What shall I Do with my House and Garden?

During the last lockdown I devoted my time to stripping wallpaper and repainting most of the house. It was hard work, but it was worth it, and I am very happy with the results. Now I am focusing on building my reiki business and home schooling, but there is something missing.

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I need a project. Which is where my mind returns to the house and garden. I need to continue where I left off, finishing the rough edges and adding my personal touch to the home. But I don’t know where to start. I feel like the garden needs some attention this year, but I am no gardener, much less a landscaper. Where do I begin?

Do you have any ideas or suggestions? In the garden, for example, I would like to landscape it a bit differently. If we could afford it, I would love to install a hot tub and shady area for me to sit outside (I burn very easily). My daughters would love a swing set and/or garden play area. But I don’t want to interfere with the established plants and trees that we have. The house was built in 1959, it is your average 3-bedroomed semi-detached property. I would love to put in new windows and doors, get rid of the dark brown we currently have, and make it look more contemporary. We also need patio doors in the dining room, in place of the window.

About eighteen months ago I had a multi-fuel stove installed in our living room, filling the space where the old back boiler used to be. It looks fantastic and it heats the room beautifully. If you are considering getting a log-burning stove, I highly recommend it. It does take some effort to clean and tidy, you do get a lot of ash settling on the mantle shelf, but that’s a small price to pay for a cosy evening at home during lockdown.

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An Intense Reiki Healing Session (Part 1)

On Saturday 10th March 2012 I joined with my sister Emily and our spiritual brother Jon to exhibit at a Mind, Body and Spirit event at Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington, Cheshire, UK. My sister had recently launched her business Eternal Healing Therapies. Emily decided to give me a reiki healing treatment, because I was sorely in need of some healing. I happily accepted.

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Emily began working at my head. With one hand at my forehead and one at the back of my head, I quickly began to feel the reiki energy building as a sensation of heat radiating from her palms. Relaxing, I closed my eyes and emptied my mind of all thoughts. This was a natural process. My body knew what to do. I felt as though Emily’s hand was a magnet, drawing shards of pain out my eyes. During the last month I have experienced a lot of pain and discomfort from a recurring genetic eye disorder, so I knew that was the therapy I needed. 

I rejoiced silently as the shards of pain were drawn out at lightning speed, thanks to the reiki energy healing of my sister. After a while the magnet sensation faded, and I then felt my sister applying a soothing balm directly to the top of my eyeballs. This was all done with reiki energy. There was no physical contact. But I felt it. I knew what it was. My body recognized it as an ancient form of magic, and something deep within me began to respond.

Emily then moved over my body to focus her reiki healing energy elsewhere. I could feel her energy flowing over me like a cleansing waterfall of pure silver. It was cold, clear, and refreshing. And it flowed directly from my sister’s hands as she channeled Source energy. My limbs were tingling with power and I began to truly wake up.

Gradually I saw myself standing in a room in front of a floor length mirror. The room was dark, and there were no windows, but I could clearly see myself in the mirror, as if by moonlight. This wasn’t the real me. It was a mask, a reflection of myself based on a lifetime of repression and societal conformity. I needed to smash the mirror, to step through it, so that I could embrace and become my true self.

As my sister drew her healing session to a close, I was left standing before the mirror, clenching my fists and trying to pluck up the courage to smash it. I had the power. I could feel it. But was I ready to embrace my truth? I had built a defensive shell around me, born from a lifetime of conformity and wanting to fit in to my social group. I needed to let everything out, including a lifetime of pain and suppressed energy.

To be continued…

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Vivid Dreams During Pregnancy

Apparently, women have vivid dreams when they are pregnant. I can understand dreaming about such things as having a baby you can‘t care for, or of having an horrific labour, or dreaming that you aren’t actually pregnant and that it is a dream in itself, but mine were far more bizarre. Allow me to explain:

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While I was pregnant (10 years ago), I dreamt about my deceased Yorkshire Terrier dog, Toby. I dreamt that he was alive and being cared for by an old man in an antiques shop. In my dream I walked along the street on the seafront of a town I didn’t recognize, and there was my Toby, on a lead tied up outside! The old man let me take him home and I was overjoyed. Then in the same dream I looked out to sea and saw three large boats on fire. They weren’t quite ships, and they were wooden, possibly fishing boats but I’m not sure.  As I watched, the one nearest the shore capsized and sank right in front of me, while the others continued to burn, lighting up the evening sky with an orange glow. Bizarre!

The next night I dreamt that my husband and I moved into a newly built four-bed roomed house. Nothing unusual there you might think. We had already decided we didn’t want a new-build house; we prefer old houses with history and character.  The house in my dream reminded me of a house I lived in as a teenager, only on a larger scale. While I was wandering around the house reveling in it, a fox climbed in through the dining room window! I got it out somehow but cannot remember my method. Then I walked into the kitchen where my husband was, and the fox came in through the back door, and this time clamped its mouth around my leg. I told my husband not to make any sudden movements but to try and tempt the fox away from me, and then I woke up, feeling a distinct ‘grabbing’ sensation on the same leg that had been mauled in my dream! 

I had forgotten all about these vivid dreams, but I know they are not limited to pregnancy. During the Christmas holidays and even the past few weeks I have woken up feeling exhausted having dreamt about all manner of weird situations. Have you had vivid dreams recently? Please share!

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A Spiritual Awakening in the Pyramids

Here is my story from a deep meditation experience several years ago, just before I embarked upon my Reiki journey:

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I was walking steadily along a grassy pathway, towards a huge temple that stood proud and strong before me. Flanked by my elders, there was nowhere else to go but forward. I walked upright, with my head held high and my body proud. This was my journey. I was about to become a woman, truly and spiritually. I was carrying a silver chalice filled with fragrant white flowers. It took both hands to carry, and it was a sacred gift. I carried it with reverence and honour.

My feet were bare; my dress was a simple tunic of lightweight white fabric. My long, black hair hung straight down my back, fine and glossy with good health. It had been carefully washed and combed in preparation for my awakening. Walking steadily forward, not looking anywhere but at the temple before me, I was aware of our tribe elders standing silently either side, watching my progress. Nobody moved. Nobody spoke. The air was thick with anticipation, and my mind was carefully blank of all expectation of what was to come.

I reached the temple and climbed the high stone steps without difficulty, still holding my sacred chalice of flowers. The stone was a pale colour, not quite yellow and not quite orange, but somewhere in between. It felt dusty underfoot, but that was the texture of the rock, and the hot sun above warmed it. I was handed a flaming torch by a silent watcher at the door to the temple, and I held it in one hand, struggling to hold the chalice in my right hand, careful not to spill the precious flowers. In the dim passageway that stretched ahead, I could see pale golden sand on the floor, and I felt the weight of solid, powerful rock all around me. My time had come to enter the inner chamber of the pyramid.

I walked slowly along the dark passageway, totally alone. I carried my torch and my chalice of flowers. I felt no fear. It was my time to be initiated into the ways of our people. I was ready. I was strong. I walked into a large, cavernous room in the very heart of the pyramid. This was the temple of the Goddess. On this night She would push me to the limits of endurance, and if I survived, I would be awakened. There was no other option. I will no longer return to Spirit and repeat my lessons.

In the centre of the room was an ornate golden throne. I set down my chalice of flowers on the floor beside it. They were an offering to the Goddess. I placed my torch in a holder beside the throne, and I sat down. The torchlight only illuminated a small circle. Beyond that was total darkness.

Almost immediately the room filled with shadows. I fought my fear and panic as the Dark Energies surrounded me. They wanted me. They would control me. I would not allow that. Breathing through my fear, I broke them down. Concentrating on my own inner strength, I fought the Dark Energies, willing them to be gone from my life and my awareness forever. One by one they disappeared, and suddenly the room filled with golden light.

I had conquered my demons. I had reclaimed my power. The Goddess was proud. She came and danced with me in that Golden Chamber. We laughed, we sang, we moved in joy and love and happiness. I had taken another step forward on my journey to living a life awake and aware.

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The Importance Of Saving And Investing

There are two kinds of people in the world, with two kinds of mindsets – those who live from paycheck to paycheck and those who save up a little every month (for a rainy day) and put aside some of their income towards investments for the future (such as a house or child’s education). 

It is always a sensible thing to save up, if possible, however little an amount – because over the years, the few pennies and pounds do add up to a significant amount. And if you have some extra cash which you don’t need at the moment, it can be wise to invest it as your investment will only reap more rewards for you in the future. 

Here are some reasons you might want/ need to save up for…

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Buying Your Own House

It is every couple’s dream to own their own place – be it a flat or a house. Especially if you plan to have children and grow your family. Besides it being something that brings you contentment, it is also a wise decision in the long run as rents (especially in major cities in the world) are exorbitant and it makes more sense to put that money towards a mortgage for your own house than to give to a landlord each month. 

But getting on the property ladder is no mean feat and needs a good investment to even get started. Which is why it makes a lot of sense to start saving from the time you start earning – even a few pounds a month can help by the time you are ready to buy a house.

Saving For Your Child’s Education

One of the greatest gifts you can give your child/ren is a good education, and often, that costs money. It is a parent’s decision whether they want to educate their child in a private school or a public one but for more information you can read more here

If not for school, then you have to keep in mind further education such as college fees – and if you have more than one child it will only double or triple. So having a steady amount saved or a continuous investment over the years will help ease the pressure when the time comes. 

Save For An Emergency Fund 

Life is uncertain and emergencies can arise anytime. It could be an accident, a lifelong disease, loss of job, a global pandemic – it is for situations and times like these that emergency funds come in use. If you have saved for unforeseen circumstances over the years, you will not be left in a pit when faced with an emergency; but will instead have ready funds to tackle it head on.

Save For Retirement

We tend not to think so far ahead but retirement is something that will eventually come. And you will only feel the pinch once the income stops coming in but the expenses continue. On the contrary, there could very well be additional expenses due to old age such as medicines, old-age home fees or 24/7 care. 

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