August is the Month to Feel Your Best: Lion’s Gate Energy

August is the Feel Good Month because there is an energy about August that is supporting all of us to feel our best. 

☀️ August enjoys the power of the Sun encouraging us all to shine
☀️ August has the power and strength of Leo energy to give us natural energy, get us moving, motivated and hear us ROAR
☀️ August is a month where you are encouraged to take a long weekend or a vacation which allows you to reconnect with who you really are (and you are not your 8-5 job)
☀️ August is a month where you are prompted to get outside for Fun in the Sun which is what cats like to do
☀️ August is a month to infuse your body with natural Vitamin D3 from the Sun
☀️ August is a month where you are prepping your body-mind-spirit for the upcoming darker Winter months (in the northern hemisphere)
☀️ And August is the month of the Lion’s Gate energy

The Lion’s Gate Energy is open from July 28 – August 12 with the height being on August 8 (the 8/8 portal).

If you were born under the Leo astrology sign, you may be feeling your absolute best right now. Leo’s are ruled by the power of the Sun and it’s your time to Shine! It’s an awesome fiery energy of motivation and inspiration. I’m a Leo with my birthday at the height of this energy and I FEEL IT! (And no wonder I love cats of all sizes)!

But maybe you’re feeling fatigued, achy, fearful, anxious, and all the negative feels.

This is a high frequency energy portal that combines the Sun in its home sign of Leo, the star Sirius rising in the skies (which becomes visible around August 8), and the numerological auspicious meaning of the number 8/8. Add to that a New Moon on August 8 in the sign of Leo. Collectively it is creating a vibration with an auspicious energy.

This is what makes August 8 a particularly lucky day for manifesting success and turning your dreams into reality.

The 88 in numerology also represents DNA activations and we receive light codes on this day from Sirius which is our spiritual sun. It’s a bold energy of new beginnings, highlighting what’s unique about you, your creative powers, it’s a very lucky day filled with inner child energy because Leo’s love to play … we are cat energy!

If you’re thinking, “Allie, I don’t feel any of that. I feel the exact opposite. What’s wrong with me?” Nothing is wrong with you. These upgrades can feel like crap. When you know what is happening, you will ride the energy much better.

But here’s something to think about:

How you feel in this energy is related to your mindset, where you are energetically, and whether you relate more to the energy of the 3rd, 4th or 5th dimensions currently on Earth.

So where are you with all of that?

Here’s what can help right now in the Lion’s Gate energy:

☀️ Be like a cat (rest, relax, lay in yoga positions, play, bask in the sun)
☀️ Soak in the energy of the Sun because it’s energizing and happy
☀️ Get out and play
☀️ Stay away from negativity
☀️ Write down your intentions, dreams and goals that will take you to the 2022 Lion’s Gate
☀️ My favorite essential oils for this Lion’s Gate and Leo season are Young Living’s Rise Above or Magnify Your Purpose oil blends. Rise Above blend can help you create an environment where you can transform negative thoughts into positive and motivating intentions, open up to new ideas, can be used to transform old thoughts that hold you back, so you can rise above to help achieve your soul’s true purpose. Magnify Your Purpose blend helps when goals are not manifesting and you need to shift your energy in how you talk about or believe in your goals (shift from getting to giving). This blend busts thru the energy blocks to release procrastination, fear and get us moving forward.

☀️ My crystal of choice is Stella Beam Calcite, a high vibrational stone of motivation to break old patterns and move forward in new energy.

August is a beautiful month to raise your energy and vibration as high as you can which will then hold you well into the Fall and Winter season.

 

About Allie Phillips:

My name is Allie Phillips and I like proof, not fluff! I am a Certified Health Coach, Life/Law of Attraction Mindset Coach, Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, Advanced Crystal Master, Universal energy educator, Young Living Essential Oil Brand Partner Leader (#1414338), and an Attorney. I believe in empowering people with education that is well-researched, easy to understand and implement with many options for success, and with experience that it works. My passion is blending all of my expertise together as a Holistic Wellness Coach to help people and pets stay well and thrive in our changing world.  I am the author of The Oily Pet and The Oily Crystal and have written several award-winning animal protection books and publications. As an animal & family protection attorney who is an internationally recognized educator on prosecuting family violence and animal abuse cases, and the Founder/CEO of Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)®, I love helping animal companions live safely and with wellness because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates. 

Be sure to check out my wellness workshops happening every month!

Check out my energy healing certification classes! 

Join in on the fun!

If your pet could talk

If your pet could talk, what would s/he say to you?

  • I’m nervous
  • I’m anxious
  • I’m afraid
  • I’m stressed by the new baby/new pet/new person in our home
  • I’m having digestive issues
  • I’m having itchy skin
  • I’m having problems with my food
  • I’m not happy with my litter box
  • Thank you for giving me a home … I love you so much
We want the best for our 4-legged (and feathered) family, right? We would do anything for them. We do our best to feed them the healthiest species-appropriate food. We hire pet sitters, doggy day care facilities, groomers, trainers, behaviorists. We buy them birthday gifts, holiday gifts, celebrate their adoption anniversary.

Sometimes we do not realize that the loving home we provide for our pet is not the healthiest environment. The air in our homes can be up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside. And the emotional energy can be toxic as well.

There are some easy things that you can do to create a healthy non-toxic environment for your pet.

  • Use a plant-based all-natural cleaner in your home. Pets walk all over everything, right? And then they lick their paws. So if you’re not willing to lick your cleaners, then a change is needed. This is what I use.
  • Remove chemically-filled toxic candles, plug-ins, sprays and aerosols and switch them out to diffuse pet-safe essential oils. I only recommend Young Living essential oils because other brands do not promote their oils to be used with pets.
Stella enjoys her naturally cleaned blanket.
  • Clean bedding and toys in a plant-based all-natural laundry soap. Most “green” laundry products contain harmful ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. This is what I use because my cats sleep face down on their blankets.
  • Buy organic hand-made toys since too pet toys are made of toxic materials. Our pets put toys in their mouth so any toxins can soak in through the mucous membranes.
  • And other recommendations are detailed in my book The Oily Pet.

But what do you do when your dog is constantly anxious, over-reacting to the door bell, barking excessively, or the cat is vomiting or not using the litter box for no medical reason?

We instinctively know that something emotional or energetically is wrong. But we run up the veterinary bills and walk out with no answers. It’s frustrating, right?

These are the questions that I get the most. This is the focus of what I do.

I have loved animals ever since I could walk. As an attorney for the past 26 years (and former prosecuting attorney) I have dedicated my legal career to helping animal victims. I have spent over 20 years volunteering and fostering for animal shelters and rescues. And for a decade my healing business has been focused on helping people and pets transform to an energetically healthier lifestyle.

Marni welcomes Reiki at the shelter and in a twist of fate 15 months later she became a burn victim and came into foster care with me to heal.

 

I understand animals at an intuitive and energetic level. Pets are sensitive to human’s emotions and are highly sensitive to the changes happening to our planet.

This is what I help you understand and empower you with the tools to help your pet.

  • Reiki helps your pet relax because a relaxed body can repair and release blocks
  • Integrated Energy Therapy releases the emotional issues stored at the cellular level
  • Crystals work energetically at the cellular and DNA level and all energy layers
  • Essential oils can work rapidly on physical and behavioral imbalances so long as they are pet-safe

If you have a beloved 4-legged family member that is physically or behaviorally struggling, empower yourself by checking out my pet classes below. Your pet will thank you with snuggles and kisses!

About Allie Phillips:

My name is Allie Phillips and I like proof, not fluff! I am a Certified Health Coach, Life/Law of Attraction Mindset Coach, Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, Advanced Crystal Master, Universal energy educator, Young Living Essential Oil Brand Partner Leader (#1414338), and an Attorney. I believe in empowering people with education that is well-researched, easy to understand and implement with many options for success, and with experience that it works. My passion is blending all of my expertise together as a Holistic Wellness Coach to help people and pets stay well and thrive in our changing world.  I am the author of The Oily Pet and The Oily Crystal and have written several award-winning animal protection books and publications. As an animal & family protection attorney who is an internationally recognized educator on prosecuting family violence and animal abuse cases, and the Founder/CEO of Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)®, I love helping animal companions live safely and with wellness because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates. 

Be sure to check out my wellness workshops happening every month!

Check out my energy healing certification classes! 

Join in on the fun!

How to Self-Motivate

We all have moments where our motivation has gone on vacation and left us with an uninspiring to do list, right? In recent years I have noticed more people are asking me for help on how to get motivated. And in the warmer Michigan months I simply want to be at Lake Michigan all day long which can impact my motivation!!!!

We live in a stressful, distracted, information overloaded world all of which can smother our motivation. So if you struggle with motivation, you are not alone and I totally get it.

#MindsetShift: Did you know that motivation does not come from outside of you?  It comes from within you.

It comes from a thought that you created, which then creates a feeling and an action and a result. Maybe the thought was “I don’t know what step to take next,” which created the feeling of discouragement, defeat, or shame, which created the action of non-action, and the result was not taking any step toward your goal and declaring “I have no motivation.” 

I love to give my clients and students the example of listening to a motivational speaker. You get so ramped up with excited energy that you believe “I’m going to CRUSH THIS!!!!” You are totally on fire! And then the next day you are back to your normal life and habits, lacking motivation, and that goal you were going to achieve is sitting in a box called “Unmotivated.” So what happened?

Whether it’s a motivational speaker, a blog post, a podcast or a movie that motivates you, the motivating energy in that moment is coming from someone else. When that person is gone, it is difficult to sustain that motivated energy because it was not your energy. It is this energy that causes us to follow people on social media, listen to their podcasts or YouTube videos so that the person’s motivational energy is in our daily lives. But it’s not sustainable. Because if all you do is spend time listening to these motivational people, when do you have the time to work on your goal?

#MindsetShift: Motivation must be a fire that comes from within you.

This is why self-motivation is the goal. Otherwise you will not be able to sustain it.

So how can you self-motivate to achieve a goal?

Here are some tips that have worked for me over the years:

  • Change your thought about being unmotivated. I learned this process of breaking down a block from one of my amazing coaches and it REALLY works! Instead of having the thought that you are unmotivated, what if you changed it to “I know one step I can take toward achieving my goal.” That creates a feeling of empowerment and focus to take action to do that one thing. And the result is that you feel good and joyful about what you did. And then you do it over and over again. We can change our thoughts at any time … we just have to be proactive about it and decide to do it.
  • Make a decision and commit that you will take daily steps toward your goal. For any goal, there are usually just a few steps that must be taken daily which will compound. Write down those goals and put them in a place where you will see them daily. And then DO THEM! When you take steps based on how you are feeling or whether you have time in your schedule, it is easy to make excuses and not take the steps. When you decide and commit, you will take the steps even if you do not feel your best and have limited time. Commit to daily action! This will compound and you will find the momentum that invariably will excite you and keep the fire going. And that internal excitement of fire is motivating.
  • Do not worry if you have not found your why. You may think that if you have a strong “why” it will motivate you into action. While it may be partially true, I can tell you that a “why” is not the be-all and end-all to achieving a goal. There have been many goals I have successfully achieved without even thinking about the why. 
  • Focus on what brings you joy. When you enjoy the steps toward achieving a goal, that will light the fire in you and keep you motivated. It’s self-motivation lit from within even if you have not found your why! Find the joy in the steps toward your goal and do those every day!
  • Change your words. Do you post about how unmotivated you are? Do you criticize and shame yourself for not being motivated? Stop that! You’re being really hard on yourself and that will throw water on your fire and zap your motivation. Speak life into your goal and into yourself. Stop yourself every time you say “I am not motivated” and change it to “I am taking a step toward my goal.” Encourage yourself with positive words because words have energy. Place your hand on your throat when you speak words and you will feel the vibrational energy. Be mindful of this. Put words and energy out of what you want, not what you don’t want.
  • Smell calming & focusing essential oils. Citrus oils are amazing to calm the mind and focus it at the same time. If your mind is bouncing all over the place and cannot settle down to figure out the next step, that will impact your motivation. This is when essential oils like Orange, Tangerine, and Lemon can help to calm the monkey mind so you can focus. My Young Living favorite blends are Citrus Fresh and Peace & Calming to refocus my mind and get my thoughts back on tract. And then Abundance topically applied on the bottom of my feet (to motivate my steps with an abundant mindset) and Motivation topically applied over my solar plexus and in the diffuser while I work. They really work.
  • Raise your frequency with self-motivating crystals like Carnelian, Citrine, and Stellar Beam Calcite are all amazing self-motivation crystals. When I am working on something and need to stay very motivated, I will sit on them. Seriously! I put them in between my legs in my office chair. Or put the crystals in your pockets or bra! Wowsa, it really works!
  • Stop seeking motivation outside of yourself. When you are not motivated you do not need another book, another training program, or another pep talk. You do not need to waste time scrolling through social media looking for a motivational hit or another “you can do it” post. Those will give you short-term boosts in motivation. When you can focus on motivating yourself with the suggestions listed above, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

So when you are feeling unmotivated, give these ideas a try to light that fire inside of you. And please post a comment to let me know what worked for you or if you have another suggestion of what helps you that may help someone else!

 

About Allie Phillips:

My name is Allie Phillips and I like proof, not fluff! I am a Certified Health Coach, Life/Law of Attraction Mindset Coach, Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, Advanced Crystal Master, Universal energy educator, Young Living Essential Oil Brand Partner Leader (#1414338), and an Attorney. I believe in empowering people with education that is well-researched, easy to understand and implement with many options for success, and with experience that it works. My passion is blending all of my expertise together as a Holistic Wellness Coach to help people and pets stay well and thrive in our changing world.  I am the author of The Oily Pet and The Oily Crystal and have written several award-winning animal protection books and publications. As an animal & family protection attorney who is an internationally recognized educator on prosecuting family violence and animal abuse cases, and the Founder/CEO of Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)®, I love helping animal companions live safely and with wellness because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates. 

Be sure to check out my wellness workshops happening every month!

Check out my energy healing certification classes! 

Join in on the fun!

Essential Oils & Crystals for a Positive Mindset

Recently my essential oil group spent a month focusing on how to shift from a negative to a positive mindset. Our inner feelings and beliefs dominate our mindset. When we can identify the underlying feeling or belief, we can then start the shift from a negative to positive mindset.

These are some of our favorite essential oils and crystals to help us shift.

Shifting from overwhelm to motivated

We live in a world with a lot of noise and information overload. It can be so much that we feel smothered and weighed down which can create apathy and numbness. These are our favorites:

  • Magnify Your Purpose blend = Overwhelm can set in when you have lost your purpose. Smell this oil and let it get you back on track with your purpose.
  • Motivation blend = This was a team favorite and the name says it all! When you smell it or diffuse it, you will be amazed at what you get done.
  • Sacred Mountain blend = When you can calm and ground yourself, you can begin to re-energize and move out of the mindset of overwhelm.
  • Crystals I love for motivation are Celestite (helps calm when overwhelmed), Clear Quartz (amplifies your energy field simply by holding it) and Stellar Beam (Dog Tooth) Calcite (very high vibrational energy to get moving).

Shifting from worry & fear to strength & courage

Worry and fear are feelings of scarcity, lack, disempowerment, panic, and despair. All you are doing is traumatizing yourself about something in the future that has not and likely will not happen. Worry stores in the stomach as powerlessness and fear stores in the kidneys. These emotions will lower you in to a frequency where dis-ease can take root. So don’t go there! These are our favorites:

  • Valor blend = When we worry and are consumed with fear, we simply need to find our confidence and courage. Valor helps to shift your energy to get back on track.
  • Abundance blend = Abundance is an energy and mindset. It is about shifting to see all that you have in your life and that your glass is overflowing! When you see that, fear and worry melt away.
  • Present Time blend = When you are present, everything is perfect in that moment. Do not let your mindset get stuck in the past or worried and afraid of the future. This is a very calming blend that really helps to focus on being present.
  • Crystals I love for courage are Black Tourmaline (grounding and strength), Celestite (releases negative patterns of fear and worry) and Dumortierite (calming strength and courage).

Shifting from anger to forgiveness

Have you felt a lot of anger floating around in the air? Sometimes the anger that gets into our energy is actually not our own. But it still can still cause havoc in our body. Anger stores itself in our liver, and resentment in the spleen. When anger is not processed it can result in bitterness, intolerance, and settle into resentment … more toxic emotions for our poor body to deal with. These are our favorites:

  • Release blend = When you are ready to let go of toxic feelings and mindset. Topically apply over your liver and then deeply inhale it while saying “I release all negativity from body, mind and spirit”.
  • Forgiveness blend = As Mark Twain said, “”Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” Forgiveness is beautiful once you find it. When you smell this blend it can bring you into a higher awareness and vibrational frequency to the point where you can let go and move on. Topically apply over your heart and then deeply inhale while saying “I am thankful for life’s experiences and the lessons they teach.”
  • Humility blend = Humility is the step after forgiveness so that we can learn and transform. It keeps you sweet and strong no matter what is happening around you.
  • Crystals I love for forgiveness are Blue Lace Agate (calming), Rose Quartz (forgiving) and Rutilated Quartz (let go of the past hurts).

Shifting from loneliness to self-love

Did you know that the remedy to loneliness is self-love? Lack of self-love can come from unresolved grief and when grief is not processed and released it can lead to depression. When you are comfortable hanging out with yourself, your thoughts, and engaging in self-care and personal development during isolation, you are less likely to feel lonely. These are our favorites:

  • Frankincense = Simply smelling this oil can get your energy moving. It is my favorite when missing a person, pet or lifestyle, to restore faith, to ground and uplift. It is also soothing for moments of unworthiness and loneliness.
  • White Angelica blend = You will want to slather all over yourself (your pets). I call it the Wrapped-In-A-Warm-Blanket Oil and the All-Is-Well oil. It is like being wrapped in love. It feels protective so that you do not feel the need to isolate. I love to use it with abused and shelter pets.
  • Hope blend = Hope is a good start with when it comes to deep emotional healing. Because other than love, we all need hope. When you combine the energy of Melissa for those who are highly sensitive with the deep grounding and empowerment of Juniper, Myrrh and Black Spruce, you find Hope! It is my go-to for deep emotions that need to be released. It will help you keep moving forward one day at a time.
  • Crystals I love for self-love are Citrine (happy vibe crystal), Lepidolite (contains lithium to pull out of grief and sadness) and Rose Quartz (self-love).

And always remember … Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.

 

About Allie Phillips:

My name is Allie Phillips and I like proof, not fluff! I am a Certified Health Coach, Life/Law of Attraction Mindset Coach, Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, Advanced Crystal Master, Universal energy educator, Young Living Essential Oil Brand Partner Leader (#1414338), and an Attorney. I believe in empowering people with education that is well-researched, easy to understand and implement with many options for success, and with experience that it works. My passion is blending all of my expertise together as a Holistic Wellness Coach to help people and pets stay well and thrive in our changing world.  I am the author of The Oily Pet and The Oily Crystal and have written several award-winning animal protection books and publications. As an animal & family protection attorney who is an internationally recognized educator on prosecuting family violence and animal abuse cases, and the Founder/CEO of Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)®, I love helping animal companions live safely and with wellness because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates. 

Be sure to check out my wellness workshops happening every month!

Check out my energy healing certification classes! 

Join in on the fun!

My Team’s Favorite Essential Oils

I recently spent a month polling my essential oil group (The Purrmaste Oils Team) about their favorite essential oil products. I am excited to share their answers with you!

What is your favorite essential oil to smell good?

  • Believe = Tanya B. loves this blend because it reminds her of the Pacific Northwest where she used to live. It’s a blend of tree oils (like Balsam Canada, Idaho Blue Spruce, and Frankincense) and floral oils (like Geranium and Ylang Ylang). It’s divine.
  • Davana = Erin M. said this oil helps her feel light, free, like a kid again! Did you know that Davana smells different on everyone because it adapts to each person’s chemistry and unique energy? I love that!
  • Geranium = Grace B. wears this as perfume. It makes her feel all dressed up for a special occasion even when she’s just going to the grocery store!
  • Joy blend = Dee H. wears this everyday because it helps her feel happy. I do, too! Joy combines citrus and floral oils that are known as happy oils. This is one of my favorites.
  • Jasmine + Neroli = Sara A. blends these two together and will sometimes add a citrus oil like Tangerine or Grapefruit, or a tree oil like Black Spruce.
  • Sacred Mountain blend = Rose H. goes for this blend because it is grounding which brings a smile to her face. This combination of tree oils like Grand Fir, Cedarwood and Black Spruce with the floral oil of Ylang Ylang makes this a team favorite.

I love to create my own essential oil diffuser blends, I took the responses and created this Smell Good Diffuser Blend. It can also be made into a roller bottle blend.

 

What is your favorite essential oil for sleep?

  • Frankincense = This was an overwhelming team favorite, especially for topical application on the head to calm the inner chatter. Everyone loves Frank at bedtime.
  • Peace & Calming blend = Rose H. loves this blend because Orange and Tangerine calm the mind, and Patchouli and Ylang Ylang bring on a soft sweetness.
  • Release blend = Several team members grab this oil when emotions and thoughts keep them awake at night. It’s amazing to release anger and frustration that can disturb sleep. It’s a blend of floral oils, citrus oils, grounding tree oils, and the powerful Blue Tansy oil that energetically kicks negative emotions to the curb.
  • Sacred Mountain blend = Margaret S. uses this blend to settle in for the night due to the tree and floral oils.
  • Sleepyize blend = Many in the team voted for this blend to diffuse it at bedtime and topically apply to the forehead. It blends calming oils like Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sacred Frankincense, Tangerine, Rue and Valerian with sweet happy oils like Bergamot and Geranium for sweet dreams.
  • Tranquil blend = This roll-on blend of Lavender, Cedarwood, and Roman Chamomile is on my forehead every night to calm my mental to-do list. This is one of my favorites.

What is your favorite essential oil for happiness?

  • Christmas Spirit blend = I agree with Susan N. on this one. It’s a blend of Cinnamon Bark, Orange and Spruce is a fan favorite. I could (and sometimes do) diffuser it year-round! This is one of my favorites.
  • Citrus Fresh blend + Purification blend = Karen R. blends these two together for a really happy home blend. I never thought of doing that!
  • Grapefruit = Sara A. says it goes well with everything, like a little black dress.
  • Orange = This was a team favorite. Allyson G. said, “it is definitely a happy oil” and she likes to blend it with Thieves oil blend. Interesting combo, eh?
  • Vanilla = Dee H. adds this to Orange oil for a happy diffuser blend and I do that, too. Vanilla with any happy citrus oil is delish!

When I looked at some of the team favorites, I created a Happiness Diffuser Blend. It can also be made into a roller bottle for a beautiful perfume

What is your favorite essential oil for your skin?

  • CBE Beauty Boost = I love this at nighttime for a morning youthful glow. The blend of CBD isolate with Rose oil (oh my, skin loves Rose), Tamanu oil and Grapeseed oil does wonders for skin tone, dry skin and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. This is one of my favorites and my skin does not look dry or my age!
  • Frankincense = Frank gets around and got the most votes because everyone loves him for skin. As you can tell, Frank is one of our most popular oils because it does so much!
  • Mirah Luminous Cleansing Oil = This was a team favorite and I could not agree more. Oil cleanses oil and this will leave your face feeling ultra moisturized but not greasy. The Rose, Sandalwood and Jasmine oils in it are amazing for your skin.

I hope you found the favorites of my Purrmaste Oils Team helpful. In the comments I would love to know what are your favorites in these 4 categories?

About Allie Phillips:

My name is Allie Phillips and I like proof, not fluff! I am a Certified Health Coach, Life/Law of Attraction Mindset Coach, Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, Advanced Crystal Master, Universal energy educator, Young Living Essential Oil Brand Partner Leader (#1414338), and an Attorney. I believe in empowering people with education that is well-researched, easy to understand and implement with many options for success, and with experience that it works. My passion is blending all of my expertise together as a Holistic Wellness Coach to help people and pets stay well and thrive in our changing world.
I am the author of The Oily Pet and The Oily Crystal and have written several award-winning animal protection books and publications. As an animal & family protection attorney who is an internationally recognized educator on prosecuting family violence and animal abuse cases, and the Founder/CEO of Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)®, I love helping animal companions live safely and with wellness because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates. 

Be sure to check out my wellness workshops happening every month!

Check out my energy healing certification classes! 

Join in on the fun!

Why have crystals become so popular?

A friend recently asked me: “Why have crystals become so popular?”

My response: “You’re asking me as I sit in a trailer full of crystals pretending that I’m not taking most of them home? LOL”

Seriously, I’ve been an attorney since 1994 and I have a home filled with crystals and I teach crystal healing classes. What’s up with that? For me it’s two answers: (1) If something helps me feel better, calmer, more energized, I don’t need a double-blind peer-reviewed study to tell me it works. And (2) once I dove deep into learning the science of crystals, that helped my intellectual mind understand what my intuitive mind already knew … they work!

Here’s why I think crystals are growing in popularity:

  • More people are opening their eyes to all of the toxins in our food, cleaners, skincare products, makeup and more. They are feeling tired, sluggish and out of sorts and traditional options are not working. So they are trying more Earth-based products like crystals and essential oils and finding that they feel better. Placebo effect? Maybe, but in my experience it is doubtful to be placebo. We don’t need research studies to tell us whether something works. Eventually science will catch up with what I know works.
  • Many are feeling the shift in energy that is coming from changes in Earth’s frequency, changes in planetary placements, feeling the collective energy of all beings on the planet, and our own internal shift as we evolve to the next level. The plant, animal and mineral kingdoms all communicate with each other. So humans and animal instinctively are drawn to touch a crystal. We feel the soothing nature of crystals during these times even if most can’t explain why.
  • Many are drawn to crystals to help quiet the mind, help with mindfulness, and go deeper into a meditation and spiritual practice. DIY Spirituality is big right now and crystals help!
  • More non-metaphysical businesses are delving into crystals by placing them in their stores or creating beautiful crystal products and jewelry which catch the eye of a shopper. Even the growing tech industry relies on crystals to power phones, computers and televisions.
  • Crystals are simply beautiful in how they refract light and sparkle, so some people are decorating their homes with crystals even if they do not fully understand or appreciate what crystals do to enhance the energy of a space.
  • Some people are fascinated with the ancient history and culture of crystals and how they were used thousands of years ago.
  • The essential oil world discovered crystals a few years ago. I have been blending crystals and essential oils together for over a decade but the concept has EXPLODED and spilled over to social media where crystals are getting more attention. But not all crystals can be blended in liquid, like an essential oil. My book The Oily Crystal explains why.
  • There are reputable, educated and trained teachers offering solid crystal classes in-person and online to help people understand that these are more than pretty sparkly stones. There is an energy to crystals that has a scientific basis and explanation of what crystals do for our cells, emotions and more. I have been teaching about crystals for almost a decade and I blend the science AND the spiritual art of what crystals really do. I help people understand why Rose Quartz helps the Heart Chakra.

If you’ve been intrigued by crystals, I am inviting you to join in one of my crystal classes. My Basic Crystal Healing and Crystal Healing for Animals classes are now ONLINE in addition to being in-person in Lansing, Michigan. And my 2-day Advanced Crystal Healing class is now online. And I offer THREE different certifications! If you would like to join in a crystal healing class, click here to check the schedule

About Allie Phillips:

Allie is a multi-careered energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master),  Certified Health Coach, essential oil educator, award-winning book author, attorney and internationally-recognized animal advocate, and Founder/CEO of Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)®.  She travels the globe to teach about essential oils, healing, and keeping pets & people safe from harm. As the author of The Oily Pet and The Oily Crystal, she helps people create a natural non-toxic lifestyle, find financial freedom, and help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. She particularly loves helping our animal companions and those temporarily in animal shelters because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.

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You have control over your health & well-being

As we continue to live in challenging times, the one thing that I hear is “we have no control over what is happening in our world and I feel so helpless.” I get it … but I’m here to tell you that YOU have more power and control than you may realize.

We are experiencing many challenges when it comes to our physical health. And that is putting stress and pressure on our emotional and mental health. And then we are being bombarded with energetic changes. Put it all together and #hotmess sums it up pretty well, right?

But you actually have power and control over your health & well-being, along with your family and pet(s) health and well-being. Because what you feed yourself (food, thoughts, emotions, and experiences) will determine your health and well-being.

If you’re like me, when you’re doing something proactive, you feel more confident and happier rather than waiting for something or someone to come to the rescue. And right now, the only rescue that can happen are the steps that YOU take. Ready?

My Top 10 Lifestyle Techniques

There are things that you can do daily that will help you regain control and joy as you maintain or improve your health and well-being. I want to share the top 10 things that I am doing daily and how it’s helping me thrive in all areas of my life no matter what is going on around me.

  • Food = Be intentional about what you consume. Make sure it’s real whole foods and organic if possible because it will give life and energy to your body. There are too many toxins being put in food and sprayed on products. That beautiful strawberry may actually harm your health if it’s sprayed. Spending a little more money on whole foods that are organic will save you a lot of money down the road in lost wages and high medical bills due to illness. While white sugar, white flour, genetically modified wheat and processed foods will harm you from the inside out by creating inflammation. If you find yourself binging on junk food during stressful times, let’s work on stress levels (see below). But in the meantime, why not retrain your taste buds to crave veggies or other whole organic foods during stress? A few years ago I forced myself to grab organic greens (brussel sprouts, broccoli, leafy greens) when I was stressed and IT WORKED! And that’s now what I crave when I’m comfort eating.
  • Water = It is important that we drink half our body weight in ounces everyday with filtered/purified water. Drinking water throughout the day (every 20 minutes take a sip) can flush your throat of viruses that want to enter the body that way. And water helps our bodies to eliminate toxins. What I love to do is add a drop of Young Living Lemon Vitality essential oil (a safe dietary essential oil) or Young Living’s Vitality Drops in Bergamot-Grapefruit that also contains beneficial electrolytes. I now crave water more than ever before!
  • Stress = Keeping daily stress at bay is really important for so many reasons. For your physical health it reduces binge eating, digestive and cardiovascular stressors, sleep issues and so much more. For your emotional health de-stressing techniques can calm the emotional rollercoaster that can result in physical issues. For your mental health it helps you focus on what is important in your life. You can literally stress yourself into physical problems. What I like to do is diffuse calming essential oils like Peace & Calming when I am working or at the end of the day. Citrus essential oils like Orange are calming yet they keep you alert so that you can focus and make good decisions. Because when we are stressed, our brain is not capable of making rational decisions. I also do deep breathing for a minute when I find myself getting worked up. And I get outside to sit or do a walking meditation along the river or Lake Michigan because nature has a calming effect on our nervous system.
  • Sleep = Getting 8 hours of quality sleep that is not drug-induced is so important to our overall health and well-being. When your brain can naturally go into deep sleep and REM modes, your body can detox, repair and rejuvenate while you sleep. Sometimes I have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, especially during a full moon or when the energetics of the planet are heightened. My sleep protocol involves putting away technology and TV an hour before bedtime, not eating/drinking at least 2 hours before bedtime, calming essential oils in my bedside diffuser (like Clary Sage with Lavender essential oils), Frankincense on my forehead, and Progessence Plus on my wrists (every women should be using this essential oil blend).
  • Nature = Being out in nature and moving is so important to our overall well-being. When you can put your bare feet on the ground our bodies soak up electrons from Earth that creates an anti-inflammatory and calming benefit. This is why I have been spending time at Lake Michigan every week since the weather warmed up. A 2012 study in the Journal of Environmental Public Health found that earthing promotes better sleep, reduces pain, reduces chronic stress, improve health disorders and create overall well-being for longevity. So whether you go outside and hug a tree or plant your feet on the ground, do this every day even just for a few minutes. And if weather prevents you from earthing, bring the earth inside with tree essential oils (like Cedarwood, Black Spruce and Blue Spruce) and grounding crystals like Black Tourmaline and Shungite.
  • Supplements = Even with an organic whole food diet, we often need to supplement what we eat with vitamins, minerals and other supplements. But not all supplements are made the same. Make sure that you are taking a whole-food supplement that does not contain fillers or synthetics. I personally take essential oil-infused whole food supplements. If you want to ramp up your wellness plan, check these out:
    • Vitamin A is important for a strong immune and respiratory system, and is also beneficial for vision especially since many people are spending more time online for work or staying connected to family and friends;
    • Vitamin B Complex is your happy vitamin that is also beneficial for your eyes, brain, digestive health and energy;
    • Vitamin C is necessary for repair of all body tissues and is beneficial for a strong immune system;
    • Vitamin D3 is best taken thru Mother Sun but taking the supplement daily is also beneficial for calcium absorption for strong bones, a strong immune system to fight disease and combatting the blues;
    • Zinc regulates immune function, decreases risk of age-related chronic diseases, and helps with eye health including preventing age-related macular degeneration;
    • Omega 3s have been researched for supporting lung, brain and cardiovascular health as well as improving the appearance of skin, banishing the blues, improving eye health and fight inflammation;
    • Turmeric & Curcumin are known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits when combined with Black Pepper to help with absorption, beneficial for brain and cardiovascular health, and helps with depression.
  • Detox your Home = We are washing our hands more often and probably cleaning our homes more often too. If you are using toxic hand soap, hand purifier and home cleaners, are you really creating a healthy and safe environment? NO! Plant-based cleaners that are FREE of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and are important to overall health. And make sure the air in your home is clean. One of the easiest things to do is to replace all plug-ins, candles and sprays with a cool-mist essential oil diffuser and diffuse therapeutic-grade pure essential oils (not fragrance oils). Also switch to plant-based cleaners. But please do not be GREEN-WASHED by the pretty green labels in the cleaner isle at the grocery store. If you look at the ingredients and see Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, don’t buy it! I use the line of Thieves products from Young Living because I understand and have researched all of the ingredients, and the essential oils naturally clean so that it’s safe for kids and pets.
  • Detox Your Skincare = What you put on your skin can be as harmful as what you put in your mouth. So are you willing to ingest your skincare? Probably not unless you are using a truly toxic-free plant-based skincare product. The ingredients in almost all skincare and makeup products are frightening and IT’S LEGAL! My lawyer brain gets really angry about this topic. Because what you put on your skin leeches in to your blood stream. Understanding ingredients is really important, but also trusting the company to be honest about the ingredients is just as important. For my skin, I only use Young Living’s skincare and Savvy Minerals Makeup.
  • Avoid negative people/situations = Please stop watching the news and limit your time on social media. All it does is feed your worry, promote shaming by other people and implant the idea that you have no control over your life.  It was easy for me to get sucked back in to news reports when our world went crazy in March. But when I stepped away I realized that there are amazing beautiful things happening in our world right now. I also liberally use the “30 day snooze” and “unfollow” button on Facebook because I see too many friends getting sucked into negative energy. So step away from the negative people, negative situations, negative news, and if you are in a negative job we are in energy where you are being asked (and possibly forced) into reconsidering your path. Make some decisions in that regard before the decisions are made for you.
  • Daily Self-Care & Fun = It is important that you do things every day to feed your soul. I did an entire yearlong series on The Year of You Self-Care in 2018 because self-care is not getting a mani-pedi or massage. Self-care is nurturing your inner self and soul to evolve and is only something you can do. And if you don’t do it, no one else can. So create a morning/daily ritual of what feeds your soul. For me, it’s the 3 Ms: meditation (sometimes a walking meditation, laying in a crystal grid, or learning the art of surrender which is so hard for me), movement and mindfulness where I journal and visualize my day rather than letting my day smash me around. But it’s also about having fun. As we adult, it is too easy to be filled with responsibilities, concerns and worry. And our to-do list will never be completed. Taking time daily to do something fun for you will feed your inner self. For me it’s either time with friends, time at Lake Michigan or tending to my fairy garden.

Do you need help?

Sometimes it can be difficult to get started when it comes to changing long-term habits. This is where I can help get you started and keep you on track. As a Certified Health Coach, Certified Energy Healer Master-Teacher, and Certified Life Coach, I can guide you in the best path for you. If you would like a complimentary 15-minute call to see if working together is a good fit, please click here to get scheduled.

I also host in-person events and online classes multiple times a month. Have you attended one? Each is filled with lifestyle techniques and natural methods to help you regain the healthiest part of YOU! And be sure to check-in daily on my Facebook and Instagram pages for helpful ways to naturally stay well and Energy Check-in videos when I sense that the energetics are strong and impactful.

You have more power and control than you think and I hope you resonate with a few of the ideas that I have shared.

❤️Allie

About Allie Phillips:

Allie is a multi-careered energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master),  Certified Health Coach, essential oil educator, award-winning book author, attorney and internationally-recognized animal advocate, and Founder/CEO of Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)®.  She travels the globe to teach about essential oils, healing, and keeping pets & people safe from harm. As the author of The Oily Pet and The Oily Crystal, she helps people create a natural non-toxic lifestyle, find financial freedom, and help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. She particularly loves helping our animal companions and those temporarily in animal shelters because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.

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Are you ready to Soar: Lessons during the Pandemic

Grab a cup of hot tea because this is a long read. I hope it stirs your inner voice to give you answers.

With social distancing and spending more time at home, I have been meditating on the energy fueling COVID-19 and the pandemic. Why is this happening? Why is this happening now? What can we learn from it? What will our world look like on the other side? Why isn’t fresh fruit and veggies going out of stock? Will toilet paper replenish?

While I continue to get more information each day, I wanted to share these insights now in hope that it lifts your energy and helps you embrace the change now happening.

There is no doubt that we are in an interesting time in our history.

Most of us now realize that our world will never be the same. Some worry they will never recover whereas others see our rebirth into something new.

The Universe/God/Mother Earth have given us all a big time out. I can almost hear the energy saying ENOUGH! You are confined at home until you learn this lesson.

So what’s the lesson? We are in a time where we are being asked to grow into a new way of thinking, a new way of doing, a new way of being, a new way of relating and living together so that we can adjust to the changing energy that has been upon us for many years. Some call it the Ascension, some say it is the natural expansion that everything in the Universe experiences.

I have been looking at the progression of what is happening around the world to help understand the deeper meaning. The shortages in supplies, quarantines, social distancing, sickness, death, business closures, the financial impact. These events are not happening to us … they are happening for us and they are happening for the benefit of the planet collectively and all inhabitants, human and animal.

Change is uncomfortable and sometimes painful, but we have lived a life full of change. As a child a new tooth coming in was uncomfortable; the WHOLE time as a teenager was uncomfortable; giving birth to a baby is uncomfortable. Our life is all about change and growth. And that is where we find ourselves again. We are all in this together to change and grow.

As I tap into the energy swirling around us, these are the questions bubbling up that I feel we are being forced to address:

  • Are we running out of paper supplies because we should stop using less and stop clogging our landfills? Is Mother Earth choking from all the people, all the junk and all the toxins that this is an energy to pivot in a better direction?
  • Are we running out of medical supplies because we have lost touch with ancient medicine? Are we so stuck in the mindset of requiring a double-blind peer-reviewed study before we believe anything that we have lost sight that our ancestors used the earth as medicine?
  • Are we producing too many toxic products that have destroyed the health of humans and animals so that we cannot naturally fight off a virus? When we fill our body with toxins and don’t follow a practice that I learned in Kindergarten (wash your hands, a lot) our body doesn’t have a fighting chance. We are being re-schooled.
  • Are we living in a culture of over-indulgence (supersize my fries, please) and eating so many processed non-foods that our body struggles to stay healthy? If we treat our body like a junkyard and fill it with foods that have no life, then how can we expect our body to be filled with life?
  • Are we living in a world so polluted that quarantine is the only way to clear our air, water, land and our minds? Wouldn’t it be nice if this quarantine had us rethink the exhaust- and stress-filled gridlock in big cities, and allowed the Earth and people to breathe?
  • Are we living to do things and check off to-do lists to where we burnout? With everyone being “so busy” and on the go (even children who are over scheduled), this quarantine and shelter-in-place is reuniting families around games and story telling.
  • Are we living so financially fragile that even going without one paycheck can put people into panic and financially devastate small and big businesses? Businesses are now re-thinking their model and being forced to adapt to survive (this is a blessing in disguise). Are you also reassessing your financial security? Hint: Put your financial eggs in more than one basket and diversify.
  • Are we being asked to physically distance from people, and hunker down with family and pets, so that we have an opportunity to sit with our thoughts, learn who we are, learn what we want, learn what our purpose is here on Earth and grow together? I think this is one of the most profound benefits of this time as we reach out to check on each other and connect in new ways.

Here’s what I find interesting about this moment in time.

Interesting Thought #1: One of the first industries to go into quarantine were the assisted living and nursing home facilities. My mom is in assisted living and it was really difficult to be with her and say goodbye when the lock down was happening. The messages I am receiving are saying this is a shift in energy to first protect and respect our elders.

Interesting Thought #2: In a year where I felt (and hoped) that we would shift offline because of online fatigue and getting bombarded with information overload, we are now required to physically distance. So instead, we are having virtual happy hours, business meetings on video conferencing, and communicating extensively via technology.  What the heck? The message behind this is still revealing itself but the lack of in-person human contact has made me reach out more to people in my life and business. It has also given me more down time due to less driving.

Interesting Thought #3: This situation is exposing financial fear for businesses and people. My heart embraces my friends and colleagues whose businesses were forced to close for an indefinite amount of time. The service industry really is the backbone of our society and they are taking the biggest impact. Years ago I strongly felt the importance of having more than one income stream; not so that I could work more hours, but so that if something happened in one of my businesses the other business could hold me up. It did not make sense to me at the time, but I did it and now I am thankful. The message I am receiving is that everyone is being asked to reassess, expand and embrace a new energy of how they receive financial abundance and income. The old ways have slowly been collapsing (greed is collapsing and heart-based businesses are growing) so we have an opportunity to create something new. A forced time-out at home will give you the time and space to know what is right for you. Work with your grounding & ascending crystals (like Ajoite, Apophyllite, Aurora Quartz, Kyanite, and Pink Himalayan Quartz), essential oils (especially Melissa essential oil and the Transformation oil blend) and mindset techniques so that you do not sink into fear and then make decisions.

Interesting Thought #4: What if everyone embraced natural wellness practices (such as energy healing, essential oils, meditation, yoga, massage) and these were approved as mainstream health practices rather than popping a pill? Let’s keep the momentum of embracing Earth-based medicine. So if you feel panic or fear, go put your barefoot on the ground, breathe in fresh air, let the sun shine on your face, and hug a tree!

Interesting Thought #5: What if we supported the producers of whole food products rather than processed food products, and plant-based products rather than products with a chemical soup of 89 ingredients? Let’s give financial subsidies to the organic brussel sprout farmer rather than the business with machines filling boxes full of toxic ingredients and passing it off as safe food. Let’s embrace the sustainability of plant-based wellness.

Will this be a scary or beautiful time in history for you?

Will you give yourself the quiet time and space to hear the changes that are right for you? Will you stop endless scrolling on social media, mind-numbing television, and comfort eating that is not life giving? Will you lean on faith, hope, prayer, meditation? Will you find a new passion project, or volunteer opportunity, or create a new food recipe to share? Will you open your home to a foster a shelter pet since most animal shelters are closed? Will you go back to less than 3 months ago and look at your 2020 New Year’s goals and reassess what is truly important?

The energy is telling me that we are being asked to change, to pivot directions, to do something different, to be someone different, to contribute, to lend a helping hand. Even if you do not understand the changing energies we have been in for years, you have probably felt them. Too many people are suffering from mysterious ailments, we are moving a break-neck speeds and burning out, we are filling our bodies/minds/spirit with junk, we are afraid …. And all for what?

The lessons of this time in history are a tremendous gift if you listen. I am keeping a journal that I call The Pandemic Papers (written in a Harry Potter journal, because Harry always wins!!!). I am documenting what I’m doing, how I’m feeling, and what I’m changing as we move into the new energies. It will be fun to read 5 years from now.

Remember, this is not happening to you … it’s happening for you. Will you allow yourself to soar?

❤️Allie

About Allie Phillips:

Allie is a multi-careered energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master),  essential oil educator, award-winning book author, attorney and internationally-recognized animal advocate, and Founder/CEO of Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)®.  She travels the globe to teach about essential oils, healing, and keeping pets & people safe from harm. She helps people create a natural non-toxic lifestyle, find financial freedom, and help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. She particularly loves helping our animal companions and those temporarily in animal shelters because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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Prepare instead of Panic

We are in a very interesting time in our history. One thing that is very important is to prepare instead of panic.

During the annual cold & flu season, we ramp up the frequency in washing hands (soap & water or hand sanitizer) and stay away from people showing signs of sickness. Right?

So let’s ramp up our proactive measures than panic.

Wellness Tips

I travel a lot and have done so for the past 17 years. It is easy to catch germs on an airplane, in a hotel and in restaurants/stores frequented during travel. Our body can be challenged while on travel when our sleep patterns are changed, and when we’re stressed. Germs have a bigger impact on us if we are struggling. But our body’s response is also challenged when it spends valuable energy fighting toxins invading our bodies. So if our cells fight daily toxins (like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate found in most personal care products), there is little left to fight germs.

Here are a few tips that may help:

  • Do NOT stress or worry. Stay informed from credible sources and avoid fear-based news and social media. Worry and fear can stress your immune system. Watch more Harry Potter and Hallmark movies! 🙂
  • Wash hands frequently. I use Thieves Hand Soap because it contains NO toxic ingredients.
  • Use hand sanitizer. I use Thieves Hand Sanitizer which contains NO toxic ingredients, cleans my hands and moisturizes them rather than dries them out. Most commercial hand sanitizers contain isopropyl alcohol which is very drying to skin.
  • Clean surfaces. When I am home I use Thieves Household Cleaner on everything, including my smartphone, computer keyboard, and my steering wheel. When I am away from home, I use Thieves Spray for door handles, light switches, airline tables and arm rests for plant-based clean.
  • Eat healthy whole foods and drink water. When you can nourish your body with real whole foods and drink half your weight in ounces in water everyday, this strengthens your immune system.
  • Get good sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, my favorite oils are Lavender oil in the diffuser, and Frankincense oil on my forehead.
  • Start eliminating toxic products. When you reduce your toxic overload, your body can begin to rebalance. Toxins slowly invade our body in small doses and after years and decades those toxins break down our natural defenses. These are the areas in life where we have the most toxic exposure. Click on each to see what I have ditched and switched:

What’s a good first step?

The Thieves Premium Starter Kit is a valuable cleaning kit at a significant discount and you’ll get a wholesale account.

If you don’t have a Young Living wholesale account (24% discount everyday plus a cash-back rewards program), just click here to get one and join me on this oily journey. If you have questions, please post a comment or message me.

❤️Allie

About Allie Phillips:

Allie is a multi-careered energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Fairy Reiki Master, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master),  essential oil educator, award-winning book author, attorney and internationally-recognized animal advocate, and Founder/CEO of Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)®.  She travels the globe to teach about essential oils, healing, and keeping pets & people safe from harm. She helps people create a natural non-toxic lifestyle, find financial freedom, and help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. She particularly loves helping our animal companions and those temporarily in animal shelters because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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When life around you is falling apart

Have you ever had a time where you felt like everything around you was falling apart? Relationships change, people and pets get sick and pass on, jobs end, financial stress, accidents happen … and sometimes it happens all at once. It can feel overwhelming, and you may struggle to handle it all and make good decisions.

We also continue to experience some heavy and intense energy shifts in our world … and they will not be ending any time soon. These energy shifts as our Earth and Universe evolve impact all areas of our life and can create even more challenges during difficult times.

So what can you do to have a strong reservoir of energy and wellness so that you can handle those times when it feels like everything is falling apart?

Here’s what I have learned in 2019

If you are stressed, tired, depleted, over-worked, depressed, and sick, how will you ever have the energy and stamina to stand strong during a storm? The honest answer is that you won’t. Been there, done that. It’s why so many of us get physically sick after a stressful or traumatic time ends. We persevere on caffeine and will power and when the situation ends, we collapse.

What will fill your energy reservoir during good times and keep you strong during difficult times is a consistent daily practice of self-care and soul-care. Self-care was the theme of 2019 for SO many people. I love to read what other people do and teach, but I felt that so many of the recommendations were superficial. We live in a world where mani-pedis and a hot bath will not fill your reservoir with energy to keep you strong. It may feel good, but it’s superficial and not enough.

So I spent all of 2019 diving deep into self-care and ended the year with a realization that soul-care must be a part of self-care. I researched everything I could find about self-care; I engaged in a wide variety of daily techniques to see what works and what is fluff; and I learned that self-care must include soul-care.

Turn Self-Care into Soul-Care

Soul-care re-centers you to a divine connection and de-centers you from your ego running your life ragged and often in the wrong direction. Soul-care is about filling your heart with a greater purpose, giving yourself the space to connect to Source and your Higher Self to discover and pursue that purpose, and listening to your heart and your inner voice about what is right for you.

I am now putting all that I learned into practice as I handle some difficult situations that began in early November.  It’s really helping me because all year I have filled my energy reservoir so that I can now draw on it without depleting myself in the process.

So what does self-care with soul-care look like? Here a few highlights that are my daily practice:

  • Eat real food (nothing from a bag, box or drive-thru window) and drink water (lots of it). If you eat junk, your body will feel like junk. And when your body is not energized you will feel it during difficult times.
  • Give yourself permission for 5-10 minutes of quiet time every day. When you can rest your mind, you will receive insights and guidance. It will help realign you on the right life path so that you are not paddling up-stream doing the same things that exhaust you.
  • Read or learn something about personal development so that you keep growing into your best self. Personal development will strengthen your mind and character to hold you strong when things are falling apart. There are so many great authors like John Maxwell, Rachel Hollis, and Marie Forleo. Find one you resonate with and let them grow you and lift you up.
  • Do things that bring you joy and it will transform busyness and stress. Let go of things that do not bring you joy; and the things you cannot let go of, find something joyful about them. Dread, regret, misery and boredom drain your energy; joy will fill it.
  • It’s okay to say no. Change FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) to JOMO (Joy of Missing Out). If it doesn’t bring you joy, don’t do it. Leave the committee that drains you, don’t give your time to friends who don’t support you, and let go of obligation and “I have to’s”.
  • Fear is a major drain on us that can take over during difficult times. Fear is just an illusion so step over it (and give it a kick) because fear crops up when you’re on the verge of major positive growth. Fear and anxiety feel the same. And anxiety and excitement create the same reaction in your brain. So the next time you feel fear or anxiety, just say “I wonder what I’m excited about?”
  • Use essential oils to work on the limbic region of your brain if you need to work on core beliefs, a more positive mindset, and to break thru excuses so you can grow to the next level. When you have goals but your mindset is working against you, that is an energy drain that will build up over time. One of my favorites is Transformation oil.
  • Do something fun every day (or at least once a week) that gives you the freedom to laugh, smile, and let go. Adulting and all of its responsibilities can suck the energy right out of you; but a fun practice will put the energy back in.
  • Have a morning ritual. When you can start your day with a morning routine focused on you and your day (not on your phone, computer or TV), your day will go better and you will handle challenges much better. Mine changes but currently involves:
    • Drinking water (and Young Living Ningxia Red) upon waking
    • Inspiration reading
    • Gratitude
    • Affirmations
    • Ask how I can serve and then listen
    • Work on my two most important tasks first
    • Use my essential oils

If you are ready for 2020 and the next decade to not be a repeat of the 2010 decade, check out my 12 Year of You self-care classes so that you can find what will work for you.

What I learned this year, and what I see in so many, is that if you are not engaging in self-care and soul-care everyday, and if you think that you don’t have time, then you are not living your life. Then when challenging times happen, you will feel like everything around you is falling apart. But if you engage in self-care and soul-care everyday, when things are falling apart at least one of those things will not be you.

❤️Allie

About Allie Phillips:

Allie is a multi-careered energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Fairy Reiki Master, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master),  essential oil educator, award-winning book author, attorney and internationally-recognized animal advocate, and Founder/CEO of Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)™.  She travels the globe to teach about essential oils, healing, and keeping pets & people safe from harm. She helps people create a natural non-toxic lifestyle, find financial freedom, and help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. She particularly loves helping our animal companions and those temporarily in animal shelters because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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