Marianne Williamson says 'We will inhabit the world we wish to see and that is why we must never lose sight of love.'
But what is love? Love is only what it means to us. Everything on earth means what it means to us personally. It has as much importance or as little importance as we attach to it.
It's all around us, yet - we sometimes need to tweak our eyes a little, tune ourselves to perceive a little, if we want to increase our spiritual vision.
We already have a network of symbols. Hearts are love. Clouds herald rain, rainbows mean the sun is coming. Wool to me, means warmth and comfort, wool to a sheep farmer might mean hard work and profit. Dogs are loyalty - unless they are snarling - then they mean keep out.
Consider some of the symbols you have and already use daily.
Each persons symbols come from their own life experiences, so they all have subtle differences - and there is more than one way to look at the signs, symbols and messages that are everywhere - so really - it's about getting clear to look. Putting ourselves in a space of grace first, so we can simply receive, instead of pushing and thrashing to get some kind of outcome.
A fearful space brings a fear of the signs that come, and a loving space brings a better experience.
Sit in a quiet space. And if the only quiet space you have is in the bathroom - go for it - it's a great start.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
You do not have to get a result in this exercise.
Simply say to yourself (internally) "I am willing to see." And imagine you have parcelled that up, in an envelope with a stamp on it - and you've sent it in some kind of imaginary Angel Powered Post Box.
That's it. Let it go.
Admit to yourself that you need help. And then tell your Higher Self, your Angels, God or Nana, you are ready for that help.
As simply as this "Angels, I am willing to accept the help you send me."
Take any steps that you feel guided, pressed upon, compelled to take. Carefully listen to hunches. Notice recurring thoughts, and instead of pushing them away, ask yourself - is this for my higher good?
Discern whether you have been disregarding them due to fear, and if so - does that fear hold a key to healing for you? Write the thoughts down and take appropriate action.
The action process is an instigation.
The allowing process is an invitation.
The active listening process is a validation.
Love, faith, some devotion, constructive action, and dedicating yourself to service are all a part of welcoming miracles.
So while you are sitting, after you have completed this process, place both hands on your heart and just warm it with love. Once you start to feel a fullness, send any excess out to your home, your family, pets and friends.
As an ongoing process, intend to receive 3 big signs on a journey - perhaps the journey to work.
I asked for a song (to confirm I was doing the right thing) while I was on my way to my Reiki 1 Learner Healers course, and at the top of the Reiki Teachers driveway - that song played on my car radio.
It blew me away. And underlined my day, my Reiki, my Teacher and my spiritual way of life was very important.
So what song will you ask for?
And would you please let me know if you have a little story about it?
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Edelweiss, the song featured in the Rogers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, was a gift today in a session I did with a client.
It arrived, popping into my head, as most do, (have I told you about the Heavenly DJ?) in an extremely relevant moment.
It turned out to be a spiritual healer that was most appropriate and most welcome in the space.
Not only did my client know the song, AND sang it to me, but he also bought an Edelweiss flower when he was travelling, many years ago in Europe.
The spiritual significance of Edelweiss is so encouraging.
It stands for daring courage and noble purity. A hardy plant that blooms in difficult conditions, covered in a layer of fluff, protecting itself against the tough conditions. Used as a symbol of bravery and an award.
To climb and return with Edelweiss was considered a great achievement.
It's been protected in the wild, but is now grown all over colder places in the world, and for skincare ranges and medicinal preparations - Edelweiss is described as a miracle flower - good for vascular health with anti ageing properties and useful in cases of dysentary, diphtheria and tuberculosis.
As I look into the message Edelweiss brings, it says "Tadahh! I made it!" to me. I see its journey through a tough space and how it presents itself, outstretched, and opened really wide.
That star shape is magical. Can you see? If you close your eyes and ask - can you feel the energy of it?
The vibration of flowers can move us deeply into a place of wellness.
It may have traditionally been hard to find, but its generous openness, the exhilarating trip it led you on, and the beautiful energy it shares, is worth the hike.
What a gift.
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Oh my goodness. In my head there are many, many ideas. And sometimes, they can just bite me a little…
Like the one that popped into my head just now. It came from a movie. Sometimes I hear songs, and I call that 'the Heavenly DJ' - today it was fairly and squarely Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump.
I was thinking about how 'life is like a box of chocolates' you know the quote from the movie?
And I was thinking… hmmm if I asked 100 people what kind of chocolates they would choose for a personalised box - what would they choose? And what do our favourite chocolates say about us?
Not for me, the softy too-sweet marshmallowy fluffy stuff. Nooo.
I'd choose peppermint dark chocolate. A bit zingy, uplifting, refreshing, rich and strong - now there is a powerful introduction.
And then a strawberry milk chocolate, a little sweetness, light and gooey - ooh the mouthfeel and the story of coming to fruition in the summer sunshine - mmm….
And then I would want a salty caramel, the chewiness, oh and that sweet combined with the salt - taking the rough with the smooth, melting it slowly over several minutes because I would like to savour it. Aaah the richness of life experience through the years.
You can get so much from a box of chocolates - it's not just a box of chocolates - it's a stroll through your personality.
I can almost smell the box.
There is no chocolate in my house. My mouth and my belly are trying to get my legs to go chocolate shopping. I am resisting. But the force is not that strong within me. I have been bitten - by my creativity.
There is only one known cure for this. I may require a visit to Devonport Chocolates, or the counter upstairs at Smith & Caughey, skip along to Farro - or failing that, I shall nip down to the supermarket and have a 'chat' with Mr Lindt in row 6.
Oh yes, life is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're gonna get.
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Sometimes people trying to get their points across look like zealots, and nothing turns me off faster, but amongst the zealoty over the top clips I have seen, a raft of great videos and news reports go through my facebook newsfeed. And these are a few I appreciate, so I am sharing.
I am not into cons-piracy theories, I am into knowing that corporations are about profit and governments are funded by big, often discreetly gifted money. I am into knowing about what I can do to help myself and others around me.
I am inspired to look more closely at the people around me and engage with them on a loving level. I might not understand their lives. I don't have to - but they are people like me, they for the most part, have sons and daughters and family they care about. They don't want their children to die tragically or needlessly, something has to give.
Perhaps these will inspire some thought...
1. Mike Prysner - I don't know him, I don't know for certain if this is his valid life experience or merely a really well designed protest talk - but he makes such valid points, on humanity, greed, and rising above war and racism.
'Ordinary' people of volume do have great power, but not until they realise it. Remember the massive amount of people in the Egypt protest?
It's worth your time to watch Mike's talk here. (He gets a few standing ovations before the end, but they are not the end - keep watching.)
2. I am aware of the massive mental destruction that occurs as a result of trauma. I work with people suffering from prolonged abuse, PTSD and other related issues. Reawakening the spirit within us all is crucial - and in this clip, the moment of engagement when this ex-veteran recognises himself under the layers of disillusionment is extremely heartwarming. He moves into a new phase of life as a result.
It's a sad truth that many Vets are suffering unsupported from PTSD. Who did they really lose themselves for, what haunts them most? If they were all grouped together and allowed to air what haunts them most in a book, would anyone go to war? Would anyone send their child to war?
3. Russell Brand's great interview with Jeremy Paxman took the world by storm and is loaded with valid points that echo or rather frame the importance of the first talk by Mike Prysner. Russell doesn't have answers - he is outlining the need to recognise our power, aware of his own faults and speaking out of the space he has earned through his own work, like we all do - he has a right to have an opinion.
I agree with Billy Connolly's quote from several years ago 'the desire to become a politician should prevent anyone from ever being allowed to be one.' I don't have answers either though, just suggestions.
There are clips in my facebook newsfeed daily, clips that are not reaching mainstream media - displaying the massive amount of nuclear polluted water - thousands of litres a day, heading into the sea as a result of Fukushima. Draw your own conclusions as to why this is not being shared in the mainstream media.
Find out about sustainability and pay attention to what is going into your mouth.
About 3 weeks ago I chose to leave a full plate of sushi because the texture of the salmon in it was weird. I am not saying that it has been 'poisoned' - but it made me think - I don't know what was in it, and bad choices are being made on our behalf without any pretense of consultation. Have you seen the information about McDonalds fries having 17 ingredients? Did you, like me, imagine they are made of potatoes, oil and salt?
We don't all need to be food zealots, but if we are what we eat and we are eating food loaded with numbers, bleach and dye - don't expect to feel great.
We need to know where our food comes from, eat local, plant seeds, grow fruit trees, use farmers markets, buy organic if possible, throw away processed (I call it mechanical) food, it interferes with our brains, our children's brains and bodies - and perhaps learn how to muscle test the food we eat.
We are fresh bodies. We NEED fresh air, love, fresh food AND fresh water, and we need to know where it comes from. We need to be more involved, more engaged with what we put in, because wellness is no longer something that many people can take for granted. I don't want Nestle to deplete water reservoirs from villages in Pakistan, which is what they are currently doing.
Pay attention to what is coming out of your mouth - do be gentle and love each other without screaming about differences - strangers care about you and we see that demonstrated so easily when I ask for group healing on my facebook page.
You might not know the people who send you healing, they just do it because they are GREAT people. You pass people daily in the street who wish you well, you are unaware of them, and they may not resonate with you, but they are there all the same.
Care about yourself. Care about others. Teach your children to care about themselves and others, lead by example, and even when you are worried about life - don't teach them hopelessness, find them mentors, inspiration and discover what makes their hearts soar. The world we live in is personal and magical when we make it so. We can change it, by being mindful, by being loving, by being compassionate. We don't have to be perfect in any moment. Just engaged.
Get a mentor, find someone who inspires you to keep reaching forward, even when life feels awful, because sometimes it does. Keep common sense with you - if what they say really has you questioning - don't blindly follow. I've heard a lot of crap come out of people who stood up and said they had all the answers.
We all know there is a kind of crash already happening, it's via an obvious misalignment of us - people with new ideas and new needs crashing into the old archaic, establishment way of doing things. It's a good crash, a radical positive lifestyle change, coming in on a tide of dyslexic children, who don't fit the system and are more feeling, sensitive people. It's coming in on a web that connects people globally, on a wave of people who are disenchanted with the way government doesn't work, it's coming in on a wave of life changing love reaching the planet.
The change is coming in with you. As Sting said - Love is the seventh wave.
All you have to do is place one foot in front of the other and keep your eyes open and take care.
Peace begins with us.
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I talk about the Heavenly DJ a bit.
And many of you know what that is.
Some newbies however, might be wondering, so I will explain myself.
My Heavenly DJ is the source of the songs that just show up in my head.
I get LOADS of them. It's a gift and a 'channel' lots of people can access, some people call them 'earworms' but they are important - and if you have a problem with them getting stuck in your head - listening to them, understanding and saying thanks, helps them to go..
I have had some terrific messages from the songs that come through to me. Often the song is obscure and I have to do some research to find out what it is - then have a listen. (This makes it difficult if the song actually has words like na, na, na, na in them, which one did recently.)
I am often wowed by them, because it's so apt for my particular situation.
I use the words/phrases God, The Big Guy Upstairs, The Universe and so on intermittently, and the Heavenly DJ is the music department of that...
And how do I know the Heavenly DJ/God has a sense of humour?
There have been various jokes played over the years, but the most daft musical pun I've received to date goes like this...
James and I were cooking dinner tonight.
I am fluffing about at the bench, and he wanders off from his soup and then says "Hun can you stir my soup for me?"
Like a flash of lightning in my head - seriously - oh so fast - I hear a 70's song.
'I'll be your substitute'
I hear the band singing in my head. (At this stage I don't know who the band is, but that's irrelevant as the full message comes through.)
'I'll be your substitute?' I think/say in my head to the Heavenly DJ... 'Umm - I
don't understand THAT message??'
There is a pause and a feeling of mirth presents itself.... another pause.
I get this reply.....
'I'll be your SOUP-STIR-tute.... wooHOOO...' and I can hear laughter.
Listen to the song. You'll get how well it fits.
Took me half an hour to shake it back out of my head. My apologies if it gets stuck in yours. Obviously the Naff jokes department night shift were on duty, or some angelic smartypants was messing with the intercom.
(God knows it's important to have a laugh.)
And here it is, for your listening pleasure....: Clout 1978 I'll be your substitute.
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Energy expert, Deb is also a spiritual teacher, healer, writer and artist.