Be sure to follow my yoga journey on www.inkedyogi.com this is my personal yoga journal… lots of raw, authentic yoga living happening over there.
Be sure to follow my yoga journey on www.inkedyogi.com this is my personal yoga journal… lots of raw, authentic yoga living happening over there.
Each day we are giving opportunities to shine, to be of service, to step into the light. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we forget that life is supposed to be lived. We forget to have fun. We forget to soften around the edges. Life is tough, we suffer, and the world suffers. Suffering is an opportunity for us to open to the light. Pain is a doorway if we slow down enough to look at what is happening beneath the surface. Presence affords us a power that we seldom tap into because of the many distractions that are constantly in our faces. When is the last tie that you’ve looked up at the sky? When was the last time you witnessed the multicolored magic of a sunset? I know I spend more time online than I like. I’m working on creating balance. I often wonder what it would be like if we didn’t have these electronic tethers. How would we connect to one another?
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
I can still remember a life before the internet. It was beautiful. I can remember having full present conversations with friends, family and those around me. You can see a blankness in some people’s eyes. Their brains are already leaping into whatever comes next. We’ve gotten away from showing up, and are more involved in running towards the next event, thought, the next place to be.
Life moves quickly, but it doesn’t mean that we have to. Slow down, breath into this moment. Rest. Arrive.
You are loved.
Just launched a new blog. It’s exciting, and is going to be a place for me to explore my yoga practice and how it integrates into my life.
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I love that the weather is finally changing. I love taking my practice outside. There is something powerful about having the open sky above me. The limitless space is powerful. I started out by laying back and staring into the sky, and I was surprised to see a rainbow. The colors were pretty brilliant against the white clouds. I joked in my head that yoga was the pot of gold I’ve been searching for all this time. Since stepping a bit more deeply into my yoga journey, life is picking up. I feel that things are coming together, and that’s a good thing. I am still healing old wounds, but that is what yoga allows me to do. Yoga gives me the space to step into my heart, to listen with depth.
“Read a little. Meditate more. Think of God all the time.” -Yogananda
I’ve been reciting the Hanuman Chalisa…
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Today as I was taking my place on my yoga mat at the gym, I asked myself the question, “Why do you do yoga?” The question struck me, and I’ll admit at first I didn’t have an answer. I decided to take this question into my practice today. As I was moving around the mat, breathing, taking in the sounds of the gym, I had a realization was over my heart. Yoga is how I pray. For me, yoga is devotion. When I am on my mat, I am stepping onto sacred ground. I feel my soul come alive. My breath joins my body more deeply, and for a moment all that exists is the flow.
Stepping onto the mat is stepping into trust. We spend much of our day trying to get away from the body, we rush into our expectations, or are bound to the anchors of our past. We hold judgement against ourselves. We eat foods that lack nourishment. We engage in distractions (television, social media, etc). We numb ourselves. When we take a step onto the yoga mat, we are saying to the soul, to God, to the universe I am here, and I am ready. The very act of showing up sets the intention, and brings us into presence.
As I move through the asana, I pause and deepen my breath. Too often in classes we try to rush through the sequences. Each pose is a meditation, the breath the mantra, and when we move slowly we are honoring the sacredness of that union. Sequences do not need to be complex, you don’t need to be fancy with how you breath, just let the body move. Yoga is an act of surrender. I try not to plan too far ahead as to what I want to do on my mat. I ask my body what it feels like doing today. I let each asana guide me to the next. I invite in my emotions, the ambient sounds and colors of whatever space I am in. Yoga is not about escaping, its arriving into to presence.
Yoga is a prayer that is said by the body, on the altar of our soul. Each movement is an intention in action. Each breath is a sacred mantra that whispers through us, taking us deeper into each heartbeat.
Take a moment to honor your path by dropping into the breath. Hold your awareness at the rise and fall of the chest, take your hand and place it over your beating heart. Feel life moving through you. Let this be enough.
Reiki is one of my passions. I love how beautifully subtle can be, but also the amount of power that it brings to any given number of situations. Reiki is easy to learn and easy to do for yourself and for others. I thought it’d be great to start a series of posts to look at ways we can take our Reiki practice to a deeper level. Reiki is more than just a healing technique. I’ll be referring to Reiki specifically in these posts, but much of what I’ll be sharing may apply to other energy healing modalities and forms. Use your discernment to decide if this is something that resonates with you, and feel free to apply the information in the best way that works for your style of healing. There really are no right or wrong ways to go about doing this. What I am going to give you here are a couple of methods that I have used personally and have found them effective for my personal use, and I’ve also had positive feedback from clients that have also used these techniques. Use what feels right, leave the rest, and use this to formulate your own methodology.
There are many reasons why you might feel drawn to energetically cleansing your physical space. It might be a new home, or you may have had arguments in the space, you might feel an uneasy unseen presence, or it might just be a part of a routine that you follow based on your spiritual tradition. Many use sage or incense at their primary method of cleansing a space, this act is called smudging. Adding Reiki into this process is fairly easy and will bump up the effectiveness of the technique that you are us using. Smudging is powerful in that it allows us to engage all of the senses in the act of cleansing the space: our eyes see the smoke, we can smell it, we can feel the heat off the tip of the sage or incense stick, we move around the space with it, etc. To move Reiki into the equation you only need to add the intention that Reiki is also moving, and since Reiki moves primarily through touch, whatever you are holding as your instrument of cleansing will become the conduit through which Reiki will enter the space. The Reiki energy becomes infused in the smoke, the scent and the actions you are taking to cleanse the space.
If you do not use sage or incense you can still easily use Reiki to effectively energetically cleanse a physical space. There are a couple of ways that I feel work best. First you can find the center point of the space you are cleansing. Use your intuition, walk around the space, stop where it feels you are at the energetic center of the space. This might not be the physical center of the space. In a home for instance, family gatherings may happen in the kitchen, an in that home love is centered on the kitchen, so it might present as the energetic center of the some. Don’t over think it, or over analyze it. Go with what feels right, trust your healing ability and trust your intuition. Stand in the energetic center, and begin by stating your intention for wanting to do the cleansing (to bring more peace, to bring balance, to fill with love and light, etc). After you set your intention, being to radiate Reiki to the space. You can touch the floor in that spot of the home, touch a wall, or touch your heart center. Since you are standing or sitting at the center of the home, the Reiki will move through you and into the floor, thus filling the space with this beautiful healing energy. There is no right or wrong amount of time, trust your intuition… you start, and stop when it feels right.
Another method is to walk around the space, touch the walls, windows, floors, and give the space an actual Reiki treatment. You can touch the walls in a room, you can touch the perimeter of the property, furniture etc. Wherever you feel called to give energy you give in. In essence you become a walking pendulum, and you are using your body to locate where there might be a need to offer Reiki to the space.
These are just a few methods that you can use to clear a space with Reiki. In later posts I’ll go into more detail about using it to clear entities, ghosts, and negative energy. Just remember to trust your intuition in any given situation. Do what feels right, and you will keep to the highest intent and good for all involved.
Have you ever used Reiki to clear a space? What methods worked for you?
Do you have questions about space clearing, or about using Reiki to clear a space? Post them below.
You are loved. You are Beautiful. You are Divine.
“silence is the language of god,
all else is poor translation.” – Rumi
Now release it.
Be present in this moment.
Silence is powerful. What do you hear in the silence? Take a moment to breathe this in. Don’t reach for it, let it come to you.
When is the last time you unplugged from everything. Turn the phone off. Turn off the computer. Take a breath, and have a seat.
What does silence sound like?
“Silence is an empty space, space is the home of the awakened mind.” – Buddha
There is power in silence. We are able to take in more of the landscape. Life slows down a bit. We are able to bring awareness to the present moment. We are able to arrive.
Silence allows us to be okay with the chaos of life. It is the space between each in breath, and out breath.
Words are not always necessary to convey the message of our soul. The next time you are with a friend, a lover, a family member, or every a companion animal–sit with them in deep silence. Take them in. Look deep into their eyes. Let the heart and soul speak through the language of silence. You’ll be surprised at how much more of that individual you see.
Now do this in the mirror. The silence allows us to see, and to be seen.
If you are finding that you are more in distraction throughout your day, than in connection… take a silence break. Go outside, touch the earth, feel the sky above you, breath it all in. No reactions, just observe. Stay with the breath, return to the breath if you need to. Be present.
You. Are. Loved.
As 2014 draws to a close, I feel the call to set some intentions for 2015. 2014 was a year of release for me. My intuition and my soul have been taking me deeper into my life, and onto my path. This has been a year of release. In order to move forward we often have to let go of the anchors that keep us bound to a past that is no longer ours. Detoxing the mind, the body, and spirit allow us to have clarity without it being through the lens of our past. There are still things I am working on releasing, but I’ve learned never to rush this process. Moving with grace and kindness allows for deeper growth to occur. When we are able to take ownership and responsibility for our lives in profound ways. What do you need to release as you move into 2015? What lens of your past are you filtering your present through?
I realized that by taking responsibility of my past, I am able to stand in power. Owning my difficult parts as well as my beautiful parts allow me to be whole. Journaling has really helped me to gain perspective on my life. If you are not journaling, i would recommend that you set the intention to make journaling a part of 2015. Journaling is tangible. The journal becomes the altar to our soul. Write down whatever makes you shine from the inside out. I love to include quotes, prayers, passages from sacred texts, pictures, and things that inspire me. By carrying my journal with me, I feed it my life-force. I give it life. The journal is a living extension of my being.
Love is powerful. Learning to love through the chaos of existence has not always been the easiest of tasks. I’ve had my share of challenges this year. Relationships and friendships were challenged, some survived, and others did not. I’ve learned to hold the pain and the joy in the space of love. Even with people leave my life, I’ve never put the out of my heart. Learning to hold even our enemies in the light of love is powerful. It releases us from the binds they might have over us, and it lets us be whole. Taking responsibility for our lives is empowering. This allows us to forgive ourselves. When we can offer forgiveness to our past, to those that have brought us the lessons, and to the current moment we are able to be liberated.
As I move into 2015, I am setting some clear intentions and goals. I feel it is time to make a lot of changes. Making a public declaration of these intentions allows me to hold myself accountable to them. What intentions are you setting for the new year? What goals are you going to try to manifest for the upcoming year? Write them down, put them in your journal, and carry them with you, take them out often and look at them, breath them in, and live them.
Here are my 2015 intentions:
These are just a few of my intentions for the year. There are others that are more personal, but these are just a few that I felt would be appropriate to share on this blog. I’ve learned a lot about myself this past year, and I look forward to what 2015 brings.
What are your goals and intentions for 2015?
May you be blessed in light as you move forward. May the light of your soul radiate like the sun.
You are loved. You are Beautiful. You are Divine.
The soul is a powerful part of who we are. It is the breath of God that breathes through us. It is the voice that we hear in times of need. It is the love that radiates from the limitless, into this sometimes limited space of existence. Opening up to the current of your soul is a powerful way to help radiate light into all creation. The more open we are to our soul, its guidance, and it’s presence the more able we will be to stay aligned with our life purpose.
There are many ways to connect to the Soul Current, so this list is by no means the end all be all, but having a place to jump-start the connection is always helpful. The soul is always and in all ways with you. It just takes a moment to connect. Connecting to your soul allows you to engage your life, your health, your work situations, and life with greater clarity. Take a few moments each day to consciously connect to your soul. What messages does it have for you?
Here are a few of the ways to connect to your Soul Current:
These are just a few ways that you can connect to your soul. Opening up a little each day, and setting aside time to begin the process is all it takes. The hardest part about spirituality and life is showing up. Are you ready to show up to your journey?
You are Loved. You are Beautiful. You are Divine.
Over the past few weeks, my soul has been guiding me to direct energy and time to addressing many of the wounds in our community. After meditating on this, I thought it would be great to begin a series of blog posts to address what I feel are topics that need attention in our community. My soul has been nudging me, and here we begin the journey. I thought I’d take a bit of time to address what this journey is going to look like, and some of the topics that I’ll be giving attention to.
There are deep wounds in our community. Some of them are more overt, and many of them are subtle. I hope that these posts will create dialog, and community conversation. I am going to be addressing this a bit differently than I’ve seen in other blogs, books, and media. Most of what I will be addressing will be channeled directly from my higher self. I will post questions, and allow for the transmission of that information to be captured in the responses in these posts. That being said, if you feel there are questions you’d like me to address in this blog, feel free to email them to me directly at Michael@michaelbrazell.com.
As a community we are making many changes, and those changes are happening at lightening speed. Equality is at the forefront of many of our conversations and this is a beautiful thing. As we move forward, we need to take a moment to address the deeper healing that is needed within ourselves and in our community at large. We cannot let our move to gain acceptance cause us to lose that beautiful thing that makes us different. Much of what I will address in these blog posts will pertain to men who love men. I can only speak with honesty to the issues that I face as a gay man and the way that impacts my spiritual journey and vice versa. This is not to minimize the fact that healing is needed in the other areas of LGBTQ culture, it is my hope that this series inspires others to also begin looking at their spiritual walks, and how those walks feed their spirituality as individuals and community.
I also intend to offer resources, and practical spiritual methods to address the various issues we come face to face with as men who love men. Too often we get caught up in talking about our traumas, vices, and wounds without action steps to generate healing. I am also going to offer book reviews, and resource lists to help move the conversation forward.
Some of the issues that I’ll be addressing in the coming weeks in relation to men who love men and our community:
These are just a few topics, and my soul has been clear on the necessity of getting this information out. I am also going to be starting an online discussion group to facilitate community dialog regarding the topics I’ll be addressing. If you’d like to join the group, feel free to send me a message via facebook: www.facebook.com/soulintuitive
You are all Loved. You are all Beautiful. You are all Divine!
Michael A. Brazell
The world is still turning, and life is still moving.
One of the struggles may of us face as healers is wondering what we can do when the world is in crisis. The following are some tips that you can use to engage the energy through proactive means:
These are just a few ways that you can engage the world around you, there are countless ways to step into personal power and to effect change. Take small moments each day to tune into your intuition, to ask what you can to do change the world… then do it!
-I’m still working on updating my website. Taking a bit longer than expected, but I will be adding new services, which is going to be pretty amazing. Stay tuned.
-There are opening for sessions all week-long. If you are interested in scheduling a reading or a healing session feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or via my website at: www.michaelbrazell.com
-I’m still working on the radio show. This week we’ll be doing a meditation episode on Tuesday, Thursday and a Harku transmission on Friday. The episodes will go live at 11pm EST on www.blogtalkradio.com/michaelbrazell
As always… You are Loved. You are Beautiful. You are Divine.