Monthly Archives: January 2014
Happy New Year!
Today marks the start of the Year of the Horse and a year of free-spirited, high energy and unexpected adventures. Things will be moving quick, so decisive action will be your friend. Get ready to make some leaps of faith, let your heart loose, and cultivate a strong and focused will for action.
You’ve been dreaming it, now you can have it.
The magickal Horse has the ability to see you flying by year’s end if you listen to those instincts.
And a Happy Birthday to my mom who turns 71 today on this turning of the year’s wheel! YAY!! I just found out she is also a Horse in Chinese Astrology. How cool is that?! And a Water Horse, which synchronously aligns with this image to the right I had already put into the post, previous to finding this out!
Wishing everyone fulfillment, blessings and abundance abound, and an inspired year into recognizing and embodying your freedom and wholeness!!
“The whole truth is this: the time of the half-life is over. Done. There’s no more time for half-hearted living, half-truths and dividing life into neat compartments. We have work to do here. It begins from the inside-out, with a commitment to see ourselves as whole and to embrace the fullness of who we are and who we are becoming.” ~Dawn Richerson
I’ve already written and shared quite a bit about this year – one in which I’m super excited about (I now know why I was a year ahead of myself last year). So I thought I’d share these magickal images, specifically chosen for their essence, for you to gaze and reflect upon, as you draw forth your own inner horse and allow her or him to speak to you from the depths of your being.
Each of these horses has a message that will draw forth a quality for you to empower and embrace more. And when you do, you will feel more enlivened as the beautiful and unique soul that you are, and how your individual gifts collectively weave.
Let your individual light shine wildly out loud!
Vegan Chocolate Valentine’s Gifts
Every day of the year is opportunity to give from your heart and share love, but sometimes those marker days are an added bonus reminder to turn up the gratitude meter. As we approach Valentine’s Day, which many people enjoy celebrating, you might be thinking of ways to indulge your loved ones, and maybe even yourself, with some of the chocolate love this day has become synonymous with for many. And if you happen to also be vegan, there is no longer any reason you can’t enjoy all the chocolate bliss along with others, while also supporting the environment, animals, and your own health and well-being with pure, organic, cruelty-free ingredients. My friend Celeste has a great vegan blog called “Honk If You’re Vegan” (where she blogs about all things vegan from recipes to reviews, ramblings, health and nutrition) and she shared this “yummy” post on Vegan Chocolate Valentine’s Gifts I hope you’ll enjoy. She provides several great gift options at affordable prices. They all look amazing! Some other options, which also include some raw vegan chocolate, include (but not limited to): Coracao Confections , Sacred Chocolate , Lulu’s Chocolate , or perhaps your own basket mix of scrumptious chocolate bars from Righteously Raw Chocolate , or the amazing Kate Magic’s Raw Living assortment of ethical, high-vibe chocolate (which I just got to sample when she brought me some from the UK). However you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, or (like me) any day you would like an infusion of decadent pleasure, you can enjoy your chocolates without compromise and with a lot of intentional love. Enjoy!!
My husband and I cheated on our plant-strong diet too much over the holidays, mostly on sugar. We’ve been back on track since New Year’s, however; so I decided to treat my hubby with chocolate for Valentine’s Day. An occasional indulgence (as long as it’s really occasional!) ain’t gonna kill him. Here’s some goodies I’m considering:
1. Vanilla Kissed Strawberry Bark
A hint of vanilla mingles with fruity strawberries and smooth dark chocolate in this romantic, gluten-free bark. This would be a thrifty choice at $15.00 from Allison’s Gourmet.
2. Lagusta’s Luscious Small Assorted Collection
A fabulous selection of 100% fair trade, organic and vegan truffles, bonbons, caramels and toffee. This looks like a great pick, and I love that the company combines a deep commitment to social justice, environmentalism and animal rights with an obsessive commitment to artisan techniques of a chocolatier. $32.00 from Lagusta’s Luscious.
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Truth is Like a Lion
Simple. Perfect. What is your authentic truth? Embrace it. Embody it. Express it. Nothing else is needed. ❤ Thanks Laura!
Journey to the Enchanted Forest – Your New Moon & New Year Power Animal Awaits
I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t take much to get me to enter the Enchanted Forest. No arm, or wing, twisting needed here. 😉
So when a dear friend of mine posted about his power animal he was united with from entering into this Realm and how synchronous and aligned it was for him, I was joyously led to let my heart explore this for myself.
Some may call it coincidence, luck of the draw, or random, but having seen at least a dozen people do this (including those closest and dear) and heard how their animal that showed up was absolutely perfect for them and what they are focused on and needing, and trying it myself and experiencing the same, I’d say there’s more to this than simple randomness. But that’s just me.
Intention is powerful and when we are clear in our hearts, the reflection of that will be mirrored. You can use this link below at any time in your life when you are interested in seeing what animal’s guidance and message would be most supportive for you at this time, but it feels extra potent right now on the Eve of the New Moon and soon-to-be New Year of the Horse, to do a little fun check in on which animal will be your guide for this new energy you are embarking upon.
(Note: Try to do this just once. Your mind may want to test this and keep retrying until you get a different result, but trust that the first time is the charm and what you receive is perfect.)
It’s just like pulling a Tarot card or receiving a Fortune Cookie message.
I, personally, happen to love working with Animal Spirit Guides and it is something that comes through all the time when I work with clients doing Reiki sessions. And of course you know animals are most enjoyable for me to channel through my paintings, which is why I created the series – Universal ARKitecture – a series of Power Animal Spirit Paintings.
My own Power Animal that met me in the Enchanted Forest, when I embarked on the journey invite is the Eagle. This was not surprising to me in the least, as the winged ones have been prevalent in my life SO very much. I wondered if they would show up in doing this and in fact they did and it aligns with what I’ve been receiving about my personal year.
This was Eagle’s message for me:
Greatness ~ Leadership ~ Independence
A potent symbol of true greatness, the eagle brings many gifts into your life.
Eagle energy will flood you with courage, a free spirit and independence that will take you beyond the limits of your life to date. Your own greatness will begin to emerge as you welcome eagle power into your life and feel it surging within you.
The eagle lives in the tall trees and high cliffs and soars above life with majesty, blessed with extremely keen eyesight. You will find that you are now able to stay above the fray and still know exactly what is going on and when to dip down and utilize your new-found powers of leadership. Be true to your beliefs; lead and others will follow, for you are the eagle.
So now it’s your turn! Weeeeeeeeeeeee!
If you want a fun, magickal, and yet very uncanny experience, while getting the chance to meet your friend and guide in the mystical Faery Realm, you might enjoy flying, walking, skipping, leaping, swimming, or dancing your way with sacred intention, into the Enchanted Forest:
And if you DO journey into the Enchanted Forest, I’d love to hear what Animal Spirit Guide was awaiting you. Please leave a short note in the comments with the friend that met you there.
Magickal blessings to you!!
Rerooting “Back In The Saddle” Of Your Authenticity with Aquarius New Moon Igniting the Year of the Horse – January 30, 2014
This month is quite a fully packed one that graces us with the rarity of two New Moons, as well as kicks off the Chinese New Year of the Horse, while we catapult into 2014.
What does this mean?
Tons of supportive energy on our side and the equivalent of two fresh starts! But, since I see every moment as being an opportunity for renewal, let’s just say you get an extra energetic gift in your back pocket to propel your new beginnings!
The New Moon tomorrow on January 30th is a celestial phenomenon called a Black and Super Moon – Black Moon because it’s the second of two New Moons in the same month. It’s also known as a Perigree Full Moon meaning it will appear in the sky up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than on any given day.
And so what can we say about this New Moon energy in the sign of Aquarius?
Well, you can bet there is a focus on unique expressiveness, standing in your authenticity and individuality without need for approval, yet simultaneously merging that in partnership with others for the collective highest good, tons of new seedlings that you can cultivate and envision towards the personal invention of your future reality, and a lot of stepping out-of-the-box and out of your comfort zones to go all out with your eccentric self, realizing that the more you do so, not only will you embody joy and abundance, but others will energetically answer the invite to do the same.
I find New Year’s resolutions, while helpful for many, are a thing to learn to incorporate into every day of your life because when you commit to progressive change, in general, you will find every moment to be packed full of powerful possibilities you don’t have to wait on implementing. So, if you have started dwindling with resolutions already, this New Moon is another powerful reminder and supportive nudge from good ol’ Aquarius to live out loud and dream a little dream into being.
This is a chance to reconnect and re-root your ideals and ideas and ride the jet propulsion of progress that Aquarius’ Air element can breathe into you – a little wind beneath your wings and a lot of inventive ways in which to implement. Your mind is keen right now in being able to have the vision, even if you aren’t yet sure about how you want to feel, and this can help you to make adjustments for actualization to take hold.
Aquarius is a free-thinker and a no-fearer so get ready to do the unusual, the extreme, and the remarkable because expansion of possibilities is available to those who aren’t limited by what society has accepted as norms. Invent a new way!
People who stretch their mind, can free their mind. And where freedom lives, is where you will thrive.
This is quite the Moon for opportunity, as there is also a Sextile to Uranus going on, which means the biggest obstacle will be yourself. So get out of your own way and pour loving support and trust into the feelings and inspirations you are, and have been, having.
Keep an eye on signs that are constantly coming at you and helping to point the way. You have all the guidance you need, if you are willing to see it. Sometimes these are subtle, but with Aquarius around, watch out for the electric!
You may receive lightning bolt flashes that will be crystal clear or loudly felt. Some will knock you around a bit to shake things up and supercharge you into action. You could even receive a little shattering charge – think Tower card in the Tarot. Opportunities will show up and offer you their helping hand or open a door, but it’s up to you to embrace the invitation and say yes to YOU.
I love Aquarius energy. I have a mom and brother who are both Aquarians and I have two strong placements in the sign of Aquarius in my astrological birth chart. I know about having strong ideals and intentions, and a bunch of quirky and surprising energy to add to the spice of life’s experiences. But when you go with these elements, rather than try to rein them in or deny them, the sky’s the limit and something exciting can be around every corner!
Extra new inspiration that can be life changing may become available to you during this energetic period around the New Moon. Things can really become illuminated and then it’s about acting on those flashes of insight received and gently hugging those fears goodbye for good.
You have the ability to really connect with your higher mind right now, so spend some time in your sacred space and in the serenity of your inner sanctum, to receive the inspirations wanting to come through. Then trust them!
Trust and faith are needed in order to create the personal security to step forward into the liberating unknown. It doesn’t come from outside of ourselves. This kind of peace comes from your own sense of self you are being guided into cultivating and expanding. We must be willing to go into our own inner mysteries and shadows to see what electrical sparks we may ignite from these courageous depths.
Be ready to try something new. Get in tune with your personal identity and how you can share your unique gifts, as service in humanitarian ways. Challenges will be solved when you look to the non-obvious, keep hope in your heart, vision focused forward, and brother and sisterhood as the friendly smile you carry in hand always.
Unconditionally detached and platonic love are focuses, with the desire to reinvent and recognize the value of friendships and community. Establish your personal boundaries so you can move with confidence in the sea of others and detach from the past and destructive behaviors that have been keeping you in the “holding zone”.
This New Moon heralding the Chinese New Year of the Horse may feel like a push to get “Back in the Saddle Again” – one of my theme and long-standing joke songs, with a meaningful message, I have ongoing with Laura Bruno. 😉
Year of the Horse is Upon Us – Ready, Set, Go!
We are officially coming up on the transition into the Chinese New Year – now just 3 days away – so even though I posted my take on the upcoming energy of the Year of the Horse back in December as a forecast, I figured now that it is upon us, you may want another look at what we are rapidly catapulting into.
Chinese New Year is considered the most important and longest celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year, 4712, will be on January 31st, 2014 and is the Year of the Horse. The celebrations are also known as the Spring Festival.
Chinese months are established by the Lunar calendar, with the beginning of the month designated as the darkest day. Traditionally, the New Year festivities (a 15-day festival) start on this first, darkest day and continue until the 15th when the moon is brightest.
The way animals were brought into the celebrations is based on legend about how in ancient times, Buddha asked all of the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve animals showed up and Buddha named a year after each of them, sharing that the people who shared the same year of birth with one of these animal’s years, would also share some of their personality traits.
Needless to say, many of you I know are also, like myself, feeling 2014 to already be quite the year! I’ve mentioned before how last year I was already living in 2014 (not feeling I was on the 2013 timeline) and so it is interesting to see all of the things that were being set up for this year, actually start integrating into being, and continue to.
There is a sense of enormous creative explosions and huge leaps forward that are, and will be, taking place. Indeed a year for things many of you have been working towards, to come to fruition and for living finally from your joy and complete freedom of choice, as the old contracts are over.
This is the beauty of the Horse and that unbridled passion that can ignite your life, if you have the courage to trust it.
I personally love the energy of this year, as Horse energy and Horses have been such a huge and integral part of my experience since childhood and beyond. It’s very fitting to have this year come at this time, but then we already knew it would on some level. 😉
I hadn’t really planned on another “Year of the Horse” post, however, after about 5 different people sent me this link with their excitement, I felt it was wanting to be shared so that while you are contemplating your next moves, you have a little extra “oomphf” behind your choices:
The Year of the Yang Wood Horse
Apparently, one of the traditions for the Chinese New Year is to decorate your home with trays of tangerines and oranges (auspicious Chinese New Year symbols), which are also brought as gifts from visitors during this holiday, for they are an abundant symbol of luck and prosperity. It just so happens that February is when our tangerine tree is ready for harvest and so, synchronously, our home will be filled with the sweetness of these sun-kissed fruits, as we gallop into the Year of the Horse.
I had the chance to meet this spirited horse you see to the right, whose name is Eragon, just a few weeks ago. I was drawn to him by his energy and when I learned his name, I had to smile, since I have a particular connection to the movie that shares his name.
It definitely felt like another sign coming through for me in our meeting, as there were messages provided in that movie from my dear Nestor, before she transitioned, that were many-fold. Some of which specifically speak to what is coming to be at this time, and in this year. I’m feeling the power of this moment very much so.
How will you be riding into change this year? Reining yourself in or taking off the bridle and reins and letting your inner horse run to the beat of your heart?
Are you really ready for the clarity, freedom, and ability to activate the change you’ve been wanting? Because if you are, you can create anything you desire, but as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland says:
“Hang on to them hats and glasses folks, cause this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!”
This is your time. You are powerful beyond measure. Believe it to be so.
Reiki Opportunities, Synchronicity & Gratitude – 4 Days Left For this Month’s Special & Reiki Workshops to Raise Your Vibration
This weekend was one of those especially “on point” and magickal messaging kinds of weekends. You know, those times when everything messages you in very poignant and serendipitous ways. This happens a lot, the more we become present and conscious about our lives and see meaning in all that is within and around us.
For me, these experiences this weekend provided great clarity and confirmation with my own life directions.
“Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see.” ~Carl Jung
I was grateful for Nature’s powerful and timely messages too, which included a gorgeous Rattlesnake again (which happened to show up in the middle of the path, not long after I had murmured the words, “snake medicine” before our hike) and at least 6 hawks, along with some Koi, Squirrels, and Slider Turtles that were a joy to see out at a sanctuary explored. Each appearing in perfect timing and providing a piece to the puzzle I was exploring.
These lovely friends, and many other uncanny experiences, came after Friday kicked off in beautifully resonant flow with our Reiki 1 and 2 Accelerated Workshop.
I can’t thank everyone enough that came and infused their gifts into our shared experience. I feel so honored to assist in the journeys people are embracing and truly excited for what is unfolding for each. Teaching and guiding in a mutually co-creative experience where everyone’s gifts bring value and growth, is one of my greatest joys.
I love this quote from Shakti (which my sweet friend Denise Sheehan of Sage Spirit Coaching & Reiki shared with me Saturday after my class and right before her synchronously teaching a Reiki 1 workshop that day):
“I teach workshops, not because I’ve mastered the information and I am the expert, but because I love to share myself in this way. This sharing deepens my learning experience.” ~ Shakti Gawain
This is something I actually share within each workshop I teach, and Friday was no exception. So it was very beautiful to share this feeling with Denise, Shakti, and I know many other teachers who feel the same.
Being a teacher also entails being a student simultaneously. Teachers commit to a path where growing and learning takes place in a more public field of experience by embracing this vulnerable way of sharing. It’s extremely empowering and enriching for everyone who shows up.
And showing up is something more and more people are doing and it’s exciting to see and hear it. We can each also teach by the example of our own lives, every day and in every experience we have. There are so many wonderful opportunities to share your beautiful self with the world and to cultivate more of the gifts and expansion you are wanting to hone in on and bring forth.
And the more we embrace and share these gifts, the more the Universe gifts us with messages and support that chime in when we need them. These come through synchronous encounters and experiences that draw your attention. And the more you acknowledge and share gratitude for the messages received, the more you tap in to your innate abundance.
I feel more and more gratitude each day for all of the wonderful experiences I get to share in, the beautiful souls I am graced in life to meet and work with, and the amazing ways that life explodes in chime with the beats of my heart. It is love manifest in more than words can express.
And the energy is really amping up. At least that is what I feel. The field of experience feels very fertile and potent.
If you’re feeling it too and you’d like some support with things you are creating right now and shifts you are making, don’t forget about January’s Special (which I call Tania’s Offering of the Month – a new one to come February 1st).
There are only 4 more days to jump in on this, as the special is good through January 31st only. You don’t have to use your session by the 31st, but will need to purchase it by then in order to receive the special savings:
Distant 20-Minute Enhanced Reiki Sessions offered at 40% off.
Regular price $75. So you can get one of these for only $45, which is a $30 savings.
Just for this month I’m offering a 3 package special for only $135. That’s a savings of $90 from the regular $225.
And, don’t forget about the upcoming Reiki Renewal Retreat in Laguna Beach this March.
If synchronicity is leading you to embrace the path of Reiki for yourself, then this may be the opportunity and nudge for you. Whether you are local or from out of town, this will be a beautiful way to immerse in expansion and deeper connection.
All registrations need to be in by February 28th, so that’s just a month away. The Retreat begins Thursday 3/20 and ends Monday 3/24, but remember you can come for just one or both of the training sessions on either Friday and/or Sunday. This is a chance to get your full Reiki certification in all 3 Levels, or just come for the first 2 Levels.
Each Initiation Attunement will open you to a higher frequency of being.
I can take about 4 more people for the workshop days and 2 more people for the full weekend accommodations.
This is going to be a really fun experience!
Also, I’ll be teaching a Reiki 3 Master Teacher Workshop on Wednesday, March 5th in Costa Mesa by request of a client so if you’d like to join, you are welcome to as well. I am able to teach 7 days a week, as long as the days align with both person requesting and myself. So sometimes a workshop like this will pop up and anyone wanting to join is more than welcome, whether past or new student. Being this is during the middle of the week, I anticipate it will be a very intimate experience, so if you prefer learning in this type of environment, this may be the perfect day to join, if it happens to align also with your schedule.
If you’d like support with any of these, please message me at email@example.com so that I can be of assistance.
Are you feeling, or have felt for a long time, a certain calling and urging from your heart that is becoming increasingly loud and unavoidable? There are many ways our bodies and the experiences we encounter, both as triggers and as beautiful phenomena, are trying to get our attention. Sometimes it is a constant message that comes through others, things you read and see, or people finishing your thoughts and answering your questions unspoken, but deeply felt.
I keep hearing from people that are opening their hearts to the experiences within that want expression. I love this!! And I am excited to know that many are ready to take the plunge into the waters of their dreams and loves. Sometimes the step you take is simply getting you to the next leg of the journey and not the destination itself, but taking whatever step toward the essence of you, will be rewarding and provide you the next clarity needed.
For me, every single moment is full of powerful messaging and symbolism that I have chosen to take to heart. Maybe that makes me seem a bit off to some, but regardless of how you may view my approach to life and messages/signs, I sure have fun, which if that is the only blessing, is quite a blessing I’ll take. Thank you! And I’m definitely not getting stuck, because I keep moving. Energy is ever-flowing, so why do we think we would be any different since ARE energy manifest?
“Factual information alone isn’t sufficient to guide you through life’s labyrinthine tests. You need and deserve regular deliveries of uncanny revelation. One of your inalienable rights as a human being should therefore be to receive a mysteriously useful omen every day of your life.” ~Rob Brezsny
You ARE in fact receiving the support you ask for and the answers, as well as the guiding hand, but you may just not want to embrace the way it is coming through and so you explain it away, until the message no longer is one you can deny. Many want the answer to come in black and white handwriting on the wall, but have a filter on how that writing needs to look.
How is life messaging you? Signs, answers, and synchronous messages don’t have to be profound. They can be as gentle as the kiss of the wind that suddenly rustles through the leaves and across your cheek right as you explore a thought and ponder a question.
“Be AWAKE to Life” ~Risto Rein
How one young woman integrates “Trouble,” “Comfort,” and “Survival”
I love this story and I think many of you will as well. It’s a longer read, but so well worth it. I’m grateful for Laura sharing it and for Ann and Mitch that encouraged her to read it so that it found its way to me too. Today has been one of those very synchronous and poignant days and this story is simply perfect. I think many of you will find it deeply inspiring.
Becoming the YOU-nicorn
Something nudged me this morning to repost this blog, as I was feeling Unicorn symbolism prevalent, likely because of our entering the “Year of the Horse” and also due to my exploring the vibrations of “purity”, “innocence”, “love”, “magick”, and the “seeking of natural truth”. Unicorn helps us to see with fresh eyes and release old patterns. This coincides with my musings lately on the meaning of “virginity” and its correlation to the constant opportunity for renewal in every single moment that we each experience. I feel that we have the ability to access self-purification through an alchemical process we can self-initiate in each creatively potent “now”. Joseph Panek so beautifully expresses this in his wonderful post “The Unicorn As A Symbol”, which is such a simple, resonating, clear, and thorough expression of the Unicorn for me and what I’ve come to understand her as. Along with my repost blog, you may enjoy reading his thoughts at “A Seeker’s Thoughts“. I believe the Unicorn has a powerful message for us right now in its non-definitive, but multi-variant symbolism, as Jung shares from his studies. When we have an open and trusting heart we are able to follow into the realm where the You-nicorn dwells, and there we will discover our trueness.
I was talking about Unicorns on a beach walk Thursday with my friend and since then Unicorns have been on my mind – their significance as our higher potentials and boundless possibilities.
Yesterday I had been led to a perfect expression from Penney Peirce in her book, “Frequency – The Power of Personal Vibration” and having her book in the foreground of my thoughts, I remembered her reflection about Unicorns as the mirror of purified vibration when you love and make space for your Higher Self to Be.
I loved the essence of what she stated, directly mirroring the concepts that had been stirring from Unicorn revealing herself to me the other day. And so her thoughts evoked this message from my own heart, which expound upon some of the para-phrased expressions she shared and end with the sonnet she quoted that so eloquently conveys these thoughts.
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