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Gwendolyn Evans, Healer, Artist & Muse

Gwendolyn Evans, Healer, Artist & Muse

Gwendolyn’s Events,

Classes & Art Shows

April/May 2014

Bee at Rest


Bee at Rest 2.5″ tall, polymer clay & “glitz”

 

Gwendolyn: Artist in Residence

Visit Gwendolyn from 1-5 p.m. on the following dates:  April 16, 18, and 19, May 16, 19 & 20

Gwendolyn will be at Artists’ Mediums, 300 Cornerstone Drive in Williston Vt.

As an artist in residence, Gwendolyn will be creating new work and conversing about her work with the public. She works with many themes, and in a wide variety of mediums. Her artwork is inspired by nature and spirit. Mixed media work in clay, paper, and acrylics featuring brilliant color and textures. Gwendolyn’s work is whimsical and impressionistic. She enjoys sharing her art, insights into the creative process and engaging in conversation about how she creates art without having sight. Stop by for a visit, catch some inspiration, and allow the Muse of curiosity to guide you to us…

Tea Monster 3" polymer clay

Tea Monster 3″ polymer clay

Power Rising, mixed media 22"x32"

Power Rising, mixed media 22″x32″

April 17, 7 Pm Gwendolyn Evans presents

Channeling with Mother Earth

Join us at this open group channeling session, hosted by Chris Curtis at 152 Lyman Avenue in Burlington VT. Gwendolyn channels her spirit guide, Mother Earth and looks forward to bringing these words to both new and old faces. All are welcome. Bring your questions, open minds and friends. Donations requested instead of a set fee. For directions or more information, contact Gwendolyn (see bottom of post.)

 

A powerful grid of stones from Level 1 Class

A powerful grid of stones from Level 1 Class

Saturday, May 3, Moonlight Body Mind Spirit Expo

10 to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel, 60 Battery Street in Burlington VT.

Gwendolyn will offer mini readings, her gemstone essences, and information about her work and classes.

May 24 & 25 Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Gwendolyn will be showcasing her work, along with other artists at Sweet Enemy Art 52 Maple Ridge Road, in Underhill VT. Whimsical sculptures, affordable small works and jewelry.  Join us from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.  Light refreshments and lots of great art to see.  Bring your friends, this art tour is a great weekend activity!

CLASSES

The Energetics of Self Care

School of Earth Centered Healing Level 1,

April 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, April 30 6:30 to 9:30 PM, May 4 from 1 to 5 PM, May 7 & 9 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM

Throughout our life journey we tend and care for our bodies, and strive for clarity and balance with our mind and emotions. So too do we need to become aware and take care of our personal energy. Our energy system is the purest essence of who we are, an energy that can be expanded beyond the physical body and is connected to and interactive with the energy bodies of all other beings. How do we navigate through the current extreme energetic fluctuations of our world? How can we become more tuned in and sensitive to our energy body, and learn to keep balance and health flowing on all levels of our lives?

This first level course will guide students in the process of cultivating conscious awareness of their own energy body and developing a practice of deep grounding with the Earth. Students will learn to expand their intuition and do hands on energy healing for self-care to attune and balance their personal energy field. Knowing your own energy body, as you know your physical body is increasingly important as more and more people become impacted by changes on the planet. Cultivating deep awareness of the energy systems, practicing deep grounding into the Earth’s nourishing energy, learning your own energetic patterns of strengths and weaknesses, and developing the use of tools and techniques to strengthen your own energy system is critical for healers, sensitivities, and everyone on this planet. This first level class is the foundational support for furthering any healing path.

Contact Gwendolyn for more information and to register.

(802) 879-2706

or

Gwendolyn@lovingself.net

Gwendolyn is a spiritual teacher, healer, and artist, and is available for private appointments and for phone sessions, group channeling sessions, workshops an classes. Energy & gemstone healing, readings & channeling. Contact Gwendolyn for more information. 802-879-2706 or gwendolyn@lovingself.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m dealing with the recent New England heat wave by reading — a lot.  It’s too hot and sticky to cook, do art or much of anything productive.  So I let go of that for the time being.  One particular book is inspiring me, “Polymer: The Chameleon Clay” by Tory Hughes.  It’s absorbing me.

I’ve been using polymer clay in my art for about fourteen years.  I’ve found it to be the medium that opened me up to art in general and allowed me a broader and more enjoyable definition of artistic creativity.  My creativity just keeps growing and expanding, and at times I really do feel like the creative muses are running amuck in my psyche.  I think that is about to happen again with the new techniques and ideas I am learning about.

I got into art in my thirties, and rather reluctantly so.  I discovered polymer clay in a body image workshop, of all places, and discovered I enjoyed the feel of it.  To my surprise, others liked what I was doing with the clay as well.  So I invested in more polymer and began to fool around by making little goddesses, angels, dragons and various creatures.  For a number of years I kept producing these little figures, occasionally sold some, but never, never, never would I dare call myself an artist.  That title was too far above me, as far as I was concerned.  The word or title of artist might as well have been like calling myself a queen.  I had a truly distorted perception of my self-worth, and a bent perception of what my creative potential was all about.  I’m happy to say I got over that.  And art actually helped me heal my distorted self-perceptions.

As I learned to just play with the clay, I surrendered to the process.  Then an astonishing thing started to happen, I began to be rather impressed with my own efforts.  My goodness, I really, really liked the stuff I was making, and that blew me away.  So no wonder that I began to sell more pieces and get lots of great feedback on my work.  I realized that this was a crucial part of my healing process.

Now I’ve expanded to many other mediums, and continue to have a blast exploring all these new things.  As I explore new tools, techniques and mediums, I’m also exploring myself.  I get to test my “boundaries,” stretch the perception of limitation, and find new ways to enjoy myself.  No one else could stretch my own personal perceptions of limitations, but I can tell you that having people around you who encourage you to stretch is most helpful.  After having grown up with a lot of messages about what I couldn’t do, I spent my early years assuming that all of the messages were true.  I have to say I love blowing those old false messages out of the waters of my own psyche.  Then I get to share the results with others.

I think that the various ways that I’m adapting my tools, using colors, and textures helps me keep the visual memories of color alive in my brain.  But art is also a very intuitive and spiritual process for me.  Sometimes I don’t know what a piece will be, but am led to use specific colors or techniques.  Other times I may have an intention for a piece and will spend time meditating about what it will look and feel like, and how I could go about the project.  I do try to say a prayer about my work, as I feel it’s important for me to ask for guidance.

Right now I’m so ready, willing and able to learn new things, hence reading this great book.  There’s always something new to learn and try, and always a part of us that needs to be stretched.

Here are three of my recent pieces. They are for sale at Candles & Creations in South Burlington, VT.

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The Dream by Henri Rousseau

I love a good night’s sleep and I love to dream.  I love the rich symbols, archetypes and messages I get from my dreams.  I’ve certainly had some bizarre ones, as well as those that were so incredibly powerful that I woke feeling a profound shift had taken place within my psyche.

 

Years ago a wise friend taught me to always write down my dreams and to keep a journal.  I found over time that I remember more of my dreams, and I also have a better understanding of them.  I see certain patterns and themes more clearly now.  For example the house that I grew up in used to be featured in my dreamscapes a great deal, particularly when I was actively healing past issues. 

 

Some of my dreams have turned into great sources of inspiration for me.  I picked this one dream and story to share, because it’s timely to my current process, but I also have a strong sense that many others may resonate with this as well.  The work that this particular dream led me to do illustrates how we can use our dreams to our own benefit.  The following came from a dream I had several years ago.  It left a lasting impression on me, and provided great material for my growth.

 

I dreamed that I was with my friends Bernice and Doris, and we were standing in my grandparents’ garage.  My grandfather had the most immaculate garage you could imagine.  It was clean and uncluttered.  The garage door was open and the three of us were looking out.  As far as the eye could see, there was nothing but swamp, and it was flooding, and beginning to creep into the garage where we were. 

 

I stood looking at the swamp, and thinking about the bugs, snakes, and feeling really overwhelmed and anxious.   Bernice was fascinated by it, and kept saying, “How interesting, how interesting.”  Meanwhile Doris just went right out into the swamp.  That was the end of the dream sequence and it seemed very incomplete to me.

 

When I woke up I decided to try to experiment with this interesting material my dream life had presented me with.  I went into meditation and went back to the swamp.  After connecting with the three characters there, we mutually decided to drain it, so we created a drain to help it drain off and become this lovely green space.  That was the intent anyway, but I got this image of the drain being clogged up.  So we all went out into the swamp with a gigantic plunger.  I guess I thought that might take care of the situation,  as I realized that was exactly how I had been feeling in certain areas of my life, all clogged up. 

 

But as the day progressed, I continued to feel clogged up.  Finally I went back into meditation to see what could be done.  Once I connected, I discovered that this time we were all struggling with this gigantic plunger together.  Suddenly Bernice said to me, “Gwendolyn, go get the Spiritual Draino!”  So, I went back to the garage, and got this stuff, that was basically three bottles of White Light that we poured down the swamp drain.  That seemed to do the trick and I went about my normal routines for the day.

 

Several hours later, I realized it really had worked and I was in a great mood.  Being open to the potential gifts of this dream helped me understand the meaning and how to work with it. I saw how this swamp represented my new venture in self-employment, and the three characters were all aspects of me.   All of their reactions were really what I had been feeling about becoming self-employed.

 

The character of my actual self was my very frightened ego, as she looked at all of the terrible things that could come out of the swamp, or all the terrible outcomes of my decisions.  Bernice, who stood beside me and kept saying, “How interesting,” was the observer; right there in the moment and able to take in the broader meaning.  While Doris just delightfully plunged into the swamp for further investigation.  When I understood that this dream was reflecting my problem, and I understood the role that each character represented from within, I was able to go back there and do some internal shifting for myself.  The result was a shifting of my energy and a release of the anxiety and blockages I was experiencing in moving forward.  This kind of dream work is both fun and productive and I often feel that I can bring my sense of humor and whimsy into the dreamscapes to further aid in my process.

 

I so admire the work of Jungian analysts and writers who dive so deeply into archetypes and symbolism.  But at the same time, I caution people when it comes to buying cheap self-help books on the subject of dream interpretation.  So often they suggest they will unlock the secrets of your dreams for you.  Dreaming for Dummies isn’t a valuable option, if you are looking to gain the real gifts from dreams.  There are some incredibly gifted people who can guide you in the process of understanding dreams.  Just don’t let yourself be seduced into thinking that there’s one book, CD, pathway, etc.  that will give you all the answers.  Mostly this work is about self discovery and requires that you begin the work of interpreting the unique language of your own dreamscapes.

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Reiki hands

This is the story of an extraordinary little girl and an extraordinary healing session.  I have been a Reiki Master for two years, and I’ve had the honor of working with many plants, animals and humans of all ages.  My youngest client, a little girl named Ripley, was quite a gift to me and many others.

 

On a Friday afternoon I received a call from Ripley’s mom Dara.  She found me through my connection to the local Dowsers group and had been aware of me and my work for several months.  In fact she had wanted to come see me for some healing work for herself, but had not connected yet.  Dara went on to say “Now I really need your help.”

 

She told me that her two year old daughter was in the hospital with second degree burns.  Being an active two year old and having both parents working at home facilitated a mishap with hot tea and an ambulance ride to the hospital.  Dara reported that little Ripley had been in ICU for a time and was now on the children’s ward, but having a very difficult time with the injuries, and treatments as well.  I immediately sensed that not only was little Ripley suffering, but her parents were dealing with their own pain.  So we made arrangements for me to come give Reiki to Ripley and see if I could help balance some of that energy.  The following morning Dara came to pick me up, and with my trusty sidekick (aka guide dog) Parker, we headed for the hospital. 

 

When I arrived at Ripley’s room, her dad John was there and little Ripley was asleep.  So we talked quietly for a while as I read the energy of the room, the parents and Ripley herself.  They explained to me that bandage changes and oral medications were almost as traumatic for Ripley as the burns had been.

 

We talked about energy work and what I was going to do.  In addition to using my intuitive abilities, I began some time ago to use dowsing to measure energy fields before beginning a Reiki session.  It isn’t necessary but this often confirms for me what I’m feeling and also gives my clients visible measurement.  Both parents were somewhat familiar with dowsing and welcomed it.

 

As I suspected, it was determined that before I could work on Ripley, I needed to work on the parents.  So I dowsed each of their auric fields and gave each parent a mini hands-on reiki treatment.  After each treatment, I re-dowsed their energy fields and determined that the leading edge of their auras had expanded by double its size.  That significantly lightened their mood and the energy of the room itself.  We also did some clearing of the energy within the room itself.

 

Meanwhile little Ripley continued to sleep through all of this.  I noticed that her breathing sounded labored and I could feel without reaching my hands out to her, that she was holding a lot of tension and stress in her energy field.  When I stepped to her bedside, I immediately began to feel the Reiki energy being drawn through me.

 

I asked Dara if I could just lightly touch Ripley just to orient myself to the top of her head, so I could work just above her body.  So Dara placed my hand on top of the sleeping Ripley who still did not wake.  Ripley was lying on her back but still she slept and we did not want to wake her.  I began the Reiki process, although Ripley was drawing energy before I began.  As I felt the flow increase and I moved my hands just above her head, and then worked my way slowly down to her heart center.   Ripley’s breathing immediately shifted, quieted and became deeper.  I continued to let the Reiki process work, moving down her front body, feeling the continuous flow of healing energy.  When I got down to the feet, I was able to touch her little feet, without waking her.  So I sat on the bed holding her feet, letting reiki flow and helping ground her energy.  Eventually I felt just a little twitch in Ripley’s little foot, and then I huge shift in her energy.  I could feel that she had released in some way, and was now deeply relaxed  in her sleep.  I knew the Reiki session was complete for that time.

 

Her parents witnessed all of this, and are also quite tuned-in people.  They immediately noticed the change in Ripley’s breathing and her body just seemed more relaxed.  So we talked a little more and mutually decided that I would come back the next morning.

 

When Dara  picked me up the next day, she leaped from her car and said “I can’t wait to tell you everything!”  As she drove me she reported that not only had Ripley slept extremely well, but she was also a bit calmer with the bandage changes and meds.  When Dara woke up next to Ripley that morning, Ripley was standing up in her crib and looked over and said “Hi Mom!”  Dara was quite thrilled and relieved to have her little girl be more like herself.  But that was not all… 

 

When the bandages had been changed and the burns examined , it was discovered that not only was the healing process accelerating, but that the burns were healing over to the point of being more itchy and much less painful.  Both parents and professionals were surprised by that.

 

When I arrived, in spite of having been dosed with Tylenol and codeine, Ripley was wide awake.  The Easter Bunny had delivered a basket of goodies but then Ripley saw my guide dog Parker, and suddenly everything was all about him.  I’m used to that.

 

So I talked with both parents and dowsed their auras which were much, much better.  It took some doing and talking to get Ripley to be open to having a little Reiki.  She clearly was not trusting any strange adults coming at her with hands or tools, however she was fascinated with Parker and with my dowsing rods.

 

So okay, I completely broke the rules about not having anyone interact with a guide dog when he’s working.  So Mr. Parker engaged in interacting with Ripley with lots of kisses and nudges.  This time John was holding Ripley while she tolerated my hands just above her body.  At one point Parker put his head on John’s knee, and Ripley had her head on top of Parker’s, while I did Reiki on her head.  That’s what I would call a three-for, because of course all of them were getting the triple benefits.  But that scene was so adorable, even if major guide dog etiquette was being compromised.

 

Ripley tolerated Reiki in spite of her squirming, until I got to her feet.  After several attempts to work on her little feet, it was clear Ripley did not want me to touch her feet.  I began to sense that she didn’t want to be grounded, and then Ripley began to be a little agitated.  But both John and Dara assured me that Ripley was being more like her normal self.  After sitting with her a little while and having her parents touching her feet I was able to give a little Reiki by putting my hands over their hands.

 

It seemed appropriate to switch the session from hands-on Reiki to something else so that she could feel a little more comfortable.  So then I used a little of my Rose Quartz Gem Essence.  I began by spritzing myself with the Essence to show her, then we spritzed her parents and then Parker nudged his head in for a spritz too.  So that caught Ripley’s attention and she wanted a spritz  So she got that.  Then she offered me her feet for a little spritz which seemed to be very calming for her.

 

Ripley is quite a little spirit, very tuned in, but frustrated at not being able to communicate yet.  I sensed such frustration at not being able to make the “adults” understand her.  I left my bottle of Rose Quartz Gem Essence with John and Dara to help sooth Ripley.  She began to dig at her bandages so we decided to get some help with that.  The nurse let us know that she had not actually re-wounded herself, it was just that the wounds were healing fast and now were very itchy.

 

The following day I left a message on Dara’s cell phone to check in.  About an hour and a half later my phone rang.  When I answered I heard this little child’s voice say, “hi Gwen, hi!”  I recognized Ripley and said, “Hi Ripley, how are you?”  She nattered on in her 2 year-old language but kept saying hi.  Then the phone went dead and I thought oh well, Dara will probably call me right back.

 

I waited for about twenty-five minutes but got no call back.  So I thought well, I’ll just check the number to make sure it was from them.  Sure enough, I dialed to get the last number that called and it was Dara’s cell.  So I called back. 

 

Dara said, “Oh Gwen, I was going to call you.”

I said, “Well, you did, but I  guess the phone went dead on Ripley.” 

Dara said. “What are you talking about?  But by the way, we were able to take Ripley home today.” 

“Wow!” I said, “But you just called me and had Ripley on the phone.”

“No I didn’t.” 

“Wait, are you telling me that your little two year old Ripley called me on your cell phone by herself?”

 

That was exactly what happened.  That shocked both of us, but I knew the call came from Dara’s cell and that the child’s voice came from that number.  Miss Ripley wanted to let me know that she was home with her family again.

 

Dara reported that when the med staff changed the bandages that morning, they discovered that the burns now looked like a bad sunburn instead of the severe second degree burns that she had come in with.  Dara said that the med staff was pretty surprised and perplexed, and the nurses wanted to know all about this Reiki stuff.

 

We knew that something had really shifted for Miss Ripley.  I felt very humbled and honored to be a facilitator for her healing process.  I am aware that I’m only a channel for Reiki energy. It is not only a privilege to give Reiki, but a privilege to witness the power of energy healing.  I felt very strongly when I was working on Ripley while she slept, that I was also connecting with her own source energy.  The Reiki helped align this source energy so that she could take over her own healing.  The power of working with Reiki life force energy facilitates more than just healing for the body.  I think that Ripley and I were unconsciously working together in service to open some minds to the power of Reiki healing.  I have the suspicion that I will hear from Ripley again, but she won’t need to use the phone next time.

 

My thanks to John and Dara for giving permission and encouragement for me to share this story.  For more information about my Gemstone Essences visit my website.  For information on Dowsing visit www.dowsers.org.

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