Life is a journey of becoming. The goal of the journey is not in its destination; rather, it is the understanding that emerges from the journey. It is through the journey that wisdom is gained.

Those who are interested in experiencing wisdom must change; they must seek healing. They must look at what they believe and examine why they believe it.

The care of the soul can have magical results; soul retrievals and healings can be life altering. I have witnessed thousands of healings. They were all miraculous, beautiful, loving, and real. I have also witnessed healings that did not last. Many people do not feel worthy to receive their healings, or they never change bad habits of thinking so the healing seems to dissipate from them. Spirit consistently provides opportunities to heal, but until you make the decision to change your life and to change your thinking, you will find a way to reject the healing.

Our society looks for quick fixes with minimal personal commitment. People schedule healings like they do hair appointments! They expect a new "do," and it becomes the practitioner's job to create it. Miracles can occur in an instant, but sustaining the miracles of life requires a personal commitment to change the faulty patterns that created the woundedness. It is a daily job, but one of joy.

We are in a new millennium. Change is upon us. The whole universe supports a new connection for those who choose it. People are seeking their divinity, their connection to Spirit and to God. We are in the transition to the Golden Age --- the age in which souls are connected to Source, to God, to Spirit. Heavy veils are lifting.

Our culture historically has not endorsed the magic, the miracles of connection, and Spirit. We have spent hundreds of years out of touch with our own divinity. Many humans have spent lifetimes experiencing the hardships in life --- betrayal, doubts, prejudice, abuse, unworthiness, inadequacy, hatred, and war. These lifetimes were not based in love but in fear. Even many who believed in God chose their belief through fear. Judgment, judgment, judgment controlled their behavior and their life. They were either afraid of being judged or they were judging themselves. Many sought connection through another being, someone who had more connection, more worth than they. But this is illusion. Worth is intrinsic, and connection is everyone's birthright. It is through your healing that the world will heal --- that life will heal.

Please take heed of these final words of advice for success along your spiritual path:

• Let go of the people, places, and things that block you from your own growth.

• Forgive.

• Pray and pray and pray.

• Develop a relationship with Spirit --- journey, meditate, connect in some way, and trust the information that comes to you.

• Take care of your soul. Contact people who can help you with this care.

• Scrutinize your belief system. Is your core foundation based on fear or love?

• Practice random acts of kindness and compassion.

• Be humble and open.

• Love yourself and all life.

• Learn the Laws of Attraction and the Laws of Allowing and practice them.

• Put your energy into what you want to create for yourself. Do not worry!

• Practice mantras and affirmations.

• Look closely at yourself, your behaviors, and your beliefs, and then make conscious decisions about change.

• Pay attention to what you attract to yourself. Understand how this attraction is linked to your thoughts, actions, and words.

• Determine which core belief is creating your behaviors.

• Remember that you contribute to the collective consciousness with every thought you have. Are you contributing positive energy or reinforcing negativity?

• Get clear as to what you would like to create for yourself. What do you ultimately desire? Visualize yourself living this reality. Be in joy about this!

• Devise ways to remind yourself each day to keep on track with your new way of being.

• Choose rituals and ceremonies to enhance your spiritual connection.

• Get with like-minded people and start building a new community. Support each other and yourself.

• Make a commitment.

• Talk to the spirits and then "feel" their answer.

• Love yourself!

Remember the spirits love you; they want you to be happy and fulfilled. Desire the same for yourself, for happiness is a choice.

Know yourself, honor yourself, take care of yourself, BECOME YOURSELF!

Author's Bio: 

Jan Engels-Smith is a graduate of the Foundation of Shamanic Studies and has trained with individual shamans. She has had a thriving shamanic practice since 1994. She has performed over 3,000 soul retrievals and viewed as an expert in her field. She is an author, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Chemical Dependency Specialist, a Marriage and Family Counselor a Hypnotherapist and a Reconnection Healer.

Jan founded the LightSong School of Shamanic Studies, which has eight associate teachers and is the first of its kind to offer three accredited degrees in shamanism: Internship (IP), Licensed Master Practitioner (LMP) and Doctorate in Shamanism (ShD). You can learn more about these programs at

Jan also conducts individual and group healing seminars for intensive personal growth.

Her training and experiences have been extensive both in the traditional philosophies and metaphysical traditions. Her personal philosophy is to assist individuals in gaining their own personal empowerment, which will in turn, promotes self healing, better communities and a healthier world.

Contact Jan at or call 503-669-3013 (Portland, OR).

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