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Colour Me Calm
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Colouring books for adults have become a huge trend in the health and wellness world. The idea behind it is that as you colour, you focus your mind entirely on that activity so it quiets down and you experience a state of calm.

There’s science behind it – according to a psychologist, “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colors. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.” 1

Well, the first few minutes of colouring was anything but calming for me. I was incredibly upset with myself – I had coloured outside the lines and there was no way of fixing that mistake. “Gah!” was my common exclamation throughout the activity. My sister remarked that what she was witnessing with my colouring was the exact opposite reaction the activity was meant to elicit. “I’m worried” she joked.

I found myself complaining about everything in my life that wasn’t working out as I continued to carefully fill in the flowers I was colouring.

Eventually, when I had nothing left to say, I quietened down. I just coloured. And I tried to stop berating myself when I made a mistake and coloured outside of the lines. I told myself it wasn’t about making it perfect. I was almost in a trance-like state. My thoughts just went away.

The whole activity was actually very insightful – I realized how deeply ingrained my perfectionism was and how I needed to relinquish control over what couldn’t be corrected (like colouring outside of the lines). I also realized how busy my mind was and how the frustrations of my life were almost like a track playing on repeat in my subconscious – not good! I always remember how Wayne Dyer used to say that what is in your subconscious mind drives your reality and it is so important to keep it positive.

I’ve committed to colouring weekly and I highly recommend it for anyone who is craving some peace in their lives – even for just a few minutes. It’s fun, calms you down, helps you realize what is bugging you on a subconscious level and it connects you with your inner child. Kick it up a notch by adding your favourite music. Sounds pretty soul nurturing – right?

Enjoy! 🙂

Notes:

  1. Gloria Martinez Ayala quoted in “Colouring Isn’t Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress.” Huffington Post (October 2014) <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/coloring-for-stress_n_5975832.html>. 
Healing Soul Trauma
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    “ There are things in life where your soul gets ripped apart but you can mend it, you can see it in a different way, you can move through that experience with grace. ” – Bryce Dallace Howard

There are things in life where your soul gets ripped apart but you can mend it, you can see it in a different way, you can move through that experience with grace.
– Bryce Dallace Howard

I recently watched Bryce Dallace Howard’s interview with Marie Forleo and loved when she said that. It resonated with me because alongside my own challenges, I have seen others in my life, including my beautiful clients, encounter challenges that have really made them feel broken, depressed, and dysfunctional.

Healing soul trauma involves understanding the ways in which your soul has been fragmented through certain experiences that have in turn, left you to acquire limiting beliefs and emotions that perpetuate a negative story within your psyche. This of course, creates an energetic imbalance that only attracts more of the same experience as opposed to something new that is in alignment with who you can be at your highest potential.

To illustrate the concept of soul trauma better, consider a relationship break-up as an example. Most people are familiar with or can imagine the pain that can be caused by this experience. It can lead to all sorts of feelings – anger, sadness, frustration, etc. Let’s say you were rejected – that can lead you to acquire the self-limiting belief of not being good enough. At this point, think about the damage done to your energy system – your heart chakra and astral field are already out of whack, as is your sacral chakra and emotional body. Add in the self-limiting belief, and your solar plexus and mental body takes a hit as well.

The way to correct these imbalances in energy healing is to conduct a soul retrieval – the idea being that the parts of yourself that were whole, complete and functional were left behind at the moment of the traumatic experience and must be retrieved. This isn’t something that energy healers can do by themselves – it is very much a collaborative effort with the person seeking healing, that involves the person facing their experiences from the past and identifying what self-limiting beliefs and emotions have been acquired as a result of those experiences. Then the person has to change the negative story playing in their psyche (i.e. I am not good enough) to a positive one (i.e. I am good enough but wasn’t valued by that person, so there is someone out there that will value me for who I am). This entire process can occur through self-reflection, introspection, or work with a professional such as a therapist.

The energy healer has the job of sending healing energy to assist with releasing repressed emotions and beliefs as a result of the traumatizing experience and reversing the damage done to the energy fields. People often have greater self-awareness after getting energy healing done – there is clarity that helps them to better identify the source of their problems and a positive outlook that provides them with the desire to move forward in a new direction.

Once the person reaches this point, the healing will begin to take effect and the person will begin to overcome their negative story and attract more positive experiences.

Moving Through Trauma With Grace
I have been thinking a lot about the nature of grace recently and I am starting to appreciate it more and more. It is often said that how a person weathers their storm is reflective of their character and I have always admired those who have handled their challenges with grace.

Upon encountering challenges, it’s very easy to turn to escapist behaviour, including addictions, which is why it’s important from an energy healing perspective to also focus on keeping the solar plexus strong (this is the center of willpower) and sacral chakra (the center of emotions, which feed addictions or co-dependent behaviours). Without these energy centers staying strong, a person can resort to avoiding having to deal with their challenges instead of overcoming them in a healthy way.

It is also important to heal the crown chakra, which is the center of faith. When you realize that everything happens for a reason, even if you can’t see it in the present moment, you are trusting a divine intelligence that is at work for your own personal growth, spiritual development, and higher good. Trust in this intelligence can fast-track your recovery, especially if you choose to stay connected with this higher energy through your challenges. This is perhaps the most difficult part of healing soul trauma, for it is often difficult to keep the faith when you feel like you have been victimized and it’s often a shift in perspective or spiritual understanding that can assist in this regard.

While the process of healing soul trauma can be difficult and take time, it can change a person’s being and life, which makes it well worth the effort.

Happy soul healing!

How to Overcome an Existential Crisis
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You know that feeling that causes you to question your current circumstance and wonder if there’s something better for you? It may be disenchantment, a lack of motivation or boredom that prompts you to ask the question.

Sometimes asking that question can result in experiencing a full-out existential crisis, where you find yourself wondering whether your life has any purpose, meaning or value.

And while this all seems very sad and dreary, the truth is that existential crises are good – it’s a sign that your soul is telling you that you’re in the wrong place and you need to take action to get yourself back on path.

Overcoming an Existential Crisis Through Energy Healing
The chakra that is associated with understanding one’s life purpose is the crown chakra. If you are going through an existential crisis, chances are that your crown chakra is closed or imbalanced.

Other chakras that are associated with existential crises are the third eye chakra, which is the energy centre of insight and the throat chakra, which is the energy center that allows you to express your purpose in the world.

Working on these chakras through energy healing can assist with providing clarity regarding your purpose and what steps you need to take to live a soulful life.

Here are some other tips on how you can overcome an existential crisis:

Pay Attention to Your “Haunting Hobbies”
You know those things that you love to do but feel like you have no time for them and yet they continue to possess your mind? Craft space in your life to follow through on them. If you feel like something is missing in your life without them, chances are that they are meant to be part of your life path and purpose.

Consult with People You Respect
Sometimes when you lose faith in yourself and have a lack of mental clarity, the people who are dearest to you can remind you of your uniqueness and what you can contribute to the world. Also pay attention to any compliments you may receive from them or others – if someone tells you that you are good at something, consider whether it’s a skill or activity that you’d like to pursue and develop.

Get Away
Sometimes when you are caught up in the day-to-day activities of your busy life, it’s hard to take a step back and give yourself a reality check. Plan a mini-getaway or even a day where you are far-removed from your usual activities so you can contemplate on what you need to do to get things moving in the direction you’d like.

Have Patience
Change takes time so be sure to focus on the silver lining in your current circumstance while you await the fruitful return of your action steps.

Remember that it’s in your control to end your existential crisis – so embrace your inner power and create change!