Making Sense of the Chaos

Well….What a week this has been!!! As we wake up this Sunday morning, we can look back on the past 7 days and say without a doubt that this has been one of the most intense and emotionally draining weeks we can remember. If you live here in the US or in the UK or Europe, switching on the news has resulted in an relentless onslaught of political craziness, deep heartache, uncertainty, disaster and bloodshed. We have been bombarded with the reality of a chaos that feels out of control. Deeply ingrained racial wounds and injustices within a country, mass shootings, terror attacks and governments unraveling and coming apart at the seams – we are being faced with a pain, chaos and mayhem at a level we cannot remember.

Likewise, on a personal level, so many of us are facing our demons, our paths are being challenged, relationships are falling apart or shifting, our actions are being brought into question and light is being shone on all our deepest wounds and dark shadows. At times like this it is important to remember that our outside reality is showing us our inner reality. What we witness in our outer world, is a reflection of what is happening to the collective consciousness within. It is so easy, and quite natural for us to point fingers of blame for the tragedies we witness outside of us all and in this blame, try and analyze and find reasons for its origins so that in

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The Sacred Space

Hi Everyone … a special message for you today… 🙂

Its Sunday and usually that’s when we take time for ourselves….(hopefully)…and spend some quality moments relaxing, decompressing and re-energizing for the week ahead. For some that means spending time in their “Sacred Space” …

What is “The Sacred Space”?…the definition of the word “sacred” means blessed, holy,…sanctified. When we give something the description of being sacred we intend it to mean that which is “consecrated and dedicated ” to the Divine. Many of you would believe a church, temple, or mosque was a sacred place…dedicated, embellished and intended for the honoring of God. Likewise you would also call sacred, a special ancient holy site with deep history and wisdom embedded in its stones or earth.

Those of you on a healing and spiritual path probably have an altar or special shelf you have created with candles, crystals and beloved objects that have special sentimental and spiritual meaning to you. In your intention to create a special space to honor yourself and your journey….you have created and blessed this space with sacredness.

Some of you who are lucky enough to have your own healing/meditation rooms, create the whole space to be sacred for this purpose, filling the room with spiritually charged and emotive images, statues, feathers and other special findings that illustrate and reflect back to you….all that you are and all that you believe.

To create a Sacred Space however….does not need, nor call upon you to

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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?

Dear Friend

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… do both these holy days…..for sure,

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Finding Courage and Faith

Hello dear Friend….

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… 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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