EXPLORING RITUALS WITH THALIA AYRES RANDOLPH

Thalia Ayres Randolph (Reiki Master, ORDM, E-RYT 200has one mission… to ignite seeds of light within the hearts of every living being. A Toronto native, she was introduced to Shamanism, Yoga and A Course In Miracles from the time she was born by her grandmother, mother, and godmother. These practices are at the core of her spiritual foundation which started the groundwork for her own journey into the healing arts. In 2012 she embarked on a journey to Self in South Africa, dedicating the months spent there to meditation and self-practice under the guidance of her Reiki Master. It was on this journey that she realized her purpose, to inspire and teach others how to uncover and magnify their own light. Arizona is the next destination she moved to for her yoga certification in 2013 which then led her to dive deeper and continue her studies at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, graduating from the Spiritual Studies Program, ultimately leading her to become an ordained interfaith minister and reiki master. This represented a commitment to staying devoted to her life’s mission. She is always a student first and proceeded to receive more certifications in Yoga Nidra, Aromatherapy for Emotional Healing and East Indian face massage. In 2015 she moved to Los Angeles to expand her offerings on a larger scale and has dedicated her life to helping people connect to their higher self through meditation, yoga, reiki, sound healing, and spiritual coaching. She believes that in order to transform our community at large, we must first start from within. 

What is a ritual that helps you to be present, meditate or reflect?

Meditating in the morning before you do anything else and meditating in the evening before bed is the most incredible lifestyle shift anyone can make. Keeping it simple, making a cup of tea.. reading a passage that supports your meditation practice from a book (no electronics) and just sitting in seated silent meditation for any length of time that is available to you. My personal go-to for reading is the daily meditations from A Course In Miracles or anything by Thich Nhat Hanh

How frequently do you practice it?

Daily. Multiple times a day if possible. We have so many stressors that are a part of the day to day life and meditation is really the most simple, basic tool, available to everyone, everywhere.

How did you come to practice it?

I felt called to meditation all throughout my life in different ways. It started with my mother, who practices yoga and reiki, she was always guiding me to different books and showing me her ways from childhood. Then my godmother, who is a shamanic healer, would like to (and still does) send me morning inspirational messages that include prayer and meditation, she bought me my own copy of a course in miracles back in 2008 which guides you to practice daily. Then I did one of Deepak Chopra’s daily mantra meditation challenges that really helped me to get into the habit and started using Marianne Williamson’s books to help break down a course in miracles for me so that I could really understand the heavy text from that thought system. I was also guided to different meditation books by my mother’s Reiki master that continued to deepen my practice in 2012 and that’s what all led to me to become a teacher so that I could start sharing these practices after seeing the positive changes in my own life. The main point I can’t stress enough, however, is to practice one thought system in depth at a time so you can see the benefits and differences of each practice and find the one that is suited to you.

Is there a ritual that you would like to develop as a practice?

I want to get back into doing traditional sweat lodges, I think that’s the next chapter for me on this journey. My godmother started taking me when I was child and teen and I didn’t really get it, they were really intense, but I loved being surrounded by the women and their wisdom.