Lion’s Gate Meditation and how to prepare

 

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Mini altar

Cottage Mavens, I was astounded and amazed when I saw that people from 16 countries had read my blog yesterday. (46 countries year- to- date )

At that moment, I was glad that the “translator” was on.

Finally, hitting the 3 year mark, I don’t think I started writing on the blog right away.

And once I did, I started out gingerly, tip-toeing in to the blog world, not sure what I would be writing about.

Things started to shift and evolve within me.

Thinking that I would write about decorating and all things related, my spirituality started showing up in a big way.

There were messages coming through that I needed to share with the world.

When I started to share these things, my heart began to fill up.

Even though I have just over 200 followers, I continue to blog.  I’m not only inspiring myself, but hopefully others. 😉

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pepper grinder used for incense holder

Even if you don’t know what the Lion’s Gate portal is on 8-8-17 (8), the full moon eclipse, the global shift, etc. etc. etc. , you can prepare for this worldwide event by preparing your altar.

The full moon in Aquarius, the friendly sign, will most likely be bringing people together, and with the sun in Leo, there may be large gatherings, parties, and get- togethers done on a larger scale – or you may choose to spend the time with those closest to your heart.

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Elements of an altar

Whichever way it plays out for you, there are several things you can do to prepare.

Create an Altar ~ this can be temporary or permanent.

Here are some suggestions for you to try…

Your altar can be simple or extravagant, it is entirely up to you.

  1. create a central focal point, like in any good design!
  2. You can start with a table, place a cloth on the table if desired.
  3. add pictures of the Christed ones such as Jesus, Paramahansa Yogananda, Babaji, Lord Buddha, Amachi, your own personal guru, your ancestors, or a symbol that denotes peace, love, and world unity.

You can also use a large rock or crystal

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Large Selenite Crystal with Quartz Point on top

Add something from each of the elements, ie. fire, earth, wood, air, water, using natural living things found in your environment.

Fire ~ Candles, Incense, Sage wand

Earth ~ Crystals, rocks, lava, dirt

Water~ a bowl of water, a mirror,

Wood ~ Herbs, Flowers, leaves – here I’m using leaves, Rosemary for longevity, faithfulness, and spiritual strength.  Sage for clarity and guidance.

Air ~ feathers, bird nests

Written affirmations

Look for things close to your home, or take a walk and see what finds you!

The idea is not to go out and buy a bunch of stuff or spend a lot of money on your altar.

Find things from Nature, the elements, or your kitchen!

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As I’m sitting here with this altar, sacred space, with all of it’s beauty, softness, and grace, I feel deep emotion, blessings, and so much love in my heart.

The energy of the herbs, flowers, crystals, send forth their love, fragrance, and gratitude, making our job easier. 

Our job of sending this love and gratitude worldwide.

Why wait until the full moon?

Get the family involved in this vigil, this ceremony.

Spend time meditating near your altar infusing it with your peace.

Then, on the full moon, collect the energy of your altar, rolling your hands over it and collecting it up into a great ball of light.

Give your energy ball a blessing and send it out into the Universe.

Every Sunday, in August there will be worldwide global unity prayer circles.

Keep your altar refreshed.

Create a group of your own .

Keep the Ball rolling!

Feel the peace in your heart and become a “smile millionaire”* giving your smiles away to all you come into contact with. ( smile millionaire first coined by Paramahansa Yogananda)

Eat more super foods and Raw foods to increase your own Life Force energy. You can find my recipes here.

With much love,  Lorna

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If you build it they will come …

 

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Found bird nest

The physical Universe vibrates at a slower pace than the mental one does.

Trust in Divine order and give things more time. ~ Sonia Choquette, The answer is simple #21 Be Patient

Today, I got a little off-track.  I was planning to explore all of the TJMaxx stores on the island in search of a couple of office chairs for my daughter’s office.

But then, early this morning a job offer came in.

Now, I’ve been pursuing this job since last year, as some of you may know if you’ve been following my blog.

I was in the midst of the 27 day Feng shui challenge when a former co-worker texted me saying that her company was hiring.

At the time I was planning to return to Hawaii for my daughter’s wedding, plus Hannukuh and Christmas holidays. I really wanted the time off for these special occasions.

I figured surely I could sell enough walnut shells, and miscellaneous vintage items on Ebay and my Etsy shops in order to get by hoping this would get me through the holidays.

After the New Year, my friend was still urging me to apply ~ I went in, interviewed three times with the owner, n February.  He seemed interested, but no offer.

We must have had one of the worst rainy seasons in Sacramento.  Even Folsom lake was beginning to fill up again.

There were threats that the Oroville Dam was at a breaking point, and a lot of homes to the north had been flooded to the point of evacuation.

This was March and the rains came down relentlessly breaking a water pipe in the store where I was hoping to work, and flooding half the store.

The owner called me to apologize that there had been a delay in plans and still no offer of employment.

I was having some success by selling off some items from my storage unit, plus a few items that I had “picked” at thrift stores.

I was already in to the 30 days of Gratitude challenge when I was requested in Hawaii again.

I only promised to stay for April so that I could return if a job offer came up.

By the time May rolled around, I had committed to stay in Hawaii through August, and let the company know that I would come in to see them in August.

 

Here we are in July, and I get a message inquiring about my availability.

So, now I need to know if there is an offer on the table.

One week later, I get the offer.

I am so thrilled !!! and filled with Gratitude for this day.

Just as the hidden roots of a plant are grounded and fed by Mother Earth long before the flower buds and opens into bloom, so too is your Divine creation in the process of becoming a reality. ~ Sonia Choquette, The Answer is simple #21 Be Patient.

Why the Birdsnest? I found this one on the ground with one cracked egg in it.

The birds who built this nest worked long and hard.

I suppose they had set their intention and started to work on it long before the eggs came along.

It’s a work of art in itself and teaches us a valuable lesson ~ Life is continually changing and evolving ~ Why not start building what you want right now?

 

 

 

Following bread crumbs…How did Hansel and Gretel survive?

By practicing the 27 days of Feng Shui challenge here, and 30 days of Gratitude here at the beginning of the year, I think of the story about Hansel and Gretel leaving bread crumbs along their trail in the forest so they could find their way home upon returning.

The Forest

We’ve made the clearing by eliminating all of those things that no longer spark joy.

Hansel and Gretel were left in the forest because their parents couldn’t afford to feed them.  They expected them to become lost.

The forest is your home.  By clearing your clutter you will see your way more clearly.

The bread crumbs

We’ve laid a path of gratitude and love, taking time to appreciate the people, circumstances, and  blessing that are present in our lives.

Hansel and Gretel dropped bread crumbs along the path, thinking this would lead them back home.  Little did they know, that the critters in the forest were hungry and would eat all of the bread crumbs. (The bread crumbs symbolize insincere prayers that are not heart felt. )

The ginger bread house

There may be distractions along the way. ( When Hansel and Gretel saw the house made of ginger bread, their hunger got the best of them, and all they could think of was devouring that house!)

Habits, moods, circumstances can draw us in and cause us to lose our focus.

The Witch

We’ve faced head-on some of the less than pleasant things in our lives and hopefully pushed pass them.

Or maybe they found a way to move on.

It seems that everyone is hungry in this story, even the witch!  She was planning to eat the children for dinner!

Perhaps, their hunger was a Spiritual Hunger, that could only be satisfied by a Connection to Spirit.  ( Everything else can wait, but your search for God cannot wait. Once the connection to your God Source is established, all of your needs are satisfied. )

The Oven

You may have escaped from “the oven” of uncertainty and witnessed a miracle, or been given more clarity.  ( The oven is the Fire of Spirit directing your life and burning up the dross of a matter based existence. )

After the children pushed the witch into the oven, they were free.

Now, it’s time to turn and face the path home and hope the birds haven’t made a meal of your bread crumbs.

Practicing gratitude should be an everyday occurrence by now.

Gratitude promotes prosperity and healing in our lives.

Even if the birds have devoured some of your carefully laid bread crumbs, you can look for other signs to find your way home.

The signs that the Universe brings are sometimes subtle and easy to overlook, to miss all together, or to discount their validity.

And you may not get reminders if you ignore them.

Have you ever regretted not doing something when the signs  were all around you?

I have.

What kinds of signs can you expect?

You could receive a hunch or an idea.

You might see something that reminds you of someone.

Nature often sends signs.

You could get a strong feeling that every thing’s going to be okay.  That could be an Angel whispering in your ear.

You could feel a strong urge to take an action.

You could see a message on a license plate while driving.

Whatever it is, take notice, jot it down in a journal or a notebook, or take action.

Start collecting those bread crumbs or signs that you see along your path.

This is how the Universe guides us.

When we are doing “inner work” there’s a time for sewing the seeds and reaping the harvest.

It takes time.

Sometimes years.

It’s important to do the work of decluttering, training our minds to expect the best, pushing through adversity, and practicing patience through trust and faith.

Watch for the signs and be ready to act when an opportunity presents itself.

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  1. Stay in tip-top form, by staying physically active – exercise and nutrition
  2. Update your wardrobe so you look your best.  Update your home’s “wardrobe” so it lifts your spirit.
  3. Keep mentally sound through meditation, getting plenty of sleep, learning all you can.
  4. Emotionally fit by practicing gratitude, forgiveness, and always focusing on the positive.  No more complaining.
  5. Spiritually Alert – through inner stillness, meditation and prayer, spending time in Nature.
  6. Keep a journal of the signs and symbols that come your way.

Now you are ready for the next great offer that comes your way.

Hansel and Gretel found their way home after discovering the Witch’s treasure.  They returned home to help their parents with their newly found prosperity.

Do you have an idea what the Witch’s treasure might have been?

Please leave your comments below.  I hope you enjoyed this post.  While I was writing it, I actually surprised my self with some of the things that came forward.

I wish you all the best.

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The Event: The Wave — Era of Light

Greetings! From heart to heart in this moment we speak, I am KejRaj(KayRy). The reason I say ‘we’ speak is because besides my self choosing to deliver this message, I know I am also being guided by other forces in this journey.

via The Event: The Wave — Era of Light

I’m sharing this today, because I want to urge everyone to take time to meditate and become heart centered.  Today, I had a glimmer of this new “wave” that is coming in.  I felt such tremendous love for everyone, and it’s important that you are ready when this comes.  Mahalo

30 Days of Gratitude…Day 1….Last Day of 30 countdown….

The Power of Gratitude, Manifesting and making lists…

Today is the 30th day of our gratitude journey.

It’s a practice that raises our vibration, connects us to our heart, our higher self, and shows us how to walk a path of heart-centered peace and contentment.

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If you are longing for more peace in your life, or the world, this is where you begin –

by connecting to your heart and experiencing the deepest gratitude, so that it flows naturally as an every day occurrence.

 

You may find yourself complaining less about what you don’t want in your life, and seeing more of what you do want as you make this a daily practice.

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Gratitude felt from the heart is the key to manifesting your heart’s desire.

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As you lift your focus and train your wayward thinking, you see more of the beauty in life, and your life takes on new meaning, clarity, and abundance as you naturally flow with love and gratitude.

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Take a moment to embrace your life with gratitude, right now.

Make a list of something you dearly wish for, and be specific.

Say a prayer of thanks as though you already have it.

Date it, and put it away.

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I’ve often made lists of the features that I would like in my dream home.

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Today I realized that I am currently living in it.

It has 4 bedrooms, a large pool in the backyard, a kitchen island, large windows lots of trees.  I’m surrounded by family.

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Don’t question how your wish will be delivered to you.

Just appreciate it for what it is.

Thank you for taking this journey with me.

I love you, I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you.  Ho’oponopono

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30 Days of Gratitude…Day 2….

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Banan ~ Food Truck in Honolulu

It’s not that often that I come across a business with so much integrity that I just want to shout it out to the world!

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Banan is located on Montserrat in Honolulu near Kapiolani Park.

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A modest food truck that serves up delectable frozen banana and fruit treats every day.

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Just pure fruit – No Dairy.  The main base is pureed, frozen bananas.

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Prices range from 6 – 12 dollars per bowl.

They’re delicious.

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A refreshing surprise all year long

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And a compost bin for the local farmer’s pigs.

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A bright and colorful seating area with a view of Diamond Head.

Next time you’re in Hawaii, check it out.

I feel so much gratitude for the companies who are conscious of our planet, and give something back to Mother Earth, who think out-of-the-box to offer healthy goodies for us to enjoy.

Mahalo!

This is not an affiliate post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

 

30 Days of Gratitude…Day 3….

As I appreciate the youthful vitality, sense of adventure, and pure joy in laughter, that my grandson brings to my life, I understand how much we need each other.

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I calm him, offer my wisdom to help him understand things, and just hang out with him.

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When I was raising my own children, I was so busy working that there were areas where my mom and sisters often “filled in” for me.

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Even today, we are lucky to have mom, age 89 for her joe-de-vivre and spunk.

 

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Waialae Beach

She adds another dimension to our lives, and helps us appreciate the fact that we all grow old, and that all of us have something to contribute to our family, friends, and our world.

Life is fragile.

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But as human beings as we experience the changing passages of living and dying, of youth and old age, we can realize and have gratitude for each contribution our loved ones make to help us grow into who we are.

And So It Is!

 

30 Days of Gratitude…Day 4…..

Lately, I’ve been missing “home”, my little cottage abode in Sacramento.

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I feel it calling me, with it’s comforting, soft colors, relaxed easy feel, and comfortable furniture.

 

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Dining room

Home is where I have my collection of crystals, needlepoints, and wooden pieces waiting to be decoupaged.

 

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Decoupage table using napkins

 

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miniature fireplace using faux marbling and napkin decoupage

 

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Mixed medium birdhouses

It’s like an old familiar friend calling me.

 

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Old world tapestry over bed

I’m in my second year of living part-time in Hawaii, part-time in Sacramento.

Even though I’m not retired, nor am I employed by any company, I’ve had the opportunity to explore my options, make enough money to survive, and I only have my family to thank for that.

 

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Galley Kitchen

While I’m in Hawaii my family keeps the home fires burning in Sacramento.

Wherever I am, I find ways to generate income by helping others, and selling things I’ve collected.

 

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Radio cabinet found on road and decoupaged

Today the thought occurred to me that I would love to have a home in both places, continue to go back and forth.  Why not?  I’m already doing it.

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View of living room from kitchen

I’ve not been able to make a decision, or choose between the two places, picking one over the other as my destination of choice.

And for now, I’m okay with that.

I feel so much gratitude for the family members who have allowed me to come and go.

 

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Heart ornament on bookcase

I call in blessings to them for their generosity of Spirit, as I have been truly blessed.

 

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Plumeria Offering

Thank you, Thank you Thank you! And So It Is!

Cottage Mavens, maybe you have family or friends that you would like to thank today.  You can offer a blessing to them on a mini-altar, give them a call, or send them a note.

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30 Days of Gratitude…Day 5….

Yes! But does it flow?

Sometimes, when you first move into a place you just want to get the furniture in  place, unpack the boxes, and start living your life.

Too many times to count, I’ve left pictures along the wall on the floor, thinking that if I hang them, something disastrous will happen, and I’ll have to move again.  I guess the act of leaving them on the floor keeps things in a temporary state, leaving me impermanent in case I need to fly the coop.

Maybe boxes get shoved into a closet to be dealt with later ( NOT).

When I finally overcame these fears (there must be some deep-seated psychological meaning to all of this) my life started to flow better, my mind became more clear, and I was able to recognize when something just didn’t feel right.

 

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Grandson’s room in Hawaii

 

As I walk around a room, I can sense the awkward flow of movement when something is blocking the flow of energy.

Now the pictures get hung, or stored, or donated.

The boxes, too.

The clutter is cleared.

 

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Bookcase was in this corner

In this room, the bookcase was sitting next to the closet, disabling the use of the large drawers near the floor.

It’s funny that now I go into other people’s houses and move the furniture.

 

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Bookcase now sits in this corner creating better flow

At home, I had a French arm chair sitting at my personal desk.  It was pretty, but it stuck out too far and obstructed the flow of traffic when one entered through the front door.

 

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Please excuse the mess!  Before picture with French chair.

So, I changed it. ( you can see the post where I redid my desk area here.)

 

 

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Enter Happy Chair that slides under the desk easily.

Take a look around your space.

Do a walk-through.

Is there anything blocking your path?

Are there any unfinished projects sitting around?  Is there a clear path from room to room?

If not, there could be something blocking your life path.

Lay the bagua over your room to see if any area that’s blocked or cluttered coincides with the area of your life on the Bagua.

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Lay the Bagua ( see photo above) over each room with the door to the room at the bottom of the page. The door of the room will fall into either the Knowledge, Career, or Helpful People area.

When I moved my chair from the desk and put an armless chair in it’s place (which fell in my Helpful People and Travel area of the Bagua) I was offered this trip to Hawaii.

When I moved the bookcase in this bedroom so that it wasn’t blocking the drawers, (also in the Helpful People and Travel area) he was offered a chance to go to boys’ camp for the Summer.

Coincidence, you may think?

I think not….

Try it, and let me know how it works for you.

Life can be so much easier when we are in the flow.

I express gratitude for the ability and understanding to keep my life flowing.

And so it is!

 

 

 

 

30 Days of Gratitude…Day 6….

How to create a loveable, livable Cottage

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When creating a room to have a cottage look and feel, there are some basic elements that say “cottage”.

The home I’m staying in for the summer is a rental, that sits near the ocean.  It definitely has lots of designer touches, so I decided to shop- the- house, and give this room that everyone seems to love so much, a bit of personality.

It has the “bones” of a cottage, but not the layering to give it that homey feel.

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Before picture

The walls are painted a soft gray. The white slip covered sofa is already in place, with the sisal rug, driftwood mirror, metal lamps, natural wood end tables, and a blue and white theme.

Even though this is a Beach Cottage, you can use these basic elements for your cottage no matter where you live.  Just use natural elements from your landscape and natural environment.

My daughter added the bookcase and the white desk and chair.  She calls this room the library.  The sofa, even though it’s slipcovered, makes out to a double bed to accommodate guests.

Since my sister and mom will be visiting, I wanted to take it up a notch to make them feel more comfortable, and give the room a more “inviting presence”.

Cottage Basics

1. a slipcovered sofa – preferably white, but can also be ticking fabric, or floral, even velvet will do.  Natural fabrics are a must.

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2. Pillows with mixed prints and scale ( too many pillows in the same size can look over crowded). See before picture.  I love floral pillows in a cottage, too.

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3. Details from Nature – blown glass, rocks, shells, metal sculptures, horns, antlers, plants.

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4. Soft lighting – lamps, salt lamps, candles, and lots of flowers.

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5. Bright colors ( since the room was already blue and white, I decided to introduce some pinks and turquoise). Don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit with some unexpected colors!

 

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Something personal – one of my paintings from a trip a few years ago.

6. Interesting wall art ie. vintage prints, words, wall decals

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7. Simple accessories

 

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Something hand made

8. A laid back look and feel with a place to put your feet up.

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9. Natural fragrance – herbs, moss, fresh flowers.

 

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Vintage surfer print

 

10. A space that says you!

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A way to express Gratitude to your self, or your guests, is to make your rooms as beautiful as you would like them to feel.

Each one of us is the King or Queen of our castles, and we can live in a special happy space, and feel gratitude every day.

You’re worth it!

A few words from Sonia Choquette “The Answer is Simple” oracle card deck:

“The Spirit is a sensitive light body and is influenced by the environment it finds itself in.  Dreary, dark, messy, cluttered, un-clean surroundings send the Spirit out the door and invite the goblins and trolls of negativity to move in and camp out in the corners.

It’s time to set this right:  Open the blinds, clear the decks, paint the walls, change the lightbulbs, and decorate the atmosphere where you live. Make your environment a proper home for your Spirit. Your Spirit must dwell in  a cheerful and festive place, filled with color and live plants, fresh flowers, clean windows, and bright light.

Your Spirit is a holy guest in your body and must be treated as royalty. You wouldn’t disrespect visitors with an unwelcoming environment or expect them to dwell in your mess, and you shouldn’t disrespect your Spirit by giving it less than the tranquil setting it deserves, either.  Take the time to create a festive and bright atmosphere for your Spirit.  Be happy to welcome it home. Give it the proper surroundings, and put out the best you have to receive it.

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