Mental Health Mantra 19/365
I wake up and ask myself this question today. I feel there's something I need to do and so I have to go to my toolkit and see what it is that resonates. In my book that I'm currently writing, ReBalance Me, I have 7 ways to wellness, they are Boost, Nourish, Cocoon, Support, Create, Care and Move.
To answer this mantra today, I go look in each of these ways and ask myself what I need, what's the message coming through. What's resonating?
Sitting quietly I close my eyes, letting my breath flow in and out of my nose.
In those few minutes, I realised I needed the following prescription for the day, to rebalance me.
ReBalance-Me Prescription for Jules : )
This prescription helped me to shift things today.
Do you have a toolkit of stuff that you turn to?
Hands up, don't we forget? Especially when we are dealing with stress, high anxiety, apprehension, add in the blanks you're dealing with currently, ______________, __________________, ________________.
I remembered I need reminders and repetition, which is why I'm creating these Mental Health Mantras, to send calm and soothing messages to my subconscious mind.
Sincerely hope this helps you too.
Keep centred starseeds on your own intuitive intelligence.
"Art with Heart - Calm your Mind, Soothe your Soul."
Mental Health Mantra 4/365
The day started off on a high as I heard the news that the extradition of Julian Assange had been refused. Such good news! This would have been an attack on press freedom and we really do need this to be upheld, as we witness more and more censorship over the last 9 months. The mainstream media have turned into a PR departmental arm of the government and more and more so, not investigative stations.
This is why I turned the news off 32 years ago.
Anyway, I have been following closely on Twitter all that has been going on and it appalls and shocks me. The wool is very much being pulled over our eyes. I intuitively knew that I had to go inwards.
As the day progressed, I shifted, I had a lovely walk with a friend around Sefton Park perimeter, there were so many people out walking, talking, running, cycling.
I then had a wonderful Reiki Relaxation Meditation session with the holistic practitioner from Chai Cancer Care. She has been so supportive of me for the past few months, her meditations and full body relaxation, as well as channelling Reiki are helping a great deal. I am truly grateful for Chai Cancer Care as they have been a life saver for me and my husband during this time when all cancer wellbeing services are still closed.
The mantra for this Muse and blog post today is Holding The Light, currently so important for me and maybe for you? The light will always outshine the darkness and dense energies. Therefore it's something I say to myself regularly.
I am holding the light
I am holding the light.
You may find this helpful too.
Know that I'm sending you oodles of hugs
Keep shining and holding your light and trust your intuitive intelligence.
Muse Mantras >Art with Heart< "Calm your Mind Soothe your Soul."
I’m a huge fan of Vera and I like to challenge myself so here I am drawing DCI Vera Stanhope and creating her Muse Mantra. I love everything about the series, the scriptwriting, the cast, the one liners of Vera. Priceless. For this Muse Mantra I thought I would have a go at doing two different images one with watercolours and one with professional markers. These are my usual go-to but I wanted to see how watercolour would feel for this image. I am always listening and writing down mantras and affirmations, and the one that Vera says in one of the episodes really resonates.
xo Julia xo
People often ask me how I integrate and weave Reiki into Muse Mantra Portraits
How can a 2D piece of paper/canvas absorb Reiki and what does that mean anyway?
I find myself talking about this a lot, so I thought I would share my ritual, whether I’m working with paper or canvas.
If you’re not familiar with Reiki, it is a wonderful energy system that can be used in any part of your life. It's pronounced “ray-key” which means Rei “spiritual” or “sacred ” and ki “energy.”
Together they are translated in the West to mean “Universal Energy.” Ki has the same meaning as Chi in Chinese, Prana in Sanskrit, and Ti or Ki in Hawaiian, however, whatever you choose to call this energy, it’s the same vital energy force of all things.
Energy in Art
Have you ever looked at a piece of art and felt the energy within the painting?
Or perhaps been drawn to an image on a greeting card in a shop?
Are you pulled to certain colours and felt soothed by them?
As a Reiki Master and having worked with it for the last 15 years, I know that everything is energy; you can feel it, hear, see it and sense it.
Ultimately I am infusing the 3 of the symbols I use into the paper. You've heard of using a proxy when giving Reiki, often we can use a teddy bear, or plant or a photograph to send the Reiki, in drawing an illustration of you, I am weaving in the symbols directly into the pencil, pens and markers. You won't see it in the finished piece, but you'll feel it.
Any Muse Mantra will become a totem or a talisman for your daily journey.
The more I use Reiki in my creative process, the more messages and stories I pick up, which I now pass onSo what do I do?
There are three parts:
1) Setting up the Space:
I always take time to set up the zone and space where I’m working.
As I gather my things together, and lay them out, I will light incense, a candle and put on some mantra music – I love Snatam Kaur and Deva Premal.
2) Quiet Time:
Sitting down, ready to start, I get quiet, and relax. Here I will invite in my Reiki, Spiritual and Animal Guides. I activate my hands with Reiki and ask for it to flow freely within the sketch/or the colour. I wrote my own private prayer so this is where I’ll say it.
After I have done this, I then cast my eyes over the collection of photographs that I have of the person I'm drawing. The photos are for me to get a sense, a feeling of who they are. I never create the same image from a photo.
3) The Creative Act (sketch/colour)
I now just let this process flow – I begin to sketch. I note down any thoughts, feelings or messages I’m getting, which I can share with them when we connect later. Whether this is for an individual or for a family, the process is the same. During this time, I like to listen to any sonic music, sometimes classical. After I have finished the sketch I then move on to the colour-fill.
I make sure to haven lemon water by my side. I’m never without lemons : )
When I’m happy with the finished illustration I will invoke the distant healing symbol within the piece, sending a blessing to the person who I’m creating, even if they have passed over. I also create portraits of animals and do the same.
In the past couple of years I have been choosing crystals, laying the illustration down on a crystal grid - the crystals add more insight to the process and I love discovering the ones I have chosen and their meaning.
The more I use Reiki in my creative process, the more messages and stories I pick up, which I now pass on.
I was commissioned to draw Barry's Muse Mantra. (What's a Muse Mantra, I hear you ask?! - you can find out here.)
Receiving Reiki is relaxing, soothing, calming and wonderful for releasing stress. Add to this your own Muse Mantra to anchor and what you get .... is truly magical. (if you're new here, watch this short video that explains Muse Mantras.)
I love that men are stepping forward and I would love to encourage you to gift this healing to a male in your life.
Barry wrote me this below and I feel it's written for you. Thank you Dear Man. Very blessed to have met you.
When I first asked Julia if I could participate in the process of producing my Healing Muse Portrait I wasn't sure what it meant for me.
As the process began and Julia updated me, something changed.
I have been on my path many years now and sometimes we come to a crossroads or lose sight of what we first set out to do.
I had reached this place but I began to feel a sense of warmth and change.
My mind began to clear and I was able to see my vision again.
At that time I was not sure where the process was up to.
It's only now that I came to understand that the woven healing in my portrait was taking place.
When I first viewed the first images, I felt that warmth, that healing washing over me.
It was so powerful I had to take several hours to take it all in.
After a while I was able to send my feelings to Julia. We had connected in such a healing way.
I would encourage all people, more men especially, to take part in this process.
Open your heart and soul to the total experience.
Feel the healing begin and let it flow through you.
Relax your thoughts and be accepting of the love and healing that will open up your mind and heart.
The art is the bonus you get to keep, to remind you of your journey, to look at and remind yourself of the light and power you possess.
Julia will help you discover it.
I also created a video of the entire drawing from start to finish.