Honouring Resting and Recharging as Much as Action

Sometimes we’ve had a spell of inspired flow, or action. It’s amazing when that happens. Something to keep in mind so that we don’t push ourselves to ‘stay with it’ when clearly we need to rest, is to firstly look at the way we are judging ourselves in this time. Is there a thought that says ‘I should be doing something?’ Because that is a conditioned thought that is needed to be broken in order to realise that looking after Self and caring is ‘doing’ something. It’s honouring the rest that your body and mind need. It’s being kind to yourself. It’s honouring the natural flow in your world. The stream may be trickling instead of flowing, which is fine, too. There must be a winter as well as a summer. Whatever it is, please honour whatever your body is yearning right now.

With so much love,
Elise

A Call to Grace: Open Your Heart, Warrior

There is something growing… an uncertainty along with a feeling of dissatisfaction that is welling from deep within the open hearts walking among us, and pouring like a tidal wave from the energetic realm into physical reality. It is more than emotion, more than mere intention, it is the merging of grace into our lives. A calling for a receptivity within us. What is this energy asking of you?- for me it is linked to the physical wellbeing of my body:-

1. Food: Wholefood diet

2. Exercise: Walking every day, work outs as well/ dancing

3. Meditate daily/ embodiment practices (masculine and feminine on the day I feel)

We are in this for the long haul. Accept that there is no perfection. Self love practices are huge. Covering internal and external wellness is a necessity. What you do for one (say the physical), also do for the other (inner wellness) with equal time. Love is the only worthy weapon against that which binds us, keeps us in ignorance and creates separation amongst us, as the saying goes; what is in one is in the whole…. So please, please, look after yourself and dedicate wellness, both inner and outer, daily to yourself.

The commitment to Self is all that is being asked. No longer are the days of ignorance to be the norm. The wave is flowing through all physical form, wanting to be expressed through you. Old trauma, pain, fears remain as the block to this flow. Perhaps there is something more that helps to make this remain a little longer?- Acceptance of all that is in our lives. We give power to that which we suppress or avoid within ourselves. Dare to stop running or denying our truth within and turn to face it. Open to the lessons there. Learn to love the parts you don’t like, look at them, sit with them, be present with them. These are your souls’ life lessons to bring into your consciousness and transform. No one said it would be easy, but it’s worth it. As you would a dear friend who cannot stop judging herself or himself. And yet, you don’t see what they judge to be a major problem, in fact, what one person judges, another person may love. You may even love this trait in your friend…or not love it but accept it and love your friend regardless. So the quest, if you dare to accept, is to sit with those parts within you that you have squished down, denied, or judged and bring them to the light. There is only one person who can set you free- and that’s yourself.

 

All my love,
Elise

Being a Mother on a Spiritual Journey

Firstly, it needs to be pointed out that being a Mother in society at the moment still has conditioning and expectations attached to it about how this should look. Here in Australia, women still feel the pressure of putting their children and family first. It’s a revolutionary act to put Self first- self care and passions, above family. Revolutionary! Why? If we don’t look after Self, how can the family be vibrating in the highest potential?

There is a basic way of looking at this- every person who walks the earth right now is unique. Sure they have traits or archetypes that are strong/ weak within them, so essentially, let’s look at how the individual can best fit within the social constructs of the archetype of Mother. And what happens if you don’t fit the mold of how a Mother should behave.

Let’s break this down. The archetype of accepted ‘Mother’ expression is the Earth/ nurturing Mother
Traits: Nurturer, gentle protectoress, home maker, loving, selfless, generous, flowing, grace-filled, connecting family nucleus, raising young, homemaker, supportive

I’m writing to expose the fact that if you don’t fit this mold it’s OK. If you have ‘Mothers’ guilt’ for doing what you love- but having guilt of not being with your children, I’m here to tell you it’s worth working through that. Looking into why it is you feel that way. Is it because you feel it’s not in alignment with the conditioning and therefore you are judging yourself the way others may…. or is it that it’s not in alignment with your soul? Is it your deepest soul truth to be with your children as the archetypal Mother you’ve been exposed to? Or is it that your soul is fed elsewhere to then return back and nourish the family with passion- with energy- with a deeper connection to Self that only helps a growing family, rather than restricts it based on a single approach on how to Mother in an expanding and dynamic world.

I had a conversation with a woman who is receiving advice from her parents to stay at home for her children. But this woman needs to be free of the home two days a week to feel herself away from her roles, her titles and her obligations. So when she returns home she is refreshed, happy in herself and able to bring her confident self to her family. We spoke of there being a new way to move in this. A way that gives the finger to how things ‘should be’, a way that gives us the permission to explore what best works for ourselves in our own unique systems. How to best support our familes, children, and ourselves in this world. It’s no longer enough to say, ‘Right you’re a woman- you’ve had children. Now this is your life until you’re old.’ No! I will live my most expanded, passionate, amazing life NOW. And my children will reap the benefits of this.

We are not all the same as women. So why should the one aspect of Mothering be accepted as the norm? If it suits you, fine! But if it doesn’t then I challenge you to find out the way you can move with grace, freedom, passion and aliveness within the role of Mother that you find yourself in. Find a way to make it work for you without having that thought in the back of your mind about whether this is ‘right’ or not. The best fear tactic that can be used on us is the fear that we are f#%$^ing up our children’s life if we actually have the pull to enter the mysteries of ourselves when we have children.

It’s choice. There’s always choice. There’s a balancing out that naturally happens when walking the spiritual path and having children. Faith is needed. Patience. And a willingness to see the divine in the mundane. There are so many lessons of understanding Self- like where in yourself and what do you do you get a short fuse over! There’s a beautiful teacher right there- someone who can get you pissed off! Let’s face it, Kids are natural teachers!! Ha ha!!

The path is about connection and love- why should we separate our children from this path, and ‘wait until they are older?’ I see that as a deprivation to them. And also a lack of committing to a soul contract. If you are drawn to walk the path, it’s calling, it’s a burning flame within you that you cannot resist, nor should you, then your child who picked you as their Mother signed up for EXACTLY THAT! You, being authentically you. No matter how it looks, no matter what you are called to do to get to that- there’s the truth right there. Stop shoving yourself into a box. Explore, accept and go forth on the path of knowing thyself. Children are not shackles- we do that to ourselves in trying to fit a perfectionist role. Children are seeds we water to bloom. Be the cleanest water you can be for yourself and your own blooming, and for our children….

Written by Elise Heyward
Art by Seoro.O


Enough is Enough

It breaks me. It makes me sink to my knees perplexed at how we have managed to end up here. In this place where it is a rarity to collectively feel relaxed, happy and content. Where we don’t say the words, ‘It’s just the way it is. What do you do?’ Do? DO?

I’m not buying it any longer. Stay on your lounge eating potato chips while the world around you slowly dies. Stay glued to the TV while you numb yourself from thoughts about the stresses of the days work. Stay looking at the next holiday so you can escape this madness for a while- maybe you can pay it off? Maybe you’ll get a nasty credit card bill that only adds to your stress when you return. Return. RETURN!

Return, that’s it. If you stay glued to this cycle then you won’t know what else life can offer…. and there IS SO MUCH MORE. But it takes guts. It takes change. It takes not fucking throwing your life away on sedentary, numbing, melancholic things or practices. It takes challenging yourself to learn new things. It takes doing things just for yourself to enjoy. It takes stopping those thoughts of ‘I can’t, I have no time.’ What have you done? To have no time to live? What has happened to you? When did you stop fucking loving yourself??? Leading by example of how interesting and limitless life can be? Did you ever watch your parents or an adult having no time as a kid? Did it look like fun? Did it look like a good use of energy? Time to break free of this outdated pattern structure within us. Don’t worry, your family will still exist and love you. It’s time to consciously look at why we do the things we do, and take our sovereign power back.

I’m not writing this to get you to feel shame. I’m writing this to shake you up, shake you a little to let some of the truth seep in. You are in charge of your life. Not your kids, not your husband, not your job…. YOU. Take responsibility for this and make the change. You know WHAT needs to happen inside. YOU know what YOU uniquely love. Come back to YOU. Even if it’s rising 30 minutes before the house hold to do something just for you- yoga, a work out, meditation, drawing, writing… whatever it is. Give yourself the time. Like a long lost friend coming to town to see you- you’d create time for them, right? Well, do it for YOU! Daily! What do YOU NEED? You’re bloody well worth it. And your relationships will thrive the more you thrive.

It’s time to give back to Self. It’s time to create space. It’s time to stop looking outwards and start to make the changes to come back into our own power. For when we shift our internal world, the world around us shifts too. And you become a beacon of light, living by example of the fact it can be done. Change can happen and it’s worth it, even if it’s an internal shift. Pass on the torch. Be the change. I’m with you.

With love
Elise

Art by Babs Art Creations

The Warrior in This World

Do you dare to be different? Are you dissatisfied with how the world is run today? I want to introduce the Warrior archetype and how it’s needed in our world today in the cleanest, clearest, open, and compassionate way. It’s screaming to me to share this post here. This energy has literally saved my life on many occasions, and it rips my heart open to feel into the screwed up way it is being represented in the world, and has been in the past. It’s time to own this Warrior within ourselves. The ripple effect is massive…. And it’s a beautiful way to reduce the fear in the world once this all becomes conscious.

It’s not an easy path, but a beautiful one. It’s not for everyone, but a few. It’s a path of authenticity, It’s following a knowing, It’s having to either stand up and confront something even within self, or to sit and stay in the energy of it. It’s feeling the uncomfortable and being in it, open to what it is that needs to be learned. It’s staying for the sake of discovering truth, or leaving for the same. It’s discovering the highest good for all and doing what is necessary. It’s being on alert for ultimate truth that shows up daily, hourly, every minute, every second. What is the ultimate TRUTH?? Give me something to sink my teeth into…. GGRRR!!

If you find yourself being a non- conformist of societal norms, then a type of Warrior you are. What I am focused on is the Warrior for the unjust, the suppression of others, the sexual distortions and the greed in the world. I do work on myself in the Mars energy with love and compassion in my heart for this to be changed. My prayer is that Mars energy is consciously accessed with those who are heart aligned. My plea to you is to clear the way you are in this energy, and receiving the energy- and Rewilding does that so well, so that change may be made within our lives, and in the world. 
Thought: What is it that you could work with in Mars energy to purify in your world? What are you called to start to change within?

This path has ripped me apart. My brain had it all worked out- easy, the warrior’s path. Cool. Honesty. Honour. Pain. Good, bring it. But, I didn’t realise the level of surrender, the depths of despair, the constant requirement to check into the inner clear rod running within, the humbleness of the light that constantly brings me to my knees, the requirement to soften…. deepen, soften, and deepen….To weep in the agony, to feel ALL and act from a place of deep reverence and compassion. This, now this is the path of the warrior, and the heart of a Warrior is tested time and time again. And it needs to, for “with great power comes great responsibility…” Voltaire. Change is needed from the heart. We can start with our own lives. But there’s always a catch to this work…. It requires it ALL. Everything of you…

To have the courage to open the heart and love- only to have it broken many times over. But, it opens, once again. To have the courage to trust continually. To have courage to be seen vulnerable. To have the courage to live in truth, no matter the difficulty of that. To have the courage to see All of yourself and feel it, know it, and live it.

The difference between the Warrior and the Soldier is great. The Warrior chooses her battles. Selects and crafts direction. Then serves self and other humbly, knowingly. With freedom of choice. The soldier is told where to move and how.

Now, I’ve had this need to get into Mars energy for some time. To understand it. To feel where it is represented in society. It f**king breaks my heart how distorted it is, and how there’s nothing discussed to represent the purity of this gorgeous energy in the world. Because it is there!!!!!!

Archetype- MARS: God of War, ‘Doing’, Conquering, Change, focus, discipline, drive, confidence, assertiveness, power… 
Distortions: Separation, Greed, Sexual Exploitation, Manipulation, Senseless War, Death, Overwhelming Power, Keeping Structures in Place for Control and Manipulation.
Pure Form: Doing, Change, Raw Power, Honor, Loyalty, Compassion, heart aligned….
In the pure form arose the Shaolin monks, “Merely the material manifestation of an inner state. This unlikely fusion of a quiet spirituality with a daring physicality has driven the mythic power of the monks” (PBS.ORG). Those who can and could fight when necessary were warriors, however never lost connection to their heart and soul. Meditations daily and rigorously, fighting drills performed, pacts made to only enter combat when necessary. Oh, this is divine. How often have we asked ourselves, “Is it necessary to say this to my friend?” We choose our own battles…..

I LOVE that The Shaolin monks existed during a time of upheaval. When Power over other lands, lust, and conquering existed. This was set up as apart against this. Heart aligned. In honorable service. Interestingly enough, The Shaolin as well as the Knights Templars (European knights in service to the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Jerusalum)), shared an equal fate as far as the Emeror/ King went from using them in service and being an aid, to them turning on them as a powerful enemy to the Kingdom. The Knights Templar served until it was abolished, and the Shaolin warriors aligned themselves with the Rebels and continue to exist (in small numbers) today. I just love all of this…. There’s nothing more yummy then Mars energy humbled, heart aligned and in service of the greater good. Un-contaminated. Un-corruptible, it is a dangerous force for change. Taking a vow of integrity in the power that flows… As I type this I see in my minds eye an image of a warrior on one knee….

Now, I’m not saying to get into martial arts (unless you want to), I’m saying, we can apply this to our lives. This Warrior way is heart aligned, truth aligned, and fearless. This power of Mars has the ability to change so much about our own life, and the lives of others. It has the ability to change the way the world is in suffering now. Not through fighting the fights and banging heads with those in power, but via consciously working with, and applying the energy into our daily lives when called to. Imagine an empowered woman being a role model, living in truth, aligned with the purity of this energy and delivering/ or living from the heart in this energy which promotes change. Oh, sweet change….

I’m in! Who’s with me?

Written by Elise Heyward
Art by Tomasz Namielski