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This blog post from a little over three years ago felt in alignment again to share about vibrational embodiment and balance being key to what we desire to create and experience and a way we can support others to do the same. As I mention near the end, “We’re all on different journeys and a variety of approaches are therefore inevitable and valid. There are people holding space for more ways and other potentials and possibilities. I think the key is in being mindful of the energy and vibration you are holding when engaged in something and gauging how it affects you, your experiences in life as a result, as well as the actual effects collectively, and then proceed with adjustments where needed in terms of effects desired.” And, as always, my own experiences have shifted since sharing this and so some things like my personal vibrational balance with foods, which I mention in the post, has also shifted again in mirror of what I’m creating (more on that in a future blog). Perhaps this reblog may align with something you’ve been focused on currently too.
Everything you choose to feel sets a certain vibration within you and as a result, attracts a certain vibration without. The vibrations we embody bring back the effects to the source of origination – you.
None of this is a punishment being handed down to you in any way, it is simply that all vibrations offered come back to us with corresponding manifestations. No judgment. Simple energy creating energy for divine unfolding of energy experiencing energy.
There are many layers that could be addressed, as I know this hits home sometimes for people wondering why such tormenting experiences take place, but for sake of this post let’s just focus on the concept of vibration creating vibration, as some things take a little more exploring than can be done in a blog post. And some of this is a subtle shift in perspective and offers a different way to view concepts…
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Just a little reminder that I am NOT offering my sacred tattoo design services at this time, nor any other services except for Personal Sound Channelings and the Magick Stones I create when inspired.
I have continued receiving requests and the current influx, especially with designs, prompted sharing that again. I’m grateful and honored by the interest, but need to honor the energy wave dictating my current choice of path right now. I feel that is the highest choice for not only myself, but as an example of living consistently by the values I hold close to heart.
This made me think about how we may be taught to follow what is showing up in our lives and to flow with that, however, we are in times where the choice is solely based on your personal joy and heart inspiration and we create that flow as much as it shows up. This is a simultaneous alignment. So just because something shows up easily for you doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the current path for you to follow.
Sink into what the energy of your essence is speaking to you in subtle ways. These things may just be showing up because you are changing and shifting, so they are reflections of how strongly your new path is starting to root, as the other spectrum will show up as a marker of where you’ve moved from and integrated.
It might tug at the parts of you that it feels familiar to and very tempting, but again, letting go to allow for something greater and more currently you-aligned, might just be another perspective to be curious about.
Just because something is easy and comfortable doesn’t make it growth worthy nor necessarily your greatest joy potential, at least I know for myself that evolution for me means stretching outside of that comfort and ease into a state of grace with new challenges that hold immense harmony and joy I will never know if I don’t let go.
If something wants to cycle back around again into our lives, it will, but with full surrender of it we will be able to experience it in a completely new and highly inspired/infused way taking you not to the same place on the spiral with it, but at a different level of the spiral of life, meeting with it from a new perspective.
Joy is alive and strong in our lives and that especially is so for little Cosmo. Her stuffed bunny friend whom she enchanted with life and magick with her love, just like the Velveteen Rabbit, is now enchanting Cosmo’s days. This rabbit she brought to life is infused with her essence (especially so in her last days before departing) and is a gateway for her to physically remain close and provide Cosmo with the warmth of tangible companionship, alongside the magickal presence, guidance, support, and love she is infusing our journey with daily.
It is a gift to have the dynamic trio of Joy, Nestor, and Gaia working with us from the otherworld.
And Joy, Cosmo, and I still remain a team of potent trinity energy, but it warms my heart to know that Cosmo is still receiving what he desires and needs on all levels.
Love is eternal, transcendent, and magickal indeed.
Here is Cosmo loving and cleaning his best friend, as he always has. Warms my heart knowing and seeing how Joy is literally so near beyond what I feel, sense, and receive telepathically.
This isn’t sad. It’s a reminder that the bonds are eternal and that life is all around us even if we can’t “see” it physically with our eyes.
Yesterday we traveled on the Trans-Canada Highway to our home for the next full week in Edgewater, British Columbia just minutes from Kootenay National Park and Radium Hot Springs. Journeying this route provided opportunity to see the amazing wildlife crossing structures and fencing implemented here since 1996 on nearly 51 miles of highway, which is the longest on-going research and monitoring program of this nature in the world. It was such an incredible reflection of more conscious awareness and compassion for how our choices affect the whole.
I wasn’t aware of this project until Dave told me about it and that we’d be seeing it on our drive, although always wondered with all of my travels why no measures are taken other than lowering speed limits to help wildlife that we’ve taken land and migration patterns away from with our roads and building.
We both loved this and I snapped some photos of the fencing and one overpass we crossed under which was cool to see since there are only 6 of these. We also journeyed over a few tunnel underpasses of which there are 38 of these.
I love that this came about not just thinking of how expanding from two lanes to four on the highway could benefit people traveling it, but that simultaneously they thought of how to minimize effects on surrounding wildlife and to curb the high rate of wildlife mortality and wildlife-vehicle collisions.
I feel this collective way of looking at things and how our choices will affect the greater whole, which includes all of life, is so refreshing and one we will continue to see with shifts we are moving more into.
While disrupting the animals in general isn’t such a great thing in my opinion since we are taking away their normal migration patterns and routes creating dangers they didn’t once have to face, at least it’s refreshing to see more thought put into helping them and living more harmoniously with less impact.
Everything is, and is in, an evolution.
But I do love seeing more conscious awareness about how to find better ways to live in harmony with all of life.
This conscious highway was a result of scientists and transportation planners looking into ways to create a better situation and they made it top priority to continue to monitor and track animal movement.
The solution they came up with includes nearly 8 foot tall sturdy, quality fencing along both sides of the highway, and wildlife under and overpasses to connect the vital habitats by allowing crossing access.
The overpasses are quite cool, as they’ve been created to match the landscape around with trees, grasses, and vegetation to make a natural bridge for them.These are also designed so that the animals can’t see the highway when crossing.
Each individual overpass cost over a million dollars each.
Now that’s compassionate investing.
Motion sensitive cameras are set up to monitor the success of these implementations and to track the effects it is having.
You can read 10 quick facts about the highway wildlife crossings at the link below, which includes this one that deserves big yay’s:
“Highway fencing in Banff National Park has reduced wildlife-vehicle collisions by more than 80% and, for elk and deer alone by more than 96%.”
Here’s the link:
The drive was gorgeous and infused more hope and belief in the compassion within humanity to try to find ways to return things to greater balance and harmony.
We did actually see one deer inside the edge of the fencing and I smiled knowing she was safe.
I also was feeling back in my energetic flow merging with nature abound after leaving the big city and had gratitude for this more conscious merging I saw around me in reflection.
This post from a year ago came to mind due to feeling into the collective landscape of frequencies out there, close and far. To add to this share, it’s not only that people easily convince themselves they look and sound the part of being more spiritually enlightened than they are embodying, but it’s so very easy to convince others the same. I find this to be a dangerous deception that can take years of undoing, just as much so as it took years to get to play the part. That’s why I advocate vulnerability and transparency, and knowing it’s okay to admit you don’t have all the answers and not to try to convince others or yourself that you do. There are a lot of shells of people walking around without the meat of their soul. The more we focus our attention on our own deepening into integration of the actual embodiment of what we come to learn, the more lasting and penetrating effect we’ll have on others, but also the more self integrity and true empowerment we’ll have for ourselves. A lot of “spiritual” people who call others who aren’t focused on a spiritual life, “sheep” just following the crowd, aren’t aware they’ve created their own version of this sheep mentality, feeding off of newbies and people thirsty for a way out. There is a lot of sheep mentality and sparkly looking and sounding actors on the stages out there in all realms. Be aware of what you are choosing to accept and touch in with your own spidey senses, intuition, gut feeling, and bodily sensations that are trying to get your attention so you can choose a more authentic path than the one you might be following.
Often, when we become more spiritually enlightened, we can easily convince ourselves that we know it all already.
We become very adept at using all of the spiritual terms and concepts we’ve learned, to talk our way through things on the surface and yet haven’t a clue how to actually integrate and embody that, let alone understand that we aren’t really seeing the depth of the picture – we’re merely spewing out the “right” words we think we should use.
Ironically, we can actually become closed off to widening our perspectives even more because we think we have all the answers, or we feel the need to pretend we do so that others will see us in a certain light.
It becomes much easier to deceive ourselves or play subconscious, self-sabotaging games than to accept that we may actually have more available to us to learn, which can help us…
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Wednesday we arrived in Calgary, Alberta after a 4+ hour drive and have been here since, departing today for Edgewater right by Kootenay National Park and Radium Hot Springs. Our time in Calgary has been balancing, adding in a little city life immersion to all of our nature time, but also integrating, relaxing, and revealing of more pieces to the puzzle. City time seems to always bring us food explorations and timely arrivals for festivals, fairs, and farmer’s markets. We found ourselves simply wanting to be, and actually spent half or more of our days at our very peaceful and lovely RV home site when not feeling led to explore city life, which I feel to be much more removed from these days, after knowing more of who I am as a nature, mountain girl.
Calgary seems like a lovely city with a lot to do and I know a lot of people love it, but we weren’t called to do that much or go out of our way to explore every nook and cranny. We were feeling more mellow and just letting ourselves be guided to what felt right. So, although this won’t be in any way a full spectrum of what Calgary has to offer, it’s simply a dip-in perspective of what it was like through our eyes and how we navigate by intuitive guidance.
Our campground was really nice, especially for being in a big city, sitting on the west end of Calgary. We were able to choose a back site, ending up with no side neighbors, nature as our back neighbor, and being up high above the other RV’s below us with a view of the city. We also had a great wide site with plenty of room to hang out outdoors on our picnic table and with our lawn chairs.
Our first day we just settled in and then did some city errands including stocking up on groceries.
We sure lucked out being just minutes from an amazing market called Planet Organic here in Calgary so that we could stock up. A Canadian friend of mine shared that this is a chain we’ll be able to find in other areas we explore while here the next few months. Cool!
This market sure made shopping easy when everything in the store is organic. We found a bunch of good stuff including these non gmo sprouted rappleberry bagels made with a blend of apple, raisin, and cranberry, which went perfect with our wild huckleberry jam from Montana for a little morning indulgence.
Our second day we were still taking it easy and slowly getting back into city life after a morning of hanging out at home working/painting.
We had some mailing errands, then took in lunch at an Ethiopian restaurant in the cool Kensington area, a friend of mine that lives in Calgary had mentioned worth checking out.
We hadn’t had Ethiopian food for a while, so it was a fun and yummy treat. I do love eating with my hands! We ended up having a late lunch, which made us the only ones in the restaurant. I found that an interesting theme here that continued.
The Kensington district of Calgary is a great walking and bike friendly community with a village feel and lots (250 +) of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, and the nearby Peace Bridge.
After lunch we decided to take in the Riverwalk in Calgary’s new downtown and lively urban village called East Village with more walkable streets, services, unique entertainment, and merging with nature.
This Riverwalk gave “riverwalk” a literal meaning, as there’s a little walkway that takes you across the water, where you actually ARE walking the river in about a foot of water. A fun place for kids and the kids at heart indeed!
The Riverwalk takes you past where the Bow and Elbow Rivers meet, which is rich with Blackfeet history.
We then gave our car a much needed car wash and then gave each of us a much needed hair trim (me) and hair cut (Dave). We just wanted something quick and inexpensive, so we found ourselves a Supercuts.
I have never actually been to one in my life, but I would have to say my first time going to one in Calgary was a more than pleasant experience. I did a wash, trim, and blowdry, but the head massage I received during conditioning was more like a cranial sacral, energy, and massage all built into one. I haven’t had my hair washed and trimmed since Moab, Utah, so it was a welcome treat and now my hair will look nice for a few days at least and be fresh with the one inch off the ends trim.😉
Seems I was in need of a little nurtured self care other than by myself, so this was a nice little treat.
As mentioned, we’ve spent more time at our RV site at this location, as we have a big one and nice grassy area to work or relax on, so we’ve taken advantage of it more as a dip-in city stop, but only taking in city life that merged the outdoors and nature in some way. At other stops we have so much outdoor nature to explore, we tend to mostly only spend time at our site for work, eating, and sleeping.
Friday we were at it again with the food fun, trying a new place called It’s All Good Organic, which is an all vegan, all organic kitchen and vendor sharing their vegan foods, juices, smoothies, and produce for sale inside The Market on Macleod Thursdays – Sundays.
This is a year round indoor Farmer’s Market dedicated to building community through local food and culture. Not only can you get fresh local and organic foods and produce there, but you can also enjoy a variety of ethnic restaurants, cafes, meals to go, and goodies. They even have some unique items for sale.
We didn’t know what to expect, but omgosh was this place amazing! Some of the best vegan food ever.
I had the garbanzo coconut curry and Dave had their famous vegan burger.
I was not only astounded by the beautiful attention to presentation, but the amount you got, not to mention variety of fresh goodness, quality, tasty blends, and array of veggie, fruit, and herb delights per dish, for the money. Wow!
I overheard the owner talking to someone about their burger saying they have plans to get it out commercially. So glad to hear that, as it was delicious – Dave let me try his, which is how I know.😉
And mine was incredible, every single beautiful bite.
After our delicious lunch, we explored the market a bit and ended up walking out with a box of two vegan cupcakes, two vegan pies (apple and peach), and a new comfy and versatile outfit for outdoor, relaxing, and recreational fun. We didn’t end up with produce, as I’d already stocked up majorly at Planet Organic. So a little fun indulgences were our focus.😉
It started to sprinkle and although it ended up not lasting we were feeling this as an inviting time to relax. For some reason I was very tired this day, chalking it up to different energies of the city I was feeling, compared to all the nature time I’d been immersed in. It also indicated to me, a time of surrendering into letting all of the energies and changes process through and take root.
This all made it very clear for me how much I am a nature girl and how, at this point in my life, small mountain village living suits me most supportively.
City is fun to dip into and have around when we want to do something different or check out music, symphony, restaurants, but overall, I’m much happier and nurtured in nature. Makes sense to me, as this truly is my roots and nature and animals have been the strongest calling to me from birth forward.
So we stayed in the rest of the day, but did venture out again, for you guessed it!! Food!
We tried the Village Flatbread Co., which makes gourmet flatbread pizzas with natural and organic ingredients sourced locally. They also give part of their proceeds back to the community. They are 100% gluten free, dairy free, and have vegetarian and vegan options.
Once again, other than a table of two outside for just the first portion of our being there, we were completely alone in the restaurant, which is more of an order and pick up or quick stop in place.
This theme of being on our own in the restaurants, or just ordering food and taking it to eat at a little side table or area in our own little worlds wasn’t something we purposefully were doing, but seemed to be supportive of what we needed while in the city immersed in so much energy around us.
Or, it was a reflection of our being in our own reality bubble and world and this carrying forward very obviously and literally when around a lot of people and not just something we thought was happening while in nature, away from a lot of people.
Anyway, back to food!
At the Village Flatbread Co. we started off with the Knob Hill nachos – vegan style, which were light and yummy with all the chips laced with toppings (no extra ones hidden underneath that were naked). Then this 12″ pizza with Rise kombuchas, which are from Quebec. I had the Rose and Schizandra flavor and Dave had the Blueberry and Maple. Super yum!
Our city ventures seem to usually end up in food explorations, as I mentioned, because we like to sample the vegan offerings around and it becomes a fun indulgence and change.
After our yummy dinner we came home to a beautiful sunset and just took it easy again. The colors and display in the sky felt mirroring of renewal and something new on the horizon opening.
Our days in Calgary have been a resting point for us to reflect on much in a subtle, in-the-background kind of way without effort of analyzing and figuring things out. It also has been good for catching up on things and embracing that in between void space before the next big shift hits. In this way, relaxing into change and allowing the natural process to unfold in the best supported experience of that.
Basically surrendering and not trying to DO anything about it, one way or the other.
I thought wearing my magick rabbit butterfly pants would be a way to support that process by wearing something that is so me, second-skin like, and yet my real skin, to melt into and flow with the transmutation unfolding.
And so I did wear them on our last day (and actually twice during our time here perhaps as another nature connection), which was a literally flowing day, as we decided to take the Magick Boat for a float.
We parked at Prince’s Island Park, got our inflatable kayak together, called a taxi, got dropped off at Baker’s Park, inflated our kayak, and then enjoyed the Bow River through Calgary for 9 and a quarter miles of floating and light paddling.
It took us just under 2 hours to go the whole way, but it was a beautiful day and perfect way to just “be” and flow with the currents of life right now.
There were some areas of rippling waves and up to 1 class rapid-like fun, but basically low key and complete serenity…nothing to worry about, no stress, and lots of “being” time.
At the end, after deflating and loading the kayak back in our cargo box atop our car, we decided to walk the Prince’s Island Bridge over to Prince’s Island Park where a huge music festival (Calgary Folk Music Festival) just happened to be going on with some great bands playing at three stages, along with Pet-A-Palooza outdoor festival at the Eau Claire Market just on the other side of the park.
Even though we didn’t have tickets it was easy to hang out in the park and listen to which ever band you wanted to hear or just stroll and take in the lovely surroundings.
There were tons of people enjoying the beautiful day, park, and music and I’d never seen so many bikes! There was a huge bike area and there had to have been like a thousand bikes or more in it. At least that’s what it looked like. So cool so many people biked there.
Calgary is a very outdoor friendly city with lots of parks, river walks, biking and walking trails galore. A lot of people were enjoying floating down the river in rafts and kayaks too, which was great to see.
We ended up picking up some yummy Thai food we found and brought it back to the park to enjoy, then took a relaxing nap in the grass under a tree, listening to the music.
After which we returned home for a relaxing late afternoon and evening with the “kids’ – our fur babies – and downtime.
Dave wanted to try another pizza place – he LOVES pizza – and if I ask him what he would like me to make he will also say pizza…so I don’t ask.😉 Anyway, we indulged his joy since we’ll be back to daily meals at home likely for a while, and went out for yet another pizza evening at a place just minutes from us for vegan pizza so he could compare.
This one was called Avatara Pizza, which is a little place that also makes fire-roasted healthy gourmet, 100% gluten free flatbread pizzas with vegan and vegetarian options (70% of their menu is vegetarian).
We started off with the Popeye salad which was a mix of spinach, with sun-dried tomatoes, organic sweet peppers, red onions, green olives, artichokes, pine nuts, and balsamic vinaigrette.
We ordered the Rise kombuchas again, this time both trying the Mint and Chlorophyll flavor – again really delicious.
Our pizza choice this night was the Crusty Cowboy, which combines chili-lime bbq sauce, vegan cheese, mushrooms, crushed pineapple, in-house made bruschetta, and crushed cashews.
And once again we were alone in the restaurant. Hmmmmm!😉
I’m now officially all pizza’d out, myself, and ready for home cooked meals again, but it WAS good and fun to try what’s available and popping up in terms of vegan options all over.
Again our evening ended with another different, soft and lovely sunset and our day today began with a fresh sunrise, putting our time here in Calgary at closure and kicking off another new start, as every moment is a new beginning.
Our city time has wound down and been supportive. It was a softer immersion that felt right for us at this time without overkill and still enough balance of nature, outdoors, and good food.
But it is interesting how our time has been like we were figments just floating through, much like our river experience.
We were in the city, but not of it.
Off to dreamland we went to rest before our journey to our next stop in British Columbia where we’ll be just 10 minutes from Kootenay National Park and Radium Hot Springs at a peaceful resort where there’s only 7 RV sites. I can’t wait!
This is the view from the bedroom and what I’ve been waking up to the last few mornings.
I’m constantly in gratitude for the changing environment I find myself in and especially for Nature’s beauty in all of Her splendor that has nurtured a stronger sense of embodiment within my experience.
It’s like a dream each day, but one made into reality and this ever-changing “dreamy” scene that greets me in the morning reminds me of where I’ve come from and how much has changed because of my willingness to believe, dream big, and not allow anything to tell me that I can’t do something.
Well, they can tell me, but I know that’s not my story and that I carry the power within me to create my own version of reality, even if that were to potentially place me on a different, but parallel plane immersed in my own visionary ideals.
Change continues to rapidly strike like lightning in my life, and I know the same is true for others.
Some big change is on the horizon and unfolding in the next few months here for me/us and for now I’m keeping it within our experience, so as to really marinate in the energy and allow it to organically evolve from within the new reality birthing. But I will share it soon.
For now, I am just really sinking into how much I find the process of change to be a gentle and oh-so-enjoyable one.
I used to go through difficulties, or more prolonged periods of integrative time with change. But mostly I found that that challenge wasn’t really about how I processed change, but how I used to experience the challenge of utilizing my energy to make others okay with my changes, rather than just fully enjoying them and using that energy to fuel the new showing up.
I no longer do that. I no longer worry and I don’t have guilt around the fact that change comes easy for me.
I also find that we aren’t supposed to “see” what is ahead, but only given the ability to “know” of the moment and to trust what is in the heart and that any choice made from here will always be the most harmonious and supported one for the highest good of all concerned.
I am trusting whole-heartedly in what I know in my heart I feel to choose and I see magick unfold, reiterate, and support that constantly when I do.
I recently had shared this with a dear friend that every moment is shifting into a new one based on creative and heart-joy choice alone and that life is a constant labyrinth in creation. You choose to go one direction and the whole labyrinth shifts in that moment….passages close, paths move, new passages open…and it’s all actually quite phenomenal and fun when you get out of your head and sink into your essence.
I have noticed that the more I shift, the more I notice dynamics deepening in terms of a very pronounced canyon between experiences people are having.
This in part is simply the showing up of change truly taking form, as the stronger you are within your understanding and experience of life, you call up, see, or hear of anything and everything different to that lighting up big time on the other spectrum.
The stronger new things get, the more pronounced old paradigms are fighting for survival.
This isn’t indication of you’re having done something wrong, that the world is about to explode, or that you aren’t in the new…it is simply the way of energy working itself out within that labyrinth.
So continue moving in the flow of the change you’re creating, with love, compassion, and understanding for where you’ve come from and what is part of the whole for embracing into the alchemy of your new reality for empowerment.
As I have time, I continue to share the Magick Stones that are channeling through for the people who had pre-ordered custom creations that I intuited for them. Today’s share brings us the medicine of White Elk in a Celtic nature portal to bring dreams into reality. This is quite a visionary stone dawning a new role in life for its keeper, which heralds transformative breakthroughs, integration of ancient wisdom, leadership, and creative manifestation of desires.
I’ll be sharing some more soon. For now, I hope you enjoy a look at this potent Magick Stone. And if you are interested in one for yourself or as a gift, I still do have 6 stones remaining, which I’ll be channeling when the time feels right to do so. So keep an eye out, as you never know when one might pop up that might speak to you.
For now, the ones I’ve been sharing are ones already spoken for, but provide you a look at what is possible with these nature portals.
Here are the details about the stone including where it originated from:
Violet Maroon “Magick Stone” with Metallic Gold Accents
Sacred White Elk Medicine with Celtic Portal, Dandelion, Butterfly & Star Magick
Sacred & Rarely Visited Longbow Arch, North of Moab, Utah
Here is the energy it carries and supports for its keeper:
Embarking on a sacred journey to a deeper sense of self, which relinquishes the old that is not aligned with your greatest soul path
Visionary power of manifestation and ability to move forward with complete faith
Fulfillment of heart desires, embodiment of higher self, and bringing dreams into reality
New dawning in life with transformative breakthroughs that initiate a stronger sense of self and self belief
Ability to access and integrate ancient wisdom, while awakening powers to create magick
Medicine of integrity, stamina, endurance, creative fertility, sudden changes putting you in a leadership role, efficient application of personal energy, nobleness, sensual passion, grace, dignity, vision of fulfillment, strength, and empowerment
Lightning energy and receiving flashes of insight and knowing providing greater clarity
Forward, gentle power movement with embrace for the process of the journey
Walking between worlds, communicating with the unseen world of the Fae, and integrating this experience for manifestation ~ Elk have connection to Birch trees, which to the Celts are trees of new beginnings and doorways to spirit realm
Balancing solitude and community
Rebirth of light, creative life force, otherworldliness, and purity
Triple Spiral portal draws in the three powers of the Maiden, Mother, and Crone – sacred feminine power and empowerment through transition, creative power, growth, magick, intuition, expression, versatility, pure joy of creativity, celebration, goddess energy, integration, life cycles, and flow
Wishing my parents a beautiful anniversary, as they celebrate 48 truly devoted, unconditionally loving, and courageously committed years of expansive growth and partnered dance together and in union with my brother and me.
You and we have been through so much together, in this life and beyond. It is a gift to witness your evolution individually and together and to continue to see how true love supports continued growth in your life and as an extension into ours.
I am grateful for the soul agreement we made and committed to honor, for the love you’ve always shared, and for the challenges that have pushed me to grow into who I am and keep to my path while assisting you each with yours.
We have a unique soul family connection that is very rare.
Thinking of you on this day and always carrying you in heart and soul where ever I am.
Wishing you many more magickal years together on Earth and honoring the eternal soul bond you/we have and will continue to share beyond this realm.
We journeyed across the border Sunday, saying goodbye to the U.S. for a while and hello to Canada for the next 3 1/2 months. Waterton Park was our touchdown in Alberta, home-based just 5 minutes from the Waterton Lake National Park entrance to venture there for daily explorations. We immediately immersed ourselves in the unknown adventure awaiting, which ended up being the maiden voyage of the S.S. Magick Boat on beautiful Waterton Lake, followed by a day each of hiking and mountain biking, which included encounters with 5 grizzlies and more animal friends, giving us a well rounded experience of this beautiful area.
Our journey across the border was virtually uneventful other than a lot of questioning in different versions of whether or not we had firearms or weapons of any nature with us.
We said no to the creative rewordings of the questions and added we were vegan and choose a compassionate lifestyle without violence. The border patrol smiled.
So onward we went, shifting into a different energetic realm on the other side of this border.
To say the vistas were stunning is an understatement and we had a lovely view from our peaceful site for 3 nights once again, too.
Waterton makes up the other half of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and shares the beauty of Glacier, merging it with its own uniqueness.
So, after lunch on arrival we set off for the park and caught a glimpse of the whimsical Prince of Wales Hotel in its enchanting setting. So we decided to check it out after first stopping in the park along Waterton Lake.
The Prince of Wales Hotel is like a gingerbread castle amidst fantasy land.
Such a spectacular setting and view from atop the hill where it sits with panoramic views of Waterton Lake and surrounding mountains. And the views inside of this vintage hotel were equally stunning, as we explored the lobby where you can take in Afternoon Tea between 1 and 5pm with a reservation to enjoy tea, sandwich squares, and pastries for $30.
Although we did not end up eating at the Prince of Wales, we did check out the Royal Stewart Dining Room’s dinner menu to see what options are around for vegans and found a couple of vegan friendly menu items that sounded delicious, which included:
- Quinoa Chickpea Ratatouille: House made quinoa, black bean, and chickpea cake baked (hold the goat cheese they top it off with) Served on a bed of roasted root vegetables and balsamic tomato ratatouille with a bouquet of chef’s daily vegetables
- Pineapple Red Curry: Mixed vegetables sautéed in a coconut and curry pineapple sauce finished with fried tofu, grilled naan, grilled pineapple, served with a lemon thyme jasmine rice
After exploring a little inside the hotel, we went on the other side of the window view we’d seen from the Afternoon Tea lobby to see it from the outside.
The incredible vistas here continued and mirrored some of what we’d been seeing in Glacier National Park, which makes sense since Waterton is at the north end of Glacier.
It was a gorgeous and windless day so we decided on trying out our new kayak.
Since weather has been getting really nice, now that we’re further into summer and we’d be visiting a lot of gorgeous lakes and rivers, Dave thought it would be fun to have a little something to float and get around on the water with. I agreed.
We would now be taking our experiences onto the water to literally immerse with and flow on the waves of life rather than only connecting with them from land.
We didn’t feel at this time to invest in something major, plus we don’t have room to store a kayak since we already have a cargo box on our tow vehicle and no room anywhere else.
So Dave found us the best little inflatable kayak he could find and we both remarked how great and comfortable it was once we got it on the water.
For a limited investment and having one that we can deflate and store away in our cargo box, it was a great choice for us and made our day on Waterton Lake much fun.
The little kayak is an Intex “Explorer K2”, which I thought was cool given our RV is a Fleetwood “Discovery”.
Exploring and Discovering indeed we are.
But of course we had to name our new kayak and it was a simple and logical process – we named her the Magick Boat!
So we now have a Magick Bus and a Magick Boat.
And we took the S.S. Magick Boat on its maiden voyage across stunning Waterton Lake, beaching it twice to explore some little hidden beaches all to ourselves.
We remarked how quiet the lake was compared to our beloved Lake Tahoe at this time of year. It was like our own private lake and with a windless day, the water was beautifully still and of course mirroring the crystal clearness we have been seeing.
We also got to enjoy more magickal views of the Prince of Wales Hotel from the water.
A perfect first day in Waterton for sure.
On our second day we made 1pm reservations on the Akamina Hiker Shuttle to take us into the part of the park that was closed due to construction and only could be accessed via taking this shuttle to particular hikes available. This restricted the amount of people there and also took us further into the wild beauty.
We decided on Wall Lake as our hike, which is actually in British Columbia. This is a 6.5 mile hike that takes you to an Alpine lake in BC Provincial Park.
So you end up actually crossing the continental divide as you meander through the beauty dense and enchanted forest, across streams, and then across a field leading to the lake that is surrounded by a wall of mountains, hence the name Wall Lake.
It was gorgeous and peaceful and became our day of grizzly sightings galore with five total on this hike.
Remember in a previous post I mentioned how Dave had been wondering why we hadn’t yet seen any bears and I’d told him we would when their energy was important for us to encounter and their medicine and messages aligned with what we need. It was just a timing thing.
Then we saw the big black bear on our last day in Glacier and now on our second day in Waterton, 5 grizzlies.
I guess that bear energy was in full gear!
We’ve seen hundreds of grizzlies (VERY up close and personal) in Alaska (one of my most favorite places) on our amazing bear expedition we did by helicopter, dropping us in the middle of grizzly central.
You might remember the incredible photos from that experience: TLC, Resting With Angels On Cloud 9 & Rising Anew To An Even Lesser Traveled Road ~ I Love Alaska
I’m sharing that link so you can check out the incredible encounters and photos of the grizzlies we had, since I haven’t photos this time to share. More on that below.
Well, now we got to see them by “chance” just doing our thing hiking through the forest.
Our first sighting took place within the first ten minutes, as what appeared to be a young grizzly on its own, came down the path ahead of us. He wasn’t a cub and not a full grown, so likely about 3 in age since grizzly moms are known to rear their cubs for 2 – 3 years (keeping yearlings a bit longer with them).
It was an incredible experience, just like in Alaska. We realized after a few seconds that he had been wandering along the path, but then two women up ahead had caught glimpse of him and started making loud noises to alert and chase him off.
So he was getting away from them, but coming to us.
We just stopped, took a few steps back, stayed calm, and watched him, while I held the energy and also turned around to forewarn the two girls that we were aware were not too far behind us, so that they didn’t get frightened and do anything silly. We both said hi to him and made him aware of our presence.
He definitely seemed to want to get away from the noise the women were continuing to make even though he was away from them, which made him want to duck for cover and a little disoriented, so after seeing us and connecting for a bit, he then shuffled his way down the side of the path into the trees before the two girls behind us could see him.
Grizzly encounter 1.
We continued the hike, venturing through the beautiful enchantment of the forest.
And then at the end of the hike, not far from our first sighting, we got the chance to connect with a mother grizzly and her three cubs.
We came upon two girls – different ones – interesting each of the three sets of people around the grizzlies were two girls or women. Anyway, when these two girls saw us they were incredibly happy. I mean like life affirming, relieved happy to see us.
They told us that we were like life savers, as they had been petrified seeing a mother and her cubs ahead on the path. And so they had stayed where they were, basically paralyzed in fear and not wanting to go on, for a half an hour.
Curiously, we discovered they both carried bear spray, which is a powerful pepper spray.
The looks on their faces was like we saved them from near death, which made me glad we could be there to help them feel at peace, but also sad that we are so conditioned by fear to stop any enjoyment of things that could be incredible. More on that shortly.
Anyway, the mom and cubs had gone off a half an hour ago, but they were still too scared to move.
So we went on ahead of them and they scurried behind us.
Next thing we know, we hear them talking loud and things like “nice bear” and they hurry up to us.
The mom and cubs were off to the left of the path and the girls were in fear once again. Dave and I walk a few steps back and see them in the trees to the left just up from the trail. The girls tell us they’re out of there and make a bee line to the end of the trail, while Dave and I watched for a few minutes, again holding the energy, but peacefully.
There was a mom and three cubs and they were not in the least bit interested in anyone, nor feeling threatened, as they were playing in the trees. We got to see the little ones climbing the trees and them eating and just being a family together.
What a beautiful connection and sight, done safely and without need for bringing fear into the equation.
Since I haven’t any photos, I’ll share this one of a mom and three cubs that we saw in Alaska, which mirrors exactly what this little family here in Waterton looked like, but in the trees.
Amazing that now we’d seen two sets of moms with three cubs. Grizzlies can have 1 – 4 cubs, but average is 2 – 3.
Then we headed down and joined the girls and a few other hikers who had passed us, to wait for the shuttle back.
Grizzly encounter 2.
So here’s my take on this.
I’m very cautious and I always before ALL hikes send out harmonious and protective energies for us AND the animals.
I let them know we come in peace and that there is no need for defensiveness.
I intend and share that we can connect safely for the highest good of all of us.
And perhaps this is why I/we encounter so many amazing animal experiences and connections in ways most don’t.
I honestly feel that there needs to be healthy relationships with animals not based on fear. And that we need to get back to being in harmony and having that sacred relationship with them, the plants, land, elements, and Earth at large. Not to mention, with each other as well.
We are so conditioned by fear.
I know I carry my own like with sharks, which is something I have worked on and been able to shift immensely. I believe it can all be integrated and simply mirrors something within us that we aren’t willing to embrace. For instance, sharks carry such a potent primordial energy that embraces shadow aspects within that if transmuted can be extremely empowering to dance with that energy rather than fear it.
We have built in fears around “predators” and guess what? That carries through to our fears about people, others different than us, and so-called authority figures or even energies, beings, and people in “false” power that places us into victim mode.
We are only powerless and can be powered over if we allow it. But we can also rise up and be our own power that works in harmony with other energies rather than fights, fears, and flees it.
I feel we can integrate and work with those energies to shift things and change the collective dynamic.
That’s not to say that I think you should go out and do really dumb things and place yourself purposefully into a situation to try and prove something. Nor, do I feel that one is always aware of their underlying energies at work and so doing silly things may place you in danger.
But there is a healthy balance and there is also a call for us to become more aware of where these fears stem from, what they mean, and to be willing to work with them so that we can shift the dynamics at play.
Not just simply BE in fear and never do anything because of that.
Everyone we meet is always in panic mode about bears. This panic placed those two girls in a state of paralysis. Imagine how that trickles into one’s life beyond this experience.
Now, granted a mom with cubs can potentially be a worst case scenario to come up upon, given mom’s desire to protect her babies, but there are ways to more productively work with these energies in awareness and practicing centeredness and deeper sacred connection.
We need to be conscious, have our spidey senses on, not do stupid things, and take precautions, as well as know your limitations and your energies at work.
But also the fear is conditioned as animals don’t attack for no reason unless scared, provoked, or feel a need to defend. So keep your energies in check. I don’t advocate placing yourself in situations to test things, but if you know you have immense fears around something, it may just be of benefit to work with that to transmute it so that it doesn’t become a debilitating factor in more than just that area in your life.
There are amazing and beautiful experiences we can have in harmonious ways with the things we once feared. There is great alchemy there.
Imagine how much we miss out on because of fear limiting us. Some pretty profound and beautiful experiences!
I don’t purposefully put myself in a situation, but I do trust that when in one that I have the ability to do so in a way that is empowering and that I will be protected. I utilize my resources of energy work, telepathy, and draw upon my connection to Source, which we can all do.
I also trust that everything is in divine order and I love living my life fully and doing what I love, and know that that sacred dance with a return to natural harmony is my soul path and constant motivation.
So whatever takes place, I know I am living my purpose and being in essence. That matters most to me to do as long as I’m in this human body and beyond this form as well.
That was a little detour, but one I felt important to share.
But back to our time…the day and hike was beautiful and these experiences added to the sacredness and I learned, and deepened into my own soul growth, much more.
Upon our return from our day special day hike, we decided to stop at a local restaurant situated right on Waterton Lake to relax with a refreshment while taking in the views.
We immediately found a spot with an outdoor deck and decided to order the giant nacho plate (vegan style – so minus cheese and sour cream) along with our drinks. I had something called a Rocky Mountain Burst and chose a strawberry one, which was like a virgin margarita, as they added a little salt around the edge. Fun!
The nachos were huge, coming with a side of salsa and guacamole we quickly spread on top, and were mixed with spicy black beans, jalapenos, tomatoes, and olives. It ended up becoming our dinner.
The next day, our last day here in Waterton, we decided to go mountain biking on Snoeshoe Trail.
This is one of three trails in Waterton Lake National Park that you can bike, which begins at the Red Rock Canyon Trailhead (you can see why its called this by the red rock along the creek lots of people were enjoying) and is 10 miles roundtrip, climbing approximately 1148 feet (not so fun up, but weeeeee down).
It follows Bauerman Creek Valley and takes you to the Snoeshoe Cabin and Campground, which is a trail junction by a creek.
It was a beautiful area and very quiet once you left the people soaking in the warm day by the creek water. So once you crossed the bridge over that creek, you found yourself in solitude.
At the trail junction there was a lovely creek.
Lots of energies showed up here at the creek when I took photos. So I kept snapping away, enthralled by how the energies, light, and colors kept shifting frame by frame.
On the way up to the trail we saw a beautiful coyote and some lovely deer again (which we also saw in the village too), and then I saw two grouse at the beginning that crossed my path after Dave went ahead. I stopped to connect with them and one came close, talking away. Then two squirrels ran across my path playing back and forth. There were tons of butterflies and dragonflies on this trail too.
I didn’t have ability to capture photos for you of any of the animals except the coyote and a couple of butterflies when we stopped, as we were biking or in situations making it not possible.
And the same with the grizzlies, as I was so in the moment and being aware of energy, holding and keeping aware of surroundings and all, that it wasn’t possible. And when it did become possible, like with the cubs in the trees, it was too hard to capture them in any way a photo would show what we could see of them moving quickly behind the branches. So I only at the very end snapped one photo that caught a furry patch of cub in the trees.
Perhaps that patch of softness, mysteriousness, and simply a part of the surroundings as an extension of All That Is, is some of the message here.
All energies are part of wholeness and depending on your perception, you can turn something once judged, feared, and defined as one thing, back into the Source from which it came and experience the gentle mystery as beautiful perfection in the full tapestry of consciousness.
It was a perfect few days in Waterton, which ended in a bang, as upon return home we experienced a brief hail and thunder storm that passed quickly, turning into a crazy evening and night of wild winds.
Then a rainbow appeared from the mountains that were lit to our left.
Indeed a big time shift had taken place on this Full Moon in Capricorn day, but harmony restored and empowerment of ethereal essence and earthly humanness integrated further.
Today we are off to Calgary and to what ever’s next on the cosmic scene to embrace.