“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
I’m putting the final preparations together for my Beginners Channeling Intensive Retreat this week.
It’s called an ‘intensive’ for a reason. It’s a big course, and it takes a lot of commitment – from me, and from my students. Potential participants must submit an expression of interest, and then I hand choose each person for the course, based on their talents and skills, their aura, and their readiness for what will follow.
Participation really begins for each student from the moment they set the intention to come. And then a month before the course they all get homework – simple dietary and lifestyle changes, meditations and other activities that turn their focus inward.
For that last month, twice a day, I hold space for each participant in my meditation. I work on them energetically in each sixty to ninety minute session, and help them to become clearer and more open – more ready for this work we will do. I have a mala I made with a bead to represent each of them. I wear it daily and then keep it by my bed while I sleep. For the month before, the week of the course, and the week after, I hold this space for them – I am connected to them.
It’s hard going at times for me, this big time commitment on top of everything else I do. But somehow, I don’t care. I immerse myself in the course in the same way that my students will. I love diving into that energetic space and exploring where they are at, and how I can support them. I thrill to see them grow and change.
In fact I’ve shed a few tears already this week, as I watch people I have waited on for years finally being brave enough to step into their intuitive and psychic abilities.
Meanwhile, the course prep goes on.
I’ve made customised essential oil blends just for this course. I do this for every retreat, and each blend will be different.
I’ve chosen and programmed channeling crystals for each participant, based on their energetic needs, and the future work they will do.
I’m preparing lots of extra crystals as working tools, channeling each stone’s specific purpose and attributes, and putting together crystal grids.
I’m packing bags for everyone, to hold the tools they’ll need. And of course, I’ll add a few extra surprises.
I’ve written twenty-five love letters, one for the front page of every participant’s journal, with a little extra information about their personal stones and crystals.
My house is filled with boxes of oils, oracle and tarot cards, singing bowls, working stones, and other delights, all waiting to be spirited away to our retreat venue.
The caterers have planned our beautiful organic menu from fresh seasonal ingredients.
My support crew of healers and helpers are all organised.
We have spreadsheets and checklists, and more lists.
And I’m working round the clock, and will keep working until a week after the workshop is done, so that I ease my students back into the world with full support and care.
It’s truly a labor of love. There is nothing more precious to me than this work. It helps me fulfill a promise I made to myself many years ago when I was going through my own psychic awakening, with no one to guide me.
For this group, I know that I have given 200% and then some.
Some people think I’m mad for doing things this way. It’s not a very practical way to run a business, they tell me. But they don’t understand. This isn’t a business. It’s a calling. It’s doing what I love. It’s waking up every day feeling honoured and humbled to be of service. It’s being front and centre to lift others up and to stand beside them until they feel into that energy of their own wings, and fly the nest to go work their own brand of magic in the world.
I’m so looking forward to Saturday,when our retreat begins in person!
PS – I have two more retreats planned this year, both of which are filling very quickly.
There is the Working With Intuition Retreat in mid September and our women-only Soul Sanctuary Retreat in late November/early December.
The theme of this year’s Soul Sanctuary is the Self-Nurture Tool Box. It will be a full week devoted to self-care, fun, and learning about how to truly look after yourself and make space for your dreams, no matter where you are at in your life. You can go here to read about the 2014 Soul Sanctuary Retreat, or contact us to be placed on the mailing list for this year’s Soul Sanctuary.
My wonderful PA, Dana Hartnell, will be able to help you with more information about my retreats and courses. You can reach her at email@example.com or drop by our facebook page and say hi.
If you can’t make it to one of my retreats, I will soon have some self-paced study programs and short workshops available. Stay tuned for more details!