Wednesday 26 September 2012

A Whole New World!

It has been a month since my last post, and oh how things have changed!  Since my last scripture, I have departed Vancouver Island and am currently touring the interior of British Columbia.  The first bump in the road was en route to stop # 1, the Wise Womens’ Festival in Naramata, where I was slated to teach a Tarot workshop.  Upon reaching Vancouver, there was mega traffic, (worse than Toronto!) and as I was inching by I noticed my car’s temperature gauge rising…rising…rising to what seemed to be an unhealthy level.  I also heard a strange noise coming from the engine.  What to do?  I decided to wait until the traffic cleared to determine my next move.  An hour later when the congestion cleared my car seemed to clear as well.  I was praying she would be okay driving on the steep inclines of the road terrain in what felt like 30 degree weather.  When I stopped for lunch I parked her in the shade, opened the hood, and gave her some good energy.  After that she was back to normal.  Phew! 

I was glad to have made it to the Wise Womens’ Festival as it was a beautiful experience.  Connection, affirmation, and fullness would best describe the weekend.  I had the opportunity to receive a sacred chakra Tibetan bowl group sound healing, met some truly wonderful women, played in the lake, and most importantly received the most positive, life affirming feedback in regards to my workshop.  It was my first time leading a workshop of this kind, and I was feeling quite anxious beforehand to put it mildly.  I ensured a good night’s sleep, and ample time for meditation and set-up prior to the 8:45 am start.  I set the space with a small intimate group in mind, yet as the workshop start time approached more and more people walked into the room expanding our circle to 21! I completely strayed from my outline, stayed present with the group, and kept within the allotted time frame.  What an expansive experience?!  I truly amazed myself and was so grateful to receive such heart warming and positive feedback.  I am definitely meant to be teaching in one form or another.

Over the next few weeks my plan is loose.  Currently I am en route to Grand Forks to stay with a lovely like-minded woman I met at the festival who lives off grid in the forest and works in the healing arts field.  Today she is harvesting seabuckthorn and canning tomatoes…sounds good to me!  My intention over the next few weeks is to experience conscious freedom both on the inside and out, and stay close to water.  It seems important for me at this time.  The weather here is so beautiful, even though we are approaching the end of September and for that I am grateful.   Wishing everyone a happy and fruitful harvest! 

***Update!!  I now have photos.  The land was magical.  All of the living quarters were made from scrap materials and the designs were creative and ingenious.

A gathering space for workshops...look at the craftsmanship of the roof! 

A quaint loft

I love the quirkiness and character

Canning the tomatoes

Solar powered home built with left over materials from the scrap warm and beautiful inside too.

Wednesday 5 September 2012

On the Move!

 meadows of paradise
Over the past two weeks my life could best be characterized as transient.  I have been camping, staying with various friends, celebrating another wondrous year of life, and honouring my healing journey.  I recently landed on Cortes Island, the perfect place for quiet reflection...though my mind and heart are anything but quiet at the moment!  The word that comes to mind is "roaring".  I find that each time I endure a beginning and/or an ending, the same set of emotions come up.  I am beginning to see a pattern here, and I am committed to getting to the root - the root limiting belief that is creating this emotional flurry at poignant times in my life.  During my time in Ecuador studying mind consciousness intensively, I began to see how we create our own reality based on our belief systems.  We can either make our lives easy and peaceful or we can make them hard and bruisy.

Part of me wonders if my choice to be on the move over the past year or so is my inner wise guide asking to get to the root of this issue.  I've had some amazing experiences and all and yet the transitions have been a challenge for me.  I imagine I will continue to put myself in the same circumstance until I have completed the learning.  I think I am on the verge of a major shift - a completion of something.

You know the saying, "the calm before the storm"?  I think it ought to be the other way around, "the storm before the calm".  I often find the latter expression to be more fitting, at least for me.  Before times of BIG expansion (in my experience a calm, grounded, and peaceful state of being) I experience an inner storm of sorts...likely related to fear and anxiety around the unknown.  Again, these feelings are definitely related to a belief somewhere that is buried deep in my subconscious; it is being stored on a visceral level.  It's as if I made a contract way back when that I have been choosing to stand by all these years (subconsciously of course), even though it is self-defeating. 

With this in mind, and looking into the great wide open, I am wondering how to proceed this fall - asking for the people, places, and experiences which I need for my greatest and highest good to come forth.

What I know for certain is that for the next week Cortes is my homestead.  I am taking a tarot workshop at Hollyhock, a retreat and learning centre, as a way to deepen my experience with my beloved form of divination and to unite with others who share my passion. 

The journey continues to unfold....
campsite equipped with its own private lake access :)
basking in the birthday light!