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Hi there and welcome.

‘Writing Spirit’ documents my journey with spirit by sharing some of the observations my guides and other communicators have made through their writing with me. Each post can be read as stand alone but those interested in the journey and the process might prefer to start with ‘About’ and read the posts in chronological order.

Whichever way you choose to read it, I thank you for your visit to my blog. The words here were given to me with love and I offer them to you with that same sentiment. Your comments are always welcome.

For anyone interested in learning more about writing with Spirit, or in giving it a go with the aid of a fine teacher, I can recommend contacting Sarah Tyler-Walters at http://www.voicesofspirit.co.uk.

May all our journeys be fruitful.

Louise

 

The small healings of everyday life

St Francis of Assisi by Cigoli, 1600

St Francis of Assisi by Cigoli, 1600

As I say on the ‘About’ page of this blog, I’m not religious in the accepted sense, though I totally respect others’ beliefs. And as I’ve said in previous posts, I don’t feel particularly comfortable writing with ‘famous’ communicators. So perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised by who came knocking at my metaphysical door when I sat down to write with spirit about healing. Because I’m beginning to suspect that whatever I try to avoid is precisely what spirit gently puts in my path! Thanks for the lesson, team. 

 

Healing – with St Francis of Assisi – February 2015

There are many forms of healing for there are many different kinds of injury needing to be healed. Most obvious, in human terms, is the art of the physician, where God-given intelligence enables him or her to diagnose a problem with the physical body, or with the mental wellness of the human, and to prescribe treatments to cure or alleviate the problem.

Much progress has been made on a physical level with medicine but many challenges still remain, for the human body is a complex and delicate machine. Human life is fragile. Still, not all ills can be cured, not all damages mended. The fragility of human life renders it all the more precious.

Less progress has been made in terms of mental health. Here, man’s comfort with the physical, his focus on all things scientific, is not so much help as hindrance. For he is less likely to address the emotional, the spiritual, with success if he is mired in a world of membranes and chemicals.

There is some helpful crossing over between the two approaches – the maturing world of physical medicine and the emerging one of emotional medicine – in the area known as alternative medicine. Here, energetic therapies such as Reiki cross the barrier between the physical and the emotional. For this is healing which is non-specific in its creation and which flows to where it is most needed, taking the form in which it will be most effective. These forms of healing hold the clue for the progression of human medicine.

In your future, therapies will arise that are almost beyond current comprehension. Non-specific growing of human matter and the creation of chemical substances that will transform into what is needed by the body; the control of natural energies that will flow to where they are needed and effect the transformation – the cure – of their own accord.

But perfect health throughout a human life is not, nor never will be, possible, for the vehicle is built to have a limited life span. Human life is intended to be brief, for it is a learning period. And as you all know from your schooling, the best lessons are short, intense and interactive. If they go on too long, if interest and attention is lost, then learning ceases to happen.

These, then, are the various methods currently employed, and those of the future that will be employed, in the laying on of hands – whether surgically, energetically, or chemically – to heal the human body or mind.

Now let us address healing in a broader sense, for it is not always doctoring which is of the greatest value. Here, let us bring to mind the healing power of an embrace, of a smile, of a few words kindly spoken or written.

One of the greatest gifts bestowed on anyone having a human experience is that he or she is sharing that life with others. You are not alone. There are others around you who share similar challenges, experiences, feelings.

And the greatest sources of healing, the most effective types of healing, are not always the most obvious ones. Sometimes a physical injury is not fixable. Sometimes an illness is not curable. Does this mean that no form of healing is effective? No. For is not the comfort of a loved one’s presence a boon, even when your body is beyond repair? Are not words of comfort or love, spoken softly, exactly what is needed when one feels beyond hope? Emotional healing goes far beyond the physical body. And when the physical body cannot be healed, emotional healing is even more necessary.

In your search for the next wonder drug, the next surgical technique, the next gene therapy, do not forget the power of a loving embrace. Do not forget the power of sincere words. Open your hearts to what it means to be in need of healing. Share your shared life. The injuries to others are not always visible, the life that most needs healing is not always visibly blighted. Sometimes those most in need of healing appear to others to be living a charmed or perfect life.

This is where a healer’s senses go beyond those known to conventional medicine. This is where the healer that exists in every human can emerge and perform a miracle. For every one of you can heal. Every one of you can perform miracles daily. It does not require a surgeon’s training or a psychiatrist’s learning. It does not even require an alternative practitioner’s years of study. All it requires is an open heart, a connectedness to your soul. And then, in tune with yourself, you are also in tune with others. Then, in your openness, you can feel the other’s need on an instinctive level.

A kind word as you pass in a doorway, a smile to a stranger as you travel to work, a hand on a shoulder, an embrace at the end of a long day, fingers smoothing hair across a furrowed brow, a hand held. A few well-chosen words: I love you, I am sorry, may I help, you are not alone, I am here. These small things are the currency of healing, for all healing begins with connectedness and willingness to share. Sometimes the sharing means taking – sharing a burden for example – and sometimes it means giving, perhaps energy or attention or physical support. Give and take, connectedness. This is where healing begins and where it ends.

In the centre there is medicine and science and there are developments to come in these areas. But what will never change is the attendant need for the small healings of everyday life. For, given in enough quality and quantity, they themselves can prevent many greater ills from occurring.

And so I leave you with this thought: do not leave healing solely to the physicians, eminent and admirable as they are. Do not leave it even to those who assign themselves as healers, gifted and generous as they are. Determine, instead, to be a healer yourself, for that is your gift as a human being.

Bring healing to your words and touch, and empathy to all your relationships, every day. Begin with your relationship with yourself. Be compassionate with your self. Do not criticise, but support your self with love and praise, with kind words at the end of a challenging day. Tell your self you are beautiful, that you are strong, that this too shall pass. Then do the same for those you care for most – and then for those whose lives are touched by yours even in the most fleeting of moments.

Be a ripple in the current that runs through the world, connecting each living thing to another and another. Heal and be healed in the simplest and most fundamental of ways: be kind to one another.

Of Royalty and Sainthood

King Charles I of England being crowned by Divine Right. Artist unknown. Image copyright National Portrait Gallery, London - no infringement intended

King Charles I of England being crowned by Divine Right. Artist unknown. Image copyright National Portrait Gallery, London – no infringement intended

So, I said a few posts back that I don’t feel comfortable being asked to write with ‘famous’ people in spirit.  On this occasion I wasn’t asked to, but it happened anyway! The task was to write about two words – Royalty and Saint – with whichever communicator felt moved to do so. It was clear, when he came through, that this was a soul in reflection: someone who has not yet fully transitioned into their higher self and so retains many of their human characteristics and views. He certainly felt very strongly about the issue at hand! It also felt very much, to me, as if I had connected with John Donne, the 16/17th Century poet.

 

Royalty/Saint – with John Donne, a soul in reflection – February 2015

In my day, those of Royal blood thought themselves holy. Being elected by the Pope, or being the Head of the Church themselves, meant only one step between the human throne and the heavenly one. Or so it seemed to them.

Indeed, all Royalty in those days considered themselves elected by Divine Right. Their deeds were God given, God sent. They were above the laws of man and, although they were still subject to God’s law, many fell into the trap of confusing their all too human mistakes with the will of God.

How many kings and queens, then, felt in life that they were only a hair’s breadth from being divine themselves? How many dreamed that, in death, they might be revered as saints as well as remembered as wise rulers?

Such is the divinity of kings and such is the delusion. For no man, king or commoner, is a saint. Sainthood is a state bestowed by man, not God. If a man performs a miracle, it is not he but God performing the miracle. To do saintly deeds is merely to be an instrument of God. The most humble of men, helping his fellow man, is more a saint than all those whose bones were jealously guarded, whose relics were revered.

Look for the true saints among the common graves, among the unsung men. Each of you is capable of sainthood in your lifetime. To be kind today pleases God far more than to be worshipped tomorrow. Be not a king, be not a saint, be a kind man to please God. Amen.

Boundaries

Image copyright Meraylah Allwood, from her 'Wisdom of Trees' Oracle Deck

Image copyright Meraylah Allwood, from her ‘Wisdom of Trees’ Oracle Deck

I don’t know why I continue to be amazed by the serendipities that frequently occur in my work with spirit, but I do! Perhaps that’s not a bad thing, because I’d never want to take the connection, or the gifts it gives me, for granted. An example of spirit’s great sense of timing came in one of the monthly spirit writing classes I still enjoy taking.  A few days before, I’d been speaking with a good friend about (again) feeling overwhelmed by certain people and she’d said (again) that I needed to set boundaries and stick to them. So I turned up at class a little tired and sorry for myself and the first task out of the spiritual hat was to pick a card at random from Meraylah Allwood’s The Wisdom of Trees oracle deck and write about it with a communicator.  I picked Hazel (see the illustration above) and its key word is, you guessed it, ‘boundaries’!

What follows is the gentle lecture that spirit gave me – but as it’s something I believe many of us can benefit from thinking about, I’m sharing it. :)

 

Boundaries – 18 January 2015

Consider your viewpoint. Your perception is all.

A boundary is just that – a point of passage from one place to another, a threshold, a doorway, a mark of delineation. You think of boundaries as a means to block yourself in, or others out, but they are not, in their true sense.

A boundary is a mark of respect and an opportunity. Energetically, the boundaries you set conserve your efforts and energy for those tasks which are of the most importance. Respecting your carefully considered boundaries, and expecting others to do so too, enables you to give more of yourself, not less, and in the ways which most matter.

Your boundaries do not limit you. When they are set and respected with grace and wisdom and compassion, they free you. Do not fear the setting of boundaries as failure or as limitation. Instead consider it as a path to grace and fulfilment.

Self-discipline is at the heart of this important exercise. And remember your boundary is always flexible. You can choose, in exceptional circumstances, to step over it, or to invite another to do so. But the fact that it is there gives both you and the other pause, time to consider whether this is the correct choice of action.

Hazel bends with the wind and with the hand. Hazel is flexible, resourceful and useful. So, too, are boundaries. Observe the image. The hazel forms an archway, a natural place of shelter and a low fence that is easy to see over and beyond. Thus, too, can boundaries play many roles in your life.

Observe, in quiet reflection, where and why boundaries are needed. Build them lovingly, with due notice to those whose lives and relationships with you they may affect. Construct them carefully, for the best and most fruitful of intentions. And then, like Hazel, your boundaries will bear fruit to sustain you in all your future endeavours.

The power of the spoken word

Image copyright ccsai.ca

Image copyright ccsai.ca

Preparing other people to speak publicly has always been a part of my job but because doing it myself is, I believe, going to become a more frequent thing, I decided to write about that with Jy, my spirit guide.  As ever, he brought a new perspective to that old phrase ‘the power of words’ – not only in terms of public speaking but of the words all of us casually emit every day! Below are the excerpts that apply to us all.

 

Speaking – with Jy – January 2015

Speaking is an ability acquired by humans as soon as they are born. Even before a baby can formulate recognisable words, it is increasingly capable of understanding what its parents say, is increasingly capable of making noises of which it understands the purpose, even if it takes a short while for the parents’ understanding to catch up. Thus a baby’s “babble” becomes its language – its method of speaking – and soon, from listening to its parents and siblings make the sound of words, it becomes a mimic, translating its babble into meaningful sounds. That is, sounds that are meaningful to others, rather than just to itself. Because the baby has always known, in every sense, what it was saying. Even in the womb.

Speaking is the verbalisation of your thoughts, in a manner that can be understood by others. It may also be the verbalisation of others’ thoughts – perhaps political or religious ideologies, or a favourite fairy tale. Sometimes humans express others’ thoughts when acting as teachers or preachers. Oftentimes you express your own thoughts when you wish to take part in a conversation about a particular topic, to express your own opinion, or your feelings for another person.

Thus, as an ability learned early and used frequently, speaking is often practiced without much consideration.

The connection between the thought and the verbalisation of it is crucial. Too much of one and too little of the other can heavily influence both the tone and the content of the information or ideas you are expressing. If you are speaking about another’s ideas, you must make plain whether you are simply conveying another’s thoughts – in which case you have a responsibility to convey them clearly and accurately – or whether you are giving your opinion on that other person’s thoughts. In the latter case you have a responsibility to make clear that what you are conveying is simply your opinion – nothing more and nothing less.

You will see, therefore, that speaking, although something even a baby can do, is rather more complex in nature than simply opening your mouth and letting sounds come out! There are responsibilities involved.

Why? Because words have power.

Because what you think and how you express it helps shape your world. Because passionate opinion helps shape other people’s perception of your world. Words do not only have power, they are power. Words, both written and spoken, fuel society. They fuel ideas and ideologies. They fuel action and inertia. They fuel change and stagnation. They fuel tolerance and ignorance. They fuel hate and compassion.

Because humans are a social species, they speak words all the time but there is no such thing as idle chatter, as harmless gossip. Every single word you speak is like a volt of electricity entering the circuits of your society, of your world. Every word has power, has an effect, however subtle.

Too many people speak without thinking. They do not make the necessary connection between what they think, how they express that out loud and what happens in their world. They do not make the connection between the volt they emitted and the light switching on. And they do not take the responsibility.

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Being the social animals that you are, the spoken word is hugely important to humans. Indeed, even before any sort of written language was created, man shared information in spoken form. Knowledge was passed from generation to generation verbally and in certain parts of your world this is still so. In addition, the spoken word can often have even greater power than the written because of its immediacy and its ability to engage more of your senses.

The storyteller, speaking aloud, uses the power and tone of the human voice, facial expressions, gestures and body language to enhance their tale – to infuse it with more power than words on a page can possess. The storyteller adds weight to the drama of his words. The magic woven around spoken tales is tangible in the air – an audience held captive and receptive to the full voltage of every word.

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Remember you are here to share, not to preach; to offer, not to press. There will be many who listen and many who do not. That is free will. Do not take criticism personally when some who listen disagree. Accept their right to do so, offer kindness and move on.

There will never be a situation where everyone believes the same thing. How could you hope to create that and why would you want to? But (by speaking your truth) you can be a part of creating a world where more people understand the eternal nature of life and love. You can be a small but essential cog in the machine of love and compassion.

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Speak from your heart, from your soul. Speak joyfully, speak truthfully, speak responsibly – and all will be well.

Emerging from “a world where desire outweighs consequence”

flowers-to-birds-transition

 

The start of another year is a natural time for each of us to reflect on what we’ve achieved and where we’re headed. There was a heck of a lot of change going on for me as 2015 began (still is!) but it seemed that humanity as a whole was in an even greater state of upheaval than usual. Perspective is a useful thing. I knew I was in a state of transition and I knew roughly where I was headed (even if I hadn’t a clue how I was going to get there!) but were we, humanity, headed? My spirit guide Jy is never one to shy away from the big questions.

 

Global transition – with Jy – 9 January 2015

Your world is, indeed, in a state of transition – principally because it is in a state of “in decision”.

Do not mistake me. I do not mean that most people do not know what they want or what they should do. I mean precisely the opposite. I mean that too many people believe they know precisely what they want and how they should go about getting it. And that they feel free to take whatever action they see fit in order to obtain it.

With this situation there are two major problems. One is that most people do not give sufficient thought – sufficient feeling past the surface thought – to what they want. Such decisions are taken too swiftly and too superficially. What is beneath this wanting? What does your soul really need? The true need is often very different from what those individuals who rush toward action perceive it to be. Very different from what they set about creating or taking.

The second problem with precipitous action is that too often people do not pause to consider the possible effects on others of their obtaining what they want, or the effects of the actions they intend to take in order to obtain it. Worse still, people sometimes do consider these possible effects, and yet they choose to ignore them and continue with their planned actions.

Thus you are immersed in a world where desire outweighs consequence. Where action overwhelms consideration. A world where few act in a responsible way at all times – and by that I mean conduct their lives in a such way that they are prepared to take personal responsibility for each and every one of their actions.

Think what your world would look like, would feel like, if everyone only did things for which they were prepared to stand accountable. It would be a very different place indeed. It would not be a place where free will and enjoyment of one’s own life was eradicated. Oh, no! That is the false argument used by people who do not understand the concept of true freedom.

True freedom is freedom from fear – fear of the suffering which might be caused to you by another’s actions or which might be caused to others by your actions. True freedom is thus the freedom from guilt, from all unnecessary suffering or deprivation. To live a human life will always carry risks and present challenges – that is its nature and purpose. But think deeply on this: how many of the sufferings of the world are inevitable, are totally without an element of man-made choice which might have been avoided? If each person felt truly accountable for their own actions there would be far more room in the world, in each of your lives and days, for love, for pleasure, for compassion, for joy – for true freedom.

While the majority of humans tread the path of mindless obedience, mindless hedonism or anarchy, the world struggles to create harmony.

But there is hope and it is a growing hope. More and more people are waking up to the notion of true freedom and personal responsibility going hand in hand. This mindfulness is growing, in those already incarnated and in those who are now being born. Increasingly, souls are coming into the world with this awareness embedded in them so fundamentally that this is how they are choosing to live their lives from the beginning. Do not despair, humankind, for you are changing. You are in transition and this is a good thing!

And do not despair of the pace of that change. Each of your lifetimes is short and it may seem frustrating to those of you who already see this truth, have adopted this way of living, that so many others do not and have not. It may seem frustrating that things are not changing faster. Be at peace, know that the way each of you lives your individual life – with responsibility and compassion – has an effect on the whole, that it aids the transition. See the slowly changing picture in context. Remember how long it took for life as you know it now to evolve on your world. Remember what a minute amount of time (as you perceive time) the existence of humankind represents in the history of your world. Be patient with your fellow humans, meet ignorance with compassion, understand and accept the gradual nature of this change. Do not despair for the change is inexorable – it will happen.

Perhaps you will not see it come to fruition in your current incarnation but be content, know that the part you are playing in this transition is essential, vital. Know that each lifetime well lived – responsibly, kindly – adds to the momentum of change.

Humankind has immense power over the globe that is Mother Earth. Humankind creates its most powerful societies and its most potent disasters. But Mother Earth has always been, and will always be, superior. She has brought ages to a close, crushed civilisations and destroyed species with her immense power. Often, she has been given no choice. And so humankind, in all its slowly transitioning glory, must also learn to heed and respect Mother Earth’s role in its future.

Wake up, wake up, to the world that you live on. Heed Her warnings and respect Her needs as well as your own and those of your fellow man. Behave as responsibly toward Her as you do toward yourself and your fellow man. Give yourselves the best chance of a successful global transition by preserving that globe in all its glory.

For what is the use of humankind evolving in wisdom, in completing this transition many lifetimes’ hence, only the find that you have a wasted, blighted world on which to ‘enjoy’ your new freedoms? Better, then, to remember that personal responsibility begins at home in a much deeper sense – beyond the bricks and mortar, the neighbourhood streets and shops, the bordered country or the continent.

Live wisely in and on the world, my human friends. Live wisely with each other, with Mother Earth and your true self. Listen to each other, listen to the Mother, listen to your own heart and to your soul. Listen before you leap – and transition well.

Of dragons and unicorns – and breakfast

Dragon and Unicorn copyright Kali01

Dragon and Unicorn copyright Kali01

I love the tales of dragons, unicorns and fantastic creatures that feature in myths and storybooks. I’ve often wondered why such similar creatures figured in legends from across the world, across millennia. Did they once exist on the Earth or have men always had similar imaginations? Time to ask the one being that would know for certain – Mother Earth herself.

 

The role and purpose of mythical creatures – with Mother Earth – October 2014

The creatures of myth are but fears and dreams, hopes and concerns.

Watching the fire manifests the dragon. Will it consume me, or you? Will it eat my fear or become my fear? Will it consume the forest of lush rest and mellow, sustaining fruit? Or will you or I control it, let it use only the dead wood to create life-sustaining warmth and enable you to prepare sustenance?

Out of the fire may come the salamander, the dragon or tomorrow’s breakfast. Out of the waves may come galloping horses, born of the spray. Some may be horned as they respond to fight my fears, to pierce you to the heart with joy, to fill you with wonder.

The more mythical the creature, the more magnificent is your response – and so their purpose begins to emerge. When I wish to impress a thought, a desire, strongly upon you, this type of creature does so in a powerful, unforgettable way.

Thus such creatures come to you out of the waves, out of the fire; they rise out of clouds, or from cool lakes whose stillness is broken only by myth. They fall out of your dreams, whole and terrible or beautiful. The feelings they stir in you are so fierce, so all consuming, that you will always remember them.

Sometimes they are awesome in their beauty and peacefulness – the sudden stillness of the unicorn in a forest glade. Sometimes they are swift and fearsome in their anger – the fiery swoop of a dragon from the skies, raining terror upon you.

Always there is a purpose. Always these creatures are born out of my desire to impress something of importance upon you. They have no limits, as thoughts and imagination have no limits. They are my dreaming, my deepest desires, my hopes and fears and passions. Flow with them and together we manifest a brighter future for all.

We angels are full of surprises

fascination

Angels certainly are full of surprises. Not least of which is how direct and precise Archangels are in their language (never mind how BIG they are – their energy fills a room!) You think you know all the nuances of a word? Ask an Archangel to tell you how it applies to your life! Both pieces that follow were written with Archangels, both on a (different) single word, picked apparently randomly…though clearly there is nothing random about this process. :)

Synchronicity – with Archangel Uriel – 16 August 2014

Child, sometimes I doubt that you would know synchronicity if it attached itself to the end of your nose. Do not feel unduly chastened, for it is the same for all humans.

We angels are full of surprises. We arrange synchronous opportunities. We lay them in your path and you humans step around them or over them as if they were not there. Sometimes you see them but you do not trust your own eyes. You think this synchronicity is too good to be true. How can just the right thing have happened at just the right time? Is it a trick? Is it a test?

Oh, my little brothers and sisters! Listen to your hearts. Listen to your souls. We angels know about harmony – and what is synchronicity if not harmonious opportunity, if not harmonious good fortune? You know the difference between a trick and synchronicity. You know it if you bother to listen to your inner voice – for that voice will sing in harmony with ours.

Do not imagine, however, that all such occurrences are easy, joy-filled and carefree. Sometimes the greatest strides are taken by accepting the greatest challenges. We are strong and resolute. We fly into danger to protect you and to protect right. We smite when it is right to do so. We are driven by the purity of love and the sure knowledge of right. We would not offer synchronous challenge, no matter how daunting, if it were not right for you to proceed.

Speak from the heart and listen to the heart. Keep your eyes and ears and hearts open. This is the way, the only way, to know when what is presented to you is a gift from us – a heaven-sent opportunity – or is something darker and less fulfilling. Listen to your inner voice and when it hits the right note sing out, take action, and dance to the melody of opportunity. Fly free with us upon the winds of possibility. Believe that sometimes the right thing does come along at precisely the right time.

This is the nature of synchronicity. This is how we lay our gifts at your feet. Pause, observe, see them, then grasp them gently but firmly and be thankful. We smile upon you. You are up to the challenge. You deserve the reward.

Fascination – with Archangel Michael – 18 October 2014

Beware the fascination that becomes obsession.

Much learning comes from the ability to concentrate upon a task, from directing concerted effort into learning a skill, from the hours upon hours during which this skill is honed to perfection. Much joy comes from the blending of effort with enjoyment – when the skill being learned is one from which you derive pleasure and feel satisfaction. Thus fascination can be an excellent starting point from which to learn or develop a skill at which you truly excel and through which you give joy to yourself and to others.

But life carries on around you and when you concentrate upon one task, one skill, to the exclusion of all others, life withers on the vine. Or one vine bears beautiful fruits in a garden gone to wasteland. The true richness of life is to taste from many vines, to be fascinated by life’s diversity, to appreciate its richness – not to obsess about a single aspect.

Fascination is the key but be aware that it fits many locks. Go through all the doors to discover the divine.