Animals and ThetaHealing® – Can we walk with the animals, *AND* talk with the animals? And do they want our help?

As the well known film title suggests, is it possible to be a natural born ‘horse whisperer’ or a ‘Dr Dolittle’ and an have innate connection to the natural world? Is it possible to buy a pipe, ‘Pied Piper’ style, and lead animals away, with a simple tune? Is it possible to live in a Disney reality, where a princess’ best friend and sidekick is a sarcastic, yet friendly figure of a tiger, dragon or a crab? As the famous song goes, is it really just fiction, or can people walk with the animals, *AND* talk with the animals? In this blog, I talk about how the amazing healing modality of ThetaHealing® opens up new channels of communication, which could benefit both the pet, and the owner.

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Red tent ceremonies, ThetaHealing® and harnessing the power of your menstrual cycle

I was inspired by a ‘Go with the FLOW’ power of the menstrual cycle talk recently by Jo Fuller, founder of the Merry Menopause as part of the women’s entrepreneurial group milknbizz virtual retreat series, which lead me to think more about the role of healing ourselves in helping the next generations love their bodies, their femininity and their flow.

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Women in Leadership: It’s time for change

It’s time for change, I think, in the way we think about gender, leadership and the world. I say this as someone that knows we’ve been talking about this for some time. I say this as someone that knows that gender has been on the a-genda in some industries for a little while. And yet, here we are! The structures, in many ways remain rigid, but the messages around the structures, remain important and, I would argue, needed. Why do we still have the gender pay gap? Why is the environment still not being taken seriously by many male-led industries? Why in 2016, was there a recorded 40.3 million people worldwide in modern day slavery, with an estimated 70% of these people being women and girls?

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Healing: Is it ‘selfish’ to help yourself first?

I was inspired to write this blog as I feel like (in the UK atleast) things are changing in some ways, in *talking* about mental health and wellbeing, but in other ways, we still sometimes feel like it’s a ‘luxury’ or ‘unneeded expenditure’ to have some kind of holistic therapy, e.g ThetaHealing®.

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Wonder Woman: Feminist icon, or one man’s fantasy of what a woman should be like?

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Wonder Woman (2017) film poster, DC films, featuring Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)

Like many comic book superheroes, since Wonder Woman’s creation in 1941 by US psychologist Dr William Moulton Marston, the image and storyline surrounding this female superhero has had many different manifestations over the years. Looking back in time, the history of Wonder Woman seems to be as complex and nuanced as the feminist discussions surrounding the character at the time.

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Masculinity in Bond Villains: The reference of homosexuality by ‘queer-coded’ male characters as a tool for violence and manipulation in 007 – does it have to be this way?

Screen shot from Skyfall (2012) directed by Sam Mendes, Eon Productions. Image features James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem).

In this blog, I will look at how queer-coded masculinity is portrayed in the villains in James Bond films Casino Royale (2006) directed by Martin Campbell and Skyfall directed by Sam Mendes (2012). In particular I will look at La Chiffre in Casino Royale (played by Mads Mikkelsen) and Raoul Silva in Skyfall (played by Javier Bardem). Focusing on the torture and interrogation scenes from these films, I will consider the significance of mockingly ‘queer-coded’ behaviour of the villains included in the films, such as innuendos and homosexual references used to torture and manipulate Bond (played by Daniel Craig).

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Masculinity in 007: Is James Bond actually an empath after all?

Image: Movie still from Casino Royale (2006), directed by Martin Campbell. Eon Productions, featuring Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) and James Bond (Daniel Craig)

In this blog, I explore the portrayal of masculinity in some of the more recent-ish (i.e. after the 2000s) James Bond films: Casino Royale (2006) directed by Martin Campbell, and Skyfall (2012) directed by Sam Mendes, both starring Daniel Craig as Bond. I’m interested in Casino Royale and Skyfall in particular, because I think they both hone-in on Bond’s capacity to care and show empathy for other characters, in moments that I think are quite refreshing and historically unusual in the Bond film franchise.

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‘The Algorithm’ – A poem by ©Anna Frances, 2021

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Preamble: This is a poem dedicated to algorithms, or rather, my experiences of trying get noticed on social media as someone that’s self-employed and early on in their career.

If someone retweets your tweets
That’s the algorithm
If someone ignores your tweets
That’s the algorithm
If someone trolls your tweets
That’s the algorithm

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What do I mean by ‘Divine Feminine’ and ‘Divine Masculine’? (And what do I mean by their opposites, ‘Toxic Feminine’ and ‘Toxic Masculine’?)

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I’ve often talked about ‘Divine Feminine’ as being about nurture, compassion, and creativity, and ‘Divine Masculine’ being about stewardship of the earth, strategy and building for a new world, but what do I actually mean by this? In practice, what do these character traits that (I would argue) we all have within us, look like on a day-to-day basis? And on the other end of the scale, what does an ‘immature’ or ‘Toxic Masculine’ and immature or ‘Toxic Feminine’ look like, in our day-to-day lives?

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Is gender a ‘battle’? Or is it something we have within all of us?

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Pictured: The Yin and Yang symbol. Image source: Wikipedia

I think gender for some people has become a battle. A battle with others to protect themselves, or dominate others, and for some people, a battle with themselves – to be a ‘hyper-masculine’ or a ‘hyper-feminine’ version of themselves.

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