I've excitedly been awaiting the time in June where I get to immerse myself into the healing arts for a full 10 day Mentorship camp with some amazing healers that have come into my life. Camp Indralaya is situated in the beautiful Orcas Islands of the Pacific, just off the coast of the US, south of Victoria on Vancouver Island. For 10 days I get the opportunity to not only practice my own craft, but learn further from some of the best TT healers there are in North America.
This is the year for me where I extend and concentrate my energies into my healing arts and expand my conscious learning to promote the release of the unconscious knowledge that I am re-membering now at this stage of life.
I am especially looking forward to escaping the distractions in life that often pull me away from this work that I do. Being caught up in having to 'work' for a living and the busy-ness that often accompanies that, I have experienced some moments of guilt lately that I have not been able to devote as much time as I would like to my craft.
Now that my formal training for my nursing career is out of the way, I am eager to get going on all the plans that I have surrounding how to meld the holistic part of me into the professional nursing career. I have so many ideas; creative energy that abounds inside my heart and head that needs to be released. The time is coming and I'm so excited to watch it all manifest before my eyes.
Camp Indralaya really signifies so much more to me than a 10 day workshop and mentoring program. It also affirms that I have been accepted into a group of highly regarded and professional healers that have an amazing reputation and rapport within the medical community as well as the healing community. It also confirms that I am in possession of the skills and talent that warrant belonging to this group. It also means that I have a group of beautiful individuals that are part of a new family for me.. and from their experiences and their lives, further opportunities, friendships and lessons are all waiting to be discovered. It's like the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland.. I stand on the outside of that dark hole, not knowing what I will find on the other side, but knowing that there is magic in that place.
~ Love and light
When my last relationship ended, I was left with not only a huge house load of painful memories, but some of his 'unwanted' pieces of personal belongings. One of these was a hot-pink dresser that was in very ill-repair that had belonged to his young daughter. We had rescued it from going to the dump with the intention of re-doing it for her again. That never happened, and it ended up being a big pink reminder of a life that never transpired.
The dresser became my Kryptonite: even looking at it brought me to tears, but I really liked the 'shape' of the dresser. My initial thought was to finish the dresser and to deliver it to his ex with the intention of giving it back to his daughter..
What I decided to do instead was to embrace the painful memories and work through them while I worked on the dresser, refinishing it to be a TV stand and storage for my artwork and craft supplies. At first I was uncomfortable as I ruminated about my lost relationship while I began the stripping and sanding process.. what I found though, was that I was able to understand these feelings from an objective point of view as the physical attention to the task at hand was actually keeping me grounded. It was very cathartic and from the release of emotions that came simply from a deeper understanding of not only our 'relationship', but the role we each played, and the emotions that were present, I was able to lift the veil to reveal what lay underneath; exposed slowly along with what the layers of stripped paint were revealing.
Ironically, what I discovered was that what was underneath was not of great value.. this goes for both the dresser and my relationship.. both were built on a cheap foundation and covered up with superficial facades.
I've been taking my time with this old dresser. It is not solid wood and has layers of veneer that are in rough shape. I know that if I patch it properly with some good products that come from a solid understanding of repair, I can still create a piece that not only looks good esthetically, but will be functional as well.. it will serve a purpose.
My relationship is now understood the same way. With this process, I was able to peel away the layers of deception to expose what really lay underneath, and it wasn't easy to look at. This took some courage to admit to what was my stuff and what was his. It meant being authentic and standing in my truth, understanding that which I had no control over, and letting the universe deal with that energy naturally on its own. It meant I had to take a back seat to the human experience and go deeper in my understanding, and find the appreciation that existed there. And I found it.
This old, cheaply made dresser has a style of its own. It may not be perfect or of high quality, but it is functional and does what its supposed to do... act as a vessel of storage for expressions of my emotions.
Here's to making new memories and up-cycling the old painful ones.
~ Love and light
Mother Earth is an amazing spectacle of miracles in every form... whether the lighting, the flora and fauna, the scenery, the natural wonders. There is something innately soothing about being connected to the outdoors, and if you've ever heard of Earthing, you will understand why this is. There is a natural exchange of ions that occurs from the earth into our bodies through our feet, etc when we stand on the 'earth'.. the earth helps to balance out the negative ions in our bodies, leading to a healthier internal environment; truly becoming 'grounded'. Science has backed these claims and we know the importance of this connection.
Disease and strife have increased steadily as we've encompassed our selves in concrete jungles: cities. We've 'disconnected' ourselves from our healthy earth by placing man-made materials between us and the earth's surface: asphalt, concrete, floors, linoleum, metal, the soles of our shoes.. all of these, a barrier between the natural, and necessary flow of energy between us and the earth.
I saw an article the other day and was rendered speechless by what it said... it was a survey to find out whether Vancouverites (in Vancouver, Canada) were for or against having WiFi available in parks around the lower mainland.. surprising amounts of people were for the idea! I was stunned! The idea of filling our few natural remaining spaces with radiation waves is so appalling, but even more so, that the majority don't seem to care what we're exposing ourselves to, as well as the flora and fauna in our warped desire to stay technologically 'connected' 24/7.
The true connection that we should be discussing is one that is void of technology, harmful waves of radiation from WiFi, cell phone towers, microwaves, Televisions and computers. It is one thing to honor the advancement of the human existence and our ability to create amazing technologies, but we must find a balance between greed and need, from a holistic perspective.
For more on the importance of Earthing, visit the Earthing Institute online.
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