By: Paula Bianchi – I figured since I’m always talking about meditation, I should write an article about it. At first, I was going to be all technical and give you a blow by blow history of what meditation is, and how long people have been practicing it. Let me just say, it’s been around […]Metaphysical: Meditation — This Weird Chick’s Blog
Summer Solstice, Midsummer, Litha
By Tara Sutphen
“In the world’s audience hall, the simple blade of grass sits on the same carpet with the sunbeams, and the stars of midnight” – Rabindranath Tagore (Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)
Summer Solstice marks the end of the waxing year. And the rays of the sun directly strike one of the two tropical latitude lines. June 21 marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere, as winter begins in the southern hemisphere. On this day, the earth’s “circle of luminescence” will be from the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic Circle. The equator receives twelve hours of daylight, as there will be 24 hours of daylight at the North Pole and 24 hours of darkness at the South Pole.
gAll over the world people honor this day as an important reminder of the apex of light and to cast away evil and their problems. Northern Hemisphere inhabitants use June 21 as the day of celebration, but the splendor of light lasts from new moon to full moon.
Worshipping the Sun’s great power, all cultures celebrate in some way. Celts and Slavs dance around bonfires while Chinese marked the day honoring Li, the Goddess of Light. The celebrants of modern and ancient ceremonies tune in that life comes from the sun. It is life giving and life supporting. We’ve recently had the good fortune to have electricity, greenhouses, and shipment suppliers. How will you celebrate? We all may not get a chance to dance around the bonfire but it’s a time to bask in the light, sit in the sun, cast our worries away and awaken to our lives.
Summer Pasta Salad
2 cucumbers chopped
2 big tomatoes chopped
1/2 red onion chopped
5 tbsp lime juice
4 tbsp cilantro (coriander)
2+ tbsp honey
2 cups shell macaroni (optional: gluten free)
Cook pasta, drain.
Combine lime juice, cilantro, honey, salt & pepper in small bowl.
In a large bowl, combine pasta vegetables. Toss gently in lime dressing.
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
1 (16 oz) pkg large shell pasta (optional: gluten free), ½ c. dill pickle juice plus 4 tbsp. pickle juice (divided), 2/3 c. mayonnaise (optional: veganaise), 1/3 c. sour cream (optional: plain yogurt), Salt & Pepper to taste, ¾ c. sliced or diced dill pickles, ¼ c. onion, 2 tbsp. minced fresh or dry dill spice, (optional: 2/3 c. diced or grated cheddar or almond cheese)
Directions: Cook pasta to pkg specifications. Rinse & drain cold water, add ½ c dill pickle juice, set aside, In another bowl, add 4 tbsp dill pickle juice , mayo, sour cream, salt & pepper (optional: dash of cayenne), Drain off excess pickle juice from pasta and mix with dressing, chill one hour and serve.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1/2 cup white sugar 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1 tablespoon poppy seeds 1-1/2 teaspoons minced onion 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1 bag (10 ounces) fresh spinach 1 pint strawberries, sliced thin In a blender, combine the sugar, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, oil, and vinegar. Blend well. If the dressing seems thick, add a few drops of water.
Remove the stems from the spinach and tear the leaves into bite-size pieces. Arrange them on individual salad plates or in a salad bowl. Arrange the strawberries on top. Drizzle the dressing over the strawberries and serve.
Bonnie Brae Strawberry Pie
A mixture of cooked and fresh berries helped make this pie a family favorite.
1 quart strawberries or 1 large package frozen strawberries, thawed and drained 3/4 cup water 4 tablespoons cornstarch 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 cup sliced berries, fresh or frozen, thawed and drained whipped cream whole berries for garnish Combine strawberries and water in saucepan. Cook until just softened, about 4 or 5 minutes. (Let frozen berries thaw; heat but don’t cook them.) Mix together cornstarch, sugar, and water until smooth; add to hot berries. Cook over medium heat until clear. Add lemon juice; immediately remove from heat and let cool. Place sliced berries in cooked pie shell. To assemble pie, pour cooked mixture over berries, top with whipped cream, and garnish with whole berries.
Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Wedding Cake
Yield: Makes 12 to 16 servings.
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened 3 cups sugar 4 cups cake flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 6 egg whites Preheat over to 350° F. Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Pour in buttermilk and begin mixing slowly. Continue to mix until well blended. Add flavorings and stir. In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold the egg whites into the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans. Bake for 20 minutes at 350° F, then lower heat to 300°F and bake for about 25 minutes longer, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove cakes from oven and cool on racks. After 10 minutes, remove from pans and continue cooling on racks.
Cream Cheese Frosting 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 3 cups confectioners’ sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract No wedding needed to have this cake
Other food /drink ideas –
mint iced teas, dandelion salads, strawberry shortcakes, geranium leaf sorbet, berry pies
The Druids celebrated with “The Wedding of Heaven and Earth”.
Two people represent Mother Earth and the Sun King. Create a Bonfire, dancers adorned in garlands and flowers, and young men jumping through the tall flames. A time of cleansing and renewal. The participants playing Mother Earth and the Sun King go to each participant, and speak to each person as though planting seeds of growth, imparting words of love, wisdom, thankfulness and prosperity.
Candle or Bonfire Ritual
With a candle or your bonfire – Give blessings in the 4 directions. Cast a blessing for yourself, a blessing for the harvest, a blessing for your loved ones, and a blessing for the earth. (make this blessing 3-5 sentences long for each subject) A Call to Love
Single women are to sleep with 4 flowers under their pillow Flowers:
Flowers blooming in your area, also daisies, roses, lilyof the valley, calendulas, marigolds
daisy chains, lavender wreaths, rosemary garlands Head wreath
Circle base, thin gauge wire, or vines and tie or wire on flowers of your choice Symbols:
Fire to celebrate the power of the sun, Sun Wheels, Medicine Wheels, Stone Circles, Candle Circles, Mother Goddess, Ripening fruits, Sun Dials, Feathers, and Swords/Blades. Candles:
Green & Blue representing the earth White representing God light
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JUNE 11, 2019
Meet Jason D McKean of McKean Productions in Malibu
Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason D McKean.
Jason, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a native Californian, although I got to LA via Alaska, Texas, and NYC. It was while being in an Alaskan punk rock band, that I moved to Los Angeles in the 80’s. As a musician, I dabbled in rock, classical and soundtrack, but it was when I unexpectedly voiced an “OM Chant” album that my life took a turn. An album that would become a staple for Yoga Studios, Meditation Centers, Birthing Centers and Hospices throughout the world. “OM” is a pretty simple word, but how it’s intoned is key. I had no instruction in the how-to of that, but I obviously knew deep within my being. The OM albums that I’ve produced since are favorites for those going into a meditative state and deepening their own connection to the divine.
As far as my own spiritual journey, this was just a beginning. I’ve always been a good listener, and able to know where a person is coming from. I was given an opportunity to dive in and learn the Tarot for a media project that didn’t pan out, but I stuck with it. I was resonating with being able to connect what I was seeing and feeling and giving voice to it, and helping others in a one-on-one situation. Where my OM albums could help others with the Electronic version of my Self, the Tarot could be the Realtime Version of me sitting with people who are having a hard time. That’s my experience anyway, that NO ONE comes to see a Tarot Reader if all is going GREAT in their life.
Has it been a smooth road?
There was a time after I started to read Tarot, maybe a year or so, that I started to get “full”. Full of people’s pain, full of their stories, their secrets. And I didn’t know if I wanted to continue. And realizing that I was holding it all in, and that it was harming me, I started to give myself permission to let go of it, to clear myself. To not HAVE to remember the details of someone else’s path. To just do my part, and not have to fix everyone. But to be present, to see everyone as worthy, and to offer the best advice that I am capable of.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
My friends and clients call me The Wizard. I am a Tarot Reader in Los Angeles, which has extended to being a Tarot teacher, Radio Show host and guest, and Reverend/Officiant for weddings and memorial services. I believe in creating sacred space for others to find out who they are, where they’re going. This has taken me to a wide variety of places, reading at Wildlife fundraisers on Malibu estates, in a Tipi in the woods, and private parties in Beverly Hills, to reading at Halloween on the Queen Mary and at wild burner parties. My Tarot workshops take me to other large cities like Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, and Oakland to amazing communities in San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield. The workshops that I like to do best are ones that create space for people to experience their connection to their own intuition and see the spiritual layer at work. It’s being able to tap into Real Magic. When I was a kid, I was interested in magic and I would put on magic shows for friends and family, but it’s all an illusion. The magician practices to keep the illusion intact and the truth hidden. What I’m doing now is to reveal underlying truth by allowing the spiritual layer to have its say. And it has a lot to say!
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is such a great city for any spiritual activity. The interest is high for someone to want to look at their life path and make sure that its in sync with who they are and what they need to be doing. For anyone looking to be a Tarot Reader, there are charity events to read for, various psychic fairs. Dive in and do the work!
- • $35 for 15 minutes
- • $50 for a half hour
- • $80 for an hour
- Website: www.jasondmckean.com
- Ambika TalwarJune 12, 2019 at 18:46Divine Jason D. McKean of McKean Productions and mighty wizardry – so awesome to see you here standing tall, a Sufi Master, a music maker, fire ceremony practitioner, smiling Tarot diviner, and fun-loving friend. Shine on. Rock on. Stay glorious as you make LA greater than before. Love and Blessings.. 🙂REPLY
SOULSHINE JOURNEYS OCT 21-26 2019
Osa Major, the venue where our journey takes place this year is named after the Great Bear constellation that is visible above it every night. The finca combines impressive art pieces, creative spaces and chic bohemian style.
THE SOULSHINE EXPERIENCE
Divine consciousness is our birthright, no less than the ancient Divine Right of Kings. It is a limitless source of power that we may tap into. Our intention is to put these special resources at your disposal.
On this 6 day journey, a dedicated international team will hold space for you to shed, shift and shine. The program that we have created will help you shed old stories and wounds, patterns and beliefs that do not serve you anymore. It will support your shift through the awakening of all your senses, and it will help you shine, offering the connection, adventure and inspiration that our souls are longing for.
Your mind and spirit are fertile ground. They await the seeds of your imagination and ingenuity. Allow them to ripen and mature.
- ➤ †5 nights of accommodation and exclusive lodging
- ➤ †Daily yoga, breathing and meditation practices
- ➤ †Freshly made organic meals prepared by on site vegan chefs
- ➤ †Intuitive eating – the energetic connection between food and body (Marla Maples & Cat Faith)
- ➤ †Protection tools – learning boundaries and shielding (Cat Faith & Tara Sutphen)
- ➤ †Holistic anti aging technologies (Marla Maples & Carmen Anderson)
- ➤ †Nature Connection & medicine walk (Cat Faith)
- ➤ †Sunrise and meditation at crystal rock beach (Tara Sutphen)
- ➤ †Moon magic, sacred fire and drumming in ancient settlements
- ➤ †Boat trip and picnic at a secret beach
- ➤ †Persian brunch in the forest hosted by Bijan Anand
- ➤ †Trip to Palma and the historic city, dinner at Cap Rocat
- ➤ †Live energetic portrait drawings by Aniya Defries
- ➤ †Massage sessions (Pop Up Pamper)
- ➤ †Shamanic healing (Cat Faith)
- ➤ †Psychic readings (Tara Sutphen)
PRICES AND ACCOMMODATION
➤ Transport from the airport, food, workshops, trips and individual sessions are included in the total price of the retreat. Flights are NOT included.
➤ We offer different categories of accommodation:
- ➤ †ROOM 1: 7000 usd/ person – this is the most luxurious room in the villa, it has a bathtub in the bedroom, bohemian style, a private terrace, king size bed, perfect for couples or very close friends.
- ➤ †ROOM 2: 6000 usd/ person – this is the white bedroom, idyllic, decorated in the classical mallorcan style, large bed, perfect for two girls sharing or a couple.
- ➤ †ROOM 3: 5500 usd/ person -this is a beautiful apartment for 3 people with 3 separate beds. Very spacious bathroom, with a beautiful oval bathtub, and access directly to the terrace. This apartment is ideal for people who haven’t met before or friends.
- ➤ †ROOM 4: 5000 usd/ person – this is a gorgeous room with romantic vibe and a large bed, ideal for couples or close friends. Spacious bathroom and access directly to the terrace.
FINCA OSA MAJOR
PRICES AND ACCOMMODATION
- ➤ †ROOM5:4000usd/person.Thisisaverychicroom, with great view, large bed, nice bathroom with shower, great for couples or friends.
- ➤ †ROOM6:4000usd/person-verycozyroom,twinbeds, nice bathroom, breathtaking view, great for people who haven’t met before.
- ➤ †GLAMPINGAREA–2500usd/person-wecallthisthe glamping area as it is the glamorous version of camping. This is a small bungalow outside of the Finca, surrounded by amazing nature. It has a little kitchen and its own bathroom. It can hold 4 people in separate beds.
- ➤ †TEPEES–2500usd/person-threetepeesarebuilton the property in the most astonishing settings. They are very spacious, comfortable and have wood floors and beautiful decorations. Each tepee has two twin beds. This is an amazing experience for nature lovers. Bathrooms and showers are right by the tepees or close to the swimming pool area.
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Let our Soul Shine! We look forward to spending time with you!
Full Flower Moon
By Tara Sutphen
The Full Flower Moon (Native American) at 27* Scorpio will culminate, May 18, 2019 2:11pm PDT/5:11pm EDT (Farmers Almanac). This Full Flower Moon is about coming back constructively into your personal power. Knowing how to join forces with friends, co-workers, family, using skills and tools to help yourself and others achieve yours and their next steps or goals. It’s can be a career move or a personal one, as the more people you can positively influence the better. Thinking good thoughts can be the first step to rebalancing your personal power, but moving your body in a proactive considerate way is far more beneficial.
There are times when feeling ineffective, meek or unmotivated come into play, depression and exhaustion can be crippling, but how beginning to work past any struggles can get you out of any dilemma.
- Identify the issue, but don’t dwell
- Be kind to yourself
- Meditate at least 5-20 mins a day…and a couple times a day if you need to recenter. Meditation should consist of not concentrating on nothing. If you don’t have a meditation practice, metaphorically: visualize or feel a golden light orb between your hands, healing you and giving you more life-force energy.
- Mindfulness: exercising your mind to stay in the present-state, give yourself permission to be hopeful, helpful and make wise choices.
- Listen to mind-programming, hypnosis mp3’s, if you are stubborn
- Get outside and get some air…maybe exercise or dance to music
- Change your viewpoint, change your outlook, change your hopeless view to a hopeful panorama
- Create a checklist of goals you want to accomplish, about yourself, about your attitude, about your health, about ways to make money, about accomplishing goals
9. Be Consistent, Be Loyal, Be Reliable, Be Trustworthy – it doesn’t matter that others are not those traits, it matters that you are!
10. Make effort, progress will happen
When you actively move towards becoming knowledgable or successful, you allow your life to flow in the direction of fulfillment. Move forward as the past is already gone. Decisions are to be made in your future. Allow yourself to start making good to great choices.
Are you constructive or destructive:
- About yourself
- Or others
- Work arena
Are you trying to be invisible – or are you outwardly visible?
Are you seen as Contructive or Destructive?
What do you want and why
Constructive or Destructive
How can you change: List 3 things if not 3 sentences
__You can be working at a job but not know how to be in tune with the task, the duty or the people surrounding you. So this moon says, take a look at who you want to be and why? It can be simple changes, being more health conscious or studying what you like… small adjustments can create big changes. Don’t wait for others to make you feel better, start to make yourself feel better, because once you do, you will be more inclined to create a contented life. Your relationships, your friendships, your work can become smoother. Recognize yourself, you are an individual, an amazing soul and beautiful heart, regain your livelihood, your fate and purpose.
—— “To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.” ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe – Author of the Anti-Slavery novel “Uncle Toms Cabin” 1811-1896