In our Autumn 2021 issue, our regular columnist Judith McAdam offered some words of wisdom on how to access and live our personal truths. Enjoy her feature below.
Unlock Your Confidence and Let Yourself Shine – Judith McAdam
In our Spring 2020 issue, the amazing holistic coach Judith McAdam wrote about the value of confidence, and we loved hearing her words of wisdom on the subject!
Errol Campbell – a powerful healer from Bali – is visiting Ireland to deliver a stunning workshop in Belfast. We are thrilled to announce that he will also be appearing at Positive Nights on Tuesday June the 5th from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m. The venue is the stunning Bewley’s Café Theatre, Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite here.
Errol works with a principle of Empowered Being: a core transformational state that empowers you to experience and embody positive change within yourself. He helps people to release inherited, learned, and accumulated identities, limiting beliefs, fears, feelings and patterns stored deep within their subconscious: in short, anything that prevents them from living and experiencing their true authentic selves.
He specialises in teaching tried and tested tools and techniques to enter your subconscious mind, locate the programmes holding you back, and rewire them to empower you to create your desired life, goals and dreams. We are pleased to be hosting Errol and hearing more from him about how we can quickly bring about a meaningful shift in the way we live our lives.
Join us on Tuesday June the 5th from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m. in the Bewley’s Café Theatre.
Errol will be delivering a special weekend workshop called Empowered Being prior to his visit with us. This workshop will take place from the 2nd to the 3rd of June 2018 in the Culloden Estate & Spa, Bangor Road, Holywood, near Belfast.
Errol Campbell’s website is errolcampbell.com. You can find information about his workshop in Belfast – prior to his evening with us – at events.cheriemagee.com.
Positive Nights Presents: Anamarta – The Tao of Sexual Vitality and Empowerment
If you want to learn more about how the ancient healing practices of the Tao can help you to feel more revitalised and balanced in your everyday life – and the powerful role that sexual energy has to play in this process – then we have a treat in store for you. The Tao teacher Anamarta will be visiting us for a special evening on Thursday March 22nd, from 7.3o to 9.30 p.m. in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. Tickets are available here.
Anamarta is a much-loved Tao teacher from the Healing Tao U.K. She was initiated into the family lineage of Medicine Women by her grandmother, and is now the Creatrix of the Jade Egg Holistic Practice and Kuan Yin Qigong. Alongside her beloved partner, Taoist Master Kris Deva North, she facilitates Healing Tao and Tai Chi training. Anamarta is also the Pioneer of the Tao of Feminine Empowerment through her Jade Circle®. The past eleven years of her life have been devoted to the Taoist Practice, as her unique approach continues to evolve with the embodiment of her teachings. Ireland (a country she describes as her “Fairyland”) is among the twenty-seven countries, spread across four continents, that she has visited in order to spread the healing wisdom of the Tao.
Following her successful visit to Positive Nights last year, we are thrilled to welcome her back! Read on to find out what she has to say about this amazing evening:
Ancient Secrets for Modern Living: Can anyone benefit from it? Yes! Through a combination of practices such as qigong to be grounded, meditation to embrace self-love, specific yin (for women) and yang (for men) practices for hormonal balance and recycling of sexual energy, which result in a libido boost and an intensification of pleasure. The combination of these bring vitality and inner harmony, which spreads into your outer world, while being centred in your power.
Sexuality and spirituality are bound together. The Taoists focus on harmonising mind, body and spirit. In this light, sexuality is beyond sex, being the most powerful energy of creation. Sexuality is the expression of our creativity, and it can be used for pleasure, healing, rejuvenation, longevity, the attainment of goals, the realisation of dreams, and even a means of connecting with the Divine.
With the Taoist Holistic Practice, you tune into your infinite inner resources, opening the path of self-healing and self-mastery to live life to the full!
I will be unveiling these secrets and offering practical tips to live the Tao (literally means the ‘Way’) of Empowerment, Sexual Vitality and Rejuvenation in your daily life.
Our evening with Anamarta will take place in the Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. on Thursday March 22nd. Click here to order your tickets on Eventbrite. The Facebook page for the event is here.
Claim What is Yours: Choose Your Birthright of Happiness
We wanted to share this powerful article by Amanda Collins from our Winter 2017/18 issue, in which she urges us to stop looking to unknown future events for our happiness, and to live for today instead. She says, “You can choose and claim happiness by living, breathing, and doing everything, every day, from a place of self-love.” The time for us to step into our power and choose our birthright of happiness is NOW.
You are love, pure and simple. Happiness is your birthright. All you have to do is choose it and claim it. “How?” you may wonder. You can choose and claim happiness by living, breathing, and doing everything, every day, from a place of self-love. If that sounds impossible to you, it’s time to begin listening to your self-talk, to look for signs and symptoms of denying the love and self-love that resides at the core of your being.
Do you say things to yourself such as “I’ll be happy when…” and then add an event in the future? When I lose more weight, when I find a boyfriend, when I make more money, when I quit my job: all of these thoughts deny you the happiness you might be feeling in the here and now. You are postponing your happiness when you could be inhaling joy and self-love with every breath instead.
Do you say other things to yourself such as “I wish I were as successful in my love life as I am at my job,” or “If only I were as good a parent as I am a friend”? Such thoughts again deny your ability to bring happiness into every area of your life. Instead of wishing, reframe your thoughts with the belief that you can bring the same ease, flow, and energy to your “weak” areas as to your “strong” ones.
Do you say things to yourself such as “Oh, it’s just my usual bad luck!” or “This kind of thing always happens to me”? Such statements deny your freedom of choice. They make you subject to some past negative idea of fate or destiny controlling your life. Be aware of the ways you criticise yourself or expect the worst. These are strong signs that you do not love yourself unconditionally. At some level you may feel (or have been told) that you do not deserve happiness. If so, you can begin the process of rooting out such self-denying attitudes.
Once you have developed the capacity to hear the negative messages in your self-talk, begin affirming the positive in yourself. Meditate to quiet the chatter so you can hear the deeper voice that knows you are love and that feeling self-love is the first step on the path to feeling deserving of happiness. Then you may choose to be happy. NOW.
Affirmations are a key method of reprogramming your mind— which has the quality of neuroplasticity—by replacing negative thoughts, doubts, fears and expectations with positive ones. State positively, as if it has already happened, your intentions and gratitude for whatever will bring greater positive energy and happiness into your life. Repeat each with full conviction five times in the morning and five in the evening. Here are a few examples to help you create your own:
- I give thanks for my lovely children who bring joy and pleasure to my life.
- I deserve to be respected, valued, loved and honoured.
- I am a magnet of success, grateful that limitless opportunities open for me now.
- I give thanks for my busy career and the clarity to use my time wisely.
- Radiant, vibrant good health is mine in every cell and atom of my being.
- I love myself unconditionally and shine that love into the world.
Examine your morning ritual. When you wake up in the morning, do you immediately reach for your phone or computer? Do you look for distraction or affirmation in the outside world? Change that habit. Tap in first. Tap into your heart and higher self. Ask yourself what you are grateful for. Breathe in and fill yourself with gratitude and the possibilities of abundance that each new day brings. From that place of strength, listen to the gremlins of negative self talk and banish them. Go for a run in nature. Stand in the sun or let the rain bathe you so you can connect yourself with the earth.
Find practices that are really nurturing and nourishing to you: whether it’s reading inspiring books, joining webinars and classes, or perhaps getting the therapy you may need for greater support and healing. If you notice you are depressed or low on energy a lot of the time, that’s a good sign you may need some expert help to heal and grow. I believe that getting expert help is a way of loving ourselves. Know that you deserve that time and that support. Give yourself permission to do what is self-loving by practicing self care each and every day.
Listening to yourself, affirming your strengths, examining your habits, practicing self care: these observances will help you cultivate self-love. Stop looking for happiness outside of yourself. Happiness is an inside job. Self-love is an inside job. Choose happiness, claim it as your birthright. Now!
For more information on Amanda’s work, go to www.AmandaCollins.com or www.InternationalFengShuiSchool.com
Simple & Empowered Wellness Workshop this Sunday!
Date: Sunday 5th March Time: 1:00-5:00pm Venue: Hilton Hotel, Charlemont, D2 Price: €10 online €15 door
Come to the interactive talk on what makes a great health and how you can achieve it in 4 simple steps.
Health Can Be Simple when you understand what makes great health. Based the latest scientific research, years of learning and being on our personal healing journeys we have put together a road map to achieving great physical-mental-emotional health.
They will talk about the 4 pillars of health: physical health (nutrition), exercise&pain management; stress, sleep&emotions management; reducing toxic load in your life and how you can bring each of them into balance with simple easy to do steps you can incorporate into your everyday life and feel empowered and in control in your health and life!
To register, please visit here
More about the Speakers
Zuzana Sladeckova is a Nutritional Therapist, Energy Healing Facilitator and doTERRA Wellness Advocate with specialization in digestive, mental and women’s health. She has 10 years of knowledge and experience in the holistic health field and a common sense, simple and practical approach to health. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering people to take responsibility for their halth and life by learning how they can ne healthy, content, connected to themselves and their purpose in life.
Irina Omelkova is a mum and a grandmother of two beautiful children. She is a Nutritional Therapist, qualified from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. Irina Specializes in weight management, stress reduction and skin health. Irina is also a doTERRA wellness advocate for the last 4 years.
Liz Svensson is a Systematic Kinesiologist, Intuitive Energy Worker and doTerra Wellness Advocate. She has extensive knowledge in the area of health and well-being on all levels and takes a very holistic approach to healing, including the whole person: Physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energetic.
Alison Clarke is a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. Alison’s journey with doTERRA started when she was seeking natural ways to balance hormones and manage stress in her busy corporate life. A year into Alison’s journey as a doTERRA customer, she saw the opportunity in the growing natural health sector, quit her 10 year career in banking and is now a full time doTERRA Wellness Advocate.
Wheel of Your Beautiful Life
Beauty, Balance and Personal Empowerment
By Mary Berkery
Earlier this year, I took time to work with a coaching colleague using a tool that I use with my own clients. It is called the ‘Wheel of Life Consultation’. I looked at my work/life balance. It showed me what needed more attention in certain areas for balance to manifest more consciously in life. You can use it to manifest beauty in all areas of your life.
Life’s activities are always shifting so perfect balance needs to be achieved and maintained. There are times when one area of your life may be requiring much energy and you can feel your life is out of balance. When this is the case, it can help to take a step back and look at the big picture. If we lay it all out, as described below, we can examine our satisfaction with the various elements in play.
Draw a circle on a pad and divide it into eight parts.
Then, on the outside, write the present areas of your life.
Examples would be:
- Physical Care: Feeling good about the condition of your body, with exercise, nutrition, sleep.
- Relationship/Friendships: Looking at intimate relationships and friendships and/or wish for intimate relationships and quality friendships that have common interests and support.
- Home Environment: Creating your home as a sanctuary for your being with, colour décor, and divine order.
- Fun and Recreation: Participating in individual and group activities that provide you with enjoyment and self-fulfillment.
- Self-Esteem: Feeling good about who you are. Recognising your needs and feelings and expressing them appropriately.
- Finances: Ability to match your income with your personal needs.
- Creativity and Hobbies: Having time and energy to experience your life to the fullest.
- Family: Contributing responsibly to your home and family life. Maintaining healthy and fun connections that support all.
- Personal Care and Image: Attending to the your personal wardrobe. Body, skin and hair care that express your unique cared for beauty.
- Work, Education and Personal Development: Implementing plans for your future education, training and occupational goals.
The above are examples of what you could input. Others examples could include voluntary work, spiritual development, and life purpose. It is your wheel of your life for this time. Next, marking the centre of the wheel as 0 and the outer edge as 10, rank your level of satisfaction with each area out of 10 by drawing a straight or curved line to create a new outer edge. The new perimeter of the circle represents your ‘Wheel of Life’. Is it a bumpy ride?
Now, looking at the wheel with loving curiosity, remember this is not an exercise in self criticism, and ask yourself some questions.
Are there any surprises for you? How do you feel about your life as you look at your Wheel? How do you currently spend time in these areas? How would you like to spend time in these areas? Choose three areas that you would most like to improve and three actions needed to do this? How could you make space for these changes? What would your life look like in a year from now if you did not follow through on these actions? What would 10 look like in these three areas of choice?
When you’re feeling good about the three areas you want to develop further, spend some time thinking about the actions you’ve listed to work on these. See where they fit in to your schedule and begin to make time for them, while keeping all of the other areas in mind too, to achieve balance while still in motion. The invention of the wheel is after all, about moving forward, let it take you somewhere beautiful!
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Finding Your True Inner Manliness with ManKind Projects, by Jonno Kinsella
Finding Your True Inner Manliness
By Jonno Kinsella
EmpowerMENt and BetterMENt
An amazing phenomenon is rising in Ireland these days. Many great men’s organisations are springing up with the goal of the empowerment and betterment of men, men’s health, stability and maturity.
One such organisation is The ManKind Project (MKP), who host an initiatory experience called the New Warrior Training Adventure once a year, and maintain circles for self-exploration and healing throughout the year. MKP responds to our current system’s failure to effectively prevent many issues related to men in our culture and sets about “Changing the world, one man at a time” with their initiation and subsequent support within their circles. They’ve been building a community in Ireland since 2004 and are enjoying an upsurge of activity now.
In MKP culture, men practice expressing emotions, communicating, resolving conflict, deep introspection, having a purpose and creating healthy relationships. It provides an opportunity and space to gain an understanding of a healthy male role in society, and of male sexuality. Men attend and reclaim integrity and accountability. Best of all, they may enter enduring, fully autonomous communities of men and gain the support to live the skills listed above; and an abiding, accessible forum to tell their Truth.
There are MKP Men’s groups in Dublin, Belfast and Galway and an introductory, initiatory training weekend will take place this October in County Clare, along with preparing the ground for new groups in Cork and elsewhere.
Seeing the Forces at Work in Your Life…
Though you might go about your life thinking you’re steering the controls, chances are there are other forces – that are not about who you really are, and can be – that are shaping your existence. During this month’s inspirational talk at Creacon Lodge Wellness Centre, I talked about empowering yourself so you can start living your own life.
We are driven by emotions, beliefs and needs. All three of these elements must be looked at and understood. What are the emotions behind your actions? What’s driving them? What are your beliefs and how do you come to them?
Is your mind open to new beliefs if the old ones reveal that change is necessary? What are your needs and are you too attached to chasing things you don’t really require in order to be happy?
The state of your mind determines your reality. I talked about the effect of negative thoughts, heightened emotion and “learned helplessness”. When you begin to live your own life, you leave behind the voices from your past that defined you. When you can’t move forward, there is conflict within you. Working through that conflict is the first step. The goal is to live “at cause”, which is a state of empowered belief. It’s when we live “at effect” that we are in a victim role which cuts us down and takes our power away.
Living your own life and knowing how to get there is essential for a happy, harmonious and productive future for all of us!