Monday, December 28, 2020

"Recalibration" - the word of 2020

What were you doing January 1, 2020? Were you nursing a hangover? Putting together a fabulous vision board? Traveling the world? Putting away your holiday decorations? Preparing for a long winter's nap? While I do not recall what I was actually doing January 1, I do remember that January was a busy month full of workshops, trainings, energy healings and more. After selling our home and moving closer to the yoga studio, I dove into my work with more committed fierceness. I knew that 2020 was going to be a shift of energy, but I couldn't see in what way or how. In fact, I do not think that even the most intuitive psychics saw what happened this year, coming.

2020 was to be an epic travel year, with trips planned to Thailand, Peru, Mexico and Italy, to name a few. People were locking in the international retreats and I was beginning to shift my energy towards running more retreats and less trainings. My love of travel and hosting were coming together nicely and I was more than excited to see where it would go.

Nearing the beginning of the trip to Thailand, worldwide panic began to rise about some virus out of China. I had traveled through China and to Thailand so many times and witnessed many people of Asian decent walking around with masks on a normal day, so the growing mass hysteria over my pending travel and purchase of appropriate mask attire, did not affect me much. Since my friend, Stu, mentioned the difficult air quality in Chiang Mai I did wind up purchasing masks for us, but never wound up using them. By March 3rd when we boarded our plane home from Phuket, the world was already in a different place. Friends and family were in a full-panic about my traveling home, with messages of being safe coming from everywhere. I sat next to a Chinese man who wore his mask the entire flight, except to eat and drink. I was literally coughed on by a Thai steward who turned his head away from a fellow employee in order to throw his internal air in the opposite direction - mine. Packed in JFK going through customs, nere an employee wore a mask, and very few travelers too. The energy felt chaotic, at best. Something sinister felt at hand. I remember feeling that I just wanted to get home.

And then, just like my usual, I landed on US soil, running. Between picking up my dogs and preparing for my yoga classes the very next day, I knew that the energy I gained from the rest and relaxation of being in paradise for about three weeks would get me through several busy months at work, and I was ready to go. I was pumped and excited about the rest of 2020. And off I went, downplaying any rising global threat to my reality.

Less than 10 days later, the US would close its borders and a global pandemic would rock our world, the likes of which most of us have never experienced before. 

The second half of March through May felt like a traumatic shockwave, sending rippling currents of confusion and disbelief through our world. Everything closed down. People were out of work. Toilet Paper became the most highly coveted item on earth. We did not know whether to laugh of cry at the information coming at us, let alone understand who to believe. An energy of fear slowly wafted over the earth like a slow moving fog, covering any sense of reality and normalcy. 

And then, the dolphins came back to Venice. The Tibetan mountains were seen in India for the first in a very long time. Families started spending more time and even eating dinner together again. In the midst of this horrendous situation, glimmers of hope began to shine through the fog, like sunlight. Here in the northeast the weather started to warm up and the idea of getting outside into nature became a real thing again. People started to appreciate mother earth and her fruits more than they had in too long a time - maybe ever - and the pets - wow, the pets thrived!

I had started to write "Covid Sucks" on every month of my work calendar, as I put large "X" across the entire thing, because by May it was apparent that my coveted yoga retreats would not be happening this year. And along with it, most of my workshops went bye-bye too. I was able to immediately move the yoga classes virtual, and had somehow had the foresight to create a Zoom account in January due to a potential need for a training program beginning in March, so I was, unknowingly, ready to go. It was lonely in the studio teaching by myself and to a laptop. But eventually I got used to it. Then when it was okay to open classes back up to limited capacity, I found new students coming in for the human interaction. The hybrid virtual/in-person classroom was yet another new thing to navigate, but we did it. The theme of the year obviously became "go with the flow."

Even my seminary school turned doctoral program had to be moved to all virtual. Between the work for that program and running my new hybrid classes and trainings, the summer rolled on, maybe even busier than ever. I found myself jealous of everyone who was learning new skills during their welcomed down-time. I know someone who took a course at Harvard! Another person learned a new language. More folks lost weight and started a new, healthy lifestyle. All around me I watched as more people began to move in all kinds of new directions. With the busy lifestyles that everyone had become accustomed to, the slowdown was finally allowing people to find time for the things that they always wanted to learn or understand. Energy continued to shift. The summer felt to me like a massive 3D chessboard in the sky, with pieces continually moving about in order to find their true positions. 

And then, just like that, the 3D chessboard went 5D. The looming US election came with waves and waves of distortion through the energy field. The semblance of peace and significance that people found in early quarantine changed into the most surreal, confused energy yet. Layers of long and deep rooted deceptions became uprooted. Literally, our reality system, the one that we have functioned in since the time our history books discusses, the only one that most people know and understand, continued to fragment and break apart. The ugly head of duality reared its head like a dragon about to blow his final fiery breath.

But the thing is, we are all getting used to this by now. The not knowing, the misunderstanding and navigating this dark energy - we are getting better at dealing with it. We are shifting. Some of us have shed old skin and are ready to shed another layer whenever we need to. Some others may be still struggling to regain a sense of "return to normal" that they, frankly, will never see again. 

The truth of it all is that this year of 2020 was a global recalibration. That normal that some seek - the way that things used to be - it wasn't working, was it? If we get real, we can be honest that much of our world and humanity was not working out so well. Truth is, we needed a massive resetting in order to get us to the next level of reality and movement from duality to Oneness. 

We are not there yet.

This recalibration has just started. Nobody can tell when it will end. The only thing for certain is that we need to find new ways to work and to be. If the recalibration has sent you on a new path, great. Follow it, but be open. There is still much illusion in our field. And some of us are still working through some very basic, primal energies. Will we see a new world in 2021? Maybe. Perhaps. Potentially. I can't see it. I said to a friend the other day, you know how a pendulum sometimes shakes but doesn't yet reveal which direction it wants to move in? I feel like we are there right now. My only advise is to let go, to find new ways to do things, and to be better, kinder, more loving people in the process.

If you are feeling tired - sleep. If you feel like your job no longer serves you - find another one. If your passion to sing or dance or play music is still something you haven't made time for - just do it. Start listening deeply to your intuition and attune to the rhythms of Mother Earth. All will be revealed in due time. For now, stop resisting the recalibration. It is in your best interests to go with it and realign to your Highest Self. This master-plan, the 5D chessboard, there are still so many unknowns, and the strategies that we have used before, most likely no longer work with this new game. How could they when the game keeps evolving? 

One of my students said recently, "More fun in '21." I like it! Let's get to that. At the end of the day, we cannot change the course of reality and the world's energetic recalibrations. But what we can manage to do is focus on the things that bring true, effortless joy into our lives...and live there in the present moment - striving to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. I'm moving there myself. 

Thank you for listening. 

I love you.

- Rev. Dr. T

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Yoga and C-Virus - From the Lips of Patanjali

When the panic began to ensue about Covid-19, I first plugged into it as well. I felt the fear rising in the pit of my stomach and was overcome with emotions. It was an odd feeling because I knew immediately that it was not my true feeling to be fearful, yet I was connected to this collective consciousness at the same time. I did some yoga and grounding work and released it pretty quickly and then was able to sit back and witness.

I began to see that this whole current situation unfolding, this global pandemic, is exactly what  all of the yogic and other spiritual teachings that I have ever had were talking about. I saw it all coming together - this is what we have been learning for - for this moment right now. And yet, so many teachers, healers and spiritual people are struggling.

First of all, I get it. I am not shaming or putting anyone down for feeling the stuff. This is a new place for many of us and we are riding in new territory everyday. But I want to ask those who are on a spiritual path to get back to their spiritual guidance, books and teachers/ascended masters and take a second look at the teachings.

Let's do that now....


Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the compilation of the teachings of yoga in one book with four parts. The first part, or Book One, begins:

1:1 Now the exposition of Yoga is being made.
1:2 The restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is Yoga.

The teachings of yoga begin with telling us, up front, that the real practice is all about sailing the fluctuations of the mind. When this C-Virus became named an actual "Global Pandemic" there was a huge shift on the planet. Everyone tuned into the news to hear what was happening and to listen to the rise of both confined cases and deaths. At first there was a lot of misinformation, and we still are trying to understand the nature of this virus. Some people are holding onto strong theories about what this is "really" about and others are in sheer panic. Then there are a few in the middle, riding the wave.

Yoga tells us that we have fluctuations of the mind and that these modifications are going to cause us great suffering. The true yogi (or yogini) resides in his or her true nature, this means that he or she knows the truth, inherently, within him or herself. There is no need to turn on the television or to inquire what is "really" going on. The true yoga, already understands. The problem is that this very real test is proving that most of us are not really the yogi or yogis that we profess to be...self included.

1:4 At other times the self assumes the forms of the mental modifications.

That's right...most other times, and certainly in these times, we are letting the mind run free, and it is not pretty at all.

The yogic teachings discuss five such fluctuations which are painful or painless:
1. Right knowledge
2. Misconception
3. Verbal delusion
4. Sleep
5. Memory

Let's begin with right knowledge. My favorite question for my teacher trainees is always, "how do we know what we know?" Yoga tells us that right knowledge is sourced from either direct perception, interference or scriptural testimony. It is said that the truth will never be changed. Think about how we still don't understand this virus and that there are still a lot of untruths out there. We do not know if everyone is reporting correctly, we do not know if the rapid test results are giving pure results, and we most certainly do not have any longevity with this virus to connect us to actual data. We are going with the flow and doing our best. Our direct perception is one of confusion, at best. With interference a reliable person of authority who really understands the issue gives the information to us. We could spend all day discussing who or what is a "reliable person" today. We can only go with the doctors who are working with the virus daily, and their expert opinions. Anyone else - regardless of their stature on their podcast, private blog or other media source, is questionable. Note I am not saying incorrect, just questionable. And then there is spiritual testimony. What has our spiritual text taught us about the nature of the mind, fear, and illness? That is a broad question, so I will leave it to you to find depending on your own spirituality. I am interested in what you find out.

1:8 Misconception occurs when knowledge of something is not based upon its true form.

So how do we know what we know about Covid-19? The truth is still emerging. We are still understanding. We do not know what is right knowledge or misconception. But we do know what we are told to do to prevent the spread, based on what the Chinese did for the past three months to contain their situation. Based on authority and best understanding, this is our only recourse.

Let me ask you this...

How much energy are you spending trying to determine the truth in this situation? Right knowledge may be a painless fluctuation of the mind, but in this instance, it is causing pain. At what point does allowing yourself to be immersed in the fact finding no longer serve us? Has it caused great pain and suffering to the point of anxiety and depression? Perhaps then, according to yoga, it is time to let it go.

Verbal delusion occurs when we hear something and react without any reality at the basis. The very words "Global Pandemic" strike fear and panic into most people. Being told to stay inside and to social distance are more fearful words. Watching people post videos and pictures of empty supermarket shelves and post toilet paper memes incite more fear and lack. Time to stop tuning in to all the external dialogue and pull yourself out of the pit of despair. It is one thing to stay informed, it is another to lock yourself in.

Sleep. Is anyone sleeping? I am because I am exhausted every day. If you are not sleeping well then your mind is not functioning optimally. You need proper sleep to rest and rejuvenate the body-mind. Find a way to relax through meditation, yoga or deep breathing. Rest is important and your mind needs this calming avenue now more than ever.

Memory is the modification that occurs when we remember something that we had forgotten. Well, it is difficult to forget anything about Covid-19 at the moment. But somewhere in the future it will be a memory. And I hope that we all remember the important lessons that come from this time that we are in.

So, there are these modifications of the mind and yoga tells us that the way to really get them in check is to practice non-attachment. Through steadiness of mind and consistent practice, we can master our cravings. When we master our cravings we will have found Purusha, or the True Self, and through finding the Purusha we will join in the culmination of the practices of yoga or a place called Samadhi.

In Samadhi there is complete cessation of the mental modifications. For some, they actually leave the physical body, but for many others Samadhi is gained through faith, strength, memory, contemplation or discernment.

1:22 The time necessary for success further depends on whether the practice is mild, medium or intense.

1:23 Or Samadhi is obtained by devotion with total dedication to God (Isvara).

So, we can do this the short way or the long way, the easy way or the hard way, but either way, it is going to take us through the ringer. Our faith will be tested. We will have to find great inner-strength. We must discern the truth.

Isvara is known by many names to many different faiths. God. Goddess. Elohim. Yeshua. Allah. Great Spirit and many other names. The name is of no consequence. The idea is the same: omniscience. The infinite and all knowing teacher, creator of all that is and ever will be, unconditioned by time must be reflected upon. How do we do this in yoga?

OM. The vibrational sound of omnipresence is the mantra OM (AUM). OM is said to be God's name in form and to repeat it with reflection, brings us great aid in accomplishing what we set out to do - to still the fluctuations of the mind.

1:29 From this practice all the obstacles disappear and simultaneously dawns the knowledge of the inner Self.

From this practice we gain insights because we are now aligned with the Universal omnipresence. We are no longer limited by the mind - or the body for that matter. All of the obstacles to transcendence have been eliminated and we are free. It is easier to say that nearly everyone is not at this place. There is much work to do and be done on a global level, but it must start on a personal level. We are all uniquely and individually responsible for shifting energy and getting involved in this process. The time has never ever before been as ripe for this work as now. Distractions are everywhere. Focus and discipline is most needed.

1:30 Disease, dullness, doubt, carelessness, laziness, sensuality, false perception, failure to reach firm ground, and slipping from the ground gained - these distractions of the mind-stuff are the obstacles. 

And there we have it. The very first word in this sutra: "Disease." How can we ever move forward on the yogic path if we are focused on this? And how can we remain responsible today while focusing elsewhere? I must admit, this has been my entire focus since March. I am much aware of what is going on in the world. And as a business owner and founder of a wellness center, I know it is my duty to be aware of health related issues. I have to be aware, but I cannot be mentally involved or fatigued by it. It does not serve my Highest Good - nor anyone else's. So, I detach as much as possible, everyday, and all the time. Of course it is brought up everywhere so there is no escape. But the work is non-stop non-the-less. I will not allow my mind to be distracted by my purpose of helping others through yoga and other holistic avenues. So I keep moving beyond the focus on illness or virus and disease. Instead I focus on health, healthy thoughts and holding space for others to move into their own with respect to this. 

1:32 The practice of concentration on a single subject is the best way to prevent the obstacles and their accompaniments. 

And so I focus more and more, continually, on Higher Light Energy, alternative reality systems, and the best possible outcomes. 

1:33-39 Patanjali lists several things to concentrate on to keep the mind focused and calm, including breath control practices, the blissful Light within, the way a great Soul lives, etc. All of these items are methods that are entirely available to the average person, if only practiced with regularity and with complete dedication. So the yoga practice, accompanied by the philosophies and adherence to the guidelines of one's teacher can all assist in this process. 

1:40-1:51 The final section of Patanjali's Book One of the Yoga Sutras discusses Samadhi, the final stages of yoga, upon which the yogi reaches a blissful state of complete Oneness and transcends the ordinary being. According to Patanjali, this is attainable. But even those who practice daily and concentrate will struggle to get there fully because of the mind. So, where we began, we end: the mind-stuff and how to still it. In the end, the yogi transcends because he or she has done all the work and has realized Universal Oneness, but not without great and continual effort. 

If I were to compartmentalize these teachings into the current C-Virus world that we are living in, I would say that, according to the Yogis, there is no room for any virus in a transcended world. There is no place for anything of this level because the yogi has attuned him or herself to a higher energy field. And since everything is, in the end, energy, we can eliminate the lower vibrational field of any virus or situation with enough effort and concentration on what creates higher energy. And therein lies the rub.

Our complete focus, globally, is on the lower energies of the virus and overcoming it through modern medicine, when the "reality" remains that we can eradicate it by changing its vibration. Most will say that the science is not there. Ok. You're right, the "science" may not be there to prove this. But, Yoga is a "Science" of "Self-Discovery," and therein is more vast than any other opinion. And as vast beings, we have the capability to create, heal, and transcend..and we have a system that shows us how. The fact that I, nor you, have risen to the place yet where we can say that we are living in this state means that we must adhere to mindful resolutions of our humanity right now - and that may mean implementing practices such as distancing. 

So where do we yoga practitioners go from here? 

I began writing this blog back in took me until December to finish and publish it because we are in the exact same place that we were back then. Nothing globally has changed with respect to the pandemic, except for some reopenings - and more subsequent shutdowns due to recent spikes of cases. And now we have vaccines being fast-tracked and released in hopes to get a hold on the situation. I ask myself, as a yogi, how should I live? How do I live in the world today, honoring my practice and that of humanity and the current situation?

To that I say, as a yogi, I continue to focus and concentrate on global healing and aligning with the energy of Oneness and Higher Light vibrations. I do that work because it is what is necessary and what I know to be true due to what I have learned through my practices. My hope is that I can be a light that will guide and inspire others to do the same. And while I do honestly and earnestly live in this fashion, I respect my obligation to my fellow-humans on this planet to be mindful and respect that we are all still aligning to our Greatness and Vastness and that the presence of very dark energy exists, like it or not. I can still get sick. I can get you sick. And if I truly believe in Oneness, in that energy I do my very best to take care of us all in the best ways that are known to us all at this time. 

What else can be said? The unprecedented unveiling of dark, lower vibrational energy on our planet, masked as a virus is complicated, at best. And I do not claim to have every answer. But, I do promise that I am on to something in aligning us all in the Highest Light, stilling the lower energies of the mind to the best of our ability, and striving to live in the light of love. 

In love, service, and wisdom.
Dr. Tracey L. Ulshafer  

Friday, October 2, 2020

A Shared Ancient Mudra and Why it is Relevant Today

Tracey in Rapa Nui 2015
I am certainly not the first to discover the similarities around the world of various stone carvings with hands in the same symbolic gesture that we refer to in yoga as "mudras." This is on my mind today for some reason, however, so I am urged to share this with the community. I can't question why these things arise as they do, so I just go with it. Usually there is a reason we need to understand.

This is me with a hand carved statue of the great Moai of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The trip here changed my life in ways that I am still processing. These Silent Watchers that sit around the island, facing inward and gazing towards the sky, hold many secrets. Many of the Moai are badly weathered so the carvings are difficult to make out. Most of the really good ones can be found pillaged in museums in London, the US and around the world. Perhaps you can zoom in to see the hand positions here on the Moai, because I think this little carving shows it very well. Sitting just below the naval center, the hands just about touch on the stomach.

Moai of Rapa Nui

The next picture is of one of the actual Moai. Even if you cannot see, trust me that the hand positions are the same. 

Oddly enough this was not the first time that I came across this same hand position. In 2015 I visited an ancient site in Bolivia known as Tiwanaku, still an active archeological site. 

See the picture below that I have attached from that site and that trip. This is a much clearer picture of the hand position around the naval center. Between these two places: Rapa Nui, located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and Bolivia, on the South American continent, we are talking of a distance of about 4,800 km. As for the timeframe of the creation of these stone figures, there is much debate. However, it is generally accepted by most archeologists today that the Moai most likely were carved from the volcanic rock there around 1100 AD, while Tiwanaku reins slightly older at 110 AD (interesting numbers, but that is another story - and by the way, they're really much, much older, but many of us are waiting for the science to catch up). 

Tiwanaku, Bolivia
OK, so some people may think that this distance is a little close and that the stone figures could have been created by the same people. So, let's look at a few others. While several similar figures were found scattered around Mexico throughout the Toltec, Aztec and Huastec peoples, Central America is still relatively in close proximity, so I will leave those pictures out, although you can easily google them on your own.

To look at some really interesting figures, let's go across the Atlantic (and further) to two other locations: Indonesia and Turkey.

As recent as 1996, the ancient city of Gobekli Tepe has been an active archeological site in Turkey, even though it was discovered around 1963. This site is blowing the socks off of many archeologists since the datings are coming back anywhere between 7370-9130 BC - yes, you heard me - BC. That makes Gobekli Tepe approximately 11,000 years old...conservatively. Some scholars argue that it is actually quite older and the work is still being done to prove this timeline. Although I have not had the pleasure to travel to or witness Gobekli Tepe first hand, I was astounded to discover the ancient carvings there. Check out the next one...

Okay, Turkey not far enough away? Let's head out about the Bada Valley in Indonesia?

Here, strewn across the inner landscape are similar carvings dated around the 14th century, or roughly 1300's time period - AD. 

See the similar figures in the image below...

Bad Valley, Indonesia

As a natural detective, I like putting puzzle pieces together. I may have been Sherlock Holmes in another life. As a yoga teacher, I find this absolutely thrilling. I have taught the science behind mudras, the gestures we make, often of the hands for over twenty years. For the first fifteen years my understanding of Mudras was limited to the Hindu mudras of yoga that I was taught. However, on my trips to Peru, Bolivia, Easter Island, and other such places, I have discovered this world of other mudras that speak to the commonality of ancient beings and a particular shared energy. And this is where it gets really interesting...

The area about two inches below the naval is known in Chinese medicine as the Lower Dantien. This roughly translates to "elixir field" or "sea of qi." In Chinese medicine qi is the equivalent of prana for yogis - it is the life energy. For Chinese practitioners, the Dantien is the core energy center of the body, a storehouse of energy. If you study Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Martial Arts, Acupuncture, or any other Chinese medicine or practice, the Dantien is an integral factor in your modality. It is the place that all practitioners begin and end. It is the source. Many yogis equate this area with a chakra, a vortex of energy, while Chinese practitioners argue that they cannot be equated. For me, this is the Swadisthana chakra, the second chakra, the source of creation, and I allow that connection to be made.

When I studied Shiatsu, we began the session with our hands on the client's lower Dantien, we called the "Hara." Back then I did not understand this necessary evaluation tool. When I began to teach yoga, I was taught a Belly Breathing technique. I was told that this was a necessary breathing tool, although it was not stressed any more than any of the other breathing techniques that we studied known as pranayama. For some reason, several years ago I found myself focusing teaching students the belly breathing. And the mudra position of hands on the lower Dantien or with the right hand on the heart and the left hand on the abdomen have become quite instinctive for me when instructing. 

When a practitioner places his or her hands on the this area and focuses on deep breathing, there is a strong connection to one's individual's life force energy, but also to the deeper interconnectedness of all life energy. 

Why had the ancient ones made a connection to this area all around the world at various times on our planet? There is still no complete theory on why that I have heard. However, I think it is not too far off to understand the connection to this vital life center and the greater, cosmic understanding of Oneness. 

In the year 2020, we find ourselves in an era of mass awakening of consciousness, a time when many old and antiquated ways are moving out and the lower vibrational energies on the planet are all bubbling to the surface for our recognition and elimination. This is a time period of ascension - a collective rising of energy. Spiritualists and scientists agree that the earth has gone through many stages - we just all call it different things. And although life as we know it is changing, there is always a reserve of life energy within us to draw upon and to help us see to the truth. The ancient stone carvings depict beings holding onto this area. We can do this today as well. Connect to life - connect to Oneness - breathe in this ancient mudra and know that all is well. 

It is a daily practice of mine and I hope that you share in my enthusiasm. 

In love, service and wisdom,

Dr. T.

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.

* * * AS ABOVE - SO BELOW * * *

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:



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 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,

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,

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 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,


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.

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