Life can take us on a roller coaster ride full of highs and lows and twists and turns. Many of us try to control the flow rather than going with it – this is cause of much disruption and sorrow in our lives. This desire for control comes from fear.
Our fears may come for an abundance of sources from physical safety, particularly if we are not feeling well, living under difficult circumstances, or doing work that exposes us to hazardous conditions. Or, we may be experiencing financial woes that are causing us to be fearful about making ends meet. Regular things we all go through. Know that you are not alone! It may be comforting to know that everyone gets fearful at times and it is perfectly OK. Sometimes just acknowledging our fears is enough to make us feel better. When the grip of fear envelops you could consider some course work to assist both Bindu Chakra and Anjali Mudra are two short courses that are great balms for our psyche – drawing deep into the core of who we truly are, And while it sometimes takes a lot of convincing to ease our mind, we can console ourselves with the knowledge that life can be like that at times. Giving ourselves permission to be worried lets us move through and release our fears. Relief can be had by sharing with others. Sharing our apprehensions with other people can make our fears less overwhelming because we are not letting them grow inside of us as pent up emotions. Sharing our fears also can lighten our burden because we are not carrying our worries all by ourselves. Remember that you are not alone. Above all when you feel burdened go into nature – for she provides a potent natural salve for the soul.
Where trees breathe
New life is born
Where each branch reaches out to me
I know myself held in the arms of purest generosity
Where the leaves fall I am blessed with a giving back
that nourishes the roots of my soul
For the trees reflect who and how I can be
Standing tall, true, honest and undeniably me
Unafraid to love, to give, to share and to bend
So I bless the forests
As I learn from them
~ Clare Dubois, TreeSisters founder
p.s The TreeSisters are one of the many organisations I donate money to on a monthly basis.
Are you listening to your inner wisdom – that deep knowing?
Keep focused and breathing as we draw into the dark moon – retreating, letting go and awaiting the new moon. This new moon starts an exhilarating cycle of freedom and self-expression literally pushing you headlong into uncharted territory. For me it is diving head first into living full time on the farm. I sit here at this moment in my city home – now devoid of all its treasures – only the memories remain, boxes everywhere – the stormy chaos of packing, moving and unpacking. In the midst of this I am taking notes dreaming and crafting two new courses – one of Shamanic Journeying and the other Faery Shamanism.
“This mystery; I walk towards you. You well up shining in me; Speak this, loudly . Hear nothing but Sea” – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
Notice this week how you are responding to the essences of life, how tuning into your heart centre and aligning with your core truth that this is increasing your ability to receive information not through the mind but via intuitive knowing .
Todays YouTube offering is about boundaries and how we use them to define, defend ourselves. Listen closely to the wisdom being carried by the winds, be totally tuned in. Picking up on each and every cue. Sensing all of them in their complex interrelations , vibrate and sway in peace and love grounded to our mother Earth and all of creation from here to evermore.
Sowing the seeds of peace
Hello my dear friends
I am very excited on this auspicious new moon to bring to you all my 9th course offering. This course comes to you as a collaboration with the amazing Kristen Palana, artist and academic extraordinaire. We are here together with our skills honouring colour and the wealth that it brings to our lives
“The Soul: a wide listening sky with thousands of candles ” Rumi
Why not embrace this thought: Say it to yourself out loud, shout it if that feels right or whisper is quietly to your dream self: whilst looking at the colours of the universe and the depth of wisdom they are trying to reveal to you. Listen – the keys to the opening the door are here with you now. Decide that this is the time and say:
“I take charge of my life and turn up the intensity of goodness. I set my dials on harmony, abundance, perfect health, loving relationships, wonderful opportunities, and everything else that my heart desires. I follow my guidance and keep my arms open to receive.”
You may receive this new heart felt offering for just $10US. Please note that if you are from Australia or Canada that Udemy do not have favourable exchange rate for you and will round it up to $15 in your local currency. If you start the course real soon we would love an honest review and feedback from you.
Sometimes it is hard to believe and accept that we have the ability to regulate our energy, moods, finances, and many other areas of our lives. We seem as if we are being dragged along or rushed along a conveyor belt and cannot find the “I want to get off” button. We have it, we just have to be brave enough to press it. Color is one of the keys to being able to walk your talk.
Together with perfect love and perfect trust we have crafted this course as an offering from our hearts. We do hope you enjoy it as much as we did bringing it too you.
Let us consider for a moment the element of water. Water always takes us back to the beginning of time, to the time of our birth and to the wonders of the primordial ocean. It's such an amazingly powerful experience to experience yourself as part of the river, the lake, the sea but also to feel that we're all one ocean riding all these waves that are coming through together, dreaming, walking, breathing as one. When we connect with the waters of life we flow, we ripple, we resonate in a very pure way with the graces that are gifted to us all.
So take some time and listen to your heartbeat as you seed the dreams of water. As we feel our heart beating and as we listen to our heart beating, let's just allow, as always, I encourage you to let go of your ordinary thoughts and concerns. Let them melt away. Become ONE with the watery realms.
With the element of water by your side seed your knowing dreams. Know that our perception creates our reality, we may flow this way or that, we always have a choice to see a particular city, a country, land, or water as sick, suffering broken or ill. But we also have the very real choice to see it flowing in its beauty, its strength and light which is its spiritual nature. When we choose to see in this positive light we recognise that light, that spiritual nature, the land, the people on it are flowing, vibrating with a positive charge and like attracts like. Whatever trouble is going on, be it in your own life or that of the collective spaces in front of you it can and does change. We have the choice to create a positive vibration that lifts all of life up and create healing in ways that really we can't imagine. Be the change you wish to see.
For those of you who missed my Sacred Space, Sacred Time webinar here is the link to a re-recording of it - my tech skills were on show as I had all of the participants on my screen and did not realise I was recording all that I saw!
Please join me for this free webinar. It has been scheduled for next Thursday, August 4th at 4pm here in Copenhagen time. This is 10am in New York and 7am in Los Angeles. I found working in European time quite confusing. As you all know I am Australian. Aussies it is midnight in Sydney on the 5th, and 10pm on the 4th in Perth, where I usually live on the West Coast! Apologies as I wanted to make it on a weekend, however my first free weekend to work in European time was October...... Here it is!
Sharon Ramel is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/809903139
Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +16465588656,809903139# or +14086380968,809903139#
Or Telephone: Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 809 903 139 International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=-cul7Z93D1KnrtGwyNlHAIhJ7KNXFFgO
We will have a look at sacred space and its importance in our everyday every moment life. I do hope you can join me.
No matter what is going on in your personal life and the bigger picture make it your single focused goal to see the light radiating from the opening of your heart, your portal to a gifted reality. See yourself opening and steadily moving towards anyone or anything that holds life, hope, healing and guidance and choose to simply turn away walking from anyone and anything that diminishes the light that shines brightly. That light which is always there for those who have eyes to see.
"Nothing is lost; everything is transformed" Michael Ende.
Sacred Space, Sacred Time Webinar
Merry meet my dear student friends
Welcome to my 8th course - Magical Witchcraft. All the stars have aligned as the number 8 holds it own special place resonating with the influences and vibrations of self-confidence, inner-strength, professionalism, manifesting abundance and wealth. Plus the course is released here on the 3rd and the number 3 resonates with the energies of inspiration and creativity, speech and communication, kindness and compassion; and more magical fire we are in the transformative new moon window with opportunities manifesting for us all. This new moon is a critical juncture for all who are seeking creative freedom. A wonderful opportunity to dive in and explore the mysterious depths of the soul and let go of any self-sabotaging beliefs that may by holding you back.
Witchcraft is a wonder filled evolving process - join me as we travel together as we engage in spell casting, rituals and invocations for the elements, the phases of the moon and the sabbats.
It is my aim to create an environment that fosters open-heartedness, authenticity, creativity, and collaboration. We will be working together side by side to bring forth our best and bring out the best in each other!
This offer is available for the three days of the New Moon window ONLY you will receive my new course
for just $10 and receive my Daily Meditation for free. (If you already have it - send me a request for one of the other courses - again only available during the new moon window)
“When a civilization forgets that we live under a roof of stars, we have forgotten who we truly are. From whence we came and where we will go.”
Please join me as we tune into the wheel of life and play together in our magical garden. Next week I will send out an announcement advising you about a Facebook page dedicated to the course (apologies not today as we have 21,000 native seedlings to plant this weekend!) In the meantime there is the Q&A on Udemy for asking questions that I will gladly answer.
Just a quick note the manual is a work in progress - a little patience if you please.
Sharon aka Faeshan
Merry Meet dear friends
"Almost anything will work again if you unplug it, including you" Annie Lamott.
Time to start preparing to set your dreams alight in your fire or by candle light as we approach the May full moon.
Are you thinking with your heart yet? I invite you simply do it as your ability to think with your heart is activated, quite simply you will cease believing your own thinking, all those issues you used to exhibit over control and your almost desperate need to fix or control fall away. Finally you have arrived and know that you can have exhilarating, more wonderful thinking at any moment, in any situation. By thinking with your heart wisdom stops looking like a random mystical process and becomes the natural resources of your deeper mind.
This is a time for you to draw on your warrior spirit, forge new alliances and a love of life, look laterally - maybe there is a different way you can create income streams. This is not a time for fear - let it dissolve in the ether. Ask for what you want - look to the skies as you see Saturn and Mars seemingly together as one and then there is our growing moon. This is the wild voice calling. Claim ownership of your truth.
"When you reassert your relationship with your wildish nature, you are gifted with a permanent inner Watcher, a knower, a visionary, an oracle, inspirational, an intuitive, a maker, an inventor and a listener who guides, suggest and urges vibrant life in the inner and outer world" Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
FULL MOON COURSE DISCOUNT OFFERINGS: AVAILABLE UNTIL MAY 22
The Power of Prayer - tap into the beautiful vibrational stream of energetic love.
Has the path of the shaman been calling? The time honoured deep wisdom is resonating asking us to all be the Earthkeepers we are born to be. Dive in and take up the nine Rites of the Munay Ki to become a Wisdomkeeper and dream your life into being
Spending time immersed in daily meditation and chakra dancing clears any negative energy that has clung to you during this and former lifetimes Clear negative energy the fun way
Daily meditation is calling you. There are so many little tips and tricks we may use to bring a deep sense of calm and sacredness into everyday. What are you waiting for?
Stuck in a rut and not liking your what you are doing with your life? Discover your real life purpose. Many of us are roped into jobs and lifestyles that simply do not resonate with us. Get out and discover what you soul is calling you to do.
Ladies have you given away your power, become a slave without even realising it? Leave the treadmill and rediscover the authentic divine goddess that you truly are.
Bindu chakra is calling you - laying in-between your third eye and visual cortex. Patience is required to release the dripping nectar that awaits you.
"Saying what you want is an expression of truth and it's a manifestation, a mantra, a charm and an enchantment. It's the beginning of a sequence of creation and exploration. It's a soft waving of your wand, a step closer to freedom's edge and a sip of the soulful warrior's nectar " Tanya Markul.
In love and full moon light
Live your truth, and now
Your journey is about to become a sacred thing. Take advantage of this blog only price of just $9USD by pressing the link above. However, before we start lets take time to bless our travelling forth. Let us free our hearts of anything and everything that no longer serves us.
Pause for a moment, look deep inside and ask your inner self to guide your pilgrimage. Allow your inner fire to manifest, to channel through into your journey into the sacred feminine divine.
This is your personal initiation into the realms of the sacred, time to let go that patriarchal framework that has dominated you. Summons forth the Goddess, draw on the feminine archetypes that you are naturally drawn too. Venus, Kali, Saraswati, Lilith, Isis, Virgo, Tara, Mary? Who is it for you? She will act as protector, shepherdess drawing you into infinity, re-dreaming the feminine form that is you.
Look deeply into the spectrum of divine femininity and their she is the mother, the maiden, the crone, the herbalist, the healer, the seductress, all swirling and pulsing with the joy of life, this life, your life.
Call forth all those aspects of yourself that you may not even have believed existed, you may not have met before in this lifetime. Step back and become the witness in your life, no longer drawn by the drama and illusion, feel her swelling energy in your life. Oh creatrix, let go and breathe the luminous tendrils of life, your own life.
Learn to think with your heart. The doors are opening, the veils are lifting. Your mind will not be able to grasp the reality however your heart and your womb can.
It is time to become devotional, to be discerning, impeccable and above all committed to the sacred feminine divine. Remember this is your birthright. The nectar is here for you to drink deeply from the well of wonderment.
Consider the passage of the planet Venus from the divine star we see at night travelling through to become the morning star. The nightly pilgrimage that connect night to day, day to night; you to the divine. Be transformed by the old healing ways of the Sacred Feminine Divine. Take up her mantle and wear it proudly.
Forget the path you were being pulled along. Go inside and listen out for the “lostness” see it, visualise it as a sacred calling giving you the essence of who you are becoming. You have nothing to lose, allow yourself to respond to the magic, allow your shattered ragged heart to sing and new song. Send it to the stars and await the answer.
See your messages encoded in the sanctuary of your womb healing. Set your intention for moving forward now. Look deeply and see if you can hear the gifts, unravel the puzzle and allow it to slip into place and be your evolving self.
It is time for you to leave all your sabotaging beliefs and patterns behind. Time for psychic purification, allow your true passions to stir from your deep deep consciousness realms. Those heart songs you never sang, those pictures of yourself you never dared draw. Step across the threshold and walk towards them now. Allow the dusty worn out layers you have accumulated in this life time to simply fall away. They no longer fit you and will not be needed again.
You are vibrating to a different tune now. You have turned towards what you need instead of what no longer serves you. A new vision is burning through you, calling you now you have called on the well-spring of your creative possibilities. Walk it, breathe it, live it, be it.
“Kristen. I have an important Skype interview tomorrow. What colors should I wear so I make the best impression?”
My friend’s question yesterday may seem a bit unusual to you, but it’s the kind of thing I get asked nearly every day. You see, I’m something of a color connoisseur.
A color chef…
A color advisor…
My marketing books would say, “Just call yourself a color EXPERT already!” OK. That too…
As an artist and educator, I can easily serve up a variety of color combinations to get my audience to feel exactly how I want them to. I use color strategically in my paintings, my animations, my online courses, in any presentations I make, and I even make deliberate color decisions when picking out what to wear to help influence my day both at home and at work. (On laundry day however, all bets are off.)
Today I feel particularly drawn to writing about the color blue. It’s hand down the #1 answer worldwide when you ask people what their favorite color is. (Fun fact: yellow, my sunny youngest son’s favorite, is the least popular answer.)
Blue was also my answer to my friend’s question about their job interview. It’s the color most often associated with trust, loyalty, and accountability. Research shows that in fact, when one wears navy or dark blue to a job interview they will have a slight psychological edge over their competition, assuming all other factors are equal.
I advised this particular interviewee, a male, to wear a light blue dress shirt (which shows friendliness and a hard-working, yet approachable nature) paired with a dark blue tie. You’ll almost always see this particular color combination worn by politicians when they are out campaigning. (Watch them roll up their sleeves to try and better connect with the 99% and non-billionaire voters.)
Blue also produces chemicals in our brains that aid with concentration, which is why it’s the best-colored room to study in. Studies show that people who write their notes using blue ink will better remember the information.
Blue is a color associated with service, perhaps because even as far back as ancient Greece, public servants would wear blue togas. This tradition continues in modern times as you can often spot medical professionals and law enforcement officers sporting this celebrated hue.
When it comes to food however, blue is about the WORST color to have around, unless you are on a diet and want to control your food intake by placing it on a blue plate. This is because blue is the least appetizing color to the typical human being. When we see blue on our food naturally occurring, it usually means it has gone bad or is spoiled. Blueberries and artificial colorings aside, our brains are wired to have us automatically repulsed by blue-colored food. So if you own a restaurant and your walls are the color blue, you might want to invest in painting your walls red instead. (Studies show people order more food on a menu and have a greater appetite in red-colored rooms or when tables have red tablecloths.)
Blue, a cool color like green and purple can also influence our physical body temperatures. Some cost-savvy business owners in hot climates will paint their offices and storefronts blue so they can turn the air conditioners down a few degrees. (And painting a room yellow, orange, or red can help people feel warmer as well.)
In the spiritual realm, blue is most often associated with the throat chakra. According to theuniverseofsymbolism.com, blue “holds the symbolic meaning of peace and tranquility. Blue is the color of cool water, it is soothing and symbolically represents trust and harmony, and it also holds the energy and meaning of calm. To improve communication, meditate with sky blue.”
Lately I’ve been enviously reading accounts by mediums and other intuitives who report that supposedly the colors of the spiritual realm are more intense than what we have here on Earth and cannot even be described with human words. To try to wrap my mind around that, I think of many types of bats and rodents who only are able to see in shades of black and white. Just because they can’t see the colors that we can doesn’t mean they don’t exist. And so it must be for the colors that we can’t see with our physical eyes as well.
Well, back on Earth, I’m happy enough using the colors I have on hand. Now that you know more about blue and what it can do, how will you dress for your next job interview? Go get ‘em tiger!
If you liked these color tips, you might also like my top-rated Udemy course, Life Hack With Color Psychology available at a special discount for visitors from this website. View the free preview lessons and enroll today.
Kristen Palana is an artist, author, and educator based in Rome, Italy and a tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media at The American University of Rome where she also runs its Film and Digital Media Program. She also teaches online to over 12K students on platforms such as Udemy, Skillshare, and through the UN-mandated University for Peace’s Centre For Executive Education.
The Color Blue Just For You
Have you fallen to the latest bug?
Find yourself running desperately from job to job and place to place believing that to do life faster and easier you will actually get somewhere?
….. the convenience virus.
Like a virulent rash you can’t soothe, speedily consuming your life and you cannot get rid of it.
Looking for a Light and Easy Life….
We all want convenient ways to perform menial tasks, but a lack of discernment around our desire for convenience is a real danger. If we allow our desire for fast and easy to bleed into every aspect of our lives, including our health and wellbeing, creativity, and spirituality, we drain our life force. We lose patience with the most important parts of ourselves.
We no longer think it fun to read a meaty book, to go deeply inside to craft and create.
Reported recently was an interview with a University philosophy professor who said his students did not want to study. The students reported that they didn’t have time to read books on philosophy. These students had become so used to consuming short bursts of information that they pressured him to cull his reading list down to just a few “essential” books.
The professor reluctantly gave the students his shortlist, which cut his original list by half. A week later, they began to ask exactly which passages they should read. The students said they didn’t have time to read the entire shortlist, or, as it turned out, even a single book.
This story reflects many of our current attitudes:
• Why should I practice when I can get qualified, anyway?
• Why get experience when I can have success without it?
• Why seek knowledge when information is available on the topic?
• Why create something when I can buy it?
• Why bother when I can buy it all ready made to go?
There are reasons to engage - very real ones
Convenience can be very inconvenient because you run the possibility of simply disappearing from your own life. You vanish from your work , you become a drone going through the motions. Your spirit withers, puzzling where and why you have chosen an empty life, it is yearning for your return. Your ability craft and create vanishes into the ether - was it ever there you may ask?
This has been distilled down to the sad basics that the essence of convenient living is efficiency. The destination is sameness.
Over time we hone our skills, we commit, we gain knowledge. We invest our unique selves into the field, thereby making it our own.
Knowledge gives our lives meaning, and ultimately, it's meaning we want, not convenience.
There are key questions to ponder
• Which areas of my life are calling me to give more time, patience, faith, effort, and focus?
• What do I want to experience, learn and create?
If you are really hooked on convenience, it may be difficult for you to consider any long-term endeavour, at all lite and easy after all saves your day. How slow are your responses in your fast automated life?
You can claw back reality and change it. Look at beginning each stay in stillness/meditation no thinking, flat out doing nothing time. Look at going to the local park to walk and sit under trees.
Have you fallen to the latest bug?
Find yourself running desperately from job to job and place to place believing that to do life faster and easier you will actually get somewhere?
….. the convenience virus.