Writing Creatively With Spirit

A journey of psychic discovery


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Goodbye 2013

Tuesday 31st December 2013

Christmas with family

Christmas with family

I’m going to join the many millions of people wondering where 365 days went. It’s been an amazing year and it’s been a pleasure to have shared some of it with you.

Me and Miles

Me and Miles

Christmas was perfect. Like many of you I spent it with family. As we come to the end of 2013 I want to wish you all a brilliant and fun-filled 2014.

Leon and Samantha

Leon and Samantha

Me Ash and Miles

Me Ash and Miles

I’m looking forward to continuing the journey with you next year. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

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Faith, Hope and Love

Friday 27th December 2013

2013-12-24 23.47.39I received this beautiful Christmas message from a dear friend. I enjoyed it so much I thought I’d share it.

Faith makes all things possible, Hope makes all things work, Love makes all things beautiful, May you have all three for this Christmas. May the timeless message of Christmas fill your heart and home with joy now and throughout the coming year.


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Arabian Chisel Technicians

Arabian Chisel Technicians Poster

Arabian Chisel Technicians Poster

The most exciting event of the Christmas celebrations for me so far was watching my son play saxophone with the Arabian Chisel Technicians at the Bull’s Head in Moseley Village last night.

Ash Gabbidon

Ash Gabbidon

It was worth the wait till they got on stage at 10.30 p.m. as the head line act. The crowd was with them right from the first note but my personal favourite was their rendition of Papa’s got a brand new pigbag. It began with delicious reggae overtones before the horns filled the room. The whole room moved in unison.

Arabian Chisel technicians at the Bulls Head

Arabian Chisel technicians at the Bulls Head

Can’t wait for their next gig at the Yardbird on January 10th. Check them out on Facebook. Arabian Chisel Technicians 

Friends of Arabian Chisel Technicians

Friends of Arabian Chisel Technicians


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A year of miracles

Wednesday 18th December 2013

It’s the time of year when weekly, fortnightly and monthly groups have their last and festive meeting of the year.

End of a miracles week

End of a miracles week

At our ‘A Course in Miracles’ we met to reflect on a year of miracles, to sip on some rather delicious wine and to munch on some lovely cheeses.

One of the miracles for me is the interest this blog has generated. I appreciate every view, every comment and every helpful suggestion I’ve had.

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I didn’t remember to take the pictures till after 3 people had left. Sorry guys… maybe next time. Thanks for the roses Jude.


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Nelson Mandela Tribute

Sunday 15th December 2013

Yaz Alexander who organised the event

Yaz Alexander who organised the event

As Nelson Mandela becomes the latest high profile ancestor on which we can call for guidance, as his body is finally reclaimed by the African soil that gave him life and sustained him through his life’s ordeals, as the world reflects on what it means to forgive, the Drum in Birmingham brought together a host of artists to pay respect to the giant of a man that’s left our physical world.

Drummers at the Nelson Mandela Tribute event

Drummers at the Nelson Mandela Tribute event

It was good to see so many people brave the damp and grey Sunday evening to join their energy to that of our departed brother. Rrefreshing too to see the multicultural nature of the performers and the span of ages.

Dr Joseph Aldred in his tribute beseeched us not to think of Nelson Mandela as the man who taught the world to forgive without thinking of the true nature of forgiveness. Forgiveness is not for the other person, the ones you think have done you wrong. Forgiveness releases you from the self-destructive energy of bitterness, anger and resentment. It releases the negative revenge energy and replaces it with the healing energy of love.

Dancer Sandra Golding

Dancer Sandra Golding

As Joe Aldred said ‘unforgiveness is the equivalent of drinking poison and expecting your enemy to die.’


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Waiting for the Christmas spirit

Sunday 15th December 2013

Barbados Steel Orchestra

Barbados Steel Orchestra

This time last week I was at the airport in Barbados awaiting my flight home. I was still full from the superb buffet lunch we had at Southern Palms hotel while listening to the Barbados Steel Orchestra. We even ventured onto the dance floor so I could have one last dance on this beautiful island.

Camella and Kemmerick enjoying each other as much as the food

Camella and Kemmerick enjoying each other as much as the food

I was still a little worried about my weight allowance for the flight home as I’d had to pay excess baggage on the way out. One solution was to wear all my jewelry, carry my loose change, purse, camera and phones in my pockets, and wear as much as possible (after all they don’t weigh you)

One way to reduce the baggage overweight problem

One way to reduce the baggage overweight problem

In the end I need not have worried as my case was just within the limit and they didn’t even weigh my hand luggage!!! Having insisted on the way out that it could not be more than 5kg.

I wasn’t looking forward to the cold, the grey and the damp of England but I was looking forward to holding the first hard copy of Never on Sunday which I knew was waiting at home for me. I was also looking forward to seeing my children, my family and friends.

The day before at Bathsheba

The day before at Bathsheba

My head was also full of the publishing possibilities for Love is Not a Reward, and for the parenting course. Alas it was not full of Christmas – and it still isn’t. I’m still waiting for the Christmas excitement to kick in.


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Restless

Saturday 14th December 2013

Barbados beach

Barbados beach

When I left Barbados on Sunday evening the temperature was 28 degrees C. When I landed in Manchester it was 9 degrees.

I’ve been very restless since I came back – and it’s not just the weather. Although I’ve not been to my home in Jamaica for over 15 years I am feeling an almost magnetic pull to it.

I’m wondering if this has something to do with the information I received on the family constellation workshop I attended in June.  www.writingcreativelywithspirit.com/2013/07/08/family-constellation/

Maybe it’s time to honour Jamaica, to step into her outstretched and welcoming arms. Or it may also be the howling wind with a wind-chill factor of 2 degrees, or the fact that it was dark at 2.30 on Thursday, or that I’m contemplating passing up on a party to stay home in the warmth.