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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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I recently had a Miracle with a capital M.   A few months ago I bought a book by Gabby Bernstein and started working through it – I went straight to the section focussing on healing our finances – since I had been asking for a miracle in this department!

I was willing, ready and able to go really deeply into what might subconsciously be blocking me from being financially free – and in particular, from living free of the pressures of a large mortgage (a pattern which had run through my whole life – however hard I tried).  Almost immediately I recognised a belief that I had never seen before …. despite many years of inner work.  There was that hit of truth when I uncovered it – that AhHa that is unmistakable when you hit the truth!  After a week of inner work guided by the text …. and a growing trust in miracles, …I got a call from the bank about my mortgage.

Now what you need to understand… is that a couple of years ago, the bank gave me a few months interest free to help me along.  Only they forgot to re-instate the interest.  Of course I knew I would have to pay the back interest but at least in the meantime I had a roof over my head. 

After the inner work, I had decided to come clean and ring the bank and tell them of their mistake.  On the day I was going to ring, the bank rang me!!  They were deeply apologetic (!) informing me that they had made a mistake, that they had re-instated my interest and telling me the monthly interest charge.  They were very sorry and hoped I was OK with that.  I explained that I understood and had in fact been intending to ring them that very day to confess.

With a gulp, I asked how much the back interest was going to be (I estimated it as somewhere around $25.000).  Oh no – said the miracle worker from the bank …. it was our mistake so we are waiving the back interest! – (this is the BANK we are talking about! – $25.000.00!)

A couple of days later, I got an offer of fabulously paid work which would also put a hole in that mortgage…. (are you getting the idea?)

Well, I was so excited that I started telling people, who then asked that I create a group and support them to work through the book …. and that group finishes this week.

Here’s what a couple of them have said along the way:
“I have been surprised by this group – the daily practices focusing 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 and also manages to bring delightful humour into the group process .  thank you and see you Wednesday Lovely Grace! and yes I have had another major miracle this week!” CH

“I feel I have softened and my heart has opened in ways I didn’t realise I could, if that makes sense. The focus of the book and the support of being in the group has suffused my life with a warmth and inner glow. I am loving it and will keep going beyond the 42 days. I highly recommend this for everyone.” CS

So – as this group finishes, I have been asked to lead another – We start on Wed Oct 2nd, when another 7 week journey begins.  Here are the details.

Working Miracles                 

A 42 day journey to a whole new way of life!

 By using Gabby Bernstein’s book as the text and working through simple daily enquiries and meditations, we make profound changes in our thinking and actions to transform fear into abundant love …

You’ll be surprised at how 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, 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.

  • 7 wk program Weds 7-9 pm start 2nd  Oct
  • Fees $230: E.Bird $195 by 20th Sep -a copy of Gabby’s book is included in your fee.

The group will be a max of 8 and has 3 people already signed up, so if this calls to you, jump in by using the “contacts” page on this website  http://www.thealchemyoftheheart.com or email me at grace@thealchemyoftheheart.com and I will send you a registration form. You can register with a $50 deposit.

Blessings and Miracles to you all – I hope to journey with you

with love

Grace

 

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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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Hello Dear Reader. 

A very nourishing 2012 to you all.  2012 seems to be a time, more than ever, to claim our true Essence – that love that is a state of Being .  This is our challenge and our blessing.  May we all know the joy and freedom of living from the Heart.

Here are some of my offerings for the begining of 2012.  Everyone is welcome. Please contact me for more information or bookings

Calling in “The One” A 9 week journey to love. Small group program:  Take the stand to create an extraordinary relationship by becoming the love we are seeking. “Profound, heart opening and life changing”. Text Kathryn W. Thomas   Starts Wed 1st Feb. $180

2012 – What will it Bring for You? An afternoon of play and conscious intention. Saturday  January 28th 2-5pm $25

The Art of Presence: 1 day meditation and contemplation retreat to nourish and renew. Active and Silent meditations, satsang and relaxation: Saturday 18th Feb $60

Women’s Sacred Circle: gathering together to create a loving, healing, supportive circle. A gift to the body, the heart and the soul. Experience the joy of reconnecting to yourself and others with circle, song, exploration, movement and laughter. Saturday 17th March $70

Adyashanti DVD Satsang:  Thursday 9th Feb – then the first Tues of each month 7-9 pm .  Profound spiritual teachings for the end of the search.  For those of you who are new to Adya, come and experience his insightful simplicity and ordinariness and see for yourself.  Donation

Also: Individual sessions. In these psychotherapy sessions, a space of deep presence and stillness occurs in which your body is invited, through loving acceptance, to express and release deeply held old patterns and hurts.  This occurs naturally, gently and easily allowing the nervous system to relax, bringing a profound sense of peace and well-being.

Finding What’s Real: 10 week program exploring and practicing living the teachings of Eckhart Tolle’s “A New Earth”  Please register interest

Talking to the Mind and Body:  Hypnotherapy for healing the mind and body. Pls register interest

All events will be held in Ocean Shores South.

So – many blessings to you all, to your families, to all animals  and to the planet – and may all beings be well and happy.

“Our Hearts do not need logic. 

They can love and forgive and accept that which our minds cannot comprehend

Hearts understand in ways that minds cannot”    Lois Wilson

 


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