Monthly Archives: April 2017

4 The Power of Sacred Space

Recently my landlord asked if my workspace partner, hypnotherapist and crystal bowl facilitator, Becky Shanks, and I would be willing to move into a different office space in our building. When I told him that we loved our space, he said, “Well I hate to raise your rent and I can give you the bigger back space for what you pay here.”

I can see how to some people that may be beneficial, but to Becky and me…not so much.

Our office space is magical. And the reason that it’s magical is that we have cultivated love, ceremony, connection and healing in it over the past two years and another healer was there before us doing the same. You can feel the energy of it (and the smell of pure essential oils) before you even get to the door. Even people visiting the seamstress next door comment on it.

We could create sacred space in another location because the sacred comes from within us and follows our connection to Spirit and how we open our hearts to the honoring of the connection. But once you have something magical, the mystical aspects only continue to get stronger and stronger. (And so we’ll be staying where we are for now!)

Sacred space is a safe place, and over the years, I have learned the art of cultivating safe and sacred space. When this is in place, little and sometimes big, miracles are able to take place more readily; they become more accessible and we feel the Divine more fully.

For obvious reasons, one of which is my smaller frame, I can’t take my office with me everywhere I go. And so I’ve learned to cultivate safe and sacred space wherever I bring people together with the intention of healing and working with Spirit, whether that is through ceremony work or through teaching healing or intuitive development. All of this contributes to the power of my work.

But everyone can learn to create sacred space. We don’t need a special room or more objects to do so and it can be as large as a cathedral and as small as a chair or prayer mat.

Here are a few tips for creating this for yourself. The more you work with it and connect with the energy, the more powerful the space will become.

  • Create an altar.
    This can be as small as a few items or as large as an entire wall. Choose objects for your altar that hold spiritual significance for you. For mine, I use gemstones, gifts, articles from nature and more…Basically, things that represent love and that help me feel connected to Spirit.
  • Pray in the space and set your intention for it.
    I call in Spirit to support my healing, growth and understanding. I talk with my Spiritual posse and we all fill the place with love, grace and divine blessings. I connect into this energy often and connect my heart space into it every time I sit with it.
  • Meditate in it.
    Meditation is an opportunity to engage in divine dialogue. In prayer we send out our desires to Spirit, share from out heart and express gratitude; in meditation, we are able to listen and receive answers.
  • Engage in other types of spiritual activities in this space.
    Pull cards, use your pendulum, work with stones…Whatever calls to you. Every time you commune with Spirit, the space fills with more love. And the more love we are able to access and hold space for, the more powerful the space will become.
  • When appropriate, allow others to express reverence and love in this space. When you work with others in the space, the power is magnified.

Before I open any ceremony, I take time to bless the space and call in the spiritual team that most supports the intention that I’m holding. Keep any and all of this as simple as you want or make it as extravagant as you want. Intention and the love that you hold for your sacred space are the key here.

Over time you will feel more connected to your space and it will become more powerful for you. Here are a few examples of different altars to give you some ideas:

Temporary gratitude altar

Altar for a weekend immersion client

Simple single intention altar for FULLexpression

A small portion of my much larger altar

Outdoor altar for a bridal shower; working with the Brigid, the triple fire goddess

And if you would like for me to hold sacred and healing space for you, or take your healing and intuition to the next level, I am now offering one day and weekend healing and intuitive development immersions from my beloved Heart Space. If you are ready to dive into healing and opening your gifts, please contact me HERE so that we can chat about it. Each one is tailored specifically to what you want/need/feel to be right for you along with Spirit’s input.

I also offer ceremony work for gatherings and events. These sacred ceremonies can take place in your home or Heart Space if you are in Atlanta and I can travel to you in different cities. Ceremonies are a wonderful way to celebrate marriage, pregnancy, birthdays, friendships and more. If this interests you, let me know HERE.

Elicia Miller and I will be holding space for a small group of women to heal and access their true potential at our next Sacred Emotion Retreat in Costa Rica, September 17-24. There are still spaces and payment plans available. There is more information HERE.

“Janet Raftis has such profound healing energy, just her presence alone is transformative. She held such powerful space for me during my REVEAL retreat – it felt effortless to hear the truth that wanted to flow through me. Janet is tremendously gifted.”  

~ Meggan Watterson, author of Reveal, How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People) and The Sutras of Unspeakable Joy

Much love,

6 Reasons Why It’s Awesome to Be an Empath


A lot is being written about how overwhelming it can be to be an empath, and there is truth to that ~ if you allow there to be.

But being an empath is a gift, truly ~ one that can help you to understand the world that you live in much more fully and that can help you to align with it in the way that feels best for you.

Here are just a few of the ways in which your trait of being an empath is a blessing for you. If you are an empath, you:

1. Are highly sensitive in nature.

This is an amazing gift once you learn how to take care of yourself! When you are feeling the emotions of other people, you have insight into their nature and their character. From this space, you get to choose how this person interacts with you in your life! If this is a stranger, you can disconnect from their energy or send it back to them or hold onto the information that you received if it serves you in some way.But, if you were wondering if someone is a good energetic match for you or if an opportunity is the right choice for you, you have access to an abundance of information that can lead you in the direction that feels best and right for you.

2. Can learn to avoid relationships with people who don’t hold your best and highest good at heart. 

In addition to feeling the emotions of others, as an empath you most likely receive an energetic impression of that person. Learning how to distinguish the emotions that you are feeling that belong to from what your intuitive impression is of them can help you to use these cues to make empowered decisions in your relationships.

3. Have a huge heart!It can be tempting for an empath to give so much of herself that she feels depleted, but if you learn to establish healthy boundaries (with yourself and others) then you have the opportunity to love in a way that lifts your own spirits, helps you to feel lovingly connected to others and the Divine, and provides you with the chance to contribute powerfully to the world.

4. Understand those you love in a truly intimate and compassionate way! 

Empaths don’t need to be alone. Sure we need time to recharge and enjoy self-care, but it’s not written into any script that we have to be overwhelmed in intimate relationships. Our empathy provides us with a powerful ability to understand how those we love feel and how they feel in relation to us. If we can separate their feelings from ours (this is entirely possible!), then we have the opportunity to go even deeper into our emotions and our authentic selves with one another. In turn, we get to experience profound growth and a deep breadth of understanding of human nature.

5. Can tune into the energy of a place before you visit to see if you even want to go there.

This is one of my favorite psychic tools! If you are unsure about whether you want to have coffee with the woman at work or go to the after-work party, tune into the energy of the place before you respond to the invite. Set the intention to access the energy of being there. How does it feel to you? Do you feel uplifted or tired? Is your chest/solar plexus open or constricted? Trust what you get here. And if you get a read that the energy will be challenging but you know that you have to go, set yourself up for success. Take a separate car, your favorite essential oil that helps to center and ground you, and give yourself time-outs from the gathering when needed by stepping outdoors for a few moments.

6. Have a powerful connection to nature! 

Empaths love, love, love the earth and all of its sweet little creatures. Animals and the outdoors recharges us like nothing else, so planning walks, hikes and outdoor time into your day gives you the opportunity to commune with Mother Earth and fill yourself back up again.

If you want to know more about how you can manage it and tap into your other intuitive gifts, I can help you! Email me HERE for more information or to set up a free chat to find out how. I’ve worked with empaths for the past dozen years helping them to understand their gifts and how to feel empowered with them.

Much love to you!