Universe 222

Universe 222

Universe 222

Signs and signals from the universe

In this age of high-tech communications where it is so effortless to access information, we often forget to plug into the eternal spring of wisdom within. That silent language of the soul, the nuances and the signs and signals from the universe. I would like to share with you a recent experience of mine, that once again reminded me of this amazing duality we inhabit and how thin the veil really is, if you are willing to open your heart and listen.

My mother was a fiery five foot nothing, Sicilian beauty, whose passion in life was her family, cooking and home. I have such heart-felt memories of my brother and I walking home from school, delicious smells wafting up the street tantalising our taste buds before we even walked in the door. Mum would always be in the kitchen wearing a bright apron with her trusty old wooden spoon in hand. She would spend hours perfecting her creation, so it was just right by the time we arrived.

Since Mum’s passing her presence is felt often

Over the years, since her passing, she has made her presence felt many times in subtle and not so subtle ways. From feeling her with me when I am cooking, or in a plane flying over Tibet! Last year, while in mid-flight I was sitting beside a new acquaintance. She turned to me a little annoyed to tell me there was this very vocal, tiny lady waving a wooden spoon, demanding her attention. I realised immediately it was mum and she was insisting that this poor woman convey to me, how very proud she was. Did I mention she was incredibly stubborn too? Whenever I have a reading this is the consistent theme that she is almost desperate to deliver.

Emotions were bursting from my heart

Most recently I have been exceptionally busy and on this particular day I was working on the dedication page for my first book. I had two laptops on the go and in my peripheral vision I caught sight of something unusual behind a document. To my utter disbelief it was a full blown picture of my mother’s face, which I didn’t even realise I had. Immediately I felt such a strong mixture of emotions bursting from my heart which was released into a full blown sobbing session. Through my tears of joy, loss and gratitude, I knew that she wanted me to dedicate the book to her and it was my way of reciprocating the pride she felt in me.

Her praise was something I craved dearly for but seldom received

On returning to my dedication, within seconds of typing her name, she disappeared from my screen but I had no doubt that she was proud of me once again. My mother was quite the perfectionist, and her praise was something that I craved dearly for but seldom received. In her way I think she is making up for that now in buckets or should I say wooden spoonfuls!

So next time the universe is dialing your number please be present enough to hear it ringing or otherwise the magic will pass you by.

Tina Cardillo

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Meditation is an Ancient Practice

Meditation is an Ancient Practice

Meditation is an Ancient Practice

The practice of meditation dates back 5000 years.

Meditation has been recorded in history for thousands of years dating back to ancient times. Indian artifacts reveal the existence of a meditation called, “Tantra” dating back 5000 years.

At any time where a person’s mind is either totally quiet or completely focused (without thought outside of one particular chosen stream,) meditation is being practiced. This can be achieved in a wide variety of ways and through a diverse range of meditation styles and techniques.

Dr. Herbert Benson, through his research at Harvard University in the early 1970’s, pioneered establishing the efficiency of meditation for overall health. Dr. Benson’s impeccable credentials and university affiliation, along with the world class quality of his work, led to the publication of breakthrough articles on Meditation.

Dr. Benson’s studies showed that meditation counteracts the effects of stress. Under stress, the nervous system activates the “fight‐or‐flight” response. The activity of the sympathetic portion of the nervous system increases, causing an increased heartbeat, increased respiratory rate, elevation of blood pressure, and an increase in oxygen consumption, along with many other physiological and psychological reactions.

This fight‐or‐flight response has an important survival function. It helps us to either run quickly to escape an attack or to fight off an attacker with a greater amount of speed and power than we usually possess in our normal relaxed state. But when it is activated repeatedly and for prolonged periods, as happens for many (if not most) people in modern societies, the effects are harmful and can be the cause of serious illness.

Meditation can be practiced anywhere and at anytime.

Due to the slowing down of the mental processes during Meditation, muscles relax and the body begins to function at a calmer and more natural level, this assists in relieving muscle pain, improves the function of the immune system and returns the entire body to its natural balance.

The best thing about meditation is that anyone can learn how to do it and it can be learned at almost any age. It can be practiced anywhere at any time, it is safe and it is free!

Meditation offers a completely drug free and natural way to greatly improve your overall health.

Most people choose to meditate to bring peace and serenity into their lives, to be one with their inner selves, to heal and to improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Meditation techniques can differ greatly from one culture to another and different meditation techniques are suited to different personality types and different learning styles.

Some techniques are expansive and allow for the free flow of thoughts and the observation of the brain function, whereas some types are concentrative and involve bringing focus into the thoughts and others require the total absence of thought all together.

Very simply, we practice Meditation whenever we turn all of our intention and concentration to the task at hand. It is that moment when you say ‘don’t talk to me! I have to concentrate for a minute.’ In that moment you are not thinking about anything from the past, or planning the future or going over old conversations in your head. You are fully absorbed with what you are doing right then and there.

Incorporating meditation into our daily lives also teaches our minds to be centered and calm. It trains us to have control over our thinking and enables us to eliminate the chatter of thought that typically leads us into negative thinking.

The more we exercise control over our minds through meditation and choosing to reflect on the positive aspects of our lives, the faster the habit of thinking positively develops, in much the same way as a bicep muscle will develop and become stronger with regular weight lifting. When our minds are calm and quiet as a matter of normality and we are mostly focused on positive (grateful) thoughts our brains (and our bodies) are in better condition to cope with stressful situations, problems and unexpected situations when they do arise.

Meditation is excellent for stress management

With regular practice you will experience relaxation, increased awareness, mental focus, clarity and a sense of peace.  As your Meditation practice evolves, you become more aware and more sensitive to what is within you, facing unpleasant parts of yourself is sometimes part of Meditation. This added awareness and clarity can help you advance your spiritual growth and clear negative emotional patterns you are attached to. This can be a catalyst to positive changes in many areas of your life.

Kimley Allen

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Reiki Provides Deep Relaxation

Reiki Provides Deep Relaxation

Reiki provides deep relaxation

Reiki is a form of Energy Medicine

What Reiki has become best known for, and most spoken about is its ability to provide deep relaxation naturally without any known side effects, impairments or contraindications. While most know Reiki effectively does this, few understand how Reiki achieves it, and fewer still have language to explain it. This is because Reiki is commonly spoken about and taught within the context of spirituality and/or mediation. The problem with this however, is that when you speak or teach Reiki within the context of spirituality, the practice of Reiki becomes a mystery, and when we accept and promote that, we continue to keep what was once known and understood about Reiki is lost. The way then to regain the lost knowledge of Reiki, so that it can be used to better the lives of humans everywhere is to speak about, and teach Reiki for what it is, a form of Energy Medicine.

Everything starts and ends as energy

Everything is energy, as such, the human form is made up of more than the physical body it also has a corresponding energy system. As people interact with the world they are a part of, they cannot help but be influenced by the many energies they come into contact with each day.
 
As a result of our daily interactions, each of us will accumulate a sort of energy debris within our energy system. This debris, which often becomes stuck in our own energy field, creates imbalance. Simple imbalances within the energy field create the experience we commonly call tension. Our minds then, which have no choice but to respond to this tension, will create explanations about why we feel tense or out of balance. Reiki helps by naturally restoring balance where imbalance has occurred. In doing this, Reiki, in a sense resets our energy system. Relaxation then comes as a result of this re-balancing, and this re-balancing occurs both within the aura and in physical body.

Natural relaxation will always be preferable over artificial relaxation

When our bodies are in a state of relative balance, we relax naturally and on demand. When our bodies are in a state of imbalance, we require outside influences to help us relax. This form of artificial relaxation comes in many forms including food, drink, smoking, recreational and prescription drugs, sex, excessive exercise, and many other known forms, which may simulate a sense of relaxation, but comes at a price to the individual as it only compounds the state of imbalance by introducing more imbalance that the individual has to find ways to compensate for. For this reason, natural relaxation will always be preferable to the human form than artificial relaxation, for one is working within the natural ebb and flow of our biology and energy while the other is working against it.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to relax naturally, and with little effort or time, is through a self-care regime that includes giving yourself Reiki, even if it is for only 10-15 minutes each day.  Additionally, the benefits of using Reiki is cumulative…meaning the more you use it the more responsive your energy system becomes to it, and so, greater ease is found and the toll daily tension takes on you in your life becomes naturally less and easier to manage.

 
Chris Ward

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Understanding Sacred Chakras

Understanding Sacred Chakras

Understanding Sacred Chakras

Chakras are energy centres within the human body.

“Chakra” is a Sanskrit word and translates to “wheels of light” and originated in India between 1500 and 500 BC (The Vedas, earliest Sanskrit literary records).

When taking the courageous journey within, we begin to understand, or maybe we already know, that everything is in fact energy.

Our interior energy landscape is it’s own brilliant hub of wisdom.  The seven main chakras each corresponding to a colour, specific organs, as well as physical, emotional, mental and spiritual states of being.

Bringing awareness and intention to each of the seven chakra energy centres, will develop a balanced existence and significantly enhance overall wellness.

Personal chakra awareness creates linkages back to the physical, emotional, psychological and environmental factors and in turn increases understanding of your spirituality and the deeper meaning of life.  Every aspect of your life is interconnected and woven into your soul story.

A comfortable place to begin chakra awareness is to identify your seven main energy centres.  By bringing awareness to their presence, we bring energy to them and start a subtle healing and alignment process.  Where intention goes energy flows.

Affirmations are statements made by the conscious mind

Bringing awareness to groundedness, abundance, strength, love, truth, awakeness and connectedness is a channel to your human soul.

Affirmations are statements made by the conscious mind that are directed to the subconscious mind.  Affirmations are self empowering, self governed, free and always available to us.

A human being has an innate intelligence working harmoniously and seamlessly as a mind, body and spirit, in a fluid dance of peace of mind, awareness of body and purpose of spirit.

Our Chakra Affirmations are for you to add to your spiritual toolkit.

Repeat them with loving intent, as often as possible.
Kimley Allen

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Creating Sacred Space

Creating Sacred Space

Creating Sacred Space

Living awake, your higher consciousness is calling you to delve deeper into all of who you are and it is time to make space for your sacred work.  

Creating a space to do this, is so beautifully unique for each of us and how you go about it or what it looks like makes no difference, the only thing that matters is listening to your inner knowing and actively doing the work.

Somewhere quiet, where you feel safe in your private sanctuary is ideal to create your alter for regular spiritual practice.  

The Ancients did this so well and the art of sacred ritual is something that you most certainly can master in your own home or garden or whatever space that is conducive to journeying inward. 

By wrapping ritual and sacredness around you and your soul’s work will only enhance the energetic and vibrational resonance of your wider environment and of course the universe.

When we regularly feed our soul, all of those around us, our loved ones benefit too, raising the vibration for all.

It is important that you claim, your sacred time, because realistically, no-one is going to just hand it to you on a platter and invite you to indulge.   There is no-one better than you and no one more qualified than you to know what your soul honestly needs in order to set aside delicious moments in time to nurture your relationship with self. 

Creating is the fun part of the journey and when we truly ask ourselves what could our sacred space look, feel, smell, like, the options are limitless.   A comfy chair/cushion with a small table and a white candle is ideal, and this can evolve over time to a whole room or garden space dedicated solely to you?  You are so worth it!

Add items to your sacred space that are meaningful to you, as little or as much as you need to focus on the sacredness of YOU.   Pictures of loved ones, inspiring gifts, deities, angels, crystals, flowers or any memento that is special to you can be placed on your alter.  Sometimes, less is more, and portable alters are most useful if you travel regularly.

When you set out on your divine spiritual task, you immediately sense the tingles of empowerment gently nudging you forth as you reclaim your sacred self-care and path to authenticity.

As you manifest your sacred space, the universe responds by sending signs and symbols that will present themselves to you, in validation of your courageous steps forward.  Make sure you pay attention and observe mindfully, always giving thanks for the divinely timed and inspired messages.

Once you have set your sacred scene, there is so much you can achieve here, however remembering that peace and stillness is the aim and before we can successfully journey inwards, relaxation is the key.

Lighting a candle and coming home to your breath and your heart, is a beautiful place to begin.

Sitting comfortably with your spine straight,  place one hand on your heart chakra in the centre of your chest and the other hand on your solar plexus chakra  just above your naval area, and b r e a t h e.   A few long slow deep breaths, in and out, will assist you to centre and ground yourself in the moment.

From here on in, you will find a method that best works for you.   You might like to focus on our Chakra Affirmations, or complete a guided meditation, draw an oracle card for daily guidance, journal your thoughts, pray, choose a mantra, play calming music or simply sit in stillness and silence.  If you are time limited, use a gentle alarm to bring you back to wakefulness when you need to.  End your sacred session by blowing out the candle.

Be kind to yourself and fully immerse in this sacred time to get to know you, better than ever before.

Be aware, this practice is highly transformative and should be used as much as humanly possible to become the best version of YOU.

Listen and trust your inner voice, as your spiritual esteem soars.

Kimley x

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Spiritual Energy Clearing

Spiritual Energy Clearing

Spiritual Energy Clearing

Spiritual Energy Clearing can be completed at anytime

Spiritual Energy Clearing is an ancient spiritual practice that removes stagnant, negative or chaotic energy from a space that you frequent. Places such as your home, healing space, garden or office. When these spaces are spiritually cleared, it makes way for and allows positive energy to flow freely into your space.

When a home is filled with love and harmony it becomes a place of peace and renewal. Just as a home and its occupants benefit from being physically clean, your space also benefits from being spiritually clean. A spiritual energy clearing of your space can be done by YOU at any time. Particularly when you notice feelings of negativity or heaviness including stale or stagnant energies present in your environment.

Spiritual energy clearing is also beneficial when you need a change in your life or after illness or injury, death, arguments, difficult guests, relationship transitions, negative incidents, a robbery, when you are selling your house, moving into a new house or when you are feeling low, tired or drained. Negative energy can literally make you ill, especially if you are exposed to it regularly.

Everything is energy, including our thoughts, words and actions.

Energetically, everything that happens in a frequented space such as thoughts, actions or emotions can be held there. Arguments, upsets, illness, chaos, heaviness, negativity, traumas and other unsettling energies can linger and disturb the harmonious balance of your space. The Spiritual Energy Clearing Ritual provides a clear guide on how to restore and bring about balance and peace into your sacred space.

Everything is energy, our thoughts, our words and our actions, so have fun while remaining respectful of the ancient ritual of clearing energy. Nurture and clear your sacred space regularly and enjoy ongoing spiritual esteem and positive abundance.

Our Spiritual Energy Clearing Ritual below has been developed by our team at Living Awake, to provide practical and helpful guidance. Our ritual has been successfully adapted by many people who want to shift, move and clear unwanted energies from their environment.

Spiritual Energy Clearing Ritual

Opening Affirmation

I call on Divine Universal Energy and all of those who love me unconditionally in their truest form to assist me now to spiritually clear unwanted energy from my sacred space.

My intent is to clear ALL negative and low vibrational energy from this space.

Continue REPEATING YOUR INTENT (out loud is best) as you move around your sacred space using your Spiritual Energy Cleansing Tool/s of choice.

Starting at your entrance, ensuring windows are open and mindfully walk around every room in your home/space. Paying particular attention to the corners, behind doors and inside cupboards or where the energy feels the heaviest.

Be confident, this is your space. Trust your intuition. Finish the spiritual energy clearing at your back door or at the rear of your space.

White Light Protection Affirmation

I call on the White Light to completely fill my cleared space with Divine White Light Energy for Love, Healing and Protection. For the highest good of all.

Important Note:

Once your space is cleared, you have created a void so it is very important to immediately fill the void with Divine White Light.

Closing Affirmation

I INVITE into my sacred space a positive flow of energy.

I INVITE into my sacred space balanced energy, harmony, peace and love, for the highest good of all.

I THANK YOU for your Divine Support and Unconditional Love.

Important note:

Always complete the full process. Clearing unwanted energy makes way for new flow and abundance. Trust your intuition and be aware of energy shifting as you find your way with the process. Feel free to adapt your own language to personalize and enhance your spiritual energy clearing practice.

Kimley Allen

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