April in Vermont exist in the Betwixt & Between; it is no longer technically Winter, but looking out one’s window it is hard to consider it Spring. Snow and mud cover the landscape, the trees are bare with only the occasional buds starting to appear. On the warm days, sap is running from the Maple Trees, and steam pours out of the local Sugar Houses. There is a feeling in the air akin to waking from a dream, as people, animals, and spirit begin to emerge from the deep slumber of Winter.
This time of Betwixt & Between, when things are neither one or the other is a magical time when the dreamscape of the mind is rich with ideas. People begin planning their gardens and dream of sitting with the sun upon their faces. It is a time when I feel the woods calling me the most. A time when I can feel the Spirits of Nature and the Ancestors energetically humming in a kind of precognitive trance. This rich state of becoming is fertile ground for planting one’s dreams/intentions. It is not the same energy as New Years, where we boldly declare our declarations of change…it is instead a time of groundedness and planned growth, a time when we lay the pathways upon which we imagine ourselves guided toward the change we envision.
As a Medium, I am aware that many of my plans, particularly the big-business ones; the ones that are important to my soul’s path, are worked on by more than myself. They are shared dreams, dreams in which more than one person, and often more than one Spirit are actively taking part in creating. This April, I have begun weaving the pattern of growth and collectiveness with others in a grand and holistic way. Working with a blueprint I created with Spirit over 3 years ago, with roots much older than that.
Last fall I stepped up from renting a studio space @ the Grindstone Cafe, in Lyndonville, VT to sharing ownership/management of it. This happened naturally and organically, and within a few months the cafe was transforming to include a wellness component, and as it evolved the shelves began to fill up with crystals, and cards, lotions, and potions, geomancy tools and more. The studio I rented became a shared space, with other practitioners, until it reached a point in which I was starting to schedule myself out of a workspace. I approached my business partner and said that I thought we needed to talk to the landlord about the possibility of renting another room (the building is large and maze-like) and she agreed….the next day Spirit intervened, to assure us that we were on the right path.
The day after our discussion, before my partner could reach out to our landlord, she reached out to us, letting us know that the people who rented the space next door had decided not to renew their lease and that the space next door to our cafe would be available as of June 1st. You would have to be blind to not see this as a sign from the Universe, especially when I put it in context with the fact that I had envisioned a wellness learning center over 15 years ago when my Spirits told me that it would be so. At the time I was overwhelmed with the information they gave me and scrambled to imagine how the hell I was going to be able to afford a big brick building…’How the hell was I going to build Hogwarts? (the problem with interpreting the visions of others).
We decided to trust the path that the Universe was presenting to us, and I put out the idea of turning all the small rooms in the next door space (it is currently a tanning salon) into work rooms we could rent out to other holistic healers. We never had to advertise, people who we felt would be natural fits to our vision just started filling the spaces. In fact, we had all of our space filled before we ever did a walkthrough of the space next door, something that will make our growth both affordable and comfortable. After all, one of the things everyone involved agrees upon is the importance of community…
This is an exciting time in so many ways. For one, I have an outline already…as I had planned on opening a center like this 3 years ago. I recognize the Wyrd of it, I see how connected to Fate it is. It is one of the things I have come to recognize as normal when one has the mind of a Psychic. Often I know things I am supposed to do, right down to the details years before I am actually supposed to do it. It comes to me in the form of Awen (the spirit of creativity), often consuming my thoughts. I have notebooks upon notebooks with detailed ideas and designs, my mind fantasizing about it whenever there is space to do so. I recognize it as being more than a fantasy, I know what I am experiencing to be a connection with Creation and it comes to me in the form of a download. The downfall is I can often get so wrapped up in the experience of download to the point where I cannot see the timeline.
This particular dream I have is not mine alone, as I said above it is being shared and created with a group of people all of whom have a deep love of community, and want to share in responsibility and celebration of this center together.
In brief…the Grindstone Cafe & Wellness Center (where I have my studio) will be growing this summer. In June we will be opening the wall between our current location & the space next door to us. We will be adding 5 new holistic practitioners to the services already offered by myself and Michele Wildflower of Wildflower ImmunoTherapy. My current studio space will be emptied out making it even better for the Yoga classes we offer. We will be extending both our indoor and outdoor seating and retail offerings (holistic and magical goods, hand-crafts & more). The Cafe offerings will grow to include food (soups/sandwiches/salads), and light medicinal tonics. We are excited about this growth, and cannot wait to share it with you.
This blog article started with me wanting to talk about the power of co-creation, and manifestation in the time of dreaming that exists in the Betwixt & Between, it is still such an article. We are powerful forces of creation, especially when we get out of way and start thinking from the perspective of ‘What if?’ instead of getting stuck in the reasons why something cannot be. Our minds and souls are deliciously alive and we are here to be co-creators of our story. Ask yourself how the story you tell yourself serves you? If it doesn’t, perhaps it is time to start telling a different story. Quantum Physics has proven thought matters, it is important to see our dreams, thoughts, and ideas as powerful tools of manifestation, and to remember that is true whether we like the story we are telling or not.