Money as friend not foe- more money in your life?

Checking my e-mails this morning I was delighted with the comments made by Lilly Jenson

Having Abundance is your birthright!

“Many of us have conflicting beliefs and energy around money, prosperity and abundance. We aspire to live well and to provide for our families, our employees, our animals and our communities. However, society and perhaps our own family have fostered beliefs that money is bad or that we are not worthy of having plenty”

After all “money is nothing more than energy. And we can learn to direct and beckon energy.”

Add another favourite quote.
“A breakthrough occurs when you recognise you are more energy than matter”
Caroline Myss

It has been scientifically proven that we’re made up of energy
Everything is energy and yes how does this work for us?
Once we understand this we’re able to work with it, watch the movement of our energy, observe our energy, in other words how we think when nothing becomes reality until it is first felt, thought. Firstly using our thinking we can clear, unblock, repair and restore ourselves to a better energetic state.

Lilly Jenson goes on to say ” Everything is energy right, this is also true of money.”
But when it comes to money scarcity, fear and lack seem to be big issues for many people. We need to understand that we’re meant to live an abundant life as Lilly says

“You’re meant to create your own experience here on on earth. You are energy and energy is ever-changing ever evolving.”

Just as good health is your birthright so too is your right to create a life that is full of joy, magnificence and abundance however you perceive this.
But somewhere in our lives we received the message that life was meant to be a struggle.
My grandmother wishing to help me told me when I was a teenager that I would lose my spiritual powers if I charged money for them. (As a Yoga /meditation teacher I must pay rent buy food/petrol, extra training all must be paid for.) This was very much the thinking of the time so my grandmother, a gifted and spiritual lady denied herself pleasure, beauty, warmth because her generation lived through the depression and it’s concept of lack still ruled her daily existence. Once you understand that money is not to be hoarded, or used to control another, or used to keep people in poverty and powerless.Think of the food on your table. The dairy farmer that milked the cows pouring his or her energy into the love of his animals , family and farm. That milk I purchased with the money I earned giving my energy to my Yoga classes, that money is just a way we exchange our energy.

The Universe is abundant,I am abundant, all my money needs are met

The Universe is abundant,I am abundant, all my money needs are met

In fact let me ask have you put aside some money for pleasure?e.g. A bunch of flowers to give you joy when you or others enter the room.
For we’re born to be creators,:co- Creating with the Universe around us and so we learn the more that we give the more we can give. Does not the sun shine on all beings? See how the flowers open without being forced.

So often our relationship with money is not really our thoughts or energy. the energy around money is often the ideas and therefore the energy we have inherited. Example of my grandmother says you that the thoughts we create changes the energy within and around us and certainly dictates the way we live our life.
The very first yoga classes I taught we’re for a “get fit” program run by the local council. During class I was talking on the rule of abundance, at the end of class, a council employee arrived with cases of tinned fruit as gifts to the class members.(They were left over from a previous function)
Yes I must admit I was as surprised and delighted as the yoga students.
How did this happen? Obviously I believed so much in what I was saying, that there was an energetic shift and abundance arrived at our door.
That’s fine for you I hear you say. How do I achieve this? more abundance more money in my life.One law of energy
Is the law of attraction, whatever you keep thinking about and focusing on
is what you get more of.
As a laser focuses light so do our thoughts. Train your mind daily to focus on the joy that you are, what you contribute.Remember if you focus on the negatives in your life, that is what you will get more of.
The secret here is that focus of mind is one of the keys to success in anything,
and if you learn to truly focus and live in the moment more, you’ll start to make
permanent changes in your subconscious and this will flow to the conscious and start to ‘show Up ” as more money in your life.

Suggestion: Write down your thoughts on money writing quickly without thinking or speak them into a recorder.
Write your thoughts on how your family thinks of money.
Was their always arguments over money?
Was money spent quickly with none held in reserve? an easy come easy go attitude?
Do you expect money to be handed to you by a government organisation?
Do you spend your time worrying about money?

I remind you that you are energy- what exactly does that mean, perhaps you have not been taught that you are a container/body for the spirit. For this is consciousness. Within your mind are all possibilities all probabilities and therefore you have the power to create the life you want, you just need to access this and figure out how to use it for good. If something in your life isn’t going as planned, it’s only due to the lack of knowledge on how to implement this.

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Cages to imprison our selves

Queensland museum.

This scary iron corset was advertising another mindset of control in a different era. below the article Ruled by Fear by Nikki Gemmel. 350 Years of Fashion      Queensland museum.

Cages in which to imprison ourselves.

When the Saturday paper arrives I dive for the enclosed Magazine,before the recipes,letters to the editor or the latest articles I always read what Nikki Gemmel has written. This week her article is titled Ruled by fear. she speaks of how we have engineered an era of suspicion and paranoia and how all of this has now come to Australia and so she questions what do we teach our children?

Quoting her experience “When they took the children to Disneyland Paris on the Eurostar from London as security about the departure gate was endured when a Muslim -looking man with an NYC jacket was pulled aside.” This resonated with me as I have just returned from Europe and in many checkpoints at airports as I collected my hand luggage after stepping through the X-ray machine, I noticed wives in burqas patiently waiting for the husband to be searched- after being pulled aside and patted down.
What do we tell our children? what is the message to the children watching this? That people of different clothing style or skin colour are not to be played with, or worse to be feared?

In Nikki Gemmels words “I wondered about the relentless way we try to cram our kids lives with continual, seamless happiness; snapping off the news when it became to unbearable; eventually not watching with them ( the children) around at all. What defences would be developed for the bleakness of the world ? How could we teach them bravery, compassion, connection, how could we spine their lives
I hope that education and parental communication would reassure them that these instances(terroist attacks,seemingly random shootings in schools etc) are extremely rare. That most people are fundamentally good. That we need to reach out to different races and religions.”

Steve Waterson writing in the travel magazine comments ” As far as security is concerned, all I want to know is that nobody’s got on with a bomb or a serious weapon, and that no one can get into the cockpit. I don’t care less who else is on board. Beyond the fact your 10 Km up in the air, you’re on a bus. In the end you surrender to the absurdity, because it’s against the law to make fun of it. In the US, signs as you approach the screening area warn you not to make jokes. Some believe this contravenes the first Amendment guarantee of free speech, but it’s not a good idea to test it; remember the cautionary tale of US Airways captain Elwood Menear. Frustrated at the delay as security picked over the contents of his bag as he headed to fly his airliner out on Philadelphia airport, Minear observed sarcastically “Why are you worried about my tweezers when I could just crash the plane?”
Of course the authorities quickly grasped the point the pilot was making, laughed and waived him through – oh wait no they didn’t. They arrested him, took him away and charged him with making A terrorist threat. It’s the kind of vigilance that keeps us safe “

Nikki Gemmel like me ” feels that Australia over the past few years has felt paranoid, jittery, sour, little; with it’s turning back of the boats, ditching witches and burqa ban flirts. eyes have narrowed as we draw in the wagons.” I am disappointed by blatant name calling in our parliament and politicians belittling politicians. “And so we must ask ourselves are we loosing our tolerance, our open -hearted energy ?”
Nikki Gemmell quotes Marilynne Robinson’s character of a dying man speaking to his young son”

I’ll pray that you grow up a brave man in a brave country ‘’ the book Gilead

Nikki continues with “Right now, this country does not feel brave as we turn in on ourselves, fearful of difference. Why do we seek cages in which to in imprison ourselves?”

How to stop this silently spreading disease?
The heart of the matter is what we feel about ourselves and the many rooms of the prisons in my own mind. Thought heals, thought destroys and so we learn to watch the mind and the thoughts that arise. Take time each day to reflect on your thoughts, past and present, let them flow ,let them go. Sit in silence, let your heart expand to all beings and wish them freedom from their own mental prisons.

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Doubt kills – 5 easy ways to conquer self doubt.

our morning dog walk we stopped on the cliff edge to watch the waves pounding the rocks below. We had noticed a ship on the horizon. Handing me the binoculars he asked me ,”could I still see it?” Yes the ship was turning away from us, but it was still there.
“I’ve no doubt he answered.”

That set me thinking can we live life without doubt?

How my life would change for the better if I had no self-doubt.Doubt that kills opportunities and possibilities that are ready to open out within me.
So I thought of the times self-doubt had killed.
Self doubt stopped me getting a job. Having passed the interview to work with the artist employed by the State of Victoria.To work with his team( a dream job for me still in art school) his team were commissioned to create murals or mosaics to be placed in
government buildings, covering walls external and internal. I doubted that I was worthy of that much money, that I was as good as the other artists I have met during the interview.

Years back during my Yoga teacher training Shanti the CEO OF THE Shanti Niketan Yoga School, had been asked for “Yogis” to appear in a television advertisement being created for the wool board. Young bodies dressed in wool,yoga teachers would show off their product in refined stretchable wool. I doubted if I was attractive enough for television,
if I performed my yoga postures with enough elegance and Grace. So I declined.
Not realising that often other people see us with greater clarity.

Doubting myself I did not finish my high school education. Not smart enough, couldn’t fit in with the curriculum, felt alienated and isolated more than I felt at home and achieving.

Doubt Affected my new relationship, when I saw that it was becoming serious I doubted if once more I could hold a relationship, was I was worthy of a loving relationship? Speaking on the phone to girlfriend Pam who suddenly commented “Yes I guess you think you’re not good enough and you doubt your ability to love. That your love is not great enough and that you are unworthy of such a good man.” My friend had vocalise my internal dialogue, had brought my fear to the surface and had noticed that my doubt would kill off this budding relationship.

Thinking on ideas on how to change /overcome self-doubt
I found this article in zenhabits and I have “pressed” it complete.

5 Great Ways to Conquer Self Doubt
This is a guest post by Alexandra Levit, career advice columnist for the Wall Street Journal

Go back in time: The first step to overcoming self-doubt is to recognize that it’s there in the first place. Think about the circumstances that are leading you to feel insecure, and see if you notice any patterns. Are there particular situations (for example, dealing with a new boss, speaking in public) that prompt you to feel this way?

Defeat the doubtful thoughts: In one column, write a doubtful thought, and in the opposite column, write facts that dispute that doubtful thought.For instance, suppose you are afraid to invite a new colleague to lunch because you’re afraid you won’t have anything to talk about and she won’t like me. Statements that refute that thought might be: “We can spend at least an hour talking about the office culture here and what she did before this” and “She will like me because I’ve made a sincere overture to get to know her better.”

Keep an event journal: If you are a person who experiences a lot of self-doubt, then it’s time for a test. In the course of a single day, write down all of the things – simple and complex – that you accomplished without a hitch. These can be things like “ran productive staff meeting” or “had great talk with Brandon over coffee.” Then, write down the things that didn’t go so well. You will inevitably notice that the list of things that went well far outweighs the list of things that didn’t, and this will hopefully allow you to see your doubt in a different light.

Call on your cheerleaders: Often, our loved ones can see our lives much more objectively than we can. Being a natural introvert, I sometimes doubt my intern personal skills, and when someone doesn’t respond to me in the way I expect, I am occasionally get paranoid. It always helps to call one of my Best friends so she can assure me that I do in fact have a lot of wonderful relationships in my life..

Celebrate your successes: When a situation in which you doubted yourself turns out better than you expected, don’t just nod and smile and move immediately on to the
next thing. Take a moment and reward yourself for a positive outcome. Do something you enjoy like going to your favorite restaurant or eating a delectable dessert. “

I found my life changed immensely once I started to meditate.
I would add a sixth way to conquer self-doubt and that is the daily habit of meditation.

Taking the time to cement positive emotions in your mind will hopefully make the doubt disappear more quickly next time.

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Meditation is positive and has it’s own reward. Healing disease?

I was rinsing some woollen sweaters in the laundry and gazed out of  the window to see our 80 plus,year old neighbour up the ladder trimming his cyprus hedge.Collecting gardening gloves and pruning shears we hurried to help out. I was hoping to get the neighbour from the high hedge. Leigh was given the other ladder so he could tackle the six foot high hedge from the other side.

Our neighbour was delighted to see us, not to hand the job to another but

It was for him an opportunity to talk. I was then more worried he would loose concentration and step off the ladder.

So often another author puts my thoughts so clearly.
Professor Kurt Tepperwein in his book Think and Heal says 

“Be kind to the people around you, take time to listen to their worries. Let them talk to you about their dreams and their needs . Try not to think too much of your problems. Instead focus on helping others as much as you can, you might be surprised to find that by helping others, you can actually help solve a lot of your own problems, especially when you realise every positive act  carries its own reward.This is because positive actions liberate positive forces in the person performing those actions. When applied judiciously and with awareness, this principle becomes a source of well being and health.

As long as you keep concentrating on your own problems and worries, they will remain a part of you. 

“It is only when you can see a health problem, (or any other problem, )”for that matter “objectively  exactly for what it is , i.e. as disturbance of your inner harmony, that the power of positive thought can work to your advantage. 

So when you can gain an objective( no emotion or feelings involved) view of your problems they must disappear of their own volition. 

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Stategies for a spiralling mind

Sense beauty all around you.

Sense beauty all around you.

“Practice creative anticipation, that power of positive expectation. Have confidence that you can draw the best not the worst too you.”
From the book Positive thinking everyday – Norman Vincent Peale.


I arrived at mums to find a profusion of boxes, plastic and cardboard overflowing, motor cycle helmet, motor bike, cardboard, things boxed in profusion. and a strange man doing Tai Chi in the backyard. Scattered boxes and furniture piled in the garden shared by mum and her neighbour.
They’re leaving. It seems mum’s neighbour’s sons and ex-husband were moving interstate. Odds and ends, disused and unused pieces have been brought back home to their mum. This morning at breakfast mum commented that now the neighbour had no daily access to her sons would she become dependent on mom and an age 90 this is not a happy prospect. Mum has started to think she would need to prop up a lady who has suffered depression. Mum’s mind spiralling………..

After class I noticed a young woman waiting in the corridor. New students often arrive to meet me and ask would meditation or yoga suit them or to discuss a particular health issue. This young lady came to tell me her mother, a long term student of mine, was hospitalised with Cancer. Could I help her mother? Of course, so it was arranged that I visit her mum at home between her hospital visits.
Our weekly mediation sessions, Alisha ( name changed for privacy reasons) turned into relaxation sessions with Alisha lying on the couch.  Time spent with her reminiscing,thinking over her life. As a young woman her parents had sent her from a tiny village in the mountains in Italy, to bring her brother home from Australia. Arriving by ship she was met at the wharf by brother and his Australian girlfriend and a group of their friends. This young woman realised she had no influence over her elder brother who had readily adapted to the new life in Australia. Soon Alisha was working and dating one of her brothers friends, the daughter I met was from this future marriage.

Alisha was now torn between the duty to parents so far away, remember contact with them was only by letter and often took weeks, and the young man back in the village who she was “promised” to.
After each relaxation session she spoke of these times
Her regrets were causing her mind to drag her into a dark place. Even though there was nothing she could now to influence the past.

Both mum and Alisha had very valid reasons for worry and concern, each is written with a broad brush, Family, health or directly linked with concern and compassion for a loved one,
And yet each one if followed on that track of thought will bring the owner of that mind in a downward spiral. It is an exhausting spiral if started, that saps our strength and energy leaving us tired and often feeling betrayed.

We must make the choice in each moment whether the mind will spiral upward or the mind will spiral downward and so we learn to observe which way are we going at this moment in time.

The strategy: For Alisha and Mum was to stop a wandering mind , is to use your five senses.

If sitting- feel the chair beneath you, your back pressed into the chair.

Close your eyes, feel the sun on your shoulders.Relax them.

Listen to the sounds around you.

Perhaps you can re taste your last hot drink, toothpaste on tongue.


We worked on dwelling only in the present. Observe the mind in the moment.

No time for this . Just take a deep breath.It steadies the body mind.

Friends are good for this observation process. As just by a phone call Carol commented to me this morning that I sounded tired.
I have not followed my meditation practice this morning and find the mind is flitting like a bird in the branches of a tree. Hither and thither, not stopping to observe, is it a downward spiral I am engaged in?

Try it for a day watch the mind and it’s ways.
As the Buddha said” Like your shadow the mind never leaves us.”

We must decide how it will lead us, in an upward spiral

to more laughter and creative living or downward to regret and depression.

It is so tempting to forward project our mind …..”When I win the lottery I will be happier, when I meet the right person my life will be full of joy.We sometimes backward wander in our minds, what if I had taken the the chance to work with …….., instead I took this job. All useless and often destructive.

Stop. Feel the sun warming your shoulders or listen to the rain, clear the mind of clutter so you can live in the moment, a form of meditation. Or our mind is like the clutter of boxes left in the backyard.








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Meditation brings the best out in you.

Bread won't rise

Bread won’t rise.

“My students are complaining the muffins and cakes aren’t rising. I keep telling them it’s because everything is so dry we have not had any rain in months and because the earth is dry and the air is dry the materials that you use to create a chemical reaction between flour and the yeast is not occurring as it normally would.”

Janine is one of those school teachers who mould your life for the better.



interested and always finding new ways to teach her food technology.

Her comments she set me thinking how meditation affects the one who practices the discipline and the atmosphere around them.

Meditation changes the atmosphere around us, it influences those who share our life, just as the cake will not rise and the bread does not come to its normal height because the flour is affected by the dry atmosphere, the lack of rain. Our lives are affected if we do not have stillness, calm, peacefulness if there is a lack of these within our lives we cannot rise to our best and our greatest. Our full potential is never realised. Something is lacking the flavour is going and gone.

I encourage you to find a meditation teacher, shop around, as the more formal types of religion drop away we realise the journey is to be made by the individual. Teachers come and go in our lives and some stay in our hearts forever.

Germaine Greer on her convent education: “The nuns bought out the best in me and it needn’t have been brought out – it could have stayed right where it was.”

Nikki Gemmel speaks of her convent upbringing of one particular nun sister Philomene Tiernan.

“It felt as like there was a still centre to her being; A conviction that she was strongly, joyously here, In this place doing exactly what she wanted to do in life. She glowed with contentment. Chatting;warming and stilling with her presence.”

In her article “a life less ordinary”

In the Australian Weekend Magazine August 16-17 Nikki continues speaking of the nuns.

“Many whom I’ve come across having an intriguing core of stillness. They’re not completely a part of this world, not swallowed by it like the rest of this, have the strength to be something else.”

Mine was not a convent upbringing, my yoga teacher Shanti Gowan’s guided us through the steps of meditation. Born in India,with her connections, I was lucky to have sat at the feet of many travelling monks Shanti and her husband hosted in their home. And today so many excellent teachers have written books on the meditation experience and how to embrace this

inner light,and powerful presence.

I invite you to explore this inner well of eternal peace. You will be surprised how you can bring peace and grace into the lives of many.

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Meditation to help soldiers with PTSD

Post Traumatic stress syndrome is finally being taken seriously by both the military and the wider population.

Triggered by a terrifying event or series of events people return home to find they  do not belong, their family are confused and emotionally battered as they watch a loved one reel between anger, hostility and the extreme of being numb to all around them. They cannot sleep and no longer manage to engage in life.

Movies are made and people are seeing the results of ‘living off your nerves”Just as constant physical pain wares away at a persons Adrenal system, the lack of sleep, and the worry have been shown to cause emotional dis-ease, a constant state of anxiety arises, for the soldier for the Doctor/ medic, drill seargent,what ever capacity a soldier served in, theirs is the burden  of Post traumatic Stress.

Sadly many returning service men and women do not seek treatment as they feel it may affect their career. They will be seen as weak, unable to cope with stress. Solidarity, holding together, mutual dependance, community of interests, feelings and action.

Often when we try to manage or overcome pain we are actually entrenching the suffering, remember “What we resist persists”.Learning to reach out to Yoga or Meditation will break that cycle. It is better to find something that moves you away from pain.

Diane Callan  founded Wellness for Warriors in 2009 to teach military families

 about integrative lifestyle solutions such as yoga, chiropractic care,

acupuncture, and nutrition has seen the benefits first-hand. “I personally believe that when you are able to  experience or elicite peace of mind from within you can share that with your spouse, your family, your community and the world.’ she said


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