Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Traverse City Weekend Getaway

David and I took a well-earned mini-vacation this weekend, driving three hours north to Traverse City, Michigan. I’ve had Traverse City on my radar for awhile, because per capita it seems to have the largest number of Reiki Master Teachers in Michigan. This is anecdotal, but I consider clusters of RMT’s, vegan and gluten-free food options, metaphysical shops, and art galleries as a kind of energetic signature that sparks my interest. We chose this weekend hoping to find peak fall colors, and wow, did we ever! The golds lit up the grey mist, as did friendly locals and cozy food.

I thought I’d share some photos and expriences here since I have a lot of vegan and/or gluten-free readers. Traveling can pose challenges for special diets unless you find yourself in a major city or along the East or West Coast. With all my (43) moves, I’m hard pressed to list another small location other than Sedona or Tahoe with this many vegan and gluten-free choices.

We first stopped in Oryana, a real community co-op that reminded me of the food co-op in Ashland, Oregon. You could tell this was much more than a store. It felt like a community gathering place, and Oryana Cafe is amazing! Continue reading

Elen of the Ways and the 4th of July

The day before American Independence Day seems an appropriate day to repost Door Number 17: Elen of the Ways. This afternoon brought a lovely synchronicity train of events leading me right back to this post and the door’s ongoing reminders of support. I already reblogged the original portal door entry once before, but here’s the link again. As we face down the “Agenda’s” in our own neighborhood, protecting our trees and our own sovereignty, it occurs to me that others may be feeling similar dynamics in their own lives — whether internal or manifested in the world “outside.”

Lately, I’ve found such powerful support for people saying “no” to any kind of abuse or manipulation. I’ve seen people formerly sucked dry by energy vampires regain their strength and glorious energy. As Rumi says, “There is a way. I have traveled it thousands of times.”

Blessed Be … and be the blessing.

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As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, there have been times in my life when I’ve faced problems so tricky, so “impossible” that the only way out was in. Deeeeeep inside, through the inner rabbit hole, through the spiral and out the newly created portal. In those days, I’d paint a door, and you know what? It worked.

For the past three “doors,” I’ve taken to canvases that portray some sort of doorway or entry point — still portals, but not painted on actual doors. I usually select a local or personal issue as the initial point of need or emotional spark, but then I create the portals as offerings for how such issues play out across the world. “As Within, So Without,” and “As Above, So Below.” I’ve painted portals for healing Lyme Disease, for welcoming a return of the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine

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February 2018 Specials and Imbolc Energies

Happy Imbolc, Candlemas, Groundhog’s Day and St. Bridget’s Day! Early February is filled with celebrations of light, creativity, and the subtle shift from deep Winter towards early Spring. Yesterday I saw the first tips of a daffodil poking through the soil, along with dandelion flowers on my walk. Despite the chilly temps and grey skies in Michigan, Nature reminds us of the latent burst of color and life hiding beneath the surface.

This month’s specials support the flowering of those latent gifts. The beloved ancient Goddess Brigid (aka Bride, Brighid, Brigantia) who became the Christian St. Bridget traditionally inspired healing, smithcraft and poetry; she was also considered the midwife at Jesus’s birth. What better time to focus on taking creativity and healing to the next level?

FEBRUARY 2018 SPECIALS

$77 Creative Jump-Start

The unusual astrological alignment in February 2018 offers a fantastic time to get creative. Creativity (or rather, blocked creativity) comes up so often in sessions, especially Medical Intuitive Readings. So often, when I mention the need for creative expression, people tell me, “I’m not creative,” or “I used to be creative, but I haven’t done anything like that for 20 years.”

In this 20-minute special, I scan your energy for ways to jump-start your creative process. This might mean focus on an unexpected area, or it might come through as a workable strategy for your lagging creative project. I tailor each session to the individual, so this special will work equally well for people experiencing a total block, as well as for self-identified artists, writers, singers, dancers, jewelry creators, and more.

If you suffer from chronic hormonal imbalance, hot flashes, PMS, neck, throat, thyroid, and/or hearing issues, you might also find a Creative Jump-Start helpful when more normal treatments have failed to yield results.

$77 ($13 savings from the usual 20-minute rate). Offer valid through February 28, 2018. Please contact me to sign up.

$555 Reiki Level 3 Master Teacher Certification Special

I’ve only offered this special once before, but yesterday I received a strong sense to do so again for the month of February 2018. I’m taking $95 off the normal rate for in-person or correspondence/phone/distance training and certification for Reiki Level 3 Master Teacher.

This special obviously does not apply to everyone, as you will need at least Reiki Level 2 Certification from me or another Reiki Master Teacher in order to qualify for the training. I also require a casual but effective application process so that I get a sense of readiness for this next level. 555 indicates divinely guided positive change, so it seems like an appropriate number for certification to teach “divinely directed healing energy,” another definition of Reiki besides “Universal Life Force Energy.”

People considering this special might find this Reiki Master Teacher FAQ post helpful in answering common questions related to discerning your own readiness and our compatibility as teacher and student. You do not need to know for sure you’d like to teach Reiki in order to take this training. You just need to feel ready to learn Reiki from the perspective of one who could teach and who has committed to living the Reiki Principles as much as possible in your own life.

For more than a decade, many students who already received their Reiki Level 3 training from another Reiki Master Teacher have completed their second Reiki Level 3 Master Teacher Certification with me in order to increase their confidence and knowledge before going on to teach their own students. Because many teachers don’t teach others to teach, preparing Reiki Master Teachers to teach their own students has become my specialty. I honor this training process as a sacred journey and transmission.

If you decide you’d like to apply for in-person (in Kalamazoo, MI) or long distance Reiki Level 3 Master Teacher Certification, please contact me, and we’ll start the short application process. The message to post this special was so strong this morning, that I’m excited to see who steps forward. Offer valid if prepaid on or by February 28, 2018.

Bronson Park Garden Fun

We saw these yesterday on a visit to Bronson Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan. There were many more, but these were some of my favorites. Too clever and lovely not to share:

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My Spiritual Disciplines, Leaders and Mentors

Among the many FAQ’s during sessions and emails, some variation of the following comes through a lot: “If you don’t mind me asking, what are your spiritual disciplines, and who do you consider to be your spiritual leaders or mentors?” I live a deeply spiritual life, but I tend to keep my beliefs and practices quite private. More and more people keep inquiring, though, including this morning. I decided to write a somewhat lengthy response and will share that here, in case more people wonder what informs my work and life. I’m not one to post everything online, but this will give a general overview of some behind the scenes attitudes and inclinations. 🙂

My spiritual disciplines morph with the seasons and have shifted across the years. I used to meditate and/or chant for hours per day, but for the past six years, my primary spiritual practice has been gardening. In late 2012, Continue reading

Evolution Glass: Recycled Glass Reimagined

I’m super excited to announce this innovative and beautiful project that combines Earth healing with gorgeous form and function. I had the privilege of listening in on the early brainstorming stage of Evolution Glass many years ago, and I’m so pleased to see my brilliant engineer and artist friend Bill Hess taking his heartfelt and inspired vision to the next level.

I’ve known Bill and his wife, Wendy Vigdor-Hess, since my time in Seattle back in 2001-2002 and have maintained contact with them throughout our various moves ever since. I’ve witnessed them grow — their marriage, businesses, a book, community, a family — and I’m just so happy to get the word out about this next phase.

Way back when Bill first started talking about his idea to reclaim recycled glass and turn it into functional art, furniture and countertops, I recognized the amazing potential, not just for decorations, but also for changing attitudes and taking recycling up several notches. I know Bill has spent years testing for strength, refining techniques, doing private commissions and experiments, and looking for just the right combinations to bring his vision to life. He’s now teamed up with Heather Philips, a passionate recycler and earth advocate, as well as Howard Evergreen, the former Director of the Fluvanna-Louisa Housing Foundation.

They’ve got an indiegogo campaign up now to fund their intention to save 12 tons of glass from the landfill each year! In addition to giving details about the campaign, the link below includes gifts, a sobering and educational video, as well as photos of some of Bill’s earlier creations. You won’t believe what “waste” can become in the loving hands of a creative visionary and Earth healer. Thank you, Bill, for continuing to follow your dream!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/evolution-glass-recycled-glass-reimagined#/

Mosaic and Pointillism Art as Unity Consciousness

I can’t stop looking at these trees by Gustav Klimt! I’ve always loved his work, but I never knew him to make forest mosaics or paintings. Magical! Thank you, Linda!

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While conversing with a bloggette, I realized another reason why both the mosaic and pointillism painting techniques move me so. In both techniques the large image is composed of smaller, sometimes subtle, particles that often shimmer and glisten. Klimt was heavily influenced by both techniques and the art I present here are such examples. They are part of his Golden phase collection.

Quantum particles perhaps? The concept of duality played out on the canvas? I wonder if these compositions are allegorical representations of how the whole is so much more than the sum of its parts. Yet in this physical reality, the parts are precious and maintain their separate vibration. There lies the rub. Somehow the art is able to reconcile the paradox seamlessly. So here is to more Klimt and increased enlightenment through art medicine.

Please enjoy the show:

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image credits: wikiart.org, public domain

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