7 reasons to serve

18 months ago I declared ‘Service’ as my core value.

The reason to make such a fuss about ‘service’ was that until then I had been taking in information and healing, inspiration, knowledge, assimilating skills and looking at others for guidance.

My dear husband was growing slightly irritated and declared I should “stop with input and start with output”. I’m not someone who jumps on command, so I took my time with examining his wish, and concluded it would probably be a good idea to follow his advice (duh..). So ‘Service’ it was.

In order to ‘warm up’ I was asking friends if they’d like to be my guinea-pigs, and offered the services as a practice, for free.

It’s a slippery slope, serving for free, because ‘free’ easily gets mistaken for ‘of no value’, leaving the server two-times-empty; it had cost a lot of money, time and effort to get to this point (‘how can you know so much?’ – I’ve been on this path since I was 14!), and if there isn’t even appreciation for the service, then there is no point in serving in that direction. But. Let’s get to our subject, Seven Reasons to Serve.

1. GRATITUDE
I’m serving out of gratitude, so thankful for this life, the support, the opportunities, meetings and healings I have received. Incredible, luxurious abundance and magic!

2. USE YOUR TALENT
I can imagine the frustration in the Spirit world when an artist doesn’t make art, a healer doesn’t heal or a teacher refuses to teach. Your soul has accumulated this highly beneficial skill over countless lifetimes and you’re not using it?!

3. WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER
As I so often say, it’s not a coincidence that we’re born in the same place at the same time. We should can be helping each other out with the specific skill sets we have, and experience the joy and satisfaction in doing so.

4. RESPECT
We serve also out of respect for the ones who came before us, the pioneers and path-makers who accumulated a body of knowledge and skills, lived through hardships and sometimes perished in exercising their particular kind of service.
Serve in gratitude and with respect towards our ancestors, they love you back anyway!

5. YOU NEVER KNOW
You never know, no matter how small your service may be, the impact it has on the life of the other. A smile, a kind word, an acknowledgement might save lives, or change the direction of someones life for the better.

6. THE OTHER OPTION
Not to serve? But to consume? Complain? Blame others? I just can’t see any satisfaction in that.

7.  The seventh reason – THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE – is that as I tune in and focus on the other, and healing and/or messages flow, the awareness in me notices that a part of the healing or message is applicable for both of us. We have our different reasons for the healing or advice to be so very beneficial, but the amazing part remains: one remedy cures many sores.

So cheers, here’s to the ever deepening practice of service, keep on walking your Soul Path!

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The master, the healer and the student

“You are a healer” – these words were given pure and undiluted, channeled by a master of Spirit to the student.

The student got overwhelmed with emotions – of surprise, awe and gratitude. An explosion of releasing the tension that had been built up by a deep longing that the student wasn’t willing to acknowledge was there.

“But how…?” these two bewildered words contained an ocean of questions. “How do you know? How will I become that what I am not but that I want to be so dearly? How will I know I’m on the right path? Where should I start?”

” Your Soul already knows. All you have to do is remember. Pick up a book on herbalism, read some, and it will float up to the surface for you to see again.”

 

Fear and previous lifetimes

And so it was. For two years I was immersed in learning, studying plants, energies, techniques, modalities. It was as if I had been starving for all of this, and partially, that was true: I had withheld myself from large chunks of holistic healing knowledge in this life. But…why??! The questions and answers flowed rapidly, arriving almost simultaneously in my awareness.

Herbalism had been a risky business for me in previous lives. As I gazed with my intuitive eye, I counted three times burnt as a witch, one of those memories returning in startling detail to me, (thanks to the assisting push of a friend).

It seems that fear is a huge part of not stepping into ones power. Irrational fear, fear of being seen – of being prosecuted… a subconscious memory, from previous lifetimes of your own soul and/or from the collective.

But dear ladies and gentlemen, it is 2018, and your gifts are needed.

 

Here is a technique to get over your fear that has to do with more or less conscious memories from past lives:

In meditation, state your full current name, the date and the location you are at. With compassionate patience, explain to your dear Soul that the horrors of the past belong to the past. You see them, you acknowledge them having taken place, you do not approve of them, it was wrong in every possible way, but this is a new life, a new world is being created and you need to take active part in it with the gifts you have.
It is 2018. You are safe, strong, wise and creative. You’ve got this.

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Soul assignment, the masterplan

The Soul is immortal, and it carries the blueprint of your masterplan throughout the different lives you live.
In every lifetime, you come here to learn.

My awakening understanding is that this time around, it is up to all of us to remember – remember our true nature, remember that we are meant to be free, fully functioning, expanding and evolutionary beings and to remember that the suppression is an alien program, not belonging to this planet.

So stand up and step forward. Your time has come!

As a student of Spirit I got inspiration and clues from books, but I hoped for a mentor.

Later I found my mentors, different people beings in different places and times – mostly after ‘yelling a silent wish to the Universe’, things fell together quite naturally.

Life has its sacred timing, in human Life and in nature. Things fall into place when you let them.

Every master is also a student (and every student has the blueprint of mastery within them). And every healer needs a healer of their own, to get their alignment fixed.

So…be brave, be curious – and have fun!

Love, Nina

PS. Find my Mama Bear mentoring offer here.

Processing the collective – – (fill in the blank)

Things enter and leave our lives like waves, inviting us to listen, digest and adjust our actions. This time I’d like to write about ‘processing the collective’, an experience anyone of us can have.

An uneasy feeling of deep sorrow crept upon me, slowly rising. I noticed it but hoped it would go away.
But no, it demanded attention, acknowledgement and action.

So I sat with it, and was curious about its ‘name’, its origins and clan.
The sorrow spoke softly about the curse of profit over symbiotics and ecology on Earth. About ‘time is money’ eating away on our relationships. About communities of intertwining living beings – ecosystems, humans included, eroding.
The sorrow spoke about the fragile state of our green energy – vitality, chi, source energy, that has been blocked and worked against by poisoning, vast monocultures and corporate thinking.
It pointed out the madness of producing goods in sweatshops and shipping them overseas, polluting families, oceans and our perception of the true cost of things.

I will not go on and list everything the sorrow had to say, but I’ll give the contents a name in order to identify it: Mondial suffering, through generations, by all living beings – water included.

The truth has been dripping through at a steady pace, weakening the dam of ignorance for a while now.

I’m eagerly hoping the day will come soon, that we, as a collective, refuse the poisoned food, the cheap stuff with a high price and stop putting our elders and other “non-productive people” out of sight.

The vision of smaller communities, with a lively social and economical exchange at short distances is presenting itself as highly desirable.

I’m hoping that we talk about what is wrong and we fix it. That we refuse to buy into the old paradigm. That we breathe out a revolution of interconnectedness, sustainability and wisdom, showing (and experiencing) how strong Love can be.

*** Have you had experiences of ‘processing the collective —‘ (fill in the blank)? What happened? Did it change anything in your life? I’m curious to know! Please share in the comments below! ***

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NB. Once a month there is the Gathering, a place for a small but vibrant community to get together and talk about deeper spirituality.

Next to it, is the Online Gathering! Finally it feels like it’s the right time to blow a breath of Life into it! Free from time and location, I hope it’ll become a loving platform of exchanging thoughts and visions – come and take a look!

 

 

Becoming whole, soul retrieval

Re-membering

When immersed in the here and now, so intensely that past and future fall away, I somehow subconsciously merge bits of myself with what I’m doing, and sometimes forget to take them with me when I move on.

Recently, I was feeling all hollow and dizzy, not very functional. After having attempted a few mental explanations that didn’t fit, I did an energy body scan on myself, and noticed that I’d left/bound my 2nd, 3rd and 4th energy center (chakra) with our place in the Auvergne. I was surprised – and not, at the same time.

 

Soul retrieval

In shamanism there is a technique called soul retrieval, which is needed whenever a person has lost a piece of their soul due to a traumatic experience. The physical or emotional discomfort or shock is ‘too much to handle’ and a piece of the soul exits its dwelling, the body, in order to avoid the pain. The shaman can, through shamanistic travel (“trance”) set on a journey in order to track down the lost soul piece and negotiate with it for its return.
(A coma is a state where the whole of the soul has more or less temporarily left the body)

 

Self help and more

So what does one do in order to re-member, regroup, gather oneself together? How do you know if a piece of you is missing?

Often, in these heady times, all that is needed is grounding and alignment.

If, after really connecting with your surroundings, you’re still feeling a bit hollow, wonky or out of balance, perhaps you’re suffering a case of missing pieces.

I bet there are many ways but this is a fast and effective technique that often works for me:
in meditation I am present and aware, then state my full name, the date and place where I’m currently at, and invite all of me back to me. You can do it with this all-encompassing statement, but visualising the missing things, knowing (or guessing?) what is missing, puts extra power into your action.

Try it out and let me know how that went!

You can find more hands-on or energy healing help here.

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Gathering

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Before the Gathering I was asked: “What is it?” and “What do you do in a Gathering?”

There is a general description about the Gathering (here), but let’s look at it a bit closer.

Who is it for?

  • the Gatherings are for mentally stable people from 14 to 150 years (I hope I made the margin wide enough at the end), who are genuinely motivated to understand Life, and their role therein better.

Although every Gathering is different, it always has some common features

  • a Gathering needs a minimum of two people. Otherwise there is no conversation, and no Gathering. I haven’t experienced a maximum limit of participants yet, but if that happens, I’ll revise this post.
  • A safe setting. The Gathering is a circle, and there is only one rule: what is spoken in the circle, stays within the circle.
  • Sharing. You need to share if you want to move forward at any speed. By coming out with your vulnerability, you hold the space for others to do the same. By bringing our ‘stuff’ into the light, we can transform it.
  • By the very special quality of the conversations and sharing, respect naturally follows. These are tender things we’re touching upon, and we respect the right of our fellow Gathering-member to have their opinion. We can ask questions or share our own experiences as a reaction to something we have questions about, but the respect is there.
  • A participant of a Gathering emailed me afterwards: ” It is special how a seemingly small happening can have so much impact.” That’s exactly what a Gathering is for! It a place for examining, clarifying and ultimately transforming things that need to evolve.

So what do we do?

  • Depending on the combination of people who come, the themes that we touch upon vary greatly, from spiritual growth and personal development to sexuality and raising children. Every Gathering is different because the people who come have their own dynamic together, and create a different ambiance together. It’s not even just the people, but also the time of year, the seasons, that affect the vibe. The themes ‘set themselves’, but there is always the opportunity to steer the conversation to a direction you wish to talk about.
  • We ask questions and receive answers. We share experiences and think. The very natural things we humans were born to do, together.
  • We can meditate and learn from each others techniques and experiences.
  • We often laugh and sometimes shed tears. These conversations shift to coming from the Heart, even if the beginning of the session starts in the Mind.
  • We see each other. Deeper than the outside shell. It is a Heart-connection of Souls.
  • We also enjoy silence when it falls, and have some snacks and herbal tea.

You’ll find the upcoming dates on the Gatherings page.

If you wish to organize a Gathering with your group at your place and would like to have me there, get in contact.

 

On illness, health and healing

Life energy – chi –  flows everywhere, also in and through our bodies.

When we are aligned with our Soul Paths – the things we came to Earth to do – we experience joy and ease, positive coincidences, we’re in a state of flow and synchronicity with Life.

When we are not aligned with that what we came here to do, it causes a discord, discomfort, imbalance, blockages and ultimately, illness. A physical state of illness is a shout from the Soul to pay attention, it’s done with whispering. And we’d better pay attention, if we want to get back to health.

I was happily minding my business, busy-busy, barely noticing the discomforts of constantly cold feet and fatigue, when – bam! – out of nowhere I sprained my lower back and was sent to the couch for a week.

My initial irritation of all the things waiting on my to do-list soon melted into curiosity and probing; what is my Soul telling me, what was I failing to notice?

 Illness is a blessing in disguise. Use the time of rest and recovery to dig to the root of the matter, and honour your wonderful chance of being here on Earth right now with the other twinkling souls, by re-setting your values and priorities.

Simperi offers holistic healing to individuals and small groups. Get in contact and ask about the possibilities for your situation!

Strengthen Boundaries: go to Hawthorn

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It is my direct experience that Plant allies have two functions: the physical and the energetic function.

The physical aspect communicates with our bodies, supporting it with nutrients, regulating hormones and stimulating or relaxing the nervous system, helping us to cope with our imbalances.

The energetic aspect communicates with our Soul, our energy field and our connections with Spirit.

I’m not scholarly nor a very good writer, so I do not offer you a list of reference or lengthy explanations. I’m reading my herbal books and online sources, communicating with the plants myself, and forming my own Herbarium of experiences. It is these experiences that I wish to share with you.

Hawthorn is a dear ally to me, as it helps me to lift my blood pressure and soothe heart palpitations when ever they occur.
It is a heart medicine, regulating blood pressure (lifting if low, lowering if too high) and strengthening the Heart. You can find plenty of descriptions about Hawthorn’s herbal medicine qualities in books and online – read a good selection of sources to get a well-informed understanding about her qualities!

But today I would like to look deeper into the energetic aspects of Hawthorn.

She typically stands at the edge of the woods, or in a hedgerow between fields. She is a ‘gatekeeper’, the watcher over boundaries. She is thorny, giving shelter to birds and small mammals from their predators. She is the protector.

She stands in full blossom in May, and has plenty of berries in the autumn, marking the transition seasons, Spring and Autumn.

Hawthorn has the reputation to be, together with Elder, the favourite tree or bush of fairies, elves and other etheral creatures.

For me Hawthorn is the ideal Plant ally for protecting my personal boundaries and for transiting between our seemingly solid visible world and the etheral Spirit world. I go to her and use the berries in herbal tea for the energetic aspects, and as a tincture (blossom, leaves and berries) for the physical aspects. Why? Mostly because I feel that the alcohol in the tincture doesn’t rhyme very well with the aspects of Soul, and yet it does get the medicinal components out of the plant material and into the liquid so that they are more readily available for our physical body.

So to conclude: whenever you feel you could use some stronger personal boundaries, seek Hawthorn and hang out with her, in any way that appeals to you. Visit her, drink her, think her.

 

 

 

Your higher Self is communicating with you – all you have to do is listen

“Oh, I wish I’d have intuitive guidance as well!”

But you do!! All you have to do is listen.

The more you do it, the easier it gets.
Listen to your intuition. Ask a question to yourself and listen to the answer. Or, before making a decision, ask your higher Self and listen or feel for the bias – yes or no, warm or cold, light and spacious or heavy and crammed?

I was somewhat used to hearing my inner voice when I’m cooking, making perfumes or creating remedies. It would say: “You need that, that and that. One drop more. One teaspoon more. OK, stop!”. But quite recently I was going to do something I very rarely do, sewing delicate silks with a sewing machine, and I was surprised and then amused by the quite loud inner voice insisting that I’d change the sewing machine needle for a thinner one. “The thinnest you can find!”, it was yelling inside of me in its quiet voice. See, sewing silks isn’t a skill I’m fluent in, and my brain had never ever even thought about the thickness of a needle on the sewing machine – I had forgotten there even was a variety in that. But luckily my inner voice kicked in and warned me in time. Thanks, higher Self, we finished the project successfully in time – together!

Let’s find out what your higher Self has to tell!

 

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When the Shift gets personal

Guys, I’m floating upwards. Without drugs. High on Life.

Quite literally; the shift*, or a shift, is upon me and I need to shift with it. Feeling buoyant, so light it feels like floating upwards, but then the movement slowed down and stopped. I was weighed down by some old things and ideas, both of which I’m now quite rigorously parting with.
This is a very visual experience, with my inner eye I see strings coming from my hands and feet, and all that old stuff hanging there, holding me down. The action of clearing is like cutting through the strings with scissors.
So I’m sorting through my things and thoughts, tossing everything that doesn’t feel right. A lot goes, cut-cut-cut, creating space, light and more buoyancy.

As if opening the shutters on a bright sunny morning, I’m staring into the bright, light space and not really seeing much. But it feels very, very good – expansive. I’m floating.
It’ll take some time to acclimatize. Will you join me in this space?

This coming Sunday I’m organizing “The Gathering“, a meeting to really get together and talk about things that deeply matter.
A sub-theme is the ripening of seeds and harvesting them for the coming season. I will bring some with me, if you have fresh seeds to spare, bring them along to share!
If you can’t come, consider arranging your own Gathering! Read more about it here.

 

*the what?! the shift, ascension, awakening… All these words point towards an other way of being.

Instead of living from the old paradigm many of us were indoctrinated with -that we should work so very hard, earn our living (<- ! ), do what we’re told and fit in – I (and many others, I didn’t invent this stuff) suggest that each and every one of us stop to re-consider and think for them selves about what truly inspires you and feels good to you and heals our world. We’re creative beings! We’re loving beings. We enjoy community, and the energy of Love. So Shift! Attract a new life! Awaken! Become totally free!

PS. I didn’t know about Wayne Dyers’ film Shift before I had written the rough draft for this blog post and started researching the internet for suitable “further study”-links. After watching the movie last night, I’ve included the link above.

 

 

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