gratitude

Unsolicited Advice from the Adventures of a Lowly Shop-girl

July, 2018

 

Concepts I Have Put into Practice

A couple of years ago, I was working in a beautiful office at a formerly great place that had just been purchased by a corporation. Things were pretty good, but morale was rapidly deteriorating as the corporate big wigs were implanting their uncomfortable and ineffective ideas into a healthy business. In short, they were ruining it! Lucky for me, I got fired.

With 3 days to go to my vacation, just back from bereavement leave, and a mortgage to pay as a single gal, I was a little concerned. I found myself in the very same situation where so many people are finding themselves today…unemployed. But not only unemployed, also frightened, uncertain and basically freaked out. My level of education either over-qualified or under-qualified me, even though my schooling did not support what I really wanted to be doing, yet going back to school seemed an unlikely option. Selling all of my belongings and moving to a different city was not a viable possibility, either. My cats would hate it and I really like the stuff I’ve collected too much to sell it all. Aaahhh, what to do? Confusion and fear began to set in. I knew, I just knew that fear would be my worst enemy. So first and foremost, I made a pact to come up with any way possible to refute fear.

Concept #1 –Counter thoughts of FEAR with thoughts of GRATITUDE. Fear is generally based in ‘lack of something’. The easiest and best way to counter it is to focus on what you DO have in your life and how much you appreciate it!

I then did what any responsible person would do. I promptly headed to my psychic.

Concept #2 – Gather information from a trusted resource, i.e. a respected friend, a good psychic, your own research of what appeals to you.

In the past she had told me that I was going to buy my house, (when I had no way of accomplishing that), meet certain friends, travel to certain places, be in certain circumstances, all of which at the time of her telling me I thought, “Yeah, right!” But each and every time, she was spot on. She was absolutely correct at every turn. This time she told me not to worry about my current unemployment situation as I would soon become an energy worker. Once again, true to form, I thought, “Yeah, right!,” completely forgetting the previous six months training in Holographic Sound Healing I had been attending.

Concept #3 – Stay positive and stay open! Open to opportunities from unexpected places, because they WILL be presented to you.

Immediately I asked, “Can I make a living at it? I mean, will I be able to make a living at that?”

She smugly replied, “That’s up to you.” (Damn, I hate when people tell me what I am supposed to already know.)

Concept #4– Believe in your abilities! Chances are, if you are drawn to doing something, it resonates with you…and YOU will resonate with IT!

Not two weeks later, it was our final certification class for Holographic Sound Healing. As I looked around the room to everyone paired up and working with each other, I noticed how very different they were than my randomly selected partner and me. Well, not really randomly selected, everyone else just paired up and left us to work with each other.  My partner’s name was Janet and she had an aura about her; One of strength, power, and certainty.  She held a serious expression, almost stern and unapproachable. She is one of those people that seem to have a secret knowledge, that ‘has it all figured out’ and if you get close enough, she may share the secret of life with you…or she might just kick your ass.  In short, she was a tough read, but she definitely exhibited strength. I think there may have been an intimidation factor felt by the other folks in the class, but I was not bright enough to pick up on it. These people must have known something to just leave us to each other, but she was the only other zaftig, long-haired, wild-bohemian looking person in the group, so of course I was immediately drawn to her!

So here we are. The last day of this amazing six month training and we are exhibiting all that we have learned. We are paired up; positions chosen and we are ready to go. Janet and I were talking a little bit which delayed our start, so everyone began toning before we did. I thought to myself, “Darn it, I am already a few steps behind. Okay, quiet yourself, find your center, there are all these steps you have to go thru in preparation before you begin the actual toning process, and you were talking thru it! Okay, get it together, don’t lose focus…” And while I was trying to quiet myself and go thru these very important steps to ‘get connected’, I found it extremely difficult, as all I could focus on was the other pairs toning to one another already.  That horrible voice in my head, a.k.a. FEAR says, “Ugh, they are already waaayyyy ahead of you. You better hurry up. Get thru the steps, quick, hurry, get connected!” (Yeah, that was helpful.) The more I tried to focus on myself to quiet my mind, the more I could only hear them all toning. But it didn’t seem like toning, it sounded more like singing. I wondered, “Who are they singing for?” They were all aspiring to sound so angelic and lovely. Hitting these very soft high notes, lilting their way to Spirit and a higher connection. Individually, they were charming. But putting them all in the same room with each other, and hearing it all at once, I mean, these beautiful, open people were all being so serious and trying to sound so ‘pretty’ that for some reason, it just made me giggle a little out loud. Then I realized that I had just giggled out loud. I thought, “Oh no.”

To self, C’mon Tala, don’t laugh. That would be extremely inappropriate and simply wrong. I mean, these people paid good money, studied for months and are trying their best to perform this culmination of cultivated experience and spiritual expression. They are all such lovely people. Whatever you do…don’t laugh.

Side note: I am not sure how you would spell it, but do you know that outward snort sound; the one that is made when you are trying to repress a cough, or a sneeze, or… a laugh? Yeah, that’s what came out next. I looked at the two faces closest to Janet and me, and they were being polite by continuing their vocal toning and attempting to hide the horror at my faux pas. “Oh no, they heard me.” I was mortified.  Here I am, trying to make an impression on the instructor, be at the top of my class, respect and honor my fellow Sound Healers, truly connect with Spirit and the Hathors, and I cannot hold it together for the life of me. I looked to Janet expecting her to show an expression of disapproval, but it was worse. Her complexion was all red, her eyes were filled with sparks and her face was contorted. I thought I had awakened a dragon, and then it came…

 Both of us just burst out giggling. There was no hiding it. Bear in mind, the next pair of people were only 6 feet away from us! And the more we tried to control it, the worse it got. Janet’s laugh went from a giggle to flat out guffawing; I went from guffawing to a high pitched squeal! We laughed so hard and so loud that we were both crying. I could not control the fact that my tongue was sticking out of my mouth and I was drooling! It was awful, and I thought to myself, “This is AWFUL! How disrespectful! These poor people, what they must think of me? Us?” That just made it worse. For ten straight minutes, we were laughing-crying-laughing. It got to the point that we completely shut down the other people trying to tone, they were so thrown off by our uproarious cackles they just stopped toning altogether and waited for us to stop. For Janet and me, it just added proverbial fuel to the hysterical fire! We got to the point where we just stopped caring and went with it.  At the end of it all, where there began two strong, somewhat stoic women on a sweet, velvet settee, was now a sloppy, drool and tear ridden, embarrassed lump of two bodies flopped over each other, gasping for air.

Once we wiped ourselves off, straightened our clothing, blew our noses and composed ourselves as best we could; it was time to face everyone. At this point we both figured we blew it. We could see in their eyes that they were waiting for a cue from the instructor, Randeane, on how to react. One thing seemed to be a general consensus, Janet and I were now thought of as ‘The Bad Girls of Holographic Sound Healing’, but gosh, it felt SO GOOD! Janet and I actually thanked each other.  A huge weight had evaporated and all the fear and concern and worry about everything in the world was just lifted and transmuted. So, bring it on. We feared nothing! We felt AMAZING! We were glowing!

Randeane came over to us and announced to the class, “Now THAT was Sound Healing!”

In that one statement, everyone was given permission to laugh! And we all did, together. But Janet and I did not get off that easy. Randeane put us on the spot to actually tone in front of everyone. We were depleted of all fear; we were in sheer joy and audacity at that moment and just went with it. What came out was more powerful than anyone in that room expected, especially us!  

Concept #5– Don’t edit your joyful self!  Do what brings you joy! Be in the moment of joy!

After we surprised ourselves, Janet turned to me and said, “We are going to work together”.

Within two weeks, Sacred Alignment was conceived. Within a month we were performing individual healing sessions and within two months we were conducting group sound healing meditations. We have been steadily booked at our convenience out of several locations ever since!

Concept #6 – Set your intentions when you are in a positive state of mind. (Refer back to #1 & $2)

I am not saying that changing our ways of thinking are always easy. And yes, we all can have low energy days, needs for release; times when we want to run and hide under the covers. Do not beat yourself up if you are subject to especially low energy and need to cry on someone’s shoulder or go into your cave. It is important to honor that time as well. But remember that you are in control.

Concept #7 – Be energetically responsible. Honor your needs, but put effort into caring for yourself and not sucking your friends and family dry of their energetic resources. They may not be there when you need them next time.

Concept #8– Do not beat yourself up for not being perfect. Think of yourself as an artist, everything you do is art. Some people might just not understand the concept yet.

Well, I am happy to report that it is almost 7 years later and I’ve been working as a spiritual practitioner professionally ever since. I am a successful sound healer and energy worker, and I have had the pleasure and honor of helping so many people solve their problems every day by working in a metaphysical bookstore where I get to offer books, stones, candles, spells, and advice to help people along their path. A New Page in Middletown Connecticut has been my home into my home base for my practice and my day job, where Yvette Page has been one of my best teachers and closest friends. I opened up to the universe and I was truly blessed! 

Concept #9 Remember to count your blessings!

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About the Author:

Tala is a healer of multi-cultural decent and influence. Her heritage is a mixture of Celtic, African, Native American and European decent. However, her spiritual journey began when she and her mother were living throughout Mexico. While exploring one of our world’s ‘Sacred Power Spots’, Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, Tala was struck by a bus and was pronounced dead. She was revived when three indigenous Mayan Shamans appeared from the jungle and proceeded to pass her body between them and chant. They brought her to their hidden jungle village on the mountain to recover and heal for three days. When Tala emerged from the jungle on the fourth day, she told her mother’s companion that she had been “given the light of god by the Mayan people”. She was five years old when she experienced this N.D.E. (near death experience). This opened the door to her receiving messages and visitations from spirits to this day.

At age 23, Tala was the recipient of Shaktipat, in person directly from Shri Anandi Ma. This is a transmission of energy/ god force through (in her case) physical touch which awakens the Kundalini. It often sets the person on their true spiritual path. Many who receive Shaktipat become healers and teachers.

Over the years, combined with her continuing formal education, she has maintained a balance between the physical sciences and the metaphysical. She was one of the first 60 people in the U.S. to be sent to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX to be trained by NASA to educate local teachers about the International Space Station in its beginning stages. She became an R.C. Counselor, Peer Counselor, and an Ordained Minister for the Universal Life Church. She is a Certified Holographic Sound Healer and is a Reiki Practitioner. This year she has become an ordained Minister and Reverend of Our Lord & Lady of the Trinacrian Rose Church and has completed her 2 year apprenticeship in the Pachakuti Mesa Cross-cultural Shamanism and is now a Paco-Shaman. She has made her living for the past years as a powerful energy worker/healer of individuals and groups and a master craftsman of ritual, ceremonial and energetic tools. Her dream is to travel the world and continue her formal and spiritual education with scholars, locals and indigenous peoples.

Tala is a Spiritual Practitioner of the Shamanic arts, she studies Ancient Spiritualities from all over the world and she is a Sacred Toolsmith making tools for Shamans, Pagans and Energy Workers. You can find her at ‘A New Page’ at 1060 Newfield St., Middletown, CT

You can find the shop’s Facebook page at:

Www.facebook.com/anewpagestore For updates and upcoming events, meditations, classes, talks, Fire & Drum Circles and Fairs!

 

The Sober Pagan

April, 2018

Fighting Depression with Affirmations, Gratitude, and the Happiness List

When you first get sober, if you attend AA meetings, you are sure to encounter the Twelve Steps. They can be powerful tools in helping you to acquiring and maintaining your sobriety but they are not the only tools in your toolbox.

Many of us suffer from various mental illnesses. Most people have some form of anxiety or depression at any given time – life is stressful, and that’s just it is. One thing I have learned is that repeating affirmations really help in combating depression. They can be a most effective tool in your fight for happiness.

But – “I’m too depressed to create an affirmation!” Or – “These affirmations are stupid! They have nothing to do with my real life! I’m depressed!” Yes, I have been in that place, too. What I have learned to do is that whatever negative thought I have and turn it inside out or upside down or backwards or however you want to look at it, but turn it – even if feels stupid, sounds stupid and you are convinced within a shadow of a doubt that it’s totally stupid and it won’t work. Do it anyway. It will work. Repeat that affirmation as part of your morning and evening meditation for twenty-eight days and I guarantee you, you are going to feel better. That positive statement will have become a part of your thinking and it will have changed you.

And keep doing it. Like a diet, when you have been reducing calories and eating healthier foods and exercising on a regular basis, when you reach your goal weight and you feel like a new person, you know that if you go back to eating the junk you were eating before you started, you’re going to regain all that weight and probably a few extra pounds, too. That’s the same with saying affirmations and all positive practices. If you stop – if you get lazy with your practice – your feeling of blah is going to return and the next thing you know, you’re going to be in a depressed state again. And maybe on the road to relapse.

(Photo by Cathryn Lavery on Unsplash)

Some people in AA say that when you’re depressed, you should make a “gratitude list”. I don’t like gratitude lists because then I have to think to whom I am grateful? Of course, most people in AA are Christian, so their answer is “God” and the next statement is to pray and give thanks to God for all these things for which you am grateful. But as a Pagan/Wiccan/Witch, I don’t really look at things in this way. Not that I’m not grateful – if I have a reason to be – like I was grateful that my friend gave me a ride to the store and I didn’t have to take the bus in the bad weather the other day – but I don’t get being grateful for sunsets.

What I do is make “Happiness Lists”. When I am depressed, I ask myself, “What makes you happy?” Of course, when you are depressed, this can be as hard as coming up with affirmations! But even when I am wicked depressed, my kitties make me happy. (Even when they are pissing me off, they make me happy!). And sunsets make me happy. Sunrises make me happy too! Seeing flowers make me happy. Smelling good food makes me happy. make me happy.

Even if you can’t come up with more than one or two things on your “Happiness List”, that’s OK. Hang on to that! It’ll grow as your mental health well-being grows. Add to it as you think of things that make you happy. Soon, you’ll see that you have lots of things in this world and in your life that create moments of happiness for you. This realization is one of the most powerful tools you will ever have. Put it in your toolbox and use it!

Until next month, Brightest Blessings.

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About the Author:

Polly MacDavid lives in Buffalo, New York at the moment but that could easily change, since she is a gypsy at heart. Like a gypsy, she is attracted to the divinatory arts, as well as camp fires and dancing barefoot. She has three cats who all help her with her magic.

Her philosophy about religion and magic is that it must be thoroughly based in science and logic. She is Dianic Wiccan and she is solitary.

She blogs at silverapplequeen.wordpress.com. She writes about general life, politics and poetry. She is writing a novel about sex, drugs and recovery.

Witches Soul Work

July, 2015

Witches Soul Work: Gratitude

I’m looking after a little 93 year old lady right now who was in Auschwitz for 3 years during World War II. She saw her parents killed in front of her and begged the soldier to kill her too. Every night she still has images of the horrors that she experienced and yet she is one of the most positive and grateful people that I know. I ask her how things are going at the senior’s residence where she lives and she says: “Darlink! It’s like paradise here! Mine beautiful children visit me and everyone loves me!” Her face shines with happiness and I am ashamed that I get sad about little things in my life when I see a woman who can rebuild joy out of truly horrendous ashes.

When we focus on the negative it creates sadness, bitterness and even depression within us. A dark cloud descends as we rehash bitter memories of perceived wrongs, painful betrayals, losses and things we don’t have. If we could focus on gratitude our lives would be filled with joy for what we do have and the wonderful things we have received, not the dark side of life. But practicing gratitude takes focus and work. If we are able to start each day with a short contemplation on the things we are grateful for, opening our hearts to receive more, the dark clouds disappear and everything changes.

One of the most important things to be grateful for are our spiritual teachers who have helped us on our path to happiness and balance. I was fortunate enough to have many wonderful spiritual teachers during my life such as Satsvarupa Goswami from ISKCON, Baba Hari das, Marnie MacDonald of the Reclaiming Tradition, Cathy Heiss from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Lady Rhiannon from the Coven of High Oaks, American Welsh Tradition and lately Fearn Lickfield, Ivan MacBeth and Salli Crow from The Green Mountain Druid Order. These teachers gave (and are giving!) selflessly of themselves, their time and energy to answer my questions and guide me on my way.

When I became a spiritual teacher myself I didn’t do it for money, for honour, or for gratitude but rather as a way to thank the teachers who gave so much to me. I wanted to share what I have with others because it brought me closer to the heart of the God and Goddess. Selfless service strips the heart of ego and creates deep happiness that is not connected to materialism. But within this idea is a dilemma of sorts. I am not doing my work to receive gratitude but rather to repay with gratitude what I have been given; but in order for my own students to progress they need to understand that giving gratitude to me is part of their own spiritual work.

As the High Priestess I represent the Goddess in the Circle and in the world. But I am human. I make mistakes! So it is difficult for me personally to receive gratitude for my work. I must stay focused on my reasons for doing it and not let my ego get all puffed up thinking that I am so wonderful! It is the Goddess who is wonderful and I am her servant.

It sounds a little strange to hear me say to my own students that being grateful to me for what I have given them is part of their spiritual path, and not my own ego. I have had many students who came, took what they wanted, and left without saying thank you and are now using the knowledge I have given then without any acknowledgement. That doesn’t matter to me but it is actually doing to harm them because it is stealing, ungrateful and hardens the heart.

So I invite you all to remember the teachers in your life that have given you so many gifts, helping you to be where you are now, and don’t forget them in your prayers and in your biographies. You may be a very important spiritual leader now, but giving thanks to your teachers will teach the lesson of gratitude to your own students. Have you hugged your High Priestess today?

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Red Pixie’s Elements of a Magickal Life

March, 2013

Gratitude Mindset

Our world is infinitely abundant and we all deserve our share of that abundance, all we have to do is be prepared to accept it. However, the reality is that at a subconscious level many of us simply do not believe that we deserve the prosperity that we seek. This often manifests from other underlying issues such as low self-esteem, fearfulness, guilt or any number of other negative beliefs. In order to achieve true prosperity, it is necessary to identify and release these underlying negative beliefs. Remember our external reality mirrors our internal beliefs, how we think the world is for us becomes our reality. By changing your inner thinking you can change your external reality.

Prosperity means different things to different people, for some it is monetary and material things, for others it is spiritual and emotional issues. True prosperity comes from achieving balance in all aspects of our lives. Prosperity is having your innermost needs and desires met at all levels and being able to fully enjoy them. Prosperity is something you experience in your mind and thoughts, it is not an external state and it is therefore quite possible to experience prosperity at any level of income.

It is a fundamental law of the universe that what we focus on grows. If we continually think about what we lack, that is what will grow for us. To achieve real prosperity we must learn to focus on what we have. Showing gratitude for what we have is one of the most powerful techniques for achieving prosperity.

A great idea is to keep what is known as a Gratitude Journal. You could buy attractive journal with lined pages or buy a simple one and decorate it by pasting a montage of magazine cuttings of all your favourite things on the cover. I recommend keeping it by your bed, with your favourite pen and writing in it just before you go to bed.

All you have to do is simply write down 5 things you are grateful for that day. It could be as simple as a stranger giving you a wonderful smile, to the joy of having your family around you, it could be waking up to the sound of the birds singing or a stranger holding a door open for you, it doesn’t have to always be about the big things, your health, your family, your lover.  It’s time we started to think about the smaller things in life that brighten our day, these are the things that we never usually think about and yet totally take for granted like the sound of the water crashing the shore.  You could therefore be grateful for the ability to hear when so many people are deaf and cannot hear, see sometimes its about taking stock and really thinking about it.

Once you start to show your gratitude for the things you already have in your life the more the universe will provide you with, doors will open where before there were none.  It’s good to get into the habit of being grateful, and to establish a new habit they say can take up to four weeks, once its established the hard parts done.  So everyday write in your journal, practice your thank yous, and when something wonderful happens say thank you, you can say it in your head or out loud, how you say it isn’t the issue, saying it is.

Remember above all else enjoy this practice; you are totally worth the investment, the investment in yourself to be the best you; you can possibly be.

Bright Blessings

Meditation Moment

November, 2012

The Healing Power of Gratitude

 

 

In this month’s meditation, we are going to fill ourselves with love and let it spill from our lips in the form of  “Thank you.”

 

Find a comfortable place where you will not be disturbed.  Turn off the phone, lay down or sit comfortably, and take three slow, deep breaths.

 

On the next inhale, breathe in love, and breathe out stress.  Continue to breathe in love and breathe out stress until you feel fully relaxed.

 

Imagine your heart chakra glowing a vibrant healthy green in the center of your chest.  With each breathe in, your heart chakra swells, growing larger and larger until you are completely cocooned in its swirling emerald light.

 

From inside your heart chakra, you can see cords connecting you to the most important people in your life.  Some of the cords are vibrant and pulsing white light.  These represent relationships that are mutually nourishing.  You give love through this cord, and you receive love through it.  Touch a cord and see who it connects to.  Feel the love flowing into you from this loved one, and let it fill you up.  Breathe out and say, “Thank you,” sending your gratitude and love along the cord to your loved one.

 

Repeat this process with as many cords as you like.

 

Then look at the cords that are weak, dark, or ugly.  These are parasitic cords, and represent the love and energy you send to others that are not reciprocated.  Take each cord in your hand one at a time.  Thank the person for the lessons they have given you, perhaps a lesson about your own boundaries.  Now allow the cord to dissolve in your hand.

 

If you need a more forceful removal of the parasitic cords, visualize the cords erupting in purple flame upon your touch until they burn to ask.  Or ask your spirit guide or Archangel Michael to sever the parasitic ties for you.

 

When you feel that you are done, move into the center of your heart chakra, and feel the love pulsing around you.  Breathe in love.  Breathe out Gratitude.

 

When you feel ready, allow the love energy to radiate from your body, along the cords that you’ve kept, as your heart chakra deflates back to normal size and once again fits inside your chest.

 

Take three cleansing breaths, and open your eyes.

 

Welcome back.

Interweavings

August, 2012

Gratitude

Now we reap what we sow. Harvest begins as the fullness of summers heat envelops us.  Our walk this year through 12 virtues has brought us to gratitude. If we have brought the virtues into our heart, we have sown well and we begin to harvest the fruit of our labors.

Take a moment and think about what you have sown since January.  What connections have you made or strengthened? What depth of understanding have you brought to your personal worship? What inner peace have you gained?

The year flies past and we are so busy with life and all of its ups and downs. Yet our sacred time alone or with others slows down the pace if even for an hour. This is a rich crop that we sow. As the month of August opens, lets take time to be grateful. Lets celebrate how far we have come and the delight of the seasons to follow.

The apple crops begin to fill the farmer’s markets. In Georgia, peaches and apples are king and queen! Even though we grow more blueberries we are known as the Peach State.  And we are grateful for all the different ways to enjoy peaches and apples and blueberries.

Our family loves apple time and the impending pies, cobblers, and sauce.  We live in a state that grows apples and heading to the mountains to bring back the harvest is always fun! The Great Mother is laughing in flowers and fruit and I am grateful to be a part of the fun.

Make a feast of whatever is coming into fullness where you live! Core apples and use as candle holders.  Make a cobbler and some homemade ice cream. Try and find as many ways to prepare apples or peaches and make a meal around them. Tell those you hold dear how grateful you are for them.

Abundance comes in all forms. Gratitude is shown in many ways. With a grateful heart we open to the Gods and Goddesses and receive a bountiful harvest!

Red Pixie’s – Elements of a Magical Life

August, 2011

The of Gratitude

Gratitude is something I have always been brought up to show, my grandma was very adamant that her grandchildren would a) always show respect and b) would always have impeccable manners, two things in which she most certainly succeeded.  A trait which I have instilled in my little ones, another trait I adopted was gratitude, these days it comes in the form of a gratitude book, It’s a simple process in where on one page you give thanks for all the things you are thankful to already have in your life and on another page you are thankful for all the things you wish to manifest into your life.  This is a real simple, yet really effective way of learning the art of two things, gratitude and manifestation.

As a child things really came to me quite easily, I used to keep a diary hidden under my bed, and in it I would write all the things that I truly wished for in my book, a best friend who shared the same interests as me, the outfit I saw in my local shopping centre and for that really cute boy to ask me to dance at the school disco.  I was already thankful for these things even though they hadn’t manifested into my life. So when did I get out of the habit?  Thinking about it, I probably got out of the habit when I hit the same gravy train as everyone else, I left college and got a job, in fact I worked myself through college and haven’t stopped working since, in the years that past I noticed more often than not how much harder things were to come by, I honestly put this down to the usual things we BLAME everything on.

It was the fact I didn’t make good money, I worked all the hours I could, I didn’t have time once I met my husband we had full time jobs and a house to keep.  The excuses just kept rolling, in fact none of those things were true, I had already blocked my flow of easy manifestation by thinking I had to blame my own laziness on to things, in truth, I wasn’t making the time for myself, time to be at one with me and my own thoughts long enough to know what I really desired.  So I lost my way, in which time I had two amazing children who taught me that I could be everything I had dreamed of, my husband, who is the most supportive man I have ever met, really wanted me to find myself again, and helped me any which way he could.

I turned to my angel oracle cards everyday for guidance and in answer to my question that I was so desperately seeking an answer to I was so clearly told that I knew the answer in my heart of hearts, which in all honestly I found to be a cop out.  I wanted a straight answer and I couldn’t get it.  So, I spent time, when I could by myself thinking about where I wanted to go with my life.  A few years earlier I spent time training in the art of Reiki healing, I knew that Archangel Raphael was the Angel you called upon for any healing assistance.  One day whilst I lay meditating I was shocked to be shown an image of Archangel Raphael telling me I was a healer, my path lay in healing.

The lightbulb moment had finally arrived, this was what I wanted to do, I love to help people and I love to give Reiki, but I also loved my art and thought that my career path lay in art rather than healing.  So I decided to turn back to the one thing that had always worked for me time and time again, I made my own Gratitude book, I designed the cover and the inside pages and I held it in my hands to charge it with my intentions of use.

I spent every night for eight weeks writing out everything I was grateful to have in my life, from a beautiful home and healthy children to the clean drinking water we have access to in our corner of the world.  Then, on the otherside, I started to list all the things I wanted to manifest into my life and it helped me gain focus, I learned I could have anything I wished for but if I wanted something specific then I would have to be specific in my book.  The thing is the art of Gratitude and Manifestation really makes you sit down and think, it makes you reassess what you want and what you need, it stops you from being greedy and the reason they work is simple, because I believe in each thing I list 100% I know they will manifest because I believe they will do, why?  Simple, because I asked the universe and the universe knows no bounds.

I am at the moment setting up my healing centre, where I will be combining all of my hearts desires, and yes that was one of the many things I put on my list, I feel blessed every day of my life, because I got myself out of the trap of ‘I have no money’ and I now live in the ‘we are completely provided for’ and no, that does not mean we are rich but we get by, one day we may be wealthy enough to afford a family vacation somewhere warm but right now we are right where we should be, learning exactly the lessons we need to learn, and most importantly we are happy.  I am also working very closely with Ganesh who is being very helpful at walking before me and clearing any obstacles that may get in my way.  He is another gentle energy who is there to help us where ever we need it, he is perfect to help us especially in business.

If you haven’t tried this form of manifestation then I recommend you give it a try, it works fast, it helps you focus on exactly what you want, it’s free to do and makes you realise all those material things like the latest phone or the latest computer game are not important, building a life together is simply the most satisfying and beneficial thing we can do as individuals.  If you can get your children involved too then that’s even better as they are learning such valuable lessons by this practise.   John Lennon famously said, when he was at school the teacher asked them to write down on a piece of paper what they wanted to be when they grew up, he wrote Happy, the teacher told him that he had misunderstood the exercise, to which he replied, ‘No Miss, I think you have’ what a perfect lesson she learnt from him that day.

Bright Blessings to each and Every one of you.

A Simple Path: Journey of a Hedgewitch

January, 2011

January 2011: The Physics of Gratitude

Another New Yearis upon us!
It is my favorite time of year to take stock of my blessings.
I am a firm believer in counting my blessings a little more often. In fact, daily. As a reformed “Glass-Half-Empty“, it is vital for me to constantly remind myself of all I have been blessed with, lest I should lapse back into my old ways of complacency, all too easily.
Over the years of my reformation, an interesting thing became apparent to me. Sure, I was more positive of attitude, and found less time to ruminate on all the things I didn’t have, but perhaps most interesting, I found that the more grateful I was, the more blessings I had to count.
In time, I discovered it was a simple matter of physics.
Like attracts like.
As I focused on the blessings I had, I found that more materialized. As I spent time being mindful of the things I had, I had more added to me.
When I spent my time focused on things I wished I had (and, in fact, did NOT  have) I found myself with less of what I needed. Nothing always manifests more nothing. Something always manifests more something.
So, my decision to spend my consciousness in this mindful appreciation of what was created more of what was.
Sometimes people like to think that physics (and, all scientific matters, in fact) have nothing to do with spirituality. Some even feel that science and spirituality are mutually exclusive states.
I disagree.
I believe they are one in the same, just spoken of in different terms. Much in the same way that pagans and Christians often refer to the same concepts in terms which often seem incongruous, despite being virtually identical activities, theories and beliefs.
This discovery, the connection between gratitude and abundant blessings, came as rather a surprise to me. As I said, being a rather negative person by nature gave me little to work with in working this through. Yet, once found, the treasure has not eluded me again.
As we enter the season of New Beginnings, I pray you all find a way to incorporate this principle into your own experience, and begin to see the abundant, and even miraculous return on your investment.
Take time to count your blessings, even if you have to search for them. My friend Christine, who encouraged me (rather ruthlessly, for the first few years, lol) to count mine, suggested using a blank book and jotting down 5 things each day for which I was grateful.
(talking of like attracting like, she called me just as I finished typing this sentence)
This habit of mindful gratitude can take some time to cultivate, but once you see the result, it is hard to stop!
Perhaps a blank book might make a powerful and affordable gift for someone you know who needs to find abundance in their lives.
I am thinking of stocking up, and giving them away to everyone I find who needs the chance to learn this important physical principle.
In a time when it seems harder than ever to make ends meet, the gift of abundance and thankfulness can be the most important one of all.
Wishing you and yours a 2011 filled with peace, joy and prosperity!
Brightest Blessings