Bringing Forth Whats Within Us

I have recently renewed my Christian faith and a comittment to follow Jesus but apart from some online Bible studies I dont attend a traditional church. However I feel I am not alone in this as MANY people in the UK, my country of birth consider themselves Christians or followers of Jesus while they dont attend a traditional religious structure.

One of the reasons I dont attend the church is because I have a different interpretation of the Bible to most traditional churches – it seems most traditional churches teach the Gospel which says ALL must turn to Christ to be saved or will go to hell for eternity. While I agree with this for myself and fully appreciate Gods provision in the form of His Son to excuse me of all sins past present future – I cannot agree with turning around and then condemning my neighbour or the world and telling them their going to hell without Christ. The Church insists this is Gods judgement and can cite multiple passages where God appears to say the world is condemned already, but I can also site OTHER verses where it says God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world and the fact that God does not Judge but has left all judgement to His son and indeed Christians who will judge the world.

This seems dire news to me if Christians will judge the world because many in the churches see only humanities sinfulness, however I refuse to follow suit, if I were to judge the world, I would hope I would send nobody to hell, I have experienced enough human kindness for that. What happened to the old idea of forgiving others how we would want to be forgiven. The idea that we may see a speck in our brothers eye but that surely means there is a plank in our own. The idea that those who judge others often do the same thing in a different way. For instance – if I were a tarot card reader, I could be judged for practising divination according the the Bible, this is a sin. However how many Christians call themselves prophets divining the future through Divine patterns, or through the pages of the Bible?

It seems to me that while the Bible is a valuable book, its not enough to complete our salvation and guide our path through life, The Holy Spirit is another helper which we sorely need to stand firm against the wiles of the devil to and give us Divine inner strength, and intercession. We need a direct relationship with Jesus and to be able to hear from Him who speaks to us directly and allows us to interpret the Bible according to exactly where we are at – and we need to bring forth what is within us.

According to Plato the world of the Archetypes or God is the reliable stable world of Spirit, the heavenly realm which rules and shapes our material world. According to psychology this world of archtypes is ALSO reflected in the mind. The world we live in is unreliable and cannot accurately guide us although it can give us pointers. So the Bible is an useful book – it was brought forth from the Divine Realm, but on its own its imperfect because everything in this fallen world in imperfect. We need to be able to connect to this world of Forms and Ideas and bring them into the world. These forms and ideas may not currently exist in the world – though they are always existing in the Archetypal or heavenly realm that is reflected WITHIN US. The Kingdom of God is within you, where the mind resides with Forms and ideas. What we bring forth will be imperfect for instance if we behold a perfect triangle in the world of forms, then the triangle we create will be imperfect even if we use something digital such as a computer (it will be pixelated etc) According to the Gospel of Thomas which is an extra biblical text which some believe to be heretical

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.

โ€“ย Gospel of Thomas, verse 70

So its actually important for the Church to bring forth what they have, it may be poetry, it may be blog posts, it may be art or design but we have to Create from the archetypal world within us – and this will help us complete our salvation, we will be able to get past the traps and pitfuls and understand through reflection and creation. In the past the church always used to be a place where everyone had a word, or a poem, or a song, or a piece of art to share with all present. This tradition is gone and its now only the pastor who is authorised to speak – but the church was always a place of shared communion, not leadership by one man, as it was known only Jesus saw clearly, and the rest of humanity was blind.

So this is my offering of bringing forth what was within me – I hope it was helpful to you in its imperfect form.

With many abundant blessings

Halloween Eve and Spreading the Light

Well its Halloween eve night here in the UK and my thoughts turn to my evolving relationship with this time of year.

We all know halloween as a fun holiday for the kids, with great costumes and lots of trick and treating. Its a time of trickery and mirth. However it also has older connotations as a time when the veil between the worlds, the spiritual world and our material earthy home is at its thinest – thats why the children dress up and we have parties, to honour our departed ancestors and to scare the evil spirits away

Christians have always treated the season with caution with many shunning the witch costumes and having light parties instead.

Its also the Celtic New Year, Nos Calen Gaeaf another turn on the great wheel as cycles come full circle and its a time to bring in good times and light before the dark winter which in the past was hazardous because people died in the Winter

With the advent of new diseases like Covid 19 then we are perhaps returning to those times again when the winters were more deadly, and we need every celebration and ritual to keep our spirits up before potentially dark times ahead

I feel both the pagan and Christian ways of celebrating the festival are about scaring away the evil and darkness – I dont believe the old religions were about celebrating evil or the dark but were about embracing our shadows so that greater light could be brought forth for the year ahead. Playing tricks and revelry so people didn’t take themselves too seriously ๐Ÿ™‚

So this year, in honouring the old and new in myself – I have done all the things that mark a modern festival – plenty of good food and sweets, carving a pumpkin and pumpkin soup but I also have comitted myself to spreading more light. I feel this honours all of my ancestors, of all kinds and religions and the traditions of my land. To help with this work I wrote a poem about all the little lights that we collectively are and can be in humanity – symbolised by the lighting of the pumpkin lanterns and bringing light into our homes, while we play being witches and ghouls. There is the shadows – and we honour them, but the purpose is to remember and shine our light into the darkness – scaring away all auspiciousness for the winter and year ahead.

The poem is called little Star (by Michelle Smith)

Little Star

There are many lights in the darkness

Twinkling like the stars brilliant in starkness

Some flash on and off seeminingly broke

Covered briefly by the velvet cloak

But shine once more they do

One they rediscover their briliant hue

Some of them have a brilliant rainbow aura

Reflecting all the colours of the world in awe

Some of them shoot to the earth

Trailblazing bringing light to our hearth

Whatever kind of star you are

Know you are shining and seen from afar

We cant all be as great as the sun

But the light you shine brings joy and fun

To an otherwise bleak sky

So never give up and alway try

In little deeds however small or insignificant

There is always something to do there is no cant

Twinkle Twinkle collectively we are

Your inner light is precious little star

This is a time too to remember all the witches who died defending their right to be healers and priestesses, or even just the old women who had property someone wanted, so they were accused. MANY innocent women were killed during the times of the witch crazes and we can but hope that those times never return again.

Its a time also to remember the christians also who were in their time killed and persecuted for their faith – it seems everyone has their turn at being persecuted and killed – so this brings forth another important reason for the shadow work involved in this time of year – that we never again point the finger and persecute others for their way of honouring the Divine, celebrating life, the turns in the year and honouring the dead.

Its worth remembering that MOST people try to do good in their own way and tradition and very few people are purposefully getting up to pure evil even at this time of year. Those that do will in time suffer from the karmic implications of their actions, what goes around tends to come around like most cycles and seasons, which is another reminder of the turning of the Seasonal Wheel – everything has a time and a season.

However you choose to celebrate Halloween I hope its full of Joy and merriment and a trickster sense of humour ๐Ÿ™‚

Embodied Feminine Archetypes and the Church

A great deal of our history has been Christian and today we still live in a very Christian world – and perhaps too its right that we live in a Christian world still because Jesus is a loving positive force in the world responsible for bringing healing and reconsolidation to our world both collectively and individually. The church is often a bastian of sacredness, decency and refuge in a a challenging world.

This is not to say the church itself doesnt make mistakes because it does – but Christ remains a positive force of hope and a light in the darkness in the world today.

One of the mistakes of the church has perhaps been that its been overly patriarchal. As we know in the past women had next to no rights and were at best seen as property passed from father to husband – and it was like that in the times of Jesus too. However, Jesus was quite radical in that he had female disciples such as Mary Magdalene and the Myrrhophores – or the Holy Myrrh Bearers. These women were given radical respect and sacred responsibility. When Jesus resurrected it was to these women, the Holy Myrrh Bearers he first revealed Himself as they came to tend his body. So why then over the years has the church portrayed women in such a bad and lowly light? She has been praised as mother, but often strong women were cast as witches, burnt at the stake or her gifts marginalised instead of being celebrated. For a long time women werent allowed to be Priests, God was wholly male and the religion primarily a male affair with women to be silent in submission. Mary Magdalene Christs own disciple was cast as a whore and there is NO books in the Bible authored by her and her voice has been excluded from the gospel message.

So this is the history women face when they go to church, and there are many Patriarchial leaders still found in the church today who would supress woman or only allow her to be celebrated if she becomes “like a man” – one of the guys in the church with her femininity left out. Femininity to the church often polarises between 2 extremes of the Holy Mother of Jesus – Mary or the seductress with the apple in the garden of eden, the whole reason the world is in a mess. Church Archetypes for women include Mother, seductress, prostitute, whore, witch etc which doesnt leave much scope for feminine growth outside having and raising children and being a chaste wife to a powerful man to nulify being thought of as a prositute or witch

I practise something called Chakradance, which is a dance movement therapy which is based on Jungian psychology, chakra resonant music, dance and mandala art – and in these movement therapy spritiual practise the feminine is finally celebrated and healed from these past patriarchial influences. Yes she is celebrated as Sacred Mother in the base chakra but theres so much more to the feminine, embodied in our women. In the sacral chakra we dance the abundant empress where the woman is able to find her joy and pleasure in life – empress over her life, business and household she finds pleasure in living and doing things she enjoys – In the solar plexus chakra shes the warrior goddess – so much in our lives requires we fight for what we deserve and this is so true especially for women, where she has to fight for her right to thrive in the backdrop of patriarchy. In the Heart chakra – shes the loving healer, many women do so much healing work in the communties, not just healing the sick but bring people and famillies together and healing communities and lives that way. In the Throat chakra shes the Wild Creatix – women when living their best life are fundamentally creative, it may not just be in art, poetry dance or cooking but in other areas too deign or how they run their business. In the third eye chakra shes the awakened dreamer – this is where she dreams and creates her life how she wants it to be, including the lives of those around her – women have always been asscoiated with fate, wheras here she literally dreams the world into being. In the Crown chakra shes the Embodied Priestess – in the past if you were a priestess and a woman you were just called a witch and destroyed, but times are changing – there are now more embodied Priestesses in their community than ever before – bringing the sacred, the spiritual and divine to their communities – alleviating fear of death and making the sacred available to everyone.

POSITIVE FEMALE ARCHETYPES

So the positive female archetypes include:

Sacred Mother

Abundant Empress

Warrior Goddess

Loving Healer

Wild Creatrix

Awakened Dreamer

Embodied Priestess

You can experience all these and more on my upcoming course Chakradance – Heal Your Life (9 weeks immersion) – or my short one week long – chakradance archetypes course working on a specific archetype or issue https://swan-on-the-sea-wellness.teachable.com/

Lets help heal the feminine together and heal our lives at the same time – when the feminine rises – we all rise with her.

Swan on the Sea – Chakradance Swansea

Its been a long time since I posted anything on this site but I have been busy – not only have I been working on healing and managing my schizophrenia but I have been gathering the tools and resources to aid others with their lifes challenges too.

A long time back I mentioned Chakradance as a spiritual therapeutic practise I have practised to bring well being and healing to myself, my life and my world and I have now finally completed the training to be a facillitator and bring healing to the lives of others too through this beautiful modality.

I have a business in the works – Swan on the Sea Wellness where I will be offering chakradance ecourses (chakradance, dance movement therapy you can do in the comfort of your own home and sacred space), along with mental health mentoring and therapeutic soul arts courses.

I want to offer something of the kind of mental health service and caring I wish I had received when I was going through my crisis – I already know the arts is SO beautiful and beneficial for shifting negative states and creating a more lovely positive world. However, I also include Chakradance in this where it combines free movement dance where you can dance like nobody is watching, with really lovely spiritual ethereal guided meditations, with specialised funky music which resonates with the chakras, with creating a beautiful mandala representing the energy of your dance experience. I literally practised this when I was in hospital and surrounded by very depressing scenes, till I transformed the hospital into a dance floor where I dance in an imaginary rainforest surrounded by all my ancestors and well wishers. It really makes an an amazing transformational experience and now Im going to be running a business offering it to the world!

My website is being created as we speak and over the next few months I will be recording the videos and MP3’s to go with the courses. I wrote a poem called Swan on the Sea about my journey and mission statement to aid my soul clients wherever they may be in the world, especially those suffering from mental ill health to help them live the life they want to live, a life of passion and purpose through chakradance dance movement therapy

Swan on the Sea Business name comes from the town I live in Swansea as a city of potential and my poem I wrote about my mission. I painted a picture of a swan on the sea as the spirit of my town but it also the spirit of my business

Watch this space – cant wait to get started. As soon as the website is ready, I will post the website and I aim to get started with the online courses between February and May 2023

Swan on the Sea

I am sailing, sailing on the back of my swan on the sea

The lake ripples and breaks in hues beautiful and silvery

By the light of the moon dancing

With deep purple sky stars glancing

And shooting through the sky

I dip in the waters cold and I try

To keep afloat amid my dreams

A crystal pyramid beacons it seems

To swallow me up as I enter its ice walls

To ignite my psychic centre and it calls

Me to dream with passion, imagination my ally

Like the beautiful white bird that takes me to fly

Home with white feathers in my hand

As I return safely to the land

Through the doors of perception I see

To earthy roost my town called Swansea.

Now in everyday mundane living

That wonderous holy bird I will be giving

A place of honour in my business name

To fulfill my calling to the people

Who live near and far by every dale and steeple

For healing movement chakradance

Graceful inner work and trance

To heal all wounds with guided journeys

To beautiful places of vision keys

To find our true inner shining to be

Like a radiant swan swimming on the sea

Many years lost at sea spent I

Till I learnt the art of dreaming to see

And create to bring forth within me the trance

A vision of a future where I could dance

My way back home over the silvery waves

With my swan and grey blue cat who gave

Me companionship with many mentors

Who appeared through the fog to centre

My purpose when the waves me tossed

So many faces in the depths totems

And helpful guides the past the present tokens

And future swept before me now as I gently sail

No longer in the tempest storm but in waters where I cannot fail

Sailing sailing on the ocean grand

Very soon I will reach the land

Of sand and solid rock and ore

Where I will teach others of my time in awe

Those also lost at sea, I will reach them with my swan boat

And show them they too can dance dream and float

I love my time on the land

Where I speak to my son and take his hand

But my life now belongs to the oceans depths

And helping others there like a baby’s first steps

So many years lost at sea spent I

But now I toil purposefully till I die

Change your reality with non- thinking

So if your like me you probably think a lot. You may think about world events, your family, why this or that is happening – what to have for breakfast or tea etc

So some of these thoughts a great things they help us get things done and give us ideas and concepts to play with in our day

However our mind can be our friend but it can also be our enemy

Sometimes when something fearful happens to us or in our world our mind can create thoughts of a different nature. They can start to think things like I think Im going to die, or why is this happening to me, or they may be put downs, I cant do this, Im lazy, or Im incapable – sometimes these put downs may have been put into our head by someone else and we have believed them.

So according to some studies the average person has over 6000 thoughts per day. Do you know what they all are? Probably not as they all go straight into the subconscious but they still nevertheless influence our whole day and waking reality.

So if your mind has become an enemy and is potentially ruining your life – this can be even more prominent if you have received a lot of negative input or influence on your thought life perhaps from an emotionally abusive parent, spouse or even from watching too much fear based news programmes. You may spend a lot of time in mental and emotional drama, catastrophising the worst that can happen. What can you do to change it?

Many people try to think positively to counteract some of the fear or anxiety making thoughts – so here you may have an artisic life of painting positive images to uplift yours and others day. You may remember there is always a sunny day just around the corner of a rainy one – spring always follows winter. In terms of those archetypes you may focus on a Form you particularly like such as Jesus or the Mother archetype or the Star child. However when things get tough for a prolonged period this doesnt always fully work to change our reality – the shadows which appear on the outside which is a reflection of our inner life may keep beating at us.

So what else can we try? We can as Kazimir Malevich in his iconic painting of the Black square take refuge in the place of no forms, no thoughts, no ideas or concepts – simply the comfort of space and of the dark womb.

So how do we do this? we can take some time to relax completely – try gradually tensing each part of our body and relaxing them to get out of any fight of flight response and into the relaxation response and then we simply make the effort to let go of Any thoughts – just let the mind go blank. If you have a racing thought life this will be a great relief to the mind.

If you have trouble doing this then something great to try is Ocean Breathing -or Victorious Ujjay breath. (see you tube video for how to do this) so while breathing this breath you can visualise the ocean filling your whole mind and space the waves wash away any thoughts. Then when you are ready you can let the breath flow naturally and have the moment of total peace and relaxation of no thoughts and no ideas and no forms and concepts in that peaceful womb like space.

You can set a timer or alarm for how long you want to have these peaceful meditation. Then once you decide to come back to waking reality refreshed and ready for thinking again you will have had a complete break of peace of mind. You thought life will have shifted into something far more peaceful So you can watch yout thoughts more mindfully now and discover any thoughts which are not serving you and observe them and work to change them.

Plus you may be surprised what outer circumstances in your life shift from just having this time of not thinking anything – as your thoughts shape your reality and your own thought life may have been holding you back in surprising ways.

There is a great video from Eckhart Tolle with Jesus’s teaching about non thinking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKpmXhGVMxI&vl=en

Try it and see!

Archetypes – Pure Forms in Reflection in the mind

So as I have been doing some inner work during the lockdown, and as Im returning from my cave now being that things are gradually returning to normal. I thought I would do some writing about the archetypes.

So what is an archetype? well they are found in Jungian Psychology to describe an “old pattern” that is found in the collective unconsious of humanity. So they are patterns and forms which are eons old (older than a single human life span) and influence human beings psychologically on an individual and grande/ collective scale.

We know about the iceburg model of the psyche where the part we are aware and consious of is tiny whereas the rest of the pyche is submerged with the hidden parts still hugely important. Well Carl Jung explored the psyche or the mind and found it was filled with mythical material and could provide access to some of the things we know of as the “spiritual realm”

So in our own minds there is actually a treasure trove of material both mythical and shadowy that has influenced us all our lives and even influences whole cultures collectively. You could even say the “shadows” or reflections of pure forms such as the gods are found in our own psyche (look at platos theory of forms) So these archetypes are mirror reflections of real pure form which are in the spiritual world.

One archetype I have mentioned already is the shamanic archetype – now this archetype emerges from the psyche when there is a crisis – so when we have a job loss, or health crisis, or some other breakdown in the usual running of our lives the shamanic archetype may appear as an age old form in our own minds to guide us through the crisis. So this may mean we may suddenly become interested in spiritual things, chanting, meditation, dancing, spiritual artwork and so on. The shamanic archetype has many facets and when it appears in our minds it can influence our behaviour in a myraid of different ways

So some of the other more famous archetypes you may have come across are not always so heroic. Some of them can be the victim, so if we repeatedly find ourselves playing the victim role in life it may be that we are influenced by this archetype – or wounded child if we experienced childhood adversity which may come to the fore. Magical or eternal/divine child may also appear like the shamanic archetype to guide us during a crisis and lead us to see the less serious side of life and play.

If someone you know is suddenly interested in witchcraft and astrology then they may be playing out roles from the witch archetype – not only are these archetypes in our collective unconcious influencing our behaviour from behind the scenes.

They also have their own narratives, so say the witch or shamanic archetype may clash with the church and the priest archetype – or they may go on quests like the heros journey. The archetypes are also found in tools like the tarot – and the major arcana of shows the fools journey or the heros journey in an archetypal narrative – which many events in our individual and global lives play out

They all run in patterns like seasons, but their old – their the basis of all our films and stories. You can predict events by them for instance when there is an universal calamity you know there is always a rebirth and reformation of order in a new form.

I have been experiementing with trying to find out what my unconscious archetypal influences are through doing the Shamanic Workbook on the school of modern soul science website and using Archetype cards to get to know all these old patterns and reflections of pure forms a lot better since it is apparent they have so much influence over my behaviour and the behaviour of others in my life. Once awareness is gained – so you may find you have definate influence by the victim archetype, martyr archetype and God archetype – so this may be something you want to change. If you are perpetually in the role of victim then this needs to be transformed to a different form and influence such as warrior or mother or some other more favourable archetype for a victorious life.

So gaining awareness of the patterns is the first step – to become aware as an OBSERVOR of whats going on with the archetypes and how these patterns are influencing your life. Their stories have been running in the collective since time immorial so if you allow them to they will run your whole life and you may become a personification of one of the archetypes such as fairy or shaman or witch or warrior. But in a way this is an honour as many people believe the archetypes we have in our psyche are are reflection of a pure form of them in the spiritual world. So they are in essence a pure expression of God. Its Gods creativity and divine story in the making running through the whole human existance and also the things we create (see platos theory of forms and the tree of life kabbalah – archetypal world) – so they are a fascinating and beautiful study of God which nobody ever mentions in places like church and it seems not everyone knows about.

Anyway I recommend learning what archetypes are unconsciously running your life and then choosing to live with them in union or break free for more conscious living – wondrous divine forms in reflection in the mirrors of our mind – hidden from us by our shadows along with our true self.

What images do you have in your mind?

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During these times of lockdowns and health crisis’s as the world begins to try and return to normal or our new normal as the case may be. Many of us will have been doing some reflection and inner work during this time.

Inner work is something that never ends once you start – while you may heal any surface traumas or reasons for being in crisis there always remains more tools to learn until you can finally one day come to a stage of self mastery.

One such tool that is very useful during these times is guided imagery. Many people will have noticed that we are constanly bombarded with images – we dont notice half of them as we blank out constant advertisements billboards and other messages but this doesnt mean that our mind hasnt “noticed” those images – no they get slipped straight into the back of our mind our subconscious. When we watch tv and news reports during times such as these with the Coronovirus crisis we may be immediately overwhelmed by a series of fearful crisis images – people in scary masks, doctors and fearsome ideas of death and dying being imminant.

So, we may be strong and feel these images have no real effect on us and consciously we may be OK, but subconsciously those images have entered our thought life and begin to do their work in causing a darkened mind filled with fear and worry. The media is so powerful, at least as much as the advertising agencies in influencing our minds through images and nobody is immune. So what do you do during a crisis or a war when the images used by the media and other agencies get even more intense which may realistically threaten to over whelm our mental health

1 We can choose to limit our exposure to these images – maybe choose to watch less tv for instance and instead use to the time to learn something new or practise a calming and enjoyable hobby instead.

2 We can utilise Guided imagery

3 We can create art of our own positive uplifting healing images

I have already covered some benefits of art making in earlier blogs but we have never looked at guided imagery.

According to Martin Rossman who wrote the book Guided Imagery for self healing the brain has 2 parts one thinks in words and logic and the other part thinks mainly in images. So what is guided imagery? – guided imagery utilises the two parts of the brain and unites the conscious and unconscious by describing images and sensory experiences as a guided meditation to take the person on an experience which is beautiful enjoyable and healing.

The video below is an example of guided imagery “the forest awakens”

So in this kind of mediation the person goes on a journey filled with guided images which fill the mind and help cause a physiological response with is the OPPOSITE of fear tension and anxiety. So this is a perfect antidote to the fear based images we may receive in our minds from other sources.

Sometimes we may also find that we may be indoors more often in order to meet the demands of quarantine and to keep ourselves safe – so if we can take a guided imagery walk through the forest – this fills our mind and subconsious with beautiful images and scents and sounds which have a fully transformative and healing effect

Guided imagery can also be used to alleviate all kinds of sufferings like anxiety and pain or can even be uses to prepare for stressful life events such as speaking in public or preparing for an exam.

Guided imagery can also be uses to compost or transform old negative stuck emotions which may appear to be held in the body but are actually in the mind which appears to be non local. So an example would be to imagine all the things which have causes you anxiety over the last month and feel all that heavy material from that leaving your body and being composted into the ground – to be transformed into beautiful crystaline energy

There are wonderful guided imagery meditations found online to help with all sorts of life dillemas and anxieties including the current crisis – there is some great meditations and exercises by a lady called Anahita Joon – transforming fear into wisdom http://www.anahitajoon.com/

Guided imagery is used in Quantum healing accessing the archetypes of the subconscious mind as guided imagery connects both the conscious and the unconscious with great results for healing trauma

It utilises intention, attention and imagination which are great things for positive results in meditation and its free.

You could even record your own guided imagery sessions to use on yourself tailored to a specific issue you want to work on or alleviate.

Another thing that may be worth trying is recording the imagery of your mind in a journal – just taking some time to notice which sort of images dominate your thought life – you always have access to your true self and the Divine so you may have a great deal of positive images – but may notice all the subliminals from advertising, the fearsome media images, bad memories and so on in there again. So once you have made your mental imagery more conscious you can then utilse guided imagery to transform those images – so imagine what it would be like if the images were better and happier. This requires a great deal of vision which can take us out of a narrow fearful state and into a more expansive state and then we can note this down in our journal too – or even create some positive images or a vision board of a better outcome as goals to create

Dynamic guided imagery can be utilised in things like chakra dance where you can dance to a guided imagery session – ie you may dance around an imaginary camp fire or a crystal cave or in the ocean. https://www.dailyom.com/cgi-bin/courses/courseoverview.cgi?cid=928

So in these times its great to have as many tools for positive mental health as possible and guided imagery is a great tool for healing satisfaction happiness and well being no matter the weather in life.

Lockdown Art – Prayer Flags

In the Uk we are well into our lockdown by a couple of weeks. If you are like me then you may have been using this time to be more creative, do healing soul work, write poetry or take some courses in something you always wanted to learn

If you have a stack of paintings and drawings you have made during this time of crisis then this is beautiful and brilliant memento of being able to stay calm and collected during a world crisis and difficult time for everyone

So this could make a great book for your drawings or paintings OR

another thing we could do with this work once the lock down is over is turn them into coloured prayer flags as a memento of the pandemic of 2020 to hang in your home once all this is over.

So this is some of the art I have been making during this time.

 

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The idea is to keep collecting these positive uplifting images with the intention of peace and harmony to ALL during this time and beyond and then going to the print shop once this is all over – printing them postcard size and transfering the images onto silky fabric using a product like image maker

If you wanted to make the prayer flags fancy you could even stich into them or add details like beads and then threading them onto a chord to hang as prayer flags from this time in quarantine

A bit like these prayer flags

 

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You could even add bells or tassels to the bottom and it would make a wonderful memento of this time in history of the pandemic of 2020 as well as showing off the creative work from this time.

Happy creating ๐Ÿ™‚

UK LOCKDOWN – Planting seeds of Light

seedsWell its day 4 of the lockdown in the UK for the Coronovirus Crisis

I am living in a shared building with our own rooms and shared kitchens and thankfully so far nobody here has got the virus

I have been busy keeping my gratitude journal during this time noting three things every day that Im grateful for to counteract the often anxiety making news

Today I am grateful for the financial security not just for myself but for most people I know with the government paying sick pay and 80% of the wages for both the employed and the self employed. I am so grateful for having somewhere safe to live during this time with plenty to do, courses internet and art and even gardening. I live within walking distance of the sea so when I go for my permitted walk per day i can walk on the sea front within safe social distance of everyone else.

thankyou

 

I am hoping that others are finding the crisis equally as comfortable and if your only issue is anxiety and fearing for the future I can help with that

A lot of this battle is not physical but is literally in our hearts and minds . Mindfulness helps with this to be fully present during this time is not putting anyone in danger but is ensuring that we can have the best life and best response to danger and adversity

There are also little tricks and activities which can be done not to pretend that there is no concern but to remain positive during even a lockdown.

One of which is try and nurture life – so much of our world is about buying and consuming which is essentially eating and taking constantly in a hungry basis – but some of what we do should also be about nurturing and giving life and joy to someone else, difficult when your on a social distance – you may do this in your work if your service based but it can be good to cultivate this life in your own sphere and environment as well.

One simple way to do this can be to plant some seeds – so while there is a focus on illness fear death dying and calamity in the media and on the news you can have a plant or two growing on your windowsill that you grew and cultivated and brought to life yourself

This plant or even tree can be symbolic of the light life and joy that you bring forth into your own life and into the world as opposed to just consuming and taking. The seeds you plant of harmony in the world as opposed to the turmoil.

In the UK M and S are even giving away free seeds with plenty of ideas on how to plant them and repot the plants and herbs https://www.marksandspencer.com/c/food-to-order/little-garden

There is also a wonderful meditation of hebrew chanting which is perfect to plant more love and joy into the world by Rabbi Shefa Gold

Or zarua laTzadik, uโ€™lโ€™yishray lev simcha
Planting Seeds of Joy and Light Hebrew text
Plant the seeds of Joy and Light; Tend them carefully day and night,
In this soil so dark and deep, I plant the dreams that Love will reap

Planting Seeds of Joy and Light: Or zarua

The singing or chanting is a beautiful intention to sooth any worries and fears and to begin planting a good fruit to harvest later in the year both physically and spiritually once this lockdown and crisis is over.

Also beyond, simple things you can do is notice the beauty of the sky or the trees or the sunshine – share your bread with the birds, bake or cook something delicious and cultivate light joy beauty into present awareness to grow like seeds.