Special Needs for a Special Time

For so many of us there is so much that is new. Exciting and scary, sometimes both at once.

Here are a few suggestions that can help take the edge off and help get you back to balance.

My favorite, feeling grateful. Gratitude journals are awesome and choosing to Feel grateful is an amazing game changer. Sometimes in my life when things have been most difficult all I could only allowed myself to find to be grateful for were the simple things like my pillow, my bed, a hot bath with lavender oil and salt. Choosing to Feel grateful changed my life. Now my list of things I am grateful for is never ending, always expanding.

I find myself needing extra rest and down time to integrate when so much is going on around me. Silent meditations, listening to music, dancing, orange oil, palo santo, fire ceremony, walks in nature are a few things that help me come back to center.

Deep Breaths into my abdomen are extremely useful also. When I start to feel overwhelmed, I will breathe in compassion and peace and exhale happiness and joy. Sometimes I start with breathing in determination and exhaling stress and anxiety until I feel a shift. From there I will wander about until I end on inhaling compassion and peace and exhaling happiness and joy, inhaling strength, courage, wisdom, and exhaling peace. Deep breaths and mantras have been  real life savers for me.

Expressing myself and my feelings in art, music, dance, or martial arts is also enormously powerful for me.

Sometimes I sought comfort in food or drink as well. Though finding it in prayer and meditation leave me with a prolonged and lasting sense of peace.

Remember, you are not alone. There are so many people struggling right now. Some have it easier, many have it worse. But feelings are feelings, we all have them, and we can all be overwhelmed with them at times. Learning how to be gentle with yourself and to find peace and comfort for yourself can be a real light right now. Going within and finding your connection with all that is and holding space for it all to shift to the light, with compassion, grace and dignity may be a stretch at first. But it may also set you free, free to dream of a healthier world. Filled with compassion and kindness. Filled with dignity and grace, goodness, truth, and beauty.

We at MSCO and MsHec3 are praying for the safety of you and yours. Sending out to the world healing, love, and light, while holding space for peace.

— Dana

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Our Journey in Sharing Gratitude

My partner and I were recently blessed to journey through seven states traveling a total of six thousand miles. It was the longest trip my partner had ever taken and one that you could say was long overdue or in perfect time.

We converted our van to have a single bed, had two coolers, one for cold and one for everything else and a bag that was our kitchen. Determined to make this trip fun and affordable we made a goal to eat from the supplies we carried daily and have our evening meal out.

Lucky for us I had accumulated 100K points on a credit card that I use to pay my monthly bills, paying the balance off each month as not to accrue interest. The points had been building for a few years, and now we were going to use them for free hotel nights on our journey.

The journey was amazing. We stopped everywhere we wanted to stop, only driving on average 6 hours a day. We encountered so many kind and loving people along the way.
So many workers, shoppers, beings of light with a smile and a willing and helpful heart.

Before we left, I collected three types of stones: pink rose quartz would be called to represent remembering the love, to love yourself more and allow more love in. An opalite, to open to more magic and miracles and an orange selenite to help release all the BS and blockages that keep the love and blessings from flowing.

It was my intention for my partner and I to carry several of these stones in our pockets and when we were touched by someone for whatever reason we would reach in our pocket
and grab a stone to share with them with the message that came with it.

The shock for us was the GRATITUDE we received when in OUR gratitude we offered a stone. The reactions from people all along the six thousand miles was incredible. People were so moved by this gesture. I can’t even remember how many people said how they would cherish this stone forever. Others telling us how they would get it wrapped and wear it and love it. People were so moved, so grateful. It blew us both away.

As one who has practiced daily gratitude for over 30 years and has experienced many moments of profound grace, I’ve got to say this small gesture of gifting little stones filled with love and meaning brought intense feelings of joy and peace. So glad we brought many stones to share.

Sometimes we left stones in places we came across in the cities, hidden in a nook of a tree, or left with other stones along a path. Mostly we gave them to people. People in line helping us order at Billy’s Boudin Balls in Louisiana, the ladies working the breakfast bar and check in at the hotel in New Orleans, the checkout lady with the most beautiful eyes and kindest heart in Roswell, friends we stayed with along the way. The list goes on and on with dozens of stones given in love and gratitude. The beauty surrounding it, fueled us,
blessed us.

The first morning in Albuquerque while preparing our thermos cups in the van and getting arranged for the day, a man, pregnant woman, and several children passed us to head in for breakfast. They paused outside the door unsure of what to do. Kris, my partner noticed this, excused her self from helping me and went over to assist them. They were from Ghana Africa we would later find out. After getting our coffee and finishing our rearranging the family came out from the breakfast room and passed us. They stopped and we spoke with them briefly as English wasn’t easy for them, but their attempts were noble and brought smiles to our faces. Kris, forgetting that we had brought stones to share gave the man her special selenite stone she always carries in her pocket. And we wished them well on their new adventure. One of the very small boys came up to us and said, “Thank you,” with such a gesture of majesty it’s taken me aback still to this day.

One of ladies in New Orleans shared her story with us of the trauma she incurred from the hurricane in 2005 and how her family was all affected differently, some having to stay in
emergency lodging and the further trauma that was experienced there. Not only our love and compassion went out to this woman, but we wanted to leave her with a token of our love, our prayers for healing as witness to her courage and perseverance. What a blessing for us to spend those moments with her, what an honor to share in such a powerful time in this woman’s life.

The man in front of us in the line at Billy’s Boudin Balls was so kind and helpful. He was happy to have something to do while he waited, and we talked about many the foods offered and the traditions to Mardi Gras. The younger couple behind us were full of passion and life. We all had such a good time in the long line. And when I gifted the older man a rose quartz, placing it firmly in the palm of his hand, stating simply, “Remember the Love.” I swear a twinkle came from his eyes and for a second, I thought…fairy? The young couple, mostly the woman as her man looked like he was doing his very best not to look at the lesbian couple as a couple of witches passing out lucky charms. Can’t say as I blame him. Just so grateful for the acceptance we received from him and so many along our journey. Anyway, she received the opalite, to help her/them to open to more miracles. Both were delighted. But those eyes….

The cashier clerk at the local grocery store in Roswell who helped me with my order. So much fun we had. So open, honest, vibrant with life she was, w e laughed the entire time. When I gave her stones, she hugged me fiercely knowing she had been seen and appreciated. I felt her, knew her, remembered her, and she I. Tears were shed with joy and
gratitude.

The list of the beautiful, open, loving and accepting people we met and shared with along the way continues with so many more stories of people being touched by a simple ask of
kindness. Some moved to tears welling up from gratitude, just for being seen, known if only for a second.

And yes, Kris gave away her reserve piece of selenite as well.

So blessed I am to be surrounded by one with a heart and soul so kind and loving.
So blessed am I.

— Dana

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Horse Medicine Facilitator

“You not only opened my eyes, but my heart and I am so thankful!
You have an incredible gift and talent.”

— Christina T. Danville, CA

Our Horse Medicine: Healing at Liberty program seeks to heighten our self awareness and enhance our healing journey by partnering with a willing horse or donkey who has chosen to be a healer and/or teacher.

Ginny facilitates individual sessions as well as one and two day Horse Medicine Experiences with her partners in Maryland, California, Arizona and Colorado. If you would like to attend or host a retreat in your area, please contact us at info@heartofthehorse.us

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You’re invited to experience the magic of Horse Medicine!

Horses and donkeys are once again being recognized for the sentient and compassionate souls they have always been. Over the past 30 years many therapeutic programs structured around the horse as a teacher and healer have been developed. Remarkable energetic shifts have been proven to occur in a person’s energy field when connecting to the magnetic energy field of a healthy horse.

Generally, equine therapy is facilitated and led by a human being from an intellectual perspective. In partnership with willing and healthy horses and/or donkeys, Ginny allows the animals to guide the session whenever appropriate. She does this through her unique ability to receive and share the ancient wisdom and healing, often referred to as “Medicine,” of the animals. These high frequency messages and energies can often facilitate profound shifts in a person’s perspective and energy field. Ginny blends her animal communication skills and her unique intuitive abilities to offer an exciting paradigm in equine assisted healing.

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Why horses? Horses carry an ancient wisdom which allows us to feel safe and vulnerable at the same time. They come to us with no agenda and make no judgments based on how we look, how we dress, or what we say. We don’t need to know anything about horses to be powerfully affected by their wisdom and gentle presence!

Horses possess no ego and have no attachment to our choices, or the outcome of your session. They simply accept us for who we are, and will do just about anything for us when there is trust and a heart centered partnership.

Horses are masters at identifying our trapped emotions and wounds that affect our lives and hold us back. Where we struggle to identify these blocks within ourselves, horses touch the deepest and most vulnerable parts of us. They help us to remember that we can release the patterns that are perpetuated by hidden fears, doubts, unforgiveness and beliefs that we may have been holding onto since early childhood.

As we experience the energetic presence of horses, we quickly realize they are masters at teaching us self-awareness. They mirror our intentions and amplify our strengths bringing us to a forgotten place of authenticity, presence, and peace.

The ancient wisdom of the horse allows us to recognize the individual power and gentle strength in a harmonious herd environment. They embody unity, balance, freedom and connection with their herd members. In their presence we become part of their world, we are accepted into the herd, and they help us to remember to connect to a quiet mind and heart, all through their unspoken language.

This is the true magic of Horse Medicine.

We invite you to experience all of this and more. Rediscover your true self, and reconnect to the path of your heart through our Horse Medicine Retreats.

“When you follow your heart, you lead with love.”  — Ginny Jablonski

www.heartofthehorse.us

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Ginny has studied multiple human and equine energy healing techniques. She is an animal communicator, medium, energy medicine practitioner and a certified HeartMath® Add Heart® Facilitator.  She has chosen to combine all of this knowledge, in partnership with equines, to offer a unique healing program for the benefit of both humans and animals alike.

Ginny facilitates Horse Medicine Experiences with her partners in Maryland, California, Arizona and Colorado. If you would like to host a retreat in your area, please contact us at info@heartofthehorse.us

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Life is a Smorgasbord

At certain times in my life I have found it easy to be stuck in patterns, causing me to forget that there are many other choices I could be making. Judgment was taught and learned so well that fear of moving out of those patterns had kept me stagnant for years, even when they were painful. Moving was just too scary, the fear of new failure was too strong. Though I classified where I was as failure, it was a known failure, and no matter how unrewarding, unfulfilling, unloving it proved to be, I knew its pains and had become comfortably numb to it.

The need to feel I was moving in the right direction, making the right choices, and doing the right thing was so foreboding that it kept me clinging to what I knew. The unknown was just too scary to venture into, too filled with the possibility of embarrassment, guilt, shame and new failure. Surely there would be someone there to judge me, though mostly it was just myself. The knowledge of what I don’t know caused me to judge myself harshly for doing it wrong before even having done it. These were just a few things that I found that had kept me stuck in situations that did not support or feed me in a positive light.

I would have dreams that took me far and away from my life but creating new habits to take me there would sometimes be excruciating. Going up against the trepidation or the downright resistance, often was more than I could do. Or so I thought it was. The truth is that we are all capable of pushing past our fears, our excuses, our hesitation and resistance. We just must begin to move in that direction. I found it much easier to move forward when I gave myself the permission to fail. What??? Yes, it’s okay if I don’t know how or where to move, JUST MOVE in the direction of more love! If I fall may I learn to roll so that I don’t hurt myself.

I like to look at life now as a Smorgasbord. How do I know if I will like it or not if I haven’t tried it? So, if it looks, and feels appealing why not give it a go? If I don’t like it, I can stop eating it, doing it or allowing it in my life. I can bring my focus onto something else. By trying new things, I may just end up finding something that feeds and fills me with more joy, more love and more success than I have ever known. But if I don’t move, it won’t allow for a new experience, and I may never find it and may never know all the love that the universe has for me.

Now I make new habits, try new things, allow myself to make new choices on what I like and don’t like, then choose not to have things in my life that don’t make me happy. I treat myself as lovingly as I would a two-year-old who is learning to walk. I would encourage, not discourage them when they first stood up and fell. I would cheer them on, tell them how brave, courageous and strong they were for standing in the first place. And how excited I am for them taking their first step, EVEN when they fall. I choose to be there for myself as I would for them. It’s new to me too. Just because I’ve grown up doesn’t mean I don’t deserve the same love and encouragement. I do deserve it, and I’m not waiting for someone else to give it to me, I give it to myself. I am worthy, even if sometimes I don’t remember it.

My friend Lazaris says it in a much more poignant way.

“Give yourself permission to fail. When you give yourself permission to fail, you allow yourself permission to succeed. The more often you permit yourself to be wrong, the more often you will be right. The key to decision-making is not what you decide, but that you decide.”

— Dana Cummins

 

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New Foundation Wants to Help Financially-Strapped Teachers

Article on the front page of our local newspaper this morning:
The Daily Courier

Gretchen Vorbeck is founder of We Value Our Teachers Foundation. (Gretchen Vorbeck/Courtesy)

Website and Event

On a grocery shopping trip in Cottonwood two years ago, Gretchen Vorbeck spotted a young mother weeping in the toilet paper aisle.

The local teacher was holding a gallon of milk and starring at the price tag on the packaged rolls. Her emotional outburst was all because she did not earn enough to buy both essentials. Never mind covering the cost of any other bills.

“I am a teacher and I can’t even provide for my daughter,” Vorbeck recalled of the woman’s lament. “I am standing here trying to decide if I should buy toilet paper or milk. How can I tell my child that she can’t have milk? How do I explain that to my innocent child?”

The then Sedona-based business and leadership consultant who previously owned two bed and breakfast operations in Colorado asked how she might help. The woman thrust the milk into her arms and fled the store.

We Value Our Teachers Foundation is www.wevalueourteachers.org
 The website offers a listing of upcoming events, ticket prices and how to volunteer and get involved with the effort.
The first Helicopter Ball Drop – Guidance Aviation is providing the helicopter – is scheduled for June 26 at 3 p.m. at the Antelope Hills Golf Course. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. The winner receive a $1,000 cash prize. The other ball drop dates now scheduled are for 3 p.m. on Sept. 25 and Oct. 30 at the golf course. Tickets for those can also be purchased online.

“It just got me to the core,” Vorbeck declared.

Six months later, Vorbeck launched her first, official non-profit organization, We Value Our Teachers Foundation. The foundation’s mission: raise money for grocery gift cards to deserving teachers.

In its infancy, Vorbeck was able to schedule one event – a helicopter ball drop – but collected only enough donations for a few, nominal amount grocery gift cards given out at three schools in the Clarkdale/Jerome and Cottonwood/Oak Creek districts.

Vorbeck wanted to make a broader impact. So she scouted out communities where she could make that happen.

In July, Vorbeck relocated to Prescott. She wasted no time shopping her mission to like-minded educational advocates.

As she begins building a six-member Board of Directors – she has recruited two members Rosemary Agneesens and Julia Watson – Vorbeck started visiting with area principals, teachers and top administrators about her vision. She quickly recognized that though they like the vision, their energies are stretched to the limit. So she is now on the lookout for what she refers to as “grands,” grandparents or other adult volunteers with the time and willingness to make a meaningful contribution to the educational community.

“Being grand is anyone creating a life worth living till the end,” Vorbeck said.

The organization’s kick-off local fundraising event, a “Helicopter Ball Drop,” is scheduled for June 26 at 3 p.m. on the Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott. The prize for the first hole winner is $1,000. Vorbeck intends to have at least seven such ball drops over the course of the year. Two other drops are already scheduled for September and October.

Vorbeck, too, has created fliers for what she refers to as “Parties for a Meaningful Purpose,” with individuals encouraged to host their own intimate gatherings — a burger bash, a fancy dinner party or a night of dance for dollars. The hosts simply ask as many guests as they wish to come, and bring their checkbooks – the foundation can accommodate online gifts.

And Vorbeck is on the hunt for someone able to organize a golf tournament.

All of these events are intended to generate enough dollars so the foundation can begin offering the grocery gift cards to a good number of teachers in amounts that will make a difference for their families. The foundation will have an application process to select those who can benefit from such a program. Vorbeck would like to be able to give out the first group in late September, but timing will depend on the generosity of the community.

Vorbeck has created a website — www.wevalueourteachers.org — that provides information on how to get involved, organize a party or buy tickets for the ball drop.

Vorbeck’s passion for the purpose is palpable, and she prays will garner a plentiful supply of partners.

“Volunteers are key,” Vorbeck said.

Prescott Unified District Superintendent Joe Howard said Vorbeck’s decision to reach out is “the kind of heart we see so much in the Prescott community.”

“Without that kind of heart, the Prescott schools would not be what they are,” Howard said.

From what Howard has gleaned from Vorbeck, he said her decision to move to Prescott was made because the community is so generous to its educators.

“We feel honored, and lucky that she has moved to Prescott, and this is her focus,” Howard said. “She fits in.”

Follow Nanci Hutson on Twitter @HutsonNanci. Reach her at 928-445-3333 ext. 2041.

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Is It Time to Re-Wire your Brain?

Have you ever wondered if the “evil” in the world only exists to feed all of us who love to be angry? Perhaps evil coincides with the amount of hateful, spiteful, and hurtful anger we display so that it can continue to feed our need for feelings of righteous superiority, fear and rage. 

What happens when we stop feeling angry and hateful? What happens when we stop judging things as bad or wrong? What happens when we allow others to have differences of opinion without making them “less than”?

Would we have to open to understanding their circumstances? Would we have to be open to seeing their pain? Do you think it might trigger some of our own pain? Do you think our pain is perhaps already triggered and that is why we are angry? Maybe it’s hard to see others pain, when we haven’t dealt with our own?

It certainly hasn’t been easy for me to re-wire my brain. I still work on it daily, many times a day, daily. Sometimes I just bring myself back to my mantra. One of many mantras I use has me focusing on my breath in and saying: “compassion and peace”, then when I breathe out: “happiness and joy”. Some days I find myself focusing on this many times throughout the day, sometimes for hours. It keeps me from going into fear or overwhelm by focusing on what I want in my life and staying in the present, consciously choosing it while implementing my breath. As I breathe my mantra in and out I notice the changes taking place in my body. My shoulders relax, my back unwinds, my face lifts to a smile. My attitude shifts as does my day. I am now ready to allow miracles to rain down gently in my world. And they do.

Having asked my guides for help, they remind me to re-focus when I start to slip. I also use my conscious breathing and mantra when I catch myself judging others harshly or re-living the past. I believe that sometimes I re-play things in my head to come to some sense of peace around them. I allow myself this so I can have that release, and so I can understand, forgive, and change. Once I have done this procedure I then stop myself from rethinking about the issue and I let it go. I put love and light around the situation or the person in question, hand it over to my Higher Self and allow it to heal, and move on while I go back to my mantra. I stop letting myself dwell on things that do not feed me compassion, peace, happiness or joy. Forgiveness brings me joy. Respect, understanding and dignity bring me peace. Living in my spiritual adultness brings me great gratitude for All That Is. As I said, I work on it daily. If it’s important to feed your body healthy stuff why would it be any less important to feed your mind healthy stuff? We do get to choose what we think. Here is to choosing consciously.

Dana Cummins

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Tarot Card of the Day – Six of Sky (Swords)

Mystical Cats Tarot: Six of Sky

The Tarot Card of the Day is the Six of Sky (Swords).  The message is:

You are in a no-win situation.  It may have seemed a good way to go at the beginning but you are realizing now that you are getting nowhere.  There is no shame in admitting it is an unhealthy situation and leaving it behind.  Better to use your energy for something you know will benefit you in a positive way.

For a reading that is all about you and your unique situation consider scheduling a Tarot Reading by Phone or a Tarot Reading by Email.  If you are in the Prescott, AZ area call 928-202-8104 for an appointment.

Namaste,

Martha Reed

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Tarot Card of the Day – Seven of Earth (Pentacles) Rx

Mystical Cats Tarot: Seven of Earth Rx

The Tarot Card of the Day is the Seven of Earth (Pentacles) Rx (reversed).  The message is:

You are carrying impatience to the extreme, spending almost all of your time and attention watching and waiting, mentally pushing something to happen.  It doesn’t work that way.  What you are waiting for will happen in its own good time not a minute sooner.  In the meantime, put your energy into other things, especially those things you have been neglecting.

For a reading that is all about you and your unique situation consider scheduling a Tarot Reading by Phone or a Tarot Reading by Email.  If you are in the Prescott, AZ area call 928-202-8104 for an appointment.

Namaste,

Martha Reed

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Tarot Card of the Day – Grace (Temperance) Rx

Mystical Cats Tarot: Grace

The Tarot Card of the Day is Grace (Temperance) Rx (reversed).  The message is:

You are finding yourself in a situation that may be too overwhelming for you to maintain your equilibrium.  Some things are just so upsetting we may let them get the better of us for a short time.  Don’t add to the stress by blaming yourself for having difficulty coping.  Instead, try to manage the stress by eating right and getting enough rest.  This too shall pass.

For a reading that is all about you and your unique situation consider scheduling a Tarot Reading by Phone or a Tarot Reading by Email.  If you are in the Prescott, AZ area call 928-202-8104 for an appointment.

Namaste,

Martha Reed

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Tarot Card of the Day – Six of Sea

Mystical Cat Tarot: Six of Sea

The Tarot Card of the Day is the Six of Sea (Cups).  The message is:

Lighten up.  Don’t take everything so seriously.  Remember how, when you were a small child, each day was a new adventure and you greeted each new experience playfully?  Try to recapture that joyous feeling and make it part of everything that you encounter.  Life can be a lot of fun if you just make it so.

For a reading that is all about you and your unique situation consider scheduling a Tarot Reading by Phone or a Tarot Reading by Email.  If you are in the Prescott, AZ area call 928-202-8104 for an appointment.

Namaste,

Martha Reed

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