Brandy Woods

Four Peoples Drum Healing

My journey with this drum has been a long one. When it arrived, in a kit with others, I felt a jolt as soon as I touched the loose rawhide sheet. An emotional jolt, like a kick in the stomach. Tears. Oh. The poor horse. Fellow empaths will understand what I mean. The act of touch was an instantaneous transfer of energy held in what remained of a one magnificent, free creature. Probably a mustang; I’ll probably never know for certain. I grieved with it, for the abrupt end to its life. This was the first time I experienced this happening, with a drum kit.

I offered sage and blessings to the rawhide, explained I wanted to make a memorial to its life, to make it into a drum that could help people. The drum, a beautiful piece, finished, named, and… sat, against my wall, waiting, just shy of a year.

Four Peoples Drum Healing

I’d tried to communicate with it, to see what imagery it wanted painted on its face, in shamanic journeys. It never spoke, never anything clear enough. Once, I got the flash of a white bird, picrograph-style, looking at it sitting there, but it wasn’t enough to be a confirmation. From time to time I would offer sage, palo santo, but I let it be.

Until, finally, today, when the urge struck me to take the drum aside and offer it Reiki. A healing, and a blessing. I asked it, again, that I’d had an idea, a flash of inspiration for a painting, would it like to help me? I saw a vision of a proud dark brown horse, and he dipped his head and said ‘Thank you’, firtly, for the Reiki… and, that, yes, he liked the imagrey I showed him. He suggested a few additions, said the rest would come intuitively as I painted.

So. This a drum for peace. A drum to unite all of us as one, in these trying times. A drum for someone who will use him for healing and blessings for themselves and for the world. I’ll keep his Name secret, though its written on the inside rim, for his owner.

He waits. He’s been waiting. But he’s ready, now, to share in the healing, and to go out into the world. His voice is deep, and resonant, and strong, and full of love.

 

[ Horse and Cedar, 15″. Born September 26, 2016 ] [ Adopt him here ]

Living on Earth ~ A Book Review

From the back cover:

Living on Earth is a self help/spiritual guidebook to help you understand life questions, such as: Why am I here? Why am I unable to create the life I want?

In this book you will learn:
– Your soul’s reincarnation process, how you planned your upcoming life on Earth, and how you made pre-life decisions to help your soul grow in maturity and consciousness
– The evolution of your soul, from infant to old age.
– The meaning behind your life experiences
– How to find your life purpose
– The Spiritual Laws that govern the universe and how you can use them to create the life of your dreams, giving particular attention to the Law of Karma, the Law of Attraction, and the Laws of Creation (the Law of Intention, the Law of Request, and the Laws of Faith and Attachment).
– How to use the power of your mind to create, and how our thoughts impact everything around us
– The power of goal setting and how not to sabotage your own manifesting
– How to listen to your intuition
– How to take responsibility for your life
– The role of forgiveness and gratitude
– How to heal your inner wounds and your relationships
– The role of conventional medicine and alternative therapies, the mind-body connection, and tools to find self acceptance, confidence, and health
– Why diets don’t work and how you can lose weight

Living on Earth is not easy but you can find your path to joy. This book will help you achieve health, happiness, and success.

I had the opportunity to receive this book for free, in exchange for my honest review, and am quite grateful for the author for the opportunity — it had already landed on my radar before I came across the offer. Living on Earth ~ A Book Review   With that said, here’s my review from Goodreads:

 

3.5 stars, overall.

The book has a rather interesting format, in that it covers a plethora of topics, albeit in little bite-sized chapters, each complete with at least two other books that the author has read over the past 25 years, and strongly recommends. Like Ms. Segarra, I’ve done lots of reading on many of these subjects, myself, so it’s nice to have some new reading recommendations on certain topics I might not’ve yet read.

Among others, the book covers the field of consciousness, reincarnation, the life between lives/pre-life planning states, soul evolution, the laws of karma, attraction, and creation, goal setting, manifesting, affirmations, taking action & responsibility, the human energy field, various possibilities for causes of disease according to several well-known, worldwide methods of deduction, conventional and alternative medicine practices (eg Reiki, aromatherapy, reflexology), and on to diets, weight loss, and exercise, and finishes with chapters on difficult relationships and soul healing. This is a LOT of topics for a 200-page book.

So, as stated with the reading recommendations, this book is an extremely good jumping-off point for a number of topics. Lots of quotes, her writing style is light, and it’s an easy read, easy to pick up anytime and read a small chapter. That said, for the cons, some of the chapter choices seem odd — I barely even skimmed the chapters on dieting, weight loss and exercise, as they seemed out of place — and some of them were far too short for my area of interest. Just when it was getting good, it was time for a new chapter and I need to go find another book on the topic.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, and am grateful to the author for this opportunity.

Reiki Journeys

I feel a little strange at the announcement of myself as a Reiki Master. It’s a bit like when I got my black belt and I simply felt like a beginner on a new journey. “I’m not a master at all — I’m still very much learning!”

It’s funny how I came to Reiki. It was something I toyed with the idea of doing for a few years, but never got around to it. And then I had gotten an aura reading done by Rory & Scout wherein it was noted that they saw the Reiki master symbol, and told me, “I don’t know if you work with Reiki, but I feel you already do! If not, maybe you should look into it!” Ok, ok, guides, I felt that “clue-by-four”.

Cue a month of trying to find a teacher and constantly being told the classes were full, or not receiving a contact back at all, etc., etc. I sat down with my guides. Ok, if you want me to learn this, I need some help here. The next day, I found a home study course. I discovered that one of my guides was actually, silly me, an energy worker! So I asked for an attunement that night while I slept. I dove into a few books on Reiki, including The Reiki Magic Guide to Self-Attunement and Reiki for Life. I took all I’d learned and did self-treatements. Lo — my hands got hot, and I felt reactions in, say, my stomach, when my hands were placed on my shoulders! I did a few treatments on my mother, who said my hands felt “like ice cubes” on her, and to me they felt hot. She felt shifts of energy at the exact moment I used a symbol — without having her eyes open to know.

Any further attempts at getting an “official” attunement continue to fail. That’s a pretty clear sign of ‘you don’t need that’ !

And, lo, when I learned that that same Reiki master symbol that was seen all that time ago was for healing the soul, and for migraines. Oh. Well. And I wondered why I put off the third degree for so long. Silly me.

I continue to do my self-treatments. I find them best before bed; I place my hands on my stomach and let Reiki flow, gently, until I fall asleep.

I’ve recently felt the nudge to do more, and I will be offering Reiki healing sessions, soon, on the site. Stay tuned.

Book Giveaways!

Hello beautiful souls~ I’ve decided to launch a few Goodreads Giveaways for three of my books. Please feel free to enter! Winners will receive a signed copy!

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Unicorns & Pixie Dust

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Brother Wolf

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La Naissance du capteur de rêves

by Martine Latulipe

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#1 Podcast Ratings! :D

As some of you may know, I’ve had the honor of illustrating various real-life stories from Dr. Kelly Schutz’s Paranormal Encounters book series.  (More info can be found here about ordering copies, or you can search on Amazon.)  I recently also had the honor of being invited to do an interview on her Podcast radio show. I’m told that this particular episode of the podcast has almost exceeded the #1 episode she’s had before she started broadcasting! That’s amazing! #1 Podcast Ratings! :D  (Want to help us make that one even more popular, guys?)

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It is absolutely free to listen, download, or subscribe. This show has also aired on the Para-X Radio Network. #1 Podcast Ratings! :D

I discuss a few encounters I’ve had with spirits over the course of my life and also talk about my spirit art and soul portraits, as well as future projects. Give it a listen!
(Yes, that one book is titled ‘My Enemy’s Head’. No, I don’t have anyone in my sights. It’s a Viking Age historical novel. XD )

Essence: Ace of Swords

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Hello everyone, and welcome to Spirit Song Art, for the International Tarot Day Blog Hop! http://krisslumsden.com/queenofcups/’>http://krisslumsden.com/queenofcups/‘>http://krisslumsden.com/queenofcups/‘>http://krisslumsden.com/queenofcups/“>Queen of Cups. Welcome, welcome! Pull up a cushion and get comfy. Essence: Ace of Swords

Brief introduction! My name is Brandy Woods. Illustrator, Reiki healer, shamanic practitioner, spirit and soul artist… I’m originally from Louisiana but I’ve been living near Montreal in Canada for the past 7 years. Essence: Ace of Swords  I do channeled artwork, among other things, so I figured the best way for me to proceed with the Ace of Swords would be to channel an image of its essence for you all. To start with, I went through a few of my decks and pulled my favorite representations of the card from each of them to use as a ‘focus’. I do this with crystals sometimes for my soul portraits.


Essence: Ace of Swords

 

 

 

From left to right, my inspirations: the Ace of Swords from the Shadowscapes Tarot, Norse Tarot, and the Starchild Tarot.

 

 

 


Essence: Ace of Swords

 

 

I put myself into a mentally clear, meditative state, lighting incense and going with an intuitive pick of what Spirit preferred I use as mediums for this particular piece, to best enhance its energies. In this case, it was eggshell-colored pastel paper, and pastels. I focused in on the energy of the three ‘sample’ cards, and began to draw.

When I channel artwork, I will sometimes seem images in my mind’s eye to be drawn, and sometimes I will even ‘see’ them on the paper directly. It’s a very spontaneous, intuitive process, and I never plan anything beforehand, so it’s always a surprise what’s going to come out of my pencil! I also never erase, even if I make a ‘mistake’; erasing seems distrustrful of Spirit, and sometimes ‘mistakes’ are precisely the lessons we need to learn, or the path we need to take.


Essence: Ace of Swords

9 x 12″ pastels on paper | © Brandy Woods 2017

 

Essence: The Ace of Swords stands for the great, unspoken potential of a new beginning. (New beginnings, too, must always come from the ending of something, even if that something is perceived as negative…) Its power can be used to ‘cut’ either way, for good or for ill, and it is up to the bearer to find a way to use the power of the intellect for the greater good. As with the weapons of old, bravery is called for. Perhaps you need courage to start a new business or new relationship. Perhaps you need courage to stand up for a cause you believe in. Truth. Justice. Fortitude. Mental force. Clear understanding. A challenge. Look for situations that could use resolving, and begin the steps to take care of them now. Reversed, it can stand for lack of clarity or uncertainty about your goals. Having clouded judgement and missing out on information that might be pertinent to you — take the time to consider your decisions more carefully, and if you can, get an objective viewpoint from someone you trust!

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I hope you all have been enjoying this blog hop! Please see Oephebia’s Tarot Academy at oephebia.wordpress.com for the next amazing blog in the hop. Thank you for reading!


Incidentally, the original of this piece – 9 x 12″ on pastel paper – is available for purchase for 90$ USD plus shipping. Drop me a note if interested!

Still in Earth School! ;)

I apologize for the delay in another blog post! Time escaped from me… I went to visit my family for Christmas, stayed for a wonderful 6 weeks, came back and have been busy with working on my video game project (‘Love Eden’ from Darkrelic Entertainment, Inc) and several contracts for children’s books… The picture is one I finished in December, a French children’s book on the birth of the dreamcatcher… it arrived in a box yesterday, and I was all excited and surprised, since I didn’t expect it to be released for another 6 months. 4 more books in publishing process… 1 other in French, and 3 in English. Ahhhh, my dream of illustrating books is very much a dream come true. I’m loving it!

In other news I shall be participating in the 2017 International Tarot Day Deck, doing four — yes, four! — cards. Knights of Swords, Pentacles and Wands, and the Page of Wands, as well. Further information can be found here: http://tarotdaydeck.com/‘>http://tarotdaydeck.com/

Review – Daily Spiritual Practice Planner

So, I recently became aware of the existence of My Daily Spiritual Practice Planner for 2017, from Rory & Scout. (You can get yours here, but only until Dec. 12th! ) I already keep a journal, and don’t consider myself much of a ‘planner’ person (I keep To Do lists, but don’t hold myself to a timeline…) but at the same time I was intrigued, and I had a free shipping coupon, so I figured, why not? ;D

It arrived today, with a free quartz crystal no less, so I’ve had a little time to peruse it and here’s what I think:

Overall, it’s a nice size and the cover is a nice lavender and soft to the touch (and boy is it hefty! It’s gonna stay on the desk; I sure won’t be traveling anywhere with it… just taking out pages.) There’s pouches on the inside covers for Stuff, and I’m not sure what will go there yet, apart from the included info cards.

The pages themselves are allllmost fountain-pen-friendly (yes, this was my first order of importance, hahaha.) Tiny bit of show-through on the back of the pages but definitely tolerable. It came with a Papermate but that will go into the kitchen pen cup. Review – Daily Spiritual Practice Planner

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There’s a lot of info and blanks on each page. I love the Gratitude List section, as keeping a daily list is something I’ve been wanting to get back to, but haven’t. (It’s one of the things that sold me on the planner.) Like most planners, there’s a section for Today’s Schedule and a To-Do list. Apart from that, we have a small section for Dreams (waaaaay too small, really, except I already keep a separate notebook on my nighttable for that purpose…), daily/weekly intentions, a section to write how you intend to feel that day, a suggestion for a Tarot/oracle card draw and space to note the cards and (extremely briefly) the message, and a Notes section. Each day also has a different mantra, meditation or mindfulness practice, or suggestion for a crystal or essential oil to work with, and to note your results or reactions. Using the notes section to keep track of a keyword from your spiritual guides might also be interesting… shame there’s no room for a little blank square to doodle images in. Review – Daily Spiritual Practice Planner

As noted, there’s not a huge amount of space (especially if your handwriting tends to the larger side) but it makes a good jumping-off point for journalling, imo, and a tiny, daily bit of spiritual practice as one wishes. (Let’s face it, even the most dedicated among us are probably not going to do a 12-card spread and write 5 journal pages every single day…) Overall, I’m looking forward to starting to work with this planner, and looking back over it over the course of the year to see how my intuition has developed might be interesting. It was indeed a little on the pricey side for someone who doesn’t really use a planner, but I guess that’s part and parcel of a self-published book with custom leatherette covers. Overall, it’s very nicely constructed, can’t fault that.

Here’s to the New Year! http://www.roryandscout.com/product-category/aura/”>Aura Readings, too…)

Drums & Dreams

The newest medicine drum.

Alliteration. Yeah. Yeah, I just did that. ;D

Things have been wonderfully busy-busy since my last post! Spirit art clients are picking up (I actually have a backlog, now! Drums & Dreams ) I will get to all of you wonderful souls as soon as humanly possible ~ thank you so much for your trust in me!

I’m working daily on my freelance contract for the game, which is actually a lot of fun. I’ve wanted to work on a game since I was a kid, enraptured with my NES… Around 1998-2001 I hung around in #rpgmaker.net on IRC and made some friends and played with making a few personal games in RPGMaker98, so I had the theory and experience down, at any rate, but this is the first time I’m getting paid for it. w00t! Drums & Dreams

I’m also crafting… well… last night I just finished making a drum, the one from my post entitled ‘Giving Birth’. Still need to do the final touches, eg., the matte varnish to help protect it, and doing a final smudging and blessing. And then I get to hold it and cuddle it until November, before it goes to its new home. I’m exceedingly happy with the way this one turned out, a perfect harmony of drum and beater and hide. It’s going to make a lot of Good Medicine.

Additionally, last week I dropped off three paintings for a local exhibition at the Global Art League in Montreal:

 

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…and I’m needing to poke Dawson again for more details, as I was also accepted to a First Nations exhibition at the college, for early November.

I had a wonderful validation the other day, as well, when a client confirmed my reading; I’d sensed that the person was a healer, and that the gift had been inherited from their grandfather. I received a letter back saying that they were a Reiki practitioner and indeed had suspected that this was inherited from their grandfather! I did a little happy dance — validation is wonderful when you’re just starting out as a medium (…am I a medium? I’ve always felt more like a shaman, but in a sense the two of them can kind of overlap…) and hearing peoples’ reactions is always the best part for me.

In other news, I want to extend a huge thank-you to Amanda Linette Meder for featuring me in her community newsletter!

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All payments for readings, spirit art drawings, and private one-on-one work with Brandy are 100% non-refundable once paid.

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As a client of Brandy’s, all of your information is considered extremely private and personal, thus, your information is kept completely confidential. Any art you have done may be added to the gallery, but will not have your name attached, unless you request otherwise. Read more about our privacy policy here.

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The readings provided by Brandy Woods are not a substitute for seeking professional medical care or assistance. Therefore, please do not replace the impressions given to you during your session with Brandy Woods for any advice that has been given to you by a medical professional. If you are in need of medical, health, psychological or psychiatric care, assistance or consultation, seek out a licensed medical professional for consultation. The information provided during our session is not medical advice and should not be used as a prescription for your medical needs; it is to be used as assistance on your journey of spiritual and personal growth.

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