Posted in elemental kingdom, Energy healing, nature, spiritual skills and techniques

Your Amazing Super-Sensitive Healing Hand

Our body is an amazing super-sensitive instrument in ways we don’t ordinarily notice. Think of it as a mass of minute nerve endings that can detect electrical pulses and energetic vibrations. We can’t ordinarily see or hear these impulses but if we tune in, we might learn to perceive them.

Have you ever had a feeling in your body, like a tingle up your spine, and looked around to find someone looking back?

Our body’s language is so subtle, we need to really slow down and tune in to appreciate what our body can do and how it’s designed to communicate with us.

We require a silent, undisturbed environment at a time when we are at our leisure. When you find yourself in such a space just hold out a hand and move it through the air ever so slowly. Focus on the sensations and feelings you experience. Now move it really slowly towards the back of your other hand. Feel the subtle energies around your hand creating pull and resistance. Now swap hands and repeat and you’ll find that each hand responds with a different intensity. This is one way to identify which is your prominent healing hand.

One hand will be more sensitive than the other, this may alter at different times, so test it out a few times to clarify the hand that’s your most consistent sensitive tool.

Once you know your prominent hand, go for a walk in nature and whilst you are calm and relaxed, take your awareness to your prominent hand. Become tuned into the feeling of it and it will start to display sensations that are like a radar picking up energy around you.

With practice, you can ask yourself questions and the sensations will guide you, perhaps to find a special tree or to the presence of elementals or spirits. You can also use it to identify places with high vibrations or low ones where healing is needed.

By turning your hand very slowly, you can also follow the intensity of the sensations as they guide you in a specific direction. I sometimes go on guided walks in this way, asking the elemental kingdom to show where to go. It’s a great way to find yourself in some magical places and I love using my energy hand like this especially when I’m amongst trees.

Posted in elemental kingdom, Mother Earth, nature, Personal Story

A Sacred Grove

Yesterday, I set off from my home on foot to walk up my mountain and there I found what I’ve been looking for ever since I moved to this locality six months ago.  I found my sacred place in nature where my own special tree was waiting for me.

I finally reached a place I’ve been meaning to go.  It’s an old quarry, a sunken world, now totally reclaimed by nature.  More than that, it has become nature’s temple. 

This sacred grove is isolated, on private land that I have unrestricted access to, it sits far away from paths or human places.  It is left entirely in peace.  It’s a wet, soggy hollow with woods of oak, willow and hazel, some birch on the higher slopes.  On one side hangs a high cliff-face of earth and greenery.  It abounds with bracken and bramble, ferns and moss.  There are sparkly drusy quartz-covered stones, glinting in the undergrowth, bedrock long since quarried and abandoned.  Corvids hold court here, the jackdaws, rooks, crows and majestic ravens are all around, calling and swooping through the woods.  Also in attendance are robins, blackbirds and little jenny wrens.

It was exciting when I finally came upon the narrow entranceway that led down into the wide amphitheatre of lush green mystery.  Three oaks called to me as I passed, on each I saw the face of its accompanying tree spirit.  I knew the moment I approached the third oak that this is the one that’s been waiting for me.  All the trees are bedecked from head to toe in moss, a veritable green world, this is. 

Having formally approached up to the edge of the canopy, I asked permission of the oak to draw near.  I placed my hands on the broad trunk and bent my forehead to the bark, giving my name and asking the tree for his, which was received.  I sent my love to this tree, and through it, to the great oak consciousness.  Then, I sat at the foot with my back to the trunk and opened myself to the energy of nature, but not before opening my mouth and throat to sing of my power from the depth of my lungs.  As shamanka, my song lets the spirits of this sacred place see me, know me and feel my authenticity, integrity and power. I am demonstrating my right to be here. My raw notes rang out loudly, echoing through the grove, unheard by human, but a wind appeared from nowhere and met my song, letting a shower of oak leaves fall with each piercing note, ceasing to stillness only as the last note trailed away. 

Eventually, I moved further down the wide corridor of the grove into further wetness until I reached the opposite end.  Thank goodness I wore my wellies.  From there, I climbed up to find the sky and summit as I tried to find a shorter way home, but it was not to be.  All in all, I was up on the mountain for just short of five glorious hours yesterday.  Now, I sit cosy in my little tree house, knowing my sacred grove and beloved oak tree await me for another day and another adventure.            

Posted in divine magic, Mother Earth, nature, Shamanism, spiritual skills and techniques, transformation

Magickal Sacrifice

I’ve been aware of the value of sacrifice lately.  Sacrifice is a common element of ceremony and magick.  It’s about giving up energy and is usually part of an exchange.  Sacrifice is only of value when we’re giving up something we care about. 

What might you choose to give up?  When is the right time for you to make a sacrifice?  How would you meaningfully do so? 

We make these exchanges all the time.  We pay money for goods and services, financial payment is a form of sacrifice and a reason I don’t give my services for free anymore, although I’m always happy to discuss what kind of energy exchange a person is prepared to make for what they receive.  There needs to be an exchange of some sort and it needs to be commensurate and valued, otherwise the receiver isn’t going to respect what they gain.  What I do is coming from spirit through me and spirit expects some kind of energy exchange. 

There are many ways we make sacrifices, giving up our time or caring for somebody, whether or not we feel we have a choice. We do have a choice, we could walk away, even when a powerful sense of duty or guilt motivates us.  Sacrifice is chosen but we may believe we don’t have an option when we do. 

One of the ways that sacrifice has become apparent in my life recently is in lightening the load.  By that, I mean reducing material possessions.  This is not always easy, sometimes it’s difficult to let go when giving away books or thinning out the wardrobe.  And what’s the pay off?  It’s provided me with a sense of lightness, space and personal freedom.  It’s felt a bit scary because I’ve removed much of what felt comforting and difficult to part with, but afterwards I appreciated the space and felt less inclined to refill that space with new things.  There’s something really satisfying in weighing up the value of each item in my life.  By value, I don’t mean monetary value, I mean what sparks joy.  A big ‘thank you’ to my soul sister, Emma, who gave me this nugget of wisdom.   

It’s the deliberate action of making sacrifice as a part of some magickal intent that really calls me, the power and transformation that can be invoked.  Sacrifice makes me think of offerings, making gifts to Mother Earth, nature, the elementals or the ancestors at sacred places.  More and more, I leave them energetic gifts.  It used to be little crystals, dried sage or food.  Now, I often materialise an energetic sun or maybe a diamond or heart emanating love.  It means I always have something to give, even when my pockets are empty.  Sometimes, it might be a hair from my head or a prick of blood from my thumb.  It’s the intent, sincerity, love, peace and gratitude that matter.  And I may ask for nothing, perhaps just to pass through a place peacefully and safely.

When it comes to magickal spell-work, the bigger the gesture or sacrifice, the greater the energy we unleash.  The greater the energy, the more we can do with it.  Sacrifice in ceremony may be used for letting go of what no longer serves us and cutting ties.  For this, I might break a sacred tool or object, much as our ancestors broke a precious sword or mirror in two and placed it in the river, lake or bog. 

There are times we are called to give something up, whether it’s something from inside ourselves, of ourselves or something precious to us.  When we do, sometimes we are purposely calling in something new, something we are specifically looking for.  And sometimes, we are releasing and allowing whatever is ready for us to come fill the space we made.  

Be aware, with magickal work, sometimes there’s a backlash, especially when we receive something profound.  We may have an extra price to pay, one that we weren’t expecting.  It may be in the form of making us unwell.  It’s best to take it as a positive, evidence that our request was heard and accepted.  We will get better, as long as our protection is good, we are being challenged as spiritual warriors and energy workers and it’s a part of our growth and maturing as practitioners to be so.  When we seek transformation and empowerment, when we ask to be fast-tracked to higher levels, don’t always expect a free ride.                    

Posted in divine magic, elemental kingdom, Granma Wisdom, Inspiration, nature, oneness, The Truth of our Being

Granma Wisdom at the Beach

“Sweetie, look at that ray of sunshine coming down through that cloud there, straight as an arrow.  Look at how it’s lighting up the drops of water coming off the waves.”

“Oh, yes Granma, I see it!  And those drops look like diamonds!”

“Yes, beautiful, aren’t they, the way they sparkle.  I would say that’s magic.  That’s the magic of the elementals, that’s what happens when the fire elementals in the ray of light play with the water elementals in the droplets.  Sweetie, we’re lucky to see this magic today, what a gift!  Not many people will notice such a moment as this.”

“Really?”

“Look about the beach, look at the people, how many do you think have noticed?”

“Ummm… most people are playing on the beach and not looking out to sea…oh look, Granma!  There’s a lady over there, she’s looking out to sea, maybe she can see the diamonds!”

“Yes, and she’s got a lovely, peaceful smile on her face, maybe she can.”

“Granma, what do you think it’s like to be a water droplet coming off a wave?”

“Well, I expect it might be exhilarating.”

“What does that mean?”

“Let me see, it’s a word that packs in a lot of meaning.  It means exciting, perhaps breathtaking, thrilling, something that’s inspiring.  And also, I think it might feel a bit scary, you know, being so high and away from the sea, their home.  See the way they spin high up into the air and then freefall back into the sea?  For a few moments, it’s as though they’re getting a separate life of their own, not being part of the sea anymore.  Just like you.”

“What do you mean, Granma, I’m not the sea.”

“Well dear, just like the water droplets, we belong to something so vast that we are not even aware we’re a part of it.  And we’re experiencing the same exhilarating separation as the droplets when we live our lives.”

“Granma, I don’t know what you mean…?”

“Do you remember when we talked about how you’re mostly energy, and that you’re really like a pillar of light?  And that you’ve chosen to become the person you are to live the life you’re experiencing?”

“Yes, I remember, you said I’m a divine being.  So, you mean that living my life as a person is like being a droplet of water separated from the sea?”

“Yes!  Exactly so!  You got it, sweetheart.  Think of it this way, do you ever feel like the you that exists inside yourself can ever truly express all of itself to anyone else?”

“I know what you mean, Granma!  It’s like, nobody can understand how many thoughts I have and how many feelings I have and how much fun and happiness  I can feel or how much hurt or sadness I can feel, that stuff just is impossible to explain properly, I’ve tried.  You have to keep it to yourself.  And I thought that, probably, everybody else must feel like that too.  Probably, everybody is experiencing that same powerful feeling about themselves and we all don’t get to share very much of ourselves, really, do we, Granma?”

“Sweetie, you are wise for your years and I always said so. You are right. We’re all experiencing a deep and powerful involvement with ourselves inside. We simply can’t share that with anybody else, not to the depth that we feel it within ourselves. And that feeling is our ocean. That’s our divine nature. It just simply cannot be explained in words, so we can’t talk about it.”

“I’m confused, Granma, are you saying that we are the sea?”

“Our sea is the vastness that is the Creator, the divine source.  It’s who we really are, just like the droplet of water’s a single droplet that’s really the vast sea.  Look inside that droplet and what do you find?”

“Water.”

“Yes, water, exactly the same as the sea.”

“Granma, do you think the droplet is sad when it goes back in the sea and isn’t a droplet anymore?”

“Goodness, no!  How could it possibly be sad to be home, to be the truth of itself?  To be never feeling that sense of fear or separation.  I like to think that droplet loves its moment in the air but is never happier than when its at home, being the sea.

But you gotta remember, sweetie, like us, that droplet is always only ever the sea anyway.”          

Posted in divine magic, elemental kingdom, Energy healing, Granma Wisdom, Inspiration, Mother Earth, nature

Granma Wisdom

“Granma, where about in the garden will I find the fire spirits?”

“Well, think about that for a moment, where about in the garden is there heat?”

“I don’t know.”

“Where’s there transformation?”

“Don’t know, Granma.”

“In the compost heap, of course!”

“Is that where they’ll be?”

“Yes!”

“Granma, what are they like?”

“Well, they don’t come across as friendly as the other elementals, not at first.  They’re very focused on their work and they don’t seem so interested in us humans as much as the others.  They move fast, faster than even the air spirits.”

“Granma, when I breathe, does an air spirit come out of my mouth?”

“Hee, hee, hee, bless you, no! What comes out is the air, air spirits are not the air, they’re the invisible beings who work with air’s energy and transform it into a higher, purer energy for us all.”

“How do they do that?”

“By movement, dancing and weaving, and by nurturing the energy and spinning it together, taking it down into the Earth and up into the highest heights, unifying it until it shines with brilliant light and love.”

“Wow, Granma, that sounds so cool!  What happens then?”

“The energy they create transforms our world into a magical world and we breathe it in.  Have you noticed that when we go for our walks, we go to some places that feel alive, full of magic and then we go to other places that feel dead or asleep?”

“Yes, Granma, you always point it out.”

“Well, where it feels so wonderful, that’s where there are lots of nature spirits getting on with their dancing and weaving and making their magic, and it’s food for our souls.  We humans need it to keep us healthy, all the animals do, everything does.  But where it feels dead or dormant, the spirits of earth, air, fire and water aren’t there anymore, or they’re there but can’t do their work.”

“Why can’t they do their work?”

“Oh, there are lots of reasons, but it’s always because humans have interfered with things.  Maybe a waterway has been blocked or diverted, a tree has had the branches it uses to direct energy across the landscape lopped off.  Maybe the hedgerows have been torn out that were creating harmony across the fields.  Most people can’t see energy like you and me, sweetie.  People don’t think about it and they do things that destroy the nature spirits’ homes and work, without realising.”

“Aw, that’s so sad, Granma.”

“Yes, it is.  That’s why we go out with the rattles and the chimes and make our chants, we’re bringing healing to those areas so the nature beings can come back.”

“I love that we do that, Granma.  When I get older, I’m going to tell everybody all about what the earth, air, water and fire spirits do when they dance and weave, so that people will understand.”

“That’s a very noble plan to have, my love.”

Posted in Abundance and lack, Andromedans, divine magic, elemental kingdom, Energy healing, healing, inner child, nature, Personal Story

Magic Night Fire

Last night, I sat in my back garden and christened my crucible. It was a night for connecting with the energies belonging to the place where I live, on the side of a Welsh mountain, above a river estuary, overlooking the sea.

It was a night of tremendous power, I could feel it growing within me all day, even to the point of that uncomfortable feeling when we begin to feel overwhelmed, when we know it’s time to send that energy into the Earth through our feet, to ground and anchor it and relieve the building pressure on ourselves.

It was a night with owls calling as I made magic with the elements. The cracklings of the fire were my soundtrack above the calling fox, swaying trees and the owls.

I sipped a spiced rum which I shared with the fire, the trees and earth around me as an offering of love and gratitude, even as I aligned myself with the upper and lower worlds.

I made a deep healing journey for some of my inner children, those still carrying the abandonment wound.

I received a channelled message from my beloved soul group, the Andromedans about manifestation and how it is the belief, trust and confidence we feel that gets in our way, not the practical skills, which are in-built, we are manifesting in every moment, after all. And whether that’s for our betterment or not is down to our mastery, which is led by our self-belief.

I centred my being and showered love and gratitude on the many blessings in my life, not forgetting to acknowledge and send love and gratitude to my self, my soul and all the expressions that I am in this life.

Eventually, the glowing embers dimmed, the clouds grew thin and one by one, diamonds appeared in the vast canopy overhead.

Posted in divine magic, elemental kingdom, nature, Online workshops, Personal Story, Soul Mastery

Soul Mastery Alchemy

Things are moving forwards with purpose as far as the workshops are concerned.

The Twin Flame Alchemy online workshop has changed date, it’s now going to be running on Friday 13th August at 3.30pm for 2 hours.  Go here to learn more. 

This, like all my courses, will be guided meditations, information given at a deeply received level of consciousness and several activations that empower and activate the energies of divine union.

Then, the Soul Integration course, which was very well received, will run again.  You can find out all about it here. This time, instead of 45 minutes over 6 sessions, it’s going to be one hour over four sessions, although the content is just the same.  Here’s some feedback I received from the participants about the course:-

“I am blown away by the Soul Integration workshop, it is powerful, affirming and comforting to feel that sense of connection so strongly.  Gathering together with that shared intention is very powerful.  The energy is strong and loving.  I feel full up with a beautiful light.  Ananda’s presence is so loving, calming and reassuring.  I feel completely safe in that sacred space.”


“The Soul Integration course was illuminating and satisfying. I feel that I was given tools which will enrich me and that the course is a catalyst, like ripples in a pond when a stone is dropped into it. Ananda’s voice is so soothing and calming and quickly puts one into a meditative state.”

I recently received some powerful insights for future courses. They are going in the direction of magic and nature, working with the elements and elementals and utilising shamanic skills. The Soul Integration course is an essential foundation for all the new courses. So, with the exception of the Twin Flame Alchemy workshop, all participants require the Soul Integration course in order to access further workshops and courses. The Soul Integration course is now a foundation course and will run every other month.

The Soul Integration course integrates your being with your soul. You become your soul and that’s powerful and makes everything different. To be able to incorporate that vast change into your life means you then bring that embodiment with you into every other workshop and course. You come to each course as a whole, complete, integrated soul , a being of love, tooled up with all the skills and wisdom that your soul holds, and your soul holds masses and masses.

The ideas for future courses are still materialising, they involve working with magic and manifestation. We will be creating strong personal protection through making a range of amulets. So many people would benefit from knowing how to create strong protective devices for themselves, their friends and family, and the principles you will learn have limitless applications.

Another area we will be exploring is communicating with the elements, elementals and nature, understanding and working with the consciousness in plants, insects, animals, trees and earth, air, water and fire.

These courses are going to be more practical than those I’ve done so far, and it’s going to be a challenge as I work out how to do that really well online.

I am picking up a huge surge in the deep connection with nature that people are feeling on all sorts of levels. I am wishing to dive into that Earth energy with you and explore tools and abilities to plug into the energy. We will all uncover so much more in the way of magic and meaning through these new, exciting courses.

Posted in artistic, divine magic, Inspiration, nature

Jewel Icon

Take a close look at the picture above.

What do you see?

A work of art? A piece of jewellery?

I see a jewelled icon. Like something biblical or religious, maybe from over a thousand years ago. From medieval times, perhaps, and made of jewels, enamels, gold, silver, pearls, mother of pearl.

Something out of this world, and yet it also reminds me of the Virgin Mary somehow. I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s that I almost expect to see her represented in the centre, after all, it does seem to depict layers of auras, haloes with rays of light emanating from the core.

The detail is incredible, the beauty, wonderful to behold.

Go in close with your zoom. Look at those gorgeous rich pink, green and gold colours. And the intricate patterns. Has it got something to do with the sea? A shell, maybe?

Have you worked out what it is yet?

It’s something that exists inside you and me.

It’s the most detailed image of a human cell ever obtained to date, using x-ray radiation, nuclear magnetic resonance and cryoelectron microscopy (whatever they are).

Posted in divine magic, nature, Personal Story

Cynefin

Today, it’s my birthday and I’m 60.  This age feels like something of a threshold, perhaps to unleash the Crone within.  We’re already friends, but now I enter the period of embodiment.

I do believe I have never before felt quite so accepting of my age, nay, welcoming and embracing of it, than I do now. 

That’s probably because of all the healing I’ve done and, of course, welcoming my soul into my integrated self so that little things like ageing don’t seem to matter so much anymore.

But also, I have to say that the older I get, the more settled with myself I feel.  The more empowered I have become, the more liberated from the norms or the opinions of others and society in general.  The better my life has become.  So, I suppose it’s fair to say that growing old suits me and I ‘fit’ myself and my life better and better every day.

It feels like these are the good years I’ve been working towards for a long time.  This is my time, this is when I get to be and do what I felt was my soul path all along.  Here I am, embracing the path of the shamanic healer, the psychic, the channeller, the medium, the storyteller, the lore carrier, the artist.  Gosh, just how lucky I am!  And I truly feel immensely grateful for all the gifts I found along the way.

So, I’m certainly not kicking being 60, I’m simply being present with myself, sensing that age is an illusion.  It would be nice to have a special celebration day for every person once a year, but without the need to make it about the number of years, just about the wonder of being alive.    

Only a truly magical place could be right for this magical threshold of a birthday. The most magical place I know is the place you see in the photo above. This is Three Cliffs Bay photographed from Pobbles Beach on the Gower peninsular. Half a mile from the house I grew up in.

This recent night-time shot shows the Milky Way in all its glory and you can also see bioluminescence in the sea, a rare event to witness.  This is where I spent my 14th birthday with friends, the same week I left Wales and my heart was torn apart by the loss of this profoundly magical landscape and the deep, abiding power it contains. 

Now, I’m back living in this area and that’s worth marking by returning to this stunning beach for my 60th birthday celebration, the place that is my forever ‘Cynefin’.

The word ‘Cynefin’ is a Welsh word that is swaddled in so many layers of meaning, difficult to translate.  It’s meaning encompasses a very personal sense of place, belonging and familiarity.  A place where one feels an instinctive belonging and deep connection with the landscape.  A place of power and magic that is where my heart belongs.    

Posted in Celtic festival, Goddess, Mother Earth, mythology, nature

The Goddess and The Wheel

The Goddess is complex and has many faces.  The ones most talked about are Maiden, Mother and Crone.  Personally, I see the Goddess in the turning of the Wheel of the Year and assign three moons to each Goddess aspect on the cycle, making four.  Maiden, Mother, Crone and one more.  I call this fourth face Bride, sometimes, she is the Sorceress.  The energy feels like this:

The first face is the Maiden, the story of divine feminine starts with her. 
She is Sleeping Beauty or Snow White. 
She’s a Winter’s landscape, like the land beneath snow.
She is waiting to grow into her power.
The acorn waits in the dark earth for the Spring sun to kiss it awake.
The acorn grows into the oak just as the Maiden grows into Bride, Mother and Crone.
Her womb is waiting to bleed.
The Maiden sits in the season of Winter on the Wheel of the Year, for she is first.
 And the Celtic New Year begins at Samhain, last day of October.
Winter precedes all other seasons, just as the dark void gave birth to light.
Everything starts in the dark, as the baby is born from the dark womb.
The elemental energy of the Maiden is Air, for hers is the first breath.  
She is assigned the moons of November, December and January.

We are now at Imbolc, last day of January. 
The season when light returns and the earth wakes from slumber.
Powerful season of Fire and renewal.  
The sun has kissed the Maiden and she has woken up.
Everything is stirring in nature, in her season.
The birds and beasts are mating and trees and plants are thrusting out their leaves.
Here sits the Bride, assigned three moons of February, March and April. 
She is the May Queen whose potent, fiery blood brings transformation at Beltane.
Just as Spring transforms the land.
She is red and white, purity and blood, for her womb is fertile and not yet pierced.
She is the Enchantress.

The Goddess energy passes on at Beltane.
When the womb of the May Queen is pricked.
Life is growing within her dark womb.
The season of the Great Mother Goddess is here.
Divine Mother rules the moons of May, June and July. 
She reigns through Summer, season of abundance and blessings. 
She is the cornucopia of plenty. 
She births the land as the magical child, the seed of humanity.  
She reigns until July’s end, whence comes the festival of Lughnasadh.
Festival of the Child of Light, which is us, dear listener.
For we, and all beings upon the Earth are her children.
The earth is rich with flowers, corn and fruit during the season of the Great Mother.
The element of Earth is her gift to us.

At August’s start, power passes to the Crone.
Wise Woman, she is Elder. 
She, who is Keeper of the Wheel of the Year.
Turner of the wheel.
She oversees the process of change.
She sits at the spinning wheel with the silver thread in her fingers. 
Her element is Water, for water is a record keeper, as is the Crone. 
To her are assigned three moons of August, September and October. 
Her womb is not barren, it is the void.
Cave of inconceivable power.
It is the gaping gash of Sheela Na Gig.
She beckons us to enter.
To go inside ourselves and know who we are.
She sits in the season of the ancestors.
At Samhain, the ancestors are honoured. 
And the Crone passes her power back to the Maiden.
The wheel begins again, not a circle but a spiral.  

For this reason, as a woman in her Crone stage, it is mine to gift my power to the Maiden, imparting wisdom and teaching skills to one who is starting on the same journey I have travelled.  Already, the honour and opportunity has befallen me, more than once, in teaching my shamanic craft.  I hope that all women in their crone-years, the years we call peri-menopause, menopause and beyond, will gift some of their power to the Maiden, for she is a Bride-, a Mother-, a Crone-in-becoming. 

We Crones are the ones who have travelled the full stretch of the road and passed through all four stations.  We are in our full power.  And if we don’t value that, if we don’t honour ourselves for all we are, who will? 

The Wheel of the Year