Category Archives: Spiritual practice

Holding your vision all year long

Let’s welcome 2017 and embrace possibilities! Another milestone, and another year to create long lasting changes, and magical shifts in your life. Dreaming, and attracting what you would like to create into witnessing its evidence when it comes to fruition isn’t just for New Year resolutions.

Envisioning your dreams, focusing on your intentions, and taking inspired action to create a better reality and life, is not just limited to resolutions or “setting your intentions” at the beginning of the year. Progress and momentum happens with all the small steps you take in each moment, becoming aligned with what you desire, and deciding where to focus your attention, intention, and energy. It takes clarity, choice, intention, deliberate focus, attention, and vision — all year long! Holding your vision throughout the little moments that are embedded in each day, the week, month, and year is where the practice begins. Holding your vision, and returning to what you really want wherever you can, offers consistency, creates new neural pathways in your brain, builds positive habits, and sparks momentum.

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Envisioning your ideal life using each moment to bring what you desire. An element, a piece, an aspect of the vision you hold dear to you heart. Create habits by integrating daily, weekly, and monthly rituals, or ceremonies. (Check out my previous post on “Creating a Spiritual Practice” to learn more: https://intentiongroups.com/2016/01/28/creating-a-spiritual-practice-intention-wellness-ritual/

Let’s not forget to add commitment. Decide in this moment, right now, that you will commit to yourself, and your dream fulfillment journey. How will 2017 unfold for you? However you desire. What will you bring to 2017, and allow to magnetize your way?

Contemplating 2017…

What do you desire to attract into your life, shift, improve, change, or release?

What’s calling for you to learn? Resolve? Be fulfilled?

Who would you like to surround yourself with this year? What types of people? What qualities do they hold and express?

What qualities would you enjoy embodying?

What experiences would enrich or improve your life?

What opportunities can you offer yourself that would provide personal growth?

How can you help others this year?

What issues are important for you to advocate for?

Remember that throughout the year, you always have an opportunity to course correct. In each moment, you can pause, stop, and reset, to bring the vision and energy of what you prefer, instead of what is dragging you along, or down. Check in with yourself – your inner self, your heart. Ask in each moment what you need. What does your heart need? Decide on the direction you need to go based on how you feel. As what you desire flows your way, if it is indeed what you intended, and held your vision for, continue in that direction. If not, like any wise ship’s captain, if you’re not headed where you want to go, change course, and correct your navigation. With intentions, your inner navigation provides the best guidance. Focus on building, creating, and improving your new life in this new year; one moment at a time. From one inner nudge to the next.

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If you’re ready to use this New Year as your launching point, and desire some extra encouragement, or guidance, I’m available for private intention coaching. My coaching programs are tailored to your desires, needs, and intentions. Bring your authentic self, your dreams, and ideas for what you would like to shift and change. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ll begin with where you are. I’ll bring my experience, inspiration, and magical motivation to support your intention magnetization progress. With tools, techniques, intention mentorship, and a sprinkle of empowered accountability, we’ll walk this deliberate creation path together.

As an Intention Coach, and Intention Group Facilitator, I draw upon seven years of guiding participants of the intention groups through the magnetization of intentions, and dream fulfillment process. With practitioner certifications in both Law of Attraction and Theta Healing, I also integrate Law of Attraction, Law of Resonance, mindfulness, and other modalities to enhance your intention journey. For more info, message me, or visit my website for testimonials: www.melissacurtin.com. If you’re not in my local area, stay tuned for my “Awaken & Magnetize Your Intentions” e-course series that will be available soon!

~Melissa

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Labyrinths: The Path to Intention

If you’re like many kindred spirits I know, your life’s path is probably not a direct bee line from point A to point B much of the time. Surprises abound, and unforeseen opportunities arise for your growth, learning, and personal development sculpting. Life’s path may be full of twists and turns, curves,  and curve balls, and it may be quite winding, confusing, and tedious at times. Thankfully, life is also peppered with joy, laser focused moments of clarity, gracious gifts, sprinkled with understanding, ease, flow and harmony!

Cross cultural symbols throughout the ages reflect and mirror such a colorfully pebbled path in fascinating ways across diverse mediums and formats. Labyrinths have been found throughout the world across cultures and regions. Using labyrinths to connect the intention process, and the magically unfolding path life presents, creates a beautiful and metaphorically abundant theme for the intention groups. This theme leads to profound conversations of self discovery.

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“The labyrinth doesn’t ask: Are you going the right way or the wrong way? The labyrinth asks, “Are you going?”

What is a Labyrinth?

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“A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering, but purposeful path. It represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.”

“A labyrinth is an ancient, sacred, archetypal pattern that has been found throughout the world in many forms and sizes. Labyrinths have a single path to and from the centre. Labyrinths are one of the few archetypal patterns that we can physically interact with.  Labyrinths are enjoying a resurgence in popularity as tools for meditation and healing. The process of walking the labyrinth helps many people become more centered and balanced.

Labyrinths are different from mazes. Labyrinths are unicursal, which means that they have one well-defined path that leads us into the center and back out again. There are no dead ends or paths that divide. A maze on the other hand is a puzzle to be solved: a left brain task that requires an active mind, logic, analytical skills, and problem solving abilities. A labyrinth is a right brain task involving intuition imagery and creativity.  With a labyrinth there is only one choice: the choice to enter or not.”

http://www.labyrinthireland.com/labyrinfo.html

From the book: The Way of the Labyrinth: A Powerful Meditation for Everyday Life by Helen Curry

“Unlike mazes, which force choices and can create fear and confusion, labyrinths are designed to “embrace” and guide individuals through a calming, meditative walk on a single circular path.”

In my intention groups, I discuss the different purposes of labyrinths, and the assorted types that are accessible and available, from finger labyrinths, indoor and outdoor labyrinths, as well as digital and virtual ones. We shared how there are labyrinths represented in nature from tree rings to finger prints, even unexplained crop circles. Here’s a link for a printable finger labyrinth, and other resources on where to find local labyrinths: https://labyrinthsociety.org/download-a-labyrinth

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What’s the connection between intention and labyrinths? Everything. It’s both a metaphor for our lives, and a literal representation for how we choose to walk into, and walk through our intentions, and life. Before one embarks on a path of intention, or the process of setting intentions, you pause to reflect on your focus of desire both in general, and specifically for each intention or vision. So before stepping into, and onto a labyrinth path, it is common to set an intention for your experience for traveling the labyrinth. It is also recommended to bring in your specific intention/s and create awareness, focus, and attention on them.

There are multiple layers here to explore for intentions:

  • You can set an intention for your labyrinth walk before your way in. It can even be a feeling you would like to embody.
  • Set an intention for insight to be revealed during your labyrinth walk related to your intentions and dreams, or in general.
  • Focus on an intention in progress, and hold what you are manifesting.
  • Allow for insight, so you can provide an opening for inspiration. As inspiration reveals itself, consider where you can take an inspired action step towards your intentions or goals? Surrender and allow for new perspectives, and insights to emerge.
  • Allow for the space for what’s coming up around your intention/s, and in general? Check in with yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Walking a labyrinth is a helpful spiritual practice for embracing sacred space, and connecting with your higher self, Soul, and heart.

Consider the walls of the labyrinth, your life, and your intentions. Where do you find yourself putting up walls, creating blockades, and adding chaos, where there are walkways, hallways, and a clear, direct path to travel? Have you halted yourself, and procrastinated movement, and taking steps towards your intentions and dreams?

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“Power of the first step, of a project – usually sets in motion a surprising dynamic where doors open, kindred spirits align and the universe has been waiting for this step.” First step is magic of the beginning.

I loved how one writer from the Labyrinth Ireland website mentioned why people walk the labyrinth: “For balance; to centre themselves; to increase their awareness; to connect to their higher selves; to balance their chakras, for grounding, and to bring peace. It is usually helpful to have an intention before you walk the labyrinth.  Your intention can be looking for an answer to a question, or just seeking a way to find balance or improvement in some area of your life. The experience of walking the labyrinth is different for everyone, and different each time you walk one.

There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth.  Do whatever feels right for you.  Many people divide the walk into three parts, or the three ‘R’s: Releasing, Receiving, and Returning.  On the walk in focus on releasing whatever is on your mind: your tensions and worries or whatever is occupying your thoughts.  When you reach the centre rest and allow whatever thoughts or answers come to you.  On the walk out focus on returning to your everyday life with the wisdom that you have received.”

http://www.labyrinthireland.com/labyrinfo.html

There are three main phases of a labyrinth walk: Entering in, the walk, exiting out

When you first walk in, is there any resistance present? While you are walking through, do you wish it was another way? Are you distracted or disconnected? Do you experience any self-doubt or limits? Are you rushing the outcome, and anxious for the center or the end? Do you wish it was different? If so, how? Where can you make a connection, or comparison in how you show up as you approach your intentions, your life, and common situations, etc.?

“Labyrinth is a symbol of the turnaround, a change of heart. Twists and turns of a path, and a complete turnaround in the center. On the path to find your center, twists, and turns, like our lives take.”

The Walk

Look for the active metaphors, and insights that come through as you meander through the labyrinth. Observe how you walk through the labyrinth: quickly, slowly, with concentration on your body, your feet, your heart, and your breath, no concentration at all, or a mixture. Tap into, and engage your senses. What do you notice? What do you hear, smell, feel, touch, taste, and sense?

The Center

Discover the labyrinth center.  Discover your center. What gifts of insight does the center have to offer? So you reach the center. You achieve your intention; you materialize what you are looking for, and what you originally set out for. Are you content? Are you satisfied? Are you looking for more, better, – different? Are you let down? Are you disappointed? Were you hoping it would be something else? Do you feel grounded? Centered? Are you at peace? How do you feel? After reaching the center, pause a moment in the center, and receive.

“Those who travel along too quickly often hurry past the center without noticing it.”

“The path to the center is never straight, but always clear.”

“You ask: What, then is the center? Everything.”

With an uncanny parallel to our process with intentions, embrace the symbolism, and any metaphors that drift through your journey. As you embark on this path, as you enter through, you change, shift and grow. Consciousness expands, perspectives changes, and awareness is heightened.

“The end of one path is simply the start of a new one.”

“After awhile I know neither how far I have to go, nor how far I’ve gone. I begin to concentrate on the path, not the destination.”

Exiting Out

Begin heading back out, and begin the releasing process. What’s coming up for you? It’s time to go and release, release expectations, and embark on a new journey.

When we get “there” or attract whatever it is we desire into our lives, it’s, “Oh, I manifested what I want, and in the same breath, perhaps you ask, “Is this really what I want? What do I want from this new point,” like in the intention arch. As you leave, and as you exit the labyrinth, you bring new insight, new info, and a refreshed viewpoint; a new perspective. Possibly you recognize some fears or other issues that were not present when you started initially. These are a few suggestions, exploratory questions, and intention approaches to ask yourself when walking a labyrinth. I’m hopeful you will discover your own labyrinth meanings, and find deep connections to your intentions, dreams and life as you apply your emerging wisdom. Labyrinths have infinite potential for application, and integration into  our individual life’s path. However you traverse your intentions, consider the perspectives and insights that labyrinths offer on your intentional path. May you be open to the wisdom of the labyrinth on your path of transformation. May the gifts and gems of knowing enhance the manifestation of your dreams!

“The labyrinth invites us to discover the beauty of the whole in all the confusion, imperfection and painfulness of life. It invites us to set out on the path with serenity and resolve. It invites us to strike out for the center and to find our way home.”

Gorgeous image by www.judytempleton.com titled, “Labyrinth – Inner Journey” that beautifully captures the essence of labyrinths and the mystical inner path.

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Recommended Books:

41BZ-6qur6L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_  Labyrinths – Walking Toward the Center by Gernot Candolini

41j3HQlYdiL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_  The Way of the Labyrinth: A Powerful Meditation for Everyday Life by Helen Curry

Creating a Spiritual Practice / Intention / Wellness Ritual

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What does creating an intention, wellness ritual, or spiritual practice mean to you? 

For many, it may mean: This is my time to either receive insight or guidance from my divine self. Where I am going to take time for me, focus, be conscientious, mindful, and awareness on putting my intentions and my spiritual connection, and overall wellness on the forefront. This is when I breath. When I slow down. Be present. Where I live in the now. Nourish myself. Where I listen to that quiet voice. Tune in to my own frequency.

There are unlimited opportunities, and small gestures to open up this space for yourself. You may have some form of daily ritual, or spiritual type of practice that bring yourself back into alignment, and balance, so you can move forward, give your gifts, bring out your purpose, and learn more about yourself. A reset button time. Recalibration or personal check in time. This spiritual practice is another component to opening the space up to invite that higher self or source to come through you — to you, for you.

It’s about focus, and attention on what you want, and getting out of your way, with visualizing, dreaming, appreciation, and gratitude; all part of the process of getting vibrationally aligned with your desires. It’s about creating the time, inner-landscape, and ritual, so it becomes you; a new habit, and pattern of deliberating being, and creating your ideal life from an inspired place. Creating a practice is not just taking time out for self-care or being spiritual. It’s about creating a rhythm, space for consciousness, and a practice around it, shifting, and doing it! A shift-ritual! Create a “Shifttual”!

Here are some ways you can integrate a spiritual practice and a create a “shiftual” into your daily life:

Gratitude practice          Writing          Being in nature          Reading or writing poetry

Journaling          Meditation          De-cluttering          Napping          Walking meditation

Affirmations, mantras          Writing a handwritten letter to someone          Yoga practice

Complimenting someone          Breath work          Mudras with hands          Mindful moments

Gardening          Read, stretch, or walk at a specific time of day          Laughter

Tarot cards            Choosing a rune          Candle lighting          Bath time          Slowing down

Visiting your sacred space          Honoring others, small kindness gestures          Imagining

Music to inspire, as a way to connect, relax, etc.          Tea, coffee, drinking water


Having a spiritual practice helps you become more deeply connected to yourself, to your intentions, and dreams. Creating a spiritual practice is part of self-care. It’s one way to deliberately design your life to allow for your intentions, visions, and dreams to magnetize, and manifest. By taking little steps towards wellness, and integrating mindful rhythms and rituals within your day, over time you develop a seamless practice, and/or deepen one if your practice exists into your daily life.

Utilize your spiritual practice zone to inspire wellness, enhance personal development rituals, and one that compliments and fuels your intentions. Prioritize you, and your time. Implement strategies for yourself to help guide you towards success. Make the time, and establish a rhythm for yourself to create long-lasting changes. Honor yourself by gifting yourself this spiritual practice time regardless if it’s 5 minutes or 5 hours. Remember to begin, or maintain your spiritual practice, and embed daily rituals as part of your daily practice. This can be combined as an intention tool, and be part of your personal spiritual development even when you are busy.

Creating time is equally as important as creating the sacred space we explore with intentions. Make “when” part of the ritual & practice too – not just what you do, but when you do it.

Why create a spiritual practice / wellness ritual to connect to your intention path?

images-21* Creating a spiritual practice or intention ritual helps us create our amazing life.

* Routines are nourishing, and supportive to our intentions, nervous system, and life path.

* Provides a spiritual spine, positive habit framework, and foundation for your day. How you start your day, sets the tone for the entire day. Daily becomes weekly, monthly, yearly, etc.

* Your energy is powerful when your approach your day with consciousness

* A way to create a pattern to establish change, new thoughts, actions and behaviors. A rhythm is a catalyst for growth.

* The ritual is to replenish, and provide an opening for wisdom, for inspired action, to settle in, re-group, to keep vibration high, for a physical check in on body where stress may live, or you may feel uneasy, getting intuition and where you can acknowledge it.

* Rituals are grounding, empowering, and an anchor to a day that otherwise can blow away with the wind.

* Having a ritual becomes a fresh start and a way to release the previous day, past struggles, etc. How, with presence, bringing your full attention, and being deliberate can help shift circumstances and perspective.

* Creating rituals and a practice contributes to personal development and positivity.

* Rituals and routines a way to connect with your sacred self, and honor the source within.

* A way to raise your vibration by doing something joyful, peaceful, calming, and harmonious.

For many of us, our life, and how we live our life becomes the spiritual practice. Having a cup of coffee, walking the dog, retrieving the newspaper or mail from the box, and adding meaning to a repetitive task, or offering consciousness to an otherwise mundane situation can also be a spiritual experience.  You don’t necessarily need to park your fanny on a mountaintop to meditate. And it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to meditate on a cushion, sit at your alter or do a yoga pose, but if you are inspired to, and that works for you, wonderful! As you spiritually grow, and develop your spiritual practice may shift, and look different than you previously envisioned. Seek pleasure, enjoyment, presence, and inspiration with your spiritual practice. Develop and customize your own spiritual, wellness, or intention rituals that fit for you, your path, and personal growth.

How would your life positively change if you incorporated a spiritual practice moving forward – with diligence, persistence, mindfulness, dedication, and joy? Positively infuse your day with high-vibrational, uplifting rituals within your practice to support your wellness, and intentional path to your dreams.