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Six Simple Strategies to Ease Worry

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Worry can be a terrible waste of our time and energy.

Worry creates anxiety, distress, panic, lack of sleep, mental suffering and horrible and uncomfortable feelings within the body. You may find yourself consumed, every thought quenching the life from your very veins. Your life force energy spirals out as you disconnect from reality and become ungrounded in your own thoughts. Worry is fear in action.

Three years ago, I had a near-death experience in Bali. I had travelled alone, and when they found me in my cottage, I was barely conscious, severely dehydrated, and had pneumonia, but not just that, I was infected by the dengue virus which had been diagnosed four days earlier. I was rushed by ambulance to a hospital in Denpasar.

After many days, I was discharged from the hospital and had to go back to that little cottage near Ubud until I had the ‘fit for fly’ certificate from my doctors. Initially, I had loved that place and planned to stay for three months. BUT the thought of going back into that cottage caused me distress. I felt panic inside, and all I wanted to do was run, run back home to Australia and be in the comfort of my own home. I was afraid I’d be bitten by another infected mosquito, and my thoughts weren’t helping.

If you have ever experienced worry in your life, I’d love to offer you some simple strategies and practices that may help. They certainly assisted me.

1.   Ground yourself –

Stand, legs apart, knees flexible and place your hands on your belly and breathe deeply in through your nose and down into your lower abdomen and feel it inflate. This area is your seat of power, the sacral chakra, the balance of masculine and feminine. Breathe out slowly with a gentle sigh through your mouth noticing the abdomen deflate. Do these steps three times with your eyes open.

Now, with hands still on your belly breathe deeply into the lower abdomen and when you breathe out, bring your attention to your feet. Imagine your outward breath flowing down through your feet into the earth as roots form digging deeper through the soil connecting you to Mother Earth. Do these steps three times with your eyes open.

2.   Change your Thought –

Remind yourself that worry only creates from a fearful place, and really do you want to be frightened. I recommend that when you have negative thoughts take-action and say, “Delete, Delete, Delete.” If they are too consistent turn away physically in a different direction and think of gratitude and appreciation of one small thing in your life.

For example, it could be something as simple as; I’m grateful to be alive, or, I’m thankful for my friends and family (this could also be your furry family), or I’m grateful because I know the Universe/God has my back. Say your gratitude three times as if you were saying a mantra and feel the energy shift from negative to positive.

3.   Self-Care –

Love is the highest form of healing and energy in creation. Nurture yourself, drink plenty of water, and eat nutritious, tasty food, and move your body.

Choose whom you spend your valuable energy and time with. Setting healthy boundaries is important.

Be gentle, kind and loving to yourself because a friendly and kind gesture creates so much more lightness in your life. After all, if you worry, you deplete your own life-force and how can you then support yourself or another if you have very little energy to do so.

4.   Reset Your Focus –

Worry scatters your energy making you ungrounded and unbalanced. Recall your power back into you and stay focused on a positive outcome. The HOW is not essential. It’s releasing and letting go of control and trusting and focusing on the NOW which is your greatest gift. Tomorrow will take care of itself.

5.   Stop the Mind Chatter –

You can do this by placing your hands in a prayer position and gently pushing your palms together. Your brain will need to investigate the pressure, and all thoughts will clear allowing you to be present. Then place both hands over your heart and say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” It is with gratitude I thank Dr Wayne Dyer for the idea of the three thank you’s. Having the warmth of your own hands over your heart is comforting and reconnects you to your spirit building faith and hope.

6.   Remember –

You are a survivor and through past experience will thrive once again.

Through my experience in Bali, I admit it’s not always easy, but I can reassure you that when you stop the worry and focus on this moment in a grounded, loving and nurturing way. Your perception will change, and you will feel with much light and possibility.

I’ve also learnt that every experience in life teaches us something if we take the time to reflect and heal the trauma.

Blessings,

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(This article was first published by McGill Media)

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

I Am Good Enough

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First Published in Sibyl Magazine January 2019

How many times have we questioned whether we are good enough? How many times have we tripped ourselves up with our unsavoury words about ourselves?

The past couple of years had been my hardest for a very long time as I recovered from illness. During that time, I had realisation after realisation about my personal history and what pain and suffering I’d been carrying. It felt heavy and had drained me, and some of that suffering wasn’t even mine. It was that of others.

Being an empath and also being unwell my energy was low and I’d become a sponge unable to protect my energy field. Silly I’d say, for I’d been well versed as a spiritual teacher to put practices into place, but my condition left me feeling defenceless.

Through that time, I understood how my self-worth had been thrashed. Although a glass half full girl, and someone who’d experienced many miraculous events in her life. There seemed to be an underlying dirty river that tainted the purity of this soul’s journey.

On reflection, it was my soul’s urges that had me experiencing this part of my life. My soul knew that for me to step up, show up and expand my light, I needed to clear the debris of the past and move into a higher state of awareness for me to fulfil my purpose.

The extraneous length of my illness had been caused by me! Initially, it was a wake-up call. A moment for me to rest and heal, and what did I do. Pushed, struggled and wrestled day and night. My mind was not on the here and now but on the should’s, what if’s, and the future, which I might add was created through my need to survive cheered on by fear itself. Yes, that underlying dirty river, fear and survival.

Yet, this was the right timing, for I didn’t need to fear my survival because I had a small nest egg that I could live on for a short time.

I look back and think how I could have made this so much easier on myself if I only listened to my soul, for I heard, but my fear had a louder voice, and the rest was history.

Through this miraculous journey, oh yes, I still believe it was. I’ve come to understand I’ve had underlying beliefs that have sabotaged my personal happiness. Those beliefs were embedded from a young age, and although I’ve done much self-work, it was time to purify the river.

Through my healing journey, there have been some gems, and the most prevalent that makes me smile is, I AM GOOD ENOUGH. Good enough in all ways, and I’m now showing up, lighting up and stepping up in my life.

You see, our soul yearns for us to grow and be happy, and if I can share anything, that would be to listen to that quiet voice you feel within your heart and allow it to lead the way.

With much love and gratitude,

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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

Awareness, Flow and Nature’s Gift

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First published in Sibyl Magazine October 2018

Something is soothing and healing when immersed in nature.

When I’m by the ocean, I feel invigorated, and especially love it when it’s blowing a gale and icy cold. My body, heart and soul are uplifted and excited when I see and hear the waves crashing against the rocks, and feel the ocean spray on my face. An urge rises, and I want to sing to my heart’s content, and don’t tell anyone, but I’ve been known to sit on a rock and do precisely that. Smiling, and always with open arms, my voice is directed out to the vast ocean, unrestrained and uninhibited, and encouraged by my inner child as a giggle erupts as she opens her eyes wide and smiles at the world with a cheeky grin.

Have you ever felt inspired to release your melody and let your inner child play in nature?

I’d just arrived home after walking Maggie my gorgeous pup along a small creek surrounded by Australian Native trees and dense bush. During my walk I wanted to be present, laughing, it helped with Maggie’s keen interest to sniff the ground and every blade of grass along the way.

It reminded me how I nurture and guide others through meditation. Especially when I take my class outside and teach mindfulness techniques while communing with nature as they breathe and harmonise the gifts that Mother Nature offers. Or, when seated inside, I guide their journey through visualisation and encourage my class to connect to a place of stillness within.

That day, I was in awe of nature’s beauty as I gazed along the creek bed. A tree had died and was now supported by another on the other side. Surprisingly, that picture reminded me of my community and those that care for me, and a comforting warmth spread through my body.  The glistening water in the creek caught my attention, luscious new growth was sprouting, and a vast range of colours tantalised my senses. I felt calm and peaceful and noticed my breath was deep and gentle, and fell in love, and felt nourished by the beautiful landscape.

Maggie became a little restless, so we continued our walk. Soon we met with a woman who carried a professional, sturdy camera in her hand. She was looking up into the tree, so I stopped and said hello. She explained that some kookaburras had nested in the hollow of the tree above and she was keen to capture a photo of the baby kookaburra. We began a conversation about sustainability, different cultures, and then our travels overseas. She’d been to many of the countries I had, and it was a delight to reminisce and share stories.

Later, I realised we had created our own melodic chatter as our energy interconnected and our vibration stretched and expanded into many continents. I wondered, “Was nature now listening intently to us, and did she feel and absorb the inspiration and heartfelt joy of our connection?” I hoped so.

With gratitude.

Until next week beautiful souls,

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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

 

Full Moon Eclipse and our Energy In Motion

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The full moon and eclipse are happening tomorrow here in Aussie, and the energy has been intense, and especially for us sensitives.

This week I’ve found my energy slightly erratic at times and other times smooth and harmonious as deep emotion rose and then subsided like waves crashing against the rocks. Admittedly, it got my attention for I felt the spray but never a tidal wave that overwhelmed and left me gasping for breath. Or at least, I’m happy to say not for me this week, although I put my hand up to having a little outburst! Haha, yes even a friend couldn’t stop laughing for I’m not known to express in that way.

After my outburst, I vacuum cleaned and washed my floors to dissipate and transmute the energy. Smiling, it felt great, and the reasoning dropped in effortlessly, enough for me to laugh about it, and take responsibility for my feelings and action.

I’m trusting you have a healthy way to release and transform any charged energy that propels you forward with underlying deep hurt, sadness and pain. If not could I suggest the following; Walk away, change your focus, get outside in nature, do some housework or other activity, and most importantly breathe and take three deep conscious breaths releasing the pent-up energy. Trust that helps.

During this phase universally it’s not the time to analyse and overthink nor pursue the answers to any emotion that is bubbling to the surface but to SHOW UP, feel into, wait and listen. 

In many ways, it’s been cathartic to feel, acknowledge release and as one of my students said this week, ‘shut the door’ and celebrate the healing and newfound awareness.

Interestingly, with a clearer head that feels spacious, I’ve felt less inclined to fill it up. To be honest, it feels soooo much lighter! My schedule has also been cleared this week, which admittedly I would generally scramble to fill, but not this week.

It was time to honour me, my feelings and go with the flow, and I’ve played more with my pup Maggie, walked more, spent time in nature often, written in my journal and rested.

Smiling, and all without the usual guilt and urgency to multi-skill and that brings me to another realisation in my week. I now want to be single focused which has delightfully made me more productive and present in my life. I used to be so proud of multi-skilling, but this week I’ve come to understand that for me at this time, multi-skilling had created a busy brain, which became a whirlpool of thoughts and lifted me into the ethers unable to really and truly anchor great ideas and inspiration into my day. Let alone feelings and expressions of happiness and creativity.

Lol, logic can often go out the window when we’re ungrounded and unexpressed emotion can have its way with us. Just saying 😉

Well enough from me today, trust that sharing a little snippet of my week will support you in yours.

Until next week,

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

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, Healer, Channel, and Speaker.

Maria is currently writing her second book about her spiritual travels overseas.

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

Heart Retreat

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I’m sitting in my kitchen, the French doors are wide open, it’s been raining, and I can’t help but breathe in the freshness of the air. Love, the delicious smell of nature after a good rain.

Although the scene appears quiet and contemplative, there is a community of boisterous ravens and other species of birds in conversation. Laughing, no matter where we are, there is always sound around us, which reminds me that the only real quiet place is within.

Let me share a story relating to that place of complete silence.

It was time for my annual check-up at my doctor’s. You know the blood tests, blood pressure check, breast examination, etc. I had entered the reception area and noticed some patients coughing and spluttering not looking well, which of course is the very reason why they were there!

However, even though I was seeing my doctor, I was healthy and decided I needed to cocoon myself in a beautiful golden bubble of light, a sanctuary away from the infections flying through the air.

So I sat, created my bubble, closed my eyes and meditated in that beautiful healthy and loving energy.

The next moment, I felt someone place their hand on me gently shaking my shoulder and speaking in a clear, loud voice, “Maria, are you okay, open your eyes if you can hear me?”

I did and found several people surrounding me and although a little surprised I responded in a calm, and quiet voice, “I’m sorry I was meditating, is it my turn?”

You see, I had gone so deep into that beautiful silence that my breath was barely noticeable and a patient had informed reception convinced I had died sitting up in my seat.

It’s hilarious when I reflect back to the paradox of relieved, and confused expressions on their faces.

With practice, you too can disconnect from the external noise, create your sanctuary and connect into the silence of your soul, a peaceful, and loving place to be.

If you’d like to learn more about these practices, I invite you to join my mailing list.

Until next week,

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

Maria writes about life (the human and spiritual path), the adversity, learning, musings and triumphs. A successful entrepreneur with over 18 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, Healer, Channel and Speaker.

Maria is currently writing her second book about her spiritual travels overseas.

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