Let Your Light Shine


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Photo by Leah Schroeder

The longest night has passed and more light is coming in as we move towards the Full Moon which falls on Christmas Day this year. This has been a powerful year and the energy continues to build as we move towards its end.

Every Full Moon and New Moon this year have been powerful times of releasing old energy and those things which no longer serve us. This has been happening within each of us whether we are conscious of it or not. It has been happening on a larger global scale as well.

Reflecting on some recent past events, here in Canada we had a significant federal election a few months ago. There was a last “fight” to hold on by the strong masculine power base and a hugely profound energetic shift on Election Day as that old energy was released to make way for the divine feminine; an energy of connection and collaboration. This energetic shift was felt not only here in Canada, but rippled around the world. The light continues to flow in as actions are being taken to build relationships, particularly with indigenous people to create space for healing and to move forward in a new way.

Even more recently, we can reflect on the events that happened in Paris. Although there are still those that want to stir up fear and hate and the illusion of separateness, there was an outpouring of love and compassion. There was also recognition that this was not the only event that happened at that time and the love spread to other areas of the world where people lost their lives.

Some have stirred up fear of welcoming and embracing Syrian refugees, and felt we shouldn’t welcome them into our countries. Once again more have responded with love and compassion to look beyond ourselves and open our doors and our hearts to these people who so desperately need a safe place to live. As the first refugees arrived they were greeted with joy and open arms, welcoming them to their new home.

With some of these global events, there has been a backlash against Muslim people. They have feared for their safety, even here in North America. Again, people have come together in various ways to show love and compassion. Examples of this are stories of people offering to walk Muslim women and children to school to protect them from bullying, communities visiting local mosques to show solidarity, and I am sure there are many other examples.

I feel that more and more we are moving towards recognizing our connection to each other. We may have different beliefs, cultural practising, skin colour, but at our core we are all spiritual beings, connected to and a part of one source that goes by whatever name one chooses to call it. As we have different organs and systems that make up our physical body, we all have our place within the body of humanity. Humanity has its place along with the plant and animal life of the planet along with the living systems of the land and water, to make up the body of the Earth. The Earth, along with the other planets and the Sun make up the body of the solar system. The solar system is part of the body of the Galaxy, and the Galaxy along with other galaxies is part of the Universe. In turn, all aspects of ourselves and our place in the Universe are reflections of, or expressions of, God, Creator, Universal Consciousness, or Source Energy – whatever name you choose to identify with. So we all matter and are all connected.

As we look within and release the old energy, it is time for us to allow our inner light to shine and step fully into our divine calling. The Full Moon on Christmas with families coming together will likely be an intense and possibly challenging time for many. I believe there will also be a greater flow of light coming in to assist all of us with our shift in consciousness. It is the Christ Consciousness of love and peace.

Look within to the dark places and the shadows within yourself. Shine light on those places and surround them with love. See your entire being fill with love and peace. Allow love and peace to be what flows out from you to those around you, and create space to share your light with others. That light will ripple out and spread as you share it. It is time to shine.

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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Master, ThetaHealing® and Integrated Energy Therapy® Practitioner, http://www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca . “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my 49 years this has been and currently is the place I call home. I spent 17 years working in Financial Services. A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges have led me to begin practising Reiki , ThetaHealing®, and IET®. I have a desire to learn and practise other healing modalities, as well as serve children and empower young women around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”

Understanding negativity


When I was younger I always thought that negativity was something to be avoided, as if that was a possibility. I never understood how important it really is to us.

One day when I was particularly frustrated with life as a whole, I was sitting outside my home under a canopy of tall maple trees. I looked to the sky and said aloud, “Please remove all this negativity from my life!”  As if there was someone sitting in a seat right behind me who had leaned forward to speak more clearly to me, I heard, “Are you sure you’re ready to go?” In that instant  I realized what my request meant and quickly said, “No. Thank you! I am not ready to go and I accept life as it is.”

I understood in that moment that we are children of God (whatever that means to you) and are therefore beings of light. Negativity, or darkness if you will, is the contrast to our inherent being and the vehicle of our experience. Think of the film method of photography. It required a negative by which to arrive at the positive version we call photographs. Neither is bad or good, just the means to an end.

Without negativity, there is no contrast for our experience. We know there is no up without down, here without there or now without then but often we fail to understand that without negativity we would not be here. We might not appreciate a cloudy sky until it gives us the means to a gorgeous sunset!

For what it’s worth.

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I was born and raised a Central New Yorker but lived 18 yrs. in Va Bch, VA. I am the mother of two young men, who are 29 and 9 yrs. of age. I have been doing Reflexology since I was 11 yrs old, I have been a teaching Reiki Master for 12 yrs and have been Dr. Mom for my family using therapeutic grade essential oils as our medicine for 7 yrs. Having come from a functional family but living many years in a megalopolis combined with many years of being a catalyst for healing, gives me a varied point of view. Perspective is one of my favorite playgrounds! If you’d like a consultation for Reiki or aromatherapy or soul integration/inner child play please feel free to contact me at vaw4beacon *at* yahoo.com, Blessings for your highest and best, Vicki Willoughby.

May Your Heart Be Filled With Light


Image courtesy of Chris Sharp at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Chris Sharp at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The Christmas Season is one of my favourite times of the year.   I love the time spent with family and friends.  I love the music, which my favourite radio station starts to play December 1st until December 26th (my partner starts playing Christmas music a few weeks earlier than that).  I love the lights and candles.  For many years I have had the tradition of lighting candles around my living room every Sunday of Advent.

My sisters and I, and my oldest niece, get together once a year to make soap for gifts.  It is a fun tradition and something that is appreciated by our friends and family.  Our soaps are primarily vegetable based.  We have fun mixing in a variety of essential oils, ground lavender, rose petals, mint tea, coffee grounds, or whatever else seems suitable, into the soap to create some texture.

I love the opportunity to play pipe organ during Advent.  I have a favourite Brahms piece that I play every year, “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen” (“Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming”).  Click on the link below to enjoy a recording of this.  I recorded this earlier in the month (a rough recording from my iPhone).  Of course, there are many Christmas hymns that I love to play as well.

There is something magical about all of this for me.  It is a reminder to live from a place of love, joy, and peace. It is a time to give and to receive with gratitude.

Somehow, this year feels different for me.  I am not sure how to describe it, other than to say that I feel this light growing inside and around me and I feel that from other people as well.  As our light continues to grow, our lives and the lives of others around us are transformed.  There is so much to celebrate and so much to be grateful for!

Whatever tradition, beliefs or religious background you are from and may be celebrating at this time of year, I send you love, light and peace.  I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with you through these words.

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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Practitioner and Certified ThetaHealer® www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca and a Financial Representative. “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my 46 years this has been and currently is the place I call home. I have been working in Financial Services for the past 15 years educating people about their finances, helping them restructure and reduce debt, invest for the future and properly protect their families. A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges has led me to begin practising Reiki and now ThetaHealing®. I have a desire to learn and practise other healing modalities, as well as serve children and empower young women around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”