Pineapple: A spiritual perspective


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I always set my spirit writing students homework, to give them a chance to practice and to challenge them. A recent assignment was to invite a Spirit communicator or Philosopher to step forward and Inspirationally write something using the word PINEAPPLE as the subject or prompt. As you can imagine the students were somewhat taken aback by my choice of word. In truth, I know that Spirit can take any word and deliver a piece that has a spiritual message in it; you just have to trust that they can and not interfere. And we had some lovely short pieces using the word as a whole or in variations such as apple or pining. But, as it was such an odd word I thought I’d do the exercise as well, and here is Master Chou’s take on Pineapple. 

I hope you enjoy it, Sarah 

Take the rough skin and note how protective it is. How much care it takes of the soft fruit within. Just as your aura protects you and keeps the softnesses of your soul safely wrapped within. See the flesh as your body – fibrous and malleable, yet also firm. Your physical body is a wonderful thing. Perfectly designed for your world. Now note the pineapples hard inner core that gives the fruit strength and robustness much as your spine does your body. But also this cord represents the column of energy that flows through you aligned to your chakras. Keeping your balance and solidity within the aura. Holding the pieces of you together. Allowing your soul to have a safe harbour within your physical body and this physical world. Lastly consider the leaves. Spiky and upward. Look at the fruit the right way round and they may reflect your thoughts reaching out to us, up to the heavens. But turn the fruit over and do they now not remind you of your roots into the earth grounding you in this life. For the pineapple is a complex fruit, but so are you. Complex yet simple. Complete yet seeking completion. The pineapple exists to bring joy, so do you.

Chou

The Deluded Mind (by Spirit)


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Dear Friends,

When working with my Spirit Writing students I like to set challenging subjects / topics for Spirit to write about. This works on two levels – 1. Taking the student out of their comfort zone. 2. It creates a space for Spirit to speak write about bigger subjects that affect us all.

Writing by Spirit should guide and inform, as well as give us hope and assist our souls on their paths. Moreover it can break down ideas, barriers and spark conversation and thought, acting as a catalyst for change.

I recently set the subject of “The Deluded Mind” the piece below was written by Spirit and I thought is was interesting and that you might like to read it.

Sarah

“Delusion is a rarity in that it only really exists if the person with the delusion recognises it. Without the recognition of that person, the perceived delusion is merely an opinion voiced by another but ultimately it is the ‘deluded’ person’s map of the world. So when is the ‘delusion’ real? Perhaps never. This may be true, and just as true is that everyone is deluded. After all, each person has their own opinion or perspective, and for each opinion or perspective, there may be another to the contrary. Who is right? Who is wrong? What does it matter? What if both realities can co-exist? What if every single reality exists, in some form or another, to some degree or other, creating a mass matrix of complexity and interwoven parts. A plate of spaghetti. The largest ever, without doubt. But what does it matter?

The plate of spaghetti is there to be consumed, perhaps enjoyed, and no attention is given to the placement or positioning of a specific strand. Really, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter. All strands are equal, perhaps not in location on the plate, but all exist, all were treated the same in terms of preparation, and all are treated the same when it comes to consumption. If ever a particular strand is requiring acknowledgement or recognition above another, it is misplaced. It is just a single strand, comparable to any other. And so it is with opinions, which themselves are the products of minds. All are the same, all are equal, all have a value. Naturally, some minds and their respective opinions are more respected or valued than others because of human constructs which have been created in an attempt to keep order or promote fairness.

The content then becomes important, as does the context. But the mind, in and of itself, is no better than another. Each serves its purpose. If the mind should start to stray from this tacit idea, or if it begins to consider itself better than another, that is delusion. How could it consider itself better to something it doesn’t know, and cannot know: another mind. A mind can only express itself through symbols, through language, but these are overly simplified and do nothing to communicate the true nature of subjective experiences. That is to say that many minds do not even know themselves, so how could they know others, and how would they allow themselves the right or the authority to judge another. Such action is pure arrogance, and arrogance can be seen as a form of delusion. The perception of the world is warped to meet the needs of the person, of the ego.

Arrogance is akin to a sin. It is based on nothing. It is the stuff of magic and illusion, but the latter involves trickery so that something is made to look different, whereas delusion is the belief that something exists when in fact it doesn’t. The absence of something which is vehemently thought to exist. Again, we return to the idea of individual perception, and so a distinction must be made. If something is created out of nothing, from a lie, and is believed in passionately and unwaveringly, that is the delusion. Commonly-found delusions include confidence, competence, love… But by the same token, albeit the other side of it, loneliness, hate, powerlessness… These are no less delusions, but are perhaps even more damaging as they leave people disenfranchised. All people have, at some point, created a false story: “daddy doesn’t love me…” etc. They have been based on their subjective interpretation of experience, and whilst some may be true, just as many are the effect of the overactive mind.

All people have done this, thus everyone, at some point, has created a falsehood and lived by it, reinforced it… in other words, all people have been deluded at one point or another. On the one hand, no one mind can judge another so not one mind is deluded. On the other hand, all minds are or have been deluded. Both must be true, or neither are true. The question, again, is what does it matter? Does the question itself come from a deluded mind, and, if not, does the answer?”

By a Spirit Communicator, through Nicolas

Live it!


8a192-spiral_shell Whilst sitting quietly preparing for my latest Spirit Writing Circle I received the following piece of inspiration from Spirit. I thought it was simple yet beautiful. Hope you enjoy it. Sarah

” Expand your ideas, for in there lies the journey to discovery.

Discover the self and see the vastness within.

Within the one place where everything makes sense.

Sense your true potential and live it.

The Oracle”

Healing – A Piece of Spirit Writing


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Here is another piece of writing by one of my Inspirational & Automatic Writing students. The topic given to Spirit was “Healing” and the student felt drawn to ask St Francis of Assisi to step forward and write. This is what he wrote – hope you enjoy it.  Sarah 

 

Healing – with St Francis of Assisi

There are many forms of healing for there are many different kinds of injury needing to be healed. Most obvious, in human terms, is the art of the physician, where God-given intelligence enables him or her to diagnose a problem with the physical body or the mental wellness of the human and to prescribe treatments to cure or alleviate the problem.

Much progress has been made on a physical level with medicine but many challenges still remain, for the human body is a complex and delicate machine. Human life is fragile.  Still, not all ills can be cured, not all damages mended.  The fragility of human life renders it all the more precious.

Less progress has been made in terms of mental health.  Here, man’s comfort with the physical, his focus on all things scientific, is not so much help as hindrance – for he is less likely to address the emotional, the spiritual, with success if he is mired in a world of membranes and chemicals.

There is some helpful crossing over between the two approaches – the maturing world of physical medicine and the emerging one of emotional medicine – in the area known as alternative medicine. Here, energetic therapies such as Reiki cross the barrier between the physical and the emotional. For this is healing which is non-specific in its creation and which flows to where it is most needed, taking the form in which it will be most effective. These forms of healing hold the clue for the progression of human medicine.

In your future, therapies will arise that are almost beyond current comprehension. Non-specific growing of human matter and the creation of chemical substances that will transform into what is needed by the body; the control of natural energies that will flow to where they are needed and effect the transformation – the cure – of their own accord.

But perfect health throughout a human life is not, nor never will be, possible, for the vehicle is built to have a limited life span. Human life is intended to be brief, for it is a learning period. And as you all know from your schooling, the best lessons are short, intense and interactive.  If they go on too long, if interest and attention is lost, then learning ceases to happen.

These, then, are the various methods currently employed, and those of the future that will be employed, in the laying on of hands – whether surgically, energetically, or chemically – to heal the human body or mind.

Now let us address healing in a broader sense, for it is not always doctoring which is of the greatest value. Here, let us bring to mind the healing power of an embrace, of a smile, of a few words kindly spoken or written.

One of the greatest gifts bestowed on anyone having a human experience is that he or she is sharing that life with others. You are not alone. There are others around you who share similar challenges, experiences, feelings.

And the greatest sources of healing, the most effective types of healing, are not always the most obvious ones. Sometimes a physical injury is not fixable. Sometimes an illness is not curable. Does this mean that no form of healing is effective? No. For is not the comfort of a loved one’s presence a boon, even when your body is beyond repair? Are not words of comfort or love, spoken softly, exactly what is needed when one feels beyond hope?  Emotional healing goes far beyond the physical body. And when the physical body cannot be healed, emotional healing is even more necessary.

In your search for the next wonder drug, the next surgical technique, the next gene therapy, do not forget the power of a loving embrace.  Do not forget the power of sincere words.  Open your hearts to what it means to be in need of healing.  Share your shared life.  The injuries to others are not always visible, the life that most needs healing is not always visibly blighted.  Sometimes those most in need of healing appear to others to be living a charmed or perfect life.

This is where a healer’s senses go beyond those known to conventional medicine.  This is where the healer that exists in every human can emerge and perform a miracle.  For every one of you can heal.  Every one of you can perform miracles daily.  It does not require a surgeon’s training or a psychiatrist’s learning.  It does not even require an alternative practitioner’s years of study.  All it requires is an open heart, a connectedness to your soul. And then, in tune with yourself, you are also in tune with others.  Then in your openness you can feel the other’s need on an instinctive level.

A kind word as you pass in a doorway, a smile to a stranger as you travel to work, a hand on a shoulder, an embrace at the end of a long day, fingers smoothing hair across a furrowed brow, a hand held. A few well-chosen words:  I love you, I am sorry, may I help, you are not alone, I am here.  These small things are the currency of healing, for all healing begins with connectedness and willingness to share. Sometimes the sharing means taking – sharing a burden for example – and sometimes it means giving, perhaps energy or attention or physical support. Give and take, connectedness.  This is where healing begins and where it ends.

In the centre there is medicine and science and there are developments to come in all these areas. But what will never change is the attendant need for the small healings of everyday life. For, given in enough quality and quantity, they themselves can prevent many greater ills from occurring.

And so I leave you with this thought:  do not leave healing solely to the physicians, eminent and admirable as they are.  Do not leave it even to those who assign themselves as healers, gifted and generous as they are.  Determine, instead, to be a healer yourself, for that is your gift as a human being.

Bring healing to your words and touch, and empathy to all your relationships, every day.  Begin with your relationship with yourself.  Be compassionate with your self.  Do not criticise, but support your self with love and praise, with kind words at the end of a challenging day.  Tell your self you are beautiful, that you are strong, that this too shall pass. Then do the same for those you care for most – and then for those whose lives are touched by yours even in the most fleeting of moments.

Be a ripple in the current that runs through the world, connecting each living thing to another and another. Heal and be healed in the simplest and most fundamental of ways: be kind to one another.

Through Louise

Check out Louise’s blog for more pieces – http://writingspirit.org

Rabbit and Bear (A piece of Spirit Writing)


From Pinterest, via Sue Bunce

Bear Spirit. Shamanic

Here is another piece of writing from Spirit done by one of my students. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

“The bear and the rabbit

Take my hand said the bear

I will lean on your shoulder said the rabbit

I offer you my strength said the bear

I give you my energy said the rabbit

Walk with me said the bear

Hop with me said the rabbit

Towards the sunset said the bear

Forward to the moon said the rabbit

Along the path the bear and rabbit went

One towards the sunset, one forward to the moon rising.

Look at the white flowers said the rabbit

Look at the blue sky pointed the bear

Silently walking and looking

Looking and walking

The bear and the rabbit.

I love this said the rabbit to the bear

I love you said the bear to the rabbit

Silently sitting and looking

Looking and sitting

Silently at the stars

The sun has set and moon yet to rise

Here in this space just for you rabbit and just for you bear.”

by Maggie

Honouring the Sacral Chakra (Channelled by Spirit)


As a teacher it is part of my job to challenge my students, not only in how they think but also in the ways they work with Spirit. Once such challenge is getting them to think outside the box and to stimulate interaction with Spirit that does not engage their thought processes or ego.

Many years ago I came across a second-hnd book called GaiaStar Mandalas by Bonnie Bell and David Todd. The minute I opened the book my mind was full of ideas and ways to use these amazing pictures. Of course, I purchased the book which included page after page of richly coloured stunning mandalas made from natural materials; such as leaves, petals and feathers.

Once home I asked the book for permission to take it apart so I could use each image on its own; I then proceeded to delicately cut the book up using a scalpel. I now use these wonderful images to as inspirations for connection with Spirit and Self, as well as topics and ideas for them to speak or write about.

In a recent automatic writing class I asked my students to work with the images and we got some lovely pieces of writing. Often when my students write I do to – below is the piece Spirit wrote through me inspired the books cover.

Hope you enjoy.

 

Mandalas

Ecstatic Visions of the Living Earth. By Bonnie Bell and David Todd

 

” Orange – pulsing life – radiating joy and abundance – strong yet gentle – beating and retreating the playful journey through life.

Beating a path, then retreating to see your creation. Creation and growth. Stimulating. Developing. Transforming. Life has many variations. Many layers and transitions. The sacral chakra holds emotional energy, it speaks the emotive language. Translating that into physical sensations and urges as well as thoughts and ideas.

You are emotional beings. Embrace the idea. Embrace your emotional side and feel the flow of it through your physical body. The shudders that come with laughter and tears. The ripples and butterflies that come with pleasure and love.

Your mind will always aim to translate these sensations, to rationalise and analyse. But do not be lead by that. It is only a variation of the experience. Is is not the whole story.

Emotions do not rule you. Your soul governs your learning and path and the emotions are its tools, theories, concepts, perspective and language. The soul knows how to flow through the emotional landscape. Better than your mind, more clearly than your body. They are both one sided in their view of emotions and applications.

Through the cohesion of all the soul has a rich canvas on which to paint and explore. Which in turn enriches and deepens the learning. Each emotion adding a colour or texture to the piece. The masterpiece that you call your life.

It is an important chakras and colour. Yet you work so little with either. Or so you think. How many sunsets have you watched. All those deep oranges seeping into your energy. How many tears have you shed cleansing your emotional self as it passes through the phases of learning. How many nights spent reviewing your life, letting your mind and ego judge your emotional learning.

You choose so many ways to see yourself. But few honour your emotions. You judge being emotional as weak. We say it is not. We remind you it is powerful, insightful and needed. Your soul is grateful for every emotion experienced and felt. We say to you be the same. Rejoice in them, respect them and appreciate them more. With that comes greater learning and understanding. Not only for your soul but for humanity.

Surrounding you in the warmth of orange. We leave you with deep felt blessings. ”

 

#chakras #emotions #balance #spirit #automaticwriting

Spirit Guides


Who a I

I am often asked about Spirit Guides,  so I though I would answer a few of the more common questions:-

Q: Do I have Guides

A: Yes, everyone does. It doesn’t matter if you believe in Spirit or not, they are still with you.

Q: Who are they

A: A Spirit Guide is a Spirit Being who has agreed to walk with you through this life for the purpose of guiding you and assisting you in staying on path with what your Soul is here to do.

Q: Is my Loved One one of my Guides

A: I believe that Loved Ones are not Guides. Though, they may assist your Spirit Guides in assisting you, they act as your Loved One.

Q: How many do I have

A: Everyone has three permanent Guides who are with you from birth to death. They are your Main Guide, your Doorkeeper and your Guardian Angel. You then have Guides who come and go depending on your needs – for instance a Guide may step forward to assist you with a particular problem or situation in your life and once that is resolved or finished they step away again. Likewise, those of you who develop mediumship or healing skills will have Guides who work whilst training and when you are working professionally.

Q: What do they do

A: Your Main Guide oversees your entire life – they also supervise all the other Guides and Spirit Beings who step forward to help you or work with you. Your Doorkeeper is your bodyguard keeping who protects from unseen problems and energies. Your Guardian Angel doubles up with your Main Guide and Doorkeeper for those of you who are more comfortable connecting to an Angelic vibration rather than a Spirit one. They all work in tandem with each to support you.

Q: Can I ask them for help

A: Yes, but be mindful of what you are asking. Spirit Guides can not tell you what to do, they can point you in the right direction or give you inspiration. They often do this through thoughts, songs, signs, symbols, white feathers and so on.

Q: How do I talk to them

A: Simply address your words or thoughts to them and they will hear you. You can also ask them to answer through a pendulum, oracle or tarot cards or spiritual tools such as a book like “The Book of Answers” by Carol Bolt.

Q: What do they look like

A: Whatever you need them to, or something befitting the role they are taking for you. For instance a Doorkeeper might appear as a Warrior, a Healing Guide might appear as a Doctor and so on.

Q: Do they have names

A: Spirit do not need or use names as we but of course they will give you a name if you need one. Ask them to give you a name and then wait for the inspiration – trust what you get.

Should you want to build a better relationship with your Guides then there are plenty of courses and workshop run on this topic and lots of books dedicated to it. You can also use visualisation to meet them.

Check out my website for courses or workshop – www.voicesofspirit.co.uk

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