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The Dengue Experience

BelieveInThePowerMariaLaceyHello beautiful souls,

Life has a way of growing us … An experience will enter our life to give us an opportunity to become more conscious and evolve.

The many who have been following me on Facebook will know I contracted a severe case of Dengue Fever and nearly died in Bali. I’m pleased to say, four months on, I’m well on the road to recovery and now back working part-time. Laughing, having had five near death experiences in this life time, I’m beginning to feel as blessed as my feline friends.

At one time whilst unwell in Bali, I slipped into the depths of darkness, my spirit although weak, recited continuously. “How may I serve, how may I serve.” As my spirit reunited with my physical body I felt an ember ignite within my heart, and a movement of a gentle breath, then a sense of comfort filled me.

There had been a profound shift. I had emerged through the darkness into the light.

Sometime later when I was back home in Australia, and began processing this event. I realised the fearful inner child would have said, ‘why is this happening to me?’ She would have been terrified, yet she surrendered, and I remembered that moment so distinctly.

In my heart I know an aspect of her has healed. I have noticed her nurturing me. Wonder, playfulness, creativity and curiosity have returned, and a new freedom is being felt. Inside I feel more peaceful and gentler than ever before, and I have a greater awareness of my every thought and action.

Through this awareness I am more accepting, compassionate and understanding of me, although the reality of our world sometimes feels crushing, I am consciously pausing and healing from the inside out.

As the DOING and busyness spurred on by fear and strong belief systems is fading into the background, and as I surrender to BEING. I feel a gentle quietness and ease within myself and my world. Life becomes more simplified, and movement flows within a loving and synchronistic stream.

The inner conflict begins to fade and I breathe in love, and breathe out gratitude.

There are many of us experiencing difficult moments filled with uncertainty, confusion, fear and loss. It seems to be a Universal theme at this time.

The Guardians of the Light share…

“WHAT WAS, IS NO MORE … It is time to move within the Universal stream of light and surrender to your soul’s yearning. Hear the voice of your soul and allow the brilliance of your light to shine. It is time to shed the old and step into the new … for you are all Children of Light do not be afraid of the power within …

Know your heart will guide you.”

Putting ourselves as a priority and loving and healing ourselves is not selfish, nor withholding from others. It is necessary!

Remember the chrysalis cycle of the butterfly.

Until next time, with love and hugs,


Full Moon Rituals for health & well-being

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Emotional Healing – Moon Water

Many years ago during my sleeping hours and at a time of intense personal and emotional turmoil my Guidance shared with me the below information to assist me in my hour of need. I have over the years shared this with many and now offer it to you.

They called it ‘Moon Water’

  1. Fill a glass bottle with water or many if you choose and place these bottles outside under the light of the moon on the night of the full moon.
  2. Leave overnight and in the morning bring them inside.

I don’t refrigerate the bottles as I believe in drinking my water at room temperature so therefore I would drink these bottles and share them with others over the next 3 to 7 days.

A very simple task to do and from personal experience drinking the moon water has certainly assisted with my emotional healing process.

There have been many people over the years you have said the water feels like velvet on their tongue and in their mouth, and tastes different, and have shared many stories as to their own personal healing experiences. Now I am neither a doctor/scientist nor a naturopath/homeopath, but I choose to offer this information because:

  1. We are a community and its free, and ..
  2. I believe that nature is the most wonderful healer of all and in the spirit of love I share this gift from my guidance to you.

Many years ago we would naturally drink and bathe from our rivers gaining the nourishment we required to feed and cleanse our bodies, fully empowered by the natural cycles of the moon. Unfortunately today, all of our water is filled with chemicals and pushed underground to our homes and businesses. Thus the natural source of Mother Nature’s healing is not able to be accessed organically due to the pollution and containment that has been created by us.

You may also notice emotionally, physically and spiritually it can be difficult and uncomfortable when the seasons change.  Many years ago we would be prepared through our diet due to certain fruits and vegetables coming into and out of season, which I believe assisted us naturally to adjust to the seasonal changes making it normal for things to come and go in our lives.  Today we have access to all food year round, and we live in our homes and offices with the temperature set to whatever season we choose it to be!  Something to think about🙂

Full Moon Ritual – Letting go

The night of the Full Moon is an opportunity for you to release and let go of what no longer serves you. Remember that the moon represents ‘feminine’ energy which is very nurturing, loving and strong. Please find below an example of what I do each Full Moon.

Required: paper, pen, lighter, stone bowl or safe container to burn in.

  1. Sit quietly and write down on a piece of paper all that you choose to let go of, keep it simple and be clear. This can be personal behaviours and attitudes, relationships, health issues, situations that are out of your control and it is time to ‘let go and let God/Angels/Universe’ (whatever your belief system is) take care of.
  2. Remember that if you cannot be clear when writing your intent, then you are possibly not ready to release. Be kind, loving and compassionate to yourself.
  3. Once finished roll the paper into a scroll then go outside taking with you a lighter and safe container. (Be careful on a windy day and ensure that it is safe for you and your neighbours)
  4. Take a breath and give thanks to the Moon Goddess, the Universe/Source and any other benevolent being or deity you choose.
  5. Light your piece of paper and place in the container.
  6. As the paper burns, hold your hands out with palms up and say;

“Through the light and strength of the Moon, may the angels carry my heartfelt intentions to be healed and blessed for the greater good of myself/all.”

  1. Hold that energy for a moment. Breathe
  2. Then place your hands in prayer position and say;

“I thank you with gratitude in my heart for listening and supporting me at this time, and I release all expectations, and trust that all shall be for my highest good.”

Do not hold onto or think about what you had chosen in that moment to release.

helium balloonImagine holding a helium balloon with a string. Inside the balloon is what you chose to let go of. Now, if you do not release the string, how can the Moon Goddess/Universe do what you have asked? By being mindful of this, you may in that moment realise as I have done over the years. At times, I have said, I’m ready to let go, yet I still thought about it and carried it on the perimeter of my being, and often within my emotions and body.

Due to this I have not been truly committed to letting go, and realised maybe I wasn’t quite ready, yet when the time was right, it fell away with ease.

Trust that you find these helpful and look forward to you sharing your thoughts.

Until next time,


Soul to Soul


We have wisdom within, and it is waiting for us to sit within the silence and open to the stirrings of our heart.

I sat within the silence and this is what I wrote ….


Picture drawn by Maria Lacey 2011


I want to step through a doorway without having to open the door.

I want to move with ease, not clouded by self-doubt, limiting beliefs and fear.

I want to recognise you, feel the purity of our souls connecting as we dance within a stream of love. Every smile, every touch, illuminating our light that shines brilliantly in appreciation with, and for, our connection.

I want to be in harmony and balance and let the laughter of my soul breathe light into the sacredness of this moment.

I want to ingest the beauty of our planet and all sentient beings. Walk with grace and appreciation upon this our Mother Earth.

I want my spirit to feel at ease within this flesh, so I may appreciate it, and treat it with respect as the body temple that it is.

I want to take responsibility for my actions, and be kind, compassionate, and forgiving of myself when my conscious and unconscious beliefs and conditioning move me to act from a fearful place.

I want to learn, and recognise the wisdom within each moment, even those that are uncomfortable.

I want to feel the richness of gratitude with every breath and movement of my body.

I want to be ONE and walk within the I AM Presence … an omniscient being connected to source.

From my soul to yours,



Bye bye 2015 and welcome 2016


Well what a year 2015 has been ….

Filled to the brim with many meaningful as well as challenging moments. Each moment, breath and experience being interwoven into the tapestry of our life. Laughing, I’m certain that mine would look quite abstract, but then again I love abstract.

Imagine, splashes of colour, some intense, others pale, some vibrant, others dull. As we stand back to observe, every weave of colour was our energy, an investment of living our life to the greatest ability of who we were in that moment. On reflection, we may see patterns in the weave, these are seen to gain understanding and knowledge.

The end of the year is a wonderful time to reflect and be kind to ourselves, and to look upon our creation with compassionate eyes.

We are evolving, sometimes we feel regressing, yet when we really connect to our inner knowing, there is no regression. If you could take the time, you will be able to source the pearls of wisdom, for there are many.

Through reflection, do we continue with our old story, hold onto our baggage and struggle?

Or do we take the opportunity of a New Year and connect to the eternal stream of love and stand empowered with humility and vulnerability, and with courage choose to step up and into the potential of the enlightened beautiful soul that we are.

2016 my word is TRUTH – Seeing the truth in my actions, thoughts and feelings. And with loving intention I will speak my truth with authenticity.

I wonder if you had to choose a word for 2016, what would it be and why? If you wanted to post yours, I’d love to read it🙂

Well, I must be going as I’m running late for a NYE beach party. Smiling, for the past decade or more, on NYE I have chosen to stay home and meditate on the cusp of midnight. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved doing it and gained much from it.

But times are changing, and I’m creating a new stream of energy to flow into the New Year and I’m pretty excited.

To you the person reading this, I’m sending you much love and may 2016 be filled with good health, happiness, and an abundance of everything to support you and those you love.

Live, laugh, feel the passion and create an awesome tapestry for 2016.

Until next year


Whoa! It’s Christmas


This time of year can catch up on us very quickly to find that we have less patience, feel fragmented, physically as well as emotionally stressed, and most importantly of all, we can be stretched for time. Our environment at work and at home can seem chaotic and the people around us may appear unsupportive and insensitive to our needs.

Even if you absolutely love Christmas or don’t celebrate it at all – it’s hard not to be affected … or dare I say infected.

For some, there will be times that you could pull your hair out and scream, as the relationships and planning towards a happy family Christmas start to break down causing you distress.  For others who have lost loved ones, loved ones are unwell, or you are spending Christmas on your own, you may be struggling with feelings of fatigue, grief, loss and isolation.

As you struggle, there may seem to be a loose wire that disconnects you from your inner self. That balanced and knowing part of you that knows love, compassion, generosity, celebration and happiness. You know of it, yet you just can’t seem to reconnect to it!

Your body, mind and spirit is aching for you to STOP and BREATHE and fix that loose wire, with the intent, that loving energy will flow with ease once again.

So why do we put so much pressure on ourselves whether that be emotional, physical or financial? Why can some of us feel so lost, isolated and experience so much sadness and frustration? How can we reconnect to the spirit of Christmas or even the spirit of love, our connection to Source/God?

Below I share some strategies that may support and ignite the light within, hopefully assisting you to feel lighter, happier and at peace:

  1. Breathe out and let the stress fall away. Sit down with a pen and paper and empty your thoughts and feelings onto the page. Or sit with a trusted friend, or professional counsellor, and be heard. Sometimes when we open to communicate we take the pressure off the mind and body, empowering us to see and feel with clarity and gain perspective.
  2. Look after yourself and take time out whether that be a walk in the park, a yoga class, or receive a massage, Reiki, or some other form of nurturing. Whilst in this experience be mindful of your breath, be present, and let go of the concerns around you, giving yourself permission to just BE. 
  3. Think positive thoughts – Remind yourself that your thoughts create your world. If you have thoughts that are not loving or supportive of you, say, “CANCEL, CANCEL, CANCEL”. You do know, its okay to be happy.
  4. There is great comfort in remembering those awesome moments and experiences that made your heart sing. Those memories will help to raise your vibration.
  5. Meditate daily – only ten minutes per day will have a positive effect.
  6. Know that when you feel reconnected, anchored and in your centre, the very things that upset you may seem less of an obstruction. You’re likely to feel more energised and happy, which could create a positive ripple effect especially to those close to you as they will experience the brightness of your spirit.
  7. Each day ensure that you check-in with your body and mind, and recharge and rebalance yourself regularly.

The loss of a loved one …

  1. This time of year can be very difficult. You and your family may choose to write individually on a piece of paper one of your happiest memories with that person, describing it in detail and then placing it in a beautiful gift box. Then at your family Christmas get-together, you could place your gift boxes in a basket under the Christmas tree, and during the day sit around together and one by one place your hand in the basket, pull out a gift box, and read what has been written to the rest of your family. There you can share your happy memories and tears in honour of your loved one whilst supporting each other.
  2. Lighting a candle for those that you have lost and talking to them can also bring great comfort.

Alone at Christmas …

  1. If you are alone at Christmas, you could do what I have done for many years and that is say yes to invites from friends, or you could instead treat yourself to some good food, a fun video and sit and enjoy your own time in your sanctuary, reminding yourself that it is only one day. This is a great time for meditation, contemplation and tuning out if you like. Can you tell I’m an introvert? lol.
  2. I do know of many others that have chosen to create their own special ritual at this time of year. Such as; creating an event for an orphans Christmas where you invite families or singles that may be alone and away from extended family at this time of year. Arrange to meet at a public park and set the intent that each person bring along a fun activity and food to share. I have organised one of these and it was one of my most memorable Christmas days.

Remember, that you are never alone … if you believe in angels, guides, God and many other benevolent beings, know that they are always with you. Take the time, and openly share with them. Ask them to support you.

They may send you little signs such as; yours or a loved one who has passed favourite song may play on the radio, white feathers may appear along your path, a gentle warm or cool breeze flowing past you. Your attention may be drawn to a particular book, or photograph, you may even sense a familiar smell that makes you feel comforted.

Most of all, if you do feel in crisis and are unable to speak with those around you. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 (Australia).

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A Christmas Candle … Poem by Maria Lacey

A Christmas candle I light today,
May it bring an abundance of love your way.
Those in our hearts, no longer here.
May you feel their love,
So true, so dear.

Today, I remember those here and there,
And count my blessings for the love we share. 
You are the light and love within me,
Fond memories are stored for eternity.

Merry Christmas and may 2016 be filled to the brim with happiness, love, peace and prosperity.

With love and blessings,


Supporting Change Through The Universal Shift


I love spring – It just opens my heart to see such beauty as nature’s richness and colour shines through. I love the feeling and warmth of the sun, along with the coolness of the breeze and those lovely warm days and cool nights for sleeping.

Amongst all of this beauty there is a sense of each and every one of us opening to something new, a knowing is bubbling within and a connection of things to come, yet for some, the veil is not quiet open to allow you to see clearly the direction in which you will go.

Through this unknowing the universal law of cause and effect sets in motion and our internal primal fear may rise to create some discomfort such as; feeling anxious without knowing why, emotional outbursts or withdrawal, feelings of isolation, uncertainty, lack of passion, sense of being in limbo, light headed and ungrounded.

We could allow our feelings of discomfort to let fear drive us as we dig our heels in and try to stop this change from happening. However there is a greater force moving us, and the more we try to stop it, the harder it is to keep our balance.

Change is happening whether we like it or not …

The universal shift is taking place and the unique and authentic self is awakening to your soul’s purpose and truth, which is now more than ever expressing itself.

Love is the only true way of being, and the light within is illuminating

Let the shadow side of yourself and those pieces that had been hidden emerge, so they may be seen and acknowledged with acceptance, healing, growth and enlightenment, all with compassion and self-love.

Be mindful and watch and observe the signs and allow your journey to unfold.

Be in the flow …

Journal, and as you write ask your soul to reveal your next step. Be a great listener for when you stop the thinking and talking in your head you might be surprised as to what guidance you may feel, hear and see. Remember our loved ones and those benevolent beings are always around to support us. When we’re in our busyness it’s hard to be aware of the signs and be in sync with life and living.

Take responsibility for your actions, listen to what you say, and be mindful to think and speak with positive intention for everything is manifesting much quicker than ever before.

You may choose to seek counsel from professionals to help support your transition. It’s okay to ask for help, we are all in this together.

Spend time in nature for your heart yearns for this connection. Many of us have truly forgotten to take personal time to sit, listen and feel, forgetting that we all have the gift of personal insight.

Recall the last time your head, heart and feelings were in alignment and how it felt and served you well – let your heart and soul guide you to remember.

As the Guardians of the Light say, “Seeing through the eyes of your heart truly gives you a real view of your inner and outer world. Seeing through the eyes of your heart connects you to a greater more encompassing view.”

Until next time


Copyright © Maria Lacey 2015

Hot Flushes – Get Me Out Of Here!


Sundays, a day I usually put aside for relaxing while I enjoy a leisurely breakfast dressed in my pyjamas. No rushing, just the pleasure that I can look like scary Mary for as long as I choose, providing of course I’m not caught by someone knocking on my front door. Then, I might giggle afterwards as to the surprised and sometimes shocked look by the person that stood there.  I could tell you many stories of being caught, which I have to admit are hilarious, embarrassing and downright memorable, but today we will have to stick to the subject Hot Flushes – Get Me Out of Here.

This particular Sunday I woke at 6.30am feeling on top of the world. I got up, put some washing on, enjoyed my breakfast of cooked quinoa with a little maple syrup, some goat’s milk and a dollop of Greek yoghurt, and then enthusiastically began cleaning my house. Now I know I said I put aside Sundays for relaxing, yet surprisingly the result of seeing my house clean, was very relaxing for me. I’m sure there has to be others like me out there. Finished! I paused, it smelt and looked great, now to a nurturing and cleansing shower, then dressed and ready to appreciate the rest of my day.

When you work from home it’s a breath of fresh air to go out and have a coffee or lunch somewhere, and a change of scenery can inspire the creativity and help replenish your energy.

Now looking and feeling good I decided to pop into my local shopping centre. There’s a nice little café that had scrumptious gluten free muffins and a good soy latte. The staff were always welcoming, and I could sit in a corner on a comfy chair and not feel pressured to leave. Bliss

Having parked, collected my mail on the way in and ordered my soy latte and muffin, I’d sat down to relax and write. Now half way through my muffin and enjoying my cuppa I looked up from writing and …

A rush of energy erupted through my neck and face, creating a bright cherry red, and my face felt as if it was on fire. Oh no … a burst of perspiration exploded from every pore in my body …. If only I could tear off my top!

Realising I only had a bra underneath, this was not an option. I looked around to see if anyone had noticed. I talked silently to myself, okay, I won’t drink any more hot coffee, and Maria take your time and enjoy your muffin. I took another bite, see it’s not as bad as you think. Beads of sweat trickled down my face and in-between my breasts. My skin burnt against my clothes and the chair felt hot and uncomfortable. I’d hoped that when I got up it hadn’t left a pool of water, or worse still a sweaty wet patch on my behind. I touched my forearm and it was clammy, my underarms felt soaked. I thought to myself, Oh good Maria this is just great! Okay now breathe. But breathing did not ease the heat, nor the anxious feeling rising within my chest not unlike pins and needles.

Alright, get up slowly and head for the door….. it’s okay, no one will notice you….. once outside and in some fresh air, you will be fine.

I packed up my things sadly looking at the barely drunk coffee and half eaten muffin and thought to myself, it doesn’t matter, you didn’t need it anyway. Don’t we justify beautifully.  I’m on my way through the shopping centre feeling quiet exposed and vulnerable. I stopped at a dress store to hide behind a rack of clothes as I indiscreetly blew up my face to cool myself down, my fringe moved with the rush of air. My eyes searched for a mirror to check the back of my trousers.

I started to feel a little better and glanced to my side to see this elderly lady sitting on a nearby bench smiling at me. You know with that knowing smile. I whispered, menopause, she smiled and said, “Yes I know dear, been there and done that.” All of a sudden the body now screams out, THANK YOU, someone understands, and then responds with an almighty hot flush just to confirm! My eyes quickly darted around searching for an escape. I hastily nodded with acknowledgement to the lady, and with as much dignity as I could muster, I raced towards the double doors trusting that they would open quickly and allow me to GET OUT!!

In the safety of my car, I wound down the windows, put on the air, felt the breeze on my face and laughed…. oh did I laugh. Why did I laugh so much?  Because my experience flashed in front of me like a movie, and all of a sudden it looked quiet comical.

Now some of you may be thinking, thank goodness I’m not anywhere near menopause or I’m a man and I don’t get menopause. For those females that are not there yet, your time will come. It is a rite of passage that we all flow through, and some of us easier than others. For those men shaking their heads; if you are in a relationship with a female, have a mother, sister or female friend, it might be worth your while doing a little research to gain an understanding of a woman’s hormonal changes, which can affect us and YOU in many ways.

It’s interesting the word chosen for this rite of passage – MEN O PAUSE – hmmm I wonder whether that means anything.

Later that day I was talking with an elderly male friend and, he kindly said to me,

“Maria it’s only a power surge.”

The sound of that word, power surge, saw me visualise myself with an enormous light illuminating from within. It connected me to my inner strength and my feminine power, and this time my body did not choose to respond with a sudden burst of heat. It felt empowered and I felt proud to be a woman, hot flushes and all.

Trust you have enjoyed reading my article and I look forward to your feedback.

Until next time,


Copyright © Maria Lacey