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“Listen to The Rumble of Your Ancient Knowing, Summoning You Onto Your Path…”

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“Listen to The Rumble of Your Ancient Knowing, Summoning You Onto Your Path…”

On Thursday 17th of November, I facilitated the final Gathering Circle of Spring 2016. I asked everyone to bring something they could gift on to those who would share in their experience. “It might be a flower, a poem or a story… Bring the magic. In whatever form you’re guided to bring it. The rest will unfold as it needs to.”   There were all kinds of offerings: roses specifically chosen to bless the space, flowers from a plant infused with dreams and intentions, a handmade candle created under the Super Full Moon, the full presence of a woman who showed up despite mother-guilt and her young child sick at home, shells from mother ocean, birthday gifts received that very day gifted-on, feathers, paper of gold and silver… and of course, the presence of each woman who had gathered. Once everyone had shared parts of themselves, and the significance of their gift, I took them through the process I’d been guided to share with them. A process of journeying through the 7 Main Chakras, calling in the spirit animal archetype of each Chakra, in a similar way to how I’d been taught during the Munay-Ki Transmission Rites I received in October 2015. The intention was that the spirit of these animals, would assist in bringing to full life the seeds of visions and dreams that had been planted during the Spring season. That the spirit of the animals would inform and guide each individual journey from that moment on. At the very end of the process, I read this message to the group…   “Sometimes as we journey through our normal busy lives, a whisper comes to call us from a place deep within. At first it may be subtle – so quiet in fact, that it could easily be missed among life’s other pressures. But if we pause to listen, we will hear it like the distant rumble of a thundercloud within. This is the calling of our ancient inner knowing, summoning us onto our path. Tuatara (Lizard) speaks to the ancient call of your spirit.  Now is the time to awaken your dormant abilities and choose the path that honours the full expression of your unique gifts. The role you came here to play was decided long ago. A specific energy was greatly needed and you chose to bring it. Listen to the part of you that is not bound by daily tasks, but is aligned with the mission of fulfilling your deeper contracts with life.  Sometimes making choices means giving up certain activities in order to make room for the greater dream to come through. Even if choosing one path requires letting go of another, know that there is no risk of losing yourself. When you make a true commitment to the one, you naturally include the all.  Tuatara says, ‘bask in the warmth of your ancient knowing. Embrace your power to see all possibility and to choose the path that truly honours your soul. In doing so, you honour the soul of the world and all of life.’  There is no need to rush ahead, but when you connect with your own sense of inner knowing, when you claim your deepest gift, you will know that you have no choice but to move forward into your unique calling in...

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What We Beam, We Create.

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What We Beam, We Create.

On Tuesday morning I finished hand-drawing this new Alchemy Code. I saw it very clearly during a yoga class late Sunday afternoon, after I’d spent the day feeling enchanted by the alignment and serendipitous nature of my life. A welcomed shift after feeling disconnected from the full enchantment of life over the past few months. I’d spent the day ‘randomly’ meeting new people as I went about my usual day-to-day activities. People who spoke my language, where interactions were easeful and fluid and inspiring. As I lay back on my yoga mat, this new code came to me. I saw it first, then felt it working it’s magic in my heart.  The clarity of it’s message and the alchemy of the code was clear: “there is a constant and continuous flowering of life, webs woven behind the scenes, in graceful alignment” and “what you beam, you create.” There was a reminder too, of the role we each play in the creation of our reality and the environment we live in. As I’ve drawn and sat with this new code over the past few days, the information and guidance has flowed effortlessly. And unlike the other codes, some of which have taken years to unveil themselves, this one is ready to work it’s magic now. So here you go, the next addition to the Alchemy Code collection. Breathe into it and receive the guidance it has for you. If you’re feeling called to work with the codes more consciously and in an embodied way, we can do that together during a 1:1 Alchemy Code Session. You choose the code you’re most resonant to. There are currently 20 different codes available to explore. Then we work together to help you integrate and embody the vibration of the code. And align your vision and perspective to a new way of seeing yourself and the world around you. Much love and soul wellness, Melissa xx Ready to work together? Book your 1:1 Shamanic Kinesiology session. Come along to the next Gathering Circle.  Seeking restorative self-healing practices? Download 31 Days of Soul...

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How To Calm The Constant Hum Of Anxiousness

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How To Calm The Constant Hum Of Anxiousness

A few days ago, I wrote about my experience of birthing a part of myself. In the post, I mentioned what’s been going on in my life since the beginning of June, and the changes that are unfolding as a result. Whilst I completely respect the process, and understand why these changes to my life are necessary and ultimately of benefit to me; my body, mind and life are still going through the very real process of change. Which means, since the beginning of June, I’ve been in varying states of overwhelm, vulnerability, increased sensitivity, anxiety and exhaustion. Sometimes these states are heightened, and sometimes they’re barely noticeable, depending on how well I’ve been caring for myself, and the circumstances life is throwing my way. And so, to care for myself and help calm the constant hum of anxiousness…   Here are some practices I’ve been working with: Amygdala Emotions/Acupoints. The Amygdala is a nut shaped area of the Limbic System, associated with survival. It scans input from your external environment, looking for signs of danger, including images and events that have caused emotional and physical stress in the past. And when it does, it sets off the fight/flight response and your survival mode is triggered. If you’re finding it difficult to move on from any of the following emotions, work with the corresponding au-points to calm the emotion so you’re transitioning through it, rather than staying stuck. When holding these points, always hold them on both sides of your body, activating the point with 2 fingers together, or your thumb (for neutral polarity/charge), and take a moment to still your mind, breathing directly into the points. Rage/Anger: work with Kidney Meridian acu-point #1. You’ll find this point at the soles of your feet, in the dip at the ball of your foot. Fear and Fright: work with Heart Meridian acu-point #8. You’ll find this point on the palms of your hands. Bend your little finger so that it connects with the palm of your hand, and that’s where you’ll find acu-point #8. I worked with this point yesterday, and soon after was able to make a decision I’ve not been able to get clarity on for some time now. Pleasure: when you’re stuck in survival mode, pleasure and joy can feel lacking, and yet, this is the energy of creativity, growth and inspired change. So, if you feel blocked from pleasure in your life, work with Heart Meridian acu-point #7. You’ll find this point on your wrist, in alignment with your little finger, right up against your wrist bone, on the inside of your tendon. Flex your hand toward you to accentuate your tendon, to help find the point. Flight: If you feel like running away or hiding, work with Heart Meridian acu-point #6. You’ll find this about 1 thumb width above Hrt Meridian acu-point #7, towards your elbow. You’ll notice that most of these points are along the Heart Meridian, and this is because the Heart Meridian enlivens your spirit. When your spirit is enlivened, you’re able to make choices in an open hearted, soul-aligned way, rather than from ego attachment, and how things ‘should’ be. Also, if you Google search these acu-points, you’ll find images illustrating each of these points.   Baths. Baths with Epsom Salts, olive oil, and a scented oil that smells good to me, feels like heaven....

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What It Felt Like To Birth A Part of Myself

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What It Felt Like To Birth A Part of Myself

This winter, I had the experience of birthing a part of myself. On the surface, it felt raw and confronting, physically and emotionally. Underneath it all, I felt impeccably supported and powerful, knowing that what was unfolding was a necessary experience. Below are excerpts from my personal journal, documenting the moments I knew were important to my life somehow. It wasn’t until much later, months after I’d birthed a profound part of myself, that I realised what had transpired. When I was able to trace it all back to the beginning.   The Beginning… In the first week of June 2016, my Winter initiation began. It began with a double dose of unexpected grief and death. First, the sudden death of a beautiful friend, vibrant, inspirational and graceful to the very end. I felt confronted by the shock of how quickly it happened, and by the surprising insecurities that surfaced as a result. In the same week of her death, a choice-point offered itself. To stay in a relationship that felt comforting, though had reached its capacity, or to choose another direction. In essence, it was the most loving, adoring and beautiful experience of being in a relationship that I’d ever experienced, and at its core, it worked. If you’ve read my Devotion story, you’ll have an understanding of why this experience was so valuable to me, and also why confronting this choice was tremendously difficult. On a Friday evening, after an open conversation, and a playlist in the background literally echoing the conversations we were having, we chose to end the relationship. A few days later, I stood with my friends at Clare’s life celebration, and grief began to pour out of me. What also unfolded over those winter months, was a shift in other important friendships too. These were the friendships that I had intentionally called in at the very beginning of my year of Devotion, Friendships that helped me to come alive after my separation from my then husband. Accepting that so many important relationships were changing, all at once, was incredibly difficult. Winter as it turned out, was about heart-break: the heartbreak of friendship and partnership, and of growing and claiming power through those experiences. And so, the journal excerpts below… For those of you who are just beginning your awakening journey, I share this so you know you’re not alone, that it’s safe to break, and that there’s power in allowing your body to heal in the way that honours and respects you personal process. And for those already well and truly on the path, I share this as a loving reminder that we’re all doing this together.   Sunday 21st August 2016. Yesterday, I broke. Again. My tears would not stop, and the pain was excruciating. It felt like someone was literally pulling my heart apart and my chest open. The sounds that escaped through my voice… It was extraordinary. And confronting. The sounds were guttural, raw, and animalistic. I sounded like I was dying. I felt like I was dying. And part of me was. When I showered, the water encouraged my tears, the healing of my heart-break, and the toning of my pain. I leaned forward, as I’ve done many times before, used my arms for support, and gripped the edge of the bath with my hands. Water running from the shower...

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How My Devotion Story Began…

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How My Devotion Story Began…

In November 2014 I was laying on the grass, sunshine streaming above, pondering an idea that had revealed itself. Father Sun was my medicine that day, and Mother Earth was my support. Two months earlier, I’d separated from my husband. And I was re-learning everything. How to live alone, cook for one, remember to check the letter box, sleep in a new environment. How to heal my heart, be with my pain, accept my anger, be with my grief and accept that I had grief (shouldn’t I be over it by now?), and still function in the world as someone I wasn’t quite sure I knew. I was learning how to be raw, human, vulnerable, and self-sufficient. It felt like all of the preceding years of life, all of the years gathering healing knowledge, had been my traineeship. This was the big one. The opportunity to put it all into practice. To stand by and live, what I believed in. Living alone also showed me where I’d been hiding, and also what I needed to see about myself and the way I’d chosen to move through life. Around that time, I’d gone away with friends, and the idea to offer a 12 month journey materialised. At that point, I thought I’d be turning 31 Days of Soul Wellness into a longer journey. Though that day, laying on the grass in the park, offered a very different notion, and that was the journey of Devotion. As it turned out, I needed to go on my own Devotion journey, an adventure, before I could teach it to others (no surprises here).   My Invitation Into Devotion March 2014. I was at the Big Hearted Business Un-Conference, watching Danielle LaPorte stroll across the stage. At one point she said: “Some of you will stay in marriages you’re not meant to stay in.” I felt my insides crumple, my heart cave inward, and my throat constrict.   April 2014. “Are you wasting my time?” I was standing in the kitchen, looking directly at my then husband. We’d been married for 5.5 years, and yet another promise had been reneged on. We’d gotten married quickly. Engaged after only 7 weeks of dating, and married 5 months after that. The spontaneous, adventure loving part of me thought “well, won’t this be an incredible story if it works out?” The more conservative practical part of me thought “am I really going to do this?” The night before my wedding, my intuition begged me not to. And still I did. What followed were years of the classic healer/narcissist relationship pattern. I believed that my abundant love could fix anything, and my desire to help and heal him came before anything else, including myself. When my power did re-build, he would create a catastrophe or an argument, which sent me into a depleting emotional spiral. All the while, I literally dwindled away as more and more of my power was given to (and readily absorbed by) him and the relationship. I became devoted to the idea of marriage, and the potential of what we could become. Travel forward to that moment in the kitchen when I asked: “Are you wasting my time?” While this question was prompted by the acute pain of feeling devastated at the let down, and necessarily directed at my partner, underneath...

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Unravelling Yin Yoga – Interview with Erika Newberry

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Unravelling Yin Yoga – Interview with Erika Newberry

It’s Sunday evening, and I’ve just returned home from a Yin Yoga class. I’m feeling clear, embodied and co-ordinated. Other times, I’ve felt vulnerable and raw. Or held and nurtured. Energised and awakened. Reacquainted with parts of my body that I’d not paid loving attention to in a very long time. Humbled into my heart and into my life. This is the gift of Yin Yoga. You get what you need. Every single time. This restorative practice has become fundamental to my well-being, my sense of self, and my ability to create with clarity. And so I’ve invited Erika Newberry, founder of Change With Yoga (and facilitator of the classes I adore), to share her perspective and love of Yin Yoga with us… _________________________________________________________________________ Q. Hey there Erika! Welcome, and thank you for being a part of this conversation. To begin, would you share a little about yourself with the Soul Wellness Community? Hi, I’m Erika and I’m a yoga teacher, yoga therapist and laughter yoga facilitator. I’m originally from South Australia (born in Adelaide) and grew up on a farm just outside of Mt Gamber. I spent years living in England in my 20’s, travelling and working in the hospitality industry before I finally got the courage to embark upon my yoga teaching journey. When I returned to Australia, I relocated to Melbourne to begin my training, the rest is history!   Q. What drew you to Yin Yoga in the first place, and how did you come to teach the practice? I used to go to regular Yin classes with one of my favorite yoga teachers, Jennifer Crescenzo. Sadly, I don’t always have the time to get to her classes these days but love it whenever I can. I had practiced Yin Yoga years ago when I lived in England but I just didn’t know what it was called, so when I came across Jennifer’s classes here in Melbourne, I was so happy. I loved the long holds of the postures/shapes and the opportunity to explore the subtle changes in my body and mind. I would often discover sensations in my body or a tendency in my thinking that I just wouldn’t notice in more dynamic yoga. Yin for me is a chance to slow down and to notice those subtle aspects of myself. After lots of my own practice, I looked into different Yin trainings and I did my first one with Jennifer here in Melbourne. Then I went on to study with Sarah Powers, who was over from the US and was offering yin training in Sydney. I was really influenced by Sarah’s teaching. One thing I really noticed from her training was how it helped change my relationship with my meditation practice and how I would weave this into my classes.   Q. Over the past few months I’ve been coming to your beautiful Yin classes, and have found the practice to be incredibly restorative, and fundamental to my wellbeing. For those that are not familiar with Yin Yoga, or are unsure how Yin will benefit them, would you share a few fundamentals about the practice, and also what you love most about it? I find Yin Yoga really empowering actually. I like to remind students that every ‘body’ is different and every time you get on your...

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A Practice: Seeing The Other Through The Eyes Of Love.

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A Practice: Seeing The Other Through The Eyes Of Love.

Last Thursday I led the very first Gathering Circle. One by one, each person entered the room and took their place. After the opening ritual we went around the circle, beginning from my left, and shared our intentions for our time together. The essence of the intention for each person was the same: A desire to connect with others who were like-minded and like-hearted. And a desire to create a more potent relationship with their internal world. So this is where we began… And by the end of the Gathering Circle, each woman left feeling infinitely more connected and enlivened, inside and out.   Seeing The Other Through The Eyes of Love I want to share with you a practice that I closed the circle with, which blossomed each individual heart, and amplified the love in the room exponentially. Here’s how the practice flows: Gather in a circle of two or more people. Choose one person to begin. If it’s you, turn to the left and stand in front of the person beside you, then join hands. Take a moment to drop into your heart space, and create a connection with the person before you. When you’re ready, say: “I see in you…” then share the qualities you see in the other that feels powerful and full of love. Allow the person receiving love to say thank-you, then move on to the next person, repeating the process until you come to stand in your original position. The next person then moves around the circle… until each person has both given and received love. To close the practice, simultaneously bring the palms of your hands over your heart space at the centre of your chest, and breathe the love into your heart and through your body. Some of the qualities that were shared at the Gathering Circle were strength, innocence, beauty, leadership, octaves of energy, amplified love, depth of heart and freedom of spirit… The qualities you see in the other, and receive for yourself, may not be qualities you expect or have recognised before, and this is one of the gifts of this practice. This ritual may also feel difficult, challenging, and vulnerability inducing. If it does, go gently, take your time, and allow yourself to be surprised by what you see, and what you receive. Your heart is opening.   If you want to give this practice a go on your own, be creative with it. Intend to see yourself through the eyes of your internal mother who loves you completely, or through the eyes of pure love. Drop your attention into your heart space. Take a few slow deep breaths. Once you feel ‘dropped in’ to your heart space, hold eye contact with yourself in the mirror and when you’re ready, say out aloud: “I see in you….” Taking your time to allow yourself to see, and call out the beauty within.   The next Gathering Circle is happening on Thursday 20th of October, at 7pm. Click here for details + to confirm your place. Much love and soul wellness, Melissa xx Ready to work together? Book your 1:1 session here. Desiring connection with like-hearted souls? Come along to the next Gathering Circle. Seeking restorative self-healing practices? Download 31 Days of Soul Wellness...

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Creating Healthy Harmonious Friendships Amongst Women – Interview with Sara Brooke

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Creating Healthy Harmonious Friendships Amongst Women – Interview with Sara Brooke

Recently I invited a beautiful friend of mine, Sara Brooke creator of The Space In Between, to have an important conversation about cultivating healthy and harmonious relationships amongst women. We wanted to have this conversation because we’ve both personally experienced the shadow side of female friendships: shaming, judgement, competition and being burned. Friendships which have had undercurrents of jealousy and insecurity. We’ve also noticed this in the lives of the many women we cross paths with, in our work and in the circles of women we move amongst. Eventually, we’ve learned to withdraw from such relationships, and have felt unsafe to strike up new friendships, out of self-protection and for fear of the pattern recurring again. What follows is a sense of aloneness and isolation. Does this sound like a familiar story? And, what if there is another way that feels better? These scars highlight the wounding of the Shadow Feminine. This isn’t limited to friendships – you may have experienced it with your mother, grandmother, aunts, sisters, nieces, daughters. It’s a pattern that is all pervasive and deeply woven into the story of our culture. It’s also a story that can change, if we take ownership and change it.  This old story separates women from abundant energy, love and power – the kind that is created when women come together to genuinely support, celebrate and uplift one another. When women gather in this way, the empowered feminine comes to vibrant life as an unstoppable force of nature. Speaking from personal experience with one another, Sara and I share how female friendships can nourish, uplift, and blossom you into being. As we’ve spoken with one another, what has unfolded is so clear – in order to create harmonious friendships with other women, you must be willing to develop your relationship with the wise woman within. Enjoy x _________________________________________________________________________   Melissa: Hey Sara   Sara: Hey Mel   Melissa: Before we begin chatting about creating healthy uplifting friendships amongst women, will you share a little about yourself for those who haven’t connected with you yet?   Sara: My name is Sara Brooke. I run a business called The Space In Between. Under that banner, I am a teacher and a guide – that’s probably the best way to describe what I do! I teach and train people how to give Reiki. I’ve also produced a number of meditation albums and I’ve also created my own ‘at home healing practices’, so that people can be their own healer, which I’m really excited about! And I also see clients 1:1 for mentoring and whatever else intuitively flows into the session, to really empower them to create a life that feels richly fulfilling, and in alignment with what their soul is here to do.   Melissa: Beautiful! Would you also share about the work you’re doing around healing the Divine Feminine?   Sara: Ok, healing the Divine Feminine has been an interesting journey for me. Definitely when I started my business, I was very much about helping people getting into a space of being, to let go of the external world and just discover their inner world. And I actually didn’t realise that whilst I was doing that, I was very much introducing people to their feminine energy, because regardless of gender everyone has that masculine/feminine current that runs through them, and then when it’s working...

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Integrating The Great Mother: Alchemy Code #03

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Integrating The Great Mother: Alchemy Code #03

Over the past few months, I’ve been working with Alchemy Codes in 1:1 Shamanic Kinesiology sessions. Alchemy Codes are activators of power and expanded consciousness. I began intuitively hand-drawing the codes in June 2014. In the process I intimately learned what qualities each of the codes activate, and now teach others how to work with their energy too. At their core, Alchemy Codes teach wisdom and love, and are catalysts for personal growth and soul embodiment. They’re alive with energy, though asleep, until activated through conscious engagement with the code. Once awoken, the codes do their work through movement, colour and sound vibration, healing and clearing old patterns and coding within the cells of your body, whilst creating space for the power qualities of the codes to become integrated.   Alchemy Code #03: The Great Mother Over the past few months, the code that has been most worked with during healing sessions is the Alchemy Code #03: The Great Mother (pictured above). This Alchemy Code carries the coding of The Great Mother, who guides and heals with clarity, discernment, foresight, patience, healthy boundaries, and devotion to personal integrity. When this code has come up for clients, they are integrating and developing an element of The Great Mother within themselves, and healing and soothing an element of their inner child along the way. They are learning to mother themselves, with compassion and fierceness in equal measure. This particular code works strongly with Third Eye Chakra + Pericardium and Triple Heater Meridians, and activates a conscious partnership with the Base Chakra, so the wisdom and discernment of The Great Mother, is brought through into embodiment, manifestation, grounding and connection to Mother Earth. At this stage, Alchemy Codes are only available in 1:1 healing sessions and also during the Alchemy Code Journey, as they require personal guidance as you consciously explore and integrate the energy of the code. If you’re drawn to consciously working with one or more of the codes, and would prefer to do this in a 1:1 setting, get in touch: melissa@soulwellness.com.au Much love and soul wellness, Melissa xx Ready to work together? Schedule your 1:1 Shamanic Kinesiology session in Elwood, or via Skype. Come along to the Gathering Circle. It begins Thursday 6th of October. Seeking restorative self-healing practices? Download 31 Days of Soul...

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7 Documentaries That Will Broaden Your Perspective

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7 Documentaries That Will Broaden Your Perspective

I’m a bit of a lover of movies and documentaries. And the following seven are currently taking my interest. Each is broadening my perspective on life, humanity, and the world that I contribute to. I hope you’re moved by these documentaries too…   For The Next 7 Generations View the pre-view here.   Putuparri and the Rainmakers View the pre-view here. And watch the full documentary here.   HUMAN View the pre-view here.   Embrace of The Serpent View the pre-view here.   Samsara View the pre-view here.   Collaboration: on the edge of a new paradigm View the pre-view here.   Bag It: The Movie View the pre-view here.   What movies and documentaries are moving you at the moment? Let me know in the comments below. Much love and soul wellness, Melissa xx Want to work together? Schedule your 1:1 Shamanic Kinesiology session in Elwood, or via Skype. Come along to the Gathering Circle. It begins Thursday 6th of October. Seeking restorative self-healing practices? Download 31 Days of Soul...

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