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Just after finishing the last blog entry I headed to the Santa Cruz Mountains for a week with women, indigenous and non- indigenous, at the 1000 Hummingbird Gathering. What transpired for me during that week was profound and the week following I spent in retreat for myself – nurturing, sleeping remembering and clearing. All ending just after the powerful new moon/eclipse in Gemini. A breakthrough and new clarity energetically imprinted internally.

I am not alone in taking deep inner and outer journeys as you all well know. So many of us in varying degrees of awareness are in the same place – you may be one of them!

Life is an experiential journey of lessons and understandings to be felt and seen physically as well as emotionally, mentally and spiritually. This is so for all of us, the fun or not is in how we do it and your make up!

Today I will share the experiences of the Women’s Gathering of the blessings and the challenges and pains I saw and felt. The location was amazing. The one thousand plus acre property in the Santa Cruz Redwood forest was once owned by HP Corporation. From the left turn off Highway 9 onto a single lane rough road winding and twisting a couple of miles to end at an open meadow with a single large housing structure. What a beautiful space! Our gathering was meeting further down the path at another meadow surrounded by glades, large open kitchen and seating, walk-in/freezer and prep kitchen, conference room and nature.

We would all be camping in the meadow. The land had once been part of the Ohlone People’s tribal land and like so much, it had been taken/stolen and abused by “white man” many, many years earlier – the pain and suffering still held below the surface.

One of the stories I received about this land was that several years ago the grandchildren of HP founders’ demanded this land be deeded to the State of California for the open use of all people for a return of respect of people and lands. The 1000 Hummingbird Women’s Gathering, initiated three years earlier by a group of Ohlone women was the first group to hold space and ceremony on the land since the new stewards had been in place – a significant happening all by itself!

The first group of women and one man arrived on Tuesday to participate in a three day drum making class. This time was also spent preparing the camp for the larger group arrival on Friday. I arrived not knowing anyone yet it didn’t take long to connect with a like-minded woman, with a similar “energy connection.”

The first evening during the opening circle around the fire introductions and sharing revealed much of the pains and judgments held by both indigenous and non-indigenous women. Few really knew each other yet assumptions were strongly expressed in comments and postures – non native women could not know or understand the ways, protocols, purposes and pains caused by those of the past. And those exact feelings were mirrored back through empathy, guilt, loss, pain and memory of the “outsiders” in so many ways. This should not be a surprise for this was the whole purpose of the gathering; to learn, understand, share, cry and rejoice as women, mothers, sisters and wives.

I am a person who helps everywhere. The first task was providing the only tow rope available to pull cars out of the muddy lower meadow.  Knowing my way around commercial kitchens and restaurant operations from many years of experience caused stress with some as “taking over” per se. Our chef did a wonderful job and provided excellent meals under a mixture of adverse situations, rain and cold being prominent.

Yes it rained! Tuesday while preparing the Arbor, Ceremonial Fire and canopies it rained – no, it poured and we were all drenched and in good spirits. At the lunch break my friend and I even drove the twelve or so miles into town to put our clothes in the dryer as everything else was wet!

Walking the paths through the Redwoods, most 200-300ft tall, are amazing growths of huge old stumps hit by lightening years perhaps centuries ago that were now surrounded, relatively speaking, by smaller new trees; deer families wandered occasionally watching us and then they continue to eat. Crows, ravens, hawks, turkey vultures, dozens of other birds and hummingbirds were present in flight and song.

Wednesday came with a slight breather from the rain. Preparation continued and drum making started. (That was a separate and profound experience I will share later.)

One of the reasons I needed to attend this women’s gathering was to connect with women in many different ways, to walk through my stuff, provide medicine and healing in different ways and be vulnerable to true authenticity and open heart connections, especially when appearing to be pushed away. The way my heart and soul are made up I connect to what is on the surface and what is deeply hidden and old. This is the magic of medicine woman work.

Gopher medicine was well at work the second night. In the wee hours of the morning I was awakened by something pushing at my hips, through the sleeping mat and bedding. At first I thought I was dreaming so just shifted body position. Minutes later it returned with more force to the point I thought this critter was going to eat through the tent floor. I shuffled around, it moved with me still pushing – he/she wanted me out of there! So in the darkness I emerge, pull all the stakes up and pull the tent a good three feet away from that spot. Reattached everything and slept peacefully.

The next morning I found two big gopher holes and tunnels right where I had been lying the night before. I took this as a very metaphoric message and it also provided a lot of laughs the next morning. This actually happened twice yet the second time I asked gopher to allow me that small space and they could have the rest of the land. All was quiet after that!

To be continued in a day or so…………

Due to the protocol of Sacred Native Gatherings and Ceremony, photographs are not encouraged or wanted so I took very few during the entire week. (more…)

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Where did she disappear to!

This is what many of you have probably been asking this past week or so since no postings have appeared. Intensity is probably the only word to describe what is going on for oh, so many people and countries. To be honest with you, I have been trying to write this blog for a couple of days now and each time I start its direction changes and the potency increases….when reading about the upcoming eclipses this will make sense. That being said I will keep it short and hopefully not too disjointed. Even my spelling has gone out the window!

Since Mother’s Day all has been ramped up a few notches once again and yesterday May 21 had been touted by some select Christian fundamental groups as the “end of the world”….a prediction they seem to get wrong over and over again but it is a good hook for many!

Then a look at the news from the Middle East and the aggression of forces over the people speaking out…..so much more bloodshed spilling onto the already “blood soaked lands.” The weather is doing its crazy dance through the skies and land with flooding and tornadoes raging havoc, volcanoes – Fire in the land of Ice (Iceland) once again, temps that go from near 80 one day to inches of snow and massive winds the next few……this is what happened in Sonora, Ca a week ago – so bizarre! Has all the cloud seeding, chem trails and HAARP frequency manipulations done so much damage that Mother Nature has no idea of which end is up!

More politicians and “influential people” being caught by their past and their raw abuse of “self-power”. Fear mongers continue to paint on bigger canvases the disasters of living or surviving in the material world…..not enough money, jobs, health……you name it, we believe it!

What astrology is saying!   Take the information in the context of the big and small pictures of what’s happening. Information adds more pieces to reveal clarity of the puzzle.

I am going to give you links to other people I know and respect for you to research. Beverly Bright – Human Design readings;  Grant Larson Radio Love, Relationships and You

Personally, in the past few weeks I have asked my guidance to ramp me up to the next levels, what ever they are and I got my wish. The intensity has been amazing. Events just presenting themselves for me to decide is this what I want!

A week ago a personal intense weekend of delving into the dark fires and emotions within; a major conversation revealing values and the power of stepping into the bigger public role; in the past week I have watched, tried to stop, to help, perhaps some what enable at times, two dear friends close on self-destruct with alcohol, DUI and prescription drugs. They hit bottom and now it is the journey upwards. Feeling, seeing, remembering similar times in the distant past when I had and have seen other loved ones fall into the dark abyss of seeming no return.

Then out of the blue an invitation to participant in the 1,000 Hummingbird Woman Gathering with the honor of teaching through my gifts of presence, storytelling and energy sound healing. This is an opportunity I have been waiting for so I am blessed! After that I head to Ashland to spend a few days with a friend and then to Mt Shasta for a week to stomp sacred felts and retreat again with my friend Jessica and then returning to Sonora to facilitate the second Spirit Journey Retreat on June 17-19. Sonora Retreat flyer

This is how these times unfold when we take a step or two into new or unknown circumstances. It is as though the universe is testing us to see if  we are serious about what we say or are they just words. Often there is no time to think, just feel and say yes or no!

Take time to breathe, stand firm on the ground and trust Your Own Intuitive messages.

Many Blessings until………

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