Book Rec: The Untethered Soul

I’m over 50 posts into this blog, and I think this may be the first time I’ve posted a book recommendation, which if that’s true – shame on me! Cause I have been a nerdy little bibliophile since I learned how to read, and I have enough books to legit start my own library.

Quite a number of those books are spiritual and personal development-esque. And from that reading realm, one of my all time favorites is The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer.

 Here’s the official Amazon blurb to give you the gist of the book:

What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? The Untethered Soul, now a New York Times bestseller, offers simple yet profound answers to these questions. Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You’ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness.

By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.

The Untethered Soul begins by walking you through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy. It then delves into what you can do to free yourself from the habitual thoughts, emotions, and energy patterns that limit your consciousness. Finally, with perfect clarity, this book opens the door to a life lived in the freedom of your innermost being.

You guys, this is a life-changing book. I’ve read it a number of times, and it’s one that I always go back to, especially when I’m struggling. Not only is this a good blueprint for starting your spiritual journey, it’s a guide to growth and up leveling in general. It’s the type of book that each time you re-read it, you find a new little nugget of guidance or inspiration like it’s the very first time you cracked this treat open.

Here are a few of my favorite inspirational bits by Singer:

“Real transformation begins when you embrace your problems as agents for growth.”

“Challenging situations create the force needed to bring about change. The problem is that we generally use all the stirred-up energy intended to bring about change, to resist change.”

“At some point there’s no more struggle, just the deep peace that comes from surrendering to a perfection that is beyond your comprehension.” 

::dreamy sigh::

If you haven’t read this work yet, I highly recommend it! And if you have, I highly recommend Singer’s follow up book: The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection.


Creating a Sacred Space

^ That’s my sacred space :: heart eyes ::

Something I’ve learned along my spiritual journey is the importance of creating a sacred space where you can connect with yourself and spirit and perform daily practices, like card pulls, journaling, and meditation. 

Our environment is so integral to our energy and can truly impact how we feel at any given moment.

Why do you think the Marie Kondo “spark joy” decluttering method is so trendy right now? Everything is energy. When we’re surrounded by clutter, we’re surrounded by chaotic, draining energy. When things are tidy, organized, and pleasant to look at, we feel calm and inspired.

For me personally, creating my sacred space was a double win – 1) Because it was so important to me to have a dedicated spiritual space to focus and connect, and 2) Because I’ve always been an interior design nerd and I LOVE decorating, and shopping to decorate 😉

My sacred space is set up in my bedroom, and it consists of a desk that I use for my altar space, shelves with all of my spiritual tools, supplies, and books, and a comfy armchair that I only use for meditation, channeling, or journaling. I often call my sacred space my soul altar. It’s literally my favorite part of my apartment 🙂

I love bright colors, so my bedroom in general is colorful and bold, with coral walls and teal accents. My sacred space is also very colorful – I have a coral and teal shawl that I use as a runner for my desk, a piece of chakra artwork that highlights the 7 bright chakra colors, and resin art that looks like the ocean and the galaxy that hangs above my desk.

Every single item that makes up my sacred space is near and dear to me. Here’s a rundown of some of the spiritual artifacts that make up my soul altar:

Oracle & tarot cards: I keep my card decks on the shelves in my sacred space, and I also keep out my monthly and weekly card spreads on my desktop to refer back to. To learn about my favorite card decks, check out this post!

Candles: I use candles during meditation, channeling, and journaling. I usually light them when I am pulling cards, too. Candle colors can be important, as each color has a specific meaning or intent. I’ll make a separate blog post about that in the future.

Crystals, rocks, & shells: I have a ton of healing crystals and books that go into crystals at length. I’ll work with different crystals depending on how I’m feeling or what my intention is in the moment. I also have various rocks, stones, and sea shells that I’ve collected while traveling over the years. These pieces come from California, which is my desired locale (and I hope to move there soon!), Maine, and Assateague Island, to name a few. Sometimes when I travel, particularly when I’m out in nature or at a beach setting, I can just feel the impact it has on my soul. I like to pick up little tokens from those places to commemorate those moments.

Spiritual books: Some of the spiritual books living in my sacred space are The Magic, The Four Agreements, Big Magic, and The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings among many others. I also keep my soul journal (and past soul journals) stashed in this area. 

Wind chimes: I find the sound of wind chimes beautiful and haunting. Since I live in an apartment and don’t have dedicated outdoor space, I wanted to buy a tabletop wind chime for my altar.

Lotus photo: The lotus is very significant to me. The thought of rising from the mud to bloom into something beautiful is not only poetic but similar to how I view myself and my own spiritual journey. The lotus also represents enlightenment, which I’m constantly seeking. I even have a lotus tattoo!

Mala beads: I often joke with my friends that I’m a bit of a mala whore lol. I have quite the mala beads connection, but different strands invoke different feelings/intentions for me, and I love having them all hang in my sacred space.

Himalayan salt lamp: For allll the zen vibes. I have three of these lamps throughout my apartment, and they are a quick and easy way to shift the energy and vibrations in your space.

Quote card: It reads, “Perhaps the stars in the sky are loved ones letting us know they are near by guiding us through the night.” This combines two of my favorite things: stars and something that makes me think of my gram, who passed a number of years ago.

Incense: I have two favorite incense scents that I use: sandalwood for my bedroom/sacred space, and Nirvana by Wildberry Incense for the rest of my apartment.

I love my sacred space. Just looking at it, or even thinking about it can shift my energy into a more calm, zen state. Talk about magic 😉

I’d love to know – do you have your own sacred space? If so, what’s in it? And if not, are you feeling called to create one? Drop a comment a let me know!


Resources for When You’re Struggling with Fear, Anxiety, & Doubt

Well, it has certainly been a tough few weeks for the world. At the time of writing this, we are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, and to say it’s been scary AF is an understatement, as far as I’m concerned.

People have died due to contracting the virus. Others have fell gravely ill. Millions of people have lost their jobs and/or businesses. The stock market has tumbled into concerning territory. People are hoarding supplies and store shelves grow more bare by the moment.

Again with the scary AF.

Even as a lightworker and someone who is super spiritual and tends to err on the side of optimism and faith, I’ve been struggling too. We’re in unprecedented territory, and our very way of being for so long has been turned on its head.

It’s hard not to spiral into fear and uncertainty.

Luckily, there ARE things that we can do to ground ourselves, work through our fear, and tap into inner wisdom and the love and light of the universe so that we can hopefully feel a little less terrorized and panicked.

Which is why I wanted to share some resources with you that I’ve found so helpful at this time. These practices have really helped me work through my anxiety and overwhelm so that I’m not in a constant state of terror and helplessness. Check these out:

Facing Fear with Compassion w/Elizabeth Gilbert: I have loved Elizabeth Gilbert since the Eat, Pray, Love days. Her writing is beautiful, relatable, and inspirational. I’ve also seen her speak live, and she really is a weaver of words, not just in writing, but in speaking too. Needless to say, I was super excited when I saw her post on Instagram about this talk she did for Insight Timer. In it, Elizabeth not only shares lots of love and inspiration, but one of her own personal practices to help work through fear. You can check this out on the Insight Timer app for free!

Guided Meditation to Reduce Panic, Anxiety, & Worry by The Honest Guys: I’ve been meditating for over a decade, and although I tend to bounce around from my own meditation practices, to guided meditations, to in person meditations, I always come back to The Honest Guys for guided tracks. Their YouTube channel is one of the best I’ve seen for free meditations. They are all high quality, and there are soooo many different types to choose from. But for today, and the current state of the world, and trying to work through panic and fear, this one is a good one to turn to!

Practicing Gratitude: I know it may sound cheesy, or maybe even impossible given what is going on right now, but I promise, tapping into gratitude really can shift your state. My own practice is to journal my gratitudes each night, but sometimes I’ll also stop for a quick hit when I need it. And I’ve needed it a lot lately. Seriously, when you find yourself spinning out from fear and overwhelm, take a moment to stop, breathe, ground yourself in the moment, and write down (or speak aloud or think to yourself) three things you’re truly grateful for.

Journaling: When in doubt (or panic or fear or anxiety or anything really lol), write it out. Seriously. Sometimes we just need a release. And there’s nothing as powerful as putting your own words, thoughts, and feelings to paper. Let them go. Acknowledge them. All of those feelings have an energy, and one way to release that energy is to write it out.

LOL: Yep, good ole laughter as medicine. I’ll also admit that humor has been a defense mechanism for me my entire life, and there’s a reason for it – it works! Instead of focusing on what you can’t control, find something to laugh about. A quick search across the internet can help you find funny memes, but some of my favorite outlets lately have been daydreamnchill, shitheadsteve, thefunnyintrovert on Instagram.

I hope you find one, some, or all of these resources helpful, now, and in future times of need. Please know that I’m sending you love and light, and I truly mean that. It’s part of my evening routine – sending out waves of love, light, and healing to the world each night, from my soul to yours 🙂


What is Channeling?

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I’m currently working on a new book idea that centers around spirituality and intuition, my own spiritual journey, and the work that I do here through The Sacred Channel. The first phase of this project is going back through a decade’s worth of soul journals and transcribing the channeled messages I’ve received over the years.

It’s been a mixture of surreal, nostalgic, and mind blowing to revisit the start of my spiritual journey and see how I and my gifts have evolved.

It also made me remember how clueless I was about channeling (and all the spiritual things) back then and that it could be helpful to people who are currently clueless about channeling to dive deeper into this practice and share what I’ve learned. So here goes…

What the heck is channeling?

Channeling is when you receive messages, wisdom, guidance, or support from source, spirit, or your higher self. This may sound completely cray if you’re new to this type of thing, but I swear on Chris Evans’ perfect beard that channeling is real, and I believe that it’s something that we all have access to.

Seriously – this is coming from a gal who used to think she was atheist and was afraid of religion and spirituality. Now channeling is such an innate, normal part of who I am and my daily experience.

How do you know if you’re actually channeling?

I’ll be honest – it took me a loooong time to believe that I was channeling messages from outside of myself. At first, I would just kind of scoff and convince myself I was just imagining stuff or making up thoughts in my head.

But once I got over myself, I started to realize that the feel of these messages was different. Especially back toward the beginning of my spiritual journey – I was not in a good head space. I was on the self-hate bandwagon, and much of my internal dialogue was negative and self-critical to the point of cruelty.

However, the channeled messages I would receive were always loving and gentle. They were often positive and encouraging. And as I began to get better and better at channeling, to the point that I was scribbling down paragraphs or pages worth of messages, I realized they were often in a completely different voice than my own. And there were multiple voices. And handwritings. If I flip through all of my journals, there is a multitude of different handwritings intermingled with my own script. It’s pretty cool 😉

Who or what are you channeling? 

I often keep it general and say source, spirit, or your higher self. But if you wanna get into the nitty gritty of it, I’ve personally channeled:

  • My higher self & soul energy
  • My spirit guides
  • My spirit animals & totems
  • Others’ spirit guides
  • Other’s loved ones who have passed
  • Archangels
  • A few of my loved ones who have passed away

Channeling has opened my world in such a beautiful way. It’s strengthened my connection to myself, to spirit, to source, and to others! It’s always cool to channel for someone else and have the message resonate and inspire them. 

Channeling, and spirituality in general, have been pivotal in my personal healing and transformation over the years, which is why I’m such a geek about sharing it with others.

Speaking of which, if you’re excited to start your own channeling journey, stay tuned for next week’s post, which will dig into how to channel.


Presence & Breath

It’s no secret that soul searching, spirituality, meditation, and all those good things are a big part of my life. Personal growth is a bit of an obsession of mine, and I love to learn new things and try new practices as part of my personal development and spiritual journey. Meditation is something that I practice daily, and today I want to write about two practices that are closely related to meditation: presence and breath.

A few years ago, I participated in this awesome group coaching program focused on eating disorders and body image issues. The foundation for this work was very soul-centered, which is one of the reasons why I was drawn to it in the first place. In fact, I was so drawn to this organization, that I now work for it, helping others with personal growth, transformation, healing, and the like.

Two of the pillars of this work are presence and breath, which I’ve learned from personal experience can have a profound effect on our day to day life, especially when it comes to daily stress and anxiety.

Being present on the daily is a challenging endeavor. It can take dedicated and constant observation of your thoughts and feelings to shift into presence. The cool thing about this practice though, is that you quickly discover that in those fleeting moments of full presence, it really is a rewarding and perspective-shifting experience. I find this especially true as someone who is trying to:

  • Connect with my body on a deeper level,
  • Be more aware of my life and how I show up day in and day out,
  • Access higher states of consciousness and divine wisdom daily, and
  • Be more positive and optimistic in general.

Breath is a huge part of practicing presence. I don’t think you can have one without the other. Really think about it – breathing is this involuntary act that we do constantly to stay alive. But when you really hone in on it and focus on it with intent and curiosity, it can become a great tool that helps alleviate stress and promote wellness. Breathing can literally cause a state change in your body. I’ve found breathing to be really useful when it comes to:

  • Meditation: Focusing on my breath can help me drop into a meditative state quicker, and go deeper into my meditation.
  • Stress/Anxiety: When I feel myself getting overwhelmed, I’ll stop and take a few deep breaths until I feel more centered and less anxious.
  • Disordered Eating: It’s impossible to binge if you’re present (and focusing on your breath). Most of the time, if I want junk or am heading toward binge autopilot, it’s because of stress or some other #donotwant emotion that I’m trying to suppress with a quick state change – hence the magic of breath.
  • Body Connection: I’ve started to experiment with breathwork, and I’ve found that it helps me connect into my body and really FEEL it in a way that I never have before. It’s insanely mind-blowing, I can literally feel the energy moving throughout me, where I have stuck emotion/energetics, and I just feel so much more alive.

So how do you start practicing presence and breath?

I started out by setting daily alarms on my phone, usually for 9AM, 1PM, and 7PM. When the alarm would go off, I’d take a moment to breathe and center myself and then check in with myself to see if I needed a shift or to do anything (drink water, walk away from work for a bit, cord cut, etc.). At first it was challenging, especially for the first two alarms that went off during work hours. I’d often be too busy to stop, so I’d just shut off the alarm and keep working. BUT when I actually started to commit to these practices and respected the alarms and daily check ins, I noticed such a difference in my mental and physical states that I now do presence/breathing check ins frequently throughout the day without using any alarms.

As for the literal practice I use, it goes something like this:

  1. I close my eyes and take three deep breaths. I favor 6-3 breathing (inhale for a count of 6, hold for a count of 3, exhale for a count of 6, hold for a count of 3, repeat).
  2. Take inventory. Mental inventory is when you check in with your mindset and emotions. Are you feeling sad? Anxious? Angry? Physical inventory focuses more on your body and visceral state: are you hungry? Thirsty? Tired? Sometimes I take inventory of my surroundings, just noticing what’s going on around me: the conversations, the colors, the furniture, the light, etc.

There are so many benefits when it comes to presence and breath. The biggest benefit of presence is also the meaning of it – to just be in the here and now, where everything is okay, the past is long gone, and the future hasn’t happened yet. The benefit of breath is that you can really hone it to become a tool for your health and wellness. It can up your meditation game and help you learn to alleviate stress and anxiety – those are some game changers right there.

I think there’s something magical in that such simple practices can have a truly profound impact on your overall health and happiness.