Thursday, 26 February 2015

Heartworks

My favourite time of year, Autumn, is just around the bend, nearly here again, on the weekend.

My heart is filled with anticipation of heartworks of all nature and pleasure that is just about to burst in creative colours and movement in the next season.

May many Heartworks inspire this new turning, of yearning, for all that is burning, bringing great measure of treasure to awesome Autumn again.

Let the heart work it's magic
Let the loving begin
Let the joy fill the heavens
In flowing glowing streams
Let all that is wondrous, fill all your extremes
And bring you to brilliance
and glorious beams
May the sacred bless you
And passion possess you
Laughter lighten you
And adventure brighten you
May your life please you and funny bone tease you
May you be blessed with smiling gleams
May your eyes glisten
And ears listen with wild appreciation at nature's abandon
May you shine from head to toe
The colours that are your own
And bring all that is you
To a warm welcoming world


SaraSwati Shakti

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Heartworks poem and mandala by SaraSwati Shakti © 2015



Sunday, 15 February 2015

Travellers of Love

Yesterday I visited North Sydney. I was surprised by it's silence. Unlike the busyness of it's normal business mecca weekdays, it was possible to smell the sea air from the harbour as I walked along the streets there. To my destination. To Sunday slow, in a day out in a city environment.

And the occasion was a visit to Mary McKillop Place. So quiet, and beautiful to sit and contemplate, and listen. In the peacefulness and reverence where her body is now laid to rest.

Churches are lovely places for rest and contemplation. And in that contemplation I was reflecting on her words 'Crois aux paroles que Dieu murmure a ton coueur'. To 'Believe in the whisperings of God in your own heart', she said.

The listening to whisperings of inner wisdom, the Godliness, Source, Universe, Higher Power, Mother, whatever your flavour, undisturbed, inside the pureness of our own hearts, in us. Quietening for the answers as we keep considering our next steps. To help us with attention and reflection. Silencing out the distractions and focussing on the heart's power.

The last time I visited Mary McKillop Place was a few years ago when a friend asked me to accompany her there on her birthday. To spend time with the memory of her mother, who had not long passed away. It was a moving day. The image from the most beautiful stained glass window, of Jesus with his Sacred Heart above the altar, provided welcoming whisperings to my own heart's love path.

This visit was with my own mother, alive and well, to share a Sunday day out together. A peacefulness and playfulness that we both appreciated. A time of bonding and reflecting, separately on our own journeys, and the one we've had together. Reminiscing and spending time quietly on our travels, alone, and together.

And as we sat at the side of Mary McKillop's tomb I read on it the words 'Remember we are but travellers here'.

Indeed. Travelling the travels that matter to us. The decisions we make each day. The actions that our hearts relate to us, and that become the path for us, and those around us. Our travels of love. As travellers of love.

May you too be true to the quieter travels of love within you.


SaraSwati Shakti
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Saint Mary McKillop was the foundress of the Order of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, and their many works of compassion and action in the world.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Different Name. Same Soul.

The last week has been spent changing my name. Progressively. On all of my public profiles. To SaraSwati Shakti, officially.

My friends and newer community colleagues are used to it. The transition that they have been witnessing of my emerging has been a normal aspect of the fabric of our lives evolving. It has been a graceful process with them in the intervening years between Marie Bonney and SaraSwati Shakti.

This marriage to my Spirit self publicly has created many new endeavours that have been fulfilling for me and those around me. I have started to receive increasing requests for articles, and public speaking around my book, my art, and the journey that led to this new name, this new beginning.

And it was time. To make a choice. To draw a clear line in the sand. To adopt one name. And to alleviate any confusion of the path my life was taking. A name accompanying the introduction of Loving Psyche, a suite of services of my trademarked business launched last year, with a renewed energy that it brings with it.

And while it initially challenged me about how I would bridge the distance between those who knew me with a different name, as I re-enter the marketplace among them, I have found that it has been easy.

I have been embraced wholeheartedly.

'Different Name. Same Soul' was a response I received recently.

Indeed. Different name. Same Soul.

I am still doing what I came here for. Making a positive difference in a changing world.

I look forward to doing that with you more.

Attached is my updated profile on my website http://www.lovingpsyche.com/About/index.html for those new among you.

And for those concerned about making a mistake, and how to get used to it, as I say hello again, I have retained Marie as my middle name.

And, it's Sara, for short.

So all is easy and right with the world.

Much Love

SaraSwati Shakti
www.lovingpsyche.com

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

True Self Knowledge

All true knowledge is self-knowledge.

How you act, react, feel and function.

How you think, decide, plan and relate.

Your wants, desires, disappointments, and automatic responses.

They each make up a kaliedescope of the who that is you.

And there is no other like you. You are the totality of an individual of remarkable existence and potential.

One of the things I like to do in my work is to help you to unearth what is the trueness of you. 

I have found that as soon as people begin to befriend themselves, it makes a difference, in their self-perception, and with those around them.

It has an enormous impact on them when they discover, and validate parts of themselves, that they have not yet consciously embraced. An identity that is enhanced, and advanced with self-knowledge.

I help you to come home to yourself.

A tool I sometimes use to help do this is the MBTI, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Used extensively for decades by qualified practitioners worldwide.

And while no tool is foolproof in identifying the complexities of you, it has helped me show people the beauty of some of their natural elements, and to normalise those as part of the way they operate.

MBTI focuses on personality, personal preferences innately, as a basis for self-acceptance and self-knowledge. The benefits from which people can operate more wholeheartedly with themselves and others. It's the soulful work of defining the personality in which your soul is operating.

As a qualified MBTI practitioner I  have used it privately in sessions when clients desire it, in workshops for building co-operative, fulfilling and more vibrant teams, as well as for the beginnings of understanding couple differences, and families.

This year I am offering workshops for groups and organisations interested in learning more about who they are, and who their colleagues are, as a way of better understanding themselves and those that work close by. Building awareness, co-operation and a greater appreciation of the nuances of everyone in the group creates an easier flow when people know you, and you know them, more innately and appreciatively.

And for change and improvement in group dynamics to take place in any organisation, it requires the inner power of self-knowledge, inspection and reflection to enhance co-operation and empathy with self and others. It refines the people aspects of the skills set of members of  a team or group.

My colleague Josephine Luna from Helping to Restore Balance and I are joining forces again this year to run MBTI sessions as part of the Loving Work series. Details of the sessions are in the flyer below.

If you are a leader who wishes to get the best from your team, I urge you to consider the benefits it offers as a wonderful opportunity to validate and enhance everyone's contribution to a group, and how the group can operate more brilliantly as a team.

Josephine and I love working together, and have done so on numerous projects over many years. We have had great fun, and success running workshops and helping organisations build more self-awareness and related benefits. We look forward to working with you in relationship too.

Please contact josephine@restorebalance.com.au for further details.

 
 
Loving Work is a registered therapeutic service trademark as part of the Loving Psyche suite of services. http://www.lovingpsyche.com/Services/Service-Offerings/loving-work.html
 
And may you always find a way home to your true self individually and collectively.
 
Much love
 
 
SaraSwati Shakti
 
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Friday, 30 January 2015

Blazing Sun


I want to exist from my own force, like the sun, which gives light and does not suck light ~ said Carl Jung, in The Red Book.

And here it is, in a Heart Art mandala I drew last night. Titled Blazing Sun.



An invitation for all to blaze their light in a shining world.

Jung's words were so important to me during my years of transformation.

To bear witness that there is deliverance. And that dark nights have an end.

That it takes time, and work, and perseverance. Care and attention. So the soul can blaze again.

Because the soul yearns to blaze. In joy and serenity, and wholeness.

Making the dark conscious, moving in reflection. In a process of transcendence.

And a shining world.


SaraSwati Shakti

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If you need help with a renewed light in the world I can assist you to find ways to help your soul blaze. Connect with me here http://www.lovingpsyche.com/Contact/index.html





Monday, 26 January 2015

Nature Springs

In a long hot Summer, the rain returns again. A temporary measure to soften things. Creating the benefits of heat, with gentleness.

The freshening that it brings.

The cycles of life moving, around the wheel. As Nature Springs, into wisely nurturing, in cycles, the way she has always been.

Trusting her flow, to let us know, the pace and gifts she brings. As we are listening. To the abundance that life, from her heart, springs.

The lusciousness it brings.

Allowing Suppleness as strength. Softening brittleness, and creating an ability to flow, with how she glows. The feminine in action. Wisdom of creation, emotion, and devotion.

So many people complain, about the rain. That it gets in the way, of their planned day. Yet, standing back, and looking at the bigger picture, it is critical to sustaining a balanced way. And in recognising this, rather than seeing it as an impediment, it remains a critical life element, sustaining healthy loving luscious days.

As droplets of life, blend with sunlight. Creating a different form of play. Releasing to that energy as it creates.

Where can you create some gentleness in your day? The stillness to sit with the lusciousness of the day? The tuning in to the falling of the rain? The suppleness it brings in going about your day?


Rain

Suppleness Sustains

Life brings Life

Life lives Life

A Luscious Life


Consider it, again.

Much Love

SaraSwati Shakti

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Photo: © 2014 SaraSwati Shakti 'Lush' mandala, from a selection of Heart Art, a registered therapeutic service trademark. See http://www.lovingpsyche.com/Products/index.html, & http://www.lovingpsyche.com/Services/Service-Offerings/heart-art.html

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Dreams. And Landscapes.

The ultimate faithfulness of life is the faithfulness of landscape. Landscape is always there...Your body is made out of clay, so your body is actually a miniature landscape that has got up from under the earth and is now walking on the normal landscape. If you go out for several hours into a place that is wild, your mind begins to slow down, down, down. What is happening is that the clay of your body is retrieving its own sense of sisterhood with the great clay of the landscape.

I love these words from the marvellous writings of John O'Donohue. They came to me after a walk in a new neighbourhood last week. An early walk. In a new landscape. Of slow, slow, quietude. Breaking the clay of the day.

As the sun was rising I climbed a hill. My body was struggling at that early hour in the morning, resisting, the incline. Yet it was also insisting, that I reach the top. Nicely, Slowly, Surely. Honouring the pace that I could embrace. And, as I did, the breeze came up. Lifting me to where the vista opened up.

Stunning me. With a valley, in it's iridescent beauty. Gasping, in gratitude, for the scenery unfolding. The landscape of my body that had been carrying me, released itself to the amazing scene. Breathtakingly serene. Wonderfully green, with an early mist, newly fresh and clean.

And on reflection, it reminded me of the hills we climb, in faithfulness, in attempting new enterprise, developing new relationships, and pastimes. And listening to our body's wisdom. It's own landscape of attention, intention, and insistence. Towards a wondrous brilliance.

Pacing the landscape of small hills, graceful thrills, and beauty, of the soulful journey. Moving through temporary difficulty. Honouring, with a grace, and rewarding positivity. Remaining pliable. Persevering, and gaining traction, for a renewed pace of loving action.

Developing. Dreams. And new landscapes.

Dreams. And Landscapes.

We each have them...a healthful body, a finer mind, more genuine companionships, happier families, travelling broadly, working kindly, creating beauty, healing calamity...they are numerous, and of personal value and importance. A landscape that perfectly reflects your own wishful orientation. Beyond limitation.

Keeping an eye on that landscape, staying refreshed by its presentation. Taking action, steadily, and thoughtfully. Shifting the clay.

May you continue gracefully, and faithfully, on your soulful travels. Enjoying your inner and outer landscape. One that is breathtakingly brilliant. And a truly remarkable place.

If you would like some help with your dreams and landscapes my diary has new openings in 2015. Please contact me via my website here http://www.lovingpsyche.com/Contact/index.html

Much love

SaraSwati Shakti

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Photo: A Landscape Scene, original artwork by SaraSwati Shakti © 2014.

Note: John O'Donohue was the author of Anam Cara and the repeated immortal words in it: 'Come home to yourself'. Anam Cara was the subject of a previous Loving Psyche blog in 2013 titled Anam Cara Family, which you can read here http://www.lovingpsyche.com/Blog/index.php?id=5716603032541595480.