Newcastle Photographer and Content Creator, Mandy Charlton, Always on a quest for adventure, often seen on buses, trains and planes. On a quest to be happier and healthier. Lives in Newcastle with her 3 cats, Iris, Maggie and Arthur. Loves good vibes, musicals and cakes. Full time professional wedding photographer in the north east of england alongside content creator on Tiktok, Instagram and Facebook

Monday, November 07, 2016

God, The Universe and Everything

thoughts on god, spirituality and everything, Mandy Charlton, Photographer, writer, blogger

Another rainy morning and the official start of my weekend, I've managed to practically turn that into 4 days holiday this weekend though after an enforced 2 days of rain meant I couldn't work.  I didn't even venture onto the internet yesterday, I sent a few tweets and 1 email, that's perhaps the least energetic Sunday I've had this year, I slept a lot and clearly I needed it.  I did have a great night on Saturday catching up with Harriet and Kelly, my friends who I usually see on an almost daily basis had been somewhat absent of late due to travels and poorliness so it was good to have the super team back together for a while and if I do say so myself I was on top form and even managed a little interpretive dance in the pub and being that it's our local, no one even batted an eyelid!  You know if we all did a little more galloping, twirling and occasional interpretive dance the world would be a better, happier, cheerier place!

So this morning after making the required super strength coffee I've crawled back into my lovely cosy bed along with a certain beagle who is snoring loudly right next to my knee, when Eve say that their mattress is the most comfortable mattress in the world they're not wrong, since I got mine in July I've never slept better or had less neck pain, I'm hoping for the pillows and duvet for Christmas.

I have a million things I need to write about this week, I have been to so many events and I also have the first of my Christmas gift guides ready to go but I thought I would start this day with a personal post because it's only due to the emptying of my brain that I manage to survive in this world.

My week since I had reiki has been a strange one, I feel like I opened up my mind to God and the Universe for the first time in ages, I've always been more spiritual than religious, I grew up going to church every week and then I've dipped in and out for many years, for the last 10 since I've had my business I make it to church approximately once a year on Christmas Eve, it's ok though, God doesn't mind, he told me that when I asked and speaking of which, I had a sad moment last week when Looby asked "Do I have to come to church with you on Christmas Eve this year?" Looby and I have gone to the crib service every year for years but I also made a promise never to put any of my beliefs upon my children so this year, even if I have to go myself, I'll just toddle off and have a quiet hour, I say quiet but there's nothing quite so much fun as when you sing Christmas carols at the top of your voice, they're meant to be sung that way I suspect.

Today I have an appointment with a lady who has been looking at my numerology charts, I don't really know very much about numerology other than it's an ancient art so like Reiki I'm going in with a completely open mind and as my ongoing series looking at various ways of alternative ways of sorting one's mind out I shall, of course, report back.  I never rule out any kind of help and guidance in whatever form it comes, after all I take medication every day to deal with all of my health needs, why shouldn't I look at many different forms of therapy too, medication cures symptoms but therapies in all of their forms often deal with the root causes.

I think in the way that I've always classed myself as a wild bohemian it does mean I am open to many different spiritual experiences which perhaps some would look at as being more than a little bonkers, we should not discount anything though because we cannot understand the universe and all of its energies, it's just not possible, even the greatest of philosophers have no solid answers, we're all just trying to make sense of the world and I've always thought that you might die the second you figure out the purpose of life because then you know everything, if you can truly figure out the meaning of life then there is nothing left to know.

The closest I've ever got is to come up with my own beliefs, morals, and ethics, I believe in truth, beauty freedom and love just like the rest of my fellow bohemians, I believe that there is nothing greater than love, in whatever form it is shown, I believe in free thought and that no opinion should be illegal even if it isn't something you believe in yourself, everyone, no matter who they are has a valid point to offer in this life and I believe we are all unique and meant to be here and I believe that we are all looking to find our role and the other half of our whole, I believe in the freedom of expression and the beauty of heart bared open.

I believe that we choose happiness and that if we start each day asking "what can I do today to make myself happy and to make those who are around me happy?" then we are half way to truly understanding the meaning of life and halfway in that case, isn't a bad place to be.


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