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Writing 101- Found

on June 19, 2014

Well I have to say I have been struggling with the writing 101 challenge. I haven’t been feeling particularly inspired to write anything from the prompts which is why I haven’t posted. The prompt I am doing is in fact yesterday’s prompt, and is the second part of my short blog series- the first part is here

The first part was about loss, today I am going to write about finding something.

Last year was a major turning point in my life it was when I found the spiritual community I was looking for in Southend after years of not knowing there was one! I also found friendship, exciting opportunities and new interests.

It started in the November of 2012, my husband got an invite on Facebook to a fire ceremony which was quite local to us. We had never heard of any events like this in Southend before so despite the fact we didn’t know anyone going, or the people hosting it, it sounded really good, so we thought we would go along. When we got to the house, I remember falling in love with the house immediately. It was a massive house and you could see the people that loved there were very spiritual people. There were Angel cards by the door, and inspiring messages painted on the wall. Everybody was very friendly.

Then we saw the garden- it was huge! We weren’t very well prepared as we were supposed to bring two sticks, one plain for releasing and one decorated for bringing in, so Skie (the magical lady who was hosting) pulled out some bits from the garden for us to use. When the ceremony got going, the fire was big, and there was a real feeling of community as everybody danced and sang as people put their wishes into the fire. It was a magical evening. Before we left we picked up one of Skie’s business cards for her spiritual business Sungate.

We started looking at the website to keep an eye out for any other similar events, as neither of us could believe that something like this was happening in our own neighbourhood and we weren’t even aware of it! There was nothing for a while, but then we saw a spiritual development 10 week course advertised. For only £6 a week, and at another local venue, we thought it might be worth checking out.

It started at the end of January and boy, did it change things for us! The first class I think we were both a little wary, we didn’t know anyone and to me it felt like everyone knew each other. I liked our first ‘homework’ though- to make our own oracle card with a word we had been given (mine was blessings). We carried on going on though and we were enjoying ourselves more and more, with a mixture of the more serious spiritual work but also some fun and light-heartedness! The group really began to gel, and it was decided the group would go on beyond the ten weeks. In fact it went on for the whole year! It’s no longer running but we have a regular social meet ups and we formed so many meaningful friendships.

Because of the group I found I had new opportunities and experiences I didn’t have before,  I walked on fire, a glass walk (which were both separate from the class but were related events) did a sweat lodge. I’ve discovered faery healing, I trained in crystal healing this year, I’ve experienced a sound bath and had shamanic healing.

Then ever since I’ve been meeting more and more wonderful people as I go through my life, finding more and more of a spiritual community. It’s been an amazing journey and long may it continue! Aho!


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