Following the general election, the outcome of which I found deeply disappointing, I have been thinking about ways to counteract what may be the introduction of further inequalities and oppression in UK society.
People may have been made to feel inferior because they don’t buy into the lure of capitalism or consumerism. Most people do still view people as equal to each other in every capacity irrespective of material wealth. The right-wing rhetoric, which has been voted in by the UK public, will now dominate the policies and principles of our near future, and will attempt to drive deeper wedges between groups of people as difference and diversity will be viewed by some as weaknesses. Success, by some, will be measured against the ability to acquire financial wealth, property, assets, by whatever means, lies, deceit, cheating, smearing, manipulating the media etc. There needs to be more appreciation for the richness of diversity to help us understand different perspectives, and help us continue to dignify individuality. Not everyone wants to be, look, feel or act the same as everyone else, and this is worth celebrating.
What those in power don't appear to have, and would never be able to buy, is an authentic life. They can swear on the bible as part of a political process, but it is not possible to harbour deceit and simultaneously become a credible leader. They can languish on a private jet, champagne receptions, tropical holidays, offshore bank accounts, diamonds and pearls - but what do these count for, really? What will be their legacy? Steve Jobs final thoughts included ‘These things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important’. What will you think as your time to reflect on the whole of your life comes? How will you have spent your time, your days, hours, moments? What value is there if you have pursued greed, what would have been the purpose of your life? I would argue the level of enjoyment one could achieve in pursuit of these goals would reek of superficiality, would be a far cry from any semblance of genuine spirituality and would be fleeting, shallow experiences without foundation. What a waste of time.
There needs to be a shift in thinking about what, and how much of what, we need to get by and how much we have to share with others and support those who do not have enough. Alongside how much value we place on 'stuff' against what has the most value; honesty, trust, support, unselfishness. We need to send more love out to the world, money is not our thing, we don't need an excess of it to be happy. We must educate ourselves, grow food, sew, make, mend, recycle, pool resources, unify, rise up and realise that self-sufficiency is the treasure we need. We must assume a state of abundance - I have enough and when I have more than enough, I will share it. It harms the environment to consume. The attitude of negativity towards people who have less needs to shift to one of praise and positivity. We need to cooperate, be collective, gather in our communities.
Goleman introduced us to a principle of emotional intelligence. Putting yourself in the shoes of another and sensitively trying to support them with a problem is one thing. Working out what the ‘right’ thing to do is quite another. Emotional intelligence can tell us how to approach issues psychologically but to handle something ethically for an individual and with social responsibility takes a little more subjectivity and consideration of circumstances in a more holistic way.
We need to develop ethical intelligence. Where does your power come from, are you holding power over someone? What do you need that power for? We need to support each other to find ways to cope. How can you improve the world? Your world? The world of others? How can you understand other people? Are you listening to what others have told you but also making your own judgements based on truth? Are you being fair on yourself? On others? How are you setting an example? What do you consider when making decisions - your soul, others, the environment or future generations? Are you loving? Are you learning, giving, volunteering, creating, taking notice, being mindful, connecting, forgiving, self-caring, protesting, campaigning and defying stagnation? Innovate your motivation. Turn off the gadgets and read instead. Simplify. There is real truth in the saying ‘Be the change you want to see.’
Do you need some support making some changes? Seek a coach, a counsellor, some holy counsel. Your life is a gift, and something to use for the pursuit of beauty and helping others, not something which could be victimised by powers that threaten to disturb the peace. Are you with me?
I offer free distance Reiki which I send out on Wednesdays at 10am for anyone who feels they may benefit from it, so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to my list, this is a free and no obligation service.
Meditatation can help to develop aspects of ourselves. Using a mandala can support this process by giving you a more focussed experience. Try meditating on my Anahata (Heart) Chakra mandala to support the flow of love into your life and help you be more open to joy and bliss. Find out more click here. To buy merchandise featuring the meditation mandalas click here.
The next new moon will fall on Friday 24th January of 2019. Any intentions, goals or plans will be magnified during the new moon, so it is wise to give them due attention at this auspicious time. Outline your heart’s desires in detail and invite the universe to support you. Imagine, focus, concentrate and meditate on them with devotion and this should help them come to fruition.
Some ideas of actions to take during the new moon include:
1. Create a sacred space for yourself.
It is a very beneficial to prepare for a new moon by clearing any clutter from your living or work spaces. Use Native American Indian or other type of Space Clearing process to clear away any negative energies in your space or aura. A basic clearing would be use of a smudge stick and a feather, wave the feather vigorously to shake up the energy and dispel what you don’t want to make room for more of what you do.
A committed meditation session is always good to clear and still your mind before setting any new intentions. A meditation session can be enhanced by the use of crystals or mandalas as I have described here. Bless your space with kind words and benefit from chi that flows harmoniously.
2. Create a new ritual
Creating a ritual is simply a matter of committing to a new and different set of practices during every new moon. It could be as simple as learning a bit about a subject you are interested in, taking a tai chi class, or writing a SMARTER goal. It could be as elaborate as space clearing your home, setting a large crystal mandala, doing a Taoist breathing mandala meditation or smudging your whole house.
3. Set intentions that will serve your spiritual journey
The energy of the new moon is supercharged to support intention setting, see also the section on SMARTER goals below. If you are direct and clear with the universe it can read what you want and begin to help you and answer your calling. Being bold with yourself and the universe about what you want and having forward thinking is also positive reinforcement to keep you focused and on track.
4. Make fire
The new moon is the darkest night of the lunar cycle so it is heartening to create warmth and light by having a fire if possible or a candle in the least. Send out a prayer to invite more light into your life and soul. The energy of the naked flame can ignite the core of your intentions, ensure you express gratitude and unconditional love to generate warmth in your future.
4. Time it so you start a new project
The new moon is the time of most fertility during the lunar month. Plant seeds. Start a new exercise regime. Change your diet for the better. Communicate with a love interest. Start a savings scheme. Start an affirmations or art journal. The potential for success is at its highest point so utilise the energy and begin something brand new.
5. Cleanse your crystals
Run your crystals under running water on the eve of the new moon then leave them out under the new moon overnight to be completely recharged and resonating at their optimal frequency.
7. Set some SMARTER goals,
You could use this guide:
My goal ‘exactly’ is (including ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘who’, ‘where’ and ‘when’)…………………………………………
I define success as…………………………………………………
I can measure the progress of my goal by measuring how much of………………………………… or how many of……………………………………. I will know I have achieved my goal because the improved result is…………………………………………..
My goal is achievable because I have this support………………………………………………. Or these skills…………………………………. Or these resources…………………………………….. or this experience……………………………………..
My goal is realistic because I have these aspects within my control……………………………………………….. and I am able to take these actions…………………………………………………..
The length of time, exactly, I am giving myself to complete this goal is………………………………………………………… I am also able to set myself milestones if relevant to help me achieve my goal within the overall goal deadline………………………………
This goal is ethical because it does not bring my personal values, morals or standards into question……………………………………………………
Goals must sit comfortably within your moral compass. Most people resist acting unethically. Set goals that meet a high ethical standard.
In order to continue to plan, monitor and review my progress I will keep a record of my goal by writing it in this place (for example notebook, phone or computer)………………………………………………………………
What not to do during a new moon:
1. It is not the correct time to try to stop doing something, like a habit you want to break or ending a relationship, save closing and finishing energy for the full moon.
2. Don’t dismiss new people in your life as the energy of the moon supports positive and beneficial beginnings, so these relationships are more likely to be mutually beneficial.
3. Don’t pass up invitations you weren’t expecting as the potential for favourable pairings is at its highest.
4. Don’t spend time with people who drain you, as always! Instead, either spend the time alone or seek out kindred spirits who appreciate the power of the precious time and will build you up.
It is night but not quite like night with the light of the moon
As bright as a new coin on black velvet space between stars,
Shadow places where I cannot hide.
A light inside spends itself on the fabric of my disguise.
I can’t go far, the chart of the sky
Maps constellations behind my eyes.
I can’t identify the source of the light,
Align with the parallel energy within my sight,
Read with any speed or watch the moons waning side recede.
I am off course, tumbling between nothing,
With no corners and tides of forever tease the moon to swing in
And out of dark sides, not dark enough to help me survive.
© Julie-Ann Booker - November 2019.
This is my art journal page entry for 21.11.2019 which I made following the beautiful guidance of Julie Gibbons in her free 'Five days of mandala magic' drawing course here
Enlightenment is not a destination. It should be a verb, a doing word, a type of existence we consistently aim to wake up to, in every moment with every movement, thought and decision. It is the practice of striving to get closer to effortless competence in many aspects from love and kindness, ethics, health, balance, love, knowledge, creativity and most importantly, practicing these skills in a way which is fundamentally meaningful to you. It is the quest of changing the narratives of your beliefs and values which do not serve this purpose - from childhood, prior experiences, your immediate surroundings, drama, damaging relationships; any patterns which drive you away from what you wish to be priority, this life you are responsible for, your enlightenment and how you want to identify your connection with the cosmos. It is a surrender, the ultimate letting go. It can take decades to perfect, to achieve a consistent sense of true enlightenment.
To support you, there are illimitable alternative practice examples and opportunities to choose from, such as different types of yoga, Reiki, meditation, hypnosis, religion, reflexology, forest bathing, tai chi, art etc and teachers in these fields can be helpful, (but be mindful of those who are not genuine and show no integrity). It is your life and you must seek out what and who can serve you best on your journey, until you get to a place where you have taken flight and then able support others on their journey. Reiki daily meditations and treatments light my path and I have other pursuits, for example I am vegan, I create things and I walk. I paint and use mandalas to meditate with and for me what really cuts through the layers to achieve states of transcendence is playing my didgeridoo for periods of time with circular breathing.
I was asked by a client what makes an enlightened person and so I explored this:
It can take a lot of energy, especially when helping others along their path and part of the journey is about self care - nurture your inner peace and your outer world will take care of itself.
In a nutshell, if your path to enlightenment is paved with desire for self-growth, willingness to go inside for answers and you want to become enlightened for the benefit of the furture of humankind, commitment to this will bring you gifts in time.
Thank you for reading. I would love to hear from you so please contact me using the Contact at the top of the page or email email@example.com. If you would like to purchase any of my meditation mandalas please take a look in my shop here xx
The word 'mandala' means 'circle', 'the centre' or 'Universe'
In Sanskrit, (Sanskrit is the classical language of Indian and the liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism) the word 'mandala' means 'circle', 'the centre' or 'Universe'. Mandalas have been connected with many cultures, such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Indigenous America Indians. Mandalas are usually created with a concentric design, and any other shapes or geometry are generated from a circular centre point, for example, in Buddhism, it could be a Buddha originating from the center. Mandalas can be very colourful and the colours can hold different meanings, feelings and energies.
Decorative, aesthetic and meaningful visual tools which can depict harmony with the universe
Mandalas are used in meditation to focus the individual's mind, in a similar way a a mantra (a personal word, chant or sound to calm the mind). They are decorative, aesthetic and meaningful visual tools which can depict harmony with the universe. They help create an atmosphere which enables some reflection on our mind, body, soul or spirit and bring us closer to a elevated consciousness. A hypnotic effect can be induced to free your mind from everyday wearisome thoughts for you to develop your spiritual journey. Mandalas allow the right imaginative side of your brain detach from the limitations of your left brain or analytical mind. In colour and sound therapy mandalas can be used as aids to healing. They also have become a valuable support for psychic meditation and raising intuition skills. Last but not least, the alignment of the chakras can be greatly enhanced by mandalas.
Practice using mandalas to gain personal insight and spiritual wisdom
The steps to take to practice using mandalas and gain personal insight and spiritual wisdom would include the following steps:
Choose a mandala that resonates with you. Study its design and the colors, and notice what type of feelings come over you when you look at it. If you feel pleasant emotions, then you have chosen the right one for you.
Before any meditation session, set your intention. Your intention can take any form; a life issue, a misunderstanding, need for guidance. Some mandalas have their specific meanings which could be used as your intention, for example a mandala may balance a certain chakra such as the root chakra.
To start your meditation, use your eyes to take in the mandala and let go of all unwanted thoughts. Be present in the moment and mindful of the mandalas energy and gently guide yourself away from any distractions on your senses. Imagine that you are merging with the mandala and allow yourself to absorb the essence and beauty of the colors and patterns. Follow your breathing, relax and stay focused on the beauty you experience in the mandala. When practiced regularly, most people achieve a sense of clarity and a clearer picture about their intention once their meditations are completed.
Benefits include an increased sense of wellbeing, calmness, clarity, emotional stability, wholeness, creativity and understanding.
Using a mandala is a beautiful way of entering an altered state of consciousness. Benefits include an increased sense of wellbeing, calmness, clarity, emotional stability, wholeness, creativity and understanding. Mandalas are also said to carry their own special kind of vibrational energy. Therefore, they can be used for the enhancement of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.
In different spiritual traditions, mandalas are used to enhance meditation and are used as transformative tools to assist with healing.
Circles occur in nature (sunflowers, snowflakes, planets, water drops, etc.), monuments and buildings, and are also meaningful symbols in cultures in world history. In different spiritual traditions, mandalas are used to enhance meditation and are used as transformative tools to assist with healing.
Tibetan Buddhist Monks and Native American Indians all use mandalas as a way of evoking spiritual energy, meditation, and healing. Psychologist Carl Jung used mandalas himself and with his clients for personal growth. Jung's research revealed mandalas allowed a deep healing to take place from within the human psyche.
Why are circles believed to be so important?
If you are new to meditation, watch this space as I will soon be creating some downloadable guided meditations to support you in your use of meditation on mandalas. You can find my hand painted chakra balancing mandalas for sale in my shop link above or on merchandise here.
Love and light to you all
Meditation = healing
Through meditation we can improve our ability to be sensitive to our mind, body and soul. We can identify our aspirations, dreams and drivers and choose a life of wellbeing and contentment. It is also with deep meditation that the body’s natural healing abilities can flourish.
Seven levels: Kundalini, Body tension release, Breathing Focus, Compassion, Mindfulness, Zen and Transcendental:
Kundalini Yoga meditation
This is an active, moving form of meditation that blends deep breathing and mantras. It is possible to teach yourself this meditation, but it is also taught in a class. It can tone various muscles and help with pain. It is supports psychologically by improving anxiety and depression. A 2008 study of veterans with back pain, found that kundalini yoga reduced pain, improved stamina and boosted positive mental health.
Kundalini meditation is part of Kundalini yoga and its purpose is to guide energy through the body. It is thought that energy in the root chakra at the base of the spine needs to be set free by rising through the the seven chakras of the body and released through the crown chakra over the head.
Releasing energy from the body this way is intended to create a system of communication between the mind and body to relieve mental, physical, and spiritual inbalances. This method of bringing focus to the body by connecting with your breath allows you to be aware and present, initiate new rhythm, and connect with the highest version of yourself. Kundalini meditation is a way to cleanse your mind, an energy shower to cleanse your aura. It's a way to rejuvenate and to manage anxiety in the moment. It helps to balance your energy and calm your mind so you become the master of the thoughts that you have.
This meditation technique I use when I have imbalance in my root chakra which I usually focus on on Mondays, which is also the day of the Moon.
Body Tension Release meditation
The first meditation I ever used was progressive relaxation, which encourages people to scan their bodies for areas of tension. During a progressive relaxation session, individuals start at the feet, and work up the whole body. A good method is to focus and tense and then relax muscles, and another method might be to support a person to imagine a wave, washing through their body to wash away tension. Progressive relaxation can help to promote generalized feelings of relaxation and sensuality and because of this I associate with the sacral chakra. I focus on the sacral chakra on Tuesdays and it is associated with the planet Mercury.
Breathing Focus meditation
Breath awareness is a type of mindful meditation that encourages mindful breathing. Practitioners breathe slowly and deeply, counting their breaths. The goal is to focus only on breathing and to ignore other thoughts that enter the mind. As a form of mindfulness meditation, breath awareness offers many of the same benefits as mindfulness. Those include reduced anxiety, improved concentration, and greater emotional flexibility.
This is my preferred method for meditation using circular breathing whilst playing my didgeridoo, with a mandala for additional focus. I have written about the experience of this here in the article Taoist Circular Breathing and Breathing with Chi. The Solar Plexus, which I focus on on Wednesdays, is associated with the planet Venus. This is the day I do the light work of sending out my distant healing at 10am and you can find out more here.
Compassionate, loving-kindness, Metta or Benevolence meditation carries intention to create an attitude of love and kindness towards everything, even a person's enemies and sources of stress.
With deep steady breathing, individualss open their minds to receiving love and kindness. They then send energy of compassion to the world, to specific people, or to friends and family.
In most forms of this meditation, the key is to repeat the message many times, until the practitioner feels an attitude of loving kindness. Compassionate meditation is designed to promote feelings of love and benevolence, both for others and the meditator. Thursday is heart chakra day and in the planetary structure it is associated with the sun.
Mindfulness is a form of meditation where the purpose is to remain focussed on the present moment. The past and future are not considered, rather the method is to use the senses to take in the experience of now, and this can be practiced anywhere. Living mindfully involves savouring experiences like the smell of a flower or sights and sounds around them.
Mindfulness reduces negative emotions, improve focus and memory, reduce impulsive, emotional reactions and improve relationships. There is evidence indicating mindfulness improves health. A study of African-American men with kidney disease found that mindfulness meditation could lower blood pressure. This is the meditation I link to throat chakra as I feel it supports communication in relationships and it is related to Friday and the planet Mars - on Fridays at 10am I send out empowerments to anyone who wants to receive them (document to explain this coming soon).
Zen meditation is a form of meditation that can be included in Buddhist practice. Some people praticing Zen meditation are guided by a teacher because this kind of meditation involves certain steps and postures.
The goal is to make oneself very comfortable, pay attention to breathing, and mindfully regard one's thoughts without judgment. This is similar to mindfulness meditation but requires more practice and control, and iit supports both relaxation and a new spiritual path. Zen is all about the third eye chakra, Saturday and the planet of Jupiter.
Transcendental Meditation is a spiritual form of meditation where practitioners remain seated and breathe slowly. The goal is to transcend or rise above the meditator's current state of being.
During a meditation session, there is a focus on a mantra or a repeated word or series of words. A mantra is worked out based on a set of factors, sometimes including the year the practitioner was born, and the year the teacher was trained, I have had it reported to me this works very well for some but I did not find it effective personally. People who practice Transcendental Meditation report both spiritual experiences and heightened mindfulness. Crown chakra on Sundays, with the sun, transcendence in the light. It is the day I spend time with crystals, because they, like us are also resonating energy and light.
Meditation can have many benefits with commitment. According to NCCIH "Research suggests that practicing meditation may reduce blood pressure, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression, and insomnia." It is my firm belief that adding the tools of mandalas and crystals to your practice can further enhance the effectiveness of each session, please take a look at my article "Which Chakra is out of balance and what sort of Mandala do I need?" here. Take each day at a time with your meditation practice and you will find that soon the planets of your cosmos begin to align and your mind finds the secrets of celestial peace.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions as I love to hear from folks.
Love and light 🌺🏵️🌟🍀💠☸️❄️
Five ways to Wellbeing - Give
The NHS state one of their 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing is to 'Give'. With Reiki, giving works, but only if the recipient is open to it with 100% buy-in. It is wonderful when there is buy-in and both practitoner and client have the opportunity to make that journey together.
For Reiki treatments to be effective, the therapist needs to have permission from the recipient to carry out the treatment, even if it is a distance healing. There is no way of knowing what another person wants unless it is overtly expressed and it is not fair to make any assumptions. Healing is a personal journey, a person has to make the decision to take the first and following steps. There is a need to accept the requirement to make changes and let go of energy which we may be hanging onto even if it is harming us, this can be hard, and even the best healer in the world can't do this for a person. However, healers can work with their clients.
During a Reiki treatment, the energy of the recipient is not added to or detracted from, rather the Reiki causes the energy in the recipient's chakras to balance, like a string of beads being organised together and straightened. Following the treatment it is up to the recipient to then justify their energies being balanced by making positive changes and practicing giving to themselves. There is some relevance here of the expression "Do unto others as you would do unto yourself" but also, please remember to "Do unto yourself as you would do unto others". Treat yourself as you would treat your best friend, with kindness and love, this will support the energies of your chakras retaining their balance.
Reiki is underpinned by intention and directs powerful energetic frequencies toward a person. This can usually be sensed by the client and practitioner and it has previously been measured by Kirlian photography and other methods. Exposing this power to a person without their consent seems invasive. If a person needs support but Reiki has not been granted, prayer and positive thoughts can be directed and these are less intrusive.
Boundries have to be set so practitioners are not rescuing people or fostering dependency. People can only heal their pain when they are ready to take some responsibility to heal themselves. The healer can support someone and walk alongside, but they can't walk for the person. We don’t help anyone when we try remove all the discomfort and struggle from their journey. Helping when asked can greatly benefit someone on the path to healing, but removing all obstacles for someone eliminates their need to grow and learn—a huge disservice and very draining, as well.
What can I 'give'? - Distance healing, free for you
Wednesdays at 10am is the time I send out my Reiki distant healing to those who have requested to be on my list (if you feel you might benefit from some healing, you are welcome to join this list, please send me an email and simply make the request: firstname.lastname@example.org). I am grateful I am able to practice giving in this way, grateful to the NHS for pointing me in the right direction and grateful to Reiki for presenting such a wonderful opportunity to me. It is a mutually beneficial practice for myself and my clients that I am able to offer this service without any obligation from my clients whatsoever, if you take up this offer I will extend my gratitude to you and commit 100% to deliver an immaculate session of distant healing. I always welcome any feedback about the sessions, any contact from you is welcome at any time. If you would like to learn more about how I conduct a Reiki distance healing please see my Reiki page here for more information.
When did you last pat yourself on the back?
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It may not be natural for us, perhaps in childhood we never had anyone telling us we were accomplishing anything purposeful, so there is no automatic internal voice which pipes up with praise. We may also not have people around us who take the time or have the inclination to share in our success; certainly this has been my experience in the past, never more true than in the workplace. In these situations, the practice of self praise may feel foreign, we are not used to it, it is an alien experience.
We may not recognise opportunities to feel accomplished. Our lifestyle may feel like a flat routine in which we have no expectations of ourselves, we may just show up and not have any specific goals and we may feel we do not achieve anything. The media tries to keep us under the impression that we need to live up to a certain ideal, a physical form with a type of external appearance, unnatural and unattainable, the pursuit of this can leave people despondent and feeling there is no point.
What is the solution? How can we find that inner voice of support, heal a history of our achievements being ignored, become resilient to the lack of encouragement in our workplaces, underpin our choices with meaning and purpose?
Ask yourself "What is my personal measure of success?"
For a single parent it may be getting the children to school on time. For an office worker it might be emptying their email inbox before the end of every week. For someone with depression it may be getting up and getting dressed for the day. For a student it may be finishing their assignments on time. These are the general levels of functioning which we find personally acceptable and for which I believe we should take pride in as often as possible. At the other end of the spectrum, we must never set expectations of ourselves which are unrealistic, instead we should consistently practice being grateful towards ourselves for sometimes simply managing to function. We should accept that we only ever have to do our best and we should be celebrating this every step we take in the right direction.
I ask my clients to focus on questions “What do you feel your strengths are, what gifts do you have, what resources can you realistically draw on to work towards your dreams, what could you do to have the feeling you are able to achieve, what matters to you, when are your skills being leveraged, where do you want to focus your capabilities?” Evaluating the answers to these questions can help start to develop a belief in ourselves. When you can believe in yourself it becomes easier to appreciate your accomplishments, and that is the point at which you should say to yourself - “Well done”- no matter how small the achievement.
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Isn't it about time you organised all your 'stuff'?
Declutter your space. I mean, just imagine for a moment what life would be like if everything was in its place, everything had a home and you could find everything you needed the moment you needed it because it was exactly where it should be? Practical bliss.
Everyone has a 'dumping drawer', could be in the kitchen, in the dining room dresser, or the bed-side table; what on earth is in there? It is the place for the things we don't know where to put - the roll of Christams tape which missed the box of decorations when at the end of the season the decs were put away, the marble which rolled out when you hoovered under the sofa, the free pen they gave you at the bank... and the list goes on. Things, hanging around not having the opportunity to be useful.
William Morris said "Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful", what sound advice and handy mantra for those of my clients I prescribe a space declutter.
I advise clients to go to the 'hotspots' in their homes armed with rubbish bags and cardboard boxes. I advise writing on the boxes where items will be going 'online for sale', 'charity shop', 'recycling', 'long term storage' for items which hold sentimental value, and for everything else, find a permanent home for it. Things, become practical supports in life or items which we enjoy having in our spaces in our eyeline because they bring us happpiness when we appreciate their beauty. Help yourself to live a clutter free life, it feels good when you are not tripping yourself up on your stuff everwhere, and life becomes a smooth clear path.
Declutter your aura. I mean, just imagine for a moment what life would feel like if everything was in its place, every thought and feeling had their home and you could access your intellectual or emotional energies instantly when you needed them because they were resonating exactly as they should be. Actual bliss.
Everyone has a 'dumping drawer', could be a heavy heart, a space where forgiveness should be, mental anguish swishing around; what on earth is in there? It is the place for things we don't know where to put. Forgotten hurts, unresolved arguements, unspoken or undelivered messages, resentment, regrets...and the list goes on.
Lao Tzu said "When I let go of what I am, I become what I want to be" what sound advice and a practical mantra I advise my clients to focus on as part of a prescription to achieve harmonious balance.
I advise clients go to your 'hotspots' in your aura, where there may be negative energies, arm yourself through meditation, Reiki treatments, physical Wellbeing enhancement behaviours such as diet, exercise and enough rest. I advise seeking a conclusion to each issue with the appropriate solution, learn from it. Forgive yourself! If you hold sentimental energies which are hard to let go of such as regret, I advise giving it away to the Universal Energy. Regret is like a large, dark coat on a hot summers day, why would you wear it? You don't need it - it is heavy and claustrophobic, it is your responsibility to enjoy the gift of this day, come to terms with what keeps you down, and let it go, permanently.
Thoughts, memories and feelings, can become either practical supports, such as lessons in life or energies which we enjoy having in our aura because they bring us happpiness when we appreciate their beauty. Help yourself or seek help to harbour a clutter free aura, it feels good when you are not tripping yourself up on your energy everwhere, and life becomes a smooth clear journey.
At ReikiMasterArt.com you can find hand-made, Reiki charged mandalas paintings, prints and other home decor items which can be used as tools for deeper and more focussed meditation. I teach Reiki and give treatments in your own home. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any enquiries.
I am here for you and might be able to help.
Published 18th October 2019 by Julie-Ann Booker email@example.com
How we perceive this world can nurture our Wellbeing needs.
One of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, according to NHS, is to 'Be mindful'. This is something I discuss with my clients - how they are ensuring their focus is on something pleasant as much as possible, by being aware of the present moment and to try to eliminate distractions which might avert them from their pursuit of calm. But I also advise them, this may be only part of what is needed to ensure our Wellbeing is at its peak. Sure, we can take responsibility for steering our eyes to the natural environment as the seasons change for example, or listen out for a bird singing, or share a meaningful, positive interaction with someone we love. But, as we run around in our busy lives, these interactions with our external world can be fleeting and the positive impact they bring short lived as interference jumps at us from every corner, devices, people, responsibilities. So how can we take more steps to achieve a consistent, deeper inner sense of Wellbeing?
The art of improving our Wellbeing is like growing a tree. It needs to be nourished, watered, and have light and air. To nourish - be absolutely mindful in your moments, your time is precious, and every experience should be like a leaf or a blossom thriving in the health of your tree. To water - feel, allow pure emotions to carry you completely and wash through you to bring authenticity to your experiences, like the sap in the tree rises and can spread to the extremities of your being. Shed light on your thoughts, illuminate a path of positivity, see a sparkle of sunshine in the dew on the leaves of your existence. And breathe. Let the trees help you to breathe. Whatever you look at, stop and pay attention and consider - how are you breathing?
Mindfulness, great, so you have grown your tree. But we can go further than this. What would it be like to become the tree? I don't mean simply imagining you are the tree; I mean having an experience that manifests a deeper and long-lasting understanding that you are not separate from the tree. The energy which grows the tree is the same energy that created you and carries you along in and out of every moment.
“The energy which grows the tree is the same energy
that created you and carries you along in
and out of every moment -
believe in your inherent beauty…”
Mindfulness can bring this kind of all-encompassing thought to you sometimes, but I believe it is through the practice of regular meditation that we begin to connect more significantly to the world, others, animals and nature. What can bring us more closely to our utmost sense of wellbeing than the concept that we really are all one and can let go and know we are not lost or alone?
Please see my website ReikiMasterArt.com to see the mandalas I have created as tools to support truly focussed meditation and balanced energies in our chakras. Afterall, what we look at, what we perceive, makes us who we are, so make sure your tree is beautiful...
Reiki Master Teacher, Energy medicine person, Artist, Meditation mandala creator, Chakra balancing crystal jewellery maker, vegan mentor, Wellness Coach, Blogger poetry story writer, Didgeridoo player. I love my dog xx