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This post was originally published in 2010 but still applies today. It has been updated in honor of Chicago’s Pride Parade this weekend.

In light of recent events in the news and National Coming Out day I decided to take a clairvoyant look at the energy of pride and owning who you are. This is not about the ‘ego’ but in being proud of who you are, standing tall in the face of adversity and ‘coming out‘ in the sense of showing your true self to the world.

St. Augustine refers to pride as “the love of one’s own excellence”. This is not pride as competition or being better than someone else. I’m looking at the energy of pride with neutrality sans judgment. This is about loving yourself for who you are and all you are; Mind, body, spirit and soul.

‘Coming out’ is not reserved for a select group of people. There are many who have hidden themselves and dimmed their light because of embarrassment, shame or the perception that if they truly show themselves it will embarrass or shame someone else. Some hide or hold their heads down as they walk  down the street. Some might feel ugly or  fat, maybe they are homeless, or don’t feel  worthy enough to hold their head high and look up.

In today’s economic climate maybe someone is embarrassed or ashamed because they don’t make as much money as someone else…or even enough to make ends meet. Some try to blend in because of sexual orientation; Going about their day being who they think others should see merely to be accepted in today’s society. They don’t want to shame themselves or others and sadly, there are a few who decide to end their life over it. I’ve even seen people with an illness who didn’t want to show themselves, feeling that in some way they weren’t ‘whole’ or that the illness (dis-ease) somehow made them less competent in the eyes of others. It may be that someone is going through a difficult time in their personal life, a relationship or lack thereof, a divorce or suffered at the hand of abuse.

There is no shame in not making enough money, whom you choose to love, your sexual orientation, being too fat or too thin, your relationship status or having an illness! There is no shame because inside of you there is a light that has perhaps been dimmed by the judgements of others. While you might not want to open yourself up and tell all your deepest secrets to the world but DO take pride in yourself and begin to shine your light brightly! You are worthy of standing tall in this world so raise your head and stop looking down or isolating!

Coming out doesn’t necessarily mean declaring it, bearing your naked soul and shouting it from the rooftops, although it is your choice to do that if you wish. It means knowing who you are on the inside, that you have value and that who you are does matter! It means knowing that your very presence, what you have to offer and your divine inner light is worthy of shining in this world. Take pride in who you are! Be who you are! Love who you love! Hold your head high, be proud and come out, come out, wherever you are!~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Energy & Weight Loss~Part 1

Each one of us is an eternal spirit in a human body. Our bodies are precious and in this lifetime you have only one! Not only is it something to be to cared for, but loved as well. 

While most of my blogs address the spiritual aspect of our lives, that is only half the picture. There is also this wonderful thing called your body! 

It is possible that you are not happy with your body and you are interested in losing weight. Whether you want to lose a pound/kilo/stone (or more) it IS all about energy! This is part 1 of a clairvoyant look at body weight from an energetic perspective.

As a  Weight Watcher meeting leader, having personally gotten rid of 86 lbs in 1996,  I have not only experienced the weight loss process but have the opportunity each week to motivate and watch others on their journey.

Losing weight can be a daunting task. Anyone who’s ever tried to get rid of even a few pounds knows how difficult it can be. There is a process and of course everyone knows that it’s about calories taken in vs. calories burned.

That said, there is another piece to the puzzle and that piece is the energy that you hold in your spiritual body AND at a cellular level. When you clear the energy it makes the process of losing a lot smoother.  🙂 

Physical body weight is actually there for a reason and it’s different for each person. There are people who want to cover up their pain or not be seen. Some have so much attention on them and/or are so sensitive to energy that they use it to protect their inner self. 

People use food to comfort their hurts and then hold on to the weight like a warm blanket. Some use food to fill a void. For some food= love, happiness and family, while others use the weight to become grounded and make the body feel real.

Of course those are not ALL the reasons but they are what I see most consistently. So why keep on the weight? Well, at an unconscious level it can be a protection,  a way to feel safe like being in a cocoon and/or can act as a ‘buffer’ between you and others.

No matter ‘why’, becoming conscious & aware of your body and what’s going on INSIDE is an important step! There is always a healing of the inner self in the process of losing weight and keeping it off. 

Take time to care for you! Close your eyes, take a deep breath. Be aware of your body and how it feels. Wiggle your fingers and toes! Ask your body what it wants or needs. Thank your body for all it does for you! You may put your body through a lot each day!

Now, stop beating yourself up if you aren’t perfect! 🙂 ENERGY & WEIGHT LOSS ~Part 2  is full of practical tips to help your process along.

Loving & caring for body AND spirit is an empowering journey that I guarantee will change your life! Who knows, you might even be a BIG FAT LOSER…but in terms of weight loss, that makes you a WINNER! ~Shine Your Light Debbie

©Debra Taitel 2010


Debra is a clairvoyant reader, spiritual healer, coach and teacher helping people heal their spirit so they can create and live the life they choose. For more information, to schedule a reading or coaching visit her website or send an email to