Shaking Things Up

believeLast week, I did something that I had never done before: I invited 5 of the archangels into my home. A friend had just finished her time with them and asked if I wanted to host them for five days. I talk to my angels all of the time, and I was excited about the possibility of miracles occurring by having all of their loving energy here at one time. When my husband and I opened the door and welcomed them in, we both felt tingling sensations throughout our bodies. And I knew that they had arrived.

I wasn’t immune to the magic that angels can bring. Over the last few years, since I’ve opened my heart to them, I’ve received daily signs that they were standing by – always near me. I’ve had a stone and a necklace appear out of nowhere. I’ve had lights flicker and shadows appear and all sorts of other beautiful ways that they check in with me and let me know that they are surrounding me with their love. So while I had no idea what to expect during this time, I knew it was going to be an amazing five days. And I couldn’t wait to see and feel their magic. I was hoping for visions and concrete messages that were clear beyond clear.

The first day went by, and I didn’t feel them at all. Same with the second. By the third, I was starting to feel really frustrated and angry, and my skepticism returned and wondered if they were here at all. I wasn’t feeling any magic or miracles. If anything, life seemed a little more bleak than before they arrived. I felt extra tired and extra “off.”  I felt sick without actually being sick – spacey and lethargic and just blah. I was so angry with them for not showing up and angry at myself for believing that they would. I just was ready to call the entire experiment off and be done with it.

But something inside of me – deep, deep down – believed that they were here and believed that they were doing exactly what needed to be done to help me – even if I couldn’t see or feel it. And so I settled down a little bit and waited for whatever sign, message, or guidance I was meant to receive to appear and become clear.

At the end of the third day, I was on Facebook and saw that someone posted about the west coast having more earthquakes than ever before over a 2-day period. The article said that the entire coast shifted a bit, which was unheard of. I’m such a sensitive soul that this explained why I was feeling so off and blah and spacey and unsettled. The ground was literally moving underneath me.

I felt that this was somehow related to the message that I needed to hear from them, but I still wasn’t sure what it all meant. My husband said that I wanted a big sign that they were there – something huge. And what bigger sign than having the entire earth shake! But I felt that there was another piece to it, and the next morning it came to me. I needed a big shake-up in my life – things have stagnated so much for me over the last few years. And the angels came to help move things around and literally shake things up again.

I’ve been through so much over the last 5 years (grieving, illness, uncertainty, immense amounts of stress, moving, etc.), and I have created a cocoon that I could sort of hide in and lick my wounds. It was absolutely necessary to do this to allow me to heal, but I’ve been feeling lately that this cocoon has become a comfort zone and a crutch. I’ve been feeling that it’s time to prepare myself to fly again and really needed a kick in the pants in the form of a huge sign to get me to take action.

While I’m still working out the details within my heart about what “shaking things up” means for me, I know that it’s big. I know that it’s not just a few tweaks here and there, but more a life overhaul. I’m turning 40 in a couple of weeks, and the timing feels perfect to sort of start over in many ways – to hit the reset button and welcome a fresh start. It’s time. And I’m so thankful to the angels for sticking with me long enough to make sure I received this message. They are now on their way to others who are getting ready to welcome them into their homes, and my heart feels full that I got the chance to experience their love while they were here. I know that I can call upon them anytime, and I certainly will from now on. And I’ll be a little more trusting with them and a little more grateful for them as well. :)

I’ll definitely keep you posted on these changes as they become more clear to me. And I also want to invite you to see how you can shake things up in your own life as well! 

Hugs,

jodi

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It’s called 365 Ways to Connect with Your Soul, and we’ll have one tip for each day! Over 150 days are already reserved, and the ideas that have come in so far are inspiring and heartfelt! It’s such a great way to share your words and inspire others!

Please email me if you have any questions or if you want to make sure your idea is still available before signing up: submissions@jodichapman.com.

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We’re in This Together

hearts togetherI was just thinking about how different my life would be without any of you. I was thinking about what it used to be like before the internet and before blogging and before social media and before we had the ability at a moment’s notice to connect with each other — no matter where we were in the world.

Over the last few years, we’ve all witnessed a coming together that is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. We have the ability to communicate and connect with each other in ways that were impossible before — we get to connect so easily and quickly at the soul level, and we get to see just how alike we truly are. I see this as an absolute miracle — something that I feel grateful for each day.

Not so many years ago, the only friends that I had were those I had met in person — those either I went to school with or worked with or knew through other friends. And now, like most of us, I have friends from all over the world. This new way of living opened up vast possibilities and helped us find our soul tribe — those who are on the same vibration and who see the world in similar ways – those who feel like home.

Not only has my world expanded through these loving connections, but my soul has, too. I have stepped into who I always was because of these connections. I have learned so much about myself and our universe and others through these connections. I have created a career that I love because of these connections. And I am living my dream life because of these connections.

It’s sort of mind boggling to think about how much we’ve all changed in such a short amount of time, isn’t it? Not all that long ago I was working in an office editing documents that I didn’t really care about, and now I get to share from my heart and spread love around the world. And I owe a great deal of where I am today to each of you. I know that. And I never ever forget that.

It’s always been my heart’s desire to show up completely as myself here with the hopes that it will help another do the same in their own life. And it hasn’t always been easy — being vulnerable never is. But I do it because my soul has asked me to. And I do it because it feels so good when I see others sharing their truth, too. We are on the leading edge of an amazing world shift — I can feel it. We’re entering a time where love trumps hate and where collaboration trumps competition and where authenticity trumps wearing a mask. We’re already there in so many ways. We’re proving that we can run our businesses with heart and still be successful. And we’re modeling what conscious living looks and feels like — we’re showing that not only is it possible, but it’s completely wonderful to show up in the world in this way.

It’s pretty phenomenal to be right here where we’ve never been before, don’t you think? I am so excited to see where all of this connection and expansion leads. And for now, I’m just so grateful for each of you for continuing to listen to what I share and for continuing to show up here from a space of love.

We’re in this together, and I’m forever grateful.

If you would like to continue this conversation of Conscious Collaboration, please be sure to connect with my dear friend, Sue Kearney. We’ve known each other for years, and she has such a lovely soul and a huge heart.

She has two generous offers for the Soul Speak community – both of which are free!

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It’s called Share Your Magic on Social Media: How to Grow Your Tribe, Your Connections, and Your Business Through Conscious Collaboration.

In it, she shares her three allies to help you grow your business through conscious collaboration: gratitude, generosity, and willingness — each of which help shift your mindset and improve the way your social media marketing works for you. It’s a great toolkit to have — whether you’re just starting out or have had your own business for a long time!

Click here to download this ebook for free!

 

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It’s called Conscious Collaboration, and it includes a diverse group of women changemakers, healers, and business owners who are gathering to intentionally help each other to grow their reach, connect with ideal clients, and thrive in business.

Click here to join Sue’s group for free!

Here’s to each of us continuing to support each other through authentic collaboration and soulful expansion!

Hugs,

jodi

Embracing the New Normal

allowed to be happy copyThis past week has been a blur. Last Wednesday, I received some wonderful, life-changing news that I promise to share just as soon as I am able to. And I spent several days floating around in a happiness balloon.

At first, I was filled with complete gratitude and found myself feeling a lightness that I hadn’t felt in a very long time. My insides were smiling and doing cartwheels and were absolutely elated. It took me a few days for the bigness of it to sink in – to not feel like I was living a dream but to remind myself that this was real.

Feeling this increased joy was wonderful. I felt free and validated and at peace. I felt happy. I couldn’t get myself to do anything other than bask in this moment – this place where everything seemed to align and come together for my highest good. And so I gave myself permission for several days to step away from the daily routine and just be in this new space.

What I found, though, was that a part of me kept trying to bring me back down to “reality.” A part of me wasn’t comfortable in this happy space and was doing its best to ground me in what I knew – what I was used to. So I heard all sorts of voices in my head worrying that maybe it wasn’t all going to work out the way I hoped it would. Or maybe something would happen and it would all be taken away. I squashed these naysaying thoughts as quickly as I could and continued redirecting myself back to the celebration.

Then they started appearing in my dreams:

In the first dream, Dan and I had gone on a wonderful road trip and stopped at a friend’s house on the way home. We had just seen some amazing sites and experienced such joy together. But from the moment we walked in, it was clear that our friend didn’t want us there. We were packing up the car and getting to ready to go home when I heard him talking on the phone with his friend – not knowing that I was listening. He said, “They just think that everything will come easy to them – that it will just flow. They’re just weird.”

In the second dream, I was taking a class with Bob Proctor, and he went through my notes to find what underlying belief may be holding me back in any way. I had written “Sounds suspicious,” which he circled in red and said that this was the one. Not fully trusting and thinking that if things seemed too good to be true, they probably were.

Clearly, I have some deep-seated beliefs that want to protect me from getting hurt – feeling that if things just flow easily and lovingly that there must somehow be a catch. And thinking that if I am no longer struggling in some way, that there must be something wrong – that it can’t be real.

Yesterday, I woke up with a sore throat and felt like I was coming down with something. So it seemed that my body was also getting on board the “let’s bring her back to reality” train – wanting me to go back to the known.

But here’s the thing: I so appreciate each part of my psyche and mind and body and heart wanting to keep me safe. I know that they are all coming from such a good place and just want to keep me from getting hurt. I know that none of these pieces of me are doing this maliciously, but they certainly aren’t helping.

Yes, it’s true that this place of struggle and uncertainty and mistrust are comfortable for me. They are normal for me. But I want to create a new normal. I want to raise the bar on my day-to-day existence. I want to embrace happiness and ease and flow and possibility. I want the joy that I felt over the past few days to be the norm. I want the freedom and lightness to be the routine.

And so I’m going to stay conscious of these negative thoughts and do my best to lovingly redirect them just as soon as they come up. I keep hearing from the universe and my soul that it’s time to soar – that it’s time for a new normal, a new reality. And I’m certainly not going to get in my own way of fully experiencing that. Not after I’ve seen the light and lived in the light – it’s just too wonderful of a space to exist in to not want to be there as much as possible.

If you’re also feeling your way around this new normal, I hope that you’ll choose to stay here, too. That way we can be here together.

Hugs,

jodi

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Holding Hands Across Time

grandmaToday is my grandma’s 90th birthday. This milestone is bittersweet because while her physical body is still here on Earth, it feels like her soul has been gone for many years. She has dementia, and if I called she most likely wouldn’t even know who I was. The last time we spoke, I was trying to figure out a way to get back home to see her. She said that I had better hurry because she didn’t know how much longer she would be around. I had no idea how true this was – I sort of just assumed that she and my grandpa would always be there (like they always had been). I never took the trip due to life circumstances that were beyond my control. And if I sit in this space for too long, it’s easy to spiral into sadness – for what her life has become and also for the grief those of us who love her feel.

Instead, though, I’ve decided that today I will celebrate all of the wonderful memories that we’ve shared together. I believe that in one form or another, her soul is with mine. We are so much more than our physical bodies, and I have no doubt that she can hear me and see me and knows how much I love her. So we’ll celebrate together – we’ll have a soul party where she is the guest of honor.

When I was 11, we moved to the small South Dakota town where my grandparents lived so my mom could help my grandpa who had been diagnosed with cancer. I had grown up outside of Denver, and I had no idea how to relate to the other kids or fit in at school. Their way of life was completely foreign to me: I knew nothing about farming or small towns. My clothes were different. My experiences were different. I was different. While I did my best to adjust to this new life, it definitely wasn’t easy. And my grandparents’ home became a safe haven for me to retreat to – a place where I always knew that I would be loved unconditionally.

Going to their house every day after school for snacks and a game quickly became the routine. Their house was stocked with more food than I had ever seen: mini pizzas and push-up pops from the Schwan’s man; butterscotch cereal bars, Rice Krispie treats and homemade pie; a candy cupboard that was continually stocked to the brim with chocolate and licorice; and a fridge in the basement that was filled with pop of all kinds.

I would get myself a snack and then the three of us would sit at the kitchen table. After we talked about the day and caught up with each other, my grandma would always ask if I wanted to play a game (which I always did). The games rotated between Rummy, Triominos, and Racko – sometimes Scrabble. My grandpa would usually just watch or would eventually retreat into the livingroom to watch sports on TV. When the game was finished, I would walk back home, do my homework, and get ready for the next day.

We lived there for eight months until my grandpa’s health improved, and being able to spend each day with both of them is something that I will forever hold close to my heart. We moved just a couple of hours away, and so I was able to continue to see them often until I graduated from high school and moved across the country. (I even ran away to their house at 17 when my parents got divorced – it truly was a safe haven for me. I only stayed for the weekend, but it was so nice to know that their door was always open for me.) After moving away, we saw each other much less frequently but our connection remained. The last time I saw them was just after I graduated from college, and my grandpa drove to see me with his head looking sideways due to only being able to see peripherally and my grandma navigating – letting him know if he was about to hit anything. (Seriously!) We stayed in touch regularly by phone after that, and I’m happy to say that my grandpa lived for about 25 years after he was first diagnosed with cancer, which was such a blessing for all of us.

I was looking at my hands the other day and saw my grandma’s hands – the same lines and wrinkles beginning to form. We have shared so much throughout my life – so many memories. And now, I love knowing that each time I held her hand, a piece of her stayed with me. And each time I look at my hand, I see hers holding mine still. We are together – not in this physical world, but in a world that is eternal and a world that holds only love. The love that she showed me during our time together is just a blip of the love that we hold for each other. And I’m so grateful for that.

So today, I’m celebrating her life and her infinite love. And Dan and I will play a game of Racko tonight in her honor, too. :)

I love you, Grandma.

Hugs,

jodi

200P.S. – So much love and gratitude to everyone who has already signed up to contribute to our upcoming book! 

It’s a wonderful way to share your words, inspire others, and expand your audience. Already, several beautiful souls have signed on, including bestselling authors Arielle Ford, Peggy McColl, and Christy Whitman! I know that the reach is going to be amazing when we spread the word about it when it comes out.

We’re taking submission ideas on a first come-first served basis, so it’s a good idea to sign up soon to make sure your idea is still available. (Already almost 100 days are spoken for, which is amazing!) You can join us for more than ½ off right now, too!

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Free Soul Clarity Card Message + An Invitation to Contribute!

***Thank you to everyone who participated! I’ll be back with more readings on June 1st!***

Happy May! It’s that time again where I’ll pull one Soul Clarity Card for each person who leaves a comment below!

I do this on the first day of every month, and it’s always so much fun to offer these messages straight from my soul to yours.

 

I’ll get to the readings soon, but first I wanted to invite you to contribute to our upcoming book! 

Dan and I have a new book coming out in November, and we’re inviting you to be part of it! It’s called 365 Ways to Connect with Your Soul, and we’re going to have one tip per day of the year.

It’s a wonderful way to share your words, inspire others, and expand your audience.

Already, several beautiful souls have signed on, including bestselling authors Arielle Ford, Peggy McColl, and Christy Whitman! I know that the reach is going to be amazing when we spread the word about it when it comes out.

We’ll be taking submission ideas on a first come-first served basis, so it’s a good idea to sign up soon to make sure your idea is still available. You can join us for more than ½ off right now, too!

We’ll also have an affiliate program starting for it on June 1st, so you can make some extra money by spreading the word about it. And, we’re going to donate 5% of all book sales to The Jane Goodall Fund.

We would love for you to join us – I feel in my heart that it’s really going to be a great resource to help all of us connect with our souls.

Click here to learn all about it and sign up! 

And now for your free Soul Clarity reading! :)

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The Soul Clarity Card deck includes 48 cards to help you get clarity on what your soul wants you to know. My soul speaks to me in concise phrases, and so these cards were created with that in mind. Each card contains a guided action for you to consider – something to help you live soulfully and mindfully.

I believe that the answers are always within us, but sometimes our light gets covered up by life – all of the to-dos and the shoulds and work and errands and hurt and anger and all sorts of gunk. And it can be hard to sift through all of that and find our way home – back to our soul. These cards are a tool to help you on your journey back home.

Each card contains words that your soul needs you to hear. And whichever card you choose will be exactly the one you need in that exact moment. That’s just how it works!

(You can learn all about the cards and even order your own deck here!)

Here’s how it works: I’ll pull one card for anyone who leaves a comment at the end of the post by 11:59 pm pst today (5/1/15)! If your comment is posted before then, I promise I will pull a card for you. Each month when I open this up, I receive hundreds of requests, so please be patient with me. (If you happen to miss this deadline, please know that I’ll do it again on 6/1.)

All you have to write is “Yes, please!” or something similar. Please don’t feel that you need to share what you are looking to heal or what you would like guidance for. You are more than welcome to, but it’s not necessary. I know that this can be very personal, and your soul and the universe already know what you need. (If you are reading this via a reader or email, please click here to be taken to the post.)

A technical tip for you: To be able to find your comment and not receive a barrage of emails by subscribing to comments, you can go to the comments page and do a search for your name. (On a PC, you press the “control” button + the “f” button.) This makes it super easy to scroll to your name and your reading. :)

Big hug to each of you.

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