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Gaia Collective’s MoonBox is a Match Made in Full Moon Ritual Heaven // Review

Gaia Collective’s MoonBox is a Match Made in Full Moon Ritual Heaven // Review

As some of you may know, this past week there was a gorgeous Full Moon in Sagittarius. The energy was vibrant, super-inspiring, and like many full moons are it was a little bit intense. Now, I have written about how to work with the Lunar cycle a few times before on the blog, but I have never shared any products or anything that relates to your moon rituals or practices.

I find that a lunar practice or ritual is a very personal and often quite intuitive thing, and I have always maintained an unbiased place of encouragement and guidance with your full moon practice. Which should tell you, that the fact I am even talking about this service is a big deal for me and the blog.

 

A Review of Gaia Collective's MoonBox from the Spirit & Soul Blog
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The Gaia Collective MoonBox made this past full moon the best full moon practice I have ever had. And I am not laying it on thick or trying to be one of those bloggers that just loves products, because I am not that girl. The MoonBox was simply and simultaneously profoundly the cherry on top of my ritual this past month.

Not only was the box incredibly gorgeous, well put together and very intentionally thought out, it was also quite exciting and inspiring. The items I received were incredibly inspiring to my practice as well as nourishing for my mind, body, and spirit. Just opening the box and exploring what came with it this month was a treat, let alone bringing each divine little goody into my ritual of self-care and personal growth.

I can remember quite well saying, “Oh my goodness. I feel so special.” at least 5 times while opening the box, and that is something that isn’t extremely profound, but to have the small touches of extra abundance and to create such a luxurious richness within my experience really made my practice much more beautiful. It was such a blessing, because the shifts I had that night were a little bit intense and emotional, so to also have the balance and softness of the lovely products from the MoonBox was truly sweet.

I had a really lovely time of practicing my own self-care and personal growth while I shared a good portion of my ritual essentials on my instagram story and I’d love for you to see and get as in depth of a review of the MoonBox as possible. Below you’ll find some photos of the products I received this past month, along with what I thought of them!

 

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I was lucky to receive this month a beautiful turquoise choker necklace from Nabee Jewelry Design, a delicious strawberry tea blend that was perfect for the strawberry moon, a few gorgeous crystals, along with an essential oil blend for wearing and another for room energy clearing, and a bedtime dream tonic. Now, I am head over heels in love with nearly everything in this box. I say nearly everything because if I am being honest, there was one thing in the box that I didn’t use, and that was the bedtime lucid dreaming tonic, because honestly it kind of scared me a little.

I am so excited, happy, and grateful to say that Gaia Collective and I will be collaborating on a box together very soon! If you’d like to get your own Moon Box for the next full moon you can do that here. If you’re interested in what Gaia and I are collaborating on sign up for my newsletter here to get VIP access.

 

Happy Full Mooning!
Namaste
~Riley Reign

Breaking Through Fears and Limiting Beliefs + Putting Yourself in The Way of Magic

Breaking Through Fears and Limiting Beliefs + Putting Yourself in The Way of Magic

*Spoiler: This one is a little long and personal (but oh-so-good and soulful).

When the woman who helped guide you home to yourself (more than once), warmly invites you to write a blog about it — well, you write a blog about it. Gabrielle Bernstein has done so much for me through her work, and I am brought to tears when I see how the universe, and my willingness to show up, put me in the way of her magic.

In a recent blog, My Biggest Lesson in Trust + Openness Yet (my most well received and personal so far), I spoke a little bit to how Gabby is basically the entire reason I am here writing on this platform today. The girl jump-started the awakening to my truth and the becoming of who I am now. I enrolled into B-School through her because of that deep connection I have to her and her work.

It has been somewhere around 2 years since the day I first stumbled upon Gabby’s youtube channel and as of 3 days ago I was able to speak to her over the phone. Mind = Blown. Nice teamwork, Universe.

Breaking Through Fears & Limiting Beliefs from the Spirit & Soul blog

Earlier I mentioned being ‘put in the way’ of Gabby’s magic. This philosophy of mine, “Put yourself in the way of magic,” that I have mentioned here on Spirit & Soul has come to intensely lead my life and more specifically, this year of my life. In a step to open things up for myself in the biggest way possible this year, I told myself 2017 would be my year of ‘No Holding Back’. (This became my reason for joining B-School, and for joining with Gabby!)

I did this for a few reasons, but the foundation of the shift was to help obliterate as much of my self limiting filter as possible. Holding back is self limiting, and I found that it kept me from putting myself in the way of the very magic I desired to experience and cultivate in my life.

So here I am, shaking from a mixture of excitement and anxiety while trying my best to stay grounded as Gabrielle Bernstein begins our first coaching call of the B-School 2017 season. Gabby gives the call in code to raise your hand just as a quick heads up for everyone, and I sort of lose control of myself (or take the deepest place of control I ever have, you decide) and raise my hand.

I later learned that I was SO nervous, because days before when we got a reminder email about the call I subconsciously and very deeply decided within myself that I was going to talk. And now I was experiencing the very thing I showed up for, because my line was unmuted and the space was opened for my voice to be heard, for me to be seen by someone I had wanted nothing more than to connect with.

Now, on the call Gabby helped me through some B-School blocks and was incredible. Though I must say, the intensity, growth, and overall experience that I personally had was so much more. Like 15 cherries on top. I had some beautiful epiphanies that day, and some personal philosophies were affirmed in a very personal and powerful way.

The reason I have been writing is because Gabby’s work showed me who I needed to be to live authentically and in my most powerful truth. Today I am writing because Gabby personally invited me to write authentically and from a place of service about my experience with her.

So here is what I gained, my dear readers. I hope with all my heart that you can take these ideas and mold them to cultivate your own experiences of light, beauty and wonder.

This experience was the scariest and most exciting thing I have ever done. Had I held back, I would not have been aligned with Gabby. Had I held back, I would’ve been denying the Universe of supporting me. Through my B-School journey I have been aligning myself with what I want in the biggest ways, and the Universe has had my back.

Just do it. The thing that scares you, the thing that you thought would never be possible for you, the thing that you knew you could do but still weren’t sure about, anything you find hesitation or fear towards. Just fucking do it. The worst that can happen is that Life would remind you that you are human and you still have growing to do. Just go for it, put yourself in the way of that magic you want to live. You get the results that you show up for. 

I’m here sharing this because the experience was so moving for me, and I like sharing things 1,000x more when I believe they can help someone else too. That is why I write in the first place and even if I misplace the importance of that intention sometimes, it is the foundation of my being.

I want to help in any way I can. I want to support in any way I can support. I want to heal when I can heal and help others to do the same. I want to give light and compassion unconditionally. That’s why I am here. It has been in my bones since before I could acknowledge it that this is my job. It is my job to be on this path.

There you go guys. I write what is on my heart and intentionally or not, Gabby has brought me home to my deepest truths and most pure self yet again. Thank you, Gabby for being you and doing your work, because it has inspired and empowered me to explore, live, and continuously create my own version of that.

Namaste
~Riley Reign

Finding Balance In A Life Transition

Finding Balance In A Life Transition

Life can put us through some shit, can’t it? So how do we find balance and peace within our transitions, transformations, and lessons? I’ve got some mindfulness tips, perspective tricks, and emotional tools to show you a few ways to find that balance and peace you seek within your life transitions.

Finding Balance In A Life Transition from The Spirit & Soul Blog

Something I feel that a lot of people do by default (which is not your fault), is to fall into a pattern of expectation. It may seem a little bit counterintuitive, but when you release expectations you actually open up more space for possibility and serendipity.

You see, when you make a big life change or set the intention to experience and curate a shift, you are going to be tested. If you have this restrictive expectation, these tests can more likely ‘break’ you. If you release attachment to expectations you have this open, creative, collaborative space where you can both be surprised by what comes to you, and create something you can be extremely proud of.

If you’re in a mindset of expectation, you are not going to be able to get into a flow of co-creation, and you will not be able to experience the life lessons you are being shown with ease and grace as you may wish to.

However, when you come from a place of openness and playfulness, you can get into that co-creative flow much more easily. You can experience whatever the universe needs you to experience and learn in a much softer way from this as well.

For when things get really tricky, turbulent, and trying I invite you to shift your focus. When we are within experiences like this, the tricky ones, we tend to only focus on the negative and we get into a victim mindset. What if instead of Life happening to you, Life happened for you? What if instead of the thing being messy and terrible, the messy and terrible parts were showing you how to grow in a really beautiful and empowering way?

You see, when you can come to a situation or event with less expectation and more openness, the outcome is going to be so much more magical and impressive. Even if you are flying by the seat of your pants, or surrendering in a way that is foreign and uncomfortable for a bit.

And when you can look at life from a place of co-creation (a “Life is happening for me.” type of trust) you can see the bigger picture. Instead of the center of the storm you perceive from the victimhood mindset. You can see that in the end, whatever is happening will benefit you, not break you, and it will build your foundation for even more success farther down the road.

 

Namaste
~Riley Reign

How To Consciously Raise Your Energy

How To Consciously Raise Your Energy

Who couldn’t use a shift or raise in their energy every once in a while? Or, if we’re being real, more often than that… More likely, on a daily basis! I have got some tools for you today to help you both know how, and begin practicing working with your energy consciously.

How To Consciously Raise Your Energy from the Spirit & Soul Blog

When we notice that our energy is incredibly low, blah, or in a dark place we often tend to slow down or stop whatever we had planned to be doing. This is so backwards! If you’re in low or blah vibes, uninspired, etc. the last thing you want to do is stop moving! Keep moving forward, keeping working on or doing whatever you had planned.

Here is where you can make a difference: do it with intention. Deep, clear intention of pursuing something with the intent of experiencing or giving purpose, joy, light, etc. will bring great meaning and life back into your energetic field.

Now, sometimes there are very valid times to stop and slow down and listen to your body and your intuition’s whisper of ‘calm’. To know when it is right to push forward or not will be very personal and unique to each person, so take the time to learn the ways you talk to yourself, and what your body is telling you.

When you come to this mental stage, I have found it is best not to become lazy, but to be gentle in getting re-inspired. Meaning, do not just give up and throw the day to the wind, rather, gently work on yourself with yourself. Slowly, but deliberately, work on inspiring yourself and nurturing yourself with light to get back into the space of energetic positivity or creativity that you may desire.

The next pro tip I have for you to help you both raise your energy and keep it in a nice high and joyful place is to consume insightfully. In other words, consume consciously. Are you feeding your body good foods that will help uplift it or are you emotionally eating? Are you digesting emotionally/creatively/globally inspiring and optimism bearing content, or are you falling down the depression rabbit hole that the news and internet can sometimes take us down?

Last, but not least at all, sometimes all you need to shift your energy and bring yourself out of a dark place is to just f*cking decide that you want something else. Don’t like how you’re feeling? Decide what you want instead, and go create it for yourself. Feeling fantastic and want to amplify it? Decide what it is you want more of, and go experience more of it.

 

Namaste
~Riley Reign

My Experience at A 10 Day Vipassana Meditation Course

My Experience at A 10 Day Vipassana Meditation Course

 

10 days in Noble Silence practicing and learning Vipassana meditation technique for 10+ hours a day… Think you could do it? I did. And I am here to tell you that ANYONE who sets their mind to it can too. While this article is partially for me to further process the experience it is also to share it. And maybe to send to all my family members so I don’t have to repeat the story 50 times… 😉

In complete honesty, an experience like this is incredibly hard to put into words and share entirely. It is very personal, very special, and very hard to find words for at all. However, because I did this course partially to write about and because I am up for the challenge I will do my best to write as in depth as I can about as much as I can.

My Experience At A 10 Day Vipassana Course from The Spirit & Soul Blog

 

It is not always pleasant, peaceful, or fun. A family member (jokingly) called it a nap festival, but let me assure you it is continuous work. It is not always easy and there will be a time or two you will want to quit. In some moments you will just be done and, those moments will pass. The overall experience is beyond worth every not so great moment. That, in particular, was something helpful for me during those unpleasant moments. “The experience will be so much more valuable if you play it out all the way,” is something I told myself a few times.

The only way I can properly describe my experience in its entirety is to compare it to the scene in the original Charlie & The Chocolate Factory when they take a trip down the river and through the tunnel. The song they are singing is about the unknown and the scene itself is trippy, uncomfortable, a little foreign, but at the same time you kind of like it. Overall, the experience was a lot like that for me.

Everyone going through this 10-day journey experiences very different and very similar things, learning very different and very similar lessons of life. While you can’t speak to the people around you, you create beautiful unspoken bonds and something as simple as the exchange of a gentle smile can bring  abundant light to your day. Tiny things like the quote on your tea bag each evening grow profound joy and gratitude.

The entire experience is incredibly humbling – and coming home is even more so. For me, things that had once been an annoyance became sweet and their presence was missed. I found gratitude for them, and peace with them.

Everything worth putting your energy towards in life deepens greatly within. I can’t explain what that really means or how that would manifest for anyone else. It just has to be experienced.

And I can’t put to words where that depth is within or what it will be of. I have experienced a few things, and those all rooted into peace, but who is to say what that will realize as for you. For a writer like myself, it is very hard to not (yet) be able to find words, especially to feel like ,Abe the words don’t even exist… Perhaps that is one of my lessons, and there lies the continuous mystery of life and adventure of swimming within.

Namaste
~Riley Reign