Today we’d like to introduce you to Ariela HaLevi.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
As a child, there was a hole inside of me, a missing piece that made me feel hollow and unworthy. I was sensitive and emotional in a world that told me to be quiet, stuff down my emotions and be seen and not heard. A rupture in my family only enhanced this unworthiness, and I spent years pretending, lost, and felt vacant inside.
I learned that in order to pretend to fit in, I could ignore my body and use my nervous system as a watchdog to make sure I was being who everyone wanted me to be. I also learned that life and adults were unpredictable, so I trained my nervous system to be unassuming and agreeable. This worked for everyone–but me. I found my magic and my true nature in animals, mountains and rivers and trees. Being in nature allowed me to relax my nervous system and listen to the soul whisperings and intuitive wisdom that I came into this world with. In this relaxed state, I found my magic. I would connect and talk to animals, feel their thoughts and their heart. I loved being outside and felt my body and energy relax and open up in a way that I never could do when I was inside. In nature, I heard the whisperings of my heart and felt my voice fill with so much power that it often scared me! In nature and with animals, I was finally safe. I wasn’t conscious of the dichotomy of opening and closing depending on where I was in the world, but as I grew older, I felt that memory arise as I began to harness my voice and allow the Divine healing wisdom to flow through me.
As I got older, I learned to cover up my inner insecurities with my outer successes, building a beautiful life, marrying my soulmate, raising four amazing children, supporting, guiding and leading large groups of people to spirituality, soul purpose, and embodiment. As I came into my empowered voice, I also healed a long-time relationship with body dysmorphia and the hole that was inside of me finally filled with love and light of my own worthiness.
I now know that what I was missing in my life was my soul. I was missing Spirit. I was missing the knowing that I was a divine soul and worthy of love. What I intuited since childhood was this small, still deep inner voice inside of me that needed to come alive. This was my soul, my divine feminine wisdom that didn’t know how to truly live in this physical body I was given.
I’ve always said, “Heal your roots, feel your feelings, transform your future.”
It wasn’t until I intuitively explored my family’s history and patterns, did I open to the realization that if I could connect to my wise and healed ancestors, they could help me heal my origins. From there, I have worked with countless ancestors of my own to help them heal in the afterlife, which has truly transformed my own life. Ancestral healing has also taught me the importance of being responsible for my own healing. We can’t blame our issues solely on what has been passed down and unhealed. We may not have created our ancestral patterns, but we are responsible for healing them. When we feel our emotions and express what is repressed, we free our bodies from these patterned behaviors, and in turn, have better health, enhanced connections to ourselves, our souls and the Divine.
I am also a big believer in what the shamans believe about healing our future: when we take our healing in our own hands and become our own healer, we can positively influence and help heal seven generations down the line. That always inspires me as a mom of four children!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I believe my greatest struggles are my greatest gifts. As I learned to express my highest truth, these were no longer roadblocks: Authenticity: I always felt like the black sheep of my family because I needed truth and honesty. I have never been someone that pushes things away or hides from the truth. This has not always been an easy process, but it has served me very well in my business and in my relationships. I am a truth seeker, searching for shadows and hidden meanings and bringing darkness to the light in order to learn and grow from it. I believe when we bring what’s hidden to the light, it brings us closer to who we truly are and what our divine purpose is here on Earth. From this belief, I am very open to ways in which my business has its own divine light and path, and I learn and grow from it daily.
Intuition: We all have a strong intuition, but it’s like a muscle; if you build it, it gets bigger and stronger. I uncovered my childhood intuition and wisdom and have used this gift in all of my sessions, groups and teachings, following the guidance of Spirit and trusting the synchronistic messages that I receive daily. I love calming my body and inviting the Divine into my body and soul, asking my guides and angels for help and guidance, and then surrendering to the answers and flow in my life. Intuition is very in line with Divine guidance, which we find when we have a deep compassion and love for ourselves and our lives.
Trust: I feel this is one of the most important qualities anyone can possess because it takes some work to get here. For so many years, I didn’t trust my voice, my intuition, the Divine and life. I overworked, overparented, and felt overwhelmed with everything I did. I succeeded, but at a high price to my nervous system. It wasn’t until I was willing to heal my patterns and ancestral history that I really began to trust in my own worthiness and my empowered voice. This has helped me immensely in my business and my own life, and what has morphed from it is a co-creation with the Divine. I now trust that I am not alone in this journey of life and the more I relax into my body and my nervous system, the more the Divine leads me to the highest good for me.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am the Co-Founder and Director of Healing at Soul-Centered, a spiritual center for meaning, purpose and healing for people in the Afternoon of life, midlife and beyond. I share this center with my husband, Rabbi Baruch Halevi. He is the guide and I am the healer. I hold a Masters in Social Work, is a shamanic energy practitioner, ancestral and past life healer, emotional release healer, Reiki Master, yoga instructor and holistic health practitioner. I have guided countless women through energy healing, profound personal transformation, and healing deep wounds that get to the root causes of suffering and transform that suffering into physical, emotional and spiritual freedom.
The main body of my work is ancestral healing and emotional release work:
Connecting with your ancestors can help you work through the reparations necessary for you and your family to live happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives while also benefiting future generations of your bloodline and even our beautiful Earth.
You’ll discover new practices and insights for connecting with your well and loving ancestors to break free of the painful inheritance from those on the other side of the veil… heal old wounds embedded in your psyche… and embody your deepest gifts. The good news is that when we change patterns held by our ancestors, we become free to change the patterns within ourselves. We’re empowered to not only heal past wounds but to use our gifts to reach our own highest potential and contribute to the transformation of our world.
YOU have the opportunity to use the power of ancestral healing and deeply integrate it into every aspect of your life.
Many people are now suffering because of what’s happening here and now, within themselves and in the outside world. That pain is also a shadow, a haunting of unresolved trauma from centuries of generations before us.
Ancestral healing can improve your relationships, revitalize your spirit, catalyze cultural shifts, and awaken your consciousness to new realities. It can extend blessings not only to those who came before you but also to your children, grandchildren, and beyond.
With emotional release work, we embark on a journey through the body to heal and feel our emotions. Our bodies hold the emotions, traumas, wounds that are unprocessed. They are stored inside the body until we are able or willing to unpack the feelings and face our wounds. When we feel an emotion and really let ourselves open fully to it, our body can release it and let it go. Many people have unexplained illnesses and chronic pain that hold their emotions and wounds unprocessed and hidden from the light.
I created an internal, emotional shift by what I call The Elevator. Starting at the top floor, I invited the most surface emotion to come up and fully be felt. Then we go down each level, exploring and expressing what is deeper than the previous level. Finally, when all emotions are felt, there is an internal and external peace (some call this Source) that feels healing and expansive to all parts of us. In this peace, we can see that the emotions are just placeholders for our true healing. When we find this peace, healing from within can truly be felt. From here, we invite all the people involved in this grief, wound or trauma to dialogue with us–using our imagination and visualization–expressing all the unsaid emotions and things we couldn’t say. We allow Source to be our mentor and guide us through this process. There is deep forgiveness in this work, and most people find answers to questions they never imagined they could find.
What do you like and dislike about the city?
I love Arizona and Phoenix. I love the heat, the desert feels and also as a healer, I can feel the ancestral call of the Earth. It feels like a second home. Dislikes: I love heat, but I also stay away in the heat of summer!
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