My body is a wilderness

Oh how I love these words from Ojibway author Richard Wagamese, who left us earlier this year to walk with The Ancestors. His words inspire me daily, especially in his book Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations.

"My body is a wilderness. To understand that I need to inhabit it. I need to contemplate, meditate, and reflect on it just as I need to feed, water and exercise it for optimum fulfillment. When I do that, when I allow myself to fully inhabit my body I come to understand it as a wilderness; as a wild mix of sunlight and water, blood and bone and minerals, humus from oaks and pines, the residual dreams of my ancestors, the sound of songs on distant hills, of drums and petitions to Creation, wolf song and the random particles of exploded stars. When I know my body in this way I know myself and can celebrate the immense miracle of my being. Yoga gives me that. So does breath work. Silence. Ceremony and my feet planted softly on the skin of the planet…"

I must confess that my relationship with my body has definitely changed . . . and it's long overdue! I was always very strong and healed quickly from any illness and injury (I did a lot of extreme sports and was active as a mountain biker, hiker, equestrian, and more). I felt impervious!

And so I did not always take care of my body as well as I should have. I took it for granted. I trusted that it would always be this way . . . that it could support me, that together we would always overcome anything.

So, over the years, I ignored so many warning signs. . . Until I could no longer walk and needed two total knee replacements.

So now I ask my body for forgiveness, for not honouring its needs, and have vowed to treat it with respect.

Now I honour my body in how I eat and drink and move. . . eating "clean foods" and hydrating . . . meditating . . . breathing . . . basking in the sunlight . . . nurturing its agility through yoga, weights/resistance exercises, long walks in Nature, riding my bike and swimming. I celebrate mid-life fitness and have competed in walks and triathlons since my knee surgeries.

So that is my story, so far. I have a long way to go and much to repair. . . but I am getting there, literally one step at a time. I am reclaiming my wilderness.

How do you celebrate the miracle of YOUR being?

How do you care for YOUR body?


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Reconnecting to the Inner Fire of our Authentic Self

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The Full Moon in Capricorn is a few days away on Saturday, July 8th at 9:06 PM Pacific Time. This Waxing part of LaLuna’s journey has been so powerful and intense for me… and I sense that the Waning Phase will be equally as powerful.

My theme for this month’s lunar journey is Authentic Self (Re)Born, and as I breathed into my Soul Work in the New Moon energy something curious happened… I started shedding. I stepped back. I slowed down. I stopped doing things that no longer resonated with my purpose. I stopped saying YES when NO was my authentic answer. Rebirthing my Authentic Self, for me, means letting go of the inauthentic.

My Authentic Self is always there but sometimes it gets covered up or meanders away from my true path. Sometimes it’s following other people’s agendas… at other times, it’s people pleasing… or doing something to be “nice” rather than to be “kind”… or even tolerating others’ negative energies towards me.

When I stop doing things that are not “the real me” I can (re)start doing things that are.

At the New Moon in Cancer, on the heels of our Summer Solstice, I felt the pull of the Solstice energy — new beginnings — and the Mother energy of Cancer — birth, rebirth, and creativity. The “Juicy Crone” within was calling out to be heard (again)!

This morning I did a little bibliomancy for inspiration, to find a book with a message for me on this rebirthing journey. I used PSYCH-K kinesiology  to find the book, and statement to balance (this is part of my PSYCH-K work). If you are not familiar with PSYCH-K, you could use a pendulum to find the book (and passage or statement for wisdom). My process started with a series of yes/no statements:

There is an item with a message for this journey in our apartment. YES
This item is in the living room. NO
This item is on the dining room bookshelves. NO
This item is in the den. YES
This item is on my desk. NO

I followed this process until I found the item tucked away in our office/den: a beloved book that I reread each year. Using the yes/no statements, I was directed to p. 91 and this passage:

Are we doing work that serves others or generates a meaningful legacy?
If not, why not?

On that same page, the author reminds us of the words of Rumi, to

“let the beauty of what we love be what we do”.

The book was The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom By Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., a perfect book to (re)read this month with this theme! It is an affirmation of my path, of the creative spirit, and of rebirthing the Crone within.

Last year, when I reread the book, Arrien’s words on the Fifth Gate (the Rustic Gate) spoke to me and they STILL speak strongly to me… how at any age it is necessary and so vital to (re)connect to one’s creative fire…. to integrate our internal journeys… to find purpose and meaning at every stage of life… and to respect the wisdom of our Elders.

“And then you will come upon the Rustic Gate, etched with distinctive designs and opened to a vast green meadow flanked by high mountains. In the middle of the meadow burns the fire that takes no wood. On a boulder near the fire sits a gnome who wags his fingers and says ‘You’ll never find your way out unless you reconnect to the creative fire.’ The Rustic Gate requires that you leave behind the work of your life-dream as an offering to others.”

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As I let go of inauthentic practices and habits, I am reconnecting to the things I love. I am letting the beauty of what I love inform what I do. That is what birthing my authentic Self means to me.

And in Leonardo’s words above, Spirit is once again guiding and working with the hand. I have started writing again. I am completing artworks-in-progress and creating new pieces. I am exploring new wild places and wildcrafting new things (flower essences, a first for me). I have connected to a group of Elders, the Medicine Collective in Vancouver, to learn more about First Nations medicine with them.

And today, I will journey to The Quiet for more wisdom on how I can offer my life-dream to others.

What is happening with YOUR journey this month?

How are YOU connecting to YOUR creative fire on this month’s journey?


Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon) for July 5, 2017
Day 12 of the lunar journey
Waxing Gibbous Moon in Sagittarius (Fire, Mutable)
Moonrise 6:15 PM PT, Moonset 3:07 AM PT
Moon Mansion 20: Al-Na’am from 6:47 AM PT (Concentrated and controlled energy. Passions.)
Monthly Theme: Authentic Self (Re)Born


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Introducing Shekhinah Mountainwater’s Moon Wheels (an essential part of my daily practice)

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Moon Wheels, Energy Work, Rituals and Soul Work
For the Monthly Lunar Journey


In my earlier post today, I invited you to start working with a Moon Wheel in your daily / monthly spiritual practice.

So, rather than re-invent the wheel – literally, LOL – I share with you this rather old link giving instructions as to how to set up your Moon Wheel chart.

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MoonWheel for the Alder Moon, by Shekhinah Mountainwater

These are the original instructions from Shekhinah Mountainwater, who pioneered much of this work. And the image above, “Alder Moon”, is an example of a Moon Wheel she created. So beautiful and imaginative!

I am so glad that Molly Remer of Brigid’s Grove introduced the Moon Wheel concept to me. She is carrying on much of Shekhinah’s work, and has published a beautiful set of her Woman Runes in card format.

Many other folks have created Moon Wheels as well, and you can easily Google other sources out there if you wish to find something which may suit you better.

TIPS:
 I start my chart at each New Moon, while others start at the Full Moon. Do what works best for you.

 Keep your charts together in a binder, booklet or even in your BOS (Book of Shadows) for reviewing the patterns month-to-month and throughout the solar year.

 Chart whatever is important in YOUR life: your energy, your monthly flow, your sexual activity, your ovulation, your moods, your appetite, your daily card, etc. Use symbols, pictures, words… whatever comes easy to you (and will be able to understand when you later review!).

 Do consider using the centre of the Moon Wheel to note details of your New Moon reading… or other pertinent information for YOU.

 Like LaLuna, this chart flows counter-clockwise . . . but it doesn’t really matter as the illuminated side of LaLuna shifts depending on where you are in relation to the Equator!

 This picture is a copy of a Moon Wheel I started last August; I entered my New Moon reading (that month I used the Woman Runes from Brigid’s Grove), my theme for the month (“coeur-age”), the dates, lunar phase dates, etc. Throughout the month I add in information that is imporant to me.

And those who are familiar with the WomanRunes symbols can also use them to note different aspects on their wheels.

NOTE: I would highly recommend the FREE course offered by Brigid’s Grove on the WomanRunes

Go wild with your creativity and make the Moon Wheels uniquely your own.


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Embracing the Waning Years of your Journey

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Waning Gibbous Moon
Moving from Capricorn to Aquarius at 4:44 PM PT (23:44 UTC) June 12th
Day 18 of the Lunar Journey


LaLuna has moved beyond the waxing Full Moon brightness and is now in the waning gibbous phase, the second half of her journey towards the Dark Moon, the New Moon, renewal. And next week, Father Sun —Daghda— reaches his peak at the Summer Solstice (Northern Hemisphere), marking the transition from waxing to waning in the year.

And this is also so for many of us, we who find ourselves moving into the waning phase of our journey. . .  a time when our energy can also shift from outward to inward, when we can strengthen our connection to Self, when we can deepen our intuition, and when we can share our wisdom even more.

And know this: even though one may be in the waning years,
the journey still has far to go.

And if you are in the waxing years, know that there is still much to learn and experience, and that spending time with the Mothers and Crones can illuminate your journey in ways you might not have imagined.

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Life brings us many milestones, all worthy of celebration. But at times, I hear concern in the voices of friends —and clients —about an approaching birthday milestone, worried and fearful of getting “old”. . .  as if those years could define us. . .  as if those years could age us. . .  as if those years could stop us!

Recently I spent time with several people agonizing about turning 30, perhaps not noticing the irony of sharing those fears with someone twice their age!

But is it our years on this planet that define our age? In my humble opinion, what ages us — or serves to keep us youthful and vibrant — is how we choose to experience our journey through life. Our attitude. How we nourish and nurture our body, mind, and spirit. Our willingness to explore, to learn new things. Our inner peace. Our connection to Self, to Inner Wisdom.

The years (can!) bring experience, wisdom, knowledge, and also the opportunity to continue to follow one’s dreams, to live authentically, to share our wisdom. A wrinkle, scar or grey hair are merely medals earned on our journey through life.

And if we are long in years, is that not something to celebrate? To honour? To respect?

So, if you fear that milestone of 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 or more, remember this:

Your journey may be changing but it is relevant. It is vibrant. It is deepening. It is even stronger. The second half of one’s life can be both illuminating and wise.

You are stepping into the wisdom that you were born with and can now share with others.

You’re not getting old… you’re aligning with your inner wisdom.


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Recommended Reading:

The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom

by Angeles Arrien

 

 


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Embracing our Crone wisdom

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Last night I joined in a teleseminar led by Jean Shinoda Bolen, on the Goddess(es) in every woman after 50…. fascinating!

During the event, she talked about the “C” word… yep, Crone! A word many of us are reclaiming, just as many of us are also reclaiming the word witch, both with wise and sacred traditions of knowledge and wisdom.

Bolen spoke about the thirteen qualities that identify a Crone, in a light-hearted way, and the first of the thirteen really captured my heart: Crones Don’t Whine! LOL!

In her book Crones Don’t Whine, Bolen elaborates:

“TO BE A CRONE, you need to let go of what should have been, could have been, might have been. You need to silence the whining in your head that will come out of your mouth next. Whining makes you unable to live in the present, or be good company for anyone—even yourself. Whiners assume they were and are entitled to a different life from the one they have. Whiners do not see that everyone has had a share of the bad things that happen to people. Ungrateful for what they do have, whiners cannot enjoy the present.”

The book, of course, goes into this in much more depth… and defining what whining is (and isn’t).

It got me thinking about when I whine —or drop into Victim mentality, feeling powerless — vs. doing something about it. A powerful reminder!

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In future… I will wine… but not whine!

And I will stand proudly as a Crone !!!

Crone Power!
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Divine Imperfection: the Joy of Making Mistakes

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This time last year, I posted Neil Gaiman’s well-known quote about mistakes, and it’s something that still resonates so deeply with me.

If you haven’t heard his quote, here’s the background: On December 31, 2011, Gaiman (one of my favourite writers) posted this thought-provoking New Year’s Wish in his online journal:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

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Gaiman’s post shocked some people, angered and confused others. Many folks — me, for one — ❤️loved ❤️ it!

Why?

Because many of life’s most wondrous inventions and changes come from happy accidents and “mistakes”.

Because much of one’s greatest personal growth comes from so-called mistakes.

And because some mistakes are just blessings in disguise (and I know there is a Zen koan about this!!).

Yet some folks are afraid of of failing, of being judged, of being different, of not being perfect, and as a result they may take no risks… they may stay in a safe little bubble. But often the fear of all that is more profound that the actual “mistake”, the actual “failure”.

And that’s okay. I will not judge.  I will hold space for each of us to step into their glorious possibilities.

For me, no. That’s not the life I choose. I say, bring it on! I’ll give this crazy life 100% and if I stumble and fall, I’ll get up and try it again and again until I get it right. Or not! But I’ll try! I accept and embrace my divine imperfection. That’s what makes me human. That’s what gives my life meaning.

Click here to read Gaiman’s post.


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Making The Darkness Conscious

The journey of spiritual enlightenment is not necessarily a direct or straight line. . . it is more like a spiral, coming back to what may feel like the beginning but with all the knowledge and experience from the journey . . .  you are starting afresh, but with a new view of the world, with your newly acquired wisdom.

The Journey meanders through light and dark, through mountains and valleys of energy, frequently bringing us back to revisit, relearn and re-evaluate. And, although we move consciously towards the light, it is also true that we may walk in darkness at times, trying to understand and learn from the shadows around us and the shadows within us.

And each step — in both light and dark — brings us closer to our goal. Each step peels away the layers of delusion, illusion, filters, and beliefs until we arrive at our Truth, until we begin to know and understand not just our Self but our place in this world, and the Medicine we carry.

This is why I love and embrace shadow work. As we acknowledge and work through the darkness, the light is revealed. This can be the most challenging aspect of our Journey, but also the most transformative.

So when you find yourself revisiting familiar territory, do not despair. Recognize this as an opportunity to dig deeper, to peel away another layer, to use your new wisdom and perspective to find a deeper understanding. .  . or a new way forward.

Embrace and love all parts of your Self.

Learn from them.

Honour them.

Thank them.

Forgive them.

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
― Carl Jung


If you find you need support on your journey, consider working with me to bring those pieces together through a you-centred combination of shamanic journeying, PSYCH-K® balancing and six-sensory work.


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