Dad Shared the Sky. Mom Shared the Earth.

The past 7 years have taught me to expect change, and to expect it often. It wasn’t my personal agenda, but my whole life has started over at least four times in those years. Finding solace through all that change has been vital. Where to find it? Nature. Go to it at every opportunity. The ocean is the place I choose, sometimes the woods where a beautiful waterfall runs. Since my last post, I moved closer to the ocean. I feel more at peace with access to it essentially right outside my front door. What a blessing. When I’m in nature, I carry the young memories of walking outdoors with my parents.

A recent post on Facebook by Wayne Dyer, which included a beautiful poem by Mary Oliver, really struck home for me:

“Follow your children.

Together you will

learn to pay attention:

how to kneel down

in the grass;

how to be idle

and blessed;

how to stroll

through the field;

how to lead a wild

and precious life.” ~ Mary Oliver (This is written as it was on Facebook)

This poem reminds me of the times my dad would carry me outside in his arms after dinner, to walk in our big yard and look for the moon through the trees. I was about 2 years old. He would walk where I pointed and we would find the moon together. And, the memories of day walks in nature with my mom.  She and I would collect interesting rocks, and beautiful field flowers; the field grasses towering over my head. Occasionally we would stop to listen to the water flowing in the stream near our house. These were the best days of my childhood, like medicine to my young heart. I needed that peace and companionship as a very sensitive, aware-without-words (intuitive) little person.

Mom will be 90 next February. She is such an important woman in my life. She’s helped me get through some deeply tough times. The spirit of my father visits me often since 2003, guiding me, comforting me, encouraging me. 45+ years later, I walk in nature to soothe my soul through all the changes. I feel blessed and I feel grateful.

In surfing through all the changes, I realized that in this life, I’m called to witness people’s inner aliveness and connection to Self; and when needed, to support that connection in Spirit Bird healing sessions, intuitive readings, and through insight drawings. We can work together and be the change!

Rise Up and feel blessed! The path is gently lit.

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Healing henna tattoo for this client's personal needs. The tattoos hold a specific vibration, similar to a mantra with deep meaning. I record the information for future reference and contemplation.

Perseverance is Easy Because The Candle Won’t Ever Go Out. Spreading The News.

Perseverance: Can you imagine someone standing in the path between you and someone you love (and who loves you), forbidding contact? It is excruciating to think about. Unfathomable. It takes a “special” mindset or blind spot in consciousness to take such a stand that is unwarranted. Maybe a highly developed skill in self-brainwashing to justify or rationalize saying no to love and nurturing for selfish reasons. Especially when it comes to children and pets who can’t understand why someone they love doesn’t come around anymore, or can’t speak up for themselves and demand their right to see their loved one. I wonder how prevalent this is around the world. What would make someone deliberately stand in the way? All it takes is the fear-based passive aggressive act of not communicating. Amazingly, as if it were a secret magic wand, what this behavior does is make the love and determination grow deeper and stronger. If you are experiencing this in your life or know someone who is, don’t think for one moment that those who love each other who are “cut off” from communicating or seeing each other, have forgotten. Their energy is pouring out telepathically (knowingly or not), flooding the other with energy of connection, love, memories, and clear intentions to connect in person someday. The light is strong there and the connection continues to develop. Persevere. Always remember.

Today is technically a “Pooh Day” in Bellingham, Washington. 100% blustery. And though this day, for me, was filled with truly fun adventures including dozens of children and djembe playing (not at the same time this particular day), there was a good percentage of me that was still energetically tucked in my blankets fast asleep…

A lot was achieved today. New percussive rhythms, new contacts for beautiful work, communing with my beloved Ocean. And, now I get to write here, tucked in, only a window between me and the storm outside. Bliss. Cold wind howls, flinging leaves and rain chaotically in the night, while the warm candle flame next to me calmly bends to the left, then nods to the right.

Yesterday, a client who sees me for full body energy sessions was candid with me about her experiences on my healing table. She said “You cover a lot of ground for the price you charge. It’s like three sessions in one. Not like anyone else.” A big statement! She recommended that I connect with one of her physicians to foster awareness of my practice, which I will do. I thank her for that. More and more people will understand the concept that the healing work I do connects with the body’s original energetic blueprint, providing a way for the systems of the body to come back into balance and health, fostering the healing process. Tattoos are another way to learn about and open to understanding current personal concerns. Some folks live far away so I work with them through intuitively drawing images similar to tattoos. I explain what the image is saying for them in a recording and then mail the image to them so they can place it where they will see it every day. Energy medicine in picture form. I don’t know anyone else who is doing this specifically for clients. This work is very intriguing as well as healing. Most often, people are deeply touched by being seen and supported. It is common for tears to flow for the deep recognition and validation that accompanies the needed shifts for healing.

This Saturday I’m excited to be facilitating an energy healing group for the community of Vashon Island, Washington. If you’re in the area, come join in the expanding circle of healing. I will open the conversation for channelling Q&A also. We meet at Vashon Intuitive Arts from 11-2pm. For information, give them a call at: 206-463-0025, or myself at: 360-393-7229. Ages 5 and up are welcome. Adults: $20 suggested donation.

Remember your Light. It is a way of understanding what and who you are. Your life is important.

Peace.

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The indigenous land rights ruling that could transform Canada

Originally posted on RED POWER MEDIA:

Fish Lake on Tsilhqot’in territory in British Columbia, where the Indigenous Tsilhqot’in nation has prevented a copper and gold mine from being built. Photograph: Friends of the Nemaiah Valley

Fish Lake on Tsilhqot’in territory in British Columbia, where the Indigenous Tsilhqot’in nation has prevented a copper and gold mine from being built. Photograph: Friends of the Nemaiah Valley

October 21  2014, Guardian: Martin Lukacs

Indigenous rights offer a path to a radically more just and sustainable country – which is why the Canadian government is bent on eliminating them

The unrest is palpable. In First Nations across Canada, word is spreading of a historic court ruling recognizing Indigenous land rights. And the murmurs are turning to action: an eviction notice issued to a railway company in British Columbia; a park occupied in Vancouver; lawsuits launched against the Enbridge tar sands pipeline; a government deal reconsidered by Ontario Algonquins; and sovereignty declared by the Atikamekw in Quebec.

These First Nations have been emboldened by this summer’s Supreme Court of Canada William decision, which recognized the aboriginal title of the Tsilhqot’in nation…

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Book Development

I’ve been watching my day-to-day life and I’ve noticed it feels energetically different from a few years ago. I know it’s not just me feeling this… How about you? Some folks I know, and those just out and about, have said the same thing. It’s not something I can definitively put my finger on. But one instance is the passage of time. Some days seem to move slower or faster, and my actions don’t seem to take any more or less time to do them, but when I look at the clock, I’m either way ahead or way behind schedule. Maybe it’s my own observation or maybe we’re in a simple time warp. Simple?

Today I attended a webinar about publishing my book through Balboa Press, a nifty self-publishing outfit. Balboa is the step before Hay House, a traditional publisher. Writing a book has been on my mind for years. As for the topic, I discovered a thread to focus on today, during the webinar. So at this point, it feels like a primary focus will be about my dog and my most recent relationship as it relates to my own “home coming”. I see it as a generational story, but not the way you may think. The underlying message is about connection, love, and endurance through incredible hardship and change beyond one’s control. Each of these things, we experience at some point in our lives. Those who know me, know I can be diverse in my approach to most anything…a topic for another blog post…  This book will be told in three ways, to three generations, because in this life experience, someone from each generation has been touched by what happened. Life doesn’t wait for a certain age to “land hard”. It happens at every age. This story can be of benefit to young children, teens and adults, and it can have a thought-provoking, positive effect on the lives of animals who most often have no say in what happens to them, or who they live with, despite their own desires. Their voice is silent unless we get out of the drama and take the time to really listen to and respect them. The first book will be for the youngest of hearts. A picture book that speaks only in visual form.

Following the end of a 16 year partnership, I lived alone with Maggie, my German Shepherd Dog, and two sibling cats, Emma and Chumley, for four years. All three of these old, beautiful souls taught me so much about my emerging skills as an energy healer, which I resisted most of my life. The resistance likely brought me to a place that was incredibly difficult so that I would finally relent and admit it. I’m a healer. Between a rock and a hard place, to put it mildly… A “phoenix rising” time of life that I hope with all my heart, I never have to repeat even part of, to get “The Message”. Whatever that message may be. But this is the stuff of life, and, it makes for a great story, one that seems unbelievable, and is still unfolding even now. The end of the book has yet to happen as I see it coming down the pike…. I’ve got time until I get there in the writing. I consider myself a walking miracle for having been through so much in a short amount of time, I’m still alive and moving forward. I want people to know it is possible to get through it; whatever “it” is. From time to time, I will post bits of what comes through the writing or some journal entries, sketches, etc. I would love to receive feedback or what these things make you think about in your own life. It’s a dialogue of sorts and I’m curious.

Do you have a story that begs to be written and shared? Do you write privately for yourself about things that cross your mind or events that have happened? What about poetry or lyrics? In my healing sessions, sometimes I ask if writing is part of how someone handles hard days in a transition. It helps with healing and releasing what can sometimes feel like a hamster wheel experience…. I’m reminded of the movie Groundhog Day. One time I tried counting how many days the guy seemed to have to go through until he did something different… 63 days? Man.

Blessing the Journey and Loving no matter what.

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(This is a vector drawing I did years ago, of my dog Maggie, a key player in my life.)

Erika

New Day, New Space! & What Is It That I do? An Organic Process to be Experienced.

The healing work is on my mind today. I’m starting work in a new space at 1118 Finnegan Way, in the Fairhaven District of Bellingham, Wa. I’m so excited for this new development and all the wonderful healing that is coming. The space is grounded, bright, focused and filled with beautiful energy for healing and living lightly. My hours are evenings and weekends. Feel free to contact me about Spirit Bird sessions: holistic, multi-dimensional, healing.

In typical Erika style, I work diversely: Intuitive readings straight on, intuitive drawing/painting and readings, intuitive healing henna tattoos and readings, and energy healing sessions for people, groups and animals. It sounds complicated but it’s actually an intuitive healing skill I was born with that is applied in different situations. I’ve been a visual artist, and musically inclined, all my life. I’m kinesthetic, sensing through my body is how I receive clear information. These happen to be how I see a person’s journey. The origin of my healing henna readings is described in a post from Sept 17th which includes some info from the Spirit Bird Intuitive Arts Facebook page, in the “About” section.

I offer sessions for folks all around the world. It works just as well as if you were right in front of me. So when I am asked by someone “How does it work if you’re over there and I’m over here?” I am being given the gift of clarifying how “non-local” healing works. I will either make it clearer here, or inspire more questions….which I welcome!

As an example, for art-based healing sessions at a distance, I meet with my client over the phone or via Skype (Skype is preferred because it supports the visual nature of my work). Just like in person, I learn what it is that they would like to work on. Then I tune into them and images come to my mind’s eye. I draw these out until it feels complete and then I intuitively read these images. Readings often are about a particular aspect of life experience, the soul journey, that has come through to help with healing what is ready to shift. The session often also includes direct healing of the body-heart-emotions. Physical healing is part of what I can do. At times, our body/mind forgets or overlooks opportunities to come back to balance. Afterward, the art gets sent with a recording of the reading.

Intuitive experiences are had by everyone. A simple example would be that you can feel someone looking at you from behind or to the side and you, without thinking, turn in their direction and find that they indeed have been looking at you. We feel each other’s presence. It is part of our genetic make-up. Not scary, not magical. It’s normal and healthy to sense others around us. Intuition. So for me, my way with it allows me to help people energetically shift and realize new choices that were not that obvious in the normal day-to-day life experience.

My process is unique. I work on multiple levels or dimensions and don’t add my energy or standard techniques to do what I do. Rather, I am given permission to use the client’s energy and heart consciousness, and this blends with our combined Guidance, showing me how to facilitate the work. I have an energetic “Healing Kit Bag” from which Guidance gives me tools to use “in the moment”. I don’t “decide” that I’m going to do something specific, I am being told what to do through our time together and our joined Guidance. I’m a bit like a tuning fork. I bring the music of your body-heart-spirit back into tune. It’s a very clean, direct, deep process and only works on what is ready to shift. However, this is better experienced than verbally explained!

Energy-based healing: Everything is energy. Popular science is bringing this news to the masses more and more every day. Everything is a vibration, has a sound, is made of light, that is alive in us and around us. In part, this is what contributes to our human energy blueprint. It creates what we look like, how we develop, and what it is like to be ourselves in this life on Earth. Mother Earth is a magical place. She can benefit from energy healing too, and I do this regularly at the various sacred spots I re-boot at, and call Home. I love what I do! It’s a blessing to me. It’s fun, rewarding, and beautiful to see people get up from their sessions feeling more aware of who they truly are, and feel better. I work with animals as a healer and communicator, too. Down the road here, I will write about some of my experiences.

I’m at Wise Awakening every first and third Monday of the month, from 11:00 – 5:00, for sessions by appointment. Drop-in mini sessions for henna readings, energy balancing/healing, and intuitive readings are available also, and I announce this news via Facebook when it is available. There will be a sign out front, too, if you’re just walkin’ by. All ages are welcome. Come by to check it out with a mini session and see how it feels to you. I also hold community healing groups, working with everyone at once. The next one will be on Vashon Island on October 25th, at Vashon Intuitive Arts (206.463.0025).

Word-of-mouth the best way for people to find out about what it’s like to receive a session with me, because no one else works like I do. My process is organic. Writing about it (as I’ve attempted here) may help to a degree, but there’s nothing better than someone saying how they felt before, during and after their session. It becomes really clear it’s something to be experienced. So, I thank you for your willingness to read this blog, and if you’ve had sessions with me, I thank you for your willingness to share your experiences with others and encourage them to give it a try. Together we ALL are working on each other to walk forward in our own Light, healthier, more awake, and clearer.

Live this day like it matters! Because it does!!

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Healing, Kombucha, and Preparing for 5 Upcoming Events in the NW

The healing foot: It broke 5 weeks ago and had its second check-up today. The Dr. was surprised to find out that there is no pain in my foot and walking is normal. I’ve been working on it energetically since the moment it broke (from jubilant dancing!) So his surprise pleased me. The x-ray shows the tell-tale signs of a break, but there is no swelling and the feeling of it is nearly normal. It is well on the path to full recovery. (I wrote about it in my last post.)

The season has changed and my body, mind and constitution wants kombucha. Last year at this time I was brewing 5 gallons! The 5 have sat there in the dark and cold for 11 months, patiently waiting for me. I met someone at the store today who became curious about kombucha while I was filling a “growler” full of commercial brew to buy. I mentioned that I started blogging about it a year ago and invited him to read the old posts to learn more about it. When I got home and checked on what I wrote last year, it was minimal. Just one post…. The months that followed that post were engulfed by an unexpected storm in my personal life and was the reason I didn’t write again until recently (and the reason I stopped brewing.) The kombucha I bought today is not so desirable…. So, I am preparing to fill the growler with fresh home-brew in two weeks. Enough is enough! Making the brew is far cheaper than buying it and tastes so much better! Here’s to getting back to the process and posting how-to’s here. I look forward to posting photos and comments again.

On the Healer and Henna side of my life, I’m preparing for 5 events taking place between October 4 and November 22 this year. Updates on specifics will be posted on Spirit Bird Intuitive Arts’ Facebook page and in e-newsletters to come. Here is a description (from the Facebook page), of what my work is about plus two recent testimonials:

“My work is about intuitively guided healing sessions to positively and deeply affect physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. The work is based in heart energetics and your personal energy field. I’ll keep you posted on what I’m up to in my work as a healer, artist, channel and writer, and where you can meet me at upcoming events.In healing sessions I blend a range Ancient Healing Arts, as well as modern techniques including massage therapy, BodyTalk, Spiritual Response Therapy, Reconnective Healing and the Reconnection.

Healing Henna and Art Compositions are a medium that has come through me and has proven to be powerful, subtle, inspiring, as well as healing. These are available to anyone, anywhere. Images are emailed or posted to you directly with the accompanying reading from the session.

“Erika’s method of energy healing surpasses my expectations in many ways. The best way to know how effective it has been is to compare how I feel before and after the sessions. What is most remarkable is the energetic aspect of this work carries the healing much further than the time on the table. It is simply transformative. Many positive changes started occurring after I started seeing her for gaining more clarity about major life changes through the healing. Although at first it was turbulent, because the issues that were most resistant to change started to change fast; it was a nice surprise after a few energy sessions and a henna reading that the areas in my life that were doing well already started improving rapidly as well. I highly recommend Erika as a well-rounded healing facilitator and Master Energy Worker.”
A.B. Bellingham, WA

“Erika, you did an intuitive henna tattoo and reading of me in Bellingham this summer. I loved the look of the henna and loved my reading (which is so close to my very first one I ever had) that I just had it tattooed permanently on yesterday! I love it and wanted you to know. I look forward to showing it to you at your next fair.” Maggie, Bellingham, WA

Contact me for individual or group sessions, available in person, via phone or Skype. My home office is in the Bellingham, Washington area. I am available to travel to you / your group. Call 360-393-7229 or email erika.rado@yahoo.com for information and to book sessions. Subscribe to my blog at ErikaRado.me, Follow me on Twitter @ErikaRado.”


Enjoy the day and make it what your highest intentions allow!

A full year later…. Posting from a new Life Perspective

I keep getting indications that writing a book is on my life path…. I accept that, however, knowing just what to write about is the next step. The only thing I can think of is to write about what life has been like for me over the past 7 years. Things I never expected to happen on every front of living, have happened. It’s a strange/interesting path of heart crash and burn on what feels to me like a massive scale. Phoenix Rising. I think I’m standing somewhere on the upper half of the mountain that I’ve been metaphorically climbing. Groping through the inner fog, the rain, the sleet, the snow, the scorching sun, major winds that nearly blew me off the mountain…. I must be somewhere above the treeline by now. Today, feeling a sense of calmness, the silence is deafening here. Even the air around me feels smooth. These are things that I haven’t felt or sensed, ever in this lifetime. Spirit has been guiding me all the way. Maybe it would be interesting to others? Maybe there are things to share that allow for connection and to say “whatever you’re feeling, experiencing, raging with, you’re not alone. You have others on that same path right next to you doing the same damn thing, growing, changing, getting closer to an open road.”

Lately I’ve been turning to the Earth and First Nation essence of living to commune with. This last weekend I heard far too late about an event to herald in The Black Hills Initiative in South Dakota. A return of the land back to the original keepers. Musicians (native and non-native), Elders, and Leaders young and old alike, came together to celebrate together this changing time of Going Home. I so very much longed to be there. So, since the means were not available, I chose to hold the same Spirit and Celebration here where I am. I went to the Salish Sea at my particular spot near Semiahmoo in Blaine Washington. I met with the Ocean. I danced, played my drum, ankle bells, flute, sang, and made offerings of Solidarity and Love to the Spirit of the Earth, Sea and Sky. At some point, these solitary treks will be made with others. For now, I go on my own.

Building up my Spirit Bird Intuitive Arts healing business, I’m finding my healing henna tattoos are well received and finding their place in my skill set. The henna came in to my mind this past winter. I realized that I was receiving images in my mind’s eye. I was drawing them in my journal and a few made it into pastel forms on paper. But then I was feeling the need to put it on my arms, feet, body. I discovered that the images created themselves. My intuition saw step-by-step what to draw. Afterward, I was able to read them and found that what was drawn, had energetic presence. I felt different. I noticed that the days and weeks that followed were in-keeping with the image stained on my skin. I was healing physically and my heart was healing emotionally, consciously. I brought this to two fairs I participated in as a healer this summer. Some very powerful images came through for people brave enough to sit with me.

Toward the end of the summer, I happened to break a bone in my foot. (I was jubilantly dancing!) A few days later, I applied a tattoo over the break. The next morning my foot was without pain. I have also been working on my foot from the moment of the break, energetically supporting the bone to heal. I’ve been without a boot, without medications or crutches the whole time. I did try wearing the boot and crutches, but they only became hazards, so I wore sturdy shoes instead to get around. Then barefoot. The break was 4 weeks ago and the foot is nearly done with healing. Maybe I was given this break to prove to myself that the power of healing flowing through me is real. Sometimes I need proof. The tattoo in this post is one of the most recent ones, having to do with my own energetic evolution, and the solid support of Spirit, evidence showing up in a variety of ways in my daily life. ….and writing. hence this post and those to follow. I guess it’s not enough to post tweets and comments on facebook… (Spirit Bird Intuitive Arts and Erika Rado on Facebook, and @ErikaRado on Twitter.)

I’m gearing up to start teaching creative projects to kids in town. We’re working on the art of Australia, and I’m including music and rhythm for us to explore with homemade instruments. A new year, on my own, doing things I never thought I would do. Feeling calm and supported by Spirit. Rising up!

Blessings to you, wherever you are on your path. Keep it real and let it be.

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Intuitive Reading in Anacortes, Washington October 12, 2013

Come to the Fall Fun Fair in Anacortes, Washington at the Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St, Anacortes, WA 98221 on October 12th, 2013, where I will be doing intuitive readings. The fair is a great place to find alternative healers and makers of a range of beautiful healing crafts for gifts. Check out this page regularly for updates and reading events. Also, check out the website of Olson Walder Events at: http://www.olsonwalderevents.com/ for their news.

See you there!
~Erika

Kombucha Thoughts

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Kombucha (fermented tea) inspires me. In my family, we never get tired of drinking it. It’s the “go-to” drink when we are thirsty after playing outside or when we need a little pick-me-up between meals, or during a light meal. I have found that it settles my stomach when I’ve eaten one of my wayward culinary experiments! Happily though, those wayward experiments don’t happen too often. One member of my family says that it feels like it is a good pH balancer for his body, neither acidic nor alkaline. Here is what I found on wikipedia as to the history of kombucha: 

“History

Kombucha originated in Northeast China or Manchuria and later spread to Russia and from there to the rest of the world.[9] In Russian, the kombucha culture is called chainyj grib чайный гриб (lit. “tea fungus/mushroom”), and the fermented drink is called kombútja комбутя, grib (“fungus; mushroom”), or chainyj kvas чайный квас (“tea kvass“).

It was brought to Russia sometime before 1910 and spread from there to Germany and Europe.[10]

Some promotional kombucha sources suggest the history of this tea-based beverage originated in ancient China or Japan, though no written records support these assumptions (see history of tea in China and history of tea in Japan). One author reported kombucha, supposedly known as the “Godly Tsche [i.e., tea]” during the Chinese Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE), was “a beverage with magical powers enabling people to live forever”.[11] “

Read more on the link above, from wikipedia. The page needs a little help, but it’s a start for the curious person. There are many sites that talk about it as well. So do your digging as you feel inspired! I’m going to add my .02¢ by talking about how I make it and what I think of it. I’ve had several variations since starting my first batch early this year. Many of them have been good ones. The fun thing about it is that you can vary the tastes, from batch to batch. And, I find it a nice “rhythm” of semi-delayed gratification since each batch takes about 14 days to mature to the preferred drinkable state we like at our house. We haven’t had any alcoholic content in ours. When I do “pull” a batch that has rested for more than 20 days, it tastes more like vinegar and is thicker, rather than the ratio of sweet:not-sweet that we prefer.