Floating towards Forgiveness

Hello dear Friend….

We all have, at times in our lives, felt hurt, wounded or victimized by others we are close to. At other times, we have been the one that has done the hurting, either with our words or our actions. Usually when we are hurt by others, it is a time for great growth and spiritual expansion, although it may not feel like that as we go through the wounds and experience ourselves as victims. Likewise when we are the perpetrator of the hurt to another…….we are also asked by our higher selves, to grow beyond and above our actions, so we can make amends and clear the karma.

Many times however we are not graced with an apology from the one who has hurt us……and this leaves us feeling lacking in closure for the experience that has caused us so much pain. The spiritual teachings of our faiths and the popular idea that forgiveness is something we must strive for……..can send us down a path that we feel is endless…..When will we ever get to feel that feeling of forgiveness?…how do I get it?, what meditations do I need to do to access it ? what rituals and practices do I need to dedicate myself to, in order for me to find this elusive forgiveness ? In this striving and struggling to get to this distant place of peace, we find ourselves swimming upstream, further and further away from our desired destination.

Guan Yin,

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Are you in search of Hope?

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Here we are , nearly at the end of the “Holy Week”, a few more days left of the Passover and right in the middle of the Easter weekend. It has been on my mind since writing my last blog about ‘Courage and Faith’, that what we also need, in times of struggle and challenge – is Hope.

It is beautifully timed that in this one week, we have two holy festivals that in their essence, embody the idea of Hope. In beautiful alignment, we are also walking through the door of Springtime, a season of new life, renewal, and a blossoming out of a winter of darkness. ‘Easter’ as it is called now, has its origins in Ostara, a saxon pagan festival honoring the Goddess of Springtime, renewal, new life and fertility. Christianity borrowed these names and merged the idea of them with the latin name for Easter – Pascha (meaning pass over). In these mergings and blendings of names, origins and customs, we can look at all these Spring festivals, as a time to look beyond the darkness and have hope for better times and more light.

Christians focus on the ‘Resurrection’ of Jesus’, emerging and rising out of the despair of the crucifixion into a place of redemption and saviour – and for Jews, emerging out of the bondage of slavery, into a land of Promise and Freedom. Just as Spring gives us more light, life, promise and joy…..so do both these holy days…..for sure,

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Finding Courage and Faith

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I’ve been wanting to write about the topic of Courage and Faith for a few months now……ever since I began painting Jeanne d’Arc last Fall. I have noticed and had to bear witness to experiences and situations in my own life that have had me on my knees. Challenges from all corners of my life…..being faced with crossroads and choices…..and an unknown and undefined path in front of me…..whichever way I looked. I also was aware that although I felt very much alone in these challenges and fears……many around me were being put through similar lessons and tests. I say lessons and tests because I think most would agree that once you move through these dark tunnels of fears…and reach the other side…..you can look back with a new wisdom and understand that you have been tested in not only your Strength and Courage…but ultimately in your Faith.

Faith is an interesting word. Many associate it with religion and doctrine…..but in its essence it is that hidden yet potent place inside us, that we find usually in the darkest of times, which infuses us with some magical strength from another place and time. Somehow we are made to look at our fears so closely, in such a vulnerable and terrifying encounter…..and in many cases we are tempted to give up, to succumb to the intensity of the fear, and back away from moving through and past it. I know myself, I have had to look at personal,

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New Moon, New beginnings Imbolc and Brighid

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‘Winter is on my head, but Eternal Spring is in my heart’ – Victor Hugo

Well I hope you are all keeping warm and cosy during these bitter cold winter months and for those of us here in the US, I hope you are managing to withstand this polar vortex that has uninvited itself into our lives causing havoc and chills for so many. Snow is coming thick and fast here in New York….and has made myself, as so many, hide away inside and go into hibernation mode. Winter is so clever like that, in the way that it allows us to rest, to recuperate and retire. As the earth is covered in blankets of white, we retreat to our own blankets…to take the time to quiet our lives, slow down our schedules and renew our intentions for the year ahead. Today is the New Moon and in two days (February 1st) it is Imbolc….a gaelic pagan festival, marking the beginning or birth of spring, half way between the winter solstice and spring equinox. Imbolc means “full belly”, a term given to lactating or pregnant ewes, preparing to give birth or nurse their newborns. Imbolc is the time of new life, rebirth, renewal. Brighid , the Mother Goddess of Ireland, is honored and beloved on this day…she appears as a maiden, welcoming the birth of spring, sowing the seeds of the first crops, midwiving the birth of newborn herds and encompassing the next cycle of

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