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Thoughts on Spiritual Experiences

Most of you who are reading this, would have had at least one spiritual experience in your lifetime. But for those of you who havn’t had one, I feel promted to talk about it.  Spirituality is a reality,  for human beings.  Science is beginning to catch up to knowledge that many philosophers and spiritual masters have long known for a long, long time, and  it is just now that science has the technology to prove it.  So I think it would be safe to say that there are many atheistic scientist out there,  having spiritual experinces right now and they are not even awear of it.

Spiritual energy is a very subtle vibration, it is the energy in the space between atoms and nucleases and protons.  It is the most potent of all the energy in the Universe, yet it is the least visible to the human eye.  However, it is also very, very percievable to the human animal.  I call us animals here, because at our most primative level, we are hard wired to see, hear and feel spiritual energy.  We get instincts, we get bristles on the backs of our necks, we just know something and have to act.  This is all a transference of spiritual energy.

Quantum physics is now beginning to understand this and of course many of you would have seen the DVD seriese that started with ‘What the Bleep Do We Know’ which came out around the same time as ‘The Secret’.

So spiritual energy is easily transfered to us and within us, but how do we know it?  Well as you know, we are the ghost that drives the machine.  We are a spiritual being in a physical body.  The scientists can measure the activity of the brain. But they cannot find the mind. Yet it exists.  It exists within a body, within a body, within a body, within a body.   Homeopathy teaches us that we have four bodies, the physical body, the emotional body, the mental body and the spiritual body.  The mind is held in part, within each of these bodies.

So, back to a spiritual experience.  The most obvious to talk about would be the sighting of a ghost.  How many of you have seen one?  It’s a chilling thing.  We normally expect to see people in physical, not energetic form!

Parapsychology famously discribes being in the presence of a ghost as feeling a cold chill in the air.  And sometimes that is the case, but I have found not always.  Ghosts don’t care about the temperature. They want is energy. They are hungry for it.   When you see one, you may see a cloud of white or dark energy, or you may see a blob or an orb of differnt coloured energy.  Some orbs are good, some are not.  You may see an apparition or a see through person, (like a film negative), or you may not see anything at all.  Sometimes, you will feel someone looking at you, or one time I was at a friend’s place and suddenly I felt a male energy lean across the table and breath a gahstly breath in my face.   Another time, I just heard a loud and clear physical voice.    Ghosts are more often seen, heard or in my case smelt, because there are lots of them hanging around.  This kind of spiritual experince, is often what sends someone looking for more answers.

When you see your guide or an angelic being, however, you may feel frightened at first, but you very quickly beign to feel exhilarated.  They will uplift you and fill you with wonder.

I set out writting this comment with the intentions of dicribing a spiritual experince and as I’ve writen it, I’ve realised that having a spiritual experience is like tasting chocolate.  Another person can tell you it tastes nice, but they cannot discribe to you, how it will taste for you, only you can experience that.  Food science  can  prove the differnt scented notes in the chocolate, but the flavour and smell can not be tranfered into your mouth via words. So too, you must experience a spiritual encounter for yourself, in order for you to gain a full understanding.

Spiritual experinces are varied from scarey and horrid to exhillarating and amazing.  Your own life philosophy will dictate to you how you deal with it.   Odds on, in this day and age, you will have a spiritual experince or you will generate spiritual energy via meditation or thought transference. Remember to keep the knowledge,  that as the alive one,  you are in control, you have the power. Spirituality is not to be messed with.  So chose to move within the spiritual realm wisely.

Much Love

Cat Edwards

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ANIMAL KIND ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT

Today I’m thinking of my good friends Sue and Roy who lost their beautiful dog yesterday.

Bella was a little Dog with a big heart, but she was more than a dog, she was family.

As Humans, sometimes we can forget that the other life forms on this planet are just as important as us, we can forget that they love and that they have emotions, thoughts and capabilities that can go beyond our bodies own capacities.

Animals may not occupy a Human form, but this makes them no lesser than us.  In fact, I’d go as far as to say that I’ve met some very upstanding citizens who occupy animal bodies, who could put some Humans to shame in their expression of who they are and what their values in life are for them.

Getting back to families, I have a big family, but only 4 of the members of my family are human kind.  The other family members are Fish kind, Feline kind, K9 kind, Bird kind and reptile kind.  This is an inter-species family and I know my family is not the only one. Many homes throughout the world have animals who are daughters and sons to the human parents also.  This is no more apparent than when you have a Dog.  The pup needs toilet trained, disciplined and taught manners, it needs to be trained commands and how to play nicely.  The dog needs most of all love.  And I think this is for me, the biggest gift  any of my non-human family members have for me.  Love, unconditional love.  It is oozing out of them.  They want for nothing but food, shelter and love.  They don’t care about the latest gadgets, who’s on TV or what you are wearing.  I think they probably think we look a bit strange because we don’t have any fur or feathers and have so much more work to keep ourselves clean and clothed than they do.  But they don’t care, they just want to love us anyway.  Because to them, we humans are their pack, their flock, their school, we are their pride.  We are their family, so why do so many people forget that and think of themselves as higher up than the animals who are in their homes?  Why do they think of them as outside of their families?  Why?  I don’t understand why, because to me, it’s obvious that they have just as much right to be here as me, they have just as much of a beautiful heart and mind as any of my Human children and they have just as active a mind and feelings as any Human I know.

You know, not all Humans can be themselves all day, every day, un ashamedly…Animals can.

My animal children have taught me about love, humility, friendship, death,  kindness and compassion.   My house is no home without them and my life would simply be incomplete without the love of my family.  Tonight, my friends grieve for their Dog Daughter Bella.  She couldn’t live as long as them, but her life was so significant, that she has enriched them in ways they cannot explain and she has touched the hearts of all who knew her.  How many animal children do you know who are in your family or the family of someone you know?  Love knows no boundaries, no one body type has the monopoly on it and love and life are the most precious gifts we have for each other, in whatever body we occupy at the time.

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SOME THOUGHTS ON ENLIGHTENMENT

If you are a regular Reader of my Blogs, you would have seen me make mention of enlightenment recently.  It’s a bit of a popular word to throw around these days, so I want to get real about enlightenment and how we can each achieve it.

So what is enlightenment?  It is the illumination of the heart and mind to new information and to understanding.  It is the knowledge of facts and of truths that give us new perspective and allow us to advance either as individuals or as a species.

Through the ages there have been different stages of enlightenment.  In Scotland there was an enlightenment period, where people realised that education should be for all the citizens and that it was no longer in the best interest of the people to persecute others who questioned religion.  People began to grow in their minds and hearts, because they were educated, and this is one of the reasons, so many engineers came out of Scotland.

France too went through a period of enlightenment, Europe as a whole had the Renaissance Period & in the 20th Century, the advancement of technology saw us launch into the 21st century, out of the industrial age and into the information age.  This time in our history, is an exciting time to be alive, because humans are en-mass seeking more and more enlightenment.  As we grow in knowledge, as we continue to educate our children and as we are able to heal the sick and wounded and move away from war, we are coming into the time when we will no longer just dominate the planet, but we as a species may even dominate our galaxy.  What then?  Where will we go?  How do we get there?

In the spiritual comment I made on Armistice Day, last year, I mentioned that the human beings today would look like Gods and Goddesses to the human beings of 500 years ago, in this same vein, the human beings today would view the human beings of 500 years in the future, as gods and goddesses if we were to meet them now.  We are headed to some amazing and mind boggling advancement.

But everything comes with a cost.  We have a choice and that choice is to either embrace one another as brothers and sisters or to continue to fight amongst ourselves.  You see, we will never advance into our potential if we continue to fight.  We will never see what we can be.  We must sacrifice our habit of negativity toward one another, or we will go the way of so many lost civilizations in the past.

Enlightenment is a growth process and in this growth process, we must hit stages of critical mass in thinking, recognition and understanding.  I will talk about individual enlightenment in a minute, however, as a species; I feel we are beginning to see the critical mass stage coming into fruition.  More and more people are embracing the differences in others and less and less people are driven by fear.  If we are to heal the hurts of the middle east for example, we must look at the hurts face on, we must take them out and shine a light on them, know them and take responsibility for them.  We must do this as a total human race and not just look to one section of the human society to do this.  It must be everyone.  Because, if i were to have a DNA sample taken and the origins of my bloodline traced, I would find I  have Middle Eastern blood, North American blood, Asian blood, European blood, Australian Aboriginal blood, African blood, I would find that I have blood lines from all corners of the Earth, just as you do, because we are all one human family.

As individuals, enlightenment can only begin as we shine knowledge into our souls.  Knowledge from education and spiritual growth, and the knowledge of our hurts.  We must unveil the truth of the darkness and boot it out of our minds and hearts.  There needs to be time with people trained to help us go through this, but it is important not to bury your hurts any longer, spread light over them.  Do not keep them a secret anymore, because just like a leaky pipe in a building, quietly and secretly dripping water every day and night, that hurt will soon create a big mess that you have to find a way to clean up.  That hurt may lead you to places you never imagined you’d ever be.  That hurt could lead you to make decisions you never imagined you’d find yourself doing. And the longer that hurt stays in the dark, dripping it’s acid into your soul, the longer you remain undermined by it.

Ask yourself, what would it take to uncover all my hurts and for me to deal with them, overcome them and leave them behind in the past forever?  What would it take for me to deal with hurts as they face me in my life and deal with them in the moment, so I don’t ever find myself burying them inside of me again?  What would it take for me to release all my negative attachments?  Because once those negative attachments are released, I will become a fully enlightened being.  I will spend each and every day and night in a state of love.  I will be able to reach my full potential.  I will be able to lead others to enlightenment also and together, as a human race, we will reach critical mass with enlightened individuals and we will take the next step to becoming the future gods and goddesses, our present day selves can only dream of.

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My Puppy Dog & a Spiritual Song

Today I was doing the washing up, just thinking about life and then my mind fell upon what I was going to talk with you about today.  I looked over at my sleeping hound dog and I thought about how perfect he is for my family and as I looked at him more, I remembered the process I went through to find a dog in the first place.  I had a specific set of parameters I wanted in a dog.  I had boys, so I needed a dog that could handle the rough and tumble of life with brothers; I was alone at the time, so I needed a dog that would protect me and my home.  I was also a single mother, so that meant I couldn’t afford vet fees, so I needed a dog that was a cross breed, who thrived on very little medical care and rarely got sick.  I wanted a dog that would be loyal and loving, a dog that wouldn’t bark unless there was a good reasons and a dog that was smart enough to be trained with both vocal commands and hand signals.  I searched the net for ages and then I searched the pounds for a suitable puppy.  I needed a puppy because I had cats and birds and I couldn’t trust an older dog in my home, I needed a young one who could happily grow up around these other animals and not eat them.

Jasper in his Jumper
Jasper in his Jumper

After a while of searching, I let it go.  I’d had enough of looking and other things struck my attention as being more important.  Then, one day, I on the way home from my son’s drumming lessons I got this strong urge to call into a particular pet store.  I thought I would be buying some bottom feeder fish for my aquarium, but, instead there was a little waggy tailed puppy.  My son fell in love and I ummed and ahhed.  They said he was a cross between a Labrador and a Golden Retriever.  Both very similar breeds, one is short haired and one long.  I though, ok, this dog won’t get too big, I don’t want a horse of a dog…Well we took him home and called him Jasper.  Jasper grew  and grew and grew…pretty soon it was clear he was not a Labrador crossed with a retriever, he was crossed with either a ridge back or a mastiff.  He is now 3 yrs old and 40 kg or 88 pounds!  Yep, he’s a big boy.

Jasper being good.
Jasper being good.

He is everything I asked for in a dog and more.  But the point of this Spiritual Comment is not that I got what i asked Mother Earth for, it’s that the animal came to me.   It’s that the dog was a true friend waiting for him family.  He is a brother to my sons and a child to me.  Yet he is a dog.

As I was thinking about all of this during the mundane task of washing up, I began to think back to a time when I was 18, when I was friends with a lady who was into exploring all aspects of spirituality.  She was a bit older than me and she owned a spiritual shop.  She gave Readings and she had many spiritual experiences along side of me.  She understood me.  We found a clearing out near a manmade lake, in the outback of Queensland and there we would do very earthy rituals and commune with mother earth.  She got into shamanism and we went out there one time to do a shamanistic ritual for beginners.  We had to sort of stomp and dance in a circle and chant.  We had lit a fire in the middle and we were getting right into it, when suddenly a rush of energy came over me and I heard every voice of every animal that existed on the planet at that time.  It was a totally spiritual experience.  It was better than any human intimacy I had ever experienced.  It was like my mind was filled with the luminosity of gold.  My friend got spooked, I don’t know what she experienced, but she broke the connection for me and then I didn’t hear it anymore.  But I was left this knowing sense that Humans are the sum of all the creatures on the planet.  Our bodies are made up of all the most efficient workings of all the other bodies and our personalities can reflect all the aspects of each and every one of those animals that walk this planet with us.  With that knowledge firmly implanted in my mind, I hear the sound of wings above my head and I looked, only to see nothing.  It was a spirit bird I could hear.  I hear the beating wings maybe three times and then a song.  I didn’t know the language at the time, but i knew it was sacred.  I have since sung it to a few trusted people, who have told me it sounds very Native American.  I don’t know if some of the words are real or not, I don’t know what the words mean…I just know that when I sing this song, I feel so much closer to my soul and so much closer to Mother Earth.  I can only write it phonetically so here it is…

OOsha balah hayo

Oosha bala heya a

Oosha bala heyo

Monai o haro haya

Oosha bala heyo

Oosha bala heya a

Oosha bala heyo

Monai o haro heya

I call this song my ‘sacred blessing’ because it came to me in such a way.

I have had many wonderful experiences with animals, both wild and domestic.  I think it’s important to recognise that they do represent aspects of ourselves if they come to you, because they are reflecting themselves in you.  Just as we mirror ourselves onto other humans.  Animals are our teachers as much as we are teachers to each other.  I personally never use terms like ‘you filthy animal’ because I don’t think of myself as above animals.  I am at the top of my pack as far as my dog, jasper is concerned, but that is because he has a huge mouth and if he thought he was top dog we’d all get bitten and my cats would be his lunch.

Jasper busted on the couch!
Jasper busted on the couch!

This brings me back to Jasper, he is my loyal companion.  I realised that I am a loyal friend too.  I realised that I stick around for quite a while and I turn the other cheek allot before I choose to walk away from a friend.  I still love them though, even if the time together has run it’s course.  Just like a loving loyal dog would with a human who chose not to love it back.  During the time that I adopted jasper, I had been betrayed by three people and I was healing from that hurt.  He reminded me that I was a good person and that I was loving and loyal, even if I had suffered this set back.

Animals come to us for many reasons.  They usually come to us to teach us something about ourselves, because we are the sum of all the animals here on the planet and as such, we have the most to learn about who we are.  We are the Human Animal.  We must take responsibility for that.

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More on Spirit Guides

This week I posed the question on my face Book Fan Page, what do you want me to talk about on this week’s spiritual comment?  Well the answer was Spirit Guides and your relationships with them.  Now I have talked before about my relationship with my spirit guides, but I feel it is an important topic and one we can certainly explore some more.

Spirit Guides
Image thanks to oracleandtarotgoddess.wordpress.com

For those of you who are new to the term, Spirit Guides are Benevolent Beings who guide you in life from the other side.  They can be ancestors or animals, they can be alien kind or they can be angel kind.  They can be any kind of life form that exists in the spirit realm, but they must only reside in the light.  If you think you have a spirit guide with you, but you feel that you are not guided so much as more being influenced, then you are suffering from an Influential spirit.  The Influentials do not reside in the light. They reside in the dark and shadow and very often they are

Earth bound spirits.  Now I am not going to go too deeply into Influentials today, as I want to stay on topic, but it is important to know the difference.  Spirit Guides, guide you.  Influential spirits influence you.

Now, the purpose of life, not matter what form it takes, is to learn and grow.  Even a tree must learn to hold fast in the wind and learn to encourage some creatures to live in its leaves and to discourage others.  Life must always learn adapt and grow.  So too must your spirit guides.  They are with you to help you to learn adapt and grow, but in doing so, they too are going through the same process, in their own unique lessons.    Guides may learn how best to help you, finding out that you can’t help someone so well if their head is full of music and noise, but you can say if they are doing a mundane task like mopping a floor, because their head is more empty of thoughts.  A guide who is new to the job, may choose to materialise at your bedside one night, thinking this will get your attention and then you can chat…only to find that you waken scared out of your mind and closed off to the conversation.   The job description of being a Spirit Guide has many lessons and many rewards.  Just like any other job you or I may encounter in Life.

It makes sense to me that those Benevolent Spirits who choose to become Guides would have a mentor, a more experienced Guide who will help them through the frustrations and the rewards of guiding we Humans.  Just as there are frustrations in parenting, I know that there will be many frustrations in Guiding.

Many people want to know who their Guides are and this is a valid question.  I personally don’t know the names of my guides, I just know that there a five permanent Guides who support me in this life time and they like me to call them The Old Ones.  I have incorporated them into the two books I have written, the first of which will be published in the New Year.

Really you don’t have to know their names, though it can be important for some people in making that connection permanent.  What you do need to know is that all your guides agreed to help you in life before you were born.  You and The Great Spirit and your guides and Mother Earth all had a meeting as such and certain agreements were put into place.  You would be born at a certain hour, when the stars aligned in a certain way, you would choose certain parents and therefore have a particular cultural experience and you would have a certain name that set you up for your personalities’ vibration and you would have certain Guides to help you through your Life lessons and help you to achieve your mission.  Now some Guides will have signed up to be with you all your life, like my 5 Old Ones are for me, some, however, will only be with you to help you through a particular experience or lesson, such is their expertise. Some Guides will be with you for a moment in time only, others for a year and others for only a day.  You will always have your guides with you, the permanent guides may step aside while the temporary guides do their thing, but you will never ever walk alone.

Ghostly presence
Ghostly Presence: Image thanks to myspacepimper.com

Having said that, if you choose to close off from your guides, you will run the risk of allowing Influentials to tap into your vibration and take over your sub conscious mind.  This is very important to know, because you don’t want to be influenced.  This is how you end up addicted to drugs or alcohol, or how you become irrational and violent.  Because Influentials like to tap into the dark side of your nature and cultivate it.  They like to create destruction.  Your Guides will never ever walk away from you, should this occur.  Instead they will try to harness your conscience and talk to you at a Soul level.  You will hear them in your sleep and in the time when you are almost asleep.  They will plague your conscience until you listen, trying to get you to feel and know that you need to change and get rid of those things you are doing that empower the Influentials.

Sometimes, you have a lesson in life that requires Influentials to act first.  These Influentials are carefully monitored and are there to cause you to rise above a situation and become a better person.  Remember, The Great Spirit of Life has the power of both good and bad.  It will harness both side of this power to create a balance within you if necessary.

So you want to have a relationship with your guides, but you don’t know where to start?  I want to remind you that you already know them.  It is like this.  I have a friend who I met when I was 19.  She was the girlfriend of my brother and we were friendly acquaintances.  We became a little closer during a camping trip, but as I was a medical student at the time, I was engrossed in my studies and when they broke up, it didn’t affect me.  I sort of didn’t notice, but i did care, if that makes sense.  Well, a few years passed and I saw her down at the shops, we exchanged phone numbers and talked.  Then I didn’t see her for another few years and again we bumped into each other, I gave her my business card and we parted ways.  Earlier this year, we bumped into each other again and we promised to catch up.  I couldn’t find her and I left it up to fate. She found me and we finally did catch up.  When we were sitting on her porch having coffee, I said to her..you know, I feel like I’ve known you my whole adult life.  She said, you have.  We just haven’t ever been able to sit and really talk.  We are now close friends and we have a connection of past history  and times of brief heartfelt encounters.

Spirit Guide and Human
Spirit Guide and Human: Image thanks to in5d.com

This anecdote is very much like the beginnings of a well rounded relationship between a person  and their guides.  You will know each other, you will love each other, but it will take the right time and place for it to all come together.  Then, will come the time of learning to trust each other.    That comes with you learning to tune in and listen and them trust in that you will take their guidance and direction.  Start with listening to them about traffic conditions and directions, or asking for a parking place.  Just little things when you are getting about.  Then move onto asking them to tell you how many clients you will have in a day or whose going to ring on the phone.  Build it up slowly.  Also, work on feeling them beside you.  It is like you are in the middle of a group of friends.  Fell the closeness of the friends who stand with you.  It’s not crazy if you don’t tell people who don’t get it.  But it does sound a little strange to sceptical people and psychiatrists.  So use discernment when you talk to others about your relationships with your guides.

Your guides want to teach you and show you the way.  They want to warn you about people and situations and they want to protect you.   But it’s only lip service if you don’t act on their guidance.

I am a channel and much of what I have told you today, has been channelled to you by my Guides.

I hope you got something out of it.

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A Description of Love.

Little Baby From God
Little Baby From God: Image thanks to http://www.hiren.com

When a baby is born, it is a creature full of potential.  Potential is like power, it does not vibrate in the light or in the dark.  It just is.  Potential is possibility, the future growth, the magical wonder of what could be.  In order for that potential to be allowed to become fulfilled it needs one vital ingredient… Love.  You can give a child food and water and clothing and shelter, you can give them toys and games and education and discipline, but that child will remain an empty vessel never ever able to reach its full potential without love.  It is the vital ingredient to growing a happy healthy and well-rounded Human Being.  It is so vital in fact that science has taken note of it.  Studies have been done on the difference that touch makes to premature infants.  Even Autism advocate and Bovine expert, Temple Grandin, found a way to experience the physical comfort of love, by creating a machine that could hold her body in a light squeeze.  Thus releasing the vital chemicals in her brain she needed in order to be a happier person.

Love is expressed both spiritually and sexually, it is expressed via the heart and via the head, and it is expressed through actions and through thinking.  It is, in its pure form, a compassionate act.  An act of service and of kindness.  Love grows within the bearer as well as within the recipient every time it is expressed.  It goes beyond emotions, love is a feeling.  It knows no boundaries of time and space, no fence lines, no barriers of country or language.  Love does not care what colour you are, what religion you are, what species you are.  It doesn’t even care if you have style and flair, or if you prefer to dress for comfort.  Love just is.  Love just wants to grow.  It is like a perpetual motion machine.  Like an ancient tree, living for eternity, flowering and going to fruit, spreading its seeds in the hearts and minds of all who breathe in the oxygen it produces.

Love is the essence of a new born baby.  A chick hatching from an egg, a Joey kangaroo climbing up its mother’s fury tummy to finish it’s gestation within her pouch.

Love is the willingness to stop, wait, listen and consider another.

Love is generous.  It gives for the sake of giving.  Knowing that in giving love, it will grow in love and it will then spread more love and where there is love, there is light and freedom and courage.  Love respects others; it stands back and allows others their space.  It shows itself respect by respecting others too.  Love considers the needs and wants of others, it considers the belongings of others and what others find to be of importance.  Love wants to learn about those things and to grow from that learning.

Lady Beetle
Lady Beetle: Image thanks to ritholtz.com

Love delights in the little things: in a Lady Beetle gliding over a blade of grass, in the light in a child’s eyes when they see something for the first time.  Love delights in delight.  For delight is an enlightening joy in the heart of the delighted and love is at the centre of that delight.  It is the spark that creates that feeling of joy and wonder within.

Love is kind and considerate.  Love says, how you are or how was your day.  Love offers to pick up a dropped item or serve another with a drink of water to quench their thirst.  Love is kindness and kindness is love because, One cannot be kind without first feeling the pull of love to act.  Love creates the urge to be kind and to act on that urge.  Love is noble in kindness.

Love is forgiving, for love knows that only in the making of mistakes, can a heart or mind fully learn the lessons it needs in order to grow.  A seed must break the surface tension of the soil, in order to feel the sun’s rays upon its skin.  So too must a heart and mind face challenges and grow, in order to bask in the light of love.  Love has the capacity to forgive, because it is aware of this fact and it knows how far love itself has come.

A Mother's Love
A Mother's Love: Image thanks to crocodilian.com

Love is committed to being loving and spreading love.  Love is a contagious virus that infects the heart even before it is born and is essential in the proper growth of an animal child.  Even some snakes nurture their young.  The jaws of a Crocodile may offer death to many who encounter them, but to that of a new born baby Crock they are a safe haven, mother’s tongue gently pressing them against her palate, as she carefully places them into the water.  Not all animals are nurtured by their parents, but all are loved, because love is radiated from Mother Earth Herself.  She gives love to all Her children, She permeates Her love to those animals who are abandoned by their parents and She provides them shelter and food and warmth.  Even a desert lizard is given a drink of water from the morning dew, via the boundless energy of love…as is understood by environmental science.

Love inspires the heart and mind to grow.  It gives the heart a platform to speak and the mind an outlet to perform.  Love encourages the potential to be teased out of the heart and mind, creating a dynamic that expands them to their full capacity, whatever that capacity may be.  Love inspires the brush of paint on a canvas or the stroke of a pen on a page.  Love is the muse who encourages the inventor to continue on his quest and or the poet to write his song.  Love inspires love to be spread by love and to be expressed by love. Love is inspirational.

The foundations of love are respect, delight, kindness, generosity, forgiveness and inspiration.

Like a spectrum of love, each of these words has a colour and a vibration.  Should we paint the colours of these words onto a spectrum wheel and spin it fast, we would see how each of these words merges into the next to form the white light of love.   Thus, love can become visible to the naked eye.  Dr Emoto found this out when he photographed a molecule of water after he had meditated over it chanting the word ‘love’.  The snow flake like appearance of the water molecule, is a thing of beauty and wonder, in itself.  Love is worth the effort of prayer and meditation.

Hands of Love
Hands of Love : Image thanks to dearonelovegod.blogspot.com

You are a vessel of water.  A vessel of water that has the potential to feel and give and believe and express love.  You have the choice to be loving and to dwell your mind in delight.  You have the choice to be a loving and kind person, a person who is brave enough to forgive and kind enough to be generous.  You are a person who has the capacity to be inspired by others and to be an inspiration.   Love is your true guide in life.  Embrace it, it is your birth right.  Love is free and it is within your true nature. Love is natural.

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Head Space and Environment

Image thanks to jagrimes.blogspot.com
Image thanks to jagrimes.blogspot.com

I am in the middle of a big Spring Clean at the moment and it prompted me to ask the question of you…how is your environment?  We worry about the environmental impacts of roads and mining and of industry on the Worlds flora and fauna, but we must also remember to think about our own home environments, too.  A wise man once said to me that your environment is a direct reflection of your head space.  So if your head space is all cluttered, chances are that your environment is too.

Like many Mums, I work from home.  It is difficult when your house is not quite big enough and there isn’t enough storage.  My office has soon become the dumping ground for paper work and computer cables, old shoes and things I just cannot describe.  So today, I got three big boxes out of my garage and I piled all this… stuff… into them and put it all out of my office.  Now I can think again.

I just cannot conduct business in a work space that is messy.  It feels like I have spiders webs in my hair, or I’m wearing a dirty old coat…you know the feeling?

Your environment is so important to your state of mental health too.  As we get to know each other, you will find that I will be talking more and more about mental health, because I think it is such an important part of a Human’s over all wellbeing and a topic that has been really abused and misconstrued for too long by so many.

Image thanks to robertgbarrett.com.au
Image thanks to robertgbarrett.com.au

If you are feeling low and have been suffering from say, anxiety, or depression, or another mental health issue…try the simple act of having a big clean out.  Get a garbage bag and throw out all the things you think are just rubbish.  Get a box and place in it, all the things you don’t need and you are happy to donate, and store away all the things that you can use, but you don’t need to have laying about.  This may take a long time.  I took a whole year, once.  I went through all my things and I made a massive pile of rubbish outside in my car port.  Then, one weekend, I hired a Skip/bin and my kids and I piled it all in there.  The man came along and took it all to the dump and I felt like I had whittled my life down to the bare essentials.  It was liberating!

It’s amazing, though, just how much stuff you can accumulate over a few short years.  Because, here I am almost three years later, with a big clean up necessary and this time I’m in a different house, so I don’t have a car port I can store it in, till I’m ready.  I do have a station wagon though, so I’m doing my dump trips and I’m feeling more and more awake and inspired, with each trip.

Image thanks to hillaryrubin.com
Image thanks to hillaryrubin.com

When two people move in together, inevitably, you will find there is way more gear in the house than there ever was before.  That is what has happened for me.  I think it’s important to recognise that some things that you may think are junk, are important to the other person.  So, there needs to be negotiation and there needs to be re-organisation of storage areas.

My mission statement is to Honour Life and to Encourage Success.  That starts with my home environment first, then my work environment and then my car environment and then I can reach that statement out into the rest of the world.

What is your mission statement?  Does it align up with your home and work environment?  Now just may be the time to get stuck in and do something about it, before your family descends upon you at Christmas time and you are left red faced with a big mess that you just cannot hide.

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The Importance of Manners

Etiquette - image thanks to  famous2.all.co.uk
Etiquette - image thanks to famous2.all.co.uk

Something that I am very conscientious of is manners.  It is a central part of the way I interact with others and it is something I work hard to instil into my Sons.

I cannot speak for other societies, because I don’t live in them, but for the Australian Society, I have noticed a massive decline in the use of manners.  There are certainly many people who value manners here and speak out about the use of them, like well know Journalist Ita Buttrose, but for the most part, common courtesy has been laid away.  Maybe  it started with the fear that if someone knew your last name, they could look you up in the phone book and come to your house and ‘get ya’.  The the idea of first name basis moved into the Hospitals and Nurses were no longer given the title of ‘Sister’.

Something most disturbing to me, happened somewhere in the 90’s…A friend of mine’s Son was going to a High School where all the teachers and the Principal were on a first name basis with the kids!  This was a Christian High School, now; I would have thought that a religious school would have kept up the manners, but no.  It was gone.

Then more erosion came through, with Road Rage appearing with Drivers and people beginning to forget to even say ‘please’ or ‘thank you’, let alone teaching their children such ‘old fashioned’ techniques of interaction!

Well I just can’t stand it.  Call me old fashioned, but in my Spiritual Ethics, I am someone who has manners.  I say ‘May I’ and ‘Thank You’ and ‘Please’ and I call strangers Sir or Madam.  I was brought up to use an adult’s title when I addressed them and so I make my children do the same.

It never ceases to amaze me how, when I am introduced to a person, their last name is kept a secret and when I want to introduce my children to them, I have to ask and sometimes insist that they give me their last name, so as my sons can address them appropriately and with the respect they deserve.

One of my Brother’s friends complained when I introduced him to my son as ‘Mr Davis…he said, I am not Mr Davis, that is my Father…he’s Mr Davis.’  I said, ‘Mate, you are over 21 and you are an Adult, this is the way I am raising my sons and to them YOU are Mr Davis.  Take the respect, one day you’ll be as old as your Dad.’  He thought about it and he agreed, in fact, I think it made him feel good to be put back into a position of being respected by children.

"From Refresh Your Table Manners", by Luella Cuming, 1964 Family Circle. kitschy-kitschy-coo.com
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If you ever dine with me, you will know I am the ‘Manners Nazi’.  I have a real dislike for a lack of self control around food.  You make your Dog sit and wait before he eats, so it is only polite to wait for everyone to be seated and served before you start also.  At restaurants, we wait until everyone has been served before we eat.  There is nothing worse than being famished and having to watch someone else eat in front of you.  So we just don’t do it.  If the Restaurant is taking ages and is staggering the food, we ask for the first plates to be kept hot.

When driving, a simple wave to the driver behind you, who let you merge into traffic, goes a long way.  In fact, easing back to let another person in is a big one.  It is only polite.  You are in a line of traffic and you’ll get there eventually, so why do you have to be first?

I should write a book on manners, I am so big on them, because I like to feel that I am respected by others.  I like to feel I am worthy and that I am given time.  So, of course, I am going to pass that feeling on to everybody I interact with.  I am not perfect; there may be the odd occasion when I slip up.  But I feel it is only right to then own up and apologise for making an ass of myself.

As I’ve thought more on this subject, I have come to the conclusion that one of the reasons manners have declined, is because Humans are beginning to realise that we are all inter connected.  Humans have for some 20 years now, become more aware that each and every one of us is made up of the same mould.  For example, we no longer up hold Royalty as being like demigods; they are seen as people who hold an ‘office’.

In Australia especially, there is just no discernible class system.  We are more categorised by the way we act and hold ourselves and dress, not by how much money we have or by what family we come from.

As minds mingle and connect over the Internet, more and more boundaries are being torn down.  But we still need to interact on a physical level in the street and in the home.  We still need to be able to co-operate and to communicate effectively as a species.  Manners allow us to do that and they give children the boundaries they needed to aspire to be an adult worthy of respect.

Who doesn’t like being respected?  Being a person of manners starts with respecting yourself, then it will be easy to respect others in kind.  Think about it, how often to you experience good manners during your daily activities with others?  You can begin to change it around, with a smile, a wave, a thank you and a ‘may I please’…You’ll feel all the better for it.

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The Great Mystery,Gratitude, Giving Thanks

Family saying GraceMost often, when my Family and I sit down for a meal together, we give thanks for our food.  Giving thanks is a small thing that has wider implications in One’s Life.  Through the simple act of giving thanks for your food, you are acknowledging the sacrifices of others so that your life may be sustained.  You are saying to the Universe and to Mother Earth that you appreciate all the hard work that has gone into creating the food, from farm, to market to the table.  The ripple effect of giving thanks for your food is like a radio wave, going out to the World and enlivening those who are in direct collision with your life, either anonymously or not.

The prayer we say is this:

“We thank The Great Spirit for the meal we are about to eat. 

We thank Mother Earth for providing the conditions for the food to come to our table.

We thank the Great Mystery, the many hands that brought our food to us.

We thank the plants and animals who sacrificed themselves in order for us to live on.

We give thanks to The Great Spirit and to Mother Earth for all the blessings in our lives and for all the blessings yet to come.

So be it.”

This simple prayer, said every meal time, re-enforces within the family unit that we are a grateful family and that we recognise the efforts of others.  Most of the prayer speaks for itself.  We must always acknowledge the sacrifice of the plants and animals, without them, we would simply perish.  Mother Earth is our home and she is our physical provider and The Great Spirit of Life, the force with which we are animated and of which we, as Spiritual Beings, recognise to be greater than us.  But what of ‘The Great Mystery’?  This is a concept I first came across when I was 28, working as a Clairvoyance Consultant in Caloundra, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.  A colleague of mine was reading ‘Jesus’ Course in Miracles’ and he talked to me of The Great Mystery.  Later, I began to have an awareness of Native Americans also knowing of this concept.  In Australia, many of us revere the Native Americans and their spiritual knowledge.  I have learnt much from studying them and feel very honoured to have been a student of this culture.

My grasp of The Great Mystery, is, simply put…The many hands that bring you your belongings, food and transport.  All of the necessities and comforts of Life are created by someone.  It would boggle the mind to remember each name or each occupation which makes up the Great Mystery, but it is still there.

Nice ChairTake a chair for example.  This simple piece of furniture, common to almost every home on the planet, was created by many Human Beings.  Now presuming, you or a friend doesn’t make the furniture yourselves…we could easily contemplate The Great Mystery surrounding the Chair.  Looking at the materials it is made from, steel, wood, fabric, foam, nails, screws, plastic, rubber for the feet…who harvested the raw materials?  A miner, a wood farmer, a cotton grower, a rubber tree plantation worker, an oil refinery worker…who then took the raw materials and turned them into  products that could be used to build a chair? Who transported these products from their raw place of origin to the next stage in their lives?  Who packed them for transport?  Who inspected them so they were of a standard?  Who then took the materials and manufactured the chair?  Who tested the chair to meet government standards?  Who packed it?  Who transported it?  Who placed it in the show room?  Who priced it?  Who sold it to you and who transported it to your home?  A new chair.

Yes, your chair has had many, many hands in its creation and delivery to you.  This is an example of The Great Mystery.  It is the many hands that create all the things that surround your life.

You are an individual in a massive Human Community, which spans the Globe and holds within it the power to do or create anything.  You have the power, within your thanks and contemplation, to tap into this Great Mystery and to awaken your life within it.  By taking the time to contemplate The Great Mystery, you are taking the time to contemplate Gratitude.  Gratitude goes hand in hand with The Great Mystery in my experience.

Family giving thanks for their food.So often in Life, we can find ourselves caught up in the rat race and stressed, taking things for granted, because we are too dizzy with the fast pace to stop and gather our feet.  However, we all eat.  We all have the need for sustenance.  You take the time to enjoy your food and not to eat too quickly, so you don’t get indigestion.  Take a minute more to stave off your hunger, before the meal and to give thanks and to acknowledge the sacrifices’ of those who make up your food itself and The Great Mystery, the many hands who brought your food to you.

The Great Mystery is one of life’s magical wonders.  I hope this inspires you to dwell in gratitude and to contemplate the Great Mystery that surrounds you.

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The Connection of Creativity and Spirituality.

A long long time ago, a human picked up a stone and ran it across a rock face.  When they saw it would leave a mark, they began to draw.  This led to the Cave Painting, Lascaux, France  15 000-10 000BCevolution of self expression via symbols.  Soon animals and weapons were being depicted and people began to utilise this new form of technology for the purposes of communication.    Out of this came a solidity, of our cultures and finally a set of symbols that represented vocal sounds, which became an alphabet and the written word.

The ability to pass on knowledge was forever preserved in this, one of the greatest triumphs in Human evolution, reading and writing.  Alongside this phenomenon was the amazing evolution of drawing and painting; and with that came the need to express this creativity through more third dimensional means like sculpture and textiles.  The Human need to be creative and to express ourselves via creativity has been a long and well established medium.

Since before Humans could draw on cave walls, we have been aware of our Spirituality, our sense of there being more than us.  A greater force at play than ourselves, has always been an integral part of tribal life. Passed on in song and story, it was at the very fabric of tribal culture.

The merging of spirituality, in the evolution of creativity was inevitable.  Symbols to express the meaning of different spiritual concepts were formed and books with spiritual doctrines were written.  Without creativity, spirituality would still be that of a place of wonder and of concepts, kept to small pockets of tribal life.

So in this, we can see, that to be creative and to be spiritual are at the very heart of each and every Human soul, from primitive times to now.   It always makes me wonder, knowing this, that so many people say they are not creative.  That they make no art what so ever in their lives.

Outdoor mural and patio.To be in a culture, you must be in interaction with art.  Art is for most people an inner expression, produced on the outer.  It is a gift from one soul’s voice to another’s.  Art, to me, is a pure expression of where that person is at  spiritually.  It gives the onlooker an overview of this person’s soul-voice.

As we know, art is not confined to the canvass, nor is it confined to sculpture.  Art can be created for an eternity or for a second.  It can be in the presentation and flavour of food, or in the 3 minute uplifting feeling of a song.  Art is everywhere.

So, why are we talking about this?  I have had some clients who are suffering from depression and melancholia.  Having been in this sad place myself, I have found that via the use of art and spirituality, I have been able to rise out of my dark place and regain the light in my mind.

Most recently, for me, I hit absolute burn out.  A place where the body, mind and emotions are all spent, totally exhausted, you have no choice but to sleep and work through your pain.

I don’t feel it is important to discuss why I got to that point, but rather to discuss how I managed to revive and come through it.  For me, it was singing and creative writing.  These two forms of creative expression gave me that ability to tap into my soul and the vast resource of energy that my soul enjoys.  It gave me the ability to uplift my spirits and to regain the capacity to cry, laugh and feel again.

When I was 23, I found myself alone with two babies, having suffered the ultimate betrayal, that a man could do to a woman.  This was not a fun time in my life and I could not stop and dwell in it, either.  I had a round the clock job to do, which consumed almost all my waking moments…except for between the hours of 7:30- 11pm.  Those hours were mine.  With both babies asleep, I began to paint statues.  They were no more than 40 cm high, and I would sit and paint night after night, lovingly bringing each mould to life.  I would decide who I’d be giving them to and why, and then I would put my love for that person into my mind and then pour that love into the statue.  During the day, when there was mess and mischief at my feet, I’d lose myself in the statue, staring at it, thinking about how I would enhance it some more later that night.  Those statues saw me through a very difficult time in my life.

It has long been known that the coupling of art with therapy is a wonderful way to alleviate issues of the heart and mind.  I am living proof that it works.  But as I said before, I come across many people who say they are not creative.  If you are a person who feels this way, yet you are feeling disconnected with your spirit and you are feeling sad, try this little exercise:

Imagine you are a young child again.  No more than 6 years of age.  You are in a back yard, it doesn’t matter whose, yard, you are safe, so you are happy.  At Mud Pies!your feet is a pool of slushy slimy mud and there are some digging tools and some buckets.    What is your naturally reaction to this situation?  9 out of 10 people would plonk themselves down and start playing in the mud!  Wouldn’t you?  I certainly used to!  Now, what are you going to make?  How’s about some mud pies..yummy!  Or you could make some mud people and some mud dogs.    Then, when you are bored with that, you could just stare into the grass happily squishing mud between your fingers and toes singing your favourite song….la la la…

Yes, you are a creative being at heart.  So, if you could do it at age 6, you can go down to the local $2 shop and pick up some art supplies and create wonderful soul fulfilling art now.  You can buy your favourite music and sing along, you can do anything, as long as it is within the law and your soul is set free.

Being spiritual isn’t just all about meditation and burning incense, it’s about being connected to your spirit, your soul and your essence and then it’s about connecting in with others.  Being all that you are and then realising you are a part of all that is.  Next time you are sad, use your inner child and your creativity to help you out of that dark place. Use your creativity to reconnect with your spirit and then with others’.  Use your creativity and spirituality to find the light.

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