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I believe in stretching my birthday celebrations out for as long as possible.  When I was a little kid, of course that meant more cake and more presents.  These days I don’t need more cake and gifts, just time to enjoy with friends.  But okay…I do love the cake and gifts just the same.

On this birthday I received some of the most precious gifts of all.  The day started out with lots  of lovely sunny weather, and I took the opportunity to meditate on all the things I’m grateful for in my life.  I even said a prayer to my Mother who passed away when I was only five, and I said “Thanks Mom, for having me.”

Then a friend took me out for a little shopping and lunch, followed by numerous calls and visits from others to wish me happy birthday.  My home was filled with gorgeous spring flowers from our condo’s gardens and I enjoyed every minute of this.

Another friend called to ask about taking me to lunch and I had to say that I was already going out, but would love to do lunch some other time, if we could figure the calendar space.  She then gave me one of the best gifts and said, “There’s always space for you in our lives.”  Her words touched my heart so deeply and I thought to  myself, That’s exactly what I wanted for my birthday!!!!  To know that I matter and have connection with my loved ones is THE ultimate gift and blessing.

In these times of being busy, attached to our electronic devices, working long hours and attention taken completely over by other commitments, sometimes we forget to tend our friendships.  I’ve forgotten birthdays or missed opportunities to reach out or realized that I was not tuning into a friend’s needs.  I’ve also felt that sense of being forgotten when folks have been busy with their life commitments.  We can fall into these common pitfalls and patterns of busy-ness lifestyle.  So the gift of hearing those words “There’s always space for you in our lives” was absolutely amazing.

As if this was not enough, the gifts kept coming.  In the past several months I have found myself part of a group of lovely women, who are all students and friends of mine.  After almost six months of classes with me, we seemed to be in the process of forming a loose coven.  I say loose because I’m not into forming rigid structures or teaching dogma of Earth-based spirituality, preferring rather to give students the flexibility and space to explore as much or as little as they want.  This particular group of them has continued to stretch their branches to reach for the sky.  And now, to our delight and surprise we have a group that wants to continue and explore the spiritual practices together.

I knew they were hatching a little plot to celebrate my birthday, and it was not a surprise that they emailed me to say they were taking me out to dinner and there would be some sort of after dinner destination to be revealed later.  So we gathered at a lovely local Indian restaurant, and had a fabulous dinner.  Then it was time to head off to destination B which I accurately guessed was the Burlington Earth Clock on the waterfront of Lake Champlain.  This is a lovely stone circle set up by a local group that created this modern day stone circle on public land for people to enjoy and use.   The ring was set up by dowsers and planners who aligned the circle to the energies of the land and the solstices.  I’ve been in the ancient sites, and I was skeptical about this new version, but when I had the opportunity to go there with Glenn and Cameron Broughton this winter, I was surprised by its energy.  From time to time various celebrations and ceremonies to honor the Earth have been held there and this  has been attracting deeper connection with the land.  So for me it feels like a very young Stonehenge.

When my little women friends said they had a destination B in mind, I finally said, “oh, are we going to the Earth Clock?”  (That’s what happens when you try to keep secrets from a psychic.)  So we headed down to the waterfront and realized that none of them knew where this circle was located.  It was truly the blind leading the blind, and there was a lot of giggling going on about that one.  Plan C was improvised and they commandeered a picnic table at the nearby park to have a little ceremony and cake.  What followed was a second lovely birthday gift.

First, my girls lit some lovely incense, then a little candle.  All were beginning to giggle about all the various actions and choreography that was supposed to happen.  This was their first ceremony without my guidance.  Two of my girls stood before me with tree branches for what was described as a blessing of the branches for my birthday.  There were some lovely words of blessing spoken with silly dramatic emphasis; first by the Larch branch, then with the Maple branch which we weren’t exactly sure was really a maple.  Much more giggling ensued and I wasn’t sure if I was about to be flogged or blessed, but to my relief, just gentle tapping of the head and face with the branches occurred.  Then the singing of the birthday song, with tom-tom, harmony, rhythm and uproarious laughter.  We were all ready to either wet ourselves or burst open.  The laughter kept up through the presentation of gifts and the consumption of delicious cake, and I’m sure that passersby thought we were all drunk.  None of us were intoxicated by anything stronger than the joy of celebration.  The gift of sharing laughter and silliness is awesome!

Those were the best gifts I could have had.  I have to say that the items I was given this year are wonderful too, and I do love to give and receive gifts.  But the very best gifts really are the love and caring, and uproarious, raucous joy shared with others.

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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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N. C. Wyeth, "Sword Excalibur Rises From the Lake"I’ve returned from what was a most magical trip to Cornwall England.  Ten days of magical connections, experiences and spiritual growth.  As I ease back into my mundane life in Vermont, friends, loved ones and curious acquaintances want to know what it was all about.  Oh how I resist the sharing!  A difficult thing to admit as the clarity of this journey is about returning to share some of what I gathered there.  But as I knew that metamorphosis would take place, I find that my new wings are tender and unsteady still.

As we drove away from Cornwall and toward London to travel back home, I found myself experiencing a deep sadness at leaving this magical place.  That was a surprise to me, as I observed this feeling, and I realized how deeply the people, experiences and landscape of the sacred sites had penetrated me.  It’s so hard to describe the depth and meaning of this journey and so I don’t want to even try.  All I have been able to do is give brief snapshots and descriptors of some of the places and experiences I had.  But I know that for those who want to know everything, I can only give them a surface experience.  However, this won’t stop me from writing about the journey.

One of the first and most touching experiences I had was our first stop in Cornwall at Dozmary Pool.  This site is a tiny body of water in the middle of farmland and is thought to be the place where Nineveh, the Lady of the Lake gave Excalibur to King Arthur.  Here we gathered as a group of thirteen travelers to connect with the Lady and ask for our own personal Excalibur on the journey.

It was a sacred time to meditate and connect with the Lady, who  was quite willing to communicate with me.  As I stood on the shore, I was told that this was a place of stillness and peace; that no one who was enraged, filled with hate or anger could come to the Lady; only those who sought the healing peace of stillness would be welcomed by her.  To all others she sleeps.  Once she is called upon, she bestows the gifts of healing and stillness.  She showed me several stones to take with me on my journey.  But when it came to asking for a gift from her, I simply had to surrender as I didn’t know what to ask, nor what my personal Excalibur would represent to me.  As often is the case, surrendering to the higher will serves in the highest way.  She told me that this was the beginning of an important journey and that I could connect with her in my meditation at any time.  The ceremony and meditation there was profound, but I wouldn’t recognize that until later in the journey.

In our ceremony, led by Glenn and Cameron Broughton, the story of Excalibur was briefly recaptured.  Glenn explained to us that Lady Nineveh had been one of the High Priestesses of Avalon, but had come to this area of Cornwall to retire into the landscape.  Arthur had pulled the sword from the stone, but that sword was not the Excalibur.  Instead the sword in the stone was a test of Arthur’s worthiness.  After Arthur took that sword Merlin brought him to Cornwall to the Lady of the Lake.

When she gave Arthur the sword she said that it was the most powerful sword in England and would cut through stone and iron, but she went on to tell Arthur that Excalibur’s real power lay in its scabbard.  For the scabbard would protect Arthur at all times.  It was only when the scabbard slipped from Arthur in his battle with Mordred, that Arthur was fatally wounded.  Thus wove the beginning threads of our quest for the Sacred feminine and Sacred Masculine within the landscape of Cornwall and within ourselves.

My most precious gift was the Excalibur of understanding and embracing the Sacred Masculine.  It has been a part of my deeply personal and spiritual journey to heal my understanding of the Sacred Masculine and bring it into alignment within myself.

As I walked, hiked, climbed and scrambled up and down the various places we visited, I learned deep lessons of surrender.  I was profoundly moved by my fellow travelers who volunteered with open hearts, hands and minds to assist me through some very challenging places.

I was also gifted with witnessing one of my travelers opening to his Sacred Feminine as we both walked, danced and dowsed our way through the Michael, Mary, Athena and Apollo ley lines that run through the land.  What a gift to see this unfolding in someone you admire and respect while simultaneously experiencing the opening within yourself.  So my heart is filled with gratitude for that witnessing and for the experience within myself.

Many blessings to all of my fellow travelers as we ease our way back into our lives, knowing that we have been profoundly changed and have work to do to share the seeds we have been gifted with.

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I’m about to embark on my second journey to sacred Britain.  I feel extremely blessed to be able to go.  To be able to enter Stonehenge and participate in a sacred ceremony inside this potent place a second time in my life seems astonishing to me.

 

This year’s trek, Stonehenge to Cornwall, will be an entirely new and different experience than my first visit to the sacred sites and crop circles of Wiltshire.  I do know that it will be a magical and transformative journey.

 

As I prepared for this journey, I noticed a particular symbol that kept appearing in my life.  It started when I made a new piece of jewelry for myself that is a woman’s face with a butterfly superimposed over her face. I’ve been fascinated by butterflies since I was a child back in the day when bugs were non-threatening and interesting creatures to me.  How do we develop that squeamishness in adulthood that sends us fleeing from these tiny beings?

 

I think every child should witness the magic of the butterfly.  I remember capturing live caterpillars, making habitats for them in shoe boxes lined with milkweed, and watching them spin their cocoons.  Then when they emerged from their cocoon as the new Monarch butterfly, we would take them very carefully outside into the sun and let them go free.  What a miracle for us to see such a dramatic transformation.

 

butterfly_emerge1Butterflies are genuine symbols of transformation and freedom.  We can be a caterpillar that spins a cocoon.  Sometimes I feel like I want to be in a cocoon; perhaps my comfort zone, but I cannot stay there too long.  That’s not the way of things and change is truly constant.

 

So as weeks went by and I found myself buying a couple of really pretty shirts for the trip that oddly enough, had butterflies on them.  I began to think, well actually I already knew, this trip would be transformational in some manner. But I felt I was being affirmed, and called upon to open and embrace this opportunity.

 

Now I begin to wonder about the words transformation and metamorphosis and here’s what I’ve come to understand:

 According to the dictionary, the word “transformation” is defined as the act of changing in form or shape or appearance.  But “metamorphosis” is defined as a complete change of physical form or substance especially as by magic or witchcraft.  

 

While transformation happens all the time, I am much more drawn to the term metamorphosis, as it implies that I might have some power to effect change in my life for myself.  Transformation is always happening, in fact sometimes I feel like we’re always in flux with it.  We are moving through life and being shaped by all of our experiences and choices along the path.  But I’m now thinking more intentionally with regard to metamorphosis and becoming that butterfly woman.

 

Metamorphosis is about experiencing an intentional death, in order to emerge as the butterfly that you truly are.  That caterpillar has a short existence in its form that is very much Earth-bound.  Its natural cycle is to live and seek nourishment and then to settle into creating its cocoon where that part of its form will cease to exist, so that the true essence will emerge and take flight.  The caterpillar form no longer serves this being, and so that form is shed and a new form of this same Divine being is created.  What a beautiful example for us.  What more perfect lesson could there be for us?

 

I get the word “transformation” from my angel cards a lot.  Many times during the past week in fact,  leading up to this trip.  Now I’m thinking I might add the word “metamorphosis” to this deck to illustrate this deeper understanding.  My trip is one adventure in my immediate course, but butterfly woman wants to emerge from the cocoon into the sunlight.

 

Note:  I’m away for the next couple of weeks.  Although I’ll be journaling quite a lot, I will not be online.  So you’ll have to wait a bit before the next post.  Love and blessings until then.

 

Butterfly Woman

 

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