Posts Tagged "Spiritual Practice"

Readying Yourself For The Journey Ahead

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017

wisdomWe live in a frantic world, where some days it can be difficult to find even five minutes’ downtime away from the rush. But in order to follow this path, in order to fully step into your Light, remember that you will need to nurture yourself – mind, body and spirit – and remain balanced and strong. By this I mean consciously achieving a happy balance between your work life, your family life and your spiritual life, between health and money, love and charity, work and play.

Once you become more aware of the need to prioritize your health and wellbeing, you can develop strategies for putting that understanding into action. This might include bodywork such as massage, reflexology or yoga, and eating a nutritious diet and taking exercise. You can call in the angels to guide you toward those activities that are good for you, and assist you in reorganizing your schedule to fit it all in. Archangel Gabriel’s Light is wonderful for showing us the way.

In terms of nurturing your spiritual development, the simplest way to do this is through meditation, connecting with nature, and doing the things that make your heart sing, whether that be listening to music, dancing, walking, being with animals or children, laughing or playing.

You know when you are out of balance: the aspect of life that is draining you will leave you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. If you have no energy or enthusiasm for something, it is time to take a break and reassess. I regularly go on retreat to far away places just to ensure I get this kind of break to realign body and soul. When you are happy and well, you are in good balance. The physical body we see and feel is not all we are, and to maximize our Light  we need to take full responsibility for our own health (on all levels) and let go of all blame and excuses.

The same is true of developing your soul. There are no “quick-fixes”. No matter what any teacher or guru says, no one but you can “accelerate your ascension process”, “realign your DNA” or mend your broken heart, no matter how much money you are willing to pay. We are each responsible for our own decisions, actions and outcomes. Here’s an affirmation you may wish to use to support you on your journey:

“I stand in my own power, taking full responsibility for my thoughts, words and actions.”

Reaching this point of self-awareness can often enable the first great changes to take place and bring a cataclysmic shift in energy. We begin to understand that although other people affect us, we are in fact in control of our own lives. Just like becoming good at sport or playing the piano, we know we have to put in the practice; we realize that in order to be happy and fulfilled we have to do the work. We are responsible for the stories we tell to others and to ourselves. By taking full ownership of our decisions, we can rewrite our stories, make a fresh start and begin again, creating anything we want to.

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Cosmic Quickening – filling time!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015

Do you ever feel too busy to meditate, to preoccupied to pray, and then feel guilty if your spiritual practice is being neglected?

meditationI woke this morning with a sense of urgency as usual. So many people I know I ‘feeling’ a speeding up of time. Sometimes I wonder if it really is a planetary / cosmic quickening, or rather my own sense of pressure, of trying to fit so much into my days. Even as the shorter hours of daylight grow into Spring and we have more daylight hours I often can’t quite cram everything that I hoped to, and I worry about missing something – especially all the beautiful spiritual practices that I like to incorporate into my day. Then I contemplated for a few moments on how many others might feel the same. Perhaps I could help all those other busy people to build their own spiritual practices into a busy schedule.

I’ve put a list together of very simple ways to bring lots of small practices into a full day – without even changing the schedule one bit. Just being a little more aware of what we are doing and how we are doing it is a spiritual practice in itself. In Zen Buddhism even washing up is a spiritual practice, as long as you feel mindful of what you are doing as you do it.

So here are my thoughts on 5 practical ways to bring your thoughts into line with your spiritual impulse. For example:

1- As you get out of bed step straight into an imaginary hoop of bright white light and stretch it up and over your head. As you stretch lovingly invite the angels to protect your energies during the day.

2- As you shower, imagine the water is cleansing and replenishing all your emotions to help you stay positive – whatever the circumstances.

3- Brushing your teeth – remind yourself to stay positive, commit to only positive words for the whole day.

4- Doing your hair tell yourself you are a child of God, your crown connects to the Universal energies of Love and Light and you will be shining this light wherever you go.

5- Then whether you walk , use public transport, or drive to wherever you need to be, silently bless everyone you meet – unless they sneeze of course – then you have the happy solution of being able to say ‘Bless you!’ out loud.

Blessings to everyone – Have a wonderfully peaceful and thoughtful Easter Weekend.

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What Is A Spiritual Companion?

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013

spiritualcompanionslogo_250You may have noticed that I have been mentioning my involvement with Spiritual Companions in some of my recent newsletters. I have had lots of enquiries and so I am dedicating this newsletter to deal with a few of the questions that I have been asked.

Let me ask you to reflect on a few things first:

  • Do you find that your personal spiritual journey has brought you into contact with lots of people over the years who have been attracted to you because you have a generous shoulder to lean on?
  • Do friends and colleagues tell you that you have a quality which they find supportive, and understanding?
  • That you seem to have a little more knowledge and experience of spiritual things than most, and a good listening ear?
  • Perhaps you are a beautician, hairdresser, therapist, carer, teacher, administrator … a role in which your caring, loving soul attracts others who pour out their troubles!
  • Do you sometimes wish that you had just a little more confidence, more training, a better understanding, a deeper connection, a few more skills, so that you could offer better guidance, that your language and presence might be more effective?

This is where the Spiritual Companions training comes in. When you have developed a spiritual practice of your own, whatever that might be, perhaps yoga, meditation, reiki, prayer, body work, t’ai-chi, or other spiritual disciplines… there often arises a deeper sense of a desire to serve. Whether this means ‘to serve’ God, a community project, the planet, strangers, friends or colleagues doesn’t seem to matter, but a deeply profound sense -even urgency- of being of service often takes place.

The Spiritual Companions course in itself is aligned to deepening our sense of connection, reflection and service. In your own way, using your own understanding, the course, which is taught by a trained Spiritual Educator and supported by a group of peers, enhances and broadens your own sense of spiritual connection to ‘what is’. It may be a stronger connection to everything in your immediate life, or angels, the cosmos, other people or nature. By reflecting and sharing in a safe environment you will develop the skills that may enable you to accompany others on their journey too, but with more ease, more understanding and a deeper sense of knowing when to guide and when to simply walk along side.

Q: I haven’t heard of this before, Is it something new?
The programme was first facilitated by William Bloom in 2006 and is centred on a set of Spiritual Companions Guidelines which was drafted by 200 people seeking to describe best practice of daily spirituality.

Q: What do you mean by Spiritual Companion, surely anyone who has read lots of books or meditated for years and been to workshops knows enough to help other people?
Absolutely. We can all help other people. The question is does everyone have the awareness not to impose their own beliefs onto other people whilst they are helping? When we find an excellent spiritual practice or belief system that suits us, we can be tempted to ‘evangelise’. This doesn’t help seekers to find their own level. We are all individuals with an authentic and unique style of expressing our spirituality. Spiritual Companions training enables us to understand this, and to simply hold the space lightly, helping to clarify their colleague’s own development.

Q: What are the benefits of being a Spiritual Companion?
There are many benefits for both professional practitioners (or those who are considering developing a spiritual or holistic business) and for those who simply want to develop their gifts further in service to others.

Spiritual Companions is a fully accredited programme, recognised by a growing number of organisations, including the College of Teachers. For me the main benefit is that this ‘badging’ is rigorous. People who have the certificate and badge of a Spiritual Companion can be trusted, that they have done the work! With such an enormous and varied number of ‘healers’ and ‘teachers’ available it is hugely valuable to know that this badge is a sign of authenticity and integrity. There is a rapidly growing directory of Spiritual Companions in the UK (and Ireland) with a vision that it will eventually be recognised worldwide.

Visit the website to read about further benefits this programme can bring.

Q: How do I become a Spiritual Companion?
A: Everyone who has already completed or is currently studying my Educating Heart and Soul home study course is eligible for the next level in Spiritual Companionship – the ‘Guidelines’ course. The next course starts in October in Essex. Even if you haven’t enrolled on the home study course, there is a fast track process for you if you have undertaken spiritual development training elsewhere and have a regular spiritual practice, (but please contact me if you feel you fit this category before applying).

To find out more, visit the dedicated page on my website here:

http://angellight.co.uk/spiritualcompanions/

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