Category Archives: Grow Your Spiritual Gifts
Those of you who have worked with me know that I often talk about the Triple Warmer Meridian. This is one of the energy lines of the body that regulates our fight or flight response. It serves as the inner warrior that is always watching out for danger and prepared to call in the troops should a challenge arise.
In the days of our ancestors, most of the threats we faced came in the form of physical attacks. Should such a physical challenge arise, the triple warmer system would release the hormones and prepare the body for a big physical exertion, either to run or fight. These days, most of our threats are emotional or are of things that aren’t happening directly to us. This means that our inner warrior is running around trying to protect us when there is nothing to fight and no where to run! When this happens, we are essentially putting a cap on a volcano. All that has been geared up gets no outlet and virtually implodes inside of us.
This last week, the Triple Warmer went off the charts for a lot of people. I had more calls about people feeling suicidal or having huge blowups with loved ones then I think I have ever had at one time. So what happened?
Take a look at what has been going on lately. There has been one natural or man-made disaster after another. We are bombarded with tales of suffering, political upheaval, and unfolding disaster daily. Then add in our normal everyday challenges and you have a recipe for Triple Warmer Overload! When that happens, our ability to reason or be objective goes out the window. It makes us feel that everything is out of control and we are in terrible danger. This often leads to frustration with loved ones because we are looking to them to help us feel safe again, when often they are in the midst of fear themselves.
So what can we do about this? Below are some suggestions to help step out of the state of high alert, so we can get back to inner stability and peace. From this place, we are much better able to help others, without crashing and burning ourselves.
1. Breathe – There are two ways to clear the hormones that cause the fight or flight response and deep, slow breaths are one of them. When we are afraid, we start to breathe very shallow and quick. Consciously focus on expanding your lungs to their full capacity, pause, and then do a long, slow exhale from the mouth. Even a few deep breaths can settle your system.
2. Move – When the Triple Warmer gets out of whack, we are often in situations where we can’t move, yet moving is the second way we can clear the hormones that are causing the fight or flight response. If you are in a car, try doing some simple exercises. Grip the steering wheel and hold for 30 seconds and then relax your grip for 30 seconds. Tighten and release different muscle groups. Use one hand to do tapping (emotional freedom technique). If you are somewhere you can move, do some push ups, go for a walk, do some yoga or any exercise that keeps you moving.
3. Laugh – Laughter can quickly calm your system, yet when we are afraid it is often difficult to find anything funny. One thing I have found helpful is to keep repeating “I laugh, I laugh, I laugh” over and over to myself. Even just saying that seems to shift my energy and helps me relax. If you can find something funny to watch or remember something that happened that was really funny, that is even better!
4. Stay Close to the Earth – Nature is our number one ally for keeping our nervous system balanced. When we are out with trees and plants in natural places, our nervous system begins to sync with the vibration of the natural world. This is our optional vibration as well and can provide deep healing. Sitting on the ground, walking barefoot, leaning against a tree are all easy ways to get out of fight or flight. A good metaphor to think of is about being out in a storm. If the wind is blowing fiercely, you don’t want to be up in the tree! You are much safer staying close to the earth. Right now, we need to stay grounded to keep from losing our balance. A daily walk in nature is a great way to take good care of yourself.
5. Be present – It is wonderful how we are able to be connected with people all over the world, but it is also part of the reason we get overloaded sometimes. While we can have great compassion for the suffering of others, we can’t carry their challenges or solve them. For example, those of us in Ohio aren’t able to be helping to fight fires in California right now. We aren’t there and there is no fire to fight where we are. That is why being mindful of what you are exposing yourself too through the media is an important step to calming the Triple Warmer. Imagine you have a young child inside you that is scared. The last thing you would do is start telling them about all the dangerous things that could happen to them! We need to do the same for ourselves. Be present where you are and see where you are as safe and affirm that all is well. Fill yourself with peace. Ask the Angels to help where you aren’t able to and then come back to what is present for you in this moment.
6. Energy Techniques – There are many great energy techniques out there that can help to settle your nervous system and calm the Triple Warmer. You can have a session with a practitioner of reflexology, polarity therapy, Reiki, Jin Shin Jyutsu, BodyTalk, massage, or Cranial Sacral Therapy, just to mention a few. All of these techniques can be very helpful to settle your system. There is also a technique called Energy Medicine created by Donna Eden. I am a huge fan of this system, as it offers many simple things you can do on your own. Below is a link to a You Tube video sharing some of the best ways to calm the Triple Warmer Meridian:
For a list of my favorite practitioners, visit the Gratitude Directory on my sister site: Spirit Earth
I’m also happy to help with an empowerment reading or energy session!
I hope this helps you to find some peace during this time of transformation.
As chaos seems to rain down on our world, it is easy to get caught in fear. More than ever, we need to be warriors of light and refuse to relinquish our right to create a loving and peaceful world. So how do we do this?
We can only do it by working from the inside out. When you are confronted by something in your outer world that frightens you or angers you, a good policy is to check within. One of the techniques shared during my shamanic training was to ask “Is this upsetting me greater than a 2 on a 1 to 10 scale (10 is the highest)?” If the answer is “yes,” then you are dealing with something that is really about you.
Of course, you may ask yourself how does this work with world disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and mass shootings? How can those be about me? There are many ways we can look at this, but for the purpose of this post, I am most interested in how we can work with these experiences to empower ourselves and thus empower others. To do this, I feel that all these outer world experiences are things that we have chosen at a soul level to be part of the movie we are currently starring in. If we included these types of things in our story, the question becomes why? What do these events kick up for you? Do they make you feel angry or sad or victimized? Do you feel powerless or motivated to help others? How we view these events and how we react to them says a lot about what we are trying to learn within ourselves.
For instance, many of us can easily fall into the victim icon right now. There is a feeling of futility when we look at what is happening in the outer world and a sense of hopelessness can creep in. It is in those moments when we have an opportunity to step out of victim and into a place of power. We can affirm what we wish to see and experience in our world. We can invoke our Angels and Spirit Guides, asking them to show us what we need to learn and to help create our intentions in our world. We can shift to gratitude and focus on where love is ruling instead of fear. All of this takes discipline and sometimes it is difficult to have that discipline. But what other option do we have? Continuing to collapse into victimization creates more fear. We are here now in this incarnation having this experience. We can learn what this is teaching. We can stop being passive and allowing the world to happen to us and start consciously creating what we want to experience instead.
The eclipse energies from August created big shifts that may just be coming clear now. The image I saw about this was of the earth getting shaken, so that the sand shifted revealing an old, rusty structure. The message that came through was that we have been standing on ground that holds some outmoded patterns that are now ready to be cleared out. This can feel pretty intense. Imagine what it feels like to be standing on a sandy beach and suddenly have all the sand move to reveal you are standing on a rusty piece of metal! There may be confusion, as it isn’t always easy to figure out what the pattern is connected to. It is a good shift though, as sand is not the most stable of substances. We are clearing away to make more space for the authentic self to shine through! To support the process, listen to what your heart says. Take good care of yourself and get some help sorting through the debris if you need to! I also did a recording for September to get some guidance on the best way to work with the energies this month. A call for gentleness and patience seems to be in order. You can listen the recording here (about 13 minutes long): September 2017 Monthly Inspiration
September Opportunities to Connect
Ohio Spiritual Toolkit Workshop 9/10 – This event is full! Excited to see those of you who signed up next week!
Ohio Fall Equinox Gathering 9/22 6-9 PM – Join us in Hinckley, OH for a chance to gather and honor the changing of the seasons and receive spiritual guidance for the season ahead. We will be connecting with an energy center of Mother Earth connected to the kidney meridian to help us support the process of releasing the old structures (the rusty metal I mentioned above). Reiki Master Neil Kopchak will also be joining us to share gentle Reiki balancing while we work with the kidney meridian energies. We will finish with a sacred fire ceremony where we will be releasing any resentment and embracing forgiveness, as well as setting clear intentions for what we wish to manifest going forward. Love Exchange: $75/person or $65/person when you register with a friend.
Totem Pole Readings 20% off ($80 instead of $100) – In the spring, we started using this type of reading to help people connect with the archetypal energies that are going to be most helpful for them in this new nine-year cycle. It is incredibly powerful and a much-needed tool, as we navigate this transformational time. The reading was created by Ted Andrews and shared in the book Animal Totem Tarot by Leeza Robertson. Why I love this reading so much is because it helps you understand what is going on at your soil and with each of the chakra areas, so that you can work with the energies that will help you thrive, and avoid approaches that may no longer be appropriate for you. Readings are approximately an hour and will include: Identification of the animal allies and major arcana/archetypes that will be active for you, interpretation of how you can work with these energies, and an understanding of the overall theme you will be working with for this new cycle. You can use the contact form below to schedule! Sessions can be done in person (Ohio only) or by phone.
Crossroads Coaching Scholarship Fund
Thank you to those who generously sent love offerings since I have started this Fund! I have been able to help several people who really needed to work with me, but didn’t have the resources available to do so, while still meeting my own financial needs. I have had two recommendations for people who could use Scholarship support. One is a long-time elderly caregiver who is going through financial hardship and another is a mom of a child with Down syndrome. If you would like to help me help them, you can make a love offering at the link below.
Thank You Gift – This month’s gift recording takes you through my experience in the Black Hills area of South Dakota out on the prairie at sunrise on the morning of the Eclipse. It was an incredibly powerful experience that I am excited to share with all of you! You will be sent the link for the gift recording when you make a love offering of any amount.
To make a love offering: Scholarship Fund
How To Register
To sign up for the Fall Equinox event or to request a Totem Pole reading, use the contact form below:
We are still out west enjoying all the incredible places the West has to offer! We have spent time in Grand Teton National Park, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park so far and we still have a few more stops ahead before we return to Ohio. This month’s recordings offer you a taste of the great energy out here! I hope you enjoy them!
August Special Offer – We are in the middle of two eclipses this month which is an incredible opportunity to shift our perceptions and release old beliefs, so we can make lasting change. To support you with this process, I’m offering 20% off on Empowerment Readings this month (30 minutes or longer). Use the contact form below to request your session (just indicate the length!).
August Empowerment Reading – I love to see what energies are coming for the month ahead! This month’s message is available below:
Crossroads Coaching Scholarship Fund – Free Gift Meditation from Gallatin National Forest in Montana!
This month, I recorded the gift for love offerings to the scholarship fund right on a river in Gallatin National Forest. This meditation will help you release old patterns and beliefs and help you connect with how to allow the love and support available to you to flow in! The meditation works with the river energy and invokes Angelic support to help you make the most of this powerful month! All love offerings to the scholarship fund is used to pay for life coaching sessions for someone who is in need (while allowing me to keep paying my bills instead of doing everything for free!). Last month, I was able to help several people who really needed my support because of the love offerings you shared. THANK YOU!!! I pray that the Angels will send you a thousandfold of that which you give.
You can make a love offering here and the gift recording will be sent to you: Scholarship Fund
Opportunities to Connect
In-person Empowerment Readings in Minneapolis, Minnesota (8/25-8/27) – Special offer rates apply (20% off 30 minute session or longer)
Phone Sessions – 20% off on Empowerment Readings (30 minutes or longer)
Weekly Readings are sent out on my free MailChimp email list – You can sign up for free on my website
If you are interested in any of the above offerings, you can use the contact below:
Sending love and light to you all!
Happy Almost Fourth of July!
I hope you are all enjoying the holiday weekend (for those in the USA)! I asked for some spiritual guidance for the month ahead and recorded what came through. I used the Gateway Oracle Cards by Denise Linn as part of the reading. The reading focuses on what needs to be healed, how to heal the blockage and future outcome if we follow the advice given! I also share a couple of special offers in the recording. Since I had a momentary brain meltdown about what my own special offer was for the month, I have included it below, as well as information on the special offer from Medina Massotherapy. See below for the details:
Special Offer from Nancy (Crossroads Coaching) – $10 off a 60 minute Empowerment Reading – Empowerment readings offer a combination of spiritual/intuitive insight with practical coaching strategies to empower you. You can learn more and purchase a reading at this link: Empowerment Readings
Special Offer from Medina Massotherapy (Combines Massage/Reflexology/Polarity Therapy) – $10 off a 60 minute Session: I just wanted to pass on a special offer going on with my massage/polarity therapist, Colleen McDermott Vitko, as I know many of you could use her support. Colleen is an exceptional healer who has a knack for working on the parasympathetic nervous system (the part that most of us rarely relax into!). I feel a big part of our challenge right now is that we typically have an overactive sympathetic nervous system which causes anxiety, depression, and other stress related issues. I’ve found working with Colleen has helped me to balance the two systems (parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems). Her work is deeply healing and so settling! She has a special this month for $10 off a session as she has some openings in her practice since some of her long-time clients have moved out of the area. Her normal rate is $75/session but with the special it will be $65 this month. Her office is in Medina, OH. You can find out more about her practice at this link: Medina Massotherapy
July 2017 Empowerment Reading Recording
You can listen to the 18 minute recording below:
Summer Travel Schedule
My coaching partner, Ryan, and I are heading out west for July and most of August! I am excited for my first visit to Grand Teton National Park! I will be sharing on my email list about our adventures and continuing to offer coaching services by phone (or if you are in Colorado, Montana, or Wyoming and want us to come do a workshop or empowerment reading circle in your area, let me know!). You can sign up for the email list on the right side of my website. It is free! Here is the link if you are getting this in your email:
Wishing you all an amazing month!
News from Nancy
I am in Ohio for the month of May! My coaching partner, Ryan O’Toole, and I had a great time in western North Carolina and South Carolina for the month of April. We spent a lot of the time near Saluda, NC where we were staying in a beautiful cabin up in the mountains. We met a lot of wonderful people and enjoyed all the beauty of the area. We also participated in an edible plants class with the Earth School while we were down there and have been enjoying being able to collect our own wild greens!
Mentoring Club Benefits Now Free
As I mention in this month’s recorded May reading, I decided to simplify and streamline my communications. I’ve created a Mail Chimp email list where I’ll be sharing a weekly reading with an energy balancing tool and news on opportunities to connect. You can participate for free! Use the link below to join the email list:
May Empowerment Reading
I asked for guidance on the month ahead and recorded what came through to share with all of you! It includes an opening exercise you can use to help stay centered in love, an image for this month’s challenge or opportunity for growth, an image for the way to the solution, interpretation and insights about the overall theme we are working on collectively at this time. The recording is 20 minutes long and can be listened to here: May 2017 Reading
Energy Balancing Tip for May
I am a huge fan of Donna Eden (Innersource.net)! This month’s energy balancing tip comes from her Energy Medicine Kit. This exercise helps your energies run in the optimal form and activates your spleen which is your inner mother/healer. Very helpful for staying healthy and balanced!
Opportunities to Connect
Small Group Women’s Coaching Circle – I have two wonderful women who are interested in being in a women’s coaching circle who are looking for some friends to join the group! For this experience, we meet by phone once a month. I will be offering intuitive and coaching guidance to each participant and the group as a whole during the call. Participants also receive a 10% discount on private sessions while they are part of a circle. If you are interested in this group or forming a group of your own with some friends, send me an email. The day/time of meeting will be determined once the group is formed. Love Exchange: $25/month per person
Spiritual Mentoring Openings – I have some openings for one-on-one or small group spiritual mentoring this month. This is an opportunity to receive ongoing support to work through a particular challenge or on a specific goal. You will do a weekly call with me (30 or 60 minutes) and also have the option of on call support as needed during the mentoring experience. You can learn more here and read some comments from those who have participated in this experience in the past: Spiritual Mentoring
May Special Offer for Spiritual Mentoring – $50 off for a month of 60 minute weekly mentoring or $25 off for a month of 30 minute weekly mentoring
Free Email Weekly Coaching – As I mentioned above, you can receive weekly coaching support via email when you join my new and free email list at this link:
Sending love and wishes for a joyful month!
Nancy Nicholas is an intuitive life coach who offers empowerment readings and spiritual mentoring to empower spiritual growth. To learn more, visit her website: Crossroads Coaching
We are looking forward to our Ohio Shamanic Mentoring Month starting a week from Sunday on March 9th! We have one opening left for this experience. The last day to sign up is Sunday March 5th. Email Nancy@EmpoweringLightworkers.com if you would like to participate. Full details are here: Ohio Shamanic Mentoring
One of the resources we will be using for the class (and that we highly recommend) is the Animal Totem Tarot by Leeza Robertson. I asked for a message for you today (or whatever day you come upon it) and the card that came out is Strength – Oxen.
Below is the message from the Oxen…
“It is not always easy to keep going, to take yet another chance, or to start all over again, but sometimes the path that we choose requires us to do the very things that seem the hardest to pull off. There are no guarantees along the path of life and the only way to find out what we will encounter is to walk these paths. Standing still is not an option in the physical world, like it or not, we all have to make our way along the karmic path. Each step is a victory, each tear a reminder, and each mile gets us closer to where we are headed. Dig deep, little one, for you have more walking to do on this path you call life.”
Some additional thoughts on this metaphor…
Oxen is one of the cards in my Animal Totem Pole reading for this next nine-year cycle. It falls at my third chakra and Leeza Robertson suggests that this card gives valuable clues to how to soothe our inner child. I find that oxen and its relatives – cows and bison – have a very soothing energetic feel. There is a solidness to them and a feeling of calm and methodical movement. I tend to be more on the air side and can easily get ungrounded. This card calls for being slow, steady and taking things one step at a time. When things are changing (and when are they not changing?), remembering to keep up the routines and supportive practices that keep you feeling steady and secure. Try taking an epsom salt bath before going to sleep or creating a simple stretching exercise that you follow every day. If life is challenging you, look to what you can do that is right in front of you. Even washing the dishes can bring peace when we are feeling pulled off our center.
Sending love and peace your way!
One of the challenges to living in a state of joy is keeping the mind at peace. Our minds have been trained to look for things to worry about. We are used to working on “problems” or trying to avoid things that can cause us pain. While there is a time and place for that to occur, often we are worrying rather than solving problems. Yet, trying to redirect the mind when it thinks it has found something to be concerned about can be really tough! Recently, I started a new technique that I’ve been finding really effective, so I thought I would pass it on to all of you. I’m calling it the “habit of gratitude.”
Basically, what I started doing was when I noticed myself getting uptight or worried, I started looking around for things to be thankful for. I would start mentally saying thank you for everything that caught my attention. For example, this morning when I was walking, I started mentally saying the following, “Thank you for the beautiful blue sky. Thank you for these warm clothes. Thank you for my comfortable shoes. Thank you for the warm sun on my back. Thank you for the beautiful green bushes. Thank you for the refreshing breeze. Thank you for my strong muscles that let me walk easily. Thank you for my health. Thank you for the palm trees. Thank you for my loved ones. Thank you for this opportunity to be walking. Thank you for my Angels.” After just a few minutes of this, I was feeling lighter and happier. My whole energy system had shifted and I was smiling!
I have heard it said that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. I have just started this practice, so it hasn’t become a habit for me yet, but I hope that I can stick to it and make it one. Want to join me? This month, let’s get into the habit of looking for all the wonderful things to be grateful for. When you aren’t sure what to think about or if you start feeling worried, shift your focus and start saying thank you.
Happy New Year! I hope you are all having a great start to 2016! I’m in the middle of some big life changes and I know many of you are as well. Ending one thing and starting another can be emotionally challenging, but it also brings lots of gifts! My plans for a new business venture, Spirit Earth LLC, are underway! I’ll be sharing more on that by the end of the month and will have some exciting new offerings to share with you! We are truly moving into the new movie and this month gives us a chance to connect to who we want to be and how we want to experience this new adventure. Exciting times!
This month’s New Moon Recorded Reading is a great chance to connect with your intentions for the new coming in! Registration ends Friday (January 8th). The recording will be sent out on Saturday. New Moon readings are recorded and offer personalized messages as well as guidance for the group as the whole on how to make the most of the month ahead. Readings are done anonymously (you’ll be told which reading you are). This offers the benefits of a longer reading at the cost of a 15 minute session. You can learn more and register here: New Moon Readings
Here is an excerpt from the Power Path blog on the New Moon for this month:
“January 9: New Moon is Saturday, January 9 at 6:30PM Mountain Time (MST). An excellent time to focus on RESET. If you have not already done so, this is also a good time to focus on your intentions for the year or revisit the ones you anchored over the New Year for refinements and changes. You may be surprised at how quickly some of them may manifest if you are really clear about what you want and it comes from essence and your heart.
Due to the influences right at this time, you may feel some energy around intention at a standstill. It is simply at a still point gathering power from love, beauty, essence connection, community, prayer, joy, gratitude and awe. You can always help it along by feeding it this positive fuel.”
I asked for a January New Moon Grace card message from the deck by Cheryl Richardson for all of you. Two cards fell out:
“Perception: See the past through the lens of grace. All that occurs is designed to support our spiritual evolution.”
Rest: Take a mental break. A quiet mind has direct access to wisdom and insight.”
So what does this mean? I feel this month we are being asked to let go of our mental story line and shift into listening and following our spirit. What does your heart and body tell you? Listening to those sources and letting yourself flow into what you feel open to is the way to go this month. Let the mental self take a rest and trust that when it is needed, you can call it back into action!
Sending love and hugs to all!