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Hello friends,
It is such a joy to feel the energy of spring arriving and to witness nature bursting into life. I find this time of year so reassuring, as nature just knows what to do and there is nothing that I need do but to breathe it in and enjoy. Whether it is a blade of grass, a flower or a butterfly emerging, it is all perfectly timed. The energy within the DNA of each living thing is hardwired to create itself and all the collective components collaborate in perfect harmony to bring its uniqueness to the world.
This still blows me away and I am constantly in awe of this universal truth again and again.
I think we all need to be inspired and I also think that we all need to know there is something within us that knows exactly what to do too. But, if your anything like me I forget this and I get this knee jerk reaction to take over and be in control. In short, I forget that there is a power greater than me in charge. However, when I do remember, I feel such relief – I let go, I trust and I surrender. Life then flows and I feel so natural and free.

It’s been quite a journey to get to this point, but what has helped me the most is my commitment to plugging in on a daily basis to the energy that creates worlds – that same energy that is within the blade of grass, the flower and the butterfly.
I have no doubt that you remember to plug in your phone, your laptop or your kettle as a matter or great importance everyday. Goodness me – where would you be without them!! So why is it that we forget to do the same for ourselves and do the only thing that really works and plug into our own Source and receive the energy, wisdom and guidance that will support us to thrive?

Here are some of the common traits we humans seem to have:
1) Busyness
2) Laziness
3) I know betterness
4) I don’t have enough timeness
5) I’m worthless
6) Tomorrow, next week, next month ness
7) Who cares ness
8) Fill in your own ……ness

You get the picture right, but this really is a sign of insanity. It’s like plugging in the vacuum cleaner without switching it on – you go round the whole house cleaning away but unfortunately not one speck of dust if lifted or removed and in actually fact you have now used all your own energy on a fruitless task and you wonder why everything just looks the same!

It all needs to work together – you, the plug, the switch and the intention — BINGO!

It’s so funny really and yet as a human species we get into a rut of sameness without questioning what we are doing until it’s too late – until we get burn out, illness, stress, relationship breakdown, heartache or some other wake up call.
Slow down folks – slow down and take a look at your life. Do a spring clean and get rid of the old, sparkle the things you love, dust the smudgy windows of your soul and open up the curtains of your tired heart and let the light in.

Get authentic and do an inventory or what is working and what is not. Be curious and committed to finding new ways of being in the world and finding practises that soothe your soul. No one else can do it for you but trust there is always someone out there who can support you on your journey and be willing to ask for help from those you trust.

My commitment for this year, was to start doing more of what I love and more of what aligns me to joy, love and expansion. This has included daily meditation with the lessons of A Course In Miracles, joining an online Course in Miracles support group, learning salsa, being more radically honest and authentic in my relationships and listening to my heart in ALL areas of my life.
It’s been amazing, if at times challenging but I have to say the level of grace and growth that is emerging is truly incredible.

So my invitation to you dear friend, is to ask yourself, how you could live an even more authentic life? What would serve you or keep you plugged in?

“One way I could live a more authentic life is….?” I love the simplicity of the quote from Robert Holden and for me his teachings and talks are always so inspiring and authentic. I went up to see him recently in London – he was talking at the Miracle network with his wife Hollie and together they presented an evening entitled ‘Easter for Mystics’. It was wonderful to be amongst such open and enquiring people and I loved the analogy they used around Easter as we enquired into how we crucify ourselves! Then what is it we need to do to rise again and be reborn? Such radical honesty is so rare, but for me it was so beautiful to behold and to also to be witnessed in this way.

I love to uncover the parts of me that have been hiding in the dark and give them permission to shine – and indeed give myself permission to shine. As I do this, so I can be of more benefit to those I work with and coach, along with my family, friends and anyone I encounter.

As mentioned earlier, we really don’t need to do this all on our own. I used to find it hard to ask for help in certain areas of my life and in actual fact, I used to assume if I did needed help that people would somehow read my mind and and know exactly what to do! Yet another sign of insanity along with thinking I need to do it all on my own. Robert describes this as dysfunctional independence in this inspiring and funny talk on youtube. It’s a long talk but I would highly recommend you listen to it all, as it is groundbreaking and insightful in so many ways!

In summary, the more we are true to ourselves and present in our own lives – the more aligned we are to the Universe and those other mighty companions who we walk hand in hand with on the path.

This level of awareness is really informing my life, my work, my play and my spirit. I am working with more and more people who are awakening and wanting another way too and I feel so touched when clients are so committed to change. I am particularly finding that the six week programme that I offer Flowering of the Heart is of immense benefit for those wishing to shine the light on their journey and go to another level of acceptance, joy, abundance and peace. If you are curious or ready for this kind of change too, then do check out all the details on my website page or feel free to get in touch for a an informal chat.

There are also some exciting events coming up very soon and I would love to see you!

And finally I want to say THANK YOU.
Thank you for being you, thank you for life, thank you for love, thank you for friends, thank you for family, thank you for abundance everywhere, thank you for my heart, thank you to spirit for showing me the way and thank you for the music! This inspiring song from Karen Drucker sums it up so well – enjoy!

Have a wonderful Easter and I look forward to meeting you in person, at an event, in the ether somewhere – but always in the heart.
With Love
Ann-Marie x x x

July News

Hello dear friends – what a wonderful summer we are having. I hope you are enjoying the lazy, hazy days and ease that comes this time of year.
The above image was taken on a balmy June day in Norfolk on the recent Soul Retreat that I co-facilitated with my friend Helen. We really did have a blast and it was such a joy to share the space with everyone who heard the calling to rest, re-calibrate and relish in the vortex of creation.
To see the participants opening their hearts and being prepared to let go of the old paradigm of hard work and struggle was such a joy.

Helen and I both experienced release and expansion as we dived in a little deeper too. It was so effortless and fun to ‘work’ together and I love that we can be raw and real – this develops great trust and flow. It’s the only way I want to work now and I have been letting go more and more of the traditional way of ‘earning money’.
It’s been a gradual letting go of old stories and conditioning, along with a willingness to explore a leading edge way of being.

I sometimes have to stop and remember how far I have come on this journey. The kind of life I am living now was only a dream to me and I feel so in awe of the way the Universe opens up when we say yes and mean it.
The undoing of the ‘old ways’ is available to everyone, but from my experience, it does take courage and a deep desire to be the best version of who we really are – and here’s the biggy folks – doing it without apology!

This has been an old one for me to shift, but wow it feels so good when I stand strong in who I really am. No more victim or suffering!
How about you – do you still feel the need to apologize for who you are, what you have or how you live your life or are you embracing the true magnificence of your inherent power and presence on this earth plain?

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And so it is that we can teach through the clarity of our own learning and know that life is meant to be fun, rich and delicious.
The present moment has it all if you choose to open your mind to it. It’s only when we spend our time in the past or future that we lose the satisfaction and joy of what’s really here.

I was reminded of this the other day whilst sitting outside my favorite cafe. My ears seem to be on alert to how people speak in the moment and therefore create their reality….. A couple were walking by and I heard them saying “It’s too late now, we should have done it years ago” (regret). I then heard someone else sharing a conversation behind me saying “I’m just killing time” (lack of appreciation for the moment) and of course the classic I hear regularly is “I’m getting there” (not in the now)….. I wonder where ‘there’ is?
I smile to myself now, as I used to say that one a lot, until I caught myself and decided that I was already ‘there’ – how could I be anywhere else!!

Well of course its the ego mind that wants to take us some place else but when we are obsessed with past and future we cannot be in alignment with our Source and therefore will miss the guidance and intuition that will help us to create what is written in our hearts.

I same across this great video from Robert Holden, which is a great reminder of this and something he calls ‘Destination Addiction’. It’s very amusing but also very thought provoking and something I would encourage you to take on board. Check it out here.

Marriane Williamson – if we miss the moment
When we are in the moment there is more chance of allowing inspiration to flow.
Our heart opens to the infinite possibilities and we allow Divine Inspiration to guide us and ego takes a back seat.

This passage from Wayne Dyer’s book – Living and Inspired Life helps us to understand this power.

“Now try to imagine yourself living in a world that has no direction: There’s no north, south, east or west; there’s no up or down; and there’s no past of future. In this world, any direction is every direction. As difficult as it is to imagine a directionless Universe, that’s exactly what the world of Spirit looks and feels like.
When we’re in-Spirit, every direction is possible for us at every moment because our consciousness happens within our mind. Now this inner world of ours, reunited with its originating essence, doesn’t think in only one direction; rather, it allows all possibilities. Our consciousness is in the absolute state of allowing – all resistance, in the form of thoughts, is nonexistent.
I’m speaking of a feeling that comes over us where we’re inspired by a ‘great purpose, an extraordinary project’, where we experience the bliss of an expanded consciousness with the unsurpassed allowing of any and all possibilities to enter into our daily life. We cease looking for answers in a directional way – they dont come from someplace north or west of us, nor are they arriving from up above or impeded by something down below. We begin to feel the larger sense of life, what being a part of all is like once again.”

This is true expansion and of course asks for a deeper level of trust and getting out of our own way! It doesn’t mean that we lose sight of our future desires, quite the opposite in fact – it actually leaves space for Source to guide us to all that our heart desires.

Abraham/Hicks describes this in 5 steps:

1) Ask – Contrast helps you to define what you want. Wanting is born out of your clarity and desire.
2) It is Given – Source is on it and begins right away to create your desire in vibrational form. It is then in your personal vortex of creation.
3) Allow – You let go of the how and just feel as good as you can and make it your priority to be in the vortex as often as possible.You then become a vibrational match to your desire.
4) Unconditional Living – You’re not needing things to be a certain way in order to feel good. So when you see a little contrast, you don’t see it as something that’s gone wrong. You see it as an opportunity of clarification. You see it as an opportunity for you to define or refine even more clearly who you are and what you want.”
5) Welcome Contrast – You welcome contrast as a leading-edge thinker. You are able to stand out in a world that is a new reality for you that maybe most of the world has not yet caught up with because you have mastered the vibrations of the Universe. You’ve learned to harness and focus and flow and feel and be guided by Source energy.

In short, we are only limited by our thinking and belief systems. Our only work is to focus and watch how we feel and keep refining on a daily basis how we wish to feel and be in the world…… learning to appreciate, love and have fun becomes the norm and we don’t apologize for feeling amazing anymore!

Allow the ease of how things feel or arrive, to be your guide. If things are a struggle or you need to push against anything you know you are not being guided by Source….. Let ease in each moment be your priority and as you practise this you will receive more of it….. remember to acknowledge the ease and you will be strengthening the ease muscle!

Sometimes you don’t need
to have a Master Plan.

You can trust in your Not Knowing instead.

Sometimes you just need
to take the next step.
A small step.
Into safety.
Or into the wilderness.

Trust. Breathe.
The great Master Plan unfolds
with each tiny step you take.

Jeff Foster

Be still go within
So dear friends, enjoy the NOW and embrace each moment and the SUMMERBREEZE…..
Take time to be with yourself and tune into the presence of your unlimited Source and remember that Source is only ever here NOW and is rooting for you always!

I’m personally taking time out over the next few weeks to slow down, tune in and do what I love. This is food for my soul and I know I will be refreshed and open to new inspiration – this truly is a gift and one I deeply appreciate.

Sending great love to you …..
Ann-Marie x x x x

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Surrender & let go

I have been finding the theme of the last few months to be about surrender…..
For a control freak (as I was back in the day!) this was not a practise that came easily. I had been encouraged to let go and encouraged to surrender! But what was I surrendering to and what would become of me?????
It was a very scary proposition and one that saw me kicking and screaming…..
Not anymore I am pleased to say.

So now when the uncomfortable feelings come along I am more attuned to them and have learnt to embrace them. I no longer wish to be in charge – I no longer wish to control others – I no longer wish to know the outcome – I just want to allow all the grace, good and great to come my way and wish the same for each dear soul on this planet too.
I can however, get impatient in some areas of my life and want to demand an outcome – yes me demand an outcome!!
People seem surprised at this, but I find it all quite hysterical now and no longer beat myself up for being less that perfect (RELIEF!!).

I actually enjoy letting go but of course still find myself being presented with situations, people or scenarios that challenge me in this area. The difference now is that I understand what is behind it all – my separation from my Source – and boy oh boy that is painful!

I feel great appreciation when I am presented with these learning opportunities and I get out of my way quicker and quicker…. so when a recent relationship came my way, I found myself challenged and wanting to control the outcome…… I soon came to my knees realising that this ain’t gonna work and the only ‘work’ was to hand it over with LOVE.

It’s still unfolding and finding its way, as is everything in my life, but I know that I have attracted every experience and I know it is part of my growth….. I just have to be vigilant to the old ‘stories’ and then be prepared to surrender some more.

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How about you – how do you find this surrender thing?
Does it challenge you?
Does it leave you hiding, running away or trying to fill the void with food, alcohol, sex, shopping, fixing another or abusing yourself or another?
In this honest enquiry we can come to see that our control is fear based and was acquired from an old paradigm of ‘right and wrong’, ‘good and bad’ or having to ‘prove’ to ourselves or others our worth – but guess what – you don’t need to prove your worth to God! You are loved always and without exception.
Let this in and let yourself be loved without any justification whatsoever…..
Then say to yourself ” How can I love more?” and then say to the Universe, “Teach me to Love”

Take time out to be still and take time out from the ‘doing’ enter into your heart instead. Let it be your guide and trust that the outcome may not be what you planned but it will most definitely be for your higher good and probably even more beautiful that you could have imagined!

I look forward to hearing how it goes …….

Relax – Jeff Foster
The way I am facilitating workshops and working with my clients has inevitably taken on a different way too. I hold a clear intention and see each person as already whole and in alignment. I am less and less interested in people’s ‘past stories’ and more and more interested and creating the new and inspired ‘story’ – after all what we give energy to grows….. if we keep feeding the old how can the new evolve?

Balance is the key and what I have observed for true lasting change is this cycle….

Be Authentic

Own It

Accept It

Free It Up

Be Kind to Yourself

Tell a New Story

In short, feel what you feel and get real and cease apologising for the so called ‘mess’ – life isn’t always pretty and we can be so so harsh on ourselves if its not perfect. Once we do this we come to a place of acceptance and loosen up the grip by freeing up the stuck emotions, pain or suffering. Finding a way to free it up is very personal but for many it can be by dancing, resting, singing, painting, writing, walking, meditating, laughing, loving, gardening or anything that gets you out of your head (that’s legal of course!!!!). Then come back to self love and kindness by soothing your soul like you would a young child with great tenderness and warmth.
You are then free to start creating the new story and visualizing from a place of freedom, grace, delight and richness – and this really is where the FUN begins!

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As many of you know, Vital Danza has become one of the past times that frees me up. I have learnt to express my true essence through this medium and have experienced so much joy, fun, connection, bliss and surrender.
It has challenged me of course, as I have at times felt stuck, annoyed with myself or others and indeed played out many stories on the dance floor. But I have been willing to step (or dance) out of my comfort zone and do it anyway.
It is an ongoing journey and always an opportunity for expansion of mind-body-spirit. I have also witnessed this in others and it is so humbling and enriching to be part of a community that opens their hearts and soul in this way.

I invite you too – to be part of this experience.
Particularly if you are ready for change, self expression, bliss, joy, vitality and vast richness….
Come join myself and Helen Thatcher for a truly inspiring and uplifting weekend.
We have a few spaces left at the Summer Soul Retreat (22nd to 24th June) in the beautiful Didlington Manor in Norfolk.
We combine Vital Danza along with the Law of Attraction principles – plus meditation, self-enquiry, stillness and ceremony.

It may be the dancing that takes you out of your comfort zone or it may be the authentic stripping away of your stories that scares you – either way, I can guarantee you that it will be a truly inspiring weekend and your life will never be quite the same again. How bold of me to say that hey…. but I know it to be true, as I have seen again and again the transformation of those beautiful souls who have joined us in the past at other Soul Retreats. If you are hearing the calling too, do check out my website for full details and testemonials and do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions at all.