Heather Archer

Heather Archer is a workplace wellness coach with a mission to help others achieve work-life liberation. Learn more about her online workshops, speaking engagements, and sound healing sessions at www.thrivingwithheather.com.

Books by Heather Archer

The Grind Culture Detox

Your Worth Is Not Measured by Your Production

Grind culture refers to the false belief that to be considered valuable or worthy in our society, one must be productive. Lurking in the shadow of capitalism, grind culture is accepted as normal, even necessary, and most people aren’t even aware of the harmful ways it impacts us.

Now, in The Grind Culture Detox, author Heather Archer exposes grind culture in all its complexity. Beginning with the history of grind culture in the United States, Archer explains how the poisonous legacies of stolen labor (chattel slavery) and stolen land (manifest destiny) have led to the exhausting workforce culture we have today.

While facing that history is an important first step, Archer goes further by offering a blueprint for how we can radically reorient our lives and fundamentally change our relationship with work and production forever. Utilizing nontraditional approaches such as somatics, sound healing, herbalism, and more, The Grind Culture Detox is an invitation to experience an inner revolution—one where you recognize yourself as a sacred being and acknowledge you are worth far more than what you produce.

Awakening Astrology

Unlock the Transformative Power of
Your Five Personal Planets

Every astrological chart has wisdom to offer, but the array of planets, houses and signs can be bewildering. In Awakening Astrology: Five Key Planets for Personal Transformation, professional astrologer and bestselling author Molly McCord offers an accessible path that is both easy to grasp and full of potent information. In clear and concise language, McCord takes a deeper look at the five key planets that influence the most important areas of our lives:

The Sun: How you present yourself outwardly to the world.

The Moon: How you move through your daily life and respond to others.

Mercury: How you think, communicate, and digest information.

Venus: How you share and connect with others.

Mars: How you assert yourself and your needs.

With just these five planets, you can unlock a deeper and more meaningful relationship to your true self, as well as a more profound understanding of your personal needs, mental processes, and ongoing areas of self-development. Even those who already possess experience with astrology will benefit from this deeper look into their own potential for expanded self-awareness.

The stars and planets influence us every day of our lives. Now, with the assured guidance offered in this book, you can tap into the incredible potential of astrology to inform your journey towards a life of purpose and authenticity.

Inner Peace, Outer Power

The Secret to Living a Life of Purpose

We all have dreams and desires, but how do we know which one is our true purpose?

It often seems that no matter what path we choose, reality confounds our expectations so that we are constantly having to reassess and rediscover meaning within the unpredictable stories of our lives.

Shaman Nabeel Redwood has experienced this himself. Stuck fast in the pursuit of success, he found himself caught in a tangle of alienation and depression. What he found next, however, changed his life and set him firmly on a new path filled with meaning and joy. He found Shamanism.

Now, after serving thousands of clients as a Shamanic healer and teacher, Redwood reveals the keys to uncovering this affirming and powerful way of being for yourself. Offering an array of exercises and practices, Inner Peace, Outer Power will help you unlock the secrets to living the life of a happy warrior, one who is able to meet life’s ups and downs with equanimity, and pursue goals and dreams with focus and zeal.

According to Redwood, this path is open to everyone – let this book be your first step towards a life of personal power and authentic inner peace.

The 7 Energies of the Soul

Who am I? What am I here to do? How can I find happiness?

Spiritual teachers throughout millennia have taught that the answers to life’s biggest questions lie within. Meditation instructor David Gandelman has helped thousands access their inner wisdom through his online and in-person classes. Now, for the first time in book form, he explains how the key to answering these big questions and others like them can be found in understanding the seven archetypal energies that are inherent in each one of us:

While most people easily identify with one or two archetypes, according to Gandelman we actually possess all seven, and until we learn to access and nurture each energy within us our life can feel out-of-balance or unfulfilled.

The 7 Energies of the Soul offers a detailed guide to each of these critical energies and includes exercises and meditations that can help you evaluate your energetic strengths and weaknesses, find balance, and create a life that you love in the process.

Read this book and see yourself and others in an entirely new way.

The Mastery of Life

Creativity goes well beyond making stuff...

Cultivating the Art of Aliveness

by Flora Bowley

 

I often say that creativity is an essential part of being human.

To understand this, quickly take a moment to imagine life without it. We would miss out on things like music, poetry, dance, literature, theater, new inventions, and so much else!

However, there are also more integrated and subtle ways that creativity shows up and elevates our day-to-day experiences—things you might do naturally without considering them to be creative acts at all.

For instance, imagine walking down the street and reveling in the way light and shadows dance across the sidewalk. What about composing a letter or text message to someone you love? Or arranging the items in your home to reflect more of your personal style?  How have you used creative problem solving to come up with new solutions in your personal relationships?

Creative adventures don’t need to be fancy, groundbreaking, or even take a lot of time to be effective. In fact, simple acts of creative expression and innovation woven into daily life have an incredible way of soothing, stirring, and reminding us what it feels like to be alive. In turn, flexing our creative muscles fortifies our ability to be more tuned in, observant, and adaptable in all parts of our life.

In my experience, creativity goes well beyond making stuff. It’s a mindset—a way of being that is the opposite of productivity for productivity’s sake. Creativity synthesizes our life experiences and inspires us to dream things into being. Take a moment to reflect on the many ways you already infuse your daily life with creativity:

Of course, many of us have what I call “creative wounds,” or times when courageous creative endeavors did not go as planned. We might experience shame or be discouraged from pursuing our creativity any further. These tender experiences can lead us to stifle our impulses in certain areas, or even abandon creative pursuits altogether.

If you’re reading this and feeling disconnected from your creative spirit in some way, I invite you to begin the journey back to it. When we engage in creative practices, we move the energy of life that is within us. When this energy is sparked, we can’t help becoming more open, present, and connected to possibilities that exist beyond the obvious options laid out before us.

I’ve seen this happen time and time again in the painting retreats I teach. A student arrives feeling disconnected from her creativity and source of inspiration. She begins the process of midwifing a blank canvas through rich layers of color and mark, dark and light, feeling and sensation. Through the dance of letting go and allowing back in, becoming unstuck, and breaking through, a spark returns to her eyes. With each brushstroke and sway of her hips, the flickering remembrance of a primal creative capacity makes its way from her hands to the working surface. As she brings a painting to life before her very eyes, she’s reminded that she also has the innate ability to bring herself to life.

While painting provides a tangible way to meet ourselves in the space where hand, paint, and canvas collide, living a creative life doesn’t require any art supplies at all. Creating the work of art that is your life is available to anyone willing to embrace the tools of aliveness, even if your hands never find their way to a paintbrush.

Cultivating the art of aliveness means choosing to be courageous, intuitive, spontaneous, and discerning. It also means embracing contrast, being willing to start over, taking one small step at a time, and allowing space for the mystery of the moment to unfold.

It means choosing life.

If your innate creative potential, either in art or life, feels buried beneath years of old stories, stagnant patterns, or forgotten dreams, please know that it’s never too late to remember and revitalize these parts of yourself.

To support this process of remembering, I invite you to do some dreaming with me. Without feeling limited by logistical or earthly constraints, take some time to get comfortable and dream into the most realized creative version of yourself you can possibly imagine. This is a time to dream big. Don’t hold back. Don’t move to the back of the room.

In this practice, anything and everything is possible. Let these prompts get you started and see where your imagination wants to wander. I encourage you to have fun with it! You don’t have to commit to anything, make it perfect, or even believe it’s a good idea. Just try these ideas on and see how they feel.

In your most wildly creative dream life, where do you live? What’s the view like there? What are you creating? How does your body feel when you wake up in the morning? What kind of clothes make you feel the most inspired? What kind of food feels the most nourishing for your creative practices? Who are you surrounded by and are they creating things as well? What kind of impact do your creations have in the world? What do you do for fun? What kind of thoughts do you tell yourself to support your creative process?

While your most realized creative life might not be entirely doable for one reason or another, it’s important to let yourself dream big in order to discover what’s lurking beyond your more rational and limited ways of thinking and being. Maybe you didn’t even realize you wanted to live on a cliff near the sea, wear only red velvet jumpsuits, make abstract sculptures out of clay, and eat fresh fruit from your trees. When you allow yourself to get a glimpse of these bigger dreams, you can begin to orient yourself in their direction and start taking small steps forward. On the other hand, if you never let yourself imagine these things in the first place, it can feel challenging to even remember what’s possible.

Just like painting or any other creative practice, creating your life is an act of perseverance, trust, and letting go. Each day presents new opportunities to wake up and catch yourself from sleepwalking through this grand creative act.

After all, there are only a certain number of colors on the color wheel or musical notes on a scale, but there are infinite ways to combine them. The same is true with how you create your life. My book, The Art of Aliveness, A Creative Return to What Matters Most, is about remembering your options.

The canvas of your life awaits.

The above was adapted from The Art of Aliveness, A Creative Return to What Matters Most , by Flora Bowley, available now anywhere books are sold!

Also, Flora Bowley, along with an amazing lineup of other artists, writers and creatives will be offering workshops in two upcoming events you won't want to miss!

Painting, Writing and Inspiration

An interactive online weekend event

April 16-18, 2021

and

The Gathering of the Creatives in Santa Fe, NM

September 3-5, 2021

Click the links above for more details and registration info for these amazing events!

Jumana Sophia

Jumana Sophia is a deeply trusted teacher, beloved ceremonialist, writer, healer, and ordained priestess. She is a guide. She has raised two temples and founded Her Mystery School - an international women's ministry and mystery school. Her work articulates the soul road of womanhood and the nobility, the eternal rightness and incorruptible beauty of female sexuality.

When a woman rises, all of life rises with her.

 

Meet the author at www.jumanasophia.com

The Art of Aliveness

The Creative Cure