INNER ALCHEMY | karen johnson

Stuck in a Rut | How to Move Forward

Getting stuck never has to turn into a personal crisis.

When all you produce is anxiety odds are you’re scared and have opted to let fear prevent you from moving forward.

Here are some ways to avoid anguish and get back on course.

 

Future Self

Advance your healing and growth by doing timeline work.  As in regression where you go into the past and heal unresolved issues on your timeline.  Visualize yourself in the future and experience an optimal version of yourself who is self actualized.

The aim of future self work
is
bringing healed aspects
and knowledge
into the
present
so your current
self may integrate it.

 

Identify and Surrender

Going against the flow?  This signals a need to surrender.  Something is off although you’re not quite sure what that is but just accept your current reality.

Acknowledge.  Make peace.
Breathe into it then let it go.
Be aware of any possibilities
or insights that appear.

 

Welcome your Greatness

Stuck and afraid?  Chances are you’re sensing something amazing on the other side of that fear.  Why?  People gravitate towards the familiar.  Allowing something new in will generate change.  Change is an unknown factor.   Not knowing can terrify us.

Make a shift.  Imagine
genuinely embracing the
greatness
waiting for you.

 

Breaking Free

Many feel stagnated, trapped or blocked by circumstances.

Suppose these feelings were not created by your current situation but by how you were influenced to approach life.

Nothing happens until you make a decision.  Once you commit you’ve energetically stated an intent.

There is release of energy by making a choice.  Unexpected circumstances, events and people start showing up to support you that never would have happened if you had not made a decision.

 

The extraordinary power
of simply showing up
opens energetic pathways
to
opportunities and living
a good and meaningful life

 

Come out of the darkness into the light.

 


Karen Johnson
416.732.2661

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Energy Medicine Specialist and Shamanic Healer
Intuitive Consultant  |  Trauma Therapist
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Conscious Living Includes Happiness

Happiness enters when we leave the door open.   How many times have we heard that?  What does it mean?

I am a born and bred city girl.  I grew up in Montreal and as lovely a city as it is, my family never left the door open or even ajar.  Literally or metaphorically.

Part of this was living in an urban city; it did not make sense to not protect the family and everything within our home. 

Part of this was the family system I grew up in.  You guard what is yours and you keep the secrets of the family safe within the family.  That tradition was carefully handed down to me as it had been handed down to my parents before.

 

Heritage

Many cherished and valuable legacies are handed down through our family ancestor lines. 

The tough reality is what’s also being inherited are archaic beliefs.  No one would choose consciously to pass these on.   Through the science of behavioural epigenetics, we know that influences that genetically impact our lives are being handed down to us and our children.

 

 

 Behavioural Epigenetics

Leading edge research in this field shows how it may negatively influence the inheritors of these genes.

Results reveal, when trauma occurs our bodies adapt and make physiological changes to better handle future stressors.  These modified genetics are being passed on to prepare the next generation to deal with comparable trauma. 

Sounds good; yet, if you or earlier generations were traumatized by living through war, domestic violence or sexual abuse, what’s passed on is a skill set of hypervigilant reflexes that would prove valuable in unsafe, dangerous, life threatening environments. 

What if life isn’t like that for the inheritor?  It can be confusing and interfere with their present reality, make them feel damaged without understanding why.  Creating chaos within their bodies which may react as if they are living under assault when they are not.

 

Where does Happiness Fit

We look to our family lines to resolve inherited patterns, beliefs and traumas.

No longer bound by obsolete thinking we move forward toward something that reflects the modern world, ourselves as individuals, and where our consciousness lies today.

What about the wisdom, strength and joy that is also positioned in our family lines? Is that a source we can mine?

Of course, it is part of the legacy we inherit.

 

Influence


We get it all. We do not get to cherry pick. It’s essential to unveil a way to accept both the dark and light of our heritage because power resides in it. We can finally rest on the force that is held within all of it.

It’s our inheritance. It’s what has come before. Not our defining personal experience of us as individuals.  

This is a powerful position when we locate a place within ourselves to make peace with where we come from and all our ancestors who came before us.

This goes beyond the people we know about. Welcoming a level of self-acceptance and happiness at being within your own skin and connected into those powerful, energetic lines we are all connected to.

 

Choices

The choice to be happy can be a subtle one.

After all, who would be afraid to be happy? Sounds ridiculous, but oh so many people understand the paradigm of sorrow, lack or misery yet are fearful of taking the reins of happiness and contentment.

Steps towards true happiness and contentment may need to be measured in tiny increments. Like feeding a new born.

This may be a new vibration and a bit of an adjustment to allow ourselves to be in a place of contentment. It may feel unsettling and foreign.

Initially, this can be a place to visit for short periods. Rarely is anyone living constantly in a natural state of happiness and contentment. That is not real life.

Life has the quality of many states. That is how we get to appreciate the gradient shades of what it is to be alive and a participant in life.

 

 

 Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds you plant
– Robert Louis Stevenson


Power of the Soul  |  Heal Early Imprints
RECLAIM YOU LIFE

 

Karen Johnson 416.732.2661
115 Danforth Ave., Suite 201
1 block east dvp |3 min from Broadview subway

 

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Metaphysical and Shamanic Healer
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Intuitive Consultant  |  Trauma Therapist

Intuitive Compass Stuck

 

Ever denied access to intuitive abilities?

You know you are intuitive.

Yet you feel scrambled.

No access.

 

Roadblock

Wherever you reside on the spectrum, from instinctive hunches through to a solid knowingness, you have hit some kind of pothole in the road. 

No connection, and maybe not even an awareness of when or how you ended up in this place. 

 

Navigation

You have lost your natural ability to assess situations. 

It may also impact your clarity of thinking.  Feeling isolated from that natural, intuitive system housed within you. 

Most of us have experienced some level of being divided from our innate creative instincts and inventiveness.  Those intuition and creative pathways are interconnected.

 

 

First Response

As always, it’s good to go back to first principles and check in with yourself to see if you are grounded.

Anytime your system is distressed or unfocused, it’s so easy to go and check in to make sure you are coming from a grounded place.

That check alone can bring everything back on line.  It may be that something jolted you and you disconnected yourself reverting to an old survival tactic.

 

 


 

Intuition Development

 

You’re grounded and yet your intuition still feels silent here are a couple interventions…

 

 

Rest and Recover

Intuition can feel like
its vanished when
needed most

We’re so stressed and exhausted we don’t make time to listen.  Ask what do I need to do to feel better?  Whatever shows up, do it.  Could be turn off the computer, go outside, take a walk, get some sleep.

 

Hush

When your intuition goes mute
instead of trying to fix it you
allow yourself just to BE. 

Allowing calm and quiet helps you find peace and solutions.  Learning to listen requires a mindfulness practice of quieting the mind such as meditation or connection with nature and you also need to discover how you receive information.

 

Signals

Expecting your inner guidance
to show up in a big dramatic
declaration? 

Sometimes it will but more often you hear words of wisdom from a book, tv, or a random person who passes your way.  Sometimes its just a smile, word or a sign from nature to give us a new direction to follow.

 


Power of the Soul
Heal Trauma and Early Imprints
Reclaim Your Life

Karen Johnson
416.732.2661

Schedule a Session
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blog@karenjohnsoninneralchemy.com

Metaphysical and Shamanic Healer
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Intuitive Consultant  |  Trauma Therapist

Oneness Embraces Others


We start alone and we end alone.

Or so the story goes.

Do any of us truly start life alone?

Something interesting to reflect on.

 

Things don’t change.
You change your way of looking,
that’s all.

― Carlos Castaneda

 

Blueprints

My personal journey into this life was a little bumpy, and if it wasn’t for sheer determination of needing to be here I might have turned back, or so goes my personal narrative.  Is it true?  Maybe.

Or perhaps I needed this story in order make sense and order of some really disorganized, crazy circumstances that happened to me.

Does it matter?  Not really.  Could I spin out trying to figure out what was true?  Sure, but that might not be where I should be looking.

 

Detained

How we get here might not matter? What we do when we land might be more interesting.

Did my experience help me develop and evolve? Yup.  Did I need this particular experience to help me evolve?  Nope, it could have arrived in many different ways this was just the one that showed up at that particular moment.

 

Notion

I wonder if sometimes we get stuck looking in the wrong place trying to locate the truth. Maybe what we are trying to locate is not the truth but actually trying to make sense of something that sometimes is nonsensical.


 

Alternatives

I am in no way devaluing anyone’s experience or trauma but trying to expand out the vision so we don’t get stuck in a myopic version of our story.

Instead we let ourselves to expand out in to the universal collective instead of detaching and going it alone.

 


Dislocation

Is there a way to honour our story and who we are but still stay connected to the universal collective?

Did my arrival into my family mean that I had to sever my connection to the universal collective? No, but in my case that happened.  I couldn’t hold both.

Was it that my parents didn’t known how to hold both so I followed suit. Maybe.

And possibly there is another truth but I wasn’t ready to embrace it with the consciousness I had at that time.

 

Possible

What if expansion were easier than you thought?  What if we approach from a different angle instead of removing the handcuffs of your childhood or other experiences?

What if they were still there as you worked through and you could find a way for those imprints to exist and for you to still be linked in.  What if you didn’t need to die in order to live?  What if life is more fluid than that?

 

Ponder

This is not having your cake and eating it too thinking.  We need to drop some of these schemes and be in the here and now in an ever present way.

Consider that you are always connected.


There is not one moment you have not been connected.  You can never, not be part of the universal collective.  The universal collective cannot exist without you.  It is not possible.

The universal collective is each and every one who passes through here:  past, present, and future.

WE forget.  We are unable to tolerate being part of the universal collective at times, but have no recollection on why.  Strange.  Unthinkable, and yet we all have done it, at least most of us.

 

Why?

A strand that is so easy, so compelling and so strong and bursting with lifeforce, and yet we are constantly forgetting the strength of that strand, and that we too make up that strand that is noble and free.

Doesn’t matter what economic, political, social strings you identify with, we are all the universal collective.  If we could tap into the strand how powerful we, as people, could be.  So what stops us?

We do.

We are afraid to remember that we are one.  And being one with all our differences is simple, free and powerful.

 

Consent

Do each and every one of us need to own it?

No, but it is there at any time for any one of us to reach out and touch and remember and be with the power, strength and knowledge that is there for all of us: not just a chosen few perceived more special than us.

We each have the capability and the capacity to be all this and more.

Pause. Reflect. Allow. Bring forth.

These alone could allow inner peace in.




Guidance for Life Transitions and
Achieving Potential…

Heal Trauma and Early Imprints
Reclaim Your Life

 Develop a Fresh Perspective

Karen Johnson
416.732.2661

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Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Intuitive Consultant
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Gratitude on the Rise


Gratitude for the peace there is

Gratitude for the peace that will come

And for the peace that can be

In us.
Others.
The Planet.

 

 


 

                  COME INTO THE CIRCLE

 

  




Guidance for Life Transitions
and Achieving Potential…

We possesses an innate guidance system providing distinct and clear direction.

However, there are moments when we need to reach out for that extra insight to guide us.

 Develop a Fresh Perspective

 

 

Karen Johnson
416.732.2661

Metaphysical and Shamanic Healer
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Intuitive Consultant
Trauma Therapist

Give Yourself an Edge   |   Schedule a Session
awakeningheartandsoul.com
karenjohnsoninneralchemy.com

115 Danforth Ave, Suite 201
3 minutes to Broadview subway
1 block east of DVP

Kindness and Compassion Expands Consciousness

 

Kindness finds us and instantly can light us up.

A simple remark.  Sometimes even a metaphoric wink can shake us out of a darker place.

A smile can bring us a little relief and a breath we didn’t realize was there.

It reminds us that we are okay, even when things feel all wrong or not the way we want in our favorite go to fantasy.

 

Rise Up

We all want to live juicy, rich, full lives.

The truth is all people will eventually make mistakes and disappoint us. We humans tend to live life in messy ways; that’s not all bad, it is just human imperfection at work. This is part of the joy of allowing kindness and compassion to surface in the challenging moments of our life.

Connecting to your heart or the heart of another allows loving kindness and compassion to enter our relationships in times of instability. This intention builds and expands relationships within us and between us, whether extending kindness and compassion to those we know and love, or to ourselves for some much needed self-care.

Or channelling loving kindness and compassion towards the collective, which in every moment needs this: allowing us to offer up in a more global way by being a good citizen in this world we all cohabit; leaving our footprints here, now and forever.

 

 

Shadows

Can we find kindness or compassion when we are feeling darkness within ourselves or unsafe within our world?

Sometimes despair and hopelessness feel like they are the barricades that keeps us safe.

Does that even make sense?

Why would we ever want to stand in the shade of sadness and overwhelming gloom?

 

 

Marathon

While running through life you are existing in a state of resistance and cannot feel or even experience the moment. When feeling anxious and reluctant to be in the present moment this resistance shows up. Rushing can indicate an absence or scarcity of time or even an absence of space within ourselves.

Consider building a gap between moments. Where instead of feeling like life is zooming by… you make a small modification. This can make an enormous difference in moving you to where you need to be.

Adjust the speed… even if only by a couple beats. This changes the rhythm and transforms how you position and envision yourself.

 

 

Change the pace

You are laying the foundation to change. Do it in slow, incremental steps which create authentic transformation.

Holding the intention of loving kindness and compassion creates a level of attunement with yourself, your surroundings and other people.

slow down and simplify. Review how you spend your time. Are you wasting time? Distracting yourself from difficult situations, relationships or feelings?

Take a break. Step away. Focus on your breath. Give attention to a few relaxed cycles of slowly inhaling and exhaling. You can’t do it wrong.

Once you recognize how loving kindness and compassion expand relationships and consciousness you will experience things differently. Walking this path is supported by the knowledge and heart centred communication and connections you create. The more you notice, the more you see and perceive. It becomes an adventure in awareness.

 


 

Guidance for Life Transitions
and Achieving Potential…

Each of us possesses an innate guidance system providing distinct and clear direction.

However, there are moments when we need to reach out for that extra insight to guide us.

Develop a Fresh Perspective

 

Karen Johnson
416.732.2661

Metaphysical and Shamanic Healer
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Intuitive Consultant
Trauma Therapist

Give Yourself an Edge   |   Schedule a Session
awakeningheartandsoul.com
karenjohnsoninneralchemy.com

115 Danforth Ave, Suite 201
3 minutes to Broadview subway
1 block east of DVP

Believe in the Unbelievable

When we are little most of us have the capacity to hold our belief in the most wondrous things imaginable.

Some may call it magic or just the breathtaking moments of natural wonder that can appear in life.

We don’t need to do an audit to figure out if this is real: or did I make it up.  Our trust is clear.  

We know what feels right and what doesn’t

Sometimes its the little ones who have the clearest vision of all. As we begin to transition into more adult stages of life, our vision can become compartmentalized.  For a variety of reasons we have had to disconnect from our discernment and what is real and true for us.

 

Wisdom

A shamanic teacher once said something I have never forgotton:

Never take anyone`s word on whether something can be done or not.
The only one who will know if that is true is YOU.

That was transforming and created part of my philosophy on how I approach life.

 

Query

If someone tells you something is impossible.
Can’t be done.

How do you know that’s true?
Maybe it’s not.

 

Evaluate

The only sure-fire way to know if something can be created is see for yourself.

Other’s experience is not your experience. Their opinion may not match your opinion.  It all may be tangled up in their own limitations of what is possible.  Their own fears.

Why would you adopt someone else’s fears or limitations as your own? More than likely you wouldn’t, if you stopped and thought about it. Sometimes we accept things because others say they’re true.  But is it your truth?

 

What I know

I have come across many fear-based limiting thoughts about what is possible or not.

An example is when working metaphysically, spiritually or energetically there is a lot of misinformation, fear-based thinking or superstitions that I simply won’t buy into.

That is not my truth. I do follow universal laws because that is what guides us all.

However, just because someone says something can’t be done I won’t blindly follow. I follow my own inner voice and compass about what is possible.

 

Know for Yourself  

See for Yourself

 

 


PRACTICE

 

Energetic Practice:
Intuitive Seeing for Yourself

 

 


 

Guidance for Life Transitions
and Achieving Potential…

Each of us possesses an innate guidance system providing distinct and clear direction. 

However, there are moments when we need to reach out for that extra insight to guide us.

Develop a Fresh Perspective

 

Karen Johnson
416.732.2661

Metaphysical and Shamanic Healer
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Intuitive Consultant
Trauma Therapist

Give Yourself an Edge  |  Schedule a Session
www.awakeningheartandsoul.com
www.karenjohnsoninneralchemy.com

115 Danforth Ave, Suite 201
3 minutes to Broadview subway
1 block east of DVP

Love the fire of the flame

Life begins in a breath of love for most. Spiritual teachings gently guide us back to love as the starting point.

Love is complex. Love is simple. Some run to it and others run from it. Love defines us, divides us but always unites us.

Love can be the lamp for eternal gateways into unexplored galaxies of knowing and consciousness.

 

Aliveness

The love I speak of is a love of life. There is such a strong force that happens when you allow that to enter. The possibilities burst open like a pinãta that has been struck with the force of excited desire wanting the contents.

 

Consent

If you allow it to enter, you can be showered with possibilities you only dreamt of. Hmm… If you allow it? Does that mean you have some say on whether it enters or not?

Does that also mean you are not at the whim of universal forces that surround and support us? That you are also invited to the table? You are the decision maker on whether this can be a true star to follow.

 

Risk

Do you play it safe and stay frozen in family fear? The transgenerational belief that kept those who came before under the illusion of safety when it was really a transfixed fear of being who they were.

A dread of being called different and unique. Being able to be seen.

Is that real jeopardy to put yourself in? To allow who you are to finally show up? To love and embrace who and what you are in this very moment? Is that the awful truth you have spent lifetimes running from or has it been running to?

 

Strategy

You get to decide and map out what it is you want included in your experience. Does that become a priority or possibility when I reorient myself and begin again?

By grounding and allowing myself to be more present in the here and now, I become a member of this club from which I always felt excluded from.

Maybe this sense of not belonging, not being good enough, not being able to show up as I truly am, was how I covered myself to disguise that I was afraid to step forward and be included. To be accountable… for the decisions I make and the decisions I don`t make.

Afraid to be named as who I am in this moment in time. Nothing more. Just who I am in this very moment.

 

 

 End or Begin

After a time only confusion reigns.

You can no longer tell if you are moving towards or scurrying away because you are in such a hurry not to be in the safety of silence.

A silence that will hold you and let you know what the truth of life is.

 

“Travelers, there is no path,
paths are made by walking.”
― Antonio Machado

 


 

Guidance for Life Transitions
and Achieving Potential…

Each of us possesses an innate guidance system providing distinct and clear direction. 

However, there are moments when we need to reach out for that extra insight to guide us.

Develop a Fresh Perspective

 

Karen Johnson
416.732.2661

Metaphysical and Shamanic Healer
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Intuitive Consultant
Trauma Therapist

Give Yourself an Edge    |   Schedule a Session
www.awakeningheartandsoul.com
www.karenjohnsoninneralchemy.com

115 Danforth Ave, Suite 201
3 minutes to Broadview subway
1 block east of DVP

Simple thoughts… Manifests Change

When learning about manifesting
and applying the principles
it can get tangled up
with unnecessary
complicated thinking.

 

Take baby steps
in the manifesting process that move you forward in a clear way

 

 

Reverse

Our systems deal better with incremental steps. Sometimes if you take huge leaps it can be difficult to hold onto as if those tiny steps forward cemented the foundation to integrate the process from and give you a landing space. 

If we put too much pressure on our system to move beyond what our true capacity is instead of moving forward we may involuntarily end up taking a few steps back.

Even if created it may leak out in some fashion or other. Either it’s unable to form or if it does we are unable to hold on to it.

 

Draw back

We might feel we have failed and those thoughts alone may place us at a disadvantage.

Instead of identifying as the strong, whole and grounded people we are, we could feel like the universe is not responding to us or it may even erode our trust and belief in our natural manifesting abilities.

“Every intention sets energy into motion
Whether you are conscious of it or not:”
~ Gary Zukav ~

Unlock

Simple instructions: Take a few moments to breathe and ground.  So you come from a solid foundation and not coming from a scarcity base.

Hold the intention in a clear way.  If too vague then what you are manifesting will have confusion to it.

Clear does not mean specifically laying out what it is or how it is delivered to you. You must allow space for the universe to bring to you what is in your highest good.

If you can allow that to transpire the universe will always bring something better than anything you can dream up.

 

An Intention 

You want to create [ fill in the blank ] or something more.  It can be good to write down or to say it out loud.  It adds some potency to what you want to manifest.  Once a clear solid intention has been set then let it go.

 

Streamline

That’s why over time I developed a way of simplifying what I want to welcome into my life and at the start I began to make it small incremental movements.

As my manifesting abilities got stronger like muscles when working out I could adjust what I was manifesting and create a space for more.

The important piece with manifesting is always staying clear about the intention.


 

Guidance for Life Transitions
and Achieving Potential…

Each of us possesses an innate guidance system providing distinct and clear direction. 

However, there are moments when we need to reach out for that extra insight to guide us.

Develop a Fresh Perspective

Karen Johnson
416.732.2661

Metaphysical and Shamanic Healer
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Intuitive Consultant
Trauma Therapist

Give Yourself an Edge
Schedule a Session
www.awakeningheartandsoul.com
www.karenjohnsoninneralchemy.com

115 Danforth Ave, Suite 201
3 minutes to Broadview subway
1 block east of DVP

Intuition and Range of Elasticity

Humans are evolving and consciousness is expanding, and so is the range of our intuitive abilities.

Over the last few decades energy and vibration have started increasing and so has interest in the study of intuitive, spirituality and meditation.

It’s gradually crept in and, while not yet mainstream, many are curious about the power and potential of this state of awareness.

Once looked at with wonder and awe, it is now understood as a natural and innate state. The energy has begun stirring those sensitive to this vibration.

We will see more and more people awakening to this phenomenon. As we are able to tolerate higher and higher frequencies, we reclaim the ability to hold this state naturally and expand our own abilities.

 

 

Gift vs Natural Ability

There are those who still think of this as a gift that select individuals have. Others understand that this is a natural inherited state of being for everyone.  It’s not a gift.  We’re all hardwired this way.  We have it from the very start of life, although some are born with it a little more developed

 

Our Body Talks

What if from birth we were taught that when our body reacts we pay attention?

Interesting concept: our physical bodies are key instruments of our sensory systems and have a wealth of information to share if we know how to listen to it.

Regrettably most remain uneducated about the intelligence that lies within our cells and this remains an untapped resource.

 

Self-Deception

Is there a way to avoid the pitfall of wishful thinking and projections from contaminating the intelligence you are accessing?  True intuition is calm.  It simply is.  No shouting.  Never competes to be heard.

In order to avoid contamination, we start with the basic philosophy which is to launch from a solid, grounded place.

 

“There are times when
we stop, we sit still. We listen
and breezes from a whole
other world begin to whisper.”
― James Carroll

 

 

Genuine

The truth of life is easy to miss. Authentic intuition whispers.

Often we are too busy looking for the enormous and fail to listen to the quiet.

Locked into pursuing the rockets of fireworks; we may be oblivious to the soft voice that sneaks up from behind and taps us on the shoulder.

 

 

Embodied

When intuitive knowing is embodied, you are connecting through a clear body and mind. That is where the golden threads of authentic intuition insight are.

One method of opening an embodied link is to take a breath and allow a moment of silence to align with your centre core and your intention.

Bring your focus back to your physical body placing and sensing your feet on the floor connecting to the ground below.  Next, feel the bottom of your spine and visualize a steel pole dropping down from your spine connecting you into the earth below.

Eventually, other ways develop. The key is to include a way to ground your physical body while holding an intention.  Both are fundamental components.

 

 

Soulscapes

Intuition is like an invocation connecting you to the wisdom of your soul.

Instead of controlling and forming around lesser principles, pull yourself up and align to the clarity that lives in your heart and soul.

That is where the authenticity and truth lives.

 

 

“I have been a seeker
and I still am,
but I stopped asking the
books and the stars.
I started listening to
the teaching of my Soul.”

~ Rumi


 

Guidance for Life Transitions
and Achieving Potential…

Each of us possesses an innate guidance system providing distinct and clear direction. 

However, there are moments when we need to reach out for that extra insight to guide us.

Develop a Fresh Perspective

 

Karen Johnson
416.732.2661

Metaphysical and Shamanic Healer
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Intuitive Consultant
Trauma Therapist

115 Danforth Ave, Suite 201
3 minutes to Broadview subway
1 block east of DVP

blog@karenjohnsoninneralchemy.com 

Give Yourself an Edge
Schedule a Session
www.awakeningheartandsoul.com
www.karenjohnsoninneralchemy.com

 


Combatting Fear… One Step at a Time

Let’s try an experiment. Think of something that scares you.

It doesn’t have to be big, it’s not the size of the fear that matters.

It’s your reaction or intensity that it produces.

 

Selection

For each of us it will be a different.

Remember, things that initially appear the smallest and most insignificant can hold some of the biggest hidden treasures.

Frequently, that can be the best place to start is with something small.

 

Identify   

Take a couple of minutes and allow something to come to mind.

Once you have found something you want to work with, hold it loosely in your awareness. If nothing arises you may have hit an `overwhelmed` spot:  hold that even if you cannot name it… it will be there with you.

This probably happens on other occasions when you are out in the world living your life.

 

Silhouette

Notice what happens in your body: any tension, stress or numbness which shows up.

Or if something is occurring in your thoughts:  negative internal speak, anxiety or thoughts racing about.

Again, if you feel like nothing is happening, I want to assure you that the feeling of nothing is actually `something` very important and I would encourage you to loosely hold that nothing feeling even if it can`t be named.

For now, just notice and acknowledge that something may have become activated.

 

Impact

Activating the limbic system fight or flight pattern plays out in your life through behaviours like avoidance, anxiety, and depression.

What you might have thought of as inconsequential is actually creating inner conflict and anxiety. Why allow that to leak out your life energy and vitality?

One strategy to work with fear is through the breath. Once fear is activated it cuts off your breath and freezes your life force and your thinking abilities to the point where you unconsciously hold yourself in a survival pattern.

So use your breath as a compass to map your way back to yourself; know that even if you are activated you can always find your way back.

 

 

PRACTICE

We are going to do a couple exercises that you can use to stabilize your system.

  • Finding your breath and that sweet spot you can rest on

    With your feet firmly on the floor allow yourself to feel the floor and earth beneath supporting and holding you. Then lightly place your awareness on the breath.As you slowly breathe in and slowly breathe out just notice what happens in your body. What happens in your cells down to the deepest molecular level.  There is a suspension of tension and the arrival of calmness gently coming in.As your breath allows in calmness and evenness your entire system starts to calm down and this allows something to shift. This can be very subtle.Whether you can name or not allow that something is happening and perhaps part of you can welcome that.  This isn’t about naming, defining, releasing or performing in any way.This is all about allowing a space of peacefulness.  It’s not doing anything it is allowing beingness in for you to rest on one of the sweetest spots there for you in this moment.

 

  • Vooooo:  sounding to ground solidly and find your centre

    – From Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing™ work.

    Place your feet on the floor. Using your voice sound out Vooooooo. As you say it hold it for what feels natural and then release.  The more you tone out Vooooooooo expanding in what is natural for you, it will help you drop more and more into your body.As you continue sounding… the Vooooo sound will deepen….Keep repeating…We’re eventually after a deep tugboat kind of sound.  It can clear your head and ground you solidly.  Anytime we use sound the vibration of that sound can help to clear your energy centers and energy field.

Playing with Voooooooooo really helps your ability to stay present.

 


Guidance for Life Transitions
and Achieving Potential…

Each of us possesses an innate guidance system providing distinct and clear direction. 

However, there are moments when we need to reach out for that extra insight to guide us.

…Develop a Fresh Perspective

 

Karen Johnson
416.732.2661

Metaphysical and Shamanic Healer
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Intuitive Consultant | Trauma Therapist

  
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Transgenerational Brainwashing and Encoding

We live in a world flooded with coercive manipulation as socially accepted persuasions and selling techniques:  whether through spiritual life, corporations, politics, consumer choices or today’s biggest influencer: social media.

This gets packaged as helpful tools or self-development techniques to improve the quality of our lives.

Frequently we buy into this manipulative, repetitive, fear-based message.

Why are we such easy targets?  Do we need to look a little further: back to where we come from.

 

“When I discover who I am,
I’ll be free.”

Ralph Ellison

 

Roots

No, it didn’t begin with you. Those coming before have had a much larger influence on your life and choices than you realize.

We can look to our parents and generations that preceded them for who we are. There are key family and cultural beliefs that become embedded in our core identity early on.

It can track back as early as conception or uetero. These implanted pieces including those from early developmental times to around seven years old can feel like they are placed in concrete.  They feel absolutely who we are and represent a key piece of our identity.

But is this real?  Or, is it simply part of the unspoken family belief system that is carefully handed down from generation to generation.

 

How it Happens

In our families there are strong beliefs that have a brainwashing aspect to them.

Although families may not use same processes as cults, corporations or the media to indoctrinate us there can be similar qualities.

We are not speaking of healthy families who encourage critical thinking. Where: individuals are supported to ask questions, test boundaries, foster exploration to discover your own identity under the guidance of tribe or family.

I am referring to unhealthy, dysfunctional, wounded family systems. They can be driven by excessive fear and control that worked to supress your own uniqueness and creativity.

Brainwashing can be defined as extreme thought, behaviour, emotional control and obedience with the spoken or unspoken threat or fear of withholding, punishment, or retribution.

 

 

There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”
― Erin Hanson

 

 

Silent Intruders

Some ways of thinking have been handed down families lines for centuries and are simple beliefs resting on a foundation of fear or self-loathing.

Life has to be a struggle.  I can never be enough.  I will not succeed by following my own dreams. I need to conform and follow what the norm is.

 

Messages Received

 

Repetition

If a verbal or implied message is repeated again and again eventually it is believed.

Research has been done which shows this to be 90 percent effective.

 There is a glitch in our brain where the interaction of repetition and assumption makes us form our beliefs around whatever is most familiar

 

It makes a highly effective marketing vehicle for gurus, corporations, and media and could have been a covert tool that was consciously or unconsciously accepted within the family.

 

Verbal Manipulation

Through ongoing and repeatedly abusive, demeaning, belittling language there is a desensitizing and disassociation that may occur for individuals to survive the situation and continue to function in the world.

 

Guilt or Fear

Guilt and fear of real or perceived physical or verbal retaliation, being humiliated or rejected these are effective instruments used to control and keep someone compliant.

Think back to your own childhood: was there some kind of message you repeatedly received that might have inadvertently been adopted as your own belief?  But in reality was not of your own creating.

It may have been subtle or even subliminal. Alternatively it may have been a brutal in your face experience.  Both have the effect of unknowingly becoming fused into your identity.  That is how it can be unintentionally passed from one generation to the next.

Changing the Recording

This entails not making merely the decision to leave the past in the past nor to simply think bright, sunny, positive thoughts. There is a little more to reclaiming yourself.  First, consider that there may be a possibility some of what you think may not be coming from your own belief system.

Consider that there may be another way of thinking.   Who you thought was you, maybe isn`t you. Could there be room for new possibilities?

 

Emerging to Wholeness

Remember anything learned can be unlearned. This was something you experienced, not who you are.

What a fabulous survival system you have that allows you to be who you are and where you are so change can take place NOW.

 

“This is a wonderful day.
I’ve never seen this one before.”
~ Maya Angelou ~

                

 


Guidance for Life Transitions
and Achieving Potential…

Each of us possesses an innate guidance system providing distinct and clear direction. 

However, there are moments when we need to reach out for that extra insight to guide us.

Develop a Fresh Perspective

 

Karen Johnson
416.732.2661

Metaphysical and Shamanic Healer
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Intuitive Consultant
Trauma Therapist

115 Danforth Ave, Suite 201
3 minutes to Broadview subway
1 block east of DVP

blog@karenjohnsoninneralchemy.com 

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