How to Set Yourself Up for a Happy 2019!
2018 was an intense year for many of us and for me it required me to remain focused and clear on what I wanted. 2018 required resilience as the waves of intensity just kept coming and so during these times is when we all needed to come together to support one another through the shifts . As our wounds are exposed and the parts of ourselves that were lost had the opportunity to come home and this window of intense healing which started on 11/11/18 continues through to 11/1/2019. The spirals of energy this past year were fast as we were pushed through our healings and shifts to higher levels of consciousness.
We are completing a 7 year cycle from 2012-2019 and so the gift from all of this is that all that rose to the surface for healing, all that fell apart over the past seven years ( and particularly the past 2) has happened to enable new opportunities and a new way of being from 2019. For those who have faced many challenges in the past, a lot of the hard work has been done and so this next 7 year cycle has the potential for new opportunities, growth and expansion. For those who haven’t faced their challenges yet, expect them to come in quickly with an opportunity for the challenges and wounding to be addressed and healed to enable a new way for the new 7 year cycle. No matter where we are on our path, continuing to allow the highs and lows and developing resilience will be key to our success moving through 2019.
January is for me an important time to set new intentions and re-establish our daily rituals. Taking time to meditate gives clarity and enables our intuition and soul messages to be heard. These moments of stillness are where these insights and knowledge can come to the surface. Some of the rituals to keep our positive energy levels up are:
If there are any residual negative energies that you want cleared, take the time to cut the chords with any who you are ready to release from world and you may want to do a fire ceremony as a final release of any energies, emotions, mind programs and then set up an altar with your new intentions. Remember to use bright colours, sacred geometry, flowers, cards, and any objects or crystals that are sacred to you to support you to achieve what you want.
Here's to a fantastic year for us all !
I am offering a monthly mentoring program in 2019 for those who want support to maintain their practices in managing their energies and developing their intuition and spiritual gifts. If you are interested in joining this program, opt-in here and I will contact you to establish if the program is right for you. This program is only for those who are commited to their healing path and wanting to take their healing and practices to the next level and it will be limited to only 10 participants.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always found myself needing time alone in nature. It was my place to go for rest, reflection and healing, way before I consciously started on my shamanic path.We all know how much better we feel when we go hiking in nature, swimming in the ocean, walking barefoot on the earth. Serotonin levels lift our moods as we enjoy the sunshine, the earth suffuses our bodies with negatively charged free electrons and water is filled with minerals to help us relax, boost our immunity and balance our nervous system. There are so many shifts that occur on a physical and mental level.
Edward O. Wilson, a Harvard University biologist, naturalist and entomologist, used the term 'biophilia" to describe his hypothesis that we have an instinctive bond with nature and the other organisms on earth because we have spent most of our evolution ove the past three million years in nature and therefore an innate love for it. Due to our dependance on nature, he hypothesised that we are linked to it physically, emotionally and cognitively.
Steven C Bourassa a professor in urban planning wrote in an article in Environment and Behaviour that in order to understand our relationship to the environment, we must understand both our cognitive and emotional interactions with it.
I believe nature offers us a deeper understanding and remembering of our true selves. Given we are all interconnected, my experience with nature is that nature brings me back to my true self and it is when I am dis-connected from nature, I am disconnected from myself and vice-versa. Nature brings so many messages signs and signals, it is the reflection of my own world and the path back to myself, if I listen. And so I try to be conscious, to notice what is happening around me, to notice the butterfly in front of me, the grasshopper sitting on my plant and the eagles flying overhead. When I'm walking on the tarmac to onto my plane, I notice the clouds, feel the breeze and I listen more carefully for what messages the wind has for me ;and when I get back to the water, I listen to what she has to say. So I first see, hear or feel the messages nature has for me and then I interpret what the meaning is for me.
When I travel to the desert, out to the Hugh River twice a year, I am reminded of how beautiful nature is and how connected we are. On my most recent trip with SOTEMS, we explored further our connection with nature. We walked through different landscapes and noticed what gifts each landscape had to offer us and so the specific gifts of different locations came through and the messages they held for me came through mentally and physically. I received pictures, messages, symbols and I felt the different emotions in each location and noticed the different responses of my power animal.
Art made with the gifts from the earth provided the perfect expression for my connection to nature and an even greater understanding of my own inner world and its expression into the outer. It began as each piece called me to it and so the messages began to flow through from the moment I collected the pieces I was to work with. As I worked on the art, many tears were shed, I laughed, became frustrated as I grieved the loss of one of my best friends, worked through the traumas of the previous year, of past lives and all that linked to the emotions as I grappled with my place in it all. And so connecting and working with these pieces of nature gifted me with so much healing as I watched myself there, processing, I observed my emotions, reactions and natural processes and ways for handling it all.
As I look back at the various pieces I created from the stone and wood around me over those 12 days in the desert, I saw my story, my healing and the path ahead. Some of the most powerful healing, gentle, strong and transformational work I have done. The gift of sleeping in a swag in nature with nothing but the basics, there is no other distraction, no escape from myself, allowing the space for a much deeper connection, a 'rawness' which exposes all that is there to be seen, felt and known and with that comes a more embodied experience for the interconnection of all.
Whenever I have moments of losing my connection, moments where I forget who I am, I go back to nature and the earth and they remind me that I am all around and I am within so I need look no further. As I go in, I open out and allow that I am and we are.. we have just forgotten. And so I thank nature for bringing me back.
Recently, there has been a lot in the media on the importance of gut health and research suggesting gut microbes may influence brain development and behaviour
And links to gut health and gut bacteria with PCOS
I was also listening to a great interview on the Total Wellness Summit last week, when Dr Josh Axe and Jon Gabriel spoke on various aspects of gut health
Gave some interesting facts about our guts.
Did you know that?
The Journal of American Medical Association recently published an article which stated that if you have had a course of antibiotics in a year, you double your risk of cancer ( because 70% of our immune system is located in our gut)
So, the digestive tract, is crucial for detoxification, nutrient absorption and immunity. So, what can we do to help keep our gut healthy?
I have recently been doing a Vegan Cooking Course and we were given a recipe for making Kombucha from Organic Forrest. Here is a recipe for you to make your own Kombucha.
What is Kombucha you may ask? It is a living health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the Kombucha culture. There isn’t as much research on the benefits of Kombucha as there is on fermented milk products. It has been shown to have similar antibiotic, antiviral and anti-fungal properties in lab tests. There is a lot of experiential evidence from people using Kombucha over many years, including improvements in energy levels, metabolic disorders, allergies, digestive problems, chronic fatigue, arthritis, skin problems and candida.
So here is the recipe for you:
Tea bags-Green and black
Kombucha S.C.O.B.Y ) + Starter Culture
1. Start with 1 Kombucha starter culture and 100ml of liquid in a jar
2. Replace the screw top lid of the jar for either muslin or cheese cloth and secure with a rubber band to allow the bubbles of gas that develop in the fermentation process to be released and prevent contamination Otherwise, release the gas build up daily.
3. Make 400ml of tea ( 1 tea bag and 400ml of filtered water left for 10 minutes) and stir 1 heaped tablespoon of sugar. Allow to cool
4. Take a 1-2 litre jar and add your Kombucha culture with the cooled tea into the bottle. ( or can use a beer brewing fermenter/tub if making larger amounts)
5. Leave for 8-10 days in a dark, war spot ( longer if you want depending on taste preferences). Keep out of the sun and don’t use a metallic spoon to taste.
6. When you are happy, decant it into brew bottles, leaving a few centimetres at the top of the brew bottles and leaving abut 150ml in your starter culture.
7. To make a secondary ferment, use herb tea, ( may not work as well), dried fruit, juice or essential oils in the mix and leave another 3-5 days.
( ref: Organic Forrest)
Happy Kombucha making!