How to be spiritually inspired this weekend!
Look up. Watch the clouds and gaze for as long as you can. In doing this allow any thoughts to drift away and focus on the shape, colour and shifting of the sky.
Be in nature as often as you can. Take a nice walk. Lounge in the garden. Get caught in the rain and put your umbrella down. Walk barefoot across nature's carpets.
Say a prayer. For anyone or anything other than yourself. Pray to whomever; angels, fairies, goddesses or the universe. Make it heartfelt. Make it count.
Do something outside of your comfort zone. Because to do so we have to bypass fear. And fear is nothing but a collection of thoughts that bar our way to something marvellous.
Listen and act on your intuition. Consciously tune into your gut instinct and at least once this weekend, obey it. Allow miracles to occur.
Choose not to BMW (bitch, moan and whinge). Speak positive or say nothing at all.
Smile at people and be kinder than expected. Look at everyone as a beautiful ray of soul, one that is lost in the confusing puzzle of life.
Expect nothing and give of yourself to those you love. You want a nice bunch of flowers / chocolates? Give them instead.
If times are tough then contemplate only the most positive outcome and share that positivity with anyone else affected.
Eat well and with total awareness of what you are placing in your body. Drink plenty and slurp up those power giving organic veggies! Try one meal raw / organic / vegan / veggie.
Going shopping for new stuff? Swap that desired handbag / bra / new top for an experience. Treat a friend to coffee. Or buy something to change your life like a self help book or download of meditations. Stick any spare change on a charity box and don't tell anyone you did it. Ever.
These are just some brief ideas! Feel free to share your own ideas in the comments below. Have a wonderful weekend!! Alice x
I'm writing this on the back of a very personal situation. Being a spiritual author who does usually practice what she preaches, I recently found myself hugely challenged. You see I'm pregnant. And just when I was getting used to that idea and starting to get excited, I was told in no uncertain terms that the pregnancy had problems. My husband and I were placed in a grief room and given very little hope. We then waited five days for more tests. What happened in those five days changed my life and reignited my spiritual flame.
This has more to do with my mind than it does my womb. So let me assure you now, thankfully, baby is ok. We came out the other end relieved and transformed. The journey is what I wanted to share with you.
When given the frightening diagnoses I would have thought my reaction would be to dig deep into my spiritual tool box and come out fighting. But I didn't. Instead I did something very unlike me. I started preparing myself emotionally and mentally for the worst case scenario. I placed myself in a state of grief and I got on with being miserable.
In doing so I felt I was protecting myself, donning my armour, reasonably preparing for the inevitable. In doing this I was on some levels rejecting all I believe in. But my beliefs were out the window. I was not even entertaining them. I was choosing instead to be in a morose limbo.
But then a few days into this zombie like state I received a powerful sign. Whilst driving along the road, feeling sorry for myself, a van drove past with the word HOPE emblazoned upon it. This changed everything in a split second.
I'm a sucker for a sign and this one swept me up. Yes, I thought, but of course. Hope. What else is there?
From here on I literally turned my grief on it's head. Instead of preparing for the worst case scenario, I chose to envision and believe in the best case scenario. I realised in doing so I was giving the situation a chance. My turnaround felt powerful. I felt lifted. I felt I was tuning into exactly what the universe wanted and the flow was right. Suddenly I was empowered and dare I say it... Happy.
I realised too that you cannot prepare for the worst case scenarios. That shit is always gonna hurt. But by planning for the best case scenario, even if it doesn't happen, you know in your heart you tried. And you tried on every level available to you as a soulful being.
There was also a part of me that felt the universe, divinity, my spiritual world was waiting for me to pick up and move on. I can't help but feel deeply that the happy outcome that eventually came was in no small part caused by my internal turnaround. We create the world through our thoughts. I knew that before. But now, now I have lived it. I have lived it in a miraculous way, above and beyond my usual minor requests to the universe. This was a gravely serious matter and I am convinced the choice to prepare for the best helped the spiritual axis of the world shift in my favour.
Preparing for the best is a powerful spiritual practice. It is something that will infuse my life forever more. I am grateful to the universal prompt I was given and I share it with you in the hope it can instil itself in your difficulties. It is as simple as a choice. Whilst preparing for the worst may feel like protection, the most powerful armour you can wield is a faith in the power of you. In your own positivity you will find a reservoir of possibility. When your hope turns to faith, faith turns to love and your love can flip over into a little miracle. Prepare for the best and change your life!
Alice Grist is a spiritual author of four books, a soul coach and Intuitive tarot reader. Find out more about her work at www.alicegrist.co.uk
A little video from me that makes activating your intuition easy! Activate Your intuition workshops in the UK to follow...
Spiritual wisdom whilst baby is in the bath.... Decided to restart my you tube channel and post some videos. This is the raw, unedited, honest film I made this morning whilst Miss Ivy enjoyed her bubble bath. And yes, she kinda joined in too. Would love to know your thoughts on this little film. And I hope to make many more on spirituality, soul coaching, tarot, meditation etc, with my sidekick, very soon. I hope you find this fun!
Check the first video here!
For most of us the concept of death is something we bare with clenched fists and a stomach full of churning denial. When it is visited upon us we dig deep into that denial and find a pit of rage, a chasm of awkward, ugly disbelief, and an ocean of sorrow too deep and abysmal to cross. Death can leave even the hardiest spiritualista feeling wiped out, in doubt and desperately alone.
That said, I don't want this article to focus on the spiral of negativity that can and does so often consume us. Rather I want to redirect our feelings to the gifts that death brings, and indeed the fascinating insights the ending of life can usher forward. More specifically, I want to consider the thought that our life goes on beyond the physical obviousness of death.
All those of a spiritual nature must contemplate, from time to time that there is more to life. You would not be here had you not considered this. Perhaps you have experienced something, be it a ghost, a psychic moment or a connection with a departed loved one that cannot be denied. Perhaps you have hazy memories from a past life, or find yourself called, inexplicably to study and read spiritual books that promote the idea of life going on.
I know that when I started out on my spiritual trip, this was precisely where my head took me. I read books that presented fabulous evidence of life after death, reincarnation and indeed a spiritual life between lives. At this same time my Grandfather died, and with my head already swirling in a mass of fascinating spiritual thought, he gifted me with signs that not only was he still around 'in spirit' but that he had a fairly good sense of humour about his life, his passing, and our continued connection. Years later and my other Grandfather died, the way it happened, whilst shocking to those around him, was filled with so many blessings and hidden gifts. His passing revealed to me that even in the uncertainty and seeming madness of disease, a perfect set of circumstances can accumulate. Tokens of love can be ushered out, when least expected, and life can swing wildly between giving and taking, heartfelt gain and lifealtering loss.
I have previously written about a time when I once had a vision, or a dream or a remembrance (no words truly describe what I experienced) about the state of life. I wrote about it here... In this dreamlike memory I recalled a place before my life as Alice and I woke up in the biggest fit of hysterical hilarity and giggles I ever have had. For me that memory was of a place so familiar, so spectacular, so real. Whilst I was there I was reminded that the earth upon which we parade our lives, our happiness and our woes, is fleeting, it is stage, it isn't quite real. Our life as we know it right now is but a place of learning, and all those things that we invest so much energy and heartfelt thought into, are, essentially, irrelevant.
This isn't to say that all experience here is pointless. Nor is life a bad or good joke. But rather that the things we consume ourselves with, the daft stuff, the worries, the drama, now all of that is truly laughable. It may take death to lighten that load, we may need to lose our bodies so that we can lose the muck in our minds. But I don't believe this has to be the case. I believe we can start to gain a healthier more spiritual perspective now, simply by asking ourselves this, "if I / you / we died tomorrow, would this thought /situation / feeling / argument matter?"
I was recently reading back through my first book The High Heeled Guide to Enlightenment. I undertook several past life regressions as research, and rereading those experiences lit a little fire under my spirit once again. I truly believe in life after death and life between lives. My personal past life regressions clearly showed me experiences in previous lives that had been so full of meaning and lessons, and that I can see reflect still in my life today as Alice Grist. For anyone in doubt about the nature of their forever selves, I highly recommend a past life regression, or if you can't stomach it, feel free to read all about mine here...
Death is still a frightening concept, of course it is. Whilst we are in our human bodies, subject to our intense emotions, we are unlikely to ever deal well with death. Nor would we want to. We are here to run the gamut of ups and downs and to feel everything that this life presents us with. However it is possible to feel the horror and sadness of death, and yet still believe it is not the end. We can embrace death as much as we revile it. We can choose to learn from it and grow from it and glow in the light which it sheds upon our lives.
Death is never without meaning. For every loved one we lose, something is gained, something is gifted from their spirit to ours. For those losses we can cry, we can sob, we can weep. But when the tears settle and the memories flood us and we smell Nana's perfume, or we hear her voice in our mind, or we find a little note she wrote us, or we are gifted with the inspiration to do as she did, to love or live or find compassion as she did, then her life continues within us, and I am sure her spirit continues alongside us also in some energetic, etheric form, stroking our energy, holding us, laughing with us, at us, within us.
Living life in denial of death is a life insufficiently lived. If we embrace that concept then we can get the best out of our current existence. If we take this further, and look to an idea of life going on beyond death, then we get not only comfort, but insight. If we look for the signs of this insight in the world around us, in little miracles and within our own hearts, then we become wise as we move within the mysterious circle of living.
Death is but a stepping stone to truth. The truth of human life, truth of our higher self, truth of the eternal and forever nature of the soul of the cosmos and of Mother Nature. This truth will twist and turn along with our adventures and our moods. We will accept it, deny it, embrace it and loathe it throughout our existence. Yet the truth of it, the acknowledgement of it as a certainty, a distinct possibility, a likelihood, an inevitable is empowering in ways unfathomable.
Published as part of Alice's March 2014 Newsletter, sign up for regular spiritual articles, resources and insight here...
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