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Blessings of Love for YOU

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Blessings of Love for YOU

May the Goddess Bless you with kisses on your cheeks,
May you be Blessed with love from the flower essences in your honey jars,
May you be blessed with surprises from unknown places of gifts of joy,
May you find money in your pockets,
May you be kissed by someone in the next 24 hours,
May you laugh at your own silliness and share the secrets of your heart,
May you find what you have always been looking for in your bottom drawer,
May you be reminded by a friend what a beautiful smile you have,
May you be blessed a memory of your past that makes your heart smile,
May you forgive the one who had harmed you in 4th grade,
May you hear the words “I am sorry” from anyone who has ever hurt you,
May you be blessed with knowing the ancestor that gave you your gorgeous eyes,
May you always know the truth that you are loved beyond your dreams,
May you receive all the love that has always been yours since the beginning of time.

Please share blessings with your loved ones, the people you meet every day or
the ones you meet for a chance moment.
Or just pass these Blessings on!

©Shekhina von Recklinghausen 2014

Prayers in New Ways

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Prayers in New Ways

Prayer can be a way to open and connect to the Divine. It is like a phone call to the Universe asking for what we desire in our lives. Prayers can be a fun way to start your day. To pray is an opening of our own hearts to the All That Is.

Be creative and experiment with your prayers every morning and see how it feels by changing who or what you pray to. There is no right or wrong as long as you have loving intentions. Sometimes I pray to Buddha when I am wanting to detach from an emotional situation. Sometimes I pray to the redwood trees to help me ground and connect to the Earth, or I might pray to the Sun above to light my way and shine light into my confused brain!

Then I wait to see how Buddha shows up for me, or how the redwood trees help or how asking sunlight to fill my mind shifts my thoughts. Maybe in my prayer Buddha helps me to remember we are all suffering in some way and to have compassion for myself and the other person. Just by doing the prayer I have shifted my attention away from the upsetting situation and invited new possibilities to happen.

If you pray to the Goddess, God, Universe or whatever feels good to you, this is a wonderful way to allow creativity into your prayers and not see it as a chore. It is an invitation to the Universe to come into our lives and help us to bring a better way that we are not able to see. It is an opportunity to remember we do not need to do everything all alone. That we are in fact, connected to the Universe and the Universe is connected to us.

Every morning when you awake say your prayers with joy that we are a part of the Universe of possibilities. Pray for three things you would like to bring into your life, and then give gratitude for three things you already have. Be ready for the Universe to show up for you in many surprising ways.

Maybe the Mother Earth will bring you a beautiful butterfly to remind you that you are loved. She did for me this morning and the picture is here!

Blessings of Joy!

©Shekhina von Recklinghausen 2014

Spontaneous Living !

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Spontaneous Living !

Happy New Year!

Everyone usually begins their new year with thoughts of what you wish to bring forth. Things you want more of or things you would like to be more of. I found myself sitting at the kitchen table this morning thinking over my cup of coffee that I actually do this all the time – wanting more of everything! How wonderful to have hopes and wishes.

As I sipped my rich coffee with honey I felt I would like to wish for the unexpected – the good kind of unexpected! To be more open to the world and less rigid in myself. To give myself the gift of open spontaneity! The gift of child like existence where everything is a new discovery for the first time.

My friend came over to pick me up and we started our drive down the California coastline. I love being here in California by the ocean. This is a part of my daily spiritual practice to be present and enjoy this land where I live on Mother Earth.

As we made our way just past Half Moon Bay my eyes could not believe seeing a huge field of yellow mustard flowers blooming incredible joyousness! I yelped out loud “I want to run in the flowers – please stop the car”! We pulled over and I ran into the middle of the golden yellow ocean of flowers!

To frolic in this happiness I could have never planned this to happen. To ask the Universe to bring me the unexpected brought me the most incredible experience I have had in awhile. I have so much love for the Earth and all Her incredible gifts for me and us!

Expect the unexpected of joyousness to come to you. Be open to see it, feel it, and receive it into your heart! This is a beautiful life we have. To let go of what we already know can allow the unexpected to come forth. To embrace us with the immense love that is here for us all the time.

Be spontaneous and see what might happen for you today!

Create your own Ritual

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Create your own Ritual

What is your Ritual? I invite you~ Ceremony is important to open to the Spirits of the Land where your feet walk everyday to honor the Mother Earth. This is an honoring of the Great Gaia ~ Here is my ritual circle of stones that I have placed on Mount Shasta to honor this powerful mountain. The small white quartz stones are from Goat Rock Beach in California and the green stones are Serpentine from Mount Tamalpias In the center are stones from Point Reyes Kehoe Beach Ca. I create a circle of Empowerment to invite this into my bones that are the stones of the Earth Herself. May we walk together bound with love to create strength within for all of us as we walk together on Mother Earth. Blessed Be.

Supper with Ancestors this Eve

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Supper with Ancestors this Eve

All Hallows Eve is a time of honoring all who have passed on to the other side. It is when the veils between the worlds are thinnest and we can lovingly connect to our beloved ones who have shifted over to the spirit realms.

Our Ancestors are the ones who have brought us to be here today. We can acknowledge them in many ways. We can create an Ancestor Altar with all of their pictures to see them. To let them know they live on with us and that we love them. We create an opportunity to speak with them and pray for healing for them, or just say hello and share our love.

Sharing an Ancestor spirit supper with them is also a great way to be together. This evening whatever you are making for dinner, create a special spirit plate for them. Set a place at the table for the ones you love. Share the loving food you have prepared to let them know they are always welcome at your table.

My Oma who passed over this year, I set a plate for you at my table. I love you and miss you. I will make this evening your favorite german food of bratwurst and sauerkraut! I know you like the rotkohl (red cabbage) as well. I will honor you Oma and eat my supper with you. I will place your photo on my altar and speak with you to ask you how you are doing. I will play your favorite waltz music the Blue Danube waltz that you like by Johann Strauss. We danced this together many times, remember Oma?

I still dance with you the waltz and remember your wicked sense of humor, and the sometimes dramatic way you did things. I remember your sneaky playfullness and how you hated to be called Oma because it made you feel old. You had us call you by your first name Marie because this was more youthful! I remember your love for me even when it was hard for you to show it sometimes. I honor you Oma and you live on within me. I have gratitude for all you have shared with me.

Letting Go of the Old

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Letting Go of the Old

Fall is a time of honoring all we are releasing back into the Mother Earth. It is a time of let – go. Letting go into the unknown is sometimes scary… but we open into the space between and rest in the longer hours of darkness. This allows a newness to gestate for rebirth in the Springtime. Renewal for ourselves and the Earth. What is it that you are open to let go of ?

Spiritual Writing & Storytelling Class Oct.15th!

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Spiritual Writing & Storytelling Class Oct.15th!

I am offering a very fun and loving Spiritual Writing & Storytelling Class monday evenings Oct. 15th through Nov. 19th. 7:00 – 9:30. Cost is $240. We will explore your inner worlds of spiritual openings of your heart and life. You can bring in your journal writings as well if you wish to get support in your writing by sharing and getting feedback on what works. Find your own voice and discover your own wisdom!

If you have taken my class before this is an opportunity to create a “Suite of Stories” on one theme you explore for your spiritual path. You are also welcome to work on one story of your choice throughout the 6 weeks to get feedback on what works and supports in writing your own story or novella.

This is a place for those wishing to honor your life experiences in the spiritual teachings and gifts that you are learning. We will use personal experience, dream imagery, magical realms, tarot, meditations, visions and imagination as guides in the stories we weave. The healing story is an opening to how we are transformed by our inner wisdom. Guaranteed laughter and fun! You will leave having learned how to give a healing with words, love, creativity and magic!

We will meet 6 monday nights at my office at 505 Beach street. I will guide you through the form of creating a healing story so you will feel confident. We will give feedback only of what we like about each others stories. I will ask that you bring one page or more to read to each class. There will be a 15 min. write in each class on topics I introduce to you to explore trusting your intuition. Come and sign up now!

Sequoia Ancient Sages

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Sequoia Ancient Sages

I love the redwoods. They only grow in Northern California where I live and no where else in the world. I always visit them because they are my tribe, they are my friends. The sequoia are the ancient ones that hold the stories of this land within their roots. They know all the peoples who have lived here throughout time.

This redwood is over 1,600 years old and lives in the Montgomery forest on the coast. It is like an old great, great, great grandfather who is patient with his little ones, us. He waits till we listen and then he talks. He tells of the changes in the earth and all the earthquakes he has felt here on this land. He speaks of the peoples and tribes that have come and gone. He has seen many die for no reason and he witnesses our human choices and wonders why it is we are not more loving to each other.

The Redwoods are wise because the stretch up into the stars and their roots go deep into the earth. They know of the cosmos mysteries and all our history. They grow in communities where their roots are always touching each other. They often have four or five trunks growing together at their base. They share so much love as a family tree. They support each other in their roots and live in harmony together.

I have written many stories about the redwood trees because I am connected to them from my heart. I tell the redwoods when I see them that I love them and they speak to me. I don’t think I could live anywhere else because I need to be near them and yes, I admit I am a California Tree Hugger!

Gratitude

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Gratitude

You are a healer when you give gratitude. You are giving an offering of beautiful flowers or of loving kindness to each person, when you give gratitude. You are acknowledging their existence on the earth and how much you appreciate them. This is a healing… every time you give gratitude you are giving a blessing. You are a healer giving LOVE and it doesn’t cost anything to give.

In return you will always receive abundance back from the Universe. I promise you. It might not always come from the person you gave a compliment to, but it will come from a stranger perhaps when you needed something. What goes around comes around. Karma! If you are nice to people  – the Universe will shine love back to you.

What do you have gratitude for in your life? Who are you grateful for that you can give a blessing? What loving pets surround you with unconditional love? Who would you like to acknowledge by telling them how you appreciate their presence in your life?

What in Mother Nature do you have gratitude for of all She gives for you to live your life? The water you drink from Her rivers? The air that you breathe in every breath? The food that you ate for your breakfast this mornings meal? The hummingbird that perches in your tree out side of your window?

Last night I saw the sun setting and the fog was hovering over San Francisco as a very precious soft pink embrace. A half moon shone bright above and I felt a sense of appreciation for being present to witness the changing of time from day to night.

As I gazed up to see a half moon, I pondered what I may have left behind and what is coming for the next half of this moon time. The pink glow felt like a hug from the Universe, so gentle.

What gratitude do you have for this day? Share your gratitude so it is felt by the ones you are appreciating. You are a gift, share your love and give a healing today!