Solace in Silence.

Silence definitely feeds my soul.

Sometimes when I need to recharge I have to get out in nature and enjoy just being.  Breathing the air, smelling the earth, it’s where I can hear my soul.  The tendrils of ideas and thoughts can start to unfurl and take shape out here in the wide spaces.

No distractions, no limitations, no judgements.

Just air and earth and space.






Why ‘Angelic Hands’?

I’m an earthy type, I love being outdoors, and am very grounded in reality and nature so some people wonder at my business name.  The name ‘Angelic Hands’ came to me before I’d even completed my first Reiki degree.  It just popped into my head and wouldn’t go away.  I thought it a bit presumptuous (who am I to say my hands are Angelic?) so I ignored it.  Then I did a course on Angelic Healing and whilst practicing on the course leader I was meant to place my hands on her shoulders but couldn’t because I could sense that there were ‘other’ hands there.  She could sense it too and we both felt that they were Angelic.  I forgot about this as the months went by until I was doing my Reiki case studies and several of the clients would say that they had thought I was touching them in one place like their feet or shoulders but then realised that I was actually elsewhere, commenting that they’d felt more than one pair of hands.
I always call on any Angels, Guides or other Beings of Light who work for the highest good of all when I prepare for a Reiki treatment and sometimes see sparks of light where I believe these Light Beings are present and working with me and the client to bring about healing and positivity.  So the ‘Angelic Hands’ are not mine; my hands are very human, grounded, warm, caring, nurturing and sensitive but I’m not claiming to be divine! The name of my business refers to the other hands that are often present in my practice and sensed by many recipients of Reiki.  It doesn’t matter if you believe in the presence of other worldly beings for them to help.  You also don’t have to believe in Reiki or understand it for it to work, just as antibiotics work on a baby who has no concept of modern medicine and how it works in conjunction with the human body.  Obviously it helps if you believe you are going to feel better but that helps with modern medicine too and thats about having a positive mindset and the healing effect that can have on the body.
Although Reiki is often thought of as a mysterious, spiritual force exclusive to those ‘in the know’ and while it is that, it is also an everyday energy that we experience all the time without realising it, it is constantly flowing around and through us, so familiar that we rarely notice it. Reiki can be thought of as the energy that makes the heart keep beating, a seed germinate, the secret and sacred knowledge that helps animals to migrate, the seasons to change, tides to keep turning and the earth to spin.
Reiki is both familiar and ordinary and special and sacred.
The Reiki practitioner has learnt to sense and channel this energy and to channel concentrated amounts of it and deliver it in varying frequencies to various places in and around the recipient’s body.  The recipients mind, body and spirit, is familiar with this energy, that is a constant but not consciously detected presence in our existence, so that they can use the extra energy that is received during a treatment to balance and heal themselves without the recipient having to do anything.  Just as you don’t have to have faith in or understand in Theory how modern medicine works for your body to use it to heal itself, your body, mind and soul will respond to Reiki and use it to heal itself in the way that it needs to at the time.
We do not as yet have the ability to scientifically explain Reiki (although Scientists are able to detect more electromagnetic energy than two human bodies can produce when a Reiki treatment is being given from one person to another), but then there were times when we didn’t know what electricity was or radio waves are or infra red light or any of the other things that we cannot see but have developed ways of detecting, harnessing and using for our own good.  Neither do we have sufficient brain power or language to explain many wonderful, mysterious and spiritual things, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
Bearing in mind the everyday, familiar and yet sacred and wondrous nature of Reiki, it seems right that I acknowledge the presence of the ‘other’ hands that often work alongside my normal human ones when I am giving a treatment and are experienced by many recipients as well as myself.  Given our human lack of understanding about the unseen spiritual side of life and our lack of language to describe it, we all interpret our experiences differently and for want of a better word I call these ‘other’ hands Angelic.  They could be explained as spirit guides, passed over loved ones, the clients or my own higher selves, wishful thinking or a collective hallucination, but what does it matter how we explain it or describe it if it works and makes people feel better?
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I’ve been experimenting with different scrying methods and also with black and white photos (I don’t have a camera so use my phone), this is a Crystal ball on a mirror.

In this crystal ball I see two people standing one in front of the other, maybe a small child in a skirt in front of them and possibly a very large wing on the left. Or is it a person sitting on a chair with a child on their lap? Tilting my head the other way I see a Dragon with it’s mouth open and a moth or dragonfly.  There’s a person walking away, obscured by one black and one white leaf. in the reflection of the ball I see a figure on the left standing in shadow and maybe another one further away. I’m not sure what the thing in the middle is – a hand pointing upwards? a church? a chiminea?

What does it all mean – if anything at all?  I’ll have to look up the meanings, meditate on it and trust my instincts.

What do you see?



I Believe…..

in the goodness of people,

that our children are the future,

in the power of love,

in the human family,


that our planet is precious,

in Angels,

that good will prevail,

in common sense,

in healing,

that childhood is not just preparation for adulthood,

that there is good to be found everywhere,

in respect and courtesy,

that honesty is the best policy,

that you should trust your instincts,

in listening,

in family (whatever form that takes),

in friendship,

in equality,

in laughter,

in magik and mystery

in good times,

in karma,

that balance is important,

in the power of touch,

in the cycle of life and all things,

that as long as you harm none, do as you will,

in spirits,

that all beliefs deserve respect,

we can achieve world peace,

in you.


Namaste x

From Whoops into Warm!

I recently found out what happens when you Disobey the washing instructions on a woollen top.  Whoops! It shrunk and felted itself into a small, matted mess.

However it was a beautiful Autumnal, rich deep red colour and a warm, soft texture and I can’t bear throwing things away, so I couldn’t resist keeping it to see what I could do with it.

This is how I re-imagined and re-loved my shrunken jumper…

IMG_1505The great thing about felted knits is that you can cut them without having to hem the edges.  So I thought I’d have a go at creating a scarf/hood type thing for myself.

IMG_1506I cut the sleeves off and around the buttons in a kind of pointy way, obviously, being me, there was no template, measuring or symmetry.  This is what I like to think of as a very organic (chaotic) way of creating!


I tried it over my head and decided it needed another point so I used the off cut bit from the back of the jumper between where I’d cut the points and stitched it on.  It looks a bit weird played out like this but once it’s draped over my shoulders it looks ok.  I had a ball of wool in complementary colours so I added a crocheted edge.


It was a bit tricky to get the crochet needle through the felted knit so I used a skewer to help.


I added a scalloped edge to the other end (that used to be the bottom of the jumper and is now the edge of the hood).  I love the way this wool subtly changes colour throughout.


This is the finished result, I’m looking forward to wearing this when it gets colder.  It’ll liven up my boring winter coat too.  I may crochet a matching flower corsage to pin to it.

I love it when I save something from going into landfill and create something useful with it instead.

Namaste x


Experimenting with Expressing.

I’ve recently been playing around with using my paintings and the words I receive with them to create inspiring and uplifting images (I think people call them memes?).

I used to worry that people would think I’m Peculiar if I shared these ideas and feelings that come to me and that I’d be judged on what I said, wrote and did. But as I’ve got older I’ve learned to embrace not only own my uniqueness, but everyone else’s too.  This is who I am, these are my thoughts and ideas and this is what I create.  If people like what I create thats great.  Of course there will be some people who don’t like or understand what I do and and that’s fine, it’s not meant for them and there’s so much else for them to enjoy because theres a lot of people out there expressing themselves in wonderful ways.

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Wishing you joy in being you.

Namaste x


For This Investment the Return is Priceless.


There is nothing on earth that is worth more to me that my family.  Time spent with them is Priceless.

We’re not perfect and we have to put thought, effort and time into maintaining a harmonious family relationship, but it’s worth every moment of struggle, confusion, compromise and patience.


We make the time most weekends to go for a walk together.  It brings us together and gives us a neutral place to discuss stuff and share whats going on in our lives as well as the time and space to just muck about and laugh together. This time is precious to me; I’m aware that there will likely come a time that the boys don’t want to do this with us anymore.  Hopefully this time spent putting in firm foundations with them now will pay off as they grow up and become more independent.

Namaste x

Magnetic Vibes.

According to the law of attraction, our thoughts are Magnetic.  Our thoughts become our reality by manifesting.  Like attracts like so it’s important to exude the vibrations that you’d like to attract.  For example if we value peace and harmony but focus our thoughts on drama and gossip (which is more often than not disharmonious),  we are not aligning our thoughts and actions with our values and will be attracting to our lives that which we are giving attention to instead of what we really want.

Raise your vibration by getting out in nature, taking time out to relax, meditation, yoga and other energy moving exercises, helping others, caring for the planet and having intentional, positive thoughts.

Focus on things that make you smile, uplift your mind, relax your body, things that you are grateful for and what makes you feel well, balanced and happy.

Align your vibes with your values

Sending you happy vibes,

Namaste x