Wednesday, November 30, 2011

When It Leaves...Wednesday!

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Playing in the leaves is something all children do; twins Steven and K.C are no different. One autumn evening the five year olds ask to go out and play until dinner is ready. What happens that night will haunt Steven for the next twenty years. Now with a daughter of his own, Steven is left to struggle with the painful, guilt ridden choice of keeping his daughter safe or help the brother he lost, long ago, the one person Steven always thought he would do anything to have back.
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“K.C., I wanna go,” Steven turned towards K.C. to try to convince his brother to stop with the idea of being buried, when he saw something that made him stop talking mid-sentence and halt his footsteps. Where K.C. was lying on the ground, the leaves began to swirl in a large spiral. They lifted into the air, picking up in speed and quantity. The buzzing noise became louder, the high pitch was starting to hurt Steven’s ears. He watched spell bound as the vegetation lifted higher and higher, forming what looked like a tornado made of leaves to the five year old. The dead, autumn foliage that was covering K.C. seemed to come to life at the base of the leafy twister. The swirling mass was spinning so fast, just watching it was making him dizzy. Steven wanted to run but was frozen with fear, unable to move or scream for help.
Then he saw something that would give him nightmares for years to come. The leaves that had been covering K.C. were sucked up into the rapidly spinning leafy tornado, until the ground below was bare. Steven’s eyes were wide with terror. He opened his mouth and screamed but the buzzing was so loud, his voice seemed silent in the night. He stood there releasing scream after scream, watching the tornadic leaves spin faster and faster. His heart was racing, his head was spinning and he was starting to feel sick to his stomach. Yet Steven was oblivious to what his body was trying to tell him—to warn him. His focus was on one thing and one thing only, the ground below the twister was empty. K.C. was gone…vanished…disappeared.
Hugs & Nightmares,
Savannah Rayne


Monday, November 28, 2011

Mystic Monday


Hi All,

Ok this week we're talking about vibrations and raising them up so that lower energy or vibrations cannot affect you. A friend called and asked if I could come and clear his house. Of course I can, but he wanted it done ASAP and my schedule just didn't allow it. So, what can you use to help clear your space?

Lavender is a great herb for raising vibes and protecting. Sage and Palo Santo are the best for clearing space. I love Palo Santo because it has a sweet smell to it and not that "I've just smoked pot" smell of sage. It comes in small sticks. To use, just light and blow it out to get a good smoke stream going. Then wave the smoke to the spot you want cleared. Sage comes in loose leaf and smudging wands. Use the same way, light up and then blow out to get a good smoke stream.

Then take the item you're using to clear by smudging and start down on the lowest floor and work your way up to the highest level of your home. Smudge all four corners of each room and then ask the area to be blessed.

After the entire house is done or space you want cleared, lavender incense are good or burn lavender oil to raise the vibrations of the room or house.

Another client wanted to know if her, ex hubby's negative energy was affecting her home. I suggested she do the same thing and had her add a small ritual for claiming her space at the end with salt and lavender outside of her house.

Over the next few weeks I plan on talking about the Earth's energy and the holidays that can affect our energy along with the Earth's energy.

As always, feel free to email me any questions...and don't be shy! If you have a question, concern or would like a more indepth explanation, I'm here to help.

Blessings,
Wendy
http://www.moonblossomstudio.com/

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!


I’d like to take a moment and thank all of you for reading my blog! Your support has meant the world to me and I hope in the weeks to come I will be able to entertain you just a little bit more!

Starting today I will be on Thanksgiving holiday. I’ll be returning on Monday ready to spread holiday cheer! I will be continuing the Friendly Friday picture stories and can’t wait to share them with you. Also I’ll have some other great blogs for your reading enjoyment  : )

I’ll be having Thanksgiving dinner at my home and sharing it with Sarah, Jon & Logan, and Rick’s mom Jan. Oh, and Rick will be there too! And who knows, a few others may just show up, LOL But that’s okay, there’s always plenty of food.

I skip the whole “Black Friday” thing.  One, I’m not a huge fan of crowds, much less those rude crabby people trying to get the best deal, when really the deals aren’t all the great. A blog for next month too, LOL

Instead I opt to get Christmas Central, into full swing! Friday I start with my beloved Christmas decorating. That means hauling all (I think I’m at 31 totes) the totes up from the basement. It usually takes me a full week (sometimes longer) to get everything in place. But you can usually find me still tweaking a few things right up until December 24th, LOL  A creative mind is a terrible thing at times, I’m always coming up with new ideas for things. And lord knows after watching those HGTV holiday decorating shows, I can’t help but incorporate some of those ideas as well. And most years it’s like Christmas comes early for me, because usually I hit the after Christmas clearance sales and pick up a few new things for the following year. I’ll start opening those totes and “Merry Christmas!” I forgot about all the new stuff I bought : )

Years ago I was warmly dubbed the “Christmas Queen” by my family & friends and I work very hard each year to hold on to that title! I have always loved Christmas and have wonderful memories ever since my childhood. I’ll be sharing some of these in the weeks ahead. Christmas is a magical time, filled with love and family. I just try to make those memories as wonderful as possible…but I’m getting way ahead of myself here.

So here’s hoping you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I have been very blessed this year and have a great many things to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Savannah Rayne




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Monday, November 21, 2011

Mystic Monday


Hi All,
Last week we talked about Meditations. This week let’s talk about Chakras. There are 7 major chakras.

Starting above your head there is a spinning wheel of light (chakra). The color of this chakra is white. It is your crown chakra and it connects you to the universe and the divine spirit. Next down is your third eye, which is purple. This charka is intuition, and enlightenment. Next is your throat chakra, which is blue and used for communication and speaking your truth. Heart chakra is next and is green or pink. This is the chakra of love and relationships. Solar Plexus is yellow and located by your belly button. This is your self-will and your power. Sacral is orange and is just below your belly. Sacral is reproduction, sexuality and creativity. The last chakra is the root chakra which is red in color. It is your survival and physical needs. This one also helps to keep you grounded.
When all your chakras are balanced and spinning correctly, you maintain wellness. When one is closed or stuck there is a state of dis-ease. Symptoms vary with each person. Here is a meditation to do to clear and keep your chakras balanced.

Get into your meditative state and work your way down from crown to root. Start out with your prayer of intent and ask for assistance from your guides or angels. Then, visualize your Crown chakra. I see it as the size of a baseball spinning all white in color. Call down the universal white light and have a spark of that light clear out your chakra and balance it. I think of the spark as a Tinker Bell inside the chakra cleaning it of all the dark spots that maybe on the chakra. Once you see your chakra burning bright white and spinning clockwise, move to the next. Do this for all your chakras down to the root chakra.

When you are finished, ground yourself, drink plenty of water throughout the day to flush out any stuck energy or left over energy.
I want to hear back and get some conversations going on this. What are your mediation styles?  How did this chakra mediation go?  I will pick one lucky person who comments for a free mini distance healing or reading via email.



With that I hope everyone has an enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday.

Blessings,

Wendy

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Woohooo!


Sorry everyone, but due to other pressing things, like work, work and did I say work, I don't have a blog ready for today : (

Bummer, I know.

So what I would suggest is checking out the
Hellfire Herald

There's always cool things going on over there!

Or check out any of my friends blogs
listed to your right.
They're a great bunch and I know once you visit their
blogs you'll become a follower!

And don't forget to stop back here on Friday
for another Friendly Friday Picture Story!
I know, it would be nice of me if I told you which one of my wonderful friends
story will be featured,
but hey, a little suspense goes a long way!
LOL

Have a wonderful couple of days
and
see you back here on Friday!



Hugs & Nightmares,
Savannah Rayne

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Typo Tuesday

Cover Notes Gone Awry

  • One cover note meant to apologize for any inconvenience, but instead they said "Sorry for any incontinence." Oh, yes, I bet you are.
  • Another said "Here are my qualifications for you to overlook." Well, OK, if you insist.

It's Not Hard to Read Between the Lines

  • The person who boasted "I am loyal to my employer at all costs," and then closed their note with "Please feel free to respond to my resume on my office voicemail" must not understand the meaning of loyalty.
  • "Please don't misconstrue my 14 jobs as 'job-hopping'. I have never quit a job." I recognize that there could be totally legitimate reasons for so many jobs, like ongoing consulting work, but this sentence just screams "I got fired! Over and over!" doesn't it?
  • "I demand a salary commiserate with my extensive experience." Do you now? Well, if you'd like a salary commensurate with your ability to choose the right word, you won't be making much, and I'm sure there are plenty of people who would commiserate with you about that.
  • "I have lurnt Word Perfect 6.0 computor and spreadsheet programs." Oh my. Some of my favorite people are terrible spellers but you can't market your computer skills if you can't spell computer. I don't even know what to say about lurnt.
  • "Criminal record: I have no felonies." Ah, good, then that just leaves the misdemeanors then, right?

Somehow Your Education Doesn't Impress Me

  • "I am most proudest of my 3.93 GPA and organize skills." I'd love to see what school that degree came from.
  • "Completed 11 years of high school." Which makes you the oldest high school student on the planet.
  • "Graduated from Havrad University with a Masters Degree." One thing I know about Ivy League people is that they know how to spell the name of their school. And their degree.
  • "Graduated in the top 70% of my class." This is the kind of information where your mom's rule applies: If you can't say anything nice (or impressive in this case), then don't say anything at all.

Are you sure that's something to be proud of?

  • Then there was the executive who"Led the Day-to-Day Execution of 450 People and all Their Associated Work." I would think we would have read about this in the news.
  • Sometimes a single letter can change the whole meaning of a sentence. "Instrumental for ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store." If that were true, I don't think you'd be bragging about it.
  • Another in the same vein was "Wholly responsible for two (2) failed financial institutions." Actually, there are probably a few financial wheeler-dealer criminal types who might be able to say that, but I'm pretty sure they'd never admit it.
  • "Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year." OK, I've gotten some great sales awards in my career, but the plague? No thanks.
  • "Very experienced with out-house computers." I am still not certain what this person meant but I am pretty sure that anyone who has an outhouse probably doesn't care much about putting a computer in it.
  • "Planned new corporate facility at $3 million over budget." Here's a hint: employers like if you come in under budget.

Now for some funny signs : )













Hugs & Nightmares,

Savannah Rayne













Monday, November 14, 2011

Mystic Monday

Hi All and Blessings,

I couldn't think of what to blog about then it came to me…Meditation. We touched on it last week.

What a subject to cover in a small blog, but let's tackle it and see what happens! Maybe there will be another blog about it as questions come up.

This weekend I was at the Shell Lake BodyLabUSA event. While at my booth setting up for healings and readings, a woman came to me about meditation and how to.

She said "Wendy, you know I just can't stay sitting and still long enough to get into a meditation. Is that ok?"  Heck yes it is. We all have different styles of what works and what doesn't work for us. There is no right or wrong way of doing.

With that said let’s explore this shall we. Mediation is something you are going to have to experiment with. Last week we talked about creating a space.

So here is your Meditation assignment.

Figure out how you meditate. Now you can sit in your space with music on and candle lit, sitting with your eyes closed and doing a visual meditation, or you can busy your body if you just can't sit still. To busy your body to let your mind open up is easy. Just find something for your body to do as you check out mentally. Jump on the treadmill and run or walk while you open your mind for meditation if you can sit still. Your style of meditation doesn't matter, what matters is what you are achieving through your mediations. Your goal is to relax and get in contact with your higher self.

Try this meditation to see what works for you.

Rainbow Meditation.

This meditation will help center and ground you by bringing in all the colors of the rainbow through your chakras.

Get comfortable.

Set up your space.

Close your eyes and center. Breathe.

Take three deep breaths in through the nose and out the mouth.

The first thing I want you to do is visualize a white light from the universe coming down in a beam into your crown chakra (head) and going through your body (down your spine) and out your feet into Mother Earth.

Take a deep breath and relax and now do the same for the color red, yellow, orange, green, blue and indigo. Take a deep breath between each color and relax.

Now once you get to the last color. Deep breathe in and release. Then I want you to take note as to how you feel. If you feel light headed then I want you to ground.

Drink plenty of water after this mediation, as it will get your energy flowing and balance your chakras.

Let me know how you are all doing. In the next blog I will be including a healing session or reading via distance for one lucky person who comments or asks questions. Watch for details next week.

Please check out my webpage for classes being offered in Shell Lake. I also will come to your home and teach private sessions (local area). Remember to check my events page. I will be in Hartford, WI and Superior, WI in February. December and January I am doing classes.



Blessings to all,

Wendy



Wendy Jackson
Intuitive Healer/Reiki Master

Wednesday, November 9, 2011



With the fast approaching holiday's I thought I'd do a blog on what most of us worry about...eating too much! Let's face it, the holidays bring on masses of good things to eat and most of us indulge ourselves until we're as stuffed as the turkey that was on the table!
Then there's the long winter. It's freezing cold, there's nothing to do except shovel snow or watch football.  (Okay I know, and if you're a writer, you find time to peck away a few words at the computer.) And what goes along with all that? COMFORT FOOD! Nothing warms a person more than a nice, warm calorie loaded meal followed by some delightfully decadent dessert. (tis the season for baking too!)



Oh and don't forget a nice big mug of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings while you're staring at the monitor with writers block : )

At those moments do you really worry about the extra pounds that are surely accumulating? Most of us answer 'yes', yet it doesn't really matter, after all, we will make that New Year resolution to diet and exercise and we have plenty of time before it's swim suit weather. (Diet is a nasty four letter word if you ask me)

The holidays ooze Chocolate...literally! There's everything from Chocolate Martini's to huge boxes of chocolate candy! 




Okay, seriously, who am I kidding? Am I going to use great restraint and pass on any of it? NOT! At almost 49, do I really care if I look like a model? (I didn’t even look like one in my late teens) ....and more importantly, why should I?

I think society is already pushing our
younger generation to be "perfect"
When the show "Plain Jane" aired last fall, I was irritated beyond reason.

The show was about, a young woman who was seen by others as "plain" and she was given a complete make over in order to get the "guy of her dreams".  Are you kidding me?? Then the guy thinks she’s beautiful and they all live happily-ever-after. OMG, how wrong is that? So, let me get this right, in order to have any chance at dating a really cute guy, you have to look like the perfect model? Huh, guess I never got that memo.  And this is the line of crap we teach our young ladies to believe. Unreal. And what about what we teach young men? It's more important to have "arm candy" than a person who is kind, loving and just a "nice" girl.

Okay, so I’ll do another blog on the unnecessary evil of looking perfect or I’ll be here all day, lol.

So, back to Chocolate..................

I LOVE Chocolate! Chocolate is one of the universal foods. It too is almost like the language of love,LOL  It has so many different ways of being used from candy to ice cream to hot chocolate or as a syrup, the list is long. But it’s also one of those things that make people feel good.



If I’m having a really bad day and Rick knows it, he’ll become a partner in crime (cuz I’m sure my fluffy, womanly figure doesn’t need it) when he goes to the store or gas station and he’ll bring me home a Reese's peanut butter cup! You gotta love a man that knows how to make his woman feel better : )


   Hot Chocolate, just warms your soul.                            
It makes you feel all warm and cozy inside.



Chocolate ice cream is just good anytime.... like a friend that stops in unexpectedly. It’s not something you need, but if it happens to be there, it’s all good.




As for chocolate syrup, well that can be fun and we’ll just leave it at that, lol.




So my advice for this holiday season is simple...enjoy it!
So everyone here’s to you! Put a little extra gravy on those mashed potato's! Go out and get a candy bar or eat some chocolate ice cream! Grab a cup of hot chocolate and raise it high!! Then snuggle up with some one you love! After all, if the love you a few extra pounds won't matter.

Maybe just for today, don’t worry about if that comfort food is going to add an extra pound to the scale or care about what someone might think. Instead, just for today make yourself happy! Isn’t that the most important life lesson anyway?


Hugs & Nightmares,
Savannah Rayne

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Typo Tuesday

These examples of the English language allow us to understand why people from overseas make mistakes when trying to make translations on notices, posters, signs and menus. Not to mention a writers nightmare J

The bandage was wound around the wound.

The farm was used to produce produce.

The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

He could lead if he would get the lead out.

The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

They were too close to the door to close it.

The buck does funny things when the does are present.

To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

After a number of injections my jaw got number.

Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

The city tip was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.   

Chloe was too close to the door to close it.

Sherrie shed her shoes in the shed.

In terms of weight lead is in the lead.
    
      I did not object to the object.

Freddie filled in his form by filling it out.
















Hugs & Nightmares,
Savannah Rayne

Monday, November 7, 2011

Mystic Monday's

Happy November All,
Now that the Halloween season is done we are going to dive into meditation and centering along with Chakras. These are the basics you need to know before diving into working with your Guides, Angels, Animal Totems and healings. These things also help with Spirit Communications and Hauntings.
Your first assignment is to create a space. It doesn't need to be big. I have a small area on top of a trunk in my room that is my space. On it I have a candle and stones that I may need during my healing work or mediations.
I also have a cd player for playing relaxing music. During your mediation time it's important that you are free from distractions so please turn off the phone and put the kids to bed.
Once you set up your space get ready to learn how to center your energy and ground.
Centering your Energy:
Centering is something you should do whenever you start energy work. You need to be balanced. You can also center if you feel stressed out. It's a great way to get in tune with your body and it is very simple.
1. Set up your space. Turn off lights, light a candle, play a cd, turn off the phone and TV. Make sure there are no distractions.
2. Get comfortable. Sit in a chair, or lay down, or just sit on the floor. It's all about what works for you.
3. Close your eyes and take three deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
4. Now listen and become aware to your breathing. Follow your breath in and out. Listen to the air moving, feel the rise and fall of your chest. If your mind wanders, no big deal, just come back to focus on your breath.
5. Once you are feeling calm and balanced you are ready to ground. You will know when you are centered. Your breath will be as easy and calm as it is when you are sleeping.
If you are not going to ground and you just needed to center to regroup yourself, you can open your eyes and slowly come back to being fully aware of your body and your surroundings.
 Grounding:
1. Set your space.
2. Center.
3. Grounding can be done in many ways. Here are two ways that are easy for me.
A. Tree…Imagine that you are a tree whose roots grow down into Mother Earth as far as you are tall. Reach your branches up to the sky. Now take in a beam of white light from the universe through your branches down your trunk and out your roots seeing the white light come out your roots and into Mother Earth. Mother Earth will take this energy and recycle it.
If you feel light headed after this process, bring up red light from Mother Earth through your roots up your trunk and out your branches into the universe. This will help to balance you.
 B. Imagine you are on a beach with your back up against a tree. Feel the warm sun shine down on your face as you close your eyes. Feel the trunk of the tree supporting your back as you sit and take in the energy of the sun. Hear the waves as they slap against the beach. Dig your feet into the warm sand and allow the tree to do your grounding work for you. See the white light of the universe come down the tree into your body and out your feet into the sand. Allow Mother Earth to soak up the energy to recycle it. Again if you are light headed then do the red energy exchange from the above meditation.
When doing spiritual work or self-improvement work Rule 1 is Your Intent is everything. As long as you put your intent out there, nothing can go wrong.
Before doing any work I say a prayer of intent. This prayer is to my God, Goddess, angels and guides to help me for my highest good, to keep me protected as I do my work and then I state my intent. After I am done it is always important to say thank you for the assistance.
 Next week we will talk about Charka clearing, Spirit Guides and Angels. In weeks that follow we will talk about Animal Totems. These are all your spirit helpers out there. Closer to Christmas I plan to talk about 12th Night and the thinning of the veil. Christmas can be a bigger time of year for crossed over loved ones to communicate than Halloween.
Good luck with setting up your space and practicing. This is a very small version of what I teach my students. Please feel free to contact me with questions or if you would like more information.

Blessings All,
Wendy

Wendy Jackson
Intuitive Healer/Reiki Master