Navigating the Recalibration of the Divine Feminine

There are a lot of articles lately about the astrological transits and events taking place. I, too, write a lot about these individual events in my monthly newsletter, Fields of Dreams. But what we’re experiencing now is not just a consequence of individual planets moving across the night sky, but rather a larger shift that is permeating all aspects of vibration on the planet and within each of us. I see all of these incremental changes (noted by specific astrological events) as part of a larger recalibration that has been occurring for some years. We’ve seen political upheaval all over the world, we’ve seen hidden information exposed to the public, we’ve seen the failure of economic structures and the decline of governmental systems. On the individual level, we have been experiencing shifts and changes in small and large ways that are proving to be life-changing. It’s easy with all of these happenings to lose sight of what is really going on in...
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A Conversation with Sarah McLean: Musings on Meditation, Love, & the Power of Attention

On Saturday, October 25, I had the opportunity to chat with Sarah McLean about meditation, its importance, and its transformational abilities.  I first met Sarah at a monthly meeting of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, a local professional writing group in Phoenix, at which Sarah was invited to speak. At the meeting, I learned about Sarah's personal journey and her expertise in meditation. Later, on a weekend trip to Sedona, I stopped for a Sunday afternoon meditation at the McLean Meditation Institute, where Sarah is the founder, and she was facilitating that day.  The thing I like the most about Sarah's approach is her down-to-earth savvy, easily digestible explanations, and the warmth with which she exudes her wisdom. During our conversation, we chatted about meditation techniques, the paradox of shrinking time, the ego and the monkey mind, and more.   You can also learn more about Sarah's work, the McLean Meditation Institute, and the programs and retreats offered by clicking here. Image used in...
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A Row of Tombs: Sabine Lucas on Past Lives (Part 2 of 2)

In the previous post, we learned about the fascinating life of author Dr. Sabine Lucas. Part 2 of the interview explores the idea that everything is connected through the quantum field, why past life healing work is important, and how we can move forward as a collective. The film A Row of Tombs also talks about the quantum field. How do past lives relate to the quantum field? “As far as I know—and I am far from being a physicist—the quantum theory has many different aspects to it. The only aspect that has any bearings on past lives is the hypothesis that time is not an absolute. According to quantum physics, what we call time is really quantified eternity. It is pretty clear that past lives and past life memories exist in a timeless zone outside of 3-D reality. In this timeless zone, past, present, and future are one. This means that what we did in the past, affects us in the present. And...
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A Row of Tombs: Sabine Lucas on Past Lives (Part 1 of 2)

Dr. Sabine Lucas was born in Germany and raised there during the Second World War. She studied German and English language and literature at Heidelberg University. For eleven years,  she instructed undergraduates at Reading University in England in German language and literature while acting part of the time as a German language consultant in the educational programs of BBC London. In the throws of a midlife crisis, she entered a Jungian analysis in London which lasted five years. During this time, she got deeply involved with the many inspiring Jungian events organized for the public by Jungian analysts and theologians in London. This led to a career change and, initially, to a psychotherapy training with the Guild of Psychotherapists in London. After two years of eclectic studies with this experimental group she transferred for a more specialized training to the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. Here she supported herself financially with dream workshops and the German translation of Jane Roberts' Seth Speaks,...
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The Studio of Frank Gonzales

In the heart of Tempe, Arizona, amongst the hurried activity of the nearby university, artist Frank Gonzales makes his home on a quiet street, where his studio provides a sanctuary for creative work. Knowing that environment is important and can impact creative work, he peppers his studio with important items that bring inspiration. Alongside the tubes of paint and jars of paint mixtures, his primary easel sits, facing the window overlooking his sleepy front yard. A terrarium of carnivorous plants sits on the table across from his easel, next to a wide bookcase filled with art and plant books, magazines, and supplies. One of his cats lazily sleeps under another table covered with newly finished works nearly ready to be sent to one of his galleries. Botany and ornithology inform his works; bright, playful paintings that reveal the type of personality that each creature exudes. Most of his pairings are unusual—not necessarily the elements of natural habitat or examples of symbiotic relationships in...
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The Space of the Unknown

The process of creation happens in the present moment. Michelangelo said of his journey as an artist:  “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Alchemists knew this process well—the act of fashioning “something” from “nothing.” Solve et coagula, that is, "dissolve and coagulate" meaning nothing new can be built before we break the old and we make space. Before a project is revealed, the artist may not (and most likely doesn’t) know what the final work will be.  The artist may have a vague idea about theme, or character, or scene, or tune, but the work reveals itself during the process of creation. It doesn’t happen during a planning phase or a crafting session. The artist, the writer is a channel—one who is willing to go into the space of the unknown, into the space of uncertainty, and be present in that space long enough for the work to reveal...
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The Power of Pluto

The small planet of Pluto packs a gigantic punch! It’s interesting to me that this tiny giant was discovered in 1930 and its designation as an official “planet” has been debated until 2006 when it was re-classified as a “dwarf planet.” Pluto has had so much impact on the way we perceive astrology as well as the ways in which astrology can be used as a transformative tool. We’re now in the midst of a powerful grand cross, a configuration that includes Uranus in the sign of Aries, Pluto in Capricorn, Mars in Libra, and Jupiter in Cancer.  Under this grand cross, each planet sits right in the middle of each element: Air, Water, Fire and Earth. My interest in Pluto in this configuration is the magnitude of such a small object and its significance in terms of the cycle by which the individual and collective psyches are affected. Pluto’s symbolic associations include the Hindu god Shiva, and goddesses Kali and Shakti, Medusa,...
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Mysticism: Magic? Or Alchemy?

Ideas about magic and alchemy are rooted in ancient and early texts and artwork. The word “magic” is derived from the Greek word mageia, however, mystical and magical systems appear as early as the Babylonians and Egyptian peoples. (Those of you familiar with Lemurian and Atlantean culture know that mysticism appeared during these eras as well.) Early modern ideas and explanations of the esoteric or the unknown have been met with a mixed response of fear and reverie—depending on who was wielding the power to use these mysterious forces. Most documents and much research devoted to the topic of mysticism present a blending of the two. Many texts include information on the Magi, Ancient Greece, Kabbalah and Paganism; there is no discernment between those who practiced magic and those who would be considered “modern mystics.” Some documentation says that magic has its roots in or is closely related to Shamanism, and is associated with power, illusion and trickery. Transformation, however is older...
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Welcome to 2014: Insights for the New Year with Elaine Marolakos Edelson

I can’t believe it’s already 2014!  The 2013 year passed so quickly—and with many ups and downs—that it feels great to settle in to a new year and being again. I always love the time of year when we let go of what came before and envision a new way of relating to the world, perhaps expansive, perhaps introspective, but always moving forward and (at least for me) with intention. I don’t use the world resolution, and for many reasons. With each passing year, I learn some new things, I have grown in knowledge and wisdom, and have experienced important moments that I’ll remember forever. Time passes quickly—now more than ever before—and I felt it important to spotlight this fresh start in a new way. This month’s blog post features Elaine Marolakos Edelson, intuitive channel, empath, and astrologer. Elaine is also the author of the highly acclaimed Minutes to Manifesting, which she now uses in her Bodhi System ~ Intuitive Mastery Mentoring Program....
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Kicking and Screaming to Enlightenment: An Interview with Mary Bell

Mary Bell R.N.C. is a spiritual healer, author, teacher, and channel who has been in private practice for more than twenty years. Her passion has been to bring ease and grace into the transformational process. She specializes in understanding and integrating the shift of consciousness that is currently occurring on the earth plane. Mary offers a unique blend of new age and traditional spiritual philosophy in her approach to healing, which makes her work appealing to many different people. Her background in O.B. nursing and her study of psychology through Bioenergetic Analysis, prepared her for a direction in her work in which she is able to find the root of any issue and heal it at its core. She is a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, Awakening Your Light Body, as taught by Sanaya Roman and Dwayne Packer, and has been teaching her own work since 1995. Mary has taught nationally with the Healing Touch program before she...
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