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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.

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Besides enjoying summer in the garden I’ve been enjoying…

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Pont (Graham Laidler,1908-1940) 1936 cartoon for Punch

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Besides enjoying summer in the garden I’ve been enjoying London. Here are paintings I liked from this year’s BP Portrait Awards, and my favorite Pont drawing from rediscovering the Cartoon Museum – a minute’s walk from the British Museum and well worth a visit to make you smile, plus fascinating shop.

And after reading Penrose’s notebooks on Picasso I found this fab video (possibly best watched with sound on mute) of the great man’s painting technique. As Penrose says, he wasn’t scared to change anything in a picture, even when you’d think it was finished…