The EARTH element – excerpt from her new book (B.E Human) – 27/02


 

Correspondences:

v  Dry and cool, passive, fertile.

v  Direction – North

v  Represents stability, groundedness, growth, and the ability to manifest.

v  Chakra – Base

 

Earth represents the solid state of matter and is considered a stable substance.  As you have seen in the Base Chakra, the parts of the body such as bones, teeth, circulation and tissue are manifestations of the Earth. It manifests stability, permanence and rigidity. Without it, we would be all over the place and lacking a mental, emotional and physical state of groundedness. Earth is a constant and that is why we acknowledge and make use of it because, it doesn’t change much, and we are always naturally resistant against change (welcome to the human condition!) Most living beings are dependent on Earth for a place to live, for shelter and for a chance to grow food for sustenance. Earth is the first thing you need for almost everything to ensure consistency as it provides certainty, solidity, ground, stability, practicality and endurance.

Earth is a reliable element, peaceful and abundant. It is an element that embodies the day to day life and problems. This is why matters of a practical nature require you to be stable, durable and grounded to gain a practical perspective on situations. Earth is the most passive and strong element, although – much like the foundation of our bodies – it can be destructive if when its wrath is felt.  It is commonly seen and described as the solid force within us upon which we build ourselves, and much like the physical Earth, the unavoidable force within us which we can turn into great disaster and disease. Of course, the Earth as mentioned above, is on the more metaphysical side of things, considering its connections to the mental and emotional parts of ourselves. By scientific chemical and atomic analysis, Earth is made up of almost one hundred atomic elements. Mystically, the classification of earth is an “element” of Life, and so it should rightfully be for both you and I, friend.

 

 

 

PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

 

Earth is generally the element which we are most acquainted with, because it’s in our face every day when we see trees, ground and rocks. I am thankful that we acknowledge its presence well, but there is a lot more to it than what you think. Just as water is the mother and governor of all things liquid, Earth is the father of everything solid. It is more than the ground we walk around on, the sand and soil we call Earth, it is stone as well in all its vast varities. Its minerals make up the most intricate compounds that form these rocks and stones over thousands of years. This includes gemstones and crystals – all the pretty, shiny things!

 

As Earth is manifested in trees, it also takes on the form of whatever object we shape from it (tables, chairs and tools) throungh carving. Although we intend it to serve us as a tool and we bestow upon it the purpose we want it to serve, it is still Earth in its realization. Earth is much more defined mostly by its appearance, than say Air or any other element would be. It is a solid and permenent substance, not only to the physical eye, but also in its traits in rock, wood and the like. It is an inarguably strong force which has the power to protect, sheild and act as a concrete foundation. This is seen in mountain ranges and cliffs. Similarly, it can also devastate, destruct and still be strong enough to completely rebuild itself, like we see in earthquakes and ice age.

 

The physical matter which the Element of Earth governs are as follows – Earth is:

 

v  Rock – cliffs and mountain ranges.

v  Stone – gemstones, crystals, pebbles, tumble stones – soft or hard.

v  Sand – sea sand, dirt, soil, ground and gravel.

v  Trees – Large, small, tall, short and every kind you can imagine.

v  Bush – Shrubs and hedges.

v  Grass

v  Plants – including weeds.

v  Flowers – in all their vast varieties all over the globe.

v  Herbs – all medicinal, edable, poisonous, theraputic herbs of all origin, shape and size.

 

The colours which symbolize the Earth element and its energy are:

 

v  Brown

v  Red

v  Murky green

v  All shades of different kinds of wood.

v  All of the natural neutral-looking colours which you would find in soil and earth.

Now that the physical matter of the element of Earth has been listed and is now acknowledged, we can go on to look at how this matter corresponds with our bodies mentally, emotionally and physically.

Earth is the element upon which we build our existence. It is our foundation and the foundation for all other living beings. It gives us a sense of home, stability, certainty and structure. These traits apply to our entire being – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. How do you feel when walking through a lush green forest? You feel grounded, centred and rooted. You feel stable and part of the Earth. How do you feel when you garden? In my opinion, I feel peaceful and practical. These are the traits that the element of Earth gives us when we harness its energy. Just as we use the Earth to grow crops to feed and sustain us, so it also stands for growth and harvest.

 

Spirital Earth is very much like physical Earth to us. It is the base on which people build their persona, which keeps your mind focused, practical and determined. It is commonly proven in people that have difficulty with practical situations and initiating a foundation in situations, that they lack a certain amount of the Earth element within themselves.  They usually lack strength, will and endurance, all virtues, which are needed to give other elements their ground. This, in turn, means that if you are not connected to the Earth element as much as is required, you are unable to provide a stable and solid foundation for all the rest of you. Plants cannot grow in unfertile soil, can they? This is why having the required amount of each element as you specifically should, is of utmost importance. And Earth is your base.

 

Many of our forefathers and ancestors from various cultures, belief systems, tribes and religions lived very closely with the Earth element, as well as all four elements. They would plant, sow and harvest their crops according to the ebb and flow of the natural Earth that worked below their very feet. They recorded the changes in the Earth as the (now) four seasons came and went year after year. They also believed firmly that, we all came from one thing and are all a part of the Earth and the world as one universe. Due to this unwavering belief, upon their passing and death, they would traditionally be cremated because, they believed once the body is dead, it should be disassembled by burning and can then return to the Earth, while the immortal soul lives on in the air after the ashes had been scattered.

 

They also used Earth (in all its shapes and sizes) to build homes and tools for themselves. If you ask me, they had the right way of going about things. If we look at today’s society, I’m sure we can see glimpses of the use of the element of Earth in these ways – in buildings, tools and furniture. The only difference is, we do not recognize and give thanks to the Earth, we praise ourselves for our intelligence. We are able to receive so much more from the Earth, if we acknowledge our connection with it, and we have only seen a glimpse of the blessings it is capable of giving us. A resource and energy that is so powerful and which we are so dependent on – physically  and emotionally – should be recognized, made proper use of and thanked.

This disconnection we have made for ourselves is in need of a lot of duct tape and glue, but once we begin using this element’s energy, harnessing it with the correct intentions, it can be pieced together and each of us can once more receive all the blessings the Earth is ready to bestow upon us with our help. It is really so much fun and very easy to bring more of the Earth element into your life and gain a solid connection to it within yourself and your everyday life to benefit from it constantly. Firstly, I’ll explain a few basic things you can do to bring it into your life and establish the Earth element’s nature in your daily routine. They are fun to do and don’t take up much time at all. I will then later get into how you can make use of various herbs and plants to weave little miracles in your life!

 

You should always be closely connected and aware of it, but specifically, you can use the Earth element’s energy when:

 

v  there is  a lack of energy and over-tiredness

v  when harvest is needed (any kind, not just actual crop harvest!)

v  an inability to make your dreams a reality

v  a feeling of fear, anxiety or insecurity

v  you feel you need a practical frame of mind

v  you feel you need to connect with your instinctive nature

v  there is a need for growth

v  there is a need for fertility

v  you feel you need a sense of ‘grounding’ and need to get ‘down-to-earth’.

 

 

Earth brings you into the receptive, calming and loving embrace of Mother Earth. When integrating the Earth element into your life, you will have a feeling of belonging, abundance and groundedness. Here are a few simple ways in which to do this:

 

BALANCE AND ENERGIZE YOUR BASE CHAKRA

 

Before any redecorating and ‘reprogramming’ can take place, your own energies must be well acquainted and connected to the Earth element so that you are familiar with the feeling and can then do so more easily and with less effort each time. This also means that you will be able to harness and utilize its energies more effectively and efficiently the more you practice it. Whether you stay in an apartment, a shack or a mansion, find some ground outside somewhere and only pick your spot if you are comfortable standing there for a few minutes. Outside is the most preferred method in which to do this, but if it is not possible at all, then inside will do fine as well.

 

Find a place in your home where you feel you would be able to ‘connect’ to the Earth beneath your feet. A wooden floor would also be a good idea. (You may need a compass or map for this one) Find the side of your home that is facing north, as north is the corresponding direction of the Earth element. Once you’ve found it, stand facing that direction and close your eyes. Still your mind and breathe slowly and calmly. On your in breath, imagine breathing in the calmness and serenity of a lush forest and feel it flow through your mind and body. On your out breath, see grey smoke coming out of you and leaving you. This grey smoke contains all the stresses and worries you have within you. It contains negative thoughts and unnecessary mental activity that is harmful. Imagine that grey smoke leaving you and your body as you breathe out. See it rise up into the atmosphere, far away from you, and disappear completely where it can no longer harm. Do this breathing a few times over, until you feel completely relaxed, content and still. When you feel the time is right – and trust me, you’ll know! – , keep your eyes closed and let the thoughts of what the Earth element stands for flow through your mind… stability, fertility, growth, structure, instinct, practicality, foundation, strength, endurance and any other of its traits that you feel you want to connect to.

 

Now, as you breathe in, imagine a chord attached to your Base Chakra (at the bottom of your spine) running down. Follow the chord down and see it go through your feet, the floor, the soil, the crust of the Earth until it reaches the very centre of the Earth’s core. When it gets there, attach your chord to the core like a link or a plug into wall. Feel your connection with its energies and those of Mother Earth. Take a moment. Then follow your chord all the way back up to your feet, then to your Base Chakra, and open your eyes. Now you should feel grounded and at one with Earth. Amazing, isn’t it? Do this whenever you feel off centre or too ‘high up in the clouds’.

 

 

GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!

 

Yes, friend, this may get messy, but my goodness is it worth it! If you have a garden, great. If not, well then you are just going to have to get more than you may think you need. Go out and get some soil (not the stuff you get at the garden shop that has been tampered with, the real kind!) out of the ground. Whether it is your own garden or your friend’s, your mother’s or a patch of soil from next to the pavement, it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s real soil. Take a few handfuls. When you are back in the comfort of your home, take some time to play with the soil and feel it. Get in there! Close your eyes and feel the its traits of stability, fertility, harvest, permanence and nurturing qualities. Connect to this. Before the next step, it would be a good idea to sift through is with your hands and take out any ants, bugs or creepy crawlies, as you don’t want the little guys to explore and contaminate your home. Then, find a nice bowl or container which can be left open to keep it in. Transfer the soil into said bowl and walk around your home to find a fitting place for it to be. I wouldn’t recommend the bedroom, as its traits aren’t of huge importance in that area, but I would recommend a study, or workplace. Even a mantelpiece would work wonderfully, to carry those Earthy traits all through the home. Once you’ve found the perfect place, arrange it where you can see it constantly in your daily movements through your home. Stand in front of it, close your eyes and ask the soil to provide you with its many wonderful traits. This energy will now always be in your home. From time to time, go back to it and play with it or stand in front of it, pondering on all the Earth element stands for when you feel the need. Breathe its qualities in. You’ll be amazed at how you feel when you practice this accordingly. Remember to replace it every few weeks to make sure it stays fresh, fertile and to reinforce its energies.

 

There are many items and symbols that represent the Earth element’s energy, and that can be used to manifest things into your life. This is the same for each element, they all have symbols and items that allow you to do this, but because Earth represents growth and manifestation, its corresponding items of symbolism are very powerful manifestation tools. Some of these items are as follows:

 

v  Herbs – each herb has a certain energy that corresponds with a colour and specifically, a Chakra. Herbs are used for many purposes, and because they have such extensive purposes, they can relate to different elements. Although, because they are plants and grow from the actual Earth, their qualities and purposes are more easily manifested through the Earth’s traits of a good foundation, growth and permanence. You will learn more about the extensive properties of herbs a little later on.

 

v  Seeds – seeds are the epitome of fertility, growth and harvest. This is what they symbolize. They can be used in many different ways. In most cases, I would suggest also putting seeds in a bowl (with no soil!) and placing it near the bowl of soil, or better yet, on a window sill, where it can gain sunlight for ‘growth’. For example, if you are in need of the Earth’s energy to make finances grow and reap a bountiful harvest, place coins in the seeds and keep your intent pure. Connect to the Earth when doing this, and  ‘watch’ the seeds and coins grow.

 

There are a million ways to invite and harness the energy of the Earth element into your life, these are only a few. When you find your own preferred method of connecting to this giving, nurturing energy of abundance, it becomes easier to work with as you go along. Get those hands and feet firmly planted and get some dirt on those shoes once in a while! When you are in need of it, you will know and it will all be there for you to use, all you need to do is invite it inside, friend.

 Brightest blesings, 

Isabelle.

Holistic therapist and spiritual counselor

Port elizabeth

071 89 39 034

isabellemeiring@hotmail.com

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The Elements cont. (extract from her new book – BE human) – 23/02


CHAPTER 3                                       

THE ELEMENTS

 

 

Earth – Air – Fire – Water

 

“True, without falsehood, certain and most true,

that which is above is the same as that which is below,

and that which is below is the same as that which is above,

for the performance of miracles of the One Thing.

And as all things are from the One,

by the meditation of One,

so all things have their birth from this One Thing by adaptation.

The Sun is its Father, the Moon its Mother,

the Wind carries it in its belly, its nurse is the Earth.

This is the Father of all perfection,

  • or consummation of the whole world.

Its power is integrating, if it be turned into earth.

You shall separate the earth from the fire,

the subtle from the gross, suavely,

and with great ingenuity and skill.

Your skilful work ascends from earth to heaven

and descends to earth again,

and receives the power of the superiors and of the inferiors. So thou hast the glory of the whole world–

therefore let all obscurity flee from thee.

This is the strong force of all forces,

  • overcoming every subtle and penetrating every solid thing. So the world was created.” – Hermes

 

 

At the thought of the elements, most people would start thinking about rivers, storms, tornados, deserts and so on. We generally separate ourselves from the elements, with the unconscious perception that the elements are their own, or even against us. This is so far from the truth, and in thinking this way, we have actually created this separation unintentionally. This has proven to be one of the greatest downfalls of humanity. The key now, is to change our perception of our relationship with the elements.

 

I am aware that I have been calling you ‘friend’ throughout the book so far, and whether you agree, don’t really mind, like or dislike it, I do believe we are friends. In my personal opinion, sister or brother would serve best, as that is really closer to the truth. Generally if you know, like and spend time with someone, you would refer to them as a friend. Although, as we all come from one thing, Planet Earth, and live under the same sky, in the same place- the Universe, we are literally sisters and brothers. When looking at the bigger scheme of things, it only makes sense. Having said that in a somewhat long (and productive) breath, I can steer you toward my point here. We have now established that we all descend from planet Earth in some way (depending on your religious beliefs) and live upon it. After reading the previous chapter, you are aware of what you are and how you function as one being – absolutely wonderfully. This now begs the question, “What about what is outside of us?”.

” We are all cells in the same body of humanity.” – Peace Pilgrim

Approximately nine months after your conception, you came into the world, kicking, screaming, bloody and eager to start your new life. You didn’t ask to be here, but here you are anyway. What gets to most people is the fact that they didn’t ask to be here, this leads to them feeling like the world owes them something, that there is no help, that they are solitary and that life doesn’t go much further than their own ‘daily grind’. Well… what we have here, folks, is the most destructive, unproductive and self-sabotaging mind set one could come across. The worst thing is that, it is so common today but, I do have good news for the owners of these lonely perceptions. The Earth we were born into and reside on, is here to nourish you. To be under the impression that you have just been left here to fend for yourself, without love, care and nourishment, is indeed the farthest thing from the truth. The Earth is here to take care of you and all you could ever need is readily available for you to use at your disposal. We are meant to make use of what is here (sparingly, of course). When you work with the Earth, you are in abundance. You will never suffer or be left wanting. You may mark my words, friend.

 

In this chapter, ‘the elements’, I’ll be taking you on a stroll through the workings of the natural elements, their functions and how they work in unison with your body. They serve to be present and made full use of in your life. Just as you have energies within you, they do too, and these energies can be harnessed (in the correct manner) to weave miracles in your life. As when we were born, we were intended to live as one with the natural world. This insight will hopefully give you the knowledge you require to live a life of flow and abundance. Between pages, go for a swim, enjoy the sunshine, have a long walk amongst some lush greens, let the wind play with your hair and remember that you already know all of this, you just need to unlock some of those rigid little doors we all have. Let the elements into your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FOUR ELEMENTS OF ANTIQUITY

 

The four major elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – are proved to have dominated natural philosophies for two thousand years or so. From the early days of man’s existence, he knew that all matter was formed from these four elements, ultimately. The first set theory stating this, was developed by the Greek philosopher, Empepedocles, of Sicily. This theory – or more belief – did not seize to be practiced until the rise and popularity of modern science. As other theories, belief systems, laws and questions came into play, we began to look for a more complicated answer to all matter in existence. It couldn’t have been as easy as one, two, three, four, could it? Well, yes! Of course it could, but not for us – we won’t settle for simplicity. We love to make things more complicated than they really are.

 

Although modern science has given us many blessings in breakthroughs and assisted us in countless ways, we have, nonetheless, lost our connection with the natural elements and forgotten how to accept the simplicity that lies in all matter and the unavoidable influence they have on our lives. Even today, Earth, Air, Fire and Water are still very accurate symbols for the four states of all matter – solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. Modern science has no doubt discovered new ideas, but in the field of Mysticism and holistic living, these elements are still of grave importance to illustrate and keep oneself rooted in the knowledge of the oneness of all things. There are ancient symbols linked to each element and they are still used widely today in many belief systems around the globe. Some mystics and yogis insist that the symbols of the four elements be placed on the temple and various alters in their home. It is not uncommon to see Earth(sand), a bowl or glass of water, candles(Fire) and feathers(Air) placed together in one location in a someone’s home, to commemorate, honour and be reminded to keep the awareness of the natural elements and all beings as coming from one origin.

 

There will be exercises explaining to you exactly how to invite and incorporate the natural elements into your life and how to harness their energies for certain purposes. These exercises are meant for you to explore and try out for yourself and see what works comfortably for you. I must tell you though, at the end of each element, there will be a summary of that specific one. Among the bullet summary, there is the specific time of day which the element’s energies correspond with. It is suggested that you do the exercises and techniques at these times with each different element but, it is of no urgency at all. There are also the corresponding incenses and it would be lovely if, when inviting a certain element into your life, this incense is used, but again, availability and ability sometimes don’t cooperate. So, if you aren’t able, don’t stress the tiniest bit. It’s only there to give you the knowledge and awareness but, it will not change the impact or intensity of the exercises.

 

Remember, to be completely at balance, one needs the energies of all four elements within and around you – not just one of the four every now and then. Having a constant reminder of the influence of the four elements in our lives is vital to our mental and physical well-being. No matter what your religion, one thing is true in all of them – we are all part of one Earth. This is the truest, most magickal thought that can alter any mood and bring you peace of mind. So get a handful of some soil, a bowl of water, a feather and a pretty candle and put it someplace special to remind you of the amazing interconnectedness of which you and I are a part of. Let’s explore this, shall we?

 

Isabelle Meiring

Holistic therapist and Spiritual counsellor

Port Elizabeth

+27 71 89 39 034

isabellemeiring@hotmail.com

http://www.theurbangardens.wordpress.com

 

THE ELEMENTS: Energies and Channeling – 01/02/2012


Energies and Channelling – 01/02/2012

 

Before we continue on to learn in the next posts how to invite and incorporate the natural elements into your life and your physical body, in order to live in harmony with them, maintain a healthy balance and weave all kinds of miracles for yourself and those around you, you must, of course, gain a good understanding on how to firstly harness, channel and connect to these certain natural qualities and energies which you’d like to acquire. This process is most commonly called channelling. Now, it’s got nothing to do with remote controls or televisions and although the word alone may seem intimidating at thought of actually doing it, I swear to you, friend, channelling is exhilarating, fun, easy and rewarding. Not to mention super dynamic and versatile when it comes to where, when and what one can use it for.

 

As we very well know (due to my continuous rambling and emphasis on it), everything has an energy or certain vibration. Everything. Even inanimate objects can be charged with a specific energy! Energy can be transferred from one person to another, or channelled from the outside through one person to be transferred to another. You can even charge your dining room or kitchen with any desired energy for that big dinner party you’re throwing! And yes, this also applies for that rowdy energy that is desired in the bedroom on a special occasion or those romantic nights.

Channelling can be done with or without tools. I mix and match to what suits my situation and I suggest you do too, to try out what you like best and what works comfortably for you. These ‘tools’ could be anything – from a stick or branch to a long rock or crystal. The point is for it to be relatively long and something you are able to hold in your hand. The tools, however, are the least important thing and channelling works just as well with or without them. I seldom use tools and find that most people prefer using only the visualisation techniques.

 

Channelling works with energy only, and that makes nothing less than perfect sense, as everything IS only energy. Be it a thought, a thing, actual moving energy or a living person. Like I said, tools are an option but, are not compulsory. The majority of techniques are well supported and almost intensified by using only your hands to make gestures and direct the energy whilst visualising it. Now, everyone has what we call an energy dominant hand. This is the hand that is more sensitive to energy and a lot of the time you will be able to physically feel sensations of certain energy passing through this hand as you go along using different techniques. Here is a quick exercise to find out which of your hands is your energy dominant hand:

 

v  Place your hands in front of you, “facing” each other palm to palm. As if to pray.

v  Then, without a second thought, let all your fingers interlock with one another.

v  Look at your hands and see which thumb is on the outside. The hand of which thumb is on the outside “holding down” the other thumb is your energy dominant hand.

 

It is suggested that in channelling exercises, using your energy dominant hand is more effective. Although, I prefer using both simultaneously. Do remember that your energy dominant hand isn’t always necessarily your physically dominant hand. For instance, if you are right-handed it may not be your right hand, and vice versa. One fact, though, defies either of these facts. We all have energy going in and out of our bodies continuously, every minute of the day or night. Your left hand is always the receiving hand which takes in energy and is more receptive. Your right hand will always be the giver and will be dispersing more energy outward than receiving it. This is why most people still greet one another and shake hands using their right hand, so that they “give” of their own personal energy as if to say, “Hello! This is me! This is what I am made of.”. So, next time you shake hands you may use the common right hand, or you could become comfortable with the knowledge of your energy dominant hand and use that one to be more sensitive to the other person’s energies and get a “feel” for them.

 

Channelling is a blend of intent, visualisation and directing. Visualising the energy, feeling the energy and its contents and mentally directing it from one place to another. There are many various visualisation exercises out there to use, but I find that sometimes they are too generalising. Making up your own visualisation techniques in your mind’s eye with your own knowledge of what you are trying to achieve, can be way more fun and is just that much more unique and personal.

In the following chapter I have included some channelling exercises to assist you in inviting the energies of the natural elements into your life and I hope you will play around with the techniques to mix and match and create your own as soon as you are comfortable with the idea.

Just as a taster, let me give you an example of an exercise:

 

If you feel you need the qualities of joy, contentment, confidence and personal power, or a more masculine energy, it would be an energy corresponding with the Solar Plexus Chakra. At first thought, a place to channel such energy from would be the Sun, so let’s go with that.

Once you have found an appropriate and quiet place, stand straight and relax. You may even want to light a candle for the reminder of the energy of the sun and it’s fiery core. Still your mind and breathe slowly and calmly. On your in breath, imagine breathing in calmness and serenity and feel it flow through your mind and body. On your out breath, see grey smoke coming out of you and leaving you. This grey smoke contains all the stresses and worries you have within you. It contains negative thoughts and unnecessary mental activity that is harmful. Imagine that grey smoke leaving you and your body as you breathe out. See it rise up into the atmosphere, far away from you, and disappear completely where it can no longer harm. Do this breathing a few times over, until you feel completely relaxed, content and still.

Now, imagine the Sun. See it in your mind and think of those qualities of joy, contentment and confidence shining bright within it. Now, see a band of brilliant yellow light(energy) carrying all those qualities within it, coming down from the Sun towards you. Feel it gently enter through the top of your head and make its way down to the area of your Solar Plexus (just below your ribcage, around your upper abdomen) and stop there. You see and feel this shining bright ball of energy there within you holding all these qualities. Picture the ball growing smaller as you feel the energy seeping into your own body until you can’t see it anymore. You can do an exercise like this as many times in a row as you see fit. When you feel the time is right, open your eyes, thank the Sun and ground yourself with a Base Chakra exercise to balance out your energies.

 

It is extremely important to ground yourself after a channelling exercise to prevent you from being too ‘up in the clouds’ or too grounded. Too much of either one is bad, as it creates instant imbalances.

Channelling from one person to another or channelling from, for instance the Sun, through yourself to another person or thing works in exactly the same way, and that’s when things get fun for you to play around with some of your own techniques to find out what you feel works best.

 

 

We’ll begin with inviting the elements one by one into your life over the next few weeks.

 

Brightest blessings,

 

Isabelle

 

 

 

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