on this Samhain holiday

Today is the ancient holiday, Samhain. Some have come to recognize that some of the traditions practiced by the ancient Celts have carried over to us in the form of Halloween.

It is believed that on this day, the veil between worlds is thinned. Spirits during this time are more accessible to us, as the fairy portals are open to allow the souls that have passed during the year to transition into the other-world.

Just as the leaves, now colored red and orange and yellow, are soon to fall from the trees from which they grew, so goes the changes within ourselves. Now is the time to accept our entire beings: the shadow and light, the inevitability of life leading to death, our strengths and our foibles. It is also a time to shed the skins of the prior year; to begin again- renewed. Light is fading, awaiting rebirth at the Winter Equinox and we must also allow our old selves to fade so that our new perspectives can lead us into new understanding.

Be unafraid today, should you feel a slight breeze upon your cheek, a light that passes within your vision, a voice beckoning you… these are simply your guides, your ancestors, your loved ones who have passed over, giving you love and encouragement; giving you a special hug as they are free to wonder on this night.

Tonight, light a fire: Give thanks to all the blessings in your life; Give mention to all whom have passed from this plane during the year; Write on a piece of paper all that you wish to release from your spirit, your mind, your heart and place it in the fire with love.

Wishing you Samhain blessings for growth and acceptance during this time. May your ancestors bless you and your loved ones for a bountiful upcoming year.

With love,
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embrace the change

I spent a good amount of time this morning watching the squirrels scurry from yard to yard collecting acorns. The change in weather has definitely kicked their instincts into gear and they are intuitively getting ready for winter by lining their holes and nests with sustenance for the oncoming winter.

This made me consider the notion of change. Seasons bring about an alteration in weather: the clothes we wear, the level of activity we participate in, our moods, the foods we eat- all change. As the cold blows in, we inevitably slow down, settle in and perhaps reflect a bit upon aspects of the past year- good and bad.

These introspections can bring about wonderful changes both in ourselves and in our direct environments. Perhaps, as an exercise to welcome change, think on one thing that you can alter about your life that might create a lasting reverberation within your world. Decide that one night a week all winter you will eat cleaner.. whether that means no meat, or no dairy, or no processed foods, or no alcohol… think on what you can change, for just one day this winter, that might affect your body, your mind, your spirit in a positive way. Decide today to try committing yourself to that one thing… and then watch how just one effort, once a week, can impact your life and the lives of both the people and animals around you.

Change is as inevitable as the seasons. The squirrels don’t fight against the incoming chill, they simply prepare for it and manage it as best as they can. We can learn a lot about inner peace from them, about acceptance from them; and in doing so, we might be able to embrace that change for our own highest and best good. It really only starts with a step… one step forward. Decide to be the change you want to see… decide to take that step that might free you from the shackles of life that create stress, and sickness, and dis-ease.

The ability to manifest what we desire is ours by nature… all that is required is believe and action. Take your step, save your acorns, create a better and higher vibrational environment for yourself and all living things around you.

with love and light
erin

On the Autumnal Equionox

Today is Mabon, the Autumnal Equinox. At this time, light and dark are equal. After today, darkness will begin to consume light until light is reborn again during the Winter Solstice. Now is the time to reap what you have sown, both literally and figuratively. Take time to review the past year; be thankful for manifested dreams and desires and assess those dreams that did not come to fruition with the understanding that sometimes doors remain closed for our highest and best good.

Take time to give thanks for the abundance in your life. Stretch your mind to consider new frontiers for the coming year. Prepare yourself for the dark period we are entering as shadow work is equally as important as focusing on lightness. Find balance between these two opposites to allow true energy to flow through you.

May your life be filled with abundance, prosperity and peace on this Mabon celebration.

Love and light…

the Save Movement

I have a difficult time watching those Save Movement posts that document the horrors of factory based farming globally; but I know how important these testimonies are with regards to public knowledge. It’s difficult for me to imagine what an intelligent, terrified, animal must go through moments before they are murdered.

I have said before that I choose to live a vegan lifestyle based mostly on the welfare of animals. However, I am also a Reiki Therapist and understand the value of energetic frequencies. I often wonder what energy gets stored within the flesh of an animal who experiences such pain and suffering prior to death and what that vibration must do to our own psyche. I find myself pondering at times how that kind of darkness- ingested daily/weekly/even monthly- might coat our energy field or aura in the same nasty suffering.

I suppose that people who choose to eat flesh do it without thinking of what they take into their bodies. I get, “but it tastes so good” as reasoning frequently, however, just because something seems to make us “feel” good doesn’t mean that it is “good” for us- or for our ecosystem as a whole. I understand that sometimes a lack of knowledge creates a platform for continued suffering, and therefore- more Save Movements must pop up to educate the population. For this, I applaud the efforts put forth by these animal crusaders; even if it hurts to watch.

I am a firm believer however, that we can all do our tiny part. Even it if means not eating meat one time week- that is one day with one less animal death. One person can make a difference.. and many people bound together in a common cause can make an even bigger one.

Thanks be to all those who are awake enough to understand that alternatives exist- tasty, healthy, good alternatives that do not require suffering and death to animals.

love and light…

The Vegan Lifestyle

I always had a love of animals, but I have only been a vegan for a little over five years. My husband is a Chef and came home one day disgusted with the amount of chicken he was being asked to cut for the “fit station” at his work. He suggested the idea of going vegan and I never looked back.

It can be difficult to remain meat and dairy free… especially out to restaurants or ordering take out. The trick is to remain open minded and flexible. When we order pizza- we get it full of vegetables sans cheese. When we order Chinese food, we order vegetable curry and plain rice.

I know there are numerous health benefits to the vegan lifestyle, but that is not the motivating force behind my dedication to cruelty-free food. I simply cannot fathom taking in the energy of pain, anguish, torture. Ingesting these negative energies seems absurd to me. If we are what we eat, why would we choose to eat pain and death? Why would we choose to wear these things?

I still have a difficult time transitioning my footwear to leather-free; but I am constantly sourcing different goods to replace these items forged from “pain” and replaced them with “kinder” goods. Stay tuned as I will keep sharing what I find, and selling it to you with love in my heart.

with love,
erin