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Self-Care September

I feel the energies of this month are reminding us to take time, however short, to create space for self care. I am reminded of  small acts of self-nurturing. Imagine a quiet space to have a cup of tea, to come back to centre, back home to oneself and just breathe into the moment, hand on heart.

It takes time and effort for self-loving rituals in daily living, but these small concessions can give great meaning to our Soul. These moments we grant ourselves can create deep listening into our Heart. The sacred part of ourselves where dreams are made, nurtured and explored into reality.

The challenge I suppose is to carve out a place to allow the magic of dreaming to unfold a little more everyday and to sit within, silencing the headspace, and to sit a little longer and listen. Ask for a dream to come a little brighter, what is the dream your Soul is asking you to see?

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July Discoveries


 

Firstly I want to tell you a little about my Oscar. My Oscar cat, passed away on the 10th July. He was 20 years old and was the best companion. We fostered Oscar after he had a traumatic experience, we are not sure of the story here, but he came to us with half a tail. He was a little timid, very particular and extremely welcoming. He gave us great joy and I am thankful for having him with us for so long.

 

I have been reminiscing with gratefulness and with a little help from the book “The Secret” I started to put together a vision board. Now, I am no expert, this is the first time I have taken on the task of pritt-sticking my joy, and I am not claiming I have got it. I have a work in progress.  In searching for the visible reminders of that place called joy my realisation is that the first picture is not always the right one. Those images in the mind are not always so easy to replicate in form. Like in life, much searching is required to gain the true meaning, to create THAT feeling. I am willing to see where this takes me and to see how my vision board develops.

So onto the book, Uncharted: The Journey Through Uncertainty to Infinite Possibility by Colette Baron-Reid. Now this book had me dipping in and out for some insights. This book is an introduction to what Colette Baron-Reid describes as the Map of the Soul. It is a basic opening to Carl Jung, the Divine Matrix and Universal Laws. The book includes exercises and meditations and the chapters are separated into Realms. So the Map of the Soul “has five interconnected realms. The Realm of the Spirit is the centre hub that transcends and infuses the other four realms – Mind, Light, Energy and Form”. For example, the chapter that I found most useful was the Realm of Light, or more commonly referred to as Shadow Work.  It is described in terms of switching the light on rather than looking into the Shadow. This chapter softly talks through the Golden Shadow and the “treasures” that can be found, as well as releasing qualities and memories that no longer serve us. I was impressed how nurturing the manner in which this chapter comes across and the meditations in my experience were effective. These exercises are very descriptive so before you begin there is a sense of purposeful steps in place so it feels safe and methodical to enter in.

I pre-ordered the book and it came with access to a series of videos after I submitted a copy of my Amazon receipt online. The videos are interviews with HayHouse authors and were very informative. Colette also created a Facebook community to support the readers and this is an ongoing forum for anyone who purchases the book. I think this has changed the way Spiritual authors now approach book sales as others have followed on from this idea such as Kyle Gray and Michael Dooley. So if you are wanting a Beach read then this is not it! The advice I would give is don’t try to Eat and Elephant in one sitting, this book requires some reflection, and there were even field notes, templates and journaling prompts that came with the video downloads now available through the Uncharted Book Club FB page.

Onto the Crystal of the Month. I purchased this lovely from Philip Permutt, The Crystal Healer. It is a Chrysocolla ball. It is known as the stone of communication.  It has a wonderful quality for clarity to be realised and wisdom to be expressed. It has a healing and harmonious energy which alleviates nervousness and creates serenity. I was looking for a crystal that would resonate with an image of wholeness and connection for Distance Reiki. I think I found it. I love that Chrysocolla not only has a great connection for communication but to me it looks like Planet Earth.

 


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Here and Now

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My town and its surrounding areas have been plagued by floods this winter. Movement from town to town is restricted as rainfall causes problems to roads, cars, and rail travel. It seems to be raining for a season. My recollection of previous winters has been cold mornings with frost covered lawns and a wind that slaps your face with a chilling sting. If wet, lingering rain and floods are to be our depths of winter then we are certainly not prepared. The ground is not prepared as no drainage is available and waterways are not viable. The foliage is not resting as trees and flora remain green. I wonder what fauna make of all this weather? What effect is this environmental change having on the animal life?

robinIn our current ways of living we know the effects of stress, lack of sleep and tiredness. Will the earth rest less, will wildlife struggle to maintain their habitats? And will spring come with a leap, or will lethargy remain in all things. I dearly hope that with the return of the early sunrise and brighter skies the earth will regain its step, light will rekindle all souls and rhythm will balance once more.

As we toast to the New Year may we collectively think of all Autumnleaves
those effected by weather change and displacement. So as the clocks chime to the start 2016 may we all think of those working, volunteering and coping. May all our hearts send goodwill to all people and to our home this planet we share, call earth.

For WPC: Now