Happy Loving Healing Laughing Honoring in the New Year!
I saw the milky way last night in the blue night sky. I stood at the shore of the Russian river where it meets the Ocean, there, by myself. Or was I by myself?
The sliver crescent moon was there, the owl that hooted was there, the sounds of the soft waves were there, and thousands and thousands of blinking white tiny light stars were there.
I guess I was not alone at all, but surrounded with so much love and presence in the blue black night. The milky way shone across the whole expanse from one side of the earth to the other clear over my head like a band of mysterious white star dust. I could see through the places in-between of infinite black spaciousness. I was, I am, a part of this mystery above and below in the milky way.
I saw me, one who is learning to love and be loved. I saw myself part of the dusty white star light dancing across the sky. I saw me, who sometimes cries late in the night and one who loves to skip and sing and laugh. I saw me, one who is a part of this beautiful, crazy, mysterious galaxy.
I sighed a great sigh and thanked the sweet silver moon, I thanked the owl who hooted, I thanked the stars that shined on my head and crawled back under the warm covers of my bed to dream of all I have seen.
© Shekhina M. von Recklinghausen
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)
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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 ?
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!