A FULL MOON occurs on Wednesday, November 25, 2015.
Feeling like you want to BREAK FREE? The New Moon this week is here to help. The Gemini Moon exactly opposes the Sagittarius Sun, creating a conflict between; Gemini representing the “lower mind” and Sagittarius representing the “higher mind”. The Gemini aspect encourages us to think logically, and the Sagittarius perspective entices us to think ‘outside of the box’. So, we may feel quote juxtaposed with our internal thoughts, (perhaps over thinking), with a feeling of plunging, stepping out, going BIG. This Full Moon is about communication, our attitude, and the enticement of our adventurous side. Something has been building inside of us, pinning us down, and now the new Full Moon will help us let go and let it out. This is a brilliant Moon to release, what no longer serves us. The next two weeks, we will discover what this means for each us. In the meantime, we must navigate this new terrain, talking things out and listening well.
With Love Sarah xx
I feel guided to share an element of my recent Dr Brian Weiss workshop with you.
I first attended a Hay House workshop with Brian Weiss three years ago in Coolum, Australia. The experience was one of life’s personal epiphanies. I connected to the very essence of Brian’s spiritual being, which is pure love. Love in its unconditional form had been barren in my own childhood and I’ve spent a lifetime looking for it, to find that true love is within (but that’s another story).
Brian Weiss represents humility, compassion, benevolence, kindness and love on such a high vibrational level that his light is awe-inspiring. He resides in this physical realm in a state of pure love.
On this recent weekend in November ’15 in the heart of Melbourne, Brian Weiss took to the stage in his humble manner, and unbeknownst to many of us, the world was watching Paris fall to its knees. Brain eloquently expressed the crucial importance of spirituality, embracing love, compassion, kindness and the consideration of the good of others.
One of Brian’s metaphorical concepts presented in the workshop has resonated deeply and I wish to share. Brian Weiss asked us to imagine that we were all ice cubes floating around in cold water. Cubes were being emptied from an assortment of ice cube trays. Imagining the cubes had consciousness, Brian asked us to imagine the discussions the cubes would have in the water, “We have neater and sharper edges than you” or “Look at those cubes, they’re dented and misshaped”. These words of difference would lead to arguments and battles. Brian then asked, what happens when the all cubes melt? Every individual ice cube would return to its original state of: water. All the cubes are in fact the same. As to life on Earth, we are all connected. We are from the same source and true spirit.
I truly connected with this metaphor. Brian Weiss also powerfully added during his workshop “There is only one religion, LOVE’. By opening our hearts and living from true heart, we can practice unconditional love and live with empathy, compassion, altruism and kindness.
Only love is real! Thank you Brian for sharing your true heart and true wisdom.
Brian L. Weiss, M.D., the best-selling author of Many Lives, Many Masters and several other books, he is an American psychiatrist & hypnotherapist who specialises in past life regressions. Dr. Weiss conducts national and international seminars and experiential workshops as well as training programs for professionals.
Understanding love is a process. Often it means transcending self-imposed limitations and past experience imprints before we can truly expand in full heart. It entails a personal and shared journey filled with tremendous personal growth, extraordinary challenges, bounty and absolute unique experiences of life and self.
Navigating through my own spiritual journey, I have grasped the duality between love and fear. In every moment we are either in a state of love or in a state of fear. Where there is fear there is no room for love. Where there is love there is no room for fear. My own indentation of fear was prominently embedded deep in my subconscious from very early childhood. Fear constantly paralysed my expansion as I adapted habitual emotional responses in situations and relationships that disarmed me. Even though I have often relied on the ‘fight or flight’ emotional instinct of my brain for survival, higher reason and mortality can only be actualized in a state of love. Shifting from fear, to living a life of love has been the most incredible transformation in my own personal journey.
Exterminating my natural fear inclinations was an expedition through many, many layers, requesting a changed mindset, patience and dedication.
- Practicing the art of mediation has been my most powerful vehicle. Regular mindfulness practice, has allowed my mind and nervous system repose in profound silence, clearing blocks and dissolving stubborn obstacles.
- Past Life Regression Therapy via Brian Weiss workshops enlightened my spiritual growth staggeringly. Experiencing past life incarnations was a gateway to understanding my current life, to healing my current afflictions and renewing my ongoing evolvement.
- Attending a Doreen Virtue, Angel Intuitive workshop. During a group ‘healing addiction’ mediation, not sugar, nor caffeine, but fear raised its ugly head! The awareness the meditation delivered was phenomenal.
- A profound Quantum Consciousness experience with my spiritual teacher, Melissa Haymes, allowed me to tap into my own personal wisdom, layers of consciousness and cosmic consciousness. I received instant insight. I physically wretched my black core of ‘fear’ at the end of the session, liberating me metaphysically and emotionally.
Letting go of my addiction to fear has been a personal battle. A liken it to a child relinquishing their ‘blankie’. The touch of it was an innate comfort that had become habitual. Surrendering fear and reclaiming more personal power has allowed me back home to myself. To my true, authentic being. To my divine nature of pure love.
Love is state of being. Love is for others, love is for you, love is for our children, love is for our neighbours, love is for nature, and love is for all. We are all connected. And then when we encounter a cautionary situation or person, we can refrain and remain in our state of love. From this loving place within, we can choose how to respond or not respond.
I read in a Wayne Dyer book, which resonated deeply with me, “Fear knocked on the door; love answered, and no one was there”.
Live from a place of PURE LOVE.
Love and light and blessings,
My wise Grandmother, who in the eye of any meaningful situation quotes “everything happens for a reason”, has been a tremendous teacher in my life. She has a calm resolve in accepting any struggle for reasons beyond her control. Like my grandmother, I believe that the magic, the tremendous people and the struggles along my own passage have been orchestrated by a kind of master plan from a greater universal force.
I conclude that people come into our life not by any coincidence, but to serve a purpose on our life’s journey. Synchronicity delivers this friend, spouse, relative, teacher, or neighbour to demonstrate compelling life lessons. To guide us, mentor or instigate the writings of our unwritten story. These gifts do not define us, they serve us, they are there for the reason we need them to be.
Like the people that show up in our journey at the precise needed moment, incidents happen in our life with divine intention, and all for a reason. Our highs and daunting lows and the bendy twists and turns, are all part of our life story. The love, loss, ill health, milestones, tragedy and great moments, are perfectly paved into our road to test the absolute limits of our soul and its evolvement.
Once we live from this perspective of greater awareness, the road we are travelling, feels less retching. Knowing and anticipating the potential lessons that comes from each person or situation that presents, allows a kind of acceptance of where we are in our personal memoir. It diminishes our struggle, our anguish and the resistance we harbour. The key is to simply ‘trust the process’ and know it is for a greater ‘reason’.
This beautiful poem by an unknown author captures the essence of people coming into our life’s story for a reason.
People come into your path for a reason a season or a lifetime.
When you know which one it is, you will know what to do with that person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty…
To provide you with guidance and support…
To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually…
They may seem like they are a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then without any wrongdoing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die…
Sometimes they walk away…
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand….
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled…
Their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has now been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON.
Because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons.
Things you must build upon to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind, but friendship is clairvoyant.
Thank you for being a part of my life…
Whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime
~ Unknown author
The word dharma resonates deeply within me. Put most simply, our dharma is our true-life purpose. Our calling. I believe we all possess a unique gift that we are intended to share in this physical lifetime.
I remember the recently passed, Wayne Dyer, talking about one’s dharma and it struck a personal chord. He explained a bumblebee knows what it has been born to do. “To bumble and do what bees do” and that a tree knows its life purpose, as does the beautiful rose. He went on to say, that as humans we tend to interfere and divert from our natural purpose. I have witnessed this in my own life, we can cross paths with our intended journey, we can claim it, we can flirt with it and sometimes sadly we can miss our calling all together.
I remind my own children regularly, that they each have a special talent to share with our world. It is crucial message, setting a foundation to their individual life journeys. Quite consciously, I remove pressure and expectations from their respective achievements and performances. I encourage that they try a myriad of varying opportunities, to experiment and see what resonates with their true spirit. The special “thing” that each child is intended to share, that ‘magic’, that ‘unique gift’, I trust will naturally weave its way into their existence. We must as parents be careful in our coaching and guidance. Our own expectations, even our own unfulfilled dreams or desires can impose limitations or restrictions upon our child’s authentic purpose.
My eldest daughter recently showed me a maths test result. I praised her achievement and talked through the particular unit of maths. She expressed her concern that two of her friends received a higher score and that maths was a subject she really has to apply herself to. The look of concern on her little face worried me. I asked her why she was so distracted over her friends’ scores. She explained that with the commitment she had invested into this subject, she had expected she would have achieved similar results. I asked her;
“Do you enjoy maths?”
“Not really, the formulas and equations are just so difficult. It doesn’t feel easy. I wish I didn’t have to study maths.”
“How can we help you?”
“I don’t need help. I’m passing. I’m not really worried, just frustrated Mum.”
“What else are you studying that feels more natural to you?’ I asked.
“That’s easy”, she replied. “There’s a heap. I love writing, persuasive text is my favourite. Science thrills me. There’s something so fascinating about the Chinese language. My horse riding lessons never seem long enough. And sprinting, my legs have a mind of their own, and I run fast.”
I wrapped my arms around her and reassured her that these pursuits were her natural tendencies. “You don’t have to be good at everything. Accept your maths results. Don’t compare yourself to others. You need to find what makes YOU, YOU.”
My new book Little Angels bestows many affirmations for children, that I hope will help reduce fear and anxiety in our beautiful, individual blossoms. Check out my website for stockists: www.sarahfiggins.com
In an incredible, digitally connected world, on a physical level we are becoming more and more disconnected. People, in a time poor state of mind; bustle here and there, with eyes downcast, avoiding eye contact. Most often, connected to a mobile device with ear buds in. The device maybe either on or off, but the very sight of a headset screams, I’m not listening and I’m busy!
Acutely aware of this state of “disconnection”, I attempt throughout my day, everyday, to engage. Whether it be, a simple smile to someone passing in the street, a kindness to a stranger in a checkout line or even an enquiry at the other end of my phone. I realise I am only one, but I strive to make a small difference and set an example for those around me.
My youngest daughter set a challenge a couple of weekends ago. On a family bike ride, she decided to greet every single passer-byer with a cheery “good morning” and tally their reactions. A mild, sunny morning, it was a perfect opportunity to test her demonstration, of simply ‘connecting’.
Riding behind her, I watched her positive enthusiasm as she targeted her eye contact, smiled and chirped, ‘good morning’. Her authenticity and her kindness made my heart swell. Some passers sashayed out of the way and looked at her oddly, as if she’d asked them how much tax they had paid this year! Others refused to lift their eyes from the pathway and quickened their step. A few gazed straight ahead, flatly ignoring her sweet gesture. And then a few kind strangers connected. They replied with their own ‘good morning’ and some took the time to say ‘what a beautiful morning for a bike ride’. The smile on her face and the smiles on the recipient’s face, during those moments of positive connection, was magic. It was a fleeting moment of mindfulness.
28 “good mornings” were bestowed with a humble 9 replies. My daughter said at times she felt awkward, but not disheartened, she declared that 28 people had felt her kindness and 9 people chose to return the gift. She hoped those people in turn would share the gesture. Random acts of kindness like this do spread. Happiness, as my daughters remind me constantly, doesn’t come from the world around us – it comes from deep within us. Give it a go! Unplug and connect.
Before I could walk or talk I would clap my hands with glee as my Mum’s stiletto heels would teeter across our tiled floor. At kinder I would draw simple stick figures, but impressed everyone with the fabulous attention I would take to the stick figure’s heels. I took a part-time job at 15 years of age; to ‘solely’ afford the beautiful Italian Beltrami shoes I found in Midas. I then worked at Evelyn Miles designer boutique whilst I was at university, just so I could touch and smell the designer creations, and so I could afford more shoes! My enchanted shoe addiction reached dizzy heights when the glass slipper was fitted to my foot and I married into the Figgins (3rd generation shoe) family. I am confessed addict! And stand tall, in my 5inch heels!
My favourite pair & why?
I have a new favourite with every collection I build. But if my walk in robes were on fire – I would dash and grab my 5inch stiletto, Brain Atwood boots. Paneled in zebra, tiger and ocelot pony with choc brown suede fringing. The boot that unleashes ‘look at me’ power and literally purrs.
My shoe philosophy?
My collections express femininity, a fastidious attention to detail and a design quality that appeals to confident women – my philosophy being “give a girl the right pair of shoes, and she can conquer the world.”
Wake up stiff, sore and parched, with my head rolled onto passenger seated next to me! He smiles, I shudder and apologise. Captain announces that we’re landing in Hong Kong in 20 mins. Look up to see if mad dash to toilet is possible? OCCUPIED sign illuminated and a queue. Great – hold on!
HK airport. Break into a walk, semi sprint to custom’s counter. I still need a bathroom, but I want to be head of queue. Phew – quick head count 20 deep in queue; I estimate a 10-minute wait. Through!! Yes!! Quick-toilet-stop. Great only vacancy is hole in ground. I have to go. Leg squat!
Jump the airport express train into Kowloon. Call home. Arrived safely, it’s early evening chaos at home, kids fighting – ‘I’ll call you later hun’. Exit Kowloon – quick taxi ride to China Ferry Terminal. Smiling cabbie, lots of head bowing, chatty and friendly. ‘First time in HK lady?’ ‘No’ I reply ‘I’m here every 6 weeks’, ‘Oh you lucky, lucky’. I think of Kylie Minogue’s song, “I should be so lucky”. What shoes was she wearing in that clip?
Another queue – ferry ticket. Customs again, 12 minute queue and through.
Boarding China bound ferry. Outside, and the humidity smacks me square in the face. A combination of hunger, tiredness and heat overwhelms me. Just pull carry case and board. Port is choppy, plank rocking I trip – damn scratch the black suede on new wedges ASTRID – retro and sublime. (I do love a wedge!) Seated at last. Spritz my face with O2 intraceutical, the best. Bit of MAC mascara (can’t live without) and gloss. Grateful, I just lopped all my locks; short and spiky looks even better after sleeping on a plane. My Mela Perdie – good outfit choice. It travels well, crushed floaty tunic over tie die leggings and of course my wedges. I would truly kill for a shower!!
Another queue – 22 minutes exactly. Customs again! Through to exit and there he is – the best driver in China. Employed by the owner of my factory. Mr Chang, he bows and takes my carrycase. Whisks me away to his air-conditioned mini van. It’s an hour’s drive to the factory, darting crazily from one side of the road to next. Dodging overladen trucks, motorcycles and pedestrians. I want to shut my eyes, no time. Flick through development notes, get my mind charged and into gear. Focus Sarah!
Arrived! Factory gates open, we enter, and excited office staff greets me. It’s cool, inviting – my second family waiting for me. Hugs, kisses, friendly exchanges. Presents back and forth. Toilet break – a western toilet, no hole in the ground! Cool running water, I splash my face. The heat! ‘Green Tea Sarah?’ – ‘yes please.’
Work!! Sharpen pencils. Sampling. Fabric room. Sample room. Pattern room. Someone sketches while I write. I feel the perspiration dripping down my back. My legs are sliding on the vinyl chair I sit on. The air conditioner whirrs in the background. ‘Another green tea?’ ‘Yes, please’. Miss S collection is nailed. Samples will arrive in two weeks. Fingers crossed it looks amazing!
Lunch. The factory is silent, almost eerie. Workers opt to eat quickly and then take time for sleep. I pass through the pattern room, workers asleep at their desks. I pass through the production – all asleep at workstations. The heat, the stifling humidity is completely draining. We’re off to lunch. The best Chinese in the region. We gather in the banquet room – it’s cool – air con is at fever pitch. I am blessed with beautiful food. My factory owner spoils me with chilli shrimps scallops, steamed fish and so many yummy morsels. I sit remisinssing about years ago – when China was a new frontier in the shoe industry. Factories would try and impress us and order snake, eel and soup with fish eyes. Me always polite tasting and saying ‘yes, it’s lovely’ and they would order more. Thank goodness I only work with one beautiful factory these days.
Back at the factory. A wave of tiredness rolls through me. Toilet stop! ‘Green tea Sarah?’ ’Yes please’. More designs, more fabrics and scouring in the trim room. Shoo Biz collection takes form. It’s exciting. A season of colour, architectural silhouettes and a sense of femininity. Block heels are superb, the retro wedges and the fabrics / textures. Aaahh (I love what I do).
Another green tea. The girls bring out chocolates. What the heck a few won’t hurt – I crave the sugar hit! Only a few more hours to go. A wave of complete tiredness washes over me. Bridal collection. OK focus Sarah – get with the program!! The patent leather sample is breaking. What do we do? Well, source a new leather supplier. Let’s get a new swatch of colours. ‘What do we think of these trims?’ And it goes on………..
Mr Chang takes my carry case and escorts me out to the mini van. I bid my ‘goodnights’ – I will work with the factory again tomorrow, with appointments for materials / leather / trims and the markets. I hop aboard the van – 40 mins of driving – least the traffic is minimal. I fight the desire to nod off. Text home. No answer – it’s late.
Check in Shangri-La. The staff are so polite and happy. Their English is broken, but between my broken mandarin and their English we establish what floor and what my room number is. SHOWER!! Robe. Auto polite kicks in. I look down at my feet they are swollen and pudgy. Yuk. Joys of travel. Bed please! Room service – the obligatory club sandwich! Laptop – to sign in or not? Emails? Work from home? Report in? It can wait – I fall asleep – dreaming of SHOES. The pursuit of the perfect shoe xx