I'm so grateful for the amazing day today. I have spoken to people all over the world via Skype, it is such an amazing tool.
Are you using it? It costs money to call people, but the video option of face to face talking is free!!!
You can download it here and be talking to your friends or loved ones so quickly.
If you are a bit worried about the technical stuff - I know I am now building websites, but until Christmas I had never loaded a DVD into the player and turned the TV on to watch it. So if I can do it - you can do it too!
Darlings: There are several invitations for compassion in my newsfeed today. I've got caught up thinking I would comment and then decided against it more than once.
Instead of commenting all over the show - I'm just going to say this:
You are soooo loved. Even when you are not loving yourself, even when you feel like you are not loved by anyone, you are loved by more people than you think. When someone treats you badly and it feels like 'un-love' - give them a G I A N T swerve, and get on with life.
They must really be feeling awful/challenged/stressed/overwhelmed/hurt or suffering from some major feeling of lack in order to poke you with the grouchy stick. If they were in their 'right space' they probably wouldn't.
Don't catch their ball and play their game - swerve and keep cruising in your space of love. Felt or unfelt, seen or unseen, you are loved, and it's the radiance inside you that matters most.
Let them go in a pure, clear, radiant way - with love. They must need it.
All this reaching for happiness stuff sometimes stretches your nerves out all twangy and makes your fingernails a bit thin and crumbly.
Do it if you wish, some days, and on others - try instead sitting with what you have and making the best of it.
That worked for hundreds of years before the self help movement showed up.
The songs says 'some days are diamonds, some days are gold, sometimes the hard times, won't leave us alone.' And it can seem like that. But sure enough things shift. They shift a hell of a lot faster if you recognise that life has it's ups and downs. It's your choice to have a healthy attitude about the ups and downs, but happy most of the time comes with acceptance that you can't control everything, and a big, deep breath in, and a big whoosh deep breath out.
You don't 'have' to be happy.
Just be. Hang out with life instead. Take the pressure off.
You are who you are and the day - it just is what it is. Every single day has seasoning - a bit of happy, a bit of this, a bit of that. Life is like the spice drawer.
Happy can show up again when you've given yourself a big old break from the grind. Reaching for happy can be hard work.
Bugger off and do something nice instead. Get out of your head. Happy isn't there.
the little things that make your heart sing, are really important, go with what feels good to your gut, listen to great music and spend time with the trees, grass and sky.
Ranty Pants Series: Tending your own flowers.
It can be very discouraging to look over the fence and see what the 'other' person is doing. Things can get a bit pear shaped if your nose gets out of joint because they appear to be:
a. growing bigger flowers
b. having more fun than you
c. further along or 'doing better' than you
d. you feel you are superior and they are 'doing it wrong'
What is happening to your garden while you are straining your neck over the wall?
Your energy is being diluted. Your mission is being ignored. Your flowers are wilting. In some circumstances, the wind can go out of your sails while you go into resentful mode.
Now of course, you have something to learn from resentment, and I always find getting that lesson sorted fast is really, really good.
Because you are devaluing your own goods, gifts and opportunities while the other garden is being paid attention to. And you DO have amazing gifts.
If you can examine that resentment and realise that it is your teacher, you will discover the person who looks more successful, may be calm on the surface and is paddling like hell under the water.
They ARE earning their rewards, and people sometimes work very hard to make things look effortless for a while before they break though and start flourishing . Perhaps you could approach them in a loving way and ask them how they do it.
The thing to consider is this - their business is not your business, unless you are honouring it and showing it grace. You don't get points by putting it down, and your message can become a bit garbled - and you can lose your best focus, love energy - while you hold resentment.
Get back into grace and then grace is all around you.
Weed your garden, chuck out the resentful thoughts, and then water, give love and your own flowers WILL grow.
And sooner, rather than later, you will have more seeds to sprinkle.
A word from the wise…
'Always listen to yourself. It's better to be wrong than simply follow convention.
If you are wrong, no matter, you will have learned something and you will grow stronger. If you are right, you will have taken another step toward a more fulfilling life. '
- Bryce Courtenay 1933 - 2012
You are treasure. I've told you before and sometimes you've soaked it up and said "Yes!" Other times, you've given me that look. The one that says "No way, I'm broken, I'm not that thing you think you see, I am believing that I am nothing much at all." But nothing could be further from the truth. Sure there are days when we are resistant, but we have to check ourselves sometimes, and remember that resistance blocks us. In all directions. Flow is really important and we can't flow that well if we have dammed up our stream with rocks.
You're perfect as you are, it just takes a moment sometimes for us to realise this and embrace it, and when life feels tough - now and then, a little nudge is all we need to come back online.
Bryce Courtenay is probably writing away somewhere in the stars. I like to think he is helping me.
I've certainly learned from him and when I read this beautiful piece of writing (below), I think we share similarities of vision. He, more than any other writer, opened my eyes to african stars, to the power of one, to hopes, dreams and far away places.
When I see his books, I scoop them up. At a school fair I discovered 'A Recipe for Dreaming' and it was a dollar. I felt blessed, inherited a bookmark and a little note that said 'whether you are near or far, I have roads inside me, that take me to where you are.' I wonder who left it there. It's a heartwarming extra gift.It's a curious thing, reading another persons secondhand book. I wonder where it's been, who has soaked it's wisdom up, who has been entertained. Did it mean to them, what it means to me?
Bryce writes 'The combination of learning to dream and getting into the habit of asking yourself questions is, I believe, the beginning of a way to live a happy and original life.'
This is accurate for me. I spent years running from myself and only recently realised how to stop and ask myself what was right for me, how I felt and what I was here for. Too often the treadmill captures us.
I thought I would share this little passage from the book with you because it has inspired me so.
'You were not born empty.
God formed you with perfect feet and hands and a heart that beats non-stop, sometimes for a hundred years. He made you complete.
Why then, do you assume He made you empty?
He didn't, of course. You inherited a thousand generations of wisdom, skill, poetry, song, all the sunrises and sunsets of knowledge past. You are the sum of all the people who went before you.
You are a refinery of intellectual wealth.
The full flood of antecedent wisdom is piped and stored within you - how to climb the highest mountain, slay the biggest monster, how to survive fear and how to summon your own courage and take pride in your wonderful intelligence.
Inside you are more possibilities than you could possibly use up in one lifetime.
If you can dream it - you can do it, because the instinctive knowledge of how to succeed is already programmed within you waiting to be turned on. Waiting to flow like a river as you come on stream.'
I love it, don't you?
Bryce has been a big part of my dreaming. Perhaps he can inspire you too.
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Crystal Clear - Helping Vision
I love the healing power of crystals, it's just an amazing thing. How do they heal us?
Well, they vibrate at a certain frequency. And unwell humans vibrate at another. When there is discord in your energy field and you bring the right crystal in for healing, the crystal energy hums away repairing your depletion until your level is raised enough to release the unwellness. When you no longer need it, but you continue to hold it close, in your field or in your pocket - the crystal is often lost.
Clear quartz, a very high grade clear quartz is fabulous for the eyes. If you lay down and place one on each eyelid or above or below the eyes, it's a little like having a rejuvenation with cucumber. A very lovely mini treatment.
But you could take this one step further, as I do with some of my clients, and intensively work on your vision.
I went for a check to Eye Specialist. Today. Could read 1 line smaller !! than last time and had a scan.
He said "I wish all my patients were as boring as you. What are you doing?" I said "I'm putting quartz crystals on them". He said, "Well keep doing it, your eye hasn't been this good for a long time".
I lay the crystals on my eyes and forehead for about half an hour most days. I use all 5.
My family has had great success with the crystals preventing car sickness (held a crystal in each hand).
I skinned my shin very badly - the crystals laid on the plaster bandage took the pain away almost immediately.
AND my daughter used them to clear the water to taste better at our beach house as well.
I wash them for a moment in cold water most days, dry them and put in love, healing and golden light.
Thank you lovely Deb.
I am so grateful to hear this, as she has previously been told to expect her eyesight to deteriorate.
Quartz crystals are in stock if you would like to purchase them. I have large ones here for $13.50 each.
Meditate for wellness with one on each eye.
All the hard work, all the projects, all the plans, the slog, the effort and the relentless pursuing in the face of - let's face it - sometimes, not so much reward - are finally starting to make some sense, come into shape.
You've been laying the groundwork, building the platform, dreaming the dream and coming into line with walking the talk. And now you are finally speaking the language of the people - and OH MY GOODNESS! Communication came into line last week and what's more important is - now there are people all over the place, listening AND telling others about your work. Yahoo!!!
As you leave the feeling of that long, hard slog behind, you keep walking, and step into a clearer space, more light, more action filled and more expansive. Rock on now - miracle worker - you are shining!!!
Breathe in this clear energy and let it infuse all your cells. Sit for a moment, holding a smile, and a YES!
and then go out and be gorgeous.
Fight your heart and your heart will fight you back.
Fight your liver and your liver will fight you back.
Fight your family and your family will fight you back.
Fight your life situations and they will fight you back.
Fight your neighbour and he will fight you back.
If your country fights with another country, that country is bound to fight yours back.
The path to peace starts in your heart.
Call off the fight and ask your heart what it is trying to tell you.
The Resistance is made redundant at the end of the War.
Then there is peace and then there is progress.
And the flowers bloom again.
(c) Deb Wharfe 2012
I was introduced to Naam Yoga in 2012 by a lovely lady named Nilamani.
It was a total mind shift from my ideas of Yoga, and was introduced to me gently - I resonated with it really well because it was all about breath, movement, and the power of ancient words.
My greatest fears were laid to rest: I did not look like an idiot, I was not required to sling my legs around my ears, elegantly or otherwise, I did not fart in front of a whole class of people (I DID say greatest fears!) and to be honest, it was integrated so simply and gently, that I felt like I was just doing a modified form of laying around - relaxing. BRILLIANT as far as I was concerned. Easy Peasy. But because we were simultaneously moving, working with the breath and chanting at the same time, we somehow, subtly, achieved a great deal in a simple session.
I felt amazing. Introducing the sun, and light in, and riding on the energy of beautiful music, I felt cleansed, cleared, whole, released, energised.
On November 25th 2012, Dr Michael Joseph Levry, Founder of Naam, led a historical event - a Naam Yoga Super Class gathering in Mexico. He had a record breaking result - a crowd of 15,000 people, all joining together to spread light and peace throughout the world. Thousands more joined via the internet.
Perhaps they succeeded in a way that they hadn't expected.
The following day, in one of the world's most violent cities, no violent crime was reported. It was the first time in living memory that such a situation existed.
That day was described across the world as 'New York's Most Beautiful Day. '
THIS, is the previous day in Mexico...
Why am I writing about it now?
Actually, I wrote about it then, but I have been prompted now, to share once again - with you.
Over the last couple of months I have met several people who could do with a little bit of 'me' time in a beautiful energy. So this, my darlings, is for you. Take the time. It's gentle, I promise.
Loving, nurturing guides will only take you as far as you need to go, and Naam is a wonderful self healing, and world healing tool.
There is no way that New York's violence free day happened by accident. We have the power to change the world we live in. We have the power to be that change 'we wish to see.'
If this story moves you or intrigues you - find out more, and please share this to inspire others.
Naam Yoga is here in Hakanoa St, Grey Lynn - Auckland City - Contact Nilamani 021 594 159
and on Auckland's North Shore - Contact Julia - 021 023 69824.
Naam Yoga Aotearoa New Zealand is on facebook, click the link here