Join me every Friday for the live broadcast on my Facebook page at: Facebook.com/mbrazell
Join me every Friday for the live broadcast on my Facebook page at: Facebook.com/mbrazell
Hello Soul Tribe!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted here.
Life has been a crazy ride the past few years. I stepped away from doing the spiritual work full time, and re-dedicated myself to my fitness journey. I was able to dive into certifications, working at some amazing gyms here in Columbia South Carolina, but there was something missing.
The past several months I’ve felt the need to re-commit myself to my spiritual work, and to also re-open those doors in working with clients. We are living in a time where healing is necessary, and those of us that are able to be of service are being called to do that work.
Every Friday at 8:00pm, I’ll be doing live Facebook Soul Interaction Sessions. These soul inspired Dharma talks will be a chance for us to connect, to grow, and to deepen our commitment to the journey ahead.
I have more stuff in the works. Amazing opportunities for us to work together in small groups online, and here in the Columbia, SC area.
If you’d like to schedule a one-on-one session with me, feel free reach out via my website:
You can tune into the weekly Soul Sessions at: www.facebook.com/mbrazell
A lot of new things have been happening in my life since first starting this blog. I’ve had a chance to ride the waves of change, a lot. These waves have sometimes been more rocky than others, but I’ve learned so much along the way.
I moved back into teaching and practicing fitness. I’ve rededicated my life to this journey in profound ways. I love teaching group fitness. I love being able to inspire others through the path of fitness, and I in turn have been so deeply inspired by so many people.
Most of this site has been devoted to spiritual study. My spiritual journey has been a diverse one, and continues to be so. What I’m finding in my own life is to look at how all parts of my experience intersect, collide and fall apart. Im finding this new path is calling me to do deeper work towards integration.
Fitness and spirituality meet in very unique ways, and I’m planning on using this space to explore those intersections, share tools to help you experience this sense of integration, and to create a place for us to connect and create community.
I’m excited for the road ahead. I am also offering new services, so be sure to check out the services page for information and to schedule a session. I’ll also be updating my website: www.michaelbrazell.com with all the new details.
Thank you for sharing this journey with me!
Sometimes, in order to stand in our power, we have to wipe the slate clean. We have to start over, and have the courage to let go of what needs releasing.
There is a beautiful dual current that shows up during this time of year. One one side we have the celebration, the joy, the giving and receiving. On the other we have the dying, the darkness, and the emotional struggle that often also arises. This beautiful duality is a powerful teacher. It gives us contrast that creates growth, and it offers us possibility.
Wiping the slate clean takes work. It’s a process. Not everything gets wiped away with ease. The hardest part is starting, making the commitment to show up to whatever process of cleansing works best for you. This is a great time of the year to open, to engage, to begin. What’s holding you back from stepping into your power? What’s creating stagnation in your current experience? What do you need to do in this moment to begin healing?
Cleansing can take many forms. Sometimes we have to start with our physical spaces. De-cluttering our lives of unnecessary “things”, donating them to those in need, examining our attachments are all important. Sometimes it means taking the broom the the floors, putting hands in dishwater, organizing a workspace.
We may feel the call to cleanse the body. Taking a warm bath. Moving the body through dance, yoga, going for a walk–building body heat and sweat. It may mean changing out diets to be more nutritious.
We may feel the need to cleanse the inner temple. Meditating, engaging in energy healing, breathing deeply, and journaling are ways to bring balance and awareness to the inner space.
The missing piece of the puzzle is integration. Once we begin the process of cleansing mind, body, and spirit energy begins to move. How you integrate into life after the cleansing phase is just as important as the process of cleansing. Being at center, is being fully integrated.
In the next few weeks, we’ll be diving deeper into cleansing processes. We’ll also discuss how to integrate after the changes. The path of full integration is not an easy one, but it is necessary.
Take time to feel where you are in your body. Take a moment to bring awareness to your inner and outer spaces. Breathe deeply. Know that you are loved.
Tonight at 9pm, we’ll be re-launching our online BlogTalk Radio show, “Soul Empowerment Radio”! We took a bit of a hiatus for travel, getting out into the world, and diving a bit into the soul journey. I’m excited to be on air again. Technology often gets a pretty bad rap, but if we can use this platform to connect, to deepen our connection to the journey, and to offer healing to the world then it’s a good thing! My hope is to go LIVE Monday – Friday at 9pm EST. Each episode will start with a discussion and soul centered dialog followed by a guided meditation. I’ll also be opening up the lines for FREE on air mini-readings and healing sessions. We are also working on inviting on guests, doing book reviews, and opening to community in whatever way we can!
Here is a link to join in tonight! Soul Empowerment Radio
Leaning Into Joy
It’s been an incredible few months. Weather changes have bombarded our coasts, upheaval seems to be a constant trend in our media, and life for many has become heavy. It’s okay to feel whatever it is that you are feeling. You are human. It’s okay to feel the pain and the weight of the world. Taking steps toward joy can be difficult in times of global or personal upheaval. Joy is often elusive when we feel the weight of life on our shoulders, but we have to remember that taking steps toward joy gives us a chance to feel freedom, even in our chaos.
Joy isn’t meant to be used as an escape from what we are experiencing. We don’t want to use joy as a mechanism of suppression. Joy gives us access to perspective, balance, and understanding. When we over identify with our suffering, we do so at the risk of excluding other areas of life. Sometimes we have to make leaning into joy a conscious act. Here are a few steps to lean into joy when you might be experiencing upheaval:
Loving the Flow
Finding balance in life allows us to move a bit deeper into the flow. It helps us to be in the experience of life, it allows us to feel this moment a bit more deeply. Life is going to come with its up and downs, it may even take you sideways, and that’s okay. It’s part of the flow. Joy is part of the flow. Love is part of the flow. Even if things feel heavy right now, know that you are moving, just as the breath is moving through your lungs. Live deeply, love deeply, be present.
Life is an interesting journey. I love the way it ebbs and flows, and thought I’d toss out a few updates:
-I started Feri training again. I did the training a while back, but came to a point in my life where I needed to step away, and it happened that at that time, I was marching towards some pretty massive life changes (move from DC to SC, break up, etc)… but, I never stopped the core practices that were given to me by my teacher at the time. What I’m learning as I move forward in my spiritual journey is that everything we move into, informs the journey. Feri training helped to create balance to the other areas of my life. Often when we are working in the world of spirit and dealing heavily with the intuition, we forget that the body is also a part of our spiritual path/practice. I’ll be doing some blog posts soon on my experiences with this tradition, and more importantly how I am integrating this work into the other areas of my life.
-Yoga, yoga, yoga! I’m going to be teaching classes here in the DC area, and I am also talking to a new studio here in the Columbia, SC area. I’m breathing life into the LGBT Bears do Yoga program in DC, and I am also hoping to get this started here in the Columbia area as well. I’m also working to get some videos on youtube, so be sure to subscribe to my channel! I’m planning online satsangs, small group Skype sessions, and google hangouts. If you like information on the upcoming classes, feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
-I’m finally working on my book, and you can expect to see a lot more activity on this blog. I’ve been dividing myself a bit too far, and one message my soul has been offering is to streamline and focus. Poetry is also calling my soul. Poetry is a powerful tool for healing and transformation. There are a lot of things in my heart that are asking to have their voice echoed out onto paper. I am also planning some trips to open mics.. I miss the poetry slam scene.
-Lots of travel coming up. I’ll be in DC from the 15th of August through the 15th of September, and then again in October.
Just a quick life update. Hope you all are riding the energy shifts with balance and grace. Be kind to yourself,and love fiercely.
One way to connect to your intuition and to develop trust in the information that it is giving you, is to get in the daily habit of giving yourself readings. There are a wide variety of techniques and processes out there, but the idea is to keep it simple. I’m going to give you a simple process that I have shared with students and clients of mine over the years.
This is just a quick primer, something to have a bit of fun with, and my soul is nudging me to do more with the blog, so here it is. I hope that you find the information useful, and if you have questions you can alway contact me at: email@example.com
As I was cleaning out some of my old online folders I came across an old outline for a book I was working on regarding personal and spacial spiritual cleansing. I thought it would be great to turn this outline into a blog series. Spiritual cleansing is an important part of spiritual work, but one that can be a bit confusing for the beginner and advanced practitioner alike.
Through this blog series we’ll explore:
It is my hope that you’ll be able to use some of what I’ll be offering in this series to move you into a deeper relationship with your spiritual journey. Along the way I’ll be offering exercises to help you begin or evolve your work with cleansing and clearing.
I also want to hear from you. What are your questions and experiences with spiritual cleansing? Have you ever witnessed or participated in an exorcism? What tools have you placed in your personal arsenal for cleaning out spaces both internally and externally?
Remember, if you need help along the way you can always reach out by contacting me via my website: www.michaelbrazell.com
We are more powerful than we realize and we have a limitless connection to God within us. The intuition or, the voice of the soul is a powerful way for us to get information about anything we can possibly think of. Learning to become soul conversant is an important part of the spiritual journey. Trust is the key that allows you to open the door to that deeper inner dialog. We over think the process, or feel silly doing it, so we often give up right before we are able to gain access to our deeper aspects. I know I say it a lot, but the journal really is the most powerful tool our spiritual tool box. The journal is an altar to the soul. It is a place where we can reflect, come into presence, and align with the deeper awareness within us. The journal is also a place of quite. The moment we open to a blank page, it feels as if the world begins to slow a bit. We can step into silence within those pages, and each blank page is an affirmation of possibility.
If you don’t want to commit to a journal right away, get some paper a pen, but if possible do not do this on your computer. You want to make the act of opening to your soul current as tangible as possible. Our computers are filled with distractions, and there is an electromagnetic field that in some ways inhibits the flow of information from your higher sense perception. It is also nice to just step away from technology for a bit. The process of longhand writing allows you to be fully involved in the connection to the information that is flowing from the soul, through the hand-, and onto the paper.
Find a quite place in your home, outside, or some place that allows you a bit of peace. I love going outside to do my intuitive tune ins. Being outside allows the crown chakra to fully expand and nature really supports the process of soul connection.
Begin by writing down your questions. They can truly be any question you want. What’s troubling your mind? What do you need guidance on? You can also just remain open and receptive to any messages your soul has for you at the time you sit to write. Sometimes the answers will come quickly, and other times the questions might take some time to come through. Even the silence is a response from out soul. In a world where life and information are happening at break neck speed, sometimes silence is the most needed of all medicines. Write down any images you see in your mind’s eye, emotions that are felt as you ask your questions, any information that is coming through. Do your best not to filter it. Just let it flow. Once you capture the information you can always go back and take a more objective look at it.
To illustrate this process a bit. I am going to share a couple of questions I posed to my soul, and the responses I received from my intuition.
How can I best change my diet at this time to support optimum health and well-being?
Beloved. Trust that we are with you. You must at this time hold steady in your food choices. You must align your intent with the foods that you are feeding your body. When you eat out of anger or fear, that is the energy that you are putting into your body. At this time, it is necessary for you to eliminate things from your diet that do not fully nourish you. You must pay attention to labels. At this time it is advised that you eliminate sugars, processed foods, caffeine, and move towards drinking more water through the day. We are also encouraging you to fast. Fasting is not something that just happens in the area of food, but is something that will need to extend into the other areas of your life. We will transmit appropriate guidance for you in the next couple of days.
What can I do to deepen my connection to my spiritual path?
Beloved. You must trust that you are exactly where you are supposed to be at this time. The spiritual path begins with presence, and though presence you are able to stand in power. Take time to come into awareness of any fears that you are holding onto. What resistances are you holding in moving deeper onto the spiritual path? Once you bring your awareness to the anchors that are keeping you moored to old ideas of what the spiritual journey is, you will be able to flow with the current of your path more freely. Daily self-examination through self readings, journal reflection and body movement in the form of yoga will help keep you grounded in the discovery of who you are within the spiritual dynamics of your life.
(Here I could also ask my soul to help me identify the resistance and the source of any blockages)
Are there any messages you’d like to share with me at this time?
Beloved… trust. Know that you are loved. Know that you are not alone on the path. At times it might feel that way, but we are with you. We have never abandoned you, and we never will. Know always that you are embraced in the energy of God.
So, this is just a mini example, and questions that i asked of my soul a bit earlier today. There are times when the answers I get are profound and deep, and there are other times when I just may receive one word that opens me up to deeper reflection and contemplation. Remember, this is a dialog that you are having. You soul is your best friend. It has been with the body since the moment you were birthed into this reality. It wants the best for you. Take time each day to have a chat with your soul.
If you have questions on the process, or need some tips to help you take your practice a bit deeper, never hesitate to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me via Facebook at: www.facebook.com/mbrazell
If you would like to schedule an intuitive reading with me, you can see what services I offer and my rates at my website:
Be sure to follow my yoga journey on www.inkedyogi.com this is my personal yoga journal… lots of raw, authentic yoga living happening over there.