Self-Care within Self-Love


This article was kindly published in the Spring/Summer edition of Spirit of Change Magazine –

Self-Care is an aspect of Self-Love. It’s impossible to give oneself the care one needs if one doesn’t have some aspect of one’s own value. Self-Care can be just as simple as saying no instead of always saying yes, speaking ones truth instead of hiding how they feel, or simply deciding to give oneself a hot bubble bath instead of going out to the party you really don’t want to go to.

However Self-Care can only be applied consistently and meaningfully if we are practicing the endeavor of Self-Love. If we don’t have Self-Love driving the Self-Care, then the act of Self-Care becomes a temporary band-aid. Humans do struggle to love themselves; it is a universal affliction. All souls living this human life, struggle with remembering who they really are and where they come from and because of this they spend their lifetimes looking outside of themselves to fill their own well and more times than not they feel the deficit of love within themselves because of this.

In truth we all come from a one consciousness of Unconditional Love – that is what the Divine is. Understanding this concept and giving ourselves this unconditional love, is our greatest challenge and yet is the most important precursor to offering unconditional love to another and receiving it back. We get caught up in the cycle of giving and receiving love with conditions, a




I painted this image in 2009 and I named it ‘Blue Whispers of Truth’. I was near the end of my first series “ The Goddess Chakra Series and at the time had little knowing of how powerful working with the energy centers in the body could be for myself and others, nor how successful this series of images would become. I moved on from there to teach about chakra healing and how each chakra center had its own story, its own wisdom and lesson and its own path to healing. In my classes I would talk about the 5th chakra, the throat center, as the area where one accesses the truth in ones heart and expresses it. Truth doesn’t come from the mind, it doesn’t even come from the gut, or even intuition. It actually comes from the heart space and is felt as truth in the form of emotion. Whether it be a good feeling emotion or not so good, that indelible feeling that only the heart can feel, is our GPS guidance system to all that is true to us personally.

The truth of the heart is different to the fear of the mind. Fear of the mind is based on our past experiences and holds no weight in the present unless we decide to give it more power than it deserves. Truth of the heart however is indisputable and clear. When one feels love with another, it is indisputable. When one feels sadness or

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Kali-Ma- The Dark Mother © Jo Jayson 2015

For many of us around the world, these are times of great upheaval, chaos, discord and big change. Big change rarely comes without disruption to the status quo and a slow death of something that used to exist, to make way for a new beginning…..a new way.

This is the Time of Kali…

It’s almost two years ago that I painted Kali, and at the same time in a universally synchronized confirmation of my own intuitions, Kali-Ma’s image was projected onto the facade of the Empire States Building here in New York. Whoever decided to do that was clearly also very intuitive because since that point we have seen huge unforeseen changes, chaos and instability in our political world here and abroad and great division and tension amongst people. Kali-Ma , the revered Hindu Goddess, represents the energy of pure creation. Within this energy of creation comes destruction, darkness and the breaking down of the old. For some this is why Kali energy is often feared….but in truth, out of the darkness and destruction of the breakdown of what is, lies the powerful and nurturing aspects of rebirth and a new creation.

All of us are witnessing this outside of ourselves, and many our experiencing these changes personally in their own lives. Many relationships are coming to an end, lives are being turned upside down and many are going through transformations with the big storms of change passing through. What

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Discernment, Empowered Choice and Focused Intention

It sure has been a bumpy landing into 2017 and the last week or so has been indeed high energy, loud contention and what has felt like an ensuing chaos befalling all of us. Much politically has happened in a short period of time here in the US and many are starting to rise out of their comfort zones and slumbers to stand up for all the values they hold dear. We are seeing a collective empowered waking up. Social media these days has become a place to voice our beliefs, dump our frustrations and argue with our neighbor. Without getting political here, many of us on both sides of the aisle, are feeling heavy and weighed down by the discord. At the same time social media and the news is where we hope to get informed about what is really happening around us. Its a place to find our tribe, to connect with those of like minds and find solidarity with those who hold the same values. In this paradox, we can feel conflicted and torn down the middle. We may have friends with different and opposing beliefs and positions and we are agitated with the disharmony this provides us. We struggle to decipher real news from the fake and we find ourselves spinning in a draining mayhem of emotions.

Many of us are needing balance and clarity. From my teachings of Artemis, we are now called to come back to ourselves and gather all parts of us

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A Time to be Fearless



As you wake up today in a new year, a new beginning and a new perspective, we can all say goodbye to a 2016 of struggles, chaos, conflicts and challenges. All years have these aspects but this past year seems to have been more intense than others. This past year I wrote my book, “Self-Love Through The Sacred Feminine”. It was a 6 year process which culminated and concluded in the energetic “9” year which was 2016. As many know, “9” years are conclusions, endings and wrapping ups. After the long effort of writing and publishing my book, I realized that that was the easy part……

The journey for me back to self-love was difficult and long for sure and writing the book was in no doubt a challenging part of the journey but the hardest part came after the book was written. Now I had to share myself in a way I had not done before, to the outside world and to those who may not be aware of all I do. Some groups of people in my life know me just as an artist, even though for many I am also a spiritual teacher and intuitive channel. Over the years I have managed to keep these parts of myself separate and hidden from those who may not understand or appreciate. It felt comfortable to do this and there is a security and safety in keeping aspects

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