Iona’s Beach on the Shore of Lake Superior
This summer, one of the places I was mesmerized with, was Iona’s Beach, on the Shores of Lake Superior. This pink stone beach is known for the “tinking” sound you hear as the waves ebb and flow against the stones on the beach. I’m familiar with sandy beaches, so walking here was very purposeful … with my sandals on!
I love the energy of Lake Superior. The stones on this beach were soft rounded edges, smoothed by the consistent washing of the waves over thousands of years. While strolling, I discovered a beautiful teal/gray stone in the midst of the pink. It took my breath away.
It was a gentle way for Mother Earth and Spirit/God to whisper,
“There is no one like you.”
We are not alone.
We are surrounded by many.
But in this whole wide world, there is only one YOU.
How wonderful is that?!
In the busy minutes of life … I remember that beautiful stone … I pause … and embrace the ebb and flow … allowing it to soften my edges … and breathe!
Blessings and Love,
Some days … our energy is only a flicker. Jumping into the day with enthusiasm and gusto is as easy as climbing Mount Everest. The thing of it is … you’re here and so is your Light. Flickering or glowing bright, you and your Divine Light impact so many people. You are red carpet status to them, just by being you. Nothing to prove. Nothing to perfect.
Divine Light is energy and it permeates everything – no matter if it’s a flicker or a glow. Embrace It. Embrace You. Sometimes we aren’t aware of this presence – I call Spirit/God. Even if we don’t recognize or see this incredible part of our Being, doesn’t mean it’s not there. There are lots of things in this world we don’t see – but the power of the energy created is undeniable.
You make our world brighter and lighter.
Dance on that red carpet, or simply tap your toes …
I’m grateful for your Light!
Blessings and Love,
Tree Spirit Dreams
I have an affinity for Tree Spirit Dreams. Nature inspires me and restores me. Whenever I am feeling out-of-sorts, or need a pick-me-up, a walk outside, with grass, trees, lakes, rivers, and gardens, absolutely fills me up. Being open, allows dreams to begin. Once dreams begin … anything can happen!
Tree Spirit Dreams was birthed with bark from a tree in my backyard that had died. Sage from a walk, pinecones from one of my pine trees, tiny branches from the backyard crabapple tree. The feather was left outside my door … I always think of my Mom when I’m gifted feathers! Moss from here and there. The dreamcatcher was from a discarded earring – a perfect fit! Her headdress is a delicate copper chain (great healing properties) with wooden beads and turquoise stones. She is 10 inches from bottom to tip-top, hanging from a hemp string. Even during meditation, she helps to ground me. She’s way prettier in person!
Talking Stick – Tell Me Your Story
When I found this stick up on the shores of Lake Superior, I was mesmerized. What stories are held within? I wanted to enhance the beauty of the stick, allowing it to be held, the energies felt, and encourage the holder to bring their story to light. The break of the stick was perfect for placing a face, a bit of bark is on top of head and strings of wood and turquoise beads (speak your truth) are the headdress, the moss creates a sense of flow. This piece holds both feminine and masculine energies and is about 7.5inches tall. Great for a Circle of Sharing. What a treasure from Mother Nature!
This is the 2nd incarnation of Beyou. Initially, Beyou was wrapped in needle felted wool woven with yellow, green, orange, white, pink colors and moss interspersed. After a few days of Being unsettled … I released Beyou from the blanketed wool wrap, added stones, driftwood and moss … and the freedom was a delight! Beyou is easily held at about 7inches long, the crystal adds energy and encourages the holder to release whatever is binding you from your authentic self … and BE YOU!
Ever-so-grateful for the guidance of Spirit/God in the continued birthing of Spirit Dolls. Thank you for being a part of the unfolding!
Spirit Doll – Sofiya
Sofiya is a Croation name – Meaning Wisdom. She started with a meditation, then a trip to my backyard’s crabapple tree – I wanted something with tiny branches – and then the perfect driftwood for her body – a heart – multi wool colors of purple (Wisdom/Spirit – 7th Chakra), deep blue (Intuition – 6th Chakra) and teal (Speaking Your Truth – 5th Chakra), with gentle curl white wool for her hair, speckles of moss, and amethyst stones embracing the energies of Spirit in meditation, calming, intuition … Here is how she began:
I needle felted all the wool to make her dress and matching scarf. And then she began to come together. Sofiya was very easy and calming to birth. Gentle. Strong. Wise. Calm. She’s easy to hold in your hand … you feel her supporting you! Sweet.
And then there is …
Dochas – Meaning “Hope” – Bringing Faith to the Future. She has very curly wool for hair, a feather and tiny Lake Superior stone to hold it in place, along with a variety of wool colors needle felted with moss interspersed. Her heart is a bigger Lake Superior stone and when held, your thumb fits perfectly on her heart. I gifted Dochas to a wonderful friend who calls in a Circle of Women for meditation and sharing up here in the North Country. I think the symbolism matches beautifully. Spirit’s having so much fun with this! Meet Dochas:
I’m enjoying sharing their stories with you … And grateful to Spirit and Mother Nature’s generosity in their creations.
“Sharing the Love” A Spirit Doll by Debbie
A few months back, friend, Lisa Jordan, Artistic Director at The Crossing Arts Alliance, introduced me to Spirit Dolls. She had sent me info by the artist Chris Flynn, who blends spirit energy, fibers and magic into her creations, beginning with intention and meditation. I fell in love with the idea … and Lisa asked if I’d teach a class at The Crossing Arts in the fall, with their Fiber Arts Trail.
And so … I thought I’d try.
Starting from scratch, I got the clay, face molds (I’ll practice learning how to make faces at some point), paints, finishing spray and a plethora of sticks, stones – some from beautiful Lake Superior, leaves, pinecones, herbs, moss (with tobacco offerings of thanksgiving to Mother Nature), Lisa’s beautiful wool, and piles of do-dads, fabrics, buttons, lace … you get the idea. Meditation, began the birthing process … I had no idea who would appear.
My first one, Leighaeasta, (Irish for ‘healed’), will be a story for another time. She took a long time to be born, as is often the case for a first! “Sharing the Love”, was great fun. She has a piece of driftwood as her core, sticks from my back yard, moss, kid fleece (her hair) from a goat named Maximus, jute, stones … and filled with love. Her spirited nature wants to be outside my front door, greeting guests with playfulness and joy!
I’m so grateful for Lisa. She truly has uncovered a type of textural artist, I didn’t know was in me. I’ve enjoyed taking her needle felting classes and have made numerous felted Angels as gifts … and the birthing continues!
I’m excited to share my Spirit Doll stories. I look forward to you joining me!
“True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging does not require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.” – Brene Brown
BEing uniquely you, means you don’t have to fit into any box. Ahhh!! You are a beautiful creation, ever evolving and growing. Your looks, your ‘style’, your thoughts, the way you do things … or choose not to do things … is you. Sometimes, sharing and doing together, is important. We need and thrive on our healthy relationships with others. Being seen and being heard helps us to thrive. Being ok with standing alone, can be a difficult choice or a blessed relief.
“To thine own self be true.” – Shakespeare
Every day we have another chance to practice. Believe in yourself. Be authentic. Be the light only you can be in our world ….
Thank you …
Namaste ~ Debbie