American Beauty

sunsetgrandcanyon My family and I just returned from an adventurous  vacation. We hiked through the Grand Canyon, Zion and Sedona. The beauty blew me away. In addition to strenuous hikes and breathtaking views, I also was able to find a few moments of peace. In Sedona, I made sure to visit areas known as vortexes. According to this article, “the vortexes in Sedona are swirling centers of subtle energy coming out from the surface of the earth. The vortex energy is not exactly electricity or magnetism, although it does leave a slight measurable residual magnetism in the places where it is strongest.” The article also states that “Sedona has long been known as a spiritual power center. This is because the power that emanates from the vortexes produces some of the most remarkable energy on the planet. This energy is the reason Sedona is full of people that are “on the path”, that is, people who have made a commitment to grow and become as much as they can spiritually. It is also the reason that such a large New Age community has sprung up in the Sedona area, bringing with it a variety of spiritual practices and alternative healing modalities, and it is the reason Sedona has sometimes been called a spiritual Disneyland.” As you can imagine, being an energy worker, I was very, very excited to visit a vortex. At the same time, I tried to remain calm since two of my friends recently visited the vortexes and neither felt anything. My family and I visited two vortexes: the Airport Vortex and the Bell Rock Vortex. When you visit these places, there is no X marks the spot, aka, no sign that reads Vortex. However, at each vortex, I searched for a juniper tree since I read that these trees are a sign of the vortex energy. This is a photo of the juniper tree that I bonded with at the Airport Vortex: vortextree This is the juniper tree I sat under at Bell Rock Vortex: bell rock vortexSo, did I feel any energy?? I can’t say for sure. I did fall in love with the tree at the Airport Vortex. I bonded with this tree. I felt attached to this tree. It was hard for me to say goodbye to that tree.  Other than that, I didn’t have any other sensations. However, my 10 year old daughter had a different experience. For some unexplained reason, she lost a tooth under each tree. She hasn’t lost any teeth in months and months and yet two teeth basically jumped out of her mouth as she sat under the juniper tree. I saw the first one happen. She initially sat under one tree and I sat on another a few feet away. She then came to sit with me and said that her tooth felt loose. I turned to look at her; she wiggled her tooth and it jumped out of her mouth. We were both in shock. The next day we went to Bell Rock and searched for a juniper tree. As we walked towards one, I wondered out loud if she would lose another tooth. And she did. At the Bell Rock vortex, I asked my family for some time alone. As I sat under the juniper tree  (the Bell Rock vortex is supposedly the strongest out of 4 vortexes most often mentioned), I set the intention that the vortex energy reach all my Reiki clients. I set intentions for family and friends. Later that day, I chatted with a woman who told me her life dramatically changed two months after visiting a vortex in Sedona. She said she didn’t feel anything at the vortex but when she returned home, everything in her life began to change and she ended up moving to Sedona. Guess we’ll see what happens to me. In the meantime, please enjoy this photo of Bell Rock. bell rock

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India, Here I Come!

A few months ago, I wrote how my trip to India had been cancelled. Since then, I found a new trip, booked my tickets and secured my visa. I will be heading to India on September 30th and will be there until October 13th. Om. My. God!!!!

I got together with some friends last night and they asked me if I was excited about my trip. Hmm, hell no. I am scared sh#tless! I’m also sad that the trip is approaching so quickly. What can I say? I really enjoy the anticipation of this trip. I feel deranged in thinking that pretty soon my trip will have already happened. It will be a memory.

I’m crazy, right? I mean seriously! This is a trip of a lifetime. I should be on cloud nine. Except I’m not. I have a big pit in my stomach thinking about what to pack, worried that I won’t pack the right things, worried that I will get the Delhi Belly and all sorts of things.

I’m sure I will have a transformational experience. I’m sure I will have a great time. I know a huge part of my anxiety and nervousness is the feeling that I haven’t done anything to prepare for this trip. Yes, I have my tickets, visa and shots. However, I need to start packing my toiletry bag and what luggage will I bring? I need to find a duffle bag to pack all the goodies I assume I will purchase. I need to figure out what clothes I will wear. Raghunath, oh, yes, I am traveling to India with Raghunath, suggested we just bring a few things and shop while we’re there. I also want to purchase a few oils from Young Living. And some powerful insect repellant spray.

I’m sure once I start doing a few things, I will start feeling better. I hope. Wish me luck!

More Wishes Came True

I’ve written before on the incredible results I’ve had with my vision board. This past weekend, two more wishes came true.

On my board, I have photos/ads that I cut out that feature India, Omega and Kripalu. However, I also knew going to all three places in one year probably wouldn’t happen. I emailed my spiritual book club with my thoughts, how I felt guilty wanting to go to all three places and that I couldn’t imagine it even happening. Honestly, I really wanted to go to Omega, since I had visited Kripalu two years ago. One of my book club members wrote back saying to let go of the how and when. If it made me happy, to leave all three on my board. I decided to take her advice.

Last month, while reading elephantjournal.com, I saw a banner ad about the Being Yoga Conference at Omega. When I saw the date, I gasped. It was the weekend when my husband was going to be in Florida to bring our girls home from visiting his parents. I would be home alone the entire weekend. I could actually go to Omega and not feel any guilt for being away from my family. Om. My. God.

I posted the link to the conference on Facebook and asked if anyone wanted to go with me. A friend, another yoga teacher who I had met during my training, wrote that she needed a break and wanted to go. Now I had a roommate and someone to keep me company in the car.

Plans were beginning to quickly fall into place. Then, something completely unexpected happened.  Continue reading

Does Everything Happen For A Reason?

I’ve been giving the phrase “everything happens for a reason” a lot of thought recently. I blogged a few months ago about my desire to go to India this year. Since that post, I did more research, found a tour and signed up. I made an appointment with the Department of Infectious Diseases. I purchased my airfare. I had sent in all the materials to get my Visa (what a pain in the ass that was). I’ve been sharing the news with my friends and everyone who asks how I was going to celebrate my upcoming 40th birthday. I was so excited, nervous and happy.

Then, on Mother’s Day, I received an email that broke my heart. Continue reading

See Ya!

Tomorrow morning my family and I are leaving on a week-long trip.  I am super stressed at this moment.  I am trying to pack for the three of us (my husband handles his own stuff) while listening to a chanting cd (thank you Amy) and trying to finish up some work.

My intention for this entire trip is to go with the flow.  I intend to relax and enjoy time with family. I am tired of struggling and working.  I am tired of pitching and trying to make things work. I am ready to let go and to allow things to unfold. My only “must-do” or I really should say is a “want to do” is to attend a ceremony being held by Thomas Ashely-Farrand. I don’t know much about it but since I will be in that area, then I am going to try my darnest to be in the presence of a mantra guru.  I am hoping to experience some metaphysical things or a holistic healing.  Gee, even though I just wrote that I am letting go, it does seem like I do have an agenda, doesn’t it?  

Guess I need to do more OMing……