Terug naar de Bron

Ik ben weer terug in Nederland! Na een verblijf van 8 jaar in het magische plaatsje Glastonbury in het mooie Engeland, ben ik wederom in mijn geboorteland. De lockdown naar aanleiding van de coronavirus is deels de oorzaak, want mijn werkzaamheden waren op gebied van toerisme en dat kwam helemaal stil te liggen. Mede door de lockdown moest ik veel tijd alleen doorbrengen in mijn huis en ik kwam tot realisatie dat ik mijn familie, mijn kinderen vooral miste. Mijn tribe! Ik heb wel een spirituele en vriendschaps-tribe in Glastonbury, maar familie is uiteindelijk toch waar de diepste banden zitten. Ik wist dat ik niet voor altijd in Engeland zou blijven, maar ik had niet gedacht dat ik er nu alweer terug zou zijn. Wat ik erg prettig vond aan het wonen en werken in Glastonbury, is dat ik echt vanuit mijn hart leefde. Verder was het informeel, spiritueel en creatief. Maar het was geen vetpot. Het leven is daar niet erg duur en de verdiensten zijn ook minimaal, maar ik had wel maximaal genieten: een gevoel van vrijheid, het zijn in een flow en in een omgeving waar het niet uitmaakt wie je bent of wat je doet. Een heerlijke onvoorwaardelijke acceptatie van alles en iedereen. Klinkt dat zweverig? Zeker, maar het maakt het leven wel een stuk aangenamer. 

Moon Woman

Helaas leven we echter nog in een maatschappij waar geld alles bepaalt – geld is een god die ik zelf niet echt aanbid en ik zit in een continue worsteling met wat ik zelf wil in het leven en wat kan. Ik heb er echter tot nu toe het maximale uit kunnen halen en ik ben heel dankbaar. Reizen is mijn passie, maar dat is nu ook even iets wat voorlopig niet veel zal gebeuren. Ik accepteer dat en ik ben nu bezig om te proberen weer iets op te bouwen hier in Nederland. Ik heb mijn C.V. weer in een mooi jasje gezet – mezelf aangemeld bij de instanties en kijk naar vacatures online om te zien of er iets bij zit. Tot nu toe krijg ik echter alleen de rillingen van ellende als ik zie wat de vacatures zijn. Het idee om weer in een keurslijf te zitten staat me helemaal niet aan. Ik ben het ontwend de beschrijvingen van de vacatures: commercieel, communicatief sterk, teamspeler, enz. Ik ben niet commercieel, alleen dat woord al geeft me buikpijn. Maar wat ben ik dan wel en hoe vind ik mijn plek?

Wat nu?

Wat ik belangrijk vind is dat ik ergens bij hoor, in een leuk team mensen die werken voor een nuttig doel, een non-profit organisatie – op een creatieve en sociale manier. Ik houd van expressie: schrijven, zingen, presenteren – als ik me maar kan uiten. Het liefst op gebied van zinvol leven, spiritualiteit, de natuur en mens zijn. Ik heb twee boeken in Nederland gepubliceerd: ‘De Magie van Avalon’ en ‘Aardevrouwen Spreken’. Ik heb vele artikelen geschreven over spiritualiteit en bewustzijn, over groene en positieve initiatieven en over vrouwen en het vrouwelijke. Ik ben op moment bezig mijn Engelstalige boek over mijn leven in Glastonbury af te maken en de lessen die ik geleerd heb met name over mens zijn en het belang van onvoorwaardelijke acceptatie en liefde. 

Ik heb tours en retraites georganiseerd – naar krachtplekken in Engeland, zoals Glastonbury en Stonehenge, maar ook naar Sedona in Amerika en naar Ierland. Ik heb de organisatie van spirituele evenementen gedaan voor opdrachtgevers, zoals The Goddess Conference in Glastonbury, The Shamanic Gathering  en voor Janosh in Nederland. Ik heb mijn eigen jaartrainingen op gebied van Natuurmagie samengesteld en jarenlang groepen gehad. Nu organiseer ik ze online. Organiseren en programma’s samenstellen is iets waar ik veel plezier aan beleef en bij de uitvoering zorg ik altijd voor een optimale beleving van de deelnemers. Ik heb radio en tv interviews gedaan, ik beheer mijn eigen Youtube Channel met video’s over krachtplaatsen, ik heb een reisblog en ik stel mijn eigen meditaties samen. 

Sedona

Blijkbaar heb ik een rustgevende stem en persoonlijkheid en ik sta open voor het ongewone en aparte. “Never a dull moment” – is mijn slogan. Het leven is te kort om je in een hokje te laten stoppen. Ik wil genieten, ik wil nieuwe ervaringen opdoen, mooie mensen ontmoeten en me verbinden vanuit het hart bij alles wat ik doe.  

Alhoewel ik me een beetje verloren voel op dit moment, blijf ik visualiseren dat ik een fantastisch huis heb nabij de natuur, maar wel met voldoende afleiding om me heen en mooie gelijkgestemde mensen. Ik heb werk waar ik veel voldoening van heb en een goed inkomen, want dat is toch nog belangrijk in deze maatschappij. De reizen naar krachtplaatsen zal ik blijven doen evenals mensen begeleiden naar hun eigen kracht met behulp van de natuur. 

Blessed Be! 

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What would you like to change?

How the lockdown has made us think about what is really important.

Manon Tromp 

In the beginning of the lockdown, which really forced most of us to slow down, I already saw the opportunities for necessary changes that we could do to make this world a better place. Our fast-paced living, the inequality and unhealthy lifestyles had been causing more and more stress. We have never had such a high number of mental health cases and a growing number of people with cancer and other diseases. Life was good for some, but not very good for a lot of others. How could we keep that up? The truth is, we could not. Something was going to blow up in our faces to make us aware that this is not the way to continue. So, the virus came: caused by our disrespectful way of how we treat the earth and ourselves. 

As long as the focus is on economy and money, we will not thrive. Some people will, because they are very good at working the system, but most of us are trapped in a rat-race that has become out of control. This is the opportunity to start focussing on wellbeing, this is the moment in time that we need to make a change. 

I asked the question ‘What would you like to change” to some of my friends and family and some came back with some short answers and others with longer ones. I have collected their replies and I hope you will get inspired to think about what you would like to change yourself. 

Your question what would I change… Well thinking about it maybe I would change my life for me to be able to just be, quiet, in nature, part of nature, doing more of the things I love to do…. Marg Barnes

I would change that the world remains calmer and still as it is now to help mother earth – Lea Hurst Lewis 

I would change the economic system and give everybody a basic income. From there new and beautiful initiatives Will rise. Amber Martens

I’d do the same! And give everyone a better work/life balance, and a higher basic wage for a better quality of life. Holly Mazillius

If I could change one thing, I’d be braver. Claire Butterfield

 If I could change something, I will chose change how days and years are counting to be more flowing moments with everything and everyone. Karla Siqueira

Lynne Sedgemore – Glastonbury  In this lockdown period I have already decided to slow down, to spend more time in nature, and more time with my family and close friends.I choose to be kinder, to support those in need and to honour and nourish the land through activism and sacred ritual. Mother Earth is our solace and our salvation – respecting her will be at the centre of my life.

Marion Brigantia – Glastonbury  A New Earth – A World of Balance – The concept of a ‘new Earth’ has been a thought, an idea, that has been present most of my life. It was as if echoes of it came through every now and again. ‘It’s the end of the world as we know it’– one of the REM songs, that sounded ominous when I first heard it, but also a bit like a promise. ‘We are the ones we’ve been waiting for’– wow, that hit me hard when I first heard it said by ‘Little Grandmother’ Kiesha Crowther. It was as if a sixth sense picked up on these foretelling’s, whenever I encountered them. So, is this it then? Is this the big change, the shift into another dimension, the Age of Aquarius? And if I am the change I have been waiting for, what part do I have to play in these times?

Actually, I feel I have been part of the change, ever since I can remember and I am not alone. The first shift towards the new times, happened in the sixties, with the Flower power and Hippy movement. I have always seen that as the beginning of the end of our patriarchal structures and I so wished I would have been born earlier to have been able to be part of that. Still I experienced the ripples of it especially on a spiritual level. The idea of love as the main focus for the religious experience came directly from this movement. That combined with the second wave of feminism, opened a portal to the revival of a new spirituality embracing the divine as feminine, as Goddess. This embrace, strengthened by the archaeological findings and writings of visionaries like Marija Gimbutas, birthed a new movement in the world, the Goddess Movement. 

The Goddess Movement was birthed in different places around the Globe, but I discovered it through the teachings of Kathy Jones, who founded the Goddess Temple and Goddess Conference in Glastonbury, UK – also known as Avalon. The energy of Avalon and the opportunity to be part of the Goddess Movement in Glastonbury, called me to move from The Netherlands to the Isles of Brigit, to follow my heart/soul longing and become a fulltime priestess. And so it happened. I have been building up my work as Priestess since 2009 and am now the tutor of the Brighde-Brigantia trainings, co-organiser of The annual Goddess Conference in Glastonbury, one of the four female sacred-tour guides at Mystical Earth Tours, Ceremonialist and workshop facilitator for groups and individuals, I conduct healing and oracle card reading sessions and offer other spiritual work following whatever people need.

This is how I feel I am already part of the change. I know that a big part of the change will be about reclaiming the divine feminine, Goddess, the feminine principle in our lives, our communities and society. This has been the goal of the Priestesses here in Avalon from the beginning. To create a culture shift towards balance. Because society has been so patriarchal, orientated on the masculine principles, we are still far way away from that balance. People sometimes ask me why I do not work with ‘the God’. I personally do, in my own way I have found my inner balance. As a priestess however I work towards that change and focus solely on Goddess, because She still has a long, long way to go to become as present as God is, in the awareness of everyone in all the cultures of the World. I feel that when this balance is really felt, understood and lived, the bigger change in behaviour and actions will follow naturally.  

Marisa Picardo – Glastonbury  In this time of early stages of lockdown, it’s difficult to know what will become, I hope and prayer for a different paradigm shift … I would wish for a basic universal credit for all citizens, so no one should starve. Given that the world has temporarily stopped and most cars and air traffic have ceased, I hope we can shift and adopt ways to save our ecosystem and environment and that we shift into a radical transformation of our consciousness.  We currently have an opportunity to reconnect with life, with nature, as most of us have an enforced slowing down. when we come through this, lets us clean the waters, clean our airs, and grow or buy quality food for all without pesticides.  For me what’s important is connection, food, shelter, loving-kindness, equality, honesty and letting go of consumerism and systems that are doing harm… I want to bring in peace and ease to everyone. Dreaming human beings into balance with the earth. 

Alison Scobie – Glastonbury In terms of a personal change that I am making I have been looking at ways to be more productive in my daily life. I figured if I could be more productive and work more efficiently, I would be able to free up time and energy allowing me to focus on things that are truly important to my wellbeing; supporting friends, connecting with nature and protecting our environment. 

The first tip I could implement reasonably easily while the second is slightly more challenging and is a work in progress: Finding my natural rhythm

To do this I first listened to my body and mind by taking a minute every couple of hours and asking both what they needed. I kept a note of this for about a month and then discovered some patterns. I discovered that I was more mentally active during the first half of the day, had a dip in both mental and physical energy around 3pm every afternoon and felt more physically active in evening.  

As a result, I am in a much better position to plan my daily tasks. I now try to plan tasks that require creativity of thinking in the first half of the day, take an additional break around 3pm to rest or to take a walk and then plan to complete the more mundane daily tasks in the late afternoon/early evening. I certainly feel more productive and less tired in the process. Of course, it is not always possible to stick to the plan but I now realise that I am not going to be able to journey through the day at my own rhythm and can prepare for this. E.g., I may prepare my meals the evening before.

Stop procrastinating I have always known that procrastination is one of my main vices and I have a tendency to leave everything to the last minute. Upon reflection, I realised that this was because some tasks seemed too big, or I had too much on my plate that I had no idea where to start. I then feel guilty and beat myself up at the end of the day for not doing anything. To remedy this I have started to break down every job into smaller bite sized tasks that I can complete easily and quickly. By applying my natural rhythm, I can also plan the best times to work on them. At the end of the day, I can look back with pride as I am ticking off all the tasks I completed. 

Amber Stefels – Amsterdam The Netherlands I would like to see a change in the rules of student finance. In my country almost everyone starts with a large study debt when they have finished studying. When I started about 10 years ago, I got very small basic grant, because my dad earned too much money. I was already living on my own and therefore had more costs. I couldn’t do a part-time job besides my studies, because I didn’t have the time for that. So, I had to borrow from the state. Nowadays you have to borrow everything. I find this really ridiculous. My generation is already earning less money than previous generations and now you start your career with a debt and job security is uncertain. It is often not possible to save in order to buy a house. Everything gets more expensive every year, but your salary stays the same. Finding a job is difficult. I would like the government to do something about this. The loans must stop and everyone who studies must be entitled to at least 800 euros per month without having to pay it back. It will make it easier for young people to buy a house. Also, all student debt of graduates should be waived.

Another important change is that there should be more teaching on the topic of taxes and finances. I have never understood anything about this and I got into debt with the tax authorities. There are many rules and you have to be very careful that you fill in the correct information or report a change. This also causes many young people to get into trouble. This should become a subject in high school. I’m almost 30 myself and I still don’t understand. When you call them, they often explain in a difficult language that you do not become any wiser. I would immediately use my voting right if anyone would put this on the agenda. 

Katrina Billings – Bristol  Some things I would implement to change the world – here are my 3 wishes: 

  1. improving people’s lives by giving everyone a living wage. This could be paid for by penalties on people who put their money into offshore accounts to dodge taxes. Give all health workers a rise that matches those of MP’s. 
  2. Place more importance on preventative medicine and the maintenance of good health. This follows on from the first one as if people can actually afford to live then they will be healthier. 
  3. Give everyone some land to grow their own food – even if it is a small patch. Eating locally grown food is better for people’s health, for the planet and for the economy. 

The changes I have implemented since the lockdown are: 

Because I’m self-isolating my life has become much simpler. I make do with what I have and mend things that I might have thrown away. Since the lockdown I’ve mended holes in two bedsheets and repaired a load of my underwear. Owning a sewing machine has been my joy. At first not being able to pop to the shops was hard but I’ve learned to depend on others to help me get the things I have to have and to be grateful for whatever they can get. 

I spend much more time practicing meditation, yoga and praying – I’ve started chanting mantras daily and am recognising their power. I read more and go to bed earlier and get up early. I don’t have TV but listen to podcasts and the radio a little bit more. 

Making sure I keep in touch with friends and family and appreciating lovely memories of past times with them all. Every week my family has a family quiz with child friendly questions. Memories have been big in my life since lockdown and have kept me entertained. Next, I want to start writing them down.

Roz Bound – Canada As we evolve in transition between this world and the next, we are experiencing so many different feelings and emotions affecting our decision making and creativity – grief, anger, fear and maybe some excitement, trepidation and curiosity.  I believe that there are two basic emotions – love and fear – and they manifest in so many different ways.  Those of us  privileged enough to spend time in our isolated corners in deep reflection ( ‘privileged’ because millions are struggling to survive physically in very crowded quarters and spending time in solitary reflection must be impossible) have been thinking about what all this means – what lessons can we take personally from this tragic experience?  And , how do we move forward? What changes do we make in our own lives, knowing that every word, deed and action has a response?  Knowing that if we want to see change ‘out there,’ in this new non-dual world, we need to make change ‘in here.’  We are at a huge turning point that we cannot ignore.

‘Out there,’ I would like to see us not basing our existence on economy but on the holistic wellness of all beings – humans, four-legged, finned, winged, crawlers and green.  I would like to see a safe, healthy place for every sentient being in the world, that all those currently disenfranchised have homes, food, education, that every single person is treated fairly, not judged or exploited, but accepted with gratitude for who they are and how they contribute to the whole.  I’d like to see an equitable sharing globally, and in supported local community.  We need to be at one with Mother Earth, sharing Her values of compassion, cooperation and collaboration.  Every sentient being, every growing, living thing, has worth and contributes to the whole.  That demands a strict response to climate devastation, a rebuild of global partnerships, trading and economy, government and legislation, our capitalist hierarchy and our personal consumerism.​

How can I go about this?  Instead of giving up in the face of a seemingly impossible task, I know I have to start with me:  start in my home, by supporting local enterprise and embracing arts and spirituality in my own community; be very conscious of my words, silent and spoken, and their impact; sharing what I can, increasing generosity of my talents and spirit; watching my purchasing habits – buying local, reuse, recycle, etc; supporting responsible manufacturers, not those who exploit; cooperating with nature and delighting in Her beauty.  Be responsible for my own life, how it is fed, healed and assimilated into the One. This calls for a practice of ego-witnessing and being awake in all relationships.  ​

My beloved partner posted this in the kitchen a long time ago.  By Charles Eisenstein, it fits here. If we all lived this way change will be reflected back, and then this isolation time, this saturation of illness and death, this incipient fear and grief that haunts our nights, will not be in vain:   ​

‘Every act a ceremony.  Every word a prayer.  Every walk a pilgrimage.  Every place a shrine.’ ​

A Big Thank you to all who have contributed: Lets be the change you want to see in the world!

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From Fear to Transformation – a Holistic View

What can we learn from the Corona Virus crisis

I am writing this in the 4th week of our lockdown which the UK government in this case, has decided to put in place. The purpose of this is obviously to stop the spread of this serious virus that is a danger to the elderly and less healthy people. I totally get that and I am not really against it but…..I feeling more frustrated the longer this lockdown goes on because I know there is a solution: testing so people who are immune can go back to work and keep part of the economy going. On the other hand, I have to say that personally I have never liked our economy: there is too much inequality and it is all about money and less about being human. We still have too much fighting, violence, sexual abuse of mainly women and girls and making people work under terrible conditions, even slavery. Then there is the abuse of the earth – the climate change, pollution, extinction of animals and also our very unhealthy food and drink habits causing illness and attacking our immune systems. Let’s be real: this virus may have come at a time that we really need to stop and think what the hell we are doing! Also, how can we transform our system to a healthier and more beneficial lifestyle for everyone. 

What can we learn?

Looking holistically at this situation, you can wonder how this came to be and why at this time. But I feel what is more important at the moment, is how we can learn from it and how can we transform our lifestyle to a more natural state of being respecting the earth and our own natural bodies. Basically, we ourselves have caused this virus to happen. You may think that we have made much progress in the last decades, but I see it more like a train speeding and speeding until it crashed out of the tracks because it the drivers were not respecting the health and safety rules, in this case from our Mother Earth who has given us life and allows us to live on her earth. We have not respected her terms and in the end, it is she who rules. This is now evident in the way that the virus makes no distinction between rich and poor, politician and cleaner, grandmother and father, etc. The people in charge may think they are in control, but they are now realising that they are not. So, it is a good wake-up call and an incentive to change our ways. How? Well, some communities are already doing it and I also believe in the creative powers of us humans. It needs an out of the box way of thinking, which is not easy if you have been used to a certain way of being and it needs our people in charge to put natural wellbeing first instead of money. 

Are you ready to receive?

New Life Principals

One thing I have never believed in is hierarchy – that has to change to self- regulating teams of people from different backgrounds. Also, we need to decentralise decision making, create regional teams (the self-regulating teams I already mentioned) that have the power to make decisions based on a few simple principals: 

  1. Wellbeing of people is always first
  2. Respect for earth and natural laws
  3. Community based living with enough personal freedom
  4. Equality 
  5. Keep things simple but comfortable – happiness is not in possession
  6. Encouragement of meditation, yoga and other holistic practices

There are probably other worthwhile principals but these are the ones that came up for me. I do realise that this will not be easy for a lot of people who have always been used to fight and struggle for what they have and do not know that there is another way of being. Although being in the lockdown and in isolation, many people I have spoken have told me that they enjoy the slower pace of life and they finally get to do the things they normally would like to but have no time to do them. Just the thought of going back in the rat race makes them so anxious, that I really believe that if that will be the case, it is going to be really tough on people forcing them maybe to make other life changing decisions, which can also be a good thing. Existing communities will get a lot of new people applying to join, I am sure. 

Abundance

I have heard often that there is not enough resources and food in the world for everyone. Let me tell you something: there is plenty and there is abundance as long as you know how to use it and not abuse it. Do we really need 15 different cereals, laundry detergents, chemical filled cleaning products, unhealthy ready meals, etc. Because creating all of those unnecessary products is what is causing the earth resources to be depleted. Yes, you will say, but it gives people jobs so they can pay their rent. It gives people jobs, but it also keeps them imprisoned in jobs that they do not like and keeps them caged in a system that is not challenging them to use their own unique creativity. What do you really need??? If I take myself for example: I hardly ever shop in supermarkets, because at least 80% of their products have been produced with additives and chemicals. I buy my veggies and fruits on the weekly market; they are organic and mostly locally grown. I get other basic products from a health store and I always cook from scratch which makes for some delicious eating. 

So yes, maybe you will need to learn how to cook yourself and if you do not have that rat race going, you have the time for that. But what about the luxury goods we crave…I do like my phone, laptop, my car and my television – guilty. There is nothing against technology as long as also here we are creating it sensibly and sustainable. Also, if we have more focus on our well-being: mentally, spiritually and physically, we will have a better balance so we do not look outside ourselves to fill a need or hole. As we are also spiritual beings, we will have time to address that need as well. I personally enjoy a lasting good friendship and being part of a community. At the moment too many people are lonely and feel alone. 

Transformation can be now

If you would like to change your life, do not wait for others and certainly not for our government to do that for you. Start now, this is the moment but it does take initiative, action and commitment. Transformation does not just happen; you need to want it and work it. It means that you have to get over some habits that are holding you back, change your way of thinking, listen to what your heart and gut are telling you, ask for support and reach out to others around you. If you have transformational groups – you can exchange and share your stories, get support and get inspiration. So here are few things that can get you started:

  1. Look at your life and write down what you like about it and what you do not like
  2. Put the likes on one piece of paper and the do not likes on another – keep them separate
  3. Make a list of what you would like to have in your life – no restrictions, dream!
  4. Now look at the list of what you not like and put it next to the list of what you would like – are there any correspondences – write them down. 
  5. Now look at the things that are easier to change – make a top 3 list – and write down how you are going to change them – commit to it for at least 4 weeks
  6. Make a gratitude list – look at it every day so it can give you a good feeling about what you already have in your life
  7. Write down the names of people you would like in your transformation support group – reach out to them and ask them if they would like to join you – make a weekly commitment to reach out and share

I know it is not easy, but trust me it will become a way of being and before you know it, you already are on the road of transformation. 

I am setting up a Transformation Group – if you are interested, please contact me for details : info@manontromp.com

I wish you well, 

Manon – Glastonbury 

April 10, 2020

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Avalon Nodigt je uit!

Glastonbury is te vinden in het zuidwesten van het Verenigd Koninkrijk en bij de meeste mensen bekend vanwege het muziekfestival dat eenmaal per jaar plaatsvindt. Maar er is zoveel meer dat Glastonbury biedt en vooral als je geïnteresseerd bent in magie, mysterie, spiritualiteit en Avalon. Ik woon sinds 2012 in Glastonbury en heb ervaren hoe speciaal deze plek is. Vanaf het eerste moment (2002) stapte ik in deze bubbel van hartenergie, ik voelde dat ik naar huis kwam. Dit is niet alleen mijn ervaring, het overkomt veel mensen die hier komen en worden geraakt door de onvoorwaardelijke liefde die wordt gevoeld zodra je de stad binnenkomt. Glastonbury wordt het hartchakra van de wereld genoemd en het is ook verbonden met het eiland Avalon, een plaats met legendes over koning Arthur, Merlin en Morgana die al vele eeuwen worden verteld en gedeeld. De legenden spreken van de feeën die onder de beroemde heuvel in Glastonbury wonen, de Tor en van de hogepriesteres van Avalon die het land regeert en het lichaam bewaakt van koning Arthur die onder de Tor rust.

Het maakt niet uit of je een gelovige bent of niet, Glastonbury zal je intrigeren, gewoon door door de hoofdstraat te lopen waar mensen paraderen gekleed als tovenaars, druïden, priesteressen, feeën of gewoon kleurrijk. Gesprekken met vreemden zijn eenvoudig – er zijn geen beoordelingen – u kunt uzelf zijn of wie u ook wilt zijn. Glastonbury trekt veel spirituele pelgrims van over de hele wereld aan, op zoek naar hun eigen heilige graal en verbinden met hun kern natuurlijke wezen door gewoon hier tijd door te brengen. Als Avalon je belt, moet je gaan. Maar wees bereid om te transformeren, want Avalon houdt de spiegel vast en ze zal je vragen: wie ben je echt?

Are you ready to receive?

Meer dan 75 overtuigingen en tradities zijn vertegenwoordigd in Glastonbury – een smeltkroes van overtuigingen, overtuigingen en gebruiken. Ze zullen samenkomen op gemeenschapsvieringen om de verandering van de seizoenen te eren en het belang van Moeder Aarde en haar scheppingswiel te erkennen. De schoonheid van de natuur wordt gevoeld en gezien in het land rondom de Tor en Glastonbury en hoewel ik dat land honderden keren heb gelopen, wordt het nooit vermoeiend. Dus wat maakt het zo speciaal? Zou het kunnen zijn hoe meer de 15 leylijnen die de Tor kruisen, met enkele van de belangrijkste leylijnen zoals de Mary-lijn en de St Michael-lijn, die andere speciale plaatsen zoals Stonehenge, Avebury en meer verbinden. Het maakt van de Tor een krachtig baken dat een energie uitstraalt die diep in ons hart en ziel raakt. Wat het ook is, ik vind het leuk en ook de vele mensen die het bezoeken. Er is zo’n energie aanwezig die je toestaat volledig open te zijn en te ontvangen, aanwezig te zijn in het nu, te stromen met wat er aan de hand is en onvoorwaardelijk jij te zijn.

Avebury Stone Circle

Niet ver van Glastonbury zijn een paar andere krachtplaatsen, die ik al heb genoemd: twee grote stenen cirkels gebouwd rond 3500 voor Christus, Stonehenge en Avebury. Ze bevinden zich in een gebied van het Verenigd Koninkrijk waar veel graancirkels verschijnen. Onze voorouders wisten al dat het land daar speciaal was en daarom bouwden ze deze stenen cirkels om de goden, godinnen, maan en zon te eren. De geometrie van de cirkels is precies en de bouwers wisten wat ze deden. Ze stralen nog steeds zo’n belangrijke kracht uit dat je alleen maar naar ontzag kunt kijken als je alleen maar naar hen kijkt. Als gids krijg ik de kans om ze vaak te bezoeken en het wordt nooit saai, dat kan ik je beloven. Het VK heeft veel magische plekken, een prachtig landschap en schilderachtige steden en dorpen. Ik heb het geluk dat ik in een van de meest bijzondere van die plaatsen woon, Glastonbury en ik wil graag uitnodigen om te komen en voor jezelf te voelen. Avalon nodigt je uit.

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Coming Home

This is my story – taken from the interview I did with Connected Sisters for the their Facebook page.

I came to Glastonbury for the first time in 2002 and I noticed a very unconditional accepting energy. I felt more free, accepted, like a homecoming – it was beautiful. People were very friendly and nice. The whole energy was something I hadn’t encountered before.

I knew my spiritual soul side was really important to me and I could see how underdeveloped that had been. I started to do more writing and singing and created my own songs based on the Celtic wheel. I also did a witches course.

Celtic Wisdom

I learnt more about nature and nature’s energy, how to work with the moon, ceremony and how to work with the earth. Every season has a different energy and how to tune into it; this information came so naturally to me. We are natural beings, and if we lose our connection with the earth, we will become soulless and try and fill that hole with all sorts of stuff; extreme shopping, addiction, mental health or health issues.

by Wendy Andrew

Feminine Side

This major breakthrough propelled me into exploring a more feminine side of myself; the nurturing, caring, unconditional love side of myself and I felt I was growing softer as a person.

the Tor

No more Corporations

After a few years, I wanted to move to Glastonbury but was a single mum with two kids who were at the age where they didn’t want to move, so I stayed in Holland working as a human resources consultant. At a certain point this wasn’t working for me anymore and I didn’t get new contracts because deep down I didn’t want to be working corporations anymore.”In 2012, I felt that there was nothing except my kids holding me in Amsterdam and I decided to move to Glastonbury. I called a medium that I knew in the UK to see if my feelings were right and she said I should have been there 2 years ago. It was a difficult decision, my daughter had already moved out and my son was 17 but he had his own life and it was good for him to now live and spend time with his dad.

A fresh start

I sold everything that I had and with one car full I drove to the UK and started a new life there. It wasn’t easy, I had to build up something to get an income. In the first couple of months I was trying to sell everything I still owned just to make things happen and pay my rent.

In September, I was visiting Holland and I had a panic attack; I didn’t have any money, nothing was coming in and felt I couldn’t go back to the UK. Suddenly this voice in me said, you don’t have money but you have you and things shifted. The phone rang and I was offered a job at the Holistic retreat centre in Glastonbury. Then things started really happening.

Stanton Drew

A New Life

I have built up a sacred tour guide company with a friend, I am a Celtic earth princess and teacher and I am a jazz and blues singer. I am now doing everything from the heart; all of the things I love to do. I host on Airbnb and meet many women on the path of discovery who have low confidence to make the change. I try to empower them and help them make the change to do the things they would like to do in their life and live more heart centred instead of head centred.”

With thanks to Paris from Connected Sisters.

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