Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Reclaiming Your Sovereignty

A few months ago my husband mentioned the word "Sovereignty" in a conversation that we were having. Of course I was familiar with the word, but  I hesitated, looked at him, and said, "What does that really mean? I don't think I really understand that word." His attempt to define it only confused me more...he had a limited understanding, himself. Since then that word has blown up all around me. I keep seeing it in almost every energy healer, light worker or intuitive's posts. It is coming up in respect to current world events as well as in metaphysical realms. So, I thought, this must be an important word to Understand...

Sovereignty means independence and supreme power. Government and world order aside, to reclaim our Sovereignty means to step into our HIGHEST SELF and RECLAIM OUR POWER as CREATORS and CREATRIX of our lives. We do this as we step into the flow of ONENESS, the supreme and ultimate energy of LOVE, the only TRUTH that exists.

This may sound heavy...a little "out there" or over the top to some. Of course EVERYTHING IS ENERGY. Energy is constantly changing form - rising, falling, and showing up in ways that are often unexpected and transformative. When we reclaim our Sovereignty we see and feel fully this ebb and flow of energy and know that our place is a part of a greater whole, and that when we are moving in that truth we are gliding effortless as ONE BEING.

Duality and our archaic world has created an illusion. We feel separate. We feel defeated. We feel lonely. We feel abandoned. All of this could not be farther from the truth. We just need to take off our blinders to see the WHOLE TRUTH and reclaim our rights in this world - literally creating heaven on earth - right here - right now.

Every major religious order in the world talks about a utopian world. Ancient Civilizations lived this REALITY, that's how we know it is true. The stories that we grew up with are more than mere tales - they are energetic imprints of what is to come when we all reclaim our sovereignty and move into this HIGHER LIGHT ENERGY.

We can begin to move into this light by disavowing the antiquated dualistic energies that we have been living in our entire life. So, therein lies the rub! We feel a certain way because we have been conditioned and taught to feel a certain way, see a certain way, think a certain way, be a certain way. But what if - just for a moment - we saw a tear in the veil of this illusionary world? What if - just for a millisecond - we allowed ourselves to DREAM? To BELIEVE? To CREATE?

I grew up very aligned to the dark energy around me. It did not scare me and I welcomed it. I wrote about the darkness, I felt it all around me, and I spent most of my earlier years honoring and appreciating it. Through a series of fortunate events, energy began to shift, as it usually does, just when the time was right and I was ripe to understand the light.

Once I began to see the light, I could no longer avoid it. Everywhere I looked, I saw light. Over the years, the light began to grow stronger and stronger. It scared me! My own light scared me! As Marianne Williamson said, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?" But you know what she also said? She said, "Who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God."And here is the most important part:

"Your playing small does not serve the world."

I realized that it was I who kept myself small. Nobody else did it. Of course the systems in place liked to think that they had kept me small. But it was my own self who drove that vehicle. Once I invited HIGHER LIGHT DIVINE ENERGY into my life, my ego stepped back and I allowed that to begin to drive my energy. And then MAGIC happened. And I began to see that HIGHER LIGHT, HIGHER SELF, DIVINE ENERGY was all ONE IN THE SAME. It is all me - and at the same not me.

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So I ask you as we move into the Autumn months and energy begins to cool and continue to recalibrate to optimize our availability to connect to our Highest Self:

ARE YOU READY TO RECLAIM YOUR SOVEREIGNTY?

Mantra: "I AM A SOVEREIGN BEING"

Repeat Daily. Often.

Invoke Spirit - Universal Light - God/Goddess

Light a white candle and Meditate

With energy ripe for this work, the time is now. I'm happy to meet you for Spiritual Guidance - or check out some of my upcoming events on the website of Facebook page for One Yoga to see if anything resonates with you.

All is Coming.

In Love, Service and Wisdom,
Rev. Dr. Tracey




Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Be Responsible for Your Energy Field - The Energy Behind Temperature Checks

Well, this came up this morning and I was actually surprised that more people were not aware. It was suggested that I post a blog about it...so here it is...

Methods of taking the temperature:
1. Oral
2. Wrist
3. Rectal
4. Armpit
5. Ear
6. Forehead

These areas require a mixture of digital thermometer, thermometer, digital ear, the old mercury thermometers and the now popular infrared. Well, the old mercury thermometers, although highly accurate, are a thing of the past now that we know exposure to mercury is toxic and those pesky little buggers can break quite easily. Since we are not going to be checking things orally or rectally (could you even imagine) in the mall or any place that you are waiting in line to enter, we can eliminate those as well. I understand that the ear check requires a particular type of thermometer that goes inside the ear and if there is any wax buildup can be inaccurate, so let's take that off the table too.  And again, since the armpit requires something to be placed in a potentially unpleasant area of the body and can be the least accurate (according to the MAYO Clinic), we can just also take that off the table. That leaves Wrist and Forehead. Depending on which source you read, both are fairly the same with accuracy, with the wrist sometimes detecting slightly higher temperatures than the forehead.

OK, which would you prefer?

Let's go a bit deeper...because EVERYTHING is energy...

The infrared thermometer being used today is basically a gun, correct? There is a trigger you pull and a beam that releases to check the temperature.

How do you feel about a gun being pointed at your head? Or has this become so normal to you at this point that you no longer question it. If so, ask yourself again, what would you rather have your wrist checked or your forehead? I realize that perhaps you haven't given it a thought. And if you do not care, take a moment to sit with it again and consider the energetic ramifications of pointing a gun at your head and feeling "Okay" with that...please...

I am NOT OK with my forehead being checked by the infrared gun. It never felt right to me. The first time it was done, just blatantly, and without even a moment of my consent, every part of my body recoiled. My energy system went into shock. I froze, mute. I felt violated and sick to my stomach.

You must understand that I grew up in a family of hunters. Guns and bows and arrows were an everyday thing at my home. Seeing a gun or even a dead animal does not rattle me much, and although I honor all life, I am talking about hand-held guns being directed at our foreheads for temperature checks for this blog. So let's stick to topic.

The next time I was posed with the temperature check at University of Penn, I asked them to check my wrist, which they willingly did. I watched my Mother walk up and have it pointed at her head and again, nothing but sickness to my stomach. A gut-wrenching, physical reaction to that entire situation being wrong is what I feel.

I am an energy-worker, a light-worker, a starseed, and an intuitive healer, and I am pleading with you to produce your wrist upon any temperature checkpoint and demand that it be taken there. They will do it. You will feel much better. Trust me.

There is a Youtube video about the Pineal Gland being negatively affected by this forehead thermometer. I've read some contradictory theories, and I want to again reference that everything is energy. The Pineal Gland is a light-sensitive organ in the forehead responsible for many hormonal responses that direct the body's glandular functions. It is not only imperative for our overall health to be in good working condition, but energetically speaking as the seat of your 6th chakra (third-eye, Ajna) if we direct this infrared energy towards it continually you will block this energy center - your ability to perceive, to intuit, to truly "see." As the wrist is a far-reaching extension of the heart-chakra and not a direct link to the centre of the energy vortex here, I feel much more responsible pointing the infrared at the wrist than the third-eye...besides, I got a whole lotta love to go around, but my vision and clear sight these days are being challenged, to say the least.

I am quite sure that there will be lots of debates going on about this in the medical field, news media, and on every newly self-appointed expert's facebook page. I am not going to debate. I want you to just stop for a moment and consider the energetic ramifications of this and how you truly feel about it.

Now is a time of great awakening and great light. But the lower energies are fighting for their lives and there is a literal energy war playing out behind the scenes of everything happening. Be responsible for your energy field and keep yourself in the highest light energy possible.

Choose the wrist for temp checks.

In Love, Service and Wisdom,
Dr. Tracey L. Ulshafer





Sunday, August 16, 2020

When Yoga is Too Much

Interesting concept, isn't it - that Yoga could be "TOO MUCH"|?"

My Grandmother, Rachel, was fond of saying, "Anything in Moderation." Moderation is one way of translating the yogic principle Brahmacharya. Some translate it to meaning chastity, while others consider the householder's role in yoga and say Moderation. To me the word moderation feels much more appropriate given our human roles in relationships, so I usually move towards that translation.

In any event, a yogi or yogini must practice moderation in all things. Now, slip in some other yogic principles like ahimsa, which means non-violence, and a good argument could be made for vegetarianism or veganism, which is more of a complete non-reliance on animals for food. However, if I am going by my Jewish Grandmother's agenda, then I could have some cheese or a little fish now and then...this is certainly not a discourse in morality. Each person must find comfort in his or her own translation and meaning on these very things in life. What is important is the inner dialogue about it.

But I digress...

Moderation in all things, says the yogi. Here's been my personal dilemma since March when the world turned upside down: I have very few yoga teachers who are able to teach the classes for the studio, so I had to pour myself into teaching all the classes. I was relieved and grateful when one teacher came back on, and then even more so when the second did. Now the second teacher has decided to pull back to honor her own energy and I find myself overwhelmed.

My lower back has been irritated for several months. I have been dealing with severe pain and nerve impingement that occurs, generally, after yoga practice. This all seems completely foreign to me as yoga has always been my go-to routine for my back and body since I began the practice 25+ years ago. Now I realize my body is totally shot from all the yoga and I must pull back.

The issue now is that most classes are taught online. I feel an obligation to show myself practicing on the screen. When I taught half the classes that I do now, I taught at least half of them off the mat. My body felt much better when I taught this way. For those who are not yoga teachers, you must realize that teaching yoga is not our practice - it's yours. So when we are practicing and teaching at the same time we are not connected and tend to do things we may not normally. Add on 10-15 classes a week taught this way and there's a recipe for overdoing. My body literally feels "shot out." My chiropractor agrees with me and has asked me to lay off my practice for a bit to see if we can rectify some pretty hefty issues going on in my lumbar spine.

So here I am - not practicing because yoga has been too much.

The realities of our world can be difficult. I am grateful for the understanding student base that I have. I will continue to offer my best when teaching. But I must also honor myself. Who knows how this will look or play out, but then again, who knows anything these days!? (that's a rhetorical question, at best).

When is yoga too much? Do you have a regular daily or weekly practice and does it support you? Or, do you need to do more - or less?

Be honest with yourself and know when yoga is the Godsend/blessing in your day and when you need to rest. I personally feel that a daily practice can be quite beneficial - when practiced correctly and appropriately. I have not been doing this. I need to heed my own advise and wisdom. Stepping into the second half of August with more reverence for myself and the practice that has helped keep my body and mind in balance for so long. Now the balance I seek is actually, not practicing! Interesting concept...

Brahmacharya = Moderation

Where in your life do you need to create more of this?

Chew on that today, my friends...chew on that.

In love, service and wisdom,
Tracey

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Traveling - Oh How I Miss Thee...

I am a world traveler. I have been to many countries and continents and had a dream that I would actually not just visit, but make friends - real friends - in each country on the planet. Now I understand that the reality of this may be challenging, however, it is on my internal vision board. And I went about this for many years with good results. I was amping things up and really moving into more travel for 2020 and beyond - that was all on my actual vision board.

Also on that vision board? Words like "HOME" "HOME STUDIO" "RELAX"...etc...

My yoga retreat company: Sacred Journeys by One Yoga Center, began to really take off last year. This year with trips to Italy, Peru and Bali in the books and cooking up more, I was primed to be traveling around the country and the world at least two solid months of the year. This excited me because I love to travel and see the world and I was considering amping up this business to be traveling even more in 2021.

Also on my vision board: "LIFE IN BALANCE."

The Universe, in her INFINITE WISDOM, decided that I needed to be grounded this year. Of course I am not alone in this. I came back from Thailand March 4th. I am writing this five months later and my aching to travel is welling within me to a boiling point. I feel suffocated and irritable and I need to get away.

As a Yogini, I must ponder the thoughts about being home. Am I satisfied in my home life? Do I travel in order to avoid being home? Etc. I sit with this daily, especially when the feelings of suffocation arise.

No, I am not living in an ideal setting. Having sold our dream home a year ago and renting a nice, but not "dream" home now, I must consider my displacement a factor in my discontentment. Being forced to stay in (quarantine) goes against everything that I believe in...and the Rebel in one of my Archetype houses finds it therefore, a challenge, as if I were smacked in the face with fencing gloves.

What does travel look like in our new world? I do believe that we have been irrevocably changed by the current world dynamics. And although I hold incredible light and space for the ability to travel the world again, freely, I also feel an overwhelming energetic pull slowing that down. Where will we be in a year? Who knows where we will be by the end of this week, so how can we even dream to answer that?

As a traveler to other countries, I am familiar with the mandatory vaccination process. I had to get them for Bolivia - Yellow Fever, in fact. That vaccination didn't sit well in my body. I developed a nasty site rash that modern medicine could not remedy. In one year I had been vaccinated for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis, Typhoid...and I feel like I am missing something else...who could keep track! And while I willingly took those vaccinations in order to travel, I also noticed a year of very poor health, something quite unusual for me. I do believe that my body took in too much to process that year and told myself that I would practice more discernment in the future when traveling. And now we are at a precipice of mandatory vaccinations for a fast-tracked vaccination on C-19, with world-wide repercussions, including, potentially, micro-chipping.

Full transparency...not sure I like all that.

Should mandatory methods become the means in which one can travel, this will be huge determining factor in my ability to move about the world again. So, I think, there must be another way.

I am still holding a lot of space for world healing. In my healing of the world I see all of that previous paragraph nonexistent. For now, I am choosing to live in that container instead of freak out about the other potential. I simply must.

In the meantime, I sit with my feelings in the here and now. No, I am not contented (santosha in sanskrit) with where I live. Yes, I would like my own home in which to CREATE and make my own again. Yes, I would like to work less and carve out more down time for myself to pursue other things without the stressors I put myself under in order to cram things in to my already busy schedule. And yes, I am more than ready to put retreats and travel plans together for this great country of ours, because there is much beauty, ancient worlds and thriving panic energetic vortexes right here that require less stress to visit.

I am putting intention out to travel in the Fall or early Winter. Although still on the fence about grabbing get air tickets, I am hopeful that things will come. Long story short, I miss you, crowded airports, busy trams and hotel shuttle services. I miss getting lost in a new city and finding that special little place that was meant just for me. I miss it all. And I know that things will be different moving forward, but the different I am looking for is one that makes things easier and even more convenient. Yes, definitely holding space for that.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

The World of 2020

I believe when this year began we all had high hopes for white light, good vibes and peace on earth. What we didn't or couldn't foresee was the method behind the madness...please, stay with me...

I think that we can all agree that our world is a mess. War, poverty, abuse, misuse - the list goes on. In the name of progress we have harmed our planet and our relationships with each other. In the vein of "higher" education we have moved away from communing with the earth's natural energies for technology. In our rush to understand the world, we forgot that transformation comes with great upheaval and challenges. And thus, here we are.

The ancient yogis who developed the practices that we perform today to cleanse our body and mind and connect to our spiritual selves, also realized that there were cycles that the earth went through. These stages or "Yugas" spanned hundreds or even thousands of years at a clip. Kali Yuga is the current stage that our planet is in. It is defined as a difficult time period of war and strife - an age of darkness, corruption, greed and low vibrational energy. It is controlled by the masculine energy of the planet in the age of iron. It is a tough time but one that is necessary in order to move into the next stage. 

The prediction is that Lord Shiva, the destroyer, will come to dismantle everything as we know it, so that Lord Brahma, the Creator, can begin a new here and the Universe and humanity will once again know and live in Truth, harmony and well-being. This time will thus be known as the Satya Yuga. 

Where exactly we are in this cycle is clouded in mystery. Many believe Kali Yuga is in its final days. Some say we ended Kali Yuga and are already in the process of moving into Satya Yuga. With eons and eons of Yugas begin sometimes thousands and even millions of years at a clip, there seems to be no consensus of the actual timeline in the present, although everyone agrees that we are definitely seeing final days playing out. 

What this means for us is that we are seeing the untruths come to light. We are seeing a massive war between dark and light, duality and Oneness, and fear and love in the news and in our world every single day. So, we must ask ourselves what is the truth instead of blindly accepting what we are told or what even what we see. We must get true and real with ourselves and accept our place in holding space for the light and the higher vibrational energies on the planet. There is simply no other alternative. 

2020 is certainly a strange year! The C-virus alone and all that it created in its wake is insane. We look back at the year that began with devastating wildfires in Australia and continually moved to more preposterous energies such as African desert dust clouds and murder hornets. Some of us are asking what is next...others are waiting for the Aliens to show up. Whether you believe that this entire year is a massive conspiracy agenda, Armageddon is upon us, or that this is an astounding time of worldwide Ascension to higher energy, we can all agree on one thing: we are living in total and utter confusion on a daily basis. 

I choose to believe that we are in a stage of Ascension. I believe that the ancient yogis understood this - just like they understood so many other things that continue to be validated by modern science. I choose to see this as a massive AWAKENING on a global level, and that we can find peace on earth at the end of this...but I also do believe that we have a lot more work to do...because clearly, not everyone is on this same page...

I ask you one question: what do you have to lose by changing your mindset to a positive outlook and agreeing that all the absurdity of 2020 is a collective awakening and ascension process? That we are looking at the completion of Kali Yuga? It is said that once enough of us awaken and move into this higher energy that we can push it forth to be. I need your help in achieving this reality. 

I keep saying that if you are waiting for the world to get "back to normal" you are missing the point. If you are living in the past, you are going to be severely let down. This is a time to create a new and great world. 

Ask yourself:

How you can contribute to the global world? 
How can you connect to natural energy? 
How can you be of service?
How can you stand up for injustice?
How can you be an active participant in creating the world we all want to live in?

And then everyday, DO SOMETHING towards that goal.

I work tirelessly to help teach people a methodology that I believe can truly create positive transformation: Yoga. I believe that my purpose on earth is to teach people how to calm the mind and tune into the body, nature and the energies of the planet in finding one's own purpose and Highest Self. 

If you are lost, reach out. I believe that if you are living in this current time that there is a plan for you and I want to help you to see it too.

Let's continue to move through this crazy, fluid year with love, patience, kindness and in support of Oneness. 

In Love, SERVICE and Wisdom,
Tracey

August Newsletter 2020

Hello Everyone!

I am usually ahead of the game for writing the monthly newsletters, yet here I find myself on July 28th just sitting down to write. I can hardly believe that another month is about to conclude for 2020. Time has accelerated and so much is happening. My hope is that you find yourself in a good place as you read this - happy, healthy and finding purpose in the world. 

Our state began to open and people are heading out more to enjoy the beautiful weather. We are still moving about mindfully and that continues at the studio. I implemented in-studio classes last month to a minimum of 6 total people, spaced out more than 6 feet. Students enter through the front door, leaving shoes outside, and wear a mask while moving about the studio. As we know and understand, breathing is a key to the yoga practice and to life. We must perform yoga breathing practices daily to keep our respiratory system in optimum health and to allow for valued pranic energy to expand within our being, giving us a feeling of vitality and health. I cannot, in good conscious, promote wearing a mask during yoga practice, however I do honor your right to do so. This is another reason for the increased spacing at the studio as well as inviting you to continue practicing with us on Zoom Classroom.

Zoom, or some other version of online learning, will be with us indefinitely. Many students have commented on their increased level of practice due to the convenience of this format. I have been teaching for a month to rooms with a few students as well as Zoom students, and it is surely interesting. It is challenging for me as a teacher to connect to both sets of people at the same time, but I am sincerely doing my best to do so. I feel that I can also speak for Elina in this context as she is also joining me with her Monday evening class being offered in-studio as well as online. 

Moving into August we will continue the same way. I am adding an additional all level Hatha class on Thursday evenings at 5:30 pm. I have also spoken to Barbara Gallucci and she and I will be sharing a Sunday morning yoga class beginning in September, and will offer one Sunday pop-up class for August so check out that schedule. As you can see, I am slowly bringing a few classes back. But I am also erring on the side of caution and not overextending things. My intuition tells me to keep things lighter and simpler than in the past and to refine the offerings at the studio. I am still in the process of determining just what this all means. 

I have had some people reach out to me about our lovely community classes. We used to offer two classes a week for a $5 drop-in to those on a budget in the community. We used a rotation of teachers to do this and it was very much liked by the few that attended regularly. In all transparency, I do not foresee these classes returning...at least any time in the near future. In-studio limitations as well as fee collection issues and lack of teachers for rotation make this a real challenge. Remember that we do offer Senior rates for those over 65, and that is simply the best that I can do at this time. The bills at the studio, remember, never stopped when everyone went into Quarantine. My landlords, although nice people, still wanted full rent. Utilities and other monthly expenses continued. I put my full self into teaching all the classes for our community, plus several others for corporate and non-profit clients that I have in order to keep revenue flowing into the studio, and that is the only reason why we survive today with an intact studio, while so many others have closed. 

Remember that if you are interested in joining in-class you must email me 24-hours prior to the class to determine if there is space, and await confirmation back from me before you come over. Please do not drop-in, text or contact me same day of classes as I simply cannot keep up. 

In addition to the yoga classes, I have expanded in offering crystals and hosting crystal sales on facebook once a month. Crystals, in addition to looking pretty, hold metaphysical properties, and their healing properties have been used by many cultures over the millenia. Many of us are awakening to the power of crystals, and even more are understanding the value of having them to harness their healing powers. If this speaks to you, watch for the next live crystal sale on my facebook page or ask to stop in for a private shopping experience at the One Spirit Metaphysical Shop.

On a closing note, my Doctoral certificate arrived this week and I am officially a Reverend Doctor in Interfaith Ministries. I offer a variety of custom wedding, baptism or baby naming, commitment ceremony, end of life, spiritual counseling and other services. They are listed on the website under "Ministries" and I would LOVE to hear from you if you have an important event coming up. 

I'm continuing to hold protective space and healing space at the studio and for our community. If you feel that I can help you in any way, please reach out. I'll continue to create new offerings as I feel that they may benefit our community and look forward to seeing you all soon - virtually or in person.

In Love, SERVICE and Wisdom,
Tracey 

AUGUST ENERGIES...


The hot, dry summer is in full swing. Are you on vacation or at least chilling out a bit? You should be! Be careful not to drain yourself by overdoing it right now or you may end up with a summer cold or draining your immune system. We need plenty of sleep, rest and fluids right now. Take care of yourself because Fall is coming, and Harvest Season is here!

The bounty from our home and local gardens is thriving at this time. Eat as many natural and local produce available. Can or jar and prepare for winter so that you can continue to enjoy these foods for months to come. 

August 1st is the celebration Lammas, the first Harvest festival for wheat. Have you tried making homemade bread of pasta? And if so, why haven't you called me for dinner? Seriously, wheat may be my downfall, but I say to bring it on in August. Corn is also celebrated with the Native American Corn Festivals in late summer. Both of these festivals include dancing and eating. But also there are many fasting and cleansing rituals done at this time of year, so listen to your own body's callings and adjust as you need to this time of year. 

As for your yoga practice, it should not be a strenuous one. Restorative and Gentle Yoga are the real appropriate practices for August. I'm hoping to offer a Restorative practice soon, so keep looking out. Until then, Gentle Yoga offerings are Tuesdays 4:30 pm, Thursdays 11 am and the two Sunday pop-ups in August listed above. You will also see many Hatha classes adjusted for these needs. 

Happy Birthday to our Leo & Virgo friends celebrating this month. When in class, let us know it is on or around your birthday and we will be happy to offer your favorite yoga pose to celebrate you!

Love to all. Peace to all. Light to all.
Tracey

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July Newsletter 2020

Hello friends!
Father Sun has awakened his full blessings of the light and summer is here. The warmth and the healing of the energy of the sun is most welcomed after our rather unusual start to the year. The Summer Solstice now passed, rung in the second half of 2020, and I couldn't be more excited to put out positive energy for this second half of what has turned out to be a monumental year thus far.

There was a funny meme going around on social media a few months ago stating "2020: none of this was on my vision board." I kept reminding people to double check what they put on their boards because the energy for it to come to fruition is playing out in our world today. Nobody could have predicted that the force for the catalyst of our transformations would be in the form of a virus...but alas, fact is often stranger than fiction and here we are!

If you aren't looking at our current world in the vein that the truth, what yogis refer to as "satya" is indeed coming out in many ways and that a mass awakening is happening through the stirrings of the needed upheaval, than you are not seeing the clear picture yet. I am not undermining the difficulties that we have all been through. Truthfully I feel as though we are all working through some serious PTSD from the traumas of the past few months, together. And I have never had such a clear vision of my own purpose than I do now. The world needs love, mindfulness, and the complete understanding of Oneness - the core teachings of the mystical practices of yoga. And having just received my title of "Reverend Doctor" by successfully defending my dissertation on "The Modern Mystic Path to Living in Harmony" I feel that I am fully ready to step into the role of Ministry to the practice of yoga in assisting those who are still in the process of working through the traumas of the first half of 2020 - not to mention the previous part of our lives.

One Yoga Center, continues to provide the necessary tools for those in need by offering regular weekly yoga classes, virtually, in our Zoom classroom. I feel strongly that this format is here to stay. I have reconnected with various students around the country and internationally, and I look forward to this continued connectivity and growing community. We also began a "soft opening" at the studio for limited in person practices. This requires pre-registration with proper spacing and other precautions, but it has allowed for a few who just could not navigate the technology and/or need more human connection to realign to return to yoga. To say that teaching both virtually and live is a challenge, is an understatement, and I am so grateful that you all continue to support me and the studio through the continued daily changes. I am doing my best to serve you all.

The other huge change was the addition of the One Spirit Metaphysical Shoppe. Now, I have yet to post regular hours - mostly because I am a one woman show! So I will continue to offer private shopping by appointment as well as post available drop-in shopping times via the Facebook and other social media links. So if you are not already connected to me both on One Yoga Center and my personal page, please send a friend request so that you can be informed as I post daily.

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What does July hold? 

Good question! I cannot even begin to pretend to understand the constant changing energies on our planet. But, I am hopeful. Perhaps July will boast more openings and availabilities. Perhaps we will find ourselves retreating a bit. Or, maybe there is something even weirder, stranger, and more fascinating looming around the corner...
only time will tell.

The one constant is most certainly: Change.

Embrace each day with a morning prayer, meditation or reflection. Continue to express gratitude for the day and start with positive intentions. Hold space for unknown blessings to come your way. Connect with Archangels and ask them to be with you and guide you. Dive into connection to the Divine in whatever way that you can. And continue regular yoga practices to keep yourself grounded and able to navigate the daily energy shifts with grace and humility.

I offer a new program in the Fall: The Modern Mystic Path. In this monthly course I will continue to offer yoga and meditative practices as well as rituals, insights and discoveries that will help you navigate the current world and local energies. I keep changing the start date of the program. Now I am feeling September - Autumn Equinox. At this time you can join me by entering The Mana Temple. "Mana" is a sacred Polynesian word for the spiritual life-force energy that permeates the Universe - similar to our yogic "Prana." There are levels in which to join the path, all listed on the website. You can pay monthly or in one-lump sum (the later of which is offered currently in the store on the website). 

I've developed a private Facebook group for the Modern Mystic Path. Ask to join me there as I have been sharing some limited monthly practices for June. I hope to expand upon them in July and August, so following me will give you a little preview as to what the course will explore - although I can't share everything and those who know me and have practiced with me understand that I always have new content and information to share!

My life-purpose continues to be helping people understand energy and assimilate spirituality and Oneness into your life in order to find true happiness and peace. Yoga and other spiritual tools assist me and therefore are what I can share with you.

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I invite you to stay connected - to reach out - and to join me in whatever fashion you can. And if I help you in any way, than please feel free to share what I offer with your friends and family members to help me expand my offerings to others. 

Thank you for your continued support of my small businesses. In community and Oneness we will all find the harmony we seek. 

In love, service and wisdom,
Reverend Doctor Tracey L. Ulshafer


July's Asana: Camatkarasana
(Wild Thing)
Explore this fun asana for July - a twist on Downward Dog & Wheel! You can start with your favorite Dog and stay here. Try putting your weight into your right hand and rolling onto the outer edge of your right foot for side plank (Vasisthasana). Press evenly through right-arm bones and take left leg behind you to the floor, bending the knee. Inhale lifting the hips and dropping the head, gazing behind you. Extend fully through the left arm. Keep abdominals engaged to release, and flip it to the other side. Or, remain in that Dog - it's all good!
Why I chose Camatkarasana for this month's posture?
The energy on our planet continues to be in constant flux. Poles are changing, Shumann resonance is spiking (it's a thing - look it up!), several planets are in retrograde, it is eclipse season, and strange weather patterns continue to emerge. With the daily energies constantly in shift, we need to embrace change with fluidity and grace, and we also need to increase our overall stamina and vitality. For July - be the Wild Thing - and unleash your inner potential to flip around and see things from new perspectives...maybe you will uncover your True Self or your Life Purpose just by looking at life a little differently. 
Love, Tracey

Friday, May 29, 2020

June 2020 - Keep the Faith

Keep the Faith

One of my favorite quotes:

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." MLK Jr.

As I write this I actually feel as though I am in the middle of the staircase but its no ordinary one. The staircase winds up and into the clouds and to destination unknown. Will I continue the staircase and keep the faith that it is taking me somewhere beautiful and magical? Or will I hold on and cling to getting back down on to solid ground that I also can no longer see? To me the only decision is to keep climbing the stairs and keep the faith that we are ascending somewhere that we need to be. Perfect love. Perfect trust.

As I close in on the completion of my Doctor of Ministry program and having seen how everyone has chosen to work through the current life struggles, I am astounded at how many people completely lost faith or stepped away from everything that they ever believed in, that has helped them through challenges their entire life - clergy included. This is not judgment. Everyone is doing the best that they can with the situation at hand. However, I feel how for myself when I plug back in to what I truly believe in and have faith, that the energy shifts.

As many of you know, I work with Angel cards and Tarot cards, regularly, for guidance. The Angel Tarot speaks the most to me, but so does another Angel deck, the Indigo Angels. The "Pray" card keeps coming up one and over. In fact, sometimes it just flips out of the deck on my lap.

A year ago I began a daily morning prayer ritual for myself. Every day, without fail, I thank Spirit for watching over me and my family as we slept, and for giving us another new day. I give other thanks and appreciations, and I may ask for assistance in some way or another. There is more to it, but I try to do this upon waking, or as soon as I can. I find that it helps me set the right tone and intention for my day. It sets me on the right path.

Amidst the current world pandemic, this just wasn't cutting it. I found myself in early May affected negatively by the rising anger and hatred in the world. Now I do believe that we are moving through a wave of ascension energies on the planet and the we are dealing with the last days of duality, where the "sides" are duking it out. I am an optimist. I believe that we are moving somewhere beautiful, eventually. In the meantime, like a pimple that surfaces after a facial, the real junk is boiling to the top.

My morning prayers were not getting me through the day. I needed more.

A couple of weeks ago, I took my dogs for one of their usual walks. I have come to love these times when we can walk, unmasked, around the neighborhood, enjoying the lovely weather and fresh air. On this particular day I was really struggling. I needed a sign - anything! I took several deep breaths and shook some energy off my body. I began to sing "Let it Be"over and over, asking Mother Mary to come to me. In fact, I put it on replay on my iPhone. Around the block I went, singing, "...and in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me..." over and over. At one point I looked at a patch of grass and immediately say a four-leafed clover. I picked it, thinking it could be a sign from Mother Mary, but sort of dared her to show me another one if she was really there. Again, within a minute I found a second four-leafed clover right under my feet.

I really needed that sign to keep the faith that day. It got me through the week.

Recently I was reminded of the beautiful Gayatri Mantra. Well, I was not reminded of it, as much as I came across a translation of it that I had:


Aum
Bhuh Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat

~ The Rig Veda (10:16:3)
Translation:
“O Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant from us and promote illumination within us."

As I sang the Gayatri over and over I felt within me a darkness being lifted. I felt a levity to my spirit. I went from nearly crying in anguish to smiling with joy. The affects are still in me. The chanting of this sacred mantra (hymn) to the Divine helped and restored my faith.

Each time I find myself questioning the world today or whether or not God/Spirit is watching or helping, I receive a mystical sign. Often, however, I need to ask for it or watch for it. If I am busy focusing on something else of a lower vibrational level, I could miss it entirely!

I have shared many times that I was not brought up in any religious church or house of worship. My parents allowed me to discover my own belief systems, which perhaps is what propelled me to understand them most in the first place. As I sit on the precipice of finishing my seminary school and receiving my ministerial doctorate, I find that faith is probably the most important thing that I have in my life at this moment. For without it, I fall into deep despair.

Living life guided by mystical experiences, I welcome any and all faith traditions into my life that have at their core the teachings of love and Oneness. Truly "Interfaith" I derive inspiration from many sources, and continue to learn and grow and expand upon my awareness.

I've taught many people over the years who call themselves "Recovering Catholics" or atheist/agnostic. That's fine. I ask them to believe in the light or the sun or nature. Usually they can relate to something in that vein. As a yoga teacher, I cannot teach the practice without the discussion of Spirituality and God. Personally I do not like the word "God" as it still has old religious connotations of a white man with a white beard in the clouds. I prefer to use Spirit, Great Spirit, Eloheim, or one of the many other names in which this omnipresent higher power is represented by. I do not begrudge anyone what he or she calls the name of her Universal Presence either. I believe that as long as you have faith, there is a spiritual presence in your life. And as a yoga teacher, we cannot practice yoga without that connection.

Today where do you find your spiritual connection? What gives you faith? Who or what is helping get you through each day with grace?

I would challenge you to reconnect with the Absolute of your upbringing or ancestral lineage. If that does not work for you, then what does? Reconnect or connect in some way and make that link your own. Release dogma and allow yourself to find the relationship that is meaningful to you - today.

So for June, let us "Keep the Faith" and connection to the deep wisdom within and the Spiritual Guidance that speaks to each of us.

In Love, Service and Wisdom,
Tracey

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the Modern Mystic Path
~ Mana Temple ~

* New Offering *



Life can be a mystical experience, leading one to his or her truest and Highest Self. The path of the mystic winds through various spiritual traditions and belief systems, implementing multi-cultural experiences and honoring the Divine in all that is. Join me for a monthly journey into the "Mana Temple" - the Polynesian spiritual life force energy permeating the Universe.

Reclaim your connection to Spirit with my new Mystical monthly offering! Whether you find yourself lost in today's world or are a continued seeker on the path of Self-Realization, this course will offer you the opportunity to find the magical and mystical in the everyday.

As an Interfaith Minister, I honor all paths and faiths. As a Mystic and Healer, I understand the need for this path now - more than ever. Whether you are struggling or thriving, my course will keep you aligned with your Highest Self, emerging connected to Source and with a deep sense of purpose. 

The monthly offerings will include:
~ Yoga Session(s) - recorded
~ Meditation (s) - recorded
~ Ritual for the month - recorded with potential live options
~ Lecture (s)/Info on the month's energies - recorded
~ Private Facebook group in which to access all of these daily, ask questions and share your personal journey

In addition, you can purchase all of the items needed for the monthly ritual through the ONE SPIRIT Metaphysical Shop, individually, or in a package that can be picked up or mailed to you.

This investment has many options:

๐Ÿ’ซThe Maiden ⤏ ๐Ÿ’œ
Basic monthly offering with access to Facebook group and all the recordings and information, billed monthly = $44/month for 12 months (13th month FREE) or $505 for the year when pre-paid.

๐Ÿ’ซThe Mother ⤐ ๐Ÿ’—
All of the monthly offerings plus the ritual items from the ONE SPIRIT Metaphysical Shop, prepaid for one year in advance or billed monthly = $77/month for 12 months (13th month FREE) - OR - $900 for the year when pre-paid. *Note that items shipped will require additional shipping & handling fees*

๐Ÿ’ซThe Crone ⤘ ๐Ÿ’–
The monthly offerings, ritual items plus a one-hour personal session each month with Tracey to be used for shamanic healing or spiritual guidance, prepaid for one year in advance = $2662 for 13 months. *Shipping & handling included*

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* The Mana Temple opens July 2020 *
Register by emailing: Info@OneYogaCenter.net or visiting www.OneYogaCenter.net
Call (609) 918-0963 to discuss the program further

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Two Month Quarantine - is Time even a Relevant Thing anymore?

Well, this is most certainly a blog that I never thought I would be writing. But here we are - another month gone by and still "sheltering in place." For me the whole entire time is a blur. I cannot even remember any specific day and no moments stand out. Time feels, well, irrelevant, other than I need to be on a class at a certain time. If it were not for various appointments, I wonder if we would even need time anymore? Hmm...interesting discussion...

Our world is vastly different than it was in February. I spent nearly three weeks in blissful unawareness of any threat in Thailand only to have the Covid-19 situation break new heights of concern just prior to traveling home. When I got back we were in the throes of chaos, and under a week the yoga studio was closed by the Governor. Truth, he never said "yoga studios," but I did determine that when he said "fitness centers and gyms" that we were lumped in to that. Besides, on Monday we had 10 people in class, by Wednesday 4, Thursday 2 and then closed. So, who was coming in to the studio anyway?!

And then, in the blink of an eye, everything went digital and virtual. I didn't even have a computer at the studio. But, I did have some foresight to set up a Zoom account months ago in preparation for an upcoming training, and for someone who really tried to stay away from digital energy, I had unknowingly set myself up for virtual classes to come.

Initially we tried a Facebook account for yoga class pass holders. It was good for about a week until everyone went on Facebook and then Facebook started deleting my own videos on my own private group as spam (P.S. they have yet to get back to me about that).

So, a week later the format was moved to Zoom, where the classroom has been for two months.

Has it been an easy two months?

Hardly.

First of all, where to put the camera is a whole ordeal. Determining the best angle for all poses is difficult. I have tried putting the computer high on stools and chairs and low to the ground. I am still working on it. Each have their own good points and difficulties.

I am always astounded by the grace of the Universe that puts me into these unique experiences. Like, who knew my degree in Radio/TV/Film would come in handy so much because of Covid!?


Not being able to see everyone and their practice is a challenge for me since proper alignment and safety is high on my teacher list. Not being able to offer assists and help people improve on their practice is also quite limited with Zoom. There are many facets to teaching that are difficult in the digital format. That, and the fact that nobody knew what they were doing in the beginning ether - so many times there was NO video on at all, or I was looking at someone's ceiling. All good. I am not judging. Just relating the challenges to it all. And we've certainly come a long way since then!

And then there are my dogs: my best friends, partners in crime, and unconditional loving pups. They follow me EVERYWHERE. Now that I am home so much they've gotten even MORE attached to me. They are always nearby when I teach. Sometimes Bodhi is snoring and you can hear him. Other times Kali is on my mat in my way. And then there are the times when they are either both on my mat, vomiting just off screen, crying to go outside, and lying on the computer. Your honor, may I please submit for evidence the following:




I ask you, how am I supposed to teach with these cute distractions! My students have no idea what I do for them. It's time you all knew! HAHA

And let's talk about my amazing students. Oh my goodness. Thanks to the many folks who wanted to continue to do their yoga practice. Many said that they feel it is the only thing keeping them going. I have been so grateful to practice with you all each day. When I log into the classroom and several people are already there waiting, I get really excited! I can't wait to see who jumps in the class each day and what distractions of your own that you have going on. And yes, I've seen it all. Mostly I love your pets bothering you. But its also pretty funny when your husband walks through the room, unaware or your children decide to make lunch in the kitchen where you are practicing. Luckily we have the "mute" button! If it were not for those of you who continue to come to regular classes and support the studio, we would not have a studio to come back to. I am forever, grateful to so many of you that words cannot amply express how I feel.



I found the virtual background option and have used that a few times for us. It feels nice to sit on the beach with moving waves, but sometimes my body just disappears. Other times, I am floating on the water. Kind of cool, but more distracting I think. So I started only using the backgrounds for meditations and am finding them to be quite effective for those.



The picture above is from the High Light Resonance Booster Attunement I did virtually. It actually worked quite well.

I also have done several Angel Card readings virtually which have been very on-point and quite powerful for people. I really need thought that I would be able to convey those messages through this format, but instead they are coming through even louder and stronger.

Another fun thing we did for a couple of weeks was an adult coloring meet-up. It was fun and I miss it. I think I spent all of March coloring on Saturday nights! But with so much on-line it was starting to feel like more work and it was time to take a break. But, I am down for inviting it again soon if anyone is interested. Check out some of our art:



In the beginning I taught 11 classes for the One Yoga students. Although it doesn't sound like too much, I also had 2-3 other classes that I taught for on-site clients who wanted me to go virtual, in addition to the Special Olympics classes that I did for them virtually. Each vendor has a different virtual set-up, so learning their systems, logging in early to work out the bugs, and downloading the various software setups was a lot of time and effort. In fact, all of the set ups ate away many hours on the back end that body really saw. I made sure that when it was time for class, I was ready. But really there was a lot to do that nobody else was aware of. So what may have been 13 classes a week turned into countless hours of preparation and setup. But, I pushed through!

May came in, ushering our second month of virtual classes. I tweaked the schedule bit based on feedback that I was given. I hope this helps people to get the most out of their class experience, but also to give me a little better schedule. It is not easy without a day off. Right now I have one day off: Fridays. Before, I had no days off because we also offers the community yoga for free on Facebook every Friday night. And although I really do think this might be the better night to hold it, I just needed one day not on Zoom! I truly apologize to anyone that this schedule does not work for. But I needed to honor myself so that I could be there more for my students when it was time. I am still evaluating the schedule and if things go into June, I may done more tweaking.

One thing is for sure, I will definitely be doing virtual classes moving forward. We have people joining from Florida and North Jersey, and now Canada! Another one of the benefits of the virtual classroom is being able to connect or reconnect with students who have moved away! And, this takes One Yoga classes international so that's pretty cool too!



And when you don't see me in front of the camera teaching, I am always behind the scenes. The amazing Elina Hernandez look back her Monday evening class at 6 pm. She logs on, I check everyone in and then turn the class over to her. I am so grateful to Elina for offering this class to the community.

I also have my yoga teacher trainees: Karuna, Marilyn, Amanda, Katie and Sarah, who teach the Community yoga classes. They teach and I watch and take notes, then we talk after. Again, I may not be in front of you but I am still working and there with you.

To say that the last two months have been a blur is an understatement. Now you see why. Every time someone tells me what they accomplished, cleaned or learned in their time off I do feel a pang of jealousy. Don't get me wrong, I am grateful to be busy and working, but I do need some down time. All work and no play makes Tracey a dull girl...

And that is why I created CONNIE the Covid Bunny.

She started out as a snapchat filter joke one night when I was feeling silly. My mother loved it so much that I did another one to make her laugh. She started looking forward to her daily dose of Connie just to laugh, so I continued them.

And then she got her own Facebook page because more people told me how cute it was and made them smile. Soon Connie became a reminder to remain positive and hopeful. If you haven't checked her out, seek her on Facebook "Connie the Bunny."

I've tried to share her with Ellen Degeneres. Maybe Connie will make me famous! My step-daughter hopes so. Connie hopes so too!

And that brings us almost up to date.

In addition to all this virtual classroom business I also took over control of my website and reydisnged it myself. I moved the domain name, created the content and continue to work to enhance it. For the past nearly 20 years I've had someone else do my website and had limited ability to work with it and add features. Now, I can change things on a dime and I love it! So the girl who didn't even want a computer at the yoga studio is a web designer and television producer!

The yoga studio is also in the process of a complete overhaul. I moved things around - again. I cleaned. I stocked up on new supplies for the Natural Healer Shop. And I go there now twice a week to imbibe positive energy into the space. The studio misses us! The plants miss us! The Chakra porch misses us!

So, as I write this blog it is May 13th. My birthday is exactly 11 days away. Anyone that knows me knows that is an important number to me. So, I want to leave with a prayer that by my Birthday we have good news on the front about this quarantine and the virus. That we can begin reopening, cautiously, and yes, I am praying for a miracle that erases this virus from the earth. I believe that anything is possible. I don't want a vaccine. I just want it gone...or irrelevant. That is my birthday wish. Pray it with me and I will see you soon at One Yoga Center!

In love, service and wisdom,
Tracey (a.k.a. Connie the Bunny)