Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Are You a Faerie?--8 Signs That You Are a Faerie-Person

Midsummer Night's Dream is your favorite Shakespearean play. Tinkerbell is your favorite Disney character. And you always want to wear faerie wings, even when it isn't Halloween. Could you be a faerie-person? Chances are the answer is yes.

Before we look at the signs that you are, in fact, an incarnated member of the realm of the fae, let's discuss what exactly that may mean. It's true that it's a rather mysterious classification, but let's note for a moment that for the majority of time that humans have been here on planet earth, we have been much more closely aligned to her cycles and mysteries than we are now. Instead of watching TV or sitting under a roof, we gazed at the stars and were intimately familiar with their dance. We listened to the wind and noted its intensity and direction, and knew inherently what other factors went along with those conditions. We could communicate with animals, because we were awake to their wisdom and aliveness. In short, we knew ourselves to be one with Mother Earth; and, in the same way that one tiny bit of DNA contains the blueprint to the entire organism in all its glorious wholeness, we knew that we were not just on the earth, but rather that we contained its entire essence within our every cell.

And we do still!

Faerie-people, then, might be people who remember this more strongly. Like cats who still retain
their wildness, or dogs who remember their true identity as wolves, faerie-people are people who remember our earth alignment perhaps a bit more strongly than your average person. And there are a lot of wonderful things that go along with that.

Which brings us to the 8 Signs That You Are a Faerie-Person. Do any of these describe you?

1. You feel irresistibly compelled to laugh, jump, squeal, or dance when you see butterflies flying and/or dolphins jumping. ...You can't help it! These magical creatures who are so aligned with the realm of the fae just open up a sense of joy in you, and you find yourself expressing your ecstatic excitement.

2. You love shiny and sparkly things. Sunshine on water, light on leaves, super shiny dimes, and even glittery baubles from the dollar store cause you to feel a transcendent sort of glee. That's your sparkling faerie essence, recognizing itself in the external world.


3. You love dancing and music. Music is a human way of realigning with the rhythm and cycles of the earth, and dancing with freedom and abandon is the act of letting go and blending your essence with the energy of All That Is: the cycle of the seasons, the music of the spheres, and the movement of the cosmos. We faerie-people recognize this as a way of remembering our natural wildness and joy.

4. You have a sweet tooth. Sometimes it seems like you could eat chocolate, cookies, or another kind of sweet for every meal. In truth, life is sweet, and the earth is sweet, and so sweetness feels like the most natural taste to consume. [Health note: because of our difficulty in moderating our sweet consumption, it's best for faerie-folk to eat fruit and to find or make sweets sweetened with things other than white sugar, such as agave, fruit sugar, maple syrup, and coconut sugar.]

5. You often dream that you can fly...Maybe even every night, or at least a lot of nights! And when you do, it feels like the most natural ability in the world.

6. The destruction of plants/animals/the earth causes you literal physical pain. One of the most
challenging things about being a faerie person is that - because we know so deeply and intrinsically that we are one with everything - the mistreatment of our planet and fellow organisms is extremely difficult to bear. Be aware, however, that our sensitive consciousness is SO needed right now to reawaken our more domesticated brothers and sisters to their ancient faerie nature. So our pain might be difficult, but keeping our hearts open and retaining our precious sensitivity does have a purpose. Not to mention, the more we feel our pain, the more we also feel our joy.

7. You seem to know the medicinal and metaphysical qualities of plants and crystals without anyone telling you what they are. Hold a crystal, or hang out with a plant for a second and admire its beauty. Then notice how it starts to communicate with you in a deep and wonderful way that is beyond words, and that is very healing and nourishing to your emotions and energetic body. Notice also how you can begin to glean information about how that crystal or plant wants to help with any number of physical and/or emotional challenges. As faerie-people, we are wisdom keepers, and all that wisdom needs in order to be reawakened is a little bit of conscious, alert communion with the natural world.

8. You have an irreverent sense of humor. If everyone is getting too serious about something, do you feel irresistibly compelled to laugh and poke fun? That's your faerie wisdom sparkling through, reminding you that while on one level, everything is infinitely precious, on another level, nothing is really that serious. Lightening up and laughing can shake our ego-identification and reconnect us with the truth that we are one with everything. And that is the wisdom that is most needed on earth at this time. So, faerie people, go forth and laugh!

So, have you recognized your true identity as a member of the fae? And are you aware of other qualities that indicate that one is, indeed, a faerie-person? If you feel so moved, please leave your responses in the comments.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Magical Mouth Care--The Joy (Really!) of Holistic Self-Dentistry

In Magical Fashionista, I wrote:

"In Chinese face reading, the mouth symbolizes one's degree of prosperity, so luscious, moisturized lips and gleaming, healthy teeth help support a luxurious inflow of wealth and resources. When you think about it, this makes sense, since this is the place where we receive our nourishment from the outside world and it's the place where we express our degree of happiness (in the form of a smile). In a parallel way, the appearance and health of this area symbolizes our degree of well-being, as well as the quality of energy that we are drawing into our lives." 

And yet, since the time that I wrote that a couple of years ago, my understanding of the connection between the health of the mouth and the health of every other single aspect of our physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial health has deepened exponentially.

While I knew about this connection theoretically, there was still a level of mouth consciousness that I did not want to broach. Frankly, I was a bit squeamish. While I would read whole books on nutrition, exercise, beauty, fashion, or spirituality, I just didn't want to learn in depth about my teeth or how to take care of them. Even though I had forced myself to go to the dentist a few times in later years (after years of avoiding the dentist altogether), I didn't really want to know what they were doing in my mouth or why.

Then, one day a couple of months ago, that all changed.

I was cancelling my teeth cleaning appointment for the third time (after getting a crown and a number of fillings, I really didn't feel intuitively aligned with my mainstream dentist's harsh and chemical-laden techniques), when I had a talk with myself. "You can cancel again," I told myself, "but only if you really learn about oral health and start doing the work of keeping your teeth super duper clean and healthy on your own." It wasn't that I thought I'd never ever go to a dentist ever again, but just that I'd minimize the need, and when I did decide to go, I'd be educated about it. Let me be clear: educating myself on oral care did not sound fun. But I knew that if I was going to walk my talk, and be authentic in my desire to be conscious and self-empowered in every area of my life, I couldn't just keep putting it off. So I poked around on Amazon and finally ordered Holistic Dental Care by Nadine Artemis.

Here is what I've learned: the degree of health in the mouth is not just symbolically aligned with the degree of health in the body, it is literally aligned with it. The healthier the body, the healthier the mouth, and vice versa. And why wouldn't this be true? The mouth is part of the body after all, not to mention that it's highly absorbent and provides a direct line to your internal organs.

Since I've read this book, my daily oral care regimen has changed, and now it resembles - and in effect, is - a thorough space clearing. Afterwards, I feel totally open and receptive to wealth, abundance, vitality, and all good things. Here's what I do:

1. Rinse my mouth with a salt water mixture. (I prepare the solution by boiling 16 oz. of water, adding a tablespoon of salt, and letting it cool.)

2. Scrape my tongue with a tongue cleaner. (Did you even know these existed? I didn't!)

3. Lightly brush my gums with a toothbrush to which I've added 1-2 drops of organic essential oil of tea tree.

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4. Brush my teeth for 2 minutes with an electric toothbrush with a round head, to which I've added a drop of organic essential oil of peppermint and a pinch of a mixture of baking soda and salt. (Did you know that even natural toothpaste has a bunch of toxins and stuff that you don't need? Even though you could make the argument that their toxicity is not too serious, it becomes serious when you use them every single day, twice a day.)

5. Clean my gums with a gum stimulator, to which I've added a drop of organic essential oil of tea tree.

6. Floss.

7. Rinse once more with the salt water solution.

It sounds like a lot, but when you've been sufficiently traumatized by mainstream dentistry, and when you learn about the perils of it (and there are many!), it is so, so, so worth it. Plus, it honestly feels amazing, and - by using energy-clearing and vibration-raising ingredients such as salt, baking soda, and essential oils - it creates the space for blessings of all varieties (as if vibrant dental health weren't enough!) to flow into your life experience.

One more note: sometimes, for extra credit, I'll preface the above routine with oil pulling. I do this by swishing coconut oil plus a drop of organic essential oil of oregano in my mouth for ten minutes, and then spitting it in the trash (so that I don't clog the pipes). It not only whitens the teeth naturally, it also kills bacteria in the mouth, keeps the breath naturally fresh, and pulls toxins powerfully from your entire body (not just your mouth)! I've even noticed that I sleep more deeply and awake more refreshed after I swish with coconut oil. It's a pretty amazing thing.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Time for a Re-Dedication Ceremony?--When and How to Re-Dedicate Your Space

Sometimes a home feels right at home being a home. Other times, it may feel a little at odds with its intended purpose, which can cause the inhabitants to feel unsettled or simply not as empowered as they otherwise may.

For example, a home might feel a little wonky about its role if:
  • It used to be something other than a home, such as a business or a church,
  • It's in a relatively new neighborhood where the earth has been quite used to being in its natural state, or being something such as farmland, for some time,
  • It's built on land where something intense occurred, such as a battle or other tragedy,
  • It's built on space that was sacred to native inhabitants for a prolonged period of time.
For example, I recently performed a phone consultation for a long distance friend and client. With the help of my handy pendulum, I intuitively tuned into the fact that - even though her home was built within the last quarter of the previous century and was never anything other than a home (such as a business or a church) - it also wasn't quite solid in its role as a home. After speaking with her about this, I soon learned that her neighborhood was once a battleground during the Civil War. By human standards, the Civil War might seem like distant history, but by the standards of Mother Earth, it was only yesterday. The trauma and unrest of this historical period, as well as the clear role as "battleground" remembered by the very earth under her floorboards, was contributing to a lack of harmony in her home and life.

The good news is that our thoughts and intentions are powerful. By clearly and specifically channeling them - especially through the employment of a ritual - we can heal old patterns and bless the land and space so that it is clear in its role as a happy, harmonious living space. Here's a ritual that can help you do just that. It can be helpful if you feel that your home is not completely comfortable in its role as home for any reason, including (but not limited to) any of the bullet points above.

It's best to perform this ritual on a new moon, but there is some prep work to be done beforehand.

Prep work:

Sometime during the waning period before the new moon, perform a simple, thorough space clearing ritual. If you do this often and feel comfortable with it, just do it in a way that feels good to you.

Otherwise, you might begin by moving counterclockwise through each room and area while clapping loudly or shaking a rattle. Then burn a bundle of dried white sage so that it's smoking like incense (not burning like a log), while carrying a dish under it to catch any burning embers. Again move counterclockwise through each room and area. (This can be substituted with a mister of rose water or essential oils of sage or clary sage in spring water if you are sensitive to smoke.) Finally, stand in a central location and visualize a very bright sphere of blinding golden, white light completely filling and surrounding the space. In your mind's eye, see this sphere gently spin in a clockwise direction to lock in this new clarity and positivity.

Ritual:

On the morning of a new moon, wake up just before sunrise. Relax your body, take some deep breaths, and center your mind.

When you feel ready, call on angels and/or other helpful beings of your choice. (For example, you might call on Archangels Raphael, Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Metatron. And/or, you might call on The Goddess, God/Goddess/All That Is, or simply on "Divine Energies.")

Light nine sticks of sandalwood incense, and hold a small dish underneath to catch ashes and embers. Alternatively or in addition to the incense, add nine drops of essential oil of neroli to a mister of rose water and shake. If possible and appropriate, walk in a clockwise direction around the perimeter of your lot while misting and/or smudging with the incense smoke and inwardly chanting this or something similar: "I dedicate this as sacred space. I dedicate this as a happy home. This place is now harmonized, beloved, and blessed - above and below, to the north, south, east, and west, and in all directions of time."

Next (or first if performing the blessing outside is not possible for any reason), go inside with your incense and/or mister and continue the chant while moving in a clockwise direction throughout each room and area.

Safely extinguish the incense and stand in a central location with your hands in prayer pose. Visualize a sphere of very bright golden white light completely filling and surrounding your home and lot, moving gently in a clockwise direction. Then thank the specific energies and/or beings on which you have called. Finish by saying, "Thank you, thank you, thank you. Blessed be. And so it is."

Optional:

To anchor in the new energies and intentions, you might bury four white quartz crystal points (any size, but the bigger the better) at each corner of the lot. First empower them in sunlight, and fill them with your intention to establish a positive, harmonious, cozy residential space. Then bury them points up, with the points very gently pointing inward toward the center of the lot.



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Kindle Book!

I'm so excited to announce the publication of this exciting new book that I co-wrote with the illustrious Ellen Dugan! You can check it out at this link:




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