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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

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

If you would like to hear Sara read this Poem, you can click on the video above

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

If you would like to hear Sara reading this article, please click the video above

The Sweet Success of Rage

The Sweet Success of Rage

By Sara Jane

The definition of Rage according to “The Readers Digest Illustrated Dictionary”

“1.a. Extreme, vehement anger; fury b. a fit of anger – 2. Furious intensity, as of a storm or disease – 3. Burning desire or passion – 4. Informal A fade, a craze, very fashionable”

The rage I am referring to is anger.

Are you easily angered, or do you bottle up all those things that annoy you until you explode in a storm of rage?

I used to be the latter, I would bottle everything up and then the tiniest little thing would pop the cork and it was not a pretty sight.

It was a very rare occurrence but when it happened it was like a volcanic eruption and left me feeling totally drained.

I’m not proud of this, it was just a fact about me because back then I was so insecure, all I wanted to do was please people with the hope that folks would like me.

Saying No, doing something different, going against what others wanted, was not an option for fear of rejection.

Once I started, what I refer to as my “Healing Journey”, I came to realise just how destructive this bottling up was.

I also realised that all my thoughts about what people thought about me, well let’s just put it this way, most of the time they probably weren’t thinking about me because they had so much going on in their own lives.

This thought was actually a huge relief and I also came to understand that, if they were thinking about me, it didn’t matter anyway and what they were thinking was nothing to do with me.

I also realised that if something annoyed me, it was up to me to do something about it, not bottle it and if I could, “change” it and if I couldn’t do that, then I had other choices, I didn’t have to put up with it.

I started to realise that if something makes you angry, do something about it, let it out.

When you release it, it frees you, when you bottle it, it controls you.

I learnt to speak my mind, as kindly as possible but I learnt to honour myself and by letting go of the feelings of annoyance, anger & rage, I became more relaxed, calmer, happier (you could put so many different words here).

The success of expressing your anger and therefore letting it go, is freedom and a much happier you.

Copyright © Sara Jane 2018

Should You?

Should You?

By Sara Jane

When you hear someone say you really should do that – there is no “should” about it.

It is your choice, listen to your gut instincts, your intuition, how does it feel to you?

Is the person who has said it doing it? Or are they just telling you “you should” because they don’t have the courage to or some other reason.

By all means it is great that we all share ideas and opportunities, but it is not for any of us to tell another what they should or shouldn’t do.

Should you?

The simple answer is NO, unless it really resonates with you and you do it because you choose to, not because someone else has told you “you should”.

It is time to reset your thinking from should, must, have to, no choice etc.

Are there times when you feel you really should do something, even if you would prefer not to?

This is about making a judgement call and think about whatever it is and weighing it up.

Give it thought, think about the affects on you and others, think about the time and timing. Probably most important of all speak to anyone else that may be involved.

Your timing may not be their timing and vice versa.

Sometimes we are thinking about doing something out of kindness, like visiting someone who is sick or trying to be helpful to someone who is struggling.

If that is what you are thinking you “should” do, find out first and foremost if it is convenient and ask what works for them.

Many “shoulds, musts, have to’s” can end up leaving us wondering why we bothered because we thought we were being “nice” but it really didn’t work for the other involved.

Learning to talk to each other is a really great step forward. Someone knowing you are thinking about them may be all that is “required” and everyone is happy.

Many people have grown up being taught to think about others and not themselves.

Truth is none of us really knows what is going on in another’s life or head and we are not mind readers – so ask.

You can always say No and make an alternative suggestion.

It is time to reset your thinking about others, that it is good to offer help and support, it is also great to receive it, as, when and how it is appropriate for each individual.

There were times I found myself wanting to use the “should” word when writing this and I had to find another way of writing what I was trying to say.

To me the word “should” feels like I am being told I have to do something and we don’t have to do anything we don’t choose to do.

Sometimes it feels like we have Hobson’s Choice, that we have to make the best of what we feel is a bad situation but we still have a choice and if we actually had the courage to speak to people we could find that there are other choices or the whole thing could just go away.

Namaste

Copyright © Sara Jane 2018