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Month: March 2011

Just Sing!

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My aim with this post is to keep it a lot shorter.  Let’s see how that goes…My holiday themed year continued last weekend when we traveled to Margaret River to spend time with two gorgeous families who have made the shift from Perth to the country.  Here is a snap of April with her friends climbing on rocks at Gracetown Beach.

This week I went along to a wonderful evening of community song with composer and singer Chris James.  I have a couple of his CDs of inspirational and healing music which I use to create a peaceful energy in our home and also to play while I am seeing people for energy balancing and flower essence consultations.  On Tuesday night we all (over 100) crowded into a hot and stuffy hall in North Fremantle and then after only a few minutes of guidance from Chris, proceeded to sing in perfect tune with one another.  This felt amazing and sublimely sacred.  I shed a few tears of joy and gratitude and then proceeded to soak it in as fully as I could.  It felt to me and perhaps to many of my fellow singers that the time has truly come for us to join together as humans on this planet and see how we are the same.  Hearing how we were able so quickly and effortlessly to harmonise with one another was so uplifting.  I see it as a metaphor for our world. From his loving intention to help people find their natural singing voice, Chris James creates little communities of harmony, peace and joy.  What an inspiring way to live!

So, when in doubt, take in some soft, gentle breaths and sing from your heart.  It’ll make you happy!

Good day to you all.

Love and musical blessings

Tricia

Keep Your Mind Open to Get the Good Stuff

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Hello everyone.  Thanks for spending this time reading my message for today.  This week I have been learning – quicker and more thoroughly than usual – the value of rest and recuperation.  I have had a busy time over the last four weeks or so meeting three or four new clients each week.  This has been wonderful and I have noticed an acceleration in the development of my intuitive skills and spiritual awareness over this period.  The week away in Rottnest was a lovely break, but being away from home and out of my usual routine is a little stressful for me and often puts me out of balance physically.  I clearly still need to learn a lot more about letting go and relaxing when on holiday.  Towards the end of our trip my itchy eyes problem flared up again and I have spent the last six days calmly trying to remedy it and understand from a mind/body perspective what triggers this reaction.

Asking for information about this in meditation gave me some clues but it didn’t feel like the whole picture.  Yet again my inquiring mind got the better of me as I tried to place the messages I received in meditation into the framework I had already formed in my mind.  It all became much clearer to me yesterday morning and I devoted my day to being outside in the fresh air, doing my first yoga class in three months and having a long meditation session.  Today my eyes are much improved and hopefully I will wake up tomorrow morning minus the bags and extra wrinkles.

Sometimes a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, as it prevents us from seeing each day, person and event with fresh eyes.   How often do you find that you have made up your mind about a particular issue only minutes or even seconds after it has come into your awareness?  I feel it is a natural part of human nature to make sense of and categorize information as quickly as possible, as this makes us feel safe and secure.  Once we ‘know’ how we feel or think about a person, idea or situation we seem to make a choice to either engage with it or reject it.  Engaging usually results in us feeling emotions like empathy, sympathy, compassion, love, admiration and enthusiasm.  When we reject a person, idea or event by judging them as wrong or bad we are separating ourselves from them and effectively saying, “this is not me and I can not identify with it/him/her”.  My message for today is that we are all everyone and everything. Inside each of us there is the potential for every emotion, thought and behaviour that any human being has ever displayed.  This is important because when we feel love, acceptance and compassion for others on this planet we raise our own and the planet’s capacity to feel love and peace.  We are all connected and can all support one another to live better lives.

The Australian Bush Flower Essence for prejudice and judgement without prior experience is  Freshwater Mangrove Essence .  The Bush Essence for increasing our understanding that we are all one and that we are all supported by universal love is Sydney Rose.  Feel free to click through to the website to learn more.

Love to you all

Tricia

Full Moon Reinvention and Renewal

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Happy full moon!  I hope you all saw it last night, so mesmerisingly beautiful.  Before I go on though, my apologies for the lateness of this blog.  We were at Rottnest Island for a family holiday last week and I missed my usual Thursday blog session.  We had a lovely relaxing break with some great friends and all our children.  Much swimming, cycling, reading, laughing and eating was done and we are now making the adjustment back to normal life.

Harry in quiet repose at sunset on Rotto

During our holiday I finished reading Eat, Pray, Love. I think I was probably the last woman aged between 30 and 50 in the developed world to have read it but I feel everything happens in perfect time.   I loved this book and took a lot of comfort from Elizabeth Gilbert’s starkly honest portrayal of her travails, both geographical and emotional.  I took comfort because the book I have written (although yet to be completed or published) about my life as a new mother facing the challenge of reinventing myself to live a life that reflects who I truly am, has meant sharing some pretty brutal facts about who I was, in order to flesh out the changes I have been through.  What I love about the process of revealing oneself in the written form though, is knowing that the less perfect we are, the better others can relate to us and connect to our story.  I have found this again and again in the massive array of self-help and spiritual books I have read in the last 20 years.  When authors such as the inspiring Miranda Holden, share the essential human-ness of themselves by describing the low points in their lives, as well as how they recovered and moved forward, we as readers can offer our silent compassion and feel a connection to this person though their pain.  Let’s face it, we’ve all got stories.

One of the personal development tools I have used over the years is journal writing.  There are many ways of keeping a journal.  Most people do it sporadically, when they are going through a difficult time or during a wonderful time such as on a holiday.  Another approach to take, and one recommended by Julia Cameron in her book The Artist’s Way (click to go to her website), is to use journal writing as a gradual process of uncovering one’s true self.  Julia recommends writing three pages upon waking every morning, preferably for months at a time.  Her approach is based on the concept that the first two pages are filled with the ego-based nonsense that keeps us stuck in repetitive patterns of self-doubt and self-defeating behaviours.  It is in the third page of writing that the conscious mind, having vented all the pain and frustration held there, relaxes and the soul gets to have its voice.  I did this for only a short time (I’m sorry to admit) when I first read this book about five years ago, and found it very useful.  This practice inspired me to enrol in my first creative writing course and I have been enjoying writing on and off ever since.

The times of the full and new moons are a wonderful opportunity to begin a new practice or let go of an old habit.  I’m feeling that it’s time for me to reinstate this ritual in my morning routine.

Happy writing and reading,

Tricia

 

 

 

 

The Benefits of Heart-Felt Living

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Hello!  It’s good to be back home from my little sojourn in rainy Noosa.  The course was really worthwhile and I met some amazing and lovely women.  So much fun for me to be in a room with so many like-minded souls who don’t bat an eye if you tell them one of your spirit guides was with you in meditation that morning.  Heavens, that sort of information is quite pedestrian.  The teacher asked for a show of hands to establish how many people in the group can see auras and around a third of the class indicated in the affirmative.  I am really excited about these sorts of skills and loved hearing the channeled information some of the women received in our group meditations.  Lots of fun.

The decision to spend the money to travel to Noosa from Perth to do this course brought up some conflicting feelings in me.  My ever-supportive husband said, “if you want to go, go”.   And at first it felt like a no-brainer.  After all, I have had the intuitive knowledge that I would become a Bush Essence teacher for 18 months.  But then my logical, over-analytical mind kicked in with messages like, “well, you know you haven’t been earning any money lately, how can you justify this spending?” and “do you really have what it takes to promote yourself and deliver these courses?”.  Hmm, does your mind sometimes do this to you?  Even though I live mainly by following my intuition these days, old habits are very hard to break, and when I am under stress (did I mention I’m a nervous traveller?), the shy, cautious, wall-flower in me tries to pull me back into line.  I am so very glad I overcame this limiting voice inside me, because  as soon as I settled into the training room with my fellow students last Friday morning, I felt a sense of belonging and my heart said, “YES! These are my people!”

This week has been a very busy week, getting back into mum mode and seeing more new clients.  Ha! My income is growing every week now.  Finally, it feels like my four year apprenticeship is over and I can truly step into my power to be of service to others.   It is a wonderful feeling to be aware that you are aligned with your true purpose in this lifetime and to have the freedom to live it.  I feel so very grateful.

Tuning into your intuition can be as simple as sitting quietly with your breath.  Take some deep breaths down into your tummy and gently tell yourself to “let go, let go, let go”.  This takes some practice, but once you are familiar with your body and your breath, you will experience distinctly different feelings in your body when you contemplate certain decisions you would like to make.  For most of us there is a particular area in the body we could describe as our feeling centre.  For some it is around the heart, it could also be beneath the ribs in the solar plexus or down in our lower abdomen.  When you are connected to your feeling centre, it will let you know by a tensing or relaxing of muscles in that region, how you really feel about any topic you care to think about.  Give it a try, it’s sometimes a scary way to live but ultimately more rewarding than being slaves to our pre-programmed minds.

The Bluebell Essence is a wonderful heart-opening and expanding flower essence and is a stunning flower too!

Love and learning

Tricia

Mum Breaks Free! (it’s just four nights)

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Bottlebrush in Fremantle

I’m writing my blog early this week, as early tomorrow morning I hop in a taxi and zoom to the airport to fly to Noosa in Queensland to attend three days of training to become a teacher in Australian Bush Flower Essence courses.  I’m stuck somewhere between: Yay!! and Oh, my golly gosh, this sort of solo travel to somewhere I have never been sort of scares me!  Ah well, I’m on the home stretch to take off now and I’m pretty excited to be getting away on my own and to learn about stuff that I really, truly love.

In preparing for little trips like this it always amazes me how complicated running a household and getting two kids to school and home each day suddenly seems when the person who normally does it all is absent.   The amount of brain power that has gone into ensuring (fingers crossed) the next few days run smoothly for the family has been about the same as organising my whole trip!  The strain has come from having to think analytically about what I actually do and what needs to be arranged to keep everything happening as per usual.  In one slightly surreal moment I had to phone my friend who is having my daughter after school tomorrow to ask her what street number her house is, as my husband hasn’t been there before and he is picking her up.   I have been there many times in the two years she has lived there, but I didn’t have the number written down anywhere.  Removing myself from my children’s lives for even four days is a very odd experience and makes me feel like I have been living in a sort of alternate universe where what I do for the family is now so much a part of me, it is taken for granted even by me.  Of course, I happily choose this role and my husband works hard at his job.  This time away just highlights how firmly delineated our roles are at the moment.

The Bush Essence for mother/child bonding and adapting smoothly to change as our children grow, is the Bottlebrush  Essence (photo above).  This week I have been taking the Gymea Lily Essence to help me to step forward confidently in following my life purpose.

February was a lovely month for me as I came to the end of my recent ‘new client drought’ and saw a new client every week.  I actually earned some money and it feels really good.  March has begun well too as I saw another new client today.  What triggered this new influx of people to my door was a visit from Adelaide of a good friend from mothers’ group who, while she was here, recommended me to a couple of her friends.  In preparing to see the first of these friends I came to the decision to change the way I would conduct the session and do away with the massage table.   Instead I did the whole session; counselling,  energy work and flower essence selection, with us both seated at my kitchen table and it seemed to work really well.  The funny thing is, I have been toying with the idea of not getting clients to lie down on the table for months now, but didn’t have the confidence to make the change.  It wasn’t until I had had a couple of months over the school holidays of seeing no clients at all that this suddenly felt OK to me.

Also, I have been getting on with finishing my book and writing with greater ease and clarity than ever before.  So, there you are, everything happens in the right way in the right time when we ask for this from God.  It has been a powerful strain on my patience but that again is something I need to learn more about.  I’ll report next week on my time in Noosa and will no doubt have a tale to tell of my further enlightenment.  Travel does expand the mind so!

Love to you all

Tricia