31 May, 2016

Client Follow-Up: a letter of healing and inspiration

Recently, I worked with a client* who struggled with very difficult and painful thought-patterns & behaviors. They were affecting her quality of life, and she wanted to move past them before they became permanent aspects of her personality. In addition to those energetic blocks, she also struggled with strong psychic perceptions, which directly affected her ability to sleep peacefully.  We worked together for 2.5 hours, releasing past traumas. It was hard work for the both of us, and brought a closeness that inspired hope for her future.

A few days ago, I received the most lovely follow-up email from her, and am posting parts of it (with her permission):

"Hello Monika,
I want to thank you for your services last Saturday. It was an incredible experience that I certainly will NEVER forget. As soon as I got home I felt peace and serenity. I changed my bedding, bought the stones, and searched for the books you recommended. For the past week I have felt clear minded, happy, and excited to live again and I have you to thank for that.
 Although it is a very awkward and sad conversation to have regarding [my past traumas], I have come to terms with it. I have been struggling with this for 4 years, but your story and kind words have made me feel at peace for once. I truly believe we were connected for a reason and I am blessed to have met you.
Unfortunately the past few days I have seen outlines of spirits but they do not bother me. I know that the cute and fluffy fox (who I have named Wolfie) is going to protect me and not let anyone or anything get in my way. I feel as if Wolfie is my friend and spiritual partner. 
Once again, you are truly a talented woman that has helped me overcome various difficult obstacles in just the 2.5 hours we spent together. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
--Client and Wolfie"

I give great thanks for the Spirits for helping us find each other. Our work together not only helped her, but provided healing for me as well. A fantastic appointment for us both!

*I never post any information about clients without their expressed permission, as this breaks confidentiality. However, some do permit their words to be used in Testimonials, as guidance for future clients.

18 May, 2016

Piñon Pine: how a new helping spirit gets my attention!

During my self-healing retreat to Arizona, I met and worked with many new Helping Spirits.  Raven and Red-Tail Hawk have been friends for years, but Rattlesnake and Piñon Pine were very new! Here is the story of how I began working with the Spirit of Piñon Pine...

(from WikiCommons, public domain image)
A little over a month ago, I stopped by my local Pagan shop to purchase incense and candles. I always love working with Frankincense and Myrrh, as they help to clear out my Healing Room and materials after each client. As I went to purchase a few bags, I saw something labeled "Pinyon Incense."  There was no description on the label, but I thought it might be neat to try a new scent, so I purchased one bag of it.

Throughout the following weeks, I would light a stick when I was answering clients' emails, or writing my book. It was sort of a subtle smell of "freshness,"  but I didn't really feel one way or the other. I finished the bag, and promptly forgot all about it.

Last week, when I traveled to Arizona, I brought with me a "Desert Tree/Shrub Identification" booklet. It didn't have all of the different plants that I encountered, but it did identify the Piñon Pine as one of the more common trees at around 5,000 feet above sea level. I started seeing it everywhere, as it usually grew near Juniper and Mesquite Trees.

During one of my first hikes in the Red Rock desert, I found a Piñon with some of its limbs chopped off. Resinous sap was actively dripping, and I leaned in, wondering if it smelled as strong as the Pines on the East Coast...

(c) Lonely Coyote, 2016
I almost fell over with amazement! It smelled nothing like its East Coast cousin--a powerful, spicy-lemony-piney-fresh scent. It was such a strong and uplifting smell, that it completely invigorated me. I started actively looking for it on my many journeys. I was stunned by its powerful presence; one smell would re-energize me for another hour of hiking.

After two or three days of getting to know the physical aspects of the Piñon, I sat near one and prepared to Journey to meet the Spirit. When I work with the Pine Trees near me (mostly Loblolly Pine), I receive messages of focus, concentration, mental clarity, and purification (many of us know the wonderful smell of Pine from memories of walking in forests, and its sacredness is memorialized within the Irish Ogham). I had no idea what sort of information I would receive about the Piñon Pine, but I was excited to find out!

The Spirit of Piñon was incredibly welcoming and loving, and worked with me for my own heart-healing. It spoke of using the resin in healing ceremonies, and its ability to clear negativity (especially the "stickiness" of Miasma, a Greek word that is used to describe the spiritual substance that surrounds land/home/animals/people as a result of spiritual intrusion and/or dangerous & unethical works). It gave permission to harvest a very small amount of resin, and I responded by offering it the rest of my water and cornmeal.

In the week or so since I've returned from the Desert, I've worked with Piñon daily. It has helped me to release some particularly painful and tricky emotional thorns, and has had a powerful effect during healing ceremonies with my clients.

Yesterday, I visited the Pagan shop and purchased new bags of incense. I specifically tried to find more of the "Pinyon" bags, since I now knew more about the Helping Spirit. Sadly, there was very little left, and it wasn't quite as strong-smelling as the resin from the desert. When I asked the staff member about the possibility of ordering more, or a different variety, she responded very helpfully, but mentioned that almost no one requests it, and it hardly ever sells. It was such a wonderful and serendipitous event, to find the incense when I did, that I wonder if Piñon Pine was giving me a Two-by-Four and letting me know we'd be working together!  I give great thanks, and look forward to learning more about the Spirit of Piñon in the coming weeks.

07 May, 2016

Sedona in bloom

I'm back in my favorite vacation place, working on self-healing. I've been to Arizona twice before, but never in the Spring/early Summer. The desert is in bloom!

I've journeyed to a few of these plants, but not all. I wanted to share my pictures, while I had WiFi signal at this cute little coffee house...

(c) Lonely Coyote, 2016
 I believe this might be some sort of pepper plant, but not sure...

(c) Lonely Coyote, 2016
This gorgeous magenta flower is attached to the Hedgehog Cactus.

(c) Lonely Coyote, 2016
These buds are part of the Agave plant, which gives sweet nectar and tequila!

(c) Lonely Coyote
I am 90% sure that this is Indian Paintbrush. The fiery orange and red is stunning in a pine forest!

(c) Lonely Coyote, 2016
I believe this is a form of Desert Daisy, and it is my favorite shade of yellow. These have been prolific on my hiking trails.

(c) Lonely Coyote, 2016
A bit of Celtic flora; the Blessed Thistle!

(c) Lonely Coyote, 2016
This is my FAVORITE flower found so far; the Snapdragon Penstemon. It has this amazing smell that I wish I could put on this blog; a combination of Lilac, Honeysuckle, and Rose.

Hope you enjoy the images, and stay tuned for more as I am able to find a dedicated WiFi signal!

03 May, 2016

Personal healing and retreat

In less than an hour, I leave for BWI and Arizona. The desert has been calling me every since I moved to Columbia back in January, and I am heeding the call for personal healing.

Sedona, Arizona  (c) Lonely Coyote, 2015

I rarely post personal facts on this blog, but this retreat is motivated by my ongoing divorce.  Divorce is such a strange thing, and it affects more than just the "ex" relationship. In-laws, friends groups, spiritual communities, close confidants; all of it shifts and moves as a new balance is reached.

I have worked with some excellent healers, therapists, self-help books (the Divorce Recovery Workbook is fantastic), and my Shadow work has been powerful and life-altering. This shamanic challenge is heavy, but I see the lessons, and feel the intense growth within myself.

This week in the desert might be lonely, but this Lonely Coyote is craving time within Nature. I will be writing more of my book, Differentiating Between Mental Illness and Spiritual Experiences (gods I need a shorter title), as well as hiking and re-claiming my Joy.

I return from Arizona after a week, and am looking forward to bringing the lessons of the desert to shamanic clients. Although I am not offering Healing Ceremonies during my time there, I am able to give mentoring sessions and divination, and I will have some wi-fi access during the evenings.

Blessings to you all, dear readers, and stay tuned as I update this blog with pictures, funny insights, and hilarious stories about the shenanigans Coyote and I get into as I return to my Joy-filled self!