Monthly Archives: August 2016
To Know the Dark Brings You Closer To the Power of the Formless Unknowable
To go in the dark with a light is to know
To know the dark, go dark. Go without
and find that the dark, too, blooms and
and is traveled by dark feet and dark
This felt like a perfect “farewell for now” message to leave you with, as I will be offline for an unknown time, beginning tomorrow.
The Magick Bus Adventure Takes a New Turn on the Spiral of Life
It will soon be a year that we’ve been living in the Magick Bus – my time flies when you’re soaring through shifts – and during that time much has evolved including some alchemically poignant experiences that were markers for both walking into and creating a new era. I’ve experienced literal near death, the transition of one of my beloveds, ancient remembering, peaceful embodiment, widening perspectives, realization of personal truth, a new level of alchemy initiated, shedding of more layers of skin, danced with cosmic forces of shadow and light, began a new creative path, deepened into sound as my harmonic resonance, heard the call of the sacred areas that align with my soul, and so much more.
It’s been potent indeed!
And as I shared in another recent post, “It’s an ever-flowing evolution of creative execution requiring constant, increasingly conscious presence to hear the voice within.”
Nothing ever “arrives,” but continues to morph in reflection to continued expansion beyond limiting versions of today’s ideas and beyond duality into multi-reality potentials that release definition.
This adventure we’ve been on has had several purposes, but most importantly to literally move energy in a rapid and deep way, which it indeed has.
It’s been a journey of surrender, vulnerability, lifting of veils, stepping into greater personal power, and expansion.
Much more than I have even shared with words and photos via my adventure blogging here that documented the journey, as it’s just not possible.
Things continue to spiral and with shifts embraced, adjustments to mirror and flow with the current streams of energy have, and continue to take place.
I know from what I’m hearing and experiencing from the collective that this is really proving to be a moment-to-moment fluctuation of different energy currents to navigate, which can be unnerving, confusing, knocking off balance, and challenging to say the least.
Or, fun if you’re able to really enjoy learning a new dance partnership with the current energies inviting you and the constant morphing quality to things right now while not getting fixated and attached, as everything rapidly transforms.
While we’re keeping from locking into anything and allowing the energy to move and form naturally to support new opportunities and visions streaming in, I can share some of what is happening in a general and symbolic level.
We are currently heading out of Canada sooner than originally planned (originally traveling another nearly 2 more months through) and will be entering back into the States on the 31st and last day of August (that’s tomorrow and seems symbolic) through North Dakota with the International Peace Garden as our entrance bridge, which feels quite fitting to move through a harmony zone between two “worlds” – Canada and the U.S.
Then we’ll continue traveling and touching down in several states along the way like Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc. getting a taste of this area of the country, and culminating with a very special, private, and intimate Equinox celebration and activation with Laura and her David in a sacred place, immediately heading to where the land has called us to start creating the next phase of our lives, right after.
We’ll of course be exploring what the areas we travel through have to offer along the way to our landing zone, integrating that into the creative manifestation process, no doubt.
We’ll then be focused on creating the next phase of our lives solely.
This will involve purchasing and setting up a new home in one of the places closest to our hearts, which will be an evolving process and may morph and expand into more than we originally thought to incorporate everything desired and necessary to our paths.
And during this time the Magick Bus will be our base until our home is in order, then we will likely be saying goodbye to it.
However, this doesn’t mean our adventure is over. It is simply evolving and taking a new turn on the spiral of life.
We are exploring varying possibilities, which may include things like purchasing a much smaller Magick Bus II and journeying sporadically once we get set up, or simply traveling without a Magick Bus.
The possibilities are endless!
Either way, we would be navigating the landing zones of exploration by very specifically focused areas of intent and calling, rather than everything in between.
This to include some international travel that’s come up, including a long stint in Australia in the Spring of 2017 due to an important event invitation for Dave in relation to his book.
So, there is much evolving and much excitement ahead, not to mention I am looking forward to creating a new sacred haven and sanctuary to continue with my creative projects and new ventures that I envision.
And that’s where my next phase of feeling I need to withdraw external energies comes in, in order to fuel all the things I/we need to create and anchor in.
This may seem abrupt, but I’m going to be offline beginning September 1st – the New Moon Eclipse in Virgo and our first full day back in the States – for a good majority and unknown length of time, and will touch in only if absolutely called, which means the rest of the journey I won’t be documenting anymore.
This means I won’t be updating via Facebook either and newsletters are coming to an end for an unknown period of time.
I may pop up with an update or channeled inspiration, via my blog solely, when you least expect it, but that would be in alignment with what’s already anchored, rather than the process, and I’m not going to place any time frame or limitation on it.
Like with everything, it will organically create itself.
I just wanted to put it out there so that you don’t think something happened to me or that something is wrong, like some people thought the first time I took my 3 month sabbatical, although much IS happening. 😉
This feels more resonant, as things shift way too much and with such speed that it doesn’t make sense, nor supportive all around, to update until things anchor into manifestation more solidly.
Plus, I want this part of my life to be created with as little commingling and energetic interference than we already all share simply by being part of the collective experience unfolding.
And, I also need this time to utilize an early, clear, and focused hibernation for the creation of all of this on a personal, partnered, and collective level.
Thank you so much for all of the loving support and understanding that you share so generously.
Sending out much love and wishing everyone a creatively empowered journey, an alchemically potent New Moon Solar Eclipse tomorrow, Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on the 16th, and Equinox, as well as a peacefully flowing end of 2016.
Merging & Balancing My Sacred Twins
This felt particularly symbolic and meaningful for what is culminating and the next blog upcoming I’ll be sharing.
Yesterday I found the twin seagull feather to the one I found five days ago in a different location we were living in.
Feeling the merging of my sacred twin male and female within coming into greater balance.
These feathers bring the winds of new heart freedom, personal authentic power, creative self expression, and joyous new perspective to breathe in, ride, and navigate these constantly fluctuating energy streams with perseverance and vision to more clearly see the opportunity and purpose within everything.
Sherwood Forest Refuge
Like Robin Hood and the Merry Men, we took refuge in the Sherwood Forest as our last haven home in Canada before re-entering the States. This seemed symbolic of this portion of our tale coming to closure and stepping into greater clarity from any illusion of “fantasy”, while also owning our power to create the faery tale of our own dreams. Nestled in an idyllic little forest oasis protected by century old elms of Sherwood Forest Golf & County Club, we have been navigating the new journey ahead by heart consciousness.
Although we’re still finishing out this last day today, I thought to share this post, as I am winding down things on my end.
We’ve had two and a half days and three nights here, which was just enough to prepare us for re-entrance into the States tomorrow.
We spent most of our time hunkered down in the quiet of this remote forest community, which is about 25 minutes from the city of Regina.
Alongside our own focuses, we spent quiet time around the pond pool at the edges of the forest overlooking trees and the rolling hills of the golf course and strolling the large grounds at dusk.
Sherwood Forest is a really unique little community and resort that hosts 268 yearly owned/leased campsite lots of residents who live in rv’s or a few mobile homes, and have their own magickal little plots of land creating an enchanted little neighborhood community of tiny mobile house living.
It was fun wandering through the streets named after things you’d find in the tale of Robin Hood and seeing the yards each person has uniquely created – some with gardens, decks, water features, and more.
Then there are the short term campsites like ours available, with use of the entire grounds.
I was able to finish my current book I’m reading (4th in a series) with so much peacefulness, but also spent time in contemplation and reflection on the path ahead, as everything is getting turned upside down again to view from a new perspective.
Makes sense with all of the major planetary dynamics unfolding including the two solar and lunar eclipses on the new and full moons this month beginning the first of September in Virgo (our first full day back in the States) and in Pisces come the 16th.
During our time here we did venture into Regina for errands, along with trying an all vegan/vegetarian restaurant called Hunter Gatherer Vegetarian Diner (quite unique and yummy) and then taking a 3 mile stroll around Wascana Lake in the 6 square mile Wascana Centre Park (simply beautiful and felt like an early Autumn day).
Regina is a lovely city with Victorian homes on some of the streets downtown near the many parks, and a host of interesting restaurants, and health food stores.
Magick was in the air, felt in that early Autumn breeze and even fun signposts like this street sign.
Elphinstone has several meanings but felt like an oracle path a faery or elf might follow in the Lord of the Rings or something, since we seem to be venturing in mythical tales lately including literally living in Sherwood Forest for a few days.
I’ve noted the shorter days and softening light.
I’ve been sensing an early and colder Winter this year.
And it’s the first year I’ve actually witnessed chipmunks hiding their acorns and have had so many run-ins with bears bulking up for their long Winter’s naps.
I feel a hibernation coming on early myself, to include a real hunkering down and need for retreat into creative madness…the kind that is intoxicating and fruitful and will manifest newness in all areas of life.
I’ll be sharing an update soon on where things are currently and upcoming changes at hand.
Lake of the Healing Waters Spiritual Retreat
We’ve been continuing our run of relaxation in a little peaceful haven village of Manitou Beach for what will account for just 3 nights and two and a half days of spiritual retreat. We’ve called Manitou and District Regional Park Campground our home during this stay, which is just 5 miles north of Watrous, Saskatchewan and a short walk to the unique mineral waters of Little Manitou Lake, which is believed to have healing powers. It’s a beautiful campground with an enclave of mature trees around each site and abundantly throughout (they even have small tree groves on site where they are growing more), trails to the beach, through the prairie grasslands for a loop hike, and past lots of Saskatoon berries as well as a lovely garden that is part of the grounds and restful park.
The village of Manitou Beach hosts a lot of fun things for post-treatment relaxation of its visitors including restful parks, spas, drive-in movies, mini-golf and golf, Danceland, a bird sanctuary, kayaking, and more. There’s a coop market about 5 minutes down the road into town too.
The photos shared encapsulate the essence of our time here, which was one of peaceful magick.
Although I didn’t capture the rainbow while it was clearly defined (you can see a hint of it dissipated here below in the clouds to the left), there was even a small one that appeared across the lake when we reached the top of the hill on our short hike.
And for me, it was the space that brought me back to my writing, continued synchronous reading bridging story with reality, and digging more curiously about where I’m taking my new creations and the next leg of our journey in general.
All of this was partnered with the backdrop of the Lake, which for me seemed to be the energy prompting more depth and introspection in my explorations.
There is a “Legend of the Lake of the Healing Waters” that shares the stories about Manitou Lake.
The word “Manitou” itself carries a powerful symbolism by definition, which shares that it is a supernatural force, which to the Algonquian Indians, pervades the natural world.
Manitou is the spiritual and fundamental life force understood by Algonquian groups of Native Americans. It is omnipresent and manifests everywhere: organisms, the environment, events, etc.
The Great Spirit, Aasha Monetoo, gave the land, when the world was created, to the Natives (in particular, the Shawnee).
The term was already widespread at the time of European contact. In 1585 when Thomas Harriot recorded the first glossary of an Algonquian language, Roanoke (Pamlico), he included the word mantóac, meaning “gods” (plural). Similar terms are found in nearly all of the Algonquian languages.
In some Algonquian traditions, the term gitche manitou is used to refer to a “great spirit” or supreme being.
In the shamanistic traditions, the manitous (or manidoog or manidoowag) are connected to achieve a desired effect, like plant manitous for healing or the buffalo manitou for a good hunt. In the Anishinaabeg tradition, manidoowag are one aspect of the Great Connection. Related terms used by the Anishinaabeg are manidoowish for small animal manidoowag and manidoons for insects; both terms mean “little spirit”. In some Algonquian languages such as Iynu (Montagnais) the word manituw refers to underwater creatures to whom hunters offered tobacco in order to appease them when traveling through their territories.
The name of the Canadian province of Manitoba, named after Lake Manitoba in the province, derives from the place name manitou-wapow, “strait of the Manitou” in Cree or Ojibwe, referring to the strange sound of waves crashing against rocks near The Narrows of the lake. In Manitoba there are the petroforms of Whiteshell Provincial Park, and the Anishinabe Midewiwin refer to an area there as Manitou Ahbee. The petroforms are symbols made with rocks, and they serve as reminders of the instructions that have been given to the Anishinabe by the Creator. The Midewiwin, or Grand Medicine Society, are dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. To them, the area containing the petroforms is Manito Ahbee, the place where God sits. It is the site where the original Anishinabe was lowered from the sky to the ground by the Creator.
Manitou Island means “spirit island”. This island is considered very important to the Ojibway, or Anishinaabe, with many sacred sites and sounding rocks. There is still a high population of native peoples on the island today.
The Fox Indians believed that the manitou dwelled in the stones of the sweat lodge. On heating the stove, the heat of the fire made manitou to come out from its place in the stones. Then it proceeds out of the stones when water is sprinkled on them. It comes out in the steam and enters the body. It moves all over inside the body, driving out everything that inflicts pain. Before the manitou returns to the stone, it imparts some of its nature to the body. That is why one feels so well after having been in the sweat lodge.
I find it again synchronous that the book series I’ve been reading of shamanic and medicine traditions have largely been based in Manitoba and are connected through the First Nations people there. No coincidences. 🙂
I’ll leave you with this story as shared in the Watrous Manitou Visitors Guide we were presented upon arrival to our campsite:
Long before white settlers emigrated to Canada and the western territories, Saskatchewan was designated as part of the Great Plains of western Canada. A variety of Canadian First Nations tribes traveled throughout the land, utilizing the available resources for their survival while still respecting the land from which it came.
The arrival of the European settlers impacted the tribes in a variety of ways. One of the most devastating effects settlers had upon the First Nations people was the introduction of foreign diseases such as small pox. The Cree people who populated the land area known as Saskatchewan were exposed to small pox and suffered devastating losses. When traditional medicines and remedies proved ineffective against this new disease, the Cree did the only thing they believed they could, move away from the site of death and destruction.
According to legend, some young braves fell ill during their tribe’s move. Fortunately the tribe’s choice of camp was in the vicinity of what is now known as Manitou Lake. The braves were too weak to continue the journey so the tribe built a shelter for them before continuing their journey. It is said the afflicted braves were overcome with fever and thirst and crawled their way to the lakeshore where they slaked their thirst and immersed themselves in the cool water. Spent from their efforts, it is said they remained on the beach overnight. In the morning, the braves experienced some relief from their symptoms. The braves attributed the respite to the water and remained on site, consuming and immersing themselves into the liquid medicine. Within days of their arrival at the lake, the braves regained their previous state of healthfulness and continued on their tribe’s journey. Upon reuniting with their tribe, tribe members were astounded by the braves’ seemingly miraculous return to health.
So was born the legend of the healing waters of Manitou Lake. Medicine men named the lake Manitou in reference to the Great Spirit, which is the equivalent of God. As the legend of the lake with healing powers spread via word of mouth, First Nations tribes later followed b the settlers ad then visitors from all parts of the world, traveled to the Lake of the Healing Waters to experience relief from a number of maladies. An entire industry of healing and therapeutic products sprang up from the lake resources, an industry that is still strong and vibrant today in the new millenium. How effective the healing waters are can only be determined through first-hand experience. Experience the Legend of Manitou for yourself!
What Story Do You Have to Tell?
As I sit here getting back to my own “storytelling” this post came to mind from two years ago to reshare. Today seems to be a day of reblogs. I hope these two short messages I’ve shared today may speak to some small part of you. In love and creative magick!
I feel that all of you creative visionaries channel from a place that exists between worlds (time out of time) and when you tune in to that frequency, you receive a clear broadcasting of Source’s creative expression, which reveals the all-encompassing beauty, wisdom and mystery of All That Is through You.
You each have a unique role in the collective story being woven.
The only thing for you to do is to embrace your unique cosmic role as channel for your thread.
Finding Your Return
The idea of being “tested” keeps you in victim mode. The experience of shifting your frequency is an empowering choice of action that turns the searching and proving into a return of being. Here’s a short reblog on this theme.
A special, hidden little place I found in Alaska on a walk
The difficulty and challenge seems to always lie in the finding of a hidden place, thing, or part of yourself, wherein lies the test.
Once you are a vibrational match and the alignment is activated into the embrace of being, this acceptance constitutes your no longer having need for testing.
Then, the return is simple.
Dare to Dream
Simply and with all of your heart….DREAM! Then do it! Here’s a short little reblog from two years ago to infuse inspiration to what you’re contemplating right now.
The “Dream” theme continues to be a guiding force right now and this little message felt important to share:
Nothing happens without a dream…people are afraid to speak their dream/s out loud, worried about disappointment, failure, ridicule, or perhaps even believe they aren’t worthy of having any, or that they even are entitled to it.
YOU are a creative being by virtue of your existence and the only thing that dictates your worthiness is YOURSELF.
Today, spend some time tuning in to your heart and ask yourself what dream you would like to create. It doesn’t have to be huge and it doesn’t have to be the end-with-all final result of life – there isn’t any such thing.
Just start off with something small and allow it to evolve.
Gift yourself the ability to freely imagine and then anything you want, just do it.
Life will conspire to align with…
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