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Three years ago I was given a message to begin developing In the Garden with Mother Earth workshops.  The purpose of these workshops was to give people a different experience of their backyard spaces.  Instead of looking at the backyard space as a lot of dirt, weeds and another things to clean up and mow, I try to show people that their spaces are filled with living beings — nature spirits — and are places to connect with the Earth in a spiritual way.  Flowers are not just pretty inanimate things.  They are actually alive and have spirits that want to communicate with us.  This knowledge helps change our perceptions of life and the world around us.  Our land has a lot to say to us and often my clients and I find some very important and helpful messages come forth.

That first season I presented many workshops in which I gave information on how to connect with the spirits of the place, what each space was trying to say and how to better support all of the beings who reside there.  In addition I spent time channeling Mother Earth for the benefit of each group.  Many people attended these events and it helped that we had great weather that year.  The next year I taught more workshops, but we had a rather wet summer that tended to keep people indoors.  But that didn’t keep the gardens from talking to us.  Last year a new level of this work emerged as a direct result of my travels to Cornwall, England.

In Cornwall I learned how to tune into Earth energy in a deeper way.  Thanks to Hamish Miller‘s work with our tour group, I was able to deepen my intuitive relationship with the Earth.  I began to use my dowsing to tune in to the land and detect energy currents and vortices.  I began with my own space at home and learned to “listen” to the Earth in a different way.

When I returned to Vermont, I combined what I had learned in Cornwall with what I had been teaching in my private workshops.  That year I began doing private garden consultations in which I took the residents into their space and used my intuitive and dowsing skills to read and communicate with the land in a deeper way.  I soon found that there were many, many plant and spirit beings that want to connect, to be acknowledged and who had things to say to the residents.  It was a wonderful way to show people how the energy of their land was working, and share information with them to help them be more tuned in to their backyard.

I’m getting ready and I’m excited to get out into people’s backyards and gardens this summer. This year I’m combining all of these tools to offer a flexible format.  I’m able to offer any combination of workshop, channeling session or private consultation.  The workshops are a fun way to enjoy the gardens and learn with friends.  I offer these through people who volunteer to host an event and help bring people to the workshop for a very reasonable fee.  These events are great fun and hosts get to attend for free.  So everyone gets to learn about the energy of the garden, how to connect with the nature spirits, and the group also has an opportunity to have a channeling session with Mother Earth.  The flexibility in my format will also allow for challenges with the weather.  If we can’t go outdoors, we can do some energy work indoors and expand the channeling portion of the event.

Sometimes it’s not possible to hold an event in one’s space and so the option of a private consultation in your garden might be more appropriate.  This allows me more of an opportunity to tune in very specifically to you and your nature space and help you understand what is happening in your relationship with the land.  This isn’t about visiting picture perfect places.  It’s all about seeing beyond the pretty flowers.  I love communicating with the Earth and doing this work.  I love visiting with people in their homes and gardens.  This is about understanding the Earth from the point of view of the beings who live in the yard.

“Gwendolyn was able to assess the energy balances and imbalances of several areas of our outdoor space including flower beds, vegetable garden, discovery garden, pond, and so on.  Her ability to tune in to the energies and provide subsequent advice on how to better balance yin-yang energies was extremely helpful.  We gained valuable insights and set to work immediately to remedy areas in high need.  We found amazing energy vortex areas and also were reminded to keep in mind what was reasonable for us to take on as far as maintenance and work load are concerned.  We look forward to having Gwendolyn return to re-assess how things are going now that several action plans have been initiated.” — K. Hanson

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My dowsing experiences are not limited to the outdoors, and I often find myself curious about my living space and other indoor spaces I visit.

After my trip to England last summer, I came home to practice the techniques that Hamish Miller had taught us.  I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and work with him.  We will miss Hamish’s physical presence in our world, but I’m quite sure he is doing his work from the non-physical perspective now.

When I discovered that I could detect energy hotspots, currents of Earth energy and other energetic phenomena, I was pretty excited.  That quickly became part of my work with clients who hired me to do garden consultations and workshops.  So I have gone to various gardens and outdoor spaces to dowse and read the energy.  It’s pretty fascinating to me that there are “hotspots” here and there; some present with masculine or feminine energy; and some are connected to certain plants.  Trees seem to co-create energy spots with the Earth, while other spots are co-created by people who use their space with reverence for the land.

The same is true for indoor spaces as well.  I’ve dowsed about six very active and energetic spots in my house.  There’s a fairly large spot where my altar is and where I meditate every day.  There’s a spot right at the place where I set my massage table up to do healing work.  And one where my hibiscus shrub is growing.  All of these spots appear in places where positive things going on, healing, meditation, growing.  These energies attract or co-create these hotspots.

As fascinating as this all is, finding these spots leads to more questions about the meaning.  I do believe that this is our task to develop the skills to communicate with the Earth in her terms.  There’s a whole different level of communication that happens on the energetic and unseen level.  We are needing to learn to decode the Earth’s energetic language, but first we have to open to experiencing it.

During one of my metaphysical classes this winter, I decided to dowse the energy of the space we were using.  About half way through this thirteen-week class, I got the strong sense that I should dowse the space to see what might be happening. I dowsed, asking if there were any hotspots and patterns. Sure enough something presented itself.  I had a student dowse along with me and we kept finding a couple of hotspots and then a current that seemed to keep moving on us as we dowsed the room.  We both were perplexed by the movement as it really seemed to be playing with us.  So we mapped out the pattern with masking tape on the floor, and then sketched the pattern on paper.

I know for sure from previous experience and teaching that ceremony and rituals attract energy.  Having participated in ceremonies in many sacred places, I have felt that energy.  In my class we were doing ceremony nearly every week, and so it was not a surprise that we had some interesting energy presenting itself.  But we had not expected it to be so interactive.

We let this information and energy just be as we proceeded on with the classes, but I decided that we would re-dowse that energy on the last meeting.  So fast forward by about six or seven weeks to April 11th.  I was attending the Earth Spirit Conference once again.  Our closing speaker is one of my favorites, Jude Currivan.  Jude is an internationally known, author, healer and cosmologist and I’ve enjoyed her presentations at this conference several times.  My experience is that she weaves together all of the topics, threads and themes of the entire event,  and sows in her perspectives on what is going on energetically, astrologically and globally.  I always come away feeling very moved and inspired by her.

So this weekend was very inspiring and Jude once again wove a magical tapestry to help us bring these incredible concepts together.  I was particularly interested in what Jude had to say about the major ley lines of male and female energy and her work with them.  In her work she has identified a third major ley line that is just now revealing itself as the divine child.  I had actually heard this before, but for some reason, it pulled me in this time.

Then all of a sudden it hit me, right in the third eye, that this divine child energy was indeed what we were attracting into our classroom.  Again this made so much sense, as having worked with this group of wonderful women, I witnessed them connecting with and allowing their inner maiden selves to come out and play.  At times we were all giggly little pre-pubescent girls, allowing our silliness and joy to run amuck. No wonder divine child energy would be attracted to that.

Jude also mentioned that this energy line tended to roam around, sometimes wandering off, then coming back to the other two lines, in very playful and random ways. That just affirmed my recollection of this line moving in very playful ways as we dowsed it.

I admit that I was already convinced about this being exactly what we had going on in the classroom. So I went to class that next evening with my dowsing rods.  Once again I dowsed hotspots, and had a sense of the energy having expanded in some way.  The area where the current was entering the room had shifted and the whole patterns seemed bigger and more defined to me.  I asked one of my students to dowse with me, and she picked up very similar results.  This pattern had expanded and widened, and had become a more defined spiral within the room.  The place where it entered the room had shifted and become much wider.  The two hotspots were still in the same places but were now presenting with male and female energies, respectively.  Once again we mapped the pattern with masking tape and sketched out the pattern.  We all knew that energy was being raised in our ceremonies and meditations over the course of our thirteen weeks, but this was another level to add to our experience together.  It served as affirmation of being joined by that d,ivine presence we were calling upon during our ceremonies.

We are truly babes in the woods in terms of understanding what all of this means; the mystery of this energetic language is mind-blowing.  I’ve heard something similar from Hamish last summer, and he had been dowsing with these energies for years and still found many mysteries to them.  I do have a deep sense of this being part of our awakening to the Earth’s consciousness (as well as raising our own consciousness).  It’s so important to be in right relationship with the Earth now.  We are slowly waking to see the destruction we have caused upon the planet, but we haven’t quite gotten the concept that this planet is a living being.

We have been seeing some extreme examples of our planet’s powers of destruction.  The numerous recent earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, flooding, mining accidents, and even animal attacks are reminders that our Earth is really in control of things, and we are just guests, borrowing Her resources.  Being in right relationship with Her is not just about going green, or working to greatly reduce our carbon footprint, but also very much about acknowledging that we are not the only beings upon the planet, and that the Earth herself is a great living being.  She needs us, but we need Her more.

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I’ve spent a good deal of this summer dowsing.  This is a direct result of my journey to Cornwall and the honor of meeting and working with Hamish and Ba Miller.  HamishMiller

Hamish is an author, dowser and blacksmith; and a true impish and wise character.  Two years ago, upon returning from my first journey to the UK into the Sacred Sites and crop circles, I  had the opportunity to read Hamish’s first book “The Sun and the Serpent” co-authored with Paul Broadhurst.  This was a fascinating account of their trek from the west side of England to the east as Hamish dowsed and mapped the Michael and Mary ley lines.   Along their way they had adventures and explorations of the sacred sites that connect with these ancient Earth energy currents.  I was hooked on England and the sacred mysteries and reading this book only anchored me more deeply into the study.

So I was elated to hear that our tour would include three days of working with Hamish and Ba in the sacred sites of Cornwall.  I have been dowsing for a long, long time, but only recently have I become comfortable with the use of L-rods.  It’s because I ordered a custom set of L-rods from Hamish by mail last year.  As a blacksmith, he makes Dowsing rods and measures one’s hands to make these rods a custom fit.  When I received my set last year, I could tell right away they were special.  Prior to that I had never been able to find L-rods, Y-rods or even a pendulum that I was truly comfortable with.  But these are specially crafted and that they have flat handles makes it easy for me to determine their direction and pull.

So I began using them immediately.  Mostly I have used them to dowse the energy field of my clients.  This helps me determine or confirm what I am feeling in their auras.  It also gives my clients a visible measurement of their own energy field.  Since I dowse before and after a session, both the client and I can have a measure of how much the auric field has changed as a result of the energy work I did.  It is quite an amazing thing.  But there is so much more to dowsing…

During our time with Hamish we had the opportunity to do a lot of dowsing of the Michael, Mary, Apollo and Athena ley lines.  As we wandered through ancient sites and dowsed their energy, followed the ley lines and connected with the Earth, we got a deeper sense of this very dynamic energy system the Earth has.  Hamish showed us various aspects of energy such as geometric patterns that could be dowsed and identified in various ways and he talked about how this energy system can change and fluctuate.  This makes sense as this is after all a living being, our Mother Earth.

Upon returning home, I began to dowse in a new way and for new things.  My first opportunity was to dowse my own home.  I remembered that when we visited Hamish and Ba in their home, he showed us an energy hotspot or vortex right in his living room.  He demonstrated how to dowse for such a thing and showed that it had radials of energy emanating out from it.  It’s a spot that can be used for healing and often seems to relax people to the point of dozing off.

So I came home curious and at the first opportunity, I began dowsing around my home.  I live in a modest two bedroom flat and so I haven’t got a lot of spaciousness, but what I have I keep pretty uncluttered.  Here is what I found…

In the living room I dowsed one Earth energy hotspot located in a corner of the room where a rather large Hibiscus tree resides.  The current seems to be feminine energy in a column coming up from the Earth and is produced in co-creation with this tree.  Another hotspot was located nearer to the middle of the living room, but off to one side.  This particular spot features a double spiral of energies, both male and female, which when I stand upon I can feel in my own body.  Just as I had experienced in Cornwall, I can locate a hotspot through dowsing, connect with it physically by standing in it, and feel the sensation of energy flowing into my body from the spot.

I discovered more energy in my healing space  where a largish hotspot was located off to the side of the room.  This area is where I set up my massage table to do my healing work on people.  The rods indicated to me that this is not an Earth energy current, but comes from Cosmic energy above and has been created as a result of me doing energy healing within this space.  This spot is diagonally aligned with the energy column at the Hibiscus tree on the opposite corner of the house. I’m not sure if that is significant, but it seemed interesting to me.  Another very small spot located right over my desk seemed to be coming up from the Earth and had a six-pointed star pattern associated with it.

I found a vortex in my bedroom off to one side.  This is a spiraling column of balanced masculine and feminine energy.  It is about five to six feet in diameter and encompasses both my bed and my dog’s.  Although I used the L-rods to locate and define these hotspots, I do occasionally use a pendulum to check on spirals of energy.  The pendulum showed a very wide clockwise spin on this spot.  It also indicates a lot of support for health and sleep.  I located a second energetic spot in the corner where my personal altar and meditation chair sit.  This is a pie-shaped column of energy.  I asked if it had been here before I moved in and that was confirmed, although the rods indicated it has gotten bigger as a result of my own spiritual practices and meditations in that area.  This also indicated a linking of Earth and Heaven energies through this column.  I also found circles and orbs of Light in this area.  The orbs seem to be attracted to my work here.

These are the highlights of what I have found in my home. I know these energies change, just as Hamish told us.  I attempted to re-dowse the large hotspot in my healing space during a full moon. I could not find it.  Moon phases and eclipses seem to have an effect on these energy spots.  Two days after that full moon I did find that energy spot and it was as I had done the first time.

The Earth has its own patterns, language and energy.  Just as we have blood vessels carrying our life blood throughout our bodies, so the Earth has precious energy flowing along currents and ley lines.  Along the various Earth energy currents and ley lines you can find some amazing energetic spots, many of which are healing spaces.  Once we learn how to tune into such places, even in our own backyards, we can attune to a deeper relationship with the Earth herself.

Attuning to that deeper relationship means we can connect with the Earth physically and energetically.  We can literally attune our vibrational frequencies with that of the Earth’s.  I believe this is how we once lived on Earth, in perfect alignment and attunement with Her.  We may not have had the advanced language we have now, but I think we probably understood the Earth’s energetic language.  Our vibrational frequencies were the same as the Earth’s.  Along the path of our evolution we have lost that vital connection, but it seems like more and more we are all finally waking up to the fact that we have to get back into alignment.  The Earth has her own language that we can only access directly through genuine curiosity, respect and stillness.  We just have to learn how to tune in by slowing down and becoming still.

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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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