approach was no longer born from that place of pure inspiration that I had experienced on the plane, but it had latched itself to an agenda. A desire that wasn’t ‘true’ for me. Despite my Kinesiologist telling me that it was for my highest good, I intuitively felt that right now I wasn’t doing anything good! I’m not saying she is wrong, in fact, she could be dead on, but I took her words and used them as the main REASON for moving forward. Not to mention all the other reasons I discovered. “I should be able to do this because I’ve been told this is for my highest good”. “I should make this happen because it’s the ‘right time of year’ for this”. “I should definitely get this done in 2013 because If I don’t maybe I never will” “I should produce something else this year, to make this year BIG and special” “I should launch it in September because it works with the word September” Can you see my EGO… my head getting in the way? Standing in front of me, blocking me? When all you can do is surrender The irony is not lost on me that I am talking to you about creating a course on surrender and in the process I was doing the exact opposite. Gripping. Attaching. Controlling. Fearing. The only way forward is to take my own advice. Stop. Listen. Observe. Let it go.. I’ve explored my agendas. I see them for what they are. I have objectively clocked my ‘WHYs’  (why am I doing this?!) and allowed all of that to just be there, judgement-free. Now, I surrender. Now I let it go. Now, I put my tools down. Now, I stop trying so hard. When the energy of control comes up again During this process of surrender and de-stabilising the power of those agendas I still have moments of, what I think to be, ‘inspiration’. When they come up, I stop. I listen. I observe. Some of the internal dialogue looks like this: Ok, Claire, pause for a moment. What is this? What can you sense and feel here? What does it look like? Where did it come from? What ‘drove’ that inspiration, what triggered it? And let me get super-real here. If I have to ask those questions then I already know that the ‘inspiration’ I am feeling is actually ego-based agenda. Perhaps a fear has bubbled up – insecurity, self-doubt, lack of approval – that has driven my ego to attach to a perceived ‘solution’. In truth, when you feel the flow and your power is in that and that only there are no questions, the ego is quiet, there is no doubt! When you let go you get perspective Even as I write this I can sense the space of creation. Since I ‘totally’ dropped the doing, creating and building around this project I have noticed perspective. The areas I was previously stuck on no longer seem so confusing or difficult. The elements of this project seem less challenging or daunting. It reminds me of when I was 15, learning how to drive. I had weekly driving lessons and I was doing well, but not good enough to take the test. My dad eventually had to stop the lessons (they were getting expensive) for a couple of months. In the end I had a 3 month break where I didn’t practice driving ONCE, nor did I think about it. I stopped caring so much, either way, what would happen. I’d sort of ‘forgotten’ the purpose of it all. My first lesson back the driving instructor was astounded. I remember him saying that I was more than ready to take, and pass, the test. The time away created perspective and space. Within that space I was no longer playing within the energy of doing, trying, attempting, pushing, controlling. From there, with my agenda dropped and my focus simply on the experience I dropped into the flow. When we step back and get out […] Read more

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: JUICY HIP OPENING

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: JUICY HIP OPENING

Posted August 08, 2013

It’s time for some juicy hip-opening yoga! I naturally have tight hips. Over the 6+ years of yoga they have definitely opened up alot, but they can still feel quite locked up at times. So, I love nothing more than a sequence that is going to get right in deep and release some of that tension. Not to mention all the emotional gunk stored in my hips. I’m not sure who first came up with that idea in the yogi lineage, but it’s true. Within the Ashtanga Yoga Primary sequence there is a posture called Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose). For a good 6 months each morning as the teacher adjusted me in this pose I would end up with tears streaming down my face and this incredibly overwhelming feeling – like a head rush almost but wrapped in vulnerability. I felt exposed, raw, sad, relieved. My experience is that YES, our hips hold alot of past pain, trauma, sadness, tension, worry. I hope you enjoy this sequence as much I did making it for you. It’s an 8.5 minute sequence, but as I mention in the video please hold poses for longer if you need to. Make this practice your own juicy hip opening experience. I’d love to hear how you go with it. Come back after you’ve done the sequence and tell me your experience! CLICK TO PLAY Namaste, Claire x Read more


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