I extend a very warm welcome to each and everyone of you, Its hard to believe that Spiritual Awakenings is 5 years old on the 1st of July 2020 - a mile stone achievement that was only possible with the support, love and dedication from yourselves. I hope that you are all well and smiling as always.
I would like to share with you our breaking news. We have now moved in to new premises - still in the heart of Barnsley. I'm looking forward to sharing new memories with you.
This period of uncertainty has challenged our on going pattern of behaviour, placing new
prospective in our journeys that lay ahead. It has not been easy to go through this journey, some of us alone and isolated from the people we love and care for. COVID19 is changing the way we see and do things during our daily lives. Placing our trust in the people who govern us. Seeing how different leaders have taken on the challenge to combat this awful virus has been interesting. Using interpretation and values to their own personal understanding of the issues they are confronted with, some have come together where others have taken the view to further use power to control people.
Many passings could have been avoided. Having spoken to my spirit team, asking so many questions regarding the situation I am told that they are always there supporting us, guiding us, and helping us heal during the period of uncertainty. The lives we have lost the spirit world has gained an army of Angels to help us unify the power of human kindness.
Friends, I believe that one of the most beautiful gifts we often share with people is the human touch; a simple hug, can give us reassurance that everything will turn out OK. Unfortunately this has not been able to happen and technology has so far slotted in to its place allowing us to be connected. Personally I don’t believe this has the same effect on us, however it has strengthened the importance of our basic need, that our basic human instincts is to protect, care and show love towards the people around us.
During this period, I have myself been affected on many different levels both emotionally and physically. Shedding tears, sadness and frustrations does not make me weak but I have taken comfort that the spirit world has been closer to me than ever. No one could have ever predicted this scenario. My faith and hope in the unseen world has given me the opportunity to look at things right here, right now - turning sadness into optimism and opportunities allowing growth to come within.
It is not easy, my friends, and it's still work in progress. However, I know wholeheartedly that there is the light at the end of the tunnel, not taking for granted what has been around me and how I got here.
Looking ahead, there will be many challenges, not only in my personal life as we all have that common sense of loss, but how Spiritual Awakenings will transform itself in this period for everyone to access the support and loved shared by all who attend.
I always allow spirit to inspire me to support and help you individually. I take comfort and am truly humbled by the love and care you have shown towards me and your peers at the centre.
I look forward to welcoming you all in our new premises.
Love and light x
Last week I was asked to preside over the funeral of a good friend. It was a wish she had asked of me many months ago and sadly brought forward due to a terminal illness. Whilst this was certainly a sombre occasion for all, I was only too happy to do this because I wanted to make sure her family and friends were able to partake in the best final journey possible. Unfortunately, Covid-19 played it's part. The ceremony inside the crematorium was limited to a small number of people but that didn't stop her wider circle of family and friends from attending. They congregated outside to watch and listen to my service outside, socially distanced and safe.
With this in mind, and with the current pandemic in full swing, I wanted to talk to you about funerals. The loss of a loved one will bring big changes to you, your family and friends and trying to come to terms with your loss may bring many challenging emotions, shock, fear, anger, regret, relief and love. But the finality of a funeral can sometimes bring peace. It's a chance to celebrate the life of the person, to understand them a little more and put their lives into perspective with the bigger world around them. And it's up to the person who delivers the service to make sure they are able to weave together a tapestry of their life, using information gathered from others.
For my friends funeral, I spent time with the family prior to the service and built a relationship - listening to wishes, hearing stories and memories and tried to gain a true picture of her as a person outside of my own knowledge. I took great care composing a truly uplifting service which was totally unique and, I believe, reflected her true character and nature, so I was able to accurately convey her to others.
This funeral isn't the first I've delivered and I certainly hope it's not my last. This is a celebration and to be asked to capture the life of a loved one with respect, to highlight their life, to aid reflection and support others through one of the most difficult days of their own lives, is an absolute honour.
Love and light.