Eagle Medicine of the East teaches us to grow our wings so we can navigate strong winds with grace and wisdom. Eagle asks us to question how we can be of service. So we watch, we listen, and we act...we see the injustice, we hear the calls for self-examination.
Our silence is a form of violence & the winds of change are strong. Decide how you can help. We have the opportunity now to listen to the wisdom from Black Americans who have lived the violence for so many centuries, and we can and should follow their lead.
I am reflecting on my white privilege, and trying to educate myself and children, and support organizations that are leading the way on LONG overdue systematic change. I know that I can do more, and hope we will all do our part. Below are a couple of links to the organizations Campaign Zero and Black Lives Matter. Please donate.
Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.
Fund the Movement Black Lives Matter, and support their ongoing fight to end state-sanctioned violence, liberate Black people, and end white supremacy forever.
I made a boob cookie. Thinking about the Milk Moon. Thinking about Mother Earth and her Paps. Thinking about the Mother in all of us. Thinking about George Floyd calling for his Mama. Thinking of the breath of life.
Beltaine marks the start of summer in the beginning of May, and the equinox brings the center of the season, this year on June 21st. In these six weeks our awareness is heightened, as well as our fiery passion, and boundless energy. Nature uses this time to explode in beauty and abundance, led by the force of life so strong this time of year.
How we use this energy as humans is something for which I sit. What would happen if we thought with the mind and passion of our hearts, our breasts? What if we proceeded with the fiery passion of Mama - the one that protects what is sacred, that finds a way to create with love and compassion, through the breath of life?
George Floyd would still be alive.
The Morrigan is the least understood of the Irish Celtic Goddesses. She is also the most feared, perhaps because she presents herself as a Grim Reaper of sorts. And yet the wisdom we can get from the Crow Goddess can help us during times of deep transition and transformation.
Stepping past the fear that we experience while being incarnate is perhaps one of the great challenges on our pathway to peace. However, it is in this process that we can open up to the magic and assistance available to us when we accept the natural processes of birth, death, and rebirth. A practical way to help us through our natural evolution is with the Celtic ceremony of Burlá Ghuí, a prayer bundle assembled in stages aligned with the processes of transformation, and infused with the medicine from the Morrigan and the lineage.
It was an honor to make a Burlá Ghuí outdoors with spirit sisters here in Bolinas, especially in light of what we have been experiencing with the abrupt changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I think all of us felt grateful to have the ancient practice to help us.
Amanda Ross Skincare, a salon and wellness center where I work in Bolinas, is offering a special for the next month on a service I offer: The Shamanic Reset. The 45-minute session is offered at $85, and is wonderfully prefaced by time spent in the gorgeous natural settings of Bolinas, whether it be hiking in the woods, or sitting on the beach. There are also other fantastic offerings at the salon too if you are wanting to turn up the self-care dial. Booking is here: (415) 233-8736 or https://amandarossskincare.com/book-online/
When we are living in the present tense, sometimes we can't help but feel that fear has gotten the best of us and taken over not only our mind, but also our body and spirit. This can appear up in a variety of ways - perhaps our digestion is off, maybe we feel our creativity has stopped, or that we have lost our sex drive. We might feel the need to completely retreat in all ways in order to protect ourselves. This is totally normal and understandable. Through shamanic energy medicine, we can reset to our true and authentic selves in order to live strongly & fully, helping us to be present for ourselves, and for those in need.
This last Friday night, at Schehera Van Dyk's gorgeous art show, she, another friend Abigail, and I spoke of our ocean here in Bolinas, specifically in relationship to the surfing community, and all the different "flavors" of energy the waters come into contact with through the people who seek waves, both locals, and commuters.
It was a lovely conversation that got me thinking about a study I had participated in at IONS last summer where I and other practitioners did sessions on clients where there was a water sample measured as a "control". The water responded to the energies passing through it, both from the healing practitioner, and from the client receiving the treatment. It was amazing.
I know that for centuries, cultures throughout the world have been holding ceremony for our Earth and its oceans, and that this idea is not new to us; perhaps in this light, combined with the brainstorming Schehera, Abigail and I had, I am inspired to facilitate with you a Ceremony for the Sea, with the specific intention of making an offering of love to our local waters, imprinting in its molecules our prayers.
I greatly appreciate these chakra aura sprays: handmade in South Wales by Cristina Pandolfo of Domina Lunae Apothecary and Esoteric Herbalism. Many of you have experienced their clearing power in our session work together. Below is the link to purchase, and she will ship directly to you:
The Center for Health & Happiness - 131 Camino Alto, Suite G, is located across the street from Mill Valley Middle School. This lovely space is shared by a talented group of practitioners, covering the gamut of personal care from cranial-sacral, acupuncture, reflexology, massage, organic skin care, and more. One stop shopping! Starting on October 16th, I am officially joining the team. My regular days are Sunday and every other Wednesday, and I'm excited for the possibilities and seeing you in a new location. You can contact me directly to book.
WHAT THE HECK IS A HEART OPENING??
The heart is at the center of our luminous body, and connects us all. When we have energetic blockages in this area, we might feel as if we are drowning in abandonment, or resentment...perhaps we are withdrawn, overcome by shame, or have the inability to commit to others and our greater community. A heart opening session uses shamanic energy medicine to release blockages keeping us from an energy center that flows in alignment with our true essence. As a result, we might find not only an improved immune response, but a freedom from the qualities that weigh us down. Forgiveness, peace, self-acceptance, and selfless love abound. Physical symptoms in the lungs, heart, wrists, and circulatory system can begin to improve, and we are more apt to surrender to the love that is at our center of being, improving the connection with those we love.
WHAT THE HECK IS ENERGY MEDICINE??
Shamanic Energy Medicine works on removing the imprints of disease or trauma stored in our luminous energy field. These imprints can be left for us through our genetic line, or perhaps through life experience and societal conditioning. Through direct connection with the spirit & ancestral realms, and an altered state of consciousness, the practitioner is able to locate and clear the field so that it is restored to a state of peace and harmony. The sessions are gentle, and aligned with the organizing principles of nature and the greater universe. All the work is permission based and practiced in a safe and sacred space.