Spring: From Yangxiety to Yinsight: The Balance of the Equinox

Well, friends, here it is. The long-awaited beginning of spring (Yes, the warm weather is finally here!) and the point of sacred balance between the dark and the light. As Uranus leaves Pisces, where it’s been lurking for the last seven years in Neptunium formlessness, it now moves into Aries, the start of the zodiac, signifying the start of a whole new cycle, with new fire and focus. No wonder we’re getting earthquakes and threats of meltdowns. The fires of transformation are upon us. But how do we ride all this energy with balance and equanimity?

Too much fire can be too much yang, and with all the radiation panic, it seems the whole culture is suffering from yangxiety. Most people are yangedout – too much to do, too much stimulation, moving too fast, and face it, too much masculine paradigm superimposing itself on the natural world.

Isn’t the threat of nuclear radiation pouring into the air, water, and earth near one of the largest and most productive cities in the world enough cause to make us all stop and think about what we are doing and where we are going? (As if we didn’t already have enough reasons!). If this doesn’t do it, what will it take?

What we need for balance is a little yin-sight. Slow down, take some quiet time to reflect, have a nice long bath (or maybe try some water therapy?) and think things through. Emptiness softens, informs, allows new things to come into being, and creates ease. And who couldn’t use just a little more ease in their life as we head round the bend into the future? If Springtime signifies rebirth as well as balance, it may be that balance is necessary for rebirth.

There are many things out of balance in our world, but none quite so long-standing and globally pervasive as the imbalance between masculine and feminine. Here at the Spring Equinox, the Greek Goddess of the Underworld, Persephone, returns to the light and brings back the flowers and greenery—and with them, food for the people and hope for the future. She’s had a long hard winter, birthing the souls of the dead back to life again and living under Hades rules.

So let’s give her some room to distribute her magnificence. Let’s take time to smell the flowers and remember the miracle of spring. Let’s combat global warming with some chill space – less driving, less doing, less stuff. Let the feminine lead a little more in your life – your own feminine side, or the women in your life. You may be surprised that your life gets a little easier as corners turn to curves, hard edges to softness, and that dry job gets a little juicier.

If this yang civilization collapses, we won’t be able to go anywhere or do much of anything. The yin will then predominate, and we’ll be out of balance again in a different direction. So we may as well do it now, while the Divine Partnership that gives birth to all possibilities is still possible.

Love and Light,

Maureen x

P.S We will be releasing the date of our Summer Retreat very soon.

Picture of Persephone courtesy of this site.

Transpersonal Psychology: Mind, Body, and Spirit at Last!

At Breakthrough Retreats we are always looking for ways to help clients with whatever dilemmas face then in their everyday lives.

Maureen has recently began working with a clients whose partner has ADHD – Already a specialist area for Maureen – They have been working closely together with the client actually giving Maureen a few ideas on what she wants!

So at Breakthrough Retreats we have been doing some research into Transpersonal Psychology, Chakras and ADHD. Here are the findings;

Transpersonal Psychology: Mind, Body, and Spirit at Last!

Transpersonal psychology is a branch of psychology that examines the spiritual aspects of the human experience. Modern psychologists and psychiatrists are aware of this branch but most dismiss it.Your spiritual life is crucial for you and others to be happy people. You can’t ignore it because it’s always staring at you in the face.

This isn’t New Age. People are finally waking up and going back to Ancient Wisdom for answers. Too much human experience gets squished down into little intellectual boxes of “rationalism”.

The following picture is an optical illusion. What are you really missing? What are you really seeing?

Chinese Medicine Is Part of the Movement

  • You are a soul. Chinese medicine just happens to have two, one that governs your inner self. The other governs your physical being:
  • The science of the Mind. It explains what the Mind is like when it’s healthy and when there’s illness.
  • Chinese spiritual science explains your behaviour. There are two souls in Chinese philosophy. They are the Ethereal Soul of the Liver and the Corporeal Soul of the Lungs. They are very significant in your life.
  • Your Intellect resides in the Spleen and is responsible for critical thinking, applied thinking, studying, memorizing, concentrating, and generating ideas.
  • Your Will Power which is housed by the Kidneys. It’s responsible for drive, determination, single-mindedness in the pursuit of your goals, enthusiasm, and motivation.
  • Chakras Are another Ancient System That Explains Human Behaviour

Transpersonal psychology leads you to answers. This system is extremely useful for explaining why your life is the way it is. I’ll start with the basics. These include

  • What are chakras? Again, it’s all about energy.
  • Where are the chakra locations? There are 7 of, but not on the body.
  • Chakra definitions. Why they are significant.
  • Chakra colour chart. Each chakra vibrates at a particular frequency or band width.
  • Chakra health. What happens when your chakras are balanced?
  • Chakra blockages. What happens when your chakras are imbalanced?

Transpersonal Psychology and ADHD Autism

Modern medicine says that ADHD and autism are mental problems. BUT they keep looking at the brain for clues for causes. There is nothing consistent about the structure of the brain from “sufferer” to “sufferer”.  At best they are only guessing. And they test out their theories on your children.

All physical “injuries” and accidents originate at your spiritual level. If you keep thinking the same thoughts and repeating the same bad habits, you get into trouble. If you’re not dealing with your mental/emotional issues, then you WILL suffer physical symptoms. The body is always a reflection of your past (at any time instance). The longer you don’t deal with the emotional issues in your life, the harder it becomes for you physically.

If you’re not dealing with your own issues then you WILL pass them down to your offspring. Unless their own consciousness is strong enough to reject yours.  That’s the true meaning of genetics and heredity. That’s why there’s racism, prejudice, and war. That’s why there’s prosperity in some families and poverty in others. It works both ways.

So, transpersonal psychology has the answers that most people are looking for all their problems. Since we at Breakthrough Retreats are most interested in spiritual well-being in anyone we are helping, this is a good way to start. What’s really bothering you? What’s bothering your children?

True Cause and Effect

What you think about most of the time creates your reality. Transpersonal psychology must be taken seriously. Can you afford to continue to disconnect from your very being? Can you afford that for your children?

Depending on your constitution you will develop either mental or physical problems. That’s why something like transpersonal psychology is a breath of fresh air. People who study these aspects realize that there’s a reason why people aren’t healthier.

Transpersonal Psychology Helps You to Connect the Dots

You are different from your children. You are different from any other human being. It comes down to your experiences and how you dealt or did not deal with them. The thing is, you probably haven’t been taught where to start, never mind what to do! Start looking and paying attention to the individual and you start getting answers! Transpersonal psychology is an important step in the right direction. Until proponents of modern medicine start getting out of their head and intellectualizing everything, they will continue to fail to deliver real solutions for ADHD Autism.

You got a quick overview of the chakras here. Then in Stages of Child Development you can look at how the chakras are involved in your development as a human being. You have to connect all the dots: the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. This is what Being Human is all about. And really the spiritual is the basis of all health, in all of its forms. That’s because if you’re not dealing with an upset in your life right away then eventually the problem escalates. It escalates until there is pain or disease in the body. You see, your body demonstrates what has happened in the past.

Breakthrough at Breakthrough Retreats; Bulimia Awareness

It has recently been reported that the lovely Lily Allen has revealed that she battled with the eating disorder Bulimia, admitting that she used to make herself sick after meals.

The team at Breakthrough Retreats have taken this news very seriously as we have been dealing with this issue with some of our clients for a while now, and having recently helped a client to get over Bulimia completely with the help of our Eating Disorder Therapist.

This is not a new story to the headlines and something that some ladies (and indeed Men) and their families have to suffer with everyday.

Approximately 1-2 percent of women in the UK suffer from bulimia. Every year there are as many as 18 new cases of bulimia nervosa per 100,000 population per year and between 1 and 3 percent of young women are thought to be bulimic at any given moment in time. (Bulimia Nervosa Stastics UK, Accessed March 2011).

 

These are shocking, but very realistic statistics.

  • It is shocking to think that the average age of onset of bulimia is 18-19 years.
  • Bulimia affects mainly women between the ages of 16 and 40, and is most likely to begin at about 19 years of age. According to some studies, as many as 8 percent of women suffer from bulimia at some stage in their life, and it affects about 5 percent of female college students.
  • People who have close relatives with bulimia are four times more likely to develop the disease than people who do not.
  • Studies indicate that about 5 out of 10 people with bulimia are healthy 10 years after diagnosis; while 2 out of 10 still have bulimia and 3 out of 10 are partially recovered.
  • Approximately 5 percent of bulimia sufferers go on to develop anorexia nervosa.
  • Unlike anorexia, it is not usual to die from the severe health effects of bulimia.

Make yourself aware.

Do you know someone suffering from Bulimia? Give them the support they deserve today.

Love and Light,

Maureen x

 

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Riding the Waves of Life…

How often have you thought that you need a little help in sorting out things in your life?

Lots of people are used to joining a gym to look after their bodies however it is a shame that not so many people think about looking after their psychological wellbeing.

“Life is Easy!”

We find that from the experience we have running our company that a solution needs to be tailored to the individual, as, well, every individual is different! Whether this be through coaching, counselling, NLP, the general information given and hypnotherapy sessions, they all should be tailored to the individual for the best possible outcomes. It just works!

It has taken time and energy to master this approach as there is no out of the box solution, there is no magic pill and certainly no quick fix. We are the product of our life experiences and sometimes these experiences diminish our ability to move forward and enjoy our lives the way we are meant to.  Taking time out for ourselves to focus on our needs and solutions is essential.  Giving time to ourselves can be seen to be self indulgent but how can you possibly make anybody happy if you yourself are not happy and living life 100 per cent?

Whether it be a week by the sea in Cornwall, a few days in Hertfordshire or a weekend away at a Country House Hotel/Spa the mind needs nourishment, confidence needs restoration and self esteem (you’ve guessed it!) needs building.

Imagine taking that time out to relax the body!

You may have tried to sort out your life before with limited success but that does not mean that you cannot achieve amazing results if you try again.  There are an array of therapies that are available to achieve accelerated learning and turn people’s lives around quickly.

So, if you are stuck in your life or past experiences are holding you back or you have a phobia you would like to conquer or relationships are problematical or family dynamics a nightmare or suffering a bereavement or have an addiction or weight problem or you are lonely or know your life is not right at work or at home and want it to change – Maybe now is the time to open that mind to what is out there!

Isn’t life wonderful that you needn’t waste a minute before changing your life for the better?

“Having a heart for making a difference means that thing or someone made a difference in my heart first” (Lee Wise)

Love and Light,

Maureen x