Happy 2017, Happy Life

The last few hours of 2016 are fading away. I’m happy and excited to be moving into a new year. I have my Tarot cards ready to do a little reading for myself. I can’t resist a sneak peek at the energy flowing into my life.

Whilst 2016 has been more of a challenge than I ever expected I also know that I’m ending it feeling happy. So many of my fears have been met and walked through this year. I’ve survived and learned a lot about myself. I have some outstanding achievements that I’m very proud of. And I am ready for all sorts of new beginnings. It doesn’t matter if anyone else knows what they are. I know what I’ve been able to do and that’s all that matters.

So what about next year? It’s so close now it’s breathing down my neck. I know there will be a lot of unexpected things but that’s life anyway. It’s about how I approach what happens. So I’m very clear that my year is going to be a happy one. I’m open to and attracting the positive in. Welcoming every moment because it will be good. There is no room for doubt. Or worry. Or fear. What I focus on is what will happen and I only want the best for me any everyone else. So I have a little mantra for myself: Love, Peace, Happiness.

The power of positive thinking has been proved over and over again for me this year. Even when I was wobbly and finding it hard to be positive.

Putting as much of my energy into being happy as I could got me to recognise all the good things I already had. I realised that there is a solid foundation underpinning my life. It’s based on being happy. Because if I feel it I can give and receive it. My happiness is based on small moments, memories and gratitude. Things could have been so much worse. Best of all I know that I have my loved ones in Spirit, my Guides and the ArchAngels in my life too. They are a constant force for love.

They surround me when my head drops, they lift me when doubt rushes in and they guide me to be the best me I can be. I know I can’t please all of the people all of the time.  Being of service is not about  pleasing people. It’s about passing on the happiness and love as often and as much as possible. So I expect to be doing a lot more serving for Spirit in 2017. I’m excited at what that may mean because I know they always draw me to do the things I think I can’t. Then I surprise myself. And that is another thing that makes me happy. Sending you best wishes for a happy New Year and may 2017 bring out the best in you too ❤️

Day 412 of my blogging challenge.

A New Opportunity to Write

At the End of November I wrote about my Inspired 2 Write challenge. I took an opportunity in 2015 to leap into a writing challenge. My daily blog is the outcome of that step off the cliff.

One of the things I’ve learned doing a challenge is how I use my opportunities when I’m doing something out of my comfort zone. Usually I take ages to decide to do something. I like to think it through from all angles. Opening up to my intuition has shifted me from planning to spontaneity. So I’m a bit more likely to take a leap of faith. Setting out on a writing challenge at short notice meant I had to take my chance without much thought. But I’m so glad I did. Something about not over-thinking has helped me to grab the opportunity with both hands and make it work.

As I approached the end of my first year of doing a blog every day I realised that somehow I had written thousands of words. How amazing that I had so many words inside me. That the consistency of blogging has become a normal part of my day. I felt so inspired to continue writing that I decided to set up a challenge to, hopefully, inspire others to join me in finding their writing voices. So there is now a Facebook group called Inspired 2 Write and on 1st January I invite you to join with us and start writing. The challenge is to write each day for 28 days and at the end have 4 blog pieces that can be used to get going with.

So how does this opportunity actually work?

First, let me know by sending me a message on my Facebook that you want to be part of the group. I can add you to the group so you can post your writing and get feedback or support. The group is open to complete beginners, those who have already started to write and those who want to get consistent in their writing. Each of the four weeks will have a theme to help you focus on what you are writing about. You don’t have to have a web site or blog to join in as I will ask you to put your pieces to the daily post using the comments option. Each day there will be a minimum number of words to complete but you are free to write as much more as you feel inspired to do.

Also, if you miss a day there is no need to double up. You can move on to the next day’s post. I am not looking at spelling, language or grammar. What I would like to find is your authentic voice. Each of us has a different style, subject matter and experiences to share. So I want to stress that there is no ‘right or wrong’ about the group. Your voice is equally as valuable and interesting as mine. So is your story. I want to listen to what you have to say. Not what people judge to be ‘good’ writing.

Here is the opportunity. What makes it worth doing?

I’m a great believer in making every chance count. I hope that anyone who joins in the challenge will enjoy discovering their voice. That the act of writing something every day becomes habit forming. Then that people are inspired to continue writing. Hopefully people will feel confident enough to start sharing their writing further than the group. Through a blog. Or in a writing group. Or by taking the next challenge. I host several websites so I am offering anyone who completes the challenge the opportunity to be a guest blogger. After all, I know you will already have blog pieces to share.

I also feel that inside all of us are many stories. Our experiences can help others who find themselves in similar situations. I think about many of the books I’ve read in my life. If those authors hadn’t shared their stories, if they had never started writing at all, I would have been left without a great source of comfort and support. Books turn lonely nights or difficult times into bearable times. They are an escape. Or a confirmation of connectedness. When you begin to write you begin to offer support, comfort and an escape to others. That’s a great result for this challenge.

So why grab the opportunity right now? After all it’s a holiday time when I want to relax.

I know there is a big energy shift starting from 1st January 2017. There is an opportunity to live our dreams. All it needs is that leap of faith. Or a New Year Resolution. Because I know that is what you will need. Resolution. And faith in yourself. I also know that anyone who joins in is capable of completing the challenge. That’s because if I can do it I’m sure anyone else can. I always wanted to write but lacked confidence. Yet when I went for it look how it’s turned out. I have finished a book now as well as writing every day. So for whatever reason you might be inspired to write please take that step off the cliff and join me at Inspired 2 Write ?

Day 411 of my blogging challenge.

Doing Everything With Love

This morning I went to meet a lovely friend for breakfast. It was our TLC treat to ourselves. How disappointing to be served with a breakfast full of miserable energy! Someone had not done everything with love.

One of the results of being aware of the energy flow is that my intuition clicks when I am around the vibration of love. Like a note in a song or a favourite smell, I can sense the presence of love in anything. Everything is energy. I’ve written about that before. And how it can change the way I interact with the world. Because I can also sense the absence of love. For whatever reason this morning the cook hadn’t loved what they were making. The meal turned up half cold, over cooked and over seasoned. But I knew before I tasted it. It was one unhappy plate of food.

I ended up sending the breakfast back. I didn’t want another. If the cook was unhappy enough to put low virbrational energy on one plate things probably wouldn’t improve with another go. Instead I picked up a coffee from one of my favourite places – where they always put the love in – and had some toast at home. I enjoyed making the toast to go with my vanilla latte. The bread tasted happy so I was happy. Everything I ate and drank was full of love. Recognising the world is energy means being prepared to nourish myself only with the most loving energy.

That is also what Reiki teaches. Bringing in the Universal flow of loving energy can apply to food as well as everything else.

For a long time in my life I was a comfort eater. When I was stressed I reached for sugary food. Not very wise really as too much sugar can cause my body problems, not least weight gain. When I finally opened up to my intuitive senses I realised that what I ate could actually make me feel worse. Not just because of the sugar and other things. But because the energy vibration was low. It was around about the time I encountered my first unhappy crystals. They had suffered in being mined and some where beyond healing. Noticing the crystal vibrations and comparing them to food vibrations was an eye opener.

I guess that’s what made it sink in. As everything has a vibration what happens energetically can change any vibration. After that I became much more conscious of what I ate. I wanted my body to get the food that felt loved and happy. I also realised that I needed to do  everything with love too. And that I had to surround myself with others who had that loving vibration. Of course, it’s not that simple. Along with everyone else I have my unloving moments. Those low vibrational feelings that are triggered when I’m not strong in my self love.

Everything is a learning curve. Knowing that I have a range of feelings, some that are distinctly the opposite of love, means I have to choose carefully how to deal with my feelings.

I hope that I put as much love into things as I can. That’s what I would like to share. Because passing on the loving energy makes someone else’s day go well too. And eventually the love energy finds it’s way back to me. Looking towards 2017 I have a lot of things I’m doing that I love. A lot more teaching, inspiring and sharing. More writing and painting. Music. An amazing amount of Spirit and Angelic connections. Anything and everything that supports sharing the love around more and more. I’m open to receive it back too. I will be checking the vibrations around me and choosing only those full of love. Make 2017 your year to choose love. You know it makes sense ❤️

Day 410 of my blogging challenge.

Tender Loving Care For Me

I’ve had the chance to take a few days off work. To step back and take care of me. I’ve been able to rest and spend my time with people I care about too. It’s been TLC.

This morning when I was checking into my Facebook newsfeed – something else I’ve stepped back from for a few days – I noticed quite a few posts from people who were finding the last energy shift a bit hard going. As I thought about what they had been posting I wondered if they were managing to take care of themselves. Because often we are more concerned to look after all the other people in our lives. So much so that it can become exhausting. Giving tender loving care to others needs to be balanced with giving the same to ourselves.

It brought to my mind the guidance I have been receiving over the last few months. During each energy blast my Guides have reminded me that it has been about helping me face, acknowledge and let go of fear. They have told me that so far the Universe has provided me with what I need when I need it so why have I still felt frightened? And why am I still putting myself in these scary situations? It’s time for honesty. Complete honesty. They have reminded me that I been given a gift that many never get. I have a deep love that has been tested and passed the test. That is so precious.

So do I give myself enough TLC? Can I care as much for myself as for others?

That’s a couple of interesting questions. At the start of this year I might have had to agree that I was still giving more compassion to others than to myself. I’ve found it hard to stop giving other people’s needs more priority than my own. To take back some time for my needs. Dealing with the challenges I’ve found it hard to look at things only from my shoes. In the past I would be so busy looking at everything from any viewpoint other than my own. And feeling guilty that I wanted even a little bit of TLC for me. But what I started to notice was that very few people actually looked at things from my shoes either.

That’s my biggest learning I think. That while I was so busy considering everyone else’s feeling not many were considering mine. How did we get to a point where we expect the care to be one way. The love to be conditional on meeting only one person’s needs. I really don’t know. But I am aware that as I changed through this year I recognised that I had to reclaim my time for me. I can’t help anyone if I have become so run down with helping everyone. If my energy is flat then that’s all I’ll be able to transmit to the people around me. So TLC and taking care of me is now one of my promises to myself.

I suppose I could call it my first New Year resolution. It’s not the only one. But I know now it has to be at the top of my list of things to do every day. That way I will be able to offer support and positive energy to all the people I connect with in my day. I hope you are giving yourself plenty of TLC too ?


Day 409 of my blogging challenge.

Last Push Before the New

Since yesterday I have been feeling the last energy push of this year. It’s a final gentle blast to make sure we are ready for new beginnings.

I’ve been aware all year that I have been facing my fears. It’s been a roller-coaster ride of feelings, experiences and events. Yet I’m also aware that I’ve been letting go of all sorts of old stuff too. So I’m feeling lighter and brighter and looking forward to so much more positive energy. There were some tears this afternoon. A great way to release old feelings. And an interesting discussion with my daughter. I also found myself making the push to do a little dimension jumping too.

I love being able to take a peek into other lifetimes, other realms and other possibilities. This afternoon I was watching Brian Cox explain about the latest ideas in science concerning the multiverse. Of course anyone opening up their psychic abilities soon finds out that travelling to other dimensions is a reality. No spaceship required. And it’s not limited to the speed of light either. Deciding that this last push of energy was too good an opportunity to waste I settled down to take a little look across the realms. It appears all the energy work I’ve been doing has paid off. I had an interesting visit.

Pushed back to my home world I am excited about the possibilities we now have. All it takes is imagination and belief.

In the next few days I have the chance, in this final push of energy, to confirm my plans for the new year. It’s important that I go ahead wholeheartedly. There is no time for doubt, fear or worry. All I choose will be delivered if I am clear and determined about what I want. Because that is always the way with new energy. It is there for me to use whatever way I wish. So making my intentions firm is a must. And I am ready to jump into every new experience with enthusiasm. To push myself along.

The key to the next ten years is that I am willing to push myself as far outside my comfort zone as possible. To grab all the positive energy that will be flowing around. To love myself enough not to hold myself back from exciting and interesting times. Are you ready to make the last push of this year? Will you embrace all of the New that enters your life next year? Have you stopped holding yourself back? I hope so. I would love to have your company on my journey. Together we can all change the world in a thousand small ways. Working with peace and love in our hearts I know we can change the bigger things too. Here’s to an amazing journey ?

Day 408 of my blogging challenge.

Brave, Bravery and Bravest

I was watching the Disney Pixar movie Brave this afternoon with my daughter. We are taking a few days out to end our year as peacefully as possible.

As I watched the story unfold, of a girl who wants to live her life her way, I thought about being brave. This year has certainly tested my courage. And I know of many other people who have also had to find the bravery to get through it to. There have been many global events, including the ecological changes affecting our planet, that have surfaced our fears. I have to admit to being a bit surprised every time I look back and realise I did something brave. Every time I faced my fears.

Bravery is all about doing the unthinkable. Doing what I wouldn’t think I could ever do. I’m sure we all forget just how much bravery we have had. The friend facing an illness without an end, the child dealing day in and out with the bullies, the mother holding a family together no matter what. Moving from home or job to make a good life, sharing what you have with others, waving goodbye to a loved one for the last time. Because that is what ordinary people do. So many little actions to keep the world going as well as it can. I can think of many people I have met or heard of this year who have found the courage to keep going.

Because being brave means that there is hope. I feel the bravest thing of all is to find the hope in any set of circumstances.

I’m not dismissing heroic acts of bravery. Some of which make news headlines or are the talk of our communities. But I do feel that we miss the opportunity to acknowledge all the times we are at our bravest too. Whether it’s moving a spider from the bath or holding the hand of a loved one who is dying I know that these things take courage. So as the year ends I’d like to ask you to take a few moments to recognise your own bravery. Please see how brave you have been in 2016. Recognise that when you have been at your bravest you have moved mountains.

Life moves on. We are tumbling into 2017 so I’d like you to feel the hope I feel for the new year. Having faced all sorts of fear I know I won’t be beaten by anything. I will be able to be brave next year too. How about you?

Day 407 of my blogging challenge. 

Family, Friends, Festivities

It’s been a day to remember family and friends as I enjoy the Christmas festivities. This time last year the flood alert had been sounded and it was an anxious time. Today I’ve spent a peaceful time knowing that the people I care for are celebrating too.

Whether it was messages to and from family members above and below or a visit to my local pub to say hello to everyone I loved the festivities. Yet quite a chunk of the day was spent on my own. I’m comfortable in my own company. The solitude is something very precious to me. As is the opportunity to be with my family later in the day. Even though the town is quiet I’ve chatted to people I know. This mix has made for a perfect day. From my first cuppa, through cooking dinner and watching TV with a glass of wine I’ve loved my day.

As I sat watching an old film this morning I thought about all the small things that make for a perfect today. Greetings cards. A cup of tea. Presents ready to be opened. Facebook and text messages from family and friends. The joy of a perfect present that cost almost nothing. Harry Potter. Brussels sprouts. Laughter. Tears. There is love and joy flowing through my life. Theses festivities have shown me how much is precious and priceless. Because the memories will long outlive the day. Whether I’m sitting here on my own or sharing my time with others.

However, not all of us have family, friends or share the festivities. But that doesn’t mean the day is any less a perfect one. Each new day gives me an opportunity to send out the energy of love and joy. Every day is a chance to store up good memories. All I have to do is recognise that option and choose to make it so. At the end of my wonderful day I send you wishes for lots more joyful, memorable days ❤️

Day 406 of my blogging challenge.

Traditions Old and New

As I sang along at the carol service in the Square this evening I thought about the traditions that make my Christmas experience. This year there have been a couple of new ones and plenty of old ones.

Traditions are the patterns of our lives that mark the turning of the seasons. With the passing of time certain experiences become what we always do. Then, as life changes, new experiences fit in somehow and eventually turn into what we always do. The Christmas carols reminded me of the wealth of tradition associated with religious beliefs of any kind. I enjoy that we have different ways to relate to a sense of Divine presence in our lives. And I was also reminded that at the heart of any religious tradition there is love and a hope for a better life for all.

At this time I also recognise that the older I get the more people I know have journeyed to the Afterlife. Tonight I could feel all of my Spirit family and friends standing with me as I sang. As I joined in Away in a Manger I thought about the school nativity plays I had been to. And the ones my Mum missed because she had to go back to the Spirit World. Because there are younger members of the family now. Ones she never met down here. I’m sure they will carry on some of our family traditions with their own one day. And as families we will all gather together to share a communal meal.

I think that’s the tradition I enjoy the most. Sharing a celebration meal with loved ones. Even if I’m the only one actually eating. Because our traditions miss out the fact that the Spirit people are always around us. I know they want to share our joys and sorrows. They want to remind us that they are really only a breath away. So when I have my Christmas dinner, or any other holiday meal at this time, I will be sharing with my Spirit loved ones. That is one of my newer traditions. Until I started to let the Spirit World in all they got was a passing though.

Tomorrow I will make my table a bright and festive welcome for all of my loved ones. I hope to chat with everyone, here or there, to share the love and laughter and to create more special memories. Have a wonderful celebration and know that your whole family is with you ❤️

Day 405 of my blogging challenge.

Free Will Does Come First

There are days when I can’t tune in. Even with Tarot, pendulum or divining rods. Fortunately not too many. But it often boils down to free will.

When I set out on my journey into Awareness and Mediumship I though that my Guides would never be away from my door. I thought they would be trying to control my every move, thought and choice. First I had a bit of a rant at them. I told them I wouldn’t take kindly to being told what to do. It’s that rebel in my head. She sounds off at any chance. Sometimes attacking first without waiting for the bigger picture to emerge. Or at least she used to. My Guides seemed to find my rants rather amusing. They laughed quite a bit at the idea that they could make me do anything.

My Mum’s policy was to ask me to do the opposite of what she wanted. She knew I would always do what I thought ran counter to her wishes. So I ended up pretty much doing what she wanted until I finally figured it out. When my Guides reacted with amusement it made me stop and think. Were they using a tactic on me. At first trust is hard to build up with Spirits who you think are strangers. Even when your intuition is telling you that you know their energy signal. That it’s not the first time you have met. So I was cautious. I wanted to know why they found my resistance funny.

I now know that they were trying to teach me a very important first principle. The idea of free will.

Of course I had heard of free will. I also thought I had it until I stepped back and looked more closely at my life. Then I realised that a lot of my choices were influenced by the needs of other people. Perhaps I wasn’t doing what I chose after all. Yet free will doesn’t mean doing exactly what you like when you like. My Guides were quick to point out that what you give out you get back. My choice had to be filtered through an understanding of my intention. What would be achieved for me and others if I chose any particular option.

I know that my Guides were asking me to embrace a kind of thinking that meshes with my inner spiritual being. Hauling off and shouting angrily at someone might be my first free will choice. But that energy would be returned to me. Did I really want that? I guess the selfish bit of me certainly didn’t want a tide of anger coming back at me. Considering my free will more carefully from a self interested point of view in the beginning moved me into more questions about the nature of free will. Like why do we have it? If we really do have it.

That was another cause of gentle amusement for my Guides. They asked me to check how much free will I actually had.

I am a product of my personality as expressed through a particular time period. My experiences have shaped my beliefs and outlook. It’s impossible to divorce me from my nature and nurture. The amount of free will I express is restricted by that. Of course I can make choices to change my personality and background. Some of these efforts will succeed. My application of my free will alters too. However, it is certainly the work of a lifetime to match up free will and spirituality in action.

So I asked the obvious question. Why do I have the power to choose where I take my life but sometimes refuse, forget or decide not to use it? My Guides responded so lovingly when I asked this. They told me that my first purpose in exsisting was to be able to experience love and it’s absence. So that I could do that I had to be able to choose. My choices had to draw in or drive away the loving energy all around me. And I had to have an inner and outer world that my choices acted on. All actions have consequences. It is up to me whether I experience life as a blessing or a curse. Whether I search high and low for the love that is under my nose.

Very soon the new year will be here. I’ve been asking for guidance for myself. But it’s been very slow in coming. My Guides have reminded me that I have to choose. 2017 will be whatever kind of year I choose to make it. If it’s my choice then I know it;s going to be a good year. No matter what happens I will look at my free will choices very carefully to make sure I’m picking the best things I can for myself ?

Day 404 of my blogging challenge.

Sing As You Go Along

Today I started singing Christmas songs. Lots of inspired words about this winter season and what it means. Not in a religious way. But in the reminder that love is with us, leaves us and returns to us. A seasonal song can have all of these meanings.

I love to sing. I also love it when I listen to other people sing. There is something about turning your mind to music that somehow makes me feel better. Whether the song is a sad one or a glad one. Even the songs that make me cry put me in touch with the world of feelings. As I wandered around today doing little tasks tunes kept popping in my head. At the local market I was singing about the chestnuts roasting by an open fire. Driving along to pick up my aunt I had driving home for Christmas in my mind. And as I put the last few finishing touches to my Winter decorations I couldn’t help a rousing chorus of deck the halls with boughs of holly.

I know I have a song for every occasion. I am I  awe of the people who are inspired to write lyrics and music. To find a way of expressing something in such a lyrical manner. Perhaps it was the influence of my musical family. So many different musical genres and tastes. Or that singing was also seen as the thing to do after a busy or stressful day. All I am sure of is that songs have got me through many difficult days. Either played at top volume in the car or sung quietly in my mind. There are words and music for every occasion. You only have to start the song going and plug into the release of feeling you get.

Best of all today my daughter sang her way through the day too. It’s taken her a long time to find her voice so it was a pleasure to listen to song after song. I hope you enjoy singing this holiday time. To what ever tune takes your fancy. If you do I know you will feel your energy lift. Sing as you go!

Day 403 of my blogging challenge.