My Visit to Hildegard von Bingen Sacred Sites in Germany

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My Visit to Hildegard von Bingen Sacred Sites in Germany

I stand on the Rhine river in Bingen, Germany and feel the hot summer sun on my shoulders. I have just arrived from San Francisco. I have traveled half way around the world to see and feel the sacred sites of where Hildegard von Bingen lived in the early 1100’s. Some call her a Saint, some call her a feminist, some call her a visionary of God. She is all of these things and more.

Hildegard von Bingen was born in 1098 and lived to be 80 years old passing in 1179. We know so much about Hildegard because she learned to read and write when her mother from a wealthy family offered her up at the age of eight to the monastic life at the Disibodenberg Monastery in the southern part of Germany. Here she lived until the age of 50, then approximately in 1150, she courageously built her own convent at Rupertsberg.

Hildegard was born a visionary seeing the “Light” or God and became an artist to paint these ecstatic images. The “Light” told her sacred passages to write called “scivias” for people to learn from. The “Light” gave her spiritual music she composed and songs to sing. She became a healer, healing with herbs, crystals and prayers. You can see images of her works of art and texts that were written by her at the Museum Am Strom in Bingen, Germany. One of her paintings she created is above.

I arrived at the place Hildegard lived her first 50 years of her life at the Disibodenberg Cloister ruins near the Nahe River. I walked up a gentle mountain where the ruins of the sacred site lay. I could feel a calmness come over me as I hiked up. The ruins were hidden by the trees as if they were protecting them. When I reached the summit, all was very quiet and there was a palpable energy I was feeling all around me.

It was early evening where the sun was seeping through the leaves giving a sweet air to the ancient stone ruins. Many stories are held within the old stone walls. I walked through the passageways where Hildegard von Bingen walked. I could see the walls of the old cloister still standing proud of what it once was.

I touched the ancient stone wall of the convent of Disibodenberg and opened my heart to Hildegard von Bingen. I said my prayer of incredible gratitude for all her inspirations into the ecstatic, spiritual connection to the “Light”.

“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for as a woman you stood against all the oppression of the time in which you lived and you overcame all to allow us today to see your incredible sacred paintings, hear your ecstatic songs, read your visionary writings from God and the “Light”, learn about how you were a healer with herbs and crystals, and to feel your inspiration to be a powerful woman. I have so much gratitude for you Hildegard von Bingen.”

I am in awe of all her sacred musical compositions we can all listen to now in 2017. She had created her songs to heal and sooth the soul throughout all time. I stood there and looked at the sun preparing its decent into the earth as Hildegard stood there many, many years ago in this same spot.

I opened my heart and sang for Hildegard von Bingen into the Sun, I sang my sound healing songs of the light of my heart for her through all the hundreds of years. Sound travels through time and space, I stood where she had stood, I know she could hear my song I sang for her. I felt a calm ecstasy spread all around me.
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Winter Solstice Ceremony & Sound Healing 12/12

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Winter Solstice Ceremony & Sound Healing 12/12

Hi Lovely One’s!

Thank you for all your support, my article “Singing, Sound Healing and Reiki” will being published in the Reiki Magazine this upcoming Winter issue and on the cover of the Reiki magazine! http://www.reikiwebstore.com/SearchResult.cfm?CategoryID=10

Come Celebrate Winter Solstice Sound Healing Ceremony Monday, Dec.12th @ 7:00-9:00. Please RSVP as soon as possible to hold your spot! We will honor the coming longest night of the year and in the darkness we go within to plant our seeds of new dreams and hearts desires!

I will call in the Elements AIR, FIRE, WATER, EARTH AND CENTER to create sacred space in honor of the darkest night. There will be a candle for everyone to keep, and on your candle you will write your wishes for the new year. We will share what we have written and light our candles one by one to empower our dreams!

As I play the crystal bowl we will sing and tone our heart songs to empower all our new seeds we are planting for the Winter Solstice.

Tell all your Sisters and Brothers and Please Forward! The cost is a slide scale $20-$50. Please RSVP asap to hold a spot. We will meet Monday 12/12 @ 7:00 – 9:00 at Location given when you rsvp through email on my site. This is a clean & sober event. www.HealerInLight.com

Fall Equinox Sound Healing Sept. 20th SF

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Fall Equinox Sound Healing Sept. 20th SF

Celebrate Fall Equinox Sound Healing Ritual on Tuesday, September 20th 7:00-9:00. Fall Equinox is the day where we have equal hours of darkness to equal hours of light. We will explore Balance within ourselves, to see where more love and balance are wished. Where do you need more grounding with the Earth in your life? Where do you wish more flow of emotions with the Water Element? How can there be more passion in Fire Element? When do you need to sing and laugh with the Air Element?

Awny and Josey will be offering Purifications with the Sound Bars for everyone that comes! Please be on time for this!

We will all craft our very own vision of the 4 Elements on stones washed by the ocean waves. I will be bringing stones from the Pescadero Beach for each person to draw Balance within your self connecting to the 4 Elements! Then we will have our Sound Healing opening up to these new insights and to empower ourselves. I will open Sacred Space and play the beautiful crystal bowl to sing our hearts songs together!

We will give gratitude for the harvest of the bounties the Mother Earth. Please RSVP asap to hold a spot.

Tell all your Sisters and Brothers and Please Forward! The cost is $20 This is a clean & sober event.

We will meet Tuesday, September 20th- 7:00 – 9:00 at  at 41A Parsons Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

I am also available for personal healing sessions to meet your Power Animal or Spirit Guides with guided Shamanic Journey to heal. Reiki sessions with sound healing energy bars for calming and balance are also available. Please email today. HealerInLight.com

Redwoods Speak to Me

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Redwoods Speak to Me

The Redwoods Speak to Me

© 2016 Shekhina von Recklinghausen Reiki & Shamanic Practitioner

www.HealerInLight.com

The sun splashes light upon on the moist earth floor, laden with Redwood soft needles in Muir Woods on the California Coast. It smells fresh and fecund. It is very quiet with few people. I can hear my own breath flowing through my lungs releasing out into the low mists. I walk with great respect for these old Redwoods that grow only in Northern California and coastal Oregon. You will find them nowhere else in the world. I feel very blessed by this gift of being amongst them.

The Redwood Trees are magical for me. They are old wise sages that know the secrets of the Earth Herself. They stand as some of the oldest trees on the planet. These trees are ancient giants, the tallest living beings on the Earth, reaching heights of up to 360 feet. Redwoods and Sequioias are also known for their longevity from 1000 years, and sometimes more than 2000 years. I feel very fortunate to be with these ancient trees of this land. The Redwoods are community trees because they grow in a circle with one another. Their roots grow intertwined and they speak to one another this way like a family that they are. They support each other in their roots and live in harmony together.

The old Redwoods are the ancient ones that hold the stories of this land within their roots. They are great, great, great grandmothers who are patient with the little ones, us. They know all the peoples who have lived here throughout time. The Grandmother Trees wait until we listen and then she speaks. She tells of the changes in the Earth and all the earthquakes have been felt here on this land. She speaks of the peoples and tribes that have come and gone. She has seen many die for no reason and she witnesses our human choices and wonders why it is we are not more loving to one an other. The Redwoods are wise because their branches stretch up into the stars. They know of the cosmos mysteries and at the same time all our history below upon the Earth.

I walk along the path and a branch from one huge Tree brushes my arm, I am invited to touch its furry red bark. I feel humbled as I try and wrap my arms around its massive trunk that would take twelve people stretching around to complete the hug! My heart presses against this incredible ancient one. I can feel a presence within the tree itself. I can feel the spirit of this tree.  I sense the strength and power within it.

I decide to speak to it. “I ask you, giant Redwood, what is the secret of your happiness?” I hear the old wise Redwood answer me in my heart. It says, “My secret of happiness lies in the fact that I am always one with the Mother of us all. She embraces my roots so strongly that I never forget where I am or who I am. My love comes from the essence of the sun’s rays which I drink in through my branches. I stretch so very high in the sky to receive the sun’s love. My strength comes through my wide trunk, joining earth below and sun above. I am in the constant ecstasy of all of this energy flowing through my being!”

I ask, “Is this possible for me?” The Redwood tree says, “Yes,  Mother Earth loves you, too, very much and the sun shines loving golden rays upon your head every day.” I have such gratitude being reminded by this great tree how easy it is to feel that I am a part of  great Mother Earth. The Redwoods teach me to receive the love that is here every moment for all of us. I have adoration for the beauty and wisdom of the redwoods. I have great respect for them and I am in awe of them.

I continue my walk through this forest of Redwoods until I come upon a tree where its insides have been burned away from a fire long ago. The Redwood’s insides are still charred black like a dark cave or womb inside the Redwood tree. I wonder if this Tree has been greatly wounded? I walk into the center of this burned out hearth and I feel a whoosh of energy flowing through me, through the tree and into the sky! This is the energy of Mother Earth and the heart of the tree moving from earth to sun above, this is the magical energy of  the Redwood Trees’ Love.

I have heard that the tree gnomes sometimes live inside these burned out hearths in the Redwoods and I would like to meet them.  I sit down at the center of the cave within the tree. I open my third eye, allowing me to see beyond the veils.  I call sweetly to them to come, “Hello Tree Gnomes, please come and play.” and wait patiently. I notice a flash of something out of the corner of my eye. I turn in that direction and don’t see anything, but three small cones fall onto my head out of nowhere! “Ahwwwoo!” I yell, even though it didn’t really hurt. I take this as a sign I have been acknowledged. I ask them to come and play with me and next I see a shiny object on the ground that I had not seen before. I pick it up and see that it is a single earring made out of cloisonné with the moon and stars embedded. “Wow, this is really pretty! Thank you.” I say out loud. I feel honored and take it as a present. I place this very special gift in my pocket and say “Thank you”.  I continue on my walk, knowing I will be back to this Redwood tree again to visit with the tree gnomes! These Redwoods are great teachers, revealing their secrets to all of us who wish to lovingly touch the red earthen colored bark, its furry textures soft and generous.

I continue my walk through the old grove to seek out fallen branches to use as ceremonial power sticks. I will be leading a group of woman learning the ways of shamanism that I teach.  I wish to present the redwood branches as the power sticks to create our connection to Spirit. I look amongst the branches on the ground, surrounding one old, big Redwood and I find the perfect ones.

I pick up the branches and walk up to the massive Redwood. I place my cheek upon its soft reddened bark and ask its permission to use these wonderful branches from its body. I whisper to the tree with my face pressed close, “I am leading women in the ways of shamanism and we wish to embody your powerful energy in the making of shamanic power sticks.  May we have permission to lovingly use the branches you have let go of ?” The Redwood answers in my heart as I look up, my head tilting back as far as it can go. I marvel at the height of this wondrous tree. I can see the sun shining though its top branches, streaming into my eyes. I feel the answer, “Yes child, this is a good opening for the women to see my strength in themselves. You may take a branch for each of the women, so they may carry my energies within them.” I wrap my arms around this Tree, trying to reach its wide berth, barely making it one fifth around. I hug this ancient one and thank it with love as my chest presses into its reddish body. “Thank you Oh Great One.” I say out loud.

This Redwood tree then tells me, “No one has ever in my many years ever touched me and spoke to me like you have done today. I am very happy and surprised to be seen and honored. This is a sign that times are changing and that the humankind is awakening. They are awakening to see that we are all alive as they are, and can be seen as equally as important as they are!” The Redwood tells me it has shared this sign of awakening happily with the other trees in its circle. It shares my love, blessings and gratitude with the other Redwood trees. I feel such reverence for these ancient Redwoods.

I hike the trail back through this magical, enchanted forest winding through the beautiful Muir Woods. I walk down to the sweet water wending its way through the base of the woods. I stop and take in the beauty of the trickling sounds of water over rocks and the crows cawing in the trees above. I decide to stop and give a song of gratitude to the waters and Redwoods and begin singing a Hindu prayer of Om Shanti. “Om” meaning “The sacred sound of the All That Is” and “Shanti” meaning “Peace.” I sing a soft melody with the sacred song creating a vibrating “Oooommmm Shaaaaaanti”.  I sing and chant till the crows caw with me and we sing together. I am connected to these amazing Redwoods with all my heart. I tell the redwoods that I love them and they continue to speak with me.

I invite you to open your heart when you are in the Redwood Forest next time you are there. Stop and press your heart to the red furry bark and let your cheek feel their softness touch your skin. Let your mind send loving thoughts and heartfelt gratitude. Open up and ask these sacred Ones your deepest longings and hear the answers. I promise if your heart is open, you will hear the wise and loving messages, given. I don’t think I could live anywhere else but here in the Bay Area because I need to be near the Redwood Trees and yes, I admit I am a California Tree Hugger!

Summer Solstice Sound Healing June 21st!

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Summer Solstice Sound Healing June 21st!

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Shekhina’s Sound Healing and Singing on Tuesday, June 21st, 7:00 – 9:00! Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year when the Sun is strongest and brightest. We will create Sacred Space to call in the Powers of the Sun on this Apex of the Star to our planet Earth!

Each of you will be invited to make your own God’s Eyes to celebrate the Great Eye in the Sky and to support the magic of your Highest Self which is also made of LIGHT! This beautiful Light within you and Sun Light will be woven into your God’s Eye with all your desires for your life, love, and happiness!
We will empower our God’s Eye’s and our Highest Selves with our Singing with the Crystal Bowls and our Hearts on this Summer Solstice. Please come prepared to Sing with the Crystal Bowls, Weave your desires into your God’s Eye and share your poetry when we close circle together. Bring your Altar items to be empowered if you wish.
I will bring all the supplies for the God’s Eyes and here is a link to read more https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God%27s_eye
Please RSVP asap to hold a spot. Tell all your Sisters and Brothers and Please Forward!
The cost is $20 We will meet Tuesday, June 21st – 7:00 – 9:00 at
41A Parsons Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 . www.HealerInLight.com
This is a clean and sober event.

Spring Equinox Eclipse Ceremony March 23rd @ 7:00!

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Spring Equinox Eclipse Ceremony March 23rd @ 7:00!

I invite you to the Spring Equinox Eclipse Sound Healing Ritual on Weds. March 23rd @ 7:00 – 9:00. Shekhina Reiki & Shamanic Practitioner will lead a Ceremony to see the Spring Light of the Sun beckoning to us to stretch into our new beginnings.

This is a very powerful Ceremony as Spring Equinox is also equal hours day to equal hours night for Balance and the Lunar Eclipse is the Alignment of Earth Moon and Sun! Each of you will write down what you are wanting to bring into Balance and to empower your New Beginnings!
Bring a friend to sing with Sisters and Brothers with the Crystal Bowls your Heart Songs with no words but the sounds that are your Authentic and most Powerful Self on this Spring Equinox and Lunar Eclipse!
Please RSVP asap to hold a spot. Bring your Altar items to be empowered if you wish. Weds. March 23rd- 7:00 – 9:00 at  at 41A Parsons Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 The cost is $20. www.HealerInLight.com

New Year 2016 Ritual for You~*

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New Year 2016 Ritual for You~*

Happy Loving Healing Laughing Honoring in the New Year!

I have so much gratitude for you all being a part of my Healing Practice this Year and I want to share a New Year Ritual with you! It is a ritual you can do with yourself, all your friends, or family any time you wish. This is a ritual of Honoring all that has taken place in the past year, Honoring where you are now, and Honoring the Rebirth you wish to create in your futures!
First take a candle and light it to represent your spiritual connections to the LIGHT.
Write down on a piece of paper all that you are honoring in this past year of celebrating your creations, grieving your losses, and releasing old pain or parts of yourselves that no longer serve your Highest Good with LOVE.
Breathe in the Candle Light, and Breathe out all you are releaseing with Love. Honor where you are right now, this moment without judgement, but with compassion and gratitude you have done the very best that you know how. This is Self Appreciation!
Next write down all you wish to lovingly bring into your new year with the new light that is growing in the sun. As every day grows more in the light, so do we. You are made of Light, You are Love, You are Divine! Celebrate this, that you are Divine Light! Breathe in the Candle Light, Sun Light and your own Divine Light!
Place your candle on your Altar with all you have written down with Gratitude and Self Appreciation for your life. Take one day at a time, one breath at a time and enjoy the stretching into the future with your wishes and Creations of Love and Self Honoring for this New Year! Blessings of Millions of Starlight Diamonds! Shekhina
2016 © Shekhina von Recklinghausen Reiki & Shamanic Practitioner www.HealerInLight.com

Eagle Gifts and Teachings

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Eagle Gifts and Teachings

I wonder how different life is from dreams we have in the dark evening hours. I had on the full moon a dream that soon came to be true. I dreamed I was in a green woods with pine trees all around a calm lake. There was a clearing with crows walking on the grass as if in a meeting. Some stayed in the branches of the trees cawing to the ones on the ground. I watched them as I also was a part of this ceremonial event. Then they flew away cawing back to me, black wings spreading and taking flight. Several crows circled above while I stepped into the clearing and I discovered iridescent black feathers left between blades of gold dry grass. I picked them up one by one as if they were gifts left for me. I had a hand full of 16 blue black feathers.

Two days later my friend and I drove to Bon Tempe Lake in Marin to lie in the sun and enjoy this alpine lake with pristine waters you can see to the rocks below. Mountains with green pine trees ring the lake. We found a perfect place to lay our blanket down and rest in the sun. Warm rays entered my skin warming me to my bones. Electric orange dragon flies darted over my head and then pale blue and black striped ones came, almost in competition of who was most stunning. Light bounced off the little waves on the lake hypnotizing me to a gentle trance.

The old oak trees were just over the path at the lake’s edge and a flock of crows to and rest. They started to caw back and forth bantering amongst themselves. I remembered my dream of this moment. Some crows flew away and some stayed while I started to look for their onyx feathers like in the dream, and I spotted one peeking out from the grass. Then another and many more until I had found a handful of black crow feathers. I held them up to my friend into the sun like a child who found all the easter eggs in the egg hunt.

We packed up our things and hiked down farther on the brown dry dirt path along the lake. The path gently curved and we saw more beauty at each turn of the mountains, pine trees reaching higher. The next bend another crow started cawing to get our attention and as I looked up right there above my head was a bird with a wing span of about 6 to 7 feet wide! I blinked my eyes three times because this bird was huge and had a pure white head and white tail. My breath stopped and I realized I was looking at a bald eagle just above my head!

I whispered to my friend to look up at this beautiful bald eagle and he also was astounded at its size and grace. Then to my delight the Eagle started to make its cawing sounds. A soft piercing into the air moved me to a place of awe and connection to this incredible creature of the winds. I practice the healing arts of shamanism and I knew this was a very important moment where everything in my life was to change.

I had never seen a bald eagle until this moment. I opened my heart to the message this great bird had for me and I heard from the spirit of the eagle, this is my rite of passage into my power. I am no longer the person I was. My identity has been changed to one of an empowered woman to own my strength and all of who I am, to walk my path and speak my truth. The bald eagle told me this is my time to live as my true self and to do this with grace as he flies in the spacious blue sky. We can fly together now free. I am honored by you great bald eagle. I am honored.

©Shekhina von Recklinghausen Reiki Shaman Healer (photo by me)

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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