Frequently Asked Questions
This is the ability to raise and refine one’s energy levels to connect with beings who reside in the spiritual realms and open one’s own physical body, mind and soul to allow a spiritual being/energy or group of spiritual beings/energies to use your energetic and physical body as a vessel through which they communicate and send their own healing and loving energy to assist those receiving their messages and energies in whatever way is considered for their highest good at that time.
Lynnette only brings through the highest and most pure of energies when she channels. She works with her soul or higher self and her guides who protect her and ensure that only the most refined energies are given permission to work through her vessel including ascended masters, Angelic beings and goddesses. Only beings who bring through light, love, peace, healing and great wisdom are welcome. One must be aware of energy types and understand how these feel to be able to discern the difference between higher and lower level entities. One must also be able to set clear boundaries and hold the intent that only the highest master teachers will be invited in to one’s energy to ensure that channelling is safe and beneficial for the person channelling and those witnessing. Lynnette has pure motives and intent to bring through only love, peace, healing and wisdom of the highest order for the highest good of all involved. It is Lynnette’s intent to always bring through authentic, accurate and relevant messages from the spirit realms to those she is channelling for.
A warning goes out to all that one should not attempt to channel alone without proper training with a reputable mentor.
This is the ability to connect with energy both on the physical planes of earth and in the spiritual realms. Mediumship can take a number of forms including use of cards such as Tarot cards, clairvoyance which is the ability to see energies with one’s third eye, Clair cognizance (the ability to receive information through the thoughts), clairaudience (the ability to hear voices/music/noises from spiritual energies) and finally clairsentience (the ability to sense or feel energy). Other forms of mediumship include such things as psychometry (holding a personal item to connect with and read energy), numerology, Astrology and past life regressions. Not all forms of mediumship are mentioned here but these are some examples of how energy can be accessed and read.
Energy of the living and those in spirit can be accessed through these methods. Messages tend to be about past, present or future experiences, soul purpose and evolution, growth lessons and relationships. Mediumship can bring comfort with proof life from those who have passed over and return to offer messages of love and support. It can help with confirmation and clarity about our life choices and paths and can give us some guidance around what may be coming up in our future. These messages are not absolute as we all have free will and are able to make many different life choices and change our minds. As such we can alter the course and timetable of our lives and experiences. When we do this it affects the accuracy of readings over time.
This is the use of energy, one’s own, or the energy of other beings in the spiritual realms, to heal. Healing can occur in the physical body, emotional energy fields, mental energy fields and spiritual energy fields. Spiritual healing works with all of these areas. When healing we work with colour energy, sound energy and sensory energy so we use visualisation, music/chanting/various tones and as we focus on energy coming through we can feel both the healing energy radiating from us (hands may heat up, waves or pulses of energy flowing from our body into the recipient) and it is possible to feel the recipient’s experience of discomfort. Sometimes other materials such as crystals may be used as a method of healing. We hold the pure intent to heal and bring through the energy using the above methods. It is not necessary to touch a person to heal them and Lynnette does not use physical touch but rather holds her hands near the area for healing and also uses visualisation, cognitive intent and sound via peaceful/cleansing music, singing bowls and may use tonal chanting.
Meditation can be active such as going for a walk and focussing on being in the moment. It could also be those times when you are in that creative zone and really focussed on the task at hand to the point that hours go by in what seems like mere moments and your intuitive energy is flowing naturally into whatever you are doing whether it be writing, painting or another creative pursuit.
The type of mediation Indigo Awakenings teaches is going into stillness and silence. All that is needed is to find a quiet space, sit in a comfortable position and turn your focus inward to connect with your body and soul or upward to connect with spirit. You might like to choose some peaceful music to help relax you or perhaps a guided mediation to help you stay focussed.
Lynnette is often asked, how do I turn off my mind? This sounds simple and yet a lot of people find this hard. Try not to turn it into a struggle, hold the intent to quiet your mind and when the thoughts arise allow them to flow through and continue on their way, perhaps see them floating by on a river or written on a white board which you rub off or even floating by on a cloud in the sky. The idea is to train the mind not to hook into those thoughts and let them become your focus. Allow them to float by and then refocus on stilling the mind.
You might want to use visualisation to help you focus. Use your mind’s eye to place you in a peaceful location like at the beach or in a rainforest. Alternatively you could focus on your breathing, slow rhythmical breaths from the abdomen. Draw your breath slowly up through your body perhaps counting to 4 on the in breath and then 4 on the out breath. Hold your intention to look and feel inside your body, see what comes up (feelings/images/words). Alternatively, hold the intent to connect with your soul or spiritual guides and see what comes (images/feelings/words). If you have an intent for your mediation, whether it be to let go of something, learn something about yourself or to heal, it will be heard. Allow this to happen in whatever way feels appropriate, be open to what comes, be mindful and trust. Sometimes you may receive images, ideas or feel energy during mediation. Other times inspirations or answers may come to you later from the world around such as a passage in a book, a sign on a building, a conversation with a friend and suddenly the recognition that this is the answer comes. If you are open and mindful and look for the response, it will present.
Mediation has been scientifically proven as a beneficial practise to calm and relax, to lower heart rates and overall improve the health of the brain and body. Those who engage in this practice regularly can attest that it helps to raise and refine your energy, brings peace, clarity, insight and greater connection to your higher self and spiritual beings who are working with you, if it is your intent to use mediation for this purpose. Most people Lynnette knows who meditate, and Lynnette herself, do not want to leave the beautiful feelings of peace that arise while in a meditative state. Yet it is often hard to make or find the time in our busy lives to engage in this practice. Yet, consider that the soul is the grandest part of you and will go on for infinity when your body and mind inevitably fall away. We look after the body, focus much attention on the mind so why would we not spend at least equal time on the soul that is our most important asset. Our wisdom and purpose is all stored in the soul.
It is not just a cup of coffee and a chat like those you have with your family and friends.
Counselling is purposeful conversation, it is honest and open exploration of those areas of one’s life that are diminishing potential for happiness, achievement of goals and life purpose and overall health and satisfaction. Awareness of the issues that are getting in the way of being able to meet our needs in any area of our lives allows us to find a way forward. Counselling aims to help us work on these challenges to come up with solutions, strategies and ideas that can help us bring about positive changes in our lives and maximise our potential and well-being.
Whether the road blocks in our lives began in childhood experiences and relationships or through traumatic events that have happened in our lives, through illness, biological/hereditary limitations or as a result of karmic debts from previous lives, once we acknowledge the source and decide to work towards change there are always options available to us. Sometimes it is helpful to explore these with a trained and experienced professional who is able to be objective and therefore completely truthful and non-judgemental and has a lot of knowledge and information they are able to share to help us move in a positive direction.
Ideas, information, strategies, tools for healing, validation and acceptance are offered in counselling. Also goal setting and broadening or changing of perceptions to allow for healthier and more accurate perspectives of self, others and events. However, most of the work towards positive change will be done by you in your daily life outside the counselling room. Counselling requires a commitment from participants to practise what they learn and work on themselves and their relationships in the world. If a person is not ready to do this work the benefits of counselling will be more limited. Change will come at a slower pace.
Art Therapy is about tapping into the person’s unconscious mind and allowing them to use this creative process to bring forward the challenging issues that need to be resolved or healed in order to move forward and create positive change in their lives. By expressing unconscious issues or those that are hard to think or talk about through art, they become conscious allowing the individual to make sense and meaning for themselves.
Art therapy is not about the outcome, you do not have to be good at art. It is about the process and what you learn about yourself through this experience. Success is in the learning not the final product. The counsellor does not comment on, judge or interpret the client’s work, rather, asks questions or points out aspects of the work that may help the client come to their own realisations or make their own connections about what aspects of the work are important to them. The art is the client’s voice speaking to them about what they need to know or acknowledge to help them come to significant recognitions and resolutions about what they might need to do to move forward in a positive way.
Art therapy can be peaceful, creative, allow for letting go and debriefing, it is a non- threatening way of expressing difficult feelings and issues, it allows the person to disclose as much or little of themselves as they wish. The client can choose to internalise (keep their understanding to self) or externalise (share with the counsellor) the connections they make. Children often gain great benefit from Art Therapy but it can also be a useful method for adults who are creatively inclined or prefer to express themselves in different ways. Not everyone is comfortable talking about these issues or feels able to express themselves effectively through verbal communication.
This is specifically for children from 3 to 8 years of age. For this age group where verbal skills and language development is limited, play is their most effective language. Children of this age are often full of energy and sitting in a chair talking for an hour is not what they are naturally inclined to do. Most would feel uncomfortable if asked to do this. So play is an enjoyable and age appropriate option. It involves the therapist placing a range of play items out for a child to choose from. The child leads the process choosing what they want to play with, how they want to use the toys or creative materials and for how long they will play with or act out scenarios with the materials. The therapist observes the child in their play and reflects back important actions or comments made by the child to help the child notice and make connections. If the child invites the therapist into the play, the therapist obliges but will follow the child’s lead and directions during the activity. The therapist is not making judgments or interpreting the play but rather reflecting back the child’s own observations and actions to help them come to their own understandings and problem solving ideas. Play therapy trusts the child’s own innate abilities to sort out their own problems.
The counsellor will feedback important themes that arise for the child during their play and make suggestions to the parents about how they could support the child in their daily life to manage challenges they may be dealing with.
In our society many individuals have disconnected from the natural instincts and messages of the body. We grow up being taught to listen and attend to the messages, beliefs and behaviours that adults around us want us to adhere to. We may want to run and jump in that puddle and are told that is not acceptable, we may take a dislike to a relative but are told we have to kiss them on the cheek or talk to them politely because this is good manners. We may not like certain foods but are told we have to eat them as they are good for us, and so it goes on from simple issues to the more complex social rules and values. Some of these are necessary to enable us to live safely and in harmony in our social worlds and others are simply the preferences of the adults around us rather than necessities. We begin to shift our focus from our internal world to the external world and soon enough no longer notice the needs or signals of the body (other than the most basic, eating and drinking) which are actually vitally important instincts that have a lot of value to us.
Through music our bodies have an immediate and strong reaction on a feeling level. Music helps us connect with our bodies as we respond instantly to the way the melody, beat, rhythms and words make us feel. When we tune into music we know instantly whether we like or dislike it, whether it moves us in some way. Music can lift our moods, make us cry, bring out aggression, passion, make us want to move our bodies in a particular way. It can make us smile and we often associate music with memories of events and people in our lives (the song at our wedding, the break up song or song we danced to, that TV show we used to love). Music is very emotional, personal and connects right into our bodies.
We can use music to help us identify feelings in our body, where we feel particular emotions and how the body signals these to us. Do we feel tense, relaxed, is there a tightness in our chest, are our fists clenched, is there a lump in our throat? As the music plays our body responds and we want to move in certain ways. As we move or dance we connect with our body, attend to feelings, listen to what it needs or wants from us and are mindful in the moment. When we practise attending to the body through music and movement we can then learn how to recognise the signs and symbols of the body and the innate instinctual signals to us in other settings. We can learn to listen to ourselves again and use this vital resource to enhance our lives.
This is similar to art and play therapy. The counsellor provides a rectangular tub of sand and a range of symbols to assist the client to tell a story of their choosing. The symbols are chosen by the client to represent themselves, people, relationships, experiences and places in their lives that are of significance to them and then sets the scene, then the counsellor asks them if they would like to share their story. The counsellor does not judge or interpret the symbols or story but asks the client what the symbols represent and what the story means to them. The counsellor may ask questions about certain aspects in the sand story or placement of the symbols to help the client make their own connections and come to realisations that have significance for them. The story and symbols help to bring the unconscious into consciousness allowing for understanding and awareness to develop and leading to the possibility for healing, growth, solutions and change to occur. This is another valuable counselling framework that does not rely solely on the individual’s verbal skills. It allows for creativity and expression that are equally as significant. This is a process that can be useful for children and adults alike.