Episode 11: Completing the Hero's Journey

Not long ago, I was talking with my mother about having faith in our destinies. The last few years have been so trying for me that I often struggle in this area. Okay, who am I kidding? I've been struggling with it my whole life. 

I felt a jolt of energy when she said, "All stories have the same structure, right? You're a writer. Why don't you trust the structure?" 

Lightbulb! 

I realized she was, indeed, correct. What about the Hero's Journey, something I've been studying my entire life? Why was I always hanging out in the Underworld? The story has to end eventually, which means emerging from that dark (but glorious) place. 

Of course, our stories are not a one-time sequential journey. They play out over and over again. But the bottom line is this: We have to live out all the parts of the stories, which includes the emergence from the Underworld. 

And somehow, I forgot that. 

So what happens when we trust the story? 

(I tried a video this time to go with the audio file. Yeah, it's awful, I know. But all in the worship of imperfection!)

Episode 10: The Seat of Power

We have all moments of pain or discomfort in this physical form. In fact, many of us have recurring issues in those areas that last for years, or even a lifetime. For many, our solution is to go to the doctor, or try to heal things with another outward fix, like changing our diets or getting massages or taking pain pills. 

But what if these pains and discomforts of the body are direct messages asking us, again and again, to take notice and go inward to hear an important message? 

That's not a new question - we've heard it before. But do we really take that in? Do we really stop and listen? 

For most of my life, I've struggled with feelings of discomfort in my pelvic/abdominal region. Often, this has been a feeling of a heavy weight pulling me down, and a feeling of expansion pressing outward, away from me. Super uncomfortable. I always attributed this to my weight issues and years of eating disorders.

However, somewhat recently, that area of my body has been speaking to me very strongly and insisting that I listen. And to my surprise, it's not about weight or eating issues. Not at all. 

There's a lot more going on and the more I listen, the more I feel like I can let go of the heavy feeling and embrace the outward push. 

There's a lot of power in the pelvic bowl - our lowest three chakras are in or near that region, the three chakras that relate to our physical presence and power in this earthly world. And many of us struggle with the physical. It's not surprising that our pelvic region might be roiling with energy, begging us to pay attention. 

What do you hear? 

#30daysto40 (or as I call it, #30daystoidontknowwhat)

Big birthdays = big thinking. Lots of processing going on. Laying down my thirties. Embracing the next decade. The old ways of defining ourselves often must be shed in order to move on. How scary. And how liberating. 

This has been my journey as I stand here on this very last day of my thirties. 

On the podcast:

1. Journeying toward a new decade

2. Aging and its wisdom and simultaneous irrelevance

3. How meditation has been pulling me back in

4. The gemstones I chose to work with through this transition

5. How reading my own energetic system has recently changed (more feminine energy, less masculine)

6. My encounter with three young bucks during a meditation session in the woods

7. How Elen of the Ways has become a spiritual messenger for me

Moving Towards the Threshold (podcast)

Copyright 2016 Yancy Lael

Copyright 2016 Yancy Lael

As 40 draws nearer, I have felt, more strongly than ever, a pull that moving me towards a major threshold. Anniversaries are passing now that show me a spiral of growth and energetic information. I can see the horizon and there are some pretty amazing things waiting for me. 

This is a time of very deep in-betweens, a time of crossing, a time of death and rebirth, a time of thresholds, a time of moving through one portal to another. 

This is part of the archetypal journey of the soul like I've never experienced before. 

Podcast: Doing what we love...or avoiding it

I have many passions in this life, from writing to cooking to teaching...and so much more. So often, the passions I have drive me to interact with them. My knitting needles sing to me like sirens, begging me to make another stitch, turn out another garment. The butter in my refridgerator reminds me every few weeks that it would love to be creamed with crunchy crystals of sugar and turned into fluffy, rich chocolate chip cookies. I love it. I can't stop myself from engaging.

Yet other things I love - like writing - I often, almost inexplicityly, avoid. At one time in my life, you would've had to pry my fingers off my keyboard. Writing was like breathing. I'd die if I was away from it for too long. Twenty years later, it takes an act of Congress to get me to my keyboard. And why? What blocks have I put in front of myself to distance myself from those passions that once nourished me? 

What would happen if we were able to remove those blocks and open those channels again.....? What if?????

P.S. I was so worried that I'd sound like an arrogant jerk when I was talking about one of my books...and sure enough, I mentioned that people have commented that my novel is "too smart for the average reader." Ummm...yeah, I sounded like an arrogant jerk. This is the downfall of podcasts - stuff falls out of your mouth sometimes without a filter and I stumble through it and say things I wish I hadn't said. Please forgive me. What I actually MEANT to say is that big publishers are more interested in "easy reading" (the equivalent to radio's "easy listening") because of its broad appeal, and my novel does not fall into the category of "easy" or "broad appeal." Plus...it might just suck and I don't know it. (Let's be honest.) In either case...I certainly didn't mean to imply that I, or any of my fans, think that my book is some intellectual jewel. Not in the slightest. So take it with a grain of salt....