Posts Tagged "Winter"

Solstice Perfection

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015

winter_sunriseThe Winter Solstice on the 21st/22nd marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. We all know this, and some will be celebrating,  but the majority of people will be spending it shopping and working. I would like to encourage you to take a few moments to reflect on the profound spiritual aspects of it too. The Winter Solstice has formed a central part of spiritual beliefs throughout the world since the beginning of history. From the birth of Horus in ancient Egypt, Yule in Europe, the birth of Mithra in Persia, at significant ancient neolithic sites such as Newgrange in Ireland, in Chichen Itza at the pyramid of the feathered serpent in Mexico, and the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas the Winter Solstice has been synonymous with profound belief and spiritual ritual.  All these sites and celebrations share common symbols even though some have been separated by vast distances and time.  This gives us a clue that this time has a deeper spiritual significance that is more universal than most could ever imagine, not just noticing that the longest day brought back the sunshine. It would seem that many ancient cultures had a similar spiritual meaning for Winter Solstice, suggesting humanity always cared about the rebirth of light. In many cases associating it with the re-birth of the Sun, representing the birth of the god or goddess.

Every spiritual teaching throughout the world has some word and practice for attaining enlightenment. Although many faiths associate this with the birth of a divine leader, who came to teach humanity a way of reaching that state of self awareness, many others who hold a broader more holistic form of spirituality may be working towards a more personal practice to reach enlightenment. All of these practices, whether personal or within community helps to raise the vibration of humanity as a whole, and in turn our home, the Earth.

In our modern western world where the majority celebrate Christmas festivities regardless of faith we may be practicing spiritual rituals to celebrate bringing in the light without even realising what we are doing. There are  thousands of lights decorating trees,  houses and gardens are sparkling and twinkling, and lots of us burn more candles in our homes at this time of year – don’t we? How interesting that with or without spiritual purpose the act of ‘lighting up’ works to perfection.

There are so many wonderful aspects to the run up to Christmas that I refuse to ever be swayed by any of the ‘Bah-Humbugs’. I love writing, sending and opening Christmas cards. I enjoy thinking of the people I’m sending them to and receiving them from. I get fun from wrapping presents and piling them under my tree. The tree lights give me an enormous mystical sense of serenity, and a good singalong at the Christmas Carols lifts my spirits.

One of the greatest joys of being a grandparent is to be invited along to various children’s school performances. What a joy it was to watch 5 year olds singing their little hearts out all dressed as angels, wise men, shepherds, donkeys and sheep, and then eager 8-10 years olds acting out their version of “Scrooge”. I had a permanent grin for an hour at the village school children’s Christmas carol concert too, with the aroma of mulled wine and mince pies wafting through the candle lit church packed full of proud parents with beaming faces. The children may not be all mine, but it warms my heart to watch them just the same. Some of these youngsters have angelic voices and some don’t, some read beautifully and others can’t and the shy ones don’t love to perform but they all take part, give their all and do their best anyway.

As I watched the little ones shuffling, wringing their hands, fiddling with their tinsel head-dresses, re-adjusted their wings, forgetting the odd word, or waving to mummy, I realised that the imperfections of children doing their best makes us smile just as well as the polished performance. We find it so cute. Don’t we?

As I was leaving the church I reflected on how much kinder it would be to view the faults of adults with a smile instead of harsh criticism. To encourage with a smile and a warm heart when things are not done exactly as we want them would surely be one way we can add love and shine a little more light. After all,we are all the children who were once giving our all and doing our best, aren’t we?

Have a wonderfully bright Winter Solstice, let’s all fill the world with light, kindness and laughter, remembering the Solstice and getting in form for the true Christmas spirit.

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Turn To Archangel Michael

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014

AngelInsight_Michael2During the winter months we can sometimes feel more vulnerable than in the lighter, brighter days of spring and summer as the dark, dreary weather can leave us feeling heavier of spirit. If you feel the need to lighten your spirit or shed any unwanted baggage, there is no one better to turn to than the Archangel Michael, one of the most powerful angelic energies for cutting and clearing. While we are on a spiritual path we need to lighten our load by releasing the baggage and ties of pain, guilt, shame and blame we often carry with us. We must set ourselves, and others, free to allow our own soul to move forward into the light. By cutting away at those aspects within your life, which are no longer helpful to you, you are free to focus more clearly on your true soul purpose.

Archangel Michael’s spiritual sword will help cut away the ties that bind you. These ties could be negative thoughts, overwhelming feelings of stress (from whatever source), heavy relationship issues or painful memories. His spiritual sword and armour will also heal and protect you, while his powerful grounding energy, which is linked to the base chakra, will help you to feel safe.

As Archangel Michael is primarily known as the great angel of protection we can also call on his energy for everyday situations whenever we feel the need.

If you would like protection while travelling, you can imagine a vivid blue light surrounding you and your companions, or you car while you are parking or your home whenever you are away and ask for the protection of Michael’s angels until you return.I have received many stories from readers and from people in my workshops who have experienced the sense of being protected by an invisible presence as they walked home very late at night or during a road traffic incident, for example. All of them were convinced they were being protected by Archangel Michael at the time.

You can also call on Archangel Michael for emotional and psychic protection simply by visualising his bright, shining sword of light held out in front of you, and his strong shield covering you. This is an empowering visualisation, particularly if you are feeling vulnerable in situations of possible conflict or confrontation. For example you may ask him to strengthen your emotional integrity, resolve and determination, helping you to see clearly what is honest and true in every situation. Or you can call upon the strength and power of Archangel Michael to help you to become more courageous in facing and overcoming any fears or phobias.

Some people find the prospect of ‘invoking’ angels, especially the archangels,a daunting one. But it really is as simple as stopping what you are doing for a second or two and sending your requests out into the universe. Your prayers from the heart, in whatever form you relay them, are always heard.

Many people call on Archangel Michael for protection simply by imagining a blue cloak round their shoulders or by asking ‘Archangel Michael protect me ~ Thank you.’ Calling on the energy of the sword of Michael, this meditation will help you to cut away any ties if you feel ready to step forward on your spiritual journey. There’s a beautiful meditation for doing this on my Discovering Archangels CD set, which is also part of the Educating Heart & Soul course..

I’ll be in Belfast over the weekend of 1st and 2nd of March, and would love to meet people at the Mind Body Spirit Festival if you can get along. I’ll be giving two talks and meeting with individuals during the show. Full details here:

If you are one of my course students and haven’t booked for the full day course workshop on Saturday 1st March, then NOW is your last chance. It will be a small intimate group and there are spaces for 2-3 more students. Please visit the website to book your place, or call Richard on 01223 969858.

There are also more talks, workshops, weekends and webinars being planned for the year -York, London, Chelmsford, Hertfordshire and of course my annual holiday retreat to Crete. More details on the website and over the coming weeks!

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