The Journey of Choices


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Jacob’s Ladder Mandala

“Happy choices, content decisions. When you invoke, invite, manifest from there you are rewarded with actuality. Sad choices, discordant choices, reap only unhappy outcomes. Manifesting requires purpose, focus, intention. Where there is none, nothing arrives. Are your choices happy? Are you content?

The ladder suggest not. The ladder suggest a struggle. A climb you are facing. If you see yourself in the city below. Hungary to climb to the one above. How can you be content. Success is the ladder to nowhere. 

What if you were in the city above. Where would you go then? Where is next? What can be higher? Here is the reign of the ego, the constant climber, always going nowhere. Why not stay on the ladder, neither highest nor lowest? What then? Are you enough? 

Arrival at the higher city doesn’t mean you are enough. Only that you have climbed further. Or rushed to the top and are now breathless and uncertain. Life learning is never a race, nor a climb to ascent. 

See the ladder instead horizontally, like train tracks. Marking your journey from one city or another. Or indeed, one lesson to another. How much easier the journey would seem. How much less demanding. This is life in flow. 

However, you make choices – to stay in one place or lesson, or to journey on. Your soul knows which you need, your ego does not. It will often mislead you. The Angels represent the Spirits who assist you in knowing which you need. Progress or stillness. 

Stillness is vital to life, equal to progression. When struggling to prefer try still ness. When the climb is too hard, lay the ladder down. When the journey seems to lonely remember we are with you.

Finally, the circle. The sign that all us balanced. That everything starts and ends. Completion. You will complete what you can, learn what you can. Grow as much as you can. Your soul will rejoice in it all. It will complete the lesson, close the circle, by returning home. The final journey. “

 

This piece of channelled writing was inspired by the mandala called Jacob’s Ladder. The picture was taken from the book “Mandala Sourcebook” by David Fontana & Lisa Tenzin-Dolma.

It was part of an exercise I gave my spirit writing students, where they randomly choice a mandala and then asked Spirit to write something inspired by the image or elements within. The above piece with written through me, but sadly the Spirit did not sign the piece.

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

Year of the Goat/Sheep


Lovely message from Spirit about the coming year. Happy Chinese New Year.

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Dear Friends, 

A year with two identities, two paths, two ways. The year of choice. Not random or simple but meaningful and decisive. The sheep is thought to follow with no mind but that is not so. The goat is known to be bold and adventurous. Together this year marries the two. Choose adventure or choose the safety of the flock or familiar. Neither choice is wrong. Both will lead you somewhere. 

For the adventurous this will open up many doors, some mountains to climb and even maybe a leap of faith. But with goat energy you can tackle them all. The goat can climb a sheer rock face with ease. If you choose adventure let your heart and soul lead the way. Let them reveal your inner depth and personal power. 

For the ones choosing the flock, this year will be calm and flow simply. Challenges will be smaller…

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White Light? Is it the right light?


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The universal panacea of the spiritual movement. It can do all and everything! Well, maybe not.

Like many spiritual concepts and tools it can get over used, mis-used or lost in translation. Don’t get me wrong it should be in your spiritual and energetic toolbox but use it wisely.

Firstly, what is it? And here comes problem number one. Different people see it as different things. Hence the word universal in the opening line. Ask yourself what is it to you, do you even know? Are you, in fact, using it because someone else told you to.

For me, white light is a definite energy. It comes from and is part of the Spirit realm. Please note, the Spirit realm and the Universe are two different things. The Spirit realm is the plane of existence where your Soul comes from and will return to. It is pure energy, with no matter. This is where Spirit reside in pure conscious energetic form.

White light is the substance that binds them together, exists in space between them and is of them. Their collective energy if you like. It can be sent by them to assist us. Or we can call it in as we are part Spirit. White light is pure and clear.

We can use white light for healing, clearing, expanding or as part of the opening up process. As the prism shows, white light can be split into the various colours. This is what it does when healing but in reverse, where it brings dis-harmonious energy back into alignment as one harmonious energy.

Common mis-uses of white light

1. Protection

I often come across people who are protecting themselves with white light. Surrounding their aura with it. However, the is not protective. In fact is can create the opposite effect. Negativity is attracted to the light, not repelled by it. Bit like a moth to the flame. If you want to use a coloured light for protection try dark blue. My favourite visualisation and the one I share with my clients and students is to imagine the outside of your aura as mirrored (think 1970’s Disco Ball). Negativity is reflected away from you by the mirror.

2. Grounding

Often students use white light when they are grounding – seeing their roots as white, or the energy of Mother Earth as white or indeed even bringing white light down from the Spirit through the crown chakra and then into the Earth. White light is weightless. When we use the word Light it is in both senses of the word – luminous and weight. Where white light is faster moving than we are it can in fact unground you rather than ground. I encourage my students to consider their base chakra also known as the root chakra – what colour is it? Red. It is called the root chakras as this is the where you ground from. Therefore, using the colour red for your roots and the energy of Mother Earth coming back into you is more grounding than white.

3. Crown Chakra

Another problem I find is that students don’t know the colours of the chakras. Many times they say their crown chakra is white. No, it is violet. When you envisage your crown chakra as white you are in effect over stimulating it which can lead to you being too open and struggling with clarity. If you look at the colours of the chakras there is a logical order – based around how colours merge – Red & Yellow makes Orange, Yellow & Blue makes Green, Blue & Violet makes dark blue – think back to the prism.

Some good uses for white light-

1. Washing through your aura

2. Washing through a chakra (or all of them)

3. Cleansing a space or object 

4. Balancing your own energy (for instance you have too much physical energy or red energy and need to lighten up). 

5. Cleansing and charging crystals 

6. Lifting the mood in a room or space where it has got too heavy

White Light is combination of all colours, as we see colour. Don’t forget all the other colours; they are equally useful and potent. Blue and Green are very healing and calming. Pink can help with giving and receiving love (especially for self). Yellow can strengthen your free will and confidence. Orange can assist with emotions and creativity. Violet is good for Spirit communication.

When cleaning your chakras using the colour associated with that chakra is often more suitable than using white. Remember white is very fast moving and can create expansion. Your chakra might need calming rather than stimulating. When grounding you might brown for your roots more soothing than red, especially if you are very connected to nature.

We live in a world of colour. So don’t be monochrome when working with Spirit and Spirituality. We are Spirit but we are also human and our body is physical matter. Physical matter resonates with colour. If we over use white light we will run the risk of devaluing it or neutralising it. We can become complacent.

Keep white light in your toolbox along with all the other colours. Use your own instincts as to what colour to use. Ask your Spirit Guides or Soul if you are unsure. Then when you do use white light it will be all the more poignant.

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.

 

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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. ”

 

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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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