I Remember catching sparrows in the chicken coop. They flew in to eat feed, and I liked to go in there and try to catch them. It wasn't that easy, I was only 5 or 6. The sparrows fluttered away from me in the small space as I caught them in my hands. I remember holding them so gently for a minute, watching closely, then I released it, only to catch another. I loved catching sparrows, it seemed so delightful to hold them. They were so light, they had nostrils, and tiny claws. Released, they always flew quickly away. At last I think they may have played with me; letting me catch them.
I didn't really communicate directly with animals as a child, I just loved them, and watched them with curiosity.
Decades later, after hearing a conversation on NPR Radio about animal communication, I made my attempt. My first experience of actually receiving a communication was from Kiko a barn cat, who I fed and sometimes heard, but had never seen. I decided I would attempt to tell Kiko I wanted to see him when I fed him.
I sent my first message, a picture of a cats head. I want to see you.
I was surprised when I received a picture of two cat eyes. That cat greeting was encouraging, and it was followed the next day by a cat looking up from a pile of hay bales. Over the next few months I asked Kiko come out; to eat while I was in the barn; let me touch his head while eating; and finally to let me pet him. I was shortly able to hold him too. He was a handsome, soft, long haired tabby with white patches. He like to be held.
Some animals have a sense of humor. One time I saw a toad in the garden. It was a rare thing to see a toad. I foolishly asked, "Are there were many toads?" The toad's reply, "Are ther many people?" That struck me as very funny, and it still makes me laugh.
1 toad, 1 person.
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
700 Warren Ave. N., Seattle, WA
We are in the Blue House on the corner of Warren and Roy, near Seattle Center.
Price: $25.00 /per person
There are many types of Angels waiting to hear from us if we would only ask. In this meditation workshop we will ground ourselves and clean off our communication channels to connect with high vibration angelic voices.
With Archangel Metatron as our angelic ambassador, light shining angles are waiting for us. We practice raising our energy to allow and invite our guardian angels in for healing and guidance on our spiritual path. As we bring in love, appreciation, and the value of being attuned to our highest vibration, we also become more aligned and centered on our path.
We will practice:
• Being grounded in our own bodies.
• Clearing energy centers of communication for angelic guidance.
• Clearing cross-purposes.
• Attunement to our highest vibration intentions
• Being at peace with our Angelic Guides and our lives.
Please join Sarah Lovett in this workshop. Sarah has been working with Archangels and Angelic Guides. They bring us guidance and protection when we most need it. They are open to hearing from us and will respond with love and truth if and when we ask.
Luminous Lumens Fall 2017
Lights seen at Luminata by various artists.
When we are traumatized the system goes into overload and we can feel overwhelmed and stuck with an experience we don't like. It can also be difficult to access trauma that occurred before we had language. As infants we spend out lives in the care of others and can be subjected to injury, abuse, or accident. Infants usually don't have the capacity to work on traumas. They can't tell us that they are hurt or that this was a terrible experience, and often they don't even understand what the trauma is until they are adults looking back. This is when we suddenly may realize that we have been traumatized, or we may not ever be able to connect deeply wth the trauma to heal it because we are not told about it, however our bodies hold it in images and feelings that are not connected to the language center of the brain. It causes a distance where we feel traumatized but don't know why. Sometimes, if we recover or seem to recover, it's assumed we don't recall the incident, and just as often the adults around us either don't realize when something has been traumatic or they choose not to talk about it. It's often embarrassing, or not recognized for the experience that it was to the infant. It becomes latent energy held by the family group.
My own experience of brain injury during labor was like this. I had no idea, the injury was not recognized as such by the adults in the family. I instead went forward in life as a temperamental person who didn't do well in crowds and who couldn't connect with people easily. Until I was diagnosed at age 34, I knew no other way. My temper tantrums and social distance were my experience. I also had the capacity to be oblivious to anything I couldn't handle. I don't think I would have been diagnosed as ADHD, but some of the issues I had with my mid-brain injury were similar to autism spectrum disorders. I couldn't handle a lot of activity around me and I was often frustrated, which led to meltdowns. Isolation was helpful so I spent lots of down time developing my creative skills. I did well in school so I was not given any kind of treatment.
34 years later in a counseling session I was referred to Bette Lamont, a brain specialist in Developmental Movement Therapy. She was helpful and in only a few months the treatment, exercises that stimulate brain growth around injuries, changed my life dramatically.
This is where the trauma response comes in. After the initial treatment I went immediately into a breakdown. My brain was suddenly functioning, and I started to pick up all kinds of psychic information. The years of isolation and limiting behaviors came flooding into my system as well. In this state I didn't follow up with Bette. Instead I went through years of relearning what my capabilities are and how to use them. (I went through many things, travel, isolation, meditation and spiritual learning, and psychic training). I had to do this in my own way because I didn't trust psychology or medical treatments for mental illness. I took it on as a spiritual path.
Nearly 20 years had passed before I finally returned to Bette for a followup.
During the next sessions Bette showed me infant movements from gestation into birth, these are tiny gestures and stretches that a foetus performs in the womb. They have a distinct pattern and sequence. Bette told me that when I got to the sequence that I was performing during the original injury I might have a sense of recalling that experience. When I did the final sequence before birth, I had a distinct feeling of being battered. Even though the actual events that my mother went through on the trip to the hospital were not battery, I still experienced that trauma and came into the world with a mid-brain injury and a fight or flight response.
The good news is that we have an incredible capacity to heal on all levels. I was able to heal the brain injury and the trauma. Of course healing was a bit of a journey, and I still work on my responses to events. I have cultivated a never give up attitude. The healing of the trauma included Bette's exercises, meditation, vipassana, EFT, and psychic healing- specifically grounding. Grounding is the most basic psychic tool and by learning and using this technique, I finally got my adrenals to calm down. Grounding out and healing around that fight or flight energy pattern was the final step in recovering from that birth trauma.
Fight or flight responses sustained are very hard on the body. I had suffered severe adrenal issues and fatigue. Although I worked to heal this using diet, herbs, and supplements, the final steps appear to have been getting that pattern of the fight or flight response out of my body. I am so grateful for psychic tools and energy healing. They are more than icing, they are fundamental ways that we can change the underlying energy that determines how we live.
In retrospect I am not sure if these healings required an order or time frame. I accepted the journey and took what came my way. I do believe that appropriate healing will show up for us when we are ready and open to it.