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When Megsie met Sally

One begins to serve others spontaneously, as one’s identity begins to expand. –  Sally

I remember the day I met Sally; it was a barmy Sunday afternoon, a quiet and relaxed atmosphere in the air.

I went to visit a friend to share a meal and as I walked in, I tripped on the beveled floor boards with a thud, hitting my toe and announced “OUCH, I’m post punk darling, I don’t wear my steel caps anymore, like I did back in the 80’s. OUCH, what’s that bloody floor board doing there?”

Sally, a stranger at the time, soon appeared from her room. The moment I saw her time slowed down and I could hear myself telling her a lengthy story about the day I had a mystical experience 12 years before hand” I was like a shadow of myself, removed, watching from a distance; enduring my own voice, timeless, lucid and totally aware of her presence. She was with me in every syllable, calm, entirely present and luminous to some part of me that remained alert. It felt magnificent.

I had no idea what had happened that afternoon and as I drifted into the evening’s reflective contemplation I was left  none the wiser. I did however feel deeply blessed, with a gnawing feeling that I had met a Life teacher. But, as the months passed and I got to know Sally a little better, I realised I had been in the presence of an extraordinary human being, a deeply conscious and compassionate women who has Self realised AND is a beautiful artist.

 

Interview with Sally Adnams Jones

When I do my own work, I love to use images of growth in nature. This helps me externalize the transformation I feel occurring in my soul. – Sally Adnams Jones

Megsie :

Hello Darling! Thank you Sally for taking the time to chat with us at DEEP.

I’m really excited! Your knowledge and deep insight into the arts, as well as spiritual wisdom, is extraordinary and I feel very privileged to have this opportunity. You have quite a fascinating story. So can you give us a short introduction of yourself? I believe you are an arts educator working at the University of Victoria, Canada but are currently dedicated to writing books on this topic – at what point did you realise this was yr path and how did you transition?

Sally:

Thanks for your time Megsie and for your generous introduction. Yes I am an artist, and teach and write about how art and creative practices transform us. I grew up in Africa in a creative family and loved all the arts from a young child. I was also drawn early to spiritual practices including yoga and meditation.

I soon noticed that both creative and meditative practices were transformative. I then went on to study how transformation occurs, and researched particularly how creativity transforms us for my PhD. Some of my art shows this human transformation through biological or ecological visual metaphors.

I have worked in several communities with art therapy , including wood carving with indigenous Canadians, architectural mosaic work in Australia, and mandala work in the tradition of Jungs depth psychology.

My book on art making with refugees and survivors of global traumas comes out in March 2018. This book shares stories about making art with those who have lived through war, genocide, tsunami, climate change, pandemic, gang warfare, poverty etc. It explains exactly how art can heal trauma.

Megsie :

What are you seeking to portray in your work? What is fundamental to your art practice/education – your philosophy and your approach?

Sally:

When I do my own work, I love to use images of growth in nature. This helps me externalize the transformation I feel occurring in my soul. I also do my own visual dream work or spontaneous expression from the subconscious in order to understand myself more deeply.   Read the rest of the interview here..

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It’s that time of the year again where we get to review, renew and delve into pleasure, leisure and maybe even some proactive healing to start off the new year – So I am offering discounts on rituals and tarot as a gift for the support and blessing for this year 2017.

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Tarot reading discounts
One question normally $30 now $20
Love tarot normally $50 now $40
Ten card Celtic cross normally $65 now $50

Click here for a discounted tarot reading or ritual

The one question reading is a precise and concise answer to a question you have on your mind that requires a direct answer and is the most affordable tarot card reading.

The love tarot is a five card reading: past present, future, other person and obstacles/positives. It is a thorough reading with a minimum of ten paragraphs.

A ten card spread and the most well known throughout history. It has survived so long because the layout of the cards is simple, but powerful. A strong energy has built up around this spread as it has been in use by so many people over the years.

Ritual  uses natural resources and connection to spirit to energetically create positive shifts in our lives.  

I use only white (positive) energies and natural resources and will never cast a ritual with negative intent or onto another person.

As a pagan I have experienced and attend to the philosophy of the laws of three and therefore will never do a ritual or spell that effects the free will of a person other then who the ritual is being cast for

– I will never do return a love ritual – as I feel this interferes with free will.

However, I can do healing rituals to remove negative energies and karmic chords between you and another – but again I work from the person not the other.

Rituals  work from inside out. This means that a ritual may bring up inner issues to resolve and heal as the magic creates changes on the outer life.

mandalaFor each ritual I will connect with spirit and draw a mandala – each mandala is unique –  will send you a photo of the Mandala for you to print out and hang somewhere special for you to connect with the energies of the ritual.

I will also use the mandala in the fire ritual  – often there is a spirit present in the ritual (see picture) – usually faerie spirits come through but sometimes unicorns and such like. I will take a photo of this also and send to you so you can explore the spirit on your own terms 🙂

Love rituals are very powerful and can bring an abundance of love into your life. It is often with a ritual like this that many people will be attracted to you.

Much healing can occur in this period. But the soul you are meant to be with will become very obvious and clear as the energies manifest. I offer a general love spell to improve love in your life and a full soulmate ritual.

moon33Money problems can be shifted with a ritual to remove obstacle and can bring money coming in from unusual sources.

I include a safe guard in these ritual so that the effect is harmonious and coming from good source not a negative source.

Prosperity can be shifted with a prosperity spell. This ritual is designed to create general prosperity.

It creates a path to unusual synchroncities and openness in you to experience the ever present opportunities that are surrounding you.

full moon fairy love sopell

The clearing spell I designed works on deep levels to clear karmic and current life energies that may be stopping you from moving forward successfully in all areas of life.

This is recommended if things have not being going well in any area of your life and can increase possibilities of prosperity and greater flow and happiness.

It is a very healing period and many things and people that no longer serve you may leave your life during this cleansing process.

Love, money and prosperity ritual spells take me about an hour and soulmate and cleansing spells take anywhere up to two hrs.

I spend one or two days collecting natural resources and meditating on the ritual and general preparation. Most rituals will be conducted within 4 days of ordering.

Rituals take approximately 3 to 6 months to take full effect. They begin almost immediately with an increase in dreams, inner sensations, and healing events occurring seemingly out of nowhere.

Click here for a discounted tarot reading or ritual

 

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Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely – Albert Einstein

three of wands tarotWands in Tarot are of the minor arcana, they represent fire  – the life force, creativity, spirit. 3’s represent growth, movement and expansion.

Here we see a voyager cloaked in the travel robes standing at the top of a mountain with his back to his past, looking into the distant waters (future).

He has moved from the Two of wands, the stage of intentional focus and activity.  He is now holding on firmly to the third wand. Ready for clear focused action.

We see a bright yellow sky and distant lands. This indicates that he is about to head to a foreign land or to a place he has never explored, somewhere entirely new, full of opportunity.

The 3rd wand is symbolic here, it represents the fire – the will, that is required to move forward. Notice how the two wands of the past are firmly grounded behind him, but not necessary to take with him. He has truly moved from the stage of the two of wands, from the past.

He has reached the top of the mountain and is observing his plans from a larger view. His vision is expansive as he watches the ships come and go (trade, business, movement). He is standing firm and steady which represents the readiness for an adventure into the unknown.

liberation 3 of wandsThis card is infused with a steady sense of liberation. Whatever you have been focusing on is ready for its fruition. It omens success and good fortune, a spring in the step and an energy of confidence in the impending adventures.

This card is often related to travel and new horizons. Yet, one that has the backing of a well established sense of intention and decision making.

In love or relationship, the 3 of wands is a positive affirmation. It symbolises growth and development within the relationship. In an acquiescent and prosperous love relationship a feeling of liberation is ever present. This card signifies a time of expansion within a relationship. It could mean a commitment or a proposition of some kind. A declaration that sets the relationship to higher spiritual level. There is the promise of great happiness in this union.

3 of wands loveIt could literally mean a love formed with someone from a distant land and you are deciding where to go from here. If so it signifies that you will be able to be together. That a decision will be made whereby you will be together.

Alternately, it could be pointing to someone who is unlike anyone you have met previously. Creating feelings or growth that have not been experienced in your prior love relations. Usually a spiritual love. One that gives you the space to expand, express and live deeply in your authenticity. It is a YES card for a love query.

If you have been in or have moved out of an an unhealthy relationship or have been wanting to leave the 3 of Wands is a green light card – It will often omen a person of a different culture – a person who has learned the lessons from unhealthy relationship is here to show you a different way.

In business or projects it often portends success in overseas or foreign trade. It could be referring to a new business, that is foreign to you. But, often it is the go ahead for an opportunity that will arise from a distant land. It is affirming that this will be an opportunity for growth and diversity within your current ambitions.

authenticity 3 of wands

Spiritually the 3 of wands wants you to pat yourself on the back. You will or could be experiencing inner pearls that will be expanding your sense of authenticity and will be seeing tangible results. With the 3rd wand held in your hand, you should be able to experience an integrated sense of fulfillment, Almost as though the wand is magic.

It is not, well it is, but it has come about from the work you have put in since the two of wands met you on your path. The 3rd wand is very much a manifestation of the inner work you have undergone. A tool that you have mastered and now can use to help you move through the new life you have created for yourself. You can trust your inner language, your intuition and your self .

Warm blessing

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.

Click here to purchase a copy

All copies will be posted out on Feb 14th worldwide

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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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