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Find Peace In The Present & Increase Faith In The Path

I know you are wondering how this will all turn out, like the rest of us at the moment. I’m not surprised this combination about the need to find peace in the present & increase faith in the path came out of The Intuitive Chalice Oracle for the month ahead.

When the 2nd Principle of the Grail: “I AM Detached,” teams up with the calming violet of the Crown Chakra, we are being asked to remember that this moment holds so much power.

Our ability to connect to higher wisdom and consciousness is paramount to create the outcome that we want but will not be controlled by the ego mind.

Unfortunately, in it’s negative element, this combination can also suggest that we are being persuaded by the collective consciousness, into a mindset that can be detrimental to that calm and peaceful resolution we are seeking.

Find peace in the present

Depending on your situation right now, whether you are solitary or holed-up with your family, will have an enormous baring on your state of mind. If your surroundings are not comfortable or there is no escape from the noise and opinions of others, then this is going to be a particularly difficult time to find the space you need to go within and go higher, through practices like meditation, yoga or breathwork. Similarly if you are you are isolated from others entirely, too much alone time thinking and even browsing social media can create loops within the mind that get stuck on playback and don’t allow you to dissengage from the chatter.

Being present requires a balance of introversion and extroversion, so now is the time, if you haven’t done so already, to create designated space in your home and schedule to do both.

Can you create family time that involves games, dancing and singing? Can you incorporate preparing meals and household tasks as a team sport or competition? Then, at the opposite end of the spectrum, can you designate quiet time where you all go to your designated spaces/rooms for introspection and make that media-free… reading books, writing/journaling, meditation, learning new skills, working out, gardening etc. This could also be a good time for self-care and pampering.

Focus on gratitude to stay in the now

It is so easy to project into an unknown future and miss the beauty of what is surrounding us at the moment. It is just as easy to yearn for the routines you built for yourself that have been temporarily stripped away, but it is the beginning of peace to find the blessings in the current situation and speak aloud how grateful you are for them. Try incorporating this as a daily practice, not just for April but as a life commitment to train your mind to be focused on the gold hidden in every circumstance.

Increase faith in the path

As this is a spiritual oracle post, I’m going to make a wild assumption that you believe in a Higher Power and a Divine Plan. If that is the case, then consider this to be a test of faith and an opportunity to step into your soul’s care, with trust and surrender to what will be. Let go of the fearful thoughts that are fuelled by the mass media and the constant barrage of what is loosely termed “news” and instead, let your connection to the highest aspect of you steady your resolve and inform your every action from a place of love and optimism. Believe in the beauty of the path and that when you find peace in the present, you automatically increase your faith in your future.

Let’s begin this gratitude practice now… Let me know in the comments below: What 3 things you are most grateful for that bring you peace, that you might not have noticed before this began?

With Love, Jo xxx

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Time To Return To The Garden

Everybody loses sight of the path. Searching outside the walls of the Garden of Eden for something sacred that was never actually lost to them. Over complicating the process of restoring faith and peace by assuming that something, some part of their story is missing, when in truth it is merely hidden under the enormous burden of weight of everything that has already been added.

That’s where I’ve been of late, battling my way out from under the ever increasing burden of over complicated storylines of daily life, that robbed me of my joy, my connection and the creation flame that burns within me. All but extinguishing my light… until, in the darkness, I heard a voice asking me why?

The question wasn’t “why has the light gone?” That was plain to see from the direction this voice was observing from, no, the question was “why did you find the light in the first place?” A stark reminder that my motive, the driving force behind my what, my how, my where, my who and my when, was the fuel that fired the light within me… and my why isn’t wrapped up in pretty packaging, it isn’t driven by a massive bank balance or more more more… my why is “because it’s who I AM.”

Only in this is there any peace.

Path remembered.

Now is the time to scale back all that obscures the truth, all that is not unified by simplicity and grace. Now is the time to return to the Garden, where all flowers grow, to rest, reconnect and remember… to refill the Wholly Grail with fresh pure unadulterated insight. Light.

When all else is taken away, what remains is the Grail.

Principles 4, 5 & 6.

Look out for new reinvigorated Wholly Grail insights in the new year.

Seasonal Blessings… x

When The Going Gets Tough

So I have Billy Ocean’s 1980’s tune circling around my head just thinking about this title and no doubt I will be singing it for the rest of the day, but the context is slightly misplaced as concept for this insight. You see, when the going gets tough, the tough actually hunker down and ride out the uncertainty… they don’t jump ship or get going.

Uncertainty has been a theme for me for a while now. External circumstances have been disrupted outside of my control, but my usual stress-head reactions to adversity didn’t kick in this time and instead were replaced with a familiar old friend and alter ego: the manager (crisis manager to be accurate).

I’ve been forced to reconnect with an aspect of self that knows how to think fast and find creative solutions to shifting parameters but there has also been an evolution in this archetypal energy, a bit like growing up. Whereas once the stress response of fight or flight would have fuelled the quick thinking, problem solving, superwoman, she has hung up her cape and rolled up her sleeves and just placed one foot in front of the other trusting the path to meet her and trusting the decisions she has to make.

One of The Wholly Grail mechanics states “you cannot keep the Grail.” It pays respect to the flip of the yin/yang in the dance of the universe and that life can change in an instant… some call it fate, without this dynamic, life stagnates and so to keep you moving forward, growing and expanding, life throws in the odd plot twist to keep it interesting… after all, no adventure story would be worth reading if we took out the adventure part!

My old paradigm had me rising to the challenge of controlling the crash landing in an adrenalin-fuelled frenzy that required lots of self-applause after the fact for how well I managed, the new evolved me has just let go of the outcome (Principle 2: I AM Detached) knowing that the outcome is inevitable and the timing is up to the Divine. (Though I have to admit, there are other areas of my life where I’m still seeking that clarity). 

When you know there is only one outcome and your only job is to decide whether you want to get there the easy way or the hard way, (this choice does first require the need for acceptance though), letting go of the struggle is the simplest option and your Grail is returned immediately. It’s called surrender.

When the going gets tough, the tough surrender. Peace comes from that place. From that place, whatever plot twists, shocks and spills come your way, you have the power to keep going, to survive and to thrive… and when peace returns you to your Garden of Eden, there’s no need for a round of self-applause, just look up (symbolically) and say “Thank you.”

May you find peace in all your plot twists…

More later… x

Resisting A Rest (When The Universe Asks You To Surrender)

I’ve been exploring the Grail from a divine feminine perspective for a little while. The language I’ve used in the structure of the philosophy is very “Tally-ho! Let’s save the world” and divine masculine in flavour… not that it’s wrong in any way, the Principles are solid, sound and complete, they cover every aspect of healing what disturbs our inner peace and robs us of health, happiness and fulfilment… I just don’t want to be a Grail Knight anymore. Instead I’m finding that giving up the fight and accepting that my own cup fills faster when I surrender, when I acknowledge that protecting the sacred chalice as a Grail Priestess is far more in keeping with who I am at soul level and requires no banners to be carried and no battle cries, just daily practice and the sharing of its wisdom.

But we don’t live in that world do we?

This week I’ve met with such resistance from within and without, as structures begin to transform, and fear of losing control of and security from the known way has at times pushed me to grasp for the Knight’s sword and shield in an attempt to protect the boundaries of the realm I’ve built… but it is a realm I’ve made a sacred vow to leave in order to expand my inner temple, the home of my Grail. My soul demands leave, my ego is screaming “Stay, you don’t know what’s out there.”

When life threatens change, even positive change, the ego steps in to remind you of all the reasons why you should stay as you are. The small self covets the familiar… but the familiar only brings more of the same.

The universe has been asking me constantly to relax, to hang back, to observe and to let things unfold, but we live in a society where if you aren’t seen to be doing something productive – sell, sell, sell or market this, create that, (you get the picture), then you are either lazy or a failure. I’m neither, unless you count being a failure at being someone other than my true self. I’ve simply been resisting a rest and now it is time for me to give up the fight completely and surrender to the greater plan.

I’d like to create peace. But I already am peace (when I let go).

That’s what the Grail is. Inner peace, outer peace, something beautiful, somewhere beautiful. It already exists when you stop fighting it.

Don’t mistake peace for quiet or for solitude or even for the absence of chaos, it is none of those things (and yet can be found in all of them). Peace is a place found inside yourself regardless of external conditions when you are in union with your Divine origin (Principle 1: I AM God) and your physical nature is housed within your soul rather than trying to contain your soul within the limited boundaries of your mortal vessel.

Imagine that, not having to defend your soul within, but recognising that all along its been a massive uncontainable presence eternally protecting you.

When I woke up this morning I was in a state of “What can I do today to save myself from falling?”  Then I remembered a very poignant lesson given to me by Lao Tsu in meditation: he reminded me that gravity doesn’t exist here (in my psyche/meditation), so then how could I possibly be falling? Now I’m settled back in the inner temple knowing that the chaos is outside, the perceived loss and more importantly the fearful thoughts inciting me to action, are the opposite of peace, there is no beauty in their pursuit, the beauty comes from understanding that all serves and that what falls away is making room for new life to flourish.

If you would like help finding your way back into your inner temple, refilling or expanding your sacred chalice, healing or recovering from chaos or change, allowing change to happen, or simply discovering your inner Priestess, then let me know how I can help you.

More later… x

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When The Message Gets Lost In The Noise

Let me ask you something:

Do you know what The Wholly Grail is?

Do you know what it’s for?

Do you know how it might serve you?

I’ve spent a couple of days this week sorting through the vast resources I’ve amassed in the creation of The Grail teachings and realised just how much there is that takes away from its simple but powerful message. I had failed to notice the effect of when the message gets lost in the noise. That being the case I’d like to clarify, in case you missed the point, the power of The Wholly Grail…

Your health, happiness, wellbeing and peace are the fundamental requirements for a balanced life. The Wholly Grail or that state of balance and fulfilment, is broken down into 7 easy Principles or statements, concepts that must be present in order to retain your balance in a hectic, demanding lifestyle without depleting your personal power.

The Wholly Grail is complete (hence wholly), in its ability to reset your thinking and belief systems, reclaim your boundaries, identify and understand your undermining behaviours and power drains so as to reclaim yourself as whole (also hence wholly).

Every aspect of your daily life is a spiritual adventure and has the potential to fuel your soul or deplete it… you can choose to perceive it as love-filled and joyous or arduous and contentious. The former allows you to realign to peace and fill the spirit (or proverbial Grail cup or chalice), the latter depletes your reserves and has you declaring yourself as a victim of circumstance. One has you living in faith, the other in fear.

You might feel presently stuck in a situation you don’t believe you can change. I get it, when you’ve been there a while it’s hard to see which way to go… The 7 Principles will help you identify both your light and your shadow and by accepting both you get to choose your perfect path back to peace and even bliss… isn’t that worth doing the work for?

All the info is here on the site and the basics are free. If you feel like you need extra help getting started or you are facing a sticky dilemma and don’t know where to begin, I’m here to point you in the right direction… just think of me as your Grail Guide. You can book a personal guidance session here.

Wishing you a “cup full of love” on your path back to peace.

Jo… x

 

Quiet Please, Im Processing

Whenever you are amidst the tumultuous workings of a busy mind, the basics can get left behind in the interior swirl. Personally I have decided to take the day off… I almost didn’t write a post except to get my head in the game, which sounds like a contradiction doesn’t it? Take the day off/get your head in the game???

When I say take a day off its a day off from drama, from external influence and from distraction and getting my head in the game simply means to reconnect to my own core goals and ideals through deep meditation and connection to the angelic realm for guidance on which way to proceed.

The clutter that gets jammed up inside your head stops you from focusing on the most significant Principle of The Wholly Grail and that is simply to recognise that you are in fact the creator of your own life story and you have the power to build the chapters any way you want. Principle 1: I AM God sounds like a big pair of shoes to fill but those shoes come in your size too and you are not expected to stand in anyone else’s.

Getting clear on where you would like those shoes to take you needs a certain amount of discernment… if you are caught up in the eddy of outer appearances then you will no doubt be feeling a little unsure of which way next and even if you knew, how would you break loose of where you are at the moment?

“Quiet please, I’m processing” may have those who are used to having your attention feeling a little put out, but for you to steer your ship you have to get everyone else out of the control room, off the bridge and especially to get their hands off the wheel.

Whether you need an hour, a day, a week or an indefinite time out, you are worthy of your own peace.  You are brave enough to place a “do not disturb” on the door, a “hold my calls” on the phone and give yourself permission to come back to YOU.

More later… x

 

Undesirable Ingredients

It takes a whole host of specially selected ingredients to refine your life into the story of peace and joy you are looking for. Ingredients like compassion, tolerance, patience, generosity and gratitude… but what strikes me even more deeply today is what you must leave out.

There are a so many contributing factors that can steal the contents of your personal Grail leaving you in a state of emotional turmoil or at the very least unrest, and all of these undesirable ingredients are based around how you view yourself in relation to everything else going on around you.

Confidence is a word that invokes an image of cockiness or arrogance but it’s true meaning is much more to do with recognising your worth… when you take self-doubt, guilt, comparison, jealousy, (and maybe even the seven deadly sins) out of the equation, and replace them with one simple alternative: faith, everything starts to transform back into its natural beautiful flow.

I’m not talking about faith in something outside of yourself, I’m referring to faith in yourself, faith in your ability to survive any and all shifts and bumps that life will throw your way… and I say “will” because it’s inevitable with so many moving parts, sooner or later one of those parts will roll your way and either become an asset or a trip hazard and when it does you can view it with absolute faith that the challenge is for your highest good or you can break under the pressure of self-doubt.

I’m opting for confidence this week… I’m pulling out my mixing bowl, selecting my optimal ingredients and blow me if I don’t create cake!

Principle 1 is going remind you who you are and what you’re worth…

Principle 2 is going to release you from your fear of any outcomes…

Principle 7 is going to ensure the bi-directional flow of love which is all you need for a perpetually overflowing Grail cup.

More later… x

One of The Most Boring Posts

This post could seriously mess up my blog strategy… but seeing as though I write what I feel and there is no strategy, that shouldn’t actually be a problem. This is possibly one of the most boring posts I’m ever going to write…

Being a passionate soul, my most inspired articles come from a place of anguish and of suffering. I’m not afraid of that truth: personal experience combined with professional application means I know what I’m talking about, so to feel through each Principle of The Wholly Grail can be what we term research and vigorous testing, realtime, on the ground human guinea pig style… seeing as though The Wholly Grail was rolled out in 2012 as my philosophy for creating inner peace and happiness a fair few human guinea pigs have been subjected to its methods since then.

I’ve found that The Wholly Grail offers solutions to every problem if you’re willing to do the work and because life is constantly offering up tests there has been much to work on and with… it’s not anecdotal evidence it’s real lives, mine included, that have undergone transformative processes through embracing the seven main Principles. But what I wanted to share with you today is my confession of what constitutes a boring post…

Inner peace means acceptance, acceptance means no drama, no drama means no anguish or suffering and this girl is so very happy to be boring if all that is the case.

My own personal and most sticky Principle has always been 2: I AM Detached. Dealing with being present and being grateful for where I am here in the moment, for the current situation, for the people in my life, for the things I have and for the love I’ve been blessed with. Do I have it all? That depends on your perspective… I have everything I need, though there are things I still want. In giving up the wanting and knowing that if it’s meant to be here it will arrive when it’s good and ready and all I have to do is stay open and believe… not that it will arrive, but that I will be just fine if it doesn’t. My drama has always been in believing that something was missing but nothing ever was save for one thing… me.

I’m not lost anymore. I AM God (Principle 1 – everything and everyone is), and nothing is ever lost to me except when I insist on covering my eyes, shielding my heart and I refuse to see…

My Wholly Grail is overflowing with an abundance of grace… so excuse me if I’m boring you but… I’m happy!

If you’d like to find your happy too, LIKE, FOLLOW, SHARE and come back later to find out what’s new.

More later… x

Far More Profound

I have to admit that its been unusually difficult to write this post. I don’t mean difficult in an emotional sense, but in a creative sense. I seem to have got myself all turned around, unfocused and adrift. You might think that I’m still in holiday mode after my jaunt to Glastonbury but in actual fact where I’ve been for the last 24 hours is more akin to a visit to in internal jumble sale…

Imagine if you will, a mishmash of information and subtle intuitions arriving en masse in no particular order and taking up residence inside your head. Now do you best to either ignore or make sense of it… that’s where I’ve been.

I decided to spend yesterday doing a combination of practical physical work as mundane as I could muster (like laundry) and intermittent meditation to return to Source and clear my thoughts. Each time I entered a meditative state though, being a channel, more information flooded in, each time, I touched clarity but upon my return, the jumble sale increased. Instead of returning from Avalon with an overflowing cup, I arrived home with an overflowing head!

Recapturing the inner peace offered by the Wholly Grail isn’t a hard task once you identify the essence of what’s wrong and for me a combination of two Principles have switched off the psychic bombardment in an instant and returned my equilibrium, grounding me and cleansing away the residue whilst allowing me to hold the information… Principle 2: I AM Detached requires absolute presence. You cannot be grounded in the present when you’re attempting to reconcile the past or anticipate the future, now is where it’s happening and I’m at home here in this place of instant manifestation. Principle 4: I AM Truth dictates the need for trust that there may be a dichotomy between what you feel to be correct for you and what another states as gospel, history or fact, and that dichotomy is natural and acceptable.

Nothing I learned on my travels matches the guidebooks, that’s ok. Nothing I felt on my travels matches the rumours, that’s ok too. Nothing I learned about myself in the process matches my expectations, that’s a confirmation that the class I taught prior to leaving, about expectation leading to disappointment was right on point, and that’s ok too… what I did learn was that the Grail Principles are far more profound than even I imagined and that I have something important to do… and I learned that the way I do it will not suit everyone… and that’s fine too.

If you have been enjoying The Wholly Grail free insights then please share them, give others an opportunity to make their own mind’s up. If you are seeing one of my posts for the first time then scroll back through the archives and also explore the basic Principles, find your way to that place of peace within you… you won’t find it out there, that’s the point in case you missed it… I did, and I will again, but I have 7 easy steps to find my way home… follow me, I know the way.

More later… x

 

This Particular Tournament

September, over the last few years has become a bit of a crucible for me. I have for some reason set myself up with the most ludicrous of “trials by combat” perhaps with the underlying, definitely more subtle understanding that these replications of Jacob doing battle with an angel in the desert might shift the course of my personal Grail path to one more aligned with the divine plan… not that you can actually fall off plan you understand but you can definitely flow with it or brace for impact.

Storms in nature necessarily occur to create change, and when stagnation occurs God often sends in Archangel Uriel (whose name means “Light of God” or “Fire of God”) to rustle up a little thunder and lightening… The same is true for our lives. You cannot keep the Grail. Inner peace is a resting place that when practiced using The Grail Principles can help you survive the most challenging of situations but externally, peace is temporary, change must happen… and September is as good a time as any, eh?

School commences around this time each year and why should that be contained within the academic community? The school of life has seasons, terms and semesters just the same. This year for me though I went back to school early, I prompted the change by choosing a path, you might say I decided what I might major in this coming year and September looks set to line up the relevant teachers, tutors, lecturers and timetable. Early signs indicate that the Universe may up the ante on the curriculum this year and survival is the minimum grade for a pass.

This time last year I was foolish enough to let someone else choose the lesson plan but today, shuffling around my schedule, goals and my plans for my own personal pilgrimage to the supposed site of legendary Avalon later this month… I feel a sense of accomplishment already because I know something really important that the other Knight’s entering this particular tournament don’t know… I’m already a winner.

Experience is the only grade that actually matters and good, bad or ugly, all experience grows the soul. No exam to be taken. The storm is simply the universe rearranging the players and the playing field (just like my mixed metaphors).

Well rested and with joy in my heart… Let the joust commence!

(Medieval Princess drops hanky).

More later… x