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William Bloom, author of The The Power of Modern Spirituality.
I bet like me and many other ‘empaths’ and sensitive types you are feeling lots of strange energies right now – this week. You’d be right in thinking something is going on – way more than we can possibly image.
As well as Mercury in retrograde, giving us all the opportunity for a pause for reflection, and Venus (who has been retrograde) coming back into focus, and a full moon to boot, this all coincides with a period of the most powerful spiritual significance. Passover in the Jewish calendar, and Easter to all Christians.
Whatever our faith background we can all reflect, recollect and refocus our thoughts with gratitude and grace, and celebrate re-birth and renewal together.
Let me share my Angel Prayer with you now, and invite you to take a moment sometime over the Easter weekend to take a few moments to connect to the angelic realms and ask for balance and renewal in all our lives.
In the name of “I am that I am” we detach and let go of all energy in truth that is not ours.
We call back to ourselves all energy in truth that is ours and we ask that as it comes back to us it may be dissolved in the Love and the Light.
We call to the seven archangels and their Legions of Light,
We call to beloved archangel Zadkiel and the angels of Joy.
To Archangel Gabriel and the angels of Wisdom,
To Archangel Michael and the angels of Protection,
To archangel Jophiel and the angels of Illumination,
To Archangel Raphael and the angels of Healing,
To archangel Uriel and the angels of Peace
and we call to archangel Chamuel and the angels of Love.
With gratitude in our hearts we ask you to enter our earthly affairs and bring to us your wonderful heavenly qualities. Give us please the freedom from fear and self-doubt, that we may find in our minds your wisdom and illumination, understanding, inspiration, creativity, knowledge and clearness of sight.
Help us to fully appreciate and enjoy the qualities of giving and receiving unconditional Love, to feel compassion, mercy, and forgiveness.
Show us how to dissolve the feelings of selfishness, self-condemnation and low self-esteem.
Give us the guidance we need to create inner peace and tranquillity in our hearts and minds, with a truly spiritual balance in our humanness.
We ask that with the Love and guidance of God, the Source of all life, and the help of the angels, we will grow to reach the understanding of true Christ consciousness.
As we ask, with honest intent, so it may be so.
For those of us who were brought up with the Easter story we may have an understanding of the magnitude of the sacrifice of Jesus. Not everyone holds to the same story of the final days, but whatever our knowledge or beliefs the fact remains that the Easter Story is one of mixed emotions, of great sadness yet joy, of resurrection and hope.
For many others Easter is simply a 4 day break, a Bank Holiday.
But whatever we choose to do this weekend let’s just be aware of the enormity of the synchronicities at play within our cosmos. We have major planets like Mercury and Venus in retrograde (standing still) right now. We have world politicians making strange and dangerous statements of intent. And we have Jewish Passover and Easter, the most important festival in the Christian calendar.
Our world is as tumultuous now as it was when Jesus carried out his ministry, bringing His message of love, tempered with hope. His message was a simple one: love one another, because despite all our human weaknesses, we are equally loved by the Divine forces we call God, or Allah, or Angels, or Spirit.
Easter may be a Christian festival but it is one of unity of all people. Whatever your personal faith or beliefs, I invite you to join me, over this weekend, to reflect upon the small, but significant part each of us plays in bringing love and unity to our world.
Have a wonderful Easter and may the blessings of love, peace, and hope surround you in abundance.Read More
This week’s blog comes from one of the world’s most beautiful areas of natural beauty – the Lake District National Park. I’m here in Cumbria for a few days to hide away and enjoy all the things I love most about Springtime in the British countryside. Mother Nature displays her raw beauty in the wild coastal paths, surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and bleak moorland passes, contrasting the gentleness and delicacy in all the lanes filled with golden daffodils (as well as all the other wonderful ‘flora and fauna’ ). So many favourite sights. One of the cutest, funniest and uplifting sights is the leaping, frolicking and tiny bleating sounds of new-born lambs in the lowlands as we drive through the valleys. I love to stop and watch them turn to look at me, as I’m leaning over the gate to take pictures, and hear the deep call of the mother sheep in response to her babies call. This visit I’m amused by seeing some tiny lambs in ‘plastic’ raincoats. I guess it must be for the tiniest and most vulnerable. What bemuses me is that for some reason we believe sheep to be fairly stupid. Yet these ewes are totally aware of the presence of a stranger. Every mother in the field stands and stares, then slowly moves her babies out of harms way, across the pen, or the field. That protective ‘Mother’s instinct’ is demonstrated so clearly. Not so stupid.
Some of us believe that our Earth is a Divine feminine presence. The Mother of all life. Would she too not wish to protect and defend her creation? I’m only muting this point because if we believe, as I understand the Essenes certainly did, that Gaia is our Earthly Mother and that we are to protect and nurture her in return for all she provides … then why on earth do we treat her so badly?
There are so very many examples of lack of regard for our planet. (I don’t need to labour the point about nuclear missile testing in the Pacific ocean, and fracking). What I’m saying is that because like you I do care I think I’ll try to do one extra thing each week (or each day if possible) into showing my love for her. I’m sure everyone reading this already does everything in their power to live in an eco-friendly way because we are all trying to become more conscious, more aware of our actions.
But I pause in the misty mountains here and reflect – I feel I could be doing more. When my children were small I would (to their embarrassment) take a carrier-bag and collect litter as we walked to school. For some reason I have stopped doing this but now I think I’ll start again when we walk our dog. I enjoy planting tubs and pots but I’m going to put in a few extra flowers in the garden to feed the bees, and make sure I never forget to fill up the bird feeder for the garden birds. Being just a little more consciously aware of our use of electricity and water makes so much difference too. I’m trying to encourage the grandchildren to turn off the tap when they are brushing their teeth – not just because I’m on a water meter- but because it makes sense! I am shocked by a recent report that indicates less and less people are ‘bothering’ to recycle as it is simply too much trouble. Oh no! That’s so sad. What happened? (I actually enjoy my trips to the bottle bank. There is something therapeutic and strangely satisfying about the sound of breaking glass).
As I sit in my lodge in Cumbria looking about at the budding trees, watching chaffinches hopping about, listening to the crows circling as they build their nests I’m struck by a deep sense of emotion that I can’t quite name.
The Essenes worked with the earth energies and called them angels. They honoured and worshipped the Angel of Earth as they tilled the soil, blessed the Angel of Water in gratitude as they bathed and honoured the ‘never ending streams’ that irrigated their crops. They gave thanks as they ate in silence and honoured all work as a blessing of joy. Life must have been so very different for the Essenes of Nazareth and in the mountains of Qumran by the Dead Sea. But I’m so sure that as I look out over the vast swathes of green fields and hillsides that many of the local farmers around have a similar relationship with their animals and land.
Those of us who love and work with the angels are not just called to heal our selves and one another, we are also here to be mindful – as a society – of the small and important ways to show our gratitude for life … for our work, our planet. Have a wonderful weekend! With love.Read More
For the next few weeks I’m doing a little bit of CPD (continuing professional development)- and some necessary wellbeing management for myself. I’m taking part in a Mindfulness course at the Buddhist centre in East London. So far, I am happy to report it is not only useful, relaxing and calming to listen to the soothing voices of the trainers, it is also beneficial to my health and hugely enjoyable. It was in this same place twenty years ago that I learned how to meditate, and it is so lovely to be back there, albeit briefly, on a weekly basis.
One of the most valuable natural resources for health is the air we breathe. How often do you think about that? Hardly ever I’ll bet – unless its either hot and dusty or there is a chill in the wind, or perhaps when there’s a strong smell in the air! Then what about the amazingly complex yet totally automatic action of breathing itself – how often are we aware of that? We breathe in and we breathe out from the first moment of birth. As we are born we gasp our first in breath, and as we pass away we expel our final out breath. And everything in between is held in that mysterious experience we call our ‘life’.
The Buddhist concept of breathing meditation is simply to sit comfortably and follow the breath in and out (either through the nose or mouth)with full awareness. If your mind wanders, as it will, you are asked to gently bring it back to the breathing and focussing on the breath and the act of breathing. They recommend breathing like this at least once or twice a day, just for a few minutes. This is a huge help in stressful situations, with many physical benefits (such as reducing blood pressure) as well as calming the mind and relaxing the body.
In the Essene tradition the breath is considered holy too and the Friday communion is with the Angel of Air:
“In the midst of the fresh air of the fields and the forests, there shall you find the Angel of Air. Patiently she waits for thee to quit the dank and crowded holes of the city. Seek her then, and quaff deeply of the healing draught that she does offer thee. Breathe long and deeply. That the Angel of Air may be brought within you. For the rhythm of thy breath is the key of knowledge which doth reveal the Holy Law…”
I’m enjoying my extra bit of CPD immensely – funny really, that sometimes we have to find the space to really breathe!Read More