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Free Grail Insights Blog. Wisdom and musings from The Grail Path and beyond, to aid you on the journey.

Inadvertently Siphoning

Taking a wrong turn isn’t the end of the world. Each day the thousands of decisions we make, some seemingly insignificant, some having major change-making effects on our lives, all have one element in common: risk.

We risk getting it wrong all the time but what does getting it wrong actually equate to in your world? For me, following my Grail path as I try to do, getting it wrong means I don’t like the result… it means I have an uncomfortable feeling, or a distaste, maybe I cause myself pain or added difficulty, you get the general gist. For many though, getting it wrong is meeting with disapproval from an outside source.

We live in a world where there are rules and regulations, laws and legislation, put there in order to keep the masses safe from each other, it’s by no means a fool proof system but I’m not referring here to the breaking of any laws, I’m talking about upsetting individuals because you choose your own path… a path that is carved out by you, for you and doesn’t conform to the choices of those whom in the past you may have been tempted to compromise for. I’m talking about living an authentic life versus people pleasing for fear of getting it wrong.

Ask yourself which causes you more pain: standing out on a limb loving the new sense of freedom as you blaze a trail down an unfamiliar road, risking the scornful looks of those who expected you to do the opposite, or waiting patiently for their permission to begin pursuing your dreams… permission that you know down deep inside will never arrive?

I took a wrong turn at the beginning of last week: my energy went through the floor and I was almost paralysed into inaction as a result of allowing someone else’s needs to override my own. After having spent everyday since Christmas fuelled with enthusiasm, willpower, productivity and yes, even excitement for the direction I’d chosen, making real progress in fact, suddenly I was scrambling to even maintain an upright posture because the contrast was so massive from living for me to allowing someone else’s agenda to infiltrate my daily life, someone with no intention of returning that energy to me.

Sharing is very much a part of relationships and so is compromise but if it doesn’t come from both parties in equal measure then the spirit of one participant will be crushed under the strain of constant compromise whilst the other rides high on the energy, completely oblivious to its detrimental effects until that day when he or she wakes up and wonders why they were ever interested in their “prey” as the level and quality of energy they have been inadvertently siphoning has become so compromised its distasteful.

Luckily, understanding the Grail, I spotted it and choked it off at the pass… back to work now until a worthy “sharer” shows up ready to support and be supported.

Principle 4: I AM Truth allows you to measure the pain and consequences of your choices whilst Principle 7: I AM Open-Hearted will give you a heads up when your emotional counterbalance shows up in real-time… You will know you’re following both Principles when you feel uplifted, joyous, supported, loved and happy…

It’s such a little word isn’t it? HAPPY?

More later… x

Your hinges are rusty…

Following on from my post on Wednesday about the need to embrace Principle 5: I AM Liberated at this time of year, I wanted to go a little deeper into the reason why juggling finance is a spiritual practice. Everything in life is a spiritual practice once you begin living it consciously and the day-to-day mundane operations like getting your money to flow is no exception… but today’s insight has nothing to do with money directly, its about balance.

The entire cosmos is constantly making corrections and adjustments to maintain balance, this is primarily because it’s constant motion, friction and subsequent growth mean that it is constantly out of balance: the dance of yin and yang, dark and light. You as an individual are a microcosm of that seemingly unending energy flow and it is this constant flow that I want to deconstruct for you today…

Imagine if you will a restaurant kitchen, a swinging door with sumptuous delights in constant flow out towards eagerly awaiting diners who feast upon the chef’s creations, good, now let’s assume that the kitchen is your heart chakra. What the diners cannot see is the other door at the rear of the kitchen which is taking in deliveries of fresh produce at a regular rate. The chef expertly takes these fresh raw ingredients and adds his skill and experience, his creativity, to produce the glorious results being enjoyed in the dining room. Now what happens when the deliveries and dishes coming out are not in balance? The food gets backed up and spoils, the chefs gets frustrated and quickly commences knife throwing activities whilst the rest of the kitchen staff start mass panic, dodging sharp projectiles and assuming they are going to be out of a job… on the other hand what if the diners consume more quickly than the deliveries arrive? When chef starts running out of fresh ingredients his creativity dries up along with his supplies and eventually he has to stop serving and close up shop to completely restock, meanwhile his diners have done a bunk to the nearest McDonald’s and bad mouthed the restaurant to everyone they passed en route.

Now there is a genius pot washer in the kitchen who has very little interest in the knife throwing and general drama going on in the comings and goings, to-ings and fro-ings of the kitchen or analogous heart chakra, this fellow is simply witnessing the entire circus in high definition and noticing a couple of things… the last delivery to arrive was a giant ornate gift wrapped box, it was taking up half the kitchen and there was nowhere for any other delivery to go. When opened the box proved to contain nothing but hot air… an empty promise of something exotic and that hot air combined with the moisture in the kitchen, had rusted the hinges on the delivery door… no room and the door won’t open, equals nothing to serve at the front.

The pot washer, unnoticed, begins using one of chef’s knives (probably retrieved from the myriad sticking out of the back door) to break down the giant box and place it, flattened along with its big red bow of promises firmly into the recycling bin and then quickly takes what little olive oil there is left in the kitchen and lubricates the rusted hinges on the back door… oh look, a long line of delivery men are waiting patiently outside to deliver small plain boxes filled with basic ingredients which when chef calms down, he can begin again and the flow is restored… Still nobody notices the pot washer (at least not until the kitchen runs out of plates, which it never does because the pot washer: your higher, humble self is a conscientious fellow unbothered by the shiny boxes that your ego chef assumes contain rare truffles, and instead continues his work, cleansing the serving dishes and tidying up the mess that everyone else is producing).

What was I talking about? Ah yes, flow. We just took a tour around Principle 7: I AM Open-Hearted. If you aren’t then check if your hinges are rusty.

More later… x

Trinkets and trappings

Are things beginning to feel a bit tight? No I’m not talking about your clothes. Back in early December I said I would leave dealing with the financial consequences of Christmas until now… not personally speaking you understand, I decided not to go down the route to ruin this year, but in terms of rolling out the Grail.

Well it’s time, you got paid early last month and you’re feeling the stretch, the credit card bills have arrived on the mat and buyer’s remorse has well and truly set in… too late for even the Grail to sort that out I’m afraid but that’s not it’s purpose, inner peace is. So then let’s look at how we deal with where we are at (after all, Principle 2 states that where you are at is where all the power is). We don’t possess a time machine so unless you still have the receipts to return the unwanted stuff I suggest you get comfortable with the fact you may just have overspent and now let’s explore the really powerful Principle 5, probably the one I least explore on account of me still learning how to implement it in my own life… I AM Liberated.

My inbox has been filled with get rich quick schemes this week and all I can say is “good luck with that.” No, if you want to feel liberated then start offloading the financial baggage. Earning more to pay for your lifestyle often means working harder, longer hours and in the process you lose sight of what’s important to you, you have no time to enjoy the things you’re working for and by things I don’t mean material trinkets and trappings I mean relationships, families, experiences… freedom. Working a 60 hour week, even in a job you love will rob you of the balance life is supposed to give you… so what to do?

Everyone I know is sorting out, throwing out, tidying up, organising; it must be a January thing, use this time then to reduce the spending clutter as well as the physical clutter… start downsizing your frivolities: your phone contract, energy supplier, cable tv, your supermarket bill, (I mean, do you have to buy your carrots ready chopped? Honestly how long will it take you with that sharp set of knives you bought for Christmas and haven’t used yet)?

None of this sounds very spiritual does it? Ah but if its inner peace you’re looking for, than practical real world steps have to be taken, you have to do the work, or you can sit and meditate on the law of attraction and abundance and ask the angels to help you… they will, and I might even tell you how to do that in a later post but the truth is that right now you have an abundance of debt, an abundance of useless stuff, an abundance of unnoticed bad spending habits and if that is all true then probably an abundance of stress… Grail Principle 5 asks you to start letting things go and the angels will ask you to do the same.

Apathy is not the same thing as peace. Make room for the abundance that you do want by getting rid of the abundance of burden that you don’t.

If you were expecting me to predict a lottery win for you… that’s my other blog 😉

More later… x

Consciously, deliberately

Motivation is a subject that I’ve just been indirectly dissecting with a beautiful friend over a coffee. She is a constant source of inspiration and support to me and conversation often turns to the quest when we get together. So, what motivates you? We can look at the subject as in having the motivation, i.e. drive to move forward but then would we actually be referring more to the energy needed to get from where you are to where you want to be either geographically speaking or metaphorically? No, what I’m aiming at here is actual motive or your “why?” which either stays at the forefront of your mind as fully conscious intention or creeps in from the subconscious without our consent.


For the sake of an example: I ask myself regularly why I want to keep posting my own Grail thought process as a blog for you all to read (though it appears to be a new thing on my website it has in fact been ongoing on Facebook now for nearly 2 years), and the reason that drives me is my motive… in my case it’s to help unravel the illusion that many of us face on our journey to find Source. That phrase actually made me laugh writing it because it’s impossible to lose Source simply because you’re it… we all are. I have been noticing more frequently though that we are finding ever more elaborate ways in which to fool people into believing that we are different and in the process we are almost fooling ourselves, tying ourselves in knots about the how’s, why’s and wherefore’s of this universe when the whole philosophy behind the Grail comes back to a single, epic, famous one-liner: “There is no spoon.”

Grasp how simple it is and the veil disappears, then suddenly everything becomes possible, nothing is important anymore except that intrinsic truth that you exist and your only motivation is to seek reconnection with the rest of existence that you have so cleverly, subconsciously through fear, ego and a desire to somehow stand out and feel special, forgotten that you were never separate from in the first place. You are special: You are God… Principle 1.

Of course you can go the slow route if you like – sometimes the only way out is through, but if that’s the way you choose then choose to serve, consciously, deliberately; choose love as your guide and not your ego.

More later… x


Freedom followed

Finding inner peace using the Principles of The Wholly Grail is very simple, but just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s easy… It’s not easy because in order to follow a Principle you have to change something and that means letting go of something else that is causing you pain.

Pain doesn’t always occur immediately, often we have become attached to a certain way of being, thinking or seeing a situation long before it disturbs our inner peace and in that time we settle into a pattern that we identify with as being who we are and how our lives are meant to be… changing an identity is much harder than changing an idea, belief is powerful fuel for creating your reality.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been very upbeat and industrious, head down, happily making progress on some long overdue projects and feeling like I’m ever-so-slightly invincible and if you have been keeping up to date with my Grail posts on Facebook then you may have noticed the shift in my level of positivity since New Year, this isn’t some fluke of the universe, it was simple but it wasn’t easy… I had to let go of a long held idea, I had to adjust my focus and I had to take time to do the internal work as well as grieve, yes grieve for a part of Jo that died with the way things were… Freedom followed, peace followed that, creativity after and then joy brought about productivity.

I want you to feel that too and that’s why I’m creating this new website to help you understand the Grail as not just a set of guiding Principles but also as a set of useful processes to get you from wherever you are to wherever you want to be feeling completely at peace with your journey… I’m working on it so come back soon.

Today’s insight took a brief look at Principle 2: I AM Detached and Principle 5: I AM Liberated. You can be too.

More later… x