There is a topic I feel very strongly about as a Medium and that is where someone has taken their own life.
Growing up in Ireland there is an awful lot of stigma surrounding people who take their own lives and where they end up as a result.
It is my belief that when people die then they may stick around or they may Passover completely to the spirit world.
As someone who felt the exact moment my Grandad passed away and having felt him bring me home from Glasgow to Wicklow, I know that spirit can contact you from the moment they pass. My Grandad was a brave age and it was his time. He was ready. Not all people who pass to spirit are that free of this life that they can pass over so easily and they may stick around in like a limbo state, if you like. For a lot of these spirits they have either not be ready for their own passing, have not been ready or they have a huge guilt which makes them unable to move on to spirit to face what they have done in this life. A sort of Karma if you will.
This leads me to people who have for whatever reason had enough and they taken their own life. Having had the privilege of channeling a lot of messages from people who have taken their own life, they all have a similar story. They all want to say sorry for the pain and hurt they have caused in their passing but for everyone of them it has been exactly the right thing for them.
We all have bad days but depression is an illness, just like Cancer and in some cases that depression is an awful lot worse than others. Yes life can throw curve balls at us, some of us will sink and some of us will swim. But for some people they are fighting their own minds. It takes every inch of strength they have just to get up and get dressed. Their illness makes them fight themselves. For others, to the outside world they are happy and content. Just because someone smiles doesn't mean they are happy...
So the next time you think that someone has taken their own lives, think again... Their illness (just like Cancer) Depression has taken their life. These people aren't sent to some mythical hell for all eternity or whatever your religion tells you. The Hell these people suffer was in their own minds and it was here on earth but they are free now. While they deeply regret hurting their loved ones they did what was right for them.
So while I would never encourage anyone to take their own life, neither would I condemn them for what they did. Life isn't easy. Life is tough. But the spirit lives on free.
If you have read this and you feel the need for help, a wise man recently told me that the Samaritans telephone lines are blocked from knowing who you are. your telephone number can not be traced. So please know that no matter how bad things get there is always someone there to listen if you need it and they will only ever know what you want them to. they will listen in a nonjudgmental manner. They have no way of finding out who you are so please pick up the phone if you need to:
CALL THE SAMARITANS FREE
116 123 (UK)
116 123 (ROI)
I know some people hear spirit and I have on occassion but a lot of the messages I get and have gotten since my 22nd birthday (and probably long before that too) have been knowing and trusting certain things.
I felt my Grandad's passing on my 22nd birthday, although at the time I didn't realise what I was feeling and I was blissfully unaware that my Granddad had passed until much later that evening.
It was a beautiful and freeing sense of a weight being lifted off my shoulders, combined with a sense of being set free, no longer confined or limited by the physical form.
Looking back I should have felt guilt about not being home to say my last good bye but on a spiritual level even though I was in Glasgow and my Granddad was in Dublin, I had been with him when he passed and I knew he was safe. His spirit brought me home and I could feel him with me on the plane, it was like an overwhelming feeling of love, like I was wrapped in a bubble of unconditional love. I feel so honoured and blessed to have shared my Granddad's first hours in the Spirit world and for all the communications and help he has given me in the past and he will continue to in the future.
Lots of different things happened over the coming months and I just knew it was my Granddad's spirit. I didn't have to see him or hear him, I just had a knowing that it was him. Various unexplained things happened and I knew why.
For about a year before this I had the usual psychic awakening of knowing who was on the house phone before I answered it. Knowing when close friends needed a wee pick me up message if they were having a bad day.
Actually as I sit here and look back, I knew things from a young age. I could sense the Aura of a place if it was safe or not to be there. I could feel if the energy was off before stepping foot inside a house. I just knew things I shouldn't or couldn't explain knowing. Yet my 22nd birthday was the day Spirit opened the door fully to me and which leads me to the path I am on today...
Happy Father's day Granddad and to my Dad also.
Thank you both for being two amazing role models and inspirations. Thank you both for making me believe in myself, my ability to do anything I put my mind to and for teaching me to always keep the faith.
Love and blessings to you both xxx
Each card represents a month on the calendar. On drawing out these cards I set the intention to produce a spread to give out messages for each month of the calendar where the people reading the post would get a message which represents their birth month. The angel cards I am using are: Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine's Angel Tarot cards.
Along with these lovely angel cards I am using ordinary playing cards and a selection of crystals.
June: 5 of spades, Knight of Air and a lovely piece of howlite.
July: 2 of clubs, The Sun and a lovely piece if citrine.
August: 9 of spades, Two of Earth and a piece of black obsidian.
September: 8 of spades, Queen of Water, Clear quartz.
October: 8 of clubs, Knight of Water, Clear quartz point
November: 7 of spades, The Moon, Lemurian quartz.
December: ace of clubs, Three of Water, Sodalite.
January: jack of clubs' Nine of Water, Rainforest Rhyolite.
Febuary: 10 of clubs, Ten of Fire, Green Aventurine.
March: 9 of diamonds, Five of Fire, Picture Jasper,
April: king of spades, Queen of Earth, Sodalite.
May: 6 of clubs, Ten of Air, Unakite.
The message for each month will be revealed by Monday evening so get liking and sharing.
Card messages for 1 and 2 are now ready and card 3 will be posted a little later tonight. Thank you.
The view from Slemish, overlooking Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. Copyright Orla Allen
We all have our own personal experiences with regards to our spiritual journey. Some just touch the sides or scrap the surface and others immerse themselves and dive straight in, living breathing and eating their spirituality. For me personally, it has slowly over a number of years became my whole life. I have always been spiritually open and I actively question everything. Even growing up as a Catholic in Ireland and later spending time in the Church of Ireland in the North, I never took the word as law but followed what felt right in my soul.
When you are told as a child that some stories are simply that, a story which represents a symbolic truth, you no longer read the bible word for word but rather look deeper into the hidden meaning and the purpose of the stories. For me organised religion served as a guide of moral value, a code by which we should live our lives as good people, loving and helping one another.
After listening to a catholic priest talk about money and how he didn't feel it was right that the children in the school should have their education paid for them by the chapel when their parents weren't coming to the chapel each week and making a donation, was a turning point for me. This was the Chapel where I was christened, made my first confession, first holy communion, confirmation and one day I had hoped to be married there, I couldn't listen to this unspiritual, unloving attitude from this priest at the Sunday mass. What life lesson was I to take from it? Where was the divine inspiration?!
Upon returning to the North where I lived, I discovered the worm had truly turn, as I listen to the minister speak week after week, I became more and more disillusioned by what I was hearing. I loved singing in the choir and helping with the Beavers and Scouts, so I stayed with the church for the time. I wasn't sure where my spiritual path would take me next but knowing I believed in a higher power yet no longer believed in the humans representing the higher power. It wasn't long afterwards that I had my second major life changing encounter with spirit.
The first being experiencing my Granddad's passing a few years before while I was in Scotland and he was back home in Ireland. This time it was my father who stepped forward and blended his energy with a gentleman whom I had never met before. While I knew I was looking at a complete stranger, I recognised my father's spirit within him. I was working at the time and I spoke with him as much as I could and everything he said was amazing. I was amazed and freaked out and afraid to leave when my shift was over because what if this was the only time I got to speak to my father again!
My Dad had always promised he would find a way to come back and let me know he was ok. Looking back now I realise that in so many ways my Dad knew a certain amount about how he would die.
When I met up my now husband and told him about what had happened, I realised it was my Dad's anniversary and that confirmed all that had happened was in fact real and I wasn't losing my mind.
There were times before that and many times since, when my Dad reached out to me from the world of spirit. But this was the point which allowed me to see that there was so much more to spirituality than just religion,
At that time I knew nothing of mediums or spiritual churches, It would be another few years before my Dad gave me a message through a medium during a tarot reading. The proof and evidence were amazing and blew my mind. It left me in tears and no doubt at all that life is truly eternal.
Someone once told me my life was like a tree with different branches and twigs shooting off in different directions. If that is the case then this is simply a root growing in that tree holding the tree firmly in place and keeping me grounded,
I have so many stories I could tell you of experiences I have had and how they have lead me to this path I'm on. But if you stop and look back at your own life then you will see that you too have lots of foundational roots leading you to the path you are on now. You have even created a few branches and changed your mind and returned to your trunk to start again. Remember that is fine, You have not failed. You needed to do it or try it or meet them, to get you to where you are now, to ultimately get you to where you need to be...
It is only when we are in the darkest holes that we see the brightest lights...
I have just been to my favorite shop to buy crystals and upon laying them out on the table I had the urge to do a crystal grid with them... I knew nothing about crystal grids so I Google whacked crystal grids and my favorite American Lady popped up with a You Tube video which I would like to share with you... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG2EFdrOEqw&list=PLC6FE1F55388C5E01&index=1 So from the video I have learned that I should have the long moonstone on the outside of the circle and use it to charge the others to the moonstone in the middle. A bigger piece of moonstone would be better but I will see how this works and if not them I will use my Quartz Geo in the center and Quartz on the outside too. From the long piece of moonstone working clockwise there is Amethyst, White Opal and Green fluorite. Once I have it all cleansed and then charged up I will sit with it and Meditate. I cant wait to see the wonderful Journey it takes me on.
In Life you meet and awful lot of wonderful and inspirational people. As I may have mentioned I have been doing the 21 day Oprah and Depak's meditation and its really good and informative.
I'm currently on day 8 and it is making me greatly aware of the people and relationships all around me, and how people interact with each other. It has made me question 'how could you ever be truly happy with so many negative people everywhere?'. Yet the human spirit is such a wonderful thing, it doesn't want to be negative, it wants to be free, open, fully loved unconditionally. In different places i have been told a lot recently that we are spiritual beings first and humans second. This is such a wonderful statement. As I have been meditating I have become more centered in myself and feel an awful lot more love for myself and within it too.
Every day I read the new centering thought and I post it on my status so during the day I can reflect back on it easily and also so hopefully it can inspire other people too. There was one day out of the last 8 and the centering thought for that day I found really hard to post. Not only did I not believe what I was saying about myself but I felt like people would judge me for it also. However, if I was going to fully embrace this 21 day ritual the I needed to post this one also. I've been working a lot with angels of late and there was definitely one of them listening to my reluctance as no sooner had I posted the statement than several of my friends replied to it in support and that was all the reassurance I needed. Something which I struggled to believe about myself others believed it and instead of being laughed at I was supported, when I needed it the most.
How does this relate to my jewellery you may ask... Well I have started using one of my own Mala's when I meditate, a 21 bead black Onyx, a piece of Calcite and a beautiful fluorite pendant wrapped in copper on a copper chain. While I'm NOT a registered practitioner nor am I even a student (although I hope to be soon) of crystal healing, I use the Onyx for grounding and spiritual healing the Calcite for connection with high spirit and my own spirit and the fluorite keeps me focused. I would advise anyone needing medical attention to seek a register medical expert.
There are lots of different ways to meditate, we meditate at various different times of the day, sometimes without realising.
I just started a 21 day course of meditations and I'm on Day 3 so far. It is really nice to have a structure to focus on and keep you coming back each day thus not letting life bog you down. If your not doing it already you should try it out https://chopracentermeditation.com/programs/index its only about 15 mins each day and it feels like 5 mins
In my defense I have been busy uploading items to the shop so I haven't been completely neglecting the site.
I have been vegetarian for over ten years now. My decision to give up meat was due to the condition the food was being kept in, the various different food scares at the time and of course the thought of eating another living thing really didn't appeal to me.
I am a huge animal lover but I wouldn't consider myself an animal rights activist. I would take in an animal who needed a home a lot quicker than I would pay for some mass produced breed. I condemn cruelty to animals, but I understand animals are still breed for food. Unless I feel you are out of order on any issue, I am not the sort of person to inflict my view on anyone who didn't want to hear it. I digress...
All that said, I learned something very interesting and deeply upsetting today. I had just finished making the above dream catcher and a friend asked if I could make a similar one with artificial feathers. Until this point I had no reason to question the use of feathers in my earrings or other jewellery. I had assumed (and you know what assumed did) that the feathers were plucked after the animal was dead or gathered round about like Peacock feather.
So as with any bespoke request, I hit the internet. I did a lot of looking for synthetic feather to no avail. Even the feathers claiming to be artificial only do so as a result of them being dyed, they still come from a real bird.
In my ignorance I searched for reasons why people wouldn't want real feathers.
-Was it because of it coming from an animal or
-Was it because of some form of cruelty to the birds.
I challenge you to do the same. I vow here and now, never to buy another feather again in anything, except maybe peacock feathers as they seem to be almost guaranteed to be humanely gathered (but more research is needed into that one before I will consider it). I am sickened that here in the UK it is legal to pluck the feathers out of living birds. Why should it matter what stage of the process the feathers are at? I have even read research describing how when tested the animals hormone levels changed when plucked showing that they do feel it. I ask you would you like the hair pulled out of your head to make a wig or extensions...
That leaves me with two issues...
-Can you actually buy synthetic feathers and
-What do I do with the feathers I currently have??
My first reaction is continue to make items with only the feathers I have left and with everyone sold make a donation to a bird charity. I doubt the feathers I have were plucked from live birds as this is mostly down feathers for pillows and bedding but as I have no way of knowing that the feathers were plucked after death then I would hate for a bird to have suffered in vain...
I took a trip to the barra's market at the weekend and picked up some love new crystals to work with. Beautiful rose quartz, howlite, clear quartz, amazonite and a new one on me, the name of which slips my mind. While there I bumped into some customers of mine and also received a commission to make amethyst earrings. They turned out cracking even if I do say so myself. I will get a picture up on Pinterest later today. I have had a lot of interest in my rose quartz ring so I have made another out of a beautiful triangle shape piece. As I'm sitting here typing I'm getting excited about what I'm going to make next as I also got some lovely malakite, rose quartz and lapis beads, not to mention the lovely laughing Buddha heads which arrived yesterday. So have a blessed day whatever you are doing, I know I will xx
I love Design by Orla! I never know what to write in these things so that's all your getting lol!