All posts by Autumn

I am a psychotherapist, shamanic practitioner, Reiki Master, sound healer, mentor, Councils of Light facilitator and a long time student of Evolutionary Sprituality. I’m a wife and the mom of two awesome young men, four fur babies, two bearded dragons and a beautiful python. I love to play in the dirt in my garden and creating. Both have been an integral part of my spiritual journey. I’m often asked how I started making wands…. Here’s my story. One day as I was picking up sticks in the yard (I live in the woods!) I heard “you should make wands”. Well I just ignored it and kept on picking up sticks. A few weeks later I was in the yard picking up sticks and again heard “make wands”. And the rest is history. I love working with the elements of nature; wood, shells, feathers, crystals and Spirit to create magical tools that help others on their quest for wholeness. And I am so lucky to get to spend time with all these amazing medicines too! “Journey There” is a very special name to me. To me “There” is a special place that each of us is seeking, striving for. “There” may be a place we are striving to evolve or grow. Or a healing that we are working toward. “There” may be the still quiet place of Divinity within or the vastness found in the silence; or out “There” in another dimension or realm. “There” may be a goal, a dream, a purpose. “There” might just be a place of flow, creativity, ceremony. “There” could also be the place we create together when in communion with each other, our self or creation. The bible speaks of going to a place called “there” to be fed and healed. So “There” is a very special place, unique to each of us. My hope is these magical tools will assist you on your Journey There.

Rosemary Medicine Calling

A few days ago I was led to put rosemary in our ceremonial crystal grid. Throughout circle I kept rubbing and smelling the sprig I saved for myself. Since then, I find myself doing the same thing, smelling the rosemary… over and over.

So I thought I should stop and ask why. What is rosemary trying to tell me? Sometimes we call on the medicine of an herb or other plant. Sometimes they call us. And clearly Lady Rosemary is calling me today.

Of course, my logical mind wants to “go look it up” and “see what the people that know think”. But as I took another sniff I heard her say, why don’t you ask me.

Well, duh! The first thing she reminded me was that when we call on a medicine, be it plant or animal, we call to all of them. Because they are one. The second thing she reminds me is when we, you and I, smell or enjoy a plant, in a way that opens our heart; we send love to that plant. The plants actually feel us loving them. And their sense of purpose is impassioned. So, as I took another deep inhale of her magical essence; I smile because I know I am connecting to all the Rosemarys around the world and that they can feel my love!!!

With the next inhale, I find myself fully in the moment. Rosemary’s essence helps us to be more present, more in the moment. We know that is where the magic lives, in the moment. We all know that Rosemary is well known for bringing clarity, but this seems a little deeper, more profound clarity of the moment of being present.

And as I keep breathing in her goodness, I feel my nervous system slowing down, my breath becoming a little slower, and I feel more relaxed. I notice that my Third Eye seems a little more clear, more attuned.

Suddenly I feel my roots shooting down into the earth, down into Pacha Mama and find myself feeling deeply grounded and centered. My crown opens and I feel the light from above and below beginning to flow through me.

With the next inhale, she tells me that plant medicines are evolving, as we do, as the Mother does. That the medicine needed in this powerful time is a little deeper and offers more transformational energies to those who are open and searching.

She also tells me that they, the plants and the animals, love to work with us individually. She explains more, that the medicine she brings to each person can be more specifically attuned to the person, provided that we are open and curious. We tune out that attunement when we are stuck in thinking we already know what she offers.

She reminds us to approach all of creation with a beginners mind. To be open to all the possibilities, knowing there are things we can’t even yet imagine possible. She encourages us to approach each other with that same beginners mind, the place of “I don’t know but I want to”. Being open to all that is possible. All that wants to be present with us in this moment.

I hope that during this time of transformation, you will take time to go outside and connect. Connect with the Mother! Connect with her many amazing kingdoms! And connect with Rosemary, see if she helps you to feel more present and open.

I’d love to hear how you experience her.

Sending you all my Love!

Autumn Singing Deer

Crystal & Plant Grid

Rewiring the mind

Sometimes things feel so big or overwhelming or both that we forget everything we have learned, even things we thought we had “mastered”. All the old wounds that we have been working on healing get triggered. And all the crazy thoughts we “thought” we had moved past come crashing back in. That is what we humans are wired, neurologically, to do. 

You see neurons that wire together, fire together. What that means is when you think, feel and do things over and over they become neurologically wired into your brain. Think of it as walking through the woods the same way, day after day for years. That process of daily walking makes a path through the woods. The longer you make that same journey, the deeper that path becomes. 

Our brains work in a similar way; when we habitually think, feel and do the same things over and over a really deep route gets placed in our neural pathways. And just like the path through the woods; a well-worn path is much easier to navigate. (more on that later)

The really cool part about our amazing brains; is that just like in the woods we can form new pathways. Let’s say that after 30 years of walking the same path through the woods you one day decide to go a different way. What we know is that venturing off the “beaten path” can be difficult, takes more effort and more attention. In the woods, when we forge a new pathway, we have to remove the briars, move rocks, cut branches and relocate blocks to our new path. We know that a new path through the woods will take us time to create. We know that no matter how quickly we think it “should” happen, it will take as long as it takes. So, we decide we will have to make this new journey consistently and persistently before we begin seeing the actual pathway emerge.

That is how we have to create new neurological pathways in our brains. We do the new things over and over and over again. We change the way we think, which changes the way we feel, which then changes the way we behave. But this is much easier to talk about than to actually do. It is hard to do because just like in the woods there are obstacles; in our brains there a blockages too! You see all of those old stories and feelings are deeply written into our neural pathways. So, when we begin the process of transforming it takes lots of time, patience and self-compassion to build that new pathway through the “woods” of your mind. 

A really important part of this process to remember is that the old neurological pathway, the one you are working so hard to change, is still strong. Those neurological pathways in our mind are like the old path through the woods. If we get tired of blazing a new trail, we can hop over to the old pathway and have a “easier” journey. 

Even for those of us who have been working on ourselves for years step onto that old pathway sometimes. It is especially easy when we are stressed or overwhelmed or tired or lonely….. Who among us hasn’t felt those things throughout this crazy year? 

The past 3-4 months have been incredibly amazing and yet very overwhelming for me. I was doing my counseling and coaching full time. I was creating in all my spare time getting ready for a very big show. I’m taking a transformational coaching course, that is really making me dig deep. And I was purging my home of 20 years to get ready to have new floors put in. See, all of those things are really good, yes? I am blessed! And even though I know and believe that with all my heart; I found myself right back in the middle of my old trauma related ways of thinking, feeling and being. Several times. The good part is those “old ways” are not nearly as strong as they used to be, they don’t last as long as they used to and they don’t hurt others the way they used to. It is like the pathway through the woods has started the slow process of being over-grown.  

The more we work on forging those new pathways the more the “old” ways become uncomfortable. During the process of transforming more deeply into authenticity we begin to recognize that being present in the moment is where to real juice of life is. This moment is where the flow can be accessed. This moment is where love can be found, always. This moment is where we are fully our authentic selves. This moment is where we can access the reality of our Oneness. When that way of living, loving and relating becomes more normal, when those neural pathways start becoming strong, stepping into the old way of being feels uncomfortable, feels like something is missing, just feels yucky. 

So, if you find yourself sliding back into old ways of being, like I did, have compassion. Our minds will want to shame us for sliding ‘backwards” or make us feel guilty for “not working hard enough”. But really what happened is during a time of stress your mind took the path of least resistance, it took a walk on the easy path through the woods. It’s just did what human brains do. 

As I remind you to have self-compassion to offer yourself grace, I am also reminding myself. It seems that the more compassion and grace we can hold for ourselves, the more we can hold for others. Let us all with compassion and kindness recognize when we step off the path of becoming and gently step back into that place of presence, back into the moment, back into our hearts, back into grace, back into love. If we do that over and over, not only will we change, but we will change the world too. 

Sending you all much peace, joy and love!

My 10 Favorite Stones for Protection – Part 1

People ask me about protection all the time, so I decided to share my top 10 faves with you.

  1. Black Obsidian

Black Obsidian puts a protective shield around the person wearing or working with it. This shield protects from negativity, both within and without.  It offers protection against heavy or unhealthy energies coming from your environment or relations. This stone is excellent for Empaths as it offers strong protection from emotional attacks.

The inner protection is most cool! Black Obsidian assists the wearer with releasing disharmony, resentment, fear and anger. In a sense, it helps to shield us, from ourselves, our negative, heavy, habitual thoughts and feelings. Once black obsidian helps us see clearly, we can begin healing and releasing those limited aspects of our selves.

Black Obsidian is very grounding and is an excellent stone to assist with holding an intention or bringing dreams into form. And as an extra bonus, it enhances psychic gifts.

2. Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli has been used for centuries by many cultures for it’s mystical properties, one of which is protection. It offers protection during times of spiritual “work”, such as meditation, journey-ing, channeling and connecting to higher realms. When connecting to higher realms or celestial beings, Lapis Lazuli offers a psychic protection. And acts as an anchor to the physical realms during journeys out of body.

As a bonus, Lapis Lazuli clears and activates the Throat and 3rd Eye chakras. It is a stone of communication that brings truthfulness, openness and clarity.

Lapis is also an excellent stone to use when working to manifest something in your life.

3. Labradorite

Labradorite is very protective. It is especially helpful during times of change and growth as it fosters that growth while assisting with clearing and balancing during times of transformation. By helping us to identify subconscious issues and providing illumination, labradorite helps us to move forward on the spiritual path.

Labradorite invites in Light from inter-dimensional higher realms and shields us from energies that are not in alignment with energies of Higher Consciousness. It also increases Intuition, psychic development and wisdom.

Labradorite calls in the Blue, Green and Yellow Healing Rays to encourage mental, emotional and spiritual healing.

4. Amethyst

Amethyst is a powerful protective and cleansing stone. It dispels fear and anger and promotes emotional centering. Amethyst is an excellent stone for anyone struggling with an addiction of any type. It carries a calming peaceful energy.

Amethyst is also a great stone for enhancing spiritual awareness. Opens one up for deeper love, forgiveness and higher consciousness. Balances and connects physical, mental and emotional bodies linking them to the spiritual.

 

5. Fluorite

Fluorite is psychically and physically protective, it is said to become more protective the longer it is used. Fluorite encourages and sustains health, intellect and emotional well-being by purifying, restructuring, or eliminating anything within the physical or subtle bodies that is not in perfect order.

Fluorite grounds and integrates spiritual energies and quickens spiritual awakenings. Promotes spiritual and psychic wholeness.

It helps with meditation and learning to get past the “chatter” of the mind. A great stone for calming anxiety and stress.

Message from the Ancients

 

We are the anchors of light in a time before time. In a place of above and below. In a place of emptiness yet fullness. We hold and direct the streams of light emanating from the creator. 

Tap into your perfect stream and open to the wisdom we intend to transfer. Open to the healing, guiding, ever evolving light of higher consciousness. Allow the sounds and vibrations of past, present and future to heal on all time lines and all dimensions. Allow the higher dimensional light to unfold a new aspect of your DNA, propelling you into the next evolution of humanity, opening up to Higher and higher dimensions. 

Anchor your hearts desire into the stream of creation, allow the Ancient of days to co-create with you.  Call to us when you need guidance, support, clarity, fuel for the fire of action. Call to us when you are unsure of your next steps or when you are afraid. Call to us when you need grounding, when you need centering, when you need wisdom. Call to us so that we can remind you, that you are just as us; powerful beings of love, ready to take the next steps on your ascension path. Trust, surrender and allow; this is all that is needed from you for the Divine to begin to flow through you, as you; for it is who you really are. 

Message from White Buffalo Calf Woman to the Earth Goddess

Be in flow with Gaia, attend to the seasons to optimize your ability to flow with the twists and turns of life. Nurture your inner world as you would a garden, from the seeds being planted in the dark, to the seedlings that begin to peek through. Know that you are in harmony with the Great Mother, know that your connection to her anchors your dreams into her reality, into her matrix.

Your dreams feed the dreams of the collective and are anchoring in the changes that you dream of as light workers. You are co-creating the New Earth. Your dreams are becoming manifest. Focus your attention on the areas of growth and change. Feed the seeds that you wish to flourish. Allow the seedlings of fear, envy, greed to parish by attending to where you put your focus, your attention, your energy.

Spend time within to prepare for the seeds of new growth. Connect deeply to the Mothers Matrix and anchor your dreams. Plant your seeds. Create. Become. Be the Goddess of the Earth that you already are.

Earth Goddess Wand

 

Embodying Love – Message from Mother Isis

Open to Love with all your heart, all of your being. Love is an energy. Love is the force that created the universe. Love is the magic that allows a tiny acorn to be transformed into the majesty of the mighty Oak.

Love is the power that causes your bodies to breath and your hearts to beat. Love is the essence of all that is. There is no thing that isn’t love at an energetic level. Love it the essence of who you are. It is always fully present within you. All that is required is that you open up to it.

Allow Love to surround you, fill you up. Allow yourselves to feel that love. As you do this, Love will begin flowing through you to others. It can only be so; as Love can only move, flow. it is never still always pushing forward, growing, evolving. As you allow Love to become who you are; that will also be true of you. Growth, transformation and alchemy are the natural consequences of embodying Love.

Sharing the Energy of Mother Isis

A Time for Going Within

I can’t believe it’s January 2018 already. The beginning of the year is exciting. We are all intention setting, planning, and dreaming. As we settle into envisioning the life we want to create, it is vital that we look within. What are the places within me, that are blocking my dreams.

Nature provides us with a perfect guide for beginning a dream. In the winter, many plants pull their energy in until spring. Animals get all hunkered in for the winter. Without that time within, the azaleas wouldn’t bloom, baby bears couldn’t be born, Oaks couldn’t make more acorns….

As we honor the cycles of nature in the world (without), we are called to honor those cycles within. This is the perfect time of year to really get to know yourself, the parts you like, the parts you don’t, even the parts you have yet to acknowledge. It seems that no matter how long we have been on our path, there is always more to discover, more to heal, more places to evolve and grow.

Remember as each of us heals, we are evolving the Whole. I have a friend who says she “wants to save the world from her ego”. I love this saying, because it means that the most important thing in her life is her own personal healing and growth. The biggest gift we can give the world is ourselves; living the highest potential possible, always striving to grow, evolve and allow Love to live us.

Know that you are not alone on this journey within. If you find a place within that feels too big, too painful or too whatever… reach out. We have a huge community of spiritual healers, therapists, awakened friends. Another perspective can often help, an open heart and a listening ear always helps and energetic assistance is amazingly powerful. Remember we were not created to do this alone but in community, in relationship, in unity.

Until we meet again, I wish you warm cozy profound moments of self-exploration and many dreams come true in this year!

Much Munay!

Autumn

Tilly ad Pab
Snuggle up, it’s cold out there!

Transmuting Guilt

Guilt has been coming up for so many of us lately. As we live in the energies of the recent solar eclipse for the next several months we are being asked to look at our shadow sides or the parts of ourselves that we would rather not be there. I decided I would look up the official definition of guilt; it is defined as “the fact of having committed a specific or implied defense”. And there are times when each of us has felt guilty for something that we have done or not done or that we wish we could do differently. I think this is a human emotion to encourage living in integrity. Guilt is however an emotion to be experienced, not lived in.

The dictionary also had an informal definition of guilt, used as a verb; “make (someone) feel guilty, especially in order to induce them to do something.” So often we have been taught by life to feel guilty for so many things, in ways that do not really make sense, logically.  How many of us can look back at family history and see that guilt was the weapon of choice used by so many families for generation after generation. Or can look back and see that the choices made from guilt lead us to dark, heavy, difficult experiences.

The reality is that no matter how we experience guilt, it can keep us stuck. Let’s look at how that works. Guilt is a lower vibrational feeling. So, when we allow ourselves to sit down in guilt, to become overwhelmed by regret or shame, we are lowering our vibration. Which keeps us from being able to see from a higher perspective, making it much more difficult to find the momentum of change and growth.

These heavy energies can get stuck on our emotional bodies and cause a host of physical and mental challenges. Because guilt is an emotion that is experienced in the moment, when guilt becomes a way of life it manifests as depression, shame, unworthiness, self-sabotage and more. When we repeatedly feel guilty for our thoughts, feelings, opinions or actions; we begin to question our own agency or ability to make valid choices, our worthiness to be loved and accepted, our value.

Guilt and shame is also a tool used by the mind (or ego) to keep things the same, safe, comfortable and familiar. Yes, even though guilt is an uncomfortable feeling, it is known, we know what to expect and what is expected from us…. The reason our minds want us to stay the same is because change is unknowable, uncomfortable, even scary.

The truth is that everything always changes. Nothing ever stays the same. You and I are not the same people we were yesterday. The “idea” that things stay the same is just that, an idea. An illusion created by the mind.

As many of my fellow “Seekers” have experienced, healing, transformation, spiritual growth seems to draw us; it seems to be woven into the fabric of reality; calling our names, beckoning us to surrender to the flow of love that creates the universe through us, as us. If everything changes, why not put our intention and focus on changing in a way that will best serve ourselves and the world.

Working with and letting go of guilt will cause change, it will allow for higher vibrational energies. Those higher vibes will encourage us to see from a higher perspective, from a place of love and compassion, for ourselves and others. Letting go of guilt even seems to deepen the connection to our authentic selves, allowing for a redefining of values, relationships and self-worth. Stepping out of guilt allows for being more present, more open, more at peace and more joy.

As I have walked my own journey I found 5 stones that are helpful in releasing and transmuting guilt.

Peridot –opens, cleanses and activates the heart and solar plexus chakras and releases old hurts, wounds and guilt. It is a stone of compassion. Teaches to detach from outside influences to look within for guidance. Peridot encourages doing the work to release patterns and old vibrations so that a new path or direction can be found. It has a friendly energy and is excellent for healing. It enhances confidence and assertiveness, balanced by patience and clarity of thought.

Larimar – Spiritually empowering, dissolving boundaries that constrain the spiritual self and guiding to the soul’s true path. Larimar removes self-imposed blockages, dissolves self-sabotaging behavior, especially a tendency toward martyrdom. It is particularly helpful with removing guilt and fear while healing trauma to the heart. When moving through periods of stress or change, it enables meeting challenges with balance. Larimar is a stone of clear communication, provides strength and courage to speak openly from the heart.

Chrysocolla – gives renewed strength and balance. Calms, cleans and reenergizes all the chakras and aligns them with the divine. Draws out guilt and reverses destructive emotional programming. Heals heartache and increases the capacity to love. Improves communication, encourages growth and opens psychic vision. Encourages self-awareness and inner balance. Enhances personal power and creativity.

 Chiastolite – Cross Stone – a powerful protective stone. Dissolves illusions, clears feelings of guilt, stabilizes emotions and calms fears, enabling you to face reality. Aids in transition from one situation to another and with releasing unhealthy patterns and conditioning. Aids with problem solving by strengthening analytic capabilities. Assist in tuning into soul’s purpose. Aid in changing negative energy into positive, and fosters harmony and peace. Stimulates and energizes the root chakra as well as the crown chakra. This energy will then aid the activation of both the earth chakra below your feet and the soul star chakra above the head.

Sodalite – instills a drive for truth and an urge toward optimism making it possible to remain true to yourself and stand for your beliefs. It eliminates confusion, fear and guilt. it encourages rational thought, objectivity, truth and intuitive perception together with verbalizing feelings. Sodalite stimulates releasing habitual thoughts, behaviors and limiting beliefs. It also fosters knowledge, logic, rationality, efficiency, learning, consciousness, communication and wisdom.

May these amazing crystals be helpful to you on your journey to transmute guilt, shame and regret.

Much Munay!

Autumn

Comfortably You – Fosters Knowledge, Logic, Rationality, Efficiency, Learning, Consciousness, & Wisdom; Assists with Eliminating Fear, Guilt & Limiting Beliefs; Encourages Open Heart Centered Communication; Enhances Psychic Abilities, Unlocks Spiritual “Seeing”, Balances Emotional, Mental & Spiritual Bodies. Oak, Denim Sodalite, Celestite, Azurite, Apatite & Macaw.

Caring for the Wood in Your Magical Tools

Hey There Fellow Journeyers!

I have run across this issue several times in the past week, so I thought I should talk to you about it! You can use this tip for any wood that you hold as sacred or special.

The wood, especially the driftwood and Ayahuasca, needs to be nourished.  I use paste wax but you can also use coconut oil. Paste wax is “old timey” furniture polish. Just use a soft cloth to apply a light coat to the wood (be careful not to get it on the feathers) and leave it over night. The next day take a soft cloth and gently wipe off any excess. Your wood will be shiny and showing off it’s beautiful colors.

For Madre Ayahuasca, some of her bark is ruff; I use a cheap tooth brush to get the wax down in her crevices and it really lets her flower stand out!

You can also use your driftwood or Ayahuasca as an essential oil diffuser. Just put a drop of your fave on the wood and you’ll be enjoying all day.

Until next time, Journey well my friends! Much Munay!

Autumn

P.S. I am collecting pics of Journeyers and their wands, rattles, fans for a gallery on my site. It could be you using your tool, wearing it,  your tool on your alter or from it’s own personal photo shoot, all are welcome. Email me at aaustin@journeytherewands.com