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Life opens up to each day in thousands of different ways and circumstances. Each encounter can be filled with lessons and learning, joys and challenge,  sharing or isolation.

Miracles occur in respond to and are dependent upon choices made in the moment.  This is where lives are changed, most especially, our own!

 

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The archive to the right says the last posting was in January…where has the time gone and what has happened since then in your life and mine!

eclipse 4For me, I left beautiful and cold Mt Shasta in late January as my bones never seemed to get warm. Headed for Sonora to stay with friends before going to North Hollywood for 10 days to look after another friend’s animals while she traveled to the East Coast.

This was followed by a fun week of travel from Venture to Santa Cruz with a friend visiting from South Carolina. The day she left I headed for the Ojai Valley for what turned out to be a 2 month stay.

Initially I was scheduled to be at the Ojai Foundation for the month of May with the month’s prior filled by the known whys! Nestled in a valley east of Venture, Ojai has become not only a retirement and bedroom community of The Bay Area, it is also known as a spiritual and artistic mecca.

The large and diverse array of creative arts draws people from all over the world year round. The spiritual community is represented by organizations and centers such as The Krotona Theosophical Institute and School started by Helena Blavatsky in the 1920s, whose original mission was and still is to promote freedom of thought, freedom of society and the seeking of Higher Religious Truth.

Other spiritual communities in Ojai are The Krishnamurti Foundation of America, Meditation Mount, the teachings of Annie Besant and Beatrice Wood, the intentional communities of The Ojai Foundation and Elevate, as well as an array of varying religious and spiritual belief communities.

I visited and shared in the experiences of these main organizations through lecture series and events during my time in Ojai.

As the end of March rolled around I was none clearer as to why I was in the Valley. Then as I vowed to leave one night my guidance seemed to yell loudly “stay and be patient”.

Two day later an email from the Ojai Foundation…we have had two unexpected late cancelations in the programare you available and when can you arrive!

My question answered and so I turned up at the Ojai Foundation on April 6, a full month ahead of schedule!

This whole region is rich in history of the Chumash people, the arrival of the Europeans/Spanish and the Catholic Church. Rich as it may be, it is not without great pain, hardship, abuse, violation, greed and power struggles of  cultures and traditions at odds with each other and themselves.

The Ojai Foundation is set on a ridge of 40 areas within Happy Valley. This community was established over thirty years ago and has been serving as an example of intentional and substantial living and governing by the model of Council. I was especially interested in how Council governing worked as an ongoing model.

As is normal with me, full immersion into all areas of daily life was how I would see and feel the experience. Sleeping on the land (once again), participating and holding the space for meditation in the Council House most every morning for the month I was there, tending the shrines and gardens, doing the beauty way along with everyone else there. Assisting others when their work load for turning over spaces was tight whether in housekeeping or kitchen.  As well my physical body got one massive workout. Being on a ridge the areas of flat land are minimal so everywhere one walks, from one place to the next, is either a quarter mile up or down hill and some days the path between the upper land and offices, kitchen, cars was traversed 3,4,5 times…..heart, lungs and muscles not always rejoicing!

I was honored to share and hold space in the two Inipi or Sweat Lodge Ceremonies during my time on the land. Lodges held by humble, honorable and powerful Lodge Elders.

And most especially meeting and getting to know a group of wonderful dedicated and knowledgeable staff, work exchange participants, council members and guests on retreats (both personal and in groups).

It wasn’t until five days into my stay that even an inclining of why I was there and what was to be learn began to be revealed.

Wednesday was the departure morning for a group of ten or so women who had participate in a “Birthing Seminar for Eight Days.” I volunteered to help get the  sleeping domes in the Grove ready for the group arriving the next day….a group of high school seniors participating in a 5-Day Rites of Passage retreat. (For the previous twenty plus years, seniors from varying schools from Santa Monica and other areas would come to the Foundation for such retreats.)

As the simply process of cleaning, sweeping and beautifying each dome took place, from time to time I would sing….singing songs in languages other than English, accompanied by feelings and thoughts that were not mine. In each dome I left sprigs of lavender, rosemary and sage.

For many years in my intuitive and life alchemy work, it has not been uncommon to “act as a medium or go between for spirit world”.

It was in the third dome that I had an understanding come forth. Whoever had been staying in that dome had left a very distinct “imprint” (for lack of any other description at present) of a baby/child. My immediate sense and song that came forth was of “one that had been lost, was going to be lost or represented the woman herself who was lost!” It could have even been all of them!

In these immediate moments I do not analyze, question or judge. It is to just continue with the flow and honoring of the energy present – sing, pray, cry, dance, whatever is the mode of expression for as long as is necessary.

Then as fast as it has shown up it disappears and a sense of peace rests…my job is done!

That day there were a few other happenings and clearings. Later I briefly mentioned what happened in relation to the babies to my friend who had overheard the singing (for privacy I will leave out their names.) “Did you know that is area is known as the Children’s Grove!” Of course I didn’t!

What concerned me most of all and the underlying message to be gained was that the leader/facilitator of the Birthing Retreat probably had no idea that some of her participants were leaving “things behind” that could interfere with the next occupants – high school seniors – the following day.

The veils are becoming non-existent. In the world of the Unseen it is so easy (myself included) to miss, ignore or not pay attention to what is ours or not ours….what is of Light and what is Dark and Disruptive, what needs attention.

 

Please know to acknowledge the latter is not to focus on the negative. Yet to call it for what it is, even honor it for what has been revealed through the experience however NOW it is not required any more and transmutation to a new path/direction/power will be most beneficial for ITS evolution.

 

Some of you may find this approach difficult to accept yet as an example replace the dark and disruptive being with yourself on a very bad day and circumstance. How do you react? What do you want from the person/people involved? What is the real deep issue that no-one understands? Do you just want to be recognized or acknowledged? As the saying goes….negative attention is better than no attention at all….and thus bad behavior (in either world) is one way of getting it!)

 

I will leave you here to ponder these questions and perhaps a revelation or change in perspective will come forth.  If you are interested in an appointment contact me

I will continue the story in the next posting….hope you join me…..promise the wait won’t be long!

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Pen to paper as they say…..

Firstly I will be doing an interview with Bob Sharpe on BiteMeRadio on Friday 24th at 5.00pm (PST) – Here is the link to listen  live! Topic is “Language, Leadership and Labyrinths”.  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/biteradiome/2012/02/25/language-leadership-labyrinths-opheliamystical-cruise

It has been a long while since writing and much has happened in my life and many miles have been traveled to create new movement and activations. Nearly 2000 miles this time. Of course not everyone has to take such dramatic journeys as I do to get the movement going but please know we all do have to move out of stagnation to begin a new creation flow.

I go between being a Hermit on the mountain top, who after time, goes into the safety of aloneness and distance and then wonders why nothing is happening.

The void or aloneness is good for a while, to gather energy, thoughts, ideas and presence. For formulation and creation of ideas into material form or possibilities….yet if one rests there too long without the wisdom of movement, the revelations gained can dissolve as dust only to be carried away by the winds.

Travel is what pushes such movement for me when I have not quite paid attention or perhaps more correctly, wish to avoid “the doing.” Travel, the road unfolding ahead with a direction in mind yet no other knowing present. “Where to stay, which route, who to meet, what to see” are all filled with ?? until immediate arrival and then surprises…..which can be taken any way one wants!

My first “destination” was to be Santa Barbara, CA on the West Coast touching the Pacific Ocean. Since first arriving in California I had been told I should visit here, it might be a place to live.

Well as lovely as it is, the Spanish influenced architecture, the beaches, beautiful homes and rolling hills….it is not for me. I didn’t resonate with the energy/feeling that comes from the land and environment.

The Old Santa Barbara Mission was founded in 1786 and now offers a glimpse of the past in the Cathedral, buildings, museum, gardens and shop. Most of the street names in the city are of Spanish origin. There is very little left of the native Chumash Tribes who resided here long before the Spanish arrival.

I drove north on the famous Highway 1/101 passing small and somewhat touristy beach towns, nice yet quiet because of the winter temps and rain that day. Further on the landscape widened to pastures, hills, vineyards and orchards….this was good.

About an hour north of SB is San Luis Obisbo, smaller and a more inviting area for me. Just north SLO and branching off Hwy 101 is Morro Bay…and this was lovely.

I actually arrived way after dark on my first night out, semi lost to be honest. I found the Morro Bay State Park and decided to camp. All was quiet, dark and it was quite cold. Found a spot and started to unload and put up my tent. Out of the darkness came a young woman with a small child offering to help. How lovely it was getting to know them in the dark and mess of the tent. When all was done they went back to their tent with laughter filling the darkness.

Next morning such a surprise awaited…..this was a lovely location in so many ways. Trails, beach, restaurant, marina, town, inlet, museum and the Huge Rock! Leah, Chad and Marley came to visit and shared their knowledge and tips. This young family were a delight!

I spent the day exploring, both by car and on foot. I decided to stay here for another night instead of another great move. Late in the afternoon the rain came and continued through the night….thankfully all stayed relatively dry and once the clouds cleared around noon it was very pleasant.

In the early evening, over a glass of wine beside the fire I learned more of these lovely people. Leah, Master’s Degree in Education, Teacher, both public schools and private home schooling. Chad had been in many different areas of employment yet now he was “stay at home Dad”, doing and being with 3 year old Marley.

Since the beginning of the school year (September) Leah had been teaching privately. In the past month they, like so many others, experienced financial and housing difficulties and while they were getting new housing in order, this Park and their tent were home. Leah shared that on the earlier Monday the child’s Mother some how heard that her family was living in a tent and terminated the teaching relationship. Her explanation was “she couldn’t have someone living in a tent teaching her child!”

I was so impressed by how Leah and Chat looked at the situation and that this was more of a door closing for another to open. (In fact the day I left new housing possibilities were presented to them.)  They had belongings in storage, with just the basics with them. Her realization at just how much “stuff” is not needed, that she was now planning to sell or give away filled us with laughter.

She looked at my car and heard my short version story and then said “the reason you ended up here was to help us realize and show all is well and we are looked after.” Such a precious gift to be given!

This day also happened to be the time of Full Moon. Before leaving on the third morning I brought out the portable labyrinth and invited them to walk it. All accepted. After explaining the hows and whys, with the drum in hand Chad walked the paths in and then out. Part of the magic is revealed when I “dowse” the walker’s energy field going in before and upon completion.

To see the amazement in their eyes when I keep walking further and further away, holding the dowsing rod and their energy field. Ten, twenty, thirty, fifty, hundred feet and more, much more in some cases, only stopping when the points of the rods open or disconnect from the field.

“This is your potential, your field of energetic influence when you are grounded and in full personal power. The feeling you have now is to be remembered when doubt and fear present themselves to you!” Chad looked completely different!

Leah followed with her own experience and of course little Marley loved to run round and round on the bright colored paths.

How blessed I was to be able to share with such special people. This is why “Spirit” wants me off the mountain, cave or abyss….to share when the time is right!

Leah mentioned a visit to the Northern Elephant Seals  Rookery is a must and pointed me in the right direction. Further north on Hwy 1, north of Hwy 46 from Paso Robles, 3 miles north of San Simeon, the location of .WR Hearst’s Castle.

What an amazing place! One small inlet beach on this Pacific Coast was the home for hundreds of huge seals from December to March every year for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Plenty of other little beaches but no seals! They come here to give birth to the new generation and mate for the next one. The site was not without sadness…..I noticed 10 or so of the young pups had died and the sea gulls were feasting. Some of the mothers moved in to protect the bodies at least for a while.

Well signed, plenty of parking and a well laid out boardwalk just 15-20 feet above the beach. The air was filled with bird’s sounds and seal moans, grunts, conversations amongst themselves that ranged from gentle loving to angry orders by males “wanting their way!” The females sound responses bordered on “leave me alone, I have a headache, you are squashing me!”  Species are not so different after all!

The pictures do not do justice of course. Visit this website for more information.

I’ll close off for now……enjoy the ride!

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