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Reversing the Flow

Reversing the Flow

How the act of giving amps your spiritual game

Many of us, at this time of year, quite simply run out of fuel. As the holiday season approaches, most of us need to call on the last of our reserves to navigate the end-of-year whirlwind with work, book-keeping, school activities, a tsunami of requests for catch-ups, gifting and in Singapore especially, farewells.  

In the ‘Season of Giving’ we can so easily lose our connection with a sense of flow, as we lurch from one activity to the next, feel weary and crave silence. Many of us, especially sensitive empaths, have a strong impulse to pull away, isolate and conserve. 

However, what I have learnt is that reversing those impulses and stepping into ‘flow’, taps us into a much larger field of energy and movement. And the best way to do this, is to give. 

Flow is when our bodies, minds, hearts and spirits are aligned and connected with our life field, consciously. When we are in a state of flow, we are happy and, in my observation, people who operate in flow are well, vital, grateful, successful and fulfilled.  Being in flow doesn’t mean we don’t experience challenges; this is simply the nature of life. But it does mean that we move through them quite differently – with presence and grace. Flow allows a momentum which steers us into higher possibilities, because flow brings the realisation that we, our life field, our relationships and all that we experience are inextricably linked. 

Flow also enables greater flow. Just like how a healthy flowing river shapes and widens its banks, flow expands our awareness and capacity and vastly changes our inner landscape and connection with life.

When we are disconnected with flow, we are disconnected with life.

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Vitality, love, abundance and fulfillment operate on energetic dynamics of flow and giving. When we give them unconditionally and consciously, this giving triggers their movement into and through our life experiences, and it has a multiplier effect.

Giving generates the flow of these energies not only through us, but also through those we give to. Just like how rivers join with other rivers and all converge in the sea.

Here are some simple ways to give and generate flow. Remember, this is energy work and so it’s the conscious expression that holds all the power.

If you are feeling a lack of love or acknowledgment:

  • Send a message or make a call to someone you love when they pop through your mind or when you dream of them.
  • Say ‘I love you’ to loved ones when they say or do something that stirs your heart. Just say it more often anyway.
  • Consciously express gratitude when you are touched by someone else or given a gift and don’t leave it until too late – return that energy in full.
  • Once a week do something caring for someone without any reason, fanfare or expectation of reciprocation.
  • Practice Brahmavihara meditation

If you are feeling a lack of abundance in your life:

Nurture gratitude for the things you have and enjoy around you. A gratitude journal is great for this, as is Gratitude Cultivation in meditation. 

  • Be generous whenever you can. Shout your friend that coffee. Invite friends to share a meal at your table.
  • Recycle unused items in your home. Even if it is your favourite outfit, but you haven’t worn it in two years, give it to someone who will.
  • Regularly encourage your children to do the same with outgrown toys and books
  • Volunteer your time to people in need. It doesn’t have to be a lot of time, but the action itself will trigger a flow of abundance. Just try it and see!

 If you are feeling a lack of vitality or illness in your life:

  • Give your body the rest, nutrients and sunshine it needs.
  • Give your soundscape positive energy. Stop complaining and use the mantra: “I am healthy and vital by design and sovereign right”.
  • Nurture a positive attitude towards your body and your body will start to express it.
  • Recognize the health and vitality in others around you and express it to them.
  • Gift your home with symbols of vitality. Bring in fresh flowers, herbs and fruits.
  • Make one small change to your daily habit that improves the health of the Earth. Recycle, take your cloth bags for grocery shopping, remove single-use plastics from the home, and switch to biodegradables where possible. Our vitality is linked directly to the vitality of the Earth.
  • Give vitality-related gifts to your friends. Bake an organic cake. If you see some beautiful mangoes at the market, buy an extra for your work colleague.
  • Practice body-based meditations like Yoga Nidra and Renewal Breath.

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If you are feeling a lack of purpose:

  • Give yourself time to pursue activities that make your heart sing, that you love. The clues to these lie in what inspires you and makes you vibrate and also what drew your attention as a child. 

Practice meditation to draw into presence and to know yourself and your design and talents.

  • Give your attention to other purpose-led people around you and acknowledge that aspect in them.

 These small simple acts of giving generate flow and engage us consciously with life and others.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

If you have any questions or thoughts about the act of giving and how it can generate flow, do get in touch. You can also visit my website to explore courses and useful content to guide you on your path to healing, self-discovery and mindful living. Wonderful new offerings are coming in 2023. Subscribe at www.daniellevandevelde.com/subscribe for notifications. 

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The Season of the Witch

The Season of the Witch

The origins of Halloween and how to engage today

I LOVE this time of year! The seasonal shifts and changing energies are evident. The winds, botanical realm, water currents and light are on the move, and within human communities across different cultures and various dates, a series of celebrations take place, from Diwali to All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days to Día de los Muertos, to name a few. All of them in some way, are late autumnal celebrations associated with superstition, the paranormal, ancestors and the dead, the coming of winter, diminishing light and the promise of its return in spring.

Perhaps the most evident of these festivals in the western world is Halloween. It is one of the most popular holidays in the US, with one-quarter of America’s annual confectionary sales occurring around this time, and it is celebrated around the world. 

However, the pumpkins, candy and spooky dress-ups are all remnants of a much older and more powerful ritual. When the last harvest was taken and the darker winter months arrived, our northern ancestors gathered to ‘go within’ and honour and receive guidance from their ancestors. This is, and always has been, the Season of the Witch.

The originating festival of all our modern-day Halloween hype is the Witch’s New Year – Samhain (Sow-ein), widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. This two-thousand-year-old pre-Christian festival marked the start of the Celtic New Year – the end of summer, the harvest season and the beginning of darkness and cold. This is where our new movement and expression starts, in the darkness, within.

Whilst there are still so many misconceptions, prejudices and fears around ‘witches’ (wise ones) and ‘magic’, the great irony is, that at this time, communities and families everywhere gather, dress up, feast and ‘trick or treat’, essentially celebrating in the style of the old ways, yet sadly devoid of their meaning. 

So where did Halloween come from? Here are some way-finders to hopefully add some meaning to your celebrations this year and ways to engage.

A time of karma, reckoning and release

As the autumn closed out and the dark months of winter drew near, it was commonly believed that the dead walked amongst the living. Not just any dead, but those who had died with matters unresolved or who carried injustices and grudges. Bonfires were lit, as the veil was at its thinnest. The fires played a protective and cleansing role, for unwanted visitors from the grave. Late-harvest pumpkins were carved with menacing faces and lit up in windows to divert the hauntings of past folks. 

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The Ishi or the Faere were also believed to be more active at this time. These non-human Elementals were considered the agents of fate, bringing bad luck and misfortune to those who had done wrong by others. This gave birth to the tradition of ‘guising’ – dressing up in costume to disguise oneself from the occasional fearsome Ishi. To conceal your identity, ashes from the bonfires were used to blacken your face (our modern-day face painting and mask-wearing at Halloween) and ‘trick or treating’ was born!

Aside from trying to lessen the impact of injustices and actions by diverting the fates, there was also an emphasis on setting the record straight, and offerings were made by burning crops to ‘clear the slate’ and also to ensure bountiful harvests in the coming spring. 

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Today, this translates to making time for review: What went well? What could I have done better? When did I rise? When did I fall? How did I hurt others? Am I holding on to past hurts or perceived injustices? How am I still entangled in the past through words, actions or events? How can I let them go? What actions can I take to balance the karma of my actions?

The energies of the season support introspection and retrospection, and taking full responsibility for our actions. I do this through journaling, increased charity work and practising Ho’oponopono a lot! 

Honouring ancestors

The lighting of fires and candles also warmed the homes and provided a light to follow for ancestors. Feasts from late harvest foods were laid out and places were set at tables for passed loved ones. 

Typically, nuts and apples were left as offerings to ancestors. These ancestral offerings are the origins of roasting nuts and apple bobbing in the present day.

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Today, this can translate to making time for family, acknowledging each other’s strengths and accomplishments and sharing stories and memories of our passed loved ones, reaffirming future generations of the positive legacies, strengths and talents gifted to them by those who have gone before. A session with a reputable Medium and also Gratitude Cultivation are wonderful practices to engage with at this time.

Divination and direction

Samhain is also an important time for the practice of divination. The presence of spirits and Faere was thought to make it easier to peer into the future. As a new Celtic year took form in the darkness of winter, it was a time of leaning into the inner ‘unseen’ world for guidance and direction for the year to come. In the early nineteenth century, a popular divination game with American women was divining the name of their future husbands by doing tricks with mirrors.

Today, this can translate into sourcing a tarot or psychic read with a reputable psychic, or making time and space to meditate and feel into the patterns emerging in your life to carry you forward. 

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Evident through time and culture

By the time the Romans had left the British Isles in the 5th century, these beautiful festivals had evolved and were also mirrored in the Roman festivals of Parentalia and Permola. Both are reflected in today’s traditions.

Parentalia was a nine-day festival celebrating ancestors. It was celebrated in February, but its roots were firmly in Samhain, an intentional connection between the living and the dead. The last day of the festival had midnight rites considered to cleanse bad blood/karma. According to Ovid, Romans were instructed to bring offerings to the tombs of their dead family members including wreaths, grain, salt, bread soaked in wine and violet flowers. A similar practice can be seen in Spain today where special pastries known as the ‘bones of the holy’ are left on graves and tomb sites of passed family members. 

Permola is the goddess of abundance and harvest, and in particular, orchard fruits, another ancient source of the prevalence of apples in today’s Halloween, including apple bobbing and gifting toffee apples.

But the widespread celebration of Samhain in our modern cultures is largely due to the Christianisation of the ancient feast in the 7th century. In May 609, Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honour of all Christian martyrs, and so the Catholic Feast of All Martyrs’ Day was established in the western church. The festival was expanded to include all saints as well as martyrs and All Saints’ Day was referred to as All Hallows’ Day. 

In 835, All Hallows’ Day was officially moved to 1st Nov by Pope Gregory IV. As with Easter and Christmas, a vigil would be held the night before the feast day, thus all Hallows’ eve now fell on the same day as Samhain – between dusk and dawn, 31st Oct to 1st Nov. 

During the nineteenth century, with the influx of Irish migrants to the US, All Hallows’ Day and Halloween were celebrated as national holidays. 

By the 1930s these holidays were far less religious-centric, and community and child-friendly gatherings took precedence over church observances. 

So perhaps this Halloween, knowing the ancient origins of Samhain and the enduring Season of the Witch, take a moment to honour our ancient ancestors and the beautiful legacy they have given us.

Blessed Samhain and Happy Halloween, everyone!

If you have any questions or thoughts about the Season of the Witch and the origins of Halloween, do get in touch. You can also visit my website to explore courses and useful content to guide you on your path to healing, self-discovery and mindful living. If you would like to explore more about a spirited life, my book, ‘Spirited – A guide to your innate spiritual design to transform your life’, is now available. See stockists here

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​​Permission to be Human? Granted!

​​Permission to be Human? Granted!

How the Persistent F*%#@ng Pandemic is changing the way we communicate online

I think I have spotted a highly encouraging trend…the return of humanness online.

It seems to be a perfect storm of authenticity. We quickly recovered from the judder-shock of homestyle self-maintenance during lockdowns, creating clever tricks of the light for our days on zoom.

The industry of ‘Zoom hacks’ that burst onto the airways was testament to a new pandemic-style refocus on how we present. How to look amazing from the waist up, lighting, angles, audio, mute tactics, background dressing, and laptop positioning.

Yet it’s the human bloopers that are always picked up by millions on social media. I still laugh my head off, watching the viral footage of that BBC reporter at home, when the children burst into the room, followed by a cowering babysitter and the most intense stress responses of the journalist. Hilarious. Or the lawyer with the cat face filter on that he couldn’t switch off. Gold!

Just for a bit of fun, I have been sharing pics of my ‘bedheads’ on social media feeds these holidays. First thing, still in PJs, mad curls, no makeup, unleashed. And to my surprise, they have garnered quite the following! It’s an interesting thing. I think people (including myself) respond very positively to any glimpses of ‘humanness’ in life and online, and we all, in our own way, experience ‘bedhead’. It’s a unifier! 

The Bedhead experiment is also an expression of my mission with my book Spirited. There can be such a clichéd representation of meditation, inner transformation and living a modern spiritual life…my mission is to normalise it and keep it real.

I am a meditation teacher, Usui Reiki master, transformational mentor, speaker and author, psychic and medium…yet…as you can see…I do not wake on a bed carved from amethyst crystal, with an eagle feather in my hair, an ethereal glow and ascended masters making me coffee.

As I write this blog, I am on a break, with Covid, in the middle of a forest in the Blue Mountains, in Australia. I flew out of Singapore four days after my first book, Spirited, was released. It’s a strange feeling to be bunkered away in the deep winter and watching as this beautiful buzz is brewing outside of the tree line. Lots of media platforms are running the press release, Amazon Asia sold out in the week, Barnes & Noble and Walmart picked up the book which is wonderful for reaching the US market, podcasts, events, lots of lovely messages…awesomeness. And whilst all of this wonderful activity is spiralling around, I’m having a very interesting experience and insights with Covid, which I share in The Covid Diaries…Catch the instalments at @spiritedbydani.

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As I’ve been slowing down, pondering, watching, I have come to the conclusion that there are six key dynamics at play in this reach for, and re-emergence of humanness. 

  1. The Ache for Humanness

We’re aching for it. Isolations, lockdown, masks, tracking, systemisation and high regulation plus an overload on world stats and denial of our rituals…have us reaching for humanness; honest, non-augmented, vulnerable humanness. 

  1. The Draw to Unifying Dynamics

That reach is driven by our basic human need for intimacy, witness and story sharing. We are a collective species. It’s how we roll. We are therefore designed to thrive, in community. Some of the most memorable footage on the internet during the first global wave, was seeing that Italian community come out onto their balconies and window sills during a lockdown in a divine medieval town, to listen to and love a solo violinist on his balcony. Or images of the wilderness reclaiming its original territories, tracks and patterns. Dolphins in the Venetian canals, flocks of migrating deer through town centres, birds returning to Rome, whales in shipping lanes and more baby turtles hatching along the once abandoned Australian coastline were all dazzling unifying aspects.

I started a Facebook community in 2020 called Monkey Pot Magic to connect people in lockdown over our shared love of the wild. We celebrated and shared these wild reclamations. The group grew steadily over the first two years of the pandemic to about 600 people, but, at the beginning of 2022, it jumped to nearly 1500 people. People everywhere are seeking connection with others who have shared interests.

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Bedheads are also unifying. Everyone in some way, shape or form, experiences bedhead. Even if you have no hair, you will have bed face!

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  1. Baulking at the Augmented Human

Somewhere in the mix too is a maturation of our fascination with the augmented human image. Advertising is welcoming real – shapes, sizes, colours, and heritages. Thank goodness. My jaded mind is questioning whether they are just riding a trend…but it’s wonderful to have humans back, even in the high fashion images. More smiles would be good too!

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  1. Redefining Ageing

A big part of that return to ‘human’ is also some stunning redefinitions of ageing. Helen Mirren, Dame Judy Dench, Demi Moore, Kate Blanchett, Kate Moss, the Queen herself and many savvy, wise, and very sexy ‘older peeps’ are filling the devoid space of reality media and fame junkies. They are all defying the white-haired, washed-out stereotype of ageing and pulling off some stunning wise and edgy commentary and influence.

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  1. Keeping Me Real

Publishing a book is a pretty heady business. So much of my own spirit is poured into the pages. It became my constant companion during Covid as I edited on the move. It’s bizarre, surreal, exciting, deeply satisfying and uncertain…all at once. High feels! Yet I have folded in during the book’s first few weeks of being out in the world…in the forest in the Australian Blue Mountains. I’m watching the press articles and saying yes to some beautiful events…yet the land here and posting my bedheads have helped me stay earthed and useful, as well as grateful and humbled by the whole amazing experience.

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  1. Rewilding

The reason we return to this beautiful wilderness as often as possible is because it allows us to re-wild. And there’s no better barometer of ‘degree of rewilding’ than the curls in my family. My two teenagers and I have masses of wild curls. According to mum, it’s our untamed Celtic ancestry. Freed from the humidity-prison of Singapore, within a day, our curls return with gusto. They refuse to be tamed or restrained in any way. Snapped hair elastics and broken hair clips fill the bathroom bin.

Immersion in the deep, ancient, untouched wilderness that’s being drenched in cleansing land and life-reforming rains with wholesome food, a good heater and my kids, is gold. Covid gave us full permission to go deeper into what we normally do. We’re drawing, writing, reading, chatting, cooking, resting, and creating.

I believe the entire world is in need of some serious wilderness immersion. Stat!

I can’t wait to view Covid in my rear-view mirror, shrinking as we move forward, and this pandemic swiftly fades and dissolves into the realm of retrospect and reminiscing.

how the pandemic is changing the way we communicate online danielle van de veldeBut as Jean Balfour and I discussed (amongst many other cool things) on her recent podcast, Making Sense of Work, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the virus has gone nowhere and is merrily doing what viruses do…adapting and thriving. I think ‘post’ is a little hasty. Persistent Pandemic or Perpetual Pandemic might be more appropriate.

The quest for humanness is more important now than ever. Playful and authentic communication is the keycode. Are we seeing the rise of The Era of the Bedhead? I hope so.

If you are looking to join groups, retreats or circles with like-spirited people, do get in touch or go to www.daniellevandevelde.com for current offerings. You can also explore courses and useful content on the website to guide you on your path to healing, self-discovery and mindful living. If you would like to explore more about a spirited life, my book, ‘Spirited – A guide to your innate spiritual design to transform your life’, is now available. See stockists here

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The Unsolicited Guru – Part 1

The Unsolicited Guru – Part 1

How to stay empowered when navigating the ‘spiritual industry’

I believe you can tell when socio-economic conditions are tough by the upswings in sketchy activity on the internet. The amount of hacking, ID impersonation, phishing and sketchy-ass emails seems to spike. And with that also comes an upswing in direct contact from self-appointed gurus, seers and mages, touting a direct line to my ancestors, or picking up on some curse, or having a dream about me…and offering relief, a spell or a turn of fate for a fee.

Lately, I have been receiving a few a week and I’m going to say it straight…these people really steam up my cauldron! They usually come with terrible greetings…like ‘Grand rising love my beloved”; who really speaks like that? Or, ‘Greetings from Atlantis Dear One…” and every shade of BS in between. But what really gets me annoyed about these creepy people is that it is also during socio-economic dips or periods of uncertainty, that many people genuinely start searching for meaning and a spiritual path. There’s more need and more vulnerability.

It happens outside of the internet too. I will also get trends in what I call ‘clean up jobs’. These are clients that come in because they have been negatively affected by a session with a self-appointed healer, mystic, ‘shaman’ or some other important sounding label, which they have found appropriate because they burn some sage and maybe, have danced naked at Burning Man once.

Sometimes, the damage is serious. Low energy, depression, illness, psychological confusion and moreover, a choice to jettison all spiritual enquiry…just because of one run-in with an idiot. I also, on occasion, see it with ex-students who have had a wonderful experience in one of my courses and believe that qualifies them to hold circles and mentor others in the finer arts of spirituality. Feel good is not wisdom! And on the few occasions it has happened (that I know of at least) it has been to satiate a deep need to feel special…which is not at all the best energetic disposition for guiding others.

It’s difficult to measure the ‘spiritual industry’ as it is difficult to define and usually gets lumped in with the ‘wellness industry’ metrics. But going by that alone, we’re talking of a global market that has grown in the last few years to beyond $4trillion USD and is showing no sign of slowing down. This is exciting in some ways, as more and more people are choosing to divert greater amounts of their disposable income into self-improvement and wellbeing…however it also attracts the ‘snake oil sellers’. Whilst the fitness and psych worlds are well regulated, insured and licensed, the spiritual end of the scale in energy healing, spiritual mentoring and the psychic arts, is not.

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So how can we navigate our way through the options in the spiritual industry, without becoming jaded by the self-appointed, unsolicited gurus out there? Here are my top tips that work for me:

  • Nothing is new under the sun. Nothing. If you are being promised an exclusive patented method to enlightenment that is accessible through only one source and can only be drip-fed to you for higher and higher fees, look closely, question everything, and follow your heart.
  • Do the ‘I/me’ count. When you hear someone speak about spirit, notice how many times they refer to themselves, that subtle self-stroking of ego. If they present themselves as being the source of their power and abilities, tread carefully.
  • Trust only a spiritual guide who has earned that title through personal mastery, preferably in a known system. Check out their followers and students. You’ll get an immediate gauge. Is the guide empowered and free, or are they being manipulated? I once went to a talk with a ‘master’ that did an online metaphysical course that allowed him to choose his title. He chose ‘master.’ His students looked as if they were in a group trance when they gathered. He didn’t seem too shiny to me, and he was decidedly sleazy. I obeyed my heart and walked.
  • Be very alert to predictions of accidents, death, injury, bad luck, or illness if you don’t engage the provider. Believe me; it happens. I once met a shamanic teacher who emailed me urgently saying she had a warning dream that I was going to be hit by a car and needed her protection—for a fee, of course. I followed my heart and walked. I am alive and well.
  • Be very wary of anyone who attributes all their sketchy words and behaviours to their ‘guides.’ This is a real red light. I once met a woman who sent me an unsolicited email for some past-life regression treatment that only she could offer for a huge ‘energy exchange’ (a term I can’t stand). When I sent it back saying no thanks and that I felt neither the need nor compulsion for it, she replied saying that her guides were playing with us and they had sent the email. BS!
  • Be aware of unsolicited divinations and readings. You are in control and should always decide what support you need. I received an urgent message once from a woman in Australia who had seen my Facebook profile picture and was very concerned about my blocked upper chakras. Ironically, this was during a time when I was studying the most sublime heart-expanding practices, and I felt the best I had ever felt. I politely replied, thanked her for her concern, pointed out that the profile picture was actually two years old, and told her, ‘No thank you.’ She was very persistent, and if I were a more vulnerable person, I might have listened to her. I explained that I was not in need of, or want of, her help. She then changed the direction and thought she may have been picking up on someone close to me, maybe a family member. Again, I politely said ‘No thanks’ and wished her well. She then came back with ‘Well, I can’t help what I see or for whom I see it…all I know is that you need help’, to which I replied, ‘Well, if you don’t know what you’re seeing or whom you’re seeing it for, then you haven’t quite mastered your art, have you? Leave me alone!’
  • Exorbitant ‘energy exchanges’ can show that your provider is conflicted materially. In my experience, those who are truly connected to spirit are not focused on material gain. They’re looked after materially when they are in true service, and most give a lot of what they earn to the needy. This is not to say that spiritual teachers should give their services for free either. This life, if chosen, is an investment of time, intention, studies, and practice. It should be charged for, but realistically.

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  • Just because someone exhibits some psychic ability or has dedicated their life to spiritual service does not mean they are a good person or aligned with spirit. We have seen this in all too stark detail with the systematic child abuse in the Church (amongst other institutions). I have seen this with spiritual practitioners—especially those offering tantric services. If it feels hinky, despite how amazing it might seem or what promises are made, just walk. Walking away doesn’t mean you are spiritually blind or ‘unable to accept higher truth’—yes, that one has been used on me too! It means you are discerning; you are listening to your heart, and you hold the power of free will and choice.

In Part 2 of this blog series I will outline what to look for when seeking out a true spiritual guide or healer, and in the meantime, remember this….

You have everything you need within you, within your design. You are spirit manifesting through a human nervous system and form. If you feel you need some guidance or a new perspective as you move along, look around, keep searching, and don’t rush things. Ask spirit to send you the right teacher and content for this time. In my observation, the soul-calls that are made for spiritual truth and enablement are answered swiftly and delightfully, and they make your heart sing. When you make it a priority to build awareness of your spirited self, your intuition is undeniable.

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How The Spirit of Giving Generates Flow

The Spirit of Giving
How the act of Giving generates Flow

I don’t know about you, but this time of year can be quite fraught for me. There’s the end of year whirlwind with work, accounts, school activities, and reminders of all the things I didn’t get to, through the year (gulp!). Then finally, when we make it through the December crush, the preparations (and spend) for time at home, with family and friends and the mad scramble to organise gifts, sets in. In the Season of Giving, we can so easily lose our connection with the Spirit of Giving itself.

The true Spirit of Giving doesn’t require a big budget or lots of preparation time.

The Spirit of Giving is actually a lens through which to view our life and our connection to it, and it is one of the most potent forces we have at our disposal to generate flow.

Flow is when our bodies, minds, hearts and spirits are aligned and connected with our life field, consciously. When we are in a state of flow, we are happy and in my observation, people who operate in flow are well, vital, grateful, successful and fulfilled.  

Being in flow doesn’t mean we don’t experience challenges; this is simply the nature of life. But it does mean that we move through them quite differently – with presence and grace. Flow allows a momentum, which steers us into higher possibilities because flow brings the realisation that we, our life field, our relationships and all that we experience, are inextricably linked. Flow also enables greater flow. Just like how a healthy flowing river shapes and widens its banks, flow expands our awareness and capacity and vastly changes our inner landscape and connection with life.

People come to my meditation classes and healing sessions for all sorts of reasons. But if I were to distil those reasons down, I could say that most of them are related to a disconnection with flow. This disconnection may be presenting as a physical illness, or low vitality, or a feeling of lack in love and abundance, or a lack of sense of purpose. These seem to be the big four and when we are out of flow we see these aspects as separate from us, as things to be attained and held on to, as things that we lack. And, we sense our life is blocked or stagnant in some way. When we are disconnected from flow, we are disconnected from life.

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Vitality, love, abundance and fulfilment are aspects of flow and giving them unconditionally and consciously triggers their movement into and through our life experience, and it has a multiplier effect.  

It generates the flow of these energies not only through us, but also through those we engage with, in the Spirit of Giving. When others experience giving, they are more likely to give. Just like how rivers flow, join with other rivers and all converge in the sea.

Here are some simple ways to connect with the Spirit of Giving and generate flow. 

Remember, this is energy work and so it’s not the size or expense of the gift itself, but the conscious expression of the Spirit of Giving that holds all the power. When we view vitality, abundance, love and purpose as fields of energy, rather than states of being, then we can become empowered to bring their influence and presence into our lives, by giving them to others. We are, in essence, generators.

If you are feeling a lack of love or acknowledgment:

  • Send a message or make a call to someone you love when they pop through your mind or when you dream of them.
  • Say ‘I Love you’ to loved ones when they say or do something that stirs your heart. Just say it more anyway.
  • Consciously express gratitude when you are touched by someone else or given a gift. Don’t leave it till too late – return that energy in full.
  • Once a week, do something caring for someone without any reason, fanfare, or expectation of reciprocation.
  • Practice Brahmavihara Cultivation. This is one of the beautiful meditations covered in my online meditation course Return.

If you are feeling a lack of abundance in your life:

  • Nurture gratitude for the things you have and enjoy what’s around you. A gratitude journal is great for this.
  • Be generous whenever you can. Shout your friend that coffee. Invite friends to share a meal at your table.
  • Recycle unused items in your home. Even if it is your favourite dress, but you haven’t worn it in two years, give it to someone who will.
  • Regularly encourage your children to do the same with outgrown toys and books.
  • Volunteer your time to people in need. It doesn’t have to be a lot of time, but the action itself will trigger the flow of abundance. Just try it and see!
  • Practice heart-centered meditations like gratitude contemplation, for example. Gratitude Cultivation is covered in my online meditation course Discovery. And eight beautiful heart-centered meditations are coming your way soon in my next online meditation series Heart Light. 

If you are feeling a lack of vitality or illness in your life:

  • Give your body the rest, nutrients and sunshine it needs.
  • Give your sound-scape positive energy. Stop complaining and use the mantra: “I am healthy and vital by design and sovereign right.”
  • Nurture a positive attitude towards your body and your body will start to express it.
  • Recognize the health and vitality in others around you and express it to them.
  • Gift your home with symbols of vitality. Bring in fresh flowers, herbs and fruits.
  • Make one small change to your daily habit that improves the health of the Earth. Recycle, take your cloth bags for grocery shopping, switch from plastics to biodegradables where possible. Our vitality is linked directly to the vitality of the Earth.
  • Give vitality-related gifts to your friends. Bake an organic cake. If you see some beautiful mangoes at the market, buy an extra for your work colleague.
  • Practice body-based meditations like Yoga Nidra. See my online meditation course Return for this.

If you are feeling a lack of purpose

  • Give yourself time to pursue activities that make your heart sing; that you love. The clues to your soul-purpose lie in what inspires you and makes you vibrate.
  • Practice meditation to draw into presence and to know yourself and your design and talents. This is what Discovery is all about.
  • Give your attention to other purpose-led people around you and acknowledge that aspect in them.

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And remember, when you choose any one of my offerings, you are contributing to a much larger river of goodwill that supports many others and the environment. You can find out more about my goodwill focus here, which is an essential energetic aspect of my business and personal life, which I know generates flow. I wrote about giving and business in my blog post How Cultivating a Spirit of Giving is Good for Business.

These small simple expressions of the Spirit of Giving generate flow and engage us consciously with life and others.

Let the Season of Giving begin!

 

If you have any questions or thoughts about the spirit of giving and how it can benefit your life, do get in touch. You can also visit my website to explore courses and useful content to guide you on your path to healing, self-discovery and mindful living. 

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