Episode 15 – Ultimate Self-Care and Wellness with Ayurveda

Episode 15 – Ultimate Self-Care and Wellness with Ayurveda

Discover the Ayurvedic Path to Holistic Wellness and Beauty

“Modern medicine, for all its advances knows less than 10 percent
of what your body knows instinctively.”

Deepak Chopra

 

In this episode of the Leading in the Light Podcast I had the privilege of speaking with and interviewing business owner, entrepreneur, wellness consultant and product creator – Eranthi Bonney from Aika Wellness.

• Ever found yourself energetically drained and in need of some self-care?
• Like to find a path back to greater levels of natural health, energy and vitality?
• Want to live a healthier, happier and more vibrant life?

As a mother looking after young children, Eranthi was inspired to leave a career in corporate management and telecommunications to pursue her real love for personal self-care and the luxury spa industry. It was here that she began to weave together her passion for the natural wisdom and insight of Ayurveda… with a heart-felt desire to create a range of natural, organic and chemical free beauty products … to help women globally feel loved, nurtured and empowered.

Today Aika Wellness has grown into a thriving holistic beauty and luxury spa brand which is growing in Australia and the Asia Pacific, and is now looking to expand further into the US and European markets.

So if you’re ready to explore the power of self-care, the deep and insightful nature of Ayurveda, and what it takes to feel empowered and create a heart-centred vision that thrives … then make sure to listen to this episode!

About Eranthi

After eight years climbing the corporate ladder within telecommunications and with two kids under the age of three, Eranthi felt something was missing.

Searching for a way to live a more meaningful life where she could live wholeheartedly and achieve her purpose for inspiring people to feel truly good about themselves, in the most authentic way, Eranthi felt a strong inner-desire to create a sanctuary of calm and peace for people, parents and corporates who were struggling with the pressures of a busy life.

Inspired by her passion for wellness, she left her corporate job and successfully went on to launch and run two of Melbourne’s most luxurious day spas. However, it was during this time she became frustrated with the lack of pure, organically certified skincare products, which she intuitively knew that her clients wanted. And this is where Aika Wellness was born.

Today, Aika Wellness has grown into a thriving holistic beauty and luxury spa brand which is growing in Australia and the Asia Pacific and is now looking to expand further into the US and European markets.

 

In this conversation we speak about:

  • Trusting intuition when following your vision
  • Valuing yourself and creating a sanctuary for self-care and restoration
  • The ancient holistic wellness practice of Ayurveda
  •  The power of returning to our ‘true nature’
  •  Trusting yourself in the creative process
  •  Why the ‘intent’ behind your creative ideas matter
  •  How the energy of plants impacts our skin, health and wellness
  •  Why naming your workspace can raise the energy of your work
  •  Empowering women and growing an international market
  •  Self-esteem and the power to decide for yourself
  •  Why self-care and nurturing is essential for your wellbeing
  •  Lessons in growing a heart-centered vision and business
  •  The path of women, entrepreneurship and business
  •  And much more …

Introduction 0:00

Thank you for joining us on the Leading in the Light Podcast the place where vision, heart and spirit connect to help you awaken your purpose, liberate your greatness, and stand more fully in your light. Now here's your host, transformational coach, author, speaker and intuitive Les Price.

Les Price 0:30

Have you ever found yourself feeling energetically drained and in need of some extra loving and self-care? Have you been wanting to find a path back to greater levels of natural health, energy and vitality? And would you love to discover how the ancient holistic wellness practice of Ayurveda can help you live a healthier, happier and more fulfilling life? If so, then I have some good news for you today.

In this latest episode of the Leading in the Light podcast, I have the extreme privilege of speaking with an interviewing business owner, entrepreneur, wellness consultant and product creator Eranthi Bonney from Aika Wellness. As a mother looking after young children Eranthi was inspired to leave a career in corporate management and telecommunication to pursue her real love for personal self-care and the luxury spa industry. It was here that she began to weave together her passion for the natural wisdom and insight of Ayurveda with a heartfelt desire to create a range of natural organic and chemical free beauty products to help women globally feel loved, nurtured and empowered. Today, Aika Wellness has grown into a thriving holistic beauty and luxury spa brand, which is growing in Australia and in the Asia Pacific. And they're now looking to expand further into the US and European markets. So let's get ready to join Eranthi and myself as we explore the power of self-care, the deep and insightful nature of Ayurveda, and what it takes to feel empowered, and to create a heart centered vision that really thrives.

I'd love to welcome Eranthi Bonney to the call today. Eranthi, thank you for joining me. I know back in January, when we connected, we had a conversation during a strategy session. And I know as I was listening to what you were sharing and the passion you have for your business, and how it's grown over the last couple of years. I knew there were some important stories that really needed to be shared. So, thank you for joining me here today.

Eranthi Bonney 2:50

Thank you for inviting me. I'm actually quite excited about this podcast.

Les Price 2:53

Fantastic. And it's a bright, sunny day in Melbourne, very warm and Eranthi looks like she is enjoying the sunshine. So she's looking very relaxed. Also, you sound like you're at home there.

Eranthi Bonney 3:03

Yes, I'm working from home today. So I'm very lucky to be able to do that today and sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. I've got my two little pug dogs running around somewhere. So, if you hear the odd woof, that's what that is!

Les Price 3:16

Great. And I know with the two of us, when we actually connected and sat down, I felt it was a real affinity because we both have a similar passion for wellness for holistic health, and also for empowerment. Empowerment of people, of women of men, and humanity. And so that's why I was really excited to invite you along today and just explore a little bit about your journey. And also what brought you to where you are, and what you're up to, and also where your heart and your passion is for the work you're doing.

So, let's take a step back, and we'll go back into the future and talk a little bit about your journey. You were in corporate for a number of years and working with telecommunications and Telstra, and then there was a shift, it was almost a change for you to move into the spa industry in the spa business. So, do you want to share a little bit about that background? And what inspired that?

Eranthi Bonney 4:05

Yes. So Les, I pretty much went into Telstra straight after graduating from uni. And in the nine years I was there, I think I had about eight different positions. And so, it was an amazing opportunity to really learn different aspects of the business. And I did various things from you know, training to assessments to project management and business analysis, and strategy, from a more, I guess, a higher level position.

So, I really enjoyed that. But I get I guess I got pretty burnt out quickly. And what happened while I was there is I also fell pregnant with my first with my first child, my son Aiden, and then Kalma, my second child followed pretty quickly. And so I think that just that aspect of having my babies made me think very differently to how I had been before I was very ambitious, very motivated, and you know, had all these big dreams about climbing that corporate ladder, and I was part of the CEOs leadership program and doing an MBA and all that sort of stuff. And then suddenly, when I had my daughter and I had taken her, because of being in Geelong and Melbourne at the time, we were kind of traveling we had, my partner had a house in Geelong, and I was in Melbourne, and we kind of like used both homes.

I think I remember the turning point was months, a couple of turning points. The first one was when I was driving from Geelong. And then I went to Monash where I was studying my MBA, and I was literally breastfeeding my baby. I was doing an entrepreneurship subject, listening to someone talk about entrepreneurship and thinking, this guy doesn't even know what it is like to run a business. He's like a professor, he studies businesses.

And it's that kind of light bulb moment where that seed to do my own thing first came about. And then the second one was when we had worked on a really large project at Telstra, and we finished it after midnight. And I pretty much spent the whole day there. And then I was catching a cab back with my manager who lived around the corner from me. And we were just talking, and he says early start tomorrow, you reckon you could be there by about eight? And I think at that stage, I thought I really wasn't wanting that anymore. And so, I had the opportunity to take a package from Telstra which was on offer to certain areas. And I sort of kind of went and begged and said, 'Look, I really need to do this'. And I'm a bit stressed and burnt out and it all seemed like the right time, I had a chat to my partner at the time, the kids dad. And we just made that decision. As a mum with two kids working those long hours, I realised Telstra was no longer my passion anymore.

Les Price 7:04

And it's interesting, I think as you share that, I'm just reflecting. I feel for a lot of women, especially women who have been at home, a lot of them nowadays are starting businesses, and they're looking to be more entrepreneurial. And we hear about these entrepreneurial mums. I'm just always quite amazed with women, how they juggle and are able to do different things and balance the different energies. And I mean, they can only focus on one thing at a time. But to be honest, I give a lot of credit to the women out there that are managing to grow their businesses, look after kids, manage family. You know, there's so many different dynamics involved. So obviously an interesting journey for you to get to that point, and to make that choice.

Eranthi Bonney 7:39

I think when Telstra announced that they were restructuring, and there was an opportunity, and you could put your hand up, I really jumped on that. And it was quite interesting, because I didn't have any major plans.

At this stage though, the only plan I remember having was, let's go to the country and set up a B&B. So, it's been my dream to move to the country and just live a quieter, more sort of, I guess, peaceful life. And so that was something I was thinking about. And then after we decided not to do that, because I had the little one.

And so then after about six months, I think I started looking at areas that I wanted to work in and set up my own business. And it had been something I had been thinking about for over a year. And the idea of the day spa, or a wellness center, really, I don't even know where it came from. But the idea was somehow there. And I think it came because I used to have a few massages. When I was stressed out at work. That was how I used to relax and unwind. And I thought I could do this, I could set one up with other women, other busy mums, other professionals could also come and find like a little sanctuary. A little retreat where for an hour and a half, they could just escape and just, be at one with themselves.

And that got me thinking, so I did a lot of research. And by the way, in 2003 there weren't a lot of day spas. In fact, I think there was only one day spa in all of Melbourne at the time, it was very new. I knew it was quite risky to sort of set it up. But it was something I really set my heart on. And that's really how I set up my first spa.

Les Price 9:21

And it's interesting how things have changed, isn't it? You mentioned in 2003 how there were only a handful of spas. But if we look at where the industry is today, and look at how much is being spent, in Australia and worldwide it's quite amazing. But it's also tied to the fact that as human beings, you know, we've been properly worked to our bone. We've had that whole mentality that life is about work until we retire. And I think for people to take time out and to value themselves and to give themselves that sanctuary. It's quite a big consciousness shift. And other traditions, whether it be Indian traditions or Egyptian traditions tend to value rest and self-care more, but in Western society we've passed on this limiting mindset trap. So fantastic little journey.

I know you've been passionate, and your whole business is focused around a lovely area called Ayurveda. And it's one of the oldest holistic traditions of healing and health in the world. And I'd love you to just share a little bit about what got you into Ayurveda, and maybe a little bit about what it is.

Eranthi Bonney 10:32

So, I think the best way to explain what Ayurveda means to me is to look at my childhood in Sri Lanka, which is where I was born. And so in Sri Lanka back in the 1970s, like early 70s, mid 70s, we weren't hugely reliant on allopathic or Western medicine, because even though we had the opportunity to do that, and we were lucky enough to be able to do that, my family and I guess a lot of poor families couldn't afford to go to hospitals and doctors. They didn't have that sort of system of medicine that we have in Australia, where we had a free system back in the day.

And so they relied on what was the traditional system of medicine in India and Sri Lanka, and that's called Ayurveda. And it's the oldest system of holistic wellness in the world. It has a written history of over 5000, about 6000 years. And beyond that it had a very strong oral history where it was passed on from guru to disciple.

So, for me, even that was how we lived our life, it was more than just going to a naturopath or herbalist or a doctor and asked them for a solution to any illness. To me, it was what we ate, how it was cooked, the rasa or the flavours of the food. It was how we purify the house in the mornings. And at night. It was about the herbs that we use when we were sick.

So when we were sick, and we had a sore throat or a runny nose, we never took pills. It was always what sort of herbal remedy can be boiled up that we could drink. And the other really beautiful part about Ayurveda is that self-care is actually very important in the eastern traditions. And one thing that we are told in the West is how it's bad to be selfish, and selfishness is seen as a bad thing. And it can be when it's in a narcissistic way. But in Sri Lanka, and growing up in an Eastern culture, self-care was more about how do you look after yourself? And how do you look after the bodies of the little people around you.

So, when I was little, my sister and I used to get massaged by our grandmothers. So in our tradition, the grandparents lived with the family. And so every quite often every morning, before when we were little and would go to school, or once on a weekend, we would get what was called an oil bath, and we would be massaging herbalized oil all over and told to go sit in the morning sun. And you know, it's not like sunbathing and crazy heat, but it was more like around, you know, early in the morning where the sun was gentle. And that's the way we got our vitamin D.

And we got strong healthy bodies, and really, you know, nice lustrous strong skin, and also the oil massage for the hair. So that was very much a way that we grew up with that daily massage. The food that was prepared every day, my mum or my grandmother's would go and actually find the food, they would go to market, they would buy the vegetables and fruit fresh for the day. And the food would be cooked in a way that was if it was hot, then the food would be cooling food. And then in the cooler months, so we still have monsoons, the food needed to be strengthening and warming. So, the herbs and spices used were different. So yes, you know, it's just the memories are really beautiful.

Les Price 13:52

And it's amazing. As you're speaking, it's bringing back memories for me, because I remember my grandmother as a child, she would often have the olive oil out. I mean, mind you, she'd have spoons of cod liver oil, because that was for strengthening. So we get fed a lot of cod liver oil as a child.

But I remember the oil bath, she used to get the olive oil over the skin and do all of that. And then the natural bathing side of it. And I never quite understood it. But it was her way of caring, it was obviously a tradition, and something that was very natural for her. So, you're reminding me of that.

But I think the other thing you're reminding me of is this whole area of self-care that, you know, I see a lot of clients that I work with, and unless we're really taking care of ourselves and filling our own vessel. I like to think of it as energy. If we're empty, it's very hard to give, it's very hard to grow and to serve others. So, this whole thing of just nourishing, nurturing, and looking after yourself, I think is something that's very important. So it's lovely to hear that.

So Eranthi, obviously, you've started your business, Aika Wellness and, and it's obviously grown to where it is today. It's been a number of years that you've been developing it and growing it. So, what have been maybe a couple of the main lessons you've learned over this time? As you've built it up and in Australia and into Asia now. And I know you're looking to expand into the US and the UK markets. So, it would be nice to just share a couple of the key lessons you have gained along the way.

Eranthi Bonney 15:25

I think the biggest key lesson for me was learning to trust myself. And that came quite hard. Because I think we're taught that we rely on experts, or we rely on people who know more than us.

So the biggest lesson for me was trusting that I had the knowledge to do what had to be done, or to find people to help me. So initially, when I started Aika, I engaged the help of cosmetic chemists and looked at contract manufacturing. And I wasn't really happy, there was no heart in that method, it was just, you know, ingredients selected from whatever was available. I had no say in it. And then I just, you know, after several years of like testing that out, I decided I wanted to do this myself, and it was very scary.

Very scary to have to think that I'm going to establish this manufacturing facility, and which we call a lighthouse and create my own formulas. But, you know, I did complete a lot of research.. And also the fact that I had been working with these products that I was creating while I was running my day spas. So it all fell into place.

And it was a conviction that I can do this. I know what I'm doing. And when I'm relying on other people too much, I'm taking away that that power that I have, and it wasn't being right. It wasn't turning out, right. Yeah, it just wasn't. And then the moment I decided I can do this, I know what each product needs to have. I know how I want to make it. I know where I want to get these ingredients from. Everything just fell into place.

Les Price 16:54

I know when I spoke to you last time you say it's quite an intuitive process for you as well. It's almost something that you feel into or you feel you're guided to and you try different things. Is that how it is for you?

Eranthi Bonney 17:06

It absolutely is. And I think because I understand each ingredient, so well, I can't even explain how I work. Sometimes I'll be working with some herbs or oils. And I don't even know where it comes from. And I do think we tap into different sort of levels of knowledge that is around us. But I just sometimes know intuitively what quantity to go with what and I think of the person I'm creating it for.

So if I'm creating, say a beautiful cleanser for someone, that is what we call a Pitta dosha. Because the products are divided into Ayurvedic elemental mind body types, I get intuitively into the space of that woman and her skin and what her needs are. And then I'm guided by the aromas of the ingredients and the energy of the of the herbs. And that is paired with the fact that I've done a lot of research into the benefits of each herb.

Les Price 17:57

Obviously, Ayurvedic remedies revolve very much around the energy of the different herbs, plants and mixes. I know that they've mentioned, that in India for many years, a lot of the farming practices have actually taken a lot of that energy or prana out of the plants. And they're only now starting to go back to a lot of those organic practices that they used to use years ago. And they're finding that the yields of different herbs are growing even faster and better. But more importantly, that the prana and signature energy in it is what's really powerful. And it's been in the work you do and what products you put together for spas and for wellness. It's all about that, isn't it?

Eranthi Bonney 18:36

Absolutely. And this is why I was so passionate about making the products myself because it's ingredients, the quality of the ingredients determine the quality of the product, but the intent with which it is made and grown and harvested.

So the I guess the farmers we work with in India and Sri Lanka, where we get our herbs from most of them have always had an organic approach. Like these are generational farmers, their fathers and grandfathers have farms. So, they've always done it the organic way, literally using cow dung as manure. So, we work with some of those farmers. But in Australia, we work with organic farmers who are extremely passionate about the produce, so the energy of the sun and the rain and the earth and all that goes into that plant. And then you know, there's a saying in Ayurveda that 'the earth takes the water the plant takes of the earth and the human takes of the plant'. So it's like whatever we put on our skin or our body or we eat, we're taking that energy of that organism, that plant that we that we're using.

And then also in the way they are made, so making it with love and joy and intention and not in you know, a sterile kind of environment where people are making it without any real connection to what they're doing.

Les Price 19:46

And it's interesting, you mentioned that aspect because, there's been a lot of work done with Kirlian photography, which is a Russian photography system that can actually sense the energy of foods and substances and people. And they've actually shown that someone sitting in front of a bowl of beautiful fresh fruit, there's an energy that's flowing out of it, the moment that they actually bless it, the moment that they actually bring in prayer or that essence of sacredness, that energy of that grows.

So, it's the same thing you're mentioning, like with Italian nonnas cooking. The food is so beautiful. It's because of the love and the passion that's gone into the making of it into the energy. So amazing experience there.

I do want to find out, because you mentioned just before you call your little factory, 'The Lighthouse'. So, tell us more about that. Because I love that little image, and I've just been sharing metaphors of about lighthouses recently.

Eranthi Bonney 20:38

The background is that I want Aika to be a beacon for wellness and, and true wellness. And so, the lighthouse is where we make life happen, literally with our products. So I don't want to call it a factory or a facility. It is, but I still like to call it The Lighthouse because this is a our HQ, it's where we work, it's really cool I love into passion is where we make our products, we store them, we pack them with love, and then we send them on their way with love as well.

Les Price 21:16

So obviously, over the last 12 months, it has been quite challenging for a lot of people with COVID in the way industries and business have been. But I was quite interested to hear from your perspective, when I did speak with you that you actually had one of your best years, last year. And obviously, success takes time. These things don't often happen overnight. I think we often think about overnight successes and we see people, but we don't realize the work and energy behind it. Where do you see going and what's your kind of heart and vision for the business and the products for the next few years?

Eranthi Bonney 21:52

Yes. When I created Aika, I created it always with a global approach. So it was always going to be a global brand. And so, everything I did from day one, the branding, my idea, my client avatar, how we would scale everything was planned from day two in terms of how this brand would evolve. So where we are at the moment is that we service Australia, and we also export to certain countries. So where I would like to see Aika in the next few years is basically get more cemented in Australia. Because we're still new, we're only three years old. We're still a very new brand. And we haven't done any marketing. So, it's all been organic, we have an Instagram page, and it's word of mouth. But we haven't done any real branding in terms of PR work or, you know, SEO or AdWords or any of that.

So, I'm looking at that this year. This year, what I'm looking at is how to position Aika in an online way. So it's accessible to everyone around the world. And how do we make it easy to understand to people from different backgrounds and nationalities and languages that would want to buy Aika as well.

And also, I really want to go into spas because Aika was born in a spa. And so, we have a range of products that are specific to spa treatments. So while we obviously advocate a very strong self-care approach at home with our retail products, I want to also focus on spas so that we can improve our spas, our therapists, a beauty therapist, a massage therapist, to deliver treatments that are 100% organic.

So, using products that are free from pesticides, herbicides and nasty chemicals that are toxic to our body, so that they can then have a true alternative to what they've been using. So that's really where I want to look at.

Les Price 23:41

And I know behind it all, there is a desire to have as many women connecting with the products globally. Now, when you look at the heart of that in your purpose and your passion, I know part of it is to empower women. I know that's come from your own journey. What do you feel that essence is? What's that passion there to make a difference?

Eranthi Bonney 24:02

I'll tell you a little story. And I think this happened to me about a week or two, maybe a couple of weeks ago just before the lockdown. And it perfectly encapsulates why I created Aika.

I've started personal training again this year after having a couple of years and not really doing much as being absorbed by the business. And I thought this year I need to get my fitness up and I need some help doing that. So, I engaged a personal trainer and loving it because he's someone I've known for quite a while and you know, he's very, very good at what he does. But he's a dad and he's got three young children and his wife had a very serious case of aggressive breast cancer last year in the middle of COVID. And it shifted his perspective on what it meant to be a husband and a father and we were talking about you know, women and moms and you know what his wife had gone through and they're very much into their cricket and their footy and coaching.

And he said to me this quite shocking. He said to me, we were talking about women and some of the toxic relationships. Some of you know, the mums that he works with have with the partners that aren't really happy, but they're stuck. And I said, 'Why do you think they don't leave Jamie?'. And he said, You know what, I think they have so little self esteem for themselves after being in these marriages that they can't leave. And that was just kind of like a huge shock. To me, it was like, wow.

And then that's the story that I wanted to say is that we, as women, quite often were raised to think of everyone else, or husbands or partners, or children or elderly parents, we tend to take care in positions like teachers and healthcare workers. And there's very little energy left for us at the end of the day. And I felt that and that's why I left that corporate job, and there's very little energy, there's very little time, we're so busy, we are run rope. And so what I want Aika to do is I want Aika, to be able to give women that opportunity, and promoted whether they use a call or not to promote that they can spend that, that time in the day on themselves. And looking after your skin looking after your body. It's not a luxury, it's not pampering, it's an essential aspect of looking after yourself. So you stay healthy and well.

Les Price 26:13

And I like that, because it is essential. I think part of it is maybe society's conditioning, I'm not sure if the men really take the time to do that, I think we find other ways to kind of feel that energy need, I feel for some women as well. It's also this aspect of guilt, that if I'm doing this for me, and I'm taking time out of the day to nurture myself or to go for a walk or to go to a personal trainer to do those things.

There's this guilt aspect that I should be giving my energy to others will be there to cook and to clean and do all the other things that need to be done. So you're very right, I feel there's a sense of putting self last, to take the time out for beauty treatment for a spa, to have that time for nourishing self is very important.

Eranthi Bonney 26:57

And it doesn't have to be expensive. So it doesn't have to be done with the product, it could be done with incorporating an aspect of self-care, like mindfulness into your date. So, all our products come with a little prompt, you know, on the product that you can use as a meditation aid. And we have three pillars of wellness based on our three, I guess our three pillars of Aika, which is to cleanse and detoxify. And that intention is 'I create space for my unlimited potential to unfold'. And then our rejuvenating product, 'I love and honour myself'. And our balancing products, 'I am whole and complete'.

So, they are little intentions we put in all our products so that it gives women a reminder that this is the time that you take for yourself. And it doesn't have to be with a product, you could incorporate that as part of your morning ritual, which is you know, rituals are very important in Ayurveda. There's a certain term in Ayurveda called Acharya, which is the day's ritual, the day's routine. Having that routine itself. Waking up in the morning, before you start your day, and with having a routine that you end your day with. Having little routines in the day, even if it's taking one minute to go outside and breathe deeply, so finding that time for yourself care is very important.

And as you were talking, Les, I was thinking about something else that I battled with for a while is the guilt, and we have a lot of mother guilt being women. But the justification, and it came to me last year, the justification that I turned that guilt around and made it okay to give to myself, as I was so scared for many years thinking you can't give from an empty cup.

And so we to, you know, we have to look after ourselves and fortify ourselves in order to be the givers to others, right? Our partners, children, work colleagues. And then last year at the start, I think I talked to you about this when we had that coaching session last year, I had this little revelatory moment where I thought I am enough! I am worthy. Like, I don't have to do this to give to others. I don't have to fill the cup for others, I can fill my cup for me. And it's like, that is such a radical way to think that I was actually shocked by it. And I was like, oh, wow, you know, the guilt, you know, the selfishness all those things came the end of the day. It's like no, you can look after yourself for you. And that in itself is enough.

Les Price 29:19

And I think that's powerful. And what I'm really sensing as I'm listening to you and watching you is that became a belief. I've seen this in clients all the time when they have a paradigm shift. And this was obviously one for you.

So Eranthi, before we kind of come towards the end of our little chat today. And it's been fantastic just to hear some of the stories and I know the listeners will be just really connected with a lot of what you're sharing.

What's something practical that we could do to take better care of ourselves. And maybe you want to share if there's a self-care ritual that you have, that you've embraced in your own life that honours you?

Eranthi Bonney 30:03

Yes. And it doesn't have to be complex, I have a few things I do in my day, there's two things I can choose. The two things I would say that make a difference to me is starting the morning with meditation. So that works. For me, it may be different for other people, but that meditation, and it's really only 20 minutes, on days where I'm busy. And then days where I have more time, like a weekend, I might give myself the luxury of the full hour. But just even if it's two minutes doesn't really matter. Just that time where all you do is you sit, and you close your eyes, and you just reflect. And you could have a mantra, you could, you know, have prayer beads. And it doesn't matter if the thoughts come or go, the talks will continue to come we have a stream of consciousness and self-talk. And it's not being in judgment of what's coming into your mind. So it's just sitting in that silent space, letting whatever comes come and then just releasing it and then the next one comes and releasing it and just giving yourself that quiet time.

Second thing that I find really works for me is what's called a self-massage. And so in Ayurveda, it is recommended that you do a self-massage every day using herbal oils. And if you don't have herbal oils, you can use sesame oil. If you are a Vata type of person, generally people that feel the cold, they're very slim, they're small boned. Or you could use say coconut oil, if you're more Pita persons, if you've got more fire element, you tend to get hot, you know, you have a bit of skin sensitivity. And if you could use say mustard or you know, even sunflower oil. If you're a Kapha type, people that tend to be larger, build larger bones, you might be tending to be a bit more sedentary in your ways you like to sleep in to those kind of goals work for us that oils you can use.

And self-massage literally means covering your body in oil and massaging it. So, starting with warming some oil and then very mindfully, massaging it in very slow strokes on your arms and your legs on the tummy, your back, whatever you can reach. During that every morning, either before or after your shower, what you're doing is you're literally showering your body with love, because you're touching your body. And also, you are nourishing your body with the oils. And it has to be a natural organic vegetable oil if you can't get organic as natural as possible. Because oils nourish all seven tissues, or doctors as we call it, now you're better off the bodies, the oil actually goes into your body nourishes the skin, your muscles, your bones, like right down to the cells. And it basically oils, your body inside out. So, you're lubricated, you're hydrated. And that's a really nice way to show yourself that love in the morning. That's a wonderful little practice, you can embrace.

Les Price 32:51

I know, I've got a good friend of mine at the moment and she calls it 'pleasurising'. And she takes the coconut oil and she rubs it all over her skin. And it's just a way of honouring herself. And when I first heard that I thought, oh, maybe we have to find another word for it. Because I did find it hard to think of what gives you pleasure, what gives you nourishing. And so even in January this year, I did an Ayurvedic cleanse and detox to start the year. And all I simply did was just hold that word 'nourishing' in mind for the whole month of January. So, everything I ate, I just asked myself is this nourishing? And it was just a means of filling my body with the right foods, the right fluid, everything else that was nourishing, and it made a big difference because it was about honouring self.

What I'd love to know, Eranthi is with Aika, it's grown to a certain point, and it's been here. And it's come to you as a concept as an energy as a creative source from somewhere. And it's here to make a difference. You know, if you were to tune in as a heart-centered leader, what do you feel is the ultimate message of this business people for women in the world at this time?

Eranthi Bonney 34:14

I think for me, I'm going to say it's, 'to do what you love'. And it might sound very simple. But that's why I do Aika because I absolutely love what I'm doing. And I'm hoping that some of that love and that joy will be able to go into everyone that uses Aika. So, it's just basically whatever you do, do what you love. It shouldn't feel forced. And if it can bring joy and love to other people, then like what more can you ask for?

Les Price 34:42

Great. I love that very simple. But at the same time, I can almost feel the lighthouse growing there because it is about the energy and the difference. So look, thank you for joining me here today. I know we've had a short time together but I'm sure people who are listening in will get a huge amount out of understanding about Ayurveda, and hearing about what you've been doing and how you've been growing Aika and it's vision for the world. And more importantly, the heart that you have for people, which I really want to appreciate and acknowledge, and the way that you've openly shared here today. So Eranthi, if people want to connect with you and find out more about Aika, how can they do that? What's the best way?

Eranthi Bonney 35:17

Probably the best way is to email. So, they can, you know, go on to our website, which is a www.aikawellness.com. And we have a little form that they can fill. Or for the women listening to this, I'm happy for them if they have specific questions, they can email it to hello@aikawellness.com

Les Price 35:37

Great. So two different ways to connect with you hello@aikawellness.com or visit the website at www.aikawellness.com .

So Eranthi, thank you once again. It's been a real blessing to have you join me. So glad that we can connect and I'm looking forward to connecting with you in future as well. So, thanks for joining us today on this lovely session.

Eranthi Bonney 35:57

Thanks for having me, Les.

Les Price 35:59

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Episode 14 – Reprogram Your Consciousness with Water

Episode 14 – Reprogram Your Consciousness with Water

Can a Glass of Water Change Your Life?

“Water is the mirror that has the ability to show us what we cannot see.
It is the blueprint of our reality, which can change with a single, positive thought.
All it takes is faith, if you’re open to it.”

Dr. Masaru Emoto

In this this latest episode of the Leading in the Light Podcast we delve into and explore the hidden consciousness of water, and how water can be used to create a transformational shift in our thinking, consciousness, personal resonance and results.

In this episode you’ll learn why water is a powerful conduit for thought and consciousness, how water holds and retains energy, and why the latest research into water is proving that our thoughts have the capacity to influence our lives, and why they directly impact our personal and professional performance.

Best of all I’ll also be sharing with you a simple 5 minute practice that you can embed into your day that will help you reprogram the consciousness of water and use it to create greater levels of happiness, joy, success and fulfillment in your life.

About Les Price

Les Price is a transformational coach, intuitive healer, professional speaker and published author who has been helping aspiring individuals, business owners and leaders create greater levels of success and fulfillment for over twenty years.

At the tender age of 8 Les discovered that there was a ‘hidden magic’ and potential within all of us.. Since then he has been on an enduring quest to help even more people find their path and awaken and their own personal, professional and spiritual potential.

Les is based in Melbourne, Australia, and is director of The Greatness Connection, a peak-performance consultancy that assists companies, businesses and aspiring leaders to realise their goals in an enlightened and visionary way.

 

In this conversation I share:

  • The hidden consciousness of water
  • Why our thoughts create our reality
  • How to harness the energy of water and use it to reprogram your consciousness
  • How our body is bathed in neurotransmitter and how it impacts your wellbeing
  • A simple daily practice to change your life with a glass of water
  • How intention impacts our consciousness and that of water
  • How plants connect energetically with the human realm of consciousness
  • Why the Prana and life-force of our food and vegetables is so important

Introduction 0:01

Thank you for joining us on the leading in the light Podcast the place where vision, heart and spirit connect to help you awaken your purpose, liberate your greatness and stand more fully in your life. Now, here's your host, transformational coach, author, speaker and intuitive Les Price.

Les Price 0:35

Well, welcome back everybody to this episode of the leading in the life podcast. And today, I must admit, I've actually got something a little bit different for you. You see, over the last few weeks, I've been starting to delve into exploring this realm of how do we access our extraordinary consciousness? How do we tap into that true element of who we really are, and the ability to shape our destiny, the results that we experience in our life, and how we can actually use thought energy to manifest our desires.

And today, I want to share a technique that I've actually been using for a number of years, it was a powerful tool and technique that I learned in the early 80s. And it revolves around a simple glass of water. At the start of this new year, I made a commitment to myself to do a detox and a two week cleanse using Ayurveda, the old ancient traditions of healing and restoration with natural food and substances. I knew at the time that one of the things that I was lacking in my life was actually drinking enough water, this water that we need to hydrate ourselves in our body to keep our mind active.

And so over the last month, I've actually been listing down each day, how much water I've been drinking and reminding myself that it's important to get that water intake in. But you know, water in its own self is one of the driving forces of nature. It was even renowned as being so by the legendary Leonardo da Vinci. But sadly, on a physical level, many of us simply just don't get enough water in our diet. It's the one element that when we consume it helps improve our overall metabolism, helps clean out all the toxins and actually rehydrate our skin, and even a 10% increase in hydration to the brain increases our ability to optimize our functioning, our thinking and our intuition.

But what if there was a way that we can harness the energy of water, and you use it to improve the quality of our lives? What if there was literally a way to reprogram my consciousness on a daily basis that would allow us to attract, create and realize the results we really want. And all it required was five minutes a day, and a simple glass of water. So, stay tuned in this episode as I share more, and I encourage you to take up this 21 Day Challenge practice that will literally revolutionize your own life.

Les Price 3:05

It's often been said that our bodies are actually made up of almost 60 to 70% of water. In fact, the brain and the heart have often been recognized as having up to 73% of water, why the lungs have 83%. And the skin is often up to 64% water. Water has the amazing capacity to hold energy.

It's a transmitter and receiver of energy and consciousness. And it literally shifts with our own state and energy of being. But what's important is that over the last 20 years investigation into quantum research and into the quantum field has found that our thoughts literally have power. That the moment we set an intention for a particular goal or a particular direction now live that the energy within us, including the element of water in our body literally changes as our thoughts change our body and mind change with it.

You know, as human beings we have an amazing capacity to create. It's one of the things that literally sets us apart from the animal kingdom, from the cats and the dogs in the trees is that we as human beings can create an intention to make a change or a shift in the direction of our life. And simply by holding that intention, we set a new direction and a new path. How powerful is that? That the moment we begin to conceive of a new purpose, a new direction a greater vision that that prefrontal cortex begins to attract to us the people, places and situations that are part of our destiny.

There's been a great body of research done over the last 20 years into the power of water. Russian scientist and researcher and a popover even created a documentary on the basis of water being the great mystery We're case scientists from around the world who studied the energy of water in the field of water actually revealed that water specifically could carry a footprint or even a memory on a molecular level.

Even medical doctor, an immunologist, Jacques Buenevista, recognized as the father of homeopathy that if any substance is actually diluted in water, the water still has the ability to carry the memory of that substance, even if the molecules of that added substance are no longer present. So, what we're finding is that water is a transducer and a receiver of information actually responds to the consciousness of the people around it. That by focusing our energy and intention on energizing water for a particular purpose can create a result and shift the energy of that water.

So how can we harness this energy? Well, what I'd love to do is just share with you a small story that I think demonstrates just how powerful our own energy and consciousness can be.

Les Price 6:11

Many years ago, I came across a great book, which was back in the 1980s, that really opened my mind to this concept of how our thinking how our thoughts can influence our own lives and destiny. And funnily enough, this book was actually called The Secret Life of plants, written by two authors Peter Tompkins, and Christopher Bird, who basically in the 60s and 70s, began to do work with lie detection equipment, equipment that was only being used at that time by the CIA, as lie detection. And instead, what they decided to do was to hook up these lie detectors to a number of plants.

Interestingly enough, the moment they hooked these detectors to the plants, the plants could almost sense people who entered the room. In fact, one person who had actually destroyed the plant early in the day, as soon as he entered in the room, that lie detector went crazy. It was almost as though another plant could actually pick up the energy of this being and realize that it was a threat.

One of the greatest stories, however, that really blew my mind was the similar research they did with a couple who had actually travelled away for a weekend, this gentleman actually had a greenhouse of plants that his wife simply adored. So what he decided one day was that he would treat his wife by hooking up all of these plants, to a simple piece of equipment that would allow these plants and their energy to sing. It converted the electrical frequency of how the plants were feeling at any one time in that greenhouse into beautiful sounds. one weekend, the couple decided to travel away to another state.

And they had a young friend stay over and look after their house. In the middle of the night, at almost two or three in the morning. All of a sudden, these plants in this greenhouse started to go crazy. Sounds were emanating music was playing as these plants in the greenhouse were picking up on the energy of something else that had been connected. Not fully understanding why this was, the scientists decided to really do a bit more of an investigation. What they found out was that the two owners who had taken that weekend away, were making love at that same time at two or three in the morning. How did these plants pick up on this energy? How would they connected?

Well, we know that everything is connected by energy. We know that within every cell of every organism, whether it's innate, or whether it has live is connected through consciousness. So the moment we begin to set an intention, the moment we begin to focus our energy on what we want to create, the moment we begin to stand in a space of gratitude or hold a space of compassion, we open up to this consciousness that is creative and brings forth what we are actually emanating. In other words, we attract what we think, and we become what we think. So what was the impact of this research and the connection with this in the field of medicine on the energy of water? Well, let's take a look and find out a little bit more.

Les Price 9:34

In 2004, the Japanese businessman researcher and author, Dr. Masauro Emoto started to do research which he consolidated in his book, The hidden messages of water. Dr. emoto, who had actually been investigating water and consciousness, found that if he could take water in a sample and have someone around it, send the energy of love to one sample that way Frozen, the crystals in that sample of water turned into beautiful snowflakes and beautiful symbols with perfect structure.

Where's another sample of water where somebody had actually sent negative thoughts, thoughts that was simply not of the highest vibration, that often the molecules that had been frozen and looked at under a microscope were fragmented. In the same way Dr. Emoto played with the energy of music to one sample, he played rock music, which was loud and distracted and fragmented. And that's what happened to the crystals in the water for that sample. They also appeared broken, unstructured and fragmented in their own right to another, he played beautiful classical music that move the soul. And again, these crystals began to take on an energy of complete wholeness, fulfillment, and divine perfection.

What he surmised from this research was that our consciousness has an impact on the energy of water. But importantly, what we've realized in medical research that if our bodies are made up from anywhere from 60, to 83%, water, and our cells are literally being bathed in neurotransmitter, that anytime we have a thought, whether it be positive or negative, we're actually impacting the cells of our body.

So how can we begin to make a change with this? How can we begin to start to understand the power of prana and energy in our body? Well, Dr. Emoto, related to this energy as being Hado, or the consciousness that is held in matter, what we realize and for many ancient indigenous traditions is that the energy of prana is vital. In fact, what's been discovered in many countries is that due to our farming practices that involve using lots of pesticides, and taking the nutrition out of the soil and not replacing it, that many of our vegetables and foods that are found off the land have actually lost their vibration. They have lost their energetic potential and power. And using Kirlian photography, what we understand is that everything has an energy towards it, and when this vibration is there, and when it is held in a high place of vibration, it has power.

So how can we begin to tap into this? Well, if we want to increase the element of our consciousness, we need to bring in a higher way of setting our intention. Gregg Braden, the researcher scientist, who has written many books on the study of consciousness, and thought and prayer, said it well, when he began to study the way that ancient traditions prayed. What he realized is that in the Western world, when people pray, it's often like we treat the universal source of God like a vending machine. And we say, Dear God, please help me solve this problem. Dear source or universal spirit, please help me create more money. But in indigenous traditions, they often used a different form of prayer.

Instead of praying for something that they didn't have, they instead held a prayer of gratitude. If they wanted rain they prayed as though the rain had already come and gave praise of thanks and gratitude, saying thank you divine source for this rain that has come down and fit our crops. What we need is a shift. What we need is to go back to source, what we need is to start to set our intention from a place as though they have already been manifested and created.

Les Price 13:42

In that example, that I shared earlier, of that wonderful book, The Secret Life of plants, I remember when I read that book, thinking, gee, there must be something more to this, how can I test this? So I simply did this little experiment.

And please forgive me upfront, because in this experiment, one particular plant was a little injured. But it was part of my research into understanding how our thoughts impact our lives. Because when I read that story, I decided to get two plants from a nursery that were exactly the same.

And for three weeks, I simply fed the two plants, water, but one plant I gave it energized Water, water that I'd held in my hands, I actually prayed over I'd set an intention for growth for success, I could actually see and imagine this plan growing strong and healthy, and by energizing and holding that water and simply feeding the water to that one plant. Whereas with the other plant, I simply just gave it normal tap water without any intention.

The result was quite amazing. within three weeks that plant had been actually sending that energy had grown almost 25% more, its leaves were more vibrant, its leaves were more alive. It's almost like I could feel its energy and prana already within it. It convinced me that thoughts have power, that water can be used to heal. And water can be used to set a state of consciousness. So are you ready to learn a simple technique that you can begin to apply today to start to use the energy of water to start to shift your own results, your own consciousness? Well, in a moment, I'm going to share that with you.

Les Price 15:37

So, if you're ready to get started, all you're going to need for this little experiment, and I'd like you to try this for the next 21 days. 21 days has been found to be the optimum time that's needed to form a habit. But at the same time, by doing this each day, and just allocating a simple five minutes to this practice, you can think of it as a spiritual practice or a purposeful practice for your own being. Hopefully, at the end of their 21 days, you will start to notice some amazing results.

So all you need to do is whether you do this in the morning or before bedtime, is simply get yourself a glass. And yes, make sure it's a glass and not plastic. And make sure to fill it up with water so that you've got almost like a cup full. And then all I want you to do is to simply take that glass and hold it between your two hands, close your eyes and go within. And as you do this, I want you to just begin to acknowledge the energy of this water and thank the universe for providing us with water that fills our heart and soul that keeps us alive that keeps us hydrated.

And into this water as you begin to bless this water, I'd like you to then to start begin to think about what it is you most want to create. If it's about having and allowing new fulfilling relationships, see those taking place, and give thanks and gratitude for these relationships already having taken place. If it's about health and vitality for your own body, and spirit. Imagine seeing the cells of this water, being filled with that energy as it goes into your body, and cleansing and healing and bring restoration to your entire physical being.

If it's about creating new levels of financial wealth, or clients or customers, then imagine what it would be like right now with your eyes closed, to already have that in place. Give gratitude for these people who are turning up in your space for the new clients who are calling for the new income that comes into your account for the bed and for all of the house and all the bills that are taken care of so easily. And give thanks to that. And as you begin to imagine this, I want you to then just imagine your perfect ideal life, as though you are in this place where everything is just flowing with grace, with ease, and lightness, where you are fulfilled on all levels, where you're doing your work purposely and with purpose in the way you are meant to be doing it.

And as you hold the energy of these between your hands begin to just imagine a light force emanating from the palms of your hands flowing through the glass and into the water and blessing and energizing every cell of that water. You might even begin to see the colour of that water change, you might see it take on a new vibration, a higher energy. And finally, as a way of just blessing this water even further, simply take the glass in your hands. Raise it up almost so that the glass is touching the middle of your forehead, the third eye and begin to send an energy waves of intention from your mind from your soul from your Spirit through your mind through your third eye and allow the energy to flow straight into that water. And just trust in this moment this water holds this blessing.

And when you're ready, then you can simply put your glass down, open your eyes, and then simply begin to drink the water being very present and conscious as you acknowledge that water entering your being and becoming one with your intentions. And then just simply allow the consciousness of this energy to do its work within. You might find if you do this practice before bed, you might just drink half your glass of water and the other half in the morning. But you'll find that you'll have dreams that awaken you to new inspiration, new thoughts new energy. You might find during the day that people start to turn up in your field that you get phone calls from customers or clients or people that maybe have been part of your intention. Begin to know is the change in your own energy over these 21 days, as you simply take five minutes each morning or evening, to bless your own spirit to fill yourself to hydrate with amazing water and energy and to become one with what it is you want to manifest.

Les Price 20:23

So are you ready to take up the challenge? Are you ready to play with this 21 day consciousness challenge around a simple glass of water. As I've mentioned, water has a tremendous capacity to carry energy to carry consciousness and to heal. In fact, it was the legendary martial artists Bruce Lee said you know, as human beings we're often too rigid, we often try to control everything, we should simply be like water. Because when you lift up water in your hands, it simply moulds to the shape it flows in the way that it needs to without force. evade author Margaret Atwood also said you know water does not resist water flows. When you plant your hand into it. All you feel is a caress. Water is actually not a solid wall, it will not stop you. out water always goes where it wants to go.

Remember, you are more than half water. If you can go through an obstacle, then simply go around it because that is what water does. I hope you play with this little consciousness exercise. Make sure to let me know of anything you notice over the 21 days as you begin to embrace setting these new intentions. Bringing in the energy of prayer in a powerful way. Starting to bring in the water and hydration into your body is a lifeforce of prana that your body desperately needs, especially in this world that is so diminished of energy, and then pay attention to the lifeforce that begins to flow through you. Enjoy this process, I will look forward to connecting with you on another podcast session. And yes, please remember to let me know how you've gone with this exercise and to also subscribe to make sure you receive our future episodes of the leading in the light podcast.

Les Price 22:15

You've been listening to the leading in the light podcast with Les Price. For more information about lead and to receive your free 21 day unleash your inner brilliance online program Make sure to visit www.lesprice.com or join the global community at www.thegreatnessconnection.com

Episode 11 – Discovering Your Divine Blueprint

Episode 11 – Discovering Your Divine Blueprint

Discover the Ancient Chinese System for Better Understanding Your Essential Human Nature and
Activating Your Innate Potential

“When you discover your essential nature and know who you really are,
in that knowing itself is the ability to fulfill any dream you have,
because you are the eternal possibility, the immeasurable potential of
all that was, is and will be.”
~ Deepak Chopra

In this week’s episode of the Leading in the Light Podcast, I had the wonderful pleasure of speaking with intuitive energy healer and soul mentor, Frances Peterson, from Healing Vibrations about the path to awakening unfolding your soul’s unique Divine Blueprint.

For over 20 years Frances has worked as a healing and Reiki practitioner, soul mentor and intuitive helping women who have reached a cross-roads, or who are transitioning, discover the clarity and courage that they need to find their innate gifts, express their authentic voice, and craft the lives that they were Divinely guided to live.

In her work, Frances now combines a number of evolutionary mind-body modalities, quantum healing technologies, with an ancient Chinese system of face reading and profiling to help people unlock their Soul’s Divine Blueprint so that they can create and live their most authentic and empowered lives.

And in this session we talked about the real essence of personal healing and transformation, as well as how the 9 Star Key system and face reading can be used to help people live happy, fulfilling and abundant lives.

About Frances

Frances is the founder of Healing Vibrations, and helps women who have found themselves at a crossroads, clarify their next step so that they can move forward on their journey with Confidence and Joy.

In many ways, she is that bridge that helps women to move from confusion, self-doubt and inertia to liberation and expression of their authentic voice.

As an Intuitive Energy Healer and Soul Mentor, her work has evolved over the years from her early beginnings as a Reiki practitioner in 1999, and has evolved into a more expansive field of healing with evolutionary mind-body modalities and the latest quantum technology, and life changing Soul readings.

Today, her Divine Blueprint Readings are the foundation for supporting women to identify their innate gifts and talents and how they  can harness them to truly express their authentic Self and contribute to the world the ultimate purpose they were Divinely designed for.

 

In this conversation we talk about:

  • Identifying patterns that require healing in your ‘essential nature’
  • How belief systems and patterns influence our healing
  • Nature as a mirror to our true authentic self
  • Unlocking and understanding your Soul’s Divine Blueprint
  • How our faces tell us exactly who we are and the strengths and possibilities we hold
  • How to understand your own innate gifts and talents
  • Why your date of birth could hold the key to your highest potential
  • Some of the underlying traits of a great compassionate master – Mother Teresa
  • How to strengthen your weaknesses
  • Understanding personality and its impact on childhood development
  • How nature vs. nurture plays out in our lives
Episode 10 – The Mindful Approach to Changing Your Habits

Episode 10 – The Mindful Approach to Changing Your Habits

Mindfulness, Leadership and the Art of the Micro-Practice

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily.
The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”

 John C. Maxwell –

In this episode of the Leading in the Light™ Podcast I had the pleasure of speaking with good friend and corporate leadership consultant, Taruni Falconer about how we can begin to embody a mindful approach to change, transformation and habits.

For several decades Taruni has been an educator, executive leadership coach, meditation teacher and expert in inter-cultural dynamics, where she has worked extensively across a number of continents bringing her own unique style and flavour of personal leadership and facilitation to help managers and leaders thrive.

Together we speak about the evolution of mindfulness and meditation approaches for expanding awareness, intuition, and insight. And we also delved into the intriguing area of ‘habit change’ and how we can all begin to create ‘micro-practices’ that engage the mind, body and spirit and that work cohesively to create transformational change from the inside out.

About Taruni

Taruni is a business coach, presenter, and facilitator with a rich background in intercultural communication and leadership skills. Clients know her first and foremost as a coach and facilitator. She facilitates trainings, meetings, and complex processes, and give participants the skills to continue that work themselves. Most importantly, she facilitates changes and deep shifts for individuals and teams.

To facilitate means to make things easier, and that is what she does. She makes it easier for individuals and teams to work through complex issues. Her presentations are informed by current leadership, cross-cultural and diversity research as well as three decades as a practitioner.

 

In this conversation we talk about:

  • Mindfulness approaches to self-leadership and self-management
  • The art of the micro-practice in habit change
  •  Personal leadership as a vehicle for transformation
  • How to lead yourself – while leading others
  • Why its important to engage conscious practices in everyday life
  • The key elements of sustainable behavioural change
  • How to step into ambiguity and hold your energy and presence
  • How to engage deeper levels of uncertainty and vulnerability
  • Ways that we can all begin to embrace greater courage in our lives
  • The essence of heart and head coherence
  • Accessing your fastest path to inspiration
  • How intelligence flows through our whole body

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How to Change Your Life When You’re Stuck

How to Change Your Life When You’re Stuck

3 Insights to Help You Gain Freedom from those
Moments that Hold Your Life Back

 

As a transformational life coach, business coach, intuitive guide and energy healer, one of the most common patterns I see present with my clients is that of being stuck.

When we are stuck and being limited by an unconscious block or pattern it can seem like nothing in our lives is working. In fact it is often said that the “only different between a rut and a grave is the depth”, and while this statement may seem confronting for many, the reality is that energetically anything or anyone that is not growing, moving forward or realising its full potential, will at some level of consciousness be energetically dying, retreating and stagnating.

So, if these patterns of being ‘stuck’ and ‘inner-conflict’ are so common
how do we break-free and realise our true destiny?

How do we find the awareness, courage and insight to bring harmony and balance back to our being and allow our true energy, passion and vitality to flow again?

Well, here are some powerful insights and strategies to help you gain greater awareness of what might be holding you back, and at the same time lead you towards creating greater freedom in your life or business.

 

1 : What ‘Type of Stuck’ You Are Experiencing?

While all feelings of being stuck, held back or feeling blocked carry similar energetic traits, not all types of ‘stuck patterns’ are the same. Therefore, it helps to pay attention and gain greater awareness of the ‘type of stuck’ that you are experiencing in the moment. Here are just a few of the main one’s I have often seen presenting in clients and my own life.

 

A.      Beliefs, Fear Patterns and Limiting Decisions

Have you ever seen a fly that has found itself stuck inside a room and then desperately seeks to escape via a closed window? If so, you’ll understand the consequence of limiting belief systems, fear patterns and limiting decisions.

Often characterised by an ‘upper limit’ problem or glass ceiling many of these patterns are unconscious and serve to keep us separated from our truth. Often run by the ego, they tend to manifest as patterns of protection, control or survival.

The key to freedom here is to identify the ego-based pattern or limitation, release it, and then install a more empowering pattern that is based on your soul truth, spirit and true being.

 

B.      Core Choice and Indecision Points

Many times, we can simply find ourselves stuck because we have reached a critical decision or choice point in our lives. Resonant of the image of a ‘fork in the road’, when we have two or more alternatives, it can be difficult leaving what we have known in the past, in order to embrace a new future.

However, these soul-defining points are critical for our soul’s progress and offer us the greatest opportunities for transformation and growth. The key here is to learn to make these decisions based on the courage, strength and certainty of our higher self, not from the place of our fear-based ego or scared inner-child.

 

C.      Conflicts in Values Between our Spirit and Ego

Those who have been on a spiritual or personal growth quest will know those moments where we need to choose between our ego-based needs/desires/fears, and the calling of our true spirit.

For example, we may find ourselves desiring to make more money, but find ourselves in conflict with another part of ourselves that fears if we had too much money people might not love or accept us anymore.

While many believe we must get rid of the ego in order to be free, the truth is that our ego serves an important purpose in our lives, especially when it is aligned and working for us. It is therefore in learning how to have our ego and spirit work together that we can create great strides in our personal and professional progress.

 

D.      End of a Cycle or Season

Sometimes we may find ourselves at the end of a season or cycle in our lives that brings us to a point of uncertainty. In these moments it can seem like what we held dear in the past is gone, and yet the new is still to arrive. These voids or plateaus in our lives offer an incredible opportunity for growth, refocusing and alignment.

In the voids of our lives we are being challenged to look deeper into our soul for what is trying to manifest. Like a newly planted seed, we may have to look under the covers to discover the growth and opportunity that awaits us. And sometimes we also will need to call on our patience as we wait out the gestation period, paying attention to the new growth and ways of being that are about to sprout.

 

2 : Change Your Paradigm

Often changing our ‘stuck’ or ‘blocked states’ simply requires a paradigm shift in our thinking and perception. Here are just a few shifts that you might consider making:

 

A.      Sometimes we Need to Change Who We Are

There is an interesting story in the bible of Moses who was leading the Israelites out of slavery from Egypt, into the promised land. After many years of wandering the desert, an angel came down to Moses and the Israelites and said, “It’s time to leave this mountain”. Up until that point they had spent years going around in circles due to the old belief systems that they refused to let go of.

In many ways, the Israelites need for certainty and security convinced them that slavery might in fact be a better option than walking through a desert to find their freedom.

The key here was that the promised land was less than 100km away. So, while Moses was trying to get the Israelites out of Egypt, somehow, he couldn’t get Egypt (the past) out of the Israelites and this is what kept them stuck.

 To create a new destiny, we will be called to release our past, and change the way we choose to see ourselves.

 

B.      Honour Your Confusion

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you were confused?

Each of us are highly intuitive beings. In each moment we are receiving incredible guidance. So why then do we find ourselves in states where we become stuck?

The key is to realise that confusion is often the result of our heart trying to give us a message that our mind or brain does not understand. It’s in these moments that we need to stop struggling and instead, go inside, speak to our heart’s wise and innate intelligence and discover what it is trying to tell us.

C.      Find the Blessing in Your Stuck State

Every behaviour or emotional pattern at its core is trying to serve or help us in some way. Therefore, even your ‘stuck state’ holds a gift and blessing for you, if you would find the courage to go within, seek awareness, and fully discover its highest intent for your life.

So, take a moment to simply ask:

  • What is the highest intent or purpose of this feeling stuck? How is it serving me?
  • What am I concerned would happen if it were no longer a problem?

 

3 : Key Insights for a Break-Through When You’re Stuck

Here are 5 insights that will help you navigate your way out of ego, fear and being stuck, and help create the environment and freedom for you to thrive:

 

A.      Simply Move

It’s often difficult to ‘think our way’ out of a stuck state, because many of our ‘stuck patterns’ are held physically or energetically in our bodies.

Therefore, the greatest gift you can give yourself when you find yourself stuck is to simply move! Go for a run, go do some yoga, go for a walk and get some fresh air or go for a swim at the beach.

Movement has the power of getting us out of the head, and freeing our energy to flow again, and it is often in our times of movement that we receive our greatest breakthroughs and inspirations.

B.      Make a Choice

If you’ve found yourself at a cross-road, then it’s time to get over analysis-paralysis and simply make a choice. After all, sitting on the fence will only give you splinters!

However, we’ve been conditioned in life to think that when we make choices there are ‘good choices’ and ‘bad choices’, success or failure. However, in any situation the worst thing you can do is make no choice. By learning to let go of your attachment to the outcome and entering your heart space you will begin to ‘feel’ which one of your choices appears the most appropriate for you now.

C.      Unpack Your Consciousness

If you find yourself going around in circles, then it may be time to unload and unpack your consciousness. While the mind is a powerful tool for helping us make analytical decisions, when it comes to trust, movement and creativity, it comes second to the heart.

Therefore, if you find yourself overwhelmed mentally, get a notebook and simply write all your feelings, thoughts, stories, decisions – and allow them to be unpacked onto the page in-front of you. This process is a little like closing all the open application windows on your PC at home. Its about getting back to a fresh screen with nothing being held on it.

Then simply close your notebook and go to sleep on the problem or issue that you have in mind. Many solutions to great problems were discovered during or after the sleep state. Therefore, you might even want to seed your consciousness with a question you would like your subconscious to answer as you sleep.

D.      Go Play

Yes, that’s right. I want you to go out and play!

While this strategy may seem contradictory to the outcome you are trying to achieve, have you ever noticed that as a child, the moment you engaged play in your life, it freed you to become more creative, more open and more resourceful?

There is something magical when we enter a state of play. We let go of all expectations. We become present in the moment. We let go of forcing things to happen and being tied to an outcome.

And it’s usually in these moments that our soul and spirit have the capacity to weave their magic and show us new pathways to freedom, providence and happiness.

E.       Seek Wise Counsel

I know first-hand how frustrating it can be to be stuck in our own world. As a therapist, coach and healer myself, it can be hard working on our ‘own stuff’ because we are so attached to it. While we may think we have all the tools, and have read all the books, there still comes a times when we need to seek outside help and wise counsel.

That’s why I surround myself with practitioners I resonate with and respect. People I can turn to when I need wise counsel or need to bounce something important off them.

While our ego’s might convince us that we can do it ourselves, that we’ll handle it. The reality is that when something is not working in our lives, and we keep hitting brick walls, its time to call out for help.

A wise counsel can often help you get through and navigate your stuck states more effectively, therefore freeing you to do and experience the work and life that you were truly created to live.

Les Price is a transformational life and business coach, author, speaker, intuitive and healer. If you feel you have been holding onto limiting patterns, emotions, feeling and blockages from the past that no longer serve you, and are looking for a safe environment to allow greater freedom and liberation into your life – contact our office to organise a consultation with Les.