The film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is causing quite a stir since it’s release this last week, and rightly so.
Freddie Mercury, as a singer, was an amazing front man for an incredible band which turned the world of rock music on its head.
I feel that the timing of the release of this movie is nicely aligned with the present astrological influences going on, where ‘energy forecasts’ are saying that we are entering a time where we are being called to speak our truth. To become an authentic expression of our being and to not be afraid of our feelings and passion.
It seems that we are being guided to use our voices for what we are passionate about and feel in our hearts. This is where Freddie comes in, I believe. He used his voice to it’s fullest potential, not holding back how he felt. He loved lyrics and sang them from his soul with feeling.
Freddie totally embodied the message and emotion of his songs. He was unique and wasn’t afraid to strut on stage and have fun. He had the balls to express himself without the need for approval. He knew the music would speak to those who resonated with it and created the music he loved. He knew what he wanted to create and got on with it.
I feel there are lessons to learn from Freddie, about the confidence to express and use our voices more today.
We can take a leaf out of Freddie’s (song) book and express our truth from our hearts with confidence. The way is open to do so and I feel the film will stimulate the fire and passion in many of us and inspire us to speak out and ‘walk our talk’ or even ‘talk our walk!’
Freddie was the leader of his band and audience, and yet off stage, was quiet and humble.
Let us, as inspiring figures in this new age, embody the balance of confidence with humility, and be honoured to express our truth and joy with passion, as we inspire others from a place of compassion and peace.
For me, as a singer who grew up in the 70’s, Freddie was an influence and I saw Queen live at their last ‘gig’ in ’86.
There was a little bit of Freddie in me when I was on stage. I loved to perform and walk around and express my lyrics passionately.
This last year, I performed in July and haven’t sung since then. I was thinking maybe it was time to give it up. But now, Freddie has come along to inspire me again! To remind me to share my songs, the ones close to my heart.
Maybe I will sing new songs or maybe I will write and speak through video or talks, sharing nuggets of wisdom and insights. Whatever the platform, I feel it is time for all of us to ‘free our voice’, and allow it to be a God-given vehicle for expressing from the heart.
This heart sharing will change how we relate to one another, in a more open, connective way. I can only see this as being fundamental as we move forward into a more conscious era.
I found a lyric sheet the other day of an older song I had written. The first line was, ‘Go with your heart, make a brand new start’. Was it a message for me? For you?
Is it time for your to speak up?
To celebrate who you are and to inspire others to do the same?
Just like Freddie?
Is the mercury rising inside of you, bubbling up to express the unique you? Go for it!
Don’t wait. As the great Freddie sang, ‘Time waits for nobody’.
It was a very hot summer’s afternoon and I was just seeing my good friend leave, when we came across a young Jackdaw just outside my door on the garden path.
Somehow, I felt an intuitive sense that the little bird needed my help and saw that he couldn’t fly up off the ground. He made his way round the side of the garden and I saw him go into the bin bunker.
I went to get a small animal carrier out of the boot of my car, and then went to check on the little one.
I found the little bird hiding behind the bins in the dark and underneath some tarpaulin sheets. The wee thing was obviously just looking for safety and rest. I carefully put some fleece over him and carefully lifted him into the carrier.
I have had pet rats for some years and my last girl, Kira had recently passed away about 4 weeks previous to this meeting with the bird. I had been procrastinating taking the rat toys out of the cage and putting them away, as I was still feeling too much emotion about it. And yet, that morning, I had cleaned a little area in the rat cage and was feeling closer to being able to start cleaning/sorting through the rats’ housing.
And so, conveniently, I had the large top part of the cage to put the little bird in whilst I could assess his condition. There didn’t appear to be any obvious injury, except for the wings appearing a little ruffled.
And so it happened, that for practical reasons, there I was, taking some of the rat toys down and making space for the little bird to nest and rest.
I didn’t think too much about changing the cage things around because it was a requirement and in aid of helping the little bird!
I used some of the rat fleece and a wooden hut that had been Kira’s bed for the 9 weeks I had been nursing her. I turned the hut on its’ side and it made the perfect little ‘nest’ enclosure for the jackdaw.
The little bird wasn’t too timid. In fact, after putting him into the cage, he quite happily and trustingly perched upon my arm and nestled down to sleep right there!
I was touched by his trusting nature and presence. It was clear now that the wee soul was exhausted. I got him some water with a few drops of rescue remedy in it and he drank a fair amount.
It was a very touching experience that the little one trusted me so quickly and seemed quite content once he realized I was there to help.
I had been through a similar experience once before with a young jackdaw a few years back that had been attacked by magpies. And so, this experience was very similar and familiar.
I believe the combination of the intense heat that day and whatever happened to the bird, had just left the wee thing exhausted. I thought he might be a recent fledgling and had maybe got pecked at so that he couldn’t fly. He seemed more exhausted than anything.
After a good drink I put the little bird into the wooden rat house with some fleece and tissues. He went to sleep and slept for most of the afternoon.
I left him alone to nip to the shops to pick up some food for him, and when I came home, he was still enjoying dozing and seemed very comfortable.
I brought in a few different foods to try with him after doing a bit of research online. Some soaked dog food, birdseed, sunflowers etc. He had even pecked away at some melon.
He kept drinking whenever I offered him water, and he was now curiously looking around and taking in his new surroundings.
He knew he was safe now and I kept speaking to him in soft comforting tones. He was happy to perch/sit on my hand anytime.
(Animals pick up on our intentions to help them if we communicate this to them. When we speak and act gently they are quick to relax and trust us).
I would stroke the little bird too, just lightly on its breast and his head. He liked to hop onto my hand and just be with me, as I gave him a wee tour of the room. I kept speaking to him, telling him I was helping him and that he was safe in a soft loving tone.
And so, my bedtime came and I said goodnight to the little bird. I left him out a variety of food and a water bowl.
The next morning I awoke early, around 5am, and was keen to check on my little visitor in the living room!
The wee birdy looked more alert and was awake and content. I don’t think he had eaten much. I masticated some cashew nut in my mouth and he had a little of that.
I wanted him to have some strength for the potential flight home!
I called him Blue after his lovely blue eyes.
And so, flight training began!!!
I took Blue over to the sofa and bobbed my arm up and down a few times whilst encouraging him to fly over to the arm rest. He did this successfully!
I then encouraged him to come back onto my hand and repeated the exercise a few times, each time encouraging him to fly to the arm rest. He was perking up and seemed to be enjoying the ‘game’!
He managed this exercise well and I could see that after all his pruning, his wings were looking healthy, and he was able to fly perfectly!
After a few times, the little bird confidently stretched his neck up and looked well pleased with himself! He squawked a few times and I knew it was time for him to leave me.
I took Blue over to the kitchen window and opened it wide. Once he heard the sounds of the birds outside, he moved his head side to side as he began recognizing and registering a more familiar landscape of sound.
He made a few calls again. Then we waited quietly.
I could hear Jackdaws in the distance, maybe a few blocks away, ‘replying’ in response to Blue’s calling.
Blue went silent. Still waiting…
And then I would hear the Jackdaws a little closer again!
We must have been waiting for about 15 minutes, and at one point, I wondered if this little one might be abandoned?
2 adult jackdaws arrived on the phone line a few metres about the window! The adults were looking around wondering where the little one was! They could hear him but hadn’t spotted him yet as they excitedly kept looking!
I was saying, ‘Down here! Down here! Look! Look, he’s here!’
And just then, all 3 of them were squawking loudly and excitedly for a few moments and Blue got so excited, he tried to get up on top of the window pane. There was so much excitement and joy in the calls! I could feel this joyful reunion inside of me, it was beautifully exhilarating and moving!
I gave Blue the last bit of help he needed from me, as I lifted him up onto the window sidebar. A few more calls, and he flew upwards with the two adults simultaneously, all 3 flying away together….
I burst into tears!!!
It was just such a moving experience with a blend of sadness at the departure of my friend and yet, ecstatic joy for the reunion I had just been witness to!
As I watched, I saw Blue and his parents land a few gardens along. I assume this would be a first landing rest before heading onto their territory and home.
I can only hope that all went well for Blue as I know my little friend would have needed food to give him strength. I am sure he was in good hands/wings now!
I am so grateful that I was able to help Blue get the rest he needed that day, and have a second chance at life. The connection I felt with him as he gave me his unconditional trust and affection (in his own way), spoke volumes to my heart.
And now when I hear the jackdaws, I feel a heightened appreciation whilst tuning into their voices, and a deepened connection to the world of birds, which I am so fond of.
Taking care of an animal in need can have such a profound effect on our being and can seem like the gateway into another dimension almost.
They invite us into experiencing life from their perspective and we can learn so much from their alignment with nature.
They remind of us of our own deeper connection with the natural world in a time when we moved with our instincts and felt the energy from the earth through our feet and senses.
This ‘earthly’ connection has been dampened to a large extent, as we moved away from the natural world to build houses/cities and started wearing shoes.
Appreciating wild animals or taking care of them when they need us to, offers us the opportunity to connect with another species, in a way that fosters amazing connectedness and unconditional love.
They help to reconnect us to the wild a part of our selves that was once very attuned with the natural world. They remind us of the world we can still be a part of. A chance to return to Eden. We left, but they didn’t.
As I stood at the window that day, with Blue perched on my shoulder and then my hand….as we both listened to the natural world. I got a sense of how different that place really is. It’s like another dimension of existence we are not really living in anymore. It can be brutal for sure, for the animals carving out a life, but there’s something so majestic, wild and beautiful too. Perhaps the Creator, through the animals, is calling to us, calling us home….to return to the garden.
As we listened to the cacophony of sounds of the various species of birds, I said to Blue, ‘it’s a jungle out there little one, be careful!’
I wish you well my friend. And thank you for your trust, your love, beauty and acceptance…….and for calling me (us) home.
My reasons for eating vegan were not originally about the animals. It was more for health reasons. I had come across David Wolfe (The Sunfood Diet Success System), and his research seemed to support a raw plant-based diet as the the healthiest choice. The fact that I had been macrobiotic for a few years and was feeling a bit down and heavy may have had something to do with it as well. So, when I came across David’s book, it was like a breath of fresh air!
And so it began. It wasn’t just about being vegan, it was ‘raw’ vegan. This strange new path that I was about to get on board with. I did it for 13 years. 100% raw or certainly ‘uncooked’ to the best of my knowledge. No cooked food, no processed food, hell, not even a bag of crisps! It was tough. My body didn’t know what had happened. I began to lose weight. I was following mainly a fruit diet to start with and it just wasn’t feeling very good after some time.
Thankfully, after a few years of not getting the results I had expected, I came across Gabriel Cousens and his wonderful book ‘Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine’. This book made sense and it covered a lot to do with tailoring a raw food diet on an individual basis and applying it in a balanced way. Cousen’s recommended a mineral rich, low sweet approach which was refreshing after all the fruit sugars I had been consuming.
Cousens went into the scientifics of cellular metabolism and how cancer and candida growth are perpetuated by sugar and the SAD (standard american diet). Dr Cousen’s had over 30 years experience with a raw food diet and had also helped many people heal themselves at his rejuvenation center, following an ‘individuated’ raw plant based diet.
After a few months of following the diet that Cousen’s recommended, I saw results! I finally felt healthy, had lots of energy and the way of eating was far more enjoyable with the inclusion of salty condiments/spices/oils and it all felt more ‘normal’ to me. Being low on salt doesn’t work for everyone! So, now my diet included a more raw ‘gourmet’ style of eating, including raw crackers, cookies, nut milks, salad dressings, spicy falafels and RAW CHOCOLATE!!! Annnnd, I had worked out how my air/water constitution could best be balanced through tailored food preparation.
So, this became more of the norm and I started enjoying the plant based diet. I began writing recipe books,and offering some low GI sweets by mail order. It was all rosy.
And then it happened……….!
One day, I heard the pitter patter of tiny webbed feet on the outside window ledge and I looked up to see Mr Woody, the resident wood pigeon (he was a regular visitor!) Yet something was different. When I looked at him, I felt him as though he was part of me. The sense of connection was so real to me, so amazing, and I knew in that moment ‘We Are All One’. (The realisation inspired a song I entitled ‘All As One’) I will never forget that moment. It was the moment I became aware of my deep sense of connection with other living non-human beings.
I have always loved animals. It wasn’t as though this was the first time I was appreciating them. But there was something about that memory, that moment, that was pivotal in my committment to appreciating, empathically connecting with and respecting animals. It was the day I was vegan not just for health, but absolutely for the animals too.
And so fast forward, blah de blah, to the present! My own journey into dietary exploration in the first place was also from a place of seeking balance withing myself, mentally and emotionally. Even though I had already had a blissful experience that was way beyond ‘chemistry’, still, I undertook this experimental path to learn more about myself in relation to food and to observe the subtle effects on my mind and emotions.
I have always been on a spiritual journey seeking the higher truths of existence. Wondering what the purpose of our existence/creation is. Moving towards eating a plant based diet has been a part of that evolution on the path of self-realization for me. I feel that as we awaken to the best in ourselves, we will also naturally come to respect that all living beings are also here for an individual experience, as part of their species evolution. I feel that since, we can make big changes that affect those lives, we have a responsibility to be guardians of peace and safety to support the fulfillment of their purpose too. And as we do so, we are accelerating our own conscious development in the process.
When I look at an ‘animal’, it is simply a reflection/expression of the Divine or Source, or Infinite Intelligence, or however you wish to put it. It is consicousness looking back at consciousness. And I wish to say,
‘Namaste: I bow to the Divine In You’. ~ Anabrese
And that is how I see the beings known as ‘animals’. In the film Avatar, do you remember the part where the female character says ‘I see you’? It is the moment of recognizing the Beloved in another, the raw infinite intelligence in all.
If we are to be consciously intelligent awake/loving human beings, surely the qualities to develop include compassion and respect for all of the Creator’s Creations? If we are all One, then can we live like that through our choices, with our dollars? We can vote for love, compassion and respect for all. We have that power, YOU have that power……today. I trust you will use it well.
I looked, and behold, I saw that ‘It’ was me ~ Anabrese
I recently bought a Berg Blender to get back into making massive amount of smoothie to share with friends and family. I had been using a Kenwood 2 go smoothie maker for the last year or so, which was actually quite good for the job and very economical. But since I had had a vitamix in the past, I was ready to treat myself to a crazily high powered blender again and one that could handle making nuts butters and icecream.
The Berg high powered blender can handle making nut butter, ice cream, chopping up veggies, crushing ice and is good for making raw soups, something I was in the habit of doing some years ago!
The Berg is a fraction of the price of the vitamix at just over £100 at the time of writing, and according to many reviews, it has the same functionality as the Vitamix. They weren’t wrong! It also comes with a 7 year warranty!
So, today, after being on soup for a week to recover from a cold, I took the first step at making a green smoothie with the Berg. And boy, did it perform! It’s actually pretty smooth and quiet compared to the Vitamix for making smoothies, and I only had to ‘pulse’ it a few times for a super smooth drink. The ingredients were pretty easy for it to mulch up so it produced a beautifully textured smoothie in no time!
My green drink
2 large handfuls of spinach
drop of vanilla essence
pinch of sea salt
cup of water
I used the ‘smoothie’ pulse button and the machine blended it all up to smooth perfection. It was yummy too!
A daily green smoothie is very cheap to incorporate into one’s daily diet. And even if you only had one glass a day, you would be ‘nutritional miles’ ahead.
Ready to give it a go? Try a daily green smoothie and see how you feel? And, you don’t have to invest in a high powered blender like the Berg. You can start with something simple like the Kenwood Smoothie 2 Go. I wanted the Berg as I could make more volume and I plan to keep extra in the fridge. I also desired the increased funcionality for making nut butters and ice cream. It is also considered a commercial blender which means it can handle frequent use, such as at classes etc.
Let me know how you get on with the smoothie and feel free to share your favourite smoothie recipe in the comments below.