I can’t tell you how many times the fear of looking like a fool in front of others stopped me in my tracks in the past. A good example from many years ago is the time I won the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. As an award recipient, I was asked to give an acceptance speech at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. So there I was at this luxurious hotel about to give my speech to 500 people, and instead of being excited I was terrified!
The voice of my ego rang in my head, saying “Who are you to receive this award? How can you possibly have anything valuable to say?” You get the picture. The main message was, “If you get up on that stage you are going to make a fool of yourself in front of everyone who’s anyone in this city!”
What was I to do? At that time I didn’t yet have the tools I teach today to silence the voice of ego and let Spirit shine, so I did the only logical thing: I went into the walk-in closet in my hotel room and prayed for an earthquake. Yes, you read that right: in that moment, I would have rather had death and destruction than stand up in front of those people and make a fool of myself.
This seems so ridiculous now looking back, but it is a great example of how insidious the ego can be. It stops us from giving our gifts, from stepping out and trying, from speaking our truth and ultimately, from actualizing our Divine potential. My ego didn’t stop me that day, but it came close. Luckily, there was no earthquake and I mustered the courage to step up despite the voice in my head.
As I have come to awaken more and more out of ego consciousness, I’ve realized that the voice I heard that day was my false self, and that striving to look like a fool is exactly where I want to be . Why? Because when I reside in Essence, I am free to allow my humanity to be seen by all, and this vulnerability is a great gift to myself and others. In this sweet surrender our light can emerge more fully, and we no longer believe the ego’s directives about how we “should” be because we are too busy just being with what is. When you realize that nothing is a problem, it follows that there must be nothing wrong with you either. There is so much freedom that comes when we recognize that we are not the thoughts in our head that tell us we are less than or better than another. From this place, we reach a deep knowing that it is both our humanity and our divinity that connects us all.
Once we let go of believing the voice in our head that tells us how to live our lives, we can really start living. Don’t let your false self stop you anymore! One practice I give to my clients is what I call the “Not Looking Good” List. This exercise is to create a list of all the things you’ve wanted to do but haven’t for fear of looking foolish. Maybe it is enrolling in a speaker’s group or taking Tango lessons or something else; we all have our own deferred dreams. Whatever it is for you, write it down and take that leap of faith to pursue something you believe you will be really bad at because you know it will make your heart sing. Over and over again in my work, I’ve seen that when we push through our fears to live our passion, the results are better than our wildest dreams.
Every time we follow our heart and exit the mind, we open to a joy and passion that ignites our Divine purpose. In my experience, we can’t truly live “on purpose” without looking like a fool at times. The difference is that when we are spirit led we no longer see ourselves as foolish, so no one else can make us feel that way, either. Then we are free to give the gifts that only we can give to the world, and to love deeply without fear. Now that is a recipe for a life well lived.
Reverence is the word that comes to mind when I think of entering the room with 70 Relics of The Holy Women Saints in Arizona. As we walked into The Shrine of Holy Wisdom where I held the Relic Retreat, tears flowed immediately as there was a deep recognition of the power, presence and grace that permeated the room. It was undeniable; regardless of our individual spiritual beliefs, there was a palpable energy that took each person’s breath away. A deep recognition emerged that we were with a group of women who had followed the path to Divine embodiment, and we had a sense that this is possible for all of us.
With such tender compassion in the room, it was easy to open to the possibilities that existed for our own awakening. The tenderness in our hearts allowed for an opening, a crack in the hard shell we all build around our hearts, so that more light could enter. When we allowed this crack to open, so much of the pain of the past poured out, and this is what made room for a tremendous amount of light to take up residence. For one participant, a long-standing issue of pain in her back mysteriously vanished after doing the exercise of releasing her heartache. This was one of the miracles we received, but perhaps the greatest miracle of all was this: in the presence of these holy women, who were able to be the light of God in service under much more difficult conditions than those we face, we knew that we too could overcome our own difficulties and live from a place of love and service.
Although these women are saints, like all of us they also began humbly on their paths, committed to their union with the Divine and most importantly, devoted to the path of Love. As Teresa of Avila said so eloquently, ” If you want to make progress on the path and ascend to the places you have longed for, the important thing is not to think much but to love much, and so to do whatever best awakens you to love.”
This is what is needed now as we embark upon a time of great change. For Love calls us to serve the greater good not for our own gain and not from a place of fear, but rather by rising up in our devotion to Love. This becomes an act of service, and even the small acts matter, especially now. Therese of Lisieux says it this way: “May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.”
We can learn so much from these women mystics who, despite the power structures that tried to contain them and keep them quiet, rose up and shared their wisdom and great Love with the world.
There is nothing that can repress our light but our own selves. When like the saints we understand that we are holy, we will no longer hide our light, and we will give the gifts we have been given to serve the world.
St. Joan Elizabeth Bichier des Ages, who lived during the time of the French Revolution and was unknown to me before this retreat, began to speak to me telepathically. I heard very clearly, and in rhyme no less, these words of wisdom:
And this will always be
Yet there is an eternal Presence
That showers upon thee
Grab thy spark and set it free
For this is what exists in you and me.”
Now is the time to acknowledge the Divine within and “set thy spark free.”
May Your Spark Be Ignited,
Here are 7 practices to awaken your natural state of gratitude this Thanksgiving:
1. Before your meal, go around the table and ask everyone to share one thing they are grateful for this year. This will uplift everyone and the food will taste better too.
2. Take everyone on a Gratitude Walk. Suggest that they contemplate as they are walking all the things they are grateful for in their life. Then, when you return home, you can share your gratitudes and experience.
3. Take a bunch of Thank You note cards and ask each person to write a heartfelt “Thank You” to one person that has made a difference in their life. Provide stamps so they can mail it out. Who knows, you may be the one receiving it!
4. Write a letter of gratitude to yourself. After all, you deserve acknowledgement also and the more you appreciate yourself, the more you will allow yourself to receive from the universe.
5. Give everyone at your table a Gratitude Journal. Have everyone write their name at the top of the first blank page. Pass it around and have each person at the table write what they love appreciate about the person whose Journal they have. When the Gratitude Journal makes its way back to the owner, it will be full of love and gratitude for the person it belongs to. This is a great way to start a Gratitude Journal.
6. Play Musical Gratitude. This works well with large groups. Have everyone walk (or dance) around to the music. Every time the music stops, whomever you happen to be next to, you share what you are grateful for about them. When the music continues everyone moves about the room until the music stops again. You are now with a new partner whom you share your gratitudes with.
7. Read a quote about Gratitude before or after your meal or type them up and give them out to your guests. Here are some of my favorites:
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
-Thích Nhat Hanh
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
-A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
“To speak Gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact Gratitude is generous and noble, but to live Gratitude is to touch Heaven.”
“Being Thankful is the law of increase. Complaining is the law of decrease.”
-J. Martin Kohe
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
I am so grateful for you. I see the Divine in you. You are a gift to this world. Happy Thanksgiving!
In Love & Gratitude,
Take a moment to read about this amazing facilitator of spirit. She may be just the person to assist you in actualizing your spirit’s vision in the world creating more peace, harmony and clarity in your life.
Amy Galanti is a Master Certified Spirit Coach®. She has a Masters in Therapy and is a teacher level graduate from The Foundation for Spiritual Development. Amy has assisted in Spirit Coach Trainings and has been coaching for many years. Learn more about her here:
What inspired you to be a Spirit Coach: Being confronted with my own health challenges at a young age, led me to dig deeper into understanding what causes dis-ease and discover how one can heal themselves. From my own spiritual journey, I realized that dis-ease of all kinds manifest on the energetic and spiritual level, before it shows up in the mind and body. I’ve spent 16 years exploring many different kinds of healing modalities ranging from psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, energy healing and various alternative healing methods. When I discovered the Spirit Coach® Method, and began integrating the energetic practices and tools into my life, the blocks and stored energetic patterns were releasing, allowing my mind and body to heal. This led to an experience of inner and outer freedom in my life. As well as a deeper connection with my spirit and the divine, which led to my inspiration to share the Spirit Coaching Method with others.
Share one of your favorite Spirit Coaching moments: My favorite Spirit Coaching moment was being guided to practice the 3 C’s, Centering, Clearing and Connecting. I was surprised by how powerfully it changed my perception and experience of myself and my life. I felt present, peaceful and a deeper connection to myself and spirit. This empowered me to choose to co-create my reality and live a life with more joy and peace.
Share one of your many client success stories: Recently I worked with a client and I introduced her to Spirit Bubble. I led her through a meditation where she accessed the color of her Spirit Bubble that would support her being in a positive vibration. Then I asked her to surround herself with this color. She was so excited to discover that her mental chatter became still, the pain in her knee dissipated while also experiencing a deep inner calm. This was a completely new experience that inspired her to commit to a daily spiritual practice.
What type of clients do you like to work with: Clients that have a desire and commitment, to let go and release old patterns that have left them feeling stuck. Being in a place where they are feeling ready to break free from their past limitations, into more freedom to be who they are in the world. Allowing them to create a life that is more fulfilling and full of joy.
Share a Spirit Coaching quick tip you’d like to leave readers with: When using intention setting at the beginning of your day, see a color that represents that intention. Then hold your intention color in front of you or around you, and watch how your day unfolds easily and with less effort.
To schedule a free discovery session with Amy Galanti, go to http://www.spiritcoachtraining.com/agalanti
I just returned from an amazing trip to see Sara O’Meara, and this trip was extra special because Padre Paul came with me. I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to have two such amazing healers under one roof. As you can imagine, we blew that roof right off!
As you probably have gathered from my newsletters, I have always been called to spend time with miracle healers. I think this is because it reminds me of who we really are—Divine beings capable of anything. It is so inspiring to witness miracles like that of Shana, a woman who was left with a brain injury after a near fatal car accident and couldn’t smell or taste as a result. Shana went home after Sara O’Meara’s healing service and cooked a hotdog for her daughter, and you guessed it, she smelled it cooking and realized it was the first time she’d smelled anything since the accident. She said when she tasted that hotdog, it was the best thing she had ever tasted in her life! These instantaneous shifts in consciousness, whether they result in physical, mental, emotional or spiritual healings, are what I call miracles.
On this trip, I received a healing of my back and hip. Even though I have received many miracle healings from John of God, Padre Paul, Sara O’Meara and other lesser-known healers, it is always mind-blowing and expanding to be a recipient of such grace. When I stood up to claim my healing at Sara’s Little Chapel last weekend, I felt my right hip become liquid light. I could feel it structurally shifting as Sara directed healing energy towards me from across the room, using only her intention. She looked at me and said what she always says to me when I stand up to claim a healing, “Honey, Holy Spirit is ALL over you!” And it was. The heat emanating from my body was so intense I felt like I would spontaneously combust.
One of the results I have had from being a recipient of so much healing light is that I, too, have become a conduit for the light. This was recently acknowledged by a client of mine who received a healing from me without my conscious knowledge while I was in prayer Saturday night at The Little Chapel.
This client, Christine, is a healer herself. On that night she was preparing for a friend to come over and receive a healing from her, but when her friend didn’t show up, she lay down on her massage table to receive the light instead. She relayed to me that as she did this, I came to her in spirit and gave her a healing that concentrated Holy Spirit throughout her body. It was a very palpable experience for her. Of course, I was in meditation at The Little Chapel praying for the miracle healings to occur the following day, unaware that they were also happening in the now for Christine. For me, this was a miracle, to have an intention to serve others and have it happen without my conscious awareness.
I have also noticed recently that there is an energy I work with now that is so strong and so palpable it makes my hands shake when it comes through me. This is especially noticeable when I am in the presence of Padre Paul. I believe we are all conduits of this Love, and there is nothing special about me. This energy is who we are, and we just need to be reminded of it. This is why I take people on spiritual journeys to witness and receive miracles. Of course, miracles can happen anywhere and with anyone, because the Divine is everywhere.
Take a moment to open to the possibility of a miracle in your own life. When you do, you can expect a miracle. This is how it has been for me, so I know it can happen for you, too.
If you would like an opportunity to visit Sara O’Meara, please click here for more information on my Sedona Retreat this fall.
Learn to let go in this one-minute meditation. Sometimes we just have to sit down and let go of all our worries. Yes, just drop them. This video will help you train your mind to let go, and when this happens, love can enter.
Take a moment to read about this amazing facilitator of spirit. She may be just the person to assist you in actualizing your spirit’s vision in the world creating more peace, harmony and clarity in your life.
What inspired me to be a Spirit Coach: When I chose to become a Spirit Coach®, I had already been on a path of self-discovery for many years. I had received support from other coaches, teachers, healers, and even psychologists during this time. However, it was after I became a Spirit Coaching client that the real growth, healing and changes started happening so easily in my life, and I saw how this method is so needed in the world. More than anything else I had tried, this work helped me to change my thought patterns and supported me in truly transforming myself so I could create and enjoy a life of purpose.
Share one of your favorite Spirit Coaching moments: Meeting my guide for the first time was a profound experience for me. It was so affirming and as I developed a conscious relationship with him; this really helped guide me on my personal Spirit Coaching journey. During this time, I also learned invaluable tools to help me shift out of old habits, patterns, and emotions that had been holding me back in my life. I was finally empowered to take full responsibility for the life I had created. This awareness, allowed me to shift my perception of reality more effectively. The practicing gratitude has been an especially juicy gem that’s helped me to own all the goodness that God has blessed me with already, and to appreciate more and more the wonderful life that I have co-created with Spirit.
Share one of your many client success stories: One of the best ones happened just last week. My client texted me to say that she was running late for her session. I was guided to send her healing energy in my reply, I texted, “Drive safe and don’t worry.” She arrived only a few minutes late, and told me that my text had saved her life. She said that as she had received it, she had seen a blue light come through the text and fill her car. She instantly felt calmer, and took a moment to ground herself and breathe, making for a much more peaceful drive. Later on, while she was still on the freeway, a huge metal bin flew off the back of a semi, smashing the car in front of her. She saw it coming since she was so grounded and peaceful, and gently veered into another lane, able to continue on without any damage or injury to her or her car. She looked back in her rearview mirror to see many cars behind her piling up. Because she had slowed down, got present and let herself be peaceful she was able to avoid the collision.
What type of clients do you like to work with: I enjoy working with clients all over the world who are eager to connect with their truth and receive the support they need to take that next step in their growth. My ideal client is motivated to change and therefore willing to do the work required to transform.
Share a quick Spirit Coaching tip you’d like to leave readers with: One of my favorite tips would be to let yourself off the hook and stop beating yourself up, in recognition that you are doing your best and this is always enough. When you lose focus or get down on yourself, try taking a moment to stop and put those thoughts on pause. Take some long slow deep breaths and then look around you and try saying out loud to yourself what you appreciate or are grateful for about yourself and your life. Keep doing this until you are in a more gentle and grateful space. They say gratitude is the same frequency as Love, and it’s been my experience both personally and with my clients that gratitude is one of the fastest ways to raise your vibration and change your life.
To schedule a free discovery session with Certified Spirit Coach®, Christi Levannier, contact us at SpiritCoachTraining.com.
What is the one question that can change your life in 2015? I know in my work as a Spirit Coach® for over the last decade that it is the questions that we ask ourselves that make all the difference. And when we answer these questions from spirit—the highest, wisest, most authentic part of you that knows why you are here in this incarnation, we are on our way to co-creating our highest and best life. Watch this short video and contemplate on the question I am giving to you. Your greatest contribution to the world is within you waiting to be born. If I can assist you in this process, let me know. My next online Course is beginning on January 23rd, 2015. Spaces are limited. For more information, you can go to, www.SpiritCoachTraining.com/Course.
I especially love the New Year because there is an energetic collective group agreement for new beginnings. We can leave the past behind and step into who we truly came here to be. To support you in this process, I created a 2-minute video from Lake Tahoe. The beautiful snow covered landscape reminds me that we can always begin anew. Take some time today to try this process of releasing the old so you can step into the new. I find when we really are willing to let go of what is no longer serving us we can co-create our lives with much more ease, grace and joy. Try this New Year’s Eve Ritual and let me know your results. Happy New Year and many blessings to be spirit led in 2015. Your greatest contribution to the world is within you, simply waiting to be born.
If I can assist you in this process, let me know. “A Spirit-Led Life” Course is beginning January 23rd, 2015. Spaces are limited. For more information, you can go to, www.SpiritCoachTraining.com/Course.
Enjoy this one-minute meditation from Cathedral Rock Vortex in Sedona. This is one of my favorite places on the planet. Let this sacred energy wash over you, restoring you and illuminating the Divine in you.