Journey of the Soul

homeI live on top of a small mountain in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  I have had about 2.5-3′ of snow for weeks now & my snow will last until late April if I am lucky or sometime in May if I am not.  The wind blows here a lot & the scenery is breathtaking.  Newark is often called God’s country, the joke being no one else would want to live here.  But in reality I think it is because you can’t help but feel closer to Nature & the Divine when entering places like here.  I see clients regularly @ my cottage in Newark & many of them consider the long drive to my home; through luscious countryside to be part of the journey-like a pilgrimage.

Pilgrimage means spiritual journey.

When people choose to come to my house whether for a Psychic Reading, Spirit Communication or for Healing work they are making a commitment to themselves.  I know that they have decided to invest in themselves.  I do not think I own this, or that this only happens with me…but more that when someone chooses to explore themselves & expand their knowledge of soul they have begun a Pilgrimage.  The journey is part of the outcome, in fact I often think it is the most exciting bits.  The moment we step out and admit we are seeking to know ourselves better we open the door of possibility & that allows magic to happen.

windowview215I see magic when I look out my window…this is my view from my warm window seat.  The Birches in my backyard have bent from the ice and snow.  They will survive, although remain bent.  I can’t help but to love the non-uniformed look of forest left to nature….wilderness.  The wild, untamed freedom & pure power of weather is also something magical.  I was amazed today to witness spirit infused wind spinning sideways.  It is common when you live in such locations as mine to see sylph or tiny cyclones spinning dust or snow in the fields.  But today the wind was spinning the air sideways instead of upward.  This is the everyday magic we are exposed to, the fabulous little events of nature that just leave one in awe.  These sights, the land of my home they are part of the work I do.  I always feel like I give people a little something more when they come to my home for Spiritual work.  What I give them is this land and the pilgrimage of getting here.

So if you are seeking yourself do not forget the journey.  Remember that the road there is part of the experience.  You can’t help but think deep thoughts when you are heading out on such a journey.  This triggered awareness is a wonderful thing, often undervalued.  Plus you just may be exposed to beautiful things; things of magic, along the way.

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Embracing the Divine

How do we find the Divine in ourselves?  What does it look like?  How do we tap into that all encompassing energy people are always talking about?  

burningmanWe live in exciting times, where the internet makes information available at a click of the finger or spoken word (unless your me who every computer answering service has no idea what I am saying.  We do not speak the same language apparently.).  All this information is fantastic, but in many ways it is sterile/lacking feeling, depth and substance.  It does not connect us to our world and our own majestic goodness, instead it gives us the 2 dimensional version of what it should look like.  Divinity is not 2 dimensional, it is multi-faceted; with peaks and valleys, it is sensuous (being experienced deeply by the senses).  So again…how do we get there?

We get there by living fully.  By spending time with ourselves and by embracing that which is our true essence.  Divine– of, like or from God.  Excellent;delightful.  To fully experience the Divine we need to let go of expectations, let go of the preconceived; taught version of god.  After all most holy books say that we cannot fully describe God, or even name him/her.  This to me means that God or Divinity is limitless, it is beyond our capacity to label.  As human beings we are always looking for the defining essence of things, the words we can use to express the truth of things.  But in reality truth is a tricky beast.  We all perceive truth from our own perception.  3 people witnessing an accident will describe 3 slightly different versions depending on the angle of their vision.

Going back to the Holy Books, we know or have heard time and again that we were created in the image of the creator.  A way for God to experience his/herself.  We are here to see, hear, smell and taste the world around us.  We are here to live life out loud.  When we live our life within the fullness of our senses we gain an appreciation for all that is.  We begin to need less, to feel full without stuffing ourselves and to truly live.  That being said without bullet points or try this stuff, this blog seems like a whole lot of Fluffy Bunny bullshit.  So here are a few things to try at home, in your yard, in your world.

1.  Wake up early, grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit with the rising sun.  No cell phones, no internet…just you and the sun.  This is a favorite of the Druids, to sit with your sun facing the rising sun and breathe deeply.  Allow yourself the pleasure of feeling the heat & light of the sun to shine on you.  Breathe deeply through your nose; imagining that you are pulling the light and energy of the sun into your body.  As you exhale give thanks for the body you inhabit.  For the ability to feel the sun upon your face.  *Now I know this is a tricky one for all of us Northern, Snow Bunnies…but that’s what windows are for on very cold days.  But I highly recommend a bit of actual sunlight on the face, even if it’s just for 5 minutes.

2.  Look at yourself with kindness and honor.  Remember our creation is the work of greatness.  I mean really, do you know how to put something together as complex as a human being.  Our very existence is remarkable, there is a ridiculous amount of stuff going on inside of each and every one of us.  We need to stop looking at ourselves with the critical eye of judgement and start looking at ourselves with the eye of Awe.  Spend a few moments looking at your features.  Where did they come from, who in your family do you share them with?  I have two new babies in  my life and I am amazed by how much time I spend looking at there features and expressions & how much of that time is spent contemplating who else in the family has the same nose, smile, birth mark, etc.  We are not meant to be carbon cut outs of others, but are meant to be amazing amalgams of our ancestory.  We are the walking, talking representatives of our tribe.  And we are the Divine experiencing the Divine.

3.  Slow down & smell the roses…or coffee.  This high tech, fast paced world of ours often keeps us spinning like a squirrel on crack.  We eat without savoring the absolute delight that are taste buds give us.  We drive without appreciating the amazing beauty nature shows us every single day.  We listen without appreciating the range of tempo and vibration the human voice brings to us every time we hear other humans talk.  We need to slow things down, spend time doing nothing in particular.  My grandfather loved to watch people.  When I was a kid he would hang out in town at the local garage after work, shooting the shit with other locals and watching the town go by.  When he got older and the local garage turned into a mini mart, he moved himself to the town green where he sat on a park bench watching as people went about their lives.   He was not placing judgement, but simply watching the people of his world.

4.  Kindness.  Plain & simple, my God/dess is one of kindness & I experience the Divine whenever I extend kindness to others.  At that moment, I am the walking representative of Divinity.  Simple acts of kindness are essential to connecting with the Divine.  When we look out for the other beings; notice I did not say humans.  For beings are the all of our planets, the plants, animals, nature spirits, the whole bits together.  When we extend kindness we are standing directly on the path of true power.  We are alight with all that is good in the universe and we vibrate with love.  Good stuff folks, good stuff.

Well that my friends is my short and sweet, beginners connection to the Divine.  We all need to start somewhere and we all need to remember that we are truly the walking, talking representatives of God/dess.  Our words are powerful and our thoughts are the stuff of creation.

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Brrr….it’s Cold Outside

Mr. BadgerWinter is not my favorite season; nor is it my least,  I have a relationship with Winter that is amicable.  As a general rule I enjoy Winter for the accessories… That’s right, I enjoy winter for the hats, gloves, neck warmers, socks and sweaters of it.  I love the cozy feeling Winter brings about, that makes you want to nestle in with a good book & a hot cup of coffee.  I am most thankful to Winter for the Awen.  Awen is the Spirit of Creativity.  It is the essence of being, the spark of imagination and the insight of dreams.  That being said-this subzero, grey light dreariness of January I could do without.

On days like today; where @ 1800′ I am deep in the clouds I feel like Mr. Badger.  I want to burrow deep into the earth, wear my pajamas all day & grunt at people who come a visiting.  Left to myself I am fine enough company, though I can scarcely tell if I should be waking up or going to sleep.  In times like this; when I feel no desire whatsoever to leave my home, the Awen is almost tangible.  I feel like my brain is on download, spinning with ideas.  So I write a lot & I draw a bit and I jot down a lot of notes.

Living life by the seasons is a magical thing.  When we allow ourselves to go with the flow of Nature we are provided with just what we need.  I need these quiet months of sweaters and snuzzling to refuel my dreams.  I need the reflective time when things are slow and quiet.  I need the grace of Awen.  So I surrender to Mr. Badger and will endure the month of January as best as I can; writing, drawing and dreaming….grumble, grumble.

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