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As an old friend said to me recently “I have the feeling that the great cosmic broom is really up our bums” –

While you might not put it quite like that ….. I definitely agree – There is quite a sense of urgency in me to get my act really cleaned up – to have this mind as the tool of awareness instead of the unconscious director of a dreary show!!

HA! – I like that – it just popped out!!!

Anyway ….. to that end, I have scheduled two new programs for early 2014.

The first is a New Women’s Group

I have been asked to lead a women’s group by several women over the past year or so, and it hasn’t felt like the right time…. Now it does.

The group will start on Wednesday 19th Feb at 7 pm and will go until Easter.  It will be a closed group of no more than 8 women.  After Easter the group will open for new members if there is space. I expect the group to be on-going.

We will be holding a sacred space and allowing whatever needs to emerge to do so. There will be no agenda or structure other than our willingness to be truthful, to enquire deeply and to support each other. I may introduce some practices or exercises as they seem appropriate.

We will be letting our hearts open and be willing create a sacred space of love in which we can all bask, grow, relax and rest.

FREE INTRO EVENING:  Wednesday 12th February 7 pm – Bookings Essential

Group starts:  Wed 19th Feb

Fees: $230 for the term or early bird $195 if paid by 12th Feb

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 The second program is a popular one which ran twice last year –“Working Miracles” is a simple, practical, how-to, step by step method of shifting your perception.  It is based on  “A Course in Miracles”.

For 6 weeks, you will be guided through simple daily practices, meditations and enquiries, making daily changes in your thinking and actions and transforming fear into abundant love.

When we clear what is blocking us, we release our fear and allow gratitude, forgiveness and love to lead the way ….  making space for everyday miracles to enter all aspects of our daily lives .. Anything is indeed possible with a few simple shifts that almost all of us can make.

We will be targeting: inner and outer abundance, healing our finances, our relationships with ourselves and others, our bodies, self image and self worth – and eventually – miracle mindedness.

While our egos might not like this shift one bit, if we just do the work as it is given, miraculous changes begin to happen.

It is fun and achievable.

Past participants say: I have been surprised by this group – the daily practices on letting go of fear really build on themselves and life really starts synchronising with abundance.  I have experienced some real miracles like getting a new job and I believe this is because I am witnessing my ego and turning to love many times a day.  I feel loved up and excited!  Grace is an insightful and compassionate facilitator who also manages to bring delightful humour into the group process .  Thank you Grace!

FREE INTRO EVE: Thursday 13th Feb 7 pm

GROUP STARTS: Thurs 27th Feb  7pm for 6 weeks (you will start the first week’s work the previous week and we will process it on the first night)

Fees: $230 for the term or early bird $195 if paid by 13th Feb

We will use the best selling book “May Cause Miracles” by Gabby Bernstein as the text and a copy of the book is included in your fees.

Well, – I am excited about the possibilities both these groups provide – so if one or both of them call to you – hop in now and book your place ….. use the contacts page to let me know.

I hope to see you here …. meanwhile, remember to be the love that you are …..

Many blessings – Grace

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Today, on the beach in the early morning … I was once again in awe of the beauty that I walk in – the magnificence, the power and the downright immensity of nature ….. and I was again reminded that we are here to feel – to notice the great gifts of nature and allow them to enter into us, into our hearts, our very being – to cleanse us, refresh us, restore us.
How easy it is to walk in beauty and be only aware of our minds – the replays of conversations, the self-recriminations, the judgements of others, the worries, the fears …….. while all around us the magic waits to be noticed, to be allowed to suffuse us with this LOVE….
Today, try noticing the sky – allow yourself to melt into its vastness, feel the sun and the breeze on your skin, feel the earth, the sand, the grass under your feet. Watch a dog or cat or bird. Really look at a tree, until you feel it touch you.  Let nature have you – all of you ….. revel in it, abandon yourself in it, stop pretending you are this little worrying, nagging voice and fly into the arms of love…. you are here for a reason (hint – its not to pay the mortgage)
with love
grace

 

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Good morning Beloveds ……Here is a thought for this Christmas morning – maybe you are surrounded by family and friends, warm and loved … or may be that is not how it is for you …. Either way we can tell ourselves a story about what that means, – often an old, well worn story, making our alone-ness or feelings of being unloved mean something about ourselves …. Or, we can reach deep into ourselves and pull forth the love that lurks there, and reach out, share it, spread it, really meet someone fully – see them…. We have no idea what that might mean for another ….. this quote from Jeff Brown came to me this morning …..

“So many live their lives feeling unloved, unseen, unrecognized, unappreciated. So very many. You may not know who they are because we are all conditioned to hide our truth below a bushel of shame. But they are everywhere. When you make an effort to share your love, you don’t always know where it will land. But be sure that it does. Sometimes it lights a torch for others to follow. Sometimes it gives them reason to believe that there is a better life waiting for them after a lifetime of disappointment. Sometimes it builds spirits and sometimes it actually saves lives. We just have to keep giving the love wherever and whenever we can. You never know how far it will travel.”

So at this time, which has come to represent such deep feelings for many of us, giving the love wherever and whenever we can seems like such a simple and yet such a profound thing to do.

So wishing you all Love and Blessings and Fulfillment for this Season

deep bow

Grace

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This is an invitation to join us for my new course starting 24th July (next week!) – and a reminder that the early bird price ends today!

Awakening to Abundance – is a 42 day journey from fear to love!   As we explore daily texts, exercises and self enquiry, we make subtle daily shifts which add up to a new perspective on life.

You’ll be surprised at how these simple changes can lead to the miraculous in all aspects of our daily lives –  leading to inner and outer abundance, healing our finances, our relationships with ourselves and others, our bodies, weight, self image and self worth – and eventually to miracle mindedness.

The course is fun and achievable. We use Gabby Bernstein’s book as the text.  In it she offers the compelling message that anything is indeed possible with a few simple shifts that almost all of us can make.  (your book is included in the fee).

  • 7 week course:  Wednesday evenings from July 24th 7-9 pm
  • Ocean Shores South
  • Group is limited to 8 people
  • Cost is $210 (early bird payable by Monday 15th July) – then $250
  • Previous participants of any of my courses $195 by 15th July
  • (your copy of the book is included in your fees)

More details:  http://www.thealchemyoftheheart.com.au

Bookings and enquiries:  grace@thealchemyoftheheart.com.au

 

 

 

 

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Open Your Heart To Love
Hello dear friends – well, here it is again – the wonderful program based on Kathryn Woodward Thomas profound and insightful book of the same name.

This is an opportunity to go gently and deeply inside and release all the old patterns that create hurt and sadness around love and partnership – truly a journey to love – powerful and supportive to do in a group.

Don’t let your love life go around the same old circuits, or have you given up on love altogether?

We have a great group forming, and just 3 places left – so if you have been thinking about this program – jump in now! –

New 8 wk course begins April 3rd:  – that’s next week! cost $250

Here is what some past participants have said  ”  I want to share the profound and healing experience I had participating in Grace Underwood’s Workshop ‘Calling in the One.’ Grace’s deep wisdom, clarity and gentle love created a space where I felt safe and understood as I worked through processes I thought I had dealt with years ago. The layers of being, loving and the ensuing wounds along the way were revealed, shared and the healing begun anew. The warmth and support that developed in the group has changed our lives. We have laughed and cried, sung, been vulnerable and real with each other…and held each other in a sacred space. We have journeyed Calling in the One… who resides within our own Hearts. I recommend THE WORKSHOP to all…even to the men in the community…the heart in all of us is wounded…and the healing is our life’s work. What joy awaits/awakens for us all.” (JD )

“After we finished the course I felt so confident, open and receptive that I actually called in The man. He is fully available!  And I could rave on about his positive attributes…..   And I know what I have done to deserve him, so I can fully appreciate his presence in my life!  Thank you Grace for your wonderful support (DA)</i>

Do come and join us – with love, Grace

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There has been a great gift for me in being with my cat, Edward, through his illness and death.  From the time I knew he was dying I grieved deeply.  I found it hard to speak about it without sobbing, I cancelled all my clients and I just stayed with the process – with him and with myself for what turned out to be a week. My heart just hung open and there was a deep sweetness in the pain.  I was reminded of the wonderful Leunig’s poem – I dont recall it exactly, but it was about grief – letting your heart hang open, let the wind blow through it, the sun warm it, a stray dog lick it, and a bird to sing in it.  People in the street sensed the total unguardedness of the heart and smiled.  I told him I was OK, he could go.  I got homeopathics for all of us – including Maisie, the dog.  Still he stayed, unable now to smile at me, but still coming on wobbly legs for a cuddle.   By Monday it was clear that he was suffering, and I had a decision to make.  I had thought it was his own journey, a journey I could only take with him so far.  I wanted him to know for himself when his time had come, not be over-ridden by me.

By Tuesday, I just wanted him not to suffer any more.  People who loved him called in, some 10 in all – most calling round to say goodbye, not realising how close his passing was.  That was Edward – without his ever uttering a word, we all recognised the love that he was – not in any sentimental way, but in recognition of our own Essence, that which is our true nature.  He was often feisty, asking for what he wanted clearly, now I had to decide for him.  It was St. Valentine’s Day.  What a perfect day for a Lover to pass over – all that love in the air.  A dear friend called over spontaneously in the late afternoon –  and it was time.  I called the vet, asked if he would come here, to my home and graciously, with great heart, he agreed.  We sat on the back deck, in the beautiful light of the coming evening, the sun lighting the trees and the ocean, and he died peacefully in my arms. I felt calm and honoured.  I sat with him on my lap for half an hour or so.  There was tremendous energy moving through his body.  It vibrated into my hands and into my lap and continued for about 25 mins.  The whole house was full of love – a full, rich presence.

I laid him on his favourite chair, and my friend and I ate fish and chips!  Later we took him out to the garden to bury, but when we got there, I knew I wasn’t ready, so he went back to the chair where he stayed all night.  Maisie kept running round the house, looking at the ceiling …….. a bit freaked out!  The next morning, early, a couple of friends and I buried him – in his favourite spot in the garden.  We sang, read poems, laid flowers and cried.  We lit candles and incense and later this week, I threw some sunflower seeds where he is buried – I hope they grow with big shiny, smiling faces!

I found this quote by Eckhart Tolle

“I have known three Zen masters in my life, and all of them were cats”

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On tuesday, I came home from 5 days away.  My dog  Maisie had gone to stay with a good friend while I was gone.  My beloved 18 year old Tabby cat, Edward, stayed at home, while a whole team of friends who loved him, came by several times a day to feed and pet him.  On Tuesday morning, I got a call from my friend to say Edward wont come out from under the couch.  I laughed.  When I got home in the afternoon, I found a sick and bewildered cat.  A trip to the vet, and he was diagnosed with kidney failure.  Blood tests showed a urea level of 91.  The normal level is 3-10.  Most cats die at about 25.  He was dying – the vet couldn’t understand that he was still alive.  I was grief stricken.  That evening I had a new Calling in The One group starting.  I couldnt stop the flow of tears…. and in that vulnerability, hearts opened in the group and people connected in a way that might have taken much longer.  Today is Saturday and Edward is still alive, very weak, wobbly and confused, but still connecting with me with love and a light in his eyes.  He is not eating or drinking.  I have told him I will be OK and that he can go when he is ready.  I have been thinking about what this rare, gentle, intuitive and aware Being has meant to me and I wrote a memorial for his grave.  Here it is.

Edward – Rare, Aware Cat and Extraordinary Being of Light

My companion, friend and spiritual teacher.

He taught me about acceptance –  To be peaceful with whatever is –  or isn’t.

He taught me about love – to smile and purr and connect deeply – to love and accept everybody just as they are, to cuddle, to touch and to love being touched –and to be grateful. His gentle spirit and charm always won hearts.

He taught me about Presence – to live in a state of deep, peaceful awareness, effortless ease, and magical Presence- and to be happy for no good reason at all. He was always right here, right now with a wisdom deeper than my understanding and a purring peacefulness. I could just fall into his eyes.

He taught me about fun – to be ready to play and enjoy whatever is happening.  To go from total rest to warp speed in a nanosecond – and to never underestimate how fast he was! And oh! – what a footballer he was – his fancy footwork was an art to behold.

He taught me to ask for what you want, clearly and cleanly

And he taught me about complaining – by never, never complaining – even though his hips must have been painful for most of his life, and towards the end, through his quiet acceptance of the illness that took his life.

I love you Dear Edward. You will always be in my heart. Maisie and I will miss you more that I can say – as will all your friends who love you and who have recognised who you are.

Fly free and joyful dear One

“I have known three zen masters in my life, and all of them were cats”  Eckhart Tolle

I love this poem by Dr Bernard Gunther, about his cat, “Rumi”

swami rumi ..    is a yogi

aways ..stretching …yawning …breathing… meditating …in harmony

he is unity .. the infinite…formless..no one

playing form …fur fun

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