Building Sacred Relationships with Food: Seasonal Food Rituals, Agricultural Blessings, Prayers, and Honoring Our Food

laurabruno:

Such an important post!

“The question is, what can we do to honor our food if buying local and growing our own food is off the table? This post explores other ways we can use prayer, ritual, and celebration to help bring the sacred back to our food—of any origin.”

Having lived all over the US — 43 locations in my 42 years — I know well the challenges of living in areas in which local, organic food is not readily available or affordable. Like Willowcrow, I’ve also experimented at various times with different methods of rei-nvoking and re-infusing the sacred in food and water — with excellent results. So much so that I regularly bless even homegrown organic food before consuming it. Many thanks for expanding this conversation and perspective. :)

Originally posted on The Druid's Garden:

Modern culture prevents many of us from engaging in a critical part of our human heritage—developing a sacred relationship with food. I’ve talked about developing such a sacred relationship with food on this blog before with regards to growing it and/or foraging it—how gardening allows me to develop a sacred relationship with plants, how seed saving and starting completes that cycle, how wild food foraging and medicine making allow for that connection, and how locally-based seasonal diets can help reconnect us.

However, I’m staying with my family for a few weeks before making my official move to PA, and trying to eat as I usually do (locally, seasonally, organically) has presented some serious challenges. The truth is that in poor, rural areas in the USA, organic and local food is simply not as available (or affordable) as it is in the cities or suburbs. In…

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The Holiday ~ Two Faeries Reflect & Renew in Goshen, in a Faery Cottage, Activating a Faery Portal

laurabruno:

Yay! Here’s Tania’s lovely writeup and photo journal of our recent visit. Mercury Retrograde ate about 2/3 of her photos, but the ones that remained seem just right. Much love, T! I miss you, but your sparkle remains in Goshen. I saw the baby bunny today, too. :)

Originally posted on Tania Marie's Blog:

laura and taniaIt was a long time coming for Laura and I to reconnect in the Faery flesh – what seemed like nearly 6 years – but last week saw the end to that physical separation drought, as we came together in Goshen, IN.

laura and tania (4)We share that rare kind of friendship that has no “needyness” and yet we are also so close that we never feel the distance despite hardly ever having spent much in-person time together over the years.

We are in constant connection telepathically, via text and email, and the very very random phone time, however, our connection just increases. For us both, we cherish the kind of friendships that honor our independent natures and yet support the unique oddities we each have and desire from our relationships.

That said, it was so, so nice to be in the flesh together again – the longest we’ve spent actually in person…

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Garden Update ~ Polycultures and Blooms Galore

Some photos from today and the past couple days:

Ferns and Jack in the pulpit are probably six inches higher than when I snapped this photo two days ago.

Ferns and Jack in the pulpit are probably six inches higher than when I snapped this photo two days ago.

The other side of the driveway, with irises, blueberry bushes, cardoon, liatris, echinacea, my prized medlar tree and the back/side yard gardens in the distance, including Garden Tower.

The other side of the driveway, with irises, blueberry bushes, cardoon, liatris, echinacea, my prized medlar tree and the back/side yard gardens in the distance, including Garden Tower.

The mixed edible cover crops are growing fast.

The mixed edible cover crops are growing fast.

I knew the fava beans would look pretty, but I wasn't expecting pink blossoms from the rest of the mix!

I knew the fava beans would look pretty, but I wasn’t expecting pink blossoms from the rest of the mix!

Chives, sea kale, elecampane, grape vine and the beginnings of good bug mix flowers.

Chives, sea kale, elecampane, grape vine and the beginnings of good bug mix flowers.

Black lace elderberry starting to bloom next to quince, strawberries, hazel and comfrey.

Black lace elderberry starting to bloom next to quince, strawberries, hazel and comfrey.

Rhododendrons always bloomed on my birthday as a child. This year they arrived one week early but still going strong.

Rhododendrons always bloomed on my birthday as a child. This year they arrived one week early but still going strong.

Iris in the front of the driveway, next to yarrow, just sprouting hyssop, aster, echinacea (coneflower), lavender, thyme, forsythia and more.

Iris in the front of the driveway, next to yarrow, just sprouting hyssop, aster, echinacea (coneflower), lavender, thyme, forsythia and more.

More iris along the back fence, with grape, raspberries and more echinacea.

More iris along the back fence, with grape, raspberries and more echinacea.

Most of these starts went in the ground during Tania's visit last week, but I replanted some pots with seeds for even more abundance.

Most of these starts went in the ground during Tania’s visit last week, but I replanted some pots with seeds for even more abundance.

First squash blossoms are already out. In addition to companion planting borage, calendula and cilantro, I've protected the base of the stems with aluminum foil to foil the squash vine borers.

First squash blossoms are already out. In addition to companion planting borage, calendula and cilantro, I’ve protected the base of the stems with aluminum foil to foil the squash vine borers.

Using Ayahuasca – Ultra Spiritual Life episode 5 – with JP Sears

laurabruno:

As the person who originally sent this video to Tania, I feel called to re-post, especially after reading JP Sears’ comments, as they mirror things I have noticed during intuitive sessions and reading the energy of various people promoting sacred plant medicine. I very much agree with this line: “I believe that being aware of both the light (using something sacred in a sacred way) and shadow (using something sacred in a non-sacred way) possibilities allows a person to be much more healthfully aware of why they are doing what they are doing. ” ANY substance can be used in an addictive, ego-driven, unconscious way, and we would all be wise to recognize the forces driving our relationship(s) to any plant “medicine.”

Think: tobacco, wine, marijuana, chocolate, coca (cocaine), opium (heroin) and more. All of these are sacred substances, which, taken out of context or used addictively, become barriers to healing and awakening, rather than a faster route. As JP says:

“On this topic, the only thing that I’m ‘against’ is using something sacred without being aware that one’s ego may have non-sacred motives while using justifications laced with sacred terminology in order to hide the non-sacred motives from one’s own self.”

Originally posted on Tania Marie's Blog:

If you saw my post, “How to Be Ultra Spiritual with JP Sears“, which includes in it another article I also shared titled, “Do You Wear a Spiritual Disguise? ~ Losing the Mask and Finding Your Truth” then you’ll understand this one too and have yourself a good belly laugh, and/or maybe even some interesting reflection.

I’d like to also include JP Sears’ comment with the video, as it may ruffle some feathers and cause some triggers in some people.

Here’s his comment, followed by the very funny video:

“Hi Friends! In response to my recent “Using Ayahuasca” video I’ve had a lot of requests for further comments about “why are you so against using Ayahuasca?” I appreciate some of you valuing my opinion enough that you want to hear more of my perspective, I’m honored by that (admittedly, that also makes me co-dependent :-) Here’s some…

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VIDEO Hillary, Monsanto’s Poster Puppet, Supports GMOs – Marches against Monsanto, Protest GMO in 38 countries

laurabruno:

Thanks to Natural News and Reclaim Our Republic for this piece (and hat tip to hocuspocus13 for reblogging it). Anyone who thinks Hillary Clinton represents any kind of positive change for this country, please do read this piece in full, along with watching the videos if you still can’t see the writing on the wall. In addition to her wily, unethical (laughing about faking a polygraph test) defense of a man who raped a 12 year old girl, this “women’s advocate” is no advocate of anyone who cares about their food, their body or their rights to protect themselves from chemicals and the worst corporate thuggery. I’ve long been aware of this but haven’t had the time or stomach to put it all together. Thank you for gathering the details into one undeniable post.

Originally posted on Reclaim Our Republic:

-Foods that cause inflammation and how to avoid them
-This isn’t how to get votes
hillary cereal killer
May 24, 2015 by Christina Sarich

Conservative, liberal or independent – it makes no difference – when one of the nationally recognized presidential candidates for 2016 supports Monsanto, you know that democracy has failed in the United States. I’m talking about Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton is Monsanto’s next poster puppet. Why? She represents a demographic that wants GMOs labeled. She represents ‘women’ who are, in large part, the people who buy groceries, take them home, and feed their families. She represents ‘democratsl ostensibly educated, liberal, and young – but she doesn’t represent me. That’s because she supports GMOs.

Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn’t represent the American people, either. Recently, she stated her desire to get industry representatives around a table to have an “intensive discussion” about “how the federal government could help biotechs with insurance against…

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May Specials and June Workshops Reminder

Just a reminder that you have a few days left to sign up for May Specials. I have no scheduling spots left for May, but if you sign up through May 31st, I’ll honor the discounted rates through May 31st, 2016. This is a good time to stock up on sessions if you’d like some in reserve.

The June Reiki Level 1 Certification Class in Goshen, IN still has a couple spots remaining, and the Faery Workshop has one spot left. Those of you in PA, NJ, or NY still have a little while to sign up for the July 18 Reiki Level 1 Certification Class in Allentown, PA. The July class will be catered by an East Coast blog reader who generously offered to provide fresh, love-filled food for all attendees. The Faery class will also include some garden fresh goodies from our yard and gardens.

MAY 2015 SPECIALS

$44 Tarot Readings

Half hour tarot readings at 20% off the usual rate. Tarot readings offer an energetic check-in, the chance to ask questions about pending decisions or intentions, and represent a fun, yet powerful way to gain new perspective on relationships and challenges.

Tarot readings are particularly good for people who don’t know what kinds of questions to ask me; they just want some kind of guidance because they feel unsure of what’s coming or what to focus upon. Tarot also seems to benefit those people who have exceptionally good things coming their way, yet wonder if I might be “padding the reading” or “just saying what they want to hear.” The cards don’t lie. (Neither do I – but the cards seem that much more objective a medium for delivering good news.)

Please contact me if you’d like to sign up for this special. Offer valid if prepaid on or before May 31, 2015.

Intuitive Preparedness Check-In

This is a return of a popular 2014 special, which I feel called to highlight again now due to the variety of emails and comments I’ve received from clients and friends that “things just got too close to home.” Possibilities that seemed remote are suddenly showing up in their towns or among their social set, and people want to know how to maintain an optimistic vibration while also shoring up any weak spots. This special responds to many comments, questions and private emails requesting my take on the question “What can I do right now?” — for specific individuals, rather than general guidelines and suggestions.

This hour session gives you access to my own intuitive scan of what areas of focus will provide you the greatest payback and sense of abundance, peace and security, with the least amount of resistance. Those looking to make larger lifestyle shifts can ask me to scan various lifestyle, location and/or community options to see which ones fit best with your vibration and heart’s desires. You can also use our time together to discuss energetic/magickal protection and manifestation tools and techniques, along with troubleshooting your most pressing concerns in various areas of life, including finances, food security, faith/spirituality/soul nurturing, relationships and/or land, including “garden guidance.”

I feel so strongly about helping people take steps from fear, denial and overwhelm into abundance, joy and freedom, that I’m keeping this pricing a simple $123. As Tolkien said, “Little by little, one travels far.”

Please contact me if you’d like to sign up for this special. Offer valid if prepaid on or before May 31, 2015.

EVENTS:

Mikao Usui ~ founder of Reiki

Mikao Usui ~ founder of Reiki

REIKI LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATION CLASSES

Reiki Level 1 Certification Class in Goshen, Indiana
Saturday, June 20, 2015
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hosted at my home in Goshen, IN (address given after sign-up)

Reiki Level 1 Certification Class in Allentown, Pennsylvania
Saturday, July 18, 2015
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hosted by my sweet, artistic and very groovy sister in Allentown, PA (address given after sign-up)

Reiki is an ancient healing method rediscovered in the 19th century by the Japanese monk Dr. Mikao Usui. The “Rei” in Reiki stands for “universal” or” spiritual,” and the “ki” corresponds to the “life force energy” known as “Chi” or “prana” in other Eastern systems of healing and energy work or yoga. It offers an easy, non-draining way to provide hands-on or distant healing through energy exchange and profound relaxation, allowing the recipient’s body, mind, soul and spirit to access their own deepest healing. Reiki can be practiced professionally, or as an adjunct to one’s own spiritual path and holistic lifestyle. I teach the Usui Method of Reiki, which is the most traditional style from which all other types derive.

Students will learn and/or receive:

• History, nature, and science of Reiki.
• Experiencing Reiki energy.
• Using Reiki with other healing arts.
• Discussion of 21-day cleanse.
• Treating animals and plants.
• Essence scanning process.
• Establishing a Reiki practice.
• Practice self-treatment hand positions.
• Handouts and resource list.
• Reiki Circles.
• What a Reiki lineage represents.
• Giving a Reiki treatment with hand positions.
• Ethics and Legal Responsibilities as a Reiki Practitioner.
• Reiki Level 1 Attunement.

Certification: At the end of the training, each student will receive a certificate acknowledging completion of Reiki Level 1, as well as recognition as a Reiki Level 1 Practitioner. Taking any Reiki training with Laura Bruno also qualifies each student to audit (at no cost) any additional Reiki classes taught by her, up to and including the level completed with her (space permitting).

Fee: Regular rate for Reiki 1 Certification is $175. If prepaid in full two weeks in advance, cost is $150.

Pre-registration and a $25 non-refundable deposit are required to reserve your spot.

About the teacher: Laura Bruno, MA, RMT has taught Reiki Certification classes around the United States since 2002. An internationally known Medical Intuitive and Intuitive Life Coach, Laura has authored three books and hundreds of articles on natural healing, mind-body-spirit-soul connections, raw food, and intuition. She has spoken at health conferences and has appeared as a guest on numerous radio shows and blogs.

For more information or to register, please contact Laura Bruno.

back gardens 7-13FAERY WORKSHOP IN GOSHEN, IN

Sunday, June 21, 2015

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hosted on Summer Solstice at my own “Faery Hof” and gardens in Goshen, IN (address given upon registration)

This workshop is offered by popular request and will be tailored to the day’s participants. Likely topics include:

Faery lore and history

Faery healing and divination

Tour of the faery gardens and portal doors on site

Connecting with the Faerie Realm, Nature Spirits and Elementals

Exercises, recommended resources and techniques for finding Faery Guides and Allies

Rules of engagement so you don’t accidentally offend the Fae

Inviting faeries into your home and/or garden (living in harmony with Nature and all Her creatures)

We will share a light, working lunch, including fresh homegrown and local produce

In honor of Summer Solstice and the transition from one season into the next (the Fae like thresholds), we will finish this class with a short faery ritual to welcome Summer, followed by “tea and cakes” (gluten-free, sugar-free vegan options available). Please note that I have scheduled this class after the Reiki 1 Certification Class in Goshen, in case out-of-town students prefer to make just one trip to Goshen. Lodging recommendations available upon request.

Fee: $125, which includes a $25 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot. Space is limited, and I’ll need to know numbers several days ahead of time in order to harvest/prepare food and materials.

For more information or to register, please contact Laura Bruno.

Resentment

laurabruno:

Resentment is high on the list of illness/trauma/”accident” triggers, and this post offers some excellent tools for recognizing how resentment grows and why. It also offers eight powerful questions to ask yourself as a way of becoming more conscious of the Shadow — where resentment often hides — so that you can release the toxins before they wreak their full havoc in your life. Some language warning for those with sensitive “ears,” but this is a highly recommended, contemplative read for anyone wanting to take proactive steps on all levels of healing.

Originally posted on Profane Light:

“When you resent a man, you become his slave. He wrecks your meals, destroys your peace of mind and stalks you everywhere. He is with you when you’re awake and invades your dreams when you sleep. He’s beside you when you’re at work and goes along on your vacations. He might even steal your last moment of consciousness before you die…” – Anonymous

Resentment is a feeling of bitter indignation for having been treated unfairly, a judgment that others have hurt us or fucked us over or haven’t done enough for us. It arises because anger isn’t expressed and discharged directly, as an immediate emotional-energetic response to some event that is happening in the present. When the energy of anger remains bottled up, it keeps re-feeding on itself, or regurgitating, and turns into resentment. That is the root of the word resent, to re-feel the original pain without discharging or…

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