Faces and places – Amy

17/04/18

In the first of our Faces and Places, where we invite you to get to know our guides a little more, we speak with the beautiful Amy to take us through her journey and thoughts on wellness, as well as offering some tips and recommendations.

Having embarked on her own personal journey, Amy has vast experience and knowledge of various healing modalities and conscious practices. She is an avid meditator and has been practising since 2011 undertaking various courses and a month-long Meditation Teacher Training. Amy is also skilled in energy healing having been attuned to Reiki at Master Level and is trained in the sacred practice of sound healing using Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls.

What led you to where you are today? 

It’s quite hard to pinpoint when it all started but I think it’s been running through my veins from a very young age. I remember browsing crystal shops with my mum and feeling intrigued by the various energetic powers they possessed. I was always very open minded, questioned what I was told and I guess had this niggling feeling that there was so much more to life that what was being taught to me at school and being fed to me by the media. It was in 2011 after a few personal problems that I found meditation and began practicing regularly. This then opened up a different way of life for me and started to shift my beliefs and behaviours. I began incorporating a number of practices into my daily routine such as gratitude lists, affirmations and loving kindness and completed my Reiki 1 training. Over the years I slipped in and out of my spiritual practice, always vowing to do more but life pulling me back with its firm grip. Then in 2016 when my mum passed something big started to happen; life as I knew it was just no longer fitting me anymore and the more I ignored my spiritual calling the harder life seemed to feel, I felt like I needed to break out of the spiritual closet and be free. After a three week holiday in India I came back and decided I would quit my job, move out of my flat and save enough money to go back to India and immerse myself in the culture and teachings. And so that is what I did! And through a synchronicity of events I was led to Sattva Yoga Academy in Rishikesh, booking only days before I started. It was here that I had my most profound awakening to date which has secured me on the path I’m walking today.

What are your holistic highs?
My holistic highs are definitely meditation and Kundalini kriyas. I try to meditate every day for atleast 20 minutes. There’s a Kriya for almost every different energetic state so I use them all the time, I practice sets in the morning or evening and then will pull on a particular Kriya here and there, wherever I am, whenever I need it; they are magic! For a dose of pure bliss I give myself mini concerts using my crystal singing bowls; they are so dreamy and have a profound effect on my mood. I also enjoy spending time reflecting in solitude and if I need a really big hit I take myself off to Glastonbury for a day or two. The energy there is palpable and I always feel like it is the socket I can plug my soul into to feel instantly recharged.
How do you stay grounded?
My family, especially my nieces and nephews. We can learn so much from children and from just being around them they teach me so much about patience, love and understanding without the need for all the complex philosophies or expensive retreats. I’m lucky to have some very strong and supportive relationships in my life that help keep me grounded and humble yet inspire me.
What are you working on at the moment (either personally or in terms of your work)?
I’m personally working on the love that I have for myself; deepening and strengthening this. It’s such a vast concept that covers every area of our lives and there is so much to learn. It concerns the food we put in our bodies, the relationships we keep and the thoughts that we think. It involves a lot of reflecting, confronting and shedding as I come face to face with my ego time and time again. I don’t know if this is a task that will reach a completion date but for now I am viewing my insights and understandings as a compass to assist me in navigating through life; to move through love and away from fear.
What does conscious living mean to you?
Conscious living means to me waking up the subconscious mind and bringing it into awareness. This is not always an easy process as we are essentially challenging everything we have ever thought, felt or believed and having the courage to question where these truly come from and if they belong to us or have been instilled into us by others. One of my favourite speakers on this topic is Bruce Lipton. He states that around 90% of our day is coming from our subconscious mind and our subconscious mind is made up of programmed behaviours that we have picked up throughout our lives from the moment we were born that rarely even belong to us, like a tape recording that just records and plays, records and plays, without any conscious thought or meaning. To me this says that most of our days and, in fact, our lives we are living with our eyes closed, we are asleep. Conscious living, to me, means waking up!
What are you reading at the moment?
I’m often jumping between a few books and today is no exception. I’m currently flipping between Louise Hay’s “You can heal your life” and “Anatomy of the Spirit” by Dr Caroline Myss. The latter was recommended to me by a healer who was channeling at the time and received messages telling me to read it!

 

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