Welcome to Angelic Complementary Therapies September 2023 Newsletter
Hello and welcome to my September newsletter. It seems the classic English summer continued into August! Let’s hope now the “school holidays” are over we get some warmer weather (which it currently is as I write).
I’ve decided to write about change this month as it appears to be so prevalent in my life at present. For me, personally, September has always been the month I’ve experienced the biggest change throughout the year - not necessarily the beginning of the year, when many make New Year resolutions (change). One thing I love about living in the UK are the seasons. I love all of our seasons, but Autumn has and is the one I struggle with the most. I think it leads back to a new school year, a time of uncertainty, Fred (my tortoise) begins to prepare for hibernation, evenings draw in, and a time when nature begins to, for want of a better word, rest/sleep. Being totally honest, if I could be like Fred and hibernate, I would. But alas, this is not possible. For the best part of 50 years I have dreaded the month of September. However, this year I’m going to try my best to embrace change with an open heart, including the change of season - like nature, allow time to rest and replenish.
I wish I had the instant attitude that change is a good thing, embrace change… but being true and honest to myself, change scares me – until now (I say with determination). I understand exactly where the fear comes from, and there are times (like now) I have to stop, think, evaluate and reason with myself. I know without change you stagnate and life passes you by – which I certainly do not want. I suppose at the end of the day it’s balance. Enough change to grow and live a full life, but not so much that it becomes overwhelming (and right now, my change is a little too overwhelming for my liking). However, change is inevitable – it’s called living - but it seems recently, the universe has big plans for me regarding change. I do know one thing and that is I can’t fight it, so instead I turn my sail to the winds and may they blow me forward (whilst holding on for what may be a bumpy ride). I’ve traversed many turbulent waters in the past, for which I am now grateful for as I became a stronger person for it, even though at the time I questioned “Why?”.
It’s at times like these you really need your “tribe” around you. Supporting you. Cheering you along, or offer a guiding hand if you trip and fall. Encouraging you to get up again and continue forward because everything will be alright. I’m very lucky in the fact I have an amazing family, if ever any of us fall, we’re right there, by each other’s side, like pillars of strength.
I also feel eternally grateful for the spiritual side of my Tribe – loved ones who have passed, my Guardian Angels, The Archangels and my ever devoted Spirit Guides. Last weekend, whilst visiting CarFest, I asked for their support – I tell no lie, the band performing began playing a song I always associate with my main Spirit Guide. I was then blown away when the song was played again by the next band! And then to top it all, Rick Astley played “Angels on my side.” This song is all about being thankful and appreciative of all the love and support you receive in both good times and hardships – I could not put it better myself.
Here are the lyrics to Angels On My Side
Sometimes I just don't feel like waking up Wanna stay inside my, dreams Sometimes, I feel like I am breaking up Do you know just how that feels
Hope is for the hopeful It's a dream that never dies Faith is for the, faithful I see it in your eyes
And I got angels on my side I got angels, flying high And everything gon' be, alright 'Cause I got angels on my side
I need the people that I really love To only give me truth Don't fake it, I can't take it My heart is, close to breaking It reminds me of my youth
Hope is for the hopeful It's a dream that never fades Faith, is for the faithful And I will not be swayed
'Cause I got angels on my side I got angels flying high And everything gon' be alright 'Cause I got angels, on my side
Everything gon' be alright Everything gon' be alright Everything gon' be alright Everything gon' be alright
Everything gon' be alright
'Cause I got angels on my side Oh, yeah
Can you see them Can you see them
I got angels on my side
Angels flying high And everything gon' be alright 'Cause I got angels on my side
I got angels, you got angels Everybody got their angels on their side Everything's gonna be alright You got angels, I got angels Everybody got their angels by their side It's alright, it's alright I got angels, you got angels Everybody got an angel by their side
We got angels on my side I got angels, you got angels Everybody got their angels by their side Oh, yeah
I’ve also continued with “50 years – 50 things I must do” list and visited The Globe theatre in London. I and was also fortunate enough to see a performance of Macbeth. It was a fabulous experience and one I would certainly recommend. Last weekend, I experienced my first ever festival – CarFest, South. It was great to look at many beautiful cars including a trip down memory lane at a VW Dormobile. Every year, my dad and step-mum used to squash myself, siblings and step-siblings into the camper van and we’d travel across Europe for a month – great memories. I have also recently returned from a couple of days in Northumbria after visiting Hadrian’s Wall – wow, what a stunning place. Although I didn't see Kevin Costner (Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves film) at the famous sycamore gap - the second oldest tree in England. Hadrian's Wall is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit, and finally I have. The weather was pretty good too, which made the 20 miles walked in two days more fun. And the food! Incredible. I also saw the Angel of the North. Huge!
So as you see, it’s all about balance and supporting each other, with love, true genuine love.
Why do some find change so difficult?
Change is not always easy. This is because the brain has to rewire many existing neural pathways to adapt to the new conditions. This is something that cannot be rushed – it takes time and effort. With the initial discomfort, a sense of fear is naturally created. The brain’s natural instinct is challenged, old familiar ways are taken over as we prepare to face the new circumstances that we are not used to. But with time, effort, belief, going with the flow – change can and will occur.
At the end of the day, our brain is a survival machine which naturally becomes apprehensive with not knowing if it can effectively adapt itself to change. But here’s the thing – we have all the power within us to not only adapt to change, but also actively grow from it.
As hard as it may seem at times, embrace change and see the hidden grace within it and welcome the change with an open heart.
I love this!
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates
It is easy to lie in bed at night and think of the things that went wrong that day, and often these things go round and around our head before we fall asleep. It is perfectly normal – but it is within our power to change this and focus on the positives instead of the negatives.
If this is happening to you, try this exercise for self-compassion – each night write down three things that you did well that day.
Feel free to write what you want – for example, a good job you did that day, that you ate well, exercised, was a good friend to somebody – anything you felt you did well. It doesn’t matter how big or small, it’s about spending time focusing on the positives.
Keep the notes you write for future reference. They can cheer you up on a bad day, or provide you with inspiration for improvement.
Crystal of the month – Malachite
Malachite is a stone that is known to be supportive around change and positive new beginnings. This is one of the first crystals I ever bought! Little did I know at the time, it would support me when I started the pathway of discovering crystals – I was naturally drawn to it’s beautiful green colour and striking stripes. If you have ever been to my house, you will see it sits’ on the shelf by my front door. It’s stunning.
Malachite will also help balance your mood and provide you with a positive outlook as you begin to move forward into new beginnings. This stone is also connected with the heart chakra that will help you remain open to unconditional love.
Quote for the month
“Change is inevitable, growth is optional” John Maxwell
Everyone has a guardian angel who has been with you since their soul’s creation. Now your guardian angel is drawing closer to you than ever. This angel guide knows you, loves you and accepts you completely.
I wonder what September has in store for each of us? Balance – and if things get tough, know that you are surrounded by love, guidance and support.
I genuinely hope for everyone’s nearest and dearest to be healthy, happy and content -and lots of smiles too. Be kind to all, but mostly yourself, and I look forward to seeing you soon, with Love and Light.
Kate x ^i^ x
Kate Palmer-Marshallsay MAR BA (Hons) Complementary Therapist - Professional Reflexologist, Angelic Reiki Master, Reiki Master and Angelic Practitioner
Angelic Complementary Therapies
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