Initiations are the foundation of our growth, they carry us into the depths of our medicine. Through these experiences, we have the opportunity to embody our values and our pure way of walking this path.
Be mindful of what it is you are calling forth into your life, and setting intentions, or working with spiritual practices. Our initiations invite deep healing into the spaces of our wounded selves; cultivating our awareness and focus into the deep layers within the self.
Our initiations ask us to get clear, ask for help and tend to our needs, they are the seeds of wisdom that flow through you.
We are not meant to do this alone. For centuries we had the support of our communities and the cultures we were born into all had their own way of guiding those who were initiated into the depths of walking the path of a healer or wisdom keeper. Today within the many ‘quick courses’ or ‘weekend certifications’ we do not always receive the support needed to be a balanced space holder following our initiations.
Within our uncomfortable experiences of growth…
Our initiations are the supports that build a strong foundation into the depths of our alignment & embodiment.
I discovered that I was not alone in my journey through the trenches. That many healers, practitioners, heartfelt leaders, and yogis, go through cycles/phases in their life where they find themselves in unexpected spaces, treading through very uncomfortable circumstances or emotions.
Through some of my most powerful initiations, I found myself, in very vulnerable spaces of hopelessness, fear, doubt, and victimhood, and often thrown deep into survival mode which impacted my health and overall wellness.
One of the most impactful initiations invited me into; courageous steps & leaping deeper into my practices and coaching work with others; leaving behind aspects within my business that were no longer in alignment but also a large source of my income; when I took this leap a huge initiation began; in the beginning, I felt more lost than ever. Even though I knew this was what my heart was calling for, I was greeted with extremely difficult times. And there were times I was not even sure I would make it out on the other side.
And within these extreme conditions, I become creative, I was forced to make the necessary changes within my life that are now the foundation of my wellness today. Within my initiations, I found more strength than I knew was possible, leaned into my capacity for self-compassion and stand in my power.
Within the initiations, I discovered the impact conversations with heartfelt intention have; the power of facing the truth.
And the freedom radial honesty provides.
Within these experiences, I discovered the depths of my medicine and have a greater capacity to show up for myself and the work I do with others. Thank you to all of the mentors who supported and continue to support me over the past two decades alongside the couple hundred humans I guided through their initiations (the trust in me is truly humbling)
Get comfortable with the uncomfortable.
Expansion is not always comfortable. We are literally meeting the edge of our comfort zone. Trying on new things; new behaviours, new ways of thinking, of being. Playing with the edges of our boundaries. It’s ok to get messy and sit in the mess with appreciation in your heart.
Because let’s face it, if you can become comfortable in the uncomfortable; your better able to tap into your happiness, joy, peace now. Within our human experience we are meant to feel our emotions and there are no buttons to turn off some and leave others. Also pay attention to the conditional happiness that is attached to “I’ll be more _____ when this happens, or when there is less chaos”. Any conditions or expectations we place in this way only keep the cycle going.
Is part of the opportunity/gift within our initiations.
These experiences are like pressing the restart button on your computer.
What are you going to create within the space?
What would you like to download into your computer as you reboot?
Slow and steady.
Connecting to your alignment practices, and the things that bring you to your centre/the here and now.
Inviting true embodiment of your true self; your soul’s purpose, you must first take an inventory of the spaces within, purge what no longer serves you and rebuild/create from a space that feels in alignment with you.
Trust the process
Trust in your ability.
Trust in you.
In the capacity to take one step at a time, day by day. You simply don’t have to have it all figured out. Believe in your decisions because I guarantee that you have been through tough times before and if you are reading this it means that so far you have a 100% success in surviving all of your previous life experiences. Draw inspiration from past experiences, remember the moments that you were able to rise above and move forward. You may not have done this with perfection, so release any judgement of how, or the things you could have done differently. Because now is a new moment and you are always making choices based on your past experiences. And it’s that simple, next time you might make a different choice. Remember there is no wrong or right choice. Once you have set clear intentions all the roads lead you to the same place.
Release the idea that your journey is supposed to look a certain way.
This was a big part of my healing. For a long time, I thought that I was less than because I was experiencing challenging times, that it would diminish my light, medicine or ability to serve others in the capacity I know I have. It was within these conversations that I discovered that no matter what chaos, is flowing through or around you, your true self remains untouched & unharmed no matter what.
That is the beauty of all of us sharing our stories.
Within the sharing of the depths of ourselves, we invite others into our perspective; providing curiosity and insight. There is no wrong or right. When we listen to the journey of those around us we begin to understand that we all journey through deep initiations in our own way. Our uniqueness, wisdom and light of our initiations bring so much depth to our medicine.
If you find yourself in the midst of an initiation; I would love to let you know that you got this. Welcome it all in with open arms and you will see how amazingly beautiful this expansive experience is. We are all in it together, and together we rise. Tap into your inner creative and dive deep into conversations of the heart space. Celebrate this journey and all that you are!
5 tips to integrate our initiations.
Spend time in stillness. There is medicine in silence, the more we listen we cultivate a deep awareness of our inner landscape. How can we get to know ourselves and receive insights from our highest wisdom if we are making so much noise? NATURE is a powerful space for us to come back home into the stillness within.
Create your framework. What I mean here is engaging with the tools that anchors you into your body. What does that look like for you? How do you process? There is no one size fits all, so play, take suggestions and see what works and leave the rest behind. Continue to be curious as to what this looks like, because of the nature of our growth we can at times outgrow old ways of processing and connect to ways we did not before. The key here is play.
Daily practices. Create a time of day that enables you to explore the variety of practices that light you up. Explore movement, meditation, writing, or healing modalities. Think of what nurtures your mind, body and soul when it comes to your daily practices. Explore, play and receive.
Consistency. Continue to visit your intention, get organized and stay the course. Consistency will anchor what it is your integrating. Consistency with your practices, framework and support.
Receive support. This can come in the form of community, a friend or a guide/mentor. Asking for someone to connect with in conversation can be a great way to open ourselves to a variety of perceptions and keep us accountable. Big thank you to all the guides who have been there on my path and continue to nurture me, and my work!
Thank you so much for sharing a conversation on topics that inspire and illuminate the path of embodiment.
Thank you to all of your continued support and all of you who have trusted me as your guide.
Hi, I’m Natalie.
Spending as much time as possible with the forest and ocean that surrounds me, talking to the trees and animals.
The spaces I offer as an Embodiment Guide are trauma-informed, unlearning oppressive systems and decolonizing spiritual practices. The invitation of our time together is for you to deepen your connection, and wisdom, embodying your medicine. Working with folks who are here on a path of healing, space holders, guides, and changemakers.
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