By Leona Thomas
It was Ramadan and I wanted to eat watermelon but the shops were selling them whole and I had no fridge. There was no way I could eat 10 kilos of watermelon, even if I was allowed to. But with 15 hours fasting each day there were not enough eating hours left to manage it.
I asked my friends and neighbours where I could buy a slice of watermelon. They all told me it was impossible.
My mind took me back to the streets of Kathmandu in Nepal where I could get a slice for 10 rupees. I could not accept that watermelon was only sold whole in Morocco. They were huge!
One day I set off to the fancy supermarket at Marjane Shopping Mall. As I arrived I realised it was Saturday and half of the population of Casablanca was window-shopping there. I groaned in dismay. I detest big crowds in shops!
But the possibility of watermelon slices drove me to enter the over-crowded mall.
The supermarket was almost impossible to navigate. Shopping carts and baskets blocked the aisles and the noise was merciless too.
I made it to the produce area but the watermelons had been moved! I was not deterred. I was talking to my angels in my head. "I know there are watermelon slices here somewhere!"
Finally I discovered treasure. The slices were large - more chunks than slices but somebody had cut some of the watermelons into pieces!
I grabbed the smallest piece and went to get it weighed. It was 2 kilos of sugary bliss! I was jubilant! My joy levels were so high I could have flown to the moon and back in a second. I was ecstatic!
From that moment on I was able to shimmy around the obstacles in the aisles and my grin lit up the store. It felt easy to collect all the food that I wanted.
I discovered that people wanted to interact with my joyful energy. As I stood in the line to pay for my shopping, the man behind me asked, "You're not fasting?" I told him I was praying AND fasting for Ramadan and we had a delightful conversation.
When it was time to pay for my food the man announced that he would pay for it all! My joy levels exploded to new heights. My 2-kilo watermelon slice and all my groceries were free!
Outside in the street I heard a horn beeping. It was my friend driving by. I could not hold in all the joy so I waved with both arms over my head as if directing an airplane in to land!
And when I got to my hotel even a careless driver could not dampen my spirits as he drove through a puddle and sprayed the dirty water on my clean clothes. As I arrived on the other side of the street more friends stepped forward, eager to talk with me.
Later that evening I shared the watermelon with the staff at my hotel.
That Saturday I was gifted many things - pure joy, watermelon, free groceries, and wonderful interactions with my friends. But the biggest gift of all was the demonstration of the power of joy to attract such blessings into my day.
Never again will I complain about being in a busy shopping mall. Instead I choose to remember that magical Ramadan Saturday when the blessings just kept on coming... Oh, the magical powers of a slice of watermelon!
By Leona Thomas
Did you know that the thoughts in your head are often affected by how you are feeling? Did you know that not everything you are feeling belongs to you?
Let me demonstrate with an example from my own life.
One Saturday in 2005 I came back home from a shopping trip in town. All morning my heart was full of joy. It was a lovely sunny day, there was a happy vibe in town and I felt great!
I came home and was met by my husband. He seemed calm. But within minutes of being with him I was suddenly very angry and began to shout at him! Eventually I stormed into our house and left him to work in the garden.
As I stood alone in my kitchen I began to calm down. And then I noticed that my body felt really horrible. It was as if my blood was prickly. I had never felt this in my body before.
Then I wondered why I was angry. I had been very happy all morning. I had only become angry once I was with my husband.
I went outside to question him.
"Are you angry about something?" I asked. He still appeared calm.
But he admitted he had been furious with me all morning and there were three things that were making him so angry.
Even though he was doing a good job of hiding his anger it was still in his aura (his energy field) and because I am sensitive and had been standing so close to him his energy field had been touching mine and my body responded to his anger.
He was able to hold it inside and appear calm. But I could not hold it inside so I exploded in rage.
But it was not my anger.
It was his.
I shouted the anger he was pretending he didn't have because I could not hold it inside me. It needed to come out.
At the time I felt so angry and it felt like it was mine. I felt angry so I must be angry. Right? Wrong!
It was not my energy. It was my husband's anger.
As long as I had his angry energy affecting my body all my thoughts were affected too. I felt his anger in my body and my mind was instantly angry too. It was only when he went down to the end of the garden that his anger cleared out of my energy field and I came back to normal.
When you are in public places with big crowds of people around you can easily be affected by their energy too. If you find you suddenly feel scared or angry when you are in busy places you are picking up the energy of the crowd around you.
Breathe deeply and affirm that you feel calm or happy and know that this is not yours. It will fall away...
The same can happen when you watch the news on the television. You can feel scared because so many other people watching the news are feeling scared.
The thoughts and feelings of a huge group of people can feel very strong and if you are touched by it, you will think it is your opinion or belief and you will feel what the crowd is feeling.
But it is not you. It is the mentality of the crowd and it can pull you out of centre and it will feel as if it is you. But when you question why you suddenly feel that way you will not have any reason.
Decide to breathe deeply and bring your focus back inside of you. Deliberately remember your name, where you live, your favourite food etc.
Keep breathing slowly and consciously, listening to the soothing sound of your breath. And ask your Angels to help you to balance your energy.
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Is this mine? - Part Two
An example from India!
By Leona Thomas
In 2008 Sedona, Arizona showed plenty of magic for me but today I want to hone in again on the incredible healing power of plants.
One day I was upset by something that was said to me at the Angel centre. It deeply wounded my heart. I began walking through the streets looking for peace but I could feel physical pain at my heart chakra.
I found myself walking down the main street near the turning leading towards Coffee Pot Rock. Usually I stayed on the main sidewalk but on this day I was guided to walk through the parking lots and in front of each building there.
Finally I arrived at Heartline Cafe. The only way forward was through their parking lot and back onto the main sidewalk again.
But they had an amazing big garden out the front, leading down to the main street. A breeze was moving the flowers and everything appeared to be dancing.
A lot of the plants were the same, dotted around at various locations in the flowerbed. I stopped walking, attracted to some bright flowers really waving in the breeze.
A Spirit voice told me to take off my sunglasses and to uncover my heart. I unfolded my arms and removed the glasses too, now standing with my arms at my side.
It was as if there was some kind of spotlight or a pointer or something because I would be mesmerized by a plant and then I would be directed to look at another one. There was just one rule. I had to stand with my heart facing the plant I was observing.
The garden was a blend of flowering plants and herbs. I was instructed to eat some of the herbs. There was no way to wash them first but I did as I was told. Many times I was directed between different clumps of the same flowers.
Finally I was told to sing OMs. As I sang I realised that there was no longer any physical pain in my chest and all my sorrow was gone too! I checked my watch. I had been there for an hour.
I went into the Cafe and told the owner that her beautiful garden had just healed my heart. I described what had happened and she thanked me for sharing.
And then she gave me a delicious homemade cookie for free!
Whilst it is true that there are special energies in Sedona, Arizona the nature in your own neighbourhood is also mighty powerful. It doesn't matter where you live or where you may be on holiday - life shows up right where you are.
Next time you need some medicine I dare you to stop your hand as you reach for the painkillers. Look around you. Maybe there is a friendly plant or tree nearby just waiting for the opportunity to help you.
We live in a magical world. You just have to open your mind and your eyes!
By Leona Thomas
I was staying in Sedona, Arizona when I was guided to Google search "angels". I discovered there was an Angel centre just a few blocks away from where I was staying in my friend's house so I sent an email. A reply arrived 6 minutes later! It was the beginning of my next phase of Angel work.
I discovered they taught an Angel therapy called Integrated Energy Therapy at this centre. I was inspired to train for the Basic level.
It had a mighty powerful effect on me.
I was the only student so all practice had to be with my Instructor. Towards the end of the day she gave a full healing session to me as part of the training and it wiped me out completely.
But we were not finished!
She said I had to give a session to her before I could go home. Somehow I managed to do that but my body really was indicating sleep was necessary. Finally the training day was complete and I walked the few blocks home.
The next day I discovered my body was now completely exhausted.
Whatever the Angel energy had done for me the day before, now I could barely stand up.
I managed to get outside onto my friend's deck and collapsed into the chair beside the front door.
I was supposed to walk to the Angel centre again but how was I going to manage that? It was just a few blocks away but it might as well have been on another continent. It was impossibly out of reach for me.
But as I sat in a heap in that chair, something changed.
My attention was drawn to the two large pots filled with flowering plants and herbs that stood on either side of the steps leading off the deck. Both pots seemed to contain identical plants.
But then my attention was moved more specifically to the pot on the left side (as I was looking at them). There was a Basil plant amongst all the others.
A Spirit voice told me to pick 8 leaves from that particular Basil plant and to eat them just one at a time, chewing slowly and swallow everything before eating the next one.
I somehow managed to get to the pot and pick 8 leaves before staggering back and collapsing into the chair. I really did have no energy in my fuel tank!
I started to munch on my first leaf. By the time all 8 leaves were eaten I was still slumped in my chair. There was no way I would be going anywhere that day.
But I was about to receive the most amazing demonstration of the power of live herbs...
About 5 minutes after I finished eating the 8 Basil leaves my body was suddenly filled with a powerful surge of energy! It got stronger and stronger until I could no longer sit still!
I jumped up out of that chair and walked briskly to the Angel centre. I felt like I could actually have run a marathon! That energy stayed with me for the rest of the day.
In all my life I had never eaten any food that could make me feel instantly energised like that... but a few weeks later Sedona was going to work its plant miracles again...
Find out how the Angels would guide me to use nature to rebalance my hurting heart...
By Leona Thomas
In 2012 the universe was determined to get me back to Dharamkot. It was on my mind for weeks. Then I discovered that one of my students was going to that same tiny village to continue her yoga training! A country the size of India... And she would be in my tiny village at the same time as me?! Amazing!
When I arrived at my usual guest house the owner said The Dalai Lama had begun teaching in town. This was a first for me. I had felt his energy in the temple at Tibetan New Year and it was sparkling joy. But I had yet to see him. The guest house owner then added that The Dalai Lama would be teaching again at the end of the month too.
As I waited for my room I opened my suitcase to get something. The first thing I saw was my A4 poster of The Dalai Lama sitting there on top of everything! I had never travelled with it before. Now I took it as a sign that it was finally time to see the man.
The month flew by.
Now I was in the line to have my bags inspected. My security pass was perfect and my bag was too. But my mobile phone had to be left somewhere safe.
Unfortunately there were no signs anywhere to indicate the safe place. So I arrived at the security checkpoint only to find out I now had to go back through the temple grounds to deposit the phone... And then jump the line to security to continue inside the temple.
I was feeling a bit anxious because the start time for the program was very close but I needn't have worried. I finally cleared security and was wandering around trying to follow the new layout when I heard a voice shout,
"Get down! Get down! He's coming!"
Just a few yards ahead of me I saw people all kneeling with heads bowed... And at that moment The Dalai Lama walked out through the gate on my left. I dropped to the ground quickly but when he stopped and turned to wave I stood up and waved back. Pure joy flooded my whole being and tears streamed down my face!
Once he was out of sight we were allowed to enter the temple.
It was packed!
Yet I found a seat in the front row by the main corridor space where he would sometimes walk. After a while I noticed that if I leaned over to my right, I could see him! And when I did lean over to see him he would lean to his left and look straight at me - it was magical!
There were two routes he could use to come and go for this teaching program. People told me that he always alternates his route so more people can see him. I was just grateful to see him at all.
It was possible to listen to translations of his talk using a radio but I opted to just listen to him speaking Tibetan and receive his transmission of energy.
My student friend told me it was possible to leave personal items at the office for blessing from The Dalai Lama so I handed over my little Tibetan Singing Bowl and my Mala Beads.
But there was some definite magic in the air during that program.
My lucky singing bowl has the Astamangala engraved upon it. These 8 lucky symbols from the Tibetan Buddhist belief system must have really been working some magic for me. Or maybe it was the extra blessings from The Dalai Lama himself because I had 8 close encounters with him during that event. Yes, 8 times he walked within 1 metre of me and there was a clear view and eye contact.
It was a very special, blessed time indeed..
Well worth the wait!