Gut Moment

My day was supposed to be spent in a chilly room in the City of Miami. Instead of attending the presentation, I decided to follow my gut and schedule an important phone call. Many ideas were shared with me about how I could resurrect my harp ensemble. It was inspirational and spoke directly to my situation. Two pages worth of notes and several emails started my new project as I continued to work on my vision from Sunday. Because it was a day of leisure, there was time for me to go to the local chapel for meditation with another musician; it was during the time of the church bells, noon.
As we approached, the bells were sounding much to our delight. We settled into the pews after splashing ourselves with holy water. My scarf immediately found itself covering my head, and my eyes closed. The movie began in my head. Between the colors of light and the friendly angel, it was apparent that we had good company. It was in the middle of the movie that I realized that I was in for quite an experience. My hands fell open to engage the surrounding energies. There was so much to share that we went to lunch to talk.
It was good to connect on this level as the information that I shared resonated with her and spoke to her current experiences. We soon parted ways, and I headed home. It was a good day because it followed what I wanted to do. It was nice to be able to listen and act upon that initial thought. It laid the foundation for a day filled with messages and human connection.

Protection Thought

You are in tune with the spiritual realm. Meditation and prayer are your tools of communication. Do not hold on to the negative comments about your extreme sensitivity. It is a gift to understand the universe for what it is. This feeling should be mainstream and not pushed to the corner. Embrace your understanding.

Hermita de Caridad: PRAYER MOMENT

There was some time for me to kill in between outing yesterday. The famous church was right there. I figured it would be nice if I could have a moment in prayer in such a beautiful environment. The sanctuary soon found me sitting in a pew staring at Caridad del Cobre, Our Lady of Charity. There were only two words that stood out in my mind for myself: love & compassion. Mother figures are able to offer such feelings to us so very well and I thought that this saint would be perfect to petition for such things. However, while my prayers rambled around my mind, there were fabulous things afoot around me.
A man came from the back meditation room, I beleive the sacraments are kept there, and kneeled in front of the altar. He remained on the floor for what seemed to be an eternity. He was in casual attire as was everyone else. The reverence, the faith, the moment…once he arose he saluted the cross and left. He beckoned to his friend in the meditation room. He promptly came out, deposited some cash into a box and left. Families continued to stream into the sanctuary. Mothers made the sign of the cross and directed the childrens’ attention to the saint. They sat in complete silence. Suddenly, a priest appeared in front of the altar and began speaking in Spanish. The people stood and began chanting which I took as my cue to quickly vacate the premesis.
I wandered outside to the ocean and sat for some time simply enjoying the sight of the water. Key Biscayne was off in the distance and my previous performances there crossed my mind. A nun was off to the right talking to a young girl. She reminded me of the nun that my father often talked about. He remembers looking up at his father’s funeral and saw the nun that offered him comfort in grad school. I think that she was dressed in blue. He will never forget her kindness. It is the same way that I will never forget observing how that man in the sanctuary shared his heart with the Lady of Charity.

Tired Tuesday

My morning began on a fine note. I received an email of appreciation at work. It was such a pleasant surprise that I began crying. The person wanted me to know that I was making a difference in a life and that it mattered to her. I had no idea. It gave me inspiration to strive for excellence throughout my busy day.

As I left one work location, I reported to my performance venue. The studio where I workout happened to be on the way to the venue but alas, I could only look at it with great longing. Unfortunately, no one knew that I was coming which made for pleasant faces that displayed happy confusion. Once I was shown to the correct building, I performed for two hours with a ten minute stretch break. By the time I arrived home, my body was finished. Bedtime was 8pm last night. Unfortunately, I awoke hours before dawn and was unable to return to sleep. The imperfections, exhaustion, and pain within my body had taken its toll. I decided to take a hot bath with some of my favorite crystals.

It was a lovely experience. My mind went to places of relaxation as the incense vanished into the air and the aroma filled the room. The candle flickered back and forth. My mind wandered to the preparations for the circle and upcoming worshop. A smile crossed my face as I thought of my passion. I also decided that my childrens’ meditation group was going to have an intense session this morning.

My breakfast is being prepared as I type this. My attire shall be casual as I do not expect a hectic day. This is good because I need the downtime considering my tiredness. Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I look forward to the time off. I rejoice in knowing that I get to spend time with my sisters on Friday. Oh the fun we shall have.

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Sunday Evening: Angel Encounters

If I did not get out of the house today, it may have swallowed me alive. After escaping the four walls of domestication, I wandered into the bookstore to purchase a book. This was after I realized that the library was closed, and I could not go there today. Well, the bookstore was so busy that I decided to leave. I wandered into a clothing store that features hip styles.

I walked back and forth to the fitting room trying on different items. I did not want anything that was appropriate for work or a mere extension of what I normally purchase. No long skirts or island dresses. I wanted something to take me completely out of my conservative dress box. I left the store happy that I had taken yet another step in my quest to bring forth my inner vixen. No doubt Archangel Jophiel would be proud of me.

Upon returning to my home, I sat down and painted my nails a bright orange. As the evening settled, I prepared for meditation. The warm presence was completely ignored by me in my determination to calm myself. However, the presence grew warmer and that is when I realized that Jophiel was indeed proud of me. She came to let me know:) It was an awesome connection.

Meditation was different this evening. It wasn’t long before I found myself crying. Archangel Michael had swirled around me in his purple strength. I saw him cutting away at whatever was not suppossed to be around me. The water sat in my eyes since they were closed. He was protecting me from something that I assume was hurting me. Now that I am back in this realm, I am pondering the experience.

These days find me wanting to inspire and encourage more women on a regular basis. It brings me a great deal of joy to reach out and connect with such beautiful creatures. Prayers are sent via text to my sisters, and readings are done in person. It is a nice way to enjoy my life. My name is Lady, and my passion is empowering women.

MY GUARDIAN ANGEL

Each person has a guardian angel. This is the angel that stays with us for the duration of our lifetime. There are other angels that walk with us as well but this is the one that is always present watching over us awaiting the opportunity to guide us. I know the name of my guardian angel but this evening was the first time that I have ever felt as if I truly connected with this messenger of god.

This full moon has been quite powerful and has affected my emotions. However, I have also chosen to connect with the strong energies and decided to meditate with the hopes of truly exploring the spiritual realms. The Pyramids of Giza soon appeared and next thing I knew, Ganasha made his happy face present. He reminded me that he was around to help remove obstacles from my way. The earth is surrounded by light and lots of angel wings. Then there it was…my beautiful guardian angel.

This divine messenger spent some time with me reminding me that the presence is always by my side protecting and encouraging me on my way. I have only to call silently and the help is there for me. This was not a fleeting moment during the meditation but a great deal of time. It was beautiful to experience.

I am a regular person that walks the earth. If I can connect with all of the resources that the universe provides for us, anyone can. We only have to possess the desire to know that they are out there for us if we choose to reach out to them. It is with great love that I wish all of you a Happy Hunter’s Moon.

RANDOM RAMBLINGS

Friday has finally come to my rescue and saved me from the hellatious routine of work. My slow weekend is pulling in like a gentle breeze. I look forward to some smooth jazz and wonderful company coupled with intense workouts. Something did cross my mind, and I decided to do some investigating.

It wasn’t too long ago that I began to study cycles hence my obsession with the moon. (The New Moon is upon us. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to set the intention for this new cycle. Plant your seed and watch it grow:) I learned how to create my 52 day life calendar which gives me insight into my own personal cycles in life. During this particular period, feeling restless is normal, and I am to avoid over thinking. Look at that. Isn’t that my week in a nutshell? Neck tension. Headaches. Appetite withdrawl. Lower tolerance for things that do not serve me including time eaters…..I have sent a record number of emails about problems this week. I am simply trying to protect my throat chakra and expect to receive the expert to present this shortly. I even encountered difficulty with meditation this week. Here are my proposed solutions for myself:

(1.) A slower pace leads to a slower mind. If I feel rushed, the root of the problem must be found and turned off. Going to bed earlier and waking up earlier can assist as well as by enforcing structure throughout the day.

(2.) I experimented with meditating prior to sunrise in bed. This truly put me in between both worlds. I was more awake in one than the other, and the magical music soothed the tension in my head. Because the ebb and flow of life constantly change, sometimes my meditation practice has to change as well in spite of my obsessive Piscean trends.

(3.) Working out is fantastic; however, it must be coupled with the appropriate time for you as well as with the appropriate type of workout. Some days, you may want to go for two long intense hours in the gym while other days will be perfect with a simple walk around the block with the dog. I went swimming on Sunday, but Thursday may find me rock climbing.

(4.) By Monday, I hope to replace my obscure cup of coffee with tea. The caffeine in my system isn’t good for me and interferes with the normal function of my body. I did miss the taste of it but that craving can be put on a leash now. I have had a whole week and was proud of myself for drinking more water to combat the drying effect that coffee has on your body.

(4.) While I do maintain a personal meditation practice, I also meditate with a group when the opportunity presents itself. I have even begun to “team” meditate which is something that I will present in the next circle. My current research with meditation has been translated into a project which shall be discussed at a later date.

(5.) I need to go to the beach more often. Time in the garden or a walk in the park are wonderful things to do; however, my main event is grouding myself in the waves and allowing the mother ocean to hug me with her loving energy. When I think about the fact that the ocean once covered the earth, I humble myself in knowing that she left some land alone so that we could have somewhere to live.

I have also had the good fortune to have the most wonderful sisters in the world. My morning began with one of my favorite people ever calling to check on me. The feeling that I get when a sister intentionally takes time out of her busy schedule to see how I am doing first thing in the morning is truly something special. This is a loving act that I hope everyone gets to be a part of. We are not islands but human beings that are connected to each other if we only take the time to feel that. Speaking of feeling….

Follow your feelings. Listen to them about your body. You know when something needs to be changed or if you need to be seen by a medical professional. Sometimes, you will get the distinct feeling that there is someone that appreciates your presence. Well, that is not your imagination. Pick up the phone and schedule tea because chances are very high that you enjoy that person’s presence also. When two people are able to work toward a common goal, the path has more light because of the combined energies. The resonation of that vibration can have a ripple effect and benefit many aspects of life. Two women laughing is better than one woman laughing. A happy woman can change the atmoshpere of society.

The hour is late, and my desire to have a refreshed feeling in the morning is paramount. Perhaps a spot of tea, light prayer, and a few deep breaths shall prepare me for the remainder of the night. The weekend brings thoughts of creativity and relaxation. I shall have both.

Remember your Resources

Frantic. Aggravated. Amazed. Traffic. Combat. Wine. Dark bitter chocolate. Coffee. Sleep.
These are the words that come to mind when I think about this day that I have had. I normally do not say much to the powers that be about the aggravations that I must endure under their leadership. However, it gets to a point where a Lady can only take so much before she has to put down her heel. The day has been filled with emails of misguided situations and poor judgement calls which have now landed in my lap without any resoruces or preparation. I am not blocking my throat chakra over this as I just recently got over almost being sick. It isn’t even October yet.

My coffee intake has resurfaced, and it tastes wonderful. I do not plan to stay in this caffeine phase for long, but while I am here, I shall enjoy it. It gives me the sustaining feeling of heat that I want. It is stronger than the tea, and the taste of the French Vanilla Cream is outstanding. Then the chocolate chip cookies manifested from thin air. Who knew.

I was able to make it to my workout which had its own side issues and balls being thrown. However, in spite of the pain in my neck and the fact that the traffic was awful, I had so much fun and felt my worries fade away if only for an hour. Now that I am back on the home front, the sink has been cleared and a short meditation has eased some of the clutter in my mind. It dawned on me that perhaps I had forgotten my resources as the day slowly built its chaos on me. It was when a wise woman reminded me that the beach exists for a reason. You would think that I would remember as I was just there on Sunday. Here it is…..

1.) I asked Archangel Raphael to ease the pain at the base of my neck. I am seeing the chiropractor three times this week, and it is still out of whack. The green light did engulf me, and tension was lessened.

2.) I once went on a text strike. It amazed people everywhere. I am addicted to my IPHONE in an unrelenting way. Its time to strike again if only for a day from all social networking.

3.) It seems as if everyone around me is traveling for pleasure. While I haven’t considered this as something to do this year, perhaps I need to change my mind.

4.) A musician friend alerted me to his performance on Saturday night. This would be the perfect opportunity for me to relax and engage myself on a creative level without being the source of it. It is important to be on both sides of the process…..and enjoy a nice glass of wine.

5.) When was the last time I simply soaked in a tub with bubbles and candle light? This is one of my favorite things to do and it has escaped me. Well, it is returning shortly.

6.) Holding a teddy bear can imitate pet therapy: it likes to be cuddled:)

7.) Workout and get that energy level to the proper place while easily letting go of the stress that is destroying the happy feelings that you naturally have.

I have also begun to go to bed thirty minutes earlier and have increased my water intake. I do plan to return to the beach shortly and next week Monday is completely blank as far as my schedule. Instead of filling it with things that must be done, I shall leave it blank and allow the universe to decide for me. After all, I treasure structure so that I can change it to my liking. Oh how the summer time schedule is missed. There was time, relaxation, and clarity of thought. Now, I have to fight for what is rightfully mine: sanity. Fret not. This is a challenge that I will win.

CONNECTING

There are subtle energies that exist in the world that we as women can tap into. If we are busy, filled with toxins, or stressed, they are very easy to miss. Such energies can often heal us of worry and assist with physical ailments. We have to take the time to bond with them so that they can keep us refrehsed and open for life to evolve.

Solitude gives us a chance to stop and think without distractions. It enhances your crown chakra. You can get in touch with your own voice without the interference of other influences that would normally drown it out. Just practising an “existence” in combination with a meditation practice can be quite beneficial when understanding how to listen to the guidance that the universe has to offer. Spend quality time away from social networking and other people in order to fully grasp these benefits. If you meditate in a group, consider adding your own meditation to that as well. You may find that the various experiences take you to different places and ultimately give you different answers. You may even connect with various light beings with these approaches. Explore your route and find out what works best for you. That is the menu that you are to follow. The combination of prayer and meditation can also work wonders.

Many women complain that they wish that they had more time to dedicate to themselves but that there isn’t enough time in the day. How is it possible that we as natural receivers give away too much of ourselves and then have nothing left? You schedule time to go get your nails done. You find time to eat. Schedule an appointment with yourself on a regular basis in order to accomplish those little things that you know will ground you. When you are ready to spend time with yourself, disregard the clock as you are your own priority. Others will respect your time and space if you begin to do the same. Living a life with a scattered brain will bring you scattered results.

This week in particular has brought the ever popular, “I am upset because I have eaten everything…”. Remember that we are humans. Women in particular are affected by various cycles including our favorite menstration. Your mind and body will react differently during these cycles and may demand different things. There is nothing wrong with falling off the horse for a little while and eating that dessert for a few days. However, if you stay off the horse and do not return to your exercise regimen or reintroduce greens in your diet, then the true defeat will begin. If you spend time at one extreme of the scale, take the time to balance it out by detoxing and truly watching what you put in your body. Your diet is a big part of your health and affects how you receive your messages and your thought process.

What about my feminine side? I have no time to devote to her. Of course you do! Instead of that treadmill this evening, why not try a Middle Eastern Dance class and unleash that goddess with ancient moves that were designed for your body by women. The natural moves will compliment what you already call your physical temple. Wake up a little earlier and play with your hair in the mirror. You planned on wearing black and white to that function? Why not add a dash of red to your outfit. You have flannel pajamas but do you have a silk teddy? There are many ways that you can work your girliness back into your life.

Creative outlets are another way of keeping that inner girl happy. When was the last time you painted something? You do not have to be Picasso to enjoy the feeling of a paintbrush on paper. If you enjoy reading affirmations, why not try writing some of your own to keep yourself inspired?
Attend the current opera or go to that restaurant that has a new jazz night. Why you could even be the newcomer at the spoken word night at the local lounge. There are so many resources for you to utilize those skills that you may have left behind in elective classes years ago. Allow them the pleasure of keeping you in touch with the expression of your own voice. Your sacral and throat chakras will say thank you.

Its Saturday night and the art walk is beginning in Wynwood. I can hear the cars on the street passing by as my fingers click away on the keyboard. I have ventured out today to wander about the world and shall use my evening to connect to myself and understand my own desires. My upcoming plans for classes excite me as I continue to develop, research, and share. The exercises from the last two circles are still in effect. My Moonflower is sprouting quite nicely with my balance intention, and my shell sits in my crystal grid as it reminds me of what I am working towards as far as a smaller intention. It brings me great joy to continue to improve and share with my sisters as all of us strive to be better women in a world that does not always welcome us. Take some time for yourself this evening and rejoice in the fact that you did something nice for yourself.

A Friday Reflection

It started to rain as I lazed around. It was very dark, and I felt the need for light. Naturally, I lit a candle from my vast collection. My mind began to wander to the happenings of the week which led me to my computer.

There are many people that have unrealized potential in life. They fall short of reaching that level of outstanding or amazing simply because of fear. Fear is not a feeling that belongs in your heart. It does not serve an individual nor will it assist in understanding a higher purpose. The knowledge of what needs to be done or accepted may be present but because of fear, the person is gripped in the throes of anxious pain. Many women could be flourishing in a life filled with joy but instead, they choose to cling to that which is mundane. Our thoughts affect our decisions. Our decisions shape our life. There it is. A lifetime of decisive thought.

There is not a single situation that is given to us that we can not overcome through some way shape or form. There are resources that accompany us in the form of angels, spirit guides, totems, ascended masters, saints, gods, goddesses, and the list continues. There are people in our lives that often have an untapped wealth of knowledge to share. We have only to ask for a glass to drink from the fountain. Moments of silence are often overlooked and underappreciated as we hurry through text messages and on to the next slice of pizza. Take that moment of silence and reflect upon your thoughts, your days, your feelings. If you have a meditation practice, execute it so that you may reap the benefits. Exercises such as yoga and pilates can assist in the balancing of your mind and your physical prowess. Research your resources and embrace what works for you.

It is important as women to accept our natural gifts: healing, mediumship, empaths, etc. All women have that inner guidance that is often ignored. (we must stop this from happening to our children….) It is silenced by our minds and slayed by the demands of the world. Look in the mirror and accept yourself. If your heart truly wants to soar, why would you choose to stay on the ground and pretend to be happy with dirt? This causes suffering in silence and blocked chakras. Ultimately, the person is unhappy and simply goes through the motions of life. It is one thing to exist and quite a different thing entirely to live. Accept your self truths and use them to walk your path with clarity. Once you are able to see clearly, fog does not come as often.

We have to experience things in order to learn and grow. Some lessons are more painful than others. However, let us not forget the joyous ones that we like to use as a happy reference. There are ways of dealing with situations and there are ways of thinking that can put us in the places where we need to be in order to attain that desired level of peace. Surround yourself with positive people and positive things in order to keep your thoughts free of negativity. Suggestions you ask?

1.) A plant can help you stay connected to nature while you are inside. It can assist with your energy level and you may find relaxation while taking care of it. It also draws fairies closer to you which will bring you more light.

2.) A healthy diet can keep you more in tune with yourself and with the natural rhythm of the earth. You will be in a better place to connect with the universe and hear all of the loving thoughts that are being given to you.

3.) A plate of crystals in a place of clashing energies can help lighten the heavniness.

4.) Certain places are dark and will drain you of your energy for one reason or another. If you have an uneasy feeling about a building or house, remove yourself from the area at once. You want to avoid absorbing the negative energy. Cleanse yourself at once so that you are not keeping the toxins.

5.) The ever popular energy vampire can appear in the form of a friend or a relative. You will recognize this individual because you go out of your way to avoid this person because you always feel tired after having a conversation. Such conversations can cause your ear chakras to collapse as well as other issues that will rise to the surface in the form of fatigue and or physical ailments. You would not sit in a chair with a push pin because it would hurt your posterior. Well, if you continue to entertain the energy vampire, understand that it is the same push pin.

6.) If you have a house of worship(temple, church, mosque, river, etc.), attend regularly so that you can receive the upliftment.

Much of what I write stems from the fact that I grew tired of seeing beautiful women that simply accepted mediocrity as a way of life. They never saw that they were holding the keys to an unlocked cage door. A woman brings forth life into the universe and nurtures it. Her love can change entire societies. Her knowledge heals wounds and broken hearts. The deep slope of her curve can stop entire intersections, and her smile can ligten the darkest of situations. My sisters deserve to break free from the societal expectations and live a life of their own. It goes back to that little inner voice that has so much to drown it out. Connect with it and follow its advice. The world would benefit from more of us connecting to that inner wisdom because there would be happier people.

Its a Friday evening. Enjoy a moment of solitude. Play some soft relaxation music. Invite that friend over for a nice deep conversation. Grab your significant other and do not let go until late in the afternoon tomorrow. Dance with your own shadow. Live your life. Make it a happy one.