25. November 2017 · Comments Off on Embracing Spaciousness · Categories: Art as Medicine, Contemplative healing, Self-care

WITH increasing seasonal darkness, it has been a time for me to shift into a slower, more deliberate pace. Time for rest, reflection, and visioning. What of value has come forth in these months of 2017? How have I grown into who I wish to become? What worked and what did not? What is ready to be discarded, released? What wishes to come through me in the upcoming year ahead?

For myself, reflecting on these questions has already begun to create a foundation and an edge for jumping off into new landscapes, new offerings. My deep journeys of 2017 within the Creative Depth Coach certification program have invited me to expand beyond my wildest dreams. Creativity is undoubtedly the juice for a full life. Art-making is mindful medicine giving space for our Soul to have voice and conscious influence in the life choices we make. During the months of quiet and expanding darkness, November, December, and January, I am choosing to take a mini-sabbatical from all but the essentials of life and work. I have already witnessed the emergence of inspiration and images suggesting new pathways and offerings. Personal material has surfaced for deeper healing, allowing me to see the subtle ways I limit and sabotage myself from experiencing my true authentic self and why I am here. All part of the journey.

So I am writing, making art, honoring the ancestral wisdom I carry, working with flower essences, consulting my favorite oracle cards, and inter-weaving personal ceremony. Allowing what wishes to inform and inspire to do so. Doing personal ceremony to release what is no longer of best service to myself or the planet. In this spaciousness, I have learned to trust not knowing and the gifts of patience. A walk with my dog Cedar, pausing to connect with the energy beings of this land, a soothing soak in a hot bath, a nourishing meal. These are what nurture my Heart and Soul at this time. And it is enough. It has been a full year of amazing expansion and birthing new work. The experiences are still being integrated in the silence and solitude I am willing to give myself. Many new and exciting changes are ready to come forward, waiting for right timing, and waiting for my courage to take the leap into the unfamiliar and unknown.

This recent collage image has been the inspiration for much soul searching, asking whether I am ready and enough to embody my own wildness. She looks a bit tentative, uncertain. Behind her are the energies of the landscapes she loves and the canine companionship that has kept her trusting her path. How deeply am I willing to experience my wild Soul? And YOU? Which comfort containers have limited me, kept me small, and which have been necessary to accompany me as my process of expansion unfolds? Many layers unfurling into a spacious pool of wise and compassionate holding. Energies setting the stage for my Soul’s next becoming. I am excited to see what does emerge, acknowledging my readiness to slowly step away from my traditional acupuncture practice into something original and organic, not yet manifest into form. There is a degree of readiness in the collective consciousness for accessing deeper realms of healing. I am poised for what is next.

And so I invite you to do the same. The time is perfect to engage with your deeper yearnings. Gather your wisdom and honor your true nature in whatever ways feel rich and nourishing. In a very short time, the light will begin its return and this sacred opportunity for inner connection will slip away.

 

 

19. February 2017 · Comments Off on Yarrow’s Garden Blog~Energetic Self-care for Challenging Times · Categories: Flower Essences, Health and Healing, Plant Medicines, Self-care, Wellness, Yarrow's Garden Blog

Choosing Clarity vs. Chaos~

Since the recent US presidential election last November, the world as most of us have known it, has turned upside down, leaving many feeling vulnerable, unheard, and no longer important. The negativity, rancor, and disillusionment that comes with this kind of shock has many not knowing what to do with their inner reactions. Anger, resentment and hopelessness abound as people do their necessary (and sometimes careless) venting. We all carry this charged energy within our electro-magnetic fields and, as one person meets another in the course of a day, regardless of what is spoken or consciously perceived, these energetic images imprint upon us, hitchhiking from one person to another. How can we function with clear discernment when these collective energies have latched on without our knowing, and don’t even belong to us personally?

In the same way that we have created hygienic habits of washing our face and hands, brushing and flossing before bed, a simple practice of clearing our electro-magnetic field each evening (and morning I dare say), will help us to tap into our own genuine needs, thoughts, aspirations, responses and allow us to function with greater authenticity. We are able to sleep better, see more deeply into our both inner and outer worlds, and make clearer decisions about where to place our feet on the Path.

Simple Clearing Practices~ “Let all that is unloving, unkind…..”

Use the energy of the physical elements to clear your energy field–air, fire, earth, water.

♣With intention to let go of all that is not yours, take a 15 minute walk in the wind, the rain, the falling snow.
♣Sit in the warmth of the sunshine and ask the sun to bake away all that is not yours.
♣Soak in a sea salt bath or simply shower, seeing and feeling all that is not yours dissolving and floating down the drain.
♣Walk on the Earth, simply asking The Mother to receive from the bottoms of your feet all that no longer serves as you let go of what is not yours.
♣Walk in the energy of the night sky or full moon requesting their assistance in restoring your own unique energy imprint to be the only energy you carry.
♣Use the energy of your breathing and movement to shake off the energies that are not yours through exercise–swim, run, hike, yoga, snowshoe, zumba, dance, etc.

Essential oil blends and flower essences are excellent media for clearing the auric/electro-magnetic field as well as our inner landscape of toxic thoughts and emotions. Oils like sage, citronella, rosemary, juniper, cedar, frankincense, tea tree, lemon grass, lavender–whatever calls to you–can be added to water with a touch of alcohol and used as a spray to clear ones energy. Speaking a prayer of intention and release strengthens the clearing process.

Flower essences can be used by themselves or in combination with essential oils to create potent clearing tools. Yarrow is particularly beneficial for clearing exposure to environmental energy pollutants from radiation, microwaves, and electronic devices. Crab Apple, a Bach flower remedy, is useful for cleansing and clearing of negative thoughts and emotions. Rescue Remedy, Five-Flower Remedy, Soul Support and Desert Crisis Formula are quality commercial preparations that can also be used externally or taken internally to create your own personal intuitive blend for clearing. You can even make a strong herbal tea and use it alone or blended with oils or flower essences as a clearing spray.

Smudging~It is a common practice in many cultures and spiritual traditions to use smoke from sage, cedar, and various tree resins to cleanse and clear a physical space or one’s auric field. Negativity is released with the smoke and sent into the cosmos for purification and re-purposing.

Claiming Your Sacred Space~

Always approach your clearing with intention and a respectful request to the elements, plants, Healing Ancestors, Mother Earth, the Goddess, Angels, or whichever Healing Spirits you work with for your benefit and the benefit of all. Leave your doubts behind and simply begin the practice of regular clearing until it becomes a habit. Finish by sealing your field with a blanket of rainbow colored light. What is within the energetic boundary you have created supports your well being and your Right to Be. It is your sacred space. What is on the outside remains there until and unless you give your permission for that energy to enter. Claim your clear, healthy sacred space for negotiating these challenging times. Without a doubt you will begin to move with greater ease and grace, balance and harmony once you create this consciously sourced practice for yourself. Remember to thank all of the energies that participate in your clearing practice.