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Protected: Shadow work 9: Receiving

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Posted October 30th, 2018.

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Shadow work Oct 5-Nov 15, 2018

The Shadow is the ‘unclaimed’ part of our psyche that is alert and aware 24/7 because it resides in our Subconscious Mind. As children, we are programmed into our view of the World; it’s language, customs and our place in it. As adults, we can reflect on these programs and become “Aware” of them.

If you start to feel like a victim of your programs, stuck in a rut, without possibilities, I want to tell you that you can change ANYTHING, at ANY TIME!

If you’re interested in doing Shadow work, investigating this phenomenon via inward reflections, let me know.  Send me your Email request at KalinArtAndSpirit@gmail.com and I’ll send you the password. (Passwords keep out bots)

Thanks!

Posted October 21st, 2018.

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Protected: Shadow work 4: Envy

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Posted October 15th, 2018.

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Protected: Shadow work 2: Healing Loss

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Posted October 10th, 2018.

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Virgo Decan III – Horserace

The last Decan of Virgo begins September 12, 2017 with the corresponding “Tarot of 9 Keys” card the 10 of Earth featuring a horse race. The pinnacle of manifestation in the Earthly realm is winning the day! It’s time to celebrate the fruits of the Summer and enjoy friendships and family ties to their fullest. Toast to luck and life!

The Sun, with Mercury fast behind, Mars and Venus will soon be traveling through this Decan of Virgo III adding their respective energies of the ego, fast talking, assertion and desire to a competitive mode. It’s time to gather up goods that will carry you over the dark half of the year.

While Virgo is a mutable Earth sign, I’m reminded that even at the pinnacle in the suit of the material world, we are reminded to ‘lay up our treasures in heaven’ – rather than Earth… as all things on Earth are corruptible and will pass away.

The traditional symbol of the Coffin, reminds us of this as well, neither Kings nor Princes may escape the hand of time or death. Being finite creatures makes us appreciate the powers of the infinite all the more.

So make merry while ye may. Put up and preserve things you will need for the wintertime now. The fields are full of abundance and harvests are underway. The second harvest festival is nigh upon us – at the upcoming Autumnal Equinox, September 22nd, 2017. Namaste’

Posted September 16th, 2017.

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VIRGO DECAN II


Virgo Decan II begins September 2, 2017
Ruled by Venus, the Copper Woman of the Canadian North, who rules Nature with the purpose of a united consciousness of all sentient beings. Mother Nature reminds us that we share a common destiny on this planet. We must love our Mother Earth, and stand up for her care, lest she rise up against all who would discredit her power and abuse her resources.

The Image of a Brown Bear with a Salmon in its mouth are seen on my “9 Keys Tarot” deck, as the 9 of Earth, indicating Satisfaction. When the world works according to natural order, all beings are satisfied with abundance and dedicate themselves toward outcomes for the Greater Good. The Salmon has spawned and gives up its body for the greater good of the Bear. The Bear keeps the number of animals in balance of its own territory. Nature keeps her realm in harmony with cycles and the rhythms of the “hoop dance” of life.

If we could learn to live in support of the needs of all the people, we could live in peace. When natural disasters occurred, a multinational group would be able to supply emergency care to those in need from our pooled resources. When we are greedy and take too many salmon out of the river, or resources from others, we open the entire world up to devastation, pollution and misery. It’s no wonder native people stand up against foreign invaders. It’s only natural to do so.

Negotiation that resolves conflict with win:win outcomes is the only civilized answer for a peaceful world. Equality, that stems from a loving heart and the will to persist in this ideal, must overcome greed and the use of power over others.

At this time of the year, just before the Autumnal equinox, we are bound to “noblesse oblige”. We are obliged to live out our highest virtues, as our higher selves. We must strive to practice living in the presence of our divinity, with a respect that honors the dignity of each sentient being.

When we gather in our abundance for the winter to come, we do so using the power of Will under Love, in order to create an order which serves and provides for ALL. Namaste’

#Autum #Equinox #Equality #Virgo #Decan #Tarot #Resources #Obligation #GreaterGood

Posted September 1st, 2017.

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Determined Optimism – can it be learned?

“Smash my optimism into a thousand pieces! I will get up tomorrow and put on the face of a warrior. Because I am determined that the Universe wants us to be happy. Yes. She really does!”

The happiness I’m talking about is not the roses and bubbles and pink sunsets kind of happy. In fact, ‘Happiness is Bullshit’ was my argument just the other day; seeking it out is a waste of time and effort! Even if you reach your goals you will still feel empty at the end of the day and have to find new goals to strive toward. Happiness must be recognized in the moment; Now, I chose to be Happy. And Now. And Now…and then be reflected upon at the end of the day. With repetition, it can build new neural networks in the brain and affect changes within the Spirit.

Happiness is a byproduct of doing what you love, being true to your path and giving of yourself. But I believe “To Be Happy” is the essence that we are All seeking in life: and our desire, to be able to sigh at its end and think, “YES!”

Happiness entails being seen, heard, understood, loved, validated and belonging. Knowing our place in the tribe and contributing to the success of society validates one’s ego~ but we can’t depend on others to provide the basis for our internal contentment, because even with another, we are essentially alone in our Self.

Happiness that comes from within is even stronger than that. The Happiness of the Spirit appreciates beauty, truth and nobility, even in the midst of chaos and destruction~ recognizes and honors courage, even in the face of pain and death ~believes kind actions will one day create lasting change for the betterment of mankind~ and allows grace to flow to and through its Self. That is the kind of joy that has no end. It is the lasting joy that serves the Spirit and brings Peace.

Some gather things to surround themselves with; to protect themselves, their loved-ones, their accumulation of other stuff. But in the end, having stuff proves empty. The less stuff you have, the easier it is to focus on what’s real.
Some seek their obsessions; take thrill rides of extreme sports, sex, parties, drugs and alcohol, looking for a relief from their reality. But that’s a short-lived, dangerous path that leads to self-destruction.
Some go after it by seeking within proscribed ‘holy books’ or dedication to charitable causes because it is righteous. Those actions get closer to the essence of the thing, but without selfless intent~ we miss the mark and fall short.

The happiness that the Universe wants us to find is within our Selves. It is the eternal flame that survives death, that loves truly and deeply, without boundaries or conditions. It is more a Contentment. A way of feeling fulfilled. An inner-knowing that you are doing good work that serves the world. Teaching from a base of what you have learned through your own experience, so you know it is true for you and could apply to others. It is recognizing and remembering our True Essence.

Uplifting our fellows and showing them that life is a miracle that must not be squandered is a clarion call to all Spiritual Warriors. Our time here is limited. We’ve come here to learn lessons, to explore and experience, and to become spiritually perfected, so that we can take what we can only learn here and now, in the body, into higher realms of existence when we leave.

We must take off our masks of Personality or Personae to put on a Spiritual Warriors face, our authentic face, so that we can see the world as it is – and allow the world to truly see us. We must listen to our higher mind, and trust intuition to direct our feet in the right direction. We must act from the clarity of a heart that knows it is god-essence.

Sometimes the hardest lessons in life can become our greatest power. When we suffer we learn compassion and empathy. We can take this wound and turn it around in order to HEAL the world! Consider living this way, from your wounds; HEALING others with similar wounds. How uplifting would that be?

If we stay awake and alert, reminding ourselves moment by moment WHO WE ARE we will discover WHAT we’ve come here to do! There will be nothing that we will be able to find, but the joy and contentment of a well-lived and fulfilling life.

We can learn to be happy. By staying present to the eternal NOW. “I AM. Here and NOW. I choose to be my Highest Self. I choose to be HAPPY.” By practicing it like a martial art, staying determined in our center and not yielding to forces which tempt us to forget who we are…the essence of God herself.
Namaste’ seekers ~ Thou Art Gods

Posted February 16th, 2013.

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Capricorn New Moon – we can be Idle No More

The New Moon at 22* Capricorn is the first since the pivotal 2012 Solstice which brings us a chance to declare what we are going to do with this renewed energy of the 5th sun. Now is the time that we must focus our inner drive toward making a better tomorrow for all sentient beings through our collective efforts.

Pluto has been in Capricorn for awhile now, foretelling changes that are to come in all the traditionally paternal areas of society. There are so many causes for social change that are worthy of our time and efforts. This New Moon is a reminder that we can no longer stay on the sidelines and watch the world growing more and more problematic. Its time to get involved- at whatever level we can. It is time to take a stand!

The power of equality between male and female, of sustenance and nurturance, is what the balanced Capricorn is about. Capricorn, the sea goat will go to any length, be it the bottom of the sea to the highest cliff, to discover truth and implement changes that provide for the even the weakest link. We can act as the Beneficient Father by focusing our efforts on restructuring, providing aid, working through sustained efforts, supporting traditions that serve and restructuring those that don’t. Pluto in Capricorn is about transforming the way it is into a better way for all to provide justice, equality, and liberty~ “Viva la revolution” would be a key-phrase for this New Moon phase.

And with the Sun (ego, the self) and 4 planets; Venus (relationship) the Moon (emotions, hopes and dreams), Mercury (communication), and Pluto (transformation) all in the sign of Capricorn right now, the time is RIPE for change! It’s as if a door has opened for change to occur. The insistence to see these efforts carried through, persistence in the face of obstacles and dedication to compassionate causes are all powerful upsides to this moment and the energy is here to provide us with a jump-start!

At this time when we see the position of the Father, or traditionally paternal institutions crumbling, we need to ACT UP to create changes in banking reform, political reform,  educational reform, decriminalization of drug laws, and the repeal of corporate personhood! We must know and trust that the return of the Mother is imminent through true nurturance of the people rather than multinational corporations. It’s up to us to make it so!

Idle No More, the coalition of First Nations of indigenous Canadians calling for upholding treaties that include representational government  has just formed. I believe this is a wake-up call to the world as a message of equality and human rights everywhere! I see it as the footsteps of the Great Mother stirring in the snow. We can follow her lead.

We must wake up and address Homelessness and Hunger, Domestic and Gun Violence, Affordable Universal Healthcare, including Mental Healthcare, Economic and Educational policies, the elimination of GMO food experimentation and the support of Clean Earth policies. There is so much to do!

Democracy and grassroots movements have the most power to impress real changes into societal norms. We all have to step up, speak up and make a point to do all we can to improve daily life for everyone. We are all in this together as we are all One.

It comes down to a few simple, Universal moral obligations; to Love our neighbors as our Selves. Do no harm. Take responsibility for our thoughts, words and deeds because we can create paradise as easily as hell. Discover the Mindful Awareness of this Moment. Choose Generosity of Spirit and Intentional Living. It’s not difficult, once you make up your mind to see it’s true, it becomes imperative. There are lots of venues out there, choose some that resonnate with your soul and put your Passions to work!

Believe in Positive Change and BE the change you want to see in the world! ~Namaste’

MoveOn.org     BeTheChange.org     MoveToAmend.org     DemandAPlan.org

www.facebook.com/IdleNoMoreCommunity     ACLU.org     SierraClub.org

Posted January 11th, 2013.

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Making Connections

So, Im still working on making connections for my website; which venues to use and how to best be able to connect with people who want to chat, take classes and buy my art. I dont know why technology seems to offer so many venues and yet be so hard to decipher as to which ones would work best. That’s me, a techno-phobe with good intentions. LOL At least I know my weaknesses and am not afraid to laugh at them.

Im trying my best to set up networks that will help me stay connected with you, my dear readers. We live in a temporal plane and time is what connects and separates us.

People of pre-historic times stayed connected to the cycles of life by keeping track of the cycles of the moon. Modern Pagans celebrate the ‘turning of the wheel of the year’ every six weeks~ with holidays based on the solstices, equinoxes and mid-points in between~ as well as moon cycles. The old church calendar had special names for each Sunday of the year. It was this way that people stayed aware of the cycles in life, as a macrocosm, much as the daily and weekly cycles mark our time today.

Things change incrementally and changes appear small, but over time, those small changes add up to larger developments  in our lives. If we can learn to appreciate that we are making the best choices, with the information that we have, moment to moment, then we can appreciate the larger changes that come over time. By living intentionally, with self-discipline of a regular spiritual practice (whatever it may be) we create milestones that mark the paths of our lives. This is how we can create a life that best serves our needs and adds to the collective good. This is how we connect our Selves to our lives.

When we spend time every day connecting with the Earth, and ourselves as parts of the whole, it keeps us ‘on track’ as to our place in time, and out of time, as eternal beings. I find a few moments a day to connect with the universe by going outside in the evening and standing in the grass, as I watch the clouds scramble past the moon in its phases. I contemplate where I stand in all my relationships and how I might take steps the next day, to move forward and add value to others’ lives through kindness and compassion. Its in this prayerful connection to the whole that I connect to the deepest part of my self and to each of you – and all that is.

May you also find peace in all your connections. Namaste’

Posted August 31st, 2012.

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Happy Dance

I attended a Womens Spirituality conference yesterday that really recharged my batteries!
The highlight dance portion was led by a fantastic presentor, a friend of mine named Valerie, who tells it like it is in a way like no other. Shes the shortest yet most vibrant person I know, and Im always supercharged to be around her! She can fill a large room with her effervescent presence and certainly did so yesterday~ Her craft is combining the love of dance with spirit. She is truly the embodiment of Heart and Soul and I know she would be happy to be compared to a sprite. Thanks Val!~She started the exercise by quoting Nietzsche:
“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
She told us to feel the music move through our bodies, either with closed eyes or at least looking at the ceiling and dancing like no one was watching. We were on our honor not to peek at the other people in the room, just have our own physical experience- and shake it out! Shout it out! and express ourselves through movement. ~Wow! It’s so great to be allowed the freedom to play~We first danced out our emotions to the worst scenerio we’d had~ bad interpersonal dynamics, gone physical. There were lots of angry sounds heard over the music, grunts, heavy sighs, groans, and forceful exhalations. As for myself, there was lots of punching and clawing going on. Eventually, after lots of stomping and stabbing motions I started to shrivel and cry. Wow~ it was more powerful than I expected it to be!
The point of the exercise was to become aware of where in our bodies we hold negative energy. I could definitely feel mine- and did lots of deep breathing to release it…visualizing the pain as a sensation/color leaving my body. We grounded ourselves by feeling rooted like a tree, branches to the sky and did a chant together.The next dance was our ‘happy dance’, where we danced to experience JOY! This was powerful too, but a lot more fun, of course. There was spinning, twisting, arms reaching gracefully to the sky, happy stepping and turning….and then a pause to feel the happiness located IN our bodies. I could feel this really well too. Then as we slowed our movements down, we continued to dialogue with the feeling in our bodies and each found personal ways to hold that energy, by using a small ‘trigger‘ movement which represented to us, that feeling of joy. Mine is a simple grasping hand motion- its small enough to not be noticed by other people. I can do this anytime I’m stressed to remember that happy feeling, bring my consciousness back to it, and return the positive emotion back into my body, by using this ‘trigger‘. Ive tried it and it really helps bring me back to center. It reminds me that I am bigger than any emotion, and have the power to watch them as they ‘roll on by’… as Cat Stevens would say, “Love is better than a song. And love is where we all belong.” Centered in Love.

Our experiences in life are always affected by our perception. If we are aware that our spirit, our inner core, our soul, is eternal and our emotions and experiences are fleeting, then we can retain the power to chose our perception of every experience- and never fall victim to them! It doesn’t mean that we deny pain, frustration or fear…we just decide to view them from a detached vantage point- as a non-judgmental observer, to try to discover the lessons they hold. Intellectualizing strong emotion is a skill anyone can develop. It is very empowering.

Triggers can help make the transition from the mind to the body! Then we can return to the status-quo of a calm and settled vibration. A safe place from which to make wiser decisions and a healthier place to live: Sit in experience. Acknowledge it with your mind, but let it leave your cells. Negativity causes physical harm to our bodies as well as spirits.

~I highly recommend doing this dance exercise. Forget that you ‘don’t know how to dance’ or feel foolish. Find a time and place you can be alone. Put on your favorite music, the kind that lifts your spirit and start moving however you want. Discover where your joy resides in your body. Hold it. Appreciate it. See if you can build it up using your attention and intention. Then make it smaller and create a tiny movement that can become your ‘happy trigger’. It will be your secret tool to use as you see fit to keep your feet on a path of joy.

May you each be Spirit Scouts toward happiness everyday,
and may you find your happy Triggers and happy trails!
Namaste’ pardners 😉

originally published March 11, 2012

Posted August 20th, 2012.

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