Friday, November 29, 2013

Steam Smudges & What They Are

Steam Smudges

So have You guessed ,I love making smudges as well as teas lol . Some have asked what is a steam smudge so here is a brief & simple description A steam smudge is used in the same purpose & intent  a smoked smudge is used  be it magical, spiritual or medicinal . Instead of using smoke steam is used . Steam smudge can be done via  presoaking smudge in water than throwing the sacred water on hot stones or coals . However for indoors  the easy way to do a steam smudge is placing a pan of water on the back of the stove bringing it to a boil and adding the smudge blend to the water . turning down to very low heat letting the steam slowly scent the home throughout the day .  This was a practice learned from both my grandmother  & mother . Of course a woodstove is best ;-)  One can also carry the pan around the home to bless , cleanse and protect the home smudging in all areas of the home . Steam smudging is an excellent alternative to smoke smudging for those with asthma and also during winter months when doors and windows cannot be open for smoke to escape. 

Winter Tea & Smudges

I just wanted to pop in to let people know I have listed our new winter teas & smudges on our business blog Womb of Willow
I will also take pics of the regular teas too but for now have gotten the winter items up with pics .
I also will post here how to use steam smudges . 

Monday, May 20, 2013

50 Amazing Years !

Once again not enough time in this life to get it all done lol
I'd been planning to post this way back in Jan. after my 50th year celebration ! I also wanted to post amazing pictures from infant through to grannyhood .
I've got two other articles to write yet ;-)
Our 6 amazing children arranged a surprise party for me with all my gal pals of over 30 yrs now ! Can you imagine that !
I'd love to write about my childhood my beautiful grandmother , all my beautiful teachers but I'm getting ready for a gathering and sale of my products etc.
maybe next week I will have time to post more .
for now most of you know by now I began selling all my wood , felt & herbal creations last yr. My business is doing great ! We , meaning my partner Bob & I have begun our 30th yr. together & as you know bought our retirement/ homestead property two yrs ago now . It will be hard to leave the home we've been in 19 yrs & the area we've been in 30 yrs ! all the potlucks , homeschooling ,  home births , animals & friends etc. coming and going from our home ,of course we will cry when it sells .
We have as I said 6 amazing children , we've raised healthy & wholely into amazing individuals ! We have had a blast , tiresome yes , but what joys & blessings ! camping , volunteering , travel .Lol I often had 3-4 extra kids in the house or the van during those younger years with all the kids buddies tagging along . our children are proof of our labour and if it was a fruitful labour .
our eldest is owner of her own home & business & teacher at a local college . Our 2nd dd is an awesome  Mother herself ,  married & works in accounting /mortgages recently bought her 2nd home in the same hippy granola area we raised our children , our 3rd is studying environmental journalism woohoo , 4 is a construction worker and amazing guitar player , 5th is turning out to be able to fix anything & everything like his dad , he is also an amazing bushman loving the north so much , our 6th & youngest hopes to be a police officer he is doing amazing now since his diagnosis with hashimotos & iritis .
And yes I know I don't write enough about this ;-) we are grandparents ! Our dd just had our 2nd grandson ! boy of 4 directions , he is literally of every colour in the 4 directions .
So that is just a brief little pic into the amazing gift of 50 yrs of life .hopefully I can share more at some point .

Monday, April 29, 2013

Harvesting with Ancestors

We had such an amazing restoring day yesterday I would love to share .
You all know how I love picking / harvesting and this yr. seems to be evolving into an exceptionally productive yr. Both for supply & spirit .
The beginning of picking in late winter began with the return of Eagles & encouragment of the ancestors. Eagles to our family represent the grandfathers .
Yesterday we actually got out of the city early so we could have an extra long day til nightfall arrived.
It was the last day for me to pick the poplar buds for balm of gilead .The buds are already dried up on some trees.
When I first arrived I wanted to check on the clay deposits for harvesting . the snow has receeded and the clay is exposed now ! As I looked down in the spot right under the Eagle tree I found my first Eagle feather of the season !A beautiful gift of confirmation . as I mentioned before our ds 17yo & I always find the feathers .
When I was soaking up the sun beams picking the poplar buds I began to think 7 meditate .Harvesting is the perfect time for prayer & thinking on things . I began to think of harvesting Cedar sacred tree of healing , protection & the dead . I thought how some tribes here teach only men can pick cedar because it is a male medicine . so many tribes have different customs . Does it make it a for sure , an absolute for us . well no of course not . For some tobacco is like this only men grow & harvest it .
Anyway Cedar I work with most often when someone is passing , it helps in cleansing & protecing towards death .
I have been asked to harvest & collect from others but mostly ancestors .
I was thinking this while meditating . How my great grandmother was of the people of Cedar . she picked , they used it for thier homes , medicines , shade in heat etc.
so I thought yes I am to pick Cedar I have permission of my ancestors .
I then looked up at the sky above . There not one but two Eagles , riding on the winds . circling over & over again !
I put down my pail and raised my arms up to the sky .Palms open & upward . I gave a huge prayer of Thanks . It also turns out these Eagles nest in the bush in a spruce on our property !
after the affirmation of Eagles I picked for perhaps 1/2 hr. longer then heard a sound , an ever so silent sound . I was not familiar with this sound . I looked down to the ground and there crawling along the slushy snow in the hot sun was a garter snake ! The first of the season .
We had a great day dh got the tractor unstuck and did his thing , ds12 made dams with the newly flowing ditch water .

We also saw several turkey vultures eating road kill on our drive home .
This was a great day of re-affirming who we are as a family .I am ever so thankful & inspired for the week ahead .

Saturday, April 13, 2013

spiritual red flags

( I had a friend on fb share this today .If it is Your photo and wish me to take it down I will )

I'll admit this post is a bit of a rant sparked by someone's poking fun , mocking me once again . Then I read that statement by Gandhi today a friend shared on fb. in the end truth is still truth. I've always said even in denial truth is still truth .
 hence this post  the why I believe red flags are everywhere . warnings , omens , caution , the practice of discernment and prudence. 
Being involved in the area of child sexual abuse I have hit the wall of those who do not want to believe more than those willing to accept .
I guess the fact is as people we like to make our own good judgements, our own choices, form our own opinions . Yet do we not take the upbeat helpful opinions of others to heart. readily eager to accept .
 yet there are always red flags . even in the spiritual . the what not to approach or not to do may be in fact even more valuable than the what to do .
I mean were there not red flags leading up to Jones Town ? what about David Koresh ? The fellow who set up the sweat lodge in AZ desert and people died ? How many children could have been spared sexual torture by members of the church had people chose to acknowledge the red flags ?

Normally I'd write this on my blog regarding abuse but the fact is it belongs in every aspect of our daily lives. to be aware . to be cautious.
I experienced red flags regarding a group within the Native American Church . No it did not mean because of a few the whole church was abusive but I darn well knew and learned to stay away from those few ! These people kept skipping province to province to avoid charges of child sexual abuse .

If I recieve an omen of warning I know to trust. be it spiritual or not . just because an omen can be serious does not mean it is not a posative thing . I mean if it warns me to keep my family safe that result of that red flag is very posative to me .
if I feel our children may be at risk within a certain relationship or group well its worth the risk to say No .
there are millions of people , thousands of groups on this planet so saying No to one just leaves the door open to recieve and say yes to the right one .
I know the person mocking me does it out of wishing to hurt me . it stems from fear of staying in denial , of what it would take to come out of that denial . to own staying with an abusive partner and denial of child abuse is abuse in itself.
 so I'm sticking with Gandhi today and yes perhaps by myself . but in the end truth is truth and I'm hoping I'm willing to recognize and accept those red flags when they may appear  .

Friday, March 22, 2013

Life Waters

Life Waters

memory of womb waters
nourished cleansing &  protected haven
room of evolving life
stream , river , water falls
sacred vessel brings arrivals blessing
second birth on oceans tide
soulprint everlasting on new waters shore

Thursday, March 14, 2013

eagle willow moon drum

Meet my drum Eagle Willow Moon !
I finished her this January . Something I know I've mentioned for along time was feeling called back. Called to a return of the heartbeat . The drum.
I made her way back in Oct. yet knew she was not complete . She had to be blessed yet was not ready .
I knew I wanted to paint her . To use natural plant dyes . To have the image of willow and the moon .
I had the vision still in my head of a dark Indigo night with willow tree & full moon over .
Also very much I have felt since our ds Indigo was called to the drum we are to make drums together. Indigo drums .
So I used Indigo , henna, cinnamon & tumeric .
I was so pleased how she turned out ! I had no idea though of her purpose of her teachings .
I had no idea when , how or where to bless her.Well the where that is sort of a lie I did know wtare she was to be blessed by water.
Then it was our youngest ds 12 pointed out to me Look Mum when the drum is upside down the tree becomes an Eagle ! Yes there is Eagle , big feet and talons grabbing at the moon !
Now this drom became even more special to me . I knew right where I was to take her for the blessing . Lake Winnipeg & the shore where the Eagles have been returning !
Yet it is winter ? January , no water ? Yes water ! Frozen water !
How special a time & place this was for me .
This was the month and year I became exactly half a century old !

This has been a special winter as it has been the first cold , lots of snow winter in along time .
So off I went , I stayed 3 days out at my Mums place . daytime blessing .For all the moon is brillent during night I am a day person . However there was the Moon hanging in the sky on a bright sunshiney day above our  frozen Sister Lake Winnipeg. Her healing should happen all Year long not just in warm months .
So I smudged our sacred space

I stepped out onto the ice coat of my Sister. Stood strong and played my drum . I know her purpose now too . She is a water bush drum . Also a personal drum . A solitary drum . She is not a big group or public drum . I will eventually make a drum for that purpose . I will try very hard to play her in the bush & by the water each day . I hope more Eagles & healing will come .I'm not sure yet but I have a feeling she is teaching me to walk for water . I think it is obvious she already began .
Now Eagle Willow Moon  & I are one .