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No, It's Not Selfish to Want to Go on a Spiritual Journey

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Why go on a spiritual journey

Is it greedy—or irresponsible—to go on a quest to discover who you are? Not even a little bit.

By Elizabeth Gilbert


The other day, a desperate-looking woman approached me on the street and grabbed my arm. I assumed she was about to ask for money—but she looked me in the eye and demanded, "Is it selfish that I want to go on a spiritual journey?" 

Now, this might seem like a bizarre question to be asked by a stranger, but I'm used to it. In the decade since I wrote Eat, Pray, Lovewhich is all about my own spiritual journey, I've been asked a variation of this question by thousands of women. (And I've certainly been accused of selfishness for having taken that journey.) 

Women constantly tell me they long to do what I did. Even if it's not possible for them to travel the world for a year, they want to create their own quest. They tell me they want to deepen their relationship with God and with themselves—but they don't want to seem entitled, irresponsible, frivolous. Aren't the demands of reality more important than their esoteric questions? And what if their spiritual journey leads them far from their cultural or religious origins, or disrupts their marriage? And what makes them think they're so special, anyhow, to deserve a spiritual quest? 

A lot of these anxieties stem from one problem: Often women believe they're not supposed to desire anything beyond home and family. But the craving they feel isn't wrong; it's human. Every spiritual journey in history has begun with a sense of dissatisfaction—with somebody saying, "This is not enough for me." 

Does it make you selfish, then, to go searching for something more? I say no—and here's why: 

You have the right to try to figure out who you are. 

This is not a simple task; you are a unique event in the history of the universe. There has never been a you—not your particular soul, living at this particular moment, faced with your particular challenges. Your existence is a mystery, a miracle, and an experiment of creation, and you are allowed to examine that mystery to the fullest. 

A spiritual journey bears no resemblance to a spa vacation. 

True spiritual investigation is rarely relaxing; expect your search to expose painful and challenging truths. We don't generally take on the fundamental questions because they're fun. Usually, we're brought to them on our knees. Staying with those questions, despite the discomfort, is a path for the brave.

Doing something for yourself isn't by definition selfish. 

In Mandarin, there are two words that translate to selfish in English. One means "doing something that benefits yourself." The other means "doing something greedy." In English, we don't have this distinction. In our puritanical culture, we tend to believe that anything benefiting us is probably greedy. But guess what? You can do great things for yourself without taking a thing away from anyone else. 

Going on a spiritual journey can be a public service. 

Spiritual journeys are attempts to alleviate self-suffering. And until you can alleviate your own suffering, you will continue to inflict suffering—not only on yourself, but also on those around you. Happy people are much better at caring for others than those who are in pain. (Haven't you witnessed the way misery and depression make you unable to think of anyone but yourself?) Once you've found peace, you will be able to serve humanity. 

All this is what I told that desperate-looking woman, and it's what I'm telling you now. If you long for a journey, embark on one—for yourself, for the people around you, for all of us. We learn from one another's paths. In fact, I guarantee you this: You will not be the only person you liberate along your private road to freedom.

Reposted from O Magazine

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Spiritual Journey to the Andes

Aya Vision Ceremony, Spiritual Immersions, and pilgrimages to the Mountains of Peru offered throughout the year...


Thank you, Liz Gilbert for this spot on piece on why taking a Spiritual Journey is not only in service to your Soul, but to the rest of the World! AHO. Ari.

This morning we sat down at Jack's Cafe, one of our favorite places to eat in our favorite neighborhood of San Blas (Cusco Peru). A dog followed us in from the street and put his head in my lap under our breakfast table, then laid down with his rump resting on my foot for the entirety of the meal and conversation.

In the window, next to the humongous bouquet of gladiolus that touch the ceiling with their blossoms, was an old copy of O Magazine, something about Oprah's outfit, wearing knee high muck boots and a ground grazing pink sequin skirt in her garden, caught my attention. The theme was "How to Show Up for Life"... so I was compelled to take a look at what Oprah had to say about this topic.

This spurred the most enthusiastic conversation about life, finding your own magic, creating right livelihood, Liz Gilbert, and a few other famous people and their messages— not to be mentioned here (because we don't agree with their message no matter how famous they are).

By the end of breakfast we were feeling most inspired about the day ahead, the work we had on our plates, and the very meaningful purpose for being alive.

Below are some pictures from the recent 2018 Spiritual Journeys in March and April, join me for the upcoming Spiritual Journey in October of this year! Check out more pictures of the sacred journey on → Facebook.


Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

Chinchero: Birthplace of the Rainbow

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Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow.

All colors are made from certain natural elements, all naturally dyed alpaca fur made into yarn. 

Chinchero is a small Andean town located high up on the plains of Anta at 12,343 ft elevation (3762 m) about 30km from Cusco. Chinchero is known for its Sunday market and naturally dyed yarns and goods made by family communities in the village.

The "courtyard" you see pictured here is shared by 15 families and they make and sell everything from sweaters, textiles, Andean Silver jewelry, rugs, and it's home to a few llamas and guinea pigs.

This young girl spoke very good English and had a wicked sense of humor while telling us about the dying processes. Some of the color are fixed by using baby urine.

Jessica in-joying a warm cup of Muña tea (Andean Mint) as we all listen to the women explain the entire process of making yarn from Llama & alpaca wool and the dying process.

The color purple is made from maíz morado, or purple corn.  Since I have been in Peru, I have been in-joying Chicha Morada a sweet Peruvian beverage made from purple corn, cinnamon, clove, lime juice, and really fancy versions add pineapple juice.

Below, shades of green are made from Chilq’ua leaves, a weedy bush that literally grows everywhere in Peru. Used primarily to obtain a light green, can also be combined with the Mordant cupric sulfate to create a much darker green.

Cochinilla or Cochineal a parasite that lives on prickly tunas (or cactus) is used for carmine red dye.

Ok! So this blew me away, red my most favorite color of all or crimson color, deep red, and orange red are all made from a parasite that grows on cactus! Add lime juice and the color turns bright orangish red, add alkaline and it turns purplish red.

ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING!!!

The parasite called cochinilla or cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) is a bug parasite of plants belonging to the family Dactylopidae , whose host is the prickly tunas (Opuntia ). The bug is also known as cochineal carmine, cochineal, nocheztli and "Wheel of Death".

The cochineal is an insect that plays in the cactus leaves, and that an extract of natural red or crimson, which when mixed with acid (such as lemon juice) gives other shades of red is obtained, but the combined with alkaline changes to purple.

The stove where they boil water and create the mixtures for the dying process.

Another of our young hosts showing us how they make the textiles.

About a thousand different kinds of potatoes, grains, and maize.

Did you know there are over 2000 varieties of potatoes in Peru?

Guinea pigs are considered a delicacy food, specially prepared on Saturdays in Chinchero.

However on this day, we were served a brothy whole chicken soup with cassava root also known as tapioca, and chuño, a freeze-dried potato product traditionally made by Quechua communities of Peru.

With "spiked" tea, a tradition that I am very much enjoying while in Peru. smile...

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

Street Scenes of Cuzco Peru : Parade of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary

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Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

The Magic of Life : Cusco Peru

Photography, Rituals, Spiritual Significance, TravelChloë RainComment

I teared up when my friend, Q'orianka and her husband, greeted me at the airport. We were waving our arms in the air like children and hugging like I was coming home. I do feel at home here, though it's not a home like any home I have ever experienced before.

Peru had never been on my bucket list, but when I visited here in 2012, my experiences on this land, changed the course of my life forever. I began to understand myself and life purpose in such a way that I couldn't have known before my experiences here.

Being here in this magical place again, I lay in bed and listen to the children outside my bedroom window playing in the school yard and I feel so much joy in my heart.  

Today the streets were overflowing with colorful dancers and traditional music filled the Plaza De Armas for the parade of the Festival of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

I felt it was auspicious to run into the parade celebrating the day of birth of the Virgin Mary, The Divine Feminine, on the day I was making plans for the people joining me on the spiritual pilgrimage to Machu Picchu.

Many times on this journey, I have been asked what's so special about this place? And the short answer is: Cusco is a sacred land like no other.

The Incas understood that Cusco holds a unique vibrational resonance and its location is a huge energy portal to connect with the Spirit World and Source, the connectedness of all things. 

Simply, there is no way to come here, without being transformed.


Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús Cuzco Peru

The Festival of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is widely celebrated in Peru, with festivities beginning on September 1 and lasting for more than a week.

Although it is not known where the September 8 date of Mary's birth originated, it seems to have been established by the end of the seventh century. In the Coptic and Abyssinian churches, the first day of every month is celebrated as the birthday of the Virgin Mary.

Only three births are celebrated in the Christian calendar: the Virgin Mary's, September 8th, St. John's on June 24, (St. John's Day), and Jesus Christ's on December 25 (Christmas).

There are a number of legends describing the Virgin Mary's birth. Most early works of art show Mary and her mother, Anne, surrounded by elaborate furnishings and ancient Hebrew decorations, with a choir of angels hovering overhead. There are more festivals in honor of Mary than of any other saint—among them the Feasts of the Immaculate Conception the Annunciation, the Purification or Candlemas, and the Visitation.

In northern Europe, the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady functioned as a traditional harvest festival—a time to give thanks to Mary for the bounty of the fields and to ask her to protect the crops until they were harvested.

Native Americans in the United States often observe September 8 with traditional harvest dances. 

Source: Feast of the Nativity : Encyclopedia

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

Fear of Letting Go

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Plaza De Armas, Cusco Peru

You have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do. Act accordingly.
— Colin Wright

I walk to the center of the city, The Plaza de Armas the heart of Cusco, everyday and sit a little while in the square. I'd say I'm here to people watch, but so far I'm pretty sure I'm one of the people being watched. I'm an obvious tourist amidst the locals.

I've been approached by only one Brichero, and about 52 women trying to sell me something. I had been warned by my hosts that there are men, they call them Bricheros, who are looking for someone like myself to woo and fall in love with them as a "bridge back to the states". He was cute with long wavy hair and a ridiculous mustache, wearing a light pink shirt, and carrying a guitar on his back.

I was sitting in the sun with my back to the fountain protecting my open journal and wet ink from the splash of the water flowing from the statues. He asked if I was a writer.

Yes, I smiled, and not soon thereafter he asked if I wanted to be alone... and I appreciated his question, even if he didn't understand that the significance of his question was greater than just him leaving me alone to my writing.... I've gotten attached to my alone time with my inner thoughts and voices.

Another time, and a slightly younger more naive me, would have thought the stars were aligning. I would have swooned at the sound of his guitar and contemplated falling in love, but I'm not sure I would have been able to get past that mustache.

I've felt pretty clear, on this trip to Peru, I am not here to find love. Well at least not that kind of love. I am adjusting to the slowing of my internal to-do list, not because things here are slow, but because my priorities have shifted from my own plans, to opening to what the Divine has planned for me and being present in every moment of what today brings. 

For many years, I had made sure I was far away from the small town and old mountains of my birth place. Now, being away from those valleys and hills of home, I miss my daily walk and meditation immersed in their company.

I hadn't realized how the spirit of the land back home had seeped into my bones, and though, at times, I would have labeled the time in my cabin alone as isolating, it seems that my alone time has been spent in building a personal relationship with the trees, the birds, the animals, and the mountains that are my home in Virginia.

Listening to their voices, their song, their wisdom... I miss them, like I would miss a close friend that I'm used to spending quality time with daily. I can see the curves, in my mind's eye, of the three mile loop I do daily around our property that ends in the National Forest, and then the moss covered path I take back to my cabin, passing the pond, and the gigantic black walnut tree that shades the fire pit where I offer fire ceremony.

I know when we reunite, I'll have a deeper reverence for their company.

I also know, that my reason and purpose for being here in Peru is much greater than I imagined before arriving.

And that is exciting and at the same time a bit unnerving. I wriggle around in my own body trying as best as I know how to stay present, not to project, and not to wish for future knowings.

I remind myself when I first started out on this path, I didn't have any expectations of what I was doing or why I was in a certain place. I was engaged in doing something I had never done before. I remind myself, this is all there is to do.

Just be, without agenda.

I remind myself of that semi-panic attack I had in the bookstore on that rainy day in Paris when I realized I didn't have a purpose or a reason for doing anything, I wasn't on a task mission. All I had was time and myself.

I remind myself of that first time I went camping by myself on the Pacific ocean. I had just purchased a big tent because I wanted lots of space inside to be able to stand up to change my underwear, though I soon stopped wearing underwear on camping trips- figuring out it was too much of a bother. I woke up in the middle of the night freezing cold, my whole body shivering.

I went for a walk on the beach under the full moon. My thoughts were pounding my consciousness with a force greater and more angry than the waves hitting the beach. In those moments, the waves were gently rolling in, compared to the raging of my own internal voices.   Yet, the waves were powerfully and rhythmically drowning the voices within. 

I heard, "BE MASTER OF MOMENT."

This moment.

This.

As I paced the shoreline of the beach and a doubt, or a negative thought, or a heartache, or a failure would pop into my mind. I would hear:

BE MASTER OF MOMENT.

THIS MOMENT.

THIS.

Though I had never heard this statement before, I knew the voice.  The voice from that which is tuned into the greater consciousness.

I knew exactly what I was being told. With each wave coming in and washing over the shells and soaking into the sand, one after the other, after the other, after the other.

I knew the depth of this concept was as vast as the ocean, as powerful as the force of the waves, and as simple as EACH AND EVERY MOMENT.

Its seems to me, all of life is a spiritual journey. Isn’t it? What else is there but the discovering of why we’re really here in the first place. And this is how life goes, isn’t it? Our purpose, the meaning of it all, is revealed to us one step along the journey at a time. If we’re confused, or feel stuck, or are frustrated because we don’t know what to do next, the thing for us to do is to take the next step, without knowing.
— Chloë Rain

What I have learned is, when the answer doesn't become clear right away, you begin to question yourself.

You wonder if you were listening to your Inner Guidance or some other voice? But that questioning, that doubt, that voice, is not the voice of your inner wisdom, that's the voice of fear, of conditioning, of past hurts and disappointments...

It's the voice that wants to keep you safe, keep you safe from ever being discouraged or disappointed again, but it's also the voice that keeps you from having any kind of different experience at all. 

How do you know which voice are you listening to?

How do you conquer negative self talk?

How do you get over the fear of letting go?

Become Master Of Moment.

This moment.

This.

Plaza de Armas, Cusco Peru... join me here this fall for a Spiritual Pilgrimage.

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Avenue de Sol, Cusco Peru

Spiritual Pilgrimage to Cusco & Machu Picchu Peru

Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2017

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

Finding who you truly are, is the greatest adventure.

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Discovering Who you Truly Are
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.
— Paulo Coelho

This much I will remember.

My intention was to sit in the Plaza de Armas for twenty minutes on a park bench and enjoy the sunshine and read out of "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose". I set my timer for twenty minutes, and before the end of the first sounding bell, big wet raindrops began to fall on the pages. I sat for a moment and thought, "It will pass", and then looked up at the skies behind the mountain line.

"Nope, I should go." I put on my back pack front ways and I rested my arms on the pack as I still held the book in front of me, thinking I'd walk leisurely and read at the same time.

I made it about 100 yards across the plaza and ducked into the archways as it started to pour rain.

I thought, "Should I go back to Starbucks?"

"No, the wifi sucked this morning. I'll sit here next to the Tamale lady and read my book and watch the rain come down."

I had one sole in my back pocket, that would do for a nice snack while the rain is coming down. When eating tamales on the street was first suggested to me as a treat, I'll be honest, I turned up my nose and said I wasn't up for it, a real meal at a table would be preferred, "thank you very much".  

I'm not sure what the turning point was for me, but now I try to find reasons to go by the Tamale lady, and whenever I find myself walking through the square I think, "OH! I hope the tamale lady is here."

If I see her, I'm stopping to get a tamale, or two.

Sunday night I went out at 9 pm, just to get tamales from the Tamale lady and she didn't have any left, so I went without dinner.  I tried tamales from another vendor in the market the other day, and I was sorely disappointed. Only the ones from the Lady under the arches at Plaza de Armas, will do! They have a savory olive and a piece of peppery meat, and I will remember the joy of the taste of them for the rest of my life.

At first, it's pouring rain, but the overhang where I'm sitting on the steps, propped up against my backpack, is dry and I'm reading about the pain body and our triggers, and then I turn the page to the chapter "Finding Who You Truly Are".

I'm sitting on the steps in the Plaza in Cusco, rain coming down, eating a steaming hot tamale, for one solé, which is about 33 cents, reading "Awakening to your Life's Purpose". I'm wearing my red clogs and my red coat with the hood that makes me look like the character Little Red Riding Hood.

I am completely satiated.

I'm not searching for something or someone, I'm not late to be anywhere, I'm not lonely or anxious.

My friends will be waiting for my return and I'll have lunch with them, after the rain stops....but for now, I am sitting here and I am completely satiated.

This feeling of satiation is new within my body, within my heart, it's like a new way of being in my own skin.

Gone is that distinct longing and that gaping hole in my heart.

I feel whole, full.  

There is not a space inside me that's missing something that needs filling.

Only a feeling, of an opportunity lingering on the horizon of a great adventure I haven't had yet. One that involves my heart, my soul, and my body.

With all of my exploring deeply and finding who I truly am, there is one thing that has seemed to elude me.

That great love affair, that one that makes my toes curl, and then stays around long enough to get to know me.

Now, the rain is really pouring down and I have to come in from the overhang and find a new place to stand, amongst the tourists wearing plastic ponchos.  

I say to the retired couple from Perth, standing next to me, "You should try the tamales."

"What? What are tamales?"

"They're these hot corn thing-ys, wrapped in corn husks, and you should try them. Trust me."

"But if you hate them, don't blame me, at least you will have tried them."

And so they share a hot tamale from my favorite Tamale Lady under the arches in the Plaza de Armas while waiting out the rain.

Don't get me wrong, I have thought a great deal about having a lover on this trip.

Mostly due to all of the teenagers everywhere making out on park benches. Seriously. I have seen a lot of french kissing in broad daylight.

I wonder if it's them, or if it's me? I have never noticed so many people making out in public in any of the places I have visited.

And tourists, they seem to come in twos holding hands. There was a lady this morning in Starbucks with her legs draped over her boyfriend and I noticed her colorful traveling pants and how relaxed she was as he looked at her and laughed as they talked about their mutual travel plans. She looked like she was on vacation, you could tell she was in her body and happy. They seemed to be in a good relationship. This scene made me think of  a couple I had observed on Sunday, also going over their travel plans, she was draped over her boyfriend too, but in a different way... and it didn't look like they were enjoying discussing their mutual travel plans. I had pondered the apparent desperateness of their relationship, too.

I think about all of my lovers....

Tall, short, plump, skinny, dark, blonde, country, foreign, flaky, promiscuous, serious, obsessed, depressed, hairy, smooth, talented, intelligent, hot, dumb, mysterious, and unavailable.

There have only ever been a few who got a piece of my heart.

Today, walking across the plaza I knew, in that way I know things these days, that it was all on purpose... I could hear the voice that says things I know deep down in my insides, whispering to me about how full my life experience is and will be as if it was already done and completed.

If that one had married me years ago, like I'd wanted him to. I wouldn't be here. I wouldn't be in the Plaza in Cusco, eating hot tamales, and watching the rain come down, feeling satiated.

I would have blamed him, and wondered why I wasn't happy. I'd have spent all of my time wondering what to do to make him happy, when all along it would have been me who was the unhappy one.

I'd have wondered where I had gone wrong?  

Instead, this solo journey, so far, has been the greatest love affair of my life, and I stuck around long enough to get to know myself.

Finding who I truly am, has been the greatest adventure.

 

Spiritual Pilgrimage to Cusco Peru & Machu Picchu

 
 Plaza De Armas, Cusco Peru

Plaza De Armas, Cusco Peru

Plaza De Armas, the center of the Cuzco City, Peru.

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I had been treading water for longer than I could remember, there was the part of me that could keep going, the automatic kicking and splashing, arms swirling around in figure eight motion, but there was a greater desire to let go, stop treading, movements silenced. A dropping down, sinking. A final prayer, I give up, I succumb to the drowning of all my desires. And in this final moment of letting go, of drowning, of hopelessness. I was saved.
— Chloë Rain
Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

You must learn to save yourself.

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 Literally jumping for joy in Peru! Join me here this fall.   Sacred journey to Cusco & Machu Picchu.

Literally jumping for joy in Peru! Join me here this fall.  Sacred journey to Cusco & Machu Picchu.

She’s turning her life into something sacred: Each breath, a new birth. Each moment, a new chance. She bows her head, gathers her dreams from a pure, deep stream and stretches her arms towards the sky.
— Monique Duval

Happiness, joy, truly enjoying life, these aren't topics I take lightly, nor am I flippant about the real life dark places that we find ourselves in, even after doing all the right things, following all the rules, and "working on ourselves"...

I had battled with fairly serious depression for over 30 years, and as a young person suicide had been a daily consideration. As I aged, things became tolerable, but not necessarily better. Then again, in my mid thirties I began to seriously question if I had a reason to keep living. 

I wondered why anyone would bother to keep going when it seemed life never really got any better, and most of my experiences had only deepened my sadness and loneliness, so what the fuck was the point?

Depression is not an inconvenience, it's not something that leaves over night after you read a good book.

It is also not an illness you have to live with your entire life. It is possible to heal from depression and anxiety without medication.

I started with simple things, the only things I knew to do that would keep me from my self destructive behaviors. 

I started spending any free time I had in nature.  I started sheltering myself from people who meant well, but ultimately didn't know what was best for my well-being.

I devoured books about real people who had recovered from great challenges and were now leading extraordinary lives.

I started taking risks, I started listening to my heart as it started speaking up.

As the beauty and true abundance of nature started to seep into my bones and cleanse me of my toxic thoughts, the Universe began to dialogue with me... in ways I'd never heard spoken before, and messages I'd never received... and I LISTENED.

When you find yourself thinking there must be more to life than this and longing to experience something greater in life, then most likely you are ready to begin exploring deeply your own purpose for existence. When you begin to explore deeply, you learn to uncover your true power and gifts, and are able to find meaning in your past failures.  This is when  you will come to believe in yourself again and that is when you become powerful beyond belief.

I'm sharing all of this with you with the intention that I may offer a message of HOPE.

HOPE, that you too, can find your way, WILL FIND YOUR WAY to happiness and joy. That it is possible to come to terms with the "failures" of your life, and begin to see that some of the heartbreak was in service to your heart opening.

It was a fated journey to Cusco Peru and Machu Picchu that ultimately helped me heal from my long standing depression, fully and completely once and for all. The ancient spiritual energies of the land of Peru and the medicine I received there helped save my life and led me to discover my true purpose and gave me a reason for living.

My entire existence is now dedicated to the revolution of the human spirit. 

My "work" is an extension of who I am BEing, and everything I do is an expression of living life the best I know how, and then learning to open to receive more joy.

If you are feeling called to experience something unlike anything you've ever experienced before, please join me this fall in Peru for a Spiritual Pilgrimage that will undoubtedly change your life.

You can experience the mystical world of living energy and touch the magic of the place first hand, October 28th! You may learn more about the journey here. I will be sharing my intimate knowledge with you of the ancient wisdom of the Andean Spiritual cosmology and how this medicine helped me to discover my life purpose in life and heal from depression.

Join me for Spiritual Pilgrimage to Machu Picchu & Cusco Peru

Below are photographs of my first initiation in Peru where I was told the "The Mountains are speaking to You." and I understood something about my life I had never truly grasped before. The Incas call the spirit of the mountains Apu, and consider the Apu to be the most powerful of all Nature Spirits; the mountains remain extremely sacred in the Andean regions of modern Peru.

Some of these pictures are difficult for me to share because I can see the weight of depression and illness on my face and my body. But I know that after these pictures were taken, not only did my experiences help me to heal from depression, but also helped me heal from an autoimmune disease and severe anxiety issues. I look and feel better now than I ever did in my 20s or 30s!

Jumping for joy in Peru!


As you turn inward and fall in love with the truth of who you really are, you become whole despite the brokenness.
— Chloë Rain
Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

When you get called to something, You must GO!

Travel, Spiritual Significance, Landscape, Inspiring, CeremonyChloë RainComment

I received my four year degree in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary and had spent an entire semester studying Incan culture, but that was almost two decades ago, and I had never before entertained the idea of exploring Peru.

When I met a woman at a fancy networking event in Santa Monica, California and she told me she guided sacred journeys to the Andes I knew I was going with her. 

Two months later she greeted my friend and I at the airport in Lima Peru in a white gown with feathers in her hair, and whisked us off to a cafe to have coco tea before getting on the next plane to Cusco where we would be based during our week long adventure exploring the Inca ruins and participating in ancient traditional ceremonies.

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Our residence in Cusco was down a tiny cobblestone and dirt one lane road. When we walked through the gate at the entrance, and it opened up to this stunning interior courtyard, I was taken aback by the juxtaposition of beauty and poverty.

One evening in the manicured courtyard of our residence, the moon was full in the sky, and there were lit candles hanging in the trees all around us.

Behind us, the statue of Cristo Blanco was lit up on the mountain top.

I had no idea such beauty existed on earth. The people, the mountains, the food... I hadn't known what to expect from this journey, but the spirit of this place was transforming me from the inside out. 

The peace.

I felt at peace with life, my world, who I was, who I wasn't. I was just being.

The beautiful city of Cusco, Peru

 
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CUSCO CITY PERU

We took the scenic train to visit the Lost City of the Incas and as we arrived early in the morning at Machu Picchu the clouds and morning mist obscured our vision.  

We hiked to the Sun Gate and sat in meditation with eyes closed until the sun warmed us as the morning clouds dispersed.  As I opened my eyes I could not believe the magnificence of the sight before me.  The ancient city sat between the two mountains Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, with extraordinary views of the Urubamba River and valleys below. 

The terraced hillsides with the clouds and mountains behind them looked to me like a fantastical place from the future, not a 500 year old ancient and abandoned city.  

Water poured from the Incan water temple as if its people had disappeared only moments before, in an instant, like the clouds dispersing with the sunshine.

I received a message, a vision have you, while exploring deeply during my reintroduction to self and moving beyond my fears into a fantastic reality of ancient wisdom and present awareness. The message was...

 
Creativity is the key to unlock the divine.

Though it would take me many years to unpack all that occurred during my first visit to Peru, it was undeniable that I had irrevocably changed at depth and my life would never be the same again.

The message and vision I received on that journey have been the guiding force for creating the life I now live. I understand that anything is possible once we find our own unique way of connecting with our divine source. And once you uncover the connection to your heart and engage the creative life force within you the transformation you experience becomes visible, the internal shift creates the external visible effects.

Creativity is the key to unlock the Divine.  Self expression is the vehicle.

The moment, is NOW.

 

JOIN ME THIS FALL FOR A JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME:

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Spiritual Pilgrimage to Cusco & Machu Picchu Peru

October 13-20, 2018

This bride appeared to me on the streets of Cusco after completing a ceremony where I released a past love and sent a prayer out to the Universe for partnership. As we were walking home from the Ceremony we found a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the road. This is when I began to interpret the signs that appear to us when our prayers have been heard and when the dialogue with the Universe began to flow to me and through me.

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

How the Practice of Loving Kindness Will Change Your Life

Inspiring, Travel, Health Mind Happy SoulChloë Rain1 Comment
How Loving Kindness Can Change Your Life
You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.
— Rumi

When I left Seattle, my exit was abrupt and overshadowed by a breakup — it had felt like fleeing under the cover of night and a dark cloud of shame — for a long time a part of me held onto an idea that I'd return shortly and resume my beautiful life there.

My heart ached for the energy of the place and the spirit of the mountains that had permeated my soul and had become part of the life force that pumps through my veins with every minute. It was as if my soul and my body longed for the connection with those mountains and the places that had been integral in my heart opening to the beauty of living.

On my way back to the east coast, I had spent most of my cross country flight crying my eyes out and writing in my journal. I was feeling sadness, yes, but mainly deep gladness and deeper gratefulness for my life experience and all the people who had graced my path and relationships that had changed me at depth.

The city, the lush green and the deep waters had healed me, soothed me, and taught me things about myself I hadn't known.

Though as I said goodbye, I had understood that something else was pulling me forward into the future, the next big adventure....

I was grieving and simultaneously grateful, attempting to resist the reaction to cling to the past and beg for things to be different than they are.


We flew into bad weather as we neared the east coast and I arrived in the Charlotte airport only minutes after the last plane had departed that could take me to the rural airport near my birth home. It was almost 11pm and I feared spending the night in the airport after a very emotional day of crying and grieving.

Several hundred passengers had been grounded or had missed their connecting flights because of bad weather.  The mob quickly began to swarm and anger pulsed through the crowded airport. I quickly turned my awareness from my own sadness to the swelling anger of the crowd and as the passengers' complaints began to get louder, I began to practice loving kindness.

I connect to Source, fill up my energy field, and then radiate love from the core of my being through mindfulness and detached intention.

I use the practice of loving kindness or Metta daily. On normal days, on lonely days, on days I feel great, sometimes all day, throughout the day, and in stressful situations it has an especially positive effect on the external circumstances around you.

The practice of loving kindness is the tool I use to release worry, self-doubt, and it is how I learned to heal myself from decades of depression.

As the aggravation levels skyrocketed I blasted feel good rock and roll in my ear buds drowning out the sounds around me and radiating as much love as my tender heart could muster into the crowds.

Arriving at the USAirways re-ticketing counter I spoke softly to the lady at the counter, sending her compassion from my heart. She quickly handed me a voucher for the nights stay, rebooked my flight for the next day and ushered me to the shuttle to the Woodlawn Courtyard. I silently blessed her and then thanked her warmly out loud as the next customer approached her irately complaining "how unacceptable everything was".

After a smooth shuttle ride to the Courtyard, I shuddered thinking of how many Courtyards across the United States I had helped renovate in my previous life as a project manager for hotel development. Walking into the very familiar surroundings, I recognized the layout, the furniture, down to the carpet and fabric scheme, the pictures on the wall and even laughed out loud recognizing that it was the "yellow flowers theme" and recalling with humor what a pain-in-the ass that wall mural is to install correctly.

I was greeted at the front desk by the manager, Stacey, it was well after midnight, and when she asked me how I was doing? I responded honestly, that I was feeling very human, heart broken, and that today had been an emotional day, with an unexpected nights stay in Charlotte.

Then Stacey came out from behind the desk and gave me a hug. Tears came to my eyes, because of her sincere desire to comfort me and my ability to receive this kindness from a perfect stranger.

I hadn't eaten all day, and as I retrieved a frozen dinner from the Courtyard food market, Stacey waived me through and gifted me my dinner and a bottle of wine saying "You're all taken care of my dear".

I hugged her a second time and sent blessings of love to her, her family, everyone she encountered, and to Courtyard Marriot of all things!


I have laughed many times thinking of how different my life has become and of the person I used to be. In all of my professional glory and fierce personal boundaries, I would never in a million years have been able to hug the manager at the Courtyard front desk and shed tears of gratitude, while feeling my own raw and open heart.

I am grateful for the practice of loving kindness and for the person that I have become through this practice. 

I am grateful for the depth of emotion that I feel on a daily basis and the ability to shed tears while blessing the human race and all those suffering and in heartache.

I am home now in my heart.

A little loving kindness and human compassion can go a long way.

A little love and kindness could just save the world.

Here is an easy introduction to the practice of loving kindness, a prayer for you:

The Love & Light Prayer   

Love & Light
Love & Light
I Send Love & Light

Love & Light
Love & Light
I Speak Love & Light

Love & Light
Love & Light
I Breathe Love & Light

Love & Light
Love & Light
I AM Love & Light

Love & Light
Love & Light
I Radiate Love & Light

May all your adventures unfold perfectly before your eyes in ways you could never have imagined, may you make friends along the way that surprise and change you at depth, like coming home, but not to a home you’ve ever known before. When the next adventure comes to usher you forward may you be full and happy, having enjoyed every experience as if your life was a great feast and you got drunk on the punch and ate too much food the for the soul.....
— Chloë Rain

Sometimes you just know that life is calling you to take a leap of faith and change your current circumstances, but you just don't know how.

You might know exactly what it is you're meant to do in this lifetime, or you might not. 

Sometimes this feeling of being stuck begins to feel like a life crisis, and your fear becomes so strong you lose sight of what’s right for you.

If you feel its time to make a change, or move to the next level, but you just don’t know where to go from here, I have a special program for you...

Anything is possible once we find our own unique way of connecting with our divine source. Once you find your own connection to your heart and your creative imagination the change you experience becomes visible, the internal shift creates external effects.

You look different, you feel different, you think different. The doors fly open.

If you are ready to birth your big beautiful life purpose into the world this program is for you.

Go → here.

The Philosophy and Practice of Universal Love: Metta

The Pali word metta is a multi-significant term meaning loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill, benevolence, fellowship, amity, concord, inoffensiveness and non-violence. The Pali commentators define metta as the strong wish for the welfare and happiness of others (parahita-parasukha-kamana).

Essentially metta is an altruistic attitude of love and friendliness as distinguished from mere amiability based on self-interest. Through metta one refuses to be offensive and renounces bitterness, resentment and animosity of every kind, developing instead a mind of friendliness, accommodativeness and benevolence which seeks the well-being and happiness of others.

True metta is devoid of self-interest. It evokes within a warm-hearted feeling of fellowship, sympathy and love, which grows boundless with practice and overcomes all social, religious, racial, political and economic barriers. Metta is indeed a universal, unselfish and all-embracing love.
— Acharya Buddharakkhita
Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

I hid from my life for a while. This is what I learned.

Be who you want, Creative Feature, Healing, Inspiring Stories, TravelBecca Warner

What intentional, focused solitude can teach us about ourselves.

I hid from my life for a while.

This is what I learned.

I write this (the pen and paper version, anyway) from a tent on a hill, between a forest and a stream. It’s raining, and about -2 degrees. I’m grinning.

Six weeks ago, I left my home in London for a stint in the Scottish countryside. My intention on arriving was nothing more complicated than to, well… be. I didn’t know what that meant, I just knew it was probably a good idea.

Six weeks later, and before I brave the return journey to the city’s unique mania — one that is by turns awesome and awful, energising and exhausting — I feel compelled to record what happened in my head during these quiet, isolated weeks.

At the very least, I hope the act of sharing it will help me keep hold of it when thrust back into the city’s abyss of distraction and activity and fun. Should it encourage others to create their own hiding place for a while, then all the better.

Here’s a summary of what I learned from my quiet corner of the world.

It takes a lot to get bored.

I totally thought I’d get bored. Surely, I thought, I’ll feel under-stimulated, under-entertained, under-motivated — isn’t boredom the opposite of distraction? I anticipated a lot of napping. And Netflix.

But it turns out that, without the usual attention-sucking distractions of daily life, other stuff starts to peek its head above the parapet — as though newly confident that it won’t be kicked aside in favour of the next Twitter notification. Not new stuff, plucked from oblivion; but things that were already there, hiding because they were afraid of being ignored if they showed their face. Things like what I’m good at, what makes me tick, what I’m curious about. Things that, once I’d seen them, meant boredom wasn’t really in the cards.

Silence isn’t so bad.

With no TV, no office, no cafés or public transport, life has been very quiet. I can hear the chatter going on in my head, and it’s become ever more coherent as it’s had room to speak its voice. I realise now how determinedly I blocked out silence before — defaulting to turning on the TV or firing up Spotify rather than enjoy 10 short minutes of my mind’s own monologue.

And it turns out the internal chatter I’d avoided isn’t so bad. I’ve always worked hard to be the type of person that I would choose to be friends with; so perhaps it shouldn’t be as surprising as it is that I’ve enjoyed hearing a bit more from this ‘me’ character. And when it’s negative, critical, or otherwise challenging, the very fact of hearing it means that I can better acknowledge it and respond. The monologue starts to become a bit more of a dialogue.

I am capable of concentration.

Like so many people, I have a quite woeful inability to concentrate for more than three minutes at a time. When I want to sit down and start something, I’m oh-so easily interrupted by things ‘out-there’ (phone calls, appointments to run to, urgent emails) and — more often— by things ‘in-here’ (sudden overwhelming urge to make a cup of tea, put some washing on, quickly check Facebook).

Free of external distractions, I seem to have stopped creating those even trickier internal distractions too. Take away the big, real ones and the niggly little ones start to disappear too. (Well, nearly. I’ll always be partial to a goat gif).

It’s been no small relief to find that attention spans are at least partially based on habit — not wholly dependent on some kind of innate ninja mind-control skills.

Bodies talk.

I can hear what my body wants. Firmly removed from the norms of my daily life and its blind, unquestioned routine, I had something of a blank slate to work with. I could follow what my body asked for, instead of mindlessly throwing stuff at it.

For example, I found out that: caffeine makes me feel like crap; I like to exercise mid-afternoon; I need at least a pint of water before 10am; and there are certain foods that make me feel happier and focus more. Not rocket science, but good to know.

Feelings are big, and that’s good.

I’ve always considered myself pretty well in touch with my feelings. I am, for the most part, reassuringly self-aware. But humans are infinitely complex fellows: there is always more there than we can see.

For better or worse, my emotions are now far more in my face. No longer skidding through each day’s scenarios and their attached emotions, everything I feel has a bit more space to be what it is. Unable to turn my head the other way — after all, there’s nothing distracting there to look at — I can only sit with them, ride them, and try to respond in a way that seems fitting. In the process, I’ve started to learn what to do with myself when I feel bad, and how to make the most of feeling good.

So, what now?

The flashing lights, loud noises and incessant movement of the city await. I’ve always loved them, that’s why I made London my home; but now I feel somewhat reluctant to be the knackered, buzzing, whirling dervish of a woman that was my modus operandi.
I’ve learned that a little quiet goes a long way. I plan to carve out moments of distraction-less, mania-free time — big and small.

So, if ever you stumble across a small solitary hermit girl, hiding in a tent somewhere in the South East of England on a rainy Tuesday evening, then you’ll know why. I’m escaping back to myself for a bit.


Becca Warner: Finding Purpose in Life

Becca Warner | Writer | Traveler

Becca Warner is a writer, traveler, and change-maker. She leads a team of revolutionaries at Escape the City, and explores the power of food for the brain and food as medicine on her website ThinkFeelFood.

Check out her writing on Medium or Think Feel Food, London England


Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

Receive Your Inner Voice, Speak Your Truth

Be who you want, Inspiring, Travel, Healing, Learning to Love Yourself, Life LessonsChloë RainComment

Speaking out against FEAR based marketing tactics used in the Self-development industry.... and what I believe true Leadership to be, Feminine Leadership.

Find Your Purpose : I am Alive : Chloe Rain : Explore Deeply

I am ok. I am enough. I am whole. I am happy.

When I had this breakthrough a few years back, all I wanted to do was share it with the world and anyone out there battling with depression, anxiety, and overwhelm, unfulfilled, unhappy, frustrated, desperate, lonely, isolated, alone...

Anyone about to give up, about to jump off the cliff....

I had just come from the top of the mountain and I wanted people to know that there was a new day dawning, a new way of being in the world, where people like us could really live and thrive...

I had gone to the edge of the cliff and had thought that taking the leap of faith was the most difficult part, but what I have learned is that walking your own path in integrity is one of the most challenging parts of being awake and alive in this modern world.

it is also...

THE most absolute rewarding thing any one person can do.

Sometimes it's difficult to know what to do with your insights....today however, I'm speaking about something very important.

All the true Spiritual teachers I have encountered in my life did not sell me into their "program" or convince me to follow them on a spiritual journey.

I have always been called by my own inner knowing.

Every time I have taken a risk, overcome my fears, or stretched myself beyond my comfort zone, it has been because I was ready, I felt the inner pull, and the teacher had arrived.

But I took the next step of my own volition.

They did not ask me to whip out my credit card before getting off phone or give me a time limitation to answer my own calling or expect me to act in a way that was beyond my own certainty, in fact maybe just the opposite.

True growth and inner peace come from your own inner calling that is leading you to your own unique alignment with your Soul's Purpose.

Not mine... not hers.... not his....

YOU MUST LEARN TO DO  YOUR  THING.

For many years I have not felt comfortable with what I have witnessed in the coaching industry (that I have become a part of). I quit the "industry" a while back. I unsubscribed from all of the emails from all of the industry leaders.

I decided to walk my own path, be in integrity, and continue to offer authentic support founded in truth, reality, and love. I continued to write about my life experiences and share my art. I continued to learn, heal, expand.

In certain circles I call myself the ANTI-COACH. I have not wanted to contribute to the icky feeling that I have felt. I don't want to align with what I have seen of the "coaching industry".

I don’t believe in selling transformation, at least not when it comes to Spiritual Awakening.

Sell me a widget, but don't sell me Feminine Empowerment. Guide me to my own empowerment, one that is in alignment with the core of my being.

You can't be convinced to pursue your own dreams, but you can block your inner desires with fear and self-criticism... and do not be fooled by others using fear to uplevel your lifestyle!

We are all here facing our own humanity and meeting each other here on the seeking spiritual path to happiness and the centered peace that comes with our own individual 'enlightenment'.

I believe we are all called to our own great awakening within, I don’t believe I could bring you to it if you hadn’t already showed up on the ledge contemplating taking the leap into the unknown.

I don't push anyone off the edge or coax you to jump, that part you have to do on your own.

I don't use fear based marketing and shame tactics that I see other "feminine leaders" employ that use the emotional pull of envy or jealousy to make you feel bad about yourself in order to sell you something that will "make you feel better."

I’m not going to teach you how to sell yourself.
I’m going to teach you how to love yourself.

I stand for all individuals to overcome their strife and limitations by following their own unique divine guidance. But that can be almost impossible to do when you don't even know what the sound of YOUR OWN VOICE sounds like. And that is where a coach or a healer COMES IN.

Always trust your gut. If something feels icky. There’s something icky going on.  

If someone tells you their offer is urgent and going away that might be the case, but there is no urgency when you arrive at the threshold of your own great awakening, and no Shaman or Healer is going to make you hand over your credit card "or else".

It wasn't the 10 years of therapy or all the self help courses I took or books I read, it was focused one on one work with a powerful healer that helped me to source my own energy that changed my life!

My most proud achievement of the past year wasn't how much money I made, but that everything I do, in life, in business, in love and relationships is an expression of my Soul's calling and creative impulse.

It wasn't about the followers on instagram but that the people I work with experience real and lasting beneficial change in their lives, and most of all they feel a greater connection to their own Divinity.... 

My biggest personal milestone this year was seeing on of my art pieces hanging in on a gallery wall after being accepted into a juried art show. And then I gifted another art piece to a friend who had encouraged me as a photographer and writer before I could claim that for myself.

Please, do the something that you are here and meant to do, and do it because it calls you, not because someone convinced you that is what you should do, or you want to be like her, or them, or me! 

YOU, DO YOUR THING.

There is a new movement emerging in the world, are you on the bandwagon or are you walking your own path?

Join the movement. Walk your own path. 

Once, I had been disconnected from the magic of being alive. Today, I know magic and see magic in this world.

When was the last time you believed in magic?

This is an opportunity for all of us, at the global and individual level, to step up, move out of the past, and learn to create the future that we all know is possible.

I now understand the words that were whispered in my ear while running in the rain many years ago...

"Be a vessel of God's love, be a vessel of God's will. Be a conduit of love vibration, heal with your energy."

But how will I know?  "You do not need to know." replied the voice....  

I had been tuned into all the sadness of the world around me and didn't know my own voice, my inner guidance. I didn't understand what benefit at all could come from me honing my sensitivities, because I was too emotional, too sensitive, too sad, too serious....

This gift isn't meant for burdening sadness it is meant as a catalyst for change.

I no longer see my aloneness as being so, I stand out for a purpose. So do you.  Join the Explore Deeply Movement, speak your truth, receive your inner voice.

We've not dared big enough...

 SAKRISØY Lofoten Norway Arctic Circle.  I traveled to   the Arctic Circle because my Spirit called me there   and because I listened, everything changed.

SAKRISØY Lofoten Norway Arctic Circle. I traveled to the Arctic Circle because my Spirit called me there and because I listened, everything changed.

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

Sunday Inspiration: My New Obsession : Photographer Elizabeth Gadd on Her New Zealand Adventure

Creative Feature, Inspiring, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, VideoChloë Rain
 Photograph by  Elizabeth Gadd

Photograph by Elizabeth Gadd

I've become pretty much obsessed with this photographer Elizabeth Gadd. Read about her fascinating story on how she managed to get to New Zealand as a "starving artist" on her blog, it's pretty inspiring!

Sometimes the world works in such mysterious ways that I simply can’t fathom it
— Elizabeth Gadd

IN-JOY! The video made by her travel companions on their journey together. May you be inspired!

Chris Burkard travels the world capturing athletes in some of the most remote and harsh regions. ON THE ROAD with CHRIS BURKARD takes you on a behind the scenes look at the life and travels of Chris Burkard. Director - Chris Burkard Aerial Cinematography - Karim Iliya Editor - JT Chevallier Music by - "Kings" Ryan Taubert
Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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Creative Vacation & Retreat : Memorial Day Weekend 2016

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We don't get our best ideas in work. We get them in play, in nature, in rest, and going within!

Creativity is the capacity to think and act beyond the boundaries of our current selves. To express ourselves creatively is to unlimit our joy and allow ourselves to open to flow.

Join Renee Leverty, Artist & Gallery Owner, and Chloë Rain, Life Artistry & Business Mentor, in Seattle for a Creative Vacation Memorial Day weekend May 27-30th.

Only 6 spaces available! First two reservations will receive a luxury room upgrade for free! Reserve your space before March 31st and 3 pay plan is available.

Go → here to reserve your space and find out all of the details. 

 

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

What does it mean to open ourselves to WONDER?

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WONDER. What emotion does that word elicit in you?

Artist Gabriel Dawe Made a Rainbow Out of 60 Miles of Thread.

The Renwick Gallery Grand Staircase and Leo Villareal's 23,000 Points of Light : it uses LEDs embedded in 320 mirrored stainless steel rods.

Above the doors of the Renwick Gallery, it says ‘Dedicated to Art'

The Renwick building, a National Historic Landmark, has just reopened after a 2 year $30 million dollar renovation featuring a larger than life exhibit titled: WONDER. The Renwick Gallery is the first building in the United States built expressly as an art museum, and is considered one of the first and finest examples of Second Empire architecture in America- its designer and architect, James Renwick, traveled to France to be inspired by the Louvre.

Visiting the Renwick Gallery's Grand RE-Opening and pondering WONDER?


Wonder.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
— Albert Einstein

Tara Donovan stacks a million index cards in a crazed accumulation experiment that looks much like the Canyonlands National Park in Utah.


Man is surprised to find that things near are not less beautiful and wondernous than things remote
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jennifer Angus uses thousands of insects, beetles, bugs, parasites and flying larvae to resemble patterned wall paper in the beautiful Second Empire styled Renwick.

Wonder what you’ll see? Here’s a sneak peek: Jennifer Angus covers gallery walls in spiraling, geometric designs reminiscent of wallpaper or textiles—but made using specimens of different species of shimmering, brightly-colored insects. Chakaia Booker splices and weaves discarded rubber tires into an enormous, complex labyrinth as Gabriel Dawe hangs thousands of strands of polyester sewing thread to create what appear to be waves of color and light sweeping from floor to ceiling.

Patrick Dougherty weaves monumental structures from countless tree saplings while Tara Donovan constructs looming spires from hundreds of thousands of individually-stacked index cards. JanetEchelman explores volumetric form without solid mass, overtaking the museum’s famed Grand Salon with a suspended, hand-woven net surging across its hundred foot length. Using 500,000 pieces of reclaimed, old-growth cedar, John Grade builds an intricate structure based on plaster casts taken of a massive, old-growth hemlock tree in the Cascade Mountains. Maya Lin’s deluge of green marbles flows across the floor and up walls, recalling the tides of the Chesapeake Bay, while 23,000 LEDs—programmed by Leo Villareal to display a code manipulated into endless variations—flash above the Grand Staircase.

Source: Wonder: http://renwick.americanart.si.edu/wonder


Using 500,000 pieces of reclaimed, old-growth cedar, John Grade builds an intricate structure based on plaster casts taken of a massive, old-growth hemlock tree in the Cascade Mountains.


In WONDER, nine leading contemporary artists are each taking over different galleries in the Renwick Gallery building, creating site-specific installations inspired by the spaces and transforming the entire museum into an immersive artwork.

 The Gallery is taking a different approach, and actually encouraging people to take photographs and share their visits using   #RENWICKGALLERY  .

The Gallery is taking a different approach, and actually encouraging people to take photographs and share their visits using #RENWICKGALLERY.

Check out the instagram feed #renwickgallery for more inspiration.


Folding the Chesapeake by Maya Lin in the newly re-opened Renwick Gallery.

The new chandelier at the freshly renovated Renwick Gallery. The shimmer is a randomized program of streaming ones and zeros, each wave never really the same as the next. Dazzling.

Photography Encouraged: What does it mean to open ourselves to WONDER?

The Renwick Gallery Grand Staircase, featuring Leo Villareal's fascinating ever changing chandelier.


Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

I ran away to Paris, and Paris saved me...

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Paris saved Me.

I haven't known what to say... nothing has been appropriate. Nothing has been meaningful, enough....If it wasn't for Paris, I wouldn't have remembered the beauty of being alive and the necessity of passion and wonder in living.

I ran away to Paris, and Paris saved me.

 With Love from Paris, click the picture to see my photography gallery of my love affair in Paris.

With Love from Paris, click the picture to see my photography gallery of my love affair in Paris.

I continue to love, even when my heart is broken.

Because I have learned, that shutting down from loving, is not living.

I choose to love.

I choose the only thing that saves me.

Hope. Beyond Hope.
Trust your heart.

Get your heart broken. Then GO and love some more.

Some places change you at depth, and you are never the same.

Go seek, find these places within your body, within you, and never stop loving that soft place within your center that continues to hope when seemingly all hope is lost.

How can we heal? Love.

In-JOY. Create a life worth living.


Opening to the Ultimate Possibility: In order to make room in ourselves for the miraculous to take root, most of us need to uncover, examine and ultimately leave behind a deeply rooted fundamental insistence on a life of limitation.

RADICAL FREEDOM!


Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

To all the Men Who Never Loved Me, Thank You.

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I guess its funny, this two-fold irony, My greatest victory was my own defeat.
— Roo Panes

To all the men who never claimed me, Thank you.

To all the men who never matched me, Thank you.

To all the men who couldn't keep me, Thank you.

To all the men who left me, Thank you.

To all the men who never loved me, Thank you.

To Each and Every One of You, I Thank You.

I send you blessings.

For you have given me the greatest love of of all time.

If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have kept searching. I wouldn't have kept looking.

I wouldn't have kept going to the next edge. 

I wouldn't have kept jumping.

I wouldn't have found what I was looking for.

The one that I have been seeking since I learned to seek something outside of myself. 

All of you, your collective loving, your integrated presence across my life's timeline, and your inevitable leaving, has changed me, molded me, burned me, healed me.

You are imprinted on my soul.

I kept searching, looking, seeking, going. The world spins and I try to out spin it.

The smaller the world gets, the faster I want to see it all, feel it all. 

BE it all.

Make it ALL, ONE.

The one who said, I will never love you the way you need to be loved. And left.

Thank you.

The tragedy of my 30s has become the miracle of my existence.

"Mutiny!" Cried my breaking heart!

Insurgence, Riot, Revolt.

Who's revolution is this anyway? 

And Who is listening to this evolutionary battle cry? and Who is calling for it?

The ONE.

Internal rebellion, radical external alteration.

A complete metamorphosis.

A total SHAKEDOWN.

A total BREAKDOWN.

Dedicated to The ONE.

The one who introduced me to sushi and jade.

Thank you.

The one who introduced me to surfing, and then left me on the beach alone, to contemplate my own bravery. Thank you.

The one who introduced me to Dubstep and Flux Pavillion with speakers that wanted to break my eardrums, and teased me in close spaces that made me wet with tears of laughter and wanting, You.

Thank you.

"Leave the past behind.

Just walk away.

When it's over and my heartbreaks, and the cracks begin to show.

Just walk away."

The one who welcomed me home to orgasm after years of of broken hearted and loveless sex, and washed away the absence of trust and held me in loving presence.

Thank you.

You helped bring me back to myself and I wanted to come.

I heard, a voice within me say clearly and loudly, over all the other ugly voices.

"I am not damaged goods."

Yes. Yesssss. OH MY GOD. YES.

Thank you.

The ones who never even tried to make me quiver and cum, wow, what you missed.

The one who could not look me in the eye, as you said goodbye. Maybe next time babe, not this lifetime.

Thank you.

The one who picked me up, brought me home, and dared to make me happy. Thank you.

The one who grabbed my hips and drew me into your mouth and I recalled what it felt like to be wanted. Thank you.

To my superhero in your spiderman underwear, I've got the sun in my heart now. 

Thank you.

The one who laid beside me and played Claude Debussy, "Claire de lune", as I closed my eyes, wanting more...

I wished the ticking of time would stop on each piano note and wistfully I wanted that I could stay alive in those moments forever.

I remembered, then, that feeling alive, is different than writing about being alive. Thank you.

For every time, the words

"I'm not the ONE."

"You are not the ONE."

Have been spoken.

To Me.

Have been written.

By Me.

My trembling heart, has grown wings.

And I have taken flight on the trade winds of sobbing storms.

My swelling expanse grew each time,

A greater wingspan, and each time I took a soaring leap at the edge of the unknown.

I have taught myself not to clutch or cling on the way down, knowing that the Coriolis effect will hoist my weeping soul, in the perfection of physics and that unwavering deflection reaction.

The wind in the valley will catch the beat of my wings, spinning me in new directions.

No longer the downward spiral, but the ascension of emotion, spirit, body, and soul.

Integration. Oh, Beautiful Science.

The doldrums are harder to predict.

Sometimes I am stuck, my sails depleted, for many weeks waiting for a proper wind.

I am struck down by the irregular storms and broken by random and periodic emotional squalls.

They clear, and leave a vast empty silence in their wake.

Then the longing begins to pick up again... and I am propelled forward, by some force greater than myself.

On the mountain top. Temple of the Moon, Cusco, Peru. September 29, 2015.

To all the Men, who never loved me, what can I say?

You were not the ONE.

I am.

I was. I will be.

Again and again and again. I am coming. I am Home. 

For all these things, I am, grateful.

For true happiness is having wings and my greatest victory has been through my own defeat.

Dedicated to THE ONE.

 
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The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
— Carl Jung

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

Sacred Valley of the Inca: Pisac : Cuzco Peru : Energy Transmission

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As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.
— Pierre-Jules Renard

Sharing some sights from our adventure yesterday... In the sacred valley in Pisac. We meditated and sent out an energy transmission for Protection: Security : & Spirit Medicine to our participants in the Collective Feminine Wisdom Program from this viewpoint!


Sending you lots of good energy, from our hearts to yours along the journey.

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

The planet does not need more successful people.

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During my initiation ceremony with Maestro Lorenzo Apaza.


It's a myth that we figure it out first and then we move on what we know.

I spent years saying:

If I just knew what I was supposed to be doing, I'd be doing it.

And so I spent years, waiting for my life to begin... until I started doing things, not because I knew how it was going to go from there, or even where I was going and where I was going to end up, but I started doing things that made me feel alive, like I was really living, and life was worth living.

And that's when everything changed, and my "life purpose" began to reveal itself underneath my feet and the path I was walking began to make sense, one step at a time... one step, then another, then another.

I've received a lot of questions from the community, about how to overcome our fears, hear the voice of our Soul's calling, and actually have the courage to start taking action on what we hear….

Its begins with one step, and then another, then another, then another.

I met Maestro Lorenzo Apaza, pictured here, many years ago on my original journey to Peru. At the time he asked if I was a shaman, and when I uncomfortably laughed and responded that I wasn't, he said:

"Well the Mountains are speaking to you."  And I knew in that moment what he said was true, and it was as if my whole world had broken open.

I had never identified myself as anything but curious up to that moment, but I had been, if almost secretly, listening to the Earth, the Nature Spirits, and the Mountains. I had been following their guidance, and I had been following through with what I was hearing within me, but I hadn't fully realized it until that moment. I had been interpreting the signs of the Universe, though if almost by accident...

And when I returned from Peru, my secret was out, and I began living so fully in my truth and purpose that my life changed from the inside out. I began to look different, feel different, and BE different, in a way that felt so open and alive, I knew that I had finally figured out "Who I am in this world, and what I am here to do."

But it didn't end there, of course, the "work" is a constant evolution and practice of self love, and continued self love, and learning to love even more, greater, deeper, and forgive, and forgive again.

I've learned that forgiveness is the gateway to joy.

Being in Peru for a second time, I began to actively engage with the ancient teachings, participating in multiple ceremonies, and initiations in the Pampamesayok lineage. My intention was to fully physically embody my truest essence.

I didn't used to be this way, I used to be paralyzed with fear, sick from stress, loveless, clueless, and almost friendless....

Recently, my friend and colleague, Q'orianka and I stayed up late one night talking like school girls... she started describing her first impression of me the day that we met back in a fancy networking event in California.

We were laughing about her description of me... but you know, she told me…

She had been afraid of me. I was intimidating. I was so cold and aloof.

When she met me she didn't understand what I was doing at the women's conference where we had met.

She went on to say, I had been cordial and polite, but almost as if I was tolerating the other women around me, with no intention to make friends with anyone, I was there to learn what I needed to learn to be "more successful" in life and business.

That was the person I was projecting on the outside, but on the inside I was craving deep connection, friendship, and meaning in my life, but I didn't know how to show this.

Until I let myself be vulnerable in front of those women. And that was when everything began to change in my life. 

I let down my walls, and I shared what it was that I really wanted in life. I wanted to love and be made love to, I longed for purpose and a reason for living, and wanted to be fully impassioned in my life.

Not that long ago, I didn't know how to get what I wanted. I just knew that all the things I had been doing weren't working for me, and had not gotten me to happiness.

I began listening to the one voice I had not allowed to be heard, My Heart. One step along the journey at a time, I began living through my heart, not from my head.

I began building my relationship with the Divine, the Divine in me, in all, in everything.

And that has made all the difference.

When you surrender to a higher wisdom and higher goal, the divine plan of your life will unfold, naturally. Follow it, even when the obstacles seem insurmountable, and a way will be made.

This is what I have experienced in my own life and this is what I have seen time and time again in the lives of others. I am so eternally grateful and humbled that I get to do this work in the world, and that I am witness to constant miracles in the lives of people, like yourself.

With so much love,

 
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Reclaim Your Unique Vision for Your Life

A vision is not a glimpse of what will be in the future — it’s an awareness of what is already true within you, here and now.

The vision is not something you make up, it is who you were born to be. It’s your true power, your essence, your genius, and the source of your abundance.

When you are cut off from the truth of your essence, you don’t just fail to fulfill your potential, you experience many other side-effects. The challenges you face in the other areas — health, work, relationships, prosperity — are often symptoms of a disconnection from this divine pattern in you. That’s why many attempts to solve those other problems don’t work — because they’re symptoms, not the cause.

When you rediscover your vision and begin to align with the forces of nature, you activate the latent power within you and begin to dissolve many of your problems.

 

The Q’ero people follow the shamanic way of seeing the Divine in everything, whether it be a plant, flower, river, rock, animal, or another person.

This is not conceptual, we treat everything and everyone with reverence as they are the Divine embodied.

The Q’ero medicine path follows two main routes, that of the “Pampamesayok” and the “Altomesayok".  Pampamesayoks source our power and information from the land, and are highly knowledgeable about plant medicine. Altomesayoks have the ability to summon up and receive direct communication, wisdom and healing guidance from the “Apus”- the spirits of the Mountains.

You can be initiated as an Altomesayok either through being struck by lightening or after many years of work at a Pampamesayok and then surviving an arduous & treacherous vision quest to Apu Ausangate. (The snow covered mountain pictured below.) 

Mountain Apu Ausangate. Snow covered mountain, where one can become initiated as an Altomesayok by surviving a vision quest on the mountain.

Looking at the Temple of the Moon from the Mountain Top where I was initiated.

On top of the Mountain where my offering is buried.

Sending you lots of good vibes from Peru, a very special place on earth!

 Looking into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, around the Moon Temple.

Looking into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, around the Moon Temple.

Q’orianka & Maestro Lorenzo, around the Moon Temple.

Part of my offering to Pachamama.

On top of the Mountain where my offering is buried for Mother Earth, or Pachamama.

The planet does not need more ‘successful people’. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.

It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.
— David W. Orr, Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect
 
Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

Where Fear Ends and Life Begins

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Temple of the Moon Cuzco Peru

 Archeological site below Temple of the Moon, Cuzco Peru

Archeological site below Temple of the Moon, Cuzco Peru

So far along the journey... my thoughts continuously swarm and swirl as I philosophize and attempt to make sense out of everything, and find the meaning in everything.

This is at the same time, a curse and a blessing.

I.... in my own world, left to my own thoughts and feelings, don't always have immediate concise clarity and insight on "what I'm here for?" and "what does it all mean?"

"Who am I?"

My three most favorite questions.

And now, I know to trust that all of the answers reveal themselves in good time...

The beauty of life's ironies, that being a conduit for clarity and insight for others, and at the same time a complete and utter confused human being. I guess this is what helps me to be grounded and able to help others. I get it. I have compassion for myself and for others. Life is confusing, scary, at times, difficult. 

It's also beautiful, and magical, and the challenges can be purposeful.

I am here in Peru, through a series of synchronistic events all "making so much sense" and bringing me back to this place where I received much wisdom and answers to my three favorite questions. "Who am I? What am I doing here? and What does it all mean?"

On top of the Mountain, the Temple of the Moon is a cave within this mountain.

This time however, in being here, it has occurred to me that this spiritual journey, on a personal level, has much more in store for me than I imagined.

Perhaps what's in store for me on this trip is something I couldn't have imagined or planned, because I wouldn't have thought it's what I wanted or needed, because I've been so focused on other things.

And this is how life goes, isn't it? Our purpose, the meaning of it all, is revealed to us one step along the journey at a time. If we're confused, or feel stuck, or are frustrated because we don't know what to do next, the thing for us to do is to take the next step, without knowing.


Follow your own foot steps
Learn from the rivers
The trees and the rocks.
Honor the Christ
The Buddha.
Your brothers and sisters.
Honor your Earth Mother
and the Great Spirit.
Honor yourself and
all of creation.
Look with the eyes
of your Soul and
engage the essential.
— The Inca Q'ero

I have much more to share on my experience so far, in less than a week I have participated in two sacred ceremonies, invoking the Spirit of the Mountains, and have received a second initiation in the Pampamesayok lineage.

In love and service,

 
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The view of the city of Cuzco on the walk down from the Moon Temple.

Monkey's Temple, near Temple of the Moon.

 My dear friend Q'orianka Gallegos: Inka High Prietess, on top of the Temple of the Moon.

My dear friend Q'orianka Gallegos: Inka High Prietess, on top of the Temple of the Moon.

Q'orianka and her husband Peter, both are initiates of the Inka Spiritual Lineage.

Chloë Rain is a Spiritual Guide & Visionary. She is the the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and JOY in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and joy in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!

Qorikancha : The Temple of the Sun

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In Inca times, Qorikancha (Quechua for ‘Golden Courtyard’) was literally covered with gold. The temple walls were lined with some 700 solid-gold sheets, each weighing about 2kg.

There were life-sized gold and silver replicas of corn, which were ceremonially ‘planted’ in agricultural rituals. Also reported were solid-gold treasures such as altars, llamas and babies, as well as a replica of the sun, which was lost. But within months of the arrival of the first conquistadors, this incredible wealth had all been looted and melted down.

Various other religious rites took place in the temple. It is said that the mummified bodies of several previous incas (kings) were kept here, brought out into the sunlight each day and offered food and drink, which was then ritually burnt. Qorikancha was also an observatory from which high priests monitored celestial activities. Most of this is left to the imagination of the modern visitor, but the remaining stonework ranks with the finest Inca architecture in Peru. A curved, perfectly fitted 6m-high wall can be seen from both inside and outside the site. This wall has withstood all of the violent earthquakes that leveled most of Cuzco’s colonial buildings.                                              source: The Lonely Planet: Qorikancha

"Coricancha during Incaic Period (digital reconstruction)." by Martín Rodríguez Pontes - Own work. 

The walls were once covered in sheets of solid gold and its adjacent courtyard was filled with golden statues. Spanish reports tell of its opulence that was "fabulous beyond belief". When the Spanish required the Inca to raise a ransom in gold for the life of the leader Atahualpa, most of the gold was collected from Qurikancha.

The Spanish colonists built the Church of Santo Domingo on the site, demolishing the temple and using its foundations for the cathedral. Construction took most of a century. This is one of numerous sites where the Spanish incorporated Inca stonework into the structure of a colonial building.

Major earthquakes severely damaged the church, but the Inca stone walls, built out of huge, tightly-interlocking blocks of stone, still stand due to their sophisticated stone masonry. Nearby is an underground archaeological museum, which contains numerous interesting pieces, including mummies, textiles, and sacred idols from the site.

The site now also includes the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo.

source: Wikipedia : Qurikancha 

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