A visit from my dog

Published January 18, 2017 by Metaphysicalmusings

As a medium, I’m open to and welcome visits from spirits during meditation and when I’m open to it.

Last night I was doing a quick chakra clearing meditation with toning by Dean Evenson. I really like the toning because I can actually feel the sounds in my chakras as I’m making them.

Anyway, while I was in my heart chakra and picturing my beautiful green canopy of trees I always see while I’m clearing my heart chakra, I recognized an energy that came into the room with me. My yellow lab, Joey.

Joey passed away the day after I had a miscarriage in 2012. I remember I was off work because of the miscarriage and Joey had just got out of surgery and I was lying on the floor cuddling him most of the day. He was sick, but I think he knew I was upset and we were there for each other.

It was nice to feel him again. I don’t know if any other mediums experience this, but when an energy shows up for me, and I recognize the energy signature, I cry. My grandma comes, I cry. My dog comes, I cry.

I guess it’s just the intensity of the emotions that I felt for them when they were here on earth. What a fitting time for a dog to wander into my meditation though. Just as I’m thinking the phrase, “I give and receive unconditional love.” No wonder he showed up. ūüôā

Teaching our children about limitless potential through stories

Published January 14, 2017 by Metaphysicalmusings

One of my favourite pleasures in life is reading bedtime stories to my son. It’s good for us to wind down together, and his vocabulary is expanding by leaps and bounds. He recognizes letters and numbers and he’s a heck of a counter, but I digress!

I like to think about what I’m reading him and what the morals are teaching him. One story he and I really like is Scuffy the Tugboat. I was taking a harder look at Scuffy the other day and what he teaches us, and now I’m wondering if I really do like Scuffy as much as I thought.

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Let me take you into the story. Meet Scuffy, a toy tugboat who is not content with sailing around a bathtub because he is “meant for bigger things.” So far so good, Scuffy. You are aware of your infinite potential! Good job.

The man who owns the toy shop and his little boy take Scuffy to a brook, where he quickly takes off and travels along many different waterways, a brook, a stream, a river and eventually the ocean where he gets quite scared and wishes he was back with the man and the little boy because the ocean is too scary for him. Low and behold, just as he is about to sail off into the ocean and he’s wishing for the man and the little boy, they scoop him up and take him back home where he is content to be in the bathtub. Wait, what?

I get the lesson that you should stay with your parents and not take off. That’s a good one, but I think it teaches us that when you get scared and hit a fear block, you shouldn’t try to conquer it. You should just go back to your bathtub and be content to settle into mediocrity. Oh no, Scuffy. You had such potential.

I think with kids it’s so important to impart spirituality and lessons in consciousness when they are young. I want my son to know that his potential is limitless and that the world is his oyster. The only limits in life are the ones that you place on yourself. If you can dream it, you can do it. Clich√©, but true.

There are so many reasons that you are the bomb dot com (did I just say that? Oh well. Proud 90’s child here). We can take goals and crush them. We can either allow others to limit us or we can power through those blocks we encounter and push on through. We are amazing, strong co-creators of our lives.

I think a better example of resilience and belief in oneself is The Little Engine That Could. She’s just a little blue engine, and after the big strong engines have left the dolls and toys high and dry, she’s their only hope. She’s never been over the mountain, but she thinks she can, she thinks she can, she thinks she can (LOL). She gets over the mountain with the dolls and toys and saves the day and as she puffs down the mountain she says, “I thought I could, I thought I could, I thought I could.”

That’s better. She believed it and she did it.

Maybe I’m taking too much time to think about the stories I’m reading my child, but I just thought that at the end, Scuffy was a little bit disempowering. You go out, you get scared, you settle for the status quo.

I get the lesson about gratitude for what you have, and that’s a good one in Scuffy’s book, but I think it could have been done in a more empowering way.

Just thought I’d share that with you today. What do you think?

When they’re gone, they’re not lost. Love transcends the earth experience!

Published January 12, 2017 by Metaphysicalmusings

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I am so honoured to be a medium. I’m so glad that I can help others receive messages that inspire closure, comfort and clarity.¬† The bulk of the messages I receive from deceased loved ones are related to love and gratitude. My clients are often thanked for the time they took to care for someone who was ill, are told not to grieve and to be happy. They are asked to know that the person is now free from the bonds of the earth existence. I actually¬†often hear¬†Spirit say, “I can’t wait for you to get here,” or “wait until you see this!”. Another one I hear is that “I can hear you talking to me,” or “keep talking to me. I’m not really gone!”

When we leave this “earth experience” and return to our essence which is energy we are unlimited in our potential. We can be many places at once and we are our essential core selves: love at the level of being.

Our energetic bodies are pure love. We radiate love and reflect love and send it out to the world. We support each other as part of the collective consciousness and the bonds of love formed in life on earth transcend the boundaries of time/space and dimension.

I think this is a good way to explain the phenomenon of Soulmates, or Twin Flames as they’re called in the New Age circle. You have an energetic signature and so do I. I believe that this is how we recognize each other when we move on to the next place. I also believe that here on earth when we meet someone we feel like we have known forever, that gut feeling is a reaction to the energetic signature of the person we are talking to and an indication that we have been with this soul in a past life. There’s a flicker of recognition, and it’s something which is very special to experience.

Your loved ones are not lost or out of reach. They are active in your life, they can hear you when you speak to them, they can hear you when you think of them. Although, they may not be physically present, they are still spiritually present, sending you love and support from their level. Assisting you to cope with your grief and holding your hand.

If you are saying to yourself right now, “yeah. Okay, Amanda. I can’t communicate with my loved ones,” try setting the intention that you will see this person in a dream or invite them to communicate with you, whether it’s a sign (some people have animals they see frequently, or feathers appear, repetitive numbers appear, cards or letters appear), a scent (often I hear of clients who can smell their relatives – I frequently have this experience with my grandma and grandpa. My grandma smells like Elizabeth Arden’s Blue Grass. My grandfather smells like cigarette smoke). They can knock things over, and move things. It’s amazing what we can actually see when we bring these intentions into our awareness.

Remember that the bonds we make in life of love in its purest form at the level of being persist. When we leave these bodies and return to our source we are pure love, pure bliss and pure joy.

We’re not lost. We’re free.

 

 

Your past doesn’t define your future… unless you let it.

Published January 9, 2017 by Metaphysicalmusings

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Today, I thought I’d take a couple minutes to talk about your past and more importantly, the choice that you make to release the past in order to improve the future.

Know that your past does not equal your future, and take some time to forgive and release issues from the past. Forgive others and yourself with compassion. Remember that people are doing the best they can from their current level of consciousness.

The past can be empowering or disempowering, what makes the distinction between these two options is the choice that you make.

Either you can dwell on the past and how it has damaged you, or you can rise above the situations that occurred, brush yourself off, raise your head and walk confidently into the future knowing that the experiences have taught you valuable lessons about yourself, others and compassion and humanity.

In meditation, when there is someone you have to forgive, imagine them in your mind’s eye. As difficult as it is, tell them that you forgive them. Sometimes our beef from the past is with ourselves. Maybe we didn’t handle something as well as we could have, or there’s something that we’ve done that’s not up to our personal standards.¬† When this happens, picture yourself in meditation and forgive yourself. Tell the image in your head, “[your name here], I forgive you. I realize now that you were doing the best you could based on your current level of consciousness. I am grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and I release you with love”.

The more you practice this meditation technique, the more you will feel yourself let go of the experiences in your past. You will feel empowered by the past, rather than dragged down by it. Focus upon your strengths and use the momentum of the knowledge that you are the co-creator of your existence to propel yourself forward with ease and grace.

Your past does not create your future, unless you make a choice to dwell there. Move on and move up!

The week I lost myself: how to get out of a negativity loop.

Published January 8, 2017 by Metaphysicalmusings

e9aa0ada64dd993fd2e89c856d235ce9It’s been a tough week. I’ve been stuck in a negativity loop, but I’m pleased to report that I’m pulling myself out. I’m finally feeling much better.

I felt disconnected most of this week, to the point where I cancelled some readings.¬† I want my clients to get the absolute best experience possible from their readings and I didn’t feel like I was up to snuff. I was lost!

This happens to all of us. Something happens that we don’t like and we start to feel disempowered, especially when it’s something that is outside of our perceived realm of control. When it feels like we are stuck between a rock and a hard place with no means to get out and we are so upset, frustrated and disappointed that we just get stuck on that same loop of anger and disempowerment, which lowers our vibrational frequency.

How did I get out of it? On Thursday, I felt like I was pretty close to physically hitting someone, I was so upset. Those of you who know me, know that isn’t me. I’m a positive and happy person about 80% of the time.¬† After a really hard run on Thursday evening, followed by an hour of meditation, I cleared my mind and had a plan on how I was going to deal with the situation. Once I sat down and thought about forgiveness and gratitude and remembered what was really important, everything came back into focus and I was back on track again.

Friday was a more successful day. At least I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, took my plan of action and was much better for it. These negativity loops happen to all of us. The key is knowing how to break your own negativity cycle and I think it’s different for everyone.

Are you negative? Take these steps to turn it around:

  1. Get Moving – physical movement can really help you put things into perspective. If walking’s your thing, get outside and wander around at a brisk pace. If you’re into running, go for a run. Focus on the energy that is flowing through your body and remember your balance in the universe. Remember that you are balanced between Mother Earth and Father Sky. Feel the energy flowing through your body in a figure eight between your crown chakra at the top of your head and your root chakra at the base of your spine. Remember this divine flow as you get your body moving.
  2. Assess the “size” of the problem – How “big” is this problem and can you do anything to change it? Can you come up with some sort of a compromise to solve the problem or can you put it into perspective? Remember that you are never stuck and that there is ALWAYS a way out. Think about this and remember that you are part of something so much bigger than this Earth experience. Remember that there is nothing to fear in this moment, and ask how you will feel about this problem 10 days from now. Will you still be thinking about it then? How about a year from now, or five or ten years from now? Does that put it into perspective? It should!
  3. Ask why this situation is bothering you – could it be related to a larger problem? – Stick with me here. Is what’s happening and your reaction due to some old beliefs or part of a larger issue for you? Is the belief something you can change? Is it that this may be a situation that is no longer serving you and you have to release?¬† Take steps to release the situation if it is no longer serving you.¬† See if you can work on forgiveness, releasing or changing your beliefs. Ask yourself some questions.
  4. What can you learn from this situation or how can you use it to grow? – Here’s where we really start to raise our frequency again and turn things around for the better. The good news usually is that this situation is temporary! We are not bound by it forever and we can use those wonderful brains of ours to come up with a solution. Hey – this is where we remember that we are in control of our lives! Yay us! What can you learn from this situation? You can learn how to solve a new problem, you can learn about your own beliefs, you can learn about the other people involved and how to work with these people in the future or you can learn what does and does not serve you. Just the identification of things that do and do not serve you is proof of all of the growth you are doing and your commitment to taking care of yourself by taking control. Who’s in the driver’s seat of your life? You are!
  5. Daily Spiritual Practice – Whatever it is. We’re non-denominational here at Metaphysical Musings. Whether you believe in God, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, etc. go to that place within yourself. My Daily Spiritual Practice is meditation. It clears my mind (and my chakra system) and nothing else seems to matter after I’m done. It put things into perspective for me and clears out my mind. I really notice when I don’t take the time for practice because my shoulders seem to be up at my ears!

Take those steps and you’ll be on your way out of that negativity loop in no time.

Remember, what we think about manifests, so try and get yourself out of that negativity loop as soon as you¬†can to avoid attracting more negativity to you. Remember also that you’re always in control.

Book Review: Silence – The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise

Published December 30, 2016 by Metaphysicalmusings
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I finished Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise a couple of weeks ago, but I’m reading it again now. Yes, it was that good. I’d like to do a series of blog posts around the ideas in this book because the information enclosed in this little beauty is just so darn valuable.

I love Thich Nhat Hanh. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I am ALWAYS referencing Peace Is Every Step because that book changed my life. Hanh writes about mindfulness and the importance of being present in the moment. Silence in particular is about all of the noise in our lives, most importantly, what Hanh calls “Radio NST” or Radio Non-Stop Talk. This is our inner dialogue which often takes away from our ability to be silent.

We are living in a digital age and we are blogging and sharing more than ever before, as it happens, in real time. Hanh says:

We can feel lonely even when we’re surrounded by many people. We are lonely together. There is a vacuum inside us. We don’t feel comfortable with that vacuum, so we try to fill it up or make it go away. Technology supplies us with many devices that allow us to “stay connected,” but we continue to feel lonely. We check incoming e-mail and social media sites multiple times a day. We email or post one message after another. We want to share; we want to receive. We busy ourselves all day long in an effort to connect.

So many of us are afraid to be alone and silent within ourselves. It’s not only the connections that lie outside you that matter. Not to discount the importance of your connection with other people, because it is important, but it is equally important to be alone with yourself. The more we distract ourselves, the more of our lives we are going to miss.

This book is full of great advice like that, and like I said, I’ll get into deeper detail in a series of blog posts with the teachings from this book. The book is only about 186 pages, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, enough that I knew I’ll read it again and again. After all, I’m currently on round two, and enthusiastically sticking flags in my copy to highlight all of the passages I want to discuss.

The book has a beautiful energy that emanates from it as you hold it in your hands. The advice is practical and applicable to even the busiest of¬†lives. You don’t need to be a monk on a mountaintop to be mindful and to find enlightenment. You can find it in the every day. You can do walking meditations, or just take some time out of the day for mindful breathing to find your center and stop worrying about things, and waiting for certain conditions to occur which will make you happy. You can choose happiness now.

Mindfulness gives you the inner space and quietness that allow you to look deeply, to find out who you are and what you want to do with yoru life. You won’t feel the need to make yourself run after meaningless pursuits anymore. You’ve been running, looking for something, because you think that thing is crucial for your peace and happiness. You push yourself to achieve this and that condition so that you can be happy. You believe you don’t have enough conditions to be happy right now, and so you develop the habit many people have, of constantly running after one thing after another. “I cannot be peaceful now, I cannot stop and enjoy things now, because I need more conditions before I can be happy.” You actually stifle the natural joie de vivure that is your birthright. But life is full of wonders, including wonderous sounds. If you can be here, if you can be free, then you can be happy right here and right now. You don’t have to run anymore.

Silence – Thich Nhat Hanh p. 15-16

If you are interested in learning more about mindfulness and ways to apply it to your life, and to find out more of the power of silence in a noisy world, check this book out. Like I said, Thich Nhat Hanh has really changed my life. I love him. You can’t go wrong with this book (It sells at Chapters for $17.93. I’m not sure why Amazon has it listed for $56. Ouch!).

Enjoy!

Be gentle with yourself

Published December 16, 2016 by Metaphysicalmusings

This is a great message for card of the day, especially at this time of year when we are running around frantically trying to complete our mile long list of to do items, and find the perfect gifts for everyone on our list. 

The full moon was also just here so the energy is still running high from that as well. 

This card reminds us to be gentle with ourselves. It reminds us to nurture our inner children and see the world with wonder. It’s about not taking life too seriously. Comfort yourself in the knowledge that you are doing the best you can and that you are pretty amazing. 

Take a moment for peace and breath today and remember your connection to the earth. Get outside and really look at something in a new way. Sometime a perspective shift is really all you need!

Happy Friday!