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What does Art mean to You?

What does Art mean to You?

By Sara Jane

What do you think of when you hear the word Art?

Do you think about pictures and painting, oils and watercolours?

Do you think of the great artists including Constable & Picasso with their very different styles?

Or is music bought to mind, the classical composers such as Mozart and Benjamin Britten or modern-day composers such as Paul McCartney?

Do you think of photographers, sculptures, choreographers, architects, landscape gardeners, actors, singers, authors, designers? The list goes on.

Finally, do you think about yourself?

Had it occurred to you that you are the artist of your own life?

You were born with a blank canvas and every action, every experience you have adds colour and substance to your canvas.

Or you could choose the analogy of your life being like a book and every new day starts with a blank page. What story are you weaving into your life story today?

This morning as I was thinking about writing this article, I came across this quote by Sophie Bush

You are allowed to be both a Masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously”.

Had it occurred to you that you are a Masterpiece, that you were born perfect, that you were given everything that you require for the life you have chosen.

A little like a jigsaw puzzle, you have all the pieces and each day another piece fits into place.

When was the last time you looked at yourself and explored who you are, discovering something new about yourself?

A couple of years ago I discovered I could speak what I believe is our Soul Language, many call it Light Language.

Why was I so surprised, after all I channel many friends in the Mythical Realm including the Dragons, I also channel Reiki and Sound Energy in the form of Toning, so why not be a channel for our Soul Language as well?

Recently I connected with a gentleman in Holland, Jos of Yosiji Music, he took one of my spoken Soul Wisdom Messages and a sung one and used the magic of his art, creating music behind them.

I was amazed at what he did but more amazed at how he made me sound. I have never considered myself a singer but to my ears the sung message sounds wonderful.

The art of his work and mine…

You can watch/listen to it here

You are the Artist of your life, explore your gifts, have fun with them, experience them, share them, love them.

Don’t judge them or let others, they are uniquely yours.

Just as some love classical music and others love Punk Rock, some love traditional art and others prefer contemporary art, we are all different in who we are, in our likes and dislikes.

That is what makes this world such a beautiful work of Art.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” ~ Pablo Picasso

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

Copyright © Sara Jane 2020

Copyright Picture © Sara Jane 2008

Kudos to You

Kudos to You

By Sara Jane

I am sure many of us have heard or even used the word Kudos, I know I have but I thought I would check out its actual meaning.

Meaning ~ Kudos: Acclaim or prestige as a result of achievement or position: The prize gave him little material benefit but much kudos. From the Greek kudos: glory, fame

The Reader’s Digest Great Illustrated Dictionary

How much acknowledgement do you give yourself for your achievements?

When was the last time you took a look at your life and realised just how well you are doing?

There is a saying along the lines of “You have survived 100% of the challenges life has bought you”

Kudos to you for this.

What challenges has your life bought you?

Let’s start with the day you were born, yes being born was a challenge and you survived it.

You learnt to sit up, crawl, walk, run, talk. Then to read and write.

Kudos to you.

Your first day at school, making friends, sports, study, exams and so much more in your younger years.

I am sure like me you have had so many firsts in your life and continue to have.

Kudos to You

Life is a journey, a crazy roller coaster ride of ups and downs with the occasional short pause in which to get our breath before we are off again.

How often do you praise yourself, congratulate yourself for what you have achieved in a day?

It is for you to be proud of yourself, it doesn’t matter what others think, that’s their stuff, it is about how you feel about you.

No one else is walking in your shoes.

No one else has had your experiences and been affected by them, the way you have.

Be proud of yourself.

Kudos to you.

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

Copyright © Sara Jane 2020

Project or Project

Project or Project

By Sara Jane

When I saw the word “project”, I immediately had one meaning in mind and then realised there was another. The same word said slightly differently with 2 meanings (As below from the Reader’s Digest Illustrated Dictionary).

Project: A plan or proposal – An undertaking requiring concentrated effort – A research undertaking

Or

Project: To thrust outward or forward – To throw forwards, hurl, impel

Which was your first thought?

Are you working on a project at the moment or are you learning to project your voice?

If you are working on a project, especially in a group, it is important for you all to be able to share your thoughts and suggestions, to project & interject.

The most important project in anyone’s life is themselves. To learn and unlearn, to experience and grow, to feel.

To love yourself, have faith, belief and trust in yourself.

To take care of you, to listen to your heart, your gut instincts, your intuition and inspiration.

Learn to stand up for yourself and do what feels right for you, what speaks to you.

Speak your truth, listen to others, be open to alternative view points and always go with what feels right for you.

Projecting your voice to be heard doesn’t have to be about raising your voice, so much as the feeling you put into it.

Sometimes being softly but firmly spoken can get a point across better than anger.

Whatever is happening in your life at the moment, do you feel in control?

If not, why not?

Is it time to call a halt, to step back, talk to all those involved and listen to how everyone feels, their thoughts and share your thoughts and feelings.

Be prepared to take the lead, encourage change, support, leave, be true to you and you will give permission to everyone else to be true to themselves.

As one member of a group or family finds their voice, the rest start to feel more comfortable to use theirs.

So is it time for a new project, one that supports you to project your voice, thoughts and feelings, supporting you to follow your path to live your life’s journey in the way that feels right for you.

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

Healing from Within ~ Listening to Yourself

Healing from Within ~ Listening to Yourself

By Sara Jane

Recently I had an experience/awareness that has helped me heal an aspect of my younger self.

I was walking through some local woodland when I started thinking about the theme of a video share I was doing with Enolia (Today’s Conversation, a mini-series we are doing together) a little later that day. Yes, the same Enolia that is joining us here on The Magic Happens as one of the Authors.

I was thinking about the trauma I experienced as a very young child, both physical & emotional, and was I affected by PTSD?

One of the symptoms of PTSD, to my knowledge, is nightmares, so I started thinking about dreams and the truth is I don’t dream or at least I never remember my dreams.

I started thinking more deeply about this and wondered whether I had managed to switch off dreaming, after all I was only a year old when all that happened and reliving the scalding and time in hospital, with no way of asking for help, would only have added to the trauma.

Then I started thinking about my “wake-up call”, my jaw was broken by a dentist whilst extracting a wisdom tooth and I didn’t know it was broken for a week.

That had left me with 6 months of pain & sleepless nights and when I did sleep I had to wake up to turn over.

This flow of thought opened up a lot more, I’d never slept well and still don’t, so was the waking up every couple of hours or so the way I stopped myself from dreaming?

Was I afraid of dreaming without realising it? Wow for over 60 years.

I decided to connect with my 36/37-year-old me and ask me how I felt at the time of the broken jaw. What feelings had come up for me?

The baby me had been in pain around her face and neck, she was put in hospital for 3 months with a visit from her parents once a week for an hour (all due to circumstances not a lack of love, that’s another story).

I was also in pain in my face and head, no one had listened to me when I said something wasn’t right and even after the x-rays showed a broken jaw, there wasn’t much in the way of apologies.

When I came out of hospital after the operation, my husband warmed me some soup that night and then from the following morning just expected me to be OK.

What I didn’t realise at the time was that all the old feelings from my early childhood had just come right back to the fore, awakened by the current situation.

I think a “wake-up call” is a great name for it.

Whilst I was walking in the woods I listened to my younger self, I opened to her feelings and let her know just how much I loved her and was there for her. I have also spent time with her since and know she is feeling so much better.

Your younger self, isn’t just about our Inner Child, it is us of any age and any experiences that are not fully resolved.

I share this experience with you, with the hope it will help you along your own healing journey.

A brilliant quote I came across recently, explains this beautifully

“As traumatised children we always dreamed that someone would come and save us. We never dreamed that it would in fact, be ourselves as adults.” ~ Alice Little

Copyright © Sara Jane 2020

If you would like to watch/listen to Sara read this article, click on the video below

Ministry of Surprises

Ministry of Surprises

By Sara Jane

What do you consider to be a surprise?

Something that someone does for you, something in nature, a chance happenstance or all of these?

When was the last time you were surprised?

Well for me it was last week and nature was the bringer, or was she?

I became aware of an unusual plant in our front garden, I hadn’t planted it and neither had my partner, neither of us knew what it was.

Then earlier this week the full extent of the surprise was made clear to me. As I was posting to the Dragon Wisdom Twitter page, I saw a picture of the plant, a Dragon Flower, also known as Dragon Arum, Dragon Lily or Snake Lily: Dracunculus Vulgaris, this was the plant in our front garden.

Bearing in mind my connection with the Dragons, I love this gift from the Ministry of Surprises.

The more we are open to them, the more of them we become aware of.

When we moved into this house nearly 15 years ago, we did have a hedgehog in the garden, but haven’t seen any for years, then last Autumn, we saw another that hibernated in some straw we put out and in the Spring, we became aware of a pair. Such a lovely surprise.

Our garden is deliberately set up to be wildlife friendly, with bird feeders, plants, bundles of sticks (the Bees seem to love these to sleep in at night), 2 small ponds that the frogs and newts love plus the rest of the wildlife that drinks from them.

I wouldn’t have said much could surprise us in the garden any more but the ministry obviously has other ideas and we love it.

Do you sometimes surprise yourself?

I know I do, especially in my work, sometimes I find myself sharing something and wondering where it came from.

The biggest surprise for me over recent years was realising I speak what I call our Soul Language, what others call Light Language.

A couple of weeks ago my Mum, sisters and myself had a family video call and I mentioned it. My youngest sister already knew but Mum and middle sister were a little confused, so I was asked to share a little.

Mum’s reaction was lovely, she hadn’t known what to expect but she was surprised, it sounded like a language and I was so fluent in it, also her gentleman friend who was listening, commented that a member of his family also speaks it.

My middle sister has since asked me to share some more with her, feeling the energy without knowing what was said.

For me the Ministry of Surprises is aligned to our Soul and brings us surprises or gifts to help us feel supported, to guide us, to bring us joy, to move us forward, to let us know we are doing OK.

Copyright © Sara Jane 2020

You can listen to Sara read this article in the video below which also includes a short Soul Language Message

Find the Lilt in Your Life

Find the Lilt in Your Life

By Sara Jane

Lilt, what do you understand as being its meaning?

I’ve heard the term the “Irish Lilt” to do with the way they speak but I wasn’t sure of its actual meaning, so I looked it up In The Reader’s Digest Great Illustrated Dictionary:

A light happy tune or song – A cheerful or lively manner of speaking marked by a pleasantly varied cadence – A light springing manner of moving or walking – To say, sing or play in a cheerful rhythmic manner – To speak, sing or play with liveliness or rhythm (from the Middle English “lultent” to sound, sing)

On starting to write this, there are 2 things that jump out at me, first I am part Irish, my Grandfather was born here in England of Irish parents and secondly, I work with Sound Energy in the form of Toning, which for some can sound like singing at times, especially when I tone someone’s name.

The more I work with Sound Energy, the more I see the difference it makes to people’s lives.

I watch them relax, their shoulders drop and there is a glow about their face and a spring in their step that wasn’t there before.

Think about your favourite music, possibly different depending on your mood or how you wish to feel.

Energetic to do the housework to, something you can sing along with, relaxing to help you unwind, fun if you feel like dancing round the house or garden.

Have you found the song that is in you, that is your Lilt?

I have a suggestion for you that may help.

I talk above about Toning someone’s name, have you ever experienced it?

Have you tried it for yourself, I mean saying or toning/singing your own name, it is very powerful and empowering.

If you are feeling uncertain, I suggest starting by saying your name, repeating it over and over. Say it with Love, Caring, Fun, Laughter, Joy, Happiness, allow the tone of your voice to change, smile and let go of self-consciousness.

Become comfortable with saying your name and slowly allow a lilt in, a little like a spring in your step, letting it build until you are toning/singing your name.

Use your first name and I suggest if you have changed your name you also bring in that name as well.

Very briefly the reason I suggest this is because although I was Christened Sara Jane, I was always Jane as a young child and I changed it to Sara.

When I do this for myself and I do, I always do a mix of Sara, Jane, Sara Jane, Jane Sara, honouring the whole of me, me of every age.

For me my song, my lilt is my name, it has taken time but I feel my life has been, is being, enriched by it.

I hope you will try this, give it time and find your Lilt, the song that will light up your life.

Copyright © Sara Jane 2020

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

The Grass is Always Greener

The Grass is Always Greener ~ Only when it is Watered

By Sara Jane

There is always so much going on in our lives, the everyday, the unexpected, the planned etc

Think about your life, which aspects are you giving your attention to?

Which bits are you putting most of your energy in to?

Are you concentrating on the things that fulfil you or that drain you?

Do you look at others and wish your life was more like theirs?

Do you look behind the screens and know how things really are for them?

Over 20 years ago, I knew my life wasn’t what I wanted, I felt like a slave in my own home, I felt ignored, undervalued, invisible.

The only person who could change that for me, was me – so I did, I bought my marriage to an end and moved out.

I know that makes it sound very simple and in some respects it was but it didn’t just happen, I had to make it happen, I had to take control of my own life and stop handing that control to others.

Granted there were no children involved, just 4 cats.

When I took control and got active in my own life, my life improved, this is what is meant by watering the grass.

It is up to us to be proactive in our own lives.

Do you have a garden with a lawn? If you don’t cut it, it gets out of hand.

The same with your life, if you don’t take control, things tend to get out of hand.

Is it a matter of finding the strength to do what is necessary, or just being so fed up with the situation, you’ve had enough and can’t take any more?

What is going through my mind at this point is, if we find the strength to do something and then do some thinking through, we then have a plan.

Yes, we could just go at things like a “Bull in a china shop” but a little thought, with a plan can make things a little easier.

Also, it is about remembering that there are usually others affected when we choose to make changes and we have no idea how they will react, the calmer we can stay the better.

I am not saying walk out of your marriage or leave you job, catch things before they go too far and you can find the grass in your own garden becomes so much greener, without moving to the other side.

“Remember No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“You aren’t supposed to be happy all the time. Listen to your sadness and anger, they are trying to tell you something”

Just because someone threw you into Lake Inferior doesn't mean you have to keep swimming in it. You're better than that! ~ Bruce Van Horn

You can listen to Sara read this article in the video below.

Copyright © Sara Jane 2020

A Scintilla of Hope

A Scintilla of Hope

By Sara Jane

Meaning ~ Scintilla - A Minute amount, a tiny trace or spark of a specified quality or feeling. E.g. "a scintilla of doubt"

I have to admit to having to look up the meaning of this word, I have certainly heard of scintillation and scintillating but never scintilla.

I am someone who has been on a “Bad News” diet for years, I don’t watch or listen to the news – unless I’m in a car and it comes on while I am listening to the radio – and I don’t read newspapers.

But I always seem to know what is happening, especially with all the fires last year in the USA & Brazil and now in Australia, the Eruption in New Zealand and now the Earthquakes in Puerto Rico.

Droughts and floods, soring temperatures and ice caps melting. Animals on the verge of extinction. Our Oceans poisoned with plastic, oil spills and other pollutants.

That is just the tip of the iceberg but there is still a scintilla of hope, a tiny glimmer.

A little flame that won’t die, that keeps many of us holding on and doing our bit to help preserve and protect animals and wildlife habitat.

Yes, I am one of them and for the past few years a friend has adopted an animal for me through WWF as a Christmas present, I have quite a collection and will keep adding to it. I hope you like the picture of them I have shared.

I love our beautiful Planet, Gaia, Mother Earth, Pachamama and I hold hope in my heart, in my mind, my thoughts that we are in a time of great change.

She is alive, she breathes, she needs to move and stretch from time to time.

She loves us and feeds us.

All we have to do is look around, see the stories of the people who are helping save the Koalas, Kangaroos and more from the fires.

The rescues of baby Elephants stuck in holes, animals caught in traps or in raging waters. The beautiful souls who give water to thirsty animals.

The Countries that are planting millions of trees, banning the use of animals in circuses, working to clean water, soil and air.

All those amazing inventors who are making shoes from used coffee beans, leather from pineapple and other leaves, finding uses for plastics, including road surfaces.

Hold on to that scintilla of Hope for us all and for our beautiful Mother Earth, we can all come through this together.

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

Copyright © Sara Jane 2020

Bravery & Compassion Share the Same Energy

Bravery & Compassion Share the Same Energy

By Sara Jane

What was your first thought on reading the title of this article?

What is that Energy?

For me it is simple, it is the Energy of Love. The Universal Healing Energy, the powerhouse that underpins nearly everything we do and is who we are.

Compassion has its roots in Love.

Whether we are showing compassion for animals, nature, other people or ourselves – don’t forget yourself, its root is in the love that resides in all of us.

Being compassionate is connecting to the core of who we are.

Compassion also has a “tough” side, when we love and care for others sometimes we have to say No and that is an aspect of Bravery.

Sometimes we have to be brave enough to do the hard stuff, for ourselves and others.

We all have to make our own mistakes, to live our own lives.

Be brave enough to take the first step, to have the experiences and compassionate enough to allow our loved ones to do the same and be there for them when things don’t go so well.

Several years ago, a friend of mine was in an abusive relationship, we talked and she knew she needed to end it but allowed him back.

It happened again and she felt able to come back to me and said “I know you aren’t going to say I told you so”.

Gratefully she ended it, she learnt compassion for herself and had the bravery to do what was necessary, both born of love.

There are many times a day we are brave and compassionate, they may only be in little things and they may be so natural to us that we don’t even consider them but they are there.

Be proud of yourself for the brave and compassionate person that you are.

Love, Peace & Light

Copyright © Sara Jane 2019

First ~ Winner ~ Leader

First ~ Winner ~ Leader

By Sara Jane

What does the word First mean to you?

Is it being first, taking the first step, your first breath, the first time you did anything?

What does Winner mean to you?

Is it the person who won the competition, the prize, the most votes or is it just about achieving?

What does being a Leader mean to you?

Is it the person at the front, the person who gives orders, the person who takes control?

There may be other things that you can think of for each of these.

How about being the first to step forward to assist a person or animal who is struggling.

The first in your family or group of friends, who learns to say NO, that’s not for me, rather than going along with things that aren’t comfortable to you.

The first to stand up and say I don’t agree with you.

The first to share your story in a group.

The First to put yourself first, to take care of yourself so that you can be there for others.

First is so much more than Winning.

What is a winner? Is it really the person or group that comes first?

You are a winner.

Recently I heard Bo Eason share about this and I loved the way he put it.

“We are all winners, that is how we are here.

The sperm that was first to the egg, which created the embryo, which grew into us.”

We made it into the world, we have a roof over our heads, food on our table, clothes on our backs.

We can choose, we have choices.

The job you are in, how many people applied for it, yet you got it.

Your relationships and friendships and so much more.

Think about some of the reality TV programs like X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, it is not always the winner that goes on to achieve most.

Look at what some of them have achieved, Susan Boyle came second, so did Olly Murs. Stacey Solomon came 3rd & Rylan Clark came 5th, yet their lives have changed and they are all winners.

Leaders, who do you consider to be a true leader?

Is it always the person at the front?

Is it the person who gives orders or leads by example?

In outdoor trekking, it is likely to be the person who leads from behind, the person who makes sure everyone is OK and safe.

To me a true leader is someone who leads by example, who helps others to grow, to become the best they can be and then go on to help others to achieve.

Leaders create leaders who create leaders.

By being first in your life, by considering yourself, your growth, sharing your gifts, you can help and support more fully those around you, creating winners and leaders.

Copyright © Sara Jane 2019

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