Why You Need a Licensed Soul Therapist & Spiritual Guide in 2017

You want to make 2017 the best year yet right? Well, it's going to take a little more than a list of resolutions and a new fit-bit... If you've taken some time to reflect in the last month you might have felt that this year is asking you to begin evolving your soul, embracing your spirit, healing emotional trauma and clearing mental chaos. Everyone has stored emotional wounds and mental beliefs that are affecting them daily. Becoming fully aware of your unconscious mental beliefs (the ones that hold you back), and your subconscious emotional trauma (the feelings that have been heavy and present most of your life) is what allows you to let them go and begin living the life you've longed for. 

Here are a few key reasons why you’ll be needing and desiring the support of a Licensed Soul Therapist & Spiritual Guide in 2017. 

  1. Body Over Mind — You’re being asked to step out of the box and open your mind further and further. You find yourself living in your head and noticing how the world is passing you by because you’re not as present as you’d like to be. You’ve tried meditation, and colouring books but you can’t shut out the mind chatter and negative self-talk. In Soul Therapy we work directly with your soul to reveal and reconnect you to your ancient heart wisdom. The power and the intelligence of your heart will quench the thirst you have, showing up as many questions that you think you don’t know the answer to. A Soul Therapist leads from her heart and has gone through her own major awakenings and continues her own growth, so she is going to be monumental in helping you feel like you are not alone. This important piece of feeling connected (especially when you are inclined to isolate yourself out of fear) is in part, what bridges you to remembering your inner most truth and expressing it authentically with the world while being fully present in your physical body. 
  2. Collective & Planetary Evolution — Conscious evolution is happening at a rapid rate and the speed at which you’re being asked to shift can sometimes come with intense challenges that when left to deal with on your own can be intimidating, confusing or highly overwhelming. Having a Spiritual Guide and Mentor who can guide and support you through your spiritual initiations and soul evolutions will help ground in your new states of being in the physical body, which is absolutely vital for being able to create change on this planet. All of humanity benefits from the awakenings of each individual. The world will evolve better when we are all consciously working together to overcome conditioning and imprinting that has set us back collectively and personally. Committing to your own personal growth and development is a huge step in supporting the evolution of humanity and of our planet. 
  3. Self-Love & Self-Care — You’ve been in all of the self-help aisles at your local book store, trying to love yourself a million times before but nothing has ever truly worked. A Licensed Soul Therapist listens and understands your spirit, your true nature and your desire to express your authentic self. Throughout your sessions you will discover freedom and deep self-awareness by removing the layers of social and family conditioning that has shaped your belief system and personal values. In releasing negative and unhealthy patterns, you connect with your authentic self and learn the steps to apply hands-on techniques that empower, liberate and give you back control of your life. Once you are loving and honouring yourself at the level that your soul desires you to be, your life experience will change from surviving to thriving
  4. Achieving Your Goals & Fulfilling Your Dreams  — Always wanted to travel but feel like you can’t? What about becoming a professional dancer, an astronaut, or a restaurant owner? Working with a Soul Therapist helps you connect to your intuitive nature and deepen your connection to your spirit. The work lends itself to at times, even cathartic and inspired insights that seem to just fill you with inner strength and power from the base of your body. It’s often described as a wash of love that renews and opens up the heart. Soul Therapy offers you a chance to truly embody and bring out your own personality and desires, so that you can be living them fully (like travelling the world while working for yourself to create the life that you’ve always dreamed of, or finally being able to connect with others authentically in meaningful relationships) This could be the year you do it all! 

A Soul Therapist guides you in re-programming your old mental frameworks, healing emotional wounds, awakening your spiritual connection and deepening your commitment to your soul’s purpose on the planet. Releasing what has been stored in your being for years, decades or even lifetimes, allows you to fully embrace your wholeness. This grants you the freedom to move forward beyond what has been keeping you stuck. A Licensed Soul Therapist will be highly skilled in how to guide you through this process with practical tools and loving nurturance.

This past year through Soul Therapy Programs & Weekend Seminar Intensives I lovingly supported over 50 women on their journeys of awakening their authentic self through self-love. These were women of all ages and walks of life who felt a great desire and willingness to truly transform their lives with awareness, sensitivity, connection, focus, and love. 

The highlight of my year really and truly was witnessing each woman remember who they are, renewing their commitment to their soul purpose time and time again, deeper and deeper. It was watching women truthfully connect with one another in sacred space, with great honour and respect. 

Some of the most exciting times were when my client’s would share their insights in-between sessions because they were THAT excited that they couldn’t wait to share the magic of synchronicity, and how the new awareness they had embodied in-session come alive in their daily life. 

Other times I watched women in places of challenge and transformation while holding them so safely, and gently so they felt deeply that across the bridge lay victory, peace and reprieve. I watched women enter into milestones in all aspects of their lives — making absolute evolutionary history in their personal relationships and careers. I saw them through spiritual initiations and delivered them straight to the heart of their soul. To all of the women I have worked with, it has been a great honour to watch you become fully alive. 

If you’d like to change the way you’re living, being, feeling, thinking, acting, sensing, and serving this year, then Soul Therapy might be exactly what you need to guide into your soul desired states. 

After reviewing my year and looking back at my clients so many of them were budding entrepreneurs (even if they didn’t consciously know it at first!) and through Soul Therapy I watched all of them make tremendous leaps in their lives, and with that their businesses flourished. From re-launching a design business with grounded foundation and revived soul, to leaving a full-time corporate position to pursuing the dream of photographing women through a heart-felt creative business — I’ve held space for all of it. 

If you’d like to dissolve the conditioning and imprinting that is currently keeping you stuck mentally, emotionally, physically, and you desire to be more spiritually connected, heart-centred and living your soul’s purpose, connect with me. I’ve been there, and I’m ready to help you make 2017 the year you step fully into your wholeness, and experience abundance in all areas of your life. 

Vanessa xo


15ft to Cenote : Fear Can’t Hold Our Hearts

My final day in Chichen Itza culminated in a test of mental control and physical trust. Upon arriving to this beautiful ceynote (a natural swimming hole) I was mesmerized. The colour of the clear and dark blue water, the trees all around and beauty of the cave took me. When I took a look at the way down — a 15ft ladder with no end in sight — fear instantly crept over me. My mind went directly to all of the "what if’s" and the fear threatened the trust of my physical body's capabilities. 

“What if I slip and can't grab hold of the ladder? What if I fall to my death by hitting my head on the metal landing and drown? What if I fall and achieve the ultimate belly flop that leaves me with only broken bones?” 

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I quickly realized who was running the show here, and it wasn’t me anymore. It was my mind

Once I caught on, I knew another instant decision to shut that fear and mind chatter down right away. If I wanted to experience the authentic ceynote in that moment while I had the opportunity directly in my power, I would have to change my mental focus, and fully trust my body. 

I quite literally had to change my story and mental framework to help facilitate my journey down this creaky 15ft ladder,

“I trust my body. I trust in all of my years of physical training, and I trust the support of my breath. My breathing keeps me calm and stable in my coordination. I trust that I will make it down slowly & surely and once I get in the water I will enjoy every minute.”

The adrenaline was high, and with each step it felt like an action movie packed with anticipation of my every move. Inhale. Exhale. One foot, step. Inhale. Exhale. One hand, two hands — grip. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. 

Once down my body finally let me feel it's jittery shake. I landed, I made it to the platform. 

Then comes the part where I'm not actually a great swimmer so now that I'm spiked with adrenaline I'm wondering how long before I crash… Though as soon as I entered the water all that passed. Water changes you. The feeling was beyond euphoric. Swimming in the middle of a cave with an emerald canopy of trees covering the sky and leaving a heart-shaped opening to the sun felt absolutely amazing. 

I began exploring the sides, through the hanging vines from the wise old tree-roots. The perfect set-up for climbing. Being able to feel your way around, pulling yourself up and being able to fall back into absorbent thick liquid. I got to practice my slack-lining (on a rope they had situated for assisting swimmers), and float in pure silence. I love floating, I float once a month in a sensory deprivation tank to help clear my energetic field and re-align my being, but this was something else entirely. The healing powers of this cenote were magnificent.

Once we'd filled ourselves up with as much Gaia healing as possible we slowly began our journey back. Again the fear, less so this time with a heart full of soul and spirit mana. Plus, I had one pass under my belt to prove my mind a good amount of wrong. This time, I was far more aware of the tools available to me, and I had just spent a good 30 minutes being really physical, further activating trust in my body, calming my mind, and practicing their balancing act.

I felt my heart beating now with a steadfast strength, ease, and surrender. You know, that powerful place when fear can’t hold our hearts.

So up I went, this time noticing though that my physical body was weaker than I'm used to (not being home and in my daily physical practices), and that I was experiencing a bit of fatigue. Another reason for my mind to engage fear and step in, "You're too tired. Now you'll really slip and not be able to hold yourself up." Again, I silenced it. The heart, I nurtured her. Breath in. Breath out. Movement. Breath in. Breath out. Stillness.

Finally, I made it out fully alive and incredibly invigorated. Thanks to adrenaline and the healing properties of this special place, I took a video right away because I wanted to remember this feeling, the story, and the journey.

I wanted to be able to learn spiritually from this challenge and find a way to share. It was a very clear play-by-play of how your mind can easily engage its pattern of fear, even when your body is super capable. Physical intelligence can be something that we forget to give enough credit. This was an experience for me that lands home all the more importance and value of keeping up my challenging physical practices, as they challenge my mental framework also. The two I’m learning, often work hand in hand.

But one thing’s for sure, and something that in this present time and day no matter what challenges are coming your way. Fear is showing up in all of the pockets of our world right now. And even though it seems as though there’s nothing that can be done, or your mind wants to trick you into being stagnant, wanting to hide and never come out. We have to remember that Fear Can’t Hold Our Hearts.

If it’s something we truly care about experiencing, or sharing, or being, standing for, or creating…then our heart knows how to use the powerful alchemy of strength, courage, ease, and surrender to get you there. Let your heart, soul & spirit be your guides. Free your mind. 

xo

V

 

 

Telepathic Haze

I have so much to tell you and I don’t know where to begin. 

I don’t even think I can tell you. 

Not all of it — not like the way the song that’s playing in this restaurant holds my gaze. An equally smooth rendition of John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ by a woman I don’t know named Jasmine. And how John Mayer playing outside the restaurant was abashedly the determining factor of my choice to dine, not the menu. And how this sappy playlist really sounds like it belongs on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy...and I like that enough to stay, and have a taste. 

I want to tell you about how on my way here, a scruffy little dog crossed a busy street as I gasped in horror all just to bite my legs. He scoffed at me with a hysterical bark while I spoke to my grandmother on the phone. I’ve never had a dog attack me before…

There is just so much to tell you and not enough for you to understand through only words. Especially, because it always takes me a few tries to get the sentences coming together just right. 

At this point, I feel like I’ll have to show you it all — as much as I can — with my body

Maybe when I dance with you, or make love to you again you’ll be able to know what it felt like to be in my body at that time and place. As a woman-human, this is one of my fiercer desires that leaves me often in dismay…

Or somehow I’ll see you and you’ll look right into my eyes and see, all that I have seen. Maybe in the silence you’ll hear every song that I have heard…

Oh, but I want to tell you. 

At least, I want to try.

And try I might! But I can see it now... 

How flustered and frustrated I can get with my tongue-tied up in mish-mashed words, and barely enough articulation in my sounds — even the most guttural — to express the moments I have been so close with. 

I see it in you, too; The way you so nobly share your stories with an enchanting amount of patience for your mouth to catch up to your mind. The devotion you give to the way the feelings unfold from your heart’s tongue, while you lay all twisted and splayed in my tiny bathtub. 

I see it in me; How I stay as present as can be so that I can feel, hear and sense where you were when you speak about swimming underneath the reflective moonlight, and how you sank to the bottom blowing bubbles from your nose while the universe seemed to engulf you fully in its embrace…

Hmmm…the truth is I saw it you know? 

I felt it, too. 

I want to tell you how this feels. I want you to be able to see, smell and taste it.

I want to show you by placing the palm of my hand on your cheek, on your face. Projecting the images onto the labyrinth of your brain, the screen that is your maze. I want you to know it through time, and through space. Through what I call now: a telepathic haze.

Showing you the unseen and all of the in-between’s through the only thing I can boldly claim as my superpower; love. 

These days it’s the one thing, the only thing…

That pressed up against all of my vulnerability — reveals my quietest…greatest…strength.

Messages for You

So I will rest and wait, and breathe life into you from afar. 

I will breathe life into the spaces that hurt and the places you feel pain. I will do it from afar, so that you'll get the messages from the trees and me; swaying and rustling in the wind. You'll hear my love in the way river flows, and by watching the grass grow. 

Slow down, to me. 

Believe in me, I'm there. 

I have not left you, yet. 

I'm in the sounds of the thunder's electric rush, in another's touch. Even when I'm angry you'll know me there. I'm swinging by your side when you feel the most alive, I'm there when you go for a joy ride. 

Believe in me, my love.

My kisses will be the dreams that brush against your cheeks, when your knees get weak. That's me there. Even in your sadness, you can feel me as the darkness that swallows you; the cries we share.

My embrace is in the sweetest things you taste. It's in all the things you waste. 

I live in all the breaths you take. 

I am with you, from afar.

~vanessa faria

{on the stirrings: inside & around our bones, on top of & underneath our hearts}

What stirs you?

What is it that keeps stirring around in your head so much that it makes you sick?

What is it that pulls you into places that are creaky and hard to reach? So creaky you couldn't possibly make it across quietly, no matter how delicate your steps - the sound will still summon.

Where does your heart swell and your tummy heave? Where does your heart breathe and your mind bleed? 

How do you soothe the dis-ease? Do you fold and keel to the ground after all the pain breaks you, sends you down? Or do you just keep battling, circling, and weaving to no end. Resisting what it is that wants to be. 

If you die, what happens? If the stones, the walls, and the boulders that pretend to secure you crash down underneath and around you...Where would you be? 

Where might you go? 
Who would you see? 

Whence you fall...how gently, how delicately, might you stand back up? 

What's it going to take to break you? 
Because My God, I want to know.
 

Is it going to be you? 
Can you do it? 
Not entirely alone, I'm sure.

So who will support you in your breakdown&breakthrough? Who will you choose to unravel all of the knots and bring forth your demons? 

And once it's all over. Once you've winced, and cursed, and cried a hundred times. Once you've gotten through the other side with further strides, will you notice them? 

Will you remember their efforts? 
And will you thank them? 

~ vanessa faria