Love is All Around

Look to this day
for it is life
the very life of life.

In its brief course lie all
the realities and truths of existence
the joy of growth
the splendor of action
the glory of power.

For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory
of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day….
~ ancient Sanskrit poem ~


Healing Dream

I was feeling tired yesterday afternoon so sloped off to bed for a kip.

I had a dream where I was in a room looking at others in a bigger room for a festive occasion. For some reason, I felt that I would be alone in my life and was quite resigned to it. I entered the bigger room and a younger man there started dancing with me, but then queried me about my health history. I talked at length to him and he told me I was lucky as he was a master healer and usually charged £400 per session. As he said this, he put his arms around me, held me in a wonderful embrace, I fell into a deep sleep feeling safe and protected, and woke feeling as if a whole heap of crap from my past had melted away.

This is pretty self-explanatory and one of the reasons that I’ve posted it is because it had such an emotional effect on me. I have lots of dreams, often don’t remember them, but when I do and they leave an emotional residue, then I know I need to note that dream down and work with it.

It’s also been my experience that if you don’t write a meaningful dream down you’ll likely forget it. And when you do return to dreams over time, it’s surprising how you forget them and the impact they had.

With this dream I can remember clearly the loving, healing, supportive energies I received and I keep hugging myself at the memory!


I Am Memory!

Around 2.30am, my husband let our dogs out and Maggie Mae came back to drop something on the bed beside me. I thought it was a rock and went to pick it up and put it away, only to find myself in close proximity to something very prickly. When I put the light on, I found we had a hedgehog in our bed, much to our surprise!  Luckily, our dog hadn’t harmed it although how she brought it in without the prickles hurting her mouth is beyond me. Anyway, said hedgehog was placed gently outside our front gate in the garden and had taken itself off when we got up this morning.

As this was so unusual, this morning I looked up the metaphysical meaning of hedgehog: Being a nocturnal creature, the symbolism of the hedgehog deals with intuition, psychic ability, prophetic dreams and visions. … That the hedgehog’s active time is at night is symbolic of “second sight.”

Which was absolutely true as, just before I awoke this morning, I had an amazingly powerful, initiatory dream which was incredibly clear. I could remember going back eons where I was told, along with other people – women and men – that we would far in the future remember when the time was right that a ceremony would take place. I was especially instructed by the leading light, a powerful woman, that I too was powerful and must remember the details of what was being created at the beginning gathering.

I was totally confident I’d remember when the time came that I would recall the memories of this special ritual and knew exactly that the time was now. I had to go to the top of a tower with all the others also present, then run down the steps in special robes carrying a chalice of herbs. Everyone was dancing – women and men – and when I get to the bottom the powerful woman was there to tell me that I am the chosen one.

I stepped outside, to see the moon covered in clouds. But as I stepped forward holding the chalice of herbs, the clouds suddenly cleared and a huge, absolutely huge moon emerged. I held the chalice up and chanted loudly: “I Am Memory! I Am Memory! I Am Memory!” And the powerful woman stepped forward and told me I was the High Priestess of Memory.

I felt quite stunned when I woke up and exhilarated.  It explains my deep connection to rocks, stones and crystals and the memories I sense within them. And it was also exhilarating to have experienced such a powerful dream. I’ve read of dreams like this but never experienced one. They can’t be forced but, by golly, when they do turn up out of the blue – as this one has – it is quite transformational!


dreamscapeI remembered two interesting dreams when I woke this morning and created this image to reflect the dreamscapes they invoked.

The first dream was a discussion of weight loss. I piled on 14 lbs when I started blood pressure tablets last summer, but I’ve weaned myself off them now.  I have lost 10lbs in the past couple of weeks which has pleased me no end, not because I’m obsessed with dieting, but because I want to get healthier and feel fitter.

In the dream I told the people I was with that I was losing weight by filling out a food diary which helped me monitor what I was eating, planning my meals and noting how I felt the next day after particular foods. The people in the dream were very encouraging,  excited and supportive, and urged me to keep following the same path in order to get healthy.  Pretty clear dream, eh?

But the next one was beyond amazing. I dreamed I’d been invited to a shamanic art workshop in Queensland. In the dream, my husband came in to wake me up he brought three letters with him: the first told me that my fare would be paid and I was in tears of gratitude at reading that; the second letter offered me clothing and gear for my travel and participation at the conference; and the third one bought immediate action – a body clearing by my friend in Brisbane, BJ Long, which felt absolutely wonderful, left me feeling light and full of spiritual energy. She was helped by other women who were light beings and incredibly spiritual and nurturing.

Then I realised I’d lost my working stick and one of the women, a shamanic practitioner, offered to get me a replacement from her mother’s magickal stock, providing me with a replacement walking stick in the meantime which felt very light, easy to handle and helped me feel freer in my movements and more confident.

I’m still working on all the implications of the second dream (and any suggestions as to meaning would be appreciated) but it left me feeling incredibly loved and nurtured by the universe and by my friends.


Abundance and Resilience

abundance-and-resilienceI’ve been absent for a while due to health challenges which have now sort of sorted themselves out, as much as they’re able, I guess.

I came across an image of a bison and, as I mentioned in an earlier post, it reminded me of a dream I had where I was in my grandmother’s kitchen (I always felt well nurtured and loved at my maternal grandmother’s house), looked out the window and saw a huge, magnificent bison peacefully grazing on the grass in the garden.

I have never forgotten this image as it was so clear and striking, so I’m accepting that Bison is one of my spirit beings. My other constant spirit being companion is a spider.

Crystal Songlines: Kyanite

Fields of Love
This is a digitally re-worked image of the Kyanite fan, which I’ve called “Pallisades of Love”. I have the feeling the Kyanite fan and necklace are opening me up to new visions and fields of love although it’s unclear of what that new direction is.

I’ve been working with Kyanite for the past few days – a Kyanite fan from the Harts Range in the Northern Territory of Australia, and a Kyanite necklace which I re-configured as I wasn’t happy with the focal bead, it was too heavy for the delicate stones on the necklace itself.

So last night I had a weird dream. I was in a Myers Department Store in Australia (which is a large, fairly upmarket nation-wide chain of stores) which was seriously run-down and shabby. I was looking at how to revamp it, mentioned to an older saleslady about my concerns at the state of the shop who said the store wouldn’t fund any upgrades. She said she was going to leave, broke into tears and I gave her a big hug.

Then I had a brainwave – how about starting our own business?  There was another  salesperson there, a younger woman, and the three of us felt amazingly enthused about establishing (of all things, as I’m not into wedding paraphernalia!) a wedding planner business.  We had heaps of wedding dresses and offers of help from all sorts of people, including a cleaning business.

I woke up in the middle of the dream which a big thunderstorm passed over Cyprus, complete with hailstones and heavy rain. I got up to let our dogs out for a run and then, when I returned to bed, promptly ended up in the dream again, at the part where we had the wedding dresses and offers of help.

I worked with The Shining Tribe tarot deck, created by Rachel Pollack, to try to understand this dream. For myself I drew the 8 of Stones card, which represents a new identity, a sense of playfulness and ending something in order to make way for the new.

The idea of the shabby store and new beginnings was represented by the 4 of Rivers, which again is about new beginnings and letting go of old limitations, shedding one’s old skin.

The wedding shop was represented by the Knower of Birds which relates to wisdom, knowledge, ideas, psychic vision and ability to communicate it clear to others, as well as setting up a system of thought.

The outcome was the Spiral of Fortune which offers the breaking out of old patterns, change that liberates, gaining a wider vision, and possible breakthroughs into new ground.

Kyanite necklace
Kyanite necklace: Kyanite blade; strung beads: blue coral; rutilated quartz; rose quartz; clear quartz; blue lace agate; amazonite; fluorite; citrine. There’s also a white feather on the face of the Kyanite blade, for alignment with spiritual direction.

So, yes, the dream is about new beginnings and directions but stuff me if I have any idea, at present, of what those directions are! I did have a dream about playing with crystals last night, crystals of all kinds and big heaps of them, so how that works out we’ll ha ve to see.

If anyone feels drawn to offer their own interpretation, feel free.  I welcome others’ views to help get a deeper perspective of what this dream means!

Kyanite fan - Hartz Ranges
Kyanite Fan – Harts Range, Northern Territory, Australia


Panther totem

Something a bit different as last night I had a very strong healing dream where I was reminded that the presence of a black panther in an earlier dream was an energy/totem figure for me. I can’t remember the details – only the herbalist owner giving me drops, with 10 needing to be taken twice a day after meals. Interesting dream and really vivid when I woke up this morning.