Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Happy Spring Equinox!!

 
Spring Equinox represents the Yin Yang harmony, the moment when these energies are in balance, marks the balance point between light and dark.
New hopes, new beginnings, new relationships...the earth is reawakening. It's the seed sowing holiday! Its the fertile festival! Its the festival of Eostar, the ancient Anglo-Saxon Goddess of the Spring. Her colorful eggs are the symbols of renewed life. The fertile hare, that leaps up from the field just as the life force leaps up within us, was her sacred animal.

We're coming from the kidney season to the liver, from being (be yin) to doing (do-yin!), from the Water element to the Wood. The Wood element is the energy of birth, rebirth and renewal, the unstoppability of Life.

Smile at your liver, awaking and stimulating the kindness, generosity and forgiveness within you.
* Forgiveness is such a virtue! When we forgive we are free. We need to forgive ourselves and others to allow space for new experiences coming in into our lives.
* Generosity comes from feelings of abundance and gratitude; its about more than material exchange. True abundance is abundance of the heart- a sense of fullness that overflows in a desire to help.
* The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance; the second, transmission.

Practice covert acts of kindness and generosity- like the girl heroine in the film Amelie, or "guerrilla gardeners"- environmentalists who go out in the middle of the night and plant flowers to beautify waste ground. Think of something you can do secretly for other people or for the world, with no thought of reward for yourself.

You can nourish your body eating more greens this season, such as broccoli, so good for your liver. And avocado - good for lust and love!!!
Spend time connecting with the Mother Earth. Walking in bare feet on the grass, nourish yourself with Earth energy. Earth-Connection gives the energy needed to use our natural gifts, abilities, and talents.

© Anamarta

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Goddess Thought

Dear Goddess,
Yes, I truly believe that every woman is a Goddess, as you represent the feminine in the mundane dimension; and you should be honoured as such; indeed you must be the first to acknowledge the Goddess you are. 

What you're about to read emerged many moons ago, but every time I read it, something is trigger in my yin essence, so is why I'm sharing with you:

The more time I spend with women, the more I find the Goddess present in each of you, makes me just not believe, but feel it, we women are a reflection of each other, representing the different manifestations of the Goddess.
I'm delightfully enjoying every moment of just being, be yin, nurturing my yin energy and receive the fruits of it with such inspiration! Delving into the mysterious feminine, allowing time for the thoughts to emerge and solidify, connecting with my inner self in such a profound way! Awakening my inner Goddess, letting my inner wisdom be my guide, and the gentleness to be in continuing action with myself and everyone and everything else.
Result of this inspiring time I'm having to prepare for the coming workshops, I'm feeling the Divine Feminine within bubbling so intensely! It's like fireworks from the depth of sacred water, like the fire shining on the ocean.


The days are dark and short...
Nature embraces the darkness 
And you, what you do?
Let's embrace it too!
Going to the void
And what do you find?
the answer, the solution,
the direction, the path;
the Goddess!...
...the Inner Goddess
and her outer manifestations!
Be Yin!
Be Yourself!
Allowing the dark to rise
Blending with the light
Alchemy surprise!
Achieving the perfect harmony within,
Bringing this clarity in everything!

What better than a whole day, (actually weekend!) to embrace our beautiful womanhood, but our ‘Goddesshood’! A new word I created to represent the connection with the Divine Feminine within and sisterhood that brings the awakening and embracing of our inner wisdom, that leads to the empowerment of each other, that always generates so much love and inspiration towards ourselves and others! What a lovely cycle!!
This Special Spring Equinox Workshop, Join US at the:
 
INNER ALCHEMY FOR INNER HARMONY on 17th & 18th March:

All Women Are Welcome
Click Here for Details and to Book Your Place Now! 

In delight & sisterhood
© Anamarta

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Happy Dog Chinese New Year: Mellow Pace and Yin Embrace!

The extreme Fire Rooster crowed out and the mellow Earth Dog barked in!
The Taoist (Chinese) New Year couldn't have started better, as usual in the New Moon with the energies of new beginnings in high, but also with a Solar Eclipse, which reinforce the energy of manifestation, great to set intentions and seed dreams. The Yin of the Moon and the Yang of the Sun, bring in the harmony, let it prevail in our lives!   

An Earth year... yes please! After the intense past two fire years we had, time to slow down yet moving towards your purpose, to nourish and be replenished - let the stability of Mother Earth support you. Embrace the turning point and Welcome the Dog New Year!

The dog qualities are integrity, loyalty, protection, fun, playfulness, honesty. They are mostly known to be friendly, totally dedicated to whom they love:
A reminder for this year to deepen your relationships. Also to surround yourself in a pack, as the dogs do, of like minded people, who support and empower each other for the highest good.

Integrity and honesty are the values that lead to success under Dog’s watchful and just influence. Susan Lewitt

Dogs are sensitive too, have an amazing sense of hearing and smell; and are totally in tune with other feelings. The dog vision though is different from the humans: actually believed their vision to be in black and white, but recent studies showed they see colours, although in limited colour range. For me this aligns with the fact the dogs are straight forward and don't lose time with superficiality.  Perhaps another insight for this year!...

Protect your space, which is sacred.  Defining our energetical boundaries is very important to keep the integrity of your values. Being sensitive, helpful and compassionate, doesn't mean people can take advantage of you. You have to stand your ground and draw the line, for when the time to say 'no', it's clear and sound.

 

Dog is a medicine that embodies the loving gentleness of best friend and the half-wild protector energy of territorial imperative.*
If a dog has been yelled at or paddled, it still returns love to the person who was the source of it's bad treatment. This come not from stupidity, but rather from a deep and compassionate understanding of human shortcomings. It is as if a tolerant spirit dwells in the heart of every canine that asks only to be of service.*
 
Reclaim the power of loyalty to self and self-truths. Become like Dog - your own best friend.*
 
“The Earth element brings a sense of calm to the already steady Dog." Susie Cox
 
The Earth is a feminine element with the virtues of serenity, openness, fairness, grounding and sensuality. But the emotions, as we don't have positive without negative, are worry, anxiety and stress; which also associated with the dog.
The organs are: the Spleen, the nourishing organ, has the energy of nurturing and caring, following the nature of the Earth Element. And the Stomach, where you can find thousands of neurons, why it's named "second brain".
The stomach meridian runs through the nipples and ovaries, important connection with your sensuality and sexuality.
The direction is the center. In our Taoist Practices we emphasise the importance of cultivating our centre, our "lower Tan Tien". We have a wide vision upon life when being centered. When we are in our centre we are taking charge of what's going on, no matter what, and not the other way around...
You can cultivate your center by connect with the Earth: simply by walking bare foot on it, and standing for a while, imagine your feet blending with the roots deep in the earth beneath... Also Qigong, Tai Chi, conscious dance and body movement, help you to calm your mind,  feel your body and be present in the moment.

I see this Earth Dog as a yin feminine year: to connect and love our bodies, digest life with ease, embrace our sacred sensuality and being centered in our power!
To support this you have the Jade Egg Holistic Practice, with of course the Jade Egg: a tool, a jewel and a talisman. Jade is a Earth Element crystal, in all aspects: remind us to enjoy the pleasures of being alive, smell the flowers, touch someone you love. Jade and the Earth Element are associated with abundance, actually not only physical abundance, but opens your heart to Divine Abundance and sharing with others in affirmation of plenty.

Some numerology to reinforce these energies:
Dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign.
The legend says the
Jade Emperor decreed that the earthly calendar would be represented by 12 animals, the first dozen rock up to his palace will be the selected ones.

2018 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 8 = 11
11 is master number (we don't add 1+1). It relates with spirituality, intuition, psychic abilities, illumination, mysticism, align with your soul purpose, and master teacher. So embrace your self-mastery, as everything is inside you! For you to access this, you have to stop and listen from within, embracing like this your yin energy of being.
This can be indeed a year for you embrace your feminine gifts, and therefore trust your intuition, allowing your inner wisdom to be your guide.

Following the mystic 11, we also have a Mystic Dog:
Did you heard about the Anubius?
It is one of the most prominent and mystical Gods of ancient Egypt, being it's protector, with the body of a man and a black jackal head. Anubius was the God of death, the underworld and mummification.
Dog is also known as the guardian of ancient secrets, hidden treasures and babies in certain tribes (while mothers are cooking or in the fields).
 
And what about the wolf?
It could be definitely aligned with the Dog energy, they share the same loyalty (wolves take a mate for life!), although wolves are wild.
The senses of Wolf are very keen, and the Moon is its power ally.*
In the Great Star Nation, Wolf is represented by the Dog Star, Sirius (the brightest star in the night sky), which legend tells was the original home of our teachers in ancient times. Sirius was thought to be home of the gods by the ancient Egyptians, and is still considered so by the Dogan tribe in Africa. It stands to reason that Native American peoples would formulate this same connection and adopt Wolf people as the clan of teachers.*

 
So now I ask you:
How do you relate with Dog?
Take a few minutes to reflect on it. Like this find how you can align with it's energy to make the most of it.



I share the incredible story of my dog:
I had a best friend called Blacky, a street young dog that appeared when I was about 7 years old, and we took him in. He was very independent, intelligent, and a strong character. He used to be free during the day, free to be at home or walk around, as he wished, usually he would walk with me to the school and pick me up (alone). Blacky started to give a very hard time to the postman, and he was terrified and the complains began. One day I hid myself when the postman arrived, as I wanted to understand why Blacky will furiously bark at him and don't allow him in the building. So I just witnessed the postman threatening Blacky with the stick. I knew Blackly will not do such a thing without reason. This created some problems with some neighbours that suggested to send Blackly to a farm in the north of the country, many kilometres away; my family obviously didn't accept and assume to take the responsibility for everything (during the time the postman will come he will be hold). One day Blacky disappeared. We though he found another girlfriend, he was popular within the female dogs, so when they were in heat, he will run there and we will find him after a day or someone will tell us where he was (he was quite popular in the area, everyone knew him, a real character). But this was different, he didn't come back. With my rebellious 11 years old, this just broke my heart, I knew my best friend had been taken away. I looked for him, my friends did it too. And I used to pray, ask for him to come back; I did this for many years. Six years passed, 17 years old now, just a few months before I left my parents home, I received a phone call from them: 'It is a dog outside of our work (which was 10 minutes from our home), is in such bad condition and doesn't allow nobody to come close to him, we think is Blacky, just come here.' I couldn't believe! As I arrived, yes, was him, and just me could come close and hold him. We took him to his doctor, who loved him; and confirmed that dogs always come back to their owners. Blackly was back with his paws worn away because of so much walking, one ear shorter than the other, less two teeth, a shot gun wound in a back leg, his tail cut (he use to have a nice big one, he was a mix of German Shepard and Labrador).
Our sweet warrior, now older and filled with experiences, had happy few years ahead. Twelve years and one month ago, just few months after I moved to London, in old age, and a bit sick, he died. I went to Portugal just for 48h (as I was working), but when I arrived he had passed away; apparently his doctor drove three hours across the country in the middle of the night to assist him in his last breaths. I was devastated. He start to come to my dreams every so often; but I still missed him!... But one year passed and with my Taoist shamanic healing meditations, what a big surprise, Blacky was there waiting for me! And until today, through this meditation, in this place in another dimension, we are together.
Sometimes across the world, happened recently in Mongolia, a black dog out of the blue comes to me, and from his eyes (as with humans, we recognise someone spirit by their eyes), I know his Blacky spirit coming to say hello in the mundane dimension.
Another memorable thing from Blackly: was three people in my life that he clearly didn't like, they will try to stroke him and he will turn his back, and then looked at me. Guess what? Was people that a few years later revealed themselves not good to me and of course stopped to be part of my life.
Another thing to bear in mind, not just for this year of the Dog but for life, trust your first instinct, what you feel is always right!


Be Mellow and Embrace Yellow!
This is my motto for this year, with the light heart of the Dog, but yellow isn't just a joke to get the rhyme. The yellow (or gold) connects with the Earth. So I embrace the golden light, for abundance in all levels, take the time to taste the sweetness of life, be grateful, and ultimately just trust and be!...

And you, what is your motto?

  
 ***Wish you a wonderful Dog Year, may you walk the mellow pace and enjoy the yin embrace!***

 *Adapted by Jamie Sams in Medicine Cards

This article was inspired by the insights shared last Jade Circle®, with powerful inspiring women. Deep gratitude to you dearest Jade Goddesses sisters.

Dog Zen Painting by Kris Deva North  
© Anamarta

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

1st New Moon of 2018 in Capricorn: Reinforcing Intentions, Manifesting Dreams!

Moon Goddess by Josephine Wall 
 
New beginnings, fresh starts, solid developments or even endings (the cycle of life-death-rebirth...), of anything than no longer serves you.
 An inspiring thought adapted from my partner Kris Deva North: 
Reflecting on the challenges and triumphs of 2017 and it's Chinese New Year (still on for one more month), wondering if I treated those just the same, and looking ahead to the Dog walking in and the Rooster crowing out.

A few things for you to meditate on, whatever works for you: seated in meditation, lying down on the bed or simply contemplating the view. Here it is:
  • Everything and everyone you are grateful for.
Give them a hug, (energetically or physically), ah, and this includes self-hug! (appreciation for your body and whole self!) ;) As well, to everyone you are grateful for, let them know!
    • What you have done and have not done this year? (Based on the goals and ideas you set out to achieve, put in practice on 2017.)  
    Although be light hearted about this: I believe it's not an understanding from the mind, but more from the heart, which cultivates the acceptance of your own nature and life circumstances. It's really no point to focus on the negative, just take it as ways to improve something or even to change it; as well as motivation and goals to achieve in future, as everything happens in the right time... the Divine Plan, transcends us all!...
    So going a little bit deeper: 
    • What was your biggest challenge and your bigger satisfaction?  
    To stir a bit of philosophy into it, something I received from my family when I left my country, to embrace the unknown, a card with this sentence:
    "The bigger the challenge, the bigger the satisfaction."
    (From a Greek philosopher that I forgot the name), this made lots of sense, and still does. Challenges are incredible gifts, some really hard; but I think they are our great teachers, indeed gateways for growth and evolution, along with so much wisdom and self-awareness.

    And being in the 'quoting mode', another thought:
    "Never lose your faith. The best beginnings come after the worst endings." Bob Marley.
    In Portugal we have a saying: After the storm comes the calm.

     And finally something for you to write down (or just run it through your mind, whatever works better for you) :
    • Where have you been? (Different places, travels you have done, doesn't matter the distance.)
    • What did you do? (The highlights of the most exciting things you did this year, in any level, something that really means a lot to you...)
    • What did you learn? (In the different levels of your being.)
    If is something that no long serves you and you don't want to see repeating in your life, just not external situations, but things in yourself you want to let go, to give space for the new! You can write them down in a small piece of paper and then:
      • Take a quiet moment to reflect on everything you wrote, read it out loud and in a place in nature, you burn the paper. As the ashes fall to Earth, the smoke rises to the Sky, as above, as below, so within! (If you have any sacred place where you do your rituals indoors, like a cauldron or a stove, it's fine, but then give the ashes to Earth). The fire has the power to transform, supported by the unconditional nurturing of Mother Earth and divinity of Father Sky.
      This first New Moon of 2018 in Capricorn, reinforcing the energies of new beginnings for the New Year and specifically: the energy of determination to accomplish your goals, dedication and confidence to do what you want to do, to achieve ambitions and have the stamina to do it.  
      Capricorn being connect with the earth teaches about grounding, essential to help us in our achievements and indeed embody presence - be here in the now!
      •  Write down your goals and dreams for 2018!
      Be specific in your goals and dreams, and less is more, so make the list that you believe with your mind, heart, and soul can be possible to achieve in the coming New Year.
      Then you just have to do your bit in the mundane dimension, along with visualisation (that is actually happening, even when not yet!), to make into a living reality!


      ***Wishing you a wonderfully fantastic 2018! It is unfolding with new opportunities to Live Your Truth, embrace yours Divine Feminine essence, and Manifest your Dreams***

      May your radiant Feminine self shines, contributing for a better and beautiful world!
        © Anamarta

        Friday, 5 January 2018

        Pleasure List To Do

        My suggestion just not for the new year, but for life, anytime you come across this article is:
        A Pleasure List of Things to Do!!
        Yes, I really mean it and highly suggest it, you know as well as me how good we are making these lists "To Do"...
        And do you put yourself in the top of your list to do?
        That comes up quite often at our Jade Circles.
        This emerged when I was being pampered in a spa in India...
        I was having such a pleasurable time and thinking "I really enjoy this...". The other thought that follow was: "What really gives me pleasure this life?... All levels pleasure: body, mind and spirit..."
        So I suggest this for you:
        • In your mind go through everything that gives you pleasure. I can extend this to everything that makes you happy, really makes your heart smile and your whole being feeling great!  And this should really include everything! I know some things involve some cost* (my example of going to the spa), but others not (being in nature for example).
        • Then write down your Pleasure List To Do.
        • Next step is to everyday make sure that you do one of the things from your Pleasure List To Do (more, better; but keeping simple goals, make them achievable... everything else is a wonderful extra!)
        *To the things that give you pleasure (make you happy) that involve a cost:
        You can make them happen!
        How?!
        Put your intentions (this means believe you can do it!) to have the resources to do it so...
        Also is about choices and the priorities in your life; which we associated normally with responsibilities.
        But is indeed a responsibility to feel good and happy, to prioritise ourselves!
        I found by choosing pleasure, feeling recharged and inspired, I get the energy and power to manifest what I need to take care of my responsibilities... The other thing that comes with it is trusting that the Universe provides everything we need at the time...

        Another thing I found useful and relate to it, if not daily, every so often is to ask to myself these three questions:
        *** Am I where I want to be?
        *** Am I doing what I want to do?
        *** Am I with who I want to be?

        I'm quoting my beloved partner Kris Deva North, from his great e-book From Stress to VITALITY NOW! Secrets of Love and Life Mastery for Men and Women - definitely recommend it!

        All to say my dears: to enjoy life, celebrate your beautiful and Divine Feminine self and be happy! And happiness is not to be wished but to be taken!... Carpe Diem! (the Latin to enjoy life as if it's your last day; or as in the dictionary "to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future")
        © Anamarta

        Thursday, 21 December 2017

        HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE!!

        Also known by MidWinter, Yule!

        At the darkest moment of the year, light is reborn. From the womb of night is born the child of light who is the returning year.
        Solstice reminds us that the Goddess is, beyond all, associated with regeneration. Death gives way to birth, ending to new beginnings. Another reminder that every quality contains and gives to its opposite. There can be no light without darkness, no darkness without light.
        Winter is officially here, time of death and conception, the Yin peak of the year in the Taoist calendar, special time for us women, where the yin prevails...!
        We dive into the Water Element represented by our kidneys, guardians of ancestral QI/CHI, storehouse of genetic energy, holding the reproductive essence, our life force. Associated with the virtues of wisdom, gentleness and calmness, (and the negative emotion of fear).
        • Jade is a great crystal to heal the kidneys, you've one more reason to keep connected with your Jade Egg!
        A Good Tip for this Winter and actually you can apply all year around:

        ***Keep your kidneys warm, don't forget they look after your life force, (your creative energy which is present in everything you do!...) - give them a good rub everyday. 
        *And if you're rubbing your kidneys just bring the movement down and give a energetic rub, and some tapping in your sacrum (the triangle bone in the base of your spine), keep it warm! The sacrum is in the back of your sexual, creative centre, connect with all pelvic nerves, for the Taoist the sacrum is the gateway to the Universe beyond the visible... This is a simple thing to keep this important area of your body healthy and free of tension and lower back pain!
         Here an extra:
        **When people ask me what to do if they feel this part of the body cold, I recommend to wear a scarf around their waist, keeping the kidneys and sacrum warm. This can apply to everyone who spends long time in the same position (like sitting with their computers, playing an instrument, etc...)
        *And of course, ladies, it is especially good to keep your kidneys warm when you're with your moontime (your period) and if you are cold or tired. 

        Another great practice for the above and to keep your kidneys and adrenal glands (a little helmet above them) rejuvenated and healthy, is to do the kidney breathing - for those familiar with this practice, to the others who want to learn, keep posted for next year workshops and evening circles!


        © Anamarta

        Sunday, 3 December 2017

        Happy Gemini Full Moon ~ The Power of the Mind and Communication!

        This powerful Gemini Full Moon relates with our ability to communicate; with all our relations (family, friends, co-workers, colleagues, neighbours); with our mind, logical thought; learning and sharing knowledge.
        So for me this brings a very interesting insight about the mind and communication...
        The power of mind that can create anything we wish and like this can be delusional as well: the most dangerous thing to believe is what one wants to believe.
        Communication, which I remember to learn in my first Public Relations class, when doing my BA (looks like another life, but was part of academic journey) that communication always involves two people, a talker and a listener, so one would listen and respond accordingly...
        Very well, then through the spiritual journey in my Healing NLP course, made me realise that what people call communication most of the time is actually a monologue... have you noticed how many times people are talking to themselves or not really listening... And at that time this made me think, do I talk more or do I listen more?
        Listening is such a yin, feminine quality, and takes me back to my granny saying the wise ones are the ones who listen, starting from within...
        Starting with the Taoist Practice which evolved into my creation of the Jade Egg Holistic Practice, I found a very easy and natural way to work with my mind in a harmonious way.
        One of the benefits you get from these practices is harmonisation of the the left and right side of the brain, so I trust intuition to be my guide, and have my logical and rational mind working in balance with the unknown and artistic other side of the mind, and vice-verse...

        Regarding communication: to express our creativity (which comes from the sexual centre), to express our truth (which comes from our heart), to express our ideas (which come from our mind), are the three energy centres, or the Taoist call Tan Tiens, or organs if you want: genitals, heart and brain.
        Are they all acknowledging each other, listening to each other, and agreeing with each other? Whatever is the way (voice, writing, dance, any art, anything!...) you are expressing these.

        Now just stop for a moment and answer yourself:
        • How can you improve your ability to communicate based on the above?
        Going back to the Full Moon you can use this time of sparkle, bright, ideas, jokes, laughter and repartee to: bring light and life close to you as Yuletide approaches, make arrangements, swap ideas, improve communication, work with impartial and detached thinking, travel short-distances, heal the lung! (arms and hands too - any movement on them as Qigong, Tai Chi, Dance will do!;).
        In the Taoist Calendar we are still in the season of the lungs, the Autumn, the Metal Element. 
        The lungs negative emotions are sadness and grief. We can look upon them as a process of letting go... And its such perfect time of the year to do so!  Look at Nature, trees getting stripped, everything dumped in the Earth, preparing to enter the dark, the Winter, the Yin peak, time to Be!  
        "The Great Void is the place where all solutions and answers live in harmony with the questions that fill our realities." Jamie Sams

        To help you in your process of letting go, here is the lungs' Healing Sound: 
        • Become aware of your lungs resting within your chest. Take a deep belly breath to slowly fill your lungs, breathe out SSSSSSSSS as you release sadness, grief, loneliness, depression. Allowing the sound to vibrate in your lungs, breath then in the crystalline white light of courage, self-confidence, uprightness, and self-esteem.*
        *Adding the lung meridian stretch: as you breathe in, raise your arms overhead, elbows slightly bent outwards, hands palm up and extend your arms above your head. Let your eyes follow the movement.

        The Jade Egg Holistic Practice is a continuous invitation to turn inward and get in touch with one's body (and organs), teaches us about the Inner Alchemy, starting with the first practice of the Inner Smile meditation.
        Let the moon too inspire you to look within - the Lunar Alchemy.

        Alchemy was more than attempt to turn base metal into gold, it was a spiritual quest. The alchemist's power came from the conjunction - the union of the God and the Goddess. The God was symbolised by the Sun, the Goddess the Moon. This is a reminder to look deep within ourselves, to the balance of male and female internal energies, yin and yang. By attuning ourselves with to the needs of our male and female sides, we then can work towards healing the parts of self that need assistance.
        Without balance there is no place to creativity, without true awareness of ourselves there is no place for progress. By looking deeply into ourselves we grow.
        As in all the Full Moons, you have the opportunity to energize yourself with the power of moon yin energy and unite with women from all over the planet, here my suggestion: let's meditate at 10pm in the moonlight; by your window (or outdoors if is not too cold where you are) or use three candles or one large silver candle as a substitute for the moonlight. (If you don't have any of these, no worries, your intention is what matters, just put your heart into it!) 

         © Anamarta