INNER ALCHEMY | karen johnson

Tag: post traumatic stress

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Mudras ~ Inviting Illumination ~

Mudras have been around for thousands of years and although the absolute origin is unknown they have appeared in different traditions and religions through the ages. Mudra a Sanskrit word meaning seal or symbol. The translation can be interpreted literally, metaphorically or spiritually.     Methodology A gesture or hand position that locks and guides the […]

Life Detours or Amazing Grace

As none of us came supplied with a game plan, it can be a curious journey each of us undertakes. Happily moving in one direction and then suddenly a gentle nudge or, for the more stubborn, it can be a bumpy ride, setback or eventually an accident which gets our attention.   Topple This doesn’t need […]

Tears promote healing and health

There is a natural healing power to tears. It’s an organic process that our body has designed to protect us from external physical irritants and to release emotions: frustration, grief, sadness, anxiety as well as joy, relief… tears modulate our inner thermostat. While we feel a profound difference when experiencing joy or sadness, grief or […]

Love, Relationships and How We Connect

Many of us have been a little confused about love. You might have spent your childhood feeling unwanted, unloved or believing you had to perform or achieve in order to deserve love.
We may feel a sense of lack: a hidden belief of not having enough love to give. That belief can foster the delusion of being unlovable, unloved or cut off from love. Or, that there might not be enough to go around for us.

Somatic Experiencing… Healing Early Imprints and Developmental Trauma

Trauma happens.  Generally lasts a short period but if not dealt with wounds can last a lifetime. It can result from fairly benign situations, i.e., routine medical procedures which can impact us as emotional, and physical abuse does. A one-time incident or repeated occurrence. The young are especially vulnerable as their brains and bodies are […]

Redefining Boundaries

Whether our boundaries are blurred, trampled, disregarded, or respected they determine limits. Do we use our boundaries to isolate ourselves or to create connection and relationships? Do we lose ourselves in them? Do we shun love or increase our ability to love? It is really what we do with our boundaries that count. Unhealthy boundaries lead to depression, anxiety, dependency, and illness.

Shadow Integration | Soul Wisdom

Why is it so hard to be spontaneous and authentic and be our essential self? There may be a big distortion between what you believe your true nature is and who you truly are. Making the choice to live in an authentic way and allow who you really are to show up will undoubtedly bring […]

Ancestors: Survivor’s Guilt

You don’t have to lose a loved one to a tragic and unnecessary death in order to suffer survivor’s guilt. This guilt is a blueprint for chronic unhappiness.  You feel guilty about being happy with your fate in life.There’s been a transmission of survivor guilt that is handed down from one generation to the next.  For some feeling pain and misery becomes their identity with a sense that they have no choice but to suffer if they are even to experience a temporary break from feeling guilty and experience some degree of happiness.

Mindfulness Tools: Focusing, Grounding and Centering

Have you experienced moments when your demanding life left you feeling overwhelmed and scattered? So what do you do in those moments of inner madness when you know life must move forward? Instead of taking a downward spiral, it’s helpful to have some simple tools to help you gain your balance and come back to your centre.