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Referring back to basics can be a good thing – remembering your self care tool kit

Holistic Health : Remembering what’s in your Self-CareToolkit : The 5 Reiki Principles

The Reiki principles are good principles to live your life by, you don’t have to ‘do’ Reiki to follow them. There are slightly varying versions of the principles – the ones I learned are:-

1. Just for today I will not worry
2. Just for today I will not anger
3. Just for today I will be grateful
4. Just for today I will work honestly (including on myself)
5. Just for today I will be kind to all living things.

Repeating the 5 principles on a regular basis helps reinforce them in our lives – they can help us release negative habits. You can also reflect on the principles just one at a time – perhaps a different one each time.

I’ve had difficulty resolving a personal ‘thing’ that came up and have tried a number of ways to move forward and through it (including finding a quiet space and deep breathing, walking in nature, writing in my journal, affirmations). As I went to bed last night I realised I’d forgotten to try one of my longest known methods – reflecting/ meditating on the 5 Reiki principles.

Always remember to be kind to yourself as revelations come to you during your reflection time. I had to smile at how I’d been pondering “What on earth’s up with me” when as often happens, my way forward was already with me! As I say, the Reiki principles are good principles to live your life by, you don’t have to ‘do’ Reiki to follow them. Why not try repeating them to yourself for 21 days or more and see what the impact is. Get in touch if you’ve got any queries or if you’re interested in Reiki training. x.

Climate Change Wake Up Call

I went along to a meeting of Extinction Rebellion Weston-super-Mare last Tuesday evening. It’s raising awareness of the environmental catastrophe that will befall us within 12 years if we/governments don’t get our climate change act together. It’s also considering peaceful/legal actions that can be taken to encourage local/national government as well as industry to commit to SMART actions and policies to protect not only the future of our ecosystems but the futures of ourselves and our children too. This morning I woke up to the realisation I can’t really try to influence change in others if I don’t make changes in myself. So having spent years focusing on physical and mental well-being, today I’m committing myself to take more responsibility for my environment and to make more of the lifestyle changes I’ve pondered for ages (e.g. to make and use more eco friendly products, recycle more etc). You may say or think “Is that it?” I say “OK, it’s a small step in the right direction… we all have some responsibility for our environment… if we all take small steps we’ll have an impact… one small step for mankind… there is always hope…”   If you’re curious, why not take a look at the page and maybe like it and join the group

https://www.facebook.com/XRWSM/

The group (along with other XTR groups across the country) is committed to:-

Declaration of Rebellion

“To love truth for truth’s sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues”

John Locke

We hold the following to be true:

  • This is our darkest hour.
  • Humanity finds itself embroiled in an event unprecedented in its history. One which, unless immediately addressed, will catapult us further into the destruction of all we hold dear: this nation, its peoples, our ecosystems and the future of generations to come.
  • The science is clear:- we are in the sixth mass extinction event and we will face catastrophe if we do not act swiftly and robustly.
  • Biodiversity is being annihilated around the world. Our seas are poisoned, acidic and rising. Flooding and desertification will render vast tracts of land uninhabitable and lead to mass migration.
  • Our air is so toxic that the United Kingdom is breaking the law. It harms the unborn whilst causing tens of thousands to die. The breakdown of our climate has begun. There will be more wildfires, unpredictable super storms, increasing famine and untold drought as food supplies and fresh water disappear.
  • The ecological crises that are impacting upon this nation, and indeed this planet and its wildlife can no longer be ignored, denied nor go unanswered by any beings of sound rational thought, ethical conscience, moral concern, or spiritual belief.
  • In accordance with these values, the virtues of truth and the weight of scientific evidence, we declare it our duty to act on behalf of the security and well-being of our children, our communities and the future of the planet itself.
  • We, in alignment with our consciences and our reasoning, declare ourselves in rebellion against our Government and the corrupted, inept institutions that threaten our future.
  • The wilful complicity displayed by our government has shattered meaningful democracy and cast aside the common interest in favour of short-term gain and private profits.
  • When Government and the law fail to provide any assurance of adequate protection, as well as security for its people’s well-being and the nation’s future, it becomes the right of its citizens to seek redress in order to restore dutiful democracy and to secure the solutions needed to avert catastrophe and protect the future. It becomes not only our right, it becomes our sacred duty to rebel.
  • We hereby declare the bonds of the social contract to be null and void, which the government has rendered invalid by its continuing failure to act appropriately. We call upon every principled and peaceful citizen to rise with us.
  • We demand to be heard, to apply informed solutions to these ecological crises and to create a national assembly by which to initiate those solutions needed to change our present cataclysmic course.

We refuse to bequeath a dying planet to future generations by failing to act now.

We act in peace, with ferocious love of these lands in our hearts. We act on behalf of life

 

So What”s a Word for the Year?

A word for the year gives you a focus behind your actions for that year.  In the past, my friend Sue Allsworth from Folkestone has chosen 2016 – Trust  and 2017 – Surrender – 2018 – Flowing Faith.  Sue says these words for the year have helped ground her and taken her relationship with that word deeper.  For 2019, Sue’s words of the year and the vibration she would like to invite in are Healthy Habits.  My own words for 2019 are TRUST AND SIMPLIFY with healthy habits being in the background.  So what’s  going to be your word (or words) of the year?

 https://www.aliedwards.com/2018/01/one-little-word-2018-the-reading-of-the-words?fbclid=IwAR0i-97869SJaBtnJoWahCU7a6cZA9bpUYehSUfCPFaKewxT9MP2RIz7uv4

 

 

 

 

Spiritual Chat (Maybe not so outside the box)

As someone who is drawn to demystifying, I sometimes find it difficult to find the clarity I seek …. so I just try to give myself more time (not easy for someone who’s been used to working to deadlines – but it’s getting easier). Pondering spiritual matters (like “Why do I feel sort of stuck?”, “What really is presence?” “Acceptance of exactly what?”  “Am I really Unique?”) I recently  came across this blog of a psychic consultant in Sheffield – Paul Denton. I found it a great read – clear language, simple explanations and interesting.   It turns out Paul is the brother of my Ascension meditation teacher in Weston (Kevala (Linda) Cook). He’s described things I had difficulty putting into words.  Remember this blog is /the personal reflections of a psychic. I’m sure I’ll use as a reference.  Give it a go …http://www.psychicsheffield.co.uk/blog/

So what IS next?

AFTER LIFE?

This is a reflective time of year for many of us, as we move towards the end of one year and the dawning of another. I’m pondering major bereavement stemming from earlier this year – including loss through people dying and loss of long-time friends moving away.

There’ve been times (similarly to many others no doubt) I’ve felt forced to be resilient when all I’ve really wanted to do is fold up and cry. Through experience and over time, I’ve come to believe in a spirit world, so what follows may repel you – if you read on, just remember all I’m doing is expressing my personal opinion.

I’ve seen and heard various interpretations about the meaning of life, why we’re here, and is there a life after physical death. Some descriptions have initially come across as a bit ‘oddball’ and hard to grasp, some have been delivered in quite uncaring, non-empathic ways, so there’ve been some concepts I’ve been slow to grasp, but of course there’s nothing wrong in taking time to understand things, after all we need to find the things that sit comfortably on our own shoulders, not anyone else’s.

Recently I was drawn to read a book “We Are Their Heaven,” by Allison Dubois – the title in itself was sort of gentle and comforting and I’d never heard that description before, so I had to look inside. Some of the words that have soothed my brow include:-

“We are here … to learn what matters in life, to see and experience love. With love comes loss, but the loss is temporary and the love stays forever. Grief brings people together … builds our awareness, and relationships change… When someone who died appears in our dreams, it’s a visit …

”There’ve been countless times I thought I could hear the love of my life around me, trying to give me strength in hard times when people on this plane didn’t give two hoots. At first I thought I was barking mad, now I believe if he’d not been there offering me quiet support, I don’t know where I’d be now.

More words from the book I’d like to share “…when you lose people you love they still continue to share in your day … they’ll still talk to you. Anyone mourning a loss needs to make an effort to move through the pain for their own well-being … anybody who has lost someone they love has to find a new way of loving that person, since hugs and kisses are no longer an option… Talk to those who’ve passed, eat their favourite food …they can hear you and touch you still. Your passed loved one can feel your pain and wants you to release it, it’s not healthy to hold on to this sorrow… We can’t imagine an end to the love that we feel. In reality there is no end to this love… They are here on an emotional level to support you when you need it …”
It’s taken me years to get to the space I’m in now – generally happy with myself, comfortable, proactive, reflective, moving forward, learning to heal myself as well as others and still learning new things every day.

So remember, when times get tough (when you can), please allow yourself to feel your feelings and try not to avoid them. Remember to be kind and patient with yourself, trust your instincts …if you feel you need a bit of a rest, have one. And remember, just because your friends or colleagues don’t agree with you, it doesn’t mean it’s not true! Bon voyage x

What More Training?

I’ve been wondering about running workshops on things that I enjoy and am interested in – for example, crystals in the home and for healing, using essential oils around the home, health remedies with essential oils, and of course I’m already qualified to teach all levels of Usui Reiki.  It took me some time to decide I would attend the L3 Teacher Training Award  at Weston College in October, now the course has been and gone – so fast!

It was a very busy time with a lot of homework but was also quite good fun because I got to meet so many people from different backgrounds, of all genders and all ages. The prospect of a 20 minute microteach was a bit terrifying but come the day, it was actually a really interesting time.  The scenario suggested was we use it in the setting we plan to work (I ended up doing a microteach on what Reiki is, its history, its uses and my journey with it) – the variety of scenarios portrayed was amazing e.g. a scientist presented on making elephant toothpaste – which we all had a go at making; a support worker presented on the origins of coffee along with an explanation of the types; a housewife demonstrated how to make healthy Halloween snacks and included samples; a mental health worker talked to us about journaling and story writing and got us to write reflections on our own lives.  So the course started with a group of nervously excited individuals who got on very well but ended with a group of very supportive people who egged each other on and made constructive comments if we saw fit.  We were all very hopeful of a pass.

So if you’d like to have a go at acquiring basic teaching skills, give this course a go! I look forward to running shorter and longer workshops of all types in the new year so watch this space!