Morning Peacefulness

If you’re a regular reader, you might remember my post a little while ago about Reclaiming My Rosary where I talked about using my rosary in a non-traditional way as a meditation tool.  For the past few weeks, I’ve been using some personal affirmations, elemental/directional statements, parts of the Prayer of St. Francis, and paraphrases of the Reiki Principles during my meditation.  It helps me focus my meditation and provides positive statements for my mind to dwell on.  And it’s made a big difference in my mental outlook in just a few short weeks.

I’ve had time over the past few days to listen to some Abraham Hicks sound clips on YouTube … you gotta love the wealth of information that’s on YouTube.  Anyway, I’m working on a short list of meaningful statements to use during my devotional time which will allow me to focus on even more positive results.  One of my favorites is “everything always works out for me”.  I figured if I started a list and rotated it every month that I could work on lots of affirmations and statements over the course of a year.

Oh, I could write them on a piece of paper and carry them with me and hope I remembered to say them during the day.  Even so, would I be focused on the statement or would my mind be wandering off in a thousand directions thinking about what I needed to do next?  By using my prayer beads or rosary, I am quietly and intentionally focused, and the clarity of mind makes believing those statements easier (when we believe it we see it).  This unencumbered, focused intent allows new thought patterns or pathways to develop in my subconscious and enables me to more easily rewrite the outdated coding or programming that no longer serves me.  Ahhhh … another statement … I easily release that which no longer serves me.

I’m breathing easier and deeper than I was a few weeks ago.  I’ve noticed the tension in my jaw is mostly gone now.  My anxiety is subsiding and I haven’t noticed a panic attack in a while.  My shoulders are relaxed and my stomach isn’t upset all the time and my blood pressure is lower and much more stable (as is my heart rate).  The only thing I’ve changed is that I’ve incorporated meditation with my prayer beads into my morning routine/quiet time.  Yes, I have to get up earlier, but it is so totally worth it.  Next is getting up a little earlier so I can get in 15-20 minutes of yoga.

If you’d like more information about dedicating some time to yourself that will help you get grounded and centered, let me know.  If you need some ideas for affirmations or belief statements, I’ll be glad to help.  Use the Contact Form and drop me a note.

Time to “Let It Go”

Sometimes letting go of things that no longer serve our highest interest is easier said than done.  Those pesky thoughts keep coming back and are often at conflict with the new thoughts and beliefs we want to bring forth.  Maintaining balanced thought processes and healthy relationships can be a real challenge.  Despite our best efforts, it just seems like we are in a pit of quicksand that those old thought patterns are slowly sucking us in and holding on tight.  Just when we think we’re about to break free, we lose our grip on the life rope or low hanging branch and are stuck again.

When all else failed, I turned to traditional medicine for my extreme anxiety.  But I knew I wanted it to be temporary … you know how the ER stabilizes you to move to the next step … that’s what I wanted my traditional medication to be … something to give me a little relief on my way to recovery.  I needed a break … and I needed some sleep (it had been decades since I’d had a GOOD night’s sleep and I knew it wasn’t healthy for me to go on that way).  After a few months of stability, I was ready to get serious about an essential oil blend that would really address all the pieces of my anxiety and insomnia.  After quite a bit of research, I came across a couple of blends that I combined and tweaked just a bit and came up with a blend that I’ve shared with a few folks.  It smells great and is really relaxing and allows a sense of peace and calm to easily settle in.  I’ve started using it in my diffuser at work as well as at home in the evening.

The grounding and calming essential oils help dispel depression, anger and grief.  It helps release buried emotional trauma and helps restore energy, confidence and calms the nerves.  It’s a great oil to try for PTSD – the oils for this blend work together to help release negative emotions, frustration, and anxieties and allow you to focus your thoughts so you function more effectively.  When worrisome thoughts won’t leave you alone … inhale, relax and let them go.

EOs in my blend: Frankincense, Geranium, Myrrh, Helichrysum, Lavender, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Ho Wood (I love just a little dab of Ho Wood in almost everything … it’s one of my favorites).

If you’ve tried EOs to “let go” or for “peace and calming” … let me know what worked for you.

Essential Oil Debate

We use a LOT of essential oils at my house.  My mom started using them about 30 years ago but when she passed about 15 years ago, we kind of fell away from it … she was the resident expert and I just didn’t have time to think about it.  A few years ago, I got pretty serious about using natural products in my house and for my health.  I did tons of research as essential oils were becoming a hot topic.  I opted not to use any kind of MLM product … for many reasons.  I wanted to provide some information here for folks who may be using them or considering their use.  There are several well-researched articles already on the internet and I’m not one to reinvent the wheel … so I’m going to provide those links for your research and reference.

Is it Safe to Ingest Essential Oils? What the Sales Reps Aren’t Telling You
Why I Don’t Use doTerra, Young Living or Any Other Multi-Marketing Brands of Essential Oils
Essential Oil Lies – What You Need to Know About doTerra and Young Living
Warnings doTerra and Young Living Won’t Tell You

Reclaiming My Rosary

I grew up in the Catholic Church … it’s a part of my heritage that goes back several generations. To make a LONG story short, I walked away from the Catholic Church shortly after high school and I think I explored most other Christian churches in the 30 years that followed before walking away from the church about 8 years ago. I was tired of the hypocrisy and hatred/condemnation that was spewed from the pulpits rather than the love, compassion, and forgiveness which is the story of the Bible. I walked away from the church, but I didn’t walk away from God. I am deeply spiritual and it was important for me to maintain a connection with the Creator and have reverence for the earth (all life).

When my mom passed from this earth plane in 2004, I received a rosary that was in her jewelry box. It was made of rosewood beads and had never been used. I think it might have even been a gift from my dad’s mom who had passed decades earlier. For several years, it sat in my jewelry box, too. I noticed it one day and felt a little nudge to place it on my home altar … a place which also honors my ancestors.

The past few weeks, I’ve felt called to return to the Catholic Church. I even went and talked to the priest at my dad’s church. You see, my practices of natural health care and honoring nature (in addition to being an intuitive) got women banished from the church not so long ago (centuries ago, we were burned at the stake). There was a lot more to my query, but that’s another story. I decided to go to mass the other day for the first time in many, many years.

As a visitor, I was given a small package with some “welcome” tokens. One was a rosary and a pamphlet about why one should regularly pray the rosary. I read through it and was drawn to pick up my rosewood beads … but not in the traditional sense.
I did some quick (and I do mean quick) research on the history of the rosary (for Catholics and other Christians) as well as prayer beads in general. The rosary is a form of meditation and connecting with God. Moving from bead to bead helps provide focus and creates a “time” with a beginning and an end. I wanted to personalize my “time” to make it more meaningful.

Rather than rote prayers, I open with a humble request to be shown what I need to know for “today” to better serve. I then ask to receive from Spirit the information and wisdom I need as I go about my day … I seek to better understand the five elements as used in the mass (air/breath, fire/transformation, water/cleansing, earth/nourishing, spirit/unity). When I pray the decades, each group is an affirmation for my personal spiritual growth … what I am working on at this time. I have been using affirmations in this way for quite some time (usually a month at a time) and simply do them as part of the rosary now whereas they used to just be a part of my morning routine. This allows my Rosary to be completely personal and more meaningful for me.

I discovered many others are using a similar, more personal approach to the Rosary. I also discovered that there are Protestant Rosaries and that Prayer Beads are a part of many religions. And I’ll likely be doing some in-depth research on the rosary which will nourish my inner geek and allow me to better understand this form of prayer. Please share your experiences, observations, and thoughts.

Wisdom is in the Stillness

Every morning I sit in a rocking chair on my front porch with my coffee and journal.  No one else in my home is yet awake.  It is my special time.  My time to reflect and to talk to my Creator (God, Source, Spirit,  …).  Part of this morning ritual involves noticing signs or symbols that may be different than “normal”.  I believe Spirit speaks to me in the things that are all around me … including people, animals, even the weather.  This morning, there were lots of birds chattering and singing.  Not really unusual.  But among the noise, almost unnoticeable, I heard the soft sounds of an owl.  I couldn’t see her/him, but if I listened closely, the gentle “who, who” was there.

I noted the owl in my journal and reflected on what it might mean.  There is so much noise in the world today.  So many people loudly demanding attention and to be noticed.  Yet, in the quietness, there are some who are making bold statements.  These statements often receive harsh criticism because they are “different” and striking a chord of disharmony among the masses.  People are being asked to change long-held beliefs and ways of life.  People feel protests are dividing us.  Yes, they are.  Protests make things uncomfortable for a reason … they make us think (normally about injustice).

If we listen, the wisdom borne from the silence can teach us so many things.  Be still and let your heart talk to you.  Don’t listen to the chaos around you.  Don’t listen to the programming from the past.  Don’t listen to hateful rhetoric of the ages.  Listen to your heart and listen for love.  Let wisdom talk to you and reveal truth.  It’s not usually what we expect and often moves us out of our comfort zone.

But truth, that is what we all seek and that is what wisdom wishes to share.

Feeling Protected

Good morning everyone. I was sitting on my front porch a little while ago with my journal and a cup of coffee. Hurricane Irma is hitting south Florida and headed my way. I felt an overwhelming feeling that I need to share with folks who I hope will understand. I truly believe that everything has its own spirit, including our houses and cars and stuff like that. When my family bought our house 5+ years ago, there were a LOT of things on our “must have” list because we are a multi-generational family living under 1 roof. Although this house looked rough, I could see her structure was extremely sound and she just needed some thoughtfully applied cosmetics  She also had EVERYTHING on the “must have” list and then some.

My whole family LOVES this house. We struggled with what colors to paint, and we have waited for the house to let us know how to best utilize her for our needs. A couple of years ago, I painted one of the bedrooms … it is now our magic/healing room/office. Last weekend, I painted a second bedroom … the one I use (but not the master suite). We LOVE the functionality of this house but I have lately felt her “asking” me to help her be “pretty” for us as well as functional. So, this morning as I sit in my quiet time as I do every morning, I feel my house assuring me that she loves us as much as we love her and that she will protect us.

Yesterday, I asked my guardian angels to place themselves around the perimeter of my property to keep it safe. I truly feel like there is a dome of protection around and over us. I have also asked that our wonderful neighbors be kept safe and that we maintain power and water because several of our neighbors need power for medical reasons. We have boarded a few windows and have solid barricades in front of others. But we did this only after listening to so many “warnings” yesterday. I really didn’t feel like we needed to do it. I am a very detail-oriented, analytical, planner-type person by nature but we have simply gone about our weekend with a “business as usual” attitude … and my whole family feels this way. So … just wanted to share and hope that maybe others understand.

Manifest Your Dreams

My “dreams” have been a theme for a while now. My New Moon intention several weeks ago was to acknowledge and speak my dreams … for there is power in speaking.

I spent some time researching essential oils that would support this journey as I wasn’t able to find a blend that I could purchase. I thought I’d share it with the group in case someone else wanted to explore using EOs to support their journey. I use mine in a special candle as well as a diffuser. The could also be used in a carrier oil for personal used. If anyone would like more info on methods, I’d be glad to share.

The components help to release obstacles (physical and emotional), connect with intuition, and relax into clarity.  

If you don’t want to have to purchase the oils to put this together, I’ll be glad to make up a candle for you.  Here’s the link to purchase one. 

If you would rather purchase a bottle of the oil blend, please use the contact form to get in touch with me.

Dream Weaver

The New Moon is only a couple days away and it’s time to set my intention for this moon cycle.  I started a new group on Facebook (you can find Lunar Alchemy here) and was thinking about what I needed to post to help folks with this first step.  During my quiet time this morning, Spirit reminded me that I needed to “dare to dream”.  You see, it’s been a long time since I dreamed about what I wanted in life.  My dreams have been replaced by “wishful thinking”.  My guardian angels used this language to remind me that “dreams” come from the heart and, well, “wishful thinking” comes from the head.  As someone who can over-analyze or plan almost anything, dreaming from the heart seems a little foreign to me at the moment.  I am going to do my best to step into this new place … and maybe that’s what my intention for the month needs to be … we’ll see.

For the past couple of weeks, part of my morning ritual has included a request to see and honor the signs and symbols that are place in my path throughout the day.  A little bit ago, I looked up to see a pretty big spider crossing the floor and it seemed to disappear into the woodwork.  I was busy at the time so couldn’t check out where it actually went, but I took a minute to thank it for it’s message and ask it to please go back outside.  The message of weaving my dreams into my personal web of life was pretty clear.

What dreams do you need to weave into your life?  What dreams do you need to feel from your heart and allow to rise up within you and enliven your soul?  I don’t know what dreams I might have that need to be acknowledged, but I now know what direction my New Moon intention will take.

Clearing Sacred Space

If you thought maybe you’d missed a post or something … the answer is “no”.  While I have every intention of posting on a weekly basis, sometimes LIFE happens and gets in the way or, quite, simply, I don’t have an inspiration to write anything.  You see, my posts aren’t planned ahead of time or thematic like many bloggers.  Mine are divinely/angelically inspired.  It could be what’s going on in the world or my community.  Maybe it’s a conversation I saw on Social Media or overheard somewhere.  Or maybe it’s a message Spirit wants me to share.

Lately though, I’ve been doing a lot of deeply personal clearing and these are usually times when it’s important for me to “be still” and allow the energies to re-balance.  My thoughts, feelings, and actions are personal and about Earth Girl Debi rather than Practitioner Debi.  Sometimes I share these, but more often they just clear the way for me to show up in a more authentic or REAL way for all of you.

I’m blessed that one of my massage therapists is deeply spiritual, intuitive, energy sensing, and helps to balance/ground me.  I have a couple others that are great at just the body-work part, but Alex is different.  I’ve been working on clearing out “that which no longer serves me” for several months now.  Evidently, there was a BIG energy shift during my last session with Alex.  My body felt like I had run a LONG race.  I can’t tell you how many trips I’ve made to the restroom the past few days and won’t share the particulars of the elimination that’s been taking place.  My diet hasn’t changed, I’m not sick, and I’m not purposely detoxing.  But obviously crap that I’ve been holding on to is being released.

While weight loss would be grand, I feel emotionally lighter and in a better place.  I am consistently more grounded and feel more peace and calm.  I’ll be real honest, I have been better the past couple of weeks with my morning quiet time and created a personal protection ritual which I do right after I get dressed.  I’m sure these, combined with my affirmations and that massage with Alex have moved a great deal of baggage out of my life.

If you don’t have a period of time during the day for your “sacred space”, I encourage you to begin one … even just a few minutes will help you begin to center and find balance.  This is especially true if you are in the midst of a storm.  At those times, we critically need to clear the chatter of our minds and allow the Divine to speak from a place of quiet stillness.  This is where peace comes from.  this is where we can be Divinely directed regarding that NEXT step we should take on our journey.

If things seem crazy, jumbled, chaotic, or uncertain … carve out a time to just “be” so you can connect with Spirit and receive the words that will let you move peacefully downstream instead of battling against the current.  Let your boat turn around and go with the flow of your life and patiently ask for only the NEXT step.  Taking each step as it comes will get you there.  I promise.

Life is not about the destination … it’s about the journey … and we can only do it one-step-at-a-time.

Maybe you’d like to share how you carve out quiet time and enable yourself to honor your sacred space.

The Winds of Change

The winds of change are blowing in my life again.  Sometimes they are soft, gentle breezes.  Other times, like now, they are a full-blown tempest of raging winds.  I guess that’s what happens when you mentally decide to clear the clutter from your life.  You see, those gale-force winds blow away anything that’s not strongly anchored down.  In my case, it’s mostly a long-term relationship.  It takes two people working at it to really anchor a relationship to any kind of foundation.  Evidently, I was the only one putting in those anchor bolts.  You know, it really sucks … I’ve been doing my part for 7 years and thought things were getting pretty well shored up.  A minor conflict of plans completely tore things apart and the pieces are nowhere to be found.

So, now what?  Like I said earlier, I had decided to clear emotional/psychological clutter from my life and have been working on staying centered and balanced.  Evidently, this relationship was clutter that needed to be cleared … this whole thing happened in the course of just a couple of hours.  I’m sad as I really love this person, but he’s made his choices about priorities and I’m no really one of them.  I don’t know about you, but I want to be in a fully committed relationship and not just someone’s “part-time lover” that’s used to fill in empty spaces on an ever more complicated schedule.

Staying grounded has become my priority as centered and balanced will come from that.  Fully connecting with the divine and my angelic guides for direction is also my priority … they will help me map out my course of action and put me in a position to do the things I need to do for myself and for others.

Why do I tell you all this?  Because people tell me that I really have it all together … no, I don’t.  There is a lot going on behind the scenes of my life and there is stuff going on behind the scenes of everyone’s life.  You just never know unless you’ve been let in and allowed to see.  What you see as a grumpy old lady in line at the store today could be someone in my position … filled with sadness and confusion and experiencing grief and loss.  This is where compassion comes in … when we have compassion for humanity … what’s going on in their life doesn’t matter … we are kind simply because it’s who we are.  And in being kind, everyone wins.  Some people in those lines are just plain mean … others are like me and that smile you share could make all the difference in the world.

So, how about you … what little kindness can you do today to make a difference?

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