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Making Magic

Making Magic

Ah! The beautiful, evocative, mysterious word, ‘Magic’. Its meaning and interpretation are as varied as us human beings. For some, the word invokes images of rabbits being pulled from hats; for others, teenage girls in the forest chanting ‘so mote it be’; for still others, the dark arts and something to be feared and swerved from at all costs.

Professor Chris Gosden, in his spectacular book ‘The History of Magic’ describes ‘the three great strands of practice and belief that run through human history – science, religion and magic.’ And although each strand has sought to dominate human enquiry through different eras, usually by denigrating and attempting to debunk the other, these three forms of enquiry have endured throughout time. I love this ‘triple helix’ of human enquiry as we, as a species, seek to understand, master and measure the dimensions of our natural and supernatural domains, as well as the visible and invisible aspects of ourselves. ‘Magic preceded religion and science, and it has been with us from the ancient Greek, Roman and Jewish Magic, to the Shamanistic traditions of Eurasia, indigenous America and Africa, the alchemy of the Renaissance’, and re-emerging today through quantum physics, ‘where magic and science converge’.

The word “magic” derives from the Latin, the Greek, the Old Persian, and, ultimately, the Proto-Indo-European magh, “to help, to be able, to be powerful.” (Psychology Today). Now more than ever, with disillusionment in many of the dogmatic religious structures of the world, and distrust in the commercial agendas behind science, a curiosity and draw to Magic is on the rise.

75 percent of the adult population of the Western world holds some belief in Magic. And whilst there are many forms and expressions of Magic, at its very essence it accepts that we have a connection with the Universe, and that the Universe responds.

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With the growing understanding and practice of meditation, energy healing and the energetic nature of the human system within the chakras and nadis, the existence and effects of which can now be measured by Western science, the idea that we are inextricably linked and participate within the hologram of vibrating energy and information, that is our universe, is starting to make a lot of sense, to a lot of people.

And, certainly for me and my community of energy healers and magic makers, the empowerment that comes with this knowledge and the results that are yielded when we dare to engage from this paradigm are undeniable. To know and operate with self-determination and oneness, rather than feel separate from everything and passively take the hits from some unseen force that may or may not have your back, yields incredible effects on the system and life.

The former enables consciously living from a state of Love. The latter entraps us in a constant unconscious state of Fear. And our inner state influences our phenomenal experiences. There’s a kind of funnelling that happens as we see evidence of the state we hold and therefore take it as ‘real’ and happening ‘to us’, forgetting that we are and always have been causal to it. Yep – the old Magic Mirror of life. So, to move into collusion with universal forces, we need a serious paradigm flip, and that’s what Shape Shifting – An Experience of Conscious Creation is all about.

It’s a stepped journey to enable that ‘flip’; to understand ways to bring collusion within, between intention, desire and choice, mind and heart, energy and matter, conscious and subconscious. And when this alignment is achieved, we emanate a coordinated, collusive vibrational pattern into the field of life, which by its very nature, mirrors it back through experiences.

When the first Shape Shift for the year opened on the March Equinox, many joined who have been Shape Shifting for several years, and we were also joined by many who were feeling this curiosity, this draw to understand the third thread of their triple helix, Magic. They worked at it, with the support of the materials, member support team and community and especially their will to change their lives, and the results have been both spectacular and a privilege to witness.

There are too many testimonials to add to this blog post, but here are a few excerpts from our March Magic Makers to give a taste of the possibilities when we reclaim our magic:

 

“With the benefit of the beautiful guidance and tools Dani provided and the support of the Shape Shifting community she has gathered together, my life has turned 180 degrees. I was able to face challenges that have haunted and controlled me for years. In doing so, I have travelled through layers of my self, my past, my future and come to a much greater understanding of my place as a creator of this life.

I have found “home” for the first time in my life, a physical house to call my own, a loving home within my authentic self, and a sense of belonging with others, ‘a tribe’. I now taste a magical richness in each day and have connected with many like-minded beautiful souls around the world.

Big hugs and sincere thanks for Dani and the Shape Shift community, my heart is full.”

“Having just completed my third Shape Shift since 2019 I would like to thank you, Dani, for your generous guidance and sharing of knowledge. I have always believed that it is important to learn from a Master until I can fly on my own and lately, I have felt my wings growing in ways that are most unexpected. The Shape Shift content is dynamic, highly creative, fun and super interesting. In addition to the weekly video and audio lessons, I have loved learning about runes, sigils, planetary deities, crystal and plant energies. The meditations, breath work and musical tracks created for the community are incredible. I now understand how I create my reality and can Shape Shift whatever I desire using the tools I have learnt. I can now sense that my major goals have landed, I am less anxious, healthier, my relationships have improved and I am able to maintain an open heart. The ongoing support between shifts, including our wonderful private Facebook page are the icing on the cake. I cannot recommend this life-changing course highly enough. Namaste.”

“…During my shift I found that opportunities came fluttering towards me like butterflies. Beautiful beings walked straight up to me, offering me chances to heal and to lift myself up out of the cloud I felt I was in. I took them all, feeling ready and empowered by my experiences in the meditations and rituals and my life has altered itself. We always have a choice, I realised, and when we don’t know what to choose, there is always a voice to answer when you ask. SS taught me to listen to it. As for the knowledge, it is highly magical and extremely sacred. I felt my jaw drop at the realisation that I had access to such phenomena as zone rights and medicine wheels and that it was all there for me to grasp.”

“…I encourage everyone from any walk of life to join this Shape Shifting journey, especially during these ever-changing turbulent times. This opportunity came at exactly the right time for me. It was time to shed my stagnant self-limiting beliefs, conditioned thinking, release trauma and start living life to the full…no longer placing my life on hold, often dictated by circumstances within or out of my control. It has been a true realisation that each day I have choices as to how I react or respond to life and the people I choose to spend time with.

I have emerged from this Shape Shifting journey with a much greater sense of compassion, more meaningful and loving relationships, clarity, purpose, creativity, uninhibited authenticity and self love. I have a true appreciation for each day and the beauty and abundance in nature, a passion for rituals and a more peaceful and contented heart. My heartfelt gratitude, Dani…”

 

If you’re drawn to rediscovering your magical self, this beautiful ancient art, your intuition and self-empowerment, join us for the September Shape Shift. Registrations are now open and close on September 14th. The journey commences on the Equinox, September 21st.

If you have any questions or thoughts about Magic and the Shape Shifting experience, do get in touch. You can also visit my website to explore courses and useful content to guide you on your path to healing, self-discovery and mindful living.

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The Solstice Upswing Let’s raise the roof!

The Solstice Upswing

Let’s raise the roof!

June 20th/21st in the Northern Hemisphere marks the high voltage juncture of the Summer Solstice. Nearly every earth-based spiritual framework around the world, since ancient times, has honoured this seasonal turn in a myriad of ways. The Solstice is imbedded in the structural alignments of temples, pyramids, and stone circles. Fire rituals, feast days of correspondent saints and deities, community parties, dance, ceremony and the retelling of folklore are all part of the traditional mix.

As with all the seasons, the wilderness provides our human consciousness with powerful energetic shifts that we can work with. Far from being separate from the Earth’s cycles, we are part of them, and they are a part of us – both literally, energetically and spiritually. The seasonal turns of the planet support our lifeforce, our rest, growth and regeneration cycles, our food chains, and therefore, necessary natural food medicines our bodies need in each season. Our inner spiritual cycles follow the same cycles of growth, expansion, arrival, discomfort, shedding and deep stillness. This cycle of the seasons, the cycle of life, the cycle of the soul, is evident in the turn in each day, of each breath and heartbeat. It is the rhythm of creation itself. And of all the natural windows throughout the year, the Solstice calls us to recognise this the loudest. It’s a call to understand and respond fully to the interconnectedness, bounty and mystery of life; to move into Oneness.

Oneness Consciousness is the biggest aspect of my entire spiritual journey. It underpins my spiritual vow of service and I teach the concept of it and tools to train the awareness into it, in every single course I offer and private sessions I hold. Why? Because when we operate from a paradigm and felt knowing of Oneness, magic happens. And goodness…don’t we need some magic on this planet right now?

The easiest way to understand how the Solstice supports this conscious shift into Oneness, is to look first at the natural characteristics of the season.

The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. At this time, the sun is at the farthest north that it can get from the equator. It is sometimes called Midsummer, as it both ushers in the warmest season, and also reminds us of the archetypal pulse of life as the days start to shorten from this point onwards.

The key themes to this point in the year are: Awareness (Light), Oneness (natural midpoint), and Gratitude (full growth) and if we use the Solstice energies to focus on these themes, we are able to plant them deeply into our consciousness, bring alignment into our own cycles and change our experience of life.

Awareness

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In all esoteric traditions, the day represents consciousness within our ordinary, on the ground, awake, reality. The night time represents our inner, meditative, spiritual reality. Light almost always represents the light of our awareness and its power to transform. At this time of the Solstice, the emphasis is on our ordinary reality; our day-to-day choices, relationships, thoughts and actions.

The Solstice calls us to develop and hone our present awareness and mindfulness. Every single action, thought, emotion, word and choice emanates creative energies which organise themselves into our life experience. It’s time to take stock of what we are experiencing, to bring the light of our awareness to what doesn’t sit well within our lives and to make the changes. The full light exposure of the Solstice is an invitation to take responsibility for everything in our lives; everything. The position of ‘the victim’ or passivity towards what we perceive to be ‘wrong’ with our selves or our lives is the ultimate in dualistic consciousness. Life is not being done to us; it is emanating from us – the good, the bad and the ugly. And every moment, every now, is an opportunity to transform.

Day-to-day mindfulness of our reactions, patterned thinking and the felt sensations that move through our bodies, is key to bringing awareness to the life we are creating. Meditation training and journaling are two of my tried and true ways to develop this capacity. Another beautiful practice to mark the changes we seek is to declare them to the Solstice dawn. This simple action, witnessed by our present awareness and the year’s highest light point, sends a ripple into the field which triggers change. And it’s a tradition that the ancients engaged with on the Solstice too.

Oneness

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The natural midpoint of the Solstice is also regarded as a hugely powerful window for connection with Spirit, as the wild pendulum hits its zenith and then starts its swing into shorter days, less light and retraction into winter. This still point, before the entire direction of the wild field shifts, is a time to connect with nature, enter ritual and raise the energy body to connect with our true nature – our Spirit.

Many beautiful practices correspond with the solar energies of the day and our mind/body/energy systems. Surya Namaskara (sun salutations), Surya and Mushtika mudras combined with meditative visualisation of radiant light and strength, Solar Flare movement meditations, AUM mantra and Solar Breathing practices are some of my favourites to teach and use at this time.

Choosing to engage spiritually through ritual and inner practice merges our mundane aspect with our spiritual aspect – it moves our very being into Oneness Consciousness, that is, the realisation that we are a unique refraction within a whole. Life, self, spirit, nature and the energetic field that holds it all, is all one thing! And it is from this state that we consciously create our lives.

Gratitude

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The Solstice is also the time for highest growth, seeding and birthing in the natural world and nearly all of the ancient ceremonies that mark the Solstice, celebrate the abundance of the earth and life through feasting, dance and all-night partying! I write about expressing gratitude a lot, as it’s one of the most powerful spiritual forces available to us. It creates joy. It eliminates comparison and envy. It improves heart health and immune function. It creates a state of wellbeing irrespective of external circumstances. It is a highly magnetic state, that is, it accelerates the creative mechanism between thought/feeling/will and what we experience. In other words, it brings in the good harvest and it seeds the next.

Knowing this isn’t enough. The state of gratitude needs to be nurtured, enabled and felt for it to wield its magic, and usually, this requires a conscious effort. But small steps in the day-to-day will start the gratitude engine running. Blessings before eating a meal together, keeping a gratitude journal or app, choosing to say ‘thank you’ more often, returning kind action with kind actions, sending that card or making that call to acknowledge the blessing of friendship, are all small, easy and potent actions that align with the Solstice energies.

I hope this article inspires you into action. Let’s not let this 2021 Solstice and all the beautiful meaning and energy that it offers us, slide by. If you’re nodding when reading this, then put the sentiment into action now and notice the shifts it creates.

Blessed Solstice, Folks!
Love,
Dani

If you have any questions or thoughts on the Solstice upswing or the energies it brings, do get in touch. You can also visit my website to explore courses and useful content to guide you on your path to healing, self-discovery and mindful living.

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THE C-WORD SERIES: COURTESY, CONTENT & CONTAINERS A new take on the ‘C-Word’ in business!

THE C-WORD SERIES: COURTESY, CONTENT & CONTAINERS
A new take on the ‘C-Word’ in business!

My mentoring sessions are more and more steering towards small business coaching for individuals who have chosen to turn their long-held passions and side hustles into income-generating businesses. The perspectives and energy dynamics in doing this, are both my fascination and skill. It’s super exciting to be a part of and it is certainly shaking things up.

I have watched different businesses in my ‘sector’ flash, dazzle then fade, and others plateau after rapid growth, while some have continued to successfully evolve and grow beautifully in the time that I formally started my own meditation and healing business, seven years ago. And in the last 18 months, this activity has accelerated. 

What makes the difference between the ‘flash, dazzle and fade’ attempts, and the small businesses that gain traction and loyalty and continue to grow, even through a global pandemic? 

After much market observation and trend tracking, I am confident in saying that the answer, my friends, is that the winners always and consistently apply the ‘C-word’ in their businesses and dealings…eight variations of it, in fact!

In our first instalment of the C-word Series, you read about Clarity and Connection. In this second instalment, we’re taking a look at three essential C-words: Courtesy, Content and Containers.

Kicking off with what I believe is one of the most underestimated superpowers of small businesses:

Courtesy

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Common courtesies bring a human element into business and when you’re a small business in a crowded space like mine, always, without fail, you will be remembered by how you make a potential client or collaborator feel, rather than what you tell them. Courtesy exhibits empathy, respect and presence. It exudes confidence and professionalism, and in my experience, courtesy leads to more business. Establishing a rapport in initial communications is key, even if you are not selected for the gig. 

Graciously expressing gratitude for the opportunity to pitch or deliver; being generous with ideas and content; being on time; following up; doing what you say you’re going to do promptly; tagging people properly on social media when sharing offerings or expressing gratitude; not mass-tagging others to push your agenda (I can’t stand this…instant delete and block from me!) are all forms of common business courtesy. 

I know! I know! It’s obvious right? Well it’s becoming less and less common and it makes a point of difference in the market. Perhaps it’s the speed of the digital age? Or these small, but oh so important gestures are seen as old fashioned, but certainly in my business they make a huge difference.

I have won several large corporate programs in the last six months through referrals from other corporate clients, because of a great rapport. Other jobs have come in through service providers from previous jobs, who were managing the online events, and then recommended me to their other clients, because they gained a positive impression. Even pitches that I didn’t win in the past due to budget constraints or changed programming, have yielded in months following, because they positively remembered the interaction we had during the pitch. 

And I recommend others from a similar ‘felt’ connection. Last year, for example, I put the word out asking for recommendations for a personal trainer for my teenage daughter. I was inundated with names and contacts. Personal training is a massive scene here in Singapore and obviously competitive. Several potentials took to messaging me every day, asking if I had made a decision (not courteous). Once we had decided who to go with, I made sure I messaged everyone we had spoken with, directly thanking them and informing we were going with someone else. Some replied courteously with a lovely grateful thank you, but others disappeared after daily chasing. What the vanishing PTs don’t realise is that I was messaged by close to twenty other people asking for personal trainer recommendations. And yep, you guessed it, I passed on the names of the courteous trainers and not the vanishers! 

Courtesy comes from a vibration of generosity, and generosity is highly magnetic!

Content

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In my space of coaching, holistic and alternative health and wellbeing, you ARE your brand and it is essential to align your content authentically to who you are and what you stand for. Now more than ever, content is king. Content is how people find you and then decide whether there’s a fit. Fresh content maintains search engine optimisation and social media planning turns sporadic posting into a weave of messaging that draws people to your offering. And it takes planning!

When I engaged Marie Nadal Sharma from Them You & Me Digital last year, this was the first thing we tackled. I had reorganised my business structure from a previous sole proprietorship called The Meditation Teacher, which naturally had an excellent Google ranking, to my own name, Danielle Van de Velde (as my offering had substantially expanded from teaching meditation), and overnight, I disappeared off the search engines.

Marie reviewed all my blog posts and social media and distilled from it all, patterned messaging. We set about defining the pillars of my offering (and me) and then put in place a blog posting and social media plan accordingly. It was a relief to know that I had been instinctively doing this with my messaging, but my goodness, has the forward planning and structure made a difference. My community has grown substantially, as have my engagements, and as yet I have not paid for any advertising. I have been interviewed and invited to many talks and last year attracted a book deal off the back of my blog posts. 

Get clear on what you stand for. Write authentically in your own unique voice. Generate regular fresh content. With a good bank of content, you can repurpose it down the track in many different ways to maximise the leverage from the effort. And if you need help, engage someone like Marie, who can give you the structure and smarts on how the digital marketing machine actually works. It’s worth it!

Containers

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One of the main reasons I love captaining my own business ship is the autonomy and self-determination in my direction, messaging and offerings. And the cues for where to steer my ship, whether to accelerate or slow down, re-launch previously popular offerings, or invent new ones, almost always come via conversations and interactions day to day. 

Clarity and connection activate a radar in the system for themes and new directions. Often, you will see repeated themes jumping into awareness through conversations, encounters, and other content, signaling to you that this is important and could be met with an offering. Repeated feedback from clients and your community is like gold for strategic planning and unless you are executing a formal client survey (which is also worth doing in a planning cycle), then this information comes through as a dawning realisation. The key is to catch it.

There are wonderful data collection and collaborative platforms available that are constantly getting finessed as we continue to operate in a largely decentralised mode…however even the Notes function on your iPhone will do it. The trick is to set up containers where the ideas can be easily captured, in context of your offering and what you stand for. I also include in my containers, links to relevant articles that I can reshare later with my own commentary, memes that speak directly to me as well as photographs of experiences I have had that have yielded an insight or revelation. All of this is excellent raw material for your social media planning and also generation of offerings. I have a specific bucket for blog post ideas. You’re reading now an idea that started forming about three months ago. Every time I encountered another C-word in business, or witnessed one in action, I popped it in my ‘Blog Post Container’ with a short note to remind me of the point. I have enough ideas in there for around twenty new articles and every week I add in new ideas. 

Courtesy, Content and Containers, three C-words that give your small business a serious edge.

Stay tuned for the next instalment of the C-word Series for a look at Completion and Clans!

If you have any questions or thoughts on Courtesy, Content, Containers, Clarity and Connection as being essential to small business success, do get in touch. You can also book the online or in-person private sessions on Intuitive Healing and Mentoring. 

Visit my website to explore other courses and useful content to guide you on your path to healing, self-discovery and mindful living. 

If you enjoyed this post and would like to share it, I request that you please credit Danielle Van de Velde as the author. I do not authorise repurposing or republishing without my written permission. You may email me for the same.

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The C-Word Series: Clarity & Connection A new take on the ‘C-Word’ in business!

The C-Word Series: Clarity & Connection

A new take on the ‘C-Word’ in business!

The BIG C-WORD that has dominated global language for the last 18 months is changing business landscapes, in how we work, how we ‘pivot’ and grow, and the rush to online offerings. And within all this change, one interesting observation is the rise in innovative small businesses, especially in my space of coaching, holistic and alternative health and wellbeing. It appears that the combination of corporate downsizing and reorganisation, and a pandemic-enforced search for meaning, has released onto the scene a wave of talent, clever ideas, and with it, greater competition for loyal customers. 

My mentoring sessions are more and more steering towards small business coaching for individuals who have chosen to turn their long-held passions and side hustles into income-generating businesses. It’s super exciting to be a part of and it is certainly shaking things up.

I have watched different businesses in my ‘sector’ flash, dazzle then fade, and others plateau after rapid growth, while some have continued to successfully evolve and grow beautifully in the time that I formally started my own meditation and healing business, seven years ago. And in the last 18 months, this activity has accelerated. 

What makes the difference between the ‘flash, dazzle and fade’ attempts, and the small businesses that gain traction and loyalty and continue to grow, even through a global pandemic? 

After much market observation and trend tracking, I am confident in saying that the answer, my friends, is that the winners always and consistently apply the ‘C-word’ in their businesses and dealings…eight variations of it, in fact!

And whilst the ‘C-word’ for some may seem out of date, old school, even obsolete, it is the lack of it in business which is why so many small businesses and solopreneurs get left in the dust. 

This C-word Series explores each, in no particular rank. They are all essential to small business success.

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Clarity

Clarity of intent, clarity of motivation, clarity of market, clarity of measures, clarity of mind! Clarity can and must be cultivated. It may seem obvious for some, but I am continually amazed by the extent of blurry vision I encounter when engaged for mentoring to help people convert a fantastic idea into an income-generating offering.  

Admittedly, the BIG C-word is holding our longer-term vision to ransom still, however, short to medium-term clarity is ours if we claim it. 

From an energetic point of view, a clear aligned intent is not a simple statement at the top of a business plan. It is a powerful organising field of energy that influences perspectives, decisions and action. 

Our ability to ‘be clear’ needs to be maintained primarily in our inner-terrain, through daily simple meditation and energy practices. Breathwork, contemplative meditations, and journaling are all proven to carve out greater psychic space, therefore honing our ability to envisage our desired outcomes, to describe them and feel into them. Clarity of our business intent, our vision and goals require honing. For some, it is simple and clear. For others, it requires many iterations to get a clear concise intent defined in a way that can be articulated easily and clearly to anyone, especially the self. 

Perhaps, most importantly, a clear inner terrain allows us to read the intuitive prompts that are continually being given through an activated intent. As soon as we’re clear internally on our business goal, that goal starts to communicate to our deeper senses. Promptings for action, new directions, people to contact, and people not to contact, come flooding in, and without a clear inner terrain, we miss them. 

There also needs to be a clear wholesale alignment with the self and the intent. I guide my clients through a process called ‘Core Intent Discovery’, an introspective exercise through journaling that drills down to the key motivational drivers for engaging in the business in the first place, and tests alignment with it. Without full alignment, there is a diluted authenticity in your content and ‘voice’, which potential clients and collaborators can sense.

Connection

Any good business coach will ask at the outset of planning a business idea, “Who else is doing this currently?”, “Who’s doing it well?”, and “Who has tried and failed?” and “WHY?”

Market research not only allows an understanding of the appetite and trends in your desired field, but it is also key in defining the positioning of the potential offering and the unique differences in your own. 

And with all the C-words, as we’ll discover in this series, there is a powerful energetic dynamic at play with connection too. Through market research, keen observation, following the popular ‘voices’ in your field and absorbing the commentaries, it deepens the thought-form of the business idea. Better still, is to make contact with the winners in your field of interest and start dialogues with them, lend your opinions to their commentaries on social media, and/or join related forums. 

Everything that we generate and experience exists first as a thought-form and what we focus on, we become. 

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By steeping our awareness into ‘the field’ of the idea we want to bring to bear, we energise its birthing. Researching similar offerings elsewhere, reading about how people engage with the offering, the language of the sector, the commentaries, and the voices behind them are both interesting and important energetically and will feed the creative impetus behind your own idea. 

In my own experience, it has been the connections made during the creative planning windows of my offerings which have often yielded fabulous referrals and collaborations down the track. And if you are a sole operator like me, connecting with like-minded communities can make a massive difference to what otherwise can feel like a solitary slog. Not everyone needs to be viewed as a competitor. Converting ‘competitors’ into ‘connections’ smooths the playing field considerably.  

Read our next instalment of the C-word Series for a look at Courtesy, Containers and Content!

If you have any questions or thoughts on Clarity and Connection as being essential to small business success, do get in touch. You can also book the online or in-person private sessions on Intuitive Healing and Mentoring. 

Visit my website to explore other courses and useful content to guide you on your path to healing, self-discovery and mindful living. 

If you enjoyed this post and would like to share it, I request that you please credit Danielle Van de Velde as the author. I do not authorise repurposing or republishing without my written permission. You may email me for the same.

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Conscious Creation: what is it really?

Conscious Creation: what is it really?

Does your current reality have you seeking deeper engagement and skills to navigate your inner and outer terrains? Does the ‘shape’ of your life no longer fit with the ‘shifts’ happening around you? Are you recognising the pull to prioritise your desires and dreams, but you’re not sure where to start or how to make them a reality? Do you have a feeling, a palpable knowing that there’s so much more to you and the nature of life, that has so far eluded you, but also beckons?

These types of questions are not only common to many of us but are being regularly asked, every day in my private sessions. The impact of the last year (which continues into this one) has everyone, at some level, seeking much deeper meaning and engagement with life; and, the ways we have always approached things just don’t seem to be cutting it anymore. 

It is for exactly these reasons that on the March Equinox this year, I am opening up my process of Shape Shifting to anyone who feels drawn. For the last five years, this incredibly self-empowering process has been held in a private community and repeated as a group, as participants have manifested their intended goals, and new horizons have opened up. 

‘Shape Shifting’ is a Shamanic term that explains the process of energising a new reality from ‘the field of possibility’ into our current experience, through creating inner change. The ability to consciously create our experienced reality is taught in most major esoteric frameworks, which propound the importance of expanding the perception of self and life, to work with the vibrational fields of intent, desire and volition and use our intuitive faculties to receive guidance, and interact with the field of possibilities. 

Through shifting our inner perspectives, practices and vibration, we can change the shape of our experienced reality. In fact, we are creating our reality every second. However, for the most part, we are doing so unconsciously, and therefore experiencing less than desirable or ‘mixed’ events and relationships. The process of Shape Shifting makes the unconscious, conscious, and puts us back in the driver’s seat of ourselves and our lives. 

It is a process that I have engaged with for years, and it combines perspectives and practices from the main schools of knowledge that I participate in, those being: Western Hermetic Magic, Shamanism, Yogic philosophy and Taoism. And whilst the process itself requires a goal, and measures to be defined at the start, these are simply to create a frame of reference for engagement. Once the goal manifests, the process remains integral to our operating system and this is the real treasure of Shape Shifting. 

“…Dani and her Shape Shifting course have changed my life! I’ve always believed that you take charge of your own destiny, but Dani took this conscious creation to the next level, that is divine and magical…I love this course! It has integrated my life in ways I’ve not imagined, and for that, I’m grateful for Dani, her wisdom and guidance throughout the process, and the collective wisdom of the tribe that has made this journey even more extraordinary…”

I am enormously grateful for the current Shape Shifting community which has rigorously engaged with each of the six steps, the home practices and within the community over the years. Based in Singapore, UK, USA, The Netherlands, Switzerland, India and Australia, each and every person has added their energy and insights to the process, ripening and guiding its evolution. Thanks to them, there now exists a fabulous library of resources that complement the six audio lessons. And, their experiences have guided me to create new members’ features for the journey, including additional support from coaches, seers and providers, a set of exclusive guided journey and meditation tracks, and a solid program of live check-ins, talks and additional materials, if desired. 

What I have learnt over the years, is that there is a far more efficient way to master the self and life, and that is to view and approach it spiritually, and with our inner abilities of intentional choice, ritual, introspection, intuition and intuitive guidance. With solid ritual, guided introspection and especially belonging to a magical community, change can manifest in measurable ways, with a revitalized sense of personal power. 

“…Magical, otherworldly, essential – Dani’s Shape Shifting course has changed my life in a way I could not have expected. I am fully awake and in control of my own destiny, no longer merely a passenger on life’s bumpy bus. Shape Shifting has injected a dose of magic and purpose into me that will forever course through my veins, and for that, I am in gratitude…”

This experience is not for the faint-hearted or casual dabbler. This process facilitates some huge paradigm shifts that require courage and valour. 

Here are some of the main initial paradigms that are flipped by Shape Shifting:

LIFE IS NOT HAPPENING TO YOU. IT IS HAPPENING BECAUSE OF YOU AND IT IS HAPPENING FOR YOU.

WHEN YOU CONSCIOUSLY TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR EVERYTHING YOU EXPERIENCE, YOU RE-MERGE WITH YOUR CREATIVE CENTRE, AND YOU START TO CREATE CONSCIOUSLY.

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS LUCK.

YOU HAVE AT YOUR DISPOSAL IMMENSE CORE FIELDS OF INTELLIGENCE AND ENERGY THAT CAN BE PUT TO USE TO CREATE DESIRED OUTCOMES.

How do these feel when you try them on? 

Is your system calling ‘YES!’? Excellent! This means you are ready for some tools and perspectives to get going.

Are your senses piqued, but you’d like to understand more? Excellent! Click the links at the end of this article or get in touch

Can you feel resistance? Excellent! This means that you’re touching a paradigm edge that is worth exploring. 

“This course in Shape Shifting is highly powerful and has the transformative potential to completely shift how you perceive and experience yourself and the world. The question is whether we are personally and deeply ready to make the inner changes required to start and maintain this process. The course is not for the faint-hearted or weak-willed, but it also comes with immense resources to support the equally immense shift. As a teacher and guide, Dani generously shares her deep knowledge and tools to facilitate and nurture the changes that each individual seeks to create, completely at our own timing and process. She has also carefully curated a community of medicine women who are ever ready to share their expertise, as well as a wider community of Spirit seekers that offer sincere encouragement and friendship for our journey.”

Alongside the Shape Shifting instructional content – which takes the form of sequenced audio lessons, guided home practices and access to video updates from previous shifts, beautiful guided meditations, shamanic journeys and energy practices – community membership is just as important. Why?

Community is important because transformative inner practice always involves contemplation of inner patterns of behaviour, beliefs and fears which have held our current reality in place. When we desire change, to experience a new reality or goal, our inner landscape must change first, as it is the causal aspect of being. 

To do this effectively, we need to find ways to view ourselves, perspectives and behaviours objectively. The tools within the process of meditation, divination and journaling are enormously useful for this, and equally so, is a bonded community. 

A bonded spiritual community becomes a conduit to the process of each individual therein. Insights, synchronicities and shared experiences are always a feature of the Shape Shifting group. Very often the support, encouragement and alternative perspectives of the group are what’s needed to unlock well-laid patterns and perspectives that keep us small and misaligned with our spiritual power. 

Through sharing and articulating our process with each other, not only is there a beautiful experience of camaraderie and celebration, but an essential felt knowing of Oneness as Spirit moves readily through a group with shared intent.

“The Shape Shifting course has been incredibly transformative for me, allowing me to delve deep into my true and authentic inner hopes, fears and desires under the carefully planned and beautifully authentic and heartfelt spiritual tutelage of the divine Dani. I cannot say enough about the depth of loving-kindness and support that Dani brings to the table, alongside her deep knowledge of spiritual frameworks. The course is really well planned and easy to follow for busy people, with weekly official audio and video tutorials as well as in-person optional check-ins, which I felt were incredibly useful to connect with other shape shifters and as a vehicle to practice in person and discuss progress with Dani. The private and confidential FB group was also a great way to harness the power of group progress and learn from one another. I would recommend this course to anyone and everyone seeking to make changes in their life, understand themselves better and grow their spiritual and intuitive practices. Dani goes above and beyond to support her students. Thank you, Dani, from the bottom of my heart!”

And from a few of our 2020 Shape Shifters:

“My Shape Shifting experience was life-changing. I came with a very practical intention of something to manifest, and finished with a massive shift in my confidence. This is something I have been working on for years. The process of Shape Shifting unblocked it in a meaningful and long-lasting way. This was my first Shape Shift, and I am looking forward to starting another in 2021.”

“I was completely new to anything like Shape Shifting and I was not sure if it would be for me. I loved the very practical nature of setting a clear intention, thinking about what I would see, hear, feel if (when!) this happened, and then the invitation to move forward each week with specific clear tasks. I loved thinking about altars and how to set one up, and the meditations that Dani shared. They have made a fundamental change to my daily practices, and how I think and feel about setting intentions and moving towards them. I highly recommend Dani and Shape Shifting, and I can’t wait to start my next one.”

“Shape Shifting was an experience of Great Remembering. It provided the tools, container and support to deeply dive into the realms of my Shadow and Light; into my hidden creations and aspects. It opened the doors to greater empowerment and connection. Truly transformational – not in becoming a different person, but rather a Return to the self. Thank you.”

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In the window of the 2021 March Equinox, we will together enter the Shape Shifting Journey again, and continue once more with a second Shape Shift on the September Equinox. Will you join us?

Registrations close Monday, March 15th (midnight, Singapore time). Click the link to find out program details, journey planner for your diary and to register. 

Welcome to a seasoned and proven process of Conscious Creation. Now more than ever, it’s time!

If you have any questions or thoughts about Conscious Creation and the process of Shape Shifting, do get in touch. You can also visit my website to explore courses and useful content to guide you on your path to healing, self-discovery and mindful living. 

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