Posts Tagged ‘Earth Healing’

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#/

Couple Proves Nature Can be Healed & Transform Barren Land into Sanctuary

Thanks to Linda G. and Zen Gardner for bringing my attention to this incredibly inspiring and healing story!

Couple Proves Nature Can be Healed & Transform Barren Land into Sanctuary

Anna Hunt, Staff
Waking Times

In the Southwest Indian state of Karnataka, a beautiful 300-acre forest serves as a sanctuary for animals such as Bengal Tigers, Asian Elephants, Hyena, Wild Boar, Leopards, and Sambha, as well as hundreds of varieties of native trees, thanks to the work of Pamela and Anil Malhotra.

Driven by their passion for wildlife and nature conservation, the couple has worked diligently over the last 25 years to transform barren land into what is known as the SAI Sanctuary. Unlike most people, Anil and Pamela believe that the challenge of conserving wildlife and the bio-diversity of the land should be faced by all like-minded people, including individuals, NGOs and conservation agencies, and not left to governments alone, whose interests are often not environmentally friendly.

One of the biggest motivations behind the creation of the SAI Sanctuary is Pamela and Anil’s realization that one of the biggest crises facing the world is the lack of fresh water. They have used the land as a project to show that Mother Nature has the ability to regenerate itself, if only given the chance. They have followed three important rules:

  • No chopping down of any tree
  • No human interference
  • No poachers

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This bio-diverse sanctuary is now rich in plant and animal life, with thick trees, expansive green cover, a river housing several aquatic fish and snake species, and over 305 species of birds. Responding to the devastation of the planet’s lands through monoculture, deforestation and excavation of natural resources, SAI has become a living example of the possibility in reestablishing some of the balance essential for nature to thrive.

People think that animals need the forest. But the truth is, the forest needs the animals equally. While the forest helps animals in providing shelter and food, animals help forests in regeneration – they are both inter-dependent and we should make efforts to preserve both,” says Anil.

Pamela gives a unique example of this co-dependancy between plants and animals:

Elephants are very important for regeneration of the forests as they swallow the seed completely without breaking it, unlike other species. Around 30 species of trees totally depend upon elephants for regeneration.

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SAI serves as a sanctuary for animals such as Bengal Tigers, Asian Elephants, Hyena, Wild Boar, Leopards, and Sambha, as well as hundreds of varieties of native trees

Deforestation in the equatorial region is believed to be one of the main reasons for the water crisis facing the world. It is contributing to higher temperatures and a quicker evaporation process and has thus impaired the hydrological cycle – the rainfall cycle – of the planet. It is one of the main causes of the spiraling loss of plant, animal and insect species, which threatens the overall balance of the planet.

In vast areas of equatorial deforested land, natural water sources, which use to provide water to animals and crops on local lands, have dried up or offer very little water, especially during the dry season that lasts about half of the year in most tropical regions. With little shade and decreasing animal activity, the soil is dying, and thus it is increasingly difficult for farmers to grow food. They turn to fertilizers and herbicides, which are toxic to the environment and have further harmed all living things, including people.

The problem of barren land, no longer fit for crop cultivation, is exactly what created the opportunity for Anil and Pamela to purchase the lands that now make up the SAI Sanctuary. They purchased unused and abandoned land from farmers who were faced with debt as their land stood idle because they were not able to grow crops. What started with 55 acres in 1991 has grown into the only private wildlife sanctuary in India extending over 300 acres.

The sanctuary won the “Wildlife and Tourism Initiative Of The Year” award by Sanctuary Asia in 2014. It offers a unique experience to the visitors and includes an organic farm and nearly 12 acres of coffee and around 15 acres of cardamom on the land. The sanctuary runs completely on solar and alternate energy.

Below is a short documentary about SAI, Rooted Truth, during which the passionate couple shares their great message on how a small group can make a tremendous impact on nature conservation.

Read more articles from Anna Hunt.

About the Author

Anna Hunt is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She and her husband run a preparedness e-store outlet at www.offgridoutpost.com, offering GMO-free storable food and emergency kits. Anna is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Read more of her excellent articles here. Visit her essential oils store here.

Sources:

– http://www.saisanctuary.com/
– http://www.thebetterindia.com/16294/couple-man-made-wildlife-sanctuary-hosts-animals-like-bengal-tigers/
– http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/11/29/plant-fundamental-life-on-earth/

This article (Couple Proves Nature Can be Healed by Transforming Barren Land into Sanctuary) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Anna Hunt and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

 

Upcoming Classes

Thanks to everyone for the enthusiasm and quick feedback about class interest and preferred dates. (It turns out I need to return to Pennsylvania again for ten days in mid-May to support my mom and help her clear out the old house, so the possible Reiki 1 class will occur either by special arrangement or sometime in June.) More classes (including tarot training) to come, but these two are set for the weekend of June 11-12, 2016:

SPECIAL TOPICS IN REIKI:

Deepening Your Experience of the Distant Healing Symbol

Saturday, June 11, 2016

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Goshen, IN at Haus Am See (address given upon registration)

In response to many student requests, this is a reprise of a class series I taught in Reno/Tahoe and Sedona. In this series, we cover Special Topics in Reiki that we either don’t have time for or can only scratch the surface of during certification classes. This particular workshop focuses on “Deepening Your Experience of the Distance Healing Symbol.” We will discuss some of the more esoteric aspects of both distance healing and the Reiki symbol itself, unpacking layers upon layers of symbolism and function.

Many students find this symbol intimidating and difficult to remember or work with. This class will explore and demonstrate why it’s worth the effort to learn and grow comfortable using this symbol. We will cover distance in space, as well as time, including, but not limited to past, future and parallel applications. Students will learn how this symbol can help you to “bend time,” empower intentions, heal very old trauma, and encode success in alternate versions of yourself/your reality. Those interested in previous lifetimes will also learn how this symbol can enhance intuitive access to past life experiences for easier reclamation of old gifts and healing of ancient traumas.

We will take an onsite break for lunch, which can include access to garden-fresh produce and a stroll through the gardens. Weather permitting, we can even eat outside on the porch or near the fountain and herb spiral.

$200 ($177 if prepaid by 5/11/16). Haus Am See offers a larger classroom than our home, but there has been a lot of interest over the years in these types of classes. In order to ensure your spot, I suggest early registration. Pre-requisite: must have Reiki Level 2 certification from me or another Reiki Master Teacher. Please contact me to sign up.

 

***Both guest bedrooms are already booked for this entire weekend.***

 

INTRO TO EARTH HEALING

Sunday, June 12, 2016

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Goshen, IN at Haus Am See (address given upon registration)

This introductory workshop on Earth Healing will be specially tailored to the day’s students. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Listening to and getting to know your local land
  • Taking hyperlocal actions to create holistic, global effects
  • Recognizing signs from animals and Nature
  • Working with the Faerie Realm, Nature Spirits or Spirits of the Land
  • Grounding techniques for connecting with the Earth and trees
  • Connections between soil health and soul health, humus and humans
  • Rituals for healing
  • Manifesting/connecting with your own magical spot on Earth
  • Discerning when and how the Earth is calling you
  • Setting up or expanding your garden
  • Cultivating beauty in unlikely areas
  • Becoming the change you wish to see in the world
  • Lessons gleaned from Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point”
  • Back to Eden/wood mulch method
  • Gardening in small spaces or tricky spots
  • Ways to give back in the Cycle of Life

When you sign up, please let me know your specific interests, so that I can design a workshop most suited to the interests of those attending. Class will include a working lunch and (weather permitting) fresh produce and time in the garden. Some plant starts/cuttings will also be available if you’d like to bring a little of this land regeneration energy home with you.

Cost is $177. Haus Am See offers a larger classroom than our home, but there has been a lot of interest over the years in this sort of class. In order to ensure your spot, I suggest early registration. Please contact me to sign up.

 

One Man’s Evolutionary Search for the Moral Meal

Thanks to Ann Kreilkamp for linking to one of those uncomfortable posts that breaks through conditioned, seemingly obvious beliefs about compassionate eating.

I loved being strictly vegan for over eight years, and I still eat a predominantly plant based, mostly homegrown or personally known farm sourced diet, supplemented by locally sourced, picked up at the farm, very well treated and well loved raw goats’ milk and occasional free-range, organic eggs from local farmers. The more I garden and study permaculture, and the more organic farmers I meet, the move I’ve realized that a strict vegan diet isn’t the “feed the world” cure or even the most compassionate or sustainable way to eat. It sure was nice to think so, though! Just eat superfoods and buy organic, then you’re good to go, right? No one gets hurt if we all eat vegan. We can feed the world if we all eat vegan. Trouble is, that theory breaks down when you really start learning what it takes to grow food on a large enough scale to feed yourself, let alone the world.

As Daniel Zetah notes, why do cows matter more than other creatures? Beyond the obviously egregious factory farming, why are monoculture crops (even organic ones) that steal wildlife habitat and kill ecosystems “more compassionate” than personally raised and grazed animals with “one bad day”? How is a superfood shipped in from 1000’s of miles away, jacking up the price of staples for indigenous communities in South America and driving natives off ancestral land whose ecoculture they maintained for generations, or turning rainforest into a monocrop “more compassionate” than eating an egg from a chicken you lovingly raised in your own backyard? I don’t eat meat, but I have yet to meet a vegan organic farmer who remains vegan. Even Marjory Wildcraft (“Grow Your Own Groceries”) began as a strict vegan and then recognized that she was putting way more calories into growing food than she received from her best efforts. Running a deficit of return is not sustainable on an individual level, nor will it feed the world.

Number crunching of acres of soy or grain directly eaten vs. acres of grain or grass eaten by animals works in theory, but not in practice. Humans don’t have the digestive systems to break down that amount of grain in a safe, sustainable way. Too much soy causes all sorts of imbalances, and many people can no longer tolerate any grains. Without some kind of perennial vegetables, fruit/nut trees, and foraged “weeds,” eating and growing a diet of all grains and annual vegetables, or monoculture soy and corn crops, don’t lead to thriving. Not for the planet and not for most humans.

I’ve watched too many severely ill vegans reclaim their health on a paleo diet to espouse “all vegan all the time as the cure for all disease,” and I’ve witnessed enough closed permaculture loops utilizing manure, fish waste, and “blood ‘n’ bones” to recognize that we’re not really better off rising above these processes rather than returning them to the Earth. Nature has its own cycle of life that very much includes death and decay. Just because we don’t see it on our “peaceful plate” doesn’t mean that cycle ceases to exist. Without it, “life” begins to require all sorts of unnatural inputs and destructive things — chemical herbicides and pesticides, or spending hours hand killing bugs and slugs, tilling the soil, stripping the land each year instead of working more in harmony with natural succession.

Without regular inputs or carefully planned polycultures such as Daniel Zetah describes (sometimes even requiring grazing animals), the soil eventually won’t support annual crops, and certainly won’t maintain nutrient levels that provide enough minerals long term. Unhealthy soil leads to unhealthy food, and without renewing the soil, crops become more prone to insects and disease, making organic farming more difficult, not easier.

I highly recommend this piece, as it really challenges how far our compassion extends — for animals traditionally eaten? For animals in nature? For the Earth Herself? If we care for our planet as a whole, then the efficiency and closed loops of food production do matter. Just because we don’t see the consequences of our organically farmed veggies doesn’t mean those consequences don’t exist.

Growing your own food beyond hobby level makes you acutely aware of how everything we do impacts the rest of nature, and how simple answers don’t always stand strong beyond the theories. This piece challenges me, too, but it’s worth a read by anyone who loves animals and loves our planet. Ultimately, we need to choose what feels right and balanced to us. I’m still an organic eating vegetarian who grows much of my own food with permaculture principles. Sometimes I feel a little selfish and reckless about that choice, though — not because I should be vegan, but because my friends here who raise their own meat with zero waste and eat nearly all calories from their own farm are actually living with far lower impact than we are with our store-bought quinoa, tempeh and grains.

“There is no magic bullet. There is no one way to eat that is going to be devoid of guilt or devoid of suffering. There is no way to exist in this world without taking the life of other beings. And that complex truth was missing for me, and it’s still missing for a lot of people.” ~Daniel Zetah

Beyond Vegetarianism: One Man’s Journey from Tofu to Tallow in Search of the Moral Meal

 

Notes and Quotes

Left as my comment on “Fruit Loops and Perilous Pitfalls”:

Good post! Yes, judge a tree by its fruits … or, as my beloved loves to say while suppressing a giggle and patting my hand, “We need the eggs, dear.”

(in reference to the joke):

“My brother thinks he’s a chicken.”

“What?! That’s terrible. Why don’t you get him some psychiatric help?”

“We need the eggs.”

Humans are capable of so much more than most people realize. Go with what works. If it’s not empowering and it makes you feel puny, scared, isolated, derailed and victimized, then reach for something beyond that “truth.” It’s there for the embracing. Unconditional Love heals all wounds — but sometimes that Love comes in the form of Mama Bear protecting her tender cubs. Sometimes Love comes in the form of silliness and giggles. And sometimes Love says, “Whoa, the Mystery is so amazing and so mysterious. Thank Goddess there’s something bigger than my little pea brain and its malfunctioning tape measure.”

Perhaps Joni said it best: “We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.” Peace!

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Setting the record straight, beginning with a partial comment bump up from “Happy Halloween.” You can read the rest of the string by clicking here:

Hi Doreen, just checked out the link. Please see my comment to Cindy. Not all pagans or witches are Satanists. In fact, very, very few are. If you’ve not read John Lamb Lash’s “Not in His Image,” I definitely recommend it, along with Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor’s “Great Cosmic Mother.” It has taken centuries to divorce people so far from the land and from the Mother Goddess energies that these things are now demonized as the male “diety” thought form invented by Christians and known as “Satan.” It’s the psyop of all psyops how the Luce Sophia (the organic light of Wisdom) was completely bastardized and turned into a patriarchal Luciferianism focused on destruction, decay and transhumanism. The synthetic instead of the organic. True paganism honors the Mother in all Her organic forms as Nature births and rebirths in all Her beauty and abundance. Seriously, if you’ve not read those two books, they’ll blow your mind. 😊

Posted by James G on November 2, 2015 at 12:05 pm  edit

Very cute Laura! I was a wizard. Great minds think alike. 😊 I celebrate Samhain too. Everything bad about paganism was invented by the church, to scare people from even looking at it. Just like Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel were created to scare people from leaving towns, cities and villages. Pagans were out there and we wouldn’t want you to know the truth. Besides people are easier controlled in towns and cities.

Posted by laurabruno on November 2, 2015 at 12:13 pm  edit

So true, James. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Agenda 21 mega-cities anyone? How about demonizing anyone who loves Nature or calling organic food lovers “eco-terrorists”? Sheesh. My friend, Tim, just sent this link: http://endofcapitalism.com/2009/11/05/who-were-the-witches-patriarchal-terror-and-the-creation-of-capitalism/ Reading that, one sees some parallels to today, including why it’s worthy of people like George Soros to bankroll the Muslim invasion of Europe. Divine Feminine the key to overturning the patriarchal mess destroying the world? What better way to subvert that than bring in millions of young men trained in Sharia Law in which women are good for raping and not much else? Apparently, the King Prince of Saud’s going to bankroll another $32 million towards bringing Sharia Law to the US. [Arab Bill Gates Could Turn Sharia Creep into Full Trot] Time for the witches and wizards to draw increasingly wider sacred circles! The Great She is rising. She (hopefully) learned Her lesson from the Middle Ages and won’t be stopped this time.

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If in your politically correct naivety, you don’t understand how Sharia Law oppresses women and children in ways even beyond the psychopathic Medieval Witch persecutions, please peruse this link. If you don’t yet recognize the correlation of a re-emerging Divine Feminine and Earth healing and reclamation, and/or you’ve not read Sharon Blackie’s recent post, please do: “Marrying the land: how we broke the ancient bargain.” Sovereignty, the land and the Goddess go hand in hand in hand.

Remember who you are. Remember on whom you live!

Bumpety Bump Bump ~ More Comment Bump Ups

Continued comments related to the recent Bradley Loves post … the following discussion comes from Jean Haines’ blog, and is actually between Jean and me after I left my previous comment-then-turned-blog-post. Do check out the extensive comments left by people on this [my] blog. It’s so encouraging to witness how many men get this!

In response to my comment, readable by clicking here,

Jean says:

Laura, this is so well expressed! Many thanks! Hugs, ~Jean

  • laurabruno says:

    Thanks, Jean! Big hugs and cheers … the change is happening. We just need to remember not to fear tuning into Nature and the true power that comes from living in harmony with our beautiful planet!

    • Jean says:

      You bet! I do question, though, even the consideration of altering the earth’s ley lines. I don’t want anyone who isn’t totally in tune with me playing around with my energy lines. . . 🙂 Any thoughts? ? ? Hugs, ~Jean

      • laurabruno says:

        I’m not suggesting that WE create new ley lines. I’m suggesting that we each tune into our little plot of land right where we are and nurture and heal the Land as She speaks to us. If we listen, we will hear and know what to do. That’s not manipulation. That’s harmony, with humans doing what we can to do whatever it takes in our little spot to lift the vibration, which might mean something as non-exotic as picking up trash, pouring on composted chicken poop, covering it with mulch, letting it rot down all winter and then planting in it next spring.

        It might mean getting to know the natural flora and fauna of our area. It might mean turning degraded, abused land into an eco-haven for bees and butterflies. It might mean learning how to commune with herbs, not just for their chemical constitution but for the spirit of the herbs and learning FROM THEM how they can heal on many levels.

        I have big issues with people who aren’t in tune with the Earth and who are totally ungrounded in their spot on Earth, channeling anything into some mental construct of a line. If you’re not in tune with Earth, you’ve got no business monkeying around with ley lines, and if you ARE in tune with Earth, then likely you’re already very busy exactly where you are, ley line or not, co-creating heaven on Earth — not as a mental construct, but as a tangible, palpable, walkable 3D reality.

        Those who fear anything pagan or magical will have a field day with Sarah Anne Lawless, LOL, but this post of hers on Bioregional Animism has much to offer: https://laurabruno.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/sarah-anne-lawless-the-song-of-the-land-bioregional-animism/

        (My comments precede and then link to her actual post.)

        As Gurumukh, the kundalini yoga teacher says, “You must start somewhere, because if you don’t start somewhere you’ll be nowhere!” Start where you are. You don’t connect with the Earth in an abstract way from your computer or from or by meditating in your head. You do it with love, with all of you, and that includes actual contact and actual action. The communication is available for those willing to humble themselves to listen to it.

        All land is sacred. All of it. So is all sea and sky. Fire is sacred. We need to remember this sacredness and bring it back to the Elements, back into our world. That’s how we shift with our beloved planet. By loving her, not just with our heads, but with our hearts and especially with our hands. Get ’em dirty! It’s good for you. Hugs, Laura

Comment Bump Up from a Bradley Loves Piece

Jean Haines reposted an interesting Bradley Loves piece, some of which I agree with, and as usual, much of which I find too black or white and simplistic. IMHO, his discussion of frequency manipulation is right on, but his solutions quite limited and even prone to backfire. You can read the original piece by clicking the above link, but I am most interested in sharing here the following comment on Jean’s blog, along with my reply. In all of this, I keep thinking of the Faery Rule, “Respect, Not Control.”

lecox:

I understand that Bradley means well, but when I get to the end, what messages come through? One: Ancient Knowledge makes the psychopaths very powerful. Two: Quit your job and find a new one, or you are part of the problem.
And I don’t agree with either of these assertions.
“Ancient Knowledge” consists mostly of various ways to make slaves. I don’t consider it very powerful because, for some reason, people continue to want to be free. This “freedom knowledge” also exists, but Bradley doesn’t talk much about it. With this knowledge you can learn to live ethically and possibly hold onto your job, until you reach a point where sustaining your own biology doesn’t take that much effort any more.
You are part of the problem if you are part of the problem, employed or unemployed, rich or poor. You are probably part of the problem to the extent that you are a willing, unknowing, slave. And again, the answer is what I might call freedom knowledge and the spiritual technology that goes with it.
I’d like to meet the person who has managed to think himself free. If you could do that, you probably would have done it already. If you can’t do that, you’re still here. That’s why there is new knowledge to be learned, and new technologies that go with it. We can continue to dream of freedom, but make no real reach for it. I think we should continue to dream while reaching for knowledge and technologies that can make those dreams come true.

Laura Bruno:

Yes! The type of Ancient knowledge the cabal, et. al. use is a perversion of Ancient Wisdom, and on top of that, newer techniques arise all the time for side stepping the control mechanisms. I, for one, am always pleased when I encounter someone awake and aware working from the inside to alter the system through their own energy frequency and interactions with those in obvious positions of power. Shifting the behemoth from the inside out has as much value as removing oneself from that system.

Also, while I agree that the ley lines have been used against humanity, there are natural energy currents in the Earth that run EVERYWHERE, not just along those co-opted lines. Instead of only focusing on the ley lines, which have been cabal controlled for a long time, there is incredible value and power in focusing on healing and empowering your little spot of land WHEREVER YOU ARE. By tuning into the Earth’s frequency and by healing and lifting each spot of the Land, we remove relative power from the ley lines and manipulation, while also creating and contributing something new and positive where we are.

The Earth’s field is changing independently of the cabal and of all the ley line workers focusing all their energy right back into the ley lines, which could easily be re-co-opted by the cabal. Why not align with where the Earth Herself prefers to go instead of trying to superimpose our will over the cabal’s will? Why not create beauty, harmony and new eco-systems that restore humans to sanity all over the place? The ley lines are still a control grid. Yes, better to have that control in more benevolent hands, but for true freedom, far better to restore true balance and harmony with the planet Herself.

I do agree with the importance and responsibility of people learning about magick, and no, not all of it is “evil.” Tools can heal and build or harm and destroy. It’s not just about neutralizing the “bad stuff.” It’s also about creating a new reality that’s so far out of frequency with the negative and so strong in and of itself that the negative dissolves. Reacting to the negative still holds it firmly in place. Awareness is important, but so is creating a replacement reality that the default masses can easily step into. Most people will not bother to learn esoteric wisdom, but preferred realities can offer the masses alternatives that remove consent for negative manipulations, simply because those control grids become irrelevant. Strengthening the ley lines, though well intentioned, imho, misses the boat and strengthens the cabal if done so at the expense of healing and aligning with the rest of the planet that does not happen to be on an old ley line. The planet’s field is shifting, magnetic and otherwise. Let Her lead!