Posts Tagged "earthly mother"

Spring In My Step

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017

IMG_9248This 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.IMG_9238

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.IMG_9235

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.

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Take Seven Pebbles

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016

IMG_3078Will you be by the sea, or maybe a river bank with a ‘beach’ area, over the next few weeks? Try this lovely exercise for releasing. I do it with the group at my Crete Retreat every year.

During our lives we accumulate emotional baggage, as you know, which tends to sit in and around the chakra areas of our body depending on what age we experienced the trauma, drama or pain in the first place. According to Caroline Myss in her book Anatomy of Spirit this is clearly defined into seven year cycles. So from pre-conception to the age of seven you would hold on to the memories of experiences in your root chakra. I say pre-conception because there is a notion that past life experiences are often held in this area first.

From the age of seven to fourteen your negative experiences or traumatic memories are held in your sacral chakra, fourteen to twenty one in the solar plexus chakra, twenty one to twenty eight in the heart chakra, and so on. (I’m being deliberately simplistic here as it’s for my blog, but you can learn far more about it as we go deep into this topic in my Educating Heart & Soul course, module 4).

There are so many great exercises we can do to help shift these areas of emotional pain. Some of which may indeed be causing discomfort or even disease to that particular part of you body.

For my lovely ‘Crete Pebble’ exercise you need to go down to the beach. Allow yourself time to sit and tune in to your chakras. Breathe deeply and relax, calling in Archangel Raphael to help you with this deep healing, and breathe into each area of your own body giving yourself permission to let go and release anything which you may be holding on to that no longer serves your purpose. Feel for any discomfort or signs of recognition. Then walking towards the sea shore give thanks to Mother Earth for providing the pebbles and the Angel of Water for a blessing, and providing the opportunity for you to perform this ritual. Now choose seven pebbles. They might not be as decorative as the pretty ones I came across on the Isle of Iona, but choose them intuitively by colour, size or shape. You are picking them to represent the seven chakras of your body.IMG_4595
Walk to the edge of the water and throw one pebble at a time into the sea. With each pebble you are saying something like: “I release this emotional memory of… from my root chakra. In letting go of it I allow myself to heal and enjoy comfort in my body.” You can choose your own words and phrasing if you like. Work your way through the chakra system and with each pebble say the same but replacing root with sacral and solar plexus and so on.
It’s a very powerful exercise when done with heart felt intention. Why not try it this Summer?

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Be A Free Spirit

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014

Sunshine certainly lifts the spirits!

As I was walking in the warm summer air this morning I was reflecting on the many ways in which we refer to our human spirit.

How many of us refer to ourselves as a ‘Free Spirit’ I wondered? And, what exactly does that mean? Personally I have always thought of my self as a free spirit and dislike being restricted in any way by regulations, over-bearing or demanding people, tight clothing, oh yes… and time! Yet I often push myself into a corner where I feel incredibly restricted and confined. I find then that I cannot allow my own spirit to soar and be free, simply because I try to do too many things, or be in too many different places and instead of enjoying each moment for its own merit am busy flying off to the next appointment or squeezing in the next person who wants some of my time. I am not alone in this dilemma.

All of us need to schedule ‘free-time’ into our busy day to replenish our energy resources, and importantly to nurture our spirit. For me it means a regular walk across the fields or through the woods with my dog. As I walk through the fields I call upon the angels of the Earthly Mother to connect with me, to refresh and heal my body, and to ground my energies as I walk. Sticky mud on the base of heavy boots is a sure way to feel the earth and become grounded. Sometimes I stand and connect with the high growing trees as their branches sway adoringly to some inaudible heavenly rythm in the breeze. I might even imagine that I too am as tall as the trees and able to hold my arms high towards the heavens.

Angels are everywhere, in the breeze, in the sunshine and the rain, in all the elements surrounding us. Not just in bright lights or feathers. All cultures, and all religions have angels, helpers, messengers who carry our prayers and answers them, and angels who take care of every aspect of our beautiful world. In the Jewish faith for example, there is a belief that God created an angel for every blade of grass, and many folk are able to connect with the energies of the elementals, which are said to be the angelic energies of the natural world.

We can connect and communicate whenever we like, but especially in nature. We connect with our bodies, kinesthetically as well as our hearts emotionally and empathically and our minds intellectually and telepathically. All around flowers are blooming, and the ripe lush scent of summer floats upon the air. Optimism is all around us, which is unsurprising as this is the most prosperous and fertile time of the year. It is a wonderful time to get out into nature and connect. Allow the sounds, the smells, and the feelings to filter through you and really reflect on what it feels like for you to be a truly ‘free spirit’.

EDUCATING HEART & SOUL

EHScover_250It’s the first of August, and for many this feels like the ‘proper’ start of summer. I know many will be enjoying vacation time, or preparing for holidays in the sunshine. But if not, it’s a perfect time to consider developing your spiritual gifts and embarking on a spiritual journey of learning, self-reflection and growth.

If you haven’t tried my home study course, why not take a look now? It may be the perfect programme for you. Ask for guidance from your angels or spiritual guides. And if you live in Essex, you may wish to consider taking the course as part of a new monthly evening class that begins in September. You can, of course, enrol at any time of year if you wish.

“I wanted to say hi. I Am LOVING the Educating Heart and Soul course – what a delightful, inspiring, beautiful journey. I also adore the CDs – so incredibly helpful and fabulous to listen to. Thank you and ALL my love!” – Susan xxx

“I am far more aware of the significance of each Archangel now. Thoroughly enjoyed doing the exercises. Some were difficult, often challenging and many were definitely empowering.”

“This course has helped me to see the interconnectedness between everything, it is a wonderful tool for self analysis. This course certainly enhanced and enlarged upon my knowledge and understanding of different faiths, I thoroughly enjoyed this part of the course. I would recommend it to others” Susan – Bridgend, Wales

Visit the home study website for more information, or to enrol:

www.EducatingHeartAndSoul.com

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