In this month’s Intuitive Art Portal, the cormorant water bird image came out onto the page. As I tuned into the guidance for this month’s collective energies, I felt a strong sense of humanity “swimming through the murkiness” as a means to arrive at more clarity. I envision the cormorant spirit animal diving into the waters surrounding me. She dives deep, focused on making the catch. I sense the world has more opportunities for clarity and focus as we move onto this next chapter.
Once she has finished, the cormorant perches on a rock and spreads her wings, opening her heart to the sun. We must be brave and open our hearts to one another, ourselves, and our Source in order to receive this healing sunlight. This requires trust. I admit I am able to trust myself and the Universe enough to do this at times, other times not so much!
Can you open your “wings” and embrace the Universe, not knowing? It’s part of the fun, isn’t it? We don’t know exactly what comes next. The cormorant uses her intuition and courage to guide her. She enjoys the thrill of the dive. She is teaching me to enjoy the dive, the present moment, as well as the harvest of the catch, the rewards after the work is done!
Cindy and I, taking a page from the cormorant’s book, will be using our courage and intuition to dive into the Akashic Records next Intuitive Development Circle! Join us and you yourself can retrieve the wisdom from your past lives that is helpful in the here-and-now! Details below..
Have a blessed July, my love!
A few tiny things swirl around my head this morning: 1. Almost stepping on, but then relocating to safety, a tiny baby turtle; 2. Receiving a refund check from the government in the amount of exactly one dollar; 3. Giggling at the "smile" of a toy fox terrier as she is pet by her owner; 4. Reading a short but meaningful text from a loved one that brings tears to my eyes. 5. Beholding the tiny magical sparkles of stars in the night sky.
Does size matter? Yes, I say! The size of your love, that is. The size of your consciousness. The size of your ability to recognize and appreciate these things. Whether they appear big or small, counting each sparkle of love, beauty, creativity, joy, and wonder leads to an irrepressible accumulation of sparkles, eventually coalescing into a brilliant star! I like to see in my mind’s eye all the little sparkles uniting. I imagine others’ sparkles, and the stars we make together, each day.
In the words of one of my favorite country songs:
Well, it's alright to be little bitty
A little hometown or a big old city
Might as well share, might as well smile
Life goes on for a little bitty while
(Little Bitty, by Alan Jackson)
This month, I send you my admiration for all the tiny (and big) sparkles you are seeing in your life. Are you recognizing them? Let us do this and notice the solar systems and galaxies of wonder we can create here on the New Earth!
How can I possibly get anything done in a world that seems to constantly whiz by, leaving me in an ever-expanding cloud of to-do’s? At times I feel this dimension has a mission to prove to me and all Earthlings that we can never catch up. We are destined, it seems, to always fall short: behind on our lists, our agendas, our goals, our shoulds. Many a client has echoed this dissatisfaction to me over the years – there never seems to be enough time in the day to get done what I want. What to do? What to do.
Thinking about my relationship with time often brings me a sense of disappointment and frustration, as if in some ancient time we used to be on good terms, but then somehow things deteriorated, and we are currently on the outs. What happened? It now appears we need intensive couples therapy to give any hope of salvaging our union, and somehow, I suspect forgiveness is needed. I would like to heal my relationship with time. Why is it so hard to deal with you?! As with many relationship discords, I believe the answer lies, at least partly, in the perspectives, assumptions, and behavior patterns of each respective party.
As I’m writing this, sitting outside admiring the hickory tree blossoms, a giant bee flies right before my face, attacking some other bug, which falls onto my table! An omen if ever I saw one (or if ever one fell on my table). Bee spirit teaches us about hard work, but also the importance of a work-life balance (and not working oneself to death). The hexagram shape in the honeycomb has six sides, and in numerology six has to do with balance and harmony. There is a lesson here. Time teaches us to balance our energies, to balance the different areas of our life. It forces us to choose how to spend our time, as there is only so much each of us is given! Are we assuming everything needs to get done now, when maybe it could wait? Perhaps it can get done in slower steps, or we realize some things that seem important on the to-do list are minor, upon deeper reflection.
I would like to share another sacred animal spirit’s wisdom here: that of the Kangaroo, who channeled through me a message about such a topic earlier this month, which I shared on-the-air on my radio show. Kangaroo spirit said:
Learn to use your energy properly, in balance with the Earth and yourself. Understand that your relationship with this dimension of distance and space can be one of harmony, for the distances you traverse and the time you spend help you align with what is truly important; this allows you to choose a direction that will lead you to what your heart wants to experience.
The Kangaroo spirit animal teaches us lessons about strength, stamina, leadership, decisiveness, grounding, and leaping forward. Kangaroo has been teaching me to leap even when I am unsure. I need to trust the bigger “I”, my Higher Self. This, I believe, is another key to mastering time here on Earth. If I can shift to the expanded part of my consciousness, I can transcend the lower concrete paradigm of time. Time is more fluid than it may appear. I know this when I use prayer or call on my Higher Power as I set an intention and find that events seem to fall into place in amazing timing, outside of the realm of possibilities from my human mind. Have you had an experience of a synchronicity, or even miracle, that seemed to transcend the bounds of time?
These are the two elements that I am learning to navigate right now, using the limitation of this time-space dimension to understand balance and efficiency, and how to call on my Higher Power to relate to, and even love, time in a multidimensional way.
Do I even know how to act in social situations anymore? After the “altered state of life” for the past year, many people are asking themselves if they are ready to re-enter the social world, assuming things continue to open up. Of course, the big news is that after a year of the pandemic, the vaccine is now being disseminated. The general assumption is, even if there are spikes, the COVID cases will decrease over time, and the world will increase more in-person activities and functions once again. Many of my clients, friends, and associates have expressed concern that they have been too isolated in the past year to even remember how to behave in public or other social situations! Many individuals have also noticed a new sense of apathy or resistance to social situations due to their experiences this past year. We may be confronting a fear or the uncomfortable prospect of change. Can I adjust to change (once again)? (Do I have to?) This is exhausting!
I spoke about the cycles involved in the Creative Visualization process on the March 16th episode of Mystical Adventures, and how sometimes we don’t see our goals and dreams manifest right away because we are in an inner cycle, or period that naturally favors reflection and release, which is needed in order to manifest what our hearts desire. Often only after going through this period of release are we able to get to an outward cycle, or a period that naturally allows external growth and expansion. In some ways, one could argue as the vaccine is being distributed and the infection numbers decrease over time, the world will naturally shift from an Inner cycle to an Outer one. It is also the beginning of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, and a shift in Nature is occurring from the slow, reflective winter to a blooming renaissance of spring. We have confronted and released some things collectively. Do you feel you have individually? One can see how the universe is cyclical in nature, as are we.
Speaking of your individual cycles, do you suppose you are in an inner-release cycle in your life right now, or an expansion-active cycle? I am just finishing an inner cycle myself, preparing to feel more energy as I shift into my own active phase; so, I feel in sync with the arrival of spring. (This is not always the case: sometimes Nature or those around us seem to be experiencing an abundance of manifestations while we are not, and perhaps we are then in a cycle of release. Being in an inner cycle does not mean one is out of alignment!) I can get very frustrated with the inner cycles, which often feel forced upon me, and buck at the slower pace. I know it is my humanly impatience. Embracing the inner work and releasing that needs to occur is always the medicine I need to move through such periods.
I remind myself that cycles are an Eternal universal principle, and to embrace the changes in cycles is embrace eternity. I’m getting more comfortable with change and not knowing. (At least that’s what I tell myself!) Will we be able to adjust to more normal (or semi-normal) life again? Okay, maybe it won't be normal. Perhaps it is better to think about re-engaging in life with all of the lessons and tools we gained from this past Inner Cycle of 2020, in a new way. Are we allowed to dare to believe things might be getting better in this world? Maybe the answer is to reframe the question as a statement: I see positive change around me each day, and by observing it, it grows, in perfect cycles and timing.
Favour and disgrace would seem equally to be feared; honour and great calamity, to be regarded as personal conditions (of the same kind).
What is meant by speaking thus of favour and disgrace? Disgrace is being in a low position (after the enjoyment of favour). The getting that (favour) leads to the apprehension (of losing it), and the losing it leads to the fear of (still greater calamity):--this is what is meant by saying that favour and disgrace would seem equally to be feared.
And what is meant by saying that honour and great calamity are to be (similarly) regarded as personal conditions? What makes me liable to great calamity is my having the body (which I call myself); if I had not the body, what great calamity could come to me?
Therefore he who would administer the kingdom, honouring it as he honours his own person, may be employed to govern it, and he who would administer it with the love which he bears to his own person may be entrusted with it.
-From the Tao Te Ching, Chapter 13, trans. James Legge:
Are you swayed by praise… or criticism? Are you steadfast in your values and truth, regardless of the approval or disapproval received? That is what I think of when I read this passage from the sacred Tao Te Ching. I explored the importance of seeing past illusions on my radio show a few weeks ago; it seems to me this type of piercing vision takes courage. And what is courage but being in touch with our fears – the fear of failure, disapproval, (or success! or approval!). It is believing and doing what ones believes to be right anyway. Seeing the truth requires courage.
This is a cornerstone of developing one’s ability to perceive intuition and inner wisdom. We must be courageous enough to face our fears, dare to be different, or even be wrong in others’ eyes in order to actually perceive the truth of the situation. We have to be willing to take a risk and cope with rejection or confusion if the truth is not particularly well-received by others. Of course, that does not mean that we need to share every insight and hunch we have with everyone. But true Divinity transcends the disgrace or dignity that is imposed by others. True Divinity recognizes its own Grace and Worth, regardless of outward appearances or judgments. If we are always protecting ourselves against disapproval or judgment, we have lost our power, our very authenticity.
Here is the guidance I channeled from the Penguin spirit animal for episode 22 of Mystical Adventures on 2/16/2021:
We realize our regality, we realize are not insignificant, but deserve the best! One of the things we want to teach you is that it is better to go as a team to dive to the depths. We are adventurers of the sea, adventurers of the depths. We wear a crown around our head, knowing we deserve to be guided. Understand the solutions to problems are not always apparent on the surface, they must be obtained by diving deep and journeying to the cold and mysterious places others may fear to tread. We always come back with something special on these trips, and it is time you learn to trust your instincts like us, to find the treasure, to find your gold. You’ll have better luck if you don’t go it alone, and have the courage to go where others may not want to go. Have the courage to leave your comfortable banks and travel to the ancient depths that hold both mysteries and answers.
It's funny, Penguin spirit reminded me that many penguins have golden feathers around their head, like a crown, and some species have names like “Emperor Penguin” and “King Penguin.” It is important to remember our Divine “royalty”, our worth, as divine children of our Creator, and that can help us have the courage to dive into the depths of any matter and seek the truth. Sometimes we need to feel worthy, loved, or secure before we can mobilize what is needed to truly dive in and be vulnerable. Seeking the truth is a courageous act and involves both vulnerability and risk.
We are in the last days of winter (here in the Northern hemisphere), and it is a time of turning within and seeking one’s inner truth. It’s a great time to reflect and face your fears. The sun is in Pisces and favors this type of introspection and inner growth. I dare you to dive in this month, and carry up to the surface the truth that you found in your depths. We now enter a new chapter on Earth. Cosmic and global shifts are occurring, and it is the perfect time for one to “administer the kingdom, honouring it as he honours his own person.”
Have you ever contemplated the Divine Order in a snowflake? Here is New England, we are about to have a snowstorm, and I am thinking of the mystical winter wonderland that the snow is about to create; I am also reflecting on the mystical order and organization of each flake. Do you believe in a Divine Order? A self-organizing intelligence in the Universe? I was learning a little about how patterns repeat themselves all over nature, such as the Fibonacci sequence, the golden ratio, spirals, hexagons, and other ratios and shapes that show up again and again. (Snowflakes show the sacred hexagonal geometry). I was reminded of the invisible intelligence that seems to make itself visible, when we have eyes to see it. I am more aware of this Divine Order when I do certain things: when I engage in the creative process, when I study nature, or human psychology. When I stay present, as well, and focus my intention to allow a natural process to unfold, I notice there is often a self-organizing tendency that spontaneously seems to happen.
Electrons, protons, and neutrons seem to know how to organize themselves into atoms. The planets in any solar system seem to know how to orbit around a star or pair of stars in an organized way. The fetus in the womb seems to know how to form its tissues and organs, and behold, the complex organization of a beating heart and unified being comes into existence! Things sort of come together. This happens in the creative process of art, music, writing, and dance as well.
On the subject of how to write a song, Michael Jackson is often quoted as saying,
“Let the song write itself.”
I am trying to allow this Divine Order and Wisdom unfold in my own creative projects and process. Sometimes I realize I am trying too hard, I am trying to force something into being, and the results typically disappoint me. It’s not always easy! I feel a renewed sense of life and hope, however, when I let go and allow myself to dance with this Mystery. Then my disappointment turns into a sort of unexpected sparkle! Hello, where did you come from? Something magical happens when we can allow...
We are entering a new chapter in 2021, and I can feel a global energy shift as well. We will undoubtedly have challenges, as with any year, but there will also be new opportunities. I believe one of our challenges (and opportunities) will be to allow this Divine Order, Wisdom, and Love to shine through. In order to do that, we must shift from a state of force to a state of flow. Also known as allowing.
The following is a message channeled from Archangel Iophiel for the January 19, 2021 Mystical Adventures show:
Dance to the light of Spirit and create your own music of the spheres. Create an aura of serendipity around you by holding in your mind and heart ideas that are full of love and joy. You are creating a New Earth here at last, and it is time to celebrate. Lay down the weapons and bondage of the past, allow your own true nature to shine through, even if it is new and different. Now is the time when people are recognizing in their own unique talents and gifts. Now is a time of the Earth when people are releasing fears and old ways of thinking that no longer serve them. Be a part of this New Earth and the mystical sphere of expression, delicate balance, harmony, and creative energies that swirl around with the Light of God. Believe in yourself, and that the process that is unfolding. Behold, you are chosen to raise this Earth to the next level, you are chosen to be a part of this beautiful new creation of light, harmony, and brotherhood/sisterhood. The time is now to create your sphere of love.
“Music of the spheres” is a phrase that refers to an ancient principle dating back to the time of Plato that suggests the patterns and ratios of the planets orbiting in space produce a certain cosmic harmony. Let us set our intention to allow this harmony and grace to express in our creative projects, physical bodies, relationships, and every aspect of our lives. Let us allow ourselves to be a part of a cosmic, communal harmony as well, a channel for love, prosperity, and creative harmony to flow here on the Earth. Even in the dead of winter, (or in the depth of any season), I believe this is possible and even imperative for our True Selves to express and expand. It may look different according to the season, but the Divine flowing through a willing channel is Universal to all time.
Around this time in the Turning of the Wheel, I usually feel a slow-down as I approach the great gate to the New Year. How does this transitional time affect you? Many cultures around the world celebrate this time with rituals and practices that involve banishing evil spirits or the unfavorable energy from the past year. Some also involve setting intentions for a favorable new year, including partaking of traditional foods intended to symbolize prosperity, including grapes (Spain), oysters (France), and rice (India and Pakistan). (Some of my favorite foods!) Do you have a New Year’s tradition?
Many also take this time to reflect on the year that has passed and make decisions about the future, including goal setting. Do you hate New Year’s resolutions? Are you a goal-setter? I always use this time to review my various journals from the past year; I reflect on my journey, the goals I set, the ones I did accomplish - and, yes, acknowledging (begrudgingly) those I have not - and what new goals and seeds I want to plant for the coming year. Some of my goals, like many intentions set all over the world this year, were not able to be accomplished due to the pandemic.
I try not to be too hard on myself or see my un-met goals as failures. Rather, I strive to look at everything as “data” that helps me learn how to formulate a better plan to make progress with my intentions in this next “experiment” of New Year. Over the past year, some things worked, some things did not. In the New Year, some things will work, some things will not. It is all part of a process of unfolding and discovery. Taking a risk and trying an experiment is how we make discoveries and indeed engage in this magical process! I try to celebrate what I did accomplish, and offer appreciation for what others around me achieved as well. I realized this year, I struggled a little with time management and carving out time for my creative projects. I realized by reflecting on my journals and dreams from the previous year, I need to structure in more creative writing and art time in my weekly schedule, or it just won’t get done! This has helped me greatly in feeling enthusiasm for my creative projects again.
It was not an easy year for so many, but it was a year of growth for practically all of us. If you are reading this, it means you survived 2020. This is no small thing! Hoorah! You made it! I am celebrating this with you, my friend. I am looking forward to continuing to reflect on all of the growth of the past year, feel the relief of letting go of what no longer serves me, and turn my attention and hope to the new potentials for this New Year
Groups this month focus on using your intention to create your reality in 2021: In the Dream Circle, learn about using dreams for visioning and how dreams can help you understand what your Higher Consciousness truly wants to create this year. Explore exercises for creative visualization in this month’s Intuitive Development Circle: learn to use your intuition and imagination to visualize and create your reality. Learn about how each of these can help you create a vision board! Hope to see you there!
The image of dandelion seeds floats gently in my mind this holiday. This plant is associated with the planet Jupiter, and metaphysical qualities of abundance, divination, and wishes. Dandelion is also very nutritious and healing to eat. We partake of Dandelion’s sacred essence when we blow off the seeds and make a wish, a magical ritual most of us have participated in as children. I believe part of the meaning and magic of the holidays lies in the joy of our children and the joy we experience through our own Inner Child! We must allow ourselves the time and space to get lost in play, dreams, and magic. How else can we nurture our Inner Child? How else can we teach our children to remember this magic secret, the joie de vivre, throughout life? Dandelion reminds me that a child's open mind and heart are the real sources of eternal youth.
Dandelion also teaches us a quiet resilience during tough, or “different”, holiday times: dandelions are one of those persistent little plants that will sprout up in the most unexpected and desolate places, such as in-between the cracks in a sidewalk. Their taproots dig very deep into the earth to find the nutrients that may be missed by other plants with a shallower root system, allowing them more opportunities to flourish.. They have been used as symbols of strength in the face of adversity because of this. I can almost see a sad, lone little dandelion, growing on some pavement, the little yellow flower head turning up to me, smiling:
What a blessed day! My roots have easily reached deep into the fertility of this soil. I am alive and thriving, and magic is afoot! Life is good!
Have you ever met someone who, despite many struggles and tribulations, still seemed cheerful and grateful? Perhaps you can think of someone who has had major setbacks or losses, but amazingly, this person continues to radiate gratitude, hope, and even a lust for life! That is a dandelion person, and I know a few dandelion people. I’d like to think I have a dandelion side. This plant wisdom is the ability to see past obstacles to the true divine fertility and blessings that were always there below the surface. These can take many shapes. Intellectual, emotional, financial, creative, or spiritual fertility! Dandelion can tap into it!
Do you have a dandelion side?
I am inspired to find surprising cracks in my sidewalk this holiday, where I may blossom, and spread the joyful wishes and magic! The soil is still fertile for us to cultivate more love, wellbeing, abundance, and joy! Let us reach our little roots deep into the Earth to tap into the natural flow and blessings.
Play. Get lost in a dream. Be one with the birds and the trees. The world opens to you as you open to yourself.
-Channeled message from Dandelion plant spirit 11/10/20.
Yes, Dandelion. Life is good. We can always begin again.
It is election day here in the United States as I write these words. I am feeling the intense collective energy swirling around the planet this night! Do you feel it? Did you feel it? I reflected recently on my radio show/podcast Mystical Adventures how important it is for us to engage in positive and meaningful action (such as voting), but also equally important, to choose our thoughts carefully. This is a way we tend to our overall mental-emotional state. I believe this has deep effects on our psyches, relationships, experiences, the community, and the planet.
I also recently discussed on my show thoughts about staying motivated during what some may call “challenging times”, “crazy times”, or “the apocalypse”. I discussed how taking care of our bodies, increasing social support, engaging in a spiritual practice, as well as recognizing and appreciating the bigger cycles in which we function are some ways we can increase our life energy and open ourselves to experience more inspiration. This month, I felt I should expand this list by adding spontaneity, creativity, and embracing imperfection. I would like to talk about the latter two, specifically:
I sometimes use visual journaling as a way to transmute some of my own emotional angst (or the angst I absorb from others, or both). Expressing yourself creatively is a great way to externalize overwhelming energy, thoughts, and feelings and even transform these into something meaningful. Sometimes, even if I don’t feel creative, and I force myself to visual journal, write, or make art, it elevates my emotional state and something interesting finds its way onto the page. Sometimes, it is not exactly interesting or worth showing to others, but it is still meaningful because it helped me to engage in a process of creative transformation. It often requires I push through a certain wall, however. I have come to realize this.
I feel this relates to my experience starting a radio show/podcast, and it reminds me of the importance of facing and overcoming things like perfectionism and self-criticism when engaging in any creative endeavor. Inspiration is closely linked with this, I believe. If you can practice your craft, whatever that may be, in the face of lack of motivation or inspiration, in the face of self-criticism, this can lead to true inspiration. Even a small creative gesture can get the juices flowing. For most creatives, this means taking that step even when the inner critic is screaming in our ears that it is not good enough. We must learn to negotiate with our inner critic. Perfectionism can shut the whole process down. We’ll never get to the great idea if we’re too self-critical to allow ourselves to think of ideas because we’re too afraid they’re not perfect from their inception!
This is the key. When we can have fun with the process and give ourselves permission to learn as we go, spontaneous and inspiring moments start to occur. Shifting into the present moment and a curious mindset, we find ourselves appreciating the imperfect thing that just happened, that is now surprisingly funny or beautiful, that never could have been planned in our perfect scheme.
I feel I am learning so much about letting go, trusting the process, and embracing the beautiful mistakes as they happen. Life is so much more fun (and inspiring) when we can move towards this, isn’t it? I hope your November is filled with beautiful mistakes and divine surprises, dear reader! Stay safe. Thanks for spending this moment with me. Hope to see you at a future event!
Connection. Community. These words have a new meaning for most of us due to the changes this pandemic has brought. For many, 2020 has brought unexpected obstacles to connecting with friends, colleagues, and loved ones as well as to the larger community. The world has also seen more global upheaval and movements towards the renegotiation of power. Many people are experiencing transformations in positive ways of course, and I hope you are too. Most people are experiencing some degree of increased isolation or loss, even if it is simply not seeing coworkers or being able to attend live music events. Others have experienced bigger losses and changes as the human race enters a cycle of transformation.
Video chatting with a loved one is the next best thing to an in-person visit, but sometimes socially-distanced visits or video chats are not possible. Even if you are able to video chat, it still pales in comparison to a hug or exchange face-to-face, possibly leaving one to feel disconnected, isolated, and cut-off from the world. Isolation can lead to other problems, such as decreased energy, depression, and, of course, loneliness.
This past month, as I have been working on a video series called Intuition 101, it occurred to me how amazingly helpful our intuition can be right now. Have you ever just known something was happening to a friend and felt an urge to contact him/her, then you called or texted this friend to find out they were indeed in trouble? We are all connected in a mystical way, truly, and using our natural intuition (which everyone possesses) intentionally can provide more doorways of connection when are usual options are “altered”.
So how do we connect with each other intuitively? First of all, keep in mind we are already all connected on some level in spirit. Just consciously reminding yourself of this can help you become more likely to have more of these experiences. Here are some tips for using your natural 6th sense. Of course, if you are already in touch with your intuitive abilities, these will be easier, but anyone can use these and develop them. (Also, check in with yourself about the boundaries with any of these exercises. Do what feels right and comfortable to you).
Those a few beginning suggestions for connecting with your tribe in multidimensional ways, and I’m sure there are many more! Can you think of some? I’d love to hear your experiences! It is my hope that we can take advantage of all the multiple avenues we have available to stay connected, maintain our sense of community, and put love and positive energy into the world during this cosmic shift.
Speaking of mystical and intuitive podcasts, you may have noticed I started my own online radio show/podcast/Facebook Live show, Mystical Adventures with Anne Vivian! I am so excited to start this mystical adventure! I just finished my first three shows, and it has been a mystical adventure of its own creating and filming this show! I joined A1R Psychic Radio network, and they broadcast to an international audience with weekly shows hosted by psychics and mediums. I invite you to check it out and go on a mystical adventure with me each week! I explore mystical topics, have mystical guests, and give live mystical psychic readings to callers on-the-air! Please see details below!
Mystical Adventures, Thursdays, 8:30pm EST (to change to Tuesdays at 4pm EST starting in November)
Find the podcasts on iTunes, Spotify, and all major podcast platforms!
Love and Blessings,