The Lifeboat

Grail Oracle 5Grail Oracle Red

This week’s free Intuitive Chalice Oracle combines Principle 5 of The Wholly Grail: I AM Liberated with the blood red energy of the base or root chakra and it looks set to be a make or break week in one fashion or another…

When Principle 5 makes an appearance it shows that we have become slaves to the things we worked so hard for, mix that with the base chakra and not only do we confirm the material nature of those things and the, perhaps false sense of security they provide, but also that the building pressure is causing real physical harm and maybe even illness.

The ship is sinking under the mountain of stuff… financial pressures, obligations, property, and even people that rely on you and though you may be attempting to bailout as fast as you can, one man, one bucket and an entire ocean liner doesn’t quite add up to smooth sailing.

The problem we see here is that you are looking in the wrong places to fix the problem… bringing in more stuff to supplement the bailout. In real terms this looks like working harder, hiring in more help, taking on more projects to increase revenue etc but that just compounds the issue and increases the load on an already overtaxed vessel… in this case you.

You can save yourself or you can try in vain to save the ship and effectively go down with it… saving yourself means adopting an attitude, NOT of “We’re gonna need a bigger boat,” but instead “We’re gonna need a smaller one.”

Apparently a captain always goes down with his ship… what a bloody numpty! Live to sail another day by taking only what you need and jumping in “The Lifeboat” unless of course the lifeboat was taking up valuable cargo space on the ship and in trying to save your whole overwhelming existence it became the very first casualty???

You are being faced with the very real opportunity to put your life back in balance this week… don’t blow it by opting for more stress and by the same token ensuring your personal prison becomes inescapable. Time for a full scale de-clutter of you priorities.

More next week… x

A Grail Knight’s Guide To Handling A Workaholic

Around two thousand and odd years ago there purportedly lived a man who by all intents and purposes changed the face of spirituality forever. So pivotal was his role that millennia later we still speak his name. This man was a workaholic. He was known to be a humble healer and a teacher of spiritual truths. He lived, ate, breathed and slept his mission because it was also his passion and his purpose… but this simple, gentle soul had a secret…

To maintain the pace, power and purity of the word he needed help, he knew this. Though the mission was his and his alone he understood that no man stands as an island and that others had a mission that corresponded with his own. This wise and humble sage, eternally open to the blessings and guidance of an ever loving Source, knew that part of his mission here on earth was to respect that all human life had a role to play and that he would be led to those who would be vital to his own journey… carefully he chose 12 worthy individuals and the world would remember them as disciples.

But there was another, a 13th. In a world that still shunned half the population he knew this to be a risky strategy but he was guided by the yearnings of his heart that this one knew. She knew the truth of his teachings before he uttered them for she too had a direct channel to an ever loving Creator. For the sake of the story let’s call her Mary.

Now, Mary was a beautiful flower and she understood that she distracted him from his work but this distraction was guided and gifted from heaven for it was his job to educate the world how to create that same heaven here on earth, but her job was to show him that he didn’t have to sacrifice for it… The sacrifice would come soon enough and heaven on earth was for his benefit too.

The humble sage soon learned to alternate healing and teaching the world with private time with his family, breaking bread in private juxtaposed with feeding the five thousand… And Mary, she healed him as he healed them…

Had it not been so, had he not allowed Mary to become his confidante, his lover, his wife; had he not understood that his mission included her, he would have died alone on that cross, the twelve having denied him thrice before the cock crowed and having fallen asleep in that garden in his darkest hour when he needed them most…

His work not yet complete, without her to cleanse and anoint his beautiful body laying him to rest, who then would he have appeared to upon his ascension? Those who denied him, disbelieving her?

Enough of this ancient story for now except to say this: when you understand your purpose and you become emblazoned with a passion for the Divine-dealt reason for your existence, recognise that God sends to you all the requisite pieces and people to aid the task. To this gentle sage He sent a Mary, she never questioned his journey, she walked with him every step of the way and carried on his teaching way beyond. Her passion was the Christ, but when he needed sleep she made him rest, when he needed sustenance she fed him (even if he protested: “Petal, I’m in the middle of the sermon on the mount” to which she merely smiled and replied “Jesus, will you shut up and eat” or words to that effect). When he was sick she nursed him, when he needed a sounding board, she listened… and when he needed love…

A Grail Knight’s guide to handling a workaholic begins with understanding the mission, followed by being as passionate about the end product as the one working, finding a way to support them through it whilst maintaining a Self-Full lifestyle and finally being willing to sacrifice… everything except for each other.

God has a plan and whether you are The Messiah or his Mary, desire will tell you where He thinks your focus should lie and don’t presume to know His reasons.

Principle 1: I AM God

Principle 4: I AM Truth

Principle 7: I AM Open-Hearted

But most of all Principle 6: Isn’t it time you let someone take care of you?

Blessings, Jo x

A Grail Knight’s Guide To Handling Heartbreak

There are times along the path that you feel like you’ve completely lost your way. Times when something or someone has such a profound affect upon you that you become disoriented because the inner compass you rely on for direction is spinning with emotion and true north fades to a distant memory, lost among the turmoil of inner thoughts and processes.

How does a Grail Knight deal with heartbreak?

Many years ago I was introduced to my shamanic power animal, Mother Jaguar, a beautiful velvety black big cat with emerald green eyes. Her job is to walk as my constant companion… I was told that if I ever lost the path I should look to her, where I should go she would follow, if I didn’t know the next step she would lead and if I ever completely lost the way I should retrace my steps back to see where she was waiting patiently and there would be the point where I took a wrong turn, so that I may choose differently.

So ok, that’s how I find my way back to the original plan, the path as it were was simply constructed from a series of hopes and dreams and the individual joyful steps towards creating/achieving said hopes and dreams… but that doesn’t answer the question of how a Grail Knight deals with heart break does it?

You leaving the path is one thing but supposing one of the requisite parts of your plan (or your hopes and dreams) leaves the path instead? Suddenly your path becomes unbalanced, lonely, treacherous even. You cannot visualise how the dream can come to fruition without that significant cog in the machine playing its role the way you hoped it would… now the goal itself looks like a lesser version of itself and you’re not sure you even want to pursue it… in extreme cases it might be the case that you have no inclination towards pursuing any dream at all, such is the blow, the loss… but that’s what happens when you presume to understand the finer details of manifestation, the details that only The Divine Orchestrater has any real power over…

The heartbreak is a result of attachment, the blatant disregard for Principle 2: I AM Detached and its lessons in being present and not projecting into the future, but this isn’t a lesson in “I told you so” it’s a lesson in healing…

A Grail Knight feels pain simply because a Grail Knight is human, like all other humans. Heartbreak has to be felt, processed, worked through. Principle 3: I AM Human isn’t a “get out of jail free card”, it’s a genuine vessel of grace, forgiveness and compassion offering a place of respite when we get it wrong. A place to heal without recrimination or self judgement and a place in which all parties are free.

So what is a Grail Knight’s guide to handling heartbreak?

Breathe. This too shall pass and the sun will rise again tomorrow. Take off the armour for now and surrender to what is… the why changes nothing, don’t search for it. Should the cog decide to rejoin the path at a later juncture, leave the door open for in that lives the essence of an open heart. And if by some miracle this is the case then the why can be explored to ensure open communication can recommence embracing “I AM Truth.”

I found Mother Jaguar sitting way back at a crossroads…”This is a really nice place to sit and wait” so here I’ll take off my armour, sit and breathe, heal, perhaps shed a few tears, surrender and wait for Divine Direction on the next step.

I AM Human.

More later… (maybe, if it’s still the path) x

The Permission Slip

Grail Oracle 6Grail Oracle Blue

The Intuitive Chalice Oracle has offered up a combination this week that will either thrill you or really piss you off!

Uniting Principle 6: I AM Self-Full with the royal blue of the throat chakra invites us to remember a time when mum would allow you to do or get you out of some school activity or other by writing a note… The Permission Slip.

What this energy flow is bringing in, is less about what the permission is for and more about the world being at odds with you on the issue of whose authorisation you need in order to do it.

As a child, it’s not so easy to override an adult’s instruction but as an adult, you have complete control over what you do, when you do it, who you do it with and for how long. Now, this may cause controversy within certain structures and organisations as we are a race of controlled, by the book, oh-my-goodness-me-I-couldn’t possibly-make-a-spontaneous-self-indulgent-decision type of people, and so when we do, eyebrows are raised, air gets sucked in and judgemental looks a plenty start rolling your way.

This week you are being asked to take control of your personal “No” and indulge your personal “Yes” on the things that are true for you, recognising when and where you are communicating with conviction or simply making excuses because you believe you owe someone an explanation for the choices you make for your own life. Nobody has the right to dictate the course of your life provided you aren’t breaking any laws and you are not required to justify being happy… this week you have the perfect opportunity to be the one who metaphorically writes the permission slip, and in doing so you can clearly communicate your needs with confidence. Communication need not be wrapped up in lengthy explanations when a simple “this is the way things are” will suffice.

Why would this piss you off? Maybe it’s just me but nobody enjoys being told what they can and can’t do, feel or say… Don’t ask a Grail Knight to justify being Self-Full… only God gets to do that.

Happy express yourself week!

More later… x

Friendly Fire

We spend most of our lives wrapped up in some fantasy or other, conversing with our internal imaginary friends about how well (or not so well) life is going, playing out scenario after scenario in rehearsal or reprisal of a fictitious event that may never occur or indeed never did… certainly not in the way the psychic projection would have you script or rescript it anyway.

This internalisation is a hamster wheel for the mind and eats away at our sense of reality, creating an external world that doesn’t end up looking anything like we imagined simply because at the crucial moment of creation, i.e. now, we are off somewhere in time trying hard to change an unmalliable moment.

Now don’t get me wrong, the mind is a powerful thing and the universe is shaped by thought, intention and conscious action but attempting to transform something outside of time as far as I’m aware is still the stuff of Jules Verne.

Here in the now the most valuable resources exist that can correct the past and determine the future but those resources do not fit in a science experiment or lab… but they do reside within the human heart the first is forgiveness and the second is authenticity.

Principle 3: I AM Human embraces compassion in all forms for self and for others, and though it doesn’t erase the past it does grab a hold of the lesson, the blessing inherent in every past action whilst letting go of the pain, anger, guilt, or whatever residual negative emotion is attached to the event thus transforming the past from a tragedy into an experience.

Principle 4: I AM Truth is a magic spell waiting to be spoken aloud, for in a word there is power and in truth lives potential fuelled by that power… creation itself, but not just any creation, the creation of that very thing you have, for so long been searching for… that thing, that whilst you are rehearsing with your imaginary internal friends the scenarios you fear, dread even, and how you might react to them and what countermeasures you will employ to defuse them, is withering and dying in the bud… because your truth has become a drama on repeat inside your mind instead of the authentic yearning of your heart that is being all but drowned out by friendly fire.

These two Principles though are a mere flourish to the real message here which is simple: if you aren’t present you don’t get to choose the gift.

Principle 2: I AM Detached

More later… x

Together We Are Blinding!

A few months ago I noticed that my personal Grail cup had sprung a leak and so I set about repairing the damage…

As a perfectionist in many areas of my life I had embraced the idea that imperfections were a great way of assessing sincerity and acceptance in others. I did this subconsciously of course, I mean why would my conscious, fully awakened self need to test people? This phenomenon occurred unbeknownst to me in every aspect of my life from my physical vessel to my home, from my work to my relationships. The problem being that the flaws I created didn’t test how others saw or accepted me but instead how I saw and accepted myself… now there’s a paradox if ever I heard one simply because when you don’t accept yourself that’s when others fail to accept you. Your flaws do not deter the fundamentally flawed, in fact they attract others to you, what repels them or creates insincerity within them is the massive leak of energy seeping from the metaphorical Grail that either washes them clean away or feeds their greed depending on the people involved.

The first kind being those who come in love, those wishing to embrace you and add to your light and the second having similar leaky vessels and so refuelling from your leak… sounds all very technical but here’s the thing: plugging up your vessel allows it to fill up and thus allows others to refuel from the overflow instead of the depleting spillage. There will still be those opportunists who drink it in,  no matter: there is plenty more where that came from; there will still be those who get washed away, frightened by the light, no matter: God will find them a safe shore upon which to rest before finding there energetic match; but then there is a third type of perfectly imperfect partner in crime… I’ve have lots of those thankfully, they are the ones whose imperfections make them shine just as brightly as mine do me and together we are blinding!

If you want to plug your leak, if you want to allow others to see and accept you just as you are all you have to do is love yourself unconditionally, not in spite of your imperfections but because of them… you’ll probably find that many of them disappear anyway once you no longer feel the need to test people.

Principle 1: I AM God (therefore perfect)

Principle 7: I AM Open-Hearted (therefore the imperfections are perfect too)!

More later… x

Take Care of The Scary Bits

So much has changed. Where you were a year ago is so very different from where you are now even if the geographical location is the same… life isn’t static, every choice you make dredges up a whole new raft of circumstances and inevitably even more choices to the point where nothing of the old life remains except as a memory.

All that being said, now is a good time for re-evaluation. You had a goal and recently I spoke of that goal being brought back to the forefront of your mind in order that you might take another crack at it… but is it still appropriate?

Perhaps the destination is but you are so far off the beaten track that another route would be preferable? A bit like when you take a wrong turn and your sat nav recalculates, sometimes it guides you back to the original route plan and sometimes it aborts that one and finds another. You have to decide on that now… but which is it to be?

A true Grail Knight has to weigh up the pros and cons of the journey to be undertaken, but here’s the thing: trajectory is calculated from where you’ve been not where you’re going, simply because we have no real idea what the future holds. This is where history plays its part and the only legitimate time that you can wander outside of the present without allowing yourself to become entangled in a place you don’t belong anymore… the past. It holds the key to unlock the door to your future, but how?

Looking back objectively you can discern patterns of success and of failure, joy and pain and you can also see what skills, talents and Principles you applied (or failed to apply) in each case. More importantly you can see where your decisions were fuelled by love or by fear. Using this strategy you then create a journey planner towards the intended outcome including the most soul enhancing choices and leaving room for divine intervention every step of the way.

My new life direction was chosen by applying love to areas where I had previously allowed fear to dictate my course and by letting God take care of the scary bits. It’s become a proper adventure!

Wishing you a day of life affirming journey planning, may it be guided always by love.

More later… x

The Tunnel

Grail Oracle 7Grail Oracle Red

I have to admit I’ve struggled with today’s oracle combination because both it’s positive and negative attributes are at play in my own life at present, this being the case, I’m going to present to you with a neutral choice which could lead to either or…

Principle 7: I AM Open-Hearted meets the blood red root or base chakra in “The Tunnel” and with it comes all manner of manifestations… The question here is what do you want manifest?

Having an open heart requires a massive amount of faith and courage because it entails allowing control to shift as you let go of all strings knowing that whatever the outcome, your needs will be met. Check out the picture above, it shows magnified red blood cells that carry oxygen and resources around the body… now imagine if you will that your physical heart was blocked or closed off to these cells, what would happen? It doesn’t bear thinking about really does it? Energetically speaking when the grounding red energy of material flow is unable to be received and then released by a closed heart chakra life stops. I’m not necessarily talking about the physical death that the first instance would involve here though, I’m talking about an economic, material, social and emotional death.

It sounds appalling doesn’t it? And there I was promising you a neutral choice… Okay well let’s look at the alternative: an open heart and a positive flow of red energy elicits, physical vitality, abundant material provision, the removal of obstacles to achieving your dreams… do you like that idea better?

So given that The Tunnel is ahead of you this week, are you going to enter with absolute faith, giving up the need to know how you’re going to make it through, trusting God to provide everything you need and pull you out the other side, or are you going to grip the sides attempting to control the flow, jamming up the tunnel with everything that went before, all the baggage and fear that you’ve dragged with you?

You have the opportunity to witness a miracle manifesting this week… or you have an opportunity to stop one in its tracks… The choice is neutral, the outcome however…

More next week… x

Remarkably Unremarkable

Hey you! Yes you. How long has it been since we were able to communicate without barriers? How long since we opened our hearts and our minds without pretence or hidden agenda? Why is it do you think that we do that, feel the need to hide from each other, shield our innermost hopes dreams and aspirations? Why is it that we hide in plain site the things that mean most to us?

Fear is an epidemic, so I’m told, spreading from one of us to the next by means of energetic transfer without us actually consciously being aware of it… “he’s hiding something, I must therefore fear his motives and guard my own” when the truth is that he is hiding his own fear… Fear begets fear and so on.

So what is it we are hiding exactly? The answer is fairly simple and remarkably unremarkable: Love, we’re hiding love!

We hide from it when we don’t think it comes in the format we want, we hide from it when there’s a chance it might be rejected by someone else who is also hiding from it, we hide from it when it’s too intense because we’ve hidden from it for so long we can’t handle being loved, loving or even witnessing love. We fear love. Fear is the opposite of love but love is the one thing we all want and the one thing we all hold at arms length…

So then, what are you afraid of? What are you hiding from? When was the last time we didn’t let fear dictate how much love flows between us?

No, I don’t know either, but I do know this: I love you… and I’m not afraid of it.

Principle 7: I AM Open-Hearted

More later… x

 

State of Discontent

Is there any wonder we walk through life constantly searching for the next big thing? If we’re honest with ourselves we are all seeking something: abundance, recognition, acceptance, happiness… we can give it a thousand or more names and none of them will quite fill the void, and each time we do achieve one of these things it seems fleetingly shallow. There’s a particularly good reason for this transient phenomenon and that reason is God.

Oh yes, let’s put the blame on God for our inability to be content… not quite what I mean. What I mean is simple: it’s God that we are searching for.

Only when you experience the Divine in any given circumstance do you actually feel fulfilled however temporarily, and temporary is exactly what that experience will be until you embrace the experience of God within you.

Now for those non-religious, finding-it-tough-to digest-the-word-God among you, you may be ready to dismiss this as mere hogwash but before you do, let me swap out the word “God” and transpose “Love” in it’s place. You see, it doesn’t matter what you call It, it’s the same thing (except it’s not actually a thing at all). The problem is you’re looking for it everywhere except in the one place where it resides: within you.

A state of discontent arises when you forget who you are, and who you are is Love. Stop looking for love and show it, stop asking for love and give it, stop waiting for love and be it… Love is a self generating force that multiplies by itself and of its own accord when you recognise that you have the power within you to heal all, including yourself just by asking “How can I best serve Love?”

Start now.

Principle 1: I AM God (or I AM Love).

More later… x