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Clouds Illusions

Clouds Illusions

By Sara Jane

When I started thinking about clouds the lyrics of a song kept going through my mind.

“It’s clouds illusions I recall, I really don’t know clouds at all”

I went for a walk in the local woods, as is my want and allowed my thoughts to turn to “clouds”.

I love to look at them, their shapes, the sun or moon behind them, their colours, especially at sunrise and sunset.

I allowed my thoughts to go deeper, to clouds being a metaphor for the “difficult” times in our lives.

When our thoughts can be clouded by suggestions and advice from all directions, when we don’t know which way to turn.

The sun is always there, shining for us, the love and wisdom of our heart and soul is always within us, it is about helping ourselves to clear the fog, the clutter.

Worry is a cloud in our lives, it stops us from living our lives, it can really get in the way of fun and laughter, of joy and happiness and growth.

For each of us it is about finding the way that works best for us to clear the clouds.

Gratitude for what you have.

Laughter when disruptive thoughts try to take control.

Confidence in yourself.

Loving yourself.

Believing in Yourself.

Affirmations, meditation, walks in the fresh air (that is where so much inspiration comes to me), exercise, a soak in the bath, silence and so many more ways that may work for you.

We are all beautiful beings but sometimes we allow the clouds in, they can be cleared, a good gust of wind can blow the cobwebs away, free us to live more fully and joyfully.

Not all clouds are thunder clouds, I love to look at the moon and when there is light cloud, on many occasions you can see a beautiful hallo around it.

Sometimes the clouds can help us see things more clearly or see things that we couldn’t if they weren’t there.

Everything comes to us as a gift, even the clouds, after all the plants need sun and rain to grow, so do we.

When we learn to see the gift in an experience, we allow the sun to shine through.

I looked the song up and had to smile at just how relevant the words are to the thoughts that came to me:

“Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell

“Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons every where
Looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It's cloud's illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all”

Words and Picture Copyright © 2020

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What Does Outside Mean to You?

What Does Outside Mean to You?

By Sara Jane

When you think about going outside, I am pretty sure most of you are thinking about leaving the house and going into the garden or the countryside for a walk, or into town, etc.

How about thinking outside the box or going outside of your comfort zone? And how do you do that?

May I suggest you give yourself some time to think about it…

In respect of the box, I suggest you throw it away and broaden your horizons, the only limits in your life are the ones you put there.

Your comfort zone is probably how and where you are living now. It may not be that comfortable but it is familiar and for many of you feels safe.

Are you really living your life, rather than just existing day to day in the same old routine?

When was the last time you did something new, something different, broke your routine?

How uncomfortable does your life need to get for you to risk making a change?

I get it, I really do, I spent too many years in relationships I shouldn’t have been in, doing jobs I hated.

I felt stuck in a rut lined with rose thorns, whilst my 2nd ex (yes, I took the plunge) was in a parallel rut lined with rose petals.

Eventually I took back control of my life after nearly 40 years of being a people pleaser and not knowing who I was.

Was it easy, No. It was very scary and the best thing I ever did for me.

I stepped outside my comfort zone and started to live my life, doing the things I wished to do, regardless of what others thought.

In the last 20 + years, I have moved town, changed careers twice, become self-employed, travelled and had some wonderful experiences, especially being a trainee handler at the UK Wolf Conservation trust (amazing creatures) and being part of an expedition to Romania to track Wolves and Lynx in the Carpathian Mountains through the Scientific Exploration Society with the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project.

Having decided to get out of my own way, I really went for it, making up for all that time of doing what I thought others wanted me to do and being so unhappy.

OK back to the question, how do you go about getting outside your comfort zone?

I have no doubt that there are many different answers, depending on the perspective you are coming from but for me the simplest answer is “Step back into yourself”

For me your comfort zone is outside of you, it isn’t who you truly are.

When you step back into yourself, you start to listen to your heart, your gut instincts, intuition and inspiration, you feel the rightness of what speaks to you.

Taking that first step is scary but it is O so worth it and the sense of freedom, like stepping out on to a beautiful mountainside, being on a boat on the ocean or enjoying the wind blowing through your hair, any sensation that brings you peace and contentment.

“Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone” ~ Neale Donald Walsch

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” ~ Jim Rohn

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” ~ Brian Tracy

A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there ~ John Assaraf

Copyright © Sara Jane 2020

Live Large: The Cameras are Flashing

Live Large: The Cameras are Flashing

By Sara Jane

Are you living large or acting small?

Are you the leading lady or man in your own life or playing a supporting role?

I spent so many years playing a bit part in my own life. Hard to believe now, I know but so very true.

Cameras are great for catching a moment in time, a birth, christening, engagement, graduation, marriage and so much more.

When was the last time you took a good look at old photos of yourself; I mean a really good look? Not just at the clothes and hairstyles but at your expression, the look in your eyes, were you truly happy?

My parents very sweetly gave an album of my life for my 50th, all I could see for many of my early years, was an unhappy child that rarely smiled. Bringing home just how much the traumas of my first 2 years had affected me.

I know what it is like to live small, it is very uncomfortable and can be very debilitating, always worrying about what others think about you, how you are being judged.

It is time to step out from behind the camera and be the lead in your own life.

Is there anything you would like to do, something you would like to learn, somewhere you would like to go?

By all means start small, or not, you could just take the bull by the horns and go large; what is speaking to you.

Pictures reveal more than you think, the camera can pick up more than the eye can see, whether in your life or in nature.

This is a picture taken by my Mother at St Nectans Waterfall in Cornwall.

For years, probably since my teens, I have taken photos, especially of waterfalls and thought they had been spoiled by splashes of water on the lens. Now I know better, my cameras have always picked up Orbs.

What are the photos of your life telling you about your life and what changes would you like to make to Live Large for those Flashing Cameras?

Copyright © Sara Jane 2020

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

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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

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