Today in Dirty & Divine my private Facebook group we talk, The Sun... Come join us...
Together we grow. The Sun. I can't help but notice that there is a heavy focus on the moon in much of women's modern day spirituality. Which is great, and it makes sense in terms of menstrual cycles and cyclical energy etc. And I LOVE it. But... The Sun. I see him more. He raises us from our roots to the sky. He lights everything. He shows us glaring truth. He is the cycle of our year, of our lives. He takes us round and round and back again. He brings us from seed to sown to grown. Let us take a moment for the sun. Love, Alice x
It's as simple as it sounds. Stop striving. Stop planning. Stop meticulous intention. Just step back from yourself for a moment.
Expect to receive. Know enough has been done. Focus on the day to day intricacies of living in the moment. Share your heart and give your mind & your plans, a rest. Step back from yourself for a moment.
What you think, what you hope for and what you gear your brain towards.... None of these things are real, not really, they are control trying to have it's way. Step back and let the universe, the goddess, your highest self step in.
It is an exercise in foolishness, And in foolishness we stake our claim to life. For without a little fool, we all become bumbling bundles of impossible specifics. Don't be specific. Close down and open out and let it all come. Be open to receive. With no plan on what it is you might receive or how it might come. Step back from yourself for a moment...
Love, Alice x
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My life has been made infinitely happier and particularly more harmonious as a result of reading tarot. Not because they tell me anything I don't already know. But because they guide me through what I know with serendipitous wisdom.
They guide me through my own thoughts like a dedicated, meditated buddhist monk. They see my fear and they wave it away. They take my ambition and they temper it. They see my bullshit and they call it.
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I have spent ten years of my life writing about spirituality and it seems I have had enough. I wrote a book about Tarot, I named it Dirty and Divine. My thought was that we are dualistic beings, any investigation of the Divine must, of course, have the Dirty of earthbound humanity within it. How very right I was. So right, in fact that I have crossed over to the other side. My Divine, is now the thing I take as granted. It is the Dirty that requires my attention, my heart, my thought and my words.
My spiritual path has been a most wonderful trip. It has taken me from an angsty young adult to being a Woman and now a Mother. It has shown me a path upon which I now tread with so much passion. I’m sane, stable and happy in my skin. My faith and belief in something wonderfully ‘more’ has not shifted.
What has altered is my need to pursue spirit to the ends of the earth. I feel that my spirituality has taken on a low burning vibe. It no longer needs to be up front and center. In fact, it’s better that it’s not. It works well as a base, a place I can return, a thing I can hang everything around. It is no longer a thing I need to investigate or calibrate any further. It just is. I just am. My divine, my spirit has become a backdrop; it is no longer the action.
That honor is now firmly with the actors of my life. For it is the Dirty, the humanity, the gritty every day that has arisen as being most important. It has taken over and drawn me back into the world. I’ll be honest… When writing Dirty and Divine, I had secretly hoped for visions, angels and empowering manifestation. What I got was real human life. In its most potent form, illness, death and addiction being a horribly strong theme. Whilst my inherent spirituality informed my approach to these moments of life, it didn’t change it. It didn’t make it go away. Yes, perhaps, it made it easier. But again, let me stress this, it didn’t change it. I still had to live through it.
That is where my Dirty and Divine collided. In this mix of all that I am, I found myself warming to the Dirty. It is, after all, the juice of a life, the stuff that is tangible, the chaos that is inevitable, the heart that hurts. This is all the purpose, is it not?
I have claimed this many times before, though perhaps not really lived it. But I will say it again, because right now it is hearteningly true. We are not here to float off into the ether just yet…
Our spirituality can become a distraction. It was for me. I distracted myself until I was well and truly far away from a situation that broke me up. I distracted myself through all measures of marital pain. I distracted myself within the rigors of pregnancy and childbirth. And it was all good, soulful distraction. It had worth, it had merit, it took me to grand inner places, it connected me to myself, to my heart, to my intrinsic worth and spirit. But I am done with that distraction, for the now. I am asking the distraction to take a step back.
I am ready again for the Dirty.
That is where my personal Dirty & Divine tarot vision quest took me. To live this life, guts and filth and all. Because we must suffer, we must feel ridiculous, inappropriate glee, we must emote, be real and make all the mistakes. We must engage with that which sits beneath our fingers. The divine resides in it all, of course... But the dirt, the dirt, the dirt… Here is where life begins. In this place our precise and personal medicine is formed. In the muck of decisions and repercussions is how lessons arise and become an ointment to be spread for souls to be saved. Within the dirt we are formed, in the grit and grind of the mother who made us. Unconscious, existing, cushioned by a womb we know not of. The dirt is, for now, our home, our point and our frighteningly genius purpose.
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Alice Grist is an acclaimed author and a mother of two. Her latest book, Dirty and Divine is released in March 2017. She is currently working on her fifth book, a soulful manifesto to reclaim the feminine, Woman. www.alicegrist.co.uk
Manifestation is a spiritual 'tool' I take with a pinch of salt. I believe it happens. I believe it works. I also believe that sometimes it isn't so simple.
It reels you in. In the beginning. Manifestation can happen in impressive and unexpected ways. You can bring on that new car, that moment, that job... Of course you can. But there is a deeper reason that this attraction works. So that you see a bigger picture. It's a treat given to you on the premise that you realise there is so much more to this life. And from there, you launch. Manifestation is but a clue, a hint, at a much, much bigger animal.
So if you don't take the clue, or the hint, and you just continue onward in some kind of manifestation daze, It dries up. Suddenly the material wants are no longer happening. The desire for more, becomes just that; a leach like desire on your soul.
It was never about the creation or accumulation of things. That was just a fancy trick the universe played to keep you keen. So when you don't applaud the magician, and when you don't get loyal to the magic behind the trick, the trick dies...
So how do you manifest when your manifestation skill has dried up? I'll tell you how. You do the opposite of manifestation. You give. You give your fucking heart out. And you commit to something that stirs your soul. And you believe. In something more. Call it what you want. You find a faith, your faith and you shift it through your veins in a chaotic and change bringing stab at enlightenment. Over and over again. You assimilate the lessons, you forgive, you move on, you get better. And then you keep doing this. Slowly the desire to manifest is replaced by a desire to be real, to have purpose, to give purpose, to provide, to be a part, to turn the wheel, to be of service.
At this point you may be lucky enough to manifest again. But it is different. It means more. It is people and love and spirit. The reasons you do so no longer matter. It becomes a perk of the ride. It is no longer the ride. It becomes real, it becomes true, as you do. Herein lays it's power.
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