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The Artisans Have It!

 

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Do you ever visit or live in a town with a big artisan population?  I love going to these towns. Just recently, my family and I went up to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to celebrate my mother’s birthday . We ate some cheese at a boutique cheese factory and enjoyed the views to the ocean from the veranda of the old Mapleton Pub.

The thing that strikes me about artisans is the love they put into their work.  I think it would be a rare artisan who is not in love with their craft.  As we all know, love is so very important in daily life, the expression of love into objects always translates into beauty.  Mother Earth gives us this all the time, with the simplest gifts of flowers and birds, butterflies and beetles.  But humans are also capable of creating love in beauty.

Artisans can teach us so much about working with love. The appreciation for the time they put into their work is unavoidable.  Take a stained glass lamp for example.  The artisan will have stained the glass and sketched a plan, they would have soldered it all together and wired it up.  Time, and love and thought goes into every piece.

How many of you find that this same process goes into your job?  Most of us hate our work and we are only there because it pays the bills.  But what if we were to change our view for just a moment?  What if we were bored out of our brains with our job, but we were to make doing the job a game?  What if we disliked our colleagues, but we were good at our job; couldn’t we play nice and feel the freedom of not being caught up in the office politics?  By putting a little love into our working lives, we too could be like the artisans and find the quality in our work.  You always have a choice and it is your choice to stay in a job that is creating a negative issue in your life.  It is simple to say, ‘no more, I am looking for a new job’. Or, ‘I am going to find out how to learn more, to get into another industry or to climb the corporate ladder’… Or ‘I am going to feel the heart in this job, so I can at least enjoy it while I am here’.

We all have to work, even those who stay at home have to work.  No one gets out of it.  For some of my day I do paid work and for some of my day, I do home duties.  This is because I have kids.  I have to be there for them.  It means I have two jobs.  I am rarely off my feet watching the TV.  Sometimes I hate cooking again or doing the washing again.  But I have chosen to put as much love into the mundane tasks in my day, as the tasks I enjoy.  I love my job, so I put allot of love into that.  I love my family so I put allot of love into the jobs that support them.

Learn from the artisans, work like you love it and love will reward you with beauty. Whatever beauty,  is for you.  Make choices about your work, that suit you and be brave enough to change your attitude to your work.  So as you can begin to love it, until it ends.

I’ll finish this spiritual comment with a quote from my ‘inspirational messages of love cards’

‘Before enlightenment – feed people and wash dishes, after enlightenment – feed people and wash dishes.

The mundane does not have to be dreary, if you put a little love into it.

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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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Fate – Totally Random or all part of God’s Plan?


Like many people, I am always trying to improve aspects of my Life.  Earlier this year, I attended a small business seminar.  At Morning Tea, I met a young lady who was very interested in my occupation and in particular my thoughts on Fate.  In fact she hit me with a barrage of questions…from ‘Is it true that you chose your parents?’  To – ‘are we meant to meet certain people or go to certain places, or is that all just random and coincidental?’

Now, I have a Christian friend, who explains Fate as a well orchestrated element of God’s plan, and I have a Sceptic, Atheist friend, who says that Fate is not at all even a reality of Life.  That all the events in a person’s life are a net result of their past decisions and of total, random coincidence.

Well, I guess I sit somewhere in between these two explanations…because I do think that parts of our lives are meant to be and I also agree that the decisions of the past dictate the events of our future and also that random coincidence plays it’s part.

I do believe that we all have the power to create our own Fate, by changing our thinking patterns and by taking more of a conscious role in the development of how our life plays out.  But for the purposes of this Blog, I am just going to focus on the decisions you laid down, before you chose to Incarnate.

So, getting back to my story… I said to the young lady; let’s start at the beginning of all the Human lifetimes of your Soul.

White Board ChartBefore you chose to incarnate as a Human Being, it makes sense to me that you would make a map of your Life.   I imagine you would work it out on a big white board.  On the left hand side of the board you would have the goals you have set for what lessons you would like to learn, on the right hand side, you would have the goals you have set for what skills you would like to learn.  Now, you are a new Incarnation, so you won’t have too many relationship goals, probably just to get along with everyone and for everyone to do the same with you.  We are all positive creatures in our purest form.

In the centre of the white board, you would have written what culture you would like to be a part of, and what gender you wish to be, this is important.    Should you choose to be a Female say in a culture that is fundamentally paternal, you will be setting your lifetime up to be full of bondage and restriction.  Thus your lessons will be very hard.   Should you choose to be a female in a culture that is very moderate toward the genders; you will find you have a freer existence.  It goes without saying that, with your parents’ culture, comes your parents’ religion.  This will play a major part in how you view the world and how you perceive, the world views the likes of you.

So, you’ve chosen your culture, religion and your gender, now, you need to choose some parents.  There are billions of people of breeding age in the Planet?  How would a new soul do that?  It makes sense to me that there would be a mentor there with the new soul.  A guide who would help them to lock onto the kind of parents they need.  It also makes sense to me that they would look into an Orical of sorts.  A spiritual divination device if you will, in order to ‘see’ all the possible combinations of parents out there.

Before I go on, I want to add, that I don’t believe that all the people who suffer from famine and extreme hardships in 3rd world countries are first time incarnations.  It makes sense to me that there would be incarnations in that situation there from many stages in the soul’s evolution.  This environment would force a Human to grow.  It may be a place for karmic punishment or for karmic greatness, depending on the will of the soul who has chosen this culture.  ( I felt I needed to add this point, as it is an often asked question by clients, who wish to discuss this subject.)

So, now you have chosen your parents, you will be bound to the abundance of or, lack thereof siblings, that will come along with those two individuals as parents.  You will be bound to the circle of family and the circle of friends who are linked into those parents’ lives.  You will be now bound to your parents’ fate.  Your parent’s decisions about their family before they were born.  You will be bound to the talents they have and the interest or lack thereof, from them to share their knowledge with you. You will be bound to your parents’ financial circumstances.  You are now on a fateful path.  But there is more…You have a list of things you wish to learn.  There is only so much your parents can teach you.  Because of this list, you will find yourself placed in a particular school and therefore, you will meet particular people as school chums or enemies and teachers.  You may not go to formal school, but find teachers along the way…You will have a unique to you school experience.

There is also a list of skills you wish to learn.  It is from this list that your soul will drive your mind to seek these interests out.  Because of these interests and because of your circumstances and the decisions of your parents, you will meet particular people who will guide you on your path to new skills.

Family with child in wheelchairLessons can be about anything.  One of your lessons as a new soul may be to overcome Illness, so as you can keep a healthy mindset in the following lifetimes and enjoy a healthy body for a few lifetimes.  So, you may choose to incarnate with heart condition or cerebral palsy.  Thus your decision to choose these particular parents, changes the course of their destiny.  It cuts both ways.  Of course there are many reasons why you may choose to come back as disabled or to become disabled during that lifetime…but this is just an example.

Then there are the random events, well some of them are anyway.  Sometimes you are just walking along and something bad happens and it’s just a random thing…Like when I was working with the Psychic Extravaganza (a business that operates out of shopping centres in Brisbane) and I was on my lunch break.  The shopping Centre was packed with teenagers, because it was school holidays.  I had only a short break and I was on a mission to get to the Chemist.  I walked past a clothing shop and a girl fainted in front of me right under my foot, mid stride.  I had no choice but to step over her or I was on my face too!  When I had found my feet and I turned to help, there were many people already holding her and calling an ambulance.  I was not needed.  That was totally random!

But then there was the circumstance of me becoming gravely ill when I was 19 and my parents insisting I come home to them for a rest.   I was a young woman and I wanted to get out of the house.  AC/DC were playing a concert and some of my friends were going and they arranged with me to meet them at a club afterward.  I went to the club, but they didn’t show.  Instead I met a man and I began a friendship with him.  He was later to become the father of my children and one of the biggest regrets of my life.  Now I’m certain, that meeting him was not totally random.  That was fate.

Where things begin to get complicated is when you, The Soul, are deeper into your incarnation journey.  You have been on the Earth plane for a few lifetimes and you have begun to form attachments to certain other Souls and thus you are part of a circle of people who are bound to meet again and again in order to play out their karma until they grow enough to move on to the next circle.  Each circle of Souls is like a family, and in that family there is good and bad relationships.   So, you see, as your Soul grows, so does the entwining of others into the path of the Soul.  It is inevitable that dramas must be played out and most of this is agreed upon before reincarnation.

Now, what if there is one who is going to incarnate into the circle after most have already been born?  This is when the Souls meet while the living sleep.  Because when we sleep, our body goes into a stasis, thus leaving our Spirit to move about freely.  This is when some people Astral Travel and it is when the Souls of those who are in a Soul Circle will be able to confer and make agreements as to who plays what part in who’s lessons.      Or, what if there is a Soul who is to incarnate before all the others are ready, say after the 4th generation of the circle has finally passed away, back to spirit?  They will be the trail blazer for the others to follow and this will all be planned out, in spirit before that reincarnation takes place…the others, may stay back and Guide the trail blazer and then one by one reincarnate in turn.

If you would like to read about fate  further and form your own opinion, please have a look at Neal Donald Walsh’s book Tomorrow’s God.  He has a wonderful explanation of Reincarnation and fate.  Arthur Guirdham has written an amazing book called ‘We are One Another’  which describes how a group of people, who had lived together as Cathars in France yr 1242, reincarnated in England in the 20th Century.  It is a very spiritual and methodical approach to this subject.  It is also a book full of the history of this sometime forgotten sect of Christianity..The Cathars.

Fate is not your enemy or some conspiracy from God in his master plan.  It is not really all just random and coincidence either.  It is a carefully constructed map of people, cultures and places that you need to be a part of, in order for you to achieve your soul’s goals that you and your mentor set out all those years ago, while you were still in spirit.

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Dark Spell Warning!

The other day I was speaking to a person who is angry about the hurts another has inflicted on him and his family. This person has some spiritual interest and was keen to go to the library and find a spell book. They wanted to cast a spell to hurt their aggressor, in revenge.
I was very alarmed at this notion and I felt compelled to warn them against such a move. For, the consequences of calling upon the forces of darkness to do your dirty work are far greater than the consequences of finding a peaceful resolution.
Many spell books on the market today promote rituals about how to get back at someone. There are rituals to hurt an ex-lover or an ex colleague. You can cast a spell to cause disruption in a person’s life or to bring illness or disease over them. If you can think up a nasty thing to wish upon someone, you could certainly fashion a spell for that….but…at what price to you?
Now, I am not a practising Witch or Pagan, although I have friends who are and I have touched on the knowledge of that path several times without fully immersing myself in it. I have studied about spell work and I’ve been involved in white magic rituals at seasonal festival times and such. I would say I have sound knowledge on the subject, without feeling I have to be a practitioner. I have had many wondrous spiritual experiences with Angelic beings and Spirit Guides and Animal Spirits via these festival rituals, conducted under expert supervision.
However, this doesn’t mean I don’t know the tricksy ways of those who dwell in the shadows. When I was a girl, I didn’t know how to control my spiritual gifts and I was a blazing beacon to all those in spirit who were in my vicinity. They would come to me and scare me almost every night. I had a resident ghost in my house and he was especially good at freaking me out…Breathing next to my ears when I was in bed, or ripping the sheets off of me when I was hiding under my blankets.
Every interaction in life is an energy exchange and it was no less for me and my spirit tormentors. Every time they came to me, they would take my energy, in the form of my fear and they would leave behind a little knowledge for me, about what they were. What sort of rules they lived under and maybe even a bit of a warning in my heart about how I chose to interact with them.
Fast forward to when I was 18 and I met a woman who was a local Spiritualist. I needed to understand why I was this way and I thought she had the answers. Little did I know at the time, she was in conflict with another woman, who chose to get at my friend by using dark magic and calling upon dark spirits.
That woman ended up being terrorised by the very spirits who she had commissioned to hurt my friend. Why? Because my friend knew how to protect herself and how to send them back. She taught me that if you call upon those who dwell in the shadow to do your bidding, one of two things will happen…either, your victim will send them back, which will cause the spirits to be very angry and you will cop their anger three-fold or the dark ones will do your bidding, but you will be indebted to them and they will make you pay.
Anytime you cast a spell that intends to hurt another, you are calling upon the dark ones to join in. Many of them are waiting for the chance to disrupt the living. They see it as a game. The trap is that you, the spell binder think you are in control, but you are not. The only way to be in control is to not do it in the first place. They will quite simply ruin your life. It’s not worth it.
Now, I was just a girl when I had the shadow dwellers or ‘the bad ones’ as I used to call them, regularly in my life. I was too young to understand or control my gifts and I didn’t ask them to be there. By the time I met my spiritual friend, I had a very good understanding of them. I knew not to practise on Ouija boards and to keep away from séances. However, many teenage girls don’t. Many teenage girls are lured into the dark side by the mystique of the dark magic. If you know such a girl, or boy, please let them know the consequences of such a practise.

Remember, the dead and the living, are a reflection of each other…As above, so below. So, let’s think of it this way…hypothetically…In the living world….Joe Bloggs want to hurt his wife for having an affair, so he asks Mr Angry from the local organised crime syndicate to do his bidding. Mr Angry gets caught by the police, Joe Bloggs get kidnapped by Mr Angry’s friends and is disposed of…OR Joe Bloggs and Mr Angry have the same arrangement, Mr Angry does the deed and then he wants Joe Bloggs to pay him more money, or do something sinister for him, or he’ll implicate Joe Bloggs in the evil deed. This scenario is an example of a living people situation that can be mirrored in Spirit. But the worst thing is, that you may not be able to see your Mr Angry, because he’s an Earth bound bad boy who likes to haunt and taunt and has been waiting for a sucker like you or your close friend to come along.
Ok, so I’ve given out my warning. Don’t do Spell work for ruthless gains!
If in doubt, follow the rules of the path of the Light…Do what you will and harm none. Seek council from a wise elder of your community and find a peaceful solution to your issues with others. They didn’t make up the saying…don’t fight fire with fire…for nothing. Get informed and remember, The world of Spirits is a big scary place, with many deceivers and trickers, who will embroil you in their darkness given half the chance…is that worth literally risking your sanity for?

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