I would guess that 75% of the Reiki I give isn’t actually in the form of a Reiki healing. Instead, I do a lot of other things, like:
- Give Reiki to my rocks – not to empower them, but to simply connect with them.
- Give Reiki to my car, to show some love!
- Give Reiki to my work. Yes, to the Store itself, to help it grow!
- Give Reiki to mail and packages I send out, to help them get to where they’re going.
- Give Reiki to my laptop, to keep it working and happy.
I’d like to start doing more traditional healing, as that was the reason I felt called to Reiki. I’ll get there.
Simple and Glorious
Strong and Sensual
Natural and Wild
Rolls, Curves, Scars
Am I still beautiful?
Or is this body
I’ve been given
As it is?
Should I find beauty
In the eyes?
In the face?
In the spirit?
In the soul?
The separation is unnecessary
The tangible and intangible
Meld into eternity
Seen in the eyes
Seen in the soul
It simply is
I’ve decided to start a little Rune study – it’s never a bad idea to go over the basics. I doubt this will be 24 consecutive days, as I’m in the middle of the semester at school and therefore, am crazy busy. So I wanted to start with the Runes as a whole.
To me, the Runes are a system – a system of magic, of divination, of letters. I like systems, they flow and work together, they speak and sing and shout their story if you’re there to listen. “Rune” itself derives from Old Norse and Old German words meaning “secret” and “whisper” and that helps understand how the Runes communicate with me. They whisper their secrets to me as I cast them, as I read them, as I write them.
It’s somewhat difficult to put into words my connection with the Runes. I can’t help but feel that long ago my ancestors worked with the Runes: read them, spoke them, lived them. Or perhaps in a past life this soul was that of vitki (wise one) or volva (shamanic seeress).
My Etsy shop is now up and ready to go!
Aside from the lip balms (which are out in my local metaphysical shop as well) I’m also working on facial scrubs, moisturizers, lotions, and body butters. I’m always looking for new things to make and try!
At the moment, I have some lip balms up, along with two super fun facial scrubs: a coffee-spice scrub and a floral sugar scrub. I’ve tested them both and I love ’em.
I’ve been experimenting with homemade lip balms for a little while, and now I’ve taken the first big step towards really making something of this: I’ve put about 50 of my lip balms on consignment at my local new age shop (because they love hand-made things).
I was even working when the first one sold!
This is so fulfilling, but it’s something I’ve never considered really making anything of – but I’m starting to think that perhaps I can. I adore natural “beauty products” that are good for me and good for the earth. When I say “beauty products” I really mean products that make me feel beautiful not products that make me beautiful – because I already am. The same holds true of everyone else who uses my products. The point is to nourish yourself, love yourself, and realize that you are beautiful and amazing as is.
Yesterday was just icky.
My mother and I were heading out to the casino about an hour away. The ride there wasn’t terrible, just a little rainy – but that rain turned into freezing rain. We were coming up to a stop sign and we spun out – a full 360 and right into the ditch. Lucky for us, someone stopped about a minute later for us – and someone else after that.
This is where the car finally came to rest. Hard to see, but that snow is knee high.
I am so thankful my mother was driving! And so thankful we have so many spirits and guides looking after us! The ride back was pretty disgusting with blowing snow – we went 40 mph (instead of 60) most of the way back. The important thing is that we are okay, my car is okay, and we made it home just fine (if not a little sore).
So, I don’t think I’ve talked about this yet, but I’ve gotten a few new stones!
First is my Nebula Stone:
It’s beautiful and has such a strong and beautiful energy to it. It is an ideal healing stone by promoting connection with Divine energy. This is an unpolished palm stone – exactly as it was found in the earth.
Next is this baby, an Oklahoma Rose Rock:
This is a totally natural formation! It is a Barite and sand combo, with lots of iron oxide – making it reddish.
They are both on my altar, just being beautiful
Today would have been my parents’ 20th wedding anniversary.
Today is also the 5th anniversary of their divorce.
Thusly, I’ve dubbed this their “un-anniversary” and dedicate this day to my mother – my strong mother; my independent mother; my ain’t-gonna-take-shit-from-no-one mother.
My father was emotionally and mentally abusive – not so much to my sister and I, but to my mother. The long and messy divorce helped her become her own woman. So today, I got her some gifts to commemorate this amazing act of courage. I got her a card (made by a local artist), some amethyst earrings (with butterflies!), a little Goddess pendant, and a dragon’s blood candle.
Butterflies are special to my mother and I – I’m not really sure why, but they are. A while back she gave me a butterfly pendant made of tiger’s eye, and I wear it almost everyday.
Butterflies are symbols of change – of radical, fundamental, and complete metamorphosis. To me, they are also symbols of strength, of endurance, of the will to live.
Ted Andrews writes: “Butterflies appeart to dance as the light upon flowers…. They remind us that life is a dance, and dance, though powerful, is also a great pleasure…. Butterfly medicine reminds us to make changes when the opportunities present themselves. Transformation is inevitable…”
I just got back from the Hafla – it was so much fun! I was so nervous, I thought I was going to faint (or cry) but I didn’t and I was told that I was “amazing to watch”.
Well hot damn! If that doesn’t boost the self esteem.
At the next Hafla I’ll be doing a solo and I’m already thinking about what music, what costume – Awesome.
Sadly, I forgot my camera so no pictures 😦 Next time for sure.
Yes! I’m sill finding Crow everywhere – often seeing a pair.
I’m signed up for a 2-year Core Shamanism apprenticeship that will begin in March – and I cannot wait! This is going to involve a lot of change, and I’m looking forward to that; I think I need it. Perhaps Crow is excited too. Every time I see Crow, he’s silent until I approach, then he sings and sings! I’ll call that excitement.
The only thing I’m worried about is the number of people joining me on this journey – our teacher is coming from a good distance away, and if there are not enough people signed up, she’ll not be able to make the drive. I’m putting out to the universe that this class needs to happen – and it will.
~Take care and Blessed be