Archive for July, 2015

Upcoming Reiki Certification Classes in Goshen, Indiana

I’ve got Level 2 and Level 3 (Master Teacher) Reiki Certification Classes classes scheduled in Goshen, Indiana for Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, respectively.  Long distance training via phone, distant Reiki, and email is also available for students committed to Level 3 training who prefer not to travel for an in -person class.

Numerous people have previously contacted me regarding another Level 1 class, since they could not attend the prior dates. If I can find a date that works for several people and can fit into my schedule, I’m open to offering another Reiki Level 1 Certification before the later levels I have on the calendar. If all goes well, I’ll be moving office and classroom operations into the blue house next door on September 1, but since I don’t know exact timing, I would need to limit the Level 1 spots as though I’ll be teaching in our living room.

UPDATE: The next Reiki Level 1 Certification Class in Goshen is Saturday, August 29 from 10-5. If you’re interested, please let me know right away, as spots are filling fast. Cost is $175 ($150 if prepaid by August 15, 2015).

According to our landlord, the house will for sure be ready for the September 19 and 20 classes, which is good, because I’ve already reserved the upstairs rooms for two students coming in from Ohio and Illinois. Please note: this is a Notre Dame football weekend, which means early booking will reward your travel plans, as last minute hotel reservations are often tricky to find. I might have one more spot for someone in the Blue House if you don’t mind a queen-sized air mattress. I’m not sure I’ll have the futon in there yet.)

If you’re interested in any of these offerings or long distance training for Reiki Level 3, please contact me for more details or to sign up.

Also, a quick reminder that tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the July Mini-Coaching and Medical Intuitive Specials, detailed here.


Reiki Level 2 Certification Class
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Goshen, IN (Elkhart County)

Students will learn and/or receive:
• Reiki Level 2 Attunement
• Experiencing Reiki energy
• Using Reiki with other healing arts
• Discussion of 21-day cleanse
• Treating animals and plants
• Personal energy balancing techniques
• Review self-treatment hand positions
• Different qualities of Reiki energy
• Clearing rooms & cleaning crystals
• Reiki Circles.
• Mental/Emotional Balance technique
• How to send Reiki thru time & space
• Tips for using Reiki to help addictions and previous trauma
• How to amplify Reiki energy.

At the end of the training, each student will receive a certificate acknowledging completion of Reiki Level 2, as well as recognition as a Reiki Level 2 Practitioner. Taking any Reiki training with me also qualifies each student to audit (at no cost) any additional Reiki classes taught by me, up to and including the level completed with me (space permitting).

Fee: $275 ($250 if prepaid by 9/1/2015); $25 non-refundable deposit required to hold your spot.

Reiki Level 3 Master Teacher Certification Class
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Goshen, IN (Elkhart County)

The next Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Level III Master Teacher Certification Class will be taught on Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 10-5 at a private classroom in Goshen, IN. If interested, please contact me so that we can discuss your previous training and make sure the RMT training makes sense for you at this time. Students must have at least Reiki Level 2 training in order to register for this class.

Taking this class also entitles participants to audit, free of charge, all additional Reiki Certification Classes taught by me (Laura Bruno), space permitting. Many students value this chance to observe earlier levels from a Master’s perspective. A very high percentage of my former students now teach their own Reiki classes all around the US. Class size is limited, so please contact me soon if you have interest and wish to reserve your spot.

This workshop is for those who would like to deepen their healing gifts and/or who feel a calling to teach. The instruction includes:

• How to give attunements for every level.
• Master symbols and attunement.
• Anthakarana, Tibetan, and Usui Master symbols.
• Violet Breath.
• Complete Healing Attunement instructions and practice.
• Handouts for Reiki Master/Reiki Master Teacher.
• How to teach all levels.
• Discussing the 21 day cleansing.
• Reverence for life.
• Giving self attunements.
• Beginning a Reiki teaching practice.
• Attracting students that resonate with you.
• Teaching in different settings.
• Special positions for specific imbalances.
• Reiki and Manifestation
• Special uses and applications for Healing Attunements.

Fee: $650 ($600 if prepaid by 9/1/2015.) $50 non-refundable deposit required to reserve your spot.

Please contact me to discuss signing up for this class. You might also find this article helpful in determining if you feel ready to take this next step and if you resonate with me as a teacher. You can click here for an article called, “Synchronicity, Reiki and Finding the Right Reiki Master Teacher,” which details how to select the right teacher for your own RMT training. I am a Medical Intuitive, Life Coach, author, artist, and Soul Reader. I became a Reiki Master Teacher in March 2002 and have taught Reiki Certification Classes around the United States for over thirteen years.

Recommended Links and Viewing

If you only have time for one of these, please watch the video below, as it covers the 21st Century Cures Act, passed this month, which most people have never even heard of.

Recommended links and viewing

Natural News:

REVEALED: Cancer industry profits ‘locked in’ by nagalase molecule injected into humans via vaccines… spurs tumor growth… explains aggressive vaccine push


Jon Rappoport:

Official Science: The Grand Illusion for All Robots

Fantasy: “Vaccines remarkably safe and effective.”


Barbara Loe Fisher:

****** Extremely important video here, because this information is not being covered in the news — the 21st Century Cures Act [passed in the House on July 10, but not passed yet in the Senate, please stay posted here] has extreme relevance in that companies legally no longer need to conduct large trials to evaluate safety of biotech foods, vaccines, or medicines. The FDA can expedite approval for vaccines with shorter trials and anecdotal “evidence,” “best guesses before experimental trials” and “surrogate” methods rather than monitored clinical trials. This act also allows clinical testing on people without informed consent.

clinical testing on people without informed consent

The drug companies already enjoy complete immunity from damaging people during vaccines, but this 21st Century Cures Act takes things way over the top — effectively allowing biotech and BigPharma to put whatever they want into a vaccine with no real tests and no consequences to them. Oh, and have you heard? There’s a huge push for mandatory vaccinations, not just of children in California, but of everyone, everywhere. So, according to our government, owned by biotech and BigPharma, these companies can sicken or kill you with zero consequences to them, and they’ve gone to great lengths to get legislation passed making all of this official. And yet people who want to maintain health freedom are paranoid wacko’s?! I must have a Kool-Aid deficiency or something, ‘cuz I don’t get how people don’t get this!

News flash: if you allow someone — especially the criminally insane — complete permission to inject your body with whatever they choose, with no consequences to them, and to feed you Franken”foods” filled with God knows what pesticides, nanobots and poisons with no right for you to give informed consent or a flat out rejection, then you’re a slave. According to Wikipedia: “Slavery is a legal or economic system in which principles of property law can apply to humans so that people can be treated as property,[1] and can be owned, bought and sold accordingly, and cannot withdraw unilaterally from the arrangement.”

With all the race-baiting going on these days, you’d think someone would see behind the smoke and mirrors. With TPP and the recent biotech and BigPharma onslaughts, it’s not about black vs. white or who owned slaves 200 years ago. It’s about who owns you right now. The government? The corporations? Your employer? Your religion?

Or you?

A New Definition of Evangelism

Reader Cindy sent me an email with the subject heading, “There’s a ghost in my machine!” I loved her email and machine haunting so much that she gave me permission to share with others here:

after posting on your blog about Goshen/Carmel, I looked up “evangelical” and found this entry –
“Evangelism is the preaching of the gospel or the practice of giving information about a particular doctrine or set of ponies to others with the intention of having a magical friendship others to strengthen the elements of harmony.”

I loved the part about a “set of ponies” – and “magical friendship” sounds good too!

(will never think of ‘evangelical’ quite the same way again!)

LOL, neither will I. I don’t know what translator came up with that definition, but if someone wants to offer a set of ponies, intends to have a magical friendship and strengthen elements of harmony, then that evangelical is preaching to this choir.


Rejoice! Permaculture is global mycellium, nourishing soil and soul

An inspirational and celebratory follow-up to Ann’s post yesterday. Has “Walk Like an Egyptian” been replaced by “Grow Like a Mycellium”? I guess time, beauty, and harvests will tell.

Goshen is the Second Happiest City in Indiana

Wow, I know some people really love it here and that we’ve got some great people here dreaming and doing all sorts of creative, regenerative, compassionate, and tasty things. I know I keep saying, “Give it five years, and this place will be so great we won’t ever want to move away,” but when David sent me this link, I really wasn’t expecting to find Goshen on the list of happiest cities in Indiana, let alone number 2. Go, Goshen!

Down home wisdom from permaculture co-founder, Australian David Holmgren

I love this! Great, short video on permaculture as a way to change the world. Thanks, Ann!

The Upside of Slumlord Beekeeping

A side note on the pear theft mentioned in the last post: I originally had contacted the Deva of our yard about the theft and was informed that it was really about not planting the apricot tree up front, not so much due to possible theft, but due to possible soil contamination from nearby cars parking on bare soil not that far away. According to the Deva of the yard, the theft of 100% of tree fruit was unlikely to occur again, since it was really about the apricot tree. While part of me buys that, the other part of me that somehow trusts wasps, yellow jackets and Mason bees more than the Deva of our yard — as if speaking with any of those is “normal” — called in the new residents just in case.

This afternoon I went outside and watched the new bees and wasps fill their holes, bit by bit. It’s really quite amazing to watch them work, and the number of honey bees and Mason bees in this part of the garden has also radically amplified. It’s like my call for wasps or other stingers or stinger lookalikes acted like a beacon to the whole area. Bees that gorged themselves on the thyme up front suddenly discovered the borage out back.

All’s buzzin’ along now, and hopefully, I heard the yard Deva right. I’d prefer to give away produce and chat with people walking by the yard, answering their garden questions and helping them set up their own sanctuaries. No need for lurkers and thieves. Meanwhile the pollinators have increased big time, and I feel like between the Deva and the new kids on the block, all has returned to balance. Sometimes you need to draw an energetic boundary so that a healthier one can take its place.

Blessed Bee.

Slumlord Beekeeper

A year and a half, maybe more ago, I bought a lovely, beautiful little Mason bee house from Gardener’s Supply. Warning, if you click that link, you may leave that site with a smile on your face, but less $ in your pocket. Delightful garden goodies that you never knew existed or that you needed until you saw them, but hoo boy, are they cool when you get them! I digress, though. This Mason bee house has sat vacant for 1.5, possibly 2.5 years. i don’t remember when I bought it, but no one ever moved in. A few days ago, I noticed that the top had nearly pulled off and mentally noted that I’d need to fix it or take it down.

Some back story before we get to today’s title:

Last week, I harvested some unripe pears from our 3-way Asian pear tree, so that the pears left in each cluster could grow larger. I juiced them with my cucumbers, greens and lemonbalm, because they were super tart and non-edible. While I harvested the pears, some factory workers were outside on their break and may have noticed me picking something from a tree. I can’t say for sure it was them, because I also was on a garden tour on Wednesday evening, and I specifically pointed out the pears on the tree that night. I didn’t know everyone on the tour, but I would hope “it” wasn’t one of them. In any case, on Friday, David, a friend of ours, and I looked into the house I’ll be renting nextdoor as office and classroom space and a guesthouse. Good thing I was so excited about the gorgeous, custom paint and hardwood floors, because when we walked out to show our friend the garden as he had requested, I noticed that someone had stolen all my pears. Every. Single. One. Of. Them.

Now, the Fire Faery is called the Fire Faery for a reason, because she has a wee bit of a fiery temper, and let’s just say, the biggest garden faery at Faery Hof was rather hot to trot. I mean, it’s one thing to steal produce hanging over the sidewalk, but the pear tree is halfway into our yard. The pears weren’t even ripe, and whoever took them didn’t even have the courtesy to leave a single one behind. That’s rude on so many levels I don’t even know where to start, but I did receive the answer to that week’s earlier question of whether or not I needed to have so many protections on our property. Was I just being a snob? Would people really steal produce from our yard if I relaxed some of the warding and Runic protections around it? Was I paranoid and judgmental of the people in our area? Blah, blah … bottom line, I relaxed the usual quadruple rings of magical protection I keep around our home and property. And I immediately paid the price in pears.

Now, mind you, it was not a particularly expensive price, and it did convince me not to plant an apricot tree right up front, because if someone can spot half ripe pears from 30 yards away, then surely bright orange apricots right by the sidewalk would be way too tempting. And if that someone feels OK stealing 100% of my pears, then I don’t really want to alert them or their ilk to all the fruity goodness in the rest of the yard. I wished whoever they were a sore tummy and the mental note that fruit from our yard tastes really, really bad, so don’t harvest here again, but then I began to ponder the ethics of protection, magical and otherwise. I’m very generous with my produce and sharing of empowering skills, but don’t go lurking around my yard and stealing all of something. Faery Rule #2: No Rudeness!

After talking with some others, I decided to re-initiate the excellent yard protection I got going in Madison when we had a very nosy, would-be helpful neighbor who would let himself into our backyard and do things like mow down our elderberry saplings. He’d also drag out our garbage and recycling cans near my tiny garden there and run over or uproot my plants in the process. He did not respond to “No thanks” and “Please don’t come onto our property.” He meant well, but he also destroyed everything he touched, so I called in some help from beyond. The next day, a wasp nest appeared, right by my garden. According to the nosy neighbor, the wasps stung him the next time he tried to move our garbage and recycling cans.

He’d stand in our driveway marveling that I could work in the garden with wasps buzzing all around me when he couldn’t even set foot near the garden without getting stung. “Well,” I smiled, “it’s my garden, isn’t it? I asked you not to come up here, because the cans damage the plants unless you’re very careful.” He still didn’t get it and kept marveling, so I said, “When I walk out the side door, I just send them a message, ‘I mean you no harm, I mean you no harm,’ and they part for me.” He watched as I walked through a haze of wasps, unstung. He tried to move the cans once more and got stung again, so then he took to just apologizing from the sidewalk — I had written Runes on the driveway, and he never managed to get up that far again — that he gave up on moving our cans. Did he learn his lesson? Not really, but at least he stopped destroying my plants. I gave him lots of free tomatoes and cucumbers to make up for it.

Back to the pears here. After pondering the ethics of tagging stolen fruit with a different taste, texture and stomachache, or posting a sign that not all plants here are edible, that some are poisonous lookalikes (actually true, as I have them in here for other purposes than just food), I opted for the old wasp defense. I put out a call, requesting they inhabit our property, not the blue house, since there will be guests staying there. I told them what I wanted them to guard, and I asked them to come soon, with instructions to give a warning to anyone stealing anything from the garden. If the person ignores all the magical force fields around our yard and does not get the first message from the wasps, then they have instructions to sting with impunity until the person leaves and never returns. I don’t like the feeling of violation and defense, especially when I do as much as I do to try to uplift this neighborhood and empower people to take care of themselves.

Today, I went outside to water and do little yard chores, including take down and repair the Mason bee house, but lo and behold, it now has residents. Many of them! A whole force is moving in to every vacant “apartment,” and they’re not just Mason bees. Some of these dudes have serious stingers. Some are yellow jackets. I hastily used string to keep the house from falling apart, until one of the little mercenaries told me that was quite enough and to back off. Message received. These little thugs like things a bit run down. They’ve let me know they’ve reported for duty and will enjoy the new digs, all the food and pollen in the garden, the undesirable insects and intruders alike. Apparently, the rough and tumble appearance of the Mason bee house allows them to blend into the surroundings– nothing too fancy for this neighborhood. Ahem.

And that’s how I became the Slumlord Beekeeper:

slumlord beekeeper

Don't Piss Off the Fairies

Gaye Levy ~ Pros and Cons of Being a Suburban Prepper

I’m reposting this piece written by Gaye of Backdoor Survival, because she addresses many of the questions I hear in sessions from people disturbed by the direction of the world these days, particularly in the US. I like her practical approach, and she’s right: not everyone can (or wants to) move to the country, but that doesn’t preclude preparedness. Regular blog readers know I’m a huge fan of community. If you can’t find it, consider building it through shared projects, rituals, or activities you find through or local groups. It could be a hiking or camping group, a potluck group, or fellow humans at the dog park.

Not mentioned by Gaye, but a topic I find often with clients and friends, is also the idea of being strategically placed in a less than desirable location. With my line of work, I could easily live in the middle of nowhere, as long as I had phone and internet access; however, life circumstances (and six months of dreams back in 2009) have very deliberately placed me in a spot I would not have ever considered living on my own. It’s taken awhile to get used to things — especially the factory across the street, the flat land, and a fairly high percentage of generational poverty — but David and I also have a much larger community of incredibly creative, innovative, Earth-friendly, grounded, and caring people here than we’ve found anywhere else. Each time we go out, we’re struck by the paradox of where we live, and by just how many good people have been called here to bring forth unusual and amazing things.

For whatever reason, we’ve all felt called here, and I know this is true of others in “ugly” or impoverished areas. Sometimes you’re there, because that’s your Dharma, in which case, it’s safer and more abundant and fulfilling for you to be there than anywhere else. We live in some wild times, but the potential of these times also exceeds expectations. As Daisy Luther says, “Bloom where you’re planted.” Get to know what seeds — on all levels, including metaphorical — will grow where you live, and scatter some more. It’s also kind of like that song, “If you can’t be with the one you love, then love the one you’re with.” You may even find — as David and I have — that, gosh(en) darn it, you do love where you’re planted, odd and imperfect though it is.

Here’s Gaye:

Pros and Cons of Being a Suburban Prepper

“Everyone who lives in the city is going to die when the SHTF.”

Have you ever been on a preparedness website and read that? It makes my blood boil, and not just because it’s a negative and discouraging thing to say. I am also not convinced that it’s correct.  Wherever you live, there are pros and cons, and your job as a prepper is to maximize the positive aspects of your location while taking steps to minimize the negative aspects.

This is especially true when it comes to the suburban prepper.

The Pros and Cons of Being a Suburban Prepper | Backdoor Survival

Although the mindset of those living in a rural community is, by necessity, more oriented toward self-reliance, living in the cities or suburbs is a fact of life for many.  Those sites or commenters which blithely tell people to pack up and head for the country are completely unrealistic.

There are many reasons that relocating is impractical for lots of folks who live in urban areas. Here are a few:

  • Elderly family members they care for who won’t relocate
  • Kids in school
  • Health concerns/medical care
  • Jobs – in this economy it is a bold move to let go of a sure thing
  • Owing more on a mortgage than you can sell your house for
  • Custody orders for minor children
  • The expense of a major relocation

So while the internet may act as though “moving” is an easy solution, there’s a lot more to it.

Because you don’t know the circumstances of others, it’s never a good idea to disparage where they live. While you may be very happy with your current location, that doesn’t actually mean it’s better than other locations. Each setting has its own benefits, and often you don’t realize what they are unless you’ve lived there. Comprehensive preparedness planning can make a home in the suburbs or city safe and well-stocked.

So, whether you live in a place with authoritarian laws, high population density, not enough space for self-reliance activities, or unfortunate weather conditions, the fact remains: you need to make the best of where you are. Every place on the planet has pros and cons.

In her recent article, “Bloom Where You’re Planted: Prepping to Survive Where You Are Right Now,” my friend Daisy Luther wrote:

While your current situation may be less than ideal, you have to remember that very few locations are actually perfect for prepping. Nearly anywhere you live will be subject to some type of extreme weather, be it crippling cold, blazing heat, drought, tornadoes, or hurricanes. Chemical spills can taint water supplies anywhere. Riots and civil unrest can occur outside of the big city.

The point is, to borrow an old saying, you just have to bloom where you’re planted.

There are many things you can do to create a viable preparedness plan wherever you happen to live.  Apartment dwellers at the top of a city high rise, folks in the middle of the desert, those in a beachfront condo, and people in HOA-ruled suburban lots all have to examine their situations, figure out their pros and cons, and work towards resolving what they can.  With some pre-planning, there is a lot you can overcome if you have the right mindset.  I suspect there are just as many (and probably far more) preppers living in the ‘burbs than there are living in perfect rural locations, with a lake, 10 acres of cultivated farmland, and an off-grid house.

Stop waiting until you move to the perfect location. Make preparations for the situation you have, not the situation you want.

The Pros of Living in an Urban Location

Urban locations are not without their benefits.  Here are a few pros for areas with higher populations.

1. There is ease of availability for supplies.

If you live out in the middle of Timbuktu, a stock-up trip takes a lot of planning.  I live on an island that requires a ferry ride to get to the mainland for shopping. If we needed to purchase last minute supplies, it would be a lot more difficult than just making a quick dash to the store.

For others who live remotely, “going to the store” can mean several hours in the car for the round trip, making it impractical to hit a good sale unless you have an outing planned during that time anyway. For those who are nearby, running across town to save some money is much more realistic.

2. A higher population means that you are less likely to have to go it alone.

Good neighbors can be a blessing. Do you have a friendly neighbor who would take responsibility for your kids if a disaster struck? In the event of civil unrest, your community can band together to combine skills and keep the neighborhood safe.

Ferfal, who wrote about surviving the Argentinian economic collapse, said that living in the country was absolutely not a guarantee of safety, because the isolation made families easier targets for home invasions.

3. In the event of an all-out disaster scenario, there are more resources for scavenging.

I’m not talking about a short-term incident of civil unrest with people looting televisions. But once you realize a situation has become long-term and that the way we lived before has ended, you may decide that it’s time to make a supply run to places which have been abandoned.

Scavenging is very different from looting! This will be easier, not to mention safer, if it’s closer to home.

4. Smaller spaces are easier to protect.

If it came down to just you and your family, do you feel like you could properly defend multiple acres from the unprepared? It takes a lot of manpower to cover fences and access points for that much land. However, a well-fenced suburban lot can be adequately guarded by only 1 or 2 people. With some creative planning,  you can be far more self-reliant than you would imagine in small spaces.

5. Urban areas are less likely to deal with specific scenarios.

Things like wildfires rarely threaten urban areas, but those living out in the secluded forest are far more at risk. As well, there are a number of predators the further you get from civilization. If you were to encounter a medical emergency, it takes someone in the country substantially longer to get help than it does someone in the city.

The Cons of an Urban Environment

Even with the benefits mentioned above, of course, there are also valid reasons that so many preppers strive to avoid living in the city. To be absolutely clear, while I don’t think everyone has to live in the boondocks, I do feel like the suburbs are somewhat safer than being right downtown.

Here are a few negative points to urban living:

1. When you live in the city, you’re more easily contained and controlled.

In the event of a martial law scenario, you will be far easier to corral if you are one of the people densely packed in an area that can be road blocked and guarded. Door-to-door searches for supplies or weapons can be much more efficiently undertaken in the city than they would be in a place where the homes are several miles apart.

2. Large population density means more competition for potentially limited resources.

While there are more resources to be had in an urban area, there are also more people looking for those resources. This means that if you are in competition for those resources, you either have to be early and get them before someone else does, or you must be more forceful than the other people going after those supplies.

3. The mob mentality can be very dangerous.

A mob mentality can be contagious. When swept up in an angry group, people will do things they’d never ordinarily do, and this can mean great peril. Think about the Black Friday shopping sprees where folks trample others just to get the deal on a bigger TV. Now imagine those people are hungry and they know you have food you aren’t sharing. You get the idea.

4. If you live in a high rise without direct access to the outdoors, it can be difficult to be self-reliant.

If you have a balcony, you can manage to grow some food for yourself. However, if you live in an apartment without any outdoor space at all, things get a lot trickier. That means you are unable to have micro livestock for protein, you probably have limited storage space for food and water, and growing vegetables will be difficult.  Without outdoor space, sanitation becomes more difficult as well.

5. City life is expensive.

Generally speaking, living in the city is a lot pricier than living in the country. Because of access to jobs, cultural activities, and educational facilities, places in town are in much higher demand. When you are spending double the amount on rent or mortgage, it can be harder to set aside money for prepping.

The Final Word

The fact is, we live where we live. There are many more people in our country living in suburban and urban areas, and lots of them are preppers. Disparaging the place where another chooses to live is short-sighted. Most of us weren’t born preppers, and we when we wake up and see the light, we can’t change our entire lives overnight. Besides that, there are numerous issues that can keep us in a location regardless of whether or not it’s ideal.

Before looking down on a person who lives in a place that you might consider undesirable, stop and think of all the reasons it may be necessary for them to remain there. And remember, country homesteads are not immune to disaster, either.

Wherever you live, take steps now to make the best of it. Find resources, build your stockpile, and prepare. No place is perfect and we can all improve our chances, regardless of where we live.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

What Time Is It?

cukes in basket

It’s pickle time!

pickle time