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Did you know that Mecury Retrograde can actually enhance your Intuitive Connection?

Dear one,

I have some good news - Mercury Retrograde begins on Saturday, April 9th, and will be in a pattern of retrograde until May 3rd.

You read correctly...this is actually is good news...if you want it to be.

I am a firm believer in harnessing the power of Mercury Retrogradeand allowing this time to be a friend instead of a foe.

You see, I have a bit of a thing with Mercury. As the ruling planet of BOTH Virgo and Gemini, it is all over my path. I have Gemini as my sun sign, and Virgo is both my moon sign and my rising sign. What's more is that in my birth chart, my Mercury is in the sign of Gemini!

Once I saw this clarity within my chart, I knew that I needed to become fast friends with this planet and all of the ways that it can influence us - both when it is in retrograde and direct. 

One thing I realized is that as the ruler of communications, that working with this planet plays a role in recognising when your intuition is trying to speak to you.

If you aren't familiar with the qualities of the planet Mercury, let me fill you in. Mercury (aka Hermes to the Greeks) is a messenger God - often shown with wings on his shoes and helmet, flying through the skies to deliver communications. He is also the patron god of commerce - you can see the similarity between the word Mercury and Merchant.  

What many don't know is that Mercury is also considered to be the patron god of divination and intuition communication as well. To get specific, he especially governs over claircognizance, a type of intuitive knowing that comes from the mind-space {although one could say that Mercury desires to help deliver any intuitive message}. 

You might be thinking "oh no! If communications are wonky during Mercury Retrograde...won't it be extra hard to hear my intuition speaking to me?"

This isn't necessarily the case...and actually quite the opposite can be true.

If you've read through my blog post that highlights the 5 ways I make the most of Mercury Retrograde...you know one of the key benefits of Mercury Retrograde is that it actually creates a fertile ground for reflection and introspection...which in and of itself helps us to access our intuitive wisdom that is inherently waiting to be discovered.

It's also said that Mercury is a planet that when moving direct can be very mathematical, scientific, and literal. So when it is in Retrograde, the opposite is true - it inspires us to be intuitive, creative, and to read between the lines.

So while Mercury Retrograde may try to meddle with the conversations you have with others...with your emails, text messages, and FB posts...

It's also a time to harness your inherent intuitive power.

Let me pause here to say: I truly believe that we are ALL intuitive. It's just a matter of learning how your intuition speaks to you and then from there it's all about practice, trust, and play.

So, my love, you can see...now is the perfect time to form a deeper connection with your Intuitive Self.

To help you harness your inner wisdom, I am so delighted to invite you into this year's incarnation of Indigo Insight!

Perhaps you have never worked with the third eye chakra before, but desire to feel a connection to this sacred energetic space.

Maybe you have been working with your intuitive center for years, but wish to further explore your psychic abilities, because you know there is always further to go.

No matter how connected or disconnected you feel from your Third Eye Chakra, I know you will uncover great insights during this series.

IN THIS 7 DAY ACTIVATION, YOU WILL:

  • Become more aware of the energy in your Third Eye Chakra
  • Feel a stronger connection to your intuitive self
  • Sense a deeper awareness of your intuition
  • Learn new spiritual practices
  • Be surrounded and supported by a group of spirited individuals who are participating in this challenge with you
  • Be invited to a LIVE training where I show you how I use my favorite intuitive tools

You'll receive the first email in this series on April 10th!

 

OH, AND...THERE WILL BE PRIZES!

To be entered in to win the prizes:

  • take a photograph of yourself participating in the challenge in some way daily. 
  • post this photograph on either Facebook or Instagram. 
  • you need to BOTH use the tag #indigoinsight AND tag me (on facebook, tag Drawing Within; on IG, tag @shedrawswithin)


There will be three prizes given out in this challenge:

  1. The Grand Prize recipient will be gifted a spot in The Wisdom Within School of Intuition, which starts on May 4th (a $777 value)
  2. One participant will be gifted a spot in my newly re-modeled The Tarot Within, an on-going course (a $97 value)
  3. Another participant will be gifted ALIGNED, my crystal mediation album (a $25 value)

(a love note: prizes are not exchangeable for other items or for their cash value. Prizes can be transferred to another person if you feel like it is not right for you, but you may not pick another prize if that is the case)

 

I am so looking forward to having you join us in this year's Indigo Insight. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions around this free series.

xoxo, Elle

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Expand your Intuitive Knowing with Indigo Insight, a FREE Third Eye Activation Series

Dear one,

Last year I created Indigo Insight, a FREE series designed to cultivate a deeper connection to your Intuitive Self. This series was all about activating your Third Eye Chakra so that your intuition could talk loud and clear.

And HOLY WOW. There were so many potent downloads, realisations, and insights that came forth for the participants.  

When I was thinking about wanting a gift to my community, this program popped back into my mind - I knew I had to run this program again.  

My love, I am so delighted to invite you into this year's incarnation of Indigo Insight!

While some aspects of Indigo Insight will be similar to last year, for the most part the content will be completely transformed and even more interactive. This will be a luscious opportunity for you to deepen your connection with your inner intuitive wisdom.

If you resonate with enhancing your connection with your Third Eye chakra through mantra, mudra, and intuitive activities last year ... or if those techniques are totally new to you but pique your interest... you're going to absolutely love this year's free program!  
 

IN THIS 7 DAY ACTIVATION, YOU WILL:

  • Become more aware of the energy in your Third Eye Chakra
  • Feel a stronger connection to your intuitive self
  • Sense a deeper awareness of your intuition
  • Learn new spiritual practices
  • Be surrounded and supported by a group of spirited individuals who are participating in this challenge with you
  • Be invited to a LIVE training where I show you how I use my favorite intuitive tools

 

You'll receive the first email on April 10th!

OH, AND...THERE WILL BE PRIZES!

To be entered in to win the prizes:

  • take a photograph of yourself participating in the challenge in some way daily. 
  • post this photograph on either Facebook or Instagram. 
  • you need to BOTH use the tag #indigoinsight AND tag me (on facebook, tag Drawing Within; on IG, tag @shedrawswithin)


There will be three prizes given out in this challenge:

  1. The Grand Prize recipient will be gifted a spot in The Wisdom Within School of Intuition, which starts on May 4th (a $777 value)
  2. One participant will be gifted a spot in my newly re-modeled The Tarot Within, an on-going course (a $97 value)
  3. Another participant will be gifted ALIGNED, my crystal mediation album (a $25 value)

(a love note: prizes are not exchangeable for other items or for their cash value. Prizes can be transferred to another person if you feel like it is not right for you, but you may not pick another prize if that is the case)

 

 

I am so looking forward to having you join us in this year's Indigo Insight. Feel free to reply if you have any questions around this free series.

xoxo, Elle

PS

Over the past month, I have received such touching, beautiful, and meaningful feedback on my Letters to my Younger Mystic Self Series. If you haven't yet had a chance to read through those letters, click here to read through the whole series.

Little snippets of what others are saying:

"I've started reading your letters and it's like looking in a mirror! I am so enjoying receiving your emails, you feel like a kindred spirit to me!"

"I just wanted to tell you how deeply each of your letters touch my soul. I often feel like you are talking to my younger self, leading the way..."

"Oh my how you were so very similar to me as a child. Your first letter especially resonated with me. I could never put those things into words and you did it so gracefully."

"YES! This is what it means to me to be a mystic."

DIVE INTO THE SERIES HERE

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{Mystic Self Letters} "This is the hardest letter to write..."

Dear One,

Thank you so much for joining me in this process of healing and learning. What you are about to read below is a part of a series of letters to my younger self. 

This is the final letter in the series.

This project began when I was connecting with a dear sister of mine and she asked: "What would it look like to write letters to your younger mystic self?"

That idea really struck a chord with me - to imagine my younger self receiving these letters felt like such a gift, like sweet medicine. 

And I desired to share these letters with you, my dear community, as I imagine that perhaps, a younger or current version of yourself may also wish to feel into these words.

Read the first letter and feel into the origins of this project here (age 5)

Read the second letter here (age 12)

Read the third letter here (age17)

Read the fourth letter here (age 20)

Read the fifth letter here (age 22)

Listen to the playlist here

 

Dear 28-year-old Mystic Elle,

It is this letter, more than any of the others, that makes me yearn to be able to give wrap you up in a blanket, give you some tea, hold your hands and look into your eyes and tell you that everything is going to be okay.

I know that right now, having a body and emotions feel difficult and confusing and mysterious.

There has been mystery after mystery coming up for you and your body for the past few years.  Sometimes you spend hours a day in the bathroom, with a sore belly.  Sometimes you feel your heart fluttering in uncomfortable ways.  Sometimes you faint from pain.  Sometimes you faint because that’s just what you do.  Sometimes your body holds onto weight like it is the most precious thing to exist.  Sometimes your body is unable to carry weight, and you can’t quite figure out what to eat in order to find the curve of your hips again.

The good news is:  You will get through this, and all of these bodily mysteries.  And you will be healthy.  

You will learn the value of both Western and Eastern Medicine, and come to a place of deep reverence and respect for this body, no matter how sensitive it may be.

You will learn that traditional doctors will be able to set your mind at ease, and that doctors who practice alternative medicine will be able to speak in the energetic language that you understand.  Do not discredit one over the other, but allow both to work with you in balance and harmony.

One thing that is a gift, that is such sweet medicine during this time is Yoga Teacher Training.  By a miracle almost, the opportunity presented itself and now as you spend your weekends immersed in the 8 limbs, sacred texts, and learning how to hold space for others to rise up both physically and spiritually.  The yoga studio will become like a second home, a new sanctuary for your spirit to explore and grow and expand.  

This training, combined with your Reiki Teacher Training, will feel so grounding for you.  It feels like a coming home, to receive "official" education in all things subtle and sacred.  To find the connections between the body and the spirit, the heart and the mind.  It feels like you have been a sole explorer for decades, and now you finally have guidance on this path, and a community to share your mystic truths with.  And it feels so good to sink into.

Here is what I wish to tell you:

First, never stop seeking and learning and soaking it all in, in the way that you are.

With all of this spiritual growth, and with all of these mysteries of the body, it feels so easy right now to ground into the cosmos instead of the body and the earth and this moment. 

This is a response that is what a mystic may naturally tend to gravitate towards, but isn't one that actually serves you.  

Love, I know that it feels easier to float away than to be fully embodied within your physical form.  It’s easier to escape any emotions that are coming up for you this way, to distract yourself from any tender feelings that are rising up for you.  Dwelling in the energetic realm and the cosmic realm feels like a familiar home, but my darling, you are here on earth.  Enjoy it.  Enjoy this body.  Find a sense of reverence in the presence of  being in this moment.  In the miracle and preciousness of it all.

Continue to nourish your Throat and Heart Chakras.  Sing and sing and sing; love and love and love.  Do not allow fear and doubt and worry to cause pain to linger here.  

There is something on the horizon where your heart and voice will need to be fortified in order for you to come out on the other side in one piece.  It will feel like a 3 of Swords moment, a figurative piercing sensation through this place where heaven meets earth.  

When emotional pain rises up within your heart space, allow it to be heard.  Even though your whole body will shake and it will feel like there is a flock of birds trying to escape from your chest and like snakes are slithering down your legs. (not that snakes are bad...but that's the only way you can describe the sensation) You have been silenced in the past, and while it feels comfortable and safe not to speak, it is important to remain connected to your truth, to yourself.  It is important to remain true to you, dear Elle.

As someone who is a mystic AND a perfectionist...someone who is tender and sensitive and who just wants to be enough...I know that in this moment is may feel best to retreat, to hide away, to push things off to the side and let them fester.

Instead of working with things in this way, which will not help anything...find strength and power within yourself to transform and heal.  Think about the way that Parvati, the Yogini Goddess of devotion, can transform herself in to Durga when she needs to become an empowered warrioress, how she can shift into Kali when she hears the call for transformation and for the release of the ego.  Think of how someone so entranced by the divine and seem so delicate...but in the blink of an eye, can become fierce, then mothering, then wild and fully free, then come back into a meditative state...without difficulty, without needing to fit into the box of being just one way.  And in each and every form, she is divine.

Empower yourself in your own emotional healing on this path. It is not anyone else’s responsibility - find a sense of strength in the core of your being and work on cultivating that place.  Once you have released all that no longer serves you, remind your heart what it is like to love.  Celebrate your ability to love.  Honor it.  

with deep love and devotion,
xo, your Self in 2017

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{Mystic Self Letters} "Allow me to let you in on a secret..."

Dear One,

Thank you so much for joining me in this process of healing and learning. What you are about to read below is a part of a series of letters to my younger self.  

This project began when I was connecting with a dear sister of mine and she asked: "What would it look like to write letters to your younger mystic self?"

That idea really struck a chord with me - to imagine my younger self receiving these letters felt like such a gift, like sweet medicine. 

And I desired to share these letters with you, my dear community, as I imagine that perhaps, a younger or current version of yourself may also wish to feel into these words.

READ THE FIRST LETTER AND FEEL INTO THE ORIGINS OF THIS PROJECT HERE (AGE 5)

READ THE SECOND LETTER HERE (AGE 12)

READ THE THIRD LETTER HERE (AGE17)

READ THE FOURTH LETTER HERE (AGE 20)

LISTEN TO THE PLAYLIST HERE

 

 

Dear Mystic 22-year-old Elle,

Ah, I can feel the deep exhale of independence that you feel, having moved to your very own home by the sea with C, where you can watch the lightning storms flash over the water from your kitchen and watch the clouds float over the moon from the skylight in your bedroom.  You know you are meant to be here, in this place, with C, as your bedroom reminds you of a sacred place you visited in a dream once. So when you saw the bedroom, you pulled C aside and told her, and right then and the papers were signed. The way that she trusts your intuitive wisdom feels like a luscious elixir to your spirit.

This place is your sanctuary. A safe place unlike any other that you have known before. It feels like there is so much time and space here. The ledge around your bedroom is the perfect place to set up your very first altar, where you will gather bits of all that feels deeply holy to you. 

It is here that so many pieces of your journey will come together.

It is this year that you will wander around this little city and come across a crystal shop. Here, your love for these gifts from the earth will be re-ignited as you find deep connections with a smooth piece of fluorite, and become acquainted with a whole cosmic collection of other crystals and stones. The woman who owns this store will see you walk in and with a smile on her face, allow you to hold this crystal and that crystal, and when you speak of the conversations or energetic sensensations that come forward with a stone, she will nod and smile and speak of her own experiences.  And with that, you feel as though a large piece of your world and experiences are safe and held here.

It is this year that you will find yourself walking to the library daily, first to check your email and play with your website, and then to pore through the new book section. In this place, you will check out myth after myth, countless poems, and eventually you will come across a book by Deepak Chopra that will open up a new portal for you. Through a couple of sentences in this book, you form a cosmic connection with the Goddess Saraswati, and you will commune with her often. This book also teaches you about mantra, which you have practiced before but never in Sanskrit.  The words taste sweet and familiar on your tongue, like honey, as you repeat them while sitting on your bed, holding your fluorite and then connecting to the waves within the ocean of consciousness within the cosmos. 

It is this year that you will walk to a small cafe on the hill with C and be surprised by a group of tarot readers who are there. The readings are supposed to be 5 minutes, but when you sit down before a woman named Colleen, she pulls almost a dozen cards for you - the High Priestess, the Empress, the Ace of Swords, and many more come up for you. She looks you in the eye with curiosity and recognition and asks “My dear, do you have your own tarot deck yet?” And you respond no, but tell her of the deck that your friends share with you.  “Well, I think it’s time you get your own deck, love. The cards are calling to you.”

And so, that week you seek out a Tarot deck, and one speaks to you louder than the rest in the store, for it works with herbs and reminds you of your time in the little shop when you were a teenager. When that week, the library has a Tarot guidebook in the free section, just for you, you know that there must be something magical happening here.

I know that in this moment, you are feeling regret for praying away your intuition when you were younger. I know you feel a longing, stronger than ever, to connect to that part of yourself. I know you feel like you must have lost so much time, feeling unsafe in the past. And that now you are like a sponge, soaking it all in and then swelling up with so much emotion, in awe of the beauty of it all.

I invite you, dear one, to find a bit of an exhale around this. To know that this regret does not serve you and will only hinder your forward motion. 

Instead, look around at these luscious resources and experiences and see that they are here to guide you forward on your path. I know that since you are a year after graduation from university, and you feel like you should know what you’re doing and have a sort of definite clarity around your whole life.  Allow me to let you in on a little secret: it’s okay to feel lost, to feel like you don’t know what you’re doing, but to allow your spirit to lead the way and to hold the callings of your spirit to be true above all else. I know that for you, you feel like you have missed out on something, but in reality, you have been collecting these experiences and piecing them together and now, as someone who has been in this body on this planet for 22 years, you are fitting the pieces together and noticing how the tapestry of the spiritual realm extends far and wide. 

This is a time of deep remembering. Of seeing through your biological eyes and through your third eye. Of finding that you can harness your intuition, and allow her to speak through you as you shuffle the tarot cards, as you write, as you dive into meditation. This a time when you will feel a gorgeous flow of joy and beauty as you walk to work and feel a deep union with all of the trees, and find the illusion of separation between you and all of nature to be lifted, as you walk forward in a state of ecstasy. You as you greet families at work, the veil of separation will feel lifted as well, and you will practice observing the observer and almost laugh at the awakening of it all.

This is a time of freedom. Soak it in. Experience every moment fully. Whether you are creating art, practicing yoga, dancing in an empty bar with C and T, writing, sneaking gin in glass vitamin bottles into concerts (or sneaking yourself into Bob Dylan concerts...twice…), communing with the goddess, baking biscotti on a snow day, meditating, reading, or embodying the archetypes of the tarot...each of these moments is sacred and precious. It is in this time that you understand that there is no separation between the sacred and the mundane.

Allow your curiosity to carry you forward. Continue talking to the divine and writing down her words. Continue journaling around the energetics of mantra, and continue finding your own meanings within the Tarot. One of the best things you will ever do in the upcoming years is follow the advice of the Tarot - both in your own readings and in the readings of your dear Tarot reader, Colleen. If you can, ask Colleen for her email address so that you can thank her years later. This is one thing you will wish that you could do many times over the next decade.

Allow the beauty and connection of the cosmic experiences you have during this time to carry you forward. Allow this to both quench your thirst and make you thirst for more, as you drink this all in. You are walking around a new layer of the spiral of life. From here forward, you will feel at home, as a mystic walking on this earthly plane. Welcome this sensation with open arms.

With love,
Your Self in 2017.

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{Mystic Self Letters} "So tell me...where do you go?"

Dear One,

Thank you so much for joining me in this process of healing and learning. What you are about to read below is a part of a series of letters to my younger self.  

This project began when I was connecting with a dear sister of mine and she asked: "What would it look like to write letters to your younger mystic self?"

That idea really struck a chord with me - to imagine my younger self receiving these letters felt like such a gift, like sweet medicine. 

And I desired to share these letters with you, my dear community, as I imagine that perhaps, a younger or current version of yourself may also wish to feel into these words.

READ THE FIRST LETTER AND FEEL INTO THE ORIGINS OF THIS PROJECT HERE

READ THE SECOND LETTER HERE

READ THE THIRD LETTER HERE

LISTEN TO THE PLAYLIST HERE


Dear Mystic 20-year-old Elle,


This is the summer that you will live with someone who will feel like a sister, like a soul mate, like a lost twin soul, with the sound of waves crashing outside your window.

This whole summer, a conversation that you had during the last days of your sophomore year will repeat in your head, over and over again.

The boy, after kissing you:  “So, tell me, where do you go, sometimes?”

You, being reminded of your body: “What do you mean?”

The boy, looking you in the eyes: “Well, your body is here, next to me, but you…*you*...you go somewhere else sometimes. I can see your body but I can’t see *you*...it’s like you’re off somewhere. Your mind or spirit flies away for a little bit.”

You, totally confused:  “Oh. Well. I’m not sure, really.”


And so, as you share American Spirit cigarettes with your friend, making art, and taking walks so that you can visit your favorite tree of all time, you will think about this. 

Do you go somewhere? Where do you go?

As this has been something you have done your whole life, without realizing it, to have someone point it out and show it to you feels raw and revolutionary at the same time.


Learning how to ground would be something that would be so extremely beneficial for you, dear mystic Elle. Perhaps close your eyes and journey to that favorite tree, and become that tree. Listen to the sound of the ocean and allow it to mimic your breath. Find child’s pose in the grass, as the sun warms your skin. Find yourself in your body, remember it throughout the day. Love it.  


Many puzzle pieces will come together this year - and expand themselves outwards to form a greater tapestry of your journey.


This summer, you will read the first half of House of Leaves, listening to Poe, and have an odd understanding of how a house could do such a thing.  The mystery of it all pulls you in to something that feels so familiar, like a dream you had once.


After you practiced yoga for the first time - a guest came to your modern dance class - it felt like a coming home. Keep practicing this, keep looking for the “more” beyond the postures that you intuitively know is there. You will find such love and devotion to the eight limbs. This is one of the ways that you will learn how to come into the body and be here, fully here and present.


Please, above all else, keep making art, taking photos, writing poems, building sacred online spaces. Hold this piece of you dear. This outpouring of expression is your soul’s medicine, a cosmic elixir for your journey.  


As you go to the library and take out books full of paintings by Raphael, poems by Margaret Atwood, and design magazines, check out the section on religion and spirituality. See what is there, see what will guide you forward.


When, in another section of the library, one of your dear teachers plants a seed of Stregheria in a conversation, follow that thread and ask her more about it. This is one of those things that you will regret not doing later on.


I know that right now you are feeling a calling to practice a spiritual connection with someone else.  What would it look like, you wonder, to sit in a circle and cultivate a shared spiritual experience? 

While you and T will dive into an intuitive exploration and games and journey into each other’s dreams this year between drawing marathons,know that it’s also okay to walk forward on this journey guided by your own passions and desires. You don’t need to wait for anyone else. You can continue forward, on your own, for a little bit, and it will be okay. You can always talk to T about what is coming up for you - she will listen, she will understand, she will believe. But also honor her own journey, and allow her to follow her own passions and spiritual quest as well.  


You two will walk to the magic shop together with C, and they will buy a Tarot deck to share, a deck that they will let you work with and play with. This will be transformative. As you explore this art and experiment with it, many things will unfold for you.  These Tarot cards are a portal for you - work with them often.


I know you feel like you are constantly beginning again, constantly “new” at something - but remember, you have been on this spiritual quest since you were small - all of these different pieces may seem so distinct, but they will all weave together, eventually.


With love,

Your Self in 2017

 

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