New Course Coming!

Talking Sticks and a bag to carry them in…

These designs are based on dot work.
Spirited and worked on in a state of trance, the images and designs flow when the maker is in flow.

In an earlier blog on Talking Sticks, it was explained how it came to be that I began to make them. Each one is unique and we have some for sale too, mainly from the first picture.

To make your own though, now that is something else entirely. There are many ways to make them, you can of course go out find a stick in the woods and decorate it with some twine, some beads and a bit of fur if that is what you feel like doing. It will be fit for purpose as it is chosen for that purpose, and in a way it reveals itself to the person when it wants to be so used.

Then there is the way of connecting with the energy of the stick that you find, (and if you don’t want to wait for a piece you have seasoned yourself, you can go to a craft shop or online and you can get some all ready to decorate). I am in the way of believing that the right stick will find you.

It is then a case of understanding the Spirit of the stick and the energy that will come from working with that Spirit. You may be very surprised and not just a little bit delighted at what can come from this endeavour.

Even the mistakes, or should I say, perceived mistakes can be beautiful.

This was thought ruined when I first began to work on it, I splogdged purple paint at the top. Then something made me spread that colour to cover the whole stick. It became the base for this. A most powerful and Spirited tool of empowerment.

The new course will have pdf. downloads attached to it for more in depth (not too much though) information on Talking Sticks and their uses in modern society as well as their historical importance. It is a way of being totally ‘in time’ as your hands are busy and your conscious mind takes a bit of a back seat while you and the Spirit of the stick sit in congress. An experience in deep connection, farther even than mindfulness, I would say. For myself I find it so deeply satisfying, surprising and humbling: I cannot think of a better way to honour a fallen branch. Indeed, I cannot think of a better way to connect to Spirit. It is well known that the Art and Craft of making these tools and others like them for Spiritual work is deep and so very powerful. Shamans have been known for ‘smythies’ transfiguration and transmutation of so many things physical and non physical.

The great thing is to experience the moments. To be in complete concert with the object and your energy, remember this, your energy while you do this will become one with the item. A stick, a bone, a stone, a cloth, a lenght of thread or wool. What you put into it will manifest itself in what you put on it, the energies of both will become mingled.

This is how magic is made. This is how touchstones and lucky bits and bobs have power. It is infused into them, any that they hold in themselves is then magnified.

So when you go to work on something check your emotions and purposefully infuse positive and wonderful things into your chosen material.

Getting Longer In The Tooth

Keeper of the Hearth Fire

Brede by the Hearth. Leslie Marsh

The picture above is quite possibly the one we think of when we are nearing certain milestones in our lives.

Continue reading “Getting Longer In The Tooth”

Happy New Year!

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Whichever part of the calendar you choose to celebrate the turn of the year we wish you all a resplendently wonderful, healthy and prosperous New Year!

We look to 2018 with gleeful expectancy. Yes, politically there are shifting sands but isn’t there always?  What the politicians tend to forget is that they are supposed to be serving the people, not the other way about so remember where the power really lies.

So to the gleeful expectancy. Well I have plans. All ways I have plans!  For a while now I have been looking at the option of holding retreats, not just in Scotland but in many places. We are looking at the Isle of Bute as one of the venues and also France, some lovely sun and sea for those of you who would like to bring partners we are looking at options to provide them and you some extracurricular diversions.

If you would like more information send us an email, info@spiralheart.co.uk.

Journey circles and storytelling will be up and running again soon. Personally I cannot wait to get everyone in circle again. Also we shall be taking time to make ceremony in our favourite spot and these are open ceremonies, all we ask is that you come in respect and with an open heart. Details of those will be posted on the Facebook pages.

The online courses and the eBooks are coming along nicely and will be out soon.

I have not made any resolutions for the New Year, I tend to make them as I go along. Figuring out what my goals will be for the short term. Smallest steps toward the whole.

So I will see you, I hope either in person or online. If you have any questions about anything we do please feel free to ask. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Be kind to yourselves and those in your life.

Be Well, Be Blessed, Be Loved.

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