What’s the story of your bloodline? Do you have tales of ancestors who were courageous or murderous? Do you notice emotional or psychological traits in your family that have hindered them? Do you find yourself becoming more and more like a family member or being compared to an ancient aunt or uncle?
When we speak about our bloodlines we are speaking of our genetics and the histories that compose our particular clan. Stories of love, shame, loss, revenge, heroism, and even murder are passed from generation to the next through our bodies and blood. We accept this inheritance from our ancestors, warts and all, without ever questioning it. We don’t question the depression that we feel or the fear of failure that dwells in our hearts. We don’t ask: “Is this depression mine or have I inherited it from someone? Is there a pattern of fearing failure in my family? Do I want to pass on this trait to the next generation?”
When I look at my own bloodline, I can see dusty farms, hard working men and women, warriors, the occasional wife beater, bright shiny ones lost in struggle, jokers and poets. I see a mix of nature and nurture raging and spewing; choices not made and choices lost due to circumstances making for a broad mixture of traits for me to inherit.
Thinking of my ancestors makes me feel heavy and straitjacketed at times. I can empathize with their struggles and triumphs and the lessons learned but I want to do more than empathize. I want to be able to choose the good habits and behaviours from the bad ones.
For example, I wonder what clearing an age old pattern of destruction (alcoholism) that has traveled lifetime after lifetime would look like for me and my family? In your family, it could be anything from clearing depression to poverty to arrogance – these themes entwine us all one way or another.
Desiring to clean our bloodline opens the door to examining and understanding our roots and what tethers us to negative outcomes or moves us towards winning ways. We get to dive in and explore our personal histories and begin to consciously reset past habits and behaviours by choosing actions and thoughts that create health and wellness; and we, in turn, become lighter beings.
Want to dive in and clean your blood with me? Here is how I do it.
Before you do this exercise, read through it a few of times to familiarise yourself with the steps. Ready?
Here we go:
Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
Give yourself a moment to shift your awareness from the outside to the inside.
Now on your next breath ask your inner voice/your Higher Self to show you an inheritance that you have that is hindering your well-being.
Sit quietly and pay attention to what you perceive in your mind’s eye. You may sense something or feel something. You may see images or memories flash. Keep observing until you sense the hindrance.
Now take a look at this inheritance and ask yourself: how is it affecting you particularly? What triggers this inheritance in you?
Once you know what the inheritance is and its energy, ask your Higher Self to show you what this inheritance looks like in your DNA.
Again, listen and observe.
Trust your intuition and refrain from judging what you are perceiving.
You may see an image or a double helix with a dark spot. Whatever form it takes for you, just go with it.
Ask your Higher Self to laser the inheritance out of the DNA using the brightest, whitest light.
Keep lasering the white light until you feel or see a shift in the DNA.
Take a deep breath and open your eyes.
Write down what you experienced.
Did you gain any insights into your behaviour or situation? If you experienced difficulties with this exercise, please don’t fret. This may be a new way to interact with your consciousness and so it may take a few more attempts to become fluid in perceiving what is happening inside you. When I first started doing these exercises in consciousness™ I thought I was making things up but over time I noticed that if I quieted my mind and just observed what my subconscious was showing me, things began to make sense.
Now it’s your turn. What histories are you carrying that you would like to release? How did you find this exercise? Was it easy or complicated? I use exercises like these in my work with people as a tool to expand consciousness. If you would like me to guide you in a consciousness expansion exercise, click here.
Work. Labour. Career. Job.
All of us do something that resembles one of the above labels. How many times have I seen images of people working in the fields or sweatshops or bars and observed the stress and the cost to their lives; their spirits elsewhere. I see the same with teachers, nurses, bankers and politicians. Name a profession or job and I can point to dysfunction and dissatisfaction.
I am not sure how many people would choose to continue to work in the way they do currently, if they had a choice.
I wonder what it would look like if we no longer needed to work. Not in the fields. Not in the factories. Not in our homes. Instead we could do whatever we wanted to. Holidays, endless R&R, me time on demand, hangout time with your girlfriends, man-cave time for the guys, retreats, vision quests, you name it and you would have time for it.
I think, though, after some time, people would get bored and begin complaining about the lack of meaningful activities to participate in. And we would turn to what we now call jobs and seek them out as pursuits, working together whether in kitchens or foundries, schools or labs. The difference being that we would do it from a place of freedom and joy and not from a place of making a living or survival.
Imagine people purposely labouring in the fields and being grateful to be working the land, or, learning how to be mechanics or teachers. Imagine being taught by teachers who loved to teach or buying clothes made by happy seamstresses.
A different world.
I wish I could wave a wand and create such a world for us, but I can’t. Instead, I can send these suggestions your way for seeding satisfaction and fulfillment in your current work or job.
- Love what you do – no matter what you are doing, do it with love. Sweeping the floors, serving a customer, making millions – love it all. This feeling of love releases endorphins into the bloodstream creating a wonderful sense of that all is well. The feeling of wellness adds to your sense of purpose and accomplishment. Try it!
- You are not your job – when you are done with work (even if it is something you love) leave it behind and get on with loving the other components of your life, like your family, friends, hobbies, nature and so on, so that joy can sprout in many directions. Decide which quadrant of your life is going to get that extra love today and love it up!
- Change it up – You can always change jobs if you don’t love your current post. Never mind the job market or the economy YOU are greater than that. Look around, talk to people, network and figure out what you can do to make your situation better. Do you need to go back to school or get more training? Think of one action you can take today that will start you on your path to satisfying work. Do it!
Our jobs and careers take up so much of our lives, so why not inject them with love, nurture the relationships with our colleagues, and create a culture of satisfaction and wholesome attitudes in our workplaces?
Now you tell me, what do you think you could add to your workplace culture or environment to make it more satisfying for yourself and others? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. And, if you need help in creating a clear path to your purpose, click here.
Whenever I am getting ready for a trip there are a few key practices that I employ to ensure a seamless experience on the many levels that I like to journey. I know that I want: connection, adventure, some alone time to feel the places that I am in, and playfulness. A holiday filled with soulfulness and joyful shenanigans is what I like to create.
(I feel, we don’t need to travel to sacred sites or holy lands to have meaningful, rich experiences. As far as I am concerned every place on this planet is amazing and holy because it is part of the whole without which the planet would not exist).
Nevertheless, traveling can be stressful. It requires the ability to improvise and go with the flow. A good traveller is flexible, like a willow tree. A conscious traveller is present, rooted regardless of whether they are sitting 40,000 feet in the air on in the back of a bumpy tuk tuk.
Here are my tips on how to travel more consciously:
- Getting Ready – Before even booking the flights and hotels, take a moment to align with yourself and become calm, fluid, and open. Know that you are about to embark on a journey and your absolute focus and clarity at this point will set the tone for the trip. If you become aware of any niggly energies, attend to them before proceeding. For example, you might feel uncertain about the weather or the language. Work through the issues consciously and lovingly until tranquility returns and make your travel arrangements.
- Know the purpose – Whether it is a holiday with family or friends, or visiting a relative, I like to sit down and meditate before the journey. I love to tune in and find out what’s the purpose of the journey for me on a deeper level. On a superficial level it may be to go to the beach, spend time with family but on a soul level, it may be an opportunity to connect with a particular person in a more profound, meaningful way or be more loving to a partner or child. I adore this exercise because it helps to guide me and stay connected to my inner truths and purposes.
- Oh the places you’ll go – The planet is a living, breathing organism that we are part of. I love to appreciate each and every place that I visit by extending gifts of gratitude through my consciousness to them. I etch out a little time to be with the places that I visit. I imagine these places before humans populated them and tune into what the nature must have been like. I visualize the many changes that have occurred over the millenia in the very spot I am sitting in.
I ask in my mind’s eye: “What gift would you like from me to be perfect balance and harmony?” I listen and wait for it to tell me. Sometimes, it is an image that I see and other times I may perceive a quality or an energy or even a word. Once I get a sense of what it is that that place wants from me, I extend it to it with a gratitude and gladness. I feel the planet is our beloved friend and I love appreciating it through my consciousness.
- Being present with people – People can be tricky to navigate on holidays. There may be high expectations placed on everyone to have a great time and get along. Or, it could be that as you travel on planes, trains and bikes that you rub shoulders with strangers. For any, or all of these experiences, I adopt an anthropologist’s mindset: being curious and inquiring. I love to learn about people and what makes them tick; their stories and ambitions. I give them and myself the permission to be spacious and to take space, as needed. Using courtesy and kindness to navigate all communications.
- What to take on a trip? – My essential travel kit includes the following:
- Essential oils – peppermint, lemon, clove, tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, rose and oil of oregano. All these oils provide a compact first aid kit for anything from tummy aches to infections to clearing the air on long plane rides.
- Bentonite or charcoal – nothing like a nasty case of food poisoning or a tummy bug to cause havoc on vacation. Either of these two remedies will quicken recovery and get rid of the troublesome bacteria in the gut.
- Rose water spray – I spray this on my face to hydrate it and around me. I especially like to spray it on and above my head to clear the psychic energy.
- A cashmere shawl – I never travel without my shawl. Cashmere is worth the splurge because it is light and super cozy. A woolen one will do just fine! I have been saved by my shawl on frigid camping trips and on freezing flights. I have used it to cover my sleeping son and on walks in the evening.
- Humour – without this, a trip is just not as fun.
- On the day of travel – If I have done my due diligence (see above), I will meditate on the day of and visualize ease of travel and cultivate a calm, joyous state of mind. Then I let go. Normally, I get excited about a trip so once the meditation is done, the playful shenanigans begin!
How do you prepare for you holidays and trips? Share your thoughts with us and please share this post with someone who may be traveling in the near future.
And if you’re looking to travel more in the realms of consciousness, I am always happy to guide you.