Sunday, 5 March 2017

Design Your Universe- Part 1



Note: The title of this blog post was inspired by the symphonic metal band Epica's album!


I've had this post in mind for a while, the basic gist of it but had to put it all together. I've decided to do a series of posts, so here is the first one. :)


Designing your universe

I think this can be a good way to describe the Law of Attraction (LOA). There are other phrases such as "manifesting" and "creating your reality". For a basic of explanation of the Law of Attraction  you can read this post: http://fallingpetalsuk.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/law-of-attraction.html

I first became really interested in LOA in 2010 when I read The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Although I think I had heard of it before then because in 2008 I started a "Vision Pad" (like a vision board), and in 2009 I wrote a Life List (aka Bucket List). I started more actively working it with in 2011. I have seen my life change in some ways, I've lost weight and I am more confident than I used to be. And I have manifested smaller things like a PS3 and a BlackBerry (things that once felt quite far out of reach to me because of the price). But other stuff like a relationship and holidays to Miami and Hawaii hasn't happened (yet!). I suppose the biggest thing I manifested is being in a music video. I'd wanted that for years and in 2012 I was in my belly dance group's music video for a dance called Celtic Star. It wasn't a professional one for a band but I still count it! lol.

I wish I could say, "Here's my success story! I designed a fabulous life and here's how I did it!" lol. I can't do that but I thought it would be good to do a post/s about the process of it all, the work in progress.

When you first come to the Law of Attraction you probably do it because you want to have something (often physical, e.g. a job, a relationship, a car etc.) and/or to feel better. Then if you go deeper it starts to become more than that. I think it's about creating change from the inside and becoming the kind of person who has the life you want. We'll look at processes to help with this later on. :)


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Gratitude List

Things I'm grateful for this month:

Imbolg
Hans Sloane drinking chocolate- Good for this time of year
Getting a bit of snow!
Early Easter choc, especially Cadbury's solid eggs! lol.
True movies 
Going for walks around the block
Stella Seaspirit's Own Your Witchiness Challenge starting tomorrow: http://www.stellaseaspirit.co.za/own/
Pancake Day coming up

Bonus:

Falling Petals' anniversary. It's 4 years this month since I started this blog! Check out the first post here:  http://fallingpetalsuk.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/welcome-to-falling-petals.html

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Spiritual Tools/Practices



As I mentioned in my Healing Mind and Body post I don't believe it's "essential" that you have a spiritual practice but it can certainly help to have one. I'd had the idea to do this post for a while and then I read this article by Cindie Chavez which describes how I feel about it, sometimes spiritual practices vary. Check it out here: http://www.cindiechavez.com/ebb-flow-spiritual-practice/

I find that it's no good "forcing" myself to do something every day, I just do things when I feel like it. For example, a few months ago I got more into affirmations. But in the past month or so I've stopped using them as much. I thought it would be good to share some spiritual practices and tools that I use at various times. :)

Note: You might find it useful to refer to this post on the Law of Attraction aka LOA because I'm going to be referencing LOA: http://fallingpetalsuk.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/law-of-attraction.html



Affirmations

I briefly covered these in the basic LOA post (see above) but last September I did a more in depth post which you can read here: http://fallingpetalsuk.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/affirmations.html

Affirmations are a manifestation technique but they're also used for raising self esteem, loving yourself and healing. I haven't been that into them in the past but found them helpful a few months ago. I created a folder of affirmations and also wrote some down in notebooks. I haven't used them much lately but think it would be good to have another go, especially since I got Louise L. Hay's book You Can Heal Your Life for Christmas (I got it last year from the library and really liked it, so I wanted it to keep). I think she was one of the first people to use affirmations for healing.

The problem with affirmations is that if you don't actually believe them it's a bit of a struggle. E.g. if you're single and lonely it's a big jump to go from that to affirming, "I am in a wonderful relationship with a loving boyfriend" or "I have a great social life".  So it might be better to say something like, "I am willing to experience a wonderful relationship with a loving boyfriend" or, "I am open to having a great social life". Kelsey Aida has a good post on this subject which inspired me: http://kelseyaida.com/theinspirationalblog/how-to-use-affirmations

And here's a post from Sarah Prout about affirmations: http://sarahprout.com/how-to-use-affirmations-to-heal-your-life

Monday, 9 January 2017

Gratitude List

Things I'm grateful for this month:

Having a new TV- it's HD, never had an HD one before, lol.
Having a good Christmas and New Year
My Christmas presents
Leftover over Christmas chocolate!
Awakened State's Awakened Bliss Creator Challenge- I'm currently doing it.
Receiving a Louse Hay I Can Do It calendar as part of Amina Makhdoom's Joy Challenge 2017!
Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield book
Neighbours starting again

Sunday, 18 December 2016

The Love Project- Romantic Love

In August I did my last post in the Love Project series on the subject of family. I mentioned then that I'd covered all of the areas (self love, romantic love, friendship and family) that I wanted to but thought I might carry on because I felt there was more to say. So today I'm going to focus on romantic relationships again. :)



Being single

There is a lot of stigma about being single. Relationships are seen as the be all and end all of everything and being part of a happy couple is what lots of people aspire to. If you're single it can be really hard to watch other people in relationships and wonder, "What's wrong with me?"  Especially this time of year which is about togetherness, so if you're not in a relationship it can make you think more about being alone. (The same applies if you aren't spending Christmas with your family or don't have many family members around you).

It can help to realise that there's nothing wrong with being single. This is a good article on why it's ok to be single: http://adventuringhome.com/how-to-be-single/

I also just found this post about being happy as a single person: https://www.meetmindful.com/how-to-be-a-happy-single-in-a-couples-world/

The problem is that it seems to be a bit of a contradiction, people tell you that if you want to attract love then you should be happy being single. But if you're happy being single then why would you want a relationship?! Maybe we should take the viewpoint that some people have about how it's fine to be single but it would be nice to have a partner to share your life with. (This is mentioned in the post above under this section: 'Another belief many people have is “I’m incomplete without my significant other.” ').

This post gives good advice on things single girls should know about love: http://sheismore.com/5-things-every-single-girl-should-know-about-love/

It is God oriented but if you're not a Christian or not particularly religious (like me) you can still take something from it. :)

Monday, 12 December 2016

Gratitude List

Things I'm grateful for this month:

Having K-pop programmes on British TV!
Demi from Rockstar Priestess' Selkie Surrender Challenge- I've been doing it this month.
Feeling better- I haven't been well with flu.
Yule aka the Winter Solstice coming up
Reading magic/Wicca books and websites
Christmas
Christmas chocolate!
Christmas trees and decorations

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Gratitude List

Things I'm grateful for this month:

The PDSA- they provide pet care for only a donation.
Bonfire Night
Discovering new music
Chloe Wigan of One Infinite Life's 28 Day Gratitude Project
Bewitched being back on
Chocolate advent calendars- already got mine! lol.
Having a new family car- the other one didn't work out.
Connecting with others online in positive ways

Bonus:

Getting the vampire anthology book Dracula's Guest from the library!