Friday, 29 November 2013

Expressing Gratitude To Raise Your Vibration

gratitude
It's Thanksgiving season in the US, and my Tarot colleague Janet Boyer recently shared a great idea about using the Tarot to find 78 things in your life to be grateful for.

Perhaps you are one of those people, who cannot think of much to be grateful for right now. You may have been experiencing a difficult time - relationship breakup, unemployment, poverty, illness, bereavement...

It's easy to get cynical in such a situation. I know. 

A time of year so devoted to being grateful for what we have, can also painfully make us aware of what we have not, or what we have lost.

But I would like to invite you to be open to gratitude. 

Expressing your appreciation for even the simplest things that actually do go right in your life can help you create a shift in your perception to a higher vibrational level.

And why not use the Tarot to help you along? 

Choose a gentle deck that is therapeutic for this purpose, such as Doreen Virtue's Angel Tarot

You can approach your Gratitude Tarot session in two ways:

1. You go through the whole deck and choose one thing for each card you are grateful for.
2. Or you can just pick a few cards at random to explore what you can be grateful for at this moment in time.

As an example, I have drawn three cards from the Tarot Illuminati deck:

tarot illuminati

The cards show it's certainly not all rosy in my world, but the idea behind exploring gratitude with the Tarot is to embrace challenges and appreciate their potential for growth and progress.

1. Nine of Pentacles
I am grateful for my ability to live and work in solitude. 

2. Nine of Swords
I am grateful for my tenacity to manage my fears and overcoming at least a few of them. 

3. Two of Swords
I am grateful for the peace I have maintained by not making rash decisions.

Although the cards symbolise some difficult situations I have been facing, with this exercise I also realise the little blessings in disguise.

Why don't you give this a try today and raise your vibrations with a little gratitude session. Pick as many cards as you like, and perhaps you will even enjoy drawing a daily card to express your gratitude for something (or someone!) good in your life right now. 

Discover your hidden blessings with the Tarot!

Warmest wishes,

Christiane



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Sunday, 17 November 2013

On Beauty, Confidence and Self-Esteem

Beauty isn't about perfection. Nobody is perfect. Embrace your flaws; they are likeable and beautiful.

Imperfections are beautiful

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” 
Confucius


Marilyn Monroe was never a size 0 - she was a size 16




How to get the perfect bikini body?
Just wear a bikini.
every body is a bikini body
Mrs. Brosnan on the beach,
photo via thebodylogic.wordpress.com


What to wear to look slimmer?
Just wear whatever the heck you want. 
Lady at Large Artwork
Lady at Large Etsy Shop

“There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness in the proportion.” 
Edgar Allan Poe

venus at a mirror rubens
Venus at a Mirror, Peter Paul Rubens ca. 1615


“A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty 
but an obsession about female obedience.” 
Naomi Wolf


Stop obeying the media. 
All they want is for you to feel crap about yourself, so they can have more power over you.



How to look younger?
Just stay young in your heart, love life 
and follow your passions.
How to look younger
And wear whatever the heckedy feck you want.

Affirmation: I am grateful for the privilege to grow old. 
I know that many people aren't so lucky.


How to get luscious lips?

kiss me

You don't need botox. No need to paint them with chemicals.

Just dab with a little olive oil (natural lip gloss!) 
to make them shine. 

And kiss more often.



What makes you more beautiful?

Tarot of Quotes

LOVE!

Especially the love, kindness and care you give to yourself.

Lovingly accepting and embracing your flaws, your past, your dreams, and radiating that love on to others.

Do something every day that is loving 
and nurturing towards your body.


“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
 For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
 For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
 For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
 For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone." 
Sam Levenson


flawed beauty



In the olden days, there was no Photoshop to create an illusion of beauty. 

1950s fashion and beauty
My mum in the early 1950s in Berlin,
still traumatised from World War II


“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. 
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. 
Beautiful people do not just happen.” 
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


Empress Bonefire Tarot
The Empress, Bonefire Tarot (c) Gabrielle West

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, 
and irresistible for the rest of your life.” 
Coco Chanel

make peace with yourself


Warmest wishes,

Christiane 



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