Posts Tagged "spring"

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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How creative are you?

Posted by on May 21, 2015

Are you creative?

Many of us have fallen into the trap of thinking we are not creative because we are not fine artists, sculptures or writers. Yet many of us enjoy cooking where we create a delicious meal. When we have a caring and compassionate nature we can create and build lovely friendships. If we are a home-maker the chances are we have ‘created’ a welcoming and inspiring space to live in where we welcome friends; and if we are a teacher we are creating ideas in the next generation. Even business people and entrepreneurs will be filled with innovative and inspiring ideas to share.

affirmation_creativitySpring is the perfect time to get in touch with your inner innovator and start something new like a project or hobby. Perhaps you’ve been trying to develop a healthy habit – like yoga or meditation, or creating new ways of cutting out certain foods. Being creative in the way we look after and nourish our body, mind and soul isn’t selfish – its essential. You might enjoy focussing on renovating something old and bringing new life back to something previously loved. There is a huge benefit to focussing on something new; whilst you are becoming more absorbed in a creative activity you are learning to let go of everyday stress. Not only that but you might discover talents you didn’t know you had. For example I’ve just started to ‘shabby chic’ some of my old furniture, giving it a whole new ‘old’ look. I’m enjoying it, its a relaxing diversion and a talent I never knew I had. And its something completely different from my writing, so its good for me.

On a spiritual level we all create. We are co-creators of our world. Every, thought, word and action creates the circumstances and environment in which we live. The way we focus our mind can bring negative or positive experiences. If we catch ourselves dwelling on negativity how do we feel? Yet we can stop that, re-train our thoughts and attitudes to express a more positive outlook and begin to notice how circumstances improve.There are techniques for altering our state of mind, from meditation and prayer, to walking in the park to exercising at the gym. What we choose to create in this very moment will have an effect on the entire day, and if we choose to create happy moments and joy-filled experiences we carry that as a memory in our cells as well as our mind – happy healthy memories that change our perspective and perhaps our life. Lets face it, we all create our own story, so why not make it an adventure story with a glorious and happy ending?

This Spring I’m spending lots of time ‘creating’ my new book in which there may be ideas to inspire and encourage your creativity. If you have a personal story of angelic inspiration don’t forget to drop me a line.

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Forward March!!

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015

chrissieathome-30I thought forty nine was a pretty big birthday – as a combination of 7×7 in numerological terms it is certainly a very valuable one. But here I am over a decade later and how do I feel about being sixty? Well – sixty is the new forty I hear them say. Actually I’m really happy with it. I enjoy all the cards and flowers that keep arriving but mostly I like gathering lovely people for parties. I’m so happy when I am with friends and people I feel comfortable with, aren’t you? One of life’s greatest pleasures has to be spending ‘down’ time with happy, loving people – including my grandchildren, whom I hope will become my friends too as they get older. Friends, they say, are the family we choose for ourselves.

Do you find that the more sensitive you become, the greater effort towards personal development, the more choosy you are about the people you invite close into your life? One affirmation I use frequently is: “I only attract loving friendly people into my life”. I have been using this affirmation for over twenty years. It surely works!

Last weekend, as well as being such an amazing cosmic dance of sun, moon and equinox energies it was also the Essene Network AGM during the day- and an early birthday party for me the same evening. (Only an Aries would be mad enough to arrange too big events in one day!)
So much going on all at one weekend. Whether or not it is the impact of so much love, or the new cosmic energies, my own energy has been riding high. Just as the Essenes of two thousand years ago had life changing decisions to make, we too had to make some difficult choices and I have let go now of some of the official roles I held, making time for other things, including my own further spiritual development.

There are said to be three major stages in a woman’s life: the maiden, the mother and the wise-woman (crone). As I rapidly approach the latter I do need to be still more often and take stock. I need to reflect, embody the Grace and blessings, and en-joy each moment. The reason why I enjoyed last weekend so much was that I allowed myself to. I enjoyed walking through the fields and noticing the change of energy at the Solar Eclipse – then I enjoyed a dear friend driving me to the AGM (instead of driving a car full of people there myself) – then I accepted (with Grace) the offer of help from caring friends and family to sort out and create food for the party in the evening. I let go of the need to do it all myself. I am after all becoming wiser.

I have had a very rewarding and adventurous life so far. The maiden ‘voyage’ was brave and daring and full of challenges, the mother phase has lasted (and will probably continue) for a long while, but the wise-woman is just arriving. March brings my favourite time of year. As they say “Time marches on” and in my case it looks like I will potentially enjoy the next phase even more than all the others! Best foot forward then!

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Join Me In Prayerful Meditation

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014

You may remember that I wrote about the great shift of the 21st December 2012 which launched us firmly into the Aquarian Age. Many portals, or gateways, were opened between our earth planes and the heavenly realms so that those of us who can, and are willing, may gather and serve to anchor this Light energy wherever it is needed most.

Since then we have been experiencing the most amazing ‘quickening’ with solar flares, massive full moons, and planetary alignments which, if you are a ‘sensitive’, you will most certainly have been affected by. It is almost impossible for most of us not to be affected by this celestial outpouring of Light energy.

This particular weekend of the Vernal Equinox 2014 – the first weekend of Spring, is hugely important, and many Lightworkers all over the world are linking to take part in an event of great significance. WE are being called to raise our vibration; to open our heart chakra as wide as we can and allow the energetic impulse of the Heavenly Order to work through us here on Earth. Many of you are feeling a desire to change your lifestyle, your diet, your jobs and even in some cases your partners or friends. Some people don’t quite know why this is happening, others know that they are, in some small way, experiencing a ‘shift’, they are making a difference, and changing the dense, often negative energy of history, into a lighter more positive space.

Of course the 20th March was the key day, the first day of Spring. You may have held your own personal ceremony. At noon on Saturday 22nd I shall be holding a prayerful meditation with several Essene friends as we hold our AGM in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. Would you join in from wherever you are with a few moments of focussed intent? Just stop what you are doing and close your eyes – for a few moments – and send your thoughts and blessings to the angels. Perhaps you would like to offer your self in service for the highest good, and wait to see where you are led.

If you have nothing else organised this weekend, may I suggest you take a walk in nature and ground your own beautiful light and energy through your physical body, breathing it down and through you into our great mother, the Earth. Or, find a space indoors where you can light a candle, play some beautiful music and engage in a ceremony of your own. Perhaps you would like to reflect on all the beauty in the world, your own achievements, foods you enjoy, music and people you find amusing or uplifting, works of art that inspires you, and those whom you love dearly in your life, whether family, friends or spiritual teachers.

If you have an open fire or burner write down something which you can and are prepared to change and ceremoniously burn it… or if you are digging in the garden place your piece of paper into the earth… letting it go back to God. Then decide what you are going to do to make a difference in some way… even if it is smiling at a stranger every time you leave the house, or resolving to take a breath before reacting to provocation. Some people may start a small meditation or healing group, or join one. The new age is about communication, and community, harmony and humanity. The more of us who agree to take part in anything which raises awareness and brings a renewed energy of generosity and kindness, then the more of us are putting ‘Love into Action’. What a beautiful thought. Heavenly!

There are lots of workshops and events coming up over the next few months. I will be in Hertfordshire again for a full day workshop on 6th April, at the Mrs Howard Hall, Norton Way South, Letchworth, Herts, organised by www.tryingholistics.com,

The following weekend I’m in York, the county where I was born, at the Health & Healing Festival (York Racecourse). Do come along and give your support if you are in the area, we’re sure to have a great time, and I guarantee the angels will ensure you come away inspired.

Have a wonderful, delightfully renewing and meaningful equinox weekend.

 

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Chocolate, Lent & Mindfulness

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014

daffs_200Ah, here we are feeling like Spring again. I do enjoy all the glory and beauty of every season, but Spring really has to be my favourite. There is an air of expectation in the lengthening of the days, and after all the severe weather conditions most areas in the country have experienced, the bright sunshine and warmth in the air is nectar to the soul, and the daffodils do look glorious! Maybe as an ‘Aries’ person it also has more than a little to do with a childlike anticipation of birthday celebrations too. Many happy memories of childhood birthdays, now a pleasure shared with my own grandchildren.

As many of you know it’s the first week of Lent. The time of forty days and nights which Jeshua spent in ‘the wilderness’ – meditating and fasting in preparation for his great sacrifice, facing angels and demons. Many people have a ritual of ‘giving up something for Lent’ though it wasn’t ever something I understood, or indeed was encouraged to do as I grew up. I was first introduced to the idea as a student nurse when one or two of the other nurses avoided the tinned ‘Quality Street’ chocolates or biscuits donated by grateful patients. By Easter some of the girls would have lost a few pounds and express their delight in the fact. I often wondered – at that time – if somehow they were perhaps missing the point.

Then, when as a young mum taking my children to Sunday School, I was introduced to a series of Lent Meetings. I was delighted to go along and explore the meaning of it all in more depth. Over the weeks we were encouraged to reflect on something meaningful that we might do – purposefully – in our everyday life that would make a difference, and bring more peace into our life. Rather than a token sacrifice it became an act of mindfulness. So that we might gain an understanding of the spiritual idea of Lent. The period leading up to Easter became a time of reflection, meditation, consideration, intention and effectiveness. I was still left with the same thought ~ giving up chocolate, sweets or alcohol will undoubtedly improve our health, but does the same amount of personal sacrifice as simply going on a short restricted diet have a profound effect on the world around us? Maybe it does.

I’m sure we could all think of lots of things that as spiritual warriors and Light Workers are worth giving up permanently, such as greed, envy, anxiety, and that old chestnut ‘fear of the unknown’ – but we are also realistic enough to understand it takes very hard work. Maybe giving up chocolate, as a way of introducing mindful awareness, isn’t such a bad option after all!

Whether you believe in the Christian concept of Lent or not, I would like to share a few ideas – or reminders – for your own reflection and contemplation to bring you a little more peace on this lead up to Easter-time. None of this will be new to any of us, but in the overwhelming business of ‘Life’, or because we are concentrating on one particular form of spiritual practice, we may have forgotten the value of:

Body Awareness: Very often on our spiritual journey we are led by the spirit and forget that as Human Beings we have agreed to ’embody’ the Light. I invite you to close your eyes. Get in touch with your body. Become aware of all the sensations on the surface of your body: starting at the crown and moving down to the tip of your toes. Aim to connect the sensations with an awareness of the inner – the whole you. Offer love and peace to your self. Take this renewed sense of peace into your environment. Be in touch with your body at least once every day.

Acceptance: Reflect upon your level of trust in the Divine. Say YES! to everything that you find awkward or unpleasant but cannot change. Say yes to everything that is gone in the past. Say yes to whatever awaits you in the future. Acceptance brings us firmly into the ‘Now’, into our ‘Being’.

Perspective: Think of some of the things you were attached to as a child. Think of some of the fears you may have had as a small child. Allow yourself to smile at the memories of how you once felt, and how this has changed with experience and time.

Think of some of the things you are most concerned about or are attached to now. Say to yourself three times slowly, ‘This too will pass, or fade away’.

Think of some of the things you fear or dislike. Say to yourself three times: This too will pass away.

Daily Mindfulness: Take one extra minute at breakfast, driving to your destination and any other activities you can. As you do this with awareness, observe the effect it has on you. Allow yourself time to notice what you are doing. Verbalize internally what you are doing as you do it. Like a sports commentator, to yourself. Give yourself permission to have some fun with it! Create an inner smile out of every task. This will enable you to carry out one task at a time (and will assist your memory too).

Whether or not that has much to do with a time of Lent and the contemplation of Christ I don’t really know. If indeed we are all truly ONE, and if as I believe my feet did tread where Jeshua walked, then perhaps my soul is reaching into that forty days too. Ha, something else for me to think about – what a busy head!

(The above exercises have been taken from Module 7 of my Educating Heart & Soul course)

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