Floating In Silence

This has been a week of limitations and motivation. I have had the urge to do so much over the last two weeks yet there has been no energy. I have finished the course of steroid tablets I have been on for the last six weeks and am now only taking one methotrexate tablet a week until I see the rheumatologist next week.

The steroids had given me a false sense of healing and when they stopped the pain was once again allowed to be picked up by my brain. So I have spent the week limping, staggering and hurting intensely. It seems the steroids do nothing but block the pain from my brain and the methotrexate as far as I can tell has done nothing.

So this week I tried something new. For christmas from my son and daughter in law I received a 3 pass float tank voucher. This week I finally felt up to trying it out. What I expected and what I experienced were two completely different things.

I had been so looking forward to the sensation of no gravity, or just floating and not having to concentrate on holding my body in a certain position. I cannot float in normal water, for some reason my feet and legs just sink so I didn’t hold out too much hope of floating in the tank.

I found that it was impossible to sink. As I got into the tank I tried desperately to get myself into position without causing pain and all my legs and feet wanted to do was float. It was not a graceful process getting into the tank and getting into position. It would have made a very funny video.

There was music for the first ten minutes then that faded, I had turned the lights out and just relaxed. I tried breathing through my nose but with ear plugs in you hear everything. My nose has been a little blocked lately so all I could hear was whistling. So I focused on breathing through my mouth.

The water is body temperature and is very pleasant, you float very easily and as I lay there I thought about what the outcome of the session might be and what i hoped to achieve while in there. The feeling of weightlessness was one I was so looking forward to but did not get. I know I am overweight, comfort eating and medication and not being able to exercise has made sure of that, but I still thought that I would feel less than I did.

I felt like I was shrugging my shoulders, they were very sore when I went into the tank and even worse when I got out. I even had pain in my butt, it felt as though it was sinking but wasn’t. I am not sure if it was coming from the pain in my hips but it felt very heavy. That combined with my very sore shoulders led me to not being able to relax as I had hoped.

I had read that the time goes very quickly but the longer I floated the more I wanted the music to come back on so it was finished. This is entirely because of the pain I was in, including my elbows which would not straighten out when I had finished. The music finally came back on and I was quite glad to get out, which was even less graceful than getting in.

A quick shower to wash out all the epsom salts and I was done. When I got to the car I felt more relaxed. I know if I had not been in so much pain beforehand then I would have experienced it differently. My body felt less heavy and I felt very tired. The next morning I was back in hell. The pain had come back fully and it was methotrexate day. Which means nothing else for the day. No pain killers.

I am assuming that some of the feeling I had was a detoxification from the epsom salts and that is a good thing. But, I have never been so glad to have my paracetamol on thursday morning, as I was today. It does not stop the pain but it takes a little of the edge off it and allows me to function at least a little.

I will book myself in for another float in the next week or so, after I see the specialist and hopefully get some medication that works. With a little less pain I think I could probably feel a bit more relaxed in the tank. I may even leave the lights on for a bit next time, and see if the cycling through the chakra colors makes a difference.

I am thinking that by the third float I will be much more relaxed and knowing what to expect then I may have a much more meditative experience. I envisioned epiphanies and that doesn’t happen when you are restless. I doubt the stress I am under at the moment is helping but I wanted to come out of the tank in a new frame of mind, ready to take on the challenges that await and I didn’t.

Next time I will know what to expect and make sure I have some sort of pain killers before hand so that I am not concentrating on the pain while I am in there. It was an experience though, that I have never had before and I had put it off for quite a while. I am looking forward to going again and comparing the experience.

Has anyone tried this before? What were your experiences? Would you do it again? Did you expect too much like I did? I would really like to know if my experience was normal. I do tend to expect too much of myself and of the people around me. So when I do something that has been hyped up as amazing, I expect it to be amazing. I don’t want to lower my expectations, I would much prefer them to be exceeded.

Margaret ❤

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Battling The Law Of Attraction

Sometimes you get to a point in your life where you think “why me”. What have I done so wrong that I have allowed myself to get in such a mess?

The law of attraction is very powerful and although we sometimes think it is not working, it is. It always is. What you focus on becomes your reality and I for one have learned this lesson so many times in my life that I should be more careful with my words. As each part of my life falls apart in new and surprising ways I can now pin point the exact moment I made that choice.

Moments of passionate fear and anger help to construct a future moment of helplessness and in the one instant where we can change it, we are so deep into the poor me that we cannot see what we are doing. I, like many, have spoken words in anger, in fear and in desperation that all come back and bite me when I least expect it. Then wonder why this is all happening.

The trick to allowing the law of attraction to bring the good into your life is to closely monitor every thought and every word. For most of us that is impossible. We cannot and should not have to think about each word we say in case it causes more problems. That only helps bring more problems, the fear and worry about what we are saying allows disaster to sneak up behind us and knock our feet out from under us when we least expect it.

So how do you get the law of attraction on your side? How do we continue to live asking for the good but all the while beneath the surface our thoughts are waiting for the ball to drop and it all go wrong. I know for me I can recite affirmations until the cows come home, but my energy is tense waiting for something to go wrong.

A few weeks ago I got an unexpected cheque in the mail. Apparently I had paid too much interest on a credit card I had a few years ago. While I was so happy and excited to receive the cheque deep down I was waiting for something to take it away from me, and so it did.

The battery died in my car and I had to pay for two doctors to fill in insurance forms for me, both of which took more than the cheque that I received. It was given and then taken away just as it always has, because I expected it to. Living in fear that the good will be taken away before you even get it only pushes the good even further away.

At this moment in my life I have some major life changes to think about and decide upon. It is not an easy task and if I could I would just jump on a plane and leave. Much easier than trying to make decisions that, if I am honest, are not going to make everyone around me happy. Someone will be upset with it, someone won’t like it and try as I might I cannot please everyone.

This time I really have to put myself first. I am the deepest into problems than I ever have been in my entire life and because of the fear of making choices, I cannot clearly see a way out that will be for the good of me and all around me. Trying to keep myself positive over the last couple of years has been an extraordinarily hard feat and I have failed more times than I care to admit.

I tend to dwell on the negative parts of the decisions rather than the positives and this only pushes more away. If one thing had fallen apart at a time then maybe I would have found a way out of the mess I am in. I always have come through before, there has always been an answer. But, this time everything has fallen apart. A huge lesson that I am struggling to understand, let alone pass.

There are choices, and all of them are temporary. None of them solve the initial problems only delay them. Making some choices only cause more problems down the road that I may or may not be strong enough to handle. Do I take the chance on an immediate temporary fix? Do I wait for more options? My health, my security and my entire life rest upon the choices that are required. I do not know if I am strong enough to make those choices yet.

Those around me say things will be better, that there is a beautiful new start just around the corner. I too have said that to many people but unless you are actually in the midst of hell, you cannot understand that those words, although given with love, just make it all seem so unattainable, so hard to reach and impossible to dream about, lest it be taken away before it becomes reality.

Depression is a monster that allows you to rise above for just a moment then cruelly drags you back down again. For those in the deepest part of their depression this seems a never ending battle that has no hope of being won. For those of us who have battled long and hard and can see the signs that we are falling, it is a little easier to stop the momentum. I know can see as I drop and although sometimes I find it hard to pull myself out of this, most times I can before it gets too deep.

Depression, negative feelings, expecting the worst are all ways that we sabotage the good in our life. Fear of success, fear of rejection, fear of things being taken away all push the good that comes into our lives back. The one thing I do know for sure is that it always works out. It always has for me and it always will. I may go through hell getting from despair to answer, and when I am stronger I will be able to do that sooner rather than later. Eventually though things fall into place and I wonder why I was so stressed and worried. The trick for me is to see it for what it is much more quickly than I do at the moment and when that happens I shall then keep more of the good in my life.

Until then this battle is real, and I will do everything in my power to pull myself through it all. As things start to fall into place I will relax more and be able to think more clearly and make better decisions. Then universe we are done. I think I have had enough harsh lessons this lifetime. Time for the rest of my life to be breezy and easy. As I say it so it is!

Margaret ❤

 

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A New Era

Well it has been a week of freaky energy. One minute I feel positive and uplifted, the next I am thrown down into the depths again. The energy of the new moon has thrown things up in the air and allowed it all to fall mish mashed all over the place as it lands.

The stress and energy required to keep myself on an even keel throughout the financial and health issues that seem to not be getting anywhere, has taken it’s toll this week. I will not be able to stay in my home. That has become apparent and no matter what I try or how hard I try it will not change this situation.

So now I am faced with the task of deciding which of my possessions are important enough to keep and which can be sold, given away or thrown away. I have tried since December to keep the rent and bills paid by selling my beautiful crystals and books but it is not enough. I cannot sell enough to cover what I need anymore and I have no one left to borrow from.

This puts me in a position that I have never been in before. I have always made do before, always just had enough to get by and always paid my bills. The thought of not being able to keep up with these is upsetting me more and more each week. I have income protection and total permanent disability insurance within my superannuation and have applied for both, but as those who have dealt with insurance companies know, they are quick to take your money but unbelievably slow to give it back when needed.

I had hoped that something would have come through by now, but they are slowly going through my applications and I will find out something soon, sadly not in time to save my home.

I am however taking this as a sign that this home is no longer for us. We have been here for just over 4 years and in that time we have lost our rabbit, our cat, my last car and both our jobs as well as my health. The last two years have been testing to say the least but I am still breathing so cannot complain too much.

This situation has now given us an opportunity to begin again. My son and I have been through a lot in the last two years and now with having to sell almost everything we own we are faced with a complete new beginning. We have decided to move in with my parents for as long as they can handle us 🙂 until we get back on our feet.

We need this time to make some decisions without the possibility of eviction hanging over us. My health cannot improve with all this stress and although there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis I hope that one day I will be able to live without constant pain.

I actually get excited by the thought of beginning again. Most of our belongings are second hand, full of the energy of those who owned them before and the energy of not being wanted. I had not thought of this before but in buying second hand furniture and other things we are buying items that have been given away or sold because they are of no use anymore. This energy stays with the item and transfers it to the new owners.

Imagine living with the thought that you are not wanted or needed anymore. How would you feel? What sort of energy signature would you give out? Living surrounded by all that negative energy and having it soaking into my and my sons energy fields has been heavy and suffocating. so now we have the opportunity to bring new energy into our lives with, when we can afford it and have somewhere to put it, new furniture and household items.

Because of this reason the things I am selling are being sent to their new owners with love and the hope that they are loved and cherished. They are sent knowing that they were wanted but need to move onto others who will love them as we have. It still makes it very hard to decide what to keep and what to let go of. We will be moving a from a three bedroom house into two bedrooms at my parents home and so must be very careful with what we take.

Only those things that I cannot bear to part with will be staying, the rest will be sent onwards with love and gratitude. Remember when you buy second hand goods to bring them into your life with love, clear and cleanse them of the old energy and welcome them into your life with joy. Everything has energy whether you think so or not so being careful with what you bring into your space will ensure that negative energy is kept to a minimum.

Be aware of how you feel when you buy and sell and allow that energy to dictate whether or not you accept it into your life. Use your feelings rather than the visual look of the items to decide whether or not they are for you. How you feel around something is much more important than what something looks like and always will be.

Here’s to a brand new start, renewed health and optimism and the start of a new era.

Margaret ❤

 

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Message From My Higher Self

In order to realise your dreams and move forward, you need to begin within. Your ideals and ideas are not configured into the one space and so you need to rearrange, as it were, the thoughts, ideas and ideals into a space of balance. A type of merging of what you want, while working on why you went through what you have and why, the lessons you have learned and the reasons for them.

Why do you feel less than others? Why do the opinions of others mean so much to you? Their opinions are not who you are and you have spent far too many years fitting yourself into the space that others have formed for you.

This is not the authentic you, this is not who you are or who you were meant to be. You have wandered so far off your path that you have lost your way and have become reliant on allowing others to lead you, and lead you they have. Not always into your perfect space and not always in your best interests.

Releasing and letting go of all you have held onto for so many years is the way out of this confining space. You must start within, that is the only place to begin and all will fail without this work. Do not fear this going within, for it is a path chosen by you in order to to find your way back to authenticity.

The real you aches to be released. You know this. You have thoughts and ideas of what you should look like, what you should be doing and how you should be living. Yet you still push it all away because it does not fit with the thoughts and ideas of those around you. You have allowed far too many people to take over the running of your life and in order to progress you must take back your power.

We understand the human difficulties you face weigh heavily on your mind and know that this prohibits you from relaxing  enough to allow healing. We also know that you do have the power within you to overcome this and so much more.

Look back at the life you have lived, how many times have you overcome disaster, poverty, depression, anger, panic and fear? Then realise that things always work out. You will do so again but it is up to you to learn this lesson for one last time in order to release it and let it go. If you do not then it will be repeated many times over until you understand and move forward.

This is not a forecast of doom and gloom, you are quite capable. More than you realise and comparing yourself to others over the years has worn down your confidence and your get up and go. This is why you procrastinate so much, you fully expect to do the work and have it either taken away from you or have it all fall apart and have to begin again.

We know you tire of beginning again and have no wish to repeat over and over again. This however is your choice and only you can change this. You know this to be true. We will assist as you ask but the work must be done by you. You have to want to change. You have to want to give up your past and all that it entails. You have to want to move into success.

Your intention in all of this is what is important. Know that you are more than capable. we repeat this because it is important and it is something that you push away and yet you desire it so much. Rely now upon your own inner thoughts for they are what rule your life, not what others think. What they think or do is their choice and what they mirror upon you is their own feelings of failure that they have no desire to take ownership of.

Reflect this back to where it has come from and look at your own authentic self and see the truth. We only wish for you to live as you wish to and regardless of the choices you make, we will guide and assist you. If you still choose to follow the path of the past we will be with you, but here you will become stuck.

You will not make any progress upon your path until you make the changes needed. This is your moment to alter the path you are on and to make the huge changes that weigh so heavily upon your mind and heart. Know that they are important and that you will survive and flourish when you so choose. It is your choice and choose you must. Think carefully and follow your inner most thoughts as this is the way for you.

We are here and we love you and we will always love you.

Margaret ❤

 

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Feeling The Feelings

Today is the end of the third week of my treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. The new weekly tablet seems not to be working yet, but I was told that it would take at least four weeks. So I am very grateful that I am still taking steroids for the moment. Yesterday I almost forgot to take the steroid tablets, that’s how good I felt. Today I am a little sore. More than likely tried to do a little too much yesterday.

I also went to bed the night before, the night of the full moon, with the intention of feeling better and improving my health. It seems to have worked. I asked for myself to be cleared of negative energy and then went to sleep. I do feel somewhat more positive than I have for a while. Although the tablets are keeping some of the pain at bay for now, I still feel that I have turned a corner.

Intention has always been the most important part of any type of manifestation. Without it you are doomed to failure. If you cannot get your mind and heart into the right space, then no amount of wishing and hoping will bring you what you desire. Keeping your energy in the right frequency is at times, more difficult than it seems.

It can only take one small problem to have everything fall down around you. In order to keep my energy at a higher level than it has been for quite some time, I spent some time listening to some chakra clearing meditations and music in various frequencies. The frequencies I chose were 417 Hz to clear the negative energy of my space, followed by 528Hz to raise the vibration and create a more relaxed feeling in my home.

It is only when I make the effort to listen to music that I remember how it makes me feel and what it does to my body and my space. I tend to not find the time to do many things that are good for me and listening to music always has an amazing affect on me. I must make more of an effort to do the things that make me happy.

When you are happy things fall more easily into place. So the more you can do to keep that feeling, the happier you will be and the better your life will become. We all have off days, those times where things seem to fall apart but if you keep your focus on how you want to feel rather than how you are feeling, then your vibration  will elevate and make the space around you softer and more gentle.

Always remember that you are in control of how you feel. There is no one that can make you feel anything unless you allow it. When we are down and things fall apart, it is because we have allowed our energy to drop and let those around us have more control of our feelings. Take back control of your life. Let your feelings become the focus of your life.

Use the tools around you, such as music, poetry, and meditation to keep you at a place you want to be. Do not deny yourself the small pleasures in life. These are the things that make your life special. You may not have millions of dollars to spend on achieving your every dream, but the things you can do to make your space happier do not need to cost the earth to achieve.

Don’t put off until you have the money. Don’t put off until you are in the mood. Don’t put off until someone gives you permission. Do it now. Allow it now in your life, and most of all feel it now.

Margaret ❤

 

 

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Birth And Rebirth

Just when you think that the world is such a horrible place and there is no way you could ever be up and positive again, something beautiful happens.

This past week my first grandchild was born. The joy that this wonderful little boy has brought to my life is amazing. Where before I was down and almost ready to give up, hence no blog post last week 😦 , now I am more uplifted and feel joy every time I look at a photo of him.

He unfortunately lives a two hour plane flight away from me, so I have yet to see him face to face and hold him. So for now until I can afford to go up and see him I have to make do with photos and skype sessions.

The energy that this child has raised within my life is so special. I am amazed at how precious and beautiful he is and how my son and daughter in law have made this wonderful creature. You tend to forget what it is like when your own children are grown. so seeing the peaceful little face while he sleeps brings back so many memories of when my own boys were born.

I am sitting here with emotional tears of joy falling down my face as I write. I was reminded the other day by one of my other sons, that now I am a Grandmother I am officially old. I have no problems with being old if if means I am to welcome more perfect beings like this one into my world.

This child represents a new beginning for me. the birth of something wonderful and fulfilling and the start of the second half of my life. As I add Grandmother to the list of who and what I am, it makes me sit and think more carefully about the life I have and the life I wish to live. How can I make sure that I am a special part of his life? How can i work it that I spend quality time with him? All these thoughts are flooding my mind and as I desperately search for the answers I need, I remember to relax and allow spirit and the universe to arrange things in their own natural way.

I am blessed to have such a special event occur in my life. It has taken many years before my little family was ready to grow and now was the perfect time for it to happen.

Always remember that when you feeling the lowest you think you could possibly go, that there will be something around you to raise you up again. Never, no matter how hard it is, allow the darkness to keep you from seeing the joy that can unfold. For it is always there and all it takes is for you to suspend the darkness for one instant and allow yourself to see another point of view.

Margaret ❤

 

 

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Starting Point

Well I now have a diagnosis and a new beginning point from which to launch into a new life. I have Rheumatoid arthritis. There is no cure only containment. It means a completely different lifestyle to the one I have lived for the last 56 years. It means tablets, drugs, constant blood tests, xrays, ultrasounds, bone scans. Time spent at the doctors and the specialist. Everything I dislike about health.

I actually felt a little special. When I was being examined by the Rheumatologist she called in a new registrar just to look at my hands. Apparently my inflammation was something of a wonder to both of them. Where there should be knuckles there is a lot of fluid and tiny little bumps that indicate where my knuckles actually are. My feet and ankles are swollen, my knees are worse. The pain in my body after sleeping is so bad that it takes me a few hours to be able to move around in a normal way. Too much rest it seems stiffens up my body to the point that it gets stuck, so bedtime has become somewhat of a nightmare.

I get very tired very easily but the thought of what I wake up to each morning makes me delay sleep for as long as I am able. The specialist assures me that we can control this and eventually if things work out I can go into remission. So many others do, it is just a matter of finding the right treatment. The word she used to describe my arthritis was seropositive. I had to look it up when I got home. It means more severe with more joint damage, disability and inflammation outside of the joints.

It seems when I do something I always take it to the next level. I was expecting the diagnosis, although not quite as severe as that, and while I was prepared I was not prepared for the emotions that have overtaken me since yesterday afternoon.

I cried in the room with the specialist, and I cried when I went to Centrelink today to organize a different payment to the job seeking one I am now on. My age before was a barrier to finding work, as I have been looking since September but have not got even close to an interview. 40 years experience it seems does not count when you are female and over 50. Now until I am well into treatment and the severity of it all settles down, I cannot work. I always thought that there was something I could do but it seems everything at this stage will just cause damage. Having to put my illness on a job application will also get it thrown out before it is even looked at.

So government assistance is what I need at the moment. The job seeking payment I am on does not cover the cost of my monthly rent so I have been selling all my personal possessions to pay bills and utilities. Now the new payment will be more money but I was told today that it takes from 3 to 6 months to be approved. I will run out of things to sell before I even get the new payment. Which by my calculations still will not be enough to pay for everything.

So my breakdowns of the last two days have come from the fact that I have gone from relatively healthy with a job, independent and able to live on a tight budget but still able to manage, to being dependent on a government payment that does not cover basic living expenses and with no way of finding a job to supplement or replace that payment. I am relying on the support of everyone around me, a hard lesson for me to learn.

What I need to do for the moment is to find some focus and make the decisions that need to be made. I will eventually have to move out of my home. I cannot afford it at the moment and most definitely will not be able to afford it for the next 3 to 6 months. There will also be medication, constant trips to the hospital and doctors for which I will need petrol. There is no money for food, or any basic living expenses. So getting my head around all this, while trying to stay at least a little positive and hopeful is going to be difficult but not impossible.

The decisions I make over the next few months will be so very important for the direction that my life will now take. Once the treatment starts to take affect and the pain settles down a bit, I will be able to make better and more long lasting plans.

For now with the support of friends and family around me as well as the doctors and the hospital, I will take each day as it comes. There is a reason for everything and it is now my job to work out what I am to learn from this and how I can help others through my experiences. Not the path I expected my life to take and certainly not the way I had intended to live but I have what I am given and will do with it what I can.

This will teach me to take better care of myself, it will teach me to go within for personal healing and it will take me on a journey to find my inner strength and resilience. At times I feel like just sitting in a corner and fading away, but I will not allow myself to give in that easily. This is a mountain just waiting for me to climb it, and climb it I will.

I am not ready to give up on life yet, and although I may slip back down into depression as I go along this path, I will fight to reach the top of this mountain. I will succeed in living the life that I know I deserve and that I know I can attain.

Margaret ❤

 

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