Friday, 27 November 2015

The Soul of Man Has Been Given Wings | Humanity | Freedom | Love | Happiness | Self Realisation

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Vid from Anonymous: A message to humanity

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From “The Great Dictator”

“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite! Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up Hannah! The clouds are lifting! The sun is breaking through! We are coming out of the darkness into the light! We are coming into a new world; a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed, and brutality. Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow! Into the light of hope, into the future! The glorious future, that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up!”

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

I love... | Decorating | Being a Hippie | All Things Pink | Vegan Nutcutlets | Lana Del Rey | Laughing | Celebrating with Elvis

I love...being the only PreRaphaelite Fairy Princess going steady with the only Teddy Boy in the neighbourhood. Happy birthday to Elvis for midnight! Planning to celebrate with some well earned rest...if I can make him take a little break from painting. The office is coming on with a serious case of being pink as the decorating continues - see pix...going seriously vibrant with the transformation!  Hall and the living room will be darker (purple and a deeper pink). The hallway will be done at the same time because it will be either dark pink or purple. Very dramatic!

Loves of the day are: Lush Cosmetics, bubbleBath, Lana Del Rey, lemon water, Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs & vegan nut cutlets, foot massages, being a girlie hippie (bobo princess) & hanging out with my bf.

Also love the silly banter we break into when we're doing DIY together. Usually starting with someone making a MightyBoosh quote: "Do I look like a reasonable man? Or a peppermint nightmare?" - starts a stream of messing about that ended up with me rolling on the floor in hysterics while he tried to pull my pants down and paint by bum blue!

He's funny...silly...but damn kind and really thoughtful. So I'm dying to celebrate his birthday. I got him some great presents...and I can't wait to see his face light up.

Better have a bath...he'll be home soon ♡♡♡ Yay!

Happy days hipsters! Stay free; keep smiling;  be nice to each other; & ShareTheLove

♡ Anna Louise May (Maya) | www.wordpress.annalouisemay.net | www.annalouisemay.net | www.mayastar.net

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Meaning of Life | Muslim | God | The Universal Source | Humanity | Non-Judgement | World Peace

https://youtu.be/7d16CpWp-ok

Like many watchers I am not a Muslim. Though I am given to understand that a Muslim is someone who believes in what I would call the "Undivided Creative Intelligence that underpins all reality". As Guru Nanak said "There is One Reality. It's Name is Truth" in describing the "Universal Source".

So many people do believe. Unfortunately religion often gets so caught up with dogma and focuses on those things that divide people that it fails to notice, we all have a lot in common.

One life. One Source. One human race.

Humans interpret scripture sometimes to say, this way is the only way. Rather than this way is the way for me and other people exist too and they have some different beliefs to me...but  if "God"/"Allah"/"Source" deemed them worthy of existence then to make any judgement against a person for their differences...whatever they may be...is kind of like saying, "God" did an imperfect job and my judgement makes me superior to something created.

I am not a Christian either. But when Jesus said, "Judge not lest ye be judged", I think he was saying, if you choose to make a judgement over anything or anyone that exists as being less worthy than you, you create within yourself a conflict or division that we're not intended to have.

It is that assumption of superiority required for us to judge another that creates enemies within and without and compromises our connection to the Source. No one wants to do that deep down. Judge others enough and you could end up perceiving the human race as your enemy and...well...if you opt out of the one human race, you're sacrificing your own humanity as you go.

I don't believe we are judged and sent to hell...but I do believe someone could lose their humanity to the extent that  facing their "God" could become untenable.

We don't know how this all works yet. I teach energy healing. I consider it neutral and it doesn't have any place in my personal religious observations. But it's very important to me.

I tend not to talk about religion (though I have studied it) for the same reason someone who wrote a book on meditation techniques wouldn't include information on their religion as it wouldn't be appropriate.

However, at a time when we are being told by mainstream media that there is a terrorist threat and Muslims want all non Muslims dead...I think your passion and eloquence speak for themselves. And many people...part of our one human race...feel like you do.

Thank you for sharing xxx

ALM (Maya)

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Leave Behind Fantasies of Specialness | How to turn inspiration into wisdom & achieve Self-Realisation

I believe absolutely that we create our own reality. But in the sense that it is inevitable we will project our definitions and limitations onto it based on our past, memories, hopes and ambitions. It's kind of like we bind ourselves into a subjective interpretation of events. If we were to do this without self awareness or any effort at personal growth, it would soon create an ego centred idea of reality that would be entirely illusory. And likely restrictive leaving an almost paranoid sense of an entirely external world that's "out to get you". I observed this in a number of clients over time and many interpret it a psychic attack. In a way it doesn't hurt to resolve the problem in a similar way - clearing negative karmic bonds using reversal spells or rituals like The Killing Moon and Nataraj Dance of Destruction (www.mayamagickal.net). But I would advise any client serious about resolving a matter using magick to do something constructive that their conscious mind would respond to, to ensure they used the liberating effect of any magickal work to further their development and prevent it happening again.

A number of attunement courses with daily meditation and grounding would be most effective if they were open to this (Kundalini Reiki and Avalonian Alignment in particular www.mayastar.net/aap.htm are excellent for daily meditation practices).

Unfortunately the fixation on an external antagonist can blind someone to the idea they might be able to do something about it. Sometimes magick can reduce hindering elements so significantly they naturally shift perspective and are able to take control of their development with a new pespective and sense of power.

Those working on self realisation (through whatever means), are hopefully learning to maintain a more objective view. Raising consciousness and ignoring the subjective ego centred elements of reality could create (at times) a situation where the person isn't engaging with their life or people on normal level.

The long and short is I think that devolving into fantastical world views (good or bad) is something we all risk when we have a lot of information but haven't developed our self awareness to the extent that we are able to determine its relevance personally and objectively.

It is also worth considering despite the risks, understanding that by our interpretation we create our own experience of reality, does put the onus on the individual to take responsibility for their lives, thoughts, feelings and reactions.

This can seem as liberating as it is daunting as often the first thing we do is to use the new perspective to re frame past experiences and when they have been negative, understanding we had a role in creating them can feel depressing before the "shift" in perspective allows a more complete development of objective (spiritual?) consciousness, which enables us to see how we could have done it differently and to feel empowered by knowing that were the same situation to arise, this time we would understand it differently.

The information comes first usually as ideas and inspiration.  Then we can interpret it subjectively/intellectually and it becomes knowledge. Which can empower us providing we continue the process...and that is to develop understanding by an objective interpretation of that knowledge. That is what I would call wisdom. But until out each stage of that process and our expression of it is congruent, there are liable to be times of inner conflict and confusion. That's where daily meditation is so important in ensuring we continue the process and don't get stuck in the same old loops!

Anna Louise May (Maya) www.mayastar.net

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Paris | Empathy | Prayer | Healing the World | Reiki | Sharing the Love | Can you help?

Yesterday I really didn't feel it was appropriate for me to share my usual posts and #linspo given the tragedy in Paris.

A bit about me...I know some believe aspergirls like me don't have empathy. But we do. There are degrees on the autism spectrum. I need routine to function. I have a crazy ass memory. I am great at my work and love what I do. I think to much. Find it hard to write concisely. And am very knowledgeable. But I am also kind of kookie and eccentric. I could never be a rebel because I can't register people as being authorities over me (which meant as a child I was considered contrary and defiant...but as an adult means I am considered a non conformist and a bit of an enigma).

My silence regarding the situation wasn't because Aspergers makes me a narcissist and I didn't relate etc...it was because like any human being I could only see the pointlessness of people killing other people for spurious reasons. Achieving nothing. Hurting many. I am very sensitive. I would consider myself and empath. And it upset me enormously to see such violence.

I am a human being and I am not alone in the fact that I was moved to tears by the news. I was moved to tears again, to see the top trending hashtag on Twitter was PrayForWorld - and PrayForParis. That all around the world, despite our apparent differences, to see such senseless and cruel acts commited by those who seek knuckledragging rascists to provide them with retribution and begin a ridiculous cycle of violence that achieves nothing, hurts many, and breaks the heart of anyone making their way through the world with one.

I spent the night retweeting on www.twitter.mayastar.net & finally added my two cents with a songoftheday blog I shared around my social media.

Today I felt uplifted by the show of solidarity. By the messages of people just like you and me. By the hope that exists...because people care. I hear one of the security guards at the stadium saved many lives before he became a casualty too.

I think it's vital we understand, Muslims demonstrate against extemism. Shoulder to shoulder with the human race (there's only one after all). United in our dream of a better world.

Can Reiki Heal the World?

What can I do to help? What can we all do? Prayer is a good start. But my forte is Energy Healing which I teach online as distance courses internationally.

I believe Reiki can help in bringing healing to the world or a situation or people that are left behind, in the process of dying or in the process of making a transition after death? Yes. I very much do. Can Reiki (the most well known and popular of my courses) heal the world? I don't know. But I think it is a better option than violence!

Those who are attuned to Usui Reiki or another form of energy healing (depending on their own experience and confidence) might feel they wish they could send healing but not feel confident about its effectiveness.

"Ki" (the energy we work with in Reiki) is Universal Life Force/Source Energy; it isn't subject to laws of time and space.

The healer acts as a channel and though we may use symbols or tools to communicate our intention, it is our intention that is communicated to Source. The symbols and tools and techniques we use are to help us in quelling the doubts of the ego and conscious mind by keeping conscious mind busy; keeping it busy by providing it with its own focus so our intention can be communicated to the Universe. We may call that unifying Source God...or we may consider it a part of the expression of a single energy/consciousness we don't call God but consider part a Multi-Dimensional wholeness of creation.

However you define it, working with Reiki often leads people to redefine their ideas later on. Personal experience of the sense of connection to Source Energy inevitably leads you to a new idea...that life is unified.

New questions come up...how can we judge other people if we share a common Source?  How can we harm others? How can we harm ourselves when we have a part in the one "Divine Expression" that is the "Wholeness of Creation? Are angels part of that wholeness? What about deities? What about animals? Saints? Does this "Wholeness" cover different dimensions and states of consciousness? Does it keep us connected to those we have lost on this side? What is the nature of the Source?

For me, I would summarise my 26 years of experience and study tells me the nature of The Source is love and evolution (in a spiritual sense); that it is intelligent; unifies all life; is Multi-Dimensional in nature. And that it does indeed connect us in some way to all other life on earth and off it; that life doesn't end when a physical body dies.

I think it is therefore entirely appropriate for anyone to provide healing to situations, the world, someone who is dying or recently deceased. Because healing takes place on many levels. You may think of this proactive method as being a kind of 'dynamic prayer'.

To illustrate a little further...

My dad recently died of cancer and during his limited time from diagnosis to death he was avid that I should tell people about energy healing for people who are terminally ill. It gave him so much comfort and he felt strongly that people in his situation and loved ones of someone who was dying would find this so helpful. That no matter how hopeless you may perceive a situation...no matter or helpless you may feel when confronted with such a circumstance, there is something you can do.

I know blogging about "healing the dying" may not be what draws people to Energy Healing! But dad was right. We shy away from death as if we are useless in the face of it due to the fact we are mortal. Allowing ourselves to do nothing because we feel we can't do enough leads us to feel powerless...and this can be depressing and debilitating.

In fact, death is part of a natural cycle and love doesn't end when brain death of someone we love occurs. (That is my personal belief).

It would be strange that people evolved with a capacity of empathy that extends to strangers; love that extends beyond death; and a natural instinct that leaves us prone to acts of kindness that are not looking for something in return. Why would the survival of the fittest lead to a level of altruism that would see almost everyone (should the situation arise), to risk their life for a stranger and suddenly suspend their own notions of prejudice, divisiveness or limiting beliefs about the nature of love when confronted with an emergency?

To me the fact that faced with this tragedy the tweets I read last night were of people (including Muslims by the way...the only people who support terrorism are terrorists!), showed that others cried at reading the coverage. Some felt helpless. Some felt scared. But I saw a lot of people praying for Paris; praying for peace and praying for the world. I didn't see anyone spouting off judgement or hatred. Just a whole lot of people feeling the same pain. Wanting to make the world better. Unified in that purpose. That is a beautiful thing.

So I am writing this blog about my method of "Reiki Sharing". Floods, famines, wars, suffering, earthquakes - suffering so far from us we may feel stumped in how to help,  I have a way I help and that I believe others might benefit from.

I have a small crystal sphere that's made of labradorite. That's a blue crystal with areas that are iridescent. I hold in in both palms in a prayer position, and focus my intention on channelling Reiki to the situation. The blue sphere makes a nice "proxy" that helps my conscious mind to get on board with the idea "the world" is accessible for sending healing to. And I trust that the healing will go where it is needed and be received by those that need it.

In Usui Reiki there are symbols you may choose to use to focus your intention on distance healing. There are Kanjis (hand positions) you might use too. And the use of a 'proxy' for sending distance healing is useful for some too.

So if you are attuned to Reiki, please consider sending healing along with your prayers for the world.

If you are not attuned but would like to be, you can find more information at www.mayastar.net/reikicourses.htm

Reiki is a very comprehensive and versatile system and I am privileged to have been able to give up the 'day job' to dedicate my life to teaching people all over the world something I believe so strongly in.

Please do visit my website and request an information pack...consider whether you feel Reiki would be of benefit to you, to those around you...and maybe to the world too.

With blessings x
Anna Louise May (Maya)

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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Did you ever stop to notice... | Be the change you want to see in the world | Share the love | #PrayForWorld

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hatred cannot drive out hate; only love can do that"

#prayforpeace #prayforparis #prayforworld #prayforworldpeace #prayforhumanity #prayforjapan #healtheworld #reikihealing #reiki #reikilove #ShareTheLove

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Earth Song | #MichaelJackson

What about sunrise
What about rain
What about all the things
That you said we were to gain...
What about killing fields
Is there a time
What about all the things
That you said was yours and mine...
Did you ever stop to notice
All the blood we've shed before
Did you ever stop to notice
The crying Earth the weeping shores?

What have we done to the world
Look what we've done
What about all the peace
That you pledge your only son...
What about flowering fields
Is there a time
What about all the dreams
That you said was yours and mine...
Did you ever stop to notice
All the children dead from war
Did you ever stop to notice
The crying Earth the weeping shores

I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I don't know where we are
Although I know we've drifted far

Hey, what about yesterday
(What about us)
What about the seas
(What about us)
The heavens are falling down
(What about us)
I can't even breathe
(What about us)
What about apathy
(What about us)
I need you
(What about us)
What about nature's worth
(Ooo, ooo)
It's our planet's womb
(What about us)
What about animals
(What about it)
We've turned kingdoms to dust
(What about us)
What about elephants
(What about us)
Have we lost their trust
(What about us)
What about crying whales
(What about us)
We're ravaging the seas
(What about us)
What about forest trails
(Ooo, ooo)
Burnt despite our pleas
(What about us)
What about the holy land
(What about it)
Torn apart by creed
(What about us)
What about the common man
(What about us)
Can't we set him free
(What about us)
What about children dying
(What about us)
Can't you hear them cry
(What about us)
Where did we go wrong
(Ooo, ooo)
Someone tell me why
(What about us)
What about babies
(What about it)
What about the days
(What about us)
What about all their joy
(What about us)
What about the man
(What about us)
What about the crying man
(What about us)
What about Abraham
(What about us)
What about death again
(Ooo, ooo)
Do we give a damn

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Monday, 9 November 2015

The Soul of Man Has Been Given Wings | A Message to Humanity

From "The Great Dictator"

"I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don't hate! Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world! To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance! Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite! Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up Hannah! The clouds are lifting! The sun is breaking through! We are coming out of the darkness into the light! We are coming into a new world; a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed, and brutality. Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow! Into the light of hope, into the future! The glorious future, that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up, Hannah. Look up!"

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Saturday, 7 November 2015

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

If you really want to live...remember what you'd die for, and live for it! | Freedom | Death | Cancer | Reiki | & Love

I love...days where my bathwater matches my swallow tattoo!

Designed by my sister and worn by all my family on T shirts & jewellery & ink by family & friends close to my dad. A united front...facing terminal cancer with him.

Despite the chemo & radiotherapy, the tumour grew so fast his symptoms progressed v quickly.

Dad had a bone cancer ten years ago; and though the brain tumour wasn't related, dad had lived every day like it was a gift.

And I think this summer, he kind of taught us all to do the same. We all miss him...but if there's a silver lining, facing the journey into terminal illness...it was challenging of course...painful...but we will all remember the good stuff.

In the words of Mike Skinner of The Streets "You left me behind to remind me of you" <3

He slipped into a coma and died peacefully at home and we were there with him to care for him right to the end. I spent the summer dancing in his garden when he was getting weaker...so we had quite a laugh (including our obligatory 'swallow spotting'...something me and dad always did).

If you really want to live...remember what you'd die for, and live for it!

The swallow tatt is has been adopted by a lot of cancer patients - lifer patients like dad as well as survivors as a symbol of freedom...we all have our demons and being able to live without fear of them is when we truly know what freedom is.

I have a number of students that face similar situations...and they learn Reiki from me. "Healing" someone who is dying? Yes. It's entirely appropriate. Reiki provides healing on many levels and may help with symptoms and mood. Death is a natural process...but it's one we tend to detach from these days. Considering it something that happens anonymously in a clinical setting and something that doesn't involve us. But once it was something we would have experienced personally at a younger age and caring for someone you love right to the end is natural. You don't stop washing them or making them comfortable because you think "this one's a goner". No...you administrator care and support right to the end because you love them way beyond life! And sharing Reiki or healing with someone who is dying...even in those last days...it's a natural thing to do <3

(Reiki information on www.mayastar.net/reikicourses.htm plus articles on energy healing in general)

<3 Anna Louise May (Maya) | Mystic, Muse & Artist

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Shout from the rooftops! I'm TOTALLY in love...with Elvis! I Sorry I just couldn't keep it in!

You know you're onto a winner when you're so in love you graffiti each other like teenagers...he brings you vegan salads home from Starbucks because you had no time to cook...he texts in the middle of the day to remind you he loves you...and you get butterflies when you think of him getting home from work. Smile and sing to Taylor Swift while you're feeding the pets and missing him because he went home 5 minutes ago.

Seriously...I wasn't expecting to fall in love. My last relationship was with someone who was unkind and kind of arrogant. He wasn't liked by my friends or family as they felt him living with me while I worked and he painted toy soldiers...was kinda taking advantage. They didn't know the extent of it. And at the time, neither did I. But the great thing about being an aspergirl is that once you realise someone's taking you for a ride you move on quickly and the emotional baggage evaporates as it dawns on you...he was an emotional scammer...a liar...possibly a narcissist...and according to himself was jealous and resentful and angry.

Anyway. Takes more than that keep an aspergirl down! We're uncompromising in that way!

This year was almost Shakespearean. It's so unlikely. My dad became ill and died. Peacefully at home with us taking care of him. I spent the summer dancing in the garden to carnival and hip hop...and was much admired by my neighbour. A friend of my dad's. Known commonly as Elvis. Elvis is the kindest and most genuine man I have ever met. He was with me and my family throughout. Friends with my friends. Drop dead gorgeous. And somehow it went from conversations over the balcony to excitedly planning our first Christmas together in a matter of months.

He treats me like a princess. We sometimes bicker about silly things. But we make up fast. We are both are self employed so work our hours around each other as much as poss so we have lots of time together.

He has nearly as many tattoos as me. Loves my corsets and red hair. Loves...some stuff you guys will just have to guess at. He's a teddy boy. I dress in Victorian styles (mostly...but also some Harajuku & Lolita styles sometimes). We make a striking couple.

Spend nights day dreaming about owning a gypsy wagon and a carousel.

He comes home showered and always happy...he loves his work like I love mine. And we are both independently happy but happier together.

I felt the need to come out and make it official. We've been 'going steady'...but now our considerations for our life together spread into years.

He notices everything I love and got me a Nemesis Now fairy and unicorn statue for my birthday, a Marc Jacobs perfume and a long Joe Browns hippie chick cardigan. Sooooo thoughtful.

We love listening to motown. We love music full stop. He notices when I henna my hair. He even likes the smell of henna. He looks after me. I help him out too of course...but the point of this blog is to try to cover everything I adore about my Elvis...without even mentioning his abs (swoon).

He is fit. V strong. Tall. Thin. Always polite and well turned out. Never judges. Always asks me about how something makes me feel as far as my aspergers goes...he genuinely cares.

I have known him through my dad for a number of years...he thought I was a teenager though. When he found out I was his age and I was the mysterious nocturnal hermit girl...the wooing began in earnest. And within a few days we were sneaking about to hook up...totally the worst kept secret in the neighbourhood, he was spotted leaving my home at five in the morning twice! 

He is amazing. I tell him that all the time. But now we're making plans for Christmas I feel things are official enough for me to blog this and say...it's official! We are in a long term relationship. We're totally in love. And both deliriously happy.

Sorry if I sound like an extended advert for Clinton Cards...but it's that good!

If Facebook had the option, our relationship status would be soulmates <3

Happy happy days in boho heaven!

Anna Louise May (Maya) | Mystic, Muse & Artist | www.annalouisemay.net | www.blog.mayastar.net

PS. Sorry to anyone who found my 'shout from the rooftops' overly dramatic and sentimental. I hope you find someone like I did some day too.

"The greatest thing, you'll ever learn, is just to love, and be loved in return"

Energy Healing | Usui Reiki | Distance Attunements | Channelling | & Mayastar

Mayastar Academy of Natural Healing & Spiritual Development provide online distance learning courses in a number of attunement based modalities.

The most popular of these is Traditional Usui Reiki as it's the system most familiar to most people.

For those unfamiliar with distance healing and the Reiju system that preceded the system of Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki today, there may be some question about whether attunements can be passed distantly in the same way that healing treatments are.

There are teachers that charge extremely high prices and they often will try to undermine the work of those who don't. I don't feel this exclusivity was in the spirit of Mikao Usui's intentions! And I am commited to making Energy Healing accessible to people. I charge for my time but not for the energy.

I have been working in this field for 25 years and established Mayastar Academy to teach internationally in 2004.

Some student testimonials can be found on the website...and I haven't had any complaints.

So to the naysayers and those who think there is only one way, I would point out, the energy we work with is Source Energy; it isn't subject to laws of time and space or any limitation excepting limitations put on it by the practictioner/teacher.

My experience would tend to indicate that those with less limitations and less resistance tend to have a deeper understanding and more fulfilling experience as a channel of Reiki Energy than those who have restrictive beliefs or preconceptions about Source Energy.

You can find articles on my site about Metaphysics, Energy Attunements, Energy Exchange & What to Expect from Mayastar courses.

So I recommend you acquaint yourself with the information (and experiences of others) before deciding whether you feel distance courses would work well for you.

You can email me any time if you have any questions or to receive an information pack and syllabus at mayastar.net@gmail.com

Xx Maya

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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Mini Blog | Cruelty Free | Natural Beauty | Skincare | Lush | Argan Oil | Creme de la Mer

Mini Blog | Cruelty Free Stoptober Experiment | www.tumblr.annalouisemay.net | www.wordpress.annalouisemay.net

I will review products individually in small blogs over the coming weeks. But before I do, I thought a little update.

As anyone who follows my blog is aware...I am v lazy. I rarely wear make up. I don't wear foundation. I tend to keep a neat look by making sure my hair is hennaed and my roots are done and well conditioned. My eyelashes and eyebrows are tinted. My eyebrows are shaped and tidy. My lips are hydrated. My skin is hydrated. And I wear lipstains like Benetint or Posie Tint from Benefit usually, with a Burts Bees tinted lipbalm to top up. Or I used a revlon lipgloss/stain, applied it and wiped it off to leave a fuschia tint that didn't look over done.

I'm 42. I don't have much sun damage. I don't really have lines. My skin is normal. Sometimes a bit dry in winter. I went through some hassle when I came off the pill five years ago and my skin got dry. Nothing seemed to work. I knew it would be hormonal and would balance out. I tried all kinds of creams and ended up with a rash from one and thought, that's it. I will bite the bullet and try Creme de la Mer. Everyone raves about it. It can't make this worse and I am wasting a fortune. (Note - I tried Lush's Skin's Shangri La at this time. Not cheap. It sorted the moisture but gave me clogged pores).

3 weeks later my skin was transformed to the point people thought I had, had something done. It appeared poreless. Spotless. Smooth. Moisturised. And I was amazed. Truly hadn't expected a miracle despite the reviewers claims. But it was one!

Since then I have favoured La Mer moisturisers. The body cream, eye balm, moisturiser and lip balm. I also use the regenerating serum in the summer as a light alternative.

According to the PETA, La Mer, owned by Estee Lauder lost its cruelty free status a few years ago. This wasn't due to anything La Mer or Lauder changed but rather a change in PETA categorisation. La Mer don't test on animals. Their products are not made by people who do. La Mer is essentially cruelty free. But...they sell to China. And the Chinese test every skincare product they sell on animals.

So now a moral dilemma. Is La Mer cruelty free as it was until a few years back before being reclassified? Is is cruelty free when I buy it in the UK but not if I bought it in China. Or is it immoral for La Mer/Lauder to sell to China and we should boycott them by virtue of a lack of integrity? Or should we all lean heavily on China to stop their methods?

For me, my Stoptober experiment was interesting. I am recently full vegan (diet not lifestyle) after being mostly vegetarian since my teens. And I had used Lush products during my Stoptober experiment as I have enjoyed them since their Cosmetics to Go days.

Well. The second my experiment ended, I am back on La Mer. In a month it really wrecked my face. The Fun I used as body wash was great. And I liked the body lotions I used. Liked. They did give me soft skin. But in honesty...they weren't user friendly. Not fast to absorb. Some better than others and my dry skin on my legs cleared up...but I was using argan oil all over before bed too (in place of bio oil).

Having to look into each product was interesting. Lush use some harsh foaming agents. They use laureth-4 which is not good for allergy prone skin. They do use some petroleum based additives...but the ingredients list on the labels is user friendly and the natural ingredients...all good. But the bad side? Being honest, the smells which seem such a treat when used occasionally, when used together create such a strong smell I couldn't wear perfume all month because my hair smelled of vanilla, my body smelled of orange and patchouli after washing with something smelling citrusy and bathing in a sakura scented bath.

It got a bit much really. Especially because the body lotions (while effective) seemed to need a half hour sinking in period before dressing. Something I don't have. So they may be good for before bed but daily use did become more time consuming than I am used to.

So for this month...a simple test...I will use the Lush bath stuff and washes as before. Herbalism and Ocean Salt for my face. But only La Mer body cream, argan oil, La Mer moisturiser and serum. And see how I go.

I can't make a conclusion at all...these are hardly clinical trials. But I am starting to wonder if maybe the moisturising bath and shower stuff I was using left a detergent residue on my skin causing the dry patches...watch this space anyway!

Also, those who think Creme de la Mer is crazy expensive...£70 wasted on Lush face moisturisers that ruined my skin is worse. If you bought a bath bomb for each day of a month - about £3 a day that would cost you twice as much as using Creme de la Mer face moisturiser (a little goes a long way).

One thing I will quickly big up though! Lush's lipsticks and eyeliners - versatile and work v much in the way I use Benetint/Posie Tint. I will definitely continue using their make up and hair care...by the end of November I will decide whether I will continue with their cleansers too!

So my subject to review conclusion at this point is...I think Lush and La Mer will work well together for me.  I think my dry skin problems may have come from using Dove products that are too full of chemicals and slightly irritated my skin.

Also...my eyes have been opened to the fact that sometimes choices are based on what works best and others may choose based on company ethics. And right now, I am not sure where I stand on that.

Xxx ALM (Maya)

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