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
Animals ~ All Natures Creatures
By Sara Jane
A ~ All
N ~ Nature
I ~ Insects
M ~ Mammals
A ~ Aquatic Life
L ~ Loved
S ~ Special
Animals, Nature, all Creatures, this is a topic very close to my heart.
I have always loved animals and for many years as a child and adult had pets.
I was also blessed for a short while to be a Trainee Handler at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust here in the UK – such amazing creatures.
Have you heard of Trophic Cascades? Have you seen either of these short videos?
“How Wolves Change Rivers” https://youtu.be/ysa5OBhXz-Q
“How Whales Change Climate” https://youtu.be/M18HxXve3CM
My love of animals goes back to my early childhood, my early life experiences left me very insecure around people but not with the family dog and cat, they where my friends, I felt safe and loved with them.
Don’t get me wrong I was loved by my family and well cared for but circumstances as a very young child had really affected me, all part of my healing journey but that is another story.
The more I learn about animals, the more I interact with them and spend time in Nature, the more I realise just how important all creatures are to a balanced echo system and the sustainability of our own lives.
In February 2000, I was lucky enough to be a part of a group that went out to Romania to track Wolves and Lynx in the Carpathian Mountain, through the Scientific Exploration Society in conjunction with the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project run by Christoph Promberger.
Because the only person for years that had been allowed to hunt the Wolves and Lynx was the President of the country, they had been relatively protected and the forests had been kept healthy because the Wolves kept the Deer in check.
If you watch the video above which is the Wolves in Yellowstone Park, you will hear that their re-introduction has meant the trees on the river banks are growing again because the Deer are no longer destroying them.
From the smallest creature to the largest, they all have a place, each needs to eat and many are food. Others support plant life and the loss of one creature anywhere in the system can cause havoc for all of them.
Some no longer have a predator to keep their numbers in check and others can be decimated because of that lack of food chain control.
This Planet, all her creatures are on loan to us from our children, we are meant to be the caretakers – How good a job do you think we are doing?
Animals in the pictures below, all taken by me – Deer at Arne, Dorset – Ocelot at a Leopard project in the UK - Dartmoor Ponies - Butterfly in my garden - Dolphins off the coast of Egypt in an area called Dolphin House - Wolves taken at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust – Puma at the same place as the Ocelot – Robin in my garden – Squirrel at Arne – Barn Owl at an Owl Sanctuary near to where I live – Bumble Bee in my Garden.
Copyright © Sara Jane 2020
Copyright © of All Pictures Sara Jane
Listen to Sara read this article in the video below
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
By Sara Jane
26th October 2015
Today I was out for a walk and I was thinking about our Mythical Friends, especially those that have been depicted as evil and dangerous; specifically the Dragon who in western culture is feared plus the Vampire and Werewolf.
It is almost as if christianity has taken them and distorted their myth, folklore and legend to create fear. Why do I say christianity because it was Saint George that slayed the Dragon and it is a crucifix that can hold the Vampire at bay.
However it does go back much further than that or were the Myths and Legends of all the ancient gods only written 2000 years ago!!!!
These beings are our friends and protectors and by embellishing their myths with darkness, fear has been created within us, of some of our protectors, making us more vulnerable and easier to control.
Fear ~ False Evidence Appearing Real, is what is used by man to have control over his fellow man, yet we have many guides and guardians that are here to support us, to help us to live from our heart, to Live our lives; after all life is for living.
The intimation of so many teachings is that it is not okay to love yourself, when loving yourself is essential to truly being able to love others unconditionally.
We are taught that you have to think of others before our self but the truth is when you follow your heart you are doing the best for everyone else. By constantly doing for others you stop both you and them from growing and from living, truly living.
The more we think and do for ourselves the less control others can have over us, our true independence scares those in “power”.
By all means help others but help them to help them self, help them to learn to stand on their own 2 feet and to think for them self, to follow their own heart. That is the greatest service that you can be to another, that is the greatest love that you can bring to another.
27th October 2015
This morning I woke with overriding thoughts and feelings about love.
Whatever the demons are that have showed up in your life, stay connected to your heart, stay connected to love, concentrate on the good that lives within you, the beauty that is you and surrounds you.
Love can conquer everything; it can help you to see through and past everything that is false.
When you live from your heart, embellishment isn’t required; all anyone truly requires is the facts, the truth, the simplicity, the beauty that is love.
Love will never let you down. Yes relationships may end but keep and hold love in your heart for you and it will show you more love than you could ever have imagined.
Love doesn’t require fear to “keep you on the straight and narrow”, love just requires more love, plain and simple.
When you remove all the embellishment from life and just get back to basics you find the truth in everything. You can see everything for what it truly is.
Some things have been wrapped in glitter and sparkles to attract your attention; others have been wrapped in darkness, engendering fear.
It is time to see with your heart and not with your eyes.
(First Published in The Magic Happens On-line Digital Magazine)
Copyright © Sara Jane