Therapeutic Storytelling

I specialize in storytelling. My clients tell me stories about who they are and the life they are leading; stories about health, life, courage, confusion and so much more. They cast themselves in a specific role that reflects and shapes their psyche and their story about themselves.

Listening to a person’s story tells me about their hopes, their fears, their insecurities and their strengths. And hidden in amongst the folds of every story told are little whispers of wisdom that grow wings with which to fly when they are unearthed from our depths and the light of positive attention is shone upon them. The same light can make fears and insecurities dissolve as though they were merely the remnants of a bad dream shaken off with the dawning of new realisations and insight.

In clinic, I use many different story-telling techniques to bring my clients face to face with their own stories. The telling of past live stories and fairy-tales for example, can re-present our stories to us in exaggerated,  metaphor-rich glory; stage-dressed in ribbons and tatters, delivered dramatically or humourously, with a classic plot line and characters who mirror us back to ourselves. Why do we tell the stories we tell, in the way that we tell them, and why do we keep repeating the same experience over and over again, attracting, or being attracted to, the same catalysts, characters and plot lines?

I love helping people find new ways to tell old stories: flipping through alternative possibilities and choices in perspective can make us feel as though we discovering and having the courage to wander down half hidden side-streets that lead to new delights and new life….  instead of walking the same tired old paths over and over again.

Who could you become? What do you aspire to? What kind of person would you like to be? These are the questions we are exploring when fleshing out the character of a spirit guide, another form of story-telling I love to use in clinic. You could think of your spirit guides as being your higher self playing dress-up, because in the broader scheme and things, we are all connected as one anyway; connected by universal story-lines (plot lines) and archetypal lessons.

 

Four-Directions Medicine-Wheel Spell

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-12-34-37-amI’m having a happy moment..

…not just because my daughter is standing beside me quoting Missy Higgins and linking it in with her own inspired writing and a discussion that has been unfolding between us about the Idealistic Pink aura colour….

…not just because we all went to see the Embrace documentary created by Taryn and it makes my heart so happy to see and hear beautiful women talking about liberating themselves from the trappings of cultural ‘rules’ about beauty and image…

…I’m happy because I’ve created the third part of my four-direction medicine-wheel spell, under the guidance of my new spirit guide, a herbal wiccan teacher.

Here’s a little preview:

A Medicine Wheel Spell : Boundary Strengthening for Empaths

In your magic spell kit you should have an Aura Spray and a Medicine Bundle designed to help empaths (clairsentients) clear their space and restore and strengthen their boundaries.

Your aura is you, in energy form. The aura of an empath has fuzzy or blurry boundary edges, making it less clearly defined where they end and they rest of the world begins. Their aura can easily flow into and merge with (empathise with) the world around them. They are often very caring people who make excellent healers and counselors. The empathic aura instinctively empathises with the pain of others and transmutes or releases it on the other person’s behalf.

When an empath becomes unbalanced, the aura boundaries that usually define and protect them from the outer world (however vaguely!) collapse altogether and the outside world comes flooding in. They lose their sense of self and their personal space, and it can feel as though everything is in their face and getting under their skin. They become infected by the emotions and stresses of others and start to feel responsible for everything and everyone. This congests and stresses their aura, resulting in physical illness and a loss of emotional stability and calm.

This spell is a four-directions medicine-wheel spell, taught to Omanisa by one of her spirit guides and designed for those living in the southern hemisphere. It consists of four ceremonies supported by an aura spray containing colour, gem and flower essences that clear the aura and strengthen boundaries. The spell is most powerful when it can be done within a 24-hour period, but for those with busy lives it’s fine to stretch the ceremonies out over a period of weeks or months.

Each ceremony requires at least 30 minutes of your time. The first ceremony is done when the sun sets. The second is done at night-time before bed. The third is done with the dawning of the sun. The fourth at midday. Before doing each ceremony, read through it to familiarize yourself with both the process and the tools that will be needed.

Om is an Australian naturopath, spiritual healer, rainbow shaman, and colour therapist. 

New spirit guide, new clinic space

Anyone who has visited the clinic recently will have noticed the latest redesign with the clinic space. One of my children has moved out and I simply couldn’t resist giving him our lounge, which then meant I needed to steal the lounge setting from the clinic. Which, in a way, quite suited my on-going need for transformation.

lounge

I had a new spirit guide show up earlier this year. She blew in like Mary Poppins, setting up her space in my inner world, complete with a gorgeous desk and dried herbs hanging all in a row above her head. I knew I had seen this image before in one of the tarot decks that do the rounds between my mother, my sister and I. I absolutely love this deck. It really speaks to my soul because it honours many cultures from around the world.

Jyoti and David McKie are an English couple who immigrated to western Australia during the process of writing this book. The project itself was primarily Jyoti’s but it could not really have been done without David’s support, and this is often exactly how I feel about my husband and his role in my life. Jyoti is a woman after my own heart: not only has she written the text (with support from David), she is the artist behind the art in these cards. “The earth heals us,” says Jyoti, and her tarot features earth-based spiritual traditions from all around the world.

Have a look at the following cards and you will see what I mean: so many different cultures are represented, and they are cultures I have a spiritual connection with. My spiritual training has come from Aboriginal, Hawaiian, American Indian, Asian, African, Celtic, Egyptian, European and so many more cultures.

cards

This is the Healing Earth deck, most likely out of print now…I just had a search. Here’s a link!

And the image from this deck that I saw when my new spirit guide came to me was the 9 of Pipes, “the return of magical healing”; the image of a wise, gypsy woman, sitting with her tarot cards “ready to give council.” Always above her I see four bunches of dried herbs and every time I visit her the herbs are different. She teaches me about the spirit uses of these herbs, and in healing sessions I rub these herbs on my hands, and rub them through the aura. Today for example, I covered my hands in a mixture of horsetail herb and indigo flower essence and was guided to draw a variation on a rune symbol over my client’s shoulder. The effect was dramatic: both my client and I felt the shift.

In between clients I’m taking a break from book editing and working on the spell I started creating a few months ago. My new spirit guide is “herbal wicca” and she is teaching me the fine art of creating 4-direction medicine-wheel ceremonies. Here is the image I see when I visit my guide, an image borrowed by my psyche from Jyoti’s beautiful “Healing Earth” tarot artwork along with the Medicine Wheel card, to honour the teachings from this new guide:

 

desk

So… when I gave my son my lounge I created space to embody the image I  was seeing in my imagination, bringing it to life in my life:

desk-again

With the wall of liquid herbs to the left of me, all this scene really needs is some dried herbs hanging above me, but I’ll settle for the lead-light crystals hanging in front of the window over the sink.

While we are playing with Jyoti’s Cards, these are some of my favourites:

guide

 

 

Understanding the soul

FullSizeRender copyI haven’t written a blog for quite some time, as I’ve been happily buried in a book writing project. Normally, the books I’m writing are topically relevant to this site and I can share snippets as I go, but in this case I’m working on a family history. The three characters/ancestors I’m writing about were very spiritual people, so perhaps at some stage there will be something I can share, even if it’s just me wrestling with deep questions in an attempt to understand my character’s spirituality.

But in the meantime, one of my clients has texted me a spiritual question, and it’s the kind of question that can’t be answered with a single text reply, so we’ve agreed that I will blog a reply instead!

The nature of the soul…..It’s an eternal question. One that many philosophers and spiritual thinkers have wrestled with.

Here is my client’s question:

“I’m reading a book by Ruth White and she was saying we are sort of split like corn husks. One husk is yin and one is yang. With the husks is our soul and within that soul is little grains or beads of different personalities that incarnate for the experience of the soul and at the end when we are all finished the 2 husks will form together and that’s when the twin flames join… sort of. Does that make sense to you?

So I guess what I’m confused about is… our past lives: are they really ours (our personalities). Or another of our soul’s personalities?”
Continue reading

Khepri

2015-05-12 17.13.17There are some new sketches in the Spirit Guide Gallery and one of my favourites is Khepri, the Egyptian Sun God. Khepri is an aspect of Ra. He is thought to be one of the oldest Egyptian Gods, and was eventually integrated in with Ra, as the morning sunlight. As you can see, Khepri has an unusual head! This is because he is a scarab beetle, a nice way to say ‘dung beetle’. Scarab beetles were thought to roll the sun across the sky each day, just as dung beetles roll balls of dung across the earth. Here are some photographs showing the progression of the sketch as it developed:

2015-05-11 22.46.322015-05-11 23.17.522015-05-12 11.54.33

Co-creating your spirit guide

Spirituality is a creative process and spirit loves being involved in your creations and co-creating with you. The image, name and identity we have for a spirit guide is simply a mental construct; an idea or image through which spirit communicates. It isn’t real. Spirit is energy. Spirit is frequency. Being human we give spirit an identity based on our human, physical experience. Bodies, names, identities, gender… are human ideas.

When I see an image of a spirit guide in my mind, I do not mistake the image for the guide animating it, just as spirit does not mistake our body for us. Like spirit, we are more than just a body, an identity or a name; we are energy, we are frequency – this is our core essence.

Quite often the outer cover is an expression of the core; a representation. Some bodies are fairly accurate representations of the spirit contained within, but others aren’t. It’s the same with spirit guides. We don’t have to come up with the perfect name and physical identity for a guide. Names and physical identities are not the reality hidden underneath.

Your guides have a very strong desire to communicate with you. It won’t matter to them what image is used as the communication medium unless this image detracts from the quality and clarity of the conversation. It’s the message, and the quality of the message, that ultimately matters, not the outer casing or medium through which the message is delivered.

We humans tend to get waylaid by questions like “what does my guide look like?” and “what is his/her name?”. I don’t mean to say these thing don’t matter at all, because without them our humans minds can get a little lost, it’s just that we take them too literally. We do need something a little more concrete than energy/frequency to focus on and communicate with, otherwise the experience becomes too vague. Having a well-defined character to focus on generally makes the message easier to comprehend.

So if you want to communicate with your spirit guides, stop sitting around waiting for it to happen and give them something to communicate through. Give them something to work with! Be proactive and create a character. This character will be a co-creation with spirit, especially if you allow your inner child, imagination and intuition some free rein. Spirit will meet you half way, in the realm of your imagination and guide you.

The name you make up might not be that far off the mark. The gender you assign your spirit guide will probably be quite appropriate. The physical stature you imagine your guide having might well be exactly how that guide imagines they would look if they were human with physical form. Nothing you come up with will be entirely accurate because spirit isn’t physical, but it will have personal meaning for you, and that’s all that matters.

Being carried by the partridge

I had a new animal spirit guide working with me yesterday in the healing room… a partridge! She was so beautiful! She helped restructure the energy lines in my client’s feet chakras and the lower legs, then she stimulated the lung/heart chakra points on the feet and encouraged my client to release from her lungs ‘all that she was carrying on behalf of others’.

Continue reading

Talking with Camels

Omi camel1Thank you to mum for this old photo. This has been up on mum’s photo board for as long as I can remember. It’s one of my favourites. I’m not sure how old I am here. 7 or 8 years old perhaps? I’m guessing these are Hal’s camels and the one I’m with is probably Sam. I love camels.

The funny thing is, I found this photograph quite by accident yesterday, after it went missing for over a year, on exactly the same day camel spirit medicine helped me during a healing with a client. I was shown a blockage in her throat chakra and ‘went in’ to it. ‘Going in’ means diving, melting, falling into this part of the energy field with my mind, my focus, my awareness…. while also sliding my energy hand into the chakra so I can feel around.

Continue reading