Cottage Mavens, I was astounded and amazed when I saw that people from 16 countries had read my blog yesterday. (46 countries year- to- date )
At that moment, I was glad that the “translator” was on.
Finally, hitting the 3 year mark, I don’t think I started writing on the blog right away.
And once I did, I started out gingerly, tip-toeing in to the blog world, not sure what I would be writing about.
Things started to shift and evolve within me.
Thinking that I would write about decorating and all things related, my spirituality started showing up in a big way.
There were messages coming through that I needed to share with the world.
When I started to share these things, my heart began to fill up.
Even though I have just over 200 followers, I continue to blog. I’m not only inspiring myself, but hopefully others. 😉
Even if you don’t know what the Lion’s Gate portal is on 8-8-17 (8), the full moon eclipse, the global shift, etc. etc. etc. , you can prepare for this worldwide event by preparing your altar.
The full moon in Aquarius, the friendly sign, will most likely be bringing people together, and with the sun in Leo, there may be large gatherings, parties, and get- togethers done on a larger scale – or you may choose to spend the time with those closest to your heart.
Whichever way it plays out for you, there are several things you can do to prepare.
Create an Altar ~ this can be temporary or permanent.
Here are some suggestions for you to try…
Your altar can be simple or extravagant, it is entirely up to you.
create a central focal point, like in any good design!
You can start with a table, place a cloth on the table if desired.
add pictures of the Christed ones such as Jesus, Paramahansa Yogananda, Babaji, Lord Buddha, Amachi, your own personal guru, your ancestors, or a symbol that denotes peace, love, and world unity.
You can also use a large rock or crystal
Add something from each of the elements, ie. fire, earth, wood, air, water, using natural living things found in your environment.
Fire ~ Candles, Incense, Sage wand
Earth ~ Crystals, rocks, lava, dirt
Water~ a bowl of water, a mirror,
Wood ~ Herbs, Flowers, leaves – here I’m using leaves, Rosemary for longevity, faithfulness, and spiritual strength. Sage for clarity and guidance.
Air ~ feathers, bird nests
Look for things close to your home, or take a walk and see what finds you!
The idea is not to go out and buy a bunch of stuff or spend a lot of money on your altar.
Find things from Nature, the elements, or your kitchen!
As I’m sitting here with this altar, sacred space, with all of it’s beauty, softness, and grace, I feel deep emotion, blessings, and so much love in my heart.
The energy of the herbs, flowers, crystals, send forth their love, fragrance, and gratitude, making our job easier.
Our job of sending this love and gratitude worldwide.
Why wait until the full moon?
Get the family involved in this vigil, this ceremony.
Spend time meditating near your altar infusing it with your peace.
Then, on the full moon, collect the energy of your altar, rolling your hands over it and collecting it up into a great ball of light.
Give your energy ball a blessing and send it out into the Universe.
Every Sunday, in August there will be worldwide global unity prayer circles.
Keep your altar refreshed.
Create a group of your own .
Keep the Ball rolling!
Feel the peace in your heart and become a “smile millionaire”* giving your smiles away to all you come into contact with. ( smile millionaire first coined by Paramahansa Yogananda)
Eat more super foods and Raw foods to increase your own Life Force energy. You can find my recipes here.
With much love, Lorna
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When Auntie Deelee comes to town ~ it’s never a dull moment! You can read about her beach cottage tour here.
Not only is she a fantastic cook, engaging conversationalist, and all around positive person, she’s into a lot of the same things that I’m into, like healthy food, meditation, always learning about new things, and viewing life as an on-going adventure. ( I’m trying to talk her into starting her own blog!)
Auntie Deelee’s sage advice :
The practice of yoga postures takes you closer to meditation.
What is life without meditation?
In other words, if you are having trouble getting into meditation, get started with a yoga practice.
Then you will naturally move with ease into meditation, by stilling the body, the breath, and the mental chatter first.
Meditation is the key to happiness no matter where you are in your life’s journey ~ Cottage Necessities
Don’t wait! Start Now.
Now here’s the delicious Summer juice that she made one day ~ I got so excited just by the beautiful coral color that I immediately staged a photo shoot.
Without even trying, her skin began to turn brown from the topical sun.
She didn’t plan for it or sit outside to catch it at it’s highest peak. It just happened.
Perhaps it was carried across through the Tradewinds every afternoon when she took her swim. Or maybe it lived in the cells of the waters waiting to caress her.
She would purposely wait until the light of the great sun was resting behind the trees, casting it’s gentle shadow on the water in the 40 ft. swimming pool.
She was definitely living a life of grace and ease she thought, as she did her laps across the pool.
Finding affirmations of gratitude came easy to her now, as she rested in the confidence that all was well for now with her family.
She wanted to “make hay while the sun was shining” and use this special time to work on herself, to tone her muscles, shed a few pounds, and catch up on some fitness rituals that had been put on the back burner while she strived to make a living. There just had been no time or energy to work on herself, or so she felt. Or maybe she had given up at some point, after losing her love in a tragic car accident, being laid off from her dream job, and then being fired from one that she had hated anyway.
Her prayers had made their way to the Great Unknown, and she had been released from her self-made prison of lethargy, discontent, sorrow, rejection, and loss of Spirit.
She had given in to eating the wrong foods, until one day she had woken up with severe pains in her stomach as though she had been poisoned.
Was it the bread she had so lovingly made from white, bromated flour the day before?
Anyway, that was all behind her now.
She had started to blog about some of her experiences.
Always one who enjoyed new paths of study in the esoteric, she began working with her intuition, strengthening her connection with the Infinite through meditation, visioning, and through writing.
These things came easy to her.
The group of people at work had made vision boards and posted them in the break room. So many had pictures of a tropical getaway, and she wondered if staring at these images had prompted her own trip to the islands.
After 6 months of unemployment, she was requested to come house-sit in Oahu.
Well, how could she say no?
This is where her journey began back to well-ness, weight loss, and getting back in touch with her authentic self.
She had reached retirement age, but not quite ready to retire financially or mentally, she thought this could be a time to reconnect with a part of her who had been lost for a long time.
For the past year, she had been seeing visions of a male companion.
He was always dressed in white and there was a natural contentment that she felt deep in her soul each time she had a new vision, and usually a bit of surprise that it was “him”.
It was someone that she knew, who seemed the farthest thing away from what she would have expected. But isn’t that how love is? And doesn’t it show up when you least expect it?
She returned home to California for six months as the Universe was doing some shuffling of her home circumstances. ‘She began paring back on her possessions, selling some of her treasured pieces that had been in storage.
Her grandson had decided to return to Southern California, her sister would be moving on, and her son was busy making a new life for himself.
She was actively pursuing a new position working as an interior designer when the Universe stepped in during a huge rainstorm, bursting a pipe that flooded the store that she would be working in, causing a delay in plans. The owner called to apologize for the delay, but still no offer of employment.
Then came another offer to come to Oahu. So, what did she have to lose? There must be a reason for all of this, she thought. So, she packed her suitcase for one month, with two pair of jeans, some sleeveless shirts, and underwear. When she was finally approached for employment in May, she told them that she had taken a temporary job, and would come in to see them when she returned.
She decided to stay in Hawaii until August as that was how long she was needed.
Nothing had materialized on the surface of her life yet, in the love department anyway.
Well, maybe a sprinkle of hope. But nothing tangible.
All she knew was that she needed to use this special time of benevolence to take care of herself, carry on with her life, create her art, and let her life unfold naturally, as the workings of Nature always knows the best course.
She trusted that things would unfold at the right time, in the right way.
Her guidance was ” Do nothing. No need to push or strive, but let Nature carry you forward”. and so she was willing to wait, as there was still more work for her to do in her journey of self-healing.
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To begin a proper detox you must first get in touch with your body.
If you’ve been using your body like a dumping ground, putting a lot of the wrong foods into it, like I was, then it may take some time.
I will not tell you to stop doing things, but will guide you to start doing things that honor and respect your body temple.
If you follow the guidelines, you will find that your desire for certain food and drink will disappear of their own accord.
This is not a strict diet, or a regimented plan of action, but if you use your intuition, move at your own pace, and put forth the effort you will see many profound changes start to happen.
You will regain hope that it is possible to live in a healthy body at any age.
I will take you through seven days to get you started.
Please join me on this journey.
Even though I have only laid out seven days for you, I think you’ll find that this is much easier than it may look at the moment, and will bring much joy to your heart if you choose to continue for a lifetime.
Doing a full-body detox and cleanse takes a bit of planning.
What I offer here for you is the step-by-step plan that was laid out for me when I first arrived in Hawaii, by my guides, or “the higher ups” as I like to call them. You can read about that here.
I will be doing this with you and recommend doing one of these every six months for the rest of your life for full-body maintenance.
With all of the advertising influences and other daily distractions, it can be easy to “fall back” to doing things the old way.
As you progress, all of your senses will be heightened and you will experience more joy bubbling up from within .
You will feel lighter and your inner light will shine brighter and you will begin to experience the world from a whole new perspective.
Do a mental “scan” of your body. Get into a quiet place, lying or sitting. Close your eyes and “scan” your body, getting in touch with any aches or pains. If you are experiencing any maladies in certain areas, send white healing light to that area and ask your body what it needs.
Depression and fatigue are your body’s way of letting you know it’s running on overload – so are aches and pains.
Write down any thoughts or ideas that come to the surface of your mind. This is how your body communicates with you. “Flax seed crackers” came up for me, so I’m working on a recipe that I will be sharing with you.
2. Prepare your shopping list.
Fresh organic fruits and vegetables of your choice
Lean meats, I only use chicken and occasionally wild caught salmon.
Psyllium fiber – you can “dry” blend it for a finer powder. It’s gentler on the body. I mix it in my smoothies.
Green powder – for smoothies.
Plain Greek yogurt – full fat ( non-fat dairy usually has added chemicals and sugar) full fats are more satisfying and will reduce hunger cravings.
For sweet tooth craving – Plain unsweetened apple sauce, Honey or Maple flavored yogurt.
3. Set up a journal to track yourself. Now’s a good time to set your intention. Write out your affirmations. ( I used some extra pages in my planner to set it up. If you have a planner, this is what I recommend. )
4. Weigh in and take your measurements.
5. Before you begin, get in touch with your body.
Get a full body massage.
Go swimming – my fave! Take a slow walk in Nature. Walk barefoot on some grass or dirt, and soak in some sunlight. Do some stretches out doors if possible.
Tune into your beautiful body and thank it for knowing how to take care of you.
6. Now’s a good time to assess your beauty routine.
Look for body products and shampoos that don’t have a lot of cancer causing chemicals in them. What you put “on” your body goes into your blood stream.
Dr. Bronner’s castile soap
Shikai hair products
Virgin coconut oil for moisturizer
Boom Cosmetics for the face and body
Get a natural bristle brush for a dry brush massage.
Stop the use of synthetic perfumes.
Now’s a good time to try some essential oils –
You can make our own blends by adding a few drops to rubbing alcohol or vodka.
I also love the orange blossom and rose petal waters from the Mediterranean market. They are distillations of the blossoms and make a nice base to your essential oils. ( never use an essential oil directly on the body as it could cause a reaction. )
7. Consider doing your laundry with Borax and Arm and Hammer washing soda – you can add some castile soap to this for sudsing action ( grate it first)
8. Eliminate all polyester clothing and bedding from your life.
Polyester has been found through energy testing to lower the auric field.
Switch to natural cottons, linens, and wool and let your aura shine at it’s brightest.
9. Eliminate all hand sanitizers, harsh cleaning chemicals, and artificial room deodorizers from your home.
10. Reduce your use of prescription drugs by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
Your body is a natural healer – but too much toxicity in the body prevents it from doing it’s work.
11. On the second or third day after starting a detox – go in for a colon hydro therapy session or give yourself a few enemas to help your elimination processes evacuate the toxins that your body will be releasing.
If you have had a lifestyle of fast foods, a lot of meat, or processed foods, it would be a good idea to set up a series of regular visits to a colon hydro-therapist.
There could be a build up of plaque along your intestinal walls that’s preventing proper absorption of nutrients and keeping toxins from poor eating habits and prescription drugs in your system.
You will also experience more youthful vitality by keeping your colon clean.
Even coffee can create a tar-like substance in the colon.
12. Probiotics – naturally fermented kombucha sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt should be taken daily.
It’s so easy to make your own – visit Cultured Food Life to learn more about this.
13. Find ways to get more exercise and move that body.
Play some music and dance like nobody’s watching
Put on your favorite tunes and walk
I like Leslie Sansone’s walking videos when it’s too hot or cold to go outside.
I always park at the farthest spot when shopping and running errands
Whether you do better in group exercise or on your own, I find yoga to be one of the best and most gentle of ways to really get in touch with my body.
There are classes you can sign up for online for pennies a day. Daily Om, and anytime yoga for example.
And you just may find it easier to incorporate a meditation practice into your lifestyle which is essential to living your best life.
Always, always have music that uplifts you, and helps your spirit soar.
No more criticizing your body wishing you had this or that.
It’s time to love your body, be thankful for the miracle that it is, hold your head high, keep your posture straight, shoulders back ( you can align your posture by standing against a wall), stepping out with grace and ease. Step into your light body.
Make a vision board. Visualize yourself in your perfect body. Notice how it feels! Carry that feeling with you the entire day!.
Make your vision board on one of your planner pages. Keep it simple.
You are a gift to the Universe, and by showing up as your best self every day, you will see what a gift you are to yourself.
Go at your own pace, Be gentle on yourself.
Drink 6 – 8 glasses of pure water each day.
Namaste ( the goddess in me bows to the goddess in you)
Sources of inspiration – check them out!
Donna Schwenk – Cultured food life\Yoga anytime
Rosemary Gladstar – homemade creams
Donna Eden – Energy Body exercises
Leslie Sansone – Walk away the pounds
The above information does not attempt to offer any medical advise. All of the opinions expressed are my own from my own personal experiences. I am not working with any affiliate programs for any one mentioned.
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By practicing the 27 days of Feng Shui challenge here, and 30 days of Gratitude here at the beginning of the year, I think of the story about Hansel and Gretel leaving bread crumbs along their trail in the forest so they could find their way home upon returning.
We’ve made the clearing by eliminating all of those things that no longer spark joy.
Hansel and Gretel were left in the forest because their parents couldn’t afford to feed them. They expected them to become lost.
The forest is your home. By clearing your clutter you will see your way more clearly.
The bread crumbs
We’ve laid a path of gratitude and love, taking time to appreciate the people, circumstances, and blessing that are present in our lives.
Hansel and Gretel dropped bread crumbs along the path, thinking this would lead them back home. Little did they know, that the critters in the forest were hungry and would eat all of the bread crumbs. (The bread crumbs symbolize insincere prayers that are not heart felt. )
The ginger bread house
There may be distractions along the way. ( When Hansel and Gretel saw the house made of ginger bread, their hunger got the best of them, and all they could think of was devouring that house!)
Habits, moods, circumstances can draw us in and cause us to lose our focus.
We’ve faced head-on some of the less than pleasant things in our lives and hopefully pushed pass them.
Or maybe they found a way to move on.
It seems that everyone is hungry in this story, even the witch! She was planning to eat the children for dinner!
Perhaps, their hunger was a Spiritual Hunger, that could only be satisfied by a Connection to Spirit. ( Everything else can wait, but your search for God cannot wait. Once the connection to your God Source is established, all of your needs are satisfied. )
You may have escaped from “the oven” of uncertainty and witnessed a miracle, or been given more clarity. ( The oven is the Fire of Spirit directing your life and burning up the dross of a matter based existence. )
After the children pushed the witch into the oven, they were free.
Now, it’s time to turn and face the path home and hope the birds haven’t made a meal of your bread crumbs.
Practicing gratitude should be an everyday occurrence by now.
Gratitude promotes prosperity and healing in our lives.
Even if the birds have devoured some of your carefully laid bread crumbs, you can look for other signs to find your way home.
The signs that the Universe brings are sometimes subtle and easy to overlook, to miss all together, or to discount their validity.
And you may not get reminders if you ignore them.
Have you ever regretted not doing something when the signs were all around you?
What kinds of signs can you expect?
You could receive a hunch or an idea.
You might see something that reminds you of someone.
Nature often sends signs.
You could get a strong feeling that every thing’s going to be okay. That could be an Angel whispering in your ear.
You could feel a strong urge to take an action.
You could see a message on a license plate while driving.
Whatever it is, take notice, jot it down in a journal or a notebook, or take action.
Start collecting those bread crumbs or signs that you see along your path.
This is how the Universe guides us.
When we are doing “inner work” there’s a time for sewing the seeds and reaping the harvest.
It takes time.
It’s important to do the work of decluttering, training our minds to expect the best, pushing through adversity, and practicing patience through trust and faith.
Watch for the signs and be ready to act when an opportunity presents itself.
Greetings! From heart to heart in this moment we speak, I am KejRaj(KayRy). The reason I say ‘we’ speak is because besides my self choosing to deliver this message, I know I am also being guided by other forces in this journey.
I’m sharing this today, because I want to urge everyone to take time to meditate and become heart centered. Today, I had a glimmer of this new “wave” that is coming in. I felt such tremendous love for everyone, and it’s important that you are ready when this comes. Mahalo