Sunday, December 27, 2009

Recapitulation: A year in review

As the year comes to a close, it is a time of review. The media gives us the bests and worst of this, that and the other. There is a look back over the year to remember what happened in the world. How about applying that same practice to your own life?

In the Toltec spiritual philosophy, the spiritual practice of recapitulation aids us in observing our life and behavior. Recapitulation is the action of recollecting your life including the emotions you felt surrounding the events. This procedure is self-healing. After all, hindsight is 20/20 and you can gain a much greater perspective of yourself, your life and the lives of those around you. You can learn from your own successes and failures. Because you create your own reality, it would behoove you to look back at what worked and what didn't.

Self-observation is a valuable tool for self-improvement. The observation shall not be confused as judgement. Judgement doesn't work well for self-improvement, but the actual objective observer can learn from the past and tweak behaviors, thoughts and action for the future.

To do this, simply take some time to contemplate the past year. Use your journal or a simple sheet of paper to list some of the events of the last year. As you write, pause to contemplate the events that impacted your life. Use this tool to improve and make changes for your future. This tool prepares you for the intentional creation of your reality. You will be much clearer as to what you do not want and much clearer as to what you DO want!

Shortly after the clock strikes 12 midnight, it's time to establish intentions for the the New Year. If you take the time to recapitulate 2009, you will be better prepared to create reality for 2010.

Of course, I have some events I'll be offering to assist you in these processes. On Wednesday, December 30, 2009 I'll be facilitating a Lunar Eclipse Full Moon Drumming Circle to drum away the old and welcome in 2010. On Monday, January 4, 2010 come to 2010 READY, SET, GOAL!! INTENTIONAL CREATION OF REALITY. I'll share about vibrational matching, using your imagination and you'll set goals and experience a guided imagery meditation. Both of these events will be at The Crystal Garden.

To find out about all the upcoming events at The Crystal Garden, visit our calendar of events online.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

'Tis the Season

A lot has transpired since I last wrote. My father left for the heavenly realm on Monday, November 23. It was the Monday before Thanksgiving and the timing for his ascent was impeccable. His birthday in heaven brought the whole family together for Thanksgiving and our week together was healing and healthy in many ways. Although I am extremely sad, I can also say I am extremely happy for him. I can feel his joy and I know he is happy and at peace. As many of my close friends and extended social network know, I did my grieving before he left the planet as I knew he was exiting stage left. So many people - friends, family, customers and business associates - sent their love and condolences. It meant so much to me. I was truly overwhelmed with the love sent to me through Facebook. Thank you!

Now, the joys of the season are upon me and all of us. There are so many things to be grateful for and I am choosing to focus on those things (most of the time) which is the best way for me to be.

As this year closes I know that my final manuscript has a big thumbs up at Llewellyn Worldwide. Crystal Consciousness: Heal Yourself Using Color, Aromatherapy and Gemstones is the working title right now. Now I must brainstorm and come up with a wish list of potential titles for my book. Then Llewellyn's team of experts will pick the best one. Afterall, they've put out a long list of award winning books. It's great to be part of this publishing group. The book will be out in Fall 2010. The publisher's catalog for Fall 2010 comes out around May or June 2010. I've already been asked to get working on my next title! This is good.

It's also been great to be back to my work as a Spiritual Healer and Angel Messenger Practitioner®. I love facilitating private sessions because they make such a profound difference in people's lives. My specialties are Past Life Regressions and Crystal Alignments combined with various forms of regression work. It is also a joy to teach and share. I've got a lot planned for 2010 and I'll be traveling again.The results are life transforming and I also benefit as I help others. Now that's the way to work!

And - the store - I just LOVE The Crystal Garden. I am so grateful for all that it is to me and so many others. I really don't know what I would have done all these years without the blessings I receive from owning and managing such an amazing store and center. This past year was the first full year that the Wholesale Division has been in operation. The "star" product is Smudge in Spray. Smudge in Spray won a silver finalist Visionary Award from COVR - the Coalition of Visionary Resources. Over this past year, Smudge in Spray has been featured in Yoga Magazine as What's Hot! and as the product of the week with The Daily Om twice. The Daily Om has it listed with it's best sellers!! It is also carried by Whole Foods throughout Florida (looking for a sales rep in other regions- do you know anyone?) and around the country in Canada at stores like The Crystal Garden - so Buy Local!

Many of these stores are also carrying the other wholesaled products like my Spoken Audio CDs, the full line of Medical Grade Essential Oils and the rest of the Aromatic Sprays and Mists which were introduced this year.

And - as if that wasn't enough, I've been working on an Oracle Deck. I'll leave you in suspense on this one. It's almost ready to go to print. The first round of editing is done. Now great artist, Victoria Rose Martin, who is collaborating with me, will do her magic then we'll be in for a final round of proofing. 2010 will be a good good year!!!
So again I must say - Gratitude! Gratitude! Gratitude!