How to do “Start Agains”

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“Start again….”

A deep man’s voice with a heavy Indian accent drones from the speakers.

“Start again…” The voice instructs me and nearly 100 others again in the meditation hall, all sitting as still as possible on our square cushions.

It’s 1pm in the afternoon and I’ve started again 4 times already today! Frustration rising, observing frustration, frustration begins to lessen.

I wonder why I can’t just be where I want to be NOW without putting in this effort to start again and again…

“Start at the top of the head and keep your attention moving down, keep moving down to the tips of the toes, observing all sensations you find as you go.”

This flashback to my last 10-day silent meditation course is one of the distracting mental memories that popped into my head this morning as I finally got back on my own meditation cushion at home after not being able to meditate for 2 days.

A nasty flu, flu #2 of 2018, knocked me out pretty badly this week to the point where I couldn’t focus or sit long enough to meditate.

Missing 2 days, I notice that it’s harder to get back into the focused state needed when I am able to sit and meditate again.

And missing even one day somehow makes it easier and tempting to miss another day, and then another, oh, and since you’ve already missed three, why not miss another day? It won’t hurt anyone….

To be honest I did try to meditate yesterday and it didn’t go so well, but I tried. I started again where I was.

Today I was able to sit for 30 minutes. Not yet the full hour I’d like, but this is what I’m capable of right now.

I also haven’t been able to get out running while I’ve been ill so that’s another area I’ll need to get back into once I feel well enough.

That inner critic voice that demands 110% every time can be quite sneaky too because it likes to tell you that if you can’t do it right, don’t do it all.

Well, I’m here to tell you the opposite.

There is no “right”, there’s only what you’re capable of right now and whatever that looks like is good enough.

When I get back on the running path, I may be jogging and I may have to take frequent breaks. SO WHAT.

It’s better to start again “badly” than never start.

Throughout life there are so many times where we have to start again, and each time it takes discipline, willpower and resolve.

This illness likely could and would have gone on and on. I’m sure my pajamas wouldn’t have minded if I’d continued being sick – a happy change for them since they’re used to only being slept in at night, not worn all day.

But… since I have two workshops this weekend, I decided yesterday (after finally admitting that my swallowing broken glass level of pain sore throat was not just going to go away on its own) that I was going to kick this asap.

I went to see the doctor, was told I can be better in as little as 24 hours, got some (ok – a lot of) meds, still have 1 day (today) to recover fully before tomorrow 😄

So that’s that.

All this makes me think about the bigger “start agains” in life too – like for example when Sang died and I had to start life as I knew it over again.

That one took a lot more time and effort and involved many smaller start agains within it.

The size of start agains can vary greatly.

But some things that can help you get moving forward again are:

  1. Giving yourself a set amount of time to go through the tough part – whether that’s grief, or illness, or sometimes it’s even happy things like vacations or holidays where you allow yourself to eat whatever you want. After the set amount of time is up though, you gotta get back to it. It’s time to take action or make plans or get back on the meditation cushion or running path.
  2. If you’re confronted with a bigger start again, see if you can break it down into smaller more manageable pieces. It’s not realistic to expect yourself to do everything at once, that just sets you up for frustration and likely failure. So break it on down into little pieces and start there.
  3. Make the decision that you’re going to get back to it, whatever it is. Just that can begin to shift things – trust me. Set a time or day for it too, that grounds the decision.
  4. Remember and connect to why you want to do it. Meditation is a staple in my life, it keeps me balanced and calm and sane. Running is important because it keeps me fit and helps me sleep. So when I think about that, I am eager to get back to them.

Happy starting again 😊

Love and light,

Twyla K

Twyla K is the owner of Soul Shine Healing & Coaching. She offers Clarity Sessions to help people who are tired of feeling stuck uncover what they truly want, what’s blocking them, and what they can do about it. Click Here to apply for a Clarity Session today!

What is Sacred?

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As I worked on a Spirit Guide Reading this morning, something really big hit me:

This is beautiful and sacred work.

The word that stuck out most was SACRED.

Then I thought, in our day-to-day lives, there is so much that is not sacred: fast food, road rage, mind-numbing work to name a few things.

What is sacredness even? What does that word mean to you? What feelings and deep Soul stirrings does it invoke in you?

The work I do is not plugging in to the 9-5 routine. Even though I’m a modern day kinda mystic – I channel Spirit Guide messages onto my MacBook – there is still something deeply sacred and reverent in what I do.

What hit me this morning though was this: we can bring the sacred into all we do.

I want you to sit with that a while. Let it steep. Let ideas on how to do it percolate. Allow answers to come from your Soul.

How can you make every action, interaction, intention a reverent one?

Reverence is simply doing something with deep respect. And one of the definitions of the word sacred is connection to God / Spirit / Source / Creator (or whatever word resonates for you).

Can you imagine what life would be like if you treated everything you did and others did as sacred? I can! And I think it would be freaking fantastic…

This week’s blog is short, sweet and sacred. I do not want to dilute the main message.

In love, light and truth,

Twyla K

Twyla K is the owner of Soul Shine Healing & Coaching. She offers Clarity Sessions to help people who are tired of feeling stuck uncover what they truly want, what’s blocking them, and what they can do about it. Click Here to apply for a Clarity Session today!

When Losing is Winning

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On January 15, 2018, I got the news that no one ever wants to hear: Your hard drive has failed and there’s no way to recover it. You need to get a new hard drive.

The Apple expert I’d spent way too many hours on the phone with over the past week tried to say it in the nicest possible way, but it didn’t help.

At first I felt gutted.

5 years of customizations, downloads, music – gone. I tried desperately time and again to do a backup, but each time it failed.

But then I realized – I can look at this a different way. I can see it as an opportunity to start afresh on a clean technical slate.

And on a side note – luckily I was able to revive my MacBook long enough to copy files from my desktop to my external hard drive, so I didn’t lose everything.

I did “lose” a lot though.

Files I hadn’t looked at in years. Music I no longer liked. Movies I’d never watch twice.

Why was I keeping them? Why was I so attached to them? Attached to things that didn’t mean anything or have any value to me…

These things were taking up space, space I could use for things I actually wanted and liked and would be useful to me now.

So it was actually really liberating to “lose”.

This experience made me question what other areas of my life I’m holding on to things that have long since lost their value. Holding on for the sake of holding on.

Do you have anything like that?

Perhaps it’s actual physical objects that you seriously never use. Or file folders you haven’t looked at in ages. Maybe it’s emotional clutter or mental clutter – you’re holding onto past hurts that now are only hurting you.

Whatever area you’re feeling intuitively guided to clean out and upgrade, now is a fantastic time to do it!

Tackle the task with enthusiasm and know you are doing really good and important work.

While it will take effort to build my MacBook up again, I’m doing it in a way that is aligned to who I am now – not who I was 5 years ago.

So my final thought for you is – once you do the work of clearing things out, what glorious more Soul-aligned things and ways of being can you take action to bring into your life?

This week’s blog is a little shorter than typical posts because I’m just emerging from the grips of the dreaded cedar fever that’s knocking out San Antonian’s left and right. If you live here too – I hope you’re ok!

In Love, Light and Truth,

Twyla K

Twyla K is the owner of Soul Shine Healing & Coaching. She offers Clarity Sessions to help people who are tired of feeling stuck uncover what they truly want, what’s blocking them, and what they can do about it. Click Here to apply for a Clarity Session today!

3 Truth Bombs to Bring You More Peace in 2018

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Meditating 9 to 10 hours a day for 10 days straight envelops you in a weird microcosm bubble.

Within this bubble, meditation experiences hold brilliant analogous truths for life as a whole.

While many arose, came to light, then faded away into the distance over the recent 10 day silent meditation course I just finished, some big ones stood out and I’d love to share them with you. Hopefully they help you start the new year more “in the now” and help you avoid unnecessary misery and suffering in 2018.

#1: You have to start where you are, aka, See the reality as it is – not as you would like it to be

Oh my god this was such a big one I can’t even tell you! For the first 7 days I kept comparing my current meditation experience to past ones.

Why can’t I have this or that amazing experience??? I kept thinking this, dwelling on the great things that happened in the past instead of where I was currently at and what was really happening in the now.

HUGE misery created! And by misery I mean physical pain. To sit still without moving for 1 hour straight in the Adhiṭṭhāna (strong determination) sittings, you have to have extreme mental focus, and when I was thinking about the past and craving, I did not have the needed focus and so experienced a lot of pain 😫

Finally around Day 8 at the Adhiṭṭhāna sittings I was able to be 100% OK with exactly where I was at and what I was experiencing. And only then was I able to begin making progress again and get through the 1 hour without moving.

So my questions for you are – Where are you living in the past and how is that holding you back? What delusions do you have about what “should” be happening, which are keeping you stuck because you’re denying reality?

#2: Dhamma, the law of nature, will work for you to get you what you want, but it takes time and continued effort

So many people want to run a spiritual bypass on life! They want to magically get from point A to point B without doing any work in the physical.

Well my friends, that ain’t gonna happen and the longer you delude yourself that it will, the longer you stay stuck in misery.

Apparently I don’t – or rather DIDN’T, lol, because post-meditation course I now DO 😁 – have a lot of patience. I wanted to magically be at an advanced point in meditation immediately without putting in the time and effort.

And when that didn’t happen, I went into push push push push push push push mode… I tried to use my mind to force the progress, and in doing so, I lost the balance of my mind and therefore actually started digressing!

I’m sad to say that this went on for a while until I finally found my inner balance.

And once I did, well, everything changed. When I trusted dhamma and did the work, trusted that if I just kept following the technique and maintained my balanced mind I would progress – I did in leaps and bounds.

But in order to do so, I had to let go of my tight grip on the reins and let go of the delusion I could magically get far ahead asap.

It can be scary to let go of control and to keep walking down a path even though you’re not seeing results. What if dhamma doesn’t work? What if what I want doesn’t happen? I also had to let go of the wanting.

Balance is of utmost importance, for when you have that, you have everything because you are truly ok with anything.

So my questions for you are – Where are you pushing, where are you super attached to an outcome, where are you not trusting that things will work out one way or the other? In what areas do you need to bring in more balance? In what areas are you trying to run a spiritual bypass, wanting magical results, and not putting in the time and work?

#3: A lot of your mental energy is wasted on shit that doesn’t matter

Holy f*ck did this ever become apparent to me as I observed all the stupid things I think about! And I don’t just think about them once, I think about them over, and over, and over again…

In our day-to-day lives we don’t take the time to observe our thoughts and so they run rampant. But given 10 days of silence … all I could do was observe my thoughts.

It’s not about coming from a place of judgment and condemning yourself for thinking stupid things. It’s the nature of the mind to wander off and it’s up to us to train it to focus by bringing it back.

So consider this – what if you were actually in control, you were able to train your mind to stay focused and not run around like a crazy monkey?

What would be possible then? What amazing things could you use your mental capacity to create in your life?

These were questions I pondered and got some great answers to over the 10 days.

And honestly this is why I try my best to do a 10-day meditation every 1-2 years – because in day-to-day life my mind gets unbalanced and starts chattering like a monkey again.

Having 10 days to bring it back to center is essential for me. I work out my body, so it makes sense to me to work out my mind too.

So my questions for you are – What stupid, useless, repetitive thoughts are cluttering up your mind? What can you do to either release them, resolve them, or shut them down? With the freed up mental energy, what incredible things can you focus on now?

In Love, Light, and Truth,

Twyla K

 

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Why it’s Worth it to Dust Yourself Off and Try Again

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Spying on monkey families, plotting how to provoke one of them to bite me – this was the best solution I could come up with for how to get out of my first 10-day meditation course in India with my dignity intact.

It was not an option just to get up and leave – I was not a quitter. But if I could just get a cute little grey baby monkey to bite me… Then I’d have a legitimate reason to leave, right?

It seems strange now to think I’d risk getting rabies just to get out of a meditation course, but that’s where I was at 13 years ago.

I’d never meditated or even done yoga before and there I was diving head first into one of the most difficult meditation programs ever!

Physical pain, hunger, living in a make-shift tent crammed next to 2 other ladies I didn’t know… And then on Day 4 onwards having to sit without moving for 1 hour straight, three times a day! It was torture.

But something deep inside me obviously knew that doing this was going to be worth it, probably a part of me that had done it in past lifetimes and already knew the great benefits.

By the end of the 10 days I’d found something so valuable that I’d been craving all my life but never knew existed. I’d had my first glimpse into naturally attained inner peace, and it was wonderful.

I say naturally attained because I’d found synthetic ways to achieve what I thought were nirvanic states before, but they were fleeting and left me feeling empty after.

At my second 10-day meditation course in Thailand a year later I was sailing through. “I got this, I’m a pro, nothing can touch me” – were thoughts going through my head.

That was, until Day 6.

On Day 6 at the end of the final evening sit I left the pagoda meditation hall feeling immortal. When I saw hoards of tiny ants on my sandals, I thought, “Ha! You can’t hurt me. I have attained equanimity and am impervious to pain.”

So I slipped on my sandals and slipped into a world of pain that I could not in fact handle.

Each little ant hated me and bit furiously into my flesh. They didn’t know I was the owner of the sandals they were on. Or what sandals were. They were just defending themselves.

And defend they did… Bite after stinging bite they inflicted vengeance on me. Some even burrowed their little heads into my leg.

These tiny creatures brought me to my knees and back into reality. Just because I had a balanced mind and was reaching deep states of meditation did not mean I could somehow bypass what happened in the physical world.

I went to my cot and cried and cried and cried. I felt like a failure, I felt defeated, I felt like I wanted to give up and never meditate again.

And then eventually as the pain wore off I slept.

The next day as the first gong sounded at 4am, I took a deep breath.

I made up my mind that I was going to stick with it and that day I had the most incredible meditation experience I’ve ever had – even to this day. It was indescribable.

It was the first time I experienced being one with Source and it changed my life.

What I hope these two tales from my early meditation course days have helped you see is this: That on the other side of our darkest times are our biggest breakthroughs.

We go through them as a sort of right of passage. Do you want what lies on the other side? Really?

Achieving greatness in life and living our truth requires dedication and determination. It requires getting back up when we’re knocked down and trying again.

Failure isn’t the end. It’s the beginning of the next attempt.

As you look back over 2017 and notice that you maybe didn’t accomplish everything you wanted, or you encountered some big setbacks and got off track, see it as an opportunity to try again.

An opportunity to try a new way, a different approach.

But do not do not do not let any of your dreams die. You feel them for a reason and they are attainable. The really valuable things in life are worth working for.

In love, light and truth,

Twyla K

Side note: I’m actually in the middle of my 8th 10-day meditation course right now, but thanks to Hootsuite I’m able to deliver this to you without even being there : ) Yay technology!

Twyla K is the owner of Soul Shine Healing & Coaching. She offers Clarity Sessions to help people who are tired of feeling stuck uncover their blocks, what they truly want, and get their soul sparkle for life back. Click Here to apply for a Clarity Session today!

Positive Thought Process for when Adversity Strikes

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All I want for Christmas is my one front tooth! WAH!

I am going to share something with you that I’m embarrassed about – I have been missing my left front tooth since August. It’s been horrible. It’s a long story, but essentially a tooth I’d had root cannalled before just popped off one day while I was flossing.

No, I haven’t been walking around toothless! I have a temporary one I use during the day.

But it’s been really crappy.

And so when I was told that my new crown was finally finished after having so many appointments, and I went in to the dentist yesterday to get it put on for good. But I ended up leaving in the same state I’d arrived in….

Yeah, I was crying my eyes out, hating life, hating my situation, there was a lot of negativity going on…

And I wanted to feel crappy. I did not want cheering up. I wanted to wallow. So I did.

For 1 day.

4 years ago when I was in the depths of grief, a counselor told me that it’s good to feel the emotions, it’s necessary to process them, but it’s not a place to stay. She taught me to put a time limit on how long I would stay in my super sad crying states.

This process stuck with me.

And this experience helped remind me what it’s like to get my hopes WAY up and then have them smashed. It sucks.

To be honest, when life is going along swimmingly, it can be hard to remember what feeling gutted is like. So in a strange way, this was a helpful experience to remind me that I’m not above having issues. Oh no, I’m not : )

Shit happens. And this brings up two big important points:

  1. Being spiritual does not mean your life will be perfect, that you will be trial and tribulation free. That’s not realistic. We are still living in this human 3D experience, and so human 3D issues will still pop up. Being spiritual does mean that you will have the tools to handle it better.
  2. It takes self-control and making a choice to shift from feeling shitty into an, at minimum, not so shitty state. A life coach I worked with described it as unplugging from one state like telephone operators did back in the day to switch lines. Then plugging into a state that was slightly happier. It didn’t mean leaping into ecstasy, that’s unrealistic and sets you up for a nice big fall back down. No, it’s a gradual, day-by-day process where I intentionally climbed out of the grief hole I was in.

To return to point 1 for a moment, I found Cathy Catching’s book Healing with Angel Talk to have some great advice on healthy perspectives to have when adversity hits.

After the initial and very natural/normal emotional reaction storm passes there are two potential positive perspectives you can use:

  • Understand that the event was purposeful and so even though it sucked, it needed to happen. You may not understand why it had to happen at this time (or ever), but trust that it needed to. This allows you to detach from needing to “get to the bottom of it”, which is a huge deal because it frees you up mentally, emotionally and energetically to move forward.
  • The event was simply not that important. Like I said before, sometimes shit happens. Again, the longer you dwell on it and stay stuck, the longer it will take you to dust yourself off and start creating what you do want again.

If you can make the above thought process into a habit, it can become a very valuable tool in navigating future adverse events.

And as for my tooth, at the end of my sad day I told myself, “Tomorrow is a new day.” I set the intention to be in a more positive mindset and I did wake up feeling better.

While angry thoughts at my dentist are still flitting through my head, they are less consuming. I called other dentists and got quotes so I feel empowered and I am even more determined to get my new tooth now.

In love, light, and tooth – I mean truth,

Twyla K

 

Twyla K is the owner of Soul Shine Healing & Coaching. She offers Clarity Sessions to help people who are tired of feeling stuck uncover their blocks, what they truly want, and get their soul sparkle for life back. Click Here to apply for a Clarity Session today!

Why Cognitive Dissonance is Effing Up Your Manifesting

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Imagine for a moment that you’re driving and you pull up to an intersection where the traffic light is both red and green at the same time.

What do you do?

Green indicates go, but… There’s also the red which clearly means stop…

Likely you will sit at this intersection for a while in a very confused state. You will sit there doing nothing until you get a clear signal on what to do.

NEWSFLASH! The Universe, your Higher Self, and your Spirit Guides are no different from you. If they’re getting mixed signals on what you want from you, then you can bet they’re going to be able to do a whole lot of nothing with that too.

So if you ever find yourself wondering, “Why isn’t this happening for me?” Check yourself – Are you sending out mixed messages?

Getting out of cognitive dissonance requires a deep level of honesty with yourself, because it typically happens when you’re “shoulding” yourself into wanting something and/or you have two very opposing feelings about something.

In both cases there will be one way that is true for you and one that is not. And it’s up to you to figure out which is which so you can get moving again.

When faced with this task it’s helpful to ask yourself the following the questions:

  1. If I’m honest with myself, what do I really want and why?
  2. When I think about wanting to do Option A – can I identify any external influences at play? Is this someone else’s idea or plan that I’m just going along with?
  3. Which of the two options would truly serve me and my highest good?
  4. Is either option something I just feel I should do and am not actually passionate about?

Another helpful activity is to close your eyes, put your hands over your heart, and then bring each option into your thoughts. Observe at a feeling level if there’s an expansion in your heart area or a contraction.

Expansion indicates the option is aligned to you and good for you, and contraction indicates it’s not.

Journalling can also help : )

The point is to get past all the noise, down to your core, down to what truly resonates for you, and then own that.

Once you get your answer, you need to stick to it. The wishy washy-ness was what got you stuck in the first place – so do not go back there!

This requires resolve and stick-to-it-ive-ness. Because there’s a good chance you will be tempted to waffle again. If you find yourself contemplating waffling, simply say to yourself – “I eat waffles for breakfast.” Then revisit the reasons you feel one option is best again to really cement in your resolve.

Your ego may tempt you by putting whipped cream on the waffles in the form of “what if” scenarios and even a gut wrenching dread that you’ve made the “wrong” decision and will regret it.

Recognizing this as an ego trick is the first step. Second step is knowing that there is no right and wrong, only your best made choice in this moment.

As you work more with this and start to see happy results and life progress, you’ll be able to give your ego’s tricks less and less attention.

And of course the glorious result of all this – the making up your mind in one clear direction and setting one clear intention – is that the Universe, your Higher Self and your Spirit Guides will be able to help you out now!

Manifestation = back on track.

But it all starts with you. Make no mistake. You choose red or you choose green – you can’t have it both ways : )

In love, light and truth,

Twyla K

Twyla K is the owner of Soul Shine Healing & Coaching. She offers Clarity Sessions to help people who are tired of feeling stuck uncover their blocks, what they truly want, and get their soul sparkle for life back. Click Here to apply for a Clarity Session today!

For Ladies Only: The Yoni Egg Edition

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“You put what, where? And why?”

That was my immediate reaction when, after I’d asked the participants of my intention setting workshop if they ever set intentions, one lady replied that she uses a Yoni Egg for her intention work.

Being raised a highly sexually repressed Christian (thanks mom for making me sign a mini contract saying I’d stay a virgin till I was married – that was great and didn’t mess me up at all!), I was like – how can she be talking about her Yoni right now to a room full of strangers!!!

She was so cool and calm about it, like it wasn’t no thang.

Needless to say for me though, I was amazed this lady had been so open about her Yoni Egg practice and I immediately kind of dismissed the whole experience as just being very odd.

It wasn’t till about 2-3 months later when I was doing my monthly healing arts fair booth that 2 Yoni Egg related things happened:

  1. My friend and fellow healer Nicole came up to chat and began talking about how excited she was to buy her first Yoni Egg at this fair from her friend Divina, and Nicole’s excitement is very contagious
  2. I realized that the beautiful egg-shaped crystals the lady at the booth across from me was selling were actually Yoni Eggs!

Coincidence? I think not.

And so, with curiosity very piqued, I went to talk to Divina about her Yoni Eggs.

There were about 6 different types of crystal Yoni Eggs on display, the only ones I remember now are the rose quartz, jade, and jasper. Those were the 3 I was torn between.

I wanted to set some powerful intentions around abundance so jade seemed the obvious first choice. But then something deeper inside me said. “NO. Self love comes first. Self love is the core and the key and the foundation that needs to be in place first.” And so I bought the rose quartz Yoni Egg.

Perhaps at this point I should take a quick moment to explain what a Yoni Egg is for all y’all who don’t know. Yoni eggs are crystals in the shape of eggs, there are 3 sizes, and they are used by women mostly internally (but also externally) to super charge manifestation, intention setting, and connect with your womb and the Divine Feminine.

On a physiological level, the use of a Yoni Egg strengthens the pelvic floor, helps with libido, stimulating lubrication, and can help prepare you for childbirth. It’s beneficial for post-menopausal women too as it helps with sensuality and longevity.

On a strange side note, after reading that Yoni Eggs have been used in Asia for over 5000 years, I remember buying a large egg shaped crystal while backpacking through India! No idea then what it was really meant to be used for, lol.

So that’s what they are.

Now back to my story.

I first used my Yoni Egg on the day of a full moon and damn – did it have a super charged effect! I took the time to journal about all I wanted to release and all I wanted to manifest. Then I cleansed the Egg with a special lavender and sage smudge, purified it with the hot water, and finally held it and set my intentions into it.

The first time I only used it over a 24 hour period. The second time I felt drawn to work with it for as many days as I kept feeling inspired too. Oh, and the second time I began working with The Sophia Code activations at the same time and it was really cool. I could probably write a whole post about that too.

Honestly before I used my Yoni Egg the first time, I had a lot of “logistical” questions. I watched a bunch of YouTube videos and read some articles, but it was only after using it and realizing how natural and easy everything was that I was able to relax about it.

I feel like I could keep writing for pages about all the insights and revelations I got from using my Yoni Egg, but I’m going to wrap it up here.

In a nutshell – I love my Yoni Egg. I will be buying more. The lady I bought my Egg from has 9 of her own. Each crystal has a different energy that it brings to your body and life.

I even saw mini Yoni Egg pendant necklaces! What the what!?! Love it. Love the idea of having my heart and sacral charka connected.

Oh, that’s actually one last thing I did want to mention about Yoni Eggs – they really help stimulate the sacral chakra. I’ve been setting intentions about releasing any trauma – present or past life – from that area so I can open the space fully for creation.

I’ve noticed health improvements as well as more self-love and empowerment feelings since using my Yoni Egg. AWESOME.

I’m feeling very inspired to hold Yoni Egg girl’s nights to get the word out and conversations about Yonis going. Let’s break the taboos together and reclaim this very powerful Divine Feminine practice and piece of ourselves!

In love, light, and Truth,

Twyla K

Twyla K is the owner of Soul Shine Healing & Coaching. She offers free energy scans to help people who are tired of feeling stuck uncover their energetic blocks and get their soul sparkle for life back. Email Twyla at soulshine@twylak.com to book your free scan today!

Reiki, the Gateway Healing Modality

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“Hey, have you tried reiki? Everyone’s doing it. You should just give it a try and see what you think…”

“It’s not that expensive, you can do Level 1 for under $100 depending who you go to.”

That’s how it all started, for me. A friend told me about a reiki class taught by one of our mutual friends and suggested I check it out. What did I have to lose?

During the class you get an attunement that raises your energy level to re-connect to your true inner self (soul), plus strengthen your connection to universal spiritual energy.

I got my Level 1 and Level 2 attunements in 2011, and the ball started rolling on my super big spiritual awakening process that I didn’t know was going to happen.

Do we ever really know at the start of a journey where it’s going to end? Typically no.

Did I keep doing reiki? Nope. It wasn’t my thing. I just had no desire to really pursue it. Sure I went to and still randomly will go to a reiki healing circle, but it’s more for the socialization aspect than to hone my reiki skills.

Any which way, fast forward from 2011 to 2013 and I’m diving into the deep end of the woo-woo spectrum taking Soul Realignment, an Akashic Record reading and clearing program that fundamentally changed the way I view and approach the world. FUNDAMENTALLY.

Of course my ego battled this at the time, tried to normalize the concepts, and kicked up a big stink through various major life changes and drama. But like a cowboy sticks to a bucking bronco, I stuck with Soul Realignment. I did Level 2, I did the Manifesting Blueprint program and the Reading the Future in the Akashic Records program.

And now I know why, like I truly deeply know why – it’s because I’m an Akashic Record Librarian through and through.

I’d just been sleeping in forgetful land for the first 30 years of my life, that’s all. Then the Soul Realignment studies reawakened this knowledge, connection, and gift in me.

I totally love and geek out about Soul stuff. Past lives fascinate me and I love the healing that can happen through addressing and clearing unresolved negative karma.

Would I ever have jumped straight into Soul Realignment? Hell no.

I needed to ease my way into it via reiki, and for that I am forever grateful to it. Thank you reiki! Thank you for opening me up to the wonderful world of healing arts and starting me on my path to becoming a lightworker again in this lifetime.

I see it with my friends too – Exhibit A: My sister did her Level 1 and 2 of reiki, and now is branching off into tarot reading. That’s her jam.

Exhibit B: My friend Chris(tine) just did her Level 1 in reiki because it’s accessible, Universal, and let’s be honest – mainstream. I’m excited to see where it takes her too!

It does take time for things to unfold, but reiki definitely plants the seed.

So if you want to try something cool, something that everyone’s doing and that’s really not that expensive… : )

In love, light and truth,

Twyla K

Twyla K is an Akashic Record Librarian who helps people’s Souls shine brighter and truer with the Soul level readings and clearings she does. She offers free energy scans to help people who are tired of feeling stuck uncover their energetic blocks and get their soul sparkle for life back. Email Twyla at soulshine@twylak.com to book your free scan today!

Astrological Lionsgate Today!

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I chose this funny picture of a kitty cat dressed up as a lion to accompany this blog post because during this Lionsgate time it can feel like we’re not fully embodying lion mode yet. Aka, we’re a little uncertain of our steps but we really want to get out there so we are.

Which is great! Because it’s simply in the getting out there and showing up as we want to be that will cause us to embody this new way of being going forward.

The Lionsgate is an astrological occurrence that runs from July 26 to August 12 with today, 8-8, being the biggest deal. However, I’ve also read that it runs from July 23 to August 22, so it looks like there are differing views on it out there.

Since I am not an astrologer, I will simply suggest you google it if you’d like more details.

What I do know and have been feeling are the energies of this, which have been really intense and a lot to deal with.

On the positive side, the Lionsgate sends an influx of higher vibrational energy for us to use – joy!

And then on the other side… there is energy encouraging us to release, and at the same time energy encouraging us to really get out there and be our true selves.

It’s hard to be all happy and outgoing and such while working on deep level releasing.

So it feels like there’s a juggling act, which is not always smooth and seamless, between these two.

Also remember: when higher vibrational energy comes in, it really stirs things up. Yes it’s fantastic that we all get an up-levelling boost, but when you raise your vibration – what no longer resonates to you must fall away.

This can look like people dropping away or relationships ending, the desire to get rid of possessions, or physical issues.

The good news is that all this releasing opens up space energetically for more of what you are now aligned to. So let’s all agree to suck it up for the greater good and make it through this together.

And to use it as a time to really align to who we are at Soul level.

My fave quote from all the articles I’ve read on this is to “expect a major shift in your life that brings in harmony and peace.”

Ok, I will!

And I hope you do too : )

In love, light, and truth,

Twyla K