FULL MOON MARCH – The End of a Cycle

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Hi everybody

I almost didn’t write a newsletter this week, due to what feels a bit like a tidal wave moving through my life. Without going into the details, on deep reflection, I’ve realised that this often happens at this time of the year for me and when I look at my personal astrology chart, I can clearly see the cycles and areas that need to shift.. so watch this space!

On my retreat in Cape town this coming weekend and in my March Art & Soul  workshops,  we’ll be working with the theme Ebb and Flow, and exploring the cycles of our lives, how to understand them and move through them with grace (not always so easy for us human doings – and I speak for myself here!).

I used to be married to a surfer, who spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours on and in the ocean.  One of the most valuable things he ever shared with me, was his take on the sea’s rhythms, which are echoed in some way throughout the natural world, which includes us!

At any point a surfer is:

  • Hanging out, waiting for a wave (in the trough) – surfers spend a lot of time doing this!
  • Paddling like crazy to catch the wave (climbing) – a test of strength, courage and determination
  • Riding the wave (enjoying) – a time of exhilaration, when all the waiting, effort and hard-earned skill finally pays off.
  • And I’m going to add a fourth one… being dumped by a wave and feeling as if you’re in a washing machine, not knowing which way is up.

He also said that if you feel yourself being washed out to sea, the best thing you can do is to stay afloat and surrender to the current, because eventually it will bring you back to the shore again, probably in a different place, but back to solid ground nevertheless.

And of course his final pearl of wisdom was that “This too shall pass”. Whether you’re waiting, struggling, being tumbled or blissfully riding the wave, it will  change. “Good”  or “bad”, the cycle you’re in has to end and a new one has to begin! It’s a natural law!

Even though we know this innately, we often tend to forget this important fact and spend a lot of our time and energy attempting to ride the crest of the wave all the time, doing our utmost to avoid the waiting, efforting or heaven forbid, the tumbling.

We favour the light above the dark, prefer the highs to the lows and avoid anything resembling a void, at all costs.

And then, if we do go through a time of struggle, we tend to think that we’ve done something wrong, that we’re being punished, that  it shouldn’t be happening. This is where the resistance starts and due to what we resist persisting, the struggle cycle continues… and around we go again.

Even when we know in our heart of hearts that something needs to be changed or released, we  often tend to hang on to it for dear life and then wonder why we’re depressed, stuck, sick, angry or resentful.

Imagine if a tree were to hang onto its leaves in autumn, or if a bear refused to hibernate, or a snake raged against shedding its skin, or a worm tried to prevent itself from dissolving in the cocoon and eventually becoming a butterfly!

 Sounds crazy right?  But we humans are masters at trying to fight natural cycles. We even fight aging, trying desperately to hang on to our youth. Is a red/orange/yellow, mottled leaf uglier than a green one?  Could it be, dare I say, more interesting…. ?

Are age spots and wrinkles REALLY so ugly that we have to erase them or smooth them out?

Much of our society has no value for the elderly whatsoever, actually looking down on them with disdain. How very sad this  is. This  clearly shows our abhorrence of life’s cycles.

When the sun moves through Pisces every year, it’s a cyclical message from the Universe to clear the fields of our souls, so as to prepare for the planting of new seeds when our Solar Power enters Aries and a brand new astrological year begins. Full Moon March Virgo

The tail end of our annual cycle can be accompanied by lethargy, exhaustion, hopelessness, feelings of overwhelm, extreme sensitivity or confusion. It is also a time when we are more open, more intuitive, more fertile and more ready to receive insights and signs from unexpected places!

Right now, we have FIVE planetary bodies in Pisces–( that’s a whole lot of oceanic energy right there), so we’re really being encouraged to release and surrender in no uncertain terms.

FULL MOON IN VIRGO

To help us to do this, in the early hours of Friday 2nd March, we have a Full Moon in Virgo, providing us with a very welcome dose of earthy pragmatism. The role of Virgo is to discern what’s working and what’s not, to separate the wheat from the chaff, to bring pragmatism, practicality and some strategic thinking to our lives.

It might help to think of this full moon as a sturdy, well-crafted  life raft, which we can hop onto and see what’s going on, before adjusting our course for the year ahead.

On the day of the full moon, use her Virgo energy to discern what needs to be released, and set active steps to set this in motion over the next two weeks.

Here are some prompts to assist you with this:

  • Where, who or what are you holding on to that is robbing you of your life force, restricting you, preventing your light from shining?
  • Where might you be resisting change, to the detriment of your heath and well-being?
  • What areas of your life feel chaotic, messy and confusing and what might this be telling you?
  • Where in your life are you ebbing, waiting, flowing or being tumbled and what is this telling you?

After the moon has reached her fullness, she will enter her waning cycle until the New Moon on 17th March, giving us  two weeks to release what needs to be released, before the new annual cycle begins.

See this process over the next two weeks as weeding the fields,  so that you can start planting seeds for  a new crop, starting on the new moon.

Clear the fields well, plant new seeds on the 17th March and they will start sprouting at the Autumn Solstice on 20th  March when the sun enters Aries (more about that in my next blog)

ART & SOUL WORKSHOPS

You might like to consider joining us on Saturday 17th  March for the Ebb and Flow Workshop (or on each Wednesday morning in March) . This is an  opportunity to bring understanding to the cycles you are experiencing, to release what needs to be released and to dream in the new! Email me for details. 

 ASTROLOGY UPDATE

If you’d like to explore what needs to be released and where new seeds need to be planted, book an update session with me and we’ll look at where this energy plays out in your personal chart.

 

In light and life cycles

 

Michelle

I’ll be sharing some insights on this theme on FACEBOOK over the next month. Please join in the conversation

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FULL MOON TAURUS 4TH NOVEMBER

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FULL MOON TAURUS 4th NOVEMBER

Saturday’s  Full moon in Taurus provides a sexy, sensual, earthy container for the intense, penetrating and potentially challenging Scorpio energy of  the moment. With Jupiter being in Scorpio for a whole year, we’re really being urged by the God of the Skies to go deeper, in order to reach our next level of expansion and growth.  See my video where I discussed this a while back.

There’s also a magical, mystical romantic flavour to this full moon which is provided by positive flowing aspects to Neptune, King of the Ocean. This could bring  important soul connections, love matches or help us to take our relationships to a deeper level.  Why not plan a beautiful, sensual ritual for Saturday, with your nearest and dearests this weekend?

THE MERMAID BECKONS

This combined energy reminds me of an alluring mermaid sunning herself on a rock, beckoning us to leave the shallows for a while and follow her into her watery underworld. The mermaid has always been a strong, evocative archetype for all of us (men and women). She  represents the part of us who is wild, free, intuitive and feminine, equipped to navigate both earthly and watery realms.

The picture I’ve used in this post was painted by my friend Toni D’Amant at my last workshop and  exquisitely  depicts the integration and personal power that can be achieved when we embrace both realms.

THE ELEMENT OF WATER

In Astrology, water is  associated with our feelings and planetary activity of the moment provides us with a real opportunity to consider how we are navigating them.

Although it’s perfectly normal to have feelings running through us, many of us have been told that something is vastly amiss when we’re sad, angry, listless, or scared, or when we’re firing on anything less than all cylinders. Many of us have been told repeatedly that we are too sensitive, too soft and that showing our feelings is weak and pathetic.  So, when tricky emotions threaten to surface, we often drown them out via various addictions, occupy ourselves with continual busyness or deny them completely, in the hope that they will just go away. But, they don’t –  whatever we resist really does persist. They will resurface at some point. The dam wall will eventually break.

I find it interesting that western horoscope astrology focuses only on the Sun sign (the active, masculine, outward achieving parts of ourselves) and doesn’t even consider the moon (the feminine part of  us which  connects us with our feelings and our intuition).  When I do a chart, I pay equal attention to both!  Ignoring our feelings is much like chucking our navigational equipment overboard when at sea.

Very often, when I am working with a client, I’ll ask how they process or navigate their emotions. I cannot tell you how often people just stare back at me blankly. I know the feeling. We all do.

We have simply not been given the tools to process our inner waters, which is often mirrored in our relationship with the water in our external world.

This has really been highlighted for me this week by staying in Cape Town, which as you may know, is in the midst of a truly terrible drought and is rapidly running out of water.  Like anything, when something is in short supply or is disappearing, we start to value and appreciate it more. Those who understand the severity of the problem here treat each drop with the utmost care, re-using it wherever possible, wasting as little as possible.

What if we were to nurture our internal waters and feelings in the same way? What if we could acknowledge their preciousness, care for them with compassion and gentleness, find ways of channelling them, rather than pushing them under the surface, denying them or damming the up.

When we visit the deeper waters of our souls from time to time (we don’t need to hang out there permanently) we are usually able to connect with that which we know to be right for us, that which is true and real.

The concern  for many of us is that if we visit the watery underworld, we might never emerge again, that somehow we might get stuck there. This really isn’t my experience. When we find ways to consciously allow our feelings to flow through us, they pass more quickly. When we repress them, they stick around for longer, become stagnant and cause all sorts of issues.

CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER WATERS

At this full moon and over  the next two weeks,  see if you can allow your inner mermaid  to lead the way, beyond the busy, rational, “doing” part of you.

  • On a daily basis, take a few moments to check in with yourself
  • Sit quietly, connect with your 5 senses
  • Notice what you feel in your body
  • Ask how your water is doing:
    • Do you feel that you are drowning in emotion -overwhelmed? – if so, perhaps your water needs to be channelled through some sort of expressive activity.  This could be through talking, journaling, painting, sculpting, dancing, singing, cooking, baking etc . Being outside exercising can evaporate some water, leaving you clearer and lighter.            .
    • Maybe it feels as though your water is moving too fast – your emotions running too quickly. Perhaps they need to be contained – you might just slow down, pause, acknowledge the feelings, without needing to name them.
    • Are you dry or parched – You might need more nourishment, more kindness, more nurturing. Maybe you need to immerse yourself in water, or drink more water, or take some time out
    • Are you feeling stagnant and stuck? Perhaps you need to introduce some movement or more flow into your life. Consider how you might be able to bring more flexibility into your life, or soften into the present moment more often.
    • If you feel that you need some help navigating your inner waters, you might be interested in setting up a Process Session with me. I’ll show you how you can use  creative expression to navigate your emotions.

I leave you with a profound quote written by a Chinese Scholar in the 11th century

“Water is yielding, but all conquering. Water extinguishes fire, or, finding itself likely to, be defeated, escapes as sea and reforms. Water washes away soft earth, or, when confronted by rocks, seeks a way around. It saturates the atmosphere, so that wind dies. Water gives way to obstacles with deceptive humility, for no power can prevent it following its destined course to the sea. Water conquers by yielding, it never attaches, but always wins the last battle.

YOU AS A MERMAID” WORKSHOPS – NOVEMBER

We’ll be exploring the Mermaid theme in my Wednesday classes from 8th October and Saturday workshops on 18th and 25th October. I’ll only run the second one if I gather enough mermaids/ mermen together. Come and frolick in the waves!

ASTROLOGY READINGS AND VOUCHERS

Consider having an update to see where Jupiter in Scorpio is featuring in your chart.  I offer readings in person in Hillcrest and over Skype anywhere else. An ASTROLOGY VOUCHER makes for a great gift.

 

In life and light

 

Michelle

 

Jupiter Scorpio October 2017 to November 2018 – 5 Ways to find your buried Treasure.

JUPITER SCORPIO!  BIG news this week folks as the largest planet in our Solar system moves into Scorpio for the first time in 12 years, on 10th October.  1300 of our earths would fit into Jupiter, to give you some idea.

Astrologically, Jupiter is the bestower of gifts, planet of luck, opportunity, expansion, generosity, higher learning and is connected with man’s search for meaning and wisdom.

In Roman Mythology he was known as the King of the Gods, the Greeks referred to him as Zeus. He’s also known as the God of Thunder and he is certainly making his arrival into the WATER  sign of Scorpio known today – as I write this we are experiencing one of the biggest, loudest storms I have ever known. Zeus is definitely shakin things loose!

For the past year as Jupiter moved  through Libra, you may have experienced growth and learning through increasing your social circle, making new friends, beginning new  relationships, or attempting to find justice, balance, peace and harmony through collaboration and co-operation.

Jupiter Scorpio

When this giant of a planet enters watery, feminine, intense Scorpio, things go to a whole other level.  We can expect big change and transformation over the next few months as  Mercury, the Sun, Venus and then Mars, join Jupiter in Scorpio.

How best to navigate this planetary shift?  Well, the way I see it, Jupiter is asking us to go to a deeper place, in order to find the answers.  It is most often beneath the surface, that we find the treasure.

5 WAYS YOU CAN FIND YOUR BURIED TREASURE

  • Be even more real, open,  honest, authentic – with yourself and others.
  • Bring more intimacy into your lives – “in to me see”
  • Explore and acknowledge your secret self, those parts for you that you might hide from the world – what do they have to tell you?
  • Connect with and process your deeper emotions, even the difficult ones!
  • Ask deep, penetrating questions.
    • What is it that makes me …. (joyful, happy, sad etc)
    • What is this ………..(emotion, illness, discomfort, addiction etc ) trying to tell me?
    • What’s going on beneath the surface in my relationship – with myself, my money,  my significant others?
    • What are my deep beliefs about money?
    • How much do I really value myself?
    • What can I learn from the  situation that is presenting itself right now?
    • How honest can I be with myself and others?
    • What in my life needs to be released, so that something else can be reborn?

ASTROLOGY READINGS 

If you’d like to explore this further, you might want to book an Astrology Reading, to find out where Jupiter is working his magic in your chart and the treasures he has for you!

Or you could come to my Art & Soul Workshop on 18th November – FIND YOUR TREASURE. If you can’t make it on the 18th, I will consider running it again on the 25th November

WORKSHOPS OCTOBER / NOVEMBER

Mandorla Workshop –  21 October Durban – Heal the Rifts in your life

Tapestry of Life          –  28, 29 October Cape Town- Discover your True Potential

Find your Treasure –     18 November –  Durban – Uncover the jewels that  lie beneath the surface

 

In Life and light

Michelle

Astrology 19th to 26th September

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New Moon Virgo – The Trap of Perfectionism

We kick off the next few weeks with a New Moon on 20th September in Virgo, along with Mars, Venus and Mercury.  That’s a whole lot of Virgo Energy, so how best can we work with it?

New moon in Virgo is a great time to plant seeds for a healthier, more organised life.

  • Discern what you need and what you don’t
  • Clear out the clutter
  • Strategise a healthy, practical way forward

Chiron and Saturn are involved, so perfectionism and criticism are highly likely to appear.

Can you allow yourself to move forward on something, despite the  fear that it might not be as  perfect as you’d like or that you might be criticised for it?

Are you ready to let go of some of your perfectionism and self criticism, to allow what is inside you to emerge?

If you bring forth what is within you , what is within you will save you.                                    If you do not bring forth what is within you, what is within you will destroy you. Gospel of Thomas

What is it within you that you would like to bring forth?

I am doing my best to find my way out of my  own Trap of Perfectionism by publishing my very first VIDEO, where I explore this theme more deeply.  Please check it out and let me know what you think.

Love Michelle

LIFELIGHT ASTROLOGY 3 AUGUST 2017

THE ECLIPSE SEASON HAS ARRIVED!

lightning moon

We are now fully entering eclipse season, with a lunar eclipse or FULL moon on  7th August in Aquarius. This will be followed by a solar eclipse on the 21st August, which I’ll write more about next time.

Let’s look at this one first. As we all know, full moon energy is always powerful, but eclipses are  even more so, as they happen in sets and have longer lasting effects.

This eclipse season relates back to August 1998, so reflect back on what was happening for you then. Chances are, there will be common themes at play!.

The ruler of this eclipse is Uranus, bringer of thunderbolts and lightening,  designed to get us to remove our heads from our  butts… stop… look around and see the bigger picture.

 

With Mars right next to the sun, we are provided with some extra vooma, to clean out any cobwebs and boot us out of any comfort zones we may have become ensconced in. The thing about comfort zones, is that they usually aren’t all that comfortable!! They’re just familiar and tend to keep us exactly where we are, doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results – the definition of insanity, according to Mr Einstein.

SO, If you want something different in your life, what are you prepared to change?

This moon full moon will shine her light on anything in our lives which makes us feel small,  constricted or boxed in, bringing the rebel, the revolutionary, the quirky one out of the closet. She will also bring with her, brilliant out-the-box, intuitive ideas, for those of us who take some time to listen.  It’s a stimulating moon, encouraging us to look deeper, shining a bright blue laser truth serum into those dark rutty corners and ferreting out all the lies we’ve been telling ourselves, for… oh… so long. Also paraded in the line-up will be the parts of ourselves and areas of our lives where we keep breaking promises to ourselves.

You know… those things that we consistently moan about, tell ourselves we’re going to change…. And then do absolutely nothing about?  Well, they are being ousted – exposed in the bare light of this full moon, with nowhere to hide.

And there – right there, just as soon as they are exposed, we need to take ourselves gently by the hand and ask why – why when we know something isn’t good for us, do we do it?  Or, when we know something is good for us, why don’t we do it?

Saturn is forming positive flowing aspects to this full moon, helping us to see exactly how we sabotage ourselves and how often we are our own worst enemies.

The truth is, if we really, truly believed we were valuable, wouldn’t we treat ourselves as such?

It all starts there really!

This full moon, ask yourself what ONE THING you can do to bring about change in your life.

On the day of the eclipse, sit quietly and write a list of whatever  you really, really, really want to let of for once and for all, the sabotaging patterns you want to send hurtling into the ethers, the habits that no longer serve you.  And then put the date on the page and sign it.

Go outside if you can and start to burn the paper. As you do so, make a statement something like this  “I release this……. Now”.  Once it has turned to ash, blow the ashes away into the light of the moon.

Mercury will be turning retrograde on 13th August, so back all your data, check travel arrangements and contracts before you sign them.

See you in  a few weeks for the great big SOLAR ECLIPSE

 

In life and light

 

Michelle

 

Lifelight Astrology Update 21 July

pexels-photo-207997BRAVE HEART

There’s some exciting Astrological weather ahead, with the Eclipse Season approaching, ushered in by a New Moon in Leo, the first of two in the same sign!

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the Phoenix Process, which is undoubtedly still in play.  Without going into the details, I for one, have definitely been through the fire and although the flames have subsided a little, there’s still a whole lot of heat around and ahead of us –  more like burning embers than a raging inferno,  but fire and heat nonetheless.

fire lion

Yesterday, Mars emerged from the deep waters of Cancer, after a 6 week sojourn,  during which, a whole lot of emotion was churned up. He has now just entered Leo, the brave-hearted Lion King, where he’ll be brandishing his fiery sword for the next  6 weeks.

 

 

On Sunday 23rd July,  the warrior planet will be joined by the Sun and the Moon, presenting us with a New Moon in Leo.    This  sets things in motion for the  eclipse season ( Lunar eclipse on the 17th August and a Total Solar Eclipse (new moon in Leo) on the 21st  August. As the  second New moon is also in Leo,  some astrologers refer to it as a black moon. This is all particularly  relevant for people who have personal planets in Leo and Aquarius!

 

The first new moon in Leo ushers in what feels to me energetically like a holding pattern, a bed of embers stretching before us, beckoning us to walk through them and burn away anything that is still preventing  us from expressing ourselves in all our glory.  With the Sun, Moon and Mars all being in a square to Uranus, this is a crucial trigger point to start clearing a pathway to a new cycle of courage, self love, growth,  fulfillment and happiness.   But, as we know by now, the good things don’t generally come without testing some comfort zones.

Some years back, I attended a fire walking ceremony.  At first, I refused  to participate, shrinking back,  unwilling to take the risk. But after a while I managed to  muster up some courage and go for it.  Encouraged by the supportive group  around me, all I had to do was hold a positive intention, commit to the process and  keep moving – not running – but walking… across red hot coals! As soon as I hesitated or doubted, I would feel the heat rising through my feet more intensely. However, when I shifted my mind back to the positive intention, trusted and moved forward in a committed way, I felt nothing at all…amazingly  There certainly was a huge feeling of elation when we got to the other side with our feet and our dignities intact.

As we walk through the fiery embers of the next few weeks,  it’s possible that we’ll come face to face with our shadow, with self doubt, lack of trust and possibly some  pretty volatile feelings or situations. If we are able to just be present with the emotions that arise (keep moving through the fire) ,without rejecting or projecting them, there is very real potential to burn away whatever isn’t serving us and open the door to more inspiration, expansion and liberation.

The energy of the next astrological month is all about  living whole heartedly and any of the rage or rebellion we feel at the moment, is very likely to be triggered by a feeling that we are not.

I went to see an incredible movie at the Durban Film Festival the other night, called “The Most Beautiful Day”, where two men (complete strangers) are told that they are hurtling towards death’s door. Rather than wait for it to arrive, they decide to throw caution to the wind and find their Most Beautiful Day, before they die. Its poignant, funny and well worth the watch.  But more than that, there were a few things that really stood out for me. Being given a death sentence actually liberated these men, as it does for many people in the same position. Knowing that they weren’t going to be around for long, gave them the “permission” to go out, break the rules and fully embrace the time they did have left.

They stopped waiting for things to come to them and went out to get them!

This is the only life any of us will ever have in this form!

Are you living your life, with all your might… or are you just existing….waiting ….?  Waiting for the right person to appear, waiting for more money, a better house,  more security, the right occasion to get that beautiful crockery out, light that beautiful candle,  wear that sexy lingerie? Are you waiting until your house looks good enough to entertain your friends, or until you have enough time to go for a walk on the beach, talk with a friend, learn how to play the guitar or go on that trip you’ve always wanted to go on? Are you waiting for somebody to complete you or tell you that they approve of you  enough for you to embrace all that you actually are?

  • If you were given 1 month or 6 months to live, how would you spend it… really?
  • Are you doing any of those things regularly?
  • If not, what are you waiting for?
  • How do you  really feel about yourself and your life?
  • What  makes you happy, opens your heart, makes it race with excitement or fills it up with love?
  • What is it that’s stopping you from doing more of this?
  • What are you afraid of? – THIS is a key question, because that’s what needs to be burnt in the fire?
  • What would you do differently, if you had nothing left to lose?

I’ll be sharing some insights on this theme on FACEBOOK over the next month. Please join in the conversation!

In My Tapestry of Life Workshops, we explore this theme more fully.

TAPESTRY OF LIFE WORKSHOPS

In addition to running the two part Tapestry of  Life Workshop in July and August ( on two different days) in Durban, I’m delighted to be running it as a two day workshop in Johannesburg (September) and Cape Town (October.

The workshops are designed to help you to navigate your way to your true Soular Power.

SOLAR RETURN

Each year, the sun returns to the same position it was on the day you were born. This is called your Solar Return, which is why we wish people Many happy Returns on their birthday. After you’ve had your natal chart done, its a good idea to have an update once a year. This is a stand alone chart, which gives you a weather report for the year ahead. Referring to this during the year, will help you to stay on track with your Soular Power.  We will also look at transits and progressions to your  Natal Chart, which remains your fundamental Astrological blueprint.

 

Thanks for reading 🙂

In light and life and Fiery Moons

Michelle

New Moon in Gemini 25th May 2017

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On Thursday 25th May, we have a SUPER new moon in Gemini and as we know, a new moon always signify the start of a new cycle. This one isn’t forming major aspects to other planets, but Venus is squaring Pluto, which can trigger intensity and/or challenges around our relationships, finances, safety and security. Simmering tension can rise to the surface without any warning,  so remember to breathe, before you react.

The New Moon in Gemini ushers in a new cycle of communication – how we speak and how we listen!

When you recognize that there is a voice in your head that pretends to be you and never stops speaking, you are awakening out of your unconscious identification with the stream of thinking. When you notice that voice, you realize that who you are is not the voice (the thinker) but the one who is ‘aware’ of it. Knowing yourself as the awareness behind the voice is freedom. ~ Eckhart Tolle ~

Read that again and really absorb it. If you are truly able to understand this, it will change your life!

 WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

For the next  two weeks, see if you can really be present with how you communicate. Take a few moments during the day to check in with yourself, notice your thoughts and the feelings they evoke in you – and the other way around. Become aware of how you speak to yourself and ask whether you would speak to anyone else like that. It helps me if I journal or even speak out loud here – yes, I know I would probably be locked away if anyone heard me… but it works!Only when we really take note of how we talk to ourselves, do we realise how often we repeat the same mantra’s. “ I’’ll never…….I’m worried sick about….I’m tired of…. What really worries me is…. This country/economy/ government is…. My child/partner/boss is…. I can’t take……

Our thoughts and words are literally creating our reality and only when we take time to notice them, can we choose different ones. The moment we are able to see what we’re thinking, we become the witness and in the instant, we can start changing the script.

DON’T THINK OF A WHITE BEAR

I read a really interesting article a while back  on the “ironic monitoring process”, where research studies have shown that our brains actually search for whatever thought or emotion we are trying to suppress.

In a series of experiments, a group of participants were told not to think of a white bear, while they performed other tasks. A second group was instructed to think of white bears and then not to think of them.

Interestingly, the people in the first group, who tried to keep the white bear at bay, thought about them more than once a minute!

The second group thought about them more when they were trying to suppress white-bear thoughts than when they were told to think about them.

Basically, when we try to suppress an intrusive uncomfortable thought or feeling, it’s as good as putting out a welcome sign for it.

The article suggested (and I find that it helps), to rather invite the worrying or disturbing thought in, making it intentional. Say it out loud, write it down or talk to someone about it. Then, if you think there is something you can practically do about it, set 5 to 15 minutes where you commit to focussing on it  (or really worrying about it if you want to!).  I find that when I notice the thought or feeling, rather than suppress it, and ask if it’s true, it relaxes its hold on me and often disappears completely or a solution arises easily and effortlessly when I’m least expecting it.

The more work I do with myself and clients, the more I realise that this human experience is  really about being fully present to what’s going on right now – whatever it is, … to feel into it, to dialogue with it with compassion and  from there to move forward.

HEAR YE, HEAR YE!

One of the greatest gifts I think we can give ourselves and others is that of listening, which is something we don’t do a lot of these days.   Try this. When someone you know is worried or stuck or fearful or confused, or just needs to talk,  just listen intently to what they are saying for 5 minutes or so, without interrupting, fixing, advising, prompting or finishing their sentences. If they are silent, let them be silent, even if it feels uncomfortable.   In my experience, when we’re able to let somebody just talk, after a while, answers and solutions start to drift into up into their consciousness… entirely without our help!

The same applies if we listen to ourselves.  Whether you speak out loud, or journal what’s going on for you, when you put yourself into the position of the witness, you find clarity after a while.

THE ART OF LISTENING

To work with the current communication theme,  I will be running two THE ART OF LISTENING workshops in June, where I will be teaching you how to make your own deck of Soul Guidance Oracle Cards. The process of selecting images and reading the cards in a group environment will hone your intuition and listening skills and is highly likely to shed light on important issues in your life.

The workshops will be held on Saturday 10th and 24th June – 9:00 to 4:30  AND every Wednesday in June from 9:30 to 12:30

From June, Wednesday “pop-in” classes will be in the form of stand-alone courses – with a different theme each month.

MOVING FORWARD

If you are stuck in any area of your life, this is a good time astrologically to get to the bottom of whatever patterns or behaviours might be holding you back. If you would like to explore working with me to help you to navigate your life, you can read more here. The first step on our adventure together is usually a comprehensive astrology reading, which is often followed by an agreed number of personal navigational coaching sessions, to put you back on course. These include Process Art, Neurolinguistic programming, Energy work and more.

Drop me a line if you’d like to discuss the options.

 

In Life and Light

Michelle