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Reflections: Challenges and Changes
From my archives: August titles poem
Events and ways to Dare to Blossom
"The Powerful Voice of the Quiet Ones" signed copy or ebook

Reflections: Challenges and Changes
Some of you already know that my brother Roger died suddenly recently. There is no easy way to share news like that, even when you do not know the person. 

Many of my family subscribe to this newsletter, so I am extending my arms to you again, as we often do, in a big warm virtual hug around the world. And to everyone else who would like a hug too - so many of us have experienced losses of all sorts during this time.

Those of you who have read my recent book "The Powerful Voice of the Quiet Ones" may remember that there I describe my first memory, of being allowed to hold my baby brother in the car on the way home from the hospital. I was two and a half years old, and I loved him immediately.

Roger had a minor heart attack many years ago,I can't remember how many, just that it is more than twenty years. Since then he has been pretty well and yet he went to bed on 8th July and didn't wake up.

Many of us would probably choose that way to go if we could, with no long illness or suffering. For his wife and son, for me, and for the rest of our family, it is of course a huge shock, an immense change. Add to that all the challenges of it happening at this time, when here in the UK we are still in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and it feels doubly difficult at times. We are lucky in that we are allowed to attend his funeral, along with up to thirty people. This will be on Friday this week.

Life is always about challenges, and about changes. Even though some of those feel impossible to deal with, to rise above, I know, for me, they can bring the biggest personal growth. Or to put it another way, the greatest insights into my personal power within.


"Green Sprite" - shared here simply because I love this painting.


I have read many books about near death experiences, and describing communications with people who have passed on, and I have my personal beliefs about what happens when the life of our bodies comes to an end. A friend recently shared this video on Facebook, a short piece by a medical doctor, Zach Bush, about his experiences. (I hope the link will work here, you should be able to watch it even if you are not on Facebook). 

At first, I thought it was a long wait until the funeral. Now I appreciate the space it has given me to just be with the shock, and with the new reality that my brother is no longer here. To reminisce with family about happy memories. To allow myself to feel the sadness and acknowledge those regrets about conversations unspoken which I think we all experience.



Here are the two of us, in photos separated by over sixty years, the latest taken last September. That was when we met up with one of my cousins and her husband at Trelissick Gardens here in Cornwall. Roger arrived on his motorbike and we browsed family photo albums over tea and cake in the National Trust cafe. It was while we were walking around the gardens that we got chatting to some people who took photos of us all. Rest in peace little brother. Or as my husband, a fellow motorcycle enthusiast, wrote in our family tribute to be read at the funeral: "Ride in peace Roger. Norton or Triumph?"

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This month, I have decided not to offer you any specific prompts for writing or meditation - maybe simply flow write starting with anything that comes to mind, and see where that takes you. Or, you could choose one of the lines from my August poem below as a starting point.

From my archives: August 

Here is my 'past titles poem' for August, you may like to try reading it aloud. I find the flow changes each time I do that, and at the direction change in the middle, which can be interesting. 

Ordinary and extraordinary
My stroke of insight
More on connection
Growth and changes
Authentic voices
Keeping that holiday feeling
Change
Unleashing our power within
Learning
Evolving
Stepping into power
The (rocky) pathway to power
Appreciation
 
Appreciation
The (rocky) pathway to power
Stepping into power
Evolving
Learning
Unleashing our power within
Change
Keeping that holiday feeling
Authentic voices
Growth and changes
More on connection
My stroke of insight
Ordinary and extraordinary


I will leave you with the poem this month, rather than sharing an article as well. Simplicity feels good just now.

Events and ways to Dare to Blossom

"Your Powerful Voice" Autumn Online Six Week Circle - begins on 7th September

The first run of this new circle is currently in full flow, and I have planned another turn around the Compass Rose for those who were not able to join us.  The full details are here. We share in a private Facebook group and with weekly Zoom gatherings, on Tuesdays at 2.30 pm UK time. The price for the full six weeks is £88, with discounts for people who have been to past circles. There are also concessionary places available to help you if this feels just what you need just now but finances are an issue.

So, if you are at all intrigued, join me for a Taster Circle (free) on Thursday 27th August at 2.30 pm UK time. Contact me here, or via Facebook to register and receive the Zoom link.

For those of you with good memories, last month I wrote "In September I am planning to restart the truly 'deep and slow' exploration with the Compass Rose, with one month for each place, each point, so we may dive in with even more time." After my brother's death I feel I need to step back a little from that - I may plan it to run through the calendar year 2021, as in previous years - we'll see what emerges.

One to one Coaching: "Your Powerful Voice" Coaching Programme

Maybe groups are not for you? Maybe you don't wish to be on Facebook? Or you would like to dive deeper into this work for yourself? I offer one to one sessions on Zoom and I have recently developed a new six session programme, around the theme of "Your Powerful Voice". We will follow the same flow as in the group work, around the points of the Compass Rose, beginning and ending in your centre point, in Peace.

There is a special offer of one third off for the first people who sign up, so the price for you will be £60 for each one hour call, a saving of £180 over the series of six. You can pay in advance or as you go, before each session. Most people like to meet on Zoom at intervals of 2-4 weeks, so the process takes 3-6 months. It is entirely up to you, I can be very flexible to suit what works for you.

Here are the details - if you visit soon, there is also a one-session trial special here. This process can change your life if you choose, why not give it a try? If not now, then when?

"The Powerful Voice of the Quiet Ones"

Recently I have received several orders for this little book - available as a signed copy or as an ebook, both direct from my website here (or click on the photo below). It is such a joy to write a personal message and send the book off around the world. Here is a recent comment from a reader:

"It is a powerful and beautiful book to read! The Quiet One isn't as quiet as I thought. The story made me think, wonder, look at myself in different way, laugh, very sad, and so much more. Beautiful experience and I can't wait for the new book. Thank you."


Thank you dear friends for visiting with me again this month and sharing my musings.

Until next time,

with love,
Mary