A far faint streak of golden light has fallen on the sleeping earth

And at this season, to the heart there comes the hint of hope’s rebirth

This is the time of new beginnings, and though the day be cold and drear –

This is a new and lovely morning.   This is the sunrise of the year.

Patience Strong


I have never thought of the New Year as being the sunrise of the year but the more I read the words the more I felt they were very appropriate for the January newsletter.


Sunrise is a lovely time of day. There is a newness about it. A new day is dawning full of new possibilities, opportunities and choices to be made.    The same applies to the beginning of a new year. As a new day unfolds gradually so does the year ahead of us.  One year has ended and another is beginning.


Our lives unfold gradually as we travel along our journey of life and we create with the choices we make. Last year held many surprises, some we welcomed and some we may have wished hadn’t happened. However, we will have learned some things from last year which we will carry forward into 2018 to help us on our journey. It’s good to reflect on the past briefly and lay to rest those things we can no longer change and change the things we can.


There will be things that we intended to do in 2017 which didn’t happen and other things that we did achieve. It’s also possible that the things we didn’t achieve in 2017 we can still do in 2018.


The important thing is to know where we are going.  We have all reached a certain point in our journey and as we go into the New Year we are not starting a new journey but are continuing our journey. We may have new ideas for this year and new things we want to do. Many of these ideas will have been the result of what we learned last year.


Some people make New Year’s Resolutions each year and before the end of January they have been forgotten. Some people have given up making New Year’s Resolutions as they know that they won’t keep them for very long.  Another idea is to call them our Intentions for the year or the Choices we are going to make. Because we cannot see into the future we don’t know what events will occur in our individual lives, nor in the outside world, which may change the course of our journeys.


The Intentions we have at the beginning of the year may alter for many reasons that we can’t foresee at the moment. This is why our Intentions have to be flexible to cope with changing circumstances. We can change our minds at any time as we are continually making new choices as we journey along.


If we have no idea of what we want to do with our lives we will wander aimlessly and find that we are existing rather than living.  This is why it’s important to have Intentions, to decide what we want to do or how we want our lives to be in the year just beginning.


Everyone will have different Intentions depending on where they have reached on their journey.  At the same time we can all have the Intention to become more caring, better people and to make the time to find peace within ourselves and spread that peace to others.  We can all find a few moments every day for this and send out healing for all the needy people in the world.  If everyone started the year with that Intention we would all be making a difference.


We all have so much to learn and as we receive communication from those in the Spirit World we can also receive from everyone we meet, wherever we may meet them.  We should be listening to everything that is going on around us and not always be the one who is doing the talking. We may not always agree with what we are hearing but, if this is the case, we can listen and not be so ready to jump in and start an argument. So many arguments are started because everyone feels that they always have to be right.


Sometimes it is our own inner voice we should be listening to.  Our inner voice or higher consciousness is there for our guidance. We may not always like what we are hearing but if we can learn to listen we will find that the guidance will be very helpful to us.  How often have we done something and then said to ourselves – ‘I knew I should have done it a different way or made a different choice’?


People who always think they are right can be very difficult to listen to and sometimes the best option is to walk away or change the subject.   Nobody is right all the time as everyone is still learning, none of us has reached perfection.


Everyone has an ability that they are not using at the moment. That ability is waiting to be recognised and used.  Often we need courage to try something new but once we have overcome our reluctance we have found that using it has proved to be a very important milestone in our lives.


Let us move forward into 2018 with the Intention to make it a better year than 2017 for everyone. As we create more peace and harmony in our lives we will find that we have also created more love.  We will find that we are really living our journey and no longer existing. We will have more purpose.  We will achieve the things we set out to do and at the end of 2018 we will be able to reflect on a year when we have created a better life, have a closer link with our spiritual selves, have felt more at peace with ourselves and those around us and have put more enjoyment and love into our journey.


My good wishes to everyone for a peaceful, happy and loving 2018.


With love & light,


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"Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me"


As we enter the last month of 2017, it is a time to reflect on the year which is ending and prepare for 2018.  This year has seen many changes within our world, many countries disturbed with unrest, many people passing into Spirit because of the wars that are raging, terrorism and countries that are experiencing shortage of food and fresh water and financial crisis.


I'm certain that all humanity would like to be able to live at peace and there are millions of people who are working towards peace at this very moment.  We often don't hear about these peacemakers we only hear of the people committing acts of violence against their fellows.


Our motto should be "Live for peace".  We have to do something about this and make a difference.  Peace is something we can each create in our own lives and we can start to do this in the way we live and this will have a knock on effect, not just improving our own lives but making a difference to the lives of others. 


If we choose to think peaceful thoughts we will speak peaceful words and our whole being will reflect peace.  If we start NOW we will be preparing for the Christmas Season - a time of peace and goodwill to all men.  If we can solve our differences in a peaceful way we can achieve far more than we can ever imagine.


Think for a moment about the many people you touch on a daily basis - family, friends, acquaintances, work colleagues, people you meet travelling, shopping, within the groups, clubs and churches you belong to, people you speak to on the telephone, emails and contacts you have via the internet groups.  If you answer your telephone with a smile on your face, although the smile will not be seen, your voice will reflect that smile and make a difference to the conversation you have.  All these people will benefit from your choosing to live a more peaceful life.


In order to make your life more peaceful you have to set aside judgment of others. This can be very difficult when you persistently come up against people who view life in a totally different way and have completely different beliefs from you.  It is much easier to be peaceful with those who you love and who love you.


At Christmas we buy gifts for our loved ones, especially the children in our lives. It is a time for giving and receiving. We shop till we drop looking for the right gifts for everyone and then spend time wrapping them up.  We want the gift to be right for the person and look good when wrapped. We worry if we can't find what we are looking for or can't afford what we know they really want.  This Christmas many people are experiencing financial problems which is making it more difficult to give what they would like to give.


What precious gifts can we give?  Let us spread peace, love, joy and happiness this Christmas.  How can we do this?  First of all we have to find peace, love, joy and happiness within ourselves because what we feel within ourselves we reflect out to all who we contact.  Unless we have these qualities in our hearts we have nothing to give.  Let us start to create this NOW, not leave it too late, and make a difference to this mystical time of the year.


Let us begin with our families and start to solve the petty differences that exist with allowing the different members of our families to have their own opinions and not judge them if they differ from ours.  Let us extend this to the Churches, groups and clubs we belong to.  Let us extend this to our workplaces and everyone we meet on our journeys through life.  Let us learn this valuable lesson NOW. Remember tomorrow may be too late.


As we write our cards and wrap our presents let us bless each one with a large helping of peace, love, joy and happiness for the recipient.  Let us truly give from our hearts and know that it will make a difference.  As we do this we will change the way we feel and our hearts will begin to sing with joy. 


It will make a big difference to our Churches and Centres.  People coming in, whether regulars or newcomers, will feel the peace, love, joy and happiness which we have created.  People will leave feeling better than when they arrived.  We will have made a difference to their lives and they in turn will make a difference to the people they know.


You will receive a benefit from this which you are not expecting.  If you create these qualities in your life you will find that you have also created better health. Whatever you think about you create and if you are wanting better health begin to live peacefully within your surroundings, appreciate all that you have, appreciate all the people you know and meet and allow those people to live in the way they choose without passing judgment.


I wish you all the peace, love, joy and happiness of this Christmas and leave you with this blessing:


"May the blessing of God's earth be on you and as you walk the roads, may you always have a kind word for those you meet."


With love & light,


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