The Importance of Holding Space

1516Holding space for someone going through trauma, illness, grief or anything that shocks them out of themselves is vital to their healing. What is this you might ask? Holding space in this context, is simply the act of being there for someone with an open heart, with complete love and without judgment. Being present for them in any way you can…..it can be as simple as just sitting in silence with them or holding their hand. When you come from heart, love and acceptance, the most amazing healing can happen.

I have had the privilege of both being the recipient of and giver in holding space and it is truly amazing the healing that occurs for both the receiver and the giver in these moments.

As some of you may know when I was 6 months pregnant with my first baby, my father passed away very suddenly. This event, shook my world to its core. My father, my love, my soul mate had died and would no longer walk this earth with me…..I found it hard to breath and only held it all together because I had this remarkable life growing inside of me. After a few months, my beautiful Lilli was born 10 days early and I was overwhelmed with love and joy for this angel. Life felt like it was getting back on track. One month after my baby girl blessed my life, my mother passed away. Again, the wind was taken out of me….how, how would I survive this? How could I ever live in a world where the two people who loved me unconditionally had suddenly left me? Who was I? I questioned everything and yes I fell into a state of depression. My world turned grey and I just couldn’t see past my grief and my loss. I knew I had this beautiful baby girl who I loved more than life and I was there for her and I played with her and I cherished her but when we were apart, my life was grey….

When Lilli was about 5 months, my husband, (God I love that man), came to me and said “Deena, there is a mother’s group for new mums not far from us, I think it would be good for you to go to it and get out of the house” I resisted for a while but eventually went and it was the best decision……we met for the first time at the clinic, with a nurse and she discussed the value of these groups etc. We decided as a group to meet every fortnight. I remember thinking when I left, “Geez, will they ever want me back? I’ll just bring the whole group down” but I went back the next fortnight. At this time, I wasn’t doing much talking to anyone and I would go and sit with Lilli and just nod and smile politely but never say a word for fear I would just burst into tears. These remarkable ladies asked me back the next fortnight and kept on asking me back every fortnight after and I would just sit quietly and observe everything that was happening and not say a word. Each time I left I thought, “Why are they asking me back” but their love, kindness and acceptance kept me going back every fortnight. No one ever asked me what was wrong, no one ever judged me, they just accepted me and my Lilli for who we were. After several months of going, I started talking again and I started to see colours in the world again. It was like slowly a veil was lifting, that heavy grey veil was becoming thinner with each visit to my mother’s group. Without knowing, they gave me exactly what I needed, a place to feel loved and accepted for who I was in that exact moment. They held this amazing space for me and I will forever be grateful to them for that. This simple act facilitated the start of my healing process. I often think of those women and say a silent prayer of thanks for the universe bringing them into my life.

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Holding space for someone going through a trauma, or difficult times does not have to be an elaborate gesture, you just need to come from a place of love and acceptance for who they are and the journey that they are on.

Namaste xXx

 

 

Reiki – Connection with the Fae

Reiki is an amazing healing modality and I wanted to share with you some of the beautiful Beings that help me with when I connect with the Reiki energy in a healing session. I will be sharing snippets of sessions from time to time about these experiences.

“It was a cool day, I had placed my crystals for the seesion around the massage table, gridding it. The area was cleansed and energised in preparation for the session. My puppy lay under the massage table and the client on top. faerie-seerAs the session began, my client closed her eyes and I started channelling the reiki energy to her……in a reiki session I cleanse and balance all of the chakras and when I reached the sacral chakra, a beautiful, elegant faerie came in and bowed to me and I to her in mutual respect and honour. She then proceeded to look at the chakra which was a dirty orange colour and shook her head, she pulled out a little potion bottle and put a drop of its contents into the chakra, it immediately started to become a clearer orange colour. This beautiful being shook her head again, dropped another drop into it and my client’s chakra became a brilliant orange and was spinning beautifully; her chakra was now opened, balanced and clear. The faerie smiled, turned to me, we again bowed to each other, I thanked her for her help and off she went.”

After the session, I relayed step by step, what had happened, my client was so touched and excited by this experience as she always believed in faeries but had never had any contact with them. She was overwhelmed with emotions and felt deeply honoured that the faerie came to help with her healing. In her words “I feel cherished by this experience”.

If ever confirmation was needed that faeries exist, this is it, all you need to do is be open and ask for their help.

These are just some of the beings that I work with in my reiki sessions. I am always amazed, deeply grateful and honoured when I receive guidance and assitance from Spiritual Guides, Faeries, Totem Animals and other Beings in healing sessions. In the coming weeks and months I will reveal more exciting and life altering experiences my clients and I have had during our reiki sessions.

Blessings, Deena xXx

Faerie Image: http://fairysource.com/

Hello 2014!!

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Abundant Blessing to you all for 2014! May your dreams and hopes become a reality. Today 1sty Jan 2014 is a New Moon, time to set your intentions for the month and the year ahead. What are you wanting to create in 2014???

Love to all xxx

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New Moon, New Year 2014

As we are approaching the end of the year, 2013, the year of the water snake, we start to take stock of the year ahead and start to think of things that we would like to change, of how far we have come and all that we are grateful for.
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This Snake year has been incredible and powerful. It has been about either guiding, nudging, pushing and/ or forcing us all out of our comfort zones.  It has been about fully shedding that which no longer serves us, that which no longer aligns with our heart, with our spirit, with our soul…..for me this year has been all about honouring myself, my soul which has made me make some really tough decisions. I have had friendships, partnerships end but I have also had friendships and partnerships thrive! In all of the decisions I have made this year, I have done it with the thought, “how does this sit with me? How does this feel in my heart, mid and gut?’ When all of these 2 have been together in harmony, I knew the decision no matter how tough was the right one. This year has taught me how to stand up for myself and not let people take me for granted…..
This year has also had some amazing moments! My youngest started school this year. He has absolutely thrived and loved every minute of it. My eldest has made a great group of friends and finally feels happy at school. I started my business Eternal Energy Gems! I was attuned to Reiki and am now a Reiki Practitioner. I have made some amazing friends and have reconnected with old ones. I saw one of my sisters who I haven’t seen in years. We celebrated my hubby’s 40th this year. When I think back of all of these amazing moments and feel so blessed and grateful for every single experience. Take a moment and think about your 2013. Think about or write down all of the things you are grateful for, all of the challenges and experiences you had, give thanks for them, for the lessons learnt and truly integrate them into your being.
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So now that we have reflected on the year that was it is time to set our sites on the upcoming year, 2014. Now is the prefect time to start, it is time to plan your year ahead, time to write out what you want for 2014. Think about how you want to feel in 2014; what you want to achieve; what are the things that enrich your life and make it fulfilling and vibrant and make you feel rich?  When the New Moon is high in the sky, read these intentions out to the Universe, feel them, experience them as though they have already been fulfilled, claim them!! For 2014 the first new moon will be on the 1st Jan! How incredibly exciting and powerful!! How perfect for setting your intentions for the New Year.
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Namaste, Deena xXx

Beltane

BeltaneSouthern Hemisphere Date: Oct 31

Northern Hemisphere Date: May 1st

 

 

 

 

Here are some Beltane facts, I thought were interesting.

  • Celebrated approximately halfway between Vernal (Spring) equinox and the Midsummer (Summer Solstice). A cross-quarter festival.  Beltane traditionally marked the arrival of summer.
  • Beltane translated means “fire of Bel” or “bright fire” – the “bale-fire”.  Bel (Beli, Belinus, Belenos) is the known as the bright and shinning one, a Celtic Sun God.
  • This is the festival of the Great Rite – of sexual union between Goddess and God.
  • Beltane is the second principal Celtic festival (the other being Samhain). Beltane and Samhain divide the year into its two primary seasons, winter (Dark Part) and summer (Light Part).  As Samhain is about honoring Death, Beltane, is about honoring Life. It is the time when the sun is fully released from his bondage of winter and able to rule over summer and life once again.
  • Beltane, like Samhain, is a time when the veils between the two worlds are at their thinnest.  It is the time when the Faeries return from their winter hiatus, carefree and full of faery mischief.
  • This is the time when the brilliant red flowers of the Flame Trees highlight Australian forests and gardens.

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I breathe in the fire of the sun!

This world is alive, and I am alive with it!

The fire in my heart is a Beltane fire, A fire raging with passion and purpose!

Today I honor the sun, And the movement of the earth. The Earth Mother provides, And the Sky Father encourages New life on the land.

This is the moment to remember That even while I practice in solitude I am a living being, interconnected with all life.

I am the tree. I am the river. I am of the earth, growing into fullness, Supported by the Kindred.

Hail, the fire of Beltane!

(Poem from the Solitary Druids Fellowship)

 

Beltane Blessings Gorgeous Souls xXx

Spring is Here!!

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tumblr_mjytreZc3m1qerkovo1_500Here in Australia it is Spring time!

Spring is my favourite season. It represents the renewal of life, re-birth – ahhhhh! Flowers start blooming and baby animals are born. It is such a beautiful season where everything seems to come alive.

It is also a time when we do alot of cleaning and clearing out of clutter, refreshing our surroundings and preparing ourselves for the hot Summers days and nights. My hubby and I are embarking on a detox to help clear out our bodies and make them whole and strong :) Bliss!

It is also the Spring Equinox here in Australia. The Equinoxes are the balancing points in the cycle of the seasons, where day and night are equal in length. The equinoxes remind us of harmony and to be in harmony with the whole.

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To celebrate Spring here at Eternal Energy Gems, we are having a Springtime Market tonight Sunday 22nd Sept @ 7:30pm (Australian time). Please feel free to come along to our FaceBook page and check out the goodies available for sale! Here is the link to the album and some pics for you.

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New Moon in September 2013

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New Moon Blessings! The New Moon is the perfect time to set intentions, desires and goals.
This New Moon is in Virgo and the question Virgo asks us is “Do we know who we are?” Well, this couldn’t be a more perfect question for me at this moment. For me, this Virgo New Moon, is bringing together all I have been learning and growing into. There have been so many major shifts this year, that we have all expereinced, but for me I feel layers shedding, peeling away to reveal me, my authentic self. Do you feel that too?
With these powerful shifts has come such deep healing. Tears have been shed that have been held onto for far too long. Tears for the loss of my mother. Grief that has been held onto for 9 yrs is finally being released. In its place, honour, gratitude and love pours forth not only for my mother but also for the healing that is happening within me. How beautiful, how delicious, how incredibly humbling and nurturing.
With this in mind, my intentions for this New Moon will be to continue to heal, to continue to spread love and joy to others, to continue combining my passion and work with service and to continue being my authentic self.
Namaste xXx