I just returned from a couple days in Baltimore where I attended the Transformational Author Breakthrough with Christine Kloser.
I just love live events. It is so powerful to be among a group of people who’ve come together holding a collective energy and vision. Such a group creates the space for deep, profound, and rapid transformation. New wisdom and insights abundantly flow through everyone creating lasting change.
Yes, I left transformed on so many levels. But as I walked through my door on Thursday evening I saw just how easy it would be for me to return to life as it was before…slipping back into old patterns and ways of being that I let go of while being in the collective energy of the event.
Have you ever felt this? Taken a journey, gone on a retreat, a vacation, or live event, changed in deep and profound ways only to return home and re-engage old ways of being?
It’s really a common thing. Change happens instantaneously…but the transformation of our life only happens when we fully integrate those changes in every facet of our life.
- Take your journey with a new talisman or sacred object…this may be a new piece of jewelry, a stone, a shell, picture, quote, feather, etc…an item to symbolize your transformation. I typically create a new piece of jewelry before going to a transformational event. I create it to hold my personal intention for the event, and while I am there I wear it (or carry it with me) throughout the entire event so that it soaks up the powerful energy of transformation. When I return I continue to wear the piece…for the next moon cycle allowing it to support my new alignment. Choose an object to take the journey with you and support you by holding the essence of your transformation as you return home.
- Clean before you go. I know it’s hard to clean before traveling…between the busyness of life and the process of packing, but it is really important. When we return home from a transformational experience we need to be able to walk into our house feeling expansive and to see our space with fresh eyes. Chaos of clutter will instantly pull us out of our new vibration we are trying to integrate. So take a little extra time to plan ahead.
- Document the experience. One of the best ways for us to integrate an experience is to write it down…to record all of the insights and wisdom that surround our transformation. It’s not always easy to do this while right in the energy of the transformation…so this is something I do while traveling. If I’m driving I record my thoughts on my iphone…if I’m flying I either type them up or write them in a journal. I find so many additional layers of insight are revealed in this process…making it a fabulous way to integrate the transformation.
- Keep spaciousness in your calendar when you return. So often we return home and dive right back into our old ways of being busy. It’s so important to create space in your activities upon returning because as you’ve shifted and grown. It takes time to discover how we want to respond to things and to take new action…time and space are necessary parts of figuring that out.
- Simplify your Space…clutter creates chaos. Set aside time to make changes in your home that reflect your transformation. Select one space/room to reorganize in a way that mirrors your new experience of yourself. This can mean letting things go (donate, gift, toss, sell) in order to simplify your space. It can also mean selecting a new item or changing a wall color to match who you have become in your experience. I personally love to re-organize my office and shake up my alters.
- Create structures and systems of support. I’m not typically the person to talk about structures and systems…I love the fluidity of being…but there is a time for both. When we are integrating a new way of being we need visual reminders, consistency and processes that will support us in our integration. Systems and structures are a way to do that…they can be as simple as creating a reflection sheet for your new morning meditation or updating your flow sheet to record your income and expenses. Structures and systems help you to hold yourself accountable to your vision and support you as you step in powerfully living your sacred path.
In the comment section below, I would LOVE to hear what you do to support your integration after a transformational experience….
Sending you my love and wishing you a wonderful week!
p.s. Saturday the 5th is New Moon…a great time to honor and celebrate new beginnings in your life. What new way of being will you welcome into your life?
Lori, I really connected with this blog post! I often struggle with keeping the momentum going after a transformational experience. I am also working on simplifying, so this was relevant on multiple levels. I think it is interesting that you mention taking a talisman to an event and then wearing it until the next new moon. I have been doing something similar, although for different reasons. As you may be aware, I have moved to different parts of the country twice in the last 2 years. I found that I can connect to my new home much easier if I collect little things from my walks like leaves, stones, or feathers. I use them to decorate my home and it seems to work. The positive energy that these objects can hold and share is powerful and amazing!
Kristin I love this! Sounds like you’re creating little alters throughout your home connecting you with your new landscape…beautiful! I’m wishing you well in your new home! big hug, Lori
Cheers! I loved this blog post, and have pondered on how to keep the momentum going when I experience breakthroughs, inspirations, etc. What works for me is to create a simple goal like this week I will review & contemplate what I’m inspired about, and find a way to implement it into my daily routine, and acknowledge and notice how it feels. Something I’ve done in the past (haven’t done recently) is write notes, and put them in places where I will see it, and read it, and make an affirmation about it in the present tense, not future. I also like to pray about it, and open up to it more, and see how I’m doing with it – But I loved all your suggestions, especially having a talisman to hold your intention, and having an uncluttered space, and having or creating a system of support. One last comment, I feel it’s very powerful to integrate your newfound inspiration to the next cycle of the moon. Otherwise it can fall by the way side.
Thank you Joanna! I love hearing of your practices…beautiful!
Thank you for this most useful post Lori. Another area that I find may require some deliberate focus is when you could be faced with others whom have not changed upon your return. I feel that it is important to be completely aware of why you have chosen to change, how you have changed & of how to maintain this change when others may still perceive you as the way you once were many years prior to your transformative journey (or journeys). Your list of strategies would certainly assist with this process. I would perhaps also include a way of communicating your chosen changes to loved ones so that they become aware of your transformation and intentions and can thus support you to be your authentic self.
Hi Leisa! So glad you brought up the challenges of meeting with friends, family & loved ones after a transformational experience…you’re right it really does require some deliberate focus.
My husband and I have seemed to find our rhythm with this & I’ve forgotten how difficult it was for us initially. Chris & I are working on something special for this…so stay tuned.
Hello Lori, I am so glad that you enjoyed your time away. Yes I always find myself falling back into the same old routine when I come back from an uplifting and changeing event. Mostly because of family and the different tracks that each person in my house is on. Especially my husband. I have recently been trying to repeat a new montra to myself “Surrender And Let The Universe Catch You.” Which is helping alot. It allows me to let go of the control factor and let things be what they need to be and get out of my own way. I have been carrying around some Herkimer Diamonds with me for the past 3 weeks and I have noticed my thought process changing my whole state being has changed. As well as the energy around me has changed. Funny how everything works. I feel more connected to everything. “When a butterfly flaps it’s wings it can be felt around the world.”
Hi Jeneen! Thank you!
I love your combined use of the Herkimer’s and your mantra…feels empowering!
Stay tuned…my husband & I are working on something special for next week regarding relationships & personal transformation….
Thoughtful newsletter Lori.
After having an intensive Reiki session in summer, to support my health, I’ve adapted a new practice of Chakra clearing each day, before my feet hit the floor.
It’s a simple practice of mindfulness, even if not fully awake, to open the space for clarity and positivity in my life. As I go through my body and connect with each Chakra, I become aware of what is ‘off’ and needs tending to. This sets the tone for my day, which can also be applied to staying in alignment with conference or other transformative experiences, after return back to “real life.” Blessings~
Ahhh…yes…the 7 Chakra Cleanse…that’s a great morning ritual! Love it! Thank you Teresa!