All posts tagged: spirituality

Creating a personal altar space

*Honour thyself* is probably the practice that the majority of us struggle with or have struggled with the most (certainly both of us!), because we often perceive putting ourselves first as being synonymous with a sort of selfishness and loving/ worshiping ourselves has even cringier connotations of egocentricity and/or arrogance. I’m sure we’ve all heard someone say something like, “Oh, I don’t like so and so because they loves themselves” about a celebrity or someone they know. Of course honouring yourself and having an over-inflated sense of self-importance are two entirely different things, but, for many of us, by societal conditioning, the meaning we attach to one has seeped into the other. The irony is, that if we aren’t putting ourselves first at least some part of our day (each and every day), then, albeit little by little, feelings of anger and resentment start to arise, at which point we either turn those feelings inwards (often leading to physical illness or disease) or they mount up and explode outwards (making for disharmony with others). Either way we find ourselves in a less than …

Are you twins?

This is a question we are often asked when we are out and about together and we’ll tell you a secret….WE ARE!….in a soul sense anyway if not biologically (^_^) Anna: I remember when LJ was born, I was four years old and I had a sense of “finally you’re here, I’ve been waiting so long…what a relief.” I felt as though my other half had arrived and I experienced no jealousy towards *the new baby* just a pure and full sense of love and completeness that she was here. Over the years, we’ve attributed our closeness to the idea that ALL siblings share a close bond (and indeed many do) but the difference in quality has become palpable over the years and particularly during our eight years of living on separate continents. When we are together it’s a feeling of completeness that we can’t quite explain (this is not to say we don’t love spending time with our partners!) it’s that feeling of it not mattering what we *do* together but that we are just content doing it together no matter how mundane it might …

Paradigm Shift

I recently completed my training in Usui Reiki level 1 with a lovely group of fellow students, taught by our wonderful Reiki sensei (teacher/master) Sara of *the space in between*. It was an experience that not only taught me some exceedingly valuable ways to look after myself using reiki, but also outlined a way of living, perceiving (ourselves and others), experiencing life that really resonated with me and if practised by the majority, would, I believe, outline a true paradigm shift in the way we as human beings relate to and exist in the universe.

Standing in your Power

I have been afraid…there…I said it. It’s one thing to stand in your truth, (your true power), behind closed doors with the folks you know love you unconditionally, but quite another to put yourself…not the carefully crafted persona you wear but the real you…out there (like on this blog for example). I’ve always talked about the things I believe in and enjoy on this blog (handmade work, meeting creative folk, art, traditional chinese medicine, loving yourself and your body, food, animals etc) and shared my experiences but none of them have really been about the real me, because I was afraid….I worried that if I peeled back the curtain to expose my oz-ness (as in *wizard of* not *aussie = oz* lol) then people might run the other way. I guess, like many, I was afraid to be judged, but I’ve come to realise that it doesn’t matter what other people think of me (everyone is entitled to their opinion and I respect that) because my purpose is to be my true self and stop …

Mistaken Beliefs & Spiritual Awakenings

For as long as I can remember I’ve walked with a deep well of sadness in my soul, a feeling of being separated, isolated and disconnected, a feeling that has, at times, made my heart physically ache with longing but for what/whom or where I have no idea. Of course, like most of us, there have been events in my life to which I can connect a certain amount of grief, sadness, feelings of loss, but none that would really explain this deep deep sense of bereftness, the sort that tears gut wrenching sobs from ones body and leaves you in a messy pile on the floor.