Posts by Chrissie

The Dignity of Women

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017

womens_atrium_01In my work I hear countless complaints from people who believe they are being dealt a tough hand, as I’m sure you do too. I hear tales of how unfair or unjust life has been, and that all their problems have causes beyond their control. Yet actually, it isn’t true, is it? There’s been so much written and taught about ‘mind over matter’ for thousands of years and even science is coming round to proving that it is our thoughts, the mind itself, that is the culprit. If we have negative, or unhappy thoughts, we become unbalanced. And when the mind, body, and spirit are not in balance we become sick.

It’s not that difficult to work it out that we need to believe we can change. We just have to have faith in god, or the angels, or the therapist and then change our thinking.  It is we, ourselves, who are unfair. We are asking for healing, then not believing it to be possible. Perhaps we want to believe it, but after all there are mitigating circumstances why it is unlikely – aren’t there?  Nope. Only the story we tell ourselves. We can all seek a miracle worker – but actually I do believe we heal ourselves when pointed in the right direction. We can heal. If we believe we can. There’s nothing new in this it is as ancient as the hills. I love it when someone heals because they know they will, and occasionally I’ll witness a ‘miracle’ or two as well. But always, without fail, from someone who has absolute faith in their recovery. Let me tell you a story…

boat_chapelIn the atrium of the new church in Magdala there are eight pillars. Seven are dedicated to the women followers and supporters of Jesus’ ministry, and the eighth is to all women of faith, of all religions. The pulpit of the beautiful church is a replica of one of the ancient fishing boats, and the backdrop a wall of glass – with a view of the Sea of Galilee behind it. Sitting there is stunning. It is impossible for most people to speak. Yet this is not the most powerful place inside the building which – in this birthplace of Mary Magdalene – has been dedicated to the dignity of women.

Ancient-Chapel-Feb-21-2014Downstairs in the basement is my favourite of all places on this trip. I grow excited with childlike nervousness as I approach, knowing how it makes me feel when I go in. The floor is actually part of the original stone of the first century marketplace of Magdala. (We now know it was a thriving port where local fishermen would gather and process their catch for export to Rome). A powerful energy presents itself as soon as we walk down the stairs. We all feel it.

And as I take my group into the Encounter chapel, one of the most mystically emotive spaces I have ever witnessed, we are all intuitively prompted to sit around the edges of the room, where stones have been placed to replicate the original Magdala synagogue. As we take in the colours and detail of a large fresco, a breathtakingly beautiful mural of the feet of Jesus and his disciples which fills the entire wall, it is difficult to know which aspect is more powerful: the sense of history of the stones beneath our feet, the reverence of being in such a sacred space, or the emotion depicted by the intricate detail in the mural. Reaching across the picture is the arm of the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years, and who believed that Jesus could heal her. As her fingers touched the threads of his robe he felt her presence. She was immediately healed. Cured because she knew she would be.

We sat in meditation with each of us empathically feeling the immense pain of all the suffering in the world.  Then standing in a circle, we held hands and prayed for all those women throughout the world who are suffering emotionally, spiritually, mentally or physically. Then we particularly prayed for the families of those affected by the terrorist attack in London which happened whilst we were away. We called for healing for all our own loved ones, and for all those friends and colleagues, and for any specific areas throughout the world, each of us saying names out loud into the circle. We sent the Light into the ether and sent a kiss around the circle.

As we left the chapel I was touched by how a group had respectfully waited outside until we completely our meditation and prayer. I honestly thought we were the last group to go in, and was surprised to see them waiting. As we left the room they thanked us, just for being there. Wow!

We were all moved by the whole Magdala experience and several of us felt the incredibly strong past life connections. (Last year I got the sense that one of our group would receive healing from severe grief, and she most certainly felt so much better after sitting in that space). After sailing across the Lake and sending out world peace from the centre as the Captain raised the British flag to half mast following the morning’s news of an attack in London it had been a very emotional day! Some have since described it as their personal highlight of the pilgrimage. It is certainly one of mine.

[Just in case you are unfamiliar with the New Testament story of the ‘encounter with the woman with the issue of blood’ here it is:

When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake and a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

At once Jesus realised that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked: “Who touched my clothes?

“You see the people crowding against you,”  his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?”

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him her truth. He said to her “Daughter your faith has healed you. go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5: 25-34 NIV]



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Archangel Uriel’s Strength and Support

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017

AngelInsight_Uriel2Archangel Uriel’s energy is hugely supportive, magnificently strong and gives us ‘spiritual stamina’ through a sense of deep inner peace. (It’s no coincidence that the part of the body associated with this angel is the spine, which supports us physically.)

This beneficent celestial being works within the realm of the angels of peace, bringing inner peace through our spiritual life and calling us to serve as a catalyst or channel of world peace in any way we can. You may not feel like a ‘world server’ yet, but you can certainly call upon Archangel Uriel if you are feeling stressed or life around you seems out of control and you feel the need of some inner calm and strength to face a difficult situation.

Taking a few moments to calm yourself by breathing deeply, calling his name three times, closing your eyes momentarily and visualizing deep purple, ruby red and gold lights around you (these are the colours associated with Uriel energy) is extremely effective. Ask for his light, his strength and inner peace to fill your mind, body and soul, and breathe the peace down into your body imagining every cell becoming calm, strong and peaceful. How better to radiate our light and ‘walk our talk’ than by developing a strong sense of inner peace in all situations?

As we approach the Summer Solstice, let’s spring into action and put fresh energy into our own spiritual life. This is a great time to reflect on our own spirituality, perhaps reviewing our own beliefs and practises, gently discarding anything which no longer ‘fits’ or feels right.

Try this powerful ‘pure light’ meditation which is specifically for clearing and purifying the top chakras, heart, throat, third eye and crown, when working with angels, archangels and higher beings for raising our vibration and enhancing our spiritual life.

Switch your phone to silent, light a candle, make yourself comfortable and take some slow deep breaths.

Imagine a pure white lotus flower opening slowly  on your crown with a beam of light shining from your head upwards through the heavens to the Source of all pure love and light .

Down this bright beam of light comes a small ball of light, as bright as a crystal, containing all the colours of the spectrum. Imagine it hovering above your head blending with your higher consciousness, or spiritual self.

Invite this vibrant, living, ball of pure loving energy to cleanse and purify your crown, letting go and releasing all thoughts or memories which may contain energy or truth which is not yours. Ask that these thoughts and memories be dissolved in the loving light.

Now visualize the beautiful little ball of radiant light hovering down to your third eye, between your brows, and feel the warmth from its energy as it shines light into your third eye cleansing and purifying anything which is not of the purest love. Again release and let go of any thoughts or memories you may be holding which are not of the purest love, and ask that they be dissolved in the loving light.

See the light as it moves down to your throat, and feel the warmth as it shines its colours towards your throat, inviting the light to cleanse and purify anything it may find there which is not of the purest love.

As the little ball of loving light hovers down to your heart open your heart as you breathe deeply, inviting the ball of pure energy to cleanse and purify anything you may be holding there which is not of the purest love.

Now whilst your crown, third eye, throat and heart are open call upon your own guardian angel to come closer to you and bless you with a message in whatever form you understand best. (This may be an emotional feeling, a sensation on the skin, a word or picture  in your mind, a fragrance or sound that is meaningful to you.)

Now ~ if it feels right for you to do so ~ you may call upon Archangel Uriel and ask that he shows you how best you may serve as a channel of peace.

Sit for ten minutes (or longer if you wish) in this wonderful peaceful energy, and then thank the angels and watch the little ball of light return upwards in front of you to the crown. Visualize it returning up the beam of light to the Source of all love and light, closing the beam to a thread of light, which is always with you.

Breathing steadily, and consciously in you rmind, close your crown, third eye, throat and heart, and protect your energy by stepping in to an imaginary bubble of light.

Continuing to breath deeply, bring yourself back into the room, make yourself aware of your own familiar surroundings, and take few moments to be fully present once again. Remember also to drink plenty of water, especially if you feel light-headed.
It’s a beautiful, calming exercise that will help clear away your worries and stresses. You may even feel Uriel’s call to spread this peace far and wide in service to others.

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How is your journey so far?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017

chrissie_holylandsI spend so much of my time travelling. Sometimes other people tell me I never stop. But that’s not actually true. It is their perception. I spend lots of ‘stop’ time too. Meditating in my garden with the flowers and birds is one of my greatest early morning pleasures. Whether you are like me and travel because it is part of your work, or simply because you like to get about we can make it as hard work or as pleasurable as we wish. By becoming more ware, more mindful of each moment we can add or detract from the experience.
We know that life is a journey. We are all travelling through it together, wherever or whoever we are, in our own corner of the world. More of us are coming to understand that what we see isn’t actually how life is, we have our unique perception, our own reality. Every step of the way creates something new – sometimes exciting and sometimes challenging – but always a situation from which to learn, and grow.

From start to finish we are, I believe, guided by Light Beings that we call angels who show us the way. Sometimes we simply forget that we are living in a wonderful Divine creation because we, as human beings, just want to be in control. Some haven’t even thought of opening their hearts to hear the angelic guidance. Many don’t stop to wonder about anything other than their schedule of ‘wants’, their list of requirements from their day, year, life. We human beings need to control our finances, our home-life, and sometimes other people too. Yet if we all stopped occasionally to take stock of our own ideas and thoughts, our words and actions rather than trying to manipulate things to go in the direction we want (even though we feel our way is often the best, or only way) our life would be more harmonious, joyful and perhaps healthier too. Many of us live in a busy, bustling environment, but does it have to be ‘every man’ for himself’?

Recent events remind us how well we react to adversity, how kind and thoughtful we are when other people are in trouble. These are the people who’s eyes and ears are open and ready to listen to the guidance of angels. To be there, in the right place, at the right time. It is my observation (and many of you too) that we are always in the right place for what we need to learn, and the way we learn will depend on how we face up to it. Whatever ‘it’ is in each situation. By tuning in to the universal energies and observing the signs – or listening to the angelic whispers we call our intuition – we can learn quickly, or slowly. Our choice entirely.

When we try to design each day to suit our needs, and control the outcomes, don’t we lose something ? Don’t we lose a little of the spontaneity perhaps? If our schedules are filled with things we think we have to do (entirely our own choice) with back to back appointments so that we are always rushing off wearing blinkers and missing the beauty around us, without any real heart connection with those we are dealing with, without stopping to ‘smell the roses’ are we not missing the real reasons for life?

As each day, week, month passes do you wonder what happened and where it went to? There are so many ways we can make more of the day. I’ll bet there are some great ideas out there, and many will be doing lots of ‘connecting’ to angels and nature in so many different ways. Sometimes we don’t even give it any thought, do we? How and when do you pause and watch nature? (You don’t have to live in the country to connect with it. There are trees, flowers, birds, animals all around us if we look for them). Are you one of those sky-gazers’ who loves looking at the clouds, even if it is as you arrive home from work. Or feeling your feet on the ground and engaging with Mother Earth as you walk the pavements? How about taking a few minutes instead of glancing through Facebook to reflect on your relationships, how well are you listening to those around you? And what about your relationship to self? How’s that going? Are you listening to your soul?
These are the moments when life becomes a much more exciting and engaging journey, filled with a renewed richness and abundance. Our perception of life is how we create it. I’ve met people with nothing, yet share what they have with no sense of lack, and many who have so much yet constantly complain and want more. It’s a funny old world!

How is it for you? How’s your journey going?

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Attract a Loving Relationship

Posted by on May 19, 2017

AngelInsight_Love2All of us want to be loved and to give love in a meaningful fulfilling relationship. In a society of high rates of divorce and separation there are many people who feel lonely and desperate to find that loving partner.

There are simple spiritual truths that go hand in glove with the question of finding that ‘special’ someone. The first is that we can only attract love when we are prepared to open our heart completely to love. This is difficult when we have been badly hurt, and are guarded and closed in fear of a repeat experience. The second is that, even though we may not understand why or how it works, our desperation is tangibly held in our aura and we can, if we are not careful, push people away with our neediness to be loved.

So we need healing first, followed by some cleansing of the aura, and we need to learn self-love to allow our heart to open to its fullest. The angel to help with all of these three magic tasks is Archangel Raphael.

The best time to do this exercise is early morning. Call Archangel Raphael with the rising sun, to cleanse and to heal any wounds in your heart and aura and to purify your energy with divine unconditional love. As you take a shower, imagine the water cleansing away any negative emotion held in your cells as the water pours over you. Then as you dress, affirm to yourself as you ask Raphael “I am ready to give and receive love without conditions, I attract loving people into my life and am ready to be in a loving, fulfilling and mutually rewarding relationship. Raphael I ask you to please bring that person into my life now”.

Always remember to finish any exercises, prayers or meditations with trust and gratitude.

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Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees

Posted by on May 10, 2017

IMG_9394I wish I could capture the intensity of loud noise right now in my garden for you to hear too!

No it isn’t the sound of workmen with drills outside in the street, or even a neighbouring gardener mowing the lawn nearby. Nothing quite so normal. I’m actually being ‘deafened’ by the noisy quarrelling of sparrows.

As you know (I mention it often) I absolutely adore birdsong, and part of my daily morning spiritual practice is to be mindful of the sounds of the birds in my garden as I start the day. Here,  as I sit writing this blog in the glorious sunshine of mid May, I’m momentarily surrounded by the same band of little garden mates, yet it isn’t the slightest bit musical, harmonious or pleasing to the soul. I’m being observed by a wood pigeon in the tree who clearly agrees with me as he tries to preen himself and finds his peace disturbed.

The reason for mentioning all this is that I’m noticing the sensations within my body. Slight tension in my chest and a shallowness of breathing, clearly caused as a reaction to the disharmony. Luckily these are not human voices arguing and shouting at one another or I might find myself feeling extremely stressed and uncomfortable, repeating patterns of old in a physical response that we all experience from time to time.

Isn’t it interesting how we react at the dis-harmony of arguments, even within family dynamics of the tiny sparrows? It made me think of how upset I used to be as a small child when I heard adults raising their voices at one another, never quite certain that it would be ok and calm down, or escalate into something more terrifying, something extremely unsafe. Yet as a teenager living alone in London I was much braver and by the time I became a student nurse would step in between arguing youths in the street and supplementing my meagre salary as a bar-maid have even been known to try to prevent a fight – even a pub brawl – at all costs. I’m not sure I’d do that now several decades on.

Primitive man when stimulated by fear would flee, fight, or freeze. He would run to save his skin, kill to eat or be killed in the process. Millions of years later this physical response hasn’t changed much even though we are no longer threatened by the ‘sabre-toothed’ tiger’.  Even when we don’t need to run or fight for our life. the hormone Adrenalin is still stimulated by sight, smell, sound and of course the power of our thoughts.

So even if the sounds we hear are no longer relevant (like the sparrow quarrelling) it may stimulate an involuntary reaction similar to fear.

My belief is that we are inherently peace loving, that as Divine beings, carrying the essence of God within the heart of every one of us we prefer to be loving even when we react to conflict physically in our bodies and emotions. Even though we understand that this is by design.

So my question for your reflection this week is this – is our body reacting to memories, even from decades or even lifetimes ago when we hear the aggression embedded in sounds, or are we really troubled by conflict because we are simply wired for peace?

We know that all sounds are vibrations and that we each have a personal vibrational frequency that reacts and responds to other vibrations. But, are you always aware of your physical response to the sounds of disharmony? (and to what degree?)
Does it upset you?
How do you deal with that reaction?
Could you change anything by becoming more aware in the moment? (Before the sensations escalate). We are complex creatures, aren’t we?

Here’s a couple of things you might like to try that I’ve built into my own daily practice, in order to deal with being so very sensitive to things outside my control:

Every morning I call upon the Archangel Michael to protect my energies, then I place myself in an imaginary ring of bright light which I pull up around my body and over my head with the intention of protecting my self in Divine angelic energy.

I make it a daily essential to notice the beauty around me, even on the days that I do not have time to drink my first ‘cuppa’ in the garden. If I can’t spare the time to have ten minutes listening to the birds, watching the bees and inspecting the growing flowers, on busy early-departure days I engage with the energy and beauty of the trees and hedgerows as I drive along. If I’m in a town or city I’ll observe the colour of the sky, cloud formations, skylines, and the faces of those I pass in the street. There is always something / someone with beauty to engage with.

I try to remember always to bless the day ahead in advance, the people I’m going to meet and the places I need to go to. By anticipating all will be well, it usually is!

If something or someone holds aggressive tones I try to observe how it makes me feel – in that moment – and then allow the feeling to disperse as I breathe down into my body. I call upon Archangel Chamuel to fill me with love and visualise this spreading from me like a  mist of pink light. (Breathe out the anxiety, breathe in the love)

None of these work unless I wish them to, believe that they will work and engage with them fully. The human mind and ego just love to be involved in concocting a drama and pointing out the reasons for failure and fear. The secret is not to become embroiled in the drama – especially when it is not your story, and let the spirit be stronger than the ego!

Ah, the sparrow family have settled, by the way, and I’m now aware of the gentle hum of a large bee on the rhododendron and the song of a robin high in the evergreen behind my office. Bliss. Calm once again restored. Peace in sparrow-land prevails!


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