Sitting in the Cat Bird Seat

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Spring and early summer are times for Those Who Fly to build their nests and have their babies. This year it seems we have a maternity ward surrounding our home. We have the usual bird parents: Cardinal, Finch, Robin, Oriole and Warblers. There is a new addition that we have not seen here before, Cat Bird.

It took a while to identify this mating pair. I also had to research the spiritual quality of this bird showing up and bringing its medicine to our lives. According to Ted Andrews, Cat Bird is a talented and tireless singer with its ability to make a variety of sounds. This leads to the use of languages and communication. Cat Bird has two broods in a season, and this medicine brings in the essence fertility and abundance of creativity.

An old saying came to mind, sitting in the catbird seat. This cliché means to be in a position of advantage as the cat bird tends to sing their songs from a high perch.

If we blend Ted Andrews and the cliché meanings, Paul and I may have the blessing of the ability and advantage to use communication in many different ways.

I can’t wait to see their babies and listen to their songs. Here is a video that helped me to understand how the catbird sings.

http://youtu.be/KRgvpjcSNcM

 

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June 2, 2014 · 2:59 pm

Sacred Drum Making with A Daughter

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So many of you know how much my life, both personal and professional, has shifted over the last few months. I have taken some time to step back from active teaching and traveling to teach because my Mom needs me home with her.

This past weekend, I had the pleasure and honor to teach a family member to make a sacred drum. My niece made her first sacred elk drum. In our culture, a niece, my brother’s daughter, is also my daughter. So, it was fun and deeply moving to be the one to initiate my daughter to the art and sacredness of drum making.

Sharing the experience of making a sacred drum with a daughter is very special. She has learned the stories, the ceremony and the meditations. The passing on of these sacred tenets is important for both the ancestors and the descendents because as we share these tenets we are in the past, present and future all at once, Big Medicine.

 

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January 31, 2014 · 4:04 pm

Healing The Warrior’s Heart on Sacred Hoop Radio with Neshi

 

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Neshi, host of Sacred Hoop radio show, will interview Taki Telonidis of the Western Folklife Center and Gary Robinson of Tribal Eye Productions, on Wednesday, February 5, at 9 p.m. EST on Star Nations Radio Network.    www.starnationsradio.com;   www.westernfolklife.org/Healing-the-Warrior-s-Heart/

Taki and Gary collaborated to produce the film, Healing The Warrior’s Heart. Healing the Warrior’s Heart is a public television special that examines the emotional trauma of war through the prism of Native American tradition and ceremony. The program reveals the central role that military service plays in Native life and explores the spiritual traditions that help returning American Indian soldiers reintegrate into society.

Despite great efforts by medical and military professionals to treat PTSD many veterans continue to suffer from it, and there is a small but growing community of psychologists, counselors and clergy who are looking toward Native American traditions to bring healing to our suffering soldiers.

Join Neshi, Taki and Gary as they discuss the experience of producing the movie as well the impact Native American methods of healing emotional trauma has helped Warriors heal their hearts.

Please share this information with your family, with your friends, with your co-workers about this very important topic.

Click here to see the movie trailer: Healing The Warrior’s Heart

 

 

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January 17, 2014 · 3:03 pm

Winter Solstice 2013

 

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On the Medicine Wheel, the Winter Solstice rides the cross winds of the Wheel. The crosswinds of the Winter Solstice are at the Northwest of the Medicine Wheel. I have written and taught about the Solstices and Equinoxes in past and I still am in awe of their deep meaning.  In my experience of the cross winds I feel they are like a pause in time just before change. The change we feel in our bodies around the time of the Solstice is the change Nature is making during this time of year as we go from autumn to winter.  When I think about how the cross winds feel like a pause, it reminds me of what it feels like at the top or bottom of a full breath. This time between the inhale or the exhale is about change.

Solstices are an opportunity to bring completion of what has gone before and to consider our intentions for what will come. We plant the seeds of what we would like to manifest. These seeds seem to lie dormant but are really gathering strength to push through the soil in the spring.  The Winter Solstice is the time to go within and sort out our intentions of what we will bring forward. On the Medicine Wheel, the north winds encourage patience and inward growth, a renewal of mind, body and spirit. The north winds assist to establish intent and purpose for the seeds for the coming New Year such as abundance, prosperity, love and illumination.

From another perspective, numerology believes the New Year begins on the Winter Solstice, December 21, because it is the return of the light. The return of the light cleanses the soul and the soul prepares for the New Year. (The Everything Numerology Book, Ellae Elinwood) This perspective is very earth based and yet it comes from the world of numerology. Interesting.

Ceremony is a way to make the Solstice special and meaningful; it is a way for us to sift through our thoughts and feelings to clearly see our intentions; and it is  the blending of the Human and the Divine through the act of prayer. I suppose we could also say that ceremony is a way to bring together the mental mind and the emotions of the heart which creates balance.

Since the Winter Solstice is about the return of the light, many people celebrate by using fire at their ceremony. My husband, Paul, and I usually have a sacred fire where we state our gratitude for the blessing of the past year and welcome the blessings of the New Year. We also place into the fire items from our past that we want to end in order to make room for the new, such as old vision boards or past birthday cards. We have a moment to remember the past birthday and those who gave us the cards before we place them in the fire and send loving prayers to those who remembered us on the day of our birth.

I give thanks for the past year and I state my intentions for the coming year. Sometimes I write these intentions down and place them into the fire  or I will drum while I state my intentions out loud.

As we prepare to exhale that full breath on December 21, Winter Solstice, we are at the place to begin to dream about the coming year and what we would like to create.

May your Winter Solstice, Yule Tide, Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza be loving and joyful.

Many Blessings, Neshi.

 

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December 20, 2013 · 8:34 pm

Emotional and Mental Healing with Essential Oils

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The key element to living and creating your life from your heart is healing your emotional and mental traumas. We have offered many different perspectives regarding this kind of healing in past blog posts. I have found that we all have help from nature through essential oils.

The plant’s life force is in essential oils and its life force can support our healing. Neshi’s guest is Cherie Ross, an independent holistic health consultant and educator for Young Living Essential Oils. Cherie has worked personally and professionally with essential oils for over 35 years. Cherie is a certified Animal Communicator, Karuna Reiki Master and a Medical Intuitive. Cherie is a sought after educator in the area of natural health. She brings her vast knowledge to Sacred Hoop.

In addition to Neshi’s and Cherie’s radio show chat, Cherie will share with us her workshop Wounds to Wisdom during the 3 Wednesday night shows in November. November 6, 13 and 20 at 9pm EST on Star Nations Radio Network. So, bring your cup of tea, your notebook and your questions on Wednesday night to the Sacred Hoop Radio Show and learn about how plant life force, essential oils, can assist you in your emotional and mental healing.

Here is a short 15 minute mini pre-interview with Cherie Ross so that you can taste what we have in store for you in the full shows. Click on Cherie’s name.

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Keeping Secrets, Is it a Good Thing??

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Do you keep secrets? Who do you keep secrets for and why? Keeping secrets can show your maturity, but keeping secrets can also inhibit healing of traumas. We also should look at who do we keep secrets for and why. The secrets we keeping that are positive should be positive for the all involve. When we keep secrets and it feels icky or scary, then it may not be a positive growth experience. Asking yourself about the deeper meaning can have clarity and healing as well as joy.

I invite you to join me Wednesday, Oct 23, for my radio show, Sacred Hoop, on Star Nations Radio Network at 9pm EST (www.starnationsradio.com). We will share more in depth about this important subject, keeping secrets.

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October 13, 2013 · 8:21 pm

Autumn Equinox – The Beginning of the Hero’s Journey

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Preparing for the Autumn Equinox tomorrow, Sunday, September 22, I am guided to re-read some of my past blog articles that I wrote about past Autumn Equinoxes. I had not realized that I have been writing about Equinoxes and Solstices for nearly a decade. It’s funny how fast the years past and we don’t really see what we have accomplished until we turn around to acknowledge that accomplishment.

I noticed that I used Ted Andrews as a resource many times in those blog articles. I still find what he shared about the Autumn Equinox very relevant. Here is what he had to say from his book Nature Speaks; “Autumn Equinox is the Beginning the Hero’s Journey.  This is the time of year that is about endings and beginnings.  This is a of year time of new starts as we clean out the old.  We gather the harvest for the year and the harvest is an abundant year of inner work, peace, solitude and joy.”

There are so many shifts and changes from this past spring and summer. I feel l was walking down one path and found myself on a very different path without the conscious awareness of my mind when the changed occurred. But, in my heart, I felt the rumblings of the change coming and then, poof, I was walking a different path. I went from being over booked teaching workshops and having very little time in between the workshop to a wide open calendar as I cancelled my fall and early winter workshops (except for Star Nations – The Illuminated Now on Oct 19) due to family needs. Interesting. I find this fitting as we are at the Crosswinds of the Medicine Wheel.

I read in one of my past Autumn Equinox blogs that I was sowing the seeds to blend together all that I learned about feng shui, sacred space, sacred geometry, ceremony, drumming, Synchro Alignment with my cultural heritage.  And, I did. Now I am on the path to deepen this blending and to find a new way to deliver my services to my community. I am developing a new teaching format and also broadening, expanding, the reach of Sacred Hoop as I continue to be available for my family. This is a very exciting time, The Beginning of the Hero’s Journey.

Have you experienced the shift and changes? Are you planning something new? Now is a good time to finish up old “business”, as we ride the vespers of the Full Moon and tap into the energies of the Autumn Equinox.

Blessed Autumn Equinox
Neshi

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September 21, 2013 · 7:20 pm

Knowing When to Let Go and Start Anew

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As we move into autumn, we leave behind the bold energy of summer and begin to enter the gathering of what we planted in the spring be that a garden or a project. The autumn brings the aroma of new pencils as a new school year begins; it brings cooler nights as all things green begin to turn their energies inward; it brings to our senses the slowing down and entering the realm of the west.

For me here at home, it is the ending of the baseball season. My mom is an avid Milwaukee Brewers fan. She has listened to or watched the game of baseball for most of her life. Her team is not doing well this season and moving toward their final games. This prompted a chat about knowing when it’s time to let go and start anew.  She tells me that once the season is complete, the team members go home to rest for a while. In those quiet months the team members work toward healing injuries and being with family. Come spring, it will be time to begin again with maybe a new team, a new manager, new teammates or the end of their baseball career.

Staying with the baseball theme, there is a baseball story that many know because of a movie or book they read. It is the story of Shoeless Joe Jackson. The letting go and beginning anew can also be felt in his story as a baseball player from the early 1900’s. He played for the Chicago White Sox in the 1920’s when he was indicted on gaming charges and banned for life from the game he loved, baseball. I am sure that the time to let go and start anew for Joe was a challenge.

The baseball world was rocked by this occurrence as Shoeless Joe was one of the great players of the game. He played the game with heart. Joe had to decide how to begin anew and support his family. He became a business person and owned his businesses. But, he couldn’t give up entirely on baseball, the game he loved. He continued to play the game in semi-professional teams and didn’t receive compensation other than being involved with the game he loved. Shoeless Joe had to find a new path to use his gifts, his talent and his wisdom. Joe had to decide when to let go and start anew.
resource: www.shoelessjoejackson.org

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September 1, 2013 · 8:54 pm

Elderly Parents and the Native American Medicine Wheel

Dad C 2008 225x314I have been immersed in the energies of the northern part of the Medicine Wheel in the past few days. The north is represented by the Elders and wisdom. Yesterday, August 17, would have been my Dad’s 91st birthday if he were still physically here with us. Even though he Walked On in 2010, when his birthday rolls around, my thoughts and feelings are about him. And, today, August 18, would have been my grandmother’s birthday. So, I am remembering her today as well.

When my Dad and my Grandmother Walked On, passed away, their spirit selves stepped off the Medicine Wheel. We experience the turning of the Medicine Wheel only when we are in physical form here on earth. This does not mean that we do not remember those that have Walked On and miss them physically. I miss my Dad’s sense of humor and laughter. I miss giving him a kiss on his cheek and the aroma of Old Spice.

I remember my grandmother wearing her Ho Chunk style skirt and blouse with a scarf tied around her head. I remember her voice as she spoke in Ho Chunk. Even though she has been gone since 1973 we remember her and share the stories. You know how those stories go, the “I remember when” stories. For example, I remember the story about grandma when she was the look out to watch for the farmer as my Dad, went into the field to take a watermelon for an impromptu birthday party to celebrate their birthdays”. I am sure we all have “remember when” stories about our elders.

As I sit with my Elderly mother and reminisce about my Dad and her mother, I can hear in my Mom’s voice how she misses them. She is 94 years old. She is at the North of the Medicine Wheel. She recollects the good old days as if they just happened yesterday. This seems to identify the energy of the North as she reflects on those feelings around those memories.

Some may call the elderly time of life as the twilight of life. But on the Medicine Wheel the Elders are approaching the wee hours of the morning just before the dawning of a new day as they move toward the Eastern part of the Medicine Wheel. The movement back into Spirit as they Walk On or rather off the Wheel to go home back to the Creator and into pure light energy.

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August 18, 2013 · 5:06 pm

Sacred Geometry and the Beat of a Drum

Drum in CommunityBetween the beats of a drum refers to the dynamic area where magic occurs.  I have come to learn that we are attracted to things like flower essences, drumming, the use of sacred bells or the use of certain crystals because at a soul level we are responding to that items particular and individual vibration.  Like vibration attracts like vibration.  I am attracted to drumming and the sound of the drum since I was a very young child.  The space between the drum beat is the sound vibration and is where the sacred geometry that is held by the sound of the drum.  This space of sacred geometry is where our prayers and intentions ride as they flow out into the Universe.  In Celtic tradition, this is may be the betwixt and between where magic occurs.  I also believe this is the “gap” that Dr. Wayne Dyer writes about.

The sound of a drum beat is sacred because of the sacred geometry between the beats. When we combine prayer and drumming we are creating an energy field that is a blend of the vibration of the words used in the prayer, the sacred geometry of the drum beat, the medicine or vibration of the animal hide (elk, buffalo or deer), the wood of the drum frame and also our emotion, such as love.

Sacred sound is found in many places amongst many cultures. Being consciously aware of how sound is sacred and why it is sacred adds to the power of the ceremony or prayer. We are fully awake to our actions as we blend the “medicine” or spirit of sound and vibration. I consider this big medicine.

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August 3, 2013 · 10:15 pm