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Let’s Talk About The Ripple Effect

Let’s Talk About The Ripple Effect

I’m not sure why I’m writing this, I just know that I need to. I don’t believe emotional numbness exists, but I do know that you can feel so much that you don’t know what to do with it all. Perhaps this is my way of sifting and sorting out my feelings so that I can find some clarity + wisdom to offer. Hopefully this blog can inspire + empower a positive shift within your life.

There are so many things running through my mind today. Yes, my heart is heavy. More than anything I am fired up. More than anything I feel even more driven to show up for the light. Because we know that we can damn well use it.

Last night, a person made a decision to affect others in a tragic way in Las Vegas, Nevada. For those of you that have read the blog for more than 3 months, you know that I grew up in Vegas. You might also know that when I lived there, music was a huge part of my life. I woke up to facebook notifications that 50 something of my 90 something friends in Vegas had marked themselves as safe in the Violent Incident in Vegas today. So, when someone decides to attack a space that I can easily call home (a music festival) within a place that holds so much of my family and friends, I cannot help but feel hurt. It doesn’t help that my little empathic self deeply feels for events like these all over the world anyway.

There is an image of a few friends running from the festival that particularly stands out to me. I will not share it here, because I do not want to exploit the most vulnerable and likely horrifying moments of their lives. If you’ve seen the image already, you’ll see how my feelings relate.

I grew up on music, and it continues to be a huge part of my life and evolution. I’ve been going to music festivals since I was 15 years old. I walked on that same grass. I stood by those same barricades on a yearly basis, in that same city. I have experienced some of the best moments of my life within that space, and with those people. To see them being hurt, let alone being hurt in such a sacred place, deeply deeply upsets me.

I cannot change what this person did, and still I cannot help but feel like I must be a pillar of light (even more so than usual when these kinds of things happen).

This person not only affected his own life, and the lives of those he harmed. His actions affected the families of those hurt or killed, they affected the families and friends of those people, and the families and friends of those people. My family has been a mess today, rightfully so. I woke up, read facebook, cried for a good hour, pulled myself together and attempted to start my day. When I heard my younger siblings being told what had happened, I broke down. My sisters are 8 and 6, and woke up to learn that the reason their family could barely keep it together at the breakfast table was because someone decided it was an okay enough idea to shoot a bunch of innocent people who were enjoying their lives. I can understand that bad things happen, there is balance in the Universe in some way. What I will not accept is someone intentionally influencing someone else’s life in a beyond negative way.

This is the ripple effect. Your actions have a ripple effect. Always. 

This person’s actions have caused my friends to question whether or not they will attend concerts anymore. This may seem blunt, but that is a question of whether or not to live your life the way you want to (and how you have the right of freedom to). Life is meant to be lived un-a-fucking-pologetically. Not hidden from, no matter the ‘risks’.

I love this world more than my cute little human heart is probably capable of, especially for not having experienced most of it. All I want is for the world to be a mostly peaceful and joyful place. I do not care about your politics, I do not care about your religion. I do not give a flying fuck about the color of your skin or your sexual orientation. What I do care about is your humanity. I know that this can be prevented, or healed, with awareness, understanding, compassion, and completely unconditional love. In that exact order.

“Why is this happening?” “Why/How is this the world we live in?” “How does this keep happening? In 2017!!?!?”

We have got to show the fuck up. We have got to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions if we want to heal this. We have so much more influence than we allow ourselves to know. This isn’t one person’s surface snap-decision, when you go deeper than that this is all of us.

It breaks my heart that it seems to require tragedy to unify us. Not only do we need to show up, we need to show up in our power and light as often as we can, not only when negativity and darkness try to bitch-slap us.

Everything you do puts into motion a ripple effect. What do you want yours to be? Even more importantly, how will you inspire + empower that ripple?

 

 

The light in me honors the light within you.
~Riley Reign

 

An Interview with Ashley Riley

An Interview with Ashley Riley

I’ve been gone for a minute, after august & coming out of retrograde called for some rest. Now that I am back though, I have an EPIC interview to share with you from my stunning + wise soul sister, Ashley Riley founder of ‘In My Sacred Space’, dream interpreter, and fellow mentor! 

Ashley is a “multi-media” psychic intuitive with a very specific skill set – she taps into your energy field to locate various blockages, be it a limited belief about yourself, a traumatic event, a bad relationship that caused a negative view of self – and then she brings that emotional energy forward into your awareness for acknowledgement and hold an energetic space for you to begin the healing process.

Can you say, “Powerhouse healer!”?

An Interview with Ashley Riley of In My Sacred Space with the Spirit & Soul blog
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Q: I absolutely adore your energy and work, can you share a little bit about yourself and your mission?
A: My mission is actually something I’ve been thinking about and attempting to articulate lately. I’m a big believer in not attempting to force things when it comes to what I write and if I feel stumped about something or it’s unclear, I put it away for a while until it comes to me. I feel like the mission of my blog is very much tied to my own life purpose, and that’s really started to crystalize lately.

I’ve come to realize that my purpose is to live a heart-led existence – to help create an energetic template, so to speak, for the rest of humanity to follow. I’m not the only one, of course. There are many of us here to do this, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s what we’re up to.

I think that’s why I decided to call myself a mentor and not a coach or a teacher; because I have to live it, not just talk about it. I have to be a way-shower. And using my own experiences as examples is a big part of my mentorship program, particularly since I tend to attract clients who are going through similar things that I’ve already experienced or am experiencing at the moment.

Q: Why did you start your blog?
A: I used to be the administrator for a Facebook group of about 4,000 people based on the writings of another blogger, and I spent a lot of time there answering questions and giving guidance to members. Eventually it became clear that all of the things I was writing in there could serve a much larger audience.

The idea for the blog itself popped into my head while we were on vacation in 2014. I had initially envisioned a lifestyle magazine type blog and that’s what I set out to create, but spirit had other plans. I ended up focusing fare more on personal development and spirituality than anything else.

Over the last three years, it’s continued to evolve and in the last six months I added Personal Development Mentorship and Readings as services and also my online dream interpretation course.

Q: You have a beautifully raw, authentic, and open way of speaking of and teaching spirituality, which is something I find so refreshing and needed. Why is it important to you to express the duality of spirituality and personal development?

A: I don’t really feel like it’s a duality. In my mind, the two are one and the same. So closely intertwined. Personal development is the result of spirituality and simultaneously, we reach spiritual understanding through personal development. Both are a never-ending process of exploring the layers of our multidimensional self and ever expanding our conscious awareness, both of the world within us and the world around us.

It’s really important to me to talk about spirituality in a way that makes it accessible to the average human. There’s a lot of spiritual stuff out there that’s written so ‘poetically’ that it’s no longer straightforward or relatable. Half of what you read is stuffed full of new agey buzzwords that are literally meaningless.

In fact, one of my group members found a website called the New Age Bullshit Generator that randomly creates New Age sayings. He decided he was going to start posting them regularly on Facebook just to see the reaction it got, and people were liking and sharing it like crazy even though it was completely nonsensical. Lol

A lot of my readers tell me that they enjoy what I write because it’s grounded, genuine, and no-nonsense.

Q: What is your favorite daily practice or ritual, and why is it so important for you?

A: My morning coffee. It’s my sacred ritual. It’s not to be disturbed, lest you want to feel my wrath. Lol

Every morning I drink my coffee while I journal my dreams, look up the symbolism and reflect on the meaning.

Q: What do you wish people understood better or more about dream interpretation?

A: I wish people understood the significance their dreams hold and that it’s a direct connection to your higher self. Ancient people considered dreams to be the gateway between worlds and that’s something that every single one of us has access to every single night, and yet so much gets lost because we dismiss or ignore it.

When you learn to speak the language of symbolism, it opens you up to a whole new realm of wisdom and possibility, not just while you’re sleeping, but also in waking life. You interpret your dreams the same way you’d interpret your synchronicities.

Dreaming formed the basis of my intuitive development and is still my greatest tool for self-understanding to this day, and I also use it in my mentorship sessions to understand what’s going on with my clients, even when they are consciously denying something. The subconscious mind doesn’t lie.

Q: What was the most important lesson you’ve learned your life so far, and how has it shaped you?

A: The most important lesson I have learned so far is that Love is so much bigger than we give it credit for. As humans, we try to define it. Put it in a box. We figure out all sorts of ways to try and make it smaller, but we can’t. It’s the greatest thing in existence. It’s the ONLY thing in existence. I’m not sure why we struggle so much to cram it into such tiny, narrow definitions when all it’s going to do is expand to the point that it blows apart anything we attempt to contain it with.

I know that words can’t possibly do justice to what I’m trying to convey right now (because words themselves are inherently limiting).

If we were to live our lives with the full realization of what Love actually is, it would change the world in a heartbeat.

Q: As a fellow intuitive, I am curious, what advice would you give to someone just beginning to tune into their intuition?

A: The biggest mistake I made in my own intuitive development was trying too hard. The harder I tried to force it, the more I blocked myself. When I stopped trying and allowed it to flow of it’s own accord, it came when I needed it. To some degree, I still operate that way today. If someone sat down in front of me and asked me to read them, just for shits and grins, I wouldn’t be able do it. It’s not a parlor trick for your entertainment. It comes of it’s own accord and it’s typically when people approach it with a genuine need for guidance.

Q: Your ‘Questions from a reader’ blogs are some of my favorite. What has been your favorite question to answer so far?

A: Oh man… I’ve gotten some real mind benders from readers over the years – things about the nature of the universe and quantum physics, parallel universes and other realities. I like it, because it pushes my own limits. I always tell my readers that if it makes your brain hurt when you read it, that’s a good thing – it means we’re expanding your mind. And it works the same way for me as I answer things. Many times, I don’t ‘know’ the answer to something when I start to write, it’s channeled as I write, so I learn right along with my readers.

Q: What do you wish there was more of in the world today and why?

A: Most people would probably say Love! Lol But I’m a firm believer that everything in existence is Love, so it’s impossible to have more of it when it’s all there is! It’s just that there’s a lot of fear that’s covering it up. The remedy for that, in my opinion, is discernment. I wish there was more discernment in the world today.

One of my big soap boxes is fear-based beliefs. So many people don’t take the time to stop and ask themselves where their beliefs are coming from – love or fear. If you truly believe that we live in a benevolent universe, that we are all one, and that Love is all there is, then it’s very easy to discern away anything remotely fear-based. The only place it exists is in your head.

Q: What is the #1 thing you’d like to give/leave the world with in this lifetime?

A: A new paradigm of heart-led existence. It’s a tall order, I know. Lol But it’s why I’m here, and the lives I touch in my process will amplify that energy exponentially, just as the others who are doing the same. Eventually, we reach critical mass and everything suddenly looks different. A new perspective is birthed, and we start living from that perspective, which changes the world around us.

You guys… Can you see why I am so in awe of + inspired by this magical woman?! She is a beautiful soul, and her journey and work inspire my own all of the time. Thank you, Ashley, for doing your great work!

How did you like this interview? What ideas, questions, or thoughts did it spark for you? Let’s chat in the comments below! Would you maybe like to see more interviews like this in the future? If so let me know in the comments, and maybe share an idea of who I should interview next!

Namaste
~Riley Reign

One Simple Tool To Help You Overcome A Scarcity Mindset

One Simple Tool To Help You Overcome A Scarcity Mindset

The mental state of having scarcity minded beliefs can be a hard habit to break, and sometimes it can be an emotional journey too. Breaking limiting belief patterns and freeing yourself from conditioned beliefs is definitely not an easy process, but it can be incredibly simple and free flowing if you allow it to be. I find that when one can make simple and empowering shifts in perspective, the journey of growth becomes a lot softer and more inspiring.

While it can be hard to break limiting beliefs like this, if you have the right tools it won’t have to feel as intense as you may have previously experienced, or as you might imagine it to feel. To make the mindset shift you need for moving out of a scarcity belief pattern, you must recognize first if your belief holds any truth. Regarding scarcity, this would mean that you truthfully don’t have what you need, you don’t have enough, or that you are not supported within your life in a way that you feel is sustainable.

 

One Simple Tool To Help You Overcome A Scarcity Mindset from the Spirit & Soul blog
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Now, I’d like to invite you to take a good hard look at your life and if your scarcity beliefs are even remotely truthful to your everyday experience. Perhaps you will find that in the grand scheme of things, this scarcity is true for you. Take this awareness even deeper, right now in this moment do these beliefs apply as truth? Note how I wrote right now, this is our only real experience of reality. There is only the present moment. In this present moment, do your scarcity beliefs ring true or valid in any ways?

It is easy to do this exercise of awareness and find that you maybe don’t have enough in this very moment (i.e. ‘I have rent to pay in two weeks, so no, what I need is not here with me right now.’), but this is counter productive of the exercise. Say that you relate to the example of having to pay your rent soon and acknowledge that you do not have to pay your rent right this second. Notice that if you recognize that your rent is not due right now, and you are truly and wholly only looking at what you have and if it is all that you need in this moment, you will find that yes, you have exactly what you need for right now.

It is there that any scarcity beliefs can dissolve, disappear, and the thought patterns can be broken. You have all that you need right now. What you will need later will come to you when you need it. The truth of the matter is, that you are fully and completely supported and provided for. When you can align yourself with these truths you can open your mind and energy to opportunity for more abundance, because when your energy moves from the belief of ‘I don’t have what I need’ into ‘I have what I need right now and I know that more is on the way’ you quite literally open up space for more abundance to finds its way to you.

 

This practice is not overly complex or complicated, it is just a simple shift in mindset and perspective that can free you of living in a lower vibrational state. If you can practice and actively find simple shifts like this one for yourself, your life will become more vibrant and joyful with much more ease.

 

How will you use this tool to help you overcome your scarcity mindset this week? Share with us in the comments below!

 

 

Namaste
~Riley Reign

 

Spirituality is about Realness

Spirituality is about Realness

I set out this month to write and publish a blog everyday. I had no expectation, and really just wanted to challenge myself, see what the Universe would match that energy and intention with, and see if any analytics changed in any kind of way. As you may have noticed, the last 3 days I haven’t posted a blog. Scandalous, I know.

If you are a creative of any kind, you know how difficult it can be to force the creation of something, let alone something of quality. As much as this month is about a quantity of blogs, I will not write unless I feel that a message, lesson, or tool is one of quality and universal relevance. So, for the last 3 days I didn’t write or publish anything. I wasn’t in a place to focus into the work I do in the way I needed to, and as I wrote previously this month about honoring ones process I needed to honor where I was. And instead of putting out sub-par content (not to mention life guidance), I held space for when I could focus.

 

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Because here is the thing about spirituality, it’s not about being the best, the most enlightened, or being righteous. Spirituality is about realness. For example, this week I had to be real with myself and to be in flow rather than force, I needed to not write or post a blog for a few days. To not burn myself out, I had to get real. In this instance, real meant rest, trusting in my process, and leaning into the love that I would open more space for.

Spirituality is not about doing all of the yoga, meditating, or reading of books about the Universe, Source, or God. It means being connected, and trusting that connection. Perhaps for you that aligns with yoga, meditation, or learning. But here’s the catch my soul-siblings, if you do all of the spiritual activities only for face value or the image of being a vibrant little light worker, that isn’t real, and you will likely soon learn that through experience.

 

Being spiritually connected + expressive means being 100% real and authentic, not to be confused for masking your human experience realness (yes, the unpretty bits, especially the unpretty bits) with ‘love + light’. Love + light without action to actualise the intention is nothing. Often the most spiritual thing you can do, is to be in your mess. Not to dwell in it or attach yourself to it, but to be with it, and to be open to what it has to offer you.

This realness includes letting go of that which does not serve you, not to be confused with suppressing or ignoring the unpretty bits of life because they “aren’t pretty” and “therefore don’t serve you”. This journey of getting real leads to letting go of what doesn’t serve your highest good, or the highest good of those around you. For example, me writing and publishing less than raw and universally true content wouldn’t serve me, it would have burnt me out. And it wouldn’t serve you, because it wouldn’t have been as good as it needed to be. It was not of highest good, so I let it go.

Continuing to let go of what doesn’t serve the highest good of all will lead you to some pretty epic realisations. Like, “Hey, my judgement is a total waste of energy and space that could be used for way better things.”, “Wow, these assumptions I make only cause pain and/or destruction.”, “Holy f*uck, when I am inauthentic, I am disabling myself and everyone around me from experiencing me in my truth and my magic.”

So, yes, as you continue to get real with yourself and get more connected to your Source, you are lead to love and light and blessings. That does not veto you from having to experience some unpleasant to learn the lessons you are here for. However, it will bring you understanding, vastly simple and powerful action, and universal compassion. Because when you get far enough with the healing and getting real, everything will lead back to love, compassion, and understanding.

 

I would love to hear how this article has helped shift your perspective of spirituality, so please sound off in the comments below and let’s get some juicy conversation started!

 

Namaste
~Riley Reign

 

 

 

The Importance of Claiming Your Authenticity

The Importance of Claiming Your Authenticity

The word ‘authenticity’ has become a buzz-word of sorts recently, and as much as I dislike the buzz-word trend, I think this is an incredibly important topic that our society needs more of. It’s becoming clearer and clearer that the masks we once were no longer work. It’s becoming more meaningful to live out a transparent life, dazzling or incredibly messy or both, rather than a life of falsehoods, and that is a message I can get behind

I made a vow to myself somewhere around 12 or 13 years old that I would never wear a mask or hide myself, no matter who I was around. I was told that I couldn’t realistically do that, and that that was just the way the world worked a lot of the time. That wasn’t something I was willing to let get in my way of building the life I wanted to live, and to be the beautiful mess of a person I am.

 

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Lucky for me, my peers have all grown up and our Millennial voices are shaking up the game on many a level. These masks we tend to wear are no longer taken at face value. They do not work any longer, because everyone is awakening to the fact that everyone around them wears the same masks.

We don’t want to know your story anymore, we want to know your experiences. What have you lived through? What makes your heart sing? What inspires you? Who do you really want to be?

Our society that used to keep most of the messy parts of life hush-hush and under tight wraps, has broken free and seems to be asking more and more, “Show me your darkness, and we can make it into light.” Trending or not, I am all in for this ‘movement’.

You need to allow yourself your birth given right to be unapologetically and authentically you. When we choose to wear a mask instead of sewing our hearts onto our sleeve, it is an act of murder in a way. We kill off a part of ourselves in hiding our realness, if not our whole self, and that is a very unfortunate truth.

When you do not share, or allow, your soul essence to be freely, you do in fact die. You, the person who is reading this right now, the you that isn’t wearing a mask for anyone else in this moment, that person dies to allow something else to fill it’s space for a few hours, days, or years. This is a very real, not metaphorical, truth.

No one want’s to die young, but when we choose to allow our truths, passions, and ways of being slip away that seems to be exactly what happens. It is a state of being that is unfulfilled, untrue, and more than unnecessary. Passing buzz-word or not, this is why we need to live authentically.

We know better now. We can do better anytime. So why not choose today? Our self-imposed fear of judgement or criticism is the only reason we put a mask on in the first place. I myself, would much rather be judged and criticised for who I truly am, than for an edited or filtered version of who I am.

It is more than likely that we will all be judged by each other on some level anyway. Why not be judged for who we truly are? Why not be judged for the You that you love, the authentic and raw you, rather than the you that you’ll never see when you look in the mirror? Claiming a personality, sexuality, feeling, opinion, etc. that is not of your own is self disempowerment, and you cannot claim it with truth on your side. It is claiming unfulfillment, falsehood, and it results in an unhappy life.

Claim your authenticity so that you can free your own life and your happiness. Maybe you will inspire others along the way and this awakening will continue to grow.

 

Namaste
~Riley Reign