I am SO thrilled to be a part of the GLOWSCHOOL BLOG TOUR! It’s a movement created by my spirited friend, Dana Gatziolis. I met Dana through Gabrielle Bernstein’s Spirit Junkie Masterclass and to describe her as a Glowing soul doesn’t even do her justice as she goes beyond such! Her story is that of boldness, truth, and sheer bravery. I invite you to read her story and just feel out her radiate energy!
As part of the the blog tour, I was asked to share how I found my Glow and the ways that you too can tap into that infinite luminosity. Coming into my cosmic Gypsy self definitely had it’s awkward and challenging moments, however the freedom and love I feel now makes it all worthwhile.
Read on my glowing friend….
It’s true when they say that what is destined to be yours will be shown at the most divine timing in our lives. Little glimpses of hope and passion weaved into a story board guided by the underworking of society.
Little did I realize that my first glimpse of what would be my ‘Cosmic Gypsy Glow’ would be recognized at a grocery store near my childhood home in Los Angeles, upon finding a pocket Astrology guide to being a Leo.
I was blessed with the ability to read at the onset of age 4, and though this current literature was more advanced than my usual Dr. Seuss tales, I was able to navigate my way through most text. I read how a Leo was a person that was a bold leader, often theatrical in nature and enjoyed living a lavish and fun lifestyle. I continue to read on about the Leo’s love for travel, good food, and shopping. That they had many friends and loved to party. I started blushing as it went on to add a steady flow of lovers. The more I glossed over the words the more I felt affirmed to why I was here on this earth. With each playful adjective my heart filled with a sense of longing and pride. I loved everything about the independent and fabulous Leo. I loved even more that it was affirmed that when I grew up, I was going to be a Leo!
At just the ripe age of 6 years old, I was lured into the seclusive world of Astrology.
Over the years I continued to read about the Leo persona when I could. Growing up in a Catholic household, the astrology ideology wasn’t exactly welcomed and I kept my hobby hidden. Upon discovering in excitement the New Age or Occult sections at the library or book store, I would camp out and spend hours reading through the captivating celestial text. With every new finding, I was feeling more and more connected to this secret system of the stars.
By the time I reached college, my knowledge and interest in Astrology was at it’s peak. I became the girl at parties that assessed people’s personalities based on their Sun sign and would predict which couple’s relationships had the most staying power. Astrology let me not only be an excelled observer of the world which I was in constant awe of, it allowed me to feel like I had a special talent and a skill set that people could appreciate.
As I transitioned into adulthood, the pressures of society allowed me to lose sight of my passion and precious love for astrology. I became burdened by trying to fit into society’s timeline and boxed myself into a corporate career that wasn’t satisfying my soul. I had lost sight of the lion hearted girl I was and grew more confused as to why I wasn’t becoming the bold Leo leader I was destined to be. The more separated I felt, the less I started to take care of myself and soon I was going down the rabbit hole of using outer addictions to try to suppress my lost soul. I would always pray for a magical change the next day, yet every morning brought the gloom of disappointment. And so as if by habit, I would offer up to God and pray to just make it through the day.
I didn’t know that the freedom and love I desired was just dormant on the other side, waiting for me to realize that the Leo was ready to go and just waiting for permission.
And in the Fall of 2009, a force greater than my own intervened, and with a heavy hand the lion in me roared out and a new glowing light was activated. It was that of the light that was to save me. As I adjusted to the awkward brightness, through partly shielded hands I could see out into my life and realized a new journey was uncovering before me.
It took many months for me to work with this glow. I felt like I was starting all over again, learning how to work with the thoughts that triggered me to the darkness as well as nurturing my heart to keep me going in love. There were moments when I wanted to hide back in my cave and go back to the life I didn’t want yet was all I had come to know. However my light kept me strong. Keep going, it’d whisper gently.
And so I did.
In it’s truest discovery I realized that this glow was my homecoming, a cosmic force to bring me back to my Leo hearted soul. It’s my most authentic connection with a divine force outside of me. It wasn’t the feeling of not being good enough or regrettable or misunderstood. It’s real genuine love. And I came to find that the glowing love I felt was purely me.
Soon after I found modalities such as meditation and mindfulness to keep me in my glow. I learned what it meant to be in the present moment and it was the greatest gift I’d ever been given. I can still remember that instant of my mind, body and soul all syncing together as if it was the most natural thing in the world. I tapped back into new age curiosities such as Astrology and Tarot. I started reading my horoscopes again and it guided me to Kundalini Yoga which expanded my path in a whole new way.
I become inspired to become a teacher of the Kundalini technology, a practice that quite simply cultivates the awareness for us rise up within our own self rite coinciding with the Aquarian Age. It was there I was given the spiritual name ‘Sahej Anand’, which means lioness who finds bliss in the present moment under God and shares that joy with others. I wept in awe at it’s divine meaning and at how well it understood just what I felt called in my soul to do. Just like that day at a grocery store outside of L.A.
The light came at my darkness hour and restored my soul in such a way that I may auto-illuminate that glow throughout the world with the blessing of the cosmos. It is all but my birthright to do so and a true honor. Though the use of astrology, it’s allowed me to guide others to glow too. To see another way. To know there is a way to see out of the dark fear of the unknown.
Your life is but a sacred love story, a reunion of what your soul intended for you and the process of awakening. The more I surrender to my cosmic, glowing Gypsy heart, the more my life feels filled with purpose and a sense of meaning. I never thought I wanted to go the unconventional route and sometimes it feels easier to retreat, however through the consistency of being in this craft, my legacy expands deeper and I know I’m in my truth.
Perhaps you may be wondering how you can tap into a more glowing and luminous self. It’s likely you feel a mix of emotions; excitement, inspiration, confusion, and even fear. Below is my most treasured guidance to set you back on your path:
Be curious about life. To know that it is truly possible to follow your glow and trust that by taking on a more observational and nonjudgmental approach it will enhance further. The main objective is to just begin. Start where you’re at. Ask for guidance. Google it even. You’ll be amazed at the people and opportunities that start to unfold!
Trust that happiness + abundance is your birthright! Above all else, you deserve to be joyous and prosperous. Your soul came here bound with a divine mission and the more you commit to it (as oppose to helping fulfill someone else’s journey), you’ll start to receive all the support and security you need! Ask for complete ease so you can fulfill your path without fear and focus on elevating your desires. Don’t let fear declare bankruptcy on your life and invest in your faith instead!
Clarity comes from taking action! After exploring next steps, it’s time to put them to work! Realize that you may have to try a few different ways until you find your fit. Practice making the space to honor your ideas. Sure, they may not seem practical to a parent or peer, however at the end of the day, it’s not really up to them. If you aren’t sure what lights you, give yourself permission to see what happens. Mishaps are not failures however merely a process of elimination. If you stay true to making yourself a priority, everything you need will start to magically shift into place.
You are so much more than you think you are! Take time to befriend yourself and implement self care. You have a special fit in this cosmic universe and the more you embrace it, the easier life becomes. You’re here on a mission only you can fulfill and deep down you know it’s possible. You wouldn’t be given a dream if you weren’t equipped to play it out! Glow for it.
You truly are meant to freaking GLOW in this life. Trust that there is always another way, a new opportunity… You must simply believe and know that if you truly want it, there will be many miracles and a life filled with pure ease!
Also, I highly recommend taking advantage of Dana’s FREE 10-Day Get Glowing Adventure – starting February 1st: 10 days of simple + fun daily challenges + inspiration. Hope to see you there! Let’s GLOW!