Joanna Bristow Watkins


  • Wednesday 25th January, Burns Night in Scotland

    Burns Night 25 JanuaryWednesday 25th January is Burns Night in Scotland. 

    Burns Night is a revered date in the Scottish calendar and celebrates, on the anniversary of his birthday, the life and works of their national Bard, Robert Burns. 

    Born a little over 250 years ago; some consider his best known poem as ‘Auld Lang Syne’, though others believe he did not write it himself, but was the first person credited with writing it down for posterity as part of his attempt to preserve Scottish traditional songs.

    The evening centres on the entrance of the haggis (a type of sausage made from a sheep's stomach) on a large platter to the sound of ceremonial bagpipes.

    When the haggis is on the table, the host reads the "Address to a Haggis". This is an ode that Robert Burns wrote to the Scottish delicacy!

    At the end of the reading, the haggis is ceremonially sliced into two pieces and the meal begins.

    Amongst other works, Burns also write the famous 'Ode to a Louse':

    O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us

    To see oursels as ithers see us!

    It wad frae mony a blunder free us,

    An' foolish notion:

    What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,

    An' ev'n devotion!

    This is generally translated into modern language as:

    And would some Power give us the gift

    To see ourselves as others see us!

    It would from many a blunder free us,

    And foolish notion:

    What airs in dress and gait would leave us,

    And even devotion!

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    The same date, 25th January, is St Dwynwen’s Day (sometimes known as Dwyn or Donwen) in Wales. St Dwynwen is the Welsh equivalent of St Valentine, being their patron saint of love.

    The Scottish, through their reverence of Robbie Burns and the Welsh, through their reverence of St Dwynwen, bring balance and wellbeing into their lives.

    Harmony Healing utilises the philosophies of the Ancient Egyptians, in the form of Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Egyptian Alchemy Healing, to bring balance and harmony. Reyad Sekh Em (RSE) Level 1 -our next interactive training module is Violet Flame of Amenti starting on Thursday 23rd February.

    Other services

    Through Harmony Healing, Joanna offers a wider spectrum of events designed to nurture your welbeing. If you are looking for regular spiritually enlightening activities which help to connect you with the lunar cycle, we have our monthly Full Moon Guided Healing Meditations. The next one is Sunday 5th February at 7.30-9.30pm (UK time = GMT). Participants all receive a deeply healing experience. Cost to participate is £20 by online BACS payment (small admin fee added for PayPal) or half price to RSE graduates. There are multi-buy packages for regular attendees. Book at the Harmony Shop.

    Within Surrey, via Harmony In Nature, we facilitate Forest Bathing+ Sessions to help adults reconnect with nature and reap the therapeutic benefits.

    Currently, MP3 meditations and distant readings and healings are proving popular and we offer Harmony Healing Vouchers for any value for use on Harmony Healing services  andHarmony in Nature vouchers for Forest Bathing vouchers (£35).

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