• Kathryn Welsh

How can a weighted blanket affect my wellbeing? Plus seeing an angel number during meditation

Some years ago now, I looked at weighted blankets and thought they sounded amazing - boasting relief from stress and anxiety being the main pull for me. At the time, I was stressed and struggling with anxiety. I was working 2 jobs, one of which became a terrible place for me to be as one of the owners became some what of a bully. I wasn't particularly looking after myself either. I was still battling an unhealthy relationship with food, and trying to eat as little as possible in a bid to loose weight and keep it down, which ultimately didn't work.

Weighted blankets, according to a quick google search, suggest they help with depression/anxiety, sleep disturbances, fibromyalgia/arthritis/pain and general stress. I thought at the time it seemed like another useful tool to help me manage with how I was feeling along side other things I was doing. Unfortunately, they were very expensive then and I wasn't able to afford one, so just added it to the back of my mind for if I ever came across one that I could afford.

Fast forward to now, and I am the very excited owner of a weighted blanket. It just so happened that my mum had heard about them being helpful for children, happened to see some online at an affordable price and bought one each for my nephews, which they have really enjoyed using. She also very kindly bought one for me too, which I have literally just taken out the packaging, far too eager to get settled into bed to see what I experience.

It really does feel heavy when it's folded up, but when opened and draped over myself, it didn't feel too weighted, but I could certainly feel it 'hug' my frame. It's a lovely mid grey colour and soft fabric that feels like a polycotton blend.

I think it would be really good to use as part of meditation sessions to enhance the body to relax, so plan to do a short session when I get into bed right before I go to sleep.

I'm interested to see if I feel more rested tomorrow morning. Generally, I do sleep well. Since having my daughter, I'm so tired at the end of the day, I do my usual night routine, and minutes after getting into bed it's morning. Though I may be up in the night for toilet. But it's a case of off/on, not a restless night which I had so many in the past. I used to struggle to sleep properly on weekdays, worrying I'd miss my alarm and be late for work. I used to have lots of dreams too, and have a good recall. It's not often now that I have such vivid, or lucid dreams. This does actually disappoint me. I love dreaming.

I decided to hold a piece of quartz crystal by my heart as an extra, wanting to connect to it energy. I found that I was able to relax my body easier with the blanket, it was quicker to release the built up tension. I think this helped me have a powerful session. I haven't been able to 'see' much of anything when doing short meditation sessions since my daughter, but last night I was shown a lot of images, very clearly. As I visualized the quartz glowing with a white light, and that energy starting to go through my hands, I was shown in my minds eye a white glowing lotus. As it bloomed, its petals fell, gracefully floating down. I was then shown a rich, royal blue sky,scattered navy clouds, with the full moon. Over the full moon the sacred geometry symbol of the 'flower of life' was shown to me. It moved somehow, a mix of rotation, glistening and fading. Then the number 33 was shown over the top of the 'flower of life'. Everything was in translucent layers. I made a mental note to research the number 33, and began to end the session before turning in for the night...sort of.


Well, last night wasn't the best. Anyone else have little ones? My sweet daughter is 11 months old, and the vast majority of the time sleeps really well at night. There are of course short phases where she is quite unsettled and doesn't want us to leave, or she'll wake up a few times in the night. Last night was a 'wake up through the night' one. Which is fine, whenever she needs me I'm there, day and night. It just meant I couldn't fully comment on the benefits of the blanket for my sleep - also because my body conspired against me and I had to get up several times to go to the toilet inbetween getting up to calm my girl. Tonight is another night though, so i will try again! I did have a go at a meditation with it over me while in bed. I have got into the habit of doing short meditations each night as a way of letting go of the day, to aid healing and spiritual connections. It was while lying down properly that I could really feel the weight of the blanket. To pull it over myself, it is heavy, but when its on, the weight is evenly distributed and it feels more like a secure hold, like a safe cuddle.

I decided to hold a piece of quartz crystal by my heart as an extra, wanting to connect to it energy. I found that I was able to relax my body easier with the blanket, it was quicker to release the built up tension. I think this helped me have a powerful session. I haven't been able to 'see' much of anything when doing short meditation sessions since my daughter, but last night I was shown a lot of images, very clearly. As I visualized the quartz glowing with a white light, and that energy starting to go through my hands, I was shown in my minds eye a white glowing lotus. As it bloomed, its petals fell, gracefully floating down. I was then shown a rich, royal blue sky,scattered navy clouds, with the full moon. Over the full moon the sacred geometry symbol of the 'flower of life' was shown to me. It moved somehow, a mix of rotation, glistening and fading. Then the number 33 was shown over the top of the 'flower of life'. Everything was in translucent layers. I made a mental note to research the number 33, and began to end the session before turning in for the night...sort of.

A quick google search of 33 tells me that the angel number is a sign from the angels that I am in alignment with the divine creative source and able to manifest whatever I desire..sounds good to me! It's a high vibration number, and a reminder of the connection with the angels and ascended masters. In terms of a master number, it means I'm on the verge of a major creative breakthrough, the number is also known as the master teacher and has a high spiritual vibration. I consider myself as beginner level of angel numbers and their meanings. I have an awareness that numbers can be signs, and sequences can be significant, but I certainly couldn't say what 33 meant before giving it a google. Well, apart from that 3 is a powerful number, but everyone knows that, right? So to have just found out the meaning, and it relating a lot to creativity and spirituality is incredible as it relates so much to where I'm at. Also the manifesting side is exciting. I feel ready to let go and transform some personal struggles I've had, relating to body image and negative relationships with eating. I have progressed and became healthier since the more damaging part during my teen and early 20s, but I'll admit to having my battles with emotional eating again at times since becoming a mother. I remind myself it's about progress not perfection, and to adapt self care and healing techniques where I can, to really listen to what my body is asking for. And I have started doing short workouts again (damaged my knee some months back from running) and enjoy nature walks so it's all going in the right direction. It's a journey after all. But having this meditation experience and looking into the number further is all very exciting! I love how the Universe/Divine/ God/Goddess/Spirit (what ever it may be that you call the energy bigger than all of us) connects to us and gives us messages. With guides and angels around, we really are never short of support. :)


Anyways, take 2 tonight with the weighted blanket!


Well, last night was much better! I didn't do much in the evening as we had been out all afternoon, so just watched a little bit of Netflix, then went upstairs to do a meditation using binaural beats and the weighted blanket. I again managed to relax much faster and connected to the spiritual realm and saw images. It was such a peaceful, enjoyable session. As for actually sleeping with it, I had it over my duvet as weighted blanket can be a bit tricky to wash, and we're on the hunt for a cover for it. But I found that I dozed off faster, and even in the night after I'd got up to the toilet I was able to go back to sleep a lot faster then usual, as my mind likes to kick in and start thinking about what I need to get done. I did find that it works better just having the blanket over me, and not on top of the duvet, as it hugged my body better and felt more snug. As for a more restful sleep? It was difficult to get up, but I managed, as it was so cozy and snug I didn't want to leave. And for the first time ever, I managed to get my daughter fed, bathed, dressed, bag packed, and out the door at 8.45 am. Miraculous! All on half a coffee instead of the usual 2! So maybe the blanket did help me recharge better to get all that done? Not after bragging points, but I have also done a shop, 3 loads of washing, tidied the kitchen and cared for my daughter. I am wondering if the weighted blanket does have super abilities....

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