Posts Tagged "Holy Land"

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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Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015

chrissie_holylandsHosting a pilgrimage tour of the Holy Land has long been on my spiritual wish list. Well I’m delighted to say that it is now definitely happening. We are planning a carefully designed itinerary based on my own experiences during my visit there in 2014 combined with the expertise of Maranatha – a professional, ATOL protected agent who specialise in spiritual tours of this kind.

The tour will run from 3rd to 14th May 2016 and we’ll be travelling through Jordan and Israel, staying in comfortable, family-run hotels with many years experience of welcoming pilgrims. There will be group meditations at the sacred sites where the mystical communities gathered, as well as the important historical sites at Mount Carmel, Nazareth, Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Magdala, Qumran, Caperneum, Petra, and the Dead Sea. We’ll connect to the ancient teachings and energies of the Angels and the Essenes in Qumran (the site of the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls), with some sailing and meditating on the Sea of Galilee, experiencing intense personal healing of body mind and spirit in the minerals of the ‘Living’ Dead Sea. Naturally I’m excited about visits to Bethlehem and Magdala where we’ll be connecting to the energies of both Jesus (Jeshua) and Mary Magdalene.

I’d like to share with you again my own experience of visiting the region back in 2014, when I posted these two articles:

http://chrissieastell.com/greetings-from-the-holy-land/

http://chrissieastell.com/sharing-heart-energy/

Our group won’t be anywhere near as big – I hope to keep it smaller and more initimate. Plus I am carefully crafting an itinerary which I hope will offer a more ‘balanced’ tour of the region, with time to meditate, explore and relax en route.

Full details will be published over the next few days, and there are still some weeks of detailed planning to do, but places will be limited and I know of many students who have expressed an interest.

More details of the pilgrimage, along with a downloadable booking form, will on the website shortly. In the meantime please call 01223 969858 to register your interest or to book a place, or email us at: support@angellight.co.uk

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Sharing Heart Energy

Posted by on May 9, 2014

IMG_2486My glorious pilgrimage trip to the Holy Land has come to an end today. My mind is filled with vivid images taken from all the numerous sites we have visited and my heart has been imprinted with the many emotions experienced there.

What are the highlights and which sites will leave an indelible memory for me? Woah, how can I list them all?!

Floating in meditation in a boat on the Lake of Galilee was beautiful.The mud bathing in the Dead Sea such great fun and had many of us in fits of laughter (as long as it didn’t get in your eyes!). The solution of crystalline salts is visible in the water, and creates a density which allows us to float on the surface making it a living, re-energising experience. Brian covered his eyes with his hands and described his experience as amazing – like being in a floatation tank.

The so called ‘Dead’ Sea is actually one of the most important areas of crystalline solution in the world and acts as gigantic battery. I felt re-generated and fantastic.

As a group of Light workers, each of us has been fulfilling our reason for being here, on many levels. It has been enlightening and interesting to learn the many different pathways that brought us all together, and to listen to shared stories of great healing techniques and magical synchronicities happening every day on an individual and group basis. One or two people brought their own personal healing needs whilst others were there to serve the planet and bring their energies to the places in the Holy Land where torment and unrest still exists.

IMG_2529As I write this, everyone from the group of Earth Keeper Pilgrims is completing their goodbyes. There are a few tears as well. Not just of sadness but of joy and recognition. Some of the connections people have made have gone beyond their common interest in the Essenes and the Holy Land. There has been a heart to heart recognition of ‘soul group’, as if one has known some of these lovely people forever!

I’ve noticed that sharing hugs and exchanging email details has become part of the normal process of spiritual groups. You can say the same for any conference or gathering but in the work situation the contacts are generally shared for networking and because the person may be useful to know.

But when there is so much sharing of ‘heart energy’ and recognition of the light within, a gathering of soul groups, it is much more difficult to part. Friendships made during a spiritual retreat of any kind are deep, and often lasting. The sense of ‘family’ is strong. Not least because many of us have spent years – or even a lifetime – feeling like an ‘outsider’, misunderstood, and different. I have the honour and privilege of belonging to several groups, and, as you know, my passion and my work is to bring groups together. Whether at the Essene Summer Gathering, during an Angels Abroad retreat in Crete, or at a workshop, my personal reward is a sense of satisfaction in seeing like-minded people become connected and walk forward together in lasting friendship – and it is priceless.

IMG_2592There are more pictures here and on my Facebook page: the muddy day at the Dead Sea, Al Khazneh (‘The Treasury’) which is one of the most elaborate temples in the ancient Jordanian city of Petra (now recognised as one of the new wonders of the world), Qumran where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered, and the amazing appearance on the mouldy wall of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (see if you notice anything from the photo – there was nothing visible on the wall). When I left home I asked the angels to show me the main reason for taking the trip. The word they gave me was ‘Transformation’. So, as the tour ends, my task now is to collate all my wonderful and amazing experiences and see how I can take that transformation further along my life-journey, my pilgrimage with the angels!

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Greetings From The Holy Land

Posted by on May 5, 2014

Greetings from Tiberius,

MountBeatitude_300This week’s post opens like a message from the Roman Empire! I’m writing to you from my lap as we leave the town of Tiberius on the banks of the lake called the Sea of Galilee. Those of you who have been to the Holy Land will be able to understand me when I tell you this has been one of the most powerful and special places I have ever travelled to.

Firstly let me introduce the group. There are ninety two people from all over the world. There are beautiful souls joined together from the four corners including the South Americas, USA, Britain, Ireland, and all over Europe. Many of the group have travelled with the organiser James Tyberon (Tyb) many times to Sacred sites all over the world. For me it’s the first time I’ve travelled with him as a leader, although I have enjoyed listening to his channellings from the Archangel Metatron from his website (Earth Keepers). I have to say he is a great leader, and creates a very safe and magical group energy – even with such a huge number.

On arrival in Jerusalem we enjoyed the cultural differences and the evidence of one of the most powerfully historic religious practices of the world. I’m really looking forward to the three days of exploring this ancient city at the end of our trip.

On our first day we went to Nazareth, where the family of Jesus lived. We felt the strong presence of the ‘Essene’ energy here, and especially in the church built over the cave-house said to be his original family home. Yes it’s true, the villages were mostly built around cave centres and small houses were all carved or built from the hillside stone. Here my husband Brian and I were so moved by a group of Ethiopian Gnostic Christians who were praying together and singing in such beautiful harmony, it brought us both to tears. I thanked one of these beautiful ladies in her white head dress… and she kissed me, which brought more tears to my eyes!

Yesterday we were all taken on a boat to the centre of the Lake. For those of us who have loved the Bible stories of Jesus walking the banks of Galilee, choosing his Disciples, calming the storms, and walking on the water, you will understand the powerful emotions this brought to this whole group of spiritual seekers. The boat stopped and the captain cut the engines. Tyb explained the significance of the topography and power of the energy of the lake within the valley and then we held a meditation including sending three powerful ‘Aum’ chants for peace to the world. It was a truly amazing experience to treasure for ever.

Today we pass into Jordan for our visit to Petra, then on to the Dead Sea to bathe in the salts there and refresh our bodies. I will write more in my blog about the Dead Sea, but in the meantime I leave you with one of my photos (I’ll post more on Facebook and my blog over the coming days) and hope that you will feel the blessings I continue to send you from this ancient and sacred land.

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