Keeping The Spirits Alive
 
Travel is a greater teacher. Often the experiences we have in other lands and with other people can act as a gentle reminder of what might be missing or has been forgotten in our own lives at home. My recent trip to Bali is a prime example. Flavia and I set out on an inspirational clothing design and purchasing mission for the shop and emporium, which was fulfilled - but we experienced far more than we could have anticipated. We sensed for ourselves one of the fundamental principles in walking a sacred path - revering, honouring and nurturing the spirits of our ancestors as if they were still in physical form, among us, today.
 
 
Being in direct communion with the spirits, through offerings of food, flowers, incense, prayer and meditation is not new. Humankind has done so since our creation, but it seems to have been lost in the hustle and bustle of 'civilised society', where we appear to devote more of our time and energy in revering the acquisition of money, control and fame. And are we happy? Does it last? Whatever it was that  the people we meet in Bali were devoting their energy to, did seem to make them happy and appeared to serve a purpose beyond the ‘here and now’ and the individual's needs. Everywhere, at temples or small shrines, in shops, on the beaches even in the hotel lobby, regular offerings were made and the spirits were very much still a part of the living. And the physical offerings not only looked and smelled incredible but birds and other animals fed upon them too. Interacting with each other the people showed respect and integrity, greeting with a bow, blessing exchanges of goods and money, so that everything seemed to carry with it a mystical quality - an expression of unconditional love for this life in every detail.
 
It is worth remembering that this was once the case for us all, esp. in Europe with our 'Pagan' ancestry. No stiff-upper-lips then, greetings were open embraces. All life was held in high regard, from great trees and medicinal plants to animals that offered food and clothing, all respected in life and in death. This was then taken a step further, honouring and revering the Great Spirit, the life force that pulsates along and through our very planet, sustaining it with a flow of energy that ensured regeneration, evolution here on Mother Earth, lest we return to star dust in a great ‘big bang’ any time soon. We were one very aware of the incredible opportunity the ‘human experience’ afforded our souls on this beautiful and intricate manifestations of energy that we call Earth. We constantly communed with those who had gone before us, our wisdom keepers, in order that the flow be maintained and invigorated. Let us not neglect our past, or rush through our present, for it is only the loving investment in those areas that guarantees our future.   
 
 The Shaman Within book & CD 
available online and at shows now!
 
Click on the image opposite and discover the range of 'The Shaman Within' products now available from the website, including signed paperback copies, mediation CD and the popular homestudies course. (None of which are availabe through Amazon.) In addition visit our emporium at an upcoming show, workshop or retreat   and pick special show bargins such as the Book & CD combination saving you money and get them signed in person by Barbara there and then!
 
 Simply Shamanic Explosion 2013
The Fertile Flame, Your Story & Sounds Divine
 
 
 
If you have any questions about the topic of this newsletter or any of the events on offer, then please feel free to email me and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 
 
Love & Blessings
Barbara X
Diary Dates... 
 
Find out more about each of these events by clicking on the image or highlighted links/text. I look forward to seeing you soon...
 
  
* 2nd-3rd Mar, MBS Events,  Nantwich, Cheshire. Opening ceremonial work, stage performances, mediumship demo, workshop and emporium.  
  
* 6th-13th Mar, Private Readings, Jersey. Your opportunity to have some quality time for a truly amazing reading with Barbara, on one of only a handful of occasions she now does them. To book you place email us today!
 
 
* 16th-18th Mar, MBS Int. Festival, Dublin.  Workshops and emporium. For full details and to book your place on one of Barbara’s or Flavia’s workshops watch this space…
 
 
* 23rd-24th White Lights, Mind Body Spirit Event, Derby. Talk and emporium. To book your place on the Shamanic Mediumship Experience click on the image above.
  
29th-31st Mind, Body & Spirit at ‘The Spirit of Cumbria Holistic Festival’, Cumbria. Mediumship Demo, Workshops and Performance with Angel & Elemental advocate and songstress, Flavia Kate Peters. See the video below for a taste of what is in store then visit   www.thespiritofcumbria.co.uk
 
Highly Recommended
 
 
Food for thought...
 
In today's highly interdependent world, individuals andnations can no longer  resolve many of their problems by themselves. We need one another. We must therefore develop a sense of universal responsibility... It is our collective and individual respons'bility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members, and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.
The Dalai Lama
 
Community Corner
 
On the theme of travel as a teacher, consider the following destination...
Turtle Bay Beach Club, Kenya .
 
  
This is an all-inclusive eco-holiday with a difference. Apart from being in a stunning nature reserve it serves the wider community as it directly  helps to protect the environment, traditions and cultures.
 
And your stay can improve the well-being of local families, spreading the benefit of your visit to those who need it most. Most importantly it can help ensure that Watamu is a great place to visit for generations to come and that the wider community have the medical, social and educational support that we enjoy. Click on the image above to find out more.