Teachings that turtle energy brings, according to Ted Andrews in his book ‘Animal Speak’, are lessons about motherhood, longevity and awakening to opportunities. The turtle teaches how to use one’s own head and knowledge to right thinking when things get wobbly. The turtle teaches that Pacha Mama provides for all our needs and she teaches us how to slow down and notice opportunities. The way to heaven is through the earth and everything is connected.
Right before I left on my Journey of Love, a dear friend and teacher gifted me with a jade turtle. She has been my travel companion ever since. I came across a turtle in the yard recently and messages are coming through loud and clear! Inspiration, new opportunities, courage, feeling blessed are all words that come to mind when describing the overall feeling of where I am at present.
Years of journeying, work, pain and struggle seem to be cycling around to a point of completion, and it feels great. All in right timing seems to be the theme of the day and for those of you who are in a place of despair and grief or suffering and pain of any kind, know that those feelings are very real and they will cycle around in right timing. It won’t happen until you are ready. Layers get peeled away, sometimes at a slower pace than other times, but as long as your intension is on the path, those layers are getting peeled away and the way you feel will come around and evolve to a place of completion. To a place of inspiration. To a place of new opportunity. To a place of healing. To a place of growth and change.
One very useful way to allow an openness and right thinking is through positive affirmation. Two affirmations, borrowed from Louise Hay’s Book ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ are: ‘I love and approve of myself’ and ‘I release the past with ease and grace and joyfully welcome the new’. Every time I find myself going down a rabbit hole of negative thought, I stop and repeat these affirmations over and over again. I am literally rewiring my thought patterns and I am seeing results. I encourage you to do the same.
In Love and Gratitude,
I have always known that there is some sort of creativity tucked away inside me somewhere. I figured there has to be because people have said that everyone is creative in their own way or everything we need is inside us. I believe these things and say them often. So, why have I never accessed the creative part of myself? Is it because I didn’t believe I could actually be creative? Is it because I did not trust myself? Is it because I was afraid of being laughed at or criticised? Or perhaps it was because I was afraid to take the risk.
Choosing to get rid of all my belongings and embark on my Journey of Love across the country for seven months allowed me to get into alignment with who I am, including my creative side. Encountering many unforeseen circumstances and having to navigate my way through them; making decisions while out of my comfort zone; often not having anyone to depend on but myself; being in situations where I simply had to take care of myself regardless of what other people thought, helped grow my confidence and self-worth; it helped me see value in who I am and what I have to offer the world.
At the time, it did not cross my mind that I might start painting when I settled down but the stars aligned and doors opened. I became excited about painting, found supplies on a really great sale, welcomed support from a dear friend (who’s a professional artist), and started painting away. I was nervous at first but my creativity took over and the process became rather meditative and spiritual. I opened up even more and am surprised by my creations. A friend and local business owner offered to put some of my work up in her office. I am grateful for the opportunity and I am going with it.
When I think of me being an artist, I’m still in a bit of a state of disbelief, but I am opening up to the idea more and more all the time. Taking the risk to brave the Journey has allowed me to take other risks, like opening up to this creative force that is me! I am forever grateful to all those who have supported and encouraged me and who continue to support and encourage me along the way! Thank you…
Some days seem to be foggier than others – the waxing and waning of life. Through these cycles, we cannot control our exterior environments. When we are in alignment, moving with the tide seems easy. However, when we are not in alignment, the following practice can help get us back where we need to be.
I’ve been doing this thing lately where I imagine myself walking beside my higher-self, the Goddess part of me. Angels, Ascended Masters, my Guides and Goddess are all around. I see myself surrounded by gold and white light, wearing whatever I’m wearing that day – running shoes, jeans, a T-shirt and sweater – looking up to and holding hands with me.
I don’t try to answer questions or figure anything out. I don’t try to problem solve, imagine situations unfolding any one particular way or wishing my outer circumstances were different. I simply let it be.
As life happens, through these trickier times, I rest in a place of trust – trusting my higher-self to direct me, to guide me to solutions that are for my greater good, to be a shining light that I can follow and know that I am loved, that I am safe and supported, that I walk in Goddess’ light, and that taking risks are worth it. That I am worth it!