Tuesday, 18 November 2014

My Happy Path's Online Yoga Studio

I'm pleased to feature this guest post by Shanie Matthews from My Happy Path. If you haven't checked out her website, it's awesome. So are here plans for an online yoga studio. If you like her pitch, please support the Indiegogo campaign to get it off the ground.   

Olympic Valley, CA - For the past eight years, Shanie Matthews has been helping thousands of people improve their mental and physical health through her My Happy Path website (www.myhappypath.com). The site, which has 2,700 Facebook followers, offers online mediation, inspirational stories and health advice. Matthews wants to take a giant leap forward and transition her website into a full-service online yoga studio. This online yoga studio is really just the beginning of the dream, though. Her bigger vision is to have the online yoga studio that is acting as the face for her developing nonprofit, My Happy Place, which is creating empowerment homes for sex trafficked victims.

"Other online yoga classes are available on the Internet," she said. "What I am doing is unique. I'm offering two yoga classes, a guided meditation and a corresponding affirmation that are all interlinked, focusing on a specific empowerment theme. No one else currently online is combining the three. The goal is for people to become healthier and happier."

Matthews has mapped out a schedule of online yoga classes and subjects that will be covered. "Each week will spotlight different ways we can embrace our highest self," she said.

The schedule includes:
  • reducing fear
  • expanding calmness
  • releasing stress
  • enriching the relationship with inner self
  • letting go of anger
  • connecting with forgiveness
  • nurturing the heart

Matthews has found yoga to be an effective healing tool in her own personal life. "In the last two years yoga helped me recover from a divorce and a serious leg injury," she said. 
"This new website will help people become healthier and happier in their daily lives. And with the increase in happiness, I'm hoping it will overflow into creating places of empowerment for those forced into sex trafficking, so that they may find a nurturing way to their own happiness."

A weekly package of these tools will go for $11 and that includes access to past videos. There will be an introductory offer of free access for two weeks and a yearly membership is $89.95. 

MyHappyPath.com will need some technical upgrades in order to offer these new services. Matthews estimates that she'll need $5,000 to develop platforms for membership services and streaming videos. Funding is also necessary for business expansion and licensing fees. In order to generate this start-up capital, she has launched an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed at www.indiegogo.com/projects/my-happy-path-online-yoga-studio

Donations of any amount are welcome. For a $25 contribution, backers will receive a three-month subscription to the new site. A $100 pledge is rewarded with a one-year subscription, a healing stone, a downloadable meditation session and a set of limited edition My Happy Path cards. 

For additional information, visit Shanie's Indiegogo Campaign (click here) or visit the My Happy Path website (here) and the Facebook Page (here). Shanie can also be reached directly on shanie@shaniematthews.com

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Answering "Yes or No" Questions with Tarot

Today I'd like to discuss Tarot and how we can use the cards to answer YES/NO questions. The technique is new to me and it's been very helpful so far. Try it out, and please remember that psychic readings are for entertainment purposes onlyHave fun with this technique, but please don't bet your life or your savings on the answers. 

  • Clear & Protect Yourself: As with any reading, start by grounding, clearing and protecting your energy and the space that you'll be working in. You can do this with a short breathing meditation. Bring your attention to the ground under your feet, feel the weight of your body against the chair and let that focus ground you and connect you to the earth. Next, you are going to visualise a bubble of protective light around your body. This clears and protects the space for you to work in, as well as the cards.   
  • Think of the Question: Shuffle the cards and think of a question. The way you formulate the question matters, so be specific, be clear and intend for your Highest Good to come through in the answers. It helps to write the question down to be sure we're clear on the phrasing as well. 
  • Set Your Intention: Most of the cards in tarot deck have numbers on them, whether it's the Two of Wands or one of the Major Arcana. Set the intention for odd numbers to signal YES, even numbers to signal NO. Court cards MAYBE. If we get a court card, we can pull an extra one for clarity. 
  • Interpret the Card: The number will give you a feeling about this, whether the answer is leaning towards Yes or No. The images on the card, any descriptions, or any emotions felt can clarify the issue. In this way, the guidance may take the form of a "Yes, but ... you need a new approach"  

Let's say we are asking about a move to a new house. Is it a good idea? We shuffle the cards and pull the Five of Swords. Five is an odd number, signalling yes. The suit of Swords is about reasoning, mental dexterity and planning, which indicates yes, but you may need to rethink the details. The Five of Swords is also about plans that need revisiting. Make sure you've taken everything and everyone into account, read the fine print, etc. The house move is promising, but there are still details that need to be considered carefully. If you'd like, you can also pull a few extra cards for clarifications. Especially if one of the court cards comes up (page, knight, queen or king), indicating a bit of a grey area in the reading. In those cases we might have to wait, or work at it. 

This was a transcript from my A1R Psychic Radio Show dated November 11 2014. Listen to the recordings here or browse more show topics here

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Is this my Intuition or my Imagination ?

I'm incredibly late with the transcript from last week's A1R Psychic Radio Show. Life got in the way but I'm finally back on track! The topic was how to tell the difference between intuitive guidance and imagination. There will be moments when we wonder if the message we receive is wishful thinking, or even fear. While I am still figuring this out for myself, these tools have helped me find my confidence. Without further ado ...  

1) Say What Comes to You 

If you're giving a reading to someone else, whether it's an oracle reading where you look at cards, or a clairvoyant reading where images come to mind, put the message out there. The best we can do is to trust what’s coming to us, no matter how goofy or illogical, and just say it. This opens up the channel through which we receive information so that more of it will come through. There's a certain degree of risk to the ego in readings. Our ego doesn't want to be wrong, to lose face. Just go ahead and say it, you can also take the pressure off by telling the recipient that you're unsure about it. Its the best way to learn. 

A couple years ago I was sitting in class at The College of Psychic Studies. One of my classmates was connecting with my spirit guides to give me a message. She saw a wizard, but pushed the image away when she thought it had to be her imagination. I had been seeing the same wizard, and I had also pushed him away because I thought it was MY imagination. Luckily she mentioned it as a laugh, and wouldn’t you know, the message was to trust the wizardly image and listen. He was there to teach me about manifesting, co-creating and healing. 

So if something ludicrous comes to mind, say it anyway.

2) Ground and Clear Yourself 

Of course when we are reading for ourselves, it can be harder to make that distinction, which brings me to the second part of the answer. Intuitive thoughts that scare us are usually our ego/imagination. In my experience, if our angels want to alert us they do it in a matter of fact way, without fear. The more grounded, clear and protected our energy is, the less we access that side of our subconscious. Please visit my Energy Basics page for details on grounding. 

Or you maybe you got an message that sounds an awful lot like wishful thinking. Play the Lottery! Go to the Casino! Wouldn't that be nice? If it sounds too good to be true, slow down. Ground yourself, be realistic and sleep on it. 

3) When in doubt, ask for confirmation! 

We can ask our angels, our guides and our intuition to confirm the message with a sign. Tell the universe to show you three butterflies, or three green cars in the next hour if the message you received is real. Make sure the sign is relatively rare but not possible. If you are going to be in a room with no windows for three hours, a butterfly might be hard to come by (unless it randomly pops up on your computer, in an email or on a screensaver, etc). Set a time limit, a day if you can wait. An hour if you can't. And relax! 

You can also ask your body for confirmation. A friend introduced me to the idea of the human body as a pendulum that gives yes or no answers. Stand up and lean back just a bit, so your weight is on your heels and you’re teetering off balance (somewhere safe, please!) Start by saying a phrase that is 100% true: My name is REGINA, for example.  When you tell the truth, your body should tilt forward ever so slightly. Then go with an obvious lie: I was born in outer space. Your body will tilt backward quickly, careful not to fall down! When you get the hang of this, you can use it to test your intuition on the go. Otherwise you can also use angel cards, tarot or another oracle to ask for confirmation. With tarot card you could set the intention that odd numbers are yes, even numbers are NO and all the rest are "we don't know/or can't answer" If for example, you pull the Five of Swords it means YES, while cautioning you to think it through. The suit of swords is about mental acuity, planning and the use of reason. The details may need ironing out and revision before moving forward. 

Archangel Haniel can also help us fine tune our intuitive gifts. 
Try this meditation to connect directly. Love & Light! 

Image Source: Doreen Virtue's Angel Tarot deck