It’s so nearly the end of the year and already I am impatient to start 2022. It’s almost here, up there on the brow of the hill, I can see it twinkling and shiny and full of new possibilities and hope. And oh how I wish that I could be sitting with you now and chatting with you rather than writing this because this is definitely one of those blog posts that would be so much more fun if it was told in conversation rather than written, it would also be so much easier to explain!
I have often toyed with the idea of a vlog for that very reason, because I love telling stories and speaking my thoughts and I’m rather lazy at writing them (as you may well have noticed) and if I did vlog then maybe you might get to hear a lot more from me. Too often I think to myself, ‘Oh I must write a blog post on this/that and I never do. But this post has been rolling around inside my head like a couple of marbles for weeks now and it’s got to the point where it must be written because I want to share these things with you so much, even if it means forcing myself to get down to the task of writing.
Sadly I’m not with you right now but let’s get the kettle on anyway and make a cuppa and we can at least imagine that we are sitting together around the fire here at The Red House. You’ve got your tea, and the dogs and cats are curled up around our feet. When you’re ready and comfortable, I’m going to tell you about some rather wonderful and life-changing things that have happened to me this past year. I’ve thought so long and hard about how to write this that maybe I’ve overthought it at times but the thing is that these things are so special to me now that I want you also to be excited and to try them, I want you to also feel the thrill and discover the magic that happens when we allow ourselves to start to trust our intuition and listen to that still small voice of calm.
It’s difficult to know exactly where to start but if I use about this time last year (end of 2020) as a starting point then at least it gives me a reference point if nothing else!
Like many of you, I also can get very down thinking about world events and what a mess we humans have managed to make of things. And if world politics and climate change weren’t bad enough, now we have Covid to deal with too. By the end of last year, I was beside myself not being able to see my family, the only comfort I had was that at least we could talk daily and make video calls. There was at least that way to stay in touch. But by mid-January, I knew that I was slipping deeper into a trough of misery and despair and I did not know a way to claw my way back out of it.
It just so happened that one morning I had a phone call from one of my daughters who was very excited to share something with me. She’d not told me before but she’d been doing an online course and had also been learning to meditate. What gave me tingles was that she’d also been shown how to do automatic writing and in her first attempt at it, a message had come through for me. There’s no need for me to tell you what the message was, suffice to say that I was completely and utterly shocked and excited and all sorts of things because the message was from my mother who had died over thirty years ago, three months before my daughter was born. They had never had a chance to meet and yet here she was giving my daughter a message to give to me. I wasn’t in the least bit skeptical because I knew that this wasn’t something that my daughter would ever joke with me about or makeup, and I could tell that she was as amazed as I was at what had happened I was however very keen to learn more and I knew in that instant that I wanted to find out more about this. I realise that some of you may be thinking that this is a whole load of baloney and whoo-whoo and maybe at one time I might have thought the same myself but I can assure you it’s not. Trust me, It just gets better and better.
But where to begin? The more that I started to investigate the whys and wherefore of alternative practices and living, the more arrows I found pointing to meditation. Argh! I couldn’t possibly do meditation! I can’t even focus my full attention on a really good tv show or film, I still have to be fiddling on my phone or jumping up and making tea, meditation was going to be a step too far! Well, all I can say is Thank Goodness for my daughter’s belief in me and her insistence that I try. She recommended that I download a free phone app called ‘Inside Timer’ and start with the ‘Learn to Meditate In Seven Days’ program. So I did and though it didn’t take me seven days, more like three weeks of on off on off practice, by the end of the course I felt like I was starting to get the hang of it. I started to get into the habit of doing daily morning meditation.
Rather serendipitously it was also around that time that a parcel arrived in the post for me, a late birthday present from my husband, Pete. I opened up the parcel and there was a pair of dowsing rods. Bless him! He’d remembered that it was something that I’d always wanted to try and he’d thought that maybe now might be a good time! I couldn’t wait to get started and within minutes I was out in the field holding the L rods out in front of me and seeing what sort of a response I could get. I had absolutely no clue about what to do, only that I knew that I might feel something if I was patient and focused. As luck would have it, I didn’t have to wait long before I started to feel the energy come through my hands and into the rods. I was totally amazed and utterly delighted at this ‘conversation’ that I was starting to have not only with the ground beneath my feet but all around me. Suddenly, at that moment my whole understanding of everything had profoundly changed, I was now engaged and connected with Mother Earth and the Universe in a way that I’d never have thought possible.
Now it’s at this point of our chat round the fireside that I’m beginning to want another cup of tea, so it’s almost time to put the kettle on again, would you like one too? or are you thinking what the heck am I doing here and planning your escape? I really hope not because I’m hoping very much that I can encourage you to try meditation (if you don’t already do so) and dowsing too. In fact, the whole point of my writing any of this is to hopefully inspire you to try something new and expand yourself in ways that you could not previously have believed possible! If I can do this, anyone can!
A few weeks after I started meditating, something rather extraordinary and totally life-changing happened to me during one of my meditation practices. I experienced something very powerful and moving and quite out of the ordinary and from that experience, my whole perception and understanding of everything has changed. I’ve now become quite certain of how I want to live and to be. I know that I am not alone and that this is happening to many people right now but it can be quite a frightening experience if like me you don’t understand at first what has happened or why?
It’s been an incredible year. It’s not been easy, it’s been very hard at times but I’ve had some wonderful and loving support and I am so very grateful for that. The experiences that I have had have changed me, hopefully for the better. I still have so much to learn but I am excited and feel positive in a way that I did not before. Above all, I am truly humbled by what I have discovered and the things that I am learning. We live on such a beautiful planet and there is so much more to it than we could ever imagine!
Wishing you all a Magical and Wonderful 2022
(if you are keen to know more about dowsing, please let me know and I shall write more on this subject! I am only very new to it but it really is so fascinating and I am enjoying picking things up as I get better practiced at it. I shall put some links up next post for anyone that wants to find out more!
(In regards to meditation, I started with a guided meditation with the Insight Time free app but I now do a silent meditation centered on the heart, no special breathing)