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Easter Reflections

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This message, Easter Reflections comes from writer and artist, Renata, who I met in Canada last year. The background art that the words have been printed on is also by Renata, and represents the Divine Mercy—blood and water, love and forgiveness, flowing from Christ’s heart.

As Easter rolls around for another year, may we pause to reflect on what this means to us. If you asked me to reflect on Easter, I might have shared fond childhood memories spent with my cousins on a farm in the Riverland. Or recounted a happy occasion inland from Karratha, where our three young sons, hubby and I shared a picnic alongside a riverbed. Floating Easter eggs downstream, the boys would wait at the bottom of a short waterfall and catch them.

While many may go camping, devour a chocolate egg or two, and feast on a few hot cross buns with the view to celebrate and enjoy some time away from their busy life schedules, there is a deeper introspection that we may like to ponder.

It is said Easter is the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Christ. Some have even renamed Easter as Resurrection Day. What’s interesting to me, is scripture says Jesus died on the cross and came back to life. Don’t we see the same cycles in nature, with birth, death and rebirth throughout the seasons? I see our human life as the same, we learn and grow through cycles—for example: birthing new projects, seeing them to completion, before beginning anew.

I feel it is humbling to remain open to various viewpoints and listen beyond judgment. May you enjoy the read, and share your thoughts with Renata in the comments section below. What does Easter mean to you?

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle♥

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2017 Year of the Rooster

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Chinese astrology is said to be more than 5000 years old, and 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. It’s China’s longest and most important holiday of their year, and spans 2 weeks.

Were you were born 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 or 2005? If so, you are said to be kind-hearted, loyal, beautiful, hard-working, honest, and sometimes gullible, arrogant and wild.

It didn’t surprise me to read that this is not a year to take risks, and to be clear with our intentions regarding career, money and love. After last year’s intense energies—it was a Monkey year—it makes sense to be wiser and listen to our internal guidance.

Unlike a 9-year numerological cycle, the Chinese year follows a 12-year cycle that is represented by various animals.

Here’s a couple of fun facts:

  • The rooster is the only bird in the Chinese zodiac

  • The rooster is also known as the chicken or the cock

  • The map of China is shaped like a rooster

  • It’s considered good luck to cleanse the home at the beginning of the Chinese New Year—that’s January 28—to ward off any present stale chi, and invite luck into the home and its occupants.

  • During the festival people greet each other with auspicious phrases, sharing the vibe of good luck… what a great idea!

For further fun facts head to Google.

For every animal year, there is also an accompanying element. 2017 is the element of fire and is yang. It’s energy is masculine and attributes much enthusiasm and creativity—good for writers, okay, all creatives! ahem… It’s also associated with the colour red = lucky. The opposite is it can highlight aggression and impatience.

Interestingly, one of the organs associated with the element of fire is the heart. Friends and I recently chatted about the importance of communicating from a heart space, instead of the head. And too, being heart-centred in business instead of being focused on the money.

The last Year of the Rooster in the element of fire was 1957. So, if you’re like me and haven’t experienced this yet, we can expect to fulfill our dreams when we’re prepared to do the work.

What work will you be doing? Do you feel you have a clear direction and you’re just going for it? Or, will you wait and see where life takes you? Were you born in the year of the rooster? Share in the comments below.

Will you be like the rooster and strut your stuff? — With confidence not arrogance, of course 😉

Nourish your spirit. Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle ♥



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Spring Writing Prompts

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Grevillea Morning Dew ~ LM

‘Spring’ was the theme for the Write to Know Self regular gathering this month. It was a magical day seemingly sprinkled with fairy dust. Set against a backdrop of duo-toned blue sea and sky the creative juices flowed.

The Write to Heal Essential Oil Blend filled our senses with confidence and inspiration, while the spring writing prompts stretched our minds to connect, create and communicate.

We began with a series of journaling prompts from Rachel Naomi Remen MD—taken from a TED talk I watched several years ago. I loved her suggestion, to rewind the days events and bring more meaning to our everyday world.

The first writing prompt was to write about, ‘What surprised you’ on the first day of spring?

The second writing prompt asked, ‘What touched your heart’ on the first day of spring?

The third writing prompt invited us to explore, ‘What inspired you’ on the first day of spring?

While each was able to express a surprise and something that touched their heart, not all felt inspired. I admired the raw honesty of their shared truth. For inspiration is not something we can demand and often appears when we least expect it.

Rosemary Fresh Shoots ~ LM

We contemplated some famous quotes:

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” ~ Robin Williams

You can cut all the flower but you cannot keep spring from coming ~ Pablo Neruda

And this one from Richard Dawkins gave us all pause for thought…

Isn’t it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be part of it?

And thanks to Marg Thomas from my previous Ridge Writers group Mirboo North, Victoria we were blessed to imagine her ‘Trilogy of Haikus for Spring’…

Spring’s Contrast…

Harsh gales bite faces,

Newly warm sun splits clouds;

Everywhere shoots sprout.

Spring’s Surprise…

Weeds tall as Triffids,

Nestled in tight, a bud lives,

A new day’s promise.

Spring’s Work…

Sore back, dirty nails,

Fragrant loam trickles in shoes,

Small plants, new colours.

~ ©Marg Thomas 2011

We wrote prose about the word ‘freedom’… for some this represented transport, for others it was about escape.

Today I feel content to simply be

the freedom is in the choice to be free

a state of mind devoid of all difficulty ~ LM

To complete the spring-theme session we were guided on a visualisation to enter our mind and discover what may wish to spring forth from it’s dormancy.

Have you ever written a Haiku? What would you like to spring forth in your world?

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Leanda Michelle ♥


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Writing Games

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Writing games and games of all varieties are good for the child within us all. While some games are competitive in nature I prefer those that are joy-filled and fun.

The sparkle-time game that I wrote about in my eBook Write to Heal is one these… a game to play with a group of friends, that may enlighten and brighten on a cold wintry night. A glass of wine might also add to the fun (wink!)

I’ve had a few inquiries about how to make and play this game, and as I plan to play it at the upcoming Write to Heal Retreat I thought I’d better create one! Until now it’s only been in my head and on paper.

Originally, I had set this game up like a deck of oracle cards to ask questions and attain some guidance. However, I have realised this is not laughter inducing material… I do apologise! So, I’ve tweaked it by adding a stack of 10-20 cards for each chakra colour with set questions on each, similar to getting the ‘chance’ card or ‘community chest’ card in a game of monopoly. I’ll give you a couple of examples below, and you’re welcome to create your own questions too. 

So, here it is… step by step…

1. I bought this lazy susan for $5 on ebay

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2. Divide a piece of cardboard into 12 segments… the same as a clock

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3. Cut out your pie pieces in the chakra colours… I’ve used 12 as per the Sound Reiki® modality, however you can use 7 or as many as you understand there to be

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4. Once you have all the pieces ready, use double-sided tape to stick the coloured pie pieces onto the sheet underneath and slightly overlap, tucking the outer edges under and taping to the glass

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5. Add the finishing touches… taping the 4 directions to the stable part of the lazy susan underneath and adding letters to represent north south west and east. I added a wooden clock to the centre because it has 12 segments and I gave it some glitter bling to make it sparkle!

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6. To play… designate one of your directions as the pointer for a colour question. State your intention as to why you are playing this game… for example: to rewrite your story (past) to bring about your healing (now); to write a fresh story and how you’d like to see your future; or to write a fictionalised story of the ridiculous and silly kind!

Spin the chakra wheel…

You land on red… the writing prompt (related to this chakra) may read ‘I see red…’ or ‘Mother Earth…’  You finish the sentence. Allow this sentence to flow into a paragraph if you wish… keep writing until there’s no more forthcoming. 

Agree to take it in turns and spin a specified number… for example: ten. At the end of your ten spins share your story 🙂

When it comes to the four directions consider the journey you are on now… it may be with a project. Ask, where are you on this journey? Is it in the east where the initial vision began? Is it in the north where the fire and passion have you eager to continue? Is it in the west where you are at a stage of reflection and digestion? Or have you arrived in the south where you’ve gained the will and courage to see this cycle complete?

If you’d like to play this game and would like a copy of the writing prompts I have created that relate to each of the 12 chakras (that are in alignment with the Sound Reiki® healing modality), I will make them available in a PDF for you to download. Feel free to share some of the writing prompts you would add for fun.

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Leanda Michelle ♥