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The Spiritual Significance of the Winter Solstice

Ceremony, Rituals, Rites of Passage, Spiritual Significance, Life LessonsChloë RainComment
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The light of the Sun begins a new solar cycle at Winter Solstice. The rays shine into the dark, and nurture the newborn life there to be cultivated. And this is mirrored in nature, as the seeds are buried in the darkness of the Earth, to emerge once again with the life-giving rays of the Sun.

In the Northern Hemisphere at this time we are experiencing the longest and darkest nights of the year and the shortest days with the least amount of daylight. The dark triumphs over the light, but this signifies a turning point!

In winter everything lies dormant in the silent earth, it is a sacred time of rest and reflection before the awakening and the slow build toward brighter days.

The energy of winter is that of going within. It's the fruitful darkness and silence out of which our soul's yearnings and new inspirations can eventually emerge.  As we consciously link our awareness to nature's cycles, our understanding of our own personal growth cycles begin to deepen.

Why do we spend so much time suppressing and hiding our darkness? When negative emotions come up and we feel them, they're inconvenient, uncomfortable, or worse, we make ourselves wrong for feeling them.

When we fear our own darkness, we cut ourselves off from an essential source of our own personal power. The key is not in letting darkness overwhelm our lives and our thoughts but in understanding that darkness can be one of the greatest catalysts for personal growth and transformation.

Maybe even our way to enlightenment.

By allowing ourselves to feel our emotions and experience our own darkness, the darkness itself can become the spiritual cradle into which our inner light and new life is born.

Allow your feelings to guide you because your feelings are your truth.

Winter Solstice is the great stillness before the Sun's strength builds, and days grow longer. It can be a time to rest and reflect.

In Latin, solstice is made of two words: sol– meaning “the sun” and sistere meaning “to make stand.” Winter Solstice (Friday, December 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm EST) is one the most powerful points of the year as the axis of the Earth pauses, shifts and moves in the opposite direction. For three days around the solstice points we experience the power of the standstill point and the shift of direction. The sun standing still is a powerful metaphor for the energy available to us at the Winter Solstice to change the direction of our lives with intention and build on this energy as we enter into the new year. After experiencing the longest night and darkest day, the nights grow shorter and the days grow brighter until the Summer Solstice.

For today let yourself rest in the peace of darkness, knowing the changing of the season, and the return of brighter days is ahead, be reminded you are always connected to Source, and your inner light never dims.

Don’t pressure yourself to make changes right now or be in action in world … let the energies of new life and inspiration build slowly within you and by spring you’ll be bursting with new energy and ideas. This is the nature of things… the cycles and rhythms of personal growth and change, as you consistently nurture yourself with compassion, allowing for rest and reflection, great joy will be your harvest in 2019.

You may want to take time to honor and acknowledge the endings & new beginnings in your life in a ceremony or personal ritual that both honors your past and clears space to make room for what you wish for the coming year. I share some ideas for personal rituals below ↓.

Whatever you choose to do to mark the end of the year, the coming of the new, and the rebirth of the light— whether pausing in quiet reflection, or celebrating with community, know that all over our planet, there are many fires burning brightly!

Abundant blessings to you in the coming year! 

In love and service,

 
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Meaning of Winter Solstice 2018

Ritual Acts Give Life Meaning

The longest night of the year is honored by many traditions as a sacred and rich time. Regardless of your holiday traditions, this time of year can be honored by reflecting on the past year and participating in your own personal ritual of light or Ending & Beginnings. When we make time to acknowledge the gifts of Spirit we cultivate a greater capacity to receive our own inner light. By enacting a personal ritual you can celebrate the dark and the light and invite balance and harmony into your life!

Ritual acts give life meaning. They also honor and acknowledge the unseen web of Life that connects us all. When we honor our personal cycles and the seasons of the year— we are reminded of the ever-changing flow of life that we are connected to.

It is suggested to take time 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the precise moment of the Solstice to open to the intelligence of nature all around you and to acknowledge your personal growth cycle. A simple ritual act done with intention in your heart is enough. 

Since this time of year is associated with light — celebrate with string lights, sparklers and candles. Join in the Jewish tradition of the Festival of Lights, with 8 days of ritual illumination or participate in a community bonfire and burn your own Yule log, a tradition with roots in Northern European pre-Christian times.

Light celebrations can be reminders of our inner light, and the Divine Light that guides our way in times of darkness. 

Fire Ceremony for Winter Solstice 2017

Fire Ceremony for Release & Rebirth

You may want to take time to honor and acknowledge the endings & new beginnings in your life in a ceremony or personal ritual that both honors your past and clears space to make room for what you wish for the coming year.

Make an offering that represents the past and give it to the Spirit of Fire as a completion. Then spend a bit of time dreaming and visioning to bring into focus what you would like to experience and bring into being in the coming year.

This can be done as a personal ceremony or with a group. Begin by giving out small pieces of paper and pencils so each can write down what they want to release.

When all have written down what they wish to release, all can gather around a fire, and each can in turn come to the fire and throw their paper in.

After all have gone, you may want to end the ritual by going around the circle and each person sharing something they are grateful for, or you may want to make some celebratory noise by banging on drums, shaking noise makers, and using your voice to send your prayers off into the Universe with a celebratory song!

 

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The Spiritual Significance of Autumn Equinox in Our Modern Lives

Ceremony, Nature, Rituals, Spiritual SignificanceChloë Rain2 Comments
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As the midday sun begins to sink lower in the sky and the night becomes chilly and darker, before we even notice the changing of colors with our eyes, our senses tell us that the reign of summer has come to an end in the northern half of the world. 

The autumn equinox arrives at 9:54 PM on Saturday, September 22, 2018, officially marking the beginning of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

The word “equinox” comes from Latin and means “equal night,” referring to the roughly 12-hour day and 12-hour night that occurs only on the two equinox days of the year.

The Autumn Equinox is a meaningful time of year to honor the harvest. Whether that be a "real" harvest of the things planted in your garden or the harvest of efforts and intentions for your life path that you set earlier in the year.

The changing seasons are key points in the cycle of life in nature, and within this cycle many ancient cultures perceived a powerful deeper message for humanity.

Indigenous cultures recognized earth-based wisdom and understood that the four focal points of the year: the Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, and Autumn Equinox; illuminated stages of an inner spiritual journey – a spiritual cycle that the individual takes within themselves.

As we consciously link our awareness to nature's cycles, our understanding of our own cycles begin to deepen.

A favorite ritual of mine is to take the 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the precise moment of the equinox to sit quietly on the ground in thoughtfulness and meditation and open my mind and my senses to the intelligence of nature all around. In this time spent in thoughtfulness around the moment of equal light and equal dark, I acknowledge my personal growth cycle and ask for harmony and balance to be the fertilizer in the soil of my life's garden.

Spiritually speaking, fall represents the Harvest time of year, a time to acknowledge abundance as our natural state of being. Our lives go through cycles of growth, harvest, death, and rebirth just as we see in nature.

Fall Equinox Meaning : Spiritual Significance of Autumn Equinox

On the Fall Equinox you may want to honor abundance and shift your consciousness from one of lack to one of abundance in some way through a small ritual or ceremony. Such as lighting a candle, giving thanks, and speaking your gratitude for all that you are and all that you have.

Fall is the time of year that we set up our internal space and make room for what’s to come in the next year. We create fertile soil for our greater visions to grow but not by doing. 

By becoming quiet and listening to what is trying to emerge from within us.

When we take the time this time of year to go within and empty out space we are creating fertile soil for our creativity and greater visions. When we clear our internal ground in the fall, we go into dormancy and then rest in the cold and darkness of Winter.

Winter is the time of year of healing, when the cold and freezing becomes the healing that sets the soil for Spring and our rebirth.

The significance of the Autumnal Equinox for the person walking the spiritual path is the time of year where we activate our new growth cycle. As we become silent and rest we are allowing space for our greater vision to emerge.

As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, we descend into the darkness of the night and face our own inner darkness—the darkness within, i.e. the ego and the subconscious—to prepare for the birth of the Light within, celebrated at the winter solstice.

The heart of spiritual practice is internal, and is usually invisible and unnoticed by everyone else. By enacting the spiritual with a physical ritual, we can both recognize and make concrete our spiritual process that is part of our reality as a person on the spiritual path.

I encourage you to take some time September 22 this year to acknowledge your life cycle and spiritual path. In doing so, you are honoring, not only your own growth and light within, but the ancient wisdom that has served our health and wellness for thousands of years.

I honor the light in you that is the love of all things, without your existence the light of the Universe would dim and all of existence would miss you.
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The Basics of Ayahuasca | Plant Medicine Ceremony

Ceremony, Healing, Rituals, ShamanismChloë RainComment
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One must feel called — not pressured — to participate in a plant medicine ceremony. They must be ready to make a change in their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual lives by applying what they have learned during their ceremony, meaning that these plant medicines are to be taken seriously, with great intention, and not dosed recreationally. One must also be ready to completely surrender to the plant and let it take them where they need to go; the plant spirit always knows exactly what one most needs to see, feel, hear, experience, and thus, learn.

Since these plants are so powerful, they are oftentimes looked at by shamanic cultures as Spiritual beings. Many common shamanic plant medicines include, but are certainly not limited to: Ayahuasca, Iboga, San Pedro cactus, psychedelic mushrooms (though not exactly a plant), Salvia, and Peyote cactus.

To give a brief overview and an example of what a plant medicine ceremony is, we will discuss the most currently popular of these plant medicines, Ayahuasca.

Ayahuasca

Unlike any other sacred plant medicine, Ayahuasca is comprised of two separate plants: the chacruna leaf (Psychotria viridis) and the Ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi). Alone, neither of these plants produce medicinal nor entheogenic properties. However, when combined, they work together and become a very powerful and sacred medicine.

Both of these plants are found in the Amazon rainforest in South America. Astonishingly, in this particular rainforest, there are over 80,000 cataloged leafy plant species. Yet, somehow, the psychopharmacologists of the Amazon (the shamanic healers) knew exactly which two unsuspecting plant species would create such a magical and psychoactive medicine when combined.

The history of Ayahuasca use dates so far back that anthropologists and researchers have yet been able to trace its origins; however, the shamans claim that the plants, themselves, told them during a Middle World shamanic journey.

The plants are collected from the jungle and brewed into a sacred tea. The tea, when taken ceremonially, throws open the gates to the spirit realm and reveals mystical, non-ordinary worlds that are unperceivable in ordinary consciousness.

Currently, the use of this brew has positively evolved to reach more and more people; now, any interested person can experience the extraordinary healing power of Ayahuasca.

Unfortunately, many Western cultures have yet been able to fully understand the healing and medicinal properties of this unique plant substance. For that, it is illegal in many countries. Yet, it is not only legal but highly praised in it’s birthplace: the Amazonian countries of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, and Brazil. In these countries, foreigners have the opportunity to partake in an Ayahuasca ceremony with a trained shaman.

It is during these ceremonies that participants are able to face the root causes of their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual illnesses head-on and delve deep into the healing process by allowing the spirit of Ayahuasca to take them on a journey to these realms of non-ordinary consciousness. Within these realms, deep-seeded issues that have long been hidden within one’s subconscious mind are revealed to them.

Mother Ayahuasca, as the plant spirit is often referred to (due to it’s feminine and mother-like qualities), will always teach the participant precisely what they most need to learn in order to fully, truly heal themselves.

An Ayahuasca Ceremony

As specific traditions within Ayahuasca ceremonies will vary from shaman to shaman, these following customs generally remain the same:

Preparation — Ayahuasca diet

Ayahuasca is a total spirit, mind, and body cleanse; for that, a special diet (or dieta, as it is commonly referred to in South America), is required.

Usually, during the first half of a ceremony, there is a fair amount of purging; from either or both ends. This is because Ayahuasca is purifying the physical body of heavy energy before it moves on to mental, emotional, and spiritual body purification.

A great way to lessen, or, in some cases, completely avoid, the purging process is to begin the purification process the week before the ceremony. Specific dietas vary, but usually require one to abstain from sex, drugs, alcohol, pork, coffee, and chocolate. In some cases, dietas even require the absence of salt, meat, spice, and sugar.

If the diet is followed properly, one is sure to reap the benefits soon after the tea is ingested. Plus, it is considered respectful to follow a dieta prior to sitting in Ayahuasca Ceremony.

The Ceremony

Each shaman has their own personal way of setting up the ceremonial area. However, ceremonies are typically held just after sunset in a safe, relaxing, and comfortable environment, most notably within high energy places on the land.

Authentic and safe ceremonies, are small groups of participants, 2 to 7, and one shaman and their apprentices sit with you during a ceremony, all of whom ingest the brew. The shaman creates a very open and safe space by setting up an altar, and playing soothing music. He or she will also clear and protect the energy of the space by filling the room of, and blowing onto the crown of each participant, a form of sacred tobacco called “Mapacho”.

Then, the shaman suggests that each person set an intention for their journey, whether that be to heal past wounds or to learn self-love. The group then prays together and gives thanks to Mother Ayahuasca.

Finally, one by one, each participant drinks the brew and begins to journey. . .

Once the medicine kicks in, the shaman will begin to sing icaros, or healing songs, which help to intensify the medicine and further protect the energy of the room.

The Return

Ayahuasca typically lasts around 5 hours. As everyone in the ceremony begins to return to normal, conscious reality, the shaman will again use Mapacho to clear the energy of the space and ground each individual.

The floor will then be open for sharing and heartfelt communion.

Afterward, each participant can personally discuss their experience with the shaman, who will then help to integrate their experience to this physical reality and provide advice on how to incorporate their newly discovered wisdom into their lives for optimal healing.


Natasha Wanderly | Writer

Natasha is a happy no-mad with a love for living lucidly, dancing with fire, and talking to strangers. From living with Shamans in the Amazon to studying ancient hieroglyphs in Egypt, she is always on some type of adventure. Her mission is to connect with many hearts, walk in many shoes, and help people to understand their value. Every day, she wakes up with two goals: 1.) Be here 2.) Be love.

Please connect with her at www.lucidadventures.com

This article was originally published on the MindValley blog : Shamanic Healing: What Is Shamanism And How Can It Heal You? and was edited and republished with the Author's permission.


 
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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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Five Beautiful Rituals to Celebrate Summer Solstice

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Summer solstice 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 6:07 AM EST on Thursday June 21, 2018.

Summer Solstice Rituals

The Solstice signifies the time when Mother Earth is at the fullness of her strength, fertility, and abundance, so we too can celebrate the strength in joining together, pollinate our spiritual consciousness through sharing, and becoming ceremonies of thanksgiving for the abundance that which we experience daily.

Creating a ceremony or celebration is a way for humans to give back to Creation some of the energy and blessings that we are always receiving. Mother Earth constantly provides for all of us with her incredible bounty, and the Sun’s warmth provides the light necessary for all living beings to thrive and prosper.

The Summer Solstice is a time to reflect on the growth of the season. Seeds are planted in the Earth as well as the seeds of our souls. It’s a time of cleansing and renewal, a time of Love and growth. This is the moment of our year when there is the most LIGHT available to us. In terms of consciousness, it is when we are the most present to ourselves and who we know ourselves to be --- the Sun represents the “I am” consciousness.

The word “Solstice” is derived from the Latin words Sol+systere, meaning “Sun”+ “standing still.”  The Summer Solstice is the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Following this Solstice, the days get shorter, the nights longer.

Fire is used symbolically throughout summer solstice celebrations in praise of the sun, to bring luck and to ward off the darkness.  And the spiral is also a symbol associated with the Solstices. Ancient dances would follow the Sun’s movement like a spiral, people joined hands weaving through the streets, winding into a decreasing spiral into the middle then unwinding back out again. The Sun moving from contraction at the center of the spiral at winter solstice to expansion at Summer Solstice and back again. Festivals in North still continue to dance and play, holding hands in formation of a spiral.

Many traditions throughout time have celebrated the Solstices — Ancient Egypt, and Aztecs of Mexico, Chinese, Chumash Indians of California, Indigenous Europeans. And western civilizations have for centuries celebrated this first day of summer often called Midsummer (see Shakespeare), or St. John’s Day. The Chinese mark the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light. Throughout history, with so much light being showered upon the Earth on this day, it’s been known as one of the most powerful days of the year for spiritual growth and healing.

Summer Solstice Stone Hedge

To this day, revellers still gather at Stonehenge to see the sun rise. The Heel Stone and Slaughter Stone, set outside the main circle, align with the rising sun.  And many of the ancient traditions continue - Bonfires are still lit to celebrate the Sun at its height of power and to ask the Sun not to withdraw into winter darkness.

In North America, many Native American tribes held ritual dances to honor the sun. The Sioux were known to hold one of the most spectacular rituals- The Sun Dance. Usually performed during the June solstice, preparations for the Sun Dance included cutting and raising a tree that would be considered a visible connection between the heavens and Earth, and setting up teepees in a circle to represent the cosmos. Participants abstained from food and drink during the dance itself. Their bodies were decorated in the symbolic colors of red (sunset), blue (sky), yellow (lightning), white (light), and black (night).

 

Some rituals to celebrate Summer Solstice:

1)  As our ancestors did, celebrate by gathering of plants and healing herbs, its long been believed that they are at their most potent today. Five common Celtic sacred plants associated with Midsummer are St. John’s Wort, Vervain, Yarrow, Fern, and Mugwort.

2)  Gather with others to create a circle or spiral.  Exchange songs, stories, and poems with others.  Dance, drum and celebrate.

3) Create a Sun Wheel or mandala (a symbol of the circle of life and connectedness) made from flowers or things found in nature.

4) Keep a sacred fire burning. You can create a big fire like a bonfire to celebrate with friends, but even a small fire, in the form of a candle or Altar of Light can be just as potent.

5) Make a Prayer Stick or Prayer Tree and place specific prayers for those who need healing on it. Make a prayer for the return to peace where there is no peace, for abundance in areas of the world where there is now poverty and scarcity.

Do all or any of the above with an intention for something that you will do to improve life –  bring light and love into this world in your own creative way and begin to carry it out.

Wishing you abundance and ligh this Summer Solstice!


As the Sun spirals its longest Dance
Cleanse Us
As nature shows bounty and fertility
Bless Us
Let all things live with loving intent
And to fulfill their truest destiny
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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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Why I give a F*&@ about Valentines Day

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The Meaning of Valentines Day
You cannot make someone love you. You can only make yourself someone who can be loved.

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. Though Valentine's Day has some interesting history and context in our modern world, I've always loved the sentiment of celebrating LOVE and the coming of spring.

I know many people consider this a "Hallmark Holiday" but for me, it has always meant something more than that... as a child of a parent who battled with seasonal depression, the February holiday always seemed to be a happier time than the previous holidays of winter. My mother and I would spend time making handmade Valentines out of colored construction paper, and bedazzle them with red glitter, hearts, and gold ink. She taught me how to make heart shaped cakes by using a round cake pan and cutting the circle in half and baking a square cake pan and fusing them together with homemade icing.

 {This is one of my Handmade Valentines, and homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, in a pink glitter oyster pail made for one of my best friends.}

{This is one of my Handmade Valentines, and homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, in a pink glitter oyster pail made for one of my best friends.}

Even as an adult I still enjoy making handmade Valentines and giving them to people I care about and Valentines marks one on my own personal turning points in my life when I decided that I was going to change my world and learn to let more love in. (I talk about that in the video below.)

St. Valentine's day shares the same date as Lupercalia, a very ancient festival, observed on February 13 through 15 to clear bad spirits and purify, releasing health and fertility.

Lupercalia subsumed Februa, an earlier-origin spring cleansing ritual held on the same date, which gives the month of February (Februarius) its name.

Take time to watch the video below to learn why ritual is important in your life & how to make Valentine's Day Special for you regardless of your love life. Plus I share one of my most favorite energetic tools to bring more love into your life!

Use it to feel, receive, and have more LOVE in your life! IN-JOY! 

Why I give an F*&# about Valentine's Day, and maybe why You should, too. Plus a energetic tool to use to feel, receive, and have more love in your life!


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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 Spiritual Significance of Imbolc | Finding Purpose & Inspiration in the In Between Times

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Imbolc, the seeds of life are planted....

The Spiritual Significance of Imbolc
May the stirring of life underground, stir new dreams into life within you.

May the flames of inspiration and new growth be ignited within your Being.
— Imbolc Blessing

February 1st has been celebrated for time millenia as Imbolc, today in our western culture it is symbolically celebrated as Groundhog Day, and also known as Saint Brigid's Day in Christian religions.

Imbolc is one of the four major fire festivals that mark the spaces in between the Equinoxes and the Solstices. The other three festivals on the Celtic calendar are Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain. The word Imbolc means literally "in the belly" in the old Irish Neolithic language, referring to the pregnancy of ewes. 

In the Northern Hemisphere we are about to transition into Spring. I know it might seem that we are in the midst of winter, and on the surface things seem dormant and dead, but under the ground the energy of the earth is stirring, the life force is awakening. 

Wherever you may find yourself, today can be a good day of reflection engaging with nature and the cycles of life. By acknowledging this transition we are symbolically honoring the space between the seasons.

In this way, we may honor the experiences within our own lives and timelines, the spaces in between. Where things seem dead and dormant on the surface; they may actually be the times when underneath things are stirring and the life force of new things are awakening within us.

The great writer Andrew Solomon famously said, "the opposite of depression is not happiness. The opposite of depression is vitality."

In the spaces of in between, there may feel an emptiness or loneliness, because what once was, is now gone, but what will be has yet to fully manifest or arrive.

This is a beautiful and necessary space for growth. In the spaces in between, all possibilities exist, and none have been chosen.

There’s a power that lives in the space ‘between,’ that subtle instant when something ends, and what follows next hasn’t yet begun.

The energies of the the Super Moon, meaning the moon is closest to the Earth and measurably bigger and brighter, on January 31st and a full Lunar Eclipse will be amplified! Which represents another period of completion where we may lay down the old and empty ourselves for the new that is coming.

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. May you know your worthiness at the deepest level, today and every day, and feel your connection to the greater cycles of life that we are a part of.

I hope you are able to embrace this time of new beginnings and of change, because this is how your spirit grows and evolves, even when we feel uncomfortable or alone.

And in the beautiful, divine brilliance of nature, the growing energy of the season is supporting you in that powerful work.

If you have any questions about engaging the cycles of nature, the moon cycles and how you can harness their influence, or anything about the work that I do, please write me at chloe@exploredeeply.com or learn more about earth-based practices for wellness in the Walking the Path Of Purpose Mentorship Program.


Brighid was an Irish-Celtic goddess and later a Christian Saint. The Saint and the Goddess continue to intermingle into the present day.  Read more about Imbolc and the prayer of St Brigid.

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?
— Percy Bysshe Shelley
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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.

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Winter Solstice : Making Peace with the Darkness

Ceremony, Rituals, Rites of Passage, Spiritual Significance, Life LessonsChloë RainComment
releasing negative emotions

Why do we spend so much time suppressing and hiding our darkness? When negative emotions come up and we feel them, they're inconvenient, uncomfortable, or worse, we make ourselves wrong for feeling them.

When we fear our own darkness or make ourselves wrong for having negative feelings, we cut ourselves off from an essential source of our own personal power. The key is not in letting darkness overwhelm our lives and our thoughts but in understanding that negativity can be one of the greatest catalysts for personal growth and transformation. Maybe even our way to enlightenment.

By allowing ourselves to feel our negative emotions and experience our own darkness, the darkness itself can become the spiritual cradle into which our inner light and new life is born.

Allow your feelings to guide you because your feelings are your truth.

In the Northern Hemisphere at this time we are experiencing the longest and darkest nights of the year and the shortest days with the least amount of daylight. The dark triumphs over the light, but this signifies a turning point!

In winter everything lies dormant in the silent earth, it is a sacred time of rest and reflection before the awakening and the slow build toward brighter days. As we consciously link our awareness to nature's cycles, our understanding of our own personal growth cycles begin to deepen.

The energy of winter is that of going within. It's the fruitful darkness and silence out of which our soul's yearnings and new inspirations can eventually emerge.

Winter Solstice (Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 11:28 am EST) is one of the most powerful points of the year as the axis of the Earth pauses, shifts and moves in the opposite direction. For three days around the solstice points we experience the power of the standstill point and the shift of direction. After experiencing the longest and darkest day, the nights grow shorter and the days grow brighter until the Summer Solstice.

For today let yourself rest in the peace of darkness, knowing the changing of the season, and the return of brighter days is ahead, be reminded you are always connected to Source, and your inner light never dims. 

Don’t pressure yourself to make changes right now or be in action in world … let the energies of new life and inspiration build slowly within you and by spring you’ll be bursting with new energy and ideas. This is the nature of things… the cycles and rhythms of personal growth and change, as you consistently nurture yourself with compassion, allowing for rest and reflection, great joy will be your harvest in 2018.

You may want to take time to honor and acknowledge the endings & new beginnings in your life in a ceremony or personal ritual that both honors your past and clears space to make room for what you wish for the coming year. I share some ideas for personal rituals below ↓.

Whatever you choose to do to mark the end of the year, the coming of the new, and the rebirth of the light— whether pausing in quiet reflection, or celebrating with community, know that all over our planet, there are many fires burning brightly!

Abundant blessings to you in the coming year! 

With love,

 
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Festive Candle Lights for Winter Solstice 2017

Ritual Acts Give Life Meaning

The longest night of the year is honored by many traditions as a sacred and rich time. Regardless of your holiday traditions, this time of year can be honored by reflecting on the past year and participating in your own personal ritual of light or Ending & Beginnings. When we make time to acknowledge the gifts of Spirit we cultivate a greater capacity to receive our own inner light. By enacting a personal ritual you can celebrate the dark and the light and invite balance and harmony into your life!

Ritual acts give life meaning. They also honor and acknowledge the unseen web of Life that connects us all. When we honor our personal cycles and the seasons of the year— we are reminded of the ever-changing flow of life that we are connected to.

It is suggested to take time 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after the precise moment of the Solstice to open to the intelligence of nature all around you and to acknowledge your personal growth cycle. A simple ritual act done with intention in your heart is enough. 

Since this time of year is associated with light — celebrate with string lights, sparklers and of course, candles. Join in the Jewish tradition of the Festival of Lights, with 8 days of ritual illumination or participate in a community bonfire and burn your own Yule log, a tradition with roots in Northern European pre-Christian times.

Light celebrations can be reminders of our inner light, and the Divine Light that guides our way in times of darkness. 

Fire Ceremony for Release & Rebirth 

Fire Ceremony for Winter Solstice 2017

You may want to take time to honor and acknowledge the endings & new beginnings in your life in a ceremony or personal ritual that both honors your past and clears space to make room for what you wish for the coming year.

Make an offering that represents the past and give it to the Spirit of Fire as a completion. Then spend a bit of time dreaming and visioning to bring into focus what you would like to experience and bring into being in the coming year.

This can be done as a personal ceremony or with a group. Begin by giving out small pieces of paper and pencils so each can write down what they want to release.

When all have written down what they wish to release, all can gather around a fire, and each can in turn come to the fire and throw their paper in.

After all have gone, you end the ritual by banging on drums, or shaking noise makers, and your voice to send it off into the Universe with a celebratory song!


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 Elixir for Good Health and Happiness : Golden Milk

Healing, RitualsChloë Rain1 Comment
 Turmeric, a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae.

Turmeric, a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae.

To begin your day feeling grounded, supported by the Universe, and happy with life and your body — I recommend Golden Milk, the Magic Elixir for Health: Mind, Body, & Spirit. 

Having recently left my beloved morning coffee ritual behind in preparation for a few months of cleansing and Spiritual training, this magic morning elixir has me singing a joyful tune. IN-JOY!

There are a myriad of variations as to how to make Golden Milk, an ancient medicinal "tea" for health and healing, but these are the necessary components you need to have in order to receive the full health benefits of the medicine that is Golden Milk:

Heat
Turmeric
Black Pepper (a small amount)
A bit of fat for absorption (in this case coconut oil— a healthy plant based fat)

Here is my favorite way to make Golden Milk, I make it fresh each morning as part of my grounding and centering self care ritual, and I never have left overs. Wink.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups- 2 cups Coconut Milk— unsweetened vanilla flavor (in the carton)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (or just a pinch of finely ground black pepper for less spice)
  • Sweetener of choice to taste : honey, or maple syrup, or coconut sugar *please do yourself a favor and only use natural sweeteners in your Golden Milk, stay away from any kind of processed and refined sugar, or even things like Stevia or Agave that are also highly processed*

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1/2- 1 Tbsp coconut oil — adding this extra amount of fat helps with absorption of all the healthy benefits from the spices, plus drinking this in the morning helps to satiate the body's hunger response allowing for proper brain function and helping to curb your appetite first thing upon waking
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2- 1 tsp Vanilla extract — important that it is real vanilla extract (Not necessary if you are using Coconut Milk with Vanilla already included!)
  • Almond milk or other non-dairy vegan milk or nut milks can be substituted for Coconut milk *but coconut milk really is the best*

I purchase organic spices and turmeric in bulk at my local co-op because I'm pretty much in love with turmeric's natural grounding properties and the way it makes me feel in my body and at a deeper level, my Spirit.

When purchasing turmeric, look for a brand that is organic, non-irradiated, and contains curcumin (the brand will often specify a percentage).

INSTRUCTIONS:

I pour my coconut milk into a clear glass two cup measuring container and whisk in all my measured spices minus the sweetener, before adding it to the saucepan for heating. I find it helpful in making the right measurements and adjustments for liquid and spices. But this does involve an extra step, so you can go straight to the saucepan.

  • In a small saucepan, add coconut milk, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, & coconut oil
  • Whisk to combine and warm over medium heat. Heat until hot — but not boiling — I watch for steam to come from the surface of the liquid— less than four minutes. 
  • Remove from heat.
  • Before pouring into cups, whisk swiftly until frothy and fully mixed.
  • After pouring into individual serving cup, add sweetener of choice. (I usually add a teaspoon of honey, but with fall, a tablespoon of maple syrup seems to bring me more enjoyment for the season)... Add more turmeric, cardamom, or ginger for intense spice and flavor.
  • Serve immediately. Best when fresh, though leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for 2—3 days. Reheat on the stovetop *do not microwave*.
Golden Milk Elixir for Good Health

NOTES:

This wonderful happy beverage actually maximizes the natural antioxidant power of turmeric because it is one hot and two combined with other beneficial spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom, and a little bit of healthy plant based fat.

Turmeric’s health benefits such as anti-inflammatory response and aiding in digestion are due to a special compound called curcumin.

Curcumin is believed to halt an enzyme that may be responsible for turning environmental toxins in to carcinogens in the body. Curcumin also improvse digestion of fats and sugars and help alleviate inflammation in the digestive system.

According to principles of Ayurveda indigestion leads to production of “ama” – a sticky toxin which blocks microchannels of the body and slows down metabolism adding to weight gain. Cardamom helps to digest “ama” and clears the blockages. Since it possess the quality “laghu” or lightness, it helps to increase the rate of metabolism just like a supply of air increases intensity of fire.

Golden Milk is a magic elixir of spices that not only aids in digestion, but helps with weight loss & metabolism, reduces inflammation in the intestines and tissues, creating more vibrant and healthy skin, and helps with overall health and wellness on many levels.

For me, it makes me feel grounded in Spirit and good in my body on a daily basis, and this makes me happy.

I would love to hear from you! Please share with me in the comments below, how Golden Milk, has helped you in Body, Mind, Health and Spirit.


Research has proven that turmeric and curcumin have the abilities to:

  • Help improve the memory of individuals in the early stages of diabetes and those at risk for cognitive damage.
  • Reduce free radical damage to cells and tissues thanks to potent antioxidants.
  • Reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis as well as numerous other inflammatory joint conditions.
  • Support healthy cholesterol levels and prevent low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol oxidation.
  • Positively modulate more than 160 different physiological pathways.
  • Improve liver function.
  • Protect against heavy metal damage.
  • Inhibit and prevent certain types of cancer, including pancreatic, breast, and colon cancer.
  • Reduce the degenerative symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric is also a source of numerous vitamins and minerals including manganese, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin C, E, and K.

Source: Organic Authority

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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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!

Five Beautiful Rituals to Celebrate Summer Solstice

Ceremony, Rituals, Spiritual SignificanceGuest Writer

Summer solstice 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 6:07 AM EST on Thursday June 21, 2018.

Summer Solstice Rituals

The Solstice signifies the time when Mother Earth is at the fullness of her strength, fertility, and abundance, so we too can celebrate the strength in joining together, pollinate our spiritual consciousness through sharing, and becoming ceremonies of thanksgiving for the abundance that which we experience daily.

Creating a ceremony or celebration is a way for humans to give back to Creation some of the energy and blessings that we are always receiving. Mother Earth constantly provides for all of us with her incredible bounty, and the Sun’s warmth provides the light necessary for all living beings to thrive and prosper.

The Summer Solstice is a time to reflect on the growth of the season. Seeds are planted in the Earth as well as the seeds of our souls. It’s a time of cleansing and renewal, a time of Love and growth. This is the moment of our year when there is the most LIGHT available to us. In terms of consciousness, it is when we are the most present to ourselves and who we know ourselves to be --- the Sun represents the light of all life and consciousness.

The word “Solstice” is derived from the Latin words Sol+systere, meaning “Sun”+ “standing still.”  The Summer Solstice is the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Following this Solstice, the days get shorter, the nights longer.

Fire is used symbolically throughout summer solstice celebrations in praise of the sun, to bring luck and to ward off the darkness.  And the spiral is also a symbol associated with the Solstices. Ancient dances would follow the Sun’s movement like a spiral, people joined hands weaving through the streets, winding into a decreasing spiral into the middle then unwinding back out again. The Sun moving from contraction at the center of the spiral at winter solstice to expansion at Summer Solstice and back again. Festivals in North still continue to dance and play, holding hands in formation of a spiral.

Many traditions throughout time have celebrated the Solstices — Ancient Egypt, and Aztecs of Mexico, Chinese, Chumash Indians of California, Indigenous Europeans. And western civilizations have for centuries celebrated this first day of summer often called Midsummer (see Shakespeare), or St. John’s Day. The Chinese mark the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light. Throughout history, with so much light being showered upon the Earth on this day, it’s been known as one of the most powerful days of the year for spiritual growth and healing.

Summer Solstice Stone Hedge

To this day, revellers still gather at Stonehenge to see the sun rise. The Heel Stone and Slaughter Stone, set outside the main circle, align with the rising sun.  And many of the ancient traditions continue - Bonfires are still lit to celebrate the Sun at its height of power and to ask the Sun not to withdraw into winter darkness.

In North America, many Native American tribes held ritual dances to honor the sun. The Sioux were known to hold one of the most spectacular rituals- The Sun Dance. Usually performed during the June solstice, preparations for the Sun Dance included cutting and raising a tree that would be considered a visible connection between the heavens and Earth, and setting up teepees in a circle to represent the cosmos. Participants abstained from food and drink during the dance itself. Their bodies were decorated in the symbolic colors of red (sunset), blue (sky), yellow (lightning), white (light), and black (night).

 

Some rituals to celebrate Summer Solstice:

1)  As our ancestors did, celebrate by gathering of plants and healing herbs, its long been believed that they are at their most potent today. Five common Celtic sacred plants associated with Midsummer are St. John’s Wort, Vervain, Yarrow, Fern, and Mugwort.

2)  Gather with others to create a circle or spiral.  Exchange songs, stories, and poems with others.  Dance, drum and celebrate.

3) Create a Sun Wheel or mandala (a symbol of the circle of life and connectedness) made from flowers or things found in nature.

4) Keep a sacred fire burning. You can create a big fire like a bonfire to celebrate with friends, but even a small fire, in the form of a candle or Altar of Light can be just as potent.

5) Make a Prayer Stick or Prayer Tree and place specific prayers for those who need healing on it. Make a prayer for the return to peace where there is no peace, for abundance in areas of the world where there is now poverty and scarcity.

Do all or any of the above with an intention for something that you will do to improve life –  bring light and love into this world in your own creative way and begin to carry it out.

Wishing you abundance and light this Summer Solstice!

As the Sun spirals its longest Dance
Cleanse Us
As nature shows bounty and fertility
Bless Us
Let all things live with loving intent
And to fulfill their truest destiny
summer solstice 2016


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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!

Beltane Fire Festival: Celebration of Life & Love : The Significance of Ritual In Our Lives

Be who you want, Inspiring, Nature, Ceremony, Rites of Passage, Rituals, Spiritual SignificanceChloë RainComment

Beltane and its celebration and the rituals that we as humans have performed for thousands of years has been about fertility, fire and passion, and bringing forth life and in preparation for an abundant harvest. 

As I fine tune my own personal cycles and soul path, as I learn more about indigenous traditions, plant medicine, and the Ancestors the more I have felt at home in my own body and at home in my life. I encourage you to tap into the ancient wisdom that also courses within your veins.

As I observe my own annual cycle of emotion, experience, energy, and transition to conclusion... there seems to be recurring themes and certain seasonal patterns through the years. As I continue to allow myself to be carried by the energetic waves, the ebb and flow of life, more is revealed.

This time of year with the fullness of spring it seems to no surprise that the tiny ping of my heart, grows so loud as to pound out all other sound.

 I love how ritual and coming together in circle can reconnect you to your truth while being with others helps you to truly celebrate the mystery of life and the wonder of it all.... 

I love how ritual and coming together in circle can reconnect you to your truth while being with others helps you to truly celebrate the mystery of life and the wonder of it all.... 

The recreating of ancient rituals has become popularized especially in our modern Western Culture, but the very individual and personal experience of participating in ritual can be life changing and life affirming.

Beltane Fire Ritual & Celebration

Beltane, whose past and present significance is steeped deeply in ritual rites of sexuality and fertility, celebrates the height of spring, and the coming of summer, the earth has warmed, and May 1st(ish) astrologically is the end of darkness in the sun cycle.

Beltane: The Fire Festival is celebrated as the symbolic union of the May Queen and the King of the Forest, and the marking of the Light half of the year the end of the dark cycle. There's no denying this time of year is ripe with the energies of abundance, passion, lust, fertility, sexuality, and pregnancy.

The constant buzzing of hummingbirds and the multitude of species of bees around my house, coupled with the constant chirping of frogs frolicing in the pond, and the endless chanting call of the Whippoorwill at night in search of his mate remind me that some noise is required to call in LOVE.

The drum beat of my soul, the pounding of my heart, the buzzing of my cells, and the singing of my heart song is what reminds me that I am alive, and well, and fertile, and ready for the union of my hearts desire.

So perhaps take some time today to acknowledge your desires, and maybe even perform your own unique ritual to consummate the union of your desire and the seed of life and energy of birth. Trust that the discomfort of uncertainty is only a mild symptom of the joy of pregnancy and the expectancy of new life!

Love as a state of being, Love, coupled with passion for life and purpose. The unquenchable thirst for love and desire for the unknown and magic of living.

The constant drum beat of the internal longing to feel whole, alive, and on fire with desire. This pulsating and throbbing has only become more profound, more distinct, like a homing beacon.

What is on the unknown horizon of life, the unexpected fulfillment of desire in ways I couldn't imagine?

I feel pregnant with anticipation, so much so that my breasts ache. I stand in astute awareness and attention in the unknown.

I remind myself of a vow I have made "I surrender my personal will to divine will. I live in the present moment and seek only truth."

I pray for more magic, more surprise, more serendipity in my life.

Yes, this is when I feel more alive, when chance has its way with me and I realize that I'm very much more pleased with the flow and natural rhythm of my life, than I would have been with single focused and structured plans.

Uncertainty is a symptom of the arrival of magic, wonder and awe, the unknown is only the breath just before the Aaaah of AMAZEMENT.

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.
— Ursula K. Le Guin

Sunrise at Bealtaine by Irish Photographer: Ken Williams  At the Beltany Stone Circle in the North West of Ireland, the sunrise at Beltane is aligned with the only decorated stone in the circle. The Beltany Stone Circle gets its name from Beltane which is associated with the lighting of hilltop fires in a rekindling of the sun.

The beginning of May, signifies one of the astrologically and historically important cross quarter dates of our calendar and the seasonal progression of the earth and growing seasons: Beltane or May Day celebration.

Beltane occurs 6 months after Samhain {Halloween}, and in the Celtic way of looking at the seasons marks the end of winter, the ‘dark’ half of the year, and the beginning of summer the ‘light’ half. Like Samhain, Beltane is a liminal (between) time, when the veil between the worlds of physical and nonphysical is thin- considered a good time for divination and particularly for seeing the Fair Folk (the Fae).

Beltane is one of the 8 sacred celebrations of the year and turning of the seasons : Imbolc; Ostara/Spring Equinox; Beltane; Litha/Summer Solstice; Lammas/ Lughnasad; Mabon/Autumn Equinox; Samhain/Halloween; Yule/Winter Solstice.


Beltane Fire Ritual & Celebration:

Fire and passion, love and life, brought together as one.

I am the earth, the womb of all creation.
Within me, new life grows each year.
Water is my blood, air my breath, and fire is my spirit.
I give you honor, and shall create new life with you.

I am the rutting stag, the seed, the energy of life.
I am the mighty oak that grows in the forest.
I give you honor, and shall create new life with you.

The earth is once more growing new life within!

We shall be blessed with abundance this year!

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 You Can Make Valentine's Day Special Regardless of Your Love Life

Healing, Rituals, Rose Ceremony, VideoChloë RainComment

To Fall In Love.

To stay steady and grounded.

To be a force of compassion in the world.

To feel full awake, aware, and alive.

To make good choices.

To be strong, yet gentle.

Today is one of my favorite holidays. Though Valentine's Day has some interesting history and context in our modern world. I've always loved the sentiment of celebrating LOVE and the coming of spring.

I know many people consider this a "Hallmark Holiday" but for me, it has always meant something more than that... as a child of a parent who battled with seasonal depression, the February holiday always seemed to be a happier time than the previous holidays of winter. My mother and I would spend time making handmade Valentines out of colored construction paper, and bedazzle them with red glitter, hearts, and gold ink. She taught me how to make heart shaped cakes by using a round cake pan and cutting the circle in half and baking a square cake pan and fusing them together with homemade icing.

 {This is one of my Handmade Valentines, and homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, in a pink glitter oyster pail for made one of my best friends.}

{This is one of my Handmade Valentines, and homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, in a pink glitter oyster pail for made one of my best friends.}

Even as an adult I still enjoy making handmade Valentines and giving them to people I care about and Valentines marks one on my own personal turning points in my  life when I decided that I was going to change my world and learn to let more love in.

Watch the video below to learn why ritual is important in your life & how to make Valentine's Day Special for you regardless of your love life. Plus I share one of my most favorite energetic tools to bring more love into your life!

Use it to feel, receive, and have more LOVE in your life! IN-JOY! 

Why I give an F*&# about Valentine's Day, and maybe why You should, too. Plus a energetic tool to use to feel, receive, and have more love in your life!


St. Valentine's day shares the same date as Lupercalia, a very ancient festival, observed on February 13 through 15 to clear bad spirits and purify, releasing health and fertility.

Lupercalia subsumed Februa, an earlier-origin spring cleansing ritual held on the same date, which gives the month of February (Februarius) its name.

Now is a great time for emotional cleansing as we prepare for spring, sometimes a little help and support can go along way. Join one of these programs today and receive 21 days of daily healing prayer and easy to follow through tips and tools to raise your vibration and welcome in the new.

Debt Release : Forgiveness

21 Day Self-Guided Journey to Love Programs:

21 Days of support for $21, sign up now and get a Free Integration Session {a $200 Value}

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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!

Full Moon Ceremony & Summer Solstice Blessings!

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Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...

Celebrate the coming together of the light in togetherness.... on this powerful day bring light and love into this world in your own creative way!

Blessings to you on the Solstice!

There is a crack in everything, thats how the light gets in.
— Leonard Cohen
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!

Full Moon Fire Ceremony : Scorpio Full Moon Reveals Your Deepest Desires

Healing, Rituals, VideoChloë Rain

There is an extra special bonus in last night's ceremony recording, the song of the Whippoorwill. {When you listen to the very beginning, note the sound of the night bird, the Whipporwill.}

This Moon will bring your deepest desires to the surface. You know what drives you. What compels you to the choices that you make?  

Scorpio rules emotional truth.

What is your innermost longing?

Scorpio seeks to reveal your vulnerabilities and your unmet wishes. Scorpio shows you what you need to transform. Are you ready for change to come?

I offer Full Moon Fire Ceremonies, each month for my private Life Artistry Group Members and 21 Day Program Participants. 

I'm sharing last night's ceremony with you along with an invitation to join me in May. I have 4 spaces coming available in the Life Artistry Program. I will not offer one-on-one coaching again until Oct 2016. See details of the offering → here.

Live 21 Day to Love & 21 Days of Debt Release Programs begin May 1st! Use coupon code Hope2016, the first 20 registrants will receive 50% off the full price. IN-JOY!


4 One-on-One Client Spaces will become available in my Life Artistry Practice in May. If one of these spots is for you, please reach out and have a conversation with me. 

{I will not offer one-on-one coaching spaces, again until October, 2016.}

Travis Burke Photography

From May 3-20, I am focused on giving complimentary coaching sessions to those that are considering making a change in their life and would like insight on next steps.

During these sessions, I will help you understand what is blocking you from moving in the direction of your desires.  The people that get the most out of these sessions have tried a lot of things on their own, but have not seen the results they were hoping for, or feel like they've been stuck in the same situation for longer than they would like.

If this describes you, I encourage you to request a session.... or go → here to see full program details.

Explore Deeply : The Art of Transformation & Healing

Where fear ends and life begins....


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!

Cleansing Snow Moon : Full Moon Fire Ceremony : 2-22-2016

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This month's Full Moon fire ceremony, where I do a cleansing and completion ceremony with an offering for my clients and Life Artistry & Mastery Group. To find out more about this work and how it may benefit you and your current desires, please book a consultation with Chloë  here. Blessings to all.

An intelligence and creative impulse thrives within you, you are not separate from this Great Force, you are this Great Force.

I honor the light in you that is the love of all things, without your existence the light of the Universe would dim and all of existence would miss you.

The full moon ceremony was truly incredible on Monday night. On Monday the fire pit on the land next to the waterfall was set to do a full fire ceremony, but alas it poured rain and it was so incredibly cloudy, I never even saw the moonlight that evening.

The fire ceremony, however, was truly amazing, unlike anything I have ever seen before. (The video doesn’t do it justice, because I put down my camera and just watched it as I felt that was important in sacred presence.)  

As the fire offerings burned it was like seeing a rose ignite and all the fire came from within the center of the rose, the other flames and fire glowing and radiating out like petals that formed what looked like a flowering rose. The fire burned everything…. and then to my surprise kept burning for much longer than what seemed possible for lack of anything left to burn! I was stunned and kept watching.  At the end there was a tremendously beautiful ember rose in the fire bowl that pulsed with its glow, like it was a living breathing fire being.  

There are really no words to describe the experience. Sending blessings to you all.

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!

Why I Give a F*&$ about Valentine's Day, and Maybe Why You Should Too!? {Vlog}

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Explore Deeply Session: Learn Why Ritual is Important in your life & receive one of my most favorite energetic tools to bring more love into your life!

"Why I give an eff about Valentine's Day, and maybe why you should, too!?" Plus I share an energetic tool to use in your life to feel, receive, and have more LOVE!  IN-JOY! 

I encourage you to write me with your questions at and I will answer them in upcoming Explore Deeply Sessions {Vlog}.  xoxo


21 Day Self-Guided Journey to Love Programs:

21 Days of support for $21, sign up now and get a Free Integration Session {a $200 Value}

Learn more about the programs:


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!

Full Moon Fire Ceremony : 21 Days to Love: A Guided Journey into the most sacred parts of Self

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2ND LIVE PROGRAM BEGINNING AUGUST 8TH!

21 Days of Powerful Energy Transmissions to Change Your Relationship to LOVE

Tap Into Creation Energy: Self Love: Romantic Love : All LOVE

Release shame, guilt, attachment to past lovers, painful memories, disappointments and allow more love in your life.

This is not just about allowing more love in your life, this is about transforming your current life circumstances in ways you could not imagine.

LIVE PROGRAM begins 8/8 and ends 8/29 with a FULL MOON CEREMONY, performed by Chloë, to burn up all of your energetic blocks to Love.

A Guided Journey :
UNLIKE ANY OTHER PROGRAM!

Now is the time to reconnect with the longings of your soul. exploredeeply.com/21daystolove

Full moon completion ceremony on 7/31/15. When you join this program, Chloë will become your companion on this journey of incredible growth, expansion, and love. You will receive energy transmissions that will help open you up, gently, to all that you are - love, joy, harmony, and you will experience so much more in these powerful transmissions! These remote sessions are Powerful catalysts for Growth, Healing, and Self Love!

Music : "Afterglow" : José González

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!

21 Days to Love

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21 Days of Powerful Energy Transmissions

to Change Your Relationship to Love

Self Love: Romantic Love : Deep Intimacy

Release shame, guilt, attachment to past lovers, painful memories, disappointments and allow more love in your life.

BRAND NEW
A One of a Kind Program Unlike ANY OTHER!

(Receive Immediate Energy Support when you join)

21 Days of Emotional Detox, Detachment, & Consciousness Cleanse, to Create a Vacuum to manifest your Desires!

  • 21 day access to the MOST AMAZING energy you will ever experience - directed right at you!!
  • 20 Minutes a Day of AMAZING REMOTE ENERGY WORK – for a total of SEVEN HOURS of Live ENERGY TRANSMISSIONS AND ACTIVATIONS
  • Daily emails to help lift and inspire you with release and detachment statements for your internal clearing practice
  • Receive easy exercises to release emotional attachments and resistance that are keeping you stuck in old patterns
  • Daily blessings for your heart, health, body, mind, & spirit

The 21 Day Detox, Detachment, & Cleanse is a lifestyle change, a holy journey into the most sacred and profound parts of yourself. 

Now is the time to reconnect with the longings of your soul. 

Beginning when you join this program, Chloë will become your companion on this journey of incredible growth, expansion, and love, which will officially begin on July 10th! 

These energy transmissions will help open you up, gently, to all that you are - love, joy, harmony, and you will experience so much more in these powerful transmissions! These remote sessions are Powerful catalysts for Growth, Healing, and Self Love!

Get Ready to participate in this fun and powerful vortex of manifestation.

Releasing and creating can happen more quickly with the power of an intuitive channel for Divine Energy Transmissions.

Remember: Everything is Energy, and YOU have the POWER to change your life NOW!

21 Day program for just $21, receive 21 days of easy to follow helpful tools, a Full Moon Fire Ceremony, and a private integration session.

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!