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Messages of love

Written messages of love can come in many forms.

Here is one from Marianne Williamson which always resonates with me:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

— from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.

I found this one on Facebook:

“If YOU are NOT being treated with respect, check your price tag. Perhaps you have marked Yourself down. It’s you who tells people what you are worth by what you accept. Get off the clearance rack and get behind the glass where the valuables are kept! Learn to value Yourself more! If you don’t noone else will! AND please help someone get off the clearance rack…”

— from the Live Laugh Love page.

And the following are feedback from some of my wondrous Sparkles and Angels customers:

“Perfect, it took me hours and hours to find this gift. Thank you, it’s lovely!” — D.A., Idaho

“LOVE these!! They are just what I had been scouring for for my mother for Christmas! Thank you so very very much!!!” — V.P., Kentucky

“Wonderful seller and person. Beautiful earrings, super fast shipping, lovely packaging! A true person in every sense ! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” — N.Z., New York

“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! These earrings are so lightweight and they move beautifully. They also catch the light well which was unexpected but something I should have figured out from a store that has ‘sparkles’ in their name. I have been wearing them non-stop since they arrived 😀 ” — B.C., Illinois

“Very friendly and helpful seller. Gorgeous packaging and beautiful earrings. Thank you so much!” — M.M., Ireland

“Fantastic! I couldn’t be happier – I’m sure these will make a fantastic Xmas present. A+++ — T.F., North Carolina

My heart opens whenever I read these. Infinite love and gratitude to all.

What are some of YOUR favorite messages of love?

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Reiki, The Polarity Way Level I: a Reiki class for your growth and healing — in Raleigh, North Carolina

As some of you know already, I am a Reiki Master/Teacher as well as a jewelry designer. So I am excited and happy to announce that I will be teaching a Reiki, The Polarity Way Level I class in September.

Read on if you are interested in finding out what Reiki can do for you.

Move forward in your journey of self growth, self empowerment, and profound healing… Remember the beauty of who you are—a child of God, perfect, powerful, and lovable just as you are.

 Reiki is a simple and gentle energetic healing technique that can help us heal on all levels―physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Polarity Therapy is another healing art designed to balance the whole person. It was founded by Dr. Randolph Stone, who combined what he considered to be the most powerful information from both the eastern and western healing modalities.

 Reiki, The Polarity Way synergistically combines aspects of Usui Reiki, Raku Kei Reiki, and Polarity principles for maximum healing potential.

 Reiki, The Polarity Way is taught by Sophie in four levels. In this life-changing and wonder-full Level I class, you will be attuned to the first degree of the Usui Reiki System of Natural Healing and to the first degree of the Raku Kei Reiki System of Natural Healing. This attunement allows you to tune in to, and to become a channel for the Reiki energy. You will learn how to give Reiki to yourself and others. You will also learn other techniques for clearing, balancing, and centering.

 Saturday, Sept. 24 2011, 10am to 6pm, & Sunday, Sept. 25, 10am to 6pm

An optional-but-recommended practice session will take place 2 or 3 weeks later from 1 to 4pm.

Location: in North Raleigh, off of Westgate Rd. (North Carolina)

The tuition is $165 if you register by September 3, 2011; $185 if you register after September 3. A $60 deposit represents your commitment and will hold your place.

Register by sending an email to sld8 [at] earthlink.net and Sophie will let you know where to send your deposit and other class info.


Prayer for autumn and winter days

I’ve just rediscovered this beautiful prayer from belief.net. I know it’s now winter and the title is Prayer For Autumn Days, AND I’m not crazier than usual, it is still appropriate and timely, and it resonates with me!

God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process.

God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender, with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.

God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.

God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your power-filled presence. May we gain strength from this.

God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.

God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.

God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.

God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful.

Source: belief.net


A winter wonderland

Thank you God, for the beauty of the season…

One cannot compete against Mother Nature and come out on top, so this is my tribute to Her, rather than an attempt to emulate:

Winter Wonderland suncatcher


Coupons – just in time for Thanksgiving!

Hello all my lovely blog readers,

Are you ready to do some holiday shopping? I am excited to announce that I can do coupons now!!!

From now until Monday 11/29 at midnight, you can use the coupon code BLOG15THANKYOU to get 15% off your Sparkles and Angels online purchase. It’s my way to say thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you. I have much to be grateful for.

I have many cute earrings that are not in my store yet, they are perfect as little holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. I will be adding them throughout the next few days, so keep checking!

Love,

Sophie


The wonderful people I meet…

Part of the joy of selling jewelry is the wonderful people I meet.

A sweet woman from Denmark told me that she will always treasure the necklace she just received:

Sarah H., who bought a pair of earrings for her mother, sent me a photo of her mother opening her Christmas present:

Bob M. emailed me and said his wife cried when she saw her Christmas present:

Julie M. mentioned that her whole earrings collection is from me!

Feedback like these make my day, my week, my year. They make up for the numerous times I had to restring a necklace to get it just right (I believe 7 times for one necklace was my record), they make up for staying up until 3am to finish earrings in time for a holiday present, and they make up for the 3 days I spent assembling shelves so I could organize my beads so I could actually find them! (OK, I’m not the most handy person in the world.)

In addition to all of my wonderful customers, I am blessed with many friends I met through the Etsy forums, in bead stores, in bead shows, and in a variety of other locations I frequent in the course of my work. Thank you all of you for your help, your support, and your friendship!

I am grateful for everyone’s presence in my life.


Choices

I am learning that I have choices in my life.

I used to wallow in self-pity whenever something “bad” happens.  I would be angry with God, with my Higher Self, with my guides and angels, for the way my life was.

I won’t claim to have turned around completely.

What I can say is that I am slowly getting used to the idea of asking myself: How else can I look at this? The above 3 pictures are of the same tree, and yet they are different from each other, it all depends which point of view you choose.

What is the opportunity in this situation? What can I learn from this? What is the next step I can take, that could change the circumstances I am in? Do I want to look at this glass as half empty, or half full, or full? (It is partially filled with water, and the rest is filled with air, so it’s not empty at all, right?)

I can think of my breast cancer as a horrible and expensive illness that I did not deserve, or I can think of it as a blessing whose repercussions  I am still experiencing.  I am healthy again now, but what I was taught will stay with me forever: learning to see life on Earth as a privilege rather than as a punishment, learning to find gratitude and have faith and trust, even in the darkest moments, and learning that I am strong!

The "Choices" necklace

I created the above “Choices” necklace to illustrate the fact that I have choices. There is an abundance of shades, shapes, colors, and materials in this piece of jewelry, because we don’t have to limit ourselves to one color, one shape, one idea, or one outcome.


Gratitude

I originally published this post on byhand.me, but decided to re-post it here because it means a lot to me:

Gratitude is the magnet of the universe. Life becomes much easier and more joyful when you get in the habit of finding something to be grateful for in every situation.

I learned a big lesson in gratitude through my experience with breast cancer. The chemotherapy made me very sick, and the treatments for those side effects had side effects of their own. For almost a year, I had severe anemia, which made me very tired. There were times I had to lie down to floss my teeth, because I did not have the energy to stand. There were several months of intense continuous hip pains. My face swelled to practically twice its normal size… and that was just some of the “highlights. ”

As dark as the circumstances were, I discovered that I was surrounded by love and support. Whenever I think of all those beautiful people who supported me in so many ways, my heart opens, and I feel better.

No matter how “bad” a situation is, you can find something to be grateful for. Perhaps it’s a hug from a friend, or a beautiful dandelion flower in your lawn, or the deep blue starry sky. Remember: it’s only when it’s darkest that you can see the stars.