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

        Friday, 13 October 2017

        Special Lucky FRIDAY 13th!***

        High Feminine Energy is in the air today, the lucky Friday 13th that usually happens once a year. Enjoy it, tune into it and make the most of it!
        Why lucky? Why Feminine?
        13 is a special and magical number for us women, associated with the 13 Full Moons we usually have in a year, linked with 13 times we usually bleed (have our moontime, menstruation), as our cycle links with the moon cycle.
        13 is the number of blood, fertility, and lunar potency. It
        associates with the sacred feminine, psyche power, magic, emotion in various traditions, from ancient times to modern.
        In Wicca, the Pagan Goddess tradition of Old Europe, communicants convene in covens of 13 participants. 13 was also auspicious for the Egyptians, who believed that life has 13 stages, the last of which is death, the transition to eternal life. 
        When Chinese women make offerings of moon cakes, there are sure to be 13 on the platter.
        A turtle, which represents the Earth Mother, the Goddess in Native American, for the Chinese symbol of wisdom; in the Taoist Shamanic Tradition the shell of the turtle was the original 'pakua', has actually 13 segments on her shell!...
        13 is the lucky number of the Great Goddess!

        Then Friday itself  is ruled by Venus, the planet of transcendental beauty, of love, special self-love, sexuality, eroticism, desire, enjoyment, fun, attraction; and the planet which reminds us of our Divine Feminine within. And is associated with Goddess Freya, who brings us love, friendship, beauty, reconciliation.
          
        I think for the reasons above this number has been seen other than as 'bad luck', a myth that started essentially from dark ages of patriarchal in church and politics when they use to burn women for their medicinal and psychic powers. And believe it or not, the the Witchcraft Act was repealed in England just in 1953!...

        Digger a bit deeper, this superstition about Friday the 13th may have roots in the biblical tradition based on the belief that the 13th guest on the "last super" was Judas, who's betrayal caused the death of Jesus. But were said that Judas were part of 12 disciples already! I remember growing up hearing if it was 13 people in a table the youngest one will be the first to die!...
        Now I wonder if the 13th guest of this "last super" was Mary Magdalene, she had a special relationship with Jesus... Of course never mentioned by the Christian tradition, who also never mentioned the spiritual leadership that Mary Magdalene held because she was a woman. This was been keep in secret and just encoded in stories, only revealed nowadays from the discovery of hidden and gospels.

        Friday was also: the day Jesus died on the cross; that Eve served forbidden fruit pie at her legendary garden soiree, was the day that Adam was expelled from Paradise.

        Do you know the superstition of the number 13th in the Western World is named triskaidekaphobia? 

         
        I found all so interesting as from fear of the Feminine Power so much was developed, but with that lots of women lost touch with their powerful and feminine self, even the understanding of their cycles, bodies and true nature.
        But I believe that is also changing and we should embrace this change to inspire others around us to the same.
        The Tao ( = the way) of Feminine Empowerment, being powerful as a Feminine Woman filled with compassion, trust, flexibility and receptiveness 
        (and not as a woman behaving like a man, as many women in power seem to, due to the competitive environment they are in).

        Tao of Feminine Empowerment, the
        Jade Circle
        ® Workshops which provide the tools to support us in this path, through Ancient Secrets which can be easily applied and greatly benefit our modern lives.

        © Anamarta

        Sunday, 27 August 2017

        How to Embrace Abundance?


        We are now in transition of seasons: in the Taoist approach we just left the Heart season (the Summer, the Fire Element) to the Spleen season, the Earth Element, Harvest time, also known as Indian Summer, time of abundance, gratitude and enjoyment for the sweetness of life!

        And in this time of abundance, here's an invitation for you to reflect upon:
        • What abundance means to you?
        • How does abundance manifest in your life?
        • Which areas of your life would you like to bring more abundance?
        • How can you manifest the abundance you wish for?
        From my experience I felt to embrace abundance in all levels in my life, I needed to create space in my whole being and for that to open wide my heart, my mind and my soul to everything the Universe can provide! And with this came a sense of trust, that everything I need is provided in the right time. Also, besides this it's obvious that I had to do everything I can in the 'mundane dimension', to work and give my best, in order to achieve what I want. And last, but not least the Great Mother Earth, being such an inspiring and wonderful teacher, by observing Her perfect cycles and tune with her as a source of continuing learning and empowerment.

         And today, by chance (if exist such a thing!!...), I came across this "When we approach our lives with trust rather skepticism, we are allowing our minds to be fertile ground for enrichment." by Jamie Sams in Sacred Path Cards.

        Do you know Jade is associated with Abundance and Fertility?
        Actually not only physical abundance, but opens the path to open our heart to Divine Abundance and sharing with others in affirmation of plenty. And I mean just not fertility to create a baby, but to create the life you want as well! To reinforce this: the shape of the egg is being worship as a symbol fertility since ancient times.
         The Jade Egg after a decade of deep personal exploration and sharing with other women I found it to be an amazing tool, jewel and talisman! And indeed to support abundance in all levels of my life... And create the fertile ground to live my dreams!

        © Anamarta

        Wednesday, 28 June 2017

        Tao (Way) of the Heart - Self-Love, First Love

        The Summer is here, the season of the heart, the fire!
        If not not seeing much sun in the sky, just remember that the sun is always shining inside your heart! Or even behind the cloud, always there smiling at you, illuminating you with light and life!

        In previous article I talked about embracing unconditional self-acceptance with "My Evil Twin", as important as embracing unconditional self-love!!... They are both linked in their coexistence, like the moon and the sun, the dark and the light!
        For me these are the foundations for a healthy life, harmonious relationship with yourself and everything around you.
        If you don't truly love yourself how can you expect others to do it? How can your receive and give true love?


        Deep self-love brings deep self-respect towards our whole being: body, thoughts and feelings.

        What is your Tao (Way) of the Heart:
        • What you do for you everyday that makes your heart smile, I mean that gives you true joy?
        • Are you lovable - How do you express your love towards yourself? And do you express love towards others?
        • Is your heart open to receive and give love in perfect harmony or do you think you give or receive more?
        After you reflect on the above, my last question:
        • Is this Unconditional Self-Love a wish or a living reality?...
        The best thing is to be honest with yourself, and if self-love is not embodied yet, then practice it like a daily exercise, until becoming an innate part of your being. It worked for me!

        Without an open and loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life. Jamie Sams

        And do you know that:

         The heart is the Emperor or Empress of your 'Internal Universe', the organ we can't live without!
         It has been suggested that our heart generates its own energy field, which interacts with the energy fields of other people!...
         The heart centre is the strongest generator of light energy in the body, even stronger than the brain!
        Here is something you can apply immediately to cultivate your heart and beauty; Yes, Love Creates Beauty!!
        • Sit quietly, take a few deep breaths and focus on your heart, imagine breathing in the sunlight and smile at your heart, call to someone you love. Let your heart fill with warmth and appreciation for him or her. The nourishment such feelings give to body, mind and spirit enhance your own beauty.
        © Anamarta 
        Image: Art by Regina Lord

        Friday, 23 June 2017

        Happy Cancer New Moon! Insights, Healing & Ritual

        You probably already know how strong is the influence of the moon in our planet and in ourselves!...
        But for us women, Grandmother Moon symbolises our inner wisdom, intuition, feminine mystery.  For me She has been a source of inspiration and empowerment.
        "In Astrology the Moon represents our emotions and our sense of security as we move through the world." adapted from Tannaz.

        The New Moon in Cancer is approaching today, representing the Mother - who sits in the heart.  Cancer is associated with family, children, loved ones, fertility, nurturing, working with the home, ancestors and tradition.

        Emotions can be in the air, as Cancer is ruled by the Moon!... 
        An opportunity to go within, pay attention to your feelings and thoughts, an important yin practice, being connecting with the receptive feminine side with no fear, just allowing things to flow like water, as the feelings bring truth and awareness.
        I truly believe that to feel is to heal.

        Ideally a time for nurturing: to retreat into yourself to get renewed and inspired. And to retreat is definitely an act of strength (not weakness)!...

        "The sign of feminine power that nurtures life…Cancer symbolizes the Great Mother of Life.
        At this New Moon in Cancer, we can plant the seeds of our deepest needs and desires, watered by our sense of self-love and compassion." Cathy Pagano 

        With this new lunar cycle promoting new beginnings, an opportunity to reinforce your goals or create new ones.  Focus your ideas, thoughts and meditations on positive change.
        Ponder the following and give yourself a moment to listen for the answer coming from within (you also can write it down if you like). How can I:
        • Establish foundations upon which to build a fulfilled life.
        • Share my happiness and joy with my loved ones every day.
        • Nourish my soul and those I love.
        In terms of Healing, Cancer is related to stomach, breasts and lymphatic system.
        Some of the practices I share with my Jade Egg Holistic Practice can support you with this healing: a combination of Healing Sounds, Inner Smile and Kuan Yin QiGong:
        • For the stomach, your "second brain", related with emotions of worry, stress and anxiety: Imagine you can breathe them all in and then breathe them all out with a guttural sound (comes from your throat) 'HOOOOOOOOO' and then place your hands in your stomach SMILE at it and imagine you are breathing in a gold light of serenity, openness, centering - feeling centered in your power***
        ***Another way to be centered in your power is consciously to connect with the Earth Mother, feel the soles of your feet, your body and your center; as if you had deep roots into the Earth, becoming like a tree: strong and steady.

        For the breasts, which symbolise your love chi:
        • Hold your breasts and give them a little squeeze - gently pressing against your chest (this is a great thing to do, you are helping dissolve any stagnant chi/energy...) - and then give a big Smile to your breasts feeling the love, joy and happiness of your heart!... Smiling to everyone you love, everything that gives you joy and makes you happy!
        (For the ones who have learned already the Breast Massage - keep it on doing!) 
        • Go bra free, give them a good shake, as movement is essential to your breast health! I strongly suggest to do this everyday before you wear your bra, if you have to wear it, and in your private space definitely go bra free!... 
        To the lymphatic system, which has the function of flushing the toxins out of our body:
        • The Chi Self-Massage. So specifically for this, to help the toxins to come out of your body quickly: just rub the tip of your fingers around the edges of your face and through your jaw and chin bone and under your chin. Then slide your fingers down your throat and when you feel the collar bone just go through the space between your ribs from your chest all way down your ribcage.
        For Ritual, and you can do a ritual without having to prepare anything; a ritual can be simply be a conscious way to focus on your intentions - this focus comes from your whole being (mind, heart, womb and soul).
        • From writing down your intentions, or/and creating symbolic acts to manifest your desires and goals...
        • Connect with water through a purifying bath with sea salt, and you can even add anything to make it more special as some herbs, or rose petals or essential oils... Also by going to the sea, or any springs, lakes, waterfalls...
        • In feng shui the left corner furthest from the front door (whatever is your home or a room from your living space) is related with relationships - you can put something that symbolises or you would like to symbolise your relationships from an object, crystal, photo or image, whatever has meaning for you and then light a candle.
        Overall a perfect time to focus your intentions with things to do with your relationships, with self-love, with your home and environment. 
        Wonderful time to go out in nature and connect directly with the Heart of the Earth, to feel the grounding, to feel the support, to feel the inner peace and deeply nurture yourself.
        © Anamarta

        Wednesday, 21 June 2017

        HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!!

        Also known as Midsummer or Litha.
        Longest day, shortest night, apex of the solar cycle, the sun reaches its peak!

        The Summer Solstice is a combination of joyous celebration and the realisation that the wheel has reached a pinnacle and is now turning towards the dark again. It is a time to gather loved ones and to celebrate community!

        • Call the fire energy, invite towards you, feel or imagine its warmth in your heart, and tune your warm heart with the Mother Earth heart beat below and tune into the Divine Love above, all heart is one now! Enjoy it, expand it and share with others!
        • And yet, a few quiet moments in a darkened room with a lit candle, give a sense of peace. It's a time for inner connection as well, because the inner and outer communities are interwoven.
        We're in the Fire Element season: the season of the heart. The heart is such an important organ, it connects with all the organs, if it stops, everything stops!
        We need fire to do the Inner Alchemy Taoist practices, as our body is mostly composed of water.  The first practice starts with the inner-smile; inner-smile originates from self-love and self-acceptance towards our body.

        • Sitting quietly, connect with your heart beat, relax all your body and your mind, and with your mind's eye look in front of you and see the sun, breathe in the sunlight through your midi-eyebrow, let this warm and energising feeling spread through all your being...and now smile at your heart, where the sun always shines, breathe in the light of love, and remember first love is self-love, the unconditional love towards yourself essential to receive and give true love; breathe in the red light of joy, think upon everyday life and its joyful gifts; breathe in red light of laughter and happiness, think of the laughter which always works as a spirit lift! And about happiness: The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
        "When the heart is open, we feel sunshine from inside. We have a sense of joy and love that is sometimes a floating sensation. In all of our meditations it is important to fill our hearts with loving, smiling energy, because when we feel love, we are truly related to all things." Mantak Chia in Healing Love through the Tao-Cultivating Female Sexual Energy.

        © Anamarta

        Thursday, 1 June 2017

        My Evil Twin!...

        Let me present you my Evil Twin, known already by a very few of you and talked about for many of you in Jade Circles:

        Hello I am Anamarta'a shadow side, yes the one who has the dark and naughty thoughts, negative emotions, and I am specially around when she is tired (and hungry), close to her moontime (period) is always the possibility for me to take over!... And when she gets stressed or sad I bring her terrible ideas... But above all she recognises me as part of her everyday life, so we are good friends, even when she says something not so nice, she would say "it's not me, it's my evil twin"; mostly we laugh at each other!...

        Do you know your Evil Twin?
        Are you on good terms with her?

        I used to say "I know all my demons", and one day I decided to transfer them all and created my Evil Twin who helps to take my imperfections much more lightly, accepting them.
        Although being mostly in light by choice, I know the dark is there always to teach something about myself, and also to give the opportunity to let go what no longer serves me, creating space for new experiences and energy to flow.

        By looking at myself in the mirror and seeing all the light and dark, this inner confrontation leads me to inner knowing, which leads me to inner harmony.
        How does this happen?
        Well, it's not just by pressing a button I'm afraid, it's about choices and the attitude towards my own self and life.

        I found accepting myself unconditionally contributes greatly to my health, loving relationship with myself and everyone else, and to get and live the life I want.

        The 'tools' that the Jade Egg Holistic Practice provides are very supportive and useful for not only cultivating self-acceptance, but Embracing Unconditional Self-Acceptance!

        In the Taoist Tradition there is no hell (just Earth and Heaven), it's we who create our own demons, so the idea is to embrace them and pacify them, because if you fear them, you empower them: and this may bring the consequences of living in fear, living a lie and indeed accumulating toxins which can damage our health...

        As the polarities of the external Universe we can not live without each other, the same exist within us.  But we have indeed an option to do something about it, it is in our hands to transform the negative and cultivate the positive.
        Have our face turning to the sun and the shadow will fall behind.  Although being behind doesn't mean we don't acknowledge her.

        By finding self-acceptance, acknowledge all aspects of yourself, just not your personality, but your whole body, thoughts and emotions; accepting yourself as you are with all your perfection and imperfections, is why I say unconditionally, you can fulfil your potential and inspire others to do it as well!

        As we fulfil our deepest desires, we fulfil our heart and soul.

        In the Taoist Calendar we are moving from the Wood Element (Spring), linked with the liver associated with self-acceptance (also with kindness, forgiveness and desire), to Fire Element (Summer), linked with the heart associated with love (also joy, happiness and passion). 

        © Anamarta