Opening Your Spirit to the Energy of Janus

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I want to take this opportunity to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being a member of the Ananda Citta family. Serving you every day fills my life with purpose and joy. Your love and support throughout my journey mean the world to me. In honor of YOU, when you book any full-length tarot, reiki, or animal communication session in January, you will receive a 15% discount. This is my way of saying THANK YOU for being amazing! Now, on to our focus for this month!

Every year at this time, our thoughts inevitably turn to the same ideas: new year’s resolutions, goals for the new year, new year intentions. It all starts to feel like the same old same old after a while, right? So, let’s shake things up a bit! Don’t get me wrong, setting intentions for the year can be powerful and life-changing, but (and I am willing to bet you’re with me here), more often than not, after I set my intentions, I either quickly meet them or forget all about them. In the past, I have set goals to work out more, spend less time in front of a screen, cuddle more, eat less, etc., etc., etc. Those goals all SOUND great, but I either meet them within the first few months of the year (work out more) or forget about them completely (eat less – because, really? How is that ever a good idea??) This brings me to our empowering focus for this month: opening your spirit to the energy of Janus.

The Roman calendar established January as the first month of the year in honor of the god Janus. Janus is the Latin word for door: seen in a different light, an opening. Janus possessed two faces, which allowed him to look back into the previous year and forwards into the new year at the same time. His name is synonymous with new beginnings, balance, and harmony. He represents the middle ground – after all, where else would he be placed, being able to look both backward and forwards at the same time? This middle ground is the space between chaos and control, attachment and aversion, being removed from the world, and being overwhelmed by it. Opening your spirit to the energy of Janus means releasing control, being mindful, and following the Middle Way. It means letting go of expectations, living in the present, and living a balanced life. Sounds incredible, right? Now, just how are you supposed to DO that?

It is much easier to say, “Be present! Stop controlling! Follow the middle way!” than to live it. Being mindful, relinquishing control, and following your Middle Way (not one extreme or the other) is challenging. After all, you have responsibilities, a career, a family to care for, and much more on your plate than you may be able to handle at times. Together we will explore how you can find balance in your crazy, busy, overwhelming life (yes, it’s possible!). All you need is an open mind and spirit.

As many of you know, in June of 2020, I transitioned from teaching to providing spiritual self-care full-time. I felt prepared for this change and was eager to start serving clients. But I had no clients. How was I going to get them? My process to build clientele was to work harder – post more on social media, advertise, always mention my services, meditate on abundance – in other words, I was trying to control the situation. When people booked with me, I felt relieved. When I had no clients, I felt stressed and began to question my life path.

Then, at the end of November, I decided to let it all go. I released my attachment to how many clients I “should” have. I let go of my fear of not making “enough” money. I relinquished control of this aspect to the Universe. I adopted a more balanced approach to my career as part of my personal Middle Way.

Yes, I still posted on social media and promoted my services – but not to the extreme I had been. And do you know what happened? My December was BOOKED SOLID. I served clients in person, online, and at remote events. Sales of my crystals and stones increased exponentially. Why? Because I let go of the control I had over it. I opened my spirit to the intentions and guidance of the universe, and it worked out beautifully.

I tell this story with a caveat – I am far from perfect and have had setbacks along the way. I still get caught up in unrealistic expectations, money worries, and fear that I will not follow the path to my highest self. I fall to one extreme or the other from time to time. However, I am now in a much better place mentally, emotionally, and spiritually than I was a month ago. Releasing control and striving for my version of the Middle Way was a decisive first step.

Join me every Friday at 6 p.m., starting January 8, for Facebook Live. We will explore what the Middle Way means to you and how to follow it, engage in a Balance Meditation Spell, discuss how to release control, and hear one thing the Universe needs you to do right now to open your spirit to Janus in a live draw.

I look forward to growing with you as we open our spirits to the energy of Janus!

Namaste,

Michelle Boening