November schedule for Journey Group

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I am very excited to be able to present this months topic for journey group. For anyone who has not attended this journey group or this is your first time being introduced to this concept, visit this link. Once again, you can bring your own journey topics, these are “suggested” journey group topics that go with a theme. You are more then free to journey on your own at home if you cannot attend the group. In a group, it is easier to transition into that “receiving” head space because there are others there with that same intent. When journeying by yourself, it can be hard because it is easier to get distracted. Visit this page, or feel free to contact us for more information.

The topic for this month is going to be based off of the book, “The Four Fold Way” by the late Angeles Arrien. I highly recommend this book (especially if you are intrigued by the topics being brought up in journey group), and there have been many different interpretations and good reviews on these concepts.

The Four Fold Way means to live your normal every day life with a courageous heart. In general, there are four major archetypes which make up the open heart. When moving through life, life calls upon us to act in one of these four main archetypes. If our heart gets clouded with fear because of our wounds or the shadow aspect of ourselves, then the open heart shuts down. Having good intentions is not enough when we are being clouded by fear. Each week we will be moving through these four archetypes to see what exactly they mean to us and how we can heal what’s in the way so we can live courageously. When we live our lifes purpose, we are asked to bring courage to the table every single day. It’s how we over come our fear and live in those archetypes in a good way which helps bring forth our true lifes calling.

Click here for the blog post to go more in depth on the Healer

Journey Group Outline:

Monday November 2nd – The Healer: Finding the right vessel to live our lifes purpose

Monday November 9th – The Healer: Shadow aspects, how they prevent us from healing ourselves

Monday November 16th – The Healer: Life processes

Monday November 23rd – The Healer: Since this is a holiday week, open suggested topics in regard to the healer

Monday November 30th – The Healer: How do we live the Healer archetype when it is called upon? What’s in the way of that?

More blog posts to come to fully describe each archetype before the actual date 🙂 Any questions or concerns, or to suggest journey topics for the next month, please call/text 571.306.3197 or email eagletherapies@gmail.com

Journey group is free, but donations of love accepted <3
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Artwork by K. Hansen

Beginning Saga of Little Bear

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I write this with a happy heart, and a contented sigh as I stare at my son with all of my love that I posses. It took a while for me to debate wether or not I should begin writing my adventures with my six year old son. I know it was a possibility that I might face criticism and harsh judgement from closed minded people – but so many have come to me telling me that they are inspired by us and our story. That drive to get the story out there and to connect to others is what is fueling this movement.

My son shall hence forth be known as Little Bear, and I will be the Momma Bear. These aliases will be for those on the internet that these stories leak out to. I am well aware of the power of the Internet, so if you know us, please be respectful and don’t mention his real name on here.

The reason why I’m beginning to document these chronicles is because Little Bear is so full of wealth and knowledge, and raising my child in a profoundly sick society is hard. There’s a lot of injustice, fear, and harsh judgement. I can’t protect him from it all, and that’s where all of this began. The least I can do, is to begin to teach him how to protect and care for himself, so then when Momma Bear is not around – he is empowered and not enabled.

It begins with the core of the teachings I am teaching him. Whenever I see his tiny little heart slip into fear, I call him out on it and ask “Are you thinking and listening with your heart? Or with your head?”

It took him a long time to understand. I began teaching him how to get in contact and maintain contact with his helping spirits (some might call them guardian angels, others might call them power animals). It’s been a learning experience for both him as well as I. Not a lot of people that I know of shamanically teach their kids these skills, but I am one of the first within my friend circles to do so. I did so with the guidance of my helping spirits, and hope in the future to find more parents doing this with their children. I have a dream of doing this on a bigger scale, but that is a tale for another time.

For right now we begin in the back seat of a car. Little Bear has been annoying the Momma Bear with sighs and protests of “I’m bored. What can I do?”

My response, “What do your helping spirits say?”

He grunts and kicks his feet in the car seat. “…..nothing.”

I smile sweetly in the rear view mirror. “Son, are you listening with your head or with your heart?”

“My heart!”

A smirk. “Baby, sometimes this can be a tricky question. Because we can be tricked by the head to think we are thinking with the heart. Take some deep breaths and see where your attention is, and if you find its in your head, switch it to your heart.”

There was silence as we continue our drive.

All of a sudden I hear a gasp in the back seat, “Mommy! My helping spirits showed me a game that I can play! And my heart is now happy!”

Curiosity perked my ears. “You weren’t happy before?”

“Well… I was. But I lost my happy because I was in my head. But now that I listened with my heart I found my happiness again because I was able to feel it and not just listen to it.”

I don’t think I could smile bigger then what I did. It seems when he gives me those golden gems, he always stretches the capacity of my heart to love him even more.

“I’m glad you found a fun game to play with your helping spirits, baby. And I’m glad you found your happiness.”

May happiness find you, and may this be the beginning of a wonderful blog series to add to the Eagle Therapies vision.

Payment

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If you have stumbled across this page, then that means that you are either curious about the prices of services I offer, or may be in a position where finances are tight. My modalities are available on a sliding scale. I understand what it means to be in a difficult financial position, but cannot give away sessions for free. If of the healing modalities offered resonated with you, then do not let price be a factor. You can’t place a value on your own healing.

I am comfortable knowing that the universe takes care of me, and am confident in the fact that you will find the right price to pay for the services I offer. I am placing my trust in you by asking you to decide what the right price is for you. However, I ask that you please keep in mind that I have to make a living too. Owning a business takes money, and if you do not adequately value the work, that robs me of my abilities to help others.

This boils down to two basics. The first is the willingness to heal yourself, and the second is an acknowledgement that you are ready and committed to healing. If you are committed to healing yourself, then think honestly about “what would this session mean to me?” Money is energy, and based on income, $50 can be a significant sacrifice for some, but not for others. I can accept barter, but it is to be discussed strictly on on a case-by-case basis. We live in a contemporary world, and unfortunately sometimes energy does equate to money. It’s finding the right payment within your budget as well as in your heart. This is the basis for sliding scale payment.

Please know that I do not simply turn away people simply for lack of funds. The only people turned away are those people who are halfhearted about their healing. To clarify, I am speaking of the individuals that are either unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary in order to commit to their healing, or who want me to do all of the work. I am not looking for people who want me to “fix” the same problems week after week.. That is not what I am seeking, and I will refuse your money if I see this pattern occurring.

One of the main goals of Eagle Therapies is to help empower people to want to heal themselves. I give people the tools to be able to handle the problems that arise within their own healing process. What I provide is a basis of a clearing that leads one back to a homeostasis, because sometimes we reach blockages within us that are difficult to remove by ourselves. Sometimes we reach a point where the mountains atop of us are too much for one person to handle alone. To be clear, I will not remove the whole mountain, but I will give you the tools that you need to have in order to climb it. My purpose, and the purpose of Eagle therapies, is to help guide you along the path of your own healing, and to be able to listen to your own heart and guidance that is within you. Sometimes all that is required is a sacred witness. Sometimes when we fall, we don’t need healing – we just need someone to remind us of our strength. And sometimes when a session would greatly benefit the situation, then my purpose is to remove the obstacles to your own healing. The key point that it boils down to is you doing your own healing.

Healing requires that we fundamentally change our story. That we change the life we are living. Those who have had miraculous healing, have walked out of a life that logically resulted in their illness or distress, and allowed it to change. For those that say they are willing to do anything to heal, but then don’t get better – it’s because they do not want to transform in order to change the relationship with their illness. For those who are willing to make the commitment, I am here, and I would be glad to help you.

Structure for Journey Group in Fairfax

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     Journey Group of Fairfax is run out of various location in Northern Virginia. Follow us on Facebook, Meetup, or sign up for our monthly newsletter for updates.

Journeying is different then meditation because meditation is about going within and listening to the wisdom of the body, as opposed to journeying – which is traveling outside of your body to non-ordinary reality with a specific journey question in mind in order to gain wisdom from our helping spirits/guardian angels/power animals. For more information about journeying, there is a good book by Sandra Ingerman titled “The Beginners Guide to Shamanic Journeying“, another called “Spirit Walking: A Course in Shamanic Power” by Eveyln Rysdyk, and there is also this video to watch if you are curious to see how it can impact your life.

Basic structure of journey group:

  • 7:00 – Arrival and settling in. It’s good practice to “fully arrive” and make sure you’re in your body and here for the experience
  • 7:15 – Suggested journey topic and Discussion
  • 7:30 – Heart centered sound circle
  • 7:45 – Journey
  • 7:55 – Writing/recording our experiences of journey
  • 8:00 – Discussion of our journey and what it meant to us

For those that are interested in joining from a distance, we do both Facebook live as well as Zoom. Please preregister and contact ahead of time for the distance option if you would like to participate live instead of just “watching it” via FB live.

There is a suggested journey topic, but you can always bring you own. Sometimes it’s just discussion about what has been going on in regards to themes in people’s lives. If you are not on the newsletter, please click here. If you’re on Facebook, this link will bring you to the Journey group FB page. This is where I make announcements to what the suggested topic of the week is.

The heart centered sound circle is a way for us to honor our connections to ourselves as well as to shift our brain waves. Journeying is specifically a right brain activity, so dancing and singing is a way to shift us out of that left sided monkey brain and into the brain waves where we can have a deeper journey experience. Yes, we have drums and rattles – but we also use our power of voice. In my cosmology, the most ancient of ancestors is the air itself.  Air is very powerful and so is the power of sound and vibration. Singing and drumming is one of the ways we honor this connection. Singing, drumming, and chanting is a way we move our focus from our brain to our heart. This is also that shift in thinking and mentality. When we experience journeys through the heart, we have a deeper experience with less of an influence by the trickster (which lives in the mind). There are some that come to the journey group that are shy and just shake a rattle. Then there are some who come and lead the chants. We all overlap each other, and each is free to open up their heart and to sing what comes to them. Even if it’s just chanting a word that comes to your mind like “peace” or “joy”. All of these experiences are honored and valid. You can put as much or as little into it as you want, but it’s all about the experience and what makes you feel comfortable.

From the heart centered sound circle we move right into the journey since we are nice and juicy from the energy raised with the circle. After we journey we take some time to write our notes and record our experiences. It’s best to use short phrases or single words that remind us of our journey, and also good to draw. Writing full sentences takes us out of the right brain and into the left brain where language is.

After the journaling, we discuss. Anyone is free to speak and share, or if you want to keep the journey to yourself – you can. There are people in the group who are not shy about sharing, so don’t feel the pressure that you have to share.

Anyone is free to come and go for the specific parts they like. If you want to come for just the heart centered sound circle, feel free to leave before the journey. It is asked to not show up past 7:30 because the entering in can disturb some while in a trance like state. Leaving after the journey is also acceptable – sharing is welcome but is not mandatory. We just ask that you ground yourself before driving a car. Distance journeying is an option, message before hand so we can know ahead of time to set up the equipment.

If you are not able to attend this journey, there are two others in the area that I know of. Mary Tyrtle Rooker does them in Takoma Park on the Fourth Saturday of every month. Visit her website here for more details.

If there are any other questions or concerns, please feel free to give a call/text to 571.306.3197 or to email info@eagletherapies.com

Ice Jewelry

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With summer in full swing and temperature rising, I was inspired by a post on Mathery on ice jewelry. I decided to take the idea a step further and add essential oils. The result was amazing and not only did it cool me off, but it gently diffused the oils on my skin.

 

Ice Jewelry with Essential Oils

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What you’ll need:

  • Ice cube tray
  • Essential oils (make sure to avoid skin irritating oils, such as peppermint and ones that break down plastics, such as citrus oils). I used Grounding Blend, Calming Blend, and Lavender.
  • A variety of necklaces, bracelets, and hair accessories
  • Water
  • Tablespoon

Place the jewelry into the ice tray and position to your liking. I made sure the charms faced toward the bottom of the tray, so they would face forward when worn.

Cover each cube with water, filling each only partially. I used a tablespoon to get the exact level that I wanted. Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to the water of each.

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Place it in the freezer until completely frozen.

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The end result was better than I expected, and the ice lasted around 15 minutes, it offered cooling plus the smell of the oils on my skin. Once the ice melted, I was left with my favorite jewelry (which even after an hour, still had the lingering smell of the oils on them). With the hair accessory, I used it as I would normally, and as it melted the cool water ran through my hair and onto my neck.

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Feel free to share your results with this.

Have a happy and safe summer!

Snow Ice Cream!

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Snowed in? Make it fun!!

Those of us on the East Coast are either dreading the snow days or enjoying them. Here is an excellent way to ENJOY your snow day! Especially if you have kids. Great on a low budget, and almost everyone has milk and sugar. And I’m pretty sure all of us reading this blog post have essential oils in our cabinet!

This is a generic recipe that can be altered due to your taste buds, but this is my absolute favorite that tastes like lemon sherbert ice cream.

Lemon Sherbert Dream Recipe:

  • 4 cups of snow
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4-5 drops of lemon essential oil, or any essential oil that you want to taste!

Mix all of the ingredients in a big bowl, and enjoy! It doesn’t take much. Some other variations of this include making a ginger and honey snow ice cream, or a peppermint lemon ice cream, a lavender, frankincense and wild orange ice cream – the choices are limited only by your own palate and creativity. I guess also what is in your doterra cabinet, haha. I don’t recommend using other brands besides Young Living, Doterra, or Native American Naturals, because to my knowledge those three companies are the only three essential oils that are pure enough to drink and take internally. Otherwise I wouldn’t have my kid be eating this ice cream along with me.

This is a great activity to get children involved in on – especially to make a game out of it. My son and I pretended we were explorers trying to get the purest cups of snow in order to make the best treasure out of them. There is something to be learned from the innocence and fun of children.

Enjoy everyone! Stay warm and Happy Saint Patricks Day!

What you are is what you drink

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Infusion Kiwi Strawberry

Looking for a healthier alternative to soda’s, sugar sweetened drinks, vitamin water, and drinks with artificial colors and flavors? Below are some pretty simple infusions that you can do and what they are good for!

1. Green tea, mint, lime – fat burning, digestion, headaches, congestion and breath freshener.

2. Strawberry, kiwi – cardiovascular health, immune system protection, blood sugar regulation, digestion.

3. Cucumber, lime, lemon – water weight management, bloating, appetite control, hydration, digestion

4. Lemon, lime, orange – digestion vitamin C, immune defense, heartburn, (Drink this one at room temperature)

So now what is an infusion and how do you go about doing this?

Take these fruits and cut them into nice slivers. Put them in nice tall glass mason jars or any container that you have that is large enough for a lot of water and a lot of fruit (glass if you want to add essential oils to them), and let them sit for 30 minutes. An infusion is letting the plant or fruit steep in a solvent (in this case water) in order for the fruit/herbs to release their phytochemicals, minerals, taste, and chemical compounds. For fruit, it is better to do this without heat, because heat will destroy some of the volatile chemical constituents which are therapeutic. It is very refreshing if you have this in the fridge and pour yourself some in the morning.

Some essential oils you might want to add to boost the flavor:

  • Lemon or Lime (same properties, slightly different flavors) – Great for detoxification and flushing out the system. Wonderful for kidney health.
  • *Cinnamon – Another blood sugar regulator (perfect if you want to add it to the strawberry kiwi) and extremely effective antibacterial and antiviral.
  • Ginger – One of my new favorites! Great for digestion, and nice bitter taste to it. Helps clear sinuses, aids in nausea, helps with joint pain and cramping.
  • Grapefruit – Helps curb your appetite, mood lifter, and helps increase metabolism. Great addition to the cucumber, lemon, lime infusion.
  • Peppermint – Need that pick me up in order to get you nice and awake? Peppermint is a great stimulant and wonderful cognitive essential oil that helps improve concentration. Will also leave you with fresh breath, and helps with breathing.

Footnote: *Regarding Cinnamon essential oil – It is one of the more highly researched essential oils, and studies have been published in order to prove the efficacy of these antimicrobial properties. Here is a recent study done in 2014 regarding Cinnamon: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713513004155

Gluten Free Brownies? Yes Please!

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One of my co-workers has a gluten intolerance. I always feel bad because there are a high amount of goodies that float through work – whether it be cookies, brownies, cakes, muffins, or other forms of baked goods. If she wanted to eat them or not, she can’t because she knows the repercussions she would be responsible for. So what did I try? Baking gluten free brownies! They actually aren’t that bad.

I found the recipe here on the Trader Joe’s website. I love that store, can buy so many things there that are on the healthier side.

The original recipe called for dark chocolate covered espresso beans. I don’t know about you, but I’m not really a fan of espresso beans or coffee, so instead I substituted them with chocolate chips! (Not to mention the fact that I am a squirrel and squirrels tend to go supernova when introduced to caffeine) I also didn’t have grapeseed oil, but I did have canola oil instead. I also added flax seed, which is a really great bran that is high in omega 3’s. So here is the modified version:

  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 3 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Organic Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 cup Flax seed

I made the mistake of adding everything into the same bowl and trying to mix it with a mixer. Wrong choice. The black beans didn’t get ground up quite as well as I wanted it to. I didn’t have a food processor handy, so instead I used an old fashioned blender! It worked great, and everything was mixed to a nice consistency.

The next step would be to grease the pan with canola oil. I just put a tablespoon onto the pan and then rubbed it around with a paper towel. You could get fancy and spray a non-stick spray onto it, but I don’t like aerosol, and I’m klassy with a Capitol K, so I just stick with the simple stuff.

The whole time I’m mixing, I have the oven preheating to 350 degrees. After greasing the pan and making a hot mess of myself, I pour the batter from the blender into the pan (from my experience, the blender tends to make less of a mess when the lid is actually on. Not going to admit if I was the one that did that or not).

Pop it into the oven for 30-45 minutes and voila! You have your gluten free brownies!

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Regarding the texture and flavor – it’s not that bad. It has a slight bean after taste, but it’s rich and moist. It tastes nearly like a regular brownie, but you can tell it has more protein in it. Try it at home with your own variation! Let us know how it goes!

Now on Facebook!

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Thank you everyone for your continued support! I literally just created the Facebook business page last night for Eagle Therapies, so please share and like as you see fit. I plan to use Eagle Therapies as a bridge for people to find communities, receive healing, go to different events, and feel more apart of something. Everyone wants to feel apart of something, and sometimes it takes going to the right events to do that. Eventually I will have the calender synced up to the web page, so then that way anyone can look up what is going on in their area at a particular date.

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