Celebrate Me Home

What does it mean to come home? I mean really come Home. A journey to that liminal place can take a lifetime or two. From where I sit however, it really is only a breath away. Seated within the heart.

Tonight, is the end of a wild, dark 7 ½ year stretch of time that I have been without a special someone to greet me when I wake up and welcome me when I come home. Someone to curl up on the couch with. Someone to mutually take care of each other. Heart, my newly adopted cat, is arriving home tomorrow. I can hardly stand the wait of the next 17 hours!

Having a cat wasn’t on my agenda this soon, however. There are a few aspects to my current situation I am still working on improving before expanding my family, that incidentally already has two unplanned horses. (They are another story.) But very often, love and life come when you are least prepared for it. Can you remember a time when that happened to you?

Two weeks ago, I started playing Bus Driver to one mouse at a time, ferrying him/her back out to the forest every day. Clearly, a new entry way was recently made, and I still have no clue where it is. Sometimes the Mouse Bus would have two trips to the forest over the course of a day. On the third morning, I opened the front door to discover a gift of a dead mouse, complete and un-munched upon, laid out carefully for me as a gift. There are no pets in the vicinity among my neighbors. Who could have brought it to me? It was the first gift of its kind in the 2 ½ years I’ve been here. The timing was too perfect. So, when I saw that gift, I had the distinct message that yes, an indoor-only cat was a good idea. It is clearly time. “This decision has to be made for the next chapter to open”, the same message that rang through my ears when I adopted Maggie, my first horse. I promise you, I will write that story.

Only one place to go. When I arrived at the Humane Society they said there were just three cats up for adoption but in a couple weeks there would be many more. The poster child of the three was already adopted so I was prepared with the notion I would have to return another day to have a look. Of the two cats remaining, “Cal” gave me a look that was very distant and doubtful. She didn’t move a muscle, save for her eyes that followed me as I tried to engage with her through the plexiglass. At that point, I felt I’d have to come back. This might take a while to find My Cat.

The next morning in my half waking state, I remembered a vision of a cat that had half a black face and was a bit pudgy. It wouldn’t leave my thoughts. It stared at me in the vision and I felt a deep connection. Was this one of the two that I actually saw yesterday? Or did I make it up? Returning to the cats the second day, I got on the foot stool to peer in and there was the face of my vision! She wasn’t pudgy, but she was certainly the one! This time, she got up from her nest and stood on her toes, tail high and came to the glass. My heart fluttered. I walked a little to the right to see if she would jump down and follow me. Yes! So I took a little video of her and a photo, to remember her by. I said, “Did you visit me in my dreams last night?” And she brushed her body along the plexiglass at that moment. Oh my! I said “Okay! You had better get back to your nest and not get noticed by anyone else until I can fill in the adoption application!” I led her with my pointy finger back up to her nest and I told her I’d be back for sure. This was surreal. I must confess that Surreal visits me nearly every day of my life, but I never expect it or get used to it. Always, it surprises me. So, I found My Cat. (Or more accurately, I was called by My Cat to come get her.) Snap! – one of the last mice made its way into the Mouse Bus as I typed this. How perfect.

What to name her? “Cal” is short for calico. That’s not her name. Reading over her info, she was surrendered exactly one month before by her person who unfortunately was terminally ill. “Cal” was born 14 February 2014. Just 5 years old now. Because she was born that particular day, I am bound by my own path to name her Heart. It was also the day that I flew to Ireland to live 15 years ago. (Another series of stories.) As a matter of daily life, I find hearts literally everywhere, seemingly all day, every day. It has been that way for at least 5 years. Heart rocks. Heart clouds. Heart food. Hearts. Hearts. Hearts.

And tomorrow, I will bring my Heart home.

Sweet Potato

Some things do receive closure we can recognize.

19 years ago I unknowingly wrote down a prophetic dream I had about being handed a white banana snake. In the dream, I was assured it wouldn’t hurt me. But it bit me repeatedly and its fangs clung to and stung my skin. My shock was about the blatant lie I was told, and apathy I received, more than the effect the snake had on my skin. I found the recounted dream 3 years ago in a file of my old writing. I was stunned to realize that that relationship had just ended 9 months earlier…

The other night I roasted some root vegetables for a gathering to acknowledge the closure of the old life and welcome the new Light energy for healing the Earth. This evening, in reviewing a picture I took of the roots, I recognized the “white banana snake” in the sliced sweet potato… How perfect.

I ate it for breakfast this morning.

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. Over fourty-five 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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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.


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!!