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Following the Emerald Bridge Road


We are involved in an evolutionary process of our human existence wherein the collective
consciousness has been moving through the energy centers of the Chakra system. By fully embracing Chakra Four, we find balance and the ability to propel into the next dimensions. Life is a continual, progressive opportunity. This Fourth (or Heart Chakra) lies center of the Chakra system and acts as integrator of the two polarities of body and spirit. It creates a bridge that merges and disintegrates all boundaries and allows us access to our true essence and the sharing of that with others.

In order to access its energy we need to create balance and harmony between all polarities, which is inclusive of all aspects that are represented by the active male and passive female archetypes (including the dual counterpart within each) within self and without; those of
light and shadow, mind and body, physicality and spirituality, conscious and
subconscious, harmony between races, and ecological balance. The focus is
that of integration. All aspects are essential and each an important tool in their own way, enabling us to honor, as a unit, the heart, body, mind and soul, Earth, and all of creation. The Collective Consciousness is at the brink of a paradigm shift that we are all a part of, but with awareness, can now actively take part in.

Cellular memories compel us to perpetuate repeated experiences until we have
learned to choose from a higher good and with a shift of perspective. Realizing
that change is necessary and embracing the process will help support guidance
into the higher frequencies of the energy centers within each Chakra, beginning
with the Heart (Fourth Chakra) – The Bridge. Or as I like to call it, the
“Emerald Bridge.”

It is through Universal Love, embracing the value and beauty of
creation in its many forms, and dispelling of fear that we can come together
and heal our Earth. Living consciously and compassionately for all of creation
is crucial so that we may realign with the Cosmos. Universal Love and Harmony is
needed to bring us to higher frequencies of being in the New Age that is upon us. The time is now with no further excuses. The time is now for dispelling of all fear and to remember. The time is now for coming together, for realizing your authenticity, and to see beyond the veil. The time is now for unconditional compassion at the deepest heart-core level.

“The greatest wisdom is in simplicity,” Mr Barrios advised before leaving Santa Fe. “Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.” Carlos Barrios is the author of Kam Wuj: El Libro del Destino, a book published in Spanish that explores Mayan teachings.

The Inspiration Behind Emerald Bridge:

In the human energy system, the source of powerful and creative, unconditional
love energy lies at the center of your chest in the Heart Chakra, or “Anahata,”
in Sanskrit. From its middle position as fourth in a system of seven chakras, it
is the balancing integrator of opposites (between body and spirit, male and
female, persona and shadow, ego and unity) and acts as an energetic “bridge”
between the lower and upper chakras. It is symbolized by a lotus of twelve
petals and the color green, with emerald as one of its associated gemstones. It
is from this place of peaceful centeredness that love emanates as divine power.

This journey of the heart was the inspiration behind creating a
compassionately conscious business that fuses visionary services and creations.
And so, Emerald Bridge was born to reflect and embody the divine and powerful
essence of the Heart Chakra and its integrative, healing synergy. It is my hope
for Emerald Bridge to also inspire today’s visionaries of the world. I believe in the importance of cultivating personal expressions of creative passion and actively manifesting visions into reality. I encourage you to take courageous steps in following your heart’s joy, and to shift into new realities of experience.

Emerald Bridge is an evolving business entity that melds visionary creativity, healing and heart with intention of cultivating authentic expression and bringing people together in joyful co-creation. The future of Emerald Bridge is continually evolving to encompass
new services, creations, offerings and events. To co-create, support, or share
ideas for collaborative projects, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Emerald Bridge - Logo Painting by Tania Marie (an artistic interpretation of the Heart Chakra energy)

Full Moon & the Mayan Moon Goddess – Opening Your Heart Even Wider


On this magickal Sagitarrius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, I wanted to honor the energies abound. So much is available for the embracing. Don’t forget to review your life – discard, release, and then with abundant love and creative inspiration, dream the new into being. A time for wondrous reflection and illumination. If you thought your heart was open enough, it’s time to open it even more! They say we don’t utilize the full capacity of our brains, but the same holds true for our hearts. Let us not forget this healing jewel we each have access to. At any moment we can choose greater, more compassionate, present, limitless love. And this full moon with its abundant Sagitarrian energy, supports this beautifully.

This eclipse is an opportunity to examine your belief systems (Sagittarius) and keep an open mind to new ideas (Gemini – the sign we’re in this month) that will help you to create new structures (Saturn) for the change and transformation that is to come  (Uranus/Pluto).  Yet your heart must remain open, because the work of the soul (Chiron/Neptune) is not yet complete. So enter into the journey of this eclipse free from fear and with a spirit  of adventure and curiosity and you will be on your way.

I am reminded of the Mayan Moon Goddess, Ix Chel, (synchronously that I have tattooed over my heart chakra on my back due to my Mayan, moon and rabbit connection, amongst other things, and in honor of the partnership with my dear departed bunny, Nestor) as I bask in this abundant, opportunistic energy and all that she embodies. Having Moon in Sagitarrius and being born on a full moon definitely makes today feel extra special for me personally, but collectively it is such a potent time of anchoring in what you desire.

Today, as I focus on a synergy of personal and collective healing and envisioning, creative painting, designing and Reiki, along with some other intentful manifesting, I feel my heart set aglow with her loveliness. Remember to dream bigger than ever before with intent for the highest good.

For those of you not familiar with Ix Chel, here is a description for you.

Ix Chel: The Mayan Moon Goddess or “Lady of the Rainbow.” The Mayans, like Buddhists, associated the moon with rabbits. Ix Chel is a shape-shifter, consorting with the rabbit in
spring, as the rabbit is considered the scribe of the moon calendar. She is often depicted holding a rabbit in her arms, a symbol of her life giving abundance and fertility, whose profile can be seen on the face of the moon. She is the Mayan Goddess of creativity (as inspiration for artists), magic, weaving, health, healing, sexuality, childbirth, and the
energy of all water-our most essential life giving ingredient. The Mayan stepped pyramid is Ix Chel’s mountain where she reigns as the feathered serpent energy of transformation.

Ix Chel Statue Depiction

Butterfly Messengers – Ancestors of Wisdom for the Now


This is a time of remembering. The time to experience the mystery of life in its reality. A time to allow and embrace all that is in your heart to come forth, putting aside fears and drawing forth your soul’s authentic voice to commune with those of others in symphony. The butterfly is a beautiful and powerful example for us to learn from. So much of the answers we seek are present in the miracles that are all around us as gifts from Mother Earth. We need only to look with our hearts and be consciously present to receive.

In a previous post, I shared a little bit about the Mayan Hunab Ku symbol, also known as the One Giver of Movement and Measure and the Galactic Butterfly (my favorite description). I wanted to explain its symbolism a little further and its connection to the now, as well as its butterfly connection. To the Mayans, butterflies are seen as ancestors returning for a visit to physicality, and part of that return is to support the shifts in consciousness by bringing back the wisdom, integrated into the now, for a return to natural harmony.

Again, this symbol (Hunab Ku) is said to represent all consciousness that has ever existed in this galaxy: all our physical ancestors including human, animal, reptile, fish, shell fish, plants, as well as the consciousness which organized all of the raw material from a whirling disk into stars, then planets, and solar systems. It’s meaning is so huge that the original Maya had no symbol for this. In their civilization it was like having no name for God. Just knowing the concept was good enough. Later this pattern was devised by Toltec or Zapatec weavers as a pattern for blankets and this is where Jose Arguelles came across it. He called it Hunab Ku. The indigenous peoples call it “The Galactic Butterfly.”
 
This symbol is very powerful, as it broadcasts one’s reaching to actively join the consciousness of our galaxy. The Maya taught that the Milky Way Galaxy is the generator of life. The architect of the universe is called Hunab Ku, The Absolute Being, The Center of the Galaxy, The Universal Dynamism, which stimulates and motivates life in its total manifestation of spirit and matter. The principle of intelligent energy that pervades the entire universe. Hunab Ku is understood to transmit radiant energy information through stars which serve as lenses to transmit energies to planets. Our Sun is the chief mediator of Hunab Ku for our planetary system, the lens by which Earth receives direct galactic information. The pulsations of Hunab Ku are understood as a language of codes and energies recorded in the form of the Tzolkin, a universal harmonic module accommodating every possible permutation of Hunab Ku, also known as the Sacred Calendar. Numerically, Hunab Ku is communicated as the union of numbers 13 and 20, which represent movement and measure, energy and form, spirit and soul.

Hunab Ku, who can see and understand everything, knows that the time for the great change has come. We will complete a 26,000 year cycle, according to the calender on 12/21/12 – not the end of the world, but the beginning of a new experience of life as we have never known. A new cycle has already begun and life as we know it is evolving continuously and rapidly. A cycle that calls us to realign with the cosmos, which can provide essential energy needed to live together harmoniously and with honor for our Mother Earth. We are not separate from anything or anyone. These are the times in which all races, from all directions, must come together in harmony and unity. The Hearts of All Beings are connected. It is impossible to be disconnected.

Many indigenous peoples of the New World hold butterflies in a special place in their culture and butterfly motifs were used everywhere including ceramics, stone carvings, mural paintings, codices, feather work, wood carvings, and gold ornaments. They appear not only in pure form, but in many highly stylized renditions, sometimes so abstract that they were frequently misinterpreted by pioneer archaeologists.

Xochiquetzal, symbolized by a Mayan mythological butterfly, was called “precious flower” and regarded as a mother goddess, goddess of love, goddess of flowers, as patron of all fine arts, as the symbol of beauty, as the symbol of fire, as a symbol of the spirits of the dead, as the patron of domestic laborers and as the patron of warriors killed in battle.

Itzpapalotl, the Aztec “obsidian butterfly,” was a mother goddess, goddess of obsidian and knives, of human sacrifice and of war, the personification of the Earth, the patron of women who died in childbirth and more.

Massive figures of warrior-priests (about 15 feet high) have breastplates decorated with a butterfly motif. Along with the snake, the butterfly was one of the most frequently represented animals of Ancient Mexico that held deeply religious symbolism. Butterflies represented fire, soul, death, warriors, travelers, and hummingbirds. They were a component of many poems and songs.

The butterfly has come to mean many things to many people, collectively and individually. Some of its symbolism includes: resurrection, transition, celebration, lightness, time, soul, transformation, joy, unquestioning embrace, keeping the faith, grace…

I celebrate the beauty of the butterfly, recognizing it’s rich spirituality and honoring it as I would myself. For, if butterflies are said to carry the souls of our ancestors, then isn’t it quite possible that all creatures, great and small, possess the essence of intelligence beyond what we are presently conscious of? We have much to remember.

Nature has so much beauty to behold and the butterfly is an exquisite example of the precious miracle of life.

Mayan Vision Serpent – Integrating Physical & Spiritual


Prompted by dreams of portals and moving in and out of magickal experiences and processes, I was reminded of the Mayan Vision Serpent, that became a prevalent and potent symbol in my life. Symbolism can help to trigger us to remember, as well as potently encapsulates the essence of something bigger that is limited through mere words or explanation. They can help us to tune in consciously and act as portal keys to walk through and into new experiences we desire,

Mayan Vision Serpent

and that await.

Integration is key to healing on every level. The Ancients knew this and now we are remembering that which was once known. The Mayan Vision Serpent was believed to be a direct link between the spirit realm of the gods and the physical world. It is often depicted with the spirit of a god or ancestor emerging from its jaws. According to the Maya, it is the axis atop the World Tree, which lies at the center of the Universe. This center axis, which the two create, communicates between the spiritual and the earthly worlds or planes. They create a doorway to the spiritual world, where one can access their innate power and integrate it into their physical experience.

To the Maya, serpents were a very important social and religious symbol. In Maya mythology, these revered serpents are described as the vehicles by which celestial bodies, such as the sun and stars, cross the heavens. The shedding of their skin made them a symbol of rebirth and renewal – a means by which we constantly regenerate, as we walk through one doorway of experience to the next.

The Earth experience is one of learning to consciously integrate physical and spiritual into an abundantly limitless, joyful, creative, magickal and unconditionally loving manifestation. 

 

Hunab Ku: The Galactic Butterfly


Hunab Ku has been a prevalent part of my life since my synchronous reconnection with it in my early twenties, now over 15 years ago. I was drawn to it through rememberance and connective threads by following messages, intuition, signs and guidance received. I then incorporated it into my own “Spiritual Skin” as sacred tattoo art on my sacrum (my 2nd tattoo after the butterfly, which was my first). And, later, it was integrated into one of my paintings, the fifth and last of my In Lak’ech series called “Spirit.” It is part of my life in many ways and the core basis of what I share in message through my work. Its potency of symbolism and message is simplistically beautiful.

Mayan Hunab Ku Symbol: One Giver of Movement and Measure. Also known as the Galactic Butterfly is said to represent all consciousness that has ever existed in this galaxy. Hunab Ku, who can see and understand everything, knows that the time for the great change has come. Hunab Ku calls us to realign with the cosmos, which can provide essential energy needed to live together harmoniously and with honor for our Mother Earth. We are not separate from anything or anyone. These are the times in which all races, from all directions, must come together in harmony and unity. The Hearts of All Beings are connected. It is impossible to be disconnected.

Mayan Hunab Ku Symbol: The Galactic Butterfly - Image from "Spirit" painting as my artistic interpretation.

The Rabbit’s Magician ~ Behind the Smoke and Mirrors ~ A Little Alchemy For 2011


Happy Chinese New Year of the Magical Rabbit! As I sit here reflecting on the many things going on for me presently that tie into what rabbit years are about, I’m reminded of the synchronous and timely unfoldings taking place. The Year of the Rabbit holds many positive and supportive energies to be excited about. Look forward to more calm, peace, diplomacy, creativity, artistic expression, developing & birthing new projects, consistent ambition, good communication, solid, steady growth and endurance and luck and ease of financial flow. In honor of the Rabbit and my dear little ones, Nestor (my magical soul mate whom passed 3 years ago and whose birthday was just 2 days ago synchronously) and Joy (my new little lop earred friend and healing companion whom Nestor brought into my life), I’d like to share this article I wrote about how we too can embrace the “magician within”:

 

Our fascination with “magic” conjures up visions of mystique and intrigue that we seem to long for in our lives. History and stories of lore have mystified and enchanted us, continually tantalizing our desires to quench that unnerving thirst for a bit of the miraculous. Modern day magicians continue their predecessors’ practice of illusionary entertaining, satisfying our need to believe in something more; our need for a bit of mystery and a taste of the exotic. This desire and quest for the power of magic has spanned the ages, leaving us now with aspirations to capture some of that sparkle in the here and now. From the hierophants of ancient Egypt to the alchemists of the Middle Ages, from the Mayan high priests, to the Celtic druids, whether medicine men, sorcerers, or wizards of legend and fairy tale, these workers of wonders and miracles have left their mark beyond the world of their day. And let us not forget the high priestesses and druidesses, prophetesses and witches, medicine women and shamans, and our beautiful fairy queens. Magic has no gender. It also has no boundaries. And yet, who are these magicians, these conjurers of enchantment? Are they truly something for us to dream about and place in awe, as we project an omniscient quality onto that which seemingly is outside of ourselves? Or is there more to this “magician thing” than meets the eye? And what about that rabbit?

Actually, aren’t we all wanting simply to lead more of a so-called “charmed life?” It seems the desire to be magicians of our experiences and masters of our destinies is one we all share. Some people seem to naturally emanate a magical quality and we can see it in that sparkle from their eyes, that glow of an aura they exude, the way whatever they touch in their path seems to light up, almost like pixie dust that traverses any room they enter. And then some of us simply need to realize that if we can see in others such miracles of wonder, then we are closer to it than we think. Those of this nature merely mirror our own inner magician–the one whom we can call upon to cast our own magical spells of enchantment whenever we so choose. We just have yet to realize that magic is simply our innate art of creative power. Recognize it, exercise it, utilize it, and what do you know, “abracadabra,” you have yourself the ingredients for some home-made magic stew!

Speaking of “abracadabra,” let’s turn back the page to our friend the rabbit and the meaning of this most inane word. I think we’ve been missing something. Here is what Magic Words: A Dictionary, by Craig Conley has to say:

“There is profound meaning in the clichéd image of a magician pulling a rabbit out of an empty hat with the magic word abracadabra. The magician is speaking an ancient Hebrew phrase that means ‘I will create with words.’ He is making something out of nothing, echoing that famous line from Genesis: ‘Let there be light, and there was light,’ only in this case the light is a white rabbit and perhaps a flash of fire. The magic word, whether it be abracadabra or another of the magician’s choosing, resonates with the audience because there is an instinctive understanding that words are powerful, creative forces. ‘The word has always held an ancient enchantment for humans,’ says scholar Ted Andrews. ‘It hints of journeys into unseen and unmapped domains.'”

Enough said I think. Magic is a primitive power of creation through whatever means we use. Things take on magical qualities because of the energy we give it and the belief we put behind it. The power of language, personal meanings, and symbols enlighten and inspire us to create pure wonder and awe whenever they are spoken, connected with, or simply seen, worn, or held in our experience. We are the masters of projecting ourselves and our power onto everything around us, not realizing the magic skeleton key to everything we desire was always there within us. That’s not to say we shouldn’t have personal talismans and symbols or enchanting words in our lives. Sometimes the simple joy of that projection can help us to connect more deeply with ourselves and the collective around us, seeing and understanding how we are all so similar, all sharing the experience of the wonder of the world and all the beauty it holds for us each to see in it, the mirror of our own magical essence.

Symbols are beautiful and powerful things. The Egyptians carried amulets and magic figurines and Greeks sought out priests called Oracles. Alchemists searched to discover magical substances to turn lead into gold, cure disease, and extend life. We all need to believe in a bit of magic, yet the elixir of life is simply believing in you.

It is our friend the rabbit who holds all the magician’s answers to his, her, OUR projected magic. And we come to see how the rabbit is the true key to the magician’s power. Embrace and become your own inner rabbit and you too will discover an enchanted world of your own creation.

*Dedicated to, and inspired by, Nestie aka Nestor. Love is magic and I know no greater magic than the love between myself and my very own rabbit, Nestor, who has shown me the meaning of the Rabbit’s Magician and beyond.

 

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