New Years, New changes

With so many people making all these resolutions it almost seems that none of them are kept. Most people want to be thinner, prettier, and focus on gym memberships. Some want relationship help. Always on the path to improvement. I of course fall into the latter category, but in an offbeat way.

My resolution, is my relationship with myself. I probably should hit the gym more and watch what I eat, and how much water I drink, but I probably won't. I know this, and will not shame myself for failing to meet an expectation I did not really set for myself.

My one goal for the year is to release FEAR.

Fear is a trap. It tells us we can't. It lies and fills your head with the "what ifs", and negative outcomes. It can immobilize you. It tells you not to try. It tells you, you are in danger.

Now, do I think fear has place? Yes,  when we are chased by  lion or a rabid ax murderer.  That is a natural fight or flight feelings. We had that instilled to protect us from sure death.  That is not the fear I talk about. I am talking about the fear we keep in our daily lives. The one that promises sure demise, when there is no real threat to us.

It is not an easy goal I have set, but one I want. I am hoping to come to place, where I accept and continue on. I don't want to sit and wonder if it will be ok, I am going to get to a place where I know it will always be ok.

How do I plan to do this?(as if I really know for sure)

1.Self talk-  hello self, let's have a chat. Are we going over the edge?  What is good about right now, do we need to act or can we just acknowledge?

2.Meditation- getting to that quiet place, where we find that center.

3. Reality checks that no matter what happens I have essentially always ended ok. Is this something I can not survive? Am I catastrophizing, if not how to do I move forward?

4.  Challenging what makes me feel fear, and taking it on instead of wondering what will happen.

5. Finding my center and although people say I am unflappable, the inside and outside sometimes do not match. I will find the calm in my soul and be a present observer of events.

6. Things do not happen to me. They happen around me. They only happen to me if I accept and take on those feelings. I am never a victim.

7. Identify my feelings,  connect why I feel fear and understand it. NAME IT

Lofty goal for sure, but it is what I want.

Montezuma Hot Springs

Natural Hot Springs. Such a foreign concept to those of us in NY.  You mean there are natural hot tub type formations in rocks, that I can soak in. Yes, yes there are.

I have learned there are natural hot springs, near many mountain ranges and mesas. Seems the heat from the earth makes them a perfect place to soak and to let go.

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The ones that most near and dear to my heart are the ones in Montezuma, New Mexico.  When I arrived out west, I had no idea such wonderful things existed. I soon learned that these hot springs which run by the Pecos river, near the Sangre Di Cristo mountains.

They are FREE.... which is amazing to me, as I am sure they could charge.  They are also right near the Armand Hammer World college, so you can meet all kinds of people from around the world hanging out there.

 The lovely famed Armand Hammer Castle, right next to the Pecos and the hot springs. There are rumored tunnels beneath this castle, that go from one side of the river under it and to the other side.

The lovely famed Armand Hammer Castle, right next to the Pecos and the hot springs. There are rumored tunnels beneath this castle, that go from one side of the river under it and to the other side.

They run about 108 degrees, are cleaned once a month by locals, and have natural lithium deposits. No wonder everyone out west is so laid back.  Like all other not springs they are reported to have healing properties. Clothing is also optional, so remember not to be too shocked or bothered if there are people using this option.

I remember some of my fondest memories in New Mexico, were during winter. We would load up and go to the hot springs. We would jump in the ice cold Pecos river, and get out to jump in the springs.

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It is about fifteen minutes outside of Las Vegas, New Mexico (Yes, there is a Las Vegas NM), and well worth the journey if you are looking to soak in these gifts from nature.

Essential Oils - We are NOT basic, but these are

Basics of essential oils. 

  STOCK PHOTO OF OILS....  I am not feeling photography at the moment. I may replace this with some arty, self create piece when I feel the urge. I added this visual for your enjoyment, so ENJOY.

STOCK PHOTO OF OILS....  I am not feeling photography at the moment. I may replace this with some arty, self create piece when I feel the urge. I added this visual for your enjoyment, so ENJOY.

There has been a lot of resurgence in the use of essential oils. People nowadays are much more open to trying other things to heal. Some couple the use of oils with traditional medical care, while others are more devoted. Wherever you fall on the spectrum  "holistic, modern medicine, or in between", understanding the basics of the more common oils can be helpful. They can also provide some soothing bath times, diffused into the air, and use for relaxation and a host of other things.

  Here is my handy dandy little keychain with little oils. You can get these online, keep them at all times and even take them on planes with you. you never know when you might need an oil or two.

Here is my handy dandy little keychain with little oils. You can get these online, keep them at all times and even take them on planes with you. you never know when you might need an oil or two.

Aromatherapy uses oils taken from flowers, seeds, leaves, roots, fruit and twigs. These essential oils are formulated to work the body and have an ability to affect a person’s well-being.

  All those pretty flowers... yes they were stuffed into those little bottles, just for you and me. Isn't nature WONDERFUL?

All those pretty flowers... yes they were stuffed into those little bottles, just for you and me. Isn't nature WONDERFUL?

The oils can also be inhaled directly, although one should be careful not to swallow or consume the liquid oils. Please, if you are allergic to things, stick your toe in first, before diving in. Some oils can burn you, or make you ill. They are not to be used willy nilly.   (Do not just think..... Oh it is natural, so I will drink it all up ...nom nom nom, or pour it in my eyes .. NO.. NO.. that is bad and could have serious consequences) The ones that go on the skin, are often added to a "carrier oil (almond, olive, jojoba, grapeseed, coconut)"

This list is really just the beginning to peak your interest. There are plenty more which I will not get to, and if you decide you want more, there is no short supply of it.

Lavender- the "silver bullet of all oils" . This is pretty well known and used oil. Everything is always scented with lavender, ever notice?  Well, is reported that lavender has relaxation properties and a calming effect.  It is also great for headaches, sinus issues, and for reducing stress. Putting a few drops in your bath water can have a wonderful outcome.

Frankincence - promotes calmness peace and calmness. It is also reportedly pretty decent for insect bites, scratches and other skin problems.  It can be used with a base oil, and applied to hair, and skin. This can also be added to bathwater and to hot showersMany who meditate or practice connecting to the Ascended masters use this oil on their third eye, in order to center and open the cosmic connection. This is probably my most favorite oil of all.

Lemongrass - Beside smelling amazing, and giving me a desire to eat it ( DON'T DO IT). Lemongrass has a lot of uses that include bug repellant of all things.( Laughs, no I do not want to eat bug repellant.) It has a nice relaxing scent to diffuse in the air, and of course  it has a of spiritual connection as well. It is used to promote psychic abilities and is used to purify. If you need candles that need to be purified, this is your oil. Word of caution, it can and will burn or irritate the skin.

Tea Tree - Used for aura cleansing, protection, purification, to open mental channels and mental clarity, unclog upper chakras. This is a pretty powerful oil and can be used for a variety of things. It is known to give amulets and talismans strength. Some reported medicinal claims say it is good for acne and easing of chicken pox.

Citrus - Another that should be used with a carrier oil, as it can irritate the skin.  It does act as a spiritual cleanser enabling the user to focus and center. Diffuse or to your awaken psychic awareness, the connection between spirit and soul. It also can be added to homemade housecleaning products you make to have the home smelling clean. Clean mind clean Spirit?

Peppermint- Peppermint will burn you. Ever pick peppermint from the garden? Probably not. Trust me it will burn your hands or any other body part you put it on.   I one time tried to pick "catnip", unsuccessfully, so you get my drift. So, use caution, learn from my mistake.  Mix with a carrier, and use sparingly.  It can be used for healing, cleansing, and having a conscious present mind.  Sometimes used in purification it can help with healing as it is a natural antiseptic.

Eucalyptus - Can be used in healing, exorcism(yes it does need to happen sometimes I think),  healing rites, and banishing the badness. Some use it to strengthen protection and can be used to trigger your own natural healing.  Also, on a side note if you have a nasty head cold, add a few drops of this and peppermint to your hot shower. It can be helpful in clearing sinuses, and with head colds in that fashion.

The thing is there are a million oils on the market. I can guarantee if you are reading this page, someone you know or facebook with is selling some. Some pretty high end stuff out there. I have not even talked about the mixes of oils together. The most important thing is to look for is the grade of your oil. Make sure it is therapeutic grade and not some watered down substitute. The more pure the oil, the better the grade. 

I am sure I will write more about this, but like the title says " BASIC", so I am just beginning.  If you have some more information you would like to add or share, please just hit me up. I love to learn.

 

Labels a Product Review?

We as people generally label things so we understand them better.  I know we are not suppose to judge or label, but honestly it seems to be human nature in a sense.  We try to put things into neat little piles, to make our own selves feel at ease. Not always so simple, as the world and people in general can be complex.

Today I have labeled myself. 

I am huge believer in manifesting and intent. Today I tried a new product that let's me decide my own label. What I have is temporary tattoos that have a saying or a description.  I saw these handy dandy things online and thought I would give them a shot. I mean when people see me they assign a label, right? Why not label or brand myself? Unlike many labels these will only last a week or so, depending.

  What an ultra cool concept. I love this product, I love this idea, and I wish it had been mine first.

What an ultra cool concept. I love this product, I love this idea, and I wish it had been mine first.

 

I really liked the idea, and it was easy enough to do.  I chose the Goddess tattoos, as well I am. Easy enough to apply, just put it on your skin, soak the backside and pull the paper off.  A tah-dah you are self labeled.

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I liked that the directions ask you to sit for 30 seconds and focus intent to manifest what the saying or word means. Today I chose the statement  "I am here to impress myself". I say mindfully for 30 seconds and let that sink in.  All day long when I am feeling anything other than that, I will roll my sleeve up and be reminded. Sometimes it is the small things in life.

  They claim the shiny stuff will fade away in a few hours.  I could get into this self labeling thing. Tomorrow I will be a Warrior. P.S... the shiny stuff did fade and it does look awesome.

They claim the shiny stuff will fade away in a few hours.  I could get into this self labeling thing. Tomorrow I will be a Warrior. P.S... the shiny stuff did fade and it does look awesome.

The Book E-Squared

So, manifesting.  There is a lot to know. I truly believe I come from a long line of people who manifest things. My mother who raised us, could make anything appear.  Seriously, she could think on something and then there it was.

Is it as easy as putting the thoughts out there? Do ideas mean energy that turns into being?

I read a really great book about this.  It is called E Squared by Pam Grout.  In this book she breaks down some pretty interesting universal principles.  It even has several "experiments" you do along with the reading, that can confirm that manifesting and mind set are connected and real.

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The Universe wants us to be happy. Its wants to give us what we ask for. However, we seriously do not know how to ask.  We spend so much time focusing on what we do not have, we actually send a message to the universe this is what we want. Crazy huh? 

The activity that had the biggest impact on me was one where we had to think of something and actively look for it.  I chose butterflies, in the dead of winter. The idea was to believe and to actually actively look for those butterflies.  I was amazed at how many I found. I found them on stamps, on tattoos, on bumper stickers, on letter head, on the tv, on someone's bracelet. I was surrounded by them. Now the question is were they always there, and my mind had convinced me they were not? They were not important so I was not looking? I assumed there were none.  I was wrong.

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Could that be applied to other things we seek in life?  Is happiness as simple as noticing it? Can we simply choose to notice good things to draw them into our lives, or make ourselves aware they exist?

I have to think this is true. We are spirits having a human experience.  We are essentially energy? No? Yes? MAYBE..

 I have seen it happen too many times in both directions. The friend who attracts amazing fortune, versus the person who seems to have nothing but terrible things happen over and over.

I am not saying people deserve bad things. I am saying the opposite. I am not naïve and think nothing bad ever happens. This is life of course painful things happen. I am just believing how we internalize and react to those things, can make a huge difference in how we perceive our lives, our relationships, and our role in this world. If we only expect and look for terrible things, that is where the energy goes. The universe is answering what you are thinking and dishing it out. You are responsible for your own energy, what you bring to the table, and the power of your thoughts is unmeasurable.

If you are interested in this topic and want to learn more, please check out the book E squared for yourself. It is definitely worth the read and a thought or two.

 

 

 

Psychometry

 

Psychometry...touching stuff.... ok maybe more than that... lol

While on a three day get away to the Mecca of Spiritualism, Lilydale, NY, I decided to take classes. I mean how could I go to a place rich with all kinds of knowledge and not dive in?  I am so eager to learn and explore this great world of ours, both seen and unseen. One of the classes I had taken was Psychometry.

Now, I was a bit skeptical at first.  However, clairsentience is real, andpicking up vibes from objects seems legit. The presenter I watched is also a medium at Lilydale,  and she explained how psychometry can really help with connecting to people. Some mediums use it in investigations, or working on cases for police. Yes, police do use medium, and no they do not admit they use them.

Does our aura leave an imprint on items?  I mean every scary possessed doll movie, seems to imply yes. Can an object really hold that much of us in it?

 This person clearly likes her life, loves her friends, is ambidexterous, has hazel eyes, and loves traveling. I can see it all now, crystal clear. Oh, and she is about to win the LOTTERY.. and I am not talking 5.00 dollar win, I am talking BIG BIG MONEY.

This person clearly likes her life, loves her friends, is ambidexterous, has hazel eyes, and loves traveling. I can see it all now, crystal clear. Oh, and she is about to win the LOTTERY.. and I am not talking 5.00 dollar win, I am talking BIG BIG MONEY.

 Time to learn. The classes at Lily Dale are a great way to extend your skills, try new things, and network with like minded people. I think some of the best moments were knowing there were people out their like me, who also wanted a broader understanding of the world.

Time to learn. The classes at Lily Dale are a great way to extend your skills, try new things, and network with like minded people. I think some of the best moments were knowing there were people out their like me, who also wanted a broader understanding of the world.

After some discussion about how psychometry is done, she had us break down into small groups. At this time we each took a small personal item off and put it in a basket. We made sure no one saw what we placed in. Later we passed the basket, and picked something out.  We then took several minutes to hold the item, and concentrate. We were instructed to write down whatever came into our mind, as silly as something might have seemed.  One women kept insisting to another she saw a horse.  The woman who she was speaking with, hates horses. Throughout the meeting everyone kept mentioning the horse to her as a running joke.  Will she get a horse? Probably not. Was it a way to break the ice, you bet.

Sometimes the most silly ideas, are the ones that mean something truly unique to a person.  She said if you see a "chicken" then say I see a chicken. We all giggled, but she said certain things mean things to others and we have no idea.

For my first go I was given a piece of paper upside down. It felt like a picture. I focused my intent, and came up with small boy, freckles, gap tooth, brown hair. A very active boy, whom the person must have a close bond with. When I flipped the picture, the owner was amazed that I had gotten it 90 percent right.  He was indeed all of those things, except he did not have freckles like I had imagined. She said he does freckle in the summer though.  Apparently this was her grandson, and she was very close to him. She was also very excited as I had a vision of snow, sledding, and kids with rosy cheeks and snow hats. She reported she had come from Canada, and that is how she grew up.

I also had a group experience and I have to say sitting there touching other peoples possessions you do get a vibe. A woman in the group knew the item I gave which was a watch. She pretty much pegged me dead on. I was pretty impressed. I will spare you the personal details she got right, but I might add it was impressive.  She said she had been drawn to me when I walked in the room, so she knew the item she would get would be mine.

Psychometry is a really interesting and useful gift.  It makes you rely on your internal feelings and beliefs. It forces you to trust what you are told no matter how strange it may seem. Strengthening that connection to self, and feeling confident about what we know is true. Another way we continue on the path of connecting to who we are at are very core. I mean isn't that what it is really about? Finding our voice and trusting our own intuition and thoughts over anything we are surrounded? I think if we focus on the internal than the external noise will eventually quiet. I mean really that should be our goal? To cancel the outside messages and know yourself. Definitely something to consider.

 

Shirodhara- There is something in my third eye

"Shirodhara is the process in which medicated oil, milk, butter milk or Kwatha is poured in a continuous stream of drip on the head, especially on the forehead. Depending on the drug components, Dhara is known by different names like Takradhara, Kshira Dhara, Taila dhara, Kwatha Dhara, Jala Dhara."

Now you might ask why one might want this done. I shall tell you.  There are claims that our third eye gets calcified. We lose vision and insight. This practice is a process that will help remove barriers and blocks from the third eye.  A practice that originated in India, and is reportedly one of the most peaceful, relaxing and mind opening experiences.

Did I try it.  HECK YEAH!!! Me being me, and you being you... we have interest diving head long into life....  or we are just weird... anyways..

Of course when I was in Sedona I arranged to have this done. I went to a very prominent Ayurvedic center, and paid around 250.00 dollars for this.  I mean honestly, since it is suppose to clear my mind, and give my third eye better insight, I think it is well worth it.

I get in, and it is standard to soak your feet, and then receive a light massage.  Both go as expected and the woman was very friendly. I never had my feet soaked in milk, oil and things that smelled like I imagine temples in India might smell, until now.  It was nice, and I think taking this time not only relaxed me, it got the therapist in the right mind set.  The massage was brief and used more to "open blocked energy channels".

 Clearly not me right there.. but doesn't she look totally rested?

Clearly not me right there.. but doesn't she look totally rested?

Finally came the Shirodhara. I simply closed my eyes, lay back and the exotic mixture of oils pour onto my forehead.  It was warm and relaxing, and my hair of course got coated in oil.  I felt very tired and almost fell asleep as the oil is a steady stream, and there is lots of it for sure.  When it was down I toweled as much oil out of my hair as I could, and left. 

 AIN"T this the TRUTH...

AIN"T this the TRUTH...

For the next few days my aches and pains seemed almost like a memory. I almost felt a glow as I went on my way exploring Sedona.  My dreams have become very vivid and insightful.  They often tell me of how I am really feeling, or which ideas I struggle with. To this day I still sometimes feel like there is something on my forehead.  Not sure if all these changes are connected, but I do feel it was a great experience, and one not many have. I think each experience I have opens me to a new level of understanding.  Often times, when I hear about a practice like this, it is almost set in my path, and I must do it.  All in all it was a pretty restful experience, and say if you are drawn to this, then it is something you need to do.

 Just when the caterpillar thought its life was over, it turned into a butterfly.

Just when the caterpillar thought its life was over, it turned into a butterfly.

Charlemagne's daughter

Some of you might wonder what I mean when I say I am Charlemagne's daughter. No. I am not the daughter of some funky R&B singer. I know that is where your mind went. The Charlemagne I am referring to is the FIRST one.

Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great or Charles I, was King of the Franks. He united most of Western Europe during the early Middle Ages. He also believed in educating his daughter's the same as his sons. Mighty progressive of him.

Growing up I never really knew a lot about my dad's family.  He was my dad, where he came from, and who his people are, were not discussed.  He died when I was a kid, and I always wondered. I assumed the worst, since he never talked about it.

I started searching and tracing my family tree. I have to admit the last couple of generations before mine, were rough. It painted a picture, of why my father said very little. Why he felt it was not worth discussing.

I continued my search, willing to accept whatever I found.  I soon had an amazing discovery.  I was overwhelmed with the amazing amount of strong, smart, creative, just, and heroic people that create my gene pool. I even found a direct line to me right from Charlemagne. I can move my finger from name to name, all the way back to him. 

It does not make me special. It does not mean much to anyone. To me, it means even though there was a rough patch in my family, that we come from strong roots. We have overcome a lot. If my million times back grandfather can unite a whole continent I can get through and be successful at leading a happy and helpful life.

 Charlemagne in battle.

Charlemagne in battle.

 

 

 

Jerome, Arizona

I made my anual journey to Sedona for Halloween. Why Sedona for Halloween?  We love Sedona, but we actually spend Halloween elsewhere. There is a little ghost town called Jerome about 20 miles away, and that is the place to be. Drive up that windy mountain rode and make yourself at home.

 

Jerome was a Copper mining town, that was a bustling mecca at one time. Just like most things, that boom ended. The copper dried up and so did the people. The town now sits with about 180 or so people in it.  It is built into the side of a mountain and the houses seem to lean over the edge, almost a little dangerously.

 

Something that is really special, is that they have a HUGE Halloween Party.  The fire chief was so excited to give me a tour of the Hall they change into the venue for Halloween.  He was very proud of his streamers and punch bowl.  He was amazed that we were from New York, and we were actually looking at his party online. I said yes, they whole world is watching from the internet now. I fell in love with the place, and we have been returning for the last five years. It is a bonus on top of the awesomeness of Sedona.

The place has simply gone wild in October. There are bikers and bands all over the place. People of all shapes and sizes shopping, eating, and socializing.  I believe this is the busiest time of year.  There is the Grand Hotel which sits perched on the highest point in town. It is reportedly haunted as are several other locations in town. 

If at the hotel give the restaurant a shot. We have eaten at the Asylum restaurant in the hotel.  The food is traditional American style, and the place is decked out for Halloween. We have not been able to stay the hotel as of yet as they book for Halloween a year out. If you go to the hotel they will provide you with ghost hunting tools to wander around and see if you find anything. I believe several shows including " Ghost Hunters" have investigated there.

 

After you eat wander around, and get into the spirit. There are crafts and goodies of all shapes and sizes.   There are thrift stores, art stores, jewelry shows, and a hodge podge of vintage finds.

There is even a young woman who has converted a little building used for coal storage into her own little bake stand. She makes the most amazing everything cookies I have ever had (might have to order those for Christmas). I go see her every year and let her know I always have to have some of the baked goods she makes.

So, if you get a chance this little town has a lot to offer. Take in the sites, the old time feel and the amazing views. I guess it just caught me, and now I feel like I always want to go back.  If you go at Halloween I will definitely see you there.

Los Hermanos

People- Los Hermanos of New Mexico: When I lived in New Mexico I learned a lot of things. The place is alive with culture, I mean you could just trip over it. A group I found most interesting were Los Hermanos.

 

This is a very old group, and an off shoot from Catholicism. When the Catholics spread their beliefs in then Mexico, there were often many months or years before a priest or church official would be seen again in the area. The Hermanos took on the role of caretaking communities in what they believed was Catholicism. Because of the lack of communication, Catholicism was interpreted in a very different way. Although they provided care for the elderly, the widows, settled disputes, helped those in need and kept order, they had mixed their traditional Amerindian beliefs with Catholicism. As real kick in the pants, when the church did arrive and saw the Hermanos version of Catholicism they were ex-communicated.

However, the tradition still exists. To be member of the Los Hermanos, you have to be a descendant of one. When you meet them, many seem like hipsters you might see at the local micro brew. Lots of artists and musicians are claiming their places in this group.

 Depiction of a re-enactment of the Crucifixtion

Depiction of a re-enactment of the Crucifixtion

They meet in secret and perform ceremonies, to re-enact the crucifiction of Christ, and self flagellation. Meetings take place in remote windowless buildings(morados) in the desert, where you can hear them singing and chanting. When the wind picks up, it is beautiful, and haunting to hear. When you see them walking the road to their "morados" out in the middle of the desert, you have to wonder what will happen. However, most of what goes on is of course secret.

 Morado you might drive past in the middle of New Mexico.

Morado you might drive past in the middle of New Mexico.

 

 

Tibetan Singing Bowls

Today I decided I needed a boost. I was feeling rather flat. It happens. I saw that in the local area, there was going to be a singing bowl meditation and demonstration. Seriously, you do not have to hit me over the head with a singing bowl, of course I went. I have been on a serious hunt for my own very special singing bowl, and have not found my sound yet.

When I got there, I took a seat in the semi-circle. Our demonstrator today was named Matt. He was very open to questions, and took time before the meditation to talk about experiences people have, and his own experiences in using it for healing. Matt like all of us, make no claims to cure, or diagnose. All he offers is an alternative perspective to healing.  Singing bowl treatment is compared often to the same level of care as acupuncture. He is a soldier with PTSD, and really feels these bowls help heal him.

I listened intently, and learned when using a singing bowl, each one is assigned to one of the chakras.  The crown all the way down to the sacral. Bowls are either male or female. Male bowls are traditionally deeper in tone, and female ones are higher. He also stated that he felt that the metal in the singing bowls was special, and speaks to the metallic components of our blood and organs. I was in awe when I learned some  of the bowls he uses are 300 or so years old and come from Tibet.

Prior to the meditation Matt explained that each person will want and react to a different sound. He also said when using a singing bowl, which direction you sing it in matters. Matt stated that if you want to draw in energy you move clockwise around the bowl with the mallet. If you want to release energy you move counter-clockwise.

During the meditation people later expressed they felt or saw many things. Some people reported seeing colors, others felt sensations in areas that had been injured, some felt so peaceful they almost fell asleep. I felt something really unique.  With my eyes closed, I listened intently and rode the wave of sound. When I heard the bowl that was meant for me, it hit me right in the chest, and in my hands. I felt my chest and hands begin to tingle and felt almost a vibration. Each time he used that specific bowl, I felt that.  I had to ask him later which bowl it was. Turns out it is a male bowl, normally used for grounding. (A-HA....... I knew I would find it.)

It was enlightening and informative experience. My hands are still tingling. Matt  provided a wonderful experience for the whole room, and gave me a new insight on an alternative method of self care/healing. I have no had the pleasure of experiencing this for myself individually, so I will add it to my list of must tries..  I took his card, and plan on arranging a private session in the very near future.

 Some of the amazing singing bowls he has. He couldn't fit them all in the space we were in.

Some of the amazing singing bowls he has. He couldn't fit them all in the space we were in.

  A very WILLING volunteer for a short demonstration on how a session of singing bowl therapy would happen.

 A very WILLING volunteer for a short demonstration on how a session of singing bowl therapy would happen.

Alien hunting in Arizona..

Alien hunting, yesI said ALIEN HUNTING.  Now, that we are past that little hurdle I can tell you all about my experience.  Much like many of you, I am married, I think I was born married, we have been together so long. I adore him still. However, in all relationships there is generally room for one free spirit, and one grounded type.  Guess which one I am?

For my honey's birthday we like to travel to different places. It is a time for us to reconnect, explore, and see things together. I love those times. I try to make his birthday as special as possible. So, I come up with as many ideas as I can. I set him back a little, but I think deep inside he really enjoys it.  Last year, I decided to take him Alien Hunting in the Arizona Desert.

I found a fantastic tour at the Center for New Age, in Sedona of all places. I called got two reservations, and we were set.  I had no idea what to expect.  When we got there we were greeted by a lovely woman named Melinda. Melinda was our tour guide and although there was about fifteen of us, she offered for me and hubby to ride along with her.  As we were driving toward some unknown destination in the middle of the desert, we chatted about all sorts of things. She told us about her new car, her running late, Sedona. In the middle of all this she mentions" The first time I was abducted...."

My ears perked up, and we went down the rabbit hole.  Little did I know I was in the presence of a pretty famous person, well known around the world for her alien abduction experiences. She speaks at most major events, and gets interviewed about the government cover up relating to Aliens. This woman is Melinda Leslie. (wow)

We drive for about half an hour and end up in the middle of nowhere it seems. Sedona has a light pollution ordinance, so when I say it was dark, it was dark. There we were given the use ofnight vision goggles, and a lazer pointer. We had to share the goggles, as they are mighty expensive, but there were plenty to go around. Everytime someone spotted something unidentified moving in the sky, Melinda would say " plane"   or " you got one".  Sitting there looking for aliens in the dark listening to the coyotes bay. Did I meet E.T.? No, of course not.  Did I see somethings I can not explain, I sure did.

Melinda was a gracious tour guide, and wanted to educate all of us on alien abductions. She talked of personal experiences, the government cover up, and theories surrounding the wole thing. When in Sedona, and looking for a cool experience, give Melinda a call.  It is a unique experience you will not soon forget.

 

  So, many great things are here for you to learn about.

So, many great things are here for you to learn about.

  Yes, we ran around a desert with these on. An experience that was totally worth every penny.

Yes, we ran around a desert with these on. An experience that was totally worth every penny.

  Behind the mountains is where we were to view activity. Melinda states there is a great deal of UFO sightings here. She also stated there maybe an underground base run by a UFO/Government collaboration.

Behind the mountains is where we were to view activity. Melinda states there is a great deal of UFO sightings here. She also stated there maybe an underground base run by a UFO/Government collaboration.

The Lightest/Heaviest Book Ever

We all have New Years resolutions, right?   Well I hardly make them, as I am not very good at keeping them. This year is a little different. I hear so much sadness some days, I almost feel like I am drowning in it. I felt I needed to do something for myself, and combat this feeling. I know the world is not totally sad, or totally bad. I know this, but when you are constantly hit with the saddest stories, and the most angry feelings people have.  You get worn out..

To combat this, and to help myself, I made a very simple resolution.

   FANCY........  See I told you. No it is not made out of the skins of the innocent but damned.... No, damned or innocent were harmed in making this book.

FANCY........ See I told you. No it is not made out of the skins of the innocent but damned.... No, damned or innocent were harmed in making this book.

I would notice good things.

I love the book E squared, and clearly I love Dr. Emoto.  Both have a similar thread to them.  Our thoughts are bigger than the experience.  What we see and acknowledge, determines a lot of how we feel about life.

 If we think bad thoughts, we see bad things. We experience bad as, we are open to only that.  If we think negative thoughts, how can we ever view life as positive, or expect it to change? If we are not looking for good things, we will never see them.

With this in mind, I bought a fancy book. Yes, I chose fancy, as I wanted it to be something I would love to have with me.  You could use a stealth notebook, makes no matter.

Everyday this year, I set my intention to notice something good. Now, when I say something good, I am not talking lottery good. I am talking someone opened a door, someone was kind to someone around me, I witnessed kindness for the sake of kindness. A laugh, a show of empathy, or even a full on compliment.

At first it was awkward.  Sometimes I really had to reach for a positive thing (she smells nice, this coffee is tasty, and it doesn't suck to sit with you).

 After a few weeks, I learned that since I am looking for positive things, they are so easy to find.  It also seems they are everywhere. People seem to come out of the woodwork to be kind to each other,  and loving to me. I feel so much more appreciation for them. Maybe, they always did nice things, maybe I never noticed before.  I notice now that's for sure. 

  All little blurbs, bits and pieces. They all mean a whole lot to me. All things I was told, saw, experienced, or "caught."

All little blurbs, bits and pieces. They all mean a whole lot to me. All things I was told, saw, experienced, or "caught."

What made me smile the most, is that several of my co-workers learned about my book of Positivity, and desire so greatly to be in it.  Some have even asked , " Please add me , ok?"

Others have left me cards, or notes, fried chicken(lol.. and he wanted in the book for sure) or comments. It has been a ripple effect of positivity. A lot of people didn't even know about the book. They just wanted to do something nice. I find myself catching the world being good, and people respond to that, even on a non-verbal level.

My book is starting to fill up, and when I pick it up I feel real power in it. Almost like it is a sacred or precious item. I handle it with care,  like it is delicate, yet heavy.  I will be running a training on this book and experience soon. I am excited, as so many have shown an interest and want to start there own journey. This is the lightest/heaviest book ever, and I am grateful for it.

 

Foot Reflexology, best time for a small dime..

Reflexology. What is it? Reflexology is the application of pressure to areas on the feet, hands and ears. It is an Eastern practice that stems from the belief that if pressure is applied to certain areas of the ears, hands and feet, other parts of the body get stimulated or are connected. Big toe = brains, middle of foot = solar plexus. Not sure who decided how these correlate, but I am sure he was much more clever than I.

 

 ABOVE REFERENCE.. borrowed from pure and simple healing

ABOVE REFERENCE.. borrowed from pure and simple healing

Recently, it seems that in most major cities I know, have little places that specialize in foot reflexology are popping up everywhere. It seems like an awkward thing to have as a business really, but I suppose so is a place that gives pedicures.

These places are often tucked away in a plaza. Kind of hard to find initially. They do little advertising, which makes you almost feel like " is this naughty?"  However, when you do find your little place in your city you will be in for quite a treat.

If you are a person who is not ticklish, or have a thing about strangers in touching them you might enjoy this. When you arrive, the place is dark, quiet, and smells of something exotic. You are ushered into a section, where there is a big leather chair that awaits you. You sit, and a person comes in and you soak your feet in a tub they provide. After the soak, they put your feet up on a footstool.

Prior to the foot rub,  they will rub your shoulders and neck( the best). They also give you your own soft blanky, so you can recline and tune out, all cozied up while they pamper you.

Once you settle in after the shoulder/neck rub, this person will rub, press, prod and manipulate  your feet for a whole HOUR.....(yes, you read that right)

I do not have to talk to them, I do not have to engage. They kind of discourage talking in general.  I just have to sit and be taken care of. At the end of the session, hot stones are applied to my feet, as if the hour of reflexology was not enough.

 I thought this must cost a fortune. Not even close, I pay 3 dollars extra for moisturizer on my feet, plus the reflexology, my total is 31.00 dollars.

Reported benefits, besides just getting your feet rubbed.  Now I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on the interweb. I would suggest taking everything with a grain of salt in this world.

1. Cancer 2. Arthritis 3. Hypertension 4. Type 2 diabetes 5. Migraine and tension headaches 6. Anxiety and depression  7. Multiple sclerosis 8. Sinusitis 9. Circulation 10. Eliminates toxins:

Foot reflexology massage can also reportedly help treat symptoms of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), kidney stones, constipation, backaches and restless leg syndrome. The therapy can also improve memory, manage diabetic neuropathy and ease symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

So, for the very purpose of getting a foot rub, I would recommend this. If nothing else happens, you still leave relaxed, and happy. Self care is so important, and this is just another piece of the every growing puzzle.

 

Hypnosis

I am a woman who likes to experience new and mind expanding things. If I read about something and it seems it might have a health benefit spiritually, emotionally, or physically, I am on it. SO, with that said I tried hypnosis.  I had a tough year emotionally, and was still trying to put together my feelings, and keep a positive frame of mind.  I needed help regaining confidence and letting go.

There is that thought we should always be intentional, and non reactive. Well sometimes, when life hands you a crap sandwich, it is hard to not react or not feel. I read and learned about the possible benefits of hypnosis. Wow, count me in.

  • stop smoking
  • improve self-esteem
  • reduce stress
  • sleep better
  • ease pain
  • ease symptoms of IBS
  • quell hot flashes
  • achieve life goals
  • explore a repressed past
  • weight loss

We all have seen those movies where a man stands with a watch waving in a persons face and says " You are getting sleepy.... very sleepy..." Cut scene, and you see a zombie like person who has no control over their thoughts, actions, and can only tell the truth. Maybe, that happens, I doubt it. My experience was much different.

 Not really, but I sure did relax...............

Not really, but I sure did relax...............

 

I had found this special online for four hypnosis sessions for a really good deal. Apparently, the practitioner was trying to start his business in the area and wanted to connect to people.  When I arrived at the place, I was greeted by a man named Jason. Jason is a hypnotherapist, and had a really friendly demeanor. He talked to me about my goals of hypnosis, and what it was about.

  DO NOT CLICK HERE.  THIS IS A VISUAL, NOT A CLICKY THING.  YES, I LIKE A BARGAIN....

DO NOT CLICK HERE. THIS IS A VISUAL, NOT A CLICKY THING.  YES, I LIKE A BARGAIN....

 

Jason said, most people can be hypnotized. He then took his hands asked me to follow them. I did and he said, yeah, your reflexes say you can be hypnotized. (YEAH!!!)  He relayed that some people come for sleep issues, PTSD, smoking cessation, weight loss, and self esteem.  Jason explained that hypnotherapy, is more effective than most talk therapy as it cuts through the ego, and conscious mind and goes right to the sub conscious where our imprints are.  Change the imprint change the behaviors. Simple right?

 Imprinting of our lives, everything gets put somewhere.  Hypnotherapy has the potential to change the tapes in your head.

Imprinting of our lives, everything gets put somewhere.  Hypnotherapy has the potential to change the tapes in your head.

 

 We talked about my year, my struggles, and my desire to let go of things that do not serve me. He led me to the most comfortable chair EVER. I took off my shoes, and he gave me a blanket. I then put headphones on, and he sat next to me behind a computer. The lights went low and he began talking to me through the headset.  It was not like a normal conversation. I could hear him of different levels through the headset. Like two different conversations at once. At first it was difficult, asI was trying to understand, eventually when I relaxed, it seemed both headphones synced. Perhaps they never synced, whatever it did, it didn't matter.

During my session Jason did what I can only describe as "guided meditation" with a kick.  He said he was implanting positivity and unconditional self regard(WHO DOESN'T NEED THAT?).  My hypnosis session was filled with forest imagery and long walks in calm places .(IN MY MIND). I walked on my journey to an abandoned house, that needed junk cleaned out of it. I cleaned it, and the place was lovely at the end.  I think you get the picture.  Very peaceful. very safe, and sometimes I feltlike I was floating. At the end of my peaceful session, we discussed my thoughts. He wrote notes and then gave me a copy of the session.

 Hypnotherapy might be the answer for some. It can cut the time for healing down significantly.

Hypnotherapy might be the answer for some. It can cut the time for healing down significantly.

 

My homework for the next six weeks was to listen to my recorded meditation everyday, while relaxing, so it could really sink into my being.  I did this happily, and returned for my remaining three sessions. I had a very good experience with hypnosis.  I think the results were not immediate, but as I look back at my journey, I can see how it was positive, and healing experience. I feel like it really helped me, move past some tough things. It did turn me on to guided meditation as well. I have often thought about going back, just as I enjoyed my time there so much.

HaloTherapy..... Road trip to Canada

Halo therapy? No it does not mean connecting angels, despite its name. It is actually salt therapy. Himalyan salt therapy to be precise from Poland. You know those fancy salt lamps, we all have in our rooms. Well this is just like it, but on steroids.

I had been told about a Halo therapy room in Niagara Falls Canada.  I kept thinking about it, and thinking about.  Since I am a bargain hunter, I opened my groupon page, and found a really great deal for the place I had been obsessing over.  How could Shade or myself resist?  I must have been manifestation or a sign from the Universe.. Cynthia go get Halo therapy.. GO TO HERE NOW....

Shade and I plan, and then jump in her car and go for the road trip.  As we are driving I am reading about reported benefits of Halo therapy.Wow, I am so open to the experience.

Apparently in Eastern Europe one of the treatments for illness, or respiratory conditions was to sit in a salt cave.  This treatment has been practiced for over a 150 years. Some of the other reported uses, are for treatment of:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Sinusitis
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Allergic Rhinopathy or Hay Fever
  • Ear Infections
  • Various acute or chronic respiratory diseases
  • Smoker’s cough
  • Viral infections
  • Coughs and colds
  • Chronic ear-nose-throat illnesses
  • skin conditions

When we arrive we are greeted by a pleasant Polish woman who runs the place. She is a delight, and does everything to make us feel at home. The only thing is she does not like her picture taken. DARN! 

The rules are simple, cover your shoes, no food or drinks in the cave. You sit and just relax and inhale. We enter a small cave with several chairs, the walls are covered with huge Pink Himalayan Rock salt rocks. The floor seems to be made of salt as well.  It is dark and everything is covered in a thin white dust. It seems that the salt is ground down and disbursed throughout the room by a "salt generator". So, you will also be covered in salt dust. I must say I brought a guided meditation and sat in my chair, breathing through my nose deeply, and often. I enjoyed the quiet, dark room.

For a few days after my sinuses were a bit dry. However, I felt the experience was very positive. I am always getting the local cootie, orcontagious ick. I will say since I di the halotherapy, and out a salt lamp in my room. I have not be cootie bug sick.

 Halotherapy is becoming more and more readily available in cities. If you are adventurous and want to try something different, halotherapy could be what you are looking for.

 

 Have to cover the feet so we keep the salt clean.

Have to cover the feet so we keep the salt clean.

 Miss Shade, getting herself settled and ready for halotherapy

Miss Shade, getting herself settled and ready for halotherapy

 Walking down the hallway to the man made salt cave.

Walking down the hallway to the man made salt cave.

 Salt lamps release negative ions which reportedly can be beneficial.

Salt lamps release negative ions which reportedly can be beneficial.

 Could I bring cucumber slices to rub on the salt lamps? I think it would be frowned upon. shrugs..

Could I bring cucumber slices to rub on the salt lamps? I think it would be frowned upon. shrugs..

 Salt dust covers everything in the room.

Salt dust covers everything in the room.

 Me.... lol... selfie in the salt cave.

Me.... lol... selfie in the salt cave.

DEEPAK

So many voices in the world. All clamoring to be heard. Believe this. Believe that. Follow me I know where I am going? Hmmm.

I spend my spare time, dining from what we call the Spiritual Buffet. Some of this, and a bit of that. One of the most interesting people I have been running into over and over is Deepak Chopra. Dr. Chopra is a very accomplished man, with many books, tv show appearances, and contributions to the evolution of mankind on a global level.  He probably has Oprah's home number...

 I was so excited and surprised when I learned he was coming to a university right around the corner from me. How could I resist? I didn't...

 

Today Shade and I were lucky enough to hear Deepak lecture live.  If you think his books blow your mind, give him an hour to talk about Healing and Wellness. 

I will say I had a chuckle in the morning. Prior to going to see him live, I watched his live pod cast. I usually appreciate them, and they get me moving. Today, he said... "I am here in Pittsford, Pennsylvania..."

I started laughing as he is clearly tired, and does not know he is New York.  Eh, we are all human, and have all been there.

 

We got there, of course I bought a new book to read, "The Seven Laws to Spiritual Success". I plan to keep it in my purse for quick reference . We then got seated, and the show began. Deepak came out and what can I say he basically blew everyone's minds with his interconnected consciousness.

When Deepak stepped out, the grogginess from his travel disappeared.

Deepak as funny and quick witted, cracking jokes as he went along. There was so much in what he said, so many levels. I looked at Shade and said how will I ever encapsulate all this. She wisely said, what did you walk away with? This is one of the reasons I adore her.

What I walked away with.

Deepak had many slides talking about super genes, healing and illness. He discussed the human as an environment of the soul. Different pieces talking to each other, maintaining homeostasis. Each saying, I am in balance. So. what happens when we are out of balance?  You are angry, full of hate, or stress. This speeds up the aging process, and sends your health into a tail spin. So, get those feelings and emotions under check.

He stated that 95 percent of all diseases can be connected to stress. Only 5 percent are caused by an organic gene mutation. WOW!!! He also said that when we are stressed our genes shrink, causing aging. When we meditate we actually reverse the affects of aging.

Now, that is something to chew on. We are made of stars. I had always suspected, but now there is proof we are bits and pieces of so many galaxies, that came down to ground in this human form.

Lastly, Deepak discussed human energy fields, and said if we emit peace, and love non-verbally we are promoting it. We give it off to others in their energy fields, we all over lap.  So OWN YOUR OWN ENERGY... and what you bring to an environment.

Deepak's main message was that we can heal ourselves our cells are always being reborn. If we balance the things we need, we will restore health. He listed the five Pillar's of Physical Well Being.

1. Sleep, 2. Meditation and Stress Management, 3. Movement, 4. Emotions, 5. Nutrition

Keeping these in balance keeps a health system for your soul to be grounded in. Since, the body is always changing, the chance to heal is there. We finished the lecture off with Deepak leading a Guided Meditation, which brought everyone present to a collective understanding that being aware, being present are key to knowing who you are. I will have to say, the only wish I had was that it was longer, and that I could meet him and pick his brain. I love when someone gives my brain candy, I just want more. Deepak gave me brain as well as soul candy for sure. This is why he is Deepak, and why we love him so.

 Did I manifest this?

Did I manifest this?

 AN ORB.. really? Can I ever escape them? No, idea how that got there.

AN ORB.. really? Can I ever escape them? No, idea how that got there.

 Just up there doing what he does best.

Just up there doing what he does best.

 Our cells are constantly being reborn, and will react to what they are exposed to. If we expose them to positive, healing things. That will be the end result.

Our cells are constantly being reborn, and will react to what they are exposed to. If we expose them to positive, healing things. That will be the end result.

White Light Specials your Spiritual box of Chocolates.

Have you ever heard of these events? Well if you have not, you should start looking around. If you are connected to your spiritual community, (and I am sure you are or you would not be here), you probably know what and where these occurs. If not let me help you.

Most communities have places where all people involved with New Age thinking tend to congregate. Often times these places are bookstores, or places that run classes, and sell metaphysical goodies.  Often times they hold a "White Light Special".

 A lot of metaphysical places have a calendar or classes, events, and services. I have highlighted the White Light Special, but sometimes they go by other similar names. ( loving borrowed from the Purple Door in Rochester, NY)

A lot of metaphysical places have a calendar or classes, events, and services. I have highlighted the White Light Special, but sometimes they go by other similar names. ( loving borrowed from the Purple Door in Rochester, NY)

A white light special is an event that brings several spiritual readers, healers or intuitives together for an event. Basically, you have tarot readers, mediums, and the gambit of everything in between.  People attend these events, and get a sampling of each modality. So, you could pay to have a mini tarot readying for twenty minutes, and then move on to have your chakra aligned, and finish with a medium channeling your loved ones with a few messages. It is a fun and enlightening experience.

I mean who doesn't want to have a plate full of good vibes and connections? A varitable buffet of the New Age experience.

These events give you a chance to explore different types of connections, try them out and find the right fit for your spiritual needs. These events are popping up all over the country, and are becoming more and more popular. So, if you happen to learn of one of these in your local area, that is the low down. If you are feeling adventurous, and looking to experience a little of this or that, this might be worth looking for and attending.

URBAN ALTARS

Altars, Altars everywhere....but not a drop to drink.... Hmm, that is not right.

Let's get real people I love altars. I think they are so important in expressing who you are, what you believe, and what is sacred to you. I think I even like the ones in churches and organized religion there is just something so powerful about them. 

Many religions use altars as a place to pray, make a commitment, or perform a ceremony.  Infarct dear reader, most organized and less organized use them often. I know what you are thinking. You are picturing a big scary Penatgram, surrounded by candles,  with some poor innocent about to be sacrificed. Cue lightning, and dramatic pauses..

"NO, stop, do not sacrifice the chosen one..............".

  An altar for spell craft, prayers, and dedication. Elegant and chic. Set up methodically with all elements present.

An altar for spell craft, prayers, and dedication. Elegant and chic. Set up methodically with all elements present.

BIG SIGH. EYE ROLL

Perhaps that exists, not sure, not my cup of tea. To each their own.  Let me explain the beauty of the Urban Altar, no innocent sacrafices need to worry.

Urban Altar:  This is how I classify my own personal altar.  It sits in a small space with a flat surface, and if I do not point it out, most people never notice. It is easy enough to make one, most people will think it is an arty display.

 I really did not mean to start an altar, it was sort of a natural progression. I am bit of a magpie, if you will collecting scraps of this or that. I just think some things are so meaningful, and have such magic in them. Consider an acorn.  So tiny, but filled with so much potential and power. Think of a lovely white candle, and the connection to the flame.  So, many powerful things to help you focus, set intent, and remind you of what is important.

 

  I have an altar in my bedroom, which holds my most sacred finds. ( acorns, dried flowers, gemstones, shells, and other treasures that are near and dear to me).  I picked a place in the corner of the room, and slowly, and naturally built and altar where I leave items that evoke a feeling for me. Not every item is altar worthy.

Before I add an item, I inspect it, consider what it means to me, and place it with intent on the altar.  Feathers(freedom), Seeds(potential), essential oils( healing), gemstones(foundation, and eternal existence)  incense(communion with spirit).  I think you get the drift. Whatever something means to you, that is what is important. It comes from the heart and soul. Sometimes, a line of poetry, a song lyric, star stickers or a movie ticket stub might end up there. All relevant all special.

 Pocket, travel altar put together by cunningwitchfox.(etsy rock star)... Perfect for a getaway

Pocket, travel altar put together by cunningwitchfox.(etsy rock star)... Perfect for a getaway

It has become a very special part of my room. I often gaze upon the treasures there andremind myself of the power they hold. I mean an acorn or seed is so powerful. Just hold one in your hand, and you will know that what you have there is pure and powerful potential. That is just my thing. I hope you find things that are as precious and meaningful to you along your journey.

Dia De Los Muertos Altar.

A project for the whole family, is a temporary altar I construct with my family every year. I once lived in New Mexico, where the holiday was very popular. There was something about remembering the dead, honoring them, and giving them things they would have liked in life. It stuck. So, every October I collect the items, and carefully put them inplace. The altar changes shape and design every year.

Sadly, we lose people, and pets, so it is does grow naturally on its own. I do think there is a remembrance and feeling for everyone , when they look at an item, picture, or momento. For example on my Dia De Los Muertos Altar, I have a cigar for one friend, chocolate for the sweet lover, a tennis ball for the dog, and pack of seeds for another.  Each item takes us back to that person when they were here with us. We then remember how special they really were. Sometimes there is sadness, other times there is smile, but the connection remains every year.

  I have one all year round, and one I put up for Dia De Los Muertos. I had lived in the deserts of New Mexico and fell in love with the holiday. It is a big deal there, and it is forever in my heart.

I have one all year round, and one I put up for Dia De Los Muertos. I had lived in the deserts of New Mexico and fell in love with the holiday. It is a big deal there, and it is forever in my heart.