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Do Swine Eat Pearls?

Do swine eat pearls?  Of course, I am asking the metaphysical question.  If you want solid proof, please don’t feed your own pearls to real pigs.  Rather search the internet – if someone has ever tried it, Dr Google will have a record of it.

Sometimes one must ask questions such as these, just to get some sanity and a reality check on a situation. 

I have over the past year had to reassess quite a few close relationships in my life.  I will give you a brief outline, but you will have to believe me when I say that these events shook my world and made me reassess many things that I had taken for granted all my life.

The first event related to an online friendship that turned real and then into a disappointment – I in fact became an online mistress, and then realised that I had been exactly that for at least five years while I was telling myself that I was simply nurturing a beautiful friendship.  The only way for me to put an end to it, was to walk away and no longer respond.  I still cherish some of the most beautiful memories you can imagine, but the experience made me question my own judgement.

Of course, when it comes to friends and lovers, we all at times question our own judgement and we all at times are very wrong about people.  Why do we have these experiences – especially when we are good people?  I will get to that later.

The second event related to my best friend finally succumbing to a self-destroying addiction and the unbearable heartache of watching this happen over years and being totally powerless to do anything about it.   My mother was not a joy to behold at the best of times – she made it clear that she hated me from my first memories.  With this woman I had a second mother and best friend, and it was one of the most meaningful relationships I ever had – and she became family from the moment she married into my family.

Her daughter also became a very good and valued friend, but then committed fraud.  All this came to light after the death of my friend, and the poor woman was vilified by people who should know not to judge, and who had seen her true nature for years but still judged her when she could no longer defend herself. 

For me, family is very important, and I had to walk away from an entire family that I took on as my own over many years.  I trusted people that were not worthy of my trust, and I loved people who turned out not to care about me at all.

But still, I chose to let these people into my heart and into my life, because I saw the good in them.  I was wrong with some of them, but I chose to walk away from all of them.  Why leave the opportunity to have your nose rubbed into what was immensely hurtful by remaining friends with some while avoiding others? It was not pleasant.

As if all this was not enough, an inheritance was involved.  There is an old saying that an inheritance brings your background to the foreground.  Believe me, that is true. 

So – you can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family, they say.  I am afraid I now have to disagree. 

When you reach out to a friend for years with regular contact, simply asking how they are and remembering their birthdays, and you get nothing in return, something is wrong.  If that friend does not even reciprocate by asking once in twenty years out of their own how you are, something is wrong.  If that friend makes it clear in many ways that you are not relevant in their world, and even ask you why you keep contact with them, something is wrong.  Why would you even try and nurture a friendship in such circumstances?  You would have to be very needy and emotionally disturbed to keep trying to remain in contact. 

But for family, you would do it – or at least I did.  Then, suddenly, when an inheritance was involved, I was the source of communication, the peacemaker, the middleman who had to fight fires on all sides, and the one who got blamed for what was not of my doing.  I continued to reach out, because this was family, and family look after each other, no matter what.

Then a major family event – which required a gift from me – was communicated to me by text, because the value of the expected gift was obviously less than the value of the inheritance which warranted more phone calls to me in six months than in the previous thirty years.  That finally opened my eyes.

Swine can and do eat pearls. 

It is right and good to love and cherish relationships – both with friends, lovers and family – and it is good to give people the benefit of the doubt.  However, when they finally chew you up and spit you out, then you walk away, do introspection and take the wisdom from the experience.  You don’t hang around and delude yourself into believing that things will get better.

For me the wisdom from these experiences is that even unconditional kindness is not always reciprocated.  The human experience is conditional.  Over the years friends have become family, and family have distanced themselves because even having a simple friendship was asking too much.  Some people live according to their beliefs and values, and others have never heard of the universal law of “say what you do and do what you say”.  Some people will grow and become inclusive, and other will remain judgmental and petty until the day they die. 

I cannot change people.  I cannot change the way they view their world.  It does not matter whether these people are family or friends.  That is how it is.  Where a situation becomes unbearably painful because what you believe and what the world – and the players on the stage of the world – show you are in such conflict, for me the only solution is to walk away with love. 

Will I now stop loving people and stop giving them the benefit of the doubt?  Probably not – I don’t believe my nature will change overnight – just like the nature of the people I leave behind will not change.  That is how it is.  Will I allow the people who abused my kindness and treated me like dirt to enter my world again?  Of course.  I have no desire to wish ill on anyone.  However, I will not reach out and look for more hurt and trouble.  If I encounter them in the street or on social occasions, I will treat them with the courtesy that most people deserve.  I will not try to change them.  I will simply move on and continue to live my life according to what I value and what makes sense to me. 

You cannot fix a broken plate, and I will no longer pretend that it is possible to ignore the cracks in the plate.  I can choose my friends, and on the same basis I can choose my family.  I will not burn in hell, but I will rather continue with my eternal journey – just like they will, and I am grateful to all of them for being powerful teachers of powerful truths to me. 

We are all here to fulfil contracts with our loved ones – contracts that we entered before we reincarnated.  I have fulfilled my contracts with more people than I care to be reminded of over the past year, and it is time to take that wisdom and start a new cycle in my life, making space for new energy, new friends, new experiences.  Namaste.

 

 

 

 

The Magic of Words

What happens when a globally recognised figure who is active on social media does not understand the power of his words?

Firstly, those words reverberate around the world within minutes, because of social media.

We need to understand the power of our words.  Saying words is the final part of the creation process, and every word carries its own magic.

We also need to take responsibility for what happens in our own small corner of the world, by being aware of the consequences of what we say.

Any eye for an eye based on words spoken in haste or words not thought through does not make the world a more peaceful place.

Rather than say "we are not like that" - and adding a barrier, say "Tell me more? I want to know about the other side"
The result is that we accept and tolerate our differences, and look out for each other.

Listen to Elsabe Smit explaining the magic of our words on The Elsabe Smit Show on 10th Decembe 2017 at 4pm on this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

Here is a link to the recorded show on Youtube.

 

Acupuncture: The Tip of the Iceberg

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is only one of the five pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Paul Roger explains the power of acupuncture when it is used as part of a holistic approach.

Paul is a qualified acupuncturist and a member of the British Register of Complementary Practitioners.

He is passionate about Traditional Chinese Medicine and feels genuine care for all of his patients. His mission is to help them get rid of their pains, discomforts and stresses, so that they can make the most out of their life and enjoy it to the fullest.  Result-driven, he keeps studying the various forms of acupuncture in addition to pursuing a diploma in Chinese Osteopathy.

Originally from Normandy, France, Paul has settled in the UK with his wife in October 2012.

Being from an Economics and Marketing background, Paul studied in Le Havre, Montreal, Edinburgh and Lyon between 2007 and 2012.  In the summer of 2015 Paul decided to really make a difference in the world one person at a time through healing.

With an instinct for reading human bodies and an interest for shamanism, Paul enrolled in a diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Oriental Medicine from which he graduated in April 2017.
Wanting to extend his knowledge about this millennia-old technique, Paul attended the Foundation track of the SiYuan Balance Method Acupuncture in Paris in May 2017, which unveiled yet another way of practising acupuncture, providing patients with instant results.

The name Yggdrasil Acupuncture came about as a way of merging the Norse and Oriental influences present in Paul’s life into a coherent whole. Yggdrasil being the Norse Tree of Life, it bears strong connections to healing and shamanism.

In addition, Paul is a Drengr (warrior) of the Jomsborg organisation, attached to the Ulflag and considers himself a modern viking. With their companions, he and his wife campaign throughout the UK and Europe, re-enacting life and battles of the viking age around 800-1200.

Listen to Paul Roger explaining how acupuncture is a part of a bigger solution, on The Elsabe Smit Show on 31st December 2017 at 4pm on this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

A link to the recorded show will be posted here after the show.  If you cannot connect on the live show, diarize the date and come back later to watch the recording on Youtube.

Gandhi's Gift of Awakening to the World

Some people leave an indelible imprint on the history of mankind. Cynthia Lucas helped capture the life of peace activist Mahatma Ghandi as a reminder of what can be, in a time when we desperately need such a reminder.

Cynthia Lukas—CO-PRODUCER is a film producer, writer and lecturer of transformative films that educate and inspire.

She and Director-Co-Producer Kell Kearns created the non-profit educational media organization, Heaven on Earth Creations, in 2004.

They have co-produced six acclaimed documentaries about humanity's oneness and nonviolence, such as the acclaimed PBS Biography of the great Sufi poet, RUMI RETURNING (2007).

Their 7TH AND 8TH are GANDHI'S GIFT and GANDHI’S AWAKENING, to be broadcast by American Public Television on PBS. These are the first major films about Gandhi made in the U.S.

Cynthia began her career as a college English professor and print journalist. She was a two-term City Councilwoman in Scottsdale, Arizona. Now Cynthia lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

She loves to present these films around the world, such as at the UNESCO Universal Forum of Cultures (Monterrey), World Peace Festival (Berlin), University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (Durban), St. Ethelburgas Centre of Peace and Reconciliation (London), National Cathedral (Washington, D. C.), Parliament of World’s Religions (Salt Lake City), Spiritual Living Convention (New Orleans), etc.

After a recent program of GANDHI’S GIFT, an audience member offered: “While I have been a fan of Gandhi for many years, watching GANDHI’S GIFT and listening to you speak sparked a new interest for this great man in me. I want you to know that I enjoyed your question and answer period after the film, as much as the film itself."

Listen to Cynthia Lucas explaining the heritage of Mahatma Ghandi on The Elsabe Smit Show on 24th December 2017 at 4pm on this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

A link to the recorded show will be posted here after the show.  If you cannot connect on the live show, diarize the date and come back later to watch the recording on Youtube.

A Change Is As Good As a Holiday

Do you believe that a new beginning means leaving your past behind you?  That is not the case. 

You take your entire past with you into your new beginning.  The question is not whether, but how you deal with your past.

Will you have doubts?  Yes, of course.  Again, how do you deal with the doubts?  Because if you don't ackowledge the doubts, they will grow and set you back.

Elsabe Smit and her friends from the Pleiades give some advice on The Elsabe Smit Show on 12th November 2017 at 4pm on this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

Here is the link to the recorded show on Youtube

I Feel Fine: How to Ground and Protect Yourself

Rob Burlinson grew up in Newcastle Upon Tyne, and from an early age was very interested in subjects such as Astrology, crystals, and spirituality.   After gaining a degree in English, he initially pursued a career in music, and ended up composing music for theatre productions.   It was while in north-east Scotland touring with a show in 2002 he came across the Findhorn Foundation, which, after first visiting, was like being hit by a ‘spiritual sledgehammer’, and after which he was never quite the same again.   He began attending Findhorn regularly, and doing numerous workshops there, including ‘Astroshamism’, with Franco Santoro, ‘Communicating with the Intelligences of Nature’, with Dorothy Maclean (one of the three founders of Findhorn) as well as on ‘Spiritual Development’ and ‘Life Purpose’.

 His experiences at Findhorn led him to first train as an Integrative Counsellor, and then do a five year training in crystals and subtle energy with the Vibrational Healing Foundation (VHF) in London.  He gained the qualification of ‘Subtle Energy Medicine Specialist’. 

 At various times he has also studied sound healing, Astrology and shamanism.

 With the support of VHF in 2013 he founded the ‘Academy of Inner Resonance’ a school of subtle energy healing and inner development, that runs a two-year part time Crystal and Energy healing Diploma course at the Holistic Centre in Godalming, Surrey, which is accredited by the ‘Federation of Subtle Energy Medicine’   He also offers workshops and talks in the Surrey area on crystals, astrocrystal therapy, sound healing, and spiritual development and writes articles on various aspects of healing.   Earlier this year he presented a week long workshop ‘Working with crystals and subtle energy’ at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland.

Find ways to protect and ground yourself on The Elsabe Smit Show on 3rd December 2017 at 4pm on this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

Here is a link to the recorded show on Youtube.

The Cat and Cauldron: A Modern Pagan Shop

What is the difference between a pagan, druid and witch?

Where does paganism fit into modern life? 

What are the tools of the trade and why? 

Trevor Jones, the director of a witchcraft shop in Glastonbury provides information.

Trevor Jones speaks English, French, Spanish, and some Dutch. He has a BA Honours in Humanities from the Open University, and is a Director of The Cat and Cauldron, a witchcraft shop in Glastonbury in the south of England.

Listen to a fascinating talk on  The Elsabe Smit Show on 26th November 2017 at 4pm on this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

Here is the  link to the recorded show on Youtube.

The Body Secret - The Magic of Resilo

How can the movement in your body be restored after trauma? 

What is the difference between structure and motion in the body? 

Where does Resilo succeed when e.g. physiotherapy or acupuncture is not appropriate?

The Slocombe family are four generations of medical inventors and therapists.

Chris’s father Keith, a consultant physiotherapist, opened the UK’s first holistic Clinic in 1970 and in Harley Street, London in 1975; using his invention of Resilotherapy.

Chris also developed two therapies, including a modern version of Resilo and opened a College, Clinic and Archive in 2015.

After years of study and apprenticeship he re-structured the works of his father and concentrated on and refined the RESILO Therapy.

Chris received raving testimonials from VIPs like John Cleese: ‘Chris The Magician’,

Sean Connery: ‘You’ve got the touch’,

Wayne Sleep ‘I performed better’,

Arabian Princess ‘Only one who could take the pain away’.

Others named him Magic Hands. Some think he works miracles.

Some believe this is unique and only he can work these wonders but the fact is:

RESILO is a new and teachable technology that brings about stunning results in a body!

Listen to a fascinating talk on this method on The Elsabe Smit Show on 19th November 2017 at 4pm on this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

Here is the link to the recorded show on Youtube

Of Course I'm Right: Using Judgment and Justice

What is right and what is wrong?  How do we learn the difference? 

How do we define justice and what does that have to do with the law? 

Do we find the definition of right and wrong in religion?  Or do our parents teach us? 

Elsabe Smit answers this sticky question with some straight answers.

Listen to a fascinating talk on The Elsabe Smit Show on 15th October 2017 at 4pm on this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

Here is a link to the recorded show on Youtube.

How do we manage communication, connection and relationships in a new on-line world where virtual people become more important than our family and circle of friends?

Amber McAuley explains and provides strategies for survival.

Amber acts as both the primary coordinator of all global online-learning programs as well as a facilitator of the various Mindfulness Without Borders (MWB) curricula and workshops.

She comes to MWB as a published author, public speaker and child and youth counselor.

Amber helms MWB’s Mental Health Matters free webinars for teachers and their classrooms across the globe and is the founder of Move-it for Young Minds.

Listen to a fascinating interview with Amber McAuley on The Elsabe Smit Show on 5th November 2017 at 4pm on this link: https://www.facebook.com/AskElsabeSmit/videos  

Here is a link to the recorded show on Youtube.

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