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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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2016 in Review

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My mantra for 2016 was freedom. One might think that I would experience a freeing year, considering I was planning to spend six months in Canada. However, it had its restrictions too. Fortunately, I lived with very generous and accommodating people.

I set out to write a new novel. I invested as much time and energy into this project as I could, yet another project desired to take centre stage. This is the third and last in my series of memoirs. I have given it the working title of ‘Seduced by Spring’. I say it is the last in this series as it brings to completion what began in Write to Heal.

As a sensitive and empathic person, I have felt the energies throughout this year intensely. There were many challenges on the path, yet my focus here is to look at the positives and respond with gratitude. Each situation pushed me to surrender, to accept and to forgive… to shed more layers of the old self, and make way for the new.

So, let’s look at 2016 in review… through my eyes, and my love of capturing moments that I felt were beautiful.

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I made the most of every divine sunset that Mother nature displayed throughout my final months living by the sea

Friends, Angie and Helen graced me with their presence before I left for my journey to Canada

The clever and creative Guisy D’Anna (Italy) designed my new business logo

I was fortunate to share Usui Reiki with beautiful friends

I was honoured to share the teachings of Usui Reiki with beautiful souls… assisting them to remember

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My sons and I explored the Mornington Peninsula, soaking up the autumn sunshine (the eldest is missing from this photo)

April saw the new cover design of my book created by Guisy D’Anna… In Light of the Truth published 2 years and 1 day after my first book Write to Heal

Mothers Day fun with my sons

Mother’s Day fun with my beloved sons

I loved sharing the Write to Heal & Write to Know Self workshops

I loved sharing the Write to Heal & Write to Know Self workshops

I felt humbled and deeply grateful to sign copies of my first paperback book

My sixth month Canadian adventure begins

My sixth-month Canadian adventure began with blessed flights

There were many noteworthy writing moments

There were many noteworthy writing moments

Connecting with writers and soul sisters was another highlight

Connecting with writers and soul sisters at Fieldstones Wellness was one of many highlights

Fall arrived and was spectacular

Fall arrived and was spectacular

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The snow followed… I love everything about this magical wonderland… yes, even the cold weather!

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Christmas tree delight with the moon shining bright – at the Toronto Christmas Market

That’s a rap! Thank you for sharing the journey with me. How was your year? Did you have a mantra? And how did your year reflect your mantra?

2017 in numerology is a one year… inviting new beginnings. With this in mind what might be your new mantra? I’ll reveal mine in my next post. I wish you a safe and joyous festive season. May your continued journey be peaceful and prosperous.

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle ♥



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Why Travel ~ part 2

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Tuning into our senses and being in the moment when we travel, inspires, surprises and delights. In part one of Why Travel we covered the scenery, the smells, the sounds and the taste buds. In this post ‘Why Travel ~ part 2’ I’ll reveal what I touched/felt. Plus I’d like to focus a little on the history and the language.

Let’s delve into the history first…

Musee d'Orsay

Musee d’Orsay

Although Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin, and others were all choc-full of magnificent sculptures and beautiful paintings—art in all forms—I soon realised what I was witnessing was the past. This then made me wonder, why do we need to visit the past? To see what others have accomplished? To learn about their struggles and hardships so we understand we are not alone in our quest for our gifts or talents to be seen?

Auguste Rodin ~ bronze sculpture 'The Thinker'

Auguste Rodin ~ bronze sculpture ‘The Thinker’

Needless to say when I saw the line-ups two-hundred or more deep to enter the Louvre—I lost all interest to see any more. It is after all, the biggest museum in the world and is spread over a whopping 15 acres! Sources say to see every gallery would take days, if not weeks.

Did you know…

Previous to being a museum the Louvre was once a fortress, followed by a royal palace. It’s famous for housing the ‘Mona Lisa’ painting, which a fellow passenger on my flight to Paris warned me not to be disappointed by because it’s much smaller than one thinks… in fact a tad bigger than an A2 piece of paper!

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A unique artist expression in the gardens of the Louvre ~ Chandelier in a Bubble

No doubt the most famous and instantly recognisable piece of history is the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel had a private apartment where he entertained the likes of Thomas Edison and other elite scientists to ‘make the rest of the Parisians jealous’.

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Moving on…

Language is formed in part by the written and spoken word which most commonly represents our communication. On more than one occasion a Parisian took one look at me and assumed I didn’t speak their language… they were right! More often than not though I understood what they were talking about despite not being able to string together a sentence. Oddly, what I found easier was translating the written French into English. I did appreciate the Parisian who was kind enough to revert to English so I wasn’t left out of a conversation.

Two favourite literary houses were Maison de Balzac and Victor Hugo.

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Doodling and note-making by Honore de Balzac

Entrance to Place des Vosges where Victor Hugo lived in an apartment from 1832 - 1848

Entrance to Place des Vosges where Victor Hugo lived in an apartment from 1832 – 1848

While I declared in my post before I travelled that I’d be “journaling for sure” the reality was all I could manage were rough notes. The rest—digestion and assimilation—would come later when the senses were no longer over stimulated.

So, what were some of the things I touched?

Beautiful trees…

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gloves to keep my hands warm…

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…and French champagne ♥

Cheers!

Cheers!

Thank you for joining me on this sensory literary tour of Paris. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to experience all I did and then to share pieces of it with you. Of course, there are many more photos and memories than is feasibly sensible to share in this space. Please share your favourite ‘touch’ ‘piece of history’ or ‘language’ memory.

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Leanda Michelle ♥


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Labyrinths and Medicine Wheels

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Teepee and labyrinth at Grail Springs

Labyrinth at Grail Springs, Ontario Canada

On numerous occasions while in the US and Canada we had the opportunity to walk labyrinths and medicine wheels. While I’m aware of these experiences and what they have meant to me, this has led me to explore further the significance of each.

Let’s start with the labyrinth.

The labyrinth is deemed to be a sacred ancient symbol. It represents a purposeful journey; a path that leads us to the centre of our being, before returning us to the reality of our third dimensional world. The circle/spiral indicates wholeness and completion of this process we call ‘going within’.

Unlike a maze that is a puzzle to solve with various pathways and blind alleys to navigate, as I wrote about in Sister Cities, the labyrinth is one continuous path in and back out again. The maze is a left brain/logical task while the labyrinth is a right brain/creative and intuitive spiritual experience, which often includes imagery.

The labyrinth, to my understanding, offers us a sacred space in which to seek answers. They are also used for meditation purposes—to still the mind.

Medicine Wheel at Ravens Ridge

Medicine Wheel ~ Ravens Ridge, Ontario Canada

The medicine wheel is similar to the labyrinth in that it connects one with spirit and nature, yet the medicine wheel is utilised for healing, aligning and understanding all aspects of self – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual through prayer and ritual. The North Americans also used it for teaching and celebration. The medicine wheel comes from Native American lore while evidence of the first labyrinths is said to be found in Southern Europe.

The wheel is circular and is a representation of nature—life cycles. Medicine is the life force and/or power of the site. When we have the Divine right medicine we have the energy and the power, along with knowledge to see us move forward on our path with grace and ease.

The medicine wheel can encompass many things – the four directions (east, north, west, south) above and below, which are generally denoted by rocks. It can also be linked to the chakras and include numerology, our ancestors, totem animals, colour, Archangels and the elements (earth, air, fire, water, wood).

At the two medicine wheel sites we visited, powerful crystals had been placed in specific spots to enhance and balance the energies. Some of these were not visible and had been placed deep in the earth.

You may be wondering why I haven’t yet shared my experiences of these sacred spaces. This is because since arriving home I feel a strong push to include these in another book.

So, have you experienced walking a labyrinth or medicine wheel? Please share yours in the comments section below.

Bibliography:

www.labyrinthos.net/firstlabs.html

mesacreateivearts.com/html/medicinewheel.html

Write to Heal and make your mark for life is worth living.

Leanda Michelle♥