I returned home Tuesday evening from a very nurturing time away, but have been immersed in settling back, completing some projects, and getting a lot of year-end things in place.
Although a second beautiful snow storm was the welcome home here, weather while away saw lots of sunshine and warmth providing my skin with an autumn tan to carry me over through winter.
One of the late afternoon hikes we did, however, took us through this enchanted forest you see pictured throughout this post where a pocket of fall magick awaited, nestled in its own vortex-like zone separate from everything else around.
I shared this little snippet of prose (below) on my Instagram page, but since I’m unable to post anything new yet (hopefully in the next day or two), I thought I’d share it here as well.
I was literally swept away by how the landscape of leaves and scents all around made me feel. The photos don’t do it all justice, but hopefully it might provide you a little bit of the inspiration it did for me.
I literally felt like I was flying on a magick carpet throughout this realm with layers upon layers of floating leaves. The veils were like a magickal web encircling me in a womb of creation. I wonder what was in motion. I guess we’ll see.
Wandering through forests laced with delicate veils of sweet floating leaves suspended in time and nestled in a timeless slumber is pure enchantment.
The landscape felt like a thousand pastel faeries on parade and the scents coddled the heart in warm embrace of memory-laden feelings floating gently in the air.
The nostalgic aroma merged that of an ancient wooden chest of old, eclectic tea leaves with holiday mesquite burning a warming calm in the solar plexus.
Yesterday we decided to visit Fallen Leaf Lake, which we hadn’t in a while, for a simple hike and woodsy mission.
We were on the look out for some wood to create a special sculpture, as well as to take in some nature goodness.
The lake was still and mysterious looking, but no snow except in little patches in the woods and on the mountain tops.
It’s definitely continued to be a mild winter here, but always beautiful and surprising.
It’s been fun having variety where we can choose to ski, snow shoe, hike with crampons, or simply hike – all depending on where and what altitude we decide to venture in at any given moment.
Speaking of wood sculptures, we made a lot of fun discoveries exhibiting nature’s fine job as an artist.
This included beaver’s work and a natural turkey vulture or condor work of art, as this Faery explored the forest’s gifts.
We then stumbled upon this mega magickal tree.
It was love at first sight.
Only nature knows truly how to touch our hearts in the deepest of ways.
Faery bliss abound with this incredible tree that had two portals in it.
Love the energy coming off of it. I found this photo on my camera that “randomly” showed up when I was taking a photo of the side portal.
Some of the tree’s energy showed up glowing red and red violet.
Can you see?
Rich, rooted, and regal.
Such life force burning even after having gone through the fire.
Proof we can thrive even when burned and challenged.
Love sharing nature’s magick with you. We’ll see what’s in store today, as we head out on another hike.
Enjoy this beautiful day and get outside!
One of the things I’m grateful for and cherish most about my family is that my parents have always cultivated and kept alive the essence of the “inner child” for us. This is likely why they remain eternally youthful, both in appearance and expression, as they continue to play, be silly, laugh A LOT, and have fun always. My brother and I have continued in this vein, never fully growing up and keeping our innocence in tact, despite all that we’ve gone through in challenges.
Yesterday my parents came up from Reno to visit and we got to share with them our Forest Portal backyard, which was fun. My mom and I were two little Faeries, arm-in-arm, walking together along the path the whole way and me helping my mom across the creeks.
We stopped in the meadow where the light was dancing magickally, lighting things in gold, to take some fun Faery photos.
We peeked out from the grasses with mischievous joy and then rolled in endless laughter when my mom’s foot kept sinking into this dirt pile and couldn’t get back up!
I wrapped my arms around her to pick her up and we were stuck there in giggles until tears, unable to move for a while. Dave caught these fun photos of us.
The rest of the photos are of our walk and captures on the path, including some of the beauty, and our home on our return back.
Here are some words I’ve shared in the past about the power of the inner child and innocence.
Many of us have forgotten about our own inner child, or have lost it along the way, and in doing so, do not remember the power of hope and believing. Nurturing the imagination is vital and contains the ingredients necessary for manifestion. Anything you can envision and feel, IS possible.
When we realize that we have the power to manifest miracles in our lives, I believe we will responsibly learn to co-create. Whatever we choose to believe, is what our reality is. But if we don’t even know how to believe anymore or how to hope and dream, or how to choose consciously, then we are missing out on what life could be.
Doing my part is simply and authentically about expressing who I am, as a cohesive thread in the collective consciousness, through the unique form that I have to share (as we each uniquely have an expression of gifts to share with the world). In embracing ourselves and allowing that which we have inside to flow to all, we can create much beauty.
I have always resonated with children and animals, understanding that they hold a key to healing on a deeper level. Their naturally loving, expressive, playful, connective, and instinctual natures are important ingredients to integration. We have lost our innocence and natural ability to feel and to trust in our knowingness, as a result of forgetting our essence and from being out of tune with our bodies’ natural rhythms. Children and animals love us regardless of what we look like or how we may behave. They know what it means to love unconditionally and that is all they hope of us – that we will love them unconditionally.
Children are powerful in their vulnerability. In their innocent self expression, they emanate an aura of invincibility. To be vulnerable is to be powerful. Vulnerability is a sense of trust and the willingness to express yourself freely and without inhibitions. As we grow older, we lose our innocence and vulnerability, in place of self control and judgment. In a sense, we lose our authentic power.
Recapturing our child-like exuberance, opens the flow of joy and the electric energy of life to surge through us. To go farther than you ever thought possible, daring to explore the depths of your imagination, is truly being alive.
Dare to have fun, explore, laugh, love, believe, and dream. The world is yours to create. What do you want your life to look, feel, sound, taste, and smell like? Indulge your senses with your imagination…..
The child within awaits your loving recognition and nurturing, which in turn will unlock the door to your authentic and magickal experiences that await you.
Inner child work has always been a powerful seed “key” to creating change. And when done with unconditionally loving courage, can be the impetus for empowering yourself in unlimited ways.
We all have a child within that is in need of our loving acceptance. No matter how strong and self-reliant you think you are, there is a time for tender vulnerability in everyone’s journey that is needed to cultivate a garden that your child-like heart can creatively and expansively blossom in. This will provide astounding results in your current experience and with all that you intend.
As adults we carry with us false beliefs from the past that as children we learned to believe. A lot of that includes the things that we were taught was “wrong” with us and so the greatest rejection living with us today is the one to, and of, ourselves with these beliefs.
Listening to and softening our inner dialogue to embrace the perfection of all that we are, is a needed part of our daily practice. It is important to know ourselves to be whole and forgive ourselves, as well as revel in the quirky beauty that our inner child has to share.
Loving your inner child will support healing the darkest experiences by shining light on the beauty that was always there. This opens doorways that the Universe will support you with when you are willing to partner with it.
Living here is such an incredible reminder of what is possible in terms of creating and manifesting reflections of my heart’s desires and having the peace I feel within, mirrored to me. When I first saw this house, despite knowing we would be doing a complete internal demolish and remodel, I knew the footprint, its energy, the layout, and the essence of the land here was meant for us. I always felt the end result and not the process and the Faeries kept reiterating this to me with signs, messages, and to continue to trust even when challenges arose. They told me to be patient and they would handle the details, which they did and have.
Although we’re still in remodeling mode, the major work is starting to wind down and we’re beginning to see the fruits of our labor come together.
This includes the magick of the forest land we sit on and our expansive forest backyard.
Yesterday our contractors left early so we had opportunity just before sunset to do a short hike out back. All of the photos you see here are of this trail we took from our home.
We have a whole grid work of hiking/biking trails right off our deck and yesterday we discovered a new one, which was this big loop that takes us through the forest, across a creek, along it, then through meadows, and back into the woods and along a second creek that then returns us home.
It was gorgeous and the light of the day had an aura of golden glow that just lit everything up with enchantment.
Soon this whole area will be covered in thick blankets of snow and we’ll be able to wander to our heart’s content on snow shoes. Dave intends to try out cross country skiing too, which will be perfect here as well.
To have this as our backyard is just incredible. I would say “pinch me,” but I know I’m not dreaming.
It’s taken me nearly 45 years of my life to get here, but it’s been worth the work and wait. Couldn’t have happened at a better time and goes again to show you that all things have their divine alignments, as now is when this all means the most to me and supports the next phase of life I’m entering.
The landscape of my mind has been the canvas for painting dreams into being. I’ve long focused on remaining in that creative field of my imagination and heart, as I have come to understand this being the seeding to dreams coming true. When I release ideas of time pressures, conditions, outer world scare tactics, and how I think this has to look, I open to the expansive possibilities of what is in the highest good to manifest.
And now I find a dream coming to life, which creates new landscapes to imagine and create from. This new space feels perfect and fertile for the magnitude of creations I am continuing to seed in the Cosmic landscape of my mind and heart. So grateful for this land we get to call home.
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ~John Muir
Yesterday Dave and I had a great time outdoors doing something different. We decided to join a local event to learn about our alpine home we live in, here in Lake Tahoe, and how richly abundant it is with potent, magickal, and effective plant medicines. Since we spend tons of time in nature and especially out in the wild, we’ve been getting more and more into learning about foraging, edibles, and medicinal herbs and their benefits. Dave especially had gotten interested during our Magick Bus RV adventure, and had picked up a couple small booklets on foraging. He especially has loved learning how nearly every part of pine trees are edible and we’ve enjoyed munching on the citrusy pine needles, rich in vitamin C. So, the timing of a friend of ours here in Tahoe sharing about this event that took place yesterday was perfect and we signed up right away.
The event was called Bioregional Medicine: Medicinal Herbs of the Tahoe Sierra, which was taught and guided by Gina Woods. Gina is a clinical herbalist, ecologist, nutritionist, chef, educator, and proprietor of Woods Apothecary, which is a local wellness and botanical education center.
I found Gina to be extremely knowledgeable, her experiential class to be very thorough and informative, and her passion, love, and dedication to stewardship of our Earth, her commitment to sustainable development of ecological responsibility, leaving the smallest footprint possible, her devotion to the plants and plant medicine, and our local mountains, as well as her magickal insights and way of sharing to be both enjoyable and admirable.
I love how she helps people to connect to the Plant Spirits and to really create a relationship with them that will help you to connect more with the essence of yourself as a multi-dimensional and collective being.
She believes that when we connect more with the plants and the Earth, we will create a shift in our experience not only individually, but as a collective, bringing us back to natural harmony – something I share in feeling.
You can read more about Gina at the link I provided above, but if you don’t get a chance, I’m sharing some of that info here to provide some insight into her and her work.
Gina has over 20 years of experience as a holistic practitioner, clinical herbalist, Medicine maker, nutritionist, yoga and meditation instructor, massage therapist, birth worker, activist and various healing works, steeped in multicultural traditions. So she’s quite diverse in her offerings.
But yesterday was focused on plant medicine and truly connecting to the wild herbs and plants, as these really connect us to that part of us that we have forgotten, denied, suppressed, and/or fear.
While she does cultivate her own herbs and garden, she is very passionate about wild foraging and bringing some of the wild into your life through working with these plant medicines. I would have to agree, as there really is a potency to wild plants and this incredible frequency and connection that truly stimulates your very DNA in a way that brings you, too, back to your original nature and harmony.
In yesterday’s three-hour guided, outdoor experience, we learned about one ecosystem in a new area we haven’t explored yet, out in Meyers. (We’ll definitely be returning to do some foraging of our own, but also to hike the beautiful trail there to the waterfalls).
The event is one of three in a series that will explore three distinctly different ecosystems during the walks and guided experience.
You learn to positively identify and use the medicinal plants we find in our local bioregion, what each can be used for in terms of health, food, wellness, medicine, first aid, and magickal purposes.
It was a great group of 20 people who showed up (not including Gina), but including five children that joined as well.
Many of the participants have been working with herbs and plant medicine, so we got to hear some of their thoughts, as well as got insights from one of the people who showed up who is a botanist.
We learned about 20 different plant medicines she had planned for the day, plus a few extras she couldn’t help but talk about and add into our experience.
Dave and I split up our learning experience with him being the note taker and me photo documenting everything. This way we weren’t wasting time doubling up on tasks and worked well as a team. It will then provide us a good sheet of info for our own hiking/foraging with good photos of what each plant looks like so we know what we’re doing! 😉
We also got info on the best book to get for this area, which we’ll be doing so we can understand the plants of our area more and how to identify and work with them.
It was really enjoyable to sensually experience each of the plants we met more intimately. This included feeling them, visually taking their beauty in, listening to their energy/message, tasting their unique flavors, and smelling their fragrance.
I loved when Gina would get into the magickal and witchy stuff, enjoying her insights on how witches used things like Mugwort – I did end up taking some home and putting it under my pillow last night. 😉
I’m mostly just sharing photos of the experience, rather than every plant we learned about, so you can see what the day was like and perhaps if it speaks to you, you can find something local to you to join!