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Sat nam,

Today I’m really excited to share with you a set of 15 Powerful Kundalini mantras and songs that I often use in my Kundalini Yoga classes.  These mantras are incredibly powerful and up-lifting. After every class, the students always ask me how to find these mantras. So today I will share some of my favorites with you.

You can use these Kundalini Mantras anytime and anywhere. You do not have to be in a yoga class. I gave a brief description after each one to highlight the benefit of the mantra so you can use the right ones as needed. I also find it helpful to play the mantras while sleeping. This helps to re-pattern the mind by replacing negative hypnotic thoughts that play though the background of the mind and reprograms the thought patterns with positive, affirming thoughts. You may find yourself waking up in the mornings in a state of greater peace and happiness.

The truth is, as we face the day, it’s super easy to get knocked out of balance. It happens to me too! And when it happens, it doesn’t feel good.

There are lots of reasons why we feel bad, anxious or scared. Work pressures, relationships, even watching TV or getting cut off by another car on the road. There is so much chaos outside and those messages are sent into your energetic frequency. Thankfully, we have lots of tools that can help us reconnect us back into that happy, balanced state of mind. And these Kundalini  mantras are on set of those tools to keep in your spiritual toolbox.

So take a look below and when you get knocked out of your happy place, remember there is a way through every block. And that message comes straight from the Kundalini 2nd sutra of codes to live by.

Join Master Soul Guides Julie Jewels Bertrand and Shakti Cabral on an Energetic Detox Retreat in Koh Phangan, Thailand. April 25-May 1, 2019

And if you really want to go deep and clear your Energetic Frequency, then I invite you to join me and Shakti Cabral at our upcoming Energetic Detox Retreat on the magical, tropical island of Koh Phangan, Thailand. his island is called Crystal Island and well known for it’s  healing energies. This Master Retreat will give you a set of techniques to Reshape your World into a Living Masterpiece

15 Powerful Kundalini Mantras and Songs


Primal Vibration from which all creativity flows. Tunes one in to the higher self.


It contains the core, essential truth of creation, and its vibration is so powerful that it can change your fate and helps you rewrite your destiny.


Protection mantra. Recited to invoke the protective energy of the universe


This healing meditation is used to pray for healing energy.


Known as the Magic Mantra. It reverses Negativity


Connects you to the  Creative Power of this Universe


Mantra of ecstasy. Elevates the spirit.


Cuts through and removes negative energies and infuses it with pure energy and protection


Healing mantra. Opens the heart, enabling the experience of love, compassion and healing for yourself and for others.


This mantra expresses the indescribable experience of going from darkness to light—from ignorance to true understanding. It is the Infinite teacher of the soul.


Meditation for Prosperity. When chanting this mantra, know trust all your needs are met by the Creator


This mantra reverses doubts and insecurities. Chant along with it whenever you feel challenged or weak.


Also called the Guru Gaitri mantra. This is a powerful tool to clear the subconscious mind of deep-seated blocks according to Yogi Bhajan, master of Kundalini yoga. He also said this mantra could balance the hemispheres of the brain and bring patience and compassion.


Beautiful song by my Yoga Master, Guru Singh along with recording artist, Seal


We end every Kundalini class with The Long Time Sun. This is my favorite version by Snatam Kaur

Happy chanting, Shine on,

Athena Julie

Soul Guide Kundalini, Hatha, Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, Theta Healer, Retreat Leader, Energy Medicine.

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Do you ever feel like you’re stuck or in a rut, stagnant and confused? You want to move and you know you should, but for some reason you can’t. You may hear yourself saying statements like, “I don’t know what to do. I’m in a rut.” We all struggle with this sometimes, and if you’re struggling right now, I invite you to try this New Year Kundalini Yoga Meditation for a Fresh Start for your life. This guided meditation is designed to bring you Liberation!

Liberation by definition means: the act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; release. Freedom from limits on thought or behavior. Sometimes our imprisonment is self imposed. We get so caught up in our story that we do not realize we can walk out of it and create a new story. But how? This dynamic Kundalini Meditation can help move you off the hamster wheel into a Fresh Start. It can help push through mental and energy blocks and bring renewal and rejuvenation to your life.



New Year Kundalini Yoga Meditation

Never assume that you’re stuck with the way things are. Life changes, and so can you.

You have the power to move forward no matter what obstacles block your path. The power is within you. You just need to shift your vibration. It’s like changing lanes on a highway or getting off the dead end onto a new pathway.  This meditation is designed to energetically put you on the right path. Try it for 9 minutes, everyday for 40 days and break through your blocks! Shift your energy and rise your awesomeness!

“For every beautiful thing, you have to pass through a valley of hardship. There is no liberation without labor. There is no freedom which is free. To create in you the power to create the intelligence which will give you power to be effective in your own living and give you satisfaction in your own joy, you have to work for it, you have to earn it.” Yogi Bhajan

So will you join us in a fresh start to your New Year? Only  9 minutes a day. We’d love to hear from you.Let us know how it works for you. Share your story here on the blog so we can all help each other on our Soul Journey.


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If you would like go deep in your transformation… join me on two retreats in 2019.


Shift and Shape Your Reality to Create YOUR Greatest Vision of Life

APRIL 25-MAY 2019




Spirit Voyage Kundalini Awakening and Akashic Records Retrieval 

OCTOBER 14 – 20, 2019



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Typically, when you hear the word retreat, thoughts of swaying palm trees, sandy beaches and peaceful environments come to mind. A place to stretch and tone the body with yoga, sip tropical fruity juices, eat healthy meals and share energy with a group of likeminded individuals while escaping the daily pressures of work and life. I’ve been to many and host such retreats and workshops on the tropical island of Koh Phangan, Thailand and around the world. This 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat in Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha was just as rewarding, but a vast contrast to the aforementioned holiday experience.

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Although called a retreat, the journey is more of a razor sharp, master jeti training of purifying and focusing the mind. There is socializing or lounging about in pristine nature. It is not a form of spiritual or philosophical entertainment, nor is it an escape of the trials and tribulations of everyday life. What it is and what it delivers, is a system that leads one to recognize, face and reduce their tensions, problems and suffering. The technique revolves around the simple idea that each and everyone of us share the same problems and suffering. The same suffering that happens to one can also happen to another. Although the situations may be different, the root of suffering is the same. The Buddha realized that all roots of such suffering come from three causes of unhappiness: Cravings, Aversions and Ignorance. Vipassana works on eradicating these issues so that you may live in the state of bliss and happiness that is your birthright.


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Prayer Flags at the Birthplace of the Buddha in Lumbini Nepal

The “path”, known as Dhamma, takes you on an exploration of the self, though the breath, starting from the surface and digging deep down into the corridors of the subconscious mind. There, in the depths of the mind, the the causes of suffering are pulled up like weeds, straight from their roots. The very nature of Vipassana is to “see things as they really are.” The method is seemingly simple, yet involves very deep, single-minded concentration. The reward, purification, liberation, joy and happiness. This ancient technology was long lost to humanity and rediscovered by Goutama Buddha over 2500 years ago. However it is by no means limited to Buddhists. It is open to all faiths, religions and backgrounds.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1504293704503{margin-top: 90px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Since I left my home in the USA to embark on a personal Soul Journey, Vipassana has been a technique that I wished to explore. Yoga and meditation has been such a support to me throughout my own suffering. The suffering caused by watching my father slowly lose his life after 13 years of living with the debilitating disease ALS, the suffering caused by the pressures of work and life and the suffering caused by the projections of my own mind.

My first trip to Nepal was in 2009 shortly after my father died. This was also the time of the US market crash where I and thousands of others were laid off from our jobs. In this dark period of my life, it was in this peaceful country where I became “awakened”. There are Vipassana centers all over the world but 8 years later and long on the path of spiritual healing, I found myself back in Nepal. And I knew this was my divine timing and the perfect place to take my first steps on the Path of Dhamma.

I chose to do my Vipasana in the city of Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. I arrived to Lumbini from the quaint little lakeside town of Pokhara. My pilgrimage to the land of enlightenment was not easy. 8 hours of bumps, turns and twists on a hair raising bus ride from hell. The girl sitting on the seat next to me threw up all over the floor and on me. Oh my Buddha! When we finally arrived in Lumbini, it was so hot you could fry an egg on the street. I settled into my hotel as Vipassana would not be starting for two days yet. I tried to take a cool shower but the water was too hot! It comes out from the water tank on the roof and the sun had heated it to extreme levels. So… I slept, it was all you could do in the heat. The next day I explored the Mayadevi Gardens where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Prince Siddhartha, who became the 1st Lord Buddha. There are over 25 monasteries in the gardens from countries all over the world. Tired but full of spirit, I sat with the sadhus and a group of Chinese healers for over two hours. Together, we meditated under the sacred tree where the Lord Buddha was born. The tree gave us shelter from the sun and the energy of the gardens could only be described as pure bliss.

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The following day I arrived to the Dhamma Janani Vipassana Center with eager anticipation. I sat at a table in the hot Lumbini sun with the other attendees and began the paperwork. The first step in the course is to sign an oath of discipline to abide by. In this oath are 5 precepts. At least for the duration of the course one must:

  1. Abstain from killing any living creature
  2. Abstain from stealing
  3. Abstain from all sexual activity
  4. Abstain from telling lies
  5. Abstain from all intoxicants

We then handed over all means of communication. Our cell phones, books and writing materials. And from this point on, no talking of any kind was allowed. This included eye contact and body language. So I took the hard pillow they gave me and walked to my tiny room in the women’s quarters. My roommate was already there sleeping on the concrete made bed. I rolled out the thin mattress, pulled down the mosquito net and placed my bags on the affixed, concrete shelves. The room was very basic as I expected. Two beds on either side with a narrow walking path between each. The paint on the walls was faded and peeling. We had 2 concrete shelves that were built into the walls, one small window and a basic, squat style bathroom with shower and sink. The philosophy is that one should be humble and live in a simple life. The doors locked with a latch from the inside and outside, which caused some problems.

A discourse and meditation was to begin at 7PM that evening, so I took a nap. I was still tired from the traveling and from my day exploring the grounds and monasteries. It was about 6PM when I woke. My roommate was gone and as I proceeded to open the door, I was surprised to find it locked… from the outside. I searched for a way out but there was none, unless I wanted to break the screen and jump out the window. I began to knock on the door, hoping one of the girls in the next room would hear. Nothing. What a way to start. All I could do was to sit and wait for her to return. Fortunately she came before the start of our evening. I pointed to the door and without talking tried to explain to her what she did. We gave each other a sympathetic look and laugh and understood. A forced reason for eye contact and a little sign language. Although we were not supposed to communicate via facial expressions, throughout the 10 days we broke this noble silence… just a little by sympathetically looking at each other while stretching our aching bodies with a few yoga poses in our room. In a way, it made us closer and developed a bond between us.


Our days began at 4 AM with the morning bell. By 4:30 we were all gathered in the meditation hall. The women on one side of the room and the men on the other. Our instruction was to observe the flow of breath coming in and out of the nose. And for the first 3 days, that is all one does, sits with legs crossed, spine straight and observes the sensations as the breath comes in and out of the tip of the nose. As the thoughts come up, you are to merely let them pass by, like clouds in the sky, placing no judgement, no attachment and no thought to the thoughts. Just let them float away.

After 2 hours of sitting and breathing, we were excused for breakfast. Milk tea, chapati and dhal bhat. In the beginning, our silent breakfast made me feel melancholy. Almost like a prison. But after some days I rather enjoyed it. No distractions. Just pure being.

Our meditation resumed at 8 AM.  For 3 hours, we’d sit in lotus pose and breath, while experiencing the breath come in and out of the nose. Let me just tell you, this is no easy task! Many of the meditators were slumped over finding it difficult to sit erect in the meditation posture.  An Indian vegetarian lunch was served at 11 AM with a two hour break. This gave us just enough time to eat, shower, stretch, maybe a short nap and begin meditation again at 1 PM. This by far was the hardest part of the day for me! 4 hours of meditation in the hall with only a couple of 5 minute bathroom breaks. My body ached and my mind raced. At 5 PM we walked our tight bodies to the dining hall for a 1 hour break of tea and a light snack of salty fried rice crisps. Meditation in the hall followed from 6 PM – 7:30 then a 1.5 hour Dhamma talk done on a video by S.N. Goenka. I found these videos very insightful. Our night ended at 9 PM where we would retire to our rooms for bed and await the morning 4 AM wake up bell.

My first three days were rather challenging to say the least. The no talking was easy. As a former city girl social butterfly I appreciated the silence. I didn’t feel the need to talk. I was extremely cathartic and cleansing to witness the silence. But what I did find challenging was the posture. I have been practicing and teaching yoga and various types of meditation for over a decade. But sitting perfectly still for so long was a new experience for me. I felt every ache in my body. My hips, shoulders and low back were screaming. But as we were told over and over in each video and audio discourse, Anicca – which translates to impermanence, nothing stays the same. So still and erect I sat.

After day 3 the actual Vipasana began. I wasn’t aware it hadn’t started. Apparently we were preparing. Now the real meditation was to begin. Our new instruction was to observe the body while breathing our natural breath. And as I scanned my painful body up and down, I noticed how erratic the mind can be and how fast my thoughts would change. From one thought on to the next. Like a racing car shifting lanes down a highway. A few seconds on one thought, another few seconds it changed gears to another and then back again to the same. As our teacher, S.N. Goenka would tell us on the video, “you see how crazy the mind can be if you don’t train it?” In the silence I could recognize the patterns. I always think I have no fear. And in many ways I don’t. I love adrenaline sports, I have parachuted out of airplanes, driven in NASCAR racing track, climbed the Himalayan Mountain ranges, rock climbed high in the sky with ropes and faith, packed up my life and moved to faraway countries with only a backpack, but fear… yep, she was still there, I was just too busy to notice. In my silence, the echoes that I kept hearing in the corridors of my mind were that of survival and insecurity, fears of money, will I have enough, am I good enough, blah, bhah, blah. Over and over again in some form or another these thoughts ran through my mind. It was so interesting to observe these thoughts.

Interestingly, the aches in my body also kept moving. My achy shoulder that felt like it was burning in pain, my stiff neck, the tight hips, all of it moving. Sometimes there, sometimes not. By the 4th day, I wasn’t even feeling the aches any longer. Ahhhhh, Anicca, impermanence.

It seemed like the thoughts were moving through my body too. Like a leave flowing in a river. Getting stuck along the way, then dislodging and moving on. By the end of the 10 days I felt calm, yet almost stunned. How could I return to the world. The girls in our group were anxious to talk. Two of the girls, both from India pulled took me by the hand and lead me to their room with delight. “What is your story”, they asked me. “Who are you, where are you from, are you a yoga teacher?”, they asked. “You sat soooo straight. How did you do it, do you have a boyfriend? Isn’t the guy who worked the desk soooo cute.” I tried to answer the questions, but I wasn’t ready for all of this yet. I was still processing. I felt like I was in two worlds, the socialite city girl crossing the bridge into a new land. I spoke as much as I could, but as I heard my voice, it was like it was someone else speaking. I didn’t even recognize the sound of my own voice. After some time, I politely excused myself and went off to bed. The next morning they all gathered in the cafeteria with glee. Everyone talking. I managed to find sit with one girl and spoke with her about human design, a subject I find fascinating. But that was all I could manage. The group arranged to take a bus together back into Pokhara, which was the lakeside town I had come to and was planning to return. But 8 hours in a bus of gabby girls was too much for me at the time. I chose to stay behind with my thoughts.

I eventually made my way back to Pokhara. I spend most of the time there alone. Not because I had no one to be with. There were many travelers looking for someone to spend time with. I was merely in my own personal space. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t a hermit. I enjoyed long walks in nature, quiet time writing. I did some trekking and after some weeks, I did make my way out of my introspection and mingled with the locals and backpackers and a good friend who happened to be on travel in Nepal as well. My days of meaningless talk, city life and  late night parties have long since left me. They had their time and place and today, I’m happy in this space.

Shine Your Light Julie Jewels Bertrand Lumbini Nepal 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat Birthplace of BuddhaIn conclusion, I think vipassana was one of the hardest meditations I have done. But in the end, one of the most rewarding. It’s been over 2 months now since I first started writing this blog. I am just coming back to finishing it now. Writing is sometimes like that. You start writing and then the story goes to sleep, only to return at the perfect time.  And as I finish writing this blog, I am in a jungle cafe in Sri Lanka. I went on to do another Buddhist Retreat in Dharamsala, India which was also silent but came with teachings of Buddhism and I will go on to do another vipassana here in Sri Lanka. The journey continues.

Have you been to a vipassana? What were your experiences? We’d love to hear. Let us know in the comments in the blog. And feel free to share this story with someone who you feel might enjoy the read.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Are We Connected?”][vc_column_text]I’ll be sharing spiritual tools and tips here on Shine Your Light as I journey across the globe to the core of the soul. Sign up on my Youtube Channel,  Instagram or website if you want to virtually travel with me on a Soul Journey.   And share with someone who you feel might resonate with.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Retreat With Me”][vc_column_text]

If you would like to travel with me on a magical, tropical island in Thailand, I’ll be hosting my next Sacred Healing and Meditation Retreat on January 29, 2018. This retreat will not be silent. Here you will learn how to heal your body and mind with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation techniques, Tibetan Singing Bowl Therapy, Reiki, Chakra Balancing and more. All the details can be found at http://jewelsbertrand.com/retreat/

Or email me at Jewelsbertrand [at] gmail.com

Sacred Soul Journey Healing and Meditation Retreat with Julie Jewels Bertrand in Koh Phangan Thailand Jan 29-Feb 5 2018

Sacred Soul Journey Healing and Meditation Retreat with Julie Jewels Bertrand in Koh Phangan, Thailand Jan 29-Feb 5 2018

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What is Kundalini Yoga?

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The very nature of Kundalini is to raise your vibration. It opens the doorway to the light inside of you. And when that light shines upon you, it awakens you to a power equal to the magnitude of 108 suns! Removed are the shadows that once blocked your vision. It lifts the veil of your self-perceived limitations and you expand to a higher state of awareness, to your infinite self and infinite potential.

Does that powerful? Well that’s what Kundalini Yoga is. It is a master set of tools handed down by yoga masters generations deep and the best part is… anyone can do it! Whether you’re a mom, a student, a business executive, artist, new to yoga or a seasoned yogi.  And Kundalini Yoga is single handed the fastest way to unblock, calibrate and harness your own energy centers.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Words from Kundalini Master, Yogi Bhajan

Kundalini Master, Yogi Bhajan said, “Kundalini yoga is a science which works on the seven chakras, the arcline and the aura. It works directly on the total energy, and that flow of energy has one simple way; either you sway it or it sways you. Either you are above the energy and ride it or you go below the energy and it rides you. With kundalini yoga you learn how to ride your energy, to experience it and penetrate any given situation to attain a balance.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1504290396583{margin-top: 50px !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Sacred Science

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Yoga of Awareness

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The System

Kundalini Yoga looks and feels different from Hatha and Astanga Yoga. If you take Hatha class, you will certainly move your body. That’s the asana. I teach Hatha Yoga and have for years. It is powerful  Gypsy Jewels Bertrand Soul Journey Kundalini Healing and Meditation Retreat Koh Phangan Thailandpractice and keeps the body strong. But often times, the class is focused on the physical and leaves out key elements. Every Kundalini class utilizes meditation, mudra (sacred hand positions that activate the meridians), mantra (chanting of sacred word) pranayama (dynamic breathwork) and specific body movements that work on the body’s energy centers.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

My Personal Experience

The first Kundalini class I took left me completely and utterly confused. I felt something like a high.

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But it was very early on in my yoga path and I was not sophisticated enough to understand it. It took me 6 years to take another class. But when I did, I felt a bolt of energy rise up my spine and this time, I just knew, I understood. I was hooked. And my life changed… for the better! There has been no looking back. It helped me to release non-serving and harmful patterns that were not contributing to the betterment of my life, joy and my happiness. It’s become my strongest toolbox for elevation.


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The Science

Yogi Bhajan had explained it in both scientific and spiritual terms. “When the magnetic field is strong, you relate to emotions differently. You can choose to relate to someone, or disconnect from their influence. When your radiance is strong and you direct it to someone, they will want to talk to you and be around you in spite of great differences or pains. When man has the energy and he has the power through his psyche to relate or to forget, then he has nothing to worry about. The projection of his magnetic field will arrange the rays of his existence so that his psycho-electro-magnetic circle can organize all the surrounding magnetic fields in tune. In other words, the environment will operate in tune with his purpose.”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

The Spirit

“Let me say this in spiritual language. When the divine source that prevails through the man projects out the light of God, all darkness will go away. Wherever he shall go, there shall be light, beauty, bounty and fulfillment. These two explanations are the same, but one is in mystical language and the other is in scientific language. Kundalini Yoga is the science of changing and strengthening the radiance to give extended life and capacity.” Yogi Bhajan[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”DO YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE YOUR POWER?”][vc_column_text]

Kundalini Yoga Retreat 

Wouldn’t you like to make the changes in your life so you can live in a higher vibration?  

Would you like to learn this sacred science


I invite you to join me on a Journey to Your Soul. Come travel to the serine healing island of Koh Phangan, Thailand this January 29-February 5th.  CONNECT with your higher self, nature, different cultures and life-minded spirit seekers.

TOGETHER in a private villa, set in a lush garden of palm trees, birds and flowers, complete with infinity swimming pool, yoga shala and luxury, you will be guided through the system of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with the focus of healing old wounds. At the end of the retreat you will be given your OWN personal meditation that serves YOUR needs so you can continue to flourish and rise to your highest potential.

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Is it Money?

What is stopping you? Is it money? There are a number of packages available to suite your financial needs. I flew into Thailand on a $375 one way ticket. There are always deals by checking into Skyscanner or Google Flights. Message me and I can help you coordinate.

Are You Waiting for the Right Time?

I once hear a powerful quote by businessman Joseph B. Wirthlin that changed my thought process and actually encouraged me to move from my fear to my power. “Those who stand at the threshold of life always waiting for the right time to change are like the man who stands at the bank of a river waiting for the water to pass so he can cross on dry land”

Are You Afraid You Can Not Do It and You Will Look Foolish?

So many people say that to me. Listen, many people are new to yoga. In Thailand I teach classes sometimes up to 40 people. I always ask, “Who is new to Yoga?” I say at least half the hands go up. Then I ask, “Who is new to Kundalini Yoga?” And 90% of the hands go up. So YOU WILL NOT BE ALONE. I wasn’t a born yogi. I  was new to yoga at one time too. And one of my earliest experiences was at a yoga retreat, in Thailand! And that retreat changed my life. I invite you to make powerful changes in YOUR life.

Sign Up Now While Space Is Available

If you don’t do it now, then when? Someday you will wake up in your home, older and say… what if?Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. ~Mark Twain

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[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Are We Connected? “][tb_block_text]I’ll be sharing spiritual tools and tips here on Shine Your Light as I journey across the globe to the core of the soul. Sign up on my Youtube Channel,  Instagram AND sign up to the newletter on the website if you want to virtually travel with me on a Soul Journey. And check out some of my favorite Kundalini Yoga Meditations in the Kundalini Rising Section of the BLOG.


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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Namaste from Greek Isle of Santorini, Greece! I write this blog today, in a friend’s tiny cave like home in the quaint village of Akrotiri on the island of Santorini, Greece. I chose to journey here to to visit my mother and family. My mother was one of 9 children born and raised in this sacred land. She is the only one in her family who moved her life to America. Growing up in America as a 1st generation Greek, I could always sense the essence of my ancestral heritage. I tried to fit into American culture and managed to do so quite well, but I somehow felt different. It’s like I could hear the divine, feminine lineage of my ancient Greek sisters and grandmothers calling to me. As a child, I soaked up the stories of Greek mythology and by the time I could walk, I was able to “feel” as an empath, channel healing energy and see what others could not. Most of the the time I kept these feelings to myself. I didn’t want to appear different. Just growing up as a half Greek in America was weird enough to some. If you have ever watched the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, you will understand what I mean. Sadly, as young child I fought the messages that my Greek ancestors were trying to send to me. Messages that I could tap into their energies. But as I grew older, I began to ask my mother questions about her life and what she knew about her mother’s life. I started to meditate on the divine sisterhood and the powerful Greek Goddess Warriors of Light such as Athena, the Goddess of WisdomAphrodite the Goddess of Love and Beauty and Artemis, the Huntress Goddess. Yoga and my spiritual studies have opened my view of the world of energy. As I meditated with my ancestors and with the Goddesses of Greece, I was able to heal and grow.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2927″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1504293863339{margin-top: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_text]Our ancestors are a source of inspiration, knowledge and protection as well as a source of trouble, chaos and patterns of pain in our lives.  Most of us have no idea how strong the hidden influence of our ancestors is on our lives. You see, some of our pains don’t even come from us. It’s in our DNA. And also in your DNA are your special gifts.

Think of your ancestral lineage as a frequency. Your DNA is like a receiver. The ancestors are broadcasting into this frequency. Just like a radio receiver, you need a clear channel so you don’t receive static. This is where you can send healing. Clear the pathway and receive their sacred gifts, skills and love.

My culture is Greek. Whether or not yours is, you ancestors come from somewhere.  Jewish or Native American, Eastern or wherever… we all have a history.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1504293704503{margin-top: 90px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2923″ img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Jewels Bertrand Invocating the Greek Goddess of Divine Feminine on a Soul Journey in Oia, Santorini Greece[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ text_align=”text-left” css=”.vc_custom_1504293940278{margin-top: 100px !important;}”][vc_column_text]The Greeks are and were deeply intelligent and spiritual beings, they paved the path of medicine, mathematics, language, art, poetry, democracy, architecture and so much more.  But yet for thousands of years they have been fighting to survive. And today they are fighting again for survival in the infamous Greek Crisis. I think even to my mother who fought faithfully, heroically and valiantly, bringing healing to my father who was dying from the incurable disease of ALS. For 13 years she kept him alive with her love, knowledge and healings. Today I celebrate her and all of the Goddesses. And in this sacred land, I set my intentions to clear the energies of their pain. To detangle their roots and to embrace their gifts.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2929″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ css=”.vc_custom_1504290396583{margin-top: 50px !important;}”][vc_column_text]As I walk the narrow pathways of this beautiful, volcanic island where my sisters and the Goddesses have walked before me, I embrace their spiritual traditions, I dance their sacred dances and I send them healing love.  And I invite you, wherever in the world you are to call into your ancestry.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2922″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Take time to keep your ancestral connection alive, strong and clear. Because it’s through our ancestors we can connect to the highest spiritual knowledge and higher consciousness.

Will you join me in invocation the divine ancestors? Have you worked on healing your family lineage? Or perhaps you have channeled into sacred skills acquired from your ancestors. I for one know that I acquired the gifts of energy healing through my blessed lineage.  We’d love to hear from you. Please share your story here on the blog so we can all help each other on our Soul Journey.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”Are We Connected?”][vc_column_text]I’ll be sharing spiritual tools and tips here on Shine Your Light as I journey across the globe to the core of the soul. Sign up on my Youtube Channel,  Instagram or website if you want to virtually travel with me on a Soul Journey.   And share with someone who you feel might resonate with.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Retreat With Me”][vc_column_text]If you would like to travel with me on a magical, tropical island in Thailand, I’ll be hosting my next Sacred Healing and Meditation Retreat on January 29, 2018. All the details can be found at http://jewelsbertrand.com/retreat/

And stay tuned for the Santorini Yoga and Adventure Retreat in Spring of 2018. We will be doing yoga in secret, incredible view spots on the cliffside, taking eco e-bike tours through the winding  streets in the traditional Greek villages, hiking and meditating along the volcanic paths with views of the classical white washed buildings with blue domed rooftops, learning to cook delicious Greek style vegetarian meals and so much more.   Send me a message if you wish to be on the early bird mailing list for this retreat of a lifetime. Jewelsbertrand [at] gmail.com[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_images_carousel images=”2927,2926,2929,2925,2924,2923,2922″ img_size=”large” slides_per_view=”3″ autoplay=”yes” wrap=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row]