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Mindfulness for Success in Life – 6 weeks online course

Mindfulness for success

Mindfulness for positive change online course

Overcome negative thinking,  experience inner peace and begin to create a more prosperous and successful life with this 6 weeks online course.

As many of you may have noticed I have moved away from tarot much since this site began.

It’s funny, as I have begun to undergo my own awakening and self growth and learning through my holistic counseling,  I have found that many people require healing as much as they yearn for guidance through tarot.

This is not to say that tarot does not have its place (I promise my next post will be tarot focused :). I am excited to go through the minor Arcana). It’s more that support and development sometimes requires more.

The tarot is a great tool for guidance but self mastery and healing are being shown to me as  much needed with people undergoing awakening and dissatisfaction in a society that has become empty of heart. And my Dharma/Karma is ever leading me to enrichen my knowledge and practice.

Why Mindfulness?

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. – Dalai Lama

Mindfulness is an enriching process of creating positive life altering changes, that if continued, will effect your well being and life forever. Mind, body and spirit.

Take a deep breath in and be aware of how this idea feels. Breathe into it and be with it. Now let it go.

You’ve done it. Your first mindfulness practice, easy wasn’t it?

Practicing mindfulness Over a few weeks you will deepen your inner connection. You will experience shifts in your inner life, your brain will begin to create new neural pathways, your body will experience healing and repair and your spirit will be lifted (literally).

Mindfulness is an Ancient Buddhist practice that basically means: The ability to focus one’s attention on the present moment. To be aware without judgment and to be with whatever is arising.

It uses the principles of:
relaxation
acceptance
compassion
and surrender to move our minds from the endless chatter into a more peaceful and useful state.

When we become aware of our thoughts we can choose how we respond to them. This is where acceptance comes in – being present to what arises without judgment, just being with it – cultivates acceptance. Acceptance of what is. When we accept what is happening, we begin to disengage the struggle, the resistance, the fight. This is a fundamental principle of mindfulness. It is what opens the pathway to a loving kindness (compassion) for the self, which heals us, and for surrender (letting go).

It is important to note that surrender in Buddhist philosophy does not contain negative connotations that we in the Western world have attributed to it. It means to let go of attachments (of the mind) to something. In this case a thought or a feeling.

We become aware of it – we be with it – we meet it with loving kindness – we let it go.

Most people are living, acting, reacting from their subconscious mind. Mindfulness brings these subconscious thoughts to the surface, so that we can begin to move from a new and better informed place.

Research shows that the brain is elastic, meaning it is able to change. This change occurs through practical measures. By repeating something over and over we change the neural pathways in our brain, we change our subconscious patterns and we begin to create new ones. But this takes time and practice.

Mindfulness  practice that uses techniques that help us begin to become aware and abiding in the present moment. But, we can also take it a step further, to change the negative patterns and behaviours, and bring in more success promoting thoughts and beliefs. By using techniques that create new and transformative mind suggestions so we can begin to manifest success in ways we never thought possible.

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6 week course(1)I am very excited to offer you this new 6 week mindfulness healing course. Through working with many people over the last 7 years I have come up with a comprehensive and holistic course to help overcome anxiety, sadness, feeling stuck and other life challenges. In Particular negative thinking and ego chatter.

This course is easy to follow, allows you to make subtle changes on an energetic level, while making fundamental life changes and choices long term.

This course is designed for self healing at your own home and pace, saving you much time and money. I have used the same process and modalities that I use in my counseling service.

I am offering a discounted rate for people on this site. You can take a closer look at it here if you so desire.  Mindfulness for success in everyday life .

In the mean time I am open to any comments about which minor arcana tarot card you would like me to indulge in the next post 🙂

Warm blessings

Megan

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I have written and am publishing

The Art of Modern Spirituality

“Megsie’s art work is stunning and unique, it has a raw vibrancy and naivety that is totally captivating” – Dr Sally Adman-Jones.
Arts Educator and Masters in Yoga

An illustrated book of wisdom embracing classic art, philosophy and contemporary spirituality.

Using classic artist’s works – from Van Gogh and Picasso to Frida Kahlo, along with her own sketchings – Megsie creates a pastiche of wisdom that grapples with the suffering and joys of authenticity and awakening to one’s true self in contemporary life and the yoga path.

Giving life to the surrendering and truth, irrevocable on the path,’The Art of Modern Spirituality’, is a candid yet compassionate and often intelligently comical illustration of the dark and light polarities of the modern spiritual path.

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All copies will be posted out on Feb 14th worldwide

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What you seek is seeking you – Rumi

This full moon eclipse is the last of the Tetrad that began in April last year. It’s been the most powerful awakening since 2012 as far as ‘self’ and relationships go; as the moon and sun have been playing hide and seek in the signs of Aries (self) and Libra (relationships).

runawayI have made this meme, as this eclipse feels like the end of a cycle in growth and these energies have been about an opportunity to let go of identification with self and old beliefs and thought patterns.

This full moon eclipse is unusual because it is not about endings per se, as most full moons are. It is about the new beginnings that are available to us after a process of endings 🙂

Those that have created new destinies and intentions from the heart over this period will breathe a sigh a relief and open their arms to the present joys as this eclipse peaks – this energy reminds me of this verse form the King of Cups:

Two of cups tarot meaningYou are a regenerator, as the card suggests; as you use your emotions inventively, creatively, which evolves into progressive proactive vitality. You are brave but gentle in your emotional life which creates a progressive drama free external life. You are warm and have open arms as you are not coming from a self-centered ambition but a more universal openness.’

Those that are just beginning to let go will experience a revelation or a situation that will give them no choice but to let go or move forward, It’s not quite like the Tower card energies of last April, but it may have a little sting that requires TLC. It feels more like the stage between the Six of swords and the 2 of cups. Being gentle and self compassionate are integral to a successful eclipse time here.

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Ten Of CupsEither way it is an opportunity for riding the waves of authenticity and creating harmony with the people who love you for your highest good. It’s all gearing us towards The Ten of Cups.

As the card depicts, the Ten of Cups is a loving and happy couple that are holding  each other at the waist, but each raise an arm in welcoming the future as individuals. It’s the essence of true love. There is a freedom in affection and lightness of spirit as they enjoy and celebrate their life.

This beginning is opening to you now. The choice is yours 🙂

May you celebrate this Luna eclipse

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Meditation and mindfulness for the workplace Brisbane and Australia Wide
Improving overall productivity and happiness in the workplace from the inside out 

Mediation Works(1)Join the revolution!
Apple and Google, Yahoo!, major law firms and government agencies are now using meditation to create a peaceful, happier and  more effective and productive workplace

West End Therapies, leader in meditation solutions, is now offering a 6 week program to get your workplace quieting the mind and progressing with productivity.

Go to our website now!

We’re an experienced team of meditators dedicated to improving personal and group well being with what we believe to be the essence of yoga: – a traditional meditation philosophy and practice available to everyone.

Proven benefits of meditation:

Research shows that meditation and mindfulness practice have the following positive effects on employees in the workplace environment:
less stress – increased focus – better personal productivity – less conflict – less reactivity – authentic communication and teamwork and an overall calmer environment.

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The darkness had dawned (some 12 years ago)

In that moment all strength had gone, I was crippled, the darkness had dawned in the very core of me and I fell to the floor weeping.

Tarot_Death_by_artmagic99I had been crying for days, the loss was too much, I was left alone, there was nobody left and I had this child, this beautiful child to guide and feed and psychologise and love but I had nothing left. The dream was over.

But this day the grief took hold and I lay in fetal position for 4 hrs in the hall way, a spontaneous weakness, a dark crippling uncontrollable loss of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual control. I fell. Weeping.

Like mini visions between the space of my wretched tears, my entire life flashed before me. I saw every decision, every interaction and every relationship I had ever endured.

I felt each emotion they invoked, I saw their meaning, like a shadow in the backdrop of the activity. Confronted by the stark reality of their truth.

On the fourth hour I began to call to God/Goddess/Universe (who I had abandoned 20 years prior in my adolescence), screaming for answers. This seemed futile, and finally upon the breath I asked in reverence for forgiveness.

Six of swords tarotMy breath took me over and silence filled me. I called out for truth “Please give me  truth, please I will do whatever it takes.” There was a whisper in my ear “you don’t want the truth, it is hard journey, much suffering will occur, you will have to let go, you will have to show yourself”

I spoke back with confidence and determined plea “I want surrender, I want truth, I want to find my soul. I want to live in the ordinariness of truth.  I will do whatever it takes. Anything is better than this.”

Suddenly I was filled with a spontaneous light. A white light had filled my entire body and surrounded me. My mind activity completely ceased and I was laying there in peace and utter stillness.

Colours started filling my vision, strange prisms and circles and spurts of illuminated patterns. No thoughts, just these beautiful and somehow meaningful colours.

The face of Buddha appeared, then Jesus, then Allah, then Mary Magdaline, Yoganunda. and many others that I was not familiar with, but who were like au fait strangers. And so began the paradox of awakening and truth.

Each face presenting itself to me then moving into my mind and flowing into my body. There was no intellectual recognisition, it was just occurring. No judgement, no analysis just a spaciousness, a peace that was expansive and still.

This finally ended and I lay there for some time until a voice whispered in my ear “meditation, you have been wanting to meditate for years, there is no-one  stopping you now. Begin now”

My mind started to return. It told itself that madness had taken me. That I had finally lost the plot. That those who had left me had been sane to do so. That those that had come before me stating ‘you’re crazy’, your’e weird, you’re so different” had been right all along.

But something was different in me, some connectedness to this madness, an acceptance. So I decided in that moment to allow my madness to come forward, “they aint seen nothing yet” , To embrace it and to let it pore out of me. I’d held it in too long.

I went to the computer and Googled ‘meditation” I downloaded a free trial meditation from a place called Centrepoint in America. I listened to it straight away. Immediately I went back into that state of spaciousness, the pure light and no thought. I felt deep intense peace.

I then looked up all the Ascended Masters and Gods and discovered that the ones I had seen in my visions where tangible – their pictures sat before me on the computer like a daydream. Lakshmi, Athena, Isis, Rumi. I felt a union with my so called madness.

The empress tarot meaningI decided I was going to be celibate and alone for one year and dedicate myself to meditation and inner enquiry and to be the most loving, strong and available person to my daughter and all those that came into my life from then on.

And there followed an extraordinary opening, an awakening and an adventure of love and nature and bonding and discovery and perpetual healing that I could never have before imagined.

Needless to say it was transcendental but wrapped in the ordinary, coated in the intensity of pain and joy;  an experience of deeper loving, releasing of anger and shedding, shedding of the ego – this madness that I had been so connected to.

And here the real story begins…to be continued…

The Dark Night of the soul is a time of spiritual cleansing – it happens to many on the path at some stage and it it can happen more than once. its a dark process where the soul seems to leave as the battle of the ego fights for control – Here is a couple of really good articles to help describe further 🙂

The dark night of the soul by Brian Alger                 Dark night of the soul by K Ferlic
The dark night of the soul by Gary Mcgee

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The word yoga comes from sanskrit and literally means ‘union’ or ‘connection; of the individual consciousness or soul with Universal consciousness or spirit.

yoga5Most people in the Western worlds see Yoga as the physical excercise (called Asanas) but this is just a technique to assist us on the path of yoga and these are actually only a superficial aspect of the profound metaphysics of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul that yoga really is.

This is not to discount its significance by any means, as it is a beneficial and beautiful path of yoga. But it is important to establish that it is not yoga itself but a means to.

In Sanskrit, the word ‘yoga’ is used to signify any form of connection. In a philosophical sense, however, yoga means the conscious connection of the limited egoic self with the unlimited, eternal, higher Self.

Therefore, yoga is a process of changing  the  outward flow of energy and consciousness so that the mind becomes a dynamic hub of direct connection  (no longer dependent on the five senses) but, able to see the whole truth. Which is a journey of self realisation.

yoga west end brisbaneMost people worldwide ask them selves the questions: Who am I? Why am I? and How do I realise truth? at sometime in there lives. Often this is done in childhood. In the West we learn to try to find this from outside of us – through status, relationship or some other means.

We are educated with the intrinsic beleif that who we are is found ‘out there somewhere’ rarely are we taught to look in. So, many people when they start asking these question seek from some outer experience and find themselves at some stage unhappy, anxious, confused, moving from relationship to relationship, loveless, unfullfilled, physically in pain or some way disasisfied.

These questions are an important part of yoga and they can be found within; first through self enquiry and various other yoga techniques discussed below.

Awareness is the key to yoga. meditation is the key to awareness. stillness, quietness alongside active participation of love and compassion – Seeking outside oneself is a superficial illusion of  immediate satisfaction, that is unsustainable. Hence the perpetual roller-coaster ride mentioned above.

justice tarot cardThe ego mind must be seen through the eyes of universal intelligence and become integrated with this reality. The unconscious mind is to be realised and seen and energetically and consciously cleansed. Through this process the self can become authentic and non attached to egoic illusions and be in a state of union or connection which induces bliss.

There are many paths and techniques  to attend yoga, to attain union. the aforementioned Asana (yoga poses) are just one of them. Each one is a specialised path to self realisation and yoga bliss.

Hatha yoga – 

Hatha yoga includes postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), purification techniques (shat karmas) energy regulation techniques (mudra and bandha). hatha yoga’s purpose is to purify the body and give us control over its internal state making it fit for meditation – which is the key to higher consciousness.

Karma Yoga

This is selfless services to others as part of one’s larger Self, without attachment to results. Here the ego is given up and therefore diminishes its control and brings us closer to self and our divinity.

Mantra yoga

This is where we center the consciousness within through japa, or the repetition of certain universal root-word sounds representing a particular aspect of Spirit.

Here is a mantra for wisdom protection and enhancing abundance.

Chant it 108 times a day for 40 days and watch vibrational shifts occur 🙂

“Om aim hreem kleem chamundayai vichhe namaha”

Translates to: Infinite awareness knows the one, the many, and she who unites them, transforms them and makes them whole.

yoga 1Bhakti Yoga

Bhakti  is the surrendering of the ego through pure devotion to the universal divine. through which one strives to see and love the divinity in every creature and in everything. In Bhakti ones feels no seperation and it is considered the most direct experience in merging with pure consciousness. 

Jnana Yoga
Jnana yoga is the path of wisdom – in other words applying discriminative wisdom to achieve liberation. otherwise known as right knowledge. Jnana yoga is about direct experience. This is usually achieved by meditation or deep still contemplation letting ego aside.
Raja yoga

This is considered the master of Yoga.  It is a system of Patanjali from the Bbhavad Gita that brings one to self realisation and in direct contact with oneness and universal wisdom. It consists of the Eightfold path as shown below:

  1. Yama (moral conduct): noninjury to others, truthfulness, nonstealing, continence, and noncovetousness
  2. Niyama (religious observances): purity of body and mind, contentment in all circumstances, self-discipline, self-study (contemplation), and devotion to God and guru
  3. Asana: right posture
  4. Pranayama: control of prana, the subtle life currents in the body
  5. Pratyahara: interiorization through withdrawal of the senses from external objects
  6. Dharana: focused concentration; holding the mind to one thought or object
  7. Dhyana: meditation, absorption in the vast perception of Universal intelligence in one of it’s infinite aspects — Bliss, Peace, Cosmic Light, Cosmic Sound, Love, Wisdom, etc. — all-pervading throughout the whole universe
  8. Samadhi: superconscious experience of the oneness of the individualized soul with Cosmic Spirit.   reference

yoga3Yoga is the balancing of our self with the universe. The systems and techniques are designed to help us come closer to our true selves so as to be at peace and live an authentic happier life. Well being is essential to this and these practices may vary in usefulness to each individual.

However meditation, mantra, practice of self enquiry, service to others, asanas and experiential direct experience will allow for the unfolding of awakening. With this we find a true yoga and a self that is enlightened by connection with the beauty of the universe, experiencing sincere unattached joy, peace and love for all sentient beings.

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