Soul Retrieval in Kootenay National Park
Our continued time in the mountains here in Kootenay National Park has further enriched my connection to the sacredness of all life, as I draw forth the roots of my beingness. I’m feeling the integration that has been percolating and shifting, taking root and although I’ve been transparent in that process, I’m really feeling most true at this time to what I’ve come to know and evolve about myself. There’s a strength I don’t believe I’ve revealed until now and it has come through this journey to integrate my human and star self.
We were home-based in Edgewater, British Columbia this past full week (Sunday through Sunday), just minutes from Kootenay National Park and Radium Hot Springs at a peaceful golf resort where there’s only 7 RV sites in the main area and 3 non-hookup sites in a different area.
We started out with a view of the playground, which brought lots of wildlife sightings each morning, then decided to move to an expansive view of the mountains, forest, and golf course for the other half of the week giving us beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
The week has continued with more deep wildlife connections, some being incredibly shifting for me.
We’ve also immersed in nature and outdoor adventures with hikes and kayaking, but also balanced out with nurturing time at the hot springs and spa…all being very symbolic and supportive.
Our first day was a gentle touch in, checking things out at Radium Hot Springs to see what we wanted to do there during the week and picking up some hiking info, then proceeded to explore Olive Lake and Cobb Lake Trails.
The water was so beautiful…Olive Lake was more like Emerald Lake with its amazing green and Cobb Lake continued with these vibrant greens merged with blue.
I was feeling very much in dragonfly mode and this was mirrored by the huge amount of small blue dragonfly nymphs and much larger royal dragonflies fluttering all about me and the water.
Once again I was in awe at how what I’m wearing and how I’m feeling seems to merge with nature around me, finding myself looking and emanating much of that blue dragonfly nymph energy as you can see.
Was it I reflecting them, or them reflecting me?
I believe it was a mutual dance we’d aligned in harmony together with.
A lot of dragonfly energy on this day was around….even while driving there we had dragonflies flying at the window of the Magick Bus.
As mentioned, energy started off gently and also with this lightness, but as the week progressed the energy took a turn into a very strong presence I felt had been activated and another part of me revealed.
This shedding was both literal and symbolic, as the next day would reveal.
It started off with three animal spirit guide visitations in the morning without having to venture out hiking for the day.
First, a young mule deer buck said hi just as I woke up at 6 am and peeked outside.
Then, not too much later, miss snowshoe hare and and a mule deer doe said good morning.
All of them curiously exploring this whole rv living thing up close for themselves, but also with no one else up and about, felt very much as an encounter for me.
I was so excited that this time the snoeshoe hare lingered long and I was able to capture a photo of her. Such an amazingly powerful presence these snoeshoe hares carry, which is very different from other rabbits. Quite bold, confident, and with great sense of their magick I feel. Definitely like my Nestor.
We decided it would be our spa and soak day, so after an errand to the local post office in Radium, we headed for Radium Hot Springs and went to the Pleiades!
The Pleiades Spa and Wellness that is. 😉
But it did feel to be quite the “out of this world” journey that continued into dream time that night that was induced by a wild lightning and thunder storm in the middle of the night that felt like it was activating a portal of dreaming.
That night I dreamed of different things including a dream in which I was known and recognized by others as a medicine woman and another with these three magickal white and almost painted, other worldly hawk feathers – one of which I was gifted.
At the Pleiades I was drawn to choose an exfoliating body glow treatment with a combo hydrating massage following.
As I mentioned, I felt this was important and key for my literal shedding of old skin that was energetically taking place. I even mentioned to the therapist I was in snake mode.
And so I had this amazing treatment, which left my skin the softest, most glowing, dewy, and renewed I can ever remember it looking and feeling. It didn’t hurt that she used these awesome Om Organics products (I chose the orange blossom and ylang ylang for invigoration) from a local company just 15 or so minutes from where we were staying. The effects of these products continued for days and I even noticed that as I my skin tanned throughout the week with all the time in the sun, it was this new color I haven’t seen it – reminding me of native skin.
I ended up getting some products on our return visit because I loved them so much and want to be able to continue the renewing and shedding when desired.
Anyway, it was a day of invigorating renewal and sinking into myself more deeply, which I started off by putting together a light rainbow infused salad before heading to the spa/hot springs of baby romaine, grape tomatoes, avocado, smoky jalapeno sauerkraut, carrots, blueberries, strawberries, hemp seeds, and balsamic vinaigrette.
I wanted a full inside and out experience.
Before and after our treatments we spent the afternoon and evening hot and cold soaking in the outdoor hot springs pools, as well as the indoor private hot jet tub and steam room – all feeling symbolic of different aspects of the process I was inducing.
It felt perfectly symbolic of that snake shedding layers of old skin that I felt drawn to literally let go of.
It’s amazing how we can invoke literal experiences by engaging intention with action.
The spa also has Glow raw organic gluten free superfood offerings of juices, smoothies, and grab-and-go goodies. So there’s a lot of pure goodness here to experience for all around nurturing.
Our next day we kayaked down the Columbia River starting in Invermere, BC taking us 10 1/2 miles. The Columbia River is the “largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America at 1243 miles long and is the 4th largest river in the U.S. by volume, having the greatest flow of any North American river draining into the Pacific.” ~ (from Wikipedia)
This was an incredibly peaceful day, as we were completely alone on the river, which was a gentle flowing one, creating a state of being in total peace and solitude, as one with nature, and no other sounds but occasional birds, bald eagles, and one train that went by and tooted a hello from the tracks that run adjacent to the river.
I had a huge revelation this day that shifted things deeply and it opened an emotional connection that felt detoxing and purifying.
This day of kayaking in serenity was perfect after our light immersing and renewing day to gently transition into the new while surrendering and allowing that new energy to take form.
We were gifted connection with 4 bald eagles, three baby osprey, a bald eagle and osprey nest, and one doe on this river journey.
The next day was a quiet day solely for creative channeling and painting of Magick Stones. During this sacred experience, two new does visited, which were very interesting to me.
Each had distinct and unique physical attributes – one with what was like a birthmark on her face…the other having a smaller version of this, more like freckles, but with one ear bent backwards. Either this was from an injury or she was born this way.
They were very different than the two cosmic does in East Glacier that showed up as manifestations of Joy and Nestor, and yet these two were very special to me, reflecting a vulnerable and authentic, very Earthy nature and reminding me of Cosmo and his unique qualities who is still hugely powerful for a little guy with special needs.
It was nice to allow all of the energies experienced to work their magick through my painting. I’ve been awed by how the energy is revving in this batch of Magick Stones and what people are sharing in their experiences with them has been nothing short of incredible. I’m deeply honored to be sharing this sacred exchange with others and for the experiences that are helping to make the channeling possible.
Our days continued with more deer – lots of deer energy this week! – when the next morning brought a new group of them by. This time it was a mother with two spotted fawns.
I loved these little ones that reminded me of twin energy. I have continued thoroughly enjoying the interaction and connections between mother and babies in the wild. Such a sacred bond that is driven by a deep connection that transcends all. I feel the same thing with Cosmo, and the way we communicate mirroring so much of what I see with these mothers and little ones.
We decided on a hike this day and headed to Redstreak Creek Trail.
On the way we saw a mountain goat. Mountain goats have been so important for me lately in terms of my Capricorn energy I’ve been invoking more literally.
Plus, I’d had a vision of one of those white shaggy mountain goats at one of the sacred places we’ve visited, unknowing that they actually live in the area we’re in now. I have not seen one of them yet, but that energy has been strongly with me and I’ve been intending to see mountain goats so I was super excited by this sighting and connection.
Synchronously, the mountain goat is Kootenay National Park’s wildlife symbol since there is a large population of goats here. Perfect for the energy I am invoking currently!
We then continued on the hike, which was very lush, wet, and feeling like a vernal womb. Rebirthing in action for sure.
Our day finished out relaxing at our site where I caught some rays even though it was 6:30 in the evening, as the sun is out long and is powerful through to the night.
It was a beautifully expansive sky that enveloped me in its magick above…the subtle rainbow rays reflecting the creative power surging through.
Another day of hiking followed, which took us to Dog Lake and crossing two bridges over Kootenay River, which we would end our time with the last day by being on it, instead of traversing over it.
Two golden eagles began this day – our first sightings of these – then another mountain goat. Yay!
We’d driven past this second mountain goat after I pointed it out, but I wanted to connect more so asked Dave to drive back. This proved timely, as because we’d done so it brought us in divine alignment with a baby moose after.
After the goat connecting we headed back up the highway when I eyed the little one. She was going to try to cross the highway and I feel it was lucky we were there, as perhaps she’d have met with a different outcome.
When we got closer, she became alarmed by our car and it triggered her to jump back (a very healthy response in my opinion, as I constantly see wildlife continue across highways not understanding the danger, feeling they can make it with not understanding the speed and power of cars, or being disoriented and unable to react). I was glad to see this little one already knew this and had quick responses to what she perceived. As she did so, her hooves slipped on the cement and she fell. It was just temporary, as she immediately got back up and was fine. We’d slowed to a stop to ensure we weren’t in any way endangering her. She then made her way across and because of our being stopped, the cars on the other side of the highway stopped to let her pass too. And off she went into the trees.
I was just hoping that mom was waiting for her on the other side, as it was odd to see a baby moose by herself and in general rare to see a moose, especially when it’s hotter in temperature outside since they need shade without ability to regulate their body temperature.
Anyway, for some reason this experience was very powerful for me on a level I can’t explain in words. I can just say that this little, but big baby moose was special and opened and connected a part of me that was needed. I got extremely emotional, but it was beyond the incident. It touched something deep in my heart and it was like I suddenly understood something profound about myself without having to explain it.
The feeling stayed with me the rest of the day and I reflected on it as we soaked in the pools again, deciding to return to Radium Hot Springs after our hike to close out the evening.
Our last day we decided to kayak down Kootenay River. The last two times we’d kayaked, we’d had a taxi drop us at our put in spot and left our car at the end point.
This time we decided to leave our bikes at the end point and drive to the start, then bike back to get the car. A full adventure indeed.
We didn’t know much about this river, but ran into some people putting in their raft that had done this river before, while we were checking out our starting and ending points. They helped us decide on these and they said we’d be fine in our kayak.
So off we dropped our bikes and headed back to where we’d seen the people and away we went.
We ended up kayaking 15 miles down Kootenay River through class 2, but mostly 3 rapids. This is something neither of us had done on our own in terms of this level of rapids. We’ve been on rafting trips of this nature with a guide, but it was something else to navigate on our own – quite fun and invigorating.
We were alone on the river and worked like a seamless team. Me at the helm paddling my heart out – forward ho! Dave at the back steering us through the obstacle course of rocks and rapids.
I felt cell memory take over and this soul recognition became the embodiment of me in the now becoming one with the river and integrating who I once was navigating it with determined knowing.
I felt stronger than ever. I felt my native roots take hold. My Mars in Capricorn in the first house was in full activation and embodiment, and it was incredibly empowering, invigorating, and activating.
It made me think how this part of me is the one most people likely don’t know of me or see….perhaps feeling more of my Faery, cosmic, and flowing essence, but there is a strong, courageous, determined, very physical, and fierce me as well….the Earthy grit and power that merges with the soft and mutable magick.
We all have layers and, for me, it’s been about unveiling those layers and learning to integrate them into a harmonious balance that work together in partnership all the time and that aren’t hidden, but transparent. We can move in and out of each energy when the occasion arises and yet they will all always be present as the tapestry of who we are as an expression of All That Is.
Yet I intend for this to be a seamless experience.
Alchemy of the soul in action.
Needless to say, our kayaking trip down Kootenay was amazing and along the river we saw 4 does and some geese. A golden eagle flew low in front of our car, across the dirt and gravel road as we left, and right before we turned in to our rv park, a young buck showed up bringing things to full circle closure since a buck had welcomed me that first morning here.
But when we took out at the end of our kayaking trip down the river, lightning began to light up the sky behind the mountains and thunder proceeded to echo through my soul.
Recently I’ve been reading a series of medicine woman/shaman books – on my third of 5 right now – and they’ve felt to be a seamless reflection for experiences lately and shifts taking place within.
That night I was reading and came across something in the book about lightning and how it is said to be a gift from the mountain spirits, announcing its presence and protection for a new shaman. I reflected on the synchronicity of this and thinking on how this part of me feels to have been increasingly stirring through all that I’ve been calling up.
My intense connection with the mountains, forests, Earth, and animals has brought forth the parts of me I’ve been awaiting. Or perhaps All That Is has been awaiting me to bring it forth. 🙂
I went to sleep after reading for a bit and I woke in the middle of the night. I never go on my stomach, but for some reason I turned over on it and was facing the window. My eyes were parallel to the portion at the bottom that was partially open – meaning the blinds were raised up just past where my eyes reached to let in air. It was like I was being guided by some inner force that wanted me awake and looking out the window right at that moment.
Suddenly a huge flash of lightning struck so bright right into my eyes and lighting the entire black sky, followed by thunder like the drumming of the sky spirits. It was so crazy bright and instantly I remembered what I had read before going to sleep.
I turned over and went to sleep thinking on how uncanny the timing was of me being awoken, turning, and then lightning flashing in my eyes. It felt like an activation took place, and an initiation of new power I was ready for had been triggered.
I am experiencing deep retrieval of my ancient native roots for sure.
I share this from the Lake Louise Campground where we currently are for a full week to explore Banff National Park and the areas around that call. We’ve been here just two days, but already major magick is at hand. Tomorrow my friend Janet, whom you may remember from a few posts of our time in Wyoming, Grand Teton, and the start of Yellowstone, is coming to visit again with her dog Daisy. They’ll be hanging out for a few days, as she takes a break from her time at my friend Hillary’s ranch about 6 hours away.
We are staying in a dry site this time, only with electricity, and wifi is very intermittent, so I’ll do my best to update as I’m able.
For now, wishing you all peace to your hearts as you navigate these wild, but oh so promising times.