Category: Sarah-Jane Grace Written by Sarah-Jane Grace
Message for May 2021
There can be no denying that the world we live in contains much confusion, contradiction and paradox. On one level, there is a sense of shift and a lifting of energy. However, on another level there is still a sense of angst and turmoil which is pulling many of us in different directions at the same time. Perhaps there is one thing we can say with certainty, and that’s the fact that we continue to live with uncertainty. Of course, this isn’t something new as we all live with uncertainty each and every day, but there is a need now for each of us to turn towards this uncertainty and be more willing to embrace the moment with tenderness, compassion and truth.
Uncertainty may be a fact of life, as no one knows what lies around the next corner, yet we do have a choice: we can either choose to live in fear and trepidation of that uncertainty, not wanting to take a chance on life, or we can choose to embrace that uncertainty allowing it to fuel our determination to make the most of every single moment. Of course, life isn’t always as clear cut or black-and-white, sometimes life is a kaleidoscope of choices, decisions and uncertainty; with every choice having a knock-on effect to other choices and decisions. We are not solitary islands, everything we do, or do not do, has an impact.
So, despite the uncertainty, there is a sense that we each now need to consciously choose to embrace life more wholeheartedly, to reach for those dreams that have long sat gathering dust on the shelf, and to make the most of every single moment as we truly don’t know what lies ahead. None of us want to reach a point where we look back on a life full of what ifs and if only’s. Whilst there are inevitably bills to pay and responsibilities to fulfil, we can either allow those to shape and define our lives, or we can choose to accept them as a part of our existence, but not allow them to tether us and prevent us from reaching our true potential.
As the energies continue to swell and twist like a maelstrom on all levels, it seems important to find peace amongst the chaos and to take time to reflect on the true beauty of life. Even if we just take a few moments to breathe deeply, to absorb the magnificence of nature and reconnect to our heart and soul, it doesn't have to be complicated. We don't have to sit in contemplative meditation for hours on end in order to find a piece of peace. That’s the magic of being human, as we can find that magic in every nook and cranny of existence. This doesn’t take away the negative or difficult, this is merely a way of feeling connected to the bigger picture.
We all spend much of our lives on autopilot, taking things for granted. For example, never in a million years did it occur to me just a few years ago that doing something as simple as going for a walk in the woods or a meander across a sandy beach would slip out of my reach. It’s only now, with the benefit of hindsight, I wish I made more of every moment, and chose to live my life as fully as possible. Whilst there are other ways I can access the world, losing that ability to be spontaneous and to immerse myself in the natural world has left me with a layer of sorrow in my soul and a sense of loss.
So, we really need to make the most of every moment, to live life as fully as possible and to celebrate the magic of all of those things we take for granted. Life is precious, and we need to treat it with reverence and respect, awe and amazement. Surely we owe it to ourselves to try to live life as fully as possible? Do we not deserve the chance to focus on true quality in life?
It’s therefore so important that each of us give thanks for all that we have and all that we are. We need to learn to embrace the uncertainty with courage and conviction. Life is not only for living, it’s for living well. Just remember that the more willingly we breathe into life, the more life will breathe into us…
For now, I wish you all kinds of wonderful.
As you continue to contemplate the things in life that are truly important to you, there is a sense that your awareness is beginning to expand as you step beyond the four walls of your everyday life. As a result, you are starting to re-shape and re-define the rule book, letting go of a great deal of accumulated ‘baggage’ of ought’s, must’s and should’s, as well as restructuring your beliefs, ideals and expectations. In many ways, it feels as though you are shaking yourself free from a lifetime of trying to be everything to everyone and instead starting to think more about being true to yourself. This is neither selfish nor self-indulgent, it’s simply an essential step on your journey in life towards living more contentedly and with passion. The more in-balance you feel, the more you can give to others. Of course this change in focus doesn’t necessarily mean you will now just run for the hills leaving your current life behind you, but it does suggest a time of deep reflection as you stop waiting for a ‘better moment’ to embrace your dreams and start making the most of now.
You know all too well that life carries no guarantees, but the fire in your heart and soul is seeking freedom of expression now through your creative and innovative gifts and talents. It’s time to grab hold of life with both hands, to let your intuition guide you and to finally step from where you are to where you want to be with courage, conviction and confidence. May looks set to be a month to think about your true priorities and to start letting go of some of that clutter and baggage you’ve been carrying. It’s time to walk more freely through life, allowing your true essence the room to breathe and letting your true colours shine brightly…
May looks set to be something of a catalyst for you as your perspective starts to shift towards gaining a new sense of insight when it comes to living the life you were born to live. As a result, this looks set to be a time for deepening your intuition and inspiration as the vision of your life begins to move into clearer focus and you start to think about the bigger picture once again. You have always had an inner knowing about the path you’ve intuitively felt you want to walk in life, but things have frequently got in the way as you have spent a great deal of time and energy trying to help, support and soothe the way for others. Whilst this is your natural way of being, it has meant that you have placed your own needs at the bottom of your ‘to do’ list in life. It seems important to acknowledge this as it’s time now for you to regain a more vibrant sense of self and to honour, respect and believe in yourself much more. You matter and your needs matter too.
Of course, whilst acknowledging and shaping the path you want to walk in life is crucial, it’s also important to honour the life you are living now as it’s with you, in this moment. Having a vision of the life you want to create helps to shape and build it, but it can’t exist unless you stand firmly in the present moment. Your life isn’t ‘over there’, it’s here, right now. The more you acknowledge the ways in which the past, present and future are intertwined and interwoven, the more you will see new ways to flourish and thrive. You are a vibrant, gifted and beautiful soul, and by honouring these qualities, you are giving yourself the opportunity to breathe deeply into life whilst allowing life to breathe into you.
You have learned a great deal over the journey of your life, you have faced the depths of your soul and explored your inner space, and you have looked deeply into your own heart and soul. You have contemplated the meaning of life and your universal awareness has left you pondering both the macrocosm and microcosm. Yet, despite your quest, there is a sense that, in many ways, you seem more bewildered and confused than ever, as the more you have sought out answers, the more questions have arisen. Whilst this is perhaps an inevitability as the harder you look the more you find, there is also a need to further understand why you do what you do. Does knowing why things are the way they are help you or does it tie you up in knots? Can you ever reach a point of truly knowing all you need to know as surely life evolves and changes by the moment? These are important questions to ponder over the weeks ahead as you prepare to embark on a new chapter in your life.
As much as you may want to reach a place of ‘knowing’ where light bulbs illuminate, planets align and everything is as it should be, intuitively you know that life just doesn’t work that way. Nothing stays the same; change is a constant. You are forever stepping into new and unchartered terrain, and the key to finding a little piece of peace seems to come from a willingness to accept this more wholeheartedly and to find ways to step consciously into the flow of the unknown; this is about allowing yourself to surf the flow and to thrive despite the uncertainty. You seem ready now to take a deep breath, to sense your courage and to explore the path ahead with an open heart and an open mind…
As you continue to find ways to re-align your inner and outer worlds, there is a sense that you are beginning to look beyond keeping on keeping on and instead starting to think about quality rather than quantity in life. In essence, you have reached a realisation that it’s not how much you do, see or achieve in life that matters, it’s the achievement of joy and happiness that matters more. May looks set to be a month for some honest self-reflection and introspection as you continue to sort out the wheat from the chaff when it comes to what you truly want in life. You no longer seem happy to remain on the same cycle in life of daily routines, you want more than predictable and mundane. Whilst there will always be bills to pay and work to do, you are seeking out more meaning and purpose, colour and fizz in your life now. You don’t want to go through the motions day after day, keeping on keeping on, you want excitement, unchartered terrain and to feel a true sense of fulfilment.
Before you take a sledgehammer to your daily cycle in order to break it, it’s important to acknowledge the role it’s played in bringing you to this moment. Each experience is a lesson and an opportunity for learning. It’s time now to use all of this wisdom and knowledge to re-shape the pattern of your life in order to liberate yourself from keeping on keeping on. Whilst it has served its purpose, you seem ready now for more. As you take full ownership for the choices and decisions you make (and do not make), and as you let your intuition guide you, there is a sense that the path ahead is widening, offering you a plethora of opportunities and adventures. What happens next is up to you…
Your life has certainly been on fast forward recently as you have been caught up with things to do, people to see and places to go. There have been moments when it’s felt quite overwhelming as the sheer volume of busy-ness has left you feeling as though you are in the middle of a whirlwind spin in a washing machine that feels like it’s on a repeat cycle. Although you have the tenacity, strength and courage to handle this whirlwind, it’s important to ask yourself if you want to. Whilst it might feel like this busy-ness is out of your control, you have the ability to stop, pause or say no. Of course, you thrive when life is moving multi-dimensionally and multi-laterally at the same time, and you love the concept of never standing still, but there is a part of you longing to press pause, to rest, to reflect and to recalibrate.
Balance is therefore the central theme for May as you begin to find ways to better manage the whirlwind and to create some time and space to counter this busy-ness with stillness and tranquillity. Neither of these mean ‘doing nothing’ (unless you want them to), they are more about stepping beyond the plethora of things to do and allowing your heart and soul to guide you to make life more about quality rather than busy-ness. Whilst getting lots done does bring a sense of accomplishment, there is a risk of getting so caught up in distractions that you lose sight of your true priorities. You are seeking more than that now as you find yourself on the verge of a new chapter in your life, one where having regular breathing space and time for reflection allows you to grab life with both hands and to re-shape and re-define your life from the inside, out…
As you continue to deepen your relationship with your inner critic, there is a sense that you are beginning to realise just how hard you push yourself. Your internal dialogue can be harsh and judgemental, and whilst this can drive you to do more and achieve more, you have come to learn that it’s the more compassionate side of your nature that is your true source of inspiration. Your inner critic can also intensify feelings of lack and frustration as you often feel like your best isn’t good enough, but your perfectionist streak has been something you’ve grown used to over the years as it has the loudest voice. Yet just because it’s the loudest, doesn’t mean it’s the wisest; it’s time now to shift your focus towards compassion and to give this side of your nature the room to breathe and come to life. The more you do this, the more you will sense the void that your inner critic has created between the life you are living and the life you feel you ought to be living.
It’s only by stepping back that you can see those ought’s and must’s really don’t need to shape your life, particularly not when they feed your inner critic. It’s time to give your inner compassion the space to bring your natural vibrancy and colour to the surface in order to start thinking about new ways to live a more enriching and fulfilling life. Isn’t life less about not getting it wrong, but more about living well and enjoying the ride? May is a month to start bringing together the two ends of where you are and where you want to be, letting go of those ought’s and must’s and finding new ways to embrace life more wholeheartedly and tenderly. Self-compassion is your new superpower, use it wisely and with love…
As the ripples of change continue to cascade through your heart and soul, there is a sense that the more you have allowed your uniqueness to flow freely, the more you have realised that embracing your true essence isn’t about turning your back on those around you, it’s a willingness to honour yourself, your gifts and your life much more. Although you have always been aware of your effervescent and energetic nature, you have often found it hard to incorporate this into your everyday life as you have simply been too busy trying to be the person you’ve felt you ought to be instead of being yourself. As a result, you have noticed a void forming between your everyday life and the space at the edge of your consciousness where your potential, intuition and creativity reside.
It’s important to recognise that your everyday life and your true essence are not mutually exclusive, they can flow together quite effortlessly. It takes ingenuity and creativity, but you have both in abundance. This is a time for you to turn your attention towards honouring your truth far more; your truth comes from living your life wholeheartedly, letting your true essence flow freely and for being more compassionate with yourself. This might feel like an impossible task at times as you are so caught up in the whirlwind of thoughts, plans, ideas and things to do, but when you pause and take a deep breath, much of this frenetic energy falls away leaving you with clarity and direction. Trust your gifts to guide you, listen to your heart and soul, and let your inner light shine brightly. This is not a time for over-thinking or over-analysing, it’s also not a time for over-questioning; it’s a time for trusting the flow and allowing your boundaries and essence to expand exponentially as you find a new way to live, thrive and flourish…
May looks set to be a month of continuing to focus on the present moment in order to unravel and untangle some of the more complex conundrums that shape and define your life. You are a mysterious soul, and your depths go way and beyond the comprehension of others. As a result, there are times when you can feel a little alone or isolated as so few others truly ‘get’ you or understand your perspective on the world. You have the ability to see the kaleidoscope of different threads that weave together to form the bigger picture, and this helps you to find peace with the unknowable nature of life. The challenge with having such a perspective means you are not only aware of your own thoughts and senses, but of everyone else’s at the same time. This can make it hard for you to know where you end and where others begin as the line between you is blurred and ill-defined. Whilst this makes you fluid and free flowing, it can also make it hard for you to set boundaries and to truly know yourself.
Over the years, you have found ways to adapt to your fluidity and mystery, and much of this has come from holding back your true essence in order to fit more effortlessly into the flow of life. The main reason for doing this has come from your trust being taken advantage of by those around you, so holding back has felt like a safety net and a form of protection, but it has also kept you from your deeper sense of self. Yet, your true essence needs the room to dance freely as it’s your source of passion and creativity, and it defines your sense of self. It’s time to believe in your gifts and to make peace with your fluidity as these are the gifts that are leading you towards new adventures…
As the winds of change continue to gather momentum, it seems you have reached something of a turning point; a time for some big decisions as to what you truly want from your life. You have long had ideas and dreams, many of which have sat on the shelf gathering dust as you have been too busy getting on with the business of life. However, over recent months you have found yourself with a little more time to reconnect to your heart and soul, and this has created a longing for something more. As yet, it’s quite hard to define what this ‘something more’ actually means as it feels quite nebulous and hard to articulate, yet you can sense a shift rising up from deep within you and you intuitively know that this is connected to focusing on what you truly, genuinely and wholeheartedly want in your life; not what you think you should want or ought to want, what you truly want. This is about how you want to feel and experience life.
Knowing what you truly want isn’t an easy question to answer as it’s shaped by your lifetime of experiences, as well as your beliefs and ideals. There is also a sense that acknowledging what you truly want feels somehow self-indulgent as you have such a long ‘to do’ list, and you don’t have time to shift your focus within. Yet, you seem ready now to step beyond the ordinary and into the extraordinary as you trust your instincts to guide you. Of course, by openly acknowledging your dreams you then have to decide if you want to pursue them. Sometimes it feels more comfortable hovering on the periphery as it means not taking a chance or ‘failing’, but life is for living and even if things don’t go to plan, you owe it to yourself to live the best life possible…
May looks set to be a month for rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck into life once again. You have been treading water for quite some time, waiting for the right moment to act or make decisions. Caution is understandable, as it shows wisdom, but there is also a chance that too much caution can leave you locked in indecision and immersed in inertia. You can wait until the planets align, for unanswered questions to get answered, and where cast-iron guarantees are written in stone, but you may have a long wait. You are wise enough to know that life is unknowable, and you also know only too well that life is full of challenges, yet there is still a part of you holding back, hoping for a ‘better moment’. Whilst this is understandable, there is a risk of losing sight of your own bigger picture as your focus shifts to the horizon as you wait for better times to come.
You are here now, and the present moment is the biggest gift you have, so why keep on waiting rather than seeking out ways to let go of the inertia in order to live more in the here and now? This is easier said than done, but there is another layer to all of this, one that goes much deeper than waiting for the planets to align, it’s more a hesitancy to own your gifts and a reluctance to grab life with both hands. This seems to stem from self-doubt and a lack of self-belief, and this is the real issue to focus on now as it’s time to realise what an amazing, talented, gifted and wonderful soul you are. Don’t let doubt or a lack of belief hold you back or cloud the view as you are on the cusp on a brand-new adventure. What happens next is up to you…
As you continue to re-shape and re-define your life on all levels, you are growing more aware of the different dynamics at play in different areas of your existence. You are a wise, deep-thinking soul and this enables you to make sense of the interconnection and interaction both around and within you. Your vision expands far and wide, looking backwards, forwards and skywards, and sometimes (rarely!) even into the present moment! It can be hard for you to find your centre as your awareness knows no limits, but there are also times in your life when you feel completely caught up in a moment, completely transfixed by something you see, hear or feel. These moments seem to be happening more often recently as you have taken the time to create more space to connect to the world around you. Allowing your consciousness to focus more on the present moment can feel both overwhelming and underwhelming at the same time, as every emotion can charge up to the surface at once.
It’s as though, in those moments, time stops, your senses heighten, and you feel a deep connection to life. It awakens you but quietens you at the same time. It can feel as though every pathway you’ve walked in life converges into these moments, as though they are a predetermined part of your destiny. Yet, these moments are often fleeting connections to the beauty of nature or the power of a deep breath, so you can struggle to see the relevance. The simplicity can confuse you as you tend to over-think and over-analyse, but the simplicity is the key as it has the power to quieten your busy mind and to unlock your creativity. So, go with the flow, embrace these moments, let them warm your soul and feel your connection to the magic of life growing stronger and brighter with each passing day…
As you continue to find ways to re-centre and re-balance, there is a sense that you are now approaching a time of ‘convergence’ where different threads of your life start weaving in new ways. Some of these threads may weave together, but others may lead in new directions taking you to pastures new. May looks set to be a time to wholeheartedly acknowledge your gifts and to embrace the life you intuitively know you were born to live. This presents you with an opportunity to bring together some of the many different facets of your being in order to re-focus on yourself and your own needs for a while. You spend so long giving your time and energy to others, it’s important for you to pause for a while in order to re-stock and replenish your own resources. Living the life you were born to live isn’t just about reaching the destination of your dreams, it’s the whole experience, including the right turns, the wrong turns, the potholes, the dead ends and going off-road.
This feels like a time of consolidation for you where you give yourself the time and space to reconnect to every aspect of your being; to honour your creativity, imagination and emotional well-being, and to rest, laugh and find more joy in life. Instead of being so caught up in the buzz of everyday life, you are now being asked to connect to your true self and to listen to the calls from your heart and soul to live as wholeheartedly, and as positively, as possible. This is hard to articulate clearly as it’s more a state of being than something clear-cut or well-defined, it’s a calling to you to honour yourself and to listen to your heart and soul to guide you. This is your life and it’s time to live it well and to live it with love, compassion and joy…
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