Clange Poolside With Cactus Bob

19.10.17 Have you ever got suntan lotion in your eyes? Sweet Jesus! It’s was like fire water. Red eye! I managed to run it into both. Ensued a massive BF. Unable to see properly. Ange had to guide me to the restroom for damp tissue application. 

Apart from that. We spent a day relaxing at the pool with a few slushy margaritas and Pina Coladas. Bliss. Note photo by Ange of Julie and I snoring after…

 We also got chatting to Cactus Bob from LA. What a dude! He runs his one man restaurant. The wake up bomb..There really are better lives out there than the cold, darkness, misery, grind. 

Watch the video

We then went for a stuff ones face buffet at The Bellagio. 

Their wonderful ‘Fall’ display. Watch the video

And finally. The Las Vegas Strip. Our bemused cab driver. Having left The Bellagio, which is literally next to Caesar’s Palace. We’d eaten too much. The day at the pool had been exhausting wIth much needed chillaxation!

While moanung to him with our ‘funny accents’ while ‘Jesus Saves’ and ‘repent evil spirits’ (rants/ protests / preaching… whatever you call it.) about the hidden tax. So whatever you buy in America. Whatever the advertised price. They then add the tax on. With additional ‘tips’ expected/to be given for everything. Whether I’m this is just tourist extortion or the norm. It takes a calculator and faffing about. If is says $20 I want to pay $20!

Video 😉

23:38 bedtime…

Me: “Ange turn over you are snoring”

Ange “I’m awake… I’m dreaming about sausages, gravy and mash”

Me: “So you are clearly not awake then…”

Turns over and snores… asleep… 

Claudsville Blogs and Biog of a Bog Woppit

My name is Claudine West. These are excepts of this present life as me. 2016 was rather fabulous making music, writing, recording, gigging, doing the full time day job. Looking after wife and cats, mowing the lawn, breathing in the sea. Exploring Devon, Dorset and Somerset. Writing recording and releasing more meditation music under ‘Earth Tree Healing’…. Being happy. 

These are my blogs and here is the Kindle book.


Works 2014 Claudine West #claudsville

2014 has been a rather productive year. Eventful, traumatic, stressful circumstances,  inspirational gatherings. Synchronicity. Doors have closed, portals have opened.  Its shown me true colours of people, shallowness and selfishness. Wave surfers. Who will continue to achieve nothingness and take all the credit for it too. Enjoy that! Its allowed me to relax with my kind of people. Meet new kind and wonderful souls. My key word is #likeminded  It’s shown me that a lot of folk need encouragement and help. Its also shown me that I don’t require the bad ones in my life or proximity.  What’s been laid to rest is inactivity. I’ve always been driven to create and unleash what becomes. Making the most of time on this planet has been satisfying to say the least. Who know how much longer I have left. I hope its many years. There, through the course of things has had to be changes made. To better my well being in body, minds and spirit. Lots more of continued effort in 2015.

So here is a list and links of this year. It wasn’t easy. Yes I turned the TV off. Did not party hard and lay wrecked and dormant every weekend. I worked and produced a body of work I’m proud of. Its not stagnant, what some perceive to be ‘perfect.’ What it is a very alive embodiment of me, what I am and what I do. Having words channel through oneself is a thrilling and hypnotic experience. I’ve found a great joy in writing. 2015 will produce a new book of fiction under a pen name.  Thanks to friends for planting a great idea for it. It evolves each time I sit in our healing room. I’ve got 2 new meditation/ collaboration  releases in the pipeline.  So part time day job is on the list! ;-0


Enjoy, learn, listen.

Solo album: The Narcissist and the Inbetween.

I’ve a few personal favourites ‘Exceptional Believers’  ‘Exit of the Crush’ Writing and recording this has been rather fabulous therapy. #demons

Then there is of course my book. What can I say? Read it.

  Number 1 ebook bestseller : Claudsville Blogs and Biog of a Bog Woppit

number 1

Then I began adventures in meditation music recording a 3 track Guided Meditation CD with an amazing tutor and insightful soul, Sally Wathen at Rainbow Bridge  I can only highly recommend her if you need to sort your shit out!

Ange, my wife and I then ventured into our ‘ Meditation Chronicles ‘ Along with Ange running courses, me providing the soundtrack to them. You can listen to and  purchase on most digital stores including Spotify, Amazon and iTunes.

Listen: Meditation Chronicles


So with a few new paintings. I’m rather chuffed.


In The Eye Of The Storm

We’ve found ourselves recently in the eye of a storm. We continue to work on our calm, happiness and bliss. A perfect circle. Cycles of laughter, pmt, laughter, pmt…;-0

But our bubble of joy is surrounded by pricks and others, who continue to attract and follow the same destructive patterns in their lives. If you burst my zit over the holidays, I’ll not be a happy bunny and will fang you up! Attracting bad situations that manifest from a whim, or a desperate reach out at what they believe  to be ‘happiness.’ Oh yes it seemed like a good idea at the time to throw fancy at the wind. But the wind became a tornado spinning the same carnage, a whirling dervish of pain and upset. Broken lives, emotions lay scattered in its wake. Some will try to drag others down once that self destruct choice is made. It is a choice. Because the choice of asking for help when the alarm bells start ringing is there. Once the demons invited, it’s harder to get it caged and sent packing. Some people are plain nasty. Please stop being nasty. Your Karma will be horrific.  At what point do those voices in your head or urges become so frighteningly dangerous. The concept of reality and normality is lost? Right and wrong no longer exists to them.  I’m a strong believer in having people ‘sectioned’ for the safety of themselves and others before that final line is crossed.

Now I’m no preacher. But have seen a lot of this lately. Some drink to excess. Some drink every day. Some use it as a form of relaxation. Some use it as escape. Some love it and have great times a long way from tipsy. Some are just addicted.  I like a good drink. But no longer use it as an anaesthetic for my troubles, or courage for my fun. I’ve seen what it does when it gets out of control. It destroys people.  I used to think. I’ll never even last a night without a bottle of wine. I did and now can give or take it. Being skint made that choice for me initially and helped be stop a destructive routine. The red rain of rouge occasionally makes the next day a doom, boff and gloom day. But I’ll do it again and again.  

There is a lot of ‘poor me’ going on and very little counting of blessings. Let me assure you, again. There is always someone far worse off than you. That person has also made peace with the awfulness they have experienced and has found contentment, even in their final moments on this earth. Of Course we get some that just can’t handle life and what lessons it gives you. Never learning and breaking habits and cycles. Unhappiness can be written down on a piece of paper, verbally dictated, sign language. Various methods can be utilized. So I ask you. Why is your life such a mess. You blame whom? I ask what have you done to get out of that mess? Have you attracted more of the same to yourself? Are you Groundhog day in the flesh? How many spirits think oooh I’m so glad I killed myself. Pat on the back.. My life could have been…..Had I had made a different choice and mindset. You have the freedom to choose. Live, be happy for the small time you have here. Or let the darkness continue. Sunrise is beautiful. A fresh breeze fills one with vitality. Beyond the gate lies your happiness. Of course If you are already happy, beyond is this moment.  If you’ve mastered mindfulness, well done you! So shake up your buttercups. Start living in the light. With a bit of practice and perseverance, You will want to water the daisies not push ’em up. Image

Backstabbing in your workplace. Who are these people? Why?

The thing about moles/melanomas?

They sometimes appear without warning. Overnight, creep up on you. Or maybe they have been there a while unnoticed?  You only tend to be alerted them after they have ‘arrived’, or you open up and really look. Someone else points them out. Or you start itching. I’ve had a dodgy mole removed from my stomach. They cut a huge deep piece of me out. Just to make sure, if it was nasty. All of it and its potentially cancerous ‘mates’ were removed. Luckily. It turned out ok. My scar smiles.

Back stabbing in the workplace is generally rife in my experience. Have you encountered the the ‘a’ typical snakes in the grass? Pretending to be your pal. While all the time tossing those knives like a fantastic circus act. Stirring. Telling half truths, blatantly lying.

Then you get the ladder climber wannabies. Who actually spend most of their working life. Not actually working. But ar#e licking, back stabbing to make themselves and their inadequacies look good. Pathetic worms. Feeding off the big cheese that is dangled. Seeking promotion or an excuse to get their revenge on society.  Moles, spies, grasser uppers. I’m sure you have met a few. Looking for any opportunity to go squealing like a piggie. Oinking on you for the slightest thing.

You get the ones that will say something half true, just to wind everyone up, and sit back and watch it escalate. Causing mass falling out. You get the ones that put words into you mouth. Whispering or blatantly telling you colleagues you have said it, thought it. When actually in truth. They did. You are their scapegoat, their punch bag. They suck people in, all nicey, nicey. Attempt to give you snippets of info (When most of the time they know nothing anyway).making you feel special and “in the know”. WOWSER!!! By The Power Of Greyskull!! I always get home and ‘flick myself off to Tricia’ over info!! NOT

So you are told. “It’s not about you”. Don’t take it personally. Wrong place at right time. You have attracted them for a reason. It’s a life lesson. You can now make choices on how you deal with them.

I find it incredibly disrespectful, having my intelligence insulted. Oh yes there are consequences to doing it to me. (not a threat btw, just fact) I read rules, procedures and will stand up for myself. My patience is tried for only so long. I have the rule of you get one chance and a warning. After that, I will escalate in the proper manner and have your ass kicked, book thrown at you if necessary.  If it’s really bad, what YOU have done to me. Then my ‘one chance’ rule is blown out the window. It’s always wise to not take me for an idiot. I may come across as a joker, soft touch at times. What lies beneath is intelligence, strong capability and very low tolerance level. Taking justice/revenge into your own hands is futile (Unless you are a character in TV series Prison Break of course)

I’m dealing with my temper, lack of patience issues. Boredom of people who can’t get to the point and make me switch off and glaze over. Slowly but surely. I do still tend to fall asleep while having lectures/meetings in public places. An instant cure for insomnia. Being a ‘sh8t magnet’ myself. One attracts either the blame from the ones in the wrong, who try to pettily turn everything into them being the victim. Control dramas and power struggles are rife in the workplace. Easily recognisable at times. Trusting ones instinct and gut feeling is vital. I’ve been told I have an ‘Air of Authority’. Sorry chums, I’ve worked in positions of authority. I’m also an unplucked chin whisker off 6 feet tall, a ‘Strong personality’ (oh how i’ve loved that label chortle!!!) that is able and does express my opinions’. I’ve also taken too much crap from people in this life, to be a doormat.

Yes I’m also human too. I make mistakes. I say sorry for them too. I sometimes speak verbal pebble dash. Say things in the wrong way and tone. My mouth does engage before my quick thinking brain chooses the diplomatic approach. I cut people off mid sentence (thanks you Mummy for that trait). So very rude. I change subjects as get bored very easily. If something isn’t sorted straight away I lose my rag. “It’s all about Claud.”  Like I said. I’m not perfect. But I’m aware and working on it. I have yet to meet the perfect individual. I’ve met the ones that disguise their true self well. I’ve also met lovely innocent souls, confused and not comfortable in this world.

I remember years a go in a previous Job/company. (horsemeat and Every Little certainly doesn’t help) While on holiday from work (I.E. NOT THERE). I was accused of slagging someone off in the staff canteen (Obviously my Hologram was at work, I must have astrally projected) On return I was taken in the office. Having no idea why? I did point out that I had not been at work so how could I have been seen doing this? The tarred with brush and blame me for everything had already painted masterpieces. Infuriated. I did find out who had accused me. Did take out a grievance against them. After much nastiness, wasted company time, upset and billy bob bull s@~t. The person eventually confessed that they hadn’t seen me. They had made it up to cover their own back!! They cried. My name was cleared and point proven.

Like I said,  I am far from the perfect individual, (yes and everyone finds Claud so interesting that they feel the need to criticise Claud , never mind that Claud is not remotely interested in dissecting their personality, life, faults etc) I am honest and upfront. Choosing to spend my time doing what I’m paid to do or finding more interesting and productive uses of my energies and mind. I’ve matured as I’ve gotten older. I was a rebel and sarcasm machine when younger. Wind ups, blow outs were my speciality.(my brick wall of defence protecting my marsh mallow fluffiness that only the closest to me see) With that, one expects a certain amount of comeback/karma, pushing me, provoking, to see if a new victor can be made.

I’ve been through the anger at the world stage. The poor me, the why me? I’ve acknowledged my bad ways and work on them all the time. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Leopards, as well as tattoo removal cannot fully change their spots! Reminisce,  memories of what once was shall always remain. Events in my 30’s started the ball rolling. Being told my ego and negative outlook is appalling certainly kick started things.

I’m being told, detox, raw food diet, no wheat (well we eat wholemeal bread now and the odd French stick) no Dairy!! No caffeine, no booze, no cigarettes.

I’m a hell of a lot healthier than I was 5 years ago. Just suffering the consequences of indulgence. Maybe a full detox will occur? Without pressure… in my own time. A fully clear head. Not waking with a hangover craving nicotine is great these days. But during a band rehearsal, studio recording session. I simply love red wind and ciggies. It’s part of my process. I’ve not yet evolved to purity. Part of me wants to, the other half shouts NOOOOO!!! A battle is occurring. Guilt.  Mineral water and apples with my guitar. Others have. Good for you. Early days!! I’ve put most of my demons to bed. Just enjoying a bit of what I fancy these days.

Maturing a little helps.

Some people have never experienced this ‘happening’. Or observe themselves.

So live their life with the sole intention to upset others, as ‘they have been mistreated in some awful way’

Even the slightest little change, can upset the apple cart so much for them. The end of the World can loom. Generally most folks have reservations about change. Sometimes things become better, sometimes worse. If you don’t try. How can you know? The worst kind of people I’ve met. Firstly are damaged secondly create a toxic environment. Thirdly tend to make up ‘Pork pies’ a lot to cover their own back. Blame everyone and everything else. As it’s never their fault! Being obnoxious and loud about its is apparently the norm for some.

The ones ‘set in their ways.’ Resistant; If you dare have an opinion. MY GOD HOW VERY DARE YOU!! You will be sent to ‘Coventry’, alienated by bullying school ground tactics by grown adults. YOU WILL BE TOLD THAT YOUR OPINIONS DON’T COUNT AS YOU ARE LOWEST OF THE LOW!

So what happens to these maggots in your workplace? Well, some go far. Non are respected. I pity them. Their self worth, integrity, ego =  “FALSE SELF”

QUOTE : writer Eckhart Tolle writes about the ego in his book A New Earth.

“The extent of the ego’s inability to recognize itself and see what it is doing is staggering and unbelievable. […] To become free of the ego is not really a big job but a very small one. All you need to do is be aware of your thoughts and emotions – as they happen. This is not really a ‘doing’ but an alert ‘seeing’. In that sense, it is true that there is nothing you can do to become free of the ego. When that shift happens, which is the shift from thinking to awareness, an intelligence far greater than the ego’s cleverness begins to operate in your life. Emotions and even thoughts become depersonalized through awareness. Their impersonal nature is recognized. There is no longer a self in them. They are just human emotions, human thoughts. Your entire personal history, which is ultimately no more than a story, a bundle of thoughts and emotions, becomes of secondary importance and no longer occupies the forefront of your consciousness. It no longer forms the basis for your sense of identity. You are the light of Presence, the awareness that is prior to and deeper than any thoughts and emotions.”

Home life? If you have to treat people so badly. What is going on with you?

Success is not behaving like and idiot. When your life flashes before you,  you calculate what good you have done in this world. What is your answer? Hint. You didn’t, like me have to go to Girl Guides to be a good person. (I hated it, refused to even go camping and I love camping! My Parents tricked me into going, Brownies first. Due to me being a shy child. My lovely ‘Virgin’ socks. When made Patrol Leader against my will, I took great pride in never getting one badge. I escaped by telling my parents I could leave at a certain age, they believed me. The joy on that last Friday night. Knowing I’d never return and not telling the Leaders. It wasn’t even worth the pick and mix sweeties either.)

I can’t stand being dictated to, told what to think. I like to work things out, be advised, shown options. Make my own mind up. Chew on the cud and come back a while later. I’ve made far too many rash decisions and suffered the consequences.

One success story. Out of the many guitars I have owned over the years. I saw my Taylor, fell in love, bought it and have no regrets!!

Did you be kind, compassionate to man, beast, plant?

Or did you drive someone to deep depression or even suicide through your actions? Drown the kittens in a bin liner in the river, because you couldn’t be bothered to get your cat sorted in the first place. Choosing, clothes, cigarettes and booze over that? Or you didn’t want that cat now the kids got bored of their Xmas present.  Did you discard your lit cigarette into the bone dry forest. Killing everything. Are you aware of the consequences of your actions?

Do you actually believe you are a supreme being? Everyone else is lower than you? FYI: supreme, enlightened beings don’t think like that.

There is a big difference between looking in the mirror each morning and thinking.. I’m beautiful on every level, my light is going to shine and be lovely to all.

Than. I’m perfect; I’ve hidden my true spitefulness from them. My ego is so huge, I’m going to be a C#’T to all of those Ba$14r)$. I’ll show them!!

Miserable life, oblivious. Oh Dear!!

“Harm no-one, but take no SH1T” that’s my motto. I’ve been a bit slow on the uptake of that advice at times. ME?  I learn my lessons that are given me in this life.(sometime it takes a few goes) I TAKE NOTE!

In the end. Who is the better soul?

Society is fully of stress, pressure, negativity. People lives are not satisfying, Not necessarily because they are skint. Because they cant think of anything good to do. Work to live, don’t live to work. Take a walk. Observe the beauty in everything. Take a breath. Be kind to everyone. Feels good doesn’t it?

I remember as a kid, standing on a tyre swing with my Brother, my dad had made. Looking up at the clouds, pointing out what shapes and things they looked like. Wonderment, blue and pink skies, sunsets. Looking at that amazing universe with endless possibilities. I always marvel and absorb the beauty. I’m humbled by its presence.

Break the cycle. You are being programmed by the TV, newspapers, internet. You are being subconsciously dictated to.  You are mostly unaware.

The thought of you not having your mobile phone, watching TV, internet for a week, . To some is worse than death! How will you survive? If the plug is pulled? What is your plan?

So work backstabbers. If you are reading this. Take note. Things will catch up with you in the end, they always do. Living a life of misery and negativity for your ‘false’ amusement and ego stroking is no life. Its also not fair on others. Maybe you are in denial. YES, you can change! If it were easy everyone would be doing it. Guess why they are not? ITS HARD!

To victims. Stand up for your rights! Ask for help. Alert the powers that be. If the powers that be are bad, go above them. The world is a corrupt place. By helping making things better. Everyone can do their little bit.  We can all feel the love all the time. Happy workers= better productivity.

You can’t please everyone all of the time. But you can certainly cut out the rot.

Blessings and good luck.

Mind Chatter, Good Friends, Perspective.

So I’m cracking on painting new artworks. Winter and January time is really good for locking myself away from the dark and cold, with my wife and the cats, creating.

Rambo and Pattie

It’s been the time of year too, when we go into studio and record tracks. Save the summertime for the great and beautiful outdoors.

I’m really out of sorts at the moment. A recent physical sensitive injury (clumsy moi) and the continued infection in my left cheek have been really getting me down….. really getting me down. There have been moments of madness when I’ve wanted everything to go away. With only one awful solution. The trouble is, when you are down, there is only so much more of a kicking you can take. Only so much shit you can handle, being chucked at you from the shit truck. Plus being in a difficult environment where bad behaviors are not being dealt with effectively as of yet by the PTB, is poor for my mental and spiritual health. Trouble with negative ringleaders has taken its toll on my self worth. (I HOPE this can be resolved without lies, exaggeration and truth twisting, oh and plain nastiness) Like I’ve been told and continue to find out. You’ve got to have a pretty shitty life to behave that way to others. Pitiful. 5 years ago, (when my ego controlled me fully) had I been in the situation I’m currently in. I’d have dealt with any trouble with intimidation, sharp tongue and caused major upset(getting myself into trouble in the process, making others lives miserable, as my life was a mess then). Times and I have evolved through working on myself. Its certainly not been easy.

Maybe it’s time to ‘day job’ hunt, a fresh start? The plan is just simply earn a career from my Art, Reiki with Earth Tree Healing and Music (The Idolins, Subway Circus) combined. Be my own boss (The dream, the possible, the effort continues and steps up 2013)

We spent the night with good friends this weekend. Lots of wine and chats. Especially about feeling out of sorts. The great thing about good friends? The laughter, support, advice, love. Things get put into perspective.

I suffer from constant mind chatter and the creative souls burden. Moodiness and ego talk. Inherited and programmed worrying. Meditation and practicing Reiki is clearing this. But in the process it’s releasing a lot of emotion. Release is great though. Just not particularly pleasant at times. ‘Blockages’; energy blocks in meridians. Having a good service! Chakras (Energy Centers, vortexes) are being energized and balanced. Self healing is beneficial. I do love having a Reiki treatment, crystal heal from my fellow Light Workers. IT’S ALL VERY EASY TO GET INVOLVED HEALING OTHERS AND NOT ONESELF. If you don’t take care of yourself properly, how can you truly help others? Just as you think you are spiraling to the top of the mountain, an avalanche stops you in your tracks, knocks one back. DECENT RATHER THAN ASCENT.

When you go about your day to day things. Having woken, the sun shines, you are confident, eyes are smiling. Your days just gets better, people react kindlt to you and your sparkle..V’s getting up, tripping over the cat, rushed, headache, dreading going to work. Having a row just to start your day of which tends to get gradually worse like your mood. How different do people treat you. What are you attracting? You can change that mindset. IT’S YOUR EGO TALKING, INFLUENCING.

Right now I want to lock myself away for months. Be as far away from people of the moaning, damaging and draining variety that I can. THIS WILL ALL PASS OFCOURSE. Solutions are there. Positive solutions and options. Learning’s and tests of my patience (well, lack of) continue .

I had a TAROT reading from my gifted wife. “Temperance” Really does sum things up.


I read my stars, Gemini recently, I rarely read the paper, but felt drawn.


I’ve been overcome as of late with physical manifestations of unrest, upset. Things have built up to the point where I want someone to save me, cure me, help me. The reality. My mind chat has got the better of me. I, and only I HAVE ALLOWED IT. I’ve listened, believed all the doom and gloom its been spouting at me. I’ve cried, wallowed, obsessed, released, felt lost, frustrated, empty, hurt, alienated, angry, vengeful, done the “WHY ME?”. Just as ‘the end of the world’ 2012, which is effectively the dawn of a new era. 2013 continues to bring tests. All for what? Lessons, clearing.

THINGS WILL GET BETTER IN TIME. Patience. Belief in healing. Talking about this honestly has helped. Bottling it all up did nothing but make things worse. I’ll be a stronger person. I’M ALREADY more compassionate. Lessons from the POWERS THAT BE. How can you be compassionate, truly, unless at some point you have suffered? Your own sufferings (Mental, physical, emotional) cannot be compared to anyone else. It’s only YOU that truly feels the affect of what your problems are. OTHERS ARE bystanders.

It’s up to ME to shout… ‘BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL, I HAVE THE POWER” to sort the mess that’s me out. Running off to get happy pills doesn’t treat my root cause. Meditating, laughing, being in the company of my good friends, does.


How to avoid the January Blues

TAKE ACTION: Stop moaning, it doesn’t do any good, solve the issue and depresses the people around you too. “How many miserable people does it take to change a light bulb? Non. They are too busy moaning!!”
THINK POSITIVE: Positive out look goes a long way to help your wellbeing.
SELF PITY: There is always someone worse off than you! Count your blessings each day.
PRODUCTIVITY: Got a problem? Take the bull by the horns and ask for help, make a plan and stick to it. If you can’t do anything about it. Why worry?
If you can, do it.
WATCH: something funny, read something funny. Have s giggle. Laughter can lighten the darkest of moods.
CREATE: your own summer paradise in your home. With some creative crayoning. Left over paints, cardboard boxes.. You too can create your own beach paradise and shut the winter and dark nights out 😉
RELAX: Listen to your favourite tunes. Music can heal the soul. Try Meditation. If you are reading this. You can google info in how. The more you ‘Practice’ the easier it gets. The health and wellbeing benefits outweigh the initial ‘impatience’
BREATHE: Go outside, Get some fresh air.
TALK: Talk to friends, ask a neighbour round for a cup of tea, coffee.
FEEL: What makes you feel good? Bar illegal and vile things. Do it!
SKINT?: Did Xmas ruin you? Make a resolution. Save up all year. Or tell people you just can’t afford presents. Or even make them for people? Times are hard.
SEE: Your success, hopes happen. The Law of Attraction is an amazing thing.
EAT: Healthy. Consuming crap really does make you feel crap.
DRINK: Lots of Water. Cleanse yourself. It’s available from your taps!

Go on then 🙂


Enlightenment, Oneness, Reiki

When you experience a ‘happening’ your world perception changes. I’m privileged. I’m a student of ‘Reiki East and West’ (West Bridgford, Nottingham, UK). The teachings of two wonderful Reiki Masters can only respectfully compare to Yoda.
The last two years have been emotional, life changing and frankly needed. Things happen, opportunities arise, fate nudges you. I discovered a gift of healing. During drunken band rehearsals/writing sessions(I’m a musician btw). I discovered I could detect injuries/energy imbalances by feeling heat in my hands effectively ‘scanning people.’ At the time I really didn’t know how, why. I went with the flow. A Mentor and family member sat me down one day in Wales (@our Circle HQ, I’d like to say the expanding group of us practice more to the Pagan belief system. More of that to come in other blogs) gave me a lecture (a good lecture) about my ego.(bad, mad,angry, addicted, intimidating, lost, messed up completely, and negative old me.)
The Powers that be ‘PTB’ and that “Eureka” moment, made sure the ‘please go back to England and study Reiki.asap’ message got through. I was born with the gift of musical hands. Creating things and using my hands is what I do, what I am.
From that day on. I began to slowly but surely making positive changes in my life.
I had Reiki western Attunement level 1. A year later (I had lots of work on myself to practice; The demons, hurt, upset; rage that initially came to the surface and out of me truly wasn’t pleasant. But keeping it all in was toxic.)
) I had Japanese Shoden Reiki level 1 Attunement by the same Reiki Master and my teacher. I personally felt the energies and techniques suited me better. Rather than the westernised teachings.
Guess what? Life has gotten better, I’m happier, healthier. I’m now (as of April 1st 2011) hand fasted (we class ourselves as married to the most wonderful soul and saviour I could ever meet)
During the ‘oneness’ Attunement for my Okuden Degree (2nd level Reiki)
I became an energy, a light. I felt no physical body, no physical me. But I knew it was me, a ‘higher level’ me. I just ‘became’ and existed as blissfulness, togetherness. I existed in, was felt like a terracotta/orange temple. Floating in the middle of a big shiny floor in a large room. Oneness. I created this picture to manifest physically the warmth I felt and the ball of energy I became.I’ve never in my life, my dreams every experiences what I can only describe as a ‘happening’. This confirms I can achieve my path to enlightenment. Not to fear loss of the physical body.
Successful Reiki practice is about commitment and finding the time daily. I find it challenging fitting everything around working full time. Practicing Reiki and helping people is rewarding. The more I practice, the more I understand, the more relaxed I feel treating people. The stronger the Reiki energy. The more balanced I feel. It’s a wellbeing I haven’t felt before.
Successfully working through emotional injuries, is like opening a jammed window and finally letting fresh air into a stale negative room.
The more natural and organic things I consume, the better I feel. Increasing my physical exercise and sending more time with nature (We changed day jobs, moved house and currently live by a lake, river and country park. I feel more alive and balanced than ever before. The more I work with the meditations, exercises practice mindfulness and oneness, The more humble, committed, amazed. I am grateful.