Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Michigan Staycation with Friends

Just wanted to post a little update about the wonderful time we spent with David’s old friends (now mine, too) from Amsterdam. David played driver and tour guide, giving us all a full, yet delightful week, perfectly paced and musically curated. Most people don’t know that David owns thousands of CD’s from around the world, and one of his favorite creative outlets is finding just the right versions of songs in just the right order to set the mood. We have “musical wallpaper” for our home and thousands of songs at his fingertips in the car.

Our visit’s selections ranged from 80’s and 90’s to classical, to obscure 70’s and lots of German and Swedish hits. Seth (pronounced “Set”) works in the music industry, so they’ve shared music over the years. Seth’s actually the person who sent David the song “Haus Am See,” which became the name of the blue house I rented as an office in Goshen. If I had to choose one song to sum up our time together, it would be The Hot Sardines, “Bei Mir Bistu Shoen”:

Dorothea (Dor-o-TAY-uh) is an artist and a psychological therapist, so she and I have lots in common. Somehow, everything worked out with everyone very much enjoying everyone else. David and Seth hadn’t seen each other or even connected at all in the past 6.5 years due to life’s craziness and I had never met Seth or Dorothea. We kind of marveled at how risky them traveling to stay with us for a week was, but from the moment they arrived, everything just clicked. So much laughter, love and fun. Seth’s North Node is right on David’s Sun, so they have one of those fated friendships that endures long times apart and fits even as they change and grow.

This visit’s activities included multiple trips to Lake Michigan — sunset at St. Joe’s while driving home from O’Hare …

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… walks and swim at Holland, Michigan: Continue reading

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Pure Delight!

This past Valentine’s Day marked some very special transitions. David and I held our own lovely celebration, but that day also opened a new era in my personal life, especially related to writing fiction. Always in eerie sync, my sweet friend Tania Marie opened her new Etsy shop that day. She had texted me previews of the photos, but clicking on The Magick Rabbit shop link brought new levels of delight.

As I sat at my writing desk in my blue office, staring at the waterfall tapestry with a blue velvet “watery” chair beneath, I just knew I needed a “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea DIY Rabbit Fairy Crystal Garden Kit in Tortoise Finish Indoor Planter Pot Seashell Conch Fairy House.” How could I resist? This precious little bunny in a boat makes me smile every time I see him:

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I love all of Tania’s whimsical creations. If I had the room, I would give every single one a spot, but I love this one the best. I also wanted to support Tania’s new venture, and it felt like a perfect Love Day gift to my creative spirit and inner child. I understood the concept: Tania procures and designs the “gardens,” ships them to you, and then you can assemble per the original design or make your own. I was not prepared for all the fun, though! Continue reading

Sounds as Healer

Thanks to reader and friend Diana for sending a link to this article, called “Sounds as Healer.” The article gives background on the power of chants, music and various types of sound as healing or destructive. I’ve long embraced the power of sound — especially chants — for moving energy, but it’s always a treat to read of humanity’s ancient and varied traditions of healing sounds.

If you scroll to the very end of the article, on the bottom right side you’ll find a play button for Lia Scallon’s “Song of the Sidhe.” For those who don’t know, legends, folklore, and direct human contact indicate that the Sidhe (pronounced Shee) are Dwellers of the Mounds, a regal Faerie race related to humans. I’ve written about them many times and even took an online Sidhe course in April and May 2018. In my experience, the Sidhe are highly creative and interested in bringing beauty and healing from their dimension into ours. If you don’t feel like reading a long article but want to hear some Sidhe-inspired music, just scroll to the bottom right of this linked page. So lovely I wanted to share!

Peace Mantra

I’ve received some texts and emails to the effect of “What the heck is happening out there?” Remember: peace in, peace out. Tend to your inner world first, and then you become the one who radiates peace into your outer world. For anyone feeling stressed, tense, or who simply wants to enhance a sense of calm, peace, clarity, and focus, here’s an hour of peace mantras:

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.

Dixon’s Violin ~ I Wish I Could

Dixon’s Violin was the last of many amazing concerts we listened to last night at New Year’s Fest of Kalamazoo. Everything he does is complete improvisation, and the melodies he wove transported me to another realm. What an inspiring way to ring in 2018! Enjoy:

“I often hear people say with sadness “I wish I could…” followed by something they actually could do. I believe you can do anything you set your mind and heart to! If you find yourself saying those words, I encourage you to pause and consider: assume that you CAN do that thing, now what choices would you need to shift in your life? What actions can you take to make it happen? You are more powerful than you think! With love and in service, – Dixon”