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Louise Loves – The Serpents Club

On July 17, 2014 In Energy, Favourite Items, The Louniverse

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I thought it was about time I started sharing some of my favourite items I’m wearing and using at the moment!

Through the Instagram rabbit hole I recently came across The Serpents Club - A jewellery line and passion project launched this year by Emily Tobin.

I instantly fell in love with this necklace and snapped it up straight away. I have a pretty large jewellery collection and while I stay consistent with wearing a few choice pieces, I love to add unique items to the mix. I adore that the quite frankly superb and swoonsome hunk of quartz is set within a cluster of pyrite dust, a design element that makes it stand out from the masses.

I sat down and energy cleared the crystals with a wave of sage and a night on the windowsill and then tuned up my necklace with all my requests. Did you know that a crystal is a beautiful blank canvas awaiting to be charged with your intentions?

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Each piece is handcrafted and one of a kind, ordering and shipping were both quick and easy. If you’d like to find a gem for your heart then you can shop the items currently on offer here and also find and follow The Serpents Club on Instagram and Facebook.

These are my favourite pieces from the shop at the moment and they are all set at price points of £35 and under, so head over and snap up your own energetic friend.

Nevada Smokey Quartz Necklace – Smokey Quarts is great for absorbing negative energy.

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Siren Amethyst Necklace  - Amethyst can help you feel free from your fears.

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Lilith Quartz Necklace - Quartz is the master crystal and wonderful for pulling pain out the body as well as for energy protection.

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And speaking of jewellery, my biggest secret (that is now out and free) is that I’m currently working on a jewellery collaboration with my dear friend Jessica De Lotz! We can’t wait to show you the collection!

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Miracles Now – Do you want to unwind, find more flow and discover your true purpose?

On May 21, 2014 In Books, The Louniverse

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This book is for anyone who wants to create positive change in their life. If you’re stressed out, anxious, fearful, stuck or simply ready to play bigger in your life, this book is for you.

If you have the slightest willingness to feel better, this book is for you.

- Gabrielle Bernstein

❤ Do you want to experience Miracles? – Well then, NOW is as good a time as any!

Miracles Now is the fourth book by Gabrielle Bernstein a straight talking inspirational speaker, Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Self help guru to many. For those of you new to the lady in question: Gabby turned her addictive lifestyle around 8 years ago by praying for a miracle and consequently being guided to being the teacher she is today.

The Spiritual text ‘A Course In Miracles’ describes a miracle as: A shift in perception from fear to love. Sounds good right?

Miracles now consists of 108 Life- Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow and Finding Your True Purpose

The exercises are inspired by some of my greatest spiritual teachings. Throughout the book, I offer up spirit-based principles, meditations and practical tools to help readers bust through blocks to live with more ease. I break down each technique Spirit Junkie style—with meditations, assessment questions and step-by-step guidance—while incorporating lessons from the metaphysical text A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga. This book is meant for the busy, stressed person who simply wants to feel better fast.

- Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabby wants the book to inspire you to live the lessons and then share and teach them too: The final lesson speaks ‘You are the Guru’ and I believe this is the big message to take home.

With that in mind, each lesson is served up in tweetable form so that you can share, share and share some more. You have 108  ‘Miracle messages’. Combine them with the #miraclesnow tag and the book takes on some awesome social media activation. I love this because it aligns us to the material world. The spiritual and the material are not meant to be separated, we want to bring our awareness down to earth.  This is a book that encourages you to live the ideas that you learn.

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(Gabby on one of our shopping trips at Celestine Eleven)

 A little back story – because I love how the threads of life weave together:  

Back at the end of 2011 my old PR agent for my Lingerie brand put me in touch with her friend Ruby who was writing a feature about new-age spirituality for The Sunday Times. I met up with her for a chat and so she could get some quotes from me (You can see the article here.…. and yes I did send in a photo of me and my cat to the press desk). And you know that Ruby and I became fast friends of course (and meanwhile Gabby and Ruby became friends too) and little did I know that this woman in the article was to be a future friend too. Those threads…

Growing up in a family where I was free to believe what I liked (one of my Uncles refers to my Mum and her three sisters as ‘The Coven’) I managed to avoid being sceptical of my own intuition, because I felt happy with those things I just knew, and I am very grateful for that. Aligned with my stubborn fearlessness I have never devoured hundreds of spiritual texts (Although I admit as a teenager I did carry a miniature version of The Celestine Prophecy everywhere I went!) but I LOVE confirming my own senses and getting excited about how all of us choose to share our journeys. I have always felt we are just in a time of remembering and very often we do that by reaching out when we need help, when we need a shift.

But I did struggle with feeling like a weirdo. Now I realise we are all the weirdos and we are all the teachers, but it’s easy for us to all feel alone, one way or another, some days or all days.

When the article came out I remember reading about Gabby looking at this awesome woman, the same age as me - being cool AND spiritual at the same time, I felt less alone and more connected to my own truths. Phew! I saw Gabby was running a workshop and I on a whim contacted the PR and asked if she could squeeze me in. I soaked up as she spoke about her journey and knew not only was I not alone, none of us are.

I also remember asking the only thing that was bugging me back then and it was how to just kind of get on and get going:

Gabby spoke the famous words of Marianne Williamson to me:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

I was shifted back into my skin and knew I could surrender to my work. Fast forward to last December when Gabby got in touch to see if I wanted to come to her workshop in London and we hung out and have been in touch ever since. Webs woven!

❤ So back to the NOW – and to the MIRACLES NOW.

I spoke in a recent post about how the last few months have been a bit turbulent. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Miracles Now in March I wanted to post this review sooner – in fact right when I clutched the book in my hands and could feel the bright sparks of energy pouring out, but I just had to sit on it, and sit with it – why? Because I needed it!

Gabby will reconnect you to what you already know. I think it’s fantastic for helping you become more trusting with your intuition because I feel there is a certain ‘knowing’ when you read what you turn over – an instant connection to your truth.

The book will speak to you as and when you need it.  A mistake we often make is to sit around waiting and praying for a big shift, not realising that the big shifts happen from the tiny steps we make. We can all find time to read a page in a book right? In this book Gabby gets straight to the point and she gets you. This isn’t about pouring over a text and trying to find a belief or meaning, it’s 108 tools that you can reach for and make a sharp instant shift. They are the tools that she is using to walk her talk and this are ideas you can practice immediately.

I’m a big believer that we should have a morning practice – unique to each of us. When you start off the day by giving yourself space then you open up a spot of breathing room in all aspects of your life. I find that in my most challenging times it is this starting point that becomes the thing that holds me together and keeps me grounded and connected. So what is more perfect than having to hand a wealth of go-to tools to pick you up, shake you out and give you some healing when you most need it?

Everything is covered, there are tools to: help you find your true purpose, manage stress, change habits, cope with negativity and more.

The higher purpose of this book is to contribute to a greater global change. I believe that when more and more people begin to feel better, the positive collective energy supports the energy of the world. I believe that it is our collective energy that can save the world. 

- Gabrielle Bernstein

My favourite tools from the book

Gabby suggests using the book like a Tarot deck, which you know I love! and that is exactly how I use it. I have always loved using books to give me guidance by posing a question so I’ve found this to fit in so well with my routine. Often people ask me how Tarot isn’t just a game of ‘chance’ and I always explain how in 78 cards there are ones that I never turn over for myself, and some that repeat every day. I’ve found this to be the same with MN, I have a few of the messages over and over and probably two thirds I haven’t seen yet - because it’s serving up what I need in the moment.

Of course you can read it like a regular book too – If you are new to some of the ideas then I think a cool way to read it is to do a lesson each day and perhaps write how you feel about it and what it brings up for you. It can be a 108 day Miracle workbook!

 #41 Handle fear in the wake of a terrifying event

I’ve been picking the book up most days but last month there were a couple of times when I dropped to my mat because I was facing some events that scared me, pulled out my oldest fears and made me question everything I knew. It was at this point that I prayed and opened the book to this lesson. I instantly felt reassured by this lesson because it echoed what I knew I should do but at that point where I wasn’t so connected to myself to be able to reach there. A great example of how we all need to remember to ask for help and I’m glad I had the book to reach for.

Gabby suggests three steps for when you feel sidelined by news or an event, and especially when you feel like running to numb out your pain with an external source.

Step 1: Get honest about your fear

Step 2: Breathe through your feelings

Step 3: Be more kind

A perfect set of practice for so many moments – and very useable on a daily basis. I believe that we cannot choose to think differently or work our way through our fears if we don’t introduce ourselves to them first. This was a good reminder for me to sit and show up to what was coming to the surface for me. The of course we have to feel it! – not always easy to sit and feel our most scary moments, but this is how we process. I found myself putting my hand to my heart and just as Gabby says – tuning into my body and seeing where I was carrying the fear.

The being kind. A simple solution to a lot of issues, be more kind, BE MORE KIND. To yourself and others. It’s an amazing way to reclaim some personal power – and it brings peace.

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When I honor my feelings, I find my power in powerless situations. #miraclesnowtweet

#43 I choose to peace instead of this

I LOVE this one. Gabby suggests using this as a mantra every time you feel yourself choosing fear, attack, judgement and separation. She tells us

When you choose love in any way, you’re unconsciously connecting to your higher self, asking for love to reinterpret the situation.

I think this is an amazing tool to use whenever you feel blocked in any way, in fact especially for the really silly things. It’s amazing how easy it is to get angry or pissed off at insignificant things like waiting in the line at the Post Office or when you are stuck in traffic. But, really, is it worth it? Couldn’t your energy be redirected to something more fun. Choose peace instead and notice how quickly you open up your experience to see more of the positive around you.

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#102 When in doubt, play it out

A great one for helping you change your negative habits. Again this is a simple idea that can make a huge change. Gabby suggests playing out the whole story in your head and uses the example of her quitting coffee and how it helped her to play the entire story of what would happen if she had it, right up to the manic feelings and the energy crash the next day.

How about trying this for helping with an addiction or with moments of self sabotage? – play your story out in your head and it might remind you why you don’t want to go there.  I’ve been doing this anytime I’ve come up against an old ‘comfort blanket’ fear. It’s also a great exercise to force you to be present with your habit, hence giving the option to make a more loving choice.

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When in doubt, play it out. #miraclesnow tweet

❤ Be the light

No way I’m not going to share all 108 tools! Seriously go and grab a copy and let me know what you think.

Back in March I was lucky enough to see Gabby speak at the Hay House Ignite weekend. If you ever get the chance to go to a Gabrielle Bernstein event (or a Hay House one in fact!) do it – She is a gifted speaker and I’ve never been in the room and not seen people in floods of tears and laughter – she is certainly the miracle mistress!

Gabby was promoting her book tour and she came with a very simple message for us.

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(Painting by me – Please include credit if sharing)

BE THE LIGHT!

I loved how she spoke about how all we need to do is show up and bring our best energy to every moment. This also reminds us to just get out of our own way, many of our fears exist purely because we are blocking our own flow through fears that are all ego based and to do with us. I used to get nervous about my workshops until I reminded myself that it wasn’t about me, it was about me sharing and teaching. All I need to do is turn up and be the light – ok I think I can all do that, we can all do that.

The next stop for Gabby is that she is leading a brand new Spirit Junkie Masterclass this September in NYC!

Spirit Junkie Masterclass is a one-of-a-kind program that helps teachers, coaches, and healers enrich their own spiritual awareness while guiding them to elevate their brands and become greater leaders in their practice and in the world.

Read more and sign up for a free, 90-minute Google Hangout on May 27 here!

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(Gabby, Ruby and I hanging in London in March.)

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