Quintessentially You

Quintessentially You: Find your Sparkle & Bounce

By Sara Jane

I thought I knew the meaning of quintessential but decided to look it up to be sure.

Quintessential meaning

  • Being most typical: expressing the essence of the thing or person specified.
  • Having the nature of a quintessence; the pure, highly concentrated essence of something

as per The Reader’s Digest Great Illustrated Dictionary, published & copyrighted 1984

How true are you to yourself, to your choices, to your beliefs?

Do you know who you are?

Do you know what you believe?

Do you feel free to make your own choices?

Give yourself permission to explore what you have been taught, the rules and regulations.

Does it all resonate with you, does everything you have been taught feel right for you?

I know from my own experience that not everything I was taught feels right for me.

The main part of that being religion, I was raised a Catholic but when I read that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, I felt the truth of that in the depths of my being.

When I read Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch, there were many times that the answer I read was what I felt in the core of my being.

As we let go of what doesn’t serve us any more, when we allow ourselves to make up our own minds of what we feel is the “truth” to us; we free ourselves to shine in our full glory, it can put a real bounce in your step; you are no longer weighed down by heavy feelings that don’t resonate with you.

When we open to our own truth’s our lives become more fulfilled and we find that we become less judgemental and more relaxed.

Become quintessentially you, the true you, not the person that people and circumstances have formed you to be; break free of those boundaries and restrictions, free yourself to have your own thoughts, feel the truth speak to you from within.

Let yourself step into the sunlight and the beautiful crystal that you are sparkle, reflecting all the colours of the rainbow, empowering and re-energising your Chakras, strengthening your being.

Life is for living, for fun and laughter, it’s time to put the bounce back into your life, bring your childlike energies back into your life.

Think about the little you, children seem to bounce along, in the way they walk and run, and how they move from one experience to the next.

They sparkle and shine, enthralled by so much that they see, allow this true essence of yourself back into your life, reacquaint yourself with the wonders of being a child, for he/she still resides in you and is just waiting for you to invite them into your life.

“You have a responsibility to show up in life expressing your values, not someone else’s values.” ~ Bruce Van Horn

Copyright © Sara Jane 2019

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Plant, Sprout, Grow, Share

Plant, Sprout, Grow, Share

By Sara Jane

You are like a single mustard seed or acorn, small and beautifully formed with so much potential.

As you feed, water and nourish yourself on all levels you start to sprout, to become visible to a few.

As you continue to grow, you touch more lives and you start to share your gifts, your fruits with more and more people.

How much do you know about trees?

Have you heard that in forests they take care of each other, they communicate through their routes and share with each other?

They do not live for themselves, they share their shade for those who need it, their seeds and fruits so others my feed and grow, shelter for birds, insects and other wildlife, who in turn spread those seeds so that more may grow.

Nature has learned to work together to support and share with and for each other so that the process, the cycle of life continues.

Humans have a lot to learn from nature, from the simple seed that breaks throw the shell and peeps its little green head out through the earth to the sunlight. That allows its roots to spread down into the earth drawing up water and nutrients to feed it and support its growth.

Only when the seed works with nature and nature works with the seed can it sprout and grow.

So, with mankind, our greatest growth comes when we work together and support each other, when we share.

Just as an acorn is just an acorn until it works with nature to grow into an oak tree that can shelter, feed and support others; so are humans so much more when they work together, share together and blossom beyond more than the single individual.

However never think that you are only one, and how can you make a difference?

Every action you take starts a ripple, just like the seed falling to the ground and becoming buried.

You may not see the results immediately, they can take a little time but no good deed, no sharing with or for another is missed in the bigger picture of life.

A single small action can sprout a forest, start a Tsunami of good, when done in love and the intention for the highest good.

Many years ago, I worked in a well-known newsagents and stationery chain here in the UK. For 2 years I worked in the children’s book department and I always tried to help customers, even if it meant sending them to another store because we didn’t have it in stock.

The customers always came back to me first because I was always so helpful and I knew how I was running things was working because the sales increased 2 years running (apparently no one had managed to do that before).

What really bought home the benefit of sharing to me, was after I had resigned but before I left, a customer came up to me and said, “You won’t ever leave will you”.

Most of the time we may not know the results of what we do, just as the seeds trust, we have to but there will be occasions when something will show us that by sharing, not just for ourselves but for the benefit of us all, we can gain so much more.

GrandMother Turtle shared this saying with me

“The more we share, the more we care, the more love there is in the world”

Nature understands this, it is time for us to listen to nature’s example and we will find we grow in ways we could never have imagined.

“Sharing Benefits, Us All”

You can listen to Sara read the article in the video above

Copyright © Sara Jane 2019

With Ease

With Ease

By Sara Jane

“All of life comes to me with Ease and Joy and Glory”

I am sure I first heard this or something like it, to do with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

I love affirmations and use them daily, so I have taken this and added “I accept with Love and Gratitude. Thank you I am Blessed”

It is up to each of us how easy or difficult we choose to make our lives.

I was watching “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them yesterday (the day before writing this) and the character Newt says along the lines of “I don’t worry, why suffer twice”

Take a moment and think about that, we worry about what may happen, if it doesn’t we have suffered needlessly and if it does we suffer twice – it made so much sense to me.

By worrying we actually make our lives harder and take away from ourselves time we could have been enjoying ourselves, fun and laughter.

The Law of Attraction, what we concentrate on is what we draw more of to us.

What are you concentrating on? What are you drawing into your life with your thoughts?

What would you like more of in your life?

For more of the stuff we would like, we have to let go of other stuff.

As I said I love Affirmations and I have created another which I use in conjunction with

“All of life comes to me with Ease and Joy and Glory. I accept with Love and Gratitude. Thank you I am Blessed”

And sometimes I will use this first

“I release with Love and Gratitude all that has served its purpose in my life, making way for all that is flowing to me Now. Thank you I am Blessed”

Life is a lot of comings and goings, people, places, things come into our life and they leave again.

Are you holding on to a person, job, place, thing?

Is it time to let it go?

Is it time to free it to make its own choice?

Speak up, be honest about your feelings, your hopes, your dreams; let the Universe know what your choices are and take action to support the flow of new into your life.

By all means ease yourself into any changes you make.

Affirmations have certainly helped me to adjust my thinking, to have a greater belief in myself.

Open your mind, your eyes and your ears to the wisdom that surrounds you in so many different ways and life will flow with the ease of a river as it travels from its source to the sea.

There may be a few detours, twists and turns, blockages along the way, you will cope with these with far greater ease when you trust in yourself and the proses of life.

Copyright © Sara Jane 2019

You can listen to Sara read this article in the video above

Sunrise: Dawn of a New Day

Sunrise: Dawn of a New Day

By Sara Jane

There are many cycles in life; birth and death, we go to school and finish school (that is when the learning really starts), a job starts and finishes, relationships start and finish, sunrise and sunset.

You don’t have to wait for a new day, a new week, a new year to make a new start in your life, you can choose to do it right now.

You are still reading, OK so not right now then.

With every sunset you have the chance to look back at your day:

What was important to you?

What made you smile and laugh?

What saddened you?

What did you achieve?

Who did you make laugh?

How much time did you spend with yourself?

How much exercise did you do?

How much sunshine did you get?

How stressed did you get?

How much time did you spend with family and /or friends?

How much time did you spend working?

How fulfilled do you feel?

How much time did you spend procrastinating?

Did your day turn out the way you hoped it would?

Only you can answer these questions and there may be some you would like to add to that list.

As the sunsets, allow yourself to reflect on the day, what could you do differently tomorrow to spend more time doing the things you enjoy, being with the people you wish to spend your time with, giving yourself more me-time?

Let yourself sleep, open to your dreams, they are messages from your soul.

As the sun rises and a new day begins, know that you have choices, make them, stick to them, don’t be side-tracked.

Get the tasks done swiftly, to give you the time for the more important people and things in your life.

As the sun rises let your light rise with it, there is a beautiful light within you that is waiting for you to show it to the world.

It is time to declutter your life, those things that are hiding your light, let the sun rise within you, feel its warmth, its love, its joy.

This is who you are.

As you open the curtains and let in the sunshine, throw back the curtains that are shielding your light from the world.

Let the sun shine into your life and let your sun shine light the way for others, giving them permission to let their own inner sun rise.

Copyright © Sara Jane 2019

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Time to Forget

Time to Forget

By Sara Jane

Give yourself time to forget

To just live in the Now

Allow yourself time to stop

To just be still

Listen to the sounds of silence

The sound of your own Heart beating

The sounds of Nature

Hear the music that surrounds you

Let yourself Feel

Feel the warmth of the sun

The caress of the breeze

The kiss of the rain

Open your Eyes

See the beauty and colour that surrounds you

The beautiful palette of Nature

From the sky to the earth and everything in between

Time to be with you

The whole of you

The you of all ages

The you with no worries or cares.

Time to break down the barriers you have hidden behind

Time to forget who others have told you, you are

Time to get to know you

To re-connect with yourself

Let yourself meet you

Get to know you

Learn to love you

To trust and respect you

You are a beautiful being

An amazing creation

A gift to the world

Be true to you

Give yourself permission to have me-time

Time to explore who you are

Time for fun and laughter

Time to leave the everyday behind for a while

Create a new reality for yourself

A reality of love & peace

Of trust and respect

Of fun and laughter

A reality in which you let go of judgement

You find the positive in all situations

You honour yourself and your journey

You honour others and their journey

Paths may cross

Some will walk with you for a while

Others may, for a lifetime

And others still, a passing smile or nod

Let yourself live your life

Follow your own path

Experience your own journey

This roller-coaster we call life

Give yourself permission to forget what has served its purpose

Remembering the lessons and gifts that each brings you

You are Special

Believe it

Copyright © Sara Jane 2019

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Humour ~ The Springboard to Your Soul

Humour ~ The Springboard to Your Soul

By Sara Jane

Humour, laughter, fun, joy, happiness – How do you feel when you experience these?

Do you feel connected?

Sadness, sorrow, anger, hurt, pain, annoyance, stress – How do you feel when you experience these?

How connected do you feel to anything when you experience these?

A sense of humour, fun and laughter are meant to be the largest part of what we experience here.

Even in times of bereavement, when you look back at things that happened with that person, you find fun and laughter, and it helps you to feel more connected to them.

When you find the joy, the happiness in the people you are with, the things you do, the places you go, when things feel “good”, when you feel yourself smiling and laughing, you are connecting with it and with your Soul.

Love and laughter live in harmony together, they are connected, they bring light into your life.

Your Soul, your true essence is Love and your Soul, your Spirit has a sense of humour.

Your Angels, guides and guardians all have a sense of humour, life has a sense of humour.

Connecting with that humour brings us closer to our true self, it helps us deepen our connection with our Soul. It supports us through the tough times and helps bring us back to ourselves.

I suggest giving yourself time to think about the questions I asked at the beginning. Allowing yourself to feel the energies that each brings up for you.

We all have choices, we can choose our mood – what are you choosing today?

Are you experiencing life the way you would really like to?

If not, you can choose to change things, just by adding some humour into your life and connecting more deeply with your Soul.

Allow yourself to reconnect with your child within, to the days and times of fun, freedom and frolics and bring these energies back into your day today living.

“He who lives in harmony with himself, lives in harmony with the world”

“Life is a mirror. Smile at it and it will smile back at you” ~ Peace Pilgrim

“Mind is not a dustbin to keep anger, hatred & jealousy. But it is the treasure box to keep Love, Happiness and sweet memories” ~ Buddha Quotes

Copyright © Sara Jane 2019

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A Dream Hidden in a Puzzle

A Drea​m Hidden in a Puzzle:

That’s Life

By Sara Jane

Your Soul dreams of experiencing so many different things, after all, all it knows is love.

Your Soul chooses experiences and your special gift for this life time and hides them in pieces scattered throughout your life, like a jigsaw puzzle.

Like a jigsaw puzzle, these many different pieces all slot together.

Every experience, every laugh, very tear is a piece of the puzzle.

No experience is too small or insignificant to be a part of the overall picture of your life.

We have no idea what our life holds for us, the intricate twists and turns that our Soul has dreamed up for us.

I found this quote at the time of writing this:

“What is a Dream? A Dream is a wish your Heart makes when you are asleep”

Our dreams are one of the ways our heart & soul communicate with us, guiding us to the next experience, helping us to find the next piece of the puzzle.

We have choices, we can step forward to have these experiences, find the pieces that help us to create the big picture of our life, helping us to complete this journey.

There will be periods of rest, of stillness, they are all pieces of the puzzle, of learning to be with ourselves; to love ourselves, taking care of ourselves.

Times of letting go, times of welcoming in the new, times of loss and times of renewal, times of the unexpected.

It is for each of us to choose whether we embrace the challenge of gathering the pieces, which can come in any order.

Knowing that we may have to store some until the pieces that connect them appear to help create the bigger picture.

Think about your life so far, have you had experiences, jobs, training that you found to be more relevant in later years.

I know a lot of my previous work life experiences are proving very helpful with my change in career, now that I feel I am following my path.

So was I always following my path, making sure I had the pieces of the puzzle I required to support me with what I now do, who I am.

Nothing is ever a waste, it all has a purpose, even if we don’t see it at the time.

Trust your Soul, its dream for this life and you will find all the pieces come together to complete the beautiful picture that is your life.

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Copyright © Sara Jane 2019

Cliff Faces & Cliff Edges

Cliff Faces & Cliff Edges:

Some of our Challenges in Life

By Sara Jane

Your life is your story, it is your journey and it has, I am sure, been filled with many different experiences; some happy, some sad, others challenging or exciting, testing or trying – I have no doubt there are other words you can find to describe them.

We think of mountains as something to climb and cliffs as something you can fall off, unless you are a rock climber, then cliffs are great for that.

May I ask you to think about your story so far. Think about the challenges you have experienced and overcome.

The challenges that felt like a sheer cliff face with difficult to see foot holes, that you had to take the first step up before the second became visible.

Some of those experience may have been a little scary but they were great fun.

One of these for me was being part of an expedition to Romania to work with the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project to track Wolves and Lynx (not kill).

It was really scary, I didn’t know anyone else in the group and I wasn’t sure what to expect but it was amazing, I will never forget it.

Others may have been much more challenging, maybe situations in work or with family of friends, almost climbing blindfold but you did it.

Then there are those experiences that felt more like you were on a cliff edge with nowhere else to go, you could stay where you were or jump.

Staying where you were wasn’t an option, it certainly wasn’t for me when I finished my second marriage, I had to jump and it started a chain of synchronistic events that changed my life beyond anything I could ever have imagined.

Can you see things in your life, can you look back and see where you took action, you took on the cliff, either at the top or the bottom and beat it.

I love this poem and I am sure many of you have heard it before and I share it here for you as a reminder that although we may be given “cliffs” in our lives, we do have the courage and the means within us to conquer them.

“Come to the edge,” he said.
“We can’t, we’re afraid!” they responded.
“Come to the edge,” he said.
“We can’t, We will fall!” they responded.
“Come to the edge,” he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.”

― Guillaume Apollinaire

If you would like to listen to this blog, you can hear Sara read it in the video below.

Copyright © Sara Jane 2019

Inspiration Daily

Inspiration Daily

By Sara Jane

I would like to share a suggestion with you.

When you are on social media, do you see many quotes and inspirational thoughts?

I know I do and my favourite ones I have started writing into a book – yes, I am handwriting them.

One I found today (the day I am writing this article) “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you” ~ Katie Reed

Another of my favourites is “A smile is a crooked line that sets everything straight” ~ Phyllis Diller

My suggestion is this, every day for the next year find an inspirational quote that speaks to you and write it down, in a book, on a card or on a piece of paper and put it in a jar.

Find quotes that make you smile, inspire you, help you feel better about yourself and if you find yourself feeling a little low, go to the book, the cards, the jar and pick some out to help you raise your vibration.

Many of my ideas for my Thoughtful Nuggets & Pearls shares on Gift of Healing TV have come from the quotes I find and I use them in these inspirational shares.

If you would like to checkout some of these shares you will find them here: http://www.giftofhealingtv.com/nuggets-pearls/  enjoy.

Here are a few more for you that you may like to add to your collection:

“Eliminate distractions; they dam up creative ideas” ~ Ranal Currie

“We have the choice to live life by design or by default” ~ Joy Haugen

“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk” ~ Guy Gavriel Kay

“Allow your tears to clean the windows of your Soul” ~ Dragon Wisdom

“When I accept myself, I am free from the burden of needing you to accept me” ~ Dr. Steve Maraboli

“Be the artist of your life, not the critic” ~ Bruce van Horn

“Be there for others but never leave yourself behind” ~ Dodinsky

“Stop cheating on your future with your past, it’s over.” ~ Gary Hensel

“When something goes wrong in your life, just shout “Plot Shift” and move on” ~ ?

“Don’t limit your challenges; challenge your limits” ~ Jerry Dunn

“A Laugh is a smile that burst” ~ Mary H Waldrip

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Copyright © Sara Jane 2018

When the Storms of Life Hit, Reach for Your Imagination

When the Storms of Life Hit

Reach for Your Imagination

By Sara Jane

What do you consider to have been the storms in your life?

How have you viewed them?

What has been your reaction to them?

Looking back now, can you see the changes that they helped create in your life?

Do you feel you are in a better place now than you were before the storm hit?

Hopefully your answer to that one is yes, unless of course you feel like you are going through a storm at the moment.

The way I view storms now (I’ve had several in my life and I wouldn’t change a thing), is that they are a way of clearing out the old to make way for the new.

In some cases they wipe the slate clean and you get a chance to start over.

Is it fun going through the storms, no, but for me they are part of the rollercoaster that I see life as being and personally I am here to enjoy the ride.

Suggestion, are going through a storm at the moment, keep going and reach for your imagination.

Reach for the imagination of your inner child, your younger self, have fun with it.

Let go of feelings of doom & gloom and step into the mischievous thoughts of your child.

Make your thoughts about the good that can come out of it, the wonderful challenges that make life interesting, the fun and the laughter, the fact that you have the freedom to start over and you can choose.

To me the storms of life are a gift we give ourselves to help us to get out of a rut we are stuck in.

So, if you are stuck in a rut at the moment, do you really want to wait for a storm to get you out of it, or would you rather take control and find a gentler way to change the course of your life.

It is your choice.

Copyright © Sara Jane 2018

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