Sacred Scents

Behind the Scenes of Sacred Scents

Throughout history and within various cultures of the world, scents have played an important role in ceremony, sacred ritual and prayer. In their various forms and modalities, sacred scents are generally used to raise vibrations, dispel negativity, and assist with healing and spiritual work.…

October 1, 2019
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Autumn Equinox & Seasonal Rituals

::: H E A R T H & H O M E   SE L F-G U I D E D R E T R E A T ::: Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, also referred to as Mabon in the Pagan tradition, is…

September 24, 2019

Is this the end of days? The Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor

Is this the end of days? I sit at my home in Nassau, Bahamas staring blankly out the window at ribbons of turquoise and cobalt as the ocean lies placid. It pains me to see such exquisiteness. How could mother nature so unabashedly share…

September 16, 2019
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Shamanism Summit Synopsis – A Box of Chocolates

“My mama always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.’” Thus spake Forrest Gump, mouth full, sitting on a bus stop bench, quoting his wise mother. So too is The Shift Network’s Shamanism Summit like…

July 23, 2019
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The summer solstice is a time with powerful energies of the longest day of the year. The sun and Earth align in a way to assist the growth of all things to come to their fullness. We are all one, so that includes YOU…

June 13, 2019
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Animal Communication: Talking To Animals

Talk to the Animals? Yes, We Can Jake was sad. He missed his buddy, my husband, who had just passed. My Peach-faced Lovebird began picking his feathers and skin until a very deep wound developed under one wing. During many trips to the veterinarian…

May 16, 2019
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The Power of Altars: How to Build, Tend and Grow Your Own Altar

The Aliveness of Altars Nearly a decade ago, when my love affair with the sacred began (or maybe it’s more accurate to say “we got back together”!), I felt an urgent need to create my first altar.  I did it haltingly, worried I might…

May 16, 2019


Biomimicry: A Better Idea Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein   Recently, I met an engineer in the aisles of Barnes & Noble, (yes, a brick and mortar bookstore.) I literally backed into him while looking for…

April 17, 2019

Resin Incense: What Is It & How To Burn it

Resin Incense: What Is It & How To Burn it Resin incense has always had a slightly more mystical vibe to it than your more well known incense. Resins come straight from particular trees so there is no manufacturing or making. Stick incense can…

March 21, 2019
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Poncho Pondering: Why Alpaca Is The Best

Alpaca:  Gift of the Gods The next time you sink into the luxurious folds of an alpaca poncho during the cooler in-between-seasons, let your mind wander to the role this storied animal played in the unfolding history of the early peoples of Heart Island,…

March 12, 2019
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How To Incorporate Your Chakras in a Conscious Relationship

There are seven chakras located in our subtle energy bodies, and while they are centers of spiritual energy, they also play into our physical and mental well being. The chakras are an excellent place to start when beginning on any spiritual path. They are…

February 21, 2019

Rainbow Connection in Shamanism

It takes both rain and sunshine to make a Rainbow. Proverb When that loveable green Muppet Kermit the Frog sang “The Rainbow Connection,” he asked the musical question “Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side?”  Well, there…

February 15, 2019
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The Space Between Seasons

Sitting In The Stillness Now that the big event of the season (the holidays) have surpassed us, it can be easy to ignore what’s right in front of us and have that what’s next mentality. Spring fashion seems to be popping up already. Plans…

January 23, 2019
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The Sound of The Shaman – Sounds of The Four Directions

The power of music to integrate and cure. . . is quite fundamental. It is the profoundest non-chemical medication. – Oliver Sacks, Awakenings Once, heartbroken after leaving a long-term relationship, I took up playing the guitar. Little did I know then that holding and playing…

January 2, 2019
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Healing With Shinrin-Yoku – Japanese Forest Bathing

“The forest responds the same way you call.” Niin metsä vastaa kuin sinne huudetaan – old Finnish proverb When I first came across the concept of Shinrin-Yoku, an image of wandering around the forest naked and hungry for days, while covered in mud and…

January 1, 2019