lady loves

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


lady love blog series

in the work i have been doing over the last couple of years, i see women marginalizing themselves in a myriad of ways. i see women feeling intimidated and unworthy and never, ever enough. and i see that so many of us have lost touch with the very important fact that we are each unique and powerful; that those things that come so innately, so naturally to each of us are truly our gifts, blessings, and offerings.

and so my great, big, from the bottom of my heart, hope with this project is that it will create an open and honest conversation about who we are as women; not just a glossy look at the five minutes of our day that went according to plan, not just us presenting who we think the world expects to see, but a real and authentic glimpse into how hard we all work and how we don't always get it right but how unique and beautiful and perfectly imperfect we all are regardless.

most of you know that my life has been profoundly shaped by my "failures" and i want to continue to push that envelope; for all of you to be able to share and witness the honesty and authenticity of other women and know that you are not alone and that we all stumble.

and, most importantly, to all of my lady loves, your depths and your beauty shake me to my very bones. i bow in reverence to the beauty that you are and to the audacious heart that you embody.



today you all get to meet a girl that i am deeply inspired by.

i "met" andrea on instagram and immediately felt drawn to her. 

she is genuine and generous and has a deep and steady strength that i am not even sure she fully comprehends. and she continually schools me in what true authenticity and honesty is; reminding me just how beautiful it is to show up time and again as your beautiful, raw, real self.

without further ado, miss mclaren.

tell me a bit about who you are? 

i am 32, married for almost 7 years, mom for nearly 4 years. i am someone who is honest, hopeful and broken in. i am critical and compassionate. i am self-aware and i carry a lot of self-hate which i am forging into self-love, slowly but successfully. i believe in people and i am passionate about community. i like the outdoors. i am grateful for my imperfections and i am okay with life not making sense. 

what do you do? 

i am a mother, wife, apartment caretaker and civil servant.

no, but really, beyond the title, what do you do? 

i cook, i clean, i drink booze, i change light bulbs and repair smashed windows. i fold laundry and wash sticky glue-stick fingers. i vacuum hallways, rake leaves and push snow. i answer phones and direct people to the right city departments. i help people find their way on public transit. i help people make sense of their property tax information. i tell people what time free swim is at their community pool. i refrain from striking my child during temper tantrums. i bend pipe cleaners into crowns. i eat out. i walk a lot. i write letters. i watch the bachelor. i listen to people. 

when you look around at your life, is this what you expected? are you surprised by it? if so, by what and why?

there was a time when i was stunned by the massive discrepancies between what i thought my life would be and what it actually was. at this point i try to not have too many expectations. if anything, i expect life to be hard and confusing and beautiful. i’ve grown with my life and adapted. 
i am constantly surprised by life. by how much beauty can force its way into your path and also by how hard things can get. over the years, i have often found myself thinking: “how much worse can it get?” (i’ve been through a lot of difficult stuff) and i am always surprised by precisely how much harder it can get. i am surprised by my resilience and faith in myself. by going through deep, deep water i have become a very strong swimmer. i have also let go of the idea that life is supposed to be easy or fair, or that surviving a tally of challenging ordeals means that i am owed an easy time eventually. life doesn’t work that way and it took me a while to get that through my head and heart. i’ve also become a firm believer in the power of my attitude. i don’t wonder how much worse life can get anymore. i focus on finding the good stuff, even on the shitty days. there is always something to be grateful for. always.

what would most people be surprised to find out about you?

i am pretty open with my thoughts and feelings, and tend to be an over-sharer – so i don’t know if there’s that much left to shock anyone. 

i have struggled deeply with my role as a mother and also with my role as a wife, and the idea of marriage in general. 

i like rap music a lot. i turned down a date with the GZA once. (biggest mistake of my life, haha). 

travelling freaks me out.

what has been the peak experience{s} in your life thus far? why? how did it change you?

my journey into motherhood has absolutely changed me at my core. embracing my depression and giving it the respect, attention and care that it requires changed my life dramatically. choosing to come back to my marriage after an 8-month separation changed me deeply. all of these experiences happened in a 2-year span. speaking generally, before that period of time i was wishy-washy, selfish, small-minded and very clueless as to who i was or who i wanted to be. i had a lot of self-pity and shame. 
these experiences brought me into a valuable and life-altering conversation with myself about who i was and who i wanted to be, and was i willing to do the work it would take to become that person. these experiences brought me to a place where i was able to see that the first step to becoming the person i wanted to be was to begin loving myself.

what are you passionate about? curious about?

i am passionate about community and people. 

i am curious about other places in the world because i haven’t travelled much. i wonder about how people in other places in the world approach the idea of community and togetherness.

what are the qualities that truly matter to you? which ones do you fully embody? which ones are missing or needing to be more fully expressed?

forgiveness, patience, loyalty, humour, kindness and humility.

i think i have a good handle on forgiveness and humour. i am ferociously loyal.

i have work to do when it comes to patience.

if you could sit down with a woman you greatly admire, what one question would you ask?

there are so many incredible women that i admire, but at the moment i think i would love to sit down with cheryl strayed the most. i just finished her book tiny, beautiful things and i want to talk to her about everything ever, but if i could only ask her one question, it would be: "what is the most important thing to remember when it comes to motherhood?"

do you have a dream, a wish or a “to-do” that you are currently resisting? if yes, and you feel ready to share, what is it? why do you think the resistance is there?


honestly, no. i believe that i am right where i need to be right now. i do have other things that i want to achieve in my life, and i believe i will succeed at those things when i decide to put the time, commitment and work into them.

you are at your best when you are ___________?

fed. 

when you are in that space of being your best, the exact thing you are doing, most often, is ___________?

listening.

and, last but not least, y'all know i love a beautiful string of words so, please, share a quote that moves and shakes you.

when we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. the friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
~ henri nouwen







bone broth

Tuesday, November 18, 2014



hello loves!

if you haven't heard about bone broth and all of its spectacular qualities yet, well, today is your lucky day!

bone broth is a tasty, comforting, nutrient dense, cup of mega-goodness. i'm so in love with it it has even replaced my breakfast smoothie! i mean, really, that is all you need to know.

but, if that hasn't sold you on it, here are some facts:

- it helps to seal and heal a leaky gut, promoting healthy digestion and absorption of food

- bone broth contains high amounts of calcium, phosphorous and magnesium, all of which contribute to strong healthy bones

- bone broth is also loaded up with gelatin and collagen, vital for  healthy hair, skin and nails

- the high concentrations of glucosamine, collagen and proline in bone broth are vital for healthy connective tissue in the body
{in my, ahem, professional opinion, bone broth is a must for anyone with achey joints}

- glycine, also available in high quantities in bone broth, is vital for the liver. and our liver is vital for detoxing the body. glycine is also known to promote a sense of calm.

- bone broth is also a handy inflammation and infection fighter

- and, if all of that has not convinced you, bone broth is dead easy and wildly affordable to make.

if you get on the google you can read even more about it, but those are kind of the heavy hitting facts that got me on the broth train a little over a year ago.

alright my dears, lets get to "how to make" segment of the blog.



you will need the following:

- one organic or free range chicken carcass or, if you can find them, a couple of chicken necks and backs...bonus points if you can also find and add a few chicken feet!
{i will often buy an organic whole chicken for about $25 and have roast chicken the first night, pull the left over meat to make a pasta dish the second night, and then make a massive pot of bone broth the next night...i drink the broth just plain, but also use it for soups, rice, sauces, etc. so from one chicken you are easily getting up to five meals.}

- two onions

- four cloves of garlic

- a big chunk of fresh ginger, sliced

- about a cup of sliced fresh turmeric
{you all know about how incredible turmeric is right?}

- a big bunch of fresh parsley

- one whole lemon

- one bunch of thai basil

- a palm full of peppercorns

- a palm full of sea salt

- a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar

- a large stock pot

*i definitely like my bone broth to have more of a "pho" flavour, thus the ginger and thai basil. but feel free to adjust the seasonings to fit your own tastebuds/what you have on hand.

then simply throw the whole lot into your pot and fill almost to the top with water. bring the broth to a boil on medium heat and then reduce it to low to simmer for eight to twenty-four hours. that part is key! your broth needs to simmer a good long time to get all of the nutrients out of the bones themselves.

once the simmer time is up, strain the broth into one or a several storage containers. i usually strain it right into a massive jar i have and just keep it in the fridge, as it doesn't last us more than a week, but you may want to store some in the freezer.

that's it! super simple, super good for you.





lady loves

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


lady love blog series

in the work i have been doing over the last couple of years, i see women marginalizing themselves in a myriad of ways. i see women feeling intimidated and unworthy and never, ever enough. and i see that so many of us have lost touch with the very important fact that we are each unique and powerful; that those things that come so innately, so naturally to each of us are truly our gifts, blessings, and offerings.

and so my great, big, from the bottom of my heart, hope with this project is that it will create an open and honest conversation about who we are as women; not just a glossy look at the five minutes of our day that went according to plan, not just us presenting who we think the world expects to see, but a real and authentic glimpse into how hard we all work and how we don't always get it right but how unique and beautiful and perfectly imperfect we all are regardless.

most of you know that my life has been profoundly shaped by my "failures" and i want to continue to push that envelope; for all of you to be able to share and witness the honesty and authenticity of other women and know that you are not alone and that we all stumble.

and, most importantly, to all of my lady loves, your depths and your beauty shake me to my very bones. i bow in reverence to the beauty that you are and to the audacious heart that you embody.



another lady love today!

and may i just say that i straight up adore sharing these women with you all? because i do.

today's lady is jessica and, as i have been with all you beauties, i was just fascinated when i read her words.

she is so grounded and rooted into her own being, but also completely expansive. and i found it so amazing to watch how she is constantly connecting the dots and building on her existing foundations.

i dig her and i suspect you all will too.

enjoy!




tell me a bit about who you are?  

i carry a sense of calm, and am extremely introspective. i have a creative pulse that is always driving me towards adventure and new experiences.  i am constantly seeking to cultivate real connections. i am crazy in love (and a newlywed). i can be messy and emotional, but i always strive for a sense of peace. 

what do you do?  

engineer and photographer

no, but really, beyond the title, what do you do? 

i am a creative problem solver. i spent most of my life applying this skill to math problems. now i am much more interested in people and relationships, and how to apply my creativity and problem solving skills in a way that can serve others. 

i capture people’s stories.  i try to document truth. often Ii may not even know what that truth is, but can simply bear witness to real people, having real moments, and the story will be told.   

when you look around at your life, is this what you expected?  are you surprised by it? if so, by what and why? 

in a lot of ways my life is NOT AT ALL what i expected. i spent 5 years of school working towards the “dream job” i now have as an engineer for a corporate company and find myself more passionate about wedding photography. 
  
but at the end of the day i feel like i am where i belong. 

i have always been a person who never settles, who always drives to seek more out of life.  it is not surprising at all that i got to the goal i had previously set only to find my passions have changed and i need to work towards a new one.   

i think the most surprising thing, truly, is the richness of relationships i have in my life.  the love i found with my husband, with the tribe of woman that i am honoured to be a part of that uplift and support each other, and how photography has lead me into forming connections with so many brilliant and inspiring strangers i wouldn’t have met otherwise. 

what would most people be surprised to find out about you? 

i relay calmness but am often internally frazzled!  (i most definitely misplaced something in my bag, have no idea where my car keys are, have unmatched socks because i haven’t done laundry in a month, most likely have gone way too long without showering, and found a food stain from lunch on my shirt).   
though i am sure the people who truly know me are not at all surprised by any of that.  

what has been the peak experience(s) in your life thus far? why? how did it change you? 

working at a camp in northern minnesota; when i was 21 i spent a summer in the woods with about 30 other young adults as counselors at an outdoor youth ministry camp.  my future husband and many of my most cherished friendships would come from that group.  that summer taught me to value nature, living simply, rooting relationships in faith, and above all, making decisions outside of fear. when i walked away from that summer, i had a renewed sense of confidence and self awareness, and i made a lot of significant changes in my life.

what are you passionate about? curious about? 

i am passionate about people. i am passionate about being a storyteller and documenting truths. i am passionate about travel and adventure. i am passionate about pursuing answers; give me something complex and let me unravel it.   

i am curious as to whether there is a way to combine my two unique talents and my love for serving into a dream job?  like, could i do water treatment projects and use my photography to share the stories and lives it was affecting, simultaneously helping and giving a voice?  hmmm…

what are the qualities that truly matter to you? which ones do you fully embody? which ones are missing or needing to be more fully expressed? 

i am drawn to people who live fully and authentically.  for me, i seem to always have an existential sense of purpose and mission, and it provides a constant drive and a lot of self expression. (unfortunately, it also tends to make me ignore things that i don’t find purposeful, like doing the dishes…oops)  

i am drawn towards vulnerability. people who are not afraid to expose their souls and loudly proclaim they are human, flaws and scars and all. this is something i am striving to express. 

also, i really want to live simply. but it is harder than it sounds. actually a lot of stuff is made to make life simpler, so living simply requires a dedication to doing things the hard way. i am constantly battling the urge to buy into modern conveniences and to live a life that is more stripped down.  

if you could sit down with a woman you greatly admire, what one question would you ask? 

i am a romantic at heart, and i spend so much time with couples in love, digging into their beautiful stories.  more than meeting a famous person and hearing about their successes, i would definitely want to sit down with my ancestors and ask about their young love, and life and passions. perhaps dig up the images from their past that made their hearts sing.  (oh this is sounding like a project in the making!)  

do you have a dream, a wish or a “to-do” that you are currently resisting? if yes, and you feel ready to share it, what is it? why do you think the resistance is there? 

full time photography.  WHOA. right now it just feels so big. because i am a problem solver i tend to want to have all the variables in front of me, but because i am a creative i long for adventures. i am stuck in a space of simultaneously craving and resisting the unknown.    

you are at your best when you are:  

traveling.

when you are in that space of being your best, the exact thing you are doing, most often is: 

writing, reflecting, drinking coffee, observing, creating, just simply being.  

and, last but not least, you know i love a beautiful string of words so, please, share a quote that moves and shakes you. 

we lit a fire under ourselves when we got to talking…and if it weren’t for that, we’d still be sitting at home; floating, and not swimming. 
~our wild abandon


if you want to check out/be inspired by some more of jessica's work, you can head on over to light and love stories. and, trust me, it is definitely worth a look.



in love

Monday, November 10, 2014



if i know what love is,
it is because of you
~hermann hesse










congratulations ashley and brendon!

what a difference a {almost} year makes

Tuesday, November 4, 2014



almost a year ago, i took a course where i was asked to take a book and black out every single word and sentence that didn't light me up, that didn't make me feel like my heart was overflowing. then i was instructed to take all of the words that remained and trust the sacredness of the message.

when i pulled all of my remaining words and read their message, i legit ugly cried. it was everything that i believed, that i wanted to believe, and that i wanted to be...but all seemed too beautiful to be possible.

i stumbled on the words in my journal today and am truly just stunned that, not quite a year later, i am living them.

that they are my reality.

and that i don't, not even for a second, look at any of them and think, "oh that would be lovely, but it'll probably never be me...those are qualities for 'other' people, people that are/have more...".

{ok, my glorious career as an artist all around the world isn't quite there...yet.}

have a read.

maybe do the exercise yourself.

and remember that thoughts really do become things.

beautiful wild animal, a whole masterpiece inside.
a glorious career as an artist all around the world.
the difference.
i have always kept the stars delighted.
and so i lived my own.
my life depended on it.
living soul.
imagine.
extraordinary memory.
delightful amazement.
living soul.
remember, living soul.
at last i found my voice.
living soul.
life.
my place.
live light.
and i was proud.
laughing gently, lost in thought.
treasure, imagine, find out more.
wander all over the place, laughing.
believe.
discover the reason.
love.
feel, know, beautiful worth.
lovely, full of laughter.
leave you in peace.
understand life.
natural memories paint forgiveness.
each day i learned something new. out of the blue.
understand, i cared so much.
giant trees, as big as churches.
sleep deep in the earth.
feel.
stirring towards the sun, grow in peace.
something you have to do every day.
make a special effort. 
gradually i begin to build up a picture.
beautiful, stumbled upon secrets.
thank, matter, believe, love, worthwhile.
absolutely unique and nowhere to be found. 
the only one of its kind on all the millions and millions of stars.
learn more.
something miraculous is going to appear.
sanctuary. beauty. mysterious.
she showed herself, so beautiful, to the sun. lovely to behold.
softly let the tigers come.
light.
deep down. 
love her in the morning.
slowly, steadily.
feeling the verge of tears.
goodbye.
goodbye.
forgive me.
i love you.
be happy.
so beautiful.
go.
~kael klassen 
{the almost one year ago version of her}





monthly forecast

Saturday, November 1, 2014





this month's forecast has me buzzing.

because, fun fact, i l.o.v.e. the unknown.

i really do!

the unknown is free of expectation and boundaries. the unknown kicks me right out of my logical, intellectual, conditioned mind and straight into the steady wisdom and expansive freedom of my heart. and the unknown always makes us grow...always.

go ahead and have a read below.

and, as always, many thanks to lena at the power path for sharing her incredible talents with all of us.

The main theme for November is “THE UNKNOWN”

The Unknown is what you cannot see, hear, feel, know, second- guess, expect or control. There is no instruction manual and nothing familiar. The comfort zone is being eroded much like being in a swimming pool where all of a sudden the sides of the pool disappear and you find yourself in a vast body of water with no edges in sight. You will either sink or swim and this is the nature of this month. Fear will cause you to sink. The willingness to be in a new experience will keep you afloat.

The UNKNOWN is like the dark. The creative mind goes wild without the reality check of the seen world. This can create the possibility for great delusion, fear, and physical, mental and emotional discomfort. On the other hand, when there is no reference point, the creativity is boundless and it can be much easier to think outside the box and eliminate limiting thoughts and beliefs as well as old patterns.

I recently had the experience of witnessing in myself how I give my power away to beliefs that were created around past experiences. If I experienced something in the past, the result of that experience became defined in my mind as a belief. If I go to repeat that experience, the mind has already defined the outcome based on the past and what it believes to be true. The discipline for me was to not believe old definitions of the mind but rather to use my creativity to imagine and make room for something different and more expansive.

Thinking outside the box and bringing in your imagination can be freeing but tricky at the same time. You need to have some reference points and reality checks so you don’t simply fall into the void and get lost in your own delusions. Community will be important this month especially being with people who are on the same page as you are. If you are not in the right environment, workspace, relationship or community, it will become painfully obvious. If you are not able to make the changes you need to, don’t be surprised if spirit arranges it for you.

This could be a difficult month to navigate especially for those that do not have a good internal reference point and compass of their own spiritual practice. Whether it is participating in an organized religion or following a personal spiritual practice, it will exceptionally important to rely on it this month to guide you.

The time brings tremendous possibilities to recreate just about everything in your life. When you are dealing with the UNKNOWN, you can either hide in fear and wait for the night to be over, or you can explore the possibilities by opening your eyes, making friends with the shadows and using your other intuitive senses to “see” in the dark.

Darkness is the perfect canvas for the imagination and we all know that imagination is one of the building blocks of manifesting. The exciting thing about this month is that we have the perfect opportunity to break through that membrane that represents a limited physical reality and expand ourselves into a larger container. We will need to move our security point from being defined externally to our internal knowing and sense of ourselves.

Your heart is the best compass you have and it always knows deep down inside what you truly want, who you truly are and what makes you happy. Trust your heart not your mind this month and beware of the mind trying to masquerade as the heart. At no other time has it been this imperative that you keep “don’t know mind”.

One of the biggest lessons and challenges for some of you will be to let go, really let go, of the need to know, the need to be right and the need to control. These three needs are needs of the mind and will derail you from the true power available this month. Watch the stories your mind tells you in the attempt to understand this great dissolving of the known container. There is a fine line between delusion and reality. The reality this month is the great UNKNOWN. Delusion is just another expression of “the need to know” creating a new story that you can get attached to that may or may not manifest.

You may witness those around you dealing with the UNKNOWN in different ways. Some will have a difficult time of it especially if their shadow has to do with their self-worth. Some will become almost manic in their creative new stories, some will withdraw in deep fear, and others will be able to walk that tightrope, keeping their eyes open, trusting their instincts, doing their daily practices and honoring the path of the heart.

This month supports the healing of our deepest fears. When the shadow surfaces, as it will for all of us, the discipline will be to starve it of any power by facing it with a “don’t know mind” and humbly turning the whole process over to spirit. This is allowing the heart to lead instead of the mind. The heart can face the UNKNOWN with way more wisdom than the mind can.

How can you make the most of this month?

Turn your fears into delighted anticipation of a great surprise that is supportive and satisfying beyond your wildest imagination.

Release the past, forgive the past, and dissolve old beliefs and patterns.

Drop the need to know, the need to control, the need to be right.

Trust the heart, be creative, and dream big! The sky is the limit.

Be excited and inspired rather than fearful.

Face the unknown with confidence and a willingness to have everything turn out well. Watch Martyrdom. You are never the victim.

Get help when you need it. Your support people will be your best reference point when you feel lost.

Rely on your spiritual practice whatever that may be. Do something daily.

Be compassionate around others who are having a difficult time without matching them. Make a separation. Don’t be afraid to say no to what does not feel right.

Trust spirit and the larger order of things. Anchor the belief that it will all turn out OK.

How the month shows up

YOU PERSONALLY

Working with the unknown this month will have many faces. You may experience the surfacing of parts of your shadow that were unknown to you before. This is a good thing as what comes to the surface can also be more easily eliminated. You may revisit childhood fears recognizing that they have no power over you. You may gain a deeper understanding of what is yours and what belongs to someone else.

Another face of the Unknown is the opportunity to redefine and recreate yourself. This is tricky as the tendency for some of you can turn to the extreme, and you will need to be conscious of that. Remember that the body does not do well with extremes and a gradual process of change is sometimes easier.

Some of you may feel that you are at a crossroads where you need to make a choice. This choice may be internal such as around a belief or pattern that no longer serves, or it may be external, causing you to leave a job or a relationship or other environment. If your life is too static, you may find yourself making a choice or decision that will bring you into the unknown. If you get locked up in fear, spirit may give you a little help. If this happens do not feel victimized by it but see it as the change you created.

RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships are a container for learning, growth and karmic lessons. Beware of rash decisions and always give the benefit of the doubt this month. Trust the heart and “keep don’t know mind” whenever you feel confusion about the unknown quality of whatever may be happening in your relationships.

It is a good month to step into new ways of being in relationship. Working on your self worth, self esteem and ability to have what you want will manifest in these new relationship containers. Observe where you give your power away to old beliefs based on past experiences and work on eliminating and dissolving those old patterns.

Watch for paranoia around your relationships when the quality of the Unknown is present. This is where you need to trust your heart and to trust that whatever is the right thing will happen. If others around you are acting out, you may not be able to fix it. Relax.

ENVIRONMENT

Make sure your environment somehow expresses ways that you are recreating and redefining yourself. Be very aware of how symbolic your environment is to how you are dealing with your life right now. Pay attention to it daily, as it is your reference point in this time of the unknown. Bring beauty in, eliminate clutter, and make changes that support your movement forward. Make sure that your personal environment feels like a sanctuary and incudes comfort and security. These are important when everything else may feel like uncontrolled chaos and confusion. You need to have a nest where you can re ground and reset yourself when you need to.

On a larger scale, the greater environment will also be acting “outside the box”. We may see anomalies in weather or planetary events. Things that have never happened before may bring up fearful responses and the attempt to understand, control or be right. The positive approach is to be delighted and excited, awed and empowered by these new developments. After all, the planet is very creative and we are in the Unknown.

HEALTH/PHYSICAL BODY

One of the lessons to be learned here is that the body is a highly adaptable, creative and responsive organism and it will respond just as powerfully to fear, as it will to positivity, optimism and a belief that anything is possible. Be very observant of what instruction through your beliefs you are giving your body every day. Refining your instructions could be your focus of change and recreating yourself for the month.

Our minds LOVE to define everything! We especially love to define physical conditions and diseases. This is our addiction to “the need to know”. Beware of definitions and diagnoses. Worrying about the safety and survival of the body is one of the surest and fastest paths to fear. If you “think” you have something going on or may possibly in the future have something going on, turn this thought into a “don’t know” attitude and allow for the unknown to be a positive container for your health and well being instead of a breeding ground for fear.

Challenges this month may be around kidneys (as they are related to fear), digestion and skin rashes. Remember that when there is a challenge it also presents itself as an opportunity for healing and getting beyond what the symptoms represent.

This is a good month to get some acupuncture, energy work and shamanic healing.

BUSINESS/PARTNERSHIPS/PROJECTS

Just when you think you have it figured out, spirit will throw a monkey wrench into your carefully planned and well-organized project. This does not mean it is a negative or challenging thing so watch that you don’t react negatively or fearfully. Throwing aspects of a project or business structure into the unknown can be very positive as it may force you to think outside the box and be a little more creative with your solutions. Of course this may lead to a restructuring or redefining of goals and values but that can also be a positive outcome. Watch that you don’t get too extreme or fall into a delusional place.

The UNKNOWN climate this month can breed great excitement, inspiration and enthusiasm. It is a great month to start something new. Just make sure you are not using old ideas and beliefs about how it should be done. Keep “don’t know mind” about the details while at the same time “knowing” in your heart through your own level of excitement and inspiration that you are on the right track.

There are aspects this month that make it a good time to examine your resources and move beyond your limiting beliefs about those resources. It is an excellent month for manifesting as long as you can eliminate any negative, victimized and limited thinking.

DATES AND TIME FRAMES

November 1-7: This is an important time to anchor and ground yourself in good meaningful practices that make sense. It is a time to strengthen your inner container of support that builds internal reference points giving the external ones permission to dissolve as we move into this theme of the UNKNOWN. It could be as simple as saying a prayer every day or bringing in the support of the directions and your allies. Make sure to include giving whatever is Unknown over to the higher intelligence of spirit.

This time frame is also one that comes with possible disturbed sleep, non-specific fears and anxiety, and feeling ungrounded and chaotic and unable to focus. You may need to take several breaks during each day just to breathe deeply and remind yourself of who you are.

If you are struggling with your self worth this week just know that something is up, some shadow that has been lurking around the edges has surfaced for a reason. Get some help to clear it. You don’t need to know what it is. It may be so old that there is no longer a context for it in this life.

November 6: Full Moon is Thursday, November 6 at 3:23 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST). How can you make your container bigger and stay practical at the same time?

What you do here on this full moon will carry you forward. So take advantage and set new patterns in any way you can. Do some clearing of anything that feels old and fearful. Become more aware of your resources especially the physical ones and take some time to be in great gratitude for what you do have and honor how those resources support you. Be creative in how you can take your present resources and use them to expand that container. Be open to the unknown resources that are just around the corner that may manifest in your reality if you allow them to.

Watch for that shadow side that threatens to come up and obliterate your positivity. Embrace it and turn it into power through humor. Be with friends on this day as your community is a great support during these times.

November 8-15: This is a tricky time frame that can be fraught with suspicion, delusion, confusion, doubt, obsession, fear, anxiety, and possibly even panic. More than ever it is important to have your practices and your support in place. Just about anything can trigger the shadow and you will definitely find yourself groping in the dark to get some grip on reality.

The question is, what is real? Be careful not to weave a story that makes the personality feel better. This is about moving beyond the need to know and building your trust in spirit. As much as you are able to, stay away from negative situations and people who are not dealing well with the unknown. Those of you in the healing and helping professions may be swamped with crisis situations as people in need are trying to make sense out of life.

On the positive side this is truly a time when you can shatter and dissolve old parts of you that have been holding you back for a very long time. Focus on humor and fun and do something every day that brings you joy and inspiration. It’s a great time to take a risk and start something new and exciting provided your heart leads you into it.

November 16-23: We are clawing our way up through the quicksand of the unknown and some things are beginning to make sense. The only feedback you will have is your own experience when you try something new. This is a time to be proactive and focused and determined to keep yourself moving forward into the unknown. Even though it is dark and you can’t see, you can trust your inner intuition that you are being guided in the right direction. There is a light at the other end of the tunnel.

This is a time when creativity is important and thinking outside the box is crucial. Beware of the personality trying to yank you back into old patterns and the comfort of what is familiar. You don’t want familiar. Instead you want to be excited and anticipate a new surprise, something positive and different that will bring you joy and satisfaction beyond your wildest imagination.

Watch for synchronicity and be aware that creativity begins with the unknown and filters up through the subconscious into an actual manifestation. Witness the process with awe and gratitude. Be creative!

November 22: New Moon is Saturday, November 22 at 5:32 AM Mountain Standard Time (MST). This is a reset. The time can be confusing and you may not have a great grip on what your reality is. Take some time this day to go back to basics and review the last few weeks. What is working, what is not working, what did you intend to do but have not done yet, what feels incomplete or completely disorganized, what are you afraid of, what needs to end and what do you want to begin. Honor this new moon with a focus on self and your own personal growth.

November 24-30: The energy lightens up here as pieces begin to fall into place. This is a time to celebrate new beginnings, important endings, and to continue working with being comfortable with that “don’t know mind”. There is great power to be harnessed from the understanding that you have the ability and everything you need to create, recreate and program the unknown and uncharted territories that are part of this great transition.

Share your inspirations. This time frame can put many beautiful new things into motion from relationships to projects to dreams that you never thought you could manifest. There is a higher frequency available now that carries a promise of more light, more confidence and more personal power. You just need to welcome it in.

jump in sweethearts, it's going to be good.

 

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