That Old “Should” Chestnut!

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Enjoy this October Article by Alexandra Browne-Hill in Luminous Wisdom Sophia, Sibella Publications.

Awareness and Reflection is Power 

That Old “Should” Chestnut!

We cry for the different child all alone. Someone would have loved her. We cry for the elderly man bashed in his nursing home. He simply wanted a hug. We cry for the wee boy in the supermarket who only wanted to help his mother but was smacked for getting in her way. She could have taught him how to choose nice apples to bag for her. There are many things in our lives that make our heart squeeze with sadness and frustration. I think about the realities of today’s world with the incessant demands on times, responsibility, energy, finances and expected tasks. Life is stressful, full of seemingly nonsensical rules and consequent anger on all manner of frustrations. Humanity longs with deep soul ache for a calmer, more loving and passionate life.

How did we wind up as a population of Hurters I wonder? To answer this I travel through time together with my love of history and compassion. Centuries of political, religious, social and cultural rule wind their way down into our present bringing with it multiple layers of expectations. This creates subtle behaviour that does not make sense yet drives our beliefs, emotions and actions.  We inherit beliefs and behaviours and the “should” we are familiar with dictate bad behaviour from fear and limited thinking. We are where we are because that is what we know. When we are fearful of our outcomes we continue to lash out. With beautiful Buddha in mind, there are only two basic emotions in humankind. Love and Fear rule the roost. All other emotions of anger, frustration, anxiety, jealousy and more, all wiggle into the corridor of fear and create angst.

Why then don’t we use our natural heart-based thinking more often? Although we struggle working out the space between our hearts and our heads, people seem kinder when they see opportunity to help another.  Imagine a world where we recognise the value of another and we don’t even try to control or negate them in any way. It is very possible and very probable that each person can achieve heart-based outcomes simply and efficiently by recognising their ‘should’ and replacing it with compassion.

Energy is made of minute particles. Positive particles developed from uplifting thought is lighter than negativity meaning we can change the dynamics of events.  When one person sends a loving atom in the form of support and caring, it gathers with other high frequency atoms which gain momentum and create wonderful vibrations of nurturing. When an entire group get together, our love antennae can become delightfully expansive with positive and supportive vibes. We become sensitive towards each other and more tolerant. With love being a much lighter, enjoyable and peaceful vibration, our lives become gentler.

We are all in this Universe together and by slowing our rushed, grumpy tendencies we are offered a Pathway to our best selves. What if we all practiced sending positive thought forms to all situations? Just imagine!

http://www.alexandrabrownehill.com.au/
alexandra.browne.hill@gmail.com

Victoria, AUSTRALIA

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The Musical Notes of Humour

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By Alexandra Browne-Hill

We often hear the saying that laughter is good medicine. How true that feels. My favourite sound in all the world is the giggling of children. Laughter has the frequency of lightness and a ring of hope to it. I have often used humour to gauge where I am sitting on my own emotion barometer. Shooting out unexpected witticisms sprinkled with giggles and particularly to people I don’t know often results in special moments of connection. Yes, there are a load of painful issues all around us that require awareness and tact or sensitivity and gentleness but there is also a lot going on that could be celebrated with a hearty blast of laughter.

I bring this up because my main interactions seem to be based on humour. Even in dark times our family has resorted to black humour but nonetheless it is very definitely humour. It has been interesting for me to notice that Spirit love to laugh and spend a lot of time feeling amused at our human behaviour. My experience indicates that the Lighter and Ethereal Beings just love to laugh. There are times in life when humour is simply not available and life is deeply serious but very often there are more opportunities available to smile and be uplifted than what we think there are.

Last year I had been unwell with dizzy spells and had actually fainted at the wheel of my car. This led to my anxiety when driving on freeways and I questioned my safety along with those around me. One day I set off down the four lane freeway feeling a little dizzy and began to fret. Even although I am not a natural worrier, I admit to great discomfort and fear on this occasion. So I talked to the Universe out loud and implored them to help me to maintain the security of all. In desperation I prayed “please keep everyone around me safe and watch over me,” I begged.

Before I had completed my sentence, my attention was grabbed by a large truck I had not seen in the rear view mirror of my car as it moved up alongside me. Mid way through my appeal, I turned and watched in slow motion, flabbergasted, to see huge red words written on the side of the truck. It read “Your Safety is Our Business”! The truck hesitated and moved off into the distance.  Instinctively, it felt an obvious response to my worries and I burst out in laughter and chuckled my way down the freeway to my destination without further ado. I did not see the truck creep up on me nor did I see the truck leave the area.

There are moments in our lives where we can gather up strength, courage, hope and faith by seeking out the treasures in our experiences. Sifting through the heaviness of life drudgery can be worthwhile by seeking a hearty laugh. I cannot help but smile at the synchronicity of life!

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alexandra.browne.hill@gmail.com

Victoria, AUSTRALIA

Guiding Children With Down Time

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Article in Themes Choices Magazine Aug 2018  Photography by Caroline Flake Photography.

By Alexandra Browne-Hill, Naturally Vibrant Healing.

Offering : Restful soothing Reiki therapy to assist with chronic illness, stress relief, rebalancing. Holistic Counselling – with safe, supportive engagement of your Soul requirements to find contentment that is right for you in order to resolve trauma, life damage, fear or stress. For adults and children. Spiritual mentoring to assist you to follow the path your heart feels is best for you. Workshops and classes for Caregivers, Pre-teens, Debrief Trauma, Intuitive Care, Serious Illness/ Palliative care.

Walking beside our children while they grow and experience life adventures can be exhilarating and enjoyable. Most times we all grow in many ways as a family unit. Sometimes however, it feels more like a mountainous hike with the challenges of guiding our family through schooling, educative processes and a rather tumultuous society full of expectations. We try to navigate through shift work versus school hours, wholesome meals versus fast snacks, financial burden versus missing out. Let’s face it, as much as we love our families, negotiating our life path is fast, over busy, and exhausting with an ever decreasing focus on quiet time. There is a huge BUT right there! But we need down time…and lots more of it! How will we find time to nourish our bodies, our minds and most importantly, our Souls so that we can feel healthy and balanced if we do not take a reflective, peace filled time? When can we encourage our children with the much needed hope and faith that life can be wonderful and creative, with the knowledge that anything can be solved IF we don’t stop and share this information with them? Our children, our youths and our young people are propelled along at a high rate of knots, reaching burn out very early with a resultant lack of confidence and ability to connect with their own wisdom – an ancient wisdom tucked away in their highly intelligent heads and very underused. There has been no time and no guidance to show them how. Simultaneously, we have become a society of stressed, weary, chronically ill and frustrated adults. We try very hard to give our children experiences and technical equipment. Yet, we are too burnt out to actually connect with our kids while we concern ourselves with longer hours, paying bills, reaching ever more for a better home or car…ouch. It is all very unproductive in the long run when we begin to see the results of our children turning to the wrong “friends”, not being able to problem solve their issues or in fact even share their issues and sadly to take their frustration out on each other in a growing bullying culture.

Whether you are a parent, a child, a teen, a teacher, a carer, or anyone who cares about life matters, we all require a connection within ourselves to know who we are and to listen to our own deeper wisdom. We intuitively understand right from wrong and what we need as individuals, even more so when we are younger before society moves that skill out of our reach. At birth we are intuitively smart and just KNOW things. We all feel when something is not functioning well for us. This sense of things not sitting well within us gives us indicators that we might consider change, or be a precursor to depression if not addressed or even be old trauma that makes it difficult to stop and listen in to our own wise words. This is life and things occur for us to learn life lessons. That does not mean that we are alone. Far from it.

Being a part of a supportive, loving and encouraging community has proven to reward us with wonderful creative outcomes and a sense of accomplishment with increasing healthy self-esteem.  We can strive for more with compassion and hope, understanding ourselves more clearly and focusing more on ourselves as opposed to focussing on whatever the rest of the world is doing. We can discover strategies and tools for navigating our lives with more kindness, effectiveness and understanding. Collecting skills for balancing your life and creating healthy boundaries is important. Learning how to communicate with proficiency helps enormously. Using your natural given intuition and expanding it to hear your own answers clearly and compassionately is half the answer. The other half is finding time to be reflecting on your own requirements. Children do require plenty of down time in order to explore their thoughts, new ideas and get a break from society.

As a registered nurse, midwife and parent, I am passionate about supporting you to discover a more compassionate, peaceful life journey which you can share with your family and friends. This can often mean healing yourself from life events, stresses, trauma or illness before you can go any further. Over the years of nursing, spiritual studies and travel to other cultures, I have packaged up practical methods of restoring ourselves back to a healthy condition emotionally, physically and deep in our Soul. Using a blend of western medical skills, Buddhist philosophy, ancient indigenous wisdom and experience as a nurse and counsellor, I am committed to supporting anyone seeking to improve their health. I offer hard earned tools and strategies for Self- Healing with the natural and beautiful insights you can benefit from with your own intuition and guidance within a safe and supported space.

All individuals, regardless of age, have something unique and wonderful to offer the world. We can do this by connecting with that ancient part of ourselves which already knows our own answers. My aim is to support you to achieve this goal. I am committed to helping you plan your physical, mental, emotional and soul needs in healthy, natural and practical ways.  What I can offer you and anyone in your family is a safe space in which to step out of the world for a while and enjoy a soothing, peaceful Reiki Session. This is described by many as a massage of the soul and is used in hospitals around the world today for a sense of peace and self-connection. Holistic Counselling, also available, is focused on your uniqueness together with processes that are adapted for your needs which allow you to develop your inner strengths and find answers that feel right for you whatever age you are. There are processes such as sand play and drawing therapy for children to enjoy and gain from. Tactics and strategies for guiding you, your students, your children and families are time honoured methods of supporting you to create a warm and loving relationship with those around you and an improved relationship with yourself.

Warmly, Alex Alexandra Browne-Hill Healing

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Something Intriguingly Important to Share

 

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If you had something important to share with the world, what would it be? What are you most passionate about?          I have always noticed oddities and things not spoken about. As a child I had “known” things. When it came time for me to follow my career as a nurse for example, strange things happened in the old dark wards of outdated hospitals. My passion is the sharing of evidence that we are Souls. We do not die but rather we pass into a flow of beautiful energy which allows visits to loved ones and assistance for those remaining on Earth.

I have a son who lives with God and he provides me with the most extraordinary verifications. At 6 years old Kieran first told us that he would have a short life. He requested we not cry for him after he left us. This moment of horrible realisation, feeling frighteningly true in my solar plexus, was repeated before Kieran actually left the planet. Lessons regarding Soul survival featured in my life and began the foundations of my faith in a Universe that is powerful and cosmically grand. Kieran was always present in my lessons.

Discovering the presence of other Beings through my studies, travel to Sacred places and meditations provided experiences I couldn’t dispute. Inexplicable evidence was no longer in contention with my western mind. Developing an awareness of loving guidance and connection with our natural Home helps our potential to rise above the lower human state. The easiest way to connect with something greater than ourselves is to lift the vibration of our love. Like a radio frequency, our innate antennae can pick up messages from far away if we are in alignment with the energy of the Greater Loving Beings.

With lessons from my son demanding my attention I soon picked up methods of connecting with him and communicating. ‘I promise,’ I told him, ‘I will work on our method of discussion and find a way to reach you always.’ He has assisted me in many ways. I studied hard and practiced grounding, connecting to White Light and protecting my energy. Now I work with him assisting others to connect to their Higher Selves to receive their own guidance. It brings a major source of peace and contentment to be authentically a Soul in a human vessel.

We are complete when connected to our innate wisdom, intuitively aware of energy around us and within us. We function well naturally when understanding the bigger picture. As Souls with emotions and a body, we connect to our “Home” for love and support. It matters not what that looks like individually. With this process engaged and affirmed as a truth, we feel more hopeful, loving and healthy. I am grateful to my teachers on the Other side for the life I enjoy now. There is much to learn and feel gratitude for. Evidence is abundant when I stop to notice. This is what I would share.

 

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Salute to the Weeny Souls!

 

JUNE SOPHIAThe moment I squeezed the trigger of my super charged bug spray towards the industrious ants that lined my kitchen bench, I knew that I had made a fatal error. My actions reverberated throughout my heart at a deep level of Truth with the knowledge that I was the creator of acute and irrevocable trauma towards these tiny sentient beings. Now, you might roll your eyes with disbelief at the thoughts of crying over annoying ants but wait a minute!! What if there is a lesson here for me?  It didn’t take long for a message of profundity to hit me.

These pesky ants had defied my requests to leave my kitchen quietly, thus ensuring a battle ground. As I lost more of the battle field to the tiny enemy, I began to detach from war games and really look at these creatures of God.  I found myself observing, being still and listening to Inner wisdom.  The daily doings of these minuscule beings involved moving as one with purpose and goal in mind, which incidentally was the cat bowl. They moved in unison with function flowing. Scouts rushed forward to investigate any encountered challenge. A supportive and unified group then, I pondered as I watched intrigued.

With the inevitable spray outcome and my lessons well and truly in motion, my mortification grew. The line of organised movement halted. Each little ant stood stock still. Ant Scouts sought escape unsuccessfully and returned to the waiting group. In unison, this collective moved backwards as Scouts searched for safety, locating a dent in the windowsill. Now small groups gathered into large groups, protectors directing members into the dent. They cowered together, cuddling. And I felt terrible. This little community worked, protected and sustained each other in crises.  Finally, sadly, the huddle of minute black bodies in a circle, tight knit and gathered where they died together.

This had been a connected community with support at its basis. Individuality apparent, their roles supported the common goal of group purpose through life and in transition. This connection is something I struggle with due to a transient life as a military child.       I am learning that Community is important. I have seen that an individual part of a collective creates wonder and miracles. We are all interdependent within the Universe and moving forward together, adding our uniqueness to the mix. Connection brings acceptance, peace and compassion. We can embrace each unique being into our loving collective as naturally as a group of ants! We humans do not need to compete or judge.

A reminder of unity from tiny Beings. As the final touch to my heartbreaking reminder, had I used Peppermint oil to deter, the ants would have gone elsewhere! I’m so sorry little buddies but thanks for reminding me to connect.

 

 

Conversation With Little Miss Lola

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Baby Lola came to play with me while her parents went to work. At 5 months old, Lola’s eyes broadcast a wisdom beyond her age and it is difficult to miss my grand-daughters zest for life. Life is crazy busy and I admit to being an over achiever. On the other hand Lola is a good natured busy body, thriving on discovery and studying all events deeply. Her looks piercingly size up everyone.

My plans of putting her into bed during the day while I went into achievement mode were scuttled right from the beginning. Lola had no time for sleep.  With a screech of brain brakes, I was forced into a new thought paradigm. Focusing on the future and over-shifting the mind into perpetual manifestation creates a challenge of its own. One forgets to connect to the present.  Although both Lola and I are go-getters, my focus is always planning for tomorrow. Hers is about happenings in her present world, in all its fullness right now.

Children have a way of pointing out the delights of learning something new, or observing something previously un-noticed. As Lola lay on her blanket outside and under our backyard tree, I watched her sweet face relax into a tiny smile while she soaked in the sights of the leaf movements and the antics of the birds. I began to follow her example. She looked up at me and beamed with eyes that contained many questions, completely mesmerised from second to second. My thoughts drifted to my own children and the race for living that I had dragged them through, fun and not. I do not recall having enough of these times with my own. I had thought that I had become more present following the death of one of my teenage children, regretting my failure to be totally with him more. I can see that even still, I miss the mark.

My rounds of practice in mindfulness and being present are guided by Lola today. There is something special and restful in suspending thoughts and activity to simply be with her. It is freeing and energising, joyful and peaceful. I know myself to be forward looking, moving like a firecracker lit and thrown up high, exploding into creative arrangement at high speed. Yet this is rarely in cohesion with my present and never results in a sense of peace.

Lola sums me up and patiently waits for me to continue naming the enthralling experiences she finds in front of her in her NOW moments. Her tiny presence recalls me to the exact second of present time which has no past and no future. I cannot regret the past nor be constantly in the future while I learn how to sit quietly, happily in this second where I find my peace. Lola reaches out and takes my finger, squeezing it as she grins her shining smile into my eyes.

There is now and it is perfect.

The Modern Aladdin

My many blessings of an Australian life in 2017 included a ticket to see the magical stage show of Aladdin, gifted by my daughter Bridget. I was SO excited! My eldest son had been Aladdin in his early school performance which added to my love of Disney creations. What a great gift… and I was not disappointed!! The colour, the musical composition, the backdrops and arrangements, the talented performers….oh it was all breathtaking and without a single doubt a fine, wonderful memory. All with the joy of watching alongside my daughter on a mother/daughter date. Perfection.
We left the venue uplifted and chatty about the characters. The buzz continued around us as the patrons shared their favourite aspects of the production.

You do remember the story of Aladdin, don’t you?
This is the story about the magic of a street child overcoming all obstacles and dancing his way to fame and fortune with a cheeky smile, a set of speedy legs and sensational quick wit and cunning! There was even a lovely message about loyalty tucked in there. The theme reminded us about honesty too and supporting each other!!
The crowd alongside us ooh-ed and ahh-ed as we wished good things for the young and unfortunate Aladdin. How fabulous that he was given the opportunity to overcome so much to become abundant AND in love!
The dream came true and we left the stage with a sigh of happiness. We carried ourselves down the street with stars in our eyes…

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until I tripped over a young man huddled in a blanket and tightly hugging the wall of the shop next door for warmth on that cold and damp night at 10:00 pm.

I stopped, shocked, in the street causing someone from the show to bump into the back of me which I ignored while I looked at this youth – a young Aladdin- in his misery. Bridget turned her head to see what had held me up and we both stepped back out of the way in unison. We looked at each other and wordless, began to watch for a while.

We noted two things. Firstly, as we looked around the vast city street, we began to make out a few more mound shapes hidden in doorways with bodies very much alone curled up hidden in their hooded jumpers. We were looking at many homeless settling into their spaces for the night and bracing for another round of cold and hunger.
Secondly, as we watched, we noted that nobody else saw them.

This huge crowd of people had just seen a fabulous stage production costing several hundred dollars about a homeless street kid who needed help. They had cheered at his success! …Then they  swept passed the modern day Aladdin without even seeing him.

We were stunned and ashamed.

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A snap decision was made and all we could think of. We turned back down the street and entered the Seven 11 store. We made up packs of salad sandwiches, banana bread and nut bars with a pile of hot coffees. We began to distribute them.

By now the crowd had dispersed and gone on their way to homes warm and fridges full. Just as we would shortly.  But for the moment, we chatted with those on the street and gave small packs of nourishment. Stories were shared with us freely and manners noticeable as each person accepted their pack with grace and gratitude. These were young people simply trying to survive. Some of them more experienced, more hardened and more philosophical than others but all of them learning things about life that perhaps Bridget and I  could never understand.  Pain and suffering lay at the core of their lives. Yet they were gentle and grateful for the tiny gifts we offered.

These people are normal members of society down on their luck and doing the best they know how. Our community can surely make room to welcome them in…

So how is it that people really do care about the misfortunes of others yet not quite identify need directly in front of them? When did romanticism of a beautiful cartoon character begin to supersede effective support of others less fortunate? How can society stop judging others as worthy of acknowledgement or not?

By now, Bridget and I had acquired a warm talkative and homeless guide who wandered around beside us as we spoke of many things.  Our new friend assisted us to give hot drinks to others in his own predicament. We passed a bundle scrunched into the wall and stopped to investigate. I was deeply touched by a young man with head down and ignoring all noise, a thin blanket around his shoulders. As I leaned over him and offered him his coffee and Bridget handed over food, this lad lifted his head and looked right at me with the saddest eyes I have ever seen. As a registered nurse of 39 years, I have seen a few sets of miserable eyes. This youth took the award that night. As he reached up for his coffee, I heard a soft whisper of “thank you so much”.   With my answer of “You are very welcome, sweetheart”, I watched as his eyes filled with tears.

I carry this dear boy in my heart weeks later. For the other reality is that Bridget and I were two women in glam dresses and high heel shoes in the rain and it was getting late.

It was time to go and our tiny offerings were spent.

 

For Bridget and I, Aladdin Night gave us huge pause to think about the value of all human beings (all sentient beings actually) and how in their very lowest state, all pretense and illusion disappears. The important things emerge. A small act of kindness becomes a lifeline.

There are many things we can do to help out. Simply letting someone know you care is important to someone who feels worthless and unwanted.  These guys were cold and hungry. A warm drink and a pair of socks means so much.
There are several groups of support that seek volunteers and funding if you feel like giving service. Information is available to you. Google!

Perhaps a small warm gesture of recognition with no judgement gives an emotional hug to a needy recipient, something we are all worthy of. We all need to feel that we have value. Positive acknowledgement of ones existence provides a sense of this.

A society  with open-mindedness and awareness of what suffering lies around us helps to simply send genuine loving thoughts and words to those whose lives are so very unstable right now. It could be any one of us.                                                                            Our city Aladdins’ are not going to find a genie or a flying rug without help at both a government level and a personal level where community cares!

Next time you head out for a fun evening, keep your heart awareness available for the less fortunate and maybe you can offer prayer, a kind word or a hot chocolate. You may save a life.

I learnt lots that night.  I am now busy thinking and researching about how I might help more in practical ways with the right support.  I am so grateful for humble personalities we met. May God and society bless them abundantly ..and as soon as possible .