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Two Links Worth Reading

These two articles provide important context for anyone struggling with relationship issues and/or feeling a surge of Shadow gunk throwing you off balance. Understanding dominant energies helps you surf or redirect them, instead of getting overwhelmed in a downward spiral.

Perspective offers a lifeline. If you think you’re drowning, grab it.

Laura Walker: Oracle Report Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Black Moon Conjunct Galactic Center

Ann Kreilkamp: Jupiter enters Scorpio today, 10/10/17, 9:30 a.m. EDT

 

VIDEO: The Unitary World View of Hildegard of Bingen

I’m excited to watch this full presentation by friend and fellow InDiana blogger, Ann Kreilkamp, filmed in Seattle by my sweet and amazingly talented friend, Mitch Mattraw. Unbeknownst to both of them, I’ve been tapped into Hildegard since 1999, as a result of my three-week, post-brain-injury attempt to get my Ph.D. in English Literature as planned at Northwestern University — while not being able to read, reason, remember, or tolerate fluorescent lights at all! Fun times.

Actually, they were fun, rich times, though far from what I had planned or anticipated. My two years in Evanston, IL and very short stint at Northwestern, proved utterly synchronous and deeply transformative, with several of the professors befriending me even after I needed to drop out due to uncontrollable migraines, no short term memory, and having the flicker of the day’s fluorescent lights replay all night long like an aggressive strobe light.

One of my professors, the Medievalist Dr. Barbara Newman, happened to be researching the role of migraine headaches in Hildegard von Bingen’s “Visions,” when she first learned I needed to defer my Ph.D. studies by a year and then forever. She was Department Chair at that time, so I needed to meet with her to discuss options and how not to tie up a scholarship and fellowship for yet another year if it looked like I would never recover enough to attend graduate school.

At one point I confessed that I believed I would recover ONLY if I gave up on graduate school, as I felt an overwhelming and clear calling in other directions. She became particularly intrigued by my TBI, migraines, and subsequent escalation of medical intuitive gifts and herbal awareness, because they shed bizarre light on her Hildegard project, as well as her research into other Medieval mystics.

We met many times in her office (with the lights off!), and I continued to visit her for tea at The Unicorn Cafe for another decade whenever I taught classes in Chicago. She’s actually the person who used to call me “Lily” — as in “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these — since I seemed to be on various people’s super-cool-hand-me-down-clothes radar, even at times when I had no extra money to spend on fashion. She also loved hearing how other things would appear just when I needed them, often altogether bypassing the traditional monetary system. Right place, right time and all that! [UPDATE: here is a link to Professor Barbara Newman’s book on Hildegard.]

Those synchronicities and others eventually led me to return to Seattle in 2001 to study herbalism with the holistic optometrist/herbalist/craniosacral therapist who managed to heal me enough to at least try grad school for those three weeks, while I followed signs and synchronicities for the two years back to Seattle. He also insisted I was a “healer” and provided the testing ground for me to gain confidence in the accuracy of medical intuitive gifts. Once I moved to Seattle, I developed a special and daily relationship with an ancient oak tree in Discovery Park, which in our very first conversation (over a decade later) Mitch and I realized was also “his” tree!

Gotta love those trees … and Medieval mystics … and herbalists … and sync winks galore. Anyway, since those visits with Barbara Newman, I’ve run into Hildegard in many unexpected places, including David’s expansive music collection. (This link takes you to a YouTube video with the music, but it’s really worth getting “Music and Visions” for yourself.)

All of which is a very lengthy preamble to Ann’s post and Mitch‘s video of her Hildegard presentation:

Ann Kreilkamp – Hildegard from cabfare productions on Vimeo.

Before and After Garden Pics from Last Time We Saw Ann Kreilkamp

My recent post detailing this past weekend’s trip to visit Ann Kreilkamp at her ecopod in Bloomington triggered WordPress to link to my post about the first time we saw Ann — at our place in May 2014. During that visit, David took a photo of Ann and me standing in the recently created front yard bed, then full of wood mulch and urbanite:

Laura and Ann

At that time, Ann also encouraged me to photograph as much of our yard as I could fit into one shot:

yard at Ann's visit

Holy, moly! I can’t even take that shot now, because there are “too many” plants and fruit trees “in the way.” Here are some after photos taken this evening, winding my way through a similar perspective of the above “before” image. Keep in mind that the before shot from 2014 was already the after from over a year of massive work. Even so, I almost cannot believe how much our yard has grown and flourished from late May 2014 to August 3, 2015:

garden

Front bed

Walking back

Goumi and pear tree

more yard

side and backyard

Ann had a good laugh at David accommodating me with photos that don’t emphasize “my now too buff arms” such that I don’t even recognize my little waif self from two years ago, but LOL, now you see how I got those arms! As much as the yard, my biceps and triceps have grown, I feel like I’ve grown even more inside. Ann and I picked right up where we left off, but that’s because we’ve both been fast tracking our realizations, inner shifts, yard and home projects, and community building. I guess I needed to see it to believe it, but whoa … some growth. Creation on all levels!

Mini Vacation ~ The Fair, The Food, The Feast and Bloomington with Ann Kreilkamp

David had some vacation time giving us a long weekend from Thursday evening through Sunday, so we took the chance to play in Goshen, Mishawaka and on a little road trip to Bloomington. Fun times, indeed! Here were some of the highlights, beginning with the Elkhart County 4H Fair (David gets free passes from work, so we usually go for one short evening each year). Most people go to the Fair for food and fun. We go for the portal doors and fairy houses:

Elkhart County Fair

We walked around, visited some goats and gave much needed Reiki to the magnificent stallions kept in barely large enough pens for show. 😦 That part was very sad, but the horses always enjoy and appreciate Reiki at the Fair, so I make it a point to stop by and offer calm and healing to them whenever we go there. On a lighter note, we looked through the hall of crafts made by young people. We agreed upon this year’s favorite cake:

favorite cake

I spent Friday shin deep in basil, prepping pesto for Saturday’s Lammas/Lughnasadh feast in the GANG Garden at Ann Kreilkamp’s Bloomington ecopod:

basil

Since this is the first harvest celebration on the Wheel of the Year, I made foods featuring as much garden produce as I could. Instead of quinoa pasta for the pesto, I opted for spiralized patty pan squash “raw pasta.” The patty pan squash pictured below fit perfectly into our spiralizer, just trimming off the top and bottom. Others needed extra cutting around the knobs in order to fit. On the whole, though, I found the patty pan squash far preferable to spiralized zucchini, in ease, texture and color. This variety will no doubt become a new regular in our garden:

patty pan squash

patty pan pasta

I also harvested cucumbers to cut right before the feast and mix with our friend Sunny’s kimchee blend. She serves cucumber kimchee at her restaurant, and we love it!

cucumber kimchee

I ended up bringing lots of p’s and “cu”‘s: pickles, pesto, pasta, and cucumbers. Mmmm …

Friday evening we met a friend in Mishawaka, then got an early start for Bloomington on Saturday morning. Attempting to streamline hotel choices, I had looked up “vegan bed and breakfasts” in Bloomington, figuring they, of all places, might have one. Indeed, they do! Well, it’s gluten-free vegan friendly and run by vegetarians who appreciate organic food. The quaint little Persimmon Inn is right in downtown Bloomington and ended up being one of the least expensive of the nicer reviewed hotel options online.

The Persimmon Inn

The Persimmon Inn

We loved all the woodwork, from the entry piece proclaiming “Blessings of Good Health” to a huge, carved chair, to unique wall pieces in the breakfast nook. We rented the “Dogwood Room,” their smallest room, since we only intended to crash there, having pretty much nonstop plans during our time in Bloomington. It was small, but very cute and clean, with a nice bathroom and vintage details, perfect for our needs on this trip. If we had intended to spend more time in the actual room, we might have opted for the “Paw Paw” or another, larger “tree” room:

Dogwood Room at Persimmon Inn

Dogwood Room at Persimmon Inn

It was so lovely to find organic kiwi, blueberries and mango, almond milk, gluten-free oatmeal, rooibos tea, and other organic and vegan yummies at breakfast! Sue, one of the owners, told us that normally they’d have fresh gluten-free vegan pastries from the corner bakery; however, it happened to be closed on this particular visit. Nonetheless, it felt like a treat to have a variety of clearly marked options amidst the more usual breakfast fare. Paul and Sue feel it’s worth the extra expense to serve fresh, organic and special-diet friendly foods and beverages to their guests. We certainly appreciated it!

After checking in, David and I explored downtown Bloomington for awhile before heading over to Ann’s for a tour and prep for our little Wheel of the Year ceremony. We found a metaphysical shop (sorry, I forget which one!), where a particular Tarot deck caught my eye and continued to draw be back to it from different parts of the store. “Tarot De Las Luces Encantadas,” it said, and I thought, “Wow, I might need to brush up on my Spanish lessons, but I seriously doubt Pimsleur covers Tarot terms! I can say, ‘¿Donde esta el bano?,’ but that’s hardly preparation for a Spanish Tarot deck!” And yet … everywhere else I went in the store, I kept coming back to this one, specific deck.

I finally picked it up, and when I turned it over, the other side said in English, “Fairy Lights Tarot.” Well, then, that explained it! I bought the deck and the dragonfly bag it wanted to live in. I played around with the cards last night and decided this is my new, very, very favorite deck ever:

Tarot

Feeling very faery, I continued to wander around with David, who snapped this photo that encapsulates the “blooming” in Bloomington:

bloomington

By then, we needed to hustle over to Ann‘s for our much anticipated GANG Garden tour and to prepare for the ritual I was apparently leading. LOL! Good thing I keep my mini Pagan Cats Tarot cards on hand for quickie altars. The Aces do a wonderful job anchoring the directions, and I love using the potent symbolism of Tarot to represent whatever energies of the Season we wish to celebrate and/or invoke. In this case, I opted for the Sun card on one side of the bouquet and the Nine of Pentacles on the other — a celebration of Light and the Earth’s bountiful harvest. We added the beeswax Venus de Willendorf I’d just gifted Ann — homemade in Elkhart County — along with an altar cloth from Peru, a Goddess from Crete, a crystal from Ann’s late husband, Jeff, some candles and magical sound makers for creating sacred and meditative space.

Lammas Altar

We held the ceremony in the GANG Garden — an amazingly productive, verdant community space Ann and others have created for their neighborhood. Since this point of the year emphasizes harvest, as part of the ceremony, I asked each person to share, briefly, about seeds they had planted (perhaps long ago) that they’ve recently begun to harvest, either physically or metaphorically. Some people shared that for them, they felt they were Fall sowing their own seeds while appreciating what others have sown before them. Others shared some challenges amidst the gratitude. Ann and I both celebrated the community we’ve sown in our respective places and how Goshen and Bloomington communities have now ritually joined. They also joined with gifts — me giving Ann the Venus of Willendorf, and Ann gifting me a “Dahlia” garden statue. It’s a life-sized whirligig she found on a super sale, so we have matching Dahlias and matching Venus’s.

After the short ceremony, we gathered and joined with others for a first harvest potluck. Look at this amazing spread of fresh food!

The spread

We so enjoyed exploring all the in process projects happening at the ecopod, from hugelkultur beds to pathways to creative indoor renovations and community spaces. Even more, though, we loved connecting with Ann and her tribe. What a diverse array of ages, ethnicities, interests and talents! Children through grandparents attended, along with people visiting from overseas. All were welcomed, and everyone brought something valuable to share — their stories, their food, their experiences. At Ann’s and other guests’ encouragement, David and I followed the gathering by doing a “quintessential” Bloomington thing of attending an art showing, which was musically accompanied by the multi-talented young farmer who also made us a bottle of cherry mead. We then explored a bit more of downtown Bloomington before heading to bed and beginning anew the following day, when Ann had arranged for us to meet with her son, Colin Cudmore, inventor of international award winning Garden Tower Project.

We met with Colin at his warehouse and got to look at his (truly!) ingenious designs for not only the Generation 2 Garden Tower Project, which we brought home for assembly, but also for a high end 80-gallon garden composter and greenhouse prototypes for covering, shading and/or protecting the Garden Towers from cold and other elements. David kept saying how much he appreciates that Colin “overbuilds everything,” noting the quality of materials, design and craftsmanship. We spoke of Will Allen, who has consulted with Colin on making some of his projects even more efficient and beneficial, but generally, Ann, David and I just marveled at Colin’s genius. Seriously, he’s got it going on! We left with not only a Gen 2 Garden Tower for the yard of the Blue House, but also Colin’s gift of just the right soil mixture to fill it. I feel immense gratitude to Colin, not only for his generosity to us, but also to the planet. His dedication to finding ways to help people of all classes, abilities, sizes and locations to feed themselves and their communities is both humbling and inspiring.

Laura Bruno, Colin Cudmore, and Ann Kreilkamp at the Garden Tower Project warehouse

Laura Bruno, Colin Cudmore, and Ann Kreilkamp at the Garden Tower Project warehouse

I’ll leave you with a final photo that pretty much epitomizes Ann’s and my time together — connecting on many levels at once from the very spiritual, right down to the most practical, grounded and physical realities, laughing all the way:

Laura Bruno and Ann Kreilkamp

Laura Bruno and Ann Kreilkamp

Thanks to Ann and everyone in Bloomington for your hospitality and friendship, and thanks to David for all of the clearly focused photos (the others are mine, LOL!), for driving and for taking the time for the lovely little road trips, near and slightly farther away. ♥

Gratitude, Gardens and Good Visit

Just a quick post after the most recent intense ones… . Thank you to everyone who replied to yesterday’s post either in the comments or in personal emails. I am blessed to have so many awake, aware and compassionate blog readers. So many people have been feeling the gathering storm of energies and feeling alone. It seems many have found strength in the reminder that we are never alone, even when we feel isolated or left behind. These moments of connection — whether virtual or in person — moments when we offer a kind word to each other, a hand on the back, or just a nod of “I hear you, and I get it” allow those of us who support so many others to receive some of that encouragement in return. We all need it sometimes, and it seems the past week’s energies hit especially hard for people who usually manage to stay up no matter what.

So thank you. Thank you for the loving energy, words and support to me and to each other. That’s how we make the best of any of these situations, whatever they may bring.

On Sunday afternoon, David and I had a lovely visit from Ann Kreilkamp of Exopermaculture — merging online and in person friendships. Ann and I have followed each others blogs for years and have corresponded privately for some of that time, especially since we now live only three hours apart. Despite that short distance, a visit had never quite worked out until this Sunday, when Ann drove nearly past Goshen on her way home from an Upper Peninsula Michigan retreat.

Quite fittingly, David finished assembling our Garden Tower right before Ann arrived. It has been sitting on our porch for months, ignored by both of us, but it felt perfect to put it together when its maker’s mom was about to visit!

recently assembled Garden Tower

As I explained yesterday, our yard had been tormenting me this week with dandelion puff balls everywhere, a frost while I was of town and unable to cover tender plants, neglectful faeries, and all manner of squirrel mischief. I spent the day planting until right before I received Ann’s call that she was in Goshen, so I had begun feeling a bit better about the errant gardens. Ann, who has her permaculture design certificate, also offers a lifetime of wonderful crone wisdom, and she helped return my appreciation for how much we already do have going on in this very much work in progress place. Instead of hodge podge and incomplete, Ann saw what I usually see: possibilities, delightful surprises and interesting experiments. She insisted I take this photo, which gives more of the yard’s scope. Note that the true expanse is nearly double what you see here, because the yard extends behind the house and garage on the left, as well as in front and on the left side of the unpictured house:

yard at Ann's visit

While Ann and I talked permaculture and compared crops and fruit tree info, David was inside preparing a lovely first course Italian vegetable soup. He is the King of Soups. 🙂 We went inside, made introductions, and then I left them chatting and drinking “The Gnome Knows” Syrah while I gathered huge amounts of fresh greens for a second course of quinoa and a whole messa greens, also known as Quinie Greenies. We finished off the meal with coconut ice cream and strawberry macaroons. I don’t remember all the things we discussed, but it felt like the three of us had already had many such conversations before and just picked up where we left off. We made indefinite but firm plans to meet again, perhaps even at a retreat halfway between Goshen and Bloomington. It’s so lovely when online friendships blossom, and I was happy to connect David and Ann, too.

Laura and Ann

David took the above photo with us standing in the circle of urbanite — so nice that Ann immediately knew and used the term for reclaimed concrete repurposed as garden stones! We sent her away with hugs and promises of future visits.

Yesterday, I began to plant the Garden Tower:

Garden tower partially planted

And today, the forget me not’s are blooming bright:

forget me not

My cosmic hissy fit at the yard, squirrels and faeries appears to have gotten someone’s attention, as we have had nary a squirrel problem in several days now, and the dandelions have calmed down to a dull roar instead of a non-stop train whistle — of which we do still have our fair share. 😉

Anyway … the energies have shifted somewhat, not just for me, but I hear this from others, as well. Perhaps we feel Mars going direct. Perhaps we all let off a little steam from the pressure cooker. In any case, I am grateful for friends, David, and a good visit … and a very special thank you to Raven Moss, who is both an amazing gardener and a very wise shaman. Blessings!

Ann Kreilkamp on Zany Mystic (Archived Interview Now Available)

You can now listen to this archived conversation between two of my friends and favorite activists: Ann Kreilkamp of http://exopermaculture.com interviewed by Lance White on a Fireside Chat with Zany Mystic. Click here to listen to a great discussion about permaculture, communities, grounding, Earth healing, astrology, alternative living, and much more.

Technosophy, Orgone Energy and Remembering Where We Come From

I just found this description and video on Ann Kreilkamp’s Exopermaculture.com site. Fascinating stuff that dovetails so beautifully with so many messages and nudges I’ve been receiving! Below, you’ll find Ann’s observation, followed by Alexander Barry’s incredibly articulate, fast-paced and imho, worth-a-multiple-viewing video:

Thanks to rense.com, I just discovered an extraordinary 18-minute video by Alexander Barry, an esoteric Steineresque thinker who not only articulates the hints, clues, colors, rippling, morphing forms and visions that I have been immersed in for decades, but also presents an origin myth through which we can understand both the brilliance and the destructiveness of our technology which, he says, once we transform into “technosophy,” will reconnect us with the living cosmos.

Alexander Barry talks fast. Every word is worth absorbing. I will need to listen to this multiple times. From my initial notes:

The history, mystery, of technology, where it’s come from, where it’s going:

The earth is a living being. One can imagine there was a time when plants, animals and minerals were not distinguished from each other, but there was a constant flow, in and out, between dimensions. A giant flow of moving life. As time went on, a separation between the dimensions; plants, animals, minerals became locked into forms, separated from each other and from other dimensions.

Technology depends on the use of dead materials. You can’t manipulate something when it’s alive. As we went out of synch with the cosmos, then the appearance of corpses, the appearance of form devoid of life, appeared all over the earth . . . The appearance of death separated things.

Feminine versus male technologies. . . angular male bodies vs. curvilinear female bodies. . . .

All our industries repeat and combine processes that Nature has done for millions of years . . .

Vast, cosmic processes, great archetypes of creation, exist inside our own bodies that we never see, and do not understand . . .

The wisdom of nature knows that every creature on earth is serving a purpose beyond, in trying to relate the cosmos to the earth. . .

The Pacific Ocean is like a vast lens, which concentrates the energies of the cosmos.

The future of technology, what I call technosophy. Technology: “that which made us comfortable when we are no longer comforted.” When the spiritual forces gradually withdrew and left us on our own. Technology is the substitute. But if we follow it blindly, technology will turn the entire earth and every being on it it, into a machine. Technology is ncredibly clever, but in a one-sided, calculating way, a cosmic autistic psychopath. It’s a drug, a very powerful addiction, because it is so brilliant, such a concentrating of cosmic memories into mechanism.

Technosophy: not about comforting us. Technosophy comes about when we remember where we came from. And realize we can regain it in a new way. So use shapes, forms, to draw cosmic forces into the earth. The earth is not a rock flying on the sun, but a seed waiting to be germinated, a seed out of which infinite worlds will appear, which exist in us. When the earth has gone into us, then a new world will come out of us.

This may be the richest, most evocative 18 minutes I have ever spent. P.S. I googled Alexander Barry, and basically came up with nothing but this video! Thank you, rense!