Leather Warrior: A New Path

I am very excited to have opened up my online storefront today, paving a new path for my way of providing & receiving what I deserve, to experience a comfortable, healthy life. I have learned, that it is imperative that you do what you love – finding a balance between this, and all of the other many dynamics of living in this world today. It is essential to make a living, so how do we do so whilst maintaining happiness in our daily lives? It is simple – we remain open to what is working for us, while dedicating our energy in a selfless way, to what it is that inspires us most. When we do this, we don’t have to think about the money – the money will come, because we are trusting in the power of our energy, our creations. We will be abundant, because that is the truth that this life has to offer – as we attain and maintain balance, in all ways as a being.

As I have been expanding my skills as an artist, I have come to find that I am able to create through many mediums. I have struggled with which one to choose – which one to dedicate myself to, and focus upon. After having a very enlightening conversation with an elder several nights ago, I came to the realization that I don’t have to choose just one. Yes – I have to choose one to make a living on, to get started with – but I can do each of the things that sparks my fire, as long as I am doing them in a balanced way, with diligence and clear intention.

During my time in Oregon, as I relayed in my most recent post, I went through deep transformations and healing. I am still going through deep healing – everyday, I am growing and evolving. Learning to stitch and sow leather, came very naturally to me – it was as if I was meant to do it my entire life but never knew that I could or that I would want to. It took guidance from my elder brother Calvin to discover this. I am filled with joy and gratitude, when I consider the possibilities that my creations will offer forth into the world. To be able to incorporate my knowledge of herbalism and gemstones, two things I feel very passionately about, with my leather creations, is my dream manifest in reality. I can bring medicine to other beings, in a beautiful way that ties together my artistic abilities, with my healing guidance.

I am looking forward to presenting each piece to the world as it comes to fruition, as each will be unique in the energy that is put into it. Stay tuned for more photos within the ‘Leather Warrior’ section here on my website. Go check out my store at: Leather Warrior Storefront

Adventure to Oregon: Portland, Selma & The Redwood Forest

December 9th, 2016 – The day before my 27th birthday, I flew out to Portland, OR. This was my first time flying to the West Coast. This trip held the intentions to visit my brother, Calvin and to stay at an old friends farm for a few months. My trip was an amazing experience, in which I learned many lessons. I have held fear about flying for a long time, as well as fear of letting go of control in my daily life, to travel. Setting foot onto the plane in Burlington, was just the first step in a series of actions in my journey, of learning how to completely let go and flow moment to moment. To be present within oneself, to be still and quiet, amongst all of the noise and chaos going on in the external.

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The time that I spent with my brother was really nice and left me feeling a good sense of connection to Portland and all of the sweet people that I met along the way. I also felt that I was finally able to connect fully to Calvin’s life out in Oregon. He has lived there for close to 8 years, after having lived in Burlington for 2 – and this was the first time that I was able to go out to visit him. When he moved to Burlington from our home town a few years after graduating from high-school, he never looked back. I had always wondered how he was able to just go – with no preconceived notion of what it would entail. The way that I looked at traveling and moving in the past, was in a very rooted, grounded way – a way that caused me to feel fear and anxiety when imagining being so far away from Vermont. This spontaneous major life change is something that I hadn’t experienced yet in such a big way, so he has always been an inspiration for me to do the same.

While I was in Portland, I experienced so many awesome things! I wrote down some reflections on my trip, both during & after:


December 9th, 2016

PNWMountainRange“I am on my first flight en route to Portland, OR. I’m very excited for the growth and transformation that I know I will experience on this journey. I am facing many fears, and am opening myself up to many possibilities. I will be landing in Michigan soon, and will board a plane there at 7:59pm, arriving in PDX at 10pm. It’s a total of 6.5 hours flying time. It’s going to be so refreshing to spend a decent chunk of time with Calvin before going out to my friends farm in Selma. I haven’t seen Brandon in 6 years, and can’t wait to reconnect with him! I am open to all that I am meant to experience on this journey. Tomorrow, I turn 27. In anticipation of my next year, I am grateful for the many challenges and lessons that I have faced so far in my life. I am coming in to this next year with clarity of my truth – as a healer and intuitive, I embrace the healing that I must go through, in knowing that I will be stronger, better able to do my work in the world – as an herbalist, a lover, a sister, a friend, teacher, guide, learner, companion & someday a mother.”


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CameoCafeOregon“I had an amazing time staying with Calvin, Mitchell & Marilyn. For my birthday, Calvin took me out for breakfast at a place called Cameo Cafe. It’s run by an older Korean couple. I had a Korean pancake, which was massive – they’re made out of veggies and a IMG_0820special better – SO good! We went to an amazing little herb shop called the ‘Clary Sage Herbarium’, where I found an array of LebaneseFoodOregonNicholas'delicious medicinal teas to get myself grounded & moving. We also visited a sweet thrift store called ‘House of Vintage’ – definitely the Calvin&AudreyPhobiggest thrift store I’ve ever seen! We then had dinner with his lady, Audrey, at a Lebanese restaurant named Nicholas’s. So much insanely good and culturally diverse OregonMeal1food experiences! We went out to eat at all of the best restaurants in Portland while I was HawaiianArtNicklesvisiting. Calvin and I also cooked many really great meals, and we even made our very first smoothie bowls – which were so delicious! Audrey brought me to Powell’s bookstore, which is one of the biggest bookstores I’ve ever seen in my life. It is 4 floors! Calvin and I AriaGuitarOregonexplored some more thrift shops, and he brought me to this OregonJourneyWisdomamazing music store called Mothership Music on MLK Blvd. I found the most beautiful Japanese Aria classical acoustic guitar which I bought myself for my birthday! Very stoked to learn how to play with this. Calvin’s birthday was the 16th – luckily, before my trip a good friend of his planned a celebration show for his band Acidwash, who IMG_3650I love & had been wanting to see for years, for the IMG_082615th. It was an amazing performance, and a really sweet way to celebrate both of our birthdays together! I was inspired in so many ways during my time at my brothers place. Through watching Calvin do his leather working job, I was inspired to create a utility belt. I came up with a design that he helped me to piece together. He assisted me with the beginnings of it – the base leather strap, with the buckle and rivets. We then assembled the rest of the pieces and parts, for me to take to the farm with me to hand-stitch. We’re going to put it all together when I return to Portland for the last two weeks of my trip.”


December 22nd, 2016

IMG_1123“Brandon picked me up two days ago, and I’ll be here at the farm until the 16th of January, 2017. It has been very nice to reconnect with him, but I have already encountered an array of moments in which I’ve felt resistance, and have been triggered – this shows me that I have a lot to face while I’m here, and a lot to learn from him & vice versa. While visiting Calvin, I found that I had to let go of all control of what my daily experience would be like. I had to be comfortable with moving through the unknown, and in doing so learned how to be comfortable in all of the situations that I ended up experiencing, however foreign they may feel. I will continue to embrace this, with open arms, to grow, heal & learn.OregonStorm

Tyler called me the day that I was on my way to the farm, to let me know that a bookkeeper position & living space have opened up for me, for when I return to Vermont. I set intentions with the new moon in Sagittarius about this (while visiting Lotus Lodge, a week prior to leaving for my trip):

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For this new moon in Sagittarius, my sign – I am planting seeds of desire for truth. I wish to follow my path, to do my work in the world in the best ways that I can. To connect with all of the women, men, spaces and opportunities that are meant to direct, guide and nurture my growth/evolution. I wish to plant seeds of transformation, and of clarity to allow me room to experience my next journey while also growing roots, to open a space for me to move into when I return from my trip. I intend to focus on my physical movement routine, as well as my daily spiritual connection.”

I am so excited for this next chapter of my life! In the meantime, I plan to remain fully present in my current reality – to learn more about tending to plants while I am here on this beautiful land, to build something, and to spend every day doing the work that is needed to heal my body from Lyme’s. I discovered that I have Lyme’s a week into my trip, after having questioned the possibility of it for years (having symptoms that worsened slowly over a period of 7 years, which all came after the first time I was bitten by a tick – and two consecutive times of finding ticks on myself, the most recent being April of 2016. This last experience with a tick, sent me into a very fast downward spiral of intense pains all over my body, fatigue, muscle/joint issues, memory/concentration issues, heart LymesProtocolOregonpain/palpitations, etc.). I have just received the treatment protocol from the Native Medicine man that I spoke of in my previous post, who I consulted with. I ordered all of the herbs that I need from Hawaii, and they will be here in a week. This is my Winter Solstice gift this year – I truly don’t celebrate christmas in the traditional sense anymore, as my perspective of the holiday has shifted quite a bit – however, I am allowing my playful childlike self to come forth to see this as a blessing, in which I will learn many deep lessons that will serve me for long term growth. What a gift! I can’t wait to start doing the deep physical healing work, that I must continue for the next year, diligently. I wish to develop good routine and discipline as far as this goes; this will require clarity, focus and daily gratitude to shift my mindset. I plan to do this with grace and ease, despite the pain.

IMG_0808Some of the highlights of my time so far, have been the meeting of a few really awesome people along my path. I made some beautiful connections with people that will be long-lasting friends. Mitchell, one of Calvin’s room-mates, is from Colombia. He helped me to understand and face the concept of social anxiety in a new way through our conversations about it. He gave me a solid chunk of raw Turquoise that he got from South Dakota, while he was traveling. His roommate Marilyn is also super sweet. She made my stay at their place much more lovely and comfortable with her presence, helpful small gestures of kindness, and her bad-ass feminine presence certainly helped to balance things out. She gave me an amazing pair of black heel boots, as well as a little bag of goodies from the 80’s from her vintage shop! So sweet!

ChakrasI had the opportunity to reconnect with Nickles again which was amazing. He took me to a Christmas party at a renowned recording studio in Portland. We made dinner at his house, and listened to awesome records. He is a professional massage therapist, and hooked me up with a 3 hour session that caused some major shifts to happen for me on an emotional/physical level – I experienced incredibly deep healing from this, and am forever Trimpartygrateful. The next day we had a trim party with Lynx and Cheya, from his band ‘Lynx & The Servants of Song’, which was a lot of fun. We had another amazing meal that Nickles made, and a great evening following. We are going to a hot spring when I return to Portland for my last few weeks! I can’t wait to experience a hot spring for the first time in my life!”


January 12th, 2017

IMG_0920“The past three weeks have been intense and challenging for me. I’ve experienced many triggers with Brandon – I am opening to receiving the energy of today’s full moon in Cancer, to grow by loving into each moment of resistance that shows up on my path, however uncomfortable they may be. My physical healing has been unfolding incredibly well – I have been practicing self-discipline most diligently as I had desired, totally dismissing any old patterns/habits surrounding food, totally immersing myself into yoga in a deeper way, properly medicating, daily creative expression, work and maintaining my connection to family. I am beginning to truly love all parts of my self. My goal for this new year, is to master self-discipline, in each area of my life: Leather & JewelryHerbalism work, Herbalism, Photography, Love, Family & Communal living. I am learning to become the lover that I would want and deserve, through loving myself fully. I believe that this is how we reach our truest form of self-actualization, and through doing so we can come together in all of the relations that serve our highest self.”


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There were many other experiences that I had, which I did not get down onto paper. I’ll share a few of the most exciting and influential ones. During my last week at the farm, I was taken to the Redwood Forest. I have always dreamed of going there, but upon planning this trip didn’t even consider it because I didn’t think that I would make it to California. Little did I know, the Redwoods were only 45 minutes from the farm. We visited the coast on our way; the Pacific Ocean is incredibly vast and beautiful.

 

The experience of walking solo through the forest, truly silent, and connecting with the soil, the trees and the other plant life there, was not something that words could do justice. I can however, share the essence via the imagery I captured on this beautiful adventure:

Being able to just sit with these trees, and feel the massive currents of energy running through them – the energy of the entire forest – was mind blowing. This is something that cannot be fully imagined, until experienced. My favorite part of my trip, was absolutely these moments of silence with the Redwood Forest.

AuthenticRamenWhen I returned to Portland, I was feeling ready to get back to Vermont. This feeling quickly went away, as I got back into the swing of the daily experience at Calvin’s home. I had an exciting two weeks, full of more delicious meals and good company. We had authentic ramen, insanely delicious gluten free & vegan pizza, and many other tasty treats! I went to photograph & see one of my favorites – the Kitchen Dwellers – open for the Keller Williams Kwahtro, at The Wonder Ballroom IMG_1427(which was huge for the K.D., as Keller has been a long-time inspiration). This show was incredible, and it was very sweet to go to a concert solo, so far away from home. Calvin helped me to finish up my utility belt, which turned out to be incredibly beautiful. We documented some of the process & progress of it:

Through the process of creating this belt for myself – teaching myself how to work with leather, to stitch and sow it – my creative energy surged and flowed freely. It felt incredible to see a vision of something, and to then create it. To not doubt the process, and to just go for it. Despite some minor cuts and pricks from the needles/tools, this was an amazing project. Calvin’s success and proficiency with his craft & small business ‘Leather Weapon’, and then making this utility belt, were enough to inspire me beyond what I would have expected. I am in the works of creating my own business, called ‘Leather Warrior’ and already have 7 custom orders to get to work! I will be crafting utility belts, medicine bags, wallets & jewelry. Stay tuned to the ‘Leatherwork’ section of my website, to see my progress! I will have business cards soon:

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Besides all of the other amazing experiences that Calvin opened me up to, he also brought me to this place called ‘The Grotto’, which was a public garden/forest/sanctuary that was built on top of a cliff. There is a massive outdoor elevator to get up to the entry of the of garden, and installations of art & religious statues spread throughout the entire place. There’s also a meditation center and outlook of the city at the very edge of the cliff:

Considering my connection to spirituality/religion, coming from a childhood of having Christianity forced upon me, and how my perception of God has transformed so drastically, as well as for Calvin – it was definitely an interesting experience to check this out with him. I felt deep reverence and beauty within all of it, from each piece of art to the presence held during the exploration of the space, despite the difference in faith.


Nickles and I got together for a few days before I headed out of Portland, which was an excellent way to end my trip. We attempted to go to the hot springs – we drove 2 hours to get there, and unfortunately because of the crazy amount of snow that Oregon got the few weeks prior, the road was blocked on the final stretch of the way. Despite this, we had a really fun time. We ended up going to a movie, at the most luxurious movie theater I’ve ever been to…they had recliner seats, that were incredibly comfortable. The movie was awesome, and we ended up getting some super delicious food from the Market Food Trucks. Whenever I hear food truck, I have a negative impression stuck in my mind – this HawaiianShamanArtexperience totally changed that for me. I ate authentic Mexican Mole Poblano, and also tried Oxen tail – it was the most delicious and exotic meal that I had on my trip, for sure. I had never tried truly authentic Mexican, so this was special. We went and had breakfast at an amazing restaurant called Bar Carlo, which had a record store attached to it. I found a few really old Herbie Hancock albums; I have been on a mission to collect all of his records, so this was very exciting. I learned some beautiful lessons from him and am very grateful to have connected with him in the ways in which I did.


In a final reflection of my time in Oregon, I learned so much more than I could have ever anticipated when planning & leaving for this trip. The time that I spent with each individual who I crossed paths with, was meant to be a part of my learning experience. My time at the farm was comparable to a retreat, in the sense that I was able to live at my own pace and schedule, while focusing most of my time on my physical healing. I spent a lot of time alone which was great, and the time that I did spend with others helped me to see what communal living could look like.

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When it was time to leave the farm, I realized that the slow pace of life that is able to exist there, would certainly not be what I would experience in Portland – I didn’t anticipate this feeling to arise, as a part of transitioning back into the city, but it certainly did. Within a few days it was fine, but I definitely noticed a major shift in my ability to be present with myself and those around me. Although my ability to do so expanded through my healing on the farm, it also was still contracted to a degree when I shifted spaces. This is a major lesson in my life currently, that I believe will help me to become fully comfortable with fluidity – to be able to maintain a solid thread of being rooted/grounded within, and with the Earth, rather than with physical living spaces, as I go through changes/transitionsIMG_1109 throughout the rest of my life. I also learned throughout my journey, in OregonFarmlandreflection of seeing literally all of the weather – watching the weather go from an incredibly beautiful state of calm; a warm breeze, sunshine and high temperatures to the complete opposite – that too, like the weather, your entire life can change in the blink of an eye. Holding gratitude, and presence in every moment, is the key to experiencing true happiness in this world.

Upon returning from my trip, it became very clear to me that this was a time of major transitions to unfold. I knew that I needed to move out of where I had been living for the past two years, and that it was time for my sister Olivia to move back in with our mother – ending a 6 year long chapter of us living together & me being her full-time guardian. I am still going to remain her guardian, but it became clear that it was time for my to live alone IMG_2529– something I had wanted to experience, before living in community. With perfect alignment and divine timing, the perfect space fell into my lap, and after moving through 3 weeks of a transition period, we are both finally settled into our new homes. My space is the most beautiful home that I have ever lived in. I am going to be moving in to Lotus Mountain Retreat in June/July, which is the perfect next step upon my path.

I am feeling incredibly grateful for the journey that I went on, and to all of the people who helped me to experience such joy and beauty along the way. In a final reflection of my time in Oregon, I learned so much more than I could have ever anticipated when planning & leaving for this trip. The time that I spent with each individual who I crossed paths with, was meant to be a part of my learning experience. I’m looking forward to sharing my journey with the leather business, as well as the many other beautiful moments to unfold before me.

ᎣᏏᏲ || Osiyo

Chelsea Erin Wright

 

 

The Native Medicine Way: Herbalism & The Path Of The Wounded Healer

March 2016-November 2016

My interest in herbs began when I was young. I was always curious about them, and what they were for. The wonderful scents that they would release into the air, carried by the wind and to my senses, were captivating. I found that my relationship with them was one of wonder and amazement. It wasn’t until I was nearly 25 that I truly began delving in to the different uses for herbs, in a medicinal way.

tulsi-holy-basilIt was through living in a cabin in the woods and growing my first garden, with the help of my partner at the time, that I started to really open myself up to the power of herbs and plants. It all started with my now most beloved relation, Ocimum Tenuiflorum – Tulsi, also known as ‘Holy Basil’. In my yard, Tulsi sprang up out of nowhere. I had never seen or heard of it before, and one day a dear old friend picked a flower spindle for me to smell. I fell in love immediately. It was gorgeous, with tiny light purple flowers and a scent like no other flower I had ever smelled before. We thought that it would calm down the orange tabby cat who was then still a wild kitten, so he wrapped it around the inside of Oliver’s collar. Within a few minutes, his demeanor shifted to a more gentle, playful manner. It was amazing to see the herb have such a dramatic effect, and so quickly.

I decided the next time I went out to the garden that I would wait to pick the Tulsi until the end of the growing season, and dry it for tea. When I began drinking this tea, it opened my heart up in a way that I hadn’t felt since I was a very young child. This allowed for deep wounds to arise, to come to the surface for me to face. This was just the beginning, of a long, painful yet deeply transformative purging cycle. I only used the Tulsi from my yard, and didn’t continue to expand my relationship with it again until I began herbalism school.

Over two years and an incredibly heartbreaking relationship, I came out on the other end with a healed heart – very intensely, like the phoenix transforms from the ashes. All of the emotional trauma from my childhood was faced, and dissolved. Throughout this journey of emotional and physical healing, I was synchronistically led to the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, as I shared in my most recent blog post (which was actually written directly before I began the Roots Apprenticeship program at VCIH).img_2986

Through attending this program, I received an incredible insight into the vast world of herbalism. I couldn’t have ever began to fathom the extent to which herbs can heal, the array of herbs that exist and the ways in which they are transformed into medicine. They can serve as medicine, without removing them from the Earth. There were a few herbs that called to me quite clearly. Self Heal, and again Tulsi. Without giving it my focus intentionally, it drew me in on a much deeper level than my previous experience. I allowed my relationship with Tulsi to grow, as I connected to it physically – I planted all of the Tulsi alongside another student, in the schools gardens. I meditated on its energy as I gently and carefully placed them in the soil. It was then, that I started to truly understand the spiritual energy of herbs. Tulsi expanded my senses to a whole new dimension of plant healing.

img_6001Now, to speak for my spiritual beliefs before I share a great deal of knowledge regarding the Tulsi plant – I do not practice the Hindu religion, but it has played an important role in my spiritual awakening. There are many parts and pieces to Hinduism that I resonate with. It is a beautiful way, and the art that encompasses its messages is incredible. Throughout my path of learning a little bit about every religion, I have found that my faith is deeply rooted in the Native Medicine Way. Through my ancestral roots, I have found that in my connection to the Earth – to nature, and the Great Spirit – I am most at home, at peace, in tune with my spirit & soul. I do however, as I said previous, have a deep reverence for Hinduism, and Buddhism alike – as they both offer an expanse of incredible insight.

In Hindu religion, Tulsi is a sacred plant that is worshipped as a representation of the goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that water mixed with the petals given to the dying raises their departing souls to heaven. Tulsi is cultivated for religious and medicinal purposes, and for its essential oil. It is widely known across the Indian subcontinent as a medicinal plant and an herbal tea, commonly used in Ayurveda. This plant is revered as an elixir of life.

Tulsi, Sanskrit for “the incomparable one”, is most often regarded as a consort of Krishna in the form of Lakshmi. Lakshmi (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मी, lakṣmīˈləkʂmiː) is the Hindu Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. She is the wife and Shakti (energy) of Vishnu, a major god in Hinduism…Lakshmi was also a goddess of abundance and fortune for Buddhists, and was represented on the oldest surviving stupas and cave temples of Buddhism. Lakshmi is also called Sri or Thirumagal because she is endowed with six auspicious and divine qualities, or gunas, and is the divine strength of Vishnu. In Hindu mythologies, she was born from the churning of the primordial ocean (Samudra manthan) and she chose Vishnu as her eternal consort. When Vishnu descended on the Earth as the Rama and Krishna, Lakshmi descended as his respective consort Sita (Rama’s wife) and Rukmini (Krishna’s wife). In the ancient scriptures of India, all women are declared to be embodiments of Lakshmi. The marriage and relationship between Lakshmi and Vishnu as wife and husband is the paradigm for rituals and ceremonies for the bride and groom in Hindu weddings Lakshmi is considered another aspect of the same supreme goddess principle in the Shaktism tradition of Hinduism.

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Lakshmi is depicted in Indian art as an elegantly dressed, prosperity-showering, golden-coloured woman with owl as her vehicle, signifying the importance of economic activity in maintenance of life, her ability to move, work and prevail in confusing darkness. Her four arms are symbolic of the four goals of humanity that are considered good in Hinduism – dharma (pursuit of ethical, moral life), artha (pursuit of wealth, means of life), kama (pursuit of love, emotional fulfillment) and moksha (pursuit of self-knowledge, liberation). In Lakshmi’s iconography, she is either sitting or standing on a lotus and typically carrying a lotus in one or two hands. The lotus carries symbolic meanings in Hinduism and other Indian traditions. It symbolically knowledge, self-realisation and liberation in Vedic context, and represents reality, consciousness and karma (work, deed) in the Tantra (Sahasrara) context.

The lotus, a flower that blossoms in clean or dirty water, also symbolises purity and beauty regardless of the good or bad circumstances in which its grows. It is a reminder that good and prosperity can bloom and not be affected by evil in one’s surrounding. Below, behind or on the sides, Lakshmi is sometimes shown with one or two elephants and occasionally with an owl. Elephants symbolise work, activity and strength, as well as water, rain and fertility for abundant prosperity. The owl signifies the patient striving to observe, see and discover knowledge particularly when surrounded by darkness. As a bird reputedly blinded by daylight, the owl also serves as a symbolic reminder to refrain from blindness and greed after knowledge and wealth has been acquired.

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In some representations, wealth either symbolically pours out from one of her hands or she simply holds a jar of money. This symbolism has a dual meaning: wealth manifested through Lakshmi means both material as well as spiritual wealth. Her face and open hands are in a mudra that signify compassion, giving or daana(charity). Lakshmi typically wears a red dress embroidered with golden threads, symbolism for beauty and wealth. She, goddess of wealth and prosperity, is often represented with her husband Vishnu, the god who maintains human life filled with justice and peace. This symbolism implies wealth and prosperity is coupled with maintenance of life, justice, and peace.

Archaeological discoveries and ancient coins suggest the recognition and reverence for Lakshmi by the 1st millennium BCE. Lakshmi’s iconography and statues have also been found in Hindu temples throughout southeast Asia, estimated to be from the second half of the 1st millennium CE. The festivals of Diwali and Sharad Purnima (Kojagiri Purnima) are celebrated in her honor.”

img_4784It wasn’t until I discovered Tulsi’s spiritual significance, that I fully understood why I was so connected to this plant. I have always resonated with imagery from India, since I was a young child. Elephants have been my favorite animal since I was a baby, and the owl has had an incredibly intense presence in my life for the past 7 years – people were giving me owl jewelry, trinkets, wall hangings, candle holders, mugs, you name it…then, owls began appearing outside of my bedroom windows, holding a strong presence around my physical dwellings. There were times that I would hear 5 or 6 owls in one night, all with different calls, in conversation with one another. It was unbelievable.

Then, I was led to one of the most intense relationships of my life. This man is the same person that I mentioned at the beginning of this story. This may sound ridiculous, but the truth is that fate led me to this person; we physically smashed into each other as we were moving in opposite directions around a corner at a concert. I experienced a wave of heat rush through my entire body as we started talking. Three hours later, we parted ways after speaking to one another about our lives, interests and more specifically about these images that we wanted to share with one another; photos of reflections – mine of trees in a puddle, and his of a sacred place in Guatemala (Guatemala has been coming up in conversation for me frequently over the past year from others, as well as Hawaii – two places that I plan to travel to next). This relationship ended up being one of the most transformative and most deeply vulnerable connections that I had ever taken on. It forced me to evolve and change in all of the ways in which I needed to, to take on my path as a healer – this person was literally, like a mirror. A reflection that allowed me to see the deepest pains and desires that I had within. It wasn’t until after that night when we connected, that I realized he was in a band, named ‘The Blind Owl Band’.

And to add to the synchronicities with the owl, my previous mentor asked me to start a business with him, which he had chosen to name (without any consult or conversation with me prior) ‘Owls Lair Jewelry’. I knew the owl symbolized something – but it was not yet clear to me what was true. I had heard from my grandmother that the owl was a bad omen in native american mythology, that it represented the arrival of death. From others, I heard that it was a sign of good fortune and wisdom. It wasn’t until interviewing one of my musical spiritual gurus, that I was given the insight into what the owl’s medicine truly is.

When I met and spoke with Trevor Hall, he shared a story with me that I won’t ever forget. His personal experience with owls, as he shared it with me, was so eerily similar to mine. He learned from a native woman while he was on the island of Hawaii. The medicine of the Owl, is the strength to see through illusion. He wrote an incredible song about this very subject, which you can listen to here:

This coming into my reality created a massive expansion in my awareness. If you have read my previous post, Synchronicities & Manifestations: 1111, you have a little insight into my relationship with the Lotus, and more importantly my experience with my physical vision issues – as well as how I’ve struggled with trusting my intuition, the primary reason why the ending of the relationship that I spoke of earlier was so heartbreaking. This intuition is my power, and is is what guides me to see through illusion – to see the truth, and to see through lies – to see clearly, circumstances before they unfold. Since I was young, I have native-healerexperienced this through dreams, and as I began learning about meditation I have also experienced it in several visions. It became incredibly clear to me, that this was all a part of my spiritual awakening. Along the way, an incredible book that I borrowed on a whim from Johnson State College in 2011, made its way back onto my bookshelf, 3 years later – Native Healer: Initiation Into An Ancient Art. I began reading this book, shortly before my relationship with that significant loved one ended. It stuck out to me on my bookshelf, and it couldn’t have been more properly aligned timing for me to notice it. It was through this Native Elder’s story, that I gained perspective into my calling as a spiritual warrior and a medicine woman.

The Native Medicine Way, combined with Tulsi’s role in my life, became more important than I could have ever imagined. These two sources of knowledge, were the catalysts for incredible shifts to take place within me. One mans story and one sacred herb – so much history and power. It is with great love, reverence and honor that I share this story – my personal story. I too, have found healing through the use of the Earths medicine, and through my healing will continue to heal others.

Shortly after the Roots Apprenticeship ended in November 0f 2016, I planned a trip to Portland, Oregon to visit my brother, and an old friend who owns a Medicinal Herb farm in Southern Oregon. Before departing for my trip, I was led to a Native Medicine man, by Krysta (owner of Lotus Lodge; my connection with her is explained within the same post that I mentioned a few paragraphs back).

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The Native Medicine Man who diagnosed me with Lyme’s

This medicine man helped me to discover that I have 8 strains of Lyme’s, along with 3 co-infections. Before I discovered this, I almost ended up cancelling my trip, based on a fear that my heart wouldn’t be able to handle flying on a plane. I had been experiencing intense, sharp heart pains, pressure on my chest and trouble breathing. But I went against the fear, and made the journey anyway. I didn’t know it yet, but I was experiencing Lyme Carditis (which I learned about on my trip) – this is a late stage of Lyme’s where it’s moved through all of your organ systems, into your heart. The spirochetes then begin to eat away at your heart tissue, which can eventually kill you. I also learned from a dear lover, that Lyme’s can cause MS to form in the body, which I believe I was beginning to experience early symptoms of (severe joint and muscular pain, freezing of muscles and appendages).

It wasn’t until 3 weeks into my trip, that I received the medicine that I needed to begin the herbal protocol for Lyme’s. Within two weeks of taking this medicine diligently, as well as following very specific lifestyle changes (nutrition habits: cutting out all sugar, dairy and grain) – including my diet, daily exercise, mental focus, emotional support from myself, multiple creative outlets,  and an environment that was conducive to my healing – I began to see drastic shifts. Along with the herbal remedies, I was drinking Tulsi & rose tea daily which completely relieve the heart issues. Within a month of treatment, I felt like I had a new body. I’m now nearly 3 months into a year long treatment, and feeling better in my body and mind, than I have since I was a young child.

img_2036Since I returned from Oregon, I have certainly had ups and downs – as I’m pulsing the herbs, my body kills off the bacteria and then allows it to come back, but slowly over time it is weakening it, which then creates the internal environment for a complete die-off and recovery from the Lyme’s damage. It is with great faith, that I trust and believe in the power of herbs to treat many illnesses – as I have witnessed through my own healing, how incredible each individual plant is. I share this story, to give hope to others who are struggling with physical illness. I do believe, that I was meant to get Lyme’s – that this experience has opened me up to my path as a spiritual teacher, healer & being. This has transformed my entire life, in all of the most amazing ways.

I look forward to sharing the further unfoldment of my story in one of my upcoming posts. My time spent at Lotus Lodge since I’ve returned, has led me to deep ancestral healing, physically and emotionally. In all of the lessons that I have learned, I am currently focusing on the way of right relationship – with all living beings. It has been a wildly beautiful ride, and I am blessed to be sharing it will all of the loving beings who are a part of my reality.

ᎣᏏᏲ || Osiyo

Chelsea Erin Wright

Unfolding: Setting Intention, Letting Go & Deliberate Action

Written on April 1, 2016

img_6324One of my favorite things in this experience of Life, is the beauty found in watching the natural unfolding before me. The energy from the sun causing photosynthesis to occur, then the budding & blooming of flowers. Spring – the freshness of the rain hitting the soil, leaving a damp and earthy smell in the air. It’s the time of renewal, the time where all that we have been reflecting and focusing upon over the winter months goes through the process of change. We burst forth anew, with refreshed energy and vitality-as long as we are keeping up with our inner work, staying simple, humble and truthful.

Over the past three months, I have allowed the energies in my life to unfold-letting go of the need to control or direct the when, and how of what I desire. This has been a major lesson that I have been learning my entire life, but has become most prominent within my life now, as well as my understanding of how to practice this daily, over the past year and a half. I am finding many little tidbits of gold – an expanse of lessons, that can be experienced at deeper and deeper levels.

I have created a ritual of setting my intentions at the beginning of every moon phase. Each New Moon represents for me, a time to focus on all that I  would like to being or what I have been working on – to let go of what is no longer serving my expansion – and to move forward into that which is conducive to my growth & well-being.

Recently, before each New Moon I wrote a poem describing my perspective within, at that time. I am also including with each of my own offerings below, images and connections to the Astrology of that time-frame, according to one of my favorite sources – Mystic Mamma. Each New & Full Moon, I read her works after I have already done my own ritual. My personal experience has lined up most appropriately, every time, without fail. If you’re into astrology, I highly recommend delving further into her offerings, they’re beautiful!

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Planting the Visions of my dreams,

I see what lies before me and I feel free.

As open & vast as the Ocean, the waves pulling me in,

To their sweetest embrace-welling over with compassion and grace.

Pushing me out, to expand

Within & among the breeze.

Floating through the lessons of the seasons,

Realizations for every reason.

I am moving upward, amongst the highest suns rays-shining with ease.

My future beliefs, in the perceptions I seek

Projecting my hearts desires – setting the space,

The flames of the fire.

New Moon: Sagittarius – December 2015

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A new moon the day after my birthday! How beautiful

My intentions are crafted by love, moving me forward to grow and flow. I stand strong and true, singing freely to let my spirit speak. I desire to feed my fire, spinning and weaving webs of light-passion and compassion, truth. The essence of my being. I open my heart and sing my song to the world. I let go of anger, and hurt. Of greed and trauma. My heart yearns to be free, my soul shows me how to see-clarity and wisdom, enveloping every part of my being, clearing the old and making way for the newly awakened lessons of my ever-expanding self.

Mystic Mamma: “New Moon in Sagittarius offers a shot of inspiration as we breakthrough the mire and continue to expand to new ground. This new moon is fiery. The sun and moon are coupled in Sagittarius. This moon provides you with the opportunity to expand your consciousness. Boldly go where you have not gone before. Take the chances. Be adventurous. Try something new. This moon is about freedom. Liberate your mind. Free your mind. This is true freedom.” To read more go here: www.mysticmamma.com

And then I wrote another poem, following the Full moon and right before setting my intentions for the next New Moon:

Seashells

Glistening, below the surface of the heavy sands

Silhouettes of distinct patterns, casting shadows by the moons rays.

Hidden beneath the tides.

Movement – breathing, in and out.

Hollow, yet filled with space – open to receiving.

Glowing, radiating – a luminescent shine

Like a blazing fire.

All of the Oceanic creatures can see,

But only few can truly perceive.

A treasure, awaiting its destiny.

New Moon: Capricorn – January 2016

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I intend to align fully with my Dharma. I intend to focus with all of my being and energy on my path of healing, with kindness, compassion & love. I intend to harness all of the inner gems that I’ve created, to do the work that must be done to help heal the world, as it evolves. I have faith in my truth, and I intend to allow its expression in all that I do. I intend to allow my inner light to expand, to grow.

Mystic Mamma: “First New Moon of 2016 is in Earthy Capricorn. She’s calling us to reach for our dreams and ground them into the physical plane, but reminds us that we must first embody our knowing. For that is where our truth and nectar lies. The wisdom, the insights, and the understanding we receive are to be embodied within each one of us. While many are eager to share and teach what they learn as soon as they receive it, that is not what is being called of us. We are to live with and practice what we are learning and that should be our central focus, our locus of devotion.

For as we know, it’s not about trying to change the world out there but about turning the focus within, grounding our roots into Mamma Earth and humbling ourselves to the greater journey of creation, which is all about growth. So on this new moon in Capricorn, it’s time to deepen our roots and abide with all that is circling in our present reality. Like the Goat, we can climb the mountain towards our dreams, slow and steady, remembering to take good care of ourselves along the way, while taking the time to enjoy the view.” To read more go here: www.mysticmamma.com

How To Seek Within

Follow the flow of awareness, Don’t resist what’s happening inside

Open yourself to the unknown, Don’t deny what you feel

Reach beyond yourself, Be genuine – Speak your truth

Let the center be your home – Free your mind.

Expect a stream of joy to flow before you,

As you learn the song of your heart.

New Moon: Aquarius – February 2016

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The Great Spirit moves through, washing away the sorrow of all of the yesterdays passed by. Filled with joy, and reverence for the love received, created and transformed by fleeting moments of connection to the Divine – the source of all light. I intend to spread joy from moment to moment, living in gratitude, sharing warmth and sweetness, greeting all resistance with love and understanding. Learning how to love unconditionally – one’s self and all others. Creating change, through wisdom and grace. Love will be, as it is meant to be.

Mystic Mamma: “New moon in Aquarius: The Water Bearer. She brings forth a cleansing, the fresh winds blowing heralding change ahead. We re-focus our vision and open up to the yielding energies of her deep and penetrating truths. That’s where the gold lies. Tap the source to access our original fount. With vision and focus we can let it flow. And into the New Monkey Year we go!” To read more go here: www.mysticmamma.com

Letting Go

To be free,

One must speak their truth – in openness, wholeheartedly

Holding on, in any capacity – is it truth, is it real? Good, bad?

It is not flowing, remaining in motion.

It is stagnant, binding.

To live one’s truth freely, they must move – dance, sing, play

Without confinement – with love, and faith in what will be

Faith that the Universe is guiding, down the path

New Moon: Pisces – March 2015

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I intend to heal my ancestral wounds, the ones that have kept me bound to old patterns on levels that are too deep to see. I intend to seek vision, receive insight and follow the red road as a healer-a lover, an intuitive and a spiritual guide. With this new moon, I plant the seeds of my purest intentions to heal and be healed.

Mystic Mamma: “Total Solar Eclipse, Super Moon & New Moon in the Archetypal waters of Pisces, we are asked to step into the dream-time to reflect, feel it all, cleanse it all and draw forth from the ocean of the collective unconscious, the new dream that wants to be birthed.” To read more go here: www.mysticmamma.com

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Through keeping this ritual, I have allowed myself to create a space that nourishes and nurtures my spiritual growth. Each of my set intentions has unfolded before me, in ways that I wouldn’t have ever dreamed of. My perspective and insight continues to grow, and I am continuously opened up by the lessons that are revealed at always what seems to be just the right time. I have learned many things about myself-about what I need and desire-I have discovered the importance of setting intentions and of letting go, as well as a healthy balance of deliberate action.

Through these discoveries I have with ease, manifested one of my greatest passions into the physical – in a way that will shape and form my experience of healing, and as a healer.

In mid-January, a beautiful friend of mine who I consider to be my medicine woman (she appeared in my experience multiple times, each time bringing me a tincture of herbal medicine that at the time I very much needed for my healing – yet she had no idea of what was going on with me physically) reached out to me to invite me to the opening of the Railyard Apothecary by Urban Moonshine in Burlington, VT. I knew that I needed to attend this event, so I put the plans for that weekend into motion. I showed up at the earliest yoga class, and did two back to back: Dharma 1 & Kundalini yoga. Both of these classes wielded amazing results. In the Dharma 1 class, we were asked to focus upon someone in our lives who we knew could benefit 12242084_10153865882312652_902922627_nfrom our energy in focus, and to send our love out to them; I focused on my sister, Olivia. A few hours after the class she called me and had a physical/energetic (shift) experience that was undoubtedly connected to my focus. The Kundalini class (I had never experienced Kundalini yoga before), propelled me forth energetically in a way that I never knew possible; I could feel the energy building in my Root Chakra, my center – it was as if the spark that’s always there was ignited into a blazing fire, and I was able to feel the energy moving upward through my body. When I left that yoga session, I felt invigorated and 100% in my body in the lightest way I had yet to experience. I felt in my power, and that nothing could shake me.

Directly following this was a lecture by Guido Mase, owner of Urban Moonshine Herbal Medicinals. This man is a renowned herbalist-so intelligent and well spoken. He struck a chord in me, and really sparked the feeling deep within that I have been seeing little glimpses of for quite some time now, in relation to my path of healing and connection to the Earth. My friend who I had mentioned earlier – my medicine woman – told me to speak with him if I got a chance. I approached him at the end of his lecture, and thanked him for all that he shared. He gave me the phone number of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism-the same school that my medicine-woman friend is attending, and had mentioned to me a few months prior. (Also, her and I during the summer last year had a brief conversation about how beautiful it would be to go to Herbalism School together, but we never talked too in depth about it).

I then went out into the open-house and connected with a few herbalists who were there speaking about their medicines. I had some conversations that made me feel fully at home and in my element. These were my people-the women of the plants, fully connecting to their ability to heal and be healed. After these experiences, I knew that I needed to pursue this path – I had a full year of experimenting with herbal medicines in my own healing tulsi-holy-basilprocess, as well as many conversations and readings about Herbalism, until I realized that this was my true calling. So I called VCIH, to discover that the application deadline was October. But I applied anyway, because I had a good feeling about it. A week later, I got a phone call telling me that someone had dropped out and that a space opened up for me-the same day that I received an email from VSAC, awarding me full-tuition to the Herbal Roots Apprenticeship for 2016. I have now attended two classes, and couldn’t feel any more in the right time & place.

I now truly believe that all desires, if aligned with ones truth and Dharma, will manifest if the seeds of intention are tended to and the fruits let go of, into the wind. Being open to receiving what is asked for – in whatever form it shows up – and believing in oneself, are the first keys into the realm of conscious creation with the Universe. Then, to move forward into co-creating; what a beautiful way of living. I am so grateful to share my insights with others, and wish only for the reflection of my experience to help shed light for those who are seeking.

I will post again soon about my ventures and medicinal creations, as I experience and learn. Having reverence for what’s been, being present in what is, and looking forward with great optimism to what will be.

ᎣᏏᏲ || Osiyo

Chelsea Erin Wright

Synchronicities & Manifestations: 1111

Written on December 15, 2015

Where to begin – there is so much to share. I am currently overflowing with love & gratitude for the experiences that have unfolded in my life in the past week. I have gained the awareness that as I move forward on my path, this unfolding will continue as I choose wisely, how and where I put my focus.

All of the beauty that I have to offer through words – in relation to my experiences & growth of perspective – has aligned so perfectly in time, with my sharing of the Secret’s (from Deepak Chopra’s ‘Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life’ – see previous posts). I have already made my way to Secret #12 in my reading, and have discovered that there is just so much potent knowledge and insight in this book, that I will have to re-read it multiple times before I will be able to fully incorporate the truths into my life. This gives me time to experience them, so that I have stories to share & direct proof of the unfolding that ensues once you open yourself up to these secrets – which I believe aren’t really “secrets” as much as they are the fundamental keys, pieces of the puzzle, that help you to understand Samsara. If you haven’t heard this word before, you’re in for a treat!

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Saṃsāra (Sanskrit संसार) is the repeating cycle of birth, life and death (reincarnation) as well as one’s actions and consequences in the past, present, and future in Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon, Jainism, Taoism, and Sikhism. According to these religions, a person’s current life is only one of many lives that will be lived—stretching back before birth into past existences and reaching forward beyond death into future incarnations. During the course of each life, the quality of the actions (karma) performed determine the future destiny of each person. The Buddha taught that there is no beginning to this cycle but that it can be ended through perceiving reality. The goal of these religions is to realize this truth, the achievement of which (like ripening of a fruit) is moksha – liberation.

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– Secret #3: Four Paths Lead To Unity –

[Feeling, Thinking, Action & Being]

You know when you get a feeling, and its affirmed shortly thereafter? Or when you have a thought, and then something happens in your physical reality that shows you the truth, connected to the thought? These moments are amazing, they are a sign of being on path. And then there’s the delicate balance between action & being. All of these ways of expressing one’s consciousness, lead to the experiences that we end up creating or having.

I am continuously reminded of the truth that we as enlightened beings, indeed choose in all ways, how we participate in life – the way in which we show up, how we react, what we are attracted to, what we strive for & what we grow from. At unexpected moments, we are more present in one of the four ways of experiencing that lead to unity. And it is in these moments that we feel a shift from our ordinary reality. These moments are like threads that weave together a larger tapestry of awareness, which can lead one to an experience of a pure state of awareness. In order to reach this state, these moments must expand – they will displace the physical world that you currently experience, and the threads will weave a new pattern.focus

My experiences as of late have become like a steady, flowing river of truth. It’s as if I am
seeing direct reflections of my desires, from the Universe, being projected into my physical existence. This has come through very vivid dreams, which will then play out in physical form – and also intuitive knowing. Feeling something, thinking about it, putting an action forth & then being present with it when it manifests, is truly amazing and beautiful.

This past week, I turned 26. I have been flooded with love, praise and joy from all of the people in my life. I received many gifts, all of which were perfect. I’ve made new connections, multiple amazing job offers land in my hands, and I have watched things unfold exactly as I felt they would – but even better than I could’ve possibly imagined, in certain ways. I also had lotuslodgebirthdaygiftsmoments where I felt stuck, when I needed answers that I wasn’t finding through my very intentional seeking. It wasn’t until I stopped seeking and worrying, that the answers either became clear or were presented to me shortly after I re-focused my attention. The capacity at which I have been experiencing this is phenomenal, and has been transforming my life to open me up to and prepare me for a whole new chapter. I felt afraid at first to see this, because it is everything I know that I deserve and desire – I wasn’t afraid of receiving, but of the possibility that what I was seeing, could be just merely a fabrication within my mind. But as I let go of the fear, the experiences – feelings and intuitions – have continued to show me otherwise.

An amazing instance of this, was the planning of my birthday celebration. Everything I wanted to be, was planned, and at the last moment the location fell thru. I tried and tried, avidly searching for days for a space. I became very stressed and out of tune from doing so. Three days before the set date of the gathering, I had a conversation with a very special guru in my life – she asked me what had me flustered, and I explained the way things were going. She reminded me of my innate knowledge that I have in the past expressed, about allowing things to flow. As soon as I got out of that questioning, worrying state and refocused my energy into just knowing that what was meant to be would be, the most amazing thing occurred. I received direction from someone who I met at Willow Crossing Farm this fall, to discover the Lotus Lodge Inn.

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There are three very significant synchronicities about the story I am about to elaborate upon.

First being: Lotus flowers are tremendously symbolic of cause & effect – the symbol that my previous place of work, Nusantara, uses as their logo. The entire time that I worked for them, I had incredibly massive shifts take place in my life. Nusantara sells handmade clothing, art, furniture, jewelry and scrolls from Nepal, Thailand, Tibet and India. I, along with many others, felt that the physical workplace – which held over 30,000 items handmade by people from those specific places in the world – held a very special energy to it, a vortex I would call it. I attribute this to the energy of each being, existing within the very intricately crafted items that were offered there. Here is a small gallery, just to give you an idea:

Before I started the job, during my interview, one of the owners (who ended up becoming one of my greatest spiritual gurus) let me know that Nusantara would be a stepping stone to something bigger – that I would learn many lessons, and that it has a way of pushing people out when they are no longer being served by the energy there. After shaking her hand, I could feel energy pulsating within my own for quite a awhile after leaving. I had no idea in that moment, what any of that would truly mean – I had an idea, but it wasn’t until I started experiencing it that I fully understood. Throughout my time of working there, I was opened up layer after layer, to my spiritual path and direction. I went through deeply healing experiences, and my understanding of spirituality accelerated at a rate at which I couldn’t have ever fathomed would occur.

Second: The Lotus Lodge Inn’s symbol, is the Sri Yantra (represents the balance of divine feminine & masculine energy; the balance of the Universe). Now I am going to jump back a few months in time, to give some perspective on what happened in my experience leading up to this point:

In October, I was introduced to one of my now favorite bands, Revibe. The same night that I met & saw them play for my first time, I had a dream that the bass player was tattooing the Sri Yantra symbol on to my left side; after he finished, it lifted off of my body as a whitish, almost transparent hologram between us, and then morphed into the two triangle symbols of Masculine and feminine, representing the balance of both energies within oneself and in relationship with others. This dream was most certainly a transfer of information, a marking of enlightenment – I had never seen the Sri Yantra symbol before this dream, but immediately divinemasculinefeminineupon waking I knew what it meant. This dream was so vivid, I had a pure clarity & knowing that these were going to be my next tattoos. I didn’t know how, or when, but I knew that I had to have them physically placed in relation to the corresponding sides of the body. I had learned several years prior from a good friends mother, that the left side of the body represents the feminine & the ancestral, and that the right side represents the masculine and present lifetime experience. I had been waiting for my next tattoo which I had planned to be a Lotus flower with a Ganesha coming out of it, but it didn’t seem like it was time for that yet. On the 13th of November, I had them done at Magnetic North Tattoo in Burlington, VT. The unfolding of my experience at Lotus Lodge came only a month later, on December 13th – three days after my birthday.

And third: The cost of renting the space was $333. I had been looking into houses, and was set in my mind that I wouldn’t spend more than $200. But when I found the Lotus Lodge, and saw the Sri Yantra symbol, the cost was not longer a thought. I totally let go of that stipulation, because I knew that it was meant to be the space for the energy that would be created and experienced at my gathering. If you haven’t gathered yet, the synchronicities just keep coming! So I get to the space on the day of the party, and it is by far the most amazing space that I could’ve found for such a celebration. I can’t even describe the level of beauty – not just aesthetically, but energetically – that it contains. I will say, that I felt at home and that it transformed me. I ended up having Revibe as the band for the night, and they played along to a meditation the my good friend Vanessa’s husband had prepared for the event. He led us through an environment of becoming a vessel for creativity to pour into and through. During the meditation, I saw within my mind many colors and a linked line of energetic light to one specific being across from me in the circle. I then envisioned a specific piece of jewelry that I labradorite-pendantwas to create, which was very much in resonance with that individual: a teardrop shaped necklace pendant, with a large piece of Labradorite stone in the lower part of the drop. The stone looks like the deep blue/green of the Ocean, an element that connects to the heart of my emotional energy body. I then manifested this piece, and wore it on the first day of the new year – this necklace lead me to many beautiful circumstances and lessons.

At this point, I was in shock and amazement, by the fact that the owner of the Lotus Lodge, Krysta (whom of which I had never met before, but looked and felt very familiar to me) had transformed the space to what it was in only 3 months. Her mission is to create sacred space for transformation and healing retreats; a meditation, eco-conscious, wellness community. I would highly recommend that anyone who is intrigued or interested, take the time to explore this space. They will be hosting events coming up very soon.

To continue the story, the woman who allowed me to have my gathering in the space – Krysta -shared that I would be the first person to bring music into it. She placed me in room 1111 (across from room 333), and left a very special letter on the table – which I did not read til upon waking the next morning. It left me speechless and in tears, which then lead to laughter and a good, hefty dose of smiling. It read as so:

Have you ever looked at the clock, your odometer, bank account, etc. and seen repeating numbers? This is called a synchronicity. It is the Universes way of telling you something. Every number holds its own message & meaning. Your room is number 1111. Number 1111 is made up of the powerful influences of the number one, amplified and magnified by four. Number one resonates with the vibrations and attributes of new beginnings and starting fresh-independence and individuality, initiative and assertiveness, ambition and motivation, success and leadership, courage and strength,  creation and creativity, self-reliance and tenacity, attainment, happiness and fulfillment, innovation, self-development and oneness with life. Number 1 reminds us that we create our own reality with our thoughts, beliefs, intentions and actions. Once the 1111 is acknowledged, the number sequence changes to another combination along with new messages, life experiences, directions and opportunities. It can also be seen as a key to unlock the subconscious mind, and reminds us that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience, rather than physical beings having spiritual experiences.

1111 signifies that an energetic gateway has opened up for you, and this will rapidly manifest your thoughts into reality. The message is to choose your thoughts wisely, ensuring that they match your true desires. Do not put your energy into focusing on fears as you may manifest them. Ensure that your beliefs, thoughts and mind-sets are positive and optimistic in order to draw the energies of abundance and balance into your life. Use the positive energies of the Universe to bring to fruition your deepest desires, hopes and dreams. 1111 encourages you to look to new beginnings, opportunities and projects with a positive and optimistic attitude as these are appearing in your life for very good reason. Your angels want you to achieve and succeed with your desired goals and aspirations so do not hesitate in taking positive steps and striving forward. Do not allow fears, doubts or concerns to hold you back from living and serving your Divine life purpose and soul mission

Wow.

This was the icing on the energetic cake that was delivered to my heart. Upon waking the day after the party, I found that my glasses had been severely scratched by a quartz crystal (which I just had fixed) – of all things, really? This brought me into a negative and strange space internally, but I was able to shift out of it almost immediately  -normally something negative happening would have a hold on me for an extended period of time, but this was fleeting.

I had a healing reading done with Krysta after learning that she does physical, emotional & spiritual readings. She offered to sit and speak with me, and told me that I need to let go of my fear of seeing so clearly – of my sense of knowing how things will unfold before they do – to accept this amazing gift, and to allow it to grow. Interestingly enough, this is something that I spoke with my dear friend Becky about before falling asleep the night before – how I sometimes feel like it’s too overwhelming, and how I have doubted it.

img_0394How interesting it is that my glasses were scratched, considering they are my way of seeing more clearly. The truth though, is that they are merely a crutch. My true vision is my intuition. This conversation with her, about accepting my gift, allowed me to transform in a way that will serve me for the rest of my journey. It is already allowing space to open up for all of the beauty that is awaiting me in my future, and has shifted my perspective even further than it already had been since I entered that amazing space.

Then I was blown even further away immediately after this. I complimented this woman on her gorgeous rings. I shared with her that I silversmith gemstone jewelry and shared with her the pieces that I most recently crafted. She responded by asking me to follow her – she brought me to a space where she had a collection of stones, that she then gave me to create pieces of jewelry for her. Also during the meditation, I focused my intention upon opening up more space to silversmith in my daily life, to be more creative, and I spoke to the importance of my hands, and how grateful I am to be able to silversmith. My request was answered less than 24 hours after I put it out to the universe. Manifestation is an incredibly powerful thing!

I had been feeling a bit stuck for awhile, seeking answers through meditation. As soon as I let go of the need to control and stopped trying, so many doors opened. My awareness expanded ten fold. I am in complete amazement at the power of following ones intuition, and besides this account of my journey, am at a loss for words currently. It brings me great joy to share this wild ride with all who find my words inspiring. If you have had similar experiences, please do share them with the world. Until next time, just remember that timing is divine when you are on path & following your unique, individual Truth.

ᎣᏏᏲ || Osiyo

Chelsea Erin Wright

Seek That Which is Within You

Written November 17, 2015

img_0300On this long, beautiful & winding journey that I know as my spiritual path, a common thread has remained prominent. I have heard it time and time again, especially at the moments that I have come to pivotal points, where I am feeling unsure – to look within, that all answers reside within oneself.

Synchronicities continue to reveal themselves to me, as I focus intently. As I was beginning this post this morning, I glanced at the blinking light on my phone with no expectation of what information may be arriving (I much prefer hand-written letters in the mail, but not many people do that anymore – one of my intentions is to create a formation of this practice, between myself and those whom of which I share similar interests with). How clear and concise the Universe is, with its timing and messages.

Secret #2 is just that: The World Is In You

The mystery of life is the first secret, which I spoke about in my previous post, Inner Wisdom: The Book of Secrets. Deepak elaborates that in order to solve the mystery, we must live like a cell-meaning that we must shed our old ways of being that were instilled, as an aftereffect of someone else’ old choices. He also does an amazing job of delving in to the many sides of this issue, including the topic of reality and illusion, and how it relates to our belief systems. Those old choices could consist of your parents, your grandparents, those who filled your environment when you were a child-anyone who/any experience that had an impact on your developed patterns of behavior and reaction.

Your set of beliefs is a very crucial piece in forming the way in which you exist in this experience, and being flexible enough to shift your perception is an essential key to shifting with the changes and growth that this life has to offer. Gripping onto outdated beliefs is binding and confining, which does not allow one to expand further than what they already know. Being able to wrap one’s head around this is one of the first steps towards shifting into the new, uplifting and innately free paradigm that exists when we become in tune with the most conscious form of ourselves as human beings.

Deepak goes on to explain materialism and illusion-what is real, what is a fallacy-and how this impacts consciousness on an individual level.

As convincing as the material world looks, to the great embarrassment of modern science, no one has been able to prove that it is real. Ordinary people don’t focus on science, so this glaring problem is not well known. Yet any neurologist will assure you that the brain offers no proof that the outside world really exists and many hints that it doesn’t. All the brain does, in fact, is to receive continuous signals about the body’s state of chemical balance, temperature, and oxygen consumption, along with a crackling stream of nerve impulses. This mass of raw data starts out as chemical bursts with attached electrical charges. These blips run up and down a tangled web of spidery nerve cells, and once a signal reaches the brain…the cortex assembles the raw data into even more complex arrangements of electrical and chemical blips. The cortex doesn’t inform us about this never-ending data processing, which is all that is happening inside gray matter. Instead, the cortex tells us about the world–It allows us to perceive sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and textures–the whole array of creation. The brain has pulled an enormous trick on us, a remarkable sleight of hand, because there is no direct connection between the body’s raw data and our subjective sense of an outside world. For all anyone knows, the entire outside world could be a dream. When I’m in bed having a dream, I see a world of events just as vivid as the waking world…So does my brain dedicate one apparatus to making the dream world and another to the waking world? No, it doesn’t. In terms of cerebral function. the dream mechanism doesn’t flick off when I wake up. The same img_0413visual cortex in the rear of my skull allows me to see an object–a tree, a face, the sky–whether I am seeing it in memory, in a dream, in a photo, or standing before me. The locations of brain cell activity shift slightly from one to the other, which is why I can distinguish among a dream, a photo, and the real thing, yet the same fundamental process is constantly taking place. I am manufacturing a tree, a face, or the sky form what is actually a random tangle of spidery nerves shooting bursts of chemicals and electrical charges in my brain and all around my body. No matter how hard I try, I will never find a single pattern of chemicals and charges in the shape of a tree, a face, or any other shape. There is just a firestorm of electrochemical activity. This embarrassing problem–that there is no way to prove the existence of an outside world–undermines the entire basis of materialism. Thus we arrive at the second spiritual secret: You are not in the world; the world is in you…Having said that the whole world is created in me, I immediately realize that you could say the same thing. Are you in my dream or am I in yours–or are we all trapped in some bizarre combination of each others personal version of events? To me, this isn’t a problem but the very heart of spirituality. Everyone is a creator. The mystery of how all these individual viewpoints somehow mesh, so that your world and mine can harmonize, is the very thing that makes people seek spiritual answers. For there is no doubt that reality is full of conflict but also full of harmony. It is very liberating to realize that as creators, we generate every aspect, good or bad, of our experience. In this way, each of us is the center of creation.pg. 23

I find this to be fascinating and resonate with it deeply. I believe that the idea that we manifest our own reality is truth-but I also believe that everything happens for a reason, that what we focus upon expands, and that fate is deeply woven into this life. It is a goal of mine to figure out how or if these two beliefs can co-exist and function simultaneously, and how free-will fits into this in a bigger picture view.

I have much respect for the many opinions, and many ways of being that promote love, equality, and co-existence in this world. I also have much hope for the acceleration of the expansion of consciousness on a global scale, creating waves of revolutionary ways of thinking and being-revelations that create waves of positive changes-so that the future generations can break past societies old paradigms. With that being said, I strongly believe that every individual’s experience of how to get there is going to be different, but that we naturally flow into and with the wavelengths of others who are following a similar path.

Another synchronicity that arrived, was this message on my phone that came at the same time as the previous one, which allowed me to reflect on how diverse this journey’s paths range-while also allowing me to recognize the simple truth that every river reaches the sea, eventually.

I hope that the sharing of these words shed some light, or created a new pathway for opening perspective in the mind of someone who’s in need. I wish to be like a lighthouse, helping guide the way. If you feel inspired by the words, reach out with your energy in whatever way you know to be true to your heart.

ᎣᏏᏲ || Osiyo

Chelsea Erin Wright

Inner Wisdom: The Book of Secrets

Written November 9, 2015

The Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra is the second best book I’ve read in the past few months, following ‘Life After Death: The Burden of Proof’. These books are filled with many bits of large lessons & knowledge. The Book of Secrets was a gift to myself, that I found at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT. It was one of the hidden gems in the shelf, in the little cove for spirituality & philosophy.

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I am feeling compelled to share the secrets, as I work through my understanding of them. I hope that this will inspire others to take on reading this book, as it is very rich & full of amazing, useful information.

Secret #1: The Mystery of Life is Real

The proof is in the enormous separation between “deep reality” and everyday existence. From the time we were born, we’ve received a continuous stream of hints and clues, that there is another world inside of ourselves – it’s within the moments of wonder that we experience in the beauty of music, the free and open love expressed by a child’s eyes, the moments in which we feel most connected to the living pulse that runs throughout everything.

Your purpose in life is to help creation to expand and grow”

The truth is that there is a an underlying world, which consists of consciousness-and we are all connected to it – it’s a matter of knowing, believing & tapping in to it. Each of us are a unique expression of it and it is the work of the universe to create, expand, grow-this is also our work. Think about the word ‘universe’. It means quite literally, “one verse” or “one line”. This implies that all of creation stems from one source, which is the life force – source energy – that we all stream out of, and back into. If you knew that simply by being connected to this, you could live the most satisfying life that you have always longed for, would you follow the clues? Understanding the first secret, is the door opening to beginning the path of unlocking one’s fullest potential.

In order to experience this, one’s perspective, and reality must change & align with the principles of it. Chopra gives an excellent exercise within this chapter that helped me to see more clearly, how one is to accomplish such alignment. He states, “The first secret is to let your body’s wisdom point the way”. Believing in your body’s innate wisdom, and following it’s direction will allow you to build upon the qualities that bring you towards alignment and balance. Chopra shares that there are ten qualities of this wisdom, which you can focus upon by thinking of a way to live that quality in your daily practice.

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The 10 qualities of wisdom

Higher purpose, Communion, Awareness, Acceptance, Creativity, Being, Efficiency, Bonding, Giving & Immortality

I will share a few of the examples that were given for each quality, of ways to live them in daily life. I would highly recommend if this piques your interest, to write down a list of each quality, and come up with your own way to live each one in your life. The answer doesn’t have to be something you can accomplish immediately. It can be like a seed that you’re planting to harvest over time with small, diligent efforts and actions.

Higher Purpose: I am here to inspire, I am here to love and live my truth. Simply stating and believing this will put you into a space of alignment with the realizations necessary to take action towards the goal – the goal could be to teach your inner wisdom to others, to change your interactions with your closest people and shift those interactions to a greater sense of love.

Awareness: I will spend ten minutes each day, just observing instead of speaking. I will sit quietly by myself, just to sense how my body feels – not trying to change it, but just focusing on the sensations and what it is trying to communicate to me. If I become irritated by someone, I will ask myself what I truly feel beneath the anger, and pay attention to the anger until it is gone.

Giving: I will buy lunch for someone else, I will give my undivided attention to someone who needs it, I will compliment someone on what they believe their best quality is.

By doing these simple tasks on a daily basis, you will start to notice that these acts of being more conscious will bring you into great alignment with your true self. Aligning with these 10 qualities of wisdom will be something that forms a conscious habitual way of interacting with your world and surroundings, that will make a dramatic difference in the way that you and others feel.

There is so much more to be experienced and said for the first secret, but I will leave it up to you to find your way to it. I hope that this inspires a conscious change or even just a shift in thinking.

ᎣᏏᏲ || Osiyo

Chelsea Erin Wright