Letting Go Is an Act of Artistry by Cynthia James

I received the following message in my email from Cynthia James and I felt very inspired to share it with you. It sums up exactly how I am feeling at the moment, especiaally in relation to work and finances.

I have a lot of questions going through my head as to what I really want to DO with my life, and probably more importantly, who I AM in myself and in the world.

I am finding a lot of inspiration in walking, especially in mountains and on high ground.

Cynthia sums up this whirlwind of feelings perfectly in her article.
Thank you Cynthia.

Letting Go Is an Act of Artistry by Cynthia James

Dearest Amanda,

I am amazed at how many people are in transition and experiencing huge shifts in their lives. People are being called to let go of relationships, jobs, homes, children and financial security. These changes have created great fear, doubt and uncertainty.

As I am in the middle of my own personal transition, I totally get it. I am discovering that this is a time to activate the “artist within”. I teach that we are co-creators with the universe. So, why wouldn’t this shift be a time of creativity and personal artistry? The definition of an artist is one who professes and practices an imaginative art, one who is adept at something. The definition of artistry is the skill and imagination typical of an artist.

We all possess the ability to have great imagination and become skilled in many areas. What if we stopped looking at the challenges ahead of us and looked at the incredible potentiality that stood before us? As I am refocusing my energy and attention, I am using the following thoughts to support my expansion:

1. Inspirations of Joy – Every new thought and opportunity is inspired by a great universal field of unlimited potential and I am joyous as I receive guidance in the form of inspired thinking and feeling.

2. Process not destination – Artistry contains the knowledge that creativity includes seeming chaos and doubt. The gift is to stay in the present moment of creation and witness art evolving from the unknown.

3. Surrender to the flow – Not knowing is a gift. It means that we are in the “void” which is a birthing place for new and expansive ideals and forms. Let go and leap into trust.

4. Beauty exists in all – Out of the stone comes a sculpture, out of paint and canvas comes a masterpiece. Look for the beauty in every thought, word and deed. It is there and is waiting to be birthed into amazing creation.

If I can support you in your shifts, please know that I am here for you and that there are many tools to move into the most powerful time of your life.

Know that you are loved,

Cynthia James

Cynthia James is a transformational specialist and one of today’s brightest and best loved inspirational leaders and teachers guiding people as they make changes at a deep level for lasting healing in their lives. Her program, Advanced Awareness Coaching offers depth, focus and results for high level business leaders. Ms. James has completed two Master’s Degree programs; one in Consciousness Studies from the Holmes Institute where she was awarded the honor of distinguished alumni, and the other in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She currently serves as Associate Minister at Mile Hi Church in Denver. Cynthia has uniquely combined the creative arts with innovative therapeutic techniques to bring powerful personal growth and expansion to individuals of all ages, cultures, and lifestyles, including facilitating the message of her award winning book, What Will Set You Free worldwide and as a workshop to women in prisons

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Walking in the Dovedale Valley in Derbyshire

Walking in the Dovedale Valley in Derbyshire

One of the things that came as an inspiration from walking in Laax was the determination to get out for regular walks in the UK, especially in places where it is a bit hilly.

Last Sunday morning, my daughter, Steph, and I went to Gymophobics in Tamworth, where we both had 10 minutes on the vibrating, wobble, plate exercise machine, followed by our regular 30 minute circuit and then a further 30 minutes of Matwork to Music.

It is fair to say, we were quite warmed up! Good job really, as we then drove out to a place called Dovedale, in the Peak District, north of Ashbourne.

We were very restrained and did not start our walk with an ice-cream, although we were very tempted!

It is a lovely walk up through the valley. The rocks are made of limestone, with some very interesting caves formed on the side of the rock face. This is an area of the country, which many centuries ago was part of a whole indoor lake area. Before the English Channel was formed, people used to walk from what is today Northern France/Flanders/Belgium to this area for the winter, as it was much warmer.

We set off with great gusto, knowing that there is a hill near the beginning, where there is a climb of approximately 100 metres.

When Greg and I did this walk about 3 years ago, we huffed and puffed our way up this hill and then had a big FORMER Goldston heavy-on-the-carbs picnic and then struggled along for another half a mile before turning back.

This time, where our weight has reduced, we are much fitter and we passed on the bread and crisps picnic, we got to the top, stopped and had a drink of water and continued. This was, admittedly, inspired by the lure of the coffee shop at the end of the walk, about a mile away, and the promise of a cup of tea – and a slice of cake!

I have to say that whoever wrote the mileage indicators on the signposts, must have had a rather strange sense of humour – and Maths certainly was not their strong point!

Shall we say, that last 1 and ¼ miles, although it was almost flat, seemed much longer than the previous one!

We eventually came to the coffee shop at Milldale at the other end. This was just over 3 miles from the start point. Tea and cake all round was much deserved.

We had other activities planned back in Tamworth for later that day, so we has set ourselves a limit of walking for an hour to the furthest point and then coming back, which we did, and that got us to the coffee shop.

We walked back along the same route. When we got to the hill with the 100m incline, we got to the top quite quickly. Yes, we were puffing a bit, but it was so much better than the last time we attempted that walk.

We got back in just over an hour, having covered 6.2 miles in about 2 and ½ hours and stopped for tea and cake as well.

This was, quite naturally, rewarded with a large and very scrummy ice-cream at the other end.

My husband Greg has a very nifty app on his phone called Endomondo, which records all the details of the walk.

According to that, we walked 6.2 miles in 2 and ½ hours, with a difference in gradient of 100m and Greg burned off around 1900 calories (although some of that was probably replaced by tea and fruit slice at Milldale and ice-cream back at Dovedale).

It was a gorgeous afternoon out.

Greg had just bought some new walking poles that morning and I was very glad of them, especially on the uphill and downhill part.

I have to say, this has got to be one of the best ways of losing weight and keeping fit – going out walking on a sunny day with my family and having a fab time, laughing and smiling all the way.

So, next week, we are off on another jolly jaunt!

With abundant blessings.

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Gymophobics – My biggest support

Gymophobics – My biggest support

I have been a member of Gymophobics in Tamworth now since August 2011 and in that time I have lost over 5 stone (70lbs/30kg) in weight, lost over 50” and dropped 5 dress sizes.

I have kept most of it off.

This has been a bit of an up-and-down process for me. I had my greatest weight and inch loss last year, and then, for various reasons, I stopped going to the gym and stopped following my healthy eating plan, so, guess what, some of the weight went back on.

Interestingly this was only about a stone/ 14lb/6 kg and I still managed to fit into most of my slimline clothes. The period of absence was very stressful for me, with all sorts of stuff going on in my life. I had also started a new job, which interrupted my pattern of going to the gym and meant I was not eating properly like I needed to do.

Back to basics

I started back at Gymophobics in Tamworth at the end of April 2014 and I have already lost ½ stone (7lbs/3kg). I have gone back to the healthy 54321 eating plan, as that is something I am familiar with and has worked for me in the past.

There is also a new eating plan, called the Low Sugar Diet, which is also a healthy eating plan and which focuses on managing the carbohydrate intake.

More than Just a Gym

Gymophobics in Tamworth is so much more than “just a gym.” It is a real community, where everyone is there to support each other and that is both staff and other members.

In addition to the regular 30 minute circuit, Gymophobics also offer extra Matwork to Music classes in the mornings and the evenings and bootcamp classes on 4 afternoons and 2 evenings a week.

I really like those extra classes and I feel much better when I have been to one of them. Some of them can be quite tough, especially the bootcamp sessions, and I know I have worked out, when I have done one of those!

Fun on the “Wobble Machine”

The newest addition is a Vibrating plate exercise machine. This is the funniest and the weirdest experience that there is! All you do is stand on the machine for 10 minutes and it vibrates and wobbles. The idea is that it is breaking down the fat cells. I have certainly noticed where there seems to be the greatest concentration of fat cells that need to be removed.

It then helps with any exercise that I am doing as it is already getting fat moving.

It made me laugh so much the first time I stood on it. I did need to rush to the toilet afterwards, which is apparently very good because it means the fat cells are breaking down.

Due to the nature of my current job, I have not been able to attend as regularly as I would like in the last few months, however I have still lost weight, my clothes fit better, my body feels more toned and I am definitely fitter!

Walking for Fitness

Last weekend we went for a walk to the Dove Valley in Derbyshire. It is a circular walk, of about 6 miles, with a hill in the middle, where the height difference changes by over 100 metres in the space of about ½ mile. We completed this whole walk in 2 and ½ hours – and yes, that did include tea and cake at one end and icecream at the other!
Got to be done!

Goldston walking in the Dovedale Valley

Slimline Amanda Goldston walking in the Dovedale Valley


The last time Greg and I tried that walk, it took us nearly 3 hours, just to get halfway – in one direction!

Friendly staff – something for everyone

The staff at Gymophobics in Tamworth have so supportive of me at every step of the way. It does not matter how frequently – or infrequently- I get to the gym, I always feel welcome and supported, every step of the way.

The gym caters for every age group and every level of fitness. Everyone is treated as a individual and everyone is made to feel welcome and special.

One of the other things I really love about Gymophobics in Tamworth is that there is no judgement. There is only support and encouragement.

The owner of Tamworth Gymophobics has just taken over the Lichfield branch as well, so if you are local to either and would like to lose some weight and get fitter, pop in for a chat –
Tamworth – Tel: 01827 60056
Lichfield – Tel: 01543 252700

With abundant blessings.

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Inspiration Card of the Week – NATURE!

I have found increasingly that the Inspiration Card of the Week, that I get in my inbox every week, from my beloved husband, Greg Goldston, is more and more apt and appropriate to what is going on in my life.

This week’s card is NATURE.

Here is the text from this card.

“Spend some time in nature on your own. Breathe, walk, take in the beauty and abundance of nature, especially flowers, trees and open spaces. Nature can help to replenish your soul.

Nature is an amazing healer. As you walk through Nature, breathe deeply, allow yourself to connect with the gentle, calming, peaceful energies.

Feel the grass or the path under you feet. Walking in Nature can be a fantastic form of gentle meditation.

Find somewhere quiet to sit down, where you can really appreciate the beauty and the effortless ease of the Nature around you. Allow yourself to absorb the healing energies and quiet, tranquility. Listen to the birds singing and appreciate the abundance that is around you.

If you can find somewhere with greenery and water, that is brilliant. Or just sit out in your garden.

Take the time to slow down and enjoy the wonders of Nature and our glorious Planet Earth. Whatever the weather, Nature is amazing.”

We have been walking in Laax in Switzerland- in all weathers!

I have found so much comfort in the quiet, peace, stillness and wonder of the great outdoors and felt thoroughly restored and nourished.

Yes, we did walk along on the top of the mountain, singing those exact words –
“I am on top of the World” (by the Carpenters).

Greg and Amanda Goldston on top of the world

Greg and Amanda at the top of Crap Mesegne

There is so much to be gained from the majesty of NATURE.

With abundant blessings.

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Fabulous Holiday in Laax, Switzerland

Fabulous Holiday in Laax, Switzerland

Greg and I have just come back from a fabulous holiday in Laax, Switzerland. This was a prize I won from Graubunden Tourism in conjunction with the Telegraph Newspaper.

We flew by Swiss air to Zurich, which was an incredibly comfortable flight, with spacious seats – and free swiss chocolate! One thing I love about Switzerland, is that you can have less than 5 minutes between a train and bus connection and know –with certainty that you will catch that connection!

We had first class train travel from Zurich to Chur and travelled by bus on the last stage to Laax.

We stayed at the Signina Hotel Resort and Spa, which is one of the loveliest places I have ever stayed. We had a room with a balcony that looked straight up the mountain.

The prize included breakfast, full use of the spa facilities and three days of unlimited ski lift passes.

I loved the hotel and I really did not want to come home!

We ate in the dining room a couple of times and the food was exquisite. One night I had a parsnip soup, followed by a salmon pasta penne and white, swiss chocolate mousse. The flavours were mouth-wateringly delicious.

The staff could not do enough for us. Multilingual staff is definitely an advantage!

We made full use of the spa facilities, as that was most useful after a long day of walking, especially between one mountain café and another. We planned this so that we came to each one, just as it was time for “Kaffee and Kuchen” (coffee and cake)!

Laax is an incredibly beautiful place, nestled high up in the mountains. Laax village itself is 1100m above sea level. The highest points we went to were the peaks of Vorab at 2570m and Cassons at 2675m. I wanted to go right to the top of the Vorab Glacier, but unfortunately this was only accessible by the ski lifts and we did not have skis!

That is a walk for the summertime!

We were not skiing, we were walking everywhere. There were a lot of places where we could walk on the compacted snow and the paths were all well signposted, although we did manage to miss the bright pink posts a few times and ended up slipping and sliding down the edge of the ski slope.

We even managed to see a couple of Steinbock, which are goat-type creatures, with huge horns, that are native to the area.

It snowed overnight on the first day and after that we had brilliant sunshine. It was interesting to see how fast the snow melted, once the sun came out. Although the temperatures were as low as -9C, it did not really feel that cold. I was colder standing on Crewe station on Wednesday evening than I was in Laax!

It was a fabulous break and one of the best prizes I have won. Thank you to everyone who made it possible.

I would love to go back in the summertime.

With abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston

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Inspiration Card of the Week – DIRECTION

Inspiration Card of the Week by Gregory Goldston

Today’s card is DIRECTION


The top of Porlock Hill, Exmoor, Somerset, in the South West of England, UK. This is looking towards Minehead. From this spot you can see for miles across the Moorlands of Exmoor and out towards the waters of the Bristol Channel.

The difference is height from top to bottom is appropriately 1300 feet (or 400metres) over the space of about 2 miles. The gradient is as steep as 1 in 4 in places with hairpin bends.

Card Meaning

Decide where you want to go, make your plans, take control of the action steps that You need to take and set off in the direction of your dreams. Take one step at a time and the path will unfold for you. There is a lot of energy in moving forward.

As you set off on your journey, you are likely to encounter obstacles and challenges. Take as they come. Take the time to think each one thorough as you come it and take appropriate action.

As you are heading in the direction of your goals, there are likely to be warning signs that there could be danger or challenge ahead. Take notice of these and act accordingly.

Most success comes from following the steps, to the sign posts (or even the white lines in the road), one step at a time.

There is a huge amount of energy and power in knowing where you want to go. Set your goal, your intention and your destination and start.

There are also endless ways you can get to the same goal. Pick one route, get started and if you need to make detours around obstacles, those other paths will open up to you.

As you find a direction of where you want, or need to go, remember to enjoy the journey and to appreciate the amazing experiences and people along the way.

See you next week.

With Best Wishes
Greg Goldston
Inspirational Photographer

©Gregory Goldston 2010

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Exciting New Directions

Exciting New Directions

I have recently made the decision to go back to my career that I had 10 years ago before we moved to the West Midlands.

I am working for Anglian Home Improvements as a “Home Transformation” Sales Agent – and I am loving every minute of it!

All my other websites and products are still available for you to enjoy and benefit from.

Anglian offer a bespoke, tailor-made-service of replacement windows, doors, conservatories, driveways, garage doors, fascias, soffits, guttering and rooftrim products, flat roofs, as well as garage conversions , porches and hardwood flooring.

The company is at the forefront of energy efficient windows and doors, with their new Ecogain A+2 rated windows offering savings of up to 30% on your energy bills.

All your old windows and doors can be totally recycled and replaced with stunning new products, that look good, are very secure, save energy and are good for the environment.

Anglian make all their products themselves, from extruding the PVC-u to making th glass units from the finest low-iron sand.

Everything is backed by a 10 year guarantee and 15 years on the sealed glass units, which is a guarantee that is actually worth something, as the company has been in business since 1966!

I am loving this job.

I love helping people to transform their homes, to choose the styles and designs that are perfect for each person and for your home.

Your home is your personal space and it is wonderful to be able to help you to put your own personal stamp on it.

The designs in the glass can be individual and as person as you want them to be – even including your own images or designs.

As Anglian say, “Your Home is your Castle – and Anglian is the White Knight that is Raising the Standard!”

If you know anyone who would like to transform their home with some of the finest, leading-edge, most secure and beautiful home improvements in the UK market place today, then please give me a call or send me an email.

With abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston

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Full Moon Rituals

Full Moon Rituals

We have just had a very powerful Full Moon on Monday 22nd July 2013. This is an amazing time for clearing out all the OLD no-longer-serving stuff and preparing to welcome in the NEW.

I have been using some very powerful rituals and meditations to help me with clearing, especially old beliefs, thoughts, patterns and habits around money. It really is time to let go of the patterns of lack, not enough, pain, struggle, effort and difficulty around money.

There was a terrific article in this month’s Soul and Spirit Magazine about releasing old emotional baggage, and particularly about “recycling” it back to the Elements.

This was of great interest to me because I had just had an akashic record reading from my good friend Sue Fraser of Magenta Rose Alchemy and I had been a shamanic healer in that lifetime, with a lot of fear and trauma to clear!

Write down what you want to release

As per the suggestions in the article, I wrote down all the things I wanted to be free of in relation to money and allowed myself to really feel those feelings in my body.

This seems to be a very important part of the process.

I needed to shine a light on all these old, painful fears and energies in order to call them to the surface, so they could be released. One of the hardest fears to catch was the “There’s not enough and there won’t be enough!” I had a real hard time with that one and that experience warrants a whole blog post to itself!

Releasing like a WaterWheel

As the feelings and fears started to come to the surface, I got a sensation in my lower belly area that felt like a huge water-wheel turning. It was quite strange. It felt like it was scooping all the old stuff out of my abdomen area, where it had been stored and was cycling it out of my body and into the Earth.

Energetic Root into the Earth

I made sure I had dropped a large energetic root from the base of my spine right down into the Earth, so that old stuff could be released into the Earth and nourishment could also come back up to me from the Earth.

As the old was clearing out, it felt like I was filling up with light and clear liquid, from the bottom up, so that as the waterwheel was turning, it was eventually full of light energy, where the old had been released.

Burn the Old and Recycle it back to the Earth

I then took my list of things I wanted to release and burnt the piece of paper in the back garden. I was very conscious of recycling all this stuff into the earth and also into the flames of the fire and into the air.

It was very freeing and I really felt it lift from my body.

I have noticed recently, that as I have worked more with the ENERGY in my physical body, that old stuff seems to be clearing much faster than when I was just trying to visualise it leaving or to do the exercises intellectually.

Push your Brain back in your head

One of the other authors in the magazine suggested sitting right back and pushing your body back against yourself, as well as tipping your head slightly back and imagining pushing your brain back against the back of your head. This is because much of the drama we create in our lives is at the front of our brains, so, by leaning right back, you are literally putting some space between you and the drama in your life.

It really works, although I felt a bit spacey afterwards.

Time to Raise my Energy

I decided I have to stop focusing on all the problems I have had (past tense) with money and start to focus instead of what I would like it to be in my life.

For the first time in a very long time, I was actually starting to feel light enough around money to have some positive thought about it, rather than the old fears and panic.

I got out my Vision Book, with all my intentions and started to flick through it. I then set a huge intention, wrote it on a piece of paper and stuck it under my pillow.

There was much less negativity about it than there had been previously, so that is truly progress!

One of the things that has made an enormous difference is a short meditation that has come into my life, which I will tell you about in the next blog post.

With abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston

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Conquering the Old Man of Coniston

Conquering the Old Man of Coniston

On Tuesday 16th July 2013 Greg and I walked up the Old Man of Coniston, which is the 38th highest mountain in the UK and one of the highest in the Lake District. We went up more than 2000 feet (over 700 metres) in height from the bottom to the top.

We did a 6 mile circular walk and it took us about 4 and ½ hours because we were stopping a lot to take photographs. There were a lot of very profound insights and shifts in my beliefs and being that took place on this walk.

Starting Off

View from the Bottom

You cannot see the top from the bottom and it is quite deceiving , as you can see one ridge, which you aim for, thinking “oh, this is not too bad, we are nearly there” only to find when you get there, you can then see the next upper ridge.

Resting Place ONE

False Dawn number ONE! That is NOT the Top!

It is like this all the way to the top. It is quite a difficult climb as there are a lot of rough, stoney paths, which are very steep. Sometimes there are no defined paths and you have to scramble you way up over very rough terrain.

From the very start, my legs were aching and my calf muscles were very painful, despite endless hours of calf raises and parallel squats in the gym. My heart was beating very rapidly and I was not convinced that I would be able to complete it.

Greg has already done this walk twice in the last month, so I could not let him beat me. Giving up and turning back was not an option, so I had to keep pressing forward. I had one walking pole to start with and Greg had two, however I found this quite hard and offered me one of the other poles.

I found myself going straight in the old patterns of self-sacrifice and martyrdom, which I spent a lot of time clearing on Monday, where I nearly did not come on this holiday, but that is a story for another day, and initially refused the offer of a second pole. I caught myself going into that destructive pattern, cleared it, accepted the second pole and it was much easier after that.

Take Small Steps

One of the things that Greg said to me was ”take small steps – it is much easier than big strides.” Not only was this a very helpful piece of advice, I also felt how relevant this was to any goal in life. Taking small steps, putting one foot in front of the other, shuffling our way along and then taking another small step – with frequent breaks in between – and we climbed a mountain (quite literally!)

We stopped several times for a drink of water and a cereal bar or a flapjack. We really did need the sugar fix! We were quite astounded to find that Greg burnt off over 4500 calories on this 6 mile mountain hike.

Resting Place TWO

False Dawn TWO

Each time we stopped, we looked down and back at how far we had come and were quite amazed. The mountain is a sort of bowl shape, where each ridge is sort of set back and UP from the previous one, so you can’t see each ridge as you are going up, but you can see more and more of the ground level as you go up.

Up a Bit Further!

False Dawn Number THREE

Resting Place Number FOUR

Coniston Water and Donald Campbell

As we reached each ridge, we could see more and more of Coniston Water, which is one of the longest lakes in the Lake District and it is probably one of the least commercialised, which is gorgeous. It is long and straight in shape, so it really would have been absolutely perfect for Donald Campbell to set a new world record for a speedboat on water, when he reached speeds of over 300 miles per hour in 1964.

It must have been the most exhilarating thing on the face of the planet.

He was certainly “Following his BLISS” as Joseph Campbell had said. It cost him his life in doing so, but he must have died at the pinnacle of Bliss, doing exactly what he felt he had come to this planet to do.

Resting Place Number FIVE – With Coniston Water in the Background

Follow Your Bliss

I got myself muddled up with my “Campbells” and had it in my head that it was Joseph Campbell, author of the famous quote of “Follow Your Bliss” that had set the world speedboat record, when in, fact, that was Donald Campbell.

However that mistake in my head allowed me to have some profound shifts, as I kept thinking about Follow Your Bliss and sheer passion, commitment and exhilaration of that speedboat record. The further up the Old Man of Coniston we got, the more of Coniston Water we could see and the more my body went “WOW!”

“Follow Your Bliss” was swirling round in my head all the way to the top of the mountain, so I started to ask myself, “Well, what is MY Bliss?” and “How do I live in that Bliss?” I was really quite surprised with the answers.

What is my Bliss?

I think and feel that my Bliss is to write Inspirational Messages, to write the words for Greg’s Inspirational PhotoBooks and to get them published.

It is also to take myself to places where I feel totally at ease and totally happy with myself and I can just BE myself and then write down my own journey to BLISS and to BEING ME, the Infinite, powerful, God-Being that I am and simply to put it out there for people as blog posts and articles, without trying to sell anything. Hopefully my journey will lead to other people feeling inspired to live from their own BLISS.

However I do need to be in places that inspire me in order to write. That probably needs to involve coast, water, mountains, stunning scenery and sunshine!

Ideal “Working” Place to Follow my Bliss – methinks!

How do I live from my Bliss?

That sounds like a very nice lifestyle and immediately the “How do I DO that?” question came to mind? Interestingly, the answer was more to do with letting go of old, non-serving beliefs and habits, than it was about a way forward.

As I mentioned earlier, I have recently found a way to finally ditch Trauma, Drama, Self-Sacrifice and Martyrdom out of my life, which is very freeing, however, the residual from that a strong sense of “Not Enough” and underlying that of ME “Not Being Good Enough” to have, to receive and to live a life of overflowing abundance.

These have been tough beliefs, feelings and energies to shift.

Not Enough and Not Good Enough

The first thought that came to mind was “Yes, that is all well and good and sounds like a lot of fun and very close to the Ideal BUT how are you going to afford to do that? You know money is tight and it does not seem to flow into your life. You know you are living hand to mouth most of the time.

You know there is not enough money to do anything and you can’t really trust the Universe to provide for you as you need it. You know you need to get people to buy stuff, either yours or someone else’s to make money, so this “Living from Bliss” is fine, BUT how does that help the money situation?”

I was plagued with this for a considerable way up the mountain.

The next thing I heard was a real breath of fresh air.

Give it all to the Old Man!

A few weeks ago I watched a video about a lady who had gone to India and, as part of the cleansing and purification ritual she was undertaking, she was told to take all of her pain, frustration, anger and upset and to be willing to give it all to the River Gangees, where it could simply be washed away and released – providing, of course, that she was willing to let go of it!

She was very sceptical, however she said she stood in the river for absolutely ages, allowing her pain to wash away. Once she came out of the river, it was all gone and she could not actually access it again.

As this thought and memory popped into my head, I decided I would do that. I would give all my pain and frustration to the mountain. This included all the stuff around not enough, not good enough, can’t afford, can’t do, no money or not enough money, can’t have, martyrdom, self-sacrifice, everyone else first and me last as well of all the feelings of no stability, no support, not grounded, can’t trust the Universe or the Earth to provide and all the other unhelpful beliefs around money that I had been allowing to run my life.

After all, money, security and stability could be classed as “Earth” issues as they are all to do with the base or root chakra and are the closest point to the Earth. I have felt that I have lacked support in the material sense and felt that there just has not been enough of anything, especially money.

Everything that I would consider to me money comes from the Earth. Paper money comes from trees, which are very connected to and supported by the Earth, metals for coins come from the Earth and all the raw materials for computers and their infrastructure have also come from the Earth. The thought for “more money” is an energy, which is flying round in the ethers, waiting to be connected into the Earth and translated in tangible form.

I made the decision I would give all this stuff to the Old Man and let it all be transmuted into the Earth. After all, this Old Man was now supporting my feet and guiding me to put them in safe places to climb up, as well as to place my hands in safe places to climb.

As I climbed higher and higher, I started to feel safer and more supported, both from the Earth and from the Universe. I began to place my feet more deliberately, so that I could really connect with the Earth. I could feel the negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs draining out through my feet and into the Earth as I walked and climbed. I started to feel quite free.

This was soon replaced with thoughts of allowing myself to be supported by the Earth and Universe, to allow them to take care of my material needs, so that I can focus on “BEING in my BLISS”,” on writing, on living my DreamLife and hopefully inspiring others along the way, simply by BEING myself.

Sounds like an excellent deal to me!

I was reminded of one of my favourite quotes by Dr Dain Heer – “What if you, being you, is the gift this world wants and needs?”

Well, maybe it is time to start living that way.

Let go of money worry

A few days ago I had been doing some processing work and had asked the question, “what do I need to do or who do I need to be have £1,000,000 cash come into my life right now?” I had got really annoyed with the answer as it was “Be happy, raise your energy and vibration and stop focusing on the money!”

Something similar had come out of my morning meditation and I had got very angy and frustrated with both things, as I really could not see how that was going to reduce down the pile of bills I need to pay or how I bend and stretch each pound twenty different ways!

It was windy on the Old Man of Coniston yesterday and it is windy on the beach today as I am writing this, so I guess the Universe is trying very hard to “blow out all the cobwebs” of any last remaining doubts and fears, so I can live from a place of trust and flow.

On Top of the World

WOW! I did it! I got to the top. What an amazing feeling! I could see for miles in every direction, including the full length of Coniston Water, from one end to the other. There is a huge pile of stones at the top and tradition says that you pick up one of the stones that are lying around it and place it on the pile for good luck, which we did.

Top of Coniston Old Man

I did it!

Views from the Top of Coniston Old Man

WOW! What a Feeling!

It was well worth the effort and the difficulties to get to the top. It was breathtaking and the views were absolutely spectacular, with sheer drops in every direction!

You can see for miles

The route we took to the top was only about 1/3 of the whole walk, so we still had a good way to go to get back down to the bottom. I really did not care. I felt so strong, confident, powerful and full of the sheer exhilaration for the joy of life and being alive.

My body certainly felt much stronger at the top that it did at the bottom, despite climbing over 2000 feet (700m) and more that 2 miles, almost straight right up! Although it was further to go back down, I was no longer puffing and panting and my heart rate had settled. On the way up, I had really thought my heart would beat right out of my chest!

Journey down

False Dawn DOWN Number ONE – Still a long way to go!

Nearly Down

What a fantastic Walk!

Not good enough – I don’t think so!

That is no longer relevant as a belief.

Having done what I have just done and climbed to the top of the Old Man of Coniston and got back down again, I am certainly good enough to do anything that I want to do and to have any success that I choose. I set my mind on something, took it one small step at a time, walked through the difficulties and the challenges, kept going – and succeeded!

So, what else is possible?

Whatever I choose, I guess. I do now feel a much greater sense of trust in the Earth and the Universe to provide for me and I like that arrangement.

More ramblings soon.
With abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston

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Finding My Bliss

Finding My Bliss

Well, I have had some very interesting experiences in the last few weeks and especially this last couple of days in Barrow in Furness and with actually getting here in the first place.

I have been very inspired to start writing again and especially to “Be in my Bliss” and to Follow my Bliss as Joseph Campbell would say.

I think and feel that my Bliss is to write Inspirational Messages, to write the words for Greg’s Inspirational Books and to get them published and to write down my own journey to BLISS and to BEING ME, the Infinite, powerful, God-Being that I am and simply to put it out there for people as blog posts and articles, without trying to sell anything.

However I do need to be in places that inspire me in order to write. That probably needs to involve coast, water, mountains, stunning scenery and sunshine!

Today, Wednesday 17th July 2013, I am sitting on the beach in Barrow in Furness in Cumbria, sitting behind a big rock, so I am at least partially shaded from the sight of the windfarm out in the bay. The sun is shining bright, there is hardly anyone about, it is so peaceful and quiet – it is beautiful.

Working hard in my Office on the Beach!!

View from the Beach Office

Maybe that is what my life is about, to take myself to places where I feel totally at ease and totally happy with myself and I can just BE myself and then write about that BEING. Hopefully my journey will lead to other people feeling inspired to live from their own BLISS.

As I am sitting here on this beautiful beach, gazing out to see, with the sun on my body and the wind in my hair and my laptop, I am really starting to feel this as my BLISS.

OK, yes, I am still getting the little nagging voice about money and that I shouldn’t buy things and that we won’t have enough money to do all the things we need (and want) to do this week or until the end of the month – and it may take a while to silence that completely- however I am starting to feel more and more that this is Living from my Bliss.

This is going to be an interesting feeling to re-create when I get back to Tamworth, as we are in the Midlands, about 70 miles from the sea in any direction and surrounded by relatively flat and non-descript scenery!

Watch this space!
With abundant blessings.
Amanda Goldston

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