Part 1: My Intuitive Guided Art: Trusting Your Intuition Experience

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Have you heard about my upcoming workshop Intuitive Guided Art: Trusting Your Intuition? It’s a month long, eight-part workshop during which you will practice using your intuition in order to work through and release the energy of eight different emotions. You can read more about it HERE.

The key to teaching a great workshop, I’ve found, is to PRACTICE what I will be teaching. Once co-creator Dan and I had decided to combine our two different painting techniques with our energy work we knew we needed to do a ‘dry run’ before teaching students. For the past couple months we have been taking ourselves through the workshop process we created. I wanted to share my experience here.

So far I have worked through four layers, or four emotions. Each time, I intuitively choose a color, a symbol, and an emotion. While I paint the symbol onto the canvas, I am using energy clearing techniques to work through any memories and/or issues that arise associated with that emotion.

For the first layer the color was yellow, the symbol was a crescent, and the emotion was ecstasy. I absolutely love that ecstasy came up for the first layer because I was so excited to begin the workshop process. I was also feeling pretty stoked to have been a part of creating something that would help people by combining intuitive painting and energy work for deep healing. Here’s what my canvas looked like after the first session:

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Once the color, symbol, and emotion were decided on I asked my Spirit or Higher Self to show me where to paint; this what ended up on the canvas. As I was painting I found that many feelings came up around being expected to always be ecstatic about things, in other words forced excitement. This I call ‘programming’, which is something accepted as the truth when it actually isn’t the truth. Using the techniques we will teach in class, I went ahead and let it all go. Clearing that programming felt like I’d pulled the plug on the bathtub drain and all the water (aka stored programming) around ecstasy totally left my aura/energy field and body. I felt like I’d left some of my baggage behind, because I HAD released that baggage.

Completing this first session and working through this first layer of emotion left me wondering what would come up next time. Which color would go on top of the yellow? Which emotion was I going to choose next time?

Click here to read about Part 2!

Read more about the Intuitive Guided Art: Trusting Your Intuition workshop here!

I Love Drum Circle!!

The heartbeat of the drum.

The connections.

The synchronicity.

The movement of the energy.

For these reasons and more, I have fallen in love with participating in drum circles.

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I attended my first drum circle in January of 2017. Prior to this, I had always been interested in trying it out and had even considered starting my own drum circle. However, that thought never got farther than an idea in my head. In comes the Raising of the Ancestors Drum Circle hosted by Mike Bales at the Intuitive Mind Center in University Place, WA as the perfect opportunity for me to see what drum circles were all about. I was so excited when I learned about this new drum circle forming, and couldn’t wait for the first gathering.

The day was here, my first ever drum circle. There was already a small crowd gathered when I arrived. As more people showed up, we kept enlarging our circle of chairs. There were all kinds of drums–frame drums, djembes, tambourines, a grandfather drum, and more. I brought my frame drum that I had made the previous summer. After a brief introduction, we began banging away. It started out as incoherent noise, but amazingly after a few minutes a song began to emerge. Having never had any musical instruction of any kind before, I was completely taken aback. How was this happening? We were playing a song!! A song that had never been played before and never will be played again, but a song nonetheless. That’s all it took: one song and I was hooked.

I arrived home that evening, so inspired I just had to somehow get what I saw energetically out of my head and onto a canvas. How do you paint energy? I didn’t know, so I asked my Ancestors to help me. The painting below is what I saw during the drum circle. Each circle of color represents a drummer, and the lines between them represent the connections to the other drummers. Some of the connections were from the drumming only, some were from family relationships or friendships. Whatever the origin of the connection, it was all amplified by the beat of the drums.

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Every time I go, I am blown away. Always there are different people, different drums, and different songs. Like magic, the group syncs up and creates a beautiful, transformative piece of music. Never has the group discussed who will hold what beat, yet each time we begin Spirit works through each soul to coax out a sound and we create a delightful song. I love watching the energy flow while we are all drumming away. The bond created when someone else matches my beat feels like our souls are hugging. Catching another drummer’s eye and sharing a moment of beauty together touches my heart. Watching the energy swirling and auras colliding in a web of connection inspires me to make deeper connections in my daily life. Nowhere else have I had these types of experiences.

Like I said, I love Drum Circle.

~Kalli

For more information on Raising of the Ancestors Drum Circle, check out http://raisingoftheancestors.org/ or follow them on Facebook.

 

July Penn Cove Land Healing Recap

On Saturday, July 15th, 2017 two healers and I went up for a second Penn Cove Land Healing. This turned into another extremely moving and beneficial healing for both the land and myself. Even though I have done a handful of land healings over the past year, I still don’t expect to receive so much out of them.

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The day began with a quick ride over to Whidbey Island on the Tokitae ferryboat. I loved that we rode over on the Tokitae, it was like she was blessing the healing with her presence. Tokitae, or more commonly known by her show name Lolita, is the last remaining survivor of the orcas captured from Penn Cove in the 1970’s. She currently resides in a jail cell tank at the Miami Sequarium, thousands of miles away from her mother and family that swim free in the Pacific Ocean. She sure made her presence known during this healing, from sending us her ferryboat to connecting with one of the other healers during the event.

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Before the healing began, I once again found a spot on the dock off the Coupeville Wharf. There’s just something about being on the water while offering it healing that draws me out there. Once I settled in, I lit my offering which was a mixture of sage, impepu (South African sage), and sweetgrass. Lately when I’ve worked on land healings, I’ve been guided to burn things and offer the ashes as my gift to the land and water. I ask the land what it wants, which is how I came to bring that combination of things to burn for this healing.

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As I was working, I saw a blob float up from underneath the dock. Soon, another blob appeared. At first I thought it was garbage, but once the blobs floated closer to the surface I saw that it was a pair of jellyfish! This was so timely, as I’d read a poem about jellyfish on the drive up by Lorna Crazier. This was the first verse:

Cauls of the moon

pulled from the sky

at high tide, cauls from blue

newborn babies

who never had the chance

to breathe.

This immediately brought to mind the orca calves that were killed during the captures, and the ones that died afterwards. Thinking of breathing itself, brought to mind the differences between an orca breathing in the ocean compared to breathing in a tank. “Pulled from the sky”…or pulled from the ocean in this case. Jellyfish medicine or symbolism is centered around acceptance, faith, allowing people to see who you truly are, trusting yourself, and following your instincts. All things I have personally been working on lately.

 

I soon had a chance to allow strangers to see who I really was. As I was working and burning the sages, several people asked me what I was doing. Now, this happened last time and I simply replied “meditating”, which wasn’t a lie but also wasn’t the whole truth. This time, I said “doing a land healing”, which was scary and exciting and REALLY what I was doing. The responses were all positive; a few thanked me, a few asked more questions. I loved interacting with the curious passersby and sharing my work. Another chance to step out of hiding that was for sure.

Initially, I was primarily focused on the water and the ties it has to the creatures and land. I cleared many symbols (which is an efficient way to clear old or stuck energy) around the connections. This led to working on the ties that the mother orcas had and still have to their deceased calves. After clearing more symbols, I was then guided to work on the corpses of the orcas that were sunk in the cove. The calves that were killed in the process of the captures had their mouths filled with rocks and sewn shut, they were then sunk to the bottom of the cove. Oh man could I relate to that–deliberately weighing myself down so that I could hide. Over the past 15 years I have steadily gained weight in an attempt to hide. Talking with one of the other healers afterwards, she shared that she was guided to help release these orca souls from the bottom of the cove and I LOVE that that’s exactly where I’m at on my path. I’ve been working hard over the past two years to release the desire to hide and the reasons that cause me to want to hide in the first place. I love how Spirit works, winding and weaving until I am in the exact right place at the exact right time to have a huge breakthrough.

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Heading home later that day, I realized that even though we were just a group of three healers, we still made a difference. On the Tokitae ride back to the mainland, we talked about how each of us had changed since we woke up earlier that day. I supposed that’s what healing is all about–moving through experiences that were painful to find the beauty in the healing and growth on the other side.

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Until next time,

Kalli

For more information about the next scheduled Penn Cove Land Healing event, click here. To read the recap of the first event, click here.

How did I become the web master?

Somehow, when the gals from University Place Center for Energy Medicine (UPCEM) and I were deciding business roles, I fell into the roll of web master. Me? Web master? Okay….

 

 

I’ve built a web site before. I think that’s how I became web master. When I ran my cooking and canning class business I created a beautiful web site full of delicious menus and gorgeous pictures of fresh food. On Yahoo. In 2008. “Back then” you just paid the $9.95 per month and everything that had to do with my web site was taken care of. Easy peasy lemon squeeze-y.

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My web site building work station, amongst the art supplies and Beanie Boos.

 

Not so in 2017! Now you have to worry about not only your web site but also a Facebook page, an Instagram page, Pinterest and Twitter accounts and probably more that I’m still not aware of. Web hosting and domain control can apparently be two different and separate services… who knew?! (Not me!) Do I really want the .org, .biz, .whatever else there is versions of my site? (No, I do not.) Privacy registering… look up what that is… oh YES I definitely want that! So many options, things have become a bit more complex in the past nine years in the area of web site creation and management. I finally decided on using WordPress because it seemed like the best, least complicated option. It took me a few days and a few lost web pages to figure out how to use the WordPress system, but once I had it down things moved right along.

I have found it quite fun to create this web site from thin air. It didn’t exist, then I started typing and uploading pictures, and now it does exist. So simple! Mostly simple. I did struggle at times figuring out how to word things and how to convey all that I’d like my business to offer. Had to work through some perfectionism and unrealistic expectations along the way, but have enjoyed the process so far.

Recap: Penn Cove Land Healing

A week later and I think I’m done clearing all that came up for me after coordinating and participating in the Penn Cove Lang Healing! I thought that I had planned the event for the whales and the land to heal, not for myself to heal. This event was the catalyst for providing me the opportunity to deal with some old issues. Things I’ve been working through this past week include fear, resistance to being the leader, jealousy, doubt, unworthiness, possessiveness, shame/embarassment fear, jealousy, doubt, unworthiness, possessiveness, shame/embarassment along with joy, gratitude, amazement, wonder, hope, admiration, and more gratitude.

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Members of the Southern Resident Killer Whale family in the Puget Sound summer of 2015.

 

Last summer my family and I visited Coupeville, WA on Whidbey Island. We ended up in Coupeville quite by accident; we had spent the weekend in Port Townsend exploring and hoping to see some of the Southern Resident Killer Whale family off the coast in the Strait of Georgia. On Sunday we rode the ferry from Port Townsend over to Port Susan, hoping to see a whale on the ferry crossing. Once on the island we just started driving and soon found ourselves in the cute, very old-fashioned town of Coupeville. We found a parking spot and started checking out the shops. A few moments after getting out of the car I felt my stomach clench up and anxious feeling arising from I didn’t know where. The feelings intensified as we wandered through a couple more shops. I told my family I needed to leave, that I was having these feelings I couldn’t explain. They agreed to go after a trip out to the dock at the end of the wharf. While my husband and daughter were checking out the area I saw a placard explaining about Penn Cove orca captures in the late 1960’s. Suddenly it all made sense–THIS was Penn Cove. THIS was where five orcas were rounded up with explosives and nets and sold to marine parks for profit. THIS was were five helpless orcas were killed and sunk to the bottom of the cove during the captures. I knew exactly why I was feeling the tight stomach and the anxiety once I knew what town I was in. It was grief I was feeling. The grief of the orca pods I hold so dear to my heart. The grief of the land and the water surrounding it. We departed a short time later and headed back to the ferry dock to return home.

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Picture of the placard explaining about the captures.

 

The experience left me shaken and wanting to help. I knew I was taking a Land Healing class in September and figured I could use what I learned in that class and go back to help heal the land of its trauma and past. A classmate, Kimi, was very into dolphins and whales so I asked her to join me. She agreed and we decided to go in the spring.

Fast forward to May 2017: It was amazing to plan this event and have SEVEN other people show up, four of whom had never had any experience with land healing. I was very impressed by those four: they put themselves out there and came to this event simply because their spirits encouraged them to show up. What a great example of listening to your higher self. I was also impressed by the four of us who did have land healing experience–each getting out of our own ways and setting aside a whole day to do something that we love.

 

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View of Penn Cove on the morning of the land healing.

 

Leading up to the event, I had it in my head that I was the coordinator. Initially, I made sure to invite only people who had taken a land healing class. I thought that I would just pick a date, have people show up, and everyone do their own healing in their own way. As the date approached, I found myself inviting anyone who wanted to come. I still was not thinking of myself as the leader of the event at this point. The story I was telling myself was that people were gathering together to offer healing in the way they knew how and that I was just one of the people. It wasn’t until the Friday night before the healing event that I FINALLY admit to myself that, yes, I was the leader of this group and event. That’s when I kicked into high gear, preparing for the healing the next day. I spent a lot of time on Friday and early Saturday morning clearing the energy around the event, grounding Whidbey Island and Coupeville, and talking to the ancestors about how the healing was going to unfold. I would have loved to have been doing those things throughout the entire planning process, but now I know to do so for next time. My resistance to being the leader stemmed from the fact that I did not want to be responsible if anything wild or crazy happened to anyone during the healing. Realizing that the whole thing would not have come together if I wasn’t prepared to lead the others helped me to see that I had the skills and tools to handle anything that may arise.

During the healing we encountered a lot of pain and trauma from the water in Penn Cove, the mussel beds where the Penn Cove mussels are grown, and from the land that makes up Coupeville. Most of the healers went down to the beach to work while two of us went onto one of the docks used during the orca captures. Each of us offered our own version of healing. Some simply grounded the area and showered it with cosmic gold energy. Others brought gifts to offer the land (tabacco, sacred water, shells, etc). We all worked for about 40 minutes and then reconvened as a group at the end. Everyone shared what they observed. The main theme was around the greed and disregard for the land. The group observed that many things had been ripped from the land and sea in the area: the Natives when the settlers arrived in the late 1800’s, the whales during the orca captures of the ’60’s, and the mussels each harvest season. We thought that this was the root of the greed–all of those things were done for profit and with no regard for the land and sea from which the beings were taken. The gratitude that washed over me after I offered my healing was incredible, like a tsunami wave pouring over my whole aura and body. It was seriously one of the best feelings I’ve ever experienced in my life. Overall it was quite a humbling experience.

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Full double rainbow seen on Friday, May 5th, 2017 over Penn Cove.

 

The full double rainbow!! Kimi, Rebekah, and I were driving back to our room for the night on Friday when we came around the corner and BAM! There it was in all its glory. The brightness of the colors and the fact that I could see the ENTIRE rainbow was breathtaking. Both rainbows enveloped the cove like it was being hugged. Others were pulling over around us to share in the excitement and experience of seeing a full double rainbow. I experienced such a sense of belonging sharing that moment with perfect strangers who were all witnessing such unexpected beauty together. It really left me feeling invigorated and I took it as a sign that our event was in line with the highest good.

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Double rainbow touching down near Coupeville, WA.

 

I know many others wanted to join in but that this date didn’t work for you, so I have planned two more dates to offer more healings. The first is on Saturday, July 15th and the second is on Saturday, September 30th. Hopefully one of these dates works and you are able to join in if you are called to do so.

Many thanks to those who helped from a distance as well (Angie, Julie, Marcy, and Cindi amount others)–the grounding you provided really made a difference. Much appreciation to Kimi, Yvonne, Kate, Rebekah, Claudia, Kathy, and Nancy for your participation as well; it was so fun spending the day together!

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The rainbow was visible for over an hour.

I’m Blogging!

I can’t believe it.

I HAVE A BLOG!!

I never thought about blogging before, but as I was working on creating this web site I wondered how I could share about things that I’m experiencing. After thinking about it for a while, I decided to go ahead and blog. Here is where you will read about my side of the story. What went into pulling off that event? What inspired that class? This is where you can find out those details and more.

Hope you enjoy,

❤ Kalli