The written word with all its eloquence, clumsiness and fathomless suggestive nature.
Luring in the savory and unsavory. Attempting to defy limitation
Yet still conjuring an awe inspiring ability to touch a heart, invoke the imagination,
reveal a truth or even destroy a dream.
An impressive way to communicate, to teach, to story tell and inspire.
A gift to offer guidance and to reveal a truth from a lie.
Let this language dance in your psyche, play in your dreams.
Probe and inquire into your own values to find your truth.
And only if it calls let it land in the depths of your heart as a guiding light,
a benevolent hand in alignment with what you already remember.
May your spiritual essence integrate beautifully with your human existence
so the two worlds no longer collide.
May your sacredness walk hand in hand with your humanity,
so all your dreams and your heartfelt desires come true.
And may your heart crack open so wide that your capacity for love is boundless.
From my heart to yours,
“SILENCE IS THE TRUE FRIEND THAT NEVER BETRAYS.”
You may be wondering what are the actual benefits of committing to spending time in silence…
I am always intrigued and rather amused by the display of emotions when I tell people I am going to spend my time, energy and money on seven days of silence.
Sometimes there is an internal sigh of “I wish I could have that”, often from the overly extended, exhausted introverts. Then there is also the brilliant response that in translation is “Why in God’s name would you choose to do that?”
So, after many years of committing to this practice myself and offering it as part of my teachings, it seems like an excellent question and one I will do my utmost to answer.
As you know, life can become rather full. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it could be overflowing with relationships, creativity, spontaneity and my prayer for you, is much laughter. Yet it can also be filled with timelines, deadlines (I’ve never liked that expression!), to do lists and sometimes the overwhelm of knowing what you are aspiring to is not actually humanly possible. This may sound familiar.
So, in comes the possibility of a day of silence.
During this precious time you are fully taken care of. There is no need to communicate with anyone and your external senses are given a holiday. The silence, stillness and the slow pace becomes the beloved container which holds you, supports you and for a precious moment in time allows the unconscious to rise to the surface. This allows space for unresolved issues to be gently revealed and inquired into. What is vital to your well being is discovered with such clarity. And the threads of life no longer serving you are blatantly shown.
What amazes me is within this simple choice of silence is what we cling to for dear life will gently dissolve and release throughout the day. The commitment is to allow whatever arises to flow through the cracks of your mind. And yes there are many amazing therapies and ways to reveal our truth, yet in my experience this simplest of ways is one of the most powerful.
What is most profound for me is having nothing to do, nothing to fix, nothing to change. It is all about allowing, receiving and shedding. The space itself is the healing and the revelation. The beauty is, you will leave transformed, yet the mind will not necessarily know why. And that, my dear friend, is the whole point.
It is the sweet, exhausted, fearful mind that is always trying to fix and control our life. Yet with all its brilliance it has such limitation. In the sound of silence, the mind for a precious fleeting moment gets to let go and release its grip. Then more of your true nature and essence is revealed as the clenched fists of the mind begin to let go.
So if this peaks your interest or a part of you knows this is a next step for you, please give yourself this gift and experience so you can find out what this silence, stillness and receiving will give to you…
From the loving silence of my heart,
“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light,
and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.”
Have you ever wondered who’s energy
you are actually feeling at any given moment?
I met a man recently who’s energy I could not read.
For those of you who know me, this is an unusual occurrence as my first introduction to someone is usually through their energy field. He felt like a tree who’s branches allowed the wind to blow through. No resistance, no craggy edges. It seemed in that moment, nothing was getting caught in his energy field.
It fascinated me so much, that on my morning walk I pondered the idea of how often our own being is full of someone or something else’s energy. And if you are someone who is embarking on the miraculous journey of understanding your own energy, this question gets heightened.
If you are anything like me, there have probably been many times in your life when you felt a sensation or an emotion and you actually had the thought; “this is not mine”. Sometimes simply walking into a room can feel energetically like you have walked into a cobweb.
And on my walk I came up with many scenarios…
Know the gift of Reiki is to align us with a clear and pure healing essence of the love we already embody. And through practice and awareness we become an expert in knowing who’s energy belongs to who, reclaiming our own and releasing what certainly is not ours!
If as you read this, you feel drawn to learn more, please give your self the gift of responding to your natural curiosity and find ways to explore your own relationship with energy.
In the Spirit of Energy,
“Your task is not to seek for lovebut merely to seekand find all
the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~ Rumi
Have you noticed how the same New Year’s resolutions reoccur year after year? Exercise more, eat less refined foods, and get more sleep. Feel free to add your own resolution here!
You may have also noticed how the intention starts off so good, particularly if fueled by weeks of too much sugar, shopping and stress! Yet this resolve, commitment and dedication to exquisite self care can often fade quickly into the background of other peoples needs and the never ending ‘to do’ list.
Then the guilt, shame and cruel vindictive voice in our head begins her tirade. The one who destroys our self worth, shames us into punishing behaviors and makes us believe we will never be enough. This merciless critic then becomes the motivating factor for us to either fall into a state of lethargy and do nothing or to pick a cruel and unusual punishment such as to never eat cake again!
Imagine if there were another path!
A kinder more loving approach where you will feel supported and held in loving arms. A place where a deep love for yourself is the norm and leads the way with gentle reminders and commitments which are reasonable and always celebrated.
Well, thank goodness there is…
You may well have noticed how the energies at this time of year seem to be more frenetic rather than following nature’s rhythm of slowing down? The ‘to do’ list which is already filled beyond capacity, seems to now overflow with a whole new set of agendas. Then we add insult to injury by thinking we should not feel resentment, annoyance or irritation. Unfortunately this leaves our rather frazzled psyche no space to actually acknowledge how we are truly feeling.
Hopefully there are moments of gratitude and wonder, (I do seem to love Christmas lights!) yet, if you are like me, these tender heart felt opportunities are more than likely mixed with a sense of overwhelm and exhaustion.
Knowing I have some down time in the future lends me the ability to show up and wrangle the ‘to do’ list with more ease and grace. I sometimes use the analogy of going on tour when life demands a high level of excellence and attention for a period of time. Yet once the tour is over there is hopefully space to rest, restore and come back to a place of balance.
My wish is for you to receive some precious down time during the holidays.For you to explore how it would feel to say no to some of life’s demands and honor and commit to your own essence as a priority.
To take precious moments in time to enrich and deepen your relationships with yourself,your body, your finances, your loved onesand your ability to say no to others and yes to yourself!
For you to:
“Never give from the depths of your well,
always give from your overflow.” ~ Rumi
Sending you my love and heartfelt blessings,