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My blue eyed muse. It's been a while since I wrote a book. The last one was the pregnancy story of Ivy, it was a diary and as such it was easy. My previous two books, The High Heeled Guides, were my youthful experimentations in spirit, since then shit got real. Now I'm a fully fledged mama to two and I finally feel ready to start writing again. Inspiration came and continues to come in the form of my two little girls. And my next book is all about spiritual parenting. It's a book I write as I tread the grit of it. Several years ago when I started this spiritual writing malarkey I believed I ought to be traversing Peru, boshing down ayahuasca and attending moonlit retreats and what not.... At the very least I should be a serious yoga body head type lass. But it turns out my most beautiful spiritual inclinations are being raised by the exhausting, delirious, love filled job that is being a mama. So I'm going to write about that. I am writing about that. Expect lots of mum stuff and spiritual, love soaked, parenting nonsense from now on. Happy New Year folks! #happynewyear #muse #spiritualparenting #baby #mama #crunchymama #spiritualmama
So often in the world of Spirituality I hear the phrase, 'life doesn't send us anything we can't cope with'. This isn't to say that life doesn't send us a barrel load of awful, but that when it does, we can deal with it, that our coping power are far in excess of what we perhaps think. In spite of this refreshing news, we still fail to cope on a daily basis with the events that crop up. When I say 'fail to cope' I don't mean that we fall into a mega depression, or run screaming to the hills every time life goes against us, but rather, that we moan, whinge, cry, get grumpy, snappy and generally over emotional about things that could otherwise be solved quite easily. These things, if we were to look closer, are perhaps not just problems, but maybe they are also solutions.
I started off the New Year with three flat tyres. One on my car, two on my daughter's pram. This seemed like more flat tyres than any one person should have to deal with. But rather than rail against the Uni:verse, and growl and moan to the skies, I had a little think about it. I write passionaetly in both my High Heeled books about signs, and about how these might be visited upon us in so many ways. Usually I find my most profound signs in nature. A flat tyre, or three, is not something I would usually consider to be a tool for the engmatic powers of spirituality. But then... why not?
I also write in THHGTSL about what I call 'non-coincidence' aka things that seem like just a mad coincidence of life, but actually are card carrying signals from the universe that bring us closer to our path and our truth.
So I smushed my thoughts on non coincidence and signs together in my head, along with the tyre situation and bam, there is was, some blatantly obvious truth that goes deeper than just deflated rubber, and that holds true not just for me, but for you too.
My three saggy tyres are a problem that have gifted me twice. Here is how.
Firstly on a very human level I have received a gift of abundance. The pram with the two flat tyres is being sold today for a ridiculously cheap price, less than 5x what we paid for it. But these things depreciate quickly, and heck, it's got two flat tyres. Now for a split second I thought I'd made a bit of spare money, until I remembered the third flat tyre on my car. Whilst the money I'm making on the pram is not a huge amount, it is enough to buy a new car tyre, and perhaps with enough spare to get a block of vegan cheese, for my first attempt at vegan pizza later tonight! As we are in midst of moving house, and all our spare cash is tied up in selling and buying related matters, this little gift has come with perfect, non-coincidental timing.
Secondly, and on a much greater plane of understanding, the problem of my three flat tyres has caused me to really think about life and the nature of problems. Problems are par for the course here on earth. Yet we all expect to live unblemished happy lives where nothing ever goes wrong. Yet we are visited day in, day out by problems big and small. As you read this I am sure you can relate, I am sure there are a several things hounding you right now.
Problems though must come with perspective. My spiritual perspective is that they aren't ever really, truly problems, but are actually little challenges. Sometimes they are catalysts that push us forward and force us to grow. Sometimes, as in my tyre situation, they are actually solutions. The problems you are experiencing now, will over time, transform in your mind. As you look back on your life, to the problems you have experienced you will see how a little hindsight gifts you with a vision chock full of clarity. For example:
The unrequited love of your teens, a major problem at the time, no doubt tears were shed and large phone bills run up talking to your best friend about the object of your affections darling brown eyes! Looking back I am sure you will see this problem as petty, a lesson in patience, a lesson in emotions, a near escape...
The job you didn't get, the one you really wanted, the one that had your name on it... Is now just a door that closed and sent you spinning off into a whole new world, perhaps a different job or career or training that is indeed, more you.
The broken pipe that led to a flood in your living room. A chance to get handy and familiar with DIY, perhaps learning skills that came in handy another time? Or maybe an opportunity to overcome a fear of letting strangers in your home as you had to employ a plumber? Perhaps you married the plumber?
The cold weather that meant you had to change into a warmer coat, which then made you late. And who knows what this little delay in your schedule caused you to miss, maybe a bad bout of traffic, maybe an accident? Perhaps as the result of this you met a lady at the bus stop who you wouldn't usually see. Maybe she inspired you?
All of the above are examples of how problems are indeed always solutions. They means nothing of course till you apply them to your own life and come up grasping dozens of examples. So go ahead, reach into your memory box and then please do share the problems you have experienced that actually were nothing but a blessing or a bit of learning in disguise! Comments open below!
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If you have been following my career you will know I wrote two spiritually inclined books. Then, kinda broke from those to have a baby. This too lent itself to a book in the form of Dear Poppyseed, the soulful, hormonal, emotional diary of my pregnancy. Since birthing Miss Ivy I have been all mother and no 'other'. I have thrown myself into being a mum more than I have ever done anything, like ever, ever, ever. It's been lifechanging. It's been my out and out everything for near on 15 months now.
I was beginning to think my overt 'spiritual' inclinations were lost to motherhood. I did not see this as a bad thing. Because being a mum, and all it entails is the most grounded, spiritual thing I have ever done. It is an ode to soul, an overture of love enacted through the very physical, the very day to day. So I was happy. If this was to be it, then that was enough.
But as it happens the whole spiritual malarky has come a knocking again. I feel myself inclined to get all hippy. I am lighting candles, reading cards, burning cleansing substances and giving reiki to cats. I have come over all spiritual, all over again. And this time I really, really mean it.
Of course I meant it last time too. It spawned two books, and so yeah, I was dead serious about it. But this time I feel different. I have my little bear, and so my spirit revolves around her. I am her moon. She pulls me back in when it all gets a bit too woo. But I am gently exploring my old stomping ground. The tarot cards have made a delightful resurgence, and the demand for readings has unexpectedly hit an all time high, without so much as a single advert on my part. I am exploring these new spiritual avenues, and I am considering how I may serve that calling well and serve it proudly.
This time round I feel so bold. I've always kinda hidden my spiritual inclinations under a bushel. Not really pushing my books, not really talking about my tarot, not really admitting to anything much... But this time round I am out of the spiritual closet. I am a tarot reader, hell yeah. I am an author of all kinds of magicky woo. I do believe in life aver after and non-coincidence and the soul, the spirit, all that jazz. I feel it in my bones and if it is of interest to you, I want to help you feel it too. Oh lordy, it seems I'm born again!
Anyway, if you do know my career, you'll know I used to run soul-cafe, an online interactive spiritual site. It got a bit too much when baby came along so I shut it down. But I miss the interactivity, the soulful sharing. So I have deleted all my facebook individual book pages and I have started a new one, cos like, everyone is on facebook right? If you want to follow me, or find a lovely little nest full of all my eggs, then here it is https://www.facebook.com/AliceGristHighHeeledSoul You are very welcome here, and I encourage interaction, sharing , questions.
I am feeling decidedly spiritual again. I am ready to embrace my Woo, and I hope you will come along with me for the ride! Alice x
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