The In The Cards E-Zine is a quarterly online publication all about cartomancy, mindfulness, and magick! Gretchen Pearl of Willows East is the editor, a tarot reader, and a creative soul. My first article is in the Fall 2018 issue.
I share about my early journey into becoming a certified tarot card reader and the card that changed my life. I also include a tarot or oracle card spread that will help show you how to use structure to create flow in your life or business. Enjoy!
In this workshop, you will tune into the energy of your spirit animal guide, your desires, and your intuition.
It begins by me leading you on a guided meditation while drumming to help you discover or connect with your animal guide.
Then you can journal about your experience, do a little research around the energy of the animal that showed up, and begin to create your artwork.
If you have any worries about your painting skills, Kristen’s gentle guidance will put them to rest. I have been taking her classes for years and I just love what she draws out of me.
Kristen knows how to nurture you and help you put your self-judgment aside so you can paint from your soul and love your creation.
We first offered this as an in-person class here in Arizona. I have started working with a wolf now too and you can see my painting below. It’s howling at the moon, of course!!!
Also, included in the workshop is my new Working with Animal Guides ebook and printable oracle card deck.
Below is a short intro video to help you get a better idea about this workshop.
Over 5 years ago, I started working with a bear animal guide and I have just adored the connection and appreciate how much this work has helped during times of stress and anxiety.
My friend Kristen is always painting the most amazing animals that I just knew combining our skills and passions would be a perfect fit!
I just adore the fact that we are connected and I hope you to take advantage of this opportunity to paint and play with your animal guide. Feel free to reach out to me, Kerry, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About 5 years ago, during a guided meditation, a bear showed up. I didn’t think too much of it until the bear showed up again in another meditation a few months later.
Before this, if you had asked me what my “spirit animal” was I would have definitely said, tiger.
So I was unsure about this bear. I did a little research to discover the energy associated with bears.
Bear Animal Guide Characteristics
At this time in my life a lot of change had been going on and I had been struggling a bit. Just reading the words associated with bears soothed me. I knew I needed this energy in my life.
So I began taking more alone time and focused on getting grounded on a regular basis. In the beginning, I would imagine myself in a field and bear coming and putting its arms around me. Protecting me.
It felt good to have this strength and confidence surrounding me.
I decided I was going to call it “Bear” instead of a name. I don’t always associate Bear with being male or female. None of that seemed to matter in this instance.
As time went on, I started to bring “Bear” into my daily life. During my life coaching training when we were doing our first sessions with each other I would imagine Bear right behind me putting its large paw on my back. This gesture reminding me that I was supported. Sometimes I would even lean back into a bit to connect to this energy even more.
Now I imagine Bear supporting me like this on a regular basis.
When I started wearing flower crowns for videos and events, I started to imagine Bear wearing a flower crown too.
When I start worrying, I ask Bear to take my worries away. I again imagine and almost feel the paw on my back. I visualize worries going from me to Bear. I feel lighter and also cared for.
My phone screensaver is a painting of a bear hugging a woman that reminds me of me. I love and appreciate our connection.
Sharing With Others
Everything I just wrote, I used to be nervous to share with others.
Would people think I was crazy?
I have learned who to share more with and who to keep my mouth shut around. I have also learned that I don’t care too much about what others think so that helps a ton. It took me about 40 years to get to this point and honestly I feel like I have Bear to thank a bit for this too. Doing this work has benefited me tremendously without hurting anyone. I have always enjoyed taking the path less traveled and here I am.
Would my parents worry that I was replacing God with a bear?
I was raised Irish Catholic so the idea of working with an animal guide was more something I had studied but not experienced. My Bachelor’s Degree is in Religious Studies. I do use the word God and it comforts me. However, I did not use it for many years. I felt disconnected when I was younger. The more spiritual work that I have done that is not necessarily Catholic has actually brought me back to using the word God and I am grateful for it. I also say Universe and Spirit. We are all on a journey. My parents support me as I explore my own spirituality and are happy that over the years I have become closer to the divine instead of further away.
Is any of this real?
This has been a HUGE sticking point for me when it comes to sharing about working with animal guides. I have ultimately learned that what I have experienced is real. I have felt comforted, healed, and connected. I believe it is a combination of my imagination, intention, and energy. The universe is mysterious. I could spend all of my time worrying instead of allowing these experiences to help heal me. I could worry about what others think or help those who feel drawn to me and this work.
Where I am Now
I now insist on taking alone time daily. I even hibernate sometimes from social media and the world. I have a few solid grounding practices that I used daily too. I know how to connect with Earth energy and how to protect my own energy.
I embrace being a mama bear to my family and have increased my strength and confidence a ton over the years.
When Bear first came into my life, I NEEDED the energy. Now I embody the energy.
Want to connect more deeply with an animal guide in your life? Check out my Animal Guide Meditation & Painting Workshop launching online on Thursday, October 3rd. Be sure to hop on my newsletter for a subscribers-only discount!
Bear Painting by my super talented herbalist friend, Kimberly Kling of Joyful Roots!
I teach weekly yoga classes in The Dreamcatcher Circle that cover everything from the chakras and moon phases to releasing tension and relaxing. The video here is a bit more vigorous than I usually teach and is a nice way to kick-start summer. It quickly warms you up and helps you release any old junk you are holding onto.
You might like to have 2 yoga blocks to rest your hands on during the lunge poses if you are feeling tight. Always check with your doctor before practicing yoga.
The most important thing is to listen to your body. You can push yourself but you do not want to be in pain at any time. You are your best teacher and I am simply your guide.
Benefits of Flow Yoga:
Helps focus the mind
Releases tightness and tension
Improves lung capacity
There are a ton more benefits too! One of the reasons I practice this is to remove blocks to my intuition. You should feel like a clear channel after this session.
Practice this and let me know how you feel after!!!!
If you really like this, I would recommend doing it 2 to 3 days a week.