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KRISTINA WINGEIER : Reflecting Your Inner Wisdom (part 3 of 3) Cultivating Intuition

Moon 9 // New Moon in Aries

Every one of us is intuitive. Intuition is a normal and natural part of being a human - we are hardwired to receive information from Spirit and the unseen realms. While it is true that some folks are born with a stronger intuitive aptitude than others, everyone has the ability to strengthen their intuitive capacities if they choose.

If the idea that you are intuitive is new territory for you it is important to remember that it takes time to build any skill; cultivating your intuition is no different. The key to building a relationship with this part of yourself is twofold. First, you must be OPEN to the idea that you are intuitive. Once you are open, you need to begin to TRUST any information you receive from your intuitive self. 

If you have not been in a relationship of trust with your inner knowing, your intuition might be speaking in a small, quiet voice. Once you are open to the idea that you are indeed intuitive and you are ready to begin trusting the information you are receiving, the next step is to make a commitment to creating a stronger relationship with your intuition. 

There are many schools and programs for intuitive studies. What I’m offering here are a few tips - simple things that you can do to begin opening and deepening your connection to Spirit in the form of your intuition. 

1. Begin by relaxing and releasing expectations as much as possible. Stress and anxiety will not lead to clarity. Do yourself a favor and enter into this exploration of your intuitive abilities with a playful attitude and a light heart.

2. Quiet your mind chatter on a regular basis. This is crucial, you MUST take the time and space to get quiet and begin to listen to that voice within. For some folks sitting in meditation works. For others, movement is what helps. Know what works for you and engage in this activity on a daily basis.

3. Ask for guidance from Spirit. You can imagine this guidance in whatever way works for you: from a divine being, angels, teachers, ancestors… or simply, the universe. When you have questions that you would like to receive guidance about - ask for a sign from your “support team” and trust that you will know the sign when you see it. Note - sometimes intuitive guidance doesn’t make rational and logical sense in the moment. You must be willing to go by what feels right rather than what looks right on paper.

4. Write down all the instances where you've recognized your intuition's guidance, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Note the outcomes of the situations as well - intuitive information is often made clear in hindsight. Tracking your asks and your answers will help you to validate the existence of your intuition. It will also help you to see how you perceive intuitive information, which channels flow easily for you. For instance, do you feel your intuition in your body? Do you see visions in your mind’s eye? Do you hear guidance in your inner ear? Do you just “know” things? Take notes about this as well.

5. Finally, give thanks - to your guides, to yourself, to the universe - for any and all intuitive guidance you receive. Appreciation only amplifies your connection to Spirit and to your intuition. 

Next month:
Moon 10 | New Moon in Taurus
Connecting with Spirit in Nature {part 1 of 3}
Plant Spirits


Kristina Wingeier is a Lunar Mystic & Soul Counselor offering services for women who are ready to {re}connect with their Inner Wisdom.

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DARCEY BLUE :: BEE BALM BLESSINGS in WINTER

THE MEDICINE JOURNEYS: NOURISHMENT AND RITUALS FROM THE PLANTS

Last July, in the warmth and abundance of summer’s glow, I was excitedly gathering and preserving all the Bee Balm I could get my little hands on.  It was overflowing in every drainage of my Northern Arizona forest home.  Its magenta firework flower heads waving gently in the wind, mingling with the white beauty of yarrow, and deep purple spikes of vervain.  They were taller and fatter than any I had ever seen in my 13 years of herbal wandering and medicine making.   For years, oh how I would pray and scour the land hoping to find a stand that was big enough to harvest a few handfuls of the blossoms.  But it was just at the edge of its range, not getting quite enough water to be abundant, it was, in pockets, but as drought wore on, I did see them growing smaller and fewer in Southern Arizona mountain lands.  

 

But it is a hardly mint family perennial, which does happen to transplant fairly well, and I was able to start a little patch in my garden.  But here, on the Colorado plateau, conditions are ideal for my friend bee balm.  And I was swimming in an abundance of it, with so much gratitude.  Because along with winter soups and hot steamy rooty herbal brews, bee balm is one of my go to winter allies, and oh- it is winter now! The freezing temperatures have taken all my herbs in the garden to sleep, and the land is covered over in snow, all I can pick these days is pinon and juniper (which do make nice brews themselves and are quite medicinal and wonderful in winter too!)  But the blessing of summer, is the abundance of winter stores....especially from my sweet and spicy friend Bee Balm.  Also known as Monarda, and sometimes goes by bergamot, oregano de la sierra, or sweet leaf, it is monarda fistulosa var. menthaefolia to which I am offering this ode.  There are many varieties of monarda, red flowered m. didyma grows in many gardens across the country, and there are countless other wild and spicy spp varying by region.

 

Just like its favored name in this region, oregano de la sierra, (mountain oregano), it has a delightful and strong oregano taste, aroma and spice.  And it is so lovely included in winter soups, stews, meat rubs, and sauces.  It is even delicious as a piquant and intense pesto when made in summer fresh, and frozen for later months.  But in addition to its yumminess as a wild spice and food, its medicinal value is unparalleled.   I could pare down my apothecary to just 10-15 herbs, and this is one I would NOT forgo.

 

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Bee Balm flower infused honey is a winter dream stirred into hot tea or water, soothing a sore throat, easing a cough or combating winter infections  I always make sure to have a jar of bee balm honey made from the bright pink flowers, and besides, who can resist something so beautiful?  You can make bee balm vinegar which is medicinal and tasty to sprinkle on beans and rice as well, leaving the beautiful flowers in the jar, or to use in salad dressings.


I also tincture up loads of the fresh leaves and flowers for an infection kicker outer.  Seriously, I haven’t ever seen this stuff not make a huge difference in varying forms of bacterial infections- be it a sinus infection, stomach flu, UTI, strep throat, and even vaginal yeast infections.  Much like the oregano oil sold in stores, it has many similar compounds and aromatic oils, but in a form that is far more tolerable to the body, and just as effective without burning your mucous membranes.  Typically if I’m working on treating infections at home, I take my herbal allies of choice hourly, or at the least every two.  Frequency is key here.  And i have noted over and over that infections treated effectively at home with herbs dramatically improve within 24-36 hrs, and fully resolve in about 4-5 days.  If that is not the case, then I tend to err on the side of caution and get medical assistance.  Especially if you are working with a client, friend or child.  Sometimes switching up the herbs or adding others to the protocol helps too.  For bee balm, 1 dropper hourly usually does the trick, and I often blend it with other helpers, like Alder, Usnea, Yarrow or Oregon Grape Root, or even with Elderberries if I’m dealing with a viral cold or flu.


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Bee Balm leaf and flower tea is just as effective at kicking the infectious bugaboos out, but the taste is quite strong and for many people unpalatable to intolerable, it is both spicy, hot, and medicinal tasting in tea blends.  Mixing it with lots of peppermint can take the edge off, but go slow with this form if you want to get your friends and family to love and use bee balm.  I generally include it in a warming, stimulating, sweat inducing diaphoretic tea blend at the first sign of a cold, sniffle, cough or flu.  Also when dealing with UTI or gut infections more fluids are effective.

1 pt  bee balm

1 pt yarrow

1 pt elderflower

3 pt peppermint

Steep 10 min and sip as hot as possible. Add honey if desired.


Raising the body temperature and supporting a healthy fever response is an effective way to treat winter illnesses.  Most bacterial and viral infections cannot continue to live and reproduce at temperatures higher than 99℉ in the body.  A fever is a sign the body is doing its job to combat the infection, not a sign that things are getting worse.  Granted, a fever that gets too hot can be uncomfortable (though the dangers may be overstated, check this out from Seattle Childrens Hospital), and using gentle diaphoretic herbs can help to open the pores and break the fever, bringing the temperature down just enough.  Gargling with the luke warm tea or even the tincture mixed in warm saline is a wonderful sore throat remedy, the whole plant is high in tissue numbing essential oils, similar to cloves.  I do also use the tea or tincture as a skin wash or compress for infections, boils, or fungus like athletes foot, ringworm, etc.  Also, used as a sinus steam, dried leaves crumbled into hot water, and inhaled, is an effective way to treat sinus woes, while taking tincture internally as well.


That all said, it’s one of those herbs you can just keep around, and put it in your food, and give yourself a sinus steam with, or add a muslin bag full in your bath, or just drizzle infused honey in your tea every day.  It’s safe, it’s rather yummy, and one of those plant friends you just want to play with every day or so during the cold season. It is a very heating herb, so folks who tend to get overheated or run hot may want to use it in moderation on a day to day basis.


 Every time I look at those beautiful honey blossoms or sprinkle the fragrant leaves in my soup, I remember the glow and abundance of summer, and it warms my spirit and my body.  And I’ve turned to it so often in my herbal practice and day to day living experiences with infections, and I’ve seen it do amazing work, reliably.  And if it is not a plant that grows near where you live, it is easy to grow in a garden space, and can take quite a bit of heat and drought and still be potent and will grow back each winter from the spreading roots.  Noting, that as a mint family plant, it does tend to spread, so give it a nice roomy patch to grow, and you’ll have medicine to last for years to come!


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ANGELIQUE ARROYO :: SACRED BOUNDARIES, PART 5

Boundaries are akin to a fence to protect the inside and out. How clear are you about who you are? What is it that you value? This is going to become more important the more times you’ve been around the sun. I haven’t forgotten the pain of not having boundaries, on a soul level. There are some things I am still healing through. In my life, this manifested through unhealthy parental figures, religion, and partners imposing their values. My philosophies come from deep experience and practice. I’ve journeyed with myself and many folks around naming personal values and learning how to articulate those in partnerships- from marriage to business. So if we can for a minute or more, I want you to grab a piece of paper, or download & print this Values Clarity Journal to name yourself and your values. This almost seems rudimentary, but trust me it is necessary.

Here is an example:                                                           Your Turn:

 

My name is Angelique Arroyo. 

My values are:

transparency

honesty

truth

trust

generosity

openness

space

integrity

authenticity

family


You get the gist! I have many more values. What do you value? Take the time to list it and explain what that means to you. How do we set sacred boundaries around self if we are not yet clear it what it is that we are safe keeping? These are values that still stand even if all my roles ceased to be so be sure about YOU!


Sacred Boundaries  is a year-long, weekly series for building resilience On Path. Follow along, & start anytime. You'll know what's needed, now. 


Angelique Arroyo Medicine Womyn: Guidess, Healer + ActiVisionary

Phone: 7172952547
Email: SchoolforMedicineWomyn@gmail.com
Website: www.AngeliqueArroyo.com

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INSIDE #BRIGHTLIVELIHOOD :: AN INTERVIEW W. NU MUNDO

MEET DAVID CASEY, THE GENTLE HEART, CHIEF VISIONARY OFFICER, & LUCID EARTH STEWARD THAT FIRST TAUGHT ME HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE ( <~ so, hero ). WE ONCE TALKED STRATEGY FOR ABOUT FIVE MINUTES, & I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING HIS MOVEMENT, NU MUNDO, FROM AFAR. NOW IT'S RIPE FOR THE REST OF US - ESPECIALLY THOSE *GIVEN* BY WANDERLUST, COMMUNITY & MEDICINE-KEEPING, - & IT'S GOT MY HEAD SPINNING. THIS IS A RISING TIDE, FIRST TO FALL IN LOVE WITH, THEN TO JUMP ON. GRAB MY HAND. COME SEE...

 David's on the far left, along with team members &amp; co-founder Shayna, in purple.

David's on the far left, along with team members & co-founder Shayna, in purple.

MH- What’s needed and how is NU MUNDO providing it?

We are addressing the challenge of education, and specifically education pertaining to sustainable development, which has aspects of food, water, energy, health, environment, and poverty. The grand challenge of our times is that the human species’ behavior on this earth is not sustainable in its present state. In large part, this is due to a broken education system. By building an educational platform for hands-on learning and creating a decentralized learning network, we are accelerating the distribution of information on best practices for sustainable development. The physical learning happens on the ground at “impact centers” - schools for regenerative development. These centers can also share information, best practices, and models with each other and with individuals virtually - an “Appropedia” for impact centers.

MH- OKAY. LET ME GUSH. 

FOR THE WANDERING HEART, IT REALLY TAKES LOADS OF RESEARCH & MANY GOOD FRIENDS TO FIND THESE KINDS OF LEARNING EXPERIENCES. AS A ONCE-&-FOREVER UNSCHOOLER, I'M ECSTATIC ABOUT THIS MODEL AS AN ALTERNATIVE FOR MY SONS, & A CHANCE FOR US TO LEARN TOGETHER AS A FAMILY. NU MUNDO IS ONE OF THOSE IDEAS THAT ARE OBVIOUS IN HINDSIGHT, FULL OF LONGED-COVETED SOLUTIONS FOR EARTHKEEPERS, TRAVELING SEEKERS, & THOSE OF US LOOKING TO LEARN FROM AFAR...

 

Furthermore, we plan to develop templates for any individual anywhere in the world to convert any inhabitable space into a functioning impact center, so the network can scale more quickly.

 

MH- YES.  GENIUS. THIS IS WHERE IT GOES NEXT LEVEL.

 

Ultimately, our goal is to accelerate the growth of an international network of impact centers who can innovate and spread sustainable living techniques to all corners of the earth. The economic and information engine that our platform is creating is supporting social entrepreneurs around the world to create their own impact centers. By demonstrating and reifying a regenerative lifestyle first-hand, we are building a bridge from concept to experience to integration in daily life.

 

MH- THERE'S SO MUCH HAPPENING HERE: LEARNING INDIGENOUS & PLACE-BASED PRACTICES, BEING RIGHT-SIZED {"APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY" WAS ORIGINALLY BASED ON THE IDEA THAT "SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL"}, REALLY DOING THE WORK WITH HEART & HANDS TO BUILD OUT MANY MOVEMENTS, EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION, RELATIONSHIP BUILDING THRU ACTUAL COMMUNITY-BUILDING, & SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSISTED WITH A GLOBAL TECH FRAMEWORK RUN BY TRUE LEARNING TRAVELERS. THE DIVERSE LAYERS OF ALIGNMENT ARE STAGGERING. YOU MUST HAVE A SWEET TEAM! HOW ARE YOU BUILDING AS A COMMUNITY & SUPPORTING EACH OTHER?

Our team is 10 people and growing. We are nomadic, with team members in the US, Brazil, Mexico, and Costa Rica. We meet as a team physically about twice annually, and do team-building activities with each other in beautiful natural locations. When working remotely for the rest of the year, we have regular team meetings. Besides working as a team, we share personal updates about ourselves to bond as much as possible. This helps us reconnect and continue working together, despite being remote.

 

MH- SO YOU ARE ACTUALLY DOING BUSINESS, & RUNNING YOUR PERSONAL & WORK LIVES IN CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY, WITHIN YOUR INNATE GESTURES AS TRAVELING SEEKERS. THIS LEVEL OF VITALITY & INTEGRITY IS INCREDIBLY RARE, AND YET YOU ARE SETTING UP TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO ALL OF US! 

HOW IS LEADERSHIP & EQUITY SET UP WITHIN NU MUNDO?

 

  1. As a leader, I’ve implemented dynamic equity as a decentralized ownership structure and holacracy as a decentralized decision-making system for our enterprise for our team. These greatly help with team dynamics, making everyone feel included and passionate about growing the organization.

  2. We are building a community of support among transformational learning centers around the world. As our team moves around the world, we visit centers and build personal relationships with their founders. As we get to know our network, we can send people to exactly the right places based on our team’s first-hand knowledge of the locations in NuMundo’s network.

  3. Through our crowdfunding and launch campaign, we’re supporting the top centers in our network by featuring them through blog articles and creating graphic memes with viral potential and circulating them through large networks who are supporting our campaign right now, such as Sustainable Human and Unify. They are supporting us by donating spectacular experiences as perks for the campaign, which helps us raise funding to continue to build out the platform and offer these centers more services. We speak with the centers in our network on a regular basis to get feedback from them about our platform and how it could help them, and about the problems they face on a daily basis.

 

MH- WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL (GROWTH) EDGE, AND HOW IS THIS WORK GROWING YOUR EDGE?

 

My personal growth edge is certainly money, and business. I have never consciously labeled myself as an entrepreneur until very recently, and even then as a “social entrepreneur”. My desire is to change the world and have a large impact, and I always saw money as one of the plagues of the world, so I avoided it. I have worked for years in developing countries in poverty alleviation. Now I am understanding that financial sustainability and growth is part and parcel of having a global positive impact, especially with this project. Financial abundance flowing through our core team and through the impact centers in our network will have a regenerative impact.

As a founder, I am learning business modeling as I go. This is definitely where I’m being tested. I have incredible advisors who are helping me implement experiments to test hypotheses and assumptions. There is also the tradeoff that a social entrepreneur (or “regenerative entrepreneur”) faces when making decisions that affect profit vs. decisions that imply negative social and environmental externalities.

A book called Regenerative Enterprise by an amazing man named Gregory Landau helped give me a language and framework to understand the type of enterprise I am building.

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MH- SO MANY RESOURCES! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS WORK DAVID, AND GIVING US A PEEK AT THE EDGE YOU'RE LIVING WITH. I'M INSPIRED TO BRING THIS TO THE PACIFIC, WHERE MY FAMILY WORKS WITH PERMACULTURE & TRANSFORMATIONAL GATHERINGS. IT'S SO EASY TO SEE MYSELF INSIDE OF THE OPPORTUNITY & THE NEXT STEPS FOR US. (I'D ALSO LOVE TO SEND SOME FOLKS ON SOME OF THE INSANE CROWDFUNDING REWARD TRIPS YOU GUYS SET UP!  SHAMANIC PERMACULTURE? JUNGLE ESCAPES? YES, THANK YOU) 

xxx, maya

 

PS ~ FIND AN IMPACT CENTER & JOIN THE MOVEMENT ::


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Maya Hackett  Curious. Grateful. Delighted. Pollinator.
  Moves towards life, beauty, magic. Head on Earth, listening for what's needed. Transforms, sharing your light offline, at impossible speeds. Home birthing, urban*steading, unschooled mom of four. Fashion stylist, publisher. Fundraiser, multi-founder. Legacy Architect. Often sleeps at sea, for clarity + support. Gratefully collects minute bits of grace, spins it out as community caramel. With blessed help of thousands, On Purpose.

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INSIDE #BRIGHTLIVELIHOOD :: ZOE TRYON & NINA GUALINGA

ZOE TRYON + NINA GUALINGA. AMAZON ACTIVISTS. BELOVED EMPRESS TIDES SISTERS. 

{Each week we give you a glimpse into MOONRISE|13 by highlighting the work of beloveds from our real-life community of creative Earth, culture & community keepers.}

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INSIDE #BRIGHTLIVELIHOOD :: RAISING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS, CHANGEMAKERS & ACTIVISTS

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Obviously the current global economy is a reflection of board rooms without mothers & children: a kind of vacant leadership that's left their beloveds in search of their fortune. And now there is such movement around "The New Economy." I've long rejected this phrase, which is mostly useful for it's ability to point us away from the crises, & towards better language & wide awake ways - and there are so, so many. 

I adore the language, & pretty much everything, actually, about the Evolving & Emerging Economies Jam. There are so many ancient, exquisite & sustainable forms of exchange evolving (like sisterly potlucks where someone gets $1k, for interest-free, trust-based loans, & local-business bartering), along with new, emergent technologies that do a few, simple, but mind boggling things, like dematerializing (think instagram: no film. no cameras. no paper. it's just an app!), demonetizing (think of the original facebook: it was free in all the ways), & democratizing (think uber: nearly anyone can become a driver & suddenly have a business. or air bnb: have room? have rental). We have every extreme of possible solutions, so it's an exciting time. At Jams, we create mini, week-long versions of the world we want to live in, by joining in small groups with diverse concerns & leadership, to unpack our life + work, & create deep, lasting relationships. Many of my closest friends & long-time collaborators were seeded in this expansive circle, 65 countries-deep. 

Inline with right practice, we bring our mothers & children to the board room table. Or rather, we meet outside. At the river, on the deck, under the trees, and at the food table. We bring our retreat into living economy conferences like BALLE & Bioneers. We learn from & present to the larger community. The mothers & fathers (alongside our brothers & sisters) work, often with the important tools of voice, strings + percussion. And the children are close. Isn't that delicious? Yes. Economy-building informed by the real needs of  many generations. Because we are all accountable to each other.

So...on raising wee world stewards, baby bioneers, & future founders:

I think the formula's pretty simple. Give them nature. Give them community. Then stand back & watch how they do it.  

 first business: they take off. "slow down! come back?&nbsp;goodbye, guys."

first business: they take off. "slow down! come back? goodbye, guys."

 they made nests of fallen lichen + love as offerings

they made nests of fallen lichen + love as offerings

 they inspected rock bottoms for snail &amp; frog eggs...

they inspected rock bottoms for snail & frog eggs...

...and debated the ethics of bringing them home...

 they explored lifecycles, &amp; the needs of each species. they captured &amp; shot wildlife - with their cameras.&nbsp;

they explored lifecycles, & the needs of each species. they captured & shot wildlife - with their cameras. 

 they played with shadow, made rock cairns,&nbsp;gathered &amp; sniffed bouquets of pennyroyal, +&nbsp;other luscious bankweeds.

they played with shadow, made rock cairns, gathered & sniffed bouquets of pennyroyal, + other luscious bankweeds.

 they found tools. and began planning in itty bitty community.

they found tools. and began planning in itty bitty community.

 they reminded me that nature is first nature, &amp; walked right into all of it.

they reminded me that nature is first nature, & walked right into all of it.

 they took over the tea bar &amp; savored every second of break time.

they took over the tea bar & savored every second of break time.

 they dipped their toes into a thriving ecology.&nbsp;

they dipped their toes into a thriving ecology. 

 they listened to the mysterious rush, then roar, as a doe &amp; buck made their way down the cliff.

they listened to the mysterious rush, then roar, as a doe & buck made their way down the cliff.

 they dipped nets to catch fish, which, in my mind, is a birthright, right?

they dipped nets to catch fish, which, in my mind, is a birthright, right?

 they owned the path. because we were all born On Purpose.

they owned the path. because we were all born On Purpose.

 they shared living discoveries

they shared living discoveries

 they did some things they weren't really "supposed" to do. and celebrated it.

they did some things they weren't really "supposed" to do. and celebrated it.

 they formed, &amp; then stormed, as humans like to do.

they formed, & then stormed, as humans like to do.

 and together, they made home.

and together, they made home.

Sure, there's no guarantees. Entrepreneurs, for certain, have  specific DNA that loves risks & rewards. But, the new leadership isn't given by individual rewards & personal drive. We are remembering how to be together, & to build initiatives where the most important product is the well-being of the community landscape. Give them a dedicated gathering, & they definitely show up. I know for myself that I am changed.

Watch this space, as I bring you stories of the Jamily, & other examples of {b}right livelihood. 

Inspired by the ones that still act like themselves. 

Loki, Mari, Siddhi, Bodhi, Kingston, Nia, Mekhi, Ani & Lake. Sigh. You guys. Are just so awesome.

And dedicated to the mamas that trusted me to stay close. Thank you, Nika, Chinyere & Ruth! I just love them. 

xx, Maya


Maya Hackett  

Curious. Grateful. Delighted. Pollinator.
  Moves towards life, beauty, magic. Head on Earth, listening for what's needed. Transforms, sharing your light offline, at impossible speeds. Home birthing, urban*steading, unschooled mom of four. Fashion stylist, publisher. Fundraiser, multi-founder. Legacy Architect. Sleeps in the sea, for clarity + support. Gratefully collects minute bits of grace, spins it out as community caramel. With blessed help of thousands, On Purpose.

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ANGELIQUE ARROYO :: SACRED BOUNDARIES. PART 4

 *Publisher's Note: We are thrilled to share this *free* thinking toolkit, a lunar year of Sacred Boundaries shared weekly,&nbsp;grounded in Angelique's many years as an activist,&nbsp;herbalist,&nbsp;community trainer,&nbsp;and SisterKeeper. She's a medical advocate for sexual assault victims, social justice &amp;&nbsp;anti-racism facilitator,&nbsp;holding monthly Red Tents &amp; the online School for Medicine Womyn. &nbsp;More than this, Angelique is a dear friend that has fiercely supported our global community sisterhood, for years, now. This is family medicine. *Weekly* -M

*Publisher's Note: We are thrilled to share this *free* thinking toolkit, a lunar year of Sacred Boundaries shared weekly, grounded in Angelique's many years as an activist, herbalist, community trainer, and SisterKeeper. She's a medical advocate for sexual assault victims, social justice & anti-racism facilitator, holding monthly Red Tents & the online School for Medicine Womyn.  More than this, Angelique is a dear friend that has fiercely supported our global community sisterhood, for years, now. This is family medicine. *Weekly*
-M

 

Sacred Boundaries For Self

 

We’ve been engaged in sacred boundaries in the sphere of the sacred, last time you created a collage that maps where you are at. In my work as an activisionary we talk about what it would look like to live outside of the striving/or the struggle. This very time driven existence that demands that we stick every experience into a formula for action, how do we unplug from that very formulaic why into the beingness of our own experience. I often share with folks when I provide a structure for movement that if it prevents you from actually doing it, drop it. Let it go. While parts of our human experience desire to name and label, it is not always in our best interest. Can you engage and set boundaries around the sacred for its own sake, without a prefabricated trending agenda? Can you dance in the tension of creating space for the unknown to be nourished? Why unknown? Because you can’t assign a name to that which has many and is none. In that space you will find solace and fullness because it holds capacity for all of you. 

 

I recommend you put together all these parts and read it again but all at once. When you are done…gather your sacred space making tools, be sure to ground and plug in. Grounding through your root chakra and plugging in through your crown, this stabilizes movement as energy and messages flow. When ready engage in the following questions…allow silence and stillness.

 

What have the boundaries around your practice in relationship to the sacred been?

 

What is in need of repair and reframing? Listen for what the essence in you needs at this season for nourishment..these messages come not from the thought but from plugging into the sacred current. 

 

What is coming up?…I imagine this piece of myself as a being and I often start with a teary I’m so sorry, I love you. This happens because I recognize that for me it can get so busy and move so fast. There are times I choose the busy over the slow..over the sacred, ”I can’t stop this must get done”. Or sometimes the plan gets in the way and that is when I know, I need to let go. My offering are my tears and a heart hungry to just sit and be. 

 

I Wait

I wait for you at the edges

I watch in tearful expectation, maybe today

Maybe today you’ll be with me…

I don’t want you to do..anything, just be with me

When you lay down exhausted and feel a warm sensation envelope you, that’s me loving on you

I don’t fit into the boxes or the list, or the next asana sequence  

I’m the hunger inside that makes you cry at mountains and weep at flowers

I watch you as you try to learn some new way to engage me..but all I want is for you to be with me

I have the answers you’re looking for

I’ve tried to tell you they are within

What am I? I am the galaxy in a cell 

I am the rush of rivers

I am the ecstasy in the release of an orgasm

I am the breath of a baby

I am night sky

I am the sunrise

I am the twinge in your chest that squeezes tight at the morning light

I am waiting for you….

I am the essence that holds the secrets of the universe and I dwell in you

I wait 

 

Now go into your Moonrise planner and plug in the space to meet with your sacred essence and guard those boundaries. This is very important…if you need to put up mantras or prayers to remind you of the why this matters, do so. And when not if, but when you loose your way and the rush of the day takes over…come repair your boundaries and mend the fence. Come home.

 

Next stop Sacred Boundaries for Self….xo


Angelique Arroyo Medicine Womyn: Guidess, Healer + ActiVisionary

Phone: 7172952547
Email: SchoolforMedicineWomyn@gmail.com
Website: www.AngeliqueArroyo.com

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