The “God Box”…A Creative Activity to Help Release Fears, Worries and Anxieties

god-box-2A creative activity which can help you symbolically hand your worries, fears and anxieties over . Whether you prefer to give your worries to Godde, your angels or simply put them in a worry box, it is the act of handing them over that relieves our minds and hearts of so much excess, unhelpful baggage.

The idea is to write each worry, fear, anxiety on to a separate piece of paper of place it the box. You will notice that the box has no opening. The lid has been glued on tight. The reason for this is so that we do not go digging out these pieces of paper to remind ourselves of our worries. This is truly a physical representation of handing our worries over.

god-box-1You will need:
A shoe box (or any box will work)
Pictures from magazines, calenders
Scissors
Stick glue
Hodge podge (or wood glue) to paint over all the pictures and hold them in place

Play some music that speaks to your soul. Some of my favourites are: Leonard Cohen, Gentle Reiki music such as Tranquility, The Light Touch or any music that helps you relax.

Allow your eyes to pick pictures that first attract them. Try not to think or reason why these particular pictures. Enjoy the creative, meditative time.

Watch the video which explains a little more.

Love you neighbour as yourself…How do I get to a place of loving myself as much as I’m supposed to love my neighbours?

wild-womanIf I take this saying seriously, then I am only able to love others as much as I am able to love myself.

This makes sense from a few angles:

  • If I believe that I lack enough resources, then I will not want to share my “little” with someone else. I will want to keep it for myself so that I don’t do without.
  • If I believe that I am un-likeable, then I will not be able to share my heart with others as I will not believe that I am worthy
  • If I believe that I am stupid, then I will not want to sit in conversation with others as I will feel that I have nothing to offer.

This list of “Ifs” can go on and on depending on our thoughts about ourselves.

Now let’s look at this from the other side;

  • If I believe that I am trustworthy, then I will be willing to trust others
  • If I believe that I will always have enough, then I will be willing to share what i have
  • If I believe that I am smart, then I will want to share and learn from others.

Learning how to love all aspects of ourselves, both light and dark, comes from a variety of ways. All of them require some action from us.

  • Gratitude journal. Write 5 things you are grateful for every day. Try not to skip a day.
  • Letting go and letting The Divine hold all parts of you-the broken and the radiant.
  • Self-Reiki. If you have learnt Reiki I, you will know how to give yourself Reiki. Daily Self-Reiki keeps you balanced and able to think of yourself with compassion.
  • Speaking with another person: I have needed professional help in learning to love certain aspects of myself. People who have helped are: Spiritual Directors, Psychologists, Social workers and Narrative Therapists. Sometimes we need to hear stuff from people who don’t know us well.

To end, there is a little exercise that I do which helps me to keep a check on how I am doing on an emotional and mental, and sometimes physical level. I have a attached a short video explain how to do this exercise and how it works.

Just for Today…

grounded-chewy…I am Gentle and Calm

…I Trust

…I am Grateful for those who’ve gone before

…I work diligently in all areas of my life

…I am compassionate towards myself and others

God respects me when I work, but God loves me when I sing…Tagore

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The Healer by South African artist Dina Cormic

Tagore once said: God respects me when I work, but God loves me when I sing. These words have been going around and around in my head as I try to make a living doing what I am passionate about and what bring healing to others.

I have found myself, this past month, losing myself in the “WORK”. Focusing on bringing in the money and losing my focus on what my purpose is in doing the work that I’m doing.

When reading this simple and profound quote, my first reaction was: “That can’t be right. Imagine if I just wasted my life singing and playing? This doesn’t pay the bills.” But, after sitting with it for a while, I think I got it. My own interpretation, I agree, but one that made sense to me in my current situation.

Yes, it is important to work as we all have to eat and pay the bills. But…when I sing, when I dance, when I remember the joy of living, then I am truly giving thanks to The Divine Presence/Creator/God for my existence.

Lots of love, light and harmony

Sue

My life is balanced and in order and all is well

your-life-is-important-honour-it-fight-for-your-highest-possibilitiesNathaniel Branden, the author of “The Psychology of Self-Esteem” and “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem” says that the core idea that he has always wanted to teach is: “Your life is important. Honour it. Fight for your highest possibilities.”

As I contemplated these words, a few thoughts came to me. Firstly: Who would I be fighting in order to gain my highest possibilities? The answer came crashing through the usual muddle of thoughts that I have:
Sue the first, and probably the only, person that you would fight is yourself.

These words hit me with such force as the negative-speak which often has priority in my head usually rules over my more positive thoughts.

Secondly: Yes, my life is important, as is every single being on this planet. We each have a vital role to play in the continued well-being of all. A question that came up here for me was: What is your role in this crazy life you have? Well, I live with this question now, asking myself almost daily: “What do you need to do today to live your best life?”

Finally, how do I honour my life? Well, for today, the answer that came through is to know that my life is balanced and in order and all is well. And just for today, that has been achieved through self-Reiki, cleaning my living and working space, eating as healthily and well as I know how at this moment in time, and…Reaching out to share with others.

In love, light and harmony

Sue xxx

Growing in the silence…Learning in the noise…

Ayabongas paintingTwo months ago, an old colleague of mine let me know that one of our past pupils had been tragically killed by a car that jumped the pavement. The shock, the disbelief…a six year old child taken from life before she has had a fighting chance at it. The anger at the unknown driver, the grief in knowing how devastated her mother and grandmother were. Their only child/grandchild…gone.

The noise of all these emotions kept everyone going. The noise of the funeral preparations kept her parent and grandparent going. But then comes the silence…the overwhelming silence of never hearing this child call their name again. The silence when they remember that she never got to complete grade one…This is when we grow. This is when we are reminded of the strength of our human spirit.

Hambe kahle Ayabonga, you will never be forgotten.Ayabonga

 

The Universal laws in action…

labyrinthThis morning during my spiritual development time, I read the following which reminded me of the importance of living by universal laws rather than the laws put before us by the world. This is what it said…

“If we want to live the life of Truth, we must obey the Universal
laws. Our well-being or otherwise depends on whether
we do or do not abide by them.”

So I took a look back at what I had learned a while ago about Universal Laws. It was written by Deepak Chopra. I have a habit of forgetting what I have learned and then trying to reinvent the wheel. Yet, these laws are so relevant to our everyday life, to living in a way that is loving to ourselves, to others and the Creator.

We as human beings function according to the truths and rules of society and those we made ourselves while growing up. Our souls obey only the laws of the universe, also known as the spiritual laws. If our truths and those of the universe are not in alignment, it creates frustration, obstacles, stagnation or literally a cosmic slap in the face.  The laws of the universe are based on Love.

Most of our human truths are based in fear and fear is the root of all evil. The moment we integrate more of the universal truths into our life, the more we flow with our soul purpose and with the energies of the universe.

Deepak Chopra speaks of these Universal laws:
1. The law of willingness
2. The law of resistance
3. The law of action
4. The law of request
5. The law of gratitude
6. The law of attention
7. The law of attraction

I would suggest that you write what you think each of these laws means for you and over the next couple of weeks we will look at what it is we have found out. This is a lovely time to share our insights. Feel free to email me at sacredsutine@gmail.com and we can put our collective thoughts together for next week.

In love, light and harmony

Sue

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Be Kind to others…(I am compassionate to myself and others)

compassionAnd so we come to the 5th Reiki Principle: There are many versions of this principle:

  • Give thanks for every living thing
  • Be kind to others
  • Be thankful for the many blessings
  • Show gratitude for all living things

These are all saying the same thing, just using different words.

Before giving a Reiki treatment we can say thank you to life for being used as a channel for healing. We are not separate from other living beings but interconnected through Universal Life Energy – humans, animals and plants.

Being aware of this, we allow compassion and love to come into our lives. This is what kindness means. It is another form of love, compassion and respect for each other.

In this day and age, there is so much that we tend to take for granted, but there are many things in life, both big and small, to be grateful for; our own body, our health, good food, the beauty of nature, or the joy of a child.

As we become more aware of how precious and spontaneous life is, we can appreciate life itself and existence; and we can feel grateful for each new event in the sense of “Thy will be done”. Then the whole of life becomes a prayer.

self compassionIn our growth and awareness let us adopt gentleness, kindness, and consideration for all of God’s creatures. Respect for life is respect for the divine Wisdom and love inherent in all creations from the God-force. All matter radiates sound and light.

Mother earth is a living, breathing creation of the Divine. She is linked to humanity as humanity is linked to Mother Earth. We cannot deface her nor others without suffering the consequences of our unconscious actions. So, let us become aware of the needs of Mother Earth and the needs of humanity through respect, compassion and love.

In love, light and Harmony

Sue

Honour Your Guardians, Teachers and Elders…

honourHi Everyone

The third Reiki principle states that we need to honour our parents, teachers and elders. Another version states: “Show gratitude to every living thing”.

Reiki is the energy of unconditional love. We know that all come from the same source and that there are only different expressions of forms and levels of energy vibration. Any positive energy directed to ourselves or others helps to heal. In a way we are all students and teachers of one another as we grow up. We share experiences with each other, we learn, we love, and we support each other. This principle is about letting every situation in life teach you something.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for
tomorrow.” – Melodie Beattie

We should show respect to those who gave us life. Even if the relationship is not a good one, we should adopt an attitude of respect because in this way there is a greater probability of resolving negative feelings on either side.
Many people are our teachers. They may be older or younger than us. It is important to acknowledge teaching when we receive it, even if it is just inwardly to ourselves.

To care about them, to love and respect them is to honour them in the right way.

“For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude.” – Clarence E.
Hodges

With love and blessings always

Sue

 

I’ve got joy deep down in my heart…Let’s access it!

Heart chakraThe year has begun and what better way to start it than with a loving gift to yourself. We could all do with a little more joy in our lives. Sometimes the stresses and worries of everyday life can seem overwhelming. By connecting deeply with our emotional heart we can learn to relax and celebrate life.

Joy is a quality of the heart that happens when your body, mind and heart all function in harmony. When you are joyful your body is relaxed, your mind is calm and your heart is overflowing with energy, love and peace.

1. Sit relaxed with your eyes closed. Breathe deeply a few times and sigh on each out breath.

2. Place your hands on the middle of your chest and bring to mind a past or current situation that has caused or is causing you pain or suffering. Breathe in and welcome the feeling. If tears come, just let them happen. Accept any emotion that arises and allow yourself to move deeply into the simple energy of the feeling, without the mind putting labels or judgements on it.

3. Then, as you breathe out, reconnect with a feeling of peace, love or joy. Allow the out breath to carry the blessings of peace, joy and love.

(This meditation is taken from the following book: Reiki for Emotional Healing by: Tanmaya Honervogt)