Bali – Paradise on Earth

Bali is a tropical island with a very strong spiritual energy, which like India accelerates healing processes. Bali is part of Indonesia but retains a strong Buddhist/Hindu tradition. At dawn and dusk every day, offerings are made to outdoor shrines at the entrances of households, to bring prosperity and peace to each family.

After a 3 stop, 18 hour flight, we arrived in paradise. Ubud is a small town made famous by the book and film ‘Eat Pray Love‘. We stayed the modest, yet extremely comfortable Puri Garden Hotel. Over my balcony, lush green rice fields reminded me that this bustling town, with it’s plethora of good quality arts and crafts shops, was still strongly connected to the Earth. I was lucky enough to have the best massage I have ever had- 2 hours of bliss – a 4 hand massage with scrub and wonderful flower bath.

The Shangrila resort is stunning. The grounds exude vibrant, pulsing energy: incredible flowers, huge butterflies and bees are all around the grounds. Twenty of us from the UK, Australia, and the USA, stayed in luxurious beach houses, with massage treatments on offer every day and delicious veggie food. Usually on healing courses, I’ve had basic accommodation and early starts but this retreat was truly nurturing and supportive. We had group sessions to heal past issues with Andrew Wallas – an extraordinary character who always gets to the heart of the problem. We had individual sessions with practical solutions from Brigitte Sumner – a strong, powerful goddess of a woman. I talked to her about finances, business, and self-image.We also had fun, energizing sessions with Dipti Patel – an expert on fitness and self-esteem.

It’s difficult for me to explain exactly what happens on these spiritual retreats. We bond quickly, form alliances, create lasting friendships and also push ourselves to the limits. I cried a lot. I went out into the open ocean in just a tiny fishing boat, hoping to see wild dolphins, and got soaked under a pretty waterfall… I danced, swam, laughed, shaked, prayed and came eye-to-eye with a gecko. Most importantly I discovered that at my core I am: open, spontaneous, creative, fun, playful and I am worth it!

The time of the lone wolf is over

“You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.
And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships? Are you in right relation?
Where is your water? Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community. Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river. Keep our eyes open and our heads above the water. See who is in there with you. And celebrate!

At this time in history we are to take nothing personally.
Least of all, ourselves.
For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!

Banish the word “struggle” from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

The Elders / Oraibi, Arizona / Hopi Nation

Reiki and Oneness

I’ve been asked three times this week: how does Reiki fit in with Oneness? Over the years I have been giving reiki and teaching reiki to others, I have noticed that reiki energy has a certain quality: I see it as a purple energy, very dynamic and warm. It is a pulsing force that cuts away at negativity and heals on many levels. It’s similar to Archangel Michael energy and Shiva energy. It is a powerful, creative force. Angelic energy can sometimes feel like a soft pinky-gold light, more feminine and nurturing, like Archangel Gabrielle energy or Lakshmi energy – sweet and lovely.

I have also experienced an all encompassing white healing light and Mother Mary blue energy as well as many other energies of different qualities. For me, there is no good or bad, I think of them like colours of the rainbow, whatever you need or are drawn to at that time or whatever wants to come through will appear. The reiki is just one of those colours or energies but they all come from the same source, the clear, no colour at all – where light is refracted, the diamond or the prism. We call it Oneness, the Divine, Grace, the All That Is, God, because our tiny brains can’t even fathom the vastness of this pure light.

The oneness deeksha blessing brings a different quality.  It might have a permanent effect on the brain and it goes deeper, in a shorter time and the initiations do not take as long as reiki. We needed to learn reiki to prepare us for accepting and using this new oneness energy that has been coming through from the Universe for a few years now, but will reach a climax over 2011 through 2012.

Other kinds of spiritual practice (such as Kundalini yoga, praying, meditation) will prepare you to open up to this energy, not just reiki, which is why many people are being drawn to learn about higher energies at this time. The oneness movement use many yogic based techniques of meditation and chanting as well as hands on blessing (deeksha) to help to open up to the energy.

It’s not about healing but on the way to spiritual development you will find your relationships improving, your youthful radiance returning and a general joy for life increases. A greater sense of compassion and connectedness comes about through meeting like-minded people and helping each other through to oneness. We can release the need to compete as ‘practitioners’ or ‘therapists’ and be more authentic within ourselves. I will continue to teach reiki and give reiki treatments as long as people want them, but for me, the Oneness has given me the deeper connection to the Divine that I have been looking for – and I am just beginning!

The New Age & 2012

2012 is not just a date but signals the turning point in many ancient calendars including the Mayan and the ancient Indian. We are already seeing the end of the old, unsustainable ways of working and living, the old economic and political structures are collapsing. The environmental impact of our industrial way of living is already causing chaos around the world and there are many dire predictions for 2012 and beyond. We in the Western world have been so far removed from the ancient ways of working with the seasons and the earth since the industrial revolution – we really believe we can harness time and space and the earth itself to work for us forever, stretching forward forever in one long timeline.

The ancient Indian scriptures (the Vedas) explain a more cyclical view of civilisation. There are 4 ‘yugas’ or ages which take roughly 26,000 years to make a full cycle. We have been at the mercy of a selfish, money orientated mindset for about 5000 years – the ‘Kali Yuga’ the most destructive of the 4 cycles.  But from now until 2012 there will be this great unravelling of the old ways, giving way to a new way of living, more compassionate, cooperative ways of working and living – a Golden Age which will be fully realised in Golden Cities around the globe – The Awakening.

We can make a difference by using spiritual techniques including meditation, yoga and deeksha. Many people are feeling guided to join more groups and join together to visualise and manifest a better world. There are many spiritual teachers and gurus from all over the world coming together and experiencing a new higher energy, direct from the Divine, more powerful than ever before, to help more and more people to awaken. This is a pivotal point in the history of humanity and won’t come round again for another 26,000 years. Get involved.

Every Thursday evening there’s a Oneness Deeksha & meditation group in Brighton for more details contact Rifa

A Way for Forgiveness

I’m reading Zero Limits by Joe Vitale and Ihaleakala Hew Len, based on the Hawaiian system of forgiveness. The idea is to take 100% responsibility for your feelings and anything that comes into your sphere – anything you perceive as someone else’s problem – is actually your problem, your issue that you need to work on. And the simplest easiest way to work on it, (the book refers to as ‘cleaning’) is to say “I’m sorry… Please forgive me…I’m sorry…Thank you!” over and over in your mind. You don’t have to say it out loud, just in your brain.

The mind can’t be angry or upset if it’s thinking: I love you!

This system teaches that the next step after learning how to manifest, is to let go. To surrender to a greater power and allow miracles to happen. The next step is Awakening. Going with the flow. Not planning, just enjoying every single moment, right now.

Here’s a powerful ancient Hawaiian healing prayer: Divine Creator, Father, Mother, Son as One. If I, my family, relatives or ancestors have offended you, your family, relatives or ancestors in thoughts, words, deeds or actions, from the beginning of our creation to the present, we ask your forgiveness. Let this cleanse, purify, release, cut all the negative memories, blocks, energies and vibrations and transmute these unwanted energies into pure light! And it is done.

One Love, One Heart, One Goal, One Mission

I have recently become a Oneness Blessing giver, a technique which is the next step for all of us who have already experienced atunements, initiations, healing or other spiritual processes.

Receiving Oneness Blessings will help you on the next stage of your spiritual development – helping humanity through the global changes from now until March 2012.

If you would like to receive a Oneness Blessing, please give me a call or email me to arrange a suitable time to meet.
It only takes a few minutes, so I am only asking for a donation (of any kind).

I am going to India in June to become a Oneness Trainer, after I get back I will be able to train anyone to become a Oneness Blessing Giver. Oneness Trainers will no longer exist after March 2012, when their work will be completed.

If you believe in your heart the world needs your help to raise its vibration and to help heal others during these global changes, I’d love to hear from you and give you as many blessings as you want.

For more information: read Awakening to Oneness or take a look at the Oneness University website.

If you have any questions or want to meet me for a chat and see what a blessing feels like, please let me know.

7.30PM THURSDAY 15 JULY 2010 – talk at West Hill Hall, Compton Avenue, Brighton BN1 3PS

2012 EXPLAINED – WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR HUMANITY?

We are entering an unprecedented period in human history which offers a unique possibility for a rapid evolution in consciousness. It is our vision in Oneness to actively and consciously participate in these transformative energies and to take full advantage of the opportunity that is being offered. 2012 is not a date, but rather a very specific phenomena that humanity is called to take part in.

Mike Grenville of the UK ONENESS ORGANISATION will give a talk and a short meditation. Open to the public.

Open to the Goddess

It’s been an emotional month. I took part in two workshops, the first run by Pam Carruthers over the Spring Equinox in London. A very supportive group, we found ourselves healing and sharing deep ancestral patterns of guilt, loneliness and betrayal. Many of us were from immigrant families (Eastern Europe, Ireland, West Indies), displaced peoples searching for truth and justice, but we didn’t even realise these were the blocks we needed to transform in order to break the patterns in ourselves and ultimately for future generations in our own families.

The week after the workshop, I had a follow-up session with Pam and she handed me a leaflet about a women-only retreat in Wales: Open to the Goddess. The workshop was the next week! I really needed to get out into nature and I trusted the divine guidance and of course there was one place left on the course, just for me.

Pele the Hawaiian Volcano goddess

Pele the Hawaiian Volcano goddess

After a seven hour train journey, arriving at dusk to the 16th century farmhouse, with the mist rolling down from the hills, it felt like stepping into a different world. A warm welcome from our host Anne Ziman put us at ease and we spent the first evening choosing at random our Goddess archetype. I was ‘Pele’ a fiery Hawaiian volcano goddess, which seemed strangely appropriate (other Goddesses picked from the Greek, Indian, Celtic, Eastern European, Japanese and Chinese traditions).

Over the weekend, we dressed-up and role-played in the secret gardens, with its beautiful streams and ponds. We made camp fires and told stories under the stars. We cried and laughed, walked like princesses, cackled like witches and danced as goddesses. There is something profoundly powerful about the Goddess – the strength of women coming together to celebrate being female, using nature, ritual, music and other shamanic traditions to heal and to have fun. It took about a week to come down from the festivities and I know there is more to come.

March is Pisces month

From Neil Spencer in the Guardian.

★ PISCES 20 February-20 March

Make yours the loudest cheer on New Year’s Eve when you bid farewell to two years that, for all their fine achievements, are unlikely to have been your easiest. Meanwhile, 2010 comes roaring in on a wave of excitement.

Saturn in opposition (from late ’07 to late ’09) invariably signals the need to handle property issues and to work incessantly while the dullards in charge take you for granted, even though you’re the one with the cutting-edge ideas. Don’t fret, you still are.

Saturn hasn’t quite gone away – the ringed planet slips back between April and July to ensure you have professional alliances in place and your lovely home in order, a process that applies chiefly to birthdays from 16 to 18 March. For now, however, you’re off the hook. photo credit: @ManxStef

Moreover, on 18 January Jupiter, Pisces’s ruler, arrives in your skies to supercharge the opening five months of the year. Where Saturn is constriction, Jupiter is expansion, handing you a free ticket to distant shores or introducing you to a helpful big shot (this is the planet of presidents). By tradition, a Jupiter transit is “lucky”, a “get out of jail free” card, though what it calls for is a spirit of optimism and self-belief rather than expecting pennies from heaven. You can review 1986 and 1998, previous Jupiter years, for comparison.

2010 is different, however. The giant planet zips through Pisces at top speed before heading into Aries’s patch of the cosmos, meaning the summer may feel like a flat spot. Keep faith: in September Jupiter returns for the rest of the year – indeed this could be a pivotal month, bringing unforeseen work offers or a surprise love affair as Jupiter meets the other planet dominating your skies, Uranus.

Uranian themes, strong in Piscean lives for the past six years, emphasise independence, the future, dramatic change. Add this year’s Jovian largesse and you have a recipe for personal revolution, at least a chance to overhaul your image, reinvent your professional act, or walk out on a glum spouse for an affair with a glamorous quantum physicist or guerrilla gardener.

You have, in short, to put faith in your high ideals, canny antennae and creativity. This year you’re the fish with the brightest ideas in the think tank. February is sweet, but the new Moon of 15 March (dazzling date for a birthday!) is the real start of your year, after which it’s a mad, exhibitionist dash to summer. From mid-September you have lift-off again, with autumn a high spot for romance, especially for long-distance love affairs. With Jupiter in residence you can fly clear through to January 2011.

Dispatches – Kids Don’t Count

A Dispatches TV documentary ‘Kids Don’t Count’ about the lack of basic Maths skills in primary schools really hit a nerve with me. Most shocking were the findings that many primary school teachers have trouble with basic Maths themselves and also the methods of teaching are sometimes inadequate. This means that kids simply don’t understand what division or multiplication or fractions etc. mean in the real world. They just see symbols.

Traditional maths teaching (pre 1970’s) used to involve chanting the times tables for example – drumming into the heads of young minds the basic principles of maths. I know that even now I lack some basic skills in Maths and I can trace this back to being told to ‘go away and learn your times tables’ over the summer holidays – before the final year of primary school. I never did. This meant that I was a step behind in secondary school but no-one really thought it was a problem because I was ahead of the game in all my other subjects. Judging by the TV programme and talking to teachers I know, I am not alone in ‘hating Maths’ at school and never really addressing the problem – you only need a Grade C in Maths GCSE to be able to teach.

It also seems that if you are bright and literate, you can kind of get away with little Maths, we all use spreadsheets and calculators these days anyway. But when it comes to working out percentages, splitting the bill at a restaurant or maybe even working out your credit card bill or mortgage rate… maybe this is one of the reasons people get into financial problems or just don’t ask the right questions. Knowledge is power after all.

If you need help with Maths, the BBC skills wise website is very useful… also ties in with adult literacy, my pet hate is people using words out of context so try the Free rice quiz for words and meanings. There’s also a quiz on the Channel 4 site to test your Maths knowledge but it’s probably best not to try this if your confidence with numbers is already low.

Try this sum with people in your office – 1/2 ÷ 1/4 = ? You may be surprised at the answers. (answer is 2 by the way : 2 x 1/4 = 1/2)

10 top ways to manifest your goals

Happy New Year! 2010 is going to be a lot better for all of us – some very exciting developments are just around the corner. I was asked for some advice on keeping resolutions – so here are my Top 10 ways to manifest a more positive and fulfilling year. All of these methods are tried and tested, I’ve been working with these techniques for years and they can work for anyone. I also recommend the Artist’s Way and Creating Money if you want to do more manifesting work. Also Doreen Virtue’s recent newsletter about her struggles and triumphs studying as a single mum with 2 small kids, is an inspiring read especially for those of us thinking of returning to study.

10 top ways to manifest your goals by Rifa Bhunnoo

1. List key things you want with as much detail as possible. Use a pen and paper: writing by hand is more powerful energetically than using a computer. Use headings such as Career, Spiritual Development, Travel, Health, Relationships, Possessions, Home, though not necessarily all of these or in this order! Add your own headings and then list as much under each heading.

2. Refine your list regularly. Add to it, and visualize it by cutting out pics from magazines or images from the internet. Travel brochures are good for this! e.g. if you want to travel to India, stick a pic of the Taj Mahal on your list. I use notebooks to help me keep all my ideas and thoughts together.

3. Have fun and keep positive. Don’t hold on to your lists with any kind of worry or frustration if your goals aren’t manifested quickly enough. It’s when you let go and forget about the detail that they manifest at the right time. Refining your lists helps you see the patterns in your life, and will explain why things might not be working out exactly how you want to.

4. Surrender to the process. Sometimes you’ll get what you wished for but it might not be in the exact form you wished for. It might be a small step towards something even bigger and better. The Universe is bringing you everything you need at the right time, delays mean you may not be quite ready for the big time yet.

5. Say thank you to the Universe when you receive each and every thing you feel grateful for. This helps bring even more good things into your life.

6. Feel rich. It’s not just material things that make you feel abundant, but also time with good friends and family, ideas and inspiration for creative endeavors, resources for travel or study, opportunities for personal or spiritual development. What is the ‘quality’ or ‘essence’ that you want from your goals? A feeling of richness and abundance can come in small but meaningful ways.

7. Ask for signs to check you are on the right track. Acknowledge the signs pointing you in the right direction: ‘chance’ encounters, significant names, unexpected gifts, in logos, pictures in magazines, on posters, on the TV. Don’t worry if you think you’ve missed an opportunity, another chance will come along shortly!

8. Don’t be afraid of naysayers and sceptics. All kinds of people use manifesting techniques and various forms of goal-setting such as business people, sports coaches, spiritual gurus. Positive thinking is a psychological and spiritual truth. Writing a list of your goals helps you focus, it doesn’t harm anyone and you are not losing anything from doing it. If you don’t try it- then you don’t gain anything either. We all know what happens if you go to the supermarket without a list! Focusing on a positive plan for your life, reviewing and refining it regularly can only be a worthwhile exercise.

9. Ask for help and guidance from the Universe, God, Angels, Ascended Masters anything or anyone that resonates with you. Asking a teacher, guru or guide, your reiki master or receiving an angel card reading can be beneficial too. You don’t have to do this spiritual work on your own. Be generous with your compliments and encourage others with kind words and free smiles. 🙂

10. Take every opportunity and invitation. Find time for yourself, release any guilt, put yourself first and create some adventure in your life. Find your own passion, talents and abundance. Stop apologising, stop waiting for approval, validation or permission. Move forward and you’ll bring everyone else with you effortlessly.