Quick Updates and Tree Love

Just a few updates on a sunshine and snow filled day!

It’s Good to be Alive, Right About Now

For most people I know, 2017 got off to a slow start, but then the forward momentum snapped like a rubber band. Lots of people, myself included, started new creative projects, and others have redecorated or embraced cleaner, higher vibration foods, as well as new exercise programs. I’ve lost track of how many people started rebounding after I wrote about it in my “Shaking Up the Energies” post. Bouncing, especially to fun and/or sacred music, really does get that lymph flowing and gives stagnation the old heave-ho.

The following Andy Grammer song sums up the shift of energies for so many people, and, coincidentally, this would be great for some dance-rebounding. 😉

New Book in the Works:

Completing my Permaculture Design Certificate also opened space for me to begin a long anticipated book project with Catherine Grace O’Connell. We’re co-authoring a book on recovering from Lyme Disease, and I finally got to start on my end the second week of January. We’ve now got a working outline, lots of notes and some chapters already written. We’re both looking forward to this joint project, which addresses healing Lyme Disease in ways we’ve not seen done before.

I’ll be sharing the concepts and techniques I’ve find most effective in helping my first husband recover from Lyme Disease, as well as the many, many Lyme clients I’ve helped since posting my “Healing Lyme Disease” article in 2009. Catherine will follow each of my explanations with stories of how she personally interpreted and embraced each step and how that played out in her own healing. We have no idea when we’ll finish the project, but my cosmic scheduler and muse must have both heard my oft repeated intentions to make January a writing month. Things are flowing well!

Kalamazoo Birch Grove and Imbolc Blessings

David and I have continued our fun adventures in Kalamazoo. We go there so often, we kind of feel like we live there — dining at all the vegan friendly restaurants, getting fresh juice (at the Earth Fare juice happy hour!), shopping at the wealth of organic and health foods stores, and enjoying bookstores and music galore. We love it all, but especially the trees. On January 21st, on our one month wedding anniversary, we found a powerful birch grove tucked away in Fray’s Park:


Birch is symbolized by the BAR or Berkano Rune, representing new beginnings, rebirth, Mother energy, hidden secrets, healing, fertility, nourishment, and creativity. I have long loved birch trees, as testified by this 2012 post that goes more in depth on birch, Runes, and the chaga mushroom that often grows on birch trees. The day we found Fray’s Park, it was an unseasonably delightful 62 degrees in Michigan, making this grove feel even more like spring. I was so happy, I literally kissed a tree:


Trees provide us with so much love in the form of clean air, beauty, wisdom, and grounding. Sometimes they need a good hug and kiss in gratitude. As we enter Imbolc week — traditionally celebrated anywhere between January 31-February 2, and with the exact crossquarter day of February 3 this year — I felt led to post some birch, the tree associated with Imbolc. I wish you all fresh starts, clean energy and new beginnings!

19 responses to this post.

  1. It’s going to be amazing beauty. You’re already off to an amazing start. Can’t wait to join in. So much love! Catherine

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  2. Right back at you! So much love! I’m really excited about this project. 🙂


  3. Posted by PeaceNowFlower on January 30, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I’m from next door to Kalamazoo. I used to confuse the ‘Binder Park Zoo’ with ‘Camel Zoo’ when I was young. Battle Creek, however, does not have as much to offer. No awesome food places. Yet, you need to visit Marshall Downtown if you ever feel like traveling to the surrounding area. At the Binder Park Zoo, you could visit the Africa Exhibit in Summer and have a moment giving lettuce to the Giraffes. I do not know if you boycott zoo, but the animals might enjoy your energy.

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  4. Posted by Linette on January 30, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    In love at first sight with that birch grove! And I can feel the writing energy from over here!

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  5. Reblogged this on Reiki Dawn and commented:
    This is such a feel good post by Laura, I happily reblog it with a toe tapping beat

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  6. Posted by Nikkoale on January 30, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Wow! That grove IS gorgeous!

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  7. Thanks, PeaceNowFlower, I didn’t know you were that close to Kalamazoo. Well, we do sometimes go to the fair here to give Reiki to the animals there, so I suppose it would be similar. 🙂

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  8. Thank you, Linette! Yes, it’s a beautiful, powerful grove, and yes, the writing is zipping along. 🙂

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  9. Thank you, Dawn! I’m having fun imagining your toe tapping. Just had another great rebounding session here followed by a long chanting/meditation session. Ahhhhh, feels good to move and redirect energies. 🙂

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  10. Isn’t it, Nikkoale?!


  11. Posted by PeaceNowFlower on January 31, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    That is where I grew up, but now I am in costly Ann Arbor. (Good bus system for someone who is afraid of driving in A2.)

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  12. Can you have too much fun!???? Lol. Nawww. I don’t think so. I started checking into a rebounder now myself after see this. Haha

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  13. Reblogged this on Illuminations Now!!.


  14. Posted by thymia17 on February 1, 2017 at 9:48 am

    on PBS, they use this song to advertise their arts/cultural programming, with film clips of people dancing, singing & rebounding (including ones from people in the past, i.e. the ’70s or ’80s, etc.) – it is joyful! (haven’t met my goal yet of no television …)

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  15. hehe and haha! loads of fun!

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  16. Ah, that makes more sense, PeaceNowFlower. I could have sworn you were in Ann Arbor, not Battle Creek!

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  17. Posted by PeaceNowFlower on February 2, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    About Binder Park Zoo. I remember finding a Crystal along the path when I was a child. I debated taking it, but decided whoever left it there must have had a reason. You told more later that faeries leave crystals in some people’s path. It made me think of the Zoo. The zoo has long walking paths and lots of trees. I think a Fae Portal or two is hidden by the swamp area. There is a path made from recycled milk cartons that was collected from schools when I was in kindergarten.

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  18. Sounds quite magical! Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

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