May 30, 2012

Spring Cleaning

We are in the final weeks of Spring, and if you have not done so already, it's time to complete your Spring Cleaning! As we near the turn from the direction of East (Spring) to the direction of South (Summer), here are some ways you can invoke the medicine of the elements into your Spring Cleaning ritual.  
The first step is to clean your house like you normally would (put things away, wash dishes, take out trash, dust, etc). Once you get your home to a baseline level of clean, then its time to bring the magic of the elements into your home to support your intention setting for a powerful Summer Solstice. 
Earth: Salt represents the element of Earth and is a great tool for cleansing and activating spaces. Pour some Sea Salt in a sacred dish and bless it, thanking the earth for such a charged particle in manifest form. Sprinkle the salt on your floors, making sure to get in the corners too. You can play with various symbols of sacred geometry when sprinkling your salt, and can also chant or offer prayers for what you are releasing / charging. You don’t need to use a lot, just enough to sprinkle your intentions throughout the room for further activation in the next step (and yes, you can do this on hard wood floors too). 

Water: Once the Earth element is in place, now it's time to bring in the cleansing and activating element of Water. Put some water in a spray bottle and bless it, you can add aromatherapy too. Once the water has been blessed and filled with your prayers, spray the rooms you have salted. I usually start in one corner of the room and work my way around, spraying my plants, drapes, and floor. The goal is not to soak your room, but to activate the salt crystals with the water so the ions can do their thing. Once this step is complete, I leave the room and give it time to work, letting the mating of Earth and Water do their magic.
Once you complete the Earth and Water steps, then it’s time to vacuum. As you do this, you are vacuuming up any stagnant energies collected in the salt. When you are done, empty your vacuum bags and move on the next element.  
Fire: Now that your space is cleansed and activated it’s time to bring in the element of Fire. I typically use a small candle and inscribe my intention for that space into the wax with a pen. When I light the candle, I do so with the invocation that the flames of my intentions will infuse the room I am working in. Depending on the room you are powering up, you may have different intentions. In the bedroom you may want to invoke passion, romance or good sleep, whereas in the office you may to invoke healthy finances or a new career path. Once you light the candle, gaze into the flame and visualize your intentions being birthed. 
Air: Once the fire element has activated the room for a while, then it’s time to open your windows and invoke the element of Air. This lets the breeze of mystery into your space, and also carries your intentions out into the world on the wind so they can manifest in relational space.  
Once complete, get out of your house and go live your intentions! 
Blessings for an amazing summer. May you find many beautiful ways to ignite your soul purpose with grace and ease, and bring your spirit out into the world in only the way that you can. 

May 13, 2012

Fathering Myself

My definition of and relationship to “Father” has evolved so much over the past several years. From an overview perspective: the relationship I had with my biological father growing up was deeply wounding. My 20’s were spent numbing and rebelling against the pains of childhood, while my 30’s were spent thawing out and diving into the hurt so I could heal. My 40’s are starting out to be about the cultivation of authentic being and living in alignment with Soul Purpose. 

When I did Death Lodge in Death Valley 5 years ago, little did I know the course of my life was taking a deeply transformational turn. In Death Valley I was visited by Raven Man, who over the course of 4 years, flew circles and spirals through my chakras, cawing me into accountability at each tier of being. In essence Raven Man was fathering me to vibrate at my highest frequency one chakra at a time.  
Last year I had a powerful Death Lodge experience with my biological father, and in the completion of his death, was able to release his name from mine. In this space, I was able to claim my new name,  deepening my embodiment of Raven medicine and my own ability to father myself. 
I recently met a man in the Rhythm Sanctuary community that sparked my interest and curiosity. In getting to know him, I discovered that he is a father. And to be honest, he looks and acts like one (whatever that means). The fact that I met someone who sparks my interest is cool, however, what’s so poignant about my interaction with him is a shift that has occurred in me.   
In the past, when I thought of Father, I always thought of it from the child’s point of view, to be more specific, from a little girls point of view, and if you want to drill all the way down, to my specific experience with Father. In the past, when I saw a father walking down the street with his little girl, the first thought that would pass through my head was “I wonder what that father does with his little girl behind closed doors.”
As I worked with Raven medicine over the years, my thoughts and relationship with Father have shifted, and this new man in the community has been a beautiful mirror for me to see just how much. When I heard he was a father (and of course when I looked at his pictures on Facebook), I first and foremost thought about him, as a man, as a father. There was no story line attached to him based upon my past relationship with Father; it is no longer applicable. My thoughts about father are from the father perspective, and not the wounded little girl perspective. Talk about a powerful shift in consciousness. 

What I am learning is that I can see a truer reflection of other as I release my stories of the past. As I let go of old belief systems, I am more capable of creating an authentically true interaction with life in every moment, in every breath, and in every relationship. I am so grateful for this journey, and all the lessons and medicines ingested along the way. Maturing is a fun process when you don’t have as much "baggage" to carry with you along the way.