Speaking Up About Hate

I’m a white woman with an audience. These days, I guess that’s called a “platform.” It means that there are a significant number of people who pay attention to what I say, do, post, and write. And because of this, and because of what I see happening in my country and in the world, I feel it’s my responsibility to speak clearly, openly, publicly, and honestly about hate.

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Cat Wisdom for the Eclipse

a total Solar Eclipse in LeoUnless you’ve been living in a cave for several months, you’re probably aware that we’ve got a big celestial event coming up on Monday of next week: a total Solar Eclipse in Leo,with the path of totality cutting a swath across the United States.

Eclipses are powerful celestial events that offer us a chance to reset. This energy is available whether or not you live in an area where the eclipse is visible. Individually and collectively, we are given the opportunity and the support to sink into the depths, enter the darkness, and begin again as the light returns.

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The Elders of the Seas

It’s been a few months since we’ve returned from our pilgrimage-retreat in Baja (Journey to Baja: Pilgrimage of the Heart), and the gifts and blessings of this journey have continued to unfold in me. As we prepare for our 2018 trips, I am even more aware that these journeys are guided, organized, and orchestrated by a much greater community of sentience and awareness than we can understand, hold, or make sense of from the limited vantage point of our human perspective.

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Qigong, Tai Ji, and Reiki

reiki-academyGuest Post by Beverley Kane, M.D.,  Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, and the founder of Horsensei Equine-Assisted Learning & THerapy (HEALTH)

Excerpted from the Stanford University Medical Tai Chi and Equine-imity syllabi, v7, Summer 2017

Nancy’s note: I asked for Beverley’s permission to repost this article here on the blog, as I really appreciated her insights about Reiki and how it both complements and differs from Tai Chi and Qigong.

New in 2017, we will play with qi (“chi”), life energy, in a different way than I have been taught and than I have been teaching. This change has been 40 years in evolution and manifests as the synthesis of two powerful traditions, Chinese and Japanese, in mindfulness, moving meditation, energy cultivation, and healing.

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Interspecies Partnership and Co-Creation

When we begin to open to interspecies communication, many of us begin with communication with animals, as it’s often our animal friends who offer us the first invitations to reawaken our connection with the web of life and the universal language of telepathic communication and understanding.

However, we quickly discover that this way of being, perceiving, and moving in the world is not limited to animals…that it can include connection and communication with plants, trees, minerals, elemental beings and nature spirits, and the spirits of rivers, mountains, forests, oceans, prairies.

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Mr. Rosie Rooster

In honor of Mr. Rosie:

June 6, 2006-May 3, 2017

My beloved little bantam rooster, Mr. Rosie, died on May 3, 2017. He was just a few weeks short of his 11th birthday. He left the physical world just a few days after completing his last “teaching assignment”  for my Beginning Animal Communication Class.

Mr. Rosie blessed our family with his quirky personality, his funny antics, his devotion to his hens, and his exceptional longevity. He was a frequent and enthusiastic teacher in my animal communication classes, and he touched many people with his humor, his sensitivity, and his awareness. (more…)

Everything You Do Is Sacred

We are living in extraordinary times. Like many people, I’ve been riding the waves of personal and collective fear, grief, shock, chaos, hope, vulnerability, and openhearted tenderness as the reality around me in my country and in the world continues to shift.

Each day is a turn of a kaleidoscope, with new patterns, colors, and textures emerging. Certainly, this is by no means the first time that our collective human civilizations have experienced these crashing breakers–in many parts of the world, they have been ongoing for a long time–but this particular set of waves feels particularly chaotic and fast-paced.

I’ve been stunned by the upsurge of hateful speech and expression here in my small rural community; the waves of fear, grief, rage, and hope have been moving through me and so many of us like breakers at high tide.

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When Animal Communication is Harmful

As a professional animal communicator and interspecies communication teacher, I often feel that I am walking a very fine line…a tightrope, really. On one side of the tightrope is my calling, my inspiration, my deep desire to help as many people as possible to reawaken to their natural, inborn ability to communicate telepathically with animals and all life.

On the other side of the tightrope is the awareness that interspecies telepathic communication, if misused, misunderstood, or simply practiced unskillfully, without appropriate training, practice, understanding, awareness, and boundaries, can be ineffective at best, and really harmful, at worst.

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Journey to Baja: an Invitation from the Whales

photo: Sea Kayak Baja Mexico

As of today, we have 3 spaces available on our upcoming women’s retreat in Baja: Journey to Baja: Pilgrimage of the Heart, March 9-23, 2017.

Over the years that I have worked as an interspecies communicator, I’ve come to understand that there are individuals and groups of nonhuman animals who have a particular mission with humans, with our planet, and who hold deep levels of wisdom and spiritual awareness that we as a human species are rarely able to access.

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Silence, Listening, and Connection

img_3931I spent last week, and our Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, on silent retreat at a beautiful center outside of Tucson. I spent my mornings in meditation and yoga practice, listening deeply to the voices of spirit, and the afternoons hiking and connecting with the saguaro cacti, desert rats, mule deer, birds, and other plant and animal life in the adjoining Saguaro National Park.

The contemplative community at the Desert House of Prayer supported my retreat with delicious meals, massage, and space to move freely in their community and participate in their prayers as I chose to.

The retreat was a precious opportunity for even deeper silence and stillness than is possible in my daily life, and for rest and reflection that also created space for clarity about the ways I want to share my work and live my life in the upcoming year.
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