Illuminating Renewal ~ Christmas in the Desert

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Christmas Eve retreat grounds and view outside the window

I love creating my own way to spend the holidays, airing always on the unconventional and mixing in things that have always touched the child in me.

We all have ways that speak to us for experiencing all of life. I choose to experience it by my own heart’s gauge, and am always open to how that may reflect, change, and create itself at any given moment.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve desert beauty

This year seemed to be about the desert for the seasonal celebrations, as that’s where I find myself again for the long Christmas weekend.

The desert couldn’t be a more beautiful way to relax and reflect on the year behind, the year ahead, and the integration of both in the now, while doing a lot of nature connecting.

There is a purity and sacredness to the desert that feels supportive of receiving clarity and standing in the raw nakedness of my personal truth.

This Christmas weekend’s retreat at a remote little sanctuary with the Pacific Crest Trail steps outside the door is perfect. And all of the little touches that have just seamlessly woven themselves together, are infusing my soul with much-embraced nurturing.pacific crest trail christmas hike (11)

Arriving yesterday on Christmas Eve afternoon to a just-made-fire by the hosts, an old record playing on the old-fashioned record player, and 360 degree breath-taking views, was more than I could have asked for.

After settling in, I enjoyed reading a book that has personal connection, and is supporting a deeper soul exploration and integration, while I retrieve more parts of myself and increase my understanding of who I am. It’s sparking new ideas for what’s next.

And there is nothing like being snug in your jammies by a real stone fireplace on Christmas Eve, with the wind howling outside out in the middle of nowhere, warm apple pie filling the air, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer for viewing, listening, and feeling pleasure, like a Christmas story that tucked me in for the night.

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Christmas morning sunrise

Today, Christmas morning welcomed a beautiful sunrise on the desert landscape, inviting tea and Christmas cookies, and then a gorgeous hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, ascending 1000 feet through enchanted terrain without a soul around except for the Elementals.

This provided the ability to take it all in and stroll intentfully along the way.

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Christmas morning hike

It’s so wonderful not to have any plan or particulars to do. That left some exploration time of this little remote oasis to take in the other unique and hobbit dwellings and landscape.

Definitely feeling in my element. It’s like a desert Shire.

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Christmas morning hike

A lot to explore both inside and out this weekend and I’m listening to what wants to voice itself to me…subtle or loudly.

I definitely don’t believe that we need to “go away” on retreat to do so, but we do have to consciously and intentionally make the effort to listen, where ever we choose to be.

And we can use our surroundings, the people in it, and the triggers to take a conscious look within as to their reflections.

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Oasis grounds lined with olive trees and cactus gardens galore

I just particularly need the literal adventure, as it is my soul requirement in order to feel my most expansive and free.

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View from Pacific Crest Trail of the little secluded oasis retreat area I’m enjoying below

Today there were conversations around what “enlightenment” is, how being mindful and conscious makes a difference, why people have a challenge with attaining things they say they desire, and an exploration of the spirituality around this time of year.

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On the Pacific Crest Trail

And it all has been flowing a lot of illumination and connection in deepening and emanating ways.

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On the Pacific Crest Trail

The images I snapped quickly along the way, reveal the light of this renewing energy of today that is available to us all.

Arise and shine!

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Naturally etched stones watching over the valley – I see a horse’s head and?

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The Three Guardians

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Faery cactus garden with hard-to-see crystal tree at center with bells hanging at the ends of each branch and a crystal fish


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View of the valley out toward Palm Springs on Pacific Crest Trail

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About Tania Marie's Blog

Tania Marie is a Visionary Artist, Author, International Reiki Master Teacher, Intuitive Energy Guide, and Sound Channeler. Her motto is "creating life as a work of art" and her focus is harnessing magick as everyday alchemy. Rabbits are her consorts and the metaphysical arts are her realm. With over 25 years’ experience in healing arts and metaphysical studies, Tania guides people globally to remember the purity of their essence, draw forth inspiration and imagination, embody creative empowerment, live magickally and more abundantly with conscious awareness of the nature within being reflected without, and return to natural harmony.

Posted on December 25, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. wow – Tania this is like a Paradise -w My family owns a hotel in Palm Springs – where is this exactly? I will join you at midnight and play Tango for you:)

  2. simply Divine, these pictures are breath-taking..
    great to celebrate your way 🙂

    xoxo Linda

  3. They are breathtaking and more. I’d welcome time there to be still, breathe and listen. The images are so moving I can feel myself there already. ♥ xoxo

    • yes it is truly beautiful and blissful here. you would love it. i’m glad you can feel and experience the energy through the photos. that’s always why i like to share things, as i know that the experience can be accessed and transmitted in a way that the energy can be transformative regardless of being there in person. ❤

  4. what I experience through the bridge photos mirrors how these feel and deeply healing and transformational. 🙂 The time is coming to Co-Create and Open the doors to experience these locations in person but am enjoying the experience now with these photos. ❤

  5. Mari Braveheart-Dances

    Again, portals. I cherish each photograph. Cherish the place and spirit there. You bring them into my room and into my heart. What a blessing they and you are. Peace, Mari

  6. After having people stay with me for the holidays I long for a nature retreat…what a feast for the eyes…daunting….awe inspiring….thank you for sharing the beauty,…..

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