As I gather Wise Women together for my workshops and retreats, a large part of my intention is to support their re-discovery of their innate connection to mother earth and the elements. We embody her and her elements. These energies can be harnessed as metaphor, symbology, and utilized intentionally to both process our shadows and to create new within our being, our bodies, our lives.
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When we gather we explore our connection to nature and awaken our senses, in particular our intuitive and fluid somatic knowing, that is so richly present within the Earth Mother.
As we connect with the earth, and the elements, we are in essence connecting to our own inner wisdom.
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Our journey in the rural West Coast of Ireland will be akin to a pilgrimage of the heart. Space and time will be created to dive into inquiry, listen intently, and contemplate. We wll als actively process fears, doubts and concerns currently blocking your joy and sense of power. You will break through old outworn beliefs and flow into the creation of momentum for change in your life.
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Wth Dvne GRattdea nd Lve,
"In the garden of my body, flowers bloom with love." Devany Wolfe
At this time of the approaching December, and final Full Moon of 2019, it is time not only to reflect on where we've been this past year, in our heart's journey. It is also time for letting go and focusing our energies in the directions we want to flow forwards in 2020.
We are being invited to explore this through the Root Chakra!
Our physical body. The vessel which holds our soul.
And our physical and material world.
This image shows a man with bull horns, representing Taurus and his third eye is illuminated.
Flowers bloom at his glowing feet and he is bathed in a rich hue of coppery red! The colour of the Root Chakra!
The feet, the root, the heart and the third eye chakras communicating to activate mastery over our choices in the physical world and our physical health.
Tend to the garden of our life now. There are things that need weeding. There are parts that need watering and extra nourishment. There is a preparation for winter, and spring, needed now and at a steady and manageable pace.
Our physical body and systems need our attention right NOW. Especially with the holiday season approaching. It can be difficult to maintain a healthy approach to consumption...of all kinds!
Choose this week, to be the time you bring your physical and material needs to the front of the line and make a loving and clear plan for yourself. Pay attention to what your body's needs, and tend to these needs with priority and kind care.
The Root and Heart chakras are energetic partners. When we feel connected, safe and nurtured within our physical body, and our sense of self-trust is strong, we open our hearts more. We feel safer. We trust others more willingly. We seek connection, rather than avoid it out of fear of getting hurt, or not trusting our instincts..
It is important to tend to our spiritual and soul desires. It is equally important to tend to the physical earthly realm and our divine vessel. Let go of any fear of changing your regular routines in order to tend to unfinished business in the 3D plane and get material world more in order for the coming new decade!
Where have left the garden of your life untended?
The December Full Moon is helping us to let go of all that we wish to leave behind in 2019.
What better way to get things moving by focusing on showing up how we want things to be in 2020...NOW!
Share with me!
Where will you start - what will you tend to today, this week, in the garden of your life and for your personal temple?
Are you giving away too much of your energy, time and yourself?
Do you have a tendency to take care of others before yourself?
Are you steeping in Gratitude?
The kind where you are not expecting anything in return for your thankfulness?
The Giveaway is the gift of you to others and to life itself ! No attachment. No expectation of something n return.
Pure gratefulness for being alive, connecting to all that is the true essence of life - the beauty, the awe, the wonder, the magnificence of the workings of the Universe and magic of life.
When you are over giving, you can lose this rich connection to life and gratitude for these gifts.
Poor boundaries and over giving from a place of guilt, obligation, or to be liked or please someone else will build resentment and bitterness. You run the risk of feeling like these people, or life itself, owes you something in return....as your giving was conditional...even if heart based.
Are you giving, reaching out with the energy of pure generosity?
Are you tending to your own needs?
It is time to give yourself the time you need, the rest you need, the attention, acceptance and love you need ...right NOW!
What do you need right now?
Where are you depleted?
What boundaries need to be shifted to care for you better?
Write these down NOW and make a plan. One step to get started!
Once you experience a boost in your self-nurturing, you will notice your natural thankfulness meter will rise and you will begin to notice the beauty of life again - then you are ready to offer a bit more of yourself, time to others...
You can do this in more simple ways. Be generous with your essence, your truest gift of love and presence:
Now for that GRATITUDE!!
Daily gratitude can be a game changer!! It has the power to shift your mindset, your energy, the energy around you and creates potent manifestation of more to be grateful for!! Gratitude minimizes scarcity thinking and shift "lack" to " abundant FLOW".
So, what's your focus going to be on to start with ? Self- care OR Gratitude?
Please share with me what you need most and know that I will send loving support to you remotely to begin the shift in your focus!
Simply state your name in the comments and say "Self-Nurture" Or " Gratitude".
You will be held in love and strength to support your follow through, knowing it is the best gift to you and the greater good!
You are being called! YES. YOU !⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Have you been waiting for a sign?
Waiting for your life to shift?
Are you answering the call of your heart and soul?⠀⠀⠀
This is your sign!
There are many more on there way, so be aware and awake to notice them without creating tension in seeking, rather widen your gaze and soften into receiving!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Your true authentic life's happening. NOW.⠀⠀⠀⠀
The waiting is over.
All of your hard work, focus, intention, vision an efforts are paying off!!⠀⠀⠀⠀
Start fully living as if all is already underway and unfolding in the perfect manner for you.
Watch for the upcoming signs and synchronicities, as you are being called by Spirit and your higher self to now live your best life now.⠀⠀⠀
Your inner guidance and Spirit, your spiritual guides, loved ones in the realm of spirit, and your ancestors are sending messages, love and support for your healing - make now mistake! They are!!⠀
Now you need to watch your dreams more closely, songs on the radio, finding feathers, pennies, dimes, numbers on the clock, written words on signs, books, magazines, overhearing messages in other conversations ~ spirit is very creative in how signs and messages are sent to you!
Be relaxed, trusting and excited about how cleverly yours will appear to you.
Bolster your belief, and faith in your connection to and capacity to communicate with the spiritual realms!
It is possible for everyone.
Do you find your "senses" are a bit dull?
Here are a few things to help sharpen your "spidey senses":
Right now, your spirit helpers are telling you, it is your time!
SO no more delays, no more stalling, no more procrasitinations...make the changes you know you need to ; ask for what you want/need; let go of what you've been meaning to; step into forgiveness NOW; no more "once ....X.... is over, I'll do......."....
You have been spending too much time "Waiting" for life to happen.
When you do this you are missing out on the creative potential and energy available to you NOW; the joy of life NOW; noticing what's already actually gone, changed or healed but you were too busy waiting to notice!!!
Cherish the here and now!
Know that no matter what concerns you may have, in the deepest sense, you are ready for what you have asked for!
Follow the signs, and miracles will abound.
YOUR TIME IS NOW!
With Divine Love & Gratitude
Are you feeling wounded?
Are there conflicts on the rise in your relationships?
You are protected and supported in your efforts to soothe discord in your life.
Wounds are healing. Have faith and focus as you tend to these sore spots.
Plant spirit medicine flows from Betony, Valerian, and Elecampane. This sacred trio symbolize the ability to cleanse and protect the body and soul wounds from further festering.
Are you being called to really look at your own wounds, and/or those people in your life with whom you feel great hurt?
Now is the time for productive effective healing.
Pause and reflect on whether it is time to put a halt to the dispute, or let it run its course.
You need clear communication. Now.
Let go of vengefulness and vindictiveness. Now.
Relationship with self, friends, family, work mates and within business ventures will all encounter conflict or disputes. This is normal part of human behaviour as there is a plethora of opinions and perspectives within our human sphere.
Healthy relationships, and successful partnerships are those that are skilled at resolving conflict and fostering meaningful growth.
This does not mean dropping an issue, or ignoring it, to gain temporary relief. This only delays the actuality of a true resolution. When we do this, we increase the risk of holding back our true feelings to "keep the peace". In the end, this is only symptom management and the root cause or "dis-ease" remains and will flare up again, with no doubt!
Share you true feelings but consider, when , where, how and in what manner will provide for the most supportive environment and encourage healing.
What is calling for your attention and healing right now?
What is your plan to look at it and take action with your own healing?
I was so nervous....
I was reminded how much I love singing, how incredibly uplifting, and joy filled I feel when singing.
While away on my Breathwork training, Spiritdance, at Lendrick lodge in Scotland, we began each training day singing and moving to sacred songs.
I looked forward to it every day!
It rekindled a desire I had a few years ago of wanting to take voice lessons, and/or join a local singing group.
I made a promise to myself to follow my desire once home to Nova Scotia. Not let it get swept to the side as I returned to my full life of single parenting teens, running a home and business!
I try new things ALL the time - it keeps my vision, my perceptions, my life, my gifts expanding!
And feel called to try some pretty big things...like walking on fire.
And, yet, I was SUPER nervous when I first stood amongst the group of women this past Wednesday night to sing with a local acapella group!
It’s amazing how our ego jumps in and body ignites the limbic system, flooding us with old experiences and patterns where fear holds tight to the shirt tails of our psyche. At the same time all this energetic charge is reminding us how alive we are in that moment!
It brought me back to a childhood music festival and I felt ten years old again.
I was right back there feeling hot, my voice like a whisper, trembling lips, body tight,…
I held such compassion for my wee girl inside. She felt so small...miniature in fact, in that huge room with looming stern faces of the adjuticators.
I watched my adult mind getting distracted as my body reeled with energetic charge. I brought them both to my breath - observed and settled in to my wriggly body. Breathe. Inviting the unsettled charge of energy to simply be there and know it can transform. To be allowed and to be expressed...not ignored.
This anxious energy was held lovingly, without shaming myself with those all too common thoughts people say "You shouldn't be nervous, you talk in front of people all the time, you lead retreats, you sing, chant, speak, teach workshops, instruct yoga, dance, do all kinds of things...don't be so silly, so foolish."
In no time, we were singing, my body slowly softened, my breath opened up, my eyes filled with tears and my heart welled with the joy of creating such pure connection to life and these women. I can't wait to go back!
I knew there was more to why I was being called to singing. Yes, I needed something for myself outside of life, work, kids; but, there is healing in this for me.
Most things we are nervous of, avoid, are afraid to step towards hold untapped energy and healing.
The energetic charge of that nervousness I felt held vital life force for me to usher into joy and excitement once I stayed with it and moved with it. As I stepped into curiousity and compassion for myself it could release into something else more comforting and joyful. The energy gets stuck, and is a missed opportunity, when we try to move through our discomfort so quickly and in a self-shaming way.
Trying new things is scary, unsettling, exciting, and frightening at the same time.
What do we receive when we follow our fear and move through them?
Freedom. Expansion. Confidence. Aliveness.
What new things are you jumping into lately?
What personal insights and healing have you experienced?
Share and celebrate your courage!
Are you afraid to see the reality of the situation?
Are you struggling to accept some part of your truth, or the point on your path at the moment?
At this time we maybe seeing things about ourselves, our journey which are baiting us into self-rejection and abandonment of our true selves.
This type of unhelpful fear based thinking breeds, anger, isolation and punishment in attempt to avoid feeling the pain of reality. Punishment of self and others.
You may feel really disappointed, sad, impatient or dissatisfied at where you find yourself right now...or an aspect of your character you don't particularly approve of...
You are not a victim of this situation, or your perception of yourself, unless you choose to be by creating and following the negative thinking and beliefs you are holding right now.
The Keys to shifting this...
As you accept all aspects of you and where you find yourself right now, compassion floods in and the gates of hope and potential open wider.
What are you avoiding accepting?
When will you take the wool off your eyes?
How will you open, and walk through, the gates of compassionate acceptance?
My intention for our Wise Women Weekend gathering at Windhorse Farm was to create a very safe and nurturing space of belonging and community. A space for women to come together to reconnect with themselves, find a deep sense of support, appreciation, understanding within themselves and with each other.
The Earth represents the gift of life.
Our Root Chakra - Muladhara, connected to the earth element, our sense of stability, prosperity, trust and physical vitality.
The symbol on this card refers to the body of the planet Earth, the human body and Nature herself.
We are reminded we are all born of the Earth and human beings are the stewards of the planet.
You are also the stewards of your body. It is your own personal earth that you inhabit, which has cycles and rhythms and constantly evolving.
The world of form is the Earth, our health, wealth, security, grounding, solidity and stability.
ALL these are gifts from Spirit and need to be treated with respect and reverence.
Life is what you make of the gifts already have!
Now, is the time to pause and be grateful, to be compassionate and intend to harness what you have in order to make the most of this life NOW.
Start with these 3 Keys to living in a state of daily Grace:
...for all of the natural gifts you already experience and are coming to you always.
There is much fertile ground for our new inner species to take form, and the old form of ourselves that has evolved to let go into the natural cycle of decay.
We are at the edge of evolution and being asked to be purposeful and awake in our rebirthing, so we can live with greater knowing of our wholeness and inter-connectedness to everyone and everything on this planet.
SO much can be accomplished now, and successes are assured when you live in reverent service to this world, are caring and are compassionate towards your own body and the Earth, honouring all aspects of them as gifts from Source.
What is needed to move forward with stability and assured growth:
With these in the fore of your heart and mind, prosperity and abundance will be yours. The changes you are amidst will flow more easily and have a more solid foundation to create the partnerships, career, and social changes you want in your life now! The new ones on the way!
Have you lost your ground lately? Not taking care of your body, eating poorly, let go of your daily exercise or time out in nature?
Are you disconnected from your sense of trust that your needs will always be met? Not taking care of your finances?? Are you back in your lack mentality?
Have lost sight of the beauty of the world around you and all the gifts you already have?
Earth Medicine invites you AND I invite you to gt back on track with you SELF CARE !
Get outside, TODAY.
BREATHE in the fresh air. Drink in the aromas of nature. Feel the wind caress you face.
SLOW down and do what you need for YOU to de-stress!!
ABUNDANCE thinking back on PLAY & REPEAT. MANTRAS & AFFIRMATIONS.....GO!!!
YOU KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO DO!
I’ve spoken about the energy of language before on social media, and this idea comes up constantly in private client sessions. Recently, it came up in a dowsing workshop I taught, when someone asked these questions:
Why do words carry so much power?
How does intention affect how our words are felt and experienced?
Such good juicy questions! The questions themselves, as well as the group discussion, reiterated for me why it’s so important for us to have practices that pay attention to the language of the body - it has so many messages for us.
Reading the body through somatic practice
In the level one dowsing workshop, we explore how we read the language of the body, and somatic sensing in the body, through physical experiences, sensations, sounds, and words.
Read more about the practice of dowsing in this blog post, Tuning Your Instrument: Divine Dowsing
I guided students through some intuitive, somatic based experiences to help them sense and feel in their body what their inner guidance is saying - whether it feels good or not, whether they are getting the signals of yes and no.
I invited everyone to reflect on how their own thoughts make them feel.
I posed the question to the group, Does language have energy?
My response: YES!! Our use of words holds a conscious, and often unconscious, energetic imprinting that is immediately felt by the recipient of our words, including us through our self-talk!
When you have a thought that is out of alignment with love, it won’t feel good in the body - you will notice that, though it may be subtle.
The intention behind language is everything
When someone else says something to you in a joking tone, but the intention is out of alignment with love, it will be felt.
Intention is important in everything that we do. We can use words that are associated with loving sentiment, but if we don’t intend them that way - and our intention is actually to hurt, deceive, or betray - this will also be felt.
A parent might joke with their child, but say something that could be taken to heart very deeply.
Maybe it’s not meant intentionally to land in a negative way but it does, and creates an imprinting, resulting often in an unconscious pattern and felt judgment by the child. This leaves the child feeling poorly about themselves in some distinct way e.g. I am bad; I am wrong; I am stupid; I am foolish.
Things like age, cultural background, and traumatic experiences also factor into how words and the energy behind them are experienced.
It is so extremely important that we remain conscious and aware of how the energy of what we’re saying might land for someone else.
If it doesn’t feel okay, it typically isn’t
If something is being said to you, and it doesn't feel okay, it typically isn't.
It could be that there's something within you that's getting triggered. And it is okay to say, “You know what, this doesn't really feel good to me right now, the way that you're saying that,” and it may give you the opportunity to take ownership of that. Reframe your statement to reflect that ownership, and say “ Wow, I feel really triggered/activated/angry/sad when you say that - I need a minute to see what that’s about.”
When I experience someone saying something that doesn’t feel good to me, I give myself a minute.
I need to be able to check in with myself - am I having an emotional reaction to words that have been used towards, or against, me before? From childhood, or any previous negative experience.
I need to check in with what their intention is, like what is it that they actually mean? Do they mean what they are saying? What is the tone communicating to me?
We all know how strongly words can impact us.
When we speak, we cast spells
What do we call the act of putting letters together to make words? S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G. The root word is spell. This takes us back to more ancient ancestral roots to the concept of being able to cast a spell.
For a little clarification on etymology, here’s an excerpt from Merriam Webster:
“In Middle English, spell meant "to mean" or "to signify," which probably developed from Anglo-French espelier, itself from Middle High German spellen, meaning "to relate" or "to talk." This spell, in modern English, then came to mean "to read slowly (letter by letter)."
Spell referring to magic incantation is of different origin. That word is strictly Germanic (from the noun spel) and refers to talk, storytelling, gossip, and a sermon. It also is the derivative of gospel (which translates to "good tale") and is the source for the magical power and enchantment senses of spell. English poet Edmund Spenser ties those senses of the word together in his epic poem The Faerie Queene (1590):
‘Spell is a kind of verse or charm, that in elder times they used often to say over everything that they would have preserved: as the night-spell for thieves, and the wood-spell. And here-hence, I thinke, is named the Gospel, or Word.’”
History and how it's been formed through the patriarchy in the Western world anyway, can take us into the whole debate and dialogue about witchcraft and white witches and black witches and casting spells for good and not for good.
If we call the creation of our words spelling, that comes from a pretty potent route, that our words have the impact to cast an energy upon someone else, or upon ourselves!
So pay attention to what you’re spelling - and the word spelling is an action verb. There's an action associated with our words, connected to our intent.
Are your intentions and words aligned
The things we say to ourselves and what we say to others are spells - we are creating an intention with our words.
Are those intentions heart based and love based?
Are they aligned?
We all say things, of course, when we're out of alignment, when we’re angry, struggling, being stuck in our ego state as humans, that we don’t necessarily mean.
This isn't meant to add a bucket load of shame on top of all the times our words have hurt others - words that we know weren't received well or that we may have even said intentionally, harmfully, because we were absorbed in a part of our shadow self.
This is about becoming more aware and moving forward with more awareness, love and intention.
In a dowsing workshop, we’re seeking information through this tool, through this practice, through this act - the intention you set is incredibly important, and having reverence for what you're doing. Just as it is with our use of language.
Some pause for reflection, and I think that's wonderful because that's what we need to do in order to grow our perceptions, expand our consciousness, and expand the heart consciousness. This in turn changes our lives in positive ways!
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