Beliefs

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Do you feel you’re accident prone?

If so, why are you more likely than others to trip over something, stub your toe, or have a full-blown accident?

Apart from the recent findings that lack of sleep, taking medication, drinking alcohol, and having poor health contribute towards having accidents, is there anything else to consider?

Well, I was talking to a friend recently, who is a very experienced and effective healer; she said that throughout a period of eleven years before she was thirty, she had had a ridiculous amount of accidents and bad luck: several car accidents, frequent falls, numerous illnesses and more than one relationship failure. Eventually, she told me, she realised what she was doing.

So what was it that she was doing? As healers, my friend and I both have a mutual fascination for how our consciousness affects our lives, and it has made us examine how the way we think and what we believe influences what happens around us.

Through our different healing practices and exploration into consciousness, we had arrived at the same conclusion: that our thoughts and beliefs lay the foundations for not only our health and well-being, but also for our safety.

Thoughts are energy and have a magnetic quality, which when replayed often enough become beliefs. A belief is a thought construct which attracts like energy, and draws circumstances to it that mirror the belief.

If you firmly believe that you are at the mercy of the circumstances of life, then you are putting out a vibration into the energetic field around you that will draw to you circumstances that reflect that.

Perhaps these phrases resonate with you: ‘This always happens to me.’ ‘Life just isn’t fair’. I’m no good at that’. If so, it’s likely that you’re holding limiting negative beliefs that hold you back.

We all have them, and they usually start life with a chance remark from a distracted parent or teacher which reinforces a feeling of unworthiness. As I am writing this I remember standing at my teacher’s desk aged eight as she looked at my ‘sums’ exercise book at something that I’d got wrong.

As she tried to elicit the right answer from me and I continued to get it wrong, she slapped the back of my legs. As you can imagine, from then on maths always frightened me and I thought I was no good at it.

I remembered too that several years ago, for the first time in our lives, my husband and I bought a brand new car. It didn’t feel like it could possibly be our car, it was shiny, new, and downright flashy. When I drove it I felt nervous that I might scratch it or damage it in some way.

One day I went to the supermarket. As I got into the queue towards the mini roundabout to leave the car park, to my horror I saw that a young girl standing at the entrance of the super-market had let go of a full trolley of shopping, and that it had started to roll away. It was heading straight towards my car. I couldn’t go forwards or backwards as I was in a queue of cars. I watched in horror as it hit my passenger door, then bumped its way along the side of the car to the rear passenger door. I was stunned. What were the chances of that happening to me?

Then I realised. I had been fretting about driving a pristine new car. The universe delivered this 2” x 4” in the guise of a shopping trolley round the back of my head or actually down the side of my car as if to say, ‘when are you actually going to get this?’

The lesson was worth it because it left me in absolutely no doubt about how powerful my thoughts and particularly my fears are. Fear-thoughts have a particularly strong pull to them. It was some time later that I captured the belief around which these thoughts revolved: ‘I don’t deserve to have something pristine and new’.

Well, the question is can we heal ourselves of being accident prone? I believe it’s possible to free ourselves of limiting negative beliefs, if we have the presence of mind to watch our thoughts.

What helps us to be ‘present’ or ‘in the moment’ is practising meditation, as it makes us aware of our thoughts instead of always reacting to them. It gets interesting when you notice limiting beliefs pop up – it’s like finding a piece of rubbish on the floor that you hadn’t noticed before. You sweep it up, throw it away and move on.

Therapies like Emotional Freedom Technique or the ‘Tapping Technique,” help us to shed our limitations, and the channeled healing guidance from an entity called Bashar on feelings and beliefs is also extremely enlightening.

To paraphrase Bashar – ‘everything is now’ – ‘we are all one’ – ‘our existence is eternal’. What a relief. Let’s relax into that, and trust the universe to invite into our lives the circumstances that reflect our true limitless being.

Blessings

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I went to the hairdresser’s recently.

I was enjoying the feeling of having my hair washed while I chatted with the hairdresser, but I couldn’t help over-hearing the conversation that was going on at the basin next to me.

A lady was telling her hairdresser about illnesses that her grandchildren had had. The conversation started off with chicken-pox, then it went on to measles, then mumps, and then shingles. Immediately my mind took me back to when I had chicken-pox at age six. I felt so ill that I remember asking my mother if I would die. I remembered measles too. I was older, twelve, and I had it really badly. I didn’t get mumps until my son had it when he was four, and I remembered the pain in my jaw.

Then I noticed. As these memories came flooding back, my body started to identify with these illnesses again. As I remembered how awful I felt, the cells in my body responded. It had to stop! Right now!

I think I couldn’t help listen to this conversation right next to me, because it seemed unusual. Dwelling on illnesses is something I don’t usually do anymore because I know how it affects the body. We draw to us what we fear and what we imagine like a magnet.

Healers know that imagining healthy cells glowing with golden light has an immediate, positive affect on our well-being. Imagining illness does the opposite. It’s fundamental.

My only reason for addressing the above illnesses, is that I wanted to make a point. I’m used to being around people who make light of their problems. It lessens suffering and speeds recovery.

That’s not to say that a friendly ear and help isn’t needed if there is suffering, but we don’t need to relive it once it has gone.

Your consciousness creates your body. Your consciousness creates your health. Full stop. But your beliefs play a big part in this. Have you noticed how if you fear catching a cold from someone, you often do? Notice the word ‘catch’ too. Why do we need to do that?

Our beliefs hide themselves in the depths of our sub-conscious, or put another way, we aren’t aware of them. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have an effect.

If you find yourself unwell, first accept what has happened. Then quiet your mind, take some deep breaths, and ask for the belief that has allowed this to happen to be shown to you. The answer might pop up quickly, or it may come to you later in the day or even the next week. When the answer seems obvious, then it’s time to let the belief go.

I remember when I realised that when I was tired and needed a break, I would get a cold so that I could take time off. The belief here was that I didn’t deserve to take a break. We may hold several beliefs that reinforce a recurring illness, so these need to be addressed too until things clear up.

The Emotional Freedom Technique or the ‘tapping technique’ is a great way to help release negative beliefs and replace them with positive ones.

It’s important not to beat yourself up about not being successful after the first try or many tries at this, and believe me, I should know! Healing is usually a process, even though instant healing is completely possible.

You are a living, breathing, sovereign human being, and the universe is your playground. Humanity’s spiritual wisdom is evolving rapidly, and it is absolutely possible to create healing for ourselves. This is our birthright – let’s invite healing blessings to flow all around us – and the planet.

Be Here Now

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‘Be Here Now’ is the distilled teaching of my spiritual practice, Ishayas’ Ascension.

That’s what I am told by those in the know. But what does it mean to ‘be here now’? Of course I’m here right now, where else would I be?

Well, what I’ve realised is that my thoughts can be anywhere in the future worrying about what is to come, or off in the past, feeling regret, guilt, sadness or anger about a multitude of things that are past and gone. So I’m not really ‘here now’ when that happens.

So how does this teaching translate into my every-day life? It doesn’t mean that I don’t have strong emotions or feelings, but I’ve found that if I stay present and let them roll through my being without adding anything to them, they just roll on past, rather like a dark cloud passes by to reveal a blue sky.

Recently I was looking after my grandchildren. The two boys had had a scrap and when I managed to separate them, the elder one had a ferocious look on his face. I asked him what he was feeling. A little shaken by the reply, I managed to calmly tell him that if he just allowed himself to feel the feeling without taking it out on his brother, that it would go away. I was really putting this teaching to the test!

He walked out into the garden and looked intensely at the plants for a few moments. His younger brother went outside to see what he was doing – and so did I. He then turned around with a smile on his face, picked his brother up, gave him a squeeze, and said – ‘let’s go and play.’

I love it when these teachings work so seamlessly. Needless to say this was a huge ‘phew’ moment, but rock on ‘Be Here Now’ – if a nine year-old child can do it that easily, it might catch on and then war and strife would be obsolete. Love you all out there.

Creativity

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I’ve never thought I was a very creative person.

I thought creativity was something that you were either born with, or that you had to work at. I didn’t seem to have been born with it ,and I didn’t seem to have the time or inclination to develop it either.

What I did make time for was yoga, and from that sprang my interest in meditation and spirituality. What I didn’t realise was that having a better relationship with your mind through meditation, releases your innate creativity.

Our creative abilities are unlimited once the mind is unhitched from the bombardment of negative thoughts that convince us that we can’t do things.

My experience is that after years of a regular practice of meditation I got the urge to write. I followed that urge and had some articles published. Then some time after taking part in a ten day intensive meditation retreat, almost from nowhere, an amazing story formed in my mind. I don’t know where it came from, but what I do know is that there was no way I could not write it down. I just started writing. Once I had started, I didn’t want to stop.

I kept going all the way to the end, amazed by the characters that leapt from my mind and their experiences. The result was my book ‘The Children of the Law of One, The Last Days of Atlantis’.

The most amazing thing for me was that this story poured out of me in a way that I would previously have thought impossible, given my belief that I was not creative.

We are all creative. We all have special, unique gifts for the world. Trust yourself; don’t take any notice of the voice in your head which tells you that you are not good enough or that you can’t do things.

Your creative talent is waiting to be unleashed to light up someone’s day, or even their life. I knew that even if no one ever read my book, it had still given me an immense sense of pleasure and achievement to write it.

Happily, some people have read it, and some of those have even told me they enjoyed it. Beyond my wildest dreams? Certainly. But I know now that our dreams are only limited by the thoughts in our heads which silence the urges of our hearts. Let your heart lead you and follow your dreams.

Heart-Sense

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You know when you just ‘know’ something?

If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of those people who has had moments when your knowing comes from a deep place within, that isn’t verbal or cognitive – a different kind of knowing from the knowledge worked out in your head.

Mothers sometimes know when their children are in danger even if they’re on the other side of the world. Twins are known to be able to tune-in in the same way – it’s a heart-connection.

‘Heart-knowing’ of course comes from our hearts, but did you know that our hearts have a brain and intelligence that supersedes the one in our heads? If the energy of our heart is coherent, the brain in our head will take its lead.

In the past, thinking with our head rather than our hearts was lauded, but I’m seeing a trend; there is something I just know. I know that we are all waking up to heart-sense. Weighing big life decisions in our hearts and not our heads is the way forward.

Just try it. If you have a problem or a decision to make, focus on the centre of your chest, the energetic heart-centre of your body-mind, and breathe. I know that your heart will give you the answer that’s right for you.

Not only that, but when we strengthen our heart-connection it increases our intelligence. Not a bad return in my book.

Your cells, your heart, your body, the Earth, and the Universe, all have the same energetic pattern – the tube-torus, with a constant returning flow of energy. Everything is linked, we are one – the microcosm in the macrocosm – I just know it.

It Is What It Is

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I was enjoying a cuddle from my six year old grandson the other day. He pushed his face right up to mine – it was the sort of moment all Grandmas long for.

Then he said, ‘Grandma you’ve got a wrinkly face.’

At one time this might have spoiled my day – but it didn’t feel like that any more.

’Well of course I have I’m a Grandma’, I said.

I’ve spent many years bemoaning my less than ‘perfect size 10’, the greying hair, the wrinkles, let alone the aches, pains and everything else that goes along with ageing – but they just don’t seem important now.

I can’t say exactly when this change happened. It’s rather like when you’ve had an ache or a pain for a long time and then when it goes away, you don’t even notice.

Accepting what is, or being ‘present’ has slipped into my life very quietly. After decades of spiritual tail chasing I’ve found that I was there all along. Meditation does that for you.

I’ve come to realise that I am not this body, I’m just temporarily inhabiting it to experience this life I have chosen, therefore I’m in a better place to accept whatever may happen to it with peace.

Whatever happens, just is. It’s so simple it eluded me for years. Staying present, or being in the now keeps us at the cutting edge of existence, nothing else really exists.

Grandma wrinkles are a prize because they are won with the love and care of raising one generation and helping out with raising the next. I am very blessed.

Gnocchi Verdi

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This is Gnocchi Verdi, my favourite Italian recipe.

I thought I had lost the recipe, but I found it again in the back of my larder and I couldn’t wait to try them again.

I don’t usually takes photos of my food but I couldn’t resist it as they look so good. As I was rolling the little spinach and ricotta cheese balls back and forth in my floured hands, I couldn’t help but notice that however hard I tried they never turned out exactly the same. – I took the same sized spoonful of mixture each time and rolled them back and forth in my hands exactly the same way, but they were all – just different.

Each little gnocchi had its own individual character and shape – rather like people do. Perhaps we are all moulded in the same way by divine hands from some universal gnocchi/human mix.

We are all individuals and we come from One consciousness. We are one and the same – just like the gnocchi. Consciousness is unfathomable and indescribable and I’m sure it doesn’t look like gnocchi mix, but my mind just goes there.

You drop the balls into boiling water and after a minute or two they float to the surface. After about four minutes they are done. I really can’t help myself, but this process reminds me of Ascension. This is where we rise in consciousness and realise our true nature (One consciousness/Spirit), after we have been transformed by the heat of spiritual fire.

Golden rays of light then radiate from us in a glory of realisation – except in this case it’s hot butter poured over the gnocchi, and parmesan sprinkled on the top.

Here’s the recipe. Enjoy.

Gnocchi Verdi

1 lb fresh spinach
A pinch of salt
8oz Ricotta or Curd Cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
Grated nutmeg
Half oz of butter
2 eggs lightly beaten
One and a half oz of parmesan cheese
2oz plain flour

Wilt the spinach in a pan with a little water. Drain, thoroughly squeeze, and chop the spinach into small pieces. Add the spinach and ricotta to a pan with with salt, pepper, nutmeg and the butter. Stir together over a very low heat for 3 to 4 minutes until evenly mixed and dry. Remove from the heat and beat in the eggs, parmesan cheese, and flour, mixing thoroughly. Set aside in a cool place until firm.

Take a heaped desert spoon full of mixture at a time, and with well floured hands, gently roll into a ball. When all are done, lower the balls, a few at a time into a pan of gently simmering salted water. When they rise to the surface after 4 to 5 minutes, lift out with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper towels.Transfer to a well buttered, shallow oven-proof dish and keep hot in a warm oven. When all are cooked, heat the butter until it begins to turn nut brown, pour over the gnocchi and sprinkle with Parmesan. Serve at once.

Go Eat Cake – But On Your Own Terms

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If like me you enjoy a good wedge of cake sometimes, the following might interest you.

Being told to ‘go and eat cake, but on your own terms’, by a well-loved and well-respected meditation teacher, has to be good news – especially when it’s delivered on a meditation retreat.

An image of fifty five people sitting in lotus position, cramming their mouths with cake is hard to dismiss, but it’s what I love about this teaching of Ascension – you get stuff that you don’t expect to hear.

By the way, we don’t sit in lotus position either.

It really wasn’t the cake that excited me, (yeah, right, I hear you say), it was the awareness that the instruction engendered that grabbed me.

Let me back track a little. The retreat was about exploration of consciousness, or a taster of self-mastery. Put very simply, consciousness, or awareness is all there is. It’s everywhere, in everything, in everybody. It animates life in the world of form – which is where we are experiencing life right now.

Although awareness is transcendent (not of the world of form), it percolates through to this realm in order to beckon us back home to our divinity.

Because we believe we are separate, living our lives on this beautiful blue planet roving in space, each of us little islands floating in a seemingly hostile world, we fall back onto the ego’s narrative – you know the one – that not so little voice in your head which tells you what you should do, what you shouldn’t do, why you should be afraid, ashamed, proud, or guilty.

So when we are told to notice when it delivers one of its directives such as ‘I really want a cup of tea, ‘I want a piece of cake’, ‘I really fancy a cigarette’ – we notice it, and ask ourselves who is talking? It’s not us apparently, but the conditioned mind or ego. All we have to do is notice the voice, ignore it for a time, then go and do what we want to do on our own terms.

What a gentle way to become more conscious – no wonder this path is called the Bright Path. There’s no beating ourselves up about what we do, we just have to notice the voice in our head that tells us to do things and then decide for ourselves. As I’ve practised this, I’ve become more aware of the constant narrative in my head, and I believe it has become quieter. There is more peace. Life seems brighter.

Beating ourselves up about our habits only deepens the grooves in our minds; awareness cuts straight through them, and leaves us in a better place to contact our peace within. We are not the constant narrative in our heads. We are so much more than that.

As for the cake – strangely I haven’t fancied any lately.

Change Your Mind – It’s Bliss

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According to an ancient Hindu spiritual tradition – truth, awareness, and bliss are all one and the same thing.

The Sanskrit word is made up of Sat – truth or pure being, Chit – awareness or consciousness, and Ananda – bliss, in other words Satchitananda.

So why is bliss all rolled up with awareness and truth? It sounds a bit like one of those marketing ‘mash-up’ ideas that are popular now.

Perhaps the ancients expressed it this way because it’s a state that defies description. But why should awareness be bliss? Having brushed up against this state, through my practice of Ascension, I’ll attempt to share my experience.

With a dedicated meditation practice, over time, stress leaves the nervous system. It’s a bit like taking a huge heavy back-pack off; you feel lighter. It’s easier then to get to know your mind and watch how the ego tries to replay old negative programming – and be able to step out of the way. You keep on getting lighter – I suppose that’s why it’s called Ascension.

My teachers say that the outcome of this practice is to have a better relationship with your mind. Scientists strive to find out more about the universe, but haven’t even begun to fathom the depth and breadth of the mind. It is so stupendously clever that a part of it called the ego can convince us that we are small and separate.

Awareness, or being in the fullness of the moment, creates the healing space for us to realise that the constant mental chatter in our heads is not who we are. If we can be aware of it, it’s not us, right?

Eckhart Tolle, a gifted and enlightened spiritual teacher says that we are all like ripples on an ocean. One day one of the ripples saw itself in a mirror, then took a ‘selfie’. Soon all the other ripples were doing the same. Then some ripples felt victimised by others, and arguments broke out. Other ripples then joined their causes, and then wars broke out. I recommend watching this talk on Eckhart Tolle TV, as I’m sure I haven’t done it justice here.

We are One being – eternal spirit, experiencing life as many – but most of us have forgotten. We suffer because we believe we are separate and isolated; but we can find Oneness again by realising that it never left. That’s bliss.

Having had a taste of freedom, I’m aiming to be in it all the time – with a little help from my friends and teachers. The reports from those in the know is that it keeps on getting better – so who wouldn’t want to?

I’m off on a ten-day meditation retreat to hone my skills of experiencing peace, stillness, and bliss. I’ll report back.

The Healer’s Tuning Fork

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We all have the latent ability to heal.

Healing is based on love you see, and humans are really good at that, once they have dumped a lot of their judgement and negative baggage.

In a way we are all like tuning forks. When we are immersed in negative thought it can infect others. Correspondingly when we effervesce positivity, others pick that up too.

It’s the same with healing. People have accompanied others for healing in my treatment room, and said that they received healing too. I have experienced the same thing. I went to a spiritual healing demonstration and felt the healing energies myself when someone else was being treated.

When I attune someone into Reiki healing, it is my intent that achieves it. I have witnessed the miracle of passing on this healing frequency time and again, but it never fails to thrill me when I feel their hands buzzing with warmth and healing as they work on me afterwards.

Reiki and Shiatsu are the forms of healing that I learnt, and also Yoga, because that too is a path of re-integration. In fact all healing is just healing. It doesn’t really matter what form it takes.

The approach or way it is practised may be different, but the components are the same: one person (or many) focus their intention for the greater good of another. I remember reading once that the focus and intent of an acupuncturist was actually more effective at healing than the needles s/he placed.

When you first train to be a healer of any tradition, you are taught a ‘form’ – a specific procedure or way of doing things. It can be massaging points on the feet, working pressure points on the body, re-aligning the vertebrae, or any manner of healing procedure, but they all help to bring about balance and harmony.

We create a kind of vehicle or energy field with our love, our intent, and the mental construct from our particular tradition of healing. This field serves well as the vehicle for healing, but as the healer’s intuition develops, they start to become more sensitive to energies. Often they decide to learn more about energy and are drawn to the quiet stillness of less ‘doing’.

My Reiki students would often ask me what they should think about when they practise healing, and the short answer is: as little as possible. More helpfully, I would say: ‘let your mind be spacious, as though your energy field can reach further and further out.’

The reason for this is that if you concentrate too much on the person’s symptoms – mental, emotional or physical, you constrict the healing energy, rendering it less effective. Your thought of sympathy for their particular illness somehow helps to anchor it in the world of form.

As my intuition has developed, and some of my negative baggage has dropped away through my spiritual practice of Ascension, a clarity has emerged which shows me that one day, healing may not need to exist. As I tune into the eternal spirit of the person before me I know that their illness is illusion.

In reality, everyone is eternal perfect spirit whether they are manifesting illness or not. If I do anything at all, I intend that the healing light of the One melts away all illusion of illness and decay. Then I just get out of the way by clearing my mind.

I sense energies moving under my hands and I just let it happen. I can feel the body releasing tension and it is just like stress leaving. That’s all it is – stress leaving – a kind of tension and release. No doubt there are all manner of other helpers in other realms, so my part is very small, but it has been said more than once that had I lived a few hundred years ago I would have been in trouble.

My reasons for sharing this, is that I want to share it – this shedding of the illusion of illness, super-imposed over the the perfection of spirit. Humanity is ascending in consciousness, which means that we are heading towards an age when there will be great spiritual enlightenment. Our frequencies will no longer hold the down-graded energy and distortions of imbalance or illness.

So back to the tuning fork. The healer’s main tool is positive intent, and it is my intention that if you are reading these words, you will receive healing – from yourself. Just place your hands on your chest and let the warmth from them seep through your body. Accept whatever is. Dare to believe that you are whole in spirit. Do it often, love yourself, and who knows what miracles may come along.

Remember, that even though the world appears to be going mad, there is a huge ground swell of interest in meditation, healing, and spirituality. Love always wins.