Posted by reikiheidi on November 16, 2013
Hallowe’en, Samhain, the Witches’ New Year,
The veil ‘tween worlds almost dissolved,
Eerie Night fills some with trepidation and fear
But this time may see Mystery and Wisdom unfold.
In celebration do we honour our dead;
And warmly greet blessed ancestors,
Cast the circle that no ghoul may within tread,
And seek vision in water’d cauldron a-Wester.*1
Old Crone, the wise-woman now holds the throne,
She of darkness, death and rebirth –
She is the Goddess of all that is unknown
As Nature herself withdraws down to earth.
Old Man, Lord of Shadows reigns
The Psycho-pomp Master of the ways*2
Ready to lead us through ethereal planes,
If we would but hearken to that which he says.
Dark and fearsome may this god and goddess seem
Yet the balance of Summer and Light and Abundance
They are the Holders of the spirit world unseen
Aiding us through the Void, in wisdom’s silence.
Hallowe’en, Samhain, the Witches’ New Year,
We honour and celebrate those gone-before,
Asking for wisdom and knowledge – truth sincere
With ritual and respect, following ye olde lore.
Blessed Samhain!*(1) – “And seek vision in water’d cauldron a-Wester.” This refers to the cast circle, where as part of the ritual, the cauldron is filled with water, placed in the West position, and is used as a scrying tool, looking for a vision within the water. *(2) – “The Psycho-pomp Master of the ways” Psycho-pomp is something or someone who guides the soul of those recently passed away to their resting place/the next world. They help the soul through the ‘limbo-world’, the place between life gone and the next appropriate world.
Posted by reikiheidi on October 30, 2013
Posted by reikiheidi on October 24, 2013
If one knows one is lost, then one is no longer lost, but perhaps the only time one has truly found themselves.
Rebellion: Rebel Lion
Can a lion ‘rebel’? Is a lion not its nature; just ‘Is’? Does a lion ever ‘rebel’ against its Pride?
And how can one ‘re-bel’ when one cannot ‘bel’?
How can one person feel so split, so divided amongst themself, when they have but one mind? How can the Inner & the Outer contain divisiveness when they share one body; one mind; one heart; one soul?
Not Yin-Yang: for Yin-Yang is Balance ever-changing, flowing recognition. But Gemini: split, divided, unfocussed – or different focus, through one pair of eyes.
Posted by reikiheidi on October 19, 2013
For once I am breaking my own rule on this site, & am posting a poem - because this poem is absolutely What I Am, and fits with the spirit of this blog, too. This poem is in my heart right now.
Do not mistake my kindness for weakness;
Do not think that as a Healer I am helpless,
My heart is open but not unprotected -
Posted by reikiheidi on October 13, 2013
This was a poem I posted a while back, and one I wrote over 10 years ago. It is still my favourite. The other day Meme kindly posted her song of my most popular poem, ‘The Blogger’s Prayer’. Today I am posting my personal favourite poem.
Fallen Angel, cry you not:
Fate is fickle, Sin is not.
Devil-talk with honeyed words,
Homo-sapiens often turned
No thought to reason
For dream realisation -
Creation of your vision.
All for just one tiny lie
To society, yourself, and try
To say it’s not so bad,
The fuss’ll die I’m just a fad
There’ll be many more after me –
I’m not the only one who ate the apple from the tree.
From legs to serpent we downward slide
And falling ever since cannot be denied.
So God is gone from prayer and hope,
Society keeps pushing you to cope
Then you snap, start to rebel
And the devil comes sniffing ready to tell
How best to get back at those who’ve annoyed
Before you know it the devil’s new toy
And the light has faded – you’re all alone-
Old, angry, bitter, no way to atone
So in limbo you waver, caught by sin,
Reaching for Heaven with no way in.
Purgatory, a way unfurled –
That’s why I’m here; today, in this world.
Posted by reikiheidi on October 9, 2013
Posted by reikiheidi on October 8, 2013
HAPPY 1st ANNIVERSARY TO WRITING
This month is the 1st Birthday of this, my very first Blog – and wow, what a year it has been!
I’d like to share with you the Highlights of my year… it’s been a real Life-Changer!
October 2012 – Started my 1st Blog ‘Writing for joy’ – & re-discovered my joy of writing, found other wonderful, interesting blogs, & made lots of new online friends!
My little girl started school Sept 2012… and now is in her 2nd year of school. How time flies! She is a BRILLIANT reader
Somewhere during this year I started writing children’s books. Got several finished, and sent them off to Children’s Book Agents. So far rejected… still plan on sending to more agents and to keep working on them.
February 2013 – started my 2nd Blog with my partner, ‘The Eagle & The Serpent’, a continuing journey of our Spiritual experiences – & discovered even more wonderful friends & blogs
March 2013 – diagnosed with Depression & Anxiety. Made me rethink who I am & life in general. Shocked me, but I was determined to ‘handle’ it.
New Spiritual experiences – connected with Arianrhod… & have an ongoing Project with this Goddess, planning on writing a book.
May 2013 – reluctantly agreed to go on to anti-depressants. Was having counselling, did a ‘handling depression’ 4 week seminar.
August 2013 – Gave up my office job. Made the decision this was a major factor in my mental state, and so took the leap of faith and quit.
Started my professional Reiki business.
- Started my Facebook page ‘Reiki Rise & Shine’ – and have met yet more like-minded & wonderful people.
-Started a Linked In account.
- Spiritual Life shifted, boosted… among other things, taking on the Shaman’s Path.
- Sept 2013 – Took myself off the anti-depressants.
- My little boy turned 2!
So there we go. A Year in the Life of Heidi, since Writing for Joy was born! A lot has certainly happened, and I have got through it all with ups and downs, smiles and tears… but with Joy for learning, discovering, exploring…
And now I know what I am capable of too.
Sadly this blog has been on a bit of a back burner recently what with everything else going on, but I am hoping to find time again soon to dedicate to my writing.
Thank you to all my followers who have been with me on this blogging journey, your Likes, comments, interactions and your own blogs have been a & an inspiration to me.
So how has your year been?
Light & Blessings to you all
Posted by reikiheidi on October 5, 2013
It’s true that music lifts your soul
A bit of a different post today, because of the mood I am in.
My life has changed recently. I’m no longer employed, doing a job that just ‘pays the bills’ and ‘ticking along’ and being what I now realise was actually unhappy.
I never thought I was a ‘Little Miss Susie Homemaker’ type. I would sneer and mock – I’m an independent feminist woman! Housework? Spending all day looking after babies and having dinner ready when the master comes home?! Hah! In fact my partner would probably have hysterics if my name & ‘Susie Homemaker’ were mentioned in the same sentence.
And yet… I am at home. Officially I am self-employed and running a business, though I’m still waiting for those paying customers. In the meantime, I’m at home with the not-quite little one, doing the school run, and keeping house. And you know what? I’m happy! (16 year old self shudders and turns away in horror). But I am, there’s no denying it. What I’m doing I’m doing for me and my family. I can choose how to spend my days… in relation to kiddies of course, but that still leaves a lot of scope. I’m not stressing about the school run, or the housework – because I have plenty of time in which to fit everything in. And I get to play with my kids, instead of feeling like I’m rushing around trying to do everything at once.
This happiness has resulted in me singing around the house more and listening to music. The tv has been turned off. I used to have the tv on pretty much all the time, not because I watched it, I’d just got used to it being ‘background’. We occasionally listened to music… but now… now it fills my soul. It’s an intrisic part of my happiness. And it is, I have discovered, absolutely true that music lifts your spirits – or if your spirits are already lifted, emphasises/enhances/complements said spirits.
I never really know what sort of music I am ‘into’. I’m an eclectic, and will listen to pretty much anything, but I’ve never really been a collector, or a specific fan of this person or that group.
But that is one group, and one song in particular that is ME, that lifts me immediately every time I hear it, and transports me back to the first time I heard it, live at a festival, just over 10 years ago now. This piece of music is everything to me: it gets into my very soul, sends shivers down my spine, makes my feet move and my brain tingle.
I don’t know how many people have heard of this band, maybe Australians have as that’s where they’re from – The Cat Empire. It is a mix of Jazz, a bit of reggae, and other stuff to that is just WOWee! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. If I was to define myself by music, THIS would be it. I encourage you to listen to it – listen to the words as well as the music – as a poet, the words, to me, are just as important as the music, and I LOVE the message here!
“Our weapons were our instruments, made of timber & steel – we’ll never yield to conformity but stood like kings – in a chariot that’s riding on a record wheel…”
(oh, – be patient… the intro’s a little odd, but trust me, its worth waiting for!)
So there you go. That is me, as defined by music.
I haven’t listened to this song for months… but I put it in again the other day, fitting with my current uplifted mood. And nothing makes me happier!
Do you have a song/artist/group/band that you feels defines you?
Posted by reikiheidi on September 9, 2013
I’ve seen a rainbow at Midnight,
I’ve glided in darkness ‘tween the starlight,
I know the light is over the horizon
But the Midnight Road I have chosen
I must walk my own abiding path
To find the depth of my love and my laugh;
How bright truly are my dreams?
How dark, how dark, can I really be?
This is the course that I must travel
To Face my Demons and unravel
The fear that always resides within
And find my strength find my love find where I begin
I walk through darkness with a bright side;
And come to Light with darkness always behind;
Now I know now I’ve seen my own eternity
Now I’ve seen now I know I’m absolutely free
I’ve walked through Heaven and walked through Hell
There’s nothing left that I can tell
I have seen I have seen the whole of me
So here I stand here I stand… with no apology.
A NOTE ON THIS PIECE:
This reads as a poem, but it came to me as a song. I can’t put the tune in your head, unfortunately, yet it is haunting mine! As ever with words that come to me as song, I cannot disentangle it to read just the words, as they would appear as a poem.
I hope that you can read the meaning of the words, rather than the ‘poetic voice’. Or ‘with’ the poetic voice. It was the words, after all, that wanted to be written down! I would apologise for the confusion… but as the last line says…!
Posted by reikiheidi on September 5, 2013