Hello, August! and, Kari Samuels’ Monthly Forecast

Here we are looking toward Autumn from the late summer glory of August. July was a challenging month for many, including me, what with Jason’s knee injury, getting settled into our new home, and adjusting to the massive energy uplevel that came with the move. I’m looking forward to August being a time of continued integration of new, higher frequencies, gardening, and breathing life into my infant business (more on that later).

I look forward every month to Kari Samuels’ forecast, in which she blends astrology, numerology, tarot, and spiritual guidance. I am sharing her forecast for August here, and it looks to be a time of intense clearing and seed-planting.

That’s all I’ve got for today. Enjoy the video!


Sharing: The Gnomist from Great Big Story

I found this wonderful video a few weekends ago, and I have not been able to stop smiling about it.

In Overland Park, KS, someone was creating little Gnome homes in a park, to the delight of all who visited.

Watch, if you are so inclined, and be enchanted…



Planting Paradise

Sharing this beautiful post from my friend, Laura. Thanks in large part to her and her awesome husband, as well as several other friends, Jason and I will be making this place our home at the end of this month!
To say that this place is a dream come true for us just doesn’t do justice to our journey. I will write more about that once we get settled in to the new place, but for now, I leave you with Laura’s gorgeous photos.

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The first summer we lived here — 2013 — this median facing an ugly view required a date with two batteries worth of weed whackers at least three times per week. We’re talking fast growing, out of control weeds on a strip of land with giant holes and rock hard, uneven soil, and an often flooded driveway. It crushed my soul to see this median as we approached our house.

I can barely believe the difference four years makes! This same strip is now a rain garden, bird and butterfly paradise, with serviceberry trees, Robinhood roses, sunflowers, lilies, milkweed, bachelor’s buttons, love in a mist, cosmos, and more. The fragrance alone is worth the trip. Last year, those roses bloomed from late May through the end of November with barely any care. Birds ate the hips this winter and spring.

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Portals of Possibility

I woke up this morning remembering that within chaos lies a world of possibility, and that we create our reality through our expectations and our observation.  What that means to me is that, although things may seem completely bonkers right now, within that whirlwind lies all the things I have ever wanted, if I only look for the life I want.

Being the Pinterest lover that I am, these early morning musings naturally brought me to the very first Pinterest board I ever created, called Possibilities.  It is full of images of doors and portals that I imagine might take me somewhere fascinating and beautiful. I’d like to share them with you, so that you can let your imagination take you somewhere fascinating and beautiful, too.


First, there is this door…cool stone at your feet, warmed by the sun at the threshold. A solid, sturdy door with barely a nod at decoration, and beyond, glorious mountains lit with afternoon light. If you stepped out into that grassy dooryard, what might you see?



Or, perhaps this portal is more to your liking. I imagine the threshold is damp from the sea air. I think of the hands that might have placed those stones in the door arch, and the workman who might have cut the door to fit the opening. What might I smell from this perch above the water? If there is a boat at the bottom of that suggestion of stairs, where might it take me?



What hides behind the iron work of this door?  What are the carvings in the bolt…are they purely decoration or is there some meaning in them? The door is both beautiful and highly functional, seeming to serve as protection to someone who has the money to spend on all those iron coils. How might I feel if I wanted to gain admittance through it? How might I feel if I wanted to escape through it?



This one is a favorite. I can imagine coming home to this door, the warm purple leaves of that vine to greet me. The clean, white facade feels soothing; the solid dark grey door with its hint of beauty  displayed through the door knocker feels elegant – mysterious, even. I imagine I might feel like a French lady, living a simple, single life of quiet, understated pleasures behind this door.



And how very different I might feel living behind this one! The colors alone make me swoon…If I lived with this door, might I wear white, just to avoid competing with it? Would I feel like the sun always shone on me and the sea was never far away?



The last one I want to share is another favorite…quite possibly the top favorite. I dream that it leads me to a world that is cool and quiet sometimes, warm and alive with music other times, peaceful. And certainly magical. A world where I can walk alone, nap under a tree, read next to a sun-soaked river and then join my friends, my loved ones, for music and dancing and laughter and food. Where I am understood and loved. Where I understand and love others. This is the one I watch for in that whirlwind. This is the world I manage my expectations to reach.



What possibilities are you expecting? What lies beyond this door for you?

Marie Forleo Talks with Seth Godin

If you have struggled for years to find your purpose, like I have, you need to see this.

There are so many great pieces of wisdom delivered here, from the truth about your purpose, to suggestions of what benchmark to use to measure your success in life (hint: who would miss you if you didn’t show up?) that you will want to watch more than once.

I am a huge fan of the beautiful and brilliant Marie Forleo, and this video is a shining example of what she brings to the world.

Sleep as Spiritual Practice

For as long as I can remember, I knew there were messages in my dreams.

The first dream I remember is from about age 3. My bedroom was on the second story, and just outside the double windows was the flat roof of the porch below.  In my dream, our house was on fire, and I had to get all of my stuffed animals and dolls out the window and on to the roof. I was desperately trying to do that, when I realized the fire would just spread to the roof, and I and my beloved dolls would not be safe. I froze in place, paralyzed with uncertainty as to what to do. Then, I woke up.

Around this time, my parents were fighting continually, at least when my dad was home. I would sit at the top of the stairs, out of sight, and listen. I didn’t understand the details, but I did know that things were on dangerous ground with the two people I loved most in the world, and on whom my survival depended.

So, the dream about the fire was not really surprising, even to my 3-year-old self.

Over the years, I have used my dreams to guide me, and they always present me clues to my current emotional state and my unconscious desires and fears. Inevitably, nightmares about being violated would present themselves when I needed to exit a relationship. Tornadoes always signal a huge shift in perspective, circumstances, or both. Houses in my dreams always represent my whole Self.

But, it wasn’t until I heard Dr Wayne Dyer say this that I started to consider sleep and dreams an actual spiritual practice:

“Go to sleep with visions of what you love. Let your dream vision marinate overnight. Wake up with your positive, hopeful thoughts in place, ready to guide you through a day in which you step ever closer to the life you dream of. “

Dr Dyer pointed out that whatever you think about in the last 5 minutes of sleep stays with you all night long. So, if you are worrying about your day ahead or fuming over the day just passed, that will follow you into your dream consciousness and set the stage for the next day. Your brain will tend to think that if you are giving valuable energetic resources to this thought or set of thoughts, you must like them and want more of them! So, it will help you have more experiences that generate those thoughts.

However, if, in your last 5 waking minutes, you focus on thoughts you truly do want more of, your subconscious will deliver those instead. Your subconscious cannot tell the difference between what is “real” and what is “not real”. It thinks it’s all real. And, it doesn’t understand sarcasm. Believe me.



This, then, was the beginning of my serious use of sleep and dreams as a form of spiritual practice, and over the past year, these are the processes and practices that I have used to help further my personal journey into self-discovery and enchantment:

  1. Prepare for sleep.
    The last thing I do before I go to sleep is start a running list of all the things I am grateful for. If I come to a place where I can’t think of any more, I make stuff up. Often, my mental list goes a lot like this: I am grateful for my bed, I am so grateful for my pillow, I am grateful for my clean nightgown, thank you so much for the sweet little apartment we live in…  and so on.  If I get stumped, like I said, I will make up stuff. It’s stuff I want to have, but don’t physically have yet. For example, I am so grateful I got that $2 an hour raise, thank you so much for the money for the car repairs that I needed, it makes me so happy that my husband and I took that weekend trip…and so on. I keep this up for as long as I can or until I fall asleep.

    These thoughts marinate overnight, and I wake up feeling refreshed and optimistic the next morning, like I just spent several hours hanging out with my best friend doing fun stuff.

    Also, before I head off to dreamland, if there is a particular issue or question weighing on me, I will ask my Higher Self (or you can ask God, the Angels, or whomever you feel most comfy with) to help me find the answer in my dreams.  Famous people have used this technique to solve famous problems. It’s a tried-and-true method for uncovering answers you didn’t know you had.

  2. Work with dreams.
    I write three pages, longhand, every morning in a notebook (thank you again, Julia Cameron!). I do this before I do anything else, so my dreams are still fresh. Lots of people say that you should write them down even before you get out of bed, but that doesn’t work for me. Having to pee is not conducive to remembering much of anything but having to pee.

    When I write, I write down everything I can remember, no matter how small. Experience has taught me that even the little things matter in dreams. If you have prepped before sleep with a question you wanted to have answered, you are more likely to discover that answer if you write it all down. The physical motion of writing seems to unlock even more detail than you might originally think you remember.

    Then, I read over what I wrote, keeping in mind my question, if I asked one, or recent life events. Dream symbol interpretation is a whole other enchilada, so I won’t go into that here, except to say that I have become very familiar with my own dream vocabulary in just this way.

  3. Use dozing time.
    When I don’t have to wake up to an alarm, I love to just wake slowly, and laze in bed, half asleep, until it feels good to get up and get going. In this between-time (or liminal time), you can very easily access and direct your subconscious. It has been during these times that I make the most serious breakthroughs. For example, the first time I accessed a past life, I was in this state and thinking about what I might have done with my life if I had gone to college instead of getting married.

    There are several things I might do to take advantage of this liminal state: put on headphones and listen to a guided meditation; grab a crystal and focus on healing, clearing, and harnessing a particular chakra; send Reiki and loving energy; let creative ideas bubble up; visualize my day; or explore an alternate or past life.

  4. Lucid dreaming.
    This is a new practice for me. So far, I have managed to become lucid, but not do much beyond that realization. My goal is to become very adept at manipulating the dreamscape so that in my waking life, it feels like second nature to alter my reality. Remember, your mind cannot tell the difference between wake time and dream time, so it will do what you tell it to do whether you are sleeping or not.

    There are some crystals that are said to aid and enhance this process, and I use a couple of them: amethyst, which I find very strong and a little overpowering; blue kyanite recommended to me by my friend, Laura; and labradorite, which is called the Seer’s stone and is super helpful in a wide variety of ways besides this one.  When I use them, I usually just use one at a time, and I either place them in my pillow case or sleep with them in my hand. I will keep you posted as to the progress of the lucid dreaming venture.


I love to sleep, and I love to dream. Being the compulsive Seeker that I am, now I can use that love to my advantage. And so can you.