a hot shadowy summer

I didn’t intend to take such a long hiatus from blogging, but it’s been that kind of summer. In my part of the world, it’s been unseasonably hot…forest fires are raging and we’ve had water restrictions for the first time since I can remember.

The weather patterns reflect what’s going on in the lives of many people I know. Powerful change – wanted or not – seems to be happening all around. What no longer works is burning right out of our experience. Personally, I feel like a completely different person since my last post, but it’s hard to explain just how. A new reality is opening up, but I don’t know what it looks like.

I am learning what it means to surrender, not just as a concept, but a practice. The theme of this summer has been: Do I really believe? Do I believe that Spirit (the Universe, God, whatever you want to call it) knows who I am, is supporting me, and actually wants me to be happy? I am seeing that I have never really trusted this to be true. And I am at a crossroads, where I can continue to doubt and attempt total control in my life, or go deeper into my relationship with Source.

Enjoying high tea, London-style. I forgot to stick my pinkie finger out!

Enjoying high tea, London-style. I forgot to stick my pinkie finger out!

I write these words from London, England. I’m travelling with my mother for a couple of weeks, visiting her side of the family, most of whom I’ve never met. I feel the seeds of this journey were planted several months ago, when I began to consciously explore my relationship with my ancestors, particularly my grandmother (my mother’s mother, who died when I was quite young). In just a few days, I’ve learned so much about family history and family members I didn’t know existed, much less felt a connection with.

Days after I arrive home from the UK, I will be moving to a nearby city and starting a new job. This was a relatively unexpected move, the logistics of which came together so swiftly that the universe must’ve conspired to ensure I couldn’t overthink it. Part of me questions my eternal restlessness, but I’m also intrigued at what lies ahead.

Several powerful experiences this summer include my Ayahuasca journey in June, attending a Teal Swan workshop in July and meeting some wonderfully kindred souls there, and reviving my dormant Kundalini Yoga practice. Kundalini Yoga always creates major change in my life when I start it up again! I can’t explain how it works (yet), only that it really, really does.

But by far the greatest transformation has come from continuing my own shadow work, sinking deeper into the memories, feelings, and judgments in my psyche and, as best I can, bringing understanding to those buried places. The summer heat has helped with this process, driving my irritation and frustration levels way up, making me uncomfortable…forcing me to face what’s underneath.

And a beautiful thing is happening. More and more I’m discovering my inner child, the joyful, exuberant little me who is feeling safer to come out of her shell (or maybe ‘prison’ is a better word). Being able to feel a growing love and compassion for her has been the greatest gift of this summer.

What’s next on the horizon? I’m envisioning a more relaxed pace of life in my new city, which hopefully includes beginning my Kundalini Yoga teacher training in the Fall. My vision is to incorporate the incredible healing powers of this ancient form of yoga into sacred circles, bringing women together in creating a new paradigm that embraces the Divine Feminine and Masculine on planet Earth. I feel ready to take this step, so we’ll see what transpires in the next few months!

I hope my WordPress friends have been navigating the changes of this intense summer with hope and trust. I know that it has been a very challenging year for many.

Happy Leo New Moon from the UK!



11 thoughts on “a hot shadowy summer

  1. You are so gorgeous–inside and out! :). love the post and completely agree that there is a collective shift going on, lots of changes for everyone on so many different accounts. I would love to hear more on your ayahuasca journey, do you plan to blog more about that experience or have you and I missed it? I have been contemplating going on one of those journeys:) peace! Hope you are having a great night/day whatever it is when you read this.


  2. My goodness! You are alive! Sticking pinky finger or not!!

    Try not to ask yourself – do I believe? – just do. Just believe. Whether God, a God, the Universe, or even more importantly, Yourself. There is a Higher Source to whoever you are at now. What’s remarkable is that you may see your own reflection, your own likeness… know where I’m getting at?

    I’ve missed you, sweets… and the UK! Wow!! Happy for you! xo


    • Yes, I am alive! I have resurfaced to the blogging world! 🙂 For me, coming to a place of true believing is finding those pockets and corners where I disbelieve…bringing them to the surface and clearing the way for authentic trust and belief to come through. Questioning will always be part of my process – I’m a born philosopher haha. Thank you for commenting…and yeah, I’m loving the UK!! Every time I visit Europe I fall in love more and more. ❤ Hope you are having a lovely summer. Aleya


      • This summer has been the busiest I ever had! I haven’t stopped moving since probably May lol… maybe longer hahaha xo


    • Thank you Barbara, I’d love to connect with you next time in Europe! Are you in Spain? I’ve never been but it’s on my list…xo


  3. Hi Aleya,
    I was just about to start chipping away at my inner child blog challenge, when I saw your post in my reader and feel uplifted after reading 🙂 There’s always so much to blog about, finding the space to do it is a challenge. Giving the full attention to the process. I always appreciate what you write here. Recently I saw another scarab beetle and I thought of you. Best wishes to you on your newest journey! Happy New Moon in Leo 🙂 Love, Ka


    • HI dearest Ka, thank you for letting me know about the scarab! Here in London I want to check out the Egyptian collection at a museum, so maybe more scarabs are in store. 😉 Totally agree that there’s so much to write about and so little time when there’s so much activity going on. The inner child challenge is such a great idea. Our small selves still live on inside of us and have sooo much to share. It’s quite humbling really. ❤ I look forward to reading more. Much love, Aleya

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  4. Hi Aleya,
    What a remarkable Summer you have had. Blessings on your new beginnings! You have been missed here so it was wonderful to hear from you!

    Here’s to realizing your dreams!

    love ya, Linda

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    • Hi Linda! Yes this was the summer of disappearing from social media, sorta – I’m glad we can stay connected thru Facebook when I’m in non-blogging mode. I know 2015 has not been the easiest year for you so I’m sending tons of good wishes that things ease up for the rest of the year, and beyond. I think it would be amazing to have that bloggette conference in 2016! Lots of love to you ❤ Aleya

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