What we do

Connections With Spirit is owned by Margaret West, a lady of many talents. You can find her website here At Connections with spirit, we offer you training in many different practitioner courses and also many other metaphysical studies. The workshops are designed to not only enlighten you, but also to financially help those she considers are voiceless, with profits from the workshops. Margaret works full time as an alternative Therapist, and this she considers is her income to pay the bills. Profit from the workshops, after paying the facilitators etc, is donated. The prices for our workshops are reasonable and competitive, and we like to think that we give each one our personal touch of beauty and laughter. Cake is always on offer at lunchtimes, as we feel no one should learn without a good slice of cake to fortify them!! We use a few facilitators, who are excellent in their field, but mainly Margaret does all the teaching. So you can be assured that the quality of our courses are always top notch.We also have stalls at the workshops where you can buy beautiful jewellery and Holistic Crystal pendants, which Margaret makes herself. Each pendant is an active crystal that will help with various conditions of the mind, body and spirit.Emma King is Connections with spirit's event manager, events organiser and Personal Assistant to Margaret West. She will be your main port of call for any questions you have or booking details that you may need for any workshops or development circles. Please do add Emma Reiki King and Margaret West to your facebook/twitter friends list to keep up to date with all the workshops and news. We promise not to bother you unless you contact us first for information. Emma's email is connectionswithspiritworkshops(at)hotmail(dot)comWe like to be interactive with students and people, so do feel free to leave any feedback about circles or workshops you have attended. Or just pop by and say hello or ask a question. We will always try to reply promptly.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Healing with Heulandite

Heulandite Heulandite is found in the basalts of Berufjörður, near Djúpivogur, in Iceland and some colours can also be found in Challis Idaho. It is a member of the Zeolite family and its formation is tabular or Trapezoid. It is usually colourless or white, but depending where it is found, it could be orange, brown, yellow, brick-red, or green due to the addition of Celadonite, a type of iron element. Its surface has a beautiful pearl luster effect, which makes it look luxurious and soft to the touch, its effortless beauty is a wonder to behold. Yet another stunning specimen to be found within our planets secret depths. Spiritually. This beautiful crystal is not for the novice user. Peach Heulandite is really good for those who like to travel back to past lives because it is said to link you to the knowledge of the Lemurian’s and Atlantian’s. The crystal can help you to release any negative emotions or ties that you have carried over to this left from past life Karmic issues. The most interesting thing of all is that the crystal can help you move through interdimensional spaces, helping you to see and understand the Akashic records. Any bad habits or behavior you discover here, that have been ingrained in you from past lives, can be replaced with a new openness, allowing you to see great and exciting opportunities which will move your forward in life. It is a great stone to meditate with and gain inner knowledge of your spiritual pathway and life. White Heulandite has such very high vibration that it will make your palm tingle when held. This unique crystal can help to stimulate dreams and visions as it opens the third eye, which allows you to easily receive divine inspiration and guidance. It can help you feel calmer and is invaluable for self-healing especially if used with Reiki healing. You can program this crystal to become a Reiki stone. Green Heulandite focuses on the heart and as this organ is the generator of the aura’s magnetic field, this chakra sends out the crystals soothing energy to all the layers of the auric field, resulting in a positive and calm state of being as it strengthens it. It is also great for helping with Clairvoyance as its vibration supports the growth of the brain, enhancing cognitive abilities and clarity of thought. Healing As a therapist I used this stone for emotional release as it calms anxiety and alleviates fear based emotions. For those who suffer from intense jealousy and negative self-destructive thought patterns, peach Heulandite can help a lot, but you will need the green one for those who judge others unfairly and want to change that negative aspect of themselves. If you are grieving then peach Heulandite will help you release the emotions that knot your stomach and tighten your throat. It allows us to gently let go of the hurt we feel at losing those we love and to adapt to life in a new way. But the main thing and this is why I advocate its usage, is that this crystal can tap into our inner psyche and teach us forgiveness. This negative emotion is the hardest thing for humanity to come to grips with and its vibration is so powerful and intense it can wreck lives and families. When we do not allow ourselves to forgive others we hold on to a deep destructive energy that weaves poisonous tentacle’s into every aspect of our personality. To forgive another is not a sign of weakness, it does not mean that we are saying that the grievous deed a person did to us is right, it just gives us permission to move forward with our lives in peace and happiness and not drag with us this dark, explosive energy. On the physical body the peach crystal really supports weight loss and blood flow to the kidneys and liver, whilst the green one helps with sinus and IBS problems. It can also strengthen hearts weakened buy ailments or heart attacks, as it aids shortness of breath. It promotes emotional healing from traumatic experience, grief or shock which allows the person to re-enter their life with grace and love. So this is another great crystal to have in your crystal first aid kit. Associated Zodiac sign – Sagittarians will really connect with this crystal Placement - Heart, Crown and Brow/Third Eye Vibration - Number 9 Angel – Archangel Gabriel

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Life is Precious.

This is actually my holistic block where I post lots of fabbo things about workshops I am doing and food for thought posts. Today I am doing a post on animal rescue. I can see the eyes roiling already. YES/.. I can see you through the screen you know :) But I am not going to bang on about donating or anything, so do grab a coffee and read on.
All my life I’ve tried to help animals. My mother will attest to the amount of times I brought home sick pigeons, who miraculously had flown away by the morning, according to my mother. Which was a kind lie, as the birds invariably died in the night. From bird rescuing, I moved onto domestic, cats and dogs, as I got older. I’d feed the stray cats in my area, give love to the dogs that ran loose in the streets, because back in the 70’s, people were allowed to open their doors and let the dog out, as they would their cats. I was a member of FOAL farm from a very young age and I was also gifted membership to Redwing horse sanctuary, which I still donate to 40 years later So really, I suppose I can say that all my life I have been a rescuer of animals. Now I am an Holistic Therapist. I help humans, but on the back of that, it allowed me to take care of the animals of this world. This blog, isn’t to brag about what I do, because it is a tiny, tiny drop in the ocean to what others do. This post is to explain what anyone can do to help a living, sentient being. Because I often hear, ‘what can I do to help’ as if whatever you do will be insignificant. NOT TRUE. There are many rescues calling out for help. Their cries are often drowned out by the many screams for help. The smaller rescue voices become lost in a sea of begging letters, that people invariably chuck in to the bin as soon as they come through the letter box. Many animal rescues are not government funded and they rely only on peoples kindness. Which is hard in a struggling world, where many just put their comforts first. The £10 you spend on fags and a can of coke, will keep a dog in Romania alive for a whole month!! Now here comes the next question…why should I hand my hard earned money over to charities, rescues, especially over seas ones? I could say because it makes you a nice person, and it does, but it’s mainly because you are actually SAVING a life of an animal that deserves, just like you, to live and be loved. That is the basic reason. From somewhere deep in your soul, you know its fundamentally wrong to see a badly treated, injured or abused animal and do nothing. If you don’t feel this way, you would not waste your ‘valuable’ time reading this post. If you are religious, Dog spelt backwards, is GOD!! Now that’s food for thought. The next time you give thanks to god for what you have, think about what he has given you via the animal world. Guide dogs, hearing dogs, bomb finding dogs, drug finding dogs…oh the list in endless. How come these dogs are worth saving or being thankful for, but this one isn’t.
This is a picture of my rescue boy Charlie. Taken to be euthanized purely because he was causing a problem to the owner and they couldn’t be bothered to sort it out. I was helping out at a rescue at the time and Charlie came to me, through them. I can't praise South East Dog Rescue enough for all the work they do. If you live in Kent, Please offer your help/donate food and bedding to them. They are a no kill rescue and need all the help they can get. My question now is...does a dog really need to be killed because it peed on your sofa, ripped up your curtains, ate your best shoes? Haven't YOU done similar things? Peed in the drawer when your drunk, spilt red wine on your white sofa, broke the heel of your Jimmy Choo shoes…do you need to die for that? Of course not. Because you are a human being and your life is valuable. I can’t see why myself. No life is more valuable than another in my book. Its just humans have more rights and animals have very limited ones. I fund raise and donate to many charities. I manage to do this because I work my butt off and because deep in my soul I know, the little bit that I do does save lives. It breaks my heart looking at all the animals I just can’t save. I send their little souls a prayer at night and ask the universe to keep them safe and give them the love that they were denied on earth. Its all I can do for them now. My wonderful, supportive husband, who I probably drive quite mad with my constant rescue schemes, often tells me, that I can’t save them all. If I saved 100 today, there would be 200 more to save behind them. He is very right of course, but my spirit is often heavy with pain for those who I could not reach in time. I work full time to pay my bills, then at the weekend, I run workshops. This enables me to teach humans, whilst their course costs, then goes to fund animal rescues. It works out quite well really. I’m not wonderful, or an angel, or anything else that gives me a label. I am just someone who cares a great deal for the voiceless of this world. I will go that extra mile, work that extra hour, give my last penny, if it saves even ONE life or it makes a slight difference.
So how can you help? Money is tight for some, we live in such a materialistic world that it is fast becoming a struggle for many people to survive themselves. Many people cannot think further than their next holiday or new car, or what they can get for themselves, to make themselves happy. It is a sad state of affair's that I have to admit to myself that a huge majority of people just do not care about the animal world. But money isn’t just what rescues need, they need your help. TIME, is free, offer some of yours to walk a dog, clean a cat cage, give an animal comfort. Because, trust me, animals are terrified in shelters. It's loud, often cold, they are alone and disorientated. Often missing the family that dumped them off. I know a lot of people have genuine reasons for giving up their pets, but if you have to walk this path, be responsible, make sure your pet will be loved and safe but the person that you are giving it to. Animals cannot defend themselves, they rely on you to take good care of them. Charge for your pet, home check the person, ask for a police check, ask who knows these people, ask for references. All this will ensure your pet will not end up as dog bait, abused or worse. If you place your dog in a kill shelter, the chances are, another dog will be destroyed that day, to make room for yours. That is not something I’d want on my conscience. So try every avenue, think long and hard before you march off to dump your family member, because that’s what they become when you take them on, into a high kill shelter. Battersea euthanized a third of its shelter animals this year, have a read here. Why? Because their intake is huge and no one wants a shelter dog. Let’s get a beautiful pedigree, or designer dog, that will probably arrive with all sorts of ailments, because many are interbred or over bred. A Cockadoodle , Labradoodle, Chiweenie……etc..are MONGRELS!!!!! They are not ‘posh’ dogs. They are breed mixes, therefore mongrels. So why not get a pedigree from a rescue/shelter. If that’s what you want to have. There are many types of breeds in rescues as I write this. So here is a list of how you can help rescues, especially the smaller ones. 1. Ask your friends over for a coffee morning and sell a few cakes you’ve made. If like me, you are rubbish at baking, buy some from tescos. You can get lovely tea cakes for a fiver. Sell them for £2.00 each, take back your outlay if you are really short of money and send the rest to the rescue. Trust me, even £5 can help a lot. 2. If you have a wide friend’s base on Face book, sell a few of your unwanted items on there. Then paypal the money to the rescue. 3. Organise a jumble sale 4. Ask your friends to donate your birthday gift money to the rescue instead. If you need help for ideas, please do come and find me on Facebook. If you can foster dogs, approach your local rescue or contact one of the rescues I help out. Friends for Life. are dying for fosters in the uk If you want to help in anyway but don’t know how, find me on facebook and join my little group of lovely ladies, who are currently helping to make coats for the freezing dogs in shelters, fund raising, donating. Contact your local shelter and volunteer your time. Do something nice for a voiceless animal who is feeling lost and alone. 5. Be a foster mum or dad I will finish this blog with what I began it with....What Is Life? What is Life? They say its from B to D. From Birth to Death But what’s between B and D? C. So what is C? IT IS CHOICE!! Your life is a matter of choice Live well, help others and it will never go wrong. Thank you for reading. Do put your own thoughts in the comments. If you have ideas how to help rescues, do share them with us.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Tarot Workshop

What a brilliant workshop on Saturday. Our facilitator, Cheryl, did a wonderful job bringing tarot closer to everyone's hearts. You can view the testimonial's here of the students. Just scroll down to the Tarot sections. The key to understanding Tarot suits is to break them down to their most basic symbolic meaning. We can do this by associating each of the four Tarot suits with a key element. The ancient Greeks were the first to document the four elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. These elements are the prime building blocks of everything in the Universe, on all levels. We at Connections with Spirit would value your opinions, thoughts, or questions on tarot. How do you incorporate it into your life? Has it changed your life in any way, good or bad. Please to join in this discussion. We would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Tarot Workshop for 2014

The last workshop of the year is our beginners Tarot workshop November 15th 2014, which is facilitated by Cheryl Turtlemoon our resident tarot tutor. Cheryl is a Certified Tarot Reader, Angelic Reiki practitioner, Angel Card Reader, Ordained Minister and Clairvoyant. She has appeared in Magazines such as Full House, Fate and Fortune, and also in Psychic News.
This workshop reveals the many layers of the tarot, including timing with the decanates, which help with pinpointing the accuracy of tarot. We will also be looking at your soul card, and how you can work with it, and so much more! Cheryl will work with you on a comfortable level, no question is silly, too big or too small, and if you still just don't 'get it' Cheryl is on hand to guide you through the confusion. We also will add you to our Facebook tarot group where you can continue to learn with other people from past and present Tarot workshops. Everyone is so friendly that it is fine for you to come along to the workshop alone as I guarantee you will meet new friends very quickly. We are based in Ashford, but our workshops are in Dymchurch, a beautiful village by the ocean. We pride ourselves on our friendly and open nature and we hope you will join us at the many other workshops we have planned this year.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

A gentle way to die

Is there a gentle way to die? I don’t think there is anyone how wouldn’t prefer to just go sleep and not wake up. But that rarely happens. As you read this blog many people in the world have just died. Many of those left behind will wonder if they could have done more to help their loved ones.

The word ‘death’ terrifies even the strongest person. And often, when that issue needs to be faced, the ones who could offer the most support tend to hide away or give false platitudes such as ‘when you get better we can do such and such’, or ‘you can beat this, come on’. It is not their fault, they have no other way of expressing their terror, so they either say nothing or what they think the person wants to hear.

Death is a part of living. It’s a sad fact of life and no one is safe from it. So how can you help a loved one or friend die gently, surrounded by peace and love? If the person is in a hospice, check first if you can burn some incense such as Camomile, Rose or lavender. These all work on calming the emotions. The senses are the last things to leave a dying person,so they will gain huge benefits from the experience you give them. Essential oils are said to represent the inner soul of the plants and fruit that they come from, their healing/soothing ability on the human psyche is breath taking. It is said the left nostril for inhalation is positive energy and the right negative. So pay that in mind when you place the scented burner.

Crystals have been used for more than 10,000 years for healing because they have an ability to link with the human body and bring harmony. Even to a body that has dis-ease. A gem exlixer in spray form can be spritzed into the room, adding a soothing energy to a sometimes painful one. Add a few drops of essential oil and you have made a theraputic room spray.

Gentle foot, arm or hand massages with essential oils, are all lovely ways to comfort a person who is dying. If they can’t tolerate being touched, for whatever reason, lightly stroking down their arms, legs or forehead with a feather is also good as it still gives them that human connection. Play some beautiful music, read them passages from books and if you know how to use a singing bowl, the tones can be very soothing to the psyche.

When the physical body begins to succumb there is a huge energy shift in the room that is tangible to anyone. This is the time you can most help the person on their new journey. Make their room tranquil. Bright lights hurt the eyes of those who are failing, so a lamp with an orange bulb is better at this stage. It is important to now remove any sensory stimulation, such as flowers, incense or music. Light a small white candle. You can sooth the person, even if they are unconscious, by softly talking to them, reading a passage of poetry or saying everything is fine, they have nothing to fear, it is okay to let go.

As death becomes imminent, powerful forces are at work. The spirit goes to a place of unconditional love, where they can sort out unfinished business or review past events of their life. They are beginning an epic journey and a powerful expansion into awareness as they take the final step into the light. When the last breath is released a chill might be felt in the room as the spirit of the person departs. This can sometimes linger for days, so if this room is in your home, you will need to cleanse the room and release the stale energy it is holding onto.

To be with someone who is dying is immensely draining for the person left behind. There is often a deep feeling of hollowness and fatigue. It is now time to honour your own needs and reclaim your energy. Sleep, eat well and go out into the sunlight and fresh air to revitalise your spirit. Don’t hide the fact that you feel under the weather and acknowledge that you might feel the need to withdraw from people for a short time. In helping someone to die gently, you have given the greatest part of yourself to them. For you became the person who lit their pathway and held the map that guided them home. Now you need to rejoin life again.

Many people have their own rituals when it comes to grieving, but mostly it is a time for reflection, forgiveness to give yourself permission to let the person go. It doesn’t mean you will ever forget them, it just means you are allowing yourself to move forward with your life.

From even the darkest night, there will always be a golden dawn.


Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Spiritual Connections.

How to recognise a spiritual connection.

Every one, when they first start working with spirit, feels that what they are hearing is just their own thoughts and nothing to do with their intuition or spirit guides. Because we are dealing with a force that can’t always be seen, we almost demand to be shown concrete proof that what we are getting is from spirit. But that will never happen. The information is there to be tapped into, but we have to meet those in spirit half way. We can’t expect them to do all the work.

Living in the physical world we think in physical terms. This makes it very hard to fight our own negativity and doubts. But there is a way to overcome this. Simply, believe in yourself. Recognise that our thoughts are part of a spiritual plan. Most of us don’t have a clue how the brain works, but it doesn’t stop us from using it. Anything that appears to be outside our normal experience, we immediately make it safe by dismissing it as part of our imagination. But what is the imagination? Is it unreal - just a thought process to be dismissed so casually?

Think about it. Without our thought process we couldn’t breathe, eat or drink. It’s the core of our being and the basis of everything we do. Thought can create wonderful works of art, but with every yin, there is a yang. Thought can also cause world wars. So now you see why thoughts must never be dismissed. Thought is a tool to communicate with other thinking energies?

Spirit guides need to use the same thought processes that we will understand, and the gateways for them to use are our imaginations. That’s why it is a good idea to watch lots of documentaries, programs that cram your mind full of information. A spirit guide will pull snippets of information from your mind to communicate with you. But there needs to be information there to use. As trust in the imagination increases, thoughts become tangible. Believing what the imagination tells you is the starting point from fanciful ideas, to actuality. When we merge our imagination and our spiritual perception, there’s no longer any fear of the unknown.

So now I hear you ask, "How do I know the thoughts are from a guide and not my own mind?" Unfortunately there’s no easy answer to this question because everyone works differently. I always tell people when I’m teaching, if thoughts pop into your mind, without any prompting, that’s the first indication that you’re beginning to recognise spiritual influences.

Progression on the spiritual path includes progression on your physical journey as well. In fact, as spiritual awareness increases, you’ll start to change the way you live your physical life. This enables you to then continue along the pathway you’ve decided to tread. I’m not saying it’ll be easy, but then nothing in life is. If it were, you’d never appreciate your achievements. Good luck with your journey, it’s one you will never regret undertaking.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

The otherside of Christmas.

It’s coming up to Christmas and for some people it isn’t all sleigh bells and laughter. For some, this seasonal time of the year brings sadness. It's an unfortunate truth that negativity impacts our life more than anything else. This is because it arrives highly charged with various other emotions pushing it along.

Negativity brings anger, despair, grief and more, which wipes out any positivity that might be trying to break through. The damaging effect from this type of emotion ripples out like that of a lake that you have thrown a pebble into. It affects everyone around you. The mind is a powerful tool, but when it turns against you it can become a formidable adversary.

So how can you change this darkness around you? Do something that lightens your mood. I know you won’t feel like it, and I'm not trying to sound patronising here, but even something small can make a huge impact on how you're feeling. This way you are turning your mind away from the negative influences of your thoughts. Try not to speak to people who are in the same frame of mind as you. Negative people will only make you feel worse. For now, stick with people who are more upbeat.

Have you ever thought about helping others? Don’t be on your own Christmas day. A lot of charities are crying out for help. Crisis badly need volunteers christmas day. Help someone else, even if you feel that you can’t always help yourself.

It’s hard to feel thankful when you’re so down, but find one thing that you are really grateful for and concentrate on that. Don’t suffer alone. Talk to understanding friends and family about how you feel.

Understand that nobody is perfect. We all have flaws that from time to time hold us back or interfere in our lives. Mrs Jones, who lives next door, may have a wonderful house, but is she really happy? There are things that we say to ourselves that are harmful and stay locked inside us for a long time. Treat yourself as you would treat others. Think before you think!

Last of all remember, there are agencies that can help you if you have no friends or family to talk to and if you live in the UK.

Turn to me
Support line.

You’re not alone. Remember that.

Christmas is a state of mind. To find peace and hold it in your heart, to give mercy and mean it, all these are the real spirit of Christmas.

Have a very merry Christmas and a joyous New year. xx Margaret West