Last month I moved to Santa Fe after living on an isolated reservation for over 3 years. I’m SO much happier living in an actual town, I realize I should have left Pojoaque when my first 6 month lease expired in the summer of 2017! (I can’t call Santa Fe a city because I used to live in places like Los Angeles, Portland, and Denver. LOL) I am convinced that when a good medium read me in late July 2017 and said that spirit was saying, “You’re in the right church, but wrong pew…the right state, but wrong exact location” she was talking about me needing to move to Santa Fe. Granted, Taos will always be my special place, but at this point in my life, it’s just not feasible.
Technically, I moved about 19 miles south, which doesn’t seem like that far, but the shift in how I feel and my energy is dramatic. I thought I was the only one noticing it, but some Santa Fe astrology friends have commented that my energy has clearly changed in one month. It’s really hard to describe the feeling difference, but it’s palpable. I am starting to feel aligned with something. I suspect it may cause me to make other changes in my life too. (I’m even thinking of changing my name AGAIN…just thinking about it.) Interestingly, this other astrology friend moved out of Santa Fe to a more remote area north of town because she couldn’t stand how strong Santa Fe’s energy was. It bothered her.
Years ago I as sitting next to a man on a flight from Los Angeles to Albuquerque who, along with his wife, had gotten another home in Santa Fe. (They had one in Hawaii that he also mentioned…JEALOUS!) Up to that point, even living in Hawaii, the wife had never shown any interest in art or any artistic talent. After being in Santa Fe for a short while, she said to him one day, “I think I want to paint.” He kind of humored her, and supported the idea. Anyway, out-of-the-blue, she became this fabulous artist with tons of talent! Something about Santa Fe triggered this new creativity in her. I’ve heard other similar stories about both Santa Fe and Taos.
I’ve gotten into disagreements with friends regarding locations either positively, or negatively, affecting happiness over the years. There are those clueless saps who in their Pollyanna way say, “Wherever you go, there you are. Where you live should not impact happiness and you can be happy anywhere.” Blah…blah…blah! What a bunch of bunk! There are big city people and small town people. There are introverts and extroverts. Just yesterday I was talking to a friend who is the opposite of me. I’ve realized I am miserable out in the middle of nowhere, but she LOVES the idea of moving to a jungle alone with nothing to do. I have small town friends who freak out in places like New York City. Actually, my perfect situation…which I mostly have now…is city/town conveniences and things to do, but nature really close by. I have a great biking/walking trail right behind my condo complex and a nice park across the street. Plus, other hiking options are not far away…yet right down the street is a mall! I am someone that feeds off the vitality of a place. When I was in awesome San Francisco for my birthday in October, I was in heaven in terms of the sensory stimulation and excitement of a city where so much is going on. And then, I was able to stand by the water and enjoy the waves crashing onto shore and watch cute seals and sea lions playing nearby.
This quick blog post has gone on longer than I planned. My point is, if you are unhappy living where you live, “You are not a tree…MOVE.” A different location can make a huge difference in your life. Since we are energy and places have a certain energy, if we clash with the vibe of a place, it’s not going to be conducive to our success. Years ago a kinesiologist in Tesuque, New Mexico was muscle testing me while I was visiting from Los Angeles. He suddenly said that my body told him it was “nature deficient”. That made me gasp out loud. For MONTHS I had been saying in Los Angeles that I felt “starved for nature”. I didn’t have the income to be able to afford to live in Laurel Canyon or one of the other more nature-filled parts of L.A. and was living surrounded by nothing but concrete and buildings. I hated it. But, at the close of a decade last month, I think I’ve finally found a good balance of town/nature for me…at least at this point in my journey.