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I went to the MBS event I won tickets for today! As it happened, I went on my own, as Shaun has been poorly for a few days. It was here: Home Page
So as you can probably see, amazing place, which did have a very sacred energy despite the place being very, very crowded indeed.
It was far better than the Rosemary Douglas event we went to last year, with a better choice of stalls, people giving and doing small things for free, bigger names exhibiting and doing talks, and better free workshops (this was a BSSK event). However it was very badly organised - despite having a complimentary ticket I still had to queue for ages outside in the cold to get in, and would have had to queue longer if I hadn't had a ticket for a workshop at 11am!
The first workshop I went to - Keys to the Labyrinth - was amazing - we did a very powerful meditation. The second was a talk on lava shell healing, again, very interesting. I spent the rest of the afternoon wandering really, treated myself to several things - some crystal runes which I have fancied getting for a long time; a crystal I was very drawn to which I feel will help me during labour and birth; a few books (bought direct from the authors, so signed); and a very New Age-y dress which is a "one size" affair which I hope will stretch for a good while yet and double as a maternity dress lol. I had promised myself I'd treat myself, and I did! Looking forward to a bit of a play with my new "toys" tomorrow now.
I didn't book in with anyone for a reading as by the time I had done my two workshops and come downstairs the ones that looked interesting were booked up for the day. However one of the authors whose stall I was looking at gave me a little impromptu reading (free) when she was showing me how to use her books which work like oracle cards. It was one of those real synchronicity moments - she had some very helpful messages.
Early this week, I decided not to go tomorrow, with starting my new job on Monday it just felt like too much really. I got plenty out of it today and did the workshop I wanted to go to the most today anyway! I'm shattered tonight, but will tell you all more about it tomorrow properly, especially the meditation and the impromptu reading.
This will probably be long but it's something I want to record while it's fresh in my mind, and I never started my spiritual journal when I said I was going to lol.
OK so the labyrinth workshop - I don't know if any of you have looked into labyrinths before - they are quite interesting as a meditation tool. They represent sacred/inner journeys and the shape of spiral labyrinths is something like a brain. However, when we went into meditation, I "saw" my labyrinth as a series of interlocking six-pointed stars and spirals. I suppose it's a very personal thing. We went very deep in the meditation, luckily I know to ground myself first but some people were coming out quite wobbly. In the meditation we were "given" a sacred rose of Mary Magdalene placed in our heart chakras, a chalice of Avalon which I placed in my crown chakra, and we were offered a spiritual sword of Archangel Michael, Pallas Athene or the Lady of the Lake. I already have a sword of Michael which was "given" to me in a dream many years ago, so I "took" one from the Lady of the Lake and now have two in my aura, I imagined them sort of sitting in cases at each of my sides. We also dissolved our "old" grounding cords and exchanged them for a sparkly silver cord which was the central core of an ascension column of light.
The most amazing thing about the meditation was baby started moving a lot as we went deeper and deeper, alerting me to "her" presence. I started to feel very much like "her" soul was joining in with me, and the names Athena and Rowan were really resonating - will have to mention that to Shaun (they are both names he likes). I had an overwhelming sense that "she" and I will do this sort of thing together in the future, and that "she" is a very spiritual soul. I "told" "her" telepathically to take the gifts including one of the swords and assume she did though I didn't "see" "her" as such, it was more a feeling she was in it with me. We were also told to send healing to a situation and I sent it to the situation with Shaun's daughter, as his court date is looming in June. I called in Archangel Chamuel for that part for extra whammy.
So that was that...a free workshop and yet it was so powerful and so right for what I needed. It stopped me thinking about all the stuff I need to get sorted at work tomorrow and focus on the day and on spiritual development. The lady giving the workshop - Nina Hall - said it would be a transformative experience as we assimilated it over the next few days (well, you can imagine!) and that we may dream about labyrinths too (nothing last night but we'll see).
The lava shell thing was very interesting too. The shells are amazing to hold, the therapist giving the talk usually massages people's tummies with them, and she was talking about how our tummies are important and hold so much of our stress, anxiety and past associations. I couldn't put the shell on my tummy though because it basically "clears you out" and doing that while pregnant could result in early labour! Obviously this therapy is great for IBS, and this was the first thing of the day that came up about that. I have been thinking about wanting to stay off the medication after baby is born because it suppresses my ability to lucid dream. Maybe the universe is coming up with things I can do to make that possible, to finally heal the IBS. I took a leaflet and am thinking of having the treatment sometime after the baby is born and the post-partum bleed has been stopped for a few weeks etc.
The second of the things connected to my IBS was a crystal I found on the He Hi She Lo stall. It's a Septarian nodule like these: Tumbled Septarian
They had lots of amazing crystals, including some beautiful aqua aura quartz clusters, some selenite temples, and some large Greek apophyllite clusters which were around £30 each. I was really drawn to those as well but I already have all those stones and I just can't afford to spend that much on crystals right now. But I really hope they still have the Greek apophyllite when I can afford it, I was so drawn to that (I already have a small regular apophyllite cluster but this has green points as well as clear/white ones). So I was strict and decided just to get the Septarian nodule I didn't already have. It was "speaking to me" and telling me it would help me during labour and birth. When I was carrying it to the guy to pay for it, though, I got a couple of twinges around my middle! so have decided to put it away and not start holding it until I'm full-term in case it actually speeds on the onset of labour as well as helping me through it! Anyway when I brought it home and looked at the notes I was given about it, it said it is good for physical healing of the intestines and digestive system. So again something I can use on my IBS. (Those who have recently been complaining about IBS - you can order these from the He Hi She Lo website).
Only one stall in about 100 seemed to be selling runes! It's a lovely set of crystal runes, lots of different types of crystal. I'm hoping to get time to play with them later, but not sure when I'll get time to use you guys as guinea pigs on them yet obviously with being back to work tomorrow. There was only one set left other than the display set when I asked about them!! I did go to the thing thinking that the item I treated myself to would be a set of runes, so I figure they were meant for me. The guy at the stall asked how I experienced I was with runes and I said I was a beginner, and he recommended a book which he said I could probably get on Amazon called "Taking up the Runes" - so I'm going to have a look later. Everyone was very kind and really interested in making a difference to your spiritual development, not just in the money - which was great.
There was a lady with books on her stall about life purpose and I was drawn to a small book called "Light-filled, Loving and Wise" which was £6.99. Then I noticed that her larger book "The Soul Whisperer" was on at £10 with a copy of the smaller book free, so I figured I may as well spend £3 more and get both books. Bargain! The lady was very kind - her name was Anna-Louise Haigh - and signed the books for me and gave me a bookmark with all her details on for each one. This is her: Harrogate Complementary Therapy with Therapist Anna-Louise Haigh
I also met Barbara Meiklejohn-Free (The Highland Seer) whose book "The Heart of All Knowing" I have read and since passed on. Her love story is truly inspirational if you ever get chance to read it. She's a very down-to-earth lady. I heard her band playing for a while in the refreshment tent when I was getting a snack at lunch-time. She had amazing Native American/Shamanic stuff on her stall such as animal totem rattles and feather aura combs, but they were very expensive and I didn't want to splurge too much. I am hoping she will be there at the second event of the year in October and I will save up so I can buy some of the things I saw. But I did get my beautiful dress from her stall, and found out she also sells them online, yay! I have wanted to get some of that sort of clothing for ages, and now I know how to get it! This is her: http://www.barbarameiklejohnfree.com/
I really fancy her Shamanic home study course but ouch at the price. Sometime in the future though - maybe if I get to keep this teaching job. I've signed up to her mailing list anyway to keep me in the loop about it.
I was a bit disappointed about not getting in with any of the readers I fancied, but then maybe it just wasn't meant to be, because I didn't really have a clear question in mind. I have my soulmate, I didn't want to ask about the baby because I don't want anyone giving me gender predictions, and I don't feel the need to ask about my job because A.Cassiel assures me "there is a plan for me" and I'm not to worry about it - I have my next year planned out either way and am equally happy with either outcome. But then there was a stall where Joylina Gooding (the lady whose 11.11.11 meditation some of us did) had left out angel cards for people to choose, and I chose three. Two came out the same - I pulled out two joy cards! And one peace card. They are both really, really apt. The joy card was all about taking delight in my children's laughter and not taking life so seriously. Mum pointed out that this was ideal for me. The peace card was all about finding peace within myself in a busy and chaotic world. Again, how apt at this point in time.
Just before I was about to leave, I noticed a couple of stalls hidden away in a side room and wandered in. The lady at one of the stalls wasn't busy at all as so many people were missing the stall due to where it was positioned, so she pounced on me as someone to speak to! Her name is Stephanie J. King. She has written several books about life purpose and connection to the Divine. Two of the books were out on her table - "And So It Begins..." and "Life is Calling...". Both are like oracle books which can be used daily for guidance - "And So It Begins" can also be read as a regular book and is about healing many different situations which occur in life. She also had a meditation CD called "I Am". She showed me how to use her books as an oracle and the messages were pretty apt - I forget the details now but they were very calming for Monday and in terms of feeling like I have the courage to face this baby's delivery. She also gave me a little bit of an impromptu reading. She said that she detected a pain in my tummy and told me it was to do with unhealed and unresolved issues and traumas from the past, some to do with parenting. I know she meant the stuff that happened when I was pregnant with Daniel - the redundancy and subsequent lack of confidence in my career, and the traumatic labour I had. I didn't twig right away that it was my IBS she had picked up on - only after the fact. But there's the third indicator that I can heal my IBS! After I told her I was pregnant, she started coming out with stuff that she believed was about the baby - about how discipline is the right way to go but finding the right sort of discipline and boundaries, not just letting a child do exactly what they want. She also said I shouldn't doubt my parenting skills so much and that I do really well as a mother. It was Daniel she was talking about, of course. I told her this and explained that my son is autistic and I often find myself second-guessing parenting decisions. She said that I should ask my guides/guardians for help with his anxieties and his condition, as they can introduce ways of keeping him calm. She talked about how children coming to earth at this time are highly spiritual children who arrive with their karma already absolved, whereas we of our generation had to work through our karma and heal to become spiritually evolved beings who could carry on through to the New Age. She talked about nurturing children's spirituality and avoiding giving them family karma and attachments, to keep them clear and absolved. I guess this was the reading I really needed, because I was talking only just last week about how I'm starting to feel my spirituality is all bound up with my children, so I guess I was right. When I told her that one of the book messages was more about my new job and told her what it was, she advised me when sending healing to the children in my class, not to send it just to them, but to cast a net as wide as possible and send it to their parents and families. Made total sense! I desperately tried spiritual means of getting kids on side in the two really tough classes I taught previously. I guess I know now why it didn't work! If kids are caught in a push-pull of energy between parent and teacher it's not going to do them any good or heal them ultimately. So that was a real practical bit of advice I can take into my new job with me. Anyway this is Stephanie: Stephanie J King - official site. Author of And So It Begins, Just For Today and Life is Calling. Channelled by Spirit.
I only bought the concise handbag-sized copy of "Life Is Calling" simply because I had already spent so much!! Again she was very kind and signed it for me. But I do plan to buy her other books and CD. I felt like this was a real piece of serendipity and that her teachings are exactly what I need to move on spiritually right now.
So there you go, I think that's it! Well done if you read all of that! Sorry it was so long, but it was truly an amazing day for me, and absolutely what I needed right here and right now. I may never have gone if I hadn't won the tickets. I entered several more prize draws including one for a massive amethyst geode and one for a free spirit guide painting, and put my details down for several mailing lists, while there as well, so who knows what it will all lead to. I've been feeling a little stuck spiritually for a while because I just don't have energy or motivation to do much apart from readings, but I feel now like this has "unstuck" me! I feel like it's kick-started my intuition/synchronicity as well. There is another BSSK event in the same place in October and I'm hoping to be able to go, maybe do more workshops next time, and save up beforehand too!!!
Sounds like you got the advice you had been looking for. Glad you are finally getting "unstuck." I also feel stuck and it's a very irksome feeling. My sister did a reading for me today and was pretty spot on about why I may be feeling so stuck. Glad you got those free tickets!