Spring Cleaning from the Comfort of Your Couch!

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Spring cleaning is something most folks do on some level: whether it’s window washing, cleaning the baseboards and walls, or deep cleaning a room and even rearranging the furniture. Some of you might even think of the energy in the house and burn sage or clap to clear out specific areas. But what about the energy of the structure of your house? Yes, you may well address the structure of your house in your spring cleaning by emptying out the gutters or washing the siding, but I’m talking about the energy of the structure itself. And what about the land where your house sits? What about the connection you have with your house? While energy is the foundation of our existence, what everything is made of, because it’s not visible (and we’re a very vision oriented species), often energy level work is not utilized as well as it could be.

Just like your physical body benefits from energy clearing, so, too, does the structure of your house. Whether you’re in a new house (or apartment) or old, whether you’re in a new to you house or you’ve been in the same place for decades, think of all the energetic cobwebs and grit and grime that have accumulated. What is the current state of your connection with your house? Home is where the heart is; I bet this connection could benefit from some clearing. And the point on the planet where your house sits can always benefit from clearing out residue from human presence: our species is often out of sync with the bigger organism of Gaia and this is one way to help with that.

I’ve worked with people during and after house renovations to clear and shift the energy of the house and the energy of all the beings in the house so that everyone can settle into a new balance. I’ve even worked with clients, when their house was on the market but not selling, to help the sale occur with more ease. And now, I’m going to guide you through a spring cleaning of the energy of your house, your connection with the house, and the land where it sits, all from the comfort of your couch. You can see the details and register HERE.

Equinox Thoughts on Balance

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Vernal Equinox Dawn

I’ve always got a lot to say about balance, and today is the equinox which is all about balance, so here are a few snippets.

Balance isn’t a destination, it’s an ongoing state of flux. It’s the difference between thinking you are in the river and you will arrive at the ocean and that is the goal, the end, and knowing you are the water, whether the river or the ocean or rain running down the gutter in a storm. When I think about balance, I like to think about how much water is in our physical bodies; over half of our bodies is water. Flow is natural for us to feel and experience as we are already amazing containers for flow. But in today’s fast paced world of instant gratification, many of us have forgotten how to access and experience flow. While flow is most easily associated with water and other liquids, flow can be found in sounds, breathing, physical movement, and more.

Balance and flexibility go hand in hand as it is hard, if not impossible, to find balance if you are not flexible, just as flow is not going to be as easy if you’re like ice, moving reeaally slowly, or moving super fast. It can be an easy shift from the physical body to the mental, emotional, and energy bodies when we’re talking about flexibility, balance, and flow. Our minds tend to lean towards symmetry, but balance doesn’t have to be exact because, remember, it’s not an end goal.

Balance is being the water, not being the captain of a boat on the water. Balance is acknowledging and accepting what you are and are not in control of. Balance is recognizing that you’re swimming and you can move your body in the water, but that ultimately the water is moving you somewhere, too.

Here are a few simple things you can try out for yourself as tools to assist you in finding flow, flexibility, and balance.

  • Breathwork

  • Walking or other physical movement

  • Floating or swimming

  • Listening to music or nature sounds

  • Meditation of whatever form suits you that’s not listed above

While this is by no means the be all and end all on balance (there isn’t one, right?!), it’s another piece of what I like to think is an ongoing dialogue on and exploration of balance. What are your thoughts on balance? I’d love to hear.

Are You in Flow?

Lilly is a fabulous teacher on finding and riding the flow.

Lilly is a fabulous teacher on finding and riding the flow.

With all the rain we’ve had in the last year and all the time I spend at the river with Lilly, the word mainstream has been on my mind a lot. When you read or hear this word, where do you go? For me mainstream is almost immediately attached to culture. And when I think of mainstream culture, I am aware of being different. When describing water, the mainstream current is the deepest and the strongest. I have never felt like I was a part of or in the mainstream culture even as I’ve felt the pull. I have struggled, as so many of us do in this human experience, with finding any flow that is my kind of flow.

Since the start of this calendar year, I’ve been experiencing life in a very different fashion. I have become aware of access to flow and motion that I have previously been unable to find, let alone merge with and ride. I am building a new relationship with flow! As I wrote last summer, I’ve long been focused on the being aspect of this human experience and I’ve been shifting into the doing aspect. With this different experience of flow, I’m doing more, yet still being me.

As I’m learning to do me, not just be me, I’m giving myself and my purpose a larger amount of energy and focus. I’m exploring from my heart space (just as I guide you, my clients, to do) my relationship with my energy work and my purpose. And as I explore, I’m clearing out the gunk, the detritus that I’ve inherited, collected, all the stuff that blocks my views. I’m creating space both for expansion within myself and for expansion of my work and my purpose in the world. Onward I go.

Are You Looking for a New Perspective?

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The Lunar New Year has begun and we’re now in the year of the boar or pig (Tibetan and Chinese) with the element of earth. I’m riding these energies to bring you my latest news.

I’m getting specific on what I do best for you: guide you to new perspectives.

I’m reaching out to find more people who resonate with my work with humans. (I still do my cross-species work, but I am focusing on humans right now.)

Details:

A session is 60 minutes long. Once we line up a time, you fill out a session clarification form so we know what you want to focus on. At the appointed time, you relax in your home and I get to work. We are not on the phone together until 45 minutes into the session when I’ve finished the work. At that point I give you the highlights of the session and we dialogue if you wish. You will also receive detailed notes in an email following the session.

What clients are saying about this new format:

“Over the six years I have worked with Elizabeth her clarity and specificity have deepened. She truly does remarkable work and is a gifted person who is able to assist me in finding clarity and moving forward in a grounded and light filled way.” --E.W.

“I feel much more connected to myself and my inner knowing. You also brought up very specific energetic processes/shapes/animals/verbiage that was deeply affirming and eerily similar to work I was already doing on my own.” --J.P.

More changes: I’ve added scheduling to my website, so you can head there to schedule your New Perspectives session.

I’d love to connect with more like-minded people, so if you know someone you think might resonate with my work and words, please send them this way!

~Namaste

Insights of the Dark Season: Limiting Beliefs

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Life feels to be a continual shedding and creating. I have long used both breath and eye blinks as reminders that I am new. Especially this winter, I am feeling an intensity of this newness on a daily basis. Sometimes insights hit me with unexpected force. As December drew to a close I had several insights arrive with that unexpected force. Timing can be everything and in this case it was. One of these insights had to do with a limiting belief. It wasn’t new to me that I had this particular limiting belief, but I was finally able and ready to see/hear/know it’s bigger impact on my existence. I finally got the possibilities of who I could be without this belief.

Limiting beliefs are often built off of old patterns (inherited or absorbed or learned early in the current life or carried over from a previous life) and thus slip past our radar time and again. When they are suddenly highlighted, there can be a clarity to the connecting lines between the belief and those old patterns. So how have I shifted since recognizing that limiting belief? What did I do? I didn’t really do anything. I’ll explain.

I tend to use the time in bed after I turn out the lights as my sacred space. I ask for assistance, guidance, support. I set intentions. And what I realized most recently is that this is where I let in source in a different way. This is where I have practiced and am learning to allow and receive. One strong view in our culture is that you have to do something to something and this is often tied into the belief that fixing is what it's all about. I have found that shifts often occur when you let go and allow what is to be, when you receive what is and accept it as it is. This allows a detachment to occur and the tethers we’ve created often vanish. At base this is all a shift in perspective.

I laugh at that last sentence because for me so much comes down to perspective. It’s one of the foundations of my work. And on that note, I’d like to share that my work is shifting and I’m now offering my sessions in a slightly different format. There’s more of a combined reading and healing aspect to my work and if you’re interested in more details please hit reply to this email. I’d love to share. I’m also exploring some future offerings and look forward to sharing more on those soon.

I’d love to connect with more like-minded people, so if you know someone you think might resonate with my work, please share this post.

  • If you’re looking for nature connection in the physical realm, we can arrange a walk’n’talk and get you noticing your surroundings in new ways, email for a session.

  • If you’re looking for deep relaxation (and clearing), email for a session.

  • If you’re looking for nature connection across the tiny screen in front of you, follow me on Instagram: @intuitive_energy_guide and you’ll get views and positive words all in one spot; and on Facebook at Elizabeth Bain, Intuitive Energy Guide and Elizabeth Bain.

  • Dog training is an exciting and fun part of my world. If you're interested in what I'm doing, be sure to find Doggedly Whole on fb and ig, too. Shared moments of joy with your 4-legged(s) are amazing!


~Namaste

A Lesson as a Shapeshifter

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I am a shapeshifter. For me, one of the (many) gifts that comes with being a shapeshifter, is my ability to understand others and their views even in situations I have not personally experienced. This is a powerful and amazing gift, but gifts have lessons, too, areas of growth.

Somewhere along the way, my ability to understand others and my ability to stay in connection with source and know my worth have gotten tangled up at the edges. When I am not centered, grounded, and aligned with source, I fall into the disarray of those tangled edges. That is a default setting that was highlighted recently when I was too understanding of someone else and didn’t stand up for myself. When I am not centered, grounded, and in alignment with source, I get lost and/or stuck in the other being’s perspective and can’t get back to myself to see my own perspective.

Do you have default settings? I certainly do. Once I am aware of them, I explore and mine them for information on the wheres and whys, and do any clearing or resetting that is healthy and right for me. Over time, I work the different layers as they are exposed doing what I can and need to do at that point. For me this is all part of this human experience. Is this something you might need help with? I’m here!

I am considering leading a small, group walk to broaden perspectives and show ways of reconnecting with the world of which we are a small part. If this is something that interests you, please reply to this email to let me know.

  • If you’re looking for some nature connection in the physical realm, we can arrange a walk’n’talk and get you noticing your surroundings in new ways, email for a session.

  • If you’re looking for some deep relaxation (and clearing), email for a session.

  • If you’re looking for some nature connection across the tiny screen in front of you, follow me on Instagram: intuitive_energy_guide and you’ll get views and positive words all in one spot.

  • Dog tricks are an exciting and fun part of my world at the moment with teaching classes and working with Lilly. Be sure to find Doggedly Whole on fb and ig, too. Shared moments of joy with your 4-legged(s) are so healing!

As always I love to hear your thoughts and current reality! Thank you for your continued support and referrals.

~Namaste

The Wisdom of the Planet and Seasonal Self-Care

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Lately, I have been noticing some clarification in my purpose. It’s two fold, but interconnected: I am an advocate for the beings without a voice (species other than humans); I am a guide for humans in remembering we are part of the whole. A key part of this purpose is showing how much wisdom this planet has that we can learn from. And if you don’t actually look and smell and feel the world around you that you are a part of, you’ll miss out on all that wisdom. Just last week, I was noticing we had days of clouds in beautiful repeating patterns. I marvel at the echoes or reflections or foundations these patterns create as they cross elements, kingdoms, and more: clouds, cells, parched earth, minerals left as water dries on stone. What do you notice?

We’re heading into the end of the year where there’s often lots of extra life happening. This can also be an emotional time of year for people. On top of that, in this part of the world, the days are still getting shorter and it can feel or be harder to find light. One of the best ways to help yourself move through this season with a little more ease is to make relaxation a goal for at least once a week. Depending on your stress load, you might want more than once a week. I know, I know, if you’re busy, how do you find time to relax?! Even just 5 or 10 minutes goes a long way to helping your whole being, but ideally you’ll dedicate 30 minutes or more. Yes, you can get an energy session with me for relaxation (guided meditation or just silent work from me), or Zero Balancing session, or acupuncture. But you can also take an Epsom salt bath with lavender essential oil and some soothing music. You can lie outside on a blanket and stare at the stars or soak up whatever light there might be. There are loads of other ways to relax, I’m just getting you started, but I do suggest you stay away from screens and even books as forms of relaxation and stick to time with yourself. I highly recommend putting this on your calendar each week so you do it.

  • If you’re looking for some nature connection in the physical realm, we can arrange a walk’n’talk and get you noticing your surroundings in new ways, email for a session.

  • If you’re looking for some deep relaxation (and clearing), email for a session.

  • If you’re looking for some nature connection across the tiny screen in front of you, follow me on Instagram: intuitive_energy_guide and you’ll get views and positive words all in one spot.

  • Dog tricks are an exciting and fun part of my world at the moment with teaching classes and working with Lilly. Be sure to find Doggedly Whole on fb and ig, too. Shared moments of joy with your 4-legged(s) are so healing!

As always I love to hear your thoughts and current reality! Thank you for your continued support and referrals.

~Namaste

Harvest and Lightening Your Load as the Dark Grows

A cow friend came over to see what Lilly was doing (rolling on her back in the grass) as I was taking sunset pictures last week.

A cow friend came over to see what Lilly was doing (rolling on her back in the grass) as I was taking sunset pictures last week.

Near the fall equinox and full moon that was the following day, I found myself knowing that the harvest this year was about looking back at more than the previous nine months. This year it’s a much longer time frame from which we’re harvesting. When I read The Power Path’s monthly forecast for October, I was not surprised to see the theme “Taking Inventory.” What is part of a harvest but taking inventory, right? Heading into the final third of the month what strikes me is that the longer time frame is longer than I’d previously realized, it’s karmic.

This is a time not only for deep exploration of who you are and of the life you have created, but a time to access the co-creative power you have with source across all your lives. You are taking stock of the patterns that are part of you right now whether from this life or past lives or even future lives. You have access to a bigger picture of your existence and with that picture, you can see where you have ties or knots or weavings that no longer serve you. What seems to be coming next, and feels to me like it will be the main energy of November, is the releasing: the active severing of those ties, knots, and weavings so that you can set those energies free and set yourself free to be the you that is ready to shine more brightly in this life time. It feels like this month’s deep exploration is looking through the caverns of all our lives across time (so, karmic), and that by exposing these pieces to the light of true self in connection with source, you are going to set them on fire in praise and gratitude and like a phoenix, rise anew from the ash at your core.

Until we get to that next step, get outside and walk. As the amount of daily light decreases, you are getting less light, so make sure to get out there and soak it up. One energy this month that feels prevalent is despair. My depression is despair, so it is very easy and common for me to slide right into it. What do I do when I’m in despair? I go outside and walk. When do I feel most like my true self? When I am outside walking. If you’re feeling despair or tired or anything that’s not what you want to feel, give it a try.

  • If you’re looking for some nature connection in the physical realm, we can arrange a walk’n’talk, contact me for a session.

  • If you’re looking for some nature connection across the tiny screen in front of you, follow me on Instagram @intuitive_energy_guide and you’ll get views and positive words all in one spot.

  • Be sure to find Doggedly Whole on Facebook and Instagram, too. Shared moments of joy with your 4-legged(s) are so healing!

As always, I love to hear your thoughts and current reality! Thank you for your continued support and referrals.

~Namaste

~Are You Feeling Part of the Whole?~

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I recently had an email exchange with a client that allowed me a different perspective on my own journey and relationship with my intuition. I had happily offered to share some book titles for exploring intuition and then when I went to actually list some titles, I realized just how different my path has been to my current knowing of self and source and how intertwined they are. To me, intuition is being fully in flow with source and thus able to access information that is beyond what we think of as self. Young adult fantasy novels helped me in a huge way (read as an adult) in finding ways of moving with nature and finding my flow within the world. (I know, really!) I feel as though I am at the leading corner of an enormous fabric that stretches out behind me and is woven of all the strands of my experiences leading me to this exact moment. At the same time, I am a tree with branches reaching to the stars and roots that are my experiences providing the nourishment that has led me to my current self. It’s not as though this is any end point, this is all an ongoing experience of being. Maintaining my ability to feel in flow with nature and source is key to maintaining my sanity and ability to move through this world, but so, too, is continued exploration of flow and nature and source.

How do I both maintain and explore? Much of my self-care is both. My gratitude practice maintains my relationship with gratitude and perspective and it’s not a stagnant, detached practice, so it is also an exploration of gratitude and perspective. My walking practice maintains my awareness of my physical self and my physical connection with this planet, and allows me a specific time, space, and place for exploring this physical realm and how/where I am part of the whole. My writing practice creates a specific way and place to unload all the thoughts and feelings that I carry (mine and not mine) which helps me maintain a regular clearing for myself, and also creates a specific way and place for dreams and insights and explorations. I have other self-care practices, but these are my foundation and provide an example of how I am able to both maintain and explore within the same practices.

I will be offering a class to support your own journey into finding your flow within nature and feeling part of the whole. This class is still taking shape, so if this is something that resonates with you, please let me know, especially if there are specifics you are looking for. Details will be coming as the shape becomes clearer.

September Special:

September is a month of transitions and I’d like to provide some support to those of you needing help with one specific issue. The One Issue Session: 30 minutes of guided meditation and conversation. Special price of $35 for this month only. Please email me to book a session.

  • If you’re looking for some clearing or balancing for you and/or your whole family in these intense times, email for a session.
  • If you’re looking for some nature connection in the physical realm, we can arrange a walk’n’talk and get you noticing your surroundings in new ways, email for a session.
  • If you’re looking for some nature connection across the tiny screen in front of you, follow me on Instagram: intuitive_energy_guide and you’ll get views and positive words all in one spot.
  • Dog tricks are an exciting and fun part of my world at the moment with teaching classes and working with Lilly. Be sure to find Doggedly Whole on fb and ig, too. Shared moments of joy with your 4-legged(s) are so healing!

As always I love to hear your thoughts and current reality! Thank you for your continued support and referrals.

~Namaste

~What a Summer!~Are You Breathing?~

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Most everyone I’ve spoken to agrees that intense is the word that rings the bell for this summer. Whether it’s the weather (with swings from extremes of cool to hot or dry to flooding) or health (bizarre health scares and diagnoses) or work (lots or none or completely different) or _____ (fill in the blank) everything is intense. I find that the bigger picture energies are providing me with some helpful perspectives. This wacky summer here on planet earth is wacky in the skies, too, with five (soon to be six) planets retrograde which doesn’t really happen that often and especially not during an eclipse window that holds the longest solar eclipse in this century. Wait, what?! I know, I know, it’s crazy. As above, so below, or really, just remember we’re miniscule beings on a small planet in a massive galaxy…it’s all somewhat magical when you look from this perspective.

Two big themes or highlighted concepts this summer seem to be communication and boundaries. Working with multiple species, I spend a lot of time navigating communication across species and am aware of just how hard it is for most of us to communicate with our own species. It’s hard enough for some folks to notice, let alone read, body language from other people (we’re not even talking about words), even grasping the concept that other species are also speaking with body language can be mind bending for some people. Add in words and you’re in a whole new realm. Many of us are very mental and it’s really easy to get stuck in the head and not be able to listen to someone else let alone get out of the head and open to different perspectives. One of the missing links with communication in our world is that with the speed of life, nuance and detail (and more) get lost in the shuffle and little gaps become gaping chasms. Boundaries are hard enough in easier times, but add in the intensity of this summer and boundary lessons are everywhere. Whether you have no boundaries at all, your boundaries are way too solid, or you fall somewhere on the continuum somewhere in between these two extremes, you are probably learning something new about boundaries right now. Be nice to yourself.

Staying grounded and centered is hard for me this summer and I honestly don’t remember feeling this ungrounded and off kilter any time in recent years if ever. I find myself struggling to keep my practices going steadily because of the upheaval of my life (both internal and external) this summer. I continue to come back to my practices every moment I can and I have really been relying on breathing practices throughout the day to keep me present in the moment. Yes, I have some slightly fancier breathing practices that I do use, but for the most part, I just pay attention to my breath and use balanced breathing (deep breaths with the same count for an inhalation as for an exhalation) and find that even only 2 or 3 breaths with focus make a big difference.

What pops to mind now is not “Steady on,” but, “Breathe in flexibility.”

  • If you’re looking for some clearing or balancing for you and/or your whole family in these intense times, email me for a session.
  • If you’re looking for some nature connection in the physical realm, we can arrange a walk’n’talk and get you noticing your surroundings in new ways, email me for a session.
  • If you’re looking for some nature connection across the tiny screen in front of you, follow me on Instagram: intuitive_energy_guide and you’ll get views and positive words all in one spot.
  • Dog tricks are an exciting and fun part of my world at the moment with teaching classes and working with Lilly and Lilly having her first modeling gig photo shoot. Be sure to find Doggedly Whole on Facebook and Instagram, too. Shared moments of joy with your 4-legged(s) are so healing!

As always I love to hear your thoughts and current reality! Thank you for your continued support and referrals.

~Namaste

Two Tools Combine for Activism for All

In today's world there we are inundated with so much ugliness. Inhumane treatment is not new, but the scope and acceptance of it is. The antipathy of most Americans is a pattern that is long in building. It is past time to take some form of action. While your words are only one way to take action, they are still an important one. So, I'm sharing two tools that work together to help you get your words to the politicians who are supposed to be representing you.

Tool One: Do you know about Resistbot? It is one of the many rays of hope that can found in this current world. It's an easy to use tool for getting your words to your representatives. It is a volunteer run service and it's not for profit. You can text or use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to connect with Resistbot (it's free for them if you use Twitter or Facebook Messenger). They walk you through the steps. All you need to do is send the word "resist" via one of three pathways I listed above and you're on your way.

Tool Two: Have you heard Americans of Conscience? Sign up for the weekly checklist on Jennifer Hofmann's page and you'll get an email with not just information about bills in DC for the week, but she provides you with a script for calling or writing your representatives about those bills. She also has positive stories of change and there's a sense of connection and hope. If you take her scripts and use Resistbot it won't take but a few minutes to get your words to your representatives.

I try to tick off a letter or two a day and make my way down the list over the week. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

~Remembering We Are All in this Together~We Are Nature~

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July sunrise

Lately I’ve been noticing the us against them mentality popping up everywhere. I see it at the core of what’s going on in so many situations around the world. I find that tied in with this is being aware of definitions and how they can limit and/or exclude or allow for expansion and inclusion. I’ve been on a personal exploration of definitions I am carrying and living by, and finding which are helpful to me and which are not, and I’m seeing the reflection in the larger picture as well. What is a country? How arbitrary are the lines and words and timelines that define countries, citizens, legalities/illegalities? This nation and the entire human species are undergoing massive transformations and the ugliest of uglies are everywhere, but so are the most amazing of hearts.

One of the other keys that is also tied in with this us against them mentality (in a which came first the chicken or the egg sort of situation) is this foundational belief that life is human versus nature; that we as humans are not part of nature and that life is a fight against nature. I find that to be such an ego belief, as though we are better than something of which we are a minor piece. Nature is far larger than our puny little species and will most certainly be here long after the demise of our species (towards which we seem to be doing a magnificent job of speeding). I feel that every minute you tune into being part of the macrocosm of nature, is a moment of healing for you and all that you are tuned into. If there is a fight to be made, I believe it is a fight towards unity with nature. This fight is one fueled by love and cooperation and community. Use your voice in any way that you can, there are many who need help.

  • If you’re looking for some activism ideas, check the next blog post for more details.
  • If you’re looking for some healing (self-care is a necessity for this fight), email me for a session.
  • If you’re looking for some nature connection in the physical realm, we can arrange a walk’n’talk and get you noticing your surroundings in new ways, email for a session.
  • If you’re looking for some nature connection across the tiny screen in front of you, follow me on Instagram: @intuitive_energy_guide and you’ll get views and positive words all in one spot.
  • Dog tricks are an exciting and fun part of my world at the moment: teaching classes, working with Lilly, and Lilly's first modeling gig photo shoot. Be sure to find Doggedly Whole on Facebook and Instagram, too. Shared moments of joy with your 4-legged(s) are so healing!

As always I love to hear your thoughts and current reality! Thank you for your continued support and referrals.

~Namaste

Overeager Greeters~Part 2

Having a dog who looks to you when she sees people is so helpful!

Having a dog who looks to you when she sees people is so helpful!

As the one who gets to decide what the end behavior looks like, you may need some help scanning through the options. There is one important piece that often gets completely ignored. You don’t want your dog to think that every human she sees is one she will get to greet. There are many reasons why you might not want your dog to greet someone. For starters, when you’re out in public with your dog, do you really want her to think that *every* person is to be greeted? But something else to think about is that you might come across a person who’s petrified of dogs or gives off bad vibes or has a dog who is dog reactive or fill in the blank. As you can see this is a pretty big piece and should be factored into your dog’s greeting behavior. Wait, but how do you do this? In very simple terms, you practice seeing people and not greeting them. And you can clarify things by naming the greeting behavior so that your dog knows when she gets to say hi and when she doesn’t. As always, I’m happy to help you with this or another dog training issue. Touch base with me HERE.

Overeager Greeters: When Jumping for Joy at People *Isn’t* the Greeting You Want from Your Dog

Bryn is politely waiting for the approach of a human he knows.

Bryn is politely waiting for the approach of a human he knows.

Puppies are adorable and small…so when they are exuberantly jumping all over you and your friends, you probably aren’t thinking about what happens to that behavior when they get bigger and the jumping on you and your friends becomes jumping on or at *all* people and how that can head toward dangerous territory. Your puppy isn’t going to read your mind if you suddenly get upset and expect new behavior for greeting people. You need to create the behavior you want from your full sized dog now, not later. Food motivated dog? Great, that’s what you can use to reinforce the new behavior. If your dog loves people, you have another reinforcer already built into this situation: actually getting to be with the people (but in a way that is safe for everyone).

Where do you start? The many ways a dog can politely greet people can look different, but the common denominator is that all of your dog’s feet will be on the ground. One of the easiest ways to make sure your dog’s feet stay on the ground is to place the reward, food, on the ground or floor. It’s hard to bend down and eat while jumping on people! This is just the beginning, but you have to start somewhere, right? If you need help with an overeager greeter, contact me and we’ll get the specifics lined up and create the behavior you want now, not later.

~What’s Going On? Lots!~New Month, New You~

sunlight, energy healing, reiki, charlottesville, virginia

Whew! There went May and June is already rolling along. Things I did for work in May: dog sat for the first time in almost 3 years; taught tricks classes for dogs and their humans; finished teaching writing and mindful movement classes at CHEC; walked dogs (training and enrichment); worked one on one training with dogs and their human family members; did bodywork for humans and dogs at an agility trial and an agility seminar; had energy sessions with humans, a dog, and humans and their dogs and cats. Things I did for fun in May: went to some live music events with friends; walked and talked with friends (both 2-legged and 4-legged); ate tasty food with friends; went dock-diving with Lilly for the first time this season; and walked a lot. I don’t often look back at a month and take stock of what I did, but this was such a chock-full month with so many new and different things occurring that it felt helpful to look at it all as a whole. Was your May this busy? Were you experiencing new and different things?

June feels totally different. I know it’s barely begun, but there’s a different sense of flow. And the solstice is this month: light, so much light to draw upon! As May transitioned into June I had several days that didn’t go at all as planned. Even what seemed like a big deal ended up being okay. And I have been reminded, again, what flexibility and flow can feel like even as I am reminded, again, how much I need some bit of structural stability in my day. My mantra has resurfaced: I am different, thus any and everything can be different, too. Are you feeling it?

Work With Me

I have been excited by some energy work I’ve done with clients recently where we work together several times in a month on a larger piece of life and allow time for the processing to occur before taking the next deep dive. If you’ve got something that feels layered or just too large to explore in one session, let’s line up a couple of sessions and see how things flow.

I’ve got some slots open for training or enrichment walks for dogs on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Key West, Pantops, or North Downtown areas. If this is something you’re interested in, let me know and we’ll talk details.

I will also be offering Bodywork for Dogs at Natural Pet Essentials on Wednesday, June 13. Whether your dog is a senior, has specific physical issues that need attention, or you just want to treat your dog to some feel dog, the benefits are huge: promotes relaxation; relieves pain; increases and balances the circulation of all fluids; improves mobility; affects mood and anxiety. Details are still being finalized so, please let me know if you’re interested and keep an eye HERE.

As always I love to hear your thoughts and current reality! Thank you for your continued support and referrals.

~Namaste

~Tools for Transitions~Being and Doing~

Excuse the poor quality of this photo. This is a total DIY phone camera through the binoculars. But, isn't she lovely?

Excuse the poor quality of this photo. This is a total DIY phone camera through the binoculars. But, isn't she lovely?

Because life is never stagnant, we are always in some form of transition whether we’re thinking of it that way or not. When the transition is a bigger one or just has clearer edges to it, we’re usually aware that we’re in transition and might give it a name: changing careers, going to college, moving to a new state, getting married, becoming a parent. There are so many transitions in life that if we named them all we probably wouldn’t have the time to actually live those transitions. But, when we do undergo a major transition, awareness practices can be an important piece of navigation. Just yesterday I found myself saying that my gratitude practice is part of what has kept me sane over the last few years. And while I may have been laughing as I said it, it was a heartfelt statement. Without my daily walks and gratitudes, I would not be the me I am right now. Finding and maintaining human connections that are supportive and healthy is also super important during transitions. As someone who would happily exist with a few critters in the boonies walking and just being, I have to be sure to schedule human time, because I know I need it and so appreciate the good people I know in this life.

The bigger energies at the moment are bringing our awareness to being and doing as two equally important aspects of our existence. I feel like the last 10 years have been all about me learning to just be, and this is the turning point where I shift focus and learn how to just do. Ideally I will find the right balance of being and doing before I exit this life, right? I keep hearing from others and seeing examples, too, of how this being and doing awareness is playing out. What are you sensing? Does this resonate for you?

Nature update: Saturday morning I saw both adult eagles off the nest after watching one feeding the nestling(s). Last week I got to see the vixen stalk and kill a big squirrel and then cart it back to the den where she shoved it in and promptly left to hunt some more. Saturday morning I saw three kits dashing about between the two den entrances, and in such a short period of time they’ve gone from round, fluff balls to long, skinny lines. The birds are streaming in from afar and the warblers are singing away. Wildflowers are slow to appear so far where I’m looking. I know of two secret caches of showy orchis that are usually blooming by now and the greenery is only this past week peeking out of the earth. It’s greening up and the flowering trees are adding brilliant touches of color to the world, too. Spring really is here.

As always I love to hear your thoughts and current reality. If you need dog help or energy work, please email or call me at 434-249-9786 to schedule a session. My dog classes are currently full, please email if you want to be on a wait list or if you have a friend or two and want to create your own mini class. I hope to be announcing some new classes soon! Thank you for your continued support and referrals.

~Namaste

~Spring Has Sprung~

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Dog training often involves the learning of two species at the same time. Sometimes you have an experienced human working with an inexperienced dog and sometimes the opposite of that. But there are still so many people who have never trained a dog (or have not trained using positive reinforcement anyway) that I get to work with these dual species learning situations regularly. It’s an opportunity to witness magic. As you may know by now, I love finding magic. And there are so many ways and places to find it, that I’m always looking for it. The magic of working on a recall (coming to a person when called) and seeing one dog’s bouncing happiness as she runs to her person who has a bright smile on her face is priceless.                                                                                   

Dog training is all about communication and behavior which are so intricately linked. While the language has changed over the years and we are not commanding dogs to do things (most of us anyway), instead we create behaviors that are appropriate for the situation, we are ultimately still striving for a balance with two different species who cohabit. There is a wide spectrum of how this plays out because we, the humans, are typically making all the decisions. This spectrum runs from no thought to the dog’s perspective to giving the dog the power of consent. That’s a rather wide range! There is no end to the learning for all involved from me, the trainer, to the students of all species.

One of the key pieces of learning, no matter who is doing the learning or what is being learned, is being able to be receptive to new information. And receptivity brings up resistance because often if we can’t receive it’s because we’re resisting. This push and pull of receptivity and resistance has been at the forefront of my awareness recently. The equinox has passed and it is now spring, Mercury has gone retrograde, and things in general feel a bit uneven to me. There’s an uplifting sense of hope and creative freshness, but at the same time there are layers of old grief, pain, and negative patterns being unearthed. In the last month, I have felt like some old patterns have been flaking or sloughing off of me like dried mud off skin. Combine that with this slow to warm up weather and I’m jealous of Lilly’s ability to swim in these colder temperatures because I feel like a swim would be so satisfying in feeling washed clean of these old patterns.

Some of the creative freshness in my spring is getting to teach kids for the first time in years. I am teaching a writing class for older kids and co-teaching a mindful movement class for younger kids. I even have a dog training team of a 10 year old human and a 1 year old Bernese Mountain Dog. It’s so much fun. I am also getting some tricks classes started up and I’m excited that I’m going to have straight up beginners in addition to more seasoned human and dog teams. (See the details below.) The eagles are feeding nestling(s) and one of them flies overhead in the dark on our morning walk as she or he heads out to hunt with that internal time piece so precise according to the light that it’s the same time on my clock every day. I have spotted the vixen at her den, so I’m hoping to see some kits soon. Spring has sprung and new life is everywhere. The colors are emerging!

As always I love to hear your thoughts and current reality. If you need dog help or energy work, please email or call me at 434-249-9786 to schedule a session.

Tricks Class Cville

  • Wednesdays May 2-23 6:30-7:30PM
  • $100 at Natural Pet Essentials
  • Human and dog friendly dogs only. All levels of training experience welcome. Details and how to register HERE.

Tricks Class Crozet

  • Tuesdays April 10-May1 6:30-7:30PM
  • $100 We will meet outside at different locations in Crozet.
  • Human and dog friendly dogs only. All levels of training experience welcome. Details and how to register HERE.

Thank you for your continued support and referrals!

~Namaste

~Are You a Lumper? A What?!~ ~How dog training concepts cross over to help us navigate overwhelm~

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If you’ve never really done much dog training, you might not realize how dog training pertains to life as a human. I have had many a conversation over the years with friends who have dogs on just how it is all related. When you are training a dog, you often have a current behavior and a future behavior you want. The work is in getting from the current behavior to the future behavior. For example, you have a dog who is so excited by seeing people, she jumps up on them, but you’d like to create a new experience and have her calmly standing or sitting to greet people. When you’re training a new behavior you have to break it down to tiny steps that build toward the goal behavior. Just like a road trip, you can’t get from home to the grocery store without lots of tiny little steps (get keys, go out to car, drive car down this road, then that road, etc.), with training a new behavior you need to split it down to those tiny steps and make sure the dog really gets each one solidly before moving to the next step. A lumper is a person who doesn’t split the behavior down far enough for the dog to get the important little steps. Are you a lumper?                                                                          

I know I am, especially when I am in overwhelm. Whether it’s fear or too much happening at once, whatever the cause, overwhelm tends to immobilize me in a space where everything feels so far away that it’s inaccessible or unattainable. I typically feel like I am stuck at A and I want to get to Z but I can’t even see B, C, D, etc. Sometimes the overwhelm is so big and strong I can’t even remember that there are other letters in the alphabet. Lumping is like trying to leap from A to Z when we can barely jump a foot and A to Z is 10 miles. I also tend to fall into lumpdom when I feel stuck in any situation. I get stuck in all sorts of spots even without overwhelm, maybe you do, too?

So how can we use this awareness of being a lumper? I find that remembering to breathe is a great first tiny step to take whenever I’m in overwhelm. Using my inner and outer vision to scan from the end goal, however inaccessible it seems, back to my current situation, I try to focus on something tiny right in front of me. Sometimes it’s taking any action that can help start to bring more of the tiny steps into view, so maybe it’s getting outside and taking a short stroll around the yard for a couple of minutes focusing on how you are connected to the earth and your surroundings. Overwhelm is from the energy of the state of separation, in other words, forgetting you are source, so finding a short cut back to the energy of the state of connection can be a life saver. Breathing practices, eyes scanning the horizon, walking while focusing on your feet connecting to the planet, looking at a picture of a loved one, these are a just a few basic ways you can shift your awareness back to connection with source. Feeling love and/or joy is a way to reconnect quickly, so explore what that can be for you.

As always I love to hear your thoughts and current reality. If you read this and realize you’re a lumper and need help splitting things down, let’s work together. Maybe you just need a new perspective or some time spent in your heart space feeling your connection to the divine, or maybe you need help with dog training, please email [link] or call me at 434-249-9786 and schedule a session.

~Namaste

~Flying at Light Speed? Let’s Slow Down~

January energies 2018

January energies have been rather intense. There’s a new frequency now where everything is moving at light speed and the mental aspect, in particular, is very affected by this. It’s not just that things are happening fast, there are lots of things happening. The speed is very much intertwined with time. So much so that last Tuesday evening I was talking with my sister about my Monday, and noticing how it had been jam packed with stuff (sooo much happened) and how it felt like it had been so much farther ago than just a day. I realized that as you’re reading this, it has only been three weeks since I sent my Doggedly Whole announcement emails out; I’ve got clients and am loving it!

One of the side effects of the mental aspect being affected by this new frequency is the brain racing—a lot. Another side effect I have noticed is that any old patterns that were specifically mental patterns are close and keep nudging in trying to grab hold again. But, my sense is that the reappearance of these old mental patterns is tied in with this Wednesday’s full moon which is a blue moon (second full moon in a calendar month) and is also a full eclipse to start the eclipse season. It feels like these patterns have returned so that we can notice the self-transformation from when they were a regular part of self to the current self where they no longer have a home. And then they will be more fully released with this lunar eclipse.

I have found that any time spent in contact with the earth is a huge help with this new frequency. Lilly and I have been adding in new elements of play and engagement, and one piece of that is that I sit on the ground for a long period of time letting her choose to engage with me or not. With all that time just sitting on the ground, I can tell how much better I feel. My physical connection to the bigger, slower frequencies of the planet allows my body to be supported vibrationally as this new, faster frequency is flowing through me. When I am connected with nothing but fabric between me and the earth, I am a full blown symphony with the full range of frequencies all interconnected and supported.

What have you noticed this month? How are you handling this new frequency? As always, I love to hear your experiences. And if you’re in need of some added support, let’s work together whether it’s for clearing, new perspectives or something else specific you need. Email me for a session. Thank you for your continued support and referrals, especially as I move through this transition to more fully provide both ends of the spectrum: energy work and dog training!

If you’re on social media, check me out on HERE, HERE, and HERE.

~Namaste

~New Year and Big News!~

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It’s a new year! And for me, this new year means a new addition to my work. I’d like to welcome you to Doggedly Whole: Dog Training for the Whole Dog, my new business. I’ll be helping you and your dogs via relationship-based training to reach the balanced life you desire. I am really stoked to make this move and add the very practical aspect of dog training to my energy work with all species! Yet another way to bridge the species gap so that everyone can thrive in a multispecies family.

Don’t worry, my energy work will continue so, I am still available to work with you individually or in your multispecies family. However you found your way to this newsletter, by now you have seen something from me about Lilly, my border collie, pictured above. (I know, me talk about my dog?!) She’s been an integral part of being able to see this path to dog training. For me, 4-leggeds are some of my most clearly supportive guides. While this has been an organic transition (clients reaching out for energy work and actually needing dog training), it has been rather rapid with the details only coming together in the last several of weeks.

I’d love your help as I get Doggedly Whole up and running. Don’t worry it’s painless. All I ask is that you pass my information and website along to anyone you know who might be looking for some help with their dog(s). Here are just a few things I can help with:

  • new behavior when company comes over
  • new behavior instead of barking at traffic out the window
  • new leash walking skills
  • new ideas so your dog has comfortable down time

I’ll be working from the core concepts of exercise, enrichment, nutrition, communication,and connection to help you and your dog find a balance that suits you both. My website is a work in progress at the moment, but details can still be found right HERE.

I’m excited. I’m nervous. And I couldn’t do this without your support.

Thank you for spreading the word!

May you shine your light brightly and know we, the world, need you just as you are. Happy New Year!

Namaste