How To Decolonize- Step I, Part I:

CHANGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD

This is HUGE.

And way easier said than done.

You have spent an entire lifetime enforcing your eating habits. From what you eat to how you eat.

Making changes in this area is going to be HARD. Breaking any habit is hard. CHANGING is hard. Yet it is so SO worth it. Plus, I can promise you, once you get over the initial hump of adjustment, the benefits waaaayyyyy outnumber any initial struggles you may face. What was difficult in the beginning is transformed to a wonderful and sensuous adventure as you learn to source, prepare, and thoroughly enjoy your food. You will look, feel, and BE so much healthier, happier, and connected to Nature. You will understand what it is to be reborn and to come alive again. I’m serious.

Before I dive into how to do this, let me answer the following: Why is food so important to decolonization? (And if you are wondering why I am passionate about the need to decolonize, you can read my essay on THAT topic by clicking here.)

#1) You cannot be a truly free/sovereign human being if you do not know how to eat properly. We need food to survive. Food is our life source. Without it, we die, and rather quickly. And when we eat fake, processed, chemically saturated food, we get sick, are miserable for awhile— and then die.

When we hand over the task of feeding ourselves and our families to outside sources, to massive corporations who care nothing about people, human rights, or the environment (the source of all real food and thus, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE), but only for profits and power, we literally hand over our freedom. When you let someone else be in control of your food, you let someone else be in control of YOU.

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#2) You vote with your dollar. Money is what drives politics and our government. It should be quite obvious to you by now that politicians care nothing about creating a better world for all of us, but only about obtaining more money, power, and prestige for themselves. If the goal of politics/politicians was really to create a harmonious existence amongst humanity, we’ve given them plenty of time and free passes to figure it out and get their shit together.

Instead, politicians have continued to fail miserably, and proven themselves to be worse than incompetent.

If they had any integrity, they would either: A. Dismantle the system and start fresh, or B. At the very least take a good, hard, honest look at our political system and government structure- and give it the massive overhaul it so desperately needs. But they don’t, and here we stand.

We stand facing the cold hard truth that the government cares nothing for its people, and is concerned only with keeping wealth and power concentrated within a VERY small group of individuals who control the bulk of the worlds economic resources. These people follow the money. Where it goes, they will follow, with all the enthusiasm of a dog pressing its nose up against another dogs butthole during a first encounter.

If we as consumers demand that our products are clean, not filled with poisons and pesticides, wholesome, and sourced in ways that do not destroy the environment and oppress indigenous people, people of color or low economic status, if we take the time and the little effort that is required to really research our food and where it comes from, and then refuse to financially support all those companies who’s practices are killing our ecosystems and destroying our health and our planet (ONE AND THE SAME PEOPLE!!! ONE. AND. THE. SAME!), these same companies will be FORCED to immediately clean up their act. EVERY.DOLLAR. YOU SPEND. COUNTS. Who you hand your money over to makes WAAAAYYY more of a difference in the world than the amount of crystals you own, time you spend in prayer/meditation, or witty & empowering insights and solutions you share on Instagram. Stop kidding yourself. If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem. None of us are innocent, but we are all capable of becoming real life heroes. The first thing you must do is go head to head with your own ignorance, and kill it. Even if the battle is exhausting. You can do it. The Universe is at your back.

Aside from shelter, food is most peoples biggest and most pressing expense. There is so much opportunity to affect not only the quality of food you eat, (which correlates directly to your health and genetic expression), but to affect national and global policy concerning environmental health and human rights in a positive way, simply by learning how to NOT fund the evil-doers with your hard-earned money.

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#3) Proper eating is the fastest, easiest, BEST way to give the finger to the colonizer, honor your ancestry, your environment, and take back your health. 

We are, quite literally, that which we eat. Our bodies are built directly from the substances we take into ourselves. And the elements. (More on that later. Suffice it to say that food is the magical expression of all the elements joined in together in live promoting harmony).

Once this meant we were Wild. Free. Vibrant. ALIVE. Now, for many, it means we are filled to the brim with lab conceived chemicals, unnatural colorings and flavorings, a laundry list of known carcinogenic substances which the FDA conveniently turns a blind eye to, and genetically modified “foods” whose long term effects on the human genome we know nothing about. We have become, as Pink Floyd would say “comfortably numb”. Or for many unfortunate folks- Uncomfortably numb.

Pause and take a moment to really consider the following: If we are LITERALLY formed and kept alive by what we eat, and if our energy and physical structure results directly from our food, (which is not fake news btw, but well-known scientific fact), would you rather eat a wild deer, who spent her life free, running through the forest, hiding, playing, mating, eating wild greens and forage, drinking live, free-flowing water, (that has hopefully not been tainted by human pollution), and was killed quickly and as humanely as possible during the hunt, whose spirit was then thanked, honored, and cherished, and whose body was used as a sacred source of food, clothing, tools, and shelter building material,….. or a cow, who was conceived via artificial insemination, born in a cage, immediately separated from her mother, spent her life in a concrete and metal box, knee deep in shit, shot up with bucketfuls of antibiotics, growth hormones, and who knows what else, was not fed what her body was designed to eat, was not allowed to move, run, play, or mate, or to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, and was then killed at a slaughter house that stank of fear and death, where the cries of tortured animals greeted her upon arrival of her last day alive on Earth, and where she was then butchered cruelly, painfully, without compassion…which one would you rather take into your own body? How do you think each would affect you differently?

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And we wonder why physical and mental health in America is decreasing and why more people, including young children, are sick with allergies, depression, chronic diseases and cancers than ever before, or why people (including our children) are flying off the handle left and right and thinking that shooting masses of innocent civilians is the best course of action…

Our ancestors were plugged directly into Nature through the food they grew, foraged, and hunted in their immediate local landscapes. There is no act more intimate, (except maybe sex), than eating. Than willingly taking another life forms’ body and essence (be it plant or animal) into the deepest bowls of our own bodies, and transmuting this being into the energy that sustains us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Native people knew this and were a PART OF the environment and part of a community that spanned across species.

Then, some white men come from a foreign land and take this all away. Prevent people from hunting. Force us into captivity and force us to farm THEIR food, which prevents us from moving in the natural, seasonal patterns we were designed to follow based on THOUSANDS OF YEARS of co-evolving in a mutual and intimate relationship with our unique and wonderfully diverse environment. By taking away our traditional food sources, we were cut off from Nature at the root.

This sets off a chain reaction of gross-imbalance and devastation which leaves North America reeling and from which we are still not recovered and currently deep within the process of reaping some of the larger and more devastating impacts we as a nation have sown.

Wildfires, floods, mudslides, water pollution, soil depletion, species extinction…none of this happened anywhere near to the extent it is occurring now. This is not because there are more people. This is because Native people knew, understood, and holistically managed their environments to a degree that most can only imagine, one which would bring the top environmental ‘scholars’ and permaculture enthusiasts to their knees in awe and appreciation. The environment was (IS) a living, breathing, FEELING entity which was truly loved, and thus, treated with awe and respect. It was celebrated. It was protected.

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Learn about the region you live in. Who are the Natives? What did they eat? How did they get the bulk of their nutrition? Look at your own ancestry. Go back far enough and you will find you are from “Native” people as well. Go back further still and you’ll find out you’re actually black and your ancestry is African, but again, thats another topic for another time.

For now, try to zero in on what your known ancestors ate. Compare it to what was traditionally eaten in your region by the locals, (the real ones), and see where they meet. If there is no common ground between the local indigenous diet and that of your heritage, go with what makes the most sense to you and with what you enjoy the most. The key is to make sure it is organic, local, and seasonal. If we all did this, Eden would bloom mañana.

Subscribe to be sure you don’t miss Part II of Step I, which will explain in further detail, exactly HOW to change your relationship to food and take back control of your life.

Peace, Love, and Good Food, Always.

Crystal Magic; The Basics

CRYSTAL BASICS

Everything in the universe is made up of energy which vibrates at various frequencies. At a molecular level, all that is, including ourselves, is in a state of constant vibration. Often times, these vibrations will be cancelled out when they come into contact with chaotic energy that vibrates on a different wavelength. However crystals and stones can help to add these vibrations together as their structures allow for the amplification of wavelengths and frequencies.   Because of the ability of stones and crystals to vibrate at a constant rate, they can be used to eliminate energetic distortions and restore a bodies proper balance, which leads to better mental, physical, and spiritual health. For a visual example of what great energy conductors crystals can be, take two pieces of quartz into a dark room and rub them together. The stones will begin to glow from within, releasing substantial light!

Different crystals vibrate at different rates, as do various parts of the body and the environments we live in. Knowing how to collaborate various stone energies with those of the body, mind, or surrounding environment for a more harmonious existence is an extremely beneficial skill, which takes time and experience to cultivate. Remember to not be afraid to experiment with what works best for you, and to have fun as you embark on your crystal journey.

HOW TO CHOOSE A CRYSTAL

When choosing a crystal it is highly important to listen to your intuition. Your energy body will interact with the energy emitted from the crystal and will naturally be “drawn to” the stone which is emitting the needed frequency. If you are choosing a crystal for a specific purpose, focus on that purpose and pay attention to your gut reaction. If you are choosing a crystal for another person, focus on that individual and allow your heart to guide you to the correct stone. Remember, a crystal emits its own energy, and chooses you as much as you choose it, so be sure to thank the crystal after you have made your selection.

CLEANING YOUR CRYSTALS

Gemstones easily pick up and store vibrations that are not in harmony with their own natural states. It is also possible for them to retain the memories of thoughts or feelings of those who have previously come into contact with them. Therefore, it is extremely important that any stone you add to your collection be cleansed upon its acquirement. In order to keep your crystals functioning at optimal performance, routine maintenance cleaning is also highly advisable. Some basic knowledge of the stones you hold in your care is recommended before selecting a method of cleaning as some techniques can damage certain stones. For example, many crystals are water soluble or will fade in the sunlight.

The most common way of cleaning crystals is by sunlight. To do this, simply place the crystal in direct sunlight for a few hours. The bombardment of energy inherent in sunlight will strip away any lingering energies which are not natural to the crystal, leaving only the pure energy which is produced by the stone itself. Amethyst, Aventurine, Citrine, Fluorite, and Rose & Smokey Quartz are all crystals which will fade in sunlight, so when cleaning these stone it may be more appropriate to use moonlight or smudging techniques (see below).

Another method is to bury your crystals in the earth for 2 to 3 days. The large amounts of healing energies present in the earth will wash away negative energies clinging to the crystals in the same way that sunlight will, but in a gentler more soothing manner. You can wrap your crystals in a piece of cloth or a bag to help keep soil out of any crevices which could be difficult to keep clean. Be sure to accurately mark the burial sight so you can easily retrieve your stones when you need them!

You can also clean your crystal collection by burying the stones in a bowl of natural sea salt for 7 to 24 hours and help keep them clean by storing them on a bed of salt when not in use. Placing them in the water of a running stream or the light of a full moon will also remove energetic debris, although you must make sure your stones are not water soluble before submerging them in a liquid.

Citrine and Kyanite are the only two self cleaning stones known at this time, and placing your stones on top of them for two to three hours will completely re-energize them, as will smudging them with sage smoke.

These are just some of the most basic ways to clean and care for your crystals. Try making a ceremony out of the act of cleansing. After all this is a conscious collaboration between yourself and the crystal for the mutual benefit of both entities, and recognizing the magic present in such cooperation is a beautiful  and rewarding aspect of crystal work.

PROGRAMING YOUR CRYSTAL

In order for a crystal to exude maximum benefits to its user, it must be dedicated to the purpose you will be using it for. To do this, simply hold the stone in your hands and picture it being surrounded by light. You may close your eyes if you find this aids the process. Say, either out loud or to yourself, ” I dedicate this crystal to the highest good of all. May it be used in light and in love.” Then, focus on the purpose for which the crystal will be used. Be specific and detailed in this visualization. Close by saying “I program this crystal for {purpose}”. Place the crystal in a location where you will be able to see or touch it frequently, holding it 2 to 3 times a day until you feel the intention has been firmly set.

 

 

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How do you use crystals? Are they are part of your magical practice or a beautiful addition to your home decor? Let me know in the comments below!

A Message from Gaia:

What are your dreams made of? Who do you meet when you fall asleep at night? Is it within our control or at we at the mercy of the sleep gods and our own tricky subconscious? Perhaps a little of both.

I have always been a very vivid dreamer. My favorite ones are the ones where I catch a glimpse of something so much greater than myself. Where I meet beings who’s wise messages are from another time and place, yet upon waking, are discovered to be oh so relevant to my life.

This is why I keep a dream journal. Here is one of the most powerful messages I have ever received, delivered via a letter in a dream. It was a letter from Gaia Herself. In my dream it was circulating amongst humanity. It was not a viral internet thing, but rather being left on windshields, stuffed into books and magazines at book stores, folded into the shelves at the market. It was making some people very angry. And others very hopeful.
When I read the letter in my dream which I came upon by finding it taped to a pump at the gas station, of all places, my dream self instantly knew I was dreaming and that this was a message I wanted to take back with me. Upon waking I rushed to copy it, struggling to get down all the points and messages before they evaporated into the ether like mists dissolving with the kiss of the morning sun. So this may not be verbatim, but as many would argue, it is only the speakings of my own subconscious, so it’s probably Ok if it’s not a word for word copy of the ‘original’. I believe its pretty damn close, as far as I can remember. So here it is, for your entertainment and consideration, a message from the Gaia, the Earth Mother, given in a dream:

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“The time is now upon us.

The pendulum is reaching its climax, on the cusp of swinging the other way.

We have sat back. We have watched from in the shadows where we were told to go. We hunkered down and rested, waited, hibernated, one eye closed and always on the dark, the other open and ever vigilant to the world as we blended seamlessly into the landscape.

We thought: You think you can do it better? You think male is stronger than female? You think man knows better than God? You think Nature is here for YOU? For YOUR disposal and enjoyment? Ok. Prove to us how right you are.

We are tired. Tired of fighting you. Tired of resisting you, unruly child. We will rest. We will pass the torch. Lets see what you can do.

For thousands of years we have watched you now. Watched you make a mockery out of life. Watched you fall deeper into your own lies and insanity. To the point you named your monster “civilization” and called it progress. You glorified destruction, domestication, enslavement. And you still do.

And we have had enough. You have taken things too far. We have been silent for too long.
Now you’ve woken the Mother. She is angry. She is sick and furious and wounded- and woe to those who thoughtlessly provoke a sick and wounded wild animal. There is no creature alive more wild and powerful than Mother Nature. She is rising up from the depths like a sleeping dragon. She is calling her children back to her. And you are either with us or against us.

It has not to do with politics. Politics are useless, antiquated, man-made rituals that are no longer serving the greater good of anything. This is beyond politics.

It is beyond religion. There is no religion. There is only THIS. Only you and I. And we are one and the same.

This is not about nationalities. Nations too will be a thing of the past. A curious practice of our forefathers whose feeble minds we can hardly understand in their base limitations.

That is why you either feel it in your bones, a deep and constant humming, disturbing at first in its unfamiliarity, yet gradually becoming a part of you. A soothing vibration, a feeling of power. Muscles gathering with grace and precision, so much force, waiting with delicious anticipation to spring forth to secure the kill that will enable life. You feel it and are empowered. you are not afraid, because you hear my words. You understand my language.

Or you are against us. Which means you are filled with unhappiness. You are disconnected. Your mind is weak. You divide that which needs to be united. You conquer that which needs to be befriended. Your ego has run rampant and allowed fear to spread like a cancer through your being. And many of you are beyond saving. Fear is the root of this problem. No matter which way you look at it. If you have not heard The Calling, if you cannot see the angels or her the trumpets ringing out from the heavens it is only because fear is keeping you from what is yours by birthright: A relationship with ME- God/dess, All that is. Fear is keeping you from yourself. And there is not much I have to say to you except “Get ready”. It is going to be a difficult transition for you. Filled with pain, chaos, and resistance. All because of fear. And when at last you fall bruised, battered, and bleeding at my feet, I will lift you up and you will be healed. All pain and anguish will instantly be a distant and only vaguely unpleasant memory. But you will look back and see that is was all needless. It was all for nothing.

At this point it will not matter to you, all will be well, and you will know the truth for yourself. But it matters to you now. What is coming you must endure whether you wish to or not. It is up to you whether you ride the wave or let it crush you.

And now I speak to you, my children:

Daughters- This is your time. This is why you were born into this life. This is what you have trained for, lifetime after lifetime. This is what I have prepared you for. You have done the work. You know yourselves. You know me. Our relationship has been carefully cultivated and tended within the garden of your heart. Taking shape like a butterfly hidden within the chrysalis. Now we are called forth, to spread our wings and fly. Look at your sisters and love them. They are an extension of you. There is no room for jealousy, competition, or pettiness in the new world. These traits will vanish with along with the end of days. They will fall with patriarchy. They will decay in the ground and give rise to a new understanding and connection among us. WE are the future. WE are unstoppable. We know this. And we know we have had enough.  We are the gardeners who are charged with restoring our Eden, we are the bridge between heaven and Earth.

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Sons- You know who you are, and bless you, for you are a rare breed of man. A true breed. And I love you. The world needs your Divine Masculinity as much as it needs the Sacred Feminine. You are the balance. You are the protection. You are the champion ready and willing to lay down his life in order to protect those who cannot protect themselves. You do this with love and courage, for you know me, and in my grace, there is nothing you fear, nothing to fear.

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Now YOU will be tested as well. It is not just the women who will be called to arms, it is you. You will need to have the strength to break the barriers that civilization has built all around you in an attempt to control your awesome, formidable, enticing, sexual, tender, yet shamelessly ruthless, power. You will succeed. Your masculinity cannot be contained within a domesticated society like a wild animal in a zoo. You are more than they have told you you are. You are man. You are the son of God. You are the Champion of the Goddess, and the Lover to the Sorceress. What you bring, we CANNOT do without.

To All Humanity- You are a part of me. Cells of my body. Thought forms in my mind. There is nothing about you separate from me. You are God, you are Goddess. Your purpose is to ensure my health, to allow for my continued and infinite evolution. That is why I created you. Your job is to allow me to bring awareness to myself, through your own limited, individual, and largely physical, perspectives. But together….do you know what you have shown me???

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Now you have a choice. Just as you always have and always will.

Option 1:

You can bid your time on this realm adieu, and I will continue to exist and blossom without the form of human species. For you as a species have become a cancer. A disease. A threat to life and well-being. You, as a species have created massive imbalance, and you know how I handle imbalance. You know how I deal with illness and disease. Open your eyes and look around. I will tell you how I deal with disease:

I heal it from within, or eradicate it from without. If there is a virus I create the antibodies. If there is infection I create white blood cells.  If there are too many rabbits, I create more foxes, too many deer, I birth more wolves. Too much water, I bring drought, too much heat, prepare for an ice age.

Option 2: Evolve into the Beings I intend you to be; Healers and creators. Alchemists. Important players in the Natural Landscape. Ambassadors between species. Conduits between the material and spirit realms. Writers of a new World Myth. Unique shimmering points of GOD CONSCIOUSNESS within the mind of THE ALL.

Is it any wonder that some of you are being born more sensitive? More empathetic? More psychic? More magical and more powerful? No. This is nothing to be alarmed about. You are the healing antibodies. YOU are the white blood cells.

Or you are the cancer. You are the sheep, who continue bleating even as they follow the rest of the herd over the cliff edge to their doom.

Or you are the wolves.

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To The Wolves-

This IS a call to arms, make no mistake about that. But this is not your fathers call to arms. It is your mothers. Even the father calls out to his mother on his deathbed, just as he did at birth. Do not forget.

I know you’ve felt the ripple of fear that proceeds any big change. It is a deeply ingrained habit of facing the unknown. I also know you have risen above it. My children, I am so proud of you.

I know you see the patterns. I know you read the signs. Your empire is falling. The world as you know it is crumbling. You can feel the earth tremble as Kali approaches, you have drawn The Tower from the deck and stand waiting and ready for all that it heralds. Do not loose sight of the fact that if we want to bring paradise to earth once and for all, we must let go of all past habits and patterns.  We must destroy that which no longer serves in order to make room for new growth.

Those of you who are advanced enough on the path know that there is a rhythm and cycle to everything. Work with it. Not against it. Change by working with the flow, not by trying to reverse it. remember reality is changed by creation more than my destruction. There is no need for a bloody fall, and terrible descent, just because this is the history you have written for yourselves.

Re-write it. That is your power. Imagination and infinite potential are my gifts to you and your allies in the battle to come.
This is a revolution. It is a war. But it is not the one you think and we cannot fight this war the ways wars have been fought in the past. We are at a point where the truth of this is becoming blazingly clear. The true war is against me, It is not within your political systems or your man-made ideals and ideas. But we do need to work from within. The true war is between what is being called civilization ….vs. the Wild. We are all born wild by Nature. Nature is Wild, and it has been under attack for the past 10,000 years. This is an ancient battle, by your standards, and many of you have forgotten what we are truly fighting for. You have lost sight of the fact there need not be a fight.

The more aggressive, the more fiery and passionate we become, the more we will be resisted, hated, killed.

We need to be gentle. Loving. Infiltrate the heart of the enemy. Show them there is another way. A more fulfilling, liberating, invigorating, joy filled, sustainable, health promoting way to live. A way to just BE, and to exist in peace, joy, connection.

We need to become alchemists. LEARN ALCHEMY. Learn to transmute. It is your only hope.

Appeal to the heart, not just the mind.

And if you are wanting to “fight” in my name, here are some ways how:

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Educate yourselves.

Question everything.

Think for yourself, develop an independent mind.

Pray. Talk to me. And then learn to listen. Meditate. Meditate. Meditate. MEDITATE.

Focus on yourself(ME) first, your family second, your local community third . If you achieve mastery (meaning true harmonious balance, not dominance), of these three spheres the rest of the world will fall easily into place.

CHANGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD!

Eat local. Eat seasonal. This is one of the biggest ways to affect positive change, be it political or otherwise. Trust me. Or research it for yourself. Your body and health will thank you. You will be happier, more energetic, and vibrant.

CHANGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BODY. It is perfect. It is self healing. It is a physical manifestation of Spirit. It is a temple of the Soul. Treat it and care for it as such. There is nothing wrong with, shameful, or embarrassing about your body. It is art. I created it.

CHANGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH SEX.

Your sex culture needs a drastic overhaul. Again, there is nothing shameful, sinful, or embarrassing about sex. Sex is pleasure, bliss, love, connection, life force. Sex Energy is creative energy. there is really only one kind of energy. embrace it. Its all there is. Grow up about it and stop behaving like prepubescent children, or live a doomed life of never feeling at home in your skin. Your choice. Always- your choice.

Remember that despite the heaviness of what is at stake during these times, I am here, and all is well. You are ok, you are not alone. Safety is an illusion but there is also nothing you need fear. You have a duty and responsibility to add balance and harmony to the world. That is why you are here, it is what you signed up for, but part of that includes allowing yourself to BE HAPPY. To give and receive love. To feel grateful and to not be weighed down with fear, worry, or stress. This is your truest mission. Your Goddess given job is to find your pleasure, find that thing that makes your heart sing and brings your soul to life, and pursue it. Use it as your guide and compass. You were designed to feel infinite pleasure. To always be inspired and to be inspiring. You are my dreams made manifest. You walk through my imagination, and together we create reality. I beg you, whoever you are, be that, wholeheartedly. You matter.

I love you my children. ALL of you. for you ARE me. And I love myself. So this is where I ask you to begin. Love yourself. All of you. Look within until you find me. I am waiting, I will not be hard to locate. And once you love yourself completely, love each other fiercely. For this is why we are. I am LOVE. Look within, and see.

—The Great Mother

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How do you commune with God/Goddess, your Higher-Self, your guides, etc? Dreams, Vision quests? Astral journeys? Meditation? With a little self awareness and a heartfelt desire to do so, you will find a host of energies just waiting to guide you towards a brighter NOW. ❤

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