Every now and then, we encounter spiritual energies – whether ‘home or away’ – that intrigue us. We want to know more and we want to soak up every ounce of their knowledge, their experiences and their energy. Hours can pass, yet they feel like fleeting moments, as we become immersed in their insightful words – which allow a small glimpse into their world, their personality and the people they choose to share their life with.
However, I had a (small) advantage on this particular meeting of minds. I had already delved into the world of this well-connected being; I had already been drawn into their early existence, in their earth-bound form. Nevertheless, it did not make a jot of difference, kind of like watching a movie and then reading the book; the images are there, yet the book fills in the gaps, the misinterpretations, the misrepresentations and a whole host of unanswered questions. And boy, did I have questions, far more than a normal interview would warrant. Although, I did became aware, very quickly, that the rulebook needed to be thrown out of the window. This was going to be a fly by the seat of my pants, totally ad-hoc, ad-lib situation.
You see, Helen Parry Jones is a natural medium; it is why she has been brought into this lifetime. She can hear, feel and see the spirit beings that help her to heal others on a mental, emotional and physical level. Her link with her Guardian Guide, Sam, is phenomenal and quite possibly the envy of many Spiritualists around the world. Moreover, just to make things a little more controversial, she holds the same opinion of many, including myself, that the Spiritualist Churches have an outdated hierarchy and passing on messages from the spirit world is not the be all and end all – the healing aspect is far more important.
It is only fair to say that many people – outside Ireland and Wales – would not have heard of Helen Parry Jones until the fruition of her book, Hands of an Angel. A book that her non-believing taxi driver (who borrowed said autobiography from his wife) described as uplifting; stating “he felt much better” after reading it. Incidentally, the Random House published ‘Hands of an Angel’ is currently enjoying a five out of five-star rating on Amazon, is tipped to hit the best-seller list AND is being sold by Tesco! An impressive feat for a spiritual book!
I ponder on the words of Helen and her taxi driver and wonder if my sensitive side is far too sensitive. As I read her true-life story, I feel a heartbreaking sadness and raw emotion. I absorb her every word as she describes how her teachers, friends and family shunned her ability to talk to spirit, labelling her talent to converse with the unseen energies as sheer folly and childish imagination.
Right up until her late twenties Helen hit a proverbial brick wall, when talking to about her direct link with the spirit world – who had furnished her with in-depth tutoring and information for many years. Her mother, who perceived Helen as fanciful with a vast imagination, took her to be psychologically assessed by the family doctor, in a bid to stop Helen talking about the plethora of spirits visiting her on a daily basis. Nevertheless, it is apparent, through talking to Helen and reading her book, that she has no cross to bear or deep-seated animosity that could have been attributed to her past. In fact, I feel that her early battles with the outside, human world, have only added to her positive strength and character.
Talking of character, on “meeting” her Guardian Guide early in the book I instantly envisage a soul, not unlike Djimon Honsou. This particular actor starred in two poignant films, Blood Diamond and Amistad, and once you read ‘Hands of an Angel’, you will understand my reasoning – and my surprise!
Having connected with my energy, through the telephone, Helen could see my own journey, going forward. She said that I would…
Well, given that my pen has just run out I take it as a sign that I should save her prediction for a later date. But I could not help asking her if Sam would step forward, to provide a message for the reader, and he agreed! He said, “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey, we are spiritual beings on a human journey.” Adding, “Embracing changes and embracing the possibilities…(and)… opening up to change and positivity will lead you to the next level.” In a nutshell, he was presenting the philosophy that we need to be more open to the world – both seen and unseen – around us and take on board that anything is possible.
Sam’s teachings run throughout the book, ‘Hands of an Angel’, and he even contributed to two of the chapters. And, I have to say, it is one of the most enlightening stories to grace my bookshelf. The book will make you smile from the heart, it will make you cry with joy and pain and it will have you question all that you know to be true about the spirit world. The information imparted by the spirit helpers that Helen met during her early years, is wholly shared in ‘Hands of an Angel’. The honest unedited words, Helen and her spiritual teachers provide, present an invaluable insight into our entire spiritual universe. The book tangibly describes the different roles of angels, the darker underworlds and the process of death – plus a surprise revelation relating to guardian guides.
All in all, ‘Hands of an Angel’ is a must read. The spiritually aware will relate and connect to the story in a way that will touch their hearts, the ‘on the fence’ reader will crave for more and the sceptic will of course remain steadfast. Yet, as Helen Parry Jones says, “We are now peeping through the curtains and those curtains are getting wider and wider.”
Given her ever-growing, worldwide following, Helen has packed the stage with an attentive audience, all waiting hear more from the ‘Hands of an Angel’ writer and her spirit helpers.
All that’s left to say is that her story really is just beginning…
About Helen Parry Jones
Helen has been a clairvoyant, medium and spiritual healer for the past thirty years. Thousands of people from princesses to plumbers have come to her for advice and guidance.
She has filled theatres and auditoriums and appeared on radio and TV. Her first book, ‘Hands of an Angel’ is available now, via Tesco Direct and Amazon – to name but a few.
Helen Parry Jones: http://www.helenparry-jones.com/
Original article, written by Andrea Elliott of Holistic Words, posted in Silent Voices : http://www.silentvoices.org.uk
……..If so you may have always seen this as a negative aspect to your personality. But when you learn to harness this gift, and use it for the good of yourself and others, it really is a truly wonderful trait to have.
If the world had more sensitive’s or empaths’ (a term I prefer to use) I believe it would be a more harmonious and peaceful place. However, as the duality of the world we live in always means their being a polar opposite, we must learn to honour those who seem harder, or un-sensitive. When one can acknowledge and flow with both sides, inner peace can be found. However, it is often the less sensitive people who teach us empaths how to strengthen, use and embrace our gift.
Being an Empath
Just to clarify Empathy, as defined by the English Dictionary, is ‘the ability to understand and share the feelings of another’. You may hear several terms used synonymously to describe this including; sensitive, empath, clairsentience and a more recent term clair-knowing. For the sake of this article I will use the term Empath. I must however, make it clear that this is not the same as being sympathetic, which means feeling for a person but you do not necessarily understand the way they feel.
Being an empath literally means being aware of and sensing your surroundings – whether positive or negative. They can literally pick up the feelings and emotions of others, something they fail to understand especially in their younger years. I can remember a pivotal moment in my life when I just ‘got it’ and may I add, that this moment was only three years ago at the ripe old age of 31. In that very moment, I suddenly could differentiate the feelings of another against my own. It was such a subtle difference that my logical, conscious mind questioned it, but my instinct and intuition just knew. It was a wonderfully liberating feeling and I remember thinking to myself; now I know what that feels like I can be aware of it happening again. Once you become aware, you can begin to protect yourself from absorbing the feelings and emotions (which I will term energy) of others.
Not everyone can automatically, willingly or unwillingly, tune-in to empathise or sense the feeling of another. Empaths do not have the ability to just switch it off, to just stop being empathetic. It’s in their nature, part of their make-up and who they are fundamentally. Therefore, it is not what they have learnt or a behaviour they have adopted.
Energy is Everything
The world is an ocean of frantic energy, a collection of human emotions and thoughts, electromagnetic vibrations from TV, phones, wi-fi to name but a few. These energies are all around us, and just like radio waves, we may not see them but know they are there. Empaths feel and tune-in to these energies on an unconscious level, which is why simple tasks can become draining on the empaths personal energy resources.
If we look at the human being and their five basic senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. They are all designed to pick up subtle frequencies of energy which are interpreted by the brain. For the empath, one, a few or all of these senses are heightened, they are more sensitive – which means they can easily tap into their intuition (I like to call this our 6th sense).
Because energy is everything and everywhere, even having a conversation with another can cause inner conflict for an empath because they really feel the words spoken. They pick up on body language and all the subtle non-direct behaviours and cues that emanate from another. So often people have hidden agendas, have emotional blockages, fears and insecurities that they mask with words, they may not even be aware of this themselves, but an empath can discern the truth; the true energy of another.
Remember 80% of the messages we send and receive are non-verbal and 55% of the messages received and processed by the brain are based on body language. Therefore, empaths can be overwhelmed with the amount of information and energy flowing towards them, that they have to process. Empaths can commonly be seen as over emotional, weak, fragile, fussy or even sometimes as emotionally detached and ‘in their own world’. This is often a coping mechanism they have adopted to withstand living in such a frantic world of chaotic energy.
Practices to Manage and Strengthen your Gift
For me I have unknowingly adopted several practices over the years, which have helped me to establish balance and stability. I find quiet times invaluable, with limited electrical equipment in my home, being in Mother Nature and connecting with her, to help ground my energy. The purchase of several, although not expensive, crystals to help protect, cleanse and strengthen my energy field. Regular exercise also helps to release any build-up of unwanted tension and energy. However the most profound has been regularly meditation and I believe this is the most powerful way to stay true to yourself.
Emotional Detachment and Dissociation
The hardest lesson for me, which I am still trying to master, is practising emotional detachment. In psychology there are two meanings to this, firstly the ‘inability to connect’ with others emotionally and secondly (the one which empaths must practice) is ‘dissociation’; the decision to avoid engaging in emotional connections. At first I thought this would be an impossible task and that by doing this I would lose my compassionate and understanding qualities, but in fact it meant that I could be of more service to others. By creating more definite energetic boundaries, I could allow others to feel their emotion without taking them on as my own. By remaining impartial I could allow for a stronger space for others to release in order for me to engage for much longer periods.
I still sometimes find the media and news overwhelming (so I chose not to watch it) and I still cry easily over a sad film, because this is who I am, but I am now able to do what I believe I came here to do. Help and heal others, especially on an emotionally level. I am now a Reiki Master, Metatronia Therapist and Exercise Specialist and I know my own trials, tribulations and experience have been invaluable lessons, which without I would not have been able to take the path that I have.
This is only my view-point, my experience, and you will have your own, possible very different views and experiences too. However, I do hope that for those empaths who read this, it gives them hope, encouragement and the knowing that you are not alone and for everyone else, I hope it has given you at least some insight as to the more sensitive nature of some souls.
Guest article by Emma Bradshaw of Healing 2 Health January 2013
- The Age of Empathy (realityofone.wordpress.com)
It has been a while since I have connected with my intuitive side. It has been something that I consciously shut down, hitting the standby button, for an indefinite period. It all came to a grinding halt, when I decided to stop attending a weekly medium-ship development circle.
You see, I have a problem with authority. I hate (strong word, but true) being told what to do and being fed information. I found the lack of control over what I was being relayed was just so tiring, exhausting and personally, soul-destroying. As an “old school” development circle, with strict guidelines and “rules”, I was being boxed in by the instructional medium, who was telling me what I could and could not ask or say.
Just to explain, old school spiritualism is about finding out who is coming though, how they died, a smattering of descriptive information, who they want to talk to and what their message is. There is no room for diversion or actual, tangible spiritual insight. It is a kind of get in, get out conveyor belted process, which had no place in my life.
So, up until very recently, I had parked development. I had no desire to revisit development, well certainly not back into medium-ship development anyway. But my mindset has altered somewhat. I now see the value of developing psychic, intuitive skills and being open to knowing, sensing and feeling what is going on outside the “normal” physical world.
You know that grating feeling in your gut when you just know something is not right or you have an idea, it’s a good idea, yet like day old milk, it’s just on the turn? Well that is your psychic self, giving you the heads up, the skinny and the deliciously enticing teaser, telling you to back down for a while and quit pouring energy into something, that is veering you off the beaten track.
It is funny how things happen (which are totally off the map, in terms of explainable, expected psychic occurrences) to reignite interests. For example, I was invited down to Glastonbury for a “girl’s road trip with a purpose”. We dropped our bags off, at our nightly place of residence, which, incidentally, was labelled a retreat. However, it was far from the Zen inspired place of peace and tranquillity that the name suggested. It was tired and in need of a complete overhaul. Nonetheless, it was relatively clean and the decking, which overlooked undeveloped fallow land, had a clear, uninterrupted view of the Tor.
Anyway, we made our way into town for a spot of lunch. Having placed our order we discussed our brief wander around the town and the coming workshop, that my fellow travellers would be holding the following day. Service at our chosen eatery was a touch on the slow side and my cappuccino had long been demolished when a chap and his wife? Partner? Friend? came into the café.
I looked across to his table and my eyes weirdly widened. I looked at my friend who too had a look of horror on her face. I grabbed my nicotine supply and exclaimed I had to leave immediately, out the back door, and regain my composure. With that, I turned, nearly fell out of the door and made a beeline to the back of the patio seating area.
I giggled, I had no idea why I giggled but I giggled, hoping that the other diners were paying no attention to my utter madness. So, my nicotine intake complete and my composure at a relatively happy equilibrium, I made my way back to our table. I could not explain why the chap unknowingly orchestrated my bolt for the door. My friend, who I would say is much more in touch with her senses, explained that his energy was coming towards me, and far too close for comfort.
So, did this exaggerated “twilight zone” scenario happen to give me a direct, to the point, no holds barred jolt to my system? And why am I killing it with the plethora of clichéd phrases?
OK, so I get it. I made the realisation over the last few months that it is really about living moment to moment and tapping into those momentary feelings, by listening to them and acting on them.
I know, I know, it’s not so cut and dried. How can you live moment to moment when you have a direct debit coming out and pay-day is 3 days shy of the money grabbing programme, imminently dipping in to your bank account and auto raising a big fat ugly charge on your account to boot? Incidents like this place our thoughts and feelings way out into the future and further away from the present. But instead of worrying about it would it not be better to take control of the now? Picking up the phone and telling bully boy bank manager to hold off and put a temporary stay of execution, will make you feel a whole lot better than the insistent churning in your stomach.
And you see, that’s the point. Your intuitive, or gut feeling, is telling you to do something about a situation, to face it and to confront it. Once you have done so, then you can move on, you can relax and just let go of all that tenseness.
Be assertive with your intuition. If something doesn’t feel right then take action to change it, if something has been playing on your mind explore your feelings more in-depth, if someone is annoying you then let them know (nine times out of ten they won’t even know it’s annoying!). When you have faced something, you have previously brushed aside or put off, you will feel so much more at ease.
I do believe that, although not a beautiful, spiritually life changing occurrence in the Glastonbury café, I was supposed to reconnect with my intuitive self, not as a tool to predict the future, but to re-affirm that I should be listening to what my body/mind (and soul) is telling me and to stop pigeon-holing intuition, with my experience of old school medium-ship As they say, “The problem is not the problem; the attitude to the problem is the problem”. Or in my case, the attitude to intuition was the problem!
In a nutshell, your intuition is there to guide you, not to deceive you or lead you down some dark and dismal path. So just go with it!
- Why “Psychic” is an Outdated Term (omtimes.com)
- Halloween challenge: psychics submit their powers to a scientific trial | Chris French (guardian.co.uk)
Christmas is a time when a death of a family member or a friend is felt tenfold. And not having them around, to share the special day, only amplifies the pain and sorrow. But every once in a while, a song strikes a chord into the very hearts of those who have lost a loved one, bringing hope and comfort, and making it that little bit easier to cope.
The countless messages of thanks, from the grieved across the world, are certainly a strong testament to the newly released track, ‘Jealous of the Angels’ by Jenn Bostic, which was inspired by the loss of her father. As a result, the popularity of ‘Jealous of the Angels’ escalated and thanks to DJ Simon Bates the beautiful angelic message hit Radio 2′s Top 10 Most Played. Jenn has since appeared on BBC Breakfast News, after a tip-off from Fearne Cotton, and is planning a further UK tour in the Spring of 2013.
Holistic Words was given an exclusive opportunity to interview Jenn Bostic, the singer-songwriter of ‘Jealous of the Angels’, to find out; why she believes her father is with the Angels, how he communicates his thoughts to her, where God and spirituality sit within her life and why music can bring healing to the world.
What do you feel when you are creating your music and lyrics?
Music is the only way I can fully express my emotions. Song-writing started as a form of therapy for me after I lost my father in a car accident when I was ten. He had such a large influence on music in my life that it is the one way I feel I can truly still connect with him.
How do you know your Dad is around you?
There are certain times I just feel his presence. I can’t explain it. It’s a feeling I get. A few months after writing “Jealous of the Angels,” my best friend Ashley had a dream in which my dad came to her and said, “Please tell Jenn that I am so proud of her and that I’m at every one of her shows.” That has been something I’ve held very close to my heart.
Are you comforted by your belief that your Dad is watching over you?
Absolutely. Ever since I lost him there has been this desire to know that he is proud of me. When Ashley had that dream it gave me such peace.
What would you say to someone who has lost a loved one?
It’s okay to grieve, it’s healthy to express those painful emotions through tears and talking about what’s happened. There is a time for mourning and there is a time for joy. It’s important to cherish and be grateful for the time we did have with our loved ones who have passed, and while we never will forget them it’s important to keep moving forward and value the people we still have with us. I believe they would want us to live a life of happiness and joy.
Given your song, Jealous of the Angels, would you say that this faith stems from Christianity or Spiritualism?
I was raised in a Christian home and still hold those values and beliefs today. I have seen God use healing through music, turning the most tragic day of my life into a song that so many people have been comforted by.
Do you talk to the Angels/your Dad and do you feel you ever receive a response?
I spend a lot of time in prayer and meditation, although I don’t hear an audible response I feel at peace during this time and am able to think very clearly.
What are the most inspiring words anyone has ever said to you?
After being moved by “Jealous of the Angels,” a man came up to me at a show and said, “There’s a big responsibility behind that song, I hope you know that.” It has really stuck with me, only adding to my desire to share this song with the world.
Who inspires you and why?
My Mom. She is an absolutely amazing woman who has handled single motherhood after my dad’s passing with grace and love. She managed to remain positive, encouraging and strong after losing the love of her life. It’s overwhelming to sit back and think about how much she has sacrificed for my brother and I. I love her with all my heart.
Do you believe in the power of positive thinking/thoughts and if so how do you keep yourself positive?
Yes! There is so much power in positive thinking. As I mentioned early, it has taken sixteen years, but I have seen the most horrific event of my life turn into a song that is healing people around the world. Even if things don’t make sense in the now, it’s so important to remain positive and keep pressing through. I love this quote:
Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world. ~ Jane Addams
You have just completed a tour of the UK. How was the reception and how did it differ from the USA?
This recent tour of the UK supporting Christian Kane was absolutely incredible. I was welcomed with loving open arms, and I met so many incredible people who were truly touched and moved by the music. I have been performing for years in the US, growing and learning, finding my voice. All of the hard work I’ve put in here has been paying off in both areas. Although there have been more doors opened to me in the UK, I am very grateful for the continued support I get from all over the world.
I have been told on countless occasions that the “Jealous of the Angels” lyric carries the words that those who are grieving can’t seem to find. As a songwriter there is no greater compliment and I am honoured to be a part of something that is so much bigger than me.
Have you received any personal responses, from listeners or DJ’s, when your song has been played on Radio 2?
The response has been great. I have received a number of emails, tweets, Facebook posts from listeners as well as feedback from a few radio DJ’s, saying that their phones “ring of the hook” whenever the song is played. I am absolutely humbled by the response.
Have you set the dates for your next UK tour yet, and if so, where will you be playing?
The dates have not yet been set, but I look forward to coming back in the very near future. Information is constantly being update on www.jennbostic.com.
Why have you released the album in the UK first, as opposed to the US?
As an independent artist, it is very important to focus the resources we have toward proper promotion. “Jealous of the Angels” has received radio support in the UK, and the response has been too overwhelming not to follow it up with an album. I look forward to sharing it with the rest of the world shortly.
Competition is very fierce for the Christmas number one and the odds for Jealous of the Angels is 33/1. What would it mean to you if you hit the number one spot?
It is so humbling to even be considered for the Christmas number one. There are so many incredible songs in the running that I would be completely overwhelmed if “Jealous of the Angels” landed at the top. Regardless of what number it is, I just pray it brings comfort to those who are missing lost loved ones this Christmas.
Are you healthy and how do you look after yourself?
Eating healthy and exercising regularly is very important to me. It affects every part of daily life. I like to spend the first half an hour of my day reading, praying and/or meditating. It really helps to clear my mind and start the day on a positive note.
What does your ideal weekend look/feel like?
Spending quality time with people the I love, eating good food, listening to music, playing board games, attending concerts.
What is your ultimate ambition?
I want to share my music with as many people as possible. I have been fortunate enough to see the healing power it can have and I want to continue seeing that on a larger scale with new songs as well. The ultimate goal for me has always been to someday win a Grammy, but I have already been blessed with so much more than I deserve.
If you were not a singer/songwriter, what would you be?
A music teacher. I received my degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music in 2008, and absolutely love inspiring others to play music. Music has played such an important role in my life and I’m not sure where I would be without it. Helping others discover that love of music is a definitely a passion of mine.
What’s next for Jenn?
On December 29th, I’m so excited to be playing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. I have been dreaming about singing on this stage since I was a little girl! I’m also hoping to be performing over in Europe sometime in early 2013.
‘Jealous Of The Angels’
UK single release is out now
The words seemed to flow from pen to paper with such speed that it made me ponder, just a little.
I am not saying it is a channelled message but given the ease in which it formed, I still feel I should lend some remark to the energy and power to the written words.
The narrative is presented in the third person, rather than me directly talking to you, the reader, which I also find a little odd…perhaps I am supposed to be detached in some way…or may be it was a personal teaching, for me to understand.
Well, here it is in all its unedited shortness:
Initiating Internal Power
Giving people back their power is about lending them the tools to provoke meaningful, life changing questions of themselves. It is about placing the onus back on them, in a guiding way.
Instead of telling them what to do you are re-empowering their creative thought patterns, for them to guide themselves, by reconnecting with their own intuition and inner guidance system.
It gives them the freedom to search their own inner self, to create the answers to those burning, all important, life-purpose questions. Thus, allowing them to understand their own thought patterns and feelings.
By allowing them to come to their own personal conclusions and therefore, creating their own decisions – through unbiased guidance and helping them to see things from all perspectives – they will feel their internal power strengthen and see the never-ending possibilities and opportunities available to them.
- Healing with The Power of Positive Affirmations (part three) (positiveprovocations.com)
FREE….….a word that always catches the eye. It draws us in, we want to find out more, and being a cynical bunch, we want to check the small print to find that all illusive catch. Free has become a staple, a highly lucrative commodity in today’s society and if something is truly free, or you are given the choice to pay only what you can afford, it becomes a very inciting, welcomed opportunity.
Holistic and non-religious spiritual therapies and practices have escalated in price over the last few years, simply because it is now a recognised industry, with very marketable products. Something that used to cost no more than lunch and a cup of coffee has increased so much that the average person views complementary or spiritual therapy as a high cost luxury they can do without.
However, things are changing. Perhaps the doom casters have directly engineered that change, by creating an urgent need to get spiritual practices out to the masses. It only takes one person in the spiritual community to change their business plan and wallop! A tiny ripple of change soon turns in to a major charitable tidal wave. Now, the “those that have” are being joined by “the have not’s”. People at the opposite ends of the pay scale are developing spiritually, on equal ground and equal footing.
Non-profit organisations, such as the London College of Spirituality and the London Spiritual Movement, have led the donation field in the UK, by switching from set fees to donation based talks and workshops. Vaz Sriharan from the LCS told me, “The response has been phenomenal and most events are packed out. With our donations, our facilitators can access hundreds of individuals as opposed to a few. Their message reaches a far wider audience, allowing many to be transformed and everyone benefits.” Simply by offering skills, knowledge and expertise on a donation basis, light-workers are actually hitting a demographic that may not have paid full whack.
At the other end of the spectrum, I recently followed a Facebook post written by a very well-known spiritual name, announcing the release of a new DVD. What followed was a bombardment of comments such as “does this mean that only those people of a particular wealth level are going to be able to benefit? What happens for everyone else who can’t afford or doesn’t know about it?” and, “….if it was as important as you say then why don’t you do it for free? Spiritual ‘gurus’ make money in other ways……There needs to be more balance within spirituality and asking of money for such things.”
I kind of get their point. Why? Well, the tone was just all wrong. If it had not come from them directly then their social media team need a severe talking to! You really cannot tell people to spread the word and make sure everyone knows about, as it is so important everyone watches it, at a price of X amount for the web link and X amount for the hard copy DVD. Really? Are you serious? Surely if you feel so passionate about something, and really believe everyone in the world needs the information immediately, then would you not gift that information?
Perhaps I am being a little unfair; perhaps I am missing the whole picture. Yes, in this particular case, there are costs involved in producing a film. But, the internet is a global community and if you do have an urgent message to get out there, then YouTube does not cost a penny – and has a far wider reach than any boxed DVD.
Of course a spiritual or holistic “business” needs to provide the facilitator with funds, in order to live and meet day-to-day life commitments. They really cannot ignore mortgage or rent payments, they cannot live on fresh air pie and a duck under the table they need to provide at least the basic essentials for themselves and their family. Yet, there are many opportunities for the sector to give something back, by lowering monetary expectations, which benefits everyone involved – financially and spiritually.
However, with the good comes the bad, where there is light there is always dark. The polar ends are ever-present, even in those who profess to be spiritual. You know the score; the free talk that leads to an hour-long promotion of the “latest new offering” or “BOGOF” deal. But what I have been privy to, and witnessed with my own eyes, is the level of donations that are made. Some feel it in their hearts to gift the full suggested donation, while others – with sheepish, zero eye contact – take the donation envelope (which of course is there to extend the privacy of said donation giver), handing it back as quick as a flash and purposefully making a quick exit. I have even seen a two for one offer, or rather two people donating £5 (approx $8) in one envelope for a 3 hour workshop!
We have no doubt all seen such behaviour, in the regular and spiritualist churches, as the donation plate or pouch is ushered between the isles. People jiggling their pockets, in a bid to assure onlookers that they have cash and are gladly donating their entire pocket full with glee, only to create the magicians sleight of hand by clinking the change already placed.
Wow! Either I am psychic, spectacularly observant or I am under no illusion that people are people and my inner cynic raises its ugly head far to often.
Any way, I have digressed slightly….
There are many opportunities for everyone to experience great spiritual teaching and introductions into holistic therapies and services, at a fraction of the cost. Why not check out your local groups, meet-ups and social networking sites as you may be surprised at what’s out there. Just remember that the organisers, teachers and mentors need to keep the doors open, travel to and from the venues and donate their time just for you.
There is so much talk to the significance of December 21, 2012 the end of the Mayan calendar. Is the world coming to an end?
No, the world isn't coming to a screeching halt but rather it is the end of an age, the Piscean era. For the last 2000 years, the earth has been living in a 3rd chakra consciousness, a me centered consciousness.
This is one of those real but surreal tales, one of those that make people with children shiver. Beyond that initial chill, the unexplained effects in this story make people tinkle with nervous laughter, because, as everyone knows, these things happen only in fairy tales or in Stephen King novels. But, deep down inside, we all know that these things really happen.
Guest Poem & Artwork
A Return to Innocence
She stands so small, so trusting, so loving, her heart wide open to the world around her
She gazes and looks upon her world enjoying the magic as it unfolds, excited by the blessing this life brings
This magic is in the blossom as it opens
Its colour beautifies the world in a way she adores
She desires to be this beauty to the world some day
She takes a hand she trusts, unaware of what will become of this connection.
She looks in love at this person and smiles.
Soon the trust and the smile fade.
Her world of magic torn apart.
Her trusting gaze becomes one of suspicion.
Her open heart becomes closed in pain.
Her life spirals into a current of uncertainty.
She no longer knows who she is or what her purpose is.
The beauty of the world seems tainted
The joy of the seasons evade her
The love connection between herself and another poisons her further
She doesn’t understand
She in a cloud of darkness as she desperately searches for this feeling of love and magic, in a world that seems so alien yet has become so normal
A rocky path she continues to follow long after that first cut into her heart
She allows many wounds and cuts to enter her
She feels powerless in world dominated by a mind that knows only fear
She spirals to a point of no return and suddenly her search changes
She begins to take a stand
The universe brings her a gift
This gift is the hope that changes her world forever
She begins to slowly return and strength she did not know surfaces within her
It propels her to look at herself in a new way
This new-found sight births a new wave of power
She is a warrior of light
She has a desire to shine bright
To heal herself one wound at a time
She finds solace within the eyes of her children
Her soul begins to awaken once more
She uses them as a force behind her to change her world to become more for them
This leads to many wonderful experiences
She begins to feel and trust in love again
She allows her self to begin to love oneself a little more each day
Her beauty in the world begins to show
Her laughter Strength and Joy begins to become part of her daily world
Her soul is ready for a true love connection
A soul love a bringing together of two halves
Her family is now complete
Her dreams are beginning to come true
The magic of her world is beginning to feel alive again
She hears the world whispering there is more
You reap what you sow my child
Life is a journey
Where do you wish to go? What do wish to sow?
Her soul’s whispers become louder
As she moves through the chapters in her life her heart becomes stronger
Her desire to change her inner and outer world takes hold
Each new day births new moments to treasure
Yet she is still half asleep her connection is not fully ignited
Suddenly the fire of her soul awakens her with a bolt
She sees and hears and experiences the love of all that is
The connection undeniable and changes her in a way so profound
She has felt it the presence of Creation
She knows it’s real
She hears the Angels sing
The Angels speak with love to her
Guiding her forward
They tell her she has work to do
She has a life to live
She has much to give
She is indeed a beauty in the world
She is inspired
The magic begins to unfold again
The flowers look more radiant than ever
The skies are blue; the bird’s song carries her through her days
This soul connection is her truth
The sun shines in the rain
She dances within excited by what the world will bring her way
She begins the journey back to herself
She paints love back into her life
Bringing all soul parts that left in the darkness and fear
As she returns to innocence
Innocence so pure
Written By Genevieve McGee
To accompany the Artwork entitled “A Return to Innocence”
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- The Joyful Journey (holisticwords.wordpress.com)
We needed to scratch an itch, well it had been a while. Not really sure why we stopped it just happened naturally; like bread going stale or no longer listening to a favourite tune, that had been played to death.
But then we had both decided not to continue down that path. We were no longer learning anything different and, it is fair to say, we do not fair well in the same old routine.
Nevertheless, we still set off to a new place. We had never been there before, so it was inevitable that we got a bit lost (actually, we drove passed it twice), then we had trouble gaining access through the security doors.
Was this an omen?
Well, we made it in the end. Entering the room, we sat in a row that did not shout ”eager” with a blatant sign reading “Pick me!” and settled in. Observing and watching the people around us it did seem friendly, warm, buzzy and organised. Then a lady, who we had met a few years ago, took to the stage. She introduced herself, welcomed everyone and announced the evenings proceedings.
First up was a young teenager who began to read a poem she had written especially for the evening, then one of the guests were invited to give an address, a thought for the week. And it was time. The main reason why people had congregated.
The two guests, a husband and wife team stood up and demonstrated their skill.
I knew way before the gentleman stood up, that he would come straight to us. And he did. He began to reel off descriptions, names, events, memories and months of significance. Unfortunately, probably through no fault of his own, we could not place the names or descriptions. But some of the points he picked up did relate to our lives. The couple then took it in turns, linking with the Spirit World and relaying the information to the chosen few in the room.
The final notice was read and the service was over. Like most Spiritualist Churches you can stay afterwards, have a coffee and chat with the staff. So I went and grabbed two coffees and my husband and I sat down and kind of mused. We were puzzled. We still did not understand why, after well over a year, we had revisited a Spiritualist Church in the first place. Were we supposed to hear something? Were we supposed to meet someone? Were we supposed to feel something?
Anyway, we finished our coffee and made for the door, thanking the staff and the mediums en route, still feeling a little off keel. On the drive home we both agreed, again, that the Spiritualist Church was not for us. But I think we needed that confirmation, to be able to put it to bed once and for all.
It is not that I do not agree with the Spiritualist Churches or the Mediums that serve, what makes me uncomfortable is the whole “church” feel. You see I’m not too good at taking orders, listening to authority (my old boss could vouch for me on that point!) and anything that has even the slightest microscopic whiff of dogma and I run a mile. OK, I get they are trying to become a recognised faith, both nationally and internationally, so I really should cut them some slack. The staff members do not get paid and the serving Clairvoyant Mediums work darn hard, only receive basic travel expenses and may even be treated to a sandwich or two before they go.
So I think the reason my husband and I went to the service was to reaffirm and understand our own beliefs.
You see, we were both trained as mediums, through the Spiritualist Church format of teaching. My husband still uses his Mediumship and has a strong connection with those in Spirit. In addition, I respect each and every Medium across the globe. But I know that it is not for me, I just don’t have that overwhelming, burning desire to practice Mediumship and I know that it is not my life purpose.
But I feel disappointed that our visit to the Spiritualist Church did not offer some kind of solace. I’m not even sure what I mean by that statement. Perhaps I was looking for something that was never there in the first place.
Just to clarify, I am talking specifically about the Spiritualist Church philosophy, of proving the existence of the Spirit World/life after death. So the point I am trying to make is; most people who go to the Spiritualist Church are veterans, old hats, that have been going, and listening to the same old thing, for years – even decades.
Actually, it has just dawned on me, I have answered my own question.
I believe there is a veritable Smörgåsbord (don’t you just LOVE that word?). An infinite assortment of ways to enrich our lives, other than being told you have an issue with a fence or you’re eating too little and that your “other half” can eat for Britain. Don’t they realise that the person in front of them already knows that? Yes, hearing from Dad, Nan, Granddad etc. is comforting and nice to know they are around, and there does need to be a section of clarification, but is it not time the Spiritualist National Union thought outside the box?
Why don’t they teach Spiritualist Mediums how to really work their Spirit Guides? Give the people a real, tangible, holistic insight into life, what it is all about, what really lies beyond, what they can do with their lives and inspire and drive home the purpose of being here?
I just don’t know. (throwing hands in air)
What do you think?
- An Interview with Ross Bartlett (holisticwords.wordpress.com)