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Experiencing An Internal Revolution

Everybody deals with emotional trauma in a different way. My immune system shuts down and become susceptible to illness… but it’s not my permanent or preferred place of residence.

I wanted to take this opportunity to guide you through healing from experiencing an internal revolution, that on the surface at least, can manifest as physical health issues.

Principle 6: I AM Self-Full is the way back to vitality whenever your health is compromised physically, emotionally or even spiritually and begins with a very basic premise: “me first.”

Untie all the commitments, promises, deadlines, self-imposed pressures and superfluous tasks and get busy with what’s really important… healing. Feeling better. Nurturing your mind, body and spirit on every level.

Start with rest, complete rest. It doesn’t mean you have to take to your bed, rest can be simply snuggling by the fire with a good book, relaxing in a bubble bath or such like. Next comes nourishment. Healing from the inside out means feeding your body healing foods, foods filled with life force that are fresh and pure. Don’t forget the life giving elixir that is clean water either, your vital organs need to detox from the flood of poisons that brought you to this state.

Now you must purify what is feeding your mind. The external world can be detrimental to the sensitive empath when your system is overloaded so now is the perfect opportunity to detox your information intake: If at all possible you should unplug from the digital hive mind altogether and instead read an uplifting book or two. Doing a digital detox can also be effective if you de-clutter your feeds and bookmarks, for example you might unsubscribe from anything and anyone that causes you more stress, unfollow and unfriend any negative influences and choose new ones whose inspiration supports your healing path.

Then you need to be honest with those around you. Principle 4: I AM Truth is a powerful reclamation of Self. Just by stating “this is where I am and this is what I need” can go a long way towards releasing what’s draining you… you don’t always have to be the one with the answers, you don’t have to be the glue that holds society together… doesn’t it already feel so much better knowing that the only thing that you have to fix right now is you?

And now stretch… Yoga, Pilates, something gentle. A walk (when you’re ready) and then breathe… reconnect with nature, even if it’s just pottering in the garden. And create, be it art, music, poetry, baking a masterpiece… maybe even a vision board of your most beautiful dream, we all need to express our creative inner muse, so do that too.

Whatever you need to do to come back to you, that’s your only job to survive the alchemical side effects of the revolution as you recuperate and prepare for the next leg of the quest. That’s where I’m at.

More later… x

N.B. Always consult your GP/Physician with regards to any health concerns you may have.

Saturday Oracle – The Beginning Of Wisdom

First let me say that this combination, though a little too frequent for my liking, is not in any way a surprise. When I turned over the cards of The Intuitive Chalice Oracle today they all but jumped out to greet me and here’s what notion immediately entered my mind…

On my short walk back home yesterday from the local supermarket, where I had been picking up some supplies for a workshop I’m running on Monday, I had what my mum would term “a funny turn.” Now you must understand that there is nothing in the least bit funny about feeling unwell at any time but halfway across a busy road through the middle of a woodland carrying heavy shopping bags is even less amusing… I stopped as soon as I reached the pavement, put down my shopping and focused all my attention on my breathing until I began to feel grounded again, quickly calling in my angelic helpers to “fly” me home safely… I don’t remember much more of the walk but I remember arriving at the front door and feeling relieved to have made it in one piece… my body isn’t happy and the oracle is suggesting that problem is rife among us this week.

It’s really cliche at New Year for us to be talking about resolutions and getting healthy and I was determined not to do it, (talk about it I mean), that was until I flipped this combination of Principle 6: I AM Self-Full and the blood red base chakra. Your body is about to start screaming for your attention if it hasn’t already, and right now is the time to listen.

Health issues are once again the focus as we step not just into a new week but into a brand new year. Evidently too much indulging combined with a recent cascade of shocks, both media and personal, have taken a toll and we are all in need of some self-imposed TLC. For me personally, I try to eat at home as much as possible where I can prepare fresh and healthy foods, but over the Christmas period I’ve been privileged to have been fed by some beautiful friends and family and in attempting to be a gracious guest, the result is my diet has included increased wheat and refined sugar, swamping my system with a whole load of stuff I’m sensitive too and its rebelling big time.

Be gentle with yourself if you are starting to feel overly tired, sluggish or unwell… any symptoms you are experiencing are the beginning of wisdom when it comes to your physical, mental and emotional health, assuming of course you listen and take steps towards purposeful healing.

Healthy choices might be a good idea as might a gentle detox, but do see a physician/GP if you aren’t sure. Let’s get ready for Happy & Healthy New Year! It’s not a resolution, it’s a gift to yourself.

More next year… x

Might Be Out Of Balance

I’ve had a weird few weeks. Struck down by a pretty persistent chest infection about 3 weeks ago, I set about putting myself first in an effort to take my own Grail advice and embrace Principle 6: I AM Self-Full, the art of self-care. Being a healer, quite often we forget to do the work on ourselves and where our instincts when someone else is ill are sharp, under the spell of our personal infirmity we are quick to lose sight of the healing power for which we are natural channels.

All that being said, I invested in some cough medicine for a chesty cough… (have you ever noticed how many types of cough they sell medicine for? I don’t bloody know if it’s a dry cough, a chesty cough, a mucus cough or a bloody skydiving hedgehogs cough… I just need cough medicine)!!! Anyway, ¬†The last thing I need is to be half asleep as well as barking like a dog so a non-drowsy formula was the order of the day… I haven’t slept a night since.

Arriving just prior to the newly nicknamed “frazzle moon” that I mentioned last week, disturbed sleep patterns were shunted into overdrive when a stream of near insanity driven dreams began to crop up, fielding a very abstract view of the current state of my life. Anyone else think I might be out of balance?

Out of balance is a concept that is often bandied around the MBS network, but what does it actually mean?

In Grail terms its a simple description of the 2-way flow of energy embraced by Principle 7: I AM Open-Hearted, meaning to give and receive in equal measure. We assume this to be about giving and receiving between people but not so… take everyone else out of the equation for a moment and come back to Principle 6, being Self-Full, how much have you given back to yourself this year? Think in terms of appreciation, gratitude, admiration, time off from external stresses. Think about the flow of energy between you and your Source, service balanced with meditation and rest for example.

Being Open-Hearted is a symbol of flow. Like the physical heart whose valves take in life blood and pump out life blood in equal measure, so too are you supposed to allow energy and life itself to follow this same path… like inhaling and exhaling.

For a short while I’m in the process of inhaling, the art of self care is the ability to receive what you need from the universe before you begin to exhale and give back. The season of good will doesn’t exclude you, make sure you’re being good to yourself.

To all my friends who are feeling under the weather at present, my present to you is simply to tell you that you don’t need permission to take a breath.

More later… x

The Art of Mardy

I know I appear to have been missing in action for a few days but actually I was right here where you left me, taking full advantage of a few internet connection burps and farts by indulging in a little me time as far as refuelling the creative urge is concerned and also proving that sisters are doing it for themselves by slapping a bit of paint around the residence. I have to admit the place is becoming very girly, little by little, and it feels much more me now.

I wanted to finish the week (or start in this case) by giving a heads up to the art of mardy… (thanks for the inspiration Dawn/Holly/Mum/etc).

Mardy, for those of you considered to be foreign, (which is basically anybody not born and bred in Sheffield, South Yorkshire), is a word used to describe someone who is feeling low in energy or mood and displaying irritability or a short temper as a result, basically a downright grumpy git!

As a Grail Knight I am sensitive to general energies and global shifts and it has become apparent that loads of people have over the last week or so, discovered the art of mardy. It’s an epidemic, the likes of which I have not known (well not for a good few months anyway).

The prolem isn’t that everyone, particularly the girls, are feeling irritable, it’s that they are all going “Whoaa! Where did that come from?” because it’s out of context in the upswing of recent weeks…. like some big orange fellow just ran up tangoed you with the mardy stick! Let me put you out of your misery: it’s the moon. Today in the Western hemisphere is a black moon, meaning the second new moon in a month. Now the black moon is only a date really but the intense energy is this moon rising in Scorpio on the back end of that blessed portal, closing just a few days ago… Scorpio has some pretty passionate energy about it so you will feel things deeply as the clearing out and making room you’ve just done has left you in the void, that beautiful nothingness where seeds must be planted… did you have a plan and seeds at the ready?

An astrologer, which I’m not, could give you the finer details and that’s not what you’re here for so I’m going to give you the lowdown on actually being constructive when your feeling mardy:

This is a time of positive transformation so don’t fight how you feel however contrary it may seem. Now is the time to rest, to plan, to plant seeds for your future and to nurture your sensitive nature. Avoid stressful situations or people and ask the angels to step in and cleanse and protect your aura. Get friendly with the bubble bath and indulge your feminine side (even if you’re a bloke)… in Grail terms this is a time for activating Principle 6: I AM Self-Full, but most of all remember “This too shall pass.”

Happy Black Moon… you’ve earned the right to display the art of mardy… at least until the weekend is over.

I’ll be back tomorrow with an oracle reading for you all… x

 

 

Lesser Version of The Powerhouse

Little girls and little boys get tired. They begin to pull at their ears and rub at their eyes and engaging with them becomes increasingly less pleasant when all they really want to do is go home, pull off their little socks and lay down in a comfy spot… any spot.

Gentleness at such times is advised… dirty knees and filthy faces may have to wait now, as the harsh scrubbing away of the days debris should obviously have taken place an hour ago… but to disturb play would have been a wasted magical moment… sleep is all that matters now.

Have you ever noticed how when we pursue anything to the extreme we lose ourselves in the driving desire to feel more? Oftentimes this gratification, which I referred to as hedonism in my last post, fuels us to the point of over-stimulation and we all to soon arrive at physical exhaustion just moments after euphoria reaches a pinnacle… (in many adults this is mirrored in a post-orgasmic snooze)… and is merely a reflection of giving life your all.

The thing I’m finding fascinating though (actually, I’m finding everything fascinating at the moment) is the tendency to momentarily fall prey to the belief that you can’t affect anything when you become exhausted… that moment when you mistake an inability to think straight for being a victim or a lesser version of the powerhouse that just spent the last 10 days straight ripping around the playground of life, showing it whose wearing the ruby slippers!

Principle 6: I AM Self-Full is a deliberate statement, it means “me first.” When the little cherub is screaming whilst you’re scrubbing her knees, she isn’t interested in anything except Barnabus the fluffy bunny and bed. Her needs are immediate, she knows it and she has no idea why you feel the grubby child getting mud on the sheets is your priority instead of turning the house upside down to find said stuffed bunny so she can sleep safe… in essence, she’s responding to her own needs and all else will wait until tomorrow.

My only question to you then would be this: are you listening and responding to the needs of your inner cherub? Your body, mind and spirit need to regenerate regularly so staying in touch with your physical self and your moment to moment needs is paramount. If you’re not paying attention then tomorrow’s playtime will be a recreated nightmare and the endless summer will be well and truly over.

Work. Rest. Play… Balance. The moon’s turning dark… listen.

More later… (when I’ve had a day off and a ¬†little nap) x

The Resting Place

Grail Oracle 6Grail Oracle Red

This combination of Principle 6: I AM Self-Full and the intense red of the Base/Root Chakra came as a bit of a surprise to me this morning when I pulled it for you… and it shouldn’t have.

Whilst doing my morning meditation I came face to face with a human archetype of God (to me he always looks like Morgan Freeman which beats Charlton Heston hands down in my opinion, but you can make your own mind up). Putting a human face on God is usually a bad idea as it comes with all the fallibilites of humanity but for the sake of having a two-way conversation with your Higher Power, whatever that might be to you, a human face is, I find, the best way of interacting… besides, I cant really help what my psyche throws up during meditation… “Hang on a minute God, whatever you have to tell me will have to wait until I’ve managed to reconstruct this age-old image of you in my head”… counter-productive to say the least. Anyway, I digress.

God/Morgan was standing leaning against a white picket fence, arms folded, quite relaxed, apparently awaiting my arrival. I realised that this white picket fence had been in my last two meditations where God had been present, but this time I became fixated on the fence itself. A white picket fence can symbolically mean the idyllic home life that we all crave (even if in reality you would prefer a high brick wall and remote controlled automatic gates), I became determined to see what was on the other side of the fence… but God wasn’t shifting. Now I could see over his shoulder and was dismayed to notice that the house in the background was in the shadows and out of focus, at which point I noticed that God wasn’t leaning on the fence, he was leaning on the gate. I knew instinctively that the thing on the otherside of the fence that represented my goal if you like, wasn’t yet within my reach hence the shadows, and that God was standing between me and it… He turned me around to look at the vista on the side of the fence I was already on: green rolling hills and fields, low dry stone walls, basically the Yorkshire countryside (a la James Herriot) and He was slightly purturbed when I turned away from it. But, I looked back at Him, not to reject the view, to acknowledge what I had to do…

Crossing the lane toward the vista I sat myself down beneath a giant oak tree and a red apple fell and landed in my hand…

What’s all that got to do with The Resting Place?

God was standing between me and what I wanted because I am not ready to receive it, Im exhausted from all the pushing and pulling it takes to acheive goals and He wants me to take a break, take care of my own needs and look after my body… to eat well and to rest.

This combination is a sound reminder that what you want is almost here but you are not in a fit state to appreciate its magnificent abundance in full until you have had a chance to retreat, refresh and refuel.

As I pull this oracle combination for all of us Grail Knight’s and according to the wave of similar issues I’ve been dealing with in the needs of healing clients, I would suggest that we are all on the threshold of a new way of life but just as you would hit the hotel first and freshen up after a long journey before you would go out and start the party, The Resting Place is the freshen up point before you arrive at your desired destination.

Be good to yourself this week.

More next Saturday… x

(…and before anyone responds, yes, I know apples don’t grow in oak trees… Oak for strength and longevity, apple for proper nutrition, red for the relevant chakra… see?)