Month: May 2011

Imagine

Today Spirit offers me up one word… IMAGINE

As I ponder upon the word I’ve been given…  the message becomes clear.

IMAGINE the life you want to live and walk in that direction.

We dream … we believe in that dream .. and then we start walking toward that dream … whether the dream is realized or not .. you have taken the steps to get you as near to the dream as possible.

Your world is truly what you make it to be … not saying bad things don’t happen ….

The bad things that happen in our lives build strength, courage and growth .. not saying those things don’t suck .. just saying they help build the parts of us we at some point didn’t even know were there.

Take a quick glance back at the things you have already overcome…
SEE! YOU CAN MAKE IT PAST THE STORM!

Now imagine the life you want .. believe in that image and walk toward it without fear.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

The Long and Winding Road

IMG_5029Remember that we are each born with everything we need to succeed.

Not saying it won’t be a battle… and certainly not saying it will be a smooth and easy road

The road to success lies before us and it’s a long, treacherous road with lots of hills and valleys, with loose rock and sink holes….

How we maneuver down that road makes all the difference….

We must keep our ultimate goal in mind and continue walking in that direction no matter what obstacles come before us.

We must not give up … the goal is there … we just have to keep walking toward it.

Know that you have what it takes to reach that goal and push forward! YOU WILL GET THERE!

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Feeling Disconnected?

Feeling Disconnected?

We often go through periods in our life where we feel completely disconnected to everything… even to ourselves.

The question is …. how to reconnect?

Life gets busy and we find ourselves buzzing here … buzzing there .. nonstop.. we are doing doing and doing all day long … we get overloaded with so much … we then start cutting strings without knowing that’s what’s going on…  it’s needed so that we don’t blow a fuse or two…  life begins to slow down a little and suddenly we realize this …  we get that disconnected feeling but have no idea why it is now that we feel so disconnected. .

Not so simple.. depending where you are on your path and what’s going on in your life .. you might find that though you try many different things.. you just can’t seem to connect.

Sometimes it’s a matter of life telling us we need a break. We need some time to rest and recharge… take some  time to do just that … get outside and take a walk… read that book you’ve been meaning to read… take long hot baths… whatever it is .. take some time to yourself … get that much needed rest and don’t worry so much about that connection.. it will soon be back and life will be back in that groove you are use to.

Take that time for yourself and oh yeah .. DON’T LET YOURSELF FEEL GUILTY for taking that much needed break!

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

All it Takes is Remembering

IMG_8987Today I want to take you back … back in time to the days when you felt you had the world in your hands and you just knew that someday all your dreams would come true.

You may have been 5 and just starting school.. ready to learn all that you could.

You may have been 9, in that in between age of being a kid and being a teenager.

You may have been 13 and just starting Junior High…  or you may have been 16 with a license to go wild … .your freedom in the form of a little plastic card with your picture on it.

You may have been 18, graduating high school  ready to leave home and branch out on your own.

You may have been 21 and now the world truly was in your hands … no rules holding you back!

You may have been 35 and finally coming into your knowing…

You may have been in your 40’s and well … the little things no longer mattered.

No matter what the age was when you felt like the world was yours … when you had high hopes, dreams and long-standing goals… go back now to that time… even if it was just for a moment … go back

Remember what that felt like…

Remember how mountains were merely anthills and rivers were never too wide.

Now remember those hopes and dreams… remember the goals you once had…

Remember your ambition and your readiness to take on whatever lies before you.

Remember?

Explore those thoughts today is all I ask…..

Many Blessings,
Raverntalker

Work Funny Hahaha

OK so I was working in another office on Tuesday and I was off Wednesday of this week. I got to work this morning and an agent had emailed me a flier she wanted printed. Soooooooooo, when she emailed me, my auto-responder was sent to her letting her know I was not in the office. She replied to the auto-responder with “Ok” as if I had sent her the auto-responder personally. Since she replied sending me another email… that same auto-responder of course went right back out to her again. She then replies back to that auto-responder with, “I said ok”. hahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaa Bless her heart!

Kinks

Remember we are all a work in progress….
Don’t sweat the small stuff … perfection comes from being perfectly YOU.

The message from Spirit today is to not let the small things in life cause you stress.. the details will work themselves out as long as you are walking in the direction of your goals.

IMG_5029Kinks are just learning tools.. they keep us on our toes and refocus us on our journey.

When things are going smooth for too long … we tend to then start sleepwalking through life… the autopilot kicks in and we miss so much.

Just like when you do that daily drive home for the 7,000th time and think back… how did I get here? You suddenly can’t remember if the light was red or green when you drove through it and you can’t remember any of the small details about your drive.. all you know is that you’re home now.

So when you come across a kink in your plan… don’t stress… just continue walking toward your goal with love in your heart and all will work itself out.

What is meant to be will be.

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Animal Visions

This morning in that space between sleep and waking I had a very vivid vision …. I’d like to share that vision with you now.

There were 2 small birds over on a nearby roof top and I couldn’t tell what they were… so I placed a couple pieces of meat on the deck railing to see if they would come get it and sure enough they moved closer … one of them was very daring and didn’t mind me being there at all and came right up to me … it was a baby bald eagle!! I took the meat and it took it right from my hand and snuggled up against me … it was so adorable. I looked right into the eyes of that baby bald eagle and I could see the fierceness and strength in it even at such a young age. The other bird stayed at a distance … I couldn’t really make out what it was, I think it was some sort of crane like bird but it too was still very young. It watched us but kept it’s distance. It seemed shy. Just found it .. it was a baby heron.

As I am playing with the baby bald eagle, a hawk flew in and landed on me! hahahahah someone had put a sweater on it and I could see it was annoyed by the sweater so I took it off and it too stayed there with me just hanging out. This was a full grown hawk not a baby one like the bald eagle.

Next a big very black raven flys in and lands on top of me and I said to the raven, “excuse me, do you mind not sitting on top of me!” lol So it moves and just hangs out with the rest of us…

Then a baby armadillo comes up to me… oh so cute! So I pick it up and it just wants to cuddle up …. every time I put it down it would come running back up to me for me to pick it back up.

Then there was a talking turtle that showed up in the vision .. I can’t remember what it said to me but it was crazy. I know it said something about love but can’t remember the exact words. I think it was something like “Remember I love you” or something along those lines. When it spoke everyone looked at me like  “what the heck” … I said yeah I know it’s weird right.. but I have heard the turtles talk before, I told them .. and at that time I had  a flash back of being at some pond  where there were lots of older turtles and they were all talking.

I was a very endearing vision… all the animals coming up to me as they did.. I’ll post their totem properties in a moment at the end of this blog for you all.

The connections I had with these animals is what stood out in my mind… how they looked at me  as if they knew me and trusted me … it was an awesome feeling. There was a bond there that I can’t really describe in words. I’ll not forget this vision and the gift that was given by it.

Here are the characteristics for each totem:

Bald Eagle –

The eagle is symbol of the zenith.  A great reminder of your own ability to soar to great heights. Eagles are messengers from heaven and are the embodiment of the spirit of the sun. Those with an Eagle totem need to have an involvement with creation; a willingness to experience extremes; a willingness to use your ability even if it means getting “scorched” a little as you fly high; a willingness to seek out your true emotions.

A demanding totem, but one that offers so much reward at the end of the journey.

Its four-toed feet remind you to stay grounded even went soaring high; Its talons remind you to grasp the things of the earth; Its sharp beak shows you when to speak, how much, and how strongly.

This totem will show you opportunities and how to ride the winds to your benefit.
Eagle people can live in the realm of the spirit yet still remain connected and balanced within the realm of the Earth.

You must become much more than you ever dreamed possible.

Raven

If a raven totem has come into our life, magic is at play.
Raven activates the energy of magic and links it to our will and intention.

With this totem, we can make great changes in our life; the ability to  take the unformed thought  and make it reality

The raven shows us how to go into the dark of our inner self and bring out the light of our true self; resolving inner conflicts which have long been buried. This is the deepest power of healing we can possess

Hawk

Hawk is the messenger, the protector and the visionaries of the Air. It holds the key to higher levels of consciousness. This totem awakens vision and inspires a creative life purpose.

A Hawk totem is filled with responsibility because Hawk people seek the overall view.
They are aware of omens and spirit messages.

A Red-Tailed Hawk Totem is special. It has direct ties to the Kundalini, the seat of primal life force. It is associated with the base chakra . If you have this Totem, you will be aware of and work towards fulfilling your soul’s purpose. It reflects a greater intensity of energy within your life:  physical, emotional, mental and spiritual forces will all be strong within you. The Red-Tail Hawk is a permanent totem — it will always be with you.

Armadillo

Armadillo wears its armor on its back, its medicine is part of its body. Its boundaries of safety are a part of its total being. Adjust your rhythms and senses and you will know what is safe and what is not.

 

Armadillo teaches you how to protect yourself and when to let your defenses down.

 

Make yourself a energy body shield using Armadillo medicine. Make a circle on a piece of paper and see it as a medicine shield. Write in the circle all the things that you want to have, experience, and give you joy. This shield will reflect what you are and what you will on an unconscious level.

 

When you receive an Armadillo totem, it is time to define your space. You may have trouble saying “no” and are being taken for granted. Learn to guard your personal space and allow entry only when you want to.

 

 

Turtle

Turtle is the oldest symbol for the Earth. It is the personification of goddess energy and the eternal Earth itself.

If you have a Turtle totem, you must be mindful of returning to the Earth what she has given you. Honor the creative source within you. Use water and earth energies to create a harmonious flow in your life. Ask the Earth for assistance and her riches will pour forth.

If a Turtle totem shows up in your life, slow down the pace of your life. Bigger, stronger, faster are not always the best ways to reach your goals.

Turtle is fine teacher of the art of grounding. When you learn to ground yourself to Earth’s power and strength, you place focus on your thoughts and actions and use the Earth’s limitless energies rather than your own to accomplish your will.

Turtle is the keeper of doors and one of the ways into the Faerie Realm.

Oh dear!!!! hahahahaha

Heron

A Heron and Egret totem teaches balance; the ability to progress and evolve — to walk into deeper waters without fear.

It is important for someone with a Heron and Egret totem to learn to stand on their own two feet, to become independent and self-reliant.

Heron and Egret has a strong connection to the element of Earth  and you must also be aware and cultivate this connection.   The Mother Earth is a source of strength and will help you stand strong and firm.

 

Heron medicine allows you to perform many tasks at the same time, keeping all in balance.
If one way doesn’t work, then another way will. Heron and Egret people seem to instinctively know this.

 

Heron people do not need a lot of people in their life  and they are often follow non-traditional roles. They feel no need to “keep up with the Jones.”  They stand out in their uniqueness and know how to take advantage of things and events that most people wouldn’t bother with.

 

You know what is best for you and you should follow that path. Be aggressive when opportunities present themselves — don’t let them get away from you.

 

Meditation on color will provide insight to Heron and Egret people.

 

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Stained Glass Guitars

My special project! 🙂

I thought how cool it would be to make life sized stained glass guitars and add real guitar parts to them.. and … well.. so I began designing, cutting, grinding and assembling a few guitars.

Below are some photos of guitars still in progress as well as a few finished products.

As I mentioned before these are all life sized with real guitar parts added to give them that extra cool factor!

I have an acoustic guitar in progress  at the moment … photos to follow soon as well as a couple of custom designs of my own and an american flag electric model.

These guitars are for display only .. sorry folks but these can’t be played .. just looked at and admired 🙂

Many Blessings,
ravensig

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My Wish Today


What is my wish this day?

My wish is that all grown-ups get to have some fun and play!

Remember what it’s like to play in the rain
Let’s get silly and walk around, chugging along like a choo-choo train

Let’s seal of all our secrets with a pinky swear
Let’s see who blinks first as we give each other the stare!

A pinch and a poke
Yeah that’s right.. you owe me chips and a coke!

Let’s stay up and laugh all night
Let’s grab some sticks and play fight

Dragons, fairies and witches exist
Let’s play 1 potato, 2 potato with our fists

I’ll hide and you can seek
Hey now! Don’t you peek!

Summer days are always the best
When you never needed or wanted time to rest

Let’s fly some kites in the park
We’ll play all day but we have to be home by dark!

Let’s spin and spin all around
Let’s spin until we get dizzy and fall to the ground

Ring around the rosies
Pocket full of posies

Days were full of adventure and fun
We laughed, we played, we’d swing and run

Tickles and giggles all through the night
Jumping on the bed and pillow fights!

Remember when?
Way back then…

My wish today is easy you see
Let’s remember what it was like to be a kid
When our days were filled with light and worry free

Come on now.. don’t make me beg
Last one to the tree swing is a rotten egg!

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Feeling the Flow

Inspired by a post I read earlier this morning about feeling the flow  and energy of all things.
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Feeling the Flow

It’s here and there .. it’s all around us everywhere!
It’s energy fills us and brings us into being
It’s something worth feeling .. something worth seeing…

The flow, it comes in waves of greatness
Swirling all around and bathing us

It’s not in just you and me
It’s in the buzzing of every bee and the whisper of every tree

It’s in the lake, the pond and every river, ocean and stream
It fills us like the visions in a dream

Circling all around us in a swift and steady fashion
Feeling the vibration is beyond words or imagination

The Earth and it’s hummm
Like the beating of an ancient drum

Pounding deep from within it’s core
Feeding life into each and every pore

Rushing through flesh and bone, wood and stone
It’s always there and never gone

Feel it now with your heart, soul and very being
Close your eyes and experience with me this amazing feeling

Feel it now with more than just your hand
Feel it as it moves across the land

The flow of life as it sways to and fro
That fills us all each and every day as we grow

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

When?

When will you be happy?

Do you ever hear yourself saying things like….

I’ll be happy when I get a new car

I’ll be happy when I loose weight

I’ll be happy when I find love

I’ll be happy when I own my own home

I’ll be happy when I find a better job

I’ll be happy when …..

How about being happy right here .. right now?

I’m not in any way suggesting that you settle … but what I am saying is that why wait to be happy .. we can be happy right here and right now while we walk toward our goals.. no need to wait til those goals are met.. because I dare say .. if you aren’t happy walking toward those goals.. what makes you think meeting that goal will magically change your mindset and make you happy right then  at the very moment that goal is met.

IMG_9620Happiness begins when you allow yourself to be so.

Choose right here .. right now for that moment to begin!

Smile and love with your whole heart and watch what happens 🙂

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Wisdom from the walking trail

It’s all about frame of mind… 

Whatever you do …. if you decide before you do it that you hate it or will hate it then it’s probably not going to be an enjoyable experience for you. (This isn’t always true.. but mostly true.. there are always those exceptions 🙂

If you set your mind to be open to the task.. then who knows.. you may end up liking it or at the least .. not minding it so much.

I started out in my most recent “battle of the bulge” thinking that adding a workout to my already busy day was just going to be that much more work for me… it made just getting to the gym a real chore… talking myself into going and not giving up all the way home up until I actually stepped foot into the gym and then from there I would have to talk myself into staying on the bike while I was there just to get through the whole workout.

Then suddenly a funny thing happened somewhere between getting there.. being there and finishing my workout…. My thoughts went from dread to I now look forward to my workouts! How can that be??????

Well I wasn’t going to give up on the workouts .. it is my mission this time around to win this battle… and so I might as well try my best to find a way to like what I’m doing. So I did! I found something in the gym that I absolutely love .. that would be the swimming and the sauna .. hee hee LOVE IT! I save that for last .. I go in do my rounds with the weights .. do my 30 minutes of cardio and then my reward is there waiting every time.. time to swim .. which is also a great workout so there’s an extra benefit to me.. and then after swimming as many laps as I can handle .. off to the sauna I go.. there is my meditation time.. time to just sit and relax and sweat off a bit more weight at the same time.

So now it’s so much easier to get through my workouts .. so much easier to get to the gym .. and all in all I feel better.. I don’t have that looming dread hanging over me at the end of my day.

As soon as my thoughts changed from negative to positive .. everything clicked and my world became a whole lot brighter. This was something I needed to do regardless of how I thought about it so I might as well turn it into something enjoyable.

I’m lucky that my thoughts changed so quickly .. just 5 weeks into my battle.. if only they had changed years ago maybe I wouldn’t have such a large battle.. but that’s in the past and for now I’m concentrating on each day as it comes.

Message of the day:

When you have a task before you and you’re feeling that dread … look around and see if there is a way to see the positive and embrace that part of it.. even if it’s something small.. a little bit of positivity goes a long way!

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

A Mother’s Day Wish

leaves 1A Mother’s Day Wish

This isn’t the typical Mother’s Day wish you see..

This isn’t a wish for mother’s like you and me ….

It’s the wish we, as mothers make

For our child or children’s sake!

It’s the reason we fuss and fret

It’s why there are rules we must set.

It’s not for the reasons that you think you know

It’s not because we like grounding and saying “NO!”

The wishes a mother makes ….

Are in hopes that her babies don’t make the same mistakes

You see it starts before you begin to breathe and cry

We set out in hopes to bring you a much bluer sky

We wish you safety and a road not quite so hard

We wish for you to never know the pain of a broken heart

We wish for your travels to always be a blast

We wish you love that will surely last

We try to protect you …and keep you from that inevitable fall

Our goal is to be there when you have no one else to call

May your years be kinder

May your love be grander

May your days be filled with greatness

May your worries be less

So you see it’s not that we just want to nag and fuss

We only meant for you to have a better life than us ..

Many Blessings,
Waya

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Today’s Walk

What a beautiful Spring day!

I pushed myself away from my desk and took myself down the street to the park and walked for my lunch break. I was greeted at the path entrance by sister crow, cawing from overhead.

Crows are the keepers of the Sacred Law and to have a Crow totem is very powerful. Personal Integrity are your watchwords and your guide in Life. If you have a Crow totem, your prime path is to be mindful of your opinions and actions. You must be willing to walk your talk, to speak your truth and to know your life’s mission. Crow is a omen of Change. Crow lives in the void and has no sense of time, therefore, it sees past, present and future simultaneously. Crow merges both light and dark, both inner and outer.
It is the totem of the Great Spirit and must be respected as such. They are symbols of creation and spiritual strength. Look for opportunities to create and manifest the magic of life. Crows are messengers calling to us about the creation and magic that is alive in the world today and available to us.

As I rounded my path for the 3rd time.. look at what was gifted to me 🙂

As I’m making my rounds my dear friend the dragonfly swoops by for a visit… and I say hello!

Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and  enlightenment; and the communication from the elemental world. Dragonfly medicine beckons you to seek out the parts of your habits which need changing.  Call on Dragonfly to guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation. 

The Jasmine is starting to bud and the fragrance is already filling the warm spring air… mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…. so relaxing!

Jasmine is an astringent, anti bacterial, anti viral, cooling and bitter herb. It stimulates the uterus, calms nerves and is reportedly an aphrodisiac for women.

It is also used as an alternative for cancers, as well as viral and bacterial infections. J. officinale is used in perfumes, as well as flavoring for maraschino cherries.

It is mostly used in Ayurvedic medicine for infections with high fever, conjunctivitis, sunstroke, dermatitis, as well as cancer of the bones, lymphatic nodes and breast cancer.
Also it is used for mouth ulcers, and the fresh juice is applied to corns.

  • This is useful for severe depression and especially for postnatal depression.
  • It is useful during childbirth since it relieves pain and strengthens contractions and is also a hormonal balancer.
  • On the skin it is used with great effect to treat dry, stressed and sensitive skins and also helps to increase elasticity.
  • It has anti-depressant, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, aphrodisiac, emmenagogue, emollient, galactagogue, sedative and uterine properties.

The Robins are everywhere .. preparing their nests and fetching food for the young ones that have already hatched.. I always smile when I see the Robin.. it reminds me of the fairies.

A Robin totem will stimulate new growth in all areas of your life. Believe in yourself as you move forward. Obstacles will fall by the wayside if you do and confrontations will be for show only. This totem gives you the ability to will new growth into your life. Meditate on Robin and the correct path will be revealed to you.

I have to also speak of the Polk Salad that grew along the path .. It reminds me of my grandmother… when I was young she would always send me out to pick it when was ready. Then she would take it inside…. wash it off and cook a big pot of it … I never ate because I couldn’t stand the smell.. but she sure loved it!

Since pioneer times, pokeweed has been used as a folk remedy to treat many ailments. It can be applied topically or taken internally. Topical treatments have been used for acne and other ailments. Internal treatments include tonsillitis, swollen glands and weight loss. Dried berries were ingested whole as a treatment for boils, taken 1 berry per day for 7 days. Grated pokeroot was used by Native Americans as a poultice to treat inflammations and rashes of the breast. Independent researchers are investigating phytolacca’s use in treating AIDS and cancer patients. Especially to those who have not been properly trained in its use, pokeweed should be considered dangerous and possibly deadly.

All in all I’d say another productive walk 🙂

See you on the next round!

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

If You had Just 1 ……

If tomorrow was your last day here on Earth … what would be the one story about your life that you would want told?

I think mine might be quite long because it incorporate so many things and at the end to sum it up .. it would be that my story was about not giving up. Not giving up on people, on my goals and dreams, on love,  and not giving up on myself…

 

So come on .. share what your story would be about…

 

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

 

Let’s Get Inspired!

Whatever you do today .. do it with your whole heart in a way that you can be proud of whatever task you take on.

Allow yourself to be inspired by others and be inspiration as well for those who need it.

Do a job well done, no matter the task, no matter the size, large or small.

With everything you do, your world, the world… changes, one small step at a time .. we can accomplish anything we set our minds to.

How’s that old saying go…. BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

It begins right now, right here … with each of us…

It’s time to start doing!

Wishing you all a fabulous day!

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Time to Begin!

It’s the new moon and time to start something new .. or at least time to start or begin something you have been thinking of doing or wanting to do… NOW is the time to do it!

Plant your seeds … get that garden going .. 

Just make sure that with all things you begin.. begin each task with love and watch how it grows!

There is no time like the present .. stop telling yourself you will and just do it!

You’ll feel good about getting started … and by starting right now… you have giving yourself an additional boost by begiining his new task on the new moon… as long as you keep your eye on the goal .. you’ll see it through.

So come on .. join me today and get those seeds of new beginning planted!

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Personal Power

WP_20140520_026We all have it … each of us hold our own power… we just don’t always feel as though we do.

So often we give our power away to others .. others who we should not be giving it to.

Have you ever had one of those days when you just feel useless.. like you’re never seen or heard, like you just aren’t important and that you just don’t matter?

This happens when you let others take your power away from you.. don’t allow others to make you feel less than who you are.

You need to know that you do hold the power to change your life and make it what YOU want it to be.

Own up to your own inner strengths and own who you are.

Remember that at the end of the day that power belongs to you ..

It is better to help others find their own than to give yours away.

The power is yours .. own it!

Many Blessings,
Raventalker

Purple Stained Glass Electric Guitar

Another Guitar done and finished 😀

This is modeled after an electric ESP guitar
These are done in stained glass and not for playing … just sayin ….

Real Guitar parts used on each one.. real guitar strings, knobs, bridge, stop and machine heads

Many Blessings,
ravensig

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