Feng Shui expert and inspirational speaker Amanda Sophia (formerly known as Amanda Collins) is one of our amazing regular writers, and we love to read her wisdom in every issue. Check out her Spring 2020 article below!
Readers share their moments of bliss, from our Winter 2015/2016 issue.
Eimear Quinn, Singer
As a student singer, I worked hard and was dedicated to the dream of becoming a professional. Even though I knew the dream was a big one, deep in my heart I felt it was the only path that would suit me. Then, one of those magical moments that seem to be fictional actually happened.
I was singing a song called ‘Winter Fire and Snow’ at a Christmas concert with a choir called Anúna, but I didn’t know that the composer, Brendan Graham, was in the audience. He came to me after the concert and invited me to sing his song ‘The Voice’ in the national song contest. The song went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 1996, and my life was never to be the same again! I still love to sing ‘Winter Fire and Snow’ at my Christmas concerts and am excitedly looking forward to this year’s two shows in the Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire. paviliontheatre.ie
Michael Ryan, Yoga Instructor
The truly magic moments in my life have always felt like an unfolding or a waking up, the moments in which the universe conspires to show us a bigger, more expansive picture, an invitation to grow and hold a greater perspective moving forward.
One moment in my life that was a game changer was the birth of my son, Soilse. The moment I held him for the first time it redefined my understanding of Love. I realised that I had never felt love for another of this depth. I was shocked and awed at the potency of the feeling. This was a feeling that cut straight through all my bullshit and brought me straight to my heart; to clarity. I now understand it as a maker in my relationships with others. I recognise it as the potential within me to love another human being deeply and through that connection to awaken to a deeper sense of myself. This is the gift we offer each other on the journey Home. Thank you Soilse. michaelryanyoga.com
Caroline McMullen aka Tiny Pixie, Arts and Crafts Teacher
Children come to Pine Forest to learn about many art activities. We take time out from the creativity in the classroom, to connect with nature in the incredible Oak plantation. As we embark on our walk and hear the crunching autumn leaves under our feet, I tell them how magical the forest is and to look out for the Fairies. As we continue, I tell them that the sounds they hear are the Fairies and Pixies, and these are the energy spirits of nature. I explain that they do lots of hard work to look after our beautiful Earth, and love it when you thank them for what they do. I go on to say ‘So, let’s all thank them together’. It melts my heart to hear the chorus of little voices saying “Thank you Fairies!’ In that magic moment, I know I’ve helped to expand their minds by showing them how to be grateful for Mother Nature. pineforestartcentre.com
Ian Claxton, Acupuncturist and Holistic Fertility Expert
Last year, almost to the day, a special little man was born into my clan! His name is Awen and he has touched our lives in so many ways. As a man, during birth and the rhythm of contractions, you can only be there, doing everything possible to make it just a bit easier for your partner. Childbirth is an amazing process – you can only be in wonder of the whole process of life. It is nature at its most pure. My magical moment came during the transition period of labour as Ellie and I locked eyes. The pause before a little soul is exhaled into the world! We were completely inseparable spiritually, emotionally and physically – Pure Magic.
I was in Bali earlier this year, abundantly living in a beautiful home filling my days with yoga, kirtan, beach bliss, loving food and time with and for me – only me, the life I asked for, for so long yet I was very unhappy. I was at home one particular day when an overwhelming sadness took over my body and I burst into tears, feeling so alone, half way across the world away from everything I knew and everyone that knew me. My heart crumbled with each thought that entered my mind, of feeling unloved, unappreciated, unsupported. After a while, I felt a brush of warm wind against my skin, suddenly my uncontrollable tears turned to sweet laughter. So sweet that if you were there, you wouldn’t have heard it but you would have felt it – loving and filled with pure joy and thoughts filled with loving emotion. That in my book is a magic moment.
A magic moment in my life was when I met my wife. I had come to the end of a 12 month self-imposed sabbatical of not dating and I felt I was ready to get back out into the dating scene; I had a very clear intention of finding a wife. A friend of mine offered me a ticket to an event they were attending. Within half an hour of arriving at the event I seen this girl across a room and she took my breath away, I was hooked. We got to talk for 10 minutes that night, no names exchanged. I went looking for her after the event without any luck. I put it out to the Universe if I was to meet her again it would be so. Three months later out paths crossed, this time I got her name and number, we got married in August.
Aisling Fitzgibbon, Occupational Therapist, Nutritionist and Fragrance Alchemist
A chance encounter online with a kindred spirit, through a common vision of a healing centre in Ireland has given me one of my most magical moments to date. Although I had attained a degree in Occupational Therapy and was studying to become a Nutritionist I felt that there was something missing in the jigsaw of my knowledge. When I finally met Ciara Young I felt an instant connection, feeling she was part of my tribe. Ciara introduced me to Fragrance Alchemy oils and explained their power to bring about profound changes in our entire energy field. I used to worry about things not working out in life but using the oils has led to a greater sense of self mastery allowing me to open up to the unknown and to cultivate a deep trust in life. I am now incorporating the oils into my practice as a transformative tool. firstname.lastname@example.org