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About Death
Currently, our family has been dealing with some "tough stuff". Death or the talk of death is not one that is readily accepted. We must hide our grief behind closed doors and with immediate family members only. Openly talking about the process of death is both a faux pas and one not deemed necessary.

It is of my personal opinion that we are both lucky and unlucky to see death coming. Lucky in the respect that you have time to "say goodbye" to all your close family and friends. The unlucky part is perhaps the suffering, but even more so is the thought process that you will in fact die. IT is scary. What will become of your soul following the death of your Earthly skin and bones?

Again, it is of my personal opinion and belief that we have somewhere to go following our death. Call it heaven if you will, but there is something. There has to be. I remember this year crying out to God in grief and sadness. I asked him whether or not I should continue writing my book about my breakdown and to give me a sign.

Later that day, I sat in the carpool line waiting for my son when a big black crow perches on a sign next to our car. I thought this is my sign. Then I thought, fly back three times. The crow proceeds to fly back and forth to the sign an exact number of three times and then flew off. I meet with a shaman. She recently scolded me and inquired as to why I stopped writing?

The creative process has died. I simply felt uninspired. Until today, it is both life and death that rekindle these literary flames. Every breath is precious, down till the very last gasping breath. We all have our time and in that time of death we have lessons to learn and things still to do. Our life is carefully orchestrated so that we may learn what is needed and perhaps carry that over into the next life.

Until death greets us all, enjoy the roller coaster ride that is life.
How to Find Your Spirit Animal
Photography by Second Ave Photography

"The animals which are our totems are mirrors to us. They reflect lessons we need to learn and abilities we can most easily develop" - Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

What is all this talk about spirit animals?! How do you actually find your spirit or totem animals? This post is for those of you who have absolutely no experience with spirit animals and want to dive right in! First, I want you to imagine yourself as a child at the zoo. Which animal or animals did you have an affinity for? That is a great starting place in discovering your first spirit animal or power animal. Your power animal is your spirit animal that stays with you for life. Secondly, you have many spirit animals that will come and go in your life as you need them.

Do you have any recurring animal dreams or any animals that come to you during meditations? That is a good sign or indication that those animals are a part of your totem! What about nature itself? Did you have a butterfly land on your nose today? Do you have a crow that visits you every morning? Well guess what?! They could also be a part of your animal spirit crew. It could also be as simple as the animal that you have a pure love for. Do you adore wolves or owls? Those animals could be in your totem too!

"Our totems help us to recognize our opportunities in life. They help define who we are and how to succeed. Their individual abilities reflect our own innate ones." - Ted Andrews, Animal Speak

Now that you have a few potential spirit what? Now, you research your animals! Learn about their behaviors. What do they like to eat? How do they socialize? Learn all of their positive and negative traits. All of this information can help you manifest positive things in your life and help you understand "you" better. For more information on spirit animal guides try the book Animal Spirit Guides by Stephen D. Farmer.
Energy Cleanse Bath Salt Recipe
Epsom salts and clay are a great combination for the ultimate detox bath. The salts will pull out and clear any negative energies. Also, try adding specific herbs for their symbolic meanings. I added dried Oregano for joy. Lavender for purity, love, and devotion. I also added dried Calendula for passion and creativity. The clay is great for softening skin, exfoliation, and removing toxins.

Ingredients you need:
2 lbs of Epsom Salts or Sea Salts
1/2 cup Red Moroccan Clay or other natural clay
A Pinch of dried Oregano
A Pinch of dried Lavender
A Pinch of dried Calendula
40 gtts of Lavender essential oil
20 gtts of Rose essential oil

How to scrub-a-dub:
1.) Soak for at least 20 to 30 minutes.

2.) Light some candles.

3.) Take some salts and add some high qualities oils like Argan or Rosehip for a luxuriating scrub. Envision scrubbing away the negativity and soaking up the positive vibes.

4.) Relax and enjoy! Some deep breathing with hands on touch for a bit of Reiki stimulation would be a great addition to this ritual bath time treat!

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