Taking the bitter with the sweet…

Today’s my last day in Hawaii.  I’m already missing this place that has nurtured my soul for the past 4 months.  I came here to help my daughter empty her storage unit, sell off some furniture, and remodel a photo studio, but in the long run, I’ve received much more than I could ever give.

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Is it just another day in paradise?  Or is it something more? 

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Each day, no matter where we are, we have the opportunity to connect…

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to create…..

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to color an otherwise white world….

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with aspects of our soul….

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to bring more beauty into every day, ordinary experiences….

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to find beauty in the simple, the ordinary, the priceless things that appear in our lives.

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Away from the distractions we will find ourselves looking back at ourselves, asking for

healing,

attention,

and love.

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It’s important that we listen to these promptings…

Honor our soul’s calling…

Feel into the love that is there for us, just on the other side of the veil (our ego) and keep our connection with Source (God) alive.

 

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Hawaiian Sunset

 

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photo from Kikki K planner

 

 

 

How to get unstuck from Emotions that may be holding you back.

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First of all, if you are feeling stuck emotions, depression, a sense of helplessness, it’s important to honor those feelings, spend time with them, feel them through and you may find yourself coming out of the tunnel on the other side with some new insights, refreshed energy levels, and some inspiration of what to do next.

Find out what’s blocking you.  Dive deep into your feelings to see if you can “see” what’s holding you back.  Do you need to let go of something, forgive yourself or someone else, speak your feeling to someone?  Or are you just trying to control something that is not yours to control? Practice Self-Reflection. Step out of yourself, and take a serious look at yourself from an objective point-of-view.  What do you see? 

Sometimes the only thing that will help at the moment is to just take a nap.

Sleep as much as you need to.

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Start a journal ~ If you can write every day before you even get out of bed or while you have your morning coffee, just dump all of your thoughts and feelings onto the pages.

I like to do a ‘stream of consciousness” writing where I write down every thing that I am hearing ( like the fan), feeling in my body, any thoughts that come up , random things that I think about.  This can give you some insight into what it is that’s bothering you.

It’s also a way of getting in touch with your intuition.

After journaling each day, just say a simple prayer ” Heavenly Father, Divine Mother, Friend, Beloved God, Angels and guides, I surrender these feelings and thoughts to you.  show me what I need most today on my journey to self-healing.  guide me by your loving hand to make the right choices for my life.  If I cannot handle my feelings today, send me an angel to lift me out of despair.  Help me to recognize that I am not alone in this life.  show me a way to rise above my sorrow and reach out to others.  I put my trust in you.  Wrap me in your loving arms as I go about my day.  Help me to have a deeper understanding of myself and others so that I can feel your Divine presence in every thing.  Om _ Peace _ Amen.

 

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my sacred space/altar

Create a Sacred Space in your home where you can just be.

Whether it’s a corner of a room or ideally a whole room, decorate it, paint it your favorite color.  add uplifting words and pictures, or things from Nature.

Bring in some soothing music or even music that you enjoyed at your happiest times.

Make this your go-to place of retreat where you can work through your feelings and pour your heart out to God or your chosen source of comfort.

Wear your favorite colors.  What colors are you drawn to? think about this for a minute.  There’s a reason you are drawn to certain colors.  They can help heal you!  Honor the impulse.  buy some new underwear.  Go shopping and try on some clothes that are totally out-of-the-box from you usual.  Your fantasy self.  You may discover that you like some aspects and incorporate them into your wardrobe. 

Try wearing natural gemstone jewelry. 

Visit a crystal shop and discover which ones you are drawn to.  Keep your favorite crystal next to your bed. or on your mini-altar.

Citrine for Joy!

Amethyst for peace.

Rose Quartz for love and connecting to your heart center.

Walk through your home. 

Is there any clutter?

Dead plants?

Images that don’t uplift?

Old tired or broken furniture?

Dust bunnies?

If so, they are depleting your energy every time you pass by them.

If you can’t muster up the energy to do it yourself, then call someone to come and help you.

a cheerful house cleaner could be just what you need.

Sit down and draw a picture of your home.

Or start with one room.

Put your drawing in a chair and sit across from it.

Have a conversation with this room or with your house drawing.

Ask it what it needs.

Write down what ever comes up.

You may be surprised.

Be sure to take action on whatever it tells you.

This is a fun exercise.

I hope you try it.

 

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Herb garden, parsley and sage

 

Try planting a garden.

Working with plants can be very uplifting.

Bring some fresh greenery indoors. Or a big fresh bouquet of flowers!

Plan an herb garden in your kitchen window.

Open the windows and let the fresh air come in.  Bring more light in.

Is there enough lighting in each room?  Add some lamps for ambient lighting.

Clean the windows so the natural light can fill your space.  This will help you “see” what’s blocking you.

 

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Try a clay pot tray for your smudge wand

 

Aromatherapy

Have you smudged yourself lately?

Sage wand – dispels negative energy and clears the air of heavy dross.  It also carries your prayers on the smoke!

Sweet Grass – Brings in the beautiful, positive energies.

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Nag Champa insense is used in temples.  I always burn this after cleaning a room.  It brings a calming influence, and my family loves it!

Palo Santo is my new favorite insense!  It brings in a soft intimate feel to the room, enhances intuition, and opens your mind to see more clearly.

Eucalyptus Room Spray – energizes, clears stagnant energy, freshens, and discourages dust mites.

Lavender – is a loving, peaceful, and comforting sent.

rose – is very beautiful, romantic, and soft, helps you feel from your heart.

Orange Blossom – uplifting, happy.

( see how I make my own smudge spray here.)

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Spend time in Nature!

 

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Dancing Plumeria trees

This is where I feel most connected to Source.  Spend some time hanging out with trees.  They are known as the “tall ones standing, praying” in the Native American culture.

They will help you on your journey and lift some of your burdens.

Do you have a pet?

Animals are very prescient of what’s going on with us.

They have been some of my greatest healers.

I used to cry to my cat, Monkey.  He would stay with me , purring, comforting me.

I also had the opportunity to care for a boston terrier named Lucy.  She would come into my room every morning and get me out for a walk.  We would hang out at the park and commune with the trees.  I received so much healing during that time.

Hobbies – Do you have a hobby?  Now’s the time to dive right in to that hobby.  It will help you shift your mind to something creative.  Try something new.  And remember all art is perfect! and so are you, just the way you are!

Try this prayer, or wish wall hanging made from old magazines, a tree branch, wooden clothespins,  some bakers twine, and your positive intentions or affirmations!

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You can learn how here.

Try to eat some raw, living food at least once a day – Organic fruits and vegetables.

Drink lots of pure water.

Exercise

Get a massage

Clean your colon.  A lot of trapped emotions could be sitting in your colon, causing mental and emotional pain

Find a professional colon therapist with five or more years of experience, who uses the “closed” method.  Go in for at least three treatments over a three week period.

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Dearest Cottage Mavens,

All of these things will work to help you get in touch with your emotions and start the chi or energy flowing in your life again.

But you must take action.  One day at a time, and with much gentleness as you go about your journey to wellness.

With much love, Cottage Necessities

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If you build it they will come …

 

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Found bird nest

The physical Universe vibrates at a slower pace than the mental one does.

Trust in Divine order and give things more time. ~ Sonia Choquette, The answer is simple #21 Be Patient

Today, I got a little off-track.  I was planning to explore all of the TJMaxx stores on the island in search of a couple of office chairs for my daughter’s office.

But then, early this morning a job offer came in.

Now, I’ve been pursuing this job since last year, as some of you may know if you’ve been following my blog.

I was in the midst of the 27 day Feng shui challenge when a former co-worker texted me saying that her company was hiring.

At the time I was planning to return to Hawaii for my daughter’s wedding, plus Hannukuh and Christmas holidays. I really wanted the time off for these special occasions.

I figured surely I could sell enough walnut shells, and miscellaneous vintage items on Ebay and my Etsy shops in order to get by hoping this would get me through the holidays.

After the New Year, my friend was still urging me to apply ~ I went in, interviewed three times with the owner, n February.  He seemed interested, but no offer.

We must have had one of the worst rainy seasons in Sacramento.  Even Folsom lake was beginning to fill up again.

There were threats that the Oroville Dam was at a breaking point, and a lot of homes to the north had been flooded to the point of evacuation.

This was March and the rains came down relentlessly breaking a water pipe in the store where I was hoping to work, and flooding half the store.

The owner called me to apologize that there had been a delay in plans and still no offer of employment.

I was having some success by selling off some items from my storage unit, plus a few items that I had “picked” at thrift stores.

I was already in to the 30 days of Gratitude challenge when I was requested in Hawaii again.

I only promised to stay for April so that I could return if a job offer came up.

By the time May rolled around, I had committed to stay in Hawaii through August, and let the company know that I would come in to see them in August.

 

Here we are in July, and I get a message inquiring about my availability.

So, now I need to know if there is an offer on the table.

One week later, I get the offer.

I am so thrilled !!! and filled with Gratitude for this day.

Just as the hidden roots of a plant are grounded and fed by Mother Earth long before the flower buds and opens into bloom, so too is your Divine creation in the process of becoming a reality. ~ Sonia Choquette, The Answer is simple #21 Be Patient.

Why the Birdsnest? I found this one on the ground with one cracked egg in it.

The birds who built this nest worked long and hard.

I suppose they had set their intention and started to work on it long before the eggs came along.

It’s a work of art in itself and teaches us a valuable lesson ~ Life is continually changing and evolving ~ Why not start building what you want right now?

 

 

 

Watermelon Zinger! Got Juice?

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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.

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Watermelon Zinger ~

In a juicer combine the following

1 watermelon ~ no rind

1 pineapple ~ peeled

1 large ( the size of your hand) piece of fresh ginger root, peeled

Fresh juice brings happiness to the soul.

Try it and see!

 

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Watermelon Zinger with Ginger Goji Berry Cookies

 

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The Practice of Being

 

Have you ever wondered what it means to be called a Human Being?

Not a Human doing…

A Human Being…

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I decided to ask the Higher Ups this question~

Dear Ones,

What does  it mean to be called a Human Being and how can we best accomplish the act of Being in Human form?

You were given a birth right as you came into this plane of existence to have the expansion of consciousness that is God Source.

You accomplish this in many ways ~ being creative, mass thinking and consciousness, having relationships, making love.

These are all acts of creations set forth by the Creator of all.

Do you not see that?

When you are living up to the fact that you are a Human Being,  you are connected to Source.

Establishing and maintaining your connection is vital to your well-being on the Earth plane of existence.

Trees are your brothers as are the Sun, The Moon, and the Stars.  Do you see the connection?

They are all regulating the flow of being into existence for you as Humans, just for you as Humans, just to “Be” in the sovereignty over this planet.

How are you doing so far?

(I decided to ask for clarification. )

Dear Ones,

What is the best way for us to maintain our connection to Source and “be” in sovereignty over this planet?

You make us smile, for we hear you.

Many have lost their way of being through a loss of consciousness about what is real.

Didn’t Jesus teach that God is Love?  How much more simple an explanation can there be? Ask yourself this question.

Are you being in Love?

Are you connecting to love?                                                                                                               Love of self

Love of others

Love of this planet

Love of other Nations and Nationalities.

That is where you begin.

First you must love and respect yourself ~

“To thine own self be true (Love)

And as the night shall follow the day,

Thou cans’t not be false (full of hatred) to any man” Wm. Shakespeare

We leave you with these words to ponder. 

And so my friends, the key to just being starts with loving self, and then extending that beautiful, beloved, and amazing self out into the world.

With much gratitude. until next time.

 

 

 

Letting Nature carry you forward…a short story

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Full Body Cleanse and Detox

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Where do I start?

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.

 

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photo from Kiki K planner

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.

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13 steps to a new body.

  1. 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.

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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.

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page from kikki k planner

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.

I recommend

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.

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Make a vision board.  Visualize yourself in your perfect body.  Notice how it feels!  Carry that feeling with you the entire day!.

 

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Make your vision board on one of your planner pages.

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!

Daily Om

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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