My family and I have been coming to Findhorn for many years now, but this year we spent our first Easter here. Findhorn offers a perfect setting for taking a deep exhale, for sanctuary and for renewal. We’ve spent Holy Week playing on the big wide beaches, meandering through the pine forests (looking out for fairies and nature spirits), and having nurturing soul conversations, with friends and family, about what is most sacred and true.
I would like to share some Easter meditations that are most personal and current for me.
This May, I am a guest on the St. Francis Heart Full of Love pilgrimage to Assisi, hosted by Dancing Spirit Tours. On the pilgrimage, I will give a 3-day Love & Enneagram retreat, which features the work of St. Francis, Rumi, Tagore, and other great mystics and saints.
Saint Francis is knocking on my door. He’s everywhere I am. He appears on my Facebook page, he’s quoted in articles I’m sent, my daughter Bo is learning about him at school, and he constantly pops into my mind throughout the day. I imagine it has something to do with my excitement about the St. Francis tour. In my experience,
As we enjoy the company of friends, co-workers, or family at holiday events this season, it’s a chance for us to put down our shopping bags, halt the mad rush, eat a mince pie (or two) and consider the real purpose of Christmas.
a pilgrimage begins the moment you say yes to it, even before you Continue Reading
The Light in You
A Course in Miracles says, “The sign of Christmas is a star, a light in darkness. See it not outside yourself, but shining in the Heaven within, and accept it as the sign the time of Christ has come.” This star is not Venus, nor is it a sun from a far-off galaxy; rather, it refers to the light of your original nature. This light is not of this world. It does flicker, and it can never go out. “The truth in you remains as radiant as a star, as pure as light, as innocent as love itself,” teaches the Course. Continue Reading
A Life Changing Journey To The Holy Land - Part 2
On the recent Holy Land Tour, organised by Ibis Kaba, her Life Journeys team and Hay House, we visited the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount. Here, I gave a talk on a mystical interpretation of the eight beatitudes Jesus gave to us. In a recent blog post, I covered the first four beatitudes, and now I will look at the last four.
In Jesus’s time, Mosaic Law, as delivered in the Ten Commandments, and John the Baptist’s teachings too, emphasized the importance of what to do or not to do. The teachings were literal. They were about right-doing and wrong-doing. In the beatitudes, Jesus encouraged the multitudes to focus on being and not just doing. He asked us to think more deeply about our true identity, our relationship to the divine, and who we have come to be. Continue Reading
St. Francis is my Patron Saint of Gratitude. He made praise and thanksgiving his daily spiritual practice. Gratitude was his spiritual path.
St Francis’s Canticle of the Sun is a prayer, spiritual song and poem all-in-one. It’s beautifully lyrical, full of high teaching, and it offers a powerful meditation on gratitude. Here is a version of the prayer, translated from the original Umbrian, and below that are some musings by me on the joy of gratitude.
My family and I have returned from the Holy Land Tour & Beyond: A Tribute to Wayne Dyer. Five hundred of us were on board the Celebrity Silhouette.
We visited Jerusalem, Bethlehem, The River Jordan, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Ephesus, the last home of Mother Mary, and a few more places besides. It was a truly life-transforming voyage organized beautifully by Ibis Kaba, her Life Journeys team and Hay House.
One highlight, among many, was our visit to the mountain where Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount. Sister Mary Rose, from the Church of the Beatitudes, granted special permission for us to hold an open-air lecture on the Mount. Continue Reading