Respect the Woman for She is Sacred

fullmoonSome years ago I was deeply moved by a film called, “The Goddess Remembered” created by Donna Reid and produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Here is the link if you wish to view it; https://www.nfb.ca/film/goddess_remembered. It was released in 1989 a few short years before the prolific Studio D (women’s documentary film department of the NFB) lost a good deal of their funding. I think many people still think of this film as obscure, but the message is important and relevant in these times because we are witnessing the return of the feminine on our Mother Earth.

Recently I received spiritual messages that many men and women do not respect the sacred feminine and so do not respect themselves; for even a man has part of the feminine within him just as women have a male side to themselves.  In the dream I was shown men who may in public be presenting themselves to be respectful of women and girls but behind closed doors beat, maim or sexually abuse women.  Abuse has many forms and if a man is not taught by the women in his family what is correct behavior then its up to society to help these men. This cannot and will not be tolerated, I was shown in the dream that many of these men are healers, teachers and spiritual guides. During this time of Earth cleansing, this behavior will be cleansed as well. We must look to our own short comings, our own faults we have branded, help each other; and help our sisters.

The maligning of women-hood and the sacred image of the feminine must be reviewed; for when a man or a woman holds the image of the desecrated feminine within they work against themselves. We must learn to implement a new message, a blessed image of her power and governance over the void that lives within her womb. This place is sacred for it is the source of all life and every woman holds this space within her. I had many dreams in the past week about the pain and suffering of women and messages that this is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the spirit-world going forward; very strong spiritual messages about this.

To help themselves women are to cleanse themselves in water and as much as possible drink pure water, ask the water to heal and purify you.  I was shown as well that we are to swim in lakes and rivers, somehow our energy will help the healing of the water. We will be shown again, in dreams and visions, the images we need to heal ourselves and make ourselves whole again.

I often pray by the water and offer my prayers to the animals, trees, birds, plants and nature spirits, and of course the water. The water is the governed by the feminine principle and is alive as I have seen on so many many occasions since I have moved outside the city and into rural Ontario.

Be well be strong and be proud of your womanhood!

© Lorraine Hughes 2015

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The Call of the Wild

forest1aThere is a wave of energy happening on Earth and it is called the return to the mother, or return to the feminine. Unfortunately there is a big mess to deal with while this is going on and we all must roll up our sleeves and get involved before this is all done. We as a species won’t make it if we do not learn to align ourselves with the wisdom and intelligence of our connection to the universal mother, who is inherently part of us. The feminine represents our intuition, creativity and understanding the sacredness of all life.

When I see garbage strewn along the highway, another turtle smashed into the pavement and stories of illegal fishing I wonder, whats it going to take for us to treat the Earth with respect, to listen to her cries of anguish for the disappearing animals, plants and shorelines washed with fossil fuels.

Do you know why scientist’s have had to create genetically modified seeds? We have depleted the soil, because the demand for food on our planet is too great a burden on the poor conditions of our arable land.

When we first bought our house out here in rural Ontario we were told, when they extend highway 407 the house prices in our area will skyrocket. Now that I am learning to live inter-dependantly with the land I think of this event with horror.  More roads = more people = stress on the environment; what about the trees, butterflies, bees, turtles, deer, wildflowers, martens, indigo buntings, wide open sky, clean air; believe it or not, these beings are my friends and an important part of my environment. I am an important part of my own environment because I hold this all to be sacred. It really means something personal to me, its not just a lifestyle choice. Its political.

It is a call to action. Please educate yourselves people, don’t just sit there and go tut tut, that’s really too bad, there goes the African black rhino ‘extinct’, oh well. Oh its not my problem; its those darn poachers! Get involved, grow your own food, volunteer, make a difference, help the youth for they are the leaders of tomorrow, scream from the tops of the mountain, because its worth it. Even if you make a fool of yourself! Its worth it, its your planet, and its the only home we’ve got, for future generations. Every little bit helps.

When I plant my garden organically, I use good seeds, I plant indigenous herbs and flowers to encourage bees and beneficial insects to inhabit my garden, I welcome everyone in my garden birds, bees and even rabbits. Guess what! I always have a bountiful harvest because I feed the other animals and create a safe haven for them. I wasn’t always this way, I thought I was but living here has taught me and it has humbled me with its austere beauty. I wish this for everyone!

Today Jerry and I were out for a walk, we were talking amongst ourselves throwing a stick for Bear our dog so he would jump in the water to swim and cool off. Suddenly like a grey ghost rising up from the opposite shore the long deliberate flaps of a blue heron silenced us as we watched its prehistoric shape against the sky. “Did you see that?” I said. “He was huge!” Jerry whispered reverently.

I think this is worth preserving for our children don’t you?

I do not believe science is going to save us, I believe that people getting organized at a grass roots level, healing the soil and ourselves; growing our own food and really having respect for (and fighting to keep) what is all around us is whats going to save the day for the generations to come.

Lorraine Hughes © 2015

 

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The Rebirth of Mother Earth

bloodrootWe women are coming alive all over the world at a very important time. During a time when great waves of healing female energy is available for all of us, in the far reaches of our Mother Earth. Women and men are standing up and out everywhere to defend and preserve our Mother Earth and her creatures; our way of life as well as our ability to grow nutritious food.  I read about places where women have been systematically oppressed getting organized and fighting for their rights.  We have to fight for and defend the rights of our animals and plant co-habitants as well. Just because a being does not serve an economic or scientifically proved ideal, does not mean its not an important member of our community. Unfortunately too often, economic concerns and scientific agenda creates a gulf between us and the rest of Earth’s planetary beings who might not be human.

Recently my friend had a spell of vertigo and learned how to adapt to this new energy wave by simple exercises (given to her by her chiropractor) using her vision. The most impressive part of her story to me is that her doctor reported that cases of unexplained vertigo were on the rise and that a high number were reported from menopausal women. This follows my thoughts that menopausal or women going through heightened hormonal experiences (like pregnancy and birth) are on the forefront to absorbing and integrating these new energies that dance and sway on our Mother Earth.

This new energy absorption and integration can be uncomfortable and emotional I have found. If we spend quiet time on a regular basis through meditation, contemplation, prayer and creativity we find that we get closer to the heartbeat of mother Earth, her throbbing pulsing rhythms which activate and inspire us. The earth is changing, she is in peril in a way as she gives birth to herself. During times of deep transformation a being or a system is most vulnerable to predators; this is the way of nature, and some of the preying can come from the other side. The best way to be on this transformational ride is to go inward, be your own guru and develop a solid relationship with God or Creator. You know yourself and your relationship with creator best.

I have been shown that when we embrace our changes, especially our hormonal changes we will be led to where we need to be. If you are going through some emotional, hormonal changes embrace them, dance with them, don’t be so quick to silence the wisdom of the body. Learn to deeply listen to yourselves. This new energy especially engages the non-rational brain, that is why we can have vertigo; feelings of being spaced out or forgetful, sudden flashes of understanding, precognition, profound dreaming, hunches, or sudden emotional outpourings from the deep self. So take care of yourself, make time to go inward and try to integrate your changes. Deep breathing is a wonderful way to engage the energy and become more aware and conscious of your body changes.

So hug a tree, spend time in nature, love your friends and paint a picture. Mother Earth is a wonderful and wondrous place to be right now, and we are all here together riding along on this spaceship called Earth.

© Lorraine Hughes 2015

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December 2014 Winter Solstice

decsolsticeHere we are, as the wheel turns we are back at a familiar point the winter solstice; where we have been before but what are the lessons this time around.

For me as I consider the return of the light; this year I dwell on the concept of darkness and its place in my life throughout the year.  The lessons it has taught me, in my own life journey and my experiences working with my clients.

Evil or unconsciousness is simply a place where the light is inaccessible. When a person or situation comes into our lives, how we react to it says a lot about us.  When we do battle with these forces we reclaim part of ourselves that was lost to the darkness either through trauma, hurt or violence.  If we blame and condemn the people or situation and try to avoid it; it will search us out again and again like a heat-seeking missile.  Only tuned to “our” vibration.  This battle and examination must be with ourselves.

From the I Ching a Chinese oracle and book of philosophy.

Hexagram 43

“In a resolute struggle of the good against evil there are certain rules which should be followed. The resolution must be based on a union of strength and friendliness. Second a compromise with evil is not possible, evil must be openly discredited. Nor must our own passions and shortcomings be glossed over. Finally the struggle with evil must not be carried on directly by force.  If evil is branded, it thinks of weapons, and if we do it the favor of fighting against it blow for blow, we lose in the end because thus we ourselves have become entangled in hatred and passion. Therefore it is important to begin at home, to be on guard in our own persons against the faults we have branded. In this way finding no opponent, the sharp edges of the weapons of evil become dulled. Nor should we wrestle with our own problems for the same reason as they become stronger.  The best way to fight evil is to make energetic progress in the good.”

Try to understand; why is this coming into my life, what does it say about the broken off parts of me that I haven’t reclaimed and love about myself.  What did I discard that was important so long ago. What part of me is in the darkness; am I allowing myself to be human. What can I learn about myself so I can move forward in a positive manner, in a creative manner.  The absence of conflict is creativity; a positive moving wave of energy which influences others and heals me.

The December 21st winter solstice is here. This year I have been dwelling on my problems, my demons if you will, the lessons I am here to learn this time around and they have really been in my face in the last six months. Don’t be afraid to face yourself, your inner darkness, the boogeyman if you will; we have to take time and clean out the skeletons every so often so the light can get in there.

A very wise friend counseled me once when I began working as a psychic/healer “Lorraine, always approach every thing you do with the mind of a beginner, then you will be safe. Watch your ego and always keep an eye on it.”

The winter solstice is the promise of the return of the light.

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The Click when Seasons Change

IMG_20141108_133539You know what I am talking about don’t you? Its that moment when something is in the air and you can feel the seasons are about to change.

Right now we are preparing to hunker down into our caves for the winter in Canada. As a newly transplanted country gal find I notice the seasons more intensely now that I live in a rural setting. A far cry from my prior 25 year city existence of rushing from subway, to streetcar, to cappuccino, to appointment with a client or making my gym class on time. Now I have a different set of priorities, which include taking care of my ever expanding vegetable garden, making a rug, canning and preserving my garden goodies and taking care of our small patch of land.

But where life is different now is those moments of wonderment while observing mother earth as she unfurls herself; season after season; year after year. Each spring I observe in amazement as flowers, baby plants and leaves on the trees emerge from dense soil and what is grey dead arms sticking out from tree trunks laden with heavy snow.  Green doesn’t seem possible in February.  The lovely wild flower in her variety; she parades forth as the last snow drift disappears until the first flake of it whispers “time to sleep”.

These memories and experiences are what get me through the Canadian winter. I feed the dark-eyed Junco who visits my bird feeder deep into the winter, his fine feathered suit doesn’t go unnoticed on me. Behind my house the majesty of the pines and spruce laden with snow are obvious now that the other trees have lost their leaves. This scene is the poetry I await after a heavy snow dust up. The great horned owl who sat in my tree for 2 hours while I observed his haughty peering into my binoculars helped me wait through the rest of February. For spring to return.

So I give you, city dwellers advice, do what I did only rarely when I lived in Toronto. Listen for the goldfinch because he exercises his voice in the city parks. The wild flower and wooded areas are to refresh your spirit and is the voice of god manifest in form.

©  Lorraine Hughes 2014

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June Odiimin Strawberry Moon

IMG_20140618_152225This is the month of the strawberry moon, in Ojibway odiimin gisiss; the words strawberry and heart are closely related in the language, so the teaching goes that the strawberry is the “heart berry” and is believed to have healing properties.  The bear is the healer, he is the carrier of medicine as he digs up the healing roots with his claws.  The seeds of the strawberry are on the outside of the berry signifying that through forgiveness and reconciliation we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, its about letting go of old resentments and judgement.

Today I was out walking around the Millbrook prison grounds nearby where I live; it was a minimum security prison that is closed now but a friend was showing me the grounds as a good place to walk Bear my dog because of the open rolling fields and view up top of the surrounding area.  As we walked I could feel how heavy the energy is there, very heavy and dense.

To my surprise on a section of the grounds close to the edge of the forest I found a patch of wild strawberries.  I had a little feast of the juicy berries, they were so sweet; much sweeter that the ones you buy in the store.  I pondered how this beautiful, sweet healing energy is moving into a place where much pain and sadness must have lived.

The sweetness of the strawberry is a reminder of how once we let go of pain, anger and resentment, forgive and heal circumstances from our past we can move forward and reconnect with the sweetness of life.

© Lorraine Hughes 2014

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Keeping It Wild

swanflowerThis is my third year in my new home in the country.  As a former city gal it hasn’t always been easy and it helps that the small metropolis of Peterborough is only 15 minutes away and my city girl roots get watered in Toronto about two or three times a month when I go to see my clients for in person sessions.

As time passes though I take in more and more the way my soul seems to be expanding by living a rural existence. It seems each year while I witness the change of seasons something new happens.  Something unexpected.

This year its the sounds, sights and smells of spring as a way too long Canadian winter burns itself out until next year.

The male robin is the first to fly back home from the winter migration and scout out a suitable nesting ground.  Then he designates it as his territory by singing his multi-layered trilling tones up and down throughout the woods surrounding my home.  All day.  All the different birds are busy, busy, the frogs peeping; today alone I was overwhelmed and tranced out by the waves of sound that continuously beat on the shores of my ears all day.  Wow.  Needless to say I had a difficult time focusing on anything mundane, I gave up and drew outside until the black flies mobbed me back inside the house.

But what I love the most about the spring is the rise and fall of the delicate wildflower.  There are so many wildflowers surrounding my home and in the nearby walks with Bear my dog its astounding.  Some of them are here too briefly, only for a week or two.  There was a little family of white heads a bobbing last week, I went by the next day to see their austere beauty, but they were gone.  Its like experiencing the world with the soul first and allowing it to live inside you.

When I first moved here, still living “on city time” I did not notice these vulnerable, quiet beauties.  I’ve realized how caught up we can become with ourselves, our lives and our Facebook accounts; we don’t notice what is just nearby.

Now when I am in Toronto I notice and hear the goldfinches song on the wind, the delicate turn of the wildflower petal, the south wind messing with leaves on the trees, all reminding me of my real self (the part that is holy) and the interconnectedness of all life.

©  Lorraine Hughes 2014

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When Time Stands Still

solareclipseIt is time to breathe in and cultivate stillness.

As I write this a solar eclipse is culminating and scattering energy throughout our planetary energy field; which includes each one of our individual energy fields.  What I know about eclipses (with my limited astro-knowledge) is an eclipse raises large amounts of energy and that energy is dispersed before and after the eclipse over time.  The sun’s energy is cloaked then revealed again.

All life on our planet is dependent on the energy of the sun so these times can be especially powerful.

My business as a psychic and energy healer has shifted significantly since our move out to Peterborough.  Opportunities I had counted on to get me through a transition disappeared and my business took a huge hit, not for the best.  Its had me questioning what I do for a living, is this what I am supposed to be doing.  Does creator want me to do something else.  Who am I really?  What is my role.  I look back on some dreams I had two years ago that I didn’t understand.  Now I get it.  In more than one dream I was changing my clothing, hair, I feel I was walking away from alot of what I have learned spiritually.  I am meant to be on a new path, a different path.

Not totally sure what that is supposed to be yet.  Not sure what Creator has in store for me but for sure, times are changing and resistance is futile, but it feels really good to admit that even to myself.  Going inside alot and looking at myself and my thinking patterns.  When you work in people’s energy alot you forget who you are, whats important and what were my reasons for beginning this path fourteen years ago.

I do love helping people, I know I want to keep doing that but I have neglected myself and I never met to do that.

This past year has been about revealing what the sun means to me inside myself.  My birthday is on May the 8th and last year there was a solar eclipse on my birthday.  I think besides my  role  as a spiritual person changing, creativity has come again in my life.  Oh painting and writing, I never meant to give you up.  Its just my love and passion for helping others took over.

With this solar eclipse I watch myself change again, and creator whispers in my ear what his plans are for me up ahead.  In the meantime I plant my garden, I work in the studio with new colors; finish my book, and I wait patiently for the illumination of the sun to coax all the seedlings to rise…

© Lorraine Hughes 2014

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Winter Solstice December 21st

IMG_20131215_122615The Festival of Lights

In the days of old before Christianity, pagan holidays marked seasonal times that were important for the development of the soul.  The cycles of the year are connected to the seasons and quality of light illuminating Mother Earth.  These seasonal markers describe Earth’s relationship to the sun over the course of a year.

To acknowledge these dates can help remind us of who we really are and where we come from; to develop our potential in this lifetime.  The universal source of knowledge which comes from the light of the sun.  Its not just a burning ball of energy that the Earth revolves around but is responsible for all life, for growth and awakening, and tug of gravity on Mother Earth.

During the winter solstice, on the darkest day of the year; the longest night, we look to the sun as light comes back to us and enriches us with its life-giving heat and warmth.  A time to reflect on the importance of this light and energy in our lives.

Some thinkers believe the sun’s energy symbolizes John the Baptist as the prophet heralding the coming of Christ. John the Baptist is seen as a human witness whose historical purity and humility have been proven, his link with the social-judicial aspect of life.  John the baptist through the act of Baptism itself transmuted darkness into light.

The light of the sun brings knowledge to a place where there is ignorance, healing where there is woundedness, lights the darkest hours of our consciousness. Winter solstice can be said to represent an aspect of the dark night of the soul, the painful release of dark material from the unconscious before the light makes its way into our soul and our life.  For me it is the light at the end of the tunnel, that magnetically pulls us toward spiritual illumination.

© Lorraine Hughes 2013

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Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto is Us

ocean1Your probably reading the title of this post and thinking, no way, that is not me!!!  But I am here to say, yes it is you.

I’ve been watching the downward spiral of Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s career since the crack pipe debacle last summer (FYI – here is an article explaining such; http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rob-ford-crack-scandal-the-lingering-questions-1.2416903 ), and one thing is for certain he exhibits the classic behaviors of an addict; one behavior most specifically, the response of “denial”.  Deny, deny, then deny again and when you have something your trying to gain or people your trying to manipulate, then admit your guilt!

The classic behavior of an addict;  we want what we want and we don’t want anything to get between us and our chosen poison.  The drug, the lifestyle, the material goods, the SUV car, the food, the electronic devices, the sex, the power, the greed, even the false peace of mind, the list goes on…  We want to fill that craving and we don’t care what gets in the way or what harm our addictions may cause.

I have been reading lately about how the brain is wired to create electronic pathways to enable us to think quicker; its part of the way we learn and it is fundamental in how we form habits. In the darker sense its how addictions are created, why we stay there; and why we relapse when we are trying to kick our habit or addictions.  The road to self ruin really is a road inside our brains.  If we are engaged in something habit forming even in the very early stages of that habit our brain is wired to help us continue and keep the habit going.  It is difficult and painful to rewire our brains because there is a concentrated emotional slag heap in our unconscious that keeps the addiction going.  It hurts to take your head out of the sand and say hey, somethings just not right here.

Here is my point and I do have one.  I believe humanity as a whole is in a cycle of addictive behavior, and we are in great denial (at our own peril) about how serious the end result of our addiction is because we want to be comfortable and not give up our goodies.

We are in a cycle of planetary energy according to Astrologers where Neptune (the planet of illusion, spirituality and creativity) is transiting through Pisces; it will remain there until 2025.  Many spiritual people the world over today and from the past heralded this epoch as a time when humanity would reach great spiritual heights, love, world peace, etc.  Transiting planets, energy shifts; all have a dark side and a light side of manifestation.  The astrologer and author Stephen Forest spoke at a conference I watched on YouTube describing this time as it was approaching; he believed the opposite would be true, that world-wide we would be seeing people succumbing to addictive lifestyles on an even grander scale than ever seen before.  One of the messages that I have received from spirit over the past two years repeatedly is that humanity is nowhere near where we are supposed to be spiritually to absorb and learn from this new energy on planet Earth.

With all this kafuffal about the Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack, the finger pointing, the embarrassment, the omg, the public lynching, (not that he shouldn’t be held responsible and accountable).  We cry, “Not me!”  “I don’t do that.”  What’s going on in our back yards or growing in the darkest basement of our repressed shadow, or gathering mold in our closets. How responsible and accountable are we about the mess we are leaving the planet in, for the generations after us.  Do we care?

Its interesting that Neptune rules the ocean. Our oceans are dying.  We originate from the ocean.  In October this year an article was published in the Guardian newspaper; in the article is an analysis of scientific findings regarding the acidification of our oceans; a process happening at an alarming rate leading to massive die offs of all ocean species in the next forty years or less… I quote, “The next mass extinction may have already begun.”  http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/03/ocean-acidification-carbon-dioxide-emissions-levels

The article is grim in the extreme and I am sure its trying to paint a rosy picture in order not to create widespread panic; again, denial.  The only reason I can see that humanity as a species would sit back and allow this to happen (because the information is out there folks we all have known about this for a long time now) is we want to be in our world of comforts, and our brains are wired to get all this stuff to us as easily and quickly as possible. Denial is also a sign of mental illness.

Who is going to be held accountable for mass extinction in the oceans, its not going to be the corporations people, its us who allowed it to happen.  We are addicted to the goods that are produced by these companies and they know it.  What are you going to say to your maker (or your children) when you one day have to face him or her.  I didn’t do anything to make my planet a better place, I participated in the madness.

©  Lorraine Hughes 2013

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