Crossing over the Threshold

We are on our way!!! With the light of the Moon waxing into fullness on the 10th, and the beginning of eclipse season upon us, it is time to revel in our own magic making here on planet Earth. How are you using your creative powers to transform your world? What are you celebrating, honoring, and giving thanks for in your life?

Our journey continues to unravel now as we venture into the portals of our own creations….

Last month we took our first steps over an imaginary line, literally crossing the threshold beyond the ordinary into the mystical. Stepping over the line, crossing the threshold, symbolized a release of hidden blocks, a clearing away of inner barriers and anything else that got in the way of us realizing our essential truth and innate ability to perceive Nature’s intelligence and the infinite ways the world communicates with us and through us.

We asked you to contemplate how you experienced your journey, by distinguishing the unique way(s) you converse with the Divine via intuitive thoughts, feelings, sounds, symbolic imagery, or an inner knowing. Now, we dive deeper into the meaning of all this.

The idea of “Crossing over the Threshold”, in it’s most simple meaning, is a change from one state of being to another. The “threshold” can be anything from a change in your state of mind, to money in the bank, or conquering false beliefs and limitations. When we decide what the ‘threshold’ is for us, be it lasting fortune and fame, ideal love, radiant health, or ecstatic experience, we have a better understanding of how it might be experienced for us depending on where we’re at in this moment and where we want to be in the next. This brings us back to the importance of knowing your intentions for your journey. You must have a good sense of where you’re headed in order to actually get there.

Crossing over the threshold can happen in several ways and be experienced in various forms. Crossing the threshold can happen through a process we endure, a practice we commit to, a portal we journey through, or a combination of all of these. For example, one endures the process of pregnancy and passes through the portal of giving birth into the state of motherhood. Another may commit to a daily yoga practice to help shift their body-mind consciousness from a place of limiting beliefs and negative thinking to a state of gratitude and complete trust in the Universe. Or, one simply draws a line in the sand and crosses the threshold through a portal of their own creation, as we have done through our previous journey experience. Whatever the case, something has changed and we are thus transformed.

This is the Art of Transformation, Crossing the threshold from sickness to health, from lack to abundance, from doubt to belief, from weakness to strength, from worry to wonder, from stress to comfort, from anger to forgiveness, from fear to love, and from dreams to reality. You get to decide where you want to go and how you want to get there. You get to choose…. Who you want to be. What you want to feel. How you want to change the world and your place within it.

It’s not always as easy as stepping over an imaginary line! Often, we must go through the process and commit to the practice to even discover another way. Or worse, we have a series of unfortunate events such as ill health, major losses, serious accidents, or the like, that painfully push us over the threshold without us consciously choosing. The portals of transformation are infinitely varied and unique to each of our paths. However, we do have the choice to create our own portals, crossing the thresholds of our own choosing, using the gifts of the imaginal realm where anything is possible.

It starts here. It starts now. You choose the way. You are the way.

Your mind is intricately connected to the world around you. Your thoughts and ideas hold their own subtle energetic vibrations, not just within your head, but within the universe. Everything is energy, as they say, and thoughts create things. So, if we imagine ourselves crossing the threshold from where we are to where we want to be, and then take those actual steps in the world, consciously releasing the blocks and barriers between ourselves and Divinity, then…..we create our own portal into the realm where magic is made and miracles abound. And we too become a portal for the Divine to be embodied and expressed through us!

We are all co-creators in collaboration with the Universe on this journey called Life. Each one of us serves as a portal into a unique existence, a creative soul, a child of the Earth. NATURA Journeys offer the opportunity to dive deep into the exploration of ancient shamanic and yogic arts as powerful tools for transformation, both for ourselves and our world while enjoying legendary, exotic destinations and awesome travel adventures.  We invite you to venture with us into the wild realms of spirit and beyond.

We would love to hear your experience! You are invited to be a part of our brand new NATURA Journeys Facebook Group, a place to share, explore, celebrate, and co-create a supportive community for all!

What threshold are you currently aware of crossing over towards your own transformation?

How will you use the process, practice, or portal to creatively cross this threshold with grace and ease?

Have you been pushed through the portals of transformation without your choosing? If so, what wisdom was gained thru this experience?

Welcome! Join the Journey, introduce yourself, share your story….. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1859573850993930/

Crossing the Line, NATURA

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New Moon. New Beginnings. New World.

It’s a new day. A New Moon. A new cycle beginning.

From the dark stillness our world is dreamt into being and to the dark stillness we return, to release, to rebirth, to remember, to renew…..

The dark moon, the new moon, is a time for inner reflection. From the dark stillness, the unknown rises into consciousness. It is felt and sensed from the inside out, tip-toeing through our dreams, rippling in our fears, taking it’s seat beside our shadow. Be with it and let it be. Ride the currents down to the depths of your soul, where the source of your will waits to be recognized and replenished.

For most of us, this is the real work. Being still. Listening to the deep within. Facing the dark aspects of ourselves with complete devotion, and letting go. What layers have been worked through? What layers have left you stumped? What layers are peeling? What layers are healing?

What I love most about the New Moon is the energy of new beginnings, fresh starts. This is an invitation to shed off the old, release the past, compost what you can and consciously start over. From the dark stillness we become….thoughts, dreams, beliefs, words, and actions….the energy paves the way through our hearts and hands, we create the world anew.

Be wise with your ways. Learn from your mistakes. And be grateful to start again. Create consciously.

If you journeyed with us through this last lunar cycle, Congratulations on giving yourself the time and space to go beyond, to experience divine consciousness for yourself and the creative potentials both within us and around us. We are the only ones responsible for giving ourselves the gifts beyond ego’s grasp, to question our reality, to “crossover the threshold,” to deepen our relationship with Spirit, our connection to Nature, and our deeper self.

Our Journey continues now with the intention to both explore and experience the meaning of “Crossing over the threshold.” What does this mean to you? Have you had a successful experience of “Crossing over the Threshold?”

 Also, we have some deepening inquiry for those of you who initiated yourself during this last lunar cycle giving yourself your own journey experience….

-What journey were your more drawn towards? Were you more inclined to journey inward towards your inner self or take the journey out into the wild world? Why do you think that is?

-How did you experience your journey? Did you feel your way through the body? See the way in your mind’s eye? Hear guidance from within?  How did you experience your intuition?

– Has your intention changed? Why? Is your intention clear now? What is it?

We would love to hear about your experience! You are invited to be a part of our brand new NATURA Journeys Facebook Group, a place to share, explore, celebrate, and co-create a supportive community for your journey! Welcome! Join the Journey, introduce yourself, share your story…..

See You on the Otherside, NATURA

Your Inner Wild

Welcome the growing stillness of this waning moon. With January’s first New Moon just ahead of us on the 26th, this is the time to go inward and honor a sacred pause. Give yourself the gift of retreat as we ceremoniously bring this lunar cycle to a close in gratitude for all we’ve shared, all we’ve received, all we’ve dreamed, and all we’ve worked towards throughout this powerful start to 2017. You are invited to surrender, breathe and just be.
We ended 2016 honoring December’s New Moon on the 28th, diving into the topic of Love as a Force of Nature” exploring the five ways you can open your heart and keep it open to be a conduit of Love and “a force of nature” yourself.  By Full Moon we journeyed out into the world, with the solid intention to begin our Sacred conversation with Nature as an intelligent awareness capable of communicating with us in infinitely creative ways. Now, with the waning of the Moon, we journey inward.
Life is a constant balance of outward expression and inward reflection, wax and wane, give and take, ups and downs, open and close, stop and go, fast and slow……. It is on these inward journeys that we integrate, balance and discover ourselves anew. It is on these inward journeys we discover our own limitless depth, wild intelligence, and creative expansion. It is on these inner journeys we cultivate our own sixth sense, our intuitive guidance, and the powers of the imaginal realm. As above so below. As within so without.
Now, we venture inward to explore the wildness within. Are you ready? Let’s do it!
Here are the five steps towards taking your unique inner journey. Notice, the 5 steps posted here are also a reflection of the outer journey steps we went through in our last post. Only this time, the voice of Nature is within you….
1. Prepare Yourself.
Create a personal ritual of preparation. This could be as simple as taking three conscious deep breaths, setting up an altar space, honoring the elements and invoking the directions. Whatever helps you relax, ground and center. Make it personal. Write in your journal to clear some space. Light a candle and smudge, or anoint yourself with a soothing essential oil. Intentionally pour, bless and drink a tall glass of water!
Prepare for your inner journey with the same reverence and receptivity as you would an outer journey. Cleanse your body, mind, and spirit in preparation for communion with your inner divinity. Cultivate a sense of honor and reverence towards yourself as an aspect of Nature, capable of the extraordinary. Be grateful for the blessings within your inner world. The spirit within is waiting, sometimes we just need to clear the space in our hearts and heads to be receptive to what is already there.
2. Set an intention.
Get clear on your intention for this journey inward.  Your intention could be to journey for guidance with a current issue, connect with and receive wisdom from your higher self, take lessons from your ancestors, receive blessings for healing, meet your spirit guides, discover your inner wild, release past hurts and resentments, or what have you. Be creative and purposeful with your intention. The stronger your intention, the more potent your experience. Setting your intention is like setting your inner compass towards that which you seek, wish to experience, know, or cultivate within.
3. Create Space
Choose a time and space where you won’t be interrupted. Turn off any potential distractions. Put on some relaxing music, or even use a shamanic drum journey soundtrack. Grab a blanket and pillow if it helps you feel supported into going deeper. Treat this experience as a sacred pilgrimage into your inner realms. Whether you are journeying for five minutes, or an hour, honor this time and space as sacred in an of itself.
4. Crossover the threshold.
With your journey just before you, repeat your intention three times. Close your eyes. Deepen your breathing. Relax your body. Still your mind. Use your breath to deepen into your experience. Use your focus to ignite your intention. Use your imagination as the doorway into your unfolding self. Go inward. Journey through your heart. Discover the world waiting for you there. You may find yourself journeying to your own magical place, high above the Mountains, deep below the Sea, or lying in stillness along a sunny seashore. You may find yourself walking through your own enchanted forest, or flowery meadow. You might fly with an eagle, swim with a great whale, or ride a wild stallion. You might rest in the arms of the Great Mother, or float down a winding river in the velvety bloom of a lotus. Let your journey take you where it will. Surrender to the unknown within and experience the power of your divinity on this inner journey through your wild realms.
5. Honor your experience.
Give thanks to yourself and what you experienced on your inner journey. Journal about your discovery, write down any nuggets of truth and wisdom received, or simply bask in the bliss of your own relaxed state. Know that we hold the capacity to seek and answer our own questions, create our own healing, and journey far into the wild realms of our spirit and beyond. Honor your inner space as you would a Nature reserve full of wildlife, beauty, and mystical surprises. The sanctuary of the wild exists within us. We are one!
Enjoy the stillness. Take the pause. Experience the Journey.
Wild and Free, Natural Mystic