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The Journey Through to Love

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First published in Sibyl Magazine November 2019

People come into our life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Each has its purpose and opportunity for growth.

In my article, ‘Feeling into Life‘ I shared how I’d opened to love and invited a partner into my life. I mentioned how easy it was for past fears to crawl into the present, but I’d grown and was not the woman of my past. I’d made a conscious choice to surrender and ‘feel into’ this relationship. This rewarded me with strength and clarity as I heard clearly the voice of my heart as it said.

“Maria flow with it, feel into it, be happy, and trust.”

Little did I know what that exactly meant. For it wasn’t about trusting this man, or trust in the relationship with this man. It was about TRUSTING MYSELF! Yes, believing I was safe and could express and communicate with confidence my feelings, needs, wants and dreams.

Red flags were highlighted as they flashed like neon lights to offer me guidance. They were an opportunity to question, reflect, feel into my body and heal any uncomfortable emotions that may have arisen from my past. Also, to note when they weren’t mine and lovingly voice if required.

God bought me a man who made me laugh, showed me that I’m a kind, loving and compassionate woman, and was ready and worthy of great love and a companion to share my life.

God also showed me how far I’d healed that broken child who had her power taken away many times, which caused her grief, loss, confusion and despair. She no longer quivered inside when anger was projected at her. She was able to shield herself, detach from taking on someone else’s pain and lovingly hold the energy for them.

I remembered saying, “Where ever this is going is not as important as to what FEELS TRUE NOW!”

In this relationship, I remained grounded in the present and true to myself. I observed each experience with curiosity, compassion and love. My soul led the way, and I listened and did not question its purpose for I was fully flowing. Every choice was made to honour and love myself for in doing so, my heart opened like a lotus, pure and free.

This relationship tested me, and I celebrate today the gifts given. We are no longer together. Ahh, it was for a season and a reason, and what an amazing ride it was. This journey healed further many of my past relationships. It showed my inner child and me I could stand in my power with grace, strength and peace. My fears dissipated and opened me further into self-love and freedom.

By sharing my journey, I want to challenge you to LOVE YOURSELF MORE. Recall your power from those you have given it away to and breathe life into your dreams. For you are truly worthy of great love. It all begins with you.

Love you x

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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

Awareness Through Emotional Discomfort

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First published in Sibyl Magazine October 2019

It wasn’t comfortable when agitation began to stir within. Growing up those around me expressed theirs unhealthily. So, for me, I’d never allowed myself to show or feel anger, for I believed it was destructive, and the thought of projecting that towards another was soul-destroying.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t helpful because the anger imploded masked by sadness because I wasn’t freely expressing myself or felt safe to do so. In the past, occasionally it would rise like a serpent and strike. There was no stopping the rage that erupted in a swirl of euphoria as it was released. It would last only seconds. I can count the number of times on one hand that occurred. Shame and guilt followed, which caused me more grief as I buried it deeper into the recesses of my being.

It’s hard when you have denied that part of yourself to face it suddenly, yet, that’s precisely what’s needed, and I logically knew that.

When we meet something head-on, we come to realise it’s not as daunting as we’d initially thought or felt.

When acknowledged the rage lying in wait tempers, and becomes a smouldering flame ready for us to sit, listen, and heal.

Anger is a healthy emotion if expressed healthily. It’s not to be denied or pushed down. It’s an emotion that’s real and wants our attention because there’s much hurt and pain underneath.

Earlier this year, I sat with a friend, and she could hear my agitation. It had been with me all day, and it wasn’t until I openly expressed it, that I felt some relief. There had been a good reason in these past weeks why I felt that way. I’d seen my dentist for a crown, and while he was drilling my upper molar, he kept leaning an instrument against my front tooth. It had been sensitive for weeks, and I was frightened he’d caused significant damage.

The agitation initially was at him, but soon realised I was angry with myself for making only one attempt to tell him, and then resigning and putting up with it. After all, he was the expert I rationalised, but this wasn’t about him; it was about me speaking up to say STOP.

Having that realisation, I took some deep breaths down into my belly to lower my energy and anchor myself. It was then I felt calmer, and less overwhelmed by the emotion smouldering inside me.

Being grounded opened me to further clarity, and I felt self-forgiveness. This experience was a valuable lesson, one I’d ignored previously, and intended NEVER to repeat. It was time for me to value my body in all its entirety, and it deserved a voice to protect it.

Anger, when understood, is the voice that so willingly chooses to be heard. Listen to it, learn from it, and face it down to see what lies underneath, but never project it towards another. Lovingly empower yourself and shine your light upon it.

Until next time 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.

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

Feeling into Life

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First published in Sibyl Magazine September 2019

There comes a time in our healing journey when we have enough awareness to FEEL into our life to create it.

What do I mean by that? It’s following the quiet voice of our heart and knowing the difference between our head and heart. In this ‘feeling space,’ past fears do not influence, its simplicity at its purest. It’s the connection of our heart and soul, leading us through love into self-discovery, adventure, curiosity, gratitude, and living and appreciating life in each moment.

It’s very different from our emotion for our emotion is connected to our ego and emotional body influenced by events in our life and can be erratic and fluctuate. It’s also not our physical mind for our mind is connected to our limited life experience. Imagine each experience made up of an event, emotion and belief placed in a file. Through our day, all of those files work in the background of our subconscious. They steer our way through default settings designed to protect us, yet, those very protections shape our future. Sometimes, these are wonderful, other times, patterns are repeated that undermine our happiness.

In March this year, I wrote an article titled, ‘Birthing New and Profound Love‘. In that article, I shared, “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.”

Near the end of May, this man walked into my life. They say, “Be careful what you wish for.” It’s so true because our mind and past experience and the emotions connected to those can be as fresh today as they were yesterday. How quickly that mind can speak of past hurts and fears. How easy it would have been to listen and sabotage a new beginning, but I was not the woman of my past. I’d healed much and gained more. So, I decided to lean into my feeling. I focused my attention into my heart centre and felt into it. I was surprised because the feeling was powerful and spoke louder than my head chatter.

It was loving and peaceful, and said, “Maria flow with it, feel into it, be happy, and trust.”

From that day, I’ve flowed with my feeling and listened to the voice of my heart. There has been profound happiness, laughter and detachment from the outcome. Where ever this is going is not as important as to what FEELS TRUE NOW!

In life, we can be as free as we choose. Our physical mind and emotional body are essential, although influenced by the sum of our experience. Our heart and soul connection flows in alignment with our path and connects through our heart centre.

There is profound wisdom, and you have access to it. Your soul is filled with love and wishes you to expand and grow.

TRUST in your soul to lead and keep it simple. Don’t question but flow, and feel the peaceful stirrings of your heart.

Love you, 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

A Compassionate Heart Breathes

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First published in Sibyl Magazine August 2019

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. These are the words I say often. I love to hold my hands gently over my heart centre as I breathe deeply into my heart, feeling the gratitude with such warmth and comfort. How do you find comfort in your life? How do you connect to the gratitude within each breath, for breath is life, and is certainly something to be grateful?

Many times, over the years, I’ve experienced miraculous events. There have been times when I did not doubt that an earth angel visited to guide me, hold me, and in some cases, save my life. Everyday miracles abound, but do you notice them? Do you stop at that moment and acknowledge the gift? Or, do you shake your head and disregard that precious moment, that opportunity that could change the direction of your life.

We, as humans, have the gift of free-will. God, our creator, gave us this gift so that we can choose our path, our direction. What choices have you made that you either regret, judge, blame or shame? Do you carry that burden with you in the here and now? Does it weigh heavily on your heart, and does your mind consistently return to the past to only engage in further suffering?

I’m here to say, “Beautiful souls, please DO NOT carry this lower vibration for life is a series of experiences to learn and grow.” Breathe out… let it fall away and now breathe in for at this moment, free-will offers you an opportunity to make new and conscious choices. Choices made from the experience learnt, and the wisdom gained. There’s a saying; if you do what you’ve always done, you will get what you’ve always got. I say, change something small, and the outcome will surely differ.

YOU have the power to choose! Do not ever believe you are powerless, for powerless you will become.

Smiling, I can be so philosophical at times, and yet my heart bleeds when I see others suffer, and when I feel the suffering of the collective consciousness. Yes, I have also experienced many losses and had challenging times. I too have perceived I’ve made wrong choices, but I’m here to share that I’ve ALWAYS been guided back onto my path, and so are you if you only paused for a moment to see.

I’m learning just like you to TRUST in my journey and set myself free from my burdens. So that I may experience the simplicity that LOVE affords us when we move throughout our life being compassionate, kind and loving to ourselves. There’s a ripple effect when we do, and others will gain from our higher vibration, wisdom and actions.

The universe is an awesome wonder, and we are all so connected much more than we realise. Raise your vibration, and learn from your experience for your soul does not want you to suffer. Breathe in the gift of gratitude, and feel the peace and comfort.

Love you ❤

Until next time, breathe easy, love more and laugh often.

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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

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