“We’ll walk the paths where the old ones walked And we’ll dance the dances they taught us and we’ll sing the songs the old ones sang for the magic now has caught us” woman of the earth by spiral dance
Have you experienced the magic of the ancient ways? Of connecting with the elements and spirits of the land? Have you sat in circle with your sisters and sang the songs that have been recorded into each of our cells? Have you been witnessed by your sisters in your dance of wildness, liberation and ecstasy?
A “new” way of being together in sisterhood requires a remembrance of the ways we have been before. A devotional, mindful way of living in harmony and connection with the earth and her elements as sacred vessels and bridges between heaven and earth.
Inviting you to experience nature and reconnect to her magic… To reconnect to the magic that lives within you and the power of women gathering. We ARE gathering at the Farm of Life in Costa Rica for 8 magical days of Remembrance, Reclamation & Celebration.
February 17th – 24th 2021
Awaken & Restore: Women’s Self Care & Self Discovery Retreat
Welcome – please see our 2022 Retreat, Awaken & Restore, from February 26th – March 5th 2022 at the Farm of Life, Costa Rica
The Liberate Woman Retreat
January 15th – 22nd, 2020
Farm of Life, Costa Rica
Welcome Beautiful Goddess!
You are invited to join me, and a group of wise and divine women, in the Costa Rican jungle for my third retreat at the magical Farm of Life (one of my favorite places in the world!).
ReWild & ReConnect Retreats are created with so much love and intention as a heartfelt invitation for you to come home to nature – Mother Nature and the True Nature of who you are.
The Liberated Woman retreat is specifically created to honour you as a woman during this time of potent transformation on the planet! In safe and sacred space, you will be supported, celebrated and nurtured as you fully explore, remember and embrace the Liberated Woman and Goddess within!
I invite you to acknowledge and reclaim your
… your Self!
I invite you to experience how deeply the world needs you to be authentically YOU!
Honour yourSelf with this gift of Self Discovery, Self Care and Self Love.
Know, in the depth of your Being, that when you put YOU first, you inspire all women around you (and actually give them permission) to do the same.
Together, we can remember our True Essence.
This retreat is being curated with love for 16 women.
Who is the Liberated Woman?
She is FREE of ALL conditionings and constructs.
She lives from intuition and instinct.
She is FREE of masks and societal pressures.
She lives as her authentic self with integrity.
She is FREE of guilt and shame.
She honours her body as a temple and her sexuality as sacred.
She is FREE of fear.
She trusts life fully. She speaks with courage. She flows with ALL THAT IS.
She is FREE of thinking she should look and act a certain way.
She is wild, natural and in touch with her natural rhythm and cycles.
She is FREE of judgement.
She is compassionate. She loves unconditionally. She lifts other women up.
She is FREE from the limitations of her mind.
She witnesses all of creation as a reflection of herself.
She knows who she is. She knows she was never bound.
She is Life itself.
She is Love.
Can you feel her? Is she alive within you? Do you want to connect with her more deeply and reawaken her into Being?
Our Sanctuary: Farm of Life
Farm of Life, nestled in the middle of the jungle at the top of a mountain, makes it the ideal location for our ReWild & ReConnect Retreat (it is literally at the end of the gravel road!). This gem is located in the Southwest coastal region of Costa Rica, near the Pacific Ocean, Dominical beach and the mountain town of San Isidro. During your stay at Finca de Vida, bask in the high vibrational elements of the farm, feel the nourishing tropical breeze, listen to the symphony of innumerable birds & insects, watch the mesmerising dance of the butterflies, dragonflies & hummingbirds.
This magical property bursts with radiant, fragrant flowers and lush gardens, towering ceiba trees, and flowing crystalline waters. Connect with Mother Nature and be nurtured by barefoot walking, sun gazing, breathing in fresh mountain air, hiking through the jungle trail, eating off the land and drinking pure spring water. Witness unforgettable sunsets and the mystical, shapeshifting clouds of the approaching rainy season. Every moment at the Farm, everywhere that you look, all that you hear, touch, taste, & smell is an opportunity to experience pure wonderment and awe of this magical slice of paradise.
All Inclusive Retreat Includes
7 Nights/8 days Accommodation at the Farm of Life. Choose from semi -private, shared or private cabin. All cabins include balcony with epic view, hammock and ensuite bathroom.
Daily Morning Meditation & Yoga overlooking the jungle and pacific ocean in the distance! The practice is for all levels and includes gentle hatha, chakra flow and restorative yoga.
Daily Transformational Women’s Circle. Each day will have a different theme as we explore, reawaken and welcome home different aspects of the Liberated Woman. Through a variety of practices rooted in ancient feminine womb wisdom, we will be calling upon our inner Wild Woman, and inner Goddess of love, beauty, compassion, strength, wisdom and sensuality. Our circles will also include sacred dance, group sharing, elemental rituals, song circles, mantra & mudra, and special goddess ceremonies including a cacao ceremony with ecstatic dance and a water ceremony at the beach.
Three Waterfall Hikes including Nayauca Waterfall, peacefalls and the Jewel of the Sun.
Two Beach Trips including a Sunset Beach Dinner and Special Oceanside Water Ceremony.
Waterfall Spa Day with all natural DIY products.
Jungle Flying Trapeze at Airborne Arts – Awaken your inner warrior! Watch a video of Lacey at her first trapeze class! (Trapeze is optional. If you choose not to participate in this exhilarating experience, the cost can be used for a 90 minute massage)
Three Delicious Organic Vegan Gluten Free Meals a day including fresh coconut water and medicinal garden tea! The menu is a beautiful blend of raw high vibration foods (think the best tropical fruit and smoothies you’ve ever had and fresh leafy greens from the organic garden!), and soul nourishing home cooked meals, prepared with ayurvedic principles. Yes, coffee is included with breakfast!
Farm of Life Medicinal Prana Tour
Campfire with Sound Bath
Sungazing Instruction with Farm of Life Co-Creator, Brian.
Free time to explore the farm, read in a hammock, swim in the natural pool, rest, recharge on the crystal light rack, hit up the “jungle gym,” or unwind with a massage (additional cost).
Group Shuttle Transfer to/from San Jose Airport Hotel
Mid-Week Laundry Service
Group Preparation Call before the retreat and Group Integration Call after the retreat
Private Facebook Group for connecting with sisters and sharing resources
Welcome Letter with full details (ie: what to bring, how to prepare, airport hotel listings, Farm of Life Welcome Letter, retreat schedule, etc.)
Airfare to San Jose International Airport (San Juan Maria)
Accommodation in San Jose the night before the retreat (January 14th), and the final night of the retreat (January 22nd).
PLEASE NOTE: The retreat beings at 8 am on January 15th in San Jose. All guests are required to arrive in San Jose at least one day prior. The meeting point in San Jose is at Hotel Aeropuerto. The retreat ends on January 22nd, in San Jose, at 6pm. We suggest spending the night in San Jose and flying out on the 23rd or booking a flight after 9 pm.Upon registration, hotel recommendations will be sent to you.
Taxi from airport to chosen hotel. Hotel Aeropuerto has a free shuttle.
Massage Therapy & Energy Work ($70)
Shopping at the beach in Dominical
5 Delicious Plant Based Meal Ideas … inspired from my travels in Thailand (Koh Phangan Island) and Bali (Ubud)
Teriyaki Tempeh Bowl
Terriyaki marinated tempeh, mixed greens, hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, caramelized onions and brown rice served with tahini sauce.
Eat. Co Restaurant – Koh Phangan
See the full menu!
Creamy Vegan Caesar Salad
Mixed greens in a cashew salad dressing, sun dried tomatoes, raw parmesan “cheese,” nutritional yeast, mung bean sprouts and a raw crackers.
Orion Healing Center – Koh Phangan Thailand
Pumpkin and Black Bean Burrito
served with cashew sour cream and spicy salsa
Karma Kafe Koh Phangan Thailand
Design your own vegan pizza
with homemade cashew cheese and veggies of choice!
Organic Love Whole Food Kitchen – Koh Phangan Thailand
Grilled tempeh “bacon”, black bean hummus, avocado, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce and hot sauce!
Clear Cafe, Ubud Bali
See the full menu
More vegan food in bali coming soon!
Friday September 6th – Sunday September 8th, 2019
Shanti Retreat, Wolfe Island
Self Care is Self Love. Join Lacey Budge for an inspiring and nourishing weekend retreat to savour the end of summer. Step out of your daily routine, and create space to fill your cup before diving into a busy fall schedule.
Retreat to an Island Getaway! Relax, rejuvenate and unwind at Shanti Retreat located on beautiful Wolfe Island, near Kingston, the gateway to the Thousand Islands. To reach Shanti, board the Wolfe Island Ferry conveniently located in the heart of downtown Kingston. It’s a scenic 20 minute free car ferry ride to this island sanctuary.
Awaken & Restore the inner Goddess with a weekend of yoga (Flow, Hatha & Restorative), meditation, sacred movement to open the body and heart, self care practices, countryside walks, soul nourishing vegetarian cuisine, inspiring gatherings and an evening bonfire. Experience the special energy of the yurt during our daily practices and gatherings.
Choose from semi private, shared or tenting accommodation. You’ll feel at home in Shanti’s spacious century inn and waterside cabins. This beautiful property has stunning views of the St. Lawrence River and sunsets from the waterfront patio are memorable. The inn’s timbered ceilings and wood stove provide a natural country charm.
Your body and soul will be nourished with Shanti’s delicious and nutritious meals. With the utmost love and respect for animals and the earth, vegetarian meals are served. We strive to use locally grown Wolfe Island organic produce whenever possible. Shanti can accommodate a gluten free and vegan diet. See a sample menu!
Reconnect with the beauty, freedom and infinite joy that dwells within. Immerse yourself in Wolfe Island’s natural beauty with time outdoors swimming in the Brown’s Bay, sunbathing, walking the labyrinth, cycling, reading in a hammock, or simply sitting waterside with a journal and herbal tea. You may also choose to book a massage with Jack during the afternoon free time!
Connect with nature, Self, and sisterhood. All scheduled activities are optional – it’s your retreat! We will have a magical weekend together, and you will leave feeling reconnected, reawakened and restored.
Retreat Includes :
- 2 nights accommodation in semi private, shared or tenting
- All yoga classes, guided meditation, and sacred movement practices guided by Lacey
- All yoga props. No need to bring your mat, unless you can’t leave home without it!
- Nourishing afternoon self care practices
- A magical evening gathering to awaken the Goddess within
- Welcoming bonfire, drumming and sacred songs
- 5 Delicious, locally inspired vegetarian meals served buffet style
- Silent mornings to support relaxation and inner contemplation
- Use of Shanti’s amenities: infrared sauna, labyrinth, walking routes, canoes & kayaks, hammocks, wifi, wellness tea bar, and slack line
- Ample time to enjoy the natural surroundings, take a nap, connect with like minded women or book a massage
Arrival between 2:00 & 4:30 pm
5:00—6:30 pm Self Care & Restorative Yoga
6:45 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Welcome Gathering & Bonfire (weather permitting)
with drumming & sacred songs
7:30—8:30 am Silent Self Serve Breakfast
8:30 am Silent Nature Walk
9:30 am Awakening Flow Yoga, Inspiring Movement
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00-4:00 pm Free Time for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sunbathing, reading in a hammock, taking a nap, enjoying the infrared sauna, connecting in sisterhood, or book a massage!
4:00 pm – 6pm Yoga & Nourishing Self Care Practices
8:00 – 10 pm Evening Gathering
Silent Light Breakfast available upon rising
8:00 am Silent Nature Walk
9:00 am Yoga, Inspiring Movement & Closing Circle
11:00 am Shanti Signature Brunch
12:00 pm Check Out of Rooms. Enjoy the Property Until 2:00pm
Shared Accommodation (3-4 women per room or cabin) $415 + hst
Semi Private Accommodation (2 share) $465 + hst
Shanti Tent (private) $390 + hst
Personal tent $365 + hst
To make a booking and reserve your space, please contact Shanti Retreat.
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Let me start by saying that travelling as a Vegetarian or Vegan in the Philippines has its challenges, but it is definitely possible! Throughout my 6 weeks here, I have been blessed with finding some very delicious restaurants, colourful fruit and veggie markets/stands along with an abundance of fresh young coconuts!
Do not let the lack of plant based menu items hold you back from travelling here. The Philippines is one of the least built up places I have travelled to and is home to some of the nicest people in the world. The islands I visited are so incredibly lush and abundant with waterfalls, beaches, secret lagoons and unique mountainous landscapes. Plus, I can finally check this off my bucket list: staying in a waterfront cottage on private beach…for less than $50 CDN a night!
When my my partner Jack and I decided to take this trip, there were not many online resources on vegan travel in the Philippines. Trusting this inspires you and guides you during a happy, healthy and holistic trip through these incredible Islands.
My first tip: Eat a lot more fruit than your used to! For most of our trip we’d wake up and drink a coconut water (mixed with spirulina we brought from Canada) followed by some fresh hydrating fruit like watermelon. In the afternoon, we had a mix of seasonal and local fruit like mangos, bananas, pineapple, papaya, jackfruit, or chicos (similar to sweet bosc pear, also known as nispero in Central America) or coconut meat! Dinner would be time for the restaurant (and some times a home cooked meal at our airbnb’s). This is such a nourishing and hydrating way of eating. The tropical fruit here are fresh, local and therefore high in nutrients. With the hot weather, it feels so good to eat a more cooling diet. And if you plan to do lots of activity during the day, especially swimming, it’s nice to feel a bit lighter.
Moalboal Fruit Stand
You can’t miss it. It’s right on the national highway soon as you turn into the city, next to city hall and the round about. There is also a much larger fruit and veggie market just behind the stores on the main road (national highway), but we were quite happy with what we found at the main fruit stand. Epic yellow watermelon (and red too), mango, pineapple, pomelo, jackfruit, soursop, coconuts, you can also find apples and oranges.
Known as one of the best restaurants in Moalboal, and it has about 8 vegan menu options featuring local veggies like eggplant, carrots, purple sweet potato, okra, pumpkin, peppers and green beans.
What we ordered… Yellow Vegetable Curry w/ rice; Veggies in Peanut Sauce; the vegan eggplant dish dish.
Tip: portions are small so you may want to order 3 dishes for two people if its for dinner.
+ We absolutely enjoyed playing with all the available board games like scrabble, uno, connect four and jenga while waiting for our meal!
What we ordered...Thai Red Vegetable Curry, Indonesian Yellow Curry, Vegetable Tempura.
Insider’s scoop: Great portion sizes! The red curry was very tasty and a perfect balance between sweet and spicy- definitely more flavourful than the yellow. I wouldn’t recommend the tempura it was very oil and was battered really thick, not like the traditional style.
Free-Diving Planet (hostel + free dive training center)
What we ordered...Sweet potato fries and greek inspired quinoa salad, Teriyaki Veggie Noodle Bowl, Superfood Soup with moringa leaves, carrots and pumpkin.
Insider’s scoop: Pretty Plain, but was happy to be eating quinoa. The noodles were delicious. A bit more expensive than other restaurants.
This was one of the best meals we enjoyed during the trip, we’re probably biased because we LOVE Indian food and hadn’t had any during our trip yet. But really, this was authentic, tasty, Indian Cuisine and very well received by our bellies! It’s a must for any vegan or vegetarian travelling through or to Puerto.
Tip: Definitely order the naan with chutney. Great price, good portions. nice decor and they do take out! A must for vegans and vegetarians visiting puerto princesa.
What we ordered… Tempeh Fries, Veggie & Rice Jambalaya, Vegan Burritos
Insider’s Scoop: The best thing was the tempeh fries! The rest of the meal was decent, but nothing remarkable. I was a bit uninspired by the menu that seemed to use a lot of canned veggies.
You can find these pretty much everywhere on the side of the street and they are always abundant. There is also a bigger town market as well. During our time near Puerto Princesa, we did a 6 day self guided silent retreat and fruit cleanse. We had so much fun transporting our giant fruit haul in the tricycle!
Greek Salad (with or without feta cheese), and a lot of other salads to choose from.
CORON (town proper)
Fruit and Veggie Stands
Walk down to the waterfront, at the end of Don Pedro Street, 2 block to the left, to find lots of fruit and veggie stands and fresh coconuts.
Food Court in the local market (down by the water at the end of Don Pedro Street)
You have no idea how blessed and lucky we feel to have found “The Harvest Bowl.” This is one of our favourite meals in Canada where we make many versions of this “Buddha Bowl.” This restaurant is probably one of the pricier ones of our trip, but so worth it. We also enjoyed a garden salad that actually included an abundance of fresh leafy lettuce (a rare find that was most welcomed!).
What we ordered…The Harvest Bowl: Served on a bed of brown rice and topped with sprouted mung beans, thinly sliced cucumber and coconut meat, homemade marinated slaw, crunchy chickpeas, cashews and the best ever creamy coconut thai curry sauce; Garden Salad with honey mustard dressing; Calamansi juice with honey.
Insider’s Scoop: The bill adds on an additional, mandatory, 10 % service charge, so be sure to keep this in mind based on your budget. See the full menu
This was one of the first restaurants we found online with veggie and vegan options. It offers a variety of choices like curries, pesto pastas, salads, fried rice and canton noodles.
What we ordered (went went here twice!)… Canton Veggie Noodles; Creamy Pumpkin Soup with coconut milk served with a delicious homemade grainy rye bread; Sweet potato chips with homemade salsa and homemade mustard (the best!); Mung Bean and Chickpea Curry with Garlic Rice (our favourite dish).
Tip: #1. Order the homemade mustard, it will be the best one of your life! #2 Go for an early dinner. There are only a few tables and it gets busy, so to avoid waiting in line go around 5 pm.
Insider’s Scoop: The Canton noodles are quite good and the portion size is massive, but we later found out by reading some packaging in the store that the noodles are made with yellow food colouring, so we avoided them during our 2nd visit.
Muslim Halal Food Stall
*This was our first Island visit, and I wasn’t take food photos at the time..sorry!*
Mini Fruit Stand
Where to find it: At the town square (you will see a public pool), Turn right off the main road, at the health clinic, drive along the water for less than a minute – you will pass people doing laundry in a small river, and then you will find the market where you can buy local watermelon, mangoes, pineapple, bananas and veggies.
This was our go to place on Siquijor….we must have gone at least 6 times during our 10 day stay. They had so many choices, the food is incredible, good portions, above average prices for Siquijor but comparable with the rest of the places we visited, live music, comfy couches, fire dancing night and more!
What we ordered… Singaporian Red Vegetable Curry (daily special), Fresh Rolls, Green Sala, Roasted eggplant in coconut cream, Grilled Veggie Burger (they were out of banana bloom as indicated on the menu), Sweet Potato Wedges.
Tip: Do yourself a favour and order a fresh Pineapple Juice – Probably the only ‘not watered down or blended with ice’ juice/shake we had during our entire trip.
+ You can find a shop, owned by baha bar, across the street selling some fruit and veggies and other staples if you want to cook at your place.
The Mediterranean Restaurant (yep that is what its called)
What we ordered…Hummus, fresh veggies and homemade pita, Absolutely Divine Sautéed Okra served with quality sea salt.
Tip: Super small portions for these 2 dishes, think of them as appetisers or order one per person.
Saki (part of Hillside Village)
This place is a gem. We came across it when we spent one afternoon driving around most of the island and up into the mountains toward the forest. We absolutely loved doing this and highly recommend it. We found Sake, just past Infinite Heights resort, at the top of a hill with an epic view. This authentic Japanese restaurant had an extensive menu, and quite a few vegetarian options- with the option to make them vegan.
What we ordered…Vegetable Tempura with Moringa, Pumpkin, Jump Oregano Leaves and Eggplant, Green Tea Soba Noodle Soup
Tip: Go for the the panoramic view and the beauty of driving up the mountains!
This is not the time to set goals or intentions, to travel and explore the outer beauty of this Earth, to connect with friends and loved ones, or to come up with my next inspiring idea.
There is a time for all of that, but this is not it.
This is scheduled time to do absolutely nothing. To travel and explore the inner realm of my Being. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
To sit with myself, for 14 days…without any distraction. No words to be spoken, no facebook, instagram, netflix, emails to answers, friends to connect with, work to be done, meals to prepare, clothing and dishes to wash…
This is the time to surrender into the stillness of my True Nature. To stare out into nature (and in this case out at volcanos on a lake!). To witness the thoughts, emotions, irritations, joy that comes up and not react to it, to identify with it as mine, or do anything with it. I will watch it all pass through me as a part of my experience and see them as a clouds passing by, and then come back to the blue sky. There is nothing to achieve. No experience to acquire. Nothing to add to my spiritual CV.
This is a gift to my highest self. Although every moment is an opportunity to live as Presence or the Witness Consciousness of our human experience, going into retreat really gives you that opportunity to really surrender, be still and be ok with that… (if not you will go crazy!).
Just “being” for 14 days, trusting the process and inviting in whatever wants to arise for me with no where to run, no words to express my drama, no phone to grab…Just “hanging out” with my True Self.
For the past 4 years, I have participated in one silent meditation retreat per year ranging from 6 to ten days. The retreats have had a daily schedule, were done in a group setting and have been guided by teachers. This retreat will be solo, self guided, and therefor calling on an opportunity to cultivate self discipline to sit in meditation for 1, 2, 3 and 4 hours or more a day. I will also do some gentle yoga practices to move my body and take one hour a day to read on various spiritual teachings inspired by the Masters… did I mention i’ll be in a tree house!
Why do I continue to do this? It is so important for me to challenge myself with this style of retreat to continue to connect with that eternal place in me that is Truth and Love. To continue to remove the layers of masks and societal conditioning that still remain which blind me from living freely and authentically. When teaching yoga and meditation, hosting wellness retreats and holding space in sacred women’s groups, etc, it is crucial that I remain grounded in the Self (vs the ego) and committed to my path.
I can only take people as far as I myself have gone. My true role and purpose is to inspire by living as an example. An example of the teachings and a way of living consciously from the heart.
This retreat will present a new layer…Kayakalpa, the dark room. I will finish my retreat with 5 days in complete darkness…back to the womb I go! Not only will I be silent, but my sense of sight will also have no distraction. This is going to be an intense time.. both of challenge, perhaps fear, but also of deep deep healing. I have no idea what to expect… I’m surrendering into the Mystery and Trusting Divine Will. I can’t explain to you why I want to do this, but ever since I heard about it 4 years ago, it resonated and I knew the opportunity would unfold in divine timing. Read more about the benefits of a dark room retreat.
Next week, I move into silence in this self guided silent meditation retreat at The Hermitage Retreat Centre nestled on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. I will begin on the full moon, and as the moons wanes (shrinks) back to newness and darkness, I shall do the same. Releasing anything that no longer serves me.
My past experiences have all been so beautiful in their own way and continue to inspire me to “gift” myself this experience.
Each morning, as soon as I get up, I go stand outside in the grass barefoot. I connect with nature around me, and find a place where I can stand in the light of the sun. Even when it is not sunny out, I use my mind eye to visualize the light. I start each day off with the Divine Light Invocation.
I enjoy this practice because it is absolutely incredible to connect with nature first thing each morning. It is also an amazing reminder, that I am not merely this physical body or these thoughts, I am light, a channel of consciousness and that I can use this light to heal myself and others in the world.
I have found this to be a powerful tool for change and spiritual transformation. I use it as one of my daily prayers. It only takes a few minutes and it is a simple way to invoke Spirit into my day.
I was 24 years old when I first experienced living in Community. In the summer of 2011, I spent a few weeks at the Yasodhara Ashram in Kootenay Lake, BC, as a part of the Young Adult Karma Yoga Program. Karma yoga, or selfless service, is the yoga of action; taking what you learn on your mat and applying out into the world through service…think Mother Theresa, Gandhi or Martin Luther King..they were karma yogis.
Each day, before completing a new task, we would perform the Divine Light Invocation. The Divine Light invocation was a fundamental practice of the Ashram. It is a beautiful reminder that we are channels or spirit; we are not the doer of the task (as much as we would like to think that). We consecrate the efforts of the task, to the greater good…and see everything as an offering. When we offer it up, we are not attached to the outcome of the project, we simply do our best, with awareness. We go beyond our personal likes, dislikes, preferences or ego and we offer up the fruit of our action.
Performing the Divine Light Invocation..
You can print the invocation below and read it the first few times until you understand the idea behind it.
Stand erect, feet shoulder-width apart. Relax your breathing, your head, face, and neck. Keep the eyes closed and focus them on the space between the eyebrows.
Picture above you a vast ocean of pure white, colourless Light . . . stretching in all directions, into eternity. Imagine some of that Light pouring down around you, bathing you completely in Light.
Exhale and slowly inhale, lifting your arms above your head as you smoothly and gradually tense the whole body.
Holding your breath, affirm to yourself with all the concentration possible:
I am created by Divine LightI am sustained by Divine Light
I am protected by Divine Light
I am surrounded by Divine Light
I am ever growing into Divine Light.
Exhale, gradually relax, and lower your arms slowly.
Now use your imagination to see yourself standing in a shower of brilliant white Light.
See the Light pouring down upon you, and see a stream of that Light flowing into the body through the top of the head, filling your entire being with Light . . . as if you were a transparent vessel, being filled with liquid Light.
Maintaining this image, now with the arms at your sides, exhale, inhale and tense your body. Hold the breath and the tension, and again affirm,
I am created by Divine LightI am sustained by Divine Light
I am protected by Divine Light
I am surrounded by Divine Light
I am ever growing into Divine Light
Slowly exhale and relax.
Concentrate on the feeling of the Light. Feel the warm glow of Divine Light suffuse your entire body, outside as well as inside.
Acknowledge silently to yourself:
“Every cell of this my physical body is filled with Divine Light;Every level of my consciousness is illumined with Divine Light.
The Divine Light penetrates every single cell of my being,
Every level of consciousness.
I have become a channel of pure Light.
I am One with the Light.”
The Divine Light Invocation is an exercise of will, as well as an act of surrender. Be receptive to the Light, and accept that you are now a channel of Divine Light.
Express your gratitude with deep feeling and having a desire to share this gift with someone whom you wish to help, turn your palms forward.
Continuing to see yourself filling and overflowing with Light, mentally open wide the doors of your spiritual heart centre and let the Light stream forth from your heart centre, forming a clockwise spiral before you which reaches up to rejoin the source of Light above.
Into the spiral of Light, place any projects and concerns that you may have. Envision them as you would like to see them, not as you fear they are. See the Light encircle them, enveloping them completely . . . and see the spiral moving high into the sky, taking the images with them. See them merge into the source of Light and become One with the Light, received by Light.
See someone that you would like to help standing before you – or the image of a woman, a man, and a child you don’t know, representing all those in need of Light at this moment – in the spiral of Light. This can be yourself, if you feel in need of Light. See them healthy, happy, whole, and strong.
See the Light stream forth towards the feet of this person. The Light encircles them and spirals upward in a clockwise direction, enveloping the body completely, and filling them with radiant pure white Light. See them filled with Light, wrapped in Light, receiving everything they need from the Light.
See the spiral moving high up into the sky, taking this image along with it. See this person merge into the source of the Light and become One with the Light, blessed by the Light.
Now relax. Bring your hands together at your heart centre in a gesture of deep gratitude for the gift of the Light, and the ability to share it.
Swami Radha says that “Through constant and sincere practice of the Divine Light Invocation, you can come to a greater understanding of your own Divine nature and realize more fully the reality of the Higher Consciousness with in you.”