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No. 2: Is Love the Most Underrated Spiritual Gift of All?

Leena Lemos explores the overlooked power of love as an alchemy tool for our spiritual gifts.



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The Spiritual Anthropologist is a raw, humorous, and inquisitive weekly column by Leena Lemos that explores the dance between the human experience and the spiritual being.

Love is the answer.

Nah that’s not right. It’s too easy. Too simple. Pshhhh love.

A year ago while in the midst of shadow work and a yearning for an expansion of my spiritual gifts, you probably could hear me recite all of the above. Ummm, I want to step into my power as a dark divine goddess that literally radiates sparkly light beams into the world and you’re going to tell me that all I have to do is love?

Mmmmkay. That’s definitely not right. I need some cosmic DNA activation or something. Love defintellllllly isn’t it.

Or is it?

I saw an Instagram post by Danielle La Porte this morning that inspired me to explore how underrated love is to your spiritual growth. It was a post that said:

A Note on Falling in Love:

“I promised myself that I would never ever withhold love from him. When I contract and go quest (read: momentarily consider manipulating thru pouting or negotiation) I breathe and remember that I promised myself that I would never, ever withhold love from him. At the beginning of the relationship, like within the first week, I could feel old patter wanting to creep in. So I promised him, “I will never, ever withhold love from you.” Love. Flows.”

But the truth, this idea of withholding love, as Danielle puts it, can be applied to every single aspect of our lives.

Where are you withholding love from your body? With the thoughts you think as you look in the mirror or as you compare yourself to a (photoshopped) influencer? With the food you put in your body? With the way you move?

Where are you withholding love from your soul? With your distractions? With giving your power away to an external space instead of an internal reflection?

Where are you withholding love from your inner child? With a perpetuation of the stories that you aren’t good enough? Aren’t worthy? Aren’t loveable?

Where are you withholding love from others? With unrealistic expectations? With triggered reactions? With internalizing others’ actions and words as your own?

Where are you withholding love from your environment? With disrespect of your space? Your belongings? Your land?

See, the thing about love is that it is the highest frequency emotion that exists in the universe. You want to raise your vibration and fill your external world with vibrancy? Fill your life with more love.

Love is an unconditional act of giving your whole heart in each moment with a mutual agreement that we are all one.

It doesn’t always mean being nice. It doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hurt like fucking hell.

But it’s how we heal. It’s how we evolve. It’s how we alchemize the lower stuck energies of shame, guilt, fear, anger, depression and so much more that we are holding onto. It’s how we create the space for magic.

When you boil down every single spiritual teaching and healing modality, it’s all about love. Channeling universal love. Applying the frequency of love. Holding space for others to rediscover love.

Love creates the container for us to discover our divinity and all that comes with it. Including our spiritual gifts. We chose to come here to evolve and unconditional love is the highest evolution of all. Love is God.

Love is the ONLY thing that helps us grow.

At this point in our lives, as you read these words, you may have forgotten that it’s our natural state as humans. In a world that operates on greed and fear, we forget that we have a choice. To choose love or choose to feed into the wounds that a lack of love has given us.

How will you choose more love today?

Leena Lemos is the Founder of House of Enlightenedhood, author, podcaster, and speaker. As a leading millennial voice in spirituality, Leena is on a mission to disrupt the current spiritual paradigm to make spirituality more accessible to every soul on this planet.

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Honoring Our Light and Dark Phases

On episode 1 of Spirituali-tea, Leena Lemos explores the seasonality of life with predictive astrologer Crystal B.



Welcome to the first episode of Spirituali-tea with Leena Lemos! The intention of today’s talk show is to create a safe and light-hearted space to nerd out about all things spirituality and soul development.

About Crystal B.

Crystal B. is an expert professional astrologer working with clients all over the world. She is a second-generation astrologer and has been around astrology all her life. Her office is located in Montclair, NJ. As a public speaker, writer, teacher, coach, and Astro Therapist she has become a trusted source of astrological information. She is passionate about using astrology as a tool for spirituality, mental health, and mindfulness. Additionally, she specializes in Past Life Regression in connection with our astrological influences. Crystal develops and facilitates custom astrology events and works with prominent colleges, including Harvard, Barnard Columbia, and Rutgers.

Click here to buy your copy of Crystal’s New Book, Feed Your Moon, OR find it at your Barnes and Noble! 😉

See Crystal’s skins photoshoot here.

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The Divine Energies

Natalia Santos shares a poem about leaning into Divine Masculine and Feminine energies.



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Divine Feminine, Divine Masculine

The essence of divine energies,

Allow yourself to feel the energies, allow yourself to be.

Do not tin the energetic energies. Do not judge them, let them be.

Explore and understand the flows and stillness of femininity.

Exercise and explore the actions of masculinity. Allow them to merge, grow together, blend and infuse.

Be the creator spirit that you desire to be.

Pour yourself that glass of tea,

Watch how it pours into your glass. The flow of the feminine. The cup of the masculine.

The watery trickle of imagination, daydreams, and creativity.

To the grounding of the cup which hits the root. Ravaging roots circling into the ground.

We watch in awe. As they work together.

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No. 3: Wait, No Fireworks?

Leena Lemos reflects on her “forced” spiritual awakening and how shadow work changed everything.



The Spiritual Anthropologist is a raw, humorous, and inquisitive weekly column by Leena Lemos that explores the dance between the human experience and the spiritual being.

When I first began my journey, I spent almost four years trying to force a “spiritual awakening.” I wanted my spiritual gifts and I was done waiting for them. I visited all the crystal shops looking for the perfect stone to open my Third Eye. I listened to lightcode DNA activation binaural beats. I visited intuitive healer after intuitive healer, aching for someone to validate my spiritual existence.

Accurate portrayal of my conversations with spirit:


Leena sits in a lotus pose, surrounded by candles, crystals, and her latest oracle card pull. She huffs and puffs as she looks up to the ceiling.


I’m ready for my spiritual gifts, uniiiverrrseeeeeeeee!

She opens her arms wide as she waits for the light beam to strike.


K now. And now. Likeeeeeee now. Did you do it yet? Hello? Is this thing on?

The universe does not make a peep.


Alrighty, then. I guess ya busy or didn’t get the memo. It’s fine. Time to keep searching.


And I kept searching and pushing, but that spiritual activation, as I imagined, never came.

I thought my big spiritual upgrades would be accompanied by fireworks as my magic powers activated Captain Planet-style. I assumed my physiology would short circuit, causing a divine electrical surge to flow through my veins. I couldn’t wait to be that version of me, I always thought. That’s when I will truly be “spiritual.” That’s when everyone will finally see how worthy I am. That’s when all the hurt and pain will magically dissipate.

And then one day, I looked in the mirror and I didn’t recognize my own face. In trying to force a spiritual awakening I traveled even further from what I was actually searching for…self-love.

I was using my shallow form of spirituality to safeguard the young girl who built a Game of Thrones‘ size wall after high school trauma. I wanted outward recognition for the vibrant heart I kept hidden from the world. I wanted others to see my wise, cosmic, and claircognizant soul, so I could finally embody it in the “real world.”

I was ready to shine my light and was convinced it was only possible after a certain level of spiritual awareness.

After looking in that mirror, everything changed. When I turned inward, the painful truths and experiences that made me feel like I’m not enough began to bubble to the surface. I slowly began to accept that a complete universal makeover that is so divine it overpowers all of my wounds was just another escape from self-accountability.

I was caught in a limiting-belief paradigm that so many of us have fallen privvy to in the age of comparison culture on social media. And that’s the idea that there is a spiritual ladder to climb. That there is a pedestal that comes with a spiritual facade. That you are separate from your spiritual gifts. That you are separate from the universe.

I’ve worked through massive transformation this year. Massive loss. Massive burnout. Massive unlearning. Massive Healing. Massive Expansion.

Through doing the deep shadow work, I’ve seen first-hand the magic that happens when we alchemize parts of our soul that no longer serve us. It is not a gift we are given in lightning-beam form from the universe, but one we create sacred space for through our self-healing.

We are so capable. We are so powerful. We are the only ones who get to decide whether or not we grow. I’m still healing the remnants of shame that kept me from going inward sooner, but whether you call it ascension, raised consciousness, spiritual upgrades, awakening, the labels all agree on one thing: Our growth involves a perspective shift. But one you can’t see it until you’re on the otherside of it.

The truth is, most of the time, we have no idea this shift has happened until we’ve already unconsciously experienced it. But it’s the slow integration, when you are in complete universal flow, that is much more magnificent than Pomp and Circumstance.

The more I transform, the more peace I find in stillness. The more love I’m willing to give to myself and the world. The more joy I find in the present moment.

Our ego wants fireworks. It wants credibility. It wants recognition. Yet, our soul rising feels much more like a soft warm afternoon breeze. It’s light. Its fluid. It’s graceful.

I hope by sharing this reflection on my spiritual growth, you feel confident in just one thing: You are exactly where you need to be in this now moment. Celebrate it. Honor it. Send it love. Yet, don’t forget how entirely capable you are to make space for magic. The universe will not give you a pat on the back because you are already whole. You are already all that you’ve ever wanted to be.

Perhaps you just need to clean off your mirror to see it.

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