A Sacred Celtic Journey (part 3): Scotland

Sacred Celtic Journey: Scotland

Sunday July 7

We arrived midday in Edinburgh, Scotland from Bristol, England and took a bus to our hotel, the Apex City Hotel.

Flying from England to Scotland
Arrived at Edinburgh airport
Quick pic of us before we leave to find our hotel


I settled into the energy of Scotland. And later, Richard would tell me how much it all meant to him.

Looking across the street from our hotel. The Apex City hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dinner tonight with some of our group at Fiddler’s Arms. ❤️😉🍀

Monday July 8

We had no idea the heart expanding treat we had in store for us as we visited Rosslyn chapel (think DaVinci Code and the Knights Templar), and the amazing grounds, Yew tree, and glen below the chapel. We learned, and felt, so much!

Upon setting foot on the grounds of Rosslyn Chapel, our soulful guide, Patricia McGivern, had a friend of hers join us and offer an invocation or meditation. As Hazel spoke, and with my eyes shut, I felt myself calm. This time, instead of seeing my field of vision blue (that I’ve talked about before), my view was completely different! My field of vision began to fill with a soft pink, and then quickly turned to a deep and bright ROSE! (One could even call it a vibrant rose color!) Ah!

Rosslyn cemetery

After walking for a time and taking in a cemetery, natural spring, well, and energy vortex, we made our way through a thicket (where I was once again stung by the stinging nettle), to arrive at one of the most stunning of sights. Thankfully, Hazel picked a few dock leaves for me to squeeze some fluid from to heal it.

Natural spring and stream
Thicket and our walking path.

We learned so much from Kris! Like how Robinhood is actually a VIKING story that is told in Scotland. And that Rosslyn chapel has 126 plus pictures of the greenman. The greenman is a male energy archytype. (Note: I had been pulling the greenman card out of my oracle deck for months prior to this trip!)

The Yew Tree

The base of the hundreds of years old, magnificent Yew tree.

As one who fancies how, We Are All Connected, you can imagine how deeply fascinated I was with how this Yew tree grows. It grows out and circles back (if left unattended and trimmed), into itself to continue expanding!

The Yew is an exquisite example of communion and continuity! ❤️🦋🌀🙏☯️🍀

Incredible Yew tree and grounds at Rosslyn.

Yes, this Yew was the most impressive thing I saw at Rosslyn! I sensed its incredible power. If you have been to Rosslyn and not seen this Yew tree behind the castle, then you missed experiencing a most enduring piece of ancient wisdom.

It is said that the castle and chapel were built on this land because the Yew tree was here!

Legend has it that the Yew tree was the first tree created! It is the tree of life and death. And all evergreens came from this tree!

I want to go to Wales where they have 40 or more Yew that measure up to 17 feet wide with walkthroughs!

To get some scale of size, look at the immensity of this Yew, as our friend, Kim (with hands on her heart), gazes at it!

I felt as though I couldn’t get close enough to this grand tree. It pervaded all of my senses! ❤️🦋🌀🙏

I kissed on of the Yew branches that was near to me just before Kris told us it is poisonous! Thankfully, I didn’t chew on one of its leaves! It did me no harm.

If you touch it or sit on its roots on a warm summers day and it will cause you to hallucinate.

Druid legends come from the Romans, but they didn’t know about the Yew tree! It was hidden from them!

Now, I can look back on the spaces between its branches that form the trunk of the Yew and meditate for hours on its magnitude, perseverance, and majesty. ❤️😘

The Castle

Our Rosslyn guide, Kris Kinosis on the bridge at the castle gate.
Other side of the gate (lower portion)
The upper portion of the gate that captured my imagination with sod and life growing atop!
Backside of the castle
The wall around the castle
A gate in the wall.
I noticed the alignment of where a shell mortar had damaged two of the pillars on the backside of the wall.

The Chapel

Rosslyn chapel

The parts of the chapel that most interested me were the colors used in making it look so unique, and the statues that brought the mysteries from the East together with the beliefs of the West. The co-mingling of art was astounding!

Eastern influences
The Greenman
The Greenman’s card I kept seeing from before starting this trip.
The entry doorway.
One grand doorway.

We really loved the basement chamber (or crypt), of the chapel when Kris sang an Acappella song for us! Stupendous!

The Crypt

Since no photography was allowed inside the chapel, I happened upon a guidebook that someone had thrown in the trash and I took pictures from it! Ha!

The Chapel interior (brochure pic)
We admired the columns.
I don’t recall if this white shadow figure was on the brochure picture or not, but it’s cool nonetheless.
We walked around and around the exterior examining its architecture.
Richard was intrigued by this “dark angel.”
A kilted man at the visitor center.

As our group continued touring the glen in the rain at Rosslyn, Richard and I waited inside. I had found the brochure and happily snapped pictures I had wanted. Before our group returned, I saw a kilted man outside and snapped his picture through the glass. ❤️😉🍀

We arrived back to Edinburgh later in the day. On the bus ride back into the downtown area, we spotted several Murray businesses. Though our spelling differs, it’s all the same clan.

See the people looking out the window? Loved the architecture of the dwellings. 😉🍀
I loved the roses and many flower gardens in people’s yards.

Our group walked through Edinburgh our first evening there, had a delicious and authentic Scottish meal at Fiddler’s Arms.

Fiddler’s Arms in Edinburgh, Scotland
Cold Town House at Grassmarket
Inside, we had such impromptu fun with this video selfie machine! 🤣❤️😉

Tuesday July 9


Our tour bus took us took us on about a 5 hour drive or so from Edinburgh for a beautiful and picturesque 3 days in Isle of Skye. Yes, we knew this was out in the middle of nowhere, so we brought plenty of snacks!!! We really enjoyed hours of scenery on the ride.

Our bus stopped in Kyle to take a short walk and look at the magnificent cliffs and waterfall. This was a place of dinosaurs!

Sign at Staffin and Culnacnoc.
Cliffs at Culnacnoc.
Waterfall and cliffs at Culnacnoc.

Our tour included a stop at Eilean Donan castle, which was very cool. We roamed the grounds, had lunch, and took the castle walking tour as well. It was fascinating!

Eilean Donan castle
Selfie outside the castle.

When we arrived in the seaside town of Portree we had no sooner checked into our hotel that a bagpipe parade began. What an aWEsOMe way to welcome us to town! ❤️😉

Bagpipe band.
The picturesque view from our hotel in Portree.
Isle of Skye pipe band.
We all followed the band…
Until they did a flip turn and we all had to scatter!

Wednesday July 10


Today was my dad’s birthday, (he would have been 80), so I had him on my mind most of the day. And this was the day we went to see the Faerie Glen.

Though it was a bit misty, we all made our way to the spiral at Faerie Glen.

Along the footpath trek to Faerie Glen.
Here we are at Faerie Glen. 🌀

I naturally (or intuitively) picked up a small stone while performing my “Thank you to the 4 directions” at the Faerie Glen spiral. Ah! But something told me not to keep the stone though, so I found a space for it where I felt it was good to leave it.

Spiral at Faerie glen. 🌀

While walking back to the bus, I stopped and looked down to admire the plants along the road and I caught a glimpse of something shiny.

I picked it up and it was a rock with quartz on one side. In my thoughts I heard, “This is your gift from us, for listening earlier and not taking the first stone you had picked up”!

Wow! I was so honored to have been heard and acknowledged by spirit there. I am glad that I am open to receive. ❤️🦋🌀😉

This was our last night in Portree.

An amazing Scottish waterfall.

Thursday July 11


Our bus took our group to see the Faerie pools today, but the weather had turned a bit blustery.

Though the weather made getting to the Faerie pools an issue, it actually made the drive there more enjoyable due to the many waterfalls we saw along the way.

Amazing scenery at Kyle and Glenshiel.
One of many waterfalls.
Waterfalls and stream.

Richard and I stayed with our bus and driver at the car park. Always listening to our guidance and keeping our ears open, we heard seasoned hikers tell our bus driver (through his window) that they wouldn’t recommend trying to get to the pools because there had been a lot of rain and you couldn’t cross the stream (or small river) as the water was too high and moving too fast. I prayed all in our group who decided to go that they would be okay, and thankfully they were. When they got to the stream, they had chosen not to cross it. Whew!

I walked around the car park and took pictures of more foliage and waterfalls.

A little waterfall.
The misty “pea soup” weather. 🍀

We had a lovely lunch after we left the Faerie pools area at the Kintail Lodge.

Richard and I at the Kintail Lodge.

We stopped along the way back to Edinburgh to have our closing ceremony and last past life regression with Patricia on the bus.

Richard told me later that everyone must have been really tired, because we all had fallen asleep part way through the session! Ha! I know I fell asleep, but I had a most wonderful dream!

Friday July 12

We enjoyed being back at the Apex City Hotel, where the Grassmarket area was bustling with vendors setting up for the Jazz festival the next day.

We spent this day in Edinburgh and some went to the castle, and others went shopping and exploring. We walked to the castle, but didn’t go in. We took in a few shops and bought our Murrey clan tartan and some gifts.

We walked the Royal Mile and checked out several area landmarks and historical monuments. We spent some time just BEing at some of this points of interest and pondering those times in history.

The castle sits high above the Grassmarket area.
The actual historic Witches’ Well
We imagine at one time (before the door was put in), this would have read, “Thank God for All His Gifts.” 1616
Richard outside the cathedral
I learned that the name Dunedin means Edinburgh of the South in Scottish Gaelic.
Monument to the Protestant martyrs.
Sign at The Last Drop
The Scotch whiskey map.

We had lunch on our own at Biddy Mulligans.

Biddy’s is a Scottish pub with traditional standing bar.

Loved the pub green glass window panes. See the double decker bus going by outside?

Saturday July 13


Our Sacred Celtic Journey group met in the hotel lobby to say our goodbyes and wish everyone well. After taking a few last pictures, Richard and I set out to explore the vendor booths at the Jazz festival and take in some excellent Live music.

Took the double decker bus around town.
Jazz fest in front of our hotel.

One of the gals we toured with saw our Murray marker while she was out and shared the photo with us. We tried to find it, but never did though the bus took us right by its location.

Murray monument

We stayed in Edinburgh until our morning flight back to Dublin (and 3pm flight back to Orlando) on July 15. Stay tuned for another post about that.

To read parts 1 and 2 of our journey, click here and here.

To learn more about Patricia (Patricia McGivern, certified hypnotist, author, and speaker and amazing leader of this tour, click on her name in the link above.

Also, I am working on another post regarding our Game of Thrones day tour, and if you’re a fan of that show, you won’t want to miss it. 😉

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A Sacred Celtic Journey (Part 2): England

Sacred Celtic Journey: England

Continuing on with the sharing of thoughts and pictures from our June/July 2019 vacation to Europe, this post covers our three days in England. During these three days we covered a lot of ground, literally and figuratively!

Refer to part 1 here: https://sheilamurrey.net/2019/08/03/a-sacred-celtic-journey-part-1-ireland/.

Our Sacred Celtic Journey was with author and speaker, Patricia McGivern (learn more about her at: https://www.patriciamcgivern.com).

The tour took us to Bath, Lacock, Avebury, West Kennet Long Barrow, and Stonehenge (which was abSOULutely phenomenal!) plus, we explored Glastonbury (the Abbey, Tor, and Chalice Well) and also got to have a quick stop in the tiny town of Wells, home to one of the grandest of cathedrals!

Thursday July 4

We arrived in Bristol, England and had a bus (for our group), take us on about an hour’s drive to Bath, England.

Bath

In Bath, we stayed at the Apex Bath hotel. We had a wonderful room and comfortable bed. We had walked so much in Ireland that we were really appreciative to have the rest of this day to “just BE.”

We walked through town and marveled at the architecture of the cathedral.

Bath Cathedral
Bath Cathedral doors
Beside the Cathedral as we walked to dinner

We dined at the famous Sally Lunn’s—home of Sally Lunn’s Buns. Our group believes Sally’s is haunted, as one of our gals experienced some odd happenings while she was in the restroom! She heard the door open, and water run in the sink, and door close, but no footsteps and no talking!

Our food was delicious and even months later, as I write this, I can still recall the feeling and experience of the place.

Vegetarian option of a Sally Lunn’s bun
Famous Sally Lunn’s bun with meat on top
Sign above entrance to Sally Lunn’s

Picture of us in front:

Friday July 5

On this morning, we enjoyed breakfast at the hotel and afterwards met author, Andrew Phillip Smith. He presented interesting information from his book, The Lost Teachings of the Cathars. I have not read his book, but he certainly seemed an expert on the topic.

In the Languedoc area of Southern France, the Cathars met in groups and did not build churches. They were peaceful, educated, believed in equality of men and women and the early pure teachings of Jesus before being massacred by the Catholic Church in the Albigensian crusade. As well, we learned that the Cathars were celibate (called, Perfects) and confessed to each other in front of believers. Once a Perfect met their Perfect other, they went to Kingdom of Heaven (didn’t need to reincarnate into another vessel or creature). In 1209 something important happened (Reference to my 1212 life that I found out about while in Sedona.)

Supposedly, Mary Magdalene was alone with Jesus at the temple, the well, and in the garden. May not have married him but may have been his Perfect. They wouldn’t have had physical sex though, as that was not the belief or way at the time. This would have put the Cathars at odds with the Catholics.

Cathars believed in Laying on of hands (Refer to the story of the horse-lost shoe between to stones/horshoe over the door); Reference the Nag Hammadi; During the Inquisition we learned about the Cathars (so something good came out of it, yes something good can even come out of the Inquisition!). He even said Adam and Eve were not able to move until the spirit went into them!

While somewhat fascinating, I couldn’t help pinch myself a few times though, as I looked out the windows of the hotel. I was simply in awe to be in England. ❤️

Lacock Village

We walked through town again to catch another tour bus to go to Lacock (where Harry Potter was filmed), Avebury, West Kennet Long Barrow, Woodhenge, and finally, to Stonehenge. Honestly, I could write one whole article on my experience at Stonehenge, it was that amazing and phenomenal.

At Lacock, Richard and I walked and talked with our driver who was a retired police officer. He told us some stories about how their criminal justice system operated and that people aren’t allowed to own guns there. We were very interested in the architecture and way of life of the villagers of Lacock. Even the barn was very well taken care of. Walking these aged streets were certainly a walk back in time.

Walking around Lacock

We ended our walk at the church and Patricia asked me to come and see an important memorial of a young mother and children.

Beautiful stained glass windows inside the church
I was enthralled with the back door of the church
Patricia McGivern at the tomb
Tomb of Mary Ann Hooper and children

West Kennet Long Barrow

A short drive later, we arrived at West Kennet Long Barrow (a neolithic tomb built around 3,650).

Trekking up the hill to West Kennet Long Barrow

We played with taking photos and theorizing about these stones. I happily spied on two birds atop one of the stones at the entrance to the chamber and remarked to Patricia, “One has a feather stuck on its beak”! It wasn’t a busy place that day, so it was relaxing. And we liked that we could touch everything, which heightened my curiosity and made it all the more informative.

Richard explores the stones
Entering the burial chamber
Richard points to a fissure in this “stone”
Closeup
View from the top of the mound

We joked about desiring to see a crop circle here, and wildly enough, a couple of weeks after we left, we read about a crop circle appearing near this place! “Missed it by that much”!

Avebury

Next, we spent a few hours at Avebury, exploring the largest megalithic stone circle in the world! Again, we were intrigued by the “flesh” type of texture to these humongous stones. We marveled at the placement of the stones and the various “growths” on their surface.

Avebury sign
My darling husband, smiling after a back stretch
Feeling the texture of the stones
Our friend, Pharon, resting by one of the stones
Incredible “holding hands” with these “stones”
Fascinating closeup
Catching sunlight over this magnificent stone

We learned that Avebury is also a henge, as Stonehenge is and were further intrigued. Since our visit, we have become quite hooked on the topic!

After leaving Avebury, we stopped along the road for a fantastic lunch at a place called, The Waggon and Horses. Not only was the food savory and delicious, but the building charmed me with delight!

The Waggon and Horses entryway history plaque
Entry door with the spiral glass panels 🌀
The sewing machine reminds me of my mom, the glass windows are thicker at the bottom, and the candle is real. What a beautiful and mystical place to dine.
Wood beams on the ceiling, splendor abounds. We are seated for lunch.
Traditional fish and chips, and whiskey. (No peas for me, but every place served them!)
Love the stairs and cobblestones
A back door
Stopped to get to know these magnificent horses along the way
We learn the story of the white horse. And this magnificent Friesian is a stunning example. Friendly too!
Woodhenge

Before arriving at Stonehenge, we made a quick stop at Woodhenge. We learned that the wood markers had been placed where stones had once been.

Stonehenge

Walking the path towards Stonehenge

I will summarize to state that I felt the energy affecting me before we even reached the stones, as we rode the park bus out to the stones, and more while walking to the stones.

I noticed our shadows and took this artsy “giants” shot:

Foreshadowing Stonehenge
The sun was in perfect position
Casting light on the subject
The heel stone
The Druid priest provided instructions

As the sun was setting and I entered the stone circle, I felt a strong yet calm energy as I took each meaningful step. I felt an indescribable connection to this sacred site!

Walking inside this megalithic stone circle was deeply personal and most intriguing. Even now, looking at the photos as I write this, brings me back INTO engagement with those feelings.

One of the stones up close
The sunset between the stones
Walking among the powerful stones
Before meditating feeling deeply
Susan and the sunset
Shari, Kim, the Druid priest and sunset
Pharon in meditation

After taking pictures and video of the sunset, I found a mostly buried blue healing stone (that Pharon had told me about earlier). I sat very near one of the blue stones and was blissfully surprised at how quickly I dropped into a meditative state.

My few minutes of meditation within the inner circle at Stonehenge was profound! I was quite surprised after leaving there to learn that my husband had taken a picture of myself and some of our others while we were meditating! Love!

Note: Even now, I continue to connect to that stone when meditating at home.

Sitting to meditate
In meditation inside the stone circle of Stonehenge
Coming out of meditation and seeing how many had joined in
Time seemed to stand still
Sunset was captivating
Sunset
Kim, Sheila, and Pharon (Sedona SiStars)
Stonehenge was everything and more than I had anticipated
Our group at Stonehenge

Saturday July 6

Today (on the date of my daughter’s birthday), I was a bit emotional because of not being with her, but also because I was out of the country and not able to talk with her. In English tradition though, I put my chin up and trekked on, as we had a lot to see!

Wells

We made a quick stop in Wells, England’s smallest city. And we were all astonished at the sight we saw there!

Wells sign
The Wells cathedral
Closer view of the Wells cathedral. What grandeur and opulence!

Glastonbury

Glastonbury sign
Synchronistically, we were in Glastonbury while there was a Holistic Spiritual & Wellness Fayre going on!

We left the hotel at 8am for a full day in Glastonbury (where it is believed that Joseph of Arimathea and King Arthur may be buried); we had our second past life regression out back of the Abbey and before the group tour of the Abbey.

My husband, Richard, had been dealing with a hip that was hurting, so we didn’t go on the Abbey tour, but I felt that was all in divine time. As it happened, a friend had lost her green Prasiolite crystal after our regression session and I was available to walk with her, help look for it, and have some time to talk. Had Richard not have needed to rest, I would not have been available.

Abbey ruins
Hubby’s selfie

The grounds here were spectacular. I covered a lot of ground myself taking in the roses and other flowers growing on the walls and looking for meaningful items.

Richard and I at Glastonbury Abbey
I love steps, especially ancient ones
The height and construction of the wall
The beautiful flowers growing along the wall
The Lady Chapel sign
Entry door – The Lady’s Chapel
Exit of the Lady’s Chapel
Inside the Lady’s Chapel
Taking time to stop and smell the flowers
Reminded me of the little concrete donkey my mom had in our backyard for several years

I spent quite awhile in the Abbey’s museum and was immediately drawn to these blue glass fragments (reminiscent of the luminous blue stones I had seen in my first regression session in Glendalough—see part 1 post).

Blue glass fragments
Getting lost in the blue
Marvelous blue
Ancient Abbey door on display in the museum
Incredible Tapestry

Before leaving we had a few minutes to shop and find some gifts for my granddaughters and myself. 😉

We walked into town for lunch and had a delicious meal at a cafe where we had quiche and English tea.

Delicious quiche and salad lunch
Sheila having traditional English tea (with pinkie out!)

Chalice well

We left about 1pm for the Chalice Well, England’s most loved and well known holy well that is believed to possess healing qualities). On the way to our tour bus, I spied my synchronistic blue on one of the buildings! I tell you, I didn’t miss a beat of receiving all of the subtle winks from the Universe I was given on this trip!

Blue window trim and above it! 💙🦋🌀
Even the bus stops were quaint! See the spirals (top left)?
At Chalice well, stopped to have Richard take my picture for my granddaughter by yellow flowers. 😉
For my grandmother who grew roses, grandfather who always said to, “Stop and smell the roses.”
Chalice Well
Street beside and outside of the Chalice well

Our guide for this day took us up a side street to The White Spring where back in the day, commoners could gather water (the rest runs down under the grate beside the street.) He also took us in the building (that isn’t always open), where we could see The Red Spring—and as our luck would have it, we even saw a nude man after his dip in the spring! LOL Oh, my! (No photography was allowed in there and we know why!)

Glastonbury Tor

Richard and I took one look at the hill and decided to stay at the bus with our driver, Richard, and talk about the legends and more with him. To us, connecting with those who live in these places are more important than the buildings and such. We enjoyed talking about the sheep and such too, and he prepared a lovely cheese and cider snack for us all after the rest of our group returned. Totally unexpected and delightful!

Glastonbury Tor sign
The group climbs to the Tor
While they are gone, I find an interesting alter

Back in Bath

Wrapping it up, we spent several hours at the Roman Baths museum in Bath. We were amazed by how much was here and I could write another article on all we discovered here! It was one of the biggest surprises of our trip, as we didn’t know much about this at all and had no idea that we would be so mesmerized by it all, from the engineering and architecture, to the art! We knew Romans were intelligent, but obviously much more than we had thought!

Second story view down onto the bath where the roof had been removed when another civilization had built on top of this!
Another second story view and statues
Inside the museum (they offer a guided tour or self tour with audio)
Model scale of how the original bath looked
Model scale with arched roof over the bath
Water flows to the bath from the original spring
Plexiglass floor allows you to walk over the water flow right out to the bath
Flowing out to the bath
Into the bath
Some original lead pipeline remains (which probably poisoned them!)
Don’t drink it, birdie!
Bath level

Note: As destiny would have it, out of 30,861 applications I won the lottery entry into the Newgrange neolithic chamber for the 2019 winter solstice sunrise! We are sooo excited to return to Ireland!

Stay tuned for part 3: Scotland!

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A Sacred Celtic Journey (Part 1): Ireland

Sacred Celtic Journey: Ireland

Thursday June 27

My husband (who had not flown in over 20 years due to experiencing a near crash in Reno) and I departed on a night flight out of Orlando, Florida for a life-affirming, adventurous 18 day spiritual vacation to the British Isles. This was quite the big deal for us, since it was also my first 2 week vacation from work in 40 years! For more on what prompted me to take this trip, and why my husband went–click [placeholder for link to come later].

But I digress for a moment. Prior to the sacred sites package part of our trip beginning, we arrived in Dublin, Ireland on Friday, June 28 to have a free day exploring Dublin city centre and prepare for a full day Game of Thrones tour on Saturday.

Our GoT tour did not disappoint! It was amazing! Our tour guide, Eric, had been an extra on the show for 8 seasons and totally knew his stuff. He gave us inside information about the show, behind-the-scenes, making of, the locations, and much more! He brought every location to life! He brought 8.5 x 11 inch laminated photos for us all to link the locations to scenes from the show to give us a point of reference, and to enable us to relive our tour whenever we rewatched the show! Excellent!

We had not expected it to be so physical, but we walked and hiked over 14,000 steps (equating to about 7 miles) over hilly terrain. We were pleased that we had the stamina to do it though, as it was quite the extraordinary experience! For more specifics on that day tour–click [placeholder for link to come later].

Our Sacred Celtic Journey tour included:

  • 12 night’s accommodations; we tacked on additional nights (before and after) to really make the most of it. Ultimately, we were so glad we did!
  • Transportation to/from airports and hotels to magnificent sites
  • Several meals with our group
  • Entry fees to parks and exhibits

Locations / Itinerary of our Sacred Celtic Journey:

Sunday, June 30

In Dublin, we visited St. Stephen’s Green and attended the opening ceremony “get-to-know-you” meeting with our group at a covered pavilion in this lovely city park. After hearing everyone’s intro stories and reasons for being on this trip, I resonated with unbounded JOY!

We stopped by this bench, the story of which I knew nothing about, held hands and said prayers for the historical women who had been so maligned and mistreated.

We walked through the city to an Irish pub for lunch–The Bankers Bar, where a sweetheart of a guy sang an Irish song to Susan when she ordered the Irish coffee, and Patricia (Patricia McGivern, certified hypnotist, author, and speaker and amazing leader of this tour) joined our table to hear Richard talk about UFOs.

Next, it was off to Trinity college to see the Book of Kells.

I was in awe of the whole place and had so been looking forward to this! However, the book was nice, but not as stupendous as I had expected. And similar to Disney, when you exit downstairs, you can’t leave without going through the gift shop. I made a mental note to look online later for souvenirs.

Don’t get me wrong, I was totally enthralled with the upstairs library and was told that students of Trinity college could check out books from it. Some of these books are worth a lot and are hidden!

After leaving the Book of Kells, our group walked through Dublin to dinner, seeing many sights such as the Ha’Penny bridge and taking photos along the way.

We dined with our group (well, part of our group) at another Bankers restaurant (not related to the lunch place), The Bank on College Green, which was fine dining and gorgeous. We sat in separate rooms (it’s not always easy to get 15 people seated together) and made the most of it by playing “table wars” with the other members of our group that weren’t seated near us.

It was a blast and our servers had a lot of fun taking part in that with us too! 😉

This light and fluffy strawberry cheesecake and sorbet dessert was like none I’d experienced before! Not too sugary. Yum!

This particular evening, we stayed at the lovely Trinity City Hotel. Note: Before our group had all arrived, my husband and I stayed at the modern Gibson hotel, which was a luxurious treat! (More about that on the next post.)

After dinner, a few of us met outside the hotel bar and heard lots of stories from an Irish tour guide, Amon (who was Scottish and not one of our guides), whom Pharon had met at the lobby elevator. He was lively and we all enjoyed his company. I kept looking up at the skylight because it was so light out at 10:30pm!

Monday, July 1

The next day we met Tony Corcoran, our tour bus guide and driver (of Wild Irish Tours), who took us to Westmead to meet a local named, Marty, who would give us all the ins and outs about Uisneach.

Uisneach, known to many as the spiritual center of ancient Ireland, was grand and magnificent. With soft grass, cows, and spectacular views of the countryside, it was even more spectacular to have it all to ourselves for a few hours.

At Usineach we walked many hilly acres, while Marty told us stories about the land and the annual Bealtaine Fire Celebration that occurs here.

I felt a heavy energy when I approached the circle where British soldiers had placed a stone marker. I acknowledged the powerful energy and when I walked away, it dissipated. On our way to the Catstone (a huge rock that not every visitor is allowed to see), my husband and I held back from the group a bit and spent some time with the trees, stones, and land. I loved the stones buried in the earth, the lush windswept grass, and the large clover.

At the Catstone, my first thought was, “I am watching you, rock. Don’t you move, rock.” from one of our favorite shorts, Dug’s Special Mission from the Pixar movie, Up. Mostly, I fondly admired the daisies growing up and out of the Catstone like hair. 😉

To help show the immensity of the Catstone, I’ll include a picture of our group:

While walking, Tony had told us a friend of his had died the night before and I expressed my sympathy and told him about my dad. As we walked together, I talked about the 200 acres my dad’s father had farmed in West Virginia and how this place reminded me of it. He patted me on my back and expressed his sympathy for me. Is that what Connection is all about?

Oh, and I had a “conversation” with the happy cows we saw. I felt connected with them too!

During the time I walked the lands of Uisneach, I thought of my family (my uncle Jim because he’s a woodworker, and my first cousin Greg because he’d love this place for the annual festival they hold and the cool vibe), and I took some pictures for them.

After leaving Uisneach, Tony knew of this aWEsOMe place for lunch called, Red Earth. It was a delicious food stop and store, where grabbed some snacks too! I loved it as much for their mouth-watering food, as I did for their butterfly logo! 🦋

I had the vegetarian green curry, which was the best I’d ever had!

And yes, I had to snap a quick selfie. LOL

And my husband really enjoyed his tantalizing burger too!

After an enjoyable lunch, it was on to Loughcrew. Since, for us, it was the second day (after our 7 mile GoT hike on Saturday, and our 10,000+ step day on Sunday) and the day our legs were the most sore, Richard and I stayed behind at the cafe while the group hiked to the stones. We shopped a bit, read about the place, and enjoyed carrot cake, coffee, and wine at the splendid Loughcrew cafe.

I was happy to have a break from the walking and realign my energy with a glass of delicious dry red wine. The name of it started with a U, something like “Undone” or “Unbroken” and it was from Chile.

I loved our group, especially Patricia, our fearless leader and organizer. She really had put together a most spectacular journey for us. And this was just the first of three countries! For me though, a spiritual journey means peace, quiet, slow, and time to “just BE.” And I was happy that Patricia encouraged us right from the get-go, to take care of our bodies. NOTE: From my NOW perspective, I understand why sometimes a spiritual journey must be a pilgrimage. Ahh, learning all the time!

Later on, Tony drove our group to the town of Kells, where we stayed one night. Kells is said to be the place (at the Kells monastery) that the monks kept the Book of Kells hidden and safe (during times of raids and wars). Tony told us a bit more about that and suggested we walk back up to the monastery (that we rode past) from our hotel, but hubby and I were too tired.

A nice thing about being in a group is that if you miss something, like the High Crosses, someone else will take a picture or video. I took tons of little videos on our trip because we really did see a lot!

In Kells, we stayed at the Headfort Arms hotel. It was a nice place, but the bathtubs have a very narrow bottom (they kind of slope inwards) under the showerhead. Perhaps they were made more for soaking than showering. And I don’t mean to complain, as overall, it was lovely. 

We ate dinner together as a group and talked a lot! Getting to know everyone in our group was one of the best parts of traveling this way! One of the coolest parts was learning of new shows and books to dig into. I was amazed how we all came together for this journey from so many different traditions (directions).

Tuesday, July 2

We visited Knowth and Newgrange, and both are noted to be older than Stonehenge & the Egyptian pyramids! Newgrange was the place of the blue light and spiral stone carvings that had magnetized me to take this tour!

Knowth was really amazing! The size of the mounds, as well as the number of them, really surprised me. The views from here were also grand. We could see Newgrange from Knowth.

We got to go inside and explore the megalithic tombs at Newgrange–they wouldn’t let people in the tomb at Knowth anymore. It’s sad and frustrating that some people carve or mark these ancient artifacts and ruin it for those who come later.

I FELT the Energy at Knowth. It was palpable! And I sensed a strong connection both for my mom and myself here when I saw the small white stones that looked so much like the Georgia white marble stones my mother just had to have in the home she and my dad built in West Virginia in the 1970s.

The construction of the mound at Newgrange was different than the mounds at Knowth. But many of the carvings were similar. Plus, we got to go inside the mound at Newgrange and experience a short light show (which simulated the sun coming through) and historical talk. Photos were not allowed inside though.

Later that day, we went to the Hill of Tara to visit its Stone of Destiny. Another bit of a hike, but we all wanted to see it.

Tony told us amazing Irish folk stories (that are passed down verbally within families) while we sat near a special healing tree at the Hill of Tara. I was moved to tears while he told a story about a midwife that had been told to children to scare them away from digging under the tree. It was so multifaceted and layered that it touched my heart deeply and I felt cleansed and wiped out afterwards.

Synchronistically, as Tony was telling the story a young girl walked behind him (like a scene out of a movie) and I thought of my granddaughter, Jennifer, and how intricately interwoven our lives are.

Before we left, Tony also told my husband, myself, and John, an amazing story about his Keyes/Keays lineage, and also about bog Myrtle (which calms nerves and can be put on skin to clear acne). We loved all the wisdom stories we heard and soaked it in. 

Afterwards, Tony (of Wild Irish Tours) drove us to Glendalough in the Wicklow mountains and told us about the trail across the street from the hotel. Our group said our thanks and goodbyes to Tony and he was on his way. We felt very privileged to have met him and hope to see him and meet his wife when they travel to Florida.

We experienced gentle healing, emotional support, and peace in Glendalough our entire stay. And we genuinely loved the Glendalough hotel–our room was lovely with a view of the beautiful grounds, the restaurant was fantastic, and the bar was comfortable and fun!

We spent two nights here, but felt we could have stayed 4 or 5 days, as it was that important and special.

From our hotel room window, I watched this hawk! And I fell in love with these trees.

I walked the labyrinth and spotted a family of deer. I experienced an emotional healing at St. Kevin’s well and was stung by stinging nettle. Synchronicities being as they are, stinging nettle tea is very good for the lungs and I had been drinking it for about a year, since visiting my girls in New Hampshire!

Wednesday, July 3

While in Glendalough we had our first of three past life group regressions with Patricia. Plus, Patricia had arranged for our group to meet and learn about the softness of Celtic Spirituality from Mary Meighan. And Mary was exceptional. We all wanted to bring her home with us!

Celtic Spirituality, as turns out, was an outgrowth of Paganism (though not the same, and not what we expected). We learned the history of Brigid, the softness and gentleness of Celtic Spirituality, and that it’s all about an invitation to walk the “tread easy upon the earth” path–giving more than taking, versus a hell and damnation fear-based faith.

Before Mary left, she gave us an Irish blessing and taught us an easy chant. And we all took turns holding and connecting with her ancient carving of Brigid, as shown next.

 

My past life regression–Glendalough

If you haven’t had a past life regression, the following may seem outlandish to you. But this was only one of a series I’ve experienced with Patricia, and she’s masterful. Even if you don’t believe in reincarnation, think of it as a creative writing exercise. You breathe and allow your mind to flow along with Patricia’s words and become deeply relaxed. I won’t explain it away though, as for me, it is a profoundly personal and metaphysical experience. And even if you’re “making it all up”, what’s the impetus for it?

I was already in a meditative state upon sitting to begin our group regression. My field of vision (with my eyes closed) had become filled with the indigo and cobalt blue color (which has been a thing for me since my first one-on-one regression). However, before we actually got started, one of our group, Dave, asked if we could go around the room and offer comments about our experiences thus far. I could have nudged him, as he was sitting beside me, but in the state I was in, I easily let that all go. And by the time three or four had spoken, someone (I later learned it was Trudy), shared something that sent gentle tears flowing freely down my cheeks. John shared, and then Carol. Carol’s father had passed and her emotions were raw. I don’t remember the exact words she said, but they resonated thoroughly within me. When it was my turn, still from a meditative state, I offered words that both Carol and Trudy told me later were healing for them. I don’t know what I said, but I remember the whole feeling of thanks that reverberated through me. I was in utter Gratitude for life, and for this TIME.

As Patricia started the regression, my conscious mind followed Patricia’s voice, and now in a deeply relaxed state, I looked for my feet. But, I didn’t have any! I was a sea creature with an eel-like tail (instead of feet), a long thin body and long angular face. But the best part? I had these brightly colored, cellular deep, spinning, “all-the-way-through my translucent body” chakras, (but I had just watched Aquaman on the flight over, so one might say my subconscious picked up cues from it). However, I watched Aquaman again, after we got home, and no, what I saw was much grander and more detailed than what the creatures looked like in that movie.

As this underwater creature, I wasn’t able to cry, and it was made known to me (in my regression) that is why I had came back as a human. You see, underwater you can’t feel tears against your skin. For work, I was sitting in a field of labradorite stones! And in my real current life, I love those stones! They had a kind of hieroglyphic type of carving on them. But, I’ll share more about why this is important in a later post. Stay tuned!

After our group experience inside the hotel conference room, we went outside to the well and healing tree. I tied a blade of greenery to the tree in memory of my dad (who passed away in March of this year). Mary told me to ask my grandmother (spiritually) to comfort me both for that and the nettles sting. And she did!

Thursday, July 4

I woke up at 5:30am and by 6:45am, I was hiking alone on Wicklow Way (across from the hotel). This is where I fortuitously saw a deer family. The baby even tried to nurse, but mama deer saw me and nudged her away–or she was weaning it. Nonetheless, I felt quite special witnessing this family of three, and before I left, another deer appeared also. Then in a flash, they ran off through the thicket. I thought of my mom, dad, and me. Because this was a family of three, just as we had been. And I remembered my dad telling me in recent years, how he couldn’t shoot deer anymore. He’d been a deer hunter most of his life (skilled with both bow and arrow and rifle). He told me that he could see the natural beauty in them. I knew he had a soft spot for them because as a teen he’d shared that he couldn’t eat the venison of deer he’d killed and cleaned.

I loved the purple flowers, which Beverly told me were foxglove (a type of digitalis). I also loved the ferns, thatched roofs, moss, and stone walls (some with little faerie holes in them).

I also meandered through the cemetery. I went back to the room to get hubby for breakfast and after that, we walked through the cemetery again and to the lake.

We departed at 11am for the Dublin airport to fly to Bristol, England. Stay tuned for my next two posts about that. I have so many pictures to share. And you will be stunned by our pictures and experiences of Stonehenge (inside the stones)!!!

“Whenever a knight of the Grail tried to follow a path made by someone else, he went altogether astray. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s footsteps. Each of us has to find his own way, and this is what gives our Occidental world its initiative and creative quality. Nobody can give you a mythology. The images that mean something to you, you’ll find in your dreams, in your visions, in your actions – and you’ll find out what they are after you’ve passed them.” — Joseph Campbell

Thank YOU to the Awakening Into The Sun festival vendors!

Thank you Awakening Into The Sun health and wellness event sponsors and vendors

The 7th year of our annual FREE health and wellness event was the best and grandest festival yet! You’ll want to stay plugged into this blog, and the Awakening website to ensure you don’t miss next year’s festival! It’s sure to expand the consciousness of all vendors, participants, and attendees into the stratosphere!!!

2126 1st Avenue South, (downtown) St. Petersburg, Florida

Over the last seven years, the Awakening Into The Sun festival has been the muse to many artists. Artists who inspire abundant and ever-expanding consciousness in the world. We learn, grow, and LOVE! The festival’s mission is to water your seeds of greatness and help us awaken to our individual and collective authentic purpose.

Free yoga classes, free live music (from some of the best around!), health educators, art classes, and health sessions, such as: crystal bowls, sound therapy, massage, acupuncture and more were enjoyed by hundreds of participants. As well as, we enjoyed healthy food, visiting with pets up for adoption, meeting new visual artists, and more.

Our fantastic sponsors even provided a huge tent for us out in the center green lawn, with tables and chairs for everyone to relax in the shade as desired.

Thank you so very much to our wonderful sponsors and vendors for making our 7th annual health and wellness event glorious!

The vendors and sponsors

Click on any of the highlighted names (they are listed in alphabetical order) to visit their website, make an appointment, or learn more about them:

NOTE: If your product, service, or company has a website URL that you’d love for me to link to (in the preceding list), add a comment to this post and I’ll get it updated. Or email me at sheila(dot)murrey(at)gmail.com and include the correct name of your business and website URL.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed musical performances by: Duo Vida, Billy Mays III / Infinite Third, Jordyn Zentz, Eluv, Lindy Romez & Sol Y Mar, Latin Rendezvous, and Samadhi. Some people danced, others performed with their hula-hoops and continued their yoga on the lawn while watching and listening to the live music.

Our drum circle for closing ceremonies on Sunday was one of the grandest in Florida! Keep us in mind for next year… and we’ll work to give you the most aWEsOMe awakening, heart-expanding, and soul-connecting time!

For more information be sure to visit the official festival website: Awakening Into the Sun

When you’re in the St Pete / Tampa area of Florida, be sure to visit Awakening Wellness Center. Now, with two locations:

NEW SOUTH LOCATION: 2126 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
NORTH LOCATION: 6161 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St. N, Suite 100
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: (727) 289-4747
AwakeningWellness.org

Hours of Operation: M-F by Appointment Only; M-Th Evening Classes 6:30pm-8pm; Saturdays 9am-4pm by Appointment Only

Your soul-aligned friend in Connection.

Many blessings to you in ALL ways.

Thank Omniscience ALLways. OM

For Fun

Check out this original song, Dogma. It’s one of my favorites, written by my husband and performed and recorded in a Nashville, TN studio. You can download it (it’s Track 1) from this link: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chevyfordb26

A BIT ABOUT ME:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.

Plus, the brand new book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

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7th annual Awakening Into The Sun FREE health and wellness festival in St. Petersburg, Florida

7th annual Awakening Into The Sun FREE yoga, music, and arts outdoor festival is March 2nd and 3rd, 2019

This will be our best and grandest festival yet! The festival’s 7th year is sure to be the one FREE health and wellness events that will be talked about all year long, so don’t miss it!

http://AwakeningIntoTheSun.org

Over the last six years, the Awakening Into The Sun festival has been the muse to many an artist. Artists who inspire prosperous and expansive consciousness in the world. We learn, grow, and LOVE! Learn about our mission to water your seeds of greatness and help you awaken to your authentic purpose.

We’re going to have free yoga classes, free live music (and folks, these are some of the best around!), health educators, art classes*, and health sessions* such as: crystal bowls, sound therapy, massage, acupuncture and more. As well as, healthy food, pets, art, and lots of sights and sounds to behold.

*Note: Fees will be charged for art classes and certain health sessions.

And there will be lots of vendors (previous years included about 90), of which you can meet and greet, ask questions, sample products, and bring home the items best suited for you and your loved ones.

If you have a marriage license and desire to be wed at the festival, come to the band area–I’m the emcee for the event both days and a Florida licensed notary public and LOVE to marry couples in love! Imagine the blessings you’ll receive from getting married at this holistic event!

For those who have attended in years past, the musical performers you know and love will be joining us again: Duo Vida, Billy Mays III / Infinite Third, Jordyn Zentz, and Eluv (on Saturday); We will also enjoy the luxurious sounds of Lindy Romez & Sol Y Mar, and Latin Rendezvous (on Sunday); Samadhi new to the event this year, will also perform on Sunday. Let’s all of us give our aWEsOMe performers a sunny Florida welcome! I am super excited to see them all again and meet Samadhi!

Then on Sunday about 4pm, we’ll begin gathering for the closing ceremonies, which will be highlighted by the largest drum circle in Florida! Bring your drum, bring your rattles and Tingsha cymbals (I’ll have mine!), and prepare to experience an aWEsOMe awakening, heart-expanding, and soul-connecting time!

For all of the information be sure to visit the official festival website: Awakening Into the Sun

Your soul-aligned friend in Connection.

Many blessings to you in ALL ways.

Check out this original song, Dogma. It’s one of my favorites, written by my husband and performed and recorded in a Nashville, TN studio. You can download it (it’s Track 1) from this link: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chevyfordb26

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.

Plus, the brand new book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

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The Reconnected Friendship Quilt — A Christmas Story

There once was a friend (me) who let down another friend. At the time, I doubt that I had much of an idea how much I had upset the apple cart of the friendship, but thankfully, a few weeks ago, it was brought to my attention, and I was given a beautiful opportunity to genuinely apologize and heal a past hurt. And I hope, and believe it was, a beautiful healing experience for us both.

Now, for the story…

A few months ago, I saw a picture on Facebook of a wall hanging quilt that a distanced, long-time friend of mine had created. The colors and energetic patterns within each hand-sewn square really pulled me in. And though we had not talked in years, except for a few minutes at her niece’s Celebration of Life memorial service (over a year ago), well, this quilt resonated so much with me that I jumped to ask her about it! And perhaps boldly of me, I asked if she might craft a King size quilt like it for me!

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I loved it! The colors, pattern, and workmanship was outstanding! To my joy, she agreed to make a King size quilt for my husband and I, but not like the one I had seen, because of the size. The quilt I had commented on was much smaller (only a wall hanging).

However, that was a good thing because it meant we would get to chat a number of times about colors, design, and so forth. I took some measurements of our bed, and asked my husband too, about colors, design, and so forth.

We did all of our chats via Facebook. This might not sound like an important aspect of the story, but trust me, it is.

I wanted a King size version of mostly brown, blue, and green–in a Native American kind of design. It didn’t have to be traditional. In fact, I would have been happy with anything–as long as Pattie made it.

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I told Pattie that I’d cherish the quilt for years to come. What she didn’t know was that in the last ten years or so, I’ve learned that mostly only the things people have given to me, or that were personally made for me, hold any kind of special emotional attachment. Other things are nice, pretty, useful, etc. but if they all went away, the only ones I’d miss, are the few that were given to me by family that didn’t give often, or were from my home state or town, or were handmade. And living in an RV for the last seven years, I’ve had to be quite discerning over size, weight, and quantity of items I chose to keep and hold dear.

All the while Pattie and I chatted about the quilt on Facebook, I didn’t know that our friendship was kind of mending too! There was healing occurring. And that’s always a good thing.

Also, at the time I commissioned this work, I had not considered how I’d get it, whether she would ship it, or I’d pick it up, etc. I certainly hadn’t given any thought to having the opportunity to meet in person, with some time to visit and enjoy a beautiful lunch!

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So, when Pattie was done with the quilt, I asked her if we could meet halfway, instead of her shipping it. That way, she could get to know my husband too, and we could have a nice lunch, somewhere midway from where we live (since we live about three hours from each other). She agreed. We talked about where we would meet. Finalizing on our plans, we set a date and time.

When the day arrived, we texted to make sure we were each on our way. I was super excited to be able to hang out with Pattie, catch up, and of course, receive our quilt.

We met at an eastern European bistro restaurant that we love. We shared some different and unique foods, and had plenty of time to relieve some of our past, share how my husband and I met, and so forth. And then came the question I had not expected.

I had not remembered or probably fully ever realized or known why we had quit talking. Thankfully, Pattie refreshed my memory, so that I had the opportunity to apologize. We held hands and tears flowed. Cleansing. Forgiveness. Allowing. I am so glad we had this time. Not just to relieve past hurts, but to understand. To process the pain that had been caused, and to allow the hurt to shift (even if only a little bit), so that over the coming days and weeks, we could “let it go.”

I know that for many of us, taking the time to be heard, to ask what’s wrong, or tell another what’s wrong, ask for forgiveness, or forgive, can be the hardest thing to do. But God, it’s so worth it!

And chatting via Facebook or text doesn’t communicate all of our emotions, plus, as we all know it doesn’t allow us to exchange vibrational energy.

I’m not perfect. I’ve made my share of mistakes in my life and I own each one, taking full responsibility.

But yesterday is gone. And today is all we have. I’m not just saying this in a philosophical way, but in a real time, honest-to-goodness, way. The person I am today is different than I used to be. I feel more deeply. I love more generously. And when I need to, I discern and draw better boundaries. But mostly, I am more open to receive.

So, this Christmas, I wanted to take this moment to tell those who have been in my life how very special they are to me. You are loved. You are cherished. You make up the tapestry of my life, because you’ve been in so many of my experiences. We may live far apart. Or we may not talk often. But you make me who I am.

You are worthy. You are loved.

Our unique experiences are each a thread within a tapestry, or quilt, of one’s life. And We Are All Connected.

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Note the sock monkey on the bed! He was handmade for me when I was born by a dear family friend–and he has went everywhere with me, every move, of which there have been many.

A few folks who have seen this quilt have commented of Pattie’s exquisite precision sewing and design work. So much so, that one gentlemen has already put in an order for a similar quilt.Binding and thickness.JPG

I should also add that this quilt is oh so very comfortable to sleep under! It’s not too thick like a comforter, so in Florida we can use it all year.

I only quilt with words. My husband quilts with music. But my friend Pattie quilts with fabric & thread and turns memories and forgiveness into tangible ‘heart-work’ that can (and in our case, will) last for generations.

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May you be blessed for 2017 and always, in All ways.

–If you would like Pattie to make a quilt for you, comment below and include a way for her to reach you. Or email me.

What’s sometimes hard to understand about our Connections

I’ve heard a few people say that we’re not all connected. That’s because sometimes it IS hard to understand how bad things happen in the world, if we really are “All Connected”.

They may not want to hear, believe, or know–but We Are All Connected.

We cannot disconnect from our shadow.

If it were a perfect world lonely

So, though it might be difficult to hear or accept sometimes, everything happens for a reason. And there IS value in EVERYTHING. Even if it is seeing what’s wrong, and then choosing to do better–or make a different choice.

You don’t need a clear blue sky everyday of your life to be happy. Embrace the clouds and shadows of yourself, and of those around you–to be happy no matter what!

Accept.

Allow.

Embrace.

Love – without conditions. Nobody’s perfect.

Judge not.

When you have judged, forgive.

Be grateful for all of the lessons.

Move on (if need be).

Learn, choose, and focus again on what “feels good”. Compassion, kindness, heart-centeredness. Be nice.

You CAN choose. You have that power.

Do you know what’s missing in Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

Imperfection!

We humans are drawn to the imperfect!

It’s why we’re drawn to art and Live performances.

Flaws in movies stand out; we become critics.

And we attract drama (or bullies) into our lives.

It’s a human condition!

No one is perfect. Which means we are all worthy of love!

Draw in and cherish the flawed ones in your life AND the flaws in YOU!

God’s creations are pure and beautiful! WE are the only ones who perveive flaws!

Blessings to you all in ALL ways.

Peace.

Love.

Namaste. OM

Dichroic Glass Pendant – We Have a Winner!

Beautiful art glass dichroic pendant giveaway ended today – April 13, 2013. Congratulations Eva!

Autumn Orange Dichroic Pendant
Autumn Orange Dichroic Pendant

CONTEST ENDED

Drawing was held  April 13, 2013. Out of 19 entries, we have a winner and an alternate should the winner be non-responsive.

Congratulations to “Eva”.

Please send an email to sheila.murrey@gmail.com and let me know the USPS mailing address in the U.S. you would like me to mail your pendant to. If you have not responded in the next 10 days I will post the alternate winner.

Thank you all for your emails, comments, and follows. I blog on several categories and am happy that at least one subject area interested you.

My other blog, Orlando Examiner on Natural Health and Beauty continues to do well also, thank you for checking it out!

Special Thanks:

This dichroic pendant has been provided by Joni of Dichroic Adventures (rope not included). Thanks so much Joni!

Please visit Joni’s jewelry website -> CLICK HERE.