Healing Land of Trauma

Each day I take a glance at the mainstream news headlines to know who or what could use some prayers. Yesterday I learned that two lives were swiftly lost in a flash of anger, and the event occurred outside of where a favorite family restaurant once existed.

As the saying goes, “We all live downstream,” which in its origin was referring to physical pollution, but it also refers to energetic influences. Just as smoke from a distant fire drifts for miles and lands in your nose, so too does the emotional and mental frequencies emitted by your neighbors from near and far drift into your space and potentially affect your mood.

With this in mind I felt compelled to offer an act of love and ask forgiveness from the spirit of place where the land suffered this recent act of violence. An open wound was left, as well as in the hearts and minds of people who work in nearby stores, where children sat close by in a car, all of whom are now living with some degree of PTSD wondering how safe their neighborhood is. Not to mention, what a swift exit for the two souls who suddenly found themselves permanently out of body. Did anyone say a prayer to ease their shock and assist in their crossing?

While talking with a friend today we discussed how often these traumas are taking place and how overwhelmed people feel, leaving them in a state of fear at a time when unity is greatly needed. Moments like these are opportunities for the collective to practice bravery, compassion, and act on balancing the scale as often as possible, in whatever manner feels befitting.

I remembered buying some tiny, clay-shaped angel “seeds” years ago. While we toured one house after another, searching for the perfect abode, we would leave an angel at each residence, as a thank-you token. Today, however, the angel seed would be used as a healing gift, along with a prayer for all involved. It would be a symbolic gesture to place a guardian angel who would oversee the area, preventing further trauma while the wound healed.

If you find this idea welcoming and wish to get angel seeds from the Sophia Center please see their website link below. Or, perhaps you’ll be inspired to create your own gift of healing to offer the land, water, air and spirits who dwell in the region. Whatever you choose to do will be perfect and most welcomed.

Another item in the making is compiling a small journal of prayers and poems from any number of sources and different cultures. Keeping such a journal nearby to draw upon as needed is a fun, heartfelt way to touch base with spirit whenever the occasion calls for some inspirational words.


Sophia Center is a non-profit organization also known as Sophia’s
Gifts of the Spirit. It’s mission is to inspire a shift in consciousness
through educational opportunities and products that invite fuller
expression of the Sacred dimension of our lives and our ever
evolving human family.

Honoring spirit of place when buying a new home:


🌿”Rejoice in the green fire of life!”🌿

Fiona MacLeod

Yes, indeed! As the wheel of the year turns we finally seemed to have arrived at (a late) spring. Excellent time to clean house, internally and externally.

One doesn’t have to wait for spring to indulge in parsley, a powerhouse plant known for its high vitamin/mineral content, but tabbouleh is such a pretty, “spring green” dish to make. Today’s blog is a version with almonds replacing the bulgar wheat traditionally used. If you don’t have a food processor no worries, just prepare for some extra chopping.

* 1/4 cup almonds
* 2 cups chopped parsley
* handful of chopped mint leaves
* 1 heirloom tomato (or regular tomato)
* 1/2 chopped red onion
* 1/2 tsp lemon juice
* 1 tsp olive oil
* salt & fresh ground pepper (to taste)

Mix all the ingredients together except parsley and almonds – leave those two off to the side. Once all is well blended stir in the parsley, almonds, add salt/pepper to taste.

A fascinating background of parsley’s magical influence includes placing a sprig of it on plates of food to prevent contamination, a cultural habit that is quickly fading away in most restaurants. According to author Scott Cunningham, parsley may used in baths to “stop all misfortune”, and “worn on the head to prevent inebriation.” Try explaining that to your local pub friends when you don parsley on your crown! 😄

Other delightful ways to enjoy tabbouleh is to mix it was avocado and spread it on toast, put it on your eggs, or mix with a salad. Perhaps you have other ways to enjoy Tabbouleh which I hope you’ll share in the comments below.

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book: Medical Medium Life Changing Foods.., by Anthony Williams.
book: Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, by Scott Cunningham

🥭 Mango Dreams 🥭

I’m back! It’s a been a ridiculously long hiatus, but so much new stuff to share! One of my latest discoveries is how to make a non-dairy mango lassi drink, or maybe you’d call it pudding, or mango meringue! Wooo hoo ❣️ Whatever texture adjective you like, it’s just yummay!

Back in the day I’d wander the store produce aisles, see the mangoes and think, “Yep, there’s that tropical fruit I’ll never know how to cut”. Then someone invented a clever little “mango slicer” gadget (see image below)…

While flipping through Anthony Williams’ (Medical Medium) book titled, Life Changing Food | Save yourself and the ones You Love With the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables, he reveals the really amazing properties of mango as a:

* Sleep aid (especially if mango is consumed right before rest)
* Digestion and immune strengthener
* and so, so much more!
Who knew? Just looking at the mango makes me feel happier – such great color!

Added bonus: Combining mango with celery or a leafy salad gives one an extra boost of energy instead of a nap! Great snack combo before doing strenuous exercises or a physically demanding job.

Included in his book was a recipe for mango lassi, one of my fave drinks on a hot summer day. Typically it’s made with plain yogurt which I didn’t have, but no problem. Blending the following ingredients made for a very tasty vegan lassi:

* 1/2 banana (chilled in freezer beforehand)
* 1/2 cup oat milk
* 1 mango (pit and skin removed)
* a dash of cardamom powder
* topped with a mint leaf (optional)
Blend it all together in a mixer and voila! A cup of fluffy, creamy, healthy yum!

Navigating the Chaos

In the storms of life the questions one might ask is:

  • Do we thrive in chaos?
  • Does chaos give us a greater sense of purpose and growth in this life?
  • Does chaos make us want to hide in the closet looking for a door to Narnia?
  • Or, do we encourage chaos because it distracts us from having to go within and touch the heart of hidden issues plaguing our sense of peace?

Sometimes chaos does help humanity really thrive and shine. Take the horrific “Ice Bomb” storms that blanketed over 60% of the nation this holiday season. Stories abound of heroic, life-saving acts. Yes, if chaos doesn’t occur too often or too long, helping others gives us a sense of purpose and self-love.

Do we want to hide from chaos? Well, if it keeps going on, and on, and on, it can drain a soul of its will to step out the front door.

But sometimes…. we attract chaos into our lives, pour more fuel on that fire, and become the best “dystopian” film makers ever! We can abuse our creative gifts by pointing the camera too much on the chaos “out there” and not enough within. Why, perhaps because we believe the biggest, scariest monsters lurk in the hidden corners of our memory, inside wounds that never healed, needs that went unmet, and cries that fell on deaf ears because the body’s host was too busy trying to win a Grammy award for a Blockbuster Disaster story.

In other scenarios, we can’t handle any more chaos! And let’s be honest, humanity can be one rude-dude who needs a good poke in the eye now and again.

Since that’s not an option (without serious consequences) we suck it up, put on a face (or a mask to hide our grimace) and squash that anger, hurt and betrayal deep down into our guts. It would be cool if we could just 💩 those emotions out, but no. Instead, they seep into the crevices of the body’s tissues, set up camp in the joints, and shake the nervous system awake in the wee hours of the night (if one even has the luxury of falling peacefully asleep in the first place). Eventually an existential crisis occurs. We KNOW we’re better than this, we deserve better than this, but do we have the tools to remedy the situation? What are those tools, anyway

Well for starters…

“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: “When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?”

― Gabrielle Roth

Tool #1: Playfulness…
Perhaps we’ve become “too adult” and forgotten how to play?

It’s ok, just look to Nature. The animals remind us to stay in communication, play outside, smile more, smell the flowers, dance with expression and sing our hearts out!

Of course, eating healthy is always a top priority!

And, Nature is always encouraging us to make new friends!

Tool#2: Leadership….
Taking back the lead role in our life movie is a most rewarding feeling! If we give all our power and inner light to someone’s else’s version of reality, bog down watching too much news, or blame our shortcomings on being a poor example of a human being, please know this: We were born for these times.

The world needs each and every one of us right now to step up to the plate, raise the bar a little higher, and help each other find inspiration, laughter, and hope. It starts as an inside job that evolves into outside action. If you’re alive and reading this, Tag! You’re it!

Talking With Birds & Clouds

For a magical moment today I felt absolutely magnetized to go outside and take in the raw, winter sunlight. Such a beautiful day, even with the crisp cold air.

After a few minutes I tilted my head back to look at the bright, blue sky and noticed three birds gliding clockwise, so slowly, and way, way high up in the air. Suddenly the crows began their distress cawing, but to me these looked initially like seagulls so why were the crows upset? On closer look a touch of gray could be spotted in their wings and their shape didn’t quite match the seagull body. “Hmm,…these might actually be falcons,” I thought to myself.

A couple crows swooped into the nearby evergreen, a grand and beautiful tree. I couldn’t see what they were chasing except a brief glimpse of a white bird silhouette. Perhaps there were actually four falcons and one came in low? The crows swooped in and out of that pine tree, over and over, cawing like mad and clearly upset! Then it was over. The crows flew off in silence back to their brooding grounds across the street. I never saw the white bird leave which felt odd, but I also didn’t get the sense the crows had mortally wounded it. The conclusion was it must’ve exited in a direction I couldn’t see from the ground.

Looking right, in the direction the crows flew, I saw a stunning image in the soft haze: A perfect formation appearing like a white bird in flight! Ah! Why is my camera nowhere around when I see these things? The image attached is the best artistic rendition I could manage, just to give you an idea.

Some while back I had watched video footage presented by water researcher, Veda Austin, showing her photographs of water that had remembered images she gave it. Stunning and fun stuff to witness! Japanese scientist, author and doctor of alternative medicine, Masaru Emoto, whose popular book, “The Hidden Messages in Water” revealed similar discoveries. In his findings the water given positive messages made perfectly beautiful snowflake images when frozen and photographed, while water that had been polluted with toxins (including toxic thoughts and emotions) quickly lost its geometric symmetry.

I wondered if the water molecules in the cloud, “seeing” the interaction of the birds was mirroring back to me that it, too, was witness to the bird show and/or to my mind’s perception and this is how it chose to communicate with me. Perhaps it was acknowledgement of a shared experience between the environment and my consciousness that, had I not been paying attention, would’ve completely missed?

If you are interested in learning more about water and its amazing properties please check out the following links, and Thank you for reading this blog! You’re much appreciated! 😘🙏🌟

Veda Austin

Masaru Emoto

🍋 Grow Lemons In the Winter! ☃️

Lemon trees ideally like between 50-80 degrees (f), so who in their right mind would try to grow one outdoors through winter? That’s what I thought too, but one of our neighbours is doing just that! The first winter I noticed their lemon tree it was about five feet tall, surrounded in repurposed old windows, a topper made of what, I don’t know (maybe wood?), and a warming light parked at its base. Their plant was busting out lemons in the darkest season of the year, like a Christmas tree with bright yellow ornaments! They weren’t small, weakly things either. Nope, they were large, happy lemons!

Last winter, due to my lack of plant-parenting, the baby lemon tree placed in the ground nearly froze to death. I had not built a proper “lemon house” for it in a timely fashion. By spring this year it was barely recognizable, just a little clump of dead looking twigs with thorns, and a tiny, barely green leaf. I didn’t know lemon trees grew thorns and worried it had turned into some revengeful Frankenstein plant looking for blood! Turns out they may grow thorns for a period of time to protect themselves. Understandable.

After a thoroughly sunny spring and summer, and lots of apologies and prayers from me, the baby lemon tree sprung back to life! Woohoo! The regeneration power of plants is absolutely astounding! I reassured the lemon tree that last year’s negligence would not be repeated, and immediately went to the local Rebuild Center to buy four, used windows. Unfortunately, only three of the same size were available. A small stone wall was built for the fourth side instead, using remnant bricks from a prior landscape project. This stone wall design is an attempt to apply the permaculture design of utilising stone to absorb the winter sun’s light which may further insulate the tree from cold. The stones are not perfectly fit, gaps exist between the stones and windows. Perhaps some rolled up bubble wrap wedged into the spaces will do the trick (one way to repurpose those bubble wrap mailings no one will recycle).

I’m hoping this will be successful because I don’t have enough south-facing windows to grow the tree indoors during winter, nor the desire to drag it in and out of the house each season. Mid-November temps in the pacific nw are currently around high 50 / low 35 degrees (f), but we often get a few degrees cooler due to the nearby river. I checked the outdoor thermometer at 5:15 pm and it was already 40 degrees outside. Within ten minutes of installing the thermometer inside the lemon house you can see the temp boosted to 50, even with air gaps in the house design!

With a little pre-planning, picking the ideal sunny location, gathering the parts from a recycling place (if possible), and making use of what’s on hand, it’s pretty easy to do. May this little project inspire you plant lovers who want to beat the odds and try growing lemon trees in winter. Would love to hear any other creative plant ideas you’ve come up with. Please share in the comment section below.

Clearly my dog likes the results! 💚 🐶

Full Moon, November 2022

It is so easy, on a full moon night,
when light is dark, the darkest light,
to hide in the known, in the comfort of the home,
hidden from the mysterious outside.

But where there is dark there is illumination and dreams,
a place to feel safe, in the midst of moon’s scene,
where you and the clouds become close friends again,
where the din of the world falls to the silence within.

Time now to ponder your fears, your life,
grieving that maybe it’s just a story of strife,
yet stars do twinkle as the world goes to rest,
and the head becomes heavy as you curl in your bednest.

“Let it go,” says Autumn in its cold and foggy mist,
transform your dark thoughts into love and happiness,
while you bathe in memories that beat your heart’s song,
pray for the world, for souls who’ve come and gone.

Letting go of what was, what you thought life would be,
letting go of the wrongs and humilities,
letting go of the past and future expectations,
you dance in the moon’s light, for your soul’s regeneration!

New Moon

So it is, in these crazy world times, I have turned inward for answers the outer world seems to be lacking. Sleep is profoundly healing and rejuvenating but so is a new activity, called Automatic Writing. After listening to the insightful messages of many creative writers, artists, channelers, mystics and such, the one consistent message is “Get the story out of you and onto paper”, so I have. Lately the idea came that perhaps the messages flowing out of my higher mind’s consciousness would be helpful for others who are looking for uplifting and refreshing thoughts, ways of seeing things, and interpretations. With that in mind I decided why not post an automatic writing every new and full moon, with additional ones given on sacred holidays? There is a new moon, partial solar eclipse in Scorpio, occurring at 4am (pacific time) this coming Oct. 25th. The following is a message for all who are interested. I’d love your feedback! Is it helpful, relevant, thought-provoking?

Thank you for supporting my blog! 😘 And now, I bring to you:
New Moon Inspiration for October 2022

New Moon art, R.Chante

2:22 10/22/22

Blessings! We are here on a mission to provide the ultimate survival and capacity for life on planet earth. We are you, you are us, all is Nature, all is One and Divine. In this time of the scorpion depths you seek to learn about your inner workings, your despairs and their sources. You are musing around the dark and disparaging words, actions and manifestations of those around you, but do not see your role. You do not see the connection. All in time.

We are here to say this is not going away or getting worse, it is all simply transforming into a beautiful new fresh start for all involved. There is time, there is ample availability to respond intelligently. Find your resources, be where you need to be. Listening to your intuition will be your best guiding light.

Time has come, however, for those who would not abide by the heart and well-being of their brothers and sisters to make amends and truthfully tell your deepest sorrows and despairs. You will not heal in hiding, nor will you evolve in a fashion worthy of this time and space allowed.

Given the structures and harvest at this time, there is more than ample providence for all who would need food, and time and support. Do not be taken in by the fear and worries of those who have the agendas. You need not despair. Breathe in the sunlight, the air, the night stars and become the dream you wished as a child. The mind of humans is far from being left behind in chaos and atrocity. The mind of the human is extensive and everlasting, but only when the the heart is its master.

Today’s a new day, a dawn of promises and adventures awaits all who would participate in this blessed gift called Life. You are worthy, welcomed, and supported in all manner of being. Do not take lightly your role at this time. Dig deep into your closets and reveal your darkest sorrows, burdens, unfulfilled dreams, and hardships you felt overwhelmed by, and overcome. This is your time to shine, your destiny rests in your hands, as it always has.

We are shining together when we are working as one beautiful animated being. If anyone is left out of the song, the song will be incomplete. We will not accept the notion that violinists are unwelcome or that the tuba player should bash the cellist! All people, all nations, all voices in this orchestra are required, just like the organs of a body. If you need to make amends with your neighbor, your soul, your Creator, then do it with love, a smile, a genuine heartfelt hug, and do it as if it matters.

You are all shining and and glorious in a future that awaits. Hit the refresh button in your mind, in your heart, in your body, and reinvent yourself anew. The time is nigh.

We are the Love That Awaits You.


(note: I was unfamiliar with the term “Providence” so included the definition below)
https://www.dictionary.com › browse › providence

Providence [ prov-i-duhns ] noun – the foreseeing care and guidance of God or Nature over the creatures of the earth. God, especially when conceived as omnisciently directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence. a manifestation of divine care or direction.