When A Vision Has You

After a wonderful surrender into the body and beyond, we were directed to visualize a beautiful meadow. Our guide prompted us, “Remember, it is possible to create anything with your imagination. You can fly, swim or do anything you want.”  She continued, “Now take some time to play and have fun in this meadow.”

Suddenly, I was standing atop one of our fields, looking at a beautiful sunny scene below. I noticed the barn reflecting light from its gorgeous teal metal roof.  The donkey and miniature horse were happily grazing, and the two horses were in the fields beyond the barn. I swooped down (with my imaginary wings ) and picked up the donkey and carried him in my arms like a baby.  Next, I placed him outside his pen in a lovely grassy area. I played for a while rearranging pens and fences and my heart burst open with joy. It was a beautiful meditation and I was inspired for the rest of the day.

In the afternoon I reflected on my childhood where I would spend hours in the toy shop with my pocket money, painstakingly choosing which tiny winy farm animal I was going to buy that day.  For years I had collected a farm with horses, sheep, haystacks, fences, goats, pigs and even a little dog. I would play for hours moving the animals around, acting out various scenarios. It was my pride and joy and a precious gift I passed on to my daughter when she was old enough.

Next, I thought about my beautiful 38-acre retreat centre, Xenia, which was a bit like a hobby farm. We have ponies, a donkey, a pig, horses, barns, fences, trees, rivers and many of the things I visualized as a child.

WOW….I am living this childhood dream.

My farm…. had manifested from this hobby and dream as a child, and I hadn’t quite seen the impact of this and the manifestation until now, in this beautiful meditation. I didn’t deliberately or consciously set about to create a farm. In fact, growing up in England as a working-class member, the idea of actually owning anything would not have entered my head. Just like going to university wasn’t in my vocabulary, but somehow a roadmap was set in place and my soul was following it.

I love how my work with Honour Your Calling was seeded a long time ago and every day another piece of understanding sinks in.

What clues do you have from your childhood about your soul journey? You will likely find it from the fun and joy you experienced as a child.  Sometimes we find the clues through the opposite; like what you hated and were opposed to as a child.

The Gift

Each one of us has locked deep within the crevices of our soul, an important gift.  A seed containing a holographic component of truth.  This seed comes tattooed to us at birth – it is our birthright.  As we grow, we seek a warm, safe rich soil in which to plant this precious jewel so that we can watch with eager anticipation, the deliverance of its promise.

We are all given certain gifts or better to say, we have earned specific gifts that are pertinent to our soul’s evolution and our human journey in this lifetime. These gifts, like a loyal dog, are always there for us to use and no matter how we ignore, abuse or throw them away—they will continue to return and look up at us with tenacious enthusiasm.

Children naturally know and express their joy and creativity, yet most adults have more difficulty.  You can experience the essence every now and again peering out through the eyes, but often it remains hidden.   Even though this is a natural phenomenon, many have not quite found the spot warm enough, safe enough to trust the wisdom of the soil.  Others have unwittingly cast their seed to the wind, only to have it land on barren soil.  Still others had their daises stomped on, smashed like pulp back into the earth.

Saddest of all are the ones who do not even realize this gift is within them awaiting expression.  Frustrated by their many attempts, they resign themselves to mediocrity and life without passion. The human dilemma: haunted by an inner knowing.  Feeling teased with the mystery, intrigued by its tenacity … but never giving up the search.

The seed knows what it will be.

We do not have to figure it out, it is already pre-determined. If it is given warm fertile soil, water, sunlight and love it cannot help but become what it is.  This is so for all of us—if we simply trust and allow the creative essence to come forth, free of doubt, free of judgment, it will reveal itself.  Hardy seeds are bound by nothing, even the coldest concrete will not stop their existence.

The expression of our unique gift happens naturally with ease and grace here at Xenia. The gifts we were born with.  Sharing with precious mentors and friends, gently witnessing our emergence is a huge gift in itself.

Mother nature awaits our call to nurture and nourish our spirit, to embrace us and listen to our story.  So when we take a risk to know ourselves at the deepest core of our being and when we have found a place safe enough, then centred like the mature willow, we can reveal ourselves to the wind and the rain.

Now I invite you to come and experience that which money cannot buy, for yourself.

There are a variety of programs offered at Xenia and you can check out our website: www.xeniacentre.com

Visitors are welcome to come and spend time with OPA, The Labyrinth and our Sanctuary and there are Donation Boxes in the area.  We thank you for your contribution and receive it graciously to upkeep the sacred space of Xenia.

Groups are required to contact our office to book time at any of these areas. Again we except a financial contribution for bringing your group into this space.

If you wish to book retreats with accommodation, please contact our office at 604-947-9816 or email [email protected].

What’s Right in Front of You, You Cannot See?

In 1986 I took a sabbatical in a treehouse on Bowen Island and had the most magical journey of my life. For two and a half months I lived high up in the trees, in solitude, in silence and away from the maddening crowd. It was one of the most transformative times of my life. Out of the treehouse experience, I wrote a manuscript: Messages from a Tree House and with the help of my husband, who picked me up on the last day of my retreat, conceived our baby girl.

Ever since this purely creative time, I had dreamed of having a treehouse again to be creative and birth other books. I thought one day when: I have enough money, time, help, etc…… I would build this place. I even described it: It would be bright with tons of windows, skylights, big bay window, deck leading off into the woods, close enough to my house so that I can go there often. Electricity of course and warmth for year-round use would be needed. There would be a great desk and couch for musing ideas……… get the picture?

Twelve years later, I awoke from my sleep to a feeling of expansion and intrigue. There was a foreshadowing of some unsuspecting gift.

As I made my way to my rather dark office, which was tucked downstairs at the back of the house, I suddenly realized (in a blinding flash of the obvious), I already had my treehouse office. It existed right in front of me – it was my bedroom. My bedroom: which is bright with tons of windows, skylights, big bay window, deck leading off into the woods, close enough to my house so that I can go there often. With electricity of course and warmth for year-round use. There was a great desk and couch for musing ideas.

My new cozier bedroom

All this time I had been sleeping in my dream office without seeing its potential. And to boot, it was too bright for sleeping in with all the skylights anyway. I would wake up and usually head downstairs and not return until late at night. I was so programmed to believe you go upstairs to bed at night and that was that.





The next two days my house was topsy-turvy, as 3 rooms got completely moved around and instantly (and without any cost) I was living my dream of a Tree House office. And win/win, my new bedroom is way cozier and more perfect to sleep in, without skylights. I am totally surprised that it took me so long to see this. I love my Tree House office.

Maybe you do not have a treehouse office but is there any way you can shift the energy of your home to feel more alive and inspired? The environment definitely makes a difference. The energy has shifted and unlocked my creative expression once again and two more books have been written in this space.


Over the next couple of weeks, I started to ask myself the question: What else is right in front of me that I do not see?

And with this, new things are popping into my consciousness every day. From simple little things like improving the efficiency of my kitchen cupboards to changing the way I set up my work calendar and busting old traditional ways of doing and seeing things.

I noticed with my business the same thing applied as I started to connect with people right in front of me who I had not considered before. We have all lived such programmed lives and until we question and expand our thinking – the Universe is unable to give to us, the abundance we deserve. And sometimes it is already in our possession. I heard a great Master once say: End of struggle is easy; it is to want what you have and don’t want, what you don’t have. The question is: What do you have? What and Who – is right in front of you?


Work the System, then the System Works You.

Some things are so obvious to one person yet blind to another. I had one such blind spot when it came to systems.   One of my mentors for years talked to me about the importance of systems.  Being the spontaneous, slightly rebellious, non-conforming Aquarian, I thought systems meant irrevocable rules. I blotted out the word from my mind and especially my actions.  In spite of this refusal to reap its rewards, I brushed it aside and went about life in my own sweet way. Surprisingly I achieved a fair bit of success in my businesses and perhaps more than I deserved given my lack of systems.

One day I was at a Business Meet Up in the city, listening to Karen McGregor deliver her one hour talk and I was impressed with many things about her.  Her look, her attention on the audience and her seeming to have it all together.  At one point throughout her talk, I knew she would be my next mentor.  During the Q&A section, I threw up my arm to ask a question about how she got her speaking gigs.  She said that is the last question to ask. The first and most important question is, do you have a system?.  WHAT, there is that word again.

The next morning sitting with my cup of tea contemplating this, I reflected on what is a system and why is it important.  Why is spontaneity and being present with what is, not enough? Suddenly in a blinding flash of the obvious, I saw what a system truly is.  I love systems and do my best work with them and I have just completed two awesome examples.

Let’s back up a month to my discovery of Marie Kondo. Many of you may have been inspired by this little Japanese sprite, who is taking the world by storm with her Tidy Up campaign. She is on Netflix and written many books.  One day I watched all 10 shows and that was it, I was hooked. I spent the next month, with the help of my dear friend Diane, and went through my entire house and followed her SYSTEM. Wait a minute, I didn’t know it was a system then.

Begin with your clothing she said. Pull all the clothes into the middle of the floor in a big pile.  ALL OF THEM. Open your closet, your drawers and stack them in a pile. Next, you are going to go through every item and touch each one tenderly and ask if it sparks joy?  If it does not, you thank it for its service and send it on its way, (either goodwill, clothing assignment or garbage can).

Then you learn how to fold the clothes in a very particular way so that you can actually see them and access them easily when you are looking for them. This blew me away when I saw the neatly folded colours and order of things in my drawers and closet.

Next, you work on your books and do the same thing, all of your books into the middle of the floor.  Then paperwork and memory items, which for me took the longest and was the most difficult. But it is all done now.  I have noticed, the impact of this system is now running through all areas of my life including renovations, credit cards etc. I worked the system and the system is now working me.  It is awesome.

Next, I thought about the program I recently completed with Dr. Angela Lauria, called the Author’s Incubator.  Her system was extraordinary if you followed it impeccably. I did follow it impeccably and successfully wrote my book in 90 days, Honour Your Calling, The Professional Guide to Quitting Your Job and Doing Your Soul Work. I see now it was her system that moved the program along so elegantly. Part of her system was putting out an expensive program without a refund.  That was built into her system because people sign up for things and then don’t follow through. She didn’t want people to make excuses and presumably it was her way of encouraging them to continue on since they put a lot of money on the line for it.

My aha moment revealed.  It was a SYSTEM I have been looking for all along in getting my beloved retreat centre program and the silent retreats out there.

You may be thinking how I could have gotten so far without having this piece fully understood.  I would say it was totally easy because I lived from inner guidance, I managed pretty well. And it would be guidance from within that brought me to this moment.

Now I’m all about systems and learning my next steps in this regard.





Tea with TinaO

Welcoming Angelyn Toth to TinaOLife

Angelyn Toth on TinaOLife

Tea with Angelyn feels like having a cuppa with a soul whisperer. In her light and enchanting way Angelyn Toth, the owner and founder of Xenia Retreat Centre on Bowen Island in BC, Canada draws out the simple truths that live just beyond our perception of what is possible within us. As for me, every time I’ve sat down or walked the lake with her, it’s as if she pulls out a bright yellow highlighter to illuminate precisely what’s going on inside of me, and how I’m choosing to play small instead of live up to my potential. Today I share her with you.

So put the kettle on and meet your heart centred transformational new friend, Angelyn Toth.


Over February 10th-12 I am opening Xenia’s doors to host a ‘user-friendly’ silent retreatfor those who are ready to unplug in the quiet sanctuary of nature. It seems that there has been a lot of confusion in the study and valuing of silence and I wonder if perhaps it has fallen off course as a religious endeavour.  We do not have to be an avid meditator to appreciate and understand the benefits of silent contemplation. We simply have to be willing to make the conscious commitment to allow silence to be the teacher and the teaching. It is simple work and immense in its nature.

“We have to re-educate ourselves about the work of silence, it is deeply misunderstood in our society.” 

Angelyn Toth on TinaOLife

Deep down inside, there is a natural longing for this space – it is our natural birthright. Deepak Chopra, in his work says that there are characteristics or traits of creative people. The first in they find comfort in and seek out silence. The second is that they enjoy nature. The third is that they trust their feelings.

In the sanctuary of silence, the veil thins and our emptying out process begins, it’s here, that the doorway to our own intuition opens. Did you know that we  can communicate without words, and strangely enough, actually hear each other?

In silence, we learn how to trust at a higher level because we tap into the guidance that is forever present but often missed when we’re attached to our busyness, noise, stories, tv, books, phones, appointments and so much more. These days, our list of distracting ‘conveniences’ and go on and on. Without them for awhile, we become an empty container, into which insights, inspiration and messages can pour.

“…allow silence to be the teacher and the teaching.”

In the stillness we can begin to learn from and follow our natural ultradian rhythms freeing ourselves from the attachment to the mind and all of this non-doing delivers greater peace with acceptance of who we are, really, in silence as the result.

Translating that experience into our regular lives when we’re back at work etc… we begin to see how simple it really is to listen, trust and find reverence in all life.

In this Cuppa Tea with Angelyn, I’m asking you if you know who you are in silence.  Have you listened to the story of your inner silence lately? Have you touched the centre of all that is inside you to be?

If not, believe me, you can.

While this is an intimate retreat, if you’re interested in attending the February 10th-12th Silent Retreat, please connect with me at [email protected] or give us a call at 604-947-9816 and we can talk. 

“It’s hard to believe that so much can happen in what appears to be nothing at all.” 

I look forward to our next cuppa.

with love, Angelyn