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Embark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation with my guide to inner work. If you've ever wondered how to start healing emotionally and moving forward, this guide is for you. We'll explore what inner work is, why it matters, and how simple practices can create profound shifts in your life.

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What is Inner Work and Why Does it Matter?

Imagine inner work as a loving conversation with yourself. It’s an exploration into your emotions, beliefs, and the very essence of who you are. Why does it matter? Because, dear friend, it holds the key to healing, happiness, and a life that feels genuinely yours, without the exhaustion of overworking or overachieving.

Why You? Because You Deserve It

Before we dive in, let me say this — you deserve to be happy. You deserve a life that aligns with your true self, without the constant pressure to do more. Inner work is your compass to that fulfilling life you've been craving, and you deserve every bit of it.

When Do You Need Inner Work?

You might need inner work if you’re feeling stuck, unfulfilled, or disconnected from your true self. Signs include chronic stress, unfulfilling relationships, lack of motivation, or persistent negative thoughts. If any of this resonates with you, it’s a signal that inner work could bring positive change.

The Components of Inner Work

1. Emotional Healing:

Embrace the power of emotional healing by acknowledging and processing your emotions. It's about understanding that emotions are messengers, and listening to them can lead to profound shifts.

2. Changing Limiting Beliefs:

Explore the impact of limiting beliefs on your life. By changing these beliefs, you can reshape your reality and open yourself up to new possibilities.

Journey towards self-acceptance, recognizing that embracing all aspects of yourself is the foundation for true happiness.

4. Mindset Changes:

Discover the transformative effects of cultivating a positive mindset. Your thoughts shape your experiences, and a shift in mindset can lead to a more fulfilling life.

5. Awakening to Your Inner Being:

Connect with your inner self, a journey that goes beyond the logical mind. This awakening is a profound step towards a more authentic and purposeful life.

Which Areas of Your Life Does Inner Work Influence?

Which Areas of Your Life Does Inner Work Influence?

Inner work isn't just about feeling better in the moment; it's about transforming every facet of your life. Here's how it can make a difference:

1. Relationships:

Inner work acts as a relational compass, guiding us to a deeper understanding of ourselves and others. By fostering empathy and compassion, it forms the bedrock for authentic connections, paving the way for healthier and more fulfilling relationships. Imagine connecting with loved ones without the weight of old wounds holding you back. It allows you to communicate openly, trust deeply, and love fully.

2. Career and Professional Growth:

Elevating our mindset and expanding our self-awareness, inner work becomes a powerful catalyst for professional advancement. It unlocks creativity, resilience, and a positive mindset, propelling us toward greater career success. By understanding and removing the limiting beliefs that hold you back, you can reach new heights in your career, achieving goals that once seemed out of reach.

3. Physical Health:

The mind-body connection is a cornerstone of inner work. As we navigate and release emotional stressors, the body responds with improved health. Inner work contributes to holistic well-being, fostering vitality and resilience. When you let go of emotional burdens, your body feels lighter, healthier, and more energized, allowing you to live a more vibrant life.

4. Spiritual Awakening:

Beyond the tangible, inner work delves into the realm of spirituality. It facilitates a connection with our inner being and the vast cosmos, nurturing a sense of purpose and a harmonious relationship with the universe. This spiritual alignment can provide a sense of peace and direction, helping you feel connected to something greater than yourself.

5. Mindset and Perspective:

Inner work is a potent alchemist for our mindset. It challenges limiting beliefs, cultivates a growth-oriented perspective, and enables us to approach challenges with resilience and a positive outlook. By shifting your mindset, you can see possibilities where there were once obstacles, and embrace life's challenges with a newfound strength.

6. Personal Growth and Fulfilment:

The ultimate gift of inner work is personal growth and fulfillment. By delving into the depths of our desires, fears, and aspirations, it sets the stage for a more authentic and purpose-driven life. This journey of self-discovery leads to a deeper understanding of who you are and what you truly want, allowing you to live a life that feels rich and meaningful.

7. Wealth Consciousness:

Inner work helps you understand your self-value and raises your self-worth, which in turn can attract wealth and abundance into your life. By breaking through limiting beliefs about money and success, you can open yourself up to greater financial opportunities and a mindset of abundance.

8. Running Your Business:

For entrepreneurs and business owners, inner work is invaluable. It helps you achieve more while maintaining balance in your life. You become more confident in your decisions, more resilient in the face of challenges, and more worthy of success. This balance ensures that you don't burn out and that your business thrives alongside your personal well-being.

Which Areas of Your Life Does Inner Work Influence?

Starting Your Inner Work Journey: Practical Exercises

Inner work can seem daunting at first, but starting with small, manageable steps can make a big difference. Here are practical exercises to help you begin your journey and start healing today:

1. Mindful Promise-Keeping

Introduction: Building trust with yourself is foundational in inner work. Start by making small promises to yourself and keeping them.

Exercise: Each day, set a simple, achievable goal, such as drinking a glass of water upon waking or taking a five-minute walk. Follow through with this promise no matter what.

Impact: This exercise builds self-trust and reliability, reinforcing the belief that you are capable of achieving your goals. As you consistently keep promises to yourself, your self-esteem and self-worth grow, laying the groundwork for more significant changes in your life.

Real-Life Example: Jane decided to start by promising herself she would write in her journal for five minutes every morning. Over time, this small commitment led to a daily practice that helped her process emotions and gain clarity on her life’s direction.

2. Thought Observation

Introduction: Understanding your thought patterns is crucial for inner work. This exercise involves observing your thoughts without judgment.

Exercise: Set aside a few minutes each day to sit quietly and observe your thoughts. Notice recurring themes and patterns, especially any negative or limiting beliefs.

Impact: By becoming aware of your thought patterns, you can begin to challenge and change negative beliefs that hold you back. This practice fosters a more positive and resilient mindset.

Real-Life Example: Alex noticed he frequently thought, "I'm not good enough." By observing and acknowledging this recurring thought, he began to challenge it, replacing it with affirmations of his abilities and worth.

3. Desire Journaling

Introduction: Clarifying your true desires helps guide your actions towards achieving your goals. Writing down your desires can provide insight into what you truly want.

Exercise: Spend time journaling about your deepest desires and what you want to achieve in life. Be honest and detailed.

Impact: This exercise helps you connect with your authentic self and sets a clear direction for your efforts. It also highlights any discrepancies between your desires and your current actions, allowing you to make necessary adjustments.

Real-Life Example: Emma realized through desire journaling that she wanted to switch careers. By writing down her desires, she gained the clarity and motivation to start taking steps toward her new career path.

4. Listening to Your Body

Introduction: Your body often holds wisdom about your emotional state. Paying attention to physical sensations can reveal underlying emotional issues.

Exercise: Practice body scans or mindfulness exercises to notice where you hold tension or discomfort. Reflect on any emotions associated with these sensations.

Impact: Listening to your body helps you become more attuned to your needs and emotions, promoting holistic health and well-being. It also encourages a deeper connection with yourself.

Real-Life Example: Mark noticed tightness in his chest during stressful meetings. By acknowledging this physical response, he recognized his need to address workplace anxiety and began implementing stress-reduction techniques.

5. Emotional Awareness

Introduction: Allowing yourself to feel and express emotions without judgment is a key aspect of inner work. This exercise promotes emotional healing.

Exercise: When emotions arise, take time to sit with them without trying to change or suppress them. Reflect on what they are trying to tell you.

Impact: This practice helps you process and release pent-up emotions, leading to greater emotional freedom and resilience. It also fosters self-acceptance and understanding.

Real-Life Example: Sarah allowed herself to fully experience her sadness after a breakup instead of distracting herself. This emotional awareness helped her heal more quickly and learn valuable lessons from the experience.

6. Reality Acceptance

Introduction: Accepting your current reality is crucial for personal growth. This doesn’t mean giving up on change, but rather acknowledging where you are as a starting point.

Exercise: Reflect on your life as it is now. Identify aspects that you find challenging to accept and work on embracing them without judgment.

Impact: Accepting reality provides a solid foundation for making meaningful changes. It reduces resistance and promotes a sense of peace and clarity.

Real-Life Example: Tom struggled with accepting his financial situation. By acknowledging it without self-judgment, he was able to create a realistic plan to improve his finances, leading to a more stable and positive outlook.

7. Gratitude List

Introduction: Practicing gratitude shifts your focus from what’s lacking to what’s abundant in your life. This exercise can improve your overall mindset.

Exercise: Write down at least three things you are grateful for each day. They can be simple or profound.

Impact: Regularly practicing gratitude enhances your emotional well-being, fosters a positive outlook, and increases overall happiness.

Real-Life Example: Laura started a gratitude journal, listing daily moments of joy and thankfulness. Over time, this practice significantly improved her mood and helped her cope with daily stresses more effectively.

8. Sitting Still with No Distractions

Introduction: Finding stillness is essential for connecting with your inner self. This exercise involves disconnecting from external distractions and tuning into your inner world.

Exercise: Set aside 10-15 minutes each day to sit quietly without any distractions. Focus on your breath, notice your thoughts, and allow any emotions to surface without judgment.

Impact: This practice helps you develop a deeper connection with yourself, enhances self-awareness, and provides insight into your inner world. It also promotes mental clarity and emotional balance.

Real-Life Example: Emily began sitting in silence every evening before bed. This practice allowed her to reflect on her day, understand her emotions better, and find a sense of peace and clarity.

9. Healthy Boundaries

Introduction: Setting healthy boundaries is crucial for protecting your well-being. It involves recognizing and honoring your limits.

Exercise: Identify relationships or situations where your boundaries are weak. Practice asserting your needs respectfully and firmly.

Impact: Establishing healthy boundaries improves your relationships, self-respect, and emotional health. It ensures that you are surrounded by supportive and positive influences.

Real-Life Example: Maria realized she was often overcommitted and stressed because she struggled to say no. By setting clear boundaries, she regained control of her time and energy, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

By integrating these practices into your daily routine, you will start to see profound changes in your mindset, relationships, and overall well-being. Inner work is the key to unlocking your true potential and creating a life that aligns with your deepest desires.

Remember, dear friend, this journey is about progress, not perfection. Take it one step at a time, and celebrate each small victory along the way. You are worth it, and your best life is within reach.

How Do You Do Inner Work on Yourself?

How Do You Do Inner Work on Yourself?

Starting your inner work journey can be both exciting and daunting. Here’s a simple guide to get you started:

  1. Create a Safe Space: Find a quiet, comfortable place where you can be alone with your thoughts. This space should feel safe and free from distractions.

  2. Set an Intention: Decide what you want to achieve with your inner work. It could be understanding a particular emotion, changing a limiting belief, or simply exploring your inner world.

  3. Practice Self-Reflection: Use journaling, meditation, or quiet contemplation to explore your thoughts and feelings. Ask yourself questions like, “What am I feeling right now?” or “What do I need to understand about this situation?”

  4. Seek Support: Sometimes, inner work can bring up intense emotions or memories. Consider working with a therapist, coach, or healer who can guide and support you through the process.

  5. Be Patient and Kind: Inner work is a journey, not a destination. Be patient with yourself and recognize that it’s okay to take things slowly. Celebrate your progress, no matter how small.

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For Advanced Seekers: Deeper Understanding of Energetics and the Universe

For those who are further along in their journey, inner work can lead to a deeper understanding of how the universe operates and how energetics play a crucial role in shaping your reality.

1. Universal Laws and Energetics:

Exploring concepts like the Law of Attraction, the Law of Vibration, and other universal laws can help you understand how your energy influences your life. By aligning your thoughts, feelings, and actions with these laws, you can manifest your desires more effectively.

2. Conscious Creation:

Advanced inner work involves becoming a conscious creator of your life. This means recognizing that you have the power to shape your reality through your energetic vibration. Practices like visualization, affirmations, and energy healing can support this process.

3. Raising Your Vibration:

Higher vibrational states are associated with positive emotions, clarity, and a sense of purpose. Techniques such as meditation, energy clearing, and connecting with nature can help raise your vibration, making it easier to attract what you desire.

4. Tapping into Collective Energy:

Understanding that you are part of a larger collective energy can deepen your sense of connection and purpose. Group meditations, community healing sessions, and contributing to collective well-being can enhance your personal growth and impact.

5. Inner Work as a Lifelong Journey:

Recognize that inner work is a continuous journey. As you grow and evolve, your understanding of yourself and the universe will deepen, leading to greater levels of fulfillment and spiritual awakening.

By embracing these advanced concepts, you can enhance your inner work practice, leading to profound transformations in all areas of your life.


Remember, dear friend, this journey is about progress, not perfection. Take it one step at a time, and celebrate each small victory along the way. You are worth it, and your best life is within reach. Through inner work, you can heal, grow, and live a life that is truly yours – full of joy, purpose, and fulfillment.


About Ania Orlowska

I'm Ania, a creative entrepreneur and certified Theta Healing practitioner. From growing up in Poland to studying and working in media and entertainment management globally, I developed a passion for supporting talented people. Creating businesses, I sought to promote their talents. However, life threw me off balance with challenges, failing relationships, and a stroke at the age of 33. Seeking help, I discovered Theta Healing and transformed my life. Now certified as an Advanced Theta Healer, I offer programs and 1:1 packages, empowering others to shift their beliefs and embrace their true potential. Living in Amsterdam with my daughter Sofia, I help people tap into their inner selves for fulfillment and purpose. I invite you to embark on this transformative journey with me, to take back control and create the life you have always dreamed of.

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Pandemic time is tough for many creative businesses, like musicians, artists, photographers. We sort of became not essential and completely put aside. I have been pondering about reasons beyond those logical ones as to why creative products and services are the least essential in times like the pandemic and what needs to change to be considered as the higher value.

As an energy healer, I look at the energetics of life, I look beyond the obvious reasons like the one that basic human needs are safety and survival so certainly, it would be illogical to claim that creative work would be as essential as food or medicine.

I look deeper into the play of energy that is causing governments to keep the music events under lock after many other activities like sports events are open.

I would like to look at the situation as the whole big picture, to take a helicopter view and notice the collective consciousness of the creative industry as a whole.

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Limiting beliefs are playing an important role in our lives

The collective consciousness is like a cloud of thought collected from many people holding the same belief about a topic. There are two perspectives to it.

One is the collective consciousness of artists as to what artists think of themselves and their work. Second, the collective consciousness of other people and how they view artists and their work.

When zooming out and assessing the energetic print of the collective of creative professionals, I find some major limiting beliefs held by many.

Limiting beliefs are ideas that are held by our subconscious mind, this affects how we perceive life, how we perceive ourselves.

Limiting beliefs are not always a conscious part of what we believe, often we are not aware of them but it highly affects our decisions, our perceptions, and the way we feel about certain situations. Limiting beliefs are created throughout our lives, most of them being strongly formed in childhood.

The following limiting beliefs are held on a collective level of the creatives:

Limiting belief: My work has no importance

This energy is linked to those who grew up in many generations of people who considered creative work to be just a hobby, who were told that only a school degree is going to give you status in life, that creative work is something extra not what you do for a living. Although the times have changed (especially The Netherlands considers creativity to be a very important part of society), many carry subconscious ideas concerning their work as not being very important, shying away from having an impact as an artist. This may seem like old stories but there are many generations of people who lived this reality of creative work being considered unimportant. These are held on a genetic level.

Limiting belief: Life is a lost battle

This energy is not specific to the creative industry (as many people in general hold beliefs about life being a struggle) although it has a repeating pattern in those who open up to the creative energies flowing through based on their hardship in life. Often art being the getaway for their pain and heavy emotions, they create masterpieces based on their painful experiences in life, and therefore this energy is the one that serves them in a big way and it is prevalent energy in many creative people.

The suffering, injustice, battling life, being a rebellious person who finds a way out through art. The energy is deeper linked into the feeling of not being good enough and one's life being of no use.

Limiting belief: I'm invisible

Being invisible is an energy that is created with connection to fear of rejection and abandonment. These fears being created in early childhood are causing many to withdraw into themselves and find the freedom within, often shown thru artistic expressions. There are different reasons why this energy is prevalent in adulthood but it manifests itself through being afraid to speak up, afraid of being visible and showing your work, having blocks to marketing creative work, and being completely introverted.

Although many of these beliefs are serving people to connect to the inner source of creativity and actually discover their talents, it stands in a way to their full potential as adult professionals.

On the other hand, let's take a look at what others think of creative work and the people who create it. The collective consciousness believes that creative work is a hobby, not a job, that creative work will never bring the success you desire, the money you desire, and a safe and secure lifestyle. Artists are considered to be 'different, more rebellious', and just 'not belonging to society' completely. While there is also an idea, that when someone becomes successful and lives a prosperous life through their talents is by luck. Low educated, without academic backgrounds, artists should get a normal job when they have financial problems like these caused by the pandemic.

Meanwhile, in a situation like a pandemic, so much knowledge was lost by artists, creative people shifting their profession to other areas and leaving all their gained knowledge to waste.

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We can be discussing here the whys and what could have been done by the governments and authorities but the bigger question to be asked is, what we as a collective creative industry could change to be treated differently?

... and it actually starts with us, within.

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Now let's imagine for a moment that the above-mentioned energies in the creative people are shifted and transformed into opposites, empowered versions like; 'My work is of the highest importance', 'My life is my playground', 'I'm loved'. The vibrational imprint of these empowering beliefs would completely change the outgoing energy of the creative professionals. In a world where all is energy, nothing is solid as it seems, energy is the invisible force that speaks louder than words, and everyone responds to it, without conscious recognition.

The energy of the new vibrational output of creative professionals with these empowering beliefs would cause all to be showing up fully and confidently with their work, claiming it and showing the world that their creations have the power of change. It changes peoples lives, it uplifts, it allows us to express, it is essential to humanity by being the shifting mechanism to any negative influences, it helps others to shift out of depression, to allows us to connect to one another, to feel more loved to show each other respect and support. It is the driving force of life in a healthy society where everyone can express themselves without being judged because all are individuals and all are fully connected to their inner wisdom.

That's the kind of impact we could create but where do we start?

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We start within, we heal the hurt parts of us, the inner children that were hurt by not being seen, by hearing that they should get a degree. The children that were neglected emotionally by adults so they turned within to find their power, now to be released from these painful experiences to become strong and outspoken about their inner talent.

We start with discovering that we are worthy of love, attention, recognition and what follows is the impact that we start to create with our creations. Through many different modalities (like NLP, psychology therapies, theta healing, hypnotherapy, etc.) you can start to shift out of the victim mentality into an empowered artist who has an impact.

Knowing the energetics of things, the shift in society would become automatic, others won't be able to ignore or belittle your work cause your energy, vibration will speak for itself. It would speak in terms of 'My work is essential', "I am here to impact the world', "I am standing in my power'.

We change our frequency to a higher one to make a statement, to become visible and significant. The vibration speaks louder than words, we won't be able to accept 'being non-essential', because the inner respect and self-love won't allow this low vibration to be present in our lives.

What would your life look like then?

Everything responds to your frequency, not to your words, moves, clothing, style...It's your vibration that is picked up within split seconds that determines how others treat you.

To answer the main question: why creative professionals struggle in the pandemic?...

From an energetic standpoint, a reason why many creatives deeply felt this crisis is connected to the vibrational state of creative people.

By healing and changing limiting beliefs held in the subconscious mind and awakening more creative people to their true nature, the vibrational blueprint can shift to a higher frequency and the reality will be able to respond differently, not only in the pandemic times but also beyond.

We all would like to live a joyful life, full of satisfaction and creative flow. We are in search for that one recipe; we try many different ways to know how to live the happy life. I'm on a quest to uncover some of the main limiting beliefs holding people back from enjoying life to the fullest and show you how it affects your creativity.

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Let's start with the basics. We are spiritual beings having a human experience on this planet. Our thoughts and actions are influenced mainly by our #subconscious mind! Yes, you are not fully aware of everything that is going on in your head. In fact, how we feel and act is often the result of the beliefs we are holding. Let's take a look at the five significant #beliefs that might be limiting you.

1. I have to suffer to be close to God

You might be thinking, no way, I never feel this way and I don't even believe in God. This belief can be rooted in your DNA and passed on to you by ancestors. Scientists prove that we hold beliefs from our ancestors. The religious teachings often created this particular belief.

This belief is often hidden in the subconscious mind of creative people who believe that they can only create an amazing work out of their suffering. It's the feeling you get when you think that your heartbreaks and feeling down will help you create the masterpiece that everyone will love. This limiting belief might be robbing you of the right to enjoy life and create the masterpieces out of love and happiness.

2. I am not enough

We all can see that the mainstream media is selling to us by making us feel like there is not enough for everyone, that is the trick behind sales and last minute discounts that you have to grab before someone else does. Therefore, it is easy to pick it up and carry this in your subconscious mind. It was also created in our ancestors who lived during wars, and hard economic times. Our subconscious does not understand that these times are over now and might be acting out this belief.

If you carry this, it will constrict your creative flow and feeling of joy by putting you in a fight or flight mode at all times. Your subconscious mind assumes that there is not enough for everyone so you need to fight for survival. Therefore, your creative flow which is open mainly when you are relaxed is not in its full capacity.

3. Life is a struggle

This a big one! Many of us carry this one as we are the spiritual beings inside the human body that is limited in many ways. Our being is very powerful and vast, to be put in this body might feel like a struggle. Often people think that we learn more and faster from difficult situations, so that it will show up in our lives as a struggle. The truth is that we can also learn through love and compassion.

4. The truth is secret

This one comes from many years of suppression of psychic abilities like witch hunts and other punishments to people who were healers or shamans.

In your life, this translates into your connection to the Universe being secret so you are not completely open to it. On a global scale, it shows up in a form of many people forgetting that we are spiritual beings not just human beings. The role of this belief is to save you from being oppressed how it used to be many years ago. Again your subconscious mind doesn't know that in today's world you can be using your psychic abilities and be safe. When this belief is active, your connection to the Universe is limited and therefore the flow of life energy is also slow not allowing you to fully feel how great this life is.

5. I am in shackles and chains

It's a belief that again comes from times of great suffering when people where tortured and imprisoned.

People carrying this belief also have a feeling that their body is constricting their being and they don't feel free. It's showing up in people who feel that the system (government) unfairly treats them, and they often feel rebellious against the power of government. It can also be carried on a deep soul level, and therefore it has a feeling of heaviness to it not allowing to enjoy life.

The beauty of this Universe is that we all can start changing these limiting beliefs right now. There are a few steps you can take.

1. Close your eyes and say the limiting belief out loud, feel it, sense it if it resonates within you. Is it a YES or NO.

2. Take that limiting belief and ask yourself if it is true. You will find that it is simply not agreeing with the reality.

3. Find an empowering belief that you can replace it with and practice every time you see that you are acting out this limiting belief in your life.

There is power in acknowledging the limiting belief and consciously replacing it with empowering one. Especially noteworthy is that you should imagine the feeling that the empowering belief brings.

How would it feel to know in the core of your being that "Life is easy and joyful"?.

"Life is a struggle" - change it into - "Life is joyful"

"I am in shackles and chains" - change into - "I am free"

Although there are many different ways to change beliefs, you should find the one that resonates with you and practice regularly.

Enjoy the process of allowing yourself to love this life more.


Ania Orlowska is a creative entrepreneur and energy coach for creative professionals.

Ania has a unique ability to connect people to their Higher Self through understanding the powers of the Universe and how anyone can tap into it to change their lives. She lives in Amsterdam with her daughter Sofia.

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