Monday, December 21, 2015

For the Love of a Dolphin

Ever go to a dolphin show? Think about what it's like from their perspective. The too-small cement enclosures echo their incredible sonar back to them at unbearable levels. and they are unable to swim the hundreds of miles they are by nature meant to swim each day.

Many knock their heads up side the enclosures in response to the trauma they face living in these conditions. And these highly intellegent beings are forced to "perform for food". It is no wonder an occasional whale will kill it's "master". It is only because they are so docile, they only kill for food in the wild, that they do not kill their slave masters more frequently.

I am sure many of these "dolphin and whale circus trainers" feel love for their trainees. But this is not love. Love is granting and supporting their freedom and protection. And I am sure when they realize this they will feel very badly. but this can be prevented with sharing more awareness of their plight. It's a tough situation. But one that may be healed with awareness. They also do some great rehabilitation at these places. So that can be the continued effort and purpose for those who work in this arena. And it is currently an arena for theater of the unconscious. Dolphins and whales deserve to live free.


For the Love of a Dolphin ...
A Dolphin Connection, by Alexa Major Zipf

I have swum w/wild ocean dolphins four times. The first was in '95 when I had an intimate one-on-one conversation and sonar session with a large atlantic bottlenose. I called to him and he swam from some distance to meet me. I was diving as deeply as I could, and he surprised me by coming and "standing up" full-length in front of me underwater.

We were face to face, heart to heart, feet to fluke. Then I put my hands over my heart and sent love energy to him. "I love you! We love you!" I said (telepathically) as I sent energy from my heart to him with my hands. He smiled and chattered away with me out loud and gently sonared me too. Then he invited me for a dolphin swim! Oh, that I could have kept up with him. It was so natural for me. It felt easier to connect with him than with people at the time. It touched my soul in such a natural and indelible way. I still carry that connection with me now.

Another time I got to do some underwater video with them (just for fun). It was a group of super playful spotted dolphins off of the bahamas. Such hams! They love human gadgets and toys, like cameras and underwater motor-scooters. The general rule is to swim with arms behind your back and not to touch them out of respect. I don't like to see them in captivity.

filming & playing with wild dolphin friends
and the Dream Too team, Atlantic Ocean, '96

I saw my first whale breaching in Coasta Rica in 2001. It was the most peaceful experience I have ever had. A huge pacific grey whale mother and her baby. They moved so slowly, so incredibly peacefully, alongside our boat, and with such grace. She also did a slowwwww and magestic tale flip. I cannot describe the depth of Peace she carried. A true meditation in peace and Presence. In their great presence we truly come into the power of Now. We were also among tons of dolphins on that trip. It was the first time I saw the flamboyant Spinner Dolphins. I don't know if that's the right word, but they are high energy. They are thin and shoot into the air, spinning 'round and 'round and 'round.

The fourth was on my honeymoon in Mexico. There were little canoes on the beach, and my hubby said - C'mon! There was a red tide at the time, and I said I wasn't sure I wanted to go. But my hubby said (not knowing what was coming, but somehow intuitively), "Yes, come. You're gonna like this."

He rowed us away from shore and towards the horizon. And then, unexpectedly, we began to see fins. My husband whispered, "dolphins!" He had rowed us right into a pod of quiet pacific bottlenoses. They were feeding and focused on some fish below. So not paying us any attention. I wanted to share with my beloved the experience of swimming with them. So I gently slipped from the row boat into the ocean. But the pacific ocean is so deep and big. And the water there was rather murky. I didn't feel safe. So I climbed quietly back onto the boat. And as they were feeding too, we didn't want to disrespect them. So we chose to gently float among them in their presence. And watched them grace the surface. It was magic. And a gift my husband brought me as we started our journey together as husband and wife. Thanks, honey.

Oct 28, 2008

Sunday, December 20, 2015



And the Truth is... Love.
If it's not Love, it's not the Truth.

Love risks everything
The faux but outward safety
of keeping inner fires hidden in the status quo

True Love speaks up and out
From the heart
It cannot be silenced or quenched
No matter how soft and tender it feels on the inside of the rage against injustice and suffering
Or the threats of public or personal
Or how it pushes our own comfort zones

Love is the Creed of the Spiritual Warrior
The beloved Archangel
The Fierce Mother
The Bohdisattva heart & mind & Soul

Love may not be the norm yet in this world
(When it is we shall have Conscious Peace)
But it is growing
And it is the only thing
That has ever changed,
or will save,
This Earth .

Alexa Surya Karuna Major 1.19.17

You can use this knowing to discern everything we will witness being touted by this coming administration too: 
And the Truth is... Love.
If it's not Love, it's not the Truth.

image: cape_cod_tree_services via googleImages

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Heading into Dreaming Season

This will be my last Awakened Journey blog post which is actually long overdue as the Feminine force of re-creation has certainly been having her way with us and just about everything during the past several years, hasn't She? 
In our world today we call for global sanity, change and healing and have rocky days ahead yet, but what a momentous time to be alive. May the courageous healing work we have completely or continue individually and collectively support the collective and personal benefit of all. As we continue to pray and envision and act towards the rebirthing and awakening of our earth and world and protection for all sentient beings and our earth herself, let us remember to call often upon the sacredness of all things. And celebrate the beauty, it is everywhere. Just keep looking and looking, just keep looking again until you see it. In deepest compassion for All, the Awakened Soul, Thank you for travelling with me. 

In love and in Lak'Ech
I am another you
Alexa Ashikia*Eaglefeather , the name the dolphins and the Earth mother gave me 

A prayer for our World. It needs it so deeply right now. 

Oh, Eagle, come with wings
outspread in sunny skies.
Oh, Eagle, come and bring us
peace, thy gentle peace.
Oh, Eagle, come and give
new life to us who pray.

Remember the circle of the sky,
the stars, and the brown eagle,
the great life of the Sun
the young within the nest.

Remember the 
Sacredness of All Things

Pawnee Prayer / Oh Eagle

photo: Roy Handcliff @Barclay Media google.images
above photo: Teotihuacan, Mexico - Pyramid of the Sun 

Preparing for Winter Solstice - Transitioning from Old to New

Preparing for Winter Solstice ~ Transitioning from Old to New

I spent the day on Wednesday cleansing the entire home with sage and palo santo. The weather here was mild, so all windows were open and it felt... wonderful! I also spent an equal amount of time inviting in New Energies, the Four Directions Blessings, the Present moment (and fresh new conscious energy, we and our world need us to stay Here) and offering some gifts for the approaching Solstice. After a long deep year of butt kicking inner work clearing out the proverbial cobwebs and coming to stand in an entirely new and transformed space and perspective with it all, it felt great. In the process I created an altar mandala that supports the deep collective call I am feeling for conscious Love, Forgiveness & Peace on Earth.

Here's a great piece from Shamanic Path today. We're all on the same page and wavelength. Enjoy ~ ~~ ☆

Winter Solstice is Monday, December 21 at 9:49PM MST
Dear Friends,

This is the darkest time, the still point that marks the TRANSITION from dark to light. It is a fitting image for our times as the conscious collective holds a container for the planet to move more into the light through compassion and love. Forgiveness would be an excellent theme for this Solstice. Forgiving yourself, others and all our relations on the planet for all the karmic debt that we have individually and collectively carried throughout history and other lifetimes.

There is enough energy in the new platform to accomplish this. It is important to do something around this solstice time frame. Create a ritual, or do a renewal process, some intention setting and lots of prayer. Although this solstice is not necessarily an easy time, it is a powerful time and if you use it well it can jump start your year in a positive way.

Here is a suggestion for a ritual to do around this solstice time.

Make an offering that you can either burn or bury of something written or drawn on a piece of paper folded up. You can add symbolic objects, photos, incense, sage, and decorations. Tie it up or just fold the paper around your offering. Say a prayer where you ask the Spirit of the WEST and Pacha Mama to receive that which you are letting go of, leaving behind and completing on this solstice. Breathe all the energy and emotions connected to your release into your offering and then bury or burn it, releasing it to spirit. Make sure to include great gratitude for all the lessons, wisdom and growth you acquired over the past year. Include forgiveness and compassion for yourself and for others.

Once you do a ritual like this it is important to fill the new space with something fresh and new. You may not know what that is yet, but you can symbolize it with flowers, beauty, love and joy. And for those who do know exactly what you wish to bring in, write it, or draw it and place it on an altar or in a place where you can honor it daily as you move

Note: for those of you on the other side of the equator, your solstice is a summer one. The same ritual can apply as it is a powerful time to transition from one aspect of your life to another.

The Power Path
photo: my altar to the four directions

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Metamorphose? Dissoulution? Reconfiguration? Summer of 2015, Reflections and Astrology

Metamorphosis? Dissolution? Reconfiguration? Transfiguration, anyone?
It's been a rich and potent couple of months with a gentle touch as Venus went retrograde late July nudging us into another sweet supportive dive into persephones shadows (our core issues) with the promise of emerging faithfully in bright rebirth around the 18th and a completion of this cycle on Sept. 6.
The night of the Perseids Meteor Shower I was moved (in no uncertain terms) to perform a dissolution fire ceremony on my earth and into and just beyond the midnight hour. (then I rested.) 2  days later I am still feeling in that re-member-ing yet still partly altered state of reconfigurartion where renewal of the physical/cellular and vibrational structure and deep energetic restructuring and reordering occurs. It is a slow ongoing process to be honored; and the beautiful image I have of the reconfiguartion process was not unlike a fetus being formed anew in the dark red and black mysterious void of the mother's womb, where within the soft dark mysterious and intelligent (loving) living sacred fluid of the Her space (a veritable potent universe of creation), and with the stillness and precision of a Wisdom (and Love) greater than we can imagine, new cells and even functioning organs and systems are formed and fashioned, miraculously, into a tiny functioning universe of its own.  A bodyworker who supported my process this week shared this insight around the same: when our new bodies are grown, maybe a tiny liver is fashioned first in the darkness, a mystery as it grows in the void, later a beating heart and a lung, in tiny precise increments and movement. It was such a beautiful visual, and not unlike a living musical symphony, being guided by something so vast and highly Intelligent (Love) from seemingly no-thing in a vast void or grander universe of liquid darkness and love, the shapeless shaping dance of literal Creation Itself. Life is such a miracle! I took this visual into and from my recent ceremony as all was offered and dismembered from the past, including these bones and this body, and a new form and energetic structure was reordered and rebuilt. It was quite the ritual.
Reflecting on this potent week and ceremony I was reminded of the butterfly again, transfigured first into and then out of liquid without agenda. but with the mystery and miracle of a Divinely inspired and Intelligent Creative Force, from one form into a new form previously unknown and even unheard of. This is the great Mystery of the Unknown, and of Her, the Feminine Force and Way, that I have been trying to express (and failing miserably at) for the past couple months.

Shamanic Dissolution Ceremonies are performed at moments and junctures of death and rebirth, when something, some phase, a core relationship, (with self or another), life issue, pattern, or story/history/herstory is ending, and ready for the breakdown life/death/life cycle (and composting) of falling away, dismemberment, death and REBIRTH (with any type of death there is always a Rebirth) cycle in a powerful way. Many of us are experiencing these movements and experiences at this momentous cosmic 2015 summer juncture.
Dissolution (and reconfiguration) ceremony is perhaps optimally performed during the waning (decreasing) moon cycle, after the full moon has peaked and just before the New Moon rises(the new moon Intent seeding thus carrying forward the momentum of the rebuilding energy). but it can be performed any time a person feels ready and called deeply to die to the old at a truly profound and completed level, and rest wholly in the process of beginning the slow but mystical (and sometimes mythical) process of reconfiguring a new and newly formed way of being, living, personhood, and even sometimes physical, body, personality and life.
more on shamanic dissoul-ution (there's that typo again), reconfiguration, transfiguration and Feminine-guided Shamanic practices coming soon.

found on googleimages, artist Eva Ruiz

In the meantime, and especially perhaps as a Leo Lady, I feel deep joy and blessings that these profound and loving, and deep and dedicated, (I mean let's face it, this has not been easy work, now, either, has it? This challenging difficult and so often uncomfortable healing and transformative paths and processes of the warrior or the Angel-on-Earth soul), and/but I am feeling so held and blessed that these cosmic collective movements are occurring so potently now, during our summer season here in the northern hem. It is prime time and weather too, with our still long and warmer sound-filled evenings (can you hear the full-fledged croaking of ciccadas and sweet music of vast cricket colonies where you live? What summer night sounds can you hear?) to camp out on the land and spend long nights under the starry active sweet and mythical skies. If you feel called to sit on the earth, rest your head or full body offering on her great and grounding belly, put your ear to the Earth to hear/feel her message (such love and unconditional support and sustenance She provides), rest, let go, breathe and let gooo... now is the time. En~joy. Shared reflections for today. heart emoticon

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Shaman.Earth Meditation

by Alexa MajorZipf

Step out onto the earth,
Let your feet push gently into the dirt
Close your eyes
Sit down.
Send your roots down, down, so far down.
deep into the Earth.
Send your love into Her center.
As she receives your love, the Earth responds.
She sends you back a stream of
bright bold deep green energy up from her core.
Receive it.
Up through your shushumna.
Rising ounce by ounce.
and continue the process until it flows up and out
into the cosmos.
Slowly now.
And then settles back down and focuses steadily into you heart.
Keep exchanging love with Mother Earth.
Now feel the Universe's energy entering down through your crown.
from up in the heavens.
Divine energy enters through the top of your head
and spreads through your whole being and body like melting butter.
From your crown, Divine golden energy flows through you
and is sent all the way down into the earth,
until it settles back up to rest and meet in your HeArt.
Let these two Mother energies meet in your heart,
the Earth from below, the Divine from above.
Let them fill every cell in your body and being,
and even in between the in between spaces.
Let these Energies fill and radiate out from within you,
but only when It has completely filled you first.
Let Earth.Mother's green energy and
Divine.Mother's golden-pinkish energy meet at
the center of your Universe,
And fill and flood you and your physical body
with healing, groundedness and nourishment
for your life and soul.
It is a deep rich process. Allow slowly and steadily.
There is no hurry.
You are the place where Heaven meets the Earth.
Live it.
Breathe it.
Know it.
~ Namaste

Consciousness (Love). The only Reality

for the empathic soul. love. (conscious Love). the only reality.
When you are in a space of conscious/awakened love,
you know,
that nothing else is real
and nothing else matters.
Yet you do not have to stay in places with people
where love and kindness do not prevail.
Where you do not feel safe.
And at the same time,
as you re-claim your boundaries
and choose your own healthy space and path,
you remember that
even if you have to have contact with
others who may be, hm, unsavory, today,
stay in your own centered space of love
with your very real golden energy field/sphere strong around you,
and be aware,
that from this place
nothing else can touch you,
or harm you
in this world.
Leave their messes and pains and dramas to them,
outside of your bubble and shield.
Do not allow it in your energetic space.
Strengthen this. Practice.
Keep your consciousness and field of reality intact.
And remember,
Love is what is real. (Consciousness)
And that is ALL we as empaths allow into our conscious space.
from this day forward.
All else IS...
Love. It's what's Real.
with special love to my empathic friends today
heart emoticon ~ ~ have a beautiful one 🐾💐🌸🌷

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Integrating Awakened Masculine Energy with the Feminine

Integrating Awakened Masculine Energy with the Feminine ~~ 

We are currently in a collective cosmic pocket where many of us are learning or experiencing the balancing our inner awakened masculine and feminine energies. This movement holds true for both men and women and is a natural progression in working with the great influx of Feminine energy that has been rebirthed on our planet collectively post the 2012-14 shift. Amazing days.
As we continue our inner work as well to continue to clear and heal the core mother/father (masculine/feminine) wounding that humanity has experienced individually and as a whole, let these words around the awakening masculine help serve you in identifying and balancing (bringing forth) the feminine and masculine that resides within us all.
"Th[e] awakened masculine energy arises as we become skilled in integrating our descents in the black hole [of whole-istic recovery/awakening]. This energy is alert, calm, spacious and lovingly fierce. This masculine energy is like a laser beam; precise, committed to unapologetic action that comes from a place of highest service, with utmost integrity and unwavering commitment. I experience this masculine energy like the energy of an eagle—it has deep clarity and a higher outlook that allows it to take swift, precise action at the right time. It has an energy of “It is done” and success being assured, not from an arrogant place but from a place of immense love and clear direction" ~~ Bethany Webster
Deep work is happening now, and is being so sweetly held within the soothing delight of summertime and its kind of relaxed ease that so lovingly allows for it all. So relax. Sink into summer. And remember, there is nothing "to do." Just be aware. And allow.
~ Namaste

Artwork: EagleWoman by Boulet

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Change - Breaking Out of Old Skins

Most of us are aware that we are living in a very powerful time when the air we breathe virtually sizzles with the energy of change... Signs of shedding old skins have been everywhere in nature the last few weeks, and just as we wrap up this sweet but potent period of mercury retrograde.

Last week our local trees were literally crackling out of their protective old barks, revealing new and vulnerable (gorgeous) virgin wood underneath. Yesterday I saw 3 snakes in the grass. Three! The first sweet gardener pictured below sunbathed by my home, and later a long (very long, yikes) slithering black water snake crossed my walking path just where a bridge crosses over a neighborhood stream. It has been startling. And the message from the beautiful virgin wood exposed reinforces our need to honor and acknowledge our (strong but still) vulnerable New selves as we emerge yet again Anew.

I have never seen the trees look quite like this before. Messages from Spirit shine everywhere. What messages is nature sending you? Keep your eyes open. Magical days. Potent.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Teach Us and Show Us the Way


We call upon the earth, our planet home, with it's beautiful depths and soaring heights, its vitality and abundance of life, and together we ask that it:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the mountains, the Cascades and the Olympics, the high green valleys and meadows filled with wild flowers, the snows that never melt, the summits of intense silence, and we ask that they:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the waters that rim the earth, horizon to horizon, that flow in our rivers and streams, that fall upon our gardens and fields, and we ask that they:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the land which grows our food, the nurturing soil, the fertile fields, the abundant gardens and orchards, and we ask that they:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the forests, the great trees reaching strongly to the sky with earth in their roots and the heavens in their branches, the fir and the pine and the cedar, and we ask them to:

Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon the creatures of the fields and forests and the seas, our brothers and sisters the wolves and the deer, the eagle and dove, the great whales and the dolphin, the beautiful Orca and salmon who share our northwest home, and we ask them to: Teach us, and show us the way.

We call upon all those who have lived on this earth, our ancestors and our friends, who dreamed the best for future generations, and upon whose lives our lives are built, and with thanksgiving, we call upon them to:

Teach us, and show us the way.

And lastly, we call upon all that we hold most sacred, the presence and power of the Great Spirit of love and truth which flows through all the universe . . . to be with us to:

Teach us, and show us the way.

eagle photo by Erik George Hangrad
wolf/hawk by Chris Witte
other photos per fair use via google
Original Post: Jan. 28, 2012

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dreaming the New World

Dreaming the New World
As great as the challenges we are facing are - and there is no denying that we have an overload of work to do with obvious and great challenges, but I feel incredibly and clearly certain that we have none the less also moved into the New World (incubation) phase, and I feel mezmerized (and grateful) to be here. Anyone else?
I'm sure this feeling will wax and wane as we continue to evolve our days and process; but I'd like to honor the awareness that we have successfully tipped the scales and brought it in, this consciousness, and held it so devotedly and fiercely and sometimes tenderly through so much upheaval and healing and challenge and intensity and fierce down-in-the-dirt transformation (talk about a warrior generation), that nothing can stop this evolution now and, dare I say, in essence we have or already are now witnessing the energetic immensity of a new world emerging, and it feels so .. in that center core .. exciting. While honoring that there is still much suffering going on, and still much work to do both personally and globally.
So this does not mean we can sit back or become complacent, or that we don't have immense tasks at hand to do or carry on. on the contrary, our continued actions and newly developing and often softer but direct offerings are needed now as much as ever. But they feel ground-breaking in their simplicity, and innovative, simple and in the moment, direct and indirect at the same time. To let go of any exploration of our deeper callings now would be such a deep loss and mistake. So rest when you need to, but stick to it. And trust.
And as we truly and fully open to our well-earned deeper and matured callings and voices to share what we have worked so hard to earn and learn and cultivate and then let go of, I feel awe~inspired at the significant and often surprising shifts and advancements we are now watching emerge in so many areas of human awareness and life. A new way of being in the world. And so many of us are coming out with their "true" new voice. It is immense and stunning.
We have also moved beyond leaders and teachers and into equal-holding containers and collaborative patterns at long long last. It is like we have finally gotten it. That it (really) doesn't matter who gets credit, just that the work gets done. There is a falling away of the ego. As many of us have long awaited. ~ Sometimes I hold space for you and sometimes I receive from you, and the latter is just as important (if not more so) as the first.
This IS HER time, and if we are truly to maintain balance and wellbeing, not to mention the ultimate success of our hope and intention to heal and restore ourselves & this Earth, or to at least give Her what she needs to accomplish this regeneration, for She is far greater and wiser and even more devoted to rich, abundant beautiful life than we, then we must also and truly honor our own inner rhythms and need for rest and balance and self-care as well. Letting go of the masculine need to "do, do, do" is also in flux as we learn to be guided and moved to softer ways and actions through Her.
And as we look back at our losses too, and there have been many, we must know and understand that truly, there are no failures here, for there is no such thing in the lives of a warrior. Everyone and everything plays their perfect part here as Source designs or designates. And we must fully and honorably embrace and address our deeper understanding that it is all just a part of this physical/biological walk on earth, and a walk well-worn by all who grace it.
So. Heeding too our ongoing need to be able to rest, reflect, let go and allow the new, this new way of being requires radical trust and tender wholehearted surrender, and taking another significant power step towards mastering the wholeness of who and what, as both human and Divine, frail and fierce, Feminine and masculine, active and passive, but as Who we Truly Are, here on Earth.
But what an exciting time/no-time in Herstory, and a gift beyond comprehension to be here as we enter and witness the New Earth. I scarcely have the words to express the momentousness of it all. But I am feeling an excitement inside cellularly even as I reflect and speak.
Dreamers, keep dreaming.
I am rambling on a bus. (could it be the new mercury retrograde??)
Anyone else today?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

"You may not like me but...." an activist's motto

Donald Trump Jr. cuts off animal's tail and poses with it to show off.

"You may not like me but...." an activist's motto
by alexa major zipf
Notes on Soul Loss, Activism, Misusing the Law of Attraction, and Speaking Out.

a shamanic heart speaks 
I posted the above story on my personal FB page this week and someone brought up a good question today, and that is: why do we share these types of stories? it was their opinion that "giving attention is giving energy." here is my feeling. deep in my heart and soul.
for me not giving attention to the suffering or destruction of our animals and earth is denial. like with any other atrocity on this earth, war, rape, people going hungry when there is plenty of food, the extinction and use/abuse of the animals here and our earth's resources and environment is something that clearly needs our attention and care, even if it is difficult for us to see. how can we turn a blind eye? we have to be aware. of what is going on. in order to change its course.
suffering is difficult for all of us. so these images strike a cord. but they are not just images. they are real atrocities. happening in our world today. and if we were being killed and cut apart would we want others to look away, should this type of unconsiousness and insanity go unchecked?
there is suffering in the world. and yes, it is painful. but change cannot happen without awareness first. I feel the pain as well. we all do. this man (and much of his family in fact, I've watched documentaries on how his father operates, forcing poor people out of their homes, and desecrating the natural ecosystems to build huge commercial conglomerate ventures, and his sons, at least his one, so clearly has no identity of their own. it is SAD. This is soul loss personified.) this trump kid needs help. he doesn't even know that what he does is insane. and we all feel that pain here. we do.
moreover, these beings are also our deep deep breathen and kin, who otherwise have no voice. I have always had a deep calling to help the animals. as long as I have been alive and aware on this earth, since my childhood. and I will not abandon them now or ever. or turn away from their suffering and senseless destruction of our animals and our world.
I disagree too with the trend going round that we must look away from the suffering in the world, that somehow that is bringing energy to the suffering, and not the resolution, which of course is nonsense. that is denial. we cannot heal what we don't allow ourselves to see and feel. we live in a kind of daze and denial when we try to avoid completely what is happening in our world, and calling for healing, care and change, and to name it. that is abandonment and spiritual bypass. it's all a big misinterpretation of a deeper law and meaning, the real law of attraction. and it is mistaken.  
we **must** be aware of what is happening in the world to change it. but sometimes, when it is too much, we take breaks too. and for some on facebook, or elsewhere, we see so much every day, there are times we do need to take a time out. we rest. self care. and honor that. so for another, it is too much today. I understand that too.
but for me, like many of you, I am an Angel and an activist. the plight of animals is one of my deepest callings. this breaks my heart too. and I need to express it.
expressing this is not only healthy for me, it is a part of my communication and my calling. ~ I saw this post today, and I had to speak out. for myself. as well as to bring awareness for them.

(and shaman know, as in any of the recovery traditions, that Awareness, with a captial "A"  is precursory to any type of change.) 
we must continue to express and act upon our feelings, they tell us what is right and what is wrong. fully. in order to heal ourselves. and help recover our world. 
so we must sign those petitions. and speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves. this is the path... of recovery. it is an action path. peace~ out. 

shamanism too is not a path for the faint of heart. we look. we see. we feel. and we act. we know and love our world deeply. with intent to bring it back to Wholeness. and to Love. 

namaste ~ 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Reflections of Wolf Medicine in Modern Culture

Reflections on Wolf Medicine in modern culture:
I recently shared a bit about the Tibetan Wolf's tooth that I wear or carry in my medicine bag and wild woman toolkit. I had a glimpse of wild woman/wolf woman yesterday when Marilyn Mosby spoke out in Baltimore regarding the Freddie Gray tragedy and the subsequent indictments of 6 Baltimore police officers. It was a powerful moment and reflection of who Wolf Woman is in today's world. To enhance awareness of these archetypes in yourself, it is pertinent to look for signs of wild woman emerging in our cultures and society today.
The wild wolf in us is also reminiscent of the goddess Kali, fierce mother and protector, who will eat your very tongue out should you harm or threaten her precious young or pack. She is a force to be reckoned with and honored. And her medicine is needed in today's call-for-change-and-healing world.
Here is one of my favorite writings around wolf medicine:
"Healthy wolves and healthy women share certain psychic characteristics: keen sensing, playful spirit, and a heightened capacity for devotion. Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mate and their pack. They are experienced in adapting to constantly changing circumstances; they are fiercely stalwart and very brave.
Yet both have been hounded, harassed, and falsely imputed to be devouring and devious, overly aggressive, of less value than those who are their detractors. They have been the targets of those who would clean up the wilds as well as the wildish environs of the psyche, extincting the instinctual, and leaving no trace of it behind. The predation of wolves and women by those who misunderstand them is strikingly similar."
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD
Women Who Run with the Wolves

5.2.2015: and Amen, Baltimore, who has sighed a long awaited breath of relief. I watched the announcement re the Freddie Gray case unfold yesterday and think I sobbed through the whole thing. Though the immense sadness of the whole story still reverberates, I must truly say: Job well done and well spoken by state's Attorney Marylin Mosby. Well done Ms. Mosby. I felt reminded that the Dalai Lama once said, 'the world will be healed by the Western woman.' In any case, let peace and justice and a new paradigm of humanity, consciousness and accountability peacefully prevail at long long last. Powerful day.

blessings to the family(ies) of the Freddie Gray and too many other similar cases. Our hearts are with you. Let a new world begin. ~ 

The city is only 30 mins from where I live. I wanted to share some sentiment. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Wolf Medicine & the Power of Direct Revelation

This is a Tibetan wolf's tooth that found it's way into my life when I first moved to Maryland. It was found in a Tibetan shop across the ocean that was being cleaned and swept, in a dusty old pile of sweepings. Then it found it's way to America and into my hands and heart and medicine bag.
It is a power tool and a treasured totem and friend to me today, a fierce heart-protector, a tribe -n-pack connector, and I have used it in ceremony to cut away old threads and strong cords that simply do not belong.
But mostly it is medicine that accompanies me deep in my heart, and let's me know directly and powerfully that I have fierce protection around my sensitive (empathic) heart when I go out into the world, and that I am never alone without my pack or tribe. I wear it on a red satin cord that connects me to the great Sisterhood, to all things wild, and to Her.
A word about animal totems ~ although we may first learn about animal medicine from the internet, books or medicine card decks, all valuable and wonderful teachings, I still love to read them sometimes too, ultimately we must get to know our animal guides firsthand, for ourselves, and take what we have learned elsewhere and let it go with trust that we ourselves will come to know and feel firsthand the messages that are truly meant for us. This, as with dreams, is how we cultivate our personal recognition of the true meaning of any sign or totem for us.
When we establish a personal connection to animal wisdom in our daily lives, by listening and feeling into our own intuition and knowing, then when we are blessed by an owl feather, an eagle's cry or the still gentle presence of a deer, the deepest messages and meaning will begin to come to us as gifts in our hearts, and will begin to take root inside of us, re-awakening and expanding our inner knowing and wisdom connection to the Earth and all living things. visible and invisible. We will become the medicine keepers that we are, and begin to not only know, but embody, the truth and the Way.
Shamans call this the gift of Direct Revelation. and in Shamanism, we learn quickly that direct experience becomes our greatest Teacher and our mastery too. This is the true Path and the Way.
When among the presence of animal Totems, out in nature and in the world around you, Pause. Deepen. Listen. and let SPIRIT show you the way.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Are You an Emotional Empath? Centering & Balancing Strategies for Your Self-Care

Are You an Emotional Empath? Centering and Balancing Strategies for Your Self Care ~
Adapted from Dr. Judith Orloff’s New York Times Bestseller, “Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life” (Three Rivers Press, 2011)
Empaths are highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments when it comes to emotions. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme, and are less apt to intellectualize feelings. Intuition is the filter through which they experience the world. Empaths are naturally giving, spiritually attuned, and good listeners. If you want heart, empaths have got it. Through thick and thin, they’re there for you, world-class nurturers.
Recognizing that you’re an empath is the first step in taking charge of your emotions instead of constantly drowning in them. Staying on top of empathy will improve your self-care and relationships.
Emotional Action Step. How To Find Balance
Practice these strategies to center yourself.
Allow quiet time to emotionally decompress. Get in the habit of taking calming mini-breaks throughout the day. Breathe in some fresh air. Stretch. Take a short walk around the office. These interludes will reduce the excessive stimulation of going non-stop.
Practice guerilla meditation. To counter emotional overload, act fast and meditate for a few minutes. This centers your energy so you don’t take it on from others.
Define and honor your empathic needs. Safeguard your sensitivities. Here’s how.
If someone asks too much of you, politely tell them “no.” It’s not necessary to explain why. As the saying goes, “No is a complete sentence.”
If your comfort level is three hours max for socializing--even if you adore the people--take your own car or have an alternate transportation plan so you’re not stranded.
If crowds are overwhelming, eat a high-protein meal beforehand (this grounds you) and sit in the far corner of, say, a theatre or party, not dead center.
If you feel nuked by perfume, nicely request that your friends refrain from wearing it around you. If you can’t avoid it, stand near a window or take frequent breaks to catch a breath of fresh air outdoors.
If you overeat to numb negative emotions, practice the guerilla meditation mentioned above, before you’re lured to the refrigerator, a potential vortex of temptation. As an emergency measure, keep a cushion by the fridge so you can be poised to meditate instead of binge.
Carve out private space at home. Then you won’t be stricken by the feeling of too much togetherness. (Chapter 8 discusses nontraditional living settings compatible with an empath’s comfort zone.)
Over time, I suggest adding to this list to keep yourself covered. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time you’re on emotional overload.
With pragmatic strategies to cope, empaths can have quicker retorts, feel safer, and their talents can blossom.
Adapted from Dr. Judith Orloff’s New York Times Bestseller, “Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life” (Three Rivers Press, 2011)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Staying WILD, Reflections from a Maturing Wild Woman Soul

Celebrating Wild Woman Soul - What does staying WILD mean to you?
Reflections on maturing, settling into our authentic selves and the post-equinox moon

The question I am exploring today is: What does living from your Wild nature mean to YOU?

For me it means sinking deeply into the core essence of who I truly am, into that place that only I can know, and then letting out my wild yop!

Being creative, dancing and drumming on the earth, and expressing and sharing myself openly from my BIGNESS, not my fear (or despite it), but with my heart wide open and in flow, that is for me living from my true wild call and center.

When I reflect on my wild nature, stories come to mind: my first shamanic experience, (and my second, and my third, the Big One), an intimate sonar and heart-to-heart telepathy session with a wild ocean dolphin, facing life trials and challenges with courage and spiritual stamina, being broken open, and having survived. And more recently how I have come to know and open to my fiery creative feminine side and discover a deeper "Her", the Divine Mother/Feminine force, after years apart.

Today my wild nature includes honoring my older shaman soul, something I once hid or downplayed or practiced quietly behind the scenes for many early (but happy) years. Healing others and shifting consciousness and energy is something I have loved since early in life. And I am opening to offering and practicing shamanism more publicly today. This whole world needs it.

Even at my age, and especially at my age, I need to drum deeply into the earth upon rising, singing my prayers for the day to ground and release and prepare for the day. As a highly sensitive intuitive person/empath, I feel alot in my body and deeply so. so cultivating and keeping a disciplined spiritual regime and schedule serves me where I live today and is not only beneficial for my peace and wellbeing, it is imperative. and yes, I am cultivating a more disciplined practice that feeds my inner fire and deepening joy each day even as I write.

My wild nature includes all of me. It includes embracing all parts of myself, from the gnarley and hormonal to the calm and free and wise. It includes embracing my shadow side, (do you have one too?, or is it just me), to honoring my silly playfullness, rich experience and well-worn path, and the wisdom that has developed inside the great inside during years of study, diving deep, and cultivating my own healing and spiritual growth.

Unfolding a new wild chapter now at age 51, and stepping more openly into a more matured female wild nature does take time and baby steps or gentle leaps are fine. I am a work in progress. And I love what I am coming to behold and know within myself today.

Knowing what makes us happy, not on the surface, but deep and deeply, to the roots and core of our individual and unique natures, being authentic and expressing it, (to even know what that means for us, is to be in part wild, if we are being real,) - and bringing forward our true Spirit and soul gifts and hearts to the world however we may offer them, are all parts of living and breathing as Wild women and awakened men today. Whether crone or maiden, male or female, or somewhere in between, feeling and expressing ourselves freely is something this world needs so very very much.

This has been one heck of a transformational Equinox month and moon/cosmic sky. Solar flaring and clearing indeed. I am happy to be feeling a bit more "settling" happening now. and look forward to evolving this fresh freeing wild call that many of us have been responding with for the whole of the deep past year really, and now also re-awakening as Spring opens her long-awaited Seasonal arms to us all.

My inquiry includes what it means and feels like to be a part of a New Paradigm of earth, goddess-embodied, perhaps more globally shamanic, women and men, with deeper Feminine embodiment, reflection and empowerment, and cultivating a more whole-istic collective Shakti bringing more fierce Light, Nature, Nurture, Justice and Healing to today's in-crisis world. There's a long way to go! but that's ok.

Every day is a new beginning.

Today's Inquiry:
1) What comes to mind when you think of "Getting Your Wild" on? How might you honor the call in your own heart and spirit and begin to open or re-open more fully into your own brand or experience of living wild and free?
2) What activities in your life turn you on? (yoga - dancing - skiing - painting - immersing in silent time or time in nature- exploring another, deeper, layer in your spiritual path)? Reflect.

Be gentle with you.

Dance, breathe, kiss the earth.

Have a WILD day.

photo: Tree of Life, by Irana Charny Mosaics

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Four Elements of Wellbeing

ELEMENTAL MEDITATION: Balancing your Dosha (body) using Four Elements Meditation 
~ a practice to Cultivate Wellbeing and Intuition

The four elements - Earth, Water, Air and Fire - represent the four key ingredients that make up all of life on earth. Add a fifth element, Spirit, and we have life itself.
Our physical bodies are composed of the four elements too: Earth, Water, Air and, one could say, Fire.
When our elements are in balance, we feel balanced. When one element dominates, while another waxes or weakens, we may feel off - sluggish, agitated, over- or under-regulated, or in others ways off-well. Working with the four elements is a key component of balanced living in both Shamanic and Ayurvedic principles and practices.
In basic terms,
EARTH is our body.
WATER our blood.
AIR our breath
and FIRE our spirit, or the spirit (force) that drives our digestive and indeed all of our life-affirming systems.
ELEMENTAL MEDITATION (increases Intuitive listening skills & Wellbeing):
Sit quietly in the morning and tune in one at a time to the 4 elements as they exists in your body. Take your time. Spend at least several minutes with each.
Note which elements feel strong and which may feel weakened or low. Are any of the elements in overdrive? underdrive? Or otherwise in need of your attention.
Feel into these places and listen to any needs your body may have in order to feel more balanced. What foods, activities, types of exercise (more vigorous, or more gentle perhaps), beverages, spices or sweets, might serve your body's balance this week ... Do you need more water? more or less food? excercise? meditation? time for everyday tasks? or creativity? Write it down and follow those prompts to your best ability this week.
Tune in once a week and re-check each aspect. Follow the guidance you receive consciously and intuitively for at least four weeks (one month). At the end of the month, take note of how your body feels.
Are you feeling more stable, present and whole (balanced) in your daily life?
Take notes. Practice often.
Live well ~ namaste

alexa.devi eaglefeather
Awakened Journey
LEMENTAL MEDITATION: Sit quietly in the morning and tune in one at a time to the 4 elements as they exists in your body. Note which elements feel strong and which may feel weakened or low. Are any of the elements in overdrive? Underdrive? Or otherwise needing your attention
Feel into these places and listen to any needs your body may have in order to feel more balanced. What foods, activities, types of exercise (more vigorous, or more gentle perhaps), beverages, spices or sweets, might serve your body's balance this week?Tune in once a week and follow the guidance you receive consciously and intuitively for at least one month. At the end of the month, take note of how your body feels. Are you feeling more stable, present and whole in your daily lTake notes. PraLive well ~ namaste heart emoticon