Within the past year and a half I've undergone some massive shifts as I've traversed my path of evolution. It's been full of ups and downs, and loads of contractions and expansions. There is a myth out there saying that the path to awakening is all about light and love, and sunshine and expansive joy. It can be like that at times, but it can't be like that always. Truly, before a rebirth there has to be a death. Sometimes it can be one massive shift, but usually it involves a gradual awakening, or a series of ongoing labour pains. Nature shows us this to be true. There is nothing in nature that is always expansive and in full bloom. There is winter and summer. Hurricanes, and earthquakes. Spring and autumn.
Our society is evolving... systems are shaking down, sometimes there's a series of tremors, and then there's major moments as we've seen recently with Dr. Ford. Our planet is choking and calling out to us to listen and act. I've had a few people in the last while who've seem curious if I still believe and work with angels. Absolutely!! All the time! And I've had people who have stopped following me because they wanted their feeds to be only lollipops and unicorns. And that's totally cool! I get it. But it makes me realize how the content of my posts have shifted over the past few years, especially the since last fall.
In the Fool's journey in the Tarot, we are shown how our soul begins it's journey in this lifetime with stars in his/her eyes and confidence in their step. They are full of the light and exuding faith and love, having just come from Source. It know from whence it came! And then the journey unfolds in such a way so as the soul can grow and evolve and be a fully embodied being in this lifetime. And yes that involves love, and it also involves experiencing massive shake ups, paradigm shifts, doubt, fear, egoic death, the dark nights of the soul, and of having the courage and faith to keep going, to trust the mysterious unfolding of our lives, despite the ouster circumstances. It isn't always pretty. And that's just fine. It's exactly as it's meant to be.
And so I'd like to affirm to you that everything is sacred. Our love, our fear, our joys and successes, and our sorrows, failures and doubts. We are never for one second left adrift and alone. We might feel like it, but the mind can have a hard time holding both fear and faith at the same time. It's a big task for the brain and nervous system. So, an invitation to feel what is here. To accept and send love and compassion to those parts of us that feel less than, that feel unworthy, shameful, and dark, for as long as we push them away we can never be whole.
This is where the love comes in... that extreme love for our very selves. And as we include and embrace all the forgotten and rejected pieces of ourselves we can be stronger and more complete than ever. Yes, in the end, it truly is all about love after all.
And here we are, in the season of letting go, in October. Huge letting go, season of composting and allowing for a form of death to happen, in order to give way for new growth.
Inquiry: What are you ready to release and let go?
What no longer serves you?
What is ready to die?
Be gentle with your self as you process through this, and with gratitude acknowledge the gifts that you have received along the way. And allowing room for new birth to take place.
What will your garden grow next?
I am safe, secure and grounded.
I feel my emotions.
I act with confidence and ease.
I love myself and others with an open heart.
I speak my truth with ease.
I see clearly, my inner vision is strong.
I am connected with all of life and with Source energy.
An exercise to release the old and to bring in the new!
Here's an exercise to help you to release and let go of what's no longer serving you and to welcome in that which is for your highest good! Be sure to take a moment when you can be undisturbed and then follow the directions below.
Let me know how that felt for you and what you notice over the next few days, weeks and the season.
I'm always so excited to hear from you!
With much love,
Today is the autumn equinox. We say goodby to summer and welcome the fall. If you've been feeling like you've been between two places, take heart. This is about to pass.
I often find it difficult to let go of summer,but truth be told I notice there's a lot of energy in trying to hold on to something who's time has naturally passed.
This is a great time to recall your intentions from the spring. Is it appropriate to review them? What do you need to let go of to be able to unfold even more fully into your truest version of yourself?
Whereas Halloween can be about honouring those who have passed, this is a time to celebrate life and the living!
Life is so precious and such a gift. Let's play and have some fun in these stunningly beautiful days of autumn!! What are your most fave things to do?
I raise a cup of cozy chai tea to you! 💕💕
July 9th, Full Moon is also known as Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, Blood Moon, and Mead Moon This full moon in Capricorn brings deep issues to the forefront of our awareness. This is a time to strengthen personal boundaries and to honor our feelings as we are mindful of our patterns in our interpersonal relationships.
Time to ground with Mother Earth and resource our Spiritual helpers, our angels, and Source Energy - both within and around us, and thus help us move with grace, dignity and strength towards our highest good.
On full moons I like to connect with that special event but doing a simple version of Drawing Down the Moon. This is what I do. Give it a try.
I go outside and stand barefoot on the grass if possible. I place my hands together in front of my heart and look up at the moon. Take a moment a notice her qualities.
Then I inhale as I sweep my hands up over my head, clap once above my head, as if clearing energy, and then draw my hands down in front of my body, as if drawing down the beautiful, gentle, cleansing energy of the lovely moon ... clearing my energy, instilling peace, calm and a gentle but vibrant and powerful energy. I do this 3 times. Then I bring my hands together in front of my heart and send gratitude.
Simple but beautiful.
Do you have a Drawing Down the Moon ritual? What do you like to do?
"If you can’t smell the fragrance
don’t come into the garden of Love.
If you’re unwilling to undress
don’t enter into the stream of Truth.
Stay where you are. Don’t come our way."
Are you ready?
Ready to open your heart and jump into the stream?
To be with what is here, now and to love?
Let's try together.
Let there be love.
May all beings be happy and free.
It's 5:00 am. I have my cup of steaming green tea. Out of my window I see that the sun isn't shining yet, but it's full daylight. Birds are singing, the day will be bright, and there's a cloud of mist hovering over the neighbouring field. And then I remember ... today is summer solstice! Here in the Northern Hemisphere it's the longest day of the year, the first day of summer. Where we live on Vancouver Island we'll be getting about 18 hours of sunlight today!
And of course, in England at Stonehenge this is when the heelstone marks the midsummer sunrise as seen from the centre of the stone circle. As I write this a huge gathering of people have already be present to watch the sunrise through the heelstone.
What do you love about summer? Summer to me is when I feel more openness, love, joy and celebration. I always feel my heart and body relaxing more with the warmer days and easier living.
For this special day of the year, I wanted to asked the angels to show us a card to help guide us. (Actually it was them who were nudging me to do it.) And the card that came up was Messenger of Water. This card represents the energy that is here today, is all around us, and that we will move from as we go forward.
So, here were are finding that the fresh new enthusiasm that we felt in spring is moving towards a deeper sense of romanticism and love - love for ourselves, for the world and around us, and for others. You might find that you'll experience a heightened sense of emotional awareness at this time, with the emotional energy running a high. This isn't quite yet that deep mature love the develops over time, it's more emotional and passionate. You might find that you'll be expecting chivalrous actions, and even will enjoy the highs of this romanticism .. .just be mindful of not getting pulled into stories of drama. Instead just watch Pride and Prejudice.
And what's always important is to allow yourself to fall in love with you. Be open hearted and warm with yourself, first and foremost.
Some affirmations are:
This is such a beautiful reminder, what a great way to begin summer! Remember that you are loved and you are love itself.
And I am sending love to you!!!
Happy Summer Solstice!
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The more we tune into spirit and listen to that quiet voice inside of us that whispers and says things like, "Your doing too much, you need to slow down and take a rest", the better off we'll be.
Are you on a healing path? How do you know if you have healed? Is your healing a physical healing, a mental healing, or an emotional one? Or perhaps it's a spiritual healing?
We hear the word healing so often, and I think that everyone longs to feel whole. We all have a natural urge towards happiness and wholeness - it's an impulse that's within every living thing and I'd say it's pretty clear that's it's obviously there for a reason. It's the impulse for life! Yay for that!
In our healing journey, I think it's really important to take care of all of our levels of self - our body, mind, emotions, and spirit! Otherwise we'll be lopsided, and sooner or later we'll probably find ourselves delving into a new healing journey because certain issues will show up again and again.
The cool thing is that if we really listen, there are always hints and clues available for us... guiding us towards our wholeness. Yes, some times we need to be hit over the head with it before we listen, like when a significant health issue comes up! But the more we tune into spirit and listen to that quiet voice inside of us that whispers and says things like, "Your doing too much, you need to slow down and take a rest", the better off we'll be.
I know that you can think of a time or situation where you had a feeling that you should do one thing, but refused to listen, and then regretted it later when you caught the flu or broke out with a skin condition or whatnot....I know I sure have.. over and over and over again! But thank goodness that with aging comes a bit of wisdom, so hopefully I'm learning!
If we have heard that intuition giving us messages but we've ignored them, I don't think we should be too hard on ourselves... but instead maybe we can be compassionate with our own humanness and just hopefully learn from it and keep going forward.
Sometimes the physical challenges can be long term and very serious. Of course we'll do everything we can to help heal physically, but its also so important to take care of the soul. Loving yourself, being kind to yourself, no matter what the situation is - that's where the deepest power of healing lies.
Rumi said that the wound is the place where the light enters you.
What is your wound? Can you allow a little more light to enter in, let the light shine on your beauty, truth, inner love and strength?
No matter what your situation, I invite you to connect with that innate wholeness that is within you. Placing a hand upon your heart, saying to yourself:
May I be happy.
May I be healthy.
May I be whole.
May I be at ease.
May I love my self fully and deeply.
May I be at peace.
Rich blessings to you on your path to wholeness and health.
With much love
PS: I'd love to hear about your healing journey! What have you learned? What did the wound teach you about the light that is within you? xo
"Your daughter is a daydreamer....she spends far too much time daydreaming in class." Grade 1. My teacher was dismayed at my lack of focus and attention in school. I have a clear memory of me sitting in my desk and doing just that, being in a lovely daydreamy state. And it didn't end there.
Fast forward to today, I still daydream. I've long since learned that this day dreaming is a place of inspiration, connection, and of being present with the moment, it's a kind of meditation. It doesn't mean that I'm checked out, not present, but instead, am actually even more present than when I'm busy planning and doing. Research actually acknowledges that daydreaming increases creativity and productivity. I guess I knew something that my cranky grade 1 teacher was never encouraged to do ... poor dear.
So, if you're like me, and you've been told that you daydream too much...take heart! And receive those words like a compliment. Let the doers and go-getters go get and do. You know how to do that, and you know that constant busy-ness and planning becomes a place of stress and anxiety. Peace is found in the here and now. You know the vast beautiful space that's found in the here and now. That stillness is your home, and that there is infinite space in the present moment.
So go ahead and daydream. Nourish your soul, find your inner peace and resourcefulness. There will be time enough to do, for now just be.
Breathing in, I calm my body,
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in this present moment.
I know that this is a wonderful moment.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Yes, it's that time of the year again.... Hallowe'en! Aka, All Hallows' Eve, All Saint's Eve, Samhain, and Day of the Dead, amongst many other names according to different traditions.
Although each tradition has it's own roots and meaning, I recognize this time of the year as a time when "the veil grows thinner". Samhain traditionally is a time for us to review our year and to let go of what no longer serves us in order for us to move forward. And of course, due to the special energy of the season, it's a time to celebrate our ancestors because the veil between this 3D physical world, and the other side is thinner.
One way in which we might experience this thinning and connection with ancestors on the other side is though dreams. For example, last night I had a very special dream in which I had heartwarming visit with a precious loved one who has crossed over. The love, the hug, their very distinctive energetic presence will warm me for a long time to come. Journalling is a great way to mark this kind of visitation, so that you can remember it in times to come. We often think that we'll remember our dreams, but because our brain waves are in a different state than when we are in our normal waking hours we often tend to forget the details. Writing down your dreams will help you to recall the special visit later on...especially valuable when you might be feeling low or really missing them.
How can we honour our ancestors?? In any way that feels right for you. Lighting a candle in thier honour, placing a photo or photos in a special location, doing a meditation where you can call on them for a visit. Or perhaps before going to sleep ask them to visit you in your dreams. Be sure to have a journal and pen beside you so that you can write down your dreams first thing upon waking.
Wishing you a very Happy Hallowe'en! Lets celebrate the ancestors that came before us, and take joy in the fact that love never dies and that your loved ones are only a thought away.
Much Love and Light,
Irene Bilton specializes in Body/Mind/Spirit wellness, blending her knowledge, skills and training with her gifts of Intuition.