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A Massive Bid for Self-Preservation shamanism soul retrieval Mar 19, 2022

Why am I here?

Why did I leave a comfortable life in Centennial, Colorado? There was certainty there. I had a place to live. I saw my partner every day. Meals were shared. The house was warm and catered to all whims, down to the bidet toilets.

This question isn't going to be answered from the thinking and worrying mind. Or...

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Happy Lunar New Year :: Year of the Water Tiger elementals elements lunar new year new moon spirit animal water element Jan 28, 2022

The Lunar New Year falls on February 1st this year. Each year the date is different as it tracks the lunar calendar, which is based on the monthly cycles of the Moon's phases. [What we know as our traditional New Year follows the cycle of the Sun, or the Gregorian calendar, and always falls on January 1st.]

In Chinese...

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Bring Diwali into your Home & Heart (Nov. 4th) Nov 02, 2021

Diwali, the festival of lights, is a highly auspicious time to invite Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of prosperity and abundance, into our homes and hearts.

Diwali always takes place on the darkest night in November, as it’s celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar. This year it falls on Thursday, November 4th.

Here are...

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Our Sentinel Apple Tree nature beings ritual & ceremony shamanic healing trees as healers Sep 08, 2021

 

In the last post I shared about our apple tree, my friend Hesso, whom we steward. In this post, I'll share more about her role in our neighborhood, as she is both a nature being and a sentinel. 

 

Nature beings and sentinels

Nature beings are spirits who have taken a physical form in our tangible...

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Autumn GF Apple Cobbler Recipe apple cobbler gluten-free recipes vegan Aug 30, 2021

So it's not quite autumn yet. But apples have been on my mind! And in my yard. We moved to a new house last January, and were told that our apple tree would fruit every few years. This is the year, and there is soooo much fruit. 

My family and I are loving stewarding the little slice of land that our...

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Soul Loss (and the Pandemic) shamanic healing soul retrieval Jul 16, 2021

 

We’ve all contended with much loss during the pandemic, losses which for many still continue. As we heal from all that has changed and move back into the continuum of free will and re-integration, we may not feel fully resourced for tasks and decisions that previously felt easeful. We may have an unsettling feeling...

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Second Spring (Menopause) :: Self-Care Routine mythic quest self-care May 28, 2021

I'm entering my third year of perimenopause, and overall the whole process has packed a punch. Read more about my journey here

Though, these days, I have discovered a self-care routine that has helped calm a lot of symptoms, as well as address some underlying root causes of the symptoms.

The approach I have settled on,...

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Second Spring (Menopause) :: An Introduction mythic quest Apr 28, 2021

This post feels appropriate as tulips are blooming, the cottonwood trees are budding, and the world is once again an explosion of color. The long winter is melting. Every April I wonder if the spring will arrive, will the grasses return, will the birds sing their soul songs. And every year the transformations do, indeed, at long...

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Boundary Ceremony ritual & ceremony Mar 28, 2021

 

I can’t say I’ve always been good about making, or keeping, boundaries, or even knowing what my boundaries are to begin with. However, in the world we inhabit now, today, boundaries seem to be of utmost importance.

Boundaries are often made with people in our lives – a challenging family member who we...

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Got the Kapha Blues? ayurvedic healing kapha energy seasons winter wisdom Jan 28, 2021

 

How is your winter?

If there is one season that may feel weighty and stir up heavy emotions, it is Winter (even without the added weight of the state of the World)! This can be attributed to the Ayurvedic energy of Winter, which is Kapha, and the corresponding elements of water and earth. When this energy is in a...

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Pumpkin Coconut Soup Recipe ayurvedic healing recipes Dec 04, 2020

This soup features a two key ingredients for the cooler months: winter squash and ginger root.

Pumpkins are their lovely orange color because of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body. Beta-carotene, also in carrots, sweet potatoes and yams, golden beets, and other orange squashes, soothes the lungs...

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The Truth of Trees mythic quest shamanic healing Sep 05, 2020

For the past few summers, I have received a calling, an invitation, to return to the forests of California to reconnect with the trees and land I grew up with. Every year my mind would fill with excuses from the ego-self: too crazy an idea, not enough time, too far, too expensive. This August the mythic call was...

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