Louie the Wonder Cat

This week, I’m sharing a personal story from my animal family that was a bit too tender and raw to share until now.

Those of you who have taken my classes or followed me for awhile know my beloved cat Louie, who is now 17 years young.

Louie is one of the wisest, most energetically and spiritually advanced beings I have ever known. As I often say to people, I’ve lived with Louie for over 16 years, and I can still barely understand what he knows, what he’s up to, the work he does with the Earth and in many dimensions of time and space. My job, as I see it, is to listen to Louie, learn from him as much as I can, keep him safe, and stay out of his way.

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A Blessing From The Bighorn Sheep

big-horn-sheepLast week, I went hiking in the Rio Grande Gorge, near Taos, New Mexico. The day ended up being even more magical and special than I could have imagined. I hiked alone, in quiet contemplation and meditation, as I usually do. The day was beautiful, and I was alone on what is often a popular trail. It goes to the rim of the gorge, with stunning views of the Rio Grande River many hundred feet below.
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Live Online Communication Retreat

Early this year, I was so excited to announce our first-ever New Mexico Animal and Interspecies Communication Retreat, to be held in November at a beautiful ranch near my home. As you may know, I returned to in-person retreat teaching in 2019, after taking a few years off and teaching only distance courses online. I realized that I loved and missed in-person teaching, and so was so looking forward to hosting people here in my beautiful adopted home state of New Mexico.

And then, well, we all know that this year hasn’t turned out the way any of us expected! For quite awhile, I hoped that the pandemic would ease up enough that the retreat could go on as planned, but it’s become clear that our global situation, and in particular, our situation here in the southwestern United States, is going to be challenging for quite some time.
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Discover Shamanic Tools For Navigating Darkness & Initiating New Ways Of Being

shamans-lightA few weeks ago, I let you know about the wonderful online course offered by a shamanic teacher who I deeply respect, Sandra Ingerman: The Healing Power of Shamanic Journeying: How to Access Inner Guidance from Helping Spirits

Shortly after I sent that announcement, I learned that Sandra Ingerman is offering a new free 60-minute teaching and live online course: Open to the Shaman’s Light for Balance, Healing & Strength.  

This course directly addresses the collective “Dark Night of the Soul” that our world is experiencing, and offers us shamanic teachings that empower us, helping us to find our ground amidst chaos.
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During These Weird, Wild and Wonderful Times

How are you doing in this time? My experience is that it’s weird, and wild, and wonderful in certain ways, and really, really challenging in others. How about you?

Grief, loss, uncertainty. Inspiration, creativity, a feeling of a “pause” that is ongoing. These are some of the things I’ve been feeling, and I’m hearing from many people who are experiencing similar energies and emotions.
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Honoring Maraya

It’s been a sad time in our household. My beautiful, dear, and quirky cat friend, Maraya, died a couple of weeks ago, and the other animals and I are slowly adjusting to the Maraya-sized energetic hole in our household.

Maraya was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer close to the beginning of the COVID shutdown. She rallied for a little while, and we had a few months of up and down together, trying various palliative treatments with varying effects. In the end, she left quickly, and in her own time. We had an appointment with our vet for euthanasia, but Maraya left on her own, in our home, a few hours before.

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I Failed as a Dog Groomer

The dogs and I had our first big adventure since New Mexico has eased slowly into the first stages of reopening: a visit to Taos to our wonderful dog groomer, one of the first businesses to be allowed to reopen with COVID-safe practices.

Let me just say that this was a big, big deal for us. I managed during the first part of the shutdown to keep the Afghans kind of decent looking with our little home salon set up, but after awhile, I have to tell the truth: I failed as a dog groomer.

Here is Tashi, sporting her finest “Quarantine Meets High Desert 3% Humidity” Hairdo (see pic above).
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Coronavirus: Connection and Communication, Part 3

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photo: Gene Flipse, Conscious Breath Adventures

Three years ago, in early 2017, my whale teachers communicated to me:

“Three years. Three years of human time until there is a dramatic shift in the human world and on our Earth.”

When the whales shared this with me, I didn’t know what to make of it. I knew about the prophecies, I knew about the journey of evolution that the human species was making into a more heart-centered way of living and being, but I didn’t understand the timeline. And I certainly didn’t understand what, if anything, to do with the information that the whales gave me.

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Coronavirus: Connection and Communication, Part 2

Last week, in Coronavirus: Connection and Communication, Part 1, I shared some of the understanding and communications I have received about the global coronavirus pandemic from the virus itself, as well as from my meditations in this time.

In this post, I’ll share some of the writings and communications of other people (human people, that is) whose work and depth of listening I deeply respect. Next week, in Part 3, I’ll share some additional communications from some of the non-human wise ones who have been offering their perspective both on the virus itself, and also what is unfolding on our planet for all species.

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Coronavirus: Connection and Communication, Part 1

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In these last weeks, we as a human species have had our lives  and “business as usual” worlds dramatically altered by the corona virus, and the disease that it can cause in humans, COVID-19.

During this time, I have been listening deeply, moving back and forth between my human perspective and reality (When It’s All Too Much), and spending time daily in connection with the deep wisdom of both the novel coronavirus itself, and also the wisdom shared about this and other viruses by some of my closest teachers, guides, and friends of many species.

This post is the first in a series, in which I’ll share some of my communications, experiences, and understandings of the energy, awareness, gifts, and challenges of the corona virus, as well as the perspectives of others.

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When It’s All Too Much

How are you doing right now?

This is HARD.

I hit a wall this past weekend. After these last weeks of adrenaline rush, paying attention to the ever-changing news, making sure I have enough food + supplies for the animals and myself, figuring out what I can offer in these times that will help people, paying attention to all of the other beautiful offerings by people all over the world, going back on social media after a long hiatus, listening to broadcasts and podcasts and reading newspapers, texts and emails, extra zoom calls and phone calls and and and…

I landed hard in overwhelm and overload.

Too much online. Too much talking. Too much news. Too much social media. Too much input.

Too much too much too much too much too much.

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We Are Learning About Resilience and Adaptation

What a time this is. We are experiencing how fast things can change, how life can be upended in what feels like a single moment, how fast the world as we thought we knew it can fall away.

One turn of the kaleidoscope and everything looks and feels very different. We are learning about resilience and adaptation. We are learning about courage, and strength, and beauty, and kindness. We are seeing mirrored all around us the best expressions of our species: creativity, art, kindness, generosity, bravery, service, devotion to community… alongside some of our worst qualities: greed, selfishness, denial, shortsightedness, arrogance.
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Global Reiki Circle

We are connected.

We are a global family.

A few weeks ago, my cat Louie, who has his paw on the planetary pulse more than anyone I know, “interrupted” my morning meditation. He came bopping up to me, in his characteristically Louie way, fixed his eyes on mine in a concentrated, intense stare, and communicated,

“It’s really, really tippy out there.”

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