This week’s blog post picks up on a recent thread on Facebook where I touched on a spiritual upgrade being felt across the world. I’d been feeling it BIG TIME—emotionally up and down, frenetic, anxious and often at the end of the day, exhausted. I could feel a shift happening, although it didn’t feel that good. In meditation, my higher guides clairvoyantly showed me a series of light waves, rippling across the planet and flooding our consciousness. They impressed me with clear knowing that this is a time of universal awakening where we can all release what no longer serves us and embrace more light.

I thought, I can embrace that.

But then I broke out in a rash and blisters. Really?

What I’ve learned from Spirit and from some of our greatest human teachers and spiritual leaders (all love and respect to Louise Hay who crossed over to the Other Side last week), is that much of our internal dis-ease, be it anger, fear, resentment or grief will eventually manifest physically if we don’t release and/or heal it. I considered my red and blotchy skin. What was I holding onto? What did I need to release?

I reflected on my day-to-day reality and the truth was that I felt heavy. Mentally and emotionally, and I knew exactly where I’d gained it. Without him asking me to, I’d taken on my husband’s stress and it was beginning to weigh me down. Not only was my skin rebelling against me, but also my shoulders were tight and my stomach was frequently in knots. As much as I try to protect myself from external energy, it has a sneaky way of finding cracks and tears to slip in. And where I recognize that healing others is not my work to do, I fall too easily into this role.

My energy healer, Ariel, confirmed what I was feeling. She said, “ICK, you have fiery red and tarry black energy collecting in your root chakra. You know what means—you’re not grounded. You’re letting fear run your energy.”


“Your body’s trying to purge it,” she continued. “That’s why you’re breaking out.”

Later that evening, without me saying a word about my session with Ariel, Chris put a gentle hand on my shoulder and said, “ I’m worried about you. You’re taking on too much. Will you let me massage your back?”

I’m no fool. I wasn’t going to refuse a free back rub.

As soon as Chris put his hands on me, I had the sense that my angels and guides were working through him and what he said next was straight outta their playbook. He said, “You sponge up everyone’s energy. You hold onto it and it’s not healthy. Make-up your mind to let it go. The control. The fear of what’s next. It’s blocking your flow. Let it go.”

On his nudging, I took a deep breath in and slowly let it out. As I did this, I realized that I’d been holding my breath. How long had I been doing that? No wonder I was tense. I repeated the mantra: breathe, release, repeat.  And for the first time in several days, I felt relief. And a swelling of gratitude for Chris. He took his burden off my shoulders and by the following morning, my rash was gone. A physical sign that I’d released my disease.

YOU TRY IT! Breathe. Release. Repeat.

Set the intention to release what’s no longer serving you to receive your own spiritual upgrade. If you break out in hives like I did, recognize this as a healthy purging. Have faith that your guides are rearranging, cleaning and moving out the old to make room for the new. Sometimes this is uncomfortable, even painful. You may need to literally bring your discomfort to the surface so that you can release it. Repeat the following mantra throughout the next few days and into the weeks ahead: Departed loved ones, angels and guides—help me to release any heavy energy weighing me down so that I can receive your light and extend my highest truth and love.

For an even deeper release, integrate the following practices into your day-to-day routine:

  • Yoga
  • Walks, hikes and time in nature
  • Meditation
  • Positive affirmation
  • Intention setting
  • Salt baths
  • Tech breaks

Want More Inspiration and Insight?

In my latest book, What The Dead Have Taught Me About Living Well, I share more about how to release and recharge the reserves. If you have a story about releasing what’s no longer serving you and make room for what’s better, brighter and new, I invite you to share it in the comments below. And if you feel guided to share my story with a friend or loved one who may be served by this message, please pass it along!

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