Integration Diet

Integration Diet

Intro

Right from the start, let me tell you that I’ve been gently releasing the excess weight I’d gained during the COVID lockdown, by eating all different kinds of foods and challenging my former thoughts about what foods I should eat. It has really surprised me! And those “surprises” challenged me to analyze what was going on and how I could sustain on going weight loss (as I’d been overweight, technically obese), BEFORE the lockdowns.

Food History

I’d lost 20 pounds during 2019 with the help of a modified Keto diet as suggested by my chiropractor, restricting certain foods, and eating out less, or with much scrutiny of ingredients when we did go out and I got hungry (sometimes I just went out to socialize with my husband and not even eat a meal). I had taken a lot of supplements too, to help balance my hormones.

When I say I am not unfamiliar with diets, it’s true. I’ve done so many different diets over the course of twenty years, it’s not funny. It’s really sad. I didn’t even learn throughout all of those diets, how to tell when I was hungry, until I was ravenous (belly gurgling with hunger pangs)!

So, what I’m about to share may shock you. It has, and continues to shock me!

Food List

Here’s a list of some of the foods I’ve eaten and seen the number on the scale DROP the next morning, foods I wouldn’t have eaten a year ago:

  • Steak
  • Barbecue sauce (I found one brand that works for me. Yes, ONE.)
  • Cheese (I found a couple types that work for me.)
  • Half and half
  • Canned soup (I drink an extra cup of water after to help flush out excess salt.)
  • Rice (rinsed very well before cooking)
  • Soy sauce
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes (even potato chips! gasp! I know.)
  • Dark Chocolate (small portion, on a fancy plate)
  • Margaritas (homemade, no sugary mixer)
  • Red wine (limited to 8 ounces a night, though depending on my meal, I’ve had more)
  • Universal Yums (a monthly subscription of snacks from around the world-tiny servings)

Tracking

I owe my recent success to the Omada program (that was offered to me by my health insurance program: Florida Blue), because they sent me a free scale, which communicates back to their app and diet coach, via blue tooth technology (so, I am held accountable). I weigh in every morning, nude, and before drinking any water and after going to the restroom. I’ve also integrated this into my morning meditation ritual which includes a brief gratitude ritual and Qigong activity to release any gas in my body, and stress.

Tying these activities together has been a huge advance in my ability to stick with the weigh ins and track my journey. In three months, I’ve released 17 pounds. I’ve communicated with my coach on the days I gained a pound or so, and worked through the mental hoops and associated feelings. I’ve also incorporated small celebratory actions that do not involve food, as a new way to thank my body for following through on my desire to lose weight.

The Omada program also came with an app, which has helped me focus on the size and health of my meals, rather than the calories of the food (as I’d tracked before in the LoseIt! app). Now, I watch for the trends of how many veggies I’m eating in a week, and what I’ve eaten the day before I see the number go up or down on the scale. It’s a pretty cool bio feedback loop and is definitely working for me.

NOTE: If you’re not in the Omada program, you can still do the weight loss portion of my Integrated Spiral program, because I have found even better blue tooth scales that measure 17 health markers! I’m gonna get one if and when my Omada scale fails. 😉

Supplements

Aside from the liquid supplement that both my husband and I consume daily, when we moved off grid, I pretty much quit taking any other supplements, except Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, and Magnesium. But when I first stepped on the Omada scale and saw how much I had gained from February to September, I started looking into anything and everything I could take to support my weight loss journey. For the first time in a long time, I felt desperate.

I tried a few supplements, which I won’t mention here because they didn’t work for me. And every time I took them, I’d gain ounces the next day. I think my body is so sensitive, that I gain a bit of weight anytime I introduce something new to it. That’s a theory I am tracking via my food and weight log (which, circles back to why tracking is sooo important)!

There are a few supplements and weight loss aids that have helped me, and I’ll be writing reviews here regarding those products in the coming days.

I’m not including any supplements in my Integration Diet per se, because I don’t want you to feel that you have to take certain supplements in order to participate in this program. Take It Upon Yourself, as I always say, to do what works best for you. Plus, I’m attempting to keep all product reviews on my other blog. 🧐

Portions and measuring

I’ve found that my 1/2 C measuring cup has become my best friend in the kitchen. I scoop out chili and soup with it, and measure rice and pasta with it too. If I am in doubt, I measure. And I don’t just “trust” my eyes and brain with that “eyeball” method of measuring food, because that has been known to fail me.

The limit I set for myself on these kinds of foods is 1 C at a time. If for some reason I absolutely find that I need or want more, I go back for 1/2 C more. But, in three months, that’s only happened twice.

You gotta serve somebody. Just include yourSelf!

Timing

One trend I’ve noticed is that when I stop eating anything by 6pm, the number on the scale goes down the next morning.

I’m a big fan of intermittent fasting, but for it to work for me, I’ve observed that I need to go to bed on an empty stomach. I’ve tried all the other ways to do intermittent fasting, and no other combination works for me except going to be feeling hunger pangs. And for me to do this long term, well, it takes a real commitment and mindset. I’m not always successful, but I am committed.

Another trend I’ve noticed is that if I abstain from night time snacking, I can eat the same snack midday the next day (after lunch), and it doesn’t make the numbers on the scale go up, like it would have done, had I ate it at 9pm. Weird, but that’s what I’ve observed as true for my body.

Creating the habit

All of this has been about helping me establish good habits that I can maintain for life. I know walking daily, or not, is a choice.

And honestly, the number on the scale has gone down on the morning after I didn’t walk and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I need to rest and allow my body time to repair and reduce the inflammation that came from my walking the day before. I don’t know. I’m continuing to monitor that.

Sustaining habits or subconscious practice

So far, I’ve had the best outcome from tying two or more tasks or practices together. This is why I formed my Integrated Spiral transformational, small group, self-coaching program.

I know in order for me to make the commitment to a healthy, whole, and vibrant body means I must be held accountable. By serving others, I will serve myself. And in Bob Dylan’s famous words, “You gotta serve somebody.”

I know spiritual types that aren’t in touch with their bodies. And I know body conscious types who want to learn more about Spirituality. I think (and feel), I can serve both.

Learn more about my Integrated Spiral program here:

Integrated Spiral transformational coaching 

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

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

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

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Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Chakra Balancing:Yoga to Balance Mind-Body, Spirit and Soul

I am sooo glad I attended this aWEsOMe class four years ago:

Chakra Balancing:
Yoga to Balance the Mind, Body, & Spirit offered by Dr. Ronald Porter in St. Petersburg, Florida

In the yogic tradition, the chakras are known as wheels of spinning energy found throughout the body.

Usually, energy has the ability to flow though us with ease. However, the situations we encounter in life can often leave our energy blocked and unable to flow freely.

Gentle way to bring healing to your body. It’s as close to you as your breath.

Working with the chakras through yoga is a means of restoring a healthy flow of energy throughout the subtle energetic body, therefore bringing balance to the physical body.

Dr. Ronald K. Porter proved to me (during the workshop) that through movement and breath, I could partner with the Energies in my body to heal it!

In the class, we explored both the meaning of the chakras and subtle energetic body, and engaged in a yoga practice specifically focused on balancing the chakras.

Practicing yoga in this way, and incorporating it into my soul helped me realize I was also doing some very deep soul work too. Thus, why I added Soul to the title of this post. ❤️🦋🌀☯️

I found relief in my body, as I did the breathwork to move Energy into spaces and places I had not focused on in years, if ever.

Specifically guiding my breath, brought immediate healing to one of my knees, and kept the energy medicine working on it for several days later! I knew I had found a healing method I was going to continue to use for the rest of my life.

I now incorporate basic elements of this in my transformational self-coaching program, Integrated Spiral. Won’t you join me?

Learn more about it here:

Integrated Spiral transformational coaching

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

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

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Integrate, integrate, integrate

Integrate moment by moment

❤️🦋🌀I have been reminded (by my body and my experiences this year), that as I write the words the Universe presents multiple ways to help each of us integrate the concepts represented by the words we write.

An example of this was when I designed my t-shirts, mugs, and more with the words “Minding my Energy” (which, is all about managing our energy), and a few short months later, I was faced with literally managing my own electrical energy, as well as re-energizing my body through diet and exercise!

I’ve been presented (sometimes daily) with quite interesting and challenging ways to actually manage my energy! And then, it IS my choice (and has been), to laugh WITH the Universe, or struggle. ❤️🤣😘

We are always tuning

Integrating mind and body involves getting your thoughts, intentions, priorities, physical activity, and reactions to external factors—ALL in BALANCE.

Yin yang observations and why we seek Balance.

We achieve and live in a state of whole health, as we embody balance. Our work, if there is any, is to always tune in to balance. ☯️

Spirit & Soul

Many books have been written about integrating our Spirit and Soul, and practices eons old such as Qigong and Yoga exist to guide us in integrating our breath (and Spirit) with our physical bodies.

My philosophy is this: breathing incorporates and integrates Spirit to Soul (think oxygenation of the blood).

All we need to do is, DO the daily, consistent practice. Lather, rinse, repeat. Ah, the spiral of tension and release. Action and rest. Charge and restore. ❤️😉

If you need help with the consistency part, there are many groups and coaches available—there are even apps! Learn, do, and stay accountable. (I offer a free Messenger “Move your body” group. Write a comment below or find me on Facebook to be added.

NOTE: Let me know if you comment, if you want me to keep your comment hidden, so others won’t see it.)

Minding (Managing) my Energy design – buy it here: https://sheilamurrey.net/store/

Body – My diet

I have been participating in a weight loss program sponsored by my health insurance company (Omada), for 15 weeks. More about that soon in another post.

It involves tracking and monitoring key health metrics daily—including weighing in.

Watching the number on that scale each morning has been both a blessing and a curse. It’s biofeedback and psychology working at its best, whether I like it or not. Ha!

I am now, using the challenges I face (like gaining those couple of pounds last week), to push myself to learn more.

I watched (and later connected with) a menopause doctor, learned some more acupressure points (that really seemed to help last night!), and started my Activ5 workouts while watching DVDs, that I think are going to be real game changers for me!

I feel, mind, body, and soul that I am on a healthy path, now, to release the excess weight on my middle aged body. I am so excited! In fact, I actually released 1 pound and 1 ounce, overnight! (I have let go of 10 pounds in 15 weeks, and this includes days of losing, gaining, and plateau weeks.)

Body – Living environment

Most of my followers know that my husband (who is 11.5 years older than me), moved to an off grid living arrangement at the end of February. And then COVID hit. We didn’t have any time to adjust to our new address, until we were on lockdown (especially him, because he’s over 65).

I haven’t written much about the changes (yes, challenges), we faced because I do my best to stay focused on the positive I desire, silver linings, and all of that. Suffice to say, every single day we were “managing our energy,” personal energy, electric from the sun/generator (we had two generators die, and a tropical storm hide the sun from our solar panels, etc.), and consider every single use of energy consumption (right down to learning how to live without hot water, and store only so much in a dorm sized fridge)! Off grid living is NOT for the faint of heart.

We’ve figured most of it out now, some 9 months later, but we are still integrating the thoughts and new mental exercises to live this lifestyle in gratitude.

Body – Writing it out

Words are a kind of tuning instrument for me.

You see, everything is energy. And life exists (manifests) along a spectrum of energy.

A body is just a dense collection of energy at one point on the spectrum (and why it is visible), and it reverberates with and emits emotional energy (invisible) according to what is near it. It’s reactionary!

Think of a guitar string. If the guitar string is not plucked, there is no reaction. Thus, there is no sound. When plucked, the string makes sounds in alignment with it’s tuning—high or low.

You are like the guitar string that has the ability in every moment to choose how you are tuned, and whether you will respond to the plucking!

Choosing how to respond to the plucking, takes mental energy. And mental energy is far less dense and changes moment by moment, faster than the speed of light! So, why does it seem to weigh us down? (Stress seems to occur when we “carry” the “weight of the world” around on our shoulders (yet, it’s mere thoughts in our heads)!

An example of writing it out as I prepare for a talk

In closing

I believe the more we search for answers and try a variety of holistic methods, the more deep and integrated our healing. And the healthier overall, we become.
(I wrote a book a couple years ago about how I reversed “lifelong” asthma.)

My hope is that you ALL will come to this deep and profound awareness of how much the Universe desires to integrate with you too!

As I prepare a course on integrating where we joyfully learn and practice ways to embody our light, or lighten our bodies, and ride the energy spiral to balance, (ah, don’t you LOVE the journey of a work in progress?), I’ll give you a peek… let me know if this resonates with you:

Potential new course topics. Organizing my thoughts and teachings. ❤️😉

Comment below. Let me know your glorious thoughts and if you might be interested in taking my course (or sitting in a virtual circle with me)!

Much love and many blessings! ❤️🦋🌀

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”, both available on Amazon.

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Off Grid wet fun

Off Grid wet fun

While connecting with a fellow blogger, I accepted the challenge at http://travelwithintent.com/2020/09/06/wet/ of offering a themed post* about something “wet.”

At first, the only thing I could think of was to show you how we cool off while living “off grid.”

This is our little 3 feet deep off grid pool:

Our “off grid” pool.

And then, as I was preparing this to be a very short post, I remembered our pond! ❤️😉

Here’s our tilapia fish stocked pond:

Hubby and son at our tilapia stocked pond.

Far cry from these cool waterfalls in Scotland we saw last summer, but on a blazing Florida day, we’ll take it!

Waterfall in Scotland on our drive to Isle of Skye—July 2019.

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

*Debbie‘s blog. “Travel with intent” inspired this post. This Sunday’s one-word, “Wet” was the theme.

ABOUT ME

I have a passion for WORDS and Connecting people. In particular, I love speaking and writing about spiritual and consciousness raising topics, holistic wellness and simple healthy living. I am empathic, intuitive, compassionate, and kind, with a keen and unified wisdom about life.

I’m 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, I’ve written a health book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s available here.

OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Conversations surrounding emotional balance, moral ambiguities, and deep spiritual truths (such as We Are All Connected, and Put Your Hands Together When You Pray), are what Sheila is most passionate about. She feels a profound empathic Connection with people and what they’re going through by merely sharing her own truth, by speaking freely about her personal struggles and the challenges she continues to overcome. Sheila strives to ease lonelines, help those exiting toxic relationships, and to remind us all that we are stronger than we think we are, and that Everything Resolves to Gratitude in the end.

LET US SERVE YOU

My husband is an award-winning illustrator, plus he is a seasoned guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (of over 400 original songs). You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on http://RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the person your soul beckons you to be and let us promote you!

Here’s us: https://vimeo.com/416711742?ref=fb-share

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Mom, why did you bite your fingernails?

Mom, why did you bite your fingernails?

For as long as I can remember my mom bit her nails. And I always wondered why. She used to tell me it was “just a habit.”

My mother was a woman of strong faith, having been raised in a devoutly Christian home. She was also a deep thinker, earnest student, and hard worker. Mom’s parents never argued in front of their children either. So, what caused my mom to feel inferior (which can be a cause for such types of habits)?

As an aside: I picked up the habit from my mom and bit my nails for over 20 years. I had low self esteem as a teen, and often thought I had an inferiority complex!

Asking the question

Now, in my fifties, one morning (three years after my mom’s death), I sat in meditation and silently asked, “Mom, why did you bite your nails?”

The answer: “It was a way of hiding.”

And I got an image of how one hides a smile behind a hand, and when a man twists his mustache hair. I never had the thought before that one can hide behind their hand while biting one’s fingernails.

Hmmm, hiding? Hiding from what? I quickly retorted in thought.

Almost as soon as the first answer came, the second came. Hiding her soul.

How does one hide their soul?

Then, I was on a quest.

Why and how do we hide our soul? And is this a fight with our inner-being?

Are we reserved in behavior because we are afraid to let our innermost thoughts out?

Do we feel we will be judged?

Why would my mom have felt she would be judged? As especially in her youth, when presumably her nail biting started, she would have had no reason to fear judgment.

But, my mom was painfully shy. Always preferring to stay in the background. My mom preferred solitude to group gatherings—unless the gathering was in church (but even there, she didn’t like the spotlight).

Do we question our power?

One of the only times I saw my mom speak publicly, was when the church congregation was asked to share an individual testimony (of God showed up or intervened in their life).

I would listen to my mom’s personal testimony with awe, each and every time. And I had often wished my dad could have been there, at the prayer meeting, to hear mom’s words. Mom spoke with a gentle tone, but at the same time, a commanding authority. To me, this meant mom was speaking from a profound knowing. From a place of truth.

Are we afraid we can’t live up to the expectation of our soul?

As I searched the Internet on the subject of our soul, I found a series of quotes by author, Parker J. Palm. One of his quotes that caught my attention follows:

Parker J. Palm quote

As soon as I read Parkers quote, I realized he had also touched on the soul phrase given to me in the early 2000s that set me on my Awakening journey. The phrase, which became my mantra, We Are All Connected.

In summary

So far, the way I commune with my soul, and share what I find, (that aligns with the lessons I have learned by sitting with these questions), is the way I speak and share about the mantra, We Are All Connected. We Are Not Alone. And that we are more powerful than we can imagine.

Community means never losing the awareness that We Are All Connected.

Whether we feel less than, insecure, are shy, fearful, or that we may not express our truth in a clear way, we CAN speak and share from our soul, from our innermost truth. We simply need a courageous push or willingness to do so.

Perhaps we are old souls. But that is a question for another meditation. OM

About me

I have a passion for WORDS and Connecting people. In particular, I love speaking and writing about spiritual and consciousness raising topics, holistic wellness and simple healthy living. I am empathic, intuitive, compassionate, and kind, with a keen and unified wisdom about life.

I’m 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, I’ve written a health book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s available here.

Observations about the author

Conversations surrounding emotional balance, moral ambiguities, and deep spiritual truths (such as We Are All Connected, and Put Your Hands Together When You Pray), are what Sheila is most passionate about. She feels a profound empathic Connection with people and what they’re going through by merely sharing her own truth, by speaking freely about her personal struggles and the challenges she continues to overcome. Sheila strives to ease lonelines, help those exiting toxic relationships, and to remind us all that we are stronger than we think we are, and that Everything Resolves to Gratitude in the end.

Let us serve you

My husband is an award-winning illustrator, plus he is a seasoned guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (of over 400 original songs). You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on http://RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the person your soul beckons you to be and let us promote you!

Here’s us: https://vimeo.com/416711742?ref=fb-share

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Newgrange: Inside the chamber during the Winter Solstice

Newgrange: Inside the chamber during the Winter Solstice

I won a place for myself and a guest, (out of 30,861 lottery applications drawn by the local children from three different schools), to go inside the Newgrange monument burial chamber, at Bru Na Boinne, County Meath Ireland for the Winter Solstice sunrise on Dec. 18th, 2019.

And though the sun’s rays did not shine at sunrise the morning we were there, it was still a magnificent and surreal time to be in the chamber with a select few for the experience.

It was also another string of events that were tied to the date of the 18th, which held significant meaning for me. (I call those happenings, winks from my dad.)

A little background

We had first visited Knowth and Newgrange in July 2019, while on our Sacred Celtic Journey with Patricia McGivern—and I had felt palpable energy at Knowth, and been utterly fascinated by Newgrange. See my previous articles regarding that amazing trip:

Unlocking mysteries

Going inside the Newgrange chamber was such an incredible experience. This was my second time inside during the same year—and at such a special time of the year. I really felt as though I was walking into the mystic.

Unlocking mysteries at Newgrange during Winter Solstice.

The mysteries began to unfold for me, as soon as I got on the bus in the wee hours of December 18th, 2019.

I was so excited and thrilled to be back in Ireland, and to be one of the 10 Newgrange chamber Winter Solstice lottery winners who would go inside the chamber that morning!

Though our friends told me of the weather forecast (of clouds and rain), I didn’t want to believe it! I had sooo hoped to be mesmerized by the sunlight that was said could light the entire inner chamber at sunrise on the Winter Solstice!

As we drove from Dublin through the night, out to the sacred site (we had to arrive early in the morning predawn), there was a calm and peace overtaking me. I was there, along for the ride, and whatever the weather would do, was none of my business. Whatever happened, I trusted it would be for my conscious expansion.

Bundled up for the cold and wet weather outside the Newgrange chamber.

Our small group of 20 people (10 lottery winners plus a guest each), toured the brand new visitors center and rode a tram out to the monument. We walked through a light mist of rain from the tram stop to the chamber. All before dawn. All hopeful to witness something none of us had seen before—the Winter Solstice sunrise into a stone age chamber.

Since my husband did not care to go inside the neolithic chamber, we had invited friends to go with us. One of them went into the chamber with me, while the other waited outside. My hubby stayed back at the hotel and slept in that morning.

Our small group before heading in. Note the dark clouds in the upper right.

Inside the chamber

Heading into the chamber. Thank goodness for house lights, as it was narrow and I had to duck in sections of the passageway in.

While we all waited patiently for the sunrise, someone played crystal bowls and chanted lightly.

I caught a quick picture of the crystal bowls later, after the lights were on.

I think because the sun didn’t shine for us that morning, the stewards of the site, granted us a few more minutes, so after the 20 exited, our friends got to go back inside (along with myself and our driver, Edel). And we ALL felt sooo privileged!

Picture of a special recessed area in the chamber. Looking toward the back and top.
Picture of a special recessed area in the chamber. Looking towards the floor. The object on the floor is stone and shaped as a kind of slab.
Another view of that area looking straight ahead. The stones were gigantic and the etchings on each were fascinating!

I spent several minutes inside the chamber soaking up the feeling of just BEing there. Though my feet were cold, I remember thinking it wasn’t as cold overall as I had thought it might be. But without the little pen light flashlights on, or the house lights, it is really pitch dark in the chamber. I had put my hand out in front of my face at one point in the dark, as we all waited for sunrise, and I couldn’t even see my hand!

One of the stones were carved into a huge basin or bowl!
This is one of the professional marketing pictures the visitor center displays for how it looks inside the chamber during a Winter Solstice sunrise.
This is what it looked like when they turned on house lights to simulate a bright sunrise for us.
Pen light sunrise simulation.
My favorite (and perhaps the most well known) of the carvings or etchings into the stone at the rear of the chamber. Note: It is the symbol on the pendant I bought there and have worn everyday since.

On the way out of the chamber the last time, I consciously chose to take my gloves off and touch the ancient stones and whisper, “Thank you” to them. I felt such a connection with those incredible stones.

Coming out of the chamber

Coming out of the chamber.

The majority of our group had walked back to the tram that moves people from the visitors center to the chamber site, so only a few of us remained. It was so delicious that we had more time inside the chamber and were able to really engage with the park staff and ask questions, take pictures (normally not allowed), and sing, chant, or meditate. Afterwards, we caught another tram back to the visitors center, which gave us even more time to visit!

You can see how bundled most of us were and the wet ground. This was at the entrance/exit of the chamber. Same way in and out. and everyone has to duck at the the entrance.

As for the sunrise, a cold weather front happened to be moving in just as the sun was about to rise. Go figure! We’d experienced beautiful weather all week in Dublin (cold but clear), but the day of our chamber visit, it chose to rain. It is what it is. And I gained insights.

Insights

Some of the inspiring messages that dropped into my mind were deeper “unlockings” (yes, my new word), of concepts that I’d been given previously, and others were new. See these examples:

Expanded quotes of mine.
A release mantra (prayer or meditation) that I was given. ❤️🦋🌀

I had questioned myself (when Bru na Boinne visitor center had contacted me that I’d won the entry), about spending the time and money to go, since the sunrise only lasts for 17 minutes and is weather dependent, but I chose to go. And we did have an excellent time with our friends.

We got to learn so much more about Dublin on this trip. As well as, I had gotten to meet Edel, and hear some timeless stories (such as the one about my namesake, Sheela na gig), that we otherwise would not have known.

Christmas in Dublin

Me by the Christmas tree at the Trinity City hotel, Dublin Ireland.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Christmas time in Dublin was a beautiful treat too! We visited several places during our week there, sites we had not had the time to see in July.

We spent half a day at the Guinness factory, went to a botanical park, shopped (I bought Claddagh rings for my granddaughters), visited the Whiskey Museum Experience, went to the oldest pub for a dinner and musical storytelling evening, as well as laughed ourselves silly on a haunted bus tour that ended up at a pub and cemetery!

Richard and me at Guinness, Dublin Ireland.

Coming home

I returned to the USA with energy, enthusiasm, and enlightenment from my time at this sacred site.

Visiting Ireland

https://www.wildirishtours.com

When you visit Ireland, arrange a multi-day tour with Tony Corcoran of Wild Irish Tours:

Or a fascinating ride with Edel, of Eriu Tours:

https://m.facebook.com/eriutours/

With Tony you will experience the authentic Ireland, with storytelling and singing to boot! Tony’s sense of humor will delight you. Tony’s bus was so comfortable and provided all the needed amenities to make riding all day in it a pleasure.

We booked our December ride from Dublin to Newgrange with Tony, but through a twist of fate, he was unavailable at that time. However, because Tony is incredibly caring, he arranged for another driver and guide, Edel, to take us out to Newgrange for the Winter Solstice sunrise event.

And right from the get go (as we left our hotel), I felt a strong sense of connection with Edel. Edel told me deeply meaningful stories, as we rode out to Newgrange in the early morning of December 18th, that brought a tear to my eye more than once! I felt so supported by my family (all Beyond The Veil) and by the Universe.

My time at Newgrange and our entire week in Dublin was ALL pure magic.

❤️🦋🌀☀️💦🌱🍀🌿🌳🙏

We’re livin’ Off Grid

More off grid living

It looks idyllic, doesn’t it?

Our new camp spot

Our RV spot

From the first moment we arrived at our new camp spot, I felt at home. Like I could really breathe here.

It has been one month now, since we moved to family property in north Florida. And we have been living off the grid, (that is no electric power pole, no city water or sewer, no landline phone, and no cable).

In this article, I’ll specifically focus on our Energy needs.

First, we powered our RV (a 36 foot 5th wheel), by running a gasoline fueled generator.

A week or so later, we bought 12 gel golf cart type batteries. By adding a large bank of batteries, we would run our generator a few hours a day—typically, 4 or 5 hours depending upon what we plugged into the outlets, or if we cooked on the stove, or used the microwave.

We quit using our hot water heater, large refrigerator, and air conditioner the first day. They were simply power hogs, and we could immediately see how inefficient they were.

12 battery bank (build in progress)

We’ve ordered our 12 solar panels, so that will be the next step. And if all goes well, this setup could last us several years. It will pay for itself within a year or two (more or less). Not in energy cost savings, but because we aren’t paying lot rent to a campground or park.

It’s been a bit of an adjustment to live a sustainable and simple life in Florida, where the temperatures in February can vary greatly during one day.

Hermit-land

I wanted to move to this place for more than a year. And right before we took the leap to move, my friend Lauren told me I might grow from being a hermit (or spending some time alone, as I like to think of it). Thus, as I sit to write this, I think I’ll call this place my hermit-land. It even has its own share of ferns, moss, and faerie-like homes, which amuse me.

Faerie homes? Old Florida

I’ll share some of my top reasons next, for moving here. Though, since relocating, I’ve discovered several more reasons. And these are not in any particular order:

  • Never lived in north Florida
  • Yearned to be with family
  • Desired to commune with nature
  • Wanted more room to walk
  • Ached for peace, quiet, and serenity
  • Longed to plant a garden (again)
  • Wanted to learn how to manage my own Energy
  • Do more with less
  • Read more
  • Play more music
  • Discover new places
  • Be closer to the Florida line for ease of travel
  • To fulfill my dad’s dream
  • But didn’t want to own property again
  • And didn’t want to pay lot rent

Easing into it

Learning how to managing one’s own Energy can be challenging, especially for us older folks. So, my son decided to show us how to live off grid, by having us plug into and run a generator for power during the first two weeks. We had some cold nights, and tripped a breaker when we turned on our electric fireplace.

We ran several checks to determine what we could run efficiently. And we made the necessary changes.

I chose not to run the hot water heater, because I had adjusted to lukewarm and cold showers (Thanks to Wim Hof’s teachings), and my son provided hot showers on property in a nice standalone bath house. Plus, I could warm a bit of water on the stove for washing dishes once a day, as needed. No need to keep multiple gallons of water hot all day and night long.

We chose not to use our big refrigerator (that had came standard in our 5th wheel). We borrowed an apartment sized fridge from my son and it suited our needs—especially after our food stock changed.

A few weeks after we moved, we began hearing of the Wuhan China (later termed, COVID-19), virus, so we had additional restrictions placed upon how much we could explore. For instance, we had discovered a few good restaurants, but they closed down, or only served take out orders. And our idea of checking out the parks and springs had to be put on hold too. We have been able to walk the property and adjust to our new daily routine, albeit not as easily as we might have hoped.

Some of what I love the most about living at our new spot, is being able to hang out with my son, cook, and enjoy the evening fires. Oh, and the stargazing!

Fire

We’ve gotten a little too much nature at times, such as being bitten by various bugs. And we’ve experienced strained muscles from lifting jugs of gas, plus a good deal of sweating during mid-afternoon heat (though we’re parked in the shade).

Note: we’ve not been running our air conditioner, though we could for awhile if it is the only thing plugged into the generator. And I have actually been feeling BETTER! I attribute it to less stress, less noise, and breathing natural air!

Learn how to live simply

My son runs the Dude Off Grid Facebook group, where you can see videos and more, and learn how you can live off grid too.

Cut costs, get out of debt, and help the planet! Sure seems like a win-win situation to me!

Want to learn more? 

Join us here:

Dude Off Grid

I don’t think there’s anything more fulfilling than learning how to Take It Upon Yourself to learn and do things for yourself. So much self worth and self esteem comes from that. Bravo son! And thank YOU for reading.

❤️🦋🌀

A bit about us:

My husband is an award-winning illustrator, plus he is a seasoned guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (of over 400 original songs). You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on http://RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

I’m 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, I’ve written a new book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here.

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

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What does 100 percent efficacy mean?

What does 100 percent efficacy for a drug mean?

There seems to be a lot of banter about this phrase, “100% efficacy” in regard to certain pharmaceutical drugs that could be prescribed and taken to treat the COVID-19 virus, which originated in Wuhan China, December 2019. But what does that phrase really mean?

Efficacy pertains to how effective a certain drug is based upon the dosage given during a controlled trial. However, the effectiveness of a drug varies widely based upon how people consume it.

Critical thinking

Check out the following article. (Click the link). Even if you simply read the Abstract and Background of the article, I think you will understand where I am going in regards to all of this.

https://bmcmedicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12916-015-0494-1

No drug offers 100% efficacy

The bottom line is that no pharmaceutical drug shows 100% efficacy or effectiveness. And yes, there is a difference. Also, many drugs that have undergone clinical trials (for multiple diseases and ills) showing some level of efficacy, were later pulled off the market AFTER people who took the drug died. Look at all the lawsuits!

No drug offers 100% efficacy.

Lawsuits and side effects

People seem to forget about all the lawsuits filed, where plaintiffs who suffered horrible effects, or died, won a sizable settlement for themselves (or their estate) after the government allowed a “medication” to be put on the market and administered by doctors.

And those pharmaceutical advertisements! It is one of the big reasons we quit watching television! I abSOULutely cannot stand the big pharma TV commercials with all their misinformation, hype, and very long list of side effects that typically always include DEATH!

Why this conclusion?

My whole book, (Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life) is over 200 pages and contains 10 years of research, personal accounts, and family and close friends anecdotal histories—if anyone is interested as to why I state the opinions I hold.

I do not wholly trust the CDC , FDA, or very many of those alphabet agencies (who supposedly exist to protect people), as they are all made up of fallible people—many following political and/or hidden agendas. I question everything. I use Pubmed for health research and read published and peer reviewed articles from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). And I read from a variety of sources to avoid bias.

I use a whole lot of holistic and alternative healing protocols and look at all the angles, so I do not become biased or fearful. I understand that the old, well-known aspirin company used to be good until they bought the M-word company. I’ll never take another aspirin, especially theirs. Also, aspirin is made from White Willow Bark, and it’s easier for me to take that when needed.

Personally, I think it is prudent to follow sensible measures, (sanitization and limiting contact seem sensible), and question everything that is pushed out to the masses (masses are mostly made up of sheep).

Use critical thinking where these things are concerned and follow your gut.

Lastly, please don’t buy into fear. The cells of your body are listening (feeling that in their environment), and that can being on more health ills than most people realize.
Peace. Out. ❤️🦋🌀😀

A bit about us

My husband is an award-winning illustrator, plus he is a seasoned guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (of over 400 original songs). You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on http://RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

I’m 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, I’ve written a new book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here.

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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Game of Thrones Tour: Dublin Ireland – Winterfell

Game of Thrones Winterfell Tour Dublin Ireland

Well, yes I know. This was a long awaited post for many of you! My apologies for putting this next to last on my list of our European trip articles to get done, but I hope worth the wait! And anyway, the first shall be last and the last shall be first.

I still have one more article of our arrival and first day in Ireland to post. So stay tuned! ❤️🦋🌀😉

Our Game of Thrones tour (from Dublin, Ireland June 29, 2019) went to northern Ireland, which seems to be a different country, as the monetary system changed to the British pound. Only a small sign marked the border along the highway as our tour bus drove us near Belfast.

Preparing for the trek

Prior to beginning our Sacred Celtic Journey, and as a bit of bait (nah, not really needed though, as my hubby had already decided to go to Europe with me), we arrived in Dublin, Ireland on Friday, June 28, 2019. This afforded us the luxury of having a free day to acclimate to the time difference and explore Dublin city centre before embarking on a full day Game of Thrones trek on Saturday.

We brought our good hiking boots, and dressed in layers, and though I had trained for about a month prior to going on this trip, I found out that I hadn’t done enough! 🤣

The GoT trek

Our GoT tour did not disappoint! In fact, it was entirely amazing!!!

Our tour guide, Eric, had been an extra on the spectacular and daring Game of Thrones (GoT for those unfamiliar with the abbreviation) show for 8 seasons and totally knew his stuff. He gave us inside information about the show, including behind-the-scenes, making of GoT episodes, site locations, and much more!

Eric in the bus
My husband by the GoT tour bus.
And me by the GoT bus

Eric literally brought every location to life for our tour group! He provided us all a look at 8.5 x 11 inch laminated photos so we could link, in our mind, each location to scenes from the show and enable us to have a point of reference. This not only enhanced our enjoyment of the tour, but gave us the ability later to relive points of the trek when we rewatched episodes of GoT! Excellent!!

In the scary Tollymore forest.
Here’s your sign!
Okay, so I loved the scary forest.
The moss captivated me

We learned all about how they made the fake snow. Really incredible.

Eric our guide.

Eric talking, see the visual perspective he gave us?

Eric carrying a visual cue. Imagine dressing all these trees with fake snow!
Everyone was very present for all Eric was explaining. ❤️😉
Tollymore forest provided all minds of grand views.
Rock walls, bridges, and beauty abound
Crossing this stream was a bit precarious
Love the rocks and ferns
Highlight ferns and water
The lush forest floor and stream
Snapped these mushrooms for my son-in-law
Beautiful bridge

Physicality

We had not expected this trek to be so physical, but we walked and hiked over 14,000 steps (equating to about 7 miles) over hilly and uneven terrain. So, if you go, and we highly recommend all fans of GoT go, really check your physicality, stamina, and endurance levels! Oh, and it would serve you well to take along a tube of our gel product for any tired or sore muscles you experience—you can order from me (comment for more info).

We were pleased that we had the stamina to do it though, as it was quite the extraordinary experience! And yes, we had some small tubes of product with us, but had I known how sore my legs and feet were going to be, I would have taken the larger tube with us!

Love the show even more now

After experiencing several of the site locations, and hearing about how the extras often carried set items or equipment on foot to each of these locations (because the first season had a lower budget), it gave us new respect as to how it all got done. And now we can really imagine how difficult it was.

The lunch menu. We all preordered. Think the restaurant was called the Lobster Pot.
Lunch. My Guinness in a wooden mug. 😉
Best seafood chowder I had the whole 18 days of our trip!
Geoffrey’s crown.

After lunch, we had great joy meeting the actual dogs that were used to portray (with CGI help), the Stark family’s Dire wolves.

The dogs used to portray the Dire wolves.

Winterfell

Entering Winterfell – The tower
Looking up – The tower
Inside the Winterfell location
Looking out and beyond the tower

From the Winterfell site, we hiked a loop to see a couple more locations. First, the infamous hanging tree, then the expansive views where several waters edge and water landings scenes were shot.

The hanging tree. It was so creepy!!
Hiked to Audleys castle
I am enjoying the views they filmed many of the sea or water landings.
Amazing view
Gorgeous closeup
Happened to catch a bird in flight!

Final stop

At the last stop, Inch Abbey, (after we were quite worn out from the day), we were all invited to dress up with actual clothes and props from GoT and play among the ruins. I did my best to make some mean faces (not good at that), and make believe for awhile. The end of a grand tour!

Hubby and me
Loved the wrap
I can’t snarl!
Richard played his part well!
Mean?
Inch Abbey ruins
Inch Abbey

Thanks for a grand tour!

Screen capture of our tour post
Our group photo (June 2019)

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.”

Thank you to our guide at Rosslyn, Kris Kinosis! ❤️🦋🌀🙏☯️😉

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

Witches well

So much judging by the misinformed! And to cause someone’s death! My husband (eagle eye of an artist) spotted the well when we were there and we also took pictures. I, having an alchemist nature, have always had a soft heart for those who use herbal remedies, homeopathy, energy (faith and prayer) medicine, and so on. Only God Omniscience truly knows what was going on then (and now). So, I treat these sacred reminders with respect and reverence. I look forward to a day when truth is revealed.

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. 😉

A bit more

Sheila’s 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, her holistic health book (13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

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