As always, I hope this letter finds you happy, healthy, ...and feeling FESTIVE!
Aaahhhh... 'Tis the Season! What a wonderful time of year! Between the music, the lights, the shopping, the food, the giving, the receiving, and the family time....what's not to love? Well, maybe the stress. I don't love the stress. (note to self: extra meditation this month). But the rest is pretty awesome. Even the commercials on TV are bearable....all with their holiday decorations and music and cheer. I love it, I love it, I LOVE it!
And of course, there's the gifting. Flipping through catalogs and checking out Pinterest for different gift giving ideas, perusing the malls and online for the perfect presents. And then there's the wrapping and shipping and baking and exchanging. It really does feels amazing to give, doesn't it?
So this month, I thought it would be a great time to talk about.......our GIFTS.
Of course we're all familiar with the gifts we purchase, or make, to bring joy to those we love. Sharing these gifts is such a beautiful act of kindness that comes with the holidays and other special (or not so special) occasions.
But what about the other gifts that we have to offer?
Like, the gifts we possess that make us unique and give us purpose? We all have them. Actually, we each have a bunch! Maybe one of yours is a sense of humor or compassion for others or an artistic talent or analytical skills or a lovely singing voice. Perhaps it's climbing trees or a natural connection to animals or having a knack for cooking. Or what about a keen sense of smell or amazing fashion sense? Maybe you are a rock star parent or an engaging speaker. Oh, the list could go on and on... these amazing, beautiful, natural gifts that we possess. There are so many. We may not always recognize these as gifts, but they are. They are our strengths and the things that we do well and how we identify ourselves as unique individuals.
And then there are the untapped gifts we have within us, waiting to be unwrapped. Maybe it's something that you are feeling called to explore or learn . A new passion or interest. Or maybe you don't know what it is...but are seeking to discover because you want to know what your life purpose is. What about those gifts? How do we know what those are?
For example, I haven't always known that I was a medium. And I haven't always talked to Spirit and to animals. Unlike some, I most certainly haven't been doing it consciously since I was a child. In fact, as some of you know, for most of my life and career I've been a die-hard, left brained, super analytical....finance girl. Math and numbers were my thing. Not any of this 'woo woo' stuff. I always thought my 'gift' was balancing accounts, spreadsheets, and lightening finger speed on a 10 key calculator. I know, exciting...right? And while I do consider my mathematical skills a gift and I am grateful for the years of financial stability that work provided and I am proud of my accomplishments in that field, it's not exactly work that made my socks go up and down (so grateful that I discovered my intuitive abilities)
But when I realized that I was able to connect with Spirit, I knew I had found my passion and there was no turning back. I didn't see this as something that was gifted to me, however. Or that I had a special gift. Since it began with a simple desire to talk to my deceased loved ones, it just seemed like something anyone else would do.
People often say, "Oh, you have such a beautiful gift!" or "I wish I could do what you do. It's such a gift!". And I used to struggle with that because in my mind, I always felt that a gift was something special that we have had all of our lives. I have struggled with those words because I know that anyone can do what I do. And that the guidance and messages come from Spirit, not me. I'm simply the conduit...the middle person. I have learned that communicating with Spirit and working with energy is natural for everyone. We all come into this world and into our bodies with intuition. And we are using it all the time, often unaware when we are. But not everyone is interested in this line of work or they don't believe they have the ability or aren't sure how to tap into it or whatever. And that's okay. I just felt like calling my intuitive abilities a "gift" implied that others don't have it....when I know that they do (welcome to the chaos that goes on in my head).
But over time, I've come to terms with the phrase 'my gift'. And I have come to realize that it's not my intuition that is the gift. It's that I am using my ability to connect with Spirit and with animals to help others. It's that I've taken something that I found within myself and loved and nurtured that piece of me so that I might be able to provide a much needed service to others. When I discovered my intuitive abilities, I recognized the passion I had for doing Spiritual work and then honored the desire to share it with the world. THAT is the Gift.
Discovering what we love to do and sharing it with others. THAT is the Gift.
Some people discover their passions at a young age. But for many, it might take a minute (or years) to figure out what we want to be or do when we grow up. Sometimes, it takes a boatload of life experiences that lead us to know what our 'life purpose' is. Spirit often has me ask, "If money were no object, what would you absolutely love to do for work? If you knew your financial needs would be met, what would you choose as a career?" The answer may not be clear now, but Spirit wants us to always be moving in that direction....to find that thing (or those things) that makes our hearts sing. The activities or actions that bring us joy and allow us to engage in meaningful and fulfilling work. Because no matter what we're doing, when we are doing what we love..... we are sharing love with others. And THAT is the Gift.
And the good news is that we're never on this adventure alone. No matter where you are on your journey to fulfill your Soul's purpose, know that your guides and angels (your 'team') are working with you 24/7 to help you to discover your passions and to achieve all that you set out to become in this lifetime. When we find what makes our hearts sing and we take the necessary steps towards achieving our goals, Spirit works very hard to put the right people, opportunities, and resources in our paths to help us get there. Keep moving forward, have faith, and know that all of your gifts are beautiful when shared with love.
May your gifts shine bright this season and bring joy to those who are lucky to receive them. And may your arms and heart be wide open to receiving as well! Wishing you and your families peace, joy, & a ton of happiness.
Sending love out to all those who need/want it and prayers to those who may be hurting today. May you find peace in your heart and a smile on your face no matter what is happening in your world And if you need a place to go to lift your spirits, I hope you'll stop by sometime :)
Here's what's happening at Light Works this month...
To kick things off, Beth "B" Carleton and I will be hosting a special luncheon and inviting your Angels, Spirit Guides, and loved ones to join us for a Heavenly Holiday Lunch w/Juli & "B"! on December 3rd. Come out to receive loving, healing messages from the other side....and to enjoy afternoon refreshments!
Looking for the perfect gifts or stocking stuffers for someone on your list? On December 8th, come join us for a fun afternoon of Holiday Make & Take Gifts - Bath Salts, Body Butter, and Inhalers! In this hands on workshop with Joyce, you'll learn how to make these wonderful gifts and leave with a bag full of products to give away....or to keep for yourself!
Have you been thinking about learning Reiki? We've got Usui Ryoho Reiki Level I Certification class coming up on December 9th/16th . Whether you're interested in learning how to give Reiki to yourself, wish to share Reiki with friends & family, or want to begin a Reiki practice....this is the perfect opportunity to jump right in! Looking for a class that offers CE credit hours that you can apply towards your massage therapy license requirements? Receive 10 CE hours when you take this class!
I'll be teaching Meditation with Intention...to Connect with Spirit! on December 10th. Want to learn how to connect with Spirit? In this class, you'll learn my method of connecting with the angels, spirit guides, and loved ones...and, yes, anyone can do it :)
Join Maggie & Joyce on December 12th for "Reflexology & Essential Oils Workshop with Maggie & Joyce!" Experience the soothing and balancing benefits of incorporating essential oils with the ancient healing practice known as reflexology. Each person will receive a mini session, a reflexology chart, and some oil samples. Treat yourself after a week of holiday shopping!
Next, we'll be getting together on December 13th for Movie Night! to watch...."Discover the Gift". Learn about unlocking the full potential of the gifts within you in order to live your most fulfilling life! Come hang out with me and other like minded folks for a chill night at the movies ...popcorn provided :)
This month's special is all about celebrating the holiday season. In fact, there are TWO specials this month:
Special #1 - Gift Certificates are a great way to gift someone a reading, a Reiki session, animal communication, or a class or workshop. And this month, when you purchase $100 in gift certificates...you receive a $25 gift certificate for yourself! Click here for more information!
Special #2 - Don't miss the Light Work's 2nd Annual Holiday Party on December 16th! Come out and enjoy some food, drink, and some holiday cheer at Old Town Sports Pub in Manassas. There will also be door prizes and White Elephant gift exchange. Click here for more details and to RSVP. Hope to see you there!
And lastly, I'll be delivering messages in a gallery style event at "Love & Hugs from Heaven" Mediumship Demonstration with Juli! on December 28th. Come out and receive loving messages from Angels, guides, and loved ones on the other side! This is a great opportunity to witness how Spirit works with me to share messages of healing, guidance, and love. Those in the Spirit world are always around and want to help us to heal, to feel loved & supported as we navigate our way through life in the physical world. A mediumship gallery is a wonderful way to experience this beautiful connection.
So, these are just a few of the things happening this month at Light Works.
As always, new things are popping up on the Light Works Meetup page . Be sure to join the group to receive announcements. Stay tuned, stay connected, and stay in touch!
Sending lots of healing energy and LOVE to you all...hope to see you soon!
In love & light,
Certified Reiki Master Teacher, Psychic Medium, & Animal Communicator