So I thought I'd take some time to write a new blog post today. I've had a blissful return to my roots this past weekend teaching Reiki first degree. When I say a return to my roots of course the Reiki principles are a way of being everyday, its never far from my thoughts, but I am aware that I have given much of my time and energy these past few months to my other hat as a trainer in the business World. Of course I've still been working with clients both therapeutically and in coaching, as well as teaching Reiki from time to time, but I haven't , if I'm honest given my full attention to this side of me in the way I have in previous years.
I love teaching Reiki. Each time I do I remember just how rewarding it is, I have been known to say I could do this every day! That said I do enjoy the variety of my work, just last week I was involved in delivering #InspireNewark which was a wonderful day for the local business community, which also raised much need funds for Beaumond House Community Hospice.
Having worked over the weekend I purposely booked in very little for today, just to give myself some time to contemplate. And so, here I am, thinking what shall I write about?
Yesterday was World happiness day, I could write about that.... but I have written about that in previous years....... I could write about Reiki, as It's so current in my awareness from the weekend..... but I've also written about that before too......
So as I sat down just a few short minutes ago I was blank..... call it writers block if you like....... searching for inspiration but nothing came.
So again, I went back to my roots... and pulled some cards to stimulate thought.
Now the thing that jumped out to me was the wise old guy on the middle card otherwise known as Laozi (also Lao-Tzu /ˈlaʊˈdzʌ/ or Lao-Tze, "Old Master") who was an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. He is known as the reputed author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism, and as a deity in religious Taoism and traditional Chinese religions.
He was also the guy who is quoted with writing the title of this blog.
"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading".
Hmmm...... now that made me stop and sit up. Especially as he's showing up on the "Life Purpose" card, he's a writer and he's also got the sands of time running in front of him, a big clock behind him, you could be forgiven for translating that as THE TIME IS NOW and TIME IS PRECIOUS or even TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
That coupled with the babies appearing in both of the other two cards ( now I'm way past birthing real babies at 48) I see that as telling me I have a new baby as in a new project to nurture and take care of.
You may also notice that Laozi is writing..... I do have another book bubbling, but since the start of the year I've not made any progress on my initial ideas and discussions with potential contributors. You may also notice the open window... suggesting a open window of opportunity , with the timing being NOW!
There's a pretty strong message I'm being presented with here.... where am I putting my energy?
Have I drifted way off course and need to change direction, if I don't want to find myself miles away from my true purpose... Oh boy, something tells me I'd better take notice.
With Stork showing up as a totem; one of the most ancient and powerful symbols of birth.
Quoted from http://www.linsdomain.com
Stork reflects a connection to emotions and the creation sybology of Water. Stork can help us understand our emotions. It is sacred to the goddess Juno, who oversees home, children and family. It is good luck to have a stork totem. Stork is linked to the mysteries of sacred dance. This dance can awaken primal forces and energies.
Call on stork when you begin a new project, new relationship or new job.
When you see a Stork, ask yourself if you need to go back to basics?
Have you lost touch with your family roots?
Are you taking time of birth the projects within your life?
And what about all that gold showing up? Quoted from http://www.empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com/color-gold.html
The colour gold is the colour of success, achievement and triumph. Associated with abundance and prosperity.
This colour is linked to masculine energy and the power of the sun.
Optimistic and positive, gold adds richness and warmth to everything with which it is associated - it illuminates and enhances other things around it.
At the uppermost level, this is a colour which is associated with higher ideals, wisdom, understanding and enlightenment. It inspires knowledge, spirituality and a deep understanding of the self and the soul.
You may also notice the Winged heart above the Laozi. Quoted from http://cristinamcallister.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/symbol-spotlight-winged-heart.html
The heart has long been a symbol for the soul, the seat of emotions, our inner selves. It can mean sincerity, truthfulness, charity and mercy. It has also come to represent Love, both romantic and platonic.
Wings represent speed, freedom, elevation, aspiration, divinity and transcendence. They are also associated with mystical and magical beings – fairies, angels, dragons, Pegasus. To the alchemists, wings connoted achievement of a higher state of being. There is also the mythical theme of “earning one’s wings”, an achievement gained through heroic efforts or bravery, valor and service.
Combining these two powerful symbols, the winged heart represents the freedom to love, to feel, to courageously rise above the mundane and reach full potential. It is a sign of joyful optimism and a representation of the free spirit.
It is the symbol of the Sufi religious movement, an Islamic sect dedicated to seeking truth and facilitating understanding among people. They believe that the heart is the link between the body and the soul, hovering between the realms of matter and spirit. The winged heart indicates the heart’s desire to rise toward heaven, borrowing the ancient Egyptian’s association between wings and spiritual transformation and transcendence.
It's a symbol that expresses the desire to uplift and inspire, to fulfill ones potential and live a life of freedom, filled with joy and love.
Some pretty strong messages showing up wouldn't you say?
I wonder how many of you reading this can resonate with some of these messages?
I wonder have you raised your head to look around and find you've drifted of course?
And if so..... where do you need to go back to basics, back to your roots?
What no longer serves you, what can you let go of?
And as I've said many times before, what you focus on grows.... so, I guess I like you perhaps, need to check my trajectory, realign my aims, and readjust me focus.
Until next time,
Make every moment count!
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