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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. 


This moment.


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:




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.


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


Avenue de Sol, Cusco Peru

Spiritual Pilgrimage to Cusco & Machu Picchu Peru

Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2017

Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

She has had the pleasure of mentoring women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to their own guidance, and experience greater love and fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives.

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

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Owl’s Medicine, Meaning & Spiritual Significance | The Great White Snowy Owl Makes an Appearance

Ceremony, Life Lessons, Nature, Rites of Passage, Spiritual SignificanceChloë Rain2 Comments

Owl is synonymous with the Gift of Higher Knowledge and Insight. They carry the medicine of Sight Beyond Illusion.

Owl is a symbol for wisdom. This is because Owl can see that which others cannot, which is the essence of true wisdom. Where others are deceived, Owl sees and knows.

The Snowy Owl : The Spiritual Significance of its Appearance in our Lives

My relationship with Snowy Owl was renewed and powerfully strengthened this past week, while I experienced a tremendous resurgence of awe and wonder of receiving the wisdom that lies within.

While in Cusco Peru, a number of years ago in my first vision ceremony, a Snowy Owl came to me and wanted to climb inside my mouth. I remember thinking this was odd, but not feeling afraid and not understanding how visions could simultaneously be vivid and real and illogical and unreal, I invited the White Owl to climb inside my mouth.

In it climbed, then down my throat, and took up residence inside my belly. Dancing around and flinging its feathers, it was inviting me to be joyful, and join him in his dance. The Snowy Owl's wingspan opened and closed inside my body as he hopped on one foot then the other in a circle. It was the most happy little Owl, it's two feet with talons, stomping around inside of my chest, and kicking up white feathers like a snow globe inside my heart.

When I shared this vision with Maestro Juan Carlos and Maestro Lorenzo during my integration ceremony their response was:

"Ahhhh yes, it's very clear, very clear."

I remember thinking "What is clear??? Nothing is clear to me?" But this was their response to much of what I shared with them in my integration ceremony.

The Maestros explained that Yes, people do have animals that visit them in their visions and that they do climb inside of you and this is normal.

Though I didn't understand any of it at the time, I was relieved to know that I had "done the right thing" in letting the White Owl climb inside my mouth and dance around in my body and take up residence inside me.

At the same time, I felt strange that I was okay with what had occurred. I can vividly recall the feeling of opening my mouth and letting the Snowy Owl climb in, but I would not understand the massive significance this experience would have on my life and personal view of the world until many years later.

At the time of my initiation on to the path of Visionary no one said — Oh, well it's very clear that the Snowy Owl is your Spirit Guide and will impart wisdom to you in many ways, the Spirit of Snowy Owl has taken up residence inside of you and she will visit you often, bringing you gifts of insight, wisdom, medicine and connection.

White Owl people are seers of divine wisdom and are said to be oracles of secret knowledge from the Elders.

In fact, Owls are Medicine Messengers, and each Owl has a different medicine message. Snowy Owls, in particular are the carriers of Wisdom from the Elders and if the Snowy Owl is your spirit guide you have the gift of channeling the words of the Elders via inspired written words or intuitive channeling.

Had I understood that channeling was a gift that had been imparted to me, and furthermore the gift of writing wisdom from beyond (not necessarily from me, but from a place of knowing), I might have felt a lot more confidence in the coming months as my life began to shift in strange and irreversible ways.

This understanding certainly would have been enlightening information for me to receive at that time in a way that I could hear it... but again, it would not be until years passed that I would fully understand and completely receive the medicine that came to me in that first vision ceremony.

I have learned from my teachers, only from in being with them in sacred space and then in "normal" space, like sitting across them at the breakfast table sipping mango smoothies, that nothing is conceptual to them, especially when it comes to animal spirits, the messages they bring to us when they appear in our lives, and the medicine and wisdom they impart to us when they walk with us in this world.

Most often the Maestros will answer your questions with a yes, or a no,  and very few words, and almost no explanations are given in shamanic training, because nothing is conceptual or symbolic as we experience things in Western culture. When the Snowy Owl comes to you and dances inside your being, you may have well as received an email from God saying:

Your life has changed, nothing will ever be the same. IN-JOY! Remember, this is what you wanted and I'm proud of you. Keep in touch, I'm always right here, and I'm only a shout or a prayer away when you need to speak to me.

Love, God

aka The Universe

PS. Love the Snowy Owl look on you! The Mountain Spirits are guiding you  and your Spirit Guide is the Great White Snowy Owl. Be wise, walk with humility!

The Maestros didn't answer my questions about my visions of the White Owl with grand explanations. To them, it was all very clear.

The Great White Owl, had come to take up residence within my soul.

The Snowy Owl : Animal Spirit: It's Medicine, Symbolism & Significance of its Appearance in our lives:

Empath - Intuitive - Oracle - Divine Identity Clairvoyance - Great Mystery Keeper -  Mystery Teacher - Tracker/Shaman Soul Retriever  - Mediator - Revelation of the Hidden - Conscience - Astral Travel - Ascension

The Owl is thought to be one of several Animals blessed with the Medicine of Shape-shifting, that is the ability for them to change their form from that of the Owl to a human form, and back again. This is a gift helpful for astral travel and soul retrieval. With the Owl in particular, this shape-shifting ability is closely linked with Lunar Magic since this beautiful creature is sister to the Moon. In observing the phases of the Moon, we witness ever shifting and changing cycles that affect all within the domain of Luna, including the inhale and exhale of the Ocean's waves. 

In Celtic tradition the Owl was used by the Shaman as the eyes and ears of intuition and perception. 

In Native American traditions, the Owl is called the Night Eagle. The owl power animal has a special connection with the night and the moon, while the eagle is connected to the sun. Owls are considered fierce night Eagles, birds of prey who have no qualms about going in for the kill.

If Owl is your personal medicine, no one can deceive you about what they are doing, no matter how they try to disguise or hide it from you. You may be a little frightening to be around, since so many people have ulterior motives which you see right through.

If you are unaware of your medicine power, you may take your keen insights and abilities for granted. Others never do. You may frighten them and reflect their blindness, for you cannot be fooled. Owl medicine people know more about an individual's inner life than that person know about herself or himself.

Source: Sams, Jamie and Carson, David. Medicine Cards (Santa Fe: Bear and Company, 1988)

As this pertains to Owl Medicine as a Messenger, different owls represent different roles as Messenger.  For instance, the Snowy Owl is the Animal Spirit that is a Messenger who is responsible for carrying wisdom from the Elders and the human with whom the Snowy Owl resides will have the gift of channeling the words of the elders via inspired written words or intuitive channelling.

It is said that if you meditate with the owl, the answers to your questions will be revealed. Listen to the voice inside of you.

Owl people can see into the darkness of their souls and the souls of others. Owl also helps you to recognize that there is a dark side to your nature that should not be ignored or repressed. You need to see that it is there so you can come to terms with it.

Snowy Owl's ability to navigate in the darkness makes her not only a master Spirit Guide for soul retrieval and the reclaiming of lost parts of the soul, but she is also the guide that helps us go into the void of the Great Mystery to call forth ancient wisdom, knowledge and secrets that have lain dormant for ages to help us remember the fullness of our being, and create the new earth.

You have to see to know. You have to know to see.


Spiritual Journey to Peru

Experience Machu Picchu & Healing Ceremony

There are times when our world feels like it is breaking down and dissolving right in front of our eyes and we might feel like it is totally out of our control.

As we are stripped of things we once thought were important, as we lose things, precious things, we begin to understand that at the core of our being we are worthy of existence, not because of what we do or what we have, but because of who we are.

Your life and the value you bring to the world through your own self expression and creativity are the most priceless possessions that no one and no thing can ever take from you.

There is no other speck of stardust in the Universe just like you.

No one else thinks your thoughts, feels your feelings, has your desires, or is capable of doing the things you do, in the way that you and only you do them.

When we explore deeply our reason for existence, we begin to know our own self-worth in a way that we've never contemplated or experienced before.

The essence of gratitude, is appreciation for life in and of itself. Your life matters, because you are you, and no one else can do what you are here to do. Since you are still alive, your life has a reason and a purpose and if there is still breath in your lungs, you haven't fulfilled your mission on earth yet.

Time to figure out what you are still doing here and go for it. When you find yourself asking the question, "What is my purpose for being alive?"

Know, that if there is still breath in your lungs, you have a purpose. There is a reason for your existence.

So often, people feel like "there's got to be more to life..."

Maybe it feels like you’re missing out on your potential in life… 

You need to know that your life purpose exists and who you are serves a greater purpose in this world. 

How do I know about this? 

...from my unique challenges in life, starting from when I almost died in an accident, then later was diagnosed with a debilitating auto-immune disease, and risked every thing I had ever created in order to recover my health and ultimately my happiness. 

I learned teachable techniques that helped me to grow a meaningful business which serves people around the world, and live a life filled with love, purpose, adventure, and miracles.  

The same techniques I've used to create a beautiful life, I have taught to many people who have then become fulfilled in life, love, and career; and I'd like to teach you how to start finding and restoring your life purpose too

I can promise that you will never look at life the same way again.

Whether you are considering making a life transition and don't know where to begin, or stuck in the same self-defeating patterns year after year, the path of energy medicine and earth-based wisdom offers unparalleled results in creating lasting and meaningful transformation.

Magic is alive: "Montreal traffic camera captures stunning images of snowy owl in flight"

Quebec transport minister Robert Poeti shared this photograph via: Facebook

Watch the video of the capture below:

A traffic camera above a Montreal freeway has taken stunning images of a snowy owl in flight.

The bird was captured mid-air by the CCTV camera at the intersection of Autoroute 40 and the Boulevard des Sources, in the West Island of Montreal, on the morning of January 3rd, 2016.

Quebec transport minister Robert Poeti shared the photographs on Twitter and Facebook, prompting them to go viral. The snowy owl is an official symbol of Quebec and is protected from hunters in Canada.

source: The Guardian

Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement.

She has had the pleasure of mentoring women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to their own guidance, and experience greater love and fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment 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.