Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Wet, Windy and Woeful....
but always hopeful.
Today is supposed to be Black Friday, the most depressing day of the New Year, where we all feel that not everything in our worlds is quite on the right track.
It could be anything from work, home or friendships that are not going quite the way you would like them. You find you are struggling with not only the emotional and spiritual energies flailing but your physical energies fluctuating as well.
I too have on occasions found that my energies during the winter months do fluctuate, and I have been guilty of dwelling in them rather than directing them into a positive vibe.
So, firstly I acknowledge that I am feeling a bit less energised, but I know that the most I can do at this moment is stop and open my heart and mind to all the good that surrounds me, all the many blessings in my life that surround me every day. I have to stop putting my head in the sand, start raising it too the sun and take a deep breath and just breathe.
After a few moments of breathing, I feel the rush of energy start to build, I start to listen to my heart, beating strong, purposefully urging that energy to seek out the darkness and replace it with light in every pore of my body.
Today as I watch the full moon rise high above my home, I often use it’s essence to fill my space with additional light, because like the moon, there’s a side of you that most people never see. These are your hopes, your dreams, your fears, your wishes, and your desires - the things you scarcely share with others
In shamanism, this side of you is known as your shadow side.
We all have a shadow side, it’s part of what makes us balanced. Our shadow side is simply all that we choose to keep hidden and unexposed from the world - either good or bad.
As the moon travels, starting at new moon and progressing towards full moon, the part that we see becomes less and less hidden, and more and more exposed. If we choose to, we can use the moon’s energy as a sort of buddy system to help us do the same thing.
Here’s how it works. Imagine when you were a child, you’re at an outdoor event with your family (in this example, the moon is your family). There are crowds of people, and you can either look to your family to give you a boost and lift you onto their shoulders, or you can choose to go it alone and try to make your way through the crowd to see the event on your own.
You can either look to someone bigger and with more energy than you to give you a boost, or you can go it alone.
The moon is an orbiting entity - it’s energetic field is immense, it moves entire oceans. The moon has more available energy than you and I, and you can tap into it in your quest to bring your hopes and desires out of your shadow side and illuminate them into your reality.
This is why the period of the new moon is best used to manifest your desires, create new plans, and start a new cycle.
Because when position yourself to start at the same place that the moon is starting with the beginning of the lunar cycle, you can essentially piggyback on the moon’s energy to make things happen.
The moon is already in a process of illuminating its own shadow side when it starts to move from complete darkness to light, it’s up to you to decide,
“Hey, I want to do that too.”
Make the decision that you want to line up what you’re doing in your life with where the moon is. The new moon is for making big changes, and bringing things that were hidden about ourselves into our reality - good or bad. Generally, the idea is to use the new moon energy start a major project, to manifest into reality a goal or abundance opportunity, or to make a life transition. These are examples of the hopes and dreams that you may want to bring out of your hidden, shadow side and into your reality, or into illumination. Imagine you and the moon are side by side on a track - you start your thing at the same time the moon starts its thing and it can pull you on the same trajectory - towards illumination. You get your energy in the moon’s energy field and you tag along. One way you can do this is through an intention setting ceremony.
Once you’ve made the decision to piggyback on the new moon’s energy, you need to pay extra careful attention to your mindset in the days approaching, and on the day of, the new moon. Whatever element of your shadow side is in the forefront, this will be the element illuminated with the moon’s energy. So, you want to make sure your focus is on dreambuilding, and not on your fears. If you’re in fear, worry, and panic state, that might be the part of you that dominates, or is illuminated, during the moon cycle.
Just by intention alone, you can position, at least in part, your energy within the energetic field of the moon. In a way, by setting on an intention, you’re tossing a little piece of your hopes and dreams into the moon’s energy field and saying,
“Hey, Moon, carry this with you into illumination.”
Your hopes and dreams = your energy.
So what do you have to lose, come throw up some hope energy into the moon, and it can carry that hope into reality.
Peace, love and Light......Always Arc
Monday, 4 January 2016
As I sit here, listening to the howling winds forcing their way up the Cornish Coastline, I find myself wondering what 2016 with 'Blow my Way'?
What will these stormy winds of the Atlantic bring to my door?
But before I delve into my thoughts and hopes for 2016, I find that at this time of year I also reflect upon what has past. I find my mind flittering over the pages of 2015, like a butterfly landing on memories and thoughts I had simply forgotten as the pace of our lives speeds towards the end of the year.
365 days, it seems such a small amount in the grand scheme of things, but so much has filled each and every page of my book of life it's hard to choose just a moment to share with you all. But, I'll try.
I find that on almost every page of my memories, I find a recurring word or feeling and that my loves is 'Gratitude'. It is something I hold very dear in the Arc's heart and in the hearts of my husband and daughter. We have so much in our lives to be thankful for, individually and as a family.
I usually, take a moment out before New Years to sit with my family and ask them what they are thankful and grateful for in their lives, and how they can use the past to help them focus on what they wish the New Year to unfold. This year, we were blessed to be sitting beside a roaring beach fire, wrapped in salty sea blankets and sipping hot chocolate, listening to the sounds of waves crashing and the voices of strangers around us laughing and talking of the Christmas they had all spent together.
So, as I sit here listening to the laughter of my family, the energy that surrounds me from all sides is so overpowering, I felt the sting of tears of gratitude fill my eyes, I blamed the smoke from the fire , of course, when asked why I was smiling but tears were streaking my face. But I sat there soaking up the love, laughter, happiness and sheer joy of just being together. I felt the true grace of gratitude and it filled me with inner peace.
I have so many blessings in my life, I sometimes feel overwhelmed with the love, talents and passions that I have been graced with in the past.
I know that whatever 2016 decides to bring my way, I will face it as I have always done, with a open heart, with gratitude and most importantly with love.
I wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.
Peace, Love and Light.....Always Arc.