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Embrace Me Earth, I Am Your Daughter

Daughter of The Earth ©GloriaGypsy
Daughter of the Earth

The Earth outdoes any lover in its nurturing relationship to human beings, and life in general. We barely understand the intricate ways in which our genes are woven into the fabric of life, but it is known that microbes dating back billions of years were key in building human DNA and continue to play a major role in it to this day. "I am the Earth, the Earth is me," The Earth itself is endowed with an innate spirituality.

At the heart of the connection with nature is love. As with anything that we love, we begin to care more about nature if we have a relationship with it. And the only way to develop such a relationship is for us to experience nature fully; we must walk in, play, explore, see, touch, and communicate with nature. When we do this we not only become connected to nature, but also become an integral part of nature.

“The earth - so say the shamans - possesses a structure that is related in essence to that of the human body. Like us, it has breath - the air. Like us it has a heartbeat - the fiery magma. Like us, it has a skeletal system p the mountains Like us, it has musculature - the hills and forests. It has glands like us - Its mineral wealth. and it has a consciousness, its own thought, of which we ourselves are merely one aspect.” - Marie-Lu Lorier, Shamanic Healing

Every place on the earth carries the energetic imprint of what has happened in that location. The earth holds the stories of everything that has ever happened in its soils, in the waters and in the air. There are stories of love, violence, dreams and hopes. Stories of the ancestors who lived there or passed through. Stories of murder and stories of ceremonial sites with great power used hundreds or perhaps thousands of years ago. Although we have long forgotten these stories, the earth still holds them.

As a healer with a deep connection to the earth I have become acutely aware of how the earth is holding these imprints and the tremendous need to return balance to the land. If a place holds trauma, that imprint directly impacts those who live, work or interact with that place. To heal ourselves, to find peace and to create wholeness we must also heal the earth, these imprints and our relationship to the land.

One way that I incorporate this with my creativity is by holding sacred space and creating monthly prayer paintings sent out globally to those in need. This weekly healing ritual is also sent to our mother Gaia to counter act all the abuses she currently suffers.

Creative Sacred Space by  Gloria Gypsy
Sacred Creative Space

My studio is my temple.

When I create I am collaborating with creation itself. I am uniting with Goddess. I carefully and silently prepare my materials while holding space in healing intention. I then take a few minutes before I begin a painting to sit quietly and just breathe. This allows me to go into the work with humility, which is to say a place of acknowledging that I am serving a divine intention, not dictated by my own will.

Prayer painting is an intuitive process. I like to use my fingers and let the energy of the paint merge with the energy of my intentions and of myself. I feel a deeper connection this way. If I am using a brush I look at it as an extension of my hand, of my fingers... and I let the energies flow through the paint. The painting/prayer then begins to reveal itself on the canvas as I work.

Ritual Art by  Gloria Gypsy
Prayer Art Ritual performed for Lake Michigan

Sacred Self, Sacred Earth

In Nature we share a common experience of reverence with others. A place to refresh ourselves, to re-energize, to come back in balance to center. And in Nature we realize that we are part of something bigger than our individual selves, something that often leaves us with a sense of wonder.

When we say things like "Nature is my church" what do we mean? What are we really saying? I believe this statement is our recognition of nature's ability to speak of the transcendent, of our Earth Mothers majesty and grandeur....that Earth and Self came forth from the same Sacred Source and share a reciprocal relationship with each other.

And so I was drawn further to create the Sacred Self, Sacred Earth course that I offer through Creative Sacred Living. A course that explores the sacred relationships we have both within and without. ways of nurturing relationship to self, relationship to other, relationship to all life on earth.

Where we learn through inner exploration, outer projection, creative thinking, and intentional living how we can re-vision and manifest a future that includes the sacredness and interconnectedness of ALL life on earth.

The Art of Awakened and Embodied Chakra's

The Art of Awakened and Embodied Chakra's By Gloria Gypsy 
I was invited by Julia Weaver to co-create an experience of self-inquiry and heART. I experienced a unique opportunity to infuse our embodiment of the 9 Chakras with the luminous energy of the Mandala process.

I emerged myself in this intimate opportunity to awaken, resource and resonate with my (our) relationship with the Light in the core of our cells, the Light of the Universe and the Light of Truth.: We ARE made of stardust!

The Art of Awakened and Embodied Chakra's By Gloria Gypsy

Julia has an amazing gift of insight, art, and awareness. She creates a safe and mystical environment of transformation, allowing each participant to discover hidden truths about oneself through the beauty and magic of mandalas. 

My first Mandala literally changed my whole way of thinking, seeing and experiencing life. Since drawing my first Mandala I have noticed a huge shift in my emotional state, a DEEPER connection to my soul voice, and a calm in my conscious mind. Mandalas are NOT created through intellect or a specific skill set, but rather through intuition, heart, soul and they emerge from Spirit.

The Art of Awakened and Embodied Chakra's By Gloria Gypsy
The creative process of the mandala(s) completely transformed my life. The mandala allows truth to bind to integrity and an honest approach to change.

Having seen how the truth of matters comes to light through the creation and contemplation of the mandala. Each mandala I created was unique and beautiful. The creative process allows your own creativity to flow through. A fear I held around creativity was also healed.

The Art of Awakened and Embodied Chakra's By Gloria Gypsy
I have come to know the mandala as a great healing process and a bringer of truth. 

Abundance for Personal Empowerment

Abundance for Personal Empowerment by Gloria Gypsy

Abundance resonates with creativity and living from the overflow and knowing there is enough. It is a consciousness in which no fear exists. Abundance relates to self-esteem, prosperity, time, relationships, career, nature, money, vacations, rest, work, sexuality, laughter, confidence. Everything!!!

Abundance: What it is; What it isn't 

Here's a concept that is the basis of many of my thoughts and practices about abundance: Abundance and money are not the same. Nor is either the same as prosperity. We can learn about abundance using money as a vehicle, but the two are not synonymous. I believe that if we all unhook from the belief that money and prosperity and abundance are the same, we will experience more of all three! Each of us has a right to be inundated with all three, if that is our desire.

Someone can have a lot of money, yet live in poverty consciousness. Someone can easily meet financial commitments, yet feel sadly lacking in confidence or friends or competence or joy. We can use anything to experience abundance: dead leaves in the forest, the ocean, food, mountains, paper, trust, money, confidence, skills, anything! Abundance is about unlimited consciousness, not physical things. The consciousness of abundance creates those things.

An Over-arching Intention 

I advocate identifying an intention for all new explorations and ventures. Intention is the energy or consciousness from which actions emerge. An over-arching intention is a broad intention that can guide your vision and direction. Here are a few suggestions for statements of intention about the theme of Abundance:

To live in the constant realization that all my needs are met.
I realize that I manifest from Spirit, not from the physical.
To know in each moment that I create my life from the abundance of the universe.
I know that all my needs are met.

A Challenge

I challenge you in this way: Stop yourself from affirming your lack or your lack consciousness. Make it into a game. The more anti-abundance thoughts you catch and stop, the better. Listen to the words you say out loud as well as to the thoughts you keep in your head. Here are a few examples of common expressions that affirm lack, limitation, or poverty:
  • I (We) don't have any (or enough) money / time / skills.
  • I (We) can't afford that.
  • I'm no good. I'm not enough.
  • I'm afraid I (we) won't have enough money.
  • I worry about money / time / job / someone else / myself.
  • I can't ever seem to get ahead.
  • I'm depressed / powerless / a victim.

You get the idea. And, of course, there are many variations on not-enough expressions. In fact, such expressions are in too great an abundance! These emerge from a strongly held belief in limitation. Individuals have colluded with each other to continue to perpetuate this belief. Incidentally, if you try to prove that your belief in limitation or lack is justified, then you are arguing for limitations. You have a right to do this, but I think it's important that you know the consequences: your arguments -- especially vehement arguments -- about limitations create the experiences that manifest further limitations.

So, here are a few alternative expressions to help you to transition out of the not-enough-money cycle:
  • I choose to spend my money on something else.
  • I know that all my needs are met.
  • I am fed by the Divine.
  • I love money.
  • Here is a vacuum created to be filled with money.
  • I open a space so that money can flow in.

And some alternatives on non-money lack belief:
  • I have all I need.
  • I have all the ______ I need / want / desire / choose.
  • I am powerful.
  • I am joyful / happy / peaceful.
  • I am in charge of my life.
  • My thoughts produce my experiences.

Another Challenge 

Many people stay in a consciousness of lack, limitation, depression, or victim because of telling and retelling and retelling yet again the same same same story. It's a bit like memorizing a script and spewing out the words when the right cue comes along. If you have a depressing or disempowering story that you tell repeatedly, identify it. And then select one of the following suggestions to come to closure on it. Each retelling locks the thoughts in more deeply, creating more of the same experiences.

1. Resolve to tell it one more time. This time, tell it to someone who agrees to listen to you with 100% of his or her attention, without judgments or sympathy or advice or suggestions for resolution. Deep listening is the greatest gift we can give each other. The philosophy behind this suggestion is that you are more likely to give up this story if you feel someone you trust has heard you deeply. Move forward with your life.

2. An alternative to the above is to act out the depressing or dis-empowering story either alone or with a trusted audience. Exaggerate all the points of the story so that it is so big and out of proportion that the memory fades from a barrier in your life to a small speck that can be flicked away. Move forward with your life.

3. Understand that each retelling is an opportunity for you to learn something new. Watch for the learning. If there is no new learning, consider that you are complete. Move forward with your life.

4. Write an article, letter, or journal entry about it. (Note: that says "write" not "publish." Let this be the last -- unless, of course, you want to keep manifesting the story. Move forward with your life.

Let the past be the past. Live in the present. It is in the present moment that you are creating your future. The fullness of time is in the present moment - now that is abundance!

Calling on Grandmothers Medicine

Grandmother Altar copyright Gloria Gypsy

Calling on Grandmothers Medicine (an Altered Art book)
Circling In + Calling on the Grandmothers
with Hali Karla, facilitator of Spectrum
A Spectrum 2015! course

This one is for my MaimeĆ³ (Irish for grand mother), who passed away in 2013. I was her live in care-giver and death midwife. The Book that I am altering is Reindeer Moon by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (one of her many favorite writers). I acquired my love of reading (and my love of art and herbs, among other things.... from my grandmother - who raised me most of my childhood. 

The page with the boat is from her last few days. She was both in this world and the other, and she would tell me of her progress of building her boat (her father built boats) and stocking it, and getting it ready for her journey and for those she was taking with her. It is a re-remembering not only of my grandmother but of myself through her, of the medicine she brought (and continues to bring) to me, to our family, and to all whose lives she touched. I have 330 pages to go! phew.

Calling on Grandmothers Medicine (an Altered Art book) copyright Gloria Gypsy
The inside front cover, not yet complete but already perfect.
Calling on Grandmothers Medicine (an Altered Art book) copyright Gloria Gypsy
MaimeĆ³ loved all birds and flowers.

Calling on Grandmothers Medicine (an Altered Art book) copyright Gloria Gypsy
I am creating a garden in her memory as she loved to garden and have her flowers, herbs and plants around.
Calling on Grandmothers Medicine (an Altered Art book) copyright Gloria Gypsy
My grandmother loved flowers and herbs and gardening. She was friend to butterflies and said the Kingfisher brought abundance.
Calling on Grandmothers Medicine (an Altered Art book) copyright Gloria Gypsy
In her last days she told me her story. She was building a boat for her journey and stocking it for those who were traveling with her.