Saturday, 29 April 2017

May 2017 - Unfurling

In this Issue: 
Reflections: Unfurling
Mayd Day Magic Coaching - special offer
Events: Glastonbury, Cornwall, and Global Magic Carpet Ride. Including a video interview.
Inspirational links

Reflections: Unfurling

As I begin writing this, sitting in my garden, the forecasters are predicting a big drop in temperature later today, with winds from the arctic, maybe even frost at night. I am surrounded by blossom - and I worry about the fruit crop, wondering if the frost will damage the future crop this autumn.

Letting go of that thought, I return to the subject I chose for this 'Reflections' piece several days ago - 'Unfurling'. How interesting. The trees and the flowers don't know the weather forecast. They continue to unfurl their beautiful petals. If they are damaged, the tree doesn't spend time or energy on regrets. It simply regathers, regroups, regrows - whether this year, or next. A set back maybe, but it will survive.

Does the unfurling of your talents, your work, your business feel like this? For me, with Dare to Blossom, I keep on growing, developing. Tentatively opening up ideas, like unfurling petals. Sometimes these ideas thrive and develop and bear fruit. Sometimes they wither and die. In between some simply flower and do not produce as big a crop as I might hope. If I didn't keep on - keep on 'showing up' as the phrase goes - then nothing would happen at all.

With this sort of work - for me maybe you too, we are offering our services, our skills, our experiences, ourselves. This feels to me very personal, very exposed, very vulnerable. And I am continually learning that when I still dare to go ahead and share, from that place, that vulnerable spot, the very edge - that is where and when the connections happen. There we link with each other heart to heart, help support each other in the unfurling.

For you, for your journal or meditation practice:
- if any phrase or word resonates with you from this piece, choose to flow write or meditate on those words
- what emerges for you?
- what is unfurling?
- what gifts can you find within?
- do you wish to paint, draw, collage - express this visually in some way?

May Day Magic Coaching - special offer
May 1st - May Day - is a very special time here. In Padstow the annual celebration begins the evening before with the 'night singing' heralding the arrival of May Day, when the 'Osses come out to dance in the streets. Serenaded by the band of accordions and drums and the singers with the Teaser leading, each celebrates the festival of abundance, fertility and fecundity that is spring and summer.

If you search on YouTube you will find dozens of clips of people's videos, here is the local page where you will find information and videos. I particularly like this one of the childrens' 'Osses.

To celebrate, I would like to offer you a little piece of your own May Day Magic - two thirty minute life coaching sessions on Zoom video-conferencing, at the price of £50.  To book your place, contact me before the end of 1st May.

Forthcoming Events

Regular readers will know that this time of year, the time of blossoming into spring is when I focus on events. And so there are three coming up in May. For those of you who are wondering what attending a workshop might bring for you, I am planning a series of short video interviews. Here is the first with Gail (just over 7 minutes wathcing time)  - hop over to my channel on YouTube for a look - and do come back here and carry on reading.

Unleash Your Power Within Workshops in Glastonbury and Cornwall

Saturday 6th May in Glastonbury - this is of course very soon, and there is a 'bring a friend' special offer, so you can come together and share a magical day for the price of one ticket. Contact me as soon as possible to secure your place. For you as loyal readers I would be delighted to welcome you, even without a friend, for the same price (£32.50 instead of £65) for the day, 10-4 at the Goddess House.

Saturday 13th May - Cornwall: Purpose - Reaching Upwards.

Vist '
Workshops and Events' for full details and to book.

The full programme continues in Cornwall with three more half-day events:
8 July Passion: opening to the sun
9 September Power: ripening
18 November Progress: harvesting

Global Online Magic Carpet Ride: Unfurl Your Power Within
For those of you who are not in reach of the workshops this new interactive programme begins on Monday 22nd May. for five weeks ending on Friday 23rd June. It will include weekly group calls (which will be recorded in case you can't be there in person), a private Facebook group (though you can take part without joining that if you prefer), and resources for you to keep. Full details here.

There is an Early Bird price of £79 (a saving of £20) until midnight on 30 April - but for readers of this newsletter I will leave it open longer. If you find it has been removed from the website, contact me direct to find out if it is still available for you.

Dare to Blossom at Home workshops can be booked at any time: if you are in Cornwall or west Devon and are interested in exploring the option to host a group of friends in your own home, have a look at the website here and contact me so we can arrange a chat to discuss what you would like.

Inspirational Links

This month my new contacts have included Linda Grayson, who works under the theme "Spirit and the Life Beyond" and Kerry Louise of Kerry Louise Psychic Guidance. I haven't experienced the services of these two people, but I can say that this sort of work has helped me greatly at various times in my life so if you see something that calls to you, as I must have done then, maybe follow your intuition and explore further? The person who helped me immensely, starting twelve years ago almost to the day I am writing this, is Debbie Clayton of Angels of Light.

As always, please feel free to comment with your thoughts and comments. 

If you would like to own a set of Dare to Blossom Rediscovery cards to explore their power for yourself please visit the dedicated page.

Thank you dear friends for visiting with me again this month and sharing my musings.

Until next time,

with love,

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Sample Point of Focus Report.

During the week beginning 10 April 2017, I drew up this report, in the same way as we will be doing during the “Global Online Magic Carpet Ride: Unfurl your power within”, which opens on 22 May.

For this process, a card is drawn on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – and those of us in the online circle will be bringing those cards – the word, the colour, the questions – into our daily lives and letting them work their magic. This can take many forms – insights, inspiration, whispers of your intuition, your inner wisdom.

The cards used are the Dare to Blossom Rediscovery Cards. During the circle I will then do, as I am now – pull together some resources and my own thoughts into this document. When the circle is ‘live’ I will be able to incorporate some of the interactions we will have shared within the group that week.

If you choose to subscribe to the Point of Focus membership service, you will receive a monthly Report like this. The process will be slightly different: I will set aside a time for you: I will tune in and focus and see which three cards appear from the pack – seemingly a random process, but as I am sure you will have experienced – one that can offer great gifts. At the first level of membership you will receive email support if you wish to discuss.

Or, you can choose to take up a thirty or sixty minute one to one call, with a recording so you can refer back later to the wisdom that arises for you.

So, dear ones, on to the words that emerged this week.

For each card, ask yourself:
What is my first response? To the word? To the colour? And, what else is there? And, what else?

And then – what do Power and Joy combined offer you? Purple and deep pink?

And then – add Serenity, soft blue. What does that word, that colour offer in addition?

I encourage you to take time over this, to pause here and record your first impressions in your journal before continuing to read. No one else can tell you about your own inner wisdom, you can trust your own responses. Practicing this process, gives you the confidence to trust more and delve more deeply for yourself.

I do not offer interpretations, I do offer to walk with you as a companion  - as in the title of the book I somewhat reluctantly published to accompany the cards. The principle is for you to access your own deep, authentic source of wisdom and your power within, not for me or anyone else to tell you what to think.

So – some further thoughts and questions – in no particular order. I have found the process can be a circle in itself, or maybe a spiral. Circling from one card to another, one colour to the next. And back, in multiple combinations and thought streams.

As well as journaling, and flow-writing about the words and colours, you may like to collage, paint, doodle with coloured pens. Collet words or photos. Walk in nature, dance, choose music to accompany your words.

For this week:

Power: It is so interesting, and supremely appropriate, that this word came out for us. The theme of all my explorations this year, for myself and with others, has been just this: Power. How do we unleash it, unfurl it, stand true in our own power within? Was your first reaction to reject this word? Many of us associate power with domination, control, fear, misuse, harm to others, violence.

No wonder we feel we don’t want this thing – power. In conversations, over and over, often with women, and with men too – this has come up. We need another word for the way we want to be powerful. Full of power. Power that will support ourselves and others in love; power that will ‘em-power’ rather than ‘dis-empower’ others. Power that will be used for good in the world; to bring joy, laughter, progress, good things.

Often, we deal with this by adding a descriptive word: soft power, gentle power, tranquil power, loving power. Coherent power was one I found for myself in combination with other personal development work I am doing. Meaning to integrate all the parts of myself, to pull together and provide that strong base for me to stand firm in my power.

I have a whole essay I am feeling inspired to write about this… may, or may not make its way into this Report – one that is growing longer by the minute.

Purple – the colour, what are the associations for you? Again, it is historically linked with power – imperial, regal. Personally, I connect it with healing and it is the colour I see in deep meditation and when practising reiki, whether for myself or others.

Joy: Ah, quite a contrast? Maybe ‘joyful power’ is something that chimes for you? What brings you joy? What does the deep pink say to you? Connections with your heart? So often we deny ourselves joy, the chance to ‘en-joy’ ourselves. Do we feel we don’t deserve it? Do we feel guilty? As if we are not allowed to feel joy?

Remember how babies and small children react to the world. Before they learn to be fearful it is mostly with joy and true awe at the wonder of what is around them. When do you allow yourself to feel this way? Maybe watching a glorious stupendously beautiful sunset or sunrise? The majesty – and power – of watching a stormy sea? Anytime that our response is ‘wow’ we are often tapping into that childlike joy and awe at the gifts of the natural world.

Can you allow yourself to feel joyful for no reason? To be ‘unreasonably’ happy? What activities help you do this? Playing with your children, walking in nature, dancing round the living room to a favourite song?

Serenity: Our final card is like a deep breath. That moment when you may realise that you have been holding your body tight, in tension. When you remember to take a huge, great inward breath that reaches right down to your toes and out to your fingertips, refreshing every cell in your body as it goes. Maybe you stretch upwards too, and then that delicious deep out breath, taking the stress and tightness of your muscles with it, releasing. 

I encourage you to do this, now, several times. And then return to the card – the word, the colour. What does it say to you now, what do you see? I feel, rather than see, an internal source, a point I can return to, and draw on – where my natural state of being is serene. Like a calm blue summer sea, deep and soothing. A place where I can rest, and breath, and then take that feeling with me, back into my day.

Here we are, at the end of this Report. What have you gained? What are your insights? For this sample – and for any other whether in the Global Magic Carpet Ride circle or the individual Point of Focus membership – please feel free to comment, ask questions.