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Monthly Plant Medicine

October Plant Medicine ~ Tuberose

Welcome to the month of October. This month we are guided by the flower Tuberose. What I love about this flowre is her message of dangerous pleasure, it truly evokes the energy of Scorpio season even though we don’t enter Scorpio season until late October. Venus is currently in the sign of Scorpio and Venus is the ruler of Libra thus this energy reflects the evocative tones of the Tuberose.

Truly this essence for the month of October is daring us to live life as though it is our last day, to see the magic and the beauty all around us, to live on the edge of bliss at all times – knowing that the edge of bliss shares the same edge as despair, for what is life without contrast to truly make us feel alive?

The Tuberose is preparing us for the pluging cold depths of the scorpionic oceans we are building towards, the oceans of the subconscious mind that we are reborn from with insights and wisdom found on that knifes edge. It is no coincidence that the Tuberose is one of the most sought after scents for womens fragrances with its lingering, alluring fragrance that we cant help but feel captivated by. She is the night time come alive, Venusian energy under the moonlight.

This month we are seeing the energy of Libra in her night cloak, dancing on the edge of life as she embraces true freedom and harmony with the universe. We have a complex astrological month with planets coming out of retrograde, hard aspects and yet also potent and postive ones, as such only a flower that can hold her own without overpowering our senses is necessary. You can find the complete astrological breakdown for this month here.

The Tuberose is a complex paradox, a flower that brings about peace and calm yet at the same time a flower seen as a traditional flower of the Aztecs to honour the dead and journey to the underworld. She enhances our psychic senses whilst bringing a sense of alluring sensuality and ehances our wealth. This paradox of a flower is the perfect medicine for us to walk with this month with such a vast up and down ride of energies and she can assist you with staying in your centre as you live life on the edge. Happy October everyone xo

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Astrology

New Moon in virgo

The new moon in Virgo occurs on September 6th/7th and is going to be a great time to plant the seeds for the future and lay foundations. Virgo energy asks us to focus on our daily routines, health and career. We have some potent and chaotic energies at this new moon with an opposition between Mars and Neptune, the Sun and Neptune, Chiron and Mercury and the Moon and Jupiter which will ask us to focus our energy internally, diving into the receptive yin aspects that is Virgo instead of a reactive energy. You can find the video going into more detail about these aspects here.

With the volatile energies surrounding us throughout September (check out the monthly astrology overview here) It is the perfect time to pause and reflect and truly review what foundations you want to lay for your future. Detail orientated Virgo asks us to plan the steps but not get too bogged down with the critical side of things – if you are focusing on the flaws and faults without a proactive movement then you are focused on the wrong things for this moon.

We will feel the need to move forward, take action and jump ahead to the future goals but this new moon is calling us to come back to the mundane and remember that it is with each brick laid that the house can be built. This is the time to break down those future plans into an easy to navigate routine moving forward – a special interest in things that connect to our health and finanical situations as this is the perfect time to intitiate something new.

This month will be our peak month of 7 planets retrograde and this new moon is ushering in that energy, calling in the hermit mode – it is no coincidence that the hermit card is the card of Virgo in the tarot. We are needing to focus on our inner flame now, journey into the self to discover what we truly want – are we doing things out of habit and they are no longer in alignment with what we truly wish to achieve.

As Virgo rules the 6th house in astrology, this is the energy of the in between – the balance between the spiritual and the physical and we are asked to reflect on where we need to restore balance in our life within these aspects. Starting a new spiritual routine that is in alignment with your desires is perfect for this moon. This is a time to come into acceptance of who you are right now but also set in motion the plans and goals for who you would like to become.

Be careful this moon of becoming too critical of yourself and others, anxiety may be heightened and blunt communication may be taken the wrong way and cause more conflict than expected. Spring clean your environments to refresh the energy and cleanse your own aura to keep emotions stable. Happy new moon x

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Monthly Plant Medicine

monthly plant medicine ~ September

Hello beautiful souls and welcome to the month of September! Here in the Southern Hemisphere it is officially Spring, in the Northern Hemisphere you are entering Autumn, both are times of gentle transition and we have the Spring/Autumn Equinox on the 22nd / 23rd of September which is also within the time of the full moon in Pisces and when we transition from the season of Virgo into Libra making this a potent time. We are in for a wild ride this month astrologically, you can check out the monthly astrology and tarot forecast here.

This month we are being guided by the beautiful Pink Rose. The Rose is known as the Queen of the Flowers and for good reason, she is beautiful, decadent, fragrant, nourishing and simply stunning to look at. This month we are being called to channel grace and bring a sense of sweetness to our life…. literally to stop and smell the roses!

The pink rose reminds us that life is full of ups and downs, that in order to have the beauty we must also have the thorns – even the so called thornless roses still seem to end up with a thorn here and there! The rose asks us to gently unfold to life, understanding that as we openly surrender to the world around us, our true beauty can shine. She also reminds us that it is ok to go through cycles and that each cycle is as valuable as the other – from the beauty of being in full bloom to the release of the old petals, ripening of the luscious and nutritionous fruits, the still quietness of baring our bones in the winter that gives birth to the budding new life again.

Where in the cycle are you at this moment? The rose asks you to reflect on this and to completely surrender to that moment, allowing yourself to feel what you need to without guilt or judgement and remember that as you are in a particular stage, others around you are may be in a different stage of their cycle so be kind and compassionate when you see others, act with grace and handle your interactions with others and the world around you with the same delicacy that you would a rose.

This is a month to slow down and be present in the moment, inhale the sweet fragrance of life and savour all it has to offer no matter what stage of the cycle you are in. Happy September everyone xo

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Astrology

Full blue moon in Aquarius

The full moon in Aquarius that occurs on the 22nd of August is the second full moon to occur in the sign of Aquarius, making this moon a true blue moon. This energy, coming right off the back of the Uranus stationing retrograde and a potent month with the Leo new moon and Lionsgate portal. It is important to note that this moon will also be bringing back to the surface things that we did not face or work through in the first full moon that occured in July – you can find the blog for that one here.

The energy of this moon feels more free for all in some ways, with an anything can happen flare especially with that Uranus retrograde energy at the same time. Full moons in general are great times to release something, bring more insight and awareness to something you are working with or to tune into your higher self for downloads and information. This is the time of completion in the moon cycle – what was started at the new moon (in Leo which you can find the blog for that one here and how you have worked with the energy.

As we move out of the full moons influence into the waning moon, this is when we adjust, release and prepare for the new intentions, tweaks and goals for the next new moon. Aquarius energy asks us to think about the big picture, long term and how our energy influences humanity. This is also a potent energy to work on your hopes and dreams.

Is there something in your life that you have been trying to achieve? this is the time to release anything that is hindering you, be it mindsets, connections, habits etc and to realign yourself with your goals. As we shift from Leo season into Virgo season at this time, we are letting go of that slower, relaxing energy of the feline Leo and moving into a more grounded and structured energy of Virgo.

This is the perfect time to reflect on your daily habits, routines and health in conjuction with your goals and dreams that you wish to achieve as the combination of Aquarius and Virgo energy at this time can help you to release bad habits and begin new ones that will benefit you long term. There is a strong need to bring balance back into our lives right now between the spiritual and physical, action and inaction. There is a caution here to not be too critical on yourself though and take this time to forgive yourself and others to release any stagnant karmic energy and make way for something new.

If there was one mantra to keep in mind at this time it is release, release, release. Release what no longer serves, release attachments and the need to control, focus on where you want to go moving forward and how you can begin the next steps to get there. If you want to go deeper into the spiritual messages from this energy you can watch the full moon in Aquarius tarot reading here. Have a wonderful full moon everyone!

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Chakras Crystals

Everything you need to know about rose quartz

Rose quartz is possibly one of the most well known crystals, if not the most popular one on the market. It is generally one of the first crystals we all select when we first begin our crystal journey and is seen as a generally safe and easy crystal to work with. We all know its connections with love, in fact if someone asks you about love and crystals its almost a guarntee that the first thought that pops into your mind will be rose quartz.

This beautiful and abundantly available crystal does however have so much more to offer than being a simple love crystal and contrary to popular belief it does have a slight word of caution associated with it depending on what your uses are. This post will give you all the information you need to work with this beautiful and underrated crystal!

Before we jump into the nitty gritty of the post, I have to admit that I had a bit of a resentment towards this crystal in the beginning and tried to avoid using it as often as possible, opting for more exotic crystals in its place and this was all due to my lack of awareness of the different properties this crystal holds and thinking it was a boring “love” crystal and being a scorpio, love is not on the top of my list of witchy worries!

In Greel mythology, Aphrodite saves her lover Adonis from the jealous God of War – Ares but in the process of saving Adonis, she catches her arm on a briar bush and her blood mingles with that of Adonis and stained the white quartz.

It is easy to see here the automatic connection to love being related to Aphrodite and the circumstances in which it was created emphasise its connection to unconditional love and healing and it is believed that this crystal has been given as a token of love since at least 600BCE; But did you know that this crystal was also believed by the ancient Romans and Egyptians to clear the complexion and prevent wrinkles? Hello face rollers! There have even been rose quartz face masks found in tombs and there are lovely selections available on the market these days for face masks and face rollers and you can find my favourite supplier for these here

This crystal is linked to the heart chakra and the planet Venus. It is associated with the Zodiac of Taurus as well as Scorpio and Libra. Lets dive into the many things rose quartz can help you with!

  • Use to get in touch with sensuality
  • Use as an aphrodisiac
  • It supports connections within groups and community
  • It has a strong attunement to earth, the cosmos and spirit so is perfect to create balance in your life between these three energies
  • It inspires one to nurture themselves
  • Stimulates the sensual imagination
  • Comforts and heals heart wounds
  • Dissolves fear, worries and resentment
  • Provides a deep sense of personal fulfillment, inner peace and contentment
  • Helps to reprogram the heart to accept love
  • Heals emotions and the emotional body
  • Increases feelings of comfort and nuturing
  • Inspires a love of beauty and appreciation for nature
  • Helps aid sleep and prevents nightmares
  • Helps attract new love, romance and intimacy
  • Helps one experience unconditional love for others and oneself
  • It aids circulation in the body
  • Helps heal mothers and babies after complicated births
  • Helps with depression – especially post natal depression
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Helps relieve headaches
  • Helps with fertility and supports the reproductive system
  • Helps with forgiveness – both for yourself and for others
  • Helps overcome abuse

There are a few words of caution I would like to state here before I jump into the many ways you can work with this crystal and the first has to do with love – if using this to attract love or bring romance into your life, this is a form of spell making and as such you must be cautious about trying to attract a particular person – free will is a fickle thing to interfere with and there is no telling how things will backfire if you go gifting your desired lover with rose quartz or something infused with this crystal. Love magic in any way – even through manifesting when focused on one person will almost always hold consquences in some way and its best not to tempt the Fates to play a game with you and lady Karma!

Rose quartz is also an expansive energy as all the quartz families are so there is a caution here before you use it, when working with this energy you must be aware that it will “expand” what is already there – this can be great if you want more love or sensual energy but if you are working through healing it will expand the heavy energies as this is the way we move through them to heal – you must be ready for this especially if you plan on using the crystal as a yoni egg or crystal pleasure wand for example (if you want a good supplier for these items I abosultely recommend Yoni Pleasure Palace which can be found here.) My suggestion would be to use the crystal either in conjuction with another healing one that helps ground you such as Obsidian or Black Tourmaline in order to steady the intensity.

Rose quartz is only found in the ground within a massive form however it is often shaped into different objects and it can be found in everything from raw chunks, face rollers, polished tumble stones, runes, candle holders etc. Choose one that you feel the most drawn to. If you would like to know more about working with crystals in general you can find my video on this topic here.

The practical ways you can work with this crystal are:

  • Wear it! This can be through jewelry or placing it in your pocket or even your bra
  • Place it next to the bed, under the bed, under the pillow
  • Hold whilst speaking positive affirmations
  • Cast a piece into a flowing body of water after speaking words you wish to speak to the crystal in order to find more confidence to do so or to energetically send the words to the person you wish to speak to
  • Place on top of a photo of someone you are fighting with to assist with forgiveness and reconcilliation
  • Place in the southwest corner of the home or in each southwest corner of each room to enhance the energy for relationships
  • Keep it on your desk at work to avoid unwanted intrusion and gossip
  • Use as a part of your beauty routine through a face roller or mask
  • Create a crystal grid
  • Use a yoni egg or crystal pleasure wand to connect to your womb and divine feminine energy

These are just a few ideas and you are by no means limited to just these ideas, trust your intuition when working with crystals to find the best way they work for you!

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Astrology

Full moon in Aquarius

This full moon in Aquarius will feel like a mixed emotional one as it is caught between Pluto and Saturn. The energy may feel a little harder than normal and this is the perfect time to continue with the self care routines you began during the emotional Cancer new moon at the beginning of the month. This full moon is the perfect one to release attachments, forgive and let go of what is no longer serving you whilst focusing on building stronger spiritual routines and connecting with your higher self.

Mercury will be super active during this time and harmonising with Neptune, further enhancing the spirituality of this full moon and activities such as yoga, meditation, chanting and journaling will be very beneficial.

The general energy of the collective will feel more social and humanitarian, ideas related to the whole will come to the forefront such as politics, human rights, environment and a general want to socialise however it will not be particularly intimate so it is best to avoid having those deep and meaningful conversations at this time.

This is an analytical moon where we will be more prone to looking at our place in our community, family and social groups and how these too have an affect on our own life. We can be more capable of working in harmony with others at this time but can also become more stubborn about our opinions and theories.

In the romance department this is a time to keep things light hearted and fun, socialise with each other’s friendship groups to gain more insight into each other or ask broader questions such as topics such as politics, spiritual path, hopes and dreams etc but do not engage in conflict about who is right or wrong.

This is a great time to network, reach out to new clients and new communities. Join a new yoga class or have a coffee or lunch date with co-workers. Team Building exercises are great within the work environment or hiring a new staff member. This is the ideal time to pitch new ideas, campaign socialise over dinner or attend trivia nights.

This energy encourages us to live by our inner philosophy and morals, perhaps to re-establish new ones and share ideas with others – be cautious not to tell others they are wrong however. We are more open minded at this time and curious about new perspectives and ideas.

Watch out for being too disconnected to the world around you and your connections to others, a feeling of righteousness and getting too caught up in our own philosophy, remembering to have empathy towards others and their beliefs, being too challenging on debating beliefs or opinions, looking too far into the future that we fail to see the present moment including any hurt feelings, needs and excitement of yourself and others around us and being too experimental – don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!

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Astrology

New moon in Cancer

The new moon in Cancer will be highlighting our emotional self and our connections to family and significant others. This moon is also harmonising with dreamy Neptune and there is a harmonious connection between Venus and Mars making this moon the perfect time to focus on nurturing our intimate connections with those we love – family, friends and lovers as well as ourselves.

If you are wanting to manifest some love in your life or a greater sense of commitment and intimacy within your home environment, this is the perfect moon to do so! Don’t just write something down and forget about it, turn this into an affirmation you repeat for this moon cycle and really feel yourself in that reality. 

This moon may make you feel like you want to rest and retreat into your shell more, spending more time nurturing your inner self and indulging in comfort foods. You may not understand your emotions during this moon and that’s ok, just roll with them and allow yourself to feel whatever comes to the surface without judgement. Pay attention to the body language of those around you as our bodies will communicate more than our words can at this time and your intuition will also be heightened.

In the romance department, try to avoid suggestions or advice that can come across as sounding like criticism as we are all feeling more vulnerable and sensitive. This is a time to interact in ways that are sweet and tender, cuddles and comforts such as cozy nights in with comfort foods and a good movie are best to create and nurture those connections.

This is also a good moon to do some inner reflection and see what it is that you hunger for… is it love, connection, deeper spirituality? Go deeper again and see what emotions are driving this need and how you can cultivate this in your life using intentions from this moon. Connect in deep with the earth who is the archetypal mother and in turn the energy of Cancer and the 4th house. Examine your connections to the mother archetype and the divine feminine, are you in balance or is there healing that needs to be done? How can you nurture yourself more?

Working with the root chakra and sacral chakras will be highly beneficial this moon to ground into the earth and to allow emotions to flow. Meditate and see where you can develop a deeper connection to your spiritual practice. Stay hydrated during this moon and focus on your inner sanctuary.

Things to watch out for: Mood swings and a general feeling of being “crabby” or cranky can be heightened as we feel more vulnerable. You may also find this filters into a stronger feeling of neediness if you are emotionally uncentred and this is when root chakra work will be extra beneficial. B cautious of overeating or under eating in response to emotional turmoil and feeling overly self conscious about who we are and how we look. Codependency will also be highlighted during this moon.

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Astrology Monthly Plant Medicine

July Monthly Plant Medicine ~ Hibiscus

Hello my loves and welcome to the month of July! How are you all feeling after this intense energy that June brought in for us? We had eclipses, retrogrades, super moons and the solstice – a big month indeed. We are officially shifting into the second half of 2021 and to usher us into this time is the Queen of the tropics ~ Hibiscus. the Hibiscus represents beauty and happiness and she is asking us to reconnect to ourselves, express our joy and be in the moment. When we pause to look at all the beauty that is around us we shift our energy into one that is more open and receptive and this in turn allows us to receive more abundance from the universe.

Astrologically speaking we are now in Cancer season which asks us to reconnect in with the emotional body as well as the divine feminine principles. We have a new moon in the sign of Cancer on July 9th which is opposite transformative Pluto who is currently retrograde in Capricorn – the divine masculine energy of the zodiac causing us to evaluate how we see the masculine energy within us all and harmonizing with dreamy Neptune who is retrograding through the depths of his home sign of Pisces. Venus and Mars are on good terms and conjunct each other at this time, bringing a time of harmony within our relationships.

This energy will ask us to slow down and connect in with the emotional body and what we truly desire to create, the art of manifestation comes from a strong connection to the emotional body and when we are out of alignment, this can make things difficult to manifest. You can find the full break down of the July astrology here.

Hibiscus is connecting in with us this month to help us reconnect to our inner desires and sense of happiness. She is calling us to review what is no longer in alignment and what drives our emotions – are we truly walking a path that is what our heart is calling us to do or are we walking that path of action and duty that doesn’t light us up any more?

July will be a time for introspection as well as connection to the world around us, the relationships with others and the way we connect in with ourselves. Do we judge ourselves harshly? Do we see the beauty or the flaws? This month will be one that asks us to focus on the beauty in all things and find gratitude for what we have and in turn become receptive to more.

Pay attention to signs of seeing this flower either in nature, on your news feed, in the products you buy or or spoken about around you as this is a moment where she is gently reminding you to check in with your emotions and to be present and notice any forms of beauty around you. Have a wonderful July everyone.

xo Elizabeth

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Reclaiming the Soul

This is my first official “normal” blog I guess you could say. I have never actually done a blog in the traditional sense, talking about daily life and I am both excited and nervous at the same time as many people have always read my content for the information aspect and there is always that little bit of self doubt that comes from not knowing if people truly do want to know about your thoughts or life. A word of caution – I am a writer and when I begin to write about something I am passionate about, I can write a lot so get comfortable, I have no idea where this blog will end 🙂 All photos in this blog are my own that I share with you to help inspire and rouse your own soul.

This is going to be a little insight into the past week and show you the simple things that I have been enjoying – the very things that I had been neglecting in my life. The spiritual path can often be riddled with a need to do more, learn more, be better, grow deeper into your spirituality and yet it is this very aspect that can pull you further away from finding your peace and authenticity and this is the self discovery that I have made over these past few months while going through my own transitions.

A blackbirds nest in the berry archway

In my last blog I mentioned that I will be sharing more of my world to inspire others and to show the other aspects of myself and that begins today. This week has been a strong focus on getting back into my garden. Gardening has been a part of my life since I was a child. I have always loved to be outside wondering the land looking for faerie doors and interacting with the wildlife. I have always planted things in every place I lived, leaving behind a piece of myself in the earth each time I moved on. I liked to feel like an earth goddess spreading joy and love via plants!

I am someone who loves a mixture of edible, medicinal and fragrant gardens that have a wild and untamed aspect to them and this is what I have achieved within my own. We began our life in this home in September 2014 and when we purchased this home the garden was non existent – a weedy long tangle of grass in winter and a dry dust bowl in the summer – the only living things were the large gumtree in the back corner that i affectionately call grandmother gumtree, a couple of native bottle brush plants along the other back fence and a random bush that the dog eventually killed when he was a puppy.

Over the years it has been trial and error, blood sweat and tears and I know have the vision of the wild, secret garden that I always wanted. It is still and ever evolving landscape especially with having chickens like mine who eat and destroy everything! At last count we had topped over 40 fruit trees, not including the grape vines or passionfruit. The garden has an abundance of wildlife and is its own ecosystem now.

This past year I had neglected the garden a bit, only doing the necessary things to maintain it and a half ditched attempt at growing vegetables, my focus had been on other things like spiritual pursuits and trying to work through my own emotional changes and feelings – I blame my Saturn Return for this lol. I had made the decision when the first round of covid-19 hit in March that I needed to spend more time in my garden, though during that time with 3 months of not working my “day job” I ended up launching my online business Awaken Spirit which took a lot of time and energy as this too went through many trials and errors as I found my footing.

a honey bee on the feverfew

With my focus solely on my tarot readings, astrology, study of different topics to help with spiritual life coaching, other aspects of myself were again pushed to the side. I spent one entire week re-writing my first manuscript after I had received feedback from a publisher and then my writing was put on the back burner once that was complete, I had planted out a couple of winter garden beds in the veggie patch that ended up becoming healthy but neglected and my entire world revolved around tarot readings, more tarot readings, content creation for my newly launched youTube channel and you guessed it more tarot readings!

Now don’t get me wrong I love doing readings but I started to realise that neglecting the other aspects of myself was beginning to eat away at my very soul and leaving me feeling empty so I tried to just add them into my ever growing schedule – by now I was back at work so my time was limited but I felt schedules, to do lists and time management would be the key to success like every other entrepreneur out there, but what I was forgetting was the parts of myself that need to be free to create and simply be. I started to crave freedom more and more, unsure of what that freedom even meant other than wanting to work for myself within my own business full time and this meant I just had to work harder and harder, push more and more and this of course burnt me out even more, exasperating the issues.

fresh youngberries picked from one of the berry archways

I am sharing this because I want to show the insight that just because we pursue a spiritual path, does not mean that we cannot fall into the same kind of traps that you do in the “mundane” or as many in our community would say, the “3D” world. This is not a dark night of the soul or part of the awakening process, no. This comes after and is something far less intense and yet even deeper and more powerful. In many ways it is a kind of rebirth of the self, a time when we truly begin to find our truth, our authenticity and reclaim who we are at the core. It is when we heal the wounds that are self inflicted and deep into our ancestral roots, it is when we discover those lost soul fragments of ourselves that have been lost over life times and even voluntarily sacrificed for things we believed were more valuable. It is the time we forge our own path and decide to step into our true identity with a sense of self compassion. I am going to coin this time the “Reclaiming”, I have no idea if this is a term in existence but that is what I see it as.

For those who understand the astrological aspects of our life this can be seen as the first Saturn return that occurs for people sometime between 26 – 32 depending on your personal birth chart and perhaps one day I will do an entire blog explaining this time. It is now, in the depths of myself and in my own cocoon that I finally decided that to truly embrace my spirituality I must first embrace all the aspects of myself.

my home made birthday cake with flowers and berries from the garden

This past week has been chaotic to say the least. Here in South Australia we went into an extreme lockdown due to a covid outbreak that commenced on the day of my 30th birthday, this lockdown was meant to last 6 days but was called off early after more information came to light. In Australia we are very lucky that we are relatively covid free compared to the rest of the world and out health authorities do a great job of getting on top of any outbreaks that may occur, especially here in South Australia.

So during this time with having my birthday to myself as my husband was an essential worker so I truly did have the day to myself, I allowed myself to simply be for the first time in a long time. There was guilt in the beginning of course but that faded as I embraced the things I love – creating. I spent the day in my garden, meditating and doing yoga, working with the cards for myself only, baking, taking photos and thinking of aspects within my story and what I want to write. I will share the vlog I created for those who are interested in following along.

This was the first time I felt truly at peace within my own mind. It felt right. Complete. It is this simplicity that my soul craves and the tranquility of being alone but not lonely. That is the hardest things we can learn – the art of being solitary and it is within these moments that I truly feel my most spiritual. I love that in this modern age I can connect with people all over the world and share the things that bring me joy, while still maintaining that solitary aspect that my soul so greatly desires.

the link to my birthday vlog

Humans are social creatures society tells us, we need connection and interaction and while this is true to some degree, we often forget that no matter what we are interconnected to the entire world around us and being alone does not mean we must be lonely, especially within society today. We can maintain connection with likeminded people while still discovering ourselves and for those who are not quite introverts or extroverts but something a little in between, I want to say this – I see you, I feel you and I understand you. It is ok to be alone, it is ok not to want the things society tells us we should want and it is ok to dream. Dreams are the longings and desires of our soul and if we stamp out the dreams, we are in fact fragmenting our soul by choice so, today if there is anything you take from reading this glimpse into my world, begin to reclaim those dreams and find your own rhythm in this world because that is the life you are meant to live.

Thank you to those who decided to read to the very end.

Much love,

Elizabeth xo

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Awakening

What is a Spiritual Awakening?

The term “spiritual awakening” seems to be a new buzz word within the spiritual community, much like when kale made its appearance in the mainstream health and wellness section a few years ago. But do you truly know what the term means and how does it apply to you? Is it a mystical experience reserved for the psychic elite or is it just a fancy term for walking the spiritual path?

In this next blog series I will be exploring what spiritual awakening means, how you can identify a spiritual awakening and then we will delve deeper into the spiritual psyche through understanding the ego and what shadow work is and how they all link together.

We kick off this series with a run down on spiritual awakening and understanding the term and how it can mean many different things to different people depending on your personal experiences, the community you are within and what resonates for you. It is in fact this very journey that inspired the name of my business – because I wanted to help as many people as I could on their own journey to awakening to the divine spirit that is within us all.

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Spiritual awakening can often be called “spiritual enlightenment”, “enlightenment”, “nirvana”, or simply “awakening”, though these terms are not the only ones out there. Depending on the community you are within they may all mean the same thing or they may all mean something different.

It can be hard to pin point just exactly what spiritual awakening is because these terms are widely used by many people. In many ways as the experience is such a personal and individualised one, only the individual can truly understand what it is to them.

When we think of enlightened or spiritually awakened people we may think of the “perfect” ones such as the Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi or even Jesus and that in order to be classified as awakened we must be as perfect as these individuals when in fact the opposite is true. We can be awakened or enlightened and still have flaws.

We then come to understanding the difference between all of these terms and for the sake of this blog and my own personal views on this, I will explain it as follows: spiritual awakening is the first step and we can go through many different stages of awakening, enlightenment is in some ways the end result or the final destination, a particular level of realisation. So from here on in I will use the term awakened.

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To put it simply, to “awaken” spiritually can be seen as the sudden (or in some cases not so sudden) expansion or shift in consciousness, that you are no longer living in a dream world so to speak and you are aware of something greater, bigger than yourself, the ego self (or the singular “I” identification) drifts away and your higher self begins to arise.

You see through the illusions of the world and see the emptiness in chasing the external calls for happiness that stem from the ego self, things such as money, fame or material satisfaction – this does not mean on the spiritual path you can no longer want these things, but you do so from a different perspective and understanding that they will not provide you the happiness or fulfilment you are seeking because what you are seeking only lies within.

You begin to question your old beliefs, habits and social conditionings and you begin to ask the deepest and most significant questions that the ego self was too scared to ask – questions like why am I here? Why do good people suffer? What is my purpose? And other questions that examine the fundamental nature of life itself. It is in a way, the shedding of old knowledge and conditioned beliefs and coming to the realisation that there is more to life than we have been taught.

So in this way we can see that the process of awakening is not about possessing knowledge or something ‘more’ than the “unawake” people – which sadly is so often seen within spiritual communities and it is worn like an elitist badge which in many ways means that the individual is still coming from a place of ego self and has much more awakening to do within themselves. To be awake is simply removing the shackles that keep you blind to what you already have within you.

This too means that the spiritual awakening cannot be defined by any one person for another – what is true for me may not be true for you and so on, due to the individual outlooks we have on life and it can happen at any time that is right for the individual. It is for this reason that I say when you believe you are experiencing an awakening yourself, seek as much knowledge from as many different people and take everything with a grain of salt because every person experiences it differently and if you find yourself being told that you are wrong or that it must be a particular way – run as far away as possible from that person because they are only going to make you feel more confused.

Often the awakening can happen either spontaneously such as through traumatic experiences though this does not mean you must have trauma in order to have an awakening, it can occur slowly and as a process through your own self-discovery.

Some things that are common no matter how the process starts for people is the feeling of being extremely lonely, alienated and lost, especially if you are around others who do not understand what you are going through. This is where finding communities can help in order to share experiences and have support from others because once you come out the other side it is an extremely rewarding path to walk and you will never stop learning. This is why I say you can have many different stages, because you never stop learning and as you become more equipped on your path, the more knowledge becomes available to you. The deeper you go into exploring yourself, the more stages of awakening you experience.

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I want to finish with giving you a few examples of some well-known people who can be classified as awakened in order to show you that they are still human and still have flaws. You can look at people such as Oprah, Jim Carey, Russell Brand or Eckhart Tolle to name a few and you can perhaps read up on their journeys into becoming awakened to see what it was that pushed them into the world of the awakened.

In the next blog I will explore the common signs and symptoms you may experience during an awakening in order to help you navigate your way through this path and begin to make sense of it all.

Love and Light

Elizabeth