June 6, 2007

Due to software glitches to my Movable Type blog and host server at my Spiral Visions domain I am in the process of setting up this “Transitions Blog” as a back up of my archived blog entries before I attempt an upgrade that may turn out to be a disaster. After I finish reposting all my important posts here for safe keeping I may decide to begin from scratch and have the MT tech service install a spanking new blog and go from there… I am in a “purging” mode in more than one area of my life right now, so why should my blog be any different? Anyway… I’ve got some work to do.


Today’s Featured Blog Carnival: Carnival of Healing

May 29, 2007

Blog Carnival has chosen the Carnival of Healing as Today’s Featured Carnival. As of today the Blog Carnival indexes 1711 carnivals, including 210 new carnivals that have been added in the past 30 days.

Here are few carnival upstarts that sound promising:

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I Love You Daddy!

May 28, 2007

Father's Day

This photo is my entry for the Father’s Day Photo Contest posted at Finding Joy in the Morning. If you click on the photo you will be able to see the orignal photo I scanned. I cropped the photo and created a border using copy and paste cut outs from the actual wallpaper from the original. The photo is of me and my father taken in 1955. This is the only photo I have of just my dad and me when I was a toddler. My plan is to print it out and create a card to send him next month for Father’s Day. I have some special memories of my Dad. He taught me how to tie my shoes, ride my bike, shoot hoops, and how to jump rope. He tried to teach me how to pitch a softball…. but I never quite got the hang of that. As much as I thought I was a tomboy, I may just have been a bit too girly to toss a ball very far afield.
Ten Life Lessons I Learned From My Father

A Gypsy’s Dream

May 26, 2007

holistic healingYesterday I ordered this print from –Gypsy Moon – I’m in the process of decorating my computer room, and since I’m stuck deciding between two colors, either a “green tea” shade or an “iced tea” orangey color I thought this print will look nice hung up on the wall whichever hue I choose. Is “whichever” one word or two – “which ever” ? Either way… It’s a cool print!

A Gypsy’s Dream

Wrapped warmly in the burnished coat of the tiger,
Protected, safe in his strong but indifferent embrace,
Her eternal spirit drifts upwards without notice
To soar above the sky and beyond,
Within and without the known continents of space and time
And some unknown, yet untravelledrealms.
Bounding off celestial citadels,
Guided by the stars and the eroded paths
Of those who dreamed these places before,
She dares to enter the next one proudly,defiantly.
“When is this time? Where is this place?”
She sees, as a gypsy reads her tattered cards,
Through darkest portals that open wide
Onto horizons far out of reach
But magnificent in her searching mind’s eye.
She flits about, this moth for the light,
From life to life,
From one lonely shore to another
Somewhere, somewhen more distant in space and time,
Forever beseeching the Seers of Then and Now
Who contradict and utter sacred verse obscure,
Tempt her with puzzles and purses of gold,
Then gravely stare in stoic silence,
Unmoved by her passion and wondrous kit of charms
Determined, she stands upon the pinnacle
Of their sublime, ethereal world,
Glimpsing shadows and thrilling by what lay ahead.
Reborn, her flesh exudes a bold blind innocence
And all the while clutching weakly
At her dangerous, impartial earthbound guardian.
Let it go! Throw off this feline shroud!
Stand naked, shivering before the altar,
Brilliant in your glowing sunlit whiteness
And dare to ask:
“Why was I granted this unlikely life?
To what end will it serve, what good?”
Infinite choices have we, or so it seems,
Yet vaguely does she know now as before
That only just to seek within herself,
To turn that wandering, wondering eye around,
Fling wide the shutters of that inner window
And peer intently through the fog beyond,
The answers are awaiting.
The answers are awaiting…

Copyright ©1995 “A Gypsy’s Dream” written by Joseph C. Désy, All rights reserved

Ten Ways To Grow Your Spirit

May 24, 2007

Growing Your Spirit In A Physical Body

1. Embrace Your Talents

Recognize and further develop your intelligence and special gifts. Our talents are signifiers that lead us toward our unique paths. Follow your passion and you will soon discover where you fit in this world. When we squelch innate yearnings we lose our way.

2. Tie Up Loose Ends

Unresolved issues eat away at us emotionally and mentally. Tackle troubling things that need dealt with and put them to rest. In the meanwhile, learn not to allow future problems to be ignored. Our wounds fester when they are not attended to in a timely manner. Realize that buried problems always surface eventually. Dealing with difficulties as they arise rather than hiding from them is the best route.

3. Be Responsible In Your Relationships

Turn away from the “blame game” when it comes to addressing problems in your relationships. Be honest about the things that you have said or done that harmed the relationship. Own up to your own failures. Focus on changing your defeating patterns rather than expecting changes from the other person.

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Moses and Reiki

April 23, 2007

Earth Day was a breezy, almost balmy, one for us yesterday. Our wind chime on the front porch was sounding especially beautiful. We normally plant something in celebration of Earth Day and this year was no different. This year my husband planted a Burning Bush, he named “Moses” in the back yard next to the cedar (named Reiki) we planted a a few years ago. We also planted a couple of elder-berry bushes which we named “Joe and Phyl” after the two of us… a joke on us for feeling a bit elderly at times. I also organized some of our recycle bins that were overflowing and had been begging for my attention. Oh, and now that the warmer season allows me to, I hung up a couple of loads of laundry on the line outdoors, thus saving the enegy that the clothes dryer would have used up. What did you do for Earth Day yesterday?

Crystal Children

March 28, 2007

This crystal story is also published in Sacred Stones: How the Power of the Earth Can Change Your Life, a delightful collection of stories gathered by Maril Crabtree on the magical properties of rocks.

Crystal Children

Stones that make their way into our lives are similar to the newborns mothers give birth to. These hardened pebbles and crystal formations are children that wish for us to temporarily care for them. During the period of time that they are in our possession they offer us lessons. Not unlike a new baby, each new stone brings its unique energies into our space. These various energies challenge us to explore areas within our lives that require expansion. A particular stone may challenge your viewpoints, another stone will expand your horizons, and yet another will stretch your creativity, and so on. Ultimately, all gemstones help to promote personal growth in us one way or another.

When the purpose or lesson that a stone offered has been realized the stone will often move along to another place or into the hands of another person. You may discover that you have misplaced a favorite stone that had become a good friend, or you will feel an urgency to give away a particular stone to another person. This is the way of stones, they belong to no one forever. Although we may feel sad when we lose a cherished stone, it is natural for stones to leave us when the appropriate time has come. This is also true of our children. We are their caretakers only for a few short years. At some point, if we have done our parental jobs right children will eventually grow wings and venture out on their own. Each child will develop at his or her own speed when making strides out into the world

I have been enormously blessed in motherhood. I gave birth to three beautiful children, two sons and a daughter. The years they were under my care to nurture and love are very precious to me. I continue to have close relationships with my children, but our relationships are continuously evolving. Their needs are very different now from when they were very small.

A few years ago I was taking a nature walk along a worn pathway near the beach while vacationing in the Caribbean. Low in the bushes I spied a small bird nest. The nest was empty and I instinctively knew that it was there waiting for me. This small now-abandoned nest symbolized the empty nest experiences that I had been struggling with at that time. I gently picked up the nest and wrapped it in some tissues and tucked it carefully inside my beach bag to carry home with me.

That nest was not meant to be empty for long. Soon afterwards I came to possess three egg-shaped gemstones that I have since gently placed inside the hollow of the nest. I feel that each stone is in small ways representative of the children who no longer depend on my constant care. The largest blue stone is a chrysocolla, the medium-sized stone is an orange calcite is and the smallest is a black and white speckled stone known as a snowflake obsidian. The energies and properties in each of these stones is as varied and unique as the characteristics and personalities of my three children. Some days when my thoughts are filled of my children I will hold these three child-stones cupped inside the palms of my hands for a few minutes Other times, I will scoop up only one of the stones and hold it individually as my mind wanders in the direction of one son or daughter. Feeling the warmth and vibrational energies of these stones inside my hands reminds me how I am forever energetically-connected with my children, never mind that they are not always in my physical presence.

Perhaps one day I’ll have grandchildren to love and pamper. If I do it would not surprise me if more egg-shaped grandchild-stones representing their essences will find their way to me. If this happens I’ll happily tuck them alongside these three child-stones in my not-so-empty nest.

Copyright © 2004 – Phylameana lila Désy

Blog Mania – Spreading My Wings

March 4, 2007

I’ve been thinking about giving my Spiral Visions Web site and Blog a redesign for quite awhile now. It is always good to shed your old skin and start afresh. We have a corn snake named “Naja” whose colors are always the most vibrant after her shedding. That is what I have in mind, something lively and vibrant!

However, I realize that a redesign is going to take some work. Redesigning takes a bit more work than starting from scratch afterall.

For now I put the redesign on the backburner. Instead I thought I would spread out my wings and explore some other areas. I’ve been busily sprucing up my Everything Reiki and Chakracises Web sites.

chakras Reiki

guppiesAnother fun and brand new net venture I’m teaming up with my baby sister on is the Web site Guppy Love. We are celebrating children, love, and the love of guppies. I think having this colorful and playful site to play with her on will help balance my work routine. I don’t play nearly enough!

All three of these sites have new WordPress blogs associated with them. They are all in the newbie stages… but it’s exciting to have new projects in the works. I want to share my excitement. Enjoy!

Carnival of Healing #70: 360 Degrees of Wellness

January 27, 2007

The Carnival of Healing is a weekly round-up of blogs across the Internet featuring information about healing, self empowerment, and spirituality.

This week at About Holistic Healing I posted Six Steps From Dis-ease To Living Better which is a basic outline of how I approach healing illness. Returning to wellness from an illness is coming “full circle.” When reviewing the assortment of carnival submissions this week, I felt a strong sense of community with my blogger partners. So many of us ( healers, teachers, counselors, coaches, etc.) are each doing our part in helping others make the turns necessary to complete their 360 degree illness-to-wellness journeys. This circular path is well trodden.


Maria Yu announces her new Web site Chalk on the Sidewalk featuring inspirational quotes.

Debra Moorhead posts The Daffodil Principal: You Can Change the World, One Day, One Task at a Time.

Kimberly Pirtle, Uncover Your Bliss posts Gratitude giving three examples why feeling gratitude can be difficult. She also gives six easy steps to help train us to use gratitude as a daily practice.

Chris, Martial Development, posts, Cultivating Happiness with the Secret Smile , outlining a six-step smile meditative technique.

Self Analysis / Self Empowerment

Edward Mills, Evolving Times, posts Improve The Quality Of Your Life By Mastering Your Attention where he writes about feeling split between wanting to be involved in two activities at the same time and struggling with staying focused. Anyone who has ever felt fragmented or unfocused will be able to relate to Ed’s experience.

Patricia, A Better You Blog, posts 7 Ways You May Unknowingly Mess Up Your Life – Patricia advises “Become aware of what influences you and how you make decisions, and become a better you.”

Andrea Dickson, Wise Bread, posts, Can I Conquer My Vanity for the Sake of My Sanity?, a revealing post about her fear of being frugal and guilt from acquiring debt

Coaching and Counseling

Erek Ostrowski, Verve Coaching, posts Slimming and Slogging helping a woman who has reached a plateau in her weight loss program to set some new goals and effectively to become happy regardless if she loses more weight or not.

TherapyDoc, Linda Freedman, Everyone Needs Therapy, posts Divorce no divorce-your kid sharing a case study of a nine year old girl of divorced parents in family therapy.

Motivational Speaker, Craig Harper posts A Successful Failure using his own professional journey as an example of creating something “amazing” in our lives. He says “… that failure is a crucial ingredient in the Personal Development journey. Show me a person who’s never failed and I’ll show you a person who’s never done anything.”

Aging and Youthful Living

Robert N. Seitz’s article, Must We Grow Old?, submitted by Sean J. Vaughan

Raymond David Salas, Zen Chill, posts Secret of The Fountain of Youth based on practicing the Five Tibetan Rites.

Healing The Body

Paula Gregorowicz, Coaching4Lesbians, posts What Does Your Body Say? She asks “Do you listen to your body regularly or have you been estranged from it since childhood?”

Cindy Heppard, Wisdom of Healing, posts Free Yourself from Eczema and Psoriasis recommending a liver-detoxing program.

Spike, Organize It, posts New Years Detox: A Rethink focusing on cutting out tea, coffee, and sodas, switching to healthier choices such as water, fruit juices and smoothies.

Aparna posts home remedies for indigestion

Baiguai, Kung Fu Artistry, posts, Beating Sore Muscles – Some pointers for minimizing muscle soreness or damage after extremely intense training or workout sessions. A brief list of herbal liniments and simple steps that can really help.

Mental and Emotional Health

Shaheen Lakhan, Brain Blogger, posts Mental Illness – It’s Not Talked About comparing mental “pain” to crunching on peanuts with an abscessed tooth.

Last week the carnival was hosted at OptimistLab.
Next week (February 3) our carnival host will be Wisdom of Healing.

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Affirmative Project, Reflections and Resolutions

January 1, 2007

from Phylameana lila Desy
Healing Matters: Reflections and Resolutions

It’s that time once again when we reflect on events of the passing year and prepare to turn to a fresh page as a new year begins. I’ve been a tad cynical about making New Year resolutions at times. The new year will unfurl whether we are ready or not so why attempt to resolve anything? I would not bother to make any resolutions, content to just let life come at me. I’m a relatively good dodger. “BRING IT ON” would be my mantra to taunt the new year. However, in recent years I’ve come to realize that I don’t have to be a moving target dodging spit balls life throws at me. I can choose how to react to things that are unpleasant by looking at them differently, or by not focusing on them as being negatives.

My 2007 New Year’s Resoultion: “I resolve to live in a more affirmative light in the coming year.”

I think I do that pretty well anyway but there is always room for improvement. To get the ball rolling, beginning January 1st I will be posting daily blog entries throughout the month to get myself in the groove of living in the affirmative and attracting positives into my life. I will also catalog my daily Affirmative Project posts. Getting better organized is also part of my being more positive resolution.

What is the Affirmative Project?

The Affirmative Project is my personal 31 day “intention” to give my 2007 New Year’s Resolution a kick-start.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

Namaste Affirmative Project: Day 1
Applying the “Law of Attraction” and plugging into the positive. I will employ the Law of Attraction to draw positives my way. The thing is, the Law of Attraction works regardless if I consciously apply it or not. The trick is to attract positives NOT NEGATIVES! We attract all things according to our actions, thoughts, and attitudes. Like attracts like. If I am grumpy or feeling unsatisfied, I will attract people and situations into my life with similar attitudes. If I hate my job, then every chore becomes a burden. But, if I focus on the positives, life can be cake topped with lots of frosting. Sweet!

  Featured Holistic Healer: Robin Hanseth, M.A.
Robin’s psychological counseling services are focused on assisting people on their journey in life. She specializes in helping individuals overcome problems such as depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma and grief. She feels it is important to create a warm, genuine, and trusting relationship with her clients in order for growth to occur.

Joy, Peace, Renewal
Carnival of Healing #66: Joy, Peace, Renewal awaits your visit. This week’s carnival host, Hueina Su, leads the carnival caravan as it leaves 2006 behind and gears up for the new year. Whether you are wanting to reflect on the past year or embark on new joys awaiting you in 2007 this carnival has something for you.

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