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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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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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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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