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I first started consciously opening to the Devic Realm back in my teens after reading the book The Magic of Findhorn by Paul Hawken.
say consciously because as a child I had always been open to the
Plant Kingdom but thought my experiences were something singular
with myself and something to keep secret. (Suburbia in the USA
was not the place to tell people you believed in and in
particular saw "Fairies").
gradually began to sit quietly, leaving myself open to any
impressions I might receive in regards to the work that needed
doing that day. As time passed I got better at it.
said that wasn't possible as we had no money at that time to
purchase land. Within 24 hours we were offered to purchase land
in the Hollow by the owner who financed the whole thing; and it
my home and where the physical form of The
I do occasionally use "muscle testing", pendulums and sometimes dowsing tools to confirm things, but for the most part I still just sit in The Garden and "listen".
wasn't until just a year or so ago, I was having dinner with two
woman who are Psychic Channelers, that on hearing their
description to me on just what Channeling is; that I realized
that it was an apt description of how I communicate with the
Devic and Nature Spirit Realms. One opens oneself and
receives "messages" which are usually written down, so
that they are not forgotten.
had just moved here, knew no one and I was very shy and
withdrawn. As time unfolded, I had friends and colleagues;
found myself teaching about plants and eventually had the
inner strength to start discussing the Spirit side of things. And
here we are today: They were right!
Update for 2000
One of the things that has change since I first wrote this is my learning to do Trancework. Often called today “Shamanism”* or one of the terms in European Traditions is Hedge Riding. I have found these techniques of meditation, journeying and dreaming tremendously helpful in not only my working and connecting with The Devic World but in my daily life also.
Update for 2012
12 years is a long time: in 2001 I was diagnosed with LMS: Leiomayosarcoma. I stopped teaching in 2005 as it became more difficult to do so. I have had to let much of The Garden go “wild” and it's considerable much smaller then it used to be. I'm slowly catching up again and am now feeling in a good “space” to start updating this site. Many of my opinions and ways of doing things have changed over the years and I want to share them here. As well as the above blog on my trials with LMS, I also have another blog on The Garden as well as what's going on in my studio: Tephyr's Garden.
* a site dedicated to helping to keep Native Indian Americans culture whole and to alert the public on Ceremony/Culture stealers and outright frauds. They have very strong opinions but are worth listening to and checking with before you take classes from a potential charlatan.