Monday, January 22

THE GIFT OF THE STARFISH

Isn't she beautiful!!!

At the Riverbend Retreat Center in Sahuarita, AZ, a Fire Ceremony was held for the intentions of a cancer healing. Although many miles away, (I'm currently on the west coast), when I was told of it, instantly the ocean beckoned to take part. 

I was honored to have been the receiver of the message, acknowledged the request and went to the beach with an expanded intention of the Fire Ceremony... healing for all. (Including YOU!)

In the early morning hours, (when the angels walk), I sat in my room before leaving with my daughter and puppy. (Dogs hold healing energy, not only do they transmute negative energy into positive, they remind us to remain loyal to ourselves.)

It was a beautiful morning, the sun was shining, and as my friend Big John would have said, "It's a premium day!" and it was! We walked, sat, watched, and listened in silence, holding sacred space for the ceremony that was to come later in the day.

A feather, (spiritual evolution, communication with spirit), shell (brings to us the desires of our heart) and seaweed (goddess energy connecting us with our subconscious), all became part of the support. I held each item gently in my hand as we walked back along the water line... and there she was! A beautiful purple STARFISH! Not only were we surprised to see her, we were equally surprised that she was alive. I have traveled to many different beaches in the world and I have never seen a starfish just lying on the sand.

My daughter scooped her up with a handful of sand to protect her and for just a small bit, we all exchanged a sacred knowing, an honoring... a sharing of intimate space and gratitude before we gently placed her back in the water.

I am absolutely convinced that she was there waiting for us... waiting to be a part of the healing ceremony. While literally hundreds of miles away... we are all still connected. This was not a beach that we would normally frequent so why had we chosen to go there this morning? To meet our little spirit friend! And I know, deep within, without a doubt, this starfish there as a gift for us all. 

In animal medicine starfish have to rely on their intuition and instincts for survival as they have no brain. Starfish reminds us to get out of our heads and into our hearts and to trust what we know and feel... in all areas of our lives. Starfish invites us to let go of seeing the world in black and white and embrace the gray in between.

But one of their most unique features is that starfish can regenerate and regrow. If they loose an arm, they simply make a new one. They can even regenerate a whole new body. What a powerful mirror for us. We too have the power within us for our own healing, whether physically or emotionally. We can regenerate new cells, implement new ways of thinking, and seek healing modalities outside the box of what is considered normal.

The gifts that the starfish left for me personally was one of splendor and awe. Here we are... many hours after the encounter and the fire ceremony and I'm still left in the afterglow of this enchanting encounter. I count myself really lucky to have had this experience with my daughter, puppy, the fire ceremony participants and all we set healing intentions for. (You!) 



Monday, January 8

A Golden... Not to be missed...Opportunity!



Already slipped up on your New Year's Resolution? No worries! 2018 provides us with a second, even better chance, and it's coming right up. A potent window of time occurs in the next few days, one that provides a powerful imprint on the coming months. It's an incredible opportunity to focus on the specifics of what we want to materialize this year. 

A Mars-Jupiter alignment in Scorpio gives surges of energy and slings our intent forward, while strongly supporting a Sun-Venus-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn, which is every bit as scary as it sounds. 

No withering or dithering now! Be clear what you want, and set in motion the process that will make it so. Grab the reins of your own destiny with this powerful configuration which peaks on Monday and Tuesday, January 8-9. A not-to-be-missed opportunity, so make it matter. 


A reprint from my good friend, Linea Van Horn, Astrologer at Large. Contact her at 415.418.9677














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Friday, December 1

TAKING TIME FOR YOU... A GIFT TO THOSE AROUND YOU!


Especially during the holidays it can be very tempting to let things that we do for ourself to take a back seat.

A colleague of mine, Peter and I recently spoke about the temptation to put off or completely let go of the things that give us life or bring us joy, when we feel pressured for time. 

He was telling me how he and his wife try to go for daily walks together. It's a time where they connect emotionally and talk about things that are important to each of them. Recently when he found himself particularly busy he was tempted to cancel his walk... tempted. But then he caught himself, went for his time away with his wife and when he got back, everything just seemed to flow in after, as he put it.

That lead to a reoccurring conversation that we have about my life. Working on Evolve to Live, there are are so many wheels that need to be turned and often I feel like a juggler trying to juggle many plates in the air and feel overwhelmed. Most times I only work on projects that have energy behind them (things that are fun), which can lead to my feeling like I'm not doing enough.

But as Peter pointed out, "Pati, I've watched you for years. When you do the things that bring you joy, everything else just flows in behind."

It's the same with morning prayer, meditation or exercise. Once we take the time for ourselves, the rest of the day flows in behind and that is a gift to everyone around us.