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Lions and tigers and BEARS…oh my!

Bear Necklace

I attended the wonderful Unity Church in Santa Fe for the first time last Sunday and not only knew immediately that I would return, but also had it lead me to things and people I needed to be led to already.  For example, there is a fellow medium there named Tom Newman who Rev. Brendalyn wanted to introduce me to last Sunday, but I was late for another meeting and needed to rush off.  I’ve emailed him and we hope to chat this coming Sunday.  His bio is super appealing on his site.

Then I found out that Unity was hosting a visit from Rama Inacio (who mentioned tonight he’s changed his name to Joshua after spirit’s urging following a bad car crash in January…something I could relate to).  When I saw his offering tonight titled “Sound, Alchemy & Your Divine Blueprint” … and that it was only $25 …. I felt a strong urge to go.  Many years ago at the Spiritualist Chapel of the Flowers in Van Nuys, CA, a British medium friend of mine named Eveliani Gilbert (Evelyn Chaneske) gave me the message that “you will be healed by sound”.  I still clearly recall how hearing Tibetan monks in Taos in 1998 do throat singing made my whole body vibrate and tingle.  Because I’ve been in a health crisis since April 11, 2018 with the horrendous worsening of my already bad head and neck pain, I wanted to see what Joshua’s sound healing evening would do.

Anyway, the session with Joshua tonight was LOVELY.  He used a gong and didgeridoo to clear us of negative energy, then he had us do toning, and then he used crystal bowls mixed with his own voice to reconnect us to Source.  I tingled almost nonstop, especially in my painful head and neck.  At times, it got really strong.  In fact, now back at home, I’m still having intermittent tingling in my head.  The sounds I was exposed to tonight clearly did something to my entire body and energy field.  It was palpable.  And I got REALLY tired.  I recall exhaling dramatically about 3 times like I was releasing something.

But what prompted this post was the BEAR.

Earlier today I hiked the Rio en Medio trail up to the pretty waterfalls in one of my favorite areas, Tesuque.  (Posted pictures and videos on Instagram.  Do a search for #rioenmedio and you should find my stuff.)  About 1/2-2/3 of the way to the waterfalls, this woman with 3 dogs told me that someone had spotted a black bear today, so I should be on the alert.  Now, that affected me during the hike, but I wasn’t consciously thinking of it tonight at Unity.

Anyway, when Joshua was toning the didgeridoo around my head tonight, I got this quick clairvoyant flash of the face of a bear.  It felt significant but I didn’t really know what it could mean.  Now, during my first trip to Taos in 1998, while talking to a Taos Pueblo woman about how I’d lost a beloved dreamcatcher earring in the Taos Ski Valley and was upset, but had this feeling I’d exchanged with the mountain and that now my dreams were planted and would come true (I’d taken a rock from the mountain beforehand)…she told me to stay put while she went into a back room.  She came out with a turquoise bear pendant.  She gave it to me saying that although I was white on the outside, I was her people on the inside.  She specifically gave me a bear because she knew I lived in California at the time and bears are protectors of the West.  That was seriously the best compliment I’ve ever received.  I was crushed when, during my home’s 2012 burglary by 2 loser sisters, my bear pendant was taken.  It seems that everything I love gets taken away by burglaries, muggings, etc. 😦

Thankfully, the bears necklace pictured above was somehow NOT stolen during the burglary.  When I moved away from Los Angeles in 2005 or 2008, a friend named Sherye gave me this necklace as a going away present…not knowing about my prior bear gift.  She was drawn to the bears for me.  In fact, as I took the necklace out to photograph it tonight, she showed up quickly in spirit to say hello…signalling me with a dolphin.  (Her guide was a dolphin named Namu.)

I decided to Google bears tonight to learn more about what they stand for in Native American tradition and others…and…WOW.  Reading this site gave me the chills.  It’s so eerily spot on I’m speechless.

http://www.spiritanimal.info/bear-spirit-animal/

Then I found more information that makes sense for my life here.

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/spirit-totem-power-animal-meanings/mammals/bear-symbolism-meaning/

All I can say is that changes are happening and I’m being called to move in a different direction with my life.  That bears represent women shamans and healing is not an accident.

Bear medicine-ly yours,

Atheria

P.S. Joshua is taking a group to see John of God in Brazil in November.  I want to go SO bad!  But, it’s too pricey for me with all my medical bills.  I have wanted to visit John of God for healing for years.

Shamanic Healing Session

I just happened (yeah, riiiiight…just HAPPENED) to grab a free magazine in Taos Ski Valley on the 23rd of March that listed healers, MDs, chiropractors, etc. in the Taos area.  While flipping through it, a one page ad shared by two Native American grandmothers (that term was significant to me because of a dream I had in September of 2016) jumped out at me.  I was very drawn to write to both of them about my dream, that clearly felt beyond being a normal dream…that it was a message from spirit.  Both women very kindly replied, but Sandra’s message to me hit my heart hard.  My soul knew she was right, although my ego fought what she told me.  I decided to have a shamanic healing session with her today, and it was powerful.  I’m so thankful I’ve been led to her.  She is a truly lovely soul.

I have to admit, during the shamanic healing session, I started to get concerned about how much energy from her it seemingly used.  (I later learned that healing sessions don’t drain her at all, but actually fill her with energy.)  From an outsider’s standpoint, you’d think she’d be exhausted at the end, but, nope!  From the moment I walked into her lovely hogan, I started to feel the tingling of spirit.  During the session, I definitely felt a lot of tingling, especially at the back of my head and neck…where I have major damage that causes my constant migraine and neck pain for 22.5 years (as of today).  I had some involuntary muscle movement, and twice I felt a very sharp (knife like) pain at the base of my skull on the right hand side (my damage is more on the right than left) and on the right side of the base of my neck.  This did not scare me at all.  I actually took it as a good sign that spirit was doing a type of psychic surgery on me.

During the session, I picked up a name that was very distinct.  At first I brushed it off as nothing, but later, it came back again…urgently.  So, when the session was over, I asked Sandra if XXXXX (not posting it) meant something to her, and it definitely did…causing her to get the chills.  I was honored to be able to give her something in return for all that she gave me today.  She cleared out a lot of gunk in my chakras and energy body (not shocking that I was full of gunk) and did soul retrieval work on me.  At least 3 chunks of my soul had taken off and needed to be called back.  Interestingly, I learned that anytime you are put under general anesthesia, there is a risk of having your soul vamoose.  As one anesthesiologist told me a while ago, “Anesthesia is CONTROLLED DEATH.”  That’s actually true.  You have to be made unconscious enough to not feel the surgery, but not so unconscious you die.  Sandra explained that sometimes being so close to death kind of confuses your soul and it’s easy to have some of it wander off.  Now, I’m waaaaay oversimplifying what she explained, but you get the drift.

Immediately after the session today, my headache was BAD.  But, that is typical.  Whenever I’ve had any kind of treatments done on my head/neck, at first the pain is worse due to it being aggravated.  I know that movement of energy happened today, so I was not alarmed by my pain level being up.  In fact, hours later, the pain is lowering again.  It’s hard to explain, but I feel lighter right now.  I feel a shift in a good way.  I’m curious to see if anything happens during my sleep…which is definitely possible.  Any changes that will stem from today’s session may be gradual.

Because she’d not asked permission to bring forth my spirit animal, she didn’t do that today.  But, I would definitely like to get another session to have her do that.  It can be very empowering to meet and really bond with your spirit animal guardian.  In a meditation years ago where I was to meet my main spirit guide, I also saw a gorgeous black jaguar.  And, I had mountain lions/cougars show up in an Albuquerque healing session years ago, and in photos of me in Carmel, CA.  (I also had a medicine wheel show up in one Los Angeles hiking picture!)  So, I do suspect my spirit animal is a big cat of some sort.

If you are in the Taos/Arroyo Hondo area of New Mexico and want to have a great shamanic healing session, I would highly recommend Sandra “Sandy” Chestnutt of Earth Walk Medicine.

Blessings,

Atheria

Butterflies, 333, spirits, and magnetics

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These are earrings I’ve not worn in quite a while but got a “random” urge to put on this a.m.  Remember this pair of butterfly earrings as it’ll become important later.  Also, word of warning to males readers…there are female issues in this post.  Ha!

I had a male friend years ago who found it amusing that I not only believe in signs…I KNOW there are signs for us from the Other Side that we need to pay attention to.  A great psychic mentioned in a book I read a while back that anything you notice during the day is a message.  Not everyone notices the same things.  Whatever catches your eye, you need to pay attention to.  Well, my ex friend loved to say to me, “Gotten any messages on the side of a bus lately?”  I laughed it off, but it did get to be annoying.

Many weeks ago I had volunteered to help out at the Earth Day street event in Albuquerque and work at a vegan outreach booth.  So, I drove down to the Nob Hill area in Albuquerque this morning, where I had a really great day handing out Tofurkey slice samples with vegan mayo.  I met lots of interesting and like-minded people.  I’m even considering getting fake diamonds (can’t afford the real thing) put into my skin via wires after seeing some glittery guys.  Ha!

Anyway, on the way to Albuquerque, I saw a license plate with 777, which has been showing up a bit lately.  That’s a newer sign for me (also 222s and 999s).  My main number messages (which I’ve blogged about) are 1111, 444, 555, and 333.

While working the great event today, early on, I noticed a Native American man behind the booth next to us quietly sewing a leather purse.  I said something to him (forgot what now) and then jokingly said that I’d check back with him later to make sure he wasn’t lollygagging with his work.  A couple of hours later, I followed up on my threat, and went over to see how he was coming along.  He showed me how much he’d completed and one thing led to another and I found out he is from the Taos Pueblo.  I have to admit that although I’m STARVED for answers about some things regarding Taos (and life) there was something about his energy that just drew me.  The poor man very kindly listened as I gushed out all this Taos stuff…from how it first called me in 1998 and that dream I had last year where in the dream I loaded up a bus full of my belongings and tried to drive to Taos but got stuck in the mud somewhere.  Finally, I got out of the mud and made it to Taos where I joined this circle of 3 Native American women.  They said that they’d read an article about me, and that “Grandmother wants to talk to you.”  I asked him if Taos Mountain is ever referred to as Grandmother by his people, and he said not that he ever heard…but…that they do refer to the land, in general, as Grandmother.  He also told me that when Taos Pueblo was having some exploration done regarding their aquifer, while digging/measuring, the surveyor people discovered that in front of Taos Mountain…between the mountain and Highway 64 (El Prado area) there is this massive magnetic field that can’t be easily explained.  I mentioned to him that my eyes get greener in Taos and that the first time I visited in 1998, both me and this other Californian, never needed to eat.  We just did not get hungry and forced ourselves to eat because “we should”.  It was like Taos fed us with its energy.  Hearing about the magnetic field, I get it.  That also explains why, when I’m there, I feel so much calmer and balanced.  He was very familiar with people who’ve visited Taos for one day and instantly leave their old lives behind to move there as “the call” is so powerful.  What’s interesting, is that he also said that although he knows many people where Taos worked out for them after heeding the call…he also knows many people where Taos was disastrous and they left within 2 years.  We chatted about why that may happen regarding lessons that needed to be learned or soul growth.

He told me that Taos is feminine, which made me squeal, “Ah ha!  I thought so!”  I was in Taos yesterday, and my (I am a certain age) period was almost 4 weeks past due (as of today) and I really figured that maybe I’m done with periods.  But, half way through the day yesterday, Aunt Flo showed up.  (Yes, I told him this…warned you…)  I then told him how the Hawaiian Islands are split between masculine and feminine islands.  When I went with a group to the Big Island in 2002, the male leader of the group warned all of the women that the Big Island is feminine and that whether or not our periods were due…they’d show up.  Well, we laughed at him…until…one by one…due or not…we all got periods that week!  It was so funny.  When my irregular peri-menopausal “friend” showed up yesterday, my gut reaction was, “Taos triggered it.”  The man I talked to today basically confirmed that.

I also told him about the telepathic message I got from a dolphin in Hawaii in 2002 (blogged about that earlier) with the words “This will heal you” along with this geometric image that, years later, looked A LOT like Taos’ city emblem to me.  I told him that the on its side oval over top of a triangle within a triangle made me suspect it represents Taos Pueblo’s very sacred Blue Lake that only the tribe is allowed to go to.  He actually felt I could be right.  I did ask him if the Rio Pueblo de Taos (that I would be allowed to go to in certain non Taos Pueblo areas) did indeed come from Blue Lake as someone told me she thought it did, and he said yes, that it is water from Blue Lake…and that it wouldn’t hurt to try that avenue.

We talked about how I, and others, talk to Taos Mountain…sometimes fight with it.  We talked about a lot of stuff.  It felt like a very NON accidental meeting/talk.  I think I’m forgetting important things that came up now.  Hmmm…

Finally, I said good-bye to him and went back over to work the vegan booth.  I hadn’t been back at the booth but a minute or two, when I looked out at the people going by to see the back of this woman’s shirt that was BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL.  Her shirt was an otherworldly beautiful butterfly (shaped like a butterfly too) in glistening colors that was freaking stunning.  It took my breath away.  I just HAD to run over to her to compliment it and ask her where she got it.  I kid you not, I turned around for maybe 5 seconds to tell the person next to me, “Hold on.  I’ll be right back!” as I ran out into the passersby to get to her.  But, she was GONE!  I mean, GONE!  I looked everywhere and she was nowhere.  It was impossible for her to have walked that far in 5-7 seconds!  I stood in this open area near a guy who was videotaping the event and said to him, “That is weird!  This woman just disappeared!”  Get this, he then responds to me, “That just happened to me!  I saw this guy I know, but he vanished!”  He couldn’t explain what he had happen either.  Seriously, I don’t think she was a human.  I instantly said to myself that I need to look up what butterflies symbolize….keeping in mind that I had just had this important conversation with the man from Taos Pueblo.

https://www.insects.org/ced4/mythology.html

http://www.entomon.net/indian-butterfly-legends-and-poems.shtml

http://www.spiritanimal.info/butterfly-spirit-animal/

A little while later, and after I was pooping out, I went to head back to my car when I walked past 2 women sitting off to the side with a young girl, eating.  The one woman’s t-shirt had a picture of mountains on the back, with John Muir’s:  The mountains are calling and I must go. — Well, I looooove that quote and ended up chatting with them because the timing was weird.  I just had that quote show up yesterday or the day before, and I always connect that quote with Taos Mountain.

While in Albuquerque I decided to spy on my house I sold on October 20, 2014 (my birthday) to see if the woman who bought it is taking care of it.  Driving way over to far NW Albuquerque, I saw a car go by me with a 333 license plate and chuckled.  Really, it’s gotten to be amusing the 333s are so common lately (and 1111s with 555s).  The good news is, my house looked pretty good.  The bad news is that my beautiful decorative plumb tree in the front yard is dying…sigh.  Anyway, while in that neighborhood, I got the urge to surprise my friend who lives a few blocks away and just quickly stop in to say howdy.  I was not planning on visiting Sy, and don’t like to surprise people, but the urge was strong.  Of course, I caught her doing more incredibly creative things to her cute house and when she brought me into her kitchen, I yelped, “Are you fucking kidding me?!” when I saw THIS:

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Granted, I’ve not been inside her house for a while, but the butterfly on the wall and the two 333 license plates are new!  She got the butterfly wall art as a gift last Christmas, and the two REAL 333 license plates “coincidentally” were “randomly” picked for her by MVD workers for her mom’s old car when her mom passed away (the yellow plate) and her Corvette she owned for a little while.  Even Sy was amazed both plates were 333s as she knows that’s a sign from Masters after hanging around me.  LOL!  Sy is the one who noticed that I had butterfly earrings on today.  I’d forgotten I was even wearing them.  And, while writing this LONG blog tonight, it dawned on me that the pueblo I live on’s symbol is a butterfly.  The image of a butterfly is on my apartment building here on the pueblo.

I mean, really.  I was not planning on going into Sy’s house today.  Someone in spirit wanted me to see her kitchen.  Nothing is an accident.  Laugh if you want that I get messages though coincidences and numbers, but I know there is a plan…and clues along the way.

Speaking of which, I just remembered something.  My lease is up at the end of May and on Friday I was thinking, “Maybe I should move to Taos and do the long commute to Los Alamos for work.”  But, on second thought, and someone who lives in Taos kind of agreed….I’d probably hate driving 1.5 hours each way twice daily.  The lovely Taos Pueblo craftsman I was chatting with today told me that his brother did that exact commute for 35 years!  He didn’t mind it for the most part because he loved his work/job so much…except in the winter when the road along the canyon/Rio Grande gets scary.  It was just kind of funny that he mentioned something I’d been debating.  For a minute he made me think, “It is doable” but I do think that far of a drive would get old pretty quick.  And, that’s a lot of wear and tear on my car and gas money.

Okay, I’ve talked your ears off enough for today.  But I just love “weird” days like this…when it’s clear that everyone you meet, every thing you see, hear, etc. is for a reason.

Peace,

Atheria