Two weeks ago I had a the pleasure of attending a retreat in Denmark on a little island off the south of Sweden called Bornholm.
It was a beautiful gathering of like-minded women from Scandinavia, Switzerland, Spain, New Zealand and the Netherlands. I knew only one of the women and so had the wonderful opportunity to meet many new sisters.
Out of time into the now, it is the only place to be. When we are with like-minded people it is all so natural and easy. The quest then is to take the insights and state of expansion home into our own community and workplace.
We meditated, we sang, we prayed, shared where we are at with our work and families. We listened to each other, we walked in the forest, held ceremony, looked deep into each others light being. We grew. We swam, enjoyed sauna, and we danced.
Out of time into the now we danced,
Out of time into the now I am.
My personal quest was placed with the divine. I had a prayer and let it go.
Some other sisters I met were working with the same theme. We were in a deep space and welcoming that. We were open to see what we were ready to experience and integrate. I had the opportunity of connecting more deeply with some sisters through the healing treatments. I felt and saw great things and we all grew in light and harmony. Thank you to Britta for organising, all the sisters who attended and those special sisters I had the joy to early morning meditate with, swim and sauna with and share healing with. Amen and Hallelujah! This is what the tv news does not report, people from all over the planet, all walks of life and all ages doing the work to clear trauma, ancestral issues and challenges so they can stand in their family, community and work as peaceful beings of love of light, in touch with their authentic voice and the higher self and be of service for the higher good of all.
For months now illusions have been shattering and evaporating leaving us all feel a little shaky, lonely and needy at times.
Addictions have been presented to us, blown up in our face, and offered to us to clear if we so choose.
Greater clarity is arising when one does the work and takes responsibility for themselves and their current situation. There are more gifts than hardships, watch where the focus goes.
If it is on a hardship, you can choose to become softer, more allowing, forgiving, easier, loving. If there is someone you don't like, either focus on the light wihtin them or if that feels too much, swap them for another person who makes you feel good. each time you think switch to the person you love and see what happens. At Standing Rock the Native Americans are praying for those who oppose them. They are praying for the police, security forces, big corporations, oil companies and banks. They are praying for their families , for their hearts, that they may come back home to love, understanding and truth. As I turn my focus to love to be with all at Standing Rock, I also look to pray for and love those I have found cruel, abusive, hurtful and mean. The world is changing.
For I openheartedness is the way, not because it makes me soft and hippyish(!) but because it is the heart, and it is from the heart that the soul impulses through the body. Life is mostly an illusion guided by our personal desires for sex, food tobacco, coffee, alcohol, public notice, sugar, drugs of all sorts, power and so on. The fifth dimension is where we have graduated addiction and aversion and are becoming present in the body in love. Many come and go from this space. It is a higher level of existence. It’s like a whole new level on a computer game you never previously knew existed.
The thing that I notice in myself and others is while discipline requires consistency it also gives consistency to this space and experience. Some people have no problem eating a chocolate biscuit or smoking a joint and feeling it, but what then? Stay with addictions as long as you wish but bring in some form of daily practise too. Eventually the addiction will become uninteresting and wash itself away like a car wash self washing you wont even need to press a button. You might find yourself in the company of someone with the same addiction as you and you get to see it as not that pretty or you just decide and realise one day, this isn’t me. It's not what it is, it is the addiction to it. Step by step….
There is nothing wrong with doing/ being anything if it works for you but it stops being, recognise it. Then one might worry what is left? Please don’t let it be just a boring life! Maybe one of the greatest fears.
This is where the heart space and inner light become the centre point. What if we make this our motivation, where will we go, what will happen? Is it possible that once one stops running away from things and lets go of addictions, that there is something incredibly more interesting and enjoyable to discover? Yes.
So then, what do we do when a moment arises, where we feel pulled in some way or uncomfortable being authentic!? Dying to the moment is a favourite. If something arises where I feel uncomfortable, I choose to die to the moment, basically letting go of it and all my self-importance with it. It's like clearing the ego and seeing what is left. Quite refreshing actually! It's one of the most calming things to do and brings me back into the heart space and out of some story that is brewing. Everytime I die to the moment I feel more alive in a more enjoyable way!
This is where we are at now and it is a choice. I choose…….. your words your way this is your freedom and your power. Use it consciously and joyfully.
Daily practise be it meditation, walking, eating well or a combination of all helps provide a greater stability through these somewhat challenging times. I’m an advocate of daily meditation. I meditate every morning and night, first thing I do before I get out of bed, and last thing before I sleep; I sit up back straight cross legged and breathe for as long as is needed. If you have never done this, I implore you to experiment and start today! 3 breaths is enough to begin, then when you are ready expand it out longer, 5 minutes, 10 minutes- can change your life. What happens? Deep peace. Peace becomes one’s default state, sleep improves, calmness increases and things become clearer. Of course there can still be a challenging day, sometimes the best to do is go to bed! Even when it’s a challenge though you’ll be in a whole difference ball game and get yourself back together quicker and with greater ease. This is building true strength.
For those who have laboured on their journey of consciousness great gifts are being bestowed. Indeed great gifts are being bestowed on all, it’s just easier for the calm person to see, experience and enjoy them.
Let today be the day that we take 3 breaths for ourselves, for our families, and for all at standing rock. For all everywhere. We are united, we are One and everything everyone does affects the whole. Your 3 breaths today will move things into more peace for all. Isn’t that worth it!?
Feeling the call to investigate this further? I have workshops, healings sessions and retreats running regularly both online and in person. It’s time to take responsibility for how we feel, think and act. This responsibility is not heavy, it is a gift, the greatest gift and we have it for ourselves and each other.
I remember hearing Alicia Keys talking about being asked, ‘Why are we here?’ She pondered it and wrote a song about it with her answer being, ‘We are here for each other.’ Xx
Well i't's been a while since I've written something here and what a while it's been!
It started off with a trip to Greece for a kirtan retreat with Kevin James aboard a catamaran.
About a month ago I was questioning should I go, I was feeling a bit nervous, didn't know anyone going on the trip other than Kevin James ever so slightly. I love kirtan, it's one of the most soulful activities I've discovered, that, dance, singing, healing and a few other things mmm just wonderful enrich my life and self beyond words:) So I thought yes let's just do it! This is what I wrote the day of arriving in Kos. I had to overnight prior at Stanstead airport, arriving at 11.15pm and leaving the next morning at 6am...
The trip has been such a blessing so far. I am eternally grateful. The journey to my mum's, the trip to airport early, the movement through security and being early at boarding gate and able to charge laptop...
Arriving at Stanstead I was prepared for cold and the possibility of no chair… to find an arm chair across form a lovely Sweedish woman who has missed her flight and was overstaying too felt like a great blessing! The staff at Costa Coffee were really nice and so busy and the café stayed open 24 hours. Just incredible. I slept 2 hours or so on and off mostly on and I must say it was a euphoric sleep.
Awoke and took off my wooly hat as I washed my hands in the perfectly just cleaned hands after using a perfectly clean loo to find that somehow my hair had calmed and gone like a wavy blowdry from wearing the hat while I slept! A miracle! Any of the community of 200 or so who braced Standstead through the early hours of the morning that I mamanged to talk to were lovely!
The security check to Kos flight had the customes guard help refill a new plastic bag so that it would include all my bottles of liquid, that did not seem to fit since I had added an extra product purchased at Dublin dutyfree. The guy get a new bag, rearranged and moved the bottles around. I apologised saying, 'You probably have much better things to be do'. He kindly replied, 'Not really! 20 years of experience coming into use!' He smiled as he handed it back to me miraculously closed holding all my liquids! Success! Thank you.
The flight was easy, I ahd three seats to myself and Kos, well Kos is just gorgeous. I felt it combined a bit of Thailand, Argentina and Mallorca. The blue colours and breeze superb! I am here only 4 or 5 hours and am feeling like crying from the love I feel on this trip. I feel such appreciation for giving myself this well needed rest, change of scenery and recharge. I am in a lovely hotel run by a lovely family, homely, kind and feeling blessed. My god, a shower awaits, change of clothes and off to find some tasty food. I am just beside the marina and close to Hippocrates tree where he used to give lessons which I look forward to investigate! God life is great right now, thank you thank you thank you. I feel an awakening of energy. Thank you God Thank you Goddess.
So you can imagine mixing this with sailing, a beautiful bunch of people from Australia, Bali, Spain and Germany, great weather mid 20's and visits to various Greek islands and well let's just say, it was bliss. In the simplest way. Sun, wind, sailing, kirtan, good food, conversation, time in silence in beautiful surroundings. My heart opened more and more day by day the more beauty I saw. The beauty was in the islands, sea and sky and in the hearts of those who I spend this time with. I realised and remembered the importance of holidays. The wind blew the unnecessary away. I threw a special something into the sea one afternoon as we sailed on a strong wind to symbolise the release of an aspect of my life I had outgrown. It felt good. Following this trip I headed to Athens for an adventure. I wondered how it could ever follow on from this amazing week. After finding nothing enticing via hotels and airbnb I had contacted a person from couchsurfing.
Miraculously it turned out a treat! An accunpuncturist and artist from Athens with fluent English, greeted me in their lovely spacious home. We shared many a tail of especially of our spiritual journeys, swapped treatments and had enjoyed a great walking tour of Athens. Words can't possibly explain the good energy I received from Greece and Athens, though perhaps a song could. I arrived back in Ireland alight full of good energy and kind of shocked by how good a holiday can be for us and how it is so important to take these kinds of breaks. If you've been thinking about going on holiday and it feels right, I truly encourage you to go!
Within 2 days of returning, I was getting my make up done and working with a team to photograph Sophie Rieu designer Autumn and Winter collection. Sophie Rieu is a French fashion designer who makes high quality clothing for women using ethical and sustainable materials. We are talking silk, satin, cashmere, tweed, organic and just fabulous really. It was a full day and my first time doing something like this. It was was great stepping out of my comfort circle. What a gift to wear such clothing and an honour to be asked by Sophie who was looking for a woman in her power to showcase her new collection and also great to support Sophie's approach to fashion (ethical and sustainable materials, high quality etc..) and really great fun to work with the team. Thank you Sophie! Check out her clothing here Go to Sophie's website
A week later and I am volunteering at the Amma gathering in Dublin. Amma is involved in incredible humanitarian work. She provides 10 million meals a year in India alone, as well as has built over 50,000 homes, countless schools, and so on. Many see Amma as a direct manifestation of God, of the Divine mother. It was a privilege to help the amazing Darshan team with Tracey , Poorima and many others who gave so much. Amma gives hugs as her way of giving service to others. The two days were a combination of meditation, spiritual talks many many hours of thousands of people receiving hugs. Amma was also blessing the family unit so people received a family hug in addition to an individual hug. I particularly loved this. Amma stayed up till 3am the first night and till 7.45am on the 2nd day giving thousands of hugs. I met lovely people, friends, new friends and those who had travelled from afar to be there; Americans, Italian, French, Dutch, Swedish, couple who been married at the Castleruddrey stone circle the previous day and had come here for a blessing and many other wonderful stories. Amma helps millions of people every year in both spiritual and material ways. The label I believe is not that important of what one's wishes to identify Amma as a God or sister or friend or spiritual master or...Allow each to choose, the fact is she is a loving force and this is the gift. Click here for to go to Amma Ireland website for more info
As you can imagine I was exhausted after all this! But with more awaiting onwards we travelled. A few good sleeps and I am back at the Hare Krishna temple in Dublin where kirtan takes place every Tuesday evening. I had the ultimate joy of leading a kirtan session for the first time, playing the harmonium and singing, with other beautiful devotees playing and singing along. Something so small yet that filled me with so much good energy, I am forever grateful for the experience and joy I felt!
As a friend's teacher reminded them the other day, 'The Spiritual journey is everything, all else comes after spiritual presence and being.' Personally, this is how my life works best, is most rewarding, interesting and purposeful. Feed your spiritual journey daily, listen within, serve others and all else with blossom. I see the journey as continually ascending spiral. Each mini journey leads us to the next. Each highlight and pivotal points stays alive forever within and can be built upon on the next journey and the next. It is never ending from here, rising and expanding in good energy continually. Sometimes we might forget, sometimes it seems hard, these are temporary aspects of the spiral, in a way everything in this outer world is temporary the good and the apparent hard times :) With inner awareness and listening a light sparks, the flame thickens and the light expands; our inner treasure. This is the jewel available to us all regardless of what the outer circumstances look like. We can take our highs and beautiful moments and through maintaining awareness of them be this light as we go about life and share it with others through our work or a simplye smile. Watch what happens. More light will be drawn to this light. If someone important leaves your life, don't worry, watch who enters. Look at the people, conversations and events that arise. It can be in the beauty of a quiet solitary moment looking at the sky, a laugh shared with someone you care for or a celebration with family... Our time on this planet is journey after journey, watch the inner light more and see it grow. Meditation, being in nature, exercise, good food, rest and healing are all valid and fabulous ways to grow the inner light. If you are interested in healing work, I work with a small number of select clients ccommitted to their soul path and evolution. If this resonates with you, please get in contact. Healing work and the workshops are a pleasure and fun, producing great results for many. Wishing you peace and happiness! Aho!
Am here in lovely London, and yes really and honestly it is lovely here!
After a great experience of a 30 hour kirtan in Birmingham (they call it a 24 hour kirtan but I left to get the train after 30 hours so who knows how long it actually went on for!? A big thank you to everyone who helped organised a great festival and gave so freely. Can you believe that was not 1 penny charged to attend this gathering though donations were gratefully received! Still, that makes it pretty inviting for many, and many there were with over 1600 registered and I believe many donations were also received!
What it involved:
30 hours of continuous kirtan, that is singing of the Maha mantra to many different melodies in a call and response manner. The Maha mantra is considered the great mantra, it contains the energy of all mantras within it. Various singers from around the world and UK turned up to lead 30 minute to 2 hour sessions with a large group of wonderful musicians. Over two days people sang and danced and all of us were fed four lovely meals each day too!
I love singing this mantra. It connects one deep into the heart space where a sweet feeling of love arises and permeates my mind and being.
Through kirtan there is a call and response where a 'leader' sings the Maha mantra and everyone responds and sings the mantra with the same melody.
It's a real journey of emotion and depth. While I sing, I find major things moving through my awareness especially my family, friends, past and even future experiences.
People were advised to sleep in a hotel but I decided to brave it and sleep at the hall! I lay down with a blanket and somehow managed to sleep quite comfortably right beside the kirtan players. At this stage the number had gone from about 900 in the busiest moment to 20! I awoke early and sat up immediately and very happily joined back in!
Through the 2nd day I entered deeper into the present moment, the presence of love and the presence and love of the creator.
I am ever grateful for this experience. If you'd like to give it a go, look for a kirtan group near where you live. In Dublin and London there is kirtan weekly at the Hare Krishna Temples as well as in other places.
Personally I love (as you can probably tell!) and highly recommend it. Allow the sound to move through your heart! Give it a try if you feel the calling!
The Maha Mantra:
'Haribol' means chant and be happy as this is what chanting is said to do for you- make you feel happier! A pretty nice outcome!
Meanwhile this week, I am in London checking out opportunities, spending time with my sister and offering one to one healing and soul's goals sessions.
Back to Ireland next Monday evening, with healing sessions taking place Tuesday and Friday at the Harvest Moon Centre, Dublin 2
Irish number: 00 353 872320159
English number: 00 44 7435816809
I welcome you to get in contact whereever you are as in addition to being in Londond nad Dublin am also working with other locations via skype!
Wishing you peace and happiness,
Thank you and Haribol!