Happy holidays one and all!

If you have been following the last few blogs you will know that I have been working closely with Georgia Harrison to prepare her for her MMA fight. You will be pleased to know that she smashed it! What a champ! I’m so grateful to be part of her team.

We cleared her inevitable fear around the fight in Koh Samui. I then worked on her nervous system via a strand of her hair. I also linked into her on the day of the fight and cleared any nerves and watched the match with Darren, who is an ex-pro fighter, and supported her as best we could. He told me for example that she was dropping her fists so I channelled energy into her arms to strengthen them. We did that throughout all 3 rounds. She really was incredible! Well done, Georgia!

I hope that you are all prepared for Christmas!

This is an interesting little tale, you may wish to share with others?

I wanted to tell you a short story that some believe to be the origin of Santa Claus. It’s an excerpt from my upcoming book that felt poignant. ‘Tis the season and all that.

According to anthropologist John Rush magic mushrooms gave us Father Christmas! His belief is that every December at winter solstice, Siberian shaman’s would hand out Amanita Muscaria (The holy mushroom). This is the familiar strain of magic mushroom – red with white spots. It’s so much a part of popular culture now it’s even an emoji.

They were found by their reindeer in much the same way pigs hunt for truffles. The reindeer would eat the truffles and the shamans would often drink their urine and hallucinate.

The holy men also have a tradition of dressing like the mushrooms themselves . This, of course, matches Santa’s red and white attire. The mushrooms are found in coniferous woodland i.e. under pines much like gifts on Christmas day, and given as gifts to local families.

As you can imagine, the snow in Siberia is very heavy in winter months. So much so that the door would often be blocked so residents and guests would have to access via a hole in the roof. Some might say similar to a chimney? The spirit animal of these shamans was the reindeer. Maybe this, merged with the generosity of St Nicolas, gave us Santa? It’s a lovely idea, I wonder if it’s true?
Food for thought, and a fun little Christmas anecdote.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season full of love and happiness!
Merry Christmas!

Toodles,

Antonia

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