Van Gogh: an immersive experience

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I highly recommend the Vincent van Gogh Immersive Experience in York (St Mary’s church, just behind the Yorvik Viking Centre). We visited yesterday and it was such an awe-inspiring experience to become a living part of his beautiful artwork. The sound and visuals wrapped themselves around us in a symphony of delight.  A must for any art fan.

There is also a great gift shop with all things Van Gogh inspired. I bought the Starry Night silk scarf and Phil bought the matching pen.

I would love to see the show in Paris one day. Here is a link to a video of that one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIc_533Uf54

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Heart of Yorkshire

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Look up at the Great West window to see the heart-shape worked into the tracery, known as the “Heart of Yorkshire’.

Legend tells us that if you kiss your loved one beneath the Heart of Yorkshire window at the York Minster, your love will last forever. A lovely idea for your next romantic getaway. Of course, after our latest visit for Ash Wednesday we couldn’t resist!

“This legend has gained increasing popularity, with many couples travelling to York to participate in the tradition. Subsequently, standing in the shadows of the Heart of Yorkshire window has become a number one location for grand proposals”. – AZENDI

They also sell a gorgeous range of jewellery based on the design!

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The Essence of Hygge

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Hygge (pronounced Hoo Gah) is a Danish term that has been overly used as a marketing tool to sell anything that creates in the mind a cosy, affluent wellbeing lifestyle. Advertising campaigns bombard us with images of cosy throws and blankets, soft fluffy pillows, expensive candles, hot chocolate, real fires etc. And yes you can include each of these things to help you to create the Hygge ambience, but true Hygge comes from within. It is a feeling that is expressed when you feel true contentment and gratitude for all that you are and all that is. It is connecting with your soul at the deepest level.

It can be as simple as curling up with your favourite book for an hour, a 20 minute meditation or Yoga session, or holding hands with your loved one as you stroll through the park, to an expensive spa treatment with full-on pampering or an overnight stay in a fancy hotel. You can do any of these things and not get the Hygge feeling; you can still feel lonely in a room full of people. Hygge isn’t something money can buy, or something another can give to you. You have to open yourself up to and be willing to receive this gift into your heart and allow it to resonate with your very being.

The Scandinavian way of life is totally geared around the energy of Hygge, drawing loved ones together and seeing friends, family, colleagues and strangers all as one. Spending quality time investing in a conversation with someone they are sat next to on the train to work as they would their partner, creating beautiful energy soul connections with everyone they come into contact with.

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Creating rituals is a beautiful way to open up to this feeling of inner nurturing and wellbeing. Lighting candles, listening to beautiful ambient music, burning incense just to enjoy reading your favourite book for an hour is a much better way of feeding your soul than hunching over your mobile phone and trawling through social media sites, while half heartedly listening to your partner or child telling you about their day and cooking a meal. Hygge is about turning everything you do into a conscious mindful experience, being truly present in the moment, being open to inspiration and the flow of all the different energies around you.

One of my favourite Hygge things is family movie night. We turn off the lights, bring our snugly blankets, share snacks and drinks light scented candles and watch, laugh, discuss and enjoy the movie together.

Another thing I love to do is to walk up to the castle on the cliff tops near us and open myself up to the flow of different elemental energies. I can sit and look out to sea watching the ebb and flow of the tide and feeling it drawing within me. I feel my feet firmly planted in the ground connecting me with the earth, moving my hands through the long grass and wildflowers. I close my eyes and turn my face to the sun enjoying the warmth and life giving energy filling me. I tune into the breeze swirling around me, clearing and cleansing my mind and body. I open myself up to spirit and feel myself filled with light, love and inspiration, the very essence of Hygge.

Hygge is freedom from the negative energy of stress, anxiety and the day to day cares and worries. It isn’t escapism; it is having the ability to see everything in its rightful place and being centred, grounded and open to all possibilities. To be at One with nature, the world, and the universe.

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Raine Hilton Good Vibes Holisitic Therapies

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Gua Sha

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As many of you know I just love taking courses and learning new healing techniques and my first one of the year is Gua Sha. I have just completed my course and WOW what a revelation it has been for me!

Gua Sha is traditionally used in East Asian and Chinese medicine. Gua Sha can help with a huge range of ailments. Just as our bodies experience stress in the form of shoulders hunched over a computer, or headaches from tension, our faces and bodies hold onto a great deal of stress. Gua Sha is a massage technique designed to relieve tension in the muscles, boost blood circulation, and encourage lymphatic drainage to banish bloat. It helps break up fascia, the connective tissue that hugs muscles but can sometimes interfere with optimal circulation.

The traditional Chinese practice of Gua Sha involves stroking the skin with a stiff instrument made of stone, jade, bone, or horn. Chinese people use these devices and techniques in homes and clinics to treat a variety of conditions.

Gua Sha is similar to massage and acupressure, but it focuses directly on increasing blood flow beneath the surface of the skin. This heightened circulation can lead to a number of noticeable healing effects in the body. This can cause redness and sometimes speckling where there are areas of trapped Chi (energy flow) but this usually fades within a day or two. The more often you do it the less it happens.

I have had intense pain and swelling in my knees for 2 years which has made it very difficult to walk far or climb the stairs. I had a bad reaction to the different medications I was prescribed, but after just one self healing session of Gua Sha I noticed a huge difference and after 3 sessions I am pain free and have a great range of mobility. I will definitely be doing this every day.

I have one set of tools in my office and another for home. I spend a lot of time stuck behind my desk and Gua Sha is really helping with the pain in my neck, shoulder, arms and hands too.

In recent decades, Western physicians and patients have begun studying and using Gua Sha. Today’s researchers have found scientific explanations for Gua Sha’s anti-inflammatory and immune boosting effects, which may last for days and counteract a number of symptoms and diseases.

Researchers have shown that Gua Sha causes a dramatic increase in circulation in the soft tissues under the skin. The benefits of Gua Sha seem to occur after blood is brought to the surface of the body during treatment. As the body reabsorbs this blood, it breaks down hemoglobin, triggering the production and release of HO-1 and its catalysates: bilirubin, biliverdin, and carbon monoxide. These potent chemicals fight infection, inflammation, and a number of other diseases by boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation.

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Running Wild In The Spiritual Pick and Mix Aisle

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Now more than ever there is a vast array of enticing new energy attunement systems available for us all to work with. This gives us a wonderful opportunity to discover which spiritual path suits us best and brings us into closer contact with our Spiritual Guides and Helpers. We flit excitedly from Angelic – Starseed – Shamanic – Egyptian – Faery without a second thought of how this may affect our etheric system.

If you think of this in a physical sense, it would be the equivalent of piling your plate high with a mixture of Chinese stir-fry, Indian Madras curry, Mexican enchiladas, American Hot-dogs and Italian pasta and then pouring custard, gravy, sour cream and hot fudge sauce on top of it and then eating it all. Can you imagine how sick you would feel afterwards?

The same goes for your energy system; filling your light body with conflicting energy streams brings about spiritual disharmony and discordance. While it is admirable to be open and eclectic in your spiritual tastes, care needs to be taken how you combine these energy sources, and also in closing down effectively one stream of energy, and resting your system, before beginning a new spiritual adventure.

Another aspect of spiritual development I would also like to mention is the Spiritual Spa Addiction; this is where students throw one energy system into their bodies after another too quickly, sometimes four of five a week without ever taking the time to work with each system. Others think it is fine to call in multiple levels of one system in one session, and unfortunately some of the more disreputable teachers allow and encourage this to line their pockets. The student enjoys the instant high they get from each system but then don’t bother to open their manuals again and wonder why they are not receiving lasting satisfaction and guidance from them. This causes a form of spiritual sickness and addiction. An overloaded energy system with the ego addicted to the light.

An attunement, empowerment, initiation, or activation is just an introduction to a stream of energy, or deity you wish to work with. But like any relationship it takes two to make it work, especially when it spans cross different realms. Energetically meeting an Ascended Master, an Archangel or a Faery Queen is such a special and life changing experience, or it should be. Sadly too many students excitedly greet their new Spiritual Helper and then as quickly turn their back on them to run towards the next one. If this was in the physical, just how insulting it would seem, but few think of this when working energetically.

So this plea comes from my amazing Spiritual Guide, Marianna and on behalf of all those who willingly and lovingly wait for us to work with them. This week take some time out and pick one of your attunement systems, spend quality time with it, meditate with the energy stream and reaffirm your relationship with those associated with it. Give the systems a chance to teach you, open yourself, grow and evolve with it and be amazed at the results you achieve.

Spiritual enlightenment takes patience, hard work, dedication, and a daily commitment to bring the light through not only for yourself, but to heal and uplift everyone you meet on your path. Honour those who wish to work with you, but above all else honour yourself too, you deserve the very best that life can offer you.

Love & blessings Raine & Marianna

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Uri Geller still has the magic touch!

A few months ago my watch stopped working. It isn’t a particularly expensive one but it does hold sentimental value to me as it was a gift from my son. I took it to our local repair shop, after opening it up he said there was nothing he could do and advised me to send it back to the manufacturer for a replacement. Naturally I hadn’t held onto the guarantee, so when I got home I put it in my office drawer and forgot about it.

The other week I was sorting through the drawers and found it again. I put it on; hoping the warmth of my body would make it work again. I wore it overnight, even sending it healing energy, but to no avail.

The follow morning I remembered in the 1980’s Uri Geller encouraged everyone with a broken watch or clock to place it on picture of him which was printed in the newspapers. A similar thing was also done on a TV Show where he asked people to place their broken items on top of their television sets (when they were huge!) Success was reported all over the country and failures too. Many skeptics even claimed it was the heat of the televisions which made them work again, others said you had to truly believe in order for it to work. I was a child at the time so I never got to try, but I have been intrigued by it over the years.

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I decided it couldn’t hurt, so I Googled one of the photos he used for the project. I placed my watch in front of my monitor and spent a few moments looking into his eyes. I then thought if working with higher energies was the key I would treat it like a spiritual psychic session and I closed my eyes and asked my guides to connect me to his Higher Self Aspect and asked for his assistance in repairing my watch.

After this great build up I slowly opened my eyes and picked up the watch, to my disappointment it wasn’t working. I put it back in my drawer. The next morning I opened it to retrieve some stationary, and pulled the watch out along with it, and to my great surprise it was working perfectly. However, even more incredible, was the fact, that it had even been set to the correct time and it most certainly hadn’t been when I put it in the drawer!

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I showed it to my husband Phil, and explained what had happened. He told me about the time he went to see Uri in one of his shows years ago and interviewed him afterwards. He said that it wasn’t until after he got home hours later he realised his key had bent (another talent Uri enjoyed demonstrating along with spoon bending) Phil said his key was fine at the time of the experiment in the theatre and he assumed it hadn’t worked for him. Although at the time Uri did explain that it sometimes took time for the effect to take place, which it did in both our cases!

I don’t know how it worked, I’m only grateful that it did, so a big thank you to Uri Geller , and perhaps it’s time I tried my hand at spoon bending now 😉

Raine Hilton Good Vibes Holistic Therapies

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Time For A New Year Spiritual House Cleanse

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Yes that time is upon us once more; the decorations are down and packed away for another year, the rubbish and recycling has been put out.

Afterwards we stand there triumphant, and exhausted amid a gleaming house. Yes this is highly commendable, but how often do you think of spiritually cleaning your home? I’m talking about clearing away all that negative energy from the past year that is still clinging to the very fabric of the house.

We are all aware that there are two types of energy; positive and negative. They are opposites, as black is to white. While positive energy makes us feel good, healthy, happy, and motivated, negative energy leaves us feeling depressed, angry and lethargic.

A house that once felt warm, welcoming and vibrant can over time begin to feel uncomfortable, stale and stagnant. Over time this will have a direct effect on our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. This is caused by a build up of negative energy, in the same way that dust and grime become ingrained unless it is cleared away regularly. This can be the combined result of stress, depression, illness, arguments or violence from each member of your family. This includes all those childish squabbles, relationship problems, bereavements, worrying about the paying the bills or keeping your job. Everything we say, think and do, positive and negative, leaves an energetic imprint on our surroundings.

This wasn’t such problem years ago as it is now as traditional cleaning methods were used. Carpets and rugs taken outside for a good beating as were chairs and soft furnishings, floors were properly scrubbed and windows and doors left open to allow air to circulate. With the increasing popularity of many gadgets and cleaning agents the old ways are not used so often, and so the negative energy becomes stuck.

I’m certainly not going to suggest you get down on your hands and knees and scrub your entire house from top to bottom, was that a sigh of relief I heard? Allow me to introduce to spiritual spring cleaning. All you need for this is;

  • a packet of incense (this can be sticks, cones or loose incense)
  • a candle (in a sturdy holder)
  • a bell, rattle or a drum, anything that will make plenty of noise to shake that negative energy free!

The follow technique can be varied to suit your circumstances or belief system, never be afraid to adapt anything, and always think for yourself!

Once your house has been thoroughly cleaned, (now you really didn’t think you would get out of that did you?) You can go through the house doing this alone or you can get the whole family involved, I know our children used to love an excuse to bang drums and shake rattles!

* Obviously for reasons of safety keep children well away from lit incense and candles.

If you are doing this alone you will need to take each item through the house at a time. Yes, it is time consuming but well worth it. If you have others working with you then you can take an item each and follow one another from room to room.

 Begin at the top of your house with your lit candle; carefully walk through the whole room, illuminating every dark corner. Open every cupboard and drawer and allow the light to shine, leaving no inch uncovered. As you do this say either out aloud or in your mind;

“I bring light to banish the darkness and negativity to a place where it may do no harm.

Next you will need to take the lit incense stick or smudge stick and repeat the same movements as before. Only this time saying;

 “I bring air into this place, banishing all negativity to a place where it may do no harm”

Now repeat the same movements, this time with the drum, bell, or rattle. This time saying;

 “I bring sound into this place, banishing all negative energy to a place where it will do no harm”.

Work your way through the house; from top to bottom, covering all stairs and landings, finishing at the outside door you use most. Open this door and if you have a sweeping brush or broom physically and symbolically sweep the energy out of the door. Now open all the windows and the door if possible and play some uplifting positive music that you love, as loud as you are able.

Well done, now take a well earned break. Relax and enjoy the fresh zingy positive energy flowing through your home!

Ideally you should aim to repeat this house cleanse every month, and certainly when things begin to feel stale, or there has been a serious illness, incident or disagreement.

* Do feel free to use a Sage/Mugwort/Black Cohosh aura spray in the place of incense smoke around anyone with breathing problems or pets. Do be careful spraying near any electronics though.

Love & blessings Raine – Good Vibes Holistic Therapies http://www.goodvibesgirl.co.uk 

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