Relieve stress with the Metamorphic Technique

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The first holistic treatment I ever experienced was the little known Metamorphic Technique. I was stressed and acted on a vague recommendation “You should book a session with Kim. I don’t really know what she does… but she is VERY good!”.

According to its founder, British naturopath and reflexologist Robert St John, “The Metamorphic Technique is to help the recipient un-think any harmful indoctrinated ways.” In the 1960s St John made a startling discovery. By working with the spinal column’s reflex points on his clients’ feet, traumatic memories and experiences that had been absorbed from conception to birth came to the surface and were healed. He named this breakthrough “Metamorphosis”. In the 1970s his French Canadian student, Gaston St Pierre further developed the work, renaming it “The Metamorphic Technique”.

The practitioner acts as a positive catalyst by applying gentle pressure to the spinal reflex points on the feet, hands and head, enabling the recipient to self-heal their inner life force energy. This technique releases fears and limiting self beliefs and allows the recipient to excel on their individual path. Often Metamorphic Technique literature is accompanied by an image of a butterfly depicting the miracle of transformation.

Purely by assessing my feet, Kim could see that I had been controlled and suppressed and when she enquired “are your needs being met?” I surprised myself with an immediate outburst of tears. I spent the remainder of that first session in sleep and woke with some minor discomfort in the “logical” left hand side of my brain. Healing had begun and my days as a caterpillar were numbered! I was so impressed with the outcome of the technique in just a few sessions that I decided to train in London with an experienced student of St Pierre’s.

As the Metamorphic Technique is so gentle it is beneficial for everyone from babies to seniors. It is particularly helpful for pregnant ladies since no-one wants to pass on personal insecurities to their offspring!

For a list of practitioners near you go to metamorphicassociation.org.

8 steps to becoming your own psychic

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My favourite comic as a child was Misty, a publication dealing with the supernatural side of life. In one story a teenage girl watches a clairvoyant on TV and realises she also possesses the same gift. She surprises her father by bringing him exactly what he requires at that moment.

At the time I thought it preposterous that by purely watching such a skill another could immediately and competently engage in the same talent. I know better now. Focusing on the previously unconsidered subject of mysticism can absolutely lead to awakening!

We are all born with sixth sense, the energetic gateway leading beyond our three dimensional world. This ability comes from our divine spirit but may have been suppressed due to reasons such as rigid schooling, parental disapproval, fear of the unknown or separation from God.

With regular practice everyone can heighten their intuition and acquire spiritual benefits such as a deeper understanding of life, how to make the best decisions to be healthier and fulfilled, receiving creative inspiration, the ability to easily problem solve and being able to exhibit more empathy for others.

There are four main ways in which psychic knowledge manifests within us. We may be personally dominant in one particular method but none are more advantageous than each other:

Clairvoyance – images appear in the mind’s eye

Clairaudience – words are heard within the right hand side of the brain, the intuitive area

Clairsentience – information is felt, such as emotions of others

Claircognizance – “just knowing” information without being able to explain it

Here are ways which with regular practice will deepen intuition:

1. Pray

Prayer is the highest form of applied spirituality. It is the acknowledgement of God’s warm presence in our lives and an invitation for instant celestial intervention. Prayer is one of those rare occasions when we rock up as we truly are – no ego, emotional defences or mask wearing – purely a sacred space in which to reach for and receive loving assistance. A suggested daily opener could be something like “God, I am open to receiving enlightenment regarding (insert personal request). Thank you for assisting me with my life journey. Amen”.

2. Meditate

Meditation is medicine for the mind and growing space for the soul. It throws up the opportunity for God to draw near to us. Sit quietly and comfortably with closed eyes. Solely concentrate on the pattern of slow and measured breathing. If the frantic whirl of life seeps in, just keep returning your focus to the sensation of evenly breathing. That’s it! Start with 5 minutes a day and build up to at least 20 minutes.

Here is more information full successful meditation:

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3. Enhance your aura

Our aura is the energetic field emanating from our physical body which reflects our inner status. To keep it in a fabulous condition every morning visualise your body saturated in a gleaming white light, serving to heighten your spiritual connection and enhance overall mind, body and spirit health. Manipulating the aura in a positive way will also protect you from absorbing other people’s emotions and external factors stop which otherwise may drain your energy.

4. Keep your feet on the ground

It is important to remain alert and stable in the physical world whilst working in the higher echelons so that we don’t become spaced out and disconnected. One useful grounding technique is to stand on the ground and imagine the feet attached to long and heavy chains. See these chains burrowing deep down into the very centre of the earth where an anchor is attached to the ends of them, fully securing us to the planet.

5. Drink water

Drink plenty of filtered or spring water throughout each day as water is a conduit for psychic messages to come through easily. Pure water is essential for keeping the brain sharp and receptive as well as purifying the aura. Always carry a bottle if you are out and about. Avoid fluorinated water and fluorinated toothpaste since fluoride is a toxin which has been scientifically proven to build up in the brain’s pineal gland. The pineal gland is is also known as the third eye (psychic) chakra and may become blocked if not taken care of.

6. Dream a little dream

An easy way to gain psychic help is during our dreams; a time when the subconscious mind comes to life and reveals personal information to us. If dream recall has been previously elusive simply affirm “I will clearly recall my dreams tonight” when climbing into bed. Once you re successful with this, progress to having insightful dreams by writing a desired question on a piece of paper and placing it underneath your pillow. Answers may also come to us when awakening from sleep (hypnopompia) or just before we drop off to sleep (hypnagogia), transitional states when we are deeply relaxed and most receptive to our inner voice.

7. Trust

Begin to trust your feelings as much as possible. Practice making decisions based on what your heart would have you do. The more advanced we become in developing our psychic awareness, the more divine help will make itself available to us even when we are not formally asking for it. For example, our spirit may often abruptly guide us away from a poor decision or we may experience a strong feeling about a person, place or situation in order to influence our actions.

8. Chill out!

It is highly important to relax as tension blocks psychic ability. One day I lost my eternity in my home. I knew I was far too frantic to tune in to its whereabouts and could only pray I would find it sharpish. The next morning I awoke at 5.30 am to the instruction “look in the bin“. I raced downstairs to the kitchen where my only bin was housed and bafflingly, there was my treasured diamond ring centrally positioned underneath the bin liner!

Here is some ideas for de-stressing:

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire – meeting a descendant of Queen Victoria, viewing a unicorn skull and being interrogated by a vicar

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On Saturday I took two trains and a bus to reach the medieval market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme as I had heard several times it is a pretty place. It is actually not that pretty a place but it has won awards for its flower arrangements so perhaps my encouragers had been there in summertime. All the same I enjoyed its friendliness and lack of airs. The natives call you “duck” or “me duck” and bus drivers salute each other. The town no longer has a Castle and the Lyme it is Under (errr how?) refers to the name of the stream which runs into the River Trent.

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Historically Newcastle-under-Lyme laid on the best known annual Mock Mayor Ceremonies in the mid 19th century. It all started when Henry II granted a Charter of Incorporation which gave the burgesses (men of special status) the right to elect mayors. Unfortunately their right was abruptly thereafter removed by the town councillors who deemed only themselves fit to vote in the new mayor.

In defiance the burgesses held a mock event, dressing up a designated “mayor” who paraded around in an ostentatious wig and finery whilst the gathering crowd verbally abused the “real” mayor who has just been appointed. After 320 years of hamming it up, councillors had had enough of such riotous behaviour and gave the burgesses back their voting privileges. Their first elected mayor was the appropriately named Samuel Mayer.

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Chris, a senior gentlemen in a wheelchair, noticed me photographing ancient buildings and was happy to chat to a fellow lover of architecture. Having autism there was very little information he did not retain about the history of his home town. He had researched his family tree which revealed a bloodline to Queen Victoria and also a successful manufacturer of floor tiling.

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After a basic lunch of salad and hummus with fresh orange juice at the Capello Lounge which has a separate vegan menu thelounges.co.uk/lounges/cappello-lounge, I headed for Brampton Park where the museum is located. In the grounds sits Vera Brittain, a nurse, pacifist and feminist during the first world war. In synchronicity, later the same day I saw the film “Testament of Youth” based on Vera’s biography had just been on TV www.imdb.com/title/tt1441953/.

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Near to Nurse Vera was this war time fellow Tom, impressively carved out of a horse chestnut tree.

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In the museum I was drawn to a unicorn’s skull in an entrance cabinet for sale at £295. Well, it wasn’t labelled as such but that is what it looked like to me.

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Upstairs there was much variety in the way of toy nostalgia, always a winning exhibition for me, although I don’t know why a Minion had been included in the 1970’s section.

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I had one of these exact same wind up “radios” as young child which I had forgotten all about until I saw this. It was a sturdy toy which could be thrown around a room and still proclaim the weather.

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None of the two central ancient churches were open and whilst I was hopefully yanking on the steadfast door handle of St George’s the vicar caught me and questioned my motives. After a reassuring explanation (“I love old churches!”) he collected the keys, ushered me in and flipped on the lights.

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The rev wanted to know why I did not attend regular sermons and I told him it was because I like to learn, yet never leave a service with fresh knowledge. He responded “Then you are going to the wrong churches” and attempted to find me the best Birmingham holy gaff on his phone app. It did not work. When I tried the same website back at home the listings were frozen, therefore I am still none the wiser.

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“Walking back to happiness… woopah oh yeah yeah”

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Hippocrates stated walking is our best medicine and I can barely go a day without a dose. Whether it be a purposeful stride from A to B for necessity, for exercise and/or to take in nature and fresh air, I love it. I have never owned a car; my usual modes of transport (if I am not being chauffeured) are trains and my own two feet.

My regular habit of walking started when I was 20 years old and on a two week holiday in southern Spain. I had expected to be lying on the sand all day; instead I was encouraged to explore the sunny coastline on foot. Despite carefree indulgence of the oil rich Mediterranean food and quaffing generous measures of alcoholic beverages, when I returned home my favourite purple skirt which had been growing tighter by the week, was now spinning around my waist. I was thrilled. And converted.

For able bodied people, walking is something we may take for granted and something we do without giving the act any thought, however there is a correct way to do it for our best postural health and wellbeing:

Keep the shoulders relaxed and the back straight.

Allow the arms to swing naturally (use a rucksack for longer walks if needed).

Keep the chin up with the gaze on the view straight ahead.

Push off from the back leg rather than leading with the front foot.

Aim to pull in the belly button to the backbone which places the pelvis in the correct position and strengthens the core during the movement. There is no need to squeeze hard.

When walking up hills keep the lean forward to a minimum and take smaller steps.

When walking down hills bend knees a little like a monkey, a method which takes the pressure of them.

We are encouraged to walk 10,000 steps a day which equates to around 5 miles. Obviously if we are already incorporating other forms of exercise into our day then this may be quite a distance to fit in and not strictly necessary. The 10,000 steps recommendation is not scientifically based either. This amount came about because in the 1960s Japanese manufacturers launched pedometers called “manpo-kei” which translates as “10,000 steps meter”. The figure stuck.

If you would like to start walking regularly for exercise and are new to it, just start small. Try 15 minutes around a block or a nearby park and increase the time to what feels good for you. Build up to taking longer and brisker steps for increased aerobic exercise when you are ready.

I have already listed the benefits of aerobics here:

https://travellingveganmystic.wordpress.com/2016/09/10/25-reasons-to-exercise-daily/

Wear any clothing which is weather suitable and very comfortable such as jogging pants or leggings and layered thin tops. I recommend Salomon walking shoes or Asics trainers for ultimate foot comfort; both of which are vegan.

Below are some simple Yoga poses for after walking. These moves will stretch out the targeted muscles to alleviate any soreness and keep the limbs supple. Hold each pose for at least 20 seconds:

The Dancer

Standing up take hold of the top of the right foot and bring the knee back feeling the stretch in the quadrupeds (front thigh). Lean the torso forwards stretching out the opposite arm

Seated Forward Bend

Sitting on the floor with legs outstretched in front, lean forward and aim to touch the toes so the hamstrings are stretched.

The Butterfly

Sitting, bend knees outwards so that soles of feet touch, lean forward and feel the stretch in the hips

The Bug

Lie on back and bring your feet up so your right hand is holding the top of the right foot and your left hand is holding the top of the left foot. Widen your legs so you feel the stretch in your inner thighs.

Downward Dog

On all fours, stretch the arms out in front then slowly raise up onto the toes so that the body is in an inverted V shape, aim the foot to the ground to stretch the calves.

See http://www.yogajournal.com for more Yoga information.

10 ways to raise your energetic vibration (that’s me in the picture!)

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All living beings are surrounded by electromagnetic waves, a radiation of heat which in metaphysics is known as “the aura”, the energetic field which changes colour and size dependent on or inner state.

Einstein proved that matter and energy are interchangeable and so everything we have around us is a result of our thinking. Keeping our frequency high and pure deepens our spiritual consciousness, creates positive thoughts and ideas, attracts to us like-minded people and easily leads us to highly personalised opportunities.

Here are ways in which your aura will stretch and shine so you may be a beacon to the world:

1. Eat right

A diet of plant based food, organic and raw where possible along with plenty of pure water is the most natural sustenance for the body. Eating little and often with a protein food included in each small meal keeps blood sugar levels constantly stabilised rather than eating the three standard daily meals which may tire the digestive system.

Plants from the ground such as vegetables “ground us” and plants that grow high like fruit, give us a natural energetic “high”. Give thanks each time you eat and affirm that your body is perfectly nourished.

2. Exercise

The replenishment of blood during aerobic exercise energises all the the entire aura. Power walking or running and yoga are the easiest forms since no specialised equipment is needed other than suitably cushioned footwear and a non slip mat.

It is practically impossible to feel cranky whilst bounding along in nature or mastering the warrior position. Whatever is your preferred choice, make it a daily non-negotiable appointment with yourself and always start with gentle warm up moves to avoid injury.

3. Use natural toiletries

Limit chemicals and in particular avoid fluoride in toothpaste which calcifies the pineal gland, the seat of spirituality in the brain. Use natural toiletries, for example, substitute coconut oil for highly preserved and perfumed body lotions and instead of bubble baths which may be high in the toxin SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate), throw in a handful of Epsom salts or Himalayan rock salt from health shops, which are excellent at cleansing and purifying the aura, especially after experiencing a stressful or tiring time.

4. Visualise

You can boost your aura by sitting in stillness and visualising a brilliant golden light surrounding your entire body. Imagine a light so fluorescent it would be difficult to look at with the naked eye then extend this energy outwards to around 6 feet away from your physical body. Not only will this regular habit raise your energetic vibration, it will shield you from unwanted emotional attachment as sensitive people can often absorb low energy of others if not careful.

5. Pray

Prayer is the acknowledgement of God’s guiding presence in our lives and it requires having the faith and patience to know we will always be given loving assistance for our higher good, no matter how difficult circumstances may be at the time. Through prayer we learn to live from our heart space and allow our purpose to be aligned with spiritual growth and happiness.

It is not important how you pray or the words you use, whether in your mind, aloud or written in a journal because your heartfelt message will always be received and understood. You may like to begin with a simple “Dear God, may You soften my heart and strengthen my mind. Amen”.

6. Meditate

Meditation is growing space for the soul and medicine for the mind. It is the perfect rest stop. USA scientists have proven that meditation slows down the ageing process, balances emotions, aids memory and concentration skills, increases our serotonin level (the happy hormone), reduces pain and stress and strengthens the immune system, deterring disease. On a spiritual level the results are enormous as we deepen our relationship with God and further our intuition in knowing what is right for us in all life areas.

Silence your phone, find a comfortable chair or floor space in a quiet area, sit upright and close your eyes. Take several deep breaths, in through the nose and out through the mouth, which will jump start the body’s relaxation mode. Then just “be” for the next 5 to 20 minutes, depending on what time you can allocate on any given day. When your mind wanders, just bring your attention back to the pattern of your slow and measured breathing.

7. Practice Feng Shui

The ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui is an exceptional way to personally flourish. Like plants we only bloom when we are happy in our environment. Our personal energy is boosted when we declutter where we live (and work!) and transform our space into a magical den. Begin in the bedroom, the place where we heal and recuperate during sleep. Dejunk under the bed, the cupboards and drawers and ensure all art work is uplifting yet conducive to relaxation.

Regularly clean rooms and open the windows daily to allow in fresh “chi”. Tibetan bells are a useful tool as ringing them immediately clears stale energy and creates sacred space. Light candles often, including oil burners with an essential oil such as lavender and place good all rounder crystals about the home such as amethyst, rose or clear quartz. To apply full Feng Shui principals to your home seek out a book detailing the compass method.

8. Assess who and what is occupying your time

If you are feeling consistently depleted then it is time to step away from those who do not have your best interests at heart. If you are not able to do this fully, draw up guilt free boundaries and keep to them. Do favours with grace or not at all and steer clear of drama. Ditch things that drain you such as meaningless TV shows and read spiritual books and listen to inspiration speakers. Spend time in nature to ground and replenish yourself from the demands of the material world.

9. Release the past

Unforgiveness causes our energy to stagnate. To release ill feelings, lie comfortably in a quiet space with your hands gently resting on your heart. Firstly, identify times where you have self-punished. Recognise that every negative word or deed stems from fear then visualise yourself being soothed and comforted in God’s embrace. Stay in this compassionate, healing space for as long as you feel is necessary. When you are ready, take time with each of those who have triggered your pain.

Recognise that any ill behaviour was never about you, rather it was born of the instigator’s own fears and insecurities. Visualise them being soothed and comforted in God’s embrace. Pray for further emotional self-healing to take place whilst you sleep that evening and give thanks.

10. Have Reiki Healing

Consider having Reiki treatments or being taught how to self heal by a Reiki Master. Reiki means “universal life force energy” and involves the channelling of spiritual energy to ease physical and emotional discomfort plus promote deep relaxation and wellbeing. It calms and enhances the aura through the encouragement of self love and acceptance. Reiki is a loving and transformative power which secures us a healthy life of contentment, trust and authenticity.

For more information please see my book “A Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Living”:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beginners-Guide-Spiritual-Living-ebook/dp/B01M7WUUT7

Reach for the moon!

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Moon signs are way more interesting to me than sun signs because they relate to our subconscious personalities and therefore may aid in understanding and self acceptance. Our sun sign characteristics are our default personality and able to be changed if so desired, yet those of our moon sign are rooted firmly and rather more complex.

At the time of my birth the moon was in Libra, the sign of balance, depicted by an image of weighing scales. This placement explains my obsessive love of immaculately ordered environments and undiluted loathing of one-sided friendships!

To find out your moon sign enter your date and time of birth at www.moonsigncalendar.net/calculate-moonsign.htm. Research your deep astrological make up and have some “So that’s why…!” moments.

As well as determining the ebb and flow of the sea, the moon has a profound bearing on humans since we contain an average of 57% – 60% water. When we adapt our planning, decisions and actions to be in alignment with the 4 main lunar phases, our earthly pursuits become a well oiled operation.

Check the small moon symbols in your paper diary or download a moon cycle phone app so you can harmoniously plan your life week by week:

The new moon

This is a time of inward thinking and retreating which makes it the best time for project planning rather than doing anything drastic. It is a time for new beginnings so examine all life areas and be honest about what could be changed.

The waxing moon

This is a time to put ideas gleaned during the new moon phase into practice. We have more energy and enthusiasm at this time, so it’s a great time to commit to a new health and fitness regime. It’s also a good time to try any new opportunities and make major purchases.

The full moon

This is a time of completion and celebration which means it is a great night for a party. However, there is an increased chance of accidents so don’t take too many risks and be extra careful in general. Emotions run particularly high around now so postpone any difficult interactions with others.

The waning moon

This is a time of receding and fading so it’s ideal to shed anything from your life that is not beneficial to you in order to free up your energy. It’s a period of peaceful activity such home decluttering, detoxing the body or having holistic therapy to heal negative emotions.

3 ways to raise the spirit and lower the ego

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Through meditation God has shown me that the words “ego” and “insecurity” are interchangeable. Ego is that inner fault finding voice telling us how inadequate we are and describing all the ways in which we have failed, are failing or are just about to fail. Ego is unrelenting self-scrutiny and it attempts to gain control under the guise of being a safety buffer for us. Effects of the untrained ego can show up in an over-compensatory stance of arrogance and conceit or in that of victim mentality when a deep fear of inadequacy may manifest in depression or anxiety.

In total contrast to our ego, our divine spirit is pure loving acceptance and holds the knowledge that we are perfect just as we are at any given moment in our lives. Our spirit appreciates our personal value and knows just how precious we are to God, yet the ego goads us into continually seeking external validation of our self worth. We can never fully shut out the ego, however here are 3 ideas to weaken it’s hold and allow our spirit the greater outward presence it deserves:

Choose kindness over glory

A common challenge is to stop concerning ourselves with the opinions others hold about us, whether those be positive or negative in nature. Each of us have our personal perceptions, thought processes and ideas of how the world should be and these are going to be projected during social interactions. When we keep the ego at bay it becomes easier to remain neutral to both criticism and compliments. Why allow sources outside of ourselves to lift or sink our mood?  

When we choose the unconditional path of kindness, gratitude and forgiveness in our day to day living, our heart overflows with divine comfort and security. Our fears recede since our only goal is that of ambassador for God, bringing compassion and love to those around us. A useful daily prayer to reframe our thinking could be something like: 

Dear God

I am ready to acknowledge the true worthiness and beauty I have been blessed with.

I ask that my spirit easily guides my thoughts, words and actions, bringing me ever closer to your holiness.

Amen”.

Exit the comfort zone

The ego is nothing more than a bully and so we to take the wind out of its sails we can extend the barriers of the comfort zone it wants to keep us safely trapped in. We can try things we would not normally consider such as totally new activity or class, going to the theatre alone or wearing something wonderfully bright we wouldn’t ordinarily feel brave enough for.

We can also consider what our spirit is guiding us to do when the ego isn’t busy trying to distract us from reaching our full potential in case – shock, horror – we mess things up. We can write a list of all we would love to achieve, outlining the transformative steps we will take to get there whilst sharing these ideas with supportive and helpful people.

Apply humour

Treating the ego with humour during challenging times helps to lessen its burden. A self-derived put down could be given a response such as “Thank you for that most interesting input regarding my goal. Please be aware I have listened yet chosen to fully ldismiss it. Catch ya later!”.

When I find myself in the midst of a perceived inferiority crisis I recall the tanned confident young Spanish man who came to sit near me in a Marbella bar. With a huge grin he loudly proclaimed to his friends “My self esteeem eeez wan hundrrraaad pa cent!”. I repeat this sentiment aloud, along with its Mediterranean inflection, whenever the need arises.