The Good Place is essentially a comedy about the afterlife, which sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, but it has been a surprising hit. The show is a Netflix Original, and as I write this season 1 is available in full and the second half of season two is being delivered week by week. Season 3 has already been commissioned and is likely to air in autumn this year.
In broad terms there is ‘The Good Place’, as you might conceptualise heaven and there is an opposite ‘The Bad Place’ (Hell). The series was created by Michael Schur, who you might recognise for other quirky programmes such as Parks and Recreation, The Office and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (more…)
1st – St David’s Day
St David is of course the patron saint of Wales, the 1st celebrates both the life of the saint and Welsh culture, but interestingly the saint is also celebrated in Canada and the USA. Not that much is known about St David, it is thought he lived to be 100, but texts about him only appeared 500 years later. So, some of his story may be true, others may just be legends. He was known to have founded several churches and a monastery, and he went on to become an archbishop, eventually he was canonised.
2nd – Full Moon – Worm Moon
At this time of year, a full moon is known as a worm moon, as a result of early Native American tribes seeing this as the time of year that earthworms would appear due to the ground softening. But it also has other names: Full Crow Moon, Full Crust Moon, Full Sap Moon and Lenten Moon. (more…)
Some people are messy by nature, but beyond the clutter they can fall into a number of different categories. There are those that appear messy, but if you asked them to find an important document such as a birth certificate or a passport they could tell you exactly where it is and then there are those that wouldn’t have a clue!
The next question really is are you messy, or do you just have too much stuff? Do you find it hard to let go of anything, or do you continually buy the same things over and over because you can’t find what you are looking for…?
So, taking into account everyone’s idea of clutter, stuff, sacred possessions (call it what you will), when does mess matter?
Well, whilst you may not be a hoarder, having too much stuff or living in disarray on a daily basis can have a negative impact on the quality of your life. You may be much less focussed, feel stressed, have a lessened sense of peace of mind, feel a sense of embarrassment (when people visit), often be late (trying to find things and as such feel rushed). (more…)
When you have been with your partner for a long time a fun relationship quiz over a date night dinner can be a great way to reconnect. It is easy to let the hum-drum of everyday life overtake your early dreams and desires for your partnership and life. But equally some of the questions could be used in a fledging relationship to get to know each other better on a deeper level.
Start with some fun questions
If you could have any superpower – what would it be and why? This might shine a light on the things they find hard, people often pick powers that would help them overcome something they find difficult.
Is there another historical period that you would have liked to live in? This can reveal problems with everyday lives, for example technology overload, someone might choose a period where work was more outdoors, or when life was simpler). (more…)
You may be growing Lemon Balm in your garden, it is readily available in garden centres and is part of the mint family. Like mint it grows in abundance and spreads, so if you want to limit its potential it is better grown in pots.
If you rub a leaf between your fingers you will likely be taken back to a childhood smell – lemon sherbet. But what you may not know is the healing properties that this scented herb has to offer:
Studies have shown that Lemon Balm is an effective treatment for remedying anxiety, it’s active properties: rosmarinic acid and triterpenoids are thought to be why it is effective, when given a Lemon Balm extract those in studies reported an improvement in their anxiety levels. (more…)
The 5th of November is associated with Guy Fawkes and his gunpowder plot, and up and down the country celebrations will take place on the weekend of the 4th/5th November, many of which will have fires as part of their display.
The historical significance of Bonfire Night has been somewhat lost against modern celebrating with large organised bonfire and big firework displays, so if you are looking at ways of celebrating the evening with a more spiritual twist then why not turn your hand to Pyromancy?
Pyromancy describes an ancient form of divination using fire to predict future events, search for good and bad omens, as well as foretell good and bad health. Using fire as a form of foresight is probably one of the earliest forms of divining.
- If a fire burned vigorously and crackled then the future was considered promising
- If a fire was clear (transparent – non-yellow/red flames), that would be a good omen (more…)
It’s a modern phenomenon that many of us will now find it easier to talk to strangers online than in person. Often through social media we will have built up a network of ‘friends’, some perhaps we know on a personal level and many others at a distance or we have never met, but often we will share our most intimate thoughts and details of our daily lives with them.
But whilst all of this activity has been going on, have we forgotten how to forge new relationships in the real world…
Essentially the question is – can you talk to a stranger?
You may be thinking to yourself at my age I’ve got enough friends, but you never know when the situation may arise that you need to befriend someone – if you move job, or move house, are settling your children into a new school, are attending a wedding or other event or you simply want to broaden your horizons with a new hobby that may involve meeting and needing to communicate with new people. (more…)
If you didn’t read the first part of Mariah’s article – then click here first.
- Start with relaxation and an opening prayer, just a thought sent to spirit, to come close and help and for your guides to protect this session while you work; find a quiet time in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.
- Ask for a loved one, so you know who your communicator is. Give yourself about an hour if you can, I say this because sometimes it can take time to let the energy build and a good connection to establish, for beginners.
- The key is complete relaxation, not necessarily of the body, but of the mind. Our brains are wired to yap at us constantly, throwing random thoughts and images up, the key ability here is to turn off the chattering mind, and get into a mental space where there is silence and stillness, and that is when we are in the best place to see, hear, feel, and know that there is an energy with us, which is outside of ourselves, connecting to us.
It’s a mind-boggling fact that all life on earth was created in the furnace of now long dead stars, it’s a scientific fact that we ARE stardust. We are made of the same atoms as the stars, and because of that fact, we are all connected. All life in the universe is connected, atomically. We are not IN the universe, we ARE the universe. And nothing leaves the universe, it only changes form. This is scientific fact. It is not a matter of belief.
Opening to Spirit
Opening to spirit also does not need to be a matter of belief, born mediums do not need belief to experience spirit; it is perception which is the real gateway. Some of us are born with the kind of perception and the kind of senses which pick things up, phenomena which are not immediately apparent to the general population. People who are born this way experience spirit very early in their lives, and belief will be determined by the environment and influences around them. In an environment where they are not supported, denying that they are experiencing spirit will not stop the experiences. I can testify to this from personal experience.
For those not born with heightened senses, the joys and gifts of communicating with spirit can be learned, anyone can open to spirit – if they open their doors of perception. (more…)
You probably don’t give salt that much thought – something that you cook with, put on food and find in the sea… But in fact, salt rituals have been used for centuries as one of the oldest forms of magic, often providing psychic protection, for money-making and as part of healing rituals.
The word salt derives from Salus the Roman Goddess of Health (the Greeks called Hygeia). Both Romans and Greeks used salt for sacrificial purposes, and later Jews adopted the process during their ceremonies, and Christians also believed that both water and salt were potent and could both heal the body and exorcise evil spirits. (more…)