Monthly Archives: October 2013

Be – Don’t Try to Become


flash of light from a dying starMy meditation is a way of being that doesn’t require any complex practices, although I may choose to focus my attention if so moved to, as that is free will.

However, I find that the more aligned with the nature of who I am, the more formalities drop away. Everything is simply about that seamlessness of being the harmony of me in balance.

That very fullness of experience when you are like that instance of a flash of light birthing forth from a dying star, is when you have come to know freedom and that any ideology or practice is simply not a requirement to “be”.

I find myself most at home in the wilderness of life…the great Cosmic outdoors. A place where timelessness is the blending of horizons between sea and mountain, land and sky, Earth and Cosmos, body and soul.

More and more the experience of life for me no longer feels contrasting, as much as it seamlessly is becoming a living meditation of harmony between all things.

I personally don’t follow any stringent “practices”, although I believe that responsible commitment and dedication to one can help to reprogram you out of conditions and into natural experience.

And once you have reintegrated your connection to Source within you, then formalities drop away into “beingness”.

And life becomes a living, waking, walking, feeling, breathing, freeing….meditation of your very experiential and creatively rebellious existence.

Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny–he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally–you are here meaningfully. There is purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you…

Listen to your being. It is continuously giving you hints; it is a still, small voice. It does not shout at you, that is true. And if you are a little silent you will start feeling your way. Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature. Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost. Risking all to be oneself, that’s what maturity is all about…

Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it.

Be – don’t try to become.

~Osho

Reiki Renewal Retreat Update: Crystal Journey Experiences to Accompany Our Weekend


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Shane and his crystal bowls

Just confirmed yesterday! I’m excited to announce that we are also going to be blessed by the amazing Shane Chunephisal – Sound Healer and Massage Therapist for our retreat weekend in Laguna Beach, California.

Shane will be our on-site Meta-Sense Sound Bath Extraordinaire providing beautiful and powerful crystal healing bowl experiences daily, as well as our resident therapist who will be available during free times to offer all types of body work, including crystal healing, sound therapy, and integrated energy therapy.

This to include Sun and Star Gazing Crystal Bowl Sound Baths and Meditations, a rare beach Crystal Bowl Sound Bath! (can’t wait to experience this on my favorite Crystal Cove Beach that you see/hear me post about all the time), as well as Crystal Bowls accompanying our Reiki share practices and more!

One of the evenings will also be graced by some of my amazing crystals – both large and small, but equally potent – making their public debut and accompanying our Sound Bath with Shane.

I am so looking forward to this beautiful weekend experience with everyone who feels called to join.

For more details on this weekend, including the day-to-day experiences and how Shane’s beautiful offerings will weave into our magickal weekend, see the schedule and retreat information here:

Reiki Renewal Retreat – Spring Equinox in Laguna Beach, California

I’ll be sharing more about Shane in one of my upcoming healing arts, visionary leaders interviews – stay tuned!

From Tattoo to Book Cover – Sacred Art with Layered Purpose


Kathy's Sacred Tattoo DesignYou may have remembered me posting back in August about the new inspirational book by Kathy Jourdain that was released – Embracing the Stranger In Me: A Journey to Openheartedness.

In that post I mentioned that Kathy would be sharing the story, once she launched her website, behind the creation of her sacred tattoo design (which I was honored to co-create with her) and how it came to be the cover design for her book.

Well, I’m happy to announce that her story behind the artwork that now graces her cover, has just been released yesterday. So I thought I would share it here so you can see how synchronous magick weaves itself into our lives when we choose to embark on a consciously aware journey of life.

Kathy shares her story here:

Not Just Cover Design; It Is Sacred Art

 

 

Embracing The Stranger In Me: A Journey to Open Heartedness by Kathy Jourdain is available now from Balboa Press here:

Embracing The Stranger In Me

This title is also available through your local bookseller or preferred on-line retailer. And if you’re in Halifax, Nova Scotia, you can also now find it on the shelves of Little Mysteries.

You can also follow updates about Kathy’s book at her Facebook page: 

Embracing The Stranger In Me

If you would like to partner in co-creating your own sacred tattoo design to embody the empowerment you desire, you can contact me at tania@spiritualskin.com. Remember that there is currently a waiting list and price changes are going to be in effect at start of 2014. 

For more information about the process and pricing please visit: What is a Tattoo Design Consultation

 

Reiki Renewal Retreat – Spring Equinox in Laguna Beach, California


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Me at Crystal Cove Beach

As promised, I’m excited to start announcing one of the upcoming retreats I’ve been creating for 2014. This one is an answer to requests by others, as well as had been a nudge since last year.

Reiki Renewal Retreat – Spring Equinox in Laguna Beach, California

Thursday, March 20th – Monday, March 24th 

Immerse yourself in a weekend away from everyday life and allow yourself permission to be empowered, inspired, transformed, and renewed. This is a perfect way to celebrate the renewal of Spring, as a mirror to your own revitalization, and to do something for you that has far-reaching benefit. The Reiki Renewal Retreat is not only a Certification Retreat designed to provide you with a quantum leap in personal healing integration, but will also give you powerful tools to support the full scope of your life and help you to make meaningful changes with positive impact.

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Crystal Cove Beach

You will not only have access to me for the full weekend experience with lots of group and one-on-one feedback, but you will have the opportunity to connect with other like-minded souls, while being nurtured and supported. This is a perfect gift to self for personal enrichment and/or professional certification.

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Magickal starfish at Crystal Cove Beach tidepools

There is opportunity for free time, as well as a free “integration” day where you can immerse in the beautiful nature offered here through hiking, biking, beach time – including my favorite beach, Crystal Cove. Crystal Cove is a magickal beach where you’ll enjoy strolls, relaxing, and exploring the tidepools. You may even see pods of dolphin, sea lions, starfish, a plethora of sea birds, and depending on time of year even whales. I’m constantly in awe of the energetic beauty of this special, off-the-beaten-track beach. There are several other beautiful beaches you can choose from too, as well as check out Laguna’s shops and galleries, or even take in a world-class spa experience at one of the local resorts.

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Shane Chunephisal

We are also going to be blessed by the amazing Shane Chunephisal – Sound Healer and Massage Therapist. (I’ll be sharing more about him in one of my upcoming healing arts, visionary leaders interviews). Shane will be our on-site Meta-Sense Sound Bath Extraordinaire, as well as our resident therapist who will be available during free times to offer all types of body work, including crystal healing, sound therapy, and integrated energy therapy. (For more details on his beautiful offerings throughout the entire weekend, see the schedule below).

Everyone is invited and there are no pre-requisites to joining, other than bringing along an open heart. Even if you’re not feeling so open, but that is one of your intents to change, I promise you will have a breakthrough expansion from this experience.

We each have a beautiful song to share with the world and opening yourself to Reiki is one way of igniting your individual voice so that you can share your unique gifts and add to the beauty of the collective symphony.

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Crystal Cove Beach

Everyone’s experience will be different, but your retreat for a weekend of combined self-nurturing and service will help you to reconnect with parts of you that you’ve forgotten. You can come with a personal intention or be open to receiving exactly what is needed most in your life at this time.

My intent is to create a loving and connective group experience, while focusing on individual needs as well.

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Reiki Master Teacher training with me

This will be an intimate group experience and space is very limited, so if this calls to your heart, don’t hesitate to take that step in the direction of a more empowered you.

Both locals and non-residents are invited (see below for details).

You are welcome to join as a refresher if you’ve already taken Reiki Levels 1 and/or 2, or even if you’ve taken all 3 Levels. Some people have had training years ago and find taking the classes at this point in their lives to be a completely new and different experience, relative to where they’re at and the difference in teaching styles.

*If you are a local and have already taken one of my classes, but would like to further your training, you can come for just the class you desire and can share in the activities, as well as meals, for the given day of your class. Locals are also welcome to stay at the accommodations for a getaway weekend.

Where You’ll Be Staying:

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Spectacular sunset at Crystal Cove Beach

Laguna Beach is southern California’s premier, seaside destination midway between Los Angeles and San Diego with world-renowned sunsets and picturesque coastline. A year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beach-goers, Laguna Beach is a resort for all seasons that features seven miles of soft sand and the sound of the surf, as well as is perhaps Orange County’s least-overdeveloped beach town and one of its most beautiful. Created as an artist’s getaway, Laguna Beach retains an artistic essence, with nice galleries and fun arts festivals. Laguna Beach is great almost any time of year, but like most of the California coast is susceptible to days where the Sun may decide to rest behind the clouds and this creates a beautiful mystique of its own.

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Our Laguna Beach deck with view for the weekend

Your home for the weekend is a “Top of the World” Luxury Laguna Beach, California home set in the hills with panoramic views from every vantage point of mountains, valleys, and ocean by day, and sweeping city light views by night of this artsy beach town. This provides you the chance to breathe in fresh air, sleep deeply, and feel revitalized each day. You’ll be minutes from the beach, including my favorite beach, Crystal Cove, as well as a few minutes walk to hiking trails or 10 minutes drive to other favorite trails.

Retreat Weekend General Schedule (subject to shift, as I do like to flow): All Activities are Optional

Thursday, March 20th – Spring Equinox

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Our family room leading to deck with view for the weekend

3pm Arrival, Settle In, and Welcome Reception out on the view deck with appetizers and refreshing drinks (if you come in earlier, you can enjoy the beach or Laguna shops and galleries before checking in)
6:30pm Dinner and Dessert
8:00pm Spring Equinox Star Gazing Crystal Bowl Sound Bath & Meditation (We will only be 4 days after the Full Moon of March 16th, so the sky night should be bright to hold our ceremony on the deck with tea and still within the energy of this Moon phase). This will kick start our weekend with some high vibes and clarity of intentions.
The rest of the evening is yours to star gaze, reflect, or get a good night’s rest from your travels

Friday, March 21st:

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Reiki Level 1 and 2 training with me

Enjoy the views the deck has to offer as you take in the sunrise with some tea or enjoy your own morning meditation or yoga practice (if an early riser, you can get in a short hike or bike ride)
8:00am Smoothies and Breakfast
9:00am – 4pm Reiki Levels 1 and 2 Training
12pm Lunch
4pm – 6:30pm FREE TIME either individual or group organized (beach, hiking, town exploring, napping, reading, relaxation)
7:00pm Dinner Outing
Evening gathering, Reiki shares accompanied by Shane’s Crystal Bowl Sound Bath, star gazing, or relaxing

Saturday, March 22nd:

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Pacific Rim Trail Hike with view of Catalina Island

Enjoy the views the deck has to offer while we enjoy a sun gazing morning Crystal Bowl Sound Bath and meditation to set the tone for this beautiful day of integration, as you take in the sunrise with some tea OR enjoy your own morning meditation or yoga practice (if an early riser, you can get in a short hike or bike ride)
8:00am Smoothies and Breakfast as we discuss group ideas for today’s free day for integration
9:00am – 5:30pm FREE “INTEGRATION” DAY (We will enjoy a day of combined hiking and beach group excursions, as I prefer time in nature for connecting, balancing, getting centered, and keeping grounded and refreshed. It’s also good for reflection and being present with this experience)
6:00pm Dinner and Dessert
8:00pm – 9:30pm Special Evening Crystal Journey with Shane and I – Shane will lead a Crystal Bowl Sound Bath Meditation set amidst some of our potent crystals, while you all receive Reiki from me and can join in on sound healing

Sunday, March 23rd:

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Dolphins playing in the surf off Laguna Beaches

Enjoy the views the deck has to offer as you take in the sunrise with some tea or enjoy your own morning meditation or yoga practice (if an early riser, you can get in a short hike or bike ride)
8:00am Smoothies and Breakfast
9:00am – 4pm Reiki 3 Master Teacher Training
12pm Lunch
4pm – 6:30pm FREE TIME either individual or group organized (beach, hiking, town exploring, napping, reading, relaxation)
7:00pm Dinner Outing
Evening options of gathering for talks, Reiki shares accompanied by Shane’s Crystal Bowl Sound Bath, star gazing, or relaxing

Monday, March 24th:

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Stunning sunset at Crystal Cove Beach

Enjoy the views the deck has to offer as you take in the sunrise with some tea or enjoy your own morning meditation or yoga practice (if an early riser, you can get in a short hike or bike ride)
7:30am Smoothies and Breakfast and Closing Before Departures
10:00am Check Out

One of the days you will also have the choice and opportunity to experience Shane’s Crystal Bowl Sound Bath ON CRYSTAL COVE BEACH ITSELF during one of our free times, or on the free “integration” day. To be determined within flow of our weekend. This will be a rare and amazing experience not to be missed.

What You Will Come Away From This Experience With:

  • Not only is this a retreat weekend, but unlike some other retreats you will come away with Full Certification in Reiki Levels 1, 2, and 3 Master Teacher (This is a $1000 Value on its own) – You will learn how to self treat, as well as treat others both hands-on and by distance, and gain tools to support any intentions and healing integration in your life and the lives of others. You will also have the skills to teach. Whether you think you will ever teach or not, you will gain skills to help nurture more confidence, commitment and responsibility, while being able to attune others to Reiki. This can be beneficial even if just for close friends and family, if in fact you don’t teach professionally.
  • Come away inspired to live more fully and consciously from your highest potential
  • Feel more connected to everything, including a new soul family of friends
  • Feel empowered and renewed from a weekend of commitment to you, eating healthy meals, spending time in nature, and immersing in a conscious spiritual journey, leaving with new experiences and perspectives, as well as deeper connection to your path

What’s Included in Your Reiki Renewal Retreat:

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Our living room with real wood burning fireplace for the weekend

  • 4 Nights and 4 Days Accommodations in a beautiful Laguna Beach Home
  • All vegan (balance of both cooked and raw) breakfasts, lunches, 2 dinners, snacks and healthy beverages – let me know about any allergies or special needs – compliments of my me and my mother (who is also a Reiki Master)
  • Professionally facilitated Reiki training workshops and group activities, as well as transport to group activities
  • Reiki Manuals & Certifications
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout the home, although we always recommend shutting down as much as possible to immerse as fully into the experience
  • There are 2 bicycles (his and hers) available for use at the home
  • Full Laundry is available to use during stay, beach towels and beach mats provided
  • Memories to embrace for a life-time and tools to empower your life and live from a more responsible service focus

What’s Not Included:

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Optional massage therapy on-site or spa experiences at nearby resorts

  • Roundtrip Flights to SNA (John Wayne) or LAX (Los Angeles International) Airport (I recommend SNA because it’s very close by, but sometimes fares are better through LAX depending on where you’re flying in and out of)
  • Airport transfer to and from our Laguna Beach home for the weekend – inexpensive roundtrip shuttles are available (message me if you need help with this)
  • 2 Dinners Out – We will sample some of the amazing Vegan options that the area has to offer including the world-renowned Au Lac
  • Rental car if you feel you’ll want to get out on your own during free time or if you plan to stay on longer on your own, but not necessary
  • Shane’s on-site massage therapy optional services – everything you could want is right at your weekend home-away-from-home
  • Extra spending money for incidentals – shopping, shuttle tips, etc.
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Formal dining room of our artsy home for the weekend

You can either pay in full or choose a payment plan option – both require a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold your space. The balance will be due 30 days prior to March 20th. Contact me if you’d like to explore a payment plan option.  

Early-Bird Special Available – Receive $100 Off Your Weekend Retreat if Booked by 12/12/13.

Your All-Inclusive Investment to Join Us for this Extended Reiki Renewal Retreat:

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Double bed with plush pillow top mattress with private full bath and private yard outside the french doors

Single Rate is $1495 or Early-Bird Special $1395
Double Occupancy is $1195 per person or Early-Bird Special $1095

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Master Bedrooms (2)
Large rooms (one is a suite) – both with four post queen size beds and views with shared bathroom

Single Rate is $1395 or Early-Bird Special $1295
Double Occupancy is $1095 per person or Early-Bird Special $995

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Single Bed in a Shared Room
Two twin beds with plush mattress and shared bathroom

Single Rate is $1095 or Early-Bird Special $995

Comfortable Queen Sleep Sofa in Family Room With Shared Bathroom

Single Rate is $995 or Early-Bird Special $895
Shared Rate is $895 per person or Early-Bird Special $795

*There are 3 Full Bathrooms that have luxury amenities and hair dryer, showers, double sinks in one, and there are two tubs – one of which is a jetted tub.

Local Residents:

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Me playing on Crystal Cove Beach at sunset

Rates are available for local residents that would like to join just for the workshops and accompanying meals/activities for that day. You are welcome to come for one or both of the workshop days, which will be Friday the 21st and Sunday the 23rd. Message me with your preferences and for rates. You are also welcome to stay for the weekend and enjoy a get away, in which case the above rates apply.

Contact me at tania@taniamarie.com with any questions and to register for your Reiki Renewal Retreat.

Looking forward to supporting your journey!

Some Personal Reflections on Expanding Realities & a Few Inspirational Words for Transformation


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Crane at Crystal Cove State Park Beach

I’ve increasingly been experiencing profound shifts on a consistent basis. Something small I see or hear will trigger a powerfully transformative reflection and this will create a deeper expansion, as a result.

I’ve been in a space in the last few months where I am many times at a loss for words to explain what I’m experiencing, as it is so outside of the reality we have become accustomed to. It is a space where absolutely everything just IS, and nothing has fault, including even the perceived worst things you can imagine. (Interestingly, it is also during this same extent of time that I see an extraordinary amount of hawks on sometimes a daily basis, and several within a day).

It’s a breadth of “throughness-experience” that is like an alchemical kaleidoscope where once you go through one full image, it is transforming into the next and the next, yet always made up of the same ingredients, ever-transforming.

I feel life so much to be like this kaleidoscope-tube that contains mirrors of colored pieces, whose reflections produce changing patterns that are visible through an eyehole/portal when the tube is rotated – much like the spiraling effect of life where you meet the same points, perspectively different, in transformative ways.

It’s a portal experience of a completely different and revolving reality where I’m observing as an expanded aspect of myself, from “not self” – experiencing experience from Source/The Great Central Sun.

I don’t know why I felt to share this right now, but for some reason, the inspirational quotes I DID want to share today, guided me to do so. I am exponentially grateful for what it IS that has become my reality. Perhaps many of you are also experiencing similar.

So, here are a couple of quotes with supportive inspiration for your day, which I HAD been originally guided to share with you. I posted them on Facebook, but I know not everyone is on there, so I’ll sometimes expound upon those posts for anyone here who follows along with my blog:

Willing to experience aloneness,
I discover connection everywhere;
Turning to face my fear,
I meet the warrior who lives within;
Opening to my loss,
I am given unimaginable gifts;
Surrendering into emptiness,
I find fullness without end.

Each condition I flee from pursues me.
Each condition I welcome transforms me
And becomes itself transformed…

~Jennifer Welwood

 

When we come close to those things that break us down, we touch those things that also break us open. And in that breaking open, we uncover our true nature.

~Wayne Muller

Impetus For Creative & Divine Source Expression – Sacred Tattoo Design


Sacred Tattoo DesignI’m a little behind in posting these creations that I’ve been working on over the last few weeks, so I’m getting them up as I have time. As you can see, though, the sacred creative energy flow continues. This is a smaller, but equally potent design that I had a lot of fun creating/channeling.

The design is almost 4 and a quarter inches (from top to bottom) and almost 2 and a half inches at its widest point. It will be sitting on the back of the neck, flowing down a little into the very tip-top upper back region. This is my client’s first tattoo and the placement over the Throat Chakra will be a very powerful area for empowerment of her intents and the essence of what she is wanting to open more fully into the truth and authenticity of who she is.

I stayed with a very clean and more simple design that reminds me a little of Mehndi designs. It also conveys a feminine grace, organic flow and balance, as well as an almost regal essence. And including a bit of that Sacred Geometry that she likes, adds an additional integration with Divine Male and Female aspects of self in wholeness.

I incorporated the Lotus, Seed of Life, and Om in this piece.

The Lotus, as I’ve shared before, is a powerful and ancient image that symbolizes harmony, spiritual illumination and unlimited potential. The lotus is a type of water lily which rises from the sludge of muddy waters and opens into a beautiful flower. It is often used as a mandala, or circular symbol, but any way you use the Lotus in a spiritual practice, it will provide a resonant field that reinforces the concept of resurrection. Human mistakes and challenges are the fertilizer for brilliance and awakened creation as the Lotus shows us. Born in the murkiest of ponds, Lotus still emerges pure. Use the Lotus as a reminder that “this, too, shall pass.” Be assured that all fertilizer nurtures a beautiful new life. In the greater world, Lotus is a peaceful cosmic beacon for forgiveness, gratitude and compassion to prevail where the sludge of conflict has resided. Using this symbol on water invites a balance between humility and pride.

The Seed of Life pattern is made of seven interlocking circles. Some beliefs see these seven circles as the seven days in which God created life. First one circle was created and on each further day another circle was added. Once all seven circles were formed the seed of life was born. And from this shape the flower of life (which is basically like the seed of life but with another layer of circles around the outside) is built, which contains the blueprint of the universe. Therefore all that exists can be built from the seed of life. It connects you with the very heart of all of existence. As you go back in consciousness to the heart of All That Is, you become aware that there is nothing that cannot be recreated. We are born again into every minute and we can create our life as we wish it to be.

And of course Om is the primordial vibration from which the entire Universe has arisen – Whatsoever has existed, whatsoever exists, and whatsoever shall exist hereafter, is OM and whatsoever transcends past, present, and future, that also is OM. Everything that surrounds us has an aspect of the Divine, just as we do ourselves and the sound Om reminds us of those connections to the Divine within and without. It also symbolizes oneness, totality, sacredness, creation, evolution, manifestation, Divine expression, indestructible truth, and perpetual sustainment.

The design embodies acknowledgment of her wholeness, reminds her of living to her highest potential and from her essence, imparts awareness and presence, is the impetus for creative and authentic self expression from her truth, heart, and fullness, connects her to the Divine Source that resides within, and supports empowered strength that comes from her own inner well.

I think the Lotus and Om speak for themselves and I created them in a feminine, organic flow that gently cradles and nurtures the Seed of Life. I felt to create the Om out of the graceful leaves of the Lotus to continue the theme of the Divine being an integration of Cosmos AND Earth, as well as to be her symbolism for connection with Nature that she has.

And the Seed of Life, to me, is like that inner core of her Soul and Higher Self, as well as her Inner Child, that when nurtured has the ability to create anything desired from that Heart Source. So having it protected, honored, and yet able to freely emerge (not held by the forces, but supported by them), I felt would be a powerful symbolism for all that she is, and will be, birthing into creation.

Simple, small, but potent.

If you would like to partner in co-creating your own sacred tattoo design to embody the empowerment you desire, you can contact me at tania@spiritualskin.com. Remember that there is currently a waiting list and price changes are going to be in effect at start of 2014. 

For more information about the process and pricing please visit: What is a Tattoo Design Consultation

Some people have preferred to read my book, Spiritual Skin ~ Sacred Tattoos: More than Skin Deep, especially if they are new to sacred tattoo designs, before embarking on this journey.

If you are drawn to learn more about sacred tattoos you can order a copy of the book here: Spiritual Skin

It is also available in Kindle format here: Spiritual Skin

Kundalini Awakening – Sacred Tattoo Design


Kundalini Sacred Tattoo DesignThere’s been a powerful flow of creative energy continuously flowing and with that comes the birthing of another sacred tattoo design – and a perfect reflection of that creative life force energy.

This piece channeled through for the sacrum area, which both my client and I had sensed, with current shifts for her, was most empowering given her experiences. She was open to any inspiration that presented itself, as well as the size, so this is what has come through our connected energy waves.

The design is fairly large at about 10 ¼” long from very tip to tip and 5 ¾” at its widest point. It will begin at the very “tail end” and then from sacrum, work its way up a couple of Chakras.

There were a few things my client was drawn to energetically, but how that translated, was left up to divine channeling. Two of those things were Sacred Geometry and Kundalini serpent energy. These can sometimes carry with them a more male energy in the way they are depicted, as well as since sacred geometry has a left-brained energy to it, but I was feeling very strongly the Divine Feminine wanting to be integrated and empowered. So, while I used these image themes, I took care in presenting them with a very feminine flow and grace, while still maintaining their integrity of power.

The essence of this piece not only carries the ignited and awakened Kundalini life force flowing from cosmic power source through this sacrum portal, but it has many aspects of flowing grace, gentle power, balance, and expansion. I created it all to have a continuous flow throughout  and to add some organic movement along with the balance.

In many ways it depicts a celebration of life itself, as well as containing the totality of creative potential of every human being, awakening and regenerating, seen through my client’s sacred vehicle of life.

For some interesting information about the sacrum as a cosmic portal you may enjoy my post: Sacred Bone, Tattoos and Stones: Mayan Portal Mysteries Unraveling.

Alongside Sacred Geometry and Kundalini energy, my client is also drawn to Mayan teachings and because of this I did a subtle depiction of the Mayan feathered serpent for the design (you can see the feathers at top coming from both sides of the serpent). I was getting that subtle rather than very poignant Mayan symbolism was powerful for this particular soul and piece, and to keep things more within the Divine Feminine flow as well.

You can see that the serpent winds itself up and at center creates an infinity symbol, but also continuously flows throughout the energy of this piece, where everything merges and crosses over, together as creating a distinct image, but also is all part of a whole woven and very fluid tapestry, simultaneously.

There is a subtle six pointed star (hexagon) at the bottom that ignites the opening of the portal.  As mentioned, the bottom point would lie at the very tail end possible and then the design flows up the sacrum and will go up the lower portion of the back, also supporting all of the lower Chakras, which are just as integral and important for integrating the expression and manifestation of our Divinity.

Then there is the continuous flow felt from the Kundalini energy rising and activating all Chakras, along with the energy of fully opening one’s wings and blossoming into wholeness – reminder of staying grounded while continuing the evolutionary journey in balanced flow.

I feel this piece speaks volumes for itself. It has so many different things that it brings up when I see it, from the organic nature of it that can look like so many various images. I hope you enjoy the energy activation it emanates.

As always, I am honored to be a part of these amazing soul journey partnerships.

If you would like to partner in co-creating your own sacred tattoo design to embody the empowerment you desire, you can contact me at tania@spiritualskin.com. Remember that there is currently a waiting list and price changes are going to be in effect at start of 2014. 

For more information about the process and pricing please visit: What is a Tattoo Design Consultation

Some people have preferred to read my book, Spiritual Skin ~ Sacred Tattoos: More than Skin Deep, especially if they are new to sacred tattoo designs, before embarking on this journey.

If you are drawn to learn more about sacred tattoos you can order a copy of the book here: Spiritual Skin

It is also available in Kindle format here: Spiritual Skin

New “Earth Angel” Collection of Sacred Crystal Necklaces


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Seraphinite and Rainbow Moonstone Necklace with Natural Green Quartz Wire Wrapped Pendant – Earth Angel Collection

To connect with the angels we must trust our inner voice. Have a talk with your spirit guides, experience the extraordinary and embrace the beauty within for doing so will enable you to live the life you want to live. We are all Earth Angels and our souls are the place where heaven and earth meet. By knowing yourself you change the world for the better and live your higher self. Be love and you connect with the angels. ~ Micheal Teal

A couple of months ago I was Divinely inspired to channel some sacred crystal necklaces. I was given the words, “Earth Angel” and guided to just create them, being told exactly which crystals to infuse into their design. I soulfully understood why and the essence of what was wanting to come through, but it wasn’t until just a week ago, when my post “Earth Angels” was channeled, that I fully saw the complete vision of what it was I was to support in their creation.

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Seraphinite, Rainbow Moonstone, Raw Emerald & Black Tourmaline Necklace w/Silver Dipped Real Maple Leaf Pendant – Earth Angel Collection – SOLD

So I went about putting intentions toward finding all the right elements I needed, and it all came together quickly and magickally. I don’t know if there will be more or not, but for now I have created three sacred crystal necklaces in what I’m calling the “Earth Angel Collection”. In the process, I also created myself a pair of earrings with the same energetic intentions.

Each of these sacred pieces are one-of-a-kind and made to sit at the Heart or Higher Heart Chakra and only have the highest of quality, genuine crystals. They are each strung with intention, purified, charged, and activated with Reiki love, support, and empowerment. They all have a very Faery-infused quality that creates a natural and ethereal essence you will experience both energetically and aesthetically.

I absolutely fell in love with all of them, which one might ask then why not keep them for myself? However, I always knew they were merely to channel through me to others, but given the unconditional love they embody, it would feel like birthing children and seeing them proudly grow up quickly and off to new lives.

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Black Tourmaline and Rainbow Moonstone Necklace with Amazing Lemurian Seed Crystal Wire Wrapped Pendant – Earth Angel Collection

I believe this is exactly as it should be when creating something for others…that they are a pure extension of your heart’s love and joy, as if created with self-love and collective love all entwined together.

These new crystal necklaces infuse the energy mixes of Seraphinite, Rainbow Moonstone, Black Tourmaline, Emerald, Green Quartz, Lemurian Seed Crystal, Maple Leaf, and Silver. Oh yeah!! 😉

You can view more photos, read all of the energetic properties, and purchase the new “Earth Angel” necklaces at my Etsy shop here:

Crystal Illumination

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My “Earth Angel” earrings of Rainbow Moonstone, one Emerald (to be worn on the side needing more integrative healing/empowerment at the time) and Silver Plated Maple Leaves

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget you’ll also find Crystal Illumination sacred paintings and a couple of rare and stunning, powerhouse crystals in my shop that you won’t find anywhere else.

Sorry, I’ve sold out of all Lemurian L.O.V.E. Seed Crystal Pendulums and smaller crystals, but if you have any requests, feel free to contact me, as I’m procuring crystals for several clients right now and can keep an eye out for something special you may want as well.

As mentioned, I’m not sure if I will be creating more “Earth Angel” crystal necklaces or not, as I do everything only if and when I’m guided to, so explore your heart if one is speaking to you.

I may have some other larger crystals soon too, so keep checking back.

If you have any questions you can email me at tania@taniamarie.com.

Reflections of Radical Freshness in the Autumn Air


There’s such an amazing freshness and radical shift in the air. I was just outside taking in the warm Santa Ana winds that have blown in since yesterday evening, listening to the cawing crows, watching the family of hummingbirds that daily hover by, enjoying the fall colors and bougainvillea dancing across the lawn, smiling at the apples and persimmons coming into their vibrant maturity for harvest….and with the New Moon in Libra energy of yesterday, there is a sense of “enlivened being” that’s reflecting the importance of coming into your own right now.

Knowing who you are and learning to balance yourself will create the ability to find balance within any experience and with anyone.

I am finding that everyone is going through radical changes right now in relative ways, and it may seem out of the blue, yet it’s been in the making for quite some time…percolating in the background.

As Mother Nature reflects the ease in which she gracefully cycles her energy, we too can mirror her example. Nature has a way of reflecting all of life’s teachings for us if we are present enough to receive her whispers. If you are finding challenge with understanding yourself, take time in Nature and open to her gifts of insight she will provide. Make a promise to walk with presence and awe, to open your senses, and to receive reflection of the miracle of you. Your, and the Collective’s, well being will thank you.

It may not yet be November, but as we are well and quickly on the way, and this piece by Yanni (with its lovely images) perfectly reflects the impending essence of what I am feeling in the air and warm winds right now, I thought I’d share it for your own reflections.

Stress, Overwhelment, Anxiety…Spirituality Isn’t An Immunity Pass, But Does Seed You With The Alchemy Of Awareness To Shift It


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Me In Peru at the Dimensional Gateway – Amaru Muru

A couple of days ago on Facebook I shared a post about “overwhelment” and the personal messages that later came in to me, said to me that this is a topic that really hit home for people. So I decided to repost it here and to expound upon it to support everyone that is currently experiencing this or has felt it at some point, as I know we all have. 😉

To begin with, I am actually quite well-versed in stress. Stress, nervous anxiety, overwhelment, feelings of pressure….all of that was my expertise not only in experiencing, but in being quite well-adapted in repressing it so that no one knew. That can actually be even worse, as you don’t get it out like others do and it can reek havoc on your health and well-being, little by little internally attacking yourself to a slow, soul death, not to mention can be trickier to unlearn.

But unlearn I have, which is a process of identifying the root of all of these self-created ways I was choosing to be, learning what my triggers were, understanding why I was allowing myself to get emotionally worked up and what I thought I was appeasing or making up for with all the crazed drive, realizing what I was missing and not allowing in my life, and coming to realize who I was naturally and what things would help me return there.

I had to understand my processes, as well as the ingenious self-sabotaging ones. And once I could see it all and responsibly claim it, it was then a day-by-day, moment-to-moment practice of gently reprogramming the conditional me back into reboot of the real me.

When you start integrating a spiritual approach to living, this doesn’t automatically make you immune to stress. Stress isn’t isolated to nonspiritual people, as many people who are spiritually focused stress over all the things they think they still “have” to do or “need” to learn and accomplish, stress over being perfect or expert about something, still stress over performance, stress about keeping up appearances to match the spiritual lifestyle they appear to be living, and even stress over comparing themselves to others….

If you haven’t uncovered your patterns and processes, as well as core motivating factors behind the stress, then you are likely to repeat creating stressful experiences, but they will just appear in the guise of different clothing. I know many people, including myself, that can and have worked on overdrive even when being of service.

The reason for this, is not fully understanding what it means to be of true service, which is walking an authentic and fully integrated life of balance within divine flow so that you have the ability to give from your own well. Teaching love, compassion, and balance must start within you. Knowing how to always get back to your center is something we have to reteach ourselves, but it isn’t unnatural to us, contrary to the limited times you may feel it in your busy life.

I saw this in my own process in the beginning, where I was living a spiritual life for the most part, but there were core patterns that were still operating out of the old, which would manifest as doing things the same “old” way, but just substituting in a new life. I had woven in an overlap of the old foundation into the new ways and the two don’t work together – at least not in the flowing, freeing, balancing way we desire. There must be consistency, which means fully releasing the old and firmly rooting the new.

That being said, when you do choose to practice spiritually conscious awareness, you can learn to shorten the time gaps in which you experience the “seeming” pressures, anxiety, and tension. So it’s not that stress never creeps up again for you, but you become well-versed and well-equipped to know how to allow and move the energy through naturally, so you can regain your sense of centered balance and empowerment rather quickly. In this way, learning to emulate nature and how things just cycle through.

Once you tune in to you and begin to understand your personal patterns and triggers, you become aware of the processes to rebalance yourself and can sometimes instantly shift the experience, or at least decrease the length of time you are out of flow.

The key is to put to practice, repetitively and consistently, habitual expression of your awareness every day and commit to the process of responsibly regaining your center through implementing the tools that you know work for you. Then remember to be gentle and nonjudgmental with yourself as you allow your soul to guide you into experiences that are in alignment with your individual growth needs.

Remember, life challenges are the ones we choose and are there to support the transformational evolvement that we knew would assist us in being that which we are and always were behind the illusions and fluff. Varying degrees of stress are not bad, but our perspective and approach can shift them into being the natural parts of human experience that they are.

You are a luminous being seeking to know and express yourself and sometimes the rate of expansion you go through can be overwhelming at times. The key is to make a conscious choice to perceive the reality before you as a perfect set of divine experiences working FOR your highest good, not AGAINST it. Take a deep breath and remember how you moved through these challenges before and put to practice the things that have worked and the things you have learned. We learn to grow through it and find that our heart light shines brighter because of it all.

And if you haven’t yet discovered what works for you, start implementing things to find your golden ticket to freedom.

I do realize that stress causes confusion and emotional turbulence, so when you are in the heat of a stress attack, it is challenging to even see your way out of it clearly, let alone think rationally. So this is why taking a step back and perhaps even enlisting the help of a trusted expert to help, can allow you to start seeing with different eyes the way you currently approach things vs. the way you could be approaching them.

In my own journey of learning how to move through stress, I also learned it was helpful for me to have a heart-to-heart with those near and dear to me to share with them what my protocol is when I get stressed and that it isn’t personal. I also shared with them the things that I feel and how that makes me act, as well as shared the things in that moment that would be helpful for me and asked if they were willing to assist me with the process. Things like not reacting to the momentary stress I am blowing out of proportion, just listening to me, helping me to stop and encourage taking a different approach, etc. That coupled with the things I was putting into practice, all would help me to be able to shift my process and speed up the time in which I could do it.

While it is up to us to make the changes, we aren’t islands unto ourselves. Remember that your stress is also felt and experienced by everyone around you and there’s no reason you can’t ask help from your loved ones for some of the supportive ingredients that can assist you. Chances are, they would love to help out, as they don’t want to see you stressed and they don’t want to react in ways that they feel bad about, or that add to your stress. And when you engage them in your process, they will also learn more about their own, feel more open to sharing things they go through and how you might support them, and in totality a closer connection and depth to your relationship is created.

Some other things people find helpful when feeling stressed are: meditation, breathing exercises, talking it out, chanting mantras, creating your own personal mantras, listening to calming music, singing, physical exercise, being out in nature, doing something that you love, yoga, aromatherapy, Reiki, being still and quiet, time alone in your sacred space, working with crystals, spending time with your animal companions, creative expression, writing….whatever it is, remember that these are tools to remind you of the space you can enter into by “will”, even without these things, but they will be supportive ways to help remind you that nothing you feel is out of your control.

And one day, you will find that you don’t “need” any of these things anymore, although may now find them to be a natural part of your preferred way of life, and that you can become your own alchemy for centering yourself.

And then, life becomes a walking meditation in and of itself.

Feelings of overwhelment are not actually natural. They are created by unrealistic and unauthentic ideas, as well as self-imposed pressures that do not take into account the natural flow of energy. It is instead a need or way of controlling energy rather than listening to it, feeling it, and riding the wave of it. Unrealistic pressures merely create stress and anxiety, which produces unhealthiness.

What is it that makes you feel the need to rush anything or unduly impose such limiting and unnatural parameters on yourself?

When you stop trying to “make” things happen, you can actually “relax” into what is for your highest good and the highest good of all others, which will reveal itself in supportive guideposts along the way. Doing things faster or harder isn’t going to make the results any better and you just might bypass an opportunity, as well as risk your well being along the way.

It just isn’t worth it to force anything. Try committing to feeling, rather than thinking your way through life. Then use your mind to make wise discernment rather than make unwise demands.

It is possible to become more balanced and when you do, your life shifts exponentially and actually becomes more magickal.

I’m not just someone writing or talking about what can be achieved, without having lived it. My life has transformed into a reflection of the me I always knew myself to be, but had accepted a different alternative version of, which left little joy, but a lot of frustration.

Now, if I experience a moment of stress, I instantly or within minutes can shift it and redirect so that the real source of energy behind it is able to flow and I can then be with the clarity of listening to what is true to my heart.

What is available to one is available to us all. You too, have the ability to find the key to your balance and heart center, and to realize that nothing in life is as serious as you think. When you take care of you, you not only are an example of your life working for others to emulate in their own way, but you will also be universally supported because of that recognition you have come to own.

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