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An Irish Blessing.

 

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May flowers always line your path

and sunshine light the way.

May songbirds serenade you

every step along the way.

May a rainbow run beside you

in a sky that’s always blue

And may happiness fill your heart

each day your  whole life through!

Just for YOU!

… and yes it is possible to have all these gifts everyday of our lives I have seen many do so even in the face of painful deaths from cancer. All it takes is being able to remain in the moment and be a peaceful, joyful, contented observer of our life and  rest in the knowledge that we are here to grow in love and beauty. This is a great challenge but one many people succeed at through practising meditation or praying.  Trials are opportunities. They come and go, so often providing new or deeper connections with the people who support us at  these times. No moment lasts and the sum of them all define us as the unique, beautiful soul that we are. We write our life’s story not just by how we act but by how we react. The energy we give out not only touches those around us but also the greater energy of this world. By sending out loving kindness to all and most importantly by including ourselves, we are creating a new more beautiful world.

Namaste. Enjoy you journey and many blessings. Brita

When you can’t think straight…MEDITATE!

 

 

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Recently I was really stressed by a situation that involved helping a loved one. A thousand thoughts and emotions flooded through my mind, I simply couldn’t think straight and the harder I tried the more tired and confused I became. Then someone said the magic words “LET GO” to me and I remembered to make time to meditate. In the spaciousness of meditation I was able to view my thoughts and emotions with a totally unbiased attitude. When your attitude changes your whole mind changes, even the nature of your thoughts and emotions change. I simply sat and watched my thoughts drift by like the sky watching clouds pass through it. I noticed love, fear, anxiety and a feeling of wanting to control the situation drift by but didn’t try to grasp them, cling to them or indulge in them. I merely observed that, like the wind, they came and went. In allowing them to flow through my mind while keeping my mind free of afterthoughts and possible solutions I found them quickly settle and from a new detached space I was free to see the reality of the situation. What I could change and what I just needed to let go. It was amazing what a difference it made.

Sogyal Rinpoche  said,

“In the ordinary mind we perceive the stream of thoughts as continuous in reality this is not the case , You will discover for yourself that there is a gap between each thought. When the past thought is past and the future thought has not yet arisen, you will always find a gap in which  Rigpa, the nature of mind is revealed. So the work of meditation is to allow thoughts to slow down, to make that gap more and more apparent.”

Learning to meditate certainly takes a bit of effort but the effort is more than repaid by the peace and clarity you find and yes the situation resolved itself, working out far better for everyone concerned, than I could ever have dreamed of.

Namaste!

 

 

 

CREATING A PERSONAL RETREAT.

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Are you time poor with too many demands from work, family or other commitments to attend a retreat or do you simply not have the money to pay for one? Whatever the reason, there is a simple solution, CREATE YOUR OWN.

With a little planning and preparation you can honour yourself and take the time to focus on renewing your spirit and getting back in touch with yourself or perhaps even reach out towards the spiritual awareness you desire.

The first thing to remember is that you are worth the effort. If that isn’t a good enough reason to make time then perhaps for some reason you haven’t yet discovered the importance of self love, in that case, for the moment, focus on the benefits a retreat will bring to everyone around you. A calmer, happier, more positive and peaceful you will be able to give them greater support.

PREPARATION.

* FIND A SUITABLE TIME.

What is the best day of the week to do it. Fewer commitments. Easier for those living with you  to support your need for silence.

Children at camp, away visiting, partner away, quieter time at work etc. If none of these are happening organise for them to happen.

*PREPARE YOURSELF.

Look forward to this time. Think what will make it really work for me? If you are addicted to coffee, tea or some other stimulant that will prevent your mind from settling cut back gradually. It will almost impossible to meditate with a screaming headache.

You might like to purchase some small item to enhance the experience for you. (This is not essential but if this is a treat you are giving yourself buying a special candle, some incense, a crystal, religious object, flowers or some special music can mark it as special and make it more significant.)

*TELL EVERYONE YOU ARE UNCONTACTABLE.

If it is difficult for you to do this for any reason, for example if you feel you don’t wish to share what you are doing at work, but need to take time out, then give a good reason, there is no need to lie simply tell the truth. “I am  going to visit a close friend who needs me and I won’t have phone/internet reception until I return.” Remember that no one is so important that they can’t be done without. It will only be for a day. If you were to die right now it may be a nuisance to some but they would quickly find a way to do those jobs. Look at it this way, at least you’ll be back and most if not all the jobs can wait till then.  If any can’t then delegate them for the day.

*DRAW UP A PROGRAMME.

Decide the length and number of your sessions. Four 30 minute sessions may be enough for a start (or six to eight 30 minute sessions).

Decide on the type/types of meditation techniques you will use. Sitting with focus on breath, object, mantra or walking.

*FIND A SUITABLE PLACE TO MEDITATE.

It needs to be quiet, not too warm and airy.

*CHOOSE SUITABLE MUSIC IF YOU ARE USING IT.

*DECIDE WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO BETWEEN SESSIONS.

If you plan to read choose suitable texts. Spend time outside if you have a quiet garden. Physical labour is also suitable as is creating a mandala or artwork. Whatever the task focus mindfully on

*PREPARE FOOD BEFOREHAND.

Keep meals simple and frugal. Fruit, salad, bread, nuts, cheese. Drink only water or fruit juice.

*PREPARE YOUR MEDITATION SPACE.

HAVE WATER AT HAND.

HAVE A WAY OF MARKING THE PASSING OF TIME.

Suitable music with timed pieces can be used or have a watch/ clock in sight so you can time your sessions.

HAVE A BLANKET OR RUG AT HAND.

If you are sitting still you may get cold and hunting for one can be distracting.

*ENLIST THE SUPPORT OF ANYONE WHO LIVES WITH YOU.

So that you can keep silent all day. If you have pets and they may distract you take steps to prevent them doing this during your meditation times.

*TURN OFF ALL PHONES AND COMPUTERS.

BEGIN YOUR PERSONAL RETREAT.

ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY!

The Power Of The Powerless.

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      Two birds deep in conversation reminded me of something thought provoking I read :-

A young magpie was talking to a corella when snow began to fall.

“What’s a snowflake?” asked the young magpie.

“Nothing” replied the corella.

“What does it weigh?”

“Nothing more than nothing.” came the answer.

Well the young magpie stood there and watched the snowflakes falling on a nearby gum.

He counted the snowflakes.

He counted 4,637,815 snowflakes.

Then the 4,637,816th snowflake settled on the tree

and the branch broke off and crashed to the ground.

“Mmm”, said the young magpie to the corella,

“So that’s what you say is nothing more than nothing.”

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                  You can never discount the power of the small and powerless when they come together!

Learning From Others-Buddhist Tanka Highlights Reiki Principle.

A WISE, UNWORRIED BABY KING PARROT ENJOYS THE CLEAR BLUE SKY IN MY BACKYARD!

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SKY

The spacious sky

Spans serene and clear

So blue above

Oh, that our souls could grow

And become so open.

Written by Emperor Mutsuhito.

This is an example of  the stylised waka (also called tanka) poetry which Dr. Usui taught to his Reiki students.

Dr. Usui incorporated other aspects of his many years of Buddhist and martial arts training into his Reiki teaching, including meditation, self-cleansing, as well as some Shinto and ki-kou energy practises.

Meditating on poems of great beauty helps our soul to grow and is something open to all no matter what their personal belief system.

So profound.  So simple.

There are 125 of these waka in a book called “Spirit of Reiki”, by Walter Lubeck, Frank Arjava Petter and William Lee Rand.

These poems can help us to embed the Reiki Principles:-

Just for today

     Do not get angry

Do not worry

          Show appreciation

                     Work hard (on yourself)

         Be kind to others.

Working on these will benefit not only ourselves but will also make this world  a far more compassionate and gentle place.

Each day as we journey we can make an enormous difference to this world by simply becoming more self aware.

What a wonderful, empowering thought! Blessings on your journey.

Meditation-Clearing the Clutter

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Sometimes life seems overwhelming, something we have done a million times easily suddenly seems too hard. Stress engulfs us and our focus narrows so all we can focus on are the negatives. At such times many people pray for guidance, which if it works for you is great, I meditate. PRAYING is TALKING to God or the higher connection you have and at such stress filled times can be more a case of talking AT that higher power.  On the other hand MEDITATION is LISTENING.

If my mind is racing I will focus on an object, it can be a tree, a flower, a picture, crystal or in my case, if possible, a candle. I then just sit, any thoughts that come into my mind I label “thinking” and go back to giving my full attention to what I am focusing on. This simple technique takes a little practise but is really effective once mastered. It stops all the noise ,gets rid of the clutter and allows space for a wider perspective to come in. My candle always brings me peace and a soft loving connection to those in spirit who support me.

I hope you have a way of dealing with such hectic times, if not find something connected to your heart and try this one. You can use it anywhere, at work,on a bus or train, but obviously not while driving, all you need is that picture of your special something in your head and your set to go. I hope you are having a stress free time at present and won’t need to use this for a very long time. Blessings to you.

This is a picture of the ” Mouse House” candle, given to us by our dear friend Dorothy. Just looking at it, even without lighting the candle, I go instantly to a  loving place of peace.

MEETING YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL.

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All throughout your earthly life you will be guided, supported and protected by your own very special guide, your “Guardian Angel”. Connecting with this angel is a beautiful and enriching experience, one that allows you greater insight and focus on the divine purpose of your life. To be able to make this connection to your guardian angel your soul or spirit energy needs to be attuned to the infinite light and love available to each and every being.

I originally learnt this meditation many years ago from the Reverend Carrie Ann St Clair, a wonderful teacher, international psychic, medium and friend, who has since passed on to the world of spirit. Over the years it has probably changed slightly but its essence remains unchanged. It is wonderful how the love, wisdom and teachings that we share with others lives on continuing to be a positive force in this earthly world long after we have left it. To enable you to take this journey effortlessly, without having the need to think about what happens next you may need to read the visualization below a few times or you may prefer to simply tape it so you can just play it back.

PROTECTION,

Protection is extremely important when ever we are attempting to contact spirit. Even when connecting to a spirit as beautiful as your Guardian Angel, it is vital to put in place psychic protection (a barrier) to keep you safe. Our physical body, as you probably already know, is made up of energy, as is everything and the frequency at which our energy vibrates is much lower than that of Spirit. This means our energy is denser or heavier. If you look at the analogy to the lotus, as the Buddhists do, we are at the lowest level sunk down in the mud and as we grow spiritually we come up through the water into the air and light where we blossom, unfolding to become  the pure, fully actualised  being that we were always  meant to be. Spirits are on a higher, less dense level. As they continue on their journey they also change energetically, their energy becomes increasingly finer, less dense and vibrates at increasingly higher frequencies.  This places us closest in energy to Spirits that are still in the lower energy levels of life beyond this earthly plane. Spirits who are still in the process of working through their own issues. It is important to avoid contact with them for their benefit as well as our own and that is why this meditation begins by putting protection in place.

There are various effective methods of protection that have been taught over the years. It is important to find one that genuinely works for you and your belief system. For some this may involve chanting, lighting incense or performing a set of specific rituals. Whichever practice you decide to use make sure you are well acquainted with it and that it is a well accepted, respected and a tried and proven one.

As a Christian I protect myself by calling on the Archangel Michael to protect me and keep me safe. I ask that he allow only Spirit coming in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ and from the light through to me. I then visualize white light encircling and filling the space I am in. I place myself in a bubble of bright white light and surround this with a fine gold mesh. Next I visualise a series of golden crosses. I place the first of these above the top of my head protecting my crown chakra. The second one I visualise below me, under my feet if I am sitting on a chair or below my base chakra (bottom of spine) if I am sitting on the floor.  I then visualise another gold cross in front of me and then I visualise a gold cross on either side of me and finally a last gold cross behind me.

Having done this I focus on my heart chakra, meditating on it until I am filled with love which I then send out to all sentient (feeling) beings. Finally I ground myself by visualising a deep root like that of a mighty tree growing, from the base of my spine if sitting on the ground or from my feet if sitting on a chair, down into the centre of the earth. Only then does my journey begin.

The Meditative Journey Towards Meeting Our Guardian Angel Begins.

Immersed in a feeling of divine love, released of all earthly tensions, we begin to transcend all physical boundaries and find ourselves bathed in warm, pure, golden light. We feel ourselves being ever so gently drawn upwards into this light. Emerging before us we see a smooth pathway and we step onto it, following it as it gently winds its way towards the top of a small hill. On either side of the path a profusion of flowers in all the colours and hues of the rainbow, gently wave in the soft, warm breeze.

We feel totally, blissfully at peace and on reaching the top of the hill we stop to drink in the beauty of the scene before us. The air is full of birdsong and we can hear the sound of a small babbling stream that is flowing through the valley below us. We wander on down towards the stream, feeling the soft, warm grass beneath our feet and the gentle breeze caressing our face. A short distance away we see a large smooth rock just near the edge of the steam. We go over and sit quietly down, drinking in the beauty that surrounds us.

The rock is warm and as we sit gazing at the amazing colours dancing in the light around us we notice that as the light sparkles and bounces off the water of the stream a fine mist is forming. Coming through this mist we see an angelic being gradually taking form and moving slowly towards us. It crosses effortlessly over the stream and stands before us for a moment before joining us on our rock. We feel strong rays of love and total acceptance enfold us as we commune silently, blessed to be here with  our very own guardian angel. Side by side, in the soft, warm, golden light, we are as one lost in this precious moment, suspended beyond time and place. We become more even more still, more peaceful, as deep in our heart a clear flame arises, grows and illumines our whole consciousness with a qualities of Gods divine peace, strength, courage, heavenly wisdom, joy and love.

After a time, feeling our guardian angel slowly rising, we become aware that this special moment is drawing to an end and that soon we will have to leave this special place. Our guardian angel makes us aware that they have a special gift for us. As we receive it we thank them before slowly rising and turning to head back along the path that led us here. Our feet seem to float above the path as we journey back through the beautiful flowers and birdsong. The light seems even brighter than before and as we travel on we quicken our pace, anxious to return and explore the gift we were so lovingly given by our guardian angel, aware of its potential to give us greater insight into our life’s purpose and the unique role we are playing out during this earthly aspect of our journey.

We feel ourselves being drawn down to sit once more in the safe, protected space which is just as it was when we left. We feel totally refreshed as we look around us and rest peacefully for a time before once more thanking our angel and beginning to slowly bring back our focus and attention to the physical space around us. We remember we have the precious gift and look forward to exploring it and its meaning more deeply in the days ahead. We rise slowly and drink a large glass of water before returning to other tasks.

May this meditation aide you on your journey as it did me. May you and your journey be blessed.