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  • Why I’m No Longer Using The Word “Woo”

    Woo is a word that I will no longer be using…

    I used to use it until I realised what I was trying to say: that even though I believed in what I was saying, I felt like I needed to tone it down to make it acceptable to other people.

    When we say “OK, this is a bit woo, but hear me out…”, what we’re really saying is “I know you think it’s silly so I’m going to pretend that I don’t believe in it as much as I actually do…”

    What I’ve found is that as I’ve moved further and further along my spiritual journey, I care less about what other people think because I’m more sure of what I consider to be truth. As I experience more and tune in more to the spiritual world, it leaves less room for avoiding or denying certain things – even if other people can’t see them yet.

    Whether it’s psychic senses, energy, law of attraction, or astrology, if that’s really what you believe then you don’t need to water it down with woo. It’s OK for you to believe what you want to believe if you think that it’s true.

    Next time you feel yourself hesitantly putting forward an opinion and watering it down with the word woo, tune in to why you feel this is. From my own times using the woo word, it was because a witch wound was being triggered so I was scared to put forward a spiritual point of view.

    The witch wound is something that affects us all and I’m going to do a whole separate blog about it after I read the book Witch by Lisa Lister. Once it’s ready it will be linked here!

    But it’s this witch wound from our past lifetimes where we were persecuted for our beliefs (which was probably everyone reading this blog) that compels us to label our beliefs more safely as weird and woo instead of true.

    How would it feel to remove the woo and just say what you really want to say?

    How would it feel to give your advice, knowing that it’s what someone needs, without feeling like you need to say it’s a bit silly?

    How else could you share your spiritual opinion while honouring the power that you know it has?

    If we leave no room for the word woo, then we’re taking up all of the space available with our truth of what we believe to be right; and not only what we believe to be right, but what we believe to be helpful. That’s why we’re putting it forward in the first place.

    So, this is just something to think about – and again, no judgement for using the word woo because I did too! Hence why I’m writing this, because I had the realisation of why I was actually doing it and why I have since stopped…

    I believe that the spiritual point of view is becoming more and more normal, and soon there’ll be no need for the word woo because we won’t have to water down our ideas and opinions because more people will see how they’re valuable.

    If you think that something is going to heal and enlighten people, then just share it with the world without feeling like you need to acknowledge that other people think it’s silly.

    If you don’t think it’s silly then say it because you think it’s true – without the word woo.


  • What Past Life Regression Is Like…

    PAST LIVES are something that have always fascinated humanity, and if you’re curious about seeing yours – there’s a way that you can.

    For the first time ever, I had a past life regression after leaving it on my to-do list for many years. I never found the right person to take me through the process until I finally met Daniel @ The Past Life Regressionist.

    I’ve tried and tested so many different types of readings, but this was like no other because I was the one experiencing it all…

    When you have a past life regression, it’s not someone telling you what they see. It’s you experiencing everything that you can see from your own past lives.

    Our past lives are something that we casually refer to in conversation, like saying that people we know are “probably from a past life” (for more about this, see my other blog How To Know If You Have A Past Life Connection With Someone).

    You may also feel inexplicably enamored by certain places or styles, for example, I’ve always felt attached to Japan and when I had my Reiki attunement this just got even stronger. When I looked around my house, I noticed that there were white flying cranes, delicate fan prints and oriental waves emblazoned all over my interiors, bedsheets and mugs.

    The funny thing? I’ve never even been to Japan!

    ⋆☽ What is Past Life Regression? ☾⋆

    If you connect with the idea that your soul comes back to Earth again and again and is born into different bodies over many different lifetimes, then that’s what you’ll be exploring more during your past life regression.

    What many people don’t know about past life regression is that it’s an immensely healing experience.

    We can hold on to so much trauma from our past lives where we were betrayed, killed, silenced or heartbroken in some way, and then that stays in our energy field where it can still affect us.

    By going through this regression experience, we can unlock the wounds which we haven’t been able to fully heal so far because we didn’t make them in this life. 

    ⋆☽ What happens in a regression session? ☾⋆

    As The Past Life Regressionist is based in California and I’m in England, we held our session over Zoom. This would have been the case for any regressionist I used though, as I had my session during the pandemic.

    And if you’re wondering – no, it didn’t lessen my experience at all!

    I also did an interview with the regressionist on my podcast to share more about how taking people through their other lifetimes works. Listen to Time Travel with The Past Life Regressionist here 🎙️

    A questionnaire was sent to me beforehand so that I could get clear on my intentions for the meeting and anything that I particularly wanted to look into, and then the first hour of the session was spent having a consultation.

    I’ve had hypnotherapy before – 3 sessions for generalised anxiety disorder + 2 for fear of public speaking – and the process was very similar to that. The state of hypnosis that I went into also felt the same as when I had hypnotherapy.

    I feel obliged to mention here that there is some serious stigma around what “hypnosis” really means! In absolutely no way are you at the mercy of your regressionist. You are entirely conscious and aware, but you’re just in a very relaxed state that I’d describe as like being in a deep meditation.

    It was very easy for me to get into this state as I was lying on my sofa alone in my own home, under a nice blanket…

    Then, once it’s time to begin after the consultation, your practitioner talks you through the beginning of the regression to relax you and bring you through various states of consciousness; through an Alpha state to a Theta state.

    Once they’ve led you through the meditation, you’ll probably have some visualisation practice where you describe certain images so that you get used to saying exactly what you’re seeing in your mind.

    If you have any clairvoyant ability, then you’ll likely see your past lives in the same way as you see a vision. If you don’t, then it’s kind of like seeing movie images in your mind.

    I also found that my experience was very sentient too, for example, in one lifetime I knew I was poisoned from feeling very dizzy and like the room was spinning, and I was also moved to tears going into one of my other lifetimes because I was so upset at what happened.

    I don’t want any of these to frighten you though because, as I said before, I was completely in control and at any moment in the regression I could have instantly come out of it just by opening my eyes if I wanted to.

    ⋆☽ What did I see? ☾⋆

    Now, for the exciting part! What I actually saw…

    For me, my lifetimes moved in chronological order – ranging from 6000 BC to Victorian times. That said, I only saw 5 lifetimes so you can expect to just see the ones which are the most important for you to acknowledge and heal.

    My session was about 5 hours in total but I didn’t realise it at all. In the first lifetime that I saw, I was an Egyptian heir to the throne. But I wasn’t the son of a ruler as such – my father was a spiritual leader who was in charge at the time.

    There were pyramids (yep, just like you’d imagine) and I was stood watching a human sacrifice. I felt like something wasn’t quite right, as if they didn’t really get what spirituality meant (!) and I found it all very cold and ritualistic. The rituals meant everything in that lifetime.

    I was probably aged between 17-19 in the vision and when I asked myself why I died, that’s when the room started spinning and I realised that I’d been poisoned. Afterwards, I Googled whether human sacrifice took place in Egypt because I’d never heard of it before and that’s where I got the date of 6000 BC.

    On to the next lifetime I went…

    In the next lifetime, I was part of a jungle tribe and my existence was simple and beautiful; everyone was completely in tune with nature and astrology was a sacred part of how we ran our lives. I was being shown this lifetime as an example of how easy life can be and how wonderful it feels to be in flow with nature.

    Not much to learn here, but a welcome reminder of how good life can be.

    The next lifetime…

    Then I moved into the 1600’s where I was a lowly woman who lived in a village of huts between towering tall trees in a forest. A colonial man on a horse came in and set the village alight, making me fall to my knees screaming as I stared at a burning hut with my baby inside.

    I was so overcome with emotion that I started crying, which is unusual for me, but I was genuinely distraught. After doing some healing work with the regressionist, I saw my soul floating out of that body as if I’d managed to finally release the trauma that I’d been holding onto ever since.

    I don’t know about other regressionists, but Daniel has a specific technique to help you release any trauma from each lifetime if you need it.

    Now, for another beautiful lifetime!

    My beloved Japan… being a spiritual teacher and writer, and again, feeling so in tune with nature.

    Between Mount Fuji and the pink cherry blossom, there I was, living my best life! This was one for the memory books, and again – like the jungle life – is something that I can always try to attain while I’m here and in the lives still to come.

    The last one I saw…

    I was born a wealthy lady in a Victorian manor house and because of my class, I was fortunate enough to have an education. My heart was telling me that I wanted to write but the husband of the arranged marriage that I was in thought differently.

    I could see myself talking to the house staff, who were the only people that I really felt connected to, but then I’d get scolded and snatched away from them because we weren’t meant to mix with other classes. The aristocracy which could be seen from the outside as a blessing felt like a suffocating curse.

    I saw us stood by the fireplace arguing and him snatching the paper that I was writing on before throwing it into the fire. Again, emotion started to rise up and I felt furious, as though I absolutely couldn’t stand this man.

    No surprise… more healing and release work was required for this one!

    ⋆☽ What did I learn? ☾⋆

    The main thing I learned is that we still carry so much emotional baggage from other lifetimes.

    I can see how it would be easy to write it off as just illusions and metaphors rising up from our subconscious, which is why I believe it’s important to actually experience it before you make any kind of judgement.

    Otherwise, you have a very incomplete picture to base your assessment on.

    It confirmed some of the things that I already intuitively felt, like my attachment to certain places, and it helped me to reach some of the grief and trauma that I would never have been able to access here and now without the session.

    I saw a common theme of writing which I wasn’t surprised by at all, as writing is still my favourite thing to do. And I also crossed paths with some dear friends that, again – no surprise, were with me through many other incarnations.

    ☽ ☆ ☾

    Overall, I think that if you’ve been drawn to read this article then it’s for a reason. When we have that intuitive pull towards something like this, it’s because our soul senses that our time is coming and it’s almost ready to dive deeper.

    There might be something in a past life regression session for you that could give you the answers you haven’t found yet. My experience was profound, healing and will stay with me forever.

    If you decide to have one too, I hope that yours will be the same!


  • How To Truly Surrender

    This will be the last blog that I write for a while.

    Whenever you feel like you have too much on your plate – whether it’s been dished up by you or other people – the time and space that you need to make miracles happen isn’t there anymore.

    A crucial part of manifesting is making space, and that applies to your schedule too. It’s especially true if you’re a creative. If you’re trying to create something beautiful in the form of art or words, it soon becomes impossible when your head is swirling with to-do lists and appointments.

    Your channel gets so clogged up that there’s no room for new ideas to come through.

    It can also make you so fixed on a certain path that you can’t surrender to where the Universe wants to lead you next. By being open; being willing to change; being prepared to end things even when they’ve been working well for you – that’s when you are truly surrendering to the possibility of being on your highest path.

    Instead of surrendering to other people, surrender to what YOU really want instead.

    Allow the Universe to sweep through your life and make any changes it wants to make. It will show you these through feelings, signs, and things which aren’t working or don’t feel good anymore. Allow yourself to make these changes by trusting that there’s always more to be revealed in the next phase.

    Allow yourself to have space in your schedule for what you really want to do.

    I also encourage you to have your own keyword for 2021 and mine is “no”.

    When you love yourself enough, that’s when you learn the power of saying no and surrendering to what you truly want at the cost of all the things you don’t.

    That will probably mean not replying to every DM, especially when you can sense that they’re soliciting ones hoping to attach to your energy. It will mean turning down meetings and offers for collaboration, if the payoff doesn’t feel worth the time you’ll be investing. Undoubtedly, it will mean your own desires, wishes and energy becoming sovereign 👑

    Allow yourself to be led by your heart and your desires.

    Allow yourself space for inspiration and guidance by tuning out the noise.

    Allow the Universe to lead you, knowing that life is an ongoing path and that by standing still you will never know what’s next.



    Ask yourself these questions – they’re good ones to journal on next time you’re setting intentions:

    • What am I actually meant to be doing right now?
    • What has served its time in my life?
    • What is next for me?
    • What do I need to make space for?
    • What do I need to start saying “no” to?

    By knowing these answers, you can realign yourself with what you’re meant to be doing instead of just what you should be doing.

    No one else but you owns your life or knows what you want from your time on this Earth.

    Trust the magical possibility that everything you want can actually come true for you, as long as you’re willing to surrender and say “no” to everything which isn’t it… ✨


  • What Does It Mean If You See An Orb?

    There are different theories about what it means if you see an orb.

    I’ve never experienced one myself, but I’d heard the word flying around (no pun intended!) and read about them in Wayne Dyer’s book, Wishes Fulfilled, where he shows a series of photos of his family with clear, white circles of light captured next to them.

    Depending on who you’re talking to about this, you’ll hear different things – so the most important thing is to discern what it means for you. Does it feel like a sign? An optical illusion from the photography process? Or a visit from the spirit of a passed love one?

    The context can also give you the answer that you’re looking for. For example, the colour of the orb, whether it was seen in real life or in a photo, and the situation it was seen in.

    Take your own meaning from this information, and see which answer feels best for you!

    An orb is a round sphere of light captured in a photo or seen hovering with the naked eye.

    They’re usually white, but can come in different colours which I’ll talk more about below…

    It’s this part which is up for debate.

    The majority of the time when they’re seen in photos, it’s some dust in the air which has been illuminated by a flash.

    However, this is when it’s important to start assessing the situation and surroundings of the photo. If there was no flash and no focused stream of light to show particles in the air like that, then it starts to become more mysterious.

    Often when people believe that a photo of an orb is the spirit of a passed love one (like in Wayne Dyer’s example), it’s because they appear in photos of important occasions, like a wedding, graduation, Christmas or family party. At these high energy events with all of the family there, you’d assume these would be the moments for spirits to visit and manifest as an orb. In these instances, people may take it as a sign that a much loved family member was there in spirit.

    When seen in real life, there are also stories of pets being drawn to them. Dogs will bark and cats will chase them. There are countless tales of – particularly dogs – reacting to metaphysical phenomenon like this. Their ability to pick up frequencies is far greater than the human body’s ability, so if you think of orbs as high frequency energy, it would make sense that animals can sense them more than we can.

    If you think that you’ve seen an orb, ask yourself these questions:

    • Was it in a photo or seen with the naked eye? If you’ve seen a floating ball of light with your naked eye, then it’s much more likely to be a spiritual phenomenon.
    • What event was this orb seen at? Happy events with family members are more likely to have a visitation from a loved one.
    • How did you feel about it? Is there something in your mind telling you that it’s just dust in the photo? Or did it give you goosebumps and the feeling that it’s something supernatural?

    In summary, it really depends on the specific situation that the orb has been seen in and your own interpretation of the cause.

    If you think that you’ve encountered an orb which is high frequency energy (and not an optical illusion), the colour of the energy might tell you the purpose of its visit.

    The most commonly seen are white and clear orbs. The energy of these is light, positive, and usually thought to indicate the spirit of a loved one.

    Conversely, a dark orb (such as a black orb) can be interpreted as a sign of danger or to say that there’s something to be cautious about. It could also mean there’s a low vibration spirit living in the place where it was seen.

    Blue is the colour of our Spirit Guides (as it says in the book Journey of Souls) so if you see a blue orb then it could be interpreted as a visitation from one of yours. Similarly, purple orbs are considered to be a spiritual message reminding you of your soul origin and asking you to follow a spiritual calling.

    Green is always related to the colour of healing in spirituality, so you could see a green orb as a message that healing energy is being delivered to you.

    The colours of the orbs have also been linked to the colours of different Archangels. As well as spirits, orbs are viewed by some people as a visitation from an Archangel. There are many different opinions about the colour that each Archangel will show up as, so I’ll leave it to you and your mind’s eye – but from my own experience, I have found AA Raphael to be seen unanimously as green and AA Michael to be somewhere on the spectrum between light blue and silver.

    ☽ ☆ ☾

    Whether you see an orb as a positive omen or a spooky optical illusion, it’s definitely an interesting phenomenon when they appear.

    If you think that they symbolise a visitation, then it’s wonderful to have photographic proof of that. If you don’t think that a spirit would show up in that way, then that’s fine too.

    The most important thing when you’re trying to understand what it means when you see an orb is how you feel based on your interpretation of the circumstances that you found it in.