Saturday, 1 January 2022

The Epiphany while Wooling

On this frosty new year's day I was inspired to attend to our sheep wool from this past summers sheep shearing. It is amazing what insight can be found in the simple act of working with wool.  While my younger son and I were sorting and prepping the wool for carding, I felt like I entered into an alternate reality.

We were out on the porch - as raw wool is mega messy - filled with bits of hay and dirt and poop galore.  I emptied out a huge sack stuffed with the stuff and it looked so dirty I considered tossing out the whole bag.  It was from our ram Reuben, and it was the dirtiest wool of the lot!  I decided to see if there were any parts worth saving so with bare hands, enabling us to navigate the scissors safely, we proceeded to cut the poop parts out of the wool.  All of a sudden, the epiphany came.  Here was this disgustingly dirty pile of wool, and yet as we started to cut the poo and goo out I noticed that there was actually alot of beautifully creamy clean(ish) parts underneath.  It was like, 'sometimes you have to give some care and attention and look deeper at what first appeared so dirty and ugly to really see the potential and beauty of what's in front of you.  Be open, there is beauty everywhere'.  

What a beautiful gift for the first day of 2022.  Thanks, Creator. 

Thursday, 30 December 2021

Human Communication

Communicationthe imparting or exchanging of information or news.

Why is it that humans have such a difficult time communicating with one another?

I watch our farm animals do it almost every day - it's natural and they don't even use words!  Humans, however, struggle with this task often.  That is my experience anyway, and I've witnessed it for others too.  Can you please enlighten me, God, as to how humans can communicate in a better way?  

Maybe if we were more energetically sensitive we could "feel" each other more and be able to subtly communicate, or have the sense of when is the best time for communicating.  The Aborigines did it, and perhaps still do, and other tribes too back in the day.  For today's purposes, I'm specifically speaking of communication between one and his/her significant other.  That's what I am interested in, though I suppose it can apply to any human relations. 

So I turn to the tarot here for my question of the day:

"How can we as humans communicate in a better way?"

The 8 of disks offers us a fresh perspective on the matter.  (Thoth deck, Sun in Virgo)

We need to communicate in a rational way; a practical way.  It can be helpful to create protection for oneself in the act.  It is like a delicate dance we do with one another.  It can be beautiful when care is taken to the details of our words and the flow.  The landscape is barren behind the tree suggesting to me that perhaps best to communicate when there is a plain landscape versus in the middle of a cluttered landscape.  Another factor is the mechanism with which one is perceiving.  Perhaps we need to clear our ears out or our lens in order to hear or see more clearly.  Communication with your dearest is like an unfolding of sorts.  It takes time and patience and great care to develop healthy committed communication.



Thursday, 23 December 2021

Winter Solstice - From darkness to Light


Deep, dark, shadow, spark,

Blew a fuse, no more muse.

Letting go of all I know.

Rekindling the flame, free from shame.

Eternal Light, let it be bright.

Mother Dear, I feel you near.

Urging me on to reclaim what's gone;

The beauty way, the feminine song.💓




Friday, 31 October 2014

Life with a One-Year Old

Finding time to blog with a wee one can be challenging, especially if it is low on one's priority list as it is for me at this time.  I felt compelled though to share my latest pondering.  Last night in bed I admitted to my partner that I have been feeling disconnected from source or creator, or whatever one calls that all powerful mysterious being or force that connects us all.  I have been so wrapped up in caring for my little guy, 24/7, that my practices around connecting in have fallen by the wayside (ie. daily meditation and yoga).  My partner had some very insightful words for me.  He said that my utterly selfless giving to our son is my way of connecting to source at this time, as my son is inherently connected to that all-powerful being.  He came from a truly mysterious place...perhaps this phenomenon is best understood by those who have witnessed a birth first-hand.  Ultimately everything comes from source and contains a life force in my opinion.

Upon reflecting my partner's words of wisdom, I felt some sense of relief.  Instead of berating myself for not keeping up with all of my spiritual practices which help me connect with creator, I can recognize how I am connecting with Creator in my daily practice as a mother. 

Happy birthday, my precious One.


Sunday, 16 March 2014

The Journal of the New Mother

Why are we so quick to want our old bodies back after we birth our babies? What’s so awful and shameful about the fine lines and soft belly?  There’s real wisdom and experience in those lines!  And that belly held and nourished life for nine months.  And that body continues to sustain life and will hopefully do so for many months (I am referring to breastfeeding here).  I wonder if part of our desire comes from mass society’s fixation on tighter, firmer, and smaller body parts?  In my experience, there’s not much joy in this focus – it is narrow.  Sure, going for hardy walks with a baby can be enjoyable, though, in all honesty, the underlying motivation is often for the tighter, firmer and smaller parts.  As new mamas, we have just experienced transformation on all levels – body, mind, and spirit.  We are forever changed on all levels.

There is also a keen focus in society on the joy and jubilation of being a new mother.  And sure, we all need to hear about the beauty and bliss, yet how about sharing some of the gritty bits on becoming a new mom as well?  It’s not to wallow in the challenges, but it is to be authentic and honest about our experience as new mothers.  This reflection comes as part of my personal process of understanding my role as a new mom, and also in light of a recent tragedy in my community; a mother of a young child who chose to end her life much too soon, in my opinion.

Women need a gross amount of support and self-care during the first year of motherhood - more than I ever thought possible.  Who is meant to spend 24/7 at home, often spending large amounts of time on her own with her baby?  Yes, I have experienced many precious moments with my little guy snuggling, giggling, and smiling.   Yet, there have also been many moments when I wanted to pull out whatever remaining strands of hair I have left on this head of mine.

All-in-all babies are our greatest treasures and some of the best teachers around.  Having said this, I am forever grateful for my little guy – Joseph Skye.  J


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Spring Festival of Awareness


Check out the guide for the upcoming Spring Festival of Awareness in Naramata, BC.

I will be facilitating a workshop called, "Finding Your Wise Guide with Tarot", and am quite excited to share my passion and help people develop a more intimate connection with the cards.

Maybe I will see you there!

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Spirit Fair on Vancouver Island!

I highly recommend this upcoming event.  It'll be great for helping to clarify and set intentions for 2013.  I am nesting in the Kootenays this winter, though I will be there in "spirit"!