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A Powerful Full Moon Healing Ritual for the end of the Decade.

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Happy last Full Moon of the decade!  It really feels like the last full moon of the decade, doesn’t it?!  Like a real completion, ending and new beginning, a new era is about to emerge.

This full moon feels like a wrap up of the last ten years.  It’s time to dot the “I’s” and cross the “T’s”.  If you were like me you may have felt the urge to clean, cleanse and organize.

In a couple weeks, my oldest son will be turning 10.  And it has me reflecting a lot on my life ten years ago.  At the very beginning of this decade, I was 9 months pregnant and found out my husband (at the time) was cheating.  My life literally fell to pieces as I birthed my son into the world.  I remember going to a tarot card reader who pulled the Tower Card for me.  The card showed a burning and collapsing tower with giant piles of ruble and people jumping out of the tower.  It couldn’t have summed up my life better at the time.  All that I had built was being destroyed.  Little did I know that it would be the best thing that ever happened.

This last week in particular I have been struggling a lot with my health.  My neck becomes suddenly immobile and swollen.  So I listened to my body and just moved my awareness into the areas of pain…between my shoulder blades and neck.  As my mind went to this spot, an image of knife popped into my head.  I had been stabbed in the back.  My husband’s affairs felt like being stabbed in the back, the ultimate betrayal.

As I spoke with my neck and asked what it needed, I heard her whisper…”to take the knife out.”  I have been living with the knife still in my back, or at least the memory of its pain.  I started this decade with heartache and loss and I’ve carried that in my back til this moment.  I’m done waiting for a magical apology, or an owning of a horrific action.  I’m freeing myself from the last energetic chord to my ex.  As I imagined pulling the knife out, I seen myself walking to his house, ringing the doorbell and handing him the blood stained knife.  I turned my back and walked away.  It’s his to hold, not mine.  What he does with it is his choice.   I’m done living with the memory of that pain.  I don’t need to anymore, I’ve done the healing.

I’m entering this new decade in triumph, on a chariot of courage, determination and clarity.  Ten years after this treacherous time in my life, I’m remarried and have two more sons, a new home, a new job, essentially a whole new life.  I have rebuilt a stronger tower, on a much sturdier foundation.  I’v built a life that is actually suited to me.

The next ten years of my life will have nothing to do with that knife.  It will be about my life that I created and all the new stuff emerging, manifesting and singing my name.  To close my journey inward, I felt the need to heal the open wound in my skin left by the knife.  I imagined my guides coming and doing some energy healing and sowing me up with golden and sacred wire.  I imagined too putting my own hands on the wound and filling myself up with self-love and self-honour.  This is what I really want to focus on in the next ten years of my journey.  And so it is!

A FULL MOON SOUL JOURNEY FOR COMPLETION.

On this full moon I invite you to summon what is left of your learning in these last ten years.   Light some candles, burn some sage or innocence or infuse some oils and take some deep friggen’ breaths.  Really inhale.   Really exhale.  Move into that part of your body where the stuck energy and patterns of the last ten years are held.  Where is it?  What are the sensations that you notice?  Describe them.  Just move your mind there.   If you were to imagine an image that best represents the old wound or stuck pattern, what image emerges?  Or words, or shapes or colours?  Use your imagination.

What do you imagine this imagine represents?

What does your soul need regarding this energy in you?

What would the image/object say to you?

What do you need?

Are you ready to release it?

Ask your wise body how she would like you to release this old patterned energy?  Feel free to call in the elements of wind, water, fire or earth to help you.  Maybe a loved one, an Angel, a guide or power animal will be your helper.  Or maybe like me, you will just imagine pulling it out yourself.  There is no right or wrong, just what is.

What energy are you needing to fill yourself with, having removed this old energy and

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pattern?

Are there helpers, guides, stars, Grandmother moon…the water…anything that can help you heal the spot of the old.

Fill yourself with golden, radiant light and feel how lightened you are from freeing yourself from this pattern you’ve carried for the last ten years.

You are amazing!

And so it is!

Happy Full Healing Moon.

Much love

Crystal

xo

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How to embrace the Ch…Ch…Change on this Full Moon.

goddess of change2We are upon a full moon tomorrow….

Can you feel the call for change? Is it time to make an important choice and jump off that cliff into something new?  Can you dare and trust yourself and the Universe to give you wings and support you?  Can you trust it shall always work out…there are no wrong roads, just longer ones 🙂

It’s hard to let go of the safe and familiar isn’t it? We feel like we are in a safe cocoon, albeit, an entrapment of sameness and eventually stuckness. We like the security, the consistency, the know what to expect kinda of life.

But deep down our wild, magic souls calls to us for more, tugs us towards a golden unveiling of something new, something more expansive, something more invigorating on the soul level.  The soul craves change, craves expansion, excitement and aliveness.  This is the “joie de vivre ” in soul life.

My sister recently had to make a decision to make a change or stay in the same place she was in.  She wasn’t happy in the same but making the change required that she cut the safety net off the old, to really say good-bye to it.  She was torn as to what to do because her fear got a hold of her and zoomed her focus on what would happen if it didn’t work out.  She went right to the worse case scenario.  We’ve learned that pattern her and I but I encouraged her to approach with trust and faith in the Divine.  She would not have been gifted this opportunity if it wasn’t meant for her.  She would learn something brand new either way and this was about a positive change that yes, could be challenging but far more fulfilling. I encouraged her to take the road that had rainbows and golden sparkles on it.

I mean, what is the purpose of life really…to live on the safe, accomplished, titled, road or to take chances, follow your heart, have soul lifting experiences?  For me its’ the latter, for me it’s a life well lived, sucked dry of everything juicy it had to offer, not just checking off the “success boxes”.  We can all be “accomplished” or have the picture perfect life and job and still feel empty.  Is that the goal- external success?  That is fine and dandy but it need to be coupled with some magical experiences and feelings, and internal aliveness.   Life is not meant to be safe and mundane…we need to live, explore, expand, and stretch ourselves into new territories and see what is there.  What the heck excites your bones?  What puts sparkles in your eyes?  What song does your heart sing?

My sister,  she boldy, confidently, excitedly jumped off the cliff into the new. She’s one courageous, smart goddess.

The cosmos support this change or actually create and initiate this time of change in all our lives.  It calls us into our authenticity, into our depths where we feel alive, sparkly, magic dusted and aroused.  Make the choice that excites all of your senses.  Make the choice that scares the shit out of you but simultaneously makes your heart want to bust with excitement and giddiness.

So on this lovely Full Moon, why not do some reflective writing to deepen your trust in yourself, cause you’re fricken awesome and amazing and have all this wonderous stuff about your already and you trust that the universe is calling your greatness into life, into the world.  Why not dip your pen into the elements of trust and faith and let the universe create a matrix of wonder and excitement.  Let your pen guide you home to the place of remembering.

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You know the drill, setup a lovely, little soothing space do dive inward and dance around into your soul tethers.

Creative Warm-up to help move you into your colorful depths…

  • List all the magical things in your life and around you.

Question 1:  What would stay the same if you made the change that is calling to you? (Set your timers for five minutes and just free flow, do not lift that pen off the page ;))

Question 2:  What would change if you jumped into the horse and carriage of change?  (Repeat the 5 minute free flow)

Happy Full Moon & Changes 🙂

And so it is friends, and so it is…

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Go Buck Wild with this November New Moon Ritual!

nov moon1Ahhhhh…..a return to my home sign Sagittarius.  Another year of my life soon completed as my birthday fast approaches.  So much to reflect on this year….what an interesting year.

Tomorrow’s New Moon falls just as Sagittarius busts out of the gates and that’s some good and exciting news.  Us Sagittarius folk are about freedom.  Freedom…freedom…and more freedom.  We are free-spirited centaurs; half animal, half human and we love to play, explore and adventure out. We are thirsty for knowledge and know that it is through experience and exploration that we drink it in.  We are bright eyed and busy tailed, voluptuous thinkers and visionaries.  When we have an idea we run with it, not just in the farm yard but to borders and beyond.  We stretch the impossible limits with exciting visions and move towards the so called “unreachable”.  We dare to travel there, not just for the guts and glory of the pursuit but also for the radically fun ride of adventure down the trail of the unknown and un-travelled possibilities.

My statue of Goddess Tara was also an inspiration for this month’s new moon.  I typically keep her on my fireplace mantel but with Christmas Season my son wanted to put some snowmen in her spot.  So I reluctantly agreed and moved her onto my altar.  Wowza!  She’s been calling to go there.  She is the “mother of liberation” and she represents the virtues of success in work and achievements.  She governs the life, death and rebirth cycles and is often associated with Luna and the Moon cycles.  So allow Goddess Tara to see your visions, have fun and stretch those thinking limits into the realms of imagination, visioning and fun exploration for the soul.  Write down two or three goals you have for this moon cycle and sit it on your altar with some tobacco, corn meal or epson salts.  I have an offering plate where I leave my monthly moon goals and I tell ya’ they’ve been working.

NEW MOON RITUAL:  So in honor of this New Moon in Sagittarius I invite you to create a collage with all your radical, wild, free spirited visions for your life.  Go ahead, write them down, collage them, see them…and dare to dream them.  Have fun, play, and make visible your wild and free wishes.  Dare to dream the unthinkable and go for it.

Life is but an adventure, so embrace the Sagittarius energy and go buck wild in the adventurous realms of your soul.  Let yourself be sagittariously free spirited and charge into new visions and ideas.

Enjoy, it will be a great month.

C.

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“The Obsession with Thinness & Body Hatred is Really Code for This…”

sacred body 2One of the lost teachings of the Sacred Feminine in our society is the love and reverence for our Sacred, life giving bodies.  We live in a culture that idolizes thinness and somehow our brains get trained to believe if we are not a certain size or weight, we are then not beautiful.  We are setup to be in war with our bodies, as though it is a separate entity we must dominate.  We treat them like prisoners, telling them what to do, be, when, how and where rather than operate within a sacred union with them.

I believe we have missed the mark, and lost the message.  We are getting our wires crossed thinking that these obsessive thoughts of perfection, thinness and weight loss are what’s important.  The obsession and even addiction to thinness is showing up as body hatred and low self-esteem in our young girls and in our women populations in alarming and growing numbers.

Body hatred and the addiction to thinness are code words that we have lost connection to our fiery, Feminine souls.  We do not really hate our bodies, we don’t even know them and we don’t feel fat.  Fat is not a feeling!  Usually we feel anxious, despair, or out of control and we then turn on the body and blame Her as though she were the culprit for those feelings.  The reality is our pain body is triggered through an outside circumstance, maybe a breakup or a failed interview and we suddenly feel the terrible fear that we are unlovable or unworthy.  Now, guess who gets the blame?  Yup, your body!   We don’t go to the source of the wound and sit with it; instead we shift our attention away from what is occurring within the body and focus on the outside aspects of the body such as size and shape as the problem.  We think “If only were nine pounds lighter, maybe he would have loved me”  or “God I’m fat, it’s probably why I didn’t get that job” and that somehow translates to us believing that losing those nine pounds will make us loveable and worthy.

We then look in the mirror and focus on the parts of our body we hate and go on an abusive rampage and plan the next fourteen day diet and fitness bootcamp.  We believe thinness equals success, control and power and that attaining thinness will mean we are worthy, loveable and adequate.  We do this in the name of distracting away from the true deep inner wound that is still sitting inside, we are living without connection to our feminine souls.   It’s an illusion, a metaphorical and destructive pattern we must break.

What is truly occurring is a desperate grasp for control when our feminine, tribal soul is rattling the cage inside.  She wants out of the cage and into your life but we have forgotten that she even exists and that we’ve caged her up.  Or we are simply terrified of what she’d do to our lives if we’d set her free.  Let’s stop the madness ladies, not just for ourselves but for our young girls who are watching us.  Let’s get down to the nitty gritty where the true discomfort lies…our souls are calling for freedom and for connection and she won’t take no for an answer anymore.  The lost feminine Goddess is awakening and she is showing up as anxiety, as restlessness, as a feeling of terror, and a spinning sensation of being out of control.   She is showing up as weigh pre-occupation, eating disorders and body hatred.  She is calling to you through depression or unknown heavy sadness that we don’t understand.  Your soul is calling for release and freedom, she wants into your life and now!

So, I invite you this week to reach your hand out to that Feminine Goddess /Tribal Woman within and take her hand.  Let her know you hear her and a willing to begin unlocking the cage she has been trapped in for years.

A Sacgrandmotherred Art Practice for the remembering the Sacred Body.

Go outside and take a walk with your body.   This is not about calorie burning, it is about being in union with your Sacred Body.  Imagine she is a Wise Women, a Grandmother of the Tribe, and she is trying to teach you and guide you.  Can you listen to her?  Can you let her guide you rather than trying to control and dominate her?  What does she say?  What does she want to tell you?  What feelings does she have and why are they important for you to know?  What are they trying to tell you and guide you? How does it feel to follow her lead and walk beside her?

Now imagine transforming into the Sacred and Wise Grandmother within your body, step as out in the world as her.  Keep walking as your Sacred Self in your Sacred Body. Notice what it feels like to walk in union and in honor of your body rather than in dominance and command of your body.  Just be with her in union and enjoy the outdoors.

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Enjoy my friends!

Crystal

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What is a Spiritual Practice & How Do I Get Me One of Those?

SACRED ART2One of my bff’s recently asked me what I do for my spiritual practice.  It sent me on a bunny trail of thoughts about what that really means.  For me a spiritual practice is about self-connection.  When I am connected to the deepest part of me, I am connected to the Divine.

It is a moment, activity or ritual that unites me with the deepest part of myself, the place of the God & the Goddess within me, the place the universe resides on my insides.  It feels calm and centered while being simultaneously alive and energetic.  I feel a tingling and an inspiration, a presence of sorts.  I feel part of the collective, as though the stars, the trees, and the moon were all extensions of myself, mirrors of my divinity and sacredness.   It is a process of enjoying the magic of right now, in this moment just as it is.  Even doing dishes can be a spiritual practice if we approach it with intention, presence and prayer.

So for me, how I practice my spirituality is really how I get self-connected.  I have a hankering for Sacred Art – creative expressions reflecting my internal processes or creative tools to connect me with the divine.  I have a deep inner need to share my inner emotions and experiences with magic or the Sacred.  I believe as women especially this is a natural, instinctual need.  We must gather and encourage each other to go inside and connect.  We must share our experiences with each other and voice what is raw, natural and authentic within.  Our tribal souls are calling for release and expression.

Ritual for me is essential as well, it grounds me in the here and now and allows for spiritual contemplation in my everyday life.  I’ve been working hard in uniting the Sacred in everyday life.  You may want to check my article on How to be a Bad-Ass Goddess While You Mop Your Floors to explore more of what I mean.

My spiritual practice is this, creativity, creativity, creativity, and silence, stillness, writing, reflection and ritual.  I write rituals for the new and full moon and bring them into my family life.  I involve my children and my husband rather than segregating spirituality separate from my everyday life, I want it in my life.  Creativity has always been my portal there, it moves me to a place of magic and inspiration, a place where I connect to the Sacred simply by connecting to my insides and the Sacred and Divine within me.

What I’ve come to learn is this, it takes some preparation, some planning and some intention to create a spiritual practice.  Sometimes you need art supplies or incents or even a candle.  You need a weekly plan, it helps make it happen.  If your like me, you can have all the intention in the world, but if you ain’t got a plan, it likely won’t happen, you likely won’t squeeze it in when the kids are napping or in between loads of laundry.  We need a time, date and place.

So I offer you this, join me in Weekly Sacred Art Spiritual Practices by adding yourself to my email list or by following the blog.  I will send you a weekly Sacred Art/Spiritual practice to encourage you to build your Spiritual Practice and thus your ability to self-connect.  I will propose a time we can all meet in the dreamtime and cyber space and know that we are all sharing in our spiritual practice of self-connection.

I remember meeting a new mom friend when my son was just a baby.  She lived only two houses down from me and when I was up at 3am doing a feeding, knowing she too was up likely doing a feeding I felt less alone.  So let’s unite in our need and desire to self-connect and meet weekly on Tuesdays to self-connect at 8pm.  I’ll post a supply list a few days before so we can prepare.

I genuinely believe the more you connect to your insides, the more health and well-being, peace and contentment you will have in your life.  It will show up as peace and fulfillment.

Let’s create, connect and share together as we set the intention to self-connect with Sacred Art.  And so it is.

WeeklySACRED ART Sacred Art Practice:  “SELF-PORTRAITS – A LOOK WITHIN.”

Using collage, paint, coloring, crayons or any means you wish create an image that reflects you, your soul, your deepest self.  If you were take a snap shot of who you are from within, what would that look like?  Use words, colors and images to best represent this image.  Please share on our Group Page by clicking here.

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How to Be a Bad-Ass Goddess While you Mop Your Floors

For a long ticleansing goddessme I struggled with an internal segregation.  It felts as though my spiritual practice were separate from my everyday life.  I’d go into Spirit as an escape from my life, although it was an addiction, a place of refuge.   Spirituality sure can be a safe container to retreat and restore but it set my thought process to believe my everyday life was boring, mundane, even a place of suffering.  Somehow it was less Sacred.

And finally a light bulb went off.  I could unite both Spirit and everyday life.  Duh!!!  Spirit is in everyday life, every tree, every branch, every rock.  Why couldn’t it be in my everyday tasks? I had set the intention to unite both my inner and outer worlds, this was another piece of the puzzle.   It was about celebrating the Sacred in my everyday life and in my every day responsibilities.  It’s about staying connected to the Divine in the here and now, whatever the moment is.  It’s about making things fun and enjoyable by adding a little magic to the routine.  All we need is a little fun and creativity.

So get out your mop buckets and follow along.  Fill it as you would with water.  Add any special cleaner you like or half a cup to a full cup of vinegar.  Add just a bit of lovely and refreshing herbs for cleansing such as rosemary, sage, cedar and or sweetgrass.   Cut a lemon or lime in half, squeeze and release in the bucket.   Feel free to add drops of tea tree oil or sage oil as well.  Drop in a cinnamon stick or two for the fun of it. Stir the bucket with your mop as though you were a witch stirring her cauldron, mixing all the cleansing properties together into a Sacred Cleaner.  Rub your hands together for a minute or two and build heat.  Now place your hand over your mop and pail and say a cleansing prayer.

“Great Spirit, Creator, Mother Earth and Father Sky, all my ancestors, spirit animals and all beings who love me, I ask you to hear me now.  I ask you please to help me cleanse my home of any stuck energy, negativity or any other energy that is not of love and not of light.  I ask you to fill my home with love, luck, prosperity and health as I clean the grounds our family walks.   This I ask in the name of love.  Aho!”

As you begin to clean your floors, feel the importance of your sacred ritual of cleansing your home, not only of germs but of energy.   You are a Divine presence in your home and in your family.   Your work is so important, so celebmopping goddessrate and acknowledge it.   Feel your importance in your family and in your home.  Feel your divinity as you mop and cleanse the floors, transforming fear based energy into light and love.  You are a healer, a transformer of stuck energy into flowing, glowing light.  Put on some upbeat music and rock it out as your cleanse.   You are bad-ass, so indulge in the wonderful, edgy energy of it! Imagine the music notes invoking energy, radiance and joy in the air and through the walls with every dance and cleaning move.  I encourage you to bring it all the way home and wear your goddess type jewelry or scarves as you make cleaning into a sacred ritual and cleansing ceremony.  Enjoy the process and have fun with it.  Imagine your home being filled with love and radiant golden beams of light . Let yourself see flowers, roses, pinks, reds, purples and greens growing on your walls and through the air, spreading love and positivity in the air as you sway your mop back and forth over floor.

(If you only have floor in a small area of your home, take this practice to your base boards and cleanse all the areas in your home. )

Feel and enjoy the Sacred Art of mopping your floors as your awesome, colorful, bad-ass Goddess Self.  Allow the process to invoke joy and sweet laughter into your home as you cleanse with joyful, fun, bad-ass Goddess energy.

You go girl!  And so it is.  Enjoy!

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How to make your Soul Dance.

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What Inspires You?

For me….

The moment the Sun is setting and it looks like a giant orange ball on the edge of the sky.

My son’s smile and the innocence in his eyes.

A new recipe.

A new book.

My dogs affection and excitement when seeing me for the first time in three hours.

Stillness of a tree.

The bushels of canola in the farm field beside me springing a beautiful sea of the color yellow.

The wind cooling my hot face.

My first cup of coffee in the morning.

The moon shining in the sky.

When we are inspired, our soul perks up, like the beginning stages of a fire when we are trying to get it spark and burn.  From an energetic perspective, a vivid rainbow of colors dance through us and around us as our soul energy is released and able to dance freely and playfully.  We feel energetic and excited from the inside.   A good word:  Giddy!  We must regularly move this energy out into the world, we must keep the fire burning, so to speak.  Whether it be in making a recipe, a journal entry, a dance,  singing a song, taking a picture or a fun collage, we must be creative for our Soul Health.  When we tap into our creative juices, our soul feels fed and that inner emptiness and restlessness vanishes.  Now that’s good Soul Food.!!!

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PRAYER STICKS.

Above is a picture of a bunch of prayer sticks that many people made at Ghost Ranch while in Lynn Andrews Sacred Art and Healing training.  We make a prayer and put it on a stick through color, beading, feathers, paint, words, string or whatever inspires us.  It is an intention to the universe and we plant it into the soul.   I have prayer sticks in my back yard for various reasons.  I invite you to make a Prayer Stick for whatever tickles your fancy.  Perhaps its’ for a loved one who is in need of love, perhaps it’s for a goal you’d like manifested, or perhaps it’s for better health.  Use your inspiration, no rules, a create a way.  All you need is love, an prayer or intention and some soil.

How are you inspired and how to you express it?  Leave a comment.

 Happy soul feeding Women’s Tribe!!!

Xo  Crystal