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The Doorway to Wisdom

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Photo by GEORGE DESIPRIS – First published in Sibyl Magazine July 2019 

There is an innate wisdom, a doorway, that is filled with unimaginable knowledge.

How many times have we spoken words of wisdom to a friend or colleague that seemed to come out of nowhere? I’m here to assure you that I believe many. So where does that wisdom come from? Some may say God others the Universe, maybe even ourselves.

I believe it comes from all the above. Each of us has a soul, the very spirit that is in every atom of our physical body. Our soul is accessed through the gateway of our heart chakra, an energy centre which is connected to Source, God, the Universe whatever you choose to name it. Through that gateway, we are expansive and connected to a stream of light, which opens us to the Library of Knowledge. Some may say the akashic records, either way, we can access knowledge and wisdom far beyond our understanding in this life.

Many of us unconsciously access this when our heart is activated through a deep feeling for another’s discomfort, and those words of compassion and inspiration flow with ease.

Our love opens a portal of wisdom which gushes from the depths of our heart into the light of day.

Don’t you just love that! We are SOOO amazing, yet so unconscious to the magic that happens often.

Love is the key to accessing all that is me, an unlimited being. A soul incarnated into this physical body onto this Earth.

Love is the key to opening the doorway to our soul and to awakening our consciousness.

I know, how easy is that, or not!

Our personality/ego, the expression of our conditioning and the affected emotional and mental bodies can often thwart that very connection. Triggering a disruption, a doubt, a confusion, an internal war between the mind, which has been conditioned by the data received through our experiences in this life, and the purity of the heart, which may have felt jaded from those experiences. This can cause us to close down the feeling aspect, that real intelligence that is connected to our heart and opens the doorway to the soul.

In glimpses, we notice those moments, those miracles as words gently unfold from our tongue and caress another’s pain.

Wouldn’t it be a magical life if we could access that knowledge consciously and at will? I’m here to share that we can. So how do we do that?

Many ways will support this, but first, we need to align ourselves with the higher mind, the intellectual, intuitive mind connected to our higher self and vibrating at the same resonance as our soul.

Sit in silence, breathe and raise your awareness to just above your head, this is where the higher mind sits. Notice your physical mind calm and sense your connection to your heart centre. Sit with it and become familiar to this feeling, for this is the beginning, the beginning of you accessing, at will, your soul and all it offers.

With love, namaste

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Maria Lacey was born in Australia and has travelled extensively overseas being led by visions, dreams and spiritual guidance.

An award-winning author of a personal and spiritual memoir, One Path, Many Lights. Maria writes about life (the human and spiritual path), the adversity, learning, musings, and triumphs.

A successful entrepreneur with over 20 years in her own business, Maria humorously states, “I am my greatest case study.” Maria is a qualified Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Spiritual Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Sound Healer, Channel, Author and Speaker.

Maria feels passionate about restoring hope into the hearts of many.

For further information about the author go to: http://www.marialacey.com.au/

Maria’s first book – https://www.amazon.com/One-Path-Many-Lights-Spiritual-ebook/dp/B00YOIOTIS

There’s A Ripple Effect

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First Published in Sibyl Magazine June 2019

Something is inviting when I walk into my local café. Something happens to inspire my writing. Hard to believe amongst all of the chatter, coffee machine noise, clanging of plates and cutlery, children screaming, and then, oh then, the aroma that filters into my nostrils as the scent of delicious food is being cooked in the kitchen. Laughing, bliss.

Are you one of those people that love to observe others? Does it amuse you when a child screams loudly, and you see someone look over disapprovingly? Or are you that person? At that moment, I make no judgement, just observe, and continue to write, but I do so love to people watch. It’s as if each movement, sound, and look become apart of my story. How often do we find that in our life? How often do we speak someone else’s words or find ourselves entwined in another’s feelings? For many of us, if we are true to ourselves, and take a moment to witness ourselves, I’d say often. I know a bold statement!

We are influenced by our environment far more than we consciously realise. We are also affected by our environment more often than we’d like to admit. Sometimes, the experience can inspire and enlighten us, where other times, not so. Do you realise we have the power to affect change with how we are, what we say and do, and who we are? We are incredible human beings, and we have a responsibility not only to ourselves but also the impact we make upon this earth and those we share the air with. Phew… that sounds so heavy, and I know it may feel a little overwhelming, yet it could be as light and bright as you choose it to be, or as heavy as you want.

The magic begins in the heart – every seed of inspiration magically grows as you breathe life into it. When we are in alignment with our heart, our path opens unobstructed, and the universe breathes life into our dreams. What if your dreams could inspire many others? What if your smile directed to a stranger gave them hope? What if recycling your waste inspired change in another just by observing you? Wow, how exciting…

We are human, and all have bad moments, days and hardships, and I’m not saying ignore those. I am venturing to share that in those moments we take responsibility for ourselves and ensure that we set loving boundaries to nurture, love and be compassionate to ourselves, and be mindful not to project our pain and discomfort on others. Let us as a collective take responsibility for how we can influence our environment by our actions and our energy. Your actions always affect others. You are most definitely not responsible for another and how they feel, but you are responsible for how you act.

Be the observer and witness yourself, you have the ability and awareness to affect change. Go for it!

Until next time,

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Maria Lacey was born in Australia and has travelled extensively overseas being led by visions, dreams and spiritual guidance.

An award-winning author of a personal and spiritual memoir, One Path, Many Lights. Maria writes about life (the human and spiritual path), the adversity, learning, musings, and triumphs.

A successful entrepreneur with over 20 years in her own business, Maria humorously states, “I am my greatest case study.” Maria is a qualified Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Spiritual Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Sound Healer, Channel, Author and Speaker.

Maria feels passionate about restoring hope into the hearts of many.

For further information about the author go to: http://www.marialacey.com.au/

Maria’s first book – https://www.amazon.com/One-Path-Many-Lights-Spiritual-ebook/dp/B00YOIOTIS

A Simple Path

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First published in Sibyl Magazine May 2019

There’s a purpose to all that we do whether that be consciously or unconsciously.

How many times have we driven the same route to work and found ourselves entering the carpark not remembering the journey along the way? In fact, we do that often with simple tasks in our lives that have become habitual.

Of late, I’ve noticed I’m more aware of what I’m doing or saying at that moment. What had changed for me? All I can say is that it was a choice, a conscious one. I desired to breathe in the gift of life and allow it to support, encourage and guide me. I no longer wished to go through my day unconsciously without experiencing the delight, meaning and purpose by being present in my life.

Choosing to be present gifted me the opportunity to process and gain understanding and wisdom in the here and now.

It stopped the unhealthy mind chatter and soaking up of energy that stilted my path by ignoring my feelings, and body, that spoke gently to inspire action for self-love and self-care. Through this understanding, I’ve found life much simpler, and remarkably I’ve embraced my voice and speak it with more clarity and strength. I just love that! In fact,

I’m enjoying life with so much gratitude that my heart sings more often than weeping.

We each have a story in our lives, one that seems to underline or undermine us. It’s associated with the past, and often we don’t even realise we’re re-enacting it daily in our actions, and how we vocalise and interact with ourselves and others, similar to driving our car unconsciously. When we begin to listen to and understand our story, we can choose to make a concerted effort to change, heal, release and move it to where it belongs, in the past.

Listen intently to your words whether they are verbalised out loud, in your head or written down. This awareness will have you as your own counsel and guide your way. Take notice, breathe deeply, ingest each moment as if it were your last. Slow down your thoughts and body so you may feel into each and every event in your life.

It’s so easy to hear and see others but not always ourselves.

I’ve come to appreciate the more grounded I am, the more aware I am at seeing clearly my actions and witnessing my emotion and communication.

Life is a playground of learning, and we complicate it so much by not being present in our lives. The undercurrent, unconscious beliefs and behaviours don’t always serve us.

We, yes, we, have the power to embrace the present, open our awareness and relax into the simplicity it offers.

Don’t let your unconscious behaviours rule your present happiness for you are a child of light gifted with free-will to empower choice in your life.

Choose presence in your life and know the gift of love will surely guide your actions.

Love you, until next time

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Maria Lacey was born in Australia and has travelled extensively overseas being led by visions, dreams and spiritual guidance.

An award-winning author of a personal and spiritual memoir, One Path, Many Lights. Maria writes about life (the human and spiritual path), the adversity, learning, musings, and triumphs.

A successful entrepreneur with over 20 years in her own business, Maria humorously states, “I am my greatest case study.” Maria is a qualified Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Spiritual Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Sound Healer, Channel, Author and Speaker.

Maria feels passionate about restoring hope into the hearts of many.

For further information about the author go to: http://www.marialacey.com.au/

Maria’s first book – https://www.amazon.com/One-Path-Many-Lights-Spiritual-ebook/dp/B00YOIOTIS

Shine Your Light Beautiful Soul

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First published in Sibyl Magazine April 2019

Have you ever noticed after it’s rained a rainbow can miraculously appear? After the rain, the air is filled with raindrops. Each raindrop is filled with a prism of light and when kissed by the sun will create a magnificent ray of colour in the form of an arc, and it always makes me smile and fills me with hope. What about you?

Recently during the mercury retrograde, I’d found my emotions challenged. Depths of sorrow filtered their way up through the layers and into the light of day. Initially, they caused sadness then fleshed out a deep hurt followed by a release of tears.

A prism of light shone through those tears for much was revealed to empower me to heal.

It’s an interesting notion when we’re going through our own personal healing crisis. For many, the clouds become darker, and instead of rain and sunshine, there is thunder and lightning that looms its power over us. We may find ourselves limited in our thinking and also difficulty in seeing through the mass that overshadows us. Thus, creating an inner struggle as our energy leeches from us leading to exhaustion.

Through my own personal challenges over the years, I’ve come to understand the importance of allowance and to release and to let my emotion flow in a safe and nurturing environment.  I’ve also welcomed the discovery of release, and I’m excited that we as a collective are evolving as our cells become lighter and brighter as we heal and move into a more enlightened and simpler feeling state.

Emotion is energy in motion, and we can choose to hold onto it tightly with rigidity and stubbornness, or we can just simply let it flow and wash through. Smiling, what’s the worst that could happen?

During those times when you feel overshadowed, I’m here to share my friend it’s in that very moment when you need to shine your inner light brighter then you’ve ever done before. So how do we do this? Let me share how I do this.

Place your hands lovingly over your heart chakra in the middle of your chest as if giving yourself a big hug. Feel the warmth as you connect with your heart centre, the gateway to your soul, and now illuminate your light as if the sun is within and its rays are radiating outwardly.

You are connected to an infinite source of light, let it shine through your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies as it burns away all that doesn’t serve your highest good and fuels the lighter emotion to support positive outcomes. Then, feel yourself smiling with gratitude and say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

My greatest gift to myself is to shine and radiate my light. My greatest gift to humanity is to share that with the world. My gift to you is this simple process, and I trust it lightens your heart, fills you with love, and opens you to greater possibilities.

Namaste beautiful soul

Until next time,

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Maria Lacey was born in Australia and has travelled extensively overseas being led by visions, dreams and spiritual guidance.

An award-winning author of a personal and spiritual memoir, One Path, Many Lights. Maria writes about life (the human and spiritual path), the adversity, learning, musings, and triumphs.

A successful entrepreneur with over 20 years in her own business, Maria humorously states, “I am my greatest case study.” Maria is a qualified Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Spiritual Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Sound Healer, Channel, Author and Speaker.

Maria feels passionate about restoring hope into the hearts of many.

For further information about the author go to: http://www.marialacey.com.au/

Maria’s first book – https://www.amazon.com/One-Path-Many-Lights-Spiritual-ebook/dp/B00YOIOTIS

My Heart Speaks

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First published in Sibyl Magazine April 2019

I often bring myself back to the fact I’m a spiritual being having a human experience. When I consider spirituality, I don’t see it as separate from my physical journey on this earth plane.

In fact, embodying the whole of my mind, body, soul and heart empowers me to experience life in all aspects. For I am the child, teenager, adolescent, adult, woman, mother, sister, friend. I’m also the healer, the nurturer, the seer, the star child, the wise sage and shaman. I AM ALL THAT I AM.. a child of God, connected within a stream of light, born of love, conceived of light and intended to experience all that IS.

Today’s a beautiful warm day here in Australia. The sun is shining, and I’m sitting outside enjoying its warmth. I’ve asked for inspiration and received so much more.

Today, I’ve been greeted by a dragonfly, had a ladybug land on me, enjoyed the hungry chirping of newborn birds in a nest in one of my trees. Had a colourful butterfly fly around while my gorgeous little dog Maggie slept on my lap while we rested for a short time.

These were my inspiration for this article, which I’m delighted and thankful for. Seeing the dragonfly was quite unusual for it generally flies near water. The Dragonfly symbolises change, transformation, adaptability, and self-realisation. This change has its source in mental and emotional maturity and understanding the deeper meaning of life.

It’s been a long, long while since I’ve seen a ladybug and the ladybug is the embodiment of luck, good fortune and prosperity leading one to experience the joys of life and living life to the fullest.

The butterfly is also about transformation, change, joy and colour. Laughing do you see a theme here?

The last time I saw newborn chicks nesting in a tree was when I was a small child, and I can only imagine it meant my hopes and dreams were ready to take flight.

My journey of fifty-eight years on this path has not always been easy. In fact, there have been multiple traumas throughout my life. On reflection, these have served me well in my vocation for I connect from a place of knowing and compassion, and my gentle soul is always intact. I’ve been inspired to share that our past is just that. Don’t let it define you, allow it to shape your experience, for our quest is to embrace love and allow the authentic truth of our soul to emerge.

Throughout my journey, I’ve come to understand it’s the simple things that bring me the greatest of joys, and simplifying my choices brings me peace and happiness. As I listen intently to my heart and walk a path of ‘feeling my way’ rather than ‘thinking my way’, I’ve released so much indecision and tension creating more harmony in my life.

Life is to be lived not accumulated. We have the innate abilities to create and manifest a life well lived. Recently, I found a quote online. Unfortunately, the author is unknown, and I’d love to share it with you.

“Life is like a piano. The white keys represent happiness, and the black keys show sadness. But as you go through life’s journey, remember that black keys make music too.”

In closing, embody all of you, seek within and allow your heart to express and light your path. From experience life in its simplicity will create from one synchronised moment to the other. When we’re present, we will notice the signs and take heart from those gifts, and happiness will be our reward.

Until next time,

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Maria Lacey was born in Australia and has travelled extensively overseas being led by visions, dreams and spiritual guidance.

An award-winning author of a personal and spiritual memoir, One Path, Many Lights. Maria writes about life (the human and spiritual path), the adversity, learning, musings, and triumphs.

A successful entrepreneur with over 20 years in her own business, Maria humorously states, “I am my greatest case study.” Maria is a qualified Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Spiritual Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Sound Healer, Channel, Author and Speaker.

Maria feels passionate about restoring hope into the hearts of many.

For further information about the author go to: http://www.marialacey.com.au/

Maria’s first book – https://www.amazon.com/One-Path-Many-Lights-Spiritual-ebook/dp/B00YOIOTIS

Birthing New and Profound Love

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First published in Sibyl Magazine March 2019

The energy this year is so much lighter. I felt the shift as 2018 closed, and 2019 opened. It felt like I’d risen from the muddy water into the sunshine. My heart began to sing and my energy and health aligned, and life flowed from one synchronistic moment to another.  Have you felt it?

Being in flow fanned the flame for my passion for writing, speaking and performing, and I stepped up fully onto my path, my destiny. My shadow no longer encroached and shaded my light, for life had more meaning and excitement than ever before.

A balanced life was the key as I honoured my time and who I shared that with.

Life became like a tantalising delicious sweet, and I wanted to explore all of it. A deep longing poked its head out, something hidden for a long time. You see, I longed to be in a loving relationship, and was now ready to invite my partner into my life. We’d met in my dreams many times, and it had been many years since I’d felt a loving man’s arms wrapped around me and felt the strength of his body. I wanted to explore intimacy once again in a loving, respectful relationship.

What had changed for me to allow that longing to emerge? My heart was full of self-love and the actioning of my own healing in the past year had loosened the hold I’d had on my wish for love. My truth had emerged, and I was now being honest with myself. I knew the fear I’d felt in previous relationships was now of the past, and I was a strong and empowered woman with her gentleness intact. My gentle, loving nature was not a weakness as others had tried to tell me and felt the need to protect and control. My compassion was not a weakness as others had sought to manipulate in the past. I was more grounded than ever before, a vital key to the quiet comfort felt by my body. I’m a woman in her late 50’s, and today have begun a new and profound rite of passage, the birthing of deep love.

With that birthing and loving myself unconditionally, I’ve accepted the whole of me. Each scar on my body from the birthing of my first child to the extracting of my womb is a part of my journey. Each wrinkle and line on my face is the embodiment of my emotion. Each freckle, skin discolouration, lump and bump are my uniqueness.

I AM, ALL THAT I AM, and I passionately embrace and accept the whole of me.

Through loving myself with kindness and compassion, I open to attract loving relationships. Life is simpler for there is no longing to look or be like another. For the gift is my unique self.

As women, we deserve true love and happiness. Loving yourself with passion is the key. Setting the intention and with trust and anticipation, creation begins, and the universe participates.

With love,

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Maria Lacey was born in Australia and has travelled extensively overseas being led by visions, dreams and spiritual guidance.

The author of a personal and spiritual memoir, One Path, Many Lights. Maria writes about life (the human and spiritual path), the adversity, learning, musings, and triumphs.

A successful entrepreneur with over 20 years in her own business, Maria humorously states, “I am my greatest case study.” Maria is a qualified Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Spiritual Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Sound Healer, Channel, Author and Speaker.

Maria feels passionate about restoring hope into the hearts of many.

For further information about the author go to: http://www.marialacey.com.au/

Maria’s first book – https://www.amazon.com/One-Path-Many-Lights-Spiritual-ebook/dp/B00YOIOTIS

Touched by An Angel

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First published in Sibyl Magazine February 2019

Do you believe in Guardian Angels? Allow me to share a real and personal story, and you can draw your own conclusion.

Let me take you back to when I was eighteen and worked in a Community Health Centre. There were doctors, nurses, a dentist, and psychologist.

The psychologist had commenced a youth program. She ran two groups; 5 to 11-year-olds and 12 to 18. The older group challenged the psychologist, and she had decided to cancel that group.

When I heard about it, I was outraged because I knew they needed something in this small country town, so I brazenly walked up to her and stated exactly that. She initially looked at me with amusement and asked how I qualified for the role. I looked her in the eye and said I was one of them. I knew how difficult life was and how it was hard to be heard, and if anyone was qualified, it was someone with the same life experience. Surprisingly, she agreed.

Everything ran smoothly. I arranged for different speakers to share topics of interest to stimulate twenty teenagers that attended. It supported them with options for now and into their future, and for some from abusive homes, it was a safe place to nest for two hours each week.

This particular night a tall young man similar age to me walked in. He wore a long dark coat, and had thick black wavy hair and his eyes, they were different. They looked into you, and for a moment it made me feel uncomfortable. Was he going to be trouble? He didn’t interact with any of the others, just slumped back in his chair and watched, and every time I looked around, he was watching me.

It was the end of the evening, and everyone had gone, I’d just locked the door. Suddenly, I was grabbed from behind and felt a sharp object at my throat as I was dragged backwards. I’d frozen in fear. Then the young man from earlier stepped out of the shadows in front of me. He didn’t look at me and looked straight over my shoulder at the guy and said, “Let her go.”

His grip tightened, and I felt the knife pierce my skin as a trickle of warm blood spilt. The young man’s gaze didn’t move nor did he seem to take any notice of the knife. He then said in what I can only share was the deepest, loudest booming voice. “Let her go NOW!”

The guy dropped me and ran. My legs went from underneath, and he caught me. Looking into his eyes, I saw such kindness and strength. He walked me to my car. I fumbled clumsily for my keys and dropped them. He picked them up opened the door, and helped me in. He then said in such a gentle voice, “Maria, you must look after yourself.” I heard a noise turned away, looked back and he was gone.

I never saw him again.

Until next time,

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Maria Lacey was born in Australia and has travelled extensively overseas being led by visions, dreams and spiritual guidance.

The author of a personal and spiritual memoir, One Path, Many Lights. Maria writes about life (the human and spiritual path), the adversity, learning, musings, and triumphs.

A successful entrepreneur with over 19 years in her own business, Maria humorously states, “I am my greatest case study.” Maria is a qualified Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Spiritual Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Sound Healer, Channel, Author and Speaker.

Maria feels passionate about restoring hope into the hearts of many.

For further information about the author go to: http://www.marialacey.com.au/

Maria’s first book – https://www.amazon.com/One-Path-Many-Lights-Spiritual-ebook/dp/B00YOIOTIS